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DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special Comes to Walmart this Sunday

With the holidays rapidly approaching, DC and Walmart are adding to their lineup of 100-page “Giant” comics with a new one-shot to ring in the holiday season! Following the success of their horror-themed Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special, DC’s World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special is headed to participating Walmart stores in the U.S. today and should reach stores by Sunday.

The fan-favorite creative trio of The FlashScott Lobdell (writer), Brett Booth (artist) and Norm Rapmund (inker)—have reunited for an original tale featuring the Scarlet Speedster, “Twas the Riot Before Christmas.” Barry Allen’s holiday tradition of giving gifts to the kids at the Central City Home for Wayward Children gets interrupted by a riot at Iron Heights penitentiary featuring some of the Flash’s deadliest foes. In restoring order, he receives help from an unexpected source, but will it be in time to spend Christmas with the kids at the home?

This Walmart exclusive also reprints a host of holiday-themed stories from throughout DC’s history: Tom King and David Finch’s “Good Boy,” from the 2016 Batman Annual tells the painful (certainly for the Dark Knight) story of how Batman and Alfred brought Ace the Bat-Hound into the family.

Originally featured in the 2014 Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, “K!llin’ Time,” written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Darwyn Cooke, shows how Harley Quinn decides to deal with aging and finding her first gray hair—by killing Father Time!

Written by Joe Kelly with art by Ale Garza, “All I Want for Christmas” from the 2006 DC Infinite Holiday Special spotlights Supergirl in a tale of making a little girl’s Christmas wish come true by reuniting her with her father after the Maid of Might shows him the importance of not being an absentee parent and gives him a second chance to be a father to his child.

The anthology also features two stories from the 2016 DC Rebirth Holiday Special. In “A Light in the Dark,” Kate Perkins (writer) and Paolo Pantalena (artist) featured Batwoman in a holiday rescue story involving pie and the story of Hanukkah, while Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are subjected to a series of trials by a mysterious alien race where the prize is not just the fate of the world, but something that Earth will always need: Hope. “The Epiphany” was co-written by Steve Orlando and Vita Ayala, with art by V. Ken Marion.

1992’s Superman #22 rounds out the lineup with the story “Metropolis Mailbag,” written by Dan Jurgens with art by Jackson “Butch” Guice. As the holidays approach, the Man of Steel finds out that even he has limits when he reads some letters that are addressed to him in the Daily Planet’s “Superman room.”

The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special sells for $4.99 and arrives in participating Walmart stores throughout North America by Sunday, November 11.

Around the Tubes

It’s almost the weekend and we’ll be catching up on a back log on coverage we have while getting ready for the next week (and fitting in some fun geeky things in while we’re at it). What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below!

Atomic Junk Shop – Toxic Fandom: The Saga Continues – And the toxic regressive elements continue.

The Outhouse – Marsha Cooke Guarantees Darwyn Thought “Comics Gate Idiots Were A Bunch Of Crybaby Losers Ruining Comics” – And continues.

Publisher’s Weekly – Autoptic Festival Showcases Small Press Comics – This sounds like a cool show.

The Beat – Vegas Fan Fusion Cancelled – is this the beginning of a con bust? – Expect many more over the next year.

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Venom #5

Preview: Harley Quinn #38

Harley Quinn #38

(W) Frank Tieri (A) Mirka Andolfo, Eleonora Carlini (CA) Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“ANGRY BIRD” part two! The Penguin didn’t come to Brooklyn alone this time…he’s put out an open invitation for some of Gotham City’s worst to join him in his new criminal empire, as long as they’re willing to hold off Harley Quinn! And when we say “worst,” we mean worst! Film Freak? Egghead? Condiment King?! Nateman’s Hot Dogs is gonna have a lot to say about that…

Preview: Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground

Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground

Richard Stark, Darwyn Cooke (w) • Darwyn Cooke (a & c)

The award-winning graphic novel series adapting one of crime-fiction’s most famous and hard-boiled characters continues in this beautifully illustrated and stylized masterpiece. Parker, whose getaway car crashes after a heist, manages to elude capture with his loot by breaking into an amusement park that is closed for the winter. But his presence does not go unnoticed–a pair of cops observed the job and its aftermath. But rather than pursue their suspect… they decide to go into business for themselves, with the help of some “business associates.” From then on it’s a game of cat and mouse, one played out through the closed rides of the abandoned carnival… a game that slowly starts to favor the mouse. Includes the Eisner Award-winning short story “The 7th.”

