It’s not easy distilling an entire decade worth of history into one graphic novel, particularly when it also involves reintroducing dozens of classic DC characters at the same time. So perhaps it was inevitable that Darwyn Cooke’s DC: THE NEW FRONTIER grew to over 400 pages in length with the deluxe omnibus edition. It’s a dense, beautiful, thought-provoking book, and as a result, Amy Ratcliffe and I decided to split our joint readthrough into two separate posts.
It's official. BEFORE WATCHMEN has officially been announced. To see the covers and read exclusive interviews with the writers of the seven mini-series, as well as the CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR back-up story to be featured in each issue, visit the following media outlets.
• USA Today: RORSCHACH – Interview with writer Brian Azzarello
This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. BEFORE WATCHMEN will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.
Fans of STARMAN are familiar with the concept of a “Times Past” issue. In THE SHADE #4, in stores on Wednesday, writer James Robinson revisits this format to reveal an untold chapter of The Shade’s history. The year is 1944. The Shade’s criminal career has just kicked off and he must save an industrialist who is being targeted for assassination. But when he seeks help, The Shade learns that people are not always who they appear to be. And that includes physically.
OUT MAGAZINE previewed TEEN TITANS #3, which features the introduction of a new gay character, Bunker. “We wanted to show an interesting character who’s homosexuality is part of him, not something that’s hidden,” artist Brett Booth told them.
Next Wednesday, acclaimed writer James Robinson returns to the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series STARMAN with a new spin-off miniseries, THE SHADE. Illustrated by fan-favorite artist Cully Hamner, THE SHADE #1 brings an unexpected encounter with a familiar face and ends in a jaw-dropping twist. Speculation starts now! And don’t miss the rest of this 12-issue miniseries, featuring art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha.
This morning, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES announced THE SHADE #1. Below, check out the solicitation information for this book and be sure to head over to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES to see Tony Harris’ cover art. THE SHADE #1 Written by JAMES ROBINSON Art by CULLY HAMNER Cover by TONY HARRIS 1:10 Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER On sale OCTOBER 12 • 1 of 12, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Last month, we announced the large roster of contributors working on JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA’s extra-sized 50th anniversary issue. Broken up into a series of four episodes, this 56-page issue features the talents of writer Marc Guggenheim, interior artists George Perez, Scott Koblish, Howard Chaykin, Freddie Williams, Tom Derenick, and cover artists Felipe Massafera and Darwyn Cooke.