What’s Marvel’s next big push? Easy: it’s Venom, the evil symbiote who’s tortured Spider-Man for years. Except this time, the giant-tongued monster isn’t a villain, or even an anti-hero: he’s a hero through and through, an ally of Spider-Man’s who has been bonded to the alien suit. And thanks to writer Rick Remender, and artist Tony Moore, this brand new Venom promises to be more insane, more over the top, and well, more Remendery than ever before.

Marvel held one of their “Next Big Thing” calls this afternoon, with the ongoing series writer Rick Remender, and series editor Steve Wacker – and then they proceeded to accidentally spoil the hero of the series. Oops!

The call started off fine, talking about the high concept, and genesis of the series:

“It sort of stemmed from my problem with Venom as a lead character is that he’s such a bad guy that it’s hard to make stories about him – because he’s eating people in half our books,” said Wacker, “I could never wrap my head around the lethal protector of it all. It’s not 1993 anymore.”

…And then things all went wrong. Up until now, the man in the symbiote suit has been a closely guarded secret up until now, with most fans assuming it would be J. Jonah Jameson’s astronaut son. But instead, we’ll let Wacker take it away:

“We had Flash Thompson out there, and we had tossed around at a few retreats that Flash would be a good host for Venom. It gets Venom out there for the people who like him, and it puts him in a heroic position.” Wacker continued, “Him being a soldier was part of the pitch, since we knew Flash was hosting the suit… Wait. Oh s**t. Did I just give it away?” Read More...

DC announced the almost full line-up of the mini-series tying into their "Flashpoint" event -- and the list included everything from Batman to Frankenstein. One mini-series title was left a mystery, to be revealed at a later date.

The titles are:

Whatever Happened to Gotham City?
FLASHPOINT: BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #1-#3

Whatever Happened to the World’s Greatest Super Villains?
FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE & THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #1-#3

Whatever Happened to the Aliens?
FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR THE GREEN LANTERN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: PROJECT: SUPERMAN #1-#3

Whatever Happened to Science & Magic?
FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN & THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #1-#3

Whatever Happened to Europe?
FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #1-#3

Everything You Know Will Change in a Flash
FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #1-#3
FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #1-#3

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Detective Comics #873
Call it the first great casualty of the $2.99 price drop: we have to wait an extra month for the conclusion to the Commissioner Gordon back-up story in Detective Comics. While yes, the main story has been quite good on this book, the back-up story has been really great. The visuals have been top-notch, frequently using this cool monochromatic look to each panel that has added a lot to the somber tone of the story, which has itself been very well-paced, doling out tidbits of information but keeping most of the mystery held back…and then it isn’t going to resolve this month.
On the upside though, the story is apparently being resolved in a full issue next month, so that’s some serious consolation.

And let’s not undersell the main feature in Detective either. Snyder’s marquee storyline took a turn for the surreal last month, with a disguised Dick Grayson infiltrating a meeting of the Mirror House, a secret society that meets at sites of great violence (i.e., mass murders, natural disasters, fun stuff like that) for the purposes of glorifying evil as the natural state of mankind (a concept that sounds similar to the Religion of Crime). At the meeting (which is conducted with everyone behind gas masks, as the room has been filled with Scarecrow’s fear gas), Grayson witnesses an auction of supervillain-related memorabilia including, much to his horror, the crowbar (still encrusted with blood and brain matter) that the Joker used to beat Jason Todd to death. Before he can intervene, he learns that his enemies have known his identity the entire time and that his gas mask alone is defective.

One can imagine where this is all going: this month should be a strung-out-on-fear-gas mass fist-fight, undoubtedly complete with guilt-induced hallucinations, all carried along quite ably by Jock’s scratchy artwork.

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Click the images for previews of new releases for Wednesday, January 26 from Archaia Comics.

Fraggle Rock Vol. 2 #2

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Check out these previews of Dynamite's new releases for January 26!

The Boys: Highland Laddie #6

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DC Comics has great titles hitting the shelves Wednesday January 26.

Action Comics #297

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Click the images for previews of Image Comics' new releases for Wednesday january 26.

Guarding the Globe #3

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Click the covers for previews of the new titles coming to stores on Wednesday, January 26.

