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Bendis’ Take on Superman’s Truth, Justice & The American Way

Bendis’ Take on Superman’s Truth, Justice & The American Way

Talking all things Superman at his spotlight panel for Emerald City Comic Con, Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis offered a renewed approach to a classic Superman motto: Truth, Justice and the American Way.

Bendis said he’s found new relevance in Superman’s “truth, justice and the American way” adage, which helped inspire him to take on the Man of Steel. “Truth is under siege in our society today,” Bendis continued. “Justice — we see it every day on video, justice is not being handed out to everybody. The American dream, that is also under siege. These things, that seemed cliche just five years ago, are now damn well worth fighting for.”

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A fan asked if Bendis thought Superman or Clark Kent was the true identity. “It’s a very good question,” Bendis said. “What I am fascinated by, out of all he things in the world he could do, he chose to be a reporter. He didn’t have to have any secret identity. I think the reason he chose reporter is, because it’s the one thing he can do to serve justice that he can’t do as Superman. He can reveal truth. That’s Clark’s job.” Bendis said he’s going to strongly explore Clark Kent as an investigative reporter.

Get all the details from Bendis’ ECCC spotlight panel here.

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Nancy Drew Comes to Comics In Series from Kelly Thompson & Jenn St-Onge

Nancy Drew Comes to Comics In Series from Kelly Thompson & Jenn St-Onge

As part of its slew of announcements from Emerald City Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment revealed plans to bring beloved crime-solver Nancy Drew to comics in a new series from the all-female creative team of writer Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye), artist Jenn St-Onge (Bingo Love, The Misfits), colorist Triona Farrell (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) and letterer Ariana Maher (Ringside, 8House).

The official description for the reimagining of Nancy Drew is the following:

In the new series, Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything… especially solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. Nancy, the classic master teen mystery-cracker, will be shown in a way you’ve never seen before, by a creative team with a huge respect for the original tales, and what she could mean for a modern audience.

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“One of my absolute favorite things about Nancy,” Thompson told The Mary Sue, “Is the look on people’s faces when you say her name. Everyone from my mother to friends of all different ages have this incredible connection to Nancy – and everyone sees her a bit differently.”

She added, “Nancy Drew is one of the most iconic characters in all of literature so getting a chance to put a modern spin on her for a modern audience was truly exciting. Nancy’s a character that appeals to me on so many levels – she’s smart and sassy, heroic, and determined, but she’s also got some sharp edges that people too smart for their own good often have and I think that makes her really relateable and well…human. And none of that even mentions the fact that she’s a detective and detectives are always my favorite characters with all their sharp senses and tragic origins. This is also the first time my mother has been genuinely excited about one of my projects – so that’s extra fun.”

Series editor Nate Crosby teased, “Kelly’s bringing an incredible sense of character, stakes, and intrigue on top of a humongous vibe of fun,” adding, “The attention of detail that Jenn has paid to designing Nancy and her supporting cast and their world is one of the most impressive sequential art feats I’ve ever seen…you’re not just gonna love reading the story; you’re gonna wanna hang out with Nancy and her buds. It’s an utterly gorgeous bouncy blast of a book, with Triona Farrell bringing deft touch and texture on the color art, and thoughtfully unique letter stylings from Ariana Maher. Nancy is in the best creative hands possible.”

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Head over to The Mary Sue for a first-look at St-Onge’s interior art, in addition to first-issue variant covers by Tula Lotay (All-Star Batman), Marguerite Sauvage (Bombshells) and Annie Wu (Black Canary).

Dynamite’s Nancy Drew #1 hits stands in June.

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Bendis Hasn’t Given Up Hope on a DC/Marvel Crossover

Bendis Hasn’t Given Up Hope on a DC/Marvel Crossover

At an Emerald City Comic Con spotlight panel for revered comics creator Brian Michael Bendis, the author addressed the possibility of a Marvel-DC crossover in the wake of his landmark move from Marvel to DC as a writer.

