The weekend is almost here and we hear there’s a movie called Captain Marvel opening! Who’s seeing it this weekend? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you thought of it! While you wait for the work day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
After some casting announcements have been made in recent weeks, we finally know who will play the title character in DC Universe‘s Swamp Thing series.
Two individuals are stepping in the role to play the two sides of the character. Andy Bean will play Alec Holland, the biologist who transforms into Swamp Thing. Derek Mears will play the creature he turns into after his accident.
The actors join Will Patton as Avery Sunderland and Crystal Reed as Abby Crane.
The show is set to debut in 2019 as part of the DC Universe digital platform.
Stuff is finally starting to come together on Titans. This week saw Starfire and Beast Boy pulled into the main thread alongside Dick and Rachel. I like how they’re using Starfire to add an element of real mystery to Raven’s story line. Just about everyone knows what Rachel’s big reveal is but it will be interesting to see exactly how Kory fits into it. That said, after the Hawk and Dove episode I’m worried they won’t keep her core background as an alien intact. The juxtaposition of sci-fi and fantasy elements is a feature of superhero comics that has been largely neglected on TV and it would be nice for Titans to break the mold.
Between Halloween and recent casting news regarding the upcoming Swamp Thing series, this is the perfect time to read some of the best horror comics ever published by DC or anyone else. Alan Moore‘s run on The Saga of Swamp Thing is one of the high water marks of the medium as groundbreaking as The Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen and maybe even more influential by virtue of the fact that it was an ongoing monthly series. The earliest issues with art by Stephen Bissette and and John Tottlebein are currently on DC Universe and it actually stands apart from the bulk of the run quite well though you do miss out on the early appearances of John Constantine. What’s here is more than worth it, a look into some of the murkier corners of the DC Universe including a guided tour of Hell itself. Be warned that there are many uncomfortable themes including rape, incest and necrophilia. These are not comics for the squeamish either. No evokes the corrupting atmosphere of body horror quite like the team of Bissette and Totlebein. If you’re a big fan of movies like John Carpenter’s The Thing or David Cronenberg’s The Fly, then The Saga of Swamp Thing is a must read. Available on DC Universe in The Saga of The Swamp Thing (1982) #21-34 and Swamp Thing Annual (1985) #2. Read the Swamp Thing Annual between issues 31 & 32.
After almost 2 months since release it’s time for an update on technical issues. Overall I’d say DC Universe has gotten a lot better. The community portion of the site has added moderator tags and restricted one of the boards to moderator posts so it’s much easier to get official announcements.The inability to directly interact with other users remains a stumbling block but there has been improved functionality in terms of what you can post and the ability to bookmark threads. Communication is greatly improved but there are still blind spots. Death of Superman was up for the better part of October missing key issues in the story. This was never addressed despite the fact that this was pointed out by myself and other users in several spots on the community and through direct communication with customer service using the form available through the app itself.
The rotation of special feature comic titles continues to prove frustrating. While DC has mostly been adding worthwhile titles on a regular schedule, the rate at which they rotate out is inconsistent and you have to dig to find out how long a given issue will be available. It would be nice to know in advance how much time there is to read a given special feature without have to trawl through a message board. Similarly three out of four issues of Batman: Year One, which I had thought would be part of the regular library until at least the end of this month, mysteriously vanished while issues of Batman ’66 seemed to appear without warning.
To add a further wrinkle to the matter DC originally stated that their full digital library would be available for purchase in October, presumably at a per issue price similar to ComiXology (though DC has stated that the two services’ libraries will not sync meaning you would need to purchase a book twice to read it on both apps). This note has now been replaced with one that states more comics are coming soon. Whether this means that DC is planning to retool DC Universe to have an unlimited library similar to Marvel’s remains to be seen. It does seem unlikely that DC, a company that relies far much on “evergreen” trades like The Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen, would want to hazard risking those sales by making such titles available digitally for such a low price point (especially given the cost of producing their original shows) but there is also a lot of discontent in the community with the current vault approach. If anyone from DC is reading this I would suggest a hybrid approach: regular monthly titles released in a style similar to Marvel Unlimited with a six month or even a year lead time to preserve comic shop sales and a rotating, themed selection of the best selling boutique material in trade. This should allow for a better value for money for readers who are primarily interested in new material while DC is able to maintain the value of their older titles.
It’s a new week! We’ve got lots on tap as we begin to ramp down this year (lots to do before that) and get ready for next! While you recover from the weekend, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Fans of the Walmart 100-Page Giant comics will be treated to an extra dose of fright this Halloween, as DC’s line of successful anthology comics will now include a special horror-themed one-shot, Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special. This 100-page, $4.99 comic book includes an all-new story featuring the “Protector of the Green,” Swamp Thing.
“Hollow” is a 12-page story written by Brian Azzarello, with art by fan-favorite artist Greg Capullo. Children can’t help but be curious about what lurks in the woods at the edge of town on Halloween night…and unfortunately for them, this group of trick-or-treaters has crossed paths with a mysterious witch who has her own tale to tell about where curiosity leads—directly into the path of the creature known only as Swamp Thing! Can they escape her clutches? Or is there something much worse out there that they should REALLY fear?
This 100-Page Giant sells for $4.99 and includes several classic fright-filled stories from DC’s history, led by the iconic House of Secrets #92 from 1971, which features Swamp Thing’s very first appearance, written and drawn by co-creators Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist). 1971’s “Night of the Reaper,” from Batman #237, features two more giants of superhero storytelling, writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, telling a Halloween tale of revenge and the search for a Nazi war criminal.
2007’s DC Infinity Halloween Special also contributes to this issue, with stories featuring DC heroes Superman (“Strange Cargo”), Blue Devil and Enchantress (“The Pumpkin Sinister”) and Zatanna (“Kcirt ro Taert”). The book also reprints a Batman tale from the 2008 DC Infinity Halloween Special, “The Ballad of Jonathan Crane,” as well as “Night Gods” from 2010’s The Brave and the Bold, starring Aquaman and the Demon.
The Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special ships to stores today and should arrive in participating Walmart stores throughout North America by Sunday, October 7.
We’re back from Baltimore Comic Con and the team is gearing up for New York Comic Con! We’ve got some interviews you’ll see this week and more. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
It’s new comic day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you contemplate that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.