Deathstroke, Grifter and Savage Hawkman -- R.I.P.

Deathstroke #9 
Deathstroke #9 
DC announced today that Rob Liefeld will be joining three current on-going titles; Deathstroke, Grifter and Savage Hawkman. He'll be joining the series in their ninth issues come this May. It's been stated he'll be writing and drawing Deathstroke, while being credited with plotting both Grifter and Savage Hawkman. You have to wonder what DC is thinking right about now. They just canceled a title he was working on (Hawk & Dove) and now they reward him with three series? I'm so glad I'm not following any of those three series or I'd be extremely upset right now. I've already dropped all three of those titles. Knowing Liefeld is coming aboard them I know I won't be reading those characters for quite some time. What do you guys think of this? 

Am I The Only Person Enjoying The Series Orchid?

I don't really hear anyone talking about Orchid, one of the new series from Dark Horse. The first three issues are out and they've been incredible. Sad thing is it looks as if I'm the only one reviewing the series. There was another person who reviewed an issue but I'm the only user to review all three so far. I'd love to hear other peoples perspective on the series. Personally I've become fascinated with this world Tom Morello has created. I had never heard of the guy before this (don't shoot me). So I had no idea of whether or not he could create compelling comics. I took a chance since the first issue was $1.00 and it was one of the best decisions I've made in the past few months (concerning comics). The artist Scott Hepburn has earned my admiration. This guy is talented. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes and ears out for him in the future. If anyone else is reading this series let me know how you're liking it. 


Assassins Creed: The Chain

Assassins Creed: The Chain is an upcoming series which is a direct sequel of Assassins Creed: The Fall and will once again be done by the same creative team of Cameron Stewart and  Karl Kerschl. No release date has been released as of yet but a teaser cover was released as can be seen below.  

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Greg Rucka - "Light In The Dark"

I just came across this blog written by Greg Rucka. Once again he reminds me why he's one of my favorite writers. The man has a way with words. 
I am technically on vacation. This means that my blog post for Tuesday is a day late and I’m writing less-regularly than normal. Apologies for the delay. I am also in a mood, and that’s probably not a good thing to be in when trying to write a blog post, but I’m going to post this anyway, because it’s that kind of mood. You have been warned.

My son and I went to see Captain America about two weeks back, and it was as enjoyable and delightful a trip to the movies as I can remember in years. My days as a bitchy critic of cinema are long past, mind you, and I’m not interested in posting a review. I could do that. I once did do that. I stopped doing that 20 years ago. The proliferation of people who mistake their opinion for criticism made me stop. We enjoyed it tremendously, and that’s enough. Given the current state of cinema, it may be more than enough.

Rick and I did an interview on Monday for The Long and Shortbox of It with Jon Gorga and Josh Kopin, and over the course of the conversation, we ended up discussing the continued slavish devotion to that which is labeled “dark” and “gritty” in super-hero comics. You’ll get an earful on this when you listen to the podcast, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about off and on for a while now, and this seems as good a time as any to get something off my virtual chest, so to speak.

When I was working on 52, I half-jokingly asked Geoff Johns what it was with him and decapitations. If you’ve read his work, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Black Adam, in particular, had a penchant for removing the top, so to speak. His response was that he’d grown up playing Mortal Kombat. Fatalities were common, as he put it; a decapitation was de rigueur. Me, I was in college whenNarc came out. Late formative years, and I still remember being taken aback the first time I watched the animated pitbulls tearing me apart on the screen.

Rick and I want Lady Sabre to be fun. Stealing a page from theClevinger-Wegener manifesto, if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing. If it’s not fun, we’re doing something wrong.

Captain America was fun. It was pure, and it was sincere, and it never once apologized for being either of those things, and in fact, that was why Steve Rogers was chosen to become the First Super Soldier. I credit an enormous amount of its success to these factors.

Here’s the thing: I am sick and tired of super-heroes who aren’t super and aren’t heroes, but more, I’m sick and tired of Hollywood blaming us for their failures. I am sick and tired of hearing various Hollywood studio execs who are as disconnected from the reality of middle-American taste as Rick Perry is from Christianity excusing the poor performance of their ill-executed product by tacitly blaming you, me, and everyone else of us who didn’t pay to see their garbage. Catwoman fails? Instead of, perhaps, just perhaps, acknowledging that the movie is a piece of excrement unworthy of use as fertilizer, they conclude instead that a female lead can’t open a movie unless her name is Jolie. So now we’re not only guilty of not being willing to pay for 90 minutes of intellectual abuse, we’re all apparently sexist jerks, as well. The problem with Green Lantern’s performance at the box office is that it’s not “gritty” enough? I don’t think so.

