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Ask Chris #171: The Superman (Well, Supermen) of the Marvel Universe

Ask Chris by Erica Henderson

Q: Do Superman-esque characters like The Sentry or Blue Marvel work in the Marvel Universe? -- @SuperSeth64

A: You know, Seth, this is one of those questions that seems really simple when you first look at it. I mean, it's a yes or no question, so the short answer is about as short as it can possibly be. The thing is, the reasoning behind that answer has to do with how entire shared fictional universes work and how they've been influencing each other for the past 50 to 70 years, and how one character in particular has defined an entire genre that came to dominate the medium, so for the long answer, well, I hope you've got a few minutes.

If you don't, here's the short answer: No. No they do not.

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DC Universe Action Figure Prototypes Headed To Auction To Benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Sculpted by the Four Horsemen, Mattel's DC Universe Classics line is a favorite among 6" action figure fans for balancing detailed sculpts with hearty amounts of articulation and often spotlighting some of the DCU's more obscure heroes and villains. But there's an element of collectibility that goes beyond the line's basic figures and even limited edition variants. The most hardcore collectors seek prototypes. Now Mattel and Warner Bros. are teaming up to give fans a chance to win paint master prototypes of select characters at auction, with 100% of proceeds going to fund the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Mattel Unveils ‘New 52′ John Constantine Club Infinite Earths Figure

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The Vertigo version of John Constantine meant for mature audiences will exit stage left this February in Hellblazer #300, as DC Comics launches a new ongoing title for its more PG-13 "New 52" take on the character simply dubbed Constantine. Just in time for this transition, it seems, Mattel will release a new (and still scarred) John Constantine action figure through its Matty Collector Club Infinite Earths monthly subscription service. The new Constantine toy follows a Hellblazer figure re

Massive New Lego Arkham Asylum Set Announced

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There've been a number of sprawling Batman Lego sets, but the latest to be unveiled at BrickCon 2012 in Seattle over the weekend may be the most impressive yet. In January Batman fans will be able to pick up Lego DC Universe Super Heroes set #10937, Arkham Asylum. At 1,351 pieces

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Fans Are In For A Show In New ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1′ Clip [Video]

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Earlier this summer fans got an initial look at a trailer for Warner Home Video's animated adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, which established the feature's basic premise and showcased voice actor Frank "RoboCop" Weller's take on the grim and gritty Caped Crusader. A second clip dropped today containing a bit of the same footage, but expanding upon Batman's first night back in action after years of cape and cowl-le

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‘Superman vs. the Elite’ is the First DC Animated Movie That’s Better Than Its Source Material

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I wasn't expecting a whole lot out of Superman vs. the Elite, the latest from DC's line of direct-to-video animated features. With a few notable exceptions, the "DC Universe" line hasn't really thrilled me, and I had absolutely no desire to

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 14, 2012: I Was Happy When I Looked Like This

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* The realm of the quotidian
% The realm of the fantastical

* SHOWCASE PRESENTS YOUNG LOVE VOL. 1

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Time and Time Again: The Complete History of DC’s Retcons and Reboots

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Since the announcement of DC's line-wide relaunch hit last week, readers have been wondering what exactly all of this means for the publisher and their comics. Titles, creators and even distribution methods are all up in the air in what's turning out to be a pretty

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Eddie Berganza Named Executive Editor of DC Universe

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It's a big day of promotions at DC Comics. Not only has Ian Sattler has been made Director–Editorial, Special Projects & Archival Editions at DC, longtime staffer, editor and writer Eddie Berganza has been named the Executive Editor of the entire DC Universe. The news comes from Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras via DC's The Source Blog, which breaks down Berganza and Satt

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DC Universe: Batman Beyond Ongoing Announced, Rise of Arsenal ‘Extraordinarily’ Good [Fan Expo]

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On Saturday morning at Fan Expo in Toronto, DC Entertainment continued their panel schedule with the DC Universe panel, where they announced a "Batman Beyond" ongoing series after the miniseries" discussed the criticism of "Justice League:

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