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TNTM: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

The World’s Greatest Heroes Face Off Against Belle Reve’s Worst Villains

JLVSSSThe Justice League has long been a popular team for DC Comics. All the heavy hitters in DC’s lineup have been member at some point.

The DC Entertainment movies are building toward the team’s debut on the big screen with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Aquaman. This movie promises to be a big hit. Let’s hope they find a suitable villain that will require them to band together.

The success of Suicide Squad in the theaters tells me people love their villains. The Squad is a collection of some of the deadliest and most intriguing bad guys. They say there is no honor among thieves, but the members of the Squad displayed some good teamwork. There was more than once a member placed the team above themselves.

Problem is these 2 groups are opposed to the other. When the Justice League finds out about the existence of the Suicide Squad they make it their mission to end it. They believe the villains they have worked hard to catch should remain in prison.

The Justice League will do their best to end the Suicide Squad black ops program. One small thing, the Suicide Squad does not want to have their program shut down.

The 2 groups clash over this little disagreement. Oh, and DC has mentioned there is another team in play that has the goods on the whole DC Universe. How exciting!

Official Press Release

With a record-setting 12 million copies sold this summer, DC Entertainment has set the comic book world on fire since REBIRTH launched in June. With 21 of the initial 30 monthly and twice-monthly titles going to press multiple times, comic book fans are already asking, “What’s next?”

The answer arrives this December, as DC announces its first major event of Rebirth: the Justice League facing off against the Suicide Squad. This two-month event will pit DC’s two greatest super-teams against each other in a six-issue weekly miniseries, beginning with a special prelude in the pages of SUICIDE SQUAD #8, and with issues of SUICIDE SQUAD (#9 and #10) and JUSTICE LEAGUE (#12 and #13) serving as tie-ins during January.

The prelude issue sets the stage for issues #1 and #2 of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, written by Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, Vertigo’s FROSTBITE) with art by Jason Fabok (JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR) and Tony S. Daniel (JUSTICE LEAGUE, DEATHSTROKE). Issues #3 through #6 debut weekly throughout January, along with the special tie-in issues of SUICIDE SQUAD written by Rob Williams and JUSTICE LEAGUE by guest writer Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING, GRAYSON).

The day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth and justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of REBIRTH. Longtime enemies such as Batman and Deadshot, the Flash and Boomerang, and Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.

“This story is another building block to REBIRTH. With all of our heroes back on the board, it’s the super-villains turn. And the events within will set the stage for REBIRTH Phase 2 as a surprising team emerges and another piece of the puzzle of the future of the DC Universe, and the past, comes into focus,” said Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.

“I’m really excited about writing this story,” said Williamson. “This is a great opportunity to remind fans that, outside of Batman, the DC Universe isn’t aware that Task Force X or Amanda Waller even exists. To ultimately bring these villains to light for the entire DC Universe to see should make future Suicide Squad stories that much more interesting. And by the end of the story, both teams may discover that they have more in common than they thought, whether they like it or not.”

The advanced solicitation

The first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era is here!

This issue, written by Joshua Williamson with art and cover by Jason Fabok, kicks off an explosive six-issue weekly event! It all begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!

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TNTM: DC Comics to Publish Quarterly Preview Catalog

Direct Currents is a free, quarterly preview of DC Comics titles

Gone are the days of only a handful of comics titles being available for you to read.  Picking a title to follow regularly was much easier as there just weren’t that many choices.  Fast forward to now and there are more comics than any one person can possibly read in a month.  The Diamond Comics Monthly Previews catalog is just as thick as a Sears catalog (another relic from the time before internet).

With numerous titles from Marvel, DC, Image, Boom Studios, IDW, Dark Horse, Valiant, etc.  finding a title you enjoy requires some research.  A lot of really good titles go unread simply because readers are hesitant to pay for a title just to see if it is something they might like.

