WHAT'S IN BRIAN'S BIN! FANTASTIC FOUR AND AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!03/14/12 @ 5:45 pm EST
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Fantastic Four #604
NEW "BATMAN V SUPERMAN" IMAGE FINDS BRUCE WAYNE STANDING AMONG RUINS02/10/16 @ 8:14 pm EST
: Awesome! FANTASTIC FOUR #604
: Yeah, maybe I did buy two copies? One to read and one to take in the tub! Spoiler alert—______________ uses___________ to defeat___________! And then _____________, but that’s okay because_____________. And even though the Silver____________ doesn’t___________, it’s still awesome! FANTASTIC FOUR #604
: Okay, I didn’t really buy two copies of this book—but I should have. And I don’t read comics in the tub—okay, maybe that one time. Still, this issue of Fantastic Four
ties up all the plots that Jonathan Hickman began wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ay back with issue 570! And if you happen to have forgotten about the happenings with the Inhumans and those wicked cool fish people, that floating Moloid head and a bespectacled Dragon Man, then you are lucky because you get to go back and re-read thirty-four awesome comics. So order a pizza and some Mountain Dew and hop in the tub and get reading.AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1:
You know what? This book is pretty flippin’ awesome in an old school Avengers sort of way, but it should have been a “Giant-Size collector’s Item First Issue!”FANTASTIC FOUR #604:
Okay, this is getting silly now. But still—a hell of a comic book! In fact, I would go out on a limb and say that the Fantastic Four is the world’s greatest comic magazine. You know, that has a nice ring to it. Marvel should print that on the cover.
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SCOTT SNYDER CONFIRMS "BATMAN" DEPARTURE WITH APRIL'S ISSUE #5102/10/16 @ 7:57 pm EST
After years of news, speculation and rumors, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is just about a month-and-a-half away. As the hype continues to build, Warner Bros. has released a new promotional image via Twitter, featuring Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne standing among the ruins of Wayne Financial -- presumably destroyed in the climax of "Man of Steel" -- and the words, "They brought the war to us." Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in a new "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" promotional image.
The image and text speaks to what's been long known as a primary motivating factor for Batman in the upcoming DC Comics-based film -- viewing Superman as a threat due to his involvement in the destruction of Metropolis in the third arc of 2013's "Man of Steel."
Directed by Zack Snyder, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is scheduled for release on March 25.
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MARVEL GETS SPOOKY WITH NEW "HAUNTED MANSION" VARIANT COVERS02/10/16 @ 7:50 pm EST
Writer Scott Snyder has made it official: The last issue in his nearly five-year-long run on DC Comics'flagship "Batman" series will be issue #51, scheduledfor release in April.
"Truth: I've been delaying writing the last pages of Batman #51 - my final issue on the series & last comic w @GregCapullo for 6 months," Snyder wrote onTwitter.
It had previously been reported that his collaborator on the series, artist Greg Capullo, was leaving the series to work on a creator-owned book with Mark Millar, before reuniting with Snyder on an unspecified DC project. It had widely been speculated, yet not officially confirmed, that Snyder was leaving "Batman" as well, and moving on to sister Bat-series "Detective Comics" (as reported by Bleeding Cool) with the the former rumored to move to a twice-monthly schedule and the latter staying monthly. Neither Snyder nor DC Comics haveconfirmed that he'll be writing "Detective Comics" in the near future.
In an interview with ComicVine, Snyder said that "Batman" #51 is "really just a letter to the fans from us and a letter to Batman. It’s the lightest I’ve ever written. Not lightest as in happy, but light as in not as many panels per page. It's really, really open. It's a chance for Greg to draw the close before we take our break." By contrast, next month's "Batman" #50 is said to be "the most explosive, jam-packed sort of blockbuster crazed issue we've ever done."
Snyder and Capullo's celebrated and influential run on "Batman" started in Sept. 2011 with the advent of DC's New 52 era of refreshed continuity. The two were the longest-remaining active pair of the 52 new series launched that month, and now DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns' writing stint on "Justice League" stands as the only remaining creator/series pairing from that era.
The oversized "Batman" #50, the conclusion of the Jim Gordon-as-Batman "Superheavy" arc, isscheduled for release on March 23; "Batman" #51 follows on April 13.
