September 30, 2012

Hit-Girl Issue 5 Bill Sienkiewicz Variant

Writer Mark Millar shared the Bill Sienkiewicz variant cover artwork for issue 5 of the Hit-Girl miniseries. Sienkiewicz's variant is an obvious nod to his own classic work for issue 1 from the acclaimed Elektra: Assassin miniseries, he collaborated with Frank Miller.

Hit-Girl issue 5, the final issue of the miniseries arrives in November.

Via Mark Millar, CBR

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September 29, 2012

New 52 Young Justice Style

Here's a different take on DC Comics' New 52 characters in the style of the Young Justice animated series. Peep the rest of artist Ryem's interpretations of the varied characters from the New 52 universe.

September 27, 2012

PREVIEW Earth 2 Issue 8 Cover: The Last Amazon

DC Comics recently announced that artist Yildiray Cinar would be filling in for a few issues of Earth 2, giving current artist Nicola Scott a much needed break. Another revelation which featured teaser cover artwork for Earth issue 8, was that Cinar's run would encompass the arrival of a new character simply called "The Last Amazon". We sort the possible clues on who that character might be. [Update]

We narrowed it down to two possibilities, one of them has direct Earth 2 roots from her via the past DCU continuity and another, shared a bond. Could the Last Amazon of Earth 2 be either Wonder Girl or Fury? Here's a breakdown:

[ UPDATE: Answer revealed at the bottom ]

Why we think it's Fury:

In the previous DCU continuity, Fury was Hippolyta "Lyta" Trevor, the daughter of the Golden-Age Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor. Bearing the same powers and abilities as her mother, she and a few of the children and descendants of the Earth 2 eventually formed the team Infinity, Inc. She eventually gets into a relationship with teammate Hector Hall and their child figures heavily in the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. Fury's Earth-2 roots lead us to believe that she's the Last Amazon.

Why we think it's Wonder Girl:

If any character has grown through "origin hell", it would be Wonder Girl aka Donna Troy. Her story has been revamped so many times, we don't even remember what to follow anymore. Her original roots have her being given Amazon abilities. Donna remains an interesting character whose convoluted history deserves well, another chance in this new and different setting. Given that she hasn't appeared yet in the New 52 and the diminishing need and remote chance of DC Comics resurrecting her in the current New 52 timeline, we think she's the Last Amazon of Earth-2.

Why we could be wrong:

Of course, we could be completely wrong and it could be a different and new character altogether. Cilnar's pencil work for Earth 2 issue 8 shows a woman utilizing a whip or a lasso. She could be a combination of both characters.


Answer: Fury. This was revealed at a recent Comic Vine Podcast.

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Review: American Vampire Issue 31

Despite a moderately dull issue for the most part, writer Scott Snyder turns up the heat in the latter pages of the ending.  Surprises are in store for one of the characters as Snyder pulls out a blast from the past.

Rather than thrill us with another action filled issue from start to finish, Snyder gives readers some down time in American Vampire issue 31.  We mostly find our protagonists Pearl and Skinner Sweet away from hunting the vampire threats in Hollywood and hunkered down in VMS headquarters.  Of course, after last issue's pulse pounding revelation, Snyder simply glosses over that incident and moves on with the storyline.  Oh, it's addressed by both characters but is left as an afterthought, at least by one of them.

Snyder shows us the true nature of one of the characters but it isn't something we haven't known since issue one.  There's no turning back with this plot element that Snyder has thrown in and the lives of our favorite characters will never be the same after this story arc. That is, if they survive at all.  Issue 31 isn't a complete letdown as Snyder has more surprises waiting for readers at the end of this story.  This issue takes from deep underground VMS headquarters to the far off desert landscape of Los Angeles. It's another shocking plot reveal and will turn things upside down even more.

