This Week in Comics

This Week in Comics 6/1/11

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

After last week’s crazy ponderings about the upcoming secret news for DC Comics, it turns out that it all has to do with Flashpoint.  DC’s press release announced the following:

“On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of JUSTICE LEAGUE issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series FLASHPOINT and the first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.”

This spells out a whole lot of new things for the DC Universe, but can it handle this big of a shake to start everything from “scratch”.?

Even though it would be awesome to see The Joker and Harley Quinn on Dancing With the Stars, we’ll just have to settle with  Mattel’s new 6” DC Universe Classics “Mad Love” Joker/Harley Quinn  “Tango With Evil” inspired toy. The colors and accessories that match the toy are so vivid, that you won’t be able to help running on over to your local toy store and picking one up. If you’d like to know more about this toy’s release check out  Comics Alliance full post.

Our final little news story for the week ends with Batman. Despite all the hulaballo on the confirmed addition of a new villain to the mix of an already full cast, it turns out that one thing we can be sure on is the possibility of filming for the film in New Wark, New Joysey! (I’m sure you said it in the accent I was using in my head) Cory Brooker, the Mayor of Newark, tweeted earlier this week that he:

“Met with the producer and studio team for the next Batman Movie,” he wrote, “Great people! They hope to film scenes in Nwk. Holy Brick City Batman! POW!”

He followed that tweet with a “joke” about his  interest to cameo as Nightwing in the Warner Bros. production. To which he stated:

“They just smiled politely & looked at their watches,” he added.

Come on who secretly doesn’t want to be in a Batman movie. Don’t be ashamed Cory! There are so many Bat-Geeks like you that we all understand your want to be in a Batman movie, but the sad thing is there are already too many people in the cast! Where will the fit you?

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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This Week in Comics 05/25/11

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

Whispers are circling around the nerdy water coolers  over Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s disclosed announcement set for June 11th, at a Hero Complex sponsored film festival. Bleeding Cool has reported that they, “will be holding a panel on the Saturday, and Hero Complex announces they will be making major DC comics announcements, including the future of the entire DC Universe and especially Superman.” Does this make everyone more curious about what the hell their announcement is? Heck Yeah! But, for now we sit and wait patiently for someone to slip some info so we can tell you first!

Now with this bit of news, the next one I’m about to lay on you may seem like coincidence, but I highly doubt it. Yesterday Comics Alliance reported that DC and Marvel both lost their Digital Comics Executives, and here is the quoted scoop:

“ DC Comics’ former head of digital content, Ron Perazza, is now ideally positioned to replace Marvel’s outgoing head of digital content, Ira Rubenstein. The latter has resigned to take a position at Fox, while the former declined a recent promotion and a move to Los Angeles to remain in New York City, where Marvel is based.”

Hmmm, Sir Perazza you seem to be getting ready to jump the DC ship, but why? With sales in electronic books outselling print books, what business strategy is Marvel setting up. DC does not have the luxury during these economic times to have a vacancy in positions. For the rest of the story, check out Comics Alliance full article.

The co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kevin Eastman, finds himself in a predicament. Work-for hire. After selling his interest in TMNT to MTV, he is co-writing the new comic book series due to release from IDW in August. Just ‘cause he co-created doesn’t mean he can’t get fired. If an editor doesn’t like something, they can send him back to the drawing board, and jump a bunch of hoops. But I guess that’s what you get for letting a good thing slip through your fingers , you gotta work like hell to get it back.

To end our news I leave you with an announcement you can either love or hate. Yen Press has announced, that after the success of Twilight: The Graphic Novel Adaptation Vol.1 they plan to release the second volume October 11. They plan to have 350,000 copies of Vol.2 available for its first run, compared to Vol.1 which had 60,000 copies sold in one week. So, for all the Twilight fans out there, make sure to mark your calendar for the release of the second volume.

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This Week in Comics 5/18/2011

Editor Note: NB contributor Veronique Medrano will be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.). She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

Frank Cho, the creator of much loved but infrequently published Liberty Meadows announced the return of a new issue before the end of the year.  Liberty Meadows, a story about an animal preserve with its voluptuous psychiatrist, went on hiatus in 2004, with only one publication since. With the animated project for Sony abandoned, the writer and artist will be hard at work on Liberty Meadows #38. Frank Cho expressed joy to the continuation of Liberty Meadows:

“I’m going to enjoy writing and drawing the next misadventures of Brandy and crew at Liberty Meadows with no suits looking over my shoulder telling me which market I should target.”

This is an exciting turn of events! Read full article on Comics Alliance.

After the loss of powers, Anya Corazon gets another chance to redeem herself during this summer’s Spider Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl miniseries. With the upcoming summer Spider-Man event that has all of Manhattan imbued with Spidey powers, Anya Corazon will get her powers back!  Even though its great she gets her powers back in this small stint, does this make her coming to grips with the loss of her powers in the Spider-Girl series worthless. Well Newsarama got the inside scoop from Paul Tobin, and he discussed how her lack of powers now affects how she’ll react when she has them again:

“Very exciting. Opens up other avenues to explore. It’s a different side of the same card, really. When Anya didn’t have powers, she had to discover what it meant to be a more-or-less regular girl that went out and fought crime. Now, in her suddenly changed life, she has to explore what it means to go home and be a regular person, after standing toe to toe with some awfully powerful people.”

