You have to hand it to Star Wars. Thirty four years after its original debut, it’s still the basis for fresh content. The latest is a brand new comic series from Dark Horse entitled Agent of the Empire that hits stores on December 14th.
Focusing on the oft-maligned Imperial perspective, Agent of the Empire tells the story of Jahan Cross, a special agent of sorts. As the introduction reads:
“… not every political problem requires military might; not every negotiation depends on a show of force. Sometimes all diplomacy needs to succeed is the right man, in the right place, with the willingness to get the job done.“
It’s nice to see the creators focusing on a smaller scope when telling a story from the Imperial perspective. “Star Destroyers blow pirates into oblivion” doesn’t really make for a particularly compelling story, and given that Agent of the Empire is set before the Rebellion really comes into its own there aren’t many Imperial Navy size enemies floating around.
We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists. But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies. When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”? The answer is never.
This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion. Did we really think it could end any other way? Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
iPads and other content consumption devices have changed the way we approach comics with the help of companies like Comixology. Disney has apparently caught on to that idea, with a twist, and is going to release a Spiderman themed children’s book on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch today.
The ‘book’ is intended for kids, and is different from a traditional ebook in that it will be interactive. Apparently one of those interactive features is to have the book read to you… by Stan Lee! Now that’s badass. I imagine there will also be games and videos to accompany the story.
All in all, it looks like a pretty cool item if you have a couple of kids who like comics, although the price point of $6.99 is a bit disappointing. I’m also not entirely sure about the decision to make an entire app for a single book, but maybe they’ll manage to platformize it into something more like iBooks in the future.
Is third time really the charm? Last month’s issue of Detective Comics left both of us wanting more. With such a strong start in issue #1, our hopes have been high that the return to greatness will come sooner as opposed to later (…if it comes at all). With Tom as Someone Old and Jon as Someone New, we resume our quest in search of the brilliant Detective Comics turnaround.
Widely heralded as one of the best of DC’s New 52, Chiang’s and Azzarello’s Wonder Woman combines costumed superheroics with mythological horror. Azzarello’s initial description of the book as “horror” gave many pause, but that unlikely combination of genres has proven to be a decidedly successful one. And, while some of DC’s New 52 slipped in quality this month, Wonder Woman is holding the line at excellent. Spoilers to follow.
As a simultaneous shout out to True Believers and to ornithologists, Threadless has released a design they’re calling “The Incredible Hawk”. As a fan of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old, I have to assume designers Peter Kramar and Nathan Pyle were inspired by Jason Mewes’ well documented inability to pronounce the word “hulk”. And, while it’s not exactly my style, I hear yellow is in this season. Unless you’re Sinestro. Zing!
Get it here, for the Hulk fan or avian enthusiast in your life.
So you worked yourself up into a New 52 fever and bought every debut issue you could get your hands on. Now, the adrenaline high of seeing so many new titles simultaneously has worn off, and you’re wondering which are still worth pulling. And, since no one other than Bruce Wayne can afford to buy all 75 Batman titles DC puts out, you’re going to have to make some Bat-Choices.
Does Detective Comics suffer from a sophomore slump? Or does it remain a perpetual paragon of parables? Should you keep consuming this classic chronicle? The dynamic duo of Tom and Jon, the Boy Wonder, are back to let you know! Same nerd time, same nerd channel!
DC made several announcements over the weekend, including titles coming out over the next year and just who’s going to be working on them. But let’s be real: what we all wanted to hear about was the publisher’s response to fairly fervent fan furor about the portrayal of women in a few of the New 52 titles. They certainly had a response, and it was disappointing, promising, and hilarious all at the same time. Hit the jump to get the details.
Today only over at comiXology, the entire series of The Walking Dead is on sale for half price. That means six issue trades are only $4.99, and those individual issues yet to be collected are only $0.99. Not too shabby. If you were a fan of the AMC series, I highly recommend checking out the comic. Be forewarned, light reading it ain’t.
Get you some here.