Thursday, 30 June 2011

Fright Night Poster: David Tennant, Vampire Slayer

Some of the Details for the Up-coming Legend of Korra ComiCon Panel

Some news up about what's going to be going on at the San Diego ComiCon regarding Legend of Korra. Sounds like it might be interesting, they have the creators and a ton of the voice cast there.

More news when it happens.

Avatar Korra by *Kuroi-Tsuki on deviantART

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

That Guy With the Glasses: Suburban Knights - Part 3

Good News Regarding the DCReboot: Demon Knights and Stormwatch

Yeah, there is some. :) And also oddly relevant to my projects in one case.

Anyways, the DC blog interviewed Paul Cornell, writer of the excellent Mi13 series amongst others, about the rebooted DCU-situated version of Stormwatch and his new series Demon Knights.

Posted the link to my post about it over at Scans_daily as my network says that the Source has a virus or something, anyways, both actually seem very interesting, particularly Demon Knights, though I'm a sucker for anachronistic superheroics. The existance of the Authority members within the DCU, as established characters as opposed to invaders from the Wildstorm Universe (which imploded or somethin' when the imprint folded), is interesting for a number of reasons.

Firstly, Midnighter and Apollo are now DCU characters, raising their number of mainstream gay characters by two, which is cool. Though people might think that this is the first time they've been portrayed as such, which going to be kind of dumb. But people thought that when they started talking about the redheaded version of Batwoman being a lesbian (this back during 52 before we knew who Kathy Kane was), there were shout of outrage over Cass' sexuality changing. Not that they've said that Cass is purely straight or not, but that's a subject for another time.

Secondly, Angela Spica, aka the Engineer, will be the leader of the Stormwatch team, which is neat. She WAS kind of the most intelligent member of the Authority, but they didn't really seem to utilise that much back in her old universe. So that's also cool, plus she's Latina, so there's another point against the view that the reboot is being made up primarily of the white, straight versions of the characters that people are touting recently.

And Thirdly, Jenny Quantum/Quark is gonna be in the DCU too! Yay! Though this is kind of weird, as several months back, I had her as a member of a future version of the Teen Titans in a strip I did. It is especially strange, as Cornell said that he was going to make her as old as the current century, making her 11 to twelve years old, making her old enough to be in the Teen Titans the same time as Milargo Reyes, Lian (if she's alive again) Harper and Damian Wayne.
Here's the strip,

Huh, probably should draw a strip for this.

Movies I've Seen: the Man from Nowhere

Somehow over the years, I've become a big fan of movies from South Korea. Not entirely sure how it happened, but either way a whole new area of cinema that I wouldn't otherwise have been exposed to was opened up to me.

Today, after watching Lady Vengence and Sympathy for Mr Vengence last week, I decided to watch 2010's highest earning Korean movie: the Man from Nowhere.

For those who don't know, it's about a man who befriends a young girl whose mum is involved in drug related crimes. One day, gangsters kidnap the girl and her mum, and the mysterious man goes out to try and rescue her.

The story is well paced and fairly interesting, the bad guys are believably evil, and the cops who are pursuing the male lead character, Cha Tae-sik, don't come off as cartoonish or unreasonable, which is always the risk in this kind of movie.

The fight scenes are excellent, the acting is also suprisingly good. The addition of what appeared to be a Bjork song at the end of the movie was kind of suprising though. Probably wasn't Bjork, but it sounded like it was.

I recommend it, particularly of fans of the Professional and Taken.

4 out of 5, I'd give it.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Obscuras Lupa Presents - Gooby, with Iron Liz!

