Superman Vs. Thanos: How the Justice League Characters Would Handle Thanos

Of course, there are all sorts of caveats, variants, and conditions that can be added into the argument in order to change the arguments of how the Justice League would take on Thanos. But as it stands, this is the strategy that I believe would best suit DC’s legendary super team, and their best chance of saving the day. Should you have any notes or factors that you think should be taken into account, changing the playbook of the Justice League being pitted against Thanos, we encourage you, the audience, to comment below.


University Of South Carolina Gets 180K+ Rare Comic Books

Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Thor are all together at last.

The University of South Carolina Libraries, in a press release, says it has received a gift of more than 180,000 comic books and related materials from lifelong collector Gary Lee Watson.

Now known as one of the largest comic book collections in the U.S., the collection includes a variety of materials including: 143,000 unique comic books, 20,000 magazines, 15,000 paperbacks and much more.

The collection will begin to be cataloged and processed for research and classroom purposes at the university, WIS-TV reported.

An exhibit at the library will be on display starting Aug. 29, school officials said.

“This is literally the collection of a lifetime,” said Michael Weisenburg, reference and instruction librarian in Rare Books and Special Collections division. “Both acquiring it is exciting, but it took Gary his entire life to amass this collection. He wanted to see it go to a good home and we wanted to be that home.”

The collection includes these rare and sought after issues: Marvel Comics Avengers #1, Star Trek #1 and The Brave and the Bold #28, which is the first appearance of the Justice League of America — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.

The collection, according to the press release, “spans the entirety of comics history, Platinum Age (1897-1938); Golden Age (1938-1950), during which superheroes like Superman were born; Silver Age (1956-1970); Bronze Age (1970-1985); and Modern Age (1985 to present).”

The collection will begin to be cataloged and processed for research and classroom purposes at the university, said Weisenburg. “We’re going to focus, in the beginning, on the things we know people are immediately going to be attracted to which is going to be the Silver Age comic books… faculty members, people in the region and hopefully all over the world will come here to study these things.”

The exhibit at the library will be on display starting Aug. 29 and hopefully, will change the narrative on how people study popular culture.

“People get excited about them. They are, some could argue, the rare books of the future. We’re a rare books library and we need to think not just about the past but think about the future,” Weisenburg said. “What are people going to want to know about this moment in time 200 – 300 years from now? And one of the genres they’re going to have to look at to understand the 20th and 21st century are comic books.”


Vail Valley comic book lovers, Saturday is your day

Eagle Valley Music and Comics store owner Tom Robbins displays several of the free comics that will be given away on Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. Robbins has been participating in the holiday since 2008 and believes it’s a great way to inspire readers of all ages. This year Comic Book Day falls on Star Wars Day, May 4, which only happens every seven years.
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If you go …

What: Free Comic Book Day.

Where: Eagle Valley Music and Comics, 211 Main Street in Minturn.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

More information: Call Eagle Valley Music and Comics at 970-476-1713. You get a few free comic books for showing up; more when you buy stuff.

MINTURN — Your high school honors English teacher just assigned “Finnegans Wake.” Your heart sank into your boots under the weight of James Joyce’s 164,000 incomprehensible words over 656 impenetrable pages.

Conversely, comic books are generally 3,288 understandable words on 22 eye-catching pages. To restore your flagging soul you should make a pilgrimage to Eagle Valley Music and Comics where Saturday is Free Comic Book Day.

Free comic books? The heart soars!

Your honors English teachers probably confiscated your comic books, even though you correctly informed them that the great Stan Lee made a cameo appearance in the blockbuster film, “Avengers: End Game,” speeding past a New Jersey military base in an early 1970s vintage Oldsmobile Cutlass muscle car shouting, “Make love, not war.” That muscle car sports a bumper sticker that says “Nuff said,” a nod to Lee’s passing on Nov. 12, 2018. He was 95.

Lee’s life’s work is still being used to create movies. Like the bumper sticker says, “Nuff said.”

