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Check list for DC’s New 52

This is the checklist for the new issues of #1s taken from:
This September marks a turning point in the publishing history of DC Comics, who will launch or in many cases relaunch no fewer than 52 titles from issue #1, including such venerable institutions like Action Comics and Detective Comics. Called “The New 52,” the initiative is a daring effort to attract new and lapsed readers to DC Comics’ iconic characters, nearly all of whom have been retooled and redesigned (some radically so) in a manner the publisher hopes will be more palatable for a 21st century audience.

The “New 52” begins August 31 with the same-day-digital release of Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, which can be purchased at comic book stores everywhere. Below you will find a convenient on-sale checklist graphic as well as a copy-and-paste-ready version to help navigate what fans are calling the DCnÜ.

And a printable version we edited for you, because we ❤ you

August 31
Justice League #1

September 7
Action Comics #1
Animal Man #1
Batgirl #1
Batwing #1
Detective Comics #1
Green Arrow #1
Hawk and Dove #1
Justice League International #1
Men of War #1
O.M.A.C. #1
Static Shock #1
Stormwatch #1
Swamp Thing #1

September 14
Batman and Robin #1
Batwoman #1
Deathstroke #1
Demon Knights #1
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1
Green Lantern #1
Grifter #1
Legion Lost #1
Mister Terrific #1
Red Lanterns #1
Resurrection Man #1
Suicide Squad #1
Superboy #1

September 21
Batman #1
Birds of Prey #1
Blue Beetle #1
Captain Atom #1
Catwoman #1
DC Universe Presents #1
Green Lantern Corps #1
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Nightwing #1
Red Hood and the Outlaws #1
Supergirl #1
Wonder Woman #1

September 28
All Star Western #1
Aquaman #1
Batman: The Dark Knight #1
Blackhawks #1
The Flash #1
The Fury of Firestorm #1
Green Lantern: New Guardians #1
I, Vampire #1
Justice League Dark #1
The Savage Hawkman #1
Superman #1
Teen Titans #1
Voodoo #1

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Rebooting Batman and Superman AGAIN in upcoming Justice League movie. Seriously?

So, DC Entertainment apparently is planning a Justice League movie – and it’ll apparently feature versions of both Batman and Superman than are appearing in their own movies. Clearly, DC and Warner Bros are looking forward to seeing how quickly they can screw up their superhero franchises.

There are countless reasons why the idea of recasting not just Batman but Superman in any Justice League movie – never mind one that may be coming out just a year after the in-pre-productionSuperman reboot that Zack Snyder is currently working on – is a bad one, not least of which is that it’s going to be confusing to audiences (“Wasn’t some other guy Superman last year?”). But more than that, it’s entirely unnecessary. Yes, I get that both Christian Bale and Henry Cavill may be too expensive by that point for what are likely to be, essentially, cameos in a movie dominated by other characters and actors, and so from that point, recasting makes a lot of sense. But… why do Superman and Batman even need to appear in the movie?

Follow my logic: For the majority of the Justice League’s early years, both Superman and Batman were small presences in the story, probably following on from the similar role they played in theJustice Society stories of the 1940s and ’50s. Although they are featured in the origin of the team, they’re barely there, getting what amounts to a “And all of this happened off-panel” treatment compared with the full adventures of Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Martian Manhunter in the same story. Although they are occasionally treated as the core of the team – Hi, Brad Meltzer! – there’s actually little reason beyond name recognition that either character actually has to be in the movie.

Ah, you say, but isn’t name recognition enough? Well… yes and no. Presumably, Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern will be appearing in this movie, and he could really be enough of an anchor for most fans to want to see the movie (To put it in some perspective; Thor and Captain America: The First Avengers aren’t out yet, but non-comic fans are still excited about The Avengers based solely on the example of the Iron Man movies). Batman, as movie audiences have gotten used to him, wouldn’t even fit into the fantastic world of the Justice League, and Superman’s power set could cause more problems than solutions when it comes to setting up a credible threat for the League to bring to Justice, so it arguably makes more sense not to include them.

(Using Wonder Woman, should her TV show be a hit, may cause similar problems. Do you bring Adrienne Palicki into the movie, and officially out that show into the movie continuity? And if so, what does that do to close down the scale of the show’s plans?)

That said, name recognition isn’t something to be sneezed at, and I’m sure the chance for DC and WB to play up the Superman and Batman brands – even as they undermine them with confusion over who plays those characters at any given time – will be too much to refuse. But, still. I can’t help but feel that letting Superman and Batman join the Justice League will lead to the kind of disaster that the studio would need a superhero to save them from.


This article says it all.

Again, more comic book inspired movies. What’s new nowadays?

