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Static-Shock

When it was announced last week that Static Shock would be making its way onto television screens or digital download as a live action series, and my hand stopped making that “Hell Yeah!” fist pump in the air, I felt a cold shiver. What could cause that immediate change? My brain caught up with my emotions and asked the question that has started many a comic book store argument, “Who the heck are they going to cast…. Oh hell no, not Jaden Smith.” Well, it didn’t take long for someone out there to make the connection and start the discussion rolling. (more…)

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Because super heroes make money, Warner Bros. is taking advantage of their relationship (i.e.: copyright contracts) with DC to produce as many super-powered television shows and movies as they can. They’ve done a damned fine job so far with Gotham, Arrow and The Flash. Now we’ll be seeing what may be the first modern, live-action series featuring an African-American hero with Static Shock. (more…)

I’ll be honest, like many comic nerds out there, I have a huge love of the incredibly under-rated work of the late Dwayne McDuffie. Since his untimely passing we’ve seen a small celebration of his creations, and while I’m not the type of person to pick favorites, this is now my favorite.

Static Shock: Blackout 

A shockingly well done fan film based on his Milestone/DC Comics character Static. With a budget coming in at around $5000 dollars it out performs many of the huge blockbusters that Hollywood has ripped out of comic books.

Well, that is my humble opinion of course. You can get more info from the movies official Facebook page and watch it for yourself 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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Sad news hitting the comic book ‘verse today. Dwayne McDuffie, best known as co-founder of Milestone Comics and creator of Static Shock passed away today from complications from a surgical procedure performed Monday night, Comic Book Resources is reporting. It’s especially sad to note that today is the North American release of the animated All-Star Superman for which McDuffie wrote the script.

McDuffie was  the creator of Damage Control for Marvel,  an honest look at how we’d react to superheroes in a “real” world as well as the comic book, Icon, which spun an interesting twist on the hero/sidekick dynamic. He also played an important role in the lives of many young super hero fans, myself included, with his work as writer for the animated Justice League series and story editor on Justice League Unlimited. The popular blog, DC Woman Kicking Ass sums up his impact nicely,

I’ve told this story before, but I will tell it again. When the Hostess cupcakes promotion happened last fall featuring Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern, my friend showed her son the box. He took one look at it and said, “that’s not the Green Lantern, the Green Lantern is black.”

And he is black, if the incarnation of the Green Lantern you’re most familiar with is John Stewart, the featured Green Lantern on JLU. A generation of fans have grown up with comic books and comic adaptions that owe something to Dwayne McDuffie. His understanding of fans needing to hear about characters of all races and genders was an important voice in comic books.

I mentioned earlier McDuffie wrote the script for All-Star Superman (review coming tonight!) but he also penned another DC Animated film, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Along with those movies he was also a writer for the Static Shock animated series, Teen Titans and writer/producer for Ben 10.

In comics, besides his co-founding of Milestone Comics he also had impressive runs on both the Fantastic Four and Justice League of America. Basically, any comic book fan and particularly fans of cape and cowl stories have a lot to thank Dwayne McDuffie for. Today marks a sad day but also a day to go back and review a great career in comics. I’ll leave you with these words from Dan Didio, co-publisher of DC Comics, but if you have any comments about the life and career of Dwayne McDuffie please share them at the end of this post.

Dwayne McDuffie left a lasting legacy on the world of comics that many writers can only aspire to. He will not only be remembered as the extremely gifted writer whose scripts have been realized as comic books, in television shows and on the silver screen, but as the creator or co-creator of so many of the much-loved Milestone characters, including Static Shock. The industry has lost a true talent.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and many friends he leaves behind.

source: CBR via io9