Article by Gregg Katzman; artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair
A few weeks ago, I attended the DC Universe: Rebirth Retailer Roadshow in New York. Dan Didio and Jim Lee’s presentation really won me over, and no, I’m not saying that because I’m an employee of Midtown Comics and my job relies on people still wanting to buy comics. Look, if I didn’t enjoy the event, I wouldn’t write about it – it’s that simple. But here I am, writing about DC Rebirth because I’m legitimately excited about it. And you know what? I think you should be excited, too. And no, it’s not a reboot.
WB and DC are still in the early stages of crafting their own cinematic universe. At the time of this writing, there are only two films in the shared universe (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman) and the third film, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, is just months away. Beyond that, several movies have been announced all the way through 2020, but obviously, plans can change. Now, it’s looking like one of the stars of Suicide Squad could get her very own movie… and she could be sharing the spotlight with some friends!
Another Wednesday, another wave of excellent new comics! Every addition of new comic book day is worth looking forward to, but there really is a lot to get excited about this week. Marvel’s dropping Old Man Logan #4, Vertigo’s releasing Sheriff of Babylon #5, and, of course, DC has given the world the Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novel. There are plenty of comics that are more than worthy of your time (see above for the full list), but there are also five #1 issues that we really enjoyed, so we want to make sure they’re on your radar. So, we’re about to briefly explain why you should give these new comics a chance. If the title sounds like a good time to you, go give it a shot. If not, maybe the next one will win you over! Either way, we hope you enjoy reading at least one comic this week!
After years of anticipation, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally in theaters! We’ve created two spoiler-free reviews – watch us talk about it above and click here to read our extended thoughts – and now you have the chance to see the film and judge it for yourself. Maybe it’ll be one of your favorite comic book movies, maybe it won’t. But if you are reading this article, it should mean you’ve already seen the movie! If not, go away! There’s potential spoilers ahead! Seriously, shoo! For everyone else, here are the comics you should read after you’ve watched Batman v Superman. Not only will it allow you to appreciate some of the nods that popped up in the film, but they’ll also help you prepare for some of the future DC Comics and Warner Bros. movies.
Some of the below collections are currently out of stock online, but they’re still available in the three Midtown Comics stores!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The plot is pretty much in the title, isn’t it? We all know the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) will be at odds, but at least two Justice League movies have been announced, so we’re also pretty sure they’ll end up on the same side – it’s all in one of the trailers, after all. Anyone who has read a comic has seen the “heroes battle until they join forces” scenario countless times before. Does knowing that really matter, though? To some, it will. But to me, that isn’t what’s important. I don’t really care about “who will win?” I’m not on “team Batman” or “team Superman”. I’m here to see Warner Bros. and DC Comics give fans what they’ve craved for so long: a cinematic universe that’s full of familiar faces, both good and bad. Seeing how everything actually plays out and how these characters are handled is far more important than strongly suspecting that they’ll end up as friends, or at least allies. Is their conflict forced or does it feel justified? Does the eventual team-up feel like a natural development, or is it there just to blatantly get us ready for Justice League movies? I’d say those are a few of the things that really matter. Besides, we’re all on team Wonder Woman, right?
Isn’t it so surreal that there’s a Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover? I mean, this is something that so many of us have wanted to see for decades, but considering the Dark Knight is with DC Comics and the Heroes in a Half Shell are with IDW Publishing, it just didn’t seem probable. But here we are, reading a limited series that has Splinter and his four mutant sons trapped in Gotham City… with Shredder, too! For many of us, this is a dream come true. Please forgive that cliche idiom, but it really is!