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7 Nightwing Comics That Should Inspire the New Movie

The new movie has a lot of options. By Jesse Schedeen Things are sure looking up for Dick Grayson these days. Not only is he a big player in The LEGO Batman Movie, but now we’ve learned that director Chris McKay is apparently in talks to direct WB’s live-action Nightwing movie. We doubt WB will have much trouble topping Dick’s last live-action appearance in 1997’s Batman & Robin. Even so, we hope the new movie will draw plenty of inspiration from Dick Grayson‘s comic book adventures. There are a lot of classic stories to choose from, but here are the ones we think are the most important. Robin: Year One Let’s face it – the only thing more ridiculous than the idea of a grown man dressing like a bat and fighting crime is said grown man recruiting a teenage boy to help him. The very concept of Robin is pretty outlandish, and it’s going to be an uphill battle for WB to make Dick Grayson work in the context of the ultra-serious DC Extended Universe. There’s no better guide for how to handle Robin’s origin story than Robin: Year One (from writers Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty and artists…

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DC Delivers Big Superhero Crossovers in May

Superman faces the wrath of the Revenge Squad. By Jesse Schedeen DC released their full lineup of solicitations for May 2017 this week. May will be another month of big DC Rebirth crossovers, as “The Button” concludes in Batman and The Flash and “The Lazarus Contract” plays out in the pages of Titans, Teen Titans and Deathstroke. New Series: Bug!: The Adventures of Forager #1 Injustice 2 #1-2 Ending Series: The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9 Injustice: Ground Zero #11-12 Observations: We’re guessing there’s a reason DC is putting out multiple new Legion of Super-Heroes trades in May. Any theories as to what DC’s “top secret summer event” is going to be? Hopefully the reprint of the Teen Titans Omnibus fixes the paper quality problems from the original version. That Frank Cho Wonder Woman statue might just be the best WW collectible ever sculpted. ACTION COMICS #979 Written by DAN JURGENS • Art by PATCH ZIRCHER • Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI • Variant cover by GARY FRANK Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. “REVENGE” part one! Superman, Lois and Jon return to their lives in Metropolis while Eradicator, READ…

Powerless: “Emily Dates a Henchman” Review

Share. Emily dives back into the dating pool. By Jesse Schedeen Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Powerless may not be everything a superhero fanatic could want out of a workplace comedy set in the DC Universe, but it is getting pretty good about doing a lot with very little. This week’s episode managed to deliver an entertaining, Batman-focused storyline without ever actually featuring the Caped Crusader in person. Apparently a lot of time has passed in the Powerless universe since the pilot episode, as “Emily Dates a Henchman” opened with our plucky heroine celebrating her six-month anniversary at Wayne Security by moping over an ex-boyfriend. One “girls night out,” Emily found herself a seemingly perfect boyfriend with one rather glaring character flaw. Emily’s short-lived romance with Riddler Gang henchman Reggie (iZombie’s Robert Buckley) played about as well as can be expected given the limited room to work with. I do have to wonder if the writers would have been better served letting the romance play out over the course of several episodes before dropping the big twist. But ultimately, this brief romantic fling was more about Emily exploring her vindictive side. “Taking the low road,” as she put…

Comic Book Reviews for February 22, 2017

Elektra and the new JLA both leap into action this week. By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Blair Marnell This week’s comic book lineup included the debut of Marvel’s new Elektra series, a Clone Conspiracy epilogue in Amazing Spider-Man #24, the real start of DC’s Justice League of America and the first chapter in yet another promising new Image series, The Old Guard. Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below. Action Comics #974 Written by Dan Jurgens | Drawn by Patrick Zircher & Stephen Segovia At this point, the fake Clark Kent is definitely going the full Fatal Attractions on Lois Lane and the real Kent. It’s a little jarring to see the fake Clark descend into obsessive villainy, but Dan Jurgens is actually starting to make him seem dangerous. And while that turn may be a little predictable, the mystery of who or what is behind the fake Clark is still very interesting. That part of the issue also has the benefit of Patch Zircher’s extremely sharp artwork. It’s pretty easy to distinguish Zircher’s pages…

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Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 Review

Share. The battle lines are blurring. By Jesse Schedeen IvX started out on a strong note but took a fairly steep dive in issues #3 and 4. That had as much to do with the change in artist as the progressively more sluggish pace. Issue #5 addresses the latter complaint, at least. The conflict between mutants and Inhumans is heating up again as Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire gear up for their grand finale. The plot basically stalled out in the previous two chapters, with the X-Men sweeping the major Inhumans off the board and then stalling in their attempts to destroy the last remaining Terrigen cloud. Finally, things seem to be clicking back into place as the Inhumans launch their counterattack and the X-Men are suddenly on the defensive. This issue includes several terrific confrontations, including Havok staring down Medusa and Fantomex trading blows with Karnak inside the surreal landscape of The World. But easily the best showdown involves the brutal clash between Colossus and Gorgon. Too many writers seem to forget that Colossus can be funny, preferring to paint him as an eternally morose mutant who loves to wallow in his own suffering. Hopefully this issue will READ…

