New 52

dc-post-new-52The New 52 is dead. Long live the New 52 (sorta)!

Earlier today, DC Comics announced that following this spring’s Convergence event their entire line-up will be overhauled and a bold new direction for the comic company will begin, one focused on diversity, accessibility, and every other buzzword comic book companies use to describe major shake-ups such as this.

Still, when you look into the details it seems that DC might have some method to this madness. Fresh talent working with long time veterans. Bestselling fan-favorite series will be joined by a very interesting (and surprising) list of new titles. (more…)


After helming Wonder Woman since the launch of the New 52, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang will be handing over the keys to DC’s premier heroine to Meredith and David Finch, with Meredith writing and her husband David providing the art. The shift in the creative team is part of an overall facelift for the title, with even the storylines changing as they veer away from the Greek myth-centric stories that Azzarello and Chiang told and instead start looking into Diana’s relationship with the Justice League and how it affects her duties with the Amazons.  (more…)


Walt Flanagan is living the dream. He’s got a TV show, draws comics, and he runs a comic shop with a bunch of his friends. Why he would want to let our collection of sad sack and snarky mouth breathers darken his metaphorical doorway is beyond comprehension, but in the interview below, Flanagan fields our questions about comic book reboots, whether he’d advise someone to run their own comic shop, the brick and mortar battle against digital, his upcoming comic book Cryptozoic Man, and the upcoming season of Comic Book Men, which premiers Sunday on AMC at midnight, following The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. (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…)

Todd McFarlane is one of the true forces in modern comics. A rockstar artist and writer who left Marvel 20 years ago to take his pencil and create a new icon in Spawn and co-create a new company in Image Comics, McFarlane is now taking time to reflect on his career, the industry altering decision to help form Image, and the evolution of his signature style in The Art of Todd McFarlane: The Devil is in the Details.

I had the opportunity to speak with McFarlane a few weeks ago about the inception of Image, his new book, his thoughts on reboots, what Marvel and DC have become, the business side of toys, and Spawn. The result is an in-depth look inside the mind of one of comicdom’s most influential and opinionated individuals. Enjoy.  (more…)

One constant, at every con I have ever been too, has been Neal Adams catering too a full gaggle of fans as he smiled, autographed, and sketched for them. Adams is a legend, one of the golden Gods of the comic industry who is as famous for his work on Batman, X-Men, and the Green Lantern as he is respected for his role as a key advocate for creator rights and struggling comic professionals.

Tonight at the New York Comic Con, on Preview Night, I again spied that same sight: Adams holding court. This time though, there was a rare break in the crowd and a moment where I — somewhat selfishly — went over to shake the man’s hand, tell him how much I admired his work and then — in a real height of greediness — I asked if I could ask him a question or two for you folks, and he was nice enough to agree. Here is my question (and a half*) micro-interview with Neal Adams.

The New 52, and all the reboots: do you think that they kind of short change the work that you and your contemporaries have done?
Neal Adams: I don’t see how, I mean what does it do to short change?
Maybe it wipes away the history, takes away the incentive for people to go look at back issues?
Adams: I can’t even imagine such a thing, they’ll [the reader] go look at back issues. And we don’t know what their plans are, do we? It may totally re-present the whole thing. I mean, the only thing that I think about is it seems like they’re trying to start anew by redesigning costumes with really bad designs. It’s like Superman, will we ever see Superman again? Are they doing it because of the lawsuit? I don’t know what the answer is, it just seems like it’s all cloaked in mystery.

And I keep on seeing these guys with these armored suits with lines all over them and wondering whether or not this is a serious attempt at refurbishing characters or just an attempt to draw lines over the suits. I mean, it’s sort of up to the film companies to clutter up the suits isn’t it? Not up to the comic book companies. Artists don’t even like to draw all these lines. So is this a permanent plan or is this a shot in the dark or just screwing around?

I have no idea and I don’t think anybody does.

Do you think the current creators are doing enough for Golden or Silver age creators who are struggling right now?”