TPB • PC • $14.99 • 96 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-126-7

Preview: Parker: The Outfit

Parker: The Outfit

Darwyn Cooke (w & a & c)

After evening the score with those who betrayed him, and recovering the money he was cheated out of from the syndicate, Parker is riding high, living in swank hotels and enjoying the finer things in life again. Until, that is, he’s fingered by a squealer who rats him out to the Outfit for the price they put on his head… and they find out too late that if you push Parker, it better be all the way into the grave!

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 184 pages • 6” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-740-6

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Preview: The King Collection

The King Collection

writers: Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Nate Cosby, Ben McCool, Brian Clevinger, Jeff Parker
artists: Richard Case, Ryan Cody, Felipe Cunha, Lee Ferguson, Tadd Galusha, Scott Godlewski, Sandy Jarrell, Marc Laming, Ivan Rodriguez, Ron Salas, Brent Schoonover, Jeremy Treece
cover: Darwyn Cooke
FC • 496 pages • $49.99 • Teen+

COLLECTS KING: FLASH GORDON #1-4, KING: MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1-4, KING: THE PHANTOM #1-4, KING JUNGLE JIM #1-4, AND KING: PRINCE VALIANT #1-4

When Ming the Merciless launched an all-out assault on planet Earth, the colorful band of heroes known as Kings Watch led the resistance… and triumphed! Now, across the cosmos, in the dark corners of our very planet, and even throughout time, Earth’s defenders continue the mission, separate and yet together in spirit! Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, Dr. Zarkov, Mandrake the Magician, Jungle Jim, Lothar (in his identity as the new Phantom), and Prince Valiant join friends new and old to face the combined forces of Ming and the all-new, all-deadly Cobra!

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Around the Tubes

southernbastards14_CoverArtIt’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone looking forward to? Anything have you really excited? Sound off in the comments. We’ll have our picks in a few hours.

Until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – The Mission: Catwoman, Darwyn Cooke’s Big Score and the Artist’s Journey – As always, Joe Illidge’s columns are worth a read.

ICv2 – Hasbro Marks “Hasbrocon” – This shouldn’t be too surprising. Combine Botcon and the GI Joe con and you’ve got a pretty big one with just those two.

Newsarama – Preacher Gets AMC After Show – People are surprised?

The Beat – Comichron: Top Seven publishers have cut their slates by 12% – Pretty sure our demographic stats predicted the slow down. I’m also predicting an uptick now.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New, All-Different Avengers #9

CBR – Batman #52

Comic Spire – Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

CBR – Black Panther #2

CBR – Satellite Falling #1

Comic Attack – Southern Bastards #14

CBR – The Vision #7

Review: The Twilight Children TPB

Twilight ChildrenWhen a white orb washes up on the shore of a remote Latin American village, a group of children poke at the strange object to see what it is. The orb explodes, leaving the children completely blind. And when a beautiful young woman who may be an alien is found wandering the seafront, she’s taken in by the townspeople, but soon becomes a person of interest to a pair of CIA agents, and the target of affection for a young scientist.

Collecting the four issue Vertigo series written by Gilbert Hernandez with art by Darwyn Cooke and colors by Dave Stewart, The Twilight Children is an interesting series that feels more like a concept than a full fleshed out story and that seems to be on purpose.

Hernandez’s story is interesting in that it presents a sci-fi(ish) story without a lot of specifics. What are the orbs? Who is Ela? None of that is really explained as much of the story is left up to the readers to interpret and explore themselves. And that’s what’s fascinating is that you can read the story multiple times and come away with something different each time. It’s a story where you notice something new, or come up with a new theory with each read. It’s the open ended nature of the series that’s one of the best draws about it.

