Hell yes! A while back we reported that del Toro was involved with some kind of supernatural DC flick, and now he’s confirmed suspicions and listed some characters that would be involved in the production. The project is tentatively titled Dark Universe.
In the interview with IGN, del Toro says, “Swamp Thing, for me is a rock star. The Demon, Etrigan, is amazing. And then you go to Constantine, who I thought is an amazing creation — and I want to do the Constantine of the comics. Deadman is really a lot of work, but a lot of fun. [The Spectre is in,] yes…”
Still not much is known about the film. There is currently no script written and the film is not greenlit, so who knows when/if this will take off. Regardless, color me stoked. READ MORE
Over the past few days Jeff Lemire has been tweeting various classic comics without any further word. Could he be slyly telling us, he’s working on a new series? He tweeted pictures of “Red Tornado”, “Kamandi”, “Jemm Son Of Saturn”, and “Spectre” (I’d probably die if he wrote a “Spectre” book). Or perhaps he’s planning to bring some of them into “Justice League Dark” or “Green Arrow”? Hopefully we’ll here some news soon. READ MORE
It’s usually difficult to buy comic book issues every month. Most likely, I’ll wait till the issues are collected and buy the trade paperback. It’s easier for me to see how the story arc comes full circle. But often, the best comics are the ones I buy in single issues and still get the trade paperback as well. Here is my list of the best trade paperbacks to come out of 2012. READ MORE
I’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of new and different books in 2012. I concede that my list has more super than horror but who knows what will be on here in 2013? Now that I look at my list, I still see quite a bit of the darker, murkier side of some of what mainstream comics offered. I have a mix of monthly, mini-series, and collections on this list. If you try something new in 2013, I hope it’s one of these great series. My top 12 of 2012 list is in no particular order because they’re all winners. Enjoy and Happy 2013! READ MORE
2012 was a big year for comics, with the major publishers trying to outdo each other with one major crossover/reboot after the other, but the real gems of this year were the slew of incredible #1’s that graced shelves over the past twelve months. Over the course of the year, we were lucky enough to be gifted with more than our fair share of noteworthy premiere issues, from both established creators and upcoming talent. Quantifying the subjective is always a tricky business, so take the following numerical order with a healthy grain of salt, while recalling the #1 issues you’ve enjoyed over the past year and perhaps discovering a few new gems along the way. READ MORE
After the departure of Karen Berger, everyone was keen to find out who would fill in her big shoes. DC Entertainment announced today that Shelly Bond is that person. Bond is responsible for editing books like “Fables” an “The Invisibles”. Joining her are Will Dennis, who has been promoted to Group Editor and Mark Doyle who has been promoted to Editor. See the lengthy official press release after the jump full of details and quotes. READ MORE
Bleeding Cool reports that Charles Soule will write Swamp Thing after Scott Snyder leaves the book this coming April. Nice thing is that Soule is mostly a creator owned type of guy, big congrats to him. READ MORE
The big day is just a week away, and I know a lot of you have yet to complete your holiday shopping. Lucky for you, we’ve sifted through all the comics, trades, toys, and collectables so you don’t have to. The BD Comic Book Crew (as we are henceforth to be known) has put together a naughty list of (mostly new) gift ideas for the comic lovers in your life. It ranges from Christmas tree ornaments to compendiums to charitable donations. Without further adieu, The 2012 Comics Gift Guide. READ MORE
Whether you hate the idea or not, John Constantine is making his wait into the DCU this March with Constantine #1. The star of the longest running Vertigo title, “Hellblazer” looks to make some new friends in a new world. Chances are he’ll make quite a few enemies as well. The new series is written by Robert Vendittit and it features the artwork of Renato Guedes. The solicitation promises that it will “shake the very foundations of the New 52,” which doesn’t really mean all that much. Take your first look below. READ MORE
Say it ain’t so! The creative team of Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette, responsible for the New 52 recreation of Swamp Thing, are taking leave from the book as of issue #18. Following all the drama surrounding Gail Simone leaving “Batgirl”, due to creative differences with her editor, Snyder announced he would be resigning writing duties on “Swamp Thing”. However, unlike Simone’s situation, Snyder simply seems to have taken too much on his plate with his upcoming Superman book set to begin in the new year. Paquette has yet to announce his next project. READ MORE
DC Comic announced today that on Batman issue #18, readers will be treated to guest art from Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope, with Capullo returning as regular artist at issue #19. But, perhaps more interesting is the inclusion in the solicitation that long-time Marvel artist, Alex Maleev, will be drawing the backup story, as written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV. I was actually wondering what Maleev’s next interior work would be just the other day. This is Maleev’s first DC book in over a decade. Check out the “Batman” #18 solicitation below. READ MORE
The big Rotworld event continues today in the pages of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing issue #15. Rotworld comes to Gotham, and the demented inmates of Arkham Asylum are on the loose in the midst of this all out war. It will be interesting to see how Snyder places the criminally insane within the Green, the Red and the Rot. Check out the preview below. READ MORE
