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Cinematic Universe Episode 7: Superman (1978)

Posted by Seb Patrick at 13:51 on 17 Apr 2015
Cinematic Universe Episode 7: Superman (1978)
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's the latest episode of Cinematic Universe, the comic book movie podcast from FilmDivider.com, featuring Seb and James from PanelBeats alongside host Joe Cunningham.

Comixology Sale Picks: Superman Essential Graphic Novels

Posted by Seb Patrick at 13:27 on 11 Feb 2015
Comixology Sale Picks: Superman Essential Graphic Novels
It's been a little while since we've had a nice one of these that we can properly get our teeth into, but as you might expect, a Superman Essential Graphic Novels sale is right in our particular wheel arch. So read on to see which of Grant Morrison, Jeph Loeb and J. Michael Straczynski have written books we think you should buy OH I WONDER WHICH ONES HAVEN'T.

DC's Divergence mini-relaunch: a run-down

Posted by Seb Patrick at 22:09 on 07 Feb 2015
DC's Divergence mini-relaunch: a run-down
So, you can't have missed the news that DC are overhauling their publishing line in June, following the upcoming crossover event Convergence. While Marvel are busy planning what looks like an almost-full-scale universe reboot (in the manner of DC's New 52 relaunch back in 2011), DC are almost going the opposite way, with something that seems more akin to Marvel's "All New Marvel NOW!" of a few years back.

In the process, the "New 52" branding is finally being dropped (although the continuity itself will remain in place - albeit with, if word is to be believed, a slightly looser approach to a rigid universe-wide continuity) in favour of the new "Divergence" brand - but the most notable aspect is that a range of new titles are being launched, some spotlighting characters that have yet to have their due since the relaunch, and several with exciting (and, crucially, demographically diverse) creative teams. Oh, and a Hitman spinoff.

While it's nothing like as big a shake-up as the 2011 one was, it's nevertheless the most significant since then - so we thought we'd take a look at the list of new and updated titles, to see what we think of their prospects...

One Line Reviews Of Every Comic I Have Bought Since We Last Posted An Update

Posted by Seb Patrick at 10:04 on 09 Dec 2014
One Line Reviews Of Every Comic I Have Bought Since We Last Posted An Update
Hello. It may not have escaped your notice (or it might have completely escaped your notice) that things have been a bit quiet around here lately. We've had a few work and personal related commitments that have meant that we've fallen a bit behind in keeping up with posts. Sorry for the inconvenience, if it is indeed an inconvenience at all.

Regular service should be resuming shortly, and we also have some exciting plans on the podcast side of things to hopefully tell you about soon, but in the meantime, I thought I'd catch up with what's been going on in comics in the time that we haven't been posting. So here's a list of every comic I've bought (either on Comixology or in print) since our last new post, and a quick comment on what I thought of each them. I make no apology for the lack of intense scrutiny or in-depth analysis contained within, but at least in terms of sheer volume of comics it's decent value for money... right?

Comixology Sale Picks: DC Multiversity

Posted by Seb Patrick at 23:00 on 20 Aug 2014
Comixology Sale Picks: DC Multiversity
With Grant Morrison's long awaited The Multiversity starting this week, DC and Comixology have seen fit to put up a sale that should really be called "The Crisis Sale", but which is basically themed heavily around the concept of alternate worlds. Fortunately, it does this without touching Countdown with a ten-foot barge pole, for which we can only be thankful.

Anyway, here's our look at what's worth buying, although be warned that the sale includes both 52 and Crisis on Infinite Earths, so if you're going to take our word on absolutely everything, you're in for an expensive one.

Does Batgirl herald a postive new direction for DC?

Posted by Seb Patrick at 12:05 on 15 Jul 2014
Does Batgirl herald a postive new direction for DC?
Before this post begins in the main, a caveat: any discussion of DC's style of comics or publishing strategies that follows should be considered to relate only to whether it makes us, or in this specific case me, want to buy their comics. Personal preference is everything, and it's not for us to say that DC's books aren't "working" when they're topping the sales charts with reasonable consistency. But for us, when we say that a comic "works", we mean that it provides an interesting and engaging story, that it shows faith and trust in a creative team that works harmoniously together, that it has distinctive, individual art and/or bold storytelling choices, that it stands a good chance of attracting new or lapsed readers, that (where applicable) it can inspire younger readers, and that it shows an interest in expanding the diversity of characters in the field.

Film Strips: Superman III (1983)

Posted by Seb Patrick at 20:26 on 18 May 2014
Film Strips: Superman III (1983)
Our new series Film Strips, in which we explore the curious phenomenon of the comic book movie adaptation, kicks off with a look at the first ever adaptation of a superhero movie...

I'm not sure exactly when the first ever comics tie-in adaptation of a movie was actually published - but what's certainly true is that the genre exploded in the wake of Marvel's hugely-selling Star Wars comics - and although their sales popularity never hit that late '70s peak again, publishers have generally been happy to churn them out ever since.

It wasn't until 1983, however, that we first saw a comics adaptation of a film that was itself based on a comic book superhero. Having failed to put out adaptations of the first two Superman films (although they did issue a "Magazine Special" for each), DC published a full adaptation of Superman III in 1983.

Well, that is certainly a photograph of Ben Affleck pretending to be in a Frank Miller comic alright

Posted by Seb Patrick at 16:27 on 13 May 2014
Well, that is certainly a photograph of Ben Affleck pretending to be in a Frank Miller comic alright
Big version here. It looks... pretty good, I guess? Maybe? It's a definitely an interesting route to go down. But it's reaching a point where I don't have a fucking clue how to react to any of this stuff any more, frankly. So long as Batman vs Superman doesn't make me throw up in the Odeon Leicester Square, it'll be an improvement.

The Death and Return of Superman Buyer's Guide

Posted by Seb Patrick at 11:07 on 07 May 2014
The Death and Return of Superman Buyer's Guide
Comixology's latest weekly DC Comics sale is a Superman/Doomsday collection, giving readers the chance to pick up the entire 1992 Death and Return of Superman saga - plus a selection of later Doomsday-related issues - for 99c/69p each.

We've tailored this buyer's guide towards the sale - which runs until 12th May - specifically, but you can also use it as a general-purpose guide to reading the Death and Return event, whether digitally or in printed trades/single issues.

Why oh why can't we have Mike Allred drawing DC characters more often?

Posted by Seb Patrick at 20:51 on 30 Apr 2014
Why oh why can't we have Mike Allred drawing DC characters more often?
Well, this is basically just magnificent. Mike Allred has done several variant covers for DC's May books in the style of Batman '66 to celebrate the Caped Crusader's 75th anniversary. After the jump, check out his takes on Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Harley Quinn and several more besides...