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Take a Look at Chris Ware's New Yorker Cover Based on the Newtown Shootings

Take a Look at Chris Ware's New Yorker Cover Based on the Newtown Shootings

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

The Building Stories writer/artist shares his thoughts on how he arrived at his cover design for the new issue.

Dr. Seuss Writing a 'Doctor Who' Story? It's Possible, And Here's Why

Dr. Seuss Writing a 'Doctor Who' Story? It's Possible, And Here's Why

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

Can you imagine "Cat in the Hat" creator Theodor Seuss Geisel penning a Doctor Who story? What a great meeting of fandoms that would be!

Michael Rosenbaum, John Krasinski, Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, ThanosCopter, Unemployed Mall Santa, and Your Mom Rumored for Guardians of the Galaxy Role

Michael Rosenbaum, John Krasinski, Isiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, ThanosCopter, Unemployed Mall Santa, and Your Mom Rumored for Guardians of the Galaxy Role

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

We're throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks!

Review: Hexed

Review: Hexed

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 4, 2013

Luci Jennifer Inagcio das Neves (nickname Lucifer) is a teen thief. She isn't an ordinary thief. Lucifer specializes on the occult. She steals magical items for the wealthy of the occult underground. Hexed follows Lucifer as she takes on a new job that might be a more than she can handle. In the course of fulfilling her employer latest request Lucifer will have to confront secrets from her past. Secrets that she'd rather keep that way. How is it? The story is quite simple. Lucifer steals mystical objects for a living. Her next job will not go according to plan. Blood will be spilled, dark secrets revealed, old alliances broken and renewed. Hexed is a relatively short story (original mini-series is only 4 issues long), so there isn't much I can say without spoiling it for you. But this much I can say, while the plot might be simple the execution is just about perfect. Michael Nelson creates a world where magic is just around the corner, if you know where to look. Magical artifacts, parallel dimensions, Angels and Demons are all present in Hexed. Lucifer's world is fleshed out quite nicely by the very convincing narrative weaved by Michael Nelson. I particularly enjoyed how Michael built the relationship between Lucifer and her current employer. Its a sort of mother / daughter relationship that gives a touch of emotion to the story. Michael's approach to magic is just about right. Magic to be interesting has to have rules, its power limited and dire consequences. Otherwise its just Deux Ex Machina. In Hexed magic is just that. Powerful with rules and limitation and wicked consequences to whom uses it. Hi Lucifer In my review of Doctor Strange Season One book I wasn't very flattering to Emma Rios art. Her work in that book is not very good, however in Hexed it is much better. In fact the art is really good. Its the right amount of strange, color and gloom. There is one particular moment, that I won't spoil, that was a big impact on the reader. Its a small moment but with high significance. That moment is elevated from important to magnificent by the skill o Emma Rios. The way she presents us with what Lucifer finds makes the whole thing seem glorious, and for that my hat's off to miss Rios. Ugly Mystical Guardian Verdict? This is a great book. Engaging, magic theme (for those of us that like it), awesome art. I highly recommend Hexed. This is a real gem, it deserves more attention. I wouldn't mind reading more about Lucifer's adventures in this strange and intriguing world. Publisher: BOOM Studios Year: 2010 Pages: 112 Authors: Michael Nelson, Emma Rios ISBN: 193450677X Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-hexed.html

Superman Recruits The Justice League For

Superman Recruits The Justice League For "H'El On Earth"

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

Scott Lobdell talks Superman #16

DC Nation Reminder and New Promos

DC Nation Reminder and New Promos

By Zechs in News with Benefits on January 4, 2013

DC Nation returns this Saturday with new episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern. As for the shorts, Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and Thunder/Lightning? Well, get your first look at both here! Also a warning for those who want to DVR the block this weekend.

Partial Settlement Reached in Smallville Lawsuit

Partial Settlement Reached in Smallville Lawsuit

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

Warner Bros. has made a deal to settle part of the lawsuit over the television show Smallville.

Catcrunching: Exposing the Dirty Double Standard in the Comic Industry

Catcrunching: Exposing the Dirty Double Standard in the Comic Industry

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

ThanosCopter takes a look at the stunning lack of cats representation in the comic book industry.

