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‘The Gutters’ is the ultimate comics industry parody

14 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Gutters (Indefinite hiatus; 2010-2014)

Written by Ryan Sohmer

Art by various

Colored by Ed Ryzowski

First and foremost, The Gutters was a twice weekly webcomic that made fun of various aspects of the comics industry. It took the comics news of that week and spinned into something hilarious and self-contained with a rotating cast of artists, including ones you might know like Annie Wu (Hawkeye), Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), and even comics legend Neal Adams, who pencilled a heartfelt tribute to the late Joe Kubert in 2012. The humor of The Gutters is highly topical. However, in the tradition of the best Mad Magazine strips or SNL sketches, it can act as a nice time capsule to 2010 when people were arguing whether Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes (or Clint Barton) should be Captain America, or 2012 when the circle of snark around »

- Logan Dalton

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10 Best Comics of 2014

20 December 2014 9:18 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2014 was an incredibly rewarding year to be a comics reader. Veteran creators, like Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek, and Matt Wagner continued to churn out some of the best work of their career while new creators, like Noelle Stevenson, Babs Tarr, and Tula Lotay had very strong starts. Marvel and DC published their fair share of events, including Original Sin, Multiversity, Spider-Verse, and seemingly a half-dozen Green Lantern crossovers, but they also took risks with new characters like Ms. Marvel, a mysterious female Thor, and the cast of Gotham Academy. Marvel and DC artists went far away from any semblance of a house style from the tapestry-like spreads of Elektra‘s Michael del Mundo, the Silver Age revivals of Silver Surfer‘s Mike Allred and She-Hulk‘s Javier Pulido, and the stylish character designs and Instagram-style layouts of Babs Tarr’s Batgirl among many others.

But Image Comics was the real »

- Logan Dalton

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14 comics from 2014 that should be movies

18 December 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

2014 has been a landmark year for comic book movies. Not only did we get two of Marvel's best-ever films (Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but the major studios announced enough future superhero adaptations to take us all the way up to 2019.

It's been a pretty landmark year for comic books too. It feels as though more genuinely exciting new titles launched in 2014 than in the past ten years combined, with DC, Marvel and especially Image taking big risks and creating some seriously compelling comics in the process.

We've picked out our 14 favourite comics from this year in terms of big-screen potential:

14. Spread

The Comic: On paper, Spread doesn't sound like the most original book on the market. Like The Walking Dead, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors fight off gruesome monsters and each other. As with The Thing, those monsters are giant shape-shifting »

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‘Batman’ #37 is a whirling dervish of psychological horror

17 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Batman #37

Written by Scott Snyder (Backup written by James Tynion IV)

Pencilled by Greg Capullo (Backup art by John McCrea)

Inked by Danny Miki

Colors by Fco Plascencia (Backup colors by Michelle Madsen)

Published by DC Comics

Some of the best Batman stories are where a villain (usually someone like Scarecrow or Dr. Destiny) gets in his head, warps his sense of reality, and shows he’s not a mythic force of justice, but just a kid who misses his parents. Usually, by the end of the issue or episode, he has overcome his fear and deep-seated psychological problems and roars something like the classic Batman: The Animated Series line, “I am the night. I am vengeance. I am Batman.” This definitely doesn’t happen in Batman #37 as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue to subvert everything which makes up the character of Batman, including his detective skills, contingency plans, »

- Logan Dalton

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North Korea Experts: Link to Sony Attack Difficult to Prove, Punish

9 December 2014 1:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

North Korea’s isolation from the wider world and the difficulty of proving that the country played a role in the hack that has devastated Sony Pictures Entertainment could limit any effective response from the international community should evidence emerge that it is to blame, experts say.

“North Korea has continuously invited isolation and retaliation in the face of a persistent record of military and non-military provocations,” said Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. “But because of North Korea’s low interdependence with the international community, we have seen very few successful efforts to hold North Korea to account satisfactorily for such actions.”