DC Comics issued a press release today announcing that Karen Berger, Executive Editor of DC Vertigo and Senior VP at DC Comics, has resigned after a more than twenty years with the publisher. Karen had a huge hand in releasing some of DC’s most noteworthy titles and bringing in their biggest talents including Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Jamie Delano, Mark Buckingham, Peter Milligan, Mike Carey, China Mieville, and too many more to name. She’s a pioneer of horror at DC, helping with books by the likes of “Swamp Thing”, “Sandman”, and “Hellblazer”. Read on for the skinny. READ MORE
DC and Vertigo have been testing the waters recently by bringing back several anthologies for one-and-done issues, including “Strange Adventures”, “Ghosts”, and “Young Romance”. The publisher announced through MTV Geek that they will also be reviving Time Warp, a less well-known sci-fi anthology. Hit the jump for the list of contributors. There are some big names on board for this one. READ MORE
I’ve been saying this for a while, Josh Fialkov’s I, Vampire is one of the best titles at DC right now. It’s fun, intelligent, fresh, and explores so much vampire mythology that even the most die-hard vamp lovers will appreciate it. Fialkov loves vampires and horror, and he writes his heart into every issue. With Andrew now trying to raise a deadly army of vampires, things are bound to get hairy. Issue #14 drops today, check the preview after the break. READ MORE
Despite all the controversy over the end of “Hellblazer”, truth is Constantine has been part of the new DCU from the moment it started in the pages of Justice League Dark. Jeff Lemire’s taken a team of paranormal misfits and brought them together as one of the stronger teams at DC right now, with good old British Johnny as their leader. Below you can take a swallow of the preview for issue #14, which drops today. READ MORE
Lot 13 is a prime example of how horror comics work in ways that films cannot. The premise thus far is a fairly simple ghost tale that involves your typical suburban family, however, the way it is presented on the page is such an efficient use of the medium. Niles script flows nicely, and Glenn Fabry’s artwork is so complimentary to the story it’s hard to imagine anyone else drawing this book. Without having to rely on CGI or practical effects, the story holds onto a Gothic mood rather than feeling like a modern low-budget horror film. Issue #2 drops today, November 28th, and I strongly recommend you check it out. READ MORE
Batman duking it out with Judge Dredd – can you imagine a more badass fight? The Batman Vs. Judge Dredd crossovers were first published in the early 90s and continued through to ’98 with several storylines. 2000 AD and DC Comics partner once again to republish these epic stories in the “Batman Judge Dredd Collection,” featuring some of the hottest talents in comics. Check out all the details after the break. READ MORE
Vertigo’s longest running title, Hellblazer, starring John Constantine is coming to a close with issue #300 this February. AP reports that Peter Milligan will write the final issue and it will feature art from iuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini. With the end of the title, Robert Venditti and Renato Guedes will be launching “Constantine”, a new series for the anti-hero that will take place in the New 52 Universe. Natrually, the title will begin to feature crossovers with some of the more popular DC characters. READ MORE
Rotworld is well underway, and it’s every bit as awesome as we hoped it would be. Snyder is building up the Swamp Thing mythology and taking it to new heights, just as he did with “Batman”. This looks like a crossover to go down in the horror/superhero history books, so don’t miss it!
Preview issue #14 below, which drops today, November 7th, 2012. READ MORE
Out in stores now, Vertigo Comic’s Ghosts #1 contains a batch of incredibly memorable short stories in the Halloween-themed anthology (Review here). First off, the Rowland and Paine Detective Agency, from Neil Gaiman’s Dead Boy Detectives, returns once more in Toby Litt/Mark Buckingham’s “Run Ragged.” In a brand new case, Charles and Edwin, kid gumshoes, are on the search for a missing cat, who just happens to be a ghost. The anthology also includes the Paul Pope/David Lapham’s sci-fi extravaganza, “Treasure Lost.” In their ultimate space heist, pirates aboard the Ghost Ship are planning to steal the riches of the wealthy Steven Clan.
Bloody Disgusting sat down with Paul Pope, Mark Buckingham, and Toby Litt to discuss their entries in “Ghosts” #1 and what it means to create a unique ghost story in sequencial art. Check out the interviews after the break. READ MORE
It is a constant struggle in the comics industry to reach out to new readers. Part of the problem is that all the advertisements for comics end up in the comics themselves, thus preaching to the already devout choir. Well, DC is stepping up once again, delivering TV commercials for their adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The graphic novel lands next week on Wednesday, November 7th in comic shops and bookstores. READ MORE
The rumor mill is grinding with one of the juiciest stories for horror comic fans in recent memory. Word comes from Latino-Review that Guillermo del Toro is apparently in discussions with Warner Bros. to helm a film starring Swamp Thing, Deadman, Constantine, The Spectre, Phantom Strange, Etrigan and more! I imagine the film would take off from several of Alan Moore’s “Swamp Thing” issues that brought together all of these characters. No word yet as to whether it will be animated or live action. I haven’t been this excited for a comic book project since Nolan’s Batman Begins. Read on below. READ MORE
Ghosts #1 is a highly enjoyable horror anthology that brings in together a creative nine memorable tales. By playing around with themes of the supernatural and the paranormal, readers have a collection of ghost tales that focus on the fear of the dark. This roundup of bone-chilling tales features a space heist on a ghost ship, a ghost-for-hire haunting agency, and a pair of ghost private detectives. Just reading one of these tales will put you right back in the Halloween spirit. The book also includes Joe Kubert’s last story, which alone makes it worth a purchase. READ MORE