At the panel a fan asked if Bendis’ move from Marvel to DC has increased the chances of a new DC/Marvel crossover. “I’ve wanted to get a Batman/Daredevil crossover going since 2002,” Bendis replied. “If this massive move of my career was trying to get that to happen — it’s pretty badass of me.” But he made it clear there was no crossover on the horizon.

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“Should there be one? Absolutely. Do I want to do it? Absolutely.” Bendis said he’d want it to span from “Hell’s Kitchen to Gotham to the Fourth World to the Guardians of the Galaxy.” The DC Universe and the Marvel Universe have “never been more different than right now,” Bendis said, making now an ideal time for such a story. But it comes down to Disney and Warner Bros., he explained, and right now there’s “nothing in it for them” — but who knows what could happen in the future.

Get all the details from Bendis’ ECCC spotlight panel here.

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DC Comics to Publish Its Own Previews Catalog

DC Comics to Publish Its Own Previews Catalog

In addition to announcing several changes to its primary Previews catalog, Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed plans to distribute a separate Previews Magazine solely dedicated to DC Comics.

The top-selling publisher will no longer be featured in the main Previews catalog — instead, its comics and merchandise will be showcased in a separate magazine, which will come free with the purchase of the central Previews Magazine, in the same way that Marvel’s Previews catalog, and the Image+ magazine, are sold with the purchase of the main Previews Magazine.

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“For Previews readers, that means you’ll receive a copy of Previews, DC Previews, Marvel Previews, and the Image+ magazine – all for the price of $3.99,” Diamond’s Previews editor Marty Grosser said in a statement.

As of as May 2018, Diamond will distribute its Previews catalog digitally as part of a “special Previewsworld app.” There will be an option to separately buy the digital Previews catalog, or redeem a digital version with the purchase of a print copy.

Additionally, as of the April 2018 issue of Previews Magazine, prose novels, magazine, and the comics/GN section will be merged into one “Comics, Graphic Novels & Print” category, while manga will get its own section.

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Marvel’s Long-Delayed SHIELD Series to Conclude in May

Marvel’s Long-Delayed SHIELD Series to Conclude in May

Marvel Comics has announced plans for a definitive conclusion to Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s acclaimed 2010 miniseries, S.H.I.E.L.D. The long-awaited issues five and six, in addition to a one-shot (titled S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth #1) reprinting the first four issues, are set to hit shelves in May 2018.

“Well, it’s true, this doesn’t have anything to do with the Lindbergh baby, but without a doubt the real crime of the century is how long we’ve been sitting on this amazing Dustin Weaver art,” Hickman wrote in a statement. “Someone should definitely go to jail. Which I’m cool with as long as it isn’t me.”

“S.H.I.E.L.D.’s long hiatus, like the feeling of unfinished business, has been a nagging presence in the back of my mind,” added Weaver. “Finally having it out in the world will be very gratifying. I’m proud of it and excited to finally share the last issues. Having it out will also be a relief. I think now my spirit can go into the light and I won’t have to keep haunting Jonathan Hickman.”

Take a look at some preview pages from the final two issues of S.H.I.E.L.D., in addition to the covers for issue five and six, along with full solicitations, below.

S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Rebirth #1 By Hickman & Weaver
Jonathan Hickman (W) – Dustin Weaver (A)
Cover by Gerald Parel

“Delve deeper into the hidden past of S.H.I.E.L.D. — along with some of history’s greatest minds! Michelangelo has been pulling the strings for years, and is now becoming the prime mover. Can he keep Leonardo Da Vinci and Isaac Newton from killing each other and destroying the Brotherhood of the Shield? The battle for the Immortal City comes to a climactic conclusion! Leonid makes his choice between two fathers! Michelangelo and Nikola Tesla kick their plan into high gear! Galileo takes on Galactus — long before the Fantastic Four did! The truth behind Nostrodamus stands revealed! And Howard Stark lays the foundation for the espionage organization you know and love! Catch up on Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s secretive S.H.I.E.L.D. saga — before the eagerly anticipated finale! Collecting S.H.I.E.L.D. (2011) #1-4.”

