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Bill Jameson on May 11, 2012
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Title: Supreme: The Story of the Year
Writer: Alan Moore
Artists: Rick Veitch, Joe Bennett, Alex Ross, Chris Sprouse
Publisher: Checker Book Publishing
Price: Out of Print, $13.99 Kindle Edition
Publisher’s Blurb: The acclaimed Alan Moore run of Supreme is collected in trade paperback at last! This is the first of two volumes, and contains Moore’s ground-breaking The Story of the Year arc in its entirety. Checker adds a never before published Alex Ross cover to create the supreme graphic novel of the season.
Review: Alan Moore supposedly “left” comics for a good while after 1988. While this was in reality going off to do some independent works such as A Small Killing, Moore was out of the mainstream for a while. By the time he got back in 1992 the world of mainstream superhero comics had changed. The Image Rebellion had begun and an age of grim and gritty comics began to dominate the market (and still partially do). Despite Moore and Frank Miller being credited for ushering in the Dark Age of comics for their respective work on Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, Moore (and Miller) both were quick to dismiss this ultra-serious dark tone to superheroes.
Moore quickly tried to rectify this with a mini-series called 1963, which was Moore’s tribute to Marvel Comics. While this was being written Moore was being approached by everyone at Image to write for their respective series. To everyone’s surprise he settled for working on Rob Liefeld’s Supreme. Supreme was a thinly veiled Superman who was more of a caricature of the Man of Steel who in 30 issues of Liefeld’s series had done nothing but be a psychotic violent version of Superman. Moore pulled the same trick he did on Marvelman/Miracleman, Swamp Thing and Captain Britain by having the character learn everything in the past did not happen. This time around though there was a self-awareness at changes being made in continuity. Moore quickly created an elaborate, intricate and fun new universe for Supreme where he was a meta-textual commentary on Superman and comics itself.
The meta-moments of Supreme seem a little overly familiar and cliché in this day and era, yet they work very well in being an entertaining commentary on the “brilliantly stupid ideas” as Moore puts it of 60s Superhero comics. The cynicism of Moore’s most popular DC Superhero work is not here, this tribute shows a man who loves superheroes. In fact Moore mocks himself as the alternate identity of Supreme writes the comic “Omniman” and has to deal with an obnoxious British comic writer named Billy Friday who wants to include rape scenes and killing the entire supporting cast.
Many have stated that this was the best Superman series being written at the time, and it still stands as one of Moore’s most pure fun series of all time.
It’s worth noting that the artist of the series is a revolving door term, as rarely does an artist return for more than one issue. Yet this isn’t as troubling as one might suspect because the majority of Supreme: The Story of the Year has Golden/Silver/Bronze Age flashbacks all drawn by former Swamp Thing artist Rick Veitch. Veitch’s talent as an artist is prominently displayed as the backstory Golden Age/Silver Age are lush reminders of how fun and charming comics are supposed to be.
Overall, it may not be the best work ever by Alan Moore, but it certainly some of his most purely fun comics ever written.
TaliAdina on May 11, 2012
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Why am I reviewing older comics?
Well because I’m still sorta new at this and I’m trying to catch up on reading the ones that I wasn’t able to read growing up. Also there are many people out there who are either new to comics or are seasoned pros who may want to revisit some of the older stuff. To tell you the truth, these comics never get old. Besides, there are so many people out there who are reviewing the new comics. So without further ado, I give you this week’s Classic Comic Review…
WHAT IF… THE HULK HAD KILLED WOLVERINE? Vol. 2 50th Issue June 1993
Penciller: Armando Gil
Colors: Gina Going
Editor: Craig Anderson
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
I love the WHAT IF… series because it always gives readers the opportunity to go down another path in the Marvel Universe. In this case, the path takes us down the road of what would happen if the Hulk killed Wolverine and shows readers the consequences of that one particular action…the results are amazing and if you want to the answer to the question then you’ll enjoy this book.
Writer John Arcudi gives readers an excellent and enjoyable story. The pace is smooth and sound and every action that is taken by a character in the story builds up until you have disasterous but excellent results. The art however is in my opinion ugly. Armando Gil depiction of the Hulk is the one of the worst that I’ve seen. I know the Hulk is a monster but his appearance is still beautiful and Gil just makes him and the majority of the other characters such as Rogue ugly.
