DC Names Earth’s New Green Lantern (UPDATED)

DC Names Earth’s New Green Lantern (UPDATED)

(UPDATE 8/24/2012) In today’s Detroit Free Press, Geoff Johns confirmed that Baz will be Earth’s first Arab-American Green Lantern.  The creator will be debuting the character at an event at the Arab National Museum on Sep. 8 This week, DC released solicitations for Green Lantern #13, which will feature the heretofore unnamed new Lantern who made his first appearance in DC’s Free Comic Book Day issue of Justice League. They reveal the name of the unknown Lantern…

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EDITORIAL: The Cultural Cost of Comics’ Failure

EDITORIAL: The Cultural Cost of Comics’ Failure

  Often times, some of the best inspiration comes from the most unlikely of venues. As I rode the bus home from work today, I found myself engaged in a conversation with my fellow riders on my favorite topic—comics, of course. As usual, I lamented the flagging numbers of children who are picking up comics today. I had recently engaged in a Twitter debate with Comixology’s Ron Perazza on whether comics are competing with video…

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EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

EDITORIAL: Rush Limbaugh and the Bane of Mitt Romney

On Tuesday, notorious conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves and dropped the hammer on the comic book community. With the release of Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, just around the corner, Limbaugh asked his audience if they thought it was mere coincidence that the film’s villain is named Bane. In the last several weeks, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been forced to answer a great many questions…

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Batman: Earth One

Batman: Earth One

This week, DC Comics released the latest volume of their Earth One imprint.  Batman: Earth One is the second such story from the major publisher, coming on the heels of 2010’s Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, and continues the format with a complete, standalone story in graphic novel length. Batman: Earth One tells the Batman origin story in a modern day setting, not unlike Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. While the…

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REVIEW: “Action Comics #11”

REVIEW: “Action Comics #11”

I wish I could say that this was another perfect issue of Action Comics, but that would be a stretch. Grant Morrison rarely achieves perfection, largely because he is so interested in experimentation. In this issue, we get to see his experiment in telling a Superman story without Clark Kent. SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read last month’s issue of Action Comics, go out and pick it up before you read any further. This issue…

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“Silk Spectre #1”

“Silk Spectre #1”

DC’s Before Watchmen event continued this week with the release of the first issue of Silk Spectre. This book features the creative team of Amanda Conner and Darwyn Cooke (also the creator of Minutemen) and tells a tale of two super-heroines. Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre of the Minutemen, is seen here after the close of her career. Her daughter, Laurie, is the primary focus of the book, which shows her attempting to come…

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Ms. Marvel No More

Ms. Marvel No More

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to steal a few minutes from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick when she was in town to speak at WisCon, the feminist science fiction conference held yearly in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to her rather epic run on Osborn for Marvel, she has penned a terrific adaptation of ABC’s Castle meta-fiction, Deadly Storm. Her major upcoming project, and the subject of today’s piece, is Captain Marvel, which hits shelves…

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Five Questions about Right State with Mat Johnson

Five Questions about Right State with Mat Johnson

I recently contacted writer Mat Johnson to ask him a few questions about his upcoming book, Right State, an original graphic novel from VERTIGO.  Slated to be released in August, just before the November elections, this political thriller will capture the tale of an extremist militia plot to assassinate the second African-American President of the United States. When solicitations came out in PREVIEWS, I immediately knew that this was a book we’d be covering here…

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The Wonder Woman The World Needs

The Wonder Woman The World Needs

BY KATIE BROTHERTON With the recent hardcover release of Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood, I’ve been thinking about Diana’s persona as it has changed over time. Until this newest incarnation of my favorite superhero, there was and still is a lot of whining and complaining about the character, her personality, and whether or not she can wear pants. (I won’t even go into my thoughts on that subject right now. Let’s just say that I’m…

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“Action Comics #10”

“Action Comics #10”

After last month’s brief sojourn into the world of Calvin Lewis, Super-President, Morrison returns us to the regularly scheduled adventures of a young Superman struggling to find his place in the world. The Clark Kent in Action Comics is so vastly different from the one in the pages of Superman as to boggle the mind. This is Clark Kent the crusader, Clark Kent the intrepid reporter, and Clark Kent the idealist who believes that he and his friends could…

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