Oh, Robbie Coltrane, what have they done to you! :(

News on the Dark Knight Rises Catwoman Outfit

From over Io9 way,
Anne Hathaway's Catwoman costume will reportedly be a far cry from Michelle Pfeiffer's leathery getup in Batman Returns or Halle Berry's... well, whatever the hell Halle Berry was wearing in Catwoman. According to an inside source, Hathaway's costume more closely resembles what Selina Kyle wears in the comics, which is actually a fairly practical outfit as far as things female comic book characters wear. Here's the report

"Anne's outfit is more tactical, like the comic book, than the previous Batman movies. She will definitely be wearing the goggles and it's going to be less sexy than Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman costumes. She's going to look more like a robber."

But enough about things that could theoretically speak to the movie's aesthetic or narrative aspects...what about far more important matters?

"But fan boys shouldn't be worried. This costume is going to be form-fitting enough to make Anne look smoking hot. Everything from the looks in her eyes, her head movements, her body–everything is so feline. The role is taking her to new places."

From here,

Here is the outfit in question,

That Guy With the Glasses: Suburban Knights - Part 2

Monday, 27 June 2011

Hint as to Where Steph is Goin' After the Reboot

It seems that Stephanie might be in the Teen Titans reboot, possibly,
"Teen Titans- All four Robins star or co-star in a book. (I know, what about Stephanie Brown? It was hinted that we would see her in Batman Incorporated. Dan Didio said she worked better as Spoiler.) This book is Tim Drake’s showcase. There will be some synergy between this and Superboy."

Worked better as the Spoiler? Ooooooh, I'm sorry. I thought that her becoming Batgirl was a good case of positive character development, my mistake!

Wow, I'm really bitter and ranty in these aren't I?

A bit 'o fanart,

Batgirl Stephanie Brown by *DeathWind13 on deviantART

Mellow Yellow: Wizard of Oz Remix

Brave Teaser

That Guy With the Glasses: Suburban Knights - Part 1

Sunday, 26 June 2011

A quick Casstoon: Kick-Cass

I somehow think that if these three were to meet, Cass wouldn't be very impressed by their antics.

A Rocketeer Fan Cartoon

made in memory of the creator of the Rocketeer, Dave Stevens,

The Rocketeer 20th anniversary from John Banana on Vimeo.

Cinema Snob and Obscurus Lupa: the Asylum's Sherlock Holmes

Two of my favourite internet critics team up to review the horrible cash-in of the Robert Downey Jr. version,

Casstoons: Gates of Gotham 2 pt 1

Gates of Gotham Strip/shading experiment.
by Me

Needs work, in the beginning the contrast between the light and dark areas is too great. Planning on getting MangaStudio on the cheap when I'm paid this week to make things look a bit better layout and speech bubblewise.

I have another strip in mind, but I have to wait until my copy appears before I can see if it works or not.

CT: Gates of Gotham 1 pt 1 by *EspanolBot on deviantART

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Another 'Brave' Picture

The Mary have another picture of the upcoming Pixar movie, Brave, featuring the lead character Merida looking fierce with a bow,

From here,

Futurama Review: Neutopia and Benderama

Futurama - Neutopia.

Alright, Futurama's back, huzzah! The premise of this episode: After being stranded on a planet where the aliens have no concept of gender, the Planet Express crew get transgendered in order to determine which sex is better.

It has Leela in a suprising outfit.

Anyways, I kind of found in the initial setup for the episode to kind of forced, with them having to exaggerate the gender differences so that they could make fun of 'em.

Parts were funny, other parts were potentially minddestroying.

I'd overall give it a C, maybe C+


The Professor invents a machine that makes smaller duplicates of whatever's put into it, which he uses to shrink his sweaters so that they'd now fit him. He puts Bender in charge of folding the sweaters, but he decides to mess about make hundreds of copies of himself instead.

This one was better overall, and had a number of good moments in it. Not exactly a return to form, but still a little above average.

I'd rate it around a B+

Obscurus Lupa Presents - Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD

A review of the 1998 movie, starring David Hasslehoff, by the member, Obscurus Lupa.

Been working through her videos, and for the most part they are of a really high standard in terms of writing if not production values. Go give her a watch, there's bound to be something amidst her library you'd like.