Comic books are timeless

You’re not in this alone, young people. “Finnegans Wake” is among the same load of dystopian drivel your parents were also forced to read. You can probably steal their book reports because the pigs are still the problem in “Animal Farm” and the punks in “Lord of the Flies” should still have their ears boxed.

Saturday is Eagle Valley Music and Comics’ and owner Tom Robbins’ 10th year celebrating Free Comic Book Day. Robbins started working there as a local high school student and eventually bought the place. He has collected comic books for 40 years and remains firmly Old School.

“They have digital comics now, and that’s fine, but it’s not
the same as something you can hold in your hand,” Robbins said. “It’s the
experience. There’s nothing like the feel and look and smell of a book as you
hold it.”

At Free Comic Book Day you’ll get a few free comics. Eagle Valley Music and Comics is a business, after all, and the more comic books you buy the more free comics and other stuff you get. Nothing in “Finnegans Wake” is that easily comprehensible.

If ‘Finnegans Wake’ was a comic

If, instead of comic books you’re forced at chalk-point to read “Finnegans Wake,” here is all you really need to know about one of the books regarded as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language.

The first sentence of “Finnegan’s Wake” is the end of the last sentence of “Finnegans Wake.” It goes like this:

“A lone a last a loved a long the riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.”

Your honors English teacher wants you to recite the phrase, “the beginning is the end in this infinite circle of a book,” (“a commodius vicus of recirculation”).

The average reader will spend 10 hours and 56 minutes reading “Finnegans Wake “at 250 words per minute, according to Wordsworth Classics.

When you give up “Finnegans Wake” in frustration — and most people do — go visit Robbins at Eagle Valley Music and Comics for Free Comic Book Day. It’s always the first Saturday in May.

“You’ll find your old friends waiting for you,” Robbins


University of South Carolina acquires 180,000+ rare comic book collection

The collection includes these rare and sought after issues: Marvel Comics Avengers #1, Star Trek #1 and The Brave and the Bold #28, which is the first appearance of the Justice League of America — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. The collection, according to the press release, “spans the entirety of comics history, Platinum Age (1897-1938), Golden Age (1938-1950), during which superheroes like Superman were born, Silver Age (1956-1970), Bronze Age (1970-1985) and Modern Age (1985 to present).”


What DC Comics is Offering During Free Comic Book Day 2019 Display: DC Comics FCBD Offerings

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This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, a chance for fans young and old to check out what the various publishers have planned for the biggest titles on the shelves.

DC Comics, home of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, sets up the “Year of the Villain” this Free Comic Book Day. It’s a new initiative that focuses on the villains of the DC Universe.

In fact, DC Comics is starting Free Comic Book Day early this year by offering the Year of the Villain comic today for 25 cents. Readers can purchase the story at any participating comic book store or download on and Comixology.

The story from writers Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and artists Alex Maleev, Jim Cheung and Francis Manapul spotlights several of DC’s super-villains within 32 pages.

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If you’re looking for DC Comics’ Free Comic Book Day offerings, this May 4 includes a chapter of Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle and artist Isaac Goodhart. This gives fans a taste of what to expect from the original graphic novel before its official release on May 7.

Here’s a synopsis of the story:

When 15-year-old Selina Kyle, the girl who will grow up to be Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.

Selina rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to win. And if Selina is going to survive on the streets, she’ll have to learn to be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for community…and love?

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A preview of DC Ink’s – the publisher’s Young Adult imprint – Teen Titans: Raven graphic novel by Kami Garcia will also be part of Free Comic Book Day. Here’s the official synopsis for the Raven story:

When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening—things most people would consider impossible—Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.

DC Comics’ Silver comic books available this Free Comic Book Day will include two exclusive free chapters of Dear Justice League. This story from New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop and art by Gustavo Duarte highlights fan-favorite characters from the Justice League. The full book will be available on August 6. Here’s the official synopsis:

Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

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As with every Free Comic Book Day, be sure to check your local comic shop to see what deals and sales they’ll have. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick up that trade you were waiting on or catch up on some current runs.

