DC Comics releases preview art of Batman: Earth One, Superman: Earth One, Vol. 2

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s “Batman: Earth One” will be released in 2012, and DC Comics has released preview art from the book at the DC Comics Source blog.

The book is a retelling of the Batman legend in a contemporary setting.

“Gary and I are tackling BATMAN from the beginning, before he knows what he’s doing and with a very different ultimate goal in mind,” said Johns. “He’s never left Gotham. And our Gotham and the people in it are very gray. Our heroes unlikely. Our villains hidden. Our story is only beginning with volume one.”

Also, the best-selling “Superman: Earth One,” by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, will be getting a second volume in 2012.

“The overwhelming success of volume one of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE – 37 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list for graphic novels – meant we had to ensure that Volume Two was even better,” said Straczynski.  Preview art for vol. 2 was also released at the Source blog.

– Matt Price
Click past the cut to see the preview art released for the two books.


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Superman Review: Action Comics #5 By Grant Morrison And Andy Kubert

Action Comics #5

Written by Grant Morrison

Art by Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, and Brad Anderson

 

 

The short of it:

Big time origin issue? Sort of. This issue debuts Jor-El, Lara, and Jonathan and Martha Kent. Witness the destruction of Krypton, the Phantom Zone, Krypto’s last stand, and the secrets of Superman’s arrival to an alien fearing Earth. The whole issue seems to take place in flashbacks, obviously, and it’s…well, it’s a straightforward issue. Krypton goes boom so Jor-El sends his only son to Earth knowing he’ll be stronger. Jonathan and Martha Kent, a farming couple incapable of having their own kids, find the spaceship and raise baby Kal El on their own as Clark Kent, who one day becomes Superman. It’s the origin of Superman, I mean, seriously. The army taking his ship and the confusing timeline of the final pages in the Fortress of Solitude are the only parts of the issue that don’t seem to refer back to his origin, though in hindsight…the end pages may be happening at the same time as the other issues in the arc. Regardless, there’s an Anti-Superman Army and a big part of Superman’s history confirmed.

 

What I liked:

  • Andy Kubert on art, nice touch. I like Andy’s work, and he really does make a great fit with any of DC’s icons. If anything, I regret that this issue only features two looks at an in costume Superman so he doesn’t even get to draw the action!
  • The accelerated origin did a nice job getting the changes across as quick as possible, really just adding in the military helped out. It feels more like a Supreme Power reality, only unlike Mark Milton, Kal El wasn’t promptly found and secured as an asset.
  • The ‘alien’ that Jonathan gives the army cracked me up, as after he off handedly mentioned something a few pages earlier I kept saying “I want to see that”.
  • For as enigmatic as they were, and for as little as we know about them, the Anti-Superman Army intrigues me. Is each powered by a different form of Kryptonite?
  • L.L.T.L.
  • The backup story about Jonathan and Martha in their years before finding Clark is a bit ham fisted, but I like it. I understand that the Kent’s are dead in this new universe so they really shouldn’t be major factors, but seeing their determination to be parents sets up their raising of Clark as well as a dozen flashbacks to them actually doing it. You root for them while the full time knowing that they get baby Superman…since for one everyone knows the origin, and for two we already saw the end of the story earlier in it.

 

What I didn’t like:

  • We don’t need another origin for Superman, especially when the changes are so….minor. They could have told us that the military swooped in and got his ship, because really, after the Krypton pages the issue sort of just happens for a little while. I know that the Kent’s find the baby and raise him to be Superman. We all know this. Every two years another writer tries to remind us of it.
  • I REALLY don’t like the whole ‘weaker gravity lets him seem to fly’. He’s Superman. He flies. Period.
  • Superman’s shirt is blue again this issue, which tells me that last month saw a big time coloring error that is just not going to be acknowledged.
  • The issue goes through phases of Morrison doing Morrison things, in other words, it’s awesome and you know it’s going to become more awesome, but you have no idea what the hell is happening yet. Case in point, half the ship’s narration, and all of the Anti-Superman Army. So many hints to wrap up an issue that nothing of note happens in doesn’t do any of them justice.

 

Final thoughts:

 

Needless origin issues are needless. Seriously, if Scott Snyder spent an issue talking about the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents I’d be just as annoyed. This isn’t some obscure character that needs a refreshed audience, this is Superman. The changes they did could have been handled with exposition, and really, they should have cut from the Krypton stuff immediately to the present and not spent time reminding us of the obvious.

