HERE’S THE THING EPISODE 17: SUPERMAN’S HAIR IS SERIOUS BUSINESS
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn’t enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here’s The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you’re wrong and he’s right.
This week, Chris has a very serious discussion about Superman’s hair. No, really: You will believe a man’s coif can provide a strong visual signifier of his character and can make another, slightly more volatile man hate a movie six months before it comes out.
JOE QUINONES’ ROBIN ’66 CHALLENGES CAMERON STEWART’S BATGIRL FOR SELFIE SUPREMACY
By Chris Sims
It seems Batman’s code against killing does not apply to the selfie game.
If you follow the ComicsAlliance Instagram account, then you already know that we are pretty passionate about selfies. It’s one of the reasons that we’re actually so excited about seeing all the covers for DC’s Selfie Month, in which the heroes of the DC Universe snap pictures of themselves while they’re going about their heroic duty on the covers of August-shipping books. It’s a fun way to inject some much needed levity back into these most colorful characters, and one that fans respond to in enormously positive ways if the reaction to Cameron Stewart’s Batgirl is any indication – and that wasn’t even part of the Selfie Month promotion.
This week, one such cover was unveiled that has risen above all the others as possibly the single greatest superhero selfie of all time: Joe Quinones’ cover to Batman ’66 #14, where Robin the Boy Wonder can be seen snapping a photo of himself with the rotary Bat-Phone.
With this amazing and impossible image, Quinones has threatened to unseat DC’s established Queen of the Selfie Game, Batgirl. But could this be the start of something more? Something like, perhaps, a trans-multiversal selfie war between Batgirl and Robin ’66? Probably not, but we can always hope!
The idea of the Cross-Reality Selfie War was posited by CA’s own Andy Khouri, who pitched it to Batman ’66 assistant editor Aniz Ansari over Twitter this morning and Ansari fav’d it, so if it happens, you know which pro-selfie comic book news and opinion site to thank. You are welcome.
HIRE THIS WOMAN: ARTIST CHRISSIE ZULLO
In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”
Artist Chrissie Zullo got her break in comics via the DC Comics Talent Search in 2008 and has been working consistently ever since. She has worked for a variety of major comics publishers, including Archie, Dark Horse, IDW, and Vertigo, on covers and interiors for series including Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love, Fairest In All The Land, Womanthology: Space, Madame Xanadu and Life With Archie.
‘OH, F–K ME’: THE GOOD AND BAD OF THE LEAKED ‘DEADPOOL’ TEST FOOTAGE [VIDEO]
Test footage from the unlikely-but-not-impossible Deadpool movie has been appearing and disappearing all over the Internet for the past few days, with a high-res version popping up on Vimeo (since deleted) and DailyMotion (the player above).
Here’s what we know about it: director Tim Miller and actor Ryan Reynolds made the two minutes or so of footage back in 2012 to convince 20th Century Fox to greenlight a film. It hasn’t convinced them yet, and Reynolds has been less than optimistic about the movie’s chances in recent interviews. Fans can assume that if there had been (or could be) a Deadpool movie, it would have looked a lot like this. There’s a lot to like about what’s in here, and a few things that seem to be missteps.
SHE’D RATHER NOT TALK ABOUT IT: NEW ‘SPIDER-WOMAN’ TEAM ON JESSICA DREW’S PAST (AND FUTURE)
Last weekend at the “Women of Marvel” panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Comics announced a new ongoing Spider-Woman series that will debut in November, from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Greg Land, which will follow directly on from events in the Spider-Verse crossover. We had the opportunity to have a quick chat with the creative team in the wake of the announcement, and ask a few questions about their plans for the series.
ComicsAlliance: Jessica Drew is a character with a notoriously convoluted history, and while she’s a fairly iconic figure for fans who came of age in the ’70s and ’80s (she even had her own Saturday morning cartoon), she hasn’t had a particularly high profile in comics in recent years. What should readers know about her going in?
