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Promo Gives Us a Look at New DC Nation Shorts

I’m loving DC Nation’s animated shorts, which have featured fun interpretations of great characters like Animal Man, Plastic Man, and the return of the much-loved Teen Titans. This promo clip is a taste of things to come, we get a look at new shorts featuring a plethora of characters in all sorts of styles, including Black Lightning, Amethyst, and the Doom Patrol. There also appear to be funny-animal versions of The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Captain Mar Shazam, plus the ’The Batman of Shanghai‘, which screened at Comic-Con and looks amazing.

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More Details on ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’

We’re still sitting around waiting for any tidbit on ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us.’ DC Comics characters fighting each other might not make sense but does it really matter? The game looks pretty good and who doesn’t want to play as these characters and fight others?

There still isn’t a release date beyond simply 2013 revealed. Check out this latest video SuperHeroHype came across from Gametrailers.com. Ed Boon talks about the game and we get to see more gameplay.

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'ARROW' Will Stay True To The Comics
If you were one of the few people that had a chance to catch the screening of ARROW at Fan Expo in Canada this past weekend before the show premieres October 10th on the CW, then you should count yourself lucky. Based on a report, a whole lot of effort was put into the show, and it doesn’t seem like the cast and crew cut a lot of corners when developing the plot and the outline for the upcoming series. Just how much thought was put into the character? According to actor Stephen Amell, before he was even cast as Oliver Queen he was made to watch a 40+ minute long video on how not to shoot an arrow.

"She [Patricia Gonzalez, Amell’s acting tutor] made me [Amell] watch a forty-five minute video on archery that’s done improperly in film and television and video before she even let me pick up the bow," he said. "She immediately said that as enthusiastic as comic book fans were going to be, archery fans were going to be just as enthusiastic, so don’t have bad form."

The attention to detail of something like how to shoot an arrow could be a reflection of the attitude and the way the people behind the show are approaching production. If they put this much effort into shooting arrows, maybe the same can be said of the portrayal of the comic characters on the show itself. How true will they be to the characters we see in the comics? According to Amell, even though they may not explicitly refer to him as “Green Arrow,” it is more than just implied.

"I can tell you this: Whether the color ‘green’ is directly referenced or not, the legacy of the character has been respected. But the color ‘green’ certainly is referenced a lot."

Amell went on to reveal that the people behind the creation of the new series are comic fans themselves, so there’s a good chance that they will stay somewhat true to what we see in the books we love. According to Amell, “the only people who love comic books more than you guys are the guys who write this show. They love it.” One of those comic fans that will be scripting the show is none other than DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has plenty of experience writing Green Arrow — and will be with the launch of DC’s newest title, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. In addition, the first episode is said to contain a whole lot of “easter eggs.” Expect to see Deathstroke’s mask, the appearance of the Huntress on the show, Deadshot and of course, “Speedy.”
All of this sounds like good news to us, but what do you think? Are you looking forward to watching ARROW on the CW October 10th?
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'ARROW' Will Stay True To The Comics

If you were one of the few people that had a chance to catch the screening of ARROW at Fan Expo in Canada this past weekend before the show premieres October 10th on the CW, then you should count yourself lucky. Based on a report, a whole lot of effort was put into the show, and it doesn’t seem like the cast and crew cut a lot of corners when developing the plot and the outline for the upcoming series. Just how much thought was put into the character? According to actor Stephen Amell, before he was even cast as Oliver Queen he was made to watch a 40+ minute long video on how not to shoot an arrow.

"She [Patricia Gonzalez, Amell’s acting tutor] made me [Amell] watch a forty-five minute video on archery that’s done improperly in film and television and video before she even let me pick up the bow," he said. "She immediately said that as enthusiastic as comic book fans were going to be, archery fans were going to be just as enthusiastic, so don’t have bad form."

The attention to detail of something like how to shoot an arrow could be a reflection of the attitude and the way the people behind the show are approaching production. If they put this much effort into shooting arrows, maybe the same can be said of the portrayal of the comic characters on the show itself. How true will they be to the characters we see in the comics? According to Amell, even though they may not explicitly refer to him as “Green Arrow,” it is more than just implied.

