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2016 Heroes Con Review
Author - Mark Cook
****More pictures from HeroesCon, and artist interviews, can be found in the Heroes Con Exclusive Pages****
It was a beautiful weekend in Charlotte, Nc for the 2016 Heroes Con. Fellow writer Mike Connally and I were lucky to attend the Con. I decided to break my review down into categories since there was so much to take in during the event:
1. Artists – Neal Adams, Juan Doe, Paulina Ganucheau, Stacey Lee, and Freddie Williams II were just a few of the 300+ artists who were in attendance at HeroesCon. All artists were eager to speak with fans, sign autographs, prints, commissions, and some would draw an original sketch of your choosing depending on the amount of time they had.
The Artist Stage was also interesting. Artists would take to the stage, paint or draw an original piece while the crowd could sit and watch, and they would later be auctioned. »
- Mark Cook
It’s been nearly two full months since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, and while the movie has done well for itself commercially (earning almost $870 million worldwide), it’s taken quite a beating critically. The negative reviews for the second DC Extended Universe installment largely outweighed the positive, and weeks after its arrival, people are still talking about where they believe it went wrong. One of those individuals is longtime DC Comics artist Neal Adams, and among the many issues he had with the blockbuster was how Wonder Woman barely served a purpose. While voicing his complaints about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during an interview with Audibly Exquisite, Adams spent a little time discussing Wonder Woman and how he believed she didn’t contribute significantly to the movie. He said: Then we have Wonder Woman, who apparently can't do anything. I »
It's always interesting to read or hear what well-known people in the comic book world have to say about some the more recent event films that have been released. Writer/artist Neal Adams had a few things to say about Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during an interview on the Audibly Exquisite podcast, and they weren't all that good. "You really want to ask me that? Okay alright, I'll tell ya. I have held out such hope for that movie, because they tried to fix something of the last one, where you sit, everybody criticizes, uh, Superman practically destroys Metropolis fighting these Kryptonians when he could've taken them to the Sahara desert or to the moon or somewhere where you're not killing people, and so they're sitting there and basically saying okay, now Bruce Wayne Batman is blaming Superman for doing that, and so he wants »
Comparethemarket.com has partnered up with DC for a special limited edition comic book, A Heroic Journey, which stars the meerkats Aleksandr and Sergei racing through the streets of La. The new comic is written by DC regular Tony Bedard and illustrated by artistic master Neal Adams, responsible for some of the most iconic runs of classic DC titles starring Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman.
You can download the first part of the comic today from comparethemarket.com, with part two available from May 27th.
- Gary Collinson
There’s something about team-ups that fascinate fans. And on the big screen, movies like Frankenstein Meets Dracula to Godzilla vs. King Kong, and Avp: Alien vs. Predator were all “can’t miss” affairs. Well, I actually did miss the last one, but it you get the idea.
As I write this, the newest superhero blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres tomorrow. I’m sure the debut has been analyzed to death by the time this column is out, but there’s some strange things going on. And I wanted to analyze it all before the starting gun officially went off and pop culture runs full speed down the track.
One peculiar thing is that I can’t believe I’m not more excited about this movie. If I were to go back in time (ala last week’s column) to tell my 10-year old self that there »
- Ed Catto
This past weekend was WonderCon out in La. DC made many announcements about it’s upcoming Rebirth, some of which we already had some idea about. Now we were given information on creative teams, like Scott Snyder heading up All-Star Batman with rotating artists including Sean Murphy and Paul Pope, and James Tynion IV taking the reigns on the soon to be back-numbered Detective Comics. One of the other Bat family announcements was that they will soon be revealing the Joker’s name.
The short answer is that Batman found out his name when he asked that question on the Möbius chair in Justice League #42 (42, the answer to the ultimate question of life. Coincidence?). The long answer is a combination of figuring out how to handle a decades old franchise coupled with changes in audience expectations.
Now, I know what you might be thinking. Don’t we already know the Joker’s name? »
- Joe Corallo
Making the announcement yesterday at SXSW in Austin, the team confirmed that the series premieres this Summer and explores "what the consequences are of the player's actions when decisions made as Bruce have a critical impact on his nightly crusade as Batman, and vice versa".
