The Bonds of Trust and Friendship Between the World’s Finest Heroes are Tested The Batman Who Laughs Mini-Series Expands to Seven Issues
Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one—for the Secret Six walk among us! Spinning out of the devastating events of DC’s THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS, Superman and Batman join together once more in an all-new monthly comic book—and they’re facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. Writer Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, JUSTICE LEAGUE/SUICIDE SQUAD) and artist David Marquez (Civil War II,Avengers)announced todayin an interview with THR’s Heat Vision that DC’s World’s Finest Heroes will team-up in BATMAN/SUPERMAN, debuting on August 28, 2019.
To launch the new DC series, the first arc of BATMAN/SUPERMAN will follow the two titular heroes as they hunt down six infected heroes in the DCU—people revealed to be infected by the Batman Who Laughs with a deadly pathogen that violently transforms them into the evilest versions of themselves. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever.
But before the Caped Crusader teams up with The Last Son of Krypton this August, DC will extend Scott Snyder and Jock’s thrilling mini-series THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS to a surprise seventh issue, highlighting the final showdown between Batman and the Jokerized version of himself who originated from the Dark Multiverse in DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good vs. evil, so don’t miss the finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City!
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by David Marquez with colors by Dave Stewart, will hit shelves August 28, 2019. BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 cover art is by Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez with a variant cover by Leinil Yu.
BURBANK, CA (June 14, 2019) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has moved up its physical release date for Batman: Hush, the next entry in the popular series of DC UniverseMovies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will arrive one week earlier than originally announced, now coming to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and the DC Universe streaming service on August 6, 2019. The film retains its Digital release date of July 20, 2019.
An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
Batman: Hush will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.
Bonus features on Batman: Hush include the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Sgt. Rock; a fascinating featurette focused on Selina Kyle/Catwoman entitled Batman: Love in Time of War; an Audio Commentary featuring executive producer James Tucker, director Justin Copeland and screenwriter Ernie Altbacker; a sneak peek at the next DC UniverseMovie, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines; and two episodes from The Batman/Superman Hour.
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.
About DC Home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, DC is the creative unit charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. DC works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
About Warner Bros. AnimationWarner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. Theatrically, WBA’s full-length film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, released on July 27, 2018. WBA’s TV series include Teen Titans Go!, Unikitty!, DC Super Hero Girls and the upcoming ThunderCats Roar for Cartoon Network; Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, The Tom and Jerry Show, New Looney Tunes, Wacky Races and the upcoming Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who? and Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs for Boomerang; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC Universe; Animaniacs for Hulu; and the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons content initiative. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation)
POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2019)
It’s Morphin Time! Introducing a new era of POWER RANGERS collectibles with Hasbro’s all-new POWER RANGERS LIGHTNING COLLECTION 6” Figures! The LIGHTNING COLLECTION features over two decades of iconic characters from this storied franchise, and Hasbro is excited to bring its own take to this premium line. The LIGHTNING COLLECTION’s highly-articulated, 6-inch figures will have best-in-class detailing and design, and will feature Photo Real technology for realistic actor likenesses. In the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series, the Green Ranger loans the power of the Dragon Shield to the Black Ranger to help defeat one of Rita’s monsters. The MIGHTY MORPHIN DRAGON SHIELD BLACK RANGER Figure has over 20 points of articulation and includes two different heads that can be swapped—one of the Ranger in his helmet, and another without as Zack Taylor from the original MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series. The figure also comes a dragon dagger, power axe, power blaster, and an extra pair of hands for more ways to play or display. Look for other collectible figures in this series. Each sold separately. Available exclusively at Walgreens.
She Uncovered the Most Dangerous Secret in the DC Universe…
Now She Just Has to Prove It!
Lois Lane, a new 12-issue maxiseries by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, launches on July 3rd, 2019.
Lois Lane, a new 12-issue maxiseries by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, launches on July 3rd, 2019.
While Lois Lane has been featured prominently in both Superman: Leviathan Rising #1 and Event Leviathan #1 in the last few weeks and is the backbone of DC’s ongoing Action Comics and Superman comics, Lois Lane’s story in 2019 has only just begun.
Lois Lane depicts hardboiled, tough-as-nails, investigative journalism. Lois Lane has never worried about speaking truth to power and is the best investigative reporter in the DCU; a detective who has contact information for almost everyone in the DC universe. Researching a widening international conspiracy, Lois has no reservations about putting herself in the crosshairs of the story she’s after.
In her new series, Lois Lane is on the road and out of Metropolis—and carrying a secret. After a press briefing at the White House, Lois embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins, along with colorist Paul Mounts and letterer Simon Bowland, team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.