"I can tell you this: Whether the color ‘green’ is directly referenced or not, the legacy of the character has been respected. But the color ‘green’ certainly is referenced a lot."

Amell went on to reveal that the people behind the creation of the new series are comic fans themselves, so there’s a good chance that they will stay somewhat true to what we see in the books we love. According to Amell, “the only people who love comic books more than you guys are the guys who write this show. They love it.” One of those comic fans that will be scripting the show is none other than DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, who has plenty of experience writing Green Arrow — and will be with the launch of DC’s newest title, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. In addition, the first episode is said to contain a whole lot of “easter eggs.” Expect to see Deathstroke’s mask, the appearance of the Huntress on the show, Deadshot and of course, “Speedy.”

All of this sounds like good news to us, but what do you think? Are you looking forward to watching ARROW on the CW October 10th?

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Detective Comics Annual #1 Preview
Here’s a look at Detective Comics Annual #1 from writer Tony S. Daniel and artists Romano Molenaar and Sandu Florea, in stores August 29.

The grudge match you’ve been waiting for: BATMAN vs. THE BLACK MASK!





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Detective Comics Annual #1 Preview

Here’s a look at Detective Comics Annual #1 from writer Tony S. Daniel and artists Romano Molenaar and Sandu Florea, in stores August 29.

The grudge match you’ve been waiting for: BATMAN vs. THE BLACK MASK!

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New Members Announced for JUSTICE LEAGUE
We’ve seen the issue where it was shown that the Justice League refused to allow other members to join the team. Something really big went down with Martian Manhunter. Green Arrow was determined to join but they would’t have anything to do with him. All that’s about to change.
Today at Fan Expo, it was announced that the roster is changing, big time.
You should notice one difference. This is going to be JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Geoff Johns will be joined by David Finch and the team will be under the guidance of Steve Trevor. On the team we see Vibe, Catwoman, Martian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, Stargirl, Katana, Hawkman and Green Arrow.
You can check out an interview with Johns and Finch over at MTV Geek.
To clarify, this is a NEW title. It’s mentioned above but to be clear, we’ll have JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.
From DC’s blog:
Launching in 2013, DC Comics will publish a new ongoing comic book series, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch.
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New Members Announced for JUSTICE LEAGUE

We’ve seen the issue where it was shown that the Justice League refused to allow other members to join the team. Something really big went down with Martian Manhunter. Green Arrow was determined to join but they would’t have anything to do with him. All that’s about to change.

Today at Fan Expo, it was announced that the roster is changing, big time.

You should notice one difference. This is going to be JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Geoff Johns will be joined by David Finch and the team will be under the guidance of Steve Trevor. On the team we see VibeCatwomanMartian Manhunter, the new Green Lantern, StargirlKatanaHawkman and Green Arrow.

You can check out an interview with Johns and Finch over at MTV Geek.

To clarify, this is a NEW title. It’s mentioned above but to be clear, we’ll have JUSTICE LEAGUE and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

From DC’s blog:

Launching in 2013, DC Comics will publish a new ongoing comic book series, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by David Finch.

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Bill Sienkiewicz to ink BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL
Following the passing of legendary comics artist Joe Kubert, inker Bill Sienkiewicz will join penciller Andy Kubert to complete the art for BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL. Sienkiewicz will join the project with issue #3 and will continue as inker through #4, the final issue of the miniseries.

Andy Kubert chose Sienkiewicz to take on the inking duties previously performed by his father and this is what Sienkiewicz had to say about the project, “I’ve known Joe Kubert and his family for more than 30 years, and taught a semester at the Kubert School. Joe’s sudden passing was devastating to me. I’d always considered him unstoppable. A master of artistry and discipline. I am proud and honored to have been asked to continue his work on the Nite Owl series, and to be able to collaborate with his son, Andy, again after so many years. I feel a part of a son’s touching tribute to his father.”
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Bill Sienkiewicz to ink BEFORE WATCHMEN NITE OWL

Following the passing of legendary comics artist Joe Kubert, inker Bill Sienkiewicz will join penciller Andy Kubert to complete the art for BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL. Sienkiewicz will join the project with issue #3 and will continue as inker through #4, the final issue of the miniseries.

