Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
UPDATE: Here is the newly release trailer!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.
Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s greatest adopted son, as he grows from boy to Superman in SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis.
Watch from the darkest corners of Crime Alley as a young boy is struck by unbelievable tragedy that will forge the greatest crime-fighter to ever stalk the rooftops of Gotham City in BATMAN: EARTH ONE, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
“It is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,” Davis said. “It’s a privilege to realize that you’re the artist that gets to draw it, better yet having the luxury to do it in an original graphic novel. This is going to be epic!”
What about Geoff Johns? Well, we happen to have a bit from his first interview as well:
“BATMAN: EARTH ONE allows Gary and I to break the restraints of any continuity and focus on two things: character and story.”
I love this guy.
In 2007, DC Comics launched the much anticipated Sinestro Corps War. After the events in Rebirth, Sinestro has been biding his time creating Yellow power rings and recruiting some of the most savage criminals in the universe for his army. With that, he launched a full on assault on the Green Lanterns as well as Earth. Though there were hundreds of casualties on both sides, Sinestro was once again defeated.
On a somewhat related note. I'm ready for Comic Con. Green or Blue?
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Korean pop sensation Rain delivers the performance of his career as the protagonist ninja assassin, Raizo. That's not saying much though as his last American movie was Speed Racer and he had the sum total of three lines. With cheesy dialogue, sub par acting, and ridiculously awesome special effects fighting scenes, I am reminded of a movie from my youth:
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Also, here is my new cartoon for the paper. It is about class cutbacks during the Winter intercession.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
- Charybdis reveals that he and his twin brother Scylla did not share powers, but rather, the powers were his all along and he allowed his brother to leech off of him.
- Charybdis appears to be much more powerful than the Plutonian now that his brother is dead and the powers are his alone.
- The team meets catches up to the battle to see their comrade actually winning.
- It is revealed that the reason the Plutonian went insane, wasn't just because of the Jacksonville Plague, but rather that he lost the trust of his faithful sidekick Samsara for lying about it.
- The Plutonian flies off to lick his wounds, leaving the rest of the team uneasy with a cocky (and possibly dangerous) new Charybdis assuming command.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Alot of new development for our heroic speedsters this month kids! It was a wait, but it was worth it!
Geoff Johns keeps consistent with his story telling giving the readers more and more in the penultimate issue of the Flash: Rebirth series. Originally, the series was to end with issue #5. But with the order of an extra issue, Johns was given the task of stretching out the storyline. This is why the first few issues seemed exceptionally slow. But, I'm not complaining.
Ethan Van Sciver, however, is the true star of this issue. Van Sciver knocks it out of the park with his pencils. I love the new costume for Wally West. I was apprehensive at first as to how it would look, but as soon as I saw it, I knew Van Sciver knew what he was doing from the start. Also, his Liberty Belle was HOT.
- The Flashes team up to fight Professor Zoom in an epic battle.
- Iris and Jai West are still experiencing pain from the Speed Force. Iris deduces that it is because they were born the same time that they share a connection.
- Iris takes away her brother's connection to the Speed Force in order to save his life.
- Zoom gets the upper hand on the heroes as Wally teaches them a way to mend themselves and their costumes giving them a second wind.
- Wally creates a new costume for himself, resembling the Justice League cartoon version.
- Liberty Belle goes back to her Jesse Quick costume.
- Iris adopts the Impulse costume and takes the name as well.
- It is revealed that Zoom was the one who traveled back in time to shape Barry's childhood. Breaking his arm as a youth, killing his dog, and finally murdering Barry's mother and framing his father.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner (DC)
Superboy: Conner Kent (DC)
Scarlet Spider: Ben Reilly (Marvel)
Invincible: Mark Grayson (Image)
Kid Flash: Bart Allen (DC)
My All Star line up if I ever got to pick my ideal superhero team. Put yours in the comments and I'll try to draw them out. Five members maximum.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I hope Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason stick to the GL Corps title for as long as I can. I never really enjoyed Green Lantern Corps as a series until they revived it. Tomasi really focuses on the space police aspect of the characters. Patrick Gleason's art is always amazing. He provides so much detail into his art that it is surpsing he is able to produce an issue on time every month.
