Dec 30, 2008

DoubleDCoverage 12/17-12/24

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Big news for Batgirl! Manhunter not One, but 15 years later! Batman makes sense?! The Holy War has ended but the war in Hell rages on! Vigilante is really boring! All that and more!

Dec 29, 2008

Nerdy News - Stuff I Missed

It's been a relaxing few days here at the Nerdy Bird home front. Of course not everyone was so lucky. On Christmas Eve a federal court judge in Los Angeles ruled Fox owns the distribution rights to Watchmen. Good grief.


Variety reported, "Judge Feess issued the surprise five-page ruling a week after setting a Jan. 20 trial date for Fox's suit and indicated he would issue a more detailed ruling soon. He also advised the studios to either reach a settlement or prepare an appeal."

Regardless, Warner Bros. still seems to be going forward with the March 6, 2009 release for the film. A settlement would mean large portions of the box office and DVD profits being turned over to Fox and a trial would pit the two giants against each other for months. Mostly the fans sit and wait and whisper, "No."

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In other annoying movie news, it was announced (also on Christmas Eve, why was everyone trying to ruin Christmas?!) that Disney would not be producing or financing the next Chronicles of Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Damn you Prince Caspian.

The news is surprising seeing as how Dawn Treader was already in preproduction and set for a May 2010 release but not so surprising considering Prince Caspian's lofty drop in profits from the original.

“We are no longer going forward with the movie due to budgetary considerations and other logistics,” a Disney spokeswoman told Variety over the weekend. Please don't tell me the government is going to have to bail out Disney next. Walden Media will have to shop around for a new backer if they wish to go ahead with the series.

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Another tough loss last week. Classic Catwoman #2 and sultry songstress Eartha Kitt passed away from colon cancer on Christmas day. She was 81 years old.

Born Eartha Mae Keith, she had an amazing career that spanned six decades, even keeping busy up until the very end. She taped a PBS special just six weeks ago to air in February and a ringtone of her 1953 Christmas hit "Santa Baby" was just certified gold this month. She garnered Tony, Grammy and Emmy award nominations through the years as well.

In the 1960's Batman television series Kitt took over for the original Catwoman, Julie Newmar, during the shows last season. Some may have though the casting change unusual, that is, until they heard Kitt's trademark purr. Check it out here.

You can read up on Eartha Kitt in this wonderful NY Times article. She will be missed.

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Finally something on the lighter side. In the most recent 20 Answers with Dan Didio article from Newsarama we were treated to a teaser image for the upcoming series Battle for the Cowl drawn by Tony Daniel.

It's similar to the image used to tease Countdown in that it's very vague and probably misleading but it's cool to try and decipher anyway. But don't go too overboard. Newsarama later spoke with Daniel who had this to say, "Editorial gave me free reign on all of the Batman suits, so I just did what I thought would look cool. Except the first one, who is obviously Tim, in the classic yellow oval suit." He added that the suits aren't actual designs but rather representations.

I'm very surpised to see Harley Quinn in there and I'm wondering what the backwards "J" on the card is supposed to mean. It's also nice to see Batwoman there but not so nice to see a dismantled wheelchair wheel. Strange there's no Catwoman, unless that's her in the crate. Above all, Alfred looks bad-ass.

Dec 25, 2008

Nerdy Christmas

It's a Nerdy Christmas! Thanks to my brother. :)

Dec 24, 2008

And to all a good night...

Thanks so much to DC comics for posting this fantastic art on their website so I could use it to share with all of you. :)


I'll be on and off the next few days so hopefully nothing big will happen in the geek world. I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas for those of you who celebrate it and an extra happy week for those of you celebrating anything else or those of you celebrating nothing! Haha. Enjoy!

Dec 23, 2008

Ho, Ho, HOOOOOOOO!

Who doesn't love Thundercats? If you say, "Me!" then get the hell outta here right now because this is epic/awesome/terrible. (watch it in HD, it's worth the extra download time)


It took this guy "about a year and a half on and off" to make this nostalgic piece of work. I'm kinda blown away by the actors he chose to portray the characters and how perfectly they seem to fit. Even Garfield as Snarf! Classic.

