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DC Comics Reveals July Variant Cover Theme Month

Batman75_logo_NEWThis July, select DC Comics titles will receive Batman 75 variant covers by some of the most notable artists in the business including Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more!

The Batman 75 variants, are the latest in a variety of monthly themes. DC Comics kicked off the year with Scribblenauts in January, followed by steampunk in February, while March saw Robot Chicken covers based on the Adult Swim show, this month sees MAD themed covers in honor of Alfred E. Neuman’s Birthday, May brings a host of variants by artist Mike Allred done in the groovy style of Batman ’66, and June brings retro Bombshell covers based on the popular DC Collectibles line.

The full list of comics featuring the covers is:

Action Comics #33
Aquaman #33
Batgirl #33
Batmam #33
Batman and Robin #33
Batman/Superman #13
Batwoman #33
Detective Comics #33
Earth 2 #25
Grayson #1
Green Lantern #33
Green Lantern Corps #33
Harley Quinn #8
Justice League #33
Justice League Dark #33
Justice League United #3
Superman #33
Superman/Wonder Woman #10
Teen Titans #1
The Flash #33
Wonder Woman #33

Check out the Detective Comics #33 variant cover by the legendary Jim Steranko below!

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Batman Arkham Origins Cold, Cold Heart Launch Trailer

BAO_ColdColdHeart_Ice_Key Art_LightWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released Cold, Cold Heart, the action-packed story add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins. Set on New Year’s Eve,Cold, Cold Heart sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze and players will discover how he earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains.Cold, Cold Heart is available today for purchase on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for $9.99 and also for players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet.

The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

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It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming out of Awesome Con including interviews, video, photos of the show and general thoughts about its second year! Stay tuned.

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Bleeding Cool – Another Day, Another Hugo Controversy – If it is that easy to stuff the ballot box, should we take the awards seriously at all?

iO9 – The Most Astounding Cosplay From WonderCon: Day 2! – Some great cosplay.

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Talking Comics – Batman #30

Diamond Select Toys Products Announced for Summer/Fall 2014

If you haven’t seen it yet, Diamond Comic Distributors has released the upcoming items from Diamond Select Toys! Marvel, TMNT, Kill Bill, Batman, Godzilla, Universal Monsters and the films of Kevin Smith all make their debuts this month, with products ranging from figures to banks to silicone trays! You can plan out how you plan on spending your money this summer and fall!

Marvel Minimates Series 57 Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! One of the most eagerly anticipated Marvel movies of all time is nearly upon is, and DST is capturing the characters of the film as 2-inch Minimates mini-figures! Featuring nine different characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, this assortment includes four different two-packs: Star-Lord with Ronan, Drax with Groot (and a Rocket Raccoon micro-figure), Gamora with Nova Corps Centurion, and Nebula with Sakaar Soldier. The Gamora and Nebula sets will only be available in comic shops and specialty stores, so don’t miss out! Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141985, SRP: $9.99/2-pack)


Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys Release! New movie, new suit, new statue! Spider-Man and his new movie costume get the full-figure treatment from DST, with this dynamic statue of the Web-slinger atop a New York City rooftop. Despicting SPider-Man in a dynamic battle pose, this statue measures approximately 7 inches tall with its base, and is the ultimate ASM2 collectible! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #APR141984, SRP: $125.00)


TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vinyl Bust Banks

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Save your money for a rainy day — or your next pizza craving – with this new line of TMNT banks from DST! These bust banks of the four NInja Turtles are based on their most recent cartoon appearances, and each wields his trademark weapons. WIth a coin slot in the back and an access door on the bottom, each bank stands approximately 8 inches tall. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum!
Donatello Bank (Item #APR141972, SRP: $22.99)
Leonardo Bank (Item #APR141973, SRP: $22.99)
Michelangelo Bank (Item #APR141974, SRP: $22.99)
Raphael Bank (Item #APR141975, SRP: $22.99)


Jay & Silent Bob 20th Anniversary Select Action Figures

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s been 20 years since we met Jay & Silent Bob in Clerks, and DST is celebrating the less-than-dynamic duo’s anniversary with their most realistic action figures ever! Based on their appearances in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, these 7-inch scale figures include multiple interchangeable parts, multiple points of articulation, and connecting display bases depicting the interior and exterior of RST Video. Packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Patrick Piggott!
Jay Figure (Item #APR141976, SRP: $24.99)
Silent Bob Figure (Item #APR141977, SRP: $24.99)


