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BULLET POINTS: Comics News Roundup for February 2nd, 2012

A comics news article

 

Happy Groundhog Day! This is a long one guys! In this post, we have a ton of DC news, a PREVIEW of a new graphic novel being released by Oni Press, a very long section of UPCOMING titles and other random bits of comic booky goodness!

Here is your long overdue edition of...

 

 

Bullet Points is Comics Bulletin's weekday roundup of some of the most notable news, criticism, tweets and other craziness of the comics industry.

Think of it as the entire comics Internet shrunk down into one convenient article, for people with not enough time to check every single comics website on the Internet.

 

 

 

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Image Comics has released this image (pun not intended). Ladies and gentleman, Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker is coming back! We just need... patience.

 

 

 

Marvel released an image for an upcoming event called Spider-Men. The image shows a cross between the Spidey symbol from Earth-616 Spider-Man and Earth-1610 (Ultimate Universe) Spider-Man. Will Peter Parker meet Miles Morales?

 

 

 

 

HERE'S THE NEWS

 

It's Official: DC Announces Before Watchmen

 

There has been talk of a Watchmen prequel/sequel for years, and it's become all but a certainty following the popularity of the Zack Snyder film. But DC Entertainment has now officially announced the series of prequel mini-series, Before Watchmen.

 

There are seven mini-series in the Before Watchmen line:

 

Rorschach (4 issues): Brian Azzarello (writer) and Lee Bermejo (artist)

Minutemen (6 issues): Darwyn Cooke (writer/artist)

Comedian (6 issues): Brian Azzarello (writer) and J.G. Jones (artist)

Dr. Manhattan (4 issues): J. Michael Straczynski (writer) and Adam Hughes (artist)

Nite Owl (4 issues): J. Michael Straczynski (writer) and Andy & Joe Kubert (artists)

Ozymandias (6 issues): Len Wein (writer) and Jae Lee (artist)

Silk Spectre (4 issues): Darwyn Cooke (writer) and Amanda Conner (artist)

 

At the end of every issue of the Before Watchmen comics will be a two-page back-up pirate comic written by Len Wein and drawn by John Higgins, Crimson Corsair.

Before Watchmen will begin this summer. Check out the UPCOMING section to see the covers and some thoughts on each title!

 

(via DC's The Source)

 

 

BIG Changes to Three "New 52" Titles

 

DC has announced a few changes to the creative roster on three of their DCnU titles. First, Peter Milligan is leaving writing duties on Justice League Dark and taking over Stormwatch with issue #9. Replacing him on Justice League Dark is writer Jeff Lemire, who is leaving one of my favorite titles -- Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. -- and taking over at issue #9. And, to replace Lemire on Frankenstein, writer/artist Matt Kindt -- of Super Spy and Revolver -- will take over Lemire's writing duties with issue #10.

I am fairly excited about all three of these announcements. While I am not a fan of Milligan's Red Lanterns, I am enjoying the hell out of his run on Justice League Dark. I have been a huge fan of Lemire's since I had read his first Essex County story, "Tales From the Farm", and loved his "New 52" titles, his amazing run on pre-Flashpoint Superboy and Sweet Tooth (which is probably my favorite monthly comic coming out right now). Bringing his sentimentalities to Justice League Dark makes me think it is going to end up being the Justice League book to read. As for Matt Kindt, I loved Super Spy and Lemire recently said that he has been a secret contributer to the story of Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. since it began. Kindt on this title is going to be brilliant!

 

(via The Source, The Source and The Source)

 

 

Archie, a Pussycat and Their Baby

One of my favorite comics that I recently started getting back into is Archie. The recent "Archie Meets KISS" arc is honestly some of the most fun I have had reading a comic book in recent memory. But what's coming next is something that I have a feeling we'll enjoy, as well: Archie and his current girlfriend, Valerie Smith (of Josie and the Pussycats), have a baby!

Now, I'm sure it won't be them really having a love-child, but another story where Archie imagines a future with Valerie, rather than Betty or Veronica in Life with Archie.

Archie has been making a splash of controversy in recent years with the Kevin Keller character (gay) and Archie dating Valerie (black). It's sad that I even needed to make parentheticals to explain why these controversies even rose. Archie Comics was a company that used to shy away from such things and always made sure to keep any and all minority characters apart from the rest of the Archie gang.

Luckily, the company is showing that they have too grown and can change. And as a comic book reader of color, I strive for these changes. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of shows like How I Met Your Mother and (the first three seasons of) FRIENDS, but creating a New York where minorities rarely even appear in your bar or coffee shop is strange. It's a lot easier to do it in Riverdale, and I am glad that Archie Comics is trying its best not to.

Okay, enough talk about race in relation to comics and television. After all, Chris Sims does a far better job than I over at Comics Alliance about the subject.

 

(via Comics Alliance)

 

 

Image Expo Releases Their Programming Schedule...and It's GOOD!

 

Image Comics has released a programming schedule for their Image Comic Expo, which is going down later this month -- February 24-26 -- at the Oakland Convention Center.

Some highlights:

  • Saturday, 12pm: Stories and Scripts: Writing Comics with Ed Brubaker, Steve Seagle, Joe Casey, Jonathan Hickman, John Layman, Nick Spencer, Brian K. Vaughan and moderator Richard Starkings

  • Saturday, 2pm: Saga: A Conversation with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

  • Sunday, 1pm: Image Introduces… with Daniel Corey, Sina Grace, Joe Keatinge, Brandon Seifert, Kurtis Wiebe, Steven Struble and Jim Zubkavich

  • Sunday, 1pm-2pm: Design Workshop with Jonathan Hickman

 

(via Image Expo site)

 

 

Gregg Hurwitz Taking Over Writing on Batman: The Dark Knight

 

Novelist and writer of Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, Gregg Hurwitz, will be taking over writing duties for Batman: The Dark Knight from Paul Jenkins and David Finch with issue #10.

