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Title: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on April 20, 2010, 02:35:51 PM
Turns out that DC have had the X-Files license for a year or so.

Spoiler: The result? • show


(http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/5500/xfiles30days1cvr02.jpg)

On sale JULY 14 • 1 of 6 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS
Written by STEVE NILES & ADAM JONES • Art by TOM MANDRAKE • Cover A by ANDREA SORRENTINO • X-FILES Cover B by TOM MANDRAKE • 30 DAYS OF NIGHT Cover C by SAM KIETH
Two of the most popular horror properties of the last two decades collide in this harrowing 6-issue adventure of epic proportions! Co-writers Steve Niles (writer and co-creator of 30 Days of Night) and rockstar-turned-writer Adam Jones (the band Tool) team with the amazing, moody artistry of industry legend Tom Mandrake (THE SPECTRE, BATMAN) to unleash the ultimate comic culture crossover!

When evidence of a possible cannibal killer in Wainright, Alaska, draws the attention of the FBI, Agents Mulder and Scully draw the less-than-glamorous assignment. But all is not as it seems once the agents are on the ground. Not only has the long seasonal darkness begun to fall, but there’s something unnatural about a few of the locals. And what does a chilling, mysterious black ship have to do with the murders? Find out here! Co-published with IDW.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 26, 2010, 09:54:28 AM
Can the Mandarin really be Iron Man's arch-nemesis? (http://whenwillthehurtingstop.blogspot.com/2010/05/taking-tiger-mountain-by-strategy-there.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 29, 2010, 10:39:22 PM
JMS Talks Wonder Woman's New Look and New Direction (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/jms-talks-wonder-woman-100629.html)

(http://i.newsarama.com/images/wonder_woman_new_costume_02.jpg) (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-wonder-woman-costume-100629.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on June 30, 2010, 05:32:37 PM
Can the Mandarin really be Iron Man's arch-nemesis? (http://whenwillthehurtingstop.blogspot.com/2010/05/taking-tiger-mountain-by-strategy-there.html)

Well-reasoned arguments on both sides, and this article produced my quote of the day: "...at least in terms of Iron Man's position as a frequent catspaw of and ideological stalking horse for American imperial ambition, the Mandarin is 100% in the right - if Tony Stark is going to climb into his one-man weapon of mass destruction suit and carry out thermonuclear gunboat diplomacy writ large, he deserves to get his ass kicked."

JMS Talks Wonder Woman's New Look and New Direction (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/jms-talks-wonder-woman-100629.html)

Love the new costume, and I hope editorial realizes how much easier it makes any film adaptation. I really like the reasoning behind it, especially the feminine angle, which is something that's honestly been lacking in almost the whole of the character's existence.

I'm struck a bit, however, by the stark similarities between this new timeline and... that of a certain boy wonder in the same continuity. Perhaps that's intentional and JMS plans to utilize the parallel to great effect, but if he does I hope he gets to it relatively early in the run.

And this produced my second favorite quote of the day: "There's a rule of writing: if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is sad, nothing is sad. You want that contrast. Here, if everything is mythic, nothing is mythic. It's all about contrast."

I had this argument  all the time in my early days in the industry, mostly with editorial but sometimes with fans as well. It's one I don't have much anymore. Hopefully that means the creative medium, and those who make and appreciate it, are growing up a bit.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 30, 2010, 06:28:11 PM
I have serious issues with the bolero jacket -- it looks dumb and has no practical application, because if as he says the intent is for her to be able to cover up the cherry red bustier, it really needs to be able to cover all of it, not leave her midrift exposed. As it is, all it does is cover the bare back left by her top.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Andy-C on June 30, 2010, 06:58:47 PM
I really want to like Wonder Woman's new getup, but the jacket ... It's about 15 years too late. I'd love to see her get more use out of the Hoplite-looking armor-and-skirt she occasionally dons when it's time to really put the hurt on someone.

For a terrific look at the Mandarin, pick up Invincible Iron Man Annual #1, out today. Matt Fraction continues to really get Tony/IM and his circumstances, and if this one-shot is any indication, he's going to do good things with our favorite descended-from-Genghis-Khan technology-as-magic warlord.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Nepenthe on June 30, 2010, 11:51:23 PM
I have serious issues with

For some reason it does not surprise me. ;)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on July 01, 2010, 07:23:46 AM
I have serious issues with the bolero jacket -- it looks dumb and has no practical application, because if as he says the intent is for her to be able to cover up the cherry red bustier, it really needs to be able to cover all of it, not leave her midrift exposed. As it is, all it does is cover the bare back left by her top.

Really? It's far more practical than 98 percent of the female costumes out there. The rest tends to make the ladies look like prostitutes (not that there's anything wrong with that on a pure aesthetics level, but on a practical level... yeah.)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 01, 2010, 01:52:27 PM
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end (http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2010/06/30/jemma-salume-loves-wondys-new-look/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on July 02, 2010, 02:47:02 AM
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end (http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2010/06/30/jemma-salume-loves-wondys-new-look/)
I prefer the larger/longer gauntlets, but those short jackets are retarded.  Armored boots would be groovy.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Valentina on July 02, 2010, 07:37:31 AM
The bar is so low in many cases that even an impractical improvement still rates as an actual improvement.

Even a few tweeks improves the redesign no end (http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2010/06/30/jemma-salume-loves-wondys-new-look/)
I prefer the larger/longer gauntlets, but those short jackets are retarded.  Armored boots would be groovy.

Armored boots have that certain something, like not only are you going to get into trouble, but you're going to put your feet somewhere they really shouldn't be -into a toxic flood, through windows, up a titan's rectum, whatever. They're just....awesome. =]
Plus, hey, ankle support and possibly kneepads. Nothing wrong with either.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 02, 2010, 12:06:12 PM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4755731202_a13d320193_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on July 04, 2010, 11:41:54 AM
(http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff190/Usagi_k1/2010-07-03-205.png) (http://nonadventures.com/2010/07/03/where-angels-fear-to-thread/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Nepenthe on July 05, 2010, 06:39:15 AM
(http://plus4chan.org/boards/co/src/127827842510.jpg)

"If you want to use our imags, upload them to tinypic or osmething, to not waste our bandwidth. Thanks."

I'm assuming the original link was not a public service announcement? ;)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 05, 2010, 06:49:44 AM
(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g199/misterandersen/127827842510.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on July 06, 2010, 07:07:51 AM
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4138/4755731202_a13d320193_z.jpg)

Ashley Scott is hot.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 06, 2010, 07:54:48 AM
You'll hear no argument from me on that score
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 06, 2010, 09:35:25 AM
Top 5 DC Characters Who Could Have Helped Your Dying Husband Instead of Superman (http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/Top_5__DC_Characters_Who_Could_Have_Helped_Your_Dying_Husban
d_Instead_of_Superman)
Title: This Week's Haul
Post by: Andy-C on July 16, 2010, 05:25:01 PM
Adventure Comics #516: As he's also writing the current volume of Legion of Super Heroes, Paul Levitz is using the primary feature of Adventure to tell the story of the Legion's early years, and this issue is the big ol' exposition from beyond the grave by RJ Brande, who funded the LSH at the very beginning. Brainiac 5 is bored and snarky, Superboy is fascinated. Backup feature is the beginning of an Atom story - promising, but I don't know the character all that well.

Invincible Iron Man #28: Matt Fraction's run with this title has been nothing short of spectacular - he gets Tony Stark and his world. Tony and a handful of partners are putting a new company together, while IM and War Machine deal with the actions of Justin Hammer's widow and daughter. The Hammer Girls have their own powered armor operative, and they're out to prove its superiority.

Iron Man: Legacy #4: Legacy's got its own continuity going, and it's a lot of fun for this longtime IM fan. So far, this series has seen IM take on ethnicity-based civil war, deal with Doctor Doom, and now he's facing incarnations of three Cold War enemies - Radioactive Man, Crimson Dynamo, and Titanium Man. Writing's a little rougher than Invincible, but still good.

