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. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). Let’s begin:
DC Villains Month AnnouncedDC finally announced their worst kept secret: this September will be Villains Month! Every New 52 title will be taken over by a villain for a one shot story that will lead into their appropriate ongoing series. Jim Lee said: “September has always been a big month for us and we look for an opportunity every year in September to do something big that really redefines the line and invites anyone who hasn’t been following comics to step right in. We launched the New 52 with all-new continuity and new costumes, Zero Month was all about origins of our heroes, and now the villains are taking over. One of the strengths of the DC Universe has been the strength of the rogues gallery. Often times they’re as famous – if not more infamous – than our heroes.” All the covers will feature a 3D motion effect. Jim Lee clarified: “It’s called a 3D motion cover and it’s essentially artwork that’s been separated onto different layers, so when you hold the cover, which is a premium stock cover, and you slightly rotate the comic book left or right or up and down, the images move a bit.” Dan DiDio added: “It’s an incredible 3D effect that shows depth of field on the covers. It’s the full cover stock, so it’s not anything that’s been glued on. More importantly, it’s actually pliable and soft to the touch – it’s a brand new technology and we’re going to be the first ones debuting in this fashion.” In related news, because of these covers, all the books will be $3.99 instead of the traditional $2.99. Dan DiDio ended with teasing us: “One of our major recognizable characters will be affected in a very dramatic way.” As for the titles that will be featured…
DC Villains Month TitlesVillains Month will feature 56 releases. It will kick-off a seven-part mini-series by Geoff Johns and David Finch entitled Forever Evil. Geoff Johns said: “Forever Evil is a chance for David and I to work on all the greatest villains in comic books. It’s literally everybody. I don’t even know if there’s anybody not in it. We’re really exploring what darkness means and the different kinds of darkness that are within these villains.” Also kicking-off are three five-part mini-series: Forever Evil: Rogues (“Brian Buccellato and Patrick Zircher put the spotlight on the Flash’s colorful and infamous gang of Rogues, led by Captain Cold”), Forever Evil: Arkham War (“The biggest story with Bat-villains you’ve ever seen features the creative team of Peter Tomasi and Scot Eaton”), and Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. (“Matt Kindt pens a title featuring the government agency Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans. DC comic fans have seen increasingly shady things the group’s been doing, and Steve Trevor will be learning about those as the audience does”)The other titles are as follows:
Batman #23.1 The Joker #1, Batman #23.2 The Riddler #1, Batman #23.3 The Penguin #1, Batman #23.4 Bane #1
Batman and Robin #23.1 Two-Face #1, Batman and Robin #23.2 The Court of Owls #1, Batman and Robin #23.3 Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins #1, Batman and Robin #23.4 Killer Croc #1
Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1 The Ventriloquist #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2 Mr. Freeze #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #23.3 Clayface #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4 The Joker’s Daughter #1
Detective Comics #23.1 Poison Ivy #1, Detective Comics #23.2 Harley Quinn #1, Detective Comics #23.3 The Scarecrow #1, Detective Comics #23.4 Man-Bat #1
Batman/Superman #3.1 Doomsday #1
Action Comics #23.1 Cyborg Superman #1, Action Comics #23.2 General Zod #1, Action Comics #23.3 Lex Luthor #1, Action Comics #23.4 Metallo #1
Superman #23.1 Bizarro #1, Superman #23.2 Brainiac #1, Superman #24.3 H’el #1, Superman #24.4 Parasite #1
Green Lantern #23.1 Relic #1, Green Lantern #23.2 Mongul #1, Green Lantern #23.3 Black Hand #1, Green Lantern #23.4 Sinestro #1
Justice League #23.1 Darkseid #1, Justice League #23.2 Lobo #1, Justice League #23.3 Dial E #1, Justice League #23.4 Secret Society of Super-Villians #1
Justice League Dark #23.1 The Creeper #1, Justice League Dark #23.1 Eclipso #1
Justice League of America #7.1 Deadshot #1, Justice League of America #7.2 Killer Frost #1, Justice League of America #7.3 Shadow Thief #1, Justice League of America #7.4 Black Adam #1
The Flash #23.1 Gorilla Grodd #1, The Flash #23.2 Reverse-Flash #1, The Flash #23.3 The Rogues #1
Green Arrow #23.1 Count Vertigo #1
Aquaman #23.1 Black Manta #1, Aquaman #23.2 Ocean Master #1
Wonder Woman #3.1 Cheetah #1, Wonder Woman #3.2 First Born #1
Earth-2 #15.1 Desaad #1, Earth-2 #15.2 Solomon Grundy #1
Swamp Thing #23.1 Arcane #1
Teen Titans #23.1 Trigon #1, Teen Titans #23.2 Deathstroke #1
I’m a sucker for titles starring villains so this month is looking to put a serious dent in my wallet… And how about all those Batman books?
