It’s Batman Week!

Today I went to one of the two comics ship I frequent, after not having been there since before Christmas. In my pull box were a lot of Batman comics, which is rare.

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

 

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Here’s the rundown.

Batman and Two-Face #26 and #27

Justice League 3000 #1

Damian: Son of Batman #3 and #4

Superman and Batman #7

Injustice Vol.2 #1

Batman and Robin Annual #2

Earth 2 Annual #2

Batman: Detective Comics #27

Phew. Usually I don’t get anywhere near this number of comics.

The only ongoing series I actually get every issue of is Batman and…as I’m a fan of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, and the rotating partners which have included Catwoman, and Aquaman in an upcoming issue. The Batman and Robin Annual has another of my fave pencillers join Tomasi and Gleason – Doug Mahnke, as they look at the original Robin (Dick Grayson) and his career as one half of the Dynamic Duo.

The Damian mini-series, set in a future in which Damian Wayne (the subject of the upcoming animated film) becomes Batman has been interesting, withAndy Kubert as writer as well as artist.

Justice League 3000 is also , obviously, set in the future. Kevin Maguire was originally set to be the artist but was replaced by Howard Porter, but that’s okay. I like both artists.

I haven’t been reading Batman/Superman, and I’m not a fan of Brett Booth’s art generally, but I must have ordered this because it’s formatted horizontally. I guess I’m a sucker for gimmicks.

Injustice is now in its second volume and is based on the hugely popular video game from last year. This has been an intense alternate take focused on a dictatorial Superman and what that does to his former friends, and the world. The Earth 2 Annual is also an alternate universe, and is also written by fellow Aussie Tom Taylor, and this features the debut of a new Batman.

Finally, ‘Tec #27 is a bumper issue, with seven different stories, as it’s a celebration of sorts. You see, Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27 way back in 1939. Yep, he’s that old.

 

Tomb Raider #1 Preview

I’m excited to read this new ongoing series from Dark Horse when it launches on February 26. The art by Nicolas Daniel Selma looks superb, and with writer Gail Simone on board (Batgirl, Birds of Prey), this official continuation of the recent Raider reboot game is sure to please. That game, by the way, is amazing. Bloody, to be sure, but amazing.

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Dragon Ball Manga Now in Colour

I confess that my exposure to the hugely popular Dragon Ball manga is only limited to the occasional glimpses on Saturday morning during my teens, and the more recent, and disappointing, live action film. Now though, you can see the original manga in colour.

Experience Akira Toriyama’s Bestselling Martial Arts Action Adventure In Vivid Color

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, brings Akira Toriyama’s classic manga (graphic novel) series DRAGON BALL back to fans in an entirely new way with the release of DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR Volume 1 on February 4th.

The new edition from the Shonen Jump imprint features a special full-color treatment of the first DRAGON BALL Z manga volume in a larger 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼” size. The volume is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN / £12.99 U.K. Future volumes will be published three times a year.

DRAGON BALL FULL COLOR Vol. 1 also will be available for digital download for $12.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

In the series, Son Goku is the greatest hero on Earth. Five years after defeating the demon king Piccolo, he’s grown up and has a family. But what is the real reason for Goku’s incredible strength? A visitor from outer space arrives bearing terrible news – Goku is an alien, and the visitor, Raditz, is Goku’s brother! When Raditz turns out to be a ruthless killer, Goku must fight his incredibly strong brother to save his family and the entire human race. A surprising alliance may be Earth’s last hope: Goku will team up with his old enemy Piccolo to save the world!

“Akira Toriyama’s bestselling manga series has thrilled generations of readers, and this new release lets fans revisit his groundbreaking martial arts action adventure in vivid full color,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Goku has become a skilled fighter, but new foes threaten his family and the Earth, and he must form new alliances in order to win the day. Fans current and new won’t want to miss the gorgeous new release of this classic series!”

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular DR. SLUMP. His hit series Dragon Ball(published in the U.S. as DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z; both published by VIZ Media) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his influential design work on video games such as Dragon QuestChrono TriggerTobal No. 1, and Blue Dragon. His other manga works include COWA! (also published by VIZ Media)KajikaSand LandNeko Majin, a children’s book Toccio the Angel, and his newest series, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman.

For more information on DRAGON BALL, or other Akira Toriyama manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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Snowpiercer Comic Available Now

Opening recently was the sci-fi film Snowpiercer, based on the French graphic novels, and directed by South Korean Bong Joon-ho, who also made the excellent The Host (no, not the recent alien invasion one). The film hasn’t opened in English speaking countries yet, but it looks to be dark and entertaining.

You can now read both volumes in English for the first time, thanks to UK based publisher Titan Comics. Volume 1 is available now, which the second volume coming out next month. After the jump you can see the trailer and some preview pages from the first volume.

TITAN COMICS RELEASES SNOWPIERCER – THE

GRAPHIC NOVEL THAT INSPIRED THE NEW

CHRIS EVANS FILM!

