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You’re unlikely to see a better trailer for a comic book — ever — than this one for Raising Dion, the superhero drama by Dennis Liu and Jason Piperberg. Wait, to call it a trailer does it a disservice; it’s a wonderfully produced, and wonderfully uplifting, short film.
While many superhero stories feature parents (whether alive or dead) as inspiration or a guiding force, Raising Dion offers a twist: It’s told from the perspective of single mother Nicole, who’s trying to raise her superpowered 7-year-old son.
Faced with an angry Superman, every Tom, Dick and Dark Knight knows to break out the Kryptonite (it’s usually next to the bandages and antiseptic in the first-aid kit). Likewise, if cornered by Electro, most of us might make sure we’re well-grounded, and then reach for the nearest water hose. But what about those myriad other superheroes and villains?
Glad you asked! MorphSuits, which ruffled so many feathers with its breakdown of Marvel’s most badass female characters, now scrutinizes the Achilles’ heels of costumed characters, probing for a weakness that might help out in a pinch.
When faced with a roster of characters that includes Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Storm, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, it may be difficult to settle on just which of Marvel’s female characters is the most badass. Luckily, however, there’s a handy infographic to help you decide.
Courtesy of the United Kingdom’s MorphSuits, which previously tallied the kill counts of Marvel characters, the graphic ranks 20 heroines and antiheroines in the categories of strength, fighting skills and general “badass rating.”
If you lived in the Marvel Comics universe, chances are you wouldn’t spend your days swooping through the skies and patrolling in the name of justice — unless you lived near a radioactive zoo, at any rate. You’d probably be working that 9-to-5 grind like most citizens, and Empire Flippers (via AV Club) has conveniently put together a map of fictional Marvel businesses based on location so you can know just where to apply.
The map focuses on U.S.-based companies only, spanning from New York City to Los Angeles, California and everywhere in between. From Roxxon to Worthington Industries to Ant-Man Security Solutions, this map will find the location and services for you. Check out the full map below.
Cartozia Tales is a collaborative comic drawn by a roster of talented indie creators, including Sarah Becan and Lucy Bellwood, that’s a cartographic twist on the notion of an exquisite corpse: The comic is set in an imaginary world that is divided into nine different regions, and each contributor takes a different region in every issue. The result is a lively comic with a variety of different styles and stories, knit together by geography.
The comic is all-ages, in the sense that there isn’t anything that would disturb a 6-year-old, but it’s plenty sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy. Guest contributors include James Kochalka, Dylan Horrocks and Evan Dahm.
Good things come in small packages, or so they say, and YouTuber Toscano Bricks has taken it upon himself to prove that’s true by recreating the trailer for Marvel Studio’s “Ant-Man” film entirely in LEGO (via ComicBook.com).
At 2 minutes and 18 seconds in length, the video is a shot-by-shot remake, replacing popular actors like Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll with their LEGO lookalikes. With aid from computer graphics, the video makes good on the promise that heroes don’t get any bigger than this.
If you always wanted to know what a conversation between the Dark Knight and Shaggy — yes, Shaggy of “Scooby-Doo” fame would sound like, a new video promoting the upcoming “LEGO Dimensions” has you covered.
TT Games, Warner Bros. and The LEGO Group have released a new promo that features Batman and and Shaggy talking cars. Always looking out for his image, the Dark Knight questions the always-lovable Shaggy about his new ride, wanting to know if it has shields, bulletproof paneling and, most importantly, if it comes in black. But it might not be the car you’re expecting.
With their powers combined, Dark Horse Comics and Swyft Media have taken “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” into all-new territory with a series of emoji keyboards based on the properties, each of which will provide digital stickers, photo filters and phone themes of the characters.
The emoji keyboards will be available in several apps and marketplaces, including BBM, Photofy, PicsArt, CocoPPa, and Xbox Live Marketplace, as well as in the Apple iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. The apps will allow the emoji keyboards to be used in services like Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp and more. “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” are just three of the upcoming Dark Horse properties that will find their ways to a digital audience.