Note: It's amusing seeing the references in this movie, as a lot of the characters and plot devices'll be appearing in the upcoming Captain America movie. I mean, I know that they come from the same comicbook universe and all, but it's still amusing that the new Marvel movies won't be the first outing for some of these characters.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

A Less Blurry Brave Picture

And what may be some of the character designs, I don't know,

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

the Spoony Experiment: The Human Spider!

Not a fan of torture horror movies, but this parodies it brilliantly. Bravo!

Batgirl Art For September Unveiled

Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail

Well, the final part of Black Lagoon season three aired in Japan today, AND it was announced by Funimation that it'll be getting an English dub. SWEET.

To celebrate, here's a trailer of the previous seasons and a teaser of the third.

Brave Poster!

A teaser of the movie will also air with Cars 2 this weekend.

That Guy With the Glasses: Suburban Knights Trailer!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Well Cass, Steph and Donna Have Joined the JSA on the Rejection Heap

They're not in the new DCU!... At least for the moment.

The news is just in, via Zechs via the, where it has been stated what the fate of Cass, Steph and Donna is in the DCnU.

And the answer is... they're "benched".

Well, being in limbo is better than being dead, I guess. Still annoyed though.

Information from here, from the mouth of DC Senior VP Sales, Bob Wayne,

Fanart to ease the pain,

The Blackbat by ~r4r3truffle on deviantART

A Variation for Batman: Gates of Gotham 3

Well, I guess we should make the most of her while we still have her.

SF Debris: A look at Jack the Ripper in Science Fiction

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Wizard's Ultimate DCU

A couple of years back, Wizard Magazine commissioned a series of pictures of what would a DC version of the Ultimate Universe be like. Since we're in the Year of the Reboot, I thought that I'd post 'em so that you lot could have a looksee.

Superman - This one I'm a bit more blaise about. The use of the Kingdom Come "S" Symbol is interesting and invokes a futuristic feel to the rest of the outfit, which is kind of apt for "the Man of Tomorrow". Like it more than the ACTUAL DC reboot version, though that's just me. Probably wouldn't read this as a series though, as reading yet another Superman origin story would bore the pants off of me. Just jump straight into his early career just after his introduction if need be.

The Flash - I think that this one actually works, possibly because at the speeds he runs he'd presumably get a lot of bugs in his eyes and mouth... Nah, he's probably bugproof because of the Speed Force or something. And why not, it does everything else they can't explain the Flash books.

Green Lantern - to be absolutely honest, I'm very much a John Stewart fan when it comes to my Green Lanterns, probably because my love of JLU and the DCU to be honest. IF he had been Earth's only Green Lantern I'd have been cool with it, as most of the time he has the maturity and focus to actual sell the character without devolving into Hal Jordan. Seriously, if John was the star of the movie it might have actually made some money.

Batman - this one I really like. Has the essentials of the costume, but adds additional armour and rivets to actually make it look like it could stop the frequent gunfire that accompanies Bruce's nightjob. I also like the little details like the holster for his grappling gun, which makes for a more logical accessory to the belt than the current method, which I believe involve Bruce clenching it between his buttocks when he's not using it. Commissioner Gordon as Morgan Freeman is a nice touch, possibly a reference to Samuel L. Jackson being cast as Nick Fury over in the U.M., and since this was made YEARS before Batman Begins Mr Freeman being attached to the Bat Franchise here is just a coincidence. Heh, and I just realised that if he were the Commissioner than that would technically mean that would be the only appearance of an African American version of Batgirl as well, which would have been interesting to see.

And now the groups!

First the Teen Titans. I like Cyborg's design, it's a lot more streamlined than the current one, which seems as graceful as a Cyberman a lot of the time. I also like that he has more of his face exposed, which makes him seem more human whilst the loss of the fleshy sections on the arms paradoxically makes him seem more machine-like.

