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Review – Superman: Action Comics #1006: Corrupt Metropolis

Owner/Publisher, Editor-at-Large

Ken Denmead

Editor-in-Chief

Matt Blum

Managing Editor

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Senior Editors

Jonathan H. Liu, Jenny Bristol, Corrina Lawson, Patricia Vollmer

Gaming Editor

Dave Banks

Assistant Editor

John Booth

Associate Publishers*

Megan Fulton, Tim Johnides, Jeff Williams, Dante Lauretta, Magnus Dahlsröm, Jayson Peters, David Michael, Gerry Tolbert, Andrew Smith, Ray Wehrs, Joel Becker, Scott Gaeta, Beth Kee, Joey Mills, talkie_tim, Danny Marquardt, Adam Bruski, John Bain, Bill Moore, Adam Frank, Lacey Hays, Peter Morson, James Needham, Matt Fleming, Adam Anderson, Jim Reynolds, Seiler Hagan, Bryan Wade, Petrov Neutrino, Jay Shapiro

Editor (Emeritus)

Chris Anderson

Core Contributors

Darren Blankenship, Rory Bristol, Robin Brooks, Preston Burt, Mathias DeRider, Ray Goldfield, Jamie GreeneRyan Hiller, Rob Huddleston, Will James, James Floyd Kelly, Anthony Karcz, Michael Kaufman, Mordechai Luchins, Joey Mills, Brad Moon, Tony Nunes, Anton Olsen, Skip Owens, Jules Sherred, Shaun Washington, Simon Yule

Occasional Contributors

Tim Bailey, Sara BlackburnStephen Clark, Jeffrey Cohen, Adam Dimuzio, Mathias DeRider, Tom Fassbender, Luke Forney, Logan Giannini, Travis Hanson, Sean Hallenbeck, Michael Harrison, Kim HaynesWhit Honea, Greg Howley, Michael J.Angela Leach, Michael LeSauvage, Jim MacQuarrie, Eric Parrish, Michael PistiolasRicardo Rebelo, Drew Rich, Mitchell RoushMariana Ruiz, Tony Sims, Randy Slavey, Erik Stanfill, Andrew TerranovaGerry TolbertMark VorenkampChris Wickersham

From: https://geekdad.com/2019/01/review-superman-action-comics-1006-corrupt-metropolis/

The Death of Superman & Reign of the Supermen heading to cinemas for one night only

Superman will make a triumphant return to cinema screens for a very special double-bill of animated awesomeness. On 14th January 2019 (and for one night only), Superman can be seen in a spectacular animated double feature – The Death of Superman followed by the brand-new release Reign of the Supermen.

The action-packed event will include two features; audiences will first see The Death of Superman (which came out last year – read our full review here) followed by the infamous Reign of the Supermen storyline which is the latest epic story to get the animated film treatment from DC.

Reign of the Supermen will then debut on Digital Download on 15th January. This will be followed by a Blu-ray DVD release on 28th January.

The two-part film is the adaptation of The Death of Superman saga, DC’s’ groundbreaking 1992-93 comic phenomenon. This event made global news back in the day and was one of the biggest pop culture moments of the 90s. People queued up for hours to get their hands on a coveted issue of Superman #75 – the legendary comic where Superman and Doomsday fight to the death. That comic even came in its own black bag, sealed with goodies like a black armband, a Daily Planet newspaper snippet and some stamps.

The film version of this epic story features an all-star voice cast led by Jerry O’Connell (Carter, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

They are joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League – Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T, Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

There was an earlier iteration of this story – Superman/Doomsday (which was released way back in 2007). It told an abridged version of The Death of Superman storyline. That film was quite short – around 74 minutes – and as a result a lot of the comic book storyline was cut, instead focusing on the battle between The Man of Steel and Doomsday.

The Death of Superman
Credit: DC/Warner Bros

This new version of The Death of Superman doesn’t have the same problem and marks the first chapter of a two-part film experience that concludes with Reign of the Supermen. That storyline followed on from the death and funeral of Superman in the comic books and introduced the world to a series of new Supermen, each with their own unique powers. The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen will hopefully have plenty of runtime to explore these iconic stories properly onscreen.

Here’s the official synopsis for both films;

The Death of Superman
An Asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and with it arrives an unstoppable force known only as Doomsday. With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, the Justice League rally to meet this otherwordly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of the Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!

