Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pandora: Is she the 'Out' to get back the Old DC?

In today's Justice League #6 there was an intriguing scene with Pandora, the cloaked woman who has shown up in all the of New 52 titles and the equally mysterious Phantom Stranger. It's apparent that Pandora was the one that reshaped the DC Multiverse into the  New 52. And in doing so has angered The Circle of Eternity, presumably a grouping of the awesomely cosmic powered

It's also apparent that the Phantom Stranger, as well as the Circle don't approve of what she has done and that her actions will have horrendous implications on everyone and everything. So what does that mean? Who's this Third Sinner she is looking for and what curse is she seeking to be released from?

Is it possible that the old DC continuity is still 'out there' and if the Circle of Eternity has it's way, they will put everything back into Pandora's Box and reset the universe back to the one of old? Well that's all conjecture at this point but it certainly seems like we have now seen the 'out' that DC had built into the relaunch of their publishing line in case things did not work out as planned.


Marvel's The Avengers trailer is released today

As scheduled, Marvel Studios has released their latest trailer in support of this summer's highly anticipated The Avengers movie. Several new scenes are shown as well as a look at one of the big villains of the movie.


Early look at Variant cover for April's Dark Horse Presents #11

Here's an early look at the variant cover for Dark Horse Presents #11, featuring Francesco Francavilla's pulp hero creation, the Black Beetle. The 3 part Black Beetle story- 'Night Shift'- begins in this issue and is both written and illustrated by Francavilla.








































This issue of Dark Horse Presents will be on sale on April 18, 2012.



Love That Panel: Dr. Doom by Adi Granov

Over on his Facebook page, artist Adi Granov has been sharing some commission artwork he has recently completed. Tuesday evening he posted this image of Marvel's Doctor Doom. It is so amazing I had to share it with everyone.

The way he handled the finish on Doom's mask is truly beautiful.

I would love to see this finished with some more inkwash and maybe some very limited spot coloring.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Marvel releases new Avengers poster before we get tomorrow's new trailer

I guess in an attempt to keep the masses in their state of Avengers frenzy, Marvel has released a new poster for the upcoming movie. Also they have announced the movie will be called Avengers Assemble when released in the UK. The name change is to help with any brand confusion moviegoers might have with the popular English TV series The Avengers, featuring debonair spies Steed and Mrs. Peel.

The countdown continues for tomorrow's new trailer.


The Walking Dead #94 PREVIEW

Courtesy of Image Comics is this preview of The Walking Dead #94 by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard. The issue ships tomorrow, February 29, 2012.


Monday, February 27, 2012

SPOILERS!! The Alien Race from the Avengers movie is...

**I'm posting this now but I'm guessing it will soon be taken down since it already appears to have been at Marvel.com.**

 During Marvel's web series 'The Watcher: Episode 2', a possible character and the alien race are announced during a news segment at Toy Fair 2012 where the host, Lorraine Cink is going over some of the hot new Marvel toys to expect to see in conjunction with the release of The Avengers movie.

Check out the video and listen closely at the 3:50 mark...




Ok did you hear it? Well I believe the sales rep said 'an alien Ord character'. And if you all remember correctly Ord was the alien from Breakworld that Joss Whedon created in his opening story arc of Astonishing X-Men with artist John Cassaday. I could be wrong but the coincidence of Whedon being the writer/creator of that character and the writer/director of the movie just seems too much to ignore.


Introducing The New Batman

Courtesy of DC's 'The Source':


Coming in May, DC Comics “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both Earth 2 and World's Finest, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways.

“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?” asks Earth 2 editor Pat McCallum. “Right out of the gate that should tell you we’re dealing with a different kind of Dark Knight here. More ruthless, dangerous…the costume is familiar and yeah, there is a Wayne under the mask, but we’re looking at a man desperate to save the only family he has left. Earth 2 is about to become a very bad place to be a bad guy.”

Here’s a first look at the Batman of Earth 2, designed by Jim Lee.



A new Avengers movie trailer to debut this week

Marvel Studios has confirmed that they will be releasing a new preview trailer for this summer's The Avengers movie. The trailer, the first since the one that debuted during the Super Bowl, should be available online and in other media platforms on Wednesday.

No word as to if the trailer will finally disclose the identity of the rumored alien forces or the other villain working with Loki in the highly anticipated film.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mind the Gap #1 PREVIEW

Courtesy of Image Comics is this special 11 page preview of Mind the Gap #1. The new series is by Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo. The first issue will be on sale May 22, 2012.