JSA All-Stars #8: I love the Justice Society of America and its history and place in the DC Universe, and I really want to like this title more than I do, but it's just not holding together for me.

Justice League of America #46: Part of the Brightest Day event, and the opening issue of a 5-part JLA/JSA crossover. Looking forward to how this unfolds, as the final page of the issue got my dander up.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 31, 2010, 07:07:02 PM
Judge uses comic book continuity to rule in Gaiman vs McFarlane copyright case (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2010/07/judge-rules-dark-ages-spawn-domina-and-tiffany-are-derivative-characters/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Gentry on August 01, 2010, 12:40:57 AM
Man, I could read legal decisions like that one all day long. The Judge's list of suggested Spawns is overflowing with Win.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on January 24, 2011, 09:15:54 PM
WIZARD magazine to close (http://freakangels.com/whitechapel/comments.php?DiscussionID=9454&page=1#Item_0)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on January 24, 2011, 11:33:00 PM
DAMN!
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on January 25, 2011, 07:24:10 PM
I'll miss Toyfare more.  Just as irrelevant, but far more funny.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on January 26, 2011, 07:06:36 AM
Pictures: Batman Live open auditions (http://www.metro.co.uk/news/pictures/photos-10732/pictures-batman-live-open-auditions/1)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 09, 2011, 12:42:04 PM
Wondering where Marvel plans to go with the whole Fantastic Four Shake-Up? Wonder no more (SPOILERS). (http://www.badassdigest.com/2011/02/09/spider-man-joins-the-fantastic-four-again)

Spoiler: show

I'm not sure what to make of those costumes. They're like something out of Space: 1999. And what's with the big smiles? Didn't these people just lose a close relative/friend a few weeks ago? Guess they might be in on the not-so secret that Blaze will be back in short order.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: mathey on February 09, 2011, 02:31:08 PM
So, as a nerd who had been into and out of collecting comic books for decades now, any recommendations on series worth a darn?

I've gotten the recent Secret Avengers issues with Shang-Chi (he's a fave of mine - I wish to Christ they'd release the old Moench/Gulacy series in a collected form sometime), but its been around 5 years since I kept up with anything for more than an issue or two.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 09, 2011, 03:21:38 PM
Hunt down: anything labeled Agents of Atlas, Detective Comics featuring Batwoman & the Question, Incredible Hercules, Thor: the Mighty Avenger
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Wolverine on February 09, 2011, 05:38:07 PM
Spoiler: show
And what's with the big smiles? Didn't these people just lose a close relative/friend a few weeks ago? Guess they might be in on the not-so secret that Blaze will be back in short order.

I was listening to a podcast (http://lxg.imakereality.com/) where they talked about that and explained at least one way they whole situation could have been avoided fairly easily. Of course, that wouldn't have led to the TV news talking about the event, and a subsequest increase in sales. Funny that.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ahzad on February 10, 2011, 12:22:29 PM
So, as a nerd who had been into and out of collecting comic books for decades now, any recommendations on series worth a darn?

I've gotten the recent Secret Avengers issues with Shang-Chi (he's a fave of mine - I wish to Christ they'd release the old Moench/Gulacy series in a collected form sometime), but its been around 5 years since I kept up with anything for more than an issue or two.

i could recommend a ton of stuff i used to work as the manager of my lcs for the past 10 years it really depends on what kind of stuff you like to read, supers, crime drama, sci fi, fantasy, etc, or tell me some of the tv shows you really enjoy and i can probably find something in that genre.

i would love to see a collection of that master of kung fu stuff that was great, but with marvel unwilling to pay the sax rohmer estate royalties again to use the names of fu manchu and the rest, we are out of luck in seeing a collection. luckly at the end of last year i was able to get the last 3 books i needed to collect a full run of that series. now i just need some extra dollars to send them away and have bound into a nice collection.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Morgenstern on February 11, 2011, 10:44:55 PM
So, as a nerd who had been into and out of collecting comic books for decades now, any recommendations on series worth a darn?

If you can find it look for the all-ages mini-series Doom and the Masters of Evil.

Oh. My. God. Best comic in half a decade. Doom strolls in on a pack of third stringers, tells then they work for him and they need to follow his plans which will grant them greater power, and when they say 'uh, no..." he layeth down the smack. Follows their exploits afterwards as Doom's new lackeys. Brilliant, brilliant stuff. Because it's fun. Comics have been sorely lacking in fun.

http://marvel.com/comic_books/issue/23184/doctor_doom_and_the_masters_of_evil_2009_1
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: mathey on February 13, 2011, 02:10:48 PM
i could recommend a ton of stuff i used to work as the manager of my lcs for the past 10 years it really depends on what kind of stuff you like to read, supers, crime drama, sci fi, fantasy, etc, or tell me some of the tv shows you really enjoy and i can probably find something in that genre.

I've always enjoyed pulp adventure, crime, and espionage sorts of things. In terms of mainstream favorites aside from Shang-Chi, I'd say Batman, the Rocketeer (R.I.P. Dave Stevens) and Daredevil are up there. I really liked Morrison's run on JLA, too, though.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ahzad on February 14, 2011, 01:06:58 PM
I've always enjoyed pulp adventure, crime, and espionage sorts of things. In terms of mainstream favorites aside from Shang-Chi, I'd say Batman, the Rocketeer (R.I.P. Dave Stevens) and Daredevil are up there. I really liked Morrison's run on JLA, too, though.

Stuff you might like
Atomic Robo, Tom Strong, Athena Voltaire very pulpy
Gravel a British SAS combat magician
Queen & Country best espionage comic ever
Modesty Blaise & James Bond newspaper strips reprinted in tpb form.
Iron Fist - matt fractions run is fantastic and really reinvents the character and makes him cool as hell.
Agents of Atlas the first mini series from a few years ago has a nice pulp vibe
The Losers from vertigo the movie of the same name is based on these.
Y the Last Man
Cap America brubaker's run has been pretty solid.

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 28, 2011, 08:11:03 PM
Winners of Project Rooftop's Aquaman redesign contest (http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2011/02/28/aquaman-sea-change-winners/)

Spoiler: My faves • show

(http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/VictorMNewman1.jpg)

(http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MikeMaihack.jpg)

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on March 08, 2011, 05:45:19 AM
SVK (http://getsvk.com/)

This is an experiment from Warren Ellis and BERG design. It's... interesting. Here's a bit of detail. (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/01/details-on-svk-from-warren-ellis-and-disraeli/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Faizal0908 on March 19, 2011, 11:03:49 PM
So what does that mean? Are they making another movie?? Money hungry sons of guns..
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: glimmerrat on March 20, 2011, 12:42:01 AM
I'm writing a comic and Friday's cousin  is drawing it. We'll be passing it onto Image comics for the first round of reviews as soon as issue #1 is done.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on March 22, 2011, 12:56:02 AM
I'm writing a comic and Friday's cousin  is drawing it. We'll be passing it onto Image comics for the first round of reviews as soon as issue #1 is done.

Awesome. Best of luck!
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on March 22, 2011, 12:58:55 AM
SVK (http://getsvk.com/)

This is an experiment from Warren Ellis and BERG design. It's... interesting. Here's a bit of detail. (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/01/details-on-svk-from-warren-ellis-and-disraeli/)

Following up on this... (http://www.warrenellis.com/?p=12252)

Also, check out these awesome Fonographics covers (http://fonografiks.deviantart.com/gallery/25072187) for a wide variety of classic funny books. Sweet, no?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: mathey on March 22, 2011, 02:22:01 PM

Stuff you might like
Atomic Robo, Tom Strong, Athena Voltaire very pulpy
Gravel a British SAS combat magician
Queen & Country best espionage comic ever
Modesty Blaise & James Bond newspaper strips reprinted in tpb form.
Iron Fist - matt fractions run is fantastic and really reinvents the character and makes him cool as hell.
Agents of Atlas the first mini series from a few years ago has a nice pulp vibe
The Losers from vertigo the movie of the same name is based on these.
Y the Last Man
Cap America brubaker's run has been pretty solid.