Reign of the Supermen
It’s been months since the unfathomable death of Superman, and the world is still shaken when four Super Heroes arrive in Metropolis, all battling to be the reincarnation of the Man of Steel. Even Metropolis isn’t big enough for these brawlers, it’s only a matter of time until dark forces make their moves from the shadows…

We can’t wait to experience this on the big screen – it’s what Superman and DC Comics fans have been waiting for!

Check out a clip from the film and the new Steelbook artwork below!

Reign of the Supermen
Credit: Warner Bros

From: https://www.entertainment-focus.com/film-section/film-news/the-death-of-superman-reign-of-the-supermen-heading-to-cinemas-for-one-night-only/

Bendis teases Batman Beyond, the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes, OMAC and more

As he’s taken to doing each year, Superman scribe Brian Michael Bendis has once again jumped on Instagram with his “teases of what’s to come” in books he’s working on. For 2019, that includes: Superman and Action Comics, the full litany of Jynxworld comics, “Batman Universe” over in the DC 100-page Giants at Wal-Mart, and his brand new Wonder Comics imprint that kicks off this month.

These images are just hints of things to come in presumably all the corners of the DCU that Bendis has been working in, and so connecting a few of these dots might be a challenge…but there’s definitely one that is as clear as day. Let’s begin!

2019- a tease in ten parts! Our annual tradition continues. If you’re just joining us, every year I throw out a 10 part abstract tease of things that are coming in one shape, form or another. These are teases. They are meant to delight and frustrate. There will be no follow-up questions answered here. It’s a tease, ya see 🙂 for fun! let’s discuss at the end of the year. Thank you for an aaaaaaaaamazing 2018! @dccomics #wondercomics #jinxworld #dcnation #brianmichaelbendisisatease

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As you can see above, the first photo is Bendis teasing something with Batman Beyond. A book that’s been written by Dan Jurgens since DC You. It’s a property that’s the publisher surely wants to keep pushing given the long-standing affection for the concept that marries Batman with Spider-Man in the world of Blade Runner/Akira. Limitless possibility there.

Wonder Woman tease! Who’s to say what that might mean?

KAMANDI!!!! Given the wide-ranging scope of both his Superman and Batman runs, the Last Boy on Earth would fit in pretty nicely in either place.

Rose and Thorn, long-time no-see. Looks like 2019 is when she’s coming back.

This looks to be a Batman as drawn by Alex Maleev, though I admit my eyes might be deceiving me. Is it possible that the classic Daredevil team might be reuniting on a character many have long wanted them to collaborate on?

To follow on Kamandi, hints of OMAC as well?

Here’s the biggie: what is clearly a piece of the Legion of Super-Heroes logo. Now, this is a property that has laid dormant since the most recent Paul Levitz-scripted series was cancelled at the end of 2013 to eventually be replaced with Justice League 3000 (more or less). Since then, fans have clamored for its return and given Bendis tossing out his share of hints about the current Superman story, “The Unity Saga” setting up the United Planets, and Saturn Girl’s appearances in Rebirth, Doomsday Clock and Batman, the time is right! It’s just a matter of where. 2019 definitely looks to be the when though. Long Live The Legion!

Your guess is as good as mine…Wildfire? The Guardian’s shield? The Science Police? Could be anything!

An Ivan Reis piece of a character I can’t identify…might be a Jynxworld coming attraction, unless one of the sharper-eyed Beat readers can name that character.

Based on the outfit, I’m going to guess this is some background information on the changes Jonathan Kent has gone through since his parting with his father at the end of The Man of Steel mini.

Honestly, Action and Superman produced the two most exciting mainstream American superhero comics I read last year, so I’m eating up all of this right out of Mr. Bendis’ hand. What do you think these all add up to? Sound off below!

Entertainment Editor for The Beat covering film, television and the occasional comic book. His work can also be found at GeekRex.com and can be heard on the GeekRex podcast. He really loves the Legion of Super-Heroes a lot.

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/bendis-teases-batman-beyond-the-possible-return-of-the-legion-of-super-heroes-omac-and-more/

All The DC Comics Movies Scheduled To Be Released In The Next Two Years

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With Wonder Woman moved to 2020, the next big theatrical release for DC following Aquaman and Shazam! will be Joker, a movie about the roots of Batman’s arch-nemesis. 