(#1) In an interview concerning Keith Giffen being reunited with J. M. DeMatteis on Larfleeze, a question was posed of when to expect frequent collaborator Kevin Maguire to pop up. His response: “Probably never since he’s working on another book with me and Marc. I know that should be ‘Marc and me’ but the thought of putting his name first… cue frisson.” Justice League International? Booster Gold? Something else entirely?
(#2) A new source confirmed the theory we’ve already heard as to why James Robinson left Earth 2: there were plans for a second title and Robinson was not going to be the one to write it. Since it’s his baby he took great offence to being passed over and having someone else mess around in his “world” so he quit. Such a shame. Will the new Earth 2 team(s) be able to maintain the momentum this book has built-up under Robinson or will they fall flat on their face(s)? Only time will tell…
(#3) The A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo, Brazil have teamed up with Warner Bros. and DC Comics to help children through the awful experience of chemotherapy. According to a report: “Intravenous ‘Superformula’ bag covers were recently constructed based on characters from the Justice League of America which offer a child-friendly version of the treatment. Not only that, but the children’s ward was completely redecorated to look like the Hall of Justice. They took it one step further and collaborated with Warner Bros. to produce a series of one-shot comic books featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, all going through similar experiences as the children with cancer, and recovering their strength — all thanks to the ‘Superformula’, of course.” An uplifting tale indeed and one that DC should be applauded for.
(#4) DC Comics announced their new digital initiative entitled DC2. There will be two different variations utilized: 1. Laying new panels on top of old ones to create new panel-to-panel storytelling experiences while involving sound and music and 2. Called DC2 Multiverse which allows readers to change the direction of stories in the direction they choose just like a “choose your own adventure” book. The first two titles to take part will be Batman ’66 and Batman: Arkham Origins with Origins using the DC2 Multiverse technique. A very cool feature that might (and that’s a big might) make me check one out.
(#1) James Robinson may of accidently spilled the proverbial beans on what he will be up to once he leaves Earth 2. He tweeted the following: “Hey, I’m going to be writing Namor. Are you proud of me?” and then proceeded to delete it. Was it intended as a private message but went public instead? Is this actually going to happen? Would you buy a solo title starring Namor? Or is it maybe a title featuring Namor in the cast? Questions, questions, questions. Let the speculation begin!
(#2) BleedingCool unleashed some San Diego Comic Con rumors: “San Diego Comic Con is expected to bring us the Matt Fraction/Inhumans news, as well as a couple of major Ultimate Universe announcements, one of which may see Brian Wood wrapping his Ultimate X-Men run towards the end of the year. But if there is some finality to the Ultimate line, expect Ultimate Spider-Man to continue… Expect Avengers Assemble to be majorly retooled after the Infinity crossover. There’s a feeling the book isn’t pulling its weight right now. Look for that to change. As we previously deduced, Morbius is cancelled with issue 9. Expect that to be confirmed by the September solicitations.” June 18th is nearly here!
