Comics publishers and social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have one thing in common: the burning desire to change stuff just for the sake of changing stuff, often ruining things that were working just fine in the first place. Still, sometimes in spite of everything, some of the changes actually work. We'll see if that's the case for the upcoming relaunch of DC titles called "Rebirth."
You may know Chris Daughtry best for his music, or at least for being one of the success stories to come out of FOX's American Idol. But did you know that he's also a visual artist who's dreamed about drawing comics? Well his dreams came through this week on a special variant cover on Batman #50 celebrating the release of Batman v Superman.
DC Comics made some pretty big announcements today - new titles, new creative teams - in what they're calling "even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans."
Quick Flash recap. First we had Jay Garrick. Then we had a reboot in 1956 that introduced Barry Allen, said to live on a parallel Earth. Then a reboot in 1986 made Barry's sidekick the new Flash and also altered history so Jay now lived on the same earth. In 2011, DC had another company-wide reboot in which all comic titles were cancelled and 52 new titles were released. In the New 52, Jay Garrick and Barry Allen once again live on separate Earths and Kid Flash is a very different character. Let's get to it!
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DC's upcoming animated feature Justice League: War is based on the Geoff Johns and Jim Lee story from the New 52 and the newest clip from it features Wonder Woman fighting some Parademons. However you may feel about the storyline, the video above is... not exactly promising. Sure, it's nice to see Wonder Woman kicking ass, but the random costume that doesn't match anything she's ever worn before and the fairly wooden voice acting doesn't exactly bode well for the film. Thoughts? Opinions? Fire away!
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Syfy's Face Off is one of my favorite shows. I've always been interested in movie makeup but didn't have the skill to make it a career plus, the show isn't overly dramatized like most reality TV these days. They premiered the fourth season last night and while I've yet to watch the episode, we've just found out some people we're very familiar with will be making a guest appearance in a few weeks - employees of DC Comics. Find out if your favorite creator will be giving their artistic input to the contestants after the cut.
DC Comics made a few people angry recently when they decided to make an exclusive deal with Amazon for over 100 of their digital comics to be available on the new Kindle Fire. Barnes & Noble notably took offense to such a decision and pulled DC graphic novels from their physical store shelves. Books-a-Million followed soon after. Well now it seems as if the publisher is backtracking a bit to quell this particular fire. They've told the New York Times the exclusivity is not quite as exclusive as they first claimed.
The spoilers won't come until after the jump but you're probably going to have a tough time steering clear of this one. Why? The big reveal doesn't happen in Wonder Woman #2, out October 19th, it comes a whole month later in Wonder Woman #3, being released November 16th. Today, the DC Source Blog and the NY Post revealed that in Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's relaunched Wonder Woman title, the most famous Amazon would be receiving a new origin story.
Christopher Holden kicks of a series reviewing the New 52 with...ACTION COMICS“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.” This is the depiction of Superman generations grew up with during the Golden age of comics and through Max Fleischer cartoons. In Action Comics #1, Grant Morrison is making that Superman canon again.
It's also setting records digitally. I can't give numbers, but on the first day it set a record for us.
So sayeth Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Comics and illustrator of Justice League #1, in an interview with Salon. Actual numbers would, indeed, be quite the jumping off point for a great deal of analysis, and could even say quite a lot about the future of digital distribution. Lets take a moment and look at all the ways having actual numbers on the reboot's sales might turn out: Could DC have sold more digital copies than hard copies of Justice League? Would we see digital numbers fall over time, as newer readers entranced by the reboot's publicity either lose interest or move to buying from comics stores just like everybody keeps hoping they will? Would we see digital numbers grow over time, as DCnU titles reach the one-month/dollar-cheaper mark?
And here is the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), on the set of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, giving us a very good look at his re-jiggered costume, which does not include the red underpants. So, what do you think? Too crotchy? Not crotchy enough? More pics at Coventry Telegraph.
Luke: Han wants to do a souffle ... I don't trust him.
Han: I can do a damn souffle. Trust me.