Key scenes will allow the player to approach a scene as either Bruce or Batman, the results of that will have consequences for both sides of the character and those others around him - decisions affecting those who have a deeply personal relationship with Bruce in his private life and pushing them down different paths.
Same goes for Gotham City itself, players actions determining whom you deal with during the day and the criminals you take on at night. »
- Garth Franklin
Telltale were in attendance at SXSW yesterday, during which the developer revealed the first details about its hotly-anticipated episodic Batman video game series. From their official site, here’s the points…
Batman is the perfect character for the studio to explore in a Telltale series, giving the team the opportunity to dive deeper into the mind of the man behind the mask. Each night, Bruce Wayne chooses to change Gotham for the better. The team wants to explore what the consequences are of the player’s actions when decisions made as Bruce have a critical impact on his nightly crusade as Batman, and vice versa. Certain key situations will give the player the decision to approach a scene as Bruce or Batman, with consequences for both sides. Fresh interpretation of the universe set in current times, not tied to any existing iteration of Batman in games, film, or comics. Story »
- Gary Collinson
Since being announced at The Videogame Awards back in December, Telltale Games has been pretty quiet in regards to their upcoming Batman: A Telltale Games Series. Like the titular hero, though, the studio came out of the shadows last night to unveil some early details on the episodic adventure.
During the panel, which was moderated by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, Telltale Games discussed several pieces of important news regarding the title. Pertinent to most, though, is the fact that the first episode of Batman will be available this summer. No specific platforms, or images from the title were revealed, but that didn’t stop the studio from opening up about the game.
Batman is the perfect character for the studio to explore in a Telltale series, giving the team the opportunity to dive deeper into the mind of the man behind the mask. Each night, Bruce Wayne chooses »
- Eric Hall
As February comes to a close we are looking at DC and Marvel lead into March going into two different directions. Marvel will begin to ramp up its first crossover storyline this year with Civil War 2. DC will begin its last prints of all its major titles before it goes into Rebirth. Taking a look at all the new releases this week I listed the five comics I am looking forward too. Let us know in the comic section if there is a comic you are picking up this week.
Venom: Space Knight (2015) #4
Guardian Becomes Gladiator! Venom finally meets some aliens who don’t need his help! They just want him to Fight ‘til he Bleeds in their Combat Arena!!! And in a turn of similar luck, the notorious, vicious Pik Rollo finally catches up to Venom and 803.
Writer: Robbie Thompson
The Flash #49
On the run from a »
- Michael Connally
This past weekend, myself and some of the other ComicMix columnists went to see Hail, Caesar!, the latest film from the Coen brothers. I don’t want to speak for everyone else, but the general consensus as we all exited the theater was one of enjoyment. Personally, I thought it was one of the better Coen brothers’ films.
That being said, the movie has some possible drawbacks. For those of you that don’t know, Hail, Caesar! is a period piece taking place in Hollywood in the late 1940s revolving around the choices a studio executive has to make. They do a great job with it all, and really suck the audience into the setting. Although the movie is certainly lacking heavily in the diversity department, you might have just given it a pass considering the combination of the time period and the subject matter.
I’d have been more »
- Joe Corallo
Sometimes a writer can sit in front of the computer screen for hours, fingers poised on the keyboard, and – nothing happens. Not a word, not a syllable. Not a random thought, not a brainstorm. There’s not one single idea that can be expanded upon, not a hint of anything that seems at least remotely interesting.
Hmm, here’s something.
Did you read Denny’s column last week, the one about the Mighty Marvel Method? This writer came late to that particular game; in fact, I didn’t even know it existed, and the first time I heard the words “Marvel style” – another way to describe the “method” – I didn’t have a clue, though I was familiar with what a “script” was, having read numerous plays, including a whole lotta Shakespeare, in high school and college. I do think that, for novices, the best way to learn how to »
- Mindy Newell
12 items from 2016
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