- Kyle and Guy release Red Lantern Vice from the science cells to help battle the Black Lanterns
- Alpha Lantern Chaselon kills Vice, but is immediately piced apart by the Black Lanterns.
- The battery inside Chaselon is about to detonate causing a tremendous explosion.
- Kyle flies the battery off to safelty detonate about OA taking out hordes of Black Lanterns and sacrificing his life.
- Kyle's ring flies off in search of a replacement.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Me: Can you tell me what a day is like in your work schedule?
Jamal: My work day starts around 830-9am depending when my wife wakes me up and my baby hits me on the head with a bottle. Then I usually work until from 10am to 5pm and then cook dinner, hang out with the family until about 10pm. Then I’ll work from anytime from 10pm-4am.
Do you give yourself a work schedule? Or do try to get as much work done as you can in a day? For instance, do you designate a set amount of panels?
Um no, I try to get at least like a page done per day maybe more. It’s usually around a page and a half a day. Sometimes two, sometimes one. It really depends on, not just my work schedule but what’s going on. Like if I have like real life stuff going on.
You’re currently penciling Supergirl is that correct?
Can you tell me what’s currently going on with that story arc?
Well actually right now, I’m taking a quick breather off of Supergirl and penciling an issue of World’s Finest. But I’m still drawing Supergirl. I’m penciling World’s Finest, which is the first meeting between Supergirl and the new Batgirl: Stephanie Brown. I’m still working with sterling gates and I’m still drawing Supergirl. I’m just not drawing the main book.
World’s Finest is a four issue miniseries that I believe comes out this month. I usually only do about one book a month. I’m taking a break from the series for three issues and in November I’ll be doing Supergirl 50.
A pretty milestone issue.
Yeah. I haven’t seen the script yet, but I get an inkling of what’s going to be happening. We’re shooting for 38 pages, so we need the next time.
And when is that coming out?
That should be out in February. The last week of February.
For Supergirl, do you have an idea how long you’ll be staying on the title?
Um. No, not really. I mean initially, when I first got on the book, I said I was probably going to do a year and see what happens. And I’ve done a year already; I may be on another year. I haven’t decided yet.
So it’s up to you if you stay?
Yeah. Usually. Unless something happens and they want me to move onto something else.
I remember your work from about ten years ago. You worked on Green Lantern.
I did about five filler issues on Green Lantern, over the coarse about ten years. I used to joke with people that I was a regular artist, I was just really slow.
I remember that was one of the earliest books I’ve ever picked up. The Ion series.
Oh wow. Thank you. I mean, that was really fun stuff. I like the Green Lantern; I liked the whole concept of the Corps and everything. They’re always fun characters to work with and I had a lot of fun working on those stories.
Do you think you’ll ever return to the title?
Whoo. I don’t know. I mean they got Doug Mahnke and Pat Gleason on it now I think. I think they got that pretty much locked up at the moment.
How about the main series.
Oh, I don’t know. The thing is, I’m on contract so I go where I’m needed. So depending on what happens, there’s always stuff being planned and things in flux. They could decided to create a whole new initiative and create a whole new Kyle or whatever and they might ask me to do it and they might not ask me to do it you know I could just stay with the Superman books and keep going with that.
So you’re exclusively contracted with DC comics right now?
Yes. I just signed on for two more years.
Any plans on moving to Marvel after that?
Um. Haha. No, I don’t really think about it actually. I don’t know. There isn’t much that I would want to do creatively over at Marvel right now. So I don’t know if that’s something that is really interesting to me at the moment. I mean, I’ve done some stuff for marvel in the past, but it just never worked out that way that I would end up doing something with marvel. So I don’t know.