Kill Bill 10th Anniversary Minimates Crazy 88 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys Release! This line of Minimates is about to get Crazy! Our first set of Minimates based on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill started the battle at the House of Blue Leaves, and now we’re gonna finish it! This all-new box set includes four different Crazy 88 gang members, each with 14 points of articulation, plus interchangeable heads and hairpieces, to create different fighters from the film’s epic swordfight. Mix and match multiple sets to re-create the carnage! Packaged on a blister card. Designed and sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141983, SRP: $19.99)


Batman Classic TV Series Silicone Tray

Bang! Zok! Pow! Add some punch to your punchbowl with this silicone tray inspired by the Batman Classic TV Show! This bright green tray casts up ice, as well as gelatin and chocolate, in the shape of the iconic Batman logo, as well as the show’s famous sound effects. Unless you’re Mr. Freeze, freezing things has never been so fun! Comes packaged in a full-color box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #APR141981, SRP: $15.00)


Godzilla King Ghidorah Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Hail to the King! Godzilla has met his match with this vinyl bust bank depicting Ghidorah, the three-headed alien monster, as he appeared in 1991′s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Measuring approximately 8 inches, tall, the bank has a coin slot on its back for inserting your loose change, and an access door underneath. Have him battle your Godzilla bust bank for shelf supremacy! Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #Item #APR141987, SRP: $22.99)


Monster Hunter Van Helsing Select Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Monsters beware! Diamond Select Toys is unleashing a fearsome foe upon every monster action figure in your collection, and it’s none other than famous monster-hunter Van Helsing! Based on an original design, this 7-inch action figure comes armed to the teeth with stakes, axes and a crossbow, making him more than a match for any and all supernatural creatures. Van Helsing includes a deluxe cemetery base, featuring a female vampire rising from the grave, and comes packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141978, SRP: $24.99)


Universal Monsters Select Son of Frankenstein Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monster returns! Diamond Select Toys revisits Frankenstein’s Monster with this all-new figure depicting the monster in his outfit from 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. This 7-inch-scale action figure features an all-new sculpt with all-new articulation, and can strike multiple poses on his deluxe display base, featuring equipment from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. The Monster and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141979, SRP: $24.99)


Universal Monsters Select Creature from the Black Lagoon Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Diamond Select Toys revisits the Black Lagoon with this all-new figure depicting the world-famous Creature, first seen in 1954′s Creature from the Black Lagoon. This 7-inch-scale action figure features a new sculpt with over 16 points of articulation, and can strike a wide variety of poses on his deluxe display base, which features a skeleton and an undersea rock formation. The Creature and his base come packaged in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #APR141980, SRP: $24.99)


Marvel Select Villain Zombies Magneto Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Magneto is back for revenge… and your brains! This all-new action figure of X-Men villain Magneto features decomposing and battle-damaged details, inspired by his zombified appearance in the horror comics of the Marvel Universe. Packaged with a detailed display base, the 7-inch-scale Magneto comes in Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #APR141986, SRP: $24.99)


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I spent my Saturday at Awesome Con…. and it was awesome!

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iO9 – The Weird U.S. Government Projects That Have Been Named BATMAN – Interesting.

DCist – Awesome Con Organizers Attempt, Fail To Set Cosplaying World Record – Bummer they didn’t break the record, awesome they tried and got so many.

iO9 – The Most Amazing Cosplay From Wondercon: Day One! – Some impressive cosplay here.

CBS Los Angeles – Thieves Allegedly Make Off With 7,000 Comic Books That Took Man 3 Decades To Collect – Be on the lookout.

PolicyMic – DreamWorks’ Latest Movie Will Have Something No Pixar Film Has Ever Tried – So awesome to see!

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A.V. Club – D4VE #4

The Book Monsters – Simon’s Cat vs. the World

Talking Comics – Superior Spider-Man #31

Talking Comics – Translucid #1

Darwyn Cooke’s Batman Beyond Animated Short

Bruce Wayne (voiced by Kevin Conroy) and Terry McGinnis (voiced by Will Friedle) confront a very familiar foe.

The year of the Bat continues


DC collectibles has released a rundown of their “Bat Family” of figures scheduled for release this year. If you’re a Batman fan or DC Collectibles…….collector, this is a handy little resource to chart the figures for the rest of the year.

