75 Years of Batman

Batman75_logo_1COLOR_blk_580_53337eb4cb4440.11378405Batman is the most well known and beloved comic book character on the planet.

As much as I love Spider-Man and Superman, Batman is the one that EVERYONE knows and loves. In my twenty seven years on the planet I have never met anyone who does not like Batman in some form or another. The character is everywhere, ever present in pop culture from the comics themselves to the latest superhero movie releases from Warner Brothers.

Batman as a franchise crosses media like no other with more huge successes than fumbling messes. From blockbuster movies to ground braking TV and animated shows to thought provoking AAA video games. Batman is the guy to beat.

Today is the day that DC Comics (that’s Detective Comics Comics named after the very book Batman first appeared in) has designated as,  Batman Day in honour of their most successful character hitting 75 years of awesomeness.

75 years of Batman. 75 Years of stories. 75 years of people outside of comic books completely misunderstanding the basics and key elements of key elements and characters like Robin. 75 years of people loving the character in all his forms.

batmansaleSo go celebrate by indulging yourself with the latest Batman comic books out today or go ahead and grab some classic stories for a steal in ComiXology’s current sale of over 750 Batman comic books.

you can stay here and read about why the Dark Knight and his word is a deeply personal for me. Followed by of course some recommendations for you to check out.

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All-New Female Thor

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(Sources: Bleeding Cool, Comics Alliance, The Mary Sue)

Marvel dropped a nice piece of news today. Later this year the Thor we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjölnir and the mantle of Thor will be taken up by another character. This time a female character will wield the power of Thor!

As ever speculation is rife as to who this mysterious female is with guesses ranging from Angela to Valkyrie. Personally I hope it is a new character or at least one of the older, future Thor’s daughters (See current issues of Thor: God of Thunder and the true epic that is the God Butcher Saga) sent back in time to exact justice on the world.

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“Grayson, Dick Grayson”

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This week saw the release of Grayson #1. The new big thing for Batman’s former sidekick, the first Robin turned Nightwing, Dick Grayson. Trading in the super heroics for a globetrotting and mind bending super spy lifestyle. Grayson is one of those rare New 52 books that attempts to deliver on the promise of the New 52. Taking a familiar character and putting a new spin on them, taking both them and the reader out of their comfort zone and trying something new.

First thing, let’s get you up to speed before we explore the life of Dick Grayson, Super Spy:

  • Forever Evil happened and it was a great and underrated event comic. (Seriously go read it, it is a lot of fun!)
  • Nightwing was captured by the Crime Syndicate and they did this on international television,
  • Nightwing Unmasked!Dick then spent the rest of Forever Evil hanging on the edge of life or death. This caused everyone to speculate that Dan Didio would finally get his wish and we would see the death of Nightwing.
  • Nightwing died, for five very, very tense minutes.
  • Lex Luthor then saved the world.
  • Batman recovered Dick and decided to make his “death” public knowledge.
  • Bruce Wayne had a new mission for Dick Grayson one that would benefit from the world and his closest friends thinking he was dead.
  • The mission is to infiltrate Spiral, the super secretive spy organisation created by Grant Morrison during his run on Batman and Batman Inc.
  • The reason, they know Batman’s identity and could know the identities of other heroes.
  • Queue opening credits!

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Batgirl’s New Look

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(Source: MTV News)

So as of Batgirl #35 Gail Simone is once again off from writing Batgirl. Sad, yes, but this time it doesn’t seem to be a case of her being fired by email. More of just her run with the character is coming to an end, for now. So with her departure comes a new creative team and an opportunity to take the character in a “New and bold direction.”

Normally I would shrug and carry on with what I was doing but I am liking the look of the new team and what they are doing with the character. We have writers Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher with artist Babs Tarr and the results are pretty cool.

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