The Night of the Owls is almost here, Scott Snyder talks

Gotham is about to become a battlefield for Batman and his friends against the Court of Owls and their dark allies. The Night of Owl’s crossover launches into action for DC this week.

The Talons are eager to act upon the will of the Court and the fate of the city is in the balance, a lost group who once reigned over the city is striving to take it back into their dark hands with this round of killers who will stop at nothing to meet the will of their masters. Who will rule the city after it’s all said and done? We have to read on in this new saga to find out.

Scott Snyder was available for DC to grab for comment on this new crossover for the Batman world.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

I think that’s what a lot us on team Batman have been feeling these last few days. Because for us, this is the moment – the moment we’ve been excitedly working on and building towards for months. This is it, and now it’s really here! This is the night when the Court of Owls makes its move, sending close to 60 Talons out into the skies of Gotham, each with a deadly mission designed to help bring the city to its knees. Of course, the missions will also bring the Talons crashing into conflict with almost every member of the Bat-family, and even though this whole story takes place on one single night, for many of Gotham’s heroes, these clashes will have terrifying consequences that linger long after Gotham’s fate is decided.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

There’s another reason that phrase sticks with me, though. And that’s because the story itself is about time, about history. For one thing, with every Talon having come from a different era of Gotham’s past, they’ll be plenty of glimpses literally and figuratively into Gotham’s history, with a lot of shocking secrets from the past being revealed. Basically, the story is about Gotham’s dark past being brought to to bear against the heroes of the present – about the evil from decades, even centuries of corruption emerging from the shadows to crush the spirit of the city – and the Bat-family – once and for all, in one single night, now.

So here’s hoping you’ll feel the same way we do…

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

Let the war for Gotham’s soul begin.

For those wondering, the series kicks off in Batman #8 and Nightwing #8 this week, the story will spiral from there into the rest of the Batman releases as the story goes full-blown in May. It’s an epic event so don’t get caught playing catch up on this series.

Captain America & Hawkeye #629 preview art arrives

Captain America and Hawkeye are teaming up again, with so many conflicts they’re willing to put some of it aside for the greater good. Cullen Bunn and Alessandro are on board to help launch the new book later this month (April 25). Their adventure is a bit abnormal, they’ll be fighting dinosaurs and other prehistoric friends while trying to retain some mutual ability to work together in the thick of it all.

Some words from the writing duo on this new character mashup.

“When I originally described this arc, I said something along the lines of ‘Captain America and Hawkeye fight a bunch of dinosaurs,’” Bunn notes. “That was [both] an oversimplification and a bit of misdirection on my part. What they face is much, much worse than just a bunch of dinosaurs. An evil thought long-destroyed is awakening beneath the mountains. It becomes readily apparent that they should have called in [all] the Avengers from the get-go.”

“I’ve always liked Stegron,” says Bunn. “He’s a fun dinosaur guy with a mad scientist’s brain. More importantly, though, his particular power-set made him a perfect fit for the story I had in mind. This is a strange, creepy adventure for Cap and Hawkeye [and] it’s Stegron who sets everything in motion.

“On the surface, Cap may be a little too ‘stuffed shirt’ to be versatile, but nothing could be further from the truth,” Bunn insists. “[That] may be the public persona, but Cap is just as human as the next person. He has his moments of doubt, humor, awkwardness and self-reflection.

“In this series, we’re seeing how Cap intersects with other heroes. [His] partners may enter these team-ups with preconceived notions. In some cases, Cap may live up to their expectations. In others, he may surprise them.”

For those wondering, this will not end up as a steady pairing with Hawkeye and the Captain, instead it will evolve as a group event series allowing Captain America to interact with many heroes in the Marvel Universe and develop his character even more.

Link: Marvel News

Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire talk Swamp Thing and Animal Man crossover

Marvel isn’t the only one launching crossovers in the market, today Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire sit down to talk about the upcoming Swamp Thing and Animal Man crossover. It’s a tough showdown but Pamela Mullin from DC is able to pull a lengthy interview with both of them. Check it out below for all the goods.

What are the top 3 things you need to know about SWAMP THING or ANIMAL MAN?

