Another year gone by, another mound of comic book goodness to sift through. I did a quick count of a random month (June 2013) of the five major comic book publishers (Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel) and they combined to put out a whopping 306 books! That’s a lot of story out there.
There were tons of great series that debuted, died, re-numbered, and some superb miniseries that hopefully come back for more. I felt there were strong attempts to move focus onto more female characters this year from various publishers. It was great and refreshing to see but the resulting short-lived (and loved) series flared and sadly faded.
Here’s what I thought was a fantastic read worth looking up in case you missed it the first time broken down into mini-series and on-going ones. I also focus on mostly non-horror books because they deserve some attention too. Thanks, 2013. I can’t wait to see what crazy goodness comes out in 2014. READ MORE
Top ten lists are always a challenge, not only deciding which books grace the list, but also where in the list the book belongs. This list is purely my favourite series’ of this past year. Some started new, others continued on from 2012. Whether you agree or not is your call, but there are no ifs, ands, or buts that 2013 was an epic year for the comic industry. READ MORE
An entertaining read with exciting plot twists, “Forever Evil” #2 continues with its dark vision where Gotham City lies in ruins and the death count rises. There are no more good guys left as the Justice League has been wiped off the planet. It’s up the bad guys of the DC Universe to take back the world that was stolen from them. READ MORE
As you may have heard by now, the DC “Villains Month” covers are completely without creator credits. If you want to know who actually made the book, you have to open the book, sometimes to the final page, which ruins the book. I don’t want to get into a whole debacle about it because I’m sure DC wasn’t trying to hide their creators away, and Yannick Paquette already offered a pseudo-explanation. But, we like creators here at Bloody-disgusting and think they deserve credit, so here is the full list of creators for each of the DC “Villains Month” titles that came out today. READ MORE
DC’s big September event, “Villains Month”, starts tomorrow, with each title in the DCU being taken over by an iconic villain. As part of the event, DC will be shipping limited 3D motion variant covers for each book. While I admit I am excited to see how this event plays out, these 3D variant covers feel like nothing but a gimmick to me, recalling the horrible “foil variants” covers that plagued comic books in the 90s. Maybe I’m just an angry comic nerd, but when I see headlines like “DC’s 3D Covers Are The Most Amazing Thing To Happen To Comics”, it fills me with rage. If these are the best things to happen to comics, then the industry is in a sad, sad state.
Check out the first covers below, which will be in shops tomorrow. They are very limited in quantity, so if you are dying to get that extra dimension, move quickly. READ MORE
At the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures joint panel, the film giants discussed a number of upcoming projects. But undoubtedly what made the biggest splash was Warner’s announcement of “Superman/Batman,” a live-action film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill and a Batman (actor unknown). There’s been a lot questions from fans over the past few months, asking what’s the next step for DC on the road to the anticipated “Justice League” film. It seems now we have that answer. READ MORE
While we all go crazy for the big announcements to come out of Comic-Con, we sometimes forget that a lot of the con-goers are actually there to buy comics. Yeah, they still sell comics at Comic-Con, who knew? Buzz Feed reports on the two most expensive issues on the con floor, and they are worth a pretty penny to say the least. Unfortunately the article does not say who the vendor is, so you’ll have to find them yourself if you plan on dropping a few hundred thousand. READ MORE
Charles Soule is quickly taking over at DC Comics. IGN.com has just announced that the current “Swamp Thing” writer will helm the new “Superman/Wonder Woman” ongoing series that kicks of this October. Over the past year, DC has been building up the power relationship between their two biggest heroes, and we’ll finally see how it all pans out this fall.
“Superman/Wonder Woman” will be written by Charles Soule and drawn by Tony Daniel. READ MORE
In celebration of Superman’s 75th Anniversary and just in time for the release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, the folks at finances online have created a nifty little infographic. The infographic offers an in-depth look at the financial history of the character and offers quite a few fun facts. Take a look below and get stoked for this Friday when Man of Steel his theatres. READ MORE
With the release of Man of Steel in theaters this week, it’s a perfect time to look back at what I believe is one of the best Superman tales ever told. Before the New 52, the biggest event that happened to DC Comics was “The Death of Superman”. In the greatest superhero horror story ever told, the hero slugged it out with a monster not unlike those from classic horror flicks. READ MORE
Following in the wake of this summer’s crossover “Trinity War”, the villains will be taking over the entire DC Universe in September. All of the New 52 titles will be replaced by “villain books”. It’s sort of a massive “what if” senario that explores what would happen if no heroes were around to save their cities. As a promo, each Villains Month cover will feature a 3D motion cover, which you can preview below.