I said "terrible" up above simply because it's so sad a real live action Thundercats isn't being made. I'm sure the CGI version (coming in 2010) will be great but these are characters that really need their chance to shine.

Go give the guy kudos, he's a Blogger user. It was even featured on Attack of the Show yesterday (*cough*hire me*cough*). Now let's play, "Who can guess all the different movies/shows used in the fake trailer?" SNARF!

Dec 22, 2008

Frank Miller wants to Buck

Get your ray guns ready kids. The Spirit hasn't even hit theaters yet but Frank Miller already has his sights set on adapting another pulp comic character to the big screen. Buck Rogers.

Odd Lot Entertainment, the production company behind The Spirit, is in negotiations to secure the rights to Buck Rogers from Nu Image/Millenium. The Hollywood Reporter writes, "Miller will write and direct his own big-screen take on the comic serial; while the creator has only begun to sketch ideas, it's expected to be a darker take, with many of Miller's signature visual elements and themes, such as corruption and redemption."

The character first appeared in 1928 in a novella by Philip Francis Nolan in the pulp magazine Amazing Stories. Rogers went on to star in his own long-running comic strip and eventually became the subject of the first science fiction show on radio in 1932. He also appeared in several movie serials and tv shows, of course the most memorable being Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Early reviews of The Spirit have not been kind. Most critics site the recycling of Miller's Sin City-style imagery. Will that become the comic-turned-filmmaker's trademark? Does pulp equal black and white with splashes of color or will Miller surprise us all with his next film? Who knows, he could very well turn out a Sin City sequel first.

Dec 19, 2008

The First Lady of Star Trek

Star Trek legend Majel Barrett-Roddenberry passed away yesterday at the age of 76.

Majel was a fixture in the Star Trek franchise from day one. After meeting Gene Roddenberry in 1964 he cast her as Number One in the shows pilot with the hefty status of second in command. Unfortunately the studio exectutives weren't ready for a woman with that much authority and ordered a second pilot. Gene wasn't ready to give up on her yet. She changed her stage name, donned a blonde wig and accepted the role of Nurse Chapel. The rest, as they say, is history.

Majel married Gene in 1969 and had an ongoing involvement in his work. Together they had a son, Eugene Wesley Roddenberry Jr. in 1974. She then went on to star as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Deanna's outlandish and determined Betazoid mother. Her most prominent role in Trek was the of the ship's computer for all of the series and most of the feature films. She also lent her voice talents to Star Trek: The Animated Series and various computer games. Majel's parodied her talent as a computer as a guest-star on Family Guy.

Just over a week before her passing it was announced Majel would be reprising her role as the Starfleet computer in the true next generation of the franchise, J.J. Abrams Star Trek. Her work was completed in early December.

Majel passed away at her home in Bel Air yesterday morning, peacefully, due to complications from leukemia. She was surrounded by her family and son Eugene made this statement on the official Roddenberry website:
My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that Star Trek fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away.
Her iconic voice and exceptional talent and dedication will be missed by an entire galaxy and beyond.

Dec 18, 2008

What to expect on Free Comic Book Day

The complete list of Gold and Silver books has been announced for Free Comic Book Day 2009. The 8th annual FCBD falls on May 2nd.

Looks like the highlight for me will be DC's Blackest Night #0. We get a look at the new Black Lanterns symbol but unfortunately it's all previously published material inside. It's a good spot to catch up though as the book will include key moments in the Green Lantern universe that led to the "War of Light."