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"ARROW" BRINGS BACK AMY GUMENICK AS CUPID02/10/16 @ 7:44 pm EST
Marvel Comics will step inside "The Haunted Mansion" this spring with a five-issue miniseries from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jorge Coehlo. It's the latest series in the publisher's Disney Kingdoms line inspired by Disney theme park attractions, and CBR has the exclusive
first look at two variant covers from "Haunted Mansion" #1 -- one by Disney artist Brian Crosby, plus the latest action figure variant by John Tyler Christopher.
"The Haunted Mansion" #1 is scheduled for release on March 9.
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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND HUMBLE BUNDLE PACK NEW BUNDLE WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN FICTION02/10/16 @ 3:12 pm EST
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so it's an exceptionally appropriate time to share this news: CBR can exclusively
report thatAmy Gumenick will reprise her role as Cupid on episode 16 of the currently unfolding fourth season of "Arrow," which will air in March. Nofurther details on her return were available at press time.
Gumenick, a CW veteran who played the young Mary Winchester on "Supernatural," made her first full appearance as Cupid/Carrie Cutter in season three episode "Draw Back Your Bow," before returning later that season as part of the Suicide Squad on "Suicidal Tendencies." The character was created by "Arrow" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and artist David Baron and debuted in "Green Arrow/Black Canary" #15, released in 2009 by DC Comics.
"The nature of [Cupid] is she's so unpredictable and drastic and irrational," Gumenick told CBR in Nov. 2014, in advance of her initial appearance on "Arrow." "There really is not much logic. She's very impulsive. For me, to get to play a character that in one episode rides the entireemotional spectrum has been so much fun and challenging. It was an incredible opportunity for me that I hope I get to continue to explore, because I think the possibilities with this character are endless. I'm excited to see where they take her."
"Arrow" airs 8 p.m. Wednesdays on The CW.
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'WINX CLUB' TO GET BIG SCREEN, LIVE-ACTION TREATMENT VIA HOLLYWOOD GANG02/10/16 @ 2:55 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment again partners with Humble Bundle for one of the most jam-packed collections of comics and prose yet! This latest offering features some of the biggest authors in the publisher's catalog, giving readers approximately $250 in content for a fraction of the cover price for fans to pay what YOU want for each bundle, and introduce yourself to Dynamite's library of literary titles!
"It's always a lot of fun to work with our good friends over at Dynamite," says Kelley Allen, Director of Books at Humble Bundle. "This promotion is chock-filled with mega star authors, artists and creators to the hilt!"
"Dynamite has been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the greatest names in fiction," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. "This year marks the fifth anniversary of New York Times
Best-seller Charlaine Harris' first-ever graphic novel adaptation of her series, Grave Sight
, as well as the anniversary of Dean Koontz's incredibly suspenseful graphic novel adaptation of Fear Nothing. We wanted to mark the occasion by gathering together the work of numerous phenomenal writers into one great bundle, titles likeShaft: A Complicated Man
(the 2015 Glyph Award winner by writer David Walker) and Legends of Red Sonja
(a celebration of so many sensational authors, spearheaded by the talented Gail Simone). This will give fiction fans a low cost way to check out Dynamite's wide catalog of literary all-stars, and all in support of three great causes. This bundle is packed with something for fans of comics and prose! And with this bundle, we are also supporting 3 GREAT charitable organizations that we feel help those in need - The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Doctor's Without Borders."
The "pay what you want" model offers readers the chance to unlock over 120 comics, and over 3,500 pages of content. This will give graphic lit fans access to:
• Charlaine Harris' Grave Sight Part 1
by Charlaine Harris
• The Shadow Vol 1: Fire of Creation
by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell
• Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomson: Hopcross Jilly
by Patricia Briggs
• The Complete Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, and John Reppion
• Sherlock Holmes: Year One
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Scott Beatty
• The Spider Vol. 1: Terror of the Zombie Queen
by David Liss and Francesco Francavilla
• Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes
by Tom Clancy
As the bundle progresses, there will be a running average. For those who pay more than the average price will also unlock these additional titles:
• Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin
by Jim Butcher
• Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
#1-6, 1.5 by Robert Jordan
• Justice Inc. Vol. 1
by Michael Uslan
• Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure
by Bill Willingham and Joe Benitez
• Shaft: A Complicated Man
by David F. Walker
• The Shadow Vol. 2
by Victor Gischler and Alex Ross
• Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing
by Dean Koontz
• Kevin Smith's Green Hornet Vol. 2: Wearing o' the Green
by Kevin Smith
• Vampirella Master Series Vol. 1
by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
• Twilight Zone Vol. 2: The Way In
by J. Michael Straczynski
$15 or more will get you:
• Game of Thrones
#1-4 by George R.R. Martin and Daniel Abraham
• Django/Zorro Collection
by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner
• The Last Temptation
by Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper
• Legends of Red Sonja Collection
by Gail Simone, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Nancy A. Collins, Marjorie Liu, and Blair Butler
• Vampirella Master Series Vol. 4: Visionaries
by Alan Moore, Jeph Loeb, Kurt Busiek, and Christopher Priest
As an added value, Dynamite and Humble Bundle will make a mid-promotion announcement, adding additional titles to be unlocked for anyone who purchases above the average price at that time! All who purchase at this tier or higher will be granted access to these special additions, regardless of when they buy in!
