September 30, 2011

George Perez off Superman as of Issue #7


Some more creative changes going on in the DCnU. Newsarama is reporting that legendary writer/artist George Perez is no longer the writer of the new Superman book (which #1 just came out this week) as of issue #7. Keith Giffen will take over writing duties while Dan Jurgens will come on board doing layouts or be the actual penciller. Perez may stay on as finisher or inker. This will be the same team on Green Arrow - if you remember, Giffen is taking over as co-writer for JT Krul. John Rozum left Static Shock after the first issue. So far, there has been comment from either side. What is going on?

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What is Marvel's "Foundation of 2012?"

All this week Marvel has been releasing teaser images for a 64-page one shot called Point One. The tag line is "The Foundation of 2012 is Here!" The book will serve as a launching pad for new series, including one "that spins directly out of the smash hit 'Dark Angel Saga' in Uncanny X-Force."

The stories are written by: Jeph Loeb, Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, Fred Van Lente, Chris Yost, David Lapham and more. Art is by: Ed McGuinness, Bryan  Hitch, Terry Dodson, Salvador Larroca, Ryan Stegman, Javier Pulido, Roberto De La Torre and more.

Point One comes out the week of November 2, 2011. So let's look at the teasers...

An army of Ultrons?
The Return of Nova?
The new Defenders
The new Scarlet Spider?
A new team from the "Dark Angel Saga?"

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September 29, 2011

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Owns the Comics Code Autority


Official Press Release
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund today announces that it has received the intellectual property rights to the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval in an assignment from the now-defunct Comic Magazine Association of America, which administrated the Code since the 1950s.
The Comics Code Seal comes to the CBLDF during Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read, and just a few months following a decision in the U.S. Supreme Court where Justice Scalia cited CBLDF’s brief addressing the comics industry’s history of government scrutiny and the subsequent self-regulation the Comics Code represented. Dr. Amy Nyberg, author of Seal of Approval: The History of Comics Code has prepared a short history of the Comics Code Seal and the era of censorship it represents exclusively for CBLDF that is available now in the Resources section of cbldf.org.
CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, “As we reflect upon the challenges facing intellectual freedom during Banned Books Week, the Comics Code Seal is a reminder that it’s possible for an entire creative field to have those rights curtailed because of government, public, and market pressures. Fortunately, today comics are no longer constrained as they were in the days of the Code, but that’s not something we can take for granted. Banned Books Week reminds us that challenges to free speech still occur, and we must always be vigilant in fighting them.”
The CBLDF will take over licensing of products bearing the Comics Code Seal, including t-shirts, providing a modest source of income for the organization’s First Amendment legal work. Graphitti Designs is currently offering t-shirts with the Code Seal to benefit CBLDF.
Brownstein adds “It’s a progressive change that the Comics Code seal, which is yesterday’s symbol of comics censorship, will now be used to raise money to protect the First Amendment challenges comics face in the future. That goal probably would have been unimaginable to the Code’s founders, who were part of a generation of comics professionals that were fleeing a witch-hunt that nearly trampled comics and any notion that they deserved any First Amendment protection.”
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics field. It is currently in the midst of Be Counted, a member drive aiming to raise $100,000 for urgently needed First Amendment legal and education work. To learn more about the CBLDF and to support its efforts, please visit www.cbldf.org

How delicious is this????

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September 28, 2011

When Hatchet Meets Hack/Slash


This November's Hack/Slash Annual 2011 see's Tim Seely's heroine Cassie Hack comes face-to-face with Victor Crowley, the antagonist of the Hatchet movies.

"As a guy who spends a lot of time researching horror movies, believe me when I say the world needed Hatchet," said Seeley. "So, from the moment I saw the movie, I was looking for a way to have Cas and Vlad meet Victor."

And as to the story....

In the Louisiana Bayou, the murderous ghost of Victor Crowley is maiming tourists in creatively horrible ways. But in his blind murderous rampage, he may have created something worse than himself! Now, Cassie and Vlad are back in New Orleans, and it won't be long before baseball bat meets hatchet and deformed mutant meets deformed mutant! 

