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Graphic Spotlight – Superman Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son

Superman continues to soar in Superman Vol. 2: Trials of the Super Son

The DC Rebirth trade paperbacks continue to come out at a surprisingly consistent pace. While there are some once-monthly titles that we’re awaiting their first collections of, the twice monthlies are beginning to release their second waves. Why not start that second wave with the first of the first? The birth of the Super Sons in the post-New 52 era of DC Comics begins here! Superboy! Robin! Teaming up and leading into one of DC’s best current titles on the shelves.

Truly, one of the great core books since the DC Rebirth publishing initiative began has been Superman. No, that’s not a typo. Superman is good again. Heck, a lot of the time, Superman is great again. It’s the best Supes stories fans have had, arguably, since Geoff Johns’ run a decade ago (but who argues about such things about comics?). As crazy as it sounds what has made Superman relevant hasn’t been epic clashes with Doomsday or Lex Luthor. It hasn’t been depressive episodes about the responsibilities of his powers to the greater world. It hasn’t been about hiding his identity from Lois Lane or worrying about saving her every issue. No, it’s Jon Kent, Superboy, the first son of the Last Son of Krypton.

Superman has grown into Pa Kent and that has allowed the team of Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, and now additions in Jorge Jiminez, Jaime Mendoza, Trevor Scott, Mark Morales, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, and Norm Rapmund, to explore what feels like fresh character-driven territory for the Man of Tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t just about what his legacy might be anymore, his and Lois’ legacy will be Jon Kent and everything he does must have him as a consideration. As Damian Wayne has led to discovering incredible depths to his pointy-eared father, so too has Jon tugged on Kal El’s cape in a new way. Think I’m exaggerating? Pick up this read and prove, me, wrong!

Collects Superman Issues 7-13

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UNKIEDEV PRESENTS THE STUPID

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Dan Didio, the co-publisher of DC Comics, has done “The Stupid.” The Stupid is when you make a bad situation worse by opening your friggin’ pie hole and saying something inflammatory and brain dead. think we have all, once or another, done “The Stupid.”

This week saw the announcement of the ENTIRE creative team of Batwoman walking off the title afterfinally realizing that DC Editorial will not let them tell the stories they want. To Whit: Katy Perry is gay. She loves women and wants to marry them. DC comics says she can’t.

Wait, modern New 52 Batwoman is named Katy Perry, isn’t she? That’s a weird coincidence, seeing as how there’s that singer lady who- OH. Batwoman’s name is Kate Kane? That explains a lot! I was wondering how that got past DC legal.

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NOW, DC doesn’t want you to think that they are in any way homophobic and that their decision to disallow gay marriage in their comics has anything to do with discrimination. To prove that DC isn’t an institution of meanies, Dan DiDio made sure to state for the record, this past weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con, that NO Superhero in the DC Universe, post New 52, is allowed to get married.

That’s right. “The Stupid.”

He justifies that superheroes, apparently much like Catholic priests, are too invested in the salvation of other people to have the time for happiness for themselves. Furthermore, Superheroes, again like priests, need to be constantly miserable in order to do their jobs.

Let’s ignore how well that worked out for the Catholics, shall we? Let’s also, for one second, sidestep the complete history of comic book narrative which proves this to be untrue, not to mention the questionable timing which does taint this as a homophobic, knee jerk reaction. Further, let’s disregard the irony that the original Batwoman was introduced into comics through homophobia in the first place, so that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson had women to pal around with so people viewing the comic through a gay lens could stop doing that, please. Are all the gender and LBGT issues out of the argument now?

GOOD, says DC Editorial. Finally, let’s toss out all marketing data to suggest that potential comic book readers and creators know what we want to read better than marketing lawyers and editors.

Once the piranhas are done with the meat, the bare bones of the issue is thus: DC’s current editorial opinion is that YOU, the comic book reading public, only want to read about depressed, moping jerks who can’t get dates.

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The profound wrongness of this is obvious to anyone who isn’t Dan DiDio or the DC Editors. Old timers like myself will tell you about the ancient times for comic books, when titles were aimed at kids, and you could buy different varieties of titles. DC has decided that, not only will kids be shunned from the table, and that you will ONLY be able to buy superhero titles, but that EVERY SINGLE one of them has to be tragic and sad. Shelf after shelf of Batman.

I don’t believe it. I can’t believe it. If Alan Moore finally laid down the hatchet and told DC he wants to write a new Watchmen sequel book where Night Owl and Silk Specter are married, they would let him. If Neil Gaiman, after his much anticipated Sandman Origin run decides to do a new Sandman project featuring the wedding of Dream, they would let him.

This is simply editorial stupidity, compounded by some pretty piss poor PR damage control on the part of Mr. DiDio. Comics is a business, and the current revenue generators are the movies and the merch. I’m not saying that Dan is lying, I’m sure there is a secret edict within DC to keep marriage out of the pages. With DC relaunching their crumbled film empire in a fast paced game of catch-up with Marvel, the most likely suggestion is that this editorial decision is based more on money than narrative.

One never knows which character could be licensed for TV, Films or even animated flicks next. Until there’s plans to marry characters on screen, I’m sure there’s a moratorium on weddings in the comics.

Still, someone needs to tell Dan DiDio that comics are still bought by fans, and fans want their heroes to be happy. Maybe not all the time… but we sure don’t want every title to be a mope fest. That’s what we buy comics to escape from.