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Elektra #1 Review

Share. This assassin just hit the jackpot. By Jesse Schedeen It’s still depressing that Marvel’s previous Elektra comic didn’t find a wider audience, as it was about as gorgeous a comic as one could find on the stands in 2014. Even with a drastically different stylistic approach in this new series, the art remains the big selling point as Elektra returns to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. Writer Matt Owens and artist Juan Cabal don’t seek to reinvent the wheel with this new series. As is her wont, Elektra is hiding from the demons of her past and seeking some way of helping those who aren’t fortunate enough to be deadly ninja assassins. That neverending quest now brings her to Las Vegas, where she catches wind of a mysterious villain allowing high-rollers to toy with human lives. Basically, a lot of bad people need stabbing, and Elektra is just the ninja for the job. Many writers might choose to take the bombastic, over-the-top approach given that premise, but Owens keeps the book on a pretty even keel. It’s actually a fairly somber read, given how much Elektra silently reflects on her past. At times the script actually proves READ…

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The Amazing Spider-Man #24 Review

Share. Ben Reilly experiences Parker Luck. By Jesse Schedeen Too many Marvel and DC events suffer from the decision to split the story between a core mini-series and several tie-in books. The core series generally has room to cover only the big story beats, while most of the character development is reserved for the tie-ins. If not handled elegantly, the reading experience becomes disjointed and unsatisfying. This is a problem that’s plagued The Clone Conspiracy particularly at the end. The Clone Conspiracy #5 wrapped without giving the conflict adequate closure or definitively addressing the fates of many key characters. The Amazing Spider-Man #24 attempts to rectify those problems, but it’s only partially successful. Unfolding both during and after the events of The Clone Conspiracy #5, this issue sheds more light on the ultimate fate of both Ben Reilly and Otto Octavius. The issue is at its strongest early on as it continues exploring the sudden, bitter rivalry between Ben and Otto, the latter of whom clearly hasn’t forgotten every lesson he learned as the Superior Spider-Man. Sadly, Otto drops out of the story after the first act, leaving the rest of the issue to focus on Ben’s efforts to READ…

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Marvel to Launch 12 New Comics in May

Share. The Secret Empire will destroy your wallet. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel released their full lineup of solicitations for May 2017 today. May is shaping up to be a pretty huge month for Marvel, as the X-Men and Inhumans lines continue to grow and the company kicks off 2017’s big summer event, Secret Empire. New Series: All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1-2 Black Bolt #1 Cable #1 Generation X #1-2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1 (one-shot) Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #1-5 I Am Groot #1 Jean Grey #1 Luke Cage #1 Rocket #1 Secret Empire #1-3 Secret Empire: Uprising #1 (one-shot) Secret Warriors #1-2 Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel #1 (one-shot) Zombies Assemble #1-2 Observations: How many times can Rocket Raccoon and Groot have their comics relaunched before numbers lose all meaning? We’re intrigued by the idea of the former Doctor Doom joining the Avengers. We know Jeff Lemire’s Old Man Logan run is ending with issue #24, but it looks like his Moon Knight may also wrapping up in May. Does Lemire have any new Marvel projects lined up to replace them? It’s about time that the Marvel Knights Punisher by Ennis & Dillon READ…

Legion: Who Is the Devil With Yellow Eyes?

Is David Haller his own worst enemy? By Jesse Schedeen To say that FX’s new X-Men-themed TV series, Legion, is keeping its cards close to the vest would be putting it mildly. The series premiere raised far more questions than it answered about the nature of powerful mutant David Haller. What are David’s ties to the X-Men? How much of what we’re seeing actually happened, and how much was merely the hallucination of a dangerously unstable mind? When the heck is the show even taking place? However, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the show right now involves a strange villain called “The Devil With Yellow Eyes.” This dark figure has a habit of showing up and silently tormenting David in his weaker moments. It’s tough to say whether this character is even real or a figment of David’s overactive imagination, but based on the comic book source material, we have a few ideas. Potential spoilers continue below, so read on at your own risk. The Necessary Backstory It’s probably worth checking out our X-Men’s Legion Explained Feature, as the premiere wasn’t very forthcoming on who he is or exactly how his mutant powers operate. But in brief, in the…

