Justice League kicks off the New DCU

Last night, at midnight, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 made it’s debut at comics stores across the country.  Stores like FAMOUS FACE & FUNNIES in Melbourne, FL  held events, had crowds, and the new flagship title flew off the shelves. We saw the new first meetings of Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman; and we witnessed our first peak at Vic (Cyborg) Stone’s new origin in the making.

Hungry for more? over at THE SOURCE BLOG, Dc revealed this two page spread from next month’s Justice league #2.

Note the gizmo on the bottom left, labeled “Sonic Disruptor”. This make me IMMENSLY happy, as the failed ’80’s maxi-series, SONIC DISRUPTORS (it was scheduled for 12 issues, but got canned at 7) has always given me the giggles. This nod to to this obscure chapter of DC history has done more to endear me to the relaunch than I’d care to admit.

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DCnU: 52 quotes for 52 covers

Over at DC’s THE SOURCE blog, they’ve come up with a little matching game. They’ve listed 52 quotes for their 52 NEW DCU titles, and want you to try and figure out what goes with what.

Click to enlarge the covers collage, and the quotes are below.

“If you’re not moving, you’re not living.”

“If we stop looking to the present and the past, and instead we look to the future…if we ask ourselves what can be–what it will be tomorrow… then we’re asking the right question. Because to hope, to dream, to predict is to shape the city yourself, rather than to be shaped by it.”

“Maybe this is all connected to that guy in Metropolis.”

“You think you and your ‘army’ stand a chance against Superman and a half dozen Green Lanterns and Wonder Woman?”

“They ended the revolution and freed our country. Then they disappeared.”

“Do we look like ‘super-heroes’? We’re the professionals.”

“He’s the worst kind of killer. One with no true pattern.”

“Hee…That’s so cute. You think you’re scary. But mister, I’ve seen scary. And you ain’t got his smile.”

“What I do, I do for the good of the universe. Something you lost sight of thousands of years ago.”

“I’m losing control.”

“We don’t… We don’t call it that. It could be the key to all human knowledge. Black holes. Time travel. Physics, on another level.”

“What I want is your complete attention and for you to understand that your life is now mine.”

“You are not the first doctor I’ve known that tried to play god.”

“Flashpoint effect has definitely closed off time travel.”

“I’ve always enjoyed your sense of humor, Booster.”

“He makes a sound like a supersonic bomber. And then it looks like his shadow itself turns against him.”

“How’s it feel to be nobody’s favorite super-hero?”

“I remember a time when you would have begged me to stop playing superhero!”

“Maybe I was never a good guy, and maybe I was never the really big fish. But if there’s one thing I do know from living other’s people’s lives, it’s that I’ve changed.”

“How long have I been here? How long have I been frozen like this?”

“I always thought you could change the world, Michael.”

“Some people don’t like having their secrets exposed.”

“The only reason I’m here is ’cause if anything happens to you–that would make me the worst former sidekick ever.”

“You think I need a ‘team?’”

“You could do so much good! WE could do so much good!”

“Good to see you, Barbara.”

“Nature sounds its own warning bell.”

“Welcome to Cellblock D of the Central Asian Supermax Meta-Human Facility.”

“I thought I’d left that world behind me. That maybe I could do more good working from the shadows. Apparently, I was wrong. I’m going to need help.”

“You’re Welcome, my friend. And New York City, you’re welcome too!”

“If that scarab pops back up, I want any Green Lanterns within five parsecs to know it.”

“You’ve been partners with this guy for a couple of years, and you still haven’t told him where you really came from?”

“A bunch of Lanterns have just died in sector 3599.”

“We are too late.”

“Because the entire time THEY have been studying ME? I have been studying THEM.”

“This time it spells trouble.”

“I swear to God I don’t know nothin’ about the Gotham Butcher.”

“You’re just in time for your destiny.”

“Miles? Why, my beautiful girls…. You can see forever.”