Are you excited for this year’s Free Comic Book Day?

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DC Comics Year of the Villain event, explained by Batman’s Scott Snyder

It’s a good time to be bad at DC Comics, as the company kicks off its Year of the Villain in an explosive way. Lex Luthor is making an offer that none of the villains in the DC universe will be able to refuse: The power to do away with their least favorite superhero for good.

But why would Superman’s nemesis do something so twistedly altruistic for his fellow supervillains? We sat down with Justice League writer and Year of the Villain architect Scott Snyder to answer just those questions.

[Ed. note: Spoilers for Year of the Villain #1 will follow.]

In the pages of this week’s 25 cent issue, Lex explosively faked his own death, and “his fortune, his discoveries, [and] his assets” have been distributed to all the villains of the DC Universe, in individually tailored packages. That plot hook will fuel stories in a score of DC Comics issues arriving this July, from Black Manta in Aquaman and Cheetah in Wonder Woman; to the Court of Owls in Nightwing and Ra’s al Ghul in Batman The Outsiders. Some villains will reject Lex’s help, according to Snyder, some will embrace it, and even some heroes will be tempted.

According to Snyder, the fundamental question raised by The Year of the Villain is one he thinks is more relevant than ever: Are humans meant to look out only for ourselves? Or to work collectively for a greater good?

Polygon: How is Lex Luthor the start of everything Year of the Villain?

Scott Snyder: With Year of the Villain, me, James Tynion and [Joshua] Williamson shaped it. It springs out of a lot of the stuff that we’ve been doing in the Justice League group since [Dark Nights Metal]. Lex Luthor has played this central role in all of our stuff, and in Justice League in particular. And a lot of it has been this journey towards Lex’s realization that he was always right, as he struggled with being a hero or a villain. And at his core is this ego; he believes that humanity is selfish.

Lex Luthor and Braniac in Year of the Villain, DC Comics (2019).

Lex Luthor and Braniac in Year of the Villain.
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His inability to get past the realization that Superman is always doing things just a little bit bigger than him, or better than him, has held him back from being happy in life, and accepting his legacy as a great inventor. All those things make him a villain.

What happens in Year of the Villain is that Lex realizes that the beginnings of the DCU were such that humans weren’t what we are now. We were this immortal, predatory species created by this celestial god Perpetua, the mother of the DC Universe — we’ve been sort of exploring this whole story in Justice League. And when he realizes that he was right, and all the things that he’s been struggling with or feeling — this ego; and this sense of self-importance; and this longing to be more important, and to be bigger, and to live longer, and to have more of an impact, and for everything to be more immediate — all that stuff is real and we were meant to be something else in our first form.

He’s suddenly faithful and he believes that evil is our true nature, selfishness, self-interest, and that if we only embrace that, in this massive cosmic way, we will become the thing we were always meant to be, and we will be truly happy for the first time ever as a species.

So Year of the Villain is Lex finally coming to the realization that he was always right [laughs], and that the cosmos agrees with him. And so he goes to every villain in the whole DCU and says, “I’m going to make you an offer. And what I offer you will help you beat your hero once and for all. And together we will rise. We will be the great heroes of humanity, because we’ll show them how to be villainous and selfish and evolve into the thing we were always meant to be, our true divine form.”

It’s incredibly compelling and fun for me because it’s a culmination of all of this stuff that we’ve been building in Justice League from Metal to now. So from 2017 all the way through this point in DC history.

Thomas Wayne, Bane, and the Psycho-Pirate in Year of the Villain #1, DC Comics (2019).

From Year of the Villain.
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In the Justice League, everyone has a shared sense of purpose, but the villains in the Legion of Doom don’t always play well together. Lex’s offer seems like a great way to get all the villains on the same team.

