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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Marvel’s Daredevil Writer: ‘I Thought It Was Too Big to Fail’ – Wrong. Also, might explain the second season…. and Defenders

Kotaku – Starbreeze CEO Steps Down As Company Files For Reconstruction – Is The Walking Dead midas touch done?

 

Reviews

Newsarama – Action Comics #1005

ICv2 – The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

Talking Comics – Redneck #17

Bam! Smack! Pow! – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #88

Talking Comics – The Warning #1

The Beat – The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame #1

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – Sony acknowledges that Venom is a rom-com in Blu-Ray trailer – Of course it is, that was obvious if you watched it. This was even a question?

 

Reviews

The Beat – Alas

Geek Dad – Action Comics #1005

Comics Bulletin – Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites

The Outhousers – Heroes in Crisis #3

Comics Bulletin – Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Vol. 1

Preview: Action Comics #1005

Action Comics #1005

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The murderous mystery of the Red Cloud uncovered! Clark Kent draws closer to revealing a secret crime family that has operated for years in Metropolis, but the family’s enforcer-the mysterious Red Cloud-proves she’s a match for even the Man of Steel with an attack that leaves Superman breathless. Don’t miss the last-page shocker as we reveal the true face of the Red Cloud!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you’re thinking about that. Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – A Hotel Strike Was The Talk Of This Year’s TwitchCon – Please don’t cross picket lines.

CBR – Fox Announces Gotham Season 5 Premiere Date – Cool.

CBR – Marvel’s Runaways Actor Kip Pardue Accused of Sexual Assault– No excuse. He needs to be dumped.

The Beat – When a Con Goes wrong: Alamo City Comic Con Cosplay Contest host goes in blackface – Was it Megyn Kelly?That’s one show to not support.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #1004

Talking Comics – Judge Dredd: Toxic #1

Preview: Action Comics #1004

Action Comics #1004

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Ryan Sook (CA) Steve Rude
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois’ trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn’t she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark’s relationship gets redefined in this issue illustrated by acclaimed artist Ryan Sook!

Around the DC Universe: Week 2 – A Superman Focused Week

Welcome to Around the DC Universe, your weekly guide to the best comics and shows featured on DC Entertainment’s exclusive new streaming service.

Technical Issues

I begin this week with technical issues because after almost two weeks of playing with the app I have finally figured out how DC Universe deals with the release of new comics.

Most of the titles are part of the curated library, a selection of 2500 or so issues that will swap out quarterly (though I imagine that a few key issues like Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 will remain in perpetuity). Special features will be added weekly for shorter runs usually of a week or two.

Special Features

Right now you have three weeks to check out the original Death and Return of Superman  in Action Comics (1938-), Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel and Superman (1986). This epic event stands at the crossroads between marketing gimmick and heartfelt storytelling. The writers and artists involved have a deep and abiding affection for the Man of Steel that shines through the hype as they take him as low as a person can go and then bring him back. Superman’s supporting cast, one of the best in the history of comics, really gets a chance to shine in the absence of the series’ main character and there are several moments that still move me to tears. Unfortunately, as of this writing DC Universe is missing several key issues including Superman (1986) #78 and 79 which introduce the infamous Cyborg Superman. It’s possible to enjoy the story despite this gap but it is disappointing that DC could not be bothered to correct their mistake despite several queries on the community forums and at least one query to their customer service department which received no response. Even if you have read the story before be sure and check out Newstime: The Life and Death of Superman (1993). Originally published as a facsimile of a tribute magazine, this is a great artifact from within the DC Universe that offers some interesting perspectives and more than a few easter eggs and has  never, to my knowledge, been reprinted.

Movies and TV

Those who don’t have time to wade through all those comics might find themselves tempted two different animated versions available on the video streaming portion of DC Universe. Sadly the older of the two (Superman: Doomsday) is an inferior adaptation. The original story took up almost a year’s worth of four monthly titles so trying to condense it into a mere hour and forty five minutes is impossible. A lot of questionable creative choices were also made, including a Superman who is perfectly willing to engage in intimate relations with Lois Lane without telling her his secret identity. The generally mean characterization of many of the characters involved robs the feature of all of its poignancy. A double feature of Batman v Superman and Justice League does the original material more credit and is infinitely more preferable to this waste of good talent. I’ve yet to watch this year’s The Death of Superman but it’s on my agenda for next week.