The Hack/Slash Annual 2011, written by Benito Cereno with art by Airel Zucker-Brull, will be in stores November 2. Covers are by Tim Seely and Mark Englert, and by Airel Zucker-Brull.



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DC's Mystery Woman's Final Thirteen Appearances


Well, all appearances have been accounted for. As you know, there is a mysterious glowing woman in a purple cloak showing up in every book of the new 52 books from DC. Here's her appearances by weeks...

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
This week
(Special thanks to Bleeding Cool for all the leg work).

So, do you have ANY ideas who she is? I threw out some theories, but not sure. I tend to lean toward a new version of Time Trapper or the Monitor. I would really like your input, so email me or place a comment below. If you email, please let me know if it's OK to use your response in a possible "For What It's Worth" followup.

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New Ongoing Ghostbusters Series From IDW


Ray, Pete, Egon, and Winston (and Janine) return in a new, ongoing Ghostbusters series which debuts today from IDW. The series is written by Erik Burnham (Ghostbusters: Infestation) with art by Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happend?!) and cover artists Nick Runge (Ghostbusters: Haunted Holidays).  In the first issue, pscychokinetic energy is on the rise again, and business is booming for the boys. Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream – is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocaplyse, or just a little indigestion?


Similar to IDW’s hugely successful Godzilla retailer exclusive cover promotion, comic retailers were offered the opportunity to take part in the special “Be a Ghostbuster” promotion, resulting in nine different covers. Selected by participating retailers, nine people are featured on the unique covers of issue #1 as individual Ghostbusters, drawn from photo reference by the talented Alan Robinson (Phoenix Without Ashes, Weekly World News.) These original covers are only available in the nine comic stores that supported the program.


There is also a "Who You Gonna Call" glow in the dark cover by Schoening.


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September 27, 2011

Officer Downe Returns in December Bigger and Better

Officer Downe gets the hardcover treatment from Image this December.  Writer Joe Casey (Godland, Haunt) and artist Chris Burnham (Batman, Inc.) re-team to add additional pages of over-the-top sex and violence to this sought after book.


"What could be a better X-Mas gift this year than an oversized hardcover filled with sex and gore and weirdness and gore?" said Casey. "...Did I mention gore? Well, OFFICER DOWNE delivers! I hear it's Santa's favorite comicbook about a cop who won't let death or dismemberment stop him!"

"The first edition of Officer Downe sold out really quickly and I'm always being approached by fans of my Batman Incorporated stuff who are trying in vain to get their hands on it," added Burnham. "I'm super psyched that they're finally going to see our contemptible depravity in such a big classy format."

OFFICER DOWNE: BIGGER, BETTER BASTARD EDITION, a 96-page full-color action graphic novel , will be on sale in stores December 7.


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The New 52 Sold Out


DC Comics' The Source reports that all 52 books have been sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors and that second printings have been ordered. Action Comics and Batgirl are to get third printings, while Justice League will receive a fourth printing. The blog also reports that Aquaman (which comes out Wednesday) has joined Action Comics, Batgirl, Batman, Batman and Robin, Batman: The Dark Knight, Detective Comics, The Flash, Green Lantern, Justice League, and Superman for having over 100,000 copies ordered. Action Comics, Batman, and Justice League have exceeded 200,000 orders.

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Moonstone's January 2012 Solicitations

The Fellowship obtained from our friends at Moonstone their January 2012 solicitations:


Honey West #6

Story: Trina Robbins
Art: Silvestre Szilagyi
Colors: Ken Wolak
Covers: Franchesco
32pgs, color, $3.99

MURDER, FORSOOTH is the way Shakespeare might have put it when Honey goes undercover in a corset and pushup bra at a Medieval Faire, to find out who’s threatening to kill the May Queen. And when those beauty queens go at it tooth and nail, battling for a prize that could lead to stardom, and when that contest might very well be fixed, woe betide the girl who wins, because her jealous rivals might make sure that it’s adios, hasta la vista, so long --- at the Faire!


