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Marvel Comics Dead No More Teaser #2

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Following the first teaser from two weeks ago, Marvel Comics has now revealed a second “Dead No More” teaser with additional information.

Included with the above image was the following:

“If you got a chance to bring back someone who died, would you? And how will CLASSIFIED deal when ones they thought long dead once again walk the earth?”

It’s also been revealed the answer to the teaser will happen with Marvel’s FCBD issue which will feature a lead-in to the new Captain America: Steve Rogers comic, with the other half of the FCBD issue featuring the “Dead No More” answer.

The teaser above seems to hint at a Spider-Man connection, but it could be just that – a teaser – with most likely Marvel releasing similar style teasers for other characters in the coming weeks.

Obviously, if we had a say in the matter, we would bring back Richard Rider as Nova (and yeah, we still consider Star-Lord dead, too).

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FCBD 2012: One Aging Fanboy’s Opinion

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I don’t know about you, True Believer, but I had a ball on Free Comic Book Day, after 40-plus years as a fanboy (fan-gramps?) my first at my LCS.

Oh, what this would’ve meant to me back in my younger days when books were cheaper, more entertaining and bucks were more plentiful.

Now, of course, even though there were some great deals (thank you, Moonlite Comics of Frankfort, KY), these things are of course designed to get a lot of people into the store where things other than free books (older books, HCs, DVDs, models, action figures, swag, etc. etc.) can be uncarted at terrific bargain prices – and so they were!

Of course, the real treasures of this year’s FCBD, IMHO, were the mostly-new material books from DC and BOOM! Studios.

From DC, we got the great The New 52 #1, featuring a great gate splash starring the Justice League and other characters who will be involved in something called Trinity War next year. How is that for early promotion?

This adventure really gives us some background and insight into the hints that Justice League writer Geoff Johns has been dropping since September. Colonel Steve Trevor is BMOC hereabouts, as liaison to the League. He also has many worries of his own, as this publication shows well.

In continuity, the story takes place after the last Justice League issue and, I would wager, before the next, so kudos on great continuity here.

The saga herein is Pandora’s search for her box (lol?), its capture and threads leading to what will be on the New 52 menu next year. And there are some fine hints here also about Justice League stories to come, as well as its connection to its backup, Shazam.

Next from BOOM! Studios, home of the fine sci-fi comic, Planet of the Apes, and its many minis, we were treated to an early sampling of pure DnA cosmology.

Yep, that is right! CBN fan fave writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning team with Guardians of the Galaxy co-creator Brad Walker to sling off their Marvel Comics shackles and bring us the story of their own cosmic creations, The Hypernaturals!

While we do not know much yet about this future world, there are already intriguing threads being dropped in DnA fashion to set up future stories. A thanks to BOOM! Studios for letting these great creators of cosmic fare loose to do what they do best: create!

In an email I received from Dan Abnett shortly after I read Hypernaturals, the scribe said, in part: “We’re really having fun with HN, and I believe we’ve got some great ideas, characters and plot lines to unleash when the series comes around.”

The team, in the FCBD story celebrating the 100th year of Hypernaturals activity, is not just released upon some cosmic big-bad. They do investigate some wrongness in an important corner of their universe and … well, all contact is lost and something terrible happens to at least one of this newbie HN brigade.

So what do the officials on Earth do? Well, it looks as though they will be bringing in former HNs to help solve the problem and find the Centennial Year Iteration. The question is, do they want to assist?

Hope you had fun at your LCS last Saturday. I did!

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Review: DC Comics: The New 52 #1 (FCBD)

At last! The story of Pandora, who turns out to be … well, Pandora. You know, the one who opened the box in legend.

That box is now back in her possession with the coming of DC: The New 52 book for Free Comic Book Day, and as well we know a little bit about her past and the pasts of venerable DC characters Question and Phantom Stranger as well.

This adventure really gives us some background and insight into the hints that Justice League writer Geoff Johns has been dropping since September. Colonel Steve Trevor is BMOC hereabouts, as liaison to the League. He also has many worries of his own, as this publication shows well.

In continuity, the story takes place after the last Justice League issue and, I would wager, before the next, so kudos on great continuity, something Marvel (who invented it) does not seem to fret over anymore. (We miss you, Mark Gruenwald.)

The saga herein is Pandora’s search for the box, its capture and threads leading to what will be on the New 52 menu next year: The Trinity War! And there are some fine hints here also about Justice League stories to come, as well as its connection to its backup, Shazam.

Of course the icing on the cake is the great gate inside by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. I would say “worth the price of admission,” but since the issue is free I will say “more than worth the price of admission,” lol.