Powerless: “Sinking Day” Review

Share. Van tries to land the big Atlantis account. By Jesse Schedeen Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. You can pretty much break down Powerless’ problems to two main areas. It doesn’t make great use of the DC Universe setting, and it gives its talented cast depressingly little to do. “Sinking Day” managed to address both problems in one fell swoop. After a thoroughly bland premiere and an only marginally better sophomore episode, things are looking up in week 3. This was the first episode where it didn’t feel like the episode could quickly and effortlessly be rewritten to remove all the superhero elements entirely. Sure, The Olympian isn’t exactly an A-List DC hero, and a group of random Atlanteans is no substitute for “A to the Q” himself, but it still felt like the writers were taking advantage of the DC setting in a way they’ve been reluctant to before. As usual, the basic plot was pretty standard workplace comedy fare, with Wayne Security struggling to make up for the loss of its biggest account by landing an even bigger one. But it’s a trope that carried over well. It was fun seeing Ace Chemicals put in an…

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Why Is Batman Fighting Elmer Fudd?

Share. Be vewwy vewwy quiet. He’s hunting Bats. By Jesse Schedeen Did you ever think you’d see the day when Batman added Elmer Fudd to his rogues gallery? Well get ready, because four of DC’s most popular superhero characters are about to go to war with the Looney Tunes cast. Today DC announced a quartet of “DC/Looney Tunes Specials” that mash up the DC and Looney Tunes universes. Check out the covers to all four specials below: DC didn’t reveal any other details about these new books, so we’re not sure if they’re meant to be isolated one-shots like March’s DC/Hanna Barbera crossovers or if we’re looking at a full-blown Justice League/Looney Tunes crossover. The idea sounds slightly less strange in the wake of recent crossovers like Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Justice League/Power Rangers. The only other bit of information DC released with these covers was a request to “Stay tuned.” Heh, we see what they did there… We’ll keep you updated as DC reveals more about this bizarre mash-up. Until then, let us know what crazy DC/Looney tunes crossovers you want to see in the comments below. Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to READ…

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Marvel's 'Generations' Pairs Rookie and Veteran Heroes

Time to bridge the generation gap. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel revealed a mysterious new comic book called Generations at the ComicsPro retailer meeting today. The series will apparently unite Marvel’s classic heroes and their younger replacements in one massive conflict. Generations teaser art by Alex Ross. (Marvel Comics) Other than revealing a new painted cover image from artist Alex Ross and a “Summer 2017” release window, nothing else was revealed about this new project. There’s no word on the creative team, the scope of the series or specific story details. That said, clearly Generations is building on the current status quo in the Marvel Universe, where many iconic heroes have either been joined by younger partners (like Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, The Peter Parker and Miles Morales Spider-Men, the Richard Rider and Sam Alexander Novas and the Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson Captains America) or replaced by them entirely (Amadeus Cho becoming Hulk, Jane Foster becoming Thor, X-23 becoming Wolverine, etc.). Perhaps there will be a time-travel component to to Generations? It would certainly explain why currently dead characters like Jean Grey, Wolverine, Bruce Banner and Mar-Vell are featured in this image. However, if we READ FULL STORY AT…

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Comic Book Reviews for February 15, 2017

DC Rebirth gets even bigger this week. By Jesse Schedeen, Jeff Lake and Blair Marnell It was another big week of comics, as DC launched The Wild Storm, Batwoman and Super Sons, Marvel wrapped up The Clone Conspiracy and Image delivered pivotal new chapters of both The Walking Dead and Invincible. Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below. Batman #17 Written by Tom King | Drawn by David Finch “Tom King’s Batman run is, among many other things, a master class in how to use Bane as a proper villain. King is clearly a believer in the ‘less is more’ approach. Two issues into ‘I Am Bane,’ readers still barely catch a glimpse of the villain as he executes his revenge on the Batman family. As in any good horror story, that’s really the ideal way to handle a villain. Bane may be more physically imposing than ever under David Finch’s hand, but he’ll always be more scary as a lurking, unseen threat rather than a brute who charges directly into battle.” -Jesse Click READ FULL…

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Venom #4 Review

Share. The old Venom doesn’t like the new Venom. By Jesse Schedeen Marvel’s latest Venom comic has some elements working in its favor, but nothing so far has allowed it to overcome the hurdle poses by its bland protagonist. And with all of Marvel’s teases regarding a drastically different status quo in May’s Venom #150 (and the possible return of Eddie Brock), what incentive do readers have to invest themselves in the series right now? Not much, if Venom #4 has anything to say about the matter. Perhaps it was a mistake to make former Venom host Mac Gargan such a prominent fixture in the series. This issue features the first big clash between the old Venom and the new, and Mac has a bad habit of stealing Lee Price’s thunder during their scenes together. Mac is a fun villain, regardless of whether he calls himself Venom or Scorpion. Lee is just the the dull, emotionless soldier. And it’s a shame, because the Venom symbiote itself makes for a fascinating protagonist. Rarely has a comic devoted so much effort to portraying it as a true character or offered such an in-depth look at its thoughts, feelings and motivations. READ FULL…