Can you tell me how you started in this business?
I started as an intern at DC when I was in high school. I did a 6-month intern ship when I was 17 years old. After my internship, I went to college, I dropped out after two years. I sort of wandered around aimlessly for a while.
Around 1991 or 92 I started putting a portfolio together. I didn’t approach anyone at DC at first because I didn’t think I was ready for that, so I started doing some work for a company called Majestic Entertainment. This was back towards the tail end of the comic flood when you know; everything was chromium covers, number one issues, and trading card comics. I did that for about 8 months or so and then that company went belly up.
I ended up taking the work that I did for them, sending it around to a bunch of people that I knew from different companies.
And Kevin Dooley called and asked me if I wanted to do eight pages in the new issue of Green Lantern. And that’s sort of how I got my foot in the door as a penciler.
People have said that you are the nicest guy in the comics industry. Do you have anything to say about that?
They’re all liars. They are liars they are fools. I am an ogre. I am evil. I am, I don’t know (Laughs). I’ve met a lot of nice guys in this business. It’s nice to be thought of that way though. I appreciate it; I’ve been very lucky. I’ve run across so many good genuine people in this business and very few negative influences. But its nice to be thought of that way.
Well, thank you for taking the time sir.
No problem man.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
In terms of animation, the overall designs of the characters were faithful to Ed McGuinness' style. This was very pleasing to my eyes. While the movie was rated PG-13, it did not push the boundaries of said rating as did previous DC animated features (Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman: Doomsday, Batman: Gotham Knight...). It was for the most part pretty tame.
Public Enemies was pretty much an hour long fight scene with Superman and Batman kicking everyone's butt. It was awesome. It was great seeing all these characters from the DCU that have never been animated before. It was even greater to see Supes and Bats punch them in their faces.
4.5/5 (Go Buy it!)
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
During an interview on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Ryan Reynolds mentioned that the blockbuster Green Lantern movie will begin shooting in approximately "four to five months." Any other details on production have been kept secret according to Reynolds for the time being. The episode can be found here on Hulu.
The two had previous worked on Superman and the Legion of Superheroes and Superman: Brainiac.
This story combines elements of the Silver Age adventures of Superboy, the John Bryne Origin from the Post-Crisis 1990s, and the Smallville TV show.
The story follows a young Clark Kent as he struggles to fit in with his peers all the while knowing that he will always be different. As his powers develop, he discovers his true alien origins.
Some highlights from this new continuty include: (SPOILERS)
- Lex Luthor also grew up in Smallville.
- A specified reason as to why Clark wears glasses at such an early age.
- Lena Luthor exists once again.
- Smallville's Chloe Sullivan seems to exist in this universe as well (not shown however).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Jamie Alexander (of Kyle XY) and Colm Feore (Paycheck, 24) have just been cast. Alexander will play Thor's Asgardian love Sif. While Feore's role remains unknown but is slated to be that of a villainous nature.
The Thor cast consists of Chris Helmsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster).
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Ain't It Cool News has posted the synopsis for the newest DC Universe animated feature film. Along with it are two pictures from the film.
In the film, a heroic Lex Luthor from an alternate universe travels to Earth to recruit the Justice League to save his Earth from the Crime Syndicate, a group of villians who have the same powers as the Justice League.
Bruce Timm (Superman: Doomsday, Batman: Gotham Knight) serves as executive producer, Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight) and Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) will co-direct the film, and Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League, Static Shock) is writing the script.
The cast confirmed for this film includes Mark Harmon (St. Elsewhere, NCIS) as Superman, William Baldwin (Backdraft) as Batman, Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City) as Lex Luthor, Gina Torres (Vixen from Justice League Unlimited) as Superwoman, James Woods (Shark, Family Guy) as Owlman, and Bruce Davison (X-Men) as the President.
Also, James Woods as Owlman?! F*** Yeah Dude!!!