 

There were definitely some parts that reminded me of Grant’s All Star Superman, but the pacing is just a completely different beast. There’s the same level of big concept going on, but I’m unsure of when to expect the payoff. That said, the Army just sounds awesome.

 

Again, L.L.T.L.

 

Kubert was a great choice for art here, though I’d say that anytime they found something for him to do. I’ll admit that Rags Morales is sorely missed, but that’s mainly due to this being the fifth issue and we’ve already seen three artists on the book. But really, so long as they keep the art quality where it has been at, I don’t think I’ll complain.

 

Wait, was this a fill in issue? I think this may have been a fill in issue.

 

Overall: 6.5/10


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From: http://insidepulse.com/2012/01/04/superman-review-action-comics-5-by-grant-morrison-and-andy-kubert/

Tim Burton’s Superman Lives Toy Concept Art

Bryan Singer bored the crotch out of Clark Kent with Superman Returns, Dark Shadows director Tim Burton was set to take on the Man of Steel with Superman Lives, which would have brought the man’s unique personal style and vision to the DC Comics property.

As Superman: Man of Steel gears up for its 2013 release, we have been lucky enough to finally get a look at some of the odd costumes and concept art that Tim Burton was working on before his film got shot down. Today, we have a look at some of the toy concept art, which would have been in the guise of actor Nicolas Cage had this movie ever come to light.

Included in this newly discovered batch of artwork is a look at Superman’s suit from early in the story, before his death. There is also a look at Superman’s tomb, The Eradicator Suit, which conceals Superman’s identity, The Eradicator, protector of Superman after his death, and Superman’s Recovery Suit.

Brianiac would have been Superman’s main foe in Superman Lives. A Skull Ship maquette shows off what this villain’s means of travel would have looked like. It would have made a cool toy, but it may have been a little goofy to actually see on screen. Check out all of this toy art below and decide for yourself.

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From: http://www.movieweb.com/news/NEhju8gekr93jm

Best Comics Of 2011: Lonmonster’s List

The AMC TV series took audiences by storm over the past year, elevating The Walking Dead to mass popularity, but what people forget is just how incredibly groundbreaking the comic series is. Since it began in 2003, The Walking Dead has consistently been the best zombie comic around. This year, Kirkman delivered one of the most shocking chapters since the books inception with issue #83, which literally brought readers to tears. TWD surpasses every other book in the zombie subgenre as a densely intelligent work, venturing into the realm of human psychology and examining the devastating mental effects an undead apocalypse would have on the survivors.

To be candid, there were not many Marvel titles that I was thrilled about this year, however, Moon Knight takes off in a totally different direction from any other mainstream book. Bendis examines a C-list narcissistic psychopath hero who believes he is Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Captain America all at the same time. Doesnt get much wackier than that. Moon Knight is a vivid exposition of superhero madness that truly showcases Bendis emblematic writing style, with visuals to die for.

Many people have been saying that horror comics are dead, that there are none that represent the genre as it used to be. However, with their debut title, Brandon Seifert and Lukas Ketner manage to be completely rejuvenating horror comics. A cross somewhere between Dr. House, Herbert West, and a Lovecraft story, Witch Doctor is a rich and intriguing tale of terror that fans have been waiting for. What is most impressive about the book is the perfect balance of scares, gore, and laugh out loud humor. These two up-and-comers have something great on their hands, and I cant wait for more.

Hailing from small town in Ontario, Jeff Lemire had an absolutely incredible year with his work for DC. Sweet Tooth combines Lemires dark and depressing thematic textures with his innocent and relatable characters delivering a bizarre, and dramatic work. Lemire is known for taking on both art duties and writing, however this year he teamed up with Matt Kindt for an arc, and not surprisingly, it was a masterpiece. Sweet Tooth is an aesthetically original dream that will always have its fair share of die hard fans.

Over the past few years, X-books have struggled to say the least, with very few coming to the front as fantastic must-reads. However, this year Rick Remender created one of the most memorable X-books in recent memory. X-Force offers deeply character driven book focusing on the relationships between team members rather than on cheap action ploys to maintain readership. The drama is darker than ever, the action is relentless, and the artwork is just magical. Uncanny X-Force marks Remender as a big Marvel name to watch for in the coming year.

