If you had to compile a list of the best Batman stories ever told, you’d easily find The Dark Knight Returns on that list. That 1986 tale was one of the defining moments for Batman comics. Sure, the character had been gradually sharpened into a darker and harder tool of justice over the years by various other talented creators, but writer Frank Miller and artist Klaus Janson made Gotham a grittier place that required a more brutal Batman to come out of retirement. The Dark Knight Returns has already had one sequel series since then. And it’s getting another one on the way.
Can you smell it? The aroma of hot glue, EVA Foam and freshly unwrapped comics. Oh hells yeah, that smells like Free Comic Book Day to me! The event may be young, but the growing pains certainly aren’t present. Every year, Free Comic Book Day has grown, thanks in no small part to the event living up to its name and various industry professionals and fans representing in style. Keen on going? Well here’s where you can attend.
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.
Way back in the 1990s, the greatest event of all time took place: Marvel vs DC Comics. This was the comic book series that fans had been waiting for. Superman vs the Incredible Hulk! Batman vs Captain America! The really annoying punk version of Superboy taking on the clone version of Spider-Man! Robin hooking up with Jubilee from the X-Men! Okay, maybe some of those matches weren’t so awesome. But they also weren’t nearly as bloody as this brawl.
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.
Live, from the pillow fortress of solitude! It’s the Lazygamer Podcast Remastered. As a bunch of gamers, we’re regularly exposed to other content that populates our specific sphere of pop culture. And that kind of content, happens to be one of my favourites. i’m talking comic books of cast! With our summer about to wind down, it’s time for the annual comic book blockbuster event. We’re talking Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars and DC’s Convergence, two events that will see realities collide and worlds torn asunder! Join Al and I as we get down on everything there is to know about these massive storylines!
Gentlemen, I have found the convention that I want my ashes to be spread across, in near mint on-card condition. The New York Toy Fair convention was held this weekend, granting many a cash-strapped journalist a severe case of blue testes. With enough plastic to botox the Kardashians for life, the floor was packed with plenty of action and inaction figures. Here’s a selection of some of the best stuff that was shown off.
Who’s afraid of the big bad bat? Well, besides the dozen or so goons who are spending an evening in an ICU and adjusting to the fact that they’re going to be crippled for life. There aren’t too many villains who can match Batman in a physical and mental showdown, but the Arkham Knight might be the closest threat in many a year. There’s been a lot of speculation as to who’s the man is underneath that fancy high-tech helmet. And right now, the odds are definitely leaning in favour of former Robin Jason Todd. Thanks to some toys that is.
It’s been three years since DC turned their line of comics off and back on again in a massive reboot, following the events of The Flashpoint Paradox. Three years of the New 52, in which DC launched all new comics, cancelled most of them and figured out what to do right. After that period of time, DC is now finally ready to move on, abandoning the New 52 moniker now that their line of comics have had an extended period of settling in. But they’re bringing a ton of new series with them in the wake of their upcoming Convergence event.
When it comes to heavyweight combos, the Justice League will always be the prime group in the room to any other super team around. You’ve got the last son of Krypton, the world’s greatest detective, an Amazonian powerhouse and even more big guns in one super-sized combo meal of justice. Justice League is also a funny way of spelling “You’re f***ed” to any interplanetary threat, but that’s life. We’ve seen the Justice League in several video games before. But long before there was Injustice for all, there was meant to be another game starring the capes and tights brigade. Only that got cancelled.
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.
If you’ve had your ear to the ground lately for comic book movie news, then you’ve most likely also been run over by a stagecoach filled with upcoming movies from the Marvel and DC stable. Films such as Black Panther, Aquaman, more Guardians Of The Galaxy and the first-ever big screen appearance of the Justice League in live-action form. One other property on that list that gets me excited however, is a Suicide Squad movie. Don’t know who they are? Well here’s everything you need to know about the black ops group.