James Bond is a franchise that was just begging for a great comics adaptation for years, and we finally got everything we wanted when Warren Ellis and Jason Masters were announced as the creators of an ongoing 007 comic last year. Now, following the success of that ongoing series, Dynamite is launching a new James Bond miniseries titled Hammerhead by Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida.
I believe pretty firmly that Barry Allen should be locked up in a jail, but if we're being honest with each other, that's less because of anything he's done and really just comes down to the fact that I grew up in the '90s and have a pretty strong attachment to Wally West. But even though they might not agree with my reasoning, the Central City Police Department certainly agrees with my conclusions.
When Flash #50 hits shelves next week, it's opening with the Flash being arrested --- and he's being brought in by the Rogues.
More often than not, I use the On The Cheap column to recommend some buried treasures from the world of superhero comics, but this time, we're going to something a little different: The Leg, an original graphic novel from Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta that weaved a magical realism tale of Santa Anna's severed leg returning to life and journeying across Mexico in 1938 on a mission of revenge. And if that sounds weird, well, it is.
This week, we're taking a look at a handful of comics that were produced with the crowdfunding help of Kickstarter, from magical realism to filthy, filthy porno and more! Did your favorite make it onto the list? Check it out and see!
The Humble Bundle continues to be one of the best values in comic books, and as you might expect, this week they've turned their attention to the morespoooooky side of things. And by that, I mainly mean comics where Pinocchio uses his endless wooden nose to stab vampires.
In addition to several books without pictures -- which I find strange and frightening -- the current Horror Book bundle added a bunch of horror comics today, including The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar, a volume of Valiant's Shadowman by Peter Milligan and Roberto de la Torre, the first omnibus of Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, the first two issues of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's Afterlife With Archie, and more.
In 1838, the Mexican general Santa Anna was hit by cannon fire, resulting in a shattered ankle and the amputation of his leg, which he then had buried with full honors. He then entered politics, but when the people of Mexico rebelled against him, the leg itself was exhumed and then lost to history. This is historical fact. Obviously, there was eventually going to be a comic book about this eventually.
Then again, I don't think anyone ever expected it to take the form that it has. In an original graphic novel being funded on Kickstarter, writer Van Jensen (Green Lantern Corps, The Flash) and artist Jose Pimienta are telling the story of The Leg, and how it gains sentience and returns to Mexico in the 1930s in what can only be described as a pretty offbeat journey. This was something we had to find out more about, so I spoke to Jensen and Pimienta about where their interest in historical dismemberment started, why they went to Kickstarter, and just how much emotion an artist can get out of a severed limb.
When DC Comics launched its New 52 initiative in 2011, rebooting and updating the entire DC Universe, it meant making a number of big changes, from dissolving Superman's marriage to Lois Lane to Barbara Gordon's return as Batgirl. And one of the more widely discussed changes among a large portion of DC readers was the decision to eliminate Wally West from continuity, leaving Barry Allen as the only Flash.
But like so many heroes in comics who have disappeared for some time, his return was all but inevitable, and DC Comics has announced today that Wally will return to the pages of the Flash this spring.
Mere hours after writer Andy Diggle announced via Twitter that he was ending his run on Action Comics before it began, another DC Comics writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov, posted on his blog that he likewise won't be writing Green Lantern Corps nor Red Lanterns, both of which he was scheduled to take over in June...
Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer: Of Wood and Blood, the third and final installment of the PVS trilogy by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins, will stab its way onto comiXology in January. Following two printed OGNs (Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer Volume 2: The Great Puppet Theater), Of Wood and Blood marks the series' first outing as an initially serialized volume, though a trade paperback will collect the digital issues in the summer of 2012...