Last year, DC’s “The New 52″ rebooted the company’s entire comic book universe from the ground up. The changes went beyond simple costume changes — although there were lots of costume changes, mostly of the “Let’s Nolanize this outfit! You know, armor lines and stuff!” variety. Grant Morrison reimagined Superman as a kind of Marxist superprole. Wonder Woman suddenly had an origin that actually made sense for the first time in decades. Hawkman’s origin still didn’t make sense, but now he was referred to as “The Savage Hawkman,” which is awesome. DC also led with some intriguing series that explore off-the-beaten-path subjects: The military-themed Men of War and Blackhawks, the Jack Kirby-esque O.M.A.C., and even a few African-American hero books like Mr. Terrific and Static Shock. READ FULL STORY
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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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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.
Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY
The Man of Steel has not been having an easy time of it in DC’s reboot of Superman. Metropolis has been besieged by an ever-escalating series of villains and villainy, all seemingly bent on nothing other than trying to defeat the invincible superhero from the alien planet Krypton. Meanwhile, a reporter at the Daily Planet has been arguing that Supes does more harm than good. And in this exclusive sneak peek at Superman #4, written by George Perez with art by Jesus Merino, the Metropolis police want to know why TV anchor Heather Kelley mysteriously disappeared in Superman #3 – and what Superman had to do about it.
You can read the full issue when it arrives in stores Dec. 28, but you can check out EW’s four-page first look here.
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Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that, in the run up to its omnibus summer tentpole The Avengers, it will release a four-issue comic book prelude to the film.
Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude issues #1 and #2, written by Chris Yost and Eric Pearson, and illustrated by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR, will arrive this March, with the following two issues hitting stores some time before the Joss Whedon-directed movie’s May 4 debut.
Over the course of the first three issues of DC’s new Justice League, in the face of Darkseid’s encroaching, mysterious army, the various major superheroes of the DC canon have, well, assembled isn’t the right word, really, since Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, the Flash, and Wonder Woman are still eons away from being a cohesive team. But in Justice League #4, to their motley crew they now add the King of Atlantis, a.k.a. Aquaman — but not without some brash protesting from Green Lantern, who quips, “I thought Aquaman was a sketch on Conan O’Brien!” As the cover makes clear, Aquaman does not take kindly to being thought the butt of a joke, and in EW’s exclusive five-page preview, he shuts up the sparkly hothead by showing everyone just what he can do.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Dec. 21. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.
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'Watchmen' writer Alan Moore joins Occupy Comics group, slams Frank Miller for criticizing protesters
Watchmen writer Alan Moore has joined Occupy Comics, an organization of comics-industry notables who are lending their support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Moore’s fellow Occupy Comics signatories include Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), and David Lloyd.
The support of Moore and Lloyd is notable both because of the weight they carry in the comics community, and because it was their comic, V for Vendetta, which first introduced the Guy Fawkes masks regularly worn by Occupy Wall Street protesters. READ FULL STORY
Hey, remember Inside-Out Boy, Nickelodeon’s cute-yet-totally-horrifying commercial-break mascot, who swung a little bit too high on a swing set and somehow turned his body completely inside out, making him a walking mass of exposed tendons and pinkish organ meat? There’s a horrifying young child in the current run of Swamp Thing who seems almost like a gritty inverted reboot of Inside-Out Boy. In the opening pages of next week’s Swamp Thing #4, hospital escapee William walks into a diner and orders a vanilla milkshake. The ice cream man mishears him — William is covered in blood and wearing a breathing mask, so his confusion is understandable. Horrifying inside-out shenanigans ensue.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Dec. 7. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.
The comic book industry has three defining publicity-grabbing gimmicks: the New Costume, the Retcon Reboot, and the Beloved Character Death. In January, Fantastic Four packaged two of those gimmicks together, killing off the Human Torch and rebranding the team with skintight-stormtrooper costumes. My colleague Jeff Jensen was initially skeptical about the death of the Torch, but later noted that writer Jonathan Hickman justified the death in the narrative. And hey, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with publicity-grabbing gimmicks. Still, one can’t help but feel a combination of déjà vu and vertigo upon hearing that, in the just-released Fantastic Four #600, the Human Torch will make his triumphant return to life after less than a year of being dead. READ FULL STORY
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