In this edition of This Week in Comic Book History for July 17, 2013, we’re going to look back on the formation of Dark Horse Comics – the company founded by Mike Richardson back in July 1986, all started with two comics, Dark Horse Presents and Boris the Bear. Dark Horse Presents, which after one cancellation in 2000 and an adventure at MySpace for a period of time returned to print in 2011, is still going strong today. Which is the same for Dark Horse Comics itself, bringing us comics like Frank Miller and Geoff Darrow’s Hard Boiled to the ever powerful Star Wars line of comics. Dark Horse Comics has always been one of those interesting publishers that manages to balance a strong line up of creator owned and licensed comics in a harmonious package. Which is why I want to take a travel back in time, and look over just how the company began and where it is now. Dark Horse Comics, you just make up another wonderful piece of comic book history and I’m here to salute you.
It seems like Frank Miller titles can’t get a break. Earlier this year, 300: Rise of an Empire was pushed back to 2014, and today news broke that Miller’s other creation - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For - would also be delayed until next year. This year is a crowded year for films, with about one thousand or more being released, so it makes sense that the film would be pushed back next year in a less competitive environment.
300, 2006′s surprise comic adaptation smash hit, did not seem to cry out for a sequel. After all (SPOILERS FOR 2,500 YEARS AGO) Leonidas and his men all die at the Battle of Thermopylae (END SPOILERS). And yet, when a movie makes $400,000,000 more than it costs to make, you can expect a follow-up. Well, it’s taken over 7 years, but 300: Rise of an Empire will finally be hitting theaters early next year, and you can finally see the first trailer right now.
On April 29th, respected comics website Comics Alliance posted a round-up of links and images from notable stories that had happened over the weekend. And then that was it. Rumors (and soon after, reports) started to pile up that the site had been shut down or was going through some difficulty, reports that seemed confirmed when AOL began axing a whole slew of its other entertainment sites. Early today, however, the site posted its first new update… and, luckily, its not a farewell, but a brief, cryptic message of hope: ;)
To follow up from the RoboCop story that I covered earlier in the week, BOOM! Studios has confirmed just what RoboCop: The Last Stand is actually going to be about.
BOOM! Studios has announced via a teaser the return of Robocop to comics in August 2013, with RoboCop: Last Stand. The teaser shows Frank Miller, Steven Grant, Korkut Oztekin, and Declan Shalvey as creators.
First things first; from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, Carrie Kelley is officially part of the DC Universe. Did anyone see this one coming? Writer Peter Tomasi puts it best in his New York Times interview, “It’s all real. It’s all in continuity. it’s all part of the Batman Universe in the here and now,” and this is only the beginning for Carrie Kelley. While Tomasi isn’t saying she’s the new Robin, (far from it) he is revealing that she knew Damian Wayne and that’s her entry way into the DCU proper.
As Sin City fans continue to wait for the sequel to the 2005 hit, they’ll be happy to hear some good news about the film from one of its stars, Rosario Dawson.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Comics Crux is here to give you some early ideas on celebrating the holiday. It’s not all about the sappy movies and flowers and expensive dinners. A thoughtful gift or act means much more than all that. If your special someone likes Frank Miller comics, Doctor Who, or classic sci-fi, then read on. Or if you like any of the aforementioned things and want to treat yo-self, then read on.
We’re going to take this look into comic history for the week of January 30th in a way you might not expect. This is what we like to call a fifth week. It crosses over into February and makes life stranger in the process. So how do I handle a fifth week here at “This Week in Comic Book History”? Well, I’m going to cover the stuff I couldn’t quite fit into January’s adventures. It’s going to be fun, weird, and overall informative. Put on your “This Week in Comic Book History” Caps, and set your devices to travel, because it’s time to begin this journey.
This year comic book fans will be saturated with a bunch of superhero films, and one that many are anticipating with much delight and a little nervousness - as it can’t possibly be as bad as that previous film which shall remain nameless - The Wolverine. Opening July 26th, the film is directed by James Mangold, who has helmed films such as 3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mangold discussed the film at great length and gave fans even more details about the film, which will definitely put any nervousness to rest.
JGL lovers, prepare yourselves: Joseph Gordon-Levitt has committed to a lead role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The actor will play a character named Johnny in the stylized noir sequel, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For continues to chug along in its production. Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have added another to their cast: 24’sDennis Haysbert, who will fill in for the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute.
In 2005 when Sin City, a film produced for $40 million, was released into theaters it made nearly four times the amount worldwide. Eventually, it went on to do well via home sales too. So it’s no shock that a sequel, Sin City 2: A Damn to Kill For is coming out, but what is a surprise is that it took over seven years for the movie to get here.
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In light of the recent developments with Daredevil, could Marvel actually get the film rights back? It’s been mentioned that Fox has been losing interest in Joe Carnahan’s take on the character. Carnahan himself has mentioned it on his twitter, so could this mean that Fox will scramble to find another idea by Oct. 10th, or is Fox even going to try? Which leads me to wonder about the possibilities of what could happen if Marvel got the rights back?
These are just a few of my thoughts on what Marvel could do.