April 8, 2011: Utah Comic Stores Prepare for Superman

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Superman coming to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Forget the carpet, local comic book stores are rolling out the red cape in preparation for Superman’s visit to the Beehive State.

The Man of Steel’s pioneer-like trek across the United States brings him to Utah when issue 710 of the Superman comic book series hits stores Wednesday.

“We’re pretty excited for this,” said Mimi Cruz, manager of Night Flight Comics.

Cruz said Night Flight placed a larger-than-normal order for issue 710 of the Superman comic in hopes of having plenty of copies on the shelves for Utahns who normally don’t read the series.

Cover art by John Cassaday for Superman, issue 710, shows Superman and Batman, as well as younger versions of their alter egos, and the immortal warrior Vandal Savage. The issue, in which Superman visits Utah, will be in comic book stores Wednesday.

HeeBeeGeeBeez co-owner Rachael Williams has planned release parties at her Layton and Ogden stores that will include an actor dressed as Superman, as well as a mystery guest. (Psst! It’s the same guy who meets up with Superman in issue 710. Keep reading.)

Williams said she wanted to turn Superman’s comic book visit to Utah into a real-life experience for young fans.

“If they take home a comic, anytime they look at it they’re going to remember the day Superman came to Utah and they got to meet him,” she said. “I would have loved to have that experience as a kid.”

Night Flight plans to celebrate the release with cookies and Superman pins for those who visit either of its Salt Lake City stores to grab a copy of the comic.

For the past 10 months, the series’ “Grounded” storyline has followed the Man of Steel as he walks across America in hopes of reconnecting with the people of his adopted home.

Issue 710 finds Superman in Utah meeting up with Batman — the real Batman, as in Bruce Wayne (not Dick Grayson, who chatted with Superman in issue 703).

According to The Source, the official blog of the DC Comics universe, the two superheroes will reminisce about a time when Clark Kent teamed up with a younger Bruce Wayne to defend a village in the fictional country of Bhutran from the immortal warrior Vandal Savage.

That might not sound very Utah-centric, but Cruz says the 32-page comic book will be of particular interest to Utahns.

Though she hasn’t seen the entire book, Cruz has been privy to a few details about parts of Utah readers will see in the comic. (Spoiler alert: Readers who want to be surprised by issue 710 should stop reading now.)

The story begins, Cruz says, with Superman walking into Ogden. Readers last saw the Man of Steel in Boulder, Colo., where the grounded hero met up with the Flash.

“Superman walks into Ogden, and has he’s making his way into Salt Lake City, Batman confronts him,” Cruz said.

Batman cautions Superman that all the attention his walk across America is putting people in danger along the way.

From: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705370177/Utah-comics-stores-prepare-for-Supermans-visit.html

Henry Cavill on Playing Superman, Reading Comics, and Working with Amy Adams …


Posted 04.06.11 by BrentJS

American audiences who may be unfamiliar with Henry Cavill, the British actor recently chosen to be the new Man of Steel in director Zack Snyder‘s Superman reboot, will first get a chance to see Cavill as a “man of bronze” in Indian director Tarsem Singh‘s (The Cell) new swords-and-sandals fantasy epic, Immortals, when it opens in November. Cavill
made an appearance
at the recent WonderCon comic book and popular arts convention in San Francisco in support of Immortals, in which he plays the lead role of Theseus, and, while he demurred from discussing Superman: The Man of Steel (working title) with most reporters, MTV managed to get him to open up about his approach to the character and how he feels about Amy Adams being chosen to play Lois Lane.

Cavill revealed that he has read the script written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) from a story idea conceived by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan, and said that it is “true to the source material.” He wouldn’t go into details about the plot, but he did say that it is “basically a reimagining and modernization” of the iconic character. As far as how he plans on approaching playing Superman, Cavill said that it’s too early to tell.

That’s tough to say. It’s very early days yet. Superman is Superman, after all. There’s only so much of a change you can make to that. It’s certainly, as I say, going to be different, but not so different that it’s unrecognizable.

In the same interview session with MTV, Cavill said that playing Superman is “a really good role” and that he thinks it’s going to be “a good movie.” He said that he has been doing “plenty of comic book research” for the movie, which should please die-hard comic book fans.

I’m just picking out as much as I possibly can from the comic book history. Because, obviously, it’s plastered across there as to who this man is. And, whatever part of [his] life you’re playing, whatever part of his ultimate journey you’re playing, you just need to put in either the building aspects—the building blocks to how he ends up—or those key characteristics which are carried through. And so, it’s just picking up a general idea of what he is and working from there.