On the other side of the Superman coin I’m surprised by how much I enjoy watching George Reeves in the Adventures of Superman TV show. While it’s very much a product of its time, it’s still incredibly fun to watch in small doses. Reeves is inherently likable as both Superman and Clark Kent has the inherent likeability and the supporting cast is also top notch. There are some interesting wrinkles added to the legend. I particularly liked watching Pa Kent risking his life to save Baby Kal El from the blazing wreckage of his rocket after it crashes to work. The plots are much more down to Earth than we’re used to with Superman taking on smugglers and bank robbers instead of alien despots and mad scientists.  That’s not a bad thing however as it reminds us that Superman was once a much more relatable, down to Earth character, not so much in his power level but in his concerns. It’s fun to revisit that simpler time even if only for a couple of episodes.

Comics

The Legion of Superheroes is one  of my all time favorite teams. The long running drama of a club of teenage heroes in the far future is in turns both goofy and profound with a tangled continuity that makes the X-Men look simple by comparison. If you’ve never experienced the Legion many of their earliest stories are currently available in Adventure Comics. DC Universe has taken a greatest hits sort of approach with some of the best stories from the first few years of the Legion’s run, many of them by science fiction legend Ed Hamilton. Reading the stories as they’re presented does sacrifice the development of on a rich and compelling continuity but these high points, including the death of one of the major players in Legion history, is well worth your time if you’re a fan of DC’s silver age. Adventure Comics was an anthology title that also featured stories about of other heroes and they are included here as as well. Fans of Aquaman  should take note of superior stories in the first two issues with art by the great Ramona Fradon, one of the first women to draw a superhero comic. Available on DC Universe in Adventure Comics (1938-) #247, 267, 300, 304, 306, 310, 312, and 316.

Preview: Action Comics #1003

Action Comics #1003

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Yanick Paquette (CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

How well does Clark Kent know his own city? Are the threats targeting Metropolis new or something older and more dangerous than they seem?

With mobsters being killed off and the Daily Planet staff hunting for answers, it’s up to Superman to discover what lurks in the underside of the city he thought he knew so well. Who is the Red Mist, and why has Superman never heard of someone so powerful and dangerous? And what is Lois Lane doing with Lex Luthor?

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! Who’s excited and what do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Constantine Animated Series to Air on The CW – Nice!

ComicBook – ‘The Walking Dead’ Casts Former ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Ryan Hurst as Beta – This is some solid casting.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Comics #1002

The Beat – The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Comics Bulletin – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

Comics Bulletin – Sex Criminals Vol. 5

Newsarama – Venom #5

Talking Comics – West Coast Avengers #1

Around the Tubes

It was new comic day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Washington Post – A Ferrari test drive. Hate groups’ message boards. Bryan Edward Hill goes to extremes to find his comic characters. – You’re going to hear this creator’s name a lot over the next year.

CBR – Death Note Sequel Reportedly in Development By Netflix – The first is so bad.

ICv2 – Wizard World Lost $505K in Q2 – How much longer can they keep going?

Newsarama – The End of the F***ing World Renewed for Second Season on Netflix & Channel Four – Awesome to see a second season.

The Comichron – Black Label Batman Damned #1 leads advance reorders; Fantastic Four #1 tops reorders – This isn’t too surprising.

 

Reviews

Newsarama – Action Comics #1002

Talking Comics – Mr. and Mrs. X #2

Preview: Action Comics #1002

Action Comics #1002

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A bold new era of the adventures of the Man of Steel continues as bodies fall from the sky and buildings burn around the City of Tomorrow. Even Superman must wonder how well he knows the city he protects as an unknown criminal element begins to rise throughout Metropolis.

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