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

In case you missed it, there’s been a rumor circulating that DJ Caruso, director of I Am Number Four and Salton Sea, is in the running to helm an adaptation of the excellent Garth Ennis-Steve Dillon comic series Preacher. The report surfaced late yesterday from /Film‘s Peter Sciretta, who attributes the information to a “well-placed Hollywood spy.” Speculation has been running high since September, when Total Film reported, via producer Neil Moretz, that a then-unnamed director had signed on to replace Sam Mendes, who dropped out five months earlier in favor of the next James Bond film.

Preacher was published by from 1995 to 2000 by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Over the course of 66 issues, Texas preacher Jesse Custer goes on a search for God — the actual big guy in the sky, not some metaphorical hooey — with his hitwoman girlfriend Tulip O’Hare and a frequently drunk, dubiously trustworthy Irish vampire named Cassidy. The story goes to some wild places and some dark places, and some wildly dark places, too.

Getting back to the news at hand, I actually had Caruso on the phone yesterday before thePreacher rumor broke for a chat about his new release I Am Number Four. You can look for a full report from that interview later this week, but the Ennis series came up rather randomly in the course of our conversation, so I thought it would be worthwhile to break out this snippet today.

Caruso was once connected to a film adaptation of the comic book series Y: The Last Man. Although the project failed to go anywhere, it’s clear from hearing him talk about it that he  appreciates the story. I Am Number Four, with its superpowered aliens, got me wondering whether he’d ever go after a comic-book adaptation again, so I put the question to him directly.

“I love the Wild West, man. I really love Preacher,” he replied. “It’s fantastic. I think that’s what would sell me [on taking on a comic book project again]. I don’t know if this is still what’s going on with it, but Sam was going to direct it, Sam Mendes, and John August was writing the screenplay.”

It’s hard to say how to read that comment. Caruso could be playing ignorant while these rumored talks are under way. The fact that he volunteers Preacher as an example could even speak to that possibility. Alternatively, the rumor could be simply that, and Caruso just genuinely loves the series. As anyone who’s read the Ennis series knows, it’s hard not to.

The appeal for Caruso in both Preacher and Y is the big-picture stuff. “I like those because I think there’s something, as cool and as fucking gnarly as they are, there’s a great sort of core good vs. evil. The genesis [in Preacher] being the mating of the angel and the Devil in a way,” he explained. “I love that kind of stuff. I love big themes, things like that. For me, it’s something that I love and I read, but Y: The Last Man and Preacher are the two that I like a lot [for film potential treatments].”

As a follow-up, I asked if comic books are a direction he’d like to move in again with his filmmaking, despite Y never getting off the ground. “I’m always wide open,” he said. “But I think what’s happening is, Hollywood is just jumping on the bandwagon and trying to capitalize. It’s got to be a picture that you as a filmmaker can relate to and tell a good story for. So yeah, I’m always wide-open for [opportunities like that].”


Are print comics dying out?

January 13, 2011 2 comments

This is an article extracted from comicvine. The fear of print comics going extinct scares me, especially when even DC and Marvel offers digital comics for sale. If you know me, you’ll know my take on downloading/digital comics. While i understand reasonable reasons for wanting to download it, it is slowly killing off the real need to buy the actual comic, and that will eventually lead to the stop of print comics production if the downloading and digital comics gets more and more popular. Some of you are thinking it’s more financially practical and storage friendly. But what about in the past when there wasn’t such technology? And people didn’t have to be rich to enjoy comics in the past. It’s more like the mentality of society nowadays – they want more and it want it fast and making their money’s worth. Whatever happened to the idea of a hobby anyway? If it’s something you can’t afford now, then save and wait for it. Don’t keep thinking you have to get your money’s worth all the time.

There’s no question about it; publishing is struggling. That means books as well as graphic novels and comics have had a rough time over the last several years. Recently, an article at Publishers Weekly about the decline of the Borders bookstore got me thinking about the future of publishing, in general, and how a big chain like Borders could not only affect publishing as a whole- but it could also be viewed as representative of what is happening to the publishing industry.

The Borders Group has been struggling for the last several years; having suffered losses, being forced to refinance and struggling with changes in their management- the recent PW article cited yet another issue the company is facing- the suspension of shipments from publishers. So the question is, what does this have to do with the comic book industry?

Like many other industries, publishing has suffered the ramifications of a struggling economic climate- but the economy isn’t the only thing they have had to combat. The release of the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle have led to reading books and graphic novels digitally- cutting out the private retailer. Companies like Comixology and have created online applications that allow readers to download their comic books and graphic novels and read them on go. The advantage is that you don’t have to carry the books around, and the quality of the art in a digital comic is of a higher resolution; which for many, makes for a more enjoyable experience. Not to mention, you can organize your comic library and collection digitally- much as you would with music. So, will the digital market monopolize the comics industry and eventually make print comics a commodity?

