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If you think this sounds like something out of the 90s, you can be forgiven. There was a storyline that ran through the Superman books in the mid-1990s called “The Death of Clark Kent,” where one of the Man of Steel’s adversaries learned his secret identity and launched an attack to destroy him, forcing Superman and his adoptive parents to become fugitives flying under the radar in a Winnebago. But this time is different, because in the 90s Supes never got around to choosing a new name for himself, and this time, he has. Say hello to truck driver Archie Clayton: Last Son of Krypton. (more…)

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As the protector of Truth, Justice and the American Way for nearly 80 years, it would makes sense that if there were a group of people being victimized, unarmed against a well-armed force, that the Man of Steel would step in to help. But what if the victims were people protesting the police, and the people doing violence against them were the actual Metropolis Police force? That’s the very real world inspired story line in a recent edition of Action Comics, and one in which Superman comes out on the side of the people. Naturally, Fox News has a problem with this. (more…)

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Of course, it’s kind of a running gag for comic book readers, how exactly can no one see that Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same all because of a pair of glasses? Sure, in spite of the obvious we believe that a man can be so thoroughly disguised by some eyewear, but it’s been in the back of our collective minds throughout the nearly eight decade history of the Man of Steel. Well, the jig is up! As part of the new normal after DC Comics‘ recent Convergence crossover, Superman is about to be exposed as Clark Kent and vice versa. (more…)

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For the next great DC Animated movie, Warner Bros is adapted the Geoff Johns-penned Gary Frank-drawn Superman: Brainiac.  Under the title Superman: Unbound, the film will be released sometime later this year on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download, and The Nerdist has the first trailer for the new film.

Superman: Unbound features the voices of Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, Stana Katic and Molly Quinn (Castle) as Lois Lane and Supergirl respectively, and John Noble (Fringe) as Brainiac. Below is the desciption of the five-act Action Comics storyline that Unbound is based on.

Before he came to Earth, the people of Superman’s homes planet Krypton had battled Brainiac, a cold and callous alien obsessed with the control of knowledge. Now Brainiac has set his sights on destroying Earth and finishing off the Last Son of Krypton once and for all. This epic battle will change Superman’s world forever.

More news as it develops.

Source: Coming Soon

Earlier this year, with the release of the well received Chronicle, writer Max Landis made waves on the comic book movie scene with his unique spin on the superhero genre. Naturally this leads to more writing gigs in the cape and tights crowd, right? Sorta. While the possibility of a sequel to the the aforementioned movie is still up in the air (apparently FOX Studios says the script for Chronicle 2 is ‘not what they were expecting‘,) Landis did pen an eight page story in the recent Action Comics Annual titled Anchiale.

While talking with Comic Book Resources about his comic book writing debut, Landis reveals how he’d like to write the Man of Steel if given a chance.

‘What would I do if I had the keys to Superman? Honestly, my opinion of Superman has always been that he should be a normal guy. In as much the sense, we don’t go too cartoon-y, we don’t go too far into the idea that he’s an alien. We just focus on how fucking weird it would be to be Superman. I would love to write a Superman comic, a series or an arc, which is about how bizarre it is that he’s this guy who grew up in Kansas and he finds out that he’s an alien. They sort of brush that over constantly, but this is a guy who, if the New 52 timeline works out, grew up watching “Alien,” “E.T.” and “Independence Day.” And then he finds out, “Oh, that’s me? I’m from space. I don’t feel like I’m from space.” That’s what’s so special for me. He’s not a billionaire. He’s not a fucking Amazonian princess. He’s not even a particularly picked-on guy. He’s not Peter Parker. He’s just a dude. And to grow into a slightly smarter than average dude and find out you’re Superman, that’s fucking interesting to me.

I feel like he should be a way-in for readers, which is a way that he really hasn’t been used as. That’s what I’d do with him.’

While comic book writers over that couple of decades have explored the human/alien duality that the Kal El/Clark Kent character has, it does sound like Landis would take it a little deeper and to some new territory. Imagine how weird it would be to suddenly find out your actually are from another planet. I’ll give him credit, there seems to be a lot of untold stories there.

Maybe one day DC will give him the chance. Till then we have Action Comics Annual #1, on shelves October 31st.

Source: Comic Book Resources

As we start to ramp up to this weekends New York Comic-Con, it looks like a big juicy piece of news dropped early. DC Comics as announced the creative team to replace Grant Morrison on the flagship title Action Comics. Writer Andy Diggle (The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One) and artist Tony Daniel (DC’s other flagship books, Detective Comics and Justice League) will assume creative duties as of issue #18.

The announcement was made on DC’s official blog, The Source, and was met with all the fluffy words you would expect. Both Diggle and Daniel talked about being excited to work together on the big blue boy scout’s home title and spoke about sending the Man of Steel to exciting new directions. The new run will take place in the ‘now’ of the New 52, unlike Morrison’s that happend 5 years in the past. Both Daniel and Diggle are power house creative types and DC spends a few paragraphs letting you know. Below all that? A taste of Daniel’s take on the Man of Tomorrow… If by ‘tomorrow’ you mean mid 1990s.

