Here’s Bane

And here’s our first full look at Bat-breaker Bane, as played by Tom Hardy in next year’s The Dark Knight Rises. It’s obviously cold wherever he is, as he’s certainly more rugged up than his comics equivalent. There’s also a camouflaged Tumbler which looks like the prototype seen in the first film in the trilogy. More on set pics here, but the 2 below are the best.

Ok, here’s one more then. The pair fighting in Pittsburgh, the stand in for Gotham City Hall. More of the same here. It looks like Batman’s costume is the same as the last film. I hope he gets one last suit upgrade though. Maybe he will during the course of the film.

Digital Superman Sale

This weekend DC Comics are offering 99c classic Superman stories.

Everybody’s been talking about Superman over the past few weeks, and here’s one more reason. This weekend only we’re offering fans a chance to download their favorite issues for $.99 during the Superman 101 digital comics sale.  We’ve got all those classic issues on sale in the digital collection, along with modern acclaimed stories including “Superman: Secret Origin” by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, “All-Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and “Superman: For Tomorrow” by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee.  Be sure to download your favorite issues soon, the $.99 prices are only good through Sunday.

The Superman 101 digital sale includes:

Classic Tales of the Man of Steel

  • Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman and Lois Lane)
  • Action Comics #6 (first appearance of Jimmy Olsen)
  • Action Comics #23 (first appearance of Lex Luthor)
  • Action Comics #252 (first appearance of Supergirl)
  • Superman Annual #11

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

  • Superman #423
  • Action Comics #583

See the full list on offer right here and below is a handy infographic to keep track of who’s who in Superman’s world.

Extra Sequential Podcast #51-Eisners & Old City Blues

49 mins. We discuss this year’s Eisner Award winners, including some surprises and a few faves, plus examine the recent OGN from Archaia, Giannis Milonogiannis’ sci-fi mash-up Old City Blues. Also, Home Alone 2, Garfield, the exclusion of Jedis and more.




You can email us at kris (at)extrasequential(dot)com and befriend us on the NEW ES Facebook page.

3:26 NEWS

The rather subtle DC Relaunch protest at Comic-Con

New Judge Dredd film images

Marvel gets the film rights back to Blade and Punisher

Nerdcore duo Kirby Krackle’s new album, Super Powered Love is now out

Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga

New DC animated films

Jack Kirby’s estate loses court case to Marvel

Captain America: The First Avenger is awesome. Here’s my full review


See the full list here


Set in Greece after a devastating flood, this sci-fi tale wears it influences proudly on its sleeve.

More info here and behind the scene commentary from writer/artist Giannis Milonogiannis here.




Captain America: The First Avenger Film Review

I must admit that I’ve always been more of a DC Comics guy rather than a Marvel reader. As a huge comic book fan for the last two decades, Superman, Batman and co. have always filled my collection more so than the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men, etc. However, it’s pretty obvious that the last few years have seen Marvel hit paydirt with their characters on the silver screen, especially since 2008’s Iron Man, a successful release from their own studio. It was also the first film to build their so-called Cinematic Universe that has seen characters and plot elements shared between both Iron Man films, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and now, Captain America. Next year will see The Avengers, directed by Buffy and Firefly creator Joss Whedon in which those aforementioned heroes, and others, will join forces under the guidance of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

Captain America: The First Avenger, to give the film its full title, is certainly a thoroughly enjoyable “see you later” from Marvel, until The Avengers lands, and if you haven’t got the idea by now, yes, there is an extra scene here after the credits, in which we see The Avengers assembled. It’s short, but certainly worth sitting through the credits for.

What precedes that however is two hours of rousing entertainment, and like all of Marvel’s other films, it works just as well for those unfamiliar with the character as it does for knowledgeable fanboys like me.

Directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, The Rocketeer) it stays very close to the comics character as originally conceived by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941. Set mainly during WWII, it follows skinny, but noble, man Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who desperately wants to join the army, but has been continually rejected due to his asthma and general lack of fitness. Seeing within him a courage greater than his strength, experimental scientist Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) chooses Rogers to be the next candidate in his Super Soldier program.

