A fast paced collection of DC Comics related news for May 26th – 28th, 2013!
Trailer for “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” online!
Warner Brothers home video released their official trailer for the latest DC Universe animated DVD features, due to be released on July 30th via blu-ray and DVD. Based on “Flashpoint” by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, it is called “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”. The trailer is just over a minute long and cements the time-paradox plot as well as the villain, Reverse-Flash.
There does seem to be at least one noticeable difference to the comic book story. In the comics, Barry Allen meddles with time to prevent his mother’s death; in the trailer it seems implied that he is trying to prevent a third world war. The role of Reverse-Flash/Professor Zoom does seem to be expanded, as well as the appearance of another Flash villain, the Top. “Flashpoint” received mixed reviews because Barry’s meddling with time not only created a harsh alternate reality, but his attempt to fix it brought on the “New 52” era, which tends to be more grim and feature fewer fan favorite characters compared to what came before. This is also the second Geoff Johns story in a row to be adapted to animation, and by sheer coincidence he was promoted to “chief creative officer” several years ago.
“100 Bullets” sequel series coming this summer!
As previously reported, June will see Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso reunite to write and draw (respectively) an eight issue mini series which takes place after the finale of their seminal Vertigo work, “100 Bullets”. It is called “Brother Lono” and is based around that character from the original story, as he comes out of retirement to engage in another violent affair.
“100 Bullets” ran for a hundred issues from 1999-2009 and centered around a secret cabal offering various individuals a hundred untraceable bullets and the opportunity to strike against someone who destroyed their lives. Given that Vertigo is an imprint which has been struggling for several years – to the point that their leadership changed last year – this is probably being seen as a big ticket series to kick off the new era on.
Who’s New in the New 52 updates!
DC Comics’ official blog, “the Source”, continues to offer sneak peaks at incoming characters in future “New 52” comics – whether genuinely new or revamps of old ones. The most recent are Ryan Benjamin’s take on the “7 Deadly Sins” for the “Shazam!” back up strip which runs in “Justice League”. The designs are interesting, especially with “Lust” being male and “Pride” being female, for starters. In addition, a new version of “Count Vertigo” is set to appear in “Green Arrow #22”.
Most notably are sketches for “Wrath” and “Scorn” who are set to appear in “Detective Comics”. While editor-in-chief Bob Harras seems to claim they are “new”, these are actually revamps of characters first seen in “Batman Special #1”, circa 1984. The angle was that Wrath was an “anti-Batman”, the child of slain criminals who dedicated equal efforts and gadgets towards crime. Scorn, naturally, was the anti-Robin. Wrath and his partner Scorn appeared in an episode of “The Batman”, which aired on “Kids’ WB” from 2003-2008. Grant Morrison and Arnie Jorgensen sought to create a vastly similar character in Prometheus back in 1998 to feature during Morrison’s then run on “Justice League of America”. Regardless, “Detective Comics” remains one of DC’s best sellers alongside “Justice League”, so these previews are to be anticipated.