Translated from the highly acclaimed French classic, soon to be a major motion picture starring Captain America star Chris Evans!

Titan Comics is proud to announce a world-first English translation of the acclaimed French comic, in a pair of graphic novels hitting stores in early 2014 ahead of the US release of the film! Volume 1: The Escape is released January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following February 25, 2014.

Coursing through an eternal winter, on an icy track wrapped around the frozen planet Earth, there travels Snowpiercer, a train one thousand and one carriages long. From fearsome engine to final car, all surviving human life is here: a complete hierarchy of the society we lost…

The elite, as ever, travel in luxury at the front of the train – but for those in the rear coaches, life is squalid, miserable and short.

Proloff is a refugee from the tail, determined never to go back. In his journey forward through the train, he hopes to reach the mythical engine and, perhaps, find some hope for the future…

The thrilling original graphic novels have been adapted into an astounding new film directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott, The Adventures of Tintin), Ed Harris (A History of Violence, The Abyss, Apollo 13) and John Hurt (Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Alien, Doctor Who), and distributed in the U.S. by The Weinstein Company, and due for release in Q1 2014.

Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.

Volume 1: The Escape is released January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following February 25, 2014

To keep up-to-date with news about Snowpiercer join Titan Comics on Facebook or follow @comicstitan on Twitter.

For more information about Titan Comics, visit www.titan-comics.com

 

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Terminator: Enemy of my Enemy #1 Preview

Releasing from Dark Horse Comics on February 19 is the first issue of a new Terminator mini-series, called Enemy of my Enemy. It’s written by Dan Jolley (Bloodhound, Prototype 2) with art by Jamal Igle (Supergirl). Here’s the official description.

In 1984, Kyle Reese protected Sarah Connor from a cyborg that would stop at nothing to terminate her. In 1985, Skynet targets a scientist whose discoveries threaten its future, but this time there is no resistance fighter sent back to face it! With only enemies around her, what chance does Elise Fong stand against the perfect killing machine?

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New Looks for Doctor Who and The X-Men

The internet is all about two things today, it would seem. That’d be Peter Capaldi’s finally unveiled look for his incarnation of Doctor Who, which looks pretty great. I must say. This is how the BBC see it:

Sporting a dark blue Crombie coat with red lining, dark blue trousers, a white shirt as well as black Dr. Marten shoes, the look was created by Doctor Who costume designer Howard Burden.

Commenting on his costume, Peter Capaldi said: “He’s woven the future from the cloth of the past. Simple, stark, and back to basics. No frills, no scarf, no messing, just 100 per cent Rebel Time Lord.”

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoAlso, from my fave film magazine, Empire comes 25 variant covers (!) featuring the characters, both old and new, of the May 23 releasing X-Men: Days of Future Past film, directed by Bryan Singer. The covers are okay if bland, and of course, Wolverine is all veiny and shirtless.

I mean, I get the post apocalyptic feel of the movie’s setting, but all the dark colours are just boring. Fan Bingbing as Blink looks pretty good though. You can see all the covers right here, including Colossus, Warpath, Bishop, Sunspot, Kitty Pryde, a young William Stryker and two versions of the mutant hunting robot Sentinels.

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Moon Knight and Dead Boy Detectives

Thankfully, libraries have great comics collections these days. Sometimes I’ll go to my local one and pick up a few random Trade Paperbacks. There’s not necessarily an order to what’s on the shelves, but it’s a good opportunity to grab something I’ve been meaning to read for a while, or something that I’m curious about. My last two choices fall in to the latter category.

Moon Knight: Down South collects issues 26-30 which are the final issues of the 2006 series. I don’t know a lot about Moon Knight, and many compare him to the closest thing Marvel has to Batman, which is understandable.The character has been around since 1975 but has some things that set him apart from his fellow superheroes. Namely, his great white costume, the fact that he has multiple personalities (and secret identities!), and has  lunar/mystic theme to his identity and powers. I’ve read very little of the character, but I know the basics, but for anyone unfamiliar with Moon Knight, this will tell you what you need to know. Wiki will help too. There is a recap page which tells you about the events leading up to this, but essentially, MK is on the run and has “killed” one of his identities and is hiding out in Mexico.

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This was a surprisingly good read. Written by Mike Benson, and with art by Jefte Palo, this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. MK hardly appears in costume, until the end, and despite the cover, The Punisher only shows up for a few pages too. Most of this tale is focused on Jake Lockley and a job he’s been given, to rescue a Mexican land mogul’s daughter from some corrupt cops. Everyone isn’t who they seem, and the two luchadore brothers are  a great addition, and have real personalities. They could’ve been an annoying gimmick, but Benson makes them work, and Palo grants them great visuals, plus the amazing covers of the original issues by Gabriele Dell’otto are included here. (Mexican wrestling masks, Kevlar vests, and big guns). This is grim, bloody (but not overly so) and mature. There are a lot of adult themes and blanked out profanity here, but it’s all a great reminder that Moon Knight is an interesting character, as hopefully his latest series launch by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey will show when it debuts in March.

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