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PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW #1!
04/18/12 @ 4:40 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment once again brings a classic pulp hero back to comic shops with this brand new series. I have to admit I have a rather limited exposure to The Shadow as a character beyond the few issues I read of Howard Chaykin’s series years ago at DC Comics. I come into this new series from Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell wide-eyed and curious to really get to know who The Shadow is and the world that he operates within.

Ennis wastes no time in opening this issue with a clear understanding to what the world has been through leading up to the present day of this series. Times have definitely been gruesome and troubling to say the least, and Ennis shows how The Shadow has placed himself in all of it. The opening narration, or internal monologue, from The Shadow shows the reader what his mindset is like against these evil forces in this world and then drops readers right in the middle of one of The Shadow’s missions.

The pacing of the issue is good and does not over complicate anything, but gives the reader just enough information about these characters to help them move along to the next panel, page, and scene. The more interesting character of this issue is not The Shadow himself, but more his true identity – Lamont Cranston, who is arrogant in a way that makes him partial a jerk but confident in his surroundings. The conversations Cranston has with various characters in this issue as himself are strong and provide an interesting look at his character in contrast to The Shadow.

The art in this issue by Aaron Campbell, Carlos Lopez, and Rob Steen is strong and sets a strong mood and expresses the time period well. The art never falters from the first to the last page remaining strong. Dynamite has a knack of putting great talent on their books and the work of Campbell, Lopez, and Steen prove that.

Readers will not be able to help themselves by getting pulled into this world of The Shadow. Dynamite has taken a number of iconic pulp characters and made them come alive again for an all new audience as well as those of us who have enjoyed them in the past. The Shadow is a book I will easily recommend to everyone I meet.



Story: 4 out of 5 Art: 4 out of 5 Overall: 4 out of 5



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DF SATURDAY NIGHT REVIEW: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #26
04/25/15 @ 9:12 pm EST
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By BYRON BREWER

The Black Vortex, which may have lasted just a tad too long (no wonder that Celestial left, he had been waiting long enough, lol) has now run its course and the admittedly admirable voting style of the Spartax population comes back into play as Peter Quill accepts his job as king (president?) of that planet/empire. (If only Kosmic Kitty had left them in amber!)

Brian Michael Bendis really has developed a hand and a voice for these heroes, despite internet gripes. (C’mon, guys, DnA are not even DnA anymore!) The comedy in this comic extended beyond Rocket’s ever-varying curses to arguments of which Elder of the Universe is which and a cornered Quill using his new power to take the Guardians along with him as his “Cabinet.”

Kitty Pryde is in no way idol as she tries to bring herself into the customs of possibly being First Lady of Spartax as well as introducing Peter to the intricacies of having a Jewish mother-in-law.

Spartax under artist Valerio Schiti looks vast, expansive and hi-tech, and I must admit the alien crowd scenes really look great! We have seen brilliant space opera scripts torn down by bad art. In Guardians of the Galaxy #26, both art and script are strong.

I must admit I do not know where GotG – or the rest of the present Marvel Universe – will be when the fights are done on Battleworld. I DO know Bendis is doing Guardians of Knowhere and that is where I will be for the nonce.

In the meantime, #26 is a great issue and at your LCS now. Pick it up!

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THE RIVERS OF LONDON NOVELS ARE BRANCHING OUT INTO COMICS THIS JULY
04/25/15 @ 8:47 pm EST
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Titan Comics is pleased to announce the launch of all-new Rivers of London comics, based on the best-selling novels by Ben Aaronovitch. Written by Aaronovitch andAndrew Cartmel (Doctor Who), with art from Lee Sullivan (Doctor Who Comics), Rivers of London will be releasing in five parts.

For those of you who don’t know, the novels follow the adventures of Peter Grant, a young officer in the London Metropolitan Police who is recruited into a special branch of the Met that deals with magic and the supernatural. The comic series entitled Body Work will take place between Book 4, Broken Homes, and Book 5, Foxglove Summer.