SS: Swamp Thing: he’s big, he’s green and he’s badass. Really though, what you need to know is that Dr. Alec Holland was born with a strange connection to the Green – the earth’s network of plant life. As for many people before him, this connection was a sign that he was destined to become the fabled protector of the Green, a powerful creature known as Swamp Thing. But with Alec, the connection was stronger than most, so strong the Green believed Alec might be destined to become the greatest Swamp Thing ever, a warrior-king Swamp Thing. Alec resisted this destiny for a long time, but now he has accepted it out of love for a woman named Abilgail Arcane, to save her from a death force called the Rot, and so Alec has been transformed into the Swamp Thing – a swamp thing more powerful than any that came before. Just like Buddy is Animal Man, the avatar of the Red, the network of all living creatures, Alec is Swamp Thing, the avatar of the Green. Both of them have an enemy in the Rot.

JL: Animal Man is a father and husband first and a “superhero” second. Any decisions he makes are with his family in mind. And in many ways the book is as much about the entire family as it is about Buddy Baker. His 4-year old daugther Maxine is the next Avatar of The Red, the lifeweb that connects all living things. Buddy is her protector, and stands in
her place until she is ready. Buddy can connect to any animal and take on their traits. In upcoming issues we’ll see these powers grow and evolve into something more.

What’s been your biggest challenge working on SWAMP THING or ANIMAL MAN with the knowledge that it will have ramifications in another title (s)?

SS: Honestly, the biggest challenge is simply keeping up with Jeff – his imaginative storytelling and amazing character work on A-Man have me in awe every month.

JL: I agree. Scott’s biggest challenge is keeping up with me. But seriously,
both Animal Man and Swampy have such a revered history that the
challenge is living up to what’s come before, while at the same time
doing something new and making the characters our own.

How often do you talk story?

SS: We talk all the time. Every couple days. We’re like high school girls, but we talk about rot-monsters with baby-heads and such.

JL: If you ask my wife, we talk way too much. But Scott’s my best friend and
we have so much fun talking about comics and coming up with these
stories it’s hard not to.

What’s been your favorite moment of each other’s book so far and what are you most excited for in the other’s book this summer?

SS: There are so many. I think the one I’ll name here though was the moment the Hunters came through into our world through the zoo animals. I knew it was coming from having spoken to Jeff, but it still terrified me.

JL: I love the scene where Abby and Alec lay down in the grass and her side
wilts and his grows all lush. A really brilliant poetic moment that said so much with so little.

I’m most excited for all the other DC universe characters that will be popping up in the crossover…fans are in for more than a few surprises. The scope of the story is much bigger than just Animal Man and Swamp Thing

Team red or team green? Why?

SS: Team Green of course. Swamp Thing forever!

JL: TEAM BROWN!! Go Rot, go!!!

Link: DC Comics Blog

Judge Dredd and the Dark Knight return this December from DC

DC and 2000 AD are pairing up for a special collection for fans of the Dredd / Batman crossover of the 90’s, even if you weren’t a fan or familiar with the books then, it’s still a great opportunity. The stories written by Alan Grant and John Wagner showcase some great art from talent like Simon Bisley, Cam Kennedy and more. As a bonus, the crossover will come in a hardcover and get a digital release domestically and across the UK and Ireland.

Notable inclusions to The Batman / Judge Dredd Collection:

  • Judgement on Gotham
  • Vendetta in Gotham
  • The Ultimate Riddle
  • Die Laughing
  • Lobo / Judge Dredd

December is a while off and it gives fans plenty of time to debate if they pick it up on hardcover or just download it for super portability. DC should have more info rolling out on this in the future as we close in on the release.

Street Fighter vs…. Tekken? Yes please!

Fighting game fans are just recovering from the shock of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Now they will go into a full on stroke with the announcement of …

Street Fighter vs. Tekken!

No release dates were announced but the instant classic will be out on PS3 and XBOX 360.

If you are worried about your haduken controls messing up your 10 hit combo, there is no need. The companies are each developing their own version with familiar control styles.

Jack vs. Zangief!