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Comics A.M. | DC’s gay and lesbian heroes, ‘more brooding’ Superman

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Publishing | DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio talks about the gay and lesbian characters appearing in the company’s books come September, including Batwoman and WildStorm imports Apollo, Midnighter and Voodoo: “When we looked at trying to incorporate some of the characters that inhabited the WildStorm universe Apollo and Midnighter are two characters that have always popped out. Not because of what they represent, but they’re just strong characters in their own right and [they] were able to represent a story, a style of character that wasn’t represented in the DC Universe. There’s more of an aggressive nature with those characters that will interact interestingly with other characters and allows us to tell more and better stories.” [The Advocate]

Publishing | Todd Allen, Tom Foss and Graeme McMillan react to the list of changes to the “younger, brasher and more brooding” Superman who will inhabit the DC Universe following the September relaunch. [Indignant Online, Fortress of Soliloquy, Blog@Newsarama]

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Straight for the art | The new Invincible Iron Man trade dress

The Invincible Iron Man #20-21

The Invincible Iron Man #20-21

If you’re not familiar with, and a fan of, the design work of Rian Hughes, it’s probably because you’re not paying attention. Perhaps best known for his collaborations with artist Dustin Nguyen on the imaginative covers to Wildcats Version 3.0, Hughes’ recent comics projects include the logos for Archaia and the new Batman and Robin series, and the cover design for Captain America: Reborn.

Now add to that list the new trade dress for The Invincible Iron Man, beginning with November’s Issue 20. Writer Matt Fraction over the weekend unveiled the complete covers for the “Stark: Disassembled” storyline, by Salvador Larroca, Frank D’Armata and Hughes, and they’re (unsurprisingly) stunning. Sleek and modern, just like an Iron Man cover should be.

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