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Special DC Comics 'zero' issues to re-investigate origins

DC Comics’ heroes are going to zeroes. In September, DC Entertainment will publish a zero issue for its 52 titles, a move that co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said this week will help explain the origins and effects of its rebooted characters a year after it erased decades of history and continuity to start everything from scratch. But, the duo said, zeroing out for the month will create new plots and wrinkles for the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, among others, and see the debut of some fan-favorite characters as well as set the stage for more ongoing stories in the months to come too.

When DC relaunched its characters in September 2011 with 52 titles, the rebooted heroes and villains weren’t starting from zero. “We started at different points for the different series,” DiDio said, adding that having every title go to zero with stand-alone stories helps readers, established and new, “find a level playing field and creates another jumping on point.” READ FULL STORY

'Batman: The Dark Knight #6': Meet the new Bane, same as the old Bane -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

The supervillain known as Bane occupies a curious place in the Batman mythology. On one hand, his first appearance coincided with one of the most memorable story arcs of DC’s early-’90s campaign to kill or maim their most iconic characters. On the other hand… well, Bane is a big strong man wearing a Mexican wrestling mask. But the redemption of Bane officially kickstarted when Christopher Nolan announced him as the big bad in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. Now Batman: The Dark Knight #6 comes with the promise “The Rise of Bane!” In four pages debuting exclusively on, Superman also swings by to say hello. It’s like old home week in Gotham! READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Batman #5': 'He'll be dead soon' -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

A shining star in DC’s “New 52″ lineup, the current run of Batman has witnessed the introduction of an entirely new villainous presence in Gotham City: the mysterious Court of Owls. Writer Scott Snyder has big plans for the Owls — they’ll be at the center of a Batverse crossover event this summer.

In the next issue of Batman, the Caped Crusader finds himself at the mercy of the Owls. Surrealism ensues. You can read the full issue when it hits stores Jan. 18th. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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Sneak peek at DC's 'Batman: The Dark Knight #2': The Fists of Two-Face -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

The debut issue of DC’s new series Batman: The Dark Knight left the Caped Crusader staring into the face of his old enemy Two-Face, who has apparently been rocking the Barry Bonds diet, judging by his new mega-muscles. (Ol’ Harvey Dent also noted that he’d prefer to be called “One-Face” from now on. Hey, he’s self-actualizing!) Next week’s B:TDK #2 kicks off with an extended fight between Batman and his supersized nemesis. Blood flows freely, but so does some attack philosophy. “Think how it would feel to lose all inhibition — to shed every shred of doubt!” exclaims One-Face. Suffice it to say that crying is involved.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Oct. 26. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here. What do you think of Two-Face’s sinewy new look?

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Sneak peek at DC's 'Batman #2': Hello, Nightwing! -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW


There have been many interpretations of Batman over the years, but the aspect of the character that I’ve always enjoyed most is his cerebral side. Some of the best stories about the Caped Crusader are really Agatha Christie-style mysteries, with Bruce Wayne as a latter-day Hercule Poirot with a utility belt. (There’s a reason Batman first appeared in an issue of Detective Comics.) So it was intriguing to see that last month’s Batman #1 — part of DC’s company-wide reboot — instantly threw the reader into a legitimate whodunit, with evidence that implicated Bat-protege Nightwing in a brutal murder. In the opening pages of Batman #2, we see the hero quickly dispatch a robber gang, but then we’re in CSI territory, with Commissioner Gordon checking out the corpse’s wisdom teeth. Nightwing stops by to explain how his DNA got under the dead guy’s fingernails.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Oct. 19. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here. Intrigued by the slow-burning mystery? Think Commissioner Gordon missed his calling as a Gotham’s most melancholic dentist?

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Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews
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Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews

Superman #1 George Perez writes and supplies the breakdowns for Jesus Merino’s art in this Metropolis-centric issue. About half the issue is spent establishing that The Daily Planet is a dashed-to-smithereens victim of the internet and new media — the newspaper is now merely the “print arm” of a “multimedia news super station” called The Planet Global Network, or P.G.N. The other half of the book depicts Superman battling a mysteriously out-of-control fire — I know it’s laying ground for future developments, but this is not the most thrilling of adventures. The dialogue is stiff (“At what price, Lois? Our integrity? Our souls?”), but then, Superman has long been the stiff we love to love, right? Oh, and Lois has a boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll. (Not the novelist. Alas.) At this point, I much prefer the Grant Morrison Superman of Action Comics #1.


Batman #1 and other new DC Comics reviews

Another week, another batch of issue #1s from DC. I’m skipping the ones I think are duds (Supergirl? Kinda blahh. Captain Atom? Irritating) and zooming in on the books that were striking for various reasons.

Batman #1 Writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) really knows how to launch a new chapter in Batman‘s history. He pulls from the oldest aspects of the Batman myth, combines it with sinister-comic elements from the series’ best period (that would be the same Dick Sprang-drawn, ’50s era that Grant Morrison also enjoys), and gives the whole thing terrific forward-spin by setting up an honest-to-gosh mystery for Batman to solve. Throughout, the art by Greg Capullo leads with jutting jaws and faces creased with rage, exertion, fear, and grim determination. Batman’s mask covers the very tip of his beaky nose — a nice, distinctive touch. Snyder’s script, much of it about the depressed, disspirited city — talk about “investing in Gotham’s future,” its “fears, frustrations… demons” — works as a metaphor for the economy and general mood of America. Really, the only thing I didn’t care for here is the new, stiff, metallic-looking Batman cover logo. A-

Catwoman #1 Comic books come under fire so regularly for their objectification of women that this Catwoman amounts to a nose-thumbing manifesto: It’s all about the gradual yet partial undressing of Selina Kyle, culminating in a Cat-on-Batman sex scene. Literally. That’s Judd Winick’s story. What hell: go for it; Selina certainly seems to be enjoying herself. The art by Guillem March backs up everything Winick’s drives toward throughout. A low-down gas. B READ FULL STORY

Should comic books emulate the TV biz? Plus: More reviews of 'The New 52'

Pop culture in September. A month of beginnings and renewal. A time when a certain sector of entertainment expends much marketing energy to not just psyche up the public about its products but get them excited about the very medium that delivers those products. We’re talking TV, of course, and the “new fall season” that’s imminent. But this month, we’re talking about the comic book industry, too. Last week, DC Comics began rebooting its entire line of comics via an initiative called “The New 52.” Ongoing hits like Action Comics (home to Superman) and Detective Comics (abode to Batman) restarted with new creative approaches, storylines, and creative teams. Launching with them: A bevy of new series, many starring familiar characters, returning to prime time comics the way TV stars of the past return in new vehicles. (‘Tool Time’ Tim Allen/Last Man Standing = Construction worker Alec Holland/Swamp Thing. Grunt-grunt!)


Comic-book consumer guide: Grading the new DC #1s, 'Batgirl,' 'Detective Comics,' and more

DC Comics has released so many new #1 issues this week, it seemed as though a collection of quick, concise reviews is in order. So, with a deep bow to Robert Christgau, who invented the music version of this format, here’s a Comic Book Consumer Guide.

Detective Comics With writer-artist Tony S. Daniel doing Batman, you know the art (sinewy anatomy lessons; crinkly fabric textures) is going to be superior to the story (someone’s been reading his old Thomas Harris/Jack Ketchum paperbacks, hasn’t he?). Still, if you’re up for a bloody, naked Joker fix, this is your go-to book. B READ FULL STORY

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