It goes without saying that Scott Snyder is the hottest writer of the year, and his work on the pre-New-52 Detective Comics was a Bat-story that will be remembered forever. The Black Mirror arc took Dick Grayson on his final ride through Gotham city bearing the cowl, and what a dark, twisted, and gritty ride it was. Personally, I preferred Dick Grayson as Batman, and this story alone should be enough to convince anyone of that. The artwork is magnificent, meshing together the dark cityscape with the grimness and disparity of Batman and Gordon. Pure brilliance.

No book captures the essence of female struggles more than J.H. Williams IIIs Batwoman. Batwoman is an insanely deep character sketch of a lost girl who tries to deal with her troubles by kicking some ass in Gotham. The book mixes wonderful moments of abject terror with touching character drama that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. The book really stands out in its absolutely innovative and unprecedented use of page-layouts, which are as baffling as they are elegant. Seriously, this book deserves to be put on display in art showrooms.

Locke Key is one of the most mystery driven and stunning horror comics in years. Joe Hill has developed a family drama title about a descent into madness that should not be passed up by any horror fan, or comic fan for that matter. Locke Key is an intense, beautiful, disturbing title, and though we may not see it on the small screen for a while, we can still relish in the wonderful world Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez have created.

Before the New 52 were released I highly doubt that anyone had Animal Man picked as a surefire hit. But, once again, Jeff Lemire deliveres the goods, successfully combining surreal horror with superhero family drama. The cliffhanger endings of each issue combined with Travel Foremans twistedly beautiful artwork make this one of the creepiest books of the year. Lemires ability to communicate true human emotion and family interaction is unparalleled. With the upcoming tie-in with Snyders Swamp Thing, Animal Man is one of the 2012s most highly anticipated comics. Jeff Lemire has had a trailblazing year, and I have a feeling hes just getting started.

When Green Wake was initially released as a mini-series, it was highly unlikely that it would become popular enough to be promoted to an ongoing series. However, sometimes a book is just so good, so novel, and so utterly different from anything else that the publisher has no choice but to keep it going. Green Wake is one of those. It is a disturbing tale of noir horror taking place in a mysterious, elegant, and complex world, not unlike David Lynchs Twin Peaks. The dream teams of Kurtis J. Wiebe and Riley Rossimo have a created a magnificent story that is like nothing youve ever read before. This is the new face of horror comics and I cant wait to see what the team has in store for us next.

Kill Shakespeare deserves a lot of praise its inventive and brilliant use of Shakespeares characters. Had the final chapter been slightly more tragic to go along with the Shakespearean theme, it would have easily been in my top ten.

Hellraiser because fans have dealt with a lot of shitty Pinhead stories over the past decade and Barker has finally returned to deliver a worthy title.

Severed easily could have made its way onto my list because of its throwback to classic horror tales. It is extremely creepy and very well written.

Sadly, House of Mystery saw its final issue this year and the crew went out with a bang. This book was anything but normal and it will be missed.

Hellboy because it always manages to be one of the best books around. 2012 will be a big year for Mignola and the gang.

From: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/comics/1824

January 1, 2012: Superman Super Site January, 2012 Contest

Congratulations to Sam Nelson who were chosen as the winner of our December contest for one (1) copy of DC Comics: The New 52.

For our January contest, we have teamed with DC Comics to give away one (1) hardcover edition of Absolute Kingdom Come.

DC Comics Absolute Editions set the standard for the highest quality, most in-depth presentation of classic graphic novels. Each oversized volume is presented in a slipcase and includes unique additional material making each Absolute Edition a cornerstone of any serious comic collection. The latest Absolute Collection is the classic KINGDOM COME, written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Alex Ross. This riveting story set in the future pits the old guard – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their peers – against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes in the final war to determine the fate of the planet. Published to tie-in with the 10th Anniversary of its original publication, ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME is packaged in a beautifully designed slipcase that features an all-new painted image by Alex Ross, annotations of the entire series, rare art, promotional images, a gallery of DC Direct Kingdom Come products, a feature on the evolution of a story page and much more.

To enter, simply enter your name and email address below and click the “Enter Here to Win” button – (Limited to one entry per person). We will select the winner on Tuesday, January 31st. Good luck to everyone who enters!

