Until now, “Before Watchmen” — a new DC Comics franchise composed of prequel mini-series to the acclaimed mid-eighties super-hero saga Watchmen — has courted controversy by simply existing. Telling more Watchmen tales without creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons? For some fans and industry pros, that’s heresy, regardless of the quality of the work, which so far has been quite good. The next installment in the endeavor is sure to be provocative for another reason altogether. In the opening pages of The Comedian #1 (on sale Wednesday), set in the sixties, the titular character — a morally murky vigilante turned black ops bag-man (real name: Edward Blake) — is not only revealed to be surprisingly tight with the Kennedy clan, but is tasked by a certain iconic First Lady with eliminating a certain iconic movie star famously linked to her husband (and brother-in-law). The story comes from writer Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets) and penciler J.G. Jones (Wanted), both highly regarded comic book artists known for edgy work.
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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
The latest version of Buddy Baker, Animal Man, who can assume the powers and shapes of members of the animal kingdom, is one of the best of DC Comics’ “New 52” comics series, and the first six issues have been collected in a trade paperback titled Animal Man: Vol. 1 “The Hunt,” released today. READ FULL STORY
In one of the most delightfully random-seeming pair-ups, China Mieville, the superb sci-fi/fantasy novelist, is now writing his take on the 1960s comic book series Dial H for Hero. As part of the second wave of DC’s “New 52,” the first issue of what’s simply being called Dial H is a terrific tale of an ordinary schlub raised to hero status by accident. It’s an old trope but, as detailed vividly by Mieville, Dial H is full of cleverness and narrative energy. READ FULL STORY
'Buffy' comic spin-offs starring Spike and Willow get story details, release dates, cover art -- EXCLUSIVE
Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan favorite characters Spike and Willow will officially be getting their own respective five-issue spin-off comic book mini-series from Dark Horse Comics, and EW has all the exclusive details about what their storylines will be about. If we had to sum it up in one word: Magic.
Fans of the ongoing Buffy comic series know that the current “season” finds us in a world without magic. Buffy destroyed the “seed” for all hocus-pocus on our planet at the end of season 8, and Spike’s spin-off finds him running afoul of some demons attempting to find the shards of that seed to mine residual magic from it. “That doesn’t exactly work out for the demons,” says series author Victor Gischler, who’s scripted Punisher, Wolverine, and X-Men comics for Marvel, along with his hard-boiled crime novels (and the occasional pulpy genre novel like Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse). Check out an exclusive shot from the cover below: READ FULL STORY
There’s already plenty of egos in the Justice League — and not a little contempt for superheros who aren’t exactly super — but in next week’s issue, there’s a new kid on the block. And Green Arrow is not afraid to shoot from the hip. The League has to combine all its powers to stop Amazo, but it turns out that the brash rogue archer delivers the convincing blow that fell the giant. And he now wants in on the elite team of supes.
In our exclusive preview of Justice League #8: Will Green Arrow Join the Justice League?, you can check out the cover and four pages of the issue. The issue hits next Wednesday, but read the Justice League #8 preview here now.
'Falling Skies': New Dark Horse digital comic shows aftermath of Tom's abduction -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER
Last summer, conventional wisdom had it that Falling Skies, TNT’s ambitious post-apocalyptic thriller about a ramshackle group of survivors facing an alien invasion, was executive producer Steven Spielberg’s answer to The Walking Dead. Both series featured an ongoing dialogue about security versus civility, multi-episode arcs about searching for missing children, barns that hold sinister secrets, and chopper-riding badasses. Though Falling Skies proved decidedly more family friendly than the AMC gorefest, it hasn’t been without its own shocks, and nothing was more startling than that season-ending cliffhanger that saw Noah Wyle’s good-guy history prof-turned-freedom-fighter abducted and sent on a one-way trip to the mothership. It was like a chilling, mirror-universe version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Now, EW has your first glimpse of what’s going to happen next. Before season 2 debuts on June 17, Dark Horse is releasing a digital comic that shows what happened to the Second Mass, rendered in all sorts of heroic, primary-colored poses, after Tom phoned home. Apparently three months have now passed since his abduction. Check out an exclusive trailer from Dark Horse, after the break, to whet your appetite for all things E and T. READ FULL STORY
Comic Book Review: Superstar scribe and former 'Lost' writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with a sensational 'Saga'
Brian K. Vaughan established himself as one of the best comic book writers of his generation with Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, long-form serials populated with sharply conceived characters, crammed with witty, whip-smart banter and braided with storylines knotted with provocative philosophical ideas and controversial politics and charged with emotion. Nobody wrote smart people better. Few wrote women better. He rocked at writing superhero stuff (See: Runaways; Dr. Strange: The Oath), and even Iraqi zoo animals, too (Pride of Baghdad). Over the past few years, Vaughan has concentrated on planting flags in Hollywood. He worked for three seasons on Lost and is currently developing a TV version of Stephen King’s Under The Dome for Showtime. Now he returns to the medium where he made his name with Saga (Image; monthly series), a sci-fi/fantasy that explodes out of the gate with the energy of a champion racehorse. It would be premature to dub it a masterpiece. It would be stupid to bet against it becoming one. READ FULL STORY
The mad vampire villainess Drusilla appeared in only 17 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the show’s seven-season run, but as deliciously performed by Juliet Landau, the character proved to be a major fan favorite. Well, Dru is back, and in a big way: EW can report exclusively that Landau is currently writing a five-issue Drusilla comic-book miniseries, part of Dark Horse Comics and Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s ongoing expansion of the Buffyverse in comic-book form.
Due to launch in June, the first issue of the spin-off, Landau tells EW, will pick up “literally a panel after” Drusilla’s final appearance in issue No. 9 of the Angel & Faith comic series (out April 25). “I think you will get different sides of Drusilla than you have ever been seen before,” she adds, but her lips are sealed for any details on the story beyond that. So you’ll just have to sate yourself with this exclusive first look at the first issue’s main cover, by Steve Morris, below: READ FULL STORY
John Severin, a prolific illustrator and comic book artist who was instrumental in creating the initial look of both MAD and CRACKED magazines, passed away on Feb. 12, according to a statement released by his family. He was 90.
Along with his work with MAD and CRACKED — both of which Severin helped to found in the 1950s — the World War II veteran also worked on Marvel comics like The Incredible Hulk and Kull the Conqueror. He was also a highly regarded illustrator of several western and historical titles for EC Comics. He was still working as recently as 2003, on a limited-run series that re-imagined Marvel’s western hero the Rawhide Kid as gay. That same year, Severin also was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Eisner Comic Industry Awards.
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