Batman and the Joker were in it together for Parksville’s annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, winning creators Marielle Hessels of the Netherlands and David Ducharme of Winlaw, B.C. first place at the doubles division (via ComicBook.com).
Titled “My Better Half,” the sculpture depicts Batman and the Joker holding hands and sitting side-by-side on a stone bench. The sculpture cuts Batman and the Joker right down the middle, making both characters represent one full figure only when together, a nod to their almost symbiotic relationship as portrayed throughout all kinds of media. The pedestal reads, “My Better Half.”
Check out more photos of the award-winning sculpture under the cut.
Last week, we pointed out that Wes Craig’s variant cover for The Flash #44, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern, featured one Galactus-sized cameo. Marvel has now returned the favor with an even subtler guest appearance on one of its own front splahses.
Alex Ross’ cover for Secret Wars #8 is a gorgeous work of art, with Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom clashing in the middle as reality rips and explodes around them. You can see the origin of the Hulk; the death of Elektra; the birth of Franklin Richards; and even a ride with the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and, oh, let’s say the Dakota Kid. Down in the bottom left corner of the cover is, of course, Spider-Man. But this isn’t a depiction of just any old “Spider-Man on a radio tower” scene, and he’s actually not alone in that image.
Justice comes in all sizes, and so when one five-year-old Batman — whose secret identity is Zavi Ahmed — spied a family in trouble, he came to the rescue.
The Mirror reports that one-year-old Iris Adamski got trapped in her grandparents’ car when her grandmother accidentally locked the vehicle with the keys inside while loading her groceries. Police arrived to free Iris, but couldn’t find a way to fit into the car even after they broke the rear window.
That’s when Zavi, his mother Emma and his younger brother Nadeen arrived. Zavi bravely volunteered to squeeze into the car to retrieve the keys.
Though the lack of existing footage from Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League prevented the studio from even thinking about giving fans a look at the anticipated film (production has not even begun on the movie) that didn’t stop YouTube user AlexLuthor from using his imagination — and not inconsiderable editing skills — from creating his own trailer for the upcoming superhero blockbuster.
Using the speech Russell Crowe’s Jor-El made for his son, Kal-El, as the voiceover, and incorporating footage from Star Trek, Conan the Fast & Furious franchise, The CW’s Flash and, yes, the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, AlexLuthor has crafted an impressive, action-packed teaser that incorporates the entire announced Justice League roster, and pits them against an inspired choice of foe.
Earlier this week we learned that IDW Publishing has obtained the rights to publish comics based on the popular time-travel movie trilogy Back to the Future. Screenwriter Bob Gale, along with John Barber, Erik Burnham and a “rotating cast of artists,” will bring the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the printed page.
While the announcement on Wednesday mentioned “Batman ’66” artist Brent Schoonover and “Ghostbusters” penciller Dan Schoening are working on the project, it looks like that rotating cast of artists included Secret Identities artist Ilias Kyriazis at one point.
DC Entertainment celebrates the Justice League with this new video spotlighting every Justice Leaguer ever (or so they say), from the introduction of the team in 1960’s The Brave and the Bold #28 to the addition of Power Ring in 2014’s Justice League #35.
As usual with these kinds of compilations, there likely will be a chorus of “But they forgot.” For instance, much of the roster of Justice League Dark is absent from the list — Phantom Stranger, Zatanna and Zauriel were in earlier incarnations of the League — but maybe they don’t count.
Amid the avalanche of variant covers, action figures, art prints and statuettes, the true must-have exclusive may be … KFC’s one-shot The Colonel’s Adventure Comics. At least we think it’s just a one-shot, and not the launch of some fast-food franchise universe-spanning event.
“If you love comics and fried chicken and subliminal marketing,” KFC states in a Facebook post, “then you’ll love this free exclusive #SDCC comic about me.”