If you’ve been keeping up with the events in the DC Universe, then you know things are looking particularly grim for the good guys.
At the conclusion of “Trinity War,” the Justice Leagues faced an invasion from the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 — “The birthplace of all evil,” as one character called it — evil counterparts of the Justice League. In the first issue of Forever Evil, these villains claimed to have killed all of the Justice Leaguers, they freed all the supervillains from all the super-prisons and organized them into an army called The Secret Society, they did some awful things to Nightwing and then even moved the moon to permanently block out the sun.
To mark the occasion of evil temporarily winning (again), DC declared September Villains Month, and is interrupting the ongoing adventures of its heroes with special “.1″ issues starring various villains. Each of these was to bear a fancy plastic 3D cover that jacked the price up a buck and ultimately created shortages, an artificial collectors/speculators market and irritated a whole bunch of retailers, many of whom were already pretty irritated by having to figure out how to order something like, say, Justice League #23.3: Dial E, which fused one of the publisher’s best selling comics with one of its worst.
We — and by that I mean you and I, for the course of this post — aren’t going to concern ourselves with that aspect of the books, however. Instead, let’s look under those covers, whether they’re the fancy plastic 3D ones or the regular, cheaper “standard edition” ones and concern ourselves with the quality of the comics concealed behind the covers.
Next week Dark Horse will debut a new Star Wars series set in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, followed in February by the miniseries Star Wars: Dark Times – Fire Carrier and in March by the revival of Star Wars: Legacy. However, the publisher isn’t stopping there.
March also sees the release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Defenders of the Lost Temple, a digest-sized original graphic novel set during the fourth season of the popular animated series.
Written by Justin Aclin, illustrated by Ben Bates and colored by Michael Atiyeh (and sporting a cover by Mike Hawthorne), Defenders of the Lost Temple centers on a clone trooper who, while contemplating his own worth, begins to realize what sets him apart from his brethren may be a connection to the Force. If the lightsaber-wielding clone trooper on the cover isn’t enough of a tease, the solicitation text reinforces it with “A clone trooper with the power of the Force?!”
Dark Horse has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive preview, which you can see below. Star Wars: The Clone Wars — Defenders of the Lost Temple goes on sale March 13.
Creators Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck have launched a Kickstarter campaign forBad Karma, a 200-page anthology featuring comic-book stories, prose and illustrations by those four and their collaborators.
The assembled talent is impressive indeed, working on five main stories: “Middleton” by Grecian and Phil Hester; “Chaos Agent” by Haun and Mike Tisserand; “Old Dog” by Moore and Christopher Mitten; “Hellbent” by Peck and Tigh Walker; and “The Ninth Life of Solomon Gunn” written by Grecian, Haun, Moore and Peck, and illustrated by Haun. These strips, all stylistically different and set in various time periods, all threaten to coalesce into a larger narrative: “Each of these concepts is separate from one another, designed to stand on their own, but there are subtle threads that run through each. One of these threads is the presence of the Kraken Corporation, a mysterious organization whose activities play a part (whether large or small) in each story.”
Hurricane Sandy left a wake of devastation across the East Coast last week, and following the superstorm’s destruction come efforts to help those who were affected by it. One of the great things about the comic industry is that there are always people who work in it willing to do what they can to help people out, and this time is no different.
Art for Sandy Relief is an effort by Rich Ginter and Jim Viscardi. Viscardi currently works at Marvel in New York, while Rich left Marvel earlier this year to take a job as a digital designer in Disney’s publishing department in Glendale, Calif. He made the move to California just two months before the hurricane hit his former home.
Both gentleman were kind enough to answer some questions about the initiative. Before getting into it, though, their first art auctions went live today, and you can head over to eBay to bid on them now. Rich also shares some other ways that you can help out below, either via direct donation, by donating art or just by spreading the word.
Here are the auctions that are currently up:
- Amazing Spider-Man #577 page 19 artwork by Paolo Rivera, donated personally by him. If the piece raises $400 or more, he will donate another piece.
- Fear Agent #28 page 22 by Tony Moore and Mike Hawthorne, donated by Zack Rosenberg
- Batman TV Series Villains by Ejay Russell
- Doctor Doom by Tommy Lee Edwards, donated by Pat Loika
- Captain America by John Paul Leon, donated by Pat Loika
Mike Hawthorne is easily one of the most underrated artists in American comics. Given this level of appreciation, it’s no wonder he’s skipped off to produce work for the French market. There’s a preview of the first book he’s been working on for the BD publisher Ankama Editions, Oms En Série: 1 Terr, Sauvage, on the BD Gest website. There are some lovely pages at that link, the line work and color palette remind me of Moebius’s early-’80s work such as L’Incal and Les Jardins d’Edena, and the plot that can be discerned from this short section remind me of that one Porno For Pyros song. All together now: “We’ll make great pets, we’ll make great pets.”
It’s Christmas Eve, and we’re winding down here at Robot 6 to go spend time with family and friends. Before heading off to celebrate, though, you’ll find a collection of holiday-themed links after the jump, along with this year’s collection of holiday cards we received.
On behalf of all of Robot 6, have a great holiday and stay safe. We’ll see you next week.
(Above: a Christmas showdown by Matthew Petz)
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After drawing everything from romance to spy-thriller, high school football and Conan, Mike Hawthorne might finally be getting the popularity he deserves … thanks to a little help from his son.
Hawthorne’s webcomic series Raising Crazy recently raised the eyebrows of regional magazine In Central Pennsylvania, which put the Hawthorne boys on the front cover. Raising Crazy documents Mike’s own struggles raising a capricious little child and the things he and his son learn along the way. Robot 6 profiled the strip back in March, but this mainstream publicity — and the cute photo that came with it — made it a must post item.
For months, cartoonist Mike Hawthorne delighted — and scared — his Twitter followers with outtakes and excerpts from being the parent of a precocious young boy, and now he’s taken to the comics medium to tell the full story.
In his new webcomic Raising Crazy, Hawthorne is chronicling his son’s adventures with a new story three times a week, with plans to collect the strip into a physical book later on. All proceeds from the comic are going toward his son’s education.
Hawthorne is a busy artist these days — in addition to doing a monthly Conan series for Dark Horse with Roy Thomas and helping out on the end of Fear Agent, he also is a founder of the website artjam ComicTwart.com.
Artist Mike Hawthorne has been teasing a “game changer” book he’s doing for Vertigo on his blog for some time now, and in an interview with the local paper in Lancaster, Penn. about this Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day, he let a few details slip.
The project he’s been teasing is a 130-page graphic novel called St. Michael’s Promise. “It’s essentially a memoir of his mother’s journey from her native Puerto Rico to New York City, Lancaster and eventually York, where Hawthorne lives,” the paper reports.