We first saw the collapse of the comics industry back in the 90’s between 1993 and 1997. During that time, approximately 2/3 of comic book and specialty stores closed their doors to the public. Those comic shops that have stuck around, have struggled to compete with bigger stores and online distributors like Amazon, where  readers can generally purchase the same graphic novel for considerably less money. However, as much as the comic shops across America have assisted publishers throughout the years, most publishers have seemed to embrace the idea of selling their comic books digitally. While you may not be able to get the latest issue of Batman on the DC Comics Comixology iTunes app, you only have to wait a couple of weeks–which for the not-so-avid-reader, isn’t that big of a deal.

What does the future hold for print comics and books, in general? The easiest comparison to draw to the present state of comics is music. Music was first distributed through LP records, then tapes, then CD’s. Now, music is distributed primarily digitally (which is partly attributed to Apple’s monopolization of the music market– but that’s another issue entirely). Yet, even though the digital age is changing the comic book industry, I do not believe that print comics will ever go out of style. Comic readers tend to be collectors, and many fans value the experience of holding their funnybooks, smelling the pages and curling up to read on the couch- something you just can’t duplicate with the iPad; no matter how convenient it is. I for one hope that print comics continue to thrive, but what about you?


DC lowers comics cost starting January 2011

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Like all good things, there’s a catch. And in this case, the catch isn’t that bad. While they are being nice enough to lower the prices and keep most of the comics at 2.99 bucks each, they will also be reducing the number of pages. As if the ads and redundant pages in it aren’t enough, now they are lessening the pages of actual comics in exchange for lower prices. I guess it’s really a fair exchange but i’m worried it may affect the flow of stories because of the change in number of panels.

Here’s the official news:

“As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years,” said DiDio. “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

DC’s press release explicitly listed out January titles that would be seeing some alteration, as well as the titles that would be the exception to the new price point. You can find that below. Also, stay tuned to IGN as later today we’ll be talking to DiDio and Lee about this shift and several other topics. We’ll bring you that interview as soon as we can.

From the Press Release:

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

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Eye Candies from DC Direct coming soon

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Needless to say, by now i would have been done with reading Batman Inc and The Return. Hmm. Well firstly, Return of Bruce Wayne was alright to me. I didn’t find it especially thrilling or suspenseful but i guess it wasn’t bad. I mean a story like this could easy have been pure crap, but it didn’t come out pure crap, so in that aspect i guess it’s good?

While i understand this is a huge change in the story of Batman and it’s almost like reinventing, no sorry, it IS reinventing Batman, I feel that it was really just done for commercial reasons – appealing to mass public after breaking down Bruce Wayne and then starting from scratch again.

First of all, I don’t think i ever got past the fact that Bruce Wayne is no longer *the* Batman. And secondly, in The Return of Bruce Wayne he was behaving totally unlike Bruce Wayne. It could be due to the fact that his brains just got fried by Darkseid and he’s lost his memory, but i just didn’t like the way he didn’t feel like the Bruce Wayne at all. He’s lost, confused but still goes around kicking bad guys’ asses. If i had to come up with a character emotion for him after he resurrected, i would think it makes more sense for him to be really lost and confused as to what’s right and wrong, thus giving him the chance to re-evaluate who is was and what he believes in. And then when he remembers his past, BAM! He would come back stronger than ever. But this is just my imaginary version of course.

Anyway, from DC Direct will be coming these action figures based on The Return of Bruce Wayne. Think the “Wild West” version of him was my favourite one.

SDCC ’10 Starro the Conqueror!

October 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I have it! *smiles gleefully*

This collector’s toy is sooooooo cute! It lights up and has a narration by kevin conroy!! Watch the demo video below to see what he says! And the lights are sooo cute!

NEW VIDEO! See the Awesome Packaging for Starro

JLU Fans,

One of the products getting HUGE pre-SDCC buzz is the new Starro the Conqueror pack. If you missed the description in our earlier coverage, here it is:

Justice League of America presents Starro the Conqueror

This special pack commemorates the 75th anniversary of DC Comics. The Starro pack re-creates one of the most famous DC comic book covers of all time, the cover of The Brave and the Bold Issue #28, the first appearance of the Justice League of America and Starro the Conqueror. Comes with all five JLA members featured on the cover as highly articulated figures in the same scale as Infinite Heroes™. Includes Martian Manhunter, The Flash (with added articulation), Wonder Woman (all-new), Green Lantern (with construct), Aquaman (all-new), and giant, bendy Starro. Of course, a 75th anniversary product deserves impressive packaging, so the box features lights and sounds with the voice of Kevin Conroy, TV’s animated Batman, describing the characters and events seen on the cover!

Now, what you haven’t seen is the ridiculous packaging. Our designers totally outdid themselves this time, but don’t take my word for it – check out this video and see for yourself!

Okay, so how cool is that? If you want one for your very own, Starro will be available at SDCC with a special pack of Spores. If you’re not going to SDCC, we’ll have a limited quantity available for online purchase on August 2, 2010, only at (but without the spores) so be sure to mark your calendar! Want a reminder email? Click here to register.

— Matty