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It feels as though there’s been a shift in how new talents come to public attention in comics. For a long time creators would break their teeth on some brilliant indie series or put in their time at DC or Marvel before they hit that first story they were born to tell, sometimes both. But in recent days, a sea of new writers have made strong and seemingly immediate impressions on the comics landscape.

Tom King is one of these new voices. Though he’s actually written quite a few comics before and even published an acclaimed novel, King was not necessarily a familiar name when he was announced as the co-writer of DC’s Grayson. Just a little more than a year later, Grayson has become a hit, King’s unique reinvention of the Omega Men has proven popular enough to flat-out reverse a cancelation, and he’s got upcoming series from Marvel and Vertigo.

As if proving yourself beloved, literary, and properly appreciative of Dick Grayson’s butt wasn’t enough, I had the good fortune to meet King at New York Comic Con where I discovered that he’s also not only a huge nerd but an incredibly kind and thoughtful creator.

Voice strained from four days of non-stop comic madness, King still took the time to give us a fantastic interview, covering topics as wide as religion, personal evolution, diversity, and comics history. Continue reading

In the course of talking to comic creators this year, I started to think about their unique talents and what I think they would be best suited to. Inspired by all kinds of wonderful ideas I’ve seen online and heard from creators, I’ve put together my New 52. These are the 52 books I would publish if DC’s offerings were up to me and, as my friends and I have had a good time discussing them, I thought I would share them with you.

I tried to consider the actual feasibility of these titles, not only in the sense of immediate sales but in their ability to expand DC’s brand long-term. I also recognize that this is a dramatically simplified version of what DC actually has to do. As such, I made a couple of rules for myself.

First, as I don’t have the same knowledge of the creators’ availability and timeliness as an actual editor, I decided that I would allow myself access to any writer currently working in comics, but that I could only assign a creator to one book. Second, I tried not to put a writer on the same book that they’ve already worked on, though some were moved to similar concepts or allowed to expand short work they’ve already done. Finally, while an actual relaunch might do well to include some new books, I limited myself to preexisting titles and IPs for this project.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, on why I’m right, why I clearly screwed up, who should be illustrating the series, etc. But, regardless, I hope you enjoy.

Through seventy-five years of comics, Robin has held a special place in the hearts of comic fans. Whether your Robin was Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, or Burt Ward, there’s something about the character that’s more than just the second part of “Batman and…” Maybe it’s that they tend to be relatable. Maybe it’s that they’re teen heroes who are famous enough to attract big writers. Maybe it’s just the dynamism of the quips and costume. Whatever it is, each of the Robins has their own passionate fan base.

The Robin concept is also impressively viable. The first Robin series ran for almost 200 issues and was followed shortly by Nightwing, at the time the only other living character to hold the Robin mantle, for a similarly immense run of about 150 issues. Dick Grayson’s leadership of the New Teen Titans is considered one of DC’s greatest runs and Jason Todd is better loved today than he was at the peak of his popularity as Robin.

I would love little more than to give the New Year’s 52 a fantastic Nightwing series, however not all of the Robins can justify taking one of our fifty-two slots. I think there’s even more potential in giving all of the Robins a showcase.

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He casually drew this while giving this interview!Tim Seeley has been making waves for a long time with creator owned series like Hack/Slash and Revival but recently he’s begun commuting to Gotham City to write Batman: Eternal and Grayson for DC. A skilled writer and a talented illustrator, Seeley is a prolific creator, drawing covers for numerous companies and penning clever, often unsettling, scripts month after month.

With so many interesting projects and on his plate, I knew it would worth my while to seek out Seeley at C2E2, in his hometown of Chicago. Tim was kind enough to speak to me during his live sketching session, the results of which you can see in this article. Join us to hear about Seeley’s process, his thoughts on death and horror, and comics like Revival/Chew, “The Body”, and Grayson.

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tumblr_n3vk5fLGdD1r0x04do3_1280Some of you may not have heard of Russell Dauterman yet, but that’s likely about to change. Dauterman was the artist on the excellent Supurbia, closed out the last two issues of Kyle Higgins’ Nightwing run with a bang, and is now going to be launching the new Cyclops title for Marvel.

Russell has a unique and beautiful style and such a wonderful love for the material that I knew I had to talk to him and, thankfully, he was gracious enough to give us a bit of his time this past weekend at C2E2. Join me as we discuss character, representation, and working in the industry

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Review: Nightwing #21

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Full disclosure, Nightwing is a character close to my heart. It’s possible that I was the only one, but growing up I didn’t care to be Batman, I wanted to be the kid who gets to save Batman in between rides on his motorcycle and actually living a life. Then again, in my universe, Robin always wore pants. Either way, like many kids with many superheroes, I grew up with Dick Grayson, but Nightwing is special to his fans because he grew up with us too.

So yeah, if my username didn’t tip you off, I like Nightwing. That means that I was thrilled when Dick came back to the domino mask, that buying Nightwing #1 was a given for me, but it also means that I’ve been highly critical of any mishandlings. So how does Dick’s latest adventure in the windy city sit with a lifelong fan? Read on, true believers, and find out. Continue reading

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Did someone put something in the water at Scott Lobdell’s house?

After six great issues, Red Hood and the Outlaws started a nosedive, delayed slightly by a decent Starfire story, right about the time I gave up on Teen Titans and Superboy. But somehow, despite a series of truly awful tie-ins to Death of the Family, the most hated author at DC has made a stunning comeback, delivering an excellent issue of Red Hood while righting the ship over on Teen Titans. Seriously, my review about how shocked I was to be enjoying Teen Titans again is and has been the most viewed article on this site since less than a week after it went up (thanks for the awesome turn out, Titan-fans). Dare he go for the hat-trick?

Oh yes, he dares.

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I can hardly believe that this is my first time discussing Red Hood and the Outlaws. A controversial series, RHatO has embodied much of what is right and wrong with the New 52. After a rather poor showing in the Death of the Family arc and the accompanying cross over with Teen Titans, Jason Todd returns to Wayne Manor to say his goodbyes and rejoin his motley crew of hangers-on and reluctant friends. With Scott Lobdell leaving the title, can we expect the book to tread water, or is there a final return to form in the cards? Continue reading

Review: Batman #17

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As I mentioned in a previous review, I’m a huge fan of Scott Snyder, but not of his endings. Snyder has a tendency to build up impressive narratives within the creases of Batman’s mythical fabric. While this leads to epic storytelling, enhanced by Snyder’s pitch perfect sense of tone and horror, it has often led him to let us down when he hints that things will change forever and he, rightly, leaves things in place for future stories. Death of the Family is finally over. Does Snyder break his record, or will the Joker’s last laugh fizzle? The answers and more poorly chosen metaphors await you beyond the cut.

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Review: Batman #15


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After looking at Damian’s contribution to the Bat-Family event, we go to the king himself: Batman as interpreted by Snyder, Tynion, Capullo, and Jock.

But Here’s the Kicker

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo

So here’s the joke: The entire Bat-Family walks into the cave. Nightwing says, “Hey, it really seems like the Joker knows who we are.”  Bruce tells him, “There’s no way he could know.” So Batgirl says, “we have effectively conclusive evidence and his statement that he does, how are you so sure?” And Bruce replies, “I’m Batman.”

No good? Sheesh, tough crowd, you try summarizing an issue in cheesy joke form (seriously though, if you’ve got any good ones I’d love to hear it). Alright, alright, stop me if you heard this one before.  Continue reading