Further proving that the American public’s hunger for zombies is exactly as insatiable as zombies’ hunger for the American public, Diamond Comic Distributors has just announced that The Walking Dead was the best-selling comic book of 2012. Robert Kirkman’s long-running zombie series topped the individual-issues list, with Dead‘s 100th issue, sales of which were probably helped by the flood of variant covers and the fact that it featured the death of a beloved main character, no spoilers. But the story gets more impressive when you look at Diamond’s list of the bestselling graphic novels of 2012. Dead owns 7 out of the 10 slots on the list, thanks to its various back-issue compilations. (The bestselling Dead collection is Volume One, Days Gone By, an indicator that people continue to discover the series over nine years after it debuted.) READ FULL STORY »
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One of the best comic books of 2012 slides right in under the wire with today’s release of The Whistling Skull #1 (DC Comics). The first of a six-part miniseries written by B. Clay Moore and drawn by Tony Harris, The Whistling Skull is at once a throwback to pulp fiction of the 1930s and ‘40s (think Doc Savage and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels) and a beautiful, witty new piece of comic-book art. READ FULL STORY »
A bold new era begins! That’s the promise of Justice League #15, the first chapter of the crossover event “Throne of Atlantis.” The issue streets next Wednesday, but EW is so excited to present the first five pages of the issue, along with three dynamic covers. Scroll down to get started!
The Dark Knight faces off against his most terrifying villain yet again in next week’s Batman #15. It’s the latest chapter of the “Death of the Family” crossover, which sees the Joker’s predictably gore-splattered return to Gotham City. EW is proud to present four variant covers and the first five pages of the issue. Be sure to check it out when it hits stands next Wednesday!
Launched in Oct. 2010, Superman: Earth One presented the superhero who fights for truth, justice, and the American way as an angst-riddled 21-year-old struggling to make sense of how his enormous powers fit into a world of mortal human beings. It was the first issue in the DC: Earth One series of graphic novels that re-envision the origin stories of DC Comics’ most iconic characters, and writer J. Michael Straczynski took full advantage of the wider latitude with the Superman mythology. In his retelling, Krypton was destroyed by an enemy alien force, who turn their attention to Earth when they realize it’s harboring their sworn enemy’s sole survivor. By the end of the first volume, Clark Kent had reluctantly become Superman to fend off the alien invasion, but his attitude towards heroism — and the Earth’s reaction to his presence on the planet — remain ambiguous at best.
With that preamble, EW can share this exclusive preview of Superman: Earth One — Volume Two, written by Straczynski and illustrated by Shane Davis and Sandra Hope, and available on Nov. 6. As you’ll see in the following pages — with Superman confronting a new enemy called the Parasite, and Clark Kent romancing a woman who isn’t Lois Lane – Straczynski and Co. aren’t shying away from taking the Man of Steel into darker places he’s rarely visited before.
The new issue of DC’s Justice League features Wonder Woman and supervillainess Cheetah quietly discussing their interpersonal issues over coffee and bagels. Just kidding! Actually, they have an old-fashioned acrobatic brawl, which also features some intense debate about the nature of humanity. “Civilization is just a mask!” exclaims Cheetah. “Punch!” punches Wonder Woman. READ FULL STORY »
Superman’s looming 2013 pop moment is getting super-sized. DC Entertainment announced today that it will launch a new comic book series next year devoted to the superhero icon from the superstar creative team of Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing) and Jim Lee (Justice League). Many details are still TBD, including title, release date and if the comic will launch before or after the June 14, 2013 bow of Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movie franchise starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams.
In an interview with EW, Scott Snyder said he’s been developing the Superman story he wants to tell in the new series for over a year. “I knew it would have an epic scope and look at him in a different way, even though it will have a classic element to it, too,” says the scribe, who grew up a Superman fan, and claims to have embarrassing childhood photos of him dressed as the Man of Steel to prove it. READ FULL STORY »
Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming sci-fi spectacular Pacific Rim will tell the tale of ginormous robots called Jaegers that protect the world from equally ginormous monsters known as Kaiju. It will also be much bigger than a movie: The Oscar-nominated director of Pan’s Labyrinth tells EW that there will also be a Pacific Rim graphic novel – a prequel story, to be published by the upstart comic book division of the film’s studio, Legendary Pictures. A formal announcement of the project is expected today at New York City Comic-Con.
Del Toro says that he will serve as creative director of the project, and that Travis Beacham, who wrote the Pacific Rim screenplay and created the world of the movie, will script the graphic novel. READ FULL STORY »
If the book, movie, and other movie weren’t enough, DC Entertainment will release the graphic novel version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on Nov. 13, written by crime author Denise Mina and illustrated by Andrea Mutti and Leonardo Manco. We already gave you a super-early preview back in April, and here are a few more to tide you over until the release. First up: Check out Lisbeth Salander’s hacking skills in graphic novel form.
My Little Pony meets Sin City: Comic book stars Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson talk up the surreal pulp of 'Happy!'
Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson have created some of the most acclaimed – and controversial – comics of the past two decades. Scottish scribe Morrison has spent the past several years writing best-selling Superman and Batman titles for DC Comics (and penning a great history lesson/memoir Supergods: Our World In The Age of The Superhero), but before that made his name with audacious original work like The Invisibles, The Filth and Flex Mentallo, filled with challenging ideas, formal experimentation and high strange surrealism. California-based artist Robertson, known for his strong, visceral style, has worked in many genres, from pulp to sci-fi, and is best known for long runs on two hard-edged satires, The Boys and Transmetropolitan.
Now, the two talents have teamed up – for the first time – to produce the ironically titled Happy!, a four-issue mini-series that tracks the twisted downward spiral of an utterly reprehensible thug named Nick Sax… and his imaginary friend Happy!, an aggressively sweet winged horse. The first issue, now in stores, includes foul language, brutal violence and a sexual encounter involving a man dressed as seafood.
Naturally, it’s a Christmas story.
It’s also a gleefully gonzo-sick crime comic, and the beginning of a return to trippy-edgy creator-owned stuff for Morrison after years of marvelous mainstream toil. In separate interviews, EW.com spoke with Morrison and Robertson about their collaboration.
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