The venerable DC title gets an artsy makeover with some substance, via Vertigo, and with a beautiful Paul Pope-adelic cover. A few too many of the nine stories resort to surprise endings anyone who’s ever seen The Twilight Zone will see coming a mile away. (The art, however, by people such as Denys Cowan, Juan Bobillo, and Inaki Miranda, is terrific.) One stand-out: Writer-artist Jeff Lemire’s updating of “Ultra the Multi-Alien” is fantastic – witty and beautiful, invoking a Silver Age past without resorting to nostalgia. And the start of a new Brain Azzarello/Eduardo Rizzo collaboration, “Spaceman,” represents sci-fi comic-book created on an addictive, mind-blowing level. READ FULL STORY
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Flashpoint, the big new DC Comics storyline that started last week with the first of five issues, and turns out to be not just ultra-flashy, but also reminds me a little of — what else? — a TV show. READ FULL STORY
Is gubernatorially-themed science fiction one of this year’s hot trends? Could be. It only seems like, oh, six weeks ago that EW broke the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Governator TV show and comic book. Meanwhile, this September will see the publication of the novel, The Walking Dead: The Rise of the Governor, whose cover art you can see to the left and below.
In the world of funny-animal comics cultdom, artist-writer Floyd Gottfredson is overshadowed by Carl Barks, the Donald Duck artist. But Fantagraphics Press’ new Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse: “Race to Death Valley” contains all you need to know to revel in the very different, deeply pleasurable work of Gottfredson. READ FULL STORY
Billed as a “96-page Spectacular,” Action Comics #900, released today, is most spectacular in bringing to a close writer Paul Cornell’s clever Lex Luthor storyline. For a while now, Luthor has replaced Superman as the central figure in Action Comics, one of the oldest titles in comic-book history and the one that introduced Superman in 1938. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Apr. 12: Gay penguin book tops list of controversial books, Amazon offering ad-supported Kindle, and more
And Tango Makes Three once again waddles into the top spot of the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010. The adorable children’s book tells the true tale of two male emperor penguins in the Central Park Zoo who find an abandoned egg and raise the chick together. For the past five years, the book has had human parents up in arms due to its positive portrayal of same-sex bird parents and has been banned in school districts around the country. Other books on the list: The Hunger Games, Twilight, and Brave New World. READ FULL STORY
'Captain America': Steve Rogers will return to comic book with classic costume (just in time for the movie!)
Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, was shot and killed in March 2007. To paraphrase a classic Onion Headline: “Captain America Dead: Is Captain America Alive?” As EW’s Jeff Jensen recently reminded us, nobody ever really stays six feet under in comic books, besides maybe Gwen Stacy, and there have been so many alternate-universe Gwen Stacys and clone Gwen Stacys and it-was-only-a-dream Gwen Stacys that it feels like she never died. Thus, the only real question after Cap’s untimely death was: How crazy will things get before the original Cap returns?
Answer: Pretty crazy. READ FULL STORY
On the Books Mar. 30: Man Booker Prize longlist announced, book suggesting Gandhi's bisexuality banned
The U.K.-based Man Booker International Prize released its longlist of 13 finalists for the 2011 award yesterday, but only 12 care to be considered; John Le Carré rejected the nod, offering up an explanation that amounts to little more than “I prefer not to.” Included on the list are three American authors–Anne Tyler, Philip Roth, and Marilynne Robinson–and for the first time, two Chinese writers, Wang Anyi and Su Tong. The award, worth $94,000, is given every other year based on an author’s entire body of work. The winner will be awarded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 18 and will be feted on June 28 in London. READ FULL STORY
Wondering who the masked man on the Google home page is? It’s Denny Colt, better known as The Spirit. His mask forms the two “o”s in Google to celebrate the Mar. 6, 1917, birth date of Spirit creator Will Eisner, who died in 2005. READ FULL STORY
In my reading of comic books, and in my coverage of comic books as a journalist, I tend to pay more attention to the artists who write the words than those who draw the pictures. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what pencilers, inkers and colorists do; I do, even if I often don’t give them the thought (and ink) they deserve. I promise to change. But I am a child of the ’80s, the decade that introduced us to Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman and ushered in the era of the auteur scribe — inventive, intelligent scripters with a vision and distinctive authorial voice that was discernable no matter who was making the pictures, even if you didn’t like the pictures. The irony, of course, is that the only reason I purchased my first Alan Moore comic (Swamp Thing #36) was because when I dared to pick it up and leaf through it, the art work of Stephen Bissette and John Totleben knocked me on my ass. Here’s the truth: When you go to the comic book store fishing for The Next Good Thing, chances are it’ll be the visual storytelling, not the word balloons, that’ll hook you. And for me, it often comes down to one arresting page — one that stops me in my flip-through tracks and makes me go: “There’s something special going on here — something worth my time.”
Last Saturday, I had exactly such an experience in my local comic book shop, a dimly lit, uncomfortably humid shoebox of a place tucked away in a strip mall in Long Beach, California. The comic: The Amazing Spider-Man #655. READ FULL STORY
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