Over all, the story is good and I think readers will enjoy traveling down the path not taken with Utau the Watcher guiding them.
If you have any classic comics that you want me to review please email me at email@example.com. Remember comics must have been published before 2010.
StephenJondrew on May 11, 2012
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Marvel Announces New AVENGERS VS. X-MEN INFINITE COMIC!
New York, NY—May 11, 2012— Earlier this year, Marvel changed how the world experienced digital comics with Avengers VS. X-Men #1 Infinite. This June, the Marvel ReEvolution continues as Marvel is pleased to announce the next jaw dropping Marvel Infinite Comic to be included with June’s Avengers VS. X-Men #6! Representing the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas, each new Marvel Infinite Comic continues to take advantage of modern technology while staying true to medium’s greatest strengths!
Following the world changing events of Avengers VS. X-Men #6, superstar creators Mark Waid, Yves “Balak” Bigerel and Carlo Barberi bring fans a must read story featuring Cyclops and how the world is seen through his eyes.
“After the deafening critical acclaim for the first Infinite Comic, we had to bring Mark Waid back for the next one,” said Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “But joining Mark this time around is Yves Bigerel & Carlo Barberi. Now, not many Marvelites may recognize Bigerel’s name, but he is of huge importance to digital comics. His pen name is Balak and he made the comic that solidified for us what digital comics COULD be. Yves took Waid’s rough idea and realized the story-telling and it’s going to blow you away. Then, Carlo took Yves storyboards and knocked them out of the park!”
The unknown, and untapped potential of the Phoenix Force is revealed in the next all-new Avengers VS. X-Men Infinite Comic, available on June 20th! Fans can find the next Avengers VS. X-Men Infinite Comic in one of three ways:
1. Free with the redemption of a code found in print copies of Avengers VS. X-Men #6
2. Free with a purchase of the digital copy of Avengers VS. X-Men #6 on the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop,
3. Available for $1.99, also on the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop
With three easy ways to obtain the Infinite Comic, no fan can miss out on the story that changes the game for the comic blockbuster event of the summer!
Which team will reign supreme? Join the conversation on Twitter with #AvX!
For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 (MAR120530)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by OLIVIER COIPEL
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
FOC – 5/28/12, ON SALE – 6/20/12!
StephenJondrew on May 11, 2012
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EDWARD R. PRESSMAN TO PRODUCE FEATURE FILM ADAPTATION OF ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED HORROR GRAPHIC NOVEL ‘FEEDING GROUND’
ALFONSO GOMEZ-REJON (‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’) TO DIRECT AND CARLOS COTO (‘24’) TO WRITE IMMIGRATION PARABLE SET ON THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER
New York, NY (May 10, 2012) – Edward R. Pressman, producer of such classic films as Wall Street, American Psycho, The Crow, Bad Lieutenant, and Das Boot, announced today that he has optioned the feature film rights for Archaia Entertainment’s acclaimed graphic novel Feeding Ground. Created by Swifty Lang, Michael Lapinski, and Chris Mangun, Feeding Ground was the first full-length graphic novel to be published in hardcover simultaneously in English and Spanish. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is set to direct and screenwriter Carlos Coto will adapt for the screen.
Feeding Ground tells the story of a “coyote,” a trafficker of illegal immigrants, forced to smuggle his family into America by crossing the most forbidding part of the Arizona/Mexico border, a searing no-man’s-land known as “The Devil’s Highway.” Along the way, he and his family clash with U.S. Border Patrol agents, only to realize that the entire party is being hunted by the real monsters that roam the countryside—werewolves.
“Feeding Ground is an intense and terrifying thriller with a subtle but pointed commentary on immigration in modern America,” said Pressman. “The graphic novel is so cinematic in nature—as soon as I read it, I knew we could make a film that would resonate with a wide audience. Alfonso and Carlos are the perfect talents to bring this vision to the big screen.”
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas on the US/Mexico border, Alfonso began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert De Niro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu. He became a sought-after 2nd Unit director (Babel, State of Play, The Eagle, Eat Pray Love, Argo) before directing critically acclaimed episodes of Glee (“Asian F”) and American Horror Story (“Birth”), as well as numerous national commercials. He also conceived and wrote Chanel’s worldwide “Bleu de Chanel” campaign directed by Scorsese. Carlos Coto is currently a writer and co-executive producer of Nikita. He has previously written and produced for 24, Heroes, Journeyman, The Dead Zone, NCIS, and was a consultant on the Emmy-winning HBO film, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.
