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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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It was new comic day yesterday. What got everyone excited? If you’re undecided, below are reviews of this week’s comics.

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Comic Vine – Aquaman and The Others #1

Comic Vine – Black Widow #5

Comic Vine – Dead Letters #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #30

CBR – Detective Comics #30

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #30

Comic Vine – Inhuman #1

Comic Vine – Invincible Universe #12

Comic Vine – Loki: Agent of Asgard #3

Comic Vine – She-Hulk #3

Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200

Green Lantern: The Complete Animated Series Out March 18

GreenLanternBDOn March 18, Warner Archive Collection continues to treat fans to Blu-ray releases of popular animated television with Green Lantern: The Comlete Animated Series. The complete 26-episode series on Blu-ray to is now available for pre-order via Amazon.

Josh Keaton leads the way as the voice of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, alongside voice-acting stars Kevin Michael Richardson (as Kilowog), Grey DeLisle (as Aya) and Jason Spisak (as Razer). The stellar guest cast includes Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Wayne Knight (Seinfeld), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show, Resurrection), Phil Morris (Smallville), Brian George (Seinfeld) and many more.

Executive produced by Sam Register, and Bruce Timm , Green Lantern: The Comlete Animated Series is produced by Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ISDJUYI

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So who went to teh comic shop yesterday and picked up some new releases? Anything that stood out for anyone?

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Kotaku – Batman: Arkham Knight Won’t Have Multiplayer, Will Have Kevin Conroy – Nice.

Bleeding Cool – NBC’s Constantine Casts A Chas, A Female Lead And A Guardian Angel – Cool.

ICv2 – New ‘HeroClix’ OP Plans – This sounds like a good move.

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Comic Vine – Afterlife With Archie #4

Comic Vine – Apocalypse Al #2

Manga Maniac Cafe – Attack on Titan Vol. 3

Comic Vine – Clone #15

Comic Vine – Earth 2 #21

ICv2 – F-Train to the Bronx TP

Comic Vine – Forever Evil #6

Comic Vine – Forever Evil: Arkham War #6

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #29

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #29

Comicsgirl – Insufficient Direction

Comic Vine – Invincible Universe #11

Comic Vine – Jupiter’s Legacy #4

Comic Vine – Loki: Agent of Asgard #2

CBR – Moon Knight #1

Comic Vine – New Warriors #2

Comic Vine – Night of the Living Deadpool #4

Comic Vine – Nova #14

Comic Vine – The Punisher #3

Comic Vine – Quantum and Woody #0

Comic Vine – The Saviors #3

Comic Vine – She-Hulk #2

Seattle Pi – Snow Piercer: The Escape

CBR – Starlight #1

Comic Vine – Starlight #1

Facebook Fandom Spotlight: Comic Based Movies

It’s Monday and that means a brand new Facebook Fandom spotlight where I look at the statistic of Facebook users when it comes to some part of geek fandom. With so much buzz recently about comic book movies and casting, I thought it might be interesting to look at various comic-based movies and how they did individually and as a series when it comes to gender.

The first thing that stands out to me is that both Catwoman and Elektra have women as the majority of their “likes.” Men in Black as a franchise does well, but though it shows women as a majority, they are most likely just under 50% due to Facebook’s returning fuzzy results with large numbers such as this.

But, what also stands out is Superman Returns being split exactly 50/50 when it comes to men and women. Director Bryan Singer has spoken about how he wanted a movie that would appeal to women as well as men, and it looks like he achieved that according to these numbers.

Many movies on this list came out well before Facebook existed, but overall the results are interesting to me.

Constantine which will soon be a television series does shockingly well when it comes to gender, with 45% women, and the recently rumored Fantastic Four casting had me interested in those results, which was some of the worst when it came to women with 16.67% for the franchise.

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Yesterday was new comic day! What’d everyone get or do you plan on getting this week?

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The Hollywood Reporter – Classic Indian Film ‘Sholay’ Gets Graphic Novel Treatment – Very cool.

The Beat – Teaching Physics Through Comics with The Newcastle Science Comic Team – I wish I learned this way.

The ComiChron – Comics close 2013 up 9%; Image has best-selling comic, graphic novel of year -  Some interesting stuff here.

Robot 6 – LaBeouf takes another swipe at Clowes, proudly posts C&D letter – What a douche.

The Augusta Chronicle – Man reports theft of 30,000 comic books – Ooph.

