By this point we’ve all learned from the Man of Steel trailers that Superman’s “S” symbol doesn’t stand for Superman, but is instead his Kryptonian family crest. As a way to publicize the movie’s impending release, you can get a kryptonian crest, house, and name of your own after answering a few simple questions at this site. To properly test its capabilities, I’ve posted the results from mine, as well as those from my cat and dog, below. Sadly our philosophical differences led us to different houses.
With the upcoming release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox in July, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation have released the trailer for the upcoming film.
DC has revealed their concepts for the new Anti-Batman and Robin - the ominously named Wrath and Scorn - who will soon be making their debut in Detective Comics. Here’s a bit of what Bob Harras had to say about them:
Over a few months of hearing nothing about the ESBUFFS (aka Super Best Friends Forever) there’s been two signs that the series may not be dead and gone.
The SBFF are, of course, the trinity of Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl from the fantastic animated short series done by Lauren Faust for DC…
Let’s do this.
This Week in Comic Book History for the week of May 21, 2013 starts off the X-event called “Revolution” that was all over the X-Men books back in May, 2000.
The big surprise of the TV season last fall was, in my own personal opinion, Arrow. Now that the second season is on the way, the stakes are high in seeing how it can top this year. Producer Marc Guggenheim has recently said that to up the ante, the upcoming season is going to feature two major DC Villains.
The first official trailer for the anticipated Batman: Arkham Origins has been released to the world. You get to see your first glimpse of Deathstroke in action along with seeing his relation to Black Mask, but the most important reveal is that Deathstroke is a playable character.
James Robinson has announced via Twitter that, following Earth 2 #16, he is off the title. Earth 2 is probably Robinson’s most well-received project in years, and he has intimated in the past that he had an awful lot of stories to tell in the world. We’ve written before about DC’s editorial problems causing creators to abandon books mid-run (sometimes even mid-arc… or before the arc even begins), and this marks another respected writer abandoning his title.
For many comics fans, the most exciting bit of news to come out of the last week, at least with regards to television, was that ABC picked up Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to go to series, and that Marvel would finally begin competing with DC’s relative domination of the TV market. But that wasn’t all the news. The CW, home of Smallville and now Arrow, recently picked up for a second season, also announced that it was revisiting its previously dropped Wonder Woman project, Amazon.
From Superman’s transformation from mild-mannered schlub Clark Kent into all-American icon Superman through the confidence that Peter Parker found under the mask of Spider-Man, two of the defining themes of classic superhero comics are identity and power. Perhaps because they were so fundamental in the early years of superhero storytelling, a lot of modern stories shy away from dealing too explicitly with either theme. Right now, there are only two books on the shelves I can think of that are almost wholly dedicated to exploring those two ideas in a modern context: X-Men Legacy and Dial H. It’s (probably) just coincidence that those two books also happen to be among the very best comics Marvel and DC are putting out on a monthly basis.
This Week In Comic Book History for May 15, 2013, starts off with the first appearance of Jason Todd as Robin in Detective Comics #526 published on May 1983. Everything about Jason Todd’s time as Robin has been talked about at least once.
Did 5th Cell read my mind? Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is now officially confirmed for Fall 2013 for the Wii U, 3DS, and PC. You wonder how Scribblenauts and the DCU come together story-wise right? The story starts off as Maxwell, a Batman fan, and his sister Lily, a Superman fan, start into the classic comic fan battle of which one is better. This argument sorts itself out as Maxwell opens his magic notebook and they find themselves whisked away to the Batcave. What follows is their journey into the DCU, and what might possibly be the ultimate DC Comics game. You wonder why I say this, 5th Cell confirms that all of the DC characters are in here. 33 Batman variations, 130 Green Lanterns, and every obscure DC character imaginable, you name it and it’s in there. You can even create your own heroes and villains.
Coming in August, vampire stories will be in abundance courtesy of Vertigo Comics. Titled American Vampire Anthology, it’s adapted from Scott Snyder and Rafael Albquerque’s critically award nominated series and will be 80 pages.
If Target is your go-to place to buy inexpensive superhero items, here’s some sweet news for you: Target has teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to introduce an extensive and exclusive summer collection of Justice League merchandise. The collection was inspired by DC’s New 52 character designs, and “holds surprises for fans young and old.”
Our recent interview with Batman Incorporated artist Chris Burnham following C2E2 left us all wondering what projects he had in the works, not to mention the news about Bat-Cow that made his “jaw hit the floor.” Wonder no longer: DC has announced a special Batman Incorporated anthology to follow the series’ final issue in July.