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The debut of Frank Miller’s cover for the minicomic accompanying Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was greeted Monday with a mixture of confusion and criticism, as many fans tried to figure out what happened to the legendary artist. “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis For Dark Knight III,” reads the headline on io9.com.
But as the jokes flew on social media, Astro City writer Kurt Busiek stepped up with an alternate view: that Miller, revered for his work on Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, knows precisely what he’s doing.
Catfishing is only a part of the dangers that await people on Craigslist.
That’s only part of the lesson of a horrifying and amazing story from Lower Macungie, PA that’s circulating in the local media. Allentown’s The Morning Call has a story up on a comic book sale set up via the ubiquitous personal ads site that turned out to be armed robbery ruse.
After contacting someone claiming to have a massive private comics collection for sale, 51-year-old former shop owner Gene Bartholomew and a friend showed up at a wealthy-looking yet for sale house with $50,000 in cash on Thursday. When Bartholomew found three armed men instead of long boxes in the backyard, he tossed the cash over a fence and charged the robbers head on.
The paper recounts the harrowing event in detail, noting that while Bartholomew lost his money, he was able to subdue one 22-year-old suspect who is now in police custody. The other two men made off with the cash. See a report on the robbery from local station WFMZ below the jump.
Marvel will follow up their popular Comic-Con International exclusive by expanding their Skottie Young-inspired enamel pin collection with a new series of sets, which will only be available at this year’s New York Comic Con (via MTV). Based on Young’s series of variant covers, 22 new pins will be available for purchase at the Marvel Booth (#1354).
The pins will come in five sets: “Iron Man 3-Pack,” “Captain America 3-Pack,” “Spider-Man 2-Pack,” “Blind Pack 2-Pin Set” and “Daredevil, Punisher and Spider-Man Unmasked.” A Director Coulson pin with a lanyard will also be available for purchase. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Spider-Woman, Deadpool, Falcon and the Winter Solider are among the characters included.
Fans who spend $30 at the Marvel Shop will be able to purchase one; it takes $65 to purchase two or $90 to purchase all three. The “Daredevil, Punisher and Spider-Man Unmasked” pins will be available in limited quantities throughout the convention, and are only available for those who hit those incentive tiers. You can catch a glimpse of all the available pins below.
ComiXology will give away limited-edition print variants of select Submit comics next week at New York Comic Con.
As announced this morning at EW.com, throughout Oct. 8-11 convention, 500 copies of each of these titles will be available on a first come, first serve basis: Aw Yeah, Comics #1, by Art Balthazar and Franco; the Fresh Romance anthology, edited by Janelle Asselin; Gamma #1, by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas; Heathen #1, by Nastasha Alterici; and Revenger #1, by Chuck Forseman.
Look out, Spider-Man! There’s a new superhero in Edmonton, AB. Thanks to the Children’s Wish Foundation, SpiderMable — a six-year-old hero battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia — has teamed up with the wall crawler in order to locate the missing Oilers captain Andrew Ference (via CBC News).
In a broadcast this morning, Sgt. Steve Sharpe of the Edmonton Police Service called out to SpiderMable for help rescuing the hockey player. “If SpiderMable is out there, and you get this message, come down to the mayor’s office and be a part of that team and lead us towards safety and getting our captain back,” he said.
SpiderMable answered the cry for help and is on the hunt for Mysterio at West Edmonton Mall. After some training and the discovery of some clues, SpiderMable and Spider-Man will track Mysterio and Ference to Edmonton Valley Zoo, save the day and celebrate in the Otter Room.
The Wolf’s mona monkey is the best there is at what it does, and what it does is eat fruit. And fling poop, naturally.
Whetting the public’s insatiable appetite for things that look like other things, Metro followed its expose on an East Yorkshire carp that resembles 1970s-era Elton John with a bit of journalism that hits closer to home: a blue-and-yellow primate that could easily be the hirsute mutant’s stunt double.
The ever-popular “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland gets a turn toward the theatrical with a dramatic reading of the Joker’s monologue titled “The Emergency Exit.”
Performed by Aaron Williams — an actor/director and not the Buffalo Bills safety, although how nuts would that have been? — the black-and-white video features the performer speaking in front of a mirror while smoking a cigarette, giving the reading a very, very classic film look. Also, from his manner of speaking, whether intentional or not, Williams channels a bit of Mark Hammill’s Joker from “Batman: The Animated Series” and does a great job at it.
Check out the video after the jump.
Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso recently appeared on MSNBC to talk about the publisher’s newest title “Red Wolf,” which will feature a Native American hero from the American Southwest. The comic will hail from writer Nathan Edmondson, interior artist Dalibor Talajic and cover artist Jeffrey Veregge, himself a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.
“Back in the ’70s, Red Wolf was a character who existed in the Wild West, and he was sort of a Native American Avenger with a red wolf by his side,” Alonso explained. “What we’re doing is we’re taking that character and we’re bringing him into the Marvel Universe, where he’s going to run alongside Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men… He is best described as a Native American MacGyver. He’s a handy individual who’s able to adapt to almost anything and he’ll need to.”
Though he won’t have superpowers, this new incarnation of Red Wolf will have “the ability to adapt to all circumstances and find a weapon or tool in almost anything available.”
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.