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Welcome to “Report Card,” our week-in-review feature. If “Cheat Sheet” is your guide to the week ahead, “Report Card” is typically a look back at the top news stories of the previous week, as well as a look at the Robot 6 team’s favorite comics that we read.
So read on to find out what we thought about Brain Boy, King’s Watch and more
Marvel Comics and writer Gary Friedrich agreed to settle their long-standing legal dispute over ownership of Ghost Rider. Terms have not been disclosed, but Reuters reports that Friedrich’s lawyer, Charles Kramer, said the writer and Marvel “have amicably agreed to resolve all claims between, among, and against all parties.”
The lawsuit centered on Friedrich’s claim that the rights to the Johnny Blaze version of the character reverted to him in 2001. A U.S. district judge ruled in Marvel’s favor in December 2011, but an appeals court overturned that this past June, and the case was set for trial.
The page in question featured various panels showing Harley Quinn attempting to kill herself, with the last panel, which drew the most attention, showing her “sitting naked in a bathtub with toasters, blow dryers, blenders, appliances all dangling above the bathtub and she has a cord that will release them all. We are watching the moment before the inevitable death.”
DC’s apology came shortly after the the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American Psychiatric Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness expressed their disappointment in the publisher, calling the contest “extremely insensitive” and “potentially dangerous.”
“The purpose of the talent search was to allow new artists an opportunity to draw a single page of a 20-page story. True to the nature of the character, the entire story is cartoony and over-the-top in tone, as Harley Quinn breaks the 4th Wall and satirizes the very scenes she appears in. DC Entertainment sincerely apologizes to anyone who may have found the page synopsis offensive and for not clearly providing the entire context of the scene within the full scope of the story.”
Jimmy Palmiotti, who is co-writing the book with his wife Amanda Conner, also issued a statement this week about the page, adding that the scene in question is a Fourth Wall-breaking dream sequence.
After announcing in July plans to sell three of their five North Texas-based comic shops, comic retailers Buddy and Judy Saunders this week sold the remaining two locations in their Lone Star Comics chain.
The two locations, which include the flagship shop in Arlington and the Fort Worth location, are being purchased by longtime Lone Star employee Elaine Powell, her husband Les and their son Matthew at the end of the month. They’ll be renamed Wild West Comics & Games. The Saunders will continue to focus on their online store MyComicShop.com.
Buddy Saunders opened the first Lone Star Comics in 1977, and expanded throughout the Metroplex over the years with locations in Dallas, Mesquite, Irving, Fort Worth, Hurst, Plano and Wichita Falls, as well as an additional location in Arlington. Incidentally, the now-closed Dallas shop was the first comic shop I ever visited; I can still remember going through the back-issue bins to find copies of old Uncanny X-Men. Although I don’t live in Dallas anymore, it’s sad knowing that the chain will no longer exist.