Sneak Peak at Atomic Robo Volume 6 #2

The Fellowship has obtained a sneak peak at the new issue of Atomic Robo from Red 5 comics which comes out this Wednesday.

Story: "Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X"
You may be asking yourself, 'What is this Atomic Robot all about anyway? I hear nothing but praise for it, yet I continue to buy boring and overpriced comics I don't enjoy instead.' Do yourself a favor and find out why there's so much love for this series. Don't want to start 'in the middle?' Shut up, you can start with any volume. Hell, you can start with this issue, watch: last issue Robo tried to rescue some astronauts. This issue IT GOES HORRIBLY WRONG -- BAM! -- now you're caught up.

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HELL YEAH Teaser Image

The Fellowship has received a teaser from Image Comics for one of their new titles, HELL YEAH. The image made it's debut at New York Comic Con this past weekend. The book, to debut in 2012, is written bJoe Keatinge and art by Andre Szymanowicz.

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Sneak Peak: FARSCAPE #24 (Final Issue)

The Fellowship has obtained a quick look at BOOM! Studios final issue of FARSCAPE which comes out this Wednesday (10/19). Here's the synopsis...

LAST ISSUE! The final chapter of The War for the Uncharted Territories concludes here! Sacrifices have been made and the crew of Moya will never look at their quest the same way again. For Crichton and Aeryn, this is the moment their entire lives have been leading up to! Don’t miss the last issue of one of the most beloved science fiction franchises of all time! From FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and fan-favorite writer Keith R.A. DeCandido!

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Legendary's First NYCC Appearance Reveals New Projects

At their first panel ever at New York Comic Con, Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck and company announced some of their plans from the brand new comics company. Their first project, FRANK MILLER'S HOLY TERROR, has been out for a short period of time.

Paul Pope's PULPHOPE

Paul Pope (BATMAN YEAR 100) announced that they are re-issuing his ONE TRICK RIP OFF next year with new material and in color for the first time. He is also releasing PULPHOPE in November.

Matt Wagner (MAGE, GRENDEL) is working on THE TOWER CHRONICLES with Legendary's Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. The art will be by Simon Bisley  (HELLBLAZER, LOBO).

Michael Kaluta (THE SHADOW) is working on a graphic novel based on the John Milton poem PARADISE LOST.

More preview art will be posted on Legendary's Facebook page later this week.

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DCnU: The Return of SHAZAM!

DC just announced that Captain Marvel AKA Shazam will be making his appearance in the new DC universe as a backup tale in the JUSTICE LEAGUE comic. THE CURSE OF SHAZAM will be written by Geoff Johns (who is also writing JUSTICE LEAGUE) and the art will be done by Gary Frank. The duo have worked together before on ACTION COMICS and SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGINS. More information later...

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The Scarlet Spider Returns and Gets an Ongoing Series

A new Spider-title will appear in January, spinning (no pun intended) out of the current "Spider-Island" story arc. The book will be written by Chris Yost with art by Ryan Stegman.

So who is the Scarlet Spider? Ben Reilly? Kaine? Mary Jane Watson? Someone else? Apparently Amazing Spider-Man #671 may give some clues. However, the new wall-crawler will have a new territory... Houston, Texas.

“The mission is: run!” says Yost. “At the beginning of the story, Scarlet Spider is trying to get out of the country due to the events of Spider Island. [Between the] police, FBI [and] Avengers, Scarlet Spider is a wanted person. So the logical thing is to get the heck out of Dodge. But as will happen, life gets in the way. Scarlet Spider's trying to stay under the radar for reasons that will be revealed. But once in Houston, trouble is afoot. Hard choices have to be made.”

“People have a love for Scarlet Spider, there's a lot of history there for sure,” Yost notes. “But with any luck, it'll all come together and make sense. Scarlet Spider has a unique perspective on the world, which in turn gives us a new perspective on Spider-Man.”