The first candidate was Johann Schmidt, the man in charge of Hitler’s advanced science program, known as HYDRA. Growing impatient, Schmidt tried Erskine’s serum too early and although he became powerful, he was disfigured, taking the nickname Red Skull. He has grown increasingly ambitious in his evil plans, and with the recent power he has gained from the Tesseract (known as the Cosmic Cube in the comics) he arms his soldiers with its power, intent on claiming the world as his own.

Thankfully Erskine’s improved formula works much better, as a now beefy Rogers attests, especially when chasing a spy who kills Erskine and attempts to flee with the last of the serum. Rogers, now dubbed Captain America, becomes a national sensation and is sent on an international tour to rally the troops and get the public to buy war bonds. Rogers soon grows tired of this lack of military action and when he hears that his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Shaw) has been kidnapped, he goes on a rescue mission, with the aid of British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Howard (father of Tony) Stark (Dominic Cooper). Proving successful and discovering Hydra’s secret plans, Cap recruits a few soldiers and goes on a rampage to destroy all of HYDRA’s bases.

There is a superb mix of humour and drama, and romance and action here, and the sci-fi elements never seem too grandiose for the WWII setting. Initially proving skeptical to becoming Cap, after having played another Marvel hero (The Human Torch) in the two Fantastic Four films, Evans shows that he has the pathos and likeability to portray the patriotic hero here and most importantly, allows us to like the weakling Rogers even before he becomes the star spangled superhero. The supporting cast, which also includes Tommy Lee Jones, rounds things out nicely, but it is Evans’ show. The film moves at a brisk pace and even two montages can’t slow it down. The showdown between Cap and the Skull is somewhat disappointing, as are some of the CGI effects at times, but this is a much more solid film than Thor. It’s accessible, never dull and is quite charming with its straightforward action film approach. Fans of the comics will be taking mental notes here, as those behind the film know the origins of this tale and are not afraid to point them out. The transformation of Captain America’s costume makes sense here, and nods to Bucky’s comic costume, plus the inclusion of Cap’s allies the Howling Commandos are little things that will warm Marvel loyalist’s hearts.

This is another winner from Marvel, and will hopefully get audiences geared up for next year’s rather ambitious super team film.

See clips from this great film (including snippets of the post-credits scene) right here.

Marvel: Season One Info

Perhaps, and understandably, spurred on, by DC’s massive success with the Superman: Earth One OGN last year, Marvel are trying something similar with their characters, in order to get the attention of comics newbies. It’s actually a good idea and should be done more often, as walking into a comic shop for the first time can be daunting if you don’t know where to start. The following info was released at last week’s Comic-Con but the pics are new.

Then again, Marvel make  a point to mention that they have been working on this for over a year, so I guess it’s one of those coincidences that happens between The Big Two from time to time.


Next year, immerse yourselves in the Marvel Universe like never before as the world’s greatest super heroes star in a line of all-new graphic novels with Marvel: Season One! Aimed at new and old readers alike, the first wave featuring Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and The X-Men, brings readers a complete story, modernizing the seminal origins of these characters while also offering new revelations for long-time fans. There will be one graphic novel on sale each month starting in February.

“With Marvel Season One we’ve assembled a group of great creators who’re delivering exciting, iconic, in-continuity stories of our most popular heroes,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor. “If you’re a new fan, you can start your journey into comics with Season One and if you’re a seasoned fan you’ll find some thrilling new insight into your favorite characters.”

The complete first wave of Season One graphic novels includes:

·         Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand, Television’s Glee) and David Marquez (Secret Warriors), on-sale in February 2012

  • X-Men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless (Legion Of Monsters, Lovestruck) and Jamie McKelvie (Generation Hope, Phonogram), on-sale in March 2012
  • Daredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Wellinton Alves (Nova), on-sale in April 2012
  • Spider-Man: Season One by Cullen Bunn (Fear Itself: The Deep, Sixth Gun) and Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), on-sale in May 2012

Marvel: Season One is all about bringing new readers to comics and comic stores around the world”, said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP of Sales. “We’ve been working on these for over a year and can’t wait for fans to see the results—they’re stunning! More news about the promotional and incentive plans for retailers will follow in the next few weeks.”

Whether you’re picking up a comic for the first time, or looking to add more to your comics reading experience, then it’s time to discover the world’s greatest super heroes all over again in Marvel: Season One!