"After Elle Peterssen is mysteriously attacked on a Manhattan subway platform, she is left in a coma, the only clues to her attacker trapped inside her mind. No one knows the identity of the person behind this brutal beating or where they will strike next. In this ALL-NEW ONGOING series, everyone is suspect, and no one is innocent. USAToday calls it an "anxiously anticipated modern thriller...Whodunit? McCann's done it again."


"Eisner-winning writer JIM McCANN joins RODIN ESQUEJO (MORNING GLORIES) and SONIA OBACK (S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders) unite for a psychological thriller that will leave you guessing at every turn!"

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Read the Avengers Vs. X-Men primer for FREE!

From Marvel Comics:


It’s a long and winding road until the launch of Avengers Vs. X-Men in April, but eager fans that have a Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited subscription or the Marvel Comics app can pass the time by reading the Avengers Vs. X-Men Program.  What’s included in the program? Well, you can catch up on who the major players are in the event as well as sneak a peek at some of the art form the first three issues of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN! In addition, you can reference our “Road to AvX” checklist and read all of the stories you may have missed in the past.

Prepare yourself for Marvel’s biggest event of 2012 by checking out the Avengers Vs. X-Men Program today on the MDCU or the Marvel Comics app for free!  



Friday, February 24, 2012

Bendis to take over writing Marvel's X-Men books?

Since Brian Michael Bendis announced recently that after many years as the driving creative force of the Avengers titles for Marvel he was moving on, speculation began as to what projects he would take on next. And Bendis hasn't been giving any clues. All is known is that following the conclusion of Avengers vs. The X-Men he would no longer be writing Avengers and New Avengers.


But where next? Well Rich Johnson at comics rumor site Bleeding Cool has announced that Bendis will be taking over the X-Men franchise of titles. Exactly what that means and what titles that entails is not known at this time. Johnson did not elaborate either.

Stay tuned for more details as we learn them.

New Image of the Hulk from The Avengers movie

There's a new image of the Incredible Hulk from Marvel Studios' The Avengers movie that has been circulating the internet the last 24 hours. Here it is, the Hulk in all his CGI glory:


Thursday, February 23, 2012

This week's new Marvel digital releases for iPad and Android- 2/23/12

Want more comics in the Marvel Comics App for iOS and Android? Your search is over! Check out these comics that just hit the Marvel Comics App and keep coming back every week for new additions to the growing library! That's right, we add new books every week to feed your need for super-heroic entertainment!



Digital Comics On-Sale This Week:AVENGERS PRIME (2010) #1             
AVENGERS PRIME (2010) #2            
AVENGERS PRIME (2010) #3        
AVENGERS PRIME (2010) #4       
AVENGERS PRIME (2010) #5    
AVENGERS VS. X-MEN PROGRAM (2012) #1         
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY (2011) #627              
DEADPOOL (2008) #32      
DEADPOOL (2008) #33         
DEADPOOL (2008) #34           
DEADPOOL (2008) #35       
DEADPOOL (2008) #51      
DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD OF OZ (2011) #5      
FANTASTIC FOUR (1997) #603      
GHOST RIDER (2011) #0.1         
GHOST RIDER (2011) #1    
GHOST RIDER (2011) #2    
GHOST RIDER (2011) #3     
GHOST RIDER (2011) #4    
GHOST RIDER (2011) #5    
MAGNETO: NOT A HERO (2011) #1       
MAGNETO: NOT A HERO (2011) #2        
MAGNETO: NOT A HERO (2011) #3        
MAGNETO: NOT A HERO (2011) #4          
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS PRELUDE: FURY’S BIG WEEK (2012) #3     
MIGHTY THOR (2011) #11   
NEW MUTANTS (2009) #38        
SECRET AVENGERS (2010) #23    
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #7                    
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #94                 
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #95     
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #96         
ULTIMATE X-MEN (2000) #97          
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #8         
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #9 
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #10    
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #11 
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #12        
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #13         
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2010) #22     
VENOM (2011) #13.3
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #6          
X-MEN (2010) #25           
X-MEN: LEGACY (2008) #262      

Digital Collections On-Sale This Week:

CIVIL WAR: ROAD TO CIVIL WAR
DAREDEVIL MASTERWORKS VOL. 1 
HULK: PLANET HULK PRELUDE 
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 
SPIDER-MAN: BLUE 
X-MEN: SECOND COMING