DC Comics has come up with a way for readers to get a more in depth sneak peek at their upcoming titles. For the launch of DC Rebirth DC Comics put out a special DC Previews magazine. It was written by Pat Mccallum, Mike Cotton, and Brian Cunningham. They are all ex-Wizard writers now working at DC Comics. It was edited by ex-Wizard editor Andy Serwin.  Original Wizard designer Steve Blackwell put it all together. That catalog was so well received they are going to use the same team to create a regular magazine, reviving the Direct Currents brand.

Direct Currents is the new, FREE quarterly magazine that brings you into the world of DC Comics with exclusive sneak peeks of every title.  They will start with the top-secret Justice League/Suicide Squad crossover event coming in December.  It will also contain a first look at the all-new SUPER SONS series starring the offspring of Superman and Batman as well as new info on the second wave of Rebirth titles!

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TNTM: Dark Knight III: Master Race to add 9th issue

MILLER & AZZARELLO’S DARK KNIGHT III ADDS NINTH ISSUE

There just doesn’t seem to be enough Batman out there nowadays.  Every time you turn around Batman is popping up somewhere else.  He evens makes an appearance in the Suicide Squad movie. (Bruce Wayne is also in the after credits sequence so stay to the end).

Frank Miller wrote The Dark Knight Returns. It is a 1986 four-issue comic book miniseries starring Batman. It tells an alternative story of Bruce Wayne, who at 55 years old returns from retirement to fight crime. He faces opposition from the Gotham City police force and the United States government. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin and ends up with a confrontation against Superman.

The Dark Knight III: Master Race (DKIII) is a sequel to Miller’s 1986 Batman miniseries The Dark Knight Returns and the 2001 miniseries The Dark Knight Strikes Again.  It is the continuing story of an aged Bruce Wayne resuming his identity as a crime-fighter aided by his sidekick Carrie Kelley (Robin). DKIII features an ensemble of DC Universe characters.  In DKIII, Ray Palmer restores the inhabitants of Kandor to full-size.  They immediately begin to terrorize the Earth. Batman sets out to assemble his former allies against the invaders.

Miller and Azzarello figured out eight issues just wasn’t enough to adequately tell the story.  DC announced the limited series “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” has expanded from eight issues to nine. “Once you dive into the Dark Knight mythology, it’s hard to pull yourself out,” said Miller. “Those characters cannot be contained and neither can we.” Azzarello added that “this story turned out to be bigger than the both of us.”

The third in a series of “Dark Knight” stories from creator Frank Miller, “The Master Race” was originally slated to conclude in March 2017 with “Dark Knight III” #8. The new ninth issue is scheduled to arrive in Spring 2017. The next issue, “Dark Knight III: The Master Race” #6, will arrive in stores on October 19.

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TNTM: Top Selling Comics for August 2016

DC Comics beating Marvel Comics

DC saw a slight uptick in comic sales way back when the New 52 initiative first started.  Those sales dipped after readers became increasingly frustrated with the unexplained timeline changes and the lack of consistency from one title to another.  DC planned to have 52 titles active at all times.  They rarely hit that mark, always over or under.  Marvel rebooted a lot of their titles around the same time under the “Marvel Now” campaign.  The Marvel Now campaign sprung out of the Avengers vs. X-men series.  Marvel ended up faring better than DC.

Then came DC’s “Forever Evil”.  The first line wide crossover event for DC Comics during the New 52.  This crossover came out of the result of the “Trinity War”.  Forever Evil dealt with alternate Earths and alternate versions of characters.  Some villains on our Earth were heroes on other Earths and vice versa.  Forever Evil came out of the gates strong, but faded by the time they hit the 5th issue.  DC Comics even sold villains month cover variants and limited edition 3D covers to many of their titles.

After Forever Evil, DC launched their “Convergence” line wide crossover story.  It was thought DC would use this event to unify all the titles into one timeline.  This would make it much easier for casual readers to follow events in DC Comics titles.  Alas, that was not to be.  Instead of merging all the timelines into one coherent timeline, they brought back the existence of EVERY timeline (even pre-Flashpoint).  During this time Marvel finished up their “Secret Wars” where all their realities crashed together doing a similar thing as DC (They continually copy each other).  Marvel’s “All New-All Different” campaign came by as a result of Secret Wars.  Once again, Marvel came out on top with readers.

