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DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection coming from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

First Comics News - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:36

DC UNIVERSE ORIGINAL MOVIES:

10TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

 

COMING AUGUST 15 ON DIGITAL AND

NOVEMBER 7 ON BLU-RAY FROM

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

AND DC ENTERTAINMENT

 

All 30 Animated Films in Enduring Franchise PLUS All-New Special Features Included in Box Set

 

BURBANK, CA (JUNE 28, 2017) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment celebrate a decade of heroic animation with the release of the DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection, a comprehensive box set of all 30 films, 5 animated shorts, new special features and exclusive collectible items coming November 7, 2017 to Blu-ray™. The entire 30-film set will also be available on Digital starting August 15, 2017.

Launched in 2007 with the landmark release of Superman Doomsday, the DC Universe Original Movies are based on or inspired by storylines and/or characters from within the ever-expanding DC library. Produced by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the stories range from films based upon iconic DC Super Hero stories (Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Killing Joke) to films inspired by themes from within DC history (Batman vs. Robin was inspired by “The Court of Owls,” Superman vs. The Elite was inspired by “What’s so Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?”) to original stories (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman and Harley Quinn).

The DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection will include all 30 films – from Superman Doomsday to the all-new Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as newly released commemorative editions of Wonder Woman and Justice League: The New Frontier. The 32-disc box set will also include all five “DC Showcase” animated shorts – The Spectre, Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, Catwoman and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam. The details of the special features will be announced later this summer.

“It’s been an amazing journey from the initial concept of bringing comic book pages to screen to the completion of 30 animated films spotlighting the mesmerizing characters and stories of the DC library,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “We are proud to celebrate this first decade of filmmaking with an impressive box set filled with exciting extras beyond these stunning films themselves.”

The 30-film DC Universe Original Movies: 10th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray) will include:

 

  1. SUPERMAN: DOOMSDAY
  2. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER
  3. BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
  4. WONDER WOMAN COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
  5. GREEN LANTERN: FIRST FLIGHT
  6. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES
  7. JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRISIS ON TWO EARTHS
  8. BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD
  9. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE
  10. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN
  11. GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
  12. BATMAN: YEAR ONE
  13. JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM
  14. SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE
  15. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1
  16. THE DARK KNIGHTS RETURNS, PART 2
  17. SUPERMAN: UNBOUND
  18. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX
  19. JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
  20. SON OF BATMAN
  21. BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM
  22. JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS
  23. BATMAN VS. ROBIN
  24. JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS
  25. BATMAN: BAD BLOOD
  26. JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. TEEN TITANS
  27. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE
  28. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
  29. TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT
  30. BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Coming in September!

First Comics News - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 19:31
Interior Artwork by Lewis LaRosa with Brian Reber BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+  | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+  | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20 (IOD – 7/27/17)

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Wednesday Comics: The Wretch

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:00
Strange things happen in Glass City: a rain of babies falls, a grinning cut-out of a sun on a little girl's wall demands she give it a body, the spectre of a wailing woman kills children with her tears. The Eisner nominated comic The Wretch by Phil Hester and others resembles a superhero comic in some superficial ways, but it's actually something more akin to the New Weird literary genre in comics form.

The titular Wretch is a ink-black shape in bandages and occasionally hoses (he resembles a bit, a messier version of Spider-Man's black costume). He patrols the small midwestern city of Glass City where a lot of weird things happen. The Wretch never speaks. We're not given a clear indication of his powers, nor anything regarding his motivation of origins. The focus is more on Glass City's denizens and the odd things happening to them. The Wretch just tends to show up in the nick of time to fight something. The stories are all short and not very deep but they are a nice mix of absurdity and horror.

The second volume of Slave Labor Graphics collections subtitled "Devil's Lullaby" actually collects an earlier limited series (from Caliber Comics, 1996) than the one collected in the first volume. I think the chronological reading order of the SLG collections would be to start with the third and work backwards.

RICH INTERVIEWS: Joe Staton Artist and Co-Creator of E-Man

First Comics News - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:01

First Comics News: What is a normal day in the life of Joe Staton?

Joe Staton:  I try to catch up on e-mail and computer stuff for an hour or so around 8AM.  Usually to work by a little after 9AM and then finish up around 8PM.  Couple of times a week I’ll get in a long walk with either Hilarie or my pal artist Paul Abrams, who lives down the street.  We have a great Victorian cemetery a the end of our street perfect for walking. When I have a day off I usually work in the yard, bushes to trim, grass to cut.

1st: You co-created “E-Man” with Nicola Cuti in 1973 how did you two come up with the idea for E-Man?

Joe:  Well, I say Nick created E-Man and I co-created E-Man.  No Nick, no E-Man; no me, a very different character.  Nick wanted to start a new super-hero line at Charlton, but management decided not to back that but did let him go ahead with his own character, E-Man.  I had worked well with Nick on the sci-fi and horror stories so he called me with his idea of E-Man.  Originally, Nick’s idea for E-Man was  that he was a janitor at an atomic energy plant who was caught in an accident. I thought that sounded too much like Capt. Atom, so I asked Nick if he could come with something different as an origin.  And he did, with E-Man as an energy being thrown off by a supernova.  I was really pleased with that and I still think it’s one of the most original origins for a hero.

1st: “E-Man” has certainly moved around some from Charlton Comics, First Comics, Comico, Alpha Productions, Digital Webbing and back to Charlton Comics why did this happen?

Joe:  E-Man has had a following from company to company but never has had a robust ongoing circulation.  Whenever we’ve had a shot at a new publisher, E-Man turns up again. It seems appropriate that new E-Man stories have come back to Charlton.  And of course, the new version of First Comics has the E-Man reprints.