GothRaven I guess looks sort of interesting, though it depends massively how they were going to portray the character in the series. A girl who was raised in another dimension by monks or something would be less included to dress like that than a girl from this universe who had her powers and parentage suddenly thrust upon her for example.

Aqualad... well, he's shiny. I'll give him that. I do get a royal vibe from him, though I'm not really that up with the costume to be honest. It could work I guess, the fishscales incorpered into his trousers is interesting.

Robin's outfit...kind of works... I guess? There seem to be several elements in there that seem to have been used in later Robin designs, the mask looks like the lower half of Tim's Red Robin cowl for example, and I guess that it works as a balance to the above Batman picture but... Just seems a little off.

Donna, no. No, no, no. Nooo. I get that presumably she's meant to be filling in Starfire's role as "the sexy one", but this is just BAD. And the boots look stupid.

Roy pretty much looks exactly the same as Olle does in the comics. It's a good outfit, but it's kind of weird seeing him in green.

Firstly, the JLA in silhouette,

Andnow fighting Despero,

Alright, Bruce, Clark, Barry(?) I've covered, now the rest.

Wonder Woman: Not a fan, fails for the same reasons that Donna's does in the one above, in that because she's "the Sexy One" she's give the most revealling costume. Admittedly being Wonder Woman she technically doesn't need to wear armour as she's been submerged in molten metal before and come out unharmed, but it doesn't really scream "representative of an ancient culture and member of its Royal Family". Being able to see her butt every time there's a slight breeze would also make her loose cred with the diplomatic community. I guess that in story she could fill the role that Thor did in the first two series of the Ultimates, with no one believing her stories of being an Amazon created from clay and given life by the Gods, which would be an interesting slant in her story, I think.

The Atom: the costume looks good, and I am intrigued by this African American female Atom. Who is she? If she's the Atom does this mean that Ray Palmer hopefully doesn't exist? Would they end up pairing her up with John just because she's the only other black person in the group, which is something I've seen before in fiction and I think that it's stupid.

The Martian Manhunter: J'onn seems to be riffing ET in his appearance here, which I think is interesting for a number of reasons. Him being kind of squat is an interesting deviation from the normal human-sized and shaped version, or the version where he's taller and more willowy than a human being. Him being kind of short and dumpy could be translated as him being effected by Earth having greater gravity than Mars... I think, which would in theory be why he's in the control-room instead of fighting Destro.

Doctor Who: Peanutsed

From here,

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Superheroes Debuted in the DCU Only Five Years Ago... Wait, What?

So, apparently the post-Reboot DCU takes place in a world where Superman, here the first superhero, only started his super-career five years ago. BUT, but all of Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison's recent storylines as well as Big stories from the past like the Killing Joke are still in continuity. All of which took place in the five years since the debut of superheroes.

So the Sinestro Corps War, Batman RIP, Final Crisis, Brightest Day etc. all still happened... all within the same five years.

Blimey, it's suprising that Batman and co. didn't die of exhaustion with all that running around!

Oh, and speaking of Batman, another element of this alleged five year old universe means that Barbara's career as Batgirl, her paralysis, her career as Oracle, her founding of the Birds of Prey and mentorships of Cass, Steph and Misfit all happened in those five years as well.

AND it'd mean that Damian would have to be conceived five years prior to Bruce becoming Batman in order for him to be Robin now, as well as Bruce somehow getting through Dick, Jason, Tim and Steph ALL IN THE SAME GAP AS WELL!

Though that bit could theoretically be "fixed" by Steph flat out not existing any more, the same as the JSA has been erased to "give the title a break", as Didio said, which could explain why she and Cass aren't in any solicits.

Hopefully this isn't true, otherwise this does look like the event's been that well planned.

From here,

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Grant Morrison Talks about the DC Reboot

And it seems that the Killing Joke, Identity Crisis etc. are still in continuity.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Wait, Did Turn off the Dark just get Burned by Sesame Street?