There are a couple of items that up until now we didn’t know about. There is a  4-pack of Batman figures being released in both October and “the Fall” of 2014 to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary. These box sets contain re-releases of older figures (presumably with new decos) and feature Batman as depicted by various artists in different mediums. Check em out:


Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack: Hush by Jim Lee, Batman Arkham Origins, New Frontier Darwyn Cooke and First Appearance by Bob Kane.


Batman 75th Anniversary Action Figure 4-Pack: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Justice by Alex Ross, Batman by Greg Capullo and Super-Friends Batman by Alex Toth.

These 4-packs give people the chance to add some harder to find figures to their collections, like the Jim Lee HUSH or Frank Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Batman.

You can see the entire list at DC Collectibles.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? Anything really good you’ve read?

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Kotaku – The Ultimate Cosplay Hero – Well ok then.


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Comic Vine – Batman #30

CBR – Batman #30

Comic Vine – Batman: Eternal #2

Comic Vine – Deadpool vs. Carnage #2

The Book Monsters – The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza

Comic Vine – Harley Quinn #5

Comic Vine – Hulk #1

Comic Vine – Justice League #29

Comic Vine – Nova #16

Comic Vine – Sinestro #1

Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man #31

Comic Vine – Thor: God of Thunder #21

Comic Vine – Ultimate FF #1

Comic Vine – Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #3

Comic Vine – Wonder Woman #30

DC Comics Announces Robin Rises: Omega

The hunt for Robin is over, but Batman and Ra’s al Ghul continue the family feud.

Batman isn’t quite the same without his sidekick Robin, the last being Damian Wayne who was killed off in the series Batman Inc. in 2013. It looks like it’ll only be a few more months for Batman to be Robin-less, as a new Robin will be taking his side. Who that Robin is, isn’t being said.

Since Damian’s demise, the series Batman and Robin has turned into Batman and... featuring numerous different individuals. The series has featured a “Hunt for Robin” storyline as Batman has being trying to figure out how to revive the boy, while his grandfather, the villain Ra’s al Ghul, has stolen the body as well as his daughter (Damian’s mother) Talia al Ghul’s body.

In July, we get the one-shot Robin Rises: Omega which sees the struggle between Batman and Ra’s al Ghul becoming something bigger with the involvement of forces from Darkseid’s world, Apokolips. One we later DC’s Batman and Robin returns with issue 33 which picks up right after the one-shot and finds Batman in conflict with the Justice League as he decides to pursue the Chaos Shard back to Apokolips. Both are written by Peter Tomasi.

Look for Robin Rises: Omega #1 with art by Andy Kubert and Jonathan Glapion on July 16 and Batman and Robin with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray on July 23.


Review: Batman: Eternal #1

Batman_Eternal_Vol_1-1_Cover-1_TeaserThe Batman corner of the DC universe is filled with some of the most colorful and iconic characters in all of comics. Batman’s rogues gallery and allies flesh out a world adding interesting flavor and color to it all. With the launch of Batman: Eternal we’re promised a greater exploration of that world, instead of revolving around and focusing on the center that is the Dark Knight. A massive cast of Gotham City’s best (and worst) examines the relationship between Batman, his allies and his city. That’s a pretty grand promise and high hopes for this, a new weekly series, so does it hold up to the expectations?

In this debut issue, Commissioner James Gordon is caught on the wrong side of the law! Kicking off in an interesting way, cementing the idea this first story isn’t Batman centric, we’re introduced to a new Gotham PD officer, fresh off the train, almost a reflection of the early days of Jim Gordon. The new officer, Bard, is talked to that there are sides to choose within the Gotham PD and that things won’t always be great for Gordon, a foreshadowing of what to expect in the first issue, instead of letting the story itself just play out.

The story is pretty good though, setting itself up like the beginning of a police procedural television show just before the credits role. What’s solid though is an interesting mystery being set up. There’s not only the issue with Gordon that finds him on the other side of the law, but also something in the beginning that’s has a nice bookend in the issue about it. The interaction of all of the characters is fantastic as well. The verbal jousting and patter is realistic and flows nicely.

Fabok’s art is fantastic for the issue. Each character looks unique and is identifiable, but the art style fits the gritty setting that is Gotham and Batman’s world.

I can’t say I’m totally blown away by the first issue, but it’s nice to see the Batman universe fleshed out to give us more than a man dressed as a bat. A good start that is best to see how it plays out.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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