Grant Morrison has spent much of his career in comic books sketching out the farthest reaches of the comic cosmos, taking iconic characters like Batman and Superman far beyond our fragile borders of space and time. And the upcoming Multiversity takes Morrison’s fascination with alternate realities to its logical apex. Comprising six adventures set in different parallel universes—along with a two-part framing story and a guidebook to the DC Multiverse—it’s a trippy saga that features iconic variations on the major DC characters: a vampire Justice League, a fascist Superman, and (naturally) Dino-Cop. READ FULL STORY
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There are a lot of reasons to be reading Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic about what life is like for the Avenger who isn’t imbued with any godlike powers or power armor. The adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeyes of two different Coasts, are regularly among the best in superhero comics, and the most inventive.
Like next week’s long-awaited Hawkeye #19, which will feature dialogue almost entirely in sign language.
Taking place after a battle that leaves Clint Barton with severe ear damage, the story will explore how he deals with a sudden loss of hearing. It’s the sort of thing that’s happened to Hawkeye before, but never quite like this: Word bubbles will be blank, the sign language used will not be interpreted, and body language will be more important than ever.
“If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” writer Matt Fraction said in an interview with The New York Times.
Hawkeye #19 marks the second time Fraction and Aja make a bold departure from convention. Last summer’s 11th issue, “Pizza Is My Business,” told a dialogue-free story entirely from the perspective of Hawkeye’s pizza-loving dog Lucky as the perplexed dog solves a murder. It may very well be crowned with an Eisner Award for best single-issue story of the year at Comic-Con tomorrow.
Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.
In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years.
EW: We’re halfway through the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary and there’s still a ton of Batman-related things to come: Fox’s Gotham, which looks great from the trailer, is premiering in the fall, and DC is also launching some new titles. What are you looking forward to in the back half of the celebration?
Jim Lee: You’ve got Gotham, which like you said looks tremendous. There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for that. You’ve got these great series launching, like Batgirl, which I think is in October. We have the release of the Batman ’66 Blu-ray set, which I have been waiting literally all my life for. I’ve got these crappy bootleg video tapes that I’ve kind of acquired over the years—mysteriously. To finally have those episodes, with the pristine quality and all of these episodes of my youth that I’ve never been able to catch up on and share with my family is going to be a great opportunity. I expect there to be a lot of viewing parties come this fall. READ FULL STORY
On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.
Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder with legendary writer Frank Miller. In addition to his work on Batman the Animated Series and the rest of the DC Animated Universe, Timm has produced several animated feature film adaptations of Batman classic Batman stories including Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Under the Red Hood.
When asked to pinpoint Batman’s greatest arcs, both men cited a few usual suspects— Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. But each list also contained a few surprises, revealing each one’s knowledge and love of the character’s history. Here’s what they had to say: READ FULL STORY
The author of the Song of Ice and Fire Saga—still unfinished nearly 20 years after the publication of its first volume, A Game of Thrones—is unbent, unbowed, and unbroken…despite the naysayers who fear that he may never complete his magnum opus.
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” Martin said matter-of-factly during a recent interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. (Thank Uproxx for pointing it out.) “So f–k you to those people.” And yes, he punctuated that “eff off” with a chortle and a defiantly raised middle finger. (Tyrion would be so proud.)
All right, which one of you Augustus Waters wannabes stole an Amsterdam bench for your girlfriend?
The bench where Hazel and Augustus kiss in the film The Fault in Our Stars is missing, according to the Associated Press. A city spokesperson explained that while they can’t be sure why the bench has gone missing (if could be vandals, or locals unhappy with the extra tourists), he guesses it probably was overexcited film fans. He notes fans have been asking where the bench and other film-significant landmarks are when they visit Amsterdam. READ FULL STORY
Dynamite and DC Entertainment, two comic book publishers, announced that they’re collaborating on a Django/Zorro crossover series, co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and following the events of Django Unchained.
Matt Wagner, who wrote the comic book series Zorro (2008-2010) and Zorro Rides Again (2011-2012), will be co-plotting the story and coming up with the final script. “I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” Tarantino said in the press release. “It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together.”
Soon after Django Unchained was released in theaters in 2012, Vertigo, an imprint of DC, produced a comic book series adapting the movie’s screenplay (including scenes that didn’t make the final cut), but Tarantino wasn’t directly involved with the project. Tarantino’s movies are famously stylized, often using visual and storytelling cues taken from comic books — but this will mark Tarantino’s first foray into comics themselves. READ FULL STORY
Welcome, lords and ladies (and smallfolk) to the final edition of this year’s Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis dive into season 4’s supersized ending, a feast of brawls and murders and missing minor characters. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY
When you play the game of thrones, sometimes you win and you die.
ABC News reports that Dave Goldblatt, a 30-year-old Facebook employee, has won the highest prize in author George R.R. Martin’s most recent charity auction, which is raising money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and the Food Depot of Santa Fe. Goldblatt coughed up the Braavos-level sum of $20,000 to enter the “martyr” donation level — for which Martin promised to name a character after the donor (and then kill that character later in the series).
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