Titan Comics Editor Steve White shared his feelings on the novels transitioning to comics:

"I’ve been a massive fan of the series for a long time and it’s always a dream to bring something you revere to life as a comic, especially when you’re working with such an incredible team of creators!"

The comics will focus on Peter Grant, who has come a long way since first entering the special branch of London’s Metropolitan Police. With his hard-earned powers and a flair for the supernatural, it’s his job to investigate those shadowy crimes that involve urban vampires, weird Underground folk, and cars that come to life. Since the Rivers of Londonnovels have sold over 1 million copies worldwide to date, the chances of the comic being successful are high.

Rivers of London: Body Work #1 hits comic stores on July 15

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C2E2: KIDS AT EXPO HELP KEEP FANDOM IN THE FAMILY
04/25/15 @ 8:40 pm EST
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The force was strong among families who attended this weekend's Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place.

The annual fandom expo, held over a three-day weekend in the South Loop at 2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr., celebrates the cultural, social and political aspects of what many attendees proudly referred to as "nerd culture."

Aidan Skinner, 3, of Carol Stream has been attending C2E2 since before he was born, said his parents Jared and Nadia, who have attended the last four years.

Dressed as DC Comics hero The Flash, the mini superhero had been urging his parents to prepare his Flash costume ever since they came to the expo last year, they said.

Aidan's dad, who is an aspiring writer and comics enthusiast, said that including his wife and son in comic fandom has strengthened their bond as a family.

"We look forward to it every year," he said. "I saw all the kids and families coming and I wanted to bring my family too."

 Mini-Storm Trooper Felix Fojo, 6, attended the comic expo with his parents and sister.

Nadia Skinner said despite her husband coming from a different "comic camp" — an intrafamily DC vs. Marvel rivalry — she can't deny the joy her son experiences at C2E2."

We was like, 'Can we go tomorrow?'" she said.

That sentiment was shared by Erica Gryszkiewicz and Robert Luczak, parents to three-year-old Izabella Luczak of Belmont Cragin. Their family was dressed head-to-toe in specially made comics garb, an aspect Izabella especially enjoys.

"Mostly everyone is trying to push their kids hard into sports," Luczak said. "Let the child do their thing."

Gryszkiewicz agreed, saying while some parents only want their kids to play outside, they believe valuable lessons and meaningful experiences can be found through comic and video game culture as well.

The Gryszkiewicz-Luczak family weren't the only ones who felt C2E2 could serve as a learning opportunity to kids. The Eelss family, who said they were "regulars" of the comics convention, brought their 12-year-old daughter Lucy — dressed as a dragon fairy — to have fun and learn at the same time. They said in preparation for the event, they talk to Lucy about "media literacy," specifically the role of female characters in popular culture.

Rachel Eells said her husband Brandon bought her the "Strong Female Characters" shirt she donned on Saturday as a call-out to the often poorly developed stereotypes of women in media, a subject they've talked to Lucy about.

"I'm looking at the merchandising to see if we get to see more of the female characters," she said. "Sometimes it gets a little problematic for the feminist in me, because everything's over-sexualized, so we try to avoid that."

Lucy, whose favorite part of C2E2 is the costumes, said she felt like her own version of a superhero, and cherishes spending the time with her mom and dad. "I'm excited for this weekend because I'm coming back tomorrow," she said

. The Eells family said they were looking forward to seeing some strong female characters.;

Siblings Catherine, 13, and Tim O'Reilly, 19, of Naperville, swam up from the depths of Bikini Bottom — the fictional universe where Spongebob Squarepants lives — to spend the day together. Catherine, dressed as Captain Magma, glowed as she talked about how special it was to be at C2E2 with her big brother Tim.

"It's been so fun," she said. "You can see how much time, money and effort everyone put into their costumes, it's just crazy."

Tim agreed, saying the opportunity to be among so many like-minded, yet diverse individuals, was inspiring. He said he was proud to share that moment with his sister, as well as the "whole universe of fandom" surrounding him at the convention."I think it's more fun when you have a huge universe of people you can go and celebrate with," he said. "At home you can be like 'Oh this is awesome, oh this is so cool,' but when you're in a giant convention center full of other people who love it, you're like 'Oh my gosh this is so fun.'"