Of course Cooke’s art is the draw. It’s damn near perfect in almost every way enhanced by Stewart’s coloring. The two together are a match made in heaven. Cooke’s designs, as with everything he has done, are unique stylized and beautiful to look at. The art is just amazing to look at and kept me engaged with the story as the narrative itself is rather slow on its own. In many ways the story is beautiful, and Cooke’s art makes that apparent and makes sure the reader notices.

If you’re looking for a story with a story completely laid out, this isn’t for you. But, if you’re looking for an interesting sci-fi story that leaves a lot for the reader to decide and piece together this one’s for you. It’s a story that leaves the reader to put together as much as what’s presented by its creative team.

Story: Gilbert Hernandez Art: Darwyn Cooke Colors: Dave Stewart
Story: 7.9 Art: 10 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics/Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE Copy for review

DC Entertainment Remembers Darwyn Cooke

Earlier today Darwyn Cooke‘s family announced the passing of the creative giant. The outpouring of support for the artistic legend began yesterday when it was announced he was battling cancer. Earlier this morning, he lost his battle with it.

DC Entertainment released the below statement honoring him and his work:

Darwyn Cooke will be remembered for his timeless designs, masterful storytelling, and his impact on the comic book world.

BURBANK, Calif. (May 14, 2016) – Darwyn Cooke had a vision of the DC Universe that was uniquely his own, yet embraced by everyone. Once you saw his timeless designs and concepts for Batman, Catwoman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern or any other character, you immediately adopted his jubilant interpretation of these heroes as your own and wanted more. His take on the most iconic heroes in the world were breathtakingly direct and elegant, powerful and cool.  His were some of the most beautiful, fun DC superhero images we have ever seen.

“Darwyn Cooke lived life like a character from a Micky Spillane novel, a throwback to a bygone era that was, more than occasionally, reflected in his work,” said DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He was both compassionate and combative, approaching everything he did with a tenaciousness and temerity that is now unheard of in a world afraid to offend. The simplistic brilliance of his art and the natural flow of his storytelling not only elevated but enhanced all projects he touched and his passion and love of comics was reflected in every panel of every page. Working with Darwyn was not without its challenges. There were times we’d spend hours arguing over story then go months without talking, but we always found our way back, drawn together by the common bond and friendship comics creates. This is an industry-wide loss that I feel personally, but the sadness is mitigated in the knowing that the beauty and grace of his art will forever stand the test of time and be a monument to all that is great about comics.”

Darwyn was one of our medium’s true innovators. A gifted artist and master storyteller, Darwyn began his career as a magazine art director and graphic designer.  After answering an ad placed by Warner Bros animator Bruce Timm, Darwyn entered the world of animation, where he contributed to such shows as Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series and Men In Black: The Series.  From there, Darwyn made the leap into print comics, where his character design was never more effective, enduring or entrancing. It was the look and honest simplicity of his characters for which Cooke became famous—as first seen in his breakout work Batman: Ego published over 15 years ago today and then followed up by his popular and critically acclaimed work on Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score and The Spirit.  Even after 15 years, Darwyn’s design for Catwoman is still the one used today in both comics and inspired the look for Catwoman on the hit TV show, Gotham.

An Eisner-award winning artist and accomplished writer, Darwyn has been a much-loved and respected member of the comics community.  He lent his signature retro style to all corners of the DC Universe, from Jonah Hex to Before Watchmen to Vertigo Comic’s The Twilight Children and, of course, his master work, DC: The New Frontier.  His bold, direct style, often compared to the works of Joe Kubert, Alex Toth and Jack Kirby, reflected his down to earth, no nonsense personality.  Darwyn Cooke always claimed that he was a lucky man to have such a wonderful family, friends, and such a wonderful life. He lived that life with the same brilliance and fearlessness that so permeated his work.  And for those of us who knew this one-of-a-kind and genuine soul, we were lucky as well.

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