Batman is by far one of the most popular super-heroes around. The reasons for that vary depending upon the source. I believe that Batman's humanity is what makes him more relatable than Superman. However, many aspects to Batman's character have been ignored over the years, forgotten by a large number of his fans. Important parts of his character have become parody. Despite his popularity, I don't share the feeling that Batman is the greatest super-hero. He's great, but there are parts that people forget that make him one of the best.
So I get this press release from DC Comics yesterday letting me know that we're finally going to get a follow up to the Comedian's button from Watchmen showing up in the wall of the Batcave in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. I have some thoughts about it, which follow after the release, complete with animated GIFs. Here's a hint to publishers; I love when you take the time to make an animated GIF.
DC Rebirth has been a success for the most part. It stopped a run of market dominance for Marvel, even if only for a little, and some of the comics have been critical successes. Given my limited time, I've had a hard time keeping up with all of the Rebirth titles, so when DC Comics gives me a review copy of one of the trades, I'm going to give it a shot. Initially, I was going to go with The Flash, but then Nightwing came across my desktop.
As I mentioned last time, I love the concept of an unlimited Multiverse. The exploration of alternate histories makes for a plethora of interesting stories. This installment of Exploring the Multiverse looks at one of my favorite stories from DC's Elseworlds series, Superboy's Legion.
DC Comics sent us a preview of Batman #9, and while it's since made the rounds everywhere, I thought we should still share it with you, because I have some serious love for Psycho Pirate as a villain. Maybe it was his appearance in the All-Star Squadron/Infinity, Inc. crossover that cinched it for me, but his role in Crisis On Infinite Earths certainly helped and his story in Grant Morrison's Animal Man run was some of what proved what could be done with a meta-type of story.
We got another nice little press release from DC Comics, letting us know of the special interlude story featuring on the origins of her signature villain, the Cheetah, albeit more so her alter ego, Barbara Ann Minerva. Here's the full press release from DC Comics.
Went through the comics I remember reading as a kid and thought of this old issue of Justice League of America that impressed me. The image of super-heroes with wacky starfish attached to their faces has stuck with me to this day, making Starro one of my favorite JLA villains. It's probably this issue's striking cover that caught my eye as a kid, .
Midnighter And Apollo is one of those titles that fans of Steve Orlando's Mignighter series have been eagerly awaiting. Fans of the characters' story in the pages of the Authority have also been clamoring for them to be reunited after events unfolded in the New 52 that saw new versions of them meet and once again become a couple, only to split in Midnighter.
Wow. It's been a while, hasn't it? Let's skip the apologies and continue like nothing happened to keep me from reviewing old comics and sharing a love of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I even love the Legion when they shared their title with Superboy. I'm taking a break from reviewing every single issue put out in order and instead jumping to one that I remember getting at a discount store in a Whitman 3-Pack.
Prez Volume 2 cancelled by DC Comics. That was the word from writer Mark Russell on Twitter. Prez impressed us enough to name it the best series of 2015, which wasn't an easy task, given some of the great comics that were published last year. Prez even won the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for best series. While sales were not strong, reviews were astounding and there was definite interest for the second half of the promised twelve issues to be published. DC Comics saw otherwise, so instead of the second half of the series, we're only getting a twelve-page "Election Special," coinciding with our actual Presidential Election.
One of the great things that have come out of cross-company crossovers is Luberjanes / Gotham Academy. Both series have found a strong fan base that are very similar, so the crossover just makes sense. It also has that fun feel of being something that a fan of both books would want to see. It also feels like a genuine attempt to expand the readership of both books, drawing in those readers of one title that are not yet reading the other. The third issue hits shops this Wednesday and BOOM! has graciously made a preview available to us.
Batman: The Killing Joke was available in select theaters July 25th and we got a chance to go see it. The film, as a whole, was nothing short of what you would expect from DC animation. Iconic panels from the graphic novel were nostalgic throughout and seeing it in motion with a full score made the entire experience new and refreshing. I remember being a younger comic book reader and this being on the list of Batman to read. I also remember it giving me more nightmares that Paranormal Activity did. Tonight (at 27 years old), I am worried about falling asleep.