Sounds good! I've already gotten a Losers TPB and I plan on trying to find some Queen and Country collections.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ahzad on March 23, 2011, 10:15:38 AM
I don't know why I forgot about this, but another Warren Ellis book that's available as TPB's or you can read it for free online.

http://www.freakangels.com/?p=23

It's a strange story about 12 kids that were born at the same time and they all have some powers, and may or may not have caused the end of the world. It's got a steampunk/post-apocalyptic feel to it. If you like some Warren it's definitely worth checking out. It's probably my 3rd favorite comic of his behind Transmetropolitan , and Planetary.

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on March 24, 2011, 06:08:15 AM
Heroes in Need: The Phantom (http://www.tencentticker.com/projectrooftop/2011/03/22/heroes-in-need-the-phantom/)

The design at the bottom transcends awesome.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on March 24, 2011, 08:22:18 AM
It came up in the movie thread that Captain America didn't use guns until this new movie.  Why the heck did he not use them?  I recall him not using them in comics way back when, and I've always thought it was somewhere between silly and stupid.  What was up with that?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Wolverine on March 24, 2011, 02:39:18 PM
It may have been a violence thing. Punching Nazis in the face is one thing, but shooting them is a whole different level.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on March 24, 2011, 03:24:22 PM
I blame Batman, Superman, and people who didn't want kids immitating Cap and shooting folks.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Agent 333 on March 24, 2011, 07:50:25 PM
Back in the comics published in WWII, Cap did occasionally pick up a gun. However, since then he's mostly avoided them. One (out of universe) reason is the Comics Code Authority. In universe, think of it this way: When he's being a soldier, he's willing to use a gun. But when he's being a HERO, then using a gun is beneath him. Plus, most of his enemies are bulletproof anyway.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on April 26, 2011, 02:28:14 PM
The covers of Marvel's upcoming "Red Skull Incarnate" mini-series are awesome...

Spoiler: show

(http://www.icv2.com/images/19930RedSkull_1_Cover_LG.jpg)

(http://www.icv2.com/images/19930RedSkull_2_Cover_LG.jpg)

(http://www.icv2.com/images/19930RedSkull_3_Cover_LG.jpg)

(http://www.icv2.com/images/19930RedSkull_4_Cove_LG.jpg)

(http://www.icv2.com/images/19930RedSkull_5_Cover_LG.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on April 26, 2011, 04:28:37 PM
Pretty tasty stuff... always did like the 1940s style artwork and was pleased to see it used, correctly, as heavily as possible in the new Captain America film.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on April 26, 2011, 05:05:26 PM
I blame Batman, Superman, and people who didn't want kids immitating Cap and shooting folks.

Batman did use a gun early in his comic career.

http://sacomics.blogspot.com/2005/08/batman-and-guns.html
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 17, 2011, 01:55:47 AM
Einstein vs. Ninjas (http://z8.invisionfree.com/Superdickery_Forum/index.php?showtopic=4129)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 31, 2011, 12:05:30 PM
So, it's looking increasingly likely that after DC's current cross-over ever Flashpoint concludes that they're yet again hitting the cosmic reset button. Every book that continues beyond the event will have its issue number reset to #1.

And with those issue one renumberings, will come a new rejigged status quo. Some characters will be changed while others may no longer exist, some will spring into being whole cloth, all with no current plan for the new status quo to be undone or reversed.

Of course, this "all new all different" drill seems to be all about a return to the "Classic" JLA, in large part to set the stage for Warner Brothers to mimic Marvel's Avengers strategy. Given that Hal "Cardboard" Jordan's just gotten himself a blockbuster, guess that means we know who's got the GL slot (Hint: it's not the guy the new generation of people you want buying comics grew up with on Saturday mornings)

There's also considerable chatter indicating that in addition to Steve Trevor being returned as a viable love interest for Wonder Woman, DC are looking to axe the longstanding marriage of Lois & Clark, which Smallville's only just finished putting the cap on.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 31, 2011, 02:07:48 PM
And the renumbering strategy is official. (http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-31-dc-comics-reinvents_n.htm)

Interestingly, DC is making issues of all the renumbered titles available digitally via apps and a DC website the same day they arrive in comic shops. It marks the first time a major comics publisher has done so with its popular superhero titles.

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lm33wgOu9f1qbujox.jpg)

Jim Lee’s idea of redesign:

Male : wear a collar

Female: Wear a tube top and a choker
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 01, 2011, 01:18:27 AM
Even more information on Flashpoint from interview with DiDio, Johns, Lee from an interview in today’s  USA Today.

New Books! Cancellations!

In the rollout of the revamped DC Universe, some titles will return, a lot of titles won’t, and DC will have a wider range of books starting in September, DiDio says.

New creators! New teams!

“We’ve got a new set of creators coming in with new voices in the DC Universe,” DiDio says. “We really want to bring a new energy and excitement to our books.”

In addition, three-quarters of the creative teams will be shuffled around — series that are successful and writer/artist combinations that work well together won’t be tweaked too much, he says.

New looks!

The characters also are getting a makeover. While most of the specifics are still top secret, Lee says he worked with both staff and freelance artists to redesign costumes in a contemporary way as well as alter the physicality of many heroes and villains to modernize the DC Universe.

Diversity!

The recent emphasis on diverse characters such as lesbian superheroine Batwoman, Hispanic hero Blue Beetle and African-American adventurer Cyborg (who will be a core member of Johns and Lee’s new Justice League) also will continue.

The JL will get a new origin, get bigger!

Justice League will begin its first year with an updated secret origin reflecting DC’s new initiative, giving the group a reason for coming together that it lacked when the league first appeared in 1960. And while it will ultimately boast 14 members, at its core will be DC’s A-list do-gooders:
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on June 01, 2011, 03:02:13 PM
The Thrill Electric Motion Comic Promo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFmBXgJ-Ps0)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 06, 2011, 04:14:28 PM
Well, they've gone and put Barbara Gordon back in the cowl as Batgirl. She's been Oracle far longer than she was ever Batgirl, she was more important and more significant to the world and her comrades as Oracle than she ever was or could be as Batgirl.

And infuriatingly they've gutted Birds of Prey and yet again pissed all over Steph to do it.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on June 06, 2011, 10:35:53 PM
Thank you, Mister A, for giving me even more reason to believe that the people who buy superhero comics are on the bad end of an abusive relationship with the people who make superhero comics.

No.  Wait.  "Thank you" isn't the right words.  I meant, "leave him."  :'(
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: glimmerrat on June 07, 2011, 12:48:27 AM
Jim Lee is a lazy, overrated hack who believes his own hype. J. Scott Campbell is is a far better artist.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 07, 2011, 01:45:36 AM
I've just realised that the choker he's given WW matches the mandarin collar half the rest of the League is sporting
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on June 07, 2011, 11:47:11 AM
Jim Lee is a lazy, overrated hack who believes his own hype. J. Scott Campbell is is a far better artist.

That's a matter of opinion. I think Jim Lee is an excellent artist but only an okay writer. Rob Liefeld is the hack who can never draw the background of any scene and most of his characters look more or less the same.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 07, 2011, 12:08:14 PM
An explosion of pouches, muscles and teeth accompanied by a lack of feet.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 09, 2011, 12:08:10 PM
Spoiler: Superman #1 (someone has suggested this may well be a preview of the costume from the Snyder film) • show

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmjbinYNhz1qbujox.jpg)


Spoiler: Supergirl #1 • show

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmj99sOm6J1qbujox.jpg)


Spoiler: Teen Titans #1 • show

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmhby5rp5c1qbujox.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 09, 2011, 05:40:03 PM
Spoiler: Suicide Squad #1, feat Harley Quinn & Dead Shot • show

(http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmjklx6j7m1qz8qfno1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 09, 2011, 08:31:59 PM
Spoiler: The one DCNu cover I've yet to see anything negative said about: Blue Beetle #1 • show

(http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmjhxadto31qbujox.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Sletchman on June 10, 2011, 07:20:35 AM
Spoiler: Suicide Squad #1, feat Harley Quinn & Dead Shot • show

(http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmjklx6j7m1qz8qfno1_500.jpg)


That is the worst redesign I have ever seen (at the very least certainly the worst I can recall).  If I wasn't told, my first guess would not be Harley.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on June 10, 2011, 08:23:18 AM
If I wasn't told, my first guess would not be Harley.
It is a distillation of every ex-girlfriend ever.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Agent 333 on June 10, 2011, 03:57:59 PM
Spoiler: Suicide Squad #1, feat Harley Quinn & Dead Shot • show

(http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmjklx6j7m1qz8qfno1_500.jpg)


That is the worst redesign I have ever seen (at the very least certainly the worst I can recall).  If I wasn't told, my first guess would not be Harley.