"OVERCONFIDENCE IS HER BIGGEST FLAW" - MARC ANDREYKO TALKS LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA
04/25/15 @ 5:34 pm EST
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Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, writers of Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini#5, talk with writer Marc Andreyko about Legenderry: Red Sonja #3, both on sale now. Cover art by Sergio Davila

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ANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR McCREERY: Red Sonja is one of the most famous female action characters of all-time, always quick on her feet (and with her wit) and able to fight her way out of a jam. But she’s human, and has her faults or her flaws. What do you think is a major flaw (or flaws) and how are you trying to get that into this series?

MARC ANDREYKO: Overconfidence is her biggest flaw. Ninety-nine times out of 100, she’s right, but that niggling one time could lead her to a bloody defeat. Sonja operates on emotion, so sometimes she gets in her own way. But don’t we all?

A&C: I love the fact that you’ve got Victor Frankenstein and Captain Nemo in this story! Two of my favorites of all-time. How is this version of Frankenstein different from any other? What attracted you the most to writing this character?

MA: Victor in my story is a raging sociopath and megalomaniac – like any good surgeon. And I’ve always been a fan of Shelley’s novel because so much of it is internal conflict, not Michael Bay blow-up stuff. The fight scenes are always fun, but understanding a character’s emotional landscape only adds to the intensity.

A&C: I know that you’re not only a great writer of horror but also a fan of it. In this issue there’s a really frightening scene that gave me chills when I first read it. What do you think is the key to writing a good horror comic?

MA: Aww, thanks, guys! I just try and find things that would terrify/disturb/gross me out and run with them. If something doesn’t scare you, as the writer and guide for the reader, why should it scare them?

A&C: The coloring in this series isn’t what I expected – I liked that there was more of a light color palette, which I think makes the characters a little more human (and in the process scarier). Do you script this sort of direction? Was this the original plan of the series?

MA: The coloring choices are all the colorist and I agree, the palette is not what you’d expect, but that only heightens the unease. I refer to it as “bruise-y colors” and they are exquisite.

A&C: What are the most interesting elements of steampunk to you?

MA: The utter lack of fossil fuel usage! And add in the Victorian vibe and I am so there. The whole clockwork aspect of the tech also intrigues me since I am completely mechanically impaired. (smiles) The visuals of turning cogs and pistons and steam pipes is just so much fun – using old school tech on the edge of breakthroughs is fascinating and makes me wish we still used the steam engine. (smiles)
C2E2: MARVEL SHARES PLANS FOR S.H.I.E.L.D. 50TH ANNIVERSARY
04/25/15 @ 5:22 pm EST
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S.H.I.E.L.D. will celebrate 50 years of espionage and intrigue this year, and Marvel Comics revealed their plans to commemorate the anniversary during their "Next Big Thing" panel at Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo.

First out of the gate will be a series of variant covers dubbed "The Art of Evolution" gracing the covers of 12 June comics. Covers based on TV's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." byGabriele Dell'Otto ("Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows" #1), Marcos Martin ("Armor Wars" #1), Declan Shalvey("Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" #1), Annie Wu("Squadron Sinister" #1), and Delicious Design League("Thors" #1).

Variants will also be printed for "S.H.I.E.L.D." #7, as well as #1 issues of "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies," "Civil War," "Guardians of Knowhere," "Hail Hydra," "SEIGE," and "Weirdworld."

Coming in August will be "S.H.I.E.L.D." #9, a super-sized special issue from Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Stan Lee himself, with Lee Ferguson providing artwork. What's more, the story will feature a previously unused sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko. The story will find Phil Coulson and Nick Fury, Sr. on a cross-time adventure that will introduce The Man Called D.E.A.T.H. and bring back Dum Dum Dugan alongside a brand new Howling Commandos.

