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Check Out The New Watchmen Poster

HBO has released a new poster for Watchmen, featuring star Regina King as the sequel series’ protagonist.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that ultimately asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains. Check out the original comic for yourself by purchasing it here.

The series is made up of an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League) as an older Ozymandias, Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Jean Smart (Fargo) as a mysterious FBI agent, and James Wolk (Zoo, Tell Me a Story).

Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series comes from Lindelof’s White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based on the DC Comics characters.

Watchmen will premiere on HBO on October 20 at 9PM.

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Marvel Reveals New York Comic Con Marvel Comics #1001 Mondo Variant By Tom Whalen

Marvel has revealed the New York Comic Con Marvel Comics #1001 Mondo Variant cover by Tom Whalen. The comic is limited to only 1,001 copies and can purchased at the Marvel booth # 1354 at NYCC.

The convention will run from Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6. Pick up your copy there True Believer!

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New York Times Best-Selling Author, Joe Hill Exposes The Sinister Side of Stand-Up Comedy In IDW’s Dying Is Easy

“Comedy is hard. Dying is easy.” New York Times Best-selling author Joe Hill introduces the world to Syd “Sh*t-Talk” Homes – disgraced ex-cop, bitter stand-up comic, and wanted felon – this December with the launch of Dying is Easy, a new comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing.

Illustrated by Martin Simmonds, critically acclaimed artist of Punks Not Dead, this five-issue mystery draws readers into the dimly-lit venues and grimy back alleys of the comedy world, where every stand-up is looking out for themself, making enemies left and right.

When an upstart comedian with a particularly ugly past achieves stardom by stealing jokes, he quickly earns a target on his back. It’s not long before the laughter stops… and the gunplay begins.

“Both as a writer and as a reader, nothing turns me on like that jolt of discovery, of revelation, when the scattered parts of a narrative suddenly click together to make an unexpected picture.

That’s the thrill of a fair-play mystery, where all the clues are there if the reader is clever enough to spot them, and there’s a chance to match wits with the detective,” says Hill.

“Dying is Easy gave me a chance to try my hand at a genre I love… and also allowed me to pay tribute to the poets of pulp, guys like Larry Block and Walter Mosley and Elmore Leonard, who have been inspiring me and blowing my mind for decades.

And I get to do it alongside Martin Simmonds, whose exacting pencils and vivid colors bring to life a whole neon-blurred world of heart-broken chumps and leg-breaking creeps. To think I get paid to do this!”

“I’d been dying to work on a project that’d allow me to push my art in a darker direction. The chance to collaborate on Dying is Easy with Joe means I can do exactly that,” says Simmonds. “Dying is Easy has been a bloody riot to illustrate, and I hope readers will get that same level of excitement from sleuthing their way through the series!” 

“It’s a blast to see Joe get his hands dirty through the introduction of Syd ‘Sh*t-Talk’ Homes, especially when the grime many of the characters exude here is so gorgeously rendered by Martin Simmonds,” said IDW’s President/Chief Creative Officer and series editor Chris Ryall. “Readers should have fun engaging with this fair-play mystery, where all the clues to solve the crime are presented on the page. Until they, like Syd Homes, find out how truly unfair life can be.”

The first issue of Dying is Easy will be available with multiple cover editions – Cover A by series artist Martin Simmonds, Cover B by Hill’s Locke & Key collaborator Gabriel Rodríguez, and two special Retailer Incentive editions: a black-and-white Rodríguez variant and character design wraparound by Simmonds.

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How Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Brought Grit Back To Batman

The Dark Knight Returns reshaped the comic book industry; introducing an older, grizzled, beaten Bruce Wayne as he tries to save Gotham City once more. Scenes ripped straight from the pages can be seen in the movie Batman v Superman and the dark, gritty tone permeates the DNA of The Dark Knight and The Joker. The 1986 four-issue miniseries written and drawn by Frank Miller has sold over one million copies and is still heralded to this day. The book DC Comics: A Visual History calls The Dark Knight Returns “arguably the best Batman story of all time,” which “revolutionized the entire genre of superhero.”

“I took a sanitized version of a tough character and took him closer to his 1940s roots,” Frank Miller told Newsweek at an unveiling event for a black and white statue based on the suit Batman wore in The Dark Knight Returns at FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center. The 62-year-old veteran cartoonist was signing autographs for fans, juxtaposed between greeters in toy soldier outfits and ceramic statues of Paw Patrol.

The comic veteran known for 300, Sin City, Daredevil and countless other dark tales, had a hand in reinventing the identity of Batman after Adam West had turned him into a joke. All it took was a four issue-comic book miniseries.

“I was an artist possessed with a story and an artist doing a job,” Miller said.

In 1939, National Comics published Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the caped crusader was very unlike the icon we know now, 80 years later. He carried a gun and didn’t hesitate using it to shoot down criminals. Early Batman was more a pulpy crime thriller than a collection of super hero heroics. As the Golden Age turned to the Silver Age, Bruce Wayne’s gritty demeanor started to fold into fluffy Americana, featuring wackier story lines and his sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder.

“Batman started out really dark and grim, he was killing people,” Jim Fletcher, the Creative Director of DC Entertainment, said at the event. “Then you go into the 60s when he’s goofy and he stays like that for a while.”