Cavill went on to say that he has met Adams and said that she is “very talented” and a “fantastic actress” and that he is “looking forward to working with her.” As for the mini-controvery surrounding the age difference between the two—Adams is 37 and Cavill is just 28—Cavill said that he doesn’t “think it matters at all” and that it’s “a question for the director” to answer.

Superman: The Man of Steel is being produced by Snyder, Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. It is expected to go into production “at the end of the summer” and be released in December 2012.

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Henry Cavill on the comic books and Amy Adams: Superman (2012): Man of Steel – Cosmic Book News

picHey, at least someone is doing their homework!

New Superman, Henry Cavill, sat down with MTV (most likely a continuation of this one) and talked about doing a little research on the Man of Steel.

He was asked if he was reading the comics – and if there was any particular arc he was reading up on.

Cavill, didn’t point out anything specific, basically stating he was trying to get a general feel as there is a lot of Supes comics over the years — a lot.

New Lois Lane, Amy Adams, is also mentioned with Cavill stating they did do a screen test and that she is “fantastic.”

When asked about the age difference, Cavill said to ask the director [Zack Snyder], but seemed to insinuate that it wasn’t a big deal.

Check it below.

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on Superman develops.

Superman flies into theaters December 2012 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha “Ma” Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan “Pa” Kent and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Be sure to check out the Cosmic Book News Superman Movie Hub for even more news and information.

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April 4, 2011: Retro-Active Superman Comics

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‘Superman’ flies onto DVD

DC Comics has performed a mighty miracle in recent years, transforming its roster of superheroes. Even the two superstars among their superheroes, Batman and Superman, have been transformed, along with lesser yet enduring immortals from Wonder Woman to Green Lantern.

This artistic miracle has taken place in print — as comic books and graphic novels — and on screen — in an excellent series of animated shorts and features from DC Universe and Warner Bros. It remains to be seen if that translates into the live action movies coming in 2011 and 2012 for Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman.

As comics and as animations, the characters have become more muscular in physique and in the adventures they undertake. Character flaws are more consistently explored. Human emotion and anguish is more routinely hardwired into their psyches.

Even Superman, the most conservative of all superheroes, goes to new extremes in the All-Star Superman comics, thanks to the daring of author Grant Morrison, a Scot with a flair for the dramatic. It is Morrison’s re-invigorated Superman that is the basis for the latest DC Universe movie, All-Star Superman. It recently launched on DVD and Blu-ray in a variety of options: a basic single-disc DVD, a two-disc Special Edition DVD with strong extras, and a two-disc combo pack combining DVD, Blu-ray, digital copy and even more extras.

All three include a sneak peek at Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, next in line in the series. It arrives June 7. As a series of heroic flashbacks, it deepens the story told in 2009 in Green Lantern: First Flight.

The new Superman movie was adapted by the late Dwayne McDuffie and supervised by DC Universe producer Bruce Timm. Theirs is an intriguing departure. Superman spends most of the 77-minute film facing his own death with resignation, thanks to yet another dastardly plot by arch-villain Lex Luthor.

“I know I promised not to waste my intellect on elaborate superdeath traps,” Luther tells his captors, “but I looked in the mirror one morning and realized something: I’m getting older and he isn’t! Something’s got to be done about that, don’t you think?”

Cheeky humour goes with the pathos. The voice work is excellent, with James Denton as Superman/Clark Kent and Christina Hendricks (the red-headed bombshell from Mad Men) as Lois Lane. She gets to fly when Superman bestows superpowers for 24 hours. Meanwhile, with quiet crazy, Anthony LaPaglia does a great Luthor.

The story is sometimes confusing, with editing jumps. But the movie is still compelling because it explores what Lois Lane calls her “freakish relationship” with Superman. You feel what Morrison says in the fascinating Blu-ray documentaries about a human response: “The actual stories are all still about guilt and loss and fear and love and everything we understand — but on an epic scale.”

The same is true of other DC Universe movies in the series. Here is a thumbnail of three other titles, all available on DVD and in upscale Blu-ray packages:

– Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor is president and the Justice League is obliged to keep the peace. But Batman and Superman go rogue, setting up a titanic struggle for truth, justice and the American way.

– Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: It works both as a sequel to Public Enemies and as the origin story for Supergirl.

– Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam: Superman teams with Shazam! to battle villainous Black Adam in a strong short, which makes its home entertainment debut. Three other shorts are seen for the first time in extended versions.