Completely. What we want, at the end of the day is for [Lex’s] argument to be really, really compelling, but also for everyone to approach it in an individuated way. I believe that what he’s saying, at least for me, is relevant and resonant to this moment more than any other, where we have people in power across the world appealing to both sides of that argument.

Some of them saying, “We have these huge systemic and problems and the only way we’re going to beat them is to believe in something bigger than ourselves and work collectively.” That’s J’onn J’onzz; that’s Martian Manhunter saying “We have to be a community of heroes.”

Lex Luthor is saying “Forget all of that.” He’s saying, “Live your best life.” He’s saying “Be you. What matters is you getting what you can get for the people you care about and eff everybody else, who cares? Protect our own. Us, that’s it.”

And so that argument to me is in the zeitgeist all over the place, regardless of where you fall on a political spectrum, regardless of where you live, it’s either give yourself up to problems that you’re not going to solve in a day and you’re not going to be a hero for; you’re going to have to sacrifice any sense of self for a greater good.

Or you forget about all of it and say, “How do I get my best day today?” My best day, hour, minute, year, anything, “for me and mine.” And that’s the core thread from Metal on; that’s what Justice League is about, that’s what Year of the Villain is about; Lex getting more evidence than ever that his way is right, and that the way to be happy is to forget the fallacy of heroism and communal effort and instead say “It’s about me and what I care about; about my own subjective experience, and that’s it.”

So every villain and every hero, they’re going to react differently to that. And I think to speak to your question, some villains are going to immediately say, “Yes, that’s exactly what I need. Give me what I need to beat my hero, let’s do it.’ Other villains are going to say, “You’re scaring me and I don’t actually want to go that far.” And some heroes, might even hear Lex and be like, “I kind of believe what he’s saying.”

We’re not doing this, or I never signed on to do any of this, because I need to do an event or to do something that’s a big DC initiative. At this point in my career, I feel pretty comfortable just doing the things that matter to me in a personal way. The beauty of this thing is that it’s the culmination of a story I’m telling for my kids — and the kid I’m going to have in two weeks.

I want our heroes to represent the best in us and our villains to represent our worst impulses and for both to be deeply resonant with us. So I really believe in Year of the Villain and what it builds to.

In May you learn Lex has an offer for everybody […], in July the offer actually hits the books, where he appears for all the villains and says, “This is what I set up for you, do you want it or not? And then from July to November, the battle really rages between our heroes and villains on this epic scale. And in November you see who wins. And depending on who that might be, it will probably start the largest battle between every character in the history of the DCU in the biggest way we could do it.

I want to give you more than your money’s worth, if I’m going to do this one last time; go in there and do you know the biggest stuff I can do. And then say, “Hey, it’s time for me to do smaller stuff.” I want you to feel like you’re getting more than you paid for with every book and that it’s one giant communal, personal, resonant, immediate and relevant story.

Batman and the heroes of the DCU in Year of the Villain, DC Comics (2019).

“You think we need to grow the League, too. Who do we call?”
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Justice League is nearly the first time you have come to Lex Luthor as a character. How did you figure out who your Lex Luthor was going to be? Do you have any like particular inspirations?

There’s so many stories where I love with Lex in them, from All-Star Superman to Geoff Johns’ Action Comics — and how he wrote him in Justice League, in fact, when he became a hero. And I think what it made me realize, looking back at all these Lex stories, was that the core flaw and strength to him is that he’s sympathetic in his ego.

If he would just be a hero! And he wants to be a hero. He wants to be the most important hero in the history of humanity. The only reason that he can’t be that is because he can’t let go and just let the contributions speak for themselves. He sees other people like Superman and he can’t let go of beating that person. That’s what makes him a villain.

I think that’s so deeply relatable. All of us have that impulse. I have it all the time where I’m like, Oh, I’m so proud of what I’m doing. And then you see somebody and you’re like, I gotta be better than that person! And luckily I don’t feel that very often and it doesn’t propel me as a writer, but we’d all be lying if we didn’t say we had that at different times in our lives.