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The Five Best Comic Book Movies of the 2011

2011 has come and went quicker than Barry Allen after a coffee break and we can all agree that this was the best year for being a comic book fan. Great comic books come out this year. And of course DC new 52. But what I’m really talking about is the movies. I can not think of a year where we have a plethora of movies base on comic books like we had in 2011. I can’t! So many legendary comic book icon had FINALLY gotten their own feature film after years of waiting and praying for the fan boys (and girls) and it finally happens! So I compile a list of my 5 best 2011 comic book movies. These are what I think were the best and greatest of year, so to quote the Joker, “And here we…..GO!”

5) cowboy and aliens Pictures, Images and Photos

A flop in the box office, I know. People were anticipated Cowboys Aliens since last year SDCC and for the film’s director (Jon Favreau, of Iron and Iron Man 2 fame), its high name cast (Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell) produce by Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer and the best title name for a movie ever. But some people found CA a disappointment. I enjoyed it. It was not my favorite movie of all time but I really like the performance from each of the cast, cool special effects, great action scenes, dug the Old West vibe mix with a alien invasion feel and come on! The movie is call freaking Cowboys Aliens! Were you expecting The Dark Knight??!! I do have a complaint towards the movie: Its took itself way too damn seriously. Not like The Dark Knight gritty serious; uptight kinda serious, you know? Especially coming from a Jon Favreau film, where he always brings comedy elements in his movies. Cowboys and Aliens had none. But again, great performances and it was a fun film.

4)Captain America The First Avenger poster Pictures, Images and Photos

First I would like to say, I’m sorry. Sorry for bashing Chris Evans for being cast as Steve Roger/Captain America since day 1. I wasn’t please by the choice. I wasn’t a fan of Chris Evans and his movies (especially the God awful Fantastic Four) and before seeing the movie, him as Captain America actually angers me. I thought it was a horrible choice from Marvel Studios. Well [frick] me for being wrong!! Evans was the best choice for Captain America! He did a fantastic job as the title role! Better yet, I believe he was a better Steve Roger than the shield-wielding star-spangle man. Joe Johnston brought his experience working the special effects on Raiders of the Lost Ark and blend it into a WW 2 comic book movie in nearly perfection. And my God – Hugo Weaving as The Red Skull! WOW! I could not keep my eyes off of him. This was a great introduction to the iconic Marvel superhero and I can not wait in seeing Captain America again in The Avengers. Oh and that musical number? AWESOME!! =)

3) Green Lantern poster Pictures, Images and Photos

You guys may hated it but Goddamn me, I enjoy this movie! It wasn’t perfect but nearly every movie isn’t. I do in fact believes Ryan Reynolds did a good performance as Hal Jordan and yes, Blake Lively wasn’t as terrible as people say she is as Carol! But lets all agree her performance was waaaay better than Kate Bosworth in Superman Returns!! =P Anyways, it was a fun superhero movie. I do not get way it has to be like The Dark Knight. Can a superhero movie be enjoyable to watch?? I thought the special effects should have been better for a Green Lantern movie and the scene in Oa was too damn short but Mark Strong was brilliant as Sinestro and I really like Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond. He was over the top but in a good way, you know? I mean, Hammond is also over the top in the comics. I wish and pray for a Green Lantern 2. Just give more lines to the other members of the corps, including Tomar Ra and Kilowog, who even in their little time on screen were amazing and really fun to watch. I will defend this movie till I’m 6 feet under, damn it!

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Epic. Pure epic. A Thor movie we’ve all been waiting for. Great special effects including in 3-D. Thor was my first 3-D movie to see in theaters and it was gorgeous to watch! Asgard look so beautiful on the big screen. And each of the cast gave great performance, especially Tom mother[frick]ing Hiddleston as Loki! Man, was he good??! And Chris Hemsworth as Thor was phenomenal. He brought the character alive on the big screen and it pay off brilliantly! And applauds to Kenneth Branagh for using his Shakespeare background and use it in Thor. Such a great debut for one of my favorite Marvel comics superhero! And just like Captain America, I’m excited to see Thor and his mighty hammer and Loki in The Avengers and Thor 2, with the new director.