See, I can kinda see Harley in that. But the guy in the background? How is that Deadshot?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on June 17, 2011, 11:51:30 AM
Uncanny X-Men Ending, to be Replaced by Two New Titles (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20324.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 21, 2011, 08:30:48 PM
DC Comics which has seen its market size and readership totals shrink over the years, has finally figured out how they are going to increase its sales. They are out on their DCnU roadshow and are saying that “new readers” they are targeting are males 18-34.

They are spending countless millions and burning through their store of good will to try and sell more to the exact same people they have been trying to sell to for the last decade with diminishing success.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on June 22, 2011, 06:27:34 AM
I suppose having some characters that people would like to sit down and have a beer with while being regaled of crazy tales is out of the question?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 22, 2011, 06:43:40 AM
That'd be nice.

When did good things happening to characters, and characters being nice instead of unrelentingly grim douches, stop being a thing?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on June 22, 2011, 07:09:24 AM
Schadenfreude doesn't sell as many comics as they seem to think?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on June 22, 2011, 09:10:38 AM
When did good things happening to characters, and characters being nice instead of unrelentingly grim douches, stop being a thing?

When bad, self-entitled writers horribly misinformed on what makes a story "mature" took over the men-in-tights industry.  We won't even get started on the misplaced nostalgia.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 02, 2011, 11:53:12 AM
Retailer FAQ about the DCnU relaunch (http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/07/01/midnight-sales-for-justice-league-and-flashpoint-%E2%80%93-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-dc-new-52-relaunch/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on July 13, 2011, 03:08:18 PM
Green Lantern #1 cover:  (http://www.geekweek.com/2011/07/an-unexpected-cover-to-green-lantern-1-spoilers.html)Massive spoilers. Like, I can't even begin to explain the spoilers here. DO NOT CLICK if you want to be surprised.*

*Which isn't possible, because is gonna be everywhere in an hour.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Wolverine on July 13, 2011, 03:54:16 PM
I dunno. The cover kinda makes sense if you're rebooting the Green Lantern story.

Spoiler: show
It is odd that Hal isn't included, but he may be on the alternate cover mentioned in the Retailer info.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Moebius on July 13, 2011, 07:08:50 PM
Has there been any word or whisper of Skartaris in any of the DC Comics #1 issues?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 13, 2011, 11:01:36 PM
No, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see it appear as a mini around the time Conan hits the cinemeas
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Moebius on July 14, 2011, 03:58:06 PM
Silver Surfer plays Pathfinder (http://waveyourgeekflag.blogspot.com/2011/07/silver-surfer-plays-pathfinder.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Moebius on July 18, 2011, 07:18:43 PM
John Byrne's new spy comic - Cold War (http://insidepulse.com/2011/07/16/john-byrnes-new-cold-war-series-gets-main-stream-buzz/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on July 19, 2011, 12:18:03 PM
Wanna see Supes' new look?  (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20569.html)

Wanna read what's goin' down in the new Action Comics?  (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20570.html)

Yeah, that's what i thought.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Krensky on July 19, 2011, 01:12:54 PM
Bleh.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on July 25, 2011, 10:10:45 PM
Many Marvel Titles are going Day & Date:  (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20610.html) I predicted this the moment I saw the DC announcement.

Dark Knight Returns is getting the animated treatment:  (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20647.html) I almost caught a screening of Year One while I was down in San Diego but it wasn't to be. I hear good things, however, so I have hope the team will be able to do Frank Miller's more ambitious work justice.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 26, 2011, 12:50:39 AM
Dark Knight Returns is getting the animated treatment:  (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/20647.html) I almost caught a screening of Year One while I was down in San Diego but it wasn't to be. I hear good things, however, so I have hope the team will be able to do Frank Miller's more ambitious work justice.

Kinda want, if for no reason it'll force DC to give us some female Robin love considering their odious treatment of pretty much every single female character from the Bat franchise..

Honestly, I wish someone had thought to segregate at least one of the DC 52 panels into 16-34 yr olds and everyone else.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on July 28, 2011, 10:33:06 AM
Captain America?  Yes Ma'am.
(http://chzheroes.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/superheroes-batman-superman-anyone-elses-pants-giving-a-salute.jpg) (http://superheroes.memebase.com/2011/07/28/superheroes-batman-superman-anyone-elses-pants-giving-a-salute/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on September 15, 2011, 01:36:37 AM
The epic fail from the DCnU continues. (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/09/14/amanda-waller-skinny-thin-reboot/)

(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2011/09/amandawaller-reboot-skinny.jpg)

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: foproy on November 15, 2011, 12:58:23 AM
i get the feeling frank miller is not a huge fan of the occupy movement.
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/frank-miller-blasts-occupy-protesters-as-pond-scum-and-rapists/
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on November 18, 2011, 07:30:59 AM
i get the feeling frank miller is not a huge fan of the occupy movement.
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/frank-miller-blasts-occupy-protesters-as-pond-scum-and-rapists/

Good to see that Mr. Miller is really working hard to keep up to date to what's the movement is really about. (end sarcasm)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: vardeman on December 10, 2011, 11:51:40 AM
i get the feeling frank miller is not a huge fan of the occupy movement.
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/frank-miller-blasts-occupy-protesters-as-pond-scum-and-rapists/

Good to see that Mr. Miller is really working hard to keep up to date to what's the movement is really about. (end sarcasm)

Ummm... what IS the movement all about?  Not even the protesters have a cohesive idea.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ludomastro on December 10, 2011, 01:00:02 PM
I think it boils down to, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"  However, the "it" varies from person to person.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on December 11, 2011, 08:56:41 AM
I think it boils down to, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"  However, the "it" varies from person to person.
Something about "privatizing profits and socializing of losses" from the myriad bailouts of the past few years.  Their solutions leave everything to be desired, but at least they have noticed something is wrong.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Golden Dragon on December 12, 2011, 08:15:56 AM
Received an advert from Amazon: the Eastman and Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be re-released.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: vardeman on December 12, 2011, 06:29:01 PM
Received an advert from Amazon: the Eastman and Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be re-released.

Hooray!! and thanks for getting us back on topic (sorry for helping to get us off topic)...

V
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on December 12, 2011, 08:30:50 PM
...and scene. No more political chat, huh?

Thanks.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on December 12, 2011, 08:49:29 PM
I was going to post something else but opted not to...it'll be by PM
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: MilitiaJim on December 13, 2011, 05:38:50 AM
...and scene. No more political chat, huh?
Generalizing from the self:  We work to generally keep it away.  It gets too nasty too fast to be worth while.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on December 13, 2011, 02:07:52 PM
...and scene. No more political chat, huh?
Generalizing from the self:  We work to generally keep it away.  It gets too nasty too fast to be worth while.

Exactly. The first post or two were pretty benign, so I left them go. The moment it turned to campaigning, however, it went over the line.

