It’s been a hectic last few weeks here at BurnAllZombies: those of you who know us will know why it’s been a bit quiet on the updates, but with 2010 just around the corner, updates will be coming at you so fast, you won’t know what’s hit you.
New Year’s Eve is as good a time as any to look back over some of the best of what 2009 had to over. On that note, we bring you the inaugural Burnt Zombie Awards, a run-down of the finest movies, games, music, TV and comics had to offer this year. Of course, if you disagree, we can discuss below. It’s not as if we’ll send the zombies around if we don’t agree with you…
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something comic-related, and it’s mostly been because I’m just not sure how to go about it: review a few comics each week, or wait until story arcs have finished and then look back on them as a whole. For the time being, I’m going to go with the former, since it means I can cover one-shots as well, but you can expect some retrospectives on big storylines as well, all under the Comic Catch-Up category. Any ideas for changes, or any titles you’d like to see covered, drop me a comment below: it also gives me an excuse to add more titles to my pull list.
And yes, the date above might look weird, but it’s the European format for the US release date…go figure.
This week, I take a look at Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #2, Cable #18 and Strange Tales #1.
The stock market isn’t usually a topic we’ll cover here on BurnAllZombies, but this latest news is something we just couldn’t ignore, the news that Disney have acquired Marvel Entertainment in a stock and cash transaction worth approximately $4billion. That’s…a lot more money than I can count.
Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company had the following to say:
This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories.
Interestingly enough is Iger’s mention of “entertainment properties,” highlighting Marvel’s value as more than just a comic book company, but also with big-screen potential (and much more) as well.
It’s an interesting development, and there’s some more information that I’d like to know before deciding on whether it’s a good deal or not. On the upside, this gives Marvel much more money to work with, potentially giving them the buying power they need to buy back film rights for the Spider-Man franchise from Sony, or mutants and the X-Men from Fox. But there’s also a point where we have to wonder just how much influence Disney will have over Marvel’s publishing division, and we can only hope that the company’s comics remain free to publish as they have been for years. But given the recent merger between Disney and Pixar, with both companies remaining free to operate individually, we can hope that there won’t be any adverse effects.
The full press release will be due later today, but until then, you can check out just what Marvel have to say about it themselves.