Pressman is currently in development of a reinvention of the 1994 hit film The Crow to be written by Jesse Wigutow (The Osterman Weekend) and directed by Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) with Relativity, a reinvention of the iconic action film Bloodsport written by Robert Kamen (Taken) and to be directed by Phillip Noyce (Salt), and The Monkey Wrench Gang to be written and directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (Catfish, Paranormal Activity 3). The latest feature from Pressman, The Moth Diaries, written and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho) was recently released by IFC Films and is available in theaters and through VOD.
Pressman Film COO Jon Katz and Archaia’s Stephen Christy and PJ Bickett will serve as Executive Producers along with Jason Carpenter, a former Pressman staffer, who brought the property to Pressman. Stephen Cavaliero is a Co-Producer.
Katz negotiated the deals on behalf of Pressman Film. CAA and Aaron Baumel of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder LLP represented Archaia. CAA and Corinne Farley of Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein & Kohner represented Coto. WME and Christine S. Cuddy of Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Klein LLP represented Gomez-Rejon.
About Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation Founded in 1969, Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation has produced more than 75 world-class motion pictures and helped launch the careers of many of the most prominent figures in the movie industry. The company’s extensive body of work includes groundbreaking films by directors such as Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, Sam Raimi, David Byrne, Kathryn Bigelow, Alex Proyas, Brian De Palma, David Mamet, Charles Burnett, Abel Ferrara, Wayne Kramer, Mary Harron, Jason Reitman, and Werner Herzog. Led by true industry veteran, Edward R. Pressman, the company is dedicated to producing quality theatrical motion pictures and will continue its 40-year tradition, forging new territory in both the independent and Hollywood arenas.
For more information on Pressman Film, please visit www.pressman.com. Pressman Film can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/PressmanFilm) and on Twitter (twitter.com/pressmanfilm).
About Archaia Entertainment Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Feeding Ground, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.
For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com. Archaia can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/archaiaentertainment), Tumblr (archaiaentertainment.tumblr.com), and Twitter (twitter.com/archaia).
StephenJondrew on May 11, 2012
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RED CIRCLE COMICS UNVEILS NEW CRUSADERS
Digital newsstand comic creates first-ever immersive super hero universe for readers
New York, NY – (May 11) – - Red Circle Comics debuted images from NEW CRUSADERS today, the first title launched under the Red Circle Comics mobile app, an immersive, universe-spanning super hero experience featuring some of the most recognizable and engaging comic book characters ever created.
Launching May 16, the Red Circle Comics “newsstand” app – created in partnership with iVerse Media – will allow subscribers to get weekly, six-page installments of new super hero adventures, starting with NEW CRUSADERS chapters 1 and 2, which are free to initial subscribers. For 99 cents a week, fans will be given six pages of fresh NEW CRUSADERS material a week and access to “The Vault” – a collection of never-before reprinted classic comics featuring the entire library of Red Circle Comics’ 70-plus year history, expanded and updated weekly to complement the new stories. In short, an immersive, interactive and forward-thinking comic book experience, which some have dubbed “Netflix comics.”
“This is modern comics for the modern comic book fan,” said Mike Pellerito, President of Red Circle Comics. “We’ve created a way to plug into an entire universe of characters and put our best foot forward with some of our best creators to create the kind of super hero comics we know people want to read: fun, entertaining and daring. The future of comics starts
here, and we couldn’t be prouder.”
NEW CRUSADERS will be written by critically acclaimed author Ian Flynn, best known for his top-selling work on Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man. Joining Flynn is up-and-coming artist Ben Bates, who brings a clean, energetic art style to the launch series.
“We put our best guys on our top book,” said Paul Kaminski, Executive Director of Editorial of Red Circle Comics. “We are all in on this project. These are fresh, modern and new takes on characters that are recognizable around the world. We’re taking some of the classic elements from the best‐loved super hero sagas and making them available for anyone who’s missed having a comic that’s fun, exciting and compelling. Every panel of every page counts, and every chapter will make you desperate for the next. That’s what comics should – and will – be.”
Fans looking for print editions of the NEW CRUSADERS adventures will see NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES #1 launch in August in comic shops and newsstands, along with graphic novel collections in bookstores in coming months.
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