In "Superman" #16 the "H'el on Earth" storyline comes to a head as the Justice League steps in to assist Superman in his battle against fellow Kyrptonian foe H'el. The fight against H'el is particularly emotional for Superman as he's put in the precarious position of saving his adopted home or allowing H'el to reverse the traumatic events that led to the destruction of his birth world of Krypton, thus demolishing Earth. We had the opportunity to speak with "Superman" writer Scott Lobdell about Superman's emotional state, creating H'el as a sympathetic villain and Superman's status as an outsider in the New 52.
The Batman event "Death of the Family" will finally touch the lives of "Red Hood and the Outlaws" and "Teen Titans" this week, when each of their 15th issues will deal with the Joker's terror-filled reign of revenge. MTV Geek chatted with Scott Lobdell, the author of both comics, about what we might expect. Read More...
What if you could go back and relive every party from your entire life in one night? Would you do it? Would it be awesome? Would it be too embarrassing to handle? To horrifying? Those are the questions Greek comic creator Ilias Kyriazis poses in his comedic, fantastical one-shot It's My Party.
MTV Geek is featuring It's My Party in its entirety right here on the site, but before you break out your party shoes, check out what Kyriazis had to say about the inspiration and themes behind his tale of a life re-partied.
Making his debut this week in the third issue of Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth's Teen Titans is the new character, Bunker. Besides Kate Kane over in Batwoman, Bunker--real name Miguel Jose Barragan--is DC's other attempt at having an out, prominent gay character in the DCNu. Earlier this week, we got to learn a little about the character thanks to Lobdell over on the DC Source Blog:
1. For a young kid from a small village in Mexico, he seems to have been pretty well trained in the use of his super powers before coming here to the States, no? Hmmm. We’ll discover that he’s received private tutelage … from a very unexpected source!
2. In order to join the Teen Titans, Miguel had to turn his back on the first great love of his life. When that love comes back, he’s going to learn that the same passion that fueled their relationship might very well consume him.
3. At first glance it doesn’t seem like Bunker has the most awe-inspiring super power in the world (A 3×3 foot pile of psionic bricks that he can manipulate as he pleases). But in issue five, when he squares off against no less a threat than the Superboy, we understand what he lacks in caliber he more than makes up for in moxie!
We spoke to Lobdell about developing his new take on the Titans as well as introducing his new, angst-free character into the New 52.
MTV Geek: Could you tell us a little about the new character, Bunker. What's his deal and what does he mean to the Titans lineup?
Scott Lobdell: Well, within their continuity, since there are no previous incarnations of the Titans, [for Miguel] because he's from a country without a lot of superheroes, his idea of it is much more romanticized than any of the other characters. You know, Red Robin is used to being shot at and Kid Flash used to using his powers to help people but at least they're immersed in a society and a culture where superheroes exist. Whereas Miguel is coming at it as this notion of this faraway land where superheroes do great things to help people and when he discovers that he has powers, he wanted to be a part of that. Read More...
THE PITCH: The Green Lantern Corps has thousands of galaxy protecting billions of lives. Guy Gardner and John Stewart are a couple of the regular Joes from Earth who protect Sector 2814.
HOW WAS IT? This book, you guys. I half really like it and half want to throw it out the window. I don't know, it's probably because it was the last book I read this week and seeing another person get killed in a pretty terrible way and then seeing an act of genocide and what I thought was at first an homage to the poster for Cannibal Holocaust... I was put off a little, alright? And that's a shame, because after the first couple of pages of lingering, incredibly detailed slaughter, Peter J. Tomasi has a pretty decent little story to tell you about Guy Gardner and John Stewart trying to figure out what to do in between calls as Lanterns.
This issue--the unfortunately titled "Triumph of the Will"--spends the bulk of its time on Guy and John trying to get steady jobs while not being called on to battle intergalactic color-based calamity. Guy's angling for a job as a high school coach and Stewart is pitching a building design to a bunch of developers and both of them kind of blow their respective gigs.
THE PITCH: In a secret lab, a shady organization is attempting to build a living WMD: Superboy.
HOW WAS IT: Man, there's not a single book in the New 52 relaunch that doesn't have at least one dead body in it? Even with a title like Superboy or Batgirl, there's going to be a two corpse minimum somewhere in there. Well, okay, fact check: Action Comics didn't have any dead people in it, but that's one out of 26, which is a pretty off ratio.
Dead bodies notwithstanding, this is still the most youth-oriented book of the recent crop in a way that I kind of wish more of the New 52 titles were. In this issue, we're introduced to the vat-grown Superboy--that's the only name the techs give him--who informs us through captions that he's only about three months old and is as clueless as we are as to what's going on. There's something different about this version of the character's physical composition though, as we learn that his consciousness is "spread equally throughout [his] body, to [his] every atom," and this is all seemingly part of the plan on the part of Lobdell's script to make the character far more alien than Conner Kent was (in fact, there are shades of the Young Justice version of the character here). Where the cyborg-esque visual from the Eric Canete cover comes from is anyone's guess, but it has nothing to do with the contents of this book.
First off, it's a pretty clean break from the previous iteration of the title, working as a hard reset of the Superboy concept from the mid-90's. However, in that book, which spun out of the "Death of Superman," Superboy was a sort of ready-made hero developed by Cadmus, this incarnation of the character is a little more alien and lacking in anything close to a moral center. The only real human connection he has is with a scientist called "Red" (everyone in the lab has a color for a name) thanks to some kind of psychic power that Superboy appears to be developing.
Over the weekend, DC updated the slate of new titles launching in the wake of the big September reboot, this time focusing on the Super-Family of titles. Besides the Bat-family books, this was the lineup in which I was most interested in, given how much weight these two characters carry in the DCU.
So what does DC have in store for arguably its most well-known character?
A day couldn't pass by with a new round of post-Flashpoint announcements from DC. This time, the teen characters of the DCU get their time in the spotlight, with revamps of Teen Titans, Hawk & Dove, Legion (it wouldn't be a relaunch without a new Legion), and Static Shock.
An overall note based on a thought that's still kind of taking shape in my head about the direction of some of the titles in the relaunch: along with the character redesigns -- making their threads more uniform-like and less like costumes -- and the tone of the some of the announcements (the Titans facing off against teen-kidnapping/killing organizations, John Constantine joining a sort of A-Team of magic) there's a sort of militarist vibe from the whole thing. It's not consistent, and I could very easily be tugging at an imaginary thread here. But if that is the case, it really reshapes the character of the DCU into something a little more hard-edged, for good or bad.
Anyway, on to the new books! Read More...
New York City has become "an island of horrors" following the spread of a virus that's turned its residents into a horde of blood-thirsty gargoyles in Aspen Comics' The Scourge from The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, writer Scott Lobdell and artist Eric Battle.
We chatted with Eric Battle on the floor of the 2010 New York Comic Con about his work on The Scourge and his big screen hopes for the series.
"It's a lot of monsters and mayhem and excitement," Battle said when asked to describe The Scourge's plot. "My goal is to make each issue more exciting and better looking than the previous, so that when we're done, we have a very nice collection for print."