In addition, the comic will reprint the first-ever S.H.I.E.L.D. story from 1965 along with the pilot presentation sequence that birthed the series.

Finally, two releases compiling complete runs of some classic S.H.I.E.L.D. stories will be released this fall.

In September, "S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection" will be released. The trade paper back will contain the original Lee and Kirby tales of covert ops from "Strange Tales" #135-150, "Fantastic Four" #21, and "Tales of Suspense" #78. Besides the first appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D., these stories featured the first Helicarrier, plus introduced Hydra and A.I.M. to comic lore. (Source: CBR)
C2E2: MARVEL MAPS OUT "SECRET WARS'" "BATTLEWORLD"
04/25/15 @ 5:09 pm EST
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On Saturday at C2E2, Marvel followed up their "Last Days" panel with another "Secret Wars"-centric discussion, this time focusing on the Senior Editor Nick Lowe, editors Jake Thomas and Jon Moisan, Charles Soule (writer, "Civil War"), James Robinson (writer, "Armor Wars"), Joshua Williamson (writer, "Red Skull") and Jonathan Hickman (writer, "Secret Wars").

Moderator Nick Lowe kicked off the panel by asking Jonathan Hickman to describe the main "Secret Wars" book, which started as Hickman's ultimate plan for his "Avengers" run and has grown into something more. Hickman praised his artist, Esad Ribic, and said, "You guys are going to dig this, even if it's written terribly, it's gorgeous." Lowe showed off four pages from "Secret Wars" #1, which featured numerous characters from the Marvel Universe locked in a heated battle.

Like other Marvel events, "Secret Wars" will have a number of series that play a role in the main event. First up, Lowe showed the covers for "Inhumans: Attilan Rising," which will be written by Charles Soule with art by John Timms. The cover for #2 features a makeover for Black Bolt, which includes a suit. "He runs this bar where everyone can go, but secretly there's a resistance underneath it," explained Soule. Medusa, Black Bolt's wife in the regular Marvel Universe, has been tasked with taking him down. Soule teased the cast which includes Undead G-Man, a Ghost Rider, and Mega-Rad, an all-new version of Hulk.

The presentation moved on to "Ultimate End," the series that will conclude the Ultimate Universe. This reveal caused a Miles Morales cosplayer to scream out "No," much to the panel's delight.

"We've been trying something different with this event," said Lowe. "We've been trying to keep this stuff secret, and it's only because we want you guys to get every surprise and twist so it will have an impact on you."

Editor Jake Thomas described the next book, Haden Blackman and Dalibor Talajic's "Master of Kung Fu," by saying, "It's about kicking people." The series will star Shang-Chi, the one person that was "literally kicked in the face out of the school," joked Thomas. Shang-Chi will have to go up against his father, who is running the tournament very ruthlessly.

The anthology series "Secret Wars: Battleworld" came up next, which will focus on fights. The first issue will have a Doctor Strange-powered Punisher fighting a demonic Fantastic Four. The story was written by Joshua Williamson and features magical bullets. The other story will feature M.O.D.O.K. and his cohorts trying to take over Battleworld. Editor Moisan teased that Blade will fight Howard the Duck, old West Deadpool will fight Devil Dinosaur, the Egyptian Silver Surfer will fight a crocodile version of Abomination and much more. "It's a ton of fun," said Moisan.

The audience applauded when art from "Thors" appeared on the projector. "We can't tell you much about this book," said Lowe. "It's going to be an incredible series. It has Beta Ray Bill, Destroyer, Storm-Thor -- a lot of really cool stuff in there that we can't talk about yet."

Thomas talked a bit about "Siege," a book by Kieron Gillen that the editor teased by saying, "I love crazy nonsense." He said that Gillen pitched the book as "NextWave meets tragedy." The series will deal with the terrifying areas of Battleworld that are separated from the rest of the domain by The Shield, which Thomas teases is "a presence, and an amazing thing to see visually." Thomas said that Kieron will be using favorite characters from his previous runs as well as characters he's never written before. This includes Abigail Brand, which Thomas described as "hardcore." "Every day these hordes of zombies and Ultrons attack this wall to get through to the other side, and they are forced to be on this wall and hold them back -- a siege if you will," said Thomas. The series will include a Scott Summers, the 1602 Kate Bishop, a version of America Chavez and Kang the Conquere. "If you like pompous jackasses, Kang is the best," said Thomas with a chuckle. Thomas also revealed that each issue of "Siege" will have three double-page spreads of battle scenes drawn by guest artists.