The movie, made inexpensively under the lens of director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is a grimy, ’80s-set origin story that has drawn comparisons to Taxi Driver, a movie directed by Joker producer Martin Scorcese.

While some people are quick to call Joker a superhero film, Phoenix stressed caution and said it’s anything but.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said in a recent interview with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Some people have questioned the need for a Joker spinoff movie, or even why Phoenix would agree to fulfill such a role. But the actor is simply following in the footsteps of legends such as Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always.” Phoenix added. “So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

Joker premieres in theaters on October 4, 2019.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/01/01/all-the-dc-comics-movies-scheduled-to-be-released-in-the-next-tw/

Superman confronts a crooked politician in this Action Comics exclusive

Brian Michael Bendis’ run on DC’s Superman titles has been one of the best things to come out of the publisher this year, with Superman spotlighting the cosmic elements of the iconic hero while Action Comics focuses on Clark Kent’s experience as a Daily Planet reporter. Bendis has an exceptional understanding of what makes Superman tick and how his abilities affect his perception of the world around him, and the duality of the character is at the forefront of Action Comics, where Clark gets as much attention as his costumed alter ego. The series features a phenomenal line-up of artists including Patrick Gleason, Yanick Paquette, and Ryan Sook, and Bendis’ talent for writing to the strengths of his collaborators shines through in each issue. It’s a beautiful comic where the depth of the plotting and characterization matches the richness of the visuals, giving readers a Superman who is easy to relate to despite his extraordinary struggles.

Cover by Ryan Sook
Image: DC Comics

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This exclusive preview of this week’s Action Comics #1006 shows Clark digging into why the mayor’s office stopped an investigation of a recent string of fires throughout the city. His public confrontation with the mayor brings up ongoing debates about superheroes interfering in the work of public servants like police officers and firefighters, but it also gets personal when the mayor brings up Clark’s absent wife, Lois, and her recent interactions with Lex Luthor. Artist Ryan Sook, colorist Brad Anderson, and letterer Josh Reed fill the crowd scenes with life, but there’s a strong shift into loneliness when Clark eavesdrops on the mayor’s private conversation, with tight close-ups and centered lettering isolating Clark from the world around him. He thinks he’s alone when he ducks into an alley for a costume change, but instead he encounters a young superhero fan and trusts him to keep his identity secret because he needs someone to trust right now.

The most exciting thing about this preview happens on the very first page. Each issue of Action Comics begins with a full page devoted to the desk of a Daily Planet staffer, featuring shout-outs to other DC comics and Post-It note teases of future projects. This week’s issue references the Martian sex scene in Martian Manhunter #1 and the forthcoming return of Young Justice this month, but most importantly, it has a Post-It stating that Greg Rucka is writing an “unauthorized Lois Lane” book. Lois Lane has long deserved her own series at modern DC, and Rucka would be a fantastic writer to handle it given how well he’s able to ground superhero stories in reality, a skill necessary for a journalist character like Lois. There’s been no official announcement about this series, but hopefully this tease will turn out to be fact in the future. 

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From: https://www.avclub.com/superman-confronts-a-crooked-politician-in-this-action-1831402264

What Does DC Comics Stand For? A Complete History

Entering the world of comic books can be daunting for any newcomer. While longtime superfans might spend hours embroiled in a Marvel vs. DC debate, new comic fans understandably might just wonder—just what does DC Comics stand for? Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman might be part of the pop culture lexicon, but just because you’ve seen a movie from the DC cinematic universe doesn’t mean you know anything about its history.

Whether you found DC through its animated projects, through reading comics online, or you’ve heard about the new DC Universe streaming service, there’s a story behind how DC comics got its name. 

Who created DC Comics?

DC Comics was founded in 1934 by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, following his departure from the army. Originally launched as National Allied Publications, the company pioneered the concept of a comics featuring entirely original content. Previously comic books sold in stories reprinted old strips from the newspaper. Its first title was New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine. It was released in February 1935, was a 10-inch by 15-inch anthology that bared little resemblance to the modern books it publishes today.

New Fun became a launching pad for new talent, most famously Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. In 1935 they added another book Adventure Comics, which ultimately ended up running until 1983. However, it was Major Wheeler-Nicholson’s final title published with National Allied Publications that set the company on its true future path.

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What does DC Comics stand for?

