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Fight to Survive: Serpentor vs Vandal Savage

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Serpentor vs SavageFight to Survive: Serpentor vs Vandal Savage by Jerry Whitworth


In the expansive landscape of fiction, one truth always holds true: if there’s two characters remotely similar to each other, fans will argue which character would win in a fight. Son Goku and Superman. Batman and Captain America. Dr. Doom and Darth Vader. It doesn’t matter if it’s comic book, cartoon, novel, film, game, or television series. In today’s arena, we have G.I. Joe’s Serpentor and DC Comics’ Vandal Savage.

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Lucha Underground Returns!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Lucha Underground Season 2Lucha Underground Returns! by Jerry Whitworth


In the past, Comic Art Community has discussed the connection between comic books and wrestling and how the former has influenced the latter such as in Chikara (and what it could do for WWE, who has recently adopted a comic-like storyline with Arrow‘s Stephen Amell, Stardust, and Neville) as well as how wrestling could be adapted for the DC multiverse. In the last year, a new, significant player has been added to the mix. Lucha Underground, a weekly, seasonal television series produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) for Robert Rodriguez’s (Sin City, From Dusk till Dawn) El Rey Network, features performers from AAA (Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, essentially Mexico’s WWE) and American independent wrestlers in a decidedly comic book realm of storytelling (referred by some as a darker version of Chikara). Starring the likes of Mil Muertes (“1,000 Deaths,” the survivor of a massive earthquake resurrected as an undead monster), Drago (a dragon from Hell taking human form), Aero Star (an alien warrior who travels amongst the stars), and Pentagón Jr. (a crazed martial arts fanatic worshiper of the demented Vampiro), it’s easy to see the parallels to the four color page. The first season ended at the beginning of August as fans were left wondering if the series would be picked up for a second season. In the last week, that question would be answered with a resounding ‘yes.’ Lets examine what a second season of Lucha Underground in 2016 could present its fans.

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The Argonauts: Interview with Keith Dallas

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

The Argonauts #1The Argonauts: Interview with Keith Dallas by Jerry Whitworth


Across the span of time and space, The Argonauts by Keith Dallas (Omega Chase, Ghostbusters: Con-volution) and Robert Saunders (ARComics: The Frontiers) features a team of heroes assembled to protect Earth from the evil D’Ent, an alien avian species of intergalactic conquerors. From the mystical past come the sorcerer Karina, warrior Davin, and Mountain Giant Utnir, from the far future the rebel Shard, scientist Pol, and hot-headed 098-473, and in the present, the husband and wife team of inventor Jennifer Finn and technologically-enhanced police officer D.A.R.T. Jason Finn band together to form the Argonauts. The ongoing series is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to publish its first trade paperback collecting the initial six issues. However, the first issue and a short story have been posted online for free to give readers the opportunity to observe the product for themselves before making an investment in the book. Comic Art Community had the opportunity to speak with author Keith Dallas about his series.

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Batman ’66: In Memoriam

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

BATMAN ‘66 #30Batman ’66: In Memoriam by Jerry Whitworth


With the release of the December 2015 solicitations for DC Comics came the announcement of several title cancellations. Arguably the most talked about series coming to an end is that of Batman ’66. Continuing elements from the Batman television series of the 1960s while introducing new dimensions from the comics to be published since that time, the digital-first title was initially a big hit for the publisher. That premiere came over two years ago and since that time, sales have largely been on a steady decline especially over the last year (with occasional big bumps here and there such as with the first appearance issues of the Batrobot, Solomon Grundy, Clayface, and Harley Quinn to the series). However, for faithful readers of the book, the cancellation came as a shock despite its sales hanging around that of the other titles that were ended (with Injustice: Gods Among Us able to hold on, likely by moving into a Year Five series following its annual’s publication). But there still exists a feeling of being blindsided by some, many vocal fans viewing the book as one of the best titles produced by the publisher and one of the few holdouts at the company of telling a story that was entertaining without being overly dark or gritty. Lets take a look at the title’s history, impact, and future.