Check your closets! A found closet collection brings $3.5 million at auction

The Washington Post and Associated Press are reporting that a prized boyhood comic collection, including many of the most historic comics published, was sold at auction on Wednesday, bringing in approximately $3.5 million. The highest bid was placed on a copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman. That issue, with a cover price of $.10 went for $523,000.
“It was amazing seeing what they went for,” said Michael Rorrer, who discovered his late great uncle Billy Wright’s collection last year while cleaning out his late great aunt’s house in Martinsville, Va., following her death.
Opening up a basement closet, Rorrer found the neatly stacked comics that had belonged to Wright, who died in 1994 at age 66.
 The 345 issue collection that was auctioned off included 44 of the top 100 Golden Age issues as listed by industry standard Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Some of the other 'marquee' comics that were sold were:
Action Comics #1, a 1938 issue featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold for about $299,000; Batman #1, from 1940, sold for about $275,000; and Captain America #2, a 1941 issue with a frightened Adolf Hitler on the cover, brought in about $114,000.
For the complete story of the comic book auction please click THIS LINK.

The actual copy of Detective Comics #27 from the auction

Free Ultimate Spider-Man animated series Comic from Marvel

Courtesy of Marvel Comics:
The most-anticipated new show of 2012 is almost here as "Ultimate Spider-Man" swings into the Marvel Universe block on Disney XD April 1, giving fans of all ages a whole new look at the world’s greatest super hero! But you can get your first look at this all-new animated series in Ultimate Spider-Man Premiere, a screen capture comic book adaptation of the premiere episode, utilizing the same story and art you’ll see on the small screen, presented like you won’t see anywhere else. This comic is perfect for fans of all ages and a must-have item to have in stock for Free Comic Book Day! 
Retailers, check the Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information on Ultimate Spider-Man Premiere (NOV118181), arriving in stores March 28.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Must Have for Your Bookshelf: Daredevil Artist Edition from IDW

In IDW's May solicitations is the listing for the eagerly awaited David Mazzuchelli's Daredevil Born Again Artist Edition. Here's the solicitation:


David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition


Frank Miller (w) David Mazzucchelli (a & c)

Daredevil Born Again. That title strikes a chord with comic fans who know what it means. Fans who know that it represents two of the finest creators at the absolute peaks of their game. David Mazzucchelli's superhero work had reached an artistic apex when this series was released, and the same is true for Frank Miller's writing. Together they combined to craft a story of extraordinary impact that is still regarded as a true masterpiece.

Collecting the entire storyline of Born Again, this book will feature the complete issues of Daredevil numbers 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232 and 233, plus covers and extras. Each page was personally scanned by Mazzucchelli from his own original art. This is the largest Artist's Edition yet, weighing in at a rock solid 200 pages of beautiful Mazzucchelli art in the way you've always wanted to see it—the next bet thing to holding the actual original art!


HC • BW • $95.00 net discount item • 200 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-61377-238-6

Bullet points:   

  •  What is an Artist’s Edition?
AN ARTIST'S EDITION PRESENTS COMPLETE STORIES WITH EACH PAGE SCANNED FROM THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL ART.

While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.




Preview clip from Justice League: Doom featuring Batman

Warner Home Video has released a preview clip from the upcoming Justice League: Doom animated movie, being released directly to blu-ray, DVD and digital download on February 28, 2012.

In the scene Batman, once again portrayed by voice actor Kevin Conroy, engages in a verbal sparring match with a very Michael Caine influenced Alfred.


Lost and Found: unpublished Frank Miller Daredevil/Punisher page.

Courtesy of Marvel Comics' Tom Brevoort comes this unpublished Daredevil page by comic book mega-superstar Frank Miller, inked by long time collaborator Klaus Janson. Brevoort states:
Here’s an unprinted page by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson from the two-part angel dust story that was originally intended for DAREDEVIL #167 and #168, and which was rejected by the comics code. The story eventually saw print, retooled, as DAREDEVIL #183 & #184, but this page fell by the wayside

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Jim Lee's cover to Justice League #6

With the publication of Justice League #6 coming up next week, Jim Lee took to the internet to comment on the issue, the conclusion of the first story arc that tells the tale of the uniting of the group in DC's New 52 continuity. He mentions the cover specifically and what his inspiration was for it.
“I wanted to create a cover which resonated with what I consider to be the most classic Darkseid story – namely the Great Darkness Saga – so that entailed the Justice League bowing down naturally to the power of Darkseid. Except of course Batman who, despite not having powers, fights with all his strength in defiance.”
Here's that cover and following it is the issue of the Legion of Super-Heroes and the Great Darkness Saga storyline that Lee said was his inspiration.


