DC Entertainment Storms New York Comic Con 2016 with Exciting Line-up of Events, Panels and Appearances from Fan-Favorite Talent

DC Entertainment Storms New York Comic Con 2016 with Exciting Line-up of Events, Panels and Appearances from Fan-Favorite Talent

DC Entertainment Storms New York Comic Con 2016 with Exciting Line-up of Events, Panels and Appearances from Fan-Favorite Talent

Press Release

Check out What’s Next for Rebirth, including New Story Arcs
and the Latest on JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD

Celebrate 75 Years of Wonder Woman with USPS Forever Stamps

Join “My Chemical Romance” Front Man Gerard Way
and DC’s Young Animal Collaborators for Panel Highlighting New Pop-Up Imprint

BURBANK, Calif. (September 22, 2016) – Following the record-shattering success of Rebirth, DC Entertainment (DCE) is set to take over New York Comic Con with a stellar line up of guests, panels and exclusive announcements. Fans attending the annual pop culture event, held at the Javits Convention Center from October 6-9, will be the first to learn exciting details about the first publishing event of the Rebirth era, JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, the next wave of exciting Rebirth story arcs (and some surprise new titles), and the star-studded KAMANDI Challenge. New York Comic Con will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman on the event’s official program cover with artwork by DC Publisher Jim Lee, and by revealing in person the highly anticipated Wonder Woman Forever Stamps on Friday, October 7!

DCE’s massive booth (South Concourse, Booth #4002) will be the go-to place for fans to the biggest names in comics and get the latest peeks at forthcoming releases from the world of DC. The expansive booth will also offer attendees the rare chance to get a close look at costumes and props from the upcoming “Wonder Woman” 2017 feature film – including the costume donned by star Gal Gadot – along with the original costume worn by Lynda Carter in the 1970s “Wonder Woman” television series! Fans of DC Super Hero Girls will have a chance to meet and greet their favorite Super Hero High characters in costume throughout the weekend, as well as have their pictures taken in front of “green screen” backgrounds featuring popular DC and Warner Bros themes.

DC’s lineup of panel programming for New York Comic Con is packed with fan-favorite talent, first looks and celebrations. Download the new DC All Access mobile app for a complete list of panels and talent signings, behind-the-scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access.” The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

  • With a record-setting 12 million copies shipped this summer, the “Rebirth – What’s Next?” panel will be packed with superstar talent dishing the latest on their current and upcoming story arcs, including Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (HARLEY QUINN), Juan Ferreyra (GREEN ARROW), Ben Percy (GREEN ARROW, TEEN TITANS), Christopher Priest (DEATHSTROKE), Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN), Rob Venditti (HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS). Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH) will also be on hand to talk about what’s next for the Scarlet Speedster and reveal details on what’s to come in the first major event for Rebirth, JUSTICE LEAGE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD!  Saturday, 11:00am, Room 1A06
  • One of the world’s most popular Super Heroes and a powerful global symbol of justice, equality and peace will be center stage at the “Wonder Woman 75” panel. The event will include a collection of writers and artists who continue to create thrilling stories for the iconic Amazonian Super Hero including Marc Andreyko (WONDER WOMAN ’77), José Luis García-López (SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN), Yanick Paquette (WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE), Greg Rucka (WONDER WOMAN), Jill Thompson (WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON), Cat Staggs (ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL) and Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HITS AND MYTHS). Friday, 5:15pm, Room 1A24
  • The DC All Access Panel is the place to be for the latest news not only on comics, but the latest news from other DC and Warner Bros divisions, including DC Collectibles, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, and more! Top talent including Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: HITS AND MYTHS), Marguerite Bennett (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles), Steve Orlando (MIDNIGHTER & APOLLO) and Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, Vertigo’s FROSTBITE) will all be on hand to talk about what’s to come in the DC Universe. Thursday, 1:45pm, Room 1A24
  • Eisner-winning writer and My Chemical Romance front man Gerard Way will reveal more details about his brand new pop-up imprint at the “DC’s Young Animal” panel which will also feature fellow collaborators Nick Derington (DOOM PATROL), Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC), Marley Zarcone (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL), and more. Friday, 1:30pm, Room 1A06
  • Take a trip to Gotham City at the “DC Batman” panel to find out what’s in store for the World’s Greatest Detective and his cohorts. Alongside the BATMAN team Tom King and David Finch and ALL STAR BATMAN writer Scott Snyder this must-attend panel will also feature Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY, Steve Orlando (BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN), Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING), James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), and more!  Friday, 12:45pm, Main Stage
DC Entertainment Signs Artist Liam Sharp

