DC Rebirth: Batman

Of all the books in the New 52, Batman seemed like an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” situation. Writer Scott Snyder had been telling stories of epic proportion, redefining The Joker, Gotham City history, and recently, Bruce Wayne himself, breaking him down without sending him spinning through time. With Snyder moving over to a…

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DC Rebirth: Batman Beyond

Spinning out of an ongoing that itself spun out of Future’s End, this seems more a regrouping than an out and out relaunch. Artist Bernard Chang and writer Dan Jurgens have been working on Batman Beyond for over a year already, in which an adult and somewhat embittered Tim Drake had worn the mantle of the Bat…

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DC Rebirth: Batgirl & The Birds Of Prey

DC Comics’ co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee keep insisting that “Rebirth” isn’t a reboot, but when you see some of the images released over the weekend at WonderCon, it’s hard not to wonder. Whatever it is, much seems aimed at what it should have been in the first place: just good comics. Case in…

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WonderCon Turns 30 and Gets Lost in Los Angeles

The Anaheim Convention Center is undergoing construction this year, and as a result, WonderCon spent its 30th birthday on a sabbatical to the Los Angeles Convention Center, right next to the Staples Center in Downtown LA. However, it was not all was sunshine and Cosplay, as bringing the convention to the heart of a major…

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Disney Announces D23 Expo 2017 Dates

16 months ahead of time seems like quite the advance notice… but considering how popular D23 Expo 2015 was, we may just need that extra time to mentally prepare. Add in that this seems likely to butt up against Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, and it makes for a busy July — or is it…

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Civil War II? Of Course You Realize This Means Party

As I visited my local comics shop, Illusive Comics and Games, on Easter Sunday, they were hosting an Easter egg hunt for candy and discounts. I was reminded how much a good comics shop builds a good community. I don’t know how much of a hassle these “parties” that Marvel arranges with retailers actually are;…

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DC Rebirth: Batgirl

DC Comics has intrigued me with Rafael Albuquerque. To cross promote here, Albuquerque is the artist on Huck, which is neck and neck with Superman: American Alien as my most treasured comics series of 2016. That he will be drawing Batgirl starting in July has to get my attention. As a reader, though, beautiful art has to be…

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DC Rebirth: All-Star Batman #1

If DC keeps with its original intention with the “All-Star” title, it means a book not bound to continuity, but with top-notch talent involved. Way back when, that gave us All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, which is one of the best Superman stories ever told. Then it gave us All-Star Batman and Robin,…

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DC Rebirth: Action Comics #957

Yesterday at WonderCon in Los Angeles, DC Comics orchestrated a fantastic announcement panel that unveiled some of the books coming our way in May and June. They’re not really starting over with “Rebirth,” and they kept reminding us of that fact. But come on, Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, you can’t blame us for being…

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‘Batlexander Manilton’

In the age of Youtube, fan films have become a dime a dozen. They all have heart; they all have soul. And then every now and then, one transcends it all into brilliance. Whether you call this a Batman fan film or a Hamilton fan film doesn’t matter; THIS is the crossover we needed this weekend.…

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DC Rebirth: Sneak Peek at the New DCU

Wondercon attendees who attended this morning’s huge panel on the upcoming DC REBIRTH even were inundated with details, hints and teases about what’s coming our way on May 25th. But the coolest thing everyone in the audience got was a…

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Playstation Releases ‘Powers’ Season 2 Trailer

It’s coming to the Playstation Network (or you can wait a year and it will show up on Crackle). And after having been underwhelmed by the pilot, it looks like Sony has kicked in a little more money for production value, and there are some interesting actors here. To get attention, it doesn’t hurt that now…

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Review: ‘Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice’

Spoilers: They fight. To director Zack Snyder’s credit, that fight is everything that anyone could want out of it. The build to it even almost makes sense, though not quite as much as it would have if Warner had just let Snyder make an adaptation of The Dark Knight Returnsinstead of pretending that he wasn’t.…

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Madame Tussaud’s at Silicon Valley Comic Con

Sal Pizarro and I were talking as we entered the Exhibit Hall for Silicon Valley Comic Con. We both had similar childhood memories of wax museums — parents taking us to the Hollywood Wax Museum, and how we’d gawk at the Christopher Reeve standing as Superman in the Fortress of Solitude. I remember most the air…

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Silicon Valley Comic-Con: Friday

It may turn out to be the biggest event the San Jose Convention Center has held. Steve Wozniak’s name (and face) behind Silicon Valley Comic Con certainly guarantees that people are interested. When he took over the much smaller Big Wow! Comic Fest last year, we had to hold our breath a bit. This fun…

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Announcing the SVCC ‘To Be Continued’ Party Saturday Night!

It’s happening. It’s sanctioned by Silicon Valley Comic Con! Continue the fun Saturday, March 19 by coming to the party at The Glasshouse, 2 Market Street in downtown San Jose. Cosplay and con attendees get in free! There will be free cups of the superhero-branded coffee, CAFN8TRX, plus vodka tasting, dancing, and fun! Will Fanboy…

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Marvel Gives Moon Knight Another Day

Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, is a character everybody claims to love, but for some reason can’t sustain a solo title for too long. Maybe it’s because he’s grim and gritty in a Marvel Universe loaded with grim and gritty characters. What sets him apart is a costume as white as the moon, and a…

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