Thanks for understanding folks!
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on December 13, 2011, 02:38:09 PM
Not a problem, Pat.... I did post my rebuttal by PM so as to keep it off the forums for the most part. My apologies to everyone else.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on December 14, 2011, 03:12:38 AM
Comics heroines in Mozambique breast cancer awareness campaign (http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/post/14190615322/bcawareness)

Millennium Trilogy to be turned into 6 graphic novels (http://comicbooks.tumblr.com/post/14184635057/scots-novelist-denise-mina-will-write-six-graphic)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on December 14, 2011, 08:09:14 AM
The Millenium Trilogy is amazing in novel form and the original films are solid as well.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 01, 2012, 03:14:08 PM
DC (formally) Announces Watchmen Prequels (http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/dc-entertainment-unveils-watchmen-prequels/)

Covers and Other Details (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/22048.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on February 02, 2012, 06:16:40 AM
DC (formally) Announces Watchmen Prequels (http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/dc-entertainment-unveils-watchmen-prequels/)

Covers and Other Details (http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/22048.html)

I'm taking a wait-and-see approach until I read some of the stories. For me, it's about the storytelling and whether or not the writers get the right vibe that Moore was trying to convey in his original stories.

It's such a wonderful little universe to play in, I think it deserves a shot, but it could just fall flat on its face.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 08, 2012, 06:21:32 PM
LOLDWELL!: The Entertainment Curve...

(http://loldwell.com/comics/2012-02-05-VGCURVE_web.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 09, 2012, 12:50:50 PM
Marvel demands $17,000 from Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider, for selling Ghost Rider prints at conventions.  (http://www.bleedingcool.com/?p=134847)

Marvel was recently bought by Disney for $4 billon. Nicolas Cage recently sold his copy of Action Comics #1 for over 2 million, and will have received similar for starring in Ghost Rider 2.

Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider is, however, penniless. Yet Marvel is demanding immediate payment and that he is not allowed to say he is the creator of Ghost Rider for financial gain, such as doing an interview, in the future.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 10, 2012, 01:46:28 AM
Marvel demands $17,000 from Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider, for selling Ghost Rider prints at conventions.  (http://www.bleedingcool.com/?p=134847)

Marvel was recently bought by Disney for $4 billon. Nicolas Cage recently sold his copy of Action Comics #1 for over 2 million, and will have received similar for starring in Ghost Rider 2.

Gary Friedrich, the creator of Ghost Rider is, however, penniless. Yet Marvel is demanding immediate payment and that he is not allowed to say he is the creator of Ghost Rider for financial gain, such as doing an interview, in the future.

To be fair, this is the court's decision, not directly Marvel's (though I'm pretty sure they can ask the court for leniency if they so choose).

Witness the idiocy of the U.S. judicial system, especially with regard to matters of IP. The idea that you have to actively defend your copyright in every conceivable venue simultaneously stifles cultural advancement and makes it nigh impossible for small houses to defend their creations.  >:(
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Desertpuma on February 10, 2012, 06:22:53 AM
From what I recall, part of the lawsuit involves whether or not he signed the contract with Marvel that states any creation in their house is owned by them. Friedrich denies signing it but Marvel says he did and asked for the compensation from him for all the money he made. Marvel could have the kind heart here and just want it proven but not ask for the money. But I doubt the corporate honchos will allow it.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 10, 2012, 06:33:22 AM
Clearly their masters at Disney are looking at the nightmares created by the Schuster and Kane claims for Superman and Batman. What really stinks isthat anyone else is basically free to rock up to a con and make money selling commissions of characters like Ghostrider and nothing happens to them.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 12, 2012, 03:47:16 AM
(http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2012/02/drwhostartrekcvr1pr21eb3941.jpeg)
Parting Shot: IDW's 'Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who' Crossover

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/10/comic-doctor-who-star-trek-next-generation/#ixzz1mAR3Vw8k (http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/10/comic-doctor-who-star-trek-next-generation/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 13, 2012, 11:15:07 AM
Would be much cooler with the TOS crew. Still, very cool. :)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 13, 2012, 01:30:33 PM
Actually, I could see the 11th Doctor perhaps working best with Voyager's crew
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ThunderMonkey on February 13, 2012, 10:01:30 PM
Actually, I could see the 11th Doctor perhaps working best with Voyager's crew

Agreed.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on February 14, 2012, 09:35:45 AM
Actually, I could see the 11th Doctor perhaps working best with Voyager's crew

I'm sorry, but ew.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 16, 2012, 05:16:31 AM
(http://img.trekmovie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/DoctorWho_StarTrek_01cvrA.jpg)

"Assimiliation2" will tell the tale of how the crew of the Enterprise-D and the Doctor will face off against the Borg and the Cybermen. The eight-issue series will kick off in May, and will be written by Star Trek comics writers Scott and David Tipton, and Doctor Who comics writer Tony Lee. Artist J.K. Woodward is handling the art chores, while Joe Corroney will be doing a variant cover. (http://trekmovie.com/2012/02/13/details-and-cover-from-star-trek-tngdoctor-who-assimilation2-crossover-comic/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Moebius on March 27, 2012, 11:33:28 AM
Valiant comics are coming back!
X-0 Manowar
Harbinger
Bloodshot
(and my favorite) Archer & Armstrong

http://valiantuniverse.com/2012/03/09/valiant-launches-four-new-series-for-summer-2012/
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on March 27, 2012, 12:14:56 PM
Wonder Woman #7: it may just be one of the worst, utterly illconceived and misogynistic single issues that DC have ever put to press.  >:( :'(

Marston must be spinning in his grave
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on March 27, 2012, 12:17:23 PM
Wonder Woman #7: it may just be one of the worst, utterly illconceived and misogynistic single issues that DC have ever put to press.  >:( :'(

Marston must be spinning in his grave

It's a safe bet I'll never read it. Care to offer a synopsis and list of offenses?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on March 27, 2012, 02:48:44 PM
http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/on-wonder-woman-7.html (http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/on-wonder-woman-7.html)

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/03/26/she-has-no-head-is-the-destruction-of-the-amazons-the-destruction-of-feminism-in-dc-comics/ (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/03/26/she-has-no-head-is-the-destruction-of-the-amazons-the-destruction-of-feminism-in-dc-comics/)

The reboot somewhat controversially turned Wonder Woman's sole title into a horror book. Starting with a strong first issue, it soon got busy drastically rewriting her status quo in ways that DC would never dream of visiting on Batman and Superman. The culmination of this has been to turn the Amazons -- who have for now have constantly suffered indignity after indigity at the hands of DC -- from a female-empowering society of immortal artists and warrior philosophers into a society of murderously emasculating modern-primative sirens embodying pretty much every single negative aspect the woman-hating ancient Greek propaganda machine ever threw at the concept.

Any positive aspect they once possessed seems to have now been invested in the society created amongst the baby boys they trade to the god Happhestus to become his (effectively enslaved) forge workers in return for the weapons and implements the women themselves now seem unable to produce on their own.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on March 27, 2012, 06:08:30 PM
When it stops being entertaining, it stops being entertainment.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Sletchman on March 27, 2012, 10:37:28 PM
Any positive aspect they once possessed seems to have now been invested in the society created amongst the baby boys they trade to the god Happhestus to become his (effectively enslaved) forge workers in return for the weapons and implements the women themselves now seem unable to produce on their own.

It's probably because they're aren't any forges in kitchens.  /sarcasm

(The above post does not in any way reflect the opinion of TheSletchman, Sletchman Enterprises LLC or any employees thereof.)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: foproy on April 11, 2012, 02:47:31 PM
they did an umbrella academy motion comic, i don't remember this being in the first series, and i have not read Dallas yet so i am not sure what they are basing it off of.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ExgVAjMi0&feature=g-all-u&context=G2fd5cf1FAAAAAAAAAAA
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 01, 2012, 02:03:47 AM
Cyclops, the worst leader: an interview (http://doctordisaster.tumblr.com/post/12328429710/cyclops-the-worst-leader-an-interview)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Sletchman on May 01, 2012, 03:30:56 AM
Cyclops, the worst leader: an interview (http://doctordisaster.tumblr.com/post/12328429710/cyclops-the-worst-leader-an-interview)

That was brilliant.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on July 12, 2012, 10:20:16 PM
Neil Gaiman announces he will be doing new Sandman comics. (http://youtu.be/GndnR7oSYYk)

Nothing can top this.  If you're at SDCC, just go home now.  Shut it down.  There is nothing left to accomplish.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: jameswllorimer on July 13, 2012, 01:24:51 AM
Neil Gaiman announces he will be doing new Sandman comics. (http://youtu.be/GndnR7oSYYk)

Nothing can top this.  If you're at SDCC, just go home now.  Shut it down.  There is nothing left to accomplish.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

There should be a Like button on life, this put a smile on my whole day!
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Agent 333 on July 13, 2012, 07:04:27 AM
I dunno, I loved Sandman and all, but continuing the story seems kinda... well, lets just say I was excited for the second Matrix movie until it came out.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on July 13, 2012, 11:09:36 PM
I dunno, I loved Sandman and all, but continuing the story seems kinda... well, lets just say I was excited for the second Matrix movie until it came out.