We've come full circle with the reunion of Pearl and Skinner, so maybe it's fitting and timely that Snyder introduces this new wrinkle and draws in again back to the early issues. Lastly, there's an interesting element that readers should take note of that goes beyond the usual amazing artistry of Rafael Albuquerque.  That is, view each panel and setting carefully because the color work by Dave McCaig is simply remarkable and successfully conveys each scene as the story progresses.  McCaig's work masterfully transports readers from one completely different place to another.

Final Verdict: B

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September 26, 2012

Review: Happy Issue 1

What starts off as a violent romp of a Christmas story at first, has an unbelievable aspect that can only come from the genius mind of Grant Morrison. If you don't mind the profanity, get on your saddle and hang on for the ride!

Comic fans aren't strangers to the fascinating stories from writer Grant Morrison. His classic revamps of The Doom Patrol and Animal Man and his own original creations like The Invisibles and We3, have left him adored by fans throughout the years.

Of course, there is his seminal work on Batman including his current run on Action Comics and Batman, Inc. as well. So when a radical concept and idea like his latest miniseries from Image Comics, simply titled "Happy", you have to take peek at what Morrison is up to. Not since the creation of Flex Mentallo, has there been a more interesting work that Morrison has engaged in.

September 25, 2012

Avengers Arena Cover Artwork

Above are the amazing cover artworks for issues one (Dave Johnson) and two (Chris Bachalo) for the upcoming MarvelNOW! Avengers Arena series. Both are tributes to other popular works of fiction that focus on youth. Can you guess where both of the covers are inspired from?

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September 24, 2012

Review: Before Watchmen Nite Owl Issue 3

All of a sudden, another member of The Watchmen, gains unnecessary attention in this issue, as writer J. Michael Straczynski takes the series beyond the scope of Dan Dreiberg's origin story and early adventures.

September 22, 2012

REVIEW: Nightwing #0

DC's 'Zero Month' continues with Nightwing #0 and the New 52 retelling/reboot of Dick Grayson's origins as the original Boy Wonder.

Although the issue is actually very well written with amazingly drawn and colored visuals, the changes DC has made in Nightwing #0 are simply unforgivable. It proves the age old saying that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Possible spoilers ahead.

September 21, 2012

Batman Unlimited 2013: Planet X Batman and Batmite

Two new figures will be launched as part of the new Batman Unlimited action figure collection. From Big Bad Toystore, it appears Planet X Batman and Batmite join the other action figures in this particular collection. Figures are expected to be released in early 2013

Via Big Bad Toy Store

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September 20, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman Issue 0

There's a few issues that stand out from the "Zero Month" initiative by DC Comics. One of them is Wonder Woman written by Brian Azzarello with artist Cliff Chiang. Look close enough and you'll see subtle grievances against her previous origin.

PREVIEW: Secret Avengers Issue 31

Artist Matteo Scalara tweeted preview pages from the upcoming issue of Secret Avengers out next week. Find out the mountain-size of trouble the team is up against!

September 19, 2012

Review: Batman & Robin Issue 0

The introduction of Damian Wayne in the New 52 timeline is showcased here. While the issue doesn't cover anything new about the prodigy, issue 0 touches upon the fierce development of Damian, under his taskmaster mother.

September 18, 2012

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Marvel NOW! Concept Artwork

As the relaunch of the Captain America comic-book under the Marvel NOW! initiative draws closer, here's some behind-the-scenes concept artwork.

September 17, 2012

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman Issue 15 Cover

BOOOM!!! Here comes Orion! Here's a preview of the cover artwork for Wonder Woman issue 15. Does the issue also herald the arrival of The New Gods?

Review: World's Finest Issue 0

A rushed product often has it's shortcomings. A jumbled release best describes World's Finest issue 0, as a cluttered story fills up any meaningful space left for a more detailed origin. That's not to say that this issue doesn't serve up any bright spots with details about our two stranded heroines.

Robocop Redesign: We've Seen It Before?

The new look is a far cry from the original clunky design.  Does it take some cues from other more famous costumed superheroes?

