DC Comics haven’t exactly had a fantastic track record as of late when it comes to appealing to certain demographics. Hell, some of their characters haven’t been anything more than sexed-up dolls in spandex, but the times they are a’changin’. Some of these characters will still be page three material, make no mistake. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be more than that and stand out as reimagined heroes with actual personalities that happen to be inspirational. Which is what DC’s doing for a bunch of their female characters.
Telltale Games are really busy. They’re still in the process of finishing up ‘Tales from the Borderlands’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, both of which are only halfway through their seasons. They’re also working on a mysterious Minecraft: Story Mode, which has seen nothing more than an announcement. Their schedule just filled up even more however, because they’ve now joined forces with Marvel.
It’s that time of the year again. Much like movies, comic books have their own annual event, raising the stakes each year with a blockbuster that has been teased and hinted at for several years prior. You already know what Marvel has planned for the Secret Wars event. But they’re not the only mini-series in town that features colliding realities and worlds, as DC will be tackling a similar idea in Convergence.
It seems like it was just yesterday that Infinite Crisis hit the beta stage of its design. Provided that one day can be measured in years for you. Now, the Turbine Studios game is finally ready to go live, as it pits the heroes and villains of DC Comics against one another in that MOBA genre that seems to be all the rage these days.
There’s an old trick in comic books, that has proven to be a successful way to shift copies: Variant covers. Nothing moves a comic book quicker than an issue with a limited print run and a cover by a superstar artist or twelve. It’s an idea that is firmly in place these days, with just about any comic on the newsstands having perhaps a guest artist work some magic. Sometimes it works out great. Other times however, the idea can backfire. Which is what happened with Batgirl, as one alternative cover from that popular series got pulled thanks to objections being raised.
DC’s trinity of flagship characters (Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman) are pretty recognisable icons. After all, one of them is an indestructible alien orphan, the other is an Amazonian warrior princess and Batman rounds the cast off by being a billionaire with too much anger on his hands. Everybody knows what they look like. But that look is getting shaken up this year after the events of Convergence.
Sure, he may be getting ready to face the Predator soon, but that doesn’t mean that Archie is leaving Riverdale just yet. Humble Bundle has yet another comic book selection up for grabs, so grab a soda and sit down to read some good ol’ Archie comics. Including the ones where Jughead comes back to life as a reanimated corpse.
It’s the end of the world, as we know it. And I feel fine. Since 1961, Marvel Comics have published tales that have primarily all taken part in the same universe, a reality known as Earth – 616 if you want to get official. That’s over 50 years of continuity, that has been ticking around, while other comics expanded on that multiverse, such as the Ultimates line from the early 2000s. This year however, Marvel is pulling a DC, as they’ll be restarting their entire Marvelverse of titles.
Back in the comic book heyday of the 1990s, there was one studio of wild young guns that had a vision: To own their comic book creations, and presumably get stinkin’ rich in the process. And for a while, it worked! Image Comics was formed, and leading the charge into a brave new world was superstar artist Todd McFarlane, with his Spawn comics. These days, Spawn is more or less an excuse to create some bitching cool toys. But the character himself has survived for many a year, by adapting his look.
There’s a comic book for every taste out there these days. While Marvel and DC Comics might have cornered the market on gaudily-dressed heroes saving the day, the genre itself happens to be far broader than that. And that’s a gap that many publishers have picked up on. Take Image Comics for example, who publish everything from traditional hero adventures to more cerebral affair. They’ve got a busy 2015 coming up. Here’s what you can expect to be reading soon.
A long time ago, in a comic industry far, far away, Star Wars comics were created exclusively by one publisher. Dark Horse Comics, to be exact. Marvel Comics once held the license to Star Wars, but after the sci-fi bubble burst in the 1980s, rights fell away and were picked up by the independent studio of Dark Horse.
Guys, it’s cool to read comic books now. Hell, opening one up in public will not result in an instant wedgie or having to earn the trust of your local rugby team by allowing them to copy off of your computer studies test sheet. Thing is, comics can be expensive. And while I’ll always prefer print over digital comics, that online option is a great way of encouraging new readers to jump in. And now you can do just that, for cheap.
For a villain larger than life, the Joker has been strangely absent in comics lately. Sure, he popped up in the recent Death Of The Family arc and a few other appearances here and there in which he made life hell for not only Batman but his entire extended family. But at the same time, there was something off about this Joker. Something missing. And in his next big act of terror, you can expect to see an even more unhinged clown prince of crime watching Gotham burn.
There are a lot of comic book movies on the way. It is essentially hell for anyone with a spandex allergy, but a new golden age for people such as me to see various heroes get the big screen treatment. Marvel recently announced a massive line-up for all their Phase 3 films, that will all pave the way for a two-part Avengers movie. That means entertainment. That also means that some comic books are going to see their value soar through the roof.
Have you ever read a comic book, and thought to yourself what would happen if events had been different? What if Batman wasn’t mentally unbalanced? What if Spider-Man wasn’t a whiny bug during the clone saga? What if Galactus ate more Twinkies? Decades ago, Marvel hit on that idea, with their monthly What If series of comics that asked more intelligent questions and examined the ramifications. And out of hundreds of issues, these five are great examples of twisting continuity into something else.