1)X-men first class Pictures, Images and Photos

A instant classic. People will still be talking about this movie in years to come. Even if the Mayan doomsday comes true, the last remaining surviving civilization will still remember how incredible X-Men: First Class was. Holy shit, it was amazing!! The action scenes, the characters, the great performances from each of the cast (yes including January Jones!=P), the special effects, the whole early Sean Connery James Bond vibe, the story -Jesus Christ!!!! This movie was perfect! Its the best comic book movie since The Dark Knight (Or Dark Knight Rises, of course!) and do not get me started on Michael Fessbender as Erik Lensherr/Magneto. WHOOOOOAA….0___0 Not since Heath Ledger we have see such an incredible performance from a actor in a comic book movie. I will be very unhappy if Michael Fassbender doesn’t get a Academy Award nomination for X-Men: First Class. [frick] Shame! Nobody saw Shame; it was NC-17!! And what about Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw?? Jaw-dropping! Dear Lord was he a fantastic villain. This guy was in the original Footloose, for crying out loud!! Villain of the year goes to Mr. Bacon! Matthew Vaughn is a genius director and producer Bryan Singer has redeem himself to the good graces of the fan boys and girls after leaving X-Men 3 to King Douche-bag Bret Ratner to do the action-less Superman Returns. The sequel is without a doubt the most anticipated sequel ever. Yes even more than Dark Knight Rise! =P Stuff of legends, I can go on and on how much I loved X-Men: First Class.

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Comic Book Review: ‘Superman’ #4

Superman has fought off three alien invaders from his adopted home city of Metropolis in as many issues. With each subsequent attack, it became more and more clear that they were not random attacks. The invaders spoke a language that no one on Earth could understand; yet Superman picked out a single word from each… Krypton.

This issue begins in the aftermath of the third alien attack. Heather Kelley, the reporter that was host to the third alien, is missing. Jimmy Olsen and Miko Ogawa, who were with Heather just before the attack, are being interrogated by the Metropolis Police. They claim that Heather said something about feeling extremely cold just before the alien appeared and that’s all that they remember. The police are also “interviewing” Superman to corroborate the story. Superman’s account matches Jimmy and Miko’s and, with no charges to press, Superman is released.

The rest of the issue is spent trying to piece together the clues surrounding the attacks. Last issue left it clear that, despite being defeated, the alien entities are still residing in the bodies of their hosts. As the heroes and reporters race to discover their purpose, the aliens all strike again… this time at Clark Kent’s apartment!

With ‘Superman’ #3, writer George Perez hit a stride with his first story. The story and clues that Perez is dropping about the origin and purpose of the alien creatures makes for riveting reading. It’s clear from the font and the dropping of the word “Krypton” that they’re related to Superman’s homeworld, but what they are and what is their purpose remains to be seen. Also, one of the police conversations hint at something that happened between Superman and the MPD some years ago which is an obvious tie-in with ‘Action Comics’.

The story layouts from Perez’ himself lend a very 80?s vibe to the whole affair. On top of that, the pencils of Jesus Merino make this a book where the art fits nearly perfectly with the story that is being told. The only book of the New 52 that has a better chemistry between art and story is ‘The Flash’, but keep an eye peeled later for my review of ‘The Flash’ #4 which also came out this week.

Verdict: Buy

SUPERMAN #4
Written by GEORGE PEREZ
Art by JESUS MERINO
Breakdowns and cover by GEORGE PEREZ

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From: http://sciencefiction.com/2011/12/30/comic-book-review-superman-4/

Exclusive Preview: Retelling Superman’s Origin Story in Action Comics No. 5

Action Comics #5 Cover

Action Comics No. 5 explains Superman’s origin in DC Comics’ New Universe.
Images courtesy DC Comics. Click to enlarge.

I have been reading comics for a couple of decades, starting with The Death of Superman. Since then, I’ve gone back and read older stories from the ’80s and before. Though I quickly expanded my pull list to include other characters, my go-to has always been Superman. During the past 20 years of reading the Super-family of books, I’ve probably seen the flight of baby Kal-El 50 times. Sometimes it was nothing but a two-panel glimpse into the past, while other issues have devoted their entire 22-pages to retelling and/or tweaking the hero’s mythos.

To be honest, it can get kind of formulaic and boring to long-time readers. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt with the little S-shield on the front. But Action Comics No. 5, previewed exclusively on Wired.com and hitting stores Jan. 4, is something different. As the cover says, “It begins … again!”

This is the first time the DC new universe version has been told, and who better to tell this not-so-secret origin than superstar writer Grant Morrison and his equally super (see the pattern?) art team of Andy Kubert and Jesse Delperdang? Morrison has been steadily fleshing out the character’s beginnings since he first came on board with the Action Comics relaunch debut.