Hurwitz says that he will be telling a Scarecrow story on his first run. I have not read any of Hurwitz's work, but if the cover grabs me in June, I might pick it up.

 

(via The Source)

 

 

James Kochalka's SuperF*ckers, the Webseries!

This image showed up on the Cartoon Hangover blog on Wednesday and The Beat followed up and grabbed a scoop on what this means: James Kochalka's famed Top Shelf series, SuperF*ckers, is getting a not-safe-for-television webseries from Frederator Studios, the company that brought us Adventure Time!

Why not a real series on Cartoon Network? Well, if you haven't read Superf*ckers, it isn't exactly kid-friendly. One of the first things Kochalka says to his readers is, "Hey kids! Take your dicks out of the PlayStation Three for one god damn minute and read some fucking comics." Also, here's the theme song that Kochalka wrote for the series. Like I said, kid-friendly it is not and Cartoon Network would not air a show called Superfuckers even on Adult Swim.

That said, I am all kinds of excited for this! Kochalka wrote eight of the twelve episodes!

Do yourself a favor and read the comic if you haven't yet, especially if you are a young, impressionable child.

 

(via The Beat)

 

 

Image Comics Turned 20 on Wednesday!

Twenty years ago on February 1, 1992, Hank Kanalz, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino (pictured above) opened up Image Comics, a new kind of comic book publisher.

They have come a long way since Spawn and have published some of the best creator-owned comics and still continue to do so to this day!

Happy birthday, Image Comics! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in another ten years...

 

(via Image Comics' blog)

 

 

"Good Girl" Artist, Al Rio, Dies at 49

Famed Brazilian comic and erotic artist, Al Rio, was reported dead on Tuesday. Rio had hung himself without a suicide note.

Rio was known to many comics readers as the interior artist on WildStorm's Gen13 after co-creator J. Scott Campell left the series.

Rio left behind a wife and three children. We here at Comics Bulletin give our hearts out to Rio's family and friends at this difficult moment in time. He will truly be missed by many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIEWS GALORE!

Here is a preview for the upcoming original graphic novel from Oni Press, The Coldest City, written by Antony Johnston and illustrated by Sam Hart. Read the press release for an official synopsis and creators' other works.

 

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The Coldest City will be released May 2012 in hardcover for $19.99.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING

 

Before Watchmen: Rorschach

 

 

Creators: Brian Azzarello (writer), Lee Bermejo (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: If there were one person in DC's line of writers who could take on Rorschach successfully, it'd be Azzarello. He and Bermejo will, at the very least, put out an interesting comic!

 

 

Before Watchmen: Minutemen

 

 

Creator: Darwyn Cooke (writer/artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: Darwyn Cooke? Writing AND drawing a story that takes place primarily in the 1950s? I am on-board for this! This is easily the book I am most excited for.

 

 

Before Watchmen: Comedian

 

 

Creators: Brian Azzarello (writer), J.G. Jones (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: This could easily be a great book just because of the people working on it. Not only is Azzarello writing it, but J.G. Jones doing interiors on a book is something that I have wanted to see for years. The man has done an amazing job on covers (see 52 and the current covers for Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.) and throwing him on interiors for a story about the Comedian is just something I want to see.

Also, the Comedian was a character who was only featured in the original series in flashback, meaning we only saw him through other characters' eyes. A Comedian story means that we will see him as he is and that alone deems a read.

 

 

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan

 

 

Creators: J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Adam Hughes (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: I have such mixed feelings about this book! I have wanted interiors from Adam Hughes for years, but I fucking hate Straczynski like poison! It was as if, after DC rebooted their entire universe to fix what he did to two-thirds of the Trinity (that isn't the reason DC gave, but considering he wasn't placed on any of the titles in the "New 52", that was the message I heard), they decided to let him fuck up more characters that, while not in DC canon, are remarkably important to comic fans.

Why couldn't this book be given to a shitty artist! That way, I couldn't care less. Oh, let me face it; I'd still pick it up as a damned completionist. Damn it!

 

 

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl

 

 

Creators: J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Andy & Joe Kubert (artists)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: Just read the last one...

 

 

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias

 

 

Creators: Len Wein (writer), Jae Lee (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: I don't know what to think of this book. I love the artist, but this seems to have the problem that I have with the DC relaunch: getting an old creator to take on a series that you are claiming is meant to draw new readers.

I appreciate Wein and enjoy his writing. Hell, he co-created Swamp Thing! But I would have rather had a newer creator attached to this book. That said, Jae Lee is a fine choice and his art will bring something great to the book!

 

 

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

 

 

Creators: Darwyn Cooke (writer), Amanda Conner (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: Darwyn Cooke AND Amanda Conner? Why hasn't this pairing been paired before?! I love Amanda Conner's art and Darwyn Cooke's work on... well EVERYTHING and think that having these two on Silk Spectre can only be a positive.

Now, let's hope this leads to them working on a series for DC -- or, dare I say, a creator-owned series -- in the future.

 

 

Before Watchmen: Crimson Corsair

 

 

Creators: Len Wein (writer), John Higgins (artist)

Publisher: DC Comics

Prejudgment: A pirate comic as a two-page backup in each series is a great idea! And John Higgins was not only colorist for the original series but a frequent collaborator with Alan Moore.

As for Len Wein, you've already heard it.

 

 

 

 

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Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.

 

 

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