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DC Expands Black Label with Classic Stories and New Printings

DC has announced that some of its most legendary stories will now be a part of the DC Black Label imprint. The recently launched publishing line, dedicated to giving premier writers and artists the ability to tell unique, standalone stories set outside DC continuity, will release several iconic comic book collections featuring the most famous DC heroes from the archives beginning this December through the end of 2019.

The quintessential tales that first inspired the creation of the line include complex and emotionally engaging narratives with stunning visual storytelling from some of the greatest creators in the industry. The list of reprinted collections and their release dates through 2019 can be found below:

  • ALL-STAR SUPERMAN—Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely—available 12/04/2018
  • DC: THE NEW FRONTIER—Darwyn Cooke—available 2/19/2019
  • WATCHMEN (HC w/new slipcase)—Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons—available 3/26/2019
  • KINGDOM COME—Mark Waid & Alex Ross—available 4/23/2019
  • RONIN—Frank Miller & Lynn Varley— available 5/07/2019
  • ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER VOL. 1—Miller & Jim Lee and BATMAN: YEAR ONE—Miller & David Mazzucchelli—available 6/11/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN—Miller—BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS—Miller & Klaus Janson—available 6/18/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: THE MASTER RACE—Miller & Brian Azzarello & Andy Kubert & Janson—available 6/25/2019
  • LUTHOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and THE JOKER 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION —Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
  • BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM—Morrison & Dave McKean—available 8/13/2019
  • THE JOKER: DELUXE EDITION—Azzarello & Bermejo—available 9/10/2019
  • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE—Moore & Brian Bolland—available 9/17/2019
  • WATCHMEN (TP)—Moore & Gibbons—available 9/24/2019
  • BATMAN: YEAR 100—Paul Pope—available 10/08/2019
  • SUPERMAN: RED SON—Mark Millar & Dave Johnson & Andrew Robinson & Killian Plunkett & Walden Wong—available 10/22/2019
  • BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/05/2019
  • BLACK ORCHID—Neil Gaiman & McKean—11/12/2019
  • BATMAN: DARK VICTORY—Loeb & Sale—11/26/2019
  • BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT—Loeb & Sale—12/17/2019
  • CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME—Loeb & Sale—12/31/2019

Deadpool Goes Big in the New Legends in 3D Bust Line!

They say bigger is better, and Diamond Select Toys is going to put it to the test! Starting this week, the Legends in Three Dimensions line of resin busts is shipping to comic shops and specialty stores, and each half-scale bust measures at least 10 inches tall! Deadpool kicks off a series of icons from the worlds of comics, film, TV and video games, forming a bust collection unlike any other! Read on for details, and reserve your favorites at a store near you!

Legends in 3D Marvel Comics Deadpool ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Deadpool has a big mouth, and now that mouth just got a lot bigger! This ½ scale bust of the Merc with a Mouth is the biggest we’ve ever done, measuring approximately 10 inches tall with finely sculpted details and exacting paint applications. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, this hand-numbered resin bust comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #APR182170, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jaeger alert! The Legends in 3D line goes on the attack with this bust of Gipsy Danger from the first Pacific Rim movie. Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this massive bust features incredible sculpted and painted detail, and is the ultimate cinematic collectible from the Pacific Rim movies. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, the bust comes packaged in a hand-numbered, full-color box with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Bigshot Toyworks! (Item #JUN182315; SRP: $200.00)

Legends in 3D Marvel Comics Venom ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Don’t get tongue-tied! Shout out your love for all things Venom with this breathtaking and drool-inducing half-scale bust of Venom! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this bust of Spider-Man’s least favorite dancing partner is based on a design by Joe Allard, and sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. This bust is limited to only 1,000 numbered pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color hand-numbered box. (Item #JUL182501, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Watchmen Movie Rorschach ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The conspiracy is real! Diamond Select Toys and Legends in Three Dimensions have colluded on a line of colossal half-scale busts of pop-culture icons, and up next is the ultimate whistle-blower, Rorschach! The anti-hero of the Watchmen movie is now an epic 10” bust, with detailed sculpting by Rocco Tartamella. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it’s the ultimate Watchmen collectible! Bust comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a numbered base and a certificate of authenticity. (Item #AUG182581, $150.00)

