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DC Entertainment and IDW launch First-Ever Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes Crossover

DC Comics Legion of Superheroes IDW Star Trek CrossoverSan Diego, CA (October 21, 2011) — IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment proudly announced the launch of STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1, kicking off a six-issue monthly crossover adventure with the original Starship Enterprise and DC Comics’ Super Heroes. The Starship Enterprise has traveled across time and space on its five-year mission, but it is entering the DC Comics universe for the first time starting this week. STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES is also the first collaboration between IDW and DC Comics’ Super Heroes.

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES tells the tale of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, who beam down to a planet only to discover that the planet isn’t their intended destination, or even in the right universe. At the same time, a group of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires inside a time sphere find themselves cast into the 23rd century, but it’s not the 23rd century as they know it, either. STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES is a galaxy-spanning adventure that draws both teams together to face a menace that includes Khunds, Klingons, Borg, and other threats that aren’t quite as they should be. The egalitarian United Planets in one universe and a United Federation of Planets in another is now the Imperial Planets of Terra, a dark empire focused on war and conquest, and that’s just the beginning for this special series.

Nothing like kicking off our first foray into DC Comics’ Super Heroes with a story that spans dimensions and centuries,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and the lead editor on this crossover. “As a huge fan of both of these teams and the eras we’re playing with here, as well as an admirer of the talents involved with this tale, I couldn’t be happier.”

Weaving these disparate universes and characters into a dark, foreboding and mysterious saga is Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson (iZombie, Superman), with art by Jeffrey and Philip Moy, both of whom have tackled the Legion and Star Trek in other forms. Phil Jimenez, will provide covers for the entire series, while each issue will also feature variant covers from classic Legion of Super-Heroes artists such as Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Mike Grell, as well as IDW mainstay and Best Artist Eisner-nominee Gabriel Rodriguez (LOCKE & KEY) and others.

It’s great to be working with IDW on this ground-breaking new comic series that combines two beloved franchises, especially considering the history Star Trek comic books have both with DC Comics and my previous imprint, WildStorm,” stated Jim Lee, publisher of DC Entertainment.

DC Comics Legion of Superheroes IDW Star Trek CrossoverThe STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES series also offers a note of nostalgia for DC Comics and Star Trek, as that publisher produced the popular sci-fi comics under both the DC Comics banner in the ’80s and the WildStorm banner in the ’90s. Now, under IDW’s auspices, both the 23rd and the 30th centuries might never be the same after this new series is complete.

“Chris Roberson, who’s incredibly knowledgeable about both series, managed to not only weave both teams together into a clever story, but he also found a way to tie both universes together through a shared villain that fans will never expect to see,” added Ryall. “And the Moys bring a sense of dynamism and energy to not only the characters we know but also in the designs for some special merged-universe characters, too. Add to that the chance to work with guys I greatly admire on the series’ covers and you’ve really got the makings of something special here. I’m really happy that DC has been such a welcoming partner on the exciting things we’re going to do here.”

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10/23/2011 at 6:30 am

DC’s NEW 52 Sales Figures Some Historical Perspective from Newsarama

DC Comics Everything Depends on winning back the readers they have lostDC Comics future depends on winning back readers they have lost and fans they have alienated in years of mishandling the marquee characters like Batman and Catwoman in time to capitalize on mainstream interest generated by The Dark Knight Rises and related offerings.  The sales figures from the first weeks are largely curiosity buys and collectors buys, and reveal little about how serious the new Warner Bros.-driven DC Entertainment is about righting past wrongs of the old DC Comics.  But Newsarama provides an interesting analysis of the first wave of sales numbers from the limited perspective of those who never left the comics bubble.

To give some perspective to DC’s sales achievement of print comics so far during the months of August and September, Newsarama gathered some historical sales figures for comparison.

– DC has reported that two New 52 titles sold more than 200,000 copies on their first printing: Justice League #1 and Action Comics #1.

– The last time one comic sold more than 200,000 copies was the Amazing Spider-Man issue with U.S. President Obama on the cover in January 2009.

– The last time DC hit the 200,000 was the Brad Meltzer/Ed Benes issue of Justice League of America #1 in August 2006, with 212,178 copies that month.

– According to Bob Wayne, DC’s senior vice president of sales, the total number of the Meltzer JLA issues sold is DC’s prior 21st Century “high water mark” for Justice League. It was achieved with multiple printings. According to Diamond’s publicly released sales figures, the total sales over several month was 238,353.

– “The historical sales number for that 2006 issue of JLA accumulated over three months,” Wayne told Newsarama. “I expect we’ll exceed it within three weeks.”

– DC reported that eight additional titles have surpassed sales of 100,000 copies. It’s been rare for the last few years that any comic sells more than 100,000 copies during a sales month. To give context to the achievement, the last time a DC comic sold more than 100,000 copies was in June 2010 with Batman #700, which sold 104,755 copies.

– To give further perspective to the number, DC’s top-selling comic this year, Flashpoint #1, did not top 100,000 sold in a month, instead topping out in May at 86,981. DC’s second level comic during the event, Green Lantern, which is also its recent top-selling regular title, has been selling in the 70,000-75,000 range for the last year.

– Nine comics with sales above 100,000 copies from one publisher in a month is also rare. According to Newsarama’s research the last time there were nine comic titles selling more than 100,000 copies from one publisher was in May 2007, when Marvel had 11. According to Comichron, 2007 was the high-water mark in yearly sales since 1997, with over 85 million units sold.

via Newsarama.com

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Top posts of the week: DC Comics Relaunch gets traction with Times Square Johns, Lee event

For weeks, DC Comics and Arkham City have been striving in vain to break The Dark Knight Rises’s stranglehold on trending topics.  Rebooting their entire universe was not enough to get DC Comics noticed, but the company heads Geoff Johns and Jim Lee appearing at a Times Square comic shop where lucky shoppers can purchase the #1 issues of the relaunched titles has finally done what mere YouTube ads for the relaunch could not: broke into the Top 10 of Batman-related news.

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Jim Lee and Geoff Johns in NY Times Square for a New 52 Event August 30th

dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new-52-flashpoint-geoff-johns-jim-leeCome August 30th, the streets of New York may be getting some extra super heroes, as hundreds of costumed fans are expected in-line outside of New York’s Midtown Comics (200 West 40th street) in anticipation of DC Comics midnight launch of its new No. 1 titles.

The midnight event will give fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase “Justice League” No. 1, the new historic title from DC Comics, starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and others. Fans who wait in-line will also have the opportunity to meet the comic book icons behind the title, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns, as well as purchase the conclusion to this summer’s blockbuster series, “Flashpoint” No. 5. The Midnight Madness event and historic launch are all in support of DC Entertainment’s goal of giving casual and long-time fans an opportunity to enjoy comics in an easy, accessible way.dc-comics-new-52-relaunch-geoff-johns-jim-lee

Since announced in June, the comic book industry has been buzzing about DC Comics-The New 52. In case you haven’t heard, DC Entertainment, the publisher of the world’s most iconic and recognizable super heroes, is renumbering the entire DC Comics line of comic books and releasing 52 new first issues this fall, including ACTION COMICS, DETECTIVE COMICS and BATWOMAN (to name only a few).

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 will officially kick off DC Comics-The New 52. JUSTICE LEAGUE will be set at the dawn of the age of super heroes. The first storyline explores the team’s origins as they ultimately become the world’s greatest super heroes, featuring such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

FLASHPOINT #5 is the final issue in Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s bestselling series that has kept everyone talking this summer and the months leading up to it. In addition to the story’s shattering conclusion, the issue provides an exciting bridge from the current events of FLASHPOINT to the upcoming events of DC Comics-The New 52, ushering in a historic new era for the comic book industry.

This will be an event like no other, with festivities going on inside and outside the store all evening, leading up to midnight! After all, what better way to commence DC Comics-The New 52 than with a party?

Watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more info. Midtown Comics is located at 200 W. 40th Street (on the corner of 7th Avenue) in Manhattan, New York. For updates about the event, please visit Midtown Comics’ official website, http://www.midtowncomics.com, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

 

 

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Written by Gotham Trending

08/25/2011 at 8:55 am

New 52 Event: Jim Lee and Geoff Johns at Midtown Comics in NY Times Square August 30th

dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new-52-flashpoint-geoff-johns-jim-leeCome August 30th, the streets of New York may be getting some extra super heroes, as hundreds of costumed fans are expected in-line outside of New York’s Midtown Comics (200 West 40th street) in anticipation of DC Comics midnight launch of its new No. 1 titles.

The midnight event will give fans an exclusive opportunity to purchase “Justice League” No. 1, the new historic title from DC Comics, starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and others. Fans who wait in-line will also have the opportunity to meet the comic book icons behind the title, Jim Lee and Geoff Johns, as well as purchase the conclusion to this summer’s blockbuster series, “Flashpoint” No. 5. The Midnight Madness event and historic launch are all in support of DC Entertainment’s goal of giving casual and long-time fans an opportunity to enjoy comics in an easy, accessible way.dc-comics-new-52-relaunch-geoff-johns-jim-lee

Since announced in June, the comic book industry has been buzzing about DC Comics-The New 52. In case you haven’t heard, DC Entertainment, the publisher of the world’s most iconic and recognizable super heroes, is renumbering the entire DC Comics line of comic books and releasing 52 new first issues this fall, including ACTION COMICS, DETECTIVE COMICS and BATWOMAN (to name only a few).

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 will officially kick off DC Comics-The New 52. JUSTICE LEAGUE will be set at the dawn of the age of super heroes. The first storyline explores the team’s origins as they ultimately become the world’s greatest super heroes, featuring such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg.

FLASHPOINT #5 is the final issue in Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s bestselling series that has kept everyone talking this summer and the months leading up to it. In addition to the story’s shattering conclusion, the issue provides an exciting bridge from the current events of FLASHPOINT to the upcoming events of DC Comics-The New 52, ushering in a historic new era for the comic book industry.

This will be an event like no other, with festivities going on inside and outside the store all evening, leading up to midnight! After all, what better way to commence DC Comics-The New 52 than with a party?

Watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more info. Midtown Comics is located at 200 W. 40th Street (on the corner of 7th Avenue) in Manhattan, New York. For updates about the event, please visit Midtown Comics’ official website, http://www.midtowncomics.com, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

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via press release

Written by Gotham Trending

08/18/2011 at 10:52 am

Batman at Comic Con: Arkham City signing

batman at comic conThe Batman: Arkham City Team were a big hit at the Warner Bros. booth at San Diego Comic Con.  Head of DC Comics Jim Lee, voice of Batman Kevin Conroy, and Paul Dini are pictured here signing Arkham posters and merch.  Kevin also had a go at the gameplay demo.  We will not reveal if the voice of Batman managed to survive.

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Batman Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition at TFAW

Batman Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, Epic Batman-Catwoman romance, dc comics, riddler, ra's al ghul, poison ivy, harley quinn

Batman Hush by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, Deluxe Edition

A new, unprecedented edition of the classic Batman epic featuring the art of comics superstar Jim Lee in pencil form for the first time ever, giving comics connoisseurs the chance to study a true master of the form at his best!

This amazing new hardcover presents Jim Lee’s artwork in pencil form, with lettering and in black and white. Relive the thrilling mystery of the best-selling BATMAN: HUSH as Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using The Joker, The Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies – and allies – as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc.

By: Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee
Type: Graphic Novels
Genres: Superhero
Publisher: DC Comics
Pub. Date: July 13, 2011
Availability: Released
UPC: 978140122992453999
Page Count: 320
Details: B&W

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Written by Gotham Trending

07/17/2011 at 6:02 am