AfterShock Comics is a relatively-new startup comic book company that has made some big waves early. Using veteran comic talent coupled with an Editor-in-Chief, Mike Marts, who has worked on some of the biggest titles in the Marvel and DC lineup, the company has hit the comic shelves by storm and is garnering excellent early buzz. Later today, NerdBastards will post an exclusive interview with Marts; to whet your appetite until then, dear readers, we’ll share with you news of one of AfterShock’s newest series coming this year: Captain Kid, helmed by longtime comic talent Mark Waid. (more…)
We know that the comic book business has been changing just as much as any other business that has seen modern reading habits shift from what’s printed to what’s posted. The digital revolution has changed things, and the only thing anyone can really agree on is that things are changing. So they are changing again. Marvel Comics announced a deal today with the e-book/periodical digital distribution platform Scribd to offer hundreds of Marvel comic books via Scribd’s subscription service. Think of it as Netflix for comics, and now, for just $8.99 per month, you can read some of your favorite adventures of the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. (more…)
When Marvel Comics introduced their Marvel NOW! re-numbering initiative that also saw the House of Ideas re-shuffle their creative teams, writer Mark Waid’s Daredevilmaintained its count because, quite clearly, it made no sense to re-number a book that had so successfully and recently re-launched.
In the spring, though, Daredevil will begin a new volume with a fresh number 1 issue right around the same time as Marvel launches an Elektra solo book. Are these two events linked? Almost certainly, as Marvel likely figures that Elektra fans will be more apt to jump onto a fresh Daredevil title then they are likely to go back, purchase, and read three dozen back issues before being caught up, but despite the volume switch, this isn’t a hard reboot of Daredevil. Waid and artist Chris Samnee are sticking around as co-plotters and the character’s history remains in place.
Can Joseph Gordon Levitt grow convincing facial hair? This is the question on everyone’s mind following the latest Doctor Strange rumor, but as Marvel readies for it’s next phase, some people are wondering when The House of Mouse and The House of Ideas will let the Hulk smash in his own solo adventure film.
Sadly, we’re no close to knowing when that time will come (yet), but there is a new RUMOR today, coming from Comic Book Movie that may shed some light on the possible direction of this film, and if true, that direction should sound very familiar to fans of the current Marvel comic series, Indestructible Hulk.
In the comic, Bruce Banner decides to use himself as a weapon for good, cutting a deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. that will allow him to run a research lab with a staff of his choosing and the goal of innovating. In exchange for this, Banner lends the Hulk to S.H.I.E.L.D. for deployment against the biggest of the bads. It’s a Mark Waid creation, so you know it’s good and meaty, and it really could make for an interesting concept for a film if they go this way.
An Indestructible Hulk film could also open up a few other speculation windows, like: would Maria Hill appear (she’d sorta have to), and could this very S.H.I.E.L.D. based project loop in ABC’s upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show in some way?
We’ll have to wait to find out anything tangible on those questions and if this is really the road that Marvel wants to go down with Mark Ruffalo’s first standalone Hulk film, but for now, we should all just be devastated that Science Bros the cinema film seems so very far away.
The headline alone should be spoiler warning enough. If you read past this sentence and have NOT seen Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel then prepare to have secrets revealed. You were adopted. Ok, that was just a test to make sure you’re paying attention because the spoilers start quick.
With the rebooted Superman movie crushing box office records and a looming sequel (and dollar signs in Warner Bros. execs eyes,) the internet and comic book industry are still heavily debating how Snyder characterized the Last Son of Krypton and his snapping of things and crushing other things. It goes way beyond the red undies on the outside and has started more than a few flame wars across the internet. We have the directors official explanation for the changes coming up. Last chance before we dive in, spoilers start after the jump. (more…)
The rich history of Superman places a burden on those who choose to sift through those 75 years of comics in search of identifying a finite batch of stories that define the character. Frankly, it is a fool’s errand that is guaranteed to rankle readers who have their own ideas about which Superman stories are must read, but that is part of the fun. So we have gone and done just that with an eye toward balance, historic significance, and good old fashioned quality.
Along the way, we hope that any missing tales don’t stand out like a beacon. With Superman’s 75 year history, an all inclusive list is difficult and impossible to narrow down to ten. What we hope to do is share these and maybe have you discover a few new tales or perspectives on the Last Son of Krypton that give new perspective on the hero.
Many call Superman a character that is often boring, over powered or impossible to relate to by those who haven’t looked deep enough into the character’s origins and his long journey from a scribble and a notion that fell out of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster‘s head. That is selling the story telling short. While the Man of Tomorrow is an orphaned alien from a distant world, he is a reflection of us, and has evolved with us for the last seven and a half decades.
The Superman “S” is the second most recognizable symbol in the world. He was the founding Father of the Superhero genre. A complex hero, an outcast, a Christ-like figure, a being comprised of unfathomable strength and virtue, a scared kid, a stoic old “man”, wounded, alone, a savior and someone who has been saved. Superman has been all of these things throughout his existence, and we hope that these stories demonstrate that, so without further ado, we present the Ten Superman Comics that Everyone Should Read. (more…)
Yes, you read that right. Rocketeer is returning to comics, and he’s doing it under the guidance of one of the biggest writers in the business right now. Hit the jump to learn more about the Waid/Samnee Rocketeer miniseries coming this summer.
Writer Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil continues to be one of the most impressive things on the Marvel side of the rack these days, and with issue 12 in May he welcomes Chris Samnee to keep up the awesomeness. Hit the jump for a first look at the work of Daredevil‘s new artist! (more…)
A year ago this month the comic book and cartoon world lost a phenomenal man in Dwayne McDuffie. If you don’t know who he is, Google him. You’ll be astounded by the amount of projects he was involved with that you’ve undoubtedly either read or watched. To say his absence has left a ginormous gaping hole in DC’s creative talent is an understatement.
Yesterday saw the release of the latest DC Animated Film, Justice League: DOOM, with a screenplay written by McDuffie, his last project before his death. DOOM is also a reunion for a majority of the vocal cast from the celebrated Justice League cartoon, making this film of great importance to those kids raised with DC’s cartoons of the 90s and early 2000s. Meaning, me. Did DOOM live up to my dreams of being the ultimate Justice League team-up? Sort of. DOOM is action-packed with great humorous moments but it never fully explores the complex relationships between the League’s most famous members. There’s no deeper meanings here, just one hell of a fun adventure.
If you’ve followed this site at all over the past year you should know by now I’m a huge fan of DC’s animated films. I’ve reviewed every one that released last year for Nerd Bastards, and I’ll be reviewing Justice League: Doom when it drops on February 28th. So, you know, act excited.
Below are two new clips featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter facing off against The Royal Flush Gang.
Synopsis: An adaptation of Mark Waid’s “Tower of Babel” story from the JLA comic. Ra’s al Ghul steals confidential files Batman has compiled on the members of the Justice League, and learns all their weaknesses.
DC’s animated offerings are my favorite versions of these character because they stay so iconic. Rarely do we see the cartoons or movies reflecting any of the comic books’ messy reboots or retconning. Plus, The Royal Flush Gang are favorites of mine from that modern classic ‘toon, Justice League.
Honestly, my heart still aches knowing that series is over.
Well, I’m stoked to seek DOOM, are you? With it’s incredible voice cast of Nathan Fillion, Michael Rosenbaum, Tim Daly, Kevin Conroy, Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris , Susan Eisenberg, Alexis Denisof, Claudia Black and Grey Delisle, plus knowing this was one of Dwayne McDuffie‘s last projects before he passed, how could you not?