BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
“I want to remind readers of this column that all the Marvel NOW! launches are going strong — none have been canceled or RE-relaunched in a whole new direction after 3 or 4 issues — which is a testament to the talent and coordinated effort of our writers, artists and editors,” Marvel’s Axel Alonso said in last week’s Axel-in-Charge column. Yeah, it’s another trademark swipe by Marvel at its competition, but he isn’t wrong. Putting aside the snarkiness, there’s something to be said for a.) making a plan and sticking with it, b.) having faith in the choices you made, and c.) not undermining your creators and your fans with sudden shifts in creative teams.
I of course have no insight into how things are really being run at DC. But from an outsider’s perspective, it feels like its editorial strategy is inspired by the likes of The Hunger Games and Battle Royale. Every man for himself, blink once and they’re gone, blink twice and their replacement is gone. On the day DC announced the new new writers for the Green Lantern books, I remember seeing a tweet that said something like, “Oh, I figured they wouldn’t announce the new writers until [next weekend’s] WonderCon.” My first thought? Just wait — maybe they will.
As legions of fans of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling novels line up to see Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games — midnight screenings alone hauled in about $20 million — Dan Hipp rolls out a slightly gruesome ode to Katniss Everdeen, the bowhunting tribute of District 12. The Hunger Games opens nationwide today, and should be the biggest thing since sliced bread … or at least since Twilight.You can read Spinoff Online’s review of the movie here.
Purely for fun, Faith Erin Hicks (Brain Camp, Friends With Boys) has created the first five pages of a non-existent Hunger Games graphic novel. It’s a mouth-watering tease. Maybe someone could hire her to do a for-real adaptation?