If North Korea did indeed support or orchestrate the leak of the company’s internal information as a punishment for Sony’s upcoming comedy “The Interview,” which centers on an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un, it signals that a new »

- Brent Lang

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‘Wytches #2′ Review

5 December 2014 7:35 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Written by Scott Snyder | Art by Jock | Published by Image Comics

Snyder, Jock, and Hollingsworth outdo themselves again in the second issue of their horror title, Wytches. It picks up a not long after the last issue, with Sail back at school with a bandage pad on her neck for the cuts and a lump that zombie Annie gave her. Charlie and Lucy, the parents, convinced her how insane that sounded and have booked her in to see a shrink, but whilst diving in a swimming test at school things she sees another zombie out the window and feels something trying to grab her in the water.

Elsewhere, Charlie’s at home fixing up the stair lift and working on his children’s book when he gets some bizarre test results for Sail. Lucy’s at the local hospital as a nurse, doing what she can from her wheelchair next »

- Nicky Johnson

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Frank Miller and Scott Snyder to collaborate on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns threequel

3 December 2014 1:05 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to a report from Bleeding Cool, Frank Miller is set to team with current Batman writer Scott Snyder to pen a threequel to Miller’s seminal comic book The Dark Knight Returns and its less-seminal sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

According to the site, the story “would concern Carrie Kelley, the Robin of Dark Knight, now in her elder years. She is now in a similar position to that of Bruce Wayne in the original Dark Knight, and she is seeking her own successor to protect Gotham.”

With Miller unwell and unable to draw the book, it’s said that DC co-publisher Dan Didio wants to see multiple artists working on the series, including Greg Capullo, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Marc Silvestri, while Snyder is keen on Sean Murphy.

Are you excited about the prospect of another entry in the Dark Knight universe, with Miller writing alongside Scott Snyder? »

- Gary Collinson

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Comics: Scott Snyder And Frank Miller To Co-Write The Dark Knight 3

3 December 2014 8:43 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The graphic novel widely regarded as one of the best Batman stories ever written is getting a second sequel. After Frank Miller returned to his future Gotham in 2001, Scott Snyder, the man behind Batman: Endgame is teaming up with comic book legend Miller (300, Sin City) to write a sequel to the classic Dark Knight Returns, the inspiration to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder has been doing some incredible work on Batman since the introduction of DC's New 52, working on stories such as Court/Night of Owls and Zero Year. According to BleedingCool the story is likely to be set much further into the future than the first story and will revolve around an older Carrie Kelley (the original story's Robin) as she looks for a successor to watch over Gotham once she is gone. Unfortunately Miller isn't well enough to do the book's artwork and DC are currently »

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Giveaway: Win A Copy Of The Superman Unchained: Deluxe Edition Hardcover

1 December 2014 9:11 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

  The entire nine-issue Unchained series by the superstar team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Lee is collected in this amazing hardcover! When satellites start to fall from the sky, the big question is who stopped the last one from falling. Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Batman, Wonder Woman, eco-terrorists, the U.S. Army and, most of all, the mysterious being known as Wraith all figure in this epic story from two of comics’ hottest talents! How To Enter   1. Like "ComicBookMovie.com" on Facebook by clicking Here. 2. To Double your chances of winning, Follow Me and then Retweet the Tweet below. Retweet And Follow @Josh_Wilding For Your Chance To Win A Copy Of The Superman Unchained: Deluxe Edition Hardcover. pic.twitter.com/GjO1lmhD1b — Josh Wilding (@Josh_Wilding) December 1, 2014 »

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10 Problems With Batman Nobody Wants To Admit

30 November 2014 12:02 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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75 long years after his appearance in Detective Comics #27, and the Dark Knight is still sitting pretty. In fact right now he might be at his strongest since his debut, with the Christopher Nolan movies and Scott Snyder’s run on the main Batman comic book being amongst the best portrayals of the character to date, and some of the most compelling stories to boot.

Bruce Wayne hasn’t changed a whole lot since that first issue, with that almost mythical origin story, costume and modus operandi passing through into popular culture to the degree that people who’ve never picked up a funnybook in their life know his deal. Batman isn’t just a comic character, he’s a cultural icon.