A better word for it would be a prequel.  Gaiman says it's the story of what happened just before Sandman #1, which would explain how an all powerful personification of an aspect of human existence was able to be summoned and bound by mere mortals.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Valentina on July 14, 2012, 02:08:18 AM
http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/on-wonder-woman-7.html (http://toobusythinkingboutcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/on-wonder-woman-7.html)

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/03/26/she-has-no-head-is-the-destruction-of-the-amazons-the-destruction-of-feminism-in-dc-comics/ (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2012/03/26/she-has-no-head-is-the-destruction-of-the-amazons-the-destruction-of-feminism-in-dc-comics/)

The reboot somewhat controversially turned Wonder Woman's sole title into a horror book. Starting with a strong first issue, it soon got busy drastically rewriting her status quo in ways that DC would never dream of visiting on Batman and Superman. The culmination of this has been to turn the Amazons -- who have for now have constantly suffered indignity after indigity at the hands of DC -- from a female-empowering society of immortal artists and warrior philosophers into a society of murderously emasculating modern-primative sirens embodying pretty much every single negative aspect the woman-hating ancient Greek propaganda machine ever threw at the concept.

Any positive aspect they once possessed seems to have now been invested in the society created amongst the baby boys they trade to the god Happhestus to become his (effectively enslaved) forge workers in return for the weapons and implements the women themselves now seem unable to produce on their own.

All of that and Haephestus is suddenly a Morlock.
Welp, guess there's still Empowered.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Valentina on July 14, 2012, 02:13:43 AM
Cyclops, the worst leader: an interview (http://doctordisaster.tumblr.com/post/12328429710/cyclops-the-worst-leader-an-interview)

That was brilliant.

Poor, poor Cyclops.
Where's the love?
Seems like he's just the Schmuck of the comics Decade these days.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 14, 2012, 10:16:34 PM
I really wish I was at Comicon right now so I could punch that douchebag Dan Didio in the throat. He is a malignant cancer in the vitals of DC comics.

Brian Q. Miller was allowed -- a full month ago in no lesser a publication than TV Guide (http://www.tvguide.com/News/Smallville-Season-11-1048845.aspx) -- to reveal that  fan-favourite character Stephanie Brown was going to appear in his Smallville Season 11 comic as Nightwing to newly introduced Bruce Wayne's Batman, news accompanied by art. Fans of Steph were excited and looking forward to reading the title, if they weren’t already fans.

Now, come Comic-Con, probably the biggest industry related event, it startd with a strong rumour that Steph is getting pulled and replaced with Barbara Gordon. When asked, the VP of marketing stated that they were unaware of both the rumour of her replacement -- or the one that she was going to be in the comic in the first place.

A day later, Dan DiDio himself says, "If we[re going to introduce guest characters into the Smallville universe, we want to introduce the most recognizable characters, like Barbara Gordon, Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne."

Which is, quite frankly, a pretty poor excuse considering the all the lesser known characters that Smallville showcased during its television run.

So now fans of Stephanie Brown, who were a month ago committing themselves to buying Smallville S11, are left debating on if they should even bother spending their money, because frankly they don’t want to give their hard-earned money to DC Comics for yanking their collective chains. However, DC's MO in the past makes it clear that they've pretty much fucked BQM: if Smallville's sale numbers drop with any significance for that issue -- having baited Steph's fans with a confirmed appearance, and then royally pissed them off by pulling her out of the book in a public confirmation at the biggest comic book convention of the year -- the blame will be placed squarely on his shoulders thus giving DC the leeway to replace the writer or cancel Smallville S11 altogether with "justifiable cause".

This is, after all, the same company that gave the Cassandra Cain version of Batgirl over to a writer who proceeded to brutally character assassinate her, then blamed the drastically tanking sales numbers of the mini series on the "clear unpopularity of the character amongst the general public and fans alike" as a final move in the plan to shunt the character into limbo and put Babs back in spande (a bullet temporarily dodged at the last minute by giving the role over to Steph before finally axing her for Babs in the DCnU).
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Number Three on July 15, 2012, 07:51:16 AM
I guess it also speaks of DC incompetence that they didn't save the Sandman announcement until Saturday, when the tsunami of squeeing would have drowned out missteps like this.  Makes you wonder what kind of blackmail Dido has on the board of Warner Brothers.

[Edit: Can't spell "blackmail".]
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Sletchman on July 15, 2012, 09:05:49 AM
Many of DCs actions lately have left me with the same question:  What the hell are the people in charge thinking?  Ignoring the blatantly stupid shit (every female redesign, the Batgirl failures, ignoring the best character developments in their product history) they even manage to fuck up the good ideas.

New 52 seemed like such a good idea - tabula rasa that shit, and start from scratch with a coherient and purpose built setting for all the lines.  Instead it's just an excuse to have a bunch of "Issue 1"s on the shelf, and, in many cases, carries on from the old lines anyway (thus almost completely negating it's reason for existence).  The new books in the New 52 are also stupid - The Dark Knight ("you can call me One-Face") - WTF DC?

Plus Alan Scott?  Terrible idea (in oh-so-many ways*).  While the effort was good (way behind, but still, at least there's an effort) if you want to claim to be progressive you need to have an icon as your progressive character.  Not someone that casual readers and non-fans aren't even aware of (most people I know are only aware of 2 Lanterns, and Alan Scott isn't one of them).  Make, like, Batman gay and you'll impress.


* The only gay male character in your line-up has a weakness to wood...  Did no one at DC think that one through?  Someone there had to have put two and two together, which means the descision was in poor taste.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Krensky on July 15, 2012, 01:40:25 PM
Nah, that's just juvinile,

Giving him a weakness to clams or cats or mellons would be in poor taste.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Gentry on July 15, 2012, 03:53:49 PM
Or tuna.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 15, 2012, 07:26:55 PM
Many of DCs actions lately have left me with the same question:  What the hell are the people in charge thinking? 

Didio has pretty much stated a number of times that he idolises the Silver Age of his childhood, and his ascension to power has been all about undermining and erasing where possible DC's position as the home of iconic legacy characters by bringing back the original title holders from that period wherever possible. I strongly suspect the only reason we still have Jaime as the current Blue Beetle instead of Ted Kord is because the decision was taken out of his hands in the early to mid 00s that the company needs a high profile hispanic character.

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Plus Alan Scott?  Terrible idea (in oh-so-many ways*).  While the effort was good (way behind, but still, at least there's an effort) if you want to claim to be progressive you need to have an icon as your progressive character.  Not someone that casual readers and non-fans aren't even aware of (most people I know are only aware of 2 Lanterns, and Alan Scott isn't one of them).  Make, like, Batman gay and you'll impress.

* The only gay male character in your line-up has a weakness to wood...  Did no one at DC think that one through?  Someone there had to have put two and two together, which means the descision was in poor taste.

Gah, I didn't even connect the dots on that weakness; my disdain was too great given you knew they were going to fridge his boyfriend as the train went into the tunnel.

What a lot of people find to be the galling thing about Scott being gay -- apart from his being yet another sacrificial victim to DC's anti-marriage machine -- is that the exercise rather heavily underscores the reboot's erasure of his son Obsidian, a pre-existing gay character.

