The Weird and Wonderful History of Kryptonite

Chances are, even if you've somehow never read a comic, seen a movie, or watched a TV show about Superman, you probably still understand a thing or two about Kryptonite. It's one of the most well-known and recognizable minerals on the planet, despite being totally fictional, to the point that the word itself has been folded into pop culture, from song lyrics to idioms, and crossing genres, mediums and cultures.

In short, anybody who knows anything about Superman knows Kryptonite too, and everybody knows something about Superman.

First Look: Turtle Powered...by Venom?!?

For as much as we love them, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pretty fearsome creatures. Giant, mutated reptiles wielding weapons who are also master martial artists? Let’s just say if most of us ran into one of them in a dark alley, our first instinct would be to run.

A New Look at Black Lightning: Year One

Black Lightning just debuted on The CW to phenomenal reviews and solid ratings for the network. If you share my enthusiasm for Jefferson Pierce on television, then you might be interested in sampling some of adventures in the realm of comics.

This Just Happened: Bruce Wayne is Born...

Well, that wasn’t what we expected.

The cover of this week’s BATMAN #38 promises to reveal “the origin of Bruce Wayne,” which we had to admit, had us scratching our heads. We know the origin of Batman, but Bruce Wayne? Were we going to see his birth? We’re not sure that particular story is one that needs to be told.

DC Comics Art Academy Featuring Jill Thompson (2017)

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, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon artist Jill Thompson puts brush to paper to demonstrate how she uses watercolor to achieve her distinct art style. Jill talks us through her unique process while explaining how The True Amazon came together, from conception to completion.

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon is now available in softcover, hardcover and as a digital download: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Wonder-Woman-The-True-Amazon/digital-comic/T1300900018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy

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The Wild Storm: Flirting with Annihilation

As people, we’ve always had a complex relationship with destruction. It’s easier to destroy than to create, but what’s often overlooked is that destruction is often the more satisfying of the two as well. Human history is written in blood and accompanied by a soundtrack of battle cries, gunshots and explosions.

The only problem with this is that after thousands of years of practice, we’ve gotten way too good at it.

DC Comics Art Academy Featuring Freddie Williams II (2017)

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, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Freddie Williams II takes the stage to demonstrate his inking techniques, discussing such things as his approach to using inkwash, why artists shouldn't worry about getting their initial sketch perfect and why you don't see as many inkers in comics these days.

Check out more of Freddie's work in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1: https://www.readdcentertainment.com/Batman-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-II-2017-1/digital-comic/T1763500015001?ref=c2l0ZS9pbmRleC9kZXNrdG9wL2xhcmdlQ2Fyb3VzZWw

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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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The Demon: Hell is Earth Offers Etrigan a Fiery Return

The Justice League is great, but there is a whole slew of characters in the DC Universe outside of our good friends Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Green Lantern. There’s literally an encyclopedia full of hundreds of them. They range in size, shape and importance.

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.

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