DC Comics has been making this column quite a bit the last few weeks. That’s not to say that other publishers haven’t been putting out great books – it’s just that DC has been regularly releasing fascinating comics of late.
And that’s the purpose of this column: to highlight that one book that, for a myriad of reasons, seems more fascinating than all others released on a particular Wednesday.
Today is no different. And DC Comics tops the list again. Why?
Because today, an old villain comes back for the first time!
Okay, editor-in-chief Andy Burns usually does the weekly Box Office Predictions, but seeing as he’s out in San Diego enjoying himself at Comic-Con, I will be giving this a shot. Remember, folks, I’m not a gambler, or a psychic, and kids, don’t try this at home. Box office predictin’ is dangerous business.
This weekend brings The Conjuring, Red 2, and R.I.P.D. into theaters. Can Despicable Me 2 hold on to its lead for a third weekend in a row? Let’s see what my guesses are, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
You couldn’t escape it the past month, could you? Like gravity, you couldn’t help but allow it to influence your life, be it in newspaper reviews, bus shelter advertisements, television commercials, internet appraisals, packaged toys on a Walmart shelf, or the ubiquitous movie theatre posters.
Man of Steel, the movie, was everywhere. And everyone had an opinion on it.
For some, it might have been enough promotion to drive them off-planet. Others soaked it up like bright rays of light from our yellow sun. And, like the promotion, the movie itself polarized an audience into two distinct camps: those that really enjoyed it and those that downright hated it.
One common thread that both parties shared, however, was that, surprisingly, neither really asked to see it.
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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In the decades since “Flash of Two Worlds” in Flash #123 in 1961, the story that introduced Earth-Two and the basic concept of the Multiverse in comics, the idea of parallel universes have gone from science fiction theory to science fact. The Multiverse is more relevant now than it ever has.
While DC Comics has been the place the Multiverse is most bandied about, Marvel has done its share of play there as well. Marvel’s past in parallel dimensions seems about to come back and bite it in its butt in recent issues of Avengers and New Avengers. It’s a coming crisis in the Marvel Multiverse, after the jump.
Our friends at DK Publishing produce some truly amazing books but they’ve outdone themselves this year with their 2012 version of the slipcase hardcover: DC Comics: Year By Year A Visual Chronicle Updated Edition. Not only is it a great looking tome, but DK has actually made some sense of the DC Universe’s intricately tangled (and fanboy infuriating) eight decades worth of story continuity while laying the groundwork for the next set of important stories to unfurl.
It’s a lovely sight to behold!
Double Down On #0’s With Justice League And Sword Of Sorcery On The Wednesday Run – September 19, 2012
The months of August and September of 2011 were two months that, in terms of comic book sales, were owned by DC Comics. With the launch of the company’s “New 52” initiative, many new and/or lapsed comic book readers were enticed to pick up and read the art form again. Even more importantly, many of those readers seemed to have stuck around over the last eleven months.
Some have gone on to say that DC actually saved the floundering comic book industry. I’m not so evangelical in my beliefs, but DC did do good, by and for, a great many people over the last year.
This month, they’re attempting to re-fire what they started in 2011 by publishing a line-wide #0 issue for every title. This particular issue will be a sort of “origin” tale for a superhero or superhero team – a great jumping on point for even more new readers. The issue will also plant seeds for pivotal 2013 storylines. Two such issues stand out this week.