In the latest sign that publishers are waking up to the idea that young readers and women represent the future of the comic book industry, DC Comics has announced a new initiative in partnership with Mattel, Lego, and other brands, which focuses entirely on superhero products for an audience of young women; DC Super Hero Girls.
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Everywhere you go these days, there seems to be a new kind of Ultron-something-something waiting in the wings. There are costumes, playsets, t-shirts, posters, commercials, movies, and even action figures of the genocidal robot. Truly, we are living in an Age of Ultron.
Case in point, the latest Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron figure which harkens back to Ultron's origin, such as it is in the upcoming film. The Ultron Mark I figure presents a much more raw artificial intelligence, as his body is an amalgamation of parts, pieces and ideas that haven't fully formed into the Ultron Prime we've already seen in both figure form and in advertisements for Marvel's blockbuster sequel
Today the 2015 Eisner nominations were announced for the awards ceremony that will take place on July 10th during San Diego Comic-Con International. There aren't a ton of surprises in this year's list --- books like Ms. Marvel, Saga, Multiversity, and Bandette led in terms of total nominations --- but as always it's good to see quality books get their due, and it was a year of positive movement in terms of gender diversity, with multiple women nominated in most major categories. We still have a ways to go, but seeing progress is a good sign.
Marvel has long included Easter eggs in their films, referencing other superheroes and properties in the MCU throughout its current run with Disney. But there’s another Disney property that’s been acknowledged in the MCU: Star Wars. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reveals that they’ve used the same Star Wars Easter egg in each and every one of their Phase Two films, although you probably didn’t notice it.
Nanjing: The Burning City is cartoonist Ethan Young's retelling of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, which was a horrific moment in Chinese history. Young's graphic novel has a detailed, gritty tone to the art that lends an appropriate air of gravity to the subject matter. In support of this graphic novel, which will be released in August of this year, publisher Dark Horse has put together this trailer.
As a tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Her Universe is collaborating with Marvel to create a line of Avengers-inspired apparel, available exclusively at Hot Topic. Designed by Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, the winners of Her Universe's "Geek Couture" Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, the capsule collection features bomber jackets, fit-and-flare dresses, and a jacket that resembles Black Widow's signature digs. Unlike the Avengers x Five Four Club menswear collection, the Her Universe x Marvel line opts for unabashedly bold motifs over subtlety, with over-sized Captain America shields and gold Loki silhouettes.
I don't know how it happened, but we're living in this weird golden age of licensed comics based on movies and TV shows, and one of the most surprising and fun parts of that was the Bob's Burgers miniseries that kicked off last year. Featuring writers and artists who have worked on the show, each issue was divided into three main sections built around the Belcher kids: A mystery featuring Louise, a "musical" written and performed by Gene, and, in what was perhaps the best thing to happen in comics in 2014, Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction.
Courtesy of DC Comics, ComicsAlliance brings you an advance look at new periodical comic books, collected editions, and graphic novels going on sale in July 2015 (and in some cases beyond) from the publisher’s superhero line and the mature readers Vertigo imprint.
DC and Vertigo's comic book releases for July will give us some super-powered slices of Americana just in time for Independence Day. Stargirl, Equinox, Alanna Strange assemble a new Justice League United team with Mera, Swamp Thing, Etrigan and more to stop a galactic apocalypse; we learn more about Batman: Arkham Knight's mysterious main villain as the World's Greatest Detective continues his perpetual quest to clean up Gotham, and the new Boy and Girl Wonders hit the street in We Are... Robin #2. Superman #42 continues the gripping tale of Lois Lane potentially betraying the Man of Steel, as Wonder Woman travels to Ares' home to replace him as the new God of War.
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 new 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 Flash.
Here we go again. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was largely absent in the merchandise from the first Avengers film, and you would think that Disney might learn their lesson for Age of Ultron, but they sadly have not. Once again, the lady Avenger is suspiciously left out of the fun in Disney’s newest round of merchandise, featured on only three items. Sorry, boys and girls, but if you’re a Black Widow fan, you’ll just have to make your own action figure.