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Henry Cavill: ‘Superman will be re-imagined’

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April 1, 2011: From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast


From Crisis to Crisis
Welcome to the 89th episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast! This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Part index. Part commentary. Part history lesson. All podcast.

Mike and Jeff are joined by Donovan Grant, Joshua Bertone and Jon Wilson of Amazing Spider-Man Classics to discuss more of the comics with a January 1992 cover date.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. You can also download the episode directly.

If you want to comment on the show or contact the hosts you can always private message Mike and Jeff, leave comments here or email them at fromcrisistocrisis@gmail.com. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.

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In ‘Black Ring,’ Lex Luthor Grapples With Life

Superman’s gallery of rogues is long and endless but none, save Lex Luthor, has been more associated with the Kryptonian do-gooder than his arch-villain and needling nemesis.

In this book cover released by DC Comics, “Superman: The Black Ring,” by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods… ExpandIn this book cover released by DC Comics, “Superman: The Black Ring,” by Paul Cornell and Pete Woods is shown. The book, which features stories that ran in Action Comics issues 890-895, will be available in book stored on April 5, 2011. (AP Photo/DC Comics) Collapse

When DC Comics opted to push its flagship character from the top spot of the enduring Action Comics in favor of Luthor there were some questions about why, but the stories by British writer Paul Cornell struck a nerve, showing the villain as protagonist while Superman was out of the picture.

Cornell told The Associated Press that was a key aim of the recent run, some of which has been collected in the new book “Superman: The Black Ring.” It features stories that ran in Action Comics issues 890-895.

“It’s the little comic that could,” Cornell said of the run, drawn by Pete Woods.

In the stories Luthor is in the pursuit of a power to make his vision for humanity real but, to do so, must unlock the dark secrets behind the rings used by the Black Lanterns. That leads to travels through time and dust-ups with less than savory characters such as Mister Mind, Deathstroke and Super-Gorilla Grod, among others.

A notable appearance in the collection, which comes out April 5, is Death, the character created by Neil Gaiman as part of his resurrection of the Sandman.

“We put Lex up against villains that are worse than he is. That sort of shone a light on making him a bit better” the writer referred to the longtime character who, it seems, has never thought of himself as a villain in any sense.

“I think we do sort of show Lex to be a fully formed human being, even if his girlfriend is a robot,” Cornell said. “It’s also ironic that he made her in the shape of Lois Lane. He knows that Lois really likes the Man of Steel but not how much she really likes the Man of Steel.”

Still, Luthor is not about bettering the world at large for the benefit of others, he said.

“Every now and then we have to remind the audience that this guy is a villain,” Cornell said, adding that Luthor was, is and always will be a complex man who has been “two or clicks on the dial away from being a hero.”

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The Best Comic Books This Week: Captain America, Batman, Lex Luthor and More!

In a tight economy, it’s not always clear what you should spend your hard-earned money on, and with comic books getting more and more expensive, your dollar doesn’t go as far at the comic shop as it did in the past. We here at Complex feel your pain, so we compile a weekly list of books that are truly worth your money. Here’s a rundown of the best comics coming out on March 30, 2011.


Action Comics #899

What it’s about: As DC’s oldest title currently available, Action Comics has been printed monthly (and sometimes weekly) since FDR was in office. Most famous for introducing the world to Superman, the book has been chronicling his exploits for decades and has proven to be the most important comic book on shelves.

While the quality often dips and it sometimes feels like an afterthought rather than a necessity, Action Comics has recently received a much needed facelift in the form of writer Paul Cornell. Focusing his book on Superman’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor rather than on Supe himself, Cornell has crafted a villain that isn’t just a novelty act.

What to expect this month: Look at the issue number. Action Comics is about to become the first DC Comic to ever hit issue 900, so Paul Cornell will be pulling out all the stops in order to deliver one of the most memorable stories seen in a Superman release in years. While Lex Luthor is still on the hunt for the Black Lantern energy, he’ll also have to stop Brainiac from finding it first. While these two characters have a long and violent history together, this may be their most intense showdown yet.

Detective Comics #875

What it’s about: What Action Comics is to Superman, Detective Comics is to the Dark Knight. This is the comic where he made his debut in 1939, as well as the book from which DC Comics’ name eventually derived. In fact, Detective Comics is an older book than Action Comics and would be ahead of it in numbering if not for the fact that Action Comics went to a weekly schedule back in the 80’s.

