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Fashion Spotlight: Pugpool, Super Cross Over Bros, Evolution X

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Pugpool, Super Cross Over Bros, and Evolution X, by KindaCreative, Doomcat, and JBaz are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

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Ben Affleck Teases Deathstroke

Writer/Director/Actor Ben Affleck lit up the internet earlier today as he shared on his various social network channels what looks like test footage involving the DC Universe villain Deathstroke. Affleck is currently working on a standalone Batman film (which he’s directing and co-writing), so it’s unclear if this footage is involved with that, Justice League, something else entirely, or it’s just one big tease.

Deathstroke first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2 in 29180 and was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. The character’s real name is Slade Wilson and is a superpowered assassin/soldier who wears a rather distinctive suit of armor. The character has also appeared on the television show Arrow where he was last seen locked up in a Supermax prison.

When asked about the character’s return to Arrow, the show’s creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim said:

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The character currently debuted in his own comic launched by writer Christopher Priest indicating DC may have hopes in pushing the character and lining up we might see more of him in live action. DC has said part of their goal with their recent Rebirth initiative was to make the comics more accessible and line up more with the live action depictions of their characters.

Check out the footage below.

Advance Book Review: Your Favorite Superhero Sucks

you favoriteReading Your Favorite Superhero Sucks by Hooded Utilitarian editor, comic critic, and writer for The Atlantic Noah Berlatsky elicited three main responses from me: laughter, anger, or pondering. I laughed as he savagely took potshots at inept comic book artists Philip Tan and Igor Kordey in essays about Batman and Cable respectively. I was a little angry when he spent an entire essay nitpicking about why Iron Man didn’t save Jessica Jones and “plot holes” in shared universes but smiled a little bit when Berlatsky begrudgingly wrote about some of the reasons he enjoyed her Netflix series

As long as you’re okay with seeing your (super)heroes slung through the mud,  is an entertaining and wide-ranging work of superhero criticism as Noah Berlatsky covers the gamut from Silver Age Wonder Woman comics to recent Marvel blockbusters like Avengers  and Ant-Man and even superhero TV shows. Each chapter is titled “XYZ superhero sucks” and is a short essay critiquing a facet of them. No nook and cranny of the superhero world is spared from his biting wrath as he talks about Joss Whedon‘s inability to craft a believable romance and a strong female character in one narrative (I would counter with Zoe and Wash’s relationship in Firefly even though they don’t fall in love per se during the show.), the fact that Aquaman has always been a supporting player, and that the Hulk is a racist African American caricature. (He’s a character that I’ve never been too fond of. There’s a reason that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a one-off novel.)

Probably, the most enlightening essays of the bunch for me were Berlatsky’s well-researched piece about why there are no great Wonder Woman stories, an article about how writer Christopher Priest showed how Black Panther didn’t fit the superhero mold in his run on the book, and also how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby‘s X-Men run is racist, sexist, and just plain bad. I also enjoyed the essay about X-Men Days of Future Past that was paired with the Lee/Kirby one that discussed how Bryan Singer showed “genocide without context” in the film. This idea works even better with X-Men Apocalypse  when Magneto (Under the influence of Apocalypse.) destroys Auschwitz as his tragic backstory as a Holocaust survivor that Singer decided to make the first shot of X-Men in service of yet another CGI disaster movie sequence.

Berlatsky’s thesis for why there are no great Wonder Woman stories is that William Moulton Marston‘s vision for her was so contradictory. (She’s a powerful woman, but also likes to be bound. She is peaceful, but also likes to punch people.) Wonder Woman isn’t like a Spider-Man, Wolverine, or Batman, who Berlatsky says are ciphers and get fit into a bunch of different types of stories. (I think genre jumping is one of Batman’s strengths as a character.) Then, he goes into a deep dive of Denny O’Neil and Mike Sekowsky‘s run on the title starting with Wonder Woman #178, which took a giant dump on Marston’s vision with Wonder Woman saying she is a monster, Steve Trevor acting like a creeper, and plenty of hippy slang and psychedelic art. But unfortunately, O’Neil and Sekowsky couldn’t build up a new vision of Wonder Woman in place of Marston’s, depowered her in the next issue, and gave her a stereotypical Asian martial arts sensei named I-Ching. The rest of the essay is a hilarious chronicle of just how terrible Wonder Woman comics were in the Bronze Age except for some of Diana’s groovy outfits.

Honestly, we as fans of superhero comics often take these brightly colored underwear wearing mostly white men too seriously. I know I’m guilty of going on multi-tweet rants about how Marvel or DC is “misusing” one of the small parts of their intellectual property. Sometimes, we need to sit back and listen to someone, like Berlatsky, who doesn’t give superheroes the benefit of a doubt and isn’t afraid to probe their weaknesses, inadequacies, and utter failure at mirroring reality or being ethical. Because the (non-animated) Justice League is a scrub superhero team, and everyone knows it.

“Your Superhero Sucks” also show the potential of comics criticism to be more than just a mouthpiece/cheering squad for big companies or an exercise in pretentious shelling out the latest Drawn & Quarterly. It can be entertaining, insightful, and provocative just like criticism in any other medium.