Dennis Hopeless: I think of Jessica as a woman who has been down a long dark road. The whole thing was exhausting and most of the time she’d prefer not to talk about it. Which isn’t to say we’ll be avoiding Jessica’s past. She carries those experiences with her always and it very much colors how she approaches the world. Our story just leans more toward Jessica in the now. She’s dealing with problems right in front of her face.
I’m a big fan of the Bendis/Maleev Spider-Woman series and “the Skrull years” fascinate me so I’d love to eventually revisit some of that. It just might be a while before we get there. Jessica has a lot of moving forward to do before she’ll have time to look back.
ARCHIE’S ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA ANNOUNCES ‘AFTERLIFE’ FOLLOWUP ‘ARCHIE IS LEGEND’
By Chris Sims
Over the past few years, Archie has steadily become one of the most surprising publishers in comics, and the biggest factor in that has undoubtedly been Afterlife With Archie. The mature-readers horror book has pit everyone’s favorite teenager and his pals against a zombie apocalypse, and it’s been popular enough to net writer (and Archie Chief Creative Officer) Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa a second ongoing horror title, this time focused on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
In this interview on the floor at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Aguirre-Sacasa shares details with ComicsAlliance about Sabrina and provides an exclusive reveal of the third arc of Afterlife — which he exclusively revealed will be titled “Archie Is Legend.”
Aside from dropping that amazing title, Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that the upcoming Sabrina won’t be a tie-in to the apocalyptic happenings of Afterlife, but rather a standalone series set in the ’60s, when Sabrina herself first appeared. According to Aguirre-Sacasa, he and artist Robert Hack will be attempting to provide a much more subtle brand of horror than the brutal shocks of Afterlife, something that he likens to Rosemary’s Baby.
But Afterlife is still going strong, and in addition to that third arc, there will also be a Christmas story featuring Jingle, the Christmas elf that occasionally pops up to teach Archie about the true meaning of the holiday season. One hopes this means Santa Claus has avoided the rampaging undead, but, well, no guarantees.
BE UNAFRAID: THE OFFICIAL ‘WAKE’ EXIT INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT SNYDER & SEAN MURPHY
Creators Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s mind-bending, centuries-spanning Vertigo Comics horror/sci-fi series The Wake comes to an end today, and it has covered a lot of ground in its 10 issues — which is quite an accomplishment for a book that takes place in a world almost entirely covered by water.
A mix of horror and mythology spanning three different time periods, The Wake features a group of scientists, led by Dr. Lee Archer, attempting to uncover the secrets of a vicious Merman-like creature captured by the U.S. government. As Dr. Archer and her team do their best to discover the truth, the creature — with the ability to invade their thoughts, granting them each what they believe to be their heart’s desires — has other plans. The creature unlocks many of mankind’s myths of the sea — and, consequently, itself — and propels a wild-eyed, high adventure narrative that traverses centuries and brings in monsters, pirates, super-science, post-apocalyptic cultures and some of the most haunting psychological horror Vertigo’s published in years.
Throughout, the Eisner-winning series has taken the emotional, intellectual and philosophical and made them manifest on the page with some highly innovative and bold storytelling techniques, such as when, after five issues of following Dr. Lee’s adventure, the book jumps hundreds of years into the future to focus on a new protagonist and her cybernetic dolphin. The final issue takes that approach to a whole other level, telling a creation myth while providing closure for the characters. It’s quite an accomplishment, and we talked with Snyder and Murphy about how they pulled it off.
WARNING: Issue #10 spoilers ahead.
‘SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR’ RED BAND TRAILER PROMISES GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS, INEVITABLY
Remember 2005? Back when we didn’t have a lot of good comic book movies to celebrate? Back before the first 300 movie, when the whole idea of that posturing “no homo” otherness-phobic carnival of green screened pomposity seemed like it might have cultural value? Back before Frank Miller’s swastika-festooned The Spirit left a bad taste in everyone’s mouths? Back when people were still insisting The Dark Knight Strikes Again was actually good satire, before Holy Terror confirmed that, no, Frank Miller is actually frighteningly sincere? Back when we clung to deniability?