Legends in 3D Iron Giant Movie Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The largest-scale Iron Giant collectible ever made is the newest Legend in Three Dimensions! The Legends in 3D line expands to the world of animation with this 10-inch bust of the Iron Giant, star of the animated film of the same name. With his pal Hogarth perched on his shoulder, this bust is the ultimate gift for any fan of The Iron Giant, or of iron giants in general. Limited to an edition of 1,000 pieces, this numbered bust comes with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard! (Item #SEP182331, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D The Muppets AnimAL ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Another Legend is in the making! One of the Muppet Show’s most iconic Muppets, Electric Mayhem drummer Animal, is the first felt fellow to be made into a half-scale bust in the Legends in 3D line! Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this resin bust of Animal was sculpted by Rocco Tartamella from a design by Joe Allard. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, each bust comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color, hand-numbered box.  (Item #OCT182226, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington ½ Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys Release! Let the festivities commence! Jack Skellington comes to life – and life-size – with this first-ever half-scale bust based on the acclaimed stop-motion film, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this museum-quality resin bust is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (Item #NOV182294, SRP: $150.00)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Spider-Gwen ½ Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Ghost Spider strikes! The breakout spider-hero breaks into the Legends in 3 Dimensions line as the newest half-scale resin bust. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a webbed-up pillar base, Spider-Gwen is limited to only 1,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Joe Menna! (SRP: $150.00)

HBO’s Watchmen Gets a First Teaser Look

Watchmen is getting a new television show on HBO. Based on the classic comic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics, the show is under production and we now have our first teaser look.

The show isn’t a direct adaptation of the comic series, instead it’s set in the world of.

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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we can’t wait to use it to catch up on so many things we need to do. While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Spider-Man PS4 Sold 3.3 Million Units in First 3 Days – That’s a lot of copies.

Kotaku – Spider-Man’s Backpacks Bring The Web-Slinger Down To Earth – Who’s playing?

Newsarama – NIN’s Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Score HBO’s Watchmen – And that’s a soundtrack we’ll be buying!

The Beat – Con Wars: Wizard World Sacramento postponed less than three weeks out – That’s not a good sign.

Springfield News-Leader – Man stole housemate’s comic books to buy ‘food, cigarettes and marijuana,’ police say – Hrm…

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

Comics Bulletin – Koschchei the Deathless

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots of news and some pretty big stories coming. While you wait for all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup!

Daily DDT – WWE: Johnny Gargano’s Comic Book Inspirations in His War With Tommaso Ciampa – Cool to see comic influences elsewhere.

GeekTyrant – Glenn Danzig Is Directing Films Based On His Verotik Comic Books – Well ok then.

Newsarama – HBO’s Watchmen Spin-Off Confirmed for 2019 with Full Series Order – Interesting to see where this goes.

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Cocaine Disco #1

Talking Comics – Extermination #1

Comic Attack – Ninja-K #10

The Outhousers – Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire

HBO’s Watchmen Get Its First Cast Members

The new Watchmen television series has cast some of its first actors. Damon Lindelof who is heading up the series has said it’ll explore other aspects of the world and isn’t an adaptation of the modern classic comic series. It will air on HBO.

Cast in unknown roles are Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. King will have the lead role.

Lindelof has said that some of the characters for the series will be unknown. There’ll be new faces, new masks to uncover, and there’ll be an exploration of the world.

King and Johnson have yet to be attached to a comic property in their careers. Tim Blake Nelson played Dr. Allen in Fantastic Four and Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk. Louis Gossett Jr. was the voice of Lucious Fox in The Batman and Jake Berkowitz in The Punisher. Adelaide Clemens appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Carnival Girl. Andrew Howard was Luther Banks in multiple episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excite for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Los Angeles Times – Comic book valued at $500 among those reportedly taken by thief at Burbank store – Booo. If anyone knows anything, please help out.

CBR – Damon Lindelof Says ‘Sacred’ Watchmen Comics Will Be Remixed, Not Retread – Interesting.

ICv2 – Lionsgate Wins Bidding War to Adapt Gerry Duggan’s ‘Analog’ – What comics aren’t being adapted?

The Outhouse – Diamond Estimates 1.5 Million Free Comic Book Day Attendees – That’s a solid amount of people.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – New Challengers #1

Newsarama – Skyward #2

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor: Gates of Valhalla

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

IGN – Watchmen TV Pilot to Be Helmed by Leftovers‘ Nicole Kassell – This could be interesting.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – Abbott #1

ICv2 – Fire Punch Vol. 1

Nothing But Comics – Hungry Ghosts #1

Around the Tubes

How was folks’ long weekend (for those that had one) and how was your Black Friday? Any cool geeky things on sale? Sound off with links for Cyber Monday below! While you wait for the deals to roll out, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Polygon – DC Entertainment owns Watchmen, and here’s why that’s controversial – If you want to know some of the history.

Flickering Myth – Comic book adaptation Stryx coming to the small screen – Is anything not coming to the big or small screen from comics at this point?

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Doomsday Clock #1

Atomic Junk Shop – Lost Planet

Review: Doomsday Clock #1

And so here we are — the “big event” that all of DC Rebirth has been leading up to, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s eagerly anticipated/thoroughly dreaded (depending on your point of view) DCU/Watchmen mash-up, Doomsday Clock. The lines between the two formerly-separate fictitious universes were blurred, of course, in last year’s DC Universe Rebirth Special, and here they’re completely wiped out. We’ve known it was coming, now it’s arrived — and it wants five bucks a month from you for the next year as it plays out over the course of 12 issues. Should you do what it (and, specifically, DC) wants?

