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Scott Snyder’s Justice League Artist, Team Line-Up Revealed

Scott Snyder’s Justice League Artist, Team Line-Up Revealed

It was in January that we learned longtime Batman writer and current Dark Nights: Metal scribe Scott Snyder would go on to pen the flagship Justice League title following both Metal and the four-issue weekly miniseries Justice League: No Justice. Now, we finally have confirmation on which artist will be joining Snyder on the series, as well as the previously teased new roster.

According to the trade paperback listing for Justice League Vol. 1 from Penguin Random House, current Super Sons artist Jorge Jimenez will provide the interior art for the series, while longtime Marvel artist Jim Cheung will provide the imagery for the covers. The listing also includes a black and white version of one of Cheung’s covers, which features Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern John Stewart.

RELATED: Is Justice League: No Justice Eliminating the DCU’s Other Superteams?

Justice League: No Justice, co-written by Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, and illustrated by Francis Manapul, launches May 9. Then, in June, all of the current 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.

Here’s the full solicitation for Justice League Vol. 1:

Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of Dark Nights: Metal and the universe-defining No Justice, the core members of the Justice League–Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and more–are finally reunited!

The cosmos suddenly opens up to new threats that the Justice League could not imagine! As Lex Luthor and Batman race to solve a mystery going back to the beginning of the DCU, the rest of the League dive deep into new corners of their own mythologies!

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.

KEEP READING: Justice League: No Justice Solicitations Share New Story Details

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Mister Miracle: King & Gerads Reveal Big Barda’s Legal Name

Mister Miracle: King & Gerads Reveal Big Barda’s Legal Name

SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Mister Miracle #7, by Tom King, Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.

It was two months ago, in Tom King and Mitch Gerads’ Mister Miracle #6, that we learned Scott Free and Big Barda were expecting a precious little bundle of Genesisian and Apokoliptian joy. Now, in Issue #7, King and Gerads have dropped yet another major bombshell – well, major if you consider yourself a connoisseur of Jack Kirby’s “Fourth World” stories: Big Barda’s legal name.

The issue begins with Scott and Barda making their way to the hospital for the latter’s delivery, which is an ordeal in and of itself. Upon their arrival at the Emergency Room, Scott prepares to check his wife in.

RELATED: Mister Miracle’s Gerads on Violence, Punchlines and Nine-Panel Grids

“Yeah, we pre-registered,” Scott tells the intake attendant. “First name, Big. Last name, Barda, B-A-R-D-A.”

So there you have it. She isn’t Barda Free, nor is Big Barda simply an alias derived from her larger-than-average physical stature — it’s her actual first and last name! However, this revelation begs the question: Is ‘Big’ her family name, or is her mother’s full name Big Breeda Barda?

KEEP READING: Mister Miracle and Big Barda Are Our Comics Relationship Goals

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The Script for Action Comics #1001 Is Complete

The Script for Action Comics #1001 Is Complete

Next month marks a major milestone for not just DC Comics but for the entire comic book industry, as Action Comics reaches its monumental 1,000th issue. However, the celebration doesn’t stop there, as longtime Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis begins his highly anticipated run on the series with Issue #1001 — an issue he just completed the script for.

On Twitter, Bendis revealed that he “just handed in the script to Action Comics 1001,” commemorating the momentous achievement with a classic Super Friends GIF. Of course, simply handing in a script might not seem all that exciting on the surface, but, as Marvel writer Jim Zub puts it, four-digit comic books are far from the norm.

RELATED: First Look at Man of Steel Interior Art by Maguire, Reis & Prado

Bendis’ first DC Comics work overall will be a ten-page Superman story in Action Comics #1000, illustrated by Jim Lee. “It’s not just some random backup story or flight of fancy,” Bendis said last month. “It is a major chapter in what we’re doing, with some really big bombs we’re dropping in Superman’s life — and two of them happen right there in Action Comics #1000. So it’s a huge tease of what we’re doing and what’s coming up in Superman’s life.”

