The early scheduling of Comic-Con 2015 left Arrow without any Season 4 footage to show off at the big Superhero Saturday event. We've even seen a bit of Flash Season 2 in recent weeks, but Arrow Season 4 has at last debuted the motherlode with a full trailer. It's a new day in Star City, with a new look and a new name, and Legends will rise!
Q: Do you think it's possible for the Legion of Super-Heroes to work today, or are the trappings too corny? -- @jdkrach
A: My first instinct on this one is to say yes, and not just because the Legion was, for a long time, one of my absolute favorite comics. The entire superhero genre is, after all, full of corny ideas that have become timeless, right down to the fact that the entire thing is built around the idea of a very nice man who came from space and fools everyone into thinking that he's a very nice man from Kansas by wearing a pair of glasses.
But the Legion represents an entirely different question. It's not just the optimism of a bright future and names like "Lightning Lad" that can come off as corny, it's the entire universe that allowed them to exist in the first place --- and for a team that's been rebooted more times than just about anyone else, they sure do seem to have a hard time keeping up.
Since the release of Batman: Arkham Knight on June 23, a large percentage of PC users found that their version of the game was plagued with performance and technical issues. As a result, the game was shortly removed from Steam and all sales of its PC version were suspended. Now, Warner Bros. Interactive has finally released a patch that addresses most of these major issues.
Many of comics’ most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.
With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at the best Green Arrow comics.
About as long as Arrow has pulled Diggle into the fold, fans have clamored to see David Ramsey’s character suiting up along side Oliver Queen. Oliver even mentioned as much in the Season 3 finale, and Season 4 will finally grant the #TeamArrow regular his own costume, judging by the latest photo. Nope, that’s not Magneto!
Love it or hate it, FOX’s Gotham covered quite a bit of ground across its (extended) first season, and it stands to reason fan(s) might need a refresher course before Season 2's “Rise of the Villains.” FOX has you covered, so catch up on the villains’ rise in Season 1 with a new video, before they … you know, keep rising in Season 2.
Right now, Comixology is offering a big sale themed around DC's various TV projects, and with the impending return of Gotham and its story of a ten year-old billionaire destined to beat up a bunch of senior citizens, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Gotham Central is right there, front and center. And yes, obviously you should get that if you don't have it already, because while it was coming out, it was literally the best Batman title of the decade.
But here's the thing: We talk about Gotham Central on this site all the time. I have literally already written a column about how great it is this week, so if you haven't checked it out by now, then it's not for lack of recommendations. If, however, you dig a little deeper into the sale, you're going to find some under-appreciated gems that don't get quite as much press despite being truly fantastic comics --- and by that, I mostly mean Green Arrow: Year One.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
This week we're taking a look at the trope of the animal companion, another popular trend from the Golden and Silver Ages of comics that has resulted in a number of enduring characters and concepts. If you couldn't hook kids from the newsstand with another kid in a cape and short pants, certainly a flying dog in a mask would do it. There are so many cool animals in comics that we've had to split this topic up by publisher.
Last week, when DC launched a big sale on Batman Adventures, I did what I always do in that situation and told everyone to buy and read all of them immediately, because they are the best Batman comics of the '90s. But as good as they might be, there's one issue that stands out, one that rarely gets mentioned despite feeling like it ought to be a pretty big deal: Batman Adventures #25, which features the first meeting of the Animated Series Batman and Superman.
And it's also, as reader Geoff DeSouza put it when he asked me about it, "one of the best weird comics ever."
While many of us stare vacantly into our Twitter feeds waiting for the promised Arrow Season 4 trailer, the art department for the CW’s vigilante archer aims a bit higher with a first poster. We’ve seen Oliver’s new costume in front of Star City, and now Arrow Season 4 shows us … Oliver’s new costume! In front of Star City! With a tagline!