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In Stock: It’s Never Sunny in Gotham City

By Chris Troy

MANDATORY RETAIL CHRISTMAS WARNING: IT’S TWO WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS! UNLESS YOU’RE PAYING AMAZON A GOOD HUNK OF CHANGE PER YEAR FOR EXPRESS SHIPPING, NOW’S NOT THE BEST TIME TO BE SHOPPING ONLINE. LUCKY FOR YOU, Forbidden Planet NYC has a ton of great last minute ideas for the various collectors in your life, which can be acquired by walking into the store, giving us cash or plastic card in exchanged for goods. There’s also the website, if dates aren’t a concern.

So let’s see what’s new this week. We got…some new Bobbleheads in….wait don’t leave, I know that doesn’t sound exciting but follow me here! I’m not the biggest Bobblehead guy in the world either, mostly because I wasn’t around in…the 1960s I guess, when the bobblehead became a thing. I know they reappeared in the late 90s and still exist to date, but I couldn’t tell you why, as I’ve stated it’s not really my scene. HOWEVER, I am a big fan of F/X, and their hit show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” which if you’re not familiar, is a sitcom like “Cheers” only everyone in the main cast is a terrible human being and it leads to hilarity. We won’t be getting IASIP action figures anytime soon as far as I know, but NECA has released talking “It’s Always Sunny” Bobbleheads, which I guess is almost as good? I dunno. But they talk, specifically quoting some of the best lines from the show (sadly not the ones with profanities) and hey, who knows, maybe it will lead to toys at some point if they sell really well (HINT HINT). And that would be great, because my Revoltechs and Marvel Universe figures could really use the company of Charlie Kelly, local business-owner and cat enthusiast. Or at least some “Archer” figures. That would be great.

(This is where I could dump several Tumblr’s worth of IASIP’s gifs. Consider yourself lucky that I didn’t!)

So remember a while back when it seemed like there were new DC Direct toys dropping every other week? It’s kind of happening again, but to a lesser extent thankfully, as we now have 2 different lines of DC Direct toys on the shelves now. First to drop is the 4th wave of Green Lantern figures. I think it’s bull to consider this the 4th wave, considering we’ve been getting bombarded with “Black Night” toys for over a year, but hey, I’m not the numbers dude. This wave consists of Robot Green Lantern (yes, that felt awesome to type out) Stel, Lantern Arkkis Chummuk ( “Chummuk” is hilarious to me by the way), Red Lantern Guy Gardner, and Power Glow Hal Jordan. If you want to call Power Glow Hal a cop out because it’s an older Hal figure re-released in clear green plastic, you are 100% correct: it is. It’s bad and DC Direct should feel bad. On the bright side, you have two more obscure Green Lanterns to add to your Corps. collection, as well as a Red Lantern Guy (who I thought would come with his construct chainsaw but sadly does not). Either way, they’re on sale for about $20 a pop if you’re interested.

The other set of toys DC Direct dropped this week was the 1st wave of the new Arkham City line, based on the awesome game that dropped back in October. The first wave consists of a scrapped character design from Sucker Punch, a Sterling Archer in a Batman costume, and some roid-rager in a Robin costume. Or as the packaging says: Harley Quinn, Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Robin Tim Drake; who spends his off-time as a cage fighter according to the game’s plot. Between that interesting tidbit and Harley dressing like…well, slightly less offensively than her current New 52 version, I question the writing/art direction of the game. But Bat-Archer looks dope and is probably worth the $20 it sells for. I really suggest that if you want any Arkam City figure you buy it immediately, because once Arkham figures sell out, they tend to be gone for good.

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Short packed: American Avengers, non-moving parts and 2 packs

By Chris Troy

Happy 4th of July FPNYC faithful. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be drunk by 2, bbqing and watching Battlestar Galatica on Netflix. Maybe some fireworks. I dunno, Battlestar is really good and fireworks may require me to leave my apartment. Either way, with less than 20 days until Marvel Studios’ “Captain America“, today’s the best day to do your patriotic Nerd duty and swing by the store or the website and pick up some Cap swag. We have a huge selection of comics, shirt, toys and other Cap-based merch in stock, so finding something relevant to your all-American interests won’t be too hard! Also keep your eyes out for the upcoming “Captain America” #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven, continuing Ed’s fantastic run on Cap’s book. The current Cap series is getting a new co-writer Marc Andreyko with pencils by the underrated and awesome Chris Samnee. Both books are definitely worth the money, but I have to admit I’m more excited for the Bru/Andreyko/Samee book for the insane amount of talent attached to the title. Continue reading

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Spoilers

By Unkiedev

“Spoilers” are like being buried up to your neck in sand, and having honey poured on your face to attract passing ants. I mean, most people don’t want it, but for a few folks “it’s their thing” and they’re welcome to it… just keep it off my web browser!

Still, there is a certain amount of fun in knowing things others don’t, but why do we need to have the actual intellectual properties we love ruined for that pleasure? NOT anymore, we don’t!

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Introducing Unkiedev’s “SpoilerSpoilers.com!” We will NEVER spoil any of your favorite comic books, TV shows, video games and movies, but we WILL tell you WHO WILL and WHEN!

WARNING: “SPOILER-SPOILERS” AHEAD! Continue reading

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