Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved roll can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we'll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.
Today we’re looking at the brave souls who heard the call and in one way or another attempted to fill Superman’s boots. Some — much like Superman himself — are lost souls from dying worlds, some are two-bit thugs and at least two of them are pretty much The Terminator.
I have been pretty open about this recently, but the current story arc in Justice League United is basically the most exciting thing going in comics. Not only does it involve a makeshift team of Stargirl, Steel, Robotman and Vandal Savage investigating a rift in time that's pulling in soldiers from a century of wars into a single village in France, and not only does that mean that we're also getting Sgt. Rock, Easy Company, the Creature Commandos, Frankenstein, GI Robot, GI Zombie, another Vandal Savage, and an unexpected ally in Hans von Hammer, the Enemy Ace, but the last issue ramped things up a considerable amount of notches when OMAC showed up.
Now, Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier are setting out to answer a question that readers --- read: me --- have been asking for years: What does it take to knock out the One Machine Attack Construct? The answer, as you will see in a preview below, is double robot punches.
Over the past couple of weeks, DC Comics' Convergence event has resulted in some of the most exciting and most bizarre announcements since the company threw out their previous shared universe canon in favor of the "New 52" reboot -- especially since the core idea of next April's big crossover is that they're bringing back a bunch of the versions of characters that they got rid of for a big battle against the new batch. Last week was particularly enticing for long-time fans, teasing us with Greg Rucka's return to writing Renee Montoya in The Question and Gail Simone going back to the fan-favorite pairing of Nightwing/Oracle.
This week, they've attempted to top that with a whole new roster of books, and this time they're set in a pre-Flashpoint Metropolis. The second week's launches will see the return of characters from 1996's Kingdom Come and the landmark Justice League International, plus Louise Simonson writing Steel. Of course, we're also getting Azrael and the return of Larry Hama to writing Batman, so someone out there needs to stop wishing on the Monkey's Paw already.
The NBA All-Star Game is today, meaning the best players in the world have gathered together to do dozens of interviews, hang out for a bit, and then play a game with absolutely no defense unless it turns out to be close in the final 3 minutes. It's a good time.
It also means there is ample opportunity for every manner of product placement and cross promotion, and comics were almost certainly going to get in on the action. This time it's in the form of a custom comic, as the Justice League visit the set of Inside The NBA to hang out with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal. But the team who put this comic together made one embarrassing gaffe: Shaquille O'Neal and Steel are seen in the same room at the same time, and we all know that's impossible, as they are the same man.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome. In honor of this year's 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman and this weekend's release of Man of Steel, we present for the second time a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's brilliant creation that we've highlighted in this feature over the last few years. We know it's cheating but we didn't count on going away for a month and then coming back in the middle of a big media event. All-new next week evermore.
DC Universe Online players willing to shell out $9.99/1,000 Station Cash a pop can now suit up as two of the DCU's arguably most iconic armored characters. Legends versions of the heroic John Henry Irons a...
As we continue our in-depth look at super-hero movies, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri take on the Superman film franchise. Even this part.
David Uzumeri: When we last left off, Steel had just stopped two old rich dudes from getting robbed by a poor guy, which led into a high-speed police chase which concluded in Steel driving into a junkyard on his motorcycle...
Metropolis' shady industrial district isn't necessarily on any timid tourist's list of places to visit, but for the superpowered players of the upcoming "DC Universe Online" MMORPG, Suicide Slums seems poised to serve as a destination of choice...
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