For decades Detective Comics has been the place to go for intimate mysteries that are off the beaten path for the Caped Crusader. While never as bombastic or super heroic as Batman or Batman Incorporated, Scott Snyder has made Detective Comics the most atmospheric and sophisticated Bat book on shelves.

What to expect this month: Dick Grayson faces off against the newest organized crime faction in Gotham, while Commissioner Gordon still tries to figure out the mystery surrounding his son’s return into his life.  Snyder has done a great job serializing all of these story arcs together to make every issue feel interconnected rather than random separate tales.

But while every issue is dependant on what has come before it, Snyder has also made it easy for new readers to jump into the middle of a tale without feeling lost. And with the beginning of this new Hungry City story, this is a great place to start picking up Detective Comics.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #8

What it’s about: Designed to give the Green Lantern Corps and their universe more exposure before the movie comes out, Green Lantern Emerald Warriors stars the loveable curmudgeon of the GL universe, Guy Gardner. Written by former Green Lantern Corps scribe Peter Tomasi, this book’s inclusion of Gardner gives every issue a sardonic edge that’s lacking in the other Lantern books.

What to expect this month: This installment continues the War of the Green Lanterns as Hal Jordan squares off with Guy Gardner. With this crossover spreading across all three Green Lantern titles, DC is attempting to get fans hooked on the different styles and tones found in all of the books. And while it may seem like a lot to ask of fans to pick up all three books, this story has been brewing for so long and has so much talent behind it that it will be more than worth it in the end.

And the fact that this issue marks yet another fight that Gardner has had with a popular hero is reason enough to give this a look. Hopefully the throwdown will last longer than the fight that he had with Batman that ended in one panel with one punch. 

Captain America #616

What it’s about: As one of the best books Marvel has right now, and perhaps one of the best superhero runs in the past 10 years, Ed Brubaker’s time on Captain America has revitalized the character and successfully brought him back to the iconic status he deserves.
Brubaker has even managed to keep the book just as engaging even with Steve Rogers not being the man behind the mask.

What to expect this month: This month marks the 70th anniversary of Captain America’s debut and Marvel is celebrating this occasion with a 104-page special filled with untold stories and revelations that’ll have instant ramifications on the Cap’s future.
With the Trial of Captain America behind him, Steve Rogers must figure out what the future holds for his costumed alter-ego.

With a blockbuster movie (Captain America: The First Avenger) on the horizon, it’s pretty obvious that Rogers will be donning the shield again sooner rather than later. But, aside from that, this issue is still a must have for all of the patriotic hero’s fans.
And at only $4.99 with a boatload of special features and side stories, Captain America is probably the best value on shelves this week.

Captain America – The Legacy Of Captain America ( Collects: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1, WHAT IF? #4, CAPTAIN AMERICA #155 and #333, CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 5 #34. And material from Captain America #178-183)

What it’s about: While Steve Rogers is easily the most famous patriot to ever take on the mantle of Captain America, there have been periods where a replacement Cap was necessary. Whether it was the time when Rogers temporarily gave up the shield after growing disillusioned with the U.S. government or the time he briefly died, there has always been a Cap no matter what.

The Legacy of Captain America collects these classic stories and examines the other men behind the mask. While featuring the most important replacement Caps, such as Johnny Walker and Bucky Barnes, this book also reprints the character’s debut in Captain America Comics #1. It’s a great book to pick up if you’re interested in the American hero’s long history, or if you just want a companion piece to the current Cap stories.

Punisher: Welcome Back Frank

– New Printing (Collects: Punisher #1-12)

What it’s about: Garth Ennis is a sick bastard, and if you ever needed more proof of that then look no further than Welcome Back Frank. This is easily the most violent, repulsive, and perverse Punisher book to ever see print. Armed with dark humor and blood-splattered art, Ennis writes the Punisher as a grim straight man in an otherwise over-the-top, cartoony world.

Between suffocating a mountainous Russian assassin using his obese neighbor’s gut, rumbling with a quadruple amputee, and punching a polar bear right in the chops, Welcome Back Frank is a stark departure from Ennis’ later, and much more serious, Punisher work.

This is a seminal take on the character, not to mention a must have for any fan of the Punisher. Don’t let Ennis’ tongue-in-cheek writing or Steve Dillon’s clean art fool you; Welcome Back Frank is just as violent and sadistic as the character has ever been. 

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From: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2011/03/the-best-comic-books-this-week-captain-america-batman-lex-luthor-and-more

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