Last week I talked about the hubbub resulting from Ben Affleck being chosen to play Batman/Bruce Wayne. Since then, Marvel Studios announced that actor James Spader had been selected to play Ultron in the second Avengers film. The outrage was, shall we say, silent by comparison. I’ve been wondering what fans would have thought if, before Warner Bros. could sign Affleck to be Batman, he had been signed by Marvel to play Ultron instead. Ultfleck instead of Batfleck! Would the screaming have been as loud? In a word, the answer is clearly: No. Why is this?
An all-star special features the various members of Batman Incorporated — Man-of-Bats, Red Raven, El Gaucho, Dark Ranger, Knight, Batman himself and more! In the wake of their epic struggle with Talia al Ghul, the Heretic and Leviathan, see what’s next for the members of Batman’s army. Featuring stories written and drawn by a collection of industry greats! Plus: Bat-Cow makes her solo debut in a tale by writer Dan DiDio and artist Ethan Van Sciver!
I’ve been following with interest the response to last week’s announcement that Ben Affleck will take over the movie role of Batman/Bruce Wayne from Christian Bale. It’s time for me to weigh in on this latest comics-related controversy!
Horror is really becoming a huge draw in comics once again. I was recently sent a review copy of this book, which is subtitled: “Investigating the dark, forgotten corners of our world, one monster at a time,” so I just had to tell everyone about this great comic!
It does this long-time comics reader’s heart good to see Superman holding down the top position in sales as he has the last two months (and I hope he’ll do it again for August). What better way is there to celebrate the Man of Steel’s 75th birthday?
Marvel Comics recently released their solicitations for November of this year. There are a couple of things that have the Internet abuzz. For an event named “Infinity,” it sure doesn’t last long. The first chapter has already come out, and November will see its end. But there will be very little, if any, lag time between Infinity and the next big Marvel event, which will be called Cataclysm. The basic plot of that new event is that the characters in the Ultimate Universe (what I refer to as the U-verse) take on Galactus from the “regular” Marvel Universe (Marvel U).
It’s the 100th episode! This time, I have a fun conversation with J.T. Krul, who has written many excellent tales, but most recently has been working on Superman Beyond, Jirni, Soulfire and a novel! We even talk a little bit about the recent Man of Steel movie, so be sure to listen in! Then I give brief reviews of the books I thought were great that arrived in comics shops on Wednesday, August 11, followed by the latest “News & Previews!” Everything wraps up with a blast from the past … a portion of my interview with Scott Snyder from
There’s a comic debuting this week that I’ve been anxiously awaiting ever since I first heard about it. Phil Hester is bringing back the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents! (Can’t wait!)
If you’re looking for interesting and unusual takes on superheroes and other comics genres, be sure to pick up Mark Bertolini’s books! This includes Breakneck, Long Gone and Broken, all of which put more realistic spins on super-characters and what they might do when they receive powers “beyond those of mortal men.” It ain’t always pretty, let me tell you! Mark and I also talk about his upcoming projects and about the transition from writing for printed issues to digital. You’ll enjoy hearing what he has to say about the industry today! Then I give brief reviews of the books
People used to say that if Adam West’s Batman came across Frank Miller’s version of the same character, he would try to arrest him since he seemed more villain than hero! That’s kind of what’s happening in the Dynamite Entertainment’s new The Owl, a pulp hero being rebooted for today’s readers.
When Steven Moffat recently announced that Peter Capaldi would be the 12th Doctor on the BBC’s long-lived Doctor Who, he set off quite a reaction among Whovians (fans of the show), including those who buy the comic book featuring characters from the program as well. Given past history, it’s going to take quite a bit of time for the new Time Lord to appear in the IDW comic.