Lex is the embodiment of that feeling. He’s his own Achilles heel. He’s literally the person that can’t get out of his way to just be this great person and this great inventor and this great contributor to humanity.

I’ve been waiting for the right story to use him. I loved writing him when I wrote Superman, for the same reason. I knew I had a version of him that really mattered to me, and I just needed the story to plug him into.

I’ve been waiting to tell this story for a long time because I feel as though it is a culmination of everything that I’ve tried to write about at DC. You see echoes of it in all the stuff I’m doing, it’s in Last Knight right now with Greg Capullo and FCO [Plascencia] and Jonathan [Glapion], it’s in Batman Who Laughs. It’s what I worry about for my children, it’s the example we set. Are we saying to them, “Be an influencer, be your best self, live your best life in terms of yourself, take the sort of degree to which you have agency and we didn’t as kids to build something that’s totally insulated and self absorbed?”

Or do we say, “No, you have to be selfless and think bigger than who you are.” I think we’re at a time right now almost societally that that is a crescendo of that conflict. I think the fact that we’re so subjective that you can — there’s no centrality. And, you know, not that — sorry, I’m going down a rabbit hole.

I was just going to say that, it’s not that some centrality to what your news is, your music is, is good. I’m not saying that’s good at all, because who gets to make that up? But all I’m saying is that right now my kids can pick everything they want from whatever they decide is good or popular, and that’s a wonderful, powerful thing. But they can also do that with information and news, and they can start to insulate themselves in their political opinions and all of that.

And there’s something deeply scary about that, that you have the ability to create an entirely subjective experience in your life with no outside influence whatsoever. And, to me, that’s Lex Luthor saying to you That’s what you should do. He’s saying “Live the life that only speaks to the things you want, that you care about. Nothing outside of yourself matters.”

And J’onn J’onn’z is the opposite. He’s saying “The only way we reached beyond our biology, our capabilities, and our lifespan is to band together, and to be small and think of something larger than ourselves.”


BENDIS Dishes on EVENT LEVIATHAN & How LOIS LANE is ‘Most Dangerous Woman in the World’

DC Comics July 2019 solicitations

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Brian Michael Bendis is taking advantage of his relatively new spot at the center of the DC Universe to bring a new spin to comic book event series with Event Leviathan, which gets a sneak preview this week in the 25-cent DC’s Year of the Villain one-shot – followed by a six-issue series with artist Alex Maleev beginning June 12.

“I knew going ahead that what I’ll do is really structure the story around Alex’s strengths and his shadows, and what it ended up being is something more along the lines of like an Agatha Christie novel or like Death Trap, starring DC heroes, where they’re all in the room trying to figure out what happened,” says Bendis. “It’s a whodunit, it’s a thriller, and I bring that up because so many big miniseries have almost a disaster movie structure … in this one, we thought let’s get a little more like Batman, let’s get a little more detective. Detectives show up after something’s happened and try to figure it out.”

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Year of the Villain picks up the Leviathan story from Bendis’ run on Action Comics, with Bendis and Maleev showing a mysterious character pitching Batgirl on what may be a better way to improve the world. Things blow up, clues are detected and in Event Leviathan #1, the world’s greatest detectives find themselves locked in a room with a case to solve before dawn comes and everything gets worse.

“There will be a reveal or two or three at the end of every issue,” Bendis says. ”Detectives will solve the case, and the case may bring another question to the table. … By the end of this you’ll find out who Leviathan is, what they’ve done, why they’ve done what they’ve done.”

Expect big roles for the Question, Plastic Man, Manhunter and most of all, Lois Lane.

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“I couldn’t think of anybody more important to this story than her,” says Bendis. ”She’s the most dangerous woman in the world, not because she’s married to Superman, but because of where she grew up, who her father is, and now she has access to the publish button at the most one of the biggest media services in the world. She has autonomous publishing power, like some of the New York Times reporters. That’s a very dangerous woman. Don’t mess with her.”

