Saturday, April 25, 2015

First official look at Jared Leto's Joker – grill, tattoos, and ready to bruise

After weeks of teases and speculation, David Ayer posted the first official image of Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. It's certainly a unique interpretation of the character.

Probably the biggest question on fans' minds when Leto's casting was announced was, "How is he going to set his take on the character apart from Heath Ledger's turn as The Joker in 'The Dark Knight'"? Ledger, whose own casting was controversial back in 2007, surprised audiences with an instantly classic performance as the Clown Prince of Crime. That, along with the actor's sudden death before the film's release, made the idea of another actor stepping into the role seem almost unthinkable.

Now, seven years after "The Dark Knight", we have our first glimpse at the new Joker. See the full image after the jump.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: Convergence #0 – It's Like Secret Wars But Different

I'm going to be upfront about this. Aside from Batman, I've read very little of the New 52. More than that, I've read significantly less DC than Marvel. Which is not to say I don't like DC. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been doing career-defining work on Batman. I've praised Jeff Lemire's excellent work on Green Arrow before. Geoff Johns'and Ethan Van Sciver's Green Lantern: Rebirth is the book I cite as the one that got me back into comics in high school. The biggest reason I'm relatively more up-to-date with Marvel is Marvel Unlimited. If DC had something like this, I'd be all over it (and I probably wouldn't get anything done for a month).

So, what did I think of the first part of DC's new multiversal epic, the culmination of years' worth of planning and at least two weekly series that I didn't read? Find out, with spoilers, after the jump.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Smart Comics: This Guy Presented His Dissertation in Comic Book Form

Harvard University Press is boldly going where it has never gone before, comic book publishing. They aren’t exactly getting into the superhero game, though. The press will soon be releasing the first dissertation ever presented in comics form. It was created by Nick Sousanis, and is titled Unflattening. I say “created”, because to write “written and illustrated” seems almost counter to its intended point – that words and pictures are inextricably linked in our minds when it comes to how we process and construct knowledge.

Read more about this unique academic work after the jump.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reviews: Strong Second Issues from Princess Leia and Silk

A few weeks ago I reviewed the first issues of Darth Vader and Spider-Gwen. Both were really strong debuts, leaving me excited for what was to come, and both have since released second issues that were, well, not as good. That's not to say they were bad – certainly there were superb moments in both – but it felt like both series hit a lull in their second parts. Everything that was great about Darth Vader was present in issue two, but it felt like a detour rather than the continuation of the story set in motion in the first issue. The same can be said about Spider-Gwen. That book seems like its still trying to decide what it's about. It hasn't found a distinct trajectory to carry it forward, or, at least, it hasn't gotten to it yet.

Again, neither of these were bad books, and in the case of Spider-Gwen, Letour and company have a whole alternate universe to set up, so I can understand if it's taking their story a little longer to get moving. It was just interesting to see that two books whose intro issues I really enjoyed seemed to lag on their second outings.

This week sees two more second issues from titles I really enjoyed upon their respective releases, Princess Leia and Silk. Unlike the titles mentioned above, though, these books managed to avoid the second issue slump.

Read more after the jump.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Descender #1 – Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica in this Fantastic New Sci-Fi Series

Descender #1, the new sci-fi comic by Jeff Lemire (Trillium) and Dustin Nguyen (Batman Beyond 2.0), was released today. It’s set in the distant future and follows a young boy android named Tim-21, who has awakened after 10 years to discover some unsettling things about his kind, and a down-on-his-luck robotics expert (you know the type) who has been tasked with unraveling the mystery surrounding this newly reactivated robot.

So, how is it? Read more after the jump.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Spider-Gwen #1 – The Spider-Character We Didn't Realize We Needed

It's one of those ideas that, once you hear it, you're forced to wonder, Why the hell hadn't anyone done this before? An alternate reality take on the Spider-Man story in which it's Gwen Stacy – the first, great, and ultimately tragic love of Peter Parker's life – who gets bit by the fateful spider. Brilliant. Add to that a simple, but stunning, character design and Marvel had a sure-fire hit on its hands.

Now, Spider-Gwen #1, spinning out the ultra-popular Spider-Verse story, has arrived, giving readers a further look into the world of Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman.

Read more, with one minor, but marked, spoiler after the jump.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: Uncanny X-Men #31 – How Scott Summers (Potentially) Gets His Groove Back

Uncanny X-Men hit the shelves today, and if you follow Brian Michael Bendis on Tumblr (as you should), you know there’s a jaw-dropping ending to this issue. I won’t spoil it here, or after the jump, but suffice it to say it marks a serious turning point for the book.

Read more about it, spoiler-free, after the jump.