Andy Kubert chose Sienkiewicz to take on the inking duties previously performed by his father and this is what Sienkiewicz had to say about the project, “I’ve known Joe Kubert and his family for more than 30 years, and taught a semester at the Kubert School. Joe’s sudden passing was devastating to me. I’d always considered him unstoppable. A master of artistry and discipline. I am proud and honored to have been asked to continue his work on the Nite Owl series, and to be able to collaborate with his son, Andy, again after so many years. I feel a part of a son’s touching tribute to his father.”

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DC Comics Announces BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH
Announced today at Fan Expo, there’s a new BEFORE WATCHMEN comic coming this November.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH joins the roster of seven miniseries and will be written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Eduardo Risso. DC has given us a first look at the artwork.
Moloch was a villain in the Watchmen universe and you’ll catch glimpses of him in BW: COMEDIAN and BW: OZYMANDIAS. Now we’ll find out a lot more about him.
BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH #1 is on sale November 7 and issue #2 on sale December 26.
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DC Comics Announces BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH

Announced today at Fan Expo, there’s a new BEFORE WATCHMEN comic coming this November.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH joins the roster of seven miniseries and will be written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Eduardo Risso. DC has given us a first look at the artwork.

Moloch was a villain in the Watchmen universe and you’ll catch glimpses of him in BW: COMEDIAN and BW: OZYMANDIAS. Now we’ll find out a lot more about him.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH #1 is on sale November 7 and issue #2 on sale December 26.

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In response to the article on Helena Bertinelli in Arrow:
helenawaynehuntress:

Given the premise of both the show (which didn’t scream Oliver Queen to me to begin with) and the role they’re relegating Helena too, it actually made me GLAD they didn’t use Helena Wayne. But since I do like Bertinelli as well, I still find this upsetting. It was bad enough when writers in the mainstream comics alone wrote Helena B as another point in another male hero’s vagina scoreboard (as Gail Simone so elegantly put it), it’s honestly not something I’d like to see replicated in a live action tv show, and even less so with this show’s version of Oliver Queen being depicted as a womanising, heterosexual, cismale (which again, doesn’t sound recognisable as Oliver Queen). 
Also, as much as I love Helena Wayne, I disagree that Helena Bertinelli was a “less interesting” character. For one, she represented an underrepresented group in comics (Italian and Catholic), and what’s more is that it’s so rare to see a positive portrayal of an Italian (more specifically Sicilian) character with a mafia background who actually breaks away from that god awful stereotype and is actually written like a real person. Going back to the fact that she’s Italian and Catholic, both of these things heavily influenced the person she became as an adult and her faith in particular was always a huge part of her identity. As a character, she was a woman with a very complex outlook on life: there were times when she was self-loathing, and then there were times when she had no problems asserting herself and making it clear she was her own woman who played by her own rules in life. She strongly desired significant relationships with others, but she wasn’t willing to change who she was to fit anyone’s self-righteous ideas of right and wrong (namely Batman). As a teacher, she did more than just teach her students, she was even there for them when they needed an adult to talk to and would even go out of her way to solve the kid’s problems if needed.
All in all, Helena Bertinelli was a very well-rounded, very three-dimensional, well fleshed out character beyond what was originally established in Joey Cavalieri’s 1989 series. It’s enough to say it’s an unfair comparison to compare her with Helena Wayne, because both are very interesting and compelling women of their own right and bring something new to the table in very different ways. 

And remember to follow the Helena Wayne Huntress blog for more on the character as well as a look at women’s issues in the comics industries.
The Desperate Poetry blog has also left some recommended reading for those who think that Bertinelli’s Huntress is not as interesting as Helena Wayne.
nonsono-lei:

I recommend Cry For Blood, and issues 57-112 of Gail’s Birds of Prey run. Also read Gotham Knights, and the DC Universe Holiday Special from 2009 to get a sense of how amazing, multi-layered, nuanced, and just plain wonderful Helena Bertinelli is.