Check out the full article on Newsarama, and tell us what you think about Spider-Girl’s comeback?

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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It is with an extremely heavy heart (and lots of sad faces) that I have to announce that this is my last column for Nerd Bastards.  Nerd Bastards have been awesome in letting me contribute to this site for the last few months but sadly a lot of personal life changes have come up recently that are going to prevent me from being able to continue writing this column.  I’ve loved writing for Nerd Bastards and they have been nothing but amazingly awesome.  I will still be around, posting reviews and the like on Nerds in Babeland, and I hope to continue contributing to comic book discussion on Nerd Bastards via the comments sections in future comic book posts.  Thank you Nerd Bastards for this wonderful opportunity!  I will miss it!

That little bit of sadness aside, let’s get into this week’s news/pulls!  I was not able to make it to WonderCon and therefore do not have any awesome first-hand news of the events.  I would recommend Comic Book Resources‘ awesome archive of articles on all things WonderCon 2011.

In other news, Marvel announced that Steve Rogers will return as Captain America in July.  Captain America #1 will be written by Ed Brubaker with art from Steve McNiven.  Going hand-in-hand with this is the announcement that the current Captain America book will become “Captain America & Bucky” with issue #620.  Brubaker and Marc Andreyko plan to explore more of Bucky’s past with these issues, from WWII to the present.  All of this, of course, is build up to the Captain America movie which is also set to come out this July.  It’s a good time to be a Captain America fan…or is it? What are your thoughts on everything going on in the Captain America world? I’m new to this character so I’m not sure what to think about the movie and everything going on in Captain America’s comic book world.

On an entirely different note, Titan Comics announced that they will be releasing a comic book based on the popular animated series, Family Guy, starting July 27.  You can follow @FamilyGuyComic on Twitter for more information as it comes out.  Also in independent comic book news, Top Cow & 2K Games announced that they will be releasing Darkness II: The Confession on Free Comic Book Day.  This book is meant to tie-in with the upcoming Darkness II video game being released in Fall 2011.  It will help introduce new fans to the character of Jackie Estacado, the bearer of The Darkness, and will be written by Filip Sablik, with art from Artifacts team Michael Broussard and Sunny Gho.

Now, the pulls!

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Editor’s Note: In a nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland, Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Obviously I missed out on lots of news last week due to my illness but at least I know there will be plenty more announced this upcoming weekend at WonderCon!  In the meantime, BOOM! Studios announced a new ongoing series based on the Planet of the Apes franchise.  The first issues will ship out in April and will take place before the original 1968 film.  BOOM! promises that it will follow the continuity of the first five films.  It sounds to me like the perfect way to bring new readers in and keep the old fans of the franchise.

This week we got an preview look from Marvel of the American Panther.  The American Panther will be the Black Panther’s newest identity and will be the result of big events that will occur in Black Panther: The Man Without Fear during the “Fear Itself” event.  We didn’t get much more beyond an image but the image is pretty awesome looking.  Black Panther now looks like a weird combination of Captain America and the traditional Black Panther costume.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where Marvel is going with this, now that Black Panther has already taken over Daredevil’s territory.

Finally we have the announcement from Image comics of a new creator-owned miniseries from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra entitled “The Red Wing”.  Hickman, of course, is most recently associated with the hit FF (the newest incarnation of the Fantastic Four).    The official press release describes the series thus: “Set in a future where the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to master their craft and perfect their skills, the heroes of THE RED WING also have to learn how to navigate through time.”  Sounds like we have yet another time travel-based miniseries coming up but I’m okay with that.  I loved what Hickman did with FF and I’m excited to check out another new miniseries.

Time for the weekly pulls!

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Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Hey guys and gals! Lots of news came out at C2E2 this last weekend but sadly I was not able to attend.  In addition, I’ve been sick most of this weekend/week so this post is getting done in a very short amount of time.  As a result, I’m going to direct you to Comic Book Resources and/or Newsarama for full C2E2 coverage.  There are tons of other blogs out there that have done excellent wrap-ups, but these two will most likely have everything you could possibly want to know about C2E2.

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Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

In the wake of everything going on in Japan, I don’t feel like there is any comic book news that is that ground-breaking (and, to be honest, it’s been hard to focus on much of anything but what is going on in Japan). Nevertheless, here are a few tidbits.

First of all, I really hate to report this but it is worth mentioning (I guess).  Bluewater Productions announced that there will be a Charlie Sheen comic book biography coming out relatively soon.  They claim it will tackle substantial issues such as “substance abuse and mental health issues“.  I hope that they actually do that and not just feed further into Sheen’s ego/insanity.