For those who do not know a lot about the Scarlet Spider, here's some help from Wikipedia...

The first Scarlet Spider was a clone of Spider-Man created by the Jackal, (Miles Warren). The Jackal created the clone to fight and defeat the original Spider-Man, but since the clone and Peter both shared the same memories, they confused themselves in the battle. The original Peter Parker emerged victorious and the clone was left for dead and dumped into a smoke stack of a factory. He managed to escape and assumed the alias Ben Reilly, a combination of his Uncle's first name and his Aunt's maiden name. He wandered around aimlessly for five years before returning to New York City, and found himself once again wanting to be a hero. He fashioned his own costume, and became the Scarlet Spider. He fought alongside his "brother" Spider-Man, and proved himself to be such a great hero, that Spider-Man asked him to watch over the city while he and his wife Mary Jane tried to start a family. When his name was smeared by a second, evil Scarlet Spider, he assumed the identity of Spider-Man, until his death at the hands of Norman Osborn. His body subsequently disintegrated, proving once and for all that he was the clone.

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The Fellowship has received a sneak peak at Arcana's MARKUS FANG. The graphic novel, scheduled for a December 28, 2011 release, is written by Shannon Eric Denton and Ross Lamanna with art and cover by Christian Fernandez.

Markus Fang's focuses on an 18-year-old, trained by an agency to battle an opposing evil agency. The only problem is, while out in the field Fang's own agency is wiped out. It's up to Fang and a handful of survivors to bring the opposition down without the weapons, technology, and support network they were trained to use.

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The Fellowship has received a sneak peak at Arcana Comic's INTERAGENTS. The graphic novel, scheduled for a December 28, 2011 release is written by Dwight MacPherson and Bruce Brown with art and cover by Valerio Giangiordano.

December 7th, 1941: As the Interagents deploy to the Philippines to thwart a surprise attack, Japanese bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor killing 2,388 American servicemen. But who sent the communique that lured the super team away from the true Japanese target? And who murdered the only Interagent who knew of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor?

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Patty Jenkins to Direct THOR 2; Release Date Moved

Marvel Studios announced yesterday that Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the next installment of the THOR franchise. As you may remember, Kenneth Branagh would not direct the sequel, but would stay on as a producer. The release date has been moved to November 15, 2013 as well. The original date was for July 26, 2013.

Ms. Jenkins wrote and directed the movie MONSTER, which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for her portrayal in the lead role Aileen. Jenkins recieved an Emmy nomination for her directing the pilot episode of AMC's show THE KILLING.

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DC Comics Sells Over 5 Million Issues in Six Weeks