On a semi-relate note, a lot of people noticed that the Guardians of the Galaxy promo art (in addition to just having sucktastic designs for Star Lord and Rocket Racoon) was rather noticably missing lesbian couple Moondragon and Phyla-Vel, leading to concerns that if they appear at all they're probably going to get fridged to prove Thanos is a threat and to piss Drax off in so doing.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Agent 333 on July 16, 2012, 07:34:14 PM
There were so many better options than Alan Scott too. Like, for example, Captain Marvel. But then I guess the wold would have to deal with a gay Billy Batson, and nobody that young could possibly be gay ::sarcasm::.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 21, 2012, 09:34:04 AM
The Myriad Monikers of Gotham's Villains (http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints/products/the-myriad-monikers-of-gothams-villains)

This massive taxonomy charts the hundreds of villains who have menaced Gotham City over the past 70 years, breaking down by name everyone from big time baddies like the Joker and Bane to lesser known miscreants like the Walrus and Batzarro. A true rogues gallery of the superstitious and cowardly lot who have taken on the Dark Knight, this print is the definitive guide to Gotham mayhem.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Valentina on July 21, 2012, 01:46:46 PM
The Myriad Monikers of Gotham's Villains (http://popchartlab.com/collections/prints/products/the-myriad-monikers-of-gothams-villains)

This massive taxonomy charts the hundreds of villains who have menaced Gotham City over the past 70 years, breaking down by name everyone from big time baddies like the Joker and Bane to lesser known miscreants like the Walrus and Batzarro. A true rogues gallery of the superstitious and cowardly lot who have taken on the Dark Knight, this print is the definitive guide to Gotham mayhem.

Having clicked that link, I wish to convey the utter horror it brings.
Oh, it sounds whimsical. But part of your childhood will die in utter terror as you're forced to understand that Catman, Mr. Asp and Son of Pyg actually happened.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 21, 2012, 03:49:56 PM
Catman is awesome, and living proof of the duality of Gail Simone
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on September 19, 2012, 11:22:33 AM
Amazing Spider-Man ending with Issue 700 (http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/172787-comics-marvel-to-end-the-amazing-spider-man-with-issue-700)

Sigh. Really? Really?
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on September 19, 2012, 11:35:48 AM
Just the latest of the really... poor... decisions made by the folks running the Big 2.

Like their looking at The Hunger Games and Battle Royale and saying "Hey, these are popular, so we'll do this!"

Quote
Avengers Arena #1, December 2012

Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman young adults (including cult faves like members of the Runaways, The Avengers Academy and Darkhawk) are given a chilling ultimatum by their demented captor: Fight or die…only one will walk out alive! Thus begins a primal battle that will test the skills, stamina and morals of each combatant. Welcome to Murder World, where the secrets are plenty, alliances are fleeting, and the key to victory might be rewriting the rules of the game. Who will survive? We dare you to tune in to your new favorite comic NOW!

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maluxnhQjP1qf65bro1_250.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on September 19, 2012, 11:39:00 AM
Like their looking at The Hunger Games and Battle Royale and saying "Hey, these are popular, so we'll do this!"

Yeah, I chuckled rather loudly when I read that story.

It's not even that the comic looks that bad - just that the timing is so craven.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on September 20, 2012, 05:22:33 AM
http://www.dylanmeconis.com/how-not-to-write-comics-criticism/
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: ludomastro on September 20, 2012, 08:06:09 PM
http://www.dylanmeconis.com/how-not-to-write-comics-criticism/

Excellent read.

-----

Re: Spiderman
Why am I not surprised.  I got into comic books in the 80's and while I never really left, the constant upheaval of story-lines and reboots have left me out in the cold too often for me to have the same love for the genre that I once had.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on October 26, 2012, 06:02:59 PM
George A. Romero to Write Zombie Comic for Marvel (http://twitchfilm.com/2012/10/here-come-da-judge-george-a-romero-speaks-from-the-lund-ifff.html)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 01, 2013, 03:41:49 AM
Last Friday, AOL shut down a handful of subsidiaries, including ComicsAlliance (http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013/04/aol-pulls-plug-on-comicsalliance/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on July 26, 2013, 05:40:01 PM
Spoiler: Wolverine infographic • show

(http://images.halloweencostumes.com/infographics/wolverine-infographic-FULL.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on February 27, 2014, 05:28:19 AM
2000AD giving away free stuff to celebrate their birthday (http://www.geeksunleashed.me/2014/02/26/free-comics-courtesy-of-2000-ad/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 01, 2014, 06:22:33 AM
CBR is nuking its forums and starting over (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=52513)

Taken from the website:

"Two weeks ago, that long-growing ugliness became more pronounced than ever. CBR published an article by guest contributor Janelle Asselin, critiquing the cover to DC Comics’ upcoming "Teen Titans" #1. Some of you liked the article, some of you didn’t. We encouraged readers to share their feedback in the CBR Forums.

Unfortunately, what happened next was unacceptable — so-called “fans” around the Internet, on various message boards and social media, including the CBR Forums, attacked Janelle personally, threatening her with rape and assault. These same “fans” found her e-mail, home address and other personal information, and used it to harass and terrorize her, including an attempted hacking of her bank account.

All over a comic book cover critique. Just think about that for a second.

If you’re one of the people who participated in any of these reprehensible acts, my message is simple: You are not welcome anywhere on CBR, and in our opinion, you have no place in the comics industry.”
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 01, 2014, 06:45:21 AM
Character Guide for Daniel Acuña’s Marvel's The Avengers 50th Anniversary Poster

Spoiler: It's fricking huge • show

(http://image.bayimg.com/f29eaee00eab7bade47ed521a096eef55287c462.jpg)

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Aldus Vertten on June 01, 2014, 02:16:45 PM
Umh.... I don't read much Marvel Comics lately... but there's a lot of characters there that I tought long and definetly dead... Or it's just a guide of the history of the Avengers?

Anyway, Acuña is great.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on June 01, 2014, 03:16:05 PM
My guess is that it's anyone who's ever served on an Avengers team over the last 50 years
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on October 08, 2014, 01:55:25 AM
Dynamite Announces 'James Bond' Comics Coming in 2015 (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dynamite-announces-james-bond-comics-738688?facebook_20141007)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on October 31, 2014, 11:28:20 AM
Dynamite Entertainment has announced via a press release that it will kick off 2015 with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of King Features Syndicate, the print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation. This celebration, dubbed the “King” event, will include new limited series starring King Features Syndicate comic strip heroes Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Prince Valiant, The Phantom and Jungle Jim. These five limited series, which begin in January 2015, will culminate in a large crossover event in May. The first issue of each “King” mini will feature an interlocking cover by Darwyn Cooke.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Crafty_Pat on November 02, 2014, 07:55:42 AM
Nice. Go Dynamite!

(http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081127141505/uncyclopedia/images/0/0b/Dynomite.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on November 02, 2014, 09:01:34 AM
I have to admit, this tune immediately popped into my head (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6_nYJY3TDI).
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on December 27, 2014, 05:38:53 PM
As Dark Horse lose their Star Wars licence starting Jan 1 next year, you now have 5 days left to pick up a digital copy of every Star Wars title they've ever published for just $300 (https://digital.darkhorse.com/profile/5400.star-wars-farewell-megabundle/)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on January 24, 2015, 10:56:33 AM
HE’S IN RIVERDALE WITH A FEW DAYS TO KILL!

Archie vs. Predator #1 (of 4) 

On sale Apr 15

32 pages @ $3.99

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter! Archie and friends hit Costa Rica for Spring Break, where party games and beach games are soon replaced by the Most Dangerous Game! What mysterious attraction does the gang hold for the trophy-collecting Predator, and will the kids even realize they’re in danger before it claims them all?

