Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I would pay money to see this as a full length feature :D
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Basically, the best way that I can explain this is to just call it Titans, because it's really interesting to me that they are basically taking the concept for Teen Titans and modernizing it, which is still awesome, don't get me wrong, I'm really looking forward to this!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Hello Fellow Gothamites,
Commissioner Vactor is out of Commission this week, so Cory from Gotham Knights Online
(http://gothamknights.blogspot.com) joins Hunter to discuss all of the books coming from Gotham this week!
This week's books are:
Batman: Streets of Gotham #11
Justice League of America #44
Tiny Titans #27
Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 5 TPB
James W. Gordon was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. Gordon was in the very first panel of the very first issue of a Batman Comic. Depending on what you might have read Gordon was either from Chicago or had previously worked in Chicago before arriving or returning to Gotham City. Either way he has come to Gotham and made allies with Batman. Although in the current continuity, their relationship was rocky at best. In the story titled "Batman: Year One" Gordon was very uneasy about a masked vigilante, but comes to realize that Batman is his only true ally in the mob infested city of Gotham. Gordon and his mistress from the story deduce Batman's true identity but Gordon decides not to pursue it. I for one have the belief that Gordon has always known Batman's true identity. How can the best cop in Gotham not figure it out? I thought you might agree. He served in the Special Forces as well, before becoming a cop, and learned to be a more than capable hand-to-hand combatant. Gordon is able to constantly contact Batman with the Bat-Signal, and usually meets with him on the rooftop of Gotham City Police Headquarters. To his constant annoyance, Batman often disappears silently while Gordon's back is turned, often while he's in the middle of talking. Gordon forged an alliance in his early years with Batman and Harvey Dent, Gotham's District Attorney, as the three most dedicated and capable people to take down organized crime in Gotham, namely the "Roman Empire," the crime family led by Carmine Falcone. Although they did succeed, it was at the cost of Harvey's sanity, and he became the villainous Two-Face after being scarred with acid by one of Falcone's underlings, Sal Maroni. To this day, the loss of Harvey Dent, not just the ally but the man, is one of Gordon's greatest regrets, and he somewhat blames himself for not trusting Dent when the evidence pointed towards him. Gordon became the legal guardian of his niece, Barbara, after her parents were killed in a car crash. ( see my post on Barbara Gordon )
James Gordon is currently still the Commissioner in Gotham after taking a brief retirement. He was always suspicious of Barbara's role as Batgirl, but she always seems to cover her tracks to directly connect herself with Batgirl. Her reign as Batgirl game to a gruesome and twisted end however.
I have two favorite stories involving James Gordon. While "year one" was a great read to discover how Batman and Gordon's relationship began it is not my most memorable story with the Commissioner.
In the killing Joke, The whole Bat family was thrown into turmoil. The Joker kidnapped Gordon from his home, and shot Barbara, making her a paraplegic for life. He then brought Gordon to a run-down amusement park he had souped-up, stripped him naked, put a collar with a leash on him, and caged him into a freak show. In an effort to drive Gordon insane, he forced him to look at massively enlarged photos of Barbara naked and bleeding, degraded and in pain, so he could prove to Batman that even the most grounded, seemingly normal person can lose their minds after having "one bad day." Batman eventually apprehended the Joker and rescues Gordon. Despite the intense trauma he has endured, Gordon's sanity and code of ethics remained intact; before Batman left to pursue The Joker, Jim insisted that Batman apprehend the Joker without harming him, despite his atrocities, because the Joker had to be shown "that our way works." I read this story in trade and I couldn't stop reading it once I started. Such a crazy story that really has you feeling for what James has to go through before the story ends.
