With current speculation all over the Internet about a possible death in the Batmanverse, I thought it might be fun to look back at a more "kinder, gentler" era in the Batman saga: the introduction of Tim Drake, who would become the Caped Crusader's newest sidekick. The year was 1989, and the smoke from DC's "Dial-A-Dead-Sidekick" Jason Todd stunt was still in the air. Presumably, Drake would wash the taste of all that brimstone and dead-Robinness from the DCU, and make Batman "happy" again. (note: an earlier version of this article was published on my personal blog)
Some of the last comic books I collected before my "Vertigo"/indie phase was the "A Lonely Place Of Dying" arc that ran through "Batman" and "New Titans" in 1989. This was the storyline that re-introduced Robin to the DC universe, in the form of bristle-haired Tim Drake.
Recently, I picked up a copy of the original trade paperback edition of this arc for $3 -- only 95 cents less than what it went for in 1990. Unlike most collections today, the comic is reprinted in the same -- if not perhaps cheaper -- newsprint paper of its source material. In rereading it, this was a bonus for me; because I could get as close to the initial experience of the comic books as I could.
But, as one will see in "A Lonely Place Of Dying" itself, one can never really replicate the original experience; and, if one can, hopefully it will not be as goddamn annoying as the way Tim Drake did.
What kind of circumstances could have gotten "30 Days of Night" creator Steve Niles in a room with "Godkiller" creator Matt Pizzolo and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, but somehow they all decided to start their own comic book company. They're calling it Black Mask Studios, and starting this spring, they'll be releasing a series of titles with a digital/trade model.
After weeks of teasing, this week's episode of "Ultimate Spider-Man" will finally reveal the all-new lineup of the Sinister Six. In this week's episode, titled appropriately enough, "Sinister Six," the super group of evil is assembled and Spider-Man is trapped with them all alone.
After the jump, see the lineup of baddies dedicated to taking down Spider-Man in this week's episode.
This June, IDW adds the great EC Comics to its line of massive "Artist’s Editions" collections. Past editions include "Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer," "Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor," "David Mazzucchelli's Daredevil Born Again," and others.
No, not that guy -- the other one! Black Bat started life as a pulp hero from the 1930s, recently got new life in the mini-series "Masks," and now has his own ongoing series from Dynamite Entertainment in May!
Brian Buccellato (DC's "The Flash") and Ronan Cliquet ("Green Hornet"), bring you a new type of vigilante: Read More...
Could the Miles Morales Spider-Man be no more? Marvel teases a possible end to the young man's career as Spidey:
"The story behind this image will leave readers in tears! What could possibly drive Miles Morales to abandon his role as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man? Find out this May, in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23!" Read More...
I was traveling this week, and I knew I wasn't going to be able to get to my local comic shop before my flight on Wednesday. My pull list was pretty short, so I decided to do something I haven't done before: I went completely digital with my comics!
I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to my reading material. I revel in the joys of the analog more than I enjoy the convenience of the digital. But I do a fair amount of traveling and my iPad is a lot easier to carry around with me than a stack of comics or a couple trades. That said, in my carry-on was my iPad, one trade, and two paperbacks (a fiction and a non-fiction). So much for traveling light. Read More...
Voice actor Troy Baker joins this week's episode of "Ultimate Spider-Man" on Disney XD, uniting Hawkeye and Spider-Man against the villainous Beetle.
Ultimate Heroes. Ultimate Villains. Ultimate Responsibility. Season Two of the hit series ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN continues as the Avenger, Hawkeye, makes his arrow slinging debut! Spidey and Hawkeye find themselves in sticky situation as they team up to take on The Beetle, who has returned to New York City to seek revenge on our wall crawling hero.
The Justice League are featured in this week's episode of "Young Justice" titled "War." And it looks like they're going to have to answer for some of that time they lost at the end of the first season.
With "Ultimate Spider-Man: The Avenging Spider-Man" out this week, the series' Associate Producer Harrison Wilcox spoke with MTV Geek about teaming up the wall crawler with Earth's Mightiest heroes across the first season of the Disney XD series. Find out how it feels for a Spider-fan to work on the character's hit animated series, and how this disc ended up as a selection of episodes instead of a complete season.