The “pows” and “bams” of Adam West and Burt Ward in 1966’s Batman television show, gave the hero a massive burst of pop cultural influence. But after two decades his comic persona was wearing thin — until Miller’s interpretation hit comic book store shelves.

“Around that time, I had fallen out of comics and Batman was going on adventures like flying through space, which I didn’t care for,” Fletcher said. “Then this book and Watchmen come out and it drags me back into comics.” Reading Batman not only challenging but defeating the god-like Superman and Miller’s reinventing of Gotham as gritty and decrepit opened his eyes to a world of creative opportunity.

“Batman is very relatable,” Fletcher said. There’s always injustice in the world and Batman is that normal guy who can get out there and do what needs to get done. He’s an outlet for people’s frustrations or anger for things they can’t control.”

These different iterations of Batman could not exist without the artists and writers innovating at their easels. Neal Adams, Jim Lee and Greg Capullo are just some of the creative forces that gave Batman life for generations.

“It’s always been about the characters and not the people who make them,” Miller said. “If you ask the average person who created Superman, they might say Richard Donner, George Reeves or Christopher Reeves. They certainly wouldn’t remember two Jewish kids from Cleveland.”

Batman will continue to fight crime in Gotham and avenge his parents long after the rest of us are gone. Whether it’s with eyebrows drawn onto his costume, a batarang flung from under his cape or a sniper rifle perched on a roof.

Reprinted from Newsweek

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Part of a Bigger Universe: Unforgettable Quotes From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Celebrate the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning through the Endgame. This collectible book features unforgettable quotes from its most complex and diverse characters: from Iron Man to Spider-Man and from Captain America to Captain Marvel. These heroes aren’t just high-tech suits and super-powers—they’re part of a team, part of a family, part of a bigger universe. At their very cores, they’re the essence of what it means to be human and to be heroic, even when the two are fundamentally at odds. Filled with the most amusing, aspirational, and awe-inspiring quotable moments from the characters that make these iconic films what they are today, this collection is a must-have for every Marvel Studios fan who finds a bit of themselves in their favorite hero.

Order the book HERE.

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DC Collectibles Frank Miller Batman Black & White Statue # 101

DC Collectibles has revealed the latest statue in the popular Batman Black & White series, the Armored Batman by Frank Miller.  

#101 in the series is based on the iconic designs from Frank Miller’s 1986 series, The Dark Knight Returns.

This armored Batman perfectly encapsulates the worn-out, dystopian vibe from the comics while showing the technological power Batman possesses in the story.

Frank Miller & Jim Fletcher (Executive Director, DC Collectibles)

While the figure is not due to hit shelves till summer 2020 it will for sure be one you won’t want to miss!

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Check Out The New Birds of Prey Poster

A colorful new Birds of Prey poster for Margot Robbie’s upcoming Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) has been released.

Margot Robbie will be reprising her Suicide Squad role of Harley Quinn in the film, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Ali Wong (Fresh Off the Boat), Robert Catrini (American Crime Story), Steven Williams (IT) and Derek Wilson (Preacher) round out the ensemble.

Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) will direct the spin-off, making her the first female Asian director to helm a superhero film. The script was penned by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee).

Birds of Prey is set to be released in theaters on February 7, 2020.

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Celebrate Batman Day On September 21, 2019

Batman Day returns on September 21, 2019 for the annual celebration of the Dark Knight at your local comic shop! Plus, this year is even more special since it’s Batman’s 80th Anniversary!

As part of Batman Day festivities, fans who visit participating retailers can receive copies of the comics below for free!

Batman: Nightwalker: The Graphic Novel Batman Day 2019 Special Edition #1 features an excerpt from the upcoming DC graphic novel for young adults based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Marie Lu, adapted by writer Stuart Moore with art and cover by Chris Wildgoose.

The Batman Who Laughs Batman Day 2019 Special Edition #1 reprints the 2017 one-shot spinning out of Dark Nights: Metal, written by James Tynion IV with art by Riley Rossmo and a cover by Jason Fabok. This reprint features a special card stock over-cover with a mask of the Batman Who Laughs shown below!

Comic shops will also have Batman-themed giveaways and specials. Don’t miss Batman Day 2019 on September 21st at your local comic shop.

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Mondo Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Timed Edition) Screenprinted Poster By Martin Ansin

Mondo is releasing a Mondo Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse screenprinted poster By Martin Ansin. This is a timed edition available until Wednesday, 9/18/19 at 11:59 PM. The print is expected to ship in October of 2019.​

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Timed Edition)
Hand numbered screen print
By Martin Ansin
24”x36″
$60.00

Order HERE.

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Batman Black & White: Batman By Todd McFarlane Deluxe Statue

After 15 years of celebrating diverse depictions of Batman through the Batman Black & White statue line, DC Collectibles is proud to present its 100th statue in the collection, by acclaimed writer and artist Todd McFarlane. 

This milestone statue is based on McFarlane’s cover for Batman #423. As with the previous 99 statues in the series, McFarlane’s design reinforces the core value of DC Collectibles’ Batman Black & White line: to represent the printed page in 3-D form.

The statue measures approximately 9.3″ tall and will be limited to 5,000 individually numbered pieces. The piece will be available in May 2020 and retail for $100.

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