Here's what else you can look forward to picking up on FCBD:

GOLD COMIC BOOKS
  • Archie Comics: Archie Presents: The Mighty Archie Art Players
  • BOOM! Studios: Disney/Pixar’s Cars
  • Bongo Comics: 2009 Free For All
  • Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • DC Comics: Green Lantern: Blackest Night #0
  • IDW Publishing: Transformers Animated/G.I. Joe
  • Image Comics: Savage Dragon #148
  • Oni Press: Resurrection #0
  • Marvel Comics: The Avengers
  • Viz Media: Shonen Jump Presents: Ultimo


SILVER COMIC BOOKS
  • A First Salvo: Contract #1
  • Adhouse Books: FCHS
  • Alterna Comics: Attack of the Alterna:Zombies!
  • Antarctic Press: Gold Digger #101/Prince of Heroes
  • Ape Entertainment: Ape Cartoonapalooza #2
  • Arcana Studio: Arcana Studio Presents
  • Archie Comics: Sonic the Hedgehog: Evolution of a Hero
  • Aspen MLT: Worlds of Aspen #4
  • Bluewater Productions: William Shatner Presents #1
  • BOOM! Studios: Warhammer Fantasy
  • Comics Festival: Comics Festival! 2009 Volume 3
  • DDP/Devil's Due Publishing: Mercy Sparx: Under New Management
  • Dabel Bros. Publishing: Dabel Bros. Showcase
  • Dark Horse Comics: Aliens/Predator
  • DC Comics: DC Kids Mega Sampler
  • Digital Webbing: Fist of Justice #1
  • Drawn & Quarterly: Nancy & Melvin Monster
  • Fantagraphics Books: Love & Rockets
  • FW Media: Impact University Volume 5
  • Gemstone Publishing: EC Comics Sampler
  • Gemstone Publishing: The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck/Mickey & The Gang
  • Image Comics/Top Cow Studios: Cyberforce/Hunter:Killer Preview
  • Maerkle Press: Love & Capes
  • Marvel Comics: Wolverine: Origin of an X:Man
  • Mirage Studios: TMNT #1 25th Anniversary Reprint
  • Radical Publishing: Radical 2009 Preview
  • Red 5 Comics: Atomic Robo and Friends
  • Starbridge Media Group: NASCAR Heroes: Origins #1
  • Studio 407: Studio 407 Sampler
  • Th3rd World Studios: The Stuff of Legend Preview
  • Top Shelf Productions: Owly and Friends
  • Wildcard Ink: Gumby Two-In-One
  • Wizard Entertainment: The Wizard Hot List


ADDITIONAL ITEMS
  • Diamond Select Toys: FCBD 2009 Minimate
  • Wizards of the Coast: Magic the Gathering: Agents of Artifice Paperback Sampler

For more information, questions or updates check out the official FCBD website, www.freecomicbookday.com.

What are your MUST HAVES this year? You can also view and discuss this article over at GEN.

Dec 17, 2008

Nerdy News

Movie news takes over this edition of Nerdy News...

E! Online reported last week that a third Batman film is "alive and kicking" and that Christopher Nolan will indeed return to direct with Christian Bale to star. This is of course from "Warner sources" and "production moles" so take it with a grain of salt for now.

However, the more intriguing rumor to come from E! is Rachel Weisz being considered for the role of Catwoman. This, again, according to "insiders" seeing as how another film hasn't officially been announced yet. In fact, they admit her publicist had no idea she was in the running. 

They also insist Bruce Wayne will be "sexier" this next time around. While in my opinion Bale is sexy no matter what, with fellow Brit Weisz standing next to him it'll be a piece of cake. So, what do we think?

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Out of the rumor mill and into fact, Olivia Wilde and Beau Garrett have been announced as the first actresses to be staring in the Tron sequel, Tron 2.0.

The two starred together in the horror flick Turistas back in 2006 but you probably know Wilde from her recent stint on House M.D. as "Thirteen" and Garrett from Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The Hollywood Reporter says Wilde be playing a worker in the virtual world who helps fight Master Control Program while Garrett is said to be playing a Siren in that world. Disney is currently screen-testing actors for the male lead but IMDB has Jeff Bridges listed as reclaiming his original role of Kevin Flynn.

Director Joseph Kosinski famously screened test footage at this years San Diego Comic Con.

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In what will go down in history as one of the strangest ripped-from-the-headlines script ideas, Variety announced Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski will be shooting a film based on the 2007 Wall Street Journal article about online role-playing addicts.

