Marvel just announced the April launch of a new X-Men comic book, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel. There’s an intriguing twist in this series: At this point, the lineup of the team is all-female. The cast includes franchise all-stars like Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Psylocke — along with Rachel Grey, a.k.a. Rachel Summers, a.k.a. “Phoenix, except not the Phoenix you’re thinking of, and also she’s not Phoenix anymore, or whatever.” The cast will also feature Jubilee, a character who positively defines that brief and perfect moment when the ’80s became the ’90s. (See also: Sonic the Hedgehog, MC Hammer, Kindergarten Cop.) Actually, USA Today‘s interview with Wood indicates that Jubilee is the “main star” of the book, possibly because she’s a vampire now, and vampires are so hot right two years ago. READ FULL STORY
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On Dec. 30, Peter David, the 56-year-old novelist and comic book writer, was on holiday when he suffered a stroke, a crisis he reported himself with a blog posting that contains the most chilling passages of his vivid career: “We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg.”
Earlier in December, David had been asked by EW to write a guest essay about the 50th anniversary of the Hulk, a character that David knows better than anyone — his 12-year stint scripting the monthly series The Incredible Hulk is rare in its duration and remarkable in its depth and surprise. David has shaped other universes (he’s filled a shelf with his Star Trek novels and written scripts for Babylon 5 as well as ActiVision’s big Spider-Man: Edge of Time video game) but his green days were special. David is now in physical therapy and monster bills will be mounting in the weeks and months ahead; his family and close friends say this would be an especially good moment to add a David book to your collection. Check out David’s blog below.
The End of 'Sweet Tooth': A deep dive with Jeff Lemire about wrapping up his acclaimed comic book saga
Jeff Lemire isn’t just one of the most acclaimed talents in comics, he’s also one of the most prodigious. In 2012, the Toronto-based writer/artist’s illustrious output included the monthly serials Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E and Justice League Dark for DC Comics (all of which earned Lemire an Eisner nomination for Best Writer), and the much-praised graphic novel The Underwater Welder published by Top Shelf Productions. But this week, Lemire’s workload officially becomes one title lighter when DC’s Vertigo imprint releases the last issue of his epic fantasy, Sweet Tooth. READ FULL STORY
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
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
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