Lots of critics are answering that question with an emphatic “yes,” some no doubt charmed by the free pancake mix and maple syrup that preview copies of the book came packaged with (DC shrewdly, but wisely, calculating that many comics critics — like many comics creators — are fucking starving), while others seem to genuinely like the fruits of Johns’ and Frank’s “imaginations.” Allow me, then, to do what I’m best at and piss on everyone’s Corn Fla — err, pancake breakfast.

Granted, to say I wasn’t expecting much from Doomsday Clock would be putting things mildly, but I was genuinely taken aback by just how much I despised this thing. Frank’s art is certainly competent enough, I suppose, highly detailed but utterly devoid of personality, a triumph of style over substance, and Brad Anderson‘s colors are a reasonable enough computerized approximation of original Watchmen colorist John Higgins‘ singular palette, albeit with more gradations in regards to shade and hue, but hey, you know what they say about lipstick and pigs — and this story is one hell of an oinker.

Johns has clearly read Watchmen dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the years — but the entire point (hell, points) of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ seminal, transformative classic was just as clearly lost on him. Every page — in fact very nearly every panel — of Watchmen was layered with thematic, conceptual, even allegorical meaning, but if you’re a facile, “surface-level” reader? Hey, it’s just a clever super-hero “whodunit” with a decidedly dark tone. Issue one of Doomsday Clock makes it abundantly clear what sort of reader Johns is.

It makes it abundantly clear what sort of writer he is, as well — one whose abilities are dramatically limited by his reading skills. Nobody apart from the most continuity-obsessed, intellectually adolescent fanboys have ever even wondered  how you could cross over the DC and Watchmen “universes,” never mind what would happen once you did so, and for that reason I really can’t fathom how anyone apart from a continuity-obsessed, intellectually adolescent fanboy would find what’s going on in these pages remotely interesting : it’s 1992 (a 1992 where variations of the term “deplorables” are in common use, where a Brexit-type event has triggered to the collapse of the EU, and where there’s a wall along the US/Mexico border — even though President Goldenshower isn’t in office, Robert Redford is? Does anyone even edit Johns’ scripts for such basics as logical plausibility?) on “Earth-Watchmen,” and things are a mess with Adrian Veidt’s scheme exposed and the purported “world’s smartest man” the subject of a global manhunt. Rorschach is on the case, but they make it clear pretty quickly that this Rorschach isn’t that Rorschach (special points for tone-deafness on Johns’ part for putting a black guy in the costume made infamous by a racist, civil-rights-trampling, vigilante lunatic — again, where’s an editor when you need one?), and that his part in whatever the hell’s going on global meltdown-wise isn’t what it seems. In fact, he’s working for —- fuck it, spoilers and all that — who’s very much alive but — fuck it, spoilers and all that again — and they’ve got a plan to — by this point you already know I’m not really going to give any “big” details away. Then we wrap up with a scene of Clark Kent on “Earth-0” (or whatever it’s called these days) having a dream about his parents’ death that doesn’t jibe with what we’ve known before.

Now, plot twists were a key component of Watchmen, of course, but they were the icing on a damn deep and rich cake. Here, though, those twists are all that Johns and Frank are serving up. This is a cheap, “flashy” story dependent on “wowing” you with one surprise after the next — but again, those surprises will only be effective if you give a shit about this cash-grab premise in the first place, and no reason for the skeptical, or even merely curious, to “buy in” is ever offered by these low-rent “creators.”

Hell, truth be told, they’re like Trump in that I don’t think they know how to reach beyond a hard-core base. Watchmen was the comic you could give to people who don’t read comics, but in order to begin to understand Doomsday Clock you need to have been deeply invested in the intricate minutiae of DC product (let’s just call it what it is) for a couple of decades or more. If nine-panel grids and grumbled “hrrrmmm”s are enough to convince you that Johns and Frank are “honoring” the legacy of Moore and Gibbons, then I guess this’ll do in a pinch, but for anyone else? Say, somebody with a modestly-developed sense of discernment? This comic is as insulting to you as it is to Watchmen‘s creators, neither of whom were even given so much as a courtesy call to let them know this toxic sludge was about to slide down the pipeline.

Johns has made some public statements clearly designed to mollify concerned parties, saying that this series won’t be saddled with any “tie-ins” to other books because he doesn’t want to “dilute the Watchmen brand” (as if its very existence doesn’t do precisely that), and that he doesn’t intend to wrap things up with a Superman vs. Doctor Manhattan fight but, rather, with a “conversation” between the two of them — but that presupposes that he has anything worth saying about either character. Based on the evidence offered by Doomsday Clock #1, I’d say it’s painfully obvious that he doesn’t. I won’t be sticking around to find out, of course — and neither should you. So enjoy those pancakes, everybody — they sure taste better than the shit sandwich that came with them.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank Colors: Brad Anderson
Story: 0  Art: 4 Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

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