5 items from 2014
Eisner Award winner Mark Waid is by far one of the greatest comic book writers working today. Regardless of whether you look back at the likes of Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright or more recent work like Daredevil and his projects with Peter Krause at Thrillbent, his résumé is full of critically acclaimed and beloved comics. To mark the release of the first chapter of Insufferable (which is now in its third volume), we were lucky enough to ask Mark some questions via email about the series and a number of other topics such as his time on the Fantastic Four with the late, great Mike Wieringo and his thoughts on everything from Daredevil to The Flash and S.H.I.E.L.D. To check out Insufferable and the rest of the great content on Thrillbent.com, be sure to click here. For any of our readers who may »
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
If you’re a long time comic book reader, the chances are that quite a few of your friends, as newcomers to the genre (no doubt attracted by the big budget escapades of this summer’s Hollywood heroes), will be seeking you out and requesting a company-specific reading list or two.
That’s fine, great even. The more the merrier, we say.
…And you won’t mind at all, will you?
You’ll give them the usual Marvel or DC lists, the pinnacles, the paragons and the prize-winners, the ones that we all knew about and cherished for decades before the ‘beautiful people’ finally took an interest.
You’ll go out of your way to recommend the books that made you proud to read comics in the first place. In so doing, you’ll be hopeful that, if your friends manage to read or obtain even one masterpiece from your careful selection, »
- Chris Quicksilver
Let's deal with Joaquin Phoenix first. Two days ago, in Variety's article regarding Batman Vs. Superman being pushed back 10 months they reported that the main villain role, "is still in Joaquin Phoenix’s court." This is twice that Variety has mentioned Phoenix for the part, yet they haven't revealed who the main villain is. Well, my source, General Napier, has informed me that Phoenix is "very close" to taking the role, and that the main villain is Lex Luthor. So, put two and two together and you have Joaquin Phoenix as Lex Luthor. Here's a small tidbit about the Man of Steel. General Napier tells me, Henry Cavill will be sporting a new haircut in Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film. His Kryptonian locks will be getting a trim. The shorter 'do will resemble Superman's look in Alex Ross and Mark Waid's Kingdom Come, minus the grey hair. »
Voices From Krypton continues its exploration of the Superman/Batman dynamic, and what it is about those characters that draw them together and create differences - all in anticipation for 2016's Man of Steel 2 and part of the celebrations of the characters' 75th anniversary (Superman's last year and Batman's this year). Things kicked off with our exclusive interview with writer Greg Pak, and continue now with this brief, exclusive chat with Mark Waid. Waid, currently writer of Marvel's Daredevil and The Indestructible Hulk, owner of the digital comics site Thrillbent.com, and seemingly non-stop writing machine, has a long history in comics that includes many stories featuring Superman and Batman (indeed, his first sale to DC was an eight-page Superman story). Among those are Jla, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright (which just celebrated its 10th anniversary). Vfk was able to pry Waid away from his »
5 items from 2014