Many years ago, you could go to the store and buy, buy, buy all sorts of action figures inspired by Batman: The Animated Series. Then the line dropped off, but fan demand was still high. In the last couple of years, DC Collectibles has released larger versions of those figures, and in 2016 we are going to get a ton of new figures added to the line.
After my review of Batman Beyond, the character and his world have been on my mind. Everything about Neo Gotham and its inhabitants is so interesting – familiar and different at the same time. Even old man Wayne isn’t quite as gruff as Bruce in his prime. Today’s Art Appreciation Moment of the Day takes a look at Bruce in a way I haven’t seen before.
DC Comics has told everyone that their comics universe would be a very different one after the “Convergence” event ended in May. This past week, we discovered just how true those words were when illustrations of the new costumes for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were revealed. As always, reaction to these changes was mixed, reminding me very much of the time before the New 52 hit stores.
When something catches on, even for a while, it’s not unusual to see that come back in one form or another. That’s often referred to as a “revival.” Star Trek is a good example of this. It did well on television and movies, so now there’s a new series of films … oh, and comics, too! There have been a few examples of this in comics recently, so I thought I’d discuss them! GOODBYE AGAIN, ‘BATMAN BEYOND’ As a long-time fan of Batman: The Animated Series and its several follow-ups, I was thrilled when DC Comics revived Batman Beyond, a
As City Hall continues to threaten Geoffrey Warner, Blaze must find a way to unite C.O.W.L….even as John’s investigation brings a dark cloud over the organization. Image Comics has been really working hard on going where no comic has gone before. I’ve been impressed by the books they’ve been producing. One book I couldn’t wait to get into was C.O.W.L., written by Kyle Higgins, likely best known for his Bat-work at DC, including Nightwing and Batman Beyond 2.0. As City Hall continues to threaten Geoffrey Warner, Blaze must find a way to unite C.O.W.L….even as John’s investigation brings a dark cloud over the organization. Image
It’s a very special episode this week, featuring my interview with comics writer/artist extraordinaire Dan Jurgens! He’s a busy guy these days, working on DC’s weekly Futures End as well as Aquaman and the Others. We talk about how he and the other creators make these excellent titles happen, and even discuss a favorite character of mine he developed that makes an appearance in The Multiversity #1! Don’t miss it! Next week, there’ll be another fun chat with a great comics creator as we count down to episode #150!
As I mentioned in my review of Batman #33 last week, I celebrated the official 75th anniversary of Batman on Wednesday, July 23, at the a local comics shop, wearing my Batman t-shirt with art by Greg Capullo on it. This took place at the Coliseum of Comics in Kissimmee, Florida, and it was a fun time. (Their website can be found at this location.) Lots of customers wore Bat-related clothing and costumes while picking up that conclusion to “Zero Year.” There were capes and masks galore, and I enjoyed celebrating Batman’s latest milestone.
Cartoons are awesome, and a big part of cartoons is that show open. Superman flies around, cheetara beats up some mutants and Ash tries to catch some pokemans, all while some rockin’ music plays. This is not a list of ‘the greatest animated shows’ just the greatest opening sequences! What follows is a list of animated show intros, each more awesome than the last.
Much praise has be heaped upon the Batman Beyond universe. It gave us a look at what might come in the next twenty years, and gave us a new group of heroes to root for. While we’ve seen the adventures of Batman, and the Justice League, we’ve only seen Superman here and there. Now he get’s his own story, just in time for everything to change forever.