Lowe ran through the final book in the presentation, the newly announced "Secret Wars: Secret Love." "We're diving right back into the romance comics pool," said Lowe, pointing to the cover which features Kamala Khan and Robbie Reyes. The creators involved include Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley, Katie Cook, Gurihiru and more.

Lowe talked about the connection between "Secret Wars" and "Spider-Verse," which picks up from the end of the event and stars Spider-Gwen. "Spider-Gwen is in it, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, everyone is in it," said Lowe. "That book takes 'Spider-Verse' to the next level."

When asked which of the series are pertinent to the main story and how long each series will last, Lowe replied that people can just read "Secret Wars." "The next level of books would be 'Battleworld,'" he continued. "Those are the ones that tie in the closest to the story Jonathan is telling in the main 'Secret Wars' story. The books labeled 'War Zones' are more self-contained. Those are different books for different genres. Each of them is way more self-contained... Then there are the 'Last Days' books, which depict the last eight hours of our characters before the final incursion." (Source: CBR)
C2E2: MARVEL REVEALS THE "LAST DAYS" OF "SECRET WARS"
04/25/15 @ 4:33 pm EST
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Marvel began their trio of "Secret Wars"-centric panels on Saturday with a spotlight on the titles falling under the event's "Last Days" banner. Included on the panel was editor Nick Lowe and Dan Slott (writer, "Silver Surfer"), Al Ewing (writer, "Loki: Agent of Asgard") and Ryan Stegman (artist, "Inhuman"), Dennis Hopeless (writer, "Inferno") and Charles Soule (writer, "Inhuman").

Lowe gave a quick intro to the "Last Days" concept and showed the cover of "Ms. Marvel" #16, the first part of the title's "Secret Wars" tie-in. Lowe commended the series for its multiple Eisner Award nominations and praised the character as "one of the best new characters" at Marvel. Lowe then gave a rundown of the "Secret Wars" event, saying that the events of this story come from the pages of Jonathan Hickman's "Avengers" books. "

In 'Secret Wars' #1, you are going to see the last two remaining universes -- the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe -- collide in one of the craziest comics I've ever read," said Lowe. "No character is untouched by what is going on."

Next up came covers for "Magneto's" "Last Days" tie-in, one of which includes a favorite character of Lowe's -- Sugar Man. "Black Widow's" "Last Days" cover for issue #19 came up next. Series editor Jake Thomas spoke about the story, saying that writer Nathan Edmondson has been interested in Natasha Romanoff's guilt. "He's really invested in finding out her history and it's all culminated to this 'Last Days' story. Nathan wants to look at where Natasha is in the present, which is a very bad place, but he's also going back to the very beginning of her story. He wanted to find the worst thing that Natasha ever did during her Red Room days."

"Punisher" came up next, and editor Thomas continued to talk about Nathan Edmondson's other street-level Marvel series. "He's been building up to these issues his whole run. It's going to be a cathartic moment for Frank and Frank's fans," said Thomas. The editor revealed that the last two issues are going to be "balls to the wall, crazy Punisher action."

Al Ewing talked of his other series, "Loki: Agent of Asgard." "We're going out with a bang," said Ewing. "What's basically happening is the gods of Asgard being gods, they can sense the end of everything and they've got a lot of scores to settle. So massive total war breaks out in Asgard. The fuse is lit by King Loki as part of a plan to try to survive, because that's all he cares about... It's Loki vs. Loki."