DC Entertainment Signs Artist Liam Sharp

DC ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS ARTIST LIAM SHARP

Press Release

BURBANK, Calif. (August 25, 2016) – DC Entertainment (DCE) continues to add industry-leading talent to its creative roster, announcing today that it has reached an agreement with artist Liam Sharp to create comic book content solely for the company’s DC and Vertigo imprints. Sharp will continue his incredible storytelling with writer Greg Rucka on DC’s WONDER WOMAN, which began with “Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1” on June 8, 2016. Sharp currently illustrates the odd-numbered issues of WONDER WOMAN, entitled “The Lies,” with co-artist Nicola Scott illustrating the “Wonder Woman Year One” story in the even issues.

“I was floored that both Dan DiDio and Jim Lee called me up regarding a two-year contract with DC Comics,” Sharp explains. “The sales and fan reaction to WONDER WOMAN have been staggering, heralding a return to the level of popularity such an iconic character deserves.”

A world-renowned artist and writer, Sharp has illustrated many of the greatest characters in comics, including Batman, Superman and now Wonder Woman. He is founder of the award-winning Mamtor Publishing and co-founder of Madefire, where Sharp digitally published his magnum opus, Captain Stone is Missing, co-created with his wife, Christina McCormack. Sharp made his comics debut in the 1980s, illustrating for the famous science-fiction magazine 2000 AD. His fame increased dramatically when the best-selling Gears of War hit shelves in 2008. Sharp also created the WildStorm series The Possessed with writer Geoff Johns.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about Liam coming to DC and securing him on one of our highest profile titles of 2016,” says Bob Harras, Editor-in-Chief, DC Entertainment. “I knew we needed an artist capable of dynamically bringing Wonder Woman to life on the page, and Liam’s work is simply exceptional.”

“I’m thrilled to be associated with Diana in her 75th year,” Sharp concluded. “I look forward to the many great things ahead for Wonder Woman.”

Suicide Squad Review

Suicide Squad Review

Suicide Squad Review

Bob McFadden

Suicide Squad was a fun movie with plenty of action and some funny moments.

They made a good decision focusing mainly on Deadshot and Harley Quinn, as these two characters really shone and made up the heart and soul of the film. Deadshot is probably the most developed character in these two hours, and he was just a straight-up cool dude. Will Smith did a great job showing someone who was multidimensional, who was a likable murderer. You felt a little bit more of where he was coming from when compared to the other characters. His role as a father made him decidedly more human than, say, a crocodile monster whose entire character arc involves getting BET in his cell by the end of the film. Harley Quinn is another character that audiences want to like, and have fun watching. She is always the one who is first to speak up and say exactly what’s on her mind, and having a character like that plays a crucial role in adding to the fun of the film, especially when she is mostly surrounded by a bunch of serious soldier-types. While her character was definitely an enjoyable addition to the film, her stockholm-syndrome back-story wasn’t quite as relatable as Deadshot caring about his daughter. For the average viewer hailing from an average life, it is a struggle to understand her feelings towards the Joker. It probably would have taken an entirely separate documentary to really dive in to understanding that whole twisted experience, but it is touched upon several times throughout the film, enough for audiences to get the general idea. The fun angle that this movie was always going to take as an anti-hero story was that you would want to root for the bad guys. This movie made this process very straightforward as they humanized the villains and made the most evil people those working for the United States government.