Valiant Preview: Harbinger #0

Valiant Preview: Harbinger #0

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on January 3, 2013

The Omega Age begins in Harbinger #0.

Exclusive: Sam Humphries Makes Shocking Revelation about Ultimate Comics on Robot6

Exclusive: Sam Humphries Makes Shocking Revelation about Ultimate Comics on Robot6

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

The writer made some bold claims about Marvel's Ultimate Universe over on CBR's Robot6 blog, which was reported by Bleeding Cool and is now being featured in this exclusive Outhouse article!

OP/ED: Some Things We Don't Want to See in 2013

OP/ED: Some Things We Don't Want to See in 2013

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

ThanosCopter writes a fluff article with no point in order to pad our hit count, just like another website we know.

Jeff Lemire  Hints at Teen Titans Series?

Jeff Lemire Hints at Teen Titans Series?

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 3, 2013

The writer has been hinting at a new DC series.

Young Avengers - Allan Heinberg Jim Cheung

Young Avengers - Allan Heinberg Jim Cheung

By Arion in Reviews on January 3, 2013

  Iron Lad, Asgardian, Patriot & Hulkling “Who the fuck are the Young Avengers?” asks the editor of the Daily Bugle on the first page of Allan Heinberg’s ground-breaking title. But perhaps it would also be fair to ask -especially in 2005- who the hell was Allan Heinberg? He had never written a comic before but as the executive producer of the TV series THE OC, Allan Heinberg had bestowed upon one of the show’s protagonists all of his passion for the ninth art. So when Young Avengers # 1 was released on February 2005, everything was new. Nobody knew who Allan was, and certainly no one knew who the Young Avengers were. And that’s the beauty of a title that pretends to reinvent something that never existed in the Marvel Universe: the sidekicks tradition. Although sidekicks are pretty normal in the DC Universe (Batman had Robin, Superman had Superboy, Wonder Woman had Wonder Girl, Green Arrow had Speedy, Flash had Kid Flash and so on), the closest thing to a sidekick Marvel had was Captain America’s Bucky. And yet it seems like a new team of sidekicks has emerged. In the offices of the Daily Bugle, J Jonah Jameson asks Jessica Jones to find out who these kids are and why they are dressed like the juvenile companions of the founding members of the Avengers.  Asgardian (Billy Kaplan) & Hulkling (Teddy Altman)  Four teenagers are now acting as masked vigilantes in the streets of New York. They are Asgardian (inspired in Thor), Hulkling (inspired in Hulk), Patriot (inspired in Captain America’s Bucky) and Iron Lad (inspired in Iron Man). In their first ‘official’ mission they fight against five thugs in St Patrick’s Cathedral. It seems like a very easy mission for a group of super-powered teenagers, but the truth is their complete lack of experience and their clumsiness almost puts them in ridicule. It’s only thanks to the timely intervention of Kate Bishop that they are able to finally triumph. And that’s why Allan’s Young Avengers are so charming, they don’t just act like young people, they are young. And because they are young they are inexperienced and irresponsible.  When it comes down to teenaged superheroes there is one rule that every writer must follow: boys always come before girls. When DC’s Teen Titans first appeared in 1964 on Brave and the Bold (by Bob Haney & Bruno Premiani) they were three boys: Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad. When Peter David and Todd Nauck launched Young Justice in 1998, the original members were again only boys: Superboy, Robin and Impulse. Allan Heinberg rescues the old men-only tradition. The Young Avengers are boys but as Jessica Jones realizes early on, they are first and foremost fanboys.  It will be in Young Avengers # 2 when the girls show up at the ruins of the Avengers Mansion and have a heated debate with the lads about their “strict, sexist, no-supergirls-allowed policy”. I guess, ultimately, being a fanboy has always been a very boyish thing, and that’s what Allan Heinberg reminds us. So it’s very revealing to analyze the boys’ behavior before the arrival of the girls, and as some readers pointed out, even in the first issue there was some sort of flirtation going on between Asgardian and Hulkling. Young Avengers versus Kang  So again, we must ask the same question: who are the Young Avengers? When Jessica Jones, Captain America and Iron Man find the youngsters, the interrogation begins. Iron Lad reveals to be no other than Kang, the Conqueror, a villainous despot from the future that had fought against the Avengers on countless occasions. Iron Lad, however, is a teenaged version of Kang, still driven by idealism and good intentions. He is responsible for assembling Asgardian (Billy Kaplan), Hulkling (Teddy Altman) and Patriot (Elijah Bradley), now due to the circumstances, Kate Bishop and Stature (Cassie Lang, the daughter of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man) will be the new members of the team.  Allan created a group of new characters so refreshing and so alive that they were, indeed, the embodiment of youth. There are many dramatic moments in this first arc titled Sidekicks (issues 1-6), especially the final fate of Iron Lad. Heinberg was also lucky enough to work with Jim Cheung, a great artist that has evolved a lot thorough the years. Jim wasn’t so impressive in the 90s but he perfected his style and in 2005 he was already one of Marvel’s best artists. Jim’s style is so fresh and dynamic that it perfectly befits the youthful tone of the book. His characters are inexperienced teenagers, overflowing with energy and enthusiasm. It’s thanks to Jim’s wonderful pages that we quickly fall in love with the Young Avengers. Of course, Jim’s covers are also some of the best superhero work I’ve seen in recent years, with an outstanding sense of design Jim manages to make us feel excited each and every time we look at one of his covers. A good sense of design is not something easy to develop, and many artists fail at that on a regular basis. It’s this same passion for design that allows Jim to create some of the best superheroes outfits I’ve seen in decades.   _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Jim Cheung "¿Quiénes carajo son los Young Avengers?" pregunta el editor del Daily Bugle en la primera página del innovador título de Allan Heinberg. Pero tal vez también sería justo preguntar -sobre todo en el 2005- ¿quién diablos era Allan Heinberg? Nunca antes había escrito un cómic pero era el productor ejecutivo de la serie de televisión "The OC"; fue Allan Heinberg quien le confirió a uno de los protagonistas del programa toda su pasión por el noveno arte. Así que cuando "Young Avengers" # 1 salió a la venta en febrero del 2005, todo era nuevo. Nadie sabía quién era Allan, y por cierto nadie sabía quiénes serían los Jóvenes Vengadores. Y esa es la belleza de un título que pretende reinventar algo que nunca existió en el universo Marvel: la tradición de los jóvenes ayudantes. Aunque estos jóvenes aliados son bastante normales en el universo DC (Batman tenía a Robin, Superman tenía a Superboy, Wonder Woman tenía a Wonder Girl, Green Arrow tenía a Speedy, Flash tenía a Kid Flash, etc.), lo más cercano al ayudante juvenil en Marvel había sido el Bucky de Capitán América. No obstante, parece que ha emergido un nuevo equipo de jóvenes ayudantes. En las oficinas del Daily Bugle, J Jonah Jameson le pide a Jessica Jones que averigüe quiénes son estos muchachitos y por qué están vestidos como los compañeros juveniles de los miembros fundadores de los Avengers. Cuatro adolescentes actúan ahora como vigilantes enmascarados en las calles de New York. Ellos son Asgardian (inspirado en Thor), Hulkling (inspirado en Hulk), Patriot (inspirado en Bucky de Captain America) y Iron Lad (inspirado en Iron Man). En su primera misión oficial pelean contra cinco delincuentes en la Catedral de San Patricio. Parece una misión muy fácil para un grupo de adolescentes súper-poderosos, pero la verdad es que su total falta de experiencia y su torpeza casi los deja en ridículo. Es sólo gracias a la oportuna intervención de Kate Bishop que son capaces de triunfar al final. Y por eso es que los Young Avengers de Allan son tan encantadores, no sólo actúan como jóvenes sino que son jóvenes. Y porque son jóvenes son inexpertos e irresponsables. Jim Cheung Cuando hablamos de súper-héroes adolescentes hay una regla que todo escritor debe obedecer: los chicos siempre van antes que las chicas. Cuando los "Teen Titans" (Jóvenes Titanes) de DC aparecieron por primera vez en 1964 en "Brave and the Bold" (de Bob Haney y Bruno Premiani) eran tres chicos: Robin, Kid Flash y Aqualad. Cuando Peter David y Todd Nauck hicieron surgir a "Young Justice" (Justicia Joven) en 1998, los miembros originales eran sólo chicos: Superboy, Robin e Impulso. Allan Heinberg rescata la tradición de 'sólo varones'. Los Jóvenes Vengadores son chicos pero como descubre Jessica Jones desde un inicio, son antes que nada fans. Será en Young Avengers # 2 cuando aparecen las chicas en las ruinas de la Mansión de los Vengadores y tienen una acalorada discusión con los muchachos sobre su "política estricta, sexista, de no permitir superchicas". Supongo que, en última instancia, el mundo de los fans está poblado más que nada por jovenzuelos, y eso es lo que Allan Heinberg nos hace recordar. Así que es muy revelador analizar la conducta de ellos antes de la llegada de ellas, y como señalaron algunos lectores, incluso en el primer número había algo de coqueteo entre Asgardian y Hulkling.  Así que, una vez más, debemos hacer la misma pregunta: ¿quiénes son los Young Avengers? Cuando Jessica Jones, Iron Man y Captain America encuentran a los chavales, el interrogatorio comienza. Iron Lad revela ser nada más y nada menos que Kang, el Conquistador, un villanesco déspota del futuro que había luchado contra los Avengers en incontables ocasiones. Iron Lad, sin embargo, es una versión adolescente de Kang, todavía impulsado por el idealismo y las buenas intenciones. Él es responsable de reunir a Asgardian (Billy Kaplan), Hulkling (Teddy Altman) y Patriot (Elijah Bradley), y ahora a causa de las circunstancias Kate Bishop y Stature (Cassie Lang, la hija de Scott Lang, el segundo Hombre-Hormiga) serán las nuevas integrantes del equipo.  Jim Cheung Allan creó un grupo de nuevos personajes, tan refrescantes y tan vivos que eran, de hecho, la personificación de la juventud. Hay muchos momentos dramáticos en este primer arco titulado "Sidekicks" (números 1-6), sobre todo el destino final de Iron Lad. Heinberg también tuvo la buena suerte de trabajar con Jim Cheung, un gran artista que ha evolucionado muchísimo con el paso de los años. Jim no era nada impresionante en los 90, pero perfeccionó su estilo poco a poco y en el 2005 ya era uno de los mejores artistas de Marvel. El estilo de Jim es tan fresco y dinámico que reviste a la perfección el tono juvenil de esta colección. Sus personajes son adolescentes inexperimentados, que desbordan energía y entusiasmo. Es gracias a las maravillosas páginas de Jim que nos enamoramos con tanta rapidez de estos Young Avengers. Por supuesto, las portadas de Jim son también de los mejores trabajos del género superheroico que he visto en años, con un sobresaliente sentido del diseño, Jim se las arregla para hacernos sentir emocionados cada vez que miramos sus portadas. Un buen sentido del diseño no es algo fácil de desarrollar, y muchos artistas fracasan al intentarlo. Es esta misma pasión por el diseño la que permite que Jim cree algunos de los mejores trajes de súper-héroes que he visto en décadas.     Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/young-avengers-allan-heinberg-jim-cheung.html

