#Trending In The World Of Comics: 01/25/13-01/31/13

In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. I’ll also give a shout-out to some favourite comic blog entries and have a social media section involving Twitter. Let’s begin:

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DC Comics: WTFWTFPreviously it had been revealed that in the month of April all the New 52 DC Comic books would be getting gatefold covers where the second half of the cover would reveal a shocking moment contained within the issue. Now this event has a name: WTF. I know what you’re thinking: “Is that the best they could do?”. Lame name aside, DC revealed some of the plot points that will be taking place including “Booster Gold reappears while an entire team disappears”, “one team is trapped in a bottle while another is changed completely”, “some heroes change their colors and other change allegiances”, “Pandora battles to the death”, “a close encounter of The Dark Knight kind”, “there’s a new, old Creeper and some old New Gods”, and “one hero quits, and another hero dies”. Anyone care to take a guess which tease belongs to which series?
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Animation CancellationGLYJVery depressing news hit fans of DC Animated TV shows this week when it was revealed that both Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series were not being picked-up for new seasons with the current ones being their last. Young Justice was axed in large part to lower toy sales than expected which is really a crying shame that a quality show gets canned because of that. Hopefully both shows will get some form of a proper ending before the season is up. DC has already found the two replacement shows to replenish the DC Nation line-up. The first one is Beware the Batman: “A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.” The second one is Teen Titans Go!: “Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.” Who knows when (if ever) Green Lantern will get another TV show so I’ll be sure to enjoy it and Young Justice while I can…
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X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-x-men-days-of-future-past-32464805-561-415A whole lot of news was revealed in regards to the X-Men: First Class movie sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past this week. Here’s the rundown: 1. The majority of the film will take place in 1973 (10 years after the first one), 2. Anna Paquin (Rogue), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), and Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) will all make an appearance, and 3. Currently neither actress that portrayed Emma Frost or Moira McTaggert have been asked to return. X-Men: First Class was brilliant and I can’t wait for the sequel!________________________________________________________

Other DC NewsdccomicslogoThree other noteworthy bits of info this week. First off, Comic Artist RB Silva teased the internet this week with his drawings for a potential new Justice League International title possibly written by Jeff Lemire. If this turns out to be true the new JLI looks to consist of Hawkman, Booster Gold, Nightwing, Shazam, Red Tornado, Black Canary and Batgirl. Whoa! What a line-up and a book that I would buy instantly with no hesitation. Secondly, things are not looking good for the CW Wonder Woman pilot. Apparently they are nowhere near ready to shoot and it looks like it will either be a mid-season replacement or not be featured until the 2014 season. Better to get it right then rush it and create a mess like the NBC Wonder Woman one was. Finally, “Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of Man of Steel, which opens June 14, before moving further ahead” on the planned Justice League movie. Yeah, there’s absolutely no way there going to get this done by 2015 and still have it be awesome.
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Other Marvel Newsmarvel logoAnd not to be left out, here’s three bits of info from Marvel. Firstly, a Doctor Strange movie has been confirmed to be a part of Marvel’s Phase Three of movies which is set to begin after Avengers 2 is released in 2015. Super excited for this and the rumored Heroes For Hire movie that was also hinted at. Secondly, Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill from Avengers) revealed that her commitments to How I Met Your Mother doesn’t affect her possible inclusion in the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. She also said that there are definite talks about her inclusion. Very good news indeed! Finally, actor Paul Giamatti is rumored to be finalizing a deal to appear as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man movie sequel. Also, actress Felecity Jones is up for an unspecified role. Personally I’d love to see her as Betty Brant but I’m really intrigued how the movie would actually tackle the character of the Rhino on the big screen.
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In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, awesome reviews, and a fellow writer at The Artifice.

Sci-Fi Jubileehttp://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviews http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

The Indigo Tribehttp://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammarhttp://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

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twitter-logoRecommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@tommylutz
@AUDone44
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Superherologist
@JulzHendricks
@BlueJaigEyes
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10 thoughts on “#Trending In The World Of Comics: 01/25/13-01/31/13