But overall, it was an action film. Stuff blew up and faceless red-shirts got torn apart. Popcorn was consumed. Don’t let people tell you what to like. The fact that the movie review sites were so ruthlessly cruel to yet another DC Universe film makes me question if maybe some of the cries of a deliberate conspiracy aren’t completely unfounded.

Just kidding. No tin-foil hats here. More likely is that there is a sort of hive mind taking place in regards to these films. People see that it got a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes. They register that other people don’t like it, and they board the train and come along for the ride, some making the decision to hate it without even seeing it. I see way more people seeking to dredge up a list of criticisms than I ever see saying, “I enjoyed going to the movies tonight.” The culture of reviews has influenced us in a way that we love to hate movies. The moment that some people heard that this movie was undergoing reshoots, they already began crafting the dialogue about how the movie would be a directionless failure.

The effect of the reshoots seemed to be exactly as reported. A movie with an apparent original intention of being somewhat dark and brooding injected a little more fun and Marvel-esque flavor throughout, to keep the film skipping along. To the average filmgoer, the entire premise of Suicide Squad seemed to take a page out of Guardians of the Galaxy’s book by taking a bunch of wacky criminals and putting them on a team. (Suicide Squad first appeared in comics in 1959, compared to Guardians’ first appearance in 1969.) Something that I assume was a more recent addition to SS was their decision to take those similarities a step further and play cool 80’s songs in the transitions, even playing the exact same song on one occasion.

Of course, not all of the complaints about the movie are unfounded, as Suicide Squad does have its flaws.

There were a lot more characters than they actually had time to do anything with. Although they spent a good portion of the beginning of the film giving short bios and introductions, it seemed a little more difficult to keep track of or care about some members of the team as opposed to others.

Suicide Squad did seem directionless at times. As we followed these anti-heroes through post-apocalyptic city streets, the audience is often left to wonder what they are even doing there. We are vaguely aware that their initial mission is to get to a specific location to rescue a specific individual. We understand that they are not told the specifics because they are not trusted. But regardless, it is annoying to have no idea where they are going for such a large chunk of the film. Once they actually get to the specific location, which is a skyscraper in the middle of the city, it turns out that their job was just to rescue their boss, who had been perfectly content and safe, holed up in a secure room observing everything from a distance. What was the point of all of that? Did they really need to pull these super-villains out of their secure holding facility to do a job that could have just as easily been performed with the same degree of success by… anyone? They toddle throughout the streets on foot, losing some lives along the way, to get to a building and beat up some magical super-soldiers with baseball bats. The person that they were sent to rescue then hops on a helicopter, by herself and without their help, and immediately gets gunned down and captured. And then, after that, with their initial stupid mission both completed and failed, they go back to more walking around desolate streets and beating up cold-sore-goons without any clear objective.

Deadshot hit the nail pretty directly on the head at this point when he asked, “So, we’re going to that spinning ring of trash in the sky, right?” Of course they are. Why are they even dilly-dallying? Every casual moviegoer knows the moves to this dance. The team would eventually have to go to the huge beacon of spinning metal for the final boss battle, just like they had in X-Men: Apocalypse a few short months before.

Rating: Fan

The film was fun to watch if you go into the film seeking to have fun watching it. If you go in looking for problems, you will probably find those, too. Will Smith and Margot Robbie killed it as Deadshot and Harley Quinn, and fans will have a lot of fun diving into the Universe for two hours.

Thanks to T-Mobile Tuesdays, my wife and I were able to get free tickets to see Suicide Squad in 3D on opening day. The promotion also included free digital copies of Suicide Squad #1 (1987), Suicide Squad #1 (2011), and Harley Quinn #1 (2013). Shout out to T-Mobile for making this review possible!

From werewolf to Superman!

From werewolf to Superman!

From werewolf to Superman!

Jason Vanover

After rumors, speculation, and fans trying to wish Tom Welling’s casting into existence we finally found out who will be playing the role of Superman in CW’s Supergirl and its not Tom Welling.

Instead we are getting former werewolf Tyler Hoechlin who starred in 7th Heaven and more recently played Derek Hale in MTV’s Teen Wolf. Although not getting Tom Welling was disappointing many people in the Superman fan base find Hoechlin to be a great alternative.