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha Omega

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha Omega

By Rui Esteves in Reviews on January 3, 2013

Cover Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega collects the Alpha & Omega mini-series that is set between the first and second volumes of this series. Quentin Quire is once again creating mischief and chaos at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This time he will go against Wolverine in an misguided attempt to prove himself to be the top telepath at the school. How is it? Brian Wood brings us a cool Holodeck type story where Quentin Quire (Kid Omega) traps Wolverine (Alpha dog) and Armor in a fictional reality that he was (almost) absolute control over. The plot is made clear form the get go, there is no deceit or misdirection. Its all Quentin's fault. He gets in over his head while trying to prove he's the top dog when it comes to telepathy at the school, and ends up putting his teacher an colleague in peril. Basicly Quentin creates a whole new world inside his mind and drags Wolverine and Armor into it. Predictably things get out of control and a mindless Wolverine is left wondering the school slashing at everything and everyone he encounters while searching Quire to end this madness. At the same time the new world is starting to loose coherence and things get difficult for Wolverine and Armor Welcome to Quentin's world Alpha & Omega is all about character development. Quentin Quire is expanded beyond the rebel super-powered boy he's known to be, to a multidimensional insecure teenage boy with enough power to screw with everyone at the school that you'll love to get to know. In the art department Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi do a great job. They continue the trademark art style of this series with good results. The cartoonish feel fits Brian Wood's plots like a glove. Character designs and facial expressions are very expressive and convey emotion very well. Colors are vibrant and almost alive with a rich palette and the panels are very fluid and dynamic. I quite like this type of approach to sequential art. While its not very detailed and, probably, only works due to the humorous feel of the story, its very easy to follow and you can "see" the movement from panel to panel instantly. Knock Knock Verdict? The story is very good. Its engaging and it builds on Quentin Quire's character. He is turning into a really interesting character. The art is good and complements the story well. My only complaint is that this book is a bit expensive (my book costed around 17€ + shipping) for only 112 pages. If this isn't a deterrent for your, then get it. Its great fun. Don't forget to check out the reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Wolverine and the X-Men series. Publisher: Marvel Comics Year: 2012 Pages: 112 Authors: Brian Wood, Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi ISBN: 0785164006 Originally Published at Reading Graphic Novels http://readinggraphicnovels.blogspot.com/2013/01/review-wolverine-and-x-men-alpha-omega.html

