We realize we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, and that we should be on our absolute best behavior (we don’t want to find ourselves unwrapping any lumps of coal this year—not when The Dark Knight Rises Blu-Ray, MAD’s 60-year Anniversary Book and…well, this are all coming out just in time for Christmas). But this week, we were never better than when we were being a little bad. Ocean Master made his grand debut in the pages of AQUAMAN #14. Huntress took aim in this week’s Arrow. While over on Vertigo…
Eh, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s just get to this week’s review.
Here’s what went down this week on the DC Comics website…
We already told you about Ocean Master, but if you’re not a regular Aquaman reader, perhaps you didn’t know that Aquaman #14 officially kicked off the highly anticipated “Throne of Atlantis” crossover. Look for high stakes on the high seas in both Aquaman and Justice League over the months ahead, and to ensure you don’t miss an issue, we put together this handy-dandy little checklist for you.
Last summer, Quentin Tarantino got everyone’s attention when he said that he’d be adapting his full, uncut script for Django Unchained into a can’t-miss comic book miniseries. On Tuesday, we gave everyone their first look at it, with art care of Scalped artist R.M. Guéra.
Wednesday brought with it a new edition of Spoiler Alert from DC Collectibles (which, while it may not be clear just yet, also represents us putting our best bad foot forward *hint hint*). The first image was pretty head-scratching, but you can look for further images and the final reveal on the DC Collectibles Facebook page over the days ahead.
That evening brought us a brand new episode of Arrow, featuring everyone’s favorite shirtless—er, emerald archer and a very familiar female vigilante. Yes, the Huntress made her crossbow-wielding debut. But did you know the episode was co-written by DC writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns? If you missed it, you can watch the episode in full right here.
This week also saw the release of TALON #2, which remains one of the newest comics on our slate (at least until those “fourth wave” titles come along). Talon is unique in DC COMICS – THE NEW 52 in that it’s the only comic starring a character that didn’t exist prior to the New 52. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should give it a spin. With only three issues out, it won’t take long to get caught up. But no need to take our word on it. Not when co-writer James Tynion IV has such interesting things to say about it.
Let’s face it, heroism is sexy. So it’s not surprising that super heroes can be sexy. But what did take a few people by surprise was MTV Geek’s recent post that elected Aquaman the sexiest super hero alive. Well, it sure didn’t surprise us. In fact, we listed off plenty of reasons why Aquaman is sexy in our latest 5.2 Reasons. (Though we’re sure all of those panels of him shirtless and dripping wet also don’t hurt.)
Also on Thursday, we posted the latest sword-swinging character clip for Injustice: Gods Among Us. Maybe Deathstroke’s just angry that he wasn’t elected the sexiest super hero. He gets our vote for biggest badass, though.
This morning, we posted the latest spoiler-spilling edition of This Just Happened. Before Watchmen returned this week with both BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #4 and BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #4, and intriguingly, both issues portrayed the first meeting of the Crimebusters.
Finally, we wrapped up this week with a look at tomorrow’s SUPERMAN BEYOND #11, which features some key changes for Superman. How key? Well, how about a new career and a new secret identity?
Okay, we ended things on a heroic note, but we were plenty bad this week. Hopefully, our friends and family didn’t notice (to say nothing about the big guy at the North Pole). We’ll be back and hopefully on better behavior next week, but until then, stay super heroic and we’ll see you again in seven.
...Oh, all right, one more link. As we were finishing up the review, we got some breaking news. Entertainment Weekly just broke the announcement that they've cast Slade Wilson on Arrow. And it's someone who's already known for playing a professional killer...of a sort. Told you it was more fun being bad.