In some awesome indy comic news, Li’l Depressed Boy from Image sold out their first printing and is scheduled to have a second printing out in stores by March 23.  Sadly, I am super behind in my comic-reading in general (as I will mention multiple times below), so I still haven’t had a chance to pick this issue up yet.  I’ve heard nothing but amazing things, though. Did you pick up this first issue yet? Thoughts?

Finally, Image Comics is rushing a second printing of two new comic series, The Intrepids & Carbon Grey.  The Intrepids follows a group of orphans who have “set out to correct the threat of mad scientists under the tutelage of Dante, a genius inventor.”  If you’re interested in reading more about this series, you can find a neat little review on Nerds in Babeland.  Carbon Grey, on the other hand, is an alternate history epic/steampunk comic that tells the story of three sisters that use “expert firepower” to protect the city of Mitteleuropa.  I’m a huge fan of steampunk, so I’m looking forward to picking up this book after the second printing.

On to this weeks pulls

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Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Another relatively light week in terms of comic book news, even with Emerald City Comic Con.  Robert Kirkman announced a new series to be released by Image Comics’ imprint, Skybound, starting in August 2011 entitled The Infinite. From the press release posted on Comic Book Resources: “The Infinite [is] a science fiction adventure that tells the story of Bowen, a freedom fighter who’s seen civilization fall to The Infinite. Now, he has come back in time to enlist the aid of his 19-year-old self in order to prevent the war he lost and hopefully spare his younger self the horrors of what he’s lived through.” I know that Mike Carey is doing a new series involving playing with notions of time at Marvel but these two writers are different enough that both of these new series should be really interesting.  Also, Carey’s is a limited series and The Infinite is a new ongoing monthly.  Kirkman, of course, brought us both The Walking Dead & Invincible.

In news announced at ECCC, longtime artist for B.P.R.D., Guy Davis, will be leaving the series to work on his own original graphic novels, The Marquis.  He is being replaced by Tyler Crook, who has another series, Petrograd, coming out with Oni Press later this year.  If you would like more news about DC or Marvel that came from ECCC, you can check out the articles linked here from Comic Book Resources.  I’m super jealous of everyone that got to go to ECCC.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about the convention this year, and I would really love to go to a convention that is not as insanely packed and intense as SDCC sometime soon.  Anyone else have a chance to go to ECCC this year? Thoughts?

ON TO THIS WEEKS PULLS

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[Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Obviously the biggest comic book related news that happened this last week was the passing of Dwayne McDuffie.  There isn’t a lot more I can add to the wonderful memorial posts that went up over the last week, so I will just link to a beautiful post written by Jill Pantozzi about recognizing amazing comic book creators now, before they pass away.

In extremely different news, IDW announced this week the return of 30 Days of Night.  This time it will be entitled, 30 Days of Night: Night, Again, and be written by Joe R. Lansdale with art from Sam Kieth.  First of all? Hilarious title.  I’m also just excited about more quality horror comics coming out.  The book will be available in May and will follow a band of survivors from the original vampire infestation.  Definitely excited about this.

With that, I’ll go into my weekly pulls.

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[Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

I need to apologize at first for the shortness of this pull list.  Real life has been a little crazy lately and, as a result, this week’s list got the short end of the stick.  Still! I’m here so let’s start with the news.

Last week Dark Horse & Nickelodeon announced that they will be publishing an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” comic series, starting on Free Comic Book Day (May 7).  On May 7, they will release two short stories (one previously unpublished).  They will be packaged with a special “Clone Wars” flip-book comic.  Then, on July 13, Dark Horse and Nickelodeon will release a 240 page comic book full of both new material and previously published comics from the Nickelodeon magazine. The official series of new stories will start being released in 2012 as digest-styled original graphic novels.  The story will pick up after the season three finale from the TV show.

In completely unrelated but extremely important news, Diamond Comic Distributors and iVerse Media are teaming up to bring digital comics to physical comic book shops.  The idea is to have special deals where you can purchase digital comics exclusively from your local comic book shop for the first 30 days they are released.  They would sell for roughly $2, with the other option of purchasing a “Digital Plus” edition (ie a 99 cent digital version with the purchase of the hard copy of the comic).  While I haven’t jumped on the digital comic bandwagon yet, I think this is a brilliant idea and hope it works the way Diamond/iVerse say it will.  I love supporting my local comic book shop but I can definitely see a time where I’d rather have digital copies of the comics over the physical individual issues.  Individual issues take up far too much space and are not the easiest to take care of (versus trade paperbacks, which I still tend to prefer in general).  More details are set to be released over the next couple of months.

Finally, in the Marvel Universe, we got word yesterday that they’re bringing back Alpha Flight. Apparently the new series will be 8 issues and work in conjunction with the upcoming Fear Itself arc, and it is not required that you know older Alpha Flight comics in order to enjoy the new series.  That’s good news to me because even though I’m a Marvel girl, I know very little about Alpha Flight other than the fact that they are Canadian.  More information was released about the Fear Itself event, but I’ll cover that in next week’s column as most of it just came out yesterday.

Speaking of individual issues…this week’s pull list! (nice segue, no?)

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