Your Favorite Superhero Sucks is set to be released as a self-published e-book on September 19, 2016 and can be preordered here.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Guinness World Records’ “Most Functional Gadgets In a Cosplay Suit”

Guinness World Records is promoting their latest edition and recently posted the below videos of this record setting “Most Functional Gadgets In a Cosplay Suit.”

The Batman: Arkham Origins cosplay by Julian Checkley is amazingly impressive with 23 functioning gadgets to earn him the title.

Watch the video below to see some of what he was able to pack into the suit as well as an interview with him.

 

Fashion Spotlight: Butt-Man, Bat Fight, HaHaHalloween

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EE Spotlight: Gotham City Shines as 4-D Cityscape Puzzle

The Batman Gotham City 4D Cityscape Puzzle will guide players through the assembly of the official DC map of Gotham City in a patented multilayer design. The Batman puzzle comes with an Official Guide to Gotham City that teaches you everything you need to know about the city. Bonus items include a mini LED Bat-Signal that shines the Batman logo into the sky!

The puzzle will be released in November 2016 and you can pre-order it now.

Batman Gotham City 4D Cityscape Puzzle

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders Trailer

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment take Batman fans on a journey into the iconic past with the full-length animated Batman feature film – Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. The film features the vocal performances of Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman). Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available November 1, 2016 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP). Order due date is September 27, 2016.

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders will be available to own on Digital HD starting October 11, 2016.

It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!

Adam West steps behind the microphone to bring Batman to fully animated fruition. Burt Ward joins the fun as Batman’s sidekick, Robin, giving The Boy Wonder his voice in animated form. And Julie Newmar, star of stage (Tony Award winner for The Marriage-Go-Round) and screen (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), dons her feline ears to bring Catwoman to life.

Rick Morales (LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Cosmic Clash) directs from a script by Michael Jelenic (Teen Titans Go!) and James Tucker (Justice League vs. Teen Titans). Tucker and Jelenic also serve as Supervising Producer and Producer, respectively, on the film. Sam Register is Executive Producer. Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers.

EE Spotlight: Batman: The Animated Series Action Figures

Each day we’re spotlighting cool items for sale through Entertainment Earth, one of our affiliate partners.

Entertainment Earth has been running a summer clearance and it’s been impressive as far as how cheap some things are going for. Checking out items there’s lots of DC Collectibles toy and statues on sale. What particularly caught my eye was the Batman: The Animated Series action figures which range from 10% to 46% off.

Look at the deals below!

Batman: The Animated Series Batgirl Action Figure

Originally retailing for $22.99, this figure is on sale for 37%. You can get it for $14.50.

Batman The Animated Series Batgirl Action Figure

Batman: The Animated Series Mad Hatter Action Figure

The Mad Hatter normally retails for $22.99, but he’s 10% and is currently on sale for $20.70.

Batman The Animated Series Mad Hatter Action Figure

If the New Batman Adventures is more your style, you can get three figures as well!

The New Batman Adventures Killer Croc and Baby Doll Figures

Normally $22.99, this figure is on sale for $20.70, that’s 10% off.

New Batman Adventures Killer Croc and Baby Doll Figures

The New Batman Adventures Nightwing Action Figure

On sale for $20.70, this figure is 10% its retail price of $22.99.

The New Batman Adventures Nightwing Action Figure

The New Batman Adventures Poison Ivy Action Figure

At 46% off, Poison Ivy is a steal. Normally $22.99, you can get her for $12.40.

The New Batman Adventures Poison Ivy Action Figure

Batman: The Animated Series New Batman Adventures Robin Action Figure

Normally $22.99, you can get this figure for $12.40. That’s 46% off!

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Around the Tubes

BGBOP_Cv1_dsIt’s a new day! Yesterday was comic book day and there was lots of cool comics released. What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? 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.

Around the Tubes

The Mary Sue – Diverse Characters Need Diverse Writers: Why Brian Michael Bendis Needs to Let Other Kids Play With His Toys – Sharing is caring.

The Beat – Creator Derf posts photos from the ‘My Friend Dahmer’ movie set – Can’t wait for this film. The graphic novel is fantastic.

Previews World – Batman #1 Special Edition for Batman Day 2016 – Look forward to it.

CBR- “Agents of SHIELD” Casts AIDA, Gives JARVIS Some Competition – Cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Backstagers #1

Newsarama – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

The Beat – Batman #5

Newsarama – Batman #5

Comic Vine – Black Widow #6

Newsarama – Captain America: Sam Wilson #12

The Beat – Suicide Squad #1

Newsarama – Suicide Squad #1

Comic Vine – Suicide Squad #1

The Beat – Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Comic Vine – Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Superman #5

Preview: Batman #5

Batman #5

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Matt Banning, David Finch
Covers Matt Banning, David Finch
Variant cover by: Tim Sale

“I Am Gotham” part five. In the final chapter of this epic, is Batman truly the hero Gotham City deserves—or does it deserve better? In this ultimate showdown, where the line between allies and enemies blurs, the question will finally be answered…and the fate of Gotham will be decided.

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