And so, the biggest reboot in comic book history has commenced. Last week, DC Comics released Justice League #1, a new version of its venerable super-hero team, set within a revised version of its creative universe. (You can read Ken Tucker’s review here.) Over the next month, the publisher will roll out 51 new and revamped series as part of the company’s (latest) effort to rejuvenate sales of the industry’s staple, stapled product, the monthly periodical. (At the same time, DC Comics is also making a major investment in digital distribution.) The first Justice League title made its debut in the fall of 1960 following a wildly successful beta test in the pages of Brave & The Bold. Back then, the book (and the team) was called Justice League of America and sported a red, white and blue logo festooned with stars. The new Justice League logo is more humble. Neutral blue and white, nothing fancy and nothing symbolic. That’s just one of several notable differences between then and now that tell the tale of how super-hero comics and its attending subculture have (and haven’t) evolved.
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On the Books June 2: Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton book optioned for Martin Scorsese, Emma Watson reads 'Chicken Soup,' a new Pearl Jam book, and more
++ Furious Love, Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger’s in-depth chronicle of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate, volatile love affair and two marriages to Richard Burton, has been optioned by Paramount Pictures as a future directing project for Martin Scorsese, Deadline reports. Taylor and Burton met on the set of Cleopatra, setting off a worldwide media frenzy and perhaps the modern day obsession with celebrity couplings. Vanity Fair ran a lengthy excerpt of Furious Love as a cover story last summer. READ FULL STORY
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
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
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
I posted my disdain for the comic book industry’s penchant for killing iconic superheroes for the sake of spurring sales and media attention, especially when those deaths don’t stick and are reversed by equally ballyhooed resurrection stories. The latest culprit: Marvel Comics, which not long ago murdered/revived Captain America, today publishes Fantastic Four #587, which will bump off a member of the crime-fighting quartet. Mr. Fantastic? Invisible Woman? The Thing? The Human Torch? The answer is for sale — sealed in plastic (no free peeks!) — at a comic book store near you…or available on the Web, via news outlets who’ve decided to spoil the news. If you wish to be spoiled, I direct you to the very cool Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times, who has an interview with the comic’s writer, Jonathan Hickman. READ FULL STORYLast week,
Joss Whedon talks about the end of the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Season 8 comic, and the future of Season 9 -- EXCLUSIVE
But for nearly four years, Buffy’s story has lived on in creator Joss Whedon’s “Season 8″ comic book series, which finishes its 40-issue run today. Whoa, boy, did things go down. (WARNING: Some big time spoilers follow, for both “Season 8″ and the impending “Season 9.” Consider yourself warned now.) Over the course of the “season,” Buffy became a god, battled (and boinked) her ex Angel, and watched him kill her mentor Giles. And then she effectively destroyed the seed of all magic on earth. Issue No. 40 deals with the aftermath, and — as Whedon makes clear in his exclusive Q&A with EW — it also gives some pointed hints for what to expect in Buffy “Season 9.” Whedon also talks about his new comic series about Angel with publisher Dark Horse, some of his controversial plot turns in “Season 8″ — Buffy goes lesbian? Xander and Dawn get domestic? — and what actor Anthony Stewart Head’s reaction was when Whedon told him his character Rupert Giles was going to bite the big one. READ FULL STORYThe acclaimed (oc)cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer went off the air in 2003 after seven seasons.
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