Following the six-issue Man of Steel weekly miniseries, which kicks off on May 30, Bendis will write both Superman and Action Comics. The former will relaunch with a new #1, while Action will continue its numbering, with Bendis’ first full issue being Action Comics #1001, which arrives July 25.

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Slott Explains Kraven the Hunter’s Absence in Amazing Spider-Man

Slott Explains Kraven the Hunter’s Absence in Amazing Spider-Man

After an impressive 10 years on the series, writer Dan Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-Man has reached its final stretch, as he prepares to wrap up his tenure on the series with issue #801. However, in reflecting on the past decade in an interview with CBR, Slott elaborated on the absence one of the web-slinger’s most notable foes: Kraven the Hunter.

“…I’ve been keenly aware of what characters I haven’t written,” Slott explained to CBR. “I barely touched Kraven. Everyone has their head canon, and I was like, I’m not going anywhere near that character after the classic J.M. DeMatteis ‘Last Hunt’ story. To me, that’s where his story ends.”

RELATED: Amazing Spider-Man: Go Down Swinging Claims Its First Victim

“The only times I’ve really used [Kraven] have been in flashback, like in the Spidey/Torch miniseries that took place before ‘Last Hunt,’” he continued. “Whenever people would need a Spidey villain to use in a book, I’d always offer up Kraven, because I knew I wasn’t using him. [Laughs] So, you’d see him show up all the time in books like Scarlet Spider and Venom.”

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Sergei Kravinoff, aka Kraven the Hunter, made his Marvel Comics debut in Amazing Spider-Man #15 in August 1964. A Russian immigrant, Kraven fled to the United States and became a big game hunter in an attempt to fulfill his lost sense nobility. This eventually put him at odds with Spider-Man, whom he saw as a trophy of sorts after hunting traditional game began to lose its luster.

RELATED: Is Amazing Spider-Man’s Red Goblin More Norman Osborn… Or Carnage?

Dan Slott’s run on Amazing Spider-Man started in 2008 with issue #546, when he was, at the time, part of a rotating team of writers on the series. Slott took over the series fully in 2010. Amazing Spider-Man #801, by Dan Slott and Marcos Martin, arrives this summer.

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DC Debuts Joelle Jones’ Catwoman Wedding Dress Concept Art

DC Debuts Joelle Jones’ Catwoman Wedding Dress Concept Art

DC Comics gave readers their first look at Selina Kyle’s wedding dress earlier today, which will appear on the cover of April’s Batman #44 in the lead-up to the big Bat-Cat wedding in Issue #50 this summer. Now, DC has also revealed some of the unused preliminary designs, drawn by artist Joelle Jones.

The image features five gorgeous gowns, with the second-to-last being the one that appears on the final cover. Then, beneath those designs, Jones toys around with several different hairstyles, each presented from a slightly different perspective.

RELATED: Batman: How and Why Poison Ivy Has Taken Over the World

It was in October’s Batman #32 that Catwoman responded in the affirmative to Batman’s unprecedented marriage proposal, and already, the pair’s relationship has been put through the wringer. However, before Gotham City’s costumed power couple makes things official, Batman’s main nemesis, The Joker, will learn about the pair’s planned nuptials. A story in the DC Nation one-shot, written by Tom King and illustrated by Clay Mann, will reveal what happens when the Clown Prince of Crime learns the Dark Knight and the DCU’s most skilled cat burglar are set to be married.

RELATED: In Batman, Poison Ivy Becomes the World’s Most Dangerous… Hero?

Batman #44, by Tom King, Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones, goes on sale April 4, DC Nation #0 is scheduled for release on May 2, and Batman #50 hits stands July 4.

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Stan Lee Released from Hospital

Stan Lee Released from Hospital

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has been released from Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a significant health scare last night. In fact, the 95-year-old not only says that he’s doing fine but is seemingly downplaying the severity of the incident.

RELATED: Stan Lee Weighs In On Disney/Fox Deal

“All I really want to do is tell you that I’m feeling great,” Lee told ABC Los Angeles. “I figured a little check up wouldn’t be bad for me. And in fact it turned out to be pretty good, it got me a lot of publicity. I’m feeling good now and I can’t wait to get in there and tangle with all the competition. It’s nice to know that somewhere in the world there are still people who care about what I say or do.”