Hope you caught this, because it will explain so much as the World’s Greatest Heroes go into 2013. Thanks, DC!

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DC Comics Reveals Jim Lee Free Comic Book Day Cover: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Pandora

First thing: DC increase the darn font size on your new blog! WOW! HOLY!

Here is the Jim Lee cover for the DC Comics FCBD issue. 

Lee will also be drawing five pages, including a four-page Justice League gatefold, with an all new story by Geoff Johns.

So head to your comic shops on Saturday May 5th for Free Comic Book Day!

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Megacon 2012: DC Comics FCBD Features Pandora, Old DCU, Flashpoint, New 52 Universes

free comic book dayWe get a few tidbits coming out of the Megacon about the DC Comics issue for this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

While we know that DC superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are doing an all new story, what we didn’t know is that the issue will feature Pandora, the mysterious hooded lady that first appeared in Flashpoint, and has been seen in every single New 52 debut issue.

Apparently the FCBD issue will feature Pandora with her point of view on all three of the combined DC Universes, the “old” DCU, the Flashpoint U, and the “New 52” Universe. We’ll also see Pandora’s motivations, and just which characters and events she is closely watching.

Update: The three Universes mentioned could be the “old DCU, Vertigo and Wildstorm, as stated in the comments below.

Jim Lee is also said to be doing a fold-out four page spread, with Kenneth Rocafort, artist on Red Hood, doing a back-up.

Info via Bleeding Cool.

 

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Marvel Retitles FCBD Avengers 12.1 To Age Of Ultron 0.1

While the DC Comics Free Comic Book Day issue features an all-new story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, in addition to a 2012 preview, Marvel Comics, on the other hand, is offering a reprint of last year’s Avengers #12.1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch.

Well, not exactly “Avengers #12.1,” as it turns out Marvel is renaming the book to “Avengers: Age Of Ultron #0.1″ for FCBD.

I think when Tom Brevoort was questioned about the reprint being rather lame (‘cuz it is!), Brevoort responded that it was an important issue or something.

Turns out it might be just that, as Bleeding Cool notes, the Age Of Ultron storyline is probably Bendis‘ next big story. And we just saw that in Marvel’s “Point One” issue as well.

Here’s the new cover, which is specific for retailers to use and promote when they order enough (via BC and Third Eye Comics):

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DC Comics 2012 FCBD To Feature New Story and Preview

free comic book dayThe DC Blog The Source announced that this year’s FCBD issue will feature an all-new story by Geoff Johns, art from Jim Lee as well as a preview of the New 52.

Featuring art by legendary illustrator Jim Lee and other top talents, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 FCBD EDITION will include a new story by New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns.

There will also be preview material from DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” titles, including BATMAN INCORPORATED, DIAL H, EARTH 2, G.I. COMBAT, THE RAVAGERS and WORLDS’ FINEST.

Meanwhile, Marvel will be re-issuing last year’s April issue of Avengers #12.1 for their FCBD issue.  

FCBD is held Saturday May 5th, 2012 at participating fine comic book retailers everywhere.

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Jim Lee’s Justice League 2012 FCBD Shirt

DC released Jim Lee’s Justice League design for next year’s Free Comic Book Day.

The shirt will be in January’s Previews and will go on-sale April 11th, with with proceeds going to support FCBD marketing and promotional efforts.

DC released Jim Lee’s Justice League design for next year’s Free Comic Book Day.

The shirt will be in January’s Previews and will go on-sale April 11th, with with proceeds going to support FCBD marketing and promotional efforts.

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Press Release

 

DC Entertainment and Diamond Book Distributors unveiled today a custom design for 2012’s Free Comic Book Day t-shirt, illustrated by legendary artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The image features the Justice League, as seen in the bestselling comic book series written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Lee.
 
The shirt will be on sale in comic shops on April 11, in advance of Free Comic Book Day on May 5. It will be solicited in January 2012’s Diamond PREVIEWS catalog, and customers are encouraged to preorder with their local comic shop by January 18.
 
The illustration by Lee is an homage to a classic piece of Justice League art by José Luis García-López.
 
“It’s an honor to have Jim Lee design 2012’s FCBD Commemorative T-shirt,” said Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Leslie Bowser. “Jim’s artwork featuring the Justice League from DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 will certainly entice a lot of current fans. And it’s all for a good cause, as all proceeds go to our marketing efforts to spread the word about FCBD to new customers.”
 
The FCBD Commemorative Artist T-Shirt is a growing tradition, with a new artist providing artwork for the special design each year. This year’s shirt is a follow-up to the first two commemorative T-shirts, which featured artwork from Darwyn Cooke and Sergio Aragones in 2011 and 2010, respectively.
 
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