  1. “All the New 52 DC Comic books would be getting gatefold covers where the second half of the cover would reveal a shocking moment contained within the issue.” This is the umpteenth gimmick to raise the sales DC has been churning out since the reboot started, along with the 0 issues, Clark and Diana becoming a couple and so on. Be careful, DC: if publicity stunts become routine, they don’t work anymore.
    In this case, anyway, I appreciated their latest publicity stunt, because, as a huge fan of the Riddler and an avid reader of whodunit novels, I LOVE misteries that need to be unravelled.
    “Anyone care to take a guess which tease belongs to which series?” I’ll try.
    ”Booster Gold reappears while an entire team disappears” Of course this will happen on a team based series. The Justice League main title just faced a crossover with Aquaman, so I don’t think DC plans to launch another event after such a little time. Also, many of the JL members have their own best seller solo title: if they disappear, how could those solo titles go on?
    That’s why Justice League of America is a more probable option. Yes, some JLA members have their own solo series too (Green Arrow, Katana, Vibe and so on), but, apart from Green Arrow, no one would care if the other JLA members disappeared for a while.
    People would care even less if the Team 7 members disappeared, but Booster Gold doesn’t have anything in common with them, so why should he peep out in their title? For the same reason, Justice League Dark is unlikely. Proceeding by elimination, I think JLA is the one. But I’m not 100 % sure, because, as I wrote, DC can’t make Green Arrow disappear now that he’s at the top of his popularity.
    “One team is trapped in a bottle while another is changed completely” A team trapped in a bottle? That’s a magic trick, so my mind goes to Justice League Dark.
    “some heroes change their colors and other change allegiances” Some heroes change their colors? Obviously it refers to Beast Boy being green once again, so my money goes on The Ravagers.
    ”Pandora battles to the death” I did not even know who she is, but Google told me that she’s related to the Flash and to the Phantom Stranger, so I suppose one of them is going to fight with her. She seems to have a strong bond with the supernatural, so the Phantom Stranger title would be a more logical choice.
    ”a close encounter of The Dark Knight kind” It’s too generic, it could refer to any Bat – title.
    ”There’s a new, old Creeper and some old New Gods” Wikipedia told me that, since the reboot started, the New Gods have been appearing in Earth 2, Justice League and Wonder Woman, so the net is closing in on these 3 titles. Wikipedia states that the Creeper is related only to the Justice League, so it seems that this title, being the only one the Creeper and the New Gods have in common, is the most logical choice… but, even in this case, I’m not 100 % sure, because that plot point is too weak for one of the most sold DC series. I figure DC thought a more altering event for the Justice League title.
    “One hero quits, and another hero dies” Even in this case, it’s too generic to make a forecast. But it obviously refers to a team based series, and it’s intriguing enough to be the Justice League plot point.
    “Young Justice was axed in large part to lower toy sales than expected” Utterly ridiculous. So, if Green Arrow’s action figures don’t sell, you’ll fire Lemire, DC? The 2 things are not linked in any way! If a comic book sells and meets critical acclaim, who cares about toys?
    By the way, “fire Lemire” is not a rhyme, because Lemire tweeted that his surname’s correct pronunciation is Lemeer, not Lemyre.
    “Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld” Now I see why Katana got a solo title.
    “A potential new Justice League International title possibly written by Jeff Lemire. If this turns out to be true the new JLI looks to consist of Hawkman, Booster Gold, Nightwing, Shazam, Red Tornado, Black Canary and Batgirl.” JLI + Lemire + Nightwing + Green Arrow’s former lover… you know I don’t like team based comic books, but I would add this one to my pull list blindfold.
    “Paul Giamatti is rumored to be finalizing a deal to appear as the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man movie sequel.” He’s a great actor. He got very close to the Oscar a lot of times, and each time he lost by a hair’s breadth. Well, it seems that he doesn’t hope to win it anymore, if he’s going to accept a role in a superhero movie. Yes, I know that Heath Ledger starred in one of them and won the Oscar anyway, but we know that this is an exception.
    In my opinion, Rhino is not interesting and deep enough to be the main villain of a superhero movie. Well, I thought the same thing about Bane, and then I found out that Nolan made him a lot deeper than he is in the comic books, so Marvel could do the same for Rhino… but they would have to work very hard, because a villain wearing that outfit screams CAMPY.
    “Personally I’d love to see her as Betty Brant” I miss Betty so much… bring her back, Marvel! If you do it, I’ll buy any title she appears in!

    • “This is the umpteenth gimmick to raise the sales DC has been churning out since the reboot started”
      As long as they don’t start killing characters constantly thinking it will boost sales and then ressurect them, I’ll be alright.