DC Comics’ move to reboot its entire line of books earlier this year met with mixed reactions, to be sure. No character was more affected than the Man of Steel. Though long-timers like myself have been hesitant to fully embrace these changes as a whole, the numbers don’t lie: Fans are enjoying this new iteration. Each issue continues to lay a foundation for another 20 years of Superman books.

As we have in the past, GeekDad and Underwire have teamed up to exclusively bring you the first preview pages for Action Comics No. 5. Below, you’ll find the first half. Check them out in all their Kubert glory, then click over to Underwire for the back half of the preview.

Most importantly, leave us your thoughts on the current super-books and Morrison’s take on Action Comics.

Stay super.

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Action Comics No. 5, Page 1

Action Comics #5, Page 2

Action Comics No. 5, Page 2

Read Pages 3 through 5 of Action Comics No. 5 on Underwire.

From: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/12/exclusive-preview-action-comics-5/

Can Superman see through superconductors?

Can Superman see through superconductors?An important question needs to be answered by the editors of DC Comics! Superman, one of their flagship characters, is famously unable to see through lead — even though he can see microscopic substances, and he can see across immense distances.

What is it about lead that stymies Superman’s super-vision? And would he have the same difficulty seeing through superconductors? Super-science needs the answers to these questions!

An easy reason why Superman can’t see through lead is because his vision is X-ray vision. X-rays notoriously fail to penetrate lead. But as the years have passed, and as Superman’s super-vision has gotten more complicated, we’ve learned that it’s not just x-rays that allowed him to see through objects. He’s able to see things that are too small, too soft, and too detailed for x-rays to ever be able to pick them out. Superman’s super-vision is, at this point, nearly all-powerful. But it still can’t manage to get through lead, for some reason.

Can Superman see through superconductors?So what’s so special about lead? After all, most of its physical properties are shared by other substances. Sure, it’s ductile, malleable, and conducts electricity, but those traits are shared by metals. Its sole unique physical characteristic is that, unlike other metals, it has no practical Thomson Effect, which is also known as Kelvin Heat. (William Thomson became Lord Kelvin because of his extreme cleverness in science.)

The Thomson effect is not very well known, in part because it came into being by swallowing two other effects. Charles Athanase Peltier discovered the Peltier Effect when he noticed that when an electric current was passed through two materials, one cooled and the other heated. Thomas Johann Seebeck noticed exactly the opposite. When two different temperatures were applied to the same materials, a voltage and subsequent electric current developed between them.

William Thomson came in, we can only assume on a white horse, and saw that these were two sides of the same coin. He came up with a way to measure the temperature gradient in a single material with a current going through it. Once that is established, it’s possible to come up with the gradients of any other material. Lead is often used as the baseline for these tests. It is commonly known as the only metal for which there is no Thomson effect whatsoever. It was only recently that it was shown to have the barest flickering of a Thomson Effect. This is not, necessarily, why Superman can’t see through it — but there is a way we can check.

Can Superman see through superconductors?Superconductors, by definition, have no Thomson Effect. These materials, when dropped down to temperatures within spitting distance of absolute zero, have no electrical resistance. Since it’s this resistance that causes heat, the current flows through a superconductor without heating it, and its actual Thomson Effect is right at zero.

So if Superman tries, and fails, to look through a superconductor, we’ll know once and for all the reason why he can’t see through lead. And maybe that, in turn, will give us a greater insight into how Superman’s super-vision actually works. Make it happen, DC!

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From: http://io9.com/5871214/can-superman-see-through-superconductors

DC unveils the covers for Superman and Action Comics # 8.

In April, DC comics will unveil their 8th books in the revamped universe and as of yesterday, the covers for both the Superman titles have been released.

Action Comics #8 will feature what looks like a climatic fight between Superman and the redesigned Brainiac. It also looks as if the Man of Steel will finally receive his new look and ditch the t-shirt and jeans look he has going for him in this issue.

And, on the second book after writer George Perez leaves the Superman books, the fight between Superman and Wildstorm’s Helspont continues. It seems that the creatives at DC have finally realized that the Man of Steel’s rouge gallery is lackluster after you get past Lex Luthor, Zod and Brainiac (Darkseid doesn’t count, DC say he’s a villain of the New Gods and the DC universe as a a whole), and are trying to enlist other rouges to create better stories.

Art looks amazing in this book, I’ll pick it up. =)

From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/TheFortressofSolitude/news/?a=51906

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