DC's September Solicits are up!

Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale SEPTEMBER 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?
Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?

This one I'm kind of looking forward too. If only because I'm a fan of Zatanna, Xanadu, John and Boston to a lesser extent. Haven't really been exposed to Shade, though they have started reprinting his old series, maybe I'll pick it up at some point.

Also, yay for Cyborg now apparently being in the same weightclass as Diana, Clark and Bruce all of a sudden. :)

Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again.
As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (ACTION COMICS)!

Wait, why is Starfire an antiheroine all of a sudden? Why is she in this team? Are they grouping together all the red heads or something? And another thing, why does Jason have Deadpool's mask on?

Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!

Wait a minute... Rated T+? Uh oh, suddenly I have a feeling that this will involve a lot of fanservice? Still it's a book about Selina, so I'll be picking it up probably. Hypocritical, I know. But if it's bad I'll drop it again.

Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
At last! Batwoman’s new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman!
In “Hydrology,” part 1 of 5, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld – and new trials in her life as Kate Kane.
Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government

A certain government what? And Bette Kane is still in the books but Steph and Cass apparently aren't? AGH!

Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together!
As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…

Oh cool, Batman Inc is still around, that might mean that Cass is around still... somehow.

Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!

This I think could be interesting, though I have a feeling that Judd might use this as an excuse to soapbox. Plus Africa's a continent, so he'll be really busy.

Written by J.T. KRUL
On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law.
Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.

Oh really? EVERY law? Run teenage superheroines! Run!

Written by J.T. KRUL
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?
Don’t miss the start of a legend from writer J.T. Krul (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS) and artist Freddie Williams II (JSA ALL-STARS)!

Interesting, they seem to repeating the circular reference that happened to the Question in JLU (the Question inspired Watchmen's Rorschach who in turn inspired the JLU depiction of the Question) but applied to Captain Atom/Dr Manhatten. And what's up with his hair?

Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale SEPTEMBER 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?

Really enjoyed these guys' work on Tales of the Unexpected, really looking forward to this.

Written by DAN JURGENS
On sale SEPTEMBER 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International.
Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust – but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?

Wait, this is a new group now? Uh... huh. Hopefully they mean it's a new incarnation, otherwise we're in for a majority continuity snarl in the immediate future.


Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
RETROSOLICITED • 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.

Uh huh... yeah, it seems that both the JLA and the JLI are getting formed at the same time for the first time... or something. OW, my brain!

And finally,
On sale SEPTEMBER 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!

As I said, looking forward to this. Always a fan of the period fantasy, horror and science fiction me. Plus Madame Xanadu as well! I wonder if they're making the Matt Wagner series canon for this new DCU...

Well there you go, my pick of the solicits. Let it not be said that I wasn't interested in anything that the reboot had to offer.

Casstoons: RumourMill 2

'If Barbara is going to get cured, why not other disabled superheroes too?'

The second part of my RumourMill line, where I provide the cynical theory as to why none of the other superheroes with disablities won't likely be getting cured along with Barbara after the reboot.

The boobs thing is just a rumour, though.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Nostalgia Chick: Showgirls

Gail Simone Interview with a disabled Oracle Fan

It's interesting, covers the decision making process in returning Barbara to the Batgirl role, and mentions the possible plans for Cass and Steph, if any.
Interview here,

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Harley, Noooo! What did they do to you!

This is what she looks like in the new Suicide Squad series,

"Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide! Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? Find out in SUICIDE SQUAD #1, written by Adam Glass (FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM) with art by Marco Rudy (THE SHIELD)."

Black Bat Revolution Fanart

No DC Relaunch by ~triple6punkie on deviantART

Hitman Absolution E3 2011 Trailer [HD]

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Mystery Men 1 Preview

"The Secret Origin of Mystery Men: About two or three years ago, during one of Marvel's infamous editorial retreats, we discussed what sort of genres, characters and books we weren't currently publishing. As a longtime fan of pulp and noir, I started imagining what sort of spin the House of Ideas would have put on characters from the '30s. But to make this truly special-to make this count-to give back to the 'toy box' that we often take so much from, we had to set this fedora-deep in established Marvel U continuity.

