Sometimes, amazing things can come out of casual conversations. That's what happened this weekend when Luke Herr was plotting out an RPG campaign based around the idea of retelling Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World saga as a western, full of gun-slinging cowboys and steam-powered parademons battling it out in a town called Hope, and artist Kyle Latino stepped up to do some redesigns for what they began calling "The 4th West."
The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.
This week, the Riddler finally finishes his silent film... and his true plan is revealed at last!
A few weeks ago, Matt Wilson and I watched Dick Tracy, the 1990 adaptation of the classic comic strip, directed, produced by and starring Warren Beatty. It's a pretty interesting movie, something that Beatty had wanted to do since the '70s that was clearly styled as a reaction to the success of Batman '89, a strange and ambitious project with a whole lot of fascinating flaws. But what's even stranger is the half-hour special that aired 18 years later, where Beatty reprized his role so that he could be interviewed, in character, by Leonard Maltin.
The teens of Archie Comics are having a pretty weird week. In the past seven days, we've seen them deal with a sharknado that caused the vast majority of the cast to violently lose most of their limbs, and finish up an encounter with the Predator that saw pretty much everyone in the city of Riverdale dying in the most spectacularly violent way possible. Now, just in case that wasn't enough, things are about to get downright devilish.
Next week marks the release of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4, and poor Harvey Krinkle arrives at the Spellman family's latest dark ritual --- and is followed up by some familiar faces from the next town over. Check out a preview below, including a pretty awesome variant cover based on the poster for Carrie!
Q: As a Batmanologist, what misinformation about Batman do you wish you could set everyone straight on? -- @daveexmachina
A: There's one misconception about Batman that bugs me the most, because it's simultaneously the most persistent, the most ridiculous from a storytelling standpoint, and the easiest to disprove: The idea that Bruce Wayne doesn't actually do anything to help Gotham City, and that Batman is just a rich man selfishly and violently lashing out at the lower class.
If you're a fan of Tom Scioli, then odds are pretty good that you're already a fan of his amazing American Barbarian. Originally released as a webcomic, the story of Meric, the star-sword wielding barbarian in a post-apocalyptic world stalked by a pharaoh with tanks for feet, is one of the best things that he's done, and for a lot of readers, myself included, it's what made us fans.
If, however, you're a new reader who's gotten into Scioli thanks to the work he's been doing recently on Transformers vs. GI Joe, then there's good news: A new edition of American Barbarian is coming back to print this month from IDW, including an introduction by the Rob himself, Rob Liefeld. Check out a massive preview below, and if this doesn't get you excited, then consider that it only gets wilder from here.
I'm not what you'd call a "morning person" and have very little trust for those who are, so at first glance, I thought that the main character of Susan Beneville and Brian Hess's Awake might be the most diabolical supervillain of all time. I mean, someone with the ability to "wake up" entire planets? C'mon, what if that planet was trying to ease into its day? What if it had a late night? Let it stay asleep a little while longer!
But then I read the preview pages provided by Action Lab and saw that it's more of a metaphorical thing, and that Regn doesn't just wake planets up, she also speaks to them and heals them --- and that it's a pretty interesting premise with some absolutely beautiful, downright Disneyesque art.
As much as I've been enjoying most of the new "DC You" titles, I'll admit that the first issue of Lee Bermejo, Jorge Corona and Khary Randolph's We Are... Robin didn't do a whole lot for me --- and not just because of that weirdly punctuated title. That first issue had a solid main character with a clear motivation, a couple of interesting set pieces, a sweeping threat to Gotham City and a genuinely great first page, but something about it just didn't land.
When the second issue hit shelves this week, though, I decided I'd give it another shot, and I'm glad I did, because this is where the hook finally lands, and where the story ramps up into something that's engaging, exciting, mysterious and, if you're the kind of person who obsesses over Batman's sidekicks, very rewarding to read.
I imagine that there are a lot of really great things about being named "Rampage Jackson," but chief among them has to be that when the inevitable time comes to lend your image to a new superhero comic, you don't even have to change the name. That, at least, seems to be the idea behind Lion Forge's upcoming Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier anthology, which casts the MMA fighter and actor as a superhero who battles evil alongside his faithful dog, Andronicus.
Also, he's a werewolf.
If you're the kind of person who keeps an eye on Amazon to see what paperbacks and hardcovers are coming out before they get their official solicitations, then you might have noticed that DC has a collection of the original 1977 Black Lightning series on the schedule for next spring. And, if you're the kind of person who's been keeping up with Tony Isabella, the writer who originated Black Lightning (with artistic input from Trevor von Eden, Bob Rozakis and Joe Orlando), that might be a little surprising.
Isabella has had a pretty rocky relationship with DC over the past twenty years, and a big sticking point has been the lack of a reprint for either the original series or Isabella's return to the character in the mid-'90s. Now it seems like things are starting to work out. In response to the announcement of the paperback, Isabella has written about recent interactions with DC, and refers to their discussions as "a good start."