Journalist Alexandra Alter wrote the original article depicting a 53-year-old married man who spends 20 hours a day on the computer engrossed in the fictional world of his avatar on Second Life. Eastern Promises writer Steven Knight will pen the script.

Verbinski really seems to be carving himself a niche in the industry. It was announced earlier this year he'd be adapting the highly-successful video game Bioshock to film. Now the question is, will there be a movie inside Second Life parodying the movie about Second Life?

Dec 16, 2008

DoubleDCoverage 12/3-12/10

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Milestone characters make their first appearance in the DCU, New Krypton is heating up, Final Crisis is getting creepier by the minute and Batman Confidential is ripping off The Dark Knight! What is this world coming to...

Dec 14, 2008

Don't wish me a Merry Un-Birthday today.

Because today's my actual birthday!

And that's pretty much all I have to say today! I'm off to eat some delicious food and, from what I hear, a pudding pie with graham cracker crust! Yum!

Dec 12, 2008

Lazy Linkage

It's Friday. I had off yesterday which makes me extra lazy today. So instead of any actual content, I bring you a bunch of great links to stuff that I might have written about today if I wasn't so lazy.

Newsarama has posted another one of their Q&A's with Dan Didio. I'm posting this one mainly for it's Batman R.I.P. answers which I'm too annoyed about to even consider writing something on. Primarily due to this: "NRAMA: So – fundamentally, “Batman R.I.P” did not end in Batman #681? DD: Correct."

Moving on.

Bryan Fuller talks with Entertainment Weekly about how to fix Heroes. Finally someone with some common sense.

Here's a fun list! 5 Comic Superheroes Who Made a Real-World Difference. No, Streaky the Supercat was not included.

And here's an even better list! 7 More Superpowers the World Can Do Without. Though I can't condone the author for dissing Infectious Lass. Apparently this was an addendum to the original list, 7 Comic Book Superpowers the World Can Do Without. I must disagree here as well, turning Nazi's into doves is a great solution.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


Dec 11, 2008

Do you have Earth-Saving Powers?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to save the world? Well now you can.

Image by ANO07 from Flickr. 

Calling all superheroes, parents and teachers. The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey is holding a contest for children 12 years old and younger. The Together We Have Earth-Saving Super Powers contest is as follows:
Parents and teachers are asked to encourage their children to "flex their muscles" and make positive changes using their natural "super powers" to create a better, safer tomorrow for themselves and their neighbors. Even small efforts can bring about big changes. Some examples are: recycling, planting trees, taking mass transportation, and reminding adults to take non-plastic carrying bags to the grocery store. Children may submit drawings, paintings, or photographs that show how families, classes, or individuals use their "Earth-Saving Powers" to protect the environment.
The contest is only open to residents of NJ and entries must be submitted by December 19, 2008. Every entry wins a free child's exhibit admission. The grand prize is a free class trip to LSC and the second place prize is a free Super Powers party at LSC. For more info and where to send the entries check out Parents Guide.

I actually just visited LSC yesterday. I've gone more times than I can count but this was my first visit since their huge renovations. Everything is completely different but they've still got that awesome IMAX globe. If you go, watch out for the blue face. That's all I'm saying.

Dec 10, 2008

It is a sad day for America.

Geoff Johns has announced he'll be leaving Justice Society of America with issue #26.

Shocking news from someone who's live and breathed the JSA since 1999. Here's some of his goodbye:
It’s hard to say this but officially, I will be leaving the title after JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #26, which is a single-issue story entitled “BLACK ADAM RUINED MY BIRTHDAY.” Following the Black Adam arc with Jerry and I, #26 will be my last issue, Dale’s last and our fantastic editor Michael Siglain’s last. I think we’re going out on one of my favorite stories to date and I’m glad we are all going out on this together.

