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If you haven't been following Tom Taylor's amazing zombie apocalypse story DCeased, I really urge you to come out from under your rocks, and just kind of dive in. This is some of the best stuff I have ever seen from DC. For a brief recap, the Anti-Life Equation essentially took over the world through Cyborg. Everyone looking at a screen was infected with the Anti-Life Equation. Throughout the course of the series, we've lost some of the greatest heroes in the DC Pantheon: Hal Jordan, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Nightwing, Robin, and a host of others. This brief recap absolutely does it no justice, and it is worth every second of reading. But what I am going to talk to you about today, hit me like a ton of bricks, and took me about a day to recover from before I could adequately write about it. As mentioned in the title, it is one of the spin-offs from the series called Dead Planet.
In March of 1988, DC Comics did something they had yet to do, something that would take its place in the pantheon of the greatest comic stories ever told; they attempted to give The Joker an origin story. The creative team of Alan Moore and Brain Bolland set out to give the Joker a backstory. I mean, it was about time wasn't it? The character had been around since 1940, and ever since he first made his appearance, he and Batman have been archenemies. The Joker is the epitome of fear, chaos, and anarchy in the DC Universe. There wasn't a villain before, nor has there been one since, that packed the same punch as he has. Throughout the years, he has stooped lower and lower in the depths of depravity in order to get a rise out of Batman, and to push him to his very limits, just before he falls into the abyss. With everything he has done in his history, the hundreds, if not thousands he has killed, including people close to Batman, it is a wonder how Batman never broke his no kill rule, and jsut permanently put an end to his reign of terror. I don't think he ever will though, Batman needs the Joker to prove his crusade on crime is worth it. He may not like what the Joker does (I mean, who would?), but he cannot deny that he and the Joker are different sides of the same coin. That coin was polished on July 25, 2016 when the DC Animated universe released a feature length film of Alan Moore's and Brian Bolland's ground-breaking book. That's why we are here today, I've watched the film twice, and had mixed opinions about it both times. But I think that was the point - to stir controversy. Be aware that there are spoilers ahead (I think we are past that window of having to avoid spoilers now).
Superman has been an unstoppable force in popular culture and the imagination of people every where since June of 1938 when he took the world by storm. Written by Jerry Spiegel and Joel Schuster; two Jewish boys in New York, Superman dazzled the world with his feats of strength, speed, and invulnerability. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, more powerful than a locomotive, and faster than a speeding bullet; the Man of Steel quickly became the Man of Tomorrow. Not only that though, he became the lightning rod of a generation with his unshakable moral baseline, and his unending altruism, he showed us then and continues to show us, the great heights that humanity can get to by helping each other. But what happens when that unstoppable force collides with an immovable object? Enter the monster known as Doomsday. Out of all the trails and tribulations Superman faced as he evolved as a character, this was by far the most dangerous. Just how far would this monster, this Doomsday take Superman, and how far would he let himself be taken?
Starting with Black Mirror and The Gates of Gotham, Scott Snyder became synonymous with Batman since the dawn of the New 52, and the beginning of one of the greatest criminal organizations in the DC Universe: The Court of Owls. Through events such as the New 52, stories like Batman and The Signal, and countless others that he has collaborated on, Scott Snyder has etched himself a place on top of the Batman Writers Pantheon as one of the most prolific and sought after writers in comics today. Most writers by now I think, would kind of fade away into obscurity and move on to other projects and try to leave their mark somewhere else. But not Scott, while he is leaving Batman in the near future to work on more independent projects, he is going out in a blaze of glory with the epic Dark Knights Metal. Akin to Frank Miller's Batman Odyssey and, as long as Grant Morrison's; Scott's time on Batman has shed new light, and for me, a new love on one of the most recognized pulp superheroes of all time.
A lot of rumors can be put to rest
Since it was founded in 2010, Action Lab Comics has been building a strong following with fans and critics. One of the first publishing companies to use Kickstarter to successful fund Fracture. Along the way company has released a great number of all-ages titles and created a mature imprint line called "Danger Zone". 2013 looks to be a huge breakout year for the company with Jamal Igle's MOLLY DANGER, Gayle Middleton's VAMPLETS and Jeremy Dale's Skyward gaining a lot of buzz and public interest from old to new comic readers. CBNAH caught up with Jim Dietz, PR Representative and Shawn Pryor, VP, Digital Media Coordinator/Project Management to chat about SDCC, Skyward, Danger Zone imprint and more.
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