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Mark Millar unveils new black female Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass is set to get a makeover, with Mark Millar revealing to The Hollywood Reporter that Dave Lizewski is set to be replacing by a new black female character for the upcoming series Kick-Ass: The New Girl, which will see Millar once again collaborating with co-creator John Romita Jr.

“Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture,” Millar said. “I don’t think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they pick up comic or watch a movie. Being older or younger or female or African-American just seems more interesting to me as a writer because this character is quite unique and opens up story possibilities that haven’t been tried in almost eighty years of superhero fiction. This woman has a completely different take on Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass is like James Bond or Doctor Who, where with
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Comics: Mark Millar And JRJr Reuniting For New Kick-ass Series With A New Hero Under The Mask

Kick-Ass is back! But not exactly the way you remember him. Today, Mark Millar and artist John Romita Jr. announced a new Kick-Ass ongoing series via The Hollywood Reporter but this time, it's not Dave Lizewski donning the familiar green and yellow threads. In a move that will immediately remind comic readers of Peter Parker and Miles Morales, Millar is introducing a new Kick-Ass that's female and African-American. No further details were revealed about the series other than the fact that the story takes place in a new city and that Dave Lizewski won't appear. The new series, along with an ongoing Hit-Girl title are expected to go on sale in January. Said Millar on the new series: "Comics is not short of white males aged around 30; that demographic seems pretty well catered for in popular culture. I don’t think many blonde white guys around 30 feel under-represented when they
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Covers and solicitations for DC’s Super League eight-part series

DC Comics has released the covers and solicitations for ‘Super League’, an upcoming eight-part series from writer Peter J. Tomasi, which will run through the pages of Superman, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman and Action Comics. Check them out here…

Superman #51: Written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Mikel Janin, cover by John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson. It’s the start of a new chapter in the Man of Steel’s life that will change everything you know as the epic eight-part “Super League” kicks off.

Batman/Superman #31: Written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza, cover by Yanick Paquette. In part two of “Super League,” Superman enlists Batman’s aid in seeking out people that can help form his new super-league. On sale April 13.

Action Comics #51: Written by Peter J. Tomasi, art by Fernando Pasarin, cover by Karl Kerschl. Superman is
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Preview of Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1

With Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 set for release this coming Wednesday, DC Entertainment has released a preview of the issue’s mini-comic, Dark Knight Universe Presents: Green Lantern #1; take a look here…

With the next chapter of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, readers will learn more about the plans of the newly-freed Kandorians in the main story, but this 12-page supplemental tale sees an alien-looking (for details, check out Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Strikes Again) Hal Jordan’s otherwise idyllic life interrupted by a distress call from Earth. On his arrival, Hal is greeted by three strangers, looking for a God to worship…

This third mini-comic is co-written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, with art breakdowns by John Romita Jr. and finishes by Frank Miller. In addition to the Book 3 periodical version (scheduled for late February), the Collector’s Edition hardcover publishes both the
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Preview of Amazing Spider-Man Newspaper Strips Vol. 2: 1979 – 1981

Ahead of its release this Wednesday, Idw has released a preview of Amazing Spider-Man Newspaper Strips Vol. 2, which collects over 700 comics from 1979 through to 1981; check it out here and click on any of the gallery images for hi-res versions…

The exciting second volume of the wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and Larry Lieber, with all Sundays in color and integrated with the dailies—just as they originally appeared in newspapers worldwide. Edited by Bruce Canwell, this book includes more than 700 sequential comics—the complete run from January 1979 through the January 1981!

Amazing Spider-Man Newspaper Strips Vol. 2: 1979 – 1981 is out on December 23rd, priced $49.99
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Comics: Part 1 Graphic Novels To Gift For The Holidays

Some of the best Christmas gifts I received as a youth were graphic novels. Before the days of digital comics this was the only way for me to have a complete story set, and since they were expensive I would put two or three on my Christmas list. Here is part 1 of what I consider important comic graphic novels for collectors and new readers.

Daredevil: Man Without Fear

For those who are fans of the Netflix series or want to be introduced to Frank Millers best work this is the series to start with. Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. worked collaboratively together to bring Daredevil to the forefront of the Marvel Universe. This is a reincarnation of Matt Murdocks origin story that makes him a flawed hero.

A fire burns deep within Matt Murdock. He was raised by a single father, an over-the-hill prizefighter with one last chance
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"Luke Cage" Origins Revealed

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Take a closer look @ Marvel Comics character 'Luke Cage' played by actor Mike Colter in the Marvel/Netflix 13-part TV series "Jessica Jones", starring Krysten Ritter:

"...during the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator 'Jessica Jones' encounters the enigmatic 'Luke Cage'...

"...a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined."

"Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage," said Executive Producer Melissa Rosenberg

"We're excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life."

Created by "Creepy" magazine writer/editor Archie Goodwin and illustrator John Romita, Sr. of "Spider-Man" fame, 'Luke Cage' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Luke Cage, Hero for Hire" #1 (June 1972).

"...A man called 'Lucas' was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Lucas clandestinely underwent an experimental procedure.
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Comic Book News: 'The Dark Knight III: The Master Race' Will Be Available Tomorrow

DC Entertainment today announced that the next chapter in Frank Miller’s heralded Dark Knight storyline, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (Dkiii) will be available tomorrow, November 25, in comic shops and online retailers everywhere. This eight-issue limited series is the sequel to the 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns and the follow up to The Dark Knight Strikes Again, published in 2001.

Reviewed by IGN.com as “A masterful return” and NY Daily News as “vital reading,” this newest installment comes to life courtesy of an all-star lineup of creative talent: Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman) joins Miller as co-writer, Andy Kubert (Action Comics, Batman, Detective Comics) provides art, along with Frank Miller’s longtime inking partner Klaus Janson (Superman, The Dark Knight Returns), reuniting with Frank for the first time in 30 years.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race explores Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in unusual roles
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Frank Miller to return with The Dark Knight IV, Dark Knight Returns prequel The Last Crusade set to arrive in February

Whiel DC’s upcoming limited series Dark Knight III: The Master Race has been billed as the final chapter of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns trilogy, the acclaimed comic book creator has revealed to Newsrama that he’s now working on a fourth part in the series.

“I thoroughly applaud what [writer Brian Azzarello is] doing [on Dark Knight III: The Master Race],” said Miller. “But now that he’s doing his, it’s now a four-part series. I’m doing the fourth.”

Meanwhile, Miller is also set to return to his universe early next year with Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade, once again collaborating with co-writer Azzarello and artist John Romita Jr. for a prequel to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns that will explore the build up to Jason Todd’s death at the hands of the Joker. The 64-page one-shot is set for release on February 17th 2016.

Miller’s series got underway in 1986 with the seminal limited
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Here Are AMC, Bravo, WEtv Winter 2015-2016 Premiere and Return Dates

Break out your special Daryl Dixon-themed calendar, 'cause it's time to mark down some premiere and return dates. Winter schedules were recently released for multiple networks, including AMC, Bravo, Crackle, Starz, and WEtv. On the AMC side, you'll get the 2016 return date for "The Walking Dead" Season 6, after its midseason break. Over on Bravo, we have reminders on premiere dates for "Top Chef" Season 13 and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Season 6, among others.

Here are highlights from the networks's winter schedules:

AMC

o. "The Walking Dead" Season 6B Premieres Sunday, February 14th at 9:00Pm Et/Pt

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns as television's most watched drama for Adults 18-49. "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes,
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Comics: Check Out Dark Knight III #1 Variants From Greg Capullo, Jim Lee and More

The final chapter in Frank Miller's Dark Knight trilogy, Dark Knight III: The Master Race, will kick off this month, with a massive amount of variants coming with it. Shown below are covers from some of the biggest talents in the industry: firstly, Batman artist Greg Capullo's cover for Midtown Comics, Francis Manapul (The Flash) for Silver Snail, Joshua Middleton (New Mutants) for Madness Games and Comics, Wytches co-creator Jock's variant for Diamond UK, veteran John Romita Jr. for Salefish Comics, longtime cover artist J. Scott Campbell for his website, JScottCampbell.com, comic legend Jim Lee's 1:500 variant, and finally, Jason Fabok (Justice League) for Yesteryear Comics. Written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, with art by Andy Kubert and Janson, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 goes on sale November 25th. Are you planning on picking up any of these variants?
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Interview: Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque try something new with “Huck”

Huck, an Image Comics series starting on Nov. 18, is very different in tone compared to much of their past work, but that just means more excitement for writer Mark Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque.

“I like doing different things,” said Millar via Skype interview today. “In the past two, three years I have tried to mix things up.”

Many know Millar for darker stories he has come up with, like those in the controversial Kick-Ass comics, but this upcoming comic follows the titular Huck, a genuine and kind man reminiscent of the biblically-based “Good Samaritan” archetype. The character was raised from birth to do a good deed every day, and that is exactly what he does as a grown man for the ordinary folks of his neighborhood.

During some charity work he participated in last year, Millar met an elderly man visiting on a vacation for two weeks who heavily inspired the character of Huck,
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns prequel one-shot announced

Earlier today we brought you some interior artwork from the first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race [see here], and now at the New York Comic Con today it has been announced that DC will publish a special one-shot prequel to Frank Miller’s classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

Cbr reports that the one-shot will be written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, with John Romita Jr. providing the artwork for the 48 page book which will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Dark Knight Returns. It will be released in February, following the first three issues of Dark Knight III.
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‘John Flood’ #1 opens with an intriguing premise and likeable characters

John Flood #1

Written by Justin Jordan

Illustrated by Jorge Coelho

Colours by Tamra Bonvillain

Letters by Ed Dukeshire

Published by Boom! Studios

John Flood is another entry in the supernatural detective genre that focuses less on the odd factor and more on its characters in this introductory issue. The premise and exposition is handled quickly within the very first page. John Flood is a detective that was once an employee for the government, or “someone”, as he puts it. These employers found a way to remove the need for sleep that has caused Flood to be in a perpetual in-between state where the real world and dream reality blends together. This unique way of seeing causes Flood to question the validity of many of the things he views and experiences. There is a brief point of view frame showing Flood’s perspective from the inside of a police interrogation room,
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‘Superman’ #41 fails to leap tall buildings in a single bound

Superman #41

Written by Gene Luen Yang

Penciled by John Romita Jr.

Inked by Klaus Janson

Colored by Dean White

Published by DC Comics

At this year’s Free Comic Book Day, DC Comics dropped a big bombshell: Lois Lane knows Superman’s secret identity and has outed him to the world. The effects of Superman having a public identity have begun to be explored in the loosely connected “Truth” storyline as seen in Action Comics, Batman/Superman, and Superman/Wonder Woman. Finally, Superman #41 where writer Gene Luen Yang of American Born Chinese and Avatar: The Last Airbender fame and veteran penciler John Romita Jr. will show the “how” of the exposure of Superman’s identity by Lois Lane.

The plot of Superman #41 mostly deals with Clark Kent the journalist with Superman as a counter measure to get him and intrepid photographer Jimmy Olsen out of tough spots, like investigating the
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Daredevil: Jon Bernthal Joins Second Season As The Punisher

The second season of Daredevil on Netflix just got a mighty heft of firepower. News broke not long ago that Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead and Fury) is joining the cast for the second season as The PunisherThe Punisher has had his share of representation in the world of moving pictures. The Dolph, Thomas Jane and Ray Stephenson have all had a go at it. Tom Hardy says he wants to play the character in any upcoming Marvel film. I like this choice of casting because Bernthal bears a striking resemblance to the Frank Castle from the pencil work that John Romita Jr. did in the Punisher War Zone comic book (of which many issues sit somewhere in my parents' house)"Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched...

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Marvel Pouncing On "Black Panther"

Stan Lee, co-creator of hundreds of Marvel Comics characters said the one superhero most deserving of a live-action big screen treatment is "Black Panther", that will star Chadwick Boseman, with Marvel Studios setting a release date of November 3, 2017:

"Black Panther" created by Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, debuted in Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four" #52 (July 1966), as the first black superhero in mainstream American comic books. 

The "Marvel Knights Animation: Black Panther" DVD release,   based on the variant Marvel Comics series by writer Reginald Hudlin and illustrator John Romita Jr., stars Djimon Hounsou as 'Black Panther', Jill Scott as 'Storm', Kerry Washington as 'Princess Shuri', Alfre Woodard as 'Dondi Reese'/'Queen Mother' and Carl Lumbly as 'Uncle S'Yan' : 

"...Deep in the heart of Africa lies 'Wakanda', an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior-kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself.
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The Evolution of Daredevil’s Costume

Luke Owen looks back at the evolution of Daredevil’s costume…

Ahead of The Man Without Fear making his re-debut on TV/laptop screens this Friday with Netflix’s Daredevil, there has been a lot of talk about his costume. Many were surprised when they revealed they would start things off with the Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s 1993 look from Man Without Fear, but Charlie Cox himself has confirmed that we will see the iconic red suit at some point. So with all this talk of Daredevil’s costume, lets see how it has changed over the years.

1964 – And it was all yellow

In his humble beginnings, Matt Murdock wore a yellow and black costume with a single giant D in the middle of it, however this would only last for six issues and would be changed by Daredevil #7. We would see this yellow suit again during a
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Charlie Cox talks Daredevil joining The Avengers and putting on the iconic red suit

It had been rumoured for sometime, even after the first teaser, that we would see Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock putting on the iconic red suit at some point during Netflix’s Daredevil series, which debuts this Friday.

During a Reddit Ama, the British actor confirmed the red suit and spoke about putting it on for the first time, as well as the research he did for the role.

“I love both of the suits,” he said. “Obviously it was great to involve the John Romita Jr. black ninja costume but the day I first put on the iconic costume is a day I will never forget.”

“I really love the issues when Matt Murdock is defending the White Tiger,” he added, speaking about his preparation. “It was so cool to read a comic book with such a compelling courtroom scene. I also have to mention Jeph Loeb’s Daredevil Yellow.
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Daredevil: Find Out How Matt Murdocks's Costume Will Evolve Towards Red

Some fans were disappointed that Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series wasn't going to feature the character's most popular costume from the comics right off the baton, but Steven DeKnight is adamant that the black outfit (which Murdock did sport initially in Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s Daredevil: Man Without Fear anyway) makes more sense for the show's real-world setting... at first at any rate. While chatting with Comics Continuum (via McU Exchange), DeKnight explains how the suit will evolve over the course of the show, until we finally reach the point that people will readily accept the more outlandish look. Expect a few variations of the black costume before we see those red horns in any capacity! "He always wore a black mask that was tied in the back. We went through a lot of different versions and did a lot of R&D before settling on something.
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