In 1937, NAP published Detective Comics #1, its first hard-boiled crime series. At the time, Major Wheeler-Nicholson was in major debt with his printing company. However, the company’s owner, Harry Donefeld, had another idea. The duo teamed up and formed a partnership called Detective Comics Inc. and published the first book. The Major ended up selling his share of the company to Donefeld—whether it was to pay off debts associated with the Great Depression or as part of a hostile takeover remains up for debate today.

Detective Comics became the eventual birthplace of Batman in issue #27.

Even before the Detective Comics’ popularity skyrocketed, the series was known colloquially as DC Comics. However, National Comics didn’t officially rebrand as DC Comics until 1977. Technically this means DC Comics’ original name, unabbreviated, is “Detective Comics Comics.”

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Who owns DC Comics today?

DC’s current ownership is surprisingly entertaining. National Comics was purchased by Kinney National Company in 1969. Kinney held the rights until the 1970s. Kinney National also held a stake in several games, from films under its Warner Bros. label to parking and property management companies. In 1972, Kinney National was forced to split its entertainment and non-entertainment entities following a scandal involving price fixing in its parking garage business. The Kinney National Company’s entertainment assets were moved under the umbrella of a new company, Warner Communiations Inc.

In 1990, Warner Communications and Time, Inc. merged into one massive media company. Although the merger was announced in 1987, it took almost three years for the deal to be finalized. Finally, Time Warner was purchased by ATT in 2016 for $85.4 billion dollars, leaving Superman and the Justice League in the hands of one of the world’s largest telecom companies.

 

From: https://www.dailydot.com/parsec/what-does-the-dc-in-dc-comics-stand-for/

The Best Comics of 2018

Thankfully, 2018 was another strong year for comics, with good material being released across the board in every imaginable category and genre. In the face of such choice, it only makes sense to look for guidance in what to read, which is where Heat Vision comes in. Here, across seven different categories, is just what you want to track down to feel as if you’ve read the best comics of the past 12 months.

Best Superhero

Mister Miracle by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC Entertainment)

The second half of the revival of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga shifted the story from epic scope to something far more intimate, and the result was a comic unlike any other — a meditation on parenthood, partnership and self-mythology filled with sly humor and raw honesty that was, thanks to Gerads’ award-winning artwork, also one of the best-looking comics released this year.

Man of Steel/Superman/Action Comics by Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, etc. (DC Entertainment)

Bringing Marvel’s biggest creator across to DC and giving him control of the company’s most iconic character — well, behind Batman, perhaps — might have seemed like a risk, considering Brian Michael Bendis’ history on runs like Jessica Jones and Daredevil. However, the result has revitalized Superman and his supporting cast, bringing new energy and urgency to the world’s oldest, and still greatest, superhero.

X-Men: Red by Tom Taylor, Mahmud Asrar, etc. (Marvel Entertainment)

What at first seemed like the latest of many X-Men reboots turned out to be the sharpest take on the concept in years, thanks to Tom Taylor taking the franchise back to its early days with a story — and a team — purposefully standing against bigotry and oppression without the need for metaphor or allegory. It only lasted a year, but it’ll be remembered as a high point of the X-Men for some time to come.

Best Science Fiction

Prism Stalker by Sloane Leong (Image Comics)

Visionary and hallucinatory, Prism Stalker felt like a comic ahead of its time in any number of ways. It also firmly placed Leong on the map as a creator to follow in the years to come, offering classic sci-fi tropes revisited via Cronenberg and imagery fed by manga and fine art as much as anything else in western comics.

Judge Dredd: The Small House by Rob Williams and Henry Flint (2000 AD/Rebellion)

In many ways, The Small House — a 10-episode serial in the pages of the weekly 2000 AD series — is something that only a comic that has been continuing for 40 years, with its characters and world aging and evolving in real time, could achieve. The story unfolded like the sharpest political thriller, undermining the iconic future lawman’s world while underscoring the power he’s built around him throughout his years on the streets of Mega-City One and beyond. When Dredd is at its best, it’s unlike any other comic out there, and The Small House was the character, and the strip, at its very best.

Brink by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard (2000 AD/Rebellion)

Another 2000 AD strip, Brink is True Detective in space, if True Detective was written by Philip K. Dick and fascinated by class struggle and labor issues while something ominously big — as in, disappearing planets, big — happens in the far reaches of space. Playing with genre tropes and reader expectations with glee, it’s something that feels like the promises of both Ridley Scott’s Alien and Prometheus fulfilled in ways he couldn’t have imagined.