Leviathan himself plays a subtle game, down to the design of his armor.

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“He’s dealing with icons and psychology of imagery,” says Bendis. “They think they’re fighting Darth Vader, because Leviathan wants them to think they’re fighting Darth Vader.”

Bendis promises Event Leviathan will have long-lasting consequences for the DC Universe. 

”The structure of the DC Universe, this intelligence organization part of the DC Universe, will be different at the end of the story,” he says. ”Leviathan will have risen, and what it is and what they’ve done will have landed, and so there are a lot of pieces that are going to shift and a lot of heroes are going to have kind of a new purpose, like a new motivation, because the enemy will have revealed itself.”

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When asked if creating a DC event differs from a Marvel event, Bendis answers: “Ask me in six months. … I’ve learned over the years that the event is really about moments and the fallout. The events that people really really dug of ours, it’s because the fallout was enormous, and lasted. … So I’m very curious to see what the fallout is afterwards and what the shape of it is.”

Preceding and tying into the series is an 80-page Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 by Bendis, artist Yannick Paquette, and others, that will will include prelude looks at the upcoming limited series  Lois Lane (by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins) and Jimmy Olsen (by Mat Fraction and Steve Leiber).

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“This is the question everyone has asked me (about Fraction and Lieber’s Jimmy Olsen) is, “Is it Hawkeye good?” It’s Hawkeye good. Order it. It’s fantastic!”

Bendis also addressed recent developments for Jon Kent, who returned from space in Superman aged up to about 17, sparking more than a little online fan controversy.

“There’s a story being told that we think will be additive to that thing you liked about (Jon), a big one,” says Bendis. ”And we haven’t gone to the big reveals yet, but we’re getting there. By the end of the Unity Saga, Jon’s purpose will be fully revealed.”

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And then there’s Chaz, Superman’s new, bearded undercover identity based visually on actor Bradley Cooper in American Hustle.

“Chaz is the greatest thing I brought to DC Comics. Nothing you say will convince me otherwise,” says Bendis. “Funny thing is, he’s actually done it a few times. Superman’s gone undercover quite a few times and different whatchamacallits, so it’s well within character.”

Marvel and DC both have eclectic pools of characters to pull from, but there is a different flavor to each, Bendis says.

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”I think there’s something genuinely unique about Marvel being in the real world New York and then DC being in fictitious cities,” says Bendis. “It allows us to tell more real stories in the fictional series. Greg’s doing some real journalist stuff with Lois Lane, and it’s going to feel a lot less soapboxy because it’s in a fictitious world.”

Another big difference is the number of full on Crisis-style reboots DC has had.

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“With DC, there’s a little more figuring out which truth is the truth of the character today,” he says. “With Superman, just staying true to the core ideas and values of the character and the concept of the book really get you 90% of the way there. That’s really what the book supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be a treatise on reboots. It’s supposed to be a story about this character right now.”

Bendis says the daily experience of working at DC suits his style these days.

“I never had any issue with the way Marvel ran their ship, but I like how this ship runs more,” he says. “I think there’s things over here that, if they knew DC was doing them, they’d do in two seconds. They just don’t know.”

In researching DC’s past, Bendis says he’s come across a few gems from the past that slipped past him the first time out.

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“The most recent was Grant Morrison’s Multiversity,” he says. “tI was completely blown away and charmed. He took all of this stuff that I had just read, and did this with it, and I would have never done that.”

As for Young Justice, this week’s issue features a flashback to what happened between Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown from Detective Comics to Young Justice. The issue guest stars Zatanna and marks the DC debut of artist Kris Anka. Bendis also promises more about Ginny Hex, who will get the spotlight in Young Justice #8, and Teen Lantern. And Conner Kent’s recent return was in the cards from the early days of Bendis’ DC tenure.

As for Naomi, Bendis spoke highly of artist Jamal Campbell.