After bouncing the idea off my sensei Tom Brevoort, I called up award-winning historical fiction novelist David Liss, who I had recently invited to join Marvel to write a Phantom Reporter one-shot (which was part of our Timely salute). After tons of brainstorming, we then reached out to the awesome Patrick Zircher, who blew us completely away with his character designs. The Mystery Men lived!

Now readers are invited to explore the mean streets of 1930s Manhattan to meet the first generation of urban costumed vigilantes! David and Patrick have hidden Marvel U Easter Eggs throughout the story, but they've also crafted a completely new-reader-friendly story that welcomes all those who just dig pulp, noir and super heroes.

This one has it all: A twisted murder mystery, beautiful architecture & clothes & cars, tough guys & daring dames & femme fatales, trail blazing costumed hi-jinks, a chilling conspiracy, some of the best writing & art this (or any year), a real impact on continuity...and zeppelins!

Read More:"

Annnndddd.... I think I have a new favourite comic.

Batman: Year One Teaser

Here are the New Teen Titans!!! Now with She-Hexxus and Witchblade!

For the future of their company, DC seem to be going backwards to the mid-1990s for some bizarre reason.

Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Casstoons: RumourMill 1

Following my last strip, where I talked about the possiblity of Barbara Gordon becoming Batgirl which was actually confirmed as being the new canon in September's new comics, I've been writing some strips about the other rumours that have been floating about since the announcement.

I had written one about Dick becoming Nightwing again, though that's actually been confirmed as actually happening BEFORE I could draw the thing.

Still! Here is the first of a mini series of oneshots about the rumours that are circulating the DC Reboot,

CT: RumourMill 1 by *EspanolBot on deviantART

the Spoony Experiment: Death of a Soldier

The Human Centipede 2 Banned in the UK

Good. Although I'm not a fan of censorship, I'm not exactly a fan of the "tie people up and torture them" school of horror movies either.

Link here,

Gail Simone To be Writing New Batgirl and New Birds of Prey Team

Writer Gail Simone sent us a few words about today’s BATGIRL #1 announcement:

“Barbara Gordon is pretty much my everything. Because of the Batman TV show, she was the reason I fell in love with superheroes. Because she was a redhead who could kick ass, she is the reason I fell in love with comics. She was always forward-looking as Batgirl, a girl who was smarter than the male characters, who had class and elegance and style, as well as tough-as-nails grit. For a long time, there was simply nothing else like her in comics, and for me and a lot of other readers, her every appearance was joyful and explosive.

For many years, I got to write the character as Oracle, and there is to this day, no character who means more to me. This is classic Barbara as she was originally conceived, with a few big surprises. It’s a bit of a shock, to be sure, but we’re doing everything we can to be respectful to this character’s amazing legacy, while presenting something thrilling that a generation of comics readers will be experiencing for the first time…

…Barbara Gordon leaping, fighting, and swinging over Gotham. Now, when citizens of that city look up, they are going to see BATGIRL.

And that is absolutely thrilling.”

"The Birds of Prey are Gotham City’s covert ops team, taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. Mystery novelist ands comics writer Duane Swierczynski teams up with Jesus Saiz for BIRDS OF PREY #1, the first issue of the hard-hitting new series."

So Barbara Gordon Is Batgirl Again

So it's been revealled on Comic Alliance, via IGN, that Barbara will be Batgirl now after the reboot. And that Bruce'll be the only Batman with Damian as his sidekick.

Although the presence of Damian, Jaime etc. does leave open the possiblity of Steph and Cass still being around in some form, for the mean time, my response will be this.

Blade Anime Teaser and Pictures

And here are some character designs,