      As for your possible suggestions for the teases:

      1. “Booster Gold reappears while an entire team disappears”
      I think your JLA theory is pretty good, but I’d also offer up the possiblity of the Legion as Booster’s connection to them is strong as well (since he stole Legion tech and was originally from the future). Strange thing is it looks like Booster’s hand on the All-Star Western cover so I’m pretty confused if these teases are based on one series or are for two. I’ll offer my input if they are for a single title and then if it were for two. So for single: Legion of Super-Heroes, For 2: All-Star Western and Stormwatch (cause of solicitations/interviews about the team’s fate)
      2. “One team is trapped in a bottle while another is changed completely”
      JLD is another great theory. I’d actually go with someone from the Superman Family of books considering the Bottle City and Kandor connection. Thusly I’ll guess Teen Titans. As for 2: Ill go with Teen Titans and Red Hood and the Outlaws. They need a line-up change.
      3. “Some heroes change their colors and others change allegiances”
      Right on the money with Ravagers! My pick as well. If they refer to 2 series: Ravagers and Justice League (Batman leaves to form the JLI with Lemire)
      4. “Pandora battles to the death”
      Phantom Stranger is my bet as well.
      5. “A close encounter of The Dark Knight kind”
      Little too obvious, but perhaps Batman: The Dark Knight?
      6. “There’s a new, old Creeper and some old New Gods”
      For a single title I’d go with Wonder Woman as she is the one dealing with the New Gods. For two: Wonder Woman and Nightwing for the other (on the Nightwing half of the cover revealed someone is maniacally laughing off-page somthing the Creeper is known for)
      7. “One hero quits, and another hero dies”
      For a single title I’d be willingly to go with JLA. For two: Batwing (as it says he is quitting in the solicitation) and Suicide Squad (though I don’t really think you can call them heroes)

      “Now I see why Katana got a solo title”
      Still doesn’t answer why Vibe got one. 🙂 Can’t help it, I’m sorry…

      “JLI + Lemire + Nightwing + Green Arrow’s former lover… you know I don’t like team based comic books, but I would add this one to my pull list blindfold.”
      Make it happen DC!

      “In my opinion, Rhino is not interesting and deep enough to be the main villain of a superhero movie. Well, I thought the same thing about Bane, and then I found out that Nolan made him a lot deeper than he is in the comic books, so Marvel could do the same for Rhino… but they would have to work very hard, because a villain wearing that outfit screams CAMPY.”
      Rhino wouldn’t be the main-villain as they’ve already confirmed Electro appearing and most likely Norman Osborn (as Green Goblin we don’t know). Rhino always was a villain I’d never think we’d see in a movie for his aformentioned campiness. Maybe he will be hired thug without the suit? I don’t know how this will work…

      • You mentioned a lot of titles I normally never even think about. Legion of Super Heroes, All Star Western, Batwing, Stormwatch, Ravagers, The Phantom Stranger, Suicide Squad… actually, being a western fan, I did want to like All Star Western, but, when I got the 1st issue, it didn’t impress me very much. Months later I leafed through the TP at a convention, and for the second time I didn’t feel I was having a worthy comic book in my hands.
        Normally I have a sixth sense for comic books that makes me understand whether I would enjoy one of them only by leafing through it for a few seconds, and usually I don’t make mistakes. For example, at that convention I leafed through the TP of Swamp Thing too, and I immediately understood it was a very remarkable read.
        That’s why previews DC routinely gives us are so important, especially for the brand new series DC is about to launch: by clicking on the pages, you leaf through the first pages of the issue, so you can understand whether the comic book is your cup of tea.
        For example, last month I saw a preview of a DC issue, and from the very first pages there were a lot of bullets flying all over: that’s perfect for me, because I love action packed comics. In fact, I may buy that comic book when it gets an italian edition. Thank you for your replies! : )

        • “That’s why previews DC routinely gives us are so important, especially for the brand new series DC is about to launch: by clicking on the pages, you leaf through the first pages of the issue, so you can understand whether the comic book is your cup of tea.”
          Exactly! I find them especially useful in determing if I shold buy a new Independent produced comic book series most of all as to me they are the hardest ones to predict. I hate when the previews give away too much though sometimes…

          “For example, last month I saw a preview of a DC issue, and from the very first pages there were a lot of bullets flying all over: that’s perfect for me, because I love action packed comics. In fact, I may buy that comic book when it gets an italian edition.”
          And what pray tell was this book that caught your attention if I may ask?

              • No, I’ll probably wait for the italian edition.
                It’s so ironic that Deathstroke and Team 7 have the same writer: that’s why it stuns me that Deathstroke # 16 is so catching from the very first panel, while each issue of Team 7 is boredom at its purest form.
                Maybe that writer doesn’t have a flair for team based series, or maybe he loves Deathstroke, so he puts more efforts when he writes Deathstroke’s solo title. Or maybe he was in a particularly good form when he wrote Deathstroke # 16, but generally speaking he’s a mediocre writer. I don’t have much experience with him, so I don’t know which hypothesis is the most probable one. Thank you for your reply! : )

                • Looking at the writer’s past achievements, his greatest success was a solo book so I think he may have a tough time with the team dynamic and being able to fit everyone into one issue along with plot. The size of the team can get away on the less experienced writers especially one like him that is relatively young in his professional career.

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