Ten Moments that Mattered: A Century of Jack Kirby

Has it been a year already? 2017 has reached its end, but before we dive into 2018, we’d like to take a moment and look back. For DC fans, 2017 was a remarkable year in comics, film and TV. Our characters reached new milestones and audiences, our writers and artists achieved remarkable new heights and our universe continued to grow in surprising new ways. And yet, within it all, several moments stood out for their importance and relevance. Some of them were groundbreaking, others were a welcome return. All of them are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration.

DC Comics Art Academy Featuring Mauricet

Welcome to the DC Comics Art Academy, a series of art tutorials recorded at Comic-Cons featuring many of the gifted and unique artists working for DC today. In today's installment, Dastardly and Muttley artist Mauricet changes gears and draws Etrigan the Demon, while discussing the virtues of working digitally versus traditionally, how he got his current gig at DC and what Jack Kirby means to him and to comic in general.

Check out more of Mauricet's work in Dastardly & Muttley: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Dastardly-Muttley-2017/comics-series/101648?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

See Etrigan in action in The Demon: Hell is Earth: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/The-Demon-Hell-is-Earth-2017/comics-series/106297?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz

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Meet Steppenwolf, General of Apokolips

Chances are you, like millions of people, went to see Justice League this weekend. And there’s also a chance that you, and we’re guessing quite a few of your fellow moviegoers, got your first glimpse of the movie’s main villain teleporting down from the dark world of Apokolips with an army of Parademons behind him and immediately thought…

Huh? Who’s this guy?

Mister Miracle: Ticking Clocks

Time is a pretty strange thing to deal with no matter what, but it’s an especially unique challenge when you’re working with comics. The space and the motion between panels, the way images and word balloons flow across the page, they’re all meant to convey the difference between motion and stillness, which in theory, ought to create the illusion of time passing. Most of the time, comics do this so well that we don’t even really think about it as we read. And then there’s Mister Miracle.

Gone, Gone, the Form of Man...

Jack Kirby was the greatest genius that mainstream American comics ever had. The breadth of his imagination was equaled only by his skill at getting it to look good on paper. He created characters, worlds, genres, ways of perception that we'll be mining for another century, if we have one.

When I first saw his work, I hated it.

EXCLUSIVE: Etrigan Emerges Again in The Demon: Hell is Earth

Look here, fans, and take a break.
A new comic announcement we’re ready to make.
About a war on Earth to destroy all man
And a rhyming demon named Etrigan.

Andrew Constant writes this new tale of fright,
Bringing startling new layers of the Demon to light.
He’s assisted by artists of the highest skill:
Messrs. Walker and Hennessy their duties fulfill.

Steppenwolf

Every tyrannical warlord needs a general they can trust, and luckily for Darkseid, he need not look further than his uncle, Steppenwolf. As one of the immortal New Gods, Steppenwolf's capacity for violence is nearly unmatched throughout the galaxy.

A tactical genius with a reputation for unspeakable cruelty, Steppenwolf enjoys the illustrious status of being a member of Darkseid's Elite, a group of warriors hand-selected by the Lord of Apokolips himself. He commands armies of Parademons with single-minded determination to crush the enemies of Darkseid without mercy, and when the Parademons alone don't suffice, Steppenwolf is more than happy to get his own hands dirty. He's an expert fighter made even more deadly when armed with his Electro-Ax.

At Darkseid's command, Steppenwolf murdered Avia, the wife of Highfather, an event that rekindled the ancient war between Apokolips and New Genesis. He considers this distinction a badge of honor, however. After all, like any proud member of the Elite, Steppenwolf's loyalty to Darkseid is unwavering and absolute. He has no problem honing his bloodlust and brutality to become a weapon at his nephew's disposal, no matter the cost.

DC All Access - Jack Kirby Inspired Covers for Darkseid War One-Shots

Shots have been fired in Justice League: Darkseid War. One-shots, that is! In this exclusive DC All Access comics clip, Jason talks to writer/artist Francis Manapul about his writing work on the Justice League: Darkseid War Superman and Lex Luthor one-shots, and his covers for all six one-shot comics. So how do these single-issue stories tie in with the ongoing Justice League storyline? And how did Manapul use to work of Jack Kirby to tie his six covers together? Answers to these questions and more await!

Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman is out today! To read it digitally: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Justice-League-The-Darkseid-War-Superman-2015-1/digital-comic/1510600015001

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New Gods

Billions of years ago, a cataclysm split the planet Urgrund in two, forming the twin planets of New Genesis, a sunlit utopia, and Apokolips, an industrialized wasteland. Their populations became known as the New Gods, the immortal denizens of the cosmos who existed outside the constraints of earthly time and space.

Things were far from peaceful for the New Gods of either planet, and soon they found themselves consumed by war. The ruler of New Genesis, Highfather, eventually brokered peace with the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid, by orchestrating an exchange of their sons. Highfather's son, Scott Free, was given over to the torture pits of Apokolips, while Darkseid's son, Orion, was released to the relative luxury of New Genesis.

The treaty lasted for a time, but sadly, Darkseid's lust for power was not so easily sated. He used the respite of peace to bolster his forces and begin his hunt for the mythical Anti-Life Equation, a weapon that would give him the power not only to destroy New Genesis, but to bend all life in the universe to his will. And after Scott Free escaped Apokolips alongside former Female Fury Big Barda to make a new home on Earth, there was nothing keeping Darkseid from mobilizing yet again.

Now Highfather's forces, led by the fleet-footed Lightray and the rage-filled Orion, must clash with Apokolips’ Granny Goodness and her Female Furies, the relentless general Steppenwolf and his Parademons and the bloodthirsty Kalibak in a race to find the Anti-Life Equation before it falls into Darkseid's hands.

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