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Make It So: Mega Man the Movie

Posted by on Sep 13, 2015 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Mega ManMake It So: Mega Man the Movie by Jerry Whitworth


One of Capcom’s oldest and most popular gaming franchises in Mega Man is reportedly coming to the big screen. A co-production by 20th Century Fox (known for their X-Men and Fantastic Four films) and Chernin Entertainment (who have produced the Planet of the Apes films since 2011), the project has been in the works since at least last year and is being overseen by David Ready and Michael Finfer from Chernin (as founder Peter Chernin is set to produce). Mega Man, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in two years, features an android battling mad scientist Dr. Wily and his Robot Masters in the decade 200X. Mega Man has been adapted for television in shows like Captain N: The Game Master and a self-titled series in 1994 from Ruby-Spears Productions as well as comic books such as the series currently being published by Archie Comics. Lets take a look at elements likely to emerge in the film.

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Wrestlers in Space: Interview with Nathanael Hopkins-Smith

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Wrestlers In SpaceWrestlers in Space: Interview with Nathanael Hopkins-Smith by Jerry Whitworth


From the minds of Nathanael Hopkins-Smith (The Vagabond) and Francesco Chiappara (The Croods), Wrestlers in Space is a comic book being crowd funded on Kickstarter featuring four wrestlers (Commander Columbus, Rami Rasheed, and the Lobo Brothers) lost in space trying to find their way back home. Comic Art Community corresponded with Hopkins-Smith to discuss Wrestlers in Space which will see its Kickstarter campaign end on September 15, 2015.

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Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Villains

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman 66Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Villains by Jerry Whitworth


DC Comics’ hit digital first series Batman ’66 based on the iconic 1966 Batman television series is moving toward its thirtieth issue in the coming months. Creator Jeff Parker and a rotating cast of artists have adapted the television versions of notable characters like Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Joker, Penguin, Catwoman (both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt versions), Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Mad Hatter as well as television original characters like King Tut, Egghead, Louie the Lilac, Marsha: Queen of Diamonds, Siren, and Shame in that time. Various other projects would also emerge including the lost script of Harlan Ellison to bring Two-Face to the television series appearing on the printed page and crossovers came up such as a sequel to the Green Hornet television special episodes and an upcoming series with Britain’s The Avengers (with an expressed interest by the creator of Wonder Woman ’77 to also crossover with Batman). However, the series hasn’t stopped there and has also seen the likes of Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Batwoman, Bane, Hugo Strange, Clayface (a transformed False Face), Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy (who appeared in the Batman spin-off Legends of the Superheroes), and Lord Death Man appear in the Batman ’66 series. This, of course, poses the question of what villains could emerge next for the first time in the digital first series.

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Mutagen Mania: Make Mine Mutanimals

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Mutanimals 2015Mutagen Mania: Make Mine Mutanimals by Jerry Whitworth


Emerging in the current season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Mighty Mutanimals are a group of mutants formed by reporter Jack Kurtzman (a homage to Jack Kirby, whose birth name was Jacob Kurtzberg) to combat the invading Kraang from Dimension X. The team is the latest in a series of Mutanimals dating back to 1991 created for the Archie Comics’ Ninja Turtles license using mostly supporting characters developed for the toyline and adapted for the animated series. Spinning out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #19 into a three-issue miniseries, Man Ray (the model for Ray Fillet in the cartoon and toyline) investigated a meteorite in the ocean off the Amazon where he met the forest’s guardians Jagwar and Dreadmon. The meteorite turned out to be an egg containing the larvae of Maligna, the hive queen of the alien insectoid race of Malignoids seeking to conquer Earth. Meanwhile on the Stump Asteroid, Maligna sent her troops to kill Stump and Sling (operators of Intergalactic Wrestling) for aiding the Ninja Turtles against her previously in “The Final Conflict.” Stump’s employees Leatherhead, Wingnut, and Screwloose fought the foes back and, learning of Earth’s invasion, left to help their Turtle friends. The trio by happenstance touched down in the Amazon whereas the six heroes aligned against the larvae and defeated them as Maligna arrived to lead the invasion herself. As the yet named Mutanimals fought Maligna’s forces, Raphael and his ally Mondo Gecko with former foe the Kid battled the queen directly and forced her to retreat.

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Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman '66 Meets The Green HornetTop 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth


Announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, DC Comics’ hit digital first series Batman ’66 will crossover with the Avengers from IDW’s Steed and Mrs. Peel. This follows the popular mini-series Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet co-produced with Dynamite Entertainment which continued the crossover from the original television series. The author of Wonder Woman ’77 has also commented on a desire to crossover with Batman ’66 (which isn’t new ground as Adam West and Burt Ward returned to their familiar roles with the Justice League of America in 1979’s Legends of the Superheroes). These crossovers may very well be a sign of things to come which prompts the question of what series could we see join the trend down the line. Lets explore some series that could fit in well with the time period and/or tone of Batman ’66.