In recent years, Lee has had to call off several appearances due to this health. After dropping two appearances in Ohio in 2012, Lee revealed that he’d had a pacemaker implanted. Lee was also rushed to hospital in 2015, though he was able to attend the red-carpet premiere of Ant-Man, which happened the next day. In 2017, Lee cancelled appearances at Big Apple Con and Salt Lake City Comic Con’s FanX.

However, this latest incident doesn’t appear to be slowing Lee down, as he told KABC that he plans to resume his normal schedule this weekend, where he’ll be traveling and meeting with fans.

RELATED: Marvel Stars Celebrate Stan Lee’s 95th Birthday

Lee joined Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel Comics, in 1939. Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped create many of Marvel’s most iconic superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Hulk and many more.

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Batman Explains Why ‘Lark’ Was the Wrong Superhero Name for Duke Thomas

Batman Explains Why ‘Lark’ Was the Wrong Superhero Name for Duke Thomas

After becoming a more prominent member of the Bat-family in the post-Rebirth DC Universe, Duke Thomas was given new responsibilities, a new costume, but oddly enough, no superhero codename – that would come later, courtesy of The Joker, who dubbed Duke “The Signal” in July’s Dark Nights: Metal prelude Dark Days: The Casting. However, in Batman and the Signal #1, the Caped Crusader provides us with a relatively simple explanation for why his protégé’s seldom-used alias from the New 52, Lark, doesn’t suit him.

RELATED: Batman & The Signal: Duke Thomas Gets New Costume, Miniseries

“I’ve seen your notes, Duke,” Batman says while giving Duke a tour of his new headquarters. “Lark? Too soft. And no bats come out by day.”

Though he’s currently unknown to fans outside the realm of comics, Duke played a big role in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Zero Year” arc on Batman, before going on to factor in the series’ “Endgame” arc, the series We Are Robin, and most recently, the latest volume of Batman and the recently concluded All-Star Batman that launched as part of DC Comics’ Rebirth initiative.

RELATED: “Batman: Rebirth” #1 Gives Duke Thomas a New Role, Revamps Classic Foe

Batman and the Signal #1, written by Tony Patrick and Scott Snyder with art by Cully Hamner, is on sale now.

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Brian Michael Bendis is Now Officially a DC Comics Writer

Brian Michael Bendis is Now Officially a DC Comics Writer

In November, shockwaves were sent across the comic book industry when it was announced that veteran Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis had signed an exclusive, “multifaceted, multilayered” deal with DC Comics. However, while a scary bout with MRSA means that he’s still wrapping up his Marvel work, Bendis took to social media to reveal that the newest chapter of his career has officially begun.

RELATED: Bendis Shares First Comments on DC Comics Deal

“Agent Bendis, reporting for duty,” Bendis tweeted to announce the commencement of his DC contract. Noting his remaining obligations to Marvel, Bendis thanked readers for their support, while also posting some appropriately branded art of himself, drawn by Michael Oeming.

DC followed suit shortly after, taking to Twitter to officially welcome Bendis to his new home by posting of GIF of him in front of the DC logo. However, with Bendis still recovering from his recent illness, this GIF might be from an earlier meeting.

RELATED: Jessica Jones: Marvel Releases Details for Bendis’ Final Issue

Apart from Invincible Iron Man #600, which will be his final Marvel issue, Bendis will also have to close out stories with Miles Morales, including both the Spider-Man series and the aftermath of his dealings with Peter Parker in Spider-Men II. He’ll also wrap up his runs on both The Defenders and Jessica Jones, the latter of which already has a female writer lined up for when Bendis departs with the March-scheduled issue #18.

Bendis has written for Marvel for more than 17 years, with the debut of Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000. Invincible Iron Man #598 is scheduled for release in March, meaning issue #600 is likely for release in May 2018.