Lois Lane #1, “Enemy of the People,” hits shelves July 3rd 2019.
The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MORPHIN GREEN RANGERhas all the power of the Dragonzord on two wheels! This Limited Edition scooter, inspired by the legendary Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, is a Razor original classic style A-Kick Scooter (Est. 2000) made from aircraft grade aluminum in a limited edition green colorway with gold anodized telescoping T-bar, gold power coin foil badge, and grip tape that mimics Tommy Oliver’s boot design. The POWER RANGERS RAZOR SCOOTER- MIGHTY MOPRHIN GREEN RANGER will be for sale during San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Following the convention, if available, limited quantities will be available at Razor.com.
When you go to your local comic book store, you want to check out the newest comic book on sale, or the rarest on the shelves that you know you might afford it or not. It happens every week across the world no matter how old you are. Because of this, you are passionate for comic books and what stories they bring to us in a monthly or bi-monthly basis. With all of that said, there are also very controversial comic books that were either a low print run, called back to reprint them, taken off sale, etc. The reasons to why these comic books faced those situations were due to backlash from readers, fans, or even congress itself. These are the controversial comic books that are now very expensive. If you put the controversy aside of these twelve issues, it is very sought after and if you have one of these copies, the stories you can tell of why it is controversial will have curious people talking.
12. Lois Lane #106 (Estimated Value:$100) (1970)
The cover alone is a dead giveaway to why this book is controversial. From the imagery, to the sub title “I Am Curious (BLACK)!” everything about this cover makes you think “what they were thinking at the time”. It is a racially insenstitive story where Lois Lane utilizes technology that changes her race so that she can experience life as a black woman and to go undercover. At the time this comic was released, the civil rights movement of the 1960’s were still in effect and to read through the pages for the reader to see Lois Lane change her race just so she can experience what everyone else was going through is jaw dropping. The issue tackles those issues such as prejudice, racism, and bigitory and Robert Kanigher did not pull any punches at all to exploit that.
11. Rise of the Black Panther #1 and Mighty Thor #700 Variant Covers (Estimated Value: $300-$1000) (2018)
When something is signed in blood, you know for sure it is serious. The controversy here is that the ink that was on the signature for both of these variant covers contained Stan Lee’s blood. It was also issued a numbered hologram sticker with the words “Hands of Respect” on the cover as well. Things got worse in April 2018 when news broke that a former business associate of the comic book icon Stan Lee allegedly presented forged documents to his personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Stan Lee. It does not get as cold blooded as that.
The cover of this issue is innocent at a first glance, until you botice that the Northrop Grumman logo is on he bottom of the cover. It was announced in 2017 that these two companies will have a partnership starting with the release of this issue at New York Comic Con and next thing you know, the Twitter feed blew up and even protests were about to begin. The reason for this, is because Northrop is a weapons manufatcure for war. Marvel then announced that the partnership has ended a few days later and pulled the comic from various retailers. So far, only one known copy has sold for $250.
The first print of the cover shows Superman holding a beer after that, many issues were pulled and recalled. After that, the second print reedited the beer to make it look like a soda bottle. Nothing more to say here as the first print was a low print run and it is hard to find on various auction sites.
8. July 1990 Issue of Heavy Metal (Estimated Value: $150)
This issue did not get that much attention until during the 2016 presendential election. This issue unintentionally predicted the plans for Donald Trump to build a wall on the Mexican border and it is on full display on many pages of this issue. It is one of those “The Simpsons predicted it” moments in comic books that nobody seen coming and now we are in 2019 and it is still talked about to this day.
7. Weird Fantasy #18 (Estimated Value: $140-$1700) (1953)
Looking at this book now, it actually ages well. But in 1953, there was a huge uproar due to the fact that nobody knew until the end of the issue that the leader of the “Judgment Day” mission was an Africian-American man. They thought that the idea of an Africian American man being the lead of a story at that time was ridiculous. I am glad to see that today many leaders of comic book stories are more diverse than ever before.
6. Tomb of Terror #15 (Estimated Value: $2000) (1954)
This comic book is one of the nine books banned by Congress. Yup, that is right, banned by the United States Congress as the cover for its time was very graphic. Of course, this is a famous horror series so there would be covers at times that have voilence at times. But many people felty that it was way too much since it is one of the examples of an eye injury that was similar to recurring taboos at the time such as Nazis and bondage.