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Comic Vine – Action Comics #27

Comic Vine – Afterlife With Archie #3

Talking Comics – Black Widow #1

Comic Vine – Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.CORPS #18

Comic Vine – Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #3

Comic Vine – Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #3

Comic Vine – Deadpool #22

Comic Vine – Earth 2 #19

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #27

Comic Vine – Li’l Vampi #1

Comic Vine – Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #4

Comic Vine – Savage Wolverine #14

Comic Vine – Sheltered #6

Diversity in Comics? Rethinking Green Lantern #0

This is an adapted version of an article published on Reading with Pictures.

GL_Cv0_dsIn September 2011 DC Comics attempted to create their first major Arab Muslim American superhero, a new rendition of the Green Lantern, a staple character in the DC lineup dating to 1940. This new superhero, Simon Baz, made his appearance in Green Lantern #0, written by Geoff Johns with art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy, and added a spark of diversity to the publisher’s largely white cast.

Unfortunately, they did so with a deeply troubling origin story in which Simon Baz stole a van that, unbeknownst to him, had a bomb in it. He was quickly arrested, taken to Guantanamo Bay and tortured. He was saved by the Green Lantern ring, which chose him as the world’s next protector. The ring allowed him to escape, whereafter he was pursued as a dangerous terrorist by the Justice League. All of this was published under the guise of authentically narrating the experiences of Arab and Muslim Americans.

Newspapers as respected as The New York Times reported on the Arab Muslim addition to the DC comic book universe, and interviews with writer Geoff Johns revealed his Lebanese ancestry — this, it was made to seem, gave him the credibility to write about Arab and Muslim American experiences.

Indeed, while it is critical that the experiences of racial prejudice, harassment, suspicion, and violence perpetrated almost daily against Arab and Muslim Americans be represented, there remains the damming potential for such representations to be the only way in which media consumers come to know Arab and Muslim characters. By default, these representations become the lens through which they come to view not only fictional people, but real lives.

The problem is one of character design: how the characters are created to be. This is a problem for all media, though it is particularly crucial for comics, since the industry is currently undergoing a push from fans and new creators to be more representative.

What this often means, as Green Lantern #0 shows, is checking off identities on a list of non-white/non-male categories, with the aim to please by name and number. Companies like Marvel Comics can now say, “Yep, we’ve got an Afro-Puerto Rican Spider-Man” and DC can say, “Yep, we’ve got an Arab Muslim.” But DC’s 2011 attempt at diversification also shows that diversity is limited, often to aggrandized stereotypical stories that, say, frame Arabs and Muslims as terrorists (even if by accident). So how about a little background on this issue.

To say that life has not been easy for Arab and Muslim Americans after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in September 2001 would be farce. As literary critic and self-identified Arab American Stephen Salaita pointed out in his fantastic study of Arab American literature, Arab American Literary Fictions, the concept of Arab or Muslim Americans as a unified, racially distinct segment of the population emerged in response to fears of foreign Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, and the need to control potential threats at home.

Even before 9/11, Edward Said’s concept of Orientalism — that brand of racial ideology that fetishizes the Arab world, the East as a whole, and its cultural products as an exotic, mysterious, and must-have Other (i.e. “not us”) — had long structured America’s view of Arab and Muslim immigrants to the U.S. In the 1950s-1970s they were regarded as a model minority alongside Indians and Eastern Asians. Regardless, they were not considered a distinct group with identifiable and discernible characteristics.

In other words, unlike Blacks and Latina/os, Arabs and Muslims didn’t bother white middle-class suburbia. You know, those gl0so-called “average Americans.” Arab and Muslim Americans were not disruptive enough to white society to need designating as a specific racial group.  This is in part because before 9/11 “The Arab” and “The Muslim” were doofy Ottoman costumery, children’s parodies (Aladdin), and occasional bad guys (Indiana Jones).

In the wake of 9/11, violence against Arabs and Muslims, whether American or not, increased exponentially and was governmentally sanctioned via the stripping of Constitutional rights for the purpose of national security. Arabs and Muslims were widely depicted in film and on television as the enemy. Scholarship on the issue of Arab and Muslim representation has finally reached a headway, a result of the growth of Arab American Studies as a discipline emerging out of the long-established field of American Studies, and is best exemplified in Evelyn Alsultany’s Arabs and Muslims in the Media (NYU, 2012).

The violence, in many cases, is often spurred by the inability to read beyond media representations and to think critically about the plurality of Arab and Muslim lived experiences. Sikhs, non-Muslim Arabs, non-Arab Muslims, Muslim Arabs, and sometimes Jews are conflated with the identity of the singular, Otherized muslimarab-arabmuslim, a seemingly insoluble identity that is, according to government policy and popular belief, potentially engaged in fundamentalist Islamic activity or at least aware of such activity.

