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It’s Dark Days Ahead for the DC Universe

DC Comics has announced a massive event this summer, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. for Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1.Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of The Forge and The Casting will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Snyder in the announcement says that Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when he started on Batman. This is something that’s been hinted at over the years with Easter eggs and clues. The event ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. The two issues are a prelude to an event that’s been developing for years.

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with Dark Days, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, that further enriches the DC Universe.

DC has said to expect more information about the comic event at upcoming conventions like WonderCon, Fan Expo Dallas and C2E2 over the coming months.

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Preview: All-Star Batman #8

All-Star Batman #8

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Mark Morales (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $4.99

“Hats and Bats”! Underestimate the Mad Hatter at your own peril. Batman takes on one of his most dangerous and deranged foes in a mind-bending tale from the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli!

Early Preview: All-Star Batman #8

All-Star Batman #8

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Mark Morales, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Variant cover by: Francesco Francavilla, Giuseppe Camuncoli

“Hats and Bats”! Underestimate the Mad Hatter at your own peril. Batman takes on one of his most dangerous and deranged foes in a mind-bending tale from the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli!

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Gotham Weekly Discusses Two Weeks of Batman Comics

This week on Gotham Weekly, our hosts battle some slight sound issues to talk about the past two weeks of Batman family comics.

Included in this episode is:

Batman #16 by Tom King and David Finch
Nightwing #14 by Tim Seeley and Marcus To
Batgirl #7 by Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
All-Star Batman #7 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay
Detective Comics #950 by James Tynon IV, Marco Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 by Julie and Shawna Benson, Chloe Roe
Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 by Scott Lobdell and Miko Colik

Preview: All-Star Batman #7

All-Star Batman #7

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Francesco Francavilla (A/CA) Tula Lotay
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $4.99

“Poison Promises”! Step aside, gentlemen-Poison Ivy is about to steal the spotlight in Batman’s continuing rogues gallery road trip. Scott Snyder teams up with mega-talent Tula Lotay to reimagine the Dark Knight’s most seductive villain.

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Review: All-Star Batman #7

allstarbatman7coverIn All-Star Batman #7, talented artist Tula Lotay joins writer Scott Snyder to spin a Batman and Poison Ivy tale that is both cold and beautiful. They characterize Poison Ivy as a woman, who just wants people to feel good about themselves and finds special cures through her intense botanical studies. Except, her special relationship with plants can also be used as a weapon, both physically and mentally, and she uses them in this way from the opening scene. However, unlike Two-Face and Mr. Freeze in previous issues, she is the most receptive to working with Batman to help a young girl, who was killed by a remnant of Mr. Freeze’s biological weapon from All-Star Batman #6.

Lotay uses a variety of color tones to reflect Poison Ivy’s shifting moods from golden eyes as she hypnotizes a pushy shop owner to not tell the authorities about her presence (And to pay for his son’s art school.) to angry pinks and purples as she finds out that Batman is using her pity for the young girl to help him to stop this virus. Snyder’s choice of setting is quite poetic as Poison Ivy is nurturing a “Tree of Life” in Death Valley that is sadly interrupted when the Blackhawks come in to take her for questioning. It’s an intrusion of the superhero genre into an intimate, and educational conversation about the nature of life, and the power of botany to restore and inspire people

Lotay draws Poison Ivy like a nature goddess with the makeup under her eyes reminiscent to her take on Morrigan and Tara in her The Wicked + The Divine guest issue, and everything that she does in this issue is to preserve plant life while defeating the humans that would get in her way. The fights in All-Star Batman aren’t strictly laid out in grids, but flow seamlessly with Ivy’s plant tendrils feeling like a natural defense response instead of a punch being thrown. The desert sand and light brown colors around her and Batman continue to add to that feeling of conflict between human and nature with Batman taking nature’s side in this case.

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In his plots for both Batman and All-Star Batman, Scott Snyder likes using race-the-clock, cure the virus type storylines that have started to wear thin in a similar manner to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s obsession with stopping the portal/putting the thing in the thing third acts. Except this repetitiveness in plot type is more than remedied in Snyder’s portrayal of Batman and Poison Ivy’s relationship in All-Star Batman #7 that goes from a simple hero/villain battle to working together as allies, but definitely not friends. There are callbacks to her origin where Ivy tells Batman that she focused on the manipulative side of her plant pheromones because this is what she thought Bruce Wayne wanted even though he was more interested in her holistic approach to finding medicine from plants from the cold bark to the beautiful flower.

