Word Balloon Podcast
Rick Remender joins us to talk about his work on Uncanny X-Force and the wrap up to his run on The Punisher with In The Blood, but he's also here to discuss the new status quo of the Big 2 companies as new ideas fro ongoing books meet the challenge of today's market.
In stories like Rick's takes on Doctor Voodoo and his Legion of Monsters detour for The Punisher in Franken Castle, Remender had brought his unique style of fresh takes on c-list Marvel characters presented in big concept story ideas with no ties to major story events. However, the lack of initial retailer interest in Voodoo cancelled the ongoing series plans before fans had a chance to buy the first issue. Franken Castle while applauded by critics as a fun change of pace, also had some regular Punisher readers complaining it was too "out there" for the usual exploits of the street level anti-hero. So In The Blood wraps up Remnder's run in a very traditional (though equally well executed) method.
We've seen it with other critically acclaimed 2010 books, like Atlas, and Thor The Mighty Avenger. Must readers, or more importatntly retailers gamble with over-buying a new book, without knowing whether it will sell through to the fans? What is Marvel's responsibility to give books enough of a chance on the shelf to find an audience, before cutting off a new monthly title? Would books from earlier this decade, like Brian Bendis's ALIAS have survived in today's market? You'll hear a candid discussion on the subject on this episode of Word Balloon.
We also talk about Rick's new computer game Bulletstorm coming out in February, the trade paperback release and movie news of Radical's Last Days Of American Crime and his wrap up of Fear Agent from Dark Horse .
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