“Jamal had been an artist that I had been keeping an eye on I really liked, and just right before Naomi he had done something that he’d really just found that next level and I was, like, boy, I really hope he’s the one,” says Bendis. “He really was, and what I was really happy about with Jamal is that he had a lot of choices on his table. He had some guaranteed hit books – like they sell no matter who’s on them kind of gigs. And he chose this instead, because he saw the value in building something from scratch over that. And that immediately made me fall in love with him.”


The Secret Six Infects The DC Universe in New ‘Batman/Superman’ Comic Book Series (Exclusive)

The Batman Who Laughs isn’t finished playing with DC’s superheroes yet.

This alternate reality version of Batman was first introduced in the successful comic book miniseries Dark Nights: Metal as a Batman who has become transformed into an immoral villain through exposure to Joker toxin. Not only will this version of Bruce Wayne continue to terrorize the DC Universe with a previously unannounced extension to his current miniseries, but he’ll also be the threat at the center of an all-new Batman and Superman team-up comic book series launching in August.

For Marquez, who calls the new series “a great opportunity,” the first issue of Batman/Superman won’t just mark his first work for the company after almost a decade of Marvel material; it’ll also be the first release as part of his new exclusive contract with DC.

“I’ve been very fortunate that in a relatively short career I’d been able to work on some big projects,” the artist told Heat Vision. “When I heard the possibility of working with DC, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do more work-for-hire stuff after wrapping up with Marvel. They really kind of had to sell me on the idea of doing the series.”

Initially, Marquez had planned to follow his Marvel work with a new project he’d create and own, he explained, but the scope of Batman/Superman — and the chance to collaborate for the first time with Williamson, whom he’d known for years — changed his mind.

“That I’d be able to build it from the ground up, and also that it was actually a meaningful big project, were really important factors,” he explained. “In terms of the characters involved and the role it plays in broader DCU and its evolving narrative, working with Josh who’s one of the biggest writers there — these reasons sold me on the idea of doing this book. If it wasn’t all of those unique characteristics altogether for one project, I probably wouldn’t be doing work-for-hire stuff right now.”

According to Williamson, Batman/Superman had been in development for more than a year before Marquez joined the team, and has always been intended as a very different take on a series teaming the two iconic characters that takes its cue from recent events in the larger DC comic book universe.

“We discover, through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs have been working on this massive plan since Metal. What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves,” Williamson teased. “Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing.

“This is happening to six people — we’ve been calling them the new Secret Six — who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, allies. We talked about the end of The Thing, where it’s the two of them and they’re like, ‘It could be you, it could be me, but now we have to work together.’”

The identity of the Secret Six — a name with some history in DC mythology, having first been used in 1968 for a comic book series of the same name — will be one of the core elements of the new series, and also an important part of DC’s superhero continuity as a whole across the next year of storytelling.

“It becomes this mystery across not just this book but really the line,” Williamson said, suggesting that fans reading other series might have the chance to work out identities before the heroes do. “It’s a thing where it’s not just going to be focused on this one book; it starts here, but you’re going to get a situation where, if you are reading the line, you might start piecing some stuff together before like bigger reveals happen. You might be like, ‘Oh this weird thing’s happening over here, I wonder if that’s connected to the story here,’ and that’s cause, yeah. It is.”

Williamson and Marquez are well aware of, and drawing from, the long history of comic book stories teaming Batman and Superman. The two characters first teamed in 1952’s Superman No. 76, forming a good-humored brotherhood that lasted three decades in the pages of the World’s Finest Comics series; they would go on to co-star in Superman/Batman, a monthly series that lasted 87 issues starting in 2003, and the first incarnation Batman/Superman, which ran from 2013 through 2016.

This new series will be something different, with a tone closer to horror than straight super heroics. It’s an unexpected move, perhaps, but one that stays true to the story being told and the characters’ experience. Both creators are clear on the fact that Batman/Superman is intended to have a big impact on the DC Universe as a whole.