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Rhode Island Comic Con – November 6-8

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Rhode Island Comic Con
NOVEMBER 6-8, 2015



One of the most loved cast members of the famed show Sons of Anarchy “Juice” himself rides into The Rhode Island Comic Con this November to join his fellow cast members Ron Perlman, Ryan Hurst, Emilio Riveria, Drea DeMatteo and more at the RICC.

Sons of Anarchy reunion

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Supergirl: From Page to Screen SDCC Edition

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

SupergirlSupergirl: From Page to Screen SDCC Edition by Jerry Whitworth


Set to premiere this October on CBS, Supergirl will feature Superman’s cousin Kara (played by Melissa Benoist) following in her kin’s heroic footsteps in National City while juggling her job as the assistant to Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the founder of media conglomerate CatCo. As with other Warner Bros. TV programming, the series would be featured at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 where more details were revealed about the upcoming series including more characters set to appear. Lets examine some of these new names announced for live action.

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Ninja Turtles Season 5: We Want You!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Alien AttackNinja Turtles Season 5: We Want You! by Jerry Whitworth


For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ fifth season, the heroes are going to space to combat the likes of Lord Dregg and the Triceratons. Thus far, only a handful of characters have been announced for the upcoming twenty episode season so the door’s open for any number of past and new characters to emerge. However, as season three (and the reveals for season five) have demonstrated, there’s plenty of room for nostalgic entries such as the likes of the Punk Frogs and Mighty Mutanimals. So, lets take a look at some other alien characters that could very well find their way into the fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come.

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Arrow & Flash: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

VixenArrow & Flash: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth


With several studios opting out of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 (notably Marvel, Sony, and Paramount), arguably the biggest presence was Warner Bros. who brought teams from their film, television, and animation divisions to descend upon the event. As expected, the DC Television Universe had a strong presence as details on Arrow, Flash, Vixen, and Legends of Tomorrow were revealed. Some news to emerge include John Diggle (portrayed by David Ramsey) beginning to adopt a costume (which fans speculate to be inspired by the Manhattan Guardian), a trailer for the Vixen series (featuring Megalyn Echikunwoke as the eponymous heroine), Hawkman coming to the Arrow crossover, and the casting of Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall) as the father of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Golden Glider (Peyton List). Lets take a look at some of the other announced characters for the DCTVU.

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Batman Joins the Avengers at IDW

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman AvengersBatman Joins the Avengers at IDW by Jerry Whitworth


Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, DC Comics’ Batman ’66 series will crossover with Britain’s the Avengers John Steed and Emma Peel from IDW Publishing. Batman ’66 is a hit digital first series from DC expanding the 1966 Batman television show while introducing modern day characters like Killer Croc, Clayface, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Harley Quinn set in the time period’s mold. The series would previously crossover with Green Hornet from Dynamite Entertainment based on the original crossover in the television show while Marc Andreyko has expressed a strong interest to see his Wonder Woman ’77 comic book team with the Bat-book (Adam West’s Batman would also star in a Super Friends-inspired pair of 1979 live action television specials called Legends of the Superheroes). The Avengers, a popular spy-fi television series from the 1960s, is no stranger to comics having been adapted by Gold Key, Eclipse (from the mind of Grant Morrison), Boom! Studios (by the legendary Mark Waid), and most recently by IDW in Steed and Mrs. Peel (Marvel having the publishing rights to the Avengers name). There is also, of course, The Avengers episode “A Touch of Brimstone” which inspired the Hellfire Club in the X-Men. But beyond just being in the same time period, what similarities do the properties of Batman ’66 and Steed and Mrs. Peel share?

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Ninja Turtles Season Five: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNinja Turtles Season Five: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth


In previous seasons of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the series’ heroes have faced invaders from Dimension X, mutants spawned by the Kraang’s mutagen, and ninjas from the malevolent Foot Clan lead by the Shredder. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, the Turtles’ world is about to expand as they face new alien threats in its upcoming fifth season. Currently in its third season set to resume airing again in about three weeks for eight more episodes, the series was ordered for a fourth season last summer (reduced from 26 episodes to twenty) and a fifth season last week (also with twenty episodes). The current season has been a veritable buffet of pop culture homages to films and eclectic icons and saw the introduction of such classic characters as the Punk Frogs, Mighty Mutanimals, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Mondo Gecko. Lets take a look at what characters are in store in the show’s fifth season.

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