I’ve been writing JSA nearly my entire career. The book has steadily gained new and old fans and, with the re-launch two years ago, fixed itself as one of the staples of the DC UNIVERSE. Since then we’ve remained one of the top monthly books at DC alongside JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and BATMAN.
So, why is he leaving exactly? He says he has more stories to tell. Coming up in 2009 he'll be returning to The Flash, writing Superman: Secret Origin and being "obsessed" with making Green Lantern and Blackest Night the best they can be. 

While you can read his work in other areas of the DCU there's always hope for his future with the JSA, "I’m sure I’ll return to the Justice Society in some form or another some day, but for now I’m passing them off a new creative team," he wrote. No word yet on who that creative team is but Johns says it's someone who's never worked with the JSA before.

I will miss Geoff's work on the JSA. I've read it all and was never once disappointed. It's sad he's leaving the book but his work will be enjoyed in it's other forms. I'll leave you with this proof as to why Geoff Johns is one of the best writers in the business:
The JSA to me represents everything good about life, work and superheroes. In life, generations past, present and future all provide different viewpoints. There can be something magical when it’s past from grandfather to father to son or from mother to daughter or son to grandfather. There’s nothing more important than family – and family means a lot more than just blood relatives. That’s what my very first book, STARS & S.T.R.I.P.E., was about and that’s what JSA, and life, is about.
Thanks for the memories Geoff and keep up the amazing work.


You can also view and discuss this article over at GEN.

Dec 9, 2008

Sunset

No more vampires for Catherine Hardwicke. At least not the sparkly variety.

Summit Entertainment and Hardwicke jointly announced the director of the highly successful Twilight would not be returning for the sequel New Moon. The reason? Hardwicke's required prep time does not mesh with Summit's targeted late 2009, early 2010 release. 

The press release states:
"Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the Twilight franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects," said Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. "We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch."
To hear The Hollywood Reporter tell the news you might think differently. 
Hardwicke had until recently been thought a candidate to helm the sequel, titled "New Moon," but word began to circulate in the industry that the relationship between Summit and the helmer has not always been smooth.
For her part though, Hardwicke had this to say, "I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon. Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film."

Although it wasn't mentioned in the press release, THR goes on to say actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as well as writer Melissa Rosenberg, will all be returning. Not only that, the Chicago Sun Times reports both actors will be receiving a $10 million bump in their salaries. That's $12 million each.

Dec 8, 2008

ABC tells Fables

You've always wanted to see your favorite storybook characters come to life. ABC is making that a reality. The network has made a pilot commitment to adapt Bill Willingham's wildly successful Vertigo comic book series, Fables.

The Hollywood Reporter states Six Degrees creators/executive producers Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner will be writing the script and describes the two as "lifetime comic book fans," who are also fans of Fables. David Semel will be directing what's said to be an hour long drama following the fairy tale characters in their exiled home in modern day New York.

Bigby and Snow White will be featured in the show similar to how they are in the comic series but the writers wouldn't elaborate on which other Fables would actually appear. "We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode," Metzner said. Expect the characters to keep their trademark characteristics but don't worry, you'll still be able to relate to them. Metzner explained, "They are just like real people in the real world who live and breathe and look just like you and me."

Rival network NBC attempted to develop the comic during the 2006-2007 season with writer Craig Silverstein but nothing ever came of it. Something tells me they'll be cursing themselves all the way back to the Homelands.


You can also view and discuss this article over at GEN.


Dec 5, 2008

Mister Crusher, set a course for Sector 001

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have control of a ship at your fingertips well, you're still a ways off. Until then, how about control of your light-switch?

Ok, so technically you already have control of your light-switches and power-outlets but they'll be much cooler with this around them. Star Trek: The Next Generation plate covers. Made by son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, Eugene Roddenberry, these are the perfect gift for any ST fan. And by any, I mean me. Though I bet this guy buys them in gross.

Engage.

Dec 4, 2008

Once Upon A Time...

