Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Colonel returns with another Marvel recommendation (surprise surprise)!
Spider-Woman was captured by the Skrulls and her face was used as the leader of an invasion of Earth. Feeling depressed that everyone hates her for something she didn’t do, Spider-Woman is hired by SWORD, an off-shoot of SHIELD that deals with aliens. She’s hired to hunt down any Skrulls still on Earth, a handy way to work off her aggressions.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Alex Maleev, this first issue has all the information you need to get started: Spider-Woman’s recent history and her new status quo. It moves along quickly and gets to the point, and leaves you with a cliffhanger to come back next month. The art is FANTASTIC. Maleev uses color in compelling and interesting ways, and he gets the mood across with a seemingly effortless technique. Both his action and conversation scenes are informative and readable without getting confusing. This is a well put together comic.
Not only do you get all of that, but this issue is 28 pages! And extra Maleev art is always nice. So get in on the ground floor and enjoy the art!
-Daron “the Colonel” Jensen
My thanks to the Colonel for giving poor old Marvel some love on my blog!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
DC Entertainment, a separate division of WBEI, will be charged with strategically integrating the DC Comics business, brand and characters deeply into Warner Bros. Entertainment and all its content and distribution businesses. DC Entertainment, which will work with each of the Warner Bros. divisions, will also tap into the tremendous expertise the Studio has in building and sustaining franchises and prioritize DC properties as key titles and growth drivers across all of the Studio, including feature films, television, interactive entertainment, direct-to-consumer platforms and consumer products. The DC Comics publishing business will remain the cornerstone of DC Entertainment, releasing approximately 90 comic books through its various imprints and 30 graphic novels a month and continuing to build on its creative leadership in the comic book industry.
In her new role, Nelson will report to Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in order to best capitalize on DC Entertainment’s theatrical development and production activities and their importance to drive its overall business with each of the divisions of Warner Bros.
Nelson will bring her expertise and more than 20 years’ experience in creative brand management, strategic marketing and content development and production to ensuring DC Entertainment’s dual mission of marshalling Warner Bros.’ resources to maximize the potential of the DC brand while remaining respectful of and collaborative with creators, talent, fans and source material. Additionally, Nelson will continue to oversee the franchise management of the Harry Potter property, which she has done since 2000, and also continue to represent the Studio’s interests with the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling. Nelson will segue from her post as President, Warner Premiere but maintain oversight responsibilities of that division. (An executive succession plan for Warner Premiere will be announced shortly.)
Paul Levitz, who has served as President & Publisher of DC Comics since 2002, will segue from that role to return to his roots as a writer for DC and become a contributing editor and overall consultant to DCE. This transition will take place as expeditiously as possible without disrupting DC’s business operations.
In his new role, Levitz will be called upon for his deep knowledge and more than three-decade history with DC Comics, both as a comic creator and an executive. Besides serving as a writer on a number of DC Comics titles, he will be a contributing editor and consultant to DC Entertainment on projects in various media. Additionally, he will consult as needed on the transition and integration of the DC Comics organization into DC Entertainment and will utilize his unique experience, knowledge and relationships with the comics industry’s creative community to help achieve DC Entertainment’s goal of maximizing the value of DC properties. Further, Levitz will advise DC Entertainment on creative and rights-holder relationships, in particular regarding the legacy relationships that have been a part of DC Comics for decades.
Widely recognized and respected for his support of writers, artists and creators in the comics industry, Levitz is best known creatively for his work with DC Comics, having written most of the classic DC characters, including Batman, Wonder Woman and the Superman newspaper strip. At Comicon International in 2008, Levitz was awarded the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award as part of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the only industry executive ever so honored.
“DC Comics and its super hero characters are truly touchstones of popular culture, and the formation of DC Entertainment is a major step in our company’s efforts to realize the full potential of this incredible wellspring of creative properties,” said Meyer. “Diane knows our studio as a creative executive, a marketer and a senior manager, and this varied background will help her effectively and creatively integrate the DC brand and properties across all our businesses. We’re also thrilled that Paul will remain involved with DC and we’ll be able to tap his expertise to help us reach our goals for this new business.”
“It’s no secret that DC has myriad rich and untapped possibilities from its deep library of iconic and lesser-known characters,” said Horn. “While we’ve had great success in films and television, the formation of DC Entertainment will help us to bring more DC properties across additional platforms to fans around the world, while maintaining brand integrity and authenticity. Diane is a terrific choice to lead DC Entertainment, and with Paul in his new role as a valued consultant and contributing editor, both our company and comic fans win.”
