Review: It Looks Like Mortal Kombat, It Walks Like Mortal Kombat, But…

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With the highly anticipated next chapter of the game set to release later this year, DC Comics is continuing to capitalize on Warner Bros acquisition of the property with a prequel comic book series. Releasing first digitally, Mortal Kombat X will bridge the gap between the game released in 2011 and its follow up this year.

Lego Batman 3 Arrow DLC Available Today Complete With Brooding

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he pack includes new characters like Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Slade Wilson, and even an adorably stubbled Oliver Queen. In addition to the characters and vehicles, there will be a new level based on Queen’s time stranded on a deserted island.

NBC announces Constantine return date and time-slot

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  When NBC’s take on DC/Vertigo’s chain-smoking anti-hero struggled in the ratings, the network halted production on Constantine after 13 episodes. Middling critical response and a terrible time-slot (Friday nights at 10 pm) didn’t help its cause, and the question became when/if NBC would ever air those remaining episodes after its mid-season finale capped out at […]

Guest commentary: Who Stole Superman’s Undies?

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Guest post by T Campbell.

Can the soul of Western civilization be found in a pair of red briefs? Was our first great superhero at his strongest, his noblest, his superest, before modern interpretations stripped him of his underwear? Is there a connection?

A generation ago, when those red briefs were an inseparable part of Superman’s design, he was the most familiar superhero by a wide margin, leading the field in film adaptations,[1] headlining cartoon shows,[2] and even winning over famous media critics who were fiction writers in their own right. Even now, if you believe superheroes have anything to say to American culture or the human experience, you sort of have to start with him, because he’s the prototype.

Umberto Eco called him “the representative of all his similars” [3] and Harlan Ellison described him as one of “only five fictional creations known to every man, woman, and child on the planet.”[4] Born in the early hours of a visual, easily reproduced medium, he was popular enough to codify most of what being a superhero meant. The Oxford English Dictionary even mentions him by name in its definition of “superhero”:

DC Comics Announces CM Punk’s Second Comic Writing Gig

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By David Nieves Last month Marvel announced former WWE Superstar, and upcoming UFC fighter, CM Punk would contribute a ten page story to February’s Thor Annual. Today on Vertigo’s blog, the publisher announced a new book for debut this Spring that will also feature a story written by Punk. Strange Sports Stories #1 is set for March […]

NYCC’14: “DC Digital First” New Titles Announced

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By David Nieves Today during DC’s “Download This!” panel new books were announced that will expand the publisher’s digital comics universe. Wonder Woman 77  will be written Marc Andreyko with cover art contributed by Nicola Scott. No story details or interior artist were mentioned, but the comic will debut as a six-part weekly series in December […]

Is DC Planning on Making a Kamandi Comic?

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Bad news and possibly good news. Tom Fowler, exceptional Canadian artist, announced on Twitter that he passed up an opportunity to work on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved characters: Kamandi. Just had to turn down a KAMANDI book this morning and now I feel sick and alone and universe makes no sense and cry. […]

The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: Marvel at Walmart

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Recorded at Publishers Weekly, it’s More To Come, the weekly podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Marvel’s elusive $5 trade paperbacks at Walmart, DC […]

SDCC 14: Batman’s 75th, My 20th, and a Lot of First Experiences

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By David Nieves We’re all still recovering from copious amounts of walking around taking pictures with people and wishing the people in front of us taking pictures would just move. Yes another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone. By now all the news is out and we’re still reeling from the Batman V Superman […]

SDCC ’14: ‘DC Comics – The Weeklies’ panel

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By Kyle Pinion One of the bigger initiatives to come from the Big Two this year is the advent of the three weekly titles from DC Comics: Batman Eternal, Futures End, and Earth 2: Worlds End. With the latter on the verge of release, and Batman Eternal continuing to perform well in DC Sales Figures, […]

SDCC 14: DC Comics New Places for Familiar Faces

By David Nieves “DC Comics: New Places For Familiar Faces” was a spotlight of sorts on their big 3 characters through the lens of some of their most popular creators. Panelist included; new DC artist John Romita Jr, David Finch, Pat Gleason. This hour was moderated by Larry Ganem of DC Entertainment. The discussion opened […]

SDCC ’14: The Multiversity Enrollment with Grant Morrison

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By Kyle Pinion Grant Morrison’s Multiversity has been a long gestating project aimed to spin-off of his Final Crisis event from 2009. The “Scottish Shaman of Comics” has been teasing this event and artistic collaborators ever since. Finally in recent solicits, Multiversity is becoming a reality with the release of The Multiversity #1 on August […]

ONE AND DONE: Up, Up, and Away?

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Keeping up with comics is ridiculously expensive if you want to keep up with a number of titles that come out every month. Not everyone can do that–I definitely can’t. So welcome to One and Done, a weekly column where I go to a comics shop and try to find one good book that’s worth […]

C2E2: DC “All Access” Spotlights Many Stars

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Earlier today, DC Comics kicked off their C2E2 weekend in Chicago with “All Access”. The star studded panel included Bobbie Chase, Brian Azzarello, Charles Soule, Dan Jurgens, Greg Lockard, Greg Pak, Jim Chadwick, Kyle Higgins, Nicola Scott, and Scott Snyder.

While there weren’t any surprise announcements, fans got creator insight about upcoming books from Batman Eternal to Secret Origins. Here’s a few tidbits from the panel and its Q&A.

All-Star Western is NOT Cancelled

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Contrary to the reports from this past week, writer Jimmy Palmiotti has taken to Twitter – and The Beat’s comment section – to state that All-Star Western has not been cancelled by DC. And in fact, seeing as how it hasn’t been cancelled with issue #31 – how about we do a mini-campaign today to […]

Demo-Graphics: Perespolis, Fun Home and Blankets Popular With Women

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How does gender break down for some of the more popular “indie” graphic novels versus mainstream graphic novels vs the average? And it’s clear, there’s a difference. Taking 17 various graphic novels (and if folks add suggestions in comments, I’ll be happy to add upon this) I looked at men and women who were fans in the United States. I tried to stick to actual graphic novels, or books that have been long out of print and thus a complete graphic novel is how it’s now consumed.