Stay Tuned for updates and announcements over the next few weeks.

New He-Man Mini-Comics

Dark Horse are creating new comics to be packaged with Mattel’s upcoming He-Man action figures, and the stories will be a continuation from the original ’80s mini-comics. Wow. Good news. You can read an interview here with their writer Tim Seeley (Witchblade). The covers are by Eric Powell (The Goon) with interior art by Wellinton Alves.

On a related note, action figure collectors can join Mattel’s new Club Eternia, which begins next year. For $20 a month, you’ll receive a host of goodies and exclusives throughout next year.

David Mack’s Swamp Thing Cover

Mladen and I discussed the first issue of Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing in a recent Extra Sequential podcast episode in which we focused on Swamp Thing. I saw the second ish at the comic shop today and didn’t grab it, as the first issue really wasn’t that great and my investment in Swamp Thing as a character isn’t monumental. I am curious to see what DC actually do with him (and John Constantine) now that they’re both outside of Vertigo’s world and in the DC Universe proper though.

Anyway, here’s David Mack’s variant cover for August’s Brightest Day Aftermath #3. Another winner from Mack.


Hulk vs Dracula #1 Preview

Could this be the end of Bruce Banner? Quite possibly.


Witness the cataclysmic showdown between Dracula, Lord of the Undead, and Dei-Hulk that changes the life of the gamma-irradiated monster… FOREVER!






Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC – 8/22/11, ON SALE 9/14/11


Kirby Krackle’s Super Powered Love Out Now

Nerdcore band Kirby Krackle’s third album, Super Powered Love, has just been released. They’ve also released new merchandise, a music video and a live album from Australia recently. Yay!

Get SPL right here or on iTunes. The album cover is again by artist Jim Mahfood and comes with an 8 page booklet and includes 13 songs (their most ever), all inspired by comics and pop culture such as Mario Bros. and Transformers.

Com.x’s Babble

From English publishers Com.x (Cla$$war, 45, and it’s spinoff BlueSpear-out next month!) comes Babble. All we know so far is that it’s written by Lee Robson with art by Bryan Coyle and is described thusly:

Carrie Hartnoll is a girl lost in a life going nowhere fast, until a chance encounter with an ex-boyfriend affords her the opportunity of a whole new career in Ivy League America, working as part of a research team attempting to resurrect the language of Babel – a language, it is theorised, that can be understood by any human, from anywhere in the world.
As Carrie pieces together her fractured personal life, she becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding the apparent suicide of the project’s original team leader, which propels her to uncover the horrific truth about the language and why it was written out of the history books…
That’s a pretty intriguing premise, and I like the promo image too, with its use of Genesis in the logo. Nice.

Sam Sarkar Interview

Now up at Broken Frontier is my interview with Sam Sarkar, writer of the new Image mini-series, The Vault. The first issue is out tomorrow and is definitely worth picking up. It’s a smart underwater mystery with a good mix of science and the supernatural, and it looks great too, with art by his Caliber: First Canon of Justice collaborator, Garrie Gastonny.

Sarkar, with his background in comics and film is an interesting guy. The interview can be read here and if you’d like to see Sarkar, you can do so at a signing tomorrow. Details for that are under the pretty pictures.




On July 27th, starting at 7:00 P.M., Golden Apple Comics will present an autograph signing with Sam Sarkar, for the release of the new comic book from Image Comics, THE VAULT.


THE VAULT is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the “Graveyard of the North Atlantic.” Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature’s fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.


“THE VAULT is kind of a contemporary Pandora’s Box story,” explained creator and writer, Sam Sarkar. “Though it appears on the surface to be a pretty straightforward story, it has most of its mythology buried deeply. It gets uncovered both literally and figuratively as the pit gets excavated.”


THE VAULT issue #1 autograph event will take place in Los Angeles at Golden Apple Comics on July 27th, 2011 from 7-9 P.M. at 7018 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. For more information, please call 323-658-6047.


Heaps More DC Comic-Con Art

Ooh, pretty. From the last day of the San Diego Comic-Con, comes a heaping helping of sketches and art for September’s DC relaunch, showing how the new designs of characters such as Hawkman, Lois Lane (and her potential hairdo), Kid Flash and more progressed. See more, including Animal Man, Supergirl and Red Hood right here.