My favorite Gordon story is "No Mans Land", James is pushed to the limit after an earthquate devastes Gotham and lets the animals out of their cages so to speak with Some of Batman's most deadly villians setting up shop in different districts of Gotham. Gotham City was nearly completely destroyed, and quarantined and isolated from outside assistance by the U.S. Government. The city was swiftly carved up by gangs and various supervillains Batman had battled over the years. Jim Gordon and several members of the Gotham police department stayed behind to protect civilians. Oracle and Huntress also ended up on the inside. Bruce Wayne (Batman) left the city to lobby the government to not cut Gotham off, but failed. Gordon and his men waited for his return, but by the time he returned more than three months later, they believed he had abandoned Gotham. Gordon was one of the few who remained behind by choice, and struggled to maintain order amidst the rampant crime and anarchy. Batman was mysteriously absent for the initial three months of the crisis, and Gordon felt somewhat betrayed. He went as far as to renounce Batman's name, and deny his symbol as a means for protection, believing that it only symbolized false hope. He forged an uneasy alliance with his old friend Harvey Dent (Two-Face), but was later (naturally) double-crossed, kidnapped, and put on trial by Two-Face for breaking their "legally-binding" alliance. He escaped Two-Face's wrath, and later met with Batman once again. In this confrontation, Gordon expressed his disgust towards Batman for letting Gotham "fall into ruin". Batman offered to prove his trust by revealing his secret identity, but Gordon refused to look when Batman removed his mask. This story was soo long that it really impressed upon me that our characters were going through the toughest thing they never could have imagined. Hopelessness however blossoms into hope by the end of the story and in my opinion really set things in motion that we are still seeing the effects of today in the current comics. It is very hard to suggest specific stories regarding James Gordon, he always has and I assume always will be a cornerstone of Gotham in one way or another. I have told you about my two personal favorites, but there are many other stories that involve him in a major way. Long Halloween and Dark Victory just to name a few. I could not end this without giving a bit of nostalgia from my childhood and that is the awesomeness of Neil Hamilton.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The Batman solicitations for July were announced on Friday, and some very interesting developments have occurred!
To the solicits!
- Batman #701- Grant Morrison/Tony Daniel*
- Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4- Grant Morrison/Cameron Stewart*
- Batman and Robin #14- Grant Morrison/Frazer Irving
- Batman: Odyssey #1- Neal Adams*
- Red Hood: Lost Days #2- Judd Winnick/Pablo Raimondo
- Detective Comics #867- David Hine/Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens (No Batwoman)
- Batman: The Widening Gyre #6- Kevin Smith/Walt Flanagan and Art Thibert (re-solicit)
- Batman Beyond #2- Adam Beechen/John Stanisci
- Red Robin #14- Fabian Nicieza/Marcus To and Ray McCarthy *
- Gotham City Sirens #14- Paul Dini/Guillem March
- Batman Confidential #46- Kevin Vanhook/Tom Mandrake
- Azrael #10- David Hine/Jeremy Haun
- Batman: Streets of Gotham #14- Paul Dini/Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs (main) Ivan Brandon/Ramon Bach (Two-Face co-feature*)
- Outsiders #31- Dan Didio/Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion (resolicit)
- Batgirl #12- Bryan Q. Miller/Lee Garbett and Jonathan Glapion
Thursday, April 15, 2010
We here at the Gotham Central Podcast love us some Batman: The Brave and the Bold! The show really does a fantastic job in combining comic book mythology for us comic fans, while also having an appeal and show design with the you in mind, and it just so happens that a brand new episode airs Friday night at 6:30 EST entitled "Gorillas in our Midst".
Last week, we were treated to the wonder that is "Chill of the Night", and although this episode doesn't seem like it will be on par with last week's episode, based on their track record this season, the creators behind the show will still give us treat through excitement and entertainment for all ages!
DC’s Source Blog has some new information on the upcoming Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 which is launching “The Search for Batman.”
This six-issue mini-series, a companion piece to Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne and a story chock full of clues that point toward the next major DCU event, hits in July from writer artist Dan Jurgens with a variant cover by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story (the artists on Batman: The Return Of Bruce Wayne #1).
Time Master editor Mike Carlin gave more info on the new series:
“It’s been a while since Dan Jurgens and I worked on his introduction of Vanishing Point into the DC Universe— but what’s a “while” to a coupla experienced time travelers like us! When Dan introduced Waverider and the Linear Men to SUPERMAN it was only a matter of time (sorry!) before Rip Hunter would be revealed to be a major player at the end of time. And now with the time-stream changing disappearance of Batman it’s about time (sorry, again!) that DC’s Time Masters took the search into their own hands! Add Booster Gold to the mix and the Time Masters just might have to deal with a detour or two— all the while hoping to find Batman before time unravels from Vanishing Point back to the big bang!”
