Few other titles in the existence of modern comics can tout the A-list pedigree that Swamp Thing has enjoyed: Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison. Now industry wunderkind Scott Snyder is ready to try his hand at the rebooted creature from the swamp. How does he fare? You know the drill…take the jump for details!
DC Comics has announced not only will the superheroes get a relaunch in September, but so will Swamp Thing and other supernatural characters of the DCU. UPDATE: This story has been updated from the 9:00 edition that includes cover images, and more supernatural characters, including vampires, and VOODOO by Ron Marz.
This week on the show: The Swamp Thing rises, Thundercats Ho!, and we answer a listener question about horror comics. [podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/majorspoilers/msp275.mp3[/podcast] Direct Download Subscribe via iTunes RSS Feed Podcast Alley Show Notes after the Jump!
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew take a gander at Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1. From 1983 through 1987, a young British writer named Alan Moore revolutionized the American comic book. His groundbreaking tenure on DC Comics’ SWAMP THING set new standards for graphic storytelling and touched off a revolution in the medium that is still expanding today. Building on the title’s framework of gothic horror with a remarkably intuitive narrative style and an unprecedented depth of characterization, Moore’s vision was realized through the hauntingly beautiful artwork of such collaborators as Stephen Bissette,
We’re all trying to be better stewards of the planet at Major Spoilers, but sometimes trying to be green leads to a bit of conflict – especially when Marvel and DC are involved. This week it is the battle of the creatures from the bog; Swamp Thing and Man-Thing. VOTE!
For those paying close attention to Batman: Blackest Night, the appearance of Deacon Joseph Blackfire may have you puzzled. The Deacon and his followers appeared in Batman – The Cult, which will be the focus of discussion during the trade paperback section of the next Major Spoilers Podcast. Batman must stop the army of the homeless recruited by the mysterious Deacon Blackfire in this classic title illustrated by master horror artist Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of the “Swamp Thing”. Deacon Blackfire, charismatic shaman with roots as old as Gotham City itself, seemingly uses the city’s homeless to fight crime. But Blackfire
Press Release Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that Phil Hester, the current writer for The Darkness, will take over artistic duties on the series for â€œBog,â€ a special two-part story which he has also written.Â â€œBogâ€ begins in The Darkness #80 which is solicited for a September 2009 release and will conclude the following month in The Darkness #81.
TwoMorrows Publishing is auctioning off a limited edition hardcover copy of their new book, The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore: Indispensable Edition, autographed by “Watchmen” and “V For Vendetta” author Alan Moore. All proceeds from this auction go to THE HERO INITIATIVE, a federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. The auction can be found on eBay.
When Hellblazer arrives in stores on December 17th, it will hit two milestones.Â First the title hits the magic issue #250, which in itself is a great achievement, but the second is a little bit more important as it marks the longest running series for Vertigo. To celebrate the company is giving readers a five for one deal. If the idea of a holiday issue of HELLBLAZER strikes you as irreverent and a little perverse, well, thatâ€™s exactly why it works so well. Here, the holiday season of everyoneâ€™s favorite chain smoking, magical con-man, John Constantine, is disrupted by the
Gotta squeeze this one in, just to upset those of you who think politics and comics shouldn’t mix.Â It’s all in good fun. It’s just a bit of fun, really, but I get a real kick out of imagining what a Conan/Swamp Thing administration would be like. Â I figure national security wouldn’t be a problem (who’d wanna mess with an axe wielding barbarian?) and environmental issues would definitely take center stage. Â Hell, even the current financial mess in the US would probably benefit — you could imagine President Conan meeting with Wall Street heads and scowling, “Crom! Â You’re all thieves!
On the next Major Spoilers Podcast, we’re diving deep into the comic that, in 1986, made me sit up and go Hellz Yeah! That collected trade would be none other than Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. If any comic has a claim to have truly reinvigorated the genre, then The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller–known also for his excellent Sin City series and his superb rendering of the blind superhero Daredevil–is probably the top contender. Batman represented all that was wrong in comics and Miller set himself a tough task taking on the camp crusader and turning
Or – “The Vertigo Problem.” Recently, Gatekeeper Manager Deon (who doesn’t get Howard The Duck, but somehow loves XO: Manowar) explained to me his problem with Vertigo comics:Â They’re just weird for weirdness’ sake.Â I don’t know how true that assessment is, but I can clearly see the kernel of truth at the bottom of that statement.Â I love classic Swamp Thing, I have read Hellblazer religiously since day one, I have all the Sandman trade paperbacks, I even loved Shade: The Changing Man.Â But there came a point where Vertigo seemed to have found a niche, a hook, and