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.
In DC Universe Rebirth, there is a meta subtext to the entire story that reads as Geoff Johns' apology to fans. Please keep in mind that there are spoilers in here, so don't go any further if you haven't read DC Universe Rebirth yet and don't want to know key plot elements for not only this comic but for a plethora of new series.
With the hubbub of DC Universe: Rebirth, and the controversy around the apparent inclusion of a hallowed group of characters, I thought it was time to revisit a critique I did of Dan Didio's statements on Before Watchmen. This was posted four years ago, to the date, on my personal blog, before I started writing for this web site. I know that Geoff Johns is the creative force behind Rebirth, but when someone has been as obvious as Didio in orchestrating large events for DC Comics, and he (or she) is in charge, the critique falls equally on his (or her) head.
This past couple of television seasons has seen an eruption of television shows based on comics, with CW leading the way with The Flash, Arrow, and iZombie. Word got out earlier that Supergirl would join those shows, and a renewed Legends of Tomorrow. Today it was announced that the CW would have a solid half dozen of comic-based television series on its schedule. The newest series to debut, based on a comic book series is Riverdale.
Sexual harassment is a plague not only on the comics industry, but on society as a whole. In reporting it, we have to rely on not only what is said, but what we can prove. That is why we have not covered this story, or the firing of Shelley Bond as Vertigo Executive Editor which precipitated the renewed focus and public outing of Eddie Berganza as the person behind allegations of sexual harassment at DC Comics. We are making a serious attempt at being comics journalists, but no statement is coming out of DC Comics over the matter, and all we are getting are accusations and rumor, but nothing from DC Comics.
Batman Adventures #12 is the first appearance in comics of Harley Quinn. She actually debuted on the Batman Adventures animated series. The episode was "Joker's Favor", first airing on September 11, 1992. It was about a year later she showed up in a comic book, and that issue now sells for hundreds of dollars. She didn't actually enter the DC Universe for another seven years, but we're not talking about that comic, because this all about holy grails, and that holy grail is the first time Harley Quinn showed up in print.
Let's talk about where New Teen Titans turned a corner. Here is where the subplot of Terra infiltrating the Titans started building to the head that was the Judas Contract, which became the first major tragedy for the New Teen Titans. It changed them and set the stage for new characters and a shift away from the "Teen" Titans.
I've been waiting for Wonder Woman Earth One since I saw the first black and white preview pages many months ago. Grant Morrison has had some great takes on DC's pantheon of iconic characters lately, namely with All-Star Superman and Batman, Inc. In interviews, Grant Morrison has promised that it would honor the original spirit of the character as created by William Molulton Marsten. After the details Marston's personal life were made completely public in last year's Secret History of Wonder Woman, this promise became more and more intriguing.
I was thinking about really great super-hero toy lines and thought instantly of the Super Powers toy line. Being the comic book guy here at Needless Essentials, I opted to look at the mini-series that came out at the same time. These aren't the little mini-comics that were included with some of the action figures. In deciding which issue to cover, I wanted to go with the first one that was drawn by Jack Kirby.
In light of recent developments that take this story out of DC Continuity, I'm going to depart from my normal practice and actually review an old comic that is still in print. You can go down your local comic shop and probably find a copy at cover price.