Available for pre-order now from finer comics shops, COWL is a forthcoming series from Image Comics which stylishly depicts an alternate history Chicago of the pre-"swinging" 1960s, when the (in)famously political city experienced all manner of socioeconomic upheaval -- including the dissolution of the Chicago Organized Workers League. Also known as COWL, it's a union for costumed superheroes, and its days are numbered.
The first issue of COWL avoids some traps into which most non-Marvel and non-DC cape comics fall. Most obviously, COWL is not a Marvel or DC superhero book in disguise. Its characters aren't similar-to-but-legally-distinct versions of heroes we might know from the Avengers or the Justice League, but distinct, original creations of writers Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegal and artist Rod Reis. Similarly, despite its "real-world" premise and period setting, COWL is not a Watchmen cover version, offering a decidedly less dour tone and honest-to-god superhero adventure blended deftly with its dramatic take on city politics. Sometimes it's even really funny. Finally, COWL bucks the origin fetish of the superhero genre by introducing us to its intriguing cast not at the start of their sagas, but at what might be the end.
We had a chance to talk to COWL co-writer Kyle Higgins (formerly of DC Comics' Nightwing and the writer of the impressive digital-first series Batman Beyond 2.0) about his new Image book and what kind of world readers will buy into if they pick up issue #1 next month.
Each week, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims and Matt Wilson host the War Rocket Ajax podcast, their online audio venue for interviews with comics creators, reviews of the books of the week, and whatever else they want to talk about. ComicsAlliance is offering clips of the comics-specific segments of the show several days before the full podcast goes up at WarRocketAjax.com on Mondays.
This week, Chris and Matt are offering up some extended reviews of DC Comics' Secret Origins #1 by Greg Pak, Lee Weeks, Kyle Higgins, Doug Mahnke, Tony Bedard, and Paulo Siqueria, and Marvel's Original Sin #0 by Mark Waid and Jim Cheung.
If you thought Terry McGinnis heading to college in DC's digital-first Batman Beyond 2.0 series was going to be all energy drink-induced panic attacks during all-night term paper writing sessions and/or having a shway time chilling at the quad with the Justice League, you'll be pleased to know that from the beginning of the series all the way through this week's Chapter 13 written by Kyle Higgins with art by Thony Silas, Batman's been all about fighting futuristic bad guys. And we have a first look at the upcoming issue to prove it!
Last week, two of the very small handful of writers still working on DC Comics' New 52 titles they launched announced they were finally ending their runs. In the case of Teen Titans writer Scott Lobdell, the catalyst was the complete cancellation of the title with issue #30. Nightwing, meanwhile, will continue, but Kyle Higgins won't be writing it.
A distinctly different animal than the independent cartoonist, creators-owned collaboration or even work-for-hire artist, writing gigs in ongoing cape comics have always been fluid, but the turnover seems to be faster and more common now than it's ever been. Whether a result of cancellations, writers moving on to other things (often finite, creator-owned work), or creative differences with editorial, Marvel and DC writer runs are getting shorter and shorter.
One of the most significant -- and to many readers, one of the most exciting -- developments in comics in the last few years has been the growth of Image Comics, with many of the most popular writers and artists in the industry currently producing much, if not all, of their creator owned work through the publisher. As such, Image Expo has become a highly anticipated event, as publisher Eric Stephenson uses the annual show to announce several upcoming books from both established and new talent.
Today's Image Expo continued that tradition, as more than a dozen new titles were announced, from Ed Brubaker, Grant Morrison, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Chris Burnham, Matt Fraction, Rick Remender and more.
The "Beyond" titles of DC Comics' acclaimed digital-first series are getting something of a software update this summer in the form of new creative teams and titles, some of which are particularly good news for longtime fans of the universe which first debuted with the Batman Beyond animated series all the way back in 1999. The flagship title Batma
One of the relatively few DC Comics writers to be well into the second year of his original New 52 gig, Kyle Higgins has big plans for Nightwing, the original Robin who many fans think of as the first born son of the DC Universe; the young
DC Comics' final Comic-Con panel of Saturday focused on the Dark and Edge lines of the forthcoming DC Universe relaunch. On stage for the San Diego crowd were editor Pat McCallum, Swamp Thing writer Scott Snyder, Animal Man and Frankenstein writer Jeff Lemire, Blackhawks writer Mike Costa, Suicide Squad writer Adam Glass, Men of War writer Ivan Brandon, Stormwatch and Demon Knights writer Paul Cornell, Deathstroke writer Kyle Higgins, All-Star Western artist Moritat and I, Vampire writer Joshua Hale Fialkov.
While no major news was announced at the panel, each creator was able to discuss their work in quite a lot of depth, even to the point where there was very little time for a Q&A session with fans. Their enthusiasm was palpable, with many of them discussing the research and themes that went into their books and going
On sale now is the first issue if Batman: Gates of Gotham, a new five-part miniseries written by Scott Snyder & Kyle Higgins with artwork by Trevor McCarthy. Hotly anticipated by fans of Snyder's impressive work on Detective Comics, Higg
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