In response to the article on Helena Bertinelli in Arrow:

helenawaynehuntress:

Given the premise of both the show (which didn’t scream Oliver Queen to me to begin with) and the role they’re relegating Helena too, it actually made me GLAD they didn’t use Helena Wayne. But since I do like Bertinelli as well, I still find this upsetting. It was bad enough when writers in the mainstream comics alone wrote Helena B as another point in another male hero’s vagina scoreboard (as Gail Simone so elegantly put it), it’s honestly not something I’d like to see replicated in a live action tv show, and even less so with this show’s version of Oliver Queen being depicted as a womanising, heterosexual, cismale (which again, doesn’t sound recognisable as Oliver Queen). 

Also, as much as I love Helena Wayne, I disagree that Helena Bertinelli was a “less interesting” character. For one, she represented an underrepresented group in comics (Italian and Catholic), and what’s more is that it’s so rare to see a positive portrayal of an Italian (more specifically Sicilian) character with a mafia background who actually breaks away from that god awful stereotype and is actually written like a real person. Going back to the fact that she’s Italian and Catholic, both of these things heavily influenced the person she became as an adult and her faith in particular was always a huge part of her identity. As a character, she was a woman with a very complex outlook on life: there were times when she was self-loathing, and then there were times when she had no problems asserting herself and making it clear she was her own woman who played by her own rules in life. She strongly desired significant relationships with others, but she wasn’t willing to change who she was to fit anyone’s self-righteous ideas of right and wrong (namely Batman). As a teacher, she did more than just teach her students, she was even there for them when they needed an adult to talk to and would even go out of her way to solve the kid’s problems if needed.

All in all, Helena Bertinelli was a very well-rounded, very three-dimensional, well fleshed out character beyond what was originally established in Joey Cavalieri’s 1989 series. It’s enough to say it’s an unfair comparison to compare her with Helena Wayne, because both are very interesting and compelling women of their own right and bring something new to the table in very different ways. 

And remember to follow the Helena Wayne Huntress blog for more on the character as well as a look at women’s issues in the comics industries.

The Desperate Poetry blog has also left some recommended reading for those who think that Bertinelli’s Huntress is not as interesting as Helena Wayne.

nonsono-lei:

I recommend Cry For Blood, and issues 57-112 of Gail’s Birds of Prey run. Also read Gotham Knights, and the DC Universe Holiday Special from 2009 to get a sense of how amazing, multi-layered, nuanced, and just plain wonderful Helena Bertinelli is.

Rob Liefeld Leaves DC Comics

For those of you that have been thoroughly enjoying Rob Liefeld’s take on New 52 characters like HAWKMANDEATHSTROKE and GRIFTER; we have some bad news for you. Earlier today the creator took to Twitter to reveal that he would be leaving all three titles and that he had “just sent [his] thank you’s to DC personnel. Officially got off the DC52 treadmill this morning…”

If you’re going to quit your job, that’s certainly one way to go about it. According to Liefeld, although he had a “great time at DC,” and “believe[s] in what DC is doing,” he had to “preserve his sanity.” Sounds like being responsible for three ongoing titles was getting to be a little bit difficult, no? Or perhaps it was more than just that. According to the creator, DC’s editorial was making last minute decisions to his books that were, well, testing his patience. He got into more detail over twitter citing that his decision to leave all three titles and the company in general, was primarily due to editorial decisions.

This does make me wonder just how much of the books we are reading every month are heavily influenced and changed by DC editorial. How much creative control do the creators actually have? How many of the issues we read are changed at the last minute, and to what extent? Are some of the books we are reading changed entirely? It does make me question the integrity of the publisher a little bit. I mean, if so much of a book we are reading is altered from the original script handed in by the book’s writer, can they really say it is still written by the creative team on the cover? Then again this is only one perspective from one specific creator. Still, it is something to think about.

Liefeld revealed that Scott Clark will be taking over writing duties on DEATHSTROKE and Marat will continue work on GRIFTER.

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