Next Skyrim DLC: Redguard?? (Updated)

Next Skyrim DLC: Redguard?? (Updated)

By xaraan in Features on January 3, 2013

Since I like to post Skyrim rumors, some that even end up being right on the money, I guess it's time to talk the latest: Redguard.

Why I Love Comics #117 with Yale Stewart!

Why I Love Comics #117 with Yale Stewart!

By Eric Ratcliffe in Podcasts on January 3, 2013

How do I start off the new year?

Moment of the Year - 2012 WINNER

Moment of the Year - 2012 WINNER

By Zechs in Features on January 2, 2013

Your comic book moment of the year WINNER IS...

What Are You Buying 1/9/2013?

What Are You Buying 1/9/2013?

By GHERU in Features on January 2, 2013

So, whats it gonna be?

Mark Millar Congratulates Rob Liefeld On Only Taking 20 Years To Reach 75 Issues Of Youngblood

Mark Millar Congratulates Rob Liefeld On Only Taking 20 Years To Reach 75 Issues Of Youngblood

By GHERU in News with Benefits on January 2, 2013

Outhouse Exclusive - Mark Millar's Letter To Rob Liefeld

Joseph Gordon Levitt to Ruin Another Superhero Movie

Joseph Gordon Levitt to Ruin Another Superhero Movie

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on January 2, 2013

The actor has been attached to the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Willow Wonderland #3 Regular David Mack Cover

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Willow Wonderland #3 Regular David Mack Cover

By GHERU in Features on January 2, 2013

WINNER: Cover Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Willow Wonderland #3 Regular David Mack Cover

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Invincible #99 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Invincible #99 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

By GHERU in Features on January 2, 2013

WINNER: Comic Of The Week - 1/2/2013: Invincible #99 by Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley

Batman: The Dark Knight #15 Preview

Batman: The Dark Knight #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 2, 2013

The Dark Knight has been drugged and beaten, but now he’s going to stop Scarecrow’s plans as he takes to the skies over Gotham City!

Rob Liefeld Begins Cycle Anew, Prepares for Marvel Return

Rob Liefeld Begins Cycle Anew, Prepares for Marvel Return

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 2, 2013

The superstar artist bashes DC and praises Marvel in his 2012 year in review.

All-Star Western #15 Preview

All-Star Western #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 2, 2013

Dr. Arkham and Jonah Hex vs. Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde!

Teen Titans #15 Preview

Teen Titans #15 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 2, 2013

Red Hood and Red Robin team up against The Joker!

Talon #3 Preview

Talon #3 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 2, 2013

Talon’s secret history in Manhattan is explored while Calvin Rose searches for an important figure from his past

War of the Scotts: Snyder Gets Lobdell Fired From Red Hood and the Outlaws?

War of the Scotts: Snyder Gets Lobdell Fired From Red Hood and the Outlaws?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on January 1, 2013

Rumor has it Scott Snyder lackey James Tynion IV Esquire will take over Red Hood and the Outlaws with issue #18.

Superman Family Adventures #8

Superman Family Adventures #8

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 1, 2013

Who are the mysterious alien menaces with the super family’s powers?

Joe Kubert Presents #3 Preview

Joe Kubert Presents #3 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on January 1, 2013

3 tales of classic adventures

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