The American version of Thanksgiving is this week, and whether you celebrate the holiday as a gathering of family or a get-together for friends, the day can always be a mixed bag in terms of the quality of people who show up. Sometimes they're family members you're obligated to invite, sometimes they're friends of friends, but somehow there's always someone who makes the day memorable, but not necessarily in a good way. Here are ten characters who might rain on your Thanksgiving Day Parade.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
Statistically speaking, at least one of you has to have two hundred grand burning a hole in your pocket, right? If so, it's pretty much necessary that you buy a Batmobile this holiday season.
Last week, I took a hard look at DC's recent Superman: A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover, and to say I found it lacking is putting it mildly. Despite reprinting some very, very good stories, the tone of the collection was overwhelmingly, oppressively grim at best, and felt like the publisher was embarrassed by the very character they were claiming to celebrate at worst. It was more than a little disheartening, because it didn't have to be that way. It's not an accurate look at Superman's past, and really, it's a narrative that you'd have to go out of your way to create.
But let it never be said that I complain about things without offering a viable solution -- even though I do that pretty much all the time. With the same amount of space and the same division of eras in Superman, you can create a sequence of stories with the same resonance and the same level of quality that shows Superman at his best, triumphing over evil and making the world a better place.
Today the comics community mourns the loss and celebrate the life and work of cartoonist Al Plastino, a veteran of DC Comics whose enduringly popular creations include the Legion of Super-Heroes and Supergirl. Plastino was in the news this year after it was discovered that the artwork for which he was most proud, created for a story in which Superman undertook a mission at the behest of American President John F. Kennedy, was available in a high-priced auction and not donated to the late President's museum as Plastino said he'd been promised.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation teamed with the city of San Francisco earlier this month to to give five-year-old Miles "Batkid" Scott his chance to protect "Gotham City" from criminals, but the young hero's mission continues.
This morning, the Batkid appeared on Good Morning America to protect rapper Pitbull from the Joker, and a group of artists from SF has even produced a digital comic about his heroic story. Batkid's starting to give Bruce Wayne a run for his money.
Medicom's 1/6 scale Real Action Heroes line is set to expand in 2014 with a new take on Batman based on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Adorned in the usual RAH fabric clothing, the upcoming action figure will include as-yet unrevealed optional hand pieces and a special figure stand. Presumably, it'll also come with weapons and accessories such as batarangs too.
A beautiful or striking cover is always the work of someone who is both a smart designer and a gifted artist. Comic cover artists need to know how to use what little space they have to not only make an impression but also hint at a compelling story.
In these final weeks of 2013, ComicsAlliance is going to look back at our picks of the best cover artists working in comics today with a small selection of each of their covers. This week we showcase the work of Brian Churilla (Blackacre), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mahmud A. Asrar (Supergirl) and Declan Shalvey (Winter Soldier.)
The CW’s superhero series Arrow re-imagines Green Arrow for a TV audience as a tough, often ruthless vigilante bent on setting things right in his home of Starling City by punishing the wicked. ComicsAlliance’s Matt Wilson will be following along to see how he fares.
This week, the show briefly (and I do mean briefly) takes a turn into Law & Order territory, an old villain returns, and another old villain returns!
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reportedly registered a bunch of domains that could indicate the official title of the next Man of Steel movie, currently referred to as "Batman Vs. Superman." As titles go... they hit about the way "The Phantom Menance" did for Star Wars fans circa 1999.
The domains are hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-streetlamp thematic, and translate to titles like "Man of Steel: Black of Knight" and "Man of Steel: Beyond Darkness." There's scads of knight/night puns, Batman references and loads of DARKNESS. So we started thinking, why not come up with some titles of our own? There are so many possibilities, and so many puns involving "knight" that Warner Bros. seems to be leaving on the table. Hit the jump to enjoy our 18 alternatives. We even made graphics for them!
The comic book series that kicked off a years-long collaboration between writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips is poised for a film adaptation produced by some recognizable names, among them Matt Damon and longtime collaborator Ben "Dardedevil/Batman" Affleck.
The pair will produce a film version of the Wildstorm series Sleeper. No director has been attached yet, but the screenplay will be written by The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and collaborator David Wiener.