Fans first discovered The Tales of Beedle the Bard in the pages of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book of her life-changing series. In the book, TBTB is a collection of Wizarding fairy tales given to Hermione from Dumbledore as a means to unravel a vital mystery. Only one of the five tales is described in detail and plays heavily into the Harry Potter mythos. No more was heard of the tales, that is, until Rowling took it upon herself to complete the fictitious book in secret producing only seven handwritten and illustrated copies to be gifted to individuals unknown. One of those lucky seven has since been revealed as Harry Potter co-editor Arthur Levine from Scholastic.

"The magic isn't glass slippers, it's wands and spells," Levine explained enthusiastically at the unveiling of his copy at the New York Public Library yesterday morning. His book will be on display for all to see at the library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street now through January 4, 2009. It seemed almost inevitable the book would have to be published for the public to own a copy for themselves and indeed, TBTB is available in-stores and online internationally today.

As you may recall, last year Rowling presented the Children's High Level Group, a charity she co-founded, with the last of her seven copies knowing it would be auctioned off to their benefit. It was a highly publicized event at Sotheby's that resulted in online seller Amazon purchasing the original for almost $4 million. "Out of that came the plan, well wouldn’t it be nice as a way to raise further funds for the charity, to distribute it in a wide way," said Levine. The net proceeds of the standard edition, UK edition and Amazon's exclusive collectors edition will go to supporting the work of the charity. 

Even though TBTB has been locked up just as tight as the Harry Potter series before it's release date, no fan will be left empty-handed today and besides racing through the fairy tales and soaking in another part of HP history, what most of them want is to catch a glimpse of this now infamous copy. Everyone at Scholastic agreed the NY Public Library was a natural temporary home for the book. "Especially this branch of the NY Public Library which is such a castle," marveled Levine, "You know, the castle in the Kingdom of Books." Only one page is visible to the public but a video playing nearby showcases several other interiors.

Though he was brave enough to loan his prized copy to the library, Levine offered sketchy details as to it's usual home. "I kept it in an undisclosed location in a safety deposit box in a bank. Buried underground," he joked. It's no wonder he's so tight-lipped on the subject, besides the charity, only one other individual presented with a copy has been disclosed. Barry Cunningham, Rowling's very first editor, is the lucky recipient and his is on display in Edinburgh at the National Library of Scotland. 

However, each copy is slightly different. Rowling had each set with a different semiprecious stone. The charity's version was encrusted with Moonstones on the cover but Levine's holds Tourmaline. "I think the jewel in my book is there because it’s my son’s birthstone," he said. To him, that's just the kind of person J.K. Rowling is, "You can imagine from reading her books what a mind for detail she has and that applies in her personal relationships too." 

Besides loving anything Potter, why are fans so enthusiastic about this new release? Part of the story behind The Tales of Beedle the Bard is that it's been translated from ancient runes by Hermione who's also uncovered Dumbledore's personal conclusions and theories on the subject. So, in the real life book Levine explains, "[Dumbledore] comments on the stories and what he thinks they mean and how they’ve been interpreted and gives a wonderful wizarding historical background and then occasionally she, J.K. Rowling, comments on Dumbledore’s notes, commenting on the stories." A story, within a tale, wrapped in a fictional world. Impressive.


What makes a memorable fairy tale? Definitely a sense of suspense and wanting to know what fate will meet the subject of the story. Arthur Levine thinks TBTB fits perfectly, "You don’t know what will happen next but then at the end you also have the feeling of, you know, that kind of uplifting feeling that the tale has meant something." The Harry Potter series has meant something to millions around the world. There's no doubt this latest addition to that world will do just the same.

Dec 3, 2008

DoubleDCoverage 11/19-11/26

My latest DoubleDCoverage is now up at GEN! A little later than usual since new books are coming out Thursday because of the holiday. For once, I remembered.

Read some more about the big R.I.P. conclusion and check out Wonder Woman's newest (and scariest) villain. Other highlights include the latest The Brave and the Bold, the JSA specials and a new and improved Wonder Girl.

Dec 2, 2008

Batastrophe

It's been a week and I'm no closer to understanding the outcome of the highly-anticipated, widely-publicized finale to Batman R.I.P. Go ahead, call me stupid. I've heard and read all the theories. That's the problem. I shouldn't have to theorize. 

