News and bits 5/16/09

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Busy is as busy does. Or something like that. So here’s a few cool stuff to keep you entertained:

Check out the covers to Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1. Great stuff from Pacheco and DelaFuente. Oh, and from the looks of it, FURY’S BACK

Kevin Smith is writing Green Hornet and Batman: The Widening Gire. No, he’s not back to writing the script for the Hornet movie: he’s writing the Hornet COMIC. With fantastic designs by Alex Ross (check ’em here), this is Smith’s way of putting his version of the Green Hornet (and Kato, as you’ll notice) out there before Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet movie comes out.

Batman: The Widening Gire, on the other hand, is Kevin Smith doing his ultimate take on the Dark Knight, like Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers (and for that matter, Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams) did back in the day. It’s twelve issues with Walt Flanagan (Batman Cacophony) on art, and promises to introduce a new character who’ll later star in an ongoing written by Smith.  Read all about it here.

Both projects look pretty spifftacular (yes Spiff, that was for you): from the sounds of it, Smith’s got a pretty full plate, comics-wise. I didn’t like Smith’s characterization of Batman in his latest series, Batman Cacophony, very much, but he wrote a great Dark Knight when he cameoed in Green Arrow. Plus Smith can write some awesome comics when he’s on his game (again, Green Arrow).

-Captain America hits milestone after milestone: first is Captain America #50, a special issue focusing on Bucky’s many birthdays over the years. After that, Cap goes back to its original numbering to celebrate issue #600. The story details of that issue are hush-hush, but we know it’s about the one year anniversary of Cap’s death… and something major might be going down. Brubaker writes, of course, but there’ll also be stories by former Cap writers Roger Stern and Mark Waid. There’s also this mysterious image

Yup. Pretty sure that’s the Heroes Reborn Bucky. Man, talk about wild. Anyway, then there’s Cap #601, which is special in itself because Gene “The Dean” Colan is drawing it! It’s the man’s first work in years and frankly, I can’t wait. I mean, yeah, I stopped buying Captain America a looong time ago, but there’s too much going on to NOT get intrigued.

-Who’s the Character Find of 2009 (as one person at the amazing DCU blog called him?) Dex-Starr, the Red Lantern cat! Read all about how he came to be here. Kudos to Geoff Johns and Shane Davis for not being afraid to insert of humor in all the epic “War of Light” stuff going on in Green Lantern.

Alan Cumming (shaddup) is going to be the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man musical. Crazy.

Anyway, time for that announcement I mentioned earlier: there are going to be some changes around here. I can’t even guarantee we’ll have the same name when this is over. Stay tuned.

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One Response to “News and bits 5/16/09”

  1. spiffyithaca Says:

    I didn’t really like Cacophony at all save some humorous moments, but I really like the idea of Widening Gire. That said…I love Walt Flanagan, just not so much his art. It’s too plain. So I don’t know where I stand on that. Green Hornet looks fun too.

    If there’s one comic I need to catch back up with…it’s probably Captain America. Awesomeness.

    There’s a Spider-Man musical!?

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