(#3) “From the battlefields of Infinity comes a new team to protect Earth! With the Avengers light-years away in space, contending with the Builders, and Thanos’ marauders ransacking the Earth, doing as they please – who will stand in defense of mankind?” With that tease Marvel officially announced the Mighty. But who are the members of this group? Over the course of the last few days we learned that very answer and were provided explanations for each by Tom Brevoort: #1 Luke Cage (“During his tenure with the New Avengers, Luke Cage became the moral center of the team. While he’s now retired from being an active Avenger because of the need to raise his daughter in a safer environment, the call to arms, and the catastrophe that is Infinity forces him to get back up off the bench and pull together a bunch of other characters to be the Avengers when no one else can. Luke’s the one character with the gravitas and the wherewithal to make this happen.”), #2 Superior Spider-Man (“A very different flavor of Spider-Man than the typical hero we’ve come to know and love. Doctor Octopus has commandeered his body and is using it to carry out his own particular interpretation, his brand of what begin a hero is. During the course of the Infinity catastrophe, he is on Earth in the center of New York. It’s his city. He’s got it rigged with spider-cameras, spider-bots and spider-minions and there’s no way anybody’s going to be attacking his place without his intervention.”), #3 Blue Marvel (“A character that garnered a lot of attention from the one limited-series he was in. He’s a phenomenally powerful character. A man who, his conscience told him to stand down at the command of his president. Ever since, he’s regretted the action. He has some ambivalence about what he should be doing, what his place in the world is. He’s viewed in different ways from different members of the public. The time has come for him to step onto the world stage in a big way, the events of Infinity are such that he can no longer sit on the sidelines.”), #4 She-Hulk (“She’s been a lawyer, she’s a member of the Future Foundation right now, she’s juggled a lot of things. She’s served with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders a bit. She’s been a good team player, so when a band of characters is pulled together, she’s sort of an essential piece in keeping the gears moving.”), #5 White Tiger (“A character that some have seen on the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ cartoon and who others know from ‘Avengers Academy’ is ready to step up and take her place as a full-fledged individual hero and not just a hero in training or somebody that’s trying to live up to the reputation of their sibling but becomes a full hero in her own right”), and #6 Power Man ( Victor Alvarez — a young character who first appeared during ‘Shadowland,’ a protege of both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, he too is going to going to get the chance to show what he’s made of in a big way as these characters come together and ‘Infinity’ washes over the face of the Earth.”). A nice mix of older and newer characters!
(#4) Apparently we can look forward to potentially two new X-Verse books coming our way at the end of the year/beginning of next. One will focus on the newer X-Men ala Generation X while the other is a mystery. I’m sure San Diego will clear this up for us.
(#5) And finally, in a piece of news that was just too bizarre not to list, we had an eBay seller who put up two staples for sale, two staples that we were told came from Amazing Fantasy #15 (yeah right). He listed the two staples at $100…and actually sold them! Goes to show you people will believe anything and pay for anything…
(#1) A new animated Superman short is coming to us from the mind of Zack Snyder. It’s going to pay homage to Superman’s evolution over the past 75 years and will consist of one continuous unbroken shot. Others involved in the short include Geoff Johns and…Bruce Timm! When or where we’ll see it is unknown though the general consensus is on the Man of Steel Blu-Ray release.
(#2) A week can’t go by without some Guardians of the Galaxy casting news. First up, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) has been cast as the lead female villain. The lead female villain’s identity is unknown but what isn’t unknown is the character that our second actor hiring is playing: Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) is none other than The Collector. The actor will appear in multiple Marvel movies meaning we’ll be seeing a whole lot of The Collector for the foreseeable future. Can this cast get any better or any larger?
(#3) Whoopi Goldberg has been cast in Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie as the character of Bernadette Thompson who in the animated series was an editor at Channel 6 News and the boss of April O’Neil.
(#4) Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine might be coming to an end. The actor had this to say regarding reprising the character in future movies: “I wasn’t even sure after the first stand-alone film if I would do another. I won’t say never, because I’m still loving it. But there would have to be a pretty compelling reason.” Say it ain’t so Hugh!
(#5) Warner Bros. is getting the pieces together to make a film adaptation of Bill Willingham’s Vertigo title Fables. Originally they tried to make it as a TV series with ABC who proceeded to eventually pass on it…and then make the eerily similar Once Upon A Time series. I’ve never read the actual comic but have heard nothing but positives about it. Hopefully this movie takes off and isn’t just another theoretical project like a Flash or Wonder Woman solo film.
(#6) Season 1 may have finished only a month ago but we’re already learning some tidbits on Season 2 of CW’s Arrow. Apparently Season 2 will consist of 23 episodes. Great news! Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed that the second season will “feature Oliver Queen taking on a new mission and moving away from ‘The Hood’ moniker while tweaking his costume and acquiring new crime-fighting gear.” Better news! Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim added: “Season 2 is all about him going from vigilante to being a hero. There really is a difference. Especially in comics, we tend to use those words interchangeably, but Season 2 really spells out the difference between what it means to be a vigilante and what it means to be a hero. That’s something we grab by the throat and don’t let go of starting in episode 1 of Season 2. Excellent news!
(#7) Actor Lucas Till (aka Havok from X-Men: First Class) was spotted around the area they are filming X-Men: Days of Future Past in. Is he visiting old friends? Or will he return in the sequel? Your guess is as good as mine.
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