For you comic-based tv program fans out there, there’s a lot of buzz in the air today. The CW, the network that has brought us such delights as Birds of Prey, Supernatural, and Smallville, has announced that they are in negotiations for a new DC-inspired tv series. This news has tickled my fancy, in particular, because it involves one of my favorite characters of all time. Can you guess who he is? Here’s some hints:

  • He is a VERY wealthy man
  • He is from a city that exists only in the DC Universe
  • He is 100% human, with no special powers
  • He is incredibly skilled, and a master fighter in most known fighting styles
  • He is a purported womanizer
  • He’s had multiple sidekicks, his first having been adopted as his ward
  • He’s been a member of both the Justice League and the Outsiders

Have you guessed? Of course you have! It is none other than…. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Comics News, TV/Movie News
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For those of you that have been following the Comic News, you know that I cover largely DC Comics topics and issues. This is because for the last little while, DC has been the publisher making all the big splashes in our news scopes. Further to that, many of you may recall that I do not think very highly of the decision to relaunch the DC Universe to the DCnU. Today, via their DC Source Blog, they have announced another big change: 6 series are being concluded (fancy talk for canceled) and 6 series are getting a chance at life. DC’s series that are walking up to the chopping block after their respective 8th issues in April are as follows:

  • Blackhawks
  • Hawk and Dove
  • Men of War
  • Mister Terrific
  • O.M.A.C.
  • Static Shock
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The DCnU's first round of Canceled Titles...

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Posted: January 12, 2012 in Comics News
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I recently had the pleasure of watching the entire series of an amazing, albeit short lived gem of a TV Show. Lasting only 13 episodes on FOX between September and December of 2002 (and one feature length movie in 2005 that played more like 2/3 episodes strung together), Firefly featured a team of space smugglers set in a future where humans have finally conquered the stars and settled on thousands more planets/moons all over the galaxy. Part American Civil War, part Star Wars, the setting is a little over 500 years in the future. A governmental super-group, named the Alliance, has brought all of these worlds together under one banner, installing themselves as the authoritarian leader controlling them all, enforcing their own laws, and playing a part similar to the North in the American Civil War. To do this, they waged war for several years against the planets and brown-coat armies that wanted to keep their independence and freedom. Long and bloody, the war came out in the Alliance’s favour, but left many still sour with the outcome. One such individual is Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion). Following the war, Reynolds buys a Firefly-class cargo spaceship, fixes it up, assembles a motley-type crew, and sets off to make a life for themselves in illegally smuggling goods, while fighting injustice whenever it finds them.

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The cast of Firefly, taking a breather in between dangerous bar fights and high speed space chases...

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Posted: January 11, 2012 in TV/Movie News
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As many of you now know, DC Comics has recently announced that they will be raising their page-count for their “Batman” and “Detective Comics” books, from 32 pages to 40 pages. This would be great news, if not for the fact that this page-increase will also have a price-increase attached to it. Both books will now be joining select other DC books at the $3.99 price bracket. This is a significant increase, if one compares that extra dollar against their monthly spending. The news has also irked many fans, who have been expressing their discontent over the inter-webs, as some of you may recall DC’s 2011 campaign claiming “Drawing the line at $2.99”. Obviously this campaign referred to the typical 32-page books, leaving room to wiggle in price increases when opportunities arose to do so. However, I digress, as I do not want the price-increase to be the real news here (as much as I ant it to be).

Now, DC Comics has made a second announcement on the page increase, stating that issue # 8 of Batman will be using those extra pages as a back up story, further explaining The Court of Owls. According to ComicVine.com’s write-up, “The Court of Owls is a secret organization centuries old with immense power and influence embedded into the very architecture and history of Gotham City.” DC has said that these back ups will explore the Court’s secret history, and its relationship with Gotham and its favorite family, The Wayne’s.
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Posted: January 9, 2012 in Comics News
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Today is the birthday of one Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (January 4, 1890 – January 1, 1968). The name may not mean much to many of you out there. To many, he would just seem to be another long dead American military man. Lord knows that American military history has more names than any one person could ever remember. What sets Major Wheeler-Nicholson apart is not his military record, or even his descendants’ celebrity status (his granddaughter, Dana, is a well known 80’s/90’s actress). No, what sets this Major apart is a company he started in 1934.

Noticing a lack of originality in the magazine/print entertainment world, Wheeler-Nicholson put out a tabloid sized magazine called New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine. This publication would make history, as the first of its kind to collect all original material, and to include advertising (anyone who ever bought X-Ray glasses or those god-awful sea monkey should know the significance of this move). This would mark the birth of National Allied Publications. Though Wheeler-Nicholson himself would not stay with the publication, National Allied Publications would go on to absorb several publishing companies and characters over the years, and are still with us today. Now known as DC Comics, named after Detective Comics (the title that birthed such heroes as Batman, Martian Manhunter, the Boy Commandos, and the Crimson Avenger), the company is now one of the two big comic publishing companies in the business.

In honour of this significant contribution Major Wheeler-Nicholson has made to the world of comic books (and to all geeks in every discipline), I am presenting my top 5 military-supporting comic covers. Love them or hate them, it’s hard to argue with the support that comic books showed for the military during the war. Even with the Major’s own checkered past with the military, it’s clear that it heavily influenced his future career.
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Posted: January 4, 2012 in "Top 10" Lists, Whose Birthday is it??
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For those that follow DC Comics, you are most likely highly in favor or highly against (by now) of the DCnU. For those unfamiliar, the DCnU is the new Universe that started in DC Comics as of September 2011. Directly before that, DC Comics was showcasing a large cross over event called “Flashpoint”, where many changes were made to the universe due to some time traveling bad guy (I won’t spoil it for those who have not yet read the story). Coming out of Flashpoint, is this new Universe. Not only has the in story universe rebooted, but the actually comics have as well. September saw 52 titles, all starting at #1, for the first time in years for some. Detective Comics? Started in 1937, reached issue number 881. As of September? Back down to number 1.

Needless to say, it’s a strange time for readers. Lots of change over, lots of stress, and lots of high tensions. I won’t get into my opinion on the matter right now (but expect it soon!). The most recent news from Dc and the DCnU is the identity of “The Red Hooded Woman”. This individual has been very ominous since her first appearance in the final issue of Flashpoint, and then appeared in each of the first new 52 #1’s that saw light in September. Behind trees, floating above groups, hiding inside groups, in windows, behind trash cans. Fans had a nice delight trying to find this person in every issue, having a little easter egg you knew to look out for.
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Posted: January 3, 2012 in Comics News
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