“Based on the great success we’ve had working with DC Comics to create some of the most popular and successful super hero films of all time, I’ve long believed that there was much more we could do across all of Warner Bros.’ businesses with this great body of characters and stories,” said Robinov. “The prioritization of DC and the creation of DC Entertainment is a great opportunity that reaches far beyond the film group. There are endless creative possibilities to build upon the many significant successes already achieved by my colleagues Kevin Tsujihara and the Home Entertainment Group in the videogame, home video and direct-to-platform arenas and Bruce Rosenblum and the Television Group in live-action, animated and digital series. Collectively, we have the ability to grow a body of properties highlighting the iconic characters and the diversity of the creative output of DC Comics.”
“The founding of DC Entertainment fully recognizes our desire to provide both the DC properties and fans the type of content that is only possible through a concerted cross-company, multi-platform effort,” said Nelson. “DC Entertainment will help us to formally take the great working relationships between DC Comics and various Warner Bros. businesses to the next level in order to maximize every opportunity to bring DC’s unrivalled collection of titles and characters to life.”
“After so many roles at DC, it’s exciting to look forward to focusing on my writing and being able to remain a part of the company I love as it grows into its next stage,” said Levitz. “It’s a new golden age for comics and DC’s great characters, and I hope my new position will allow me to contribute to that magic time.”
DC Comics will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2010 (NEW FUN COMICS #1, the first DC comic, began publishing in 1935), at which time more explicit details regarding DC Entertainment’s corporate and management structure, film and content release slate, creative roster and business objectives will be unveiled at a multi-faceted anniversary celebration and press conference in the first quarter of the year.
Current DC properties in development and/or production at Warner Bros. Entertainment include:
– “Midnight Mass” is in series development at Warner Bros. Television for consideration for the 2010-11 season.
– “Jonah Hex,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ supernatural Western starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich, recently wrapped production in Louisiana.
– “The Losers,” Dark Castle/Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure drama starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, began principal photography mid-July in Puerto Rico. – “The Green Lantern,” Warner Bros. Pictures’ next big superhero tentpole release, recently cast Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The film has a projected second quarter 2011 release date.
– “Lobo,” based on the DC Comics anti-hero, has Guy Ritchie attached as a director; Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona are producing for Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.
– Warner Premiere’s direct-to-platform DVD animated release of “Green Lantern: First Flight” debuted July 28.
– Warner Bros. Animation currently produces “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” which airs on Cartoon Network.
– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released “Batman: Arkham Asylum” on August 25, a dark, action packed videogame adventure for Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and Games for Windows.
Prior to being named President, DC Entertainment, Nelson most recently served as President, Warner Premiere since its founding in 2006. Warner Premiere is a Studio-based production company which develops and produces high-quality, direct-to-DVD and short-form digital content, including the highly successful line of DC Universe animated DVD titles, and also pioneered the development of the motion comics category. Under Nelson’s leadership, Warner Premiere functions as a full-service production entity with its own resources and release schedule, furthering the Studio’s mandate of being a destination for both established and up-and-coming talent to create stand-alone properties as well as experiment in new media.
Before that, Nelson served as Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management, Warner Bros. Entertainment, with the primary responsibility of working cross-divisionally and throughout Time Warner to maximize and optimize all the various windows and outlets available to the Studio’s signature franchises, brands and event properties on a global basis. In this post, Nelson’s primary focus was the management of the Harry Potter brand, which she has overseen since the brand’s launch at the Studio in 1999. These efforts have helped drive the success of the brand to become the most successful film franchise of all time, as well as a respected consumer property that has generated billions of dollars for the Studio.
At Global Brand Management, Nelson and her team of more than 15 employees worked in all media and platforms to support a number of other key franchise properties, including “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “Happy Feet,” “Polar Express” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” among others.
Prior to overseeing Global Brand Management, Nelson had served as Executive Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures. Nelson rose quickly through the ranks, having also served as Senior Vice President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures and prior to that, Senior Vice President, Family Entertainment, Warner Bros. Corporate Worldwide Marketing and Planning. She was also Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Promotions, a post to which she was promoted in March 1998, after joining the Studio in September 1996 as Director of Worldwide Corporate Promotions.
Nelson came to the Studio from Walt Disney Records, where she served as Director of National Promotions. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.
THE ENTIRE ART TEAM SIGNING! At the Frankfort locations!
Saturday September 12 from 12 noon-3pm
20523 S. La Grange Rd.
Note: Next to the Alsip Nursery, in the Vineyards plaza behind the Dunkin Donuts
Frankfort IL 60423 (815)-469-5092
Featuring the ENTIRE art team for DC's best-selling mini-series JSA Vs. Kobra:
Cover Artist Extraordinaire: Gene Ha (Top Ten)
Fan Favorite Penciller: Don Kramer (Batman, Detective)
New Inking Talent: Michael Babinski (Farscape)
Colorist of the First Order: Art Lyon (G.I. JOE)
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the ENTIRE art team on one of DC’s best-selling mini-series!
All four of these super talented folks will be on hand to sign books, sketch, and chat. Come on in and ask every single person involved in the art production on this book all the burning questions about comics you’ve been dying to ask the pros!