Chris Samnee joins Daredevil with issue #12

Some more Twitter news today. Artist Chris Samnee will be joining the creative of team of Marvel's critically acclaimed Daredevil starting with issue 12. He will be rotating story arcs with artist Paolo Rivera, taking the place of Marcos Martin who left the Mark Waid written series following issue 6.






Batman villain gets an Update for New 52 and Night of Owls crossover

From the Twitter feed of Batman writer Scott Snyder comes this first look at the redesign of classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze, just in time for the forthcoming crossover Night of The Owls that will be hitting the Batman family of books.


Saturday, February 18, 2012

In May comes 'The Spider' from Dynamite Entertainment

FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

The Spider, one of the greatest pulp characters of all time is now re-launched into the 21st century!  Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents The Spider #1, which will hit comic book stores everywhere in May 2012!  The series will be written by acclaimed writer David (Black Panther: The Man Without Fear) Liss and drawn by Colton Worley, with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Francesco Francavilla and Ron Lesser!

In The Spider #1, the world knows Richard Wentworth as a decorated war hero and the son of a wealthy industrialist - but only a few confidants know the truth.  As New York City slides into violence and despair, Wentworth has transformed himself into a force of justice as The Spider!  With only his wits, his technology, and his pistols to aid him, he fights a one-man man war against crime, but when a mysterious new villain threatens the city with an unspeakable horror, it may be more than even The Spider can handle. How far will a sane man go to restore order to an insane world?  Find out in The Spider #1 when it ships in May!

"Part of what always made The Spider so cool was the sheer scope of destruction caused by his villains," says The Spider writer David Liss.  "The Spider's enemies thought nothing of demolishing city blocks, killing thousands, turning countless innocents into mindless slaves.  Faced with crime this insane, The Spider had turn himself into a force of equal ferocity, destruction and ruthlessness.  He's the most badass and take-no-prisoners of the pulp heroes because he has to be, and it's been absolutely awesome transferring that kind of sentiment from the 1930s to contemporary times. Some things have been updated, but he's still the kind of vigilante that makes the bad guys wet their pants."

"This book has it all," adds artist Colton Worley. "It's got action, pulp, noir, horror, romance...everything you could ever want in a story all in one place.  And helping to create the world that David Liss has set up has been a great experience.

"Dynamite has propelled The Spider into the 21st century at breakneck speed," says CEO and President of Argosy Communications Joel Frieman.  "Please fasten your seat belts."

"David [Liss] and Colton [Worley] are a perfect pairing for the Spider," states Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. "The moment we saw Colton's first pages from #1 we spread them around like proud new parent's showing off pictures of our first-born, they were that amazing. All thanks to the incredible script by David of course. The time is right for a pulp revival and we're leading the charge."

"I have wanted to publish The Spider comics for some time now," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "But I wanted to make sure that the comic book had a dynamite creative team!  And with the dream team of David Liss and Colton Worley, The Spider #1 will be a must read for all comic book and The Spider fans!  Check out the awesome interior pages from Colton Worley for issue #1!"

The Spider was created by Harry Steeger at Popular Publications in 1933. He fought crime by donning a black fedora, a black cape, a trademark ring and a brace of .45 automatics to terrorize the criminal underworld, while driving in his sleek black specially outfitted Daimler.

The Spider novels were mainly written by Norvell W. Page, who filled them with danger, impending doom, fantastic villains, and great action!







FX Supervisor on The Avengers fired for Spoilers

There's a great interview with veteran FX supervisor Chris Wells that has been going the rounds of the internet the last few days. You can read it HERE. Well apparently he let a little too much slip about his work on Marvel Studios' The Avengers. According to film director Rian Johnson he has been fired from the film because of that interview.

From Johnson's Twitter:
"Chris Wells was our FX supervisor at Hydraulx, he’s a great guy and has done fantastic work on Looper. He did an interview recently that made the rounds where he talked about his work on Avengers, and let it slip that skull-head-guy isn’t a villain in the movie. I heard yesterday that Marvel had him fired for it. I understand it was a mistake on his part, but c’mon, that one bit of info is worth a guy losing his job?"
Obviously Marvel Studios takes their Non-Disclosure Agreements very seriously.