“People are goin’ nuts. Wait ‘til they watch us kill him.”

“Oh, God. Oh, God. I just murdered someone!”

“You are the parent of your own fear.”

“Kyle Rayner of Earth, you have been chosen.”

“You’re not my partner, you’re my son.”

“Find out who is under that mask.”

“For this great mission I will need help. I will need followers who are prepared to follow me into the jaws of death, and worse…”

“You’ll have my undivided attention… And I’m pretty sure I’ll have yours.”

“Just when I’ve set up my new life, my old one comes back. Well played, Gotham.”

“I didn’t even know how much I missed it.”

“The dream isn’t over.”

“The future is being re-made.”

“Life isn’t without risk. You hear that bon mot a lot. But mostly around business. Or dating. Or eating fried food from street vendors. But we take risks all the time, every day, in a thousand ways. Driving a car. Talking to a stranger. Jay walking. Those are the little ones we don’t even think about. It’s the big ones that make it interesting. At least for me, it is.”

Geoff Johns & Jim Lee reveal the DCnU JUSTICE LEAGUE’s first big bad

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee appeared on Sirius XM’s “Geek Time” to talk about DC’s new 52, and revealed the villain for the first story arc of their new JUSTICE LEAGUE.  The solicts for #1 says that “Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!”
Who or what is this “dark evil” so great that it requires Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg to stop him?

Well, I’ll tell ya this much, it’s not aliens who turn the heroes into trees, and it sure aint Starro the Conqueror! heck, the question phrasing is a hint and a half..

But…spoiler alert, so scroll down at your own risk!






Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS; 1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!

  • DC Universe
  • 40pg.
  • Color
  • $3.99 US

On Sale August 31, 2011


Image Comics Partners with comiXology to Relaunch Their Website

Berkeley, CA – 29 July 2011 — Image Comics is pleased to introduce a completely redesigned Website, which includes many additional features and improvements. ComiXology, who created and continues to maintain the Image App for digital comics, has once again partnered with the publisher for the redesign of their Website.

Some of those exciting features and improvements include:
  • A new online database which will help fans search for their favorite comics and discover new favorites by allowing them to search by creator, series title, or even genre.
  • A live RSS feed, inviting fans to keep abreast of the latest Image Comics news and participate in the Image Comics community via Twitter and Facebook.
  • A section devoted to digital comics for sale, including some downloads that are even available for free! Read all of Images Comics digital comics at comics.imagecomics.com.
  • The Image Comics Forums, which will continue to give creators, retailers, and fans alike an online home for questions and discussion.
“A company’s Website represents your business when you can’t, so Image took proactive measures with us to ensure that their online presence represents them well,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Their new site functionality will ensure that all of their comics are easily discoverable by their community, and allow them to directly interact with them as well.”

Imagecomics.com has been due for an overhaul for some time, but we’re all extremely happy with the latest iteration of our site,” added Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “How comics are marketed, sold and read continues to change at a rapid pace, so there’s always more work to be done, but the comiXology crew have given us a fantastic framework to move forward with.”

Some of the features that Image Comics fans can look forward to in coming months will include:
  • An exclusive retailers-only section that will offer assets and information for retailers to assist them in sales, and will require a log-in code to enter.
  • A section for libraries and educators that will offer assets, plans and information to aid them in their quest to get people reading and enjoying comics.
The new Website at www.imagecomics.com is live now, so please have a look, and you may just discover your new favorite comics there!

Since 2007 comiXology has been developing the technological infrastructure to bring comics into the digital mainstream and expose new audiences to the rich history and culture of the industry. Through partnerships with top comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archaia Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and Image Comics as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 10,000 digital titles, comiXology has become a leader in digital comic book proliferation. Also focused on creating strong ties with retail stores through its technology solutions, comiXology continues to transform the previously fragmented comic ecosystem into a vibrant and cohesive marketplace.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.