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We already knew LEGO Dimensions would include Valve’s popular puzzle game Portal in its mashup world, but this new trailer from Warner Bros. and TT Games demonstrates just how fully it will be integrated.
In the video, which debuted at E3, Portal‘s primary antagonist GLaDOS puts Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle through a series of tests that can only be solved using the LEGO Dimensions Toy Pad (it’s what allows players to introduce characters, vehicles and devices into the toy-to-life game). The footage also depicts Homer Simpson, who doesn’t fare so well, and Portal’s protagonist Chell.
In the 75 years since he was introduced as the original Robin, Dick Grayson has inspired a legacy and numerous imitators, battled a staggering array of criminals, led the Teen Titans, graduated to the identity of Nightwing, and even assumed the mantle of Batman, for a while. But his greatest achievement very well may be surviving the past decade of DC Comics.
DC Entertainment Co-Publisher has gone on the record time and again that he wanted Nightwing as the “big death” in 2005’s Infinite Crisis, which was underscored in January when he uncovered the original whiteboard pages for the event’s timeline (Jason Todd then would’ve assumed Nighting’s identity, only to be rejected by the Bat-Family). However, it turns out that plans for Dick Grayson’s downfall predate even that.
Sure, Stefanos Anagnostopoulos could’ve bought a Joker mask based on Greg Capullo’s Batman design. But why do that when he can simply make his own? Although not from his own skin, of course …
The designer, whom you may remember from that incredible 3D-printed Ant-Man helmet, decided to turn his attention to DC Comics, which led him to Capullo and Scott Snyder’s “Death of the Family” storyline and that gruesome Joker mask.
Crime | A rare copy of 1939’s Superman #3 was stolen from Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, Alberta, sometime in the past week. The comic was displayed high on a wall, and when owner Jay Bardyla went to show it to a customer on Wednesday, it was missing. This issue would be worth $30,000 if it were in mint condition, but Happy Harbor’s copy had tears and other defects and was priced at $2,000. Bardyla and his staff are keeping an eye on comics sites and other comic shops to see if it turns up. “To my knowledge there’s not another copy of Superman #3 kicking around Edmonton so if it shows up at another shop, pawn shop or a flea market … hopefully if they see it they’ll let us know,” he said. [Global News]
Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, knows a good planetary buffet when he sees one, and he’s apparently willing to cross universes — and publishers — to get to it.
Among the covers debuted this afternoon by DC Comics to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern is Wes Craig’s fun variant for The Flash #44, which depicts Barry Allen and John Stewart racing through space, just ahead of a battalion of Parademons. (Is that what you call them, a battalion? A sleuth? A murder?) Scattered throughout the background are tiny cameos by the likes of Ambush Bug, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman,
Starman Mister Miracle, Orion and even Mister Mxyzptlk. But that’s not all …
We’re in the second week of what I suppose I should call “Divergence,” because “Not the New 52″ sounds a little too cute. Last week was the first proper look at the new Superman status quo, and this week features the first full issue of the new Batman. For the most part, the new directions and relaunches I’ve seen have been pretty intriguing. However, underlying them is the age-old issue of maintaining a character’s core attributes.
I’ve talked about this before in the context of honoring a character’s creators. William Moulton Marston wanted Wonder Woman to have a very specific social-justice viewpoint, and to a certain extent Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had a similar goal for Superman. Nevertheless, the two characters ended up developing in different ways.
Marston’s creative voice was never really duplicated, so Wonder Woman became just a bit more generic. Meanwhile, Superman’s multimedia success resulted in a number of new influences, which eventually helped transform Siegel and Shuster’s creation into an Establishment figure. Of course, subsequent shifts in society generally and comics particularly would push back, as with the Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories and Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen in the ‘70s to the more socially conscious Wonder Woman stories in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.
Let’s face it, Alfred Pennyworth is the glue that holds together the Batman Family — heck, maybe even Gotham itself. Without his advice (and gentle prodding), medical skills, sewing and cooking abilities, tactical support and general resourcefulness, the whole operation could easily go off the rails.
Now Bruce Wayne’s tireless butler is at last taking his place alongside the Dark Knight, Robin and Nightwing as an ARTFX+ statue.