Friday, February 17, 2012

New photo released from The Avengers movie

Marvel Studios released a new still photo from The Avengers movie. This picture is of Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson aboard SHIELD's Helicarrier.


Another day, another lawsuit- Burroughs' Family sues Dynamite

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. has filed suit against Dynamite Entertainment and Dynamic Forces claiming their titles Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars constitute trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Even though the company is very careful not to use the words Tarzan or John Carter in any advertising or marketing they are still feeling the pressure from ERB Inc that this suit brings.

The suit also alleges that ERB Inc. has entered into licensing deals with Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics for the publication of Tarzan and John carter comic books and that Dynamite's publications harms these deals as well as confuse the consumer.

Bleeding Cool has the full filed lawsuit available for viewing HERE.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ultimate Spider-Man #7 PREVIEW

Courtesy of Marvel Comics and Comic Book Resources, Ultimate Spider-Man #7 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Samnee goes on sale February 22, 2012.


Does Marvel pirate scan their own comics?

 In a lengthy post on 4thletter!, Comics Alliance contributors David Uzumeri and David Brothers go through a their investigation of Marvel's pirated scans and how they were able to discover the source of those scans. And that was a leak at Marvel itself.
Having determined the typical paramaters of scanned comics -- resolution, file size, indica, fonts and overall quality -- Brothers and Uzumeri observed that the Marvel titles labeled "digital scans" were of a markedly different fidelity than those of DC and other publishers. The Marvel scans employ a uniform standard seemingly sized and formatted specifically for reading, and the same differences eliminate screenshots of comiXology products or rips from its Web reader.
The duo quickly eliminated several possible sources, like the pdf files sent out to comic news sites for reviews or previews. However the biggest clue in the investigation was found in the comparison of the digital pirated scans to the printed comics. They singled out a specific issue, Uncanny X-Men #7, and how the pirated scans were missing a layer of digital artwork, in this case musical notes that were to be part of the lettering. That led them to the idea that the pirated scans were coming from Marvel's own pre-press files.

Following the conclusion of their research into the origins of the scans the information was forwarded to Marvel with all the details of the leaks. Marvel has since closed the access that was used to get copies of its digital files.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Buckley and Quesada respond to the Ghost Rider lawsuit

For the last week the comics community has been astir with several lawsuits. The ruling against Gary Freidrich is his lawsuit against Marvel over ownership of the Ghost Rider character has hit hard. And as such the online debate about this ruling, along with the $17,000 in damages he must pay to Marvel as a result of the lawsuit has been very emotional.

This evening Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley and Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada addressed many of the rumors, comments and misinformation in an interview with Comic Book Resources. Here are some excerpts:

In regards to the $17,000 in damages that Freidrich has to pay Marvel:
QUESADA: "This story begins in 2007, when Gary decided to sue Marvel claiming that, as a writer, he was the sole creator of Ghost Rider and that Marvel was infringing on his rights. A federal judge disagreed. Recently, Gary's lawyers have said publicly that they intend to appeal their loss, and that ball is now in their court.
Now, here's where the story seems to take on a life of its own. First and foremost, Marvel has not settled with Gary. What has been misinterpreted as a settlement is a court document that Gary's very own attorneys agreed to, along with Marvel's attorneys. That document basically ends his lawsuit against Marvel at the trial court level with Marvel having won and Gary's case dismissed. By agreeing on a number for the profits Gary made from selling unlicensed Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider merchandise after the court has decided that Marvel is the owner of that copyright, it allows Gary's attorneys to file his appeal now rather than have Gary litigate further. It is in no way a "fine" or "punishment" for Gary. It is something that the court asked both parties to do and agree upon. This is one more step in an expensive and time-consuming legal process initiated way back in 2007."
On the question of who created Ghost Rider, a claim that Freidrich takes sole credit for and initiated the lawsuits and counter-suits between parties:
QUESADA: "From the Marvel side of things, we absolutely agree that Gary made a significant contribution to the creation of Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider. That has never been under contention. But Gary didn't do it alone. Mike Ploog, the original artist, was a co-creator. Other people contributed as well, including Roy Thomas and Stan Lee. There were many individuals present at the time of Johnny Blaze's creation who disagree with the claim that Gary was the sole creator. And keep in mind, there was a previous Marvel Western character called Ghost Rider."
And on the questions of a possible change in Marvel's policies toward conventions and artists' selling prints, commission and other artworks featuring Marvel characters:
Buckley: We in no way want to interfere with creators at conventions who are providing a positive Marvel experience for our fans. We want fans to speak and interact with the creators who wrote, penciled, inked, lettered, colored or edited their favorite stories. Part of that positive interaction is that a fan can walk away with a signed memento or personalized sketch from an artist.
To read the full interview on Comic Book Resources please click THIS LINK.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Alan Moore calls Before Watchmen "desperate" and "tragically comical"