Monday, September 7, 2009
What’s scarier than when Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk? When Bruce Banner CAN’T turn into the Hulk, that’s what.
That’s the hook of the new Incredible Hulk series: now that Bruce Banner is no longer the Hulk thanks to the events of incredible Hulk #600, the man who invented the Gamma Bomb, one of the smartest men in the world, actually has time to think because he’s not distracted by turning into the Hulk every five minutes or trying to find a way to end his curse. And now that he does have time to think, the other Marvel heroes are worried about what he may do next.
The issue opens with Bruce retrieving the Hulk’s sword and recruiting his son Skarr, so that Bruce can train the son of Hulk to fight, in case he does become the Hulk again. He’s planning ahead to have a way to take down the Hulk, because he’s been cured before and it never sticks. It’s a nicely paced issue setting up how Bruce relates to the rest of the Marvel Universe, and how they see Bruce. There’s also a few nice surprises for old fans, and some good revelations for those who don’t regularly follow the Hulk. It’s a great jumping on point, and there’s even a recap page for those that do start here. Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Ariel Olivetti, who’s art is a mix of hyper-realism and caricature.
Also starting this issue is a back-up strip featuring the Savage She-Hulk from an alternate future, who also happens to be a child of Hulk. She came to the Marvel Universe recently in her own Savage She-Hulk four-issue miniseries and this co-feature picks up subplots from that book. Written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Michael Ryan, this first issue sets up her status as an agent of ARMOR (formerly SHIELD’s alternate reality division) and quickly starts the action rolling.
To there you go, two ongoing features for $3.99, both of which are taking interesting setups in new directions. Check it out!
-Daron “The Colonel” Jensen
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Oh joy of joys! May the saints be praised! We can stop talking about the "dreaded" Disney/Marvel amalgam to celebrate a deal to film one of my favorite comic book properties! Tamara Drewe by my absolute favorite cartoonist on the planet: Posy Simmonds. For those of you that have wandered into the Frankfort Amazing Fantasy location and asked me "hey, what's good to read?" you've probably already heard about Posy Simmonds and her two WONDERFUL books: the aforementioned Tamara Drewe and an old favorite of mine, Gemma Bovary. My thanks to Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool for reporting on this. Yes, there was another big comic book movie announcement in the last few days (Lobo, directed by Guy Richie), but who the hell cares when we have TAMARA DREWE coming to a theatre near you! The creator, Posy Simmonds, a British cartoonist hasn't had as much exposure in the States as I would like, but maybe this movie will put firmly on the radar here, FINALLY. I can only hope. This movie will be made by Stephen Frears (The Queen), starring Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Dominic Cooper and Tamsin Grieg. Personally, I don't think it's a coincidence that the lead is going to be played by a gal named Gemma. It must be fate. Everything is connected, I'm convinced of this, well maybe I'm just reading into it needlessly, but it sounds very cool indeed. In Tamara Drew, Posy Simmonds uses Thomas Hardy's Far from the Maddening Crowd as inspiration. Her previous graphic novel, Gemma Bovary, is a tale inspired by Flaubert's Madam Bovary. The brilliant Tamara Drewe was originally serialized in the British Gurdian newspaper. What I truly love about Posy Simmonds is her use of subtle color, and her combination of text with traditional comic book panels. The combined effect is a wonder to behold. Posy has managed to do new and different things with a medium that at times seems tired and out of date. She is a master storyteller, not only are the stories themselves compelling, but her storytelling skills are leaps and bounds better than the average comic artist. She is a master of the form, much like the late Will Eisner. I am SO excited that this top-notch graphic novel is going to be made into a feature film! I wonder if it will be filmed with a limited or muted color palet, much like the book, I guess we will just have to wait until it hits the States to see what they've done with it.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This is how Jeff Lemire describes his new monthly series: " Sweet Tooth follows Gus, a little boy born with deer-like antlers left to survive in an American landscape decimated a decade earlier by a still mysterious pandemic. Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection." Yeah, definitely something new and different going on here and I couldn't be more excited.
I have no idea what to expect from the subsequent issues, but I will be counting the days for issue #2. Gus is so cute and so compelling as a character, that the reader has no choice but to cheer for him as he tries to make it in the new world he stumbles into. Gus, as a child has only had contact with one other person, his father, and his father leaves him, leaving him alone, scared, and hunted by bad folks that want to capture this hybrid child. I can only imagine we will meet other hybrid children as the series progresses.
I encourage you to join Gus on his quest to "The Preserve", a mythical sanctuary for hybrid children. I'm sure it will be one long, dark, twisted path, and I can't wait to join Jeff Lemire and Gus on this journey.
Thank you Vertigo and Karen Berger! Sweet Tooth #1, try it for a buck! Unlike anything else coming out on a monthly basis, I think you will be pleasantly surprised and intrigued.