Friday, January 21, 2011

Direct Currents: Friday, January 21, 2011

DC Comics Solicitations for April, 2011

DC Comics has released solicitation information and images for new comics and products shipping in April 2011, including the latest from "War of the Green Lanterns," "Brightest Day" and much more

"Batwoman" Delayed?

DC Comics will delay the debut of the eagerly-anticipated "Batwoman" until April. The series, by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman, and Amy Reeder, was set to launch in February. Williams explains...

Flashpoint To Retitle And Renumber All Manner Of DC Books

So what will we get? Inaction Comics? Jonah Hex And The Outsiders? Batman And Robin Hood?

The Secret Seven – Flashpoint Renames The Secret Six, And Brings On George Perez

Anne Hathaway Is Selina Kyle In "Dark Knight Rises"

The star of such films as "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Brokeback Mountain" will join Christian Bale for the next installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise as the eventual Catwoman along with Tom Hardy's Bane.

DC Ditches Comics Code Authority, Installs New Ratings System

After nearly sixty years, DC Comics has decided that none of its publications need carry the Seal of Approval of the controversial Comics Code Authority. The announcement was made in a communique to direct market retailers, which also included the news that DC will employ a new ratings system of its own design. Deployment of DC's new ratings system will begin in April.

Jimenez Enrolls in the Legion Academy

New DC exclusive artist Phil Jimenez spoke with CBR News about his upcoming work on "Adventure Comics" and the start of the "Legion Academy" arc that introduces the future to the possible Legionnaires of tomorrow.

Writer Hopes New DC STATIC Ongoing Series Clings

Writer Felicia D. Henderson talks about the launch of DC Comics' new STATIC ongoing series later this year.

About Oracle’s Chair

Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone is seeking realistic design recommendations for Oracle’s wheelchair...

"The Exile at the Edge of Eternity" from Superman #400

The last completed Jim Steranko graphic story in full.

Catch Up: Everything You Need to Know About 'Hellblazer' Before The Wednesday Wedding!

With 275 issues published since 1988, Hellblazer is not only Vertigo's longest-running series, but one of the longest running series currently being published by DC, period. Its only competition are books featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. Every new writer tends to put their own stamp on the series, and two years into Peter Milligan's run on Hellblazer he's ringing in the anniversary with a special occasion: the marriage of John Constantine to Epiphany Greaves. After the jump, we've got everything you need to know to get onboard with this week's Hellblazer #275.

The Latest DC Converse Range Goes Classic

Converse has been running DC branded footwear for the last few months, this new line seems to be a little more classic-facing in its approach, eschewing the Jim Lee for something closer to the middle of the twentieth century…

What if Superheroes Were Animated Hipsters? [Video]

Tanner and the fine folks at CollegeHumor have taken the novel superhero hipster concept to its next logical step: animation.

Francos Pagnolo's Justice League Gets Edgy and Colorful

Pagnolo lists his attempt at capturing DC'a heroes as an exercise in personal style and coloring on his blog at He definitely succeeded in injecting a look that's not been seen in their normal monthly books, and the Peter Pan and Indiana Jones art there shows that he's open to a range of other body shapes.

Kanye + Comics Mixes Kanye West Lyrics and Superheroes

Whatever you think about Kanye West as a human being, you have to admit the man has a way with words. It's not necessarily a good way, but it is a memorable way and a way that has no doubt inspired some great discussion/debate/mockery sessions between friends...

The Batman Nightclub 'Wayne Manor' Revealed in 1966 'Life' Magazine Article

I've seen the cover featuring Adam West in what I can only describe as a full-on frolic before, but it wasn't until today that Andrew Weiss sent me the actual content of the article, which focuses on the Batmania that was sweeping the nation after the TV show became a hit. The article also features the musicals inspired by both Superman and MAD Magazine, but far more interesting is its focus on how the public reacted to the show.

Best Art Ever (This Week) - 01.17.11

We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists and/or specific bodies of work, but there's just so much great work to see that we've initiated Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the virtually countless pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our travels across the digital media landscape. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly stupid. All of it's awesome.


The Absorbascon
The Attack of Jean Loring's Brain Week Part 4

Amazon Princess
Travis Charest

The Aquaman Shrine
Aquaman (Vol.3) #1 - June 1989
Aquaman (Vol.3) #2 - July 1989
Aquaman (Vol.3) #3 - Aug. 1989
Aquaman (Vol.3) #4 - Sept. 1989
Aquaman (Vol.3) #5 - Oct. 1989

Armagideon Time
Look, up in the rafters!

Being Carter Hall
Hawkgirl's Day Off

Comics Make Me Happy!
Hangin' around and falling behind

Uriel A. Duran corners THE JOKER

Diana Prince: Wonder Woman
JLA #83 (September, 2003)
2010 Wonder Woman #272 Notebook and Twin Pocket Folder Style #3008DC

El Jacone's Comic Book Bunker
JLA #54 Variant Featuring Eclipso!

Every Day Is Like Wednesday
Action Comics Weekly #608: The one where Hal Jordan goes on Oprah
Justice League: Cry For Justice

Firestorm Fan
Green Lantern Corps #57 Variant Cover

Gone & Forgotten
The Amazing Adventures of Krypto Mouse

Kevin Nowlan
2007 Bizarro Commission

Girls Gone Geek
WTF? Wednesday: You Better Work, Jimmy!
2010 Memorable Moment: Frau Finds Love

The Idol-Head of Diabolu
CW to continue 'Smallville' in spinoff 'Middletown' series
Bill Smith
Lego Minifig Custom Martian Manhunter by pjcustombricks
The Transconscious Articulator

Justice League Detroit
Vixen: Return of the Lion #1 (December, 2008)

Kingdom Kane
"Secret of the Golden Maharajah!" from The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog No. 38, March - April 1958

Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine
The origin story of the Black Condor from Crack Comics #1, 1940

Power of the Atom
DC Sampler #2 (September, 1984)

Silver Age Comics
Superman and Lois

Subject : THE SUICIDE SQUAD (Task Force X)
Erica Durance: Maybe a better Plastique then Lois Lane?

Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
News From Blog Friends
Review: Supergirl #60
Review: R.E.B.E.L.S. #24
Review: Superman #707
Bullet Review: Red Robin #19

The Thought Experiment
Liberated Negative Space: Bat’s outta the bag edition

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