It’s announced that Geoff Johns, known for working at DC Comics for years, will publish a new comic book with Image Comics, Geiger, with art by Gary Frank. The project marks the first creator-owned project from Johns in over a decade. Check out the official announcement below. Press Release DOOMSDAY CLOCK’S GEOFF JOHNS & GARY FRANK …
Geoff Johns has taken to Instagram to share a first look at Batman: Earth One Vol. 3.
“To mark my trip to London today, where I get to see [Gary Frank] and [Jon Sibal] — a first look at #BatmanEarthOne V3,” Johns added.
Johns also noted in the comments that he might be able to attend the London Comic-Con this weekend.
No release date has been announced as of yet.
The Batman: Earth One graphic novels re-imagine a new mythology for the Dark Knight, where the familiar is no longer the expected.
Months ago, Geoff Johns promised us the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship was not just the shocking cover kiss or a sprinkle of sugar after a long and laborious new origin story. He said the relationship would not only have ramifications for the Justice League as a whole, but the New 52 and the Trinity War as well.
His crystal ball is right again as, in Justice League #19, Johns presents us with a great team book with iconic characters that are (again?) becoming people we care about and want to read about.
Take the manner in which Supes and Diana take down the big bads in this issue. Novel, to say the least. Then there is the long-awaited cover moment: Team leader Batman confronting the world’s two most powerful beings about their trysting habits. Surely no other singular moment like this one comes closer to delivering on Johns’ promise and on taking us into the beginnings of Trinity War!
The pencils of Ivan Reis were particularly outstanding this issue, giving every nuance to the more serious and emotional section, and the sprightly comedy (welllll …) of new members Firestorm and the female Atom was captured to perfection. Certainly changing these many moods as more League members pour in will be difficult, as the team continues to try to define itself. Even the Bendis-esque talking head section with the Big Three was handled well by the artist, although those twisty-turny panels can make one woozy. (Remember the late, great Gene Colan’s Dr. Strange?)
And then there is Johns and Gary Frank’s consistently excellent Shazam backup. You know, I was really not in favor of such radical changes for the Big Red Cheese and followed the backup only because Johns had said early on it would boomerang back into Justice League.
Well, while readers are still waiting for that, this backup has been one of the most enjoyable ones in the New 52, Threshold’s Larfleeze notwithstanding.
I truly wonder if Johns is where he wants to be now, or if continuity is crawling along to slowly for what he has planned. The grand Jim Lee gatefold of Free Comic Book Day was almost a year ago and, far as I know, Batman doesn’t have Pandora’s Box yet.
So let’s go to war! Trinity War, that is.
Do not fret Justice League fans, although not a single Leaguer is seen in this book, it is still a great story that gives us the New 52 origin of Shazam!
Finally, no longer just a back-up story, Geoff Johns gives fans what they have been clamoring for! Billy Batson may have entered this series as a mere troubled boy, but he emerges as the wielder of the living lightning — Shazam!
The story is one of power and what you can do when the odds that have always been stacked against you, come crumbling down. What would you do if you were suddenly able to do anything you could ever dream of? What if you could do anything, but still retained the mind of a troubled youth — one that has seen too many hardships over the years? Would you squander it, do horrible things with it or just have fun with it?
Johns isn’t afraid to ask the smart questions in this book, but at times his tale seems to parallel Mark Millar’s Superior mini-series far too closely. Not to say this tale doesn’t have a unique story to tell, quite the contrary, but it does have similarities that are far too glaring. Similarities aside, the book itself is very well done and will make any fan glad that Shazam is back in the DC Universe!
As good as the core story is, the back-up is the one that will garner the most buzz. Written by Johns and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, we are drawn into the web of the enigmatic — Trinity of Sin. We witness Pandora’s frustration over her judgment and finally get to see a fleeting glimpse of the mysterious “third” sinner. What we don’t know is why these beings are here, what they mean to do and if they are working for or against mankind. A truly rich and intriguing finish to a great book, one that will leave you with questions. Or better yet, THE Question!
At your local comic shops you will find a free DC Comics issue of the Batman: Earth One special preview edition.
No, it is not Free Comic Book Day, but it is free The Dark Knight Rises day!
In celebration of the movie’s release, DC Comics has provided local comic shop retailers over 500,000 free copies of the preview issue to be given out.
The preview issue features the first chapter from the graphic novel, Batman: Earth One, which is written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank.
But’s that not all, as the free issue also includes a preview from the Batman, Vol. 1: The Court Of Owls trade by scribe Scott Snyder and superstar artist Greg Capullo.
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra’s al Ghul.
Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Dark Knight Rises Movie Hub for even more news, trailers and images.
DC Comics revealed the variant cover to Action Comics #8 by artist Gary Frank.
This issue sees the conclusion to Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ first Superman arc.
Action Comics #8
DC released the solicit for Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Batman Year One HC.
DC Comics’ Justice League #7 sees the beginning of the 10 page back-up story by Geoff Johns, “The Curse Of Shazam,” with art by Gary Frank.
Johns spoke with Newsarama about that, but also mentioned the Captain Marvel movie that has been placed on the backburner for the past few years or so.
Johns, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, was specifically asked if the project was dead, as no news has been heard of in quite some time.
Oh, no, Shazam’s always â€” there’s always a possibility for Shazam. There’s always talk about Shazam. And I can’t get into the specifics on that, but yeah, there’s hope for Shazam.
Johns was also asked if this new back-up featuring Captain Marvel — though the New 52 is referring to CM as strictly Shazam — had any relation to his work in the film. As of 2009, Johns was listed as a co-writer and producer on the movie.
Not really. It’s got some elements that I pitched in there, and some of the same characters, obviously, because the characters cross over. Tonally, it’s probably pretty close.
Justice League #7, with art by Gene Ha, is scheduled for release March 21st.
I instantly became a fan of Gene Ha with Flashpoint: Project Superman, so this is great news to me.
DC announced that Gene Ha will be drawing Justice League #7, and provided the following first look. Ha also recently did some pages in Action Comics #3.