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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Currently, DC is offering two specific flavors of Superman. While Grant Morrison’s Action Comics presents a slightly younger (and politically motivated) Supes freshly arrived in the big city, Superman features the hero as a well-established fixture in Metropolis society. Next week’s Superman #3 provides some intriguing connective tissue between the two eras, beginning with an extended monologue that doubles as a nice revisionist history: It almost seems as if the speaker is saying that the presence of Superman has made Metropolis more dangerous, not less.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Nov. 23. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.
There have been various versions of Supergirl throughout the years — who can forget when she fell in love with Lex Luthor, or when she started fighting demons in her Earth-Born Angel phase? — but in her most iconic interpretation, Supergirl is an escapee from the planet Krypton… just like her cousin Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman. That’s the interpretation on display in the rebooted Supergirl as part of DC’s New 52. In the upcoming Supergirl #3, Supergirl meets her famous relative and gets the down-low on Krypton’s destruction.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Nov. 16. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.
A long time ago, Superboy and Superman were the same Super-person at different stages of their life. But in the young hero’s current incarnation, he’s his own person — a creature bred in a laboratory, half-human and half-Kryptonian. In next week’s Superboy #3, the kid gets trapped in his own private remake of The Core, falling precipitously into the molten lava beneath the surface of the Earth. The issue also kicks off with a mysterious couple robbing a convenience store in the most elaborately homicidal method possible.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Nov. 9. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.
Went to the comic book store this weekend, bought some stuff. Artist Marcos Martin’s work on Daredevil #5 (Marvel Comics) – his first full issue in what I hope will be a long, classic run – was a delight. The final issue of writer Jonathan Hickman’s fighter pilots of the future/father vs. son/time travel saga The Red Wing (Image Comics) was trippy and touching; seek out the trade when all four issues (superbly rendered by artist Nick Pitarra and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg) are collected. I wish I was equally affected by Hickman’s current work on FF (Marvel), the much-hyped new formulation of the Fantastic Four, with Spider-Man replacing the recently-extinguished (i.e., “killed”) Human Torch. I’ve been disappointed by the inconsistent art and focus on peripheral players like The Inhumans and the Kree. More needs to be done to make Spidey feel more essential to this book. To borrow a phrase from a departed friend: Flame on, dammit! (BTW: Was the new issue really the climax of the “Four Cities” saga as has been advertised? Didn’t play that way to me.) READ FULL STORY
Many superhero fans rolled their eyes when DC Comics announced it was going to give Superman a youth culture makeover — edgier attitude; blue jeans instead of tights — in order to make the icon more relevant. But with writer Grant Morrison at the helm, Action Comics has emerged as one of the best books in the publisher’s ‘New 52′ line.
The third issue — which hits comic book stores on November 2 — shows what happens when the citizens of Metropolis get fed up with their self-appointed protector. (#OccupyMetropolis!) And as this exclusive preview shows, the story also offers a sense of what life was like on Post-Flashpoint Krypton. The art team: Rags Morales, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant.
Sneak peek at DC’s #2 visually stunning ‘Batwoman’ — EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW
Sneak peek at DC’s #2 ‘Batgirl’ — EXCLUSIVE
Reviews: ‘Batman,’ ‘Uncanny X-Men,’ the outstanding graphic novel ‘Daybreak’
Comic Book Reviews: Latest issues of 'Batman' and 'Uncanny X-Men'; the outstanding graphic novel 'Daybreak'
Went to the comic book store this weekend, bought a bunch of stuff. Casanova: Avaritia #2 by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba was sensationally strange, while Swamp Thing #2 hooked me on the series. What I’ll be reading over the next couple days: Howard Chaykin’s Avengers 1959, the new issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Moon Knight, and the hardcover collection of Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal. This week’s reviews:
BATMAN #2 (DC Comics; monthly series) Bruce Wayne must survive assassination by an agent from the Court of Owls, an urban myth that shouldn’t exist but apparently does. Or doesn’t. Time will tell. WHAT’S GOOD: Scott Snyder’s characterization of The Dark Knight, which emphasizes the hero’s detective skills and Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Gotham City, “my oldest and truest friend.” READ FULL STORY
Now that the DC Comics “New 52″ series have all officially launched, many feel that the new Batwoman series is easily one of the most visually spectacular of the lot. And seeing EW’s exclusive preview of the second issue in the series, it’s easy to see why. Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, and designed by Williams III, Batwoman #2 opens with a brutal brawl between some armed thugs, Batwoman (a.k.a. Kate Kane), and her possible sidekick, Flamebird (a.k.a. Kate’s cousin, Bette). But these two gals have something much more pressing on their mind: An offer to join Batman, Inc., a worldwide organization of Batmen.
You can read the full issue when it hits stores Oct. 12. Check out EW’s full sneak peek here, and then tell us — how do you feel about Batwoman‘s striking artistic style? Do you think there’s any chance she’ll take up with the Batman organization?
Earlier this month, DC Comics launched a large collection of #1s for their “New 52″ series, including an exhilarating new vision of a back-on-her-feet Batgirl. EW has nabbed an exclusive preview of the Gail Simone-penned #2 issue, which features the superhero — still adjusting to being back on the job after her wheelchair-bound hiatus — facing off against the faceless Mirror to avenge the death of a fallen police officer. Check out a piece of latest chapter in the saga, as well as the ominous, beautiful cover and art by Vincent Cifuentes and Adrian Syaf. Will Batgirl emerge stronger than ever, or will her place on “the list” leave her at the mercy of a Mirror? You’ll be able to find out when the #2 Batgirl goes on sale Wed, Oct. 12. Check out EW’s exclusive sneak peek here.
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• Superman #1 George Perez writes and supplies the breakdowns for Jesus Merino’s art in this Metropolis-centric issue. About half the issue is spent establishing that The Daily Planet is a dashed-to-smithereens victim of the internet and new media — the newspaper is now merely the “print arm” of a “multimedia news super station” called The Planet Global Network, or P.G.N. The other half of the book depicts Superman battling a mysteriously out-of-control fire — I know it’s laying ground for future developments, but this is not the most thrilling of adventures. The dialogue is stiff (“At what price, Lois? Our integrity? Our souls?”), but then, Superman has long been the stiff we love to love, right? Oh, and Lois has a boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll. (Not the novelist. Alas.) At this point, I much prefer the Grant Morrison Superman of Action Comics #1.
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