DC Comics turns it around

DC then gave Geoff Johns the task of reversing their declining sales.  DC Comics Rebirth is what was developed.  Rebirth is explaining how the timeline became messed up in the New 52 and why characters that had long standing relationships acted as if they didn’t know each other.  There are numerous hints that the Watchmen are involved.  Just the thought that Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias may have something to do with it is very intriguing.  Many of the Rebirth titles have sold out multiple printings.  The story is cohesive across all the titles, which makes it an even better event.  DC’s sales have increased every month since the launch up to the point they have taken over majority market share. It has been quite a while since we have seen DC Comics on top of the heap.

Marvel had more comics on sale in August than DC Comics. 93 comics to DC’s 75.  Even with Marvel having a larger number of titles published in August, DC Comics still overtook them on market share in August.  DC had 9 titles in the top 10.  Amazing Spider-Man #16 was the only Marvel title to get into the Top Ten.

The great story telling of DC Rebirth along with the poorly performing Civil War II crossover, Star Wars sales slipping, and the Inhumans story lines having very little traction.  It’s not all bad news for Marvel. Overall sales for August 2016 were up over 40% from those in August 2015. Diamond Comic Distributors reports they topped ten million non-promotional comic books shipped during the month of August for the first time in nearly twenty years.

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION VENDOR
1 HARLEY QUINN #1 DC
2 ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 DC
3 SUICIDE SQUAD #1 DC
4 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 MAR
5 SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 DC
6 BATMAN #4 DC
7 BATMAN #5 DC
8 JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 DC
9 HARLEY QUINN #2 DC
10 SUPERGIRL REBIRTH #1 DC

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TNTM: Batman Day celebration is September 17

Zia Comics is hosting Batman Day on September 17

Celebrating Batman’s endearing legacy with generations of fans, DC Entertainment will once again fete the iconic legend with festivities at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country.

Retail activities include free comic book giveaways and talent signings. Confirmed signing events feature blockbuster talent like Frank Miller, Scott Snyder, Tom King, James Tynion IV, and Greg Capullo with many more to be announced.

In addition to DC Entertainment, Batman Day participating partners include many Warner Bros. divisions, as well as Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensees — Capstone Young Readers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, DK Licensing, Bendon, and HarperCollins. These partnerships provide the unique opportunity for retail and digital promotion across various media in celebration of the Dark Knight.

The annual fan-favorite event, now in its third year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character’s 75th anniversary. Continuing the Batman Day tradition, DC Entertainment will present Bat-centric promotions, fan giveaways and more, all to honor the character that has become a Super Hero to many generations and continues to inspire fans across the globe.

The official Batman Day event kit will include activity sheets, trivia, and games and will be available for download on http://www.dccomics.com/batmandaykit.

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TNTM: Deathstroke to appear in DC Comics movie

Deathstroke on the big screen

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com get all nerdy about the hints dropped about Deathstroke.  The character is likely to appear in an upcoming DC Comics related big screen movie. The movie(s) he will likely appear in is the upcoming Batman movie or Justice League.

Deathstroke is a very deadly character with a somewhat tragic backstory. The Arrow TV series touched on the character a bit, but never fully fleshed out Deathstroke.

Origins

Slade Wilson was sixteen years old when he first enlisted in the United States Army, having lied about his age.  In the early 1960s, he met Captain Adeline Kane. Adeline was training young soldiers in new fighting techniques. Kane was amazed at how skilled Slade was in all fighting techniques.  Slade quickly he adapted to modern conventions of warfare.

Adeline immediately fell in love with him. She had never encountered a more able-bodied combatant. She offered to privately train Slade in guerrilla warfare.In less than a year Slade mastered every fighting form presented to him. Six months later he married Adeline and she became pregnant with their first child.

Slade was reassigned to Vietnam. In the war his unit massacred a village, an event which sickened him.  SAS member Wintergreen rescued Slade in Vietnam. The United States Army chose Slade for a secret experiment. The Army imbued him with enhanced physical powers in an attempt to create meta human super soldiers for the U.S. military.

Making of a Mercenary

Deathstroke became a mercenary soon after the experiment when he defied orders and rescued his friend Wintergreen.  A commanding officer with a grudge sent Wintergreen on a suicide mission. A criminal named the Jackal took his younger son Joseph Wilson hostage to force Slade to divulge the name of a client who had hired him as an assassin. Slade refused claiming it was against his personal honor code. He attacked and killed the kidnappers at the rendezvous.

One of the kidnappers slashed Joseph’s throat before Slade could prevent it. This destroyed Joseph’s vocal cords rendering him mute.

Adeline became enraged at his endangerment of their son. She tried to kill him by shooting him. She only managed to destroy his right eye. His confidence in his physical abilities was such that he made no secret of his impaired vision. He marked this with his mask which has a black, featureless half covering his lost eye. Without his mask, Slade wears an eye-patch.

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Talk Nerdy to Me: Hal Jordan & Green Lantern Corps

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about the new DC Comics title, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps

Green Lanterns Oath

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lanterns light!!!

Green Lantern Corps act as galactic police officers whose job it is to serve and protect all life in their sector. Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants them a variety of powers. The effectiveness of the ring is tied to the wearer’s willpower. A Green Lantern with strong willpower will best a weaker-willed Lantern in a duel. Anything which weakens the Green Lantern’s mind, such as a telepathic attack, may render his ring useless.

Hal Jordan is the most well-known Green Lantern. He was the first human ever inducted into the Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan’s name is mentioned in conversations about possibly being the greatest Green Lantern of all time. Hal is also a founding member of the Justice League of America.

Hal received his ring after a dying alien named Abin Sur, member of the Green Lantern Corps, crash-landed his ship in the Californian desert. His power ring chose Hal Jordan for his ability to overcome great fear. The ring and its abilities were explained to him and he inherited the mantle of Green Lantern.

DC Comics Rebirth initiative has the Green Lantern Corps gone and/or missing. Hal Jordan is on a desperate mission to find/reassemble the Corps and reclaim his position as a Green Lantern. Meanwhile, Sinestro has brought Warworld to Sector Zero, the location of Oa, and established himself as the police force of the universe.

With Rebirth resetting all the timelines you will see the old favorites again like Guy Gardner, Kyle Rainer, John Stewart, and Kilowog while maintaining all the Lantern mythology and back stories.
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TNTM: Supergirl getting her own DC Comics title

If you’ve been enjoying the Supergirl TV series you’re in luck.  DC Comics is launching a Supergirl Rebirth one shot and a Supergirl recurring title.

I watched Supergirl (originally on CBS and now moved to the CW) fully expecting to not like it.  After a few episodes I found myself moving it up on my DVR priority list.  I was looking forward to seeing Kara save National City each week while maintaining her secret identity.  There were a lot of great super-hero/villain cameos, but not so many that it felt overdone.

A lot of the name dropping and easter eggs were not apparent to folks without a comic book background.

I have high hopes the comic is as successful as the TV show.  I will definitely be picking it up off the shelf and giving it a read.  I hope you do the same.

Supergirl Rebirth #1 on shelves August 17, 2016

Supergirl RebirthHere is the official solicitation synopsis from DC Comics:

Supergirl turns to the shadowy organization known as the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to restore her lost powers once and for all! But as a fateful experiment sends Kara Zor-El rocketing toward the sun, disaster strikes at home in the form of the lost Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On! All the epic action of the brand new Supergirl series starts here!

Supergirl #1 ongoing series on shelves September 7, 2016

SupergirlHere is the official solicitation synopsis from DC Comics:

“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMAN” part one! Supergirl is back and working for the DEO to defend National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!

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TNTM Suicide Squad the movie preview

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com get all nerdy about the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

The Suicide Squad is an aptly named group. They are some of the most vile and treacherous villains that could be pulled from the depths of all of DC Comics prisons. The idea behind their black ops group is the government will take time off their prison sentence for successfully completing missions.

The catch is the missions all have slim to no chance of success. The government will disavow any knowledge of the group if any members are caught or killed. The members are implanted with an explosive device that can be triggered if they deviate from the mission or attempt to escape.

The Suicide Squad has had many members over the years. The government selects inmates that are most suited for the mission at hand. The movie is using a particular set of villains/anit-heroes.

The cast as we know it so far:

Will Smith as Deadshot: An expert marksman and assassin. Smith stated that Deadshot and Harley Quinn are “allies” in the film, but that they do not know what is happening with the other characters.

Jared Leto as Joker: A psychopathic supervillain. Leto described his role as “nearly Shakespearean” and a “beautiful disaster of a character”. About portraying the villain he stated “I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing these psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful.”

Leto never broke character throughout filming with Smith going as far as stating he never met him. In preparation for the role, Leto spent his time alone, listened to gospel music from the 1920s—commenting he senses “Joker may be much older than people think”—and read literature on shamanism.

Influences for the character’s appearance include Mexican cartel bosses and the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Leto stated that he spoke with doctors and spent time with psychopaths in preparation for his role. The character’s tattoos were added by Ayer, who considered it gave a modernized gangster look to Joker.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn: A crazed super villain and former psychiatrist. Producer Richard Suckle described the character as “a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary… You can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do.” Robbie described Quinn as one of the Squad’s most manipulative members, and her relationship with Joker as “incredibly dysfunctional”, adding that Quinn is “mad about him—like, literally, mad. She’s crazy. But she loves him. And it’s a really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship. But an addictive one.”

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag: A military officer who leads the Task Force X team. Tom Hardy was previously cast in the role but was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: The government official who gives out the Squad’s orders. Davis stated she is fascinated by the character, singling out her psychology and strength and describing her as a “powerful black woman, hard, ready to pick up a gun and shoot anyone at will.” She described Waller as “relentless in her villainy” and noted that her powers are “her intelligence and her complete lack of guilt.” Davis read M. E. Thomas’ autobiography Confessions of a Sociopath to prepare for her role.

Jai Courtney as Boomerang: An assassin who utilizes deadly boomerangs. About his role, Courtney stated, “he is an absolute bogan, in the purest sense. David Ayer’s first instruction was, ‘find your inner shitbag’.”

Jay Hernandez as El Diablo: A former Los Angeles gang member who can summon flames. Hernandez sets his character apart from his teammates as he “just wants to stay out of the fight”, while “most of the Squad members are happy to get out there and kill people”.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc: A supervillain who suffers from a skin condition that causes him to develop reptilian features. Akinnuoye-Agbaje described the character as “a cannibal with rage issues”.

Cara Delevingne as June Moone / Enchantress: A powerful sorceress. An ancient evil force, she is inadvertently unleashed by adventure-seeker June Moone after a long time of imprisonment. Enchantress is not a member of the Suicide Squad, but her powers draw Amanda Waller’s attention. Delevingne explains the entity is “an ancient sorceress. A feral being.”

Karen Fukuhara as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana: An expert martial artist and swords-woman. She serves as Rick Flag’s bodyguard and wields the mystical Soultaker blade, capable of trapping the souls of its victims. As she is a volunteer, not a criminal, she does not have a micro-bomb implant. Fukuhara stated that Katana “has morals and codes. She can also slice through hundreds of people without taking a breath.”

Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss/Slipknot: Another member of the squad.

To further establish the interconnection between the films of the shared universe, Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Batman.

Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) is in the movie but his role has to be divulged.

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TNTM DC Comics debuts Chinese Super-man

The DC Comics Rebirth initiative promises to bring a lot of our favorite characters back and explain the whole continuity gap that was introduced by the New 52.

What isn’t getting a lot of attention is the fact they are introducing a new character with a very familiar name.

Kenan Kong is a young Chinese man.  He is given Superman’s powers.  How he gets these powers hasn’t been released yet.  So to recap it for you, the New 52 Superman is dead, the pre-New 52 Superman is reluctant to be a superhero again, and we now have a brand new Super-man (notice the hyphen) from China.  This should be interesting.

We don’t know if Super-man is going to remain in China and fight mostly Chinese villains or if he is going to team up with other superheroes to fight crime on a larger scale.  Either way will be okay with me as long as they develop the character well.  Since these powers are thrust upon him with no training whatsoever, I am thinking they might use the “Greatest American Hero” approach.

Super-man 1 Super-man 2

If you are unfamiliar with the “Greatest American Hero”, the main character is given a super powered suit by an alien race.  It came with a user’s manual, which he promptly lost.  He learns how to use the suit through trial and error.  It was a great show that really should have it’s own movie, but that is for another article to discuss.

This comic is scheduled to be on the shelves in your favorite comic book store on July 13, 2016.

Creators: (W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Victor Bogdanovic (CA) Std.: Victor Bogdanovic; Var.: Bernard Chang

Solicitation:  “Made in China” Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of “The Final Days of Superman”, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kenan Kong — the New Super-Man! When the world needed a new hero, China made him!

Appeal:  “Everybody in the world recognizes Superman,” Yang told NBC News. “The reason he transcends cultures is that he embodies these ideals that are international, that are cross-cultural. We wanted to tell a story that was about the Superman ideal but tell it in a different

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TNTM DC Comics Rebirth Revisited

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com share the nerdiness that is emanating from DC Comics Rebirth.  We have covered this before (several times) but this line wide reset (It’s not a reboot, Geoff Johns made absolutely sure everyone knew that) is spinning a really good story so far.

Warning, spoilers are contained below.

It all started with the DC Universe Rebirth one shot that had Wally West trapped within the speed force.  In order for him to escape the speed force and not be broken down and become part of the speed force, he needed someone to remember him.  Most of that issue followed Wally around trying to get those close to him to remember him so he could return to our world as Wally West.  He tried his former girlfriend, team mates, and even the greatest detective in the world (Batman of course).  It wasn’t until he visited Barry Allen that he finally broke through.  Wally said his goodbyes, told Barry he had lived a good life, and resigned himself to become part of the speed force.  Something caused Barry’s memories of Wally to come back and he was able to save him.  The issue ended with an emotional reunion between Barry and Wally.

In the meantime, Batman investigated the area of the Batcave where he saw the premonition of Wally and discovered a bloody happy face pin (like the Comedian from the Watchmen wore) embedded in the wall.  The last few panels show a watch being unassembled/reassembled and you hear the voices of a couple of characters out of the frame.  One characters keeps referring to the other as “Adrian” (Ozymandias).

There are enough clues there that even those not real familiar with comics can conclude the Watchmen, specifically Dr. Manhattan, are involved.  We find out Dr. Manhattan has taken 10 years away from all the DC characters.  Heroes that were old are now young, romances that existed are no longer, and everything is set back 10 years.

So far there has been no explanation as to why Dr. Manhattan would do this, but a lot of people are enjoying having their characters put back as they were pre-New 52.  They are even making Dick Grayson Nightwing again.  Finally, after the New 52 and Convergence we are finally getting the DC Universe that should be.  I trust in Geoff Johns story-telling ability in a single title.  I hope he can work the same magic for ALL of DC Comics now.

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Talk Nerdy to Me: DC Comics Rebirth Explained

DC Rebirth is a 2016 relaunch by DC Comics of its entire line of ongoing monthly superhero comic books. The launching point is the end of The New 52 initiative (May 2016).

DC Rebirth is intended to restore the DC Universe to a form much like that prior to “Flashpoint”. It will incorporate the New 52 continuity as well as numerous other elements.

In January 2016 DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio and Jim Lee tweeted an image of a blue curtain with the word “Rebirth” on it, teasing the event. The following month DC announced its Rebirth initiative as a line-wide relaunch of its titles to begin in June 2016. It would kick off with an 80-page one-shot which was released on May 25, 2016.

As part of the Rebirth initiative Action Comics and Detective Comics will return to their previous numbering (#957 and #934 respectively). A number of existing titles will relaunch with new #1 issues. There will also be the release of several new titles.