(2 covers by Franchesco: Red cover = 75%, B/w cover = 25%)



Big Book of Kolchak the Night Stalker

Writers: Stuart M. Kaminsky, CJ Henderson
Art: Dennis Calero, Doug Klauba, etc
Cover: Cortney Skinner
b/w, 320pgs, 7” x 10”, $16.99
978-1-936814-14-5
       
This tome collects the long out of print first two Kolchak TPB’s all in one affordable package!

Contains seven complete stories: “The Night Stalker”, “Get of Belial”, “Fever Pitch”, “Mask of Moment”, “Pain Most Human”, “Pain without Tears”, and “Devil in the Details”!



Zombies vs Cheerleaders #6

(W) Steven L Frank, Eric M Esquivel, Jeff Aden
(A) Jim Kyle, David Cutler, Ben Hansen
32pgs, color, $3.99

The zombie comic that can't be stopped! Just like a zombie, it won't die!

Just like a cheerleader, it's hot! Check out the fun and thrills that only ZvC can bring!

Super rad covers by Daniel Campos, David Cutler, Jason Pedersen, and Elizabeth Torque!




-Campos (50%) Cutler (20%) Pederson (20%) Torque (10%)



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September 26, 2011

Super Dinosaur Gets Collected!

Image has announced that the super-successful Super Dinosaur will receive a trade. It collects issues #1 through #5 and the Super Dinosaur Origin Special. The series is written by Robert Kirkman (Invincible, The Walking Dead) with art by Jason Howard (Astounding Wolf-Man). The story revolves around Derek Dynamo and his genetically modified Tyrannosaurus Rex


"Since becoming a parent, I wanted to create a comic book that parents can read with their kids or that kids can pick up and read on their own," said Kirkman. "We also wanted to create a comic that's appropriate for younger kids but doesn't talk down to them, so it will interest older readers as well!"


The trade is 128 pages and will be out November 23. The title is a part of Kirkman's Skybound imprint. For more information, check out www.superdinosaur.com or www.imagecomics.com


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Voice Cast for Justice League: Doom Announced; You'll be Happy


The Cast of the upcoming Justice League: Doom have been announced (courtesy of Comic Book Movie.com via TVGuide.com). Long time fans of DC Animation will be happy as many voice actors are returning to their roles...

Superman (Tim Daly)
Batman (Kevin Conroy)
wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg)
Flash (Michael Rosenbaum)
Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion)
Martian Manhunter (Carl Lumbly) and 
Cyborg (Bumper Robinson)

The story is loosely based on the story arc Tower of Babel written by Mark Waid. The script was written by the late Dwayne McDuffie. Expect the DVD/Blu-Ray in February 2012.

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September 25, 2011

Man of Steel Gets a New Mom


Deadline and Cinema Blend (among others) are reporting that Ayelet Zurer has replaced Julia Ormond as Lora in Zack Synder's Superman reboot Man of Steel. No reason is known right now. Deadline has confirmed that scenes involving Superman's mom are to be filmed this week. Zurer was in films Vantage Point and in Angels & Demons. Man of Steel is scheduled for a June 13, 2013 release.

So...what do you think happened, A difference of opinion? Hmmm... I'm sure we'll hear something.

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September 24, 2011

More Pics of Anne Hathaway in Catwoman Costume


More images of filming of The Dark Knight Rises continue to hit the net. The new ones include scenes with Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Christian Bale as Batman, and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Here's just a few of them, you can find more over on Just Jared's website. Enjoy!


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Shining the Light on Justice League Dark #1


IGN obtained exclusive sneak peak at next week's Justice League Dark #1. The book is written by Peter Milligan with art by Mikel Janin and the cover is by Ryan Sook. The new team is composed of the supernatural heroes: Zatanna, John Constantine, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Shade the Changing Man. Take a look...



For the record...this is on my pull list. :)

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Superman #1 Preview


Comic Book Resources has obtained an exclusive look at pages of the new Superman book that is coming out September 28. The book is written by legend George Perez. Perez and Jesus Merino are handling the art. Enjoy!



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September 22, 2011

Coming in December from IDW: "The Death of Optimus Prime."

Official Press Relase


In stores this December, IDW is proud to announce  TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, setting a whole new direction for the AUTOBOT leader and the TRANSFORMERS comic book universe. 


