First mentioned as early as November 2008, the thriller is described as a “tale of cold-blooded killers and sinister conspiracies” about a San Francisco slacker who finds a smartphone containing photos of a murder victim. “Then the phone begins to ring …”
The duo’s first creator-owned project, Snapshot marks the return of Diggle and Jock to the Megazine, where they first worked together on the Judge Dredd spinoff Lenny Zero more than a decade ago. At one point, the comic seemed destined for Image.
“Jock and I have been chipping away at Snapshot for a few years now in our spare time, assuming we’d approach a publisher once we had enough material to show,” Diggle told the 2000AD blog. “But when I bumped into Matt Smith at the New York Comic Con, he suggested the Megazine’s creator-owned slot might be the perfect place for it. After all, the Megazine was where Jock and I first worked together on Lenny Zero, back before The Losers or Green Arrow: Year One. So it feels like coming home.”
Judge Dredd Megazine #322 arrives March 28 in the United Kingdom and April 11 in North America.
Jock of Detective Comics and Losers fame has a created a poster for Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art boutique. The poster is for the upcoming movie The Divide, and the poster was revealed last night during a “special basement screening” at the San Diego Comic-Con (How cool does that sound — basement screening? I imagine them having cage fighting right afterwards).
The movie, due in 2012, is described as such:
In this graphic and violent, post-apocalyptic thriller, nine strangers—all tenants of a New York high rise apartment—escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue, and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psycho-sexual torment. As supplies dwindle, and tensions flare, and they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another becomes more depraved than the next. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.
Last night Jock offered a sneak peek at “some Joker business” from August’s Detective Comics #881, the conclusion of his well-regarded run on the series with writer Scott Snyder, and the final issue before DC Comics’ big line-wide relaunch. It’s “the issue everyone will be talking about,” the publisher promises. That may be hyperbole, of course. But it also may be because Jock’s snapshot of a crowbar-wielding Joker harks back to a 22-year-old scene from Batman #427 that didn’t turn out so well for the character on the receiving end. Oh, sure, Jason Todd got better; it just took him 15 years.
Check out the original sequence after the break. Detective Comics #881 hits shelves on Aug. 10.
Although it seems like DC’s big relaunch announcement came out an eternity ago, it actually took the publisher less than two weeks to roll out the 52 titles and their creative teams for the big relaunch/reboot/overhaul coming in September. Now that the cats are out of their respective bags, I thought I’d see where various creators and characters will land after the reboot.
So I went back through DC’s August solicitations to see who was writing or drawing what, and tried to map everyone to their post-relaunch project — if they had one. However, looking at DC’s August solicitations, there seem to be several fill-in issues, so where appropriate I tried to map the most recent ongoing creative teams to their new projects (for instance, I consider Gail Simone and Jesus Saiz the regular creative team for Birds of Prey, even if they aren’t doing the last two issues before September hits). Keep in mind that I just went through the ongoing series and skipped over all the miniseries … of which there are a lot, what with Flashpoint winding up in August.
It’s also worth noting that although several creators didn’t appear in the “big 52″ announcements, that doesn’t mean their tenure with DC is necessarily over — some, like Frazer Irving, have said they have future projects that haven’t been announced. So I tried to note where creators have talked publicly about their post-relaunch plans with DC (or lack thereof, as the case may be). The same could probably be said for some of DC’s characters as well. Or, as Gail Simone said on Twitter: “Again, September is NOT THE END. There’s still plans for characters that we haven’t seen yet.”
So let’s get to it ….
With DC riding high on the news cycle given their plans to relaunch their superhero universe come September, leave it to none other than superstar artist Jock to show there’s still some great comics to look forward to between now and then.
Over on his always active twitter feed, Jock premiered a Joker cover presumed to be for an upcoming issue of his current series Detective Comics. What do you think?
Within 9 minutes Jock obtained over 25 retweets of this image, leading the artist to remark that he’s “NEVER had a response like that before. hit a nerve? maybe a funny bone….”
Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? This week’s guest is Alex Segura, executive director of publicity and marketing at Archie Comics. But we’ll always know him as the guy who founded The Great Curve, the blog that would one day morph into Robot 6.
To see what Alex and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below …
Scott Snyder, who writes the awesome Vertigo title American Vampire, is set to make his debut on Detective Comics next week. Over on DC’s the Source blog, he talks about his upcoming run on the book with artist Jock.
“On the surface, the run will constitute a kind of back-to-basics approach, with Dick Grayson, as the newly anointed Batman of Gotham, solving brutal crimes around the city with new, high-tech CSI toys,” Snyder said. “But the run will also be about the dark and mysterious relationship the city has with Bat. Because for Bruce, Gotham has produced the Joker, Two-Face and all the great villains we know and love as dark and twisted reflections of Bruce himself. And now, with Dick in the cowl, the city seems to be changing, becoming meaner, more vicious. Which makes him wonder – what if being Batman in Gotham means having to face your worst childhood fears come to life, in the flesh? What if Gotham is like a black funhouse mirror to whoever wears the cowl?”
Jock’s website has been a treasure trove of sneak peeks lately, from his covers for Tron: Betrayal to unused concept art for a Dune film to his cover for Daredevil: Reborn #1 (okay, the last one debuted first on Twitter, but still). Now comes a first look at the cover for Detective Comics #872, the second issue of his upcoming (ongoing) run on the series with American Vampire writer Scott Snyder.
It’s the second installment of “The Black Mirror” arc, in which “a series of brutal murders pushes Batman’s detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City’s oldest evils.” Detective Comics #872 is due in stores in December. See the full cover after the break.
Jock has unveiled his cover for Daredevil: Reborn #1, the four-issue miniseries set to debut in January following the conclusion of the “Shadowland” crossover and the end of the Daredevil monthly title. Announced Saturday at Fan Expo Canada, the miniseries, by writer Andy Diggle and artist Davide Gianfelice, is designed to rebuild Daredevil — who may or may not be Matt Murdock.
See the full cover after the break.
Although Marvel’s November solicitations include a listing for the Tron: Betrayal graphic novel, a prequel to Disney’s upcoming movie Tron: Legacy, they don’t include the cover image. Luckily, Jock is quick to point us to his website, where we can see his cover and early sketches.
The graphic novel, written by Jai Nitz from a plot by Starlight Runner Entertainment and illustrated by Andie Tong, is also being released by Marvel as a two-issue miniseries. Tron: Legacy opens on Dec. 17.
Jock has revealed a first look at Snapshot, the long-teased Image Comics miniseries that reunites him with writer Andy Diggle, his collaborator on The Losers and Green Arrow: Year One.
First mentioned as early as November 2008, the thriller reportedly centers on a protagonist who finds a cellphone belonging to a hitman that contains snapshots of his work. Jock’s tweeted photo, of the opening page of Issue 1, seems to support that setup.
There’s been no mention of when the miniseries will debut, but perhaps we can expect an announcement later this month at Comic-Con International.
Jock and Diggle’s collaborative history dates back to 2000, when they created Lenny Zero for Judge Dredd Megazine.
(via Multiversity Comics)
DC Comics posted two images yesterday related to two of the Bat titles … first up, here’s Andy Kubert’s cover to the first issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne:
But wait, there’s more! Here’s a double-page spread from Detective Comics #861 by Jock, who is working with Greg Rucka on the next story arc: