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The time has come to close on one of the biggest years in comic books we have seen for a while. Companies saw massive shake-ups to connect with new audiences, while some sadly didn’t survive the year. Countless news stories hit our TV screens and computer monitors that would affect every comic book reader out there in one-way or another. This is the top ten comic book news stories of 2011.
10) Draw The Line At $2.99
This may seem like a meaningless point now that the New 52 is in full swing but in January of this year comic readers were in glee when DC announced their new “Draw The Line at $2.99” campaign, one that would return all of their monthly books to a $2.99 price point (while moving from 22 pages to 20, per issue to balance production costs).
In the past few years the comic industry has seen a strong escalation in ongoing »
- Jamie Slough
Book: Aquaman #4
Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Ivan Reis and Eber Ferreira
Cover By: Ivan Reis
Published By: DC Comics
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
It.s nice to see that Geoff Johns is capable of wrapping up a storyline in less than six issues. With Justice League.s first arc nowhere near its end even four issues in, it.s a good reminder that Johns is indeed a very talented writer and is capable of some truly great material. This month takes us to the end of Aquaman.s battle with the monsters of the Trench, a mysterious, unexplored region of the sea near the ocean floor. It.s with a sigh of relief that I closed this issue; the creatures from the Trench were not great enemies and starting to get boring.
There.s also some underwater action and it.s great to see Aquaman in his element. »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
It’s the end of the year and everybody’s got their Top 10 list, and since I went to journalism school I’m obligated to list mine. I’m looking at titles that were released in 2011 because cover dates are meaningless. I’m not looking at original graphic novels or reprint projects, even though in dollar volume they constitute the majority of my purchases. Besides, original graphic novels are done to very different standards. Finally, some of these titles are done by friends of mine; I refuse to disqualify them because they just might buy me lunch. Having said all that…
#1 – Life With Archie Magazine (Archie)
Top of my list for the second year straight. Two stories – Archie marries Veronica, Archie marries Betty. Parallel worlds which converge, but that’s not why this book is great. There’s very real character development here, layered on personalities that existed for 70 years without it. »
- Mike Gold
Cbj's Top 5 Comic Book Cartoon Holiday Specials, Epic Video Review Spectacular! So are you ready for it? Its Comic Book Jerk's very first holiday special! In my top 5 animated comic book cartoon holiday specials, I try to point out the obviously ridiculous moments as well as searching for the true meaning of the holidays. Be aware there are plenty of spoilers, and don't take these reviews too seriously. If you're offended by coarse language and adult subject matter, then you should avoid these reviews! Feel free to boost it to 1080 for better quality! So let's kick it off! 5. Justice League "Comfort and Joy" My biggest surprise with this holiday special was that it existed! I don't know how many times I overlooked this episode on the DVD's. I was very upset to notice that Batman was completely missing in this episode and it left me wondering »
By Scott Mendelson
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like a James Patterson novel drained of all color and pulpiness while given a somber air of alleged gravity and importance. That is not entirely an insult, as I enjoy trashy crime fiction and the kind of thrillers Paramount used to put out with regularity in the late 1990s. So if I tell you that this film plays like a drawn-out, overly pretentious, and ice-cold extended episode of Criminal Minds, that’s not quite the insult you might make it out to be. I rather enjoy Criminal Minds and its James Patterson meets Justice League construction. But how I wish that this film, which is arguably less suspenseful and (by virtue of its toned down violence) less sensational then the Swedish original, embraced its pulpy roots just a bit more. Come what may, if I may paraphrase Ty Burr, asking »
- Scott Feinberg
Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 13, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.
A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public. Fans in the New York City area wishing to receive free tickets to the NY event on Feb. 13 must RSVP via email to JLDoomNY@yahoo.com. Email RSVPs should include the fan’s first and last name, and a valid email address.
Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis. MTV Geek will also be giving away special seating for the event.
- Robert Greenberger
By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like a James Patterson novel drained of all color and pulpiness while given a somber air of alleged gravity and importance. That is not entirely an insult, as I enjoy trashy crime fiction and the kind of thrillers Paramount used to put out with regularity in the late 1990s. So if I tell you that this film plays like a drawn-out, overly pretentious, and ice-cold extended episode of Criminal Minds, that’s not quite the insult you might make it out to be. I rather enjoy Criminal Minds and its James Patterson meets Justice League construction. But how I wish that this film, which is arguably less suspenseful and (by virtue of its toned down violence) less sensational then the Swedish original, embraced its pulpy roots just a bit more. Come what may, if I may paraphrase Ty Burr, »
- Scott Mendelson
Do you live in New York City? Do you like comic books? Do you like fun? If so, get yourself to the Paley Center for Media’s presentation of "Justice League: Doom,” the newest Bruce Timm production in the animated DC Universe.
In partnership with our friends at MTV Geek, the Paley Center will be screening the film on February 13th, with an as-yet unannounced panel to follow.
"Doom,” if you forgot, is somewhat inspired by Mark Waid’s classic "Tower of Babel” story from those turn-of-the-century Jla comics. The Justice League, led by Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Cyborg, are forced to adapt when a group of bad guys come across the Dark Knight’s plans for taking down wayward superheroes. Though some diehard fans love to quibble over the merits of the original comic given Batman's slightly wonky plans »
- Splash Page Team
Written By: Geoff Johns
Pencils By: Jim Lee
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date:Â Out Now In Stores & Digital DOWNLOADÂ (Via Comixology)
After reading the latest issue of Justice League I came upon a somewhat harsh realization about this series, as much as Iâ€™ve enjoyed each individual issue of the series so far itâ€™s by no means the best series of the New 52, why was that? Stay with me when I say this but if Justice League had the intention of brining the summer blockbuster â€œeventâ€., approach to the series then they are without a doubt the comic book alternative of the recent Transformers films (shy the racist and sexism obviously).
I hate to use the term mindless as thatâ€™s giving the series such little justice, however the mind frame I find myself in while reading this book is the »
- Jamie Slough
Ron Perlman makes an action packed return to film with the release of The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption on Blu-ray and DVD from February 27th 2012. In his latest role, screen-legend Perlman stars as Horus – the powerful and inspirational King of Egypt – who dispatches Mathayus (Victor Webster), a deadly assassin for hire, to protect his kingdom and allies from imminent attack. In return for his services, Matahyus is promised Princess Silda’s hand in marriage and the legendary Eye of the Gods medallion.
Well-known for his role as the superhero Hellboy in 2004, and in the sequel Hellboy II (2008), Perlman is a man of many talents although he often flies below the radar, or at least behind the microphone in some of his most iconic roles. In homage to Perlman’s career so far, and to celebrate the release of the latest action-packed adventure The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, »
Justice League has been the definition of "epic" all-star" and "comic book." A world-destructive plot, great characters, top notch art, and blockbuster dialogue. I have never given such positive ratings in a roll like this, each issue has gotten a 9/10 for me. The $3.99 price feels worth it. It is definitely the best series I'm reading currently, only rivaled by Marvel's Venom. Now, onto the review. The story continues with Victor, now Cyborg, waking up and realizing he isn't human. Meanwhile, Aquaman decides to put himself in charge of the group, but that's quickly changed when hordes of the mysterious creatures from the last two issues appear. They are vanquished, but when a portal opens and Cyborg jumps out saying "He's coming," that could mean only one thing.... It's easy to forget that this first arc takes place five years earlier. The solicitation for Issue Seven reminded me of that. With »
Not sure I’m a big fan of the animated style that makes Wonder Woman look like jailbait, but eh, maybe you kids will feel different. Three more images from Warner and D.C.’s latest entry in their ever-lucrative line of direct-to-dvd animated movies, “Justice League: Doom” for your viewing pleasure. “Justice League: Doom”, available on DVD and Blu-ray February 28, 2012, finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “Jla: Tower of Babel.” The film features the voices of Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Tim Daly (Private Practice) as Superman, and a grand reunion of actors who provided the voices of the Justice League for the cartoon of the same name and its follow-up, »
It’s that time of the year when we honor the best of 2011's movies, TV shows, books, and music so of course that also means comics, and ComicMonsters.com has kicked off its third annual Horror Comic Awards.
Voting is open via the ComicMonsters.com website from today, December 21st, through Saturday, December 31st. May the most brutal comic prevail!
The categories and nominees for 2011 are:
Writer of the Year
Joe Hill on Locke and Key
Joshua Fialkov on I, Vampire and Echoes
Jeff Lemire on Animal Man/Sweet Tooth
Artist of the Year
Gabriel Rodriguez on Locke and Key
Menton 3 on Monocyte
Andrea Sorrentino on I, Vampire
Nat Jones on 68
Giuseppe Camuncoli on »
- The Woman In Black
Via Superman Super Site, we now have three new stills from DC Animation's next project, Justice League: Doom, based loosely on Mark Waid's critically acclaimed Jla: Tower Of Babel, which deals with Batman's perceived betrayal to the superhuman community by keeping records concerning the strengths and weaknesses of his allies in the Justice League. In addition, a press release has been issued announcing the world premiere of the film, which takes place February 13th, 2012 (15 days before the movie hits DVD/Blu-Ray). The press release also says that you can get free tickets to the event if you live in New York (where the premiere is being held); to find out how, check out the press release below. Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, »
Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains discover and implement the Dark Knight's "contingency plans" for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid's much-heralded "Jla: Tower of Babel."
We have three new photos from this upcoming release, which hits Blu-ray and DVD February 28th. Check them out below, along with information on how to get tickets for the Paley Center world premiere of Justice League: Doom, taking place February 13th in New York City.
Warner Home Video, MTV Geek and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Doom, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, in New York on February 13, 2012. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red »
We love to feature the coolest in new Batman product here at Legions of Gotham. Today we're checking out iHip's Batman earphones and Justice League Headphones!
Firstly, we're looking at the earphones....These are the perfect ear buds for those who want high quality with the face of Batman highly visible to enjoy your favorite DC Comics character. I liked these..the Batman graphic is fantastic and dynamic and the sound quality is great.Product Features Batman's Face High Quality Noise Reducing In-ear design You can purchase the Batman earphones on Amazon.com
Now....check out the Justice League headphones! These are the perfect Headphones for those who want high quality with the faces of the Justice League Characters highly visible to enjoy your favorite DC Comics character. These are awesome! Again, great graphics and they cancel out all backround noise. The sound is fantastic!
Product Features Justice League Characters »
- THE LEGION fan network
When I wrote my little tirade about Geek Love last week, some people (rightfully so) pointed out the lapse in judgement of reviewing a show that had not aired yet. Of course, that piece was meant to be a larger attack on TLC and their exploitation of certain hyper obsessive subcultures (such as beauty pageant mothers or people who like to have lots of kids), but it got me thinking that perhaps I was too hard on Geek Love. Sure, the trailer didn’t paint the best picture, but isn’t it only fair to give such a show the benefit of the doubt, especially considering the good it could do for people’s views and acceptance of Geeks and the Geek lifestyle?
I’m the first person to re-evaluate his claims and admit he was wrong and while Geek Love is not a complete waste, it does feel insincere. »
- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum
The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee continue the origin of the Justice League as The World’s Greatest Heroes face the might of Apokolips – and find aid in an unlikely hero, as Cyborg is created! Plus, Andy Kubert returns an amazing variant cover – his first new work after the smash-hit Flashpoint! This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue. Click on the preview pages to view them in full-size. Justice League #4 Written by Geoff Johns Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams 1:25 Variant cover by Andy Kubert 1:200 B&W Variant cover by Jim Lee »
In the course of collecting comic books over the last 25 years, I've noticed that there are two things readers show up for: stories where everything falls apart and the corresponding rebirths from those cataclysmic events. DC Comics has been a pioneer of these major events, from their continuity shattering "Crisis on Infinite Earths" to the "Death Of Superman," a storyline in 1992 was a comic book event that drew national media attention because the publisher was willing to take the risk of killing off one of their most beloved and internationally recognized characters to revitalize the storyline.
For most comics, it's not easy to jump into the story. There's a good chance that if you come from a comic book family, your Superman Was your father's Superman (and quite possibly your grandfather's Superman depending on how old you are). In some cases, with continuities stretching back almost 75 years, romances have gone on for decades, »
- William Weinand
Jim Lee has designed a Free Comic Book Day 2012 T-shirt. The Justice League design pays homage to José Luis García-López's classic Justice League of America illustration. The T-shirt will be available to pre-order in January for its release on April 11. "It's an honor to have Jim Lee design 2012's Fcbd Commemorative T-shirt," said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Leslie Bowser. "Jim's artwork featuring the Justice League from DC Comics: The New 52 will certainly entice a lot of current fans. And it's all for a good cause, as all proceeds (more) »
- By Hugh Armitage
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