Art – and even if that art is commercial art, produced for entertainment – feeds and is fed by the society that consumes it. So I ask you, right now, looking around you, what flavor of escapism will go down best with you? In an era of terror alerts and bipartisan dysfunction, of rising hate and blossoming intolerance, of bank failure and wide-spread, global unemployment and recession, is grittyreally what we need?

Look, I like gritty. I write gritty. There is a time and a place for gritty. I’ll take my Batman gritty, thank you, and I will acknowledge that such a portrayal means that my 11 year old has to wait before he sees The Dark Knight. But if Hollywood turns out a Superman movie that I can’t take him to? They’ve done something wrong. Superman is many, many things. Gritty he is not, something that Richard Donner certainly understood.

(Pet peeve time: for the contingent out there who sneer at heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman and Captain America, those icons who still, at their core, represent selfless sacrifice for the greater good, and who justify their contempt by saying, oh, it’s sounrealistic, no one would ever be so noble… grow up. Seriously. Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters.)

This is not an argument of era or audience sophistication. Sophistication does not negate sincerity, nor does it even deny it, as the Captain America movie proves. Sophistication demands better storytelling, clearer motivation, purer intention. “Gritty” is an apologist word in this sense, used in the place of “realism.” We don’t go to the movies for “realism.” This is why documentaries aren’t the major product in the theaters. Sophistication does not demand realism; it demands smart.

I can think of no other industry where the consumer is made to bear the blame for the product’s failure as much as Hollywood. Seriously, let’s think that one through. The movie didn’t perform, therefore it’s our fault? You got food poisoning eating the fish they served and you paid for, it’s your fault? The brakes on your new car crapped out and you wrapped it around a tree, it’s your fault?

Here’s a crazy thought.

Maybe you made a bad movie.

Hold fast.




My favorite quote from this blog: 
"Cynicism is not maturity, do not mistake the one for the other. If you truly cannot accept a story where someone does the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, that says far more about who you are than these characters." 
So true. A lot of people don't like Superman for that reason but it's because of that reason why I enjoy him so much and why he is my favorite character.  
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New Series "Orchid" Coming In October

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A new series called Orchid hits stores this October coming from Dark Horse Comics. The solicitation reads as followed: 
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"From the mind of musician Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) with art by Scott Hepburn ( Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ), Orchid is the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her.

When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Welcome to the world of Orchid ."
I have to say I'm intrigued and am considering picking this up. The premise sounds pretty cool and the covers look great so far. I can't vouch for Morello's writing as I have little to no knowledge about him. Anyone else considering picking this series up?

One Year Anniversary

Today is my one year anniversary here on Comic Vine. It's crazy to believe that it's already been a year since I joined. I don't know where the time went. It seems like it was just yesterday I was signing up to join. I've definitely enjoyed my time on here and have met a few cool people. Hopefully I will continue to meet more awesome people throughout my time here. 
What I've accomplished in a year: 
239 Reviews 
44,562 Wiki Points 
1,150 Forum Posts 
9 Lists 
Honestly those numbers aren't what I expected. I thought I would have accomplished more by now, although I did take a three month break from it all. Not that anyone will read this as I'm not a popular user on here and I don't converse with other users as much as I would like, but with a whole year passing by, I'm going to continue to try and improve the quality of my efforts I contribute to this site. I will continue to strive to become a more avid user with the hopes of ultimately becoming one of the most recognized contributors here on Comic Vine. 


The Borgias (TV Series)

Now that The Tudors is over, Showtime is ready to launch a new series called The Borgias which focuses on the Borgia family, primarily Rodrigo Borgia's rise to power and the position of Pope.  

The show premieres tonight on Showtime. Anyone else interested in this? I think the trailer looks pretty good myself. I enjoyed The Tudors a lot so I'm sure I'll like this too. 

Chew TV Series

The hit comic series Chew published by Image Comics is being developed into a half hour comedy show. Showtime has bought a script for Chew and Stephen Hopkins is attached to direct and executive produce the series. The script is written by Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer. 
What do you think about this? Do you think Chew could be turned into a good TV series? Any thoughts on who should be cast in the roles?