All-Star Batman #7 concludes with a wonderful Francesco Francavilla-drawn backup story featuring Duke Thomas’ continuing efforts to come to terms with his own relationship to Batman’s villains (The Riddler in this case) that continues to be laid out like a crossword puzzle. But All-Star Batman #7 is truly Poison Ivy and Tula Lotay’s party as she captures the beauty, intelligence, and passion of this complex scientist/antihero/nature goddess, whose abilities are more blessing than curse for once. This is all handled through her gaze (Not Batman’s) with many panels of her eyes conveying different emotions in different colors.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tula Lotay, Francesco Francavilla
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.2  Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC is Accepting Applications for its 2017 Artists Workshop

DC Entertainment has announced that it is kicking off their 2017 Artists Workshop program today and is now accepting applications through March 1. The DC Writers Workshop will begin accepting online applications on March 1 through March 31.

DC’s Talent Development Workshops are led by an all-star talent line-up including Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.

Competitive candidates that apply for the Artists Workshop will have an established portfolio of sequential art. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to help cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.

The 2017 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder. For selected candidates, the 2017 DC Writers Workshop will run in the summer/fall as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field.

Upon completion of the program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.

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Snyder & Lemire’s Poignant A.D.: After Death Hardcover Edition Hits Stores this May

Image Comics has announced the hardcover edition of A.D.: After Death by New York Times bestselling and award-winning creators Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire will hit stores this May. It will collect the complete trilogy.

A.D.: After Death asks, What if we found a cure for death? Snyder and Lemire unite to create an epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality.

A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: After Death is an oversized hardcover graphic novel with 8.375″ x 10.1875″ trim size.

The A.D.: After Death hardcover edition (ISBN: 978-1-63215-868-0, Diamond Code FEB170689) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 3rd and bookstores on Tuesday, May 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 20th.

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Manga Monday: Attack on Titan Anthology

aot_anthology_nycc-450x675The manga megahit Attack on Titan, reinterpreted by some of comics’ top talent! Featuring original stories by a long roster of comic superstars such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewartand Babs Tarr!

This unprecedented, full-colour collaboration between East and West will be released first in English, making it indispensable for Attack on Titan fans and curious comic fans.

When it comes to Attack on Titan my only real exposure to the series was watching the horrendous live action film that came out. I haven’t watched the anime and I haven’t read the manga, but when I heard the Attack on Titan Anthology was coming out, I made sure to grab a copy during New York Comic Con. If I was going to buy it, might as well go with the limited edition cover.

While this anthology isn’t a traditional way to be introduced, it was an interesting one as a who’s who of Western creators tackle this manga phenomenon. And what’s nicer is that each creator gave it their own spin sticking to their style of storytelling and moving the settings of the stories around for different situations and locations.

This is an eclectic mix in a good way with stories that seem to stick to a setting and story that you’d see in the manga series while other creators went with a complete break. There’s horror. There’s humor. There’s action. There’s a little of everything and it’s all enjoyable in its own way.

What’s really interesting to me is recognizing the creators based on their entries. I read the entire graphic novel in one sitting and played guess the creator as I went along creating a fun little game and each creator really does bring their own style. So, if you’re a fan of the folks’ work, you’re probably going to enjoy this.

I knew so little about the world and what to expect going in other than the creative talent lined up, but coming out of it, I want to check out more. If you’re interested in finding out a bit about Attack on Titan, but don’t want to take the chance on manga, this is a solid way to go to find out a bit more about what it’s all about.

Story and Art: Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, John Rauch, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Bill Murdon, Afua Richardson, Genevieve Valentine, David Lopez, Faith Erin Hicks, Cris Peter, Michael Avon Oeming, Taki Soma, Paolo Rivera, Gail Simone, Phil Jimenez, Alonso Nunez, Elmer Santos, Sam Humphries, Damion Scott, Sigmund Torre, Rhianna Pratchett, Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman, Ben Applegate, Ronald Wimberly, Kevin Wada, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Jiji Knight, Si Spurrier, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Dee Cunniffe, Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Kate Leth, Jeremy Lambert
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: All-Star Batman #6

All-Star Batman #6

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $4.99

“Cold to the Core”! Batman travels to Alaska to confront Mr. Freeze as he attempts to extract the world’s oldest ice core and bring humanity to a new Ice Age! Powerhouse artist Jock joins Scott Snyder to bring you another of the Dark Knight’s rogues like you’ve never seen him before.

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