Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: DC Comics Rebirth

January… the time of rebirth. As we prepare to follow through on our New Year resolutions, let’s take a look at something else that went through a rebirth: DC Comics. In 2015, DC Comics rebranded their line as “Rebirth.” It was a reset that kept some of what 2012’s New 52 did, but reverted back to the characters and arcs that we loved and missed. It was a reset that met with much approval.

Where to start?

DC Universe: Rebirth – “A mysterious force ripples across the DC Universe, trying to warn the World’s Greatest Heroes of an impending threat! That force? A returning Wally West! But what has the former Kid Flash seen? And who or what is he running from? It all begins here… The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham – “The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the entire Justice League. But now.. Batman must face his most challenging foe ever–a hero who wants to save Gotham…from the Batman!”

Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman – “After the stunning events of DC REBIRTH, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?”

Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies – “After suffering an unimaginable loss, Diana must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. However, in the midst of her grief, her Lasso of Truth stopped working! Start down the rabbit hole as dark secret from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!”

Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet – “New Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz debut a new era of emerald greatness, tackling the universe’s toughest beat: Earth. These rookie Lanterns promised to protect others in brightest day or blackest night, but as the “Red Planet” begins to rise, the duo finds themselves confronted with an unimaginable threat from Bleez and the Red Lanterns!”

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice – “A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well … you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West.”

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

My Top Comic Book Movies!

This year, in honor of Free Comic Book Day, I started thinking about comic book movies. I myself have only read a few full-length graphic novels, and even fewer long-running series, so my knowledge of the comic book world is mostly dependent on which comics wind up adapted as movies or TV series. My absolute hands-down favorite will always be The Crow, which laid the aesthetic groundwork for every urban gothic film from Blade to Underworld, but it’s not really the kind of movie I think of when I think “comic book movie.” With that in mind, here are just a few of my other favorite comic book movies.

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the most cartoonish live-action movie I’ve ever seen. This adaptation is not only astoundingly faithful to the original comics by Brian Lee O’Malley, it looks very much like a comic book come to life. Director Edgar Wright–a seasoned favorite of the nerd crowd–uses split screens, exaggerated computer graphics, and videogame sound effects to create a world where life is literally a game. Sometimes you even get a second life! This type of nostalgia-driven wish fullfilment fantasy is the sort of thing that will only appeal to an audience base that either lived through the era being lampooned onscreen, or the younger generation who wishes they had. It’s a fun, silly, energetic love letter to the 2-bit gaming culture of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and a great ride even if you don’t get all the reference jokes.

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Building Worlds and Universes

If you had told me 20 years ago that there would a film that had Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Thor in one film, I would have said that you were dreaming. In fact, I WAS dreaming of just such a movie. In the comic book wasteland that was the mid to late 90’s, a film like this was truly unthinkable. Not only did different characters belong to different movie studios (which is still the case for some franchises today) but few directors were willing to tackle the world of comics.

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Perhaps the best thing that has happened for comic films in the past two decades (and maybe for comics in general) was the bankruptcy of Marvel Comics. This was the impetus that resulted in creation of Marvel Studios and the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading “Building Worlds and Universes”