Geoff Johns (narrator of this video) describes the 80-page one-shot as “re-laying the groundwork for DC’s future while celebrating the past and present. It’s not about throwing anything away. It’s quite the opposite.” Johns calls Rebirth more “in the same vein as Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Flash: Rebirth.

Some things alter and change but it’s more character-driven. It’s also more about revealing secrets and mysteries within the DC Universe about “Flashpoint” and The New 52 that are part of a bigger tapestry.” The Rebirth initiative will reintroduce concepts from pre-Flashpoint continuity, such as legacy, that were lost with The New 52 and build “on everything that’s been published since Action Comics #1 up thru The New 52.” Lee said that Johns “came up with this brilliant story [for the DC Universe: Rebirth Special] that basically allows us to seat the New 52 within the continuity that preceded it. So it really synchronizes and harmonizes pre-52 with New 52 continuity”.

Johns worked with each writing team and the editors for the titles to help refocus “on these characters, deconstructing them down to their core DNA and building out story arcs based on that DNA”. Two titles that were part of the initial announcement in February, Gotham Academy: Second Semester and Earth 2, were revealed to no longer be considered Rebirth titles. Instead these titles will be continuations of their New 52 titles.

Regarding the release of variant covers for titles, Lee said, “we’re only using specialty variants with comic book shops and variant covers in judicious ways. We’re not going to have a gazillion SKUs across the entire line. We find that at that point why publish a story inside at all. If you’re just going to build a business based on variant covers. We’re still using variant covers, but we’re actually using one variant cover artist for each book. And they’re going to be responsible for being the alternate cover artist on that book. And we’re only doing it on our top-selling books.”

With the release of DC Universe: Rebirth Special characters not seen during The New 52, including Wally West, Jackson Hyde/Aqualad, Ryan Choi and Doctor Fate, return to continuity. Other characters such as Ted Kord and Ray Palmer/Atom returned to their characterization from prior to Flashpoint. Wally West explains the in-universe cause of the reboot following Flashpoint was not due to Barry Allen attempting to fix the timelines. For unknown reasons Doctor Manhattan of Watchmen interfered and removed approximately 10 years from each character. This resulted in the younger age of heroes in The New 52 and the loss of legacy and previous relationships.

DC revealed the titles under four different “families” grouping similar characters or titles together.

The Batman family of titles includes Batman, Detective Comics, Batgirl, Nightwing, All-Star Batman, and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey.

The Superman family of titles includes Action Comics, Superman, Wonder Woman, New Super-man, Superwoman, Supergirl, and Trinity

The Justice League family of titles includes Aquaman, The Flash, Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Justice League, Titans, Cyborg, Justice League of America, and Teen Titans.

The other family of titles includes Green Arrow, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, The Hellblazer, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Suicide Squad, Blue Beetle, Super Sons, and Batman Beyond.

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TNTM Welcome Home Wally West

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com geek out about Wally West coming back into DC Comics line-up during the Rebirth event.

Wally West was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino and introduced in The Flash #110. The character was the nephew of the existing Flash character’s girlfriend and later wife, Iris West.

During a visit to the Central City police laboratory where Barry Allen worked the freak accident that gave Allen his powers repeated itself. Wally was bathed in electrically-charged chemicals.

Now possessing the same powers as the Flash, West donned a smaller sized copy of Barry Allen’s Flash outfit and became the young crime fighter Kid Flash. Wally had a strained relationship with his own parents and often looked to his beloved aunt and uncle for moral support and guidance.

This costume was later altered in The Flash #135 to one that would make him more visually distinctive. The original red was replaced with a costume that was primarily yellow with red leggings, gloves, and ear-pieces.

In addition to his appearances within the Flash title, the character was a founding member of the newly created Teen Titans. Kid Flash eventually left the group to focus on school, while also continuing a part-time solo career and partnership with the Flash on a handful of cases.

The Crisis on Infinite Earths brought him out of retirement, and the death of Barry Allen gave him a new sense of purpose. Despite the risk, he took the name and costume of The Flash, and was determined to live up to the example that Barry Allen had set for the world.

