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So Batman Is Now a Mafia Don

“Some of you may have wondered…How does a man like Batman afford to constantly update his crime-fighting technology? Where does his money come from? “Well, the answer is me.” That’s right. In front of a shocked crowd, Bruce Wayne returned to the city he called home after a mysterious absence (one chronicled in the pages of Grant Morrison’s multi-part epic Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne) to not only reveal he’d been funding Batman for years, but also that he planned to expand said funding to create the multinational organization known as Batman Incorporated. -- Alex Segura, in The Source, the official blog of DC Comics. It's funny, because the last time we checked, funding an international organization of highly skilled individuals who go around and beat up people that they don't like was ILLEGAL and admitting it would GET YOU IN TROUBLE WITH THE FEDS, Interpol, and several other organizations whose attention is, in a word, non-trivial. Also if I wanted to read Iron Man I WOULD READ IRON MAN.

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Peachy Keen! Death of the Endless to Appear in Action Comics #894

I've never bought an issue of Action Comics before, but that's all set to change. October's issue is going to have a very special guest star: Death herself.  And yes, according to The Source, Neil Gaiman approves. Death is the second oldest of the Endless, and a major character in Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which, though neither Vertigo or DC mention it very often, is a part of the DC Universe.  Apparently, she has a date with Lex Luthor.

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Wonder Woman Gets New Costume, New Origin; We Get Angry, Resigned

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.

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Blue Beetle Crawling Towards Television [Pics]

DC made hints, earlier this week, about the possibility of a live-action Blue Beetle television show, in the form of a tweet from Geoff Johns. Those hints are getting a little clearer, now that Johns has revealed seven still shots of the title character through DC's The Source blog. Johns was clear about the ultimate meaning of the reveal:
This isn’t final. This isn’t greenlit. It’s only a test that was done. We still have a long way to go to see if we can get this off the ground and a lot of people to jump on board…
So, it's sort of pie in the sky thinking. We wouldn't be geeks if we weren't into that. Johns says the full clip will be shown at San Diego Comic-Con. You can see the rest of the pics below.

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Fringe’s Awesome Alternate Universe Comic Covers, Side-by-Side with the Originals

DC's The Source blog has lately been showcasing some variant covers for upcoming comics, all in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary.  So, when a redone and recolored cover of the famous first issue cover for Green Lantern/Green Arrow, with the titular characters now Red Lantern and Red Arrow was offered completely without comment, most people assumed it was just another variant. Last night, The Source revealed that the cover was actually one of a series, created for the season finale of the sci-fi show Fringe.

The covers each represent a direction that the DC editorial staff might have taken in an alternate universe; a sort of opposite day revamp of a famous story.  Above, case in point: Superman: The Man of Steel Returns.  Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as Dark Knight Returns, does it?

We've got all the covers below, to the left of their alternate counterparts.

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