September 14, 2012

Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1

Here's a few screenshots from the upcoming animated movie Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1. The classic saga by Frank Miller comes to your home in this first video movie adapting his masterpiece.

September 13, 2012

Review: American Vampire Lord of Nightmares Issue 4

An unlikely team-up happens with our opposing protagonists as the forces of Dracula draw closer. Will our heroes survive or be captured by The Dark Lord himself.

Non-stop horror and terror continue in the latest issue of the American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares miniseries!

If you have just started reading this miniseries then boy you have missed a lot! Writer Scott Snyder's gripping tale of involving the resurrection of Dracula continues with almost every page oozing with nail-biting suspense. Artist Dustin Nguyen delivers another issue filled with his distinct style but doesn't top his own excellent work featured in issue 2. Every issue has been slowly revealing the mystery of our villain with our protagonists furiously preventing his evil power from spreading and darkening the Earth.

September 12, 2012

The Killers: Stream "Battle Born" For Free

Fans of the rock band The Killers can now stream their latest release "Battle Born" for free and pre-order it as well. For a limited time, ahead of it's September 18, 2012 release, iTunes users can play tracks for free, on their computers and also on their iPads.

The iTunes Deluxe Version of the newest album from The Killers also includes the music video for their single "Runaway", with purchase.

September 11, 2012

PREVIEW: Batman & Robin Issue 0

The complicated relationship between mother and son (and of course, father aka Batman) take center stage in issue 0 of Batman & Robin.  Here's a peek at the early lives of Damian and Talia.

PREVIEW: The Shade Issue 12

The long running maxiseries finally reaches it's conclusion with issue 12 debuting tomorrow.  Writer James Robinson has delivered a great series, memorable for it's intriguing storyline with guest stars such as Deathstroke and the introduction of his "daughter" La Sangre. It's rotating artists such as Darwyn Cooke, Jill Thompson, Javier Pulido and more, have delighted readers as The Shade travels to exciting locales.

Which Green Lantern Are You?

DC Comics recently released this handy "Which Green Lantern Are You?" flowchart and surprisingly, there's no mention of GL Alan Scott.  I won't reveal which one I am but I'm one of those, down at the bottom of the chart!

September 8, 2012

Prometheus: iTunes Pre-Order

The Ridley Scott epic Prometheus is now available for pre-order via iTunes. Debuting on September 18th, the science fiction thriller is available in HD and SD formats. The movie also includes deleted scenes and bonus material.

Pre-order from iTunes: 

September 6, 2012

Review: Hawkeye Issue 2

Up against an entire assembly of super villains, how does Hawkeye get out this dilemma and save the world? He gains an ally but is she in for the ride ahead?

Apple Invite for September 12, 2012

Apple's event invitations are often vague yet give hints are what products they will showcase. Earlier in the week, the company sent out invitations for next week's event with a simple image. Any guesses as to what they might unveil?

 Via The Loop

September 5, 2012

Review: Earth 2 Issue 0

It's the origin of Earth 2's tragic villain or misguided hero?  What led Terry Sloan the 8th Wonder to turn against his allies in the war against Apokolips?

September 3, 2012

Grand Theft Auto: GOTHAM CITY

This wonderful artwork is courtesy of Bill Walko. We can only hope that someday it will become a reality!

Venom Cosplay Face Paint

Our Twitter friend Jackie showed us this incredible cosplay face paint of the Marvel Comics character and one-time Spiderman nemesis, Venom. The character of course has it origins as an alien-symbiote costume, once worn by Peter Parker. The costume would simply "attach" itself to Parker when needed, as what is exactly being done to this model. Stunning to say the least!

Via Fashionably Geek

September 1, 2012

Review: American Vampire Issue 30

Pearl and Skinner Sweet continue their Hollywood hunt, eliminating the vampire threat amongst the community. Is it all work and no play? What happens when things get a little heated between our two protagonists?