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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.

DC Announces Earth 2: World’s End Weekly Series

In February, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said “We are going to have another weekly series kicking off in October that will be set in the current DCU timeline that will have direct implications on what’s happening with the five years later storyline. And you’ll see a level of connectivity that I think will help really bring into focus where we see the future of the DCU heading.”

DC Comics has announced this year’s third weekly series–Earth 2: World’s End. Launching in October 2014, Earth 2: World’s End will be written by Daniel H. Wilson, Tom Taylor, Paul Levitz, Marguerite Bennet, and Mike Johnson and will feature art by Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqeira, and Tyler Kirkham.

As Earth 2 burns under the fires and fury of Apokolips, the planet’s few heroes unite to wage a futile war for survival against a dark god of unimaginable and unmatched power.

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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.

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The Son of Batman World Premiere at Wondercon

Son of Batman, the 20th DC Universe Animated Original Movie, will have its World Premiere as the featured event at WonderCon on Friday, April 18 in the Arena starting at 6:00pm. The premiere will be followed by a panel discussion amongst voice cast and filmmakers, including several members of the stellar voice cast — Jason O’Mara (Batman), Sean Maher (Nightwing), Xander Berkeley (Langstrom), Stuart Allan (Damian) — and filmmakers James Tucker (producer), Ethan Spaulding (director), Phil Bourassa (character designer) and Andrea Romano (dialogue director).

Son of Batman activities at WonderCon include an hour-long autograph session for fans on Friday, April 18 from 3:30-4:30pm in the DC Entertainment booth. All members of the panel are expected to be present for the signing, which will include an exclusive-to-WonderCon Son of Batman mini-poster. As the Friday night premiere of DCU films traditionally sells out, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will give fans an additional opportunity to see the film with an encore screening of Son of Batman on Sunday, April 20 at 1:15pm in the Arena.
Here’s the description for the premiere and panel:

Friday, 4/18/14

6:00–8:00pm World Premiere: Son of Batman – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Son of Batman, the landmark 20th entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. In the film, Batman learns he has a son, Damian – and to further complicate matters, the mother is Talia al Ghul, daughter of one of Batman’s most dreaded enemies, Ra’s Al Ghul. When the odds quickly turn against Batman and Damian, Batman must become both father and mentor to the aggressive, agile new Robin. Together they form an uneasy alliance to try and thwart the criminal enterprise of Deathstroke and his army of ninja man-bats before there are international consequences. Be among the first to see this new film, then stay for a star-studded panel led by the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Life on Mars) and fellow cast members Sean Maher (Firefly, Arrow), Xander Berkeley (Transcendence, Salem), Stuart Allan (Bad Teacher, Rise of the Guardians), and filmmakers including producer James Tucker (Justice League: War), director Ethan Spaulding (The Simpsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League: War) and some potential surprise special guests. The panel will be moderated by TV Guide Magazine senior editor Rich Sands. Based on Grant Morrison’s famed DC storyline, Son of Batman arrives May 6, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Arena

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Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason. It’ll be interesting to see how comiXology’s rank might change on Amazon over time with the announced purchase by the tech company.

iOS

ios 4.9.14

Google

google 4.9.14

Amazon

amazon 4.9.14

And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

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

“Batman: Strange Days” – Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Short

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

DC’s New Suicide Squad in July

Following the events of Forever Evil, the world has changed for Task–Force X, a.k.a. The Suicide Squad.

Now, the series will return with an all-new #1 under the watchful eye of writer Sean Ryan and artist Jeremy Roberts.

The New Suicide Squad #1 arrives on July 9th.

And don’t miss the final issues of the current Suicide Squad culminating on May 28th with issue #30.

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Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and today marks the fifth week of tracking various comic apps and how they rank up against each other and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason.

iOS

ios 4.2.14

Google

google 4.2.14

Amazon

amazon 4.2.14

And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Available Now!

Today Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition is now available for digital download on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.  Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition enhances the core pillars of the previously released handheld version of the game with high-definition visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and batsuits.

Previously only available for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS, and created as a companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition features enhanced high-definition 2.5-D graphics and, 5.1 surround sound. Players will be able to guide their way through Blackgate prison with the new navigational system created for this version of the game. In addition, they can suit up with the exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin which players can unlock by registering for a Warner Bros. ID account.

Set three months after Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman is summoned to restore peace and order within the walls of Blackgate Prison. Players will explore the depths of the island penitentiary as Batman investigates and realizes that there is more to the henchman uprising than initially meets the eye.

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