Official Press Release

DC Comics - the home of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman - is experiencing its best comic books sales in more than 20 years, following a historic renumbering of all DC Comics titles with 52 all-new first issues. With sales of more than 5 million copies in only six weeks, the first issues of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 are generating international headlines and bringing fans back into comic book stores across the country.
"We are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response from retailers fans and the creative community to DC Comics -- The New 52," said DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson. "This was a bold publishing initiative that is reinvigorating and growing the industry and medium we love."
“We did more than just change Superman’s costume and renumber the entire line. We took a huge risk and it’s paying off,” said Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of JUSTICE LEAGUE. “Comic book retailers are seeing returning fans and as well as new readers flock to their stores.”
Earlier this year, and before DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 launched on August 31st, the industry’s bestselling comic book title typically sold about 100,000 copies. In contrast:
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 has sold more than 250,000 copies.
  • ACTION COMICS #1 and BATMAN #1 have both sold more than 200,000 copies.
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1, THE FLASH #1, GREEN LANTERN #1 and SUPERMAN #1 have all sold more than 150,000 copies.
So, just how many comic books are we talking about? With New York Comic Con kicking off this week, let’s look to some of New York’s famous landmarks for some visual context. It takes (approximately):
  • 2,090,880 comic books laid end to end to stretch from one end of New York State to the other. We’ve sold enough DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 first issues to span New York State in its entirety two times over.
  • 174,480 comic books stacked on top of each other to reach the top of the Empire State Building. That’s every copy of GREEN LANTERN #1—with issues to spare.
  • 36,600 comic books stacked in a pile to reach the top of the Statue of Liberty. That means copies of WONDER WOMAN #1 could reach the top of Lady Liberty almost three times. 
Oh, and 5 million copies sold?  That’s enough copies of DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 to lay out and span the distance from New York to Chicago – with some left over. “People are buying, reading and talking about a line of comic books in a way they haven’t in years,” said Dan DiDio, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher. “We’re thrilled to see the passionate response fans have had, but this is just Step One for us. Now our plan is to keep the momentum and enthusiasm going.”
"When DC Entertainment was created almost two years ago, we committed to an environment of 'no fear' when it came to creative and business risks," said Nelson. "I couldn't be more proud of our Publishing team for embracing this mantra and delivering in a way that is growing the genre, our partners' businesses and our fan base, while helping to fuel the creative engine that drives so many Warner Bros.' content businesses."
In addition to debuting all-new first issues in comic shops, DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 launched same-day digital publishing, with DC Entertainment becoming the first major comic book publisher to release their entire line of ongoing titles same-day digital.
“Our digital sales have been better than we could have imagined and we are pleased that these sales are additive to traditional publishing sales in the comic book stores," said John Rood, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. “We’re not migrating readers from print to digital. We’re adding more new readers into the mix.”

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APE Entertainment Hopes to Set up Shop on Sesame Street

APE Entertainment announced today that they are in discussions to produce comics based on the characters from Sesame Street. The hopes are to produce a series of educational and entertaining comics both in print and digital. The digital editions would be available on the Sesame Street store on iTunes.

"We are incredibly excited about our current negotiations with Sesame Workshop and the possibility of being able to bring their expertise in educating and entertaining children to comics,” said Ape Entertainment COO Brent E. Erwin. He went on to say, “I love the idea of creating educational comics that will both teach and entertain children. And the possibility of getting to work with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Grover, well…that’s just a dream come true."

Among some of the licenses APE Entertainment have include: SHREK, CASPER,  RICHIE RICH, KUNG FU PANDA, MEGAMIND, as well as there own properties GO-GO GORILLA, HELLDORADO, LITTLE GREEN MEN, and MECHA-NATION. SESAME STREET has been making educational and entertaining program for children for over 40 years.

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Stephen King, Joe Hill Team Up with IDW

IDW Publishing is proud to announce ROAD RAGE, a new partnership with best-selling authors Stephen King and Joe Hill, to produce a comic-book adaptation of their co-written adventure tale, Throttle. This monthly two-part series begins in February, and will be followed by two issues adapting the story that inspired ThrottleRichard Matheson’s classic tale of suspense, Duel, beginning in April.

Throttle is a story that really begs for a visual adaptation: it’s got bikes and badasses and lots of expensive rolling iron blowing up and getting smashed,” said Hill. “Who doesn't get off on that? I can’t wait to see IDW get behind the wheel and take the thing out for a spin.”

Throttle, the first collaboration between father-and-sonKing and Hill, was not only inspired by Matheson’s Duel, it also only appeared in print in a limited-edition anthology honoring Matheson’s works, He is Legend.Throttle and Duel were subsequently released as an audiobook called Road Rage, which is the banner title the comics will also carry.

Throttle tells the story of a motorcycle gang pursued by an unseen assailant in a big rig, but as might be expected knowing the talent involved, things aren’t exactly as they seem.

“Working with the great Joe Hill (I can say that because he’s my kid) on such a kick-ass story was a terrific treat, and this version takes it to whole new level,” said King. “Rev up and climb on!”

