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DREDD style judgement is coming and it’s going to get ugly, the Mega City One judge is making a return to the big screen and he’s ready for everything the world can throw at him. We have the newest poster and some cool stills from the movie to pass along while we wait for the September release of the film. Also for those who have missed out, check below for the full press release synopsis to see where this is all going.
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Release date: September 21, 2012
Writer: Scott Snyder, James T Tynion IV
Pencils: Greg Capullo, Rafael Albuquerque
Inks: Jonathan Glapion, Rafael Albuquerque
Colors: FCO Plascencia, Greg Capullo, Nathan Fairbairn
Cover art: Capullo and FCO Plascencia
Variant Cover: Jason Fabok and Peter Steigerwald
The Night of the Owls is here, it’s a battle for Gotham unlike any other and it’s a fight not only for justice but for the freedom of the city from this dark society underneath it all. A change is about to hit Gotham and it could send the entire city into a collapse, unfortunately as we reach issue 8, it’s far too late to worry about such things as they’re at the front door ready to make their first example out of Bruce Wayne.
Batman #8 is a violent ride for Bruce as his eyes still fight recovery and he shrouds himself in the darkness that he knows so well from his life as Batman. The Owls are making their move and Batman sits at the top of the list, the plan is simple, take down those who shape the city and it will be only up to the Owls to change the course of progress to their own desires and will. The battle doesn’t go down without a fight and soon the plan expands, everyone they know, support and work with is in immediate danger and it’ll take the entire allied force to give a shred of hope in this takeover.
Scott Snyder helps weave together an intense story, Bruce is vulnerable and unprepared and must rely on those around him to help protect the city he’s given so much of his life to. The Owls are not only strong but they carry huge numbers and are beyond the average thug in how they execute attacks and move. An organized lethal group of criminals with a common goal that work as a unit, you really can’t come up with something that provides more potential damage to a character who so often thrives on his own.
If you plan to follow Night of Owl’s you’ll need to stay tuned to multiple books in the series to catch the whole experience, they’ll be on the move to try to save nearly 40 individuals from their wrath. In the meantime lets hope that all the stockpiling and creations that Bruce has created pay off in this fight as he’ll need everything he can get against these killers.
The Shade is heading into part 2 of the 3 part Times past series to learn more about The Shade, today we have cover art highlighting some of that goodness. While we could leave it at just that we also managed to find a clip of commentary from DC on the upcoming issue as he ventures into France.
“Darwyn Cooke did a beautiful job with the first one in issue #4, and Gene Ha will bring it all home with #12. And for #8, the one-of-a-kind Jill Thompson made room in her busy schedule not only to draw the issue, but also to provide this sweet variant cover. Brilliantly colored by Trish Mulvihill, it depicts The Shade mid-battle with a demon over the very soul of Paris in 1901! But hey, don’t fret too much — does The Shade look worried to you?”
James Robinson writes up issue #8 and Jill Thompson knocks out the art for the book. Expect the next chapter of this back story to arrive on May 16th.
Nightwing, Voodoo Child and Mad are here to kick off the week for DC Comics. Nightwing probably being one of the most eager teasers of the week as it helps kick off Night of the Owls in the Batman world.
Check out the pages and descriptions below from DC for more information and teaser goodness, you only have to hold out a little longer and these new releases will be upon us!
The “Night of the Owls” has begun! Following the shocking revelation (SPOILER ALERT!) that Dick Grayson was originally intended to be a Talon, Nightwing must work to save both his name and Mayor Hady from The Court of Owls’ assassin targeting him. But when Grayson arrives to City Hall only to find innocent blood has already been shed, will he have failed his mission before it’s even truly begun? And how does turn-of-the-century era Gotham factor into all of this? Find out in NIGHTWING #8, written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose and Eber Ferreira. Click here to see an exclusive preview of the issue.
Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #2
Last month marked the launch of DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD. In the series’ premiere issue, you were introduced to Dominique Laveau, a New Orleans college student who is believed to have ties to the murder of the Voodoo Queen by the royal court. In the series’ second issue, learn more about the origins of Dominique’s family and why she’s become a target of these supernatural forces. Click here to see an exclusive preview of DOMINIQUE LAVEAU: VOODOO CHILD #2, written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds and illustrated by Denys Cowan and John Floyd.
For over fifty years, “Spy vs. Spy” has appeared in the pages of MAD Magazine. This dastardly pair (one dressed in black and one dressed in white) has continued to one-up the other, til death do they part. In MAD #515, writer/artist Peter Kuper continues this longstanding and classic tradition with his new strip depicting this diabolical duo of double-cross and deceit. Click here to see the latest installment of “Spy vs. Spy” and be sure to pick up a copy of MAD #515 when it hits newsstands on April 24th.