S.H.I.E.L.D. By Hickman & Weaver #5 & 6
Jonathan Hickman (W) – Dustin Weaver (A)
Cover by Gerald Parel


Jonathan Hickman and Dustin Weaver’s unfinished epic of 2010-2011 finally gets its conclusion!

The Brotherhood of the Shield is made of the likes of Da Vinci, Stark, Tesla and Richards, but they’re in trouble.

Sir Issac Newton stands with his foot on the world’s throat and no one can stop him!

The battle that decides our present is waged in the future!”

(via ComicBook)

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Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice Art Showcases New Teams

Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice Art Showcases New Teams

Revealing its plans after the event series Dark Nights: Metal, DC Comics dropped a major bombshell Friday, unveiling an impending shakeup for its Justice League titles, which will soon boast all-new teams.

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Along with announcing an event series (that will introduce the new teams) from the likes of writers Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson, the publisher dropped new art from Francis Manapul, who will illustrate the miniseries co-written by the Metal trio, titled Justice League: No Justice.

Showcasing the various teams that will make up the new Leagues, the art — which you can check out below — comprises of Team Mystery: Martian Manhunter, Sinestro, Superman, Starfire and Starro; Team Entropy: Lobo, Lex Luthor, Beast Boy, Batman and Deathstroke; Team Wonder: Raven, Doctor Fate, Zatanna, Wonder Woman and Etrigan the Demon; and Team Wisdom: Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Atom, The Flash and Robin (specified as Damian Wayne).

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Take a look below.

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In this four-issue miniseries, the super-villain Brainiac arrives on Earth with a dire warning for the Justice League: there’s a threat coming to destroy Earth, one that the heroes are ill-equipped to handle. Brainiac thinks he holds the key to victory, but it means combining members of the League with some of the most dangerous villains in the DC Universe and sending them into battle against this extinction-level menace. The stakes are at their absolute highest; if one of these teams fail. It’s game over.

“I’m laying out the biggest action of my life,” Manapul teased in an official statement. “The Justice League realizes that they need to expand their reach to become something bigger than they have ever been before. If you thought my work for JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR was huge, I’m taking the League to the edge of the cosmos with NO JUSTICE. Anyone who has asked for Harley Quinn, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Zatanna, the Atom, Raven, or Doctor Fate to be in their personal Justice League will stand up and cheer.”

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Justice League: No Justice #1 hits stands on May 9.

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Scott Snyder to Write Flagship Justice League Series Post-Metal

Scott Snyder to Write Flagship Justice League Series Post-Metal

DC Comics has revealed plans for a new rendition of its Justice League teams after the conclusion of its acclaimed event series Dark Nights: Metal. The flagship Justice League title will be written by comics visionary Scott Snyder; no artist has been announced.

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Following the conclusion of March’s Dark Nights: Metal #6, a four-issue weekly miniseries titles Justice League: No Justice will kick off. Launching May 9, the series will be co-written by Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, and illustrated by Francis Manapul.

In June, the Justice League titles will relaunch. The flagship title, written by Snyder, will follow up on the events of Dark Nights: Metal, which depicts the Justice League’s battle against seven evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse.

“We thought we knew the entire map of the DC cosmos,” Snyder wrote in a statement upon IGN’s announcement. “We thought we had explored all there was to explore. But now we know that all this time the Multiverse was nothing but a fishbowl, and now we’ve been dumped into the ocean, unleashing terrifying new threats, and wondrous new possibilities. Metal opened up channels of storytelling that Francis, James, Joshua and I are excited to explore in a big way. When we’re finished, fans will never look at the Justice League in the same way again.”

RELATED: Snyder Had to Cut Several Evil Batmen for Dark Nights: Metal

Christopher Priest and Pete Woods’ current Justice League run will conclude on April 18 with its 43rd issue. Steve Orlando (and a host of artists’) Justice League of America is set to conclude on April 11 with its 29th issue.

Stay tuned to CBR as we learn more about the future of the Justice League at DC Comics.