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Colleen Doran Opens Up About Her Own Sexual Assault Experiences

Colleen Doran Opens Up About Her Own Sexual Assault Experiences

In the wake of numerous accounts of sexual misconduct by Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein surfacing over the past several months, countless others — both women and men — have been inspired to finally open up about their own painful experiences. However, many victims, such as Eisner-winning artist Colleen Doran (SandmanA Distant SoilThe Amazing Spider-Man), were forced to deal with sexual abuse at the earliest and most vulnerable stages of their careers and then pressured to remain silent — in some cases by signing nondisclosure agreements — lest they jeopardize their future. Nevertheless, many of these women’s stories share striking similarities, and according to Doran, her experiences while breaking into the comic book industry are very much akin to what actress Salma Hayek went through with Weinstein on the set of her 2002 breakthrough film Frida.

RELATED: Colleen Doran Shares Lost X-Men Art Featuring Multiple Man

On Twitter, Doran posted a link to a recent New York Times editorial in which Hayek shined the spotlight on Weinstein’s perpetual unwanted advances, his insistence on upping Frida‘s sex appeal (including adding a nude sex scene between her and another woman), and even a threat he once made against her life. Citing an NDA she signed, Doran noted that while she’s unable to speak directly about her own experiences, they were largely the same, if not worse, than what Hayek had gone through.

In her thread, Doran continues to share as much as she is legally able to about what she went through at the start of her career, adding that she was hardly the only woman to be “abused, humiliated, [and] silenced” by the man in question. She also notes the painful and legally dubious practice of forcing women into signing NDAs, pointing out that they ultimately serve to protect the people who commit these egregious, predatory acts. As Doran points out, while these NDAs may not always provide legal protection against future criminal charges, they do place a financial burden on the accuser in the form of potential legal fees that could conceivably bankrupt the victim.

RELATED: Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran Reunite For Webcomic ‘Finality’

Unfortunately, Doran’s experience is just one of many that’s come to light in recent months. However, because of the bravery and courage of those who’ve started speaking up, many of the offending parties, including Supergirl and Flash showrunner Andrew Kreisberg and DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza, are finally starting to face the consequences of their actions. To some, this may seem like a mere drop in the bucket, but nonetheless, it’s a crucial step on the path to ending the systemic pattern of abuse by those in positions of power.

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Doomsday Clock: Gary Frank Teases Some Unexpected Character Additions

Doomsday Clock: Gary Frank Teases Some Unexpected Character Additions

Issue #1 of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s epic DC Universe/Watchmen-centric miniseries Doomsday Clock saw the return of some familiar faces, such as Ozymandias and Rorschach (albeit a different face underneath the latter’s iconic mask). However, it seems that Johns and Frank plan to reach far deeper into the depths of the DCU as the event continues to unfold, as evidenced by Frank teasing an appearance from Sgt. Rock.

RELATED: Does Doomsday Clock Tease One of DC’s Three Jokers?

Frank tweeted out a cropped portion of a panel that shows the unmistakable face of Sgt. Rock, along with what appears to be either Sunny or Ice Cream Soldier — both of whom fought alongside Rock as members of Easy Company. Frank’s post is deliberately vague regarding when the duo will show up or if they’ll be accompanied by other members of Easy Company, but nevertheless, it seems all but certain that we’ll see them used in some capacity before Doomsday Clock comes to a close.

Sgt. Franklin “Frank” John Rock debuted in Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert’s Our Army at War #83 in June 1959. Years later, the character — a World War II veteran — assumed the lead of his own series, Sgt. Rock. He served as an infantry non-commissioned officer and saw battle in North Africa, Italy, and Northwest Europe.

RELATED: Doomsday Clock Might Tie In To Grant Morrison’s Multiversity

Most recently, Sgt. Rock appeared in one of the many anthology-style stories from this month’s DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1. Written by Tom King with art by Francesco Francavilla, the story is described by DC as “Sgt. Rock [fighting] the Nazis on Hanukkah.”

Doomsday Clock #1, written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, is on sale now. Doomsday Clock #2 goes on sale December 27.

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