5. The Spirit #1 (Estimated Value: $1400) (1944)
The first issue of this series grew controversy due to the use of blackface on the character. It gets worse as the character is literally near the tombstone. That right there is not visually appealing and it again shows the dirty past of how Africian Americans were precieved.
4. Quantum and Woody #1 2nd Print (Estimated Value: $1600+)
This comic is more rare than controversial, but I decided to add it on this list due to the fact that they simply rushed it to third printing as soon as it was announced that the second print will only be one copy. It was auctioned off to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and I highly doubt we will ever see another second print of this ever again.
If you notice a trend here, is that there are more controversial Superman related comics that are in the high price than there are Batman related comics. Here on the cover and inside the issue is racist World War II propaganda and from the first page until the final page is full of it. Looking at the right of the cover where those posters are being printed is something you cannot unsee when you look at the cover. There has not been a sale on this issue for many years and it is another highly sought after issue.
On this cover, you can see a soldier decapitated the enemy soldier in gruesome fashion. There has been war comics dating back to the late 30’s, but none of them actually showed soldiers beimng killed on the cover.
This is the first comic book that was produced by black creators that includes writers, artists, and the publisher itself. Also, inside the back cover has an ad for the second issue but it was never released due to many vendors and stores refusing to have this comic book on stands. The book was since reprinted years later and in 2019, a new listing emerged with a high price was set. If you have the cash for this piece of history, buy it now!
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Wizard World Philadelphia is usually their biggest show of the year and it showed during the four day convention. From the cosplay, to the gaming area, the guests, and the gaming area, there is plenty for everyone to do at the show over there at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s headliners were supposed to be Gotham stars Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin, but they cancelled one day before the show begun. You would think that the show would be greatly affected by this, but it was not. I will get to the guests that were there shortly as I begin my recap of Wizard World Philadelphia 2019.
Ted Danson was announced for the show as it was his first ever comic convention appearence. He had a panel in which he and George Wendty talked about Cheers and answered questions to the fans.
So with that out of the way, I covered the show for three of the four days and although the best of the best cosplay did not showed up until late Saturday, I barely seen any at all. I do not know why, but I expected many just like in years past. But the crowd was decent and even for a show. Friday was slower than usual, but the celebrity guest table lines were mostly full. I did not see it empty not once so it is great to see how many people came out to see them. Guests included Lisa Marie Varon, Devon Dudley, Sgt. Slaughter, Kevin Konroy, the cast of RWBY, Once Upon a Time, and much more. There was even a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament that took place during the three days. I did actually qualify for this, but I got eliminated in the qualifying round. Also to note, These three are the best cosplay pictures I have taken during the weekend that I have taken many.
The other panels I have attended were Once Upon a Time and Kevin Conroy and John Glover’s. The Kevin Conroy one was interesting as he finally gave his thoughts of Robert Pattison being casted as Batman. He reacted very positively to the announcement as he wanted everyone to give him a chance since they all gave every other actor a chance. Right below, you can hear it from the man himself in his own words.
The next panel I attended was Once Upon a Time as Lana Parrilla, Rebecca Mader, and Jared Gilmore took the stage to talk about their best memories of the show since the show just finished its final season. Once Upon a Time has a huge fanbase and this panel was packed from the front to the back. It was very fun to watch live since I have always heard about the show. Lana even worn the Phillies baseball t-shirt at the panel that a fan given her as a gift at her table before the panel begun. You can check out the entire panel below.
Last but not least, I conducted interviews at the show. Kevin Conroy was my first one during the show as we talked about Batman, stories with Mark Hamill, and his future projects. I interviewed WWE Hall of Fame inductee Devon Dudley as we talked about his memories competing in TLC matches, a story about Vince McMahon, his take on the Bully Ray situation at the recent Ring of Honor show, and what would it take to be a road agent at WWE. And my final interview was with Kara Eberle of the hit anime series RWBY as her fun personality shined during this interview as we talked about the series and her recent appearence on Death Battle. You can check these interviews out below.
Wizard World was fun this year and I know for the sure that the shows will keep getting bigger! I will be back next year for more coverage.
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DC Collectibles: Mikey as Batman:What mischief is Mikey up to now? Batman might just have to talk to him about borrowing without asking. Mikey is decked out in Batman’s iconic cowl and cape in this awesome 2019 Previews Exclusive. Accessories include a sewer lid, a slice of pizza and two extra sets of hands.
The Dark Knight Meets Mutant Mayhem!
When a new menace in Gotham City begins stealing experimental technology, Batman is put on high alert. But a team of warriors lurking beneath the streets is also on the case: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Led by Leonardo, these brothers – brainy Donatello, fearless Raphael and wisecracking Michelangelo – are mysterious martial artists on a collision course with the Dark Knight. Based on the hit DC Comics crossover,Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesis a high-flying, pulse-pounding adventure the likes of which Gotham has never seen!
