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Norm Breyfogle drawing Batman/Cornelius Stirk [Video]

Superstar Batman Artist Norm Breyfogle drawing Batman and Cornelius Stirk, courtesy of Club Batman.

Breyfogle returned to DC Comics with Retro-Active, repaired with his old partner Alan Grant to recreate and extend their classic Batman of the 1990s prior to the reboot and relaunch The New 52. He has since returned on a more permanent basis on Batman Beyond Unlimited.

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Norm Breyfogle back at DC Comics
Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle Retro-active: a vintage interview with the star Batman creative team DC Comics has brought back for Batman Retroactive
DC RETROACTIVE: BATMAN – THE ‘90S #1
Retroactive: Can DC Comics Win Back Lost Readers?

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11/14/2012 at 4:22 pm

DC Tries Again with Batman Digital, free of New 52 Continuity with LOST’s Damon Lindelof

new-batman-comic-dc-tries-againIt looks more and more like The New 52 fell short in its efforts to win back alienated fans.  Failing to purging its universe Damian Wayne, “Batman Incorporated” and other residue from Grant Morrison and Paul Dini’s catastrophic mismanagement  did not send the right message.  Perhaps this announcement of yet another “New” Batman series that will be free of New 52 Continuity is an attempt to try again, but it is hard to imagine it being received with anything but a “Too Little Too Late” after all the sturm und drang of The New 52.

If it is a fix, the comic shops that have been all but decimated by DC’s Campaign of Suck will not see a bit of benefit, for Batman is not only 52-free, Dini-free, Morrison-free and Damien-Free, he’s paper-free, part of a new series of digital offerings

BATMAN digital, launching in June, will take place outside of DC Comics – The New 52 continuity and feature a series of stand-alone stories by various creators that chronicle different cases handled by The Dark Knight.  Confirmed creative teams include Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Jeff Lemire;    More »

Other confirmed creative teams include:

  • Jonathan Larsen & JG Jones
  • Tom Taylor & Nicola Scott
  • Ales Kot & Ryan Sook
  • B. Clay Moore & Ben Templesmith (who drew the cover attached to this article)
  • Steve Niles & Trevor Hairsine
  • Joe Harris & Jason Masters
  • TJ Fixman & Christopher Mitten
  • Jeff Parker & Gabriel Hardman
  • Joshua Hale Fialkov & Phil Hester
  • David Tischman & Chris Sprouse

Maybe it’s a good strategy.  A disenfranchised reader can buy Batman Digital without having to pass all the other still-polluted Batman comics that drove them away from the store in the first place, but it’s a long shot that they will care to reward all DC’s unrepentant behavior with even that small a purchase, and either way, the failing comic shops can expect not one shred of benefit if the lost readers are won back.

Batman Merch: Bane shirts aren’t TDKR but they’re better than the first wave of Dark Knight Rises stuff we’ve seen

There is a folder on our harddrive in the Gotham Trending office called “Merchandise Hell.”   We’re not proud of the title, but the fact is nobody wants to follow those links and write up bits on the New 52 busts, the latest round of Arkham City figures, or DC Direct’s 12″ statues for The Dark Knight Rises.

the-dark-knight-rises-merch-bane-a-chew-toy-for-catwomans-catsIt’s not just that a lot of the stuff is hideous, it’s not just that DC was obviously kept in the dark about Catwoman’s real TDKR costume but didn’t let that stop them since they went into production on last summer’s first photo with the goggles and no ears, it’s not just that Pop Heroes vinyl Bane looks like her cat’s chew toy, it’s that no item is so horrible that the article, blog or website won’t fawn over it.   One or two of these embarrassments to the fandom can be shrugged off, but a steady diet is a strain.

You can imagine our delight, then, at this set of Bane-inspired t-shirts from Superhero Hype.  They’re all based on the comic book Bane from Knightfall, but they’re nice shirts.  There’s nothing wrong with them.  I just ordered a “Got Venom.”

