DC’S DIGITAL-FIRST ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ SERIES ENDS WITH ISSUE #51
It didn’t even get to 52.
DC’s digital-first Adventures of Superman series concluded Tuesday with issue #51, with a story by Jerry Ordway and Steve Rude. We here at ComicsAlliance have documented our appreciation of the series, which offered a wide variety of Superman stories from some of comics’ most talented creators. We’re sad to see it end.
INTERVIEW: SCOTT SNYDER ON ‘BATMAN: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY’, PART ONE
By Chris Sims
Today, in the first part of our interview, Snyder discusses the return of Dr. Death, why he wanted to pay homage to Frank Miller’s Year One and Dark Knight Returns while at the same time breaking away from them as much as possible, and why “Dark City” was the most challenging part of the story to write.
ComicsAlliance: So let’s start with Dr. Death. He’s a character who’s commonly regarded as the first supervillain to show up in Detective Comics, but I’m curious as to why you went with him rather than Hugo Strange or the Mad Monk, who are both earlier foes for Batman.
Scott Snyder: I actually went back and considered using the Mad Monk in a different way, but I didn’t think I could pull it off. I’ve always loved the idea of Dr. Death and Lord Death Man. Not necessarily the iteration that was in Detective Comics back then, but this idea of Batman facing a character with death in his moniker at the beginning. So much of what Bruce needs to learn, I think, and this actually comes in a lot in the next section, “Wild City,” is that being Batman means transcending death. Both believing that you can physically, over and over again, but more than that, giving yourself up to this bigger idea and sacrificing any sort of personal life and your body to be larger. Your own physicality, your own mortality.
‘GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES’ PRODUCER GIANCARLO VOLPE EXPLAINS FOCUS GROUPS IN NEW COMIC
In his time working in animation, Giancarlo Volpe has worked on some of my all-time favorite cartoons. As a writer, director and animator, he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender (including directing the pretty phenomenal series finale), King of the Hill, and most recently as the director of the JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time movie. As a result, you’d think he’d know a little something about how to make an exciting and enjoyable animated series, right? But it seems that even he can learn a lot from a focus group!
At least, that was the opinion of the studio during Volpe’s time as the showrunner for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, when he attended his first focus group run by the studio. On his tumblr, Volpe recounted the experience in the form of a comic featuring an appearance by Bruce Timm, and to say the least, it does not sound like a fun time.
DC COMICS’ ‘MULTIVERSITY’ WILL FINALLY ARRIVE IN AUGUST FROM GRANT MORRISON AND AN ARMY OF ARTISTS
DC’s Multiversity is finally happening. Originally Announced in 2009 as an intended 2010 release, the first 40-page issue of the multiverse-spanning story by writer Grant Morrison and artists including Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart and more, now has an August 2014 release date. Comic Book Resources has a first-look at the first installment’s colored interiors with a two-page spread by Reis, Joe Prado and Nei Ruffino, along with an official statement from Morrison that names the threat that heroes including the newly previewed Superman Kalel from Earth-23 will be facing.
From Morrison’s official statement:
The Multiversity’ has been a labor of love almost eight years in the making, and brings together an unstoppable supergroup of artists — Reis, Sprouse, Oliver, Quitely, Stewart and more — with a cast of unforgettable characters from the 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse!
“Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!
Comprising seven complete adventures — each set in a different parallel universe — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, ‘The Multiversity’ is more than just a multi-part comic book series, it’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the front line in the Battle For All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
But beware! Power has a cost, and at the heart of this epic tale waits the cursed and malignant comic book called ‘Ultra Comics’…
How safe is YOUR head?
Join us, if you dare, for ‘The Multiversity!’” — Grant Morrison
JERRY ORDWAY & STEVE RUDE’S ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’ IS LIKE ‘A LOST FLEISCHER CARTOON’
By Andy Khouri
ComicsAlliance: Without giving everything away — which I know is tough considering the length of the piece — what’s going on in this Superman story and how does Jack Kirby’s OMAC come into it?
Jerry Ordway: The best answer is to imagine this as a lost Max Fleischer Superman cartoon. Action propels the narrative, and it’s a tight 10-page story!
CA: Steve, you’re known for your unmatched perfectionism and thoughtfulness when crafting a page. What kind of things do you think about when preparing for a project like this? Did you set any kind of ground rules or creative goals for yourself, or do you actually work more fluidly than people might believe?
Steve Rude: My rule as an artist is to “maintain your standards”. When people you admire begin to let their work standards slide, it can be hugely distressing to their fans. Comic readers don’t need one more person letting them down. My personal hero, Jack Kirby, delivered top work for four decades. It’s the least I can do for myself, and those who count on me to deliver it.
WATCH THE COMPLETE ‘BATMAN: STRANGE DAYS’ BY BRUCE TIMM
Director Bruce Timm’s ‘Batman: Strange Days’ short film is now available to watch in full alongside our exclusive interview with the legendary animator.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BRUCE TIMM ON HIS RETURN TO BATMAN WITH ‘STRANGE DAYS’
By Andy Khouri
Bruce Timm: Oh, I’m never going to be done with Batman. No, basically what happened was it all came about as a fluke. I was at the premeire of The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 at the Paley Center. One of the reporters there asked me, of all the different versions of Batman that I’ve worked on, through all the DVDs and the series and stuff, which one was my favorite. I said of course it’s the original, Batman: The Animated Series, because that’s the closest to my own personal vision of Batman. Then I got to thinking, well, you know, even B:TAS was not 100% exactly what I would do with Batman if I was boss of the world and didn’t have to take into account economics or TV executives. If I was the boss of the world, how exactly would I do Batman and some of the things they tried to incorporate into B:TAS but had to change a little for various reasons.
Also in this interview: who will voice the new Batman short?
FRANK CHO REVISES ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS’ SCENE TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE ANTI-SUPERMAN
He went about proving it with a post to his blog this week in which he shared a commission for his pal who goes by the name Hawaiian Dave. It’s a remix of the climactic two-page spread from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns in which Batman and Superman have their big, final fight in Crime Alley. Cho has added in a bit of commentary, and it is anything but Superman-friendly.