Best Historical

Berlin by Jason Lutes (Drawn Quarterly)

Finally completed after two decades of work, Berlin looks at life in early 1930s Germany, with the fall of the Weimar Republic as the backdrop to stories of those left in the wreckage. Lutes captures the scale of events by focusing on the humanity of those caught up in history, and his focus never wavers as the world crumbles.

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu (First Second)

Following up on her book-length California Dreamin’ (a biography of Mama Cass), Bagieu’s recent book is a collection of short biographies of important women throughout history, from the famous to the obscure. It’s a beautiful book, an enjoyable read and something that will almost certainly be educational to everyone that picks it up.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell and Mike Feeman (DC Entertainment)

Only the writer behind the recent Flintstones comic could turn Hanna-Barbera’s pink, talking mountain lion into a tragedy about the experience of living in the closet — sexually and politically — in the United States of the 1950s. However, it works — by the end of the story, it goes far deeper than most would have expected, and turns into one of the most touching and human comics of the year.

Best Humor

Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn Quarterly)

Life after men turns out to be… not entirely unlike the world when men were still alive, in this episodic take on the post-apocalyptic genre that places as much emphasis on Paul Blart and Beyonce as it does on the practicalities of life after the end of the world.

My Boyfriend Is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris (Oni Press)

Who would have thought that one of the best romantic comedies of the year would be between a young woman and a bear? Ribon and Farris’ graphic novel is charming, gentle and subtly understated in the ways it approaches dating. Oh, and it really puts the idea of a man cave into perspective.

Nancy by Olivia Jaimes (United Media)

Perhaps the unexpected runaway hit of the year, Jaimes — a pseudonym for the cartoonist whose true identity remains a mystery — managed to transform the long-running newspaper strip from cliche into one of the most buzzed-about comics of 2018. This was all thanks to a newfound playfulness with the medium, a voice that finally brought the strip into the 21st century and a love of the weird, all of which bubbled over to dominate the internet with three simple words: “Sluggo Is Lit.”

Best Horror

Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, etc. (Marvel Entertainment)

Of course the Hulk is a horror character; when you start thinking about the core concept behind the Marvel monster, it only makes sense. However, it took Ewing, Bennett and assorted guest artists to bring that element to the forefront in a series that is continually restless, consistently unsettling and marvelously — pun intended — enjoyable, as the unkillable nature of Bruce Banner’s alter ego starts to get unpicked, piece by piece.

Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell (Image Comics)

It does Infidel little favor to say that it does for horror comics what Get Out did for horror movies, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. A smart, complicated take on familiar horror tropes becomes something far more as the terror increases, and the reason behind events starts to become clear. Tonally perfect and wonderfully disturbing, this underrated series is hopefully primed for a rediscovery soon.

Beneath the Dead Oak Tree by Emily Carroll (ShortBox)

Carroll’s latest release, from British indie press ShortBox, underscores, yet again, her utter mastery of the form — and, especially, of horror comics — as she takes what is essentially a familiar fairy tale and turns it into something creepy and beautiful at the same time. Carroll can do horror like none other, and this is a gut punch of a reminder of that fact.

Best Contemporary

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (Drawn Quarterly)

The line between fake news and conspiracy theory is crossed in this somber, affecting graphic novel about a woman who goes missing, and those left behind to deal with her absence: Her sister and her boyfriend. It’s most definitely a work of its time, but one that feels timeless even in its immediate telling.

Taemons by Kim Salt (ShortBox)

100 Demon Dialogues by Lucy Bellwood (Toonhound Studios/Lucy Bellwood)

These two books, by some strange coincidence, feel like different takes on the same idea — a personification of our own anxieties and fears as literal demons, and the need we have to interact with, and ultimately befriend, those demons if we’re to move on and heal. Bellwood’s Demon Dialogues is the less oblique, and more humorous, of the two, while Salt’s Taemons is a near-abstract fable with Art Deco inspired visuals that feels as much like poetry as it does comics. Individually, they’d earn places on this list. Taken together, it’s an unbeatable combination.

Best Manga

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Both a character study and commentary on societal and cultural norms in Japan, the second (and final) volume of Tagame’s series about a father and daughter’s response to the death of a beloved relative — and the arrival of his Canadian husband — is, if anything, even more charming and understated than the first. Volume two offers a resolution that fits everything that came before, while also leaving the reader satisfied and perhaps just a little misty-eyed.