Spoiler: show

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/4732febfef066402cc763e5053c6699b/tumblr_ni6askxna81ssmbizo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Krensky on January 24, 2015, 11:42:05 AM
That seems all kinds of wrong.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on January 24, 2015, 11:51:29 AM
Afterlife with Archie (the zombie apocalypse series) was pretty good. Archie vs The Punisher also worked surprisingly well.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 03, 2015, 05:08:01 AM
Who created Caitlin Snow on The Flash? According to DC Comics, nobody.

By Gerry Conway

    Who created Caitlin Snow, the alter ego of Firestorm super-villain Killer Frost, who appears regularly on The Flash?

    According to DC Entertainment, nobody.

    That’s right. Caitlin Snow, the brilliant scientist working for Harrison Wells, fiancée of Ronnie Raymond and friend of Barry Allen, aka The Flash, sprang fully formed into existence without a creator or creators.

    But that’s okay, because, by the logic employed by DC Entertainment, nobody created Barry Allen either.

    Let me explain. See if you can follow me here.

    As I’ve described elsewhere (http://comicsequity.blogspot.com), many years ago DC Comics established the first program to provide comic book creators with a share in the revenues generated by their creations in other media. This concept became known as “creator equity participation” and it was a small but significant step toward compensating creators for their work beyond a simple page rate. For me, personally, it’s been moderately lucrative (thank you, Bruce Timm, for putting Killer Croc in the animated Batman) but in recent years it’s also become an increasingly frustrating and, lately, infuriating process.

    The reason, I believe, is the shift of corporate culture at DC Comics that occurred around the time Paul Levitz left his position as publisher.

    As a comic book creator himself, Paul displayed a protective empathy for creators. Once the creator equity concept became policy, Paul applied it liberally and proactively – often notifying writers and artists their creations were due to receive equity participation when creators would otherwise have no idea. For thirty plus years, under Paul, creators were valued and supported as equity partners. (We can argue about the level of support, whether the percentage creators received was commensurate with their contributions, but we can’t deny that the support was there, and it was consistent.)

    All of that changed when Paul left, and DC Comics became, officially, DC Entertainment, a fully subsumed cog in the Warners Entertainment wheel.

    I first learned how this change would effect DC’s approach to creators equity when I received a letter from DC Entertainment’s new president, Diane Nelson, informing me I would no longer receive equity payments for Power Girl because she was now considered a “derivative” character. To soften the blow and show “appreciation” for my “contribution” she enclosed a check for $1000.

    Thank you, Diane.

    The next thing I learned about DC Entertainment’s new approach to their comic creators equity program was just as distressing, given how many characters I created for DC over the decade-plus I wrote for the company: if I wanted to receive an equity participation contract for a character I created, I had to request one, in writing, for each character, before that character appeared in another media, because DC would refuse to make equity payments retroactively.

    By a rough guesstimate, I probably created over five hundred characters for DC between 1969 and 1985. Most of them were minor one-shot creations, and some of them, like Felicity Smoak (now a regular on Arrow) were minor supporting characters who’ve taken on a new life in other media. Unless I’m willing to commit a large chunk of my life to tracking down each character and filing a separate equity request in anticipation that somehow, some day, one of these characters might end up on a TV show, I risk being cut off from any share in the fruits DC enjoys from the product of my labor. A share which DC acknowledges I’m due– but which DC refuses to assist me in receiving.

    Thank you, DC.

    But now we come to the catch-22 of DC’s new approach to creator equity agreements. Assuming I perform my due diligence (which should really be DC’s due diligence) and dig up references to characters I’ve created that might soon be appearing in other media (maybe as a chess piece, or a Heroclix figure, or a recurring character on The Flash), and assuming I file the necessary request form in a timely fashion– DC can still decide, unilaterally, that my creation is “derivative” and they don’t owe me a dime.

    What, exactly, is DC’s definition of a “derivative” character?

    It’s a character that DC decides was “derived” from some other previously existing character.

    For example, Power Girl – “derived” from Superman, because, like Supergirl, she’s a relative of Superman. Which means I can’t claim to be her co-creator because Superman is a pre-existing character. Fair enough, I suppose. The logic here is that Superman is the original creation, so Power Girl is derived from that original creation, so in effect, Power Girl is an extension of Superman, which means, by this tortured logic, that Power Girl was more or less created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

    Uh, no.

    This was the tortured logic National Periodical Publications tried to use back in the 1940s when Siegel and Shuster sued National for the rights to Superboy. National (the company that preceded DC) argued that Superman was the original creation, which Siegel and Shuster sold to National, and that Superboy was just a “derivative” creation. A court-appointed legal referee found that Superboy was in fact a unique creation and that National was guilty of copyright infringement. Sadly for Siegel and Shuster (and for creators everywhere), legal expenses forced the creators to sell National the rights to Superboy in a consent decree that obscured this fundamental finding. But the finding is pretty clear:

    Characters “derived” from other characters are legally unique, and DC’s claim that “derivation” deprives creators of any equity participation rights in those characters is nothing more than an immoral, unethical, deceitful and despicable money grab.

    Yet, it gets worse.

    Let’s say DC agrees you created a character, like, for example, Killer Frost. In your original creation, Killer Frost had a secret identity named Crystal Frost. Later, a “new” Killer Frost is created for the New 52, and this new Killer Frost has a secret identity named Caitlin Snow.

    You’ll be pleased to hear (I hope) that DC agrees I and Al Milgrom are the co-creators of all manifestations of “Killer Frost.” We are also considered the co-creators of Crystal Frost. And, of course, by the twisted logic that credits Power Girl as a derivation of Superman, Al and I must also be the creators of Killer Frost’s New 52 secret identity, Caitlin Snow.

    Right?

    No. We’re not. And DC insists we are not. And I agree with DC.

    Caitlin Snow was created by Sterling Gates and Derlis Santacruz.

    Except, according to DC Entertainment, she wasn’t. Because she was “derived” from the original creation of Killer Frost.

    Which means Al Milgrom and I created her.

    Except, according to DC Entertainment, we didn’t.

    Nobody created her.

    Or, rather, nobody gets credit and creator equity participation for creating her.

    And that, my friends, is truly obnoxious and despicable.

    DC Entertainment has created a marvelous catch-22 that allows them to cheat creators by using both sides of an argument to serve DC’s interests.

    According to DC, Sterling Gates and Derlis Santacruz didn’t create Caitlin Snow. Don Newton and I didn’t create Jason Todd. Ric Estrada and I didn’t create Power Girl. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster didn’t create Superboy. Bob Kanigher and Carmine Infantino didn’t create Barry Allen.

    These characters just appeared out of nowhere.

    But the money for their exploitation goes directly into DC’s bank account.

Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Morgenstern on May 03, 2015, 10:02:47 AM
I honestly don't understand how there is a Judge anywhere that doesn't slap DC with massive punitive damages for stuff like this...
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on May 03, 2015, 10:13:30 AM
I suspect it has to do with DC/Warners' ridiculous war chest intimidating people too much for things to get that far
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Krensky on May 03, 2015, 11:53:00 AM
It probably also has to do with all of that stuff being work for hire, so the creators are owed what WB/DC wants to pay them for it and they are legally allowed to make the rules and procedures for that as convoluted and asine as they want.

Note this is just generalising without knowing what the creators' employment papers said.
Title: Re: The Funny Books: Comics news, reviews & reactions
Post by: Mister Andersen on September 21, 2015, 07:18:27 AM
“DC Entertainment and the family of Bill Finger are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement that recognizes Mr. Finger’s significant contributions to the Batman family of characters. 

“Bill Finger was instrumental in developing many of the key creative elements that enrich the Batman universe, and we look forward to building on our acknowledgement of his significant role in DC Comics’ history,

“As part of our acknowledgement of those contributions, we are pleased to confirm today that Bill Finger will be receiving credit in the Warner Bros. television series Gotham beginning later this season, and in the forthcoming motion picture Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

- Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dc-entertainment-give-classic-batman-824572?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter)

Spoiler: show

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/0012ec0c24d1d46f97ddbf8a79284d0b/tumblr_nb6ohrHxOR1rz64nto2_500.jpg)