People have accepted all the little foibles about the character, like the tragic origin story which Gotham is currently oh-so-helpfully expanding upon, the propensity to dragging rather »

- Tom Baker

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Hell Hath No Fury Like ‘Batman’ #36

19 November 2014 5:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Batman #36

Writer: Scott Snyder

Pencils: Greg Capullo

Ink: Danny Miki

Colours: Fco Plascencia

Letters: Steve Wands

Editors: Mark Doyle & Matt Humphreys

Publisher: DC Comics

Have you ever been in love? Head-over-heels, pop-songs-on-blast-turnt-down-for-what love? Sure, most have. You’ve probably even had that love turn sour. The bright light of joy that once warmed your heart turned black as coal and threatens every fibre of your being. Hopefully. most of you have never felt that. Though it isn’t as rare as we’d like. But what happens when that newfound hatred manifests itself in your spouse? If you’re the Joker, you plan your endgame and show the world that a lunatic scorned is nothing to be trifled with.

After last issue’s jaw-dropping finale, where readers are introduced to a Joker-ized Superman, this issue wastes no time giving the readers what they want. Tripping on fear toxin and getting pummeled by Superman, »

- Sean Tonelli

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[Comic Execution] 11/15 – Silent Hill Downpour, Spring-heeled Jack, Wytches

15 November 2014 10:06 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

So this week I ended up grabbing physical copies of the comics I usually review for the website. It occurred to me, while at the shop, that the money I was spending digitally to get my comics would be better spent at the comic book shop I love so much. But then, when I got home, I remembered: oh yeah, I have to actually put these comics somewhere. I considered having a contest to give them away when I’m done reviewing them but that would seem like bribing readers and that’s not something I condone. Plus, I’m not sure I’d give away the comics I actually enjoyed. I just don’t quite know what to do with the failures and I can’t predict what’s going to be a failure reliably enough to avoid them. So, sadly, I’ll be returning to digital issues next week, »

- Chris Melkus

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‘Wytches’ #2 – that rarest of accomplishments in a genre notorious for repetition

12 November 2014 8:19 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wytches #2

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Jock

Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth

Letterer: Clem Robins

Publisher: Image Comics

A busload of children disappears in the woods. A strange bite grows on a girl’s neck. And the wytches are getting closer, creeping from the woods.

The first issue of the massively successful Wytches provides readers with a solid foundation while leaving us with a cliffhanger and excited for more. This issue finds Sailor trying to cope with the aftermath of her traumatic attack, while her parents attempt to search for answers to what’s happened to their daughter. Wytches #2 doesn’t reveal exactly what crashed through Sailor’s window at the end of the last issue, but it does show us how it continues to effect her mind and body. Scott Snyder lets the aftermath of that event brew throughout this issue while opening the doors to new mysterious and the unknown. It »

- Ricky da Conceição

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Preview Pages from Deadly Magazine #3

12 November 2014 5:53 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Yesterday, we gave you a look at the cover art for the third issue of Deadly Magazine and we’re back with multiple preview pages, including a tease of our tribute to the work of Wes Craven. Issue #3 features an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs.

Deadly Magazine #3 also puts a spotlight on the Batman TV series’ recent Blu-ray & DVD release, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.

Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. We encourage Daily Dead readers check out the Deadly Magazine site and support us by »

- Jonathan James

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Exclusive: Scott Snyder talks the horrors of Wytches

12 November 2014 12:11 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The last time you were scared of a witch was probably when you first saw Margaret Hamilton cackle her way through The Wizard Of Oz, or when Roald Dahl’s The Witches pulled off their wigs and gloves and exposed their claws (mommy!). Well, look no further, my friend: the first issue of Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches is pretty damn terrifying; and the second, hitting shops this week, brings in new characters, fills in backstory, and really raises the stakes while creating a collective of characters that is very difficult not to sympathize with. This is emotional horror at its finest, which is sometimes difficult to find at your local multiplex. Writer extraordinaire Scott Snyder was gracious enough to speak with FM about his personal fears, favorite recent horror flicks, and the fine art of being gross. Warning: this interview contains minor spoilers.