My Solo Exchange Diary by Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas)

The follow-up to My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness sees the author not only continue to struggle with relationships and her own mental health, but also the unique pressures brought on by the release of the first book. While the idea of “fame doesn’t bring happiness” isn’t a new one, what Kabi does with it remains fresh and refreshingly honest.

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano (Viz Media)

An alien invasion — or, at least, what is believed to be one by humanity — forms the backdrop for this strangely off-kilter series that is simultaneously a slice of life drama, a satire of sci-fi tropes and perhaps even a parody of certain manga traditions, as well. Reading DDDDD is, at times, a disorienting experience, but one that proves curiously addictive.

From: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/best-comics-2018-1171840

Get Your Tickets for REIGN OF THE SUPERMAN Animated LA & NYC Premieres

Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

Reign of the Supermen is the second half of a two-part DC Universe Movies experience that began in August 2018 with The Death of Superman – the two films telling a more faithful animated version of “The Death of Superman,” DC’s landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. Superman Doomsday, the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, told an abridged version of that comics story, but with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film was only able to focus on a core, singular storyline. The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen restore many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.

The Reign of the Supermen all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter.

Newly featured cast members include Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid. In addition, the cast includes Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Perry White, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan and Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated Reign of the Supermen arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019.

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/get-your-tickets-for-reign-of-the-superman-animated-la-nyc-premieres/

‘Aquaman’s Jason Momoa Standing up for Henry Cavill’s Superman in Old Comic Con Video Goes Viral

Aquaman star Jason Momoa has a lot of love for Superman actor Henry Cavill and he isn’t afraid to show it.

In an old video which has resurfaced online in viral fashion, Momoa literally stands up for Cavill at a Comic Convention where a fan seems to have had some negative comments about the Man of Steel. “How come you didn’t like the Superman?” Momoa asks the fan. He then pushes the table and hops up to show off his intimidating physique. “No, no, no, no, no. By all means, speak your mind. You got a problem with my boy?”

Momoa has been known to speak up for what he believes in and this seems to be no exception, though he is probably just having a bit of fun with the fan. Check out the video which resurfaced on Twitter and went viral below!

Momoa worked appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but never shared the set with Cavill on that production. He did team up with the actor in Justice League under the direction of Zack Snyder before ultimately heading out on his standalone journey with Aquaman. To this day, Momoa looks back on his days with Snyder quite fondly.

“They’re two different styles completely,” Momoa told Comicbook.com in the interview featured in the above video. “I mean, I think that’s just going from any director to another idrector, they’re very different. The one thing that they are, are definitely visual, visual artists. I mean, like this picture behind you, I knew about this before we even started filming. Zack is constantly doodling. He knows every frame. Definitely two amazing artists. Zack created this character and James just killed those role, also really great at characters and building. There’s a lot of similarities and differences.”

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As for whether or not Momoa would like to team up with the other DC Comics heroes again, he is fully on board for shared suffering with his co-stars! “Honestly, I’m more of slacker, and I like to have fun so I don’t like to have all the weight on my shoulders,” Momoa said. “I do enjoy this but it’s a lot, a lot, a lot of work! You know what I mean? So, it’s fun playing on Justice League because you’re in pain with everyone else and that’s fun. If Ben’s putting on the cowl and he’s hot and he’s it pain, I’m gonna laugh, and that gives me great joy when he’s in pain. But when I’m just in pain, I’m freezing and I’m sitting in a harness and it’s just Amber next to me, it’s not nearly as fun.”

Aquaman is now playing in theaters worldwide.

From: https://comicbook.com/dc/2018/12/27/aquaman-jason-momoa-superman-henry-cavill-video/

For a Comic-Book Writer, ‘Superman’ and His Own Line Are Two Blessings

For most comic-book writers, the chance to overhaul Superman would have been challenge enough.

But for Brian Michael Bendis, who made waves in the industry in 2017 when he jumped from Marvel Comics to archrival DC Entertainment, that was only part of the attraction. The other was the opportunity to revive Jinxworld, his line of arthouse-style, largely superhero-free comics, based on characters and concepts he developed himself, rather than the corporate-owned characters on which he rose to prominence.

From: https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-a-comic-book-writer-superman-and-his-own-line-are-two-blessings-11545836219

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