Adams: Absolutely. As far as I know, I don’t know any who are struggling, but any problem that comes up we solve it…


Alright, here is where the half a question thing comes into play, and this is one of those “only at a Con” things that I witnessed. Mid-answer, Mr. Adams was greeted at his booth by visionary director and writer Guillermo del Toro who I then happily shook hands with before standing quiet while Adams and he exchanged pleasantries and Mr. Adams said that they should work together. Afterward, I blessed that possible future union, begged Mr. Adams to let me be the first to have witnessed a neat bit of comic book history — the birth of an Adams/del Toro collaboration — and then thanked him and let him get back to his sketching. As I said, only at a con.

Be sure to check out Mr. Adams’ website and keep an eye on for all of your NYCC needs and for more exclusive — though less guerrilla type — interviews for you during the rest of New York Comic Con.




Admit it, you’ve always wanted to ask the Bastardcast Boys about their deepest, darkest opinions and yearnings. Well, in this very special “Lil Bastardcast” dreams really do come true as the boys steal and pilfer from the weekly “Ask the Bastards” segment and kidnap site dark overlord Luke Gallagher to answer some questions about the New 52, our worst theater experience, and more!

Naturally hillariosity breaks out of it’s confinement and goes on a tickle spree so listen up and then wait patiently for an ALL NEW REGULAR SIZED EDITION of THE BASTARDCAST premiering later this week. What’s on tap for this week’s full length episode? Whatever the fuck we want and also DOCTOR WHO!!! Why am I yelling?

 Wanna be on the next Ask The Bastards podcast? Email us! your questions or (even better) a recording of you asking your question and we just may use it on the show!

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On the eve of the what is being touted as an iconic moment between icons, it looks like its the end of the line for one of comics longest standing romances. This week Justice League #12 hits the stands and will feature the first kiss between Superman and Wonder Woman (their first as far as the new 52 status quo is concerned that is.) What does that mean for Lois and Clark?

Well, if you are a fan of the romance that first hit print in 1938, we have bad news for you.

Jim Lee and Geoff Johns spoke with with the Associated Press, the AP’s Matt Moore writes:

One aspect that did not survive the relaunch: Lois Lane’s role as Superman’s love. She’s still around, but the two have never dated, nor are they likely to.

Geoff Johns, who writes “Justice League” is laying out a story that looks not only at the couple but the effects on others, too, Lee said.

“The way Geoff unfolds the story and the implications of 2 of the most powerful characters in the DCU becoming a team is something that goes beyond the question of ‘What about Lois and Clark?'” Lee said.

“This is a statement to every nation and geopolitical organization in the entire DC Universe giving creative teams ample material to explore this relationship on so many different levels.”

Now, I do realize it was more the writers assumption than a direct quote from Lee or Johns, however the powers that be at DC are also completely avoiding addressing the now retconed out of existence near 75 year romance. Everything points to big blue and the amazonian’s new relationship to be the modern comic book power couple, meanwhile Lois is shacked up with some other dude and views Clark as simply a friend and a colleague.

Personally, it seems like an odd choice to make really. Not only does it ignore one of the most widely known facts about the characters, that Lois and Clark are destined to be together, it also seems to contradict the up coming big screen reboot of the Man of Steel.

An interesting choice, DC editorial.

Source: Newsarama

As The New 52 marches on into its third wave, rumors are afoot that one of the forth wave books may be an oldie but goldie from the early Image days of Jim Lee’s Wildstorm: WildC.A.T.s.

We all know that Lee will check out of pencilling Justice League at the end of his current run, and the supposition is that Lee is leaving to work on WildC.A.T.s, the creator-owned book that Lee helped launch Image Comics with back in 1992. It’s worth noting that a couple of WildC.A.T.s have already had their own solo books in the New 52 – Grifter and Voodoo – so perhaps going out there with an all-new team book with the characters is a natural evolution.

DC had nothing official to say about the rumor, but it is worth noting that this would be the sixth iteration of WildC.A.T.s to hit the newsstands in the last 20 years.

What do you think Bastards, would you be excited to see another Jim Lee drawn WildC.A.T.s book?

Source: Bleeding Cool