Adapting the story alongside Hill and King is Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer and the editor ofHill’s New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, LOCKE & KEY. Handling art duties is Nelson Daniel, whose own collaboration with Hill and artist Zach Howard, THE CAPE, was nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award. Daniel will handle full art and colors, and provide a cover. Acclaimed artist Phil Noto will also provide covers for the two-part series. Ryall, who received a 2006 Eisner nomination for his and Ashley Wood’s adaptation of Matheson’s “Blood Son,” will also adapt Duel, with artist Rafa Garres for that two-part series. As a special bonus on the King/Hill story, artist Tony Harris will paint two incentive covers that show the authors themselves on a motorcycle road-trip.

“Like Joe and Steve, Richard Matheson’s Duel had a huge impact on me as a kid,” said Ryall. “And so did the works of Stephen King. Add to that mix the chance to continue working with Hill and Daniel, two of the very best creators of my generation, and you’ve got the makings of a project that’s very special to me. And as long as I don't screw up my part, it’ll hopefully be as special for all their fans when it comes out. Otherwise, you know who to blame…”

ROAD RAGE: THROTTLE will be released in February and March, with ROAD RAGE: DUEL to follow in April and May.

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Ann Nocenti Takes Over Green Arrow

Ann Nocenti returns to comics and to her first ongoing series for DC Comics - Green Arrow. She replaces Kieth Giffen and Dan Jurgens who replaced original writer JT Krul with issue #4.

“I’m thrilled to be taking over Green Arrow. What I adore about the Arrow is his recklessness. He’ll shoot off on an impulse, dispatch someone if they deserve it; his heroism is instinctive. I start with a crazy trilogy that is chock full of surprises. Arrow gets a new woman (and boy, is it complicated), flings himself out of his old life into a new one, and meets a new world class villain. It’s gonna be a wild ride!”

Nocenti is best known for her run on Daredevil from 1987 to 1991, with John Romita Jr. being her penciller for most of that run. She also did a sixteen issue run on Kid Eternity for Vertigo in 1993-1994, but for the most part had retired from comics writing since 1996. Her first issue will be #7.

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Coming in 2012, Free Comic Book Day in October?

Bleeding Cool is reporting that Diamond Distributors announced that starting in 2012, there will be a Free Comic Book Day type of event in October. The announcement was made this morning at the New York Comic Con Retailer’s Breakfast. Big and small comic book companies will be creative exclusive content for the event and comic book stores will be invited to participate. No actual date has been announced, but if it's Halloween related, it might be the last Saturday of October (but that's pure speculation on my part).

This is a great idea. I know Les gives out comics instead of candy to trick or treaters, and he'll be happy to hear this as well. As more info comes out, we'll let you know.

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The Match Up You've Been Waiting For... Plutonian VS. Max Damage!

BOOM! Studios announced that the IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover will happen starting in December. 

“This is the crossover we've been waiting to tell,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “We get to peer deeper into Max Damage's origins. These two iconic characters have been powerhouse adversaries since the first issue and we are thrilled to add to the mythology of both of these great series.”

The crossover takes place in IRREDEEMABLE issues #32 and #33, and in INCORRUPTIBLE issues #25 and #26. Both books are written by Mark Waid (KINGDOM COME) with art by Diego Barreto (IRREDEEMABLE) and Marcio Takara (INCORRUPTIBLE).

For those who aren't reading these books, IRREDEEMABLE is about The Plutonian, the World's greatest Hero who falls from grace and begins killing everybody on the planet. INCORRUPTIBLE is about Max Damage, a former super-villain who is trying to redeem himself.

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January 2012 Books from Bluewater Productions

Here is a list of books coming from Bluewater Comics in January...

Orbit: Jack Kirby
Writer: John Judy
Pencils: Paul Cox 
Jack Kirby was the king of comics and his impact on entertainment is still being felt today. Read the story of how he started in the slums of NYC, went on to be used by an industry he helped to create, and ended up in the hearts of people worldwide.