After the events of Flashpoint, history was altered and the people of Earth lost all of their memories. However, Wally managed to escape through the Speed Force and avoid being lost forever.

He was able to project himself onto the New 52 Earth. He needed someone to remember him before being revived fully.  After several unsuccessful attempts to contact his friends and family Barry recognized him and returned him to life. This saved the entire pre-Flashpoint universe with him.

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DC Comics Rebirth talk with Brett Booth

DC Comics Rebirth discussion with Brett Booth

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com talk with DC Comics artist, Brett Booth about his origin story, his part in the upcoming DC Comics Rebirth line wide relaunch, and just plain old comic book stuff. We tried every trick we know to get him to divulge information on the Rebirth story-line. We even said pretty please, but he skillfully dodged our every attempt.

DC Comics Rebirth is a 2016 relaunch by DC Comics of its entire line of ongoing monthly superhero comic books. It is intended to restore the DC Universe to a form much like that prior to the “Flashpoint” story-line. It will incorporate numerous elements of The “New 52”.

DC Comics decided to reset their universe to correct continuity problems introduced by “DC You”. Rebirth will also address the fans desires to see teams such as the Justice Society return to continuity.

This resetting will also bring the printing arm of DC Comics more in line with their popular television series. The comics will more closely align with DC’s TV series Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as the feature films Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.

Rebirth begins with the 80 page giant sized DC Universe: Rebirth Special by Geoff Johns. DC Comics will publish numerous Rebirth issues of many current comics followed by new number one issues thereafter.

Numerous DC Comics flagship titles such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman will continue bimonthly. All bi-monthly titles will start their numbering at #1 with the exception of Action Comics and Detective Comics. Action Comics and Detective Comics will return to their original, pre-New 52 numbering without a Rebirth issue.

Rebirth is intended to run for two years. Action Comics numbering will pick up with issue #957 and Detective Comics with #934. This means that on the intended bimonthly schedule Action Comics (original lauch date in 1938) will reach issue 1000 just over two years after Rebirth is initiated. This is a significant landmark in American comics publishing.

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Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot and Katana

Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot and Katana

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com talk about the upcoming comic book, Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana.

The six-issue mini-series will showcase the popular characters of Deadshot and Katana, who both are members of the Suicide Squad in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

If you don’t know the story behind Suicide Squad, pull up a chair.  Without getting long-winded about it, they are a group of really bad (or good depending on your viewpoint) villains.  They are a super secret group run by a government group called ARGUS and lead by a woman named Amanda Waller. The government refers to this group as Task Force X, but the members call themselves Suicide Squad.

Before you ask, yes it is the same ARGUS and Amanda Waller you see on the hit TV show Arrow.  If the movie does well we may be some crossover potential.  They have hinted at the Suicide Squad on Arrow a few times already.

Why would these villains agree to go on these missions?  The government allows them to work off their bad deeds and earn freedom if they complete enough successful missions. Why don’t they just run away during a mission you ask?  Good question.  The villains all have miniature bombs implanted in them that ARGUS can detonate if they try to run or stop following orders.  The villains are all in prison for different reasons. Their motivations for joining the Suicide Squad are varied as well.

Now that you have the short and quick version of their history we can jump back into the comic book. DC Entertainment is banking on Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana doing well with the release of the big screen version in August.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted, will be a double-sized series showcasing two members of the all-villain super-team. The six-issue mini-series will run alongside the current New Suicide Squad monthly comic book and feature two full-length stories per issue focusing on Deadshot and Katana.

Creators on the series will be Brian Buccellato and Viktor Bogdanovic on the Deadshot story (which sees the assassin get a new contract on Lex Luthor) and Mike W. Barr and Diogenes Neves on Katana (who is forced to choose between self-preservation and defending a group of innocent civilians).

If you plan on seeing the movie we highly recommend reading this comic book series first.  You will be able to amaze your non-comic book friends with your knowledge of the less mainstream characters.  As a bonus you will earn some street cred with all your nerdy (a.k.a cool) comic book friends.

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