It’s a good time to be a comic publisher, DC is loving the attention as they send Justice League #4 back for a third printing to get the books out to fans. While this doesn’t top issue #1 which has made 7 trips to the printer it’s still a feat and even issues 5 and 6 are going ahead to the printers to keep the supply flowing.
It’s an important issue to the series, showing off Aquaman, introducing Cyborg’s transformation and of course… Darkseid.
May 16th marks the arrival date of this third printing so hold on tight and keep up while DC pushes to get the supplies back in order.
Looking for a discount weekend to catch up on your inventory? DC Comics has a deal for you then, this weekend for 3 days they’ll be kicking off a massive Zero Hour saga sale through their comiXology storefront for 99 cents per issue! All 70 books and limited series issues will be on sale so that you’re able to bundle the complete experience at a massive discounted rate. For a comic that pulls the heroes of the world together against a common enemy we’ll see them rise to new heights to save time and space from crumbling around them.
Check out the comiXology link to get started, keep in mind this sale will not be active until tomorrow. We’re giving you a heads up though so you’re prepared and not catching this on Monday with a huge sigh of disbelief.
Link: DC Zero Hour @ comiXology
DC Comics is back with a preview series for Young Justice, this week highlights the upcoming issue #15 which takes off from the mission to Atlantis with Aqualad, Superboy and Miss Martian. Focal points to the issue are on Mera who gets kidnapped by Ocean-Master and the charge with the Young Justice team and Prince Orm to rescue the queen before the evil plans go through and it’s too late. Atlantis rests in the balance and only this team can help solve the struggle. Check out the panels below for a nice peek until the full issue arrives next Wednesday.
C2E2 announcements are already rolling out, DC hot on the release of
today is pushing out Batman Digital and Ame-Comi Girls, two new titles looking to expand the lineup to 5 unique franchises so you can get a new experience from the company each day of the week every week. DC Comics will offer new releases Monday through Friday for the following series in June, until then expect the current 3 to roll out and then Ame-Comi Girls to hit in May.
- Monday – Ame-Comi Girls (May)
- Tuesday – Batman: Arkham Unhinged
- Wednesday – Beyond series (Justice League Beyond, Batman Beyond, Superman Beyond)
- Thursday – Batman Digital (June)
- Friday – Smallville Season 11
Info on Batman Digital:
BATMAN digital, launching in June, will take place outside of DC Comics – The New 52 continuity and feature a series of stand-alone stories by various creators that chronicle different cases handled by The Dark Knight. Confirmed creative teams include Damon Lindelof and Jeff Lemire; Jonathan Larsen and JG Jones; Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott; Ales Kot and Ryan Sook; B. Clay Moore and Ben Templesmith; Steve Niles and Trevor Hairsine; Joe Harris and Jason Masters; TJ Fixman and Christopher Mitten; Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman; Joshua Hale Fialkov and Phil Hester; David Tischman and Chris Sprouse; and many more!
Info on Ame-Comi Girls:
AME-COMI GIRLS, launching in May, is based on the best-selling product line from DC Collectibles that brings the distinct Japanese influence of anime and manga to DC Comics’ female heroines and their foes. In the new series, the heroines must unite to stop an invasion by the female Braniac, who is aided by a group of “bad girl” super villains. Initially, there will be five individual character arcs with multiple chapters, leading up to united, Ame-Comi girl series. All stories are written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with Wonder Woman art by Amanda Conner and Tony Akins, Batgirl art by Sanford Greene, Duela Dent art by Ted Naifeh, Power Girl art by Mike Bowden and Supergirl art by Santi Casas.
The goal is to bring unique content to fans across all mediums and this online focus should help cement their commitment to digital fans in this new era of comic collecting and reading. We’ll have to see how this pans out and if DC will aim on implementing any other franchises into the mix.
Dale Keown cranks out the latest variant to Batman as he sets off against an army of Talons eager to destroy Gotham, there is a bit of an odd story to the cover though, DC didn’t exactly inform him what was going on in the story for that issue.
“What’s not to love about drawing the coolest character in comics?” the artist Dale Keown told THE SOURCE. “I wasn’t given any back story so I went with the action shot that would fit into just about any storyline. One of my go-to poses is to draw the character leaping out towards the reader. I hope I get to draw Batman again soon.”
Sometimes a cover doesn’t need to be dead on the topic of the story, sometimes it just needs to look badass, Keown gets it done in this cover with ease.
The crossover “Night of the Owls” that #9 will center around hasn’t kicked off just yet, it’s due to start with Batman #8 which arrives next week. Keep an eye on your local retailer or your mailbox so you can check out the new arc kicking off that will span across the franchise.
Link: DC Comics Blog