Exciting news Gothamites!
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
If you haven’t picked up the awesome Batman: Arkham Asylum, now is the time my friends.
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Batwoman premiered to much media ballyhoo. Everyone was interested in the fantastically hot, red-haired lesbian crimefighter. But then she disappeared for a while, finally resurfacing in Detective Comics a few months ago. So, far, the new Batwoman has been focused on infiltrating and destroying the Religion of Crime. She has also teamed up with her former lover, Renee Montoya, in her guise as the new Question. There are still a ton of questions about this new Batwoman, but one thing is for sure: If you commit crime in Gotham, she will stomp the living crap out of you.
Monday, April 12, 2010
GO BUY IT NOW!!!
This is seriously the best episode I have seen of the series, and I can't wait to talk about it on the podcast!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
One of the new things we want to do for you is something we are calling "Gotham Catch Up" where we take a series or a writer's run on a book, and discuss as much as we can about it.
In the first installment, in honor of The Return of Bruce Wayne, we will be discussing Grant Morrison's epic run on Batman into the current run on Batman & Robin. Both Justin and I are reworking our way through the series, and we wanted to give you a heads up if you want to follow along. So, here's your head's up on the titles we will be discussing.
Batman: Black Casebook
Batman and Son
Batman: The Black Glove
Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
Batman and Robin Issues #7-12, which I believe you can find at Things From Another World
But if you aren't caught up, don't worry because that's what we are here for!
Be on the lookout for this episode later this month, we just wanted to give you fair warning.
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Chill of the Night!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
- DCU Online Batman Statue- $80.00 US- on sale 11/17/2010
- DCU Animated Red Hood Statue- $99.99 US- on sale 7/7/2010
- The Joker 1:4 Scale Museum Quality Statue- $325.00 US- on sale 11/3/2010
- Gotham City Stories: Part 4: Harley Quinn v. Robin Statue- $99.99 US- on sale 11/10/2010
- Ame-Comi: Catwoman (V.1) Purple Suit Variant PVC Figure- $60.00 US- on sale 11/10/2010
- DCU Online Catwoman Statue- $75.00 US- on sale 11/17/2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Italian artist Francesco de Molfetta recently showcased a series of sculptures at the "New Idols" exhibition at Don Gallery in Milan, Italy. One of them was the above overweight Batman. He really let himself go after he cleaned up Gotham.
Source: Comics Alliance
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Newsarama and DC’s Source Blog have previews of the upcoming Batman And Robin #11.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11
On sale APRIL 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by GRANT MORRISON
Art by ANDY CLARKE & SCOTT HANNA
Cover by FRANK QUITELY
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
“Batman vs. Robin” part 2 of 3! The Dynamic Duo fight it out in the ultimate duel to the finish. Meanwhile, Robin’s mother, Talia al Ghul, sends an old adversary of Dick Grayson’s to complete the job that her son may not be able to stomach!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We here at the Gotham Central Podcast are huge fans of the production team over at Bat In The Sun, and they have sent us the trailer for their new project "City of Scars"!
Check it out, won't you?
The 34 minute film is set to debut in June of 2010!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Writer: Chuck Dixon
Pencils: Jennifer Graves
Inks: John Dell
Colors: Adrienne Roy
Letters: Tim Harkins
"Situations and Comedies" is a look into a night in the life of Tim Drake, aka Robin, as he is out with a group of his friends watching a park performance of "Macbeth at the Beach". Tim leaves his friends for a little while when his friends get into an argument over the validity of updating or adapting classic works of theatre. While Tim agrees, he still gets frustrated with the argument and steps away for some peace and quiet when he stumbles upon a young thug who is picking a fight with another young man who he claims, "looked at his girl". As any good hero would, Tim breaks up the scuffle when he is spotted by Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress while she is at the play with a group of her students, and she threatens to report Tim to his principal if he keeps up his fighting ways.
After the encounter with Ms. Bertinelli, Tim spots a car of hoodlums that are preparing to rob the concession stand at the outdoor theatre. Tim eventually suits up and saves the day with a little help from an non-costumed Huntress who takes down the last foe.
