Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson coming to Dynamite

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Tweet Comics spinning off from popular fantasy/horror/YA novelists have been a pretty strong category in recent years, and Patricia Briggs is back with a new Mercy Thompson comic from Dynamite, following up on several successful series from the last few years. Thompson is a shapeshifter raised by werewolves, and if that logline appeals to, this […]

Dynamite announces Vampirella: Feary Tales #1, with Collins, Lansdale, Bissette, Simone and more

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Tweet Vampirella is still going strong after 45 years, and say what you will, the lady has some legs. Ba dum ching. Anyway, Dynamite will be published a new anthology series called Faery Tales, run by Nancy Collins and featuring an intriguing line-up of horror and fantasy comics folks, including John Shirley, Joe R. Lansadle, […]

Dynamite announces The Art of Army of Darkness

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As you know, we’re big Bruce Campbell fans here at Stately Beat Manor, and Bruce was never Brucier than in Army of Darkness. So with Dynamite about to release a collection of The Art of Amy of Darkness—which was their first comic book some 10 (!!!) years ago—you know we’ll want a copy so we can relive artistic reinterpretations of great moments in the history of the One True Bruce, from John Bolton’s classic key art on. Hail to the King, baby.

Review: Spider-Man 2099 #1 — Everything new is old again

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The Marvel Universe of 2099 debuted in 1993 with four titles, one of which was Spider-Man 2099. The bulk of the series, featuring Miguel O’Hara as Spider-Man battling supervillains and the evil-future-corporation of Alchemax, was written by Peter David.

I love Peter David. He’s a wonderful writer who knows dialogue, structure, and character development. David is a superhero in his own right — when he suffered a stroke in 2012, he broke the news himself on his blog a few days later, and he’s been writing comics pretty consistently since his recovery. It’s flat-out wonderful that David is writing a Spider-Man 2099 comic in the year 2014, the actual 21st century.

March: Book Two cover revealed on CNN

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Tweet March: Book One, the graphic novel memoir of civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, as adapted by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, was a bestseller and gained publicity previously little heard of for a graphic novel, with appearances on the Colbert Report and Rachel Maddow among many other places. The first volume has been […]

SIX-GUN GORILLA REVIEW: All That And More

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Tweet Let’s start with that title, shall we? Calling a story “Six-Gun Gorilla” is a bold and audacious decision, one that’s guaranteed to attract a specific kind of person and give many others pause. If you come to this book cold, you will very likely either somersault with glee or scratch your head and wonder, […]

Outcast #1 has sold more than 86,000 copies

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Tweet OUTCAST #1, the new book by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta has been a huge success, we’re told with orders surpassing The Walking Dead #128 with a print run of 86,000 copies. Even more impressive? The book shipped without ANY variants. However it still shows up on the Diamond chart at #11 because 10% […]

Archie rebrands Superhero line as Dark Circle

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Oh man, it’s getting dark and edgy at Archie Comics! They’ve been planning a reboot of their superhero line for a while, with SVP and respected mystery novelist Alex Segura helping out with the editorial side, and now it’s getting a new name: Formerly known as Red Circle, the reboot will now be known as Dark Circle — maybe giving it a bit of a horror edge and playing off the massive success of Afterlife with Archie, the zombies in Riverdale epic.

Nice art: Becky Cloonan’s Monster variant cover for Batman

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Tweet Just to prove that the Bat office is going WILD with art, Becky Cloonan posted her Monster variant cover for Batman for October, which will have “Horror” as a variant cover theme. Me likey!

What house style? New team on Batgirl: Stewart, Fletcher, Tarr and Bellaire

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Tweet Since The New 52 set records three years ago, the DCU has adhered to a rather rigid house style, one primarily based on 90s comics. But things are DEFINITELY loosening up a bit, as a new team is taking over Batgirl, and it’s one based way more in tumblr culture than Wizard magazine. Starting […]

Gilbert Hernandez and Marguerite Sauvage are drawing Wonder Woman

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Sensation Comics, you may recall, is the digital-first Wonder Woman series that will feature diverse folk doing diverse stories about everyone’s favorite star-spangled Amazon. Digital comics will be collected into print issues every few months. So dropped into this rather barebones exclusive story about issue #3 is the stunning news that Gilbert Hernandez will be drawing a Wonder Woman story! And Sean E. Williams and fashion-y illustrator Marguerite Sauvage will be doing another!

Nice Art: Jeff Smith covers Rocket Raccoon for SDCC Marvel exclusive

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I’ve wondered in the past if Rocket Raccoon would get overexposed before Guardians of the Galaxy comes out. Well as long as that exposure is swell variant covers by Jeff Smith, I have no worries about that.

DC Entertainment is alright! Toronto statue of abused child will get Superman’s S after all

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Looks like more compassionate—not to mention media-savvy—heads have prevails at DC Entertainment, as they have reversed a lawyer’s decision to disallow a memorial to a boy who died of abuse to have the iconic Kryptonian S on it after all:

Trouble in GOTHAM: Writer Alan Brennert says WB is stiffing him over $45 an episode

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TweetAlan Brennert is a well-established DC Bronze age writer who was one of the first to cross over between comics and TV in the 70s and 80s. And he’s made several contributions to DC’s permanent continuity. But in a Facebook post reproduced below, he says that he’s being denied his equity in a character he […]

New stuff from DC: KLARION, LOBO, TRINTY OF SIN and new teams for CATWOMAN and GREEN ARROW

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TweetA bunch of announcements from DC this week and it looks like the iceberg of the 90s house style DC has been mired in for some time is beginning to melt bit in the wake of global sales warming, as there are some new creators with new styles aboard here. Cover art by Daniel Kuder […]

TV Preview: Constantine: He’s Here and He’s Definitely British 

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[Several of this fall's comic book TV show pilots are floating around out there, and one of our informants got a copy and sent us their impressions. Here's a look at CONSTANTINE which debuts on NBC this Fall.]