Today in a long interview posted on Fastcocreate.com Watchmen creator Alan Moore further elaborated on his opinions of DC Comics' announced Before Watchmen project, a series of miniseries prequels focusing on the origins of the characters from the original graphic novel series. He elaborates on several of his comments that were given by him following last month's announcement. Says Moore:
“My reaction [to the prequels] is a certain degree of weary contempt,” says Moore. “It’s gone beyond anger. It’s almost tragically comical. It’s commerce over art. I’m proud of the work I did on Watchmen, but it’s surrounded by such a toxic cloud of memories. I wish I didn’t have to go through them. I don’t even have a copy of the book in the house.”
There has been a long and very public feud between Moore and DC Comics in regards to Watchmen and most of his other published work for that company. According to Moore this new project is just further proof of their disagreements and a reminder of the 'bad' contract he signed with DC to publish Watchmen.
“It seems a bit desperate to go after a book famous for its artistic integrity. It’s a finite series. Watchmen was said to actually provide an alternative to the superhero story as an endless soap opera. To turn that into just another superhero comic that goes on forever demonstrates exactly why I feel the way I do about the comics industry. It’s mostly about franchises. Comic shops these days barely sell comics. It’s mostly spin-offs and toys."
Moore even hints at taking his opinions to the next level with what would in all cases be one of the most high profile comic book creator's rights lawsuit of all time.
“I thought about it for a while--I could perhaps sue, although I suspect DC would be very comfortable with that. They have a whole battery of lawyers who could continue to fight this case for decades. And it’s not like I’m after money. It’s always been about the dignity and integrity of the work. I just want them not to do something. There’s no point in wasting resources for decades, when effectively, if there’s a legal case, I’d be prohibited from speaking about it, which DC is more worried about.”
Moore goes on in the interview discussing the current state of affairs in comic publishing, the tactics DC has used to previously gain his approval for the Before Watchmen project and more.

To read the full interview with Alan Moore please click THIS LINK. 

The Minutemen by Darwyn Cooke

Batman: Earth One release date set- finally

After first being announced by DC Comics back in 2009, Batman: Earth One by the superstar creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank has been given a release date and an official solicitation. The hardcover original graphic novel, 144 pages in length will be on sale on July 3, 2012.

The solicitation information released by DC Comics is as follows:
BATMAN: EARTH ONE HC

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale JULY 4 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US

• From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE!
• In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE’S transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT.
• In this all new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City
• Plus, who is Alfred Pennyworth – and why is he so determined to put an end to the Batman?


Monday, February 13, 2012

The Walking Dead- new season opens with huge ratings

It's unclear if the publicity following the revelation of the lawsuit between creator Robert Kirkman and original comic series artist Tony Moore fueled viewer interest in last might's midseason premiere of The Walking Dead on AMC. Still the #1 rated cable series posted ratings records for a basic cable drama series, with 8.1 million viewers tuning in for it's 9 pm premiere.


Iron Man No More: Fraction's next storyline will bring 'a new Iron Man'

In an interview posted today on Marvel.com series writer Matt Fraction gave some hints and clues to the next arc in Invincible Iron Man following the conclusion of the currently running 'Demon' storyline.

From Fraction:
“As we’ll see at the end of ‘Demon,’ General Babbage, [Tony’s] primary antagonist at the Pentagon, and Justine Hammer of HAMMER Industries, present Tony with an ultimatum. Accepting it is the only way he can remain in control of the Iron Man without losing everything. And Tony very quickly finds that arrangement to be unacceptable. The ramifications of that are what ‘Long Way Down’ is all about. 
So basically…Tony quits.”
That's how Fraction describes 'Long Way Down' which will begin with May's Invincible Iron Man #516. Ominously he also describes that storyline in relation to his and long time artistic collaborator Salvador Larocca's long run on the book.
“It's the third act. The grand finale. The beginning of the end."
For more of the article on Marvel.com please click THIS LINK.