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Amy Chu Scripting Green Hornet Relaunch

Amy Chu Scripting Green Hornet Relaunch

Dynamite Entertainment has announced plans for a new volume of Green Hornet, which will pick up after the last series by Kevin Smith, from writer Amy Chu (Red Sonja, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death) and artist German Erramouspe (Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath, Rancat). The first issue is set to hit stands in March.

The synopsis for the new Green Hornet volume is the following:

Britt Reid Jr., the scion of the Daily Sentinel publishing empire, vanishes during a wild party on his friend’s yacht. Meanwhile, crime spikes in the streets of Century City with the mysterious criminal/secret vigilante the Green Hornet absent. It’s only a matter of time before SOMEONE puts two and two together, and it’s up to Kato, former partner of Britt’s father, and his daughter Mulan to protect the city AND the Green Hornet legacy, while finding out what happened to Britt.

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“The Green Hornet was one of the top titles on my bucket list to write, so I’m really thrilled to dive in,” Chu said in an official statement. “I’ve been listening to the old radio shows from the ’30s and trying to bring back some of the good guy vs bad guy elements of what made it popular in the ’30s. But this is not a pure nostalgia trip- there’s a lot of modern twists. My parent’s generation in Hong Kong liked Green Hornet because of Bruce Lee as Kato so I’m weaving in some solid martial arts action too.”

The first issue will feature several variant covers from artists including Mike Choi (X-Men, Cable), Carli Ihde (KISS/Vampirella, Sheena), Mike McKone (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Fist), and CP Wilson III (Deadpool, G.I. Joe, The Shadow).

Green Hornet #1 releases in March.

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Image Comics Documentary ‘So Much Damage’ Debuts First Trailer

Image Comics Documentary ‘So Much Damage’ Debuts First Trailer

Syfy has released (via Entertainment Weekly) the first trailer for So Much Damage: How Image Comics Changed the World.

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A five-part documentary series, the project chronicles the rise, fall and comeback of Image Comics, and its lasting influence on the entertainment industry as a whole. The series features in-depth interviews with the company’s founders — including superstar writer/artists Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld — in addition to its modern architects, like The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Watch the first trailer for Syfy’s So Much Damage here.

So Much Damage: How Image Comics Changed the World is produced by Syfy’s digital division, Syfy Wire, and is set to debut all five parts November 20 on the official Syfy website.

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Image Comics was founded in 1992 by Marvel comics artists-turned independent creators Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. Since the debut of the company’s first comic book issue, Spawn #1, the publisher has remained a powerhouse and massively influential tour de force in the medium. To this day, McFarlane, Larsen, Silvestri, Valentino and Liefeld still produce comics for the publishing giant.

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Comics Industry Reacts to Marvel Hiring CB Cebulski as Editor-in-Chief

Comics Industry Reacts to Marvel Hiring CB Cebulski as Editor-in-Chief

Earlier today, Marvel Comics announced that CB Cebulski has been named the new editor-in-chief of the publisher. And, as evident on social media, the comics industry couldn’t be more excited for the veteran Marvel executive’s new role at the company.

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Taking to Twitter, a number of creators have voiced their support for Cebulski and his hiring, praising his ability to scout new talent, and his overall character.

Namely, Brian Michael Bendis, who shook the comics world this month announcing his departure from Marvel for DC Comics, sounded off with a nice message for Cebuslki:

Countless other creators voiced their support, as well:

Cebulski is filling the role previously held by Axel, who served as the editor-in-chief of Marvel since 2011. Various creators lent their voices in support of Alonso, bidding him farewell and citing his impressive legacy, leadership and collaborative expertise which he executed during his tenure at the publisher.

RELATED: Marvel’s CB Cebulski to Trade New York For Shanghai

Cebulski is a 15 year veteran of Marvel, having worked in a number of roles over the years. His most current position prior to his promotion was VP, Marvel Brand Management and Development, Asia, where he was tasked with helping to further the globalization of Marvel and its properties. Cebulski is currently living in Shanghai, but will relocate to New York City in order to work directly from Marvel’s headquarters. He will take over as editor-in-chief of the publisher immediately.

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