(With apologies to Bunim/Murray) This is the story of eleven characters…picked to live in a new universe… work together and have their adventures penned… to find out what happens… when characters stop living in their own universe… and start something completely different in… First Wave.
DCâ€™s Blackest Night and Marvelâ€™s Siege may be the big events everyone is waiting for, but for this comic fan, the one series Iâ€™ve been waiting months for has been First Wave and the return of pulp and golden age heroes to the pages of comics.Â While I enjoyed the Batman/Doc Savage Special, which served as an introduction to this whole new world, there were some troubling spots.Â Now, four months later, readers finally get a peek at this brave new world.Â Does it have the same problems as before, or has DC truly created a new universe that works?
Have you ever danced with The Devil by the pale moonlight?
I never have, but I did have to square-dance with the smelly girl once in elementary school. Thatâ€™s the best way I can introduce Tim Burtonâ€™s Batman, a movie that truly needs no introduction. Itâ€™s a classic piece of action and â€œsuperheroâ€ genre filmmaking, a staple in any comics or movie loverâ€™s collection, and, as I have found, a difficult flick to review completely without favorable bias. But I braved through my fanboy tendencies best I could, all for you, the reader. Without further adieu, letâ€™s get to it.
It’s worth noting that the other copy to receive the 8.0 certification had “off-white” pages (one notch lower on the scale than the copy offered here). That copy sold for $278,189 on 10/26/2001 in an auction held by Mastronet Inc.
It was expected that this copy was going to sell for $500,000, but perhaps the Action Comics sale pushed this comic over the top.Â What’s that about a poor economy, again?
Sad news for the pop culture fans out there.Â Actor Andrew Koenig, who had missing since February 14, 2010, was found dead in Vancouver, British Columbia.Â Koenig had been diagnosed with depression, and had stopped taking his medication, according to CNN. The family stated that the actor took his own life.Â He was 41 years old.
Koening is best known as Boner from the 1980s television series Growing Pains, but had also appeared in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, following in his father’s footsteps as a Star Trek actor.Â For those who have seen the fan film, Batman: Dead End, Andrew Koenig made an appearance as the twisted Joker, who was offed by one of the Aliens.
Walter Koenig, Andrew’s father, and Star Trek’s Pavel Chekov, asked that anyone who is contemplating suicide talk with someone before committing the final act.
“If you’re one of those people who can’t handle it anymore, you know, if you can learn anything from this, there are people out there who really care,” he said. “You may not think so and ultimately it may not be enough, but there are people who really care.”
Sad news indeed, and I would echo the elder Koenig in regards to contacting a help line or a friend if you are going through a dark time.
In this issue: The Muppets gear up for another movie, Hunter’s Fortune moves to issue #3, The Wolfman reviewed, and JSA All-Stars still has Magog in it. Also, LOTR Blu-Ray? A contest that YOU can enter, and a discussion of Batman: Holy Terror.
Bruce Wayne Returns in May, Batman vs. Robin ends with issue #12, and DC is still printing Azreal. The company released an early look at the cover images and solicitation information for Batman titles arriving in May.
If you believe Nikki Finke (and really, she’s right more than she’s not), then we may see a Christopher Nolan Superman film before we see a Batman 3 flick.Â Finke’s Deadline Hollywood is running a story saying that Nolan has been brought on board to resurrect the franchise that took a bit of a downturn following the Superman Returns release.Â If Finke’s inside contact it to be believed, the next Superman film won’t be a followup to Returns, but rather something completely different.
I wonder if Warner Bros. really knows what they want from a Superman film? Sure there are some fantastic stories to draw from, and with a lot of influence from the four color pages found in The Dark Knight, Nolan should be able to cobble something together that would work for Superman, too – What Ever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? anyone?
The bigger question that isn’t answered in the Finke piece is, “will Nolan direct?” At this point it doesn’t look like he will be, but throw enough money at someone, and if they have a vision that only they can carry out, I’m sure he would come on board.Â Even if Nolan doesn’t direct, there are plenty of fine directors who understand the comic book medium and how it works or doesn’t work on screen.Â Heck, I could see Kevin Smith giving a go and making it work if given the right story.
Who do you want to see direct the next Superman film?