“It definitely changes the DCU in a lot of ways, it impacts the characters and the dynamic between some of them, moving forward in the next year,” Williamson said.

“This isn’t throwaway, like ‘everything is perfect and back to normal,’ illusion of change stuff,” Marquez added. “With characters that you love, ‘I had a great day’ is not a story, you know? ‘I had a great day, until…’ is a much more interesting story. You want to see these characters tested, and this is maybe a mean way to do it, but it’s going to be a fun ride. It’s definitely fun to draw. There are dark stories that torture the reader and there are dark stories that are entertaining for the reader. This is the latter.”


Bowling Green man collects comic books for 50 years, now you can purchase part of his collection

Marvel fans have even more opportunity to snag a rare find. Seemingly the most exciting of which is The Amazing Spider-Man #129. Published in 1974, this is the first time fans see the brutal anti-hero, The Punisher. A copy of this one in nearly perfect condition? Well, that can be worth anywhere from $5,000 to $13,000.


Fans Assemble! Second annual ‘Old School’ Comic Show returns to Concord

Long before the Marvel Universe dominated global box offices – the latest installment, Avengers: Endgame, is already breaking records in its opening weekend – the stories of these masked heroes such as Iron Man and Captain America were born in comic books sold off the rack for a few cents.

Comic book aficionados thumbed through thousands of comics at Everett Arena on Saturday during the second annual Little Giant Comics “Old School” Comic Show. The show brings together dozens of vendors from across the country selling comics, graphic novels and works of art ranging in value from a few bucks to tens of thousands of dollars.

“You’ll see books in this room that you’ve never seen before,” said Jason Brodnick, a comic collector from Lawrence, Mass., who runs Little Giant Comics with his wife, Celeste.

“First appearance of Spider-Man, right there,” Brodnick said, pointing to rack where Amazing Fantasy #15 sat on display in a protective plastic sleeve (price $45,000). “X-Men one, Superman one, just crazy books.”

Like most comic book fans, Brodnick fell in love with these stories as a youngster, age 10. He had moved from Tennessee to Philadelphia and was feeling like an outsider as the new kid in school. Around this time, he got his first comic book, Rom #18, where the titular character faces the X-Men.

“I read it and was immediately blown away,” Brodnick said, speaking with an enthusiasm that doesn’t seem to have waned since the day he discovered the book. “I was an outsider: I spoke weird, I looked weird, and that was the X-Men. They were all outcasts, and I related to that a bit and really started to read more and more about them.”

Brodnick took his childhood passion and made it his life. He’s been a collector for more than 30 years and, with his wife’s help, Brodnick assembled a group of well-known comic book writers, artists and vendors for the Concord event, some came from as far as California, Texas and Oregon.

The one-day event, which is expected to return for a third year in 2020, offers a wide variety of works, from superheroes to detective and horror comics. 

“We put on a pure comic show,” Brodnick said. “I wanted positive attitudes in this room, good people, good vibes, people with can-do attitudes, and we nail it.”

While there may not be as many independent comic stores as there once were, the fandom surrounding this world remains strong as millions of fans head to theaters each time a new Marvel or DC Comics film is released. Avengers: Endgame, released in theaters on Thursday, had made an estimated $644 million globally at the end of Friday, breaking the record for highest opening weekend previously set by Avengers: Infinity War ($641 million) last year.

Brodnick considers himself an old-school fan and collector, someone who still loves the feel of a comic book in his hands, experiencing the story with each turn of the page, panel by panel. But he also loves the cinematic versions of these stories and hopes the movies will continue to attract new and younger fans to comic books.

“Cinema has broadened the horizons of comic collectors,” he said. “Us old-school collectors, we like to read the books and smell them and the movies got to be true to the continuity – but the movies also bring in new fans who’ve never read a comic, and I think it makes them want to go out and get a comic. I think it helps readership base and is good for the industry.”


(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321, [email protected] or on Twitter


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