1st: Why is now a good time to revive “E-Man”?

Joe:  It’s always a good time for E-Man.  You can’t keep a good energy creature down.

1st: Who is E-Man, what powers does he have?

Joe:  As we’ve mentioned, E-Man is an alien life form, an energy packet who developed awareness. After thousands of years in space, he comes to earth where he is taken in by Nova Kane, who is working her way through college as a stripper.  E-Man takes on human form to be around Nova.  He basically can take on any physical form and can absorb or generate forms of energy.  He is a tremendously powerful character so it’s a good thing he is slow to become angry. Nick had Plastic Man in mind for some of his transformations so he can take on humorous forms as well as heroic ones.

1st: What look does your art give to E-Man’s face, what characteristics?

Joe:  E-Man made up his own look and tried to look like a  human hero .  When I was designing his look I settled on Roger Moore, James Bond, who just recently died. So he is an American version of Roger Moore.

1st: Who is Nova and how do you manage to draw her looking so beautiful?

Joe:  Nova is a nice Polish girl from Pennsylvania who came to New York to follow her education in archaeology at Xanadu University (which looks a lot like Columbia).  She supports her studies by performing as an “exotic dancer” and was originally based on Kim Novak in a tv movie called “Third Girl from the Left”.  I think her expressiveness comes from the physicality of a dancer.  Later she became a super-hero on her own but the physical expression was there to start with.

1st: How does your art portray Vamfire?

Joe:  Vamfire is sort of E-Man’s “sister”, a darker energy force who was generated by the supernova at the same time as E-Man.  To start with, Nick suggested we have a classic vampire look, but when we brought her back at Comico, I tired for a more “punk” look, but as a superhero.

1st: Why is there an E=MC2 on E-Man’s chest?

Joe:  When E-Man arrived on earth at Nova’s apartment, he saw that she had an Albert Einstein poster with the classic formula, E=mc2.  When he understood what that meant, he thought it applied to him.  Energy=mass, so energy can be any form of solid thing, and E-Man thought that described him.  Nick wanted the formula to be on the costume and it wasn’t easy to come up with a design for it.

1st: What is the most endearing quality of E-Man?

Joe:  He really is tremendously powerful, like a minor god, even, but he’s a good-natured, likable guy next door, even if he is a wandering space creature.  There’s a lot of possibility there.

1st: You have worked for DC Comics which comic was your favorite to work on there and why?

Joe:  I worked for DC for something like 30 years had lots of favorites over that time.  I guess my real favorite would be Helena Wayne, the Huntress, Batman’s daughter, who Paul Levitz and I created during our time on the Earth II JSA stories.

1st: Outside of comics what interests you?

Joe:  I’m a real history buff, both from my background in the South and living in the Mid-Hudson in NY now.  Also love seeing different parts of the world and it works out nicely that we can go off to China to research one of Hilarie’s books and comic cons from Spain and Portugal have us over. Still lots of the world to see and there are getting to be cons all over the place.

1st: If you had E-Man’s powers how would you use them?

Joe:  Wow, hard question.  I hope I would use them the way E-Man uses them, help people where I can and have fun when I can.

1st: What would you like to say to the past, present and future fans of your work?

Joe:  Just say that I drew comics because I loved comics.

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Lost Hero of the Golden Age Ep.1 Blue Bolt

First Comics News - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:20

A short documentary about the Golden Age super hero Blue Bolt.
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Does This Thing Still Work?

The Splintered Realm - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:47
Logged in today to see that it has been over a year since my last update! And, I realized this week it has been two years since I released Sentinels of Echo City. Wow... um. Time flies and all that good stuff. School goes well and my march towards certification as a school administrator continues unabated... but I always have some gaming stuff turning in the back of my head.

I saw a picture of Doc Ock fighting Spidey the other day, and I realized that I never really solved a villain like him in game terms. Yeah, you can have multiple attacks, but he doesn't really have a multiple attack so much as a barrage of attacks at one time. In fact, this is something that I had not successfully resolved for any hero or villain that can pummel you quickly with a series of blows. Speedsters do this. Doc Ock does this. A big tanky guy could take this as his sort of signature. Instead of landing one big attack, he is always peppering you with quick jabs. I present to you, the barrage attack for Sentinels of Echo City:

Barrage Attack (self). You land a series of blows every time you attack in melee. Roll 1d4+1 for the number of attacks you can take every round. Roll 1d6 for the base damage from your attacks: 1-2 = 1d4; 3-4 = 1d6; 5-6 = 1d8. On each attack you roll, you roll a total number of 1d20s equal to your barrage attack rating (adding your total modifier to hit to each roll). For each attack that succeeds, you roll one of the appropriate dice from barrage attack. Add your STR modifier to the total damage (not to each individual die). For example, Professor Squid is level 5 (+3 attack modifier) has STR 14 (+4 modifier) and has barrage attack 4 (for his 4 robotic tentacle arms) with damage of 1d6 for each arm. He attacks a hero with AC 17. He rolls 4d20 each time he attacks. If he rolls 5 (+7=12; miss), 12 (+7=19; hit) 13 (+7=20; hit), and 20 (allowing him to double the die) on an attack, he lands 3 of the 4 attacks this round. He rolls 3d6 for damage, adding +4 (from his STR) to the total damage this round, and doubling one of the 1d6 results (he should roll this die separately before the other two 1d6s). He could potentially deal a large amount of damage this round... or he could roll a series of 1s.   

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