If you’ve been reading superhero comics for awhile, then you know that Batman’s origin story has been told and retold countless times. Or exactly 913 times, if you have been counting. “915,” corrects superstar scribe Geoff Johns, whose prodigious bibliography includes memorable runs on The Flash, Green Lantern, and Justice League. On July 4, just a couple weeks ahead of The Dark Knight Rises, Johns will add another title to the list: Batman: Earth One, a graphic novel drawn by Gary Frank and yet one more retelling of the caped crusader’s beginnings. But it also happens to be a very good one, marked by a fresh, accessible, emotionally resonant take on the character. “I hope people bring that perception to the book,” says Johns of possible ‘not another Batman reboot’ fatigue, “because I think they’ll be even more surprised if they do.” READ FULL STORY
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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
See the first images of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist inside the 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' graphic novel -- EXCLUSIVE
You’ve read the books. You’ve seen the movies. You’ve seen the other movie. Now get ready for yet another way to experience The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: a graphic novel. DC Entertainment will release the full book in November, but a free preview of the first chapter will be available starting this Wednesday. Click through to get an exclusive early look at four full pages from the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel. First up: Check out Lisbeth’s graphic-novel look (and Pixies t-shirt!) as she visits her mother.
With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!
Some 25 years ago, David Bowie famously turned to a group of goblins and quizzically stated, “You remind me of the babe … The babe with the power!” If comic publisher Archaia has anything to say about it, we may finally learn what on earth he was talking about.
Over the course of the next 12 months, Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy will have his hands full overseeing a long-rumored graphic novel based on Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film Labyrinth. “We can say it’s a prequel,” he says with understandable excitement. “It’s the story of how Jareth is brought into the Labyrinth for the first time. So, it doesn’t deal with Sarah, it doesn’t deal with Toby or anything like that.”
Fans of the 1986 film will recall that Labyrinth centered around the imaginative and introverted Sarah Williams, as portrayed by Jennifer Connelly in one of her earliest roles. Harboring animosity towards her young half-brother, Toby, Sarah called on Jareth the Goblin King to take her crying sibling far away. He obliged, forcing Sarah to navigate a fantastical maze to retrieve the child, all the while tempting her with his charming personality and revealing pants. Bowie’s portrayal of the ’80s-haired, Spock-eyebrowed Jareth, while laughable to critics at the time, earned him a place in the hearts of fantasy fans everywhere. The film revealed nothing about the King’s origins, however, leaving the door wide open for Archaia to explore the character further. READ FULL STORY
Cabin Fever, the sixth installment (available today) of Jeff Kinney’s massively popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, won’t disappoint fans of Greg Heffley and his misadventures. Like the five volumes that came before, Cabin Fever is a smart, thoroughly enjoyable read densely packed with laugh-out-loud gags for the kids and keen insights for the parents.
I’ll throw up a light spoiler alert for those of you who want to know absolutely nothing about Cabin Fever before you read it yourselves. READ FULL STORY
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.
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?
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