Orbit: The Cast of Dr Who (comic book version)
Writer: Paul J. Salamoff
Pencils:  Various

Almost 50 years since it was first broadcast on British TV, DOCTOR WHO is the longest running Sci-Fi TV series of all time. The secret to its longevity is its uncanny ability to recast the lead actor every few years. But who are the people behind “The Doctor?” THE CAST OF DOCTOR WHO takes you back in time to learn about the personal histories of William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Paul McGann and the newest incarnation of The Doctor: Matt Smith.

The Muse #2
Writer: Paul Storie
Pencils: J. Bruce Bogle
Morgan's learning that there are some definite upsides to being a teen-aged super-type -- like riding the original winged horse, PEGASUS! Unfortunately, the downsides include stuff like a mundane museum field trip turning deadly when the savage she-spider ARACHNE comes to call! Guest-starring THE ODYSSEY's super-strong SIGMA!

Sherlock Holmes: Victorian Knights #2 
Writer: Ken Janssens
Pencils: Matt Martin
It started off with the murder of a woman of low standing. Will it lead to the death of the greatest lady in the land? Holmes and Watson race to stop a plot that could rock Great Britain to its core... but will they be too late?

Walter Konieg's Raver - graphic novel
Writer: Walter Koenig - STAR TREK
Pencils:  David and Dan Day
Don't yell at Norman Walters. He doesn't deal well with conflict.  A psychotic breakdown follows during which his mind invents bizarre nightmare worlds with real villains and real victims. Evil abounds and requires vanquishing. Toward that end, Norman becomes Raver, a superhero with a caveat:  his powers change from one twisted reality to another to closely mirror but never exceed those of his enemies. If Raver should fail in these grotesque new worlds, Norman Walters wouldn't get to return to the old warm and fuzzy one. Includes a new 

Quatermain #2

Writer: Clay and Susan Griffith
Pencils: Patricio Carbajal

To settle a debt, Allan Quatermain returns to the realm of Bwana Nzige, the bloodthirsty Lord of Locusts, where the hunter was nearly killed years earlier. He must accept Nzige's unpredictable mercies to insure safe passage for himself and the beautiful Victoria Cushing on a safari to the mysterious edge of the known map. When Quatermain can finally no longer stomach the horrors of Bwana Nzige's swathe of conquest, he must make a terrible choice: remain silent and safe, or follow a sense of honor that could sentence himself and his companions to unspeakable deaths lost in a trackless realm of monsters.

William Shatner Presents: Man O' War #1
Writer: CJ Henderson
Pencils: Jaime Martinez Rodriguez

In the near future, friction mounts between the Earth and its Martian colony. Only diplomat Benton Hawkes stands a chance of bringing the warring factions together. There's only two problems--Hawkes hates Mars, and even if he does go, there's an assassin out to kill him before he can get there. Adapted from the acclaimed series by William Shatner, this is the sci fi comic series to watch for!

Female Force: Women in Comedy graphic novel
Writer: Various
Pencils: Various
Betty White, Kathy Griffin, Rosie O'Donnell & Ellen DeGeneres are some of the most entertaining and hilarious women in modern day comedy.  The “Female Force” comic series offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who have shaped modern history and culture.  The graphic novel features these comedy queens for the first time together, The series has been featured on CNN, Time Magazine, People Magazine, and Rolling Stone & OK Magazine.

Orbit: The Cast of Dr Who (graphic novel version)
Writer: Paul J. Salamoff
Pencils:  Various
DOCTOR WHO is the longest running Sci-Fi TV series of all time. The secret to its longevity is its uncanny ability to recast the lead actor every few years. But who are the people behind “The Doctor?” THE CAST OF DOCTOR WHO takes you back in time to learn about the personal histories of William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Paul McGann and the newest incarnation of The Doctor: Matt Smith. The GN includes a BONUS BIO of 1960's Doctor Who Movie actor Peter Cushing!  This edition also has a bunch of extras!