Grant Morrison pulled a lot from Batman's long and varied past for this series (ComicMix has a great guide up) and I know a lot of that was lost on me but that's not what's so bothersome. In my opinion, R.I.P. was billed as it's own story and something like that should have an explicit ending. Anyone who's read it, knows it didn't. We were left with vague explanations of who the villain actually was. Yes, Batman's story continues after R.I.P. but wasn't there supposed to be a real conclusion?

Something Morrison said earlier this year had me intrigued as to what amazing ending he'd pull out of his hat, "When we begin to suspect the identity of the villain, I think it's the most, like I said the other day, it's possibly the most shocking Batman revelation in 70 years." If by shocking he meant, everyone will be shocked because they'll be left empty-handed, then I could understand that statement. Of course, I have no idea what he really meant so now I'm left perplexed.

Message boards lit up the day R.I.P. came out. Some loved it, some hated it and a lot argued over the real meaning behind the ending. Newsarama actually has a poll up asking readers to rate R.I.P. Surprisingly (as of right now) most are voting three stars even if they didn't get the ending. The most popular opinion seems to be the villain was really the Devil. Yes, THE Devil. 

I've actually been waiting for Morrison to speak about the series himself. I finally found an interview with him by Times Online from the UK:
Morrison hints that we’ve seen the last of Wayne. But what of Batman? “Well, do you really think a helicopter crash is enough to kill Batman?” he laughs. “The ultimate story of Batman is ongoing. Don’t forget he’s been around a while. He's 70 next year. The story of these characters is never ending.”
Morrison goes on to say he thinks the status quo will eventually be restored but, "I don’t see the value in killing the character for the sake of it. I like exploring their mortality to see if they can survive in other ways. It gives them more depth.” 

So what about the villain in question that caused Batman to explore his own mortality? "I had a villain using all his resources to destroy Batman. Yet Batman always overcomes everything, including the ultimate evil," says Morrison. That sounds like a definitive answer squarely in the Devil camp but then why not just say it flat out?

There is no question, however, that debate will rage on about this one for a while. So, it's been a week. What's your opinion of Batman R.I.P.?


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

Dec 1, 2008

The Nerdy Bird Adores - Recent Comic Art

Usually when I write The Nerdy Bird Adores I focus on one comic issue in particular. I've been slacking off lately so I decided to throw in a bunch together. Not that I couldn't go on and on about each one by itself, I just figured I'd condense my ramblings. Partial nudity to follow.

Believe it or not the first thing I noticed on this page of Terra #2 was not the naked, screaming woman, but Power Girl's ridiculously cute expression and posture. I really need Amanda Conner to draw me now. Doctor Mid-Nite's reaction is also a plus.

If you're easily distracted by scantily clad women you might miss the gem that occurs within those three skin-bearing pages. Doctor Mid-Nite picking up Owl poop from the floor with a moist toilette. Or "Fowl Towls" as they are so aptly named in a previous panel. PG's reaction is pretty great here too.

Speaking of fowls, this gem appears in House of Mystery #7. It's from the story inside the story called "The War" drawn by David Petersen. He said there'd probably never be a house cat in Mouse Guard so I was thrilled to see him draw some kitties here. Some of the panels made me rather sad (I hate to see cats hurt) but this one made me giggle. I've seen my cat in that pose many times, fortunately without the attacking birds. Reowr!

Last but not least is another work of Petersen's, the latest issue of Mouse Guard, Winter 1152 #4. Take a minute and see if you can figure out why this interested me so much before you read on. Mixed in with an enormous amount of mice bones (makes Jill sad) is a well-hidden Millennium Falcon (makes Jill happy)! It's harder to find within the context of the cover as a whole so I cropped it down to hopefully make it more prominent. David Petersen, you rock.

By the way, the ballad featured prominently in this issue that Petersen's friend recorded for him is now up. So check out some Mouse Guard music while you're at it.

See you next time for a (hopefully) single issue version of The Nerdy Bird Adores!