But speaking of guests, we'll just round out our day with a reminder of our intern search. We can't guarantee that you'll see Han and Luke in our kitchen making snacks, but you'll sure get to imagine it out loud! (at Ginger Haze)
There have been rumors for a while that DC Comics has something big, really big, planned for this September. When the solicits (which issues will be published) for August were announced, it was hard not to notice that pretty much every ongoing series just happened to be finishing off its current storyline that month. Late yesterday afternoon DC made its formal announcement, confirming what pretty much everybody was already sure of, but also managing to pack a serious surprise and uncap a huge case of fan worry and skepticism.
DC's plan involves a number of things: it will be restarting the continuity of the DC Universe and renumbering 52 different titles, starting everyone over at #1. We're getting a revamped Justice League fourteen members strong, and an apparent fifty revamped costumes? But most shocking of all, DC will be offering all 52 of these renumbered issues by digital distribution, on the same day they appear in comic stores.
To promote DC Comics' Brightest Day Event, light-up Green Lantern displays -- featuring the cover of Green Lantern #50 -- were sold to retailers at $150. And then one of them caught on fire. And other stores reported smelling smoke upon lighting up the displays, so they are now being asked to kindly unplug their displays. Sooooo ... oh, well. The video above shows what the display (which was designed by Jim Lee and Scott Williams) looks like under ideal circumstances, and does not show the display that burst into flames. We apologize for that.
"I was just thinking about the day Jim Lee and Scott Dunbier took me and Bryan Hitch and a few other people out to dinner in London in order to explain to us that DC were buying Wildstorm. What they were really worried about was how Alan Moore was going to take it. I spoke to Alan a couple of days later. "I'm affecting a cane, these days," he said, "and when I got out of the taxi I took to meet them at the train station, they saw me emerging from a black car with what looked like a cudgel in my fist and went very pale.'
I still wish I'd thought of that, as occasionally I have to walk with a cane and chose not to take it to London with me because the leg was behaving itself."
Warren Ellis, and he's actually talking about the end of Wildstorm, from here he goes on to make some (more) interesting points, which you can read after the jump.
Yesterday DC Comics made a long expected announcement that they will be moving part of their offices to Burbank, California, to be closer to the movie studio that is looking forward to exploiting their characters for box office proceeds. As a part of that announcement, they also mentioned that they will be shutting down WildStorm, one of their relatively independent imprints. And so begins the speculation of what, exactly, will happen to the WildStorm Universe, a specific superhero setting with its own rules and concepts, much as the DC and Marvel Universes themselves.
I can pretty much guarantee that if you don't read comics, you won't recognize many of the titles that I'm going to mention below (although you might use it as a recommended reading list). If you do read comics, you'll notice me mentioning quite a few examples of the most interesting out-of-the-box superhero stories of the last 20 years. They're all Wildstorm titles, and they're all being indefinitely boxed up at the end of this December so that they can maybe be incorporated into the DC Universe.
But before I get into what Wildstorm titles will be affected by the editorial apocalypse, a brief history lesson is in order, for irony's sake if nothing else.
Nationalism, it's just so cute and old fashioned, dontcha think?
Right. So... Fox News is reporting about the Wonder Woman costume change, so that you can decide:
Wonder Woman may have finally been given a pair of pants, but has she been stripped of her patriotism?
The new and allegedly improved Wonder Woman (a.k.a Diana Prince), has been given a head-to-toe makeover by artist Jim Lee, replacing her signature American flag decorated briefs with skintight black pants and purging the super hero of all her trappings of Americana.
You can see our reporting on the new costume, right here. Whether or not you decide anything from it is up to you. We don't want to pressure anyone.
In the interest of proper comics education, we'd like to let Fox News know that they could have much better reasons to call Wonder Woman un-Patriotic (by their own definition) if they spent the time to find out more about her than what you get from watching the opening sequence from the Lynda Carter show.
It was revealed yesterday in the New York Times, and now we've gotten the official word from The Source: Wonder Woman #600 releases today, with a new costume and a new backstory.
Well, it's a new backstory in the same sense that Star Trek was a restart. Literally.