BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.
Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.
By Betty Felon
After the success of their previous Star Wars collections, Australian fashion brand Black Milk Clothing has launched their first comics-inspired collection with a number of likened Batman items. Taking a cue from the popularity of their limited Harley Quinn-inspired leggings, Black Milk Clothing designed a collection in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. that combines their signature spandex apparel with Gotham’s Finest — artists, that is, with clothing designed around images created by fan favorites including Jock, Brian Bolland, Terry Dodson, Neal Adams and Andy Kubert. The Black Milk Clothing x Batman collection combines comics, cosplay, and style with a trompe-l’oeil Batman swimsuit (detachable cape included), a Stephanie Brown-inspired bodysuit, a Killing Joke bomber jacket and more.
By Chris Sims
A year or two ago, LEGO‘s DC Superheroes line released a set called “Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape.” At the time, I thought it was pretty awesome — It had minifigs for Batman, Robin, the Joker and Harley Quinn, an appropriately creepy setup for a villainous hideout, and even a little roller coaster car that traveled through it on tracks. It was neat. And then Brickbaron came along and basically made it look like baby school with his version of the Joker’s funhouse, complete with carnival rides, deathtraps and puzzles, all of which are motorized to put the whole thing in motion.
It’s quite possibly the coolest LEGO build I’ve ever seen.
The Mego-meisters at Figures Toy Company have been making 8″ action figure waves with their faithful recreations of vintage Batman toys, but this week’s image rollout hits like cartoonish onomatopoeia reading “Rad!” A new line consisting of Batman, Robin, Riddler and Joker figures is set to arrive in April, sporting all of FTC’s Mego-like style and some very modern touches — and that’s a good thing. After all, these Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Cesar Romero likeness seem a bit more accurate than what Mego might’ve manufactured four decades ago.
Set to retail for around $25 a piece when they arrive at retail and online, the four Batman ’66 figures are accompanied by a special carrying case that’s already available for $50.
By Chris Sims
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we’re putting a smile on that face with the many versions of The Joker available for your Halloween enjoyment/clown murder sprees.
By Caleb Goellner
Working to put a spritely spin on iconic films from the past fifteen years or so, designer Eric Palmer has transformed even the most serious of superhero and sci-fi characters into friendly faces. Palmer’s primarily stuck to using classic Mega Man game sprites as a template for 8-bit versions of Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Joker from The Dark Knight, V from V For Vendetta and more.