 

Secret #1 PREVIEW

Coming this April from Image Comics is a new ongoing series by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Ryan Bodenheim called Secret. According to Hickman, the series is "an espionage thriller that takes a deep look into the shadow world existing between the government and private security firms."

The first issue goes on sale on April 11, 2012 with a $3.50 cover price.



Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Walking Dead- Zombies are live on Apple's iBooks

Though the lawsuit between creators Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore continues, Image Comics tries to spin attention away from the internal drama.

Released from Image Comics:
THE WALKING DEAD is a best-selling comic, became an acclaimed television series on AMC, and now Robert Kirkman’s creation expands its pop culture empire as it becomes the first Image Comics title to be available on Apple’s iBooks.

Readers wanting a digital reading experience won’t have to wait to get the whole story. All fifteen collections of the ongoing comics series are available now in the iBooks store, priced at $9.99 each, except for volume one Days Gone Bye, which is $8.99

The collections of THE WALKING DEAD occupied more than half of the top 25 slots in Diamond Comics’ list of top-selling graphic novels of 2011. The debut of Image Comics’ best-selling title on iBooks is part of the publisher’s overall commitment to releasing their creator-owned properties in a variety of media. Besides being sold in retail stores, individual issues of Image comics are available on multiple electronic platforms.

The publisher expects to release more titles on iBooks in the coming weeks, beginning with John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Eisner-winning New York Times bestselling series CHEW.

Miller shares some Superman secrets of the new Smallville Season 11 series

Following the announcement of DC Comics' new Smallville Season 11 digital comic, series writer Bryan Q. Miller gave a quick interview to TV Guide on what readers can expect when the series debuts.
"Season 11 begins six months after Clark Kent defeated Darkseid and stopped the planet Apokolips from crashing into Earth. He's now settling into life as the Man of Steel while continuing to carry on his dual identity as a mild-mannered reporter at the Daily Planet. It's Clark's first year as Superman," says writer Bryan Q. Miller, who was also a writer on the TV show and has previously scripted DC's Teen Titans and Batgirl comics. "He's riding the high of everything working out so far. And he enjoys that he can stop and shake hands with folks after he saves them."
 As to the other members of the cast Miller said that fans will be pleased that they all will be featured in the new comic book.
"It's a continuation of the lives of characters seen weekly over the course of 10 years. It's an ensemble book with Clark Kent at the core. Clark just so happens to now be Superman. That ensemble includes Lois Lane, his fiancé and fellow reporter; his childhood best friend, Chloe; and Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. As was teased in the finale, Chloe and Ollie are now married and in fact, she's going by the name Chloe Sullivan-Queen."
For more of the article and interview with Miller, follow THIS LINK.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Walking Dead- Kirkman Responds to the Lawsuit

Robert Kirkman, writer and creator of The Walking Dead comic book series, has issued a statement in response to Thursday's new of a lawsuit filed by former friend and collaborator Tony Moore over profits and ownership of the hit zombie franchise.

From Kirkman:
"The lawsuit is ridiculous, we each had legal representation seven years ago and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid for the work he was hired to do. Tony regularly receives payment for the work he did as penciler, inker and for gray tones on the first six issues of The Walking Dead comic series and he receives royalties for the TV show, to assert otherwise is simply incorrect."
Moore's claims are quite different. In the lawsuit he stated:
 "Indeed, they have not issued a single statement or allowed access to their books and records in accordance with the reporting obligations of the agreement."
To support his rebuttal the following image was also released by Kirkman, showing that Moore has never been listed as a creator of the series nor copyright holder.


Invincible Iron Man #513 PREVIEW

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, Invincible Iron Man #513 by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca, on sale on February 15, 2012.


Friday, February 10, 2012

Avengers #26 cover by Simonson released, naturally features Thor

Marvel is certainly making many fans happy today by releasing the cover to Avengers #26, Walt Simonson's second issue as regular artist and his first as cover artist. Adding to the exciting is seeing Simonson drawing the new look Thor.


























Avengers #26, an Avengers vs. The X-Men tie- in by Brian Michael Bendis and Walt Simonson will be released in May.
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