Twilight Guardian #1 Exclusive

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Check out some previews of the titles that BOOM Studios is releasing this Wednesday, January 26.

Stan Lee's The Traveler #3

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Check previews of the great titles coming from Dark Horse Comics on Wednesday January 26th!

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1

WRITTEN BY: HADEN BLACKMAN
PENCILS BY: RICK LEONARDI
INKS BY: DAN GREEN
COLORS BY: WES DZIOBA
COVERS BY: TSUNEO SANDA AND DOUGLAS WHEATLEY

Description:

Still haunted by the events in Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader must set aside his past and put his future on hold for a mission to the mysterious Ghost Nebula to locate--and if possible, rescue--a missing Imperial expeditionary force.

But what seems a perfect opportunity to lose himself in his duty is complicated by two factors: he is paired with a willful yet highly competent co-commander, and the officer they are being sent to locate is the son of Vader's rising nemesis, Moff Tarkin. Read More...

Top Cow Productions has sent along an exclusive look at the 2008 Pilot Season winner, Twilight Guardian #1 which hits shelves Wednesday January 26. Click the image below to read the preview here exclusively!

WRITTEN BY: TROY HICKMAN
ART BY: SIDDHARTH KOTIAN
COVER BY: ERIC JONES

Description:

The Pilot Season Winner Returns!
The tale of a lone, dedicated hero patrolling her nine block suburban neighborhood captured the imaginations of fans during 2008's Pilot Season and after heated voting emerged as one of the winning titles.

Now Eisner-nominated creator and writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) returns with a four issue limited series, which will delve into Twilight Guardian's past, her motivations for crime fighting, and even give her an Read More...

Marvel sent along a few pages from Wolverine #6 by Jason Aaron and Daniel Acuna. Wolverine is against the only family he's ever known: the X-Men!

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Click the covers for previews of these great titles hitting January 19 from Archaia Comics!

Feeding Ground #3 Preview

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Today's MTV Geek exclusive Dynamite Entertainment First Look is "Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood" #3. Providing the art to Garth's story in this issue is Adriano Batista, with covers by Tim Bradstreet, Jonathan Lau, Ale Garza, and Johnny Desjardins. Check out these exclusive first looks at the covers for "Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood" #3 -- out in April -- and then read on for details!

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Man…there just isn’t much going on in the Bat-Universe this week. On one hand, you do have Batman #706, the third installment of Tony Daniel’s first story arc as the entire creative team on the book. On the other, the only other book shipping is Batman: Streets of Gotham #19. So…yeah. Not much to work with here.

Batman #706
The previous two issues of the flagship title have been a pretty solid debut for Tony Daniel as a one-man creative team. With the new Batman status quo up and running (Bruce Wayne going international, Dick Grayson as the homebody), the former Boy Wonder is settling into his role as the official Dark Knight of Gotham…which is, of course, disrupted by a sudden influx of kung fu fighting bad guys on his turf. Ain’t that the way it always goes?

Last month, we got some degree of revelation about what exactly is going on here: I-Ching and new ally Peacock are pursuing Luki, Peacock’s mute-but-prescient brother who has gone missing in Gotham. In turn, their efforts to find him are being thwarted by the Sensei, the Ra’s al Ghul-connected villain who holds Luki captive. The end result, we learned, of all of this cloak-and-dagger business is that Sensei is seeking the Beholder, an ancient mask of great power that appears to drive its possessor insane. What exactly the Beholder does or how Luki factors into its mystery were left unresolved in last month’s issue.

However, what was resolved was a more substantive connection to the Batman rogues’ gallery, as the Riddler and his daughter, Enigma, threw their two cents into the equation at the close of the issue, ambushing Batman and leaving him deaf and blind from question mark-branded concussion grenades.

The plot of this month’s issue is, appropriately, something of a mystery. DC’s site itself has some of the vaguest solicitation text ever (seriously, go look at it). Having said all that, let’s just go ahead and make the safe bet: Batman will escape the clutches of Riddler in time to regroup with his allies and concoct a daring plan to wrap this whole caper up next month. Equally safe is the assumption that this issue will continue the trend from the previous two: Daniel’s art will be polished and convey nicely the high energy martial arts action of the story and the dialogue will be snappy and fun with a cool B-grade kung fu flick vibe. Read More...

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