There’s also more perty peeks at interior pages from DC’s so-called Dark titles, such as Blackhawks, Resurrection Man and Frankenstein. Much more including Men of War and Justice League Dark can be found here.

Finally, even more unlettered interior pages from the likes of Blue Beetle and Legion Lost can be seen right here.





2011 Eisner Awards

Announced at Comic-Con was the full list of the prestigious Eisner winners for this year. As usual there’s no surprises, including CBR as Best Comics Related Journalism, but there’s a few deserving surprises, such as Daytripper, Return of the Dapper Men and Darwyn Cooke. And a comic shop in Israel. Called Comics & Vegetables. Yep. However, it’s not what they literally sell, as this interview reveals.

How was the name of CNV decided upon? Are you guys actually a vegetable store as well?

The name is based on a phrase in Hebrew, the closest word in English is “etc.”.

2011 Eisner Award Winners List

Best Short Story
“Post Mortem,” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, in I Am an Avenger #2 (Marvel)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)

Best Limited Series
Daytripper, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Vertigo/DC)

Best New Series
American Vampire, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King, and Rafael Albuquerque (Vertigo/DC)

Best Publication for Kids
Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco (DC)

Best Publication for Teens
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)

Best Humor Publication
I Thought You Would Be Funnier, by Shannon Wheeler (BOOM!)

Best Anthology
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, edited by Paul Morrissey and David Petersen (Archaia)

Best Digital Comic
Abominable Charles Christopher, by Karl Kerschl,

Best Reality-Based Work
It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)

Best Graphic Album—New
Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee (Archaia)
Wilson, by Daniel Clowes (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Wednesday Comics, edited by Mark Chiarello (DC)

Best Adaptation from Another Work
The Marvelous Land of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946–1948, by Bob Montana, edited by Greg Goldstein (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa (VIZ Media)

Best Writer
Joe Hill, Lock & Key (IDW)

Best Writer/Artist
Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit (IDW)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
Skottie Young, The Marvelous Land of Oz (Marvel)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad (Dark Horse)

Best Cover Artist
Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Baltimore: The Plague Ships (Dark Horse)

Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, Hellboy, BPRD, Baltimore, Let Me In (Dark Horse); Detective Comics(DC); Neil Young’s Greendale, Daytripper, Joe the Barbarian (Vertigo/DC)

Best Lettering
Todd Klein, Fables, The Unwritten, Joe the Barbarian, iZombie (Vertigo/DC); Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom (WildStorm/DC); SHIELD (Marvel); Driver for the Dead (Radical)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
ComicBookResources, produced by Jonah Weiland (

Best Comics-Related Book
75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, by Paul Levitz (TASCHEN)

Best Publication Design
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition, designed by Randall Dahlk (IDW)

Judges’ Choices: Ernie Bushmiller, Jack Jackson, Martin Nodell, Lynd Ward
Elected: Mort Drucker, Harvey Pekar, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman

Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award:
Nate Simpson

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Patrick McDonnell

Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award:
Del Connell, Bob Haney

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award:
Comics & Vegetables, Tel Aviv, Israel – Yuval Sharon, Danny Amitai

Extra Sequential #50

60 mins. Join us as we celebrate our first milestone episode and talk about heaps of Comic-Con news, and a few recent reviews. We also answer some fanmail and talk about bad Robin Williams’ films, MacGyver, Klingons, Jarvis Cocker, and invisible pants.



6:54 NEWS

IDW’s Popeye comic

Vertigo’s House of Mystery is ending

Trailers for next year’s Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man

Marvel’s Season One newbie friendly OGNs

Tom Morello, Guillermo del Toro and P.C Cast working with Dark Horse

The dissolution of Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane

DC’s comic based on the game, Uncharted

Star Trek and Legion of Super-Heroes cross-over

Spider-Man and X-Men titles go digital


Osama Tezuka’s little known Apollo’s Song

Conan: Island of No Return

Taiyo Matsumoto’s Gogo Monster

DC Retro-Active – Wonder Woman – The ’70s. 2 tales starring a powerless, judo loving WW.

Big Baby, another weird comic from Charles Burns

Harlan Ellison’s collection of reviews, Watching

X-Men: Schism #1 by Jason Aaron and Carlos Pacheco