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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

On the Books: 'Sookie Stackhouse' author Charlaine Harris to write graphic novel trilogy, Penny Marshall to release memoir through Amazon

++ Charlaine Harris’ extremely popular Sookie Stackhouse series, which inspired HBO’s True Blood, will be coming to an end after book 13 (slated for May 2013). However, she’s already busy writing Cemetery Girl, the first volume in a graphic novel trilogy illustrated by Don Kramer. The upcoming series will follow an amnesiac girl living alone in a graveyard.

++ Amazon, which has been steadily growing its roster of authors, has announced that it will publish Penny Marshall’s memoir My Mother Was Nuts in Fall 2012. Amazon’s offer for the memoir rights, which is said to have been considerable, beat out those of several other traditional publishers. Marshall’s literary agent Dan Strone says that Amazon’s offer also included a much higher royalty on e-books than the 25 percent normally given by publishers.

Barnes and Noble removes Sandman, Watchmen, and other graphic novels from its shelves

My attention was caught this morning by a tweet from Neil Gaiman: “Really? Barnes and Noble will no longer sell Sandman or Watchmen?” It turns out to be true: The company was angered by DC Comics’ deal  with Amazon to sell 100 graphic novels –including Gaiman’s — exclusively on the Kindle Fire. So it ordered stores to begin stripping the DC books from their shelves. Later today, B&N issued a statement to CNN that said, in part,

“Regardless of the publisher, we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format…To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the e-book available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customer to make available any book, anywhere.”

Some Barnes & Noble stores — like the one nearest EW’s office — had completely removed the graphic novels in question by midafternoon. Other branches, like the one not far from my house in upstate New York, appear to not have heard the corporate message.

Has anyone seen this today at a Barnes & Noble? What do you think about it?

By Our Staff: An excerpt from 'Green River Killer: A True Detective Story'

Ten years ago this month, my dad caught a serial killer.

From 1984 to 2001, my father, Detective Tom Jensen, hunted one of the worst mass murderers in history, Seattle’s so-called Green River Killer, responsible for the strangulation slayings of over 48 women. At first, my father was a member of a task force of detectives. Eventually, and by choice, he became the only detective working the case full-time. He privately referred to the investigation as “The Quest” – the choice of words inspired by the song “The Impossible Dream” from the musical The Man of La Mancha. “Privately,” because Dad rarely talked about the case with the family, never told us what it truly meant to him – not until it was over. In September of 2001, my father, using DNA technology, put a proper name on the Green River Killer: Gary Leon Ridgway, a seemingly mild mannered painter of commercial trucks. Ridgway was arrested in December 2001, and  my father and his colleagues believed they had brought the Green River Killer to justice and brought an end to a nightmare that haunted Seattle for nearly 20 years. But a bizarre endgame still awaited them.

In 2008, I asked my father if I could dramatize his story in a slightly unusual fashion. I love comic books. My father, in fact, introduced me to comics when I was kid. So I wanted to write a graphic novel. The result is called Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, published by Dark Horse Comics. READ FULL STORY

Crisis In Comic Book Land? Comparing new and old 'Justice League' tells the tale

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.


'Holy Terror': Watch the trailer for Frank Miller's controversial 9/11 comic


Legendary Comics has posted a trailer for Frank Miller’s 9/11-themed superhero graphic novel, Holy Terror, ahead of its official unveiling at Comic-Con. The Sin City creator’s latest work has been a long time coming; original planned as a vehicle for Batman, it now apparently stars a Miller-created character called The Fixer who lives in the New York-evoking Empire City.

“I decided partway through it that it was not a Batman story,” Miller told the Los Angeles Times last year. “The hero is much closer to Dirty Harry than Batman. It’s a new hero that I’ve made up that fights Al Qaeda.”

Holy Terror will be released in September, ten years after 9/11.

Check out the trailer and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

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

Comics reviews: 'Strange Adventures' and 'Aaron and Ahmed,' adventures both strange and realistic

Strange Adventures #1 (Vertigo)

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

The Flash gets a big surprise, goes 'Fringe,' in 'Flashpoint' #1

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

Superman meets a Super-Lex Luthor in new 900th issue of 'Action Comics'

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

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