The biggest comic convention show in Washington, DC took place over the weekend as many attendees of different fandoms arrived at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for Awesome Con. This is the first Comic Con I covered as a press member in that area and I must say, it is totally worth going to if you are in the area or if you are visiting Washington, DC. I was there from Friday to Sunday and I have seen it all over there whether it was cosplayers, video game areas, the panels, the artists and creators, and much more. Here is my recap of Awesome Con 2019.
First, I would like to say that Avengers: Endgame premiered the same weekend as Awesome Con and I think that is the first time that an Avengers film took place the same weekend as a major comic con. My thoughts of the movie is right here and caution yourself if you have not seen the movie yet or else you will be spoiled. Seeing the movie with many people who have also attended Awesome Con was a great experience this time around compared to going to my local theater.
The convention center is huge! I am not kidding, it is half the size of the San Diego Convention Center and that center is very huge itself. One of the features of the convention center that benefitted everyone is the amount of chairs and seats that were outside the show floor and panel rooms. You can literally grab a seat for a quick second at any time you would like. Compared to other shows such as San Diego Comic Con and others, Awesome Con was more accessible to seating than any other show I have ever covered. The main show floor was at the same level as New York Comic Con with the size of the show and the layout of the show started with the autographing and photo ops on one side of the end of one area, to the middle with the different variety of vendors, followed by the artist alley, then the comic book vendors, and finishing with activities for children at the end of the other side of the main floor. With all of the detail I just described, you would think that everything on the main floor would bee very chaotic. But luckily, it was not as everything was fairly arranged and although there was a huge amount of attendees, I never felt like I wasting pushed and shoved as I was walking to different vendors. New York Comic Con usually has great crowd control and Awesome Con’s crowd control was at the same level too.
On the same level, there was an exhibit that showcased all of the iconic costumes and props and key comic book issues of the Batman franchise. Seeing those costumes that were worn by the actors in person was fantastic and the amount of detail that was on each costume makes me want to wear one of them on myself. The ones that were there ranged from the 1989 Batman film, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, and Gotham.
On the second level, was where the video game and tabletop games took place as they were both in large rooms across from each other. The video game section featured many console and arcade games ranging from the classic ones from the early 1980’s to the fighting games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. There were also even carnival games at the video game section as well. Whoever in Awesome Con’s team came up with that idea deserves an award! I would like to also note that there were direction signs all over the convention center and I knew where I was going all the time and not once did I feel like I was lost.
The final level was where the panels took place. I wanted to go to the Mike Colter (Luke Cage) panel the first day, but it took place the same time I watched Avengers. I did attended the Amy Jo Johnston panel and I never knew how funny of a person she was until I seen her talk out of character. That one I enjoyed that Saturday morning. The one where WCW legend and WWE Hall of Fame inductee Sting was also great to see as well as he talked about his career, his run as the “Joker Sting” in TNA, a time in WCW where his entrance almost went wrong, When he became a born-again christian, who he would love to wrestle if he did not retire and much more. Unfortunately, That one could not be recorded by video, but I did recorded the audio of the panel which you can listen below.
Tara Strong has always been great to her fans and that was in full display during her panel. I often wonder how can she make a quick transition from one character that she played to another very seamlessly and she answered that question during the panel. There were moments that made everyone laugh and cheer at the panel and it was very enjoyable to see it live.
I also interviewed WWE Hall of Fame inductee and AEW producer Billy Gunn at the show and for a man that is 55 years old, he is still in shape as he was years ago. It was a great interview as we talked about the Hall of Fame, his role in AEW, and much more. You can check that out below.
Awesome Con was a great show and I recommend everyone to come to this show when it returns next year. There is a mix of everything for everyone to enjoy as the time will go quick as you are at the show. Below is a video I made showcasing the cosplayers.
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Writers: Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist: Andres Guinaldo
FC. 32pp. $3.99. On Sale: July 17, 2019
A new Blade Runner arrives in the first comic to tell original, in canon stories set in the Blade
From Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan,
American Gods, Supergirl), with longtime co-writer Mike Johnson (Batman/Superman, Star
Trek). Illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America)!
In the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a
new case: a billionaire’s wife and child, apparently kidnapped by Replicants for dark
Cover A: Artgerm – Not final art
Cover B: Syd Mead – Not final art
Cover C: Andres Guinaldo – Not final art
Cover D: John Royle – Not final art