Good news, everyone! It’s 2005 again, and we get another chance to pretend Mickey Rourke poking his head through a loaf of bread is a thing that works. Here’s another Sin City: A Dame To Kill For trailer, and it’s everything you’d expect it to be; stylish and insubstantial, with the promise of ample degradation. It’s also ‘Red Band,’ which means you have to be a mature person to watch it, ironically.
FOCUSING ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY DOWN TO ONE NINE-YEAR-OLD CHILD: CHUCK PALAHNIUK TALKS ‘FIGHT CLUB 2′
By Andy Khouri
Eighteen years after Fight Club first saw print, author Chuck Palahniuk is returning to the world of Project Mayhem for a sequel — Fight Club 2 — which will take the form of a ten issue comic book series illustrated by Cameron Stewart and published by Dark Horse.
In this interview conducted at Comic-Con International in San Diego, the author talks to ComicsAlliance about why he chose to revisit the world of Fight Club, why he chose to do so in the comics medium, the process of learning how to write comics, his collaboration with Cameron Stewart, and how his ant-hero Tyler Durden may be much more than a figment in the Narrator’s imagination, but a force of nature dating back millennia, shaping all of human history to facilitate a plan he has for the Narrator’s nine-year-old son. And quite a bit more besides.
INTERVIEW: STARTING WITH CHARACTER: MATT KINDT AND JEFF LEMIRE DISCUSS ‘THE VALIANT’
Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, the co-writers of the upcoming miniseries The Valiant – a prestige-format miniseries featuring Bloodshot, Geomancer and Eternal Warrior — have each done superhero work in the past, but they’ve really made their names with creator-owned work that they wrote and drew. Kindt’s Mind MGMT has taken off, and Lemire struck a chord with series including Sweet Tooth and Trillium.
Those credentials are part of why Valiant invited the two creators to work on the new miniseries — one that’s being touted as an entry point for new readers, but also as a turning point for the whole Valiant Universe. They’ve been given some wiggle room to develop a character-based story and put their creative voices to work. The result is something both writers seem really proud of, not to mention a story that’s bound to look good, with artwork by Paolo Rivera.
We sat down with Lemire and Kindt at San Diego Comic-Con International to ask them about their collaboration, how their backgrounds in cartooning inform their superhero work, and how Valiant’s universe differs from others.
ComicsAlliance: Both of you guys, I mean, you’ve done more mainstream super hero comics lately, but, you’ve both kind of made your names as writer/artists who do independent comics that you write and draw. You still do that, but you now transitioned into this other thing where you’re writers for superhero comics. So I guess I have a two part question. One; what do you think that background that you both have brings to your work on super hero stuff? And two; have you ever thought about doing some art in your superhero work?
Jeff Lemire: For me I think what we bring, the good thing about coming up in indie comics, and writing and drawing our own stuff, and doing all the stuff that we did outside of superheroes and mainstream comics, is that, when we did get into the mainstream stuff we’d already developed a voice fully, each of us.
So then you bring a unique perspective to the characters as opposed to, maybe, a young writer who just breaks in early not having done other things, and then their voice just gets lost in the universe, in the concepts that already exist and things. We already had a point of view and a voice that we can then take characters and bring a new perspective to them.
Matt Kindt: I mean, I think it made it easier to transition from my own stuff to bigger characters like this because, you come into the project not filling in a gap, like, “OK, write Bloodshot like Bloodshot is written.” You’re hired to write Bloodshot like you write. Bring your voice, bring your character, your insight to those characters. Make them work.
JL: Normally when you do an event at one of the larger companies, it’ll be, “OK, this event is about…” some high concept, and then you work from there. Whereas this one was about Bloodshot and Kay’s relationship and then we built out of character. That gets you doing more personal sorts of stories you know?
MK: Yeah, we just talk about the character first and then the story comes out of that.