today to start your collection of Dynamite comics, graphic novels, and prose! Upon purchase, you can choose where the money goes-between Dynamite and three charitable causes (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Doctors Without Borders, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation) via the PayPal Giving Fund.GAIL SIMONE REFLECTS ON LEGENDS OF RED SONJA
EXCLUSIVELY TO PROMOTE THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS BUNDLE
"So, we wanted to do something very special for the 40th anniversary of Red Sonja's creation, and I had this idea, what if we did an anthology, like the classic sword and sorcery black and white magazines, but with the stories all connected by a theme? That seemed exciting, but because it was Sonja, I wanted also to do something that would have been nearly impossible 40 years ago...have all the writers be women. But would it work? Would there be enough great female writers who wanted to write about the She-Devil (and her infamous chain mail bikini)?
"I needn't have worried. I made a list of brilliant writers whose work I loved, and within a day, everyone answered back with an enthusiastic HELL, YES. We got some of my favorite prose writers, like Nancy Collins and Mercedes Lackey, as well as Meljean Brooke and Tamora Pierce in their first-ever comics work. We got comics superstars like Kelly Sue DeConnick and Marjorie Liu. We got Devin Grayson, ace Batman writer, back in the medium she loves after years away. We got people from games and television, it was just a killer line-up, every one a samurai. It was as much fun to create as it was to read. That line-up may never happen again, it was just once-in-a-lifetime.
"And it was all for the love of a redhead with a sword. Thanks, Dynamite, for allowing us to run through the village, creating havoc on the populace. It was indeed, the best of times!"
Gail Simone got her start in comics writing for Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons
. Following her time there, Simone entered the mainstream comics world with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool
, and later,Agent X
. Perhaps best known for known for runs on DC's Birds of Prey
, Secret Six
, Wonder Woman
, Simone made a much-publicized move to reimagine the classic Red Sonja
character at Dynamite in 2013 with the launch of a series that spanned nineteen issues. The debut chapter was met with immediate critical acclaim and an impressive, immediate sell-out of its 35,000-unit first printing. On two occasions since, she has assembled teams of fiction's top female writers -- well-respected professionals from the prose, fantasy gaming, and comic book worlds -- for collaborative projects at Dynamite, the aforementioned Legends of Red Sonja
and the epic Swords of Sorrow
event in the summer of 2015.DEAN KOONTZ REFLECTS ON FEAR NOTHINGEXCLUSIVELY TO PROMOTE THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS BUNDLE
"Dynamite's graphic novel adaptation of Fear Nothing
knocks it out of the park. Sophisticated, engrossing, and fun. It pushed all my buttons -- the right ones!"
When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times
hardcover best-seller list (One Door Away From Heaven
, From the Corner of His Eye
, Cold Fire
, The Bad Place
, Dragon Tears
, Sole Survivor
, The Husband
, Odd Hours
, What the Night Knows
, and 77 Shadow Street
), making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major best-sellers in countries as diverse as Japan and Sweden.
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“NEW GALACTIC ORDER” STARTS NOW – YOUR FIRST LOOK AT GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #602/10/16 @ 1:31 pm EST
Warner Bros.-based Hollywood Gang have partnered with Italy’s Rainbow Group to develop and produce a live-action motion picture inspired by the animated and popular global Winx Club
TV series. This comes after Netflix recently announcedthat it ordered two seasons of programming this year for a Winx Club spin-off animated series from Rainbow called Winx Club Wow: World of Winx
. The original animated series ran on Nickelodeon for about five years. The property heavily draws in a young, female demographic.