Hit the jump to see it, but a word of caution. If you are not yet over the lack of red undies on the outside look for Supes… maybe just walk away now.

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I realized something today. My Wednesday afternoons are officially written off. I’m spending far to much time down at my local comic book stores. Those little nexuses of nerdry can rope you into long winded debates with total strangers on just about anything.  Ain’t they great?

Well, I finally managed to wrestle myself away from a classic debate, ‘is it worse to be out at night in Gotham or Mos Esiley (Mos Esiley, btw… it doesn’t have the god damn Batman)’ and grab some books for this weeks ‘Attack of the New Comics Wednesday’.

DC’s New 52 is entering into its 3rd month and we’re still trying to figure out the continuity, so we’ll check out Action Comics #3. Have you been wondering how the west coast has been treating its mutant population? Oh, and if your really into boobs and zombies, I grabbed some of those too. (did I just say I grabbed boobs at the comic store? That would have been awesome)

Some fast and dirty reviews (with spoilers naturally) are up after the jump.

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*Editors Note: Comic-book aficionado and friend to Nerd Bastards, Jeremy Hudson has volunteered to read and review every first issue of DC’s New 52. Jeremy is a funny bastard and knows his shit. His reviews will inform and entertain. Enjoy.

Welcome to our first full week of the New DCU!

It’s seems to be off and running. Only one real issue published by the company in the past seven days with this new continuity things are pointing towards this being successful for DC comics, and maybe the industry as a whole. Digital copies are flying off whatever the internet equivalent of shelves are. Various websites are reporting tonnes of the new number ones are selling out and moving on to 2nd or 3rd printings. Heck, some are already popping up on eBay at near 10 times the cover price (as of this writing.) Pretty good when you take into account that until this past Wednesday, the most any of us and seen was Justice League #1 and the solicits and covers for the first month or so. What I can say on an anecdotal note is that I know of a few former avid comic readers that are coming back to check out the new 52 and my local comic shops seem to be selling a few more trades of the old DC.

So, that brings us to now, I’m in my inner sanctum (the room the wife has let me have as my nerd palace), I’m set and ready to dive into this weeks 13 issues. Some big issues, like the love them or hate them historical 2nd numbers ones of Action and Detective Comics and some possible surprises like “Bat Wing” or an All new OMAC and and very new take on Sgt. Rock in “Men of War”. Let’s see how this first week unfolds, shall we?

Here is your spoiler free quick rundown and top picks:

Buy Animal Man. Seriously. By far it was the stand out book this week. Obviously Action and Detective preform solidly and are not without their share of surprises. You should also pick up Justice League International and Men of War. JLI gave me exactly what I expected and I enjoyed in and Men of War hit me with what I didn’t see coming and I loved it.

In the worth looking into pile. This rather refreshing new take on Green Arrow, the return of Batgirl, an intriguing Stormwatch along with the ‘where are you going with this’ Static Shock and Batwing. All read really well, I was entertained for the most part and my interest was at least piqued.

Just falling off into the ‘why would they waste good paper on these’. Omac. I wanted to like you Omac, I really did. Same for you Swamp Thing, we had some good times in the past, didn’t we? Let’s just leave them there. Lastly, I am looking at you Hawk and Dove. Never darken my door step again.

Want to see why? then let’s head into spoiler country with the fast and furious reviews!

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All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration  of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.

Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.

Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.

On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…

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In a move that will undoubtedly evoke claims of unpatriotic-ness and calls of communism by FOX News,  in Action Comics 900, David Goyer writes a story which sees Superman renounce his….(Wait for it)…. American citizenship. *rolls eyes*

Apparently, after becoming involved in peaceful protests in Tehran which cause ructions for his adopted country. Supes comes to believe that being explicitly seen as a force for the US(be it good or bad) can no longer ensure the safety of the entire world.

Issue 900? Gotta go with something big, but de-Americanizing U.S.A’s iconic boy scout? That’s a bold move. That’s a really bold move. Something many will feel as a betrayal to the people Supes has acquainted himself with for the span of his entire career. Oh God, I can hear the collective thought of every deep rooted southerner, republican and citizen in the bible belt now “Did you her that shit about Superman Denouncing his American Citizenship! Superman Stands for truth, justice, and the American Way!. Quick lets burn every Superman comic and superman related paraphernalia ’cause were ass-backwards ignorant douchecanoes that do shit like that”.

Considering Supes grew up in Smallville, USA and lives in the USA it shouldn’t be a stretch for anyone to understand why he would be American even though his origin is Kryptonian, but Superman was sent to Earth to protect Earth, not just America. He kind of does need to renounce his American ties in order to protect the rest of the world, if only to remain as a neutral party who is only interested in protecting the world from evil.

While this was nothing but a cheap way to sell comics it does invite an interesting discussion (Thanks Goyer). USA and its moral standard is the reason that Superman conducts himself the way he does. Is renouncing his US citizenship a slap in the face to his adoptive heritage? Or, does it make sense for him to cut his ties in favor of being a more effective world protector?

Discuss in the comments below.

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Next up: Captain America burns the American flag. Probably.