"Silver Surfer" #13 took the spotlight next, to a round of applause. Slott shouted out his art team, Mike and Laura Allred, who just received an Eisner nomination. "Issue #11 is one of the craziest comics I've ever read," said Lowe of the next issue. Slott said that "Surfer" doesn't fit into any "Secret Wars" category, they're just calling the book "Last Days." Slott asked Lowe if he could talk about the cosmos vs. Battleworld. "You're going to be left with Battleworld and there's nothing else in the rest of the Marvel Universe," said Slott, specifying that the Kree, Skrulls, Spartax, everything cosmic is gone. "In the 'Battleworld' and 'War Zones' books, all our cosmic characters were lucky to get back to Earth just in time. Silver Surfer is the one character not on Earth who survives out there in the void. He's been giving Herald powers to recreate the universe," said Slott. "And something else survived too."

Dennis Hopeless' "Spider-Woman" series came up next, which features art from Javier Rodriguez. Lowe tossed it to Hopeless, who talked about Jessica Drew's new status quo, saying that she wanted to go back to street level. "It's the opposite of what Dan was just describing," said Hopeless. "It's very '80s Daredevil, her running around and punching people in the face. Now the world's going to end and we're taking that away from her." Hopeless praised Rodriguez's art, saying that people should at least buy it just for the art.

Marvel then announced a new one-shot, "Last Days of Ant-Man" by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas. Editor Jon Moisan was on-hand to talk about the new one-shot, which arrives on August 5th. "We are exploring how Ant-Man reacts to the world ending," said Moisan. "We see a retirement home of Golden Age superheroes. I know that sounds super thrilling!”

The "Secret Wars" series "Inhumans: Attilan Rising" came up next, with pages shown from the first issue. "The main concept of the series is a resistance movement," said Soule. "They're lead by Black Bolt and Medusa is the top cop assigned to take them down." The cast will include a classic Ghost Rider previously used in Jason Aaron's run with the character and a new version of Hulk, as well as the Inhuman Naja and Flint, a character that can manipulate rocks.

The floor opened up to questions from fans. When asked how they have gone about saying goodbye to characters with "Secret Wars," editor Nick Lowe said that very question is why "Last Days" exists -- to give these characters a chance to grapple with the end of the world. A fan then asked how Spider-Man will be spending his last days, to which Lowe responded that will be answered in "Secret Wars" #1.

A fan worried about apparently low-selling series, like "Captain Marvel" and "Ms. Marvel," asked about sales numbers and if Marvel ever planned on releasing digital sales numbers, to which Nick Lowe responded that the numbers online are generally wrong and very low. All their book sales are private, but he assured the fan that "Ms. Marvel" is in no danger of cancellation, citing how well the trade paperbacks for that series, "Hawkeye" and "Captain Marvel" sell. Lowe assured the fan that those books are in no danger of being canceled. "We've got really big Captain Marvel plans for years to come that I can't wait to share with you," said Lowe. (Source: CBR)

C2E2: CAPED CRUSADERS & DARKEST KNIGHTS WITH SNYDER, TYNION & MORE
04/25/15 @ 4:06 pm EST
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"Batman" writer Scott Snyder took the mic to moderate the "Caped Crusaders, Dynamic Duos and Darkest Knights" panel at C2E2. Joining him on stage were "Batman Eternal" writer James Tynion, Ray Fawkes and more.

Kicking the ball across the panel, Tynion spoke about the response to the weekly series "Batman Eternal." "It started pretty much a year ago, and only the first three issues were out at C2E2 last year. To see people who came and got those signed last year come back with the finale this year was amazing," he said. "Gotham has the best toybox in all of comics."

Fawkes then spoke to his place in the line that editor Mark Doyle masterminded. "We wanted to make sure there was a Gotham book for every kind of fan," he said, noting that his "Gotham By Midnight" was meant to be the horror book of the line. "We thought it would be cool to bring in some of the cops and Jim Corrigan who was in 'Eternal,' and it was a risk...but you can expect some more extremely dark stories in this book."

