Note - Some of this news may spoil future story lines, if you don't want to risk that I'd advise you to skip this post.
The Watchmen 2?
Or should I say The Watchmen 0? This has been pretty big news as DC touted they'd be announcing something fairly soon and it turns out it's a prequel to The Watchmen, called "Before Watchmen". It's going to be a series of books written by such names as Brian Azzarello, Darwin Cooke, J. Michael Straczynski, and Len Wein, writing about mini-series about Rorschach, Silk Spectre, Comedian and your other favorite Watchmen characters. I'm actually in the process of reading The Watchmen currently but I'm sure Watchman fans are happy about this news. If you wanna read more about this, click for official DC links including the announcement and the covers.
Oh, and here's a direct quote from Dan Didio and Jim Lee. “It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant.” To that line, coming from a company that has yet to find a place for Stephanie Brown, Cass Cain, Wally West and Donna Troy, I simply post this in retort.
That makes 342 Costumes...
It was recently announced that during this Summer's Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth storyline, we will see Spider-Man don yet another new costume to take on the Sinister Six. Taking into account all of the new costumes Spidey's debuted since the Big Time storyline in 2010 (Man, that flew by...), it's become fairly obvious he's just stocking up so he never has to wear the Bombastic Bag-Man costume again.
It was recently announced in June we'd see a book/event titled The Spider-Men, but that's all we've heard so far. There's been speculation it will be the return of the Ultimate Universe's Peter Parker to work alongside the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales. I wouldn't mind that but I personally feel it's too soon to bring back Peter as Miles has really just gotten started, as well as he has a mentor of sorts with Spider-Woman. Personally I think we may just see Peter and Miles team up since it's an amalgam of the Ultimate and Amazing logos. Alternatively, I'd love if we saw Peter, Kaine, Ultimate Peter and Miles somehow team up, Shattered Dimensions style, and they could even throw in Flash and Eddie. Either way, I'm interested in what the Spider-Men story may bring to the table.
It was recently speculated that a certain member of Wolverine's X-Men squad may be pregnant, this was fueled further by artwork from this month's upcoming Wolverine and the X-Men #5, featuring the expectant mother calling the person believed to be the father to tell him either very good news or very bad news. I'm being vague for the sake of spoilers but if you want to know just who I mean, click here.
Comic Book Artist Al Rio's Passing
Comic Book artist Al Rio was recently found dead by ways of suicide. I almost didn't report this because I don't want to bring anyone down but I think it's better to at least pay respects to the former Zenescope and Marvel Artist. If anyone wishes to read more about Al Rio's untimely passing they can do so here.
Batman: The Dark Knight News
It was announced that Gregg Hurwitz, current writer of the Penguin: Pain and Prejudice mini-series will soon take over as writer of the Batman: The Dark Knight comic series beginning at issue ten. Hurwitz is said to be excited about joining the book, which is probably a promotion for making him write a book centered around The Penguin. Personally I'd like to see him take over Detective Comics, because Tony Daniel pretty much sucks at writing, and if you disagree just take a look at this riveting piece of entertainment from Detective Comics #6.
Justice League: Doom
And lastly, this isn't weekly news but this month marks the release of the upcoming DC Universe Animated Film, Justice League: Doom. As a fan of Under The Red Hood, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and a lot of the other Animated Films DC releases, I'm definitely looking forward to this, which see's the Justice League take on the Legion of Doom, featuring Bane, Cheetah, Star Sapphire, and they're led by Vandal Savage. As much as I'd prefer Joker or Lex to be included, they aren't but this still looks to be an interesting film. Fans of the Justice League cartoon will be happy to hear that Kevin Conroy, Michael Rosenbaum (Smallvile's Lex Luthor) and Susan Eisienberg will reprise their roles as Batman, The Flash and Wonder Woman respectively, as will Superman: The Animated Series' Tim Daly reprise his role as The Man of Steel.
For those interested I've included a link below that shows the League taking on a much more impressive Royal Flush Gang as well as hearing an overview of Savage's plans. It's also been noted that this is the last thing Dwayne McDuffie worked on before his passing, and this is an adaptation of the Tower of Babel storyline, which features Batman's contingency plans against any rogue Justice League member falling into the wrong hands. The film will be released on Feb. 28th for anyone interested.
And that's the comic news for this week, If I missed anything feel free to let me know in the comments, as well as if you guys enjoy this feature and wanna see it make a return. But that's it for me guys and gals, I'll be back this weekend picking up the slack since X is going to be fighting back aneurysm if the Giants lose the Superbowl. Until next time, this is JT signing off.