The series is set in a vividly imagined world, where Bloom, a girl from Earth crosses into a Magical Dimension to enroll at Alfea College — the best school for fairies in all the realms. At Alfea College, Bloom and her fairy friends form the Winx Club. Each of Bloom’s magical friends possess powers unique to their character as they join together to form the Winx Club.
Hollywood Gang President Gianni Nunnari and The Rainbow Group Founder and CEO Iginio Straffi put the deal together. Straffi called a live-action version of the series “a dream of mine since the very beginning.”
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'AGENT CARTER' STAR HAYLEY ATWELL TO TOPLINE ABC DRAMA PILOT 'CONVICTION'02/10/16 @ 1:23 pm EST
Peter Quill may be back with the team, but things are anything but back to normal for the Guardians. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6
– the first chapter of “New Galactic Order”! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti take you on the next chapter of this interstellar rollercoaster! Removed from power as the emperor of Spartax, can Peter Quill readjust to life among the stars? Which nefarious alien race will step up to fill the power vacuum left in his absence? More importantly – Peter Quill and Kitty Pryde come face-to-face for the first time in nearly eight months! Are the Guardians of the Galaxy big enough for two Star-Lords? Those answers and more this March as “New Galactic Order” kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 (JAN160814)Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDISArt by VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by ART ADAMS
Variant Cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL (JAN160815)Story Thus Far Variant by VALERIO SCHITI (JAN160816)Classic Artist Variant by GREG HILDEBRANT (JAN160817)Women of Power Variant by SIYA OUM (JAN160818)FOC – 02/15/16, On-Sale – 03/09/16
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REYNOLDS SAYS A BOYFRIEND "WOULD BE GREAT" FOR DEADPOOL02/10/16 @ 1:20 pm EST
Hayley Atwell, star of ABC’s Marvel drama series Agent Carter,
has been tapped as the lead of another ABC drama project, legal drama Conviction,
where Atwell’s character coincidentally is also named Carter. The Mark Gordon Co. is producing with ABC Studios. Agent Carter
, now in its second cycle, is drawing pretty modest ratings and does not look likely for a Season 3 pickup. In case of a series order for Conviction
and an improbable renewal of the Marvel drama, ABC sources indicate there is a scenario in which she could possibly do both shows, potentially both as limited runs. But Atwell’s casting as the lead of a new project by the same network and studio indicate that Agent Carter
is probably going away, and they want to keep its star on its roster of leading ladies.
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STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII OFFICIALLY BEGINS PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY02/10/16 @ 1:17 pm EST
"Deadpool" director Tim Miller has weighed in on the movie version of the Merc with a Mouth's sexuality, and now star Ryan Reynoldshas as well.
The actor recently commented on Deadpool's pansexuality in the comics, telling Variety, "I love that about Deadpool. I love that he can break any boundary. In the future, I hope we get to do that more,” he said, referencing Deadpool's monogamous relationship with a girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), in the film.
Reynolds added that it would be "nice" for Wade Wilson to have a male love interest in the future, saying he "certainly wouldn’t be the guy standing in the way of that. That would be great.”
There have been numerous hints about Deadpool's sexuality over the years, most of which have been documented online. Variety notes that the film makes similar "winks" towards Deadpool's sexuality, which is in line with director Miller's comments about his DP being pansexual. Screenwriter Rhett Reese and producer Simon Kinberg also had comments on the matter for Variety.
“We knew that was part of the comics,” said Reese. “We wanted to honor that in the movie. But we did it in subtle ways.” Kinberg added, “There’s veiled references to it in this film. It’s in the DNA of the character.” The producer also said he would not rule out giving Wade Wilson a malelove interest in future films.
"Deadpool" opens in theaters on February 12.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
was an unqualified success, and now it's time to look to the future. Rian Johnson has written the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII
, and now moves into the director chair as the film has officially launched principal photography.
The cameras being turned on was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the quarterly earnings call - and guess what? Disney had a pretty good fourth quarter of 2015. That's largely on The Force Awakens
' $2 billion global box office cume, plus over $3 billion in consumer products. Now, it's full speed ahead on the next two chapters of the third Star Wars
"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII
, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Episode IX
, a 2019 release, has also begun," Iger said on the call.Rogue One
, meanwhile, is not quite wrapped, but Iger said they "absolutely love what [they've] seen so far." He also said the next stand-alone story in the Star Wars
saga is in preproduction. Interestingly, despite moving Episode VIII
to a December release, Iger re-iterated that the second stand-alone film, a Han Solo origin story, is set "for release in May of 2018."