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Marvel’s FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (LGY #646)

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (legacy #646) by writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli was a real treat to read! I’m very excited for #2. It is pretty cool and interesting to note that Marvel put this issue out on exactly the 57th anniversary of the original Fantastic Four #1 which was back on August 8, 1961 (cover-dated November) — similar to another publishing milestone earlier this year when DC Comics released ACTION COMICS #1000 on its exact 80th anniversary date this past April. Now if I know Marvel, they’ll time things just right so that FF legacy #700 will come out on the title’s 60th anniversary in three short years, although I’m not exactly sure how since this series is not currently shipping twice-monthly. Then again, before the 2x monthly frequency of many of its titles in recent years, Marvel used to have several key titles (like the main X-MEN books) shipping at an accelerated clip of 18 issues per year. Well, I’ve done the math and that’s actually all it would take to line up …

DC = Diversified Comics, And We All Benefit

I have always respected DC Comics for its ability to compartmentalize comics in the smaller sub-categories that are needed for a vast library. The lines and imprints they currently have include: DC Universe DC Year One OGNs DC Super Hero Girls DC Ink (Young adult readers) DC Zoom (Middle-grade readers) Young Animal The New Age of Heroes Black Label The Sandman Universe Vertigo (relaunch) Bendis’ upcoming curated line Back in the day they had Helix for science fiction, Minx for YA girls/women and other now defunct ones like Elseworlds, Paradox Press, Johnny DC, and Wildstorm (which had its own various imprints within). As a lifelong comics fan and constant observer, I must say DC has been killing it these last two years beginning with REBIRTH and considering all kinds of new imprints and series covering so many different genres and niches. People tend to give mad props to Marvel for the MCU movies and Netflix TV shows, and rightfully so. But that’s an expansion into other media. In terms of just the COMICS, which is where this …

Action Comics #1000: A Rather Fine Anniversary Issue

I really enjoyed DC Comics’ 80-page ACTION COMICS #1000 Anniversary issue, which also, coincidentally, marks the 80-year anniversary of Superman in printed comic form, having debuted on the stands in ACTION COMICS #1 on April 18, 1938 with a June cover date. I bought, in my opinion, the best looking available cover left on the shelf — the Joshua Middleton 1980s era variant (see below). An anthology of assorted stories honoring Superman, I would have to say the Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason story probably was the best of the bunch, but really all the stories contributed well to the overall product, I think. The contents could have maybe been sequenced differently, but really that’s a minor thing. Dan Jurgens’ lead-off story was very clever. “The Car” by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner & Olivier Coipel, and “Of Tomorrow” by Tom King & Clay Mann, were especially fine little vignettes, as was Brad Meltzer and John Cassaday’s “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet”. As for the closing story with Brian Michael Bendis making his debut on …

1st Issue Fetish – The Terrifics #1 by Reis and Lemire (DC Comics)

The Terrifics #1 | By: Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire | Published: Feb 28, 2018 by DC Comics | Spinning out of DC Comics’ DARK NIGHTS: METAL event, as well as the publisher’s THE NEW AGE OF HEROES initiative (which is the launching pad for a number of all-new series featuring all-new characters or traditionally underused characters) comes THE TERRIFICS. This new series stars the super-genius Mr. Terrific, the now Nth-metallic Metamorpho, the funny and ever-elastic Plastic Man, and the intangible Phantom Girl. They are a newly-formed team of unlikely allies and must rely on one another to make their way back home. Bound together by fate — literally by a tragic accident — and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow. A startling revelation on their return trip brings them face-to-face with a new mystery. What is that mystery? Well, let’s just say the last page has a cameo by a certain Doc Savage-inspired action hero who’s lost somewhere in the known/unknown universe. This first issue is a throw-you-in-the-middle-of-it, straight-ahead comic …

Absolute WildC.A.T.s Coming from DC Comics | Bleeding Cool

According to Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool, DC will be releasing a Jim Lee-honoring “Absolute” edition of his seminal WildC.A.T.s series in 2017, which marks the 25th anniversary of what was one of my absolute favorite comics co-created by one of my absolute favorite comics creators. Absolutely. Read more at Bleeding Cool.

DC Universe Rebirth: Lost. Legacy. Love. Life.

From a DCU outsider’s point of view. So DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 was a damn good read. Even for this relative DCU outsider who didn’t have the deepest points of memory reference for a lot of the DCU touchstones and timeline mile markers the story touched on. I was particularly immersed in the meta-textual aspect of the narrative, and the inherent metaphors and allegories it contained. Over the years I’ve complained to and with my brothers and sisters in the Comic Book Underground that modern superhero comics have been missing a certain balance, a certain essence – say, like heroes performing heroic acts to help the powerless, instead of fighting each other in annual events. And so while reading this comic I was inspired to smile inside and nod approvingly at the prospect of that familiar aspect, which has been on full display in the adapted DC Comics TV shows like THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL, returning to superhero comics for what might be the first time in the Modern or Millennial Age (2001 – ). …

Geoff Johns Now Co-Head of DC Movies

Broken News Commentary: Finally, like with the television division, a comic book guy is in place to be able to ensure that certain other creative minds don’t go too far off the comic book reservation with the movies. A swift move that should be very effective. The great comics industry journalist Heidi MacDonald writes via her wonderful The Comics Beat blog: That thud you just heard was official confirmation of the other shoe dropping after the extremely mixed success of Batman v Superman. The last few weeks rumors have been flying about a shake-up at Warner Bros. Pictures… The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has all the exclusive major scoop.