DC‘s Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong is releasing a giant-sized issue and a roaring version. Marvel‘s Spider-Boy swings onto the November comic book sales charts. Steven S. DeKnight is teaming up with Humanoids for a new graphic novel. All on Comic Book Club News for December 8, 2023.
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Spider-Boy swings onto November sales charts.
Steven S. DeKnight launches new graphic novel.
This is Comic Book Club News for December 8, 2023.
Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong Gets Two Unique Printings:
No surprise here, Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs. Kong from DC Comics and Legendary is a monster-sized hit. So of course, it’s getting some monster-sized releases, with varying results.
Coming up in January, the first two issues will be collected in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs Kong: Monster-Sized Edition #1, as reported by ICv2. Beyond the previously printed material, the cover will connect artist Mikel Janin’s variants from Detective Comics #1074 and Action Comics #1057 into one image. It features Kong and Godzilla going head to head while the Justice League looks up in horror, a clear repudiation of the recent Godzilla x Kong trailer that showed they’re best friends now.
That issue will hit on January 16, 2024, and cost $6.99. Given the issues previously had a cover price of $4.99 each, that’s not a bad deal.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are $15 variants of the first issue that are supposed to roar when you open the cover. Coming in a Kong variant and a Godzilla variant, as reported by Bleeding Cool, these delayed issues are having some, uh… Issues. Apparently, sometimes they roar once, if not at all.
According to DC Comics’ distributor Lunar, the issue may be that you are trying to read the issues in the dark? Question mark? Said Lunar: “The sensor chip that activates the roar sound effect is light-sensitive. If you try to activate the roar in low lighting, it may not work. If the sound effect chip doesn’t work, try it in a well-lit area before reporting the cover damaged.”
Also, be sure not to taunt Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1. Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 may stick to certain types of skin. And if Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1 starts to smoke, seek shelter immediately.
Spider-Boys Swings To Top Of November Sales Charts:
Spider-Boy might be just a little dude, but he’s proven to be huge for Marvel. Spider-Boy #1 swung to the top of the November sales charts, dominating the Top 50 in both units sold and dollars earned.
In fact, Spider-Man in general continued to be huge on last months sales charts, according to ICv2, with two issues of Amazing Spider-Man and the first issue of Superior Spider-Man all hitting the Top 10. Also on the list? Batman at number three, Transformers at number four, and X-Men rounding out the top five.
Marvel as a whole won the charts this month with 32 entries. And in fact, it was nearly all DC and Marvel last month. The exceptions were Image Comics Void Rivals at forty-one, The Deviant at number twenty-five, with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, and the first issue of Transformers at numbers eighteen and seventeen, respectively.
The only outlier? Vault Comics Unnatural Order #1, which in a rare move was given free to comic shops, in order to be sold to customers. That issue came in at number 10 on the units sold chart. And probably a big relief to everyone, number 12 on dollars earned.
Maybe next issue, they can add Spider-Boy.
Steven S. DeKnight Teams Up With Humanoids For New Graphic Novel:
Steven S. DeKnight, the guy behind Spartacus, the first season of Daredevil, and, uh, Jupiter’s Legacy, has a new graphic novel with Humanoids. Titled Hard Bargain, the book is described as a “dark supernatural thriller,” about a detective racing to solve a mystery in Los Angeles.
Said DeKnight via release: “HARD BARGAIN has been a dream thirty years in the making. An idea that sprang from my love of two-fisted, hard-boiled detective stories and matinee creature-features of days gone by.”
The book is illustrated by Leno Carvalho, and mixes malevolent monsters with the real-world prejudice of Los Angeles history, and will hit stores in August of 2024.
For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And this podcast is also light-sensitive, which is probably why you don’t hear me roaring. Roar.
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