September will also mark the start of “Forever Evil”, a seven-part mini-series by Geoff Johns and David Finch that sets into motion this first New 52 universe-wide crossover event. READ MORE
Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Entertainment have big plans in store to celebrate the 75th anniversary of their most beloved hero, Superman. For the milestone birthday, the companies will be celebrating throughout the year. Their first plan of action is unveiling the Superman 75th anniversary logo as well as an animated short tribute to the character. This is obviously timed perfectly with the release of Zack Snyder’s upcoming film, Man of Steel, in theaters June 14th, as well as Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s new comic series, “Superman Unchained”, which drops on June 12th. See all the details below. READ MORE
Some keener out there took the time to splice all the cut scenes together from NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros’s latest videogame “Injustice: Gods Among Us”, featuring all your favorite heroes and villains from the DC Universe. The movie, which you can watch below, spans a total of 1 hour and 47 minutes. If you can deal with the mediocre graphics and the voice acting, it’s actually a pretty good story to jump into. READ MORE
The new official trailer for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel has hit the web. If you’ve been doubting this project, just watch this trailer and eat your heart out.
From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures comes “Man of Steel”, starring Henry Cavill, directed by Zach Snyder. The film also stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Henry Lennix, Christopher Meloni and Laurence Fishburne.
In theaters June 14th. READ MORE
Last week, Scott Snyder wrapped up his epic 18-issue run on Swamp Thing. Prior to Snyder’s venture with Alec Holland, Swamp Thing was hadn’t had a solid storyline for years. Now, Swamp Thing is a key figure in the DCU, and his mythology is richer than ever. Although Snyder is done with the character, the series has thrived since the beginning of the New 52, returning the most loveable monster in the DCU to horror fans.
Scott Snyder chatted with Bloody-disgusting about his feelings on concluding “Swamp Thing”, his new horror series “The Wake” from Vertigo, bringing psychological horror to Superman, and his deep love for horror films. Check it all out after the jump. READ MORE
Greg Pak is known for his big godly stories and nitty gritty character work, and he’s teaming up with Jae Lee to revive the original Batman/Superman team up with DC Comics as an ongoing series. Their book will examine the first encounter between the two iconic DC legends (as seen in the new 52). Take a look at Jae Lee’s gorgeous artwork below. 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
We’ve waited for this moment. The full trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was released this afternoon, and it is scheduled to play in front of The Hobbit in theaters this week. The teaser trailer from a few months back showed a darker approach the the Kryptonian hero, and the full trailer builds on that epic drama. With Christopher Nolan’s involvement at Producer, we’re hoping Man Of Steel will fit within the mold of the Dark Knight Trilogy so that DC can finally build toward their Justice League film. Check it out below. Warning, goosebumps may ensue.
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is set for release on June 14th next year. READ MORE
While we haven’t even seen a full-fledged trailer for director Zack Snyder upcoming Superman flick, Man Of Steel, he’s already getting pestered with questions about how it ties into the Justice League film that Warner Bros. has planned. In a recent chat with The NY Post, Snyder spoke briefly and vaguely about how his take on the Superman might work its way into the Justice League movie. READ MORE
Half way through the DC Comics New 52 Superman panel, Jim Lee and Scott Snyder were brought in to join the gang of Superman writers and artists on stage. This was quickly followed by the announcement of a new Superman title from Snyder and Lee, set for 2013, the 75th anniversary of the character.
This has been rumored for the past few weeks, but it is now official. Not many details were released about the project, but Snyder said he was really going to test the Man of Steel and explore how Clark Kent is affected by all the crazy stuff in his life. More on the panel after the break. READ MORE
With the launch of the Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover event “Rotworld”, and the excitement building over 30 Days of Night/Criminal Macabre crossover, here’s a chance to look at some of the best, and most ridiculous, horror comic crossovers. Great crossovers should never feel cheesy, nor should they feel forced. But who doesn’t want to see Batman fighting Predator to the death? What follows is a list of ten killer horror comic crossovers. READ MORE
One year ago today, DC Comics officially rebooted their entire Universe with the release of “Justice League” #1. The risky move split comic book readers right down the middle. Some fans celebrated the monumental move, while others cringed at the loss of continuity. All the old DC titles ended, in some way or another, and new books started to fill the shelves of local comic shops. Now that we’ve had a year to reflect on the reboot, let’s talk about the ups and downs, the successes and failures, and imagine what the future holds for the no-longer-New 52. READ MORE
Announced today on the DC Source blog, all of the Superman family titles will be drawn together for their first crossover event of the New 52 titled, “H’el On Earth’. The event will begin in November with the 13th issue of “Superboy,” followed by the 14th issues for the rest of the Super-books. A brand new horrific villain, hailing from Krypton, will be the central focus for the crossover. READ MORE
The infamous comic book gossip site, Bleeding Cool, announced word of a new DC crossover event to take place next year. It’s a bit early to jump the gun on the news, especially considering absolutely no information is available other than the name, which is the “Trinity War“. Given the title it’s safe to guess it will involve their big three heroes, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Details on who will be writing, illustrating, are nowhere to be seen. More importantly, whether the event is a fight between the three or a big team up, your guess is as good as ours. Let’s up DC releases some official information soon. READ MORE