Writer/director Kevin Smith returns to comics with Batman: Cacophony, a three issue limited series that focuses on the Dark Knight.  Smith is no stranger to comics with critically acclaimed runs on Daredevil and Green Arrow, but the talented writer is also known for long delays between issues (Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do and Daredevil/Bullseye: The Target are prime examples). With Cacophony being only three issues, I don’t think we’ll have the delay problem here.

The issue hits stands next week on November 11th, with art by Walt J. Flanagan and Sandra Hope. Here is DC Comic’s official description:  Best-selling comic book writer/director Kevin Smith steps into Gotham City to write this 3-part miniseries event! Practically from out of nowhere, the mysterious masked killer known as Onomatopoeia returns and sets his sights – and sounds – against The Caped Crusader!

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Posted on November 7th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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This week, Marvel Comics brings us Amazing Spider-Man #575, the first part of “Family Ties”.  Written by Joe Kelly with art/cover by Chris Bachalo, the story sees the return of Hammerhead, a classic Spider-Man villain.

Marvel’s official description of the issue:  As the Mayoral election ramps up, gang activity is at an all time high…and Mr. Negative’s newest enforcer, HAMMERHEAD, works to bring all the gangs under one banner…or else. With some of the kids from Aunt May’s F.E.A.S.T. center caught in the crossfire, Spidey stands up to his old foe…but Hammerhead’s got some new tricks and even Spider-Man can’t stop him this time as Joe Kelly (Deadpool) and Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men) bring you FAMILY TIES!

Continue reading to check out a Q&A video with Joe Kelly about the new issue.

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I’m really excited that the Avengers will be assembling, it just sucks that we have to wait three years for it to happen.

Marvel has revealed that a new Avengers animated series is beginning production to coincide with the releases of their live actions films The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers. The show will be titled The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and will be produced by Marvel Animation.

The series will feature the same team that is rumored to be taking center stage in the film adaptation; Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, and the Wasp. The heroes are forced to come together “when the planet is threatened by super villains, time traveling conquerors, alien invaders, mythical monsters and mad robots bent on the total destruction of humanity”.

Also in production from Marvel Animated are Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Marvel Super Hero Squad, and The Black Panther.

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Marvel Comics has released the official trailer for Hulk vs. Thor, a 45 minute animated movie that pits the two Avengers against each other in an epic showdown. Marvel promises that the movie will feature every major character from Thor’s universe as the Hulk rampages through Asgard.

The movie is being released straight to DVD and Blu-Ray in January of 2009 as part of HULK VS, which also includes Hulk vs Wolverine. Click to enlarge these new photos from the movie.

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Secret Invasion #7, Marvel’s penultimate issue of their universe spanning Skull invasion was released today.  The issue was written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils by Leinil Francis Yu.

Marvel Comics’ official description: “THIS IS IT!! The Marvel Universe versus the Skrull Empire – a battle of unity and spirit the likes of which the Earth has never seen. The comic event of the year starts its shocking conclusion.”

Personally, I’m waiting for the story in trade paperback.  After Civil War, I soured on waiting for months between cliffhanger issues and would prefer to read it all together.

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Amazing Spider-Man #573 hits stores today and features the final chapter of “New Ways To Die”, along with a special 8 page story with Stephen Colbert.

Marvel’s official description