If I could sum this issue up with one word, that word would be "fun"
Dixon does a fine job with this issue by integrating the massively hilarious "Macbeth at the Beach" play, which is simply a bunch of surfers performing Macbeth in a beach setting, with some great action and heroics at the hands of Robin and Huntress. The art is in a very "cartoony" style, not gritty like most of Gotham City, but it holds true to the fun nature of this issue. Dixon obviously has a grasp on the nature of Tim Drake in these years, as Tim was one of the more fun-loving Robins that was still a true blue hero, and I really enjoyed the interaction with Tim and his friends. The situation to be in was a bit on the ridiculous side, but it was still an entertaining issue that provided some great action and humor while not seeming unrealistic. It's not a life changing comic, but it's definitely a good, solid read.
This issue is a one and done issue that doesn't rely on any deep knowledge of the Bat Universe and doesn't tie in to anything, so it is a very quick read and you can pick it up at your leisure. A very good read, and I'd recommend any fans of a solid comic for a fun read.
You may have already heard about this, I'm sure you did, but we tell you anyway, All Star Batman & Robin is DEAD! I know that might please and/or distress some of you out there, but wait! There's more! The creative team from All Star Batman and Robin (Frank Miller, Jim Lee) recently announced that they will be working on another project entitled Dark Knight: Boy Wonder.
This story is set to take place in the same universe as many of the other Miller Bat-Books such as Year One, Dark Knight Returns, and The Dark Knight Strikes Again (DKR2). This universe is both loved and hated equally, and All Star Batman & Robin is heavily criticized as an atrocity to the Gotham universe, but personally, as a fan of the Year One/DKR Universe, I am hopeful, if not optimistic about this comic.
Overall, Frank Miller hasn't been able to write to the same caliber recently as he has in his past days, and with projects such as The Spirit motion picture, I think it would be best to go in to this comic skeptical, but on the other hand, THE JIM LEE ART IS FANTASTIC!
Be on the look out for this book to appear in February in 2011, or don't. We won't be mad, we'll still cover it!
Source: DC's The Source
I would like to say, first, that I am extremely happy for him because I know like many others that doing what you love and being creative in your own right gives you complete freedom, and that is the key to happiness, so we here at the Gotham Central Podcast would like to wish Mr. Rucka the best with all of his future endeavors.
But can I be selfish for a minute? Greg Rucka was responsible for some of the best stuff that has come out of Gotham City for quite a while. He was the writer on No Man's Land, a fantastic run on Detective with Batman, the re-imagining of Batwoman in 52 and Detective Comics, he was a writer on Gotham Central and also wrote one of the stories on the Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature. We are losing a HUGE asset to both DC and Gotham City and his presence will be severely missed. I know Justin and I, as well as the extended Gotham Podcast family truly loved his work and we are desperately sad to see him go. Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III won a GLAAD award for their outstanding portrayal of Kate Kane in Detective Comics, and I seriously doubt that we will see anything like that for a long time.
So, Greg, if you see this, we will desperately miss you and your love for Gotham City, but we want to wish you the best and we look forward to more Queen & Country, Stumptown, and other projects.
Thank you so much for everything you have given us.
Friday, April 2, 2010
DC’s Source Blog is reporting today that legendary comic book creator Neal Adams will be returning to Batman in 2010.
BATMAN: ODYSSEY will be a 12-part mini-series coming in July. This series marks a return to the character that Adams helped redefine. When I normally think of classic Batman art, Adams’ name is the first that comes to mind.
Synopsis of Odyssey courtesy of DC’s Source Blog:
ODYSSEY finds Batman facing a series of seemingly unrelated challenges, villains and allies, old and new, that push him to his limits as never before. The battles get more intense and, in turn, more deadly, The Dark Knight Detective discovers that there might be an over-arching force behind his troubles. And if this is so, if there is a dark and mysterious matrix being super-imposed over Batman’s life… what sort of life-changing voyage must he go on to free himself from this powerful and insidious direction?
Adams will be heaivly involved with the series, writing and penciling the entire series, while also inking the first two issues.
For more Neal Adams goodness, check out CBR’s extended talk with Adams as well.