CLINT... SANS EASTWOOD
Mark Millar, following the success of Kick Ass, has decided to launch a new comic magazine, called CLINT.
Here's what we knew so far (from the PREVIEWS solicitation):
(W/A) Various Once in every generation something special happens. British comics makes an evolutionary jump. In the fifties it was The Eagle. In the seventies it was 2000AD. Now the most important comic-book event in over thirty years takes place with CLiNT as best-selling writer Mark Millar and industry legend John Romita Jr bring you the sequel to their movie Kick-Ass with Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall. Harnessing the biggest names in British television with the most exciting figures in US comics, Mark Millar is writing and editing a revolutionary new book that covers superheroes, vampires, super-villains and science fiction combined with some of the best journalists from film magazines Empire and SFX. Get in on the ground floor now and be a part of comic-book history. A collectors item must-have!
Not toooo informative, eh?
The only other things we've learned is that it's going to be direct competition for 2000 AD, will be published in the UK (like 2000 AD) and will come out bi-weekly.
Yesterday, I saw this new trailer for CLINT:
It will likely out-sell 2000 AD just for the fact of Kick Ass 2 being in it.
Honestly, though, if I was to have to choose between 2000 AD and CLINT, I would have to pick 2000 AD. I've never really been a fan of Mark Millar. The covers appear to be part photo/part illustration and for some reason that turns me off, too.
I wish them luck, however, as I think we need more books like 2000 AD. I wish an American publisher would figure out how to do it. Both DC and Marvel tried the format back in the late '80s.
DC AND MARVEL TRIED...
DC's ACTION COMICS WEEKLY didn't last very long and was used mainly for throw-away stories of Superman and Green Lantern. The only good thing was it gave a few characters a place to show up. Unfortunately, no one cared as DC didn't even really make much of an effort with it.
Marvel's MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS fared much better. They used the first feature of each issue to spotlight an X-MEN character. This brought in more readers than DC's Superman or Green Lantern. Marvel also tried more to see the book succeed. One of the biggest stories that ran through MCP was Wolverine: Weapon X. That turned out to be a major event in Wolverine's history and helped MCP last a respectable length of time.
I think, however, that we won't ever get a good American counterpart from any of the major publishers. Something that cements 2000 AD's reader base is that, aside from Judge Dredd, none of the characters in 2000 AD are found elsewhere and the writers are putting a lot of work into the stories. They're not saving their best for a new book or event.
I believe that if we did see one it would come out of a publisher like Oni Press or Boom Studios. However, I think that if Dark Horse was to adapt the DARK HORSE COMICS PRESENTS to a bi-weekly (or weekly) format they could make it work.
2000 AD... STILL THE KING?
So what is the charm of 2000 AD and why has it lasted this long?
One thing I like about 2000 AD is that you only have to pick up one book a week to follow several different stories. It's a hybrid of a monthly comic anthology and a weekly newspaper comic insert, in magazine form.
2000 AD is also known as the source for cutting edge writing and art. Several popular creators that now work for the big publishers started out in 2000 AD or had done their earlier work in its pages.
Here's what the current PREVIEWS solicitation looks like for it:
2000 AD PACK OCT 2010
(W/A) Various Irreverent, satirical, and full of pulse-pounding action, 2000 AD is the UK's cult SF anthology title, featuring some of the best writers and artists in the business. Russian revolutionary Nikolai Dante faces down an old enemy in 'The Master of Kronstadt'; a new criminal organisation is ruling the streets of the Big Meg in 'Low Life: Hostile Takeover'; the Tower of London is besieged by undead hordes in 'Defoe: A Murder of Angels'; and Rowan is running for her life in a werewolf-haunted city in 'Age of the Wolf.'
American audiences have several options to get 2000 AD over here. One is to subscribe directly. Or you can order at your local comic shop through PREVIEWS. Or... you can buy them online at either Clickwheel or Drive Thru Comics.
Clickwheel has the larger selection out of the two online routes and has an easier (and more attractive) interface. They also carry the JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE, 2000 AD's monthly sister title that stars their flagship character (who is also slated for a new movie coming soon).
Drive Thru Comics appears to have cheaper prices for the issues they do have. They even have one issue that's free.
If you prefer the real thing, though, I recommend buying through DCBS (Discount Comoc Book Service) as you save 20% on it. The October issues listed above comes out to $20 for the pack normally. Through DCBS it's just $15. You'll have $5 to spend on one more book you like.
ONE THING IS CERTAIN...
I'm pretty sure that CLINT will sell just because of the popularity of Kick Ass. It may even bring in non-comics readers due to the success of the movie. And while I may not care for the covers being half-photo, it will give it more of a magazine look and help ease folks into the realm of comics with a sense of familiarity.
If you're wanting to pick up CLINT, you can subscribe from Titan here or you can pre-order from PREVIEWS. They run $6.99 each but DCBS is offering them this month for $3.84 (#1) and $4.89 (#2).