Not all Arabs are Muslim, not all Muslims are Arab. The United States hosts some 3.5 million Arab Americans, whose group identity is based largely in shared cultural and linguistic traditions which hail largely from the twenty-two members states of the Arab League.

Some are Christian, Jewish, atheist, Baha’i, etc. Muslims, on the other hand, number roughly 2.6 million, only 26% of which are of Arab descent. Many are from South(east) Asia, are black Muslims, white, or Hispanic, according to the 2006 American Community Survey, and in 2009 and 2011 they made up the largest percentage of immigrants to the U.S.

So where does this information, a context which we can use to critically read Green Lantern #0, leave us? Ultimately, it reminds us as readers who have market influence in comics more so than in almost any other format of Nerd media, that we need to demand more than stereotypes. I have not read Ultimate Spider-Man, but I have heard many fans attest to the sincerity with which Bendis writes Miles Morales. Gail Simone, likewise, writes female characters with an eye to their long history of being sexualized, fetishized, and abused by creators and fans.

We have to demand more than a story that, by all means, breaks boundaries but which simultaneously places other barriers to diversification. When “terrorist” and “Arab” or “hijab” and “Muslim (woman)” are binaries used to define an entire population of radically diverse lived experiences, we have to be willing to call bullshit. We have to be willing to exert the same kind of buying and petitioning power as when we got Orson Scott Card kicked off Adventures of Superman.

If anything good came out of Green Lantern #0, it’s the possibility to learn from a company’s mistakes and do “diversity” better. We’ll see how Marvel does with Ms. Marvel, and hope a lesson was learned.

Review: Green Lantern #24

Green Lantern #24 CoverGreen Lantern #24 has hit shelves and with it the first part of Lights Out, a crossover event that promises to change the Green Lantern universe forever. Relic arrives on Oa as this massive story kicks off! Can the different Lantern Corps come together to stop this powerful enemy? Lights Out will see Lanterns die, others change allegiances—and it seems nothing will be the same ever again!

Relic has a mission, to end the various corps. and the use of light by them. He started with the Blue Lantern Corps. destroying everyone except one and next on his mission is Oa and the Green Lantern Corps. With the prelude and now this first chapter, it’s clear the GL team has a goal of changing the Lantern world going forward.

I’ve been reading the various Green Lantern comics for years now, and with this beginning shot, I really feel like they’re meeting their match and I seriously have no idea what might happen next. Venditti has set things up and knocked it out of the park with this first part of the crossover. The Green Lantern Corps. truly feels like it’s up against the wall.

I’ve said on a few occasions, it’s felt like there’s been a bit of ring proliferation. The corps. and the chapters have grown really big and almost too powerful. It seems the team is looking to reset that issue and creating actual danger and situations where the Lanterns might actually struggle.

Relic is a great addition to the Lantern mythos and I seriously have no idea what might happen next and how this all will get resolved. For this team to do that is impressive. It’s looking like Lights Out might be a hell of an event, one that’ll fly under the radar from all of the other more high-profile ones going on. Do yourself a favor and pick this up as well as the lead up to it.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The weekend is here and I can only recommend spending some of it watching Gravity.

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CBLDF – Persecuted Cartoonists Converse About Censorship – A cool read.

ICv2 – ‘Who is Jake Ellis?’ Movie – This could be good.

 

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Talking Comics – Green Arrow #24

Talking Comics – Green Lantern #24

The Fandom Post – Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows Of Endor

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What did everyone get?

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The Mary Sue – Natalie Portman Lays Down A Truth Bomb About Female Characters – Good take on the issue.

CBR – ‘Beetle Bailey’ falls victim to military budget cuts – A bit shocked this isn’t donated.

The Mary Sue – These Are Some Sweet Supergirl Re-Designs – Some cool designs.

The Beat – Madefire raises $5.2 million in VC money – Congrats!

 

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Comic Vine – Detective Comics #24

Comic Vine – Earth 2 #16

Comic Vine – Fantomex MAX #1

Comic Vine – Forever Evil #2

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #24

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #24

Comic Vine – Hinterkind #1

Comic Vine – Hunger #3

Comic Vine – Invincible Universe #7

Comic Vine – Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – Quantum & Woody #4

Comic Vine – Savage Wolverine #9

Big Shiny Robot – Sex Criminals #1

Comic Vine – Swamp Thing #24

Talking Comics – Trillium #3

The Beat – Reviewed! Every Issue of Villains Month – the final issues

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