Unfortunate we won’t see Hoechlin dawn the cape until October. In the meantime I’m sure we’ll see plenty of fan art showing Hoechlin looking awesome as The Man of Steel.

Supergirl’s season 2 will start in this fall at 8pm Mondays on The CW. Also be on the lookout for other CW shows like Arrow and The Flash.

Villains Vault – Ares

Villains Vault – Ares

Villains Vault - Ares

Brian Peterson

Name –

Ares

Alias –
  • Mars
  • God of War
  • God of the Dead
  • Ares Buchanan
 Powers –
  • Immortality
  • Virtually indestructible armor
  • Master of battle strategy
  • Godly strength
  • Superhuman speed
  • Superhuman stamina
  • Complete control of any weapon
  • Necromancy
  • Energy projection
  • Weather manipulation
Arch Enemy –
Bio –

Ares the God of War sought to throw the world into eternal war and conflict. Being opposed by the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Ares bosting to Aphrodite about the success of his plan and his followers slaying the weaker of their breather and selling women cheaper than livestock infuriated Aphrodite into crating the amazons out of clay and lead them to the Isle of Themyscira to build a woman centric society.

Enthralled over the success of the Amazons Ares set out to destroy them by sending Hercules to ransack the island. Wonder Woman was able to stop Hercules and convince Steve Trevor that shooting missiles between America and Russia causing World War 3. Wonder Woman was able to make Ares see that this would lead to his own destruction. Ares tasks her with saving mankind from itself. He swore he would return if she failed and acted as a continuous test of her success.

Further Reading/Viewing –
  • Wonder Women (2009 Film)
  • Justice league Unlimited episode “Hawk and Dove”
  • Wonder Woman (Vol. 1)
  • Wonder Woman issue 0 “The Lair of the Minotaur”
  • Wonder Women issue 34 (2014)
Hall of Heroes – Wonder Woman

Hall of Heroes – Wonder Woman

Hall of Heroes - Wonder Woman

Brian Peterson

Name –

Princess Diana of Themyscira

Alias –
  • Diana Prince
  • Wonder Woman
Powers
  • Flight
  • Superhuman strength
  • Superhuman speed
  • Superhuman endurance
  • Longevity
  • Master of hand-to-hand combat
Arch Enemy –

Ares

Bio –

Diana has two main origin stories. Her classic origin from 1941 goes that Wonder Woman was sculpted from clay by her mother, the Queen Hippolyta. The Greek Gods took compassion on Hippolyta and gave the clay statue life which in turn imbued her with the power of the gods. While on a recon mission Diana discovers US pilot Steve Trevor. Fascinated by him and the stories of the world he comes from she agrees to take him home but must stay in the modern world and help defend it from evil.

Her New 52 origin changes her back story in an interesting way. Rather than being a clay statue brought to life, she is now truly the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus.  Her original origin story is shown to be a cover to keep the new born demi-god safe from the wrath of Hera.

Diana is a founding member of the Justice League, and one of the most powerful heroes in the DC universe. Her strength is shown to be on par with Shazam, Martian Manhunter and Superman. Currently she has taken on the title and role of “God of War.” Wonder Woman has an arsenal of mystical weapons at her disposal. These include her Bracers of Victory, royal tiara, magical sword, and the Lasso of Truth. The Bracers of Victory are made from fragments of Zeus’s shield and can withstand any blast. Her royal tiara which is magical in nature can be used as a boomerang. Her magical sword can injure almost any character in the DC universe including Darkside and Superman. The Lasso of Truth has the ability to compel whoever is caught in it to tell the truth. The lasso can also restore memories and shield those close to it from magical attacks.

Further Reading/Viewing –
  • Superman Wonder Woman Volume 1 Power Couple
  • Wonder Woman, who is Wonder Woman
  • Justice League Volume 1 Origin
  • Wonder Woman Volume 1 Blood
  • Wonder Woman Volume 2 Guts

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