FAME: Drake
Writer: Marc Shapiro
Pencils: Mike J.C.
Rap, R&B and Drake. A heady, thought provoking mixture from a genius on the rise who has it all going on. But behind the talent is the person who is very much the man when it counts. Read all about this superstar's rise to stardom, his dedication to family and the adult way in which he deals with the world in "Fame: Drake" coming soon from Bluwater Productions". Written by Marc Shapiro and illustrated by (get name), Drake is the star your parents hope you grow up to be. 

Political Power: Barack Obama
Writer: Chris Ward
Pencils: Azim Akberal

Barack Obama's story inspired a nation, but you've never seen it told like this! Pick up this wildly entertaining and factual look at the life of our 44th president from writer Chris Ward (Twisted ToyFare Theatre, Ninja Tales) and artist Azim Akberali (Wrath of the Titans) and see why everyone from CNN to Howard Stern is buzzing. Stimulate the economy by getting this collector's issue today! With new material!

Writers: William F. Nolan and Jason Brock
Pencils:  Various

Prepare for more chilling stories of the uncanny... the terrifying... the bizarre in the acclaimed mini-series from Bluewater Productions: Tales from William F. Nolan's Dark Universe! Not for the faint-of-heart or for the easily disturbed, William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) and Jason V Brock (Devil's Coattails) deliver the goods in these eerie accounts of monsters and madmen..."

Political Power: Rick Perry
Writer: Marc Shapiro
Pencils: CW Cooke

Rocketing up the political charts and seemingly coming straight out of nowhere, Governor Rick Perry of Texas is not just some nobody. He's not an overnight sensation. He's also not a pop star or a celebrity. He's a political figure that will be heard and he's someone that everyone is going to be keeping their eyes on in the coming months, and don't miss your chance to get in on the ground floor by learning everything you can about this man.

John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles #3
Writer: Patrick McCray
Pencils: Valentin Ramon

A simple locket drives one man to the brink of madness.  A cigarette lighter kindles the flames of religious vengeance.  Is the town of Blackstone cursed?  Only one person knows - the mysterious inmate of their forbidden Asylum.  Can Oliver Metcalf discover the truth?  Or does he have a darker destiny?

Fleicher #3
Writer: Edward Gross & Leon McKenzie
Pencils: Fernando Sosa & Merbitt

Beginning life as a comic strip on, Fleischer eventually proved so ridiculous that it was decided he needed to hit the road....which we prefer to interpret as a need for him star in his own comic book. Which has led to Bluewater and the next stage in the blue and red lummox's career.

Baneberry Creek Academy for Wayward Fairies #4
Writers: CW Cooke
Pencils: Rene Leon
Kraken stands revealed, and it's time for war! The Academy is under siege from the evil Kraken, who has been pulling strings from behind the scenes since before the girls met. We also take a closer look at Gloss, the loner of the group. The strongest and most mysterious of the group, Gloss has been hiding a secret from the others, something that might just tear them apart, right when they need to be their strongest. Horrible things have happened to the other girls, and Gloss has to make a choice. Will she save them? Find out here!

Vincent Price Presents #39
Arist/writer  Stefano Cardoselli
A small, weird western town on the edge of hell is invaded by a horde of demons in the shape of bandits.  On their wild rampage through the town, the bandits run afoul of an  Asperger's syndrome boy with strange powers, and his silent giant companion.  The boy and the giant defeat the demon-bandits and drive them back into Hell.  The boy climbs up on the shoulders of his giant friend and rides off into the sunset, leaving the town's preacher and mayor, who looks suspiciously like VINCENT PRICE, wondering…

Writers: Jeffrey Renaud
Pencils: Kewber  Arruda

Tim Burton missed out on casting ADAM WEST in his Batman movie but TV's original caped crusader leaps through the looking glass and lands smack dab in the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. Forming a dynamic duo with the March Hare, our truly American hero continues his mad-hatting adventures in a universe that makes Gotham City look like Mayberry.

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