A standout of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line, the Shazam 8-inch figure arguably more closely resembled the live-action television version of the character than it did his comic-book counterpart. And his release wasn’t followed by that of Mary Marvel or Captain Marvel Jr., but rather Isis, who shared a programming block with him each Saturday morning.
But now Figures Toy Company is about to make up for all of that with retro-style figures based on the Marvel Family and their foes.
Long known as “Superman,” NBA star Dwight Howard is hanging up his cape and adopting a new superhero moniker: The Flash.
This is a complete reboot, too, with the Houston Rockets center going so far as to get a Flash-inspired makeover for his 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It has a custom paint job, logos on the hood, gas tank and seats, and special gold and red rims, at a cost of about $65,000.
Following the debut this week of the new Midnight series, DC Comics gets a head start on most of the global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month festivities with a look back at some of its own LGBT milestones.
In a special edition of DC All Access, host Jase Peeples, entertainment editor of The Advocate magazine, touches upon some of the key characters and storylines from the publisher’s history, from Maggie Sawyer and Pied Piper to Terry Berg and Batwoman to Alysia Yeoh and Catman.
The cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (which hit comics shops in the first week of June 1985) screamed, “This is it! Double-sized SHOCKER!” However, the ending had been spoiled about two months before, when DC Comics revealed this was when Supergirl would die. (The April 10, 1985, edition of USA Today also revealed the fates of the Earth-Two Superman and Lois Lane, seven months early.)
Usually I try to be somewhat coy about Crisis’ plot twists, as if I were coming to it for the first time. With this, however, there’s little use. By now everyone and their super-cat knows Supergirl dies in Crisis, and it was pretty much the same 30 years ago.
Therefore, the question is how well does Crisis’ brain trust sell Supergirl’s death? It’s harder than you might think. Issue 7 is certainly one of the maxiseries’ best single installments (and that’s not a backhanded compliment); but the fact is that Supergirl not only dies to save Superman, she tells him how great he is with her last breaths. It doesn’t get much more meta than that.
DC Comics returns from its two-month Convergence break with a reinvigorated line, including more than 20 new series, new directions for existing titles, a new “DC You” promotional campaign, and a brief commercial message from Nick Lachey.
Among the most notable changes evidenced this week is the wildly increased diversity of the publisher’s offerings. Over the past 43 months or so of the New 52, DC was particularly daring in the oddball titles, characters and concepts launched, likely the result of having a set goal of 52 books (and the knowledge that they had some 75 years’ worth of IP to exploit). But while the publisher toyed with twists of the superhero genre (superhero war comics, superhero horror comics, superhero Western comics, etc.) and went surprisingly deep into its character catalog (Dial H, The Green Team, Infinity Man and The Forever People), there wasn’t much diversity in terms of tone or visual style.
That’s no longer the case. This week’s new releases include comedy miniseries starring Bat-Mite and Bizarro — two particularly fun Silver Age characters – and featuring intentionally cartoony styles that are as far removed from Jim Lee-derived New 52 house style as one can imagine.
Add one more in-game skin to the growing list of incentives to preorder Batman: Arkham Knight, the hotly anticipated conclusion of the Rocksteady Studios trilogy.
Those who preorder the $90 Premium Edition will not only get the game, the Harley Quinn DLC and a Season Pass for future DLC content, but also an exclusive Batman Flashpoint skin. That’s of course a nod to the 2011 DC Comics crossover that depicted an alternate timeline in which a young Bruce Wayne is gunned down in Crime Alley, and his father Thomas becomes a gun-wielding Dark Knight.
While many of us might stumble across a piece of driftwood on the beach and simply see something to further clutter up our shelves or mantles, French artist Ann Foucher envisions whimsical characters like an ogre, a farmer, Batman and Robin, and Darth Vader (yes, the Dark Lord of the Sith can be whimsical; maybe).
Don’t ask me why they’re called “Sun-Staches,” as they don’t have anything to do with facial hair, but I’m pretty sure I want one. The DC Comics-themed sunglasses/mask combos — See? Not a mustache in sight! — allow you to switch from business to cosplay in one fast-and-easy step.
Although there are probably a limited number of places you could wear the Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn Sun-Staches — comic conventions, Arkham Asylum, the Batcave — the Catwoman version is pretty killer, suitable for most any occasion. Seriously, those are spectacular (although, regrettably, I could never pull off the look).