Famous Monsters. It seems to me, »

- Holly Interlandi

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Cover Reveal for Deadly Magazine #3, Featuring Adam West & Burt Ward

11 November 2014 5:32 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Our main focus on Daily Dead may be horror, but we cover all things genre on Deadly Magazine and the issue #3 cover features Adam West and Burt Ward from the Batman TV series.

Deadly Magazine issue #3 includes a look at the Batman TV series making its way to Blu-ray & DVD, with comments from Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar on the new release. For those following the Batman comic book series, we catch up with Scott Snyder, who teases the return of The Joker.

This issue is also dedicated to the work of Wes Craven, with an exclusive interview with Robert Englund and our spotlight on some of Craven’s more obscure titles, including Shocker and The People Under the Stairs. Heather Wixson’s retrospective series continues with Demon Knight and we also have features for The Blair Witch Project, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans, and more. Be on the »

- Jonathan James

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The Derivative Age: Welcome to the Mediocrity

11 November 2014 2:04 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras on the Derivative Age…

de·riv·a·tive

adjective

1. imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.

synonyms: imitative, unoriginal, uninventive, unimaginative, uninspired

originating from, based on, or influenced by.

2. something that is based on another source.

I struggled over the last week trying to give it a name. Something that describes this copy/paste creative society we find ourselves in. Where every comic books is a variation on a previously written story. And every comic book movie is an adaptation of a story that had once been printed in a comic. It led to a series of heated exchanges between writers, artists, and fans of what I would describe as ‘geek culture’. Some people thought I was making straw man arguments. Others thought I hit the nail on the head. After six straight days of debate, the most apt description came to mind. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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Comics: Super-Joker Vs. The Dark Knight In Batman #36 Preview

9 November 2014 7:59 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

“Endgame,” part 2 – it’s a story arc so steeped in mystery, all we can tell you is the title! Batman #36 Written by Scott Snyder Backup story written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki Cover by Greg Capullo Lego Variant cover 1:25 Variant cover by Andy Kubert On sale November 12 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us • Rated T. »

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Comic Book Review – Amazing Spider-Man #9 – Spider-Verse Part 1

8 November 2014 11:07 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anghus Houvouras reviews the first part of Spider-Verse in Amazing Spider-Man #9…

Dan Slott gets it. He may be the most maligned Spider-Man writer in ages, but he’s fearless in a way very few mainstream writers are in a day and age of rehashing old stories. While Scott Snyder takes Batman through familiar paces and variations on old stories, Slott is trying something more surreal. Spider-Verse has been slowly creeping into the Marvel Universe with a series of stories establishing the crazy concept of a seemingly infinite number of Spider-Men from around the multiverse gather to take on a looming threat.

It sounds bananas, and from what I’ve read so far, it is. This is not a bad thing.

Slott has been ruffling feathers and making fans since he first introduced the concept of ‘The Superior Spider-Man’ which saw Peter Parker taking a hiatus while Doctor Octopus took the reigns. »

- Anghus Houvouras

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DC’s Third Weekly Falls into Its Stride in ‘Earth 2: World’s End’ #5

5 November 2014 10:07 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Earth 2: World’s End #5

Written by Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, & Mike Johnson

Art by Jan Duursema & Jonathon Glapion, Tyler Kirkham & Joe Weems, Eduardo Pansica & Jaime Mendoza, Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira

Published by DC Comics

The world ending of World’s End continues on its way. Again, there’s a big old box of art teams, all spread thinly across this book. Having issues with the pencil and inks is a bit moot at this point, but it bear repeating. With DC publishing two other weekly titles with rotating artists who handle one issue a moth, it’s honestly inexcusable that they let this happen with such weak art.

World’s End continues with its stories. However, this week’s cover is deceptive, like last time. Alan Scott, a.k.a. Green Lantern, does get some much missed panel time. He’s pitted against on of Earth 2’s first villains, »

- Grant Raycroft

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