"Detective Comics" writer Brian Buccellato then took the mic, showing off the cover to the incoming issue with Francis Manapul featuring a robotic Batman hanging from a blimp. While he wouldn't explain that, he said that the book would soon include much more Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya. After that reveal, Snyder decided to go all in talking about the new face of Gotham in June.

The new take on the Batman mythology starting in June became a collaborative effort where Snyder pitched his take on who would wear the new armored costume while other creators added elements like Manapul adding the blimp or other creators adding new twists about their cast to the mix. "We were in lockstep," Snyder said.

The publishing plan for the launch is for "Batman" #40 to arrive on Wednesday and then the new status quo to be spelled out in the "Divergence" one-shot DC is releasing on Free Comic Book Day. Addressing the new gun that the armored Batman carries, Snyder said, "It shoots Batarangs, and it's bad ass" to allay fears that the character would break Bruce Wayne's rule against firearms.

He also revealed that there is a new Batsuit underneath the armor. "It's amazing. Greg designed it, and it's incredible," he said. "When I saw his design for 'Zero Year' with the purple gloves, I loved it, but this is even better."

As fan questions opened up, someone asked about the sequel to "Eternal." Tynion said, "'Batman Eternal' was a big success for DC, and it's a fair guess that we'll be doing something similar." Snyder then decided to reveal more because he would get in less trouble for spoiling things. "We went into 'Eternal' not knowing how to write a 52-issue series, but we're incredibly proud of how it came out. So we're definitely talking about doing a second year, and because it's the 75th anniversary of Robin next year, one thing we've been talking about is doing a story focused on all the Robins...we're really thrilled about it, and we're talking about it now."

Snyder said that the upcoming stories in "Batman" would address the potential class conflicts that exist between the billionaire Bruce Wayne and the largely poor people he beats up. The story would look at this through the eyes of Thomas -- the young African American Gothamite who plays a major role in the "We Are...Robin" series coming up.

Asked about the future of Damian Wayne, Tynion spoke up for Pat Gleason's incoming "Robin: Son of Batman" series as a story about classic Damian traveling the world and having insane adventures. Snyder said, "This is a character who deserves his own book...what Pat has come up with is so good. It's world-traveling Damian with his Man-Bat friend." (Source: CBR)



MICHAEL BAY SHARES FIRST LOOK AT TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2?
04/25/15 @ 3:37 pm EST
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Michael Bay has shared a pair of vehicle photos to his Twitter feed, including the Ninja Turtles' battle wagon and a Polaris Slingshot.

The battle wagon, of course, showed up at the end of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's probably not a stretch to imagine that the Slingshot will play a role in TMNT 2, since the next Transformers film is still not close to starting production.

The "Tartaruga Brothers" is a wink and a nod do the fact that turtles (tartaruga in Italian) drive the truck incognito. The Slingshot is harder to peg down, but may belong to a villain, or to Casey Jones.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, now in early production, brings back the cast from last year's feature film reboot and teams them with newcomers Stephen Amell as Casey Jones and Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman. The movie is expected in theaters on June 3, 2016.

POPULAR DC COMICS HERO WILL HAVE SECRET IDENTITY REVEALED TO THE PUBLIC
04/25/15 @ 1:19 am EST
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One of DC Comics' superheroes will have their identity revealed to the public.

Warning: Spoilers

So who’s the DC hero who’s going to lose their secret identity?

That person will be ... Superman!

Yes, it's the Man of Steel, the ultimate hero himself. And the person responsible for revealing this news? Why, one of comicdom's premiere newswomen: Lois Lane, who announces to the world that Superman is Clark Kent!

The reveal is made available via a scan from Bleeding Cool, and it comes from the Free Comic Book Day title for DC Comics’ Divergence.

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You’re probably thinking why Lois would do such a thing. Remember, the New 52 is different from the classic version. In the classic version, Lois and Clark get married. In the new universe, Superman is dating Wonder Woman.

The issue also has Commissioner Gordon wearing an armored Batman suit. Apparently because Batman and the Joker “died” during a battle underneath Gotham in “Endgame.”

Stay tuned!
 
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