Today, this column is going to be something of an editorial. Don’t worry. I won’t be too overbearing in my rambling. I’ll still speak to a “must read” comic of the week, something you need to make a “Wednesday Run” for.
There are times that I wish I was reading coming books during the age when I first started reading them: the no-internet age. During that naïve time, I’d visit my local comic book shop, pick up my favourite books off the wooden rack of new issues, and happily bring them home, unaware of the politics, business decision-making, miscommunication and broken promises behind the art form I so happily read.
In this Internet age, we learn about the behind-the-curtain relationships of comic book creators: writers, artists, editors and publishers, all too easily. There are websites dedicated to that kind of gossip. Once in a while, those relationships turn sour, affecting everyone involved, including us, as readers. Batwoman #25, out today, is, unfortunately, the product of one of those relationships gone sour.
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You know, there have been a lot of heavy comics in this column of late: The Witching Hour, Coffin Hill, and The Spectral Engine. I suppose it’s because last month was the month of October. And I suppose it’s because last month, this site was celebrating something we like to call 31 Days of Horror. We love Halloween ‘round these parts and publishers saved their best horror comics for the scariest of the autumn months!
But we’re talking comic books here! Won’t someone think of the children?!?
Well, DC Comics has. And roh boy, it’s a bit of a blast from the past!
How do you watch a movie through fresh perspective when the character has been bogged down by seventy-five years of constant narrative publication? Although many moviegoers like to let a film stand isolated, I prefer to acknowledge the movies’ context as a frame of reference within which the story, acting, directing, etc., take their place in the broader picture. That being said, here are ten Superman texts that can enhance your experience watching Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, in theaters Friday:
1. The Movies: Watch Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II: The Donner Cut, and Superman Returns (2006) as a trilogy, and it provides support as to why Bryan Singer made the kind of film that he did with ‘Returns’; he was trying to finish the nearly thirty-year-old story begun by one of his hero directors. Even though many viewer’s reactions, at the time, were lukewarm to Superman Returns, people now discuss it with a more extreme reaction than the critics and box office reflect. ‘Returns’ misplayed many of the key ingredients that Marvel films like Iron Man (2008) and The Avengers (2012) get right. That being said, there are a lot beautiful elements to director Bryan Singer’s Superman film, and both the pros and cons of the previous big-screen interpretations will give us an interesting point of comparison.
2. The Comic Book Origin Stories: Over the decades, Superman’s beginnings have been told in different styles with different details by a variety of top talent. Each book offers a unique interpretation of the core myth of the pure-hearted hero from the stars. Get your hands on John Byrne’s Superman: Man of Steel (1987), Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman For All Seasons (2000), Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid and Lenil Francis Yu (2002), or Superman: Secret Origin by current DC creative writing overlord Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank (2010).
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I’ve watched a lot of clips and read a lot of articles online regarding Injustice: Gods Among Us. I’ll admit, it has my attention. It touts impressive graphics, an immersive story-line and what lookslike awesome, interactive and often multi-arena battles. The roster is chock full of your favourite DC characters including – but not limited to – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Bane…it’s pretty much an amalgamation of the entire DC universe into one game.
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A year in the making.
That’s how long it’s been that the fanboys and fangirls of DC’s “New 52” have been waiting for the return of Batman’s arch villain, the Joker.
Oh, yeah, you remember: the final scene in the pages of last September’s Detective Comics #1 - the scene where Joker really goes off the deep end and, as part of some sick, twisted scheme, has his outer epidermis savagely sheared from his face and left behind, pinned to a wall as a trophy – no – as a warning, for Gotham’s finest?
A “rebirth”, Joker called it.
We haven’t seen him since that issue. And now it’s October. 2012. And Joker’s back. You don’t get a better Halloween treat than that, do you? Yes you do!
There’s a trick to go with that treat!
We’re just a little over a half hour away from the next Biff Bam Popcast, our weekly gabfest into the world of pop culture. These week, Glenn Walker, Emily McGuiness, Jason Shayer, JP Fallavollita and Andy Burns are talking about the one year anniversary of DC’s New 52 and the upcoming Marvel NOW relaunch of key titles. Find out what we’re reading, what we’ve dropped and why and what we’ll pick up from Marvel starting this fall.
The popcast will be live right here beginning around 10pm – watch it live or catch up later!
Dreamer. Artist. Creator. Inspiration. Teacher. Legend. Only a handful of appropriate words that describe Joe Kubert. Sadly, Joe Kubert passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
A prolific artist, Kubert started in comic books in the early 1940s and continued to draw up until earlier this year. He was best known for the co-creation of World War II hero, Sgt. Rock. He would go on to draw other heroes, such as Enemy Ace, The Viking Prince, Hawkman, and Tarzan, putting his unique mark on all of them. Not only did he influence many great artists through his artwork, he founded The Kubert School in the late 1970s that has and continues to produce fine talent.
Joe Kubert’s legacy will live on through his sons Andy and Adam, those inspired by or taught by him, and his many, many fans. Rest in Peace, Mr. Kubert.
Over the past twelve months, since the launch of DC Comics’ “New 52” wherein the publishing company re-numbered every title with a new #1, writer Scott Snyder has been crafting a Batman tale long in the making. Well, long in comic book terms.
You see, he’s gone back to the origins of Gotham and reshaped the architecture of what we, as readers, had grown accustomed to: that the city was Batman’s. That no one knew its streets, alleyways, buildings and history as well as the Dark Knight Detective.
Over the last twelve months, Scott Snyder has made an overconfident Batman weak with his distinct lack of historical knowledge. He discovers, in essence, that he doesn’t know his own city! And we readers have followed the character in his naivety, making for some startling – and amazingly fun – reading!