Today is a day ending in Y, which means we've received another teaser image from a comic book publisher. In this case, it's BOOM! Studios, and this is the image:
Now, don't get me wrong. I like BOOM!, and I like to promote their comics. Whatever this is will probably be cool and different and worth your comic buying dollars. But publishers, you gotta give us something to work with. What is this image for? Is it related to a series we should be aware of? It might be. I don't read every comic ever published. Does this image excite you? Are you going to remember it in a day or a week or a month or whenever BOOM! reveals what the teaser is for?
The fact is, comic book teasers from all companies are the equivalent of Instagram selfies. It's the publisher holding out their smartphone at the most flattering angle, pursing their lips and sticking out their tits, slapping on a kitschy filter and sending it out to all their followers in the hopes that someone (the comic book media) will tell them how beautiful they look. But that's circle jerkery, and I don't think it really drums up any interest for the books. I mean, we at least need a creative team for that, don't we?
If the comics industry wants to expand its readership, it needs to stop marketing only to its most fervent followers. Those fans are already interested.
I'm sorry that BOOM! had to bear the brunt of this tirade. All the publishers do this, and had this been a different day, it could be Image, or Dark Horse, or Marvel getting the business. But seriously... the last thing I want to have to do is Google this.
By the way, I Googled it. The consensus from the three blogs that posted it seems to be that the art is from Emma Rios, and it might be related to previous projects she did with Michael Alan Nelson like Curse of Cthulu and Hexed. Or it might not have anything to do with that and I've just given you wildly wrong information. FIND OUT NEXT WEEK/MONTH/YEAR!
Marked. Doomed. Condemned. Confused. But hey, at least we're talking about it! Some book out some time from some creators! Whoo! Comics!