IDW’s CHAOS event, spanning throughout 2011, represented the closing of a chapter in TRANSFORMERS history for the comic book universe. On Earth, the AUTOBOTS learned of the treachery of their human allies--and their loyalty was pushed past the breaking point. In space--with the fate of the universe at stake--the TRANSFORMERS waged the final battle for the fate of CYBERTRON. With the end of CHAOS, the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS is over. 

Now the hard part begins, as the survivors must confront their future head-on. The TRANSFORMERS’ homeworld is reborn--but it’s not the safe home the AUTOBOTS had hoped for. Amidst a hostile planet--and an angry population--AUTOBOT leader OPTIMUS PRIME must try to unite the divided loyalties of his fellow TRANSFORMERS. In the process, he is forced to question whether he is the ruler a united CYBERTRON needs. IDW’s December comic, TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, answers that question, once and for all.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will be available in comic stores and through the Apple iTunes store this December. The futures of Earth and CYBERTRON culminate together in this monumental issue, launching an all new-era for IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics. TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will feature 32 pages of full-color, action-packed story, written by John Barber and James Roberts, with art by Nick Roche. Fans are encouraged to ask their retailers about the different variant covers, including a Livio Ramondelli cover, and an exclusive wraparound cover featuring all 125 IDW TRANSFORMERS covers, with foil enhancements. This special issue sets the stage for two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comic series starting in January!

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011.



Hmmm....The two new ongoing series will be called Transformers: Robots in Disguise by Barber and artist Andrew Griffith, and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye by Roberts and Roche.


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Sneak Peak at Annihilators: Earthfall #1


Newsarama has a sneak peak at the upcoming Annihilator mini-series by the writing team of  Dan Abnett and Andy Landing with art by Tan Eng and Timothy Green II. The cosmic team comes to Earth, but why? And why battle Earth's mightiest heroes - the Avengers (because they are the favor of the month, heck, year)? All will be answered September 28, 2011!


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TV Show "Fringe" Gets a Digital Comic


DC's the Source announce a new digital comic based on the TV show Fringe written by series star Joshua Jackson with art by Drew Johnson. The series will alternate every two weeks between two storylines: one tied directly to the show canon, while the second one is a "what-if" (although this is DC, shouldn't it be "Elseworld"?) approach. Jackson wrote the first arc that is based in the canon storyline that takes place during the time between last season and the upcoming season.

The issues will be released every two weeks at $.99 per download. The first issue of Beyond the Fringe is available already at read.dccomics.com. The new season of Fringe begins Friday, September 23 at 9pm ET/PT on Fox.

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Join the Adventures of "Lord of the Jungle" with Dynamite Comics

Official press release:

LORD OF THE JUNGLE BEGINS IN DECEMBER!

                  EXPANSION OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGH'S CLASSIC TALE!

September 20, 2011, Runnemede, NJ - The original Lord of the Jungle returns! Dynamite is proud  to announce the December release of Lord of the Jungle! Dynamite's Lord of the Jungle is true to Edgar Rice Burroughs original tale, savage, violent, and uncensored for the first time in its 100 year history!  We are so proud and excited about this book, that we are offering the first FULL issue for the introductory price of just $1.00!
Based on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure story, Tarzan of the Apes, the first of his famous series, which initially began publication in All Story Magazine in 1912.  The saga of Greystoke begins in December, written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Roberto Castro, and featuring covers by Alex Ross, Lucio Parillo, Ryan Sook, and Paul Renaud.


 "Tarzan's DNA is in everything from super heroes to space epics," says writer Arvid Nelson.  "But I was surprised at how little I knew about him, because the many adaptations wander very far from the original character. His true story is so much deeper and more interesting -- that's we're trying to bring to life in Lord of the Jungle."

"To allow the series to be accessible to fans old and new, we are offering the first issue at the Introductory Price of $1.00 for the full ENTIRE 32 page comic, as well as dedicating both of the Dynamite front gate folds of the October shipping Previews Magazine to our launch," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Get on board for the biggest comic book launch this December!"
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

For art and more information, please visit: www.dynamite.net

About Dynamite Entertainment:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's PROJECT SUPERPOWERS - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.



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