Sherlock Holmes is surely one of the most versatile characters in fiction; he can be updated, reinvented, pitted against vampires, or reimagined as a mouse, and still the essential qualities of the great detective endure. That's even true in stories where Sherlock Holmes isn't Sherlock Holmes, and that's an idea that Roger Langridge and Andy Hirsch will explore in their upcoming all-ages adventure series The Baker Street Peculiars, from Kaboom, unveiled exclusively here on ComicsAlliance.
In the Baker Street Peculiars, there is no Holmes; the real brains of the operation is his supposed housekeeper, Mrs Hudson. With too many cases to solve, she's brought in some new help in the form of three precocious kids and a dog, for what promises to be a wonderful all-ages action comedy. Roger Langridge, who usually provides his own art for books like Fred the Clown and Abigail and the Snowman, is providing the scripts this time around, joined by artist Andy Hirsch, best known for his work on Adventure Time and his all-ages Western Varmints. Langridge and Hirsch spoke to ComicsAlliance about working together, the idea for the series, and what makes Sherlock Holmes so iconic.
There’s no grappling away from the fact FOX Bat-prequel Gotham isn’t every DC fan’s cup of tea, though we can at least credit them with a unique spin on Batman’s history. That spin … may have become a tailspin with Monday’s fall 2015 finale “Worse Than a Crime,” as Ben McKenzie’s Gordon seemingly broke the comic character’s morality for good, but we’ll let the showrunner and McKenzie himself explain.
It's been a long time since there's been a competent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game available, let alone a good one. For many, the last fun TMNT game arrived in the long, long ago when consoles were cartridge-based, and you had to go to a friend's house if you wanted to enjoy multiplayer. There have been numerous attempts at reviving the franchise in the gaming space, with Nickelodeon and its partners even going so far as to slap new, high-definition coats of paint on titles fans considered classics. Though the franchise has had tremendous success reinventing itself for different animated audiences, that just hasn't translated to the video games.
There is hope, however. A new ratings listing from the Australian Classification Board hints that a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is on the way. Ordinarily, that would be news, but it wouldn't necessarily be something to be excited about. That this new TMNT game is being developed by Platinum Games however, makes all the (potential) difference in the world.
Despite rumors that Marvel is doing its best to bury the X-Men franchise, the publisher is still putting out mutant books, including the recently announced new X-Men title. X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, a five-issue mini-series (let the rumors continue!), written by Max Bemis, with very appealing art from Michael Walsh. Check out an unlettered preview.
Writer Cavan Scott continues his commentary on the five issue mini series Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor with his notes on issue #4, exclusive to ComicsAlliance. Last time around, the Doctor truly came face-to-face with the mysterious Unon, and Jack and Rose found themselves in the wrong place during a supernova. Grab your copy of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #4 and read along as the story heads towards its thrilling conclusion. Over to you, Cavan.
Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we're taking a look at Venom, the most successful pairing of an angry person and hand-me-down pajamas in comics history. Whether he's been a villain, a lethal protector, or even a space knight, Venom is a character who really seems to scratch that "Spider-Man but bigger and with more teeth" itch that fans apparently have. In this video you can learn who all has worn the symbiote suit, which spin-off symbiotes have, uh, spun off, and whether Eddie Brock ever uploaded himself to the internet (spoiler: yes), plus several other equally interesting facts.
Even though Catwoman is generally considered Batman's primary love interest, Batman and Catwoman have had a pretty rough road. They haven't exactly been faithful to each other over the years, and while everyone talks about Batman's dalliances with characters like Silver St. Cloud, Talia al-Ghul and Julie Madison, no one ever really brings up his rivals for Catwoman's affection. Like, say, that time that a retired Selina Kyle was almost lured back into a life of crime by the swooning, heart-eyed King of Cats.
It happened back in 1952 in a story that just keeps getting weirder, to the point where the army of trained cats that rob a jewelry store is the least bizarre thing that's about to happen.
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto’s account on Twitter is an… interesting place. While most celebrities use the social media platform to afford their fans a little peek into their day-to-day lives, the Academy Award-winning actor treats it as a portal directly into the recesses of his mind. And, by anyone’s measure, it’s weird in there. For instance, here’s a photo of a shard of driftwood wedged between two rocks. Why is it there? We’ll never know, though that didn’t stop nearly two thousand people from hitting the little heart-button on it. Only Jared Leto can know. Hi, Jared Leto.
But Leto diverged from his usual combination of oh-I-didn’t-see-you-there selfies and inscrutable retweets for a post pertaining to his role as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
There have been nearly a dozen characters named Captain Marvel in the last seventy-five years of comics, but only one of them has headlined the best-selling comics franchises of a decade, and, indeed, one of the best-selling series of all time. And guess what? It wasn't the one who could make his arms and legs fall off.
The very first of these Captains Marvel debuted on this day in 1939, in Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics #2, which was, somewhat counter-intuitively, actually the first issue of that series. The character was originally named Captain Thunder, but someone else already held that trademark. And so, in a story by Bill Parker with art by CC Beck — who would go on to become the defining artistic voice for the character — and with some hastily re-lettered word balloons reflecting the last minute name change, Captain Marvel zoomed toward his destiny in the last days of 1939 (issue cover dated Feb. 1940).
Captive of Friendly Cove by Rebecca Goldfield and Mike Short, published by Fulcrum, is a graphic novel based on the true story of British sailor John Jewitt, who lived as a captive of the Mowachaht people of Vancouver Island for three years at the start of the 19th century. The comic is largely inspired by, and draws upon, Jewitt's own memoirs of his captivity.
ComicsAlliance’s James Leask and J. A. Micheline sat down for an in-depth discussion of the book's themes, its intended audience, its treatment of history, and its representation of First Nations people. Their conversation begins with a discussion of context, and the assumptions made by the comic.