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More than offering up a nice collection of shirts, they have restored our faith in the fandom.  Not everyone is still chugging that year-old Kool-Ade that Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle who isn’t Catwoman.

Bane Shirts at Superhero Hype.

DC Comics announces New 52 Hardcover

Everything depends on DC Comics winning back lost fans with their reboot/relaunch “The New 52” in time for an upsurge in popularity created by The Dark Knight Rises.  The failure to erase offenses like Damien Wayne (cited by failed comic shop owners as one of the 3 episodes that cost them the most customers), plus former Batman  editor Paul Dini’s “fingerprints” all over the disappointments with Arkham City do not bode well for the success of the operation thus far.  But DC soldiers on, with announcements like this:

dc-comics-the-new-52-everything-depends-on-winning-back-fans-lost-by-mishandling-iconic-charactersOver the course of the next year, DC Comics will release at least 52 collected editions of their New 52 titles. In addition to their previously-announced oversized hardcover collecting all 52 first issues (available in December), DC announced today via its blog The Source that there will be 51 more collected editions between May and November of 2012, accounting for all but one of their launch titles. Mini- and maxi-series such as Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, The Shade and Huntress were not accounted for which is unsurprising since they’re technically not part of the 52, but the absence of the much-touted and well-liked Wonder Woman series by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang is more surprising….Go to ComicBook.com for the rest of the article.

via DC Comics Announces ‘DC New 52′ Hardcover Collections « Old Game Reviewer.

It is the old problem: something new for committed collectors to buy, but nothing to entice the lost readers if they are not already pleased.

Breakouts:

The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman.

More promising is the rumor that Norm Breyfogle is being courted to return to a Batman book.  Recognized as one of the only great old school Batman artists still living, Breyfogle’s inclusion in the pre-relaunch Retro-Active series was an irresistible lure to those lost Batman fans.

But can they hope for a repeat if he is drawing a Batman tainted by the last years of fan-abuse and disappointment?

See related:
Norm Breyfogle back at DC Comics
DC Comics relaunch… enough to repair the damage?

Arkham City DOA (Oh yeah, Nightwing now)

Major games are often compared to Hollywood movies now, and savvy game-watchers took one look at the pre-release hype for Arkham City, the pressure to pre-order and the saturation bombing of ads on ESPN and Spike that opening weekend and said “This is a turkey.” It was the behavior of a studio that knows negative word of mouth will kill the thing as soon as real people not swayed by fanboy hype see what all the fuss is about.

Arkahm City should be thanking those complaining about the Catwoman Bait and Switch, they're the only ones talking.Rocksteady should be thanking the people complaining about the sexism and the Catwoman bait-and-switch, because they’re practically the only ones talking.  There are a few reviews on various blogs.  Shockingly few.   On par with reviews of an Indy comic book.

“That’s what the hardcore fans do when they’ve bought into  hype and been disappointed,” said one insider at metacritic.  “They don’t admit it. They don’t write bad reviews. They just go quiet.”

Serious gamers have called the movie-making elements dated: the camera work, lighting and action are at least a generation behind other top-tier offerings like Uncharted 3 and Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

“They seem to be relying entirely on it being Batman to make up the difference,” said a GameStop clerk.

And Batman fans were, on the whole, disgusted with everything from character re-designs to characterization on everyone from Alfred to Oswald Cobblepot.  Paul Dini’s story is rooted in a ludicrously dark “Gotham is Hell” environ that played in comics in his glory days back in the 1990s, but has long since worn out its welcome.  Dini himself became a red flag to comic readers in recent years when his stewardship of the Batman titles drove away even hardcore fans.  Many point to his mishandling of Batman and related characters at the very time when The Dark Knight and its rival boosted popularity to unprecedented heights as pivotal in the corporate restructuring which recently manifested in the DC Reboot and “The New 52.”

What politicos call “The Base” is always there to provide numbers and positive quotes, but the swift disappearance of the Arkham City TV ad says it all.  Unlike Dini’s old masters at DC Comics, corporations will not throw good money after bad to let this guy save face.

Rocksteady doesn’t have that luxury of cutting bait.  Having built their name on Arkham Asylum, they’re still begging us to keep our eye on the ball on their left hand.  They’ve released a new Nightwing DLC, which spurred a lot of “Arkham fanboys like dick” jokes on the forums, but did nothing to spur new interest in the game.  Even positive reviews from that base who are so determined to be pleased have called it “a ripoff.”

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The Moment of Truth for DC Comics Relaunch

Elvis Presley once wrote

“When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie.”

That’s something DC Comics forgot, as Blogcritics recently observed

When modern comics have gone off the rails, it’s because they forgot that core truth: we want to be these characters.  Look, up in the sky, it’s Superman!  You’re a kid, you’re small, you’re weak.  Imagine being able to fly!  Imagine being strong enough to pick up a train and hurl it like a javelin!  We grow up wanting to be these characters.
3 reasons to be excited at Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman

DC Comics rebooted its universe on August 31.

DC Comics Everything Depends on winning back the readers they have lostBreakout:

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman. More »

While bloggers have been eagerly reviewing “The New 52” comics that have been released so far, the take of those who never stopped buying and reading comic books are not really relevant as far as the reboot achieving its goal. Nor are the titles released so far: Batgirl, Superboy, Swamp Thing. Not relevant.

There are only three titles that enable us to gauge if the new DC Comics is serious about repairing the damage and rebuilding its brand in the eyes of those it has alienated:  Justice League, Batman and Catwoman.

Justice League #1 because it was by Creative Director Geoff Johns, and because it was the first issue to come out and would get the most curious look ins from non- and ex- comic readers. Signs were favorable there: though a team book, that first issue focused entirely on Batman and Green Lantern, as in the marquee characters from recent Warner Bros films.

Batman #1 and Catwoman #1 because the success or failure of the new DC Comics depends on getting their act together in time to take advantage of The Dark Knight Rises in July of 2012. It is telling that both are released on the same day: this Wednesday, September 21.

The language of the promotional materials is also telling:

Batman #1
batman-and-catwoman-the-two-comics-to-watch-on-dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new52-batman-1-coverWritten by SCOTT SNYDER
Writing the one and only Bruce Wayne as the titular hero. Fan favourite artist Greg Capullo joins him here and this newly formed dynamic duo promise copious amounts of intrigue, action and dastardly villains, new and old, to the series. If you love Batman in his proving grounds of Gotham City, this is one of two key books to watch to see if DC Comics has recognized their errors that have driven off readers over the past 10 years and are serious about repairing them.

“The one and only Bruce Wayne as the titular hero” is important because Bruce Wayne was no longer Batman under the mismanagement of the former editorial regime. He was dead. Seriously.

While there are other Batman titles, this is the one to watch to evaluate the editorial intent in making good on or wasting this last chance.  The other Batman books like Detective Comics and All Star Batman and Robin may be considered a ghetto of those personel and story elements of the pre-boot which could not be instantly flushed for one reason or another. One imagines they will linger for a few years and then be quietly attended to.

CATWOMAN #1
batman-and-catwoman-the-two-comics-to-watch-on-dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new52-catwoman-1-coverWritten by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick and artist Guillem March

Her status as a thief is front and center. Good.
Her relationship with Batman is front and center. Good.
As noted elsewhere, writer Judd Winick used the word “sexy” 40 times in an interview about this title. Apart from keeping the fan-loathed costume of the pre-boot, DC seems to be doing all they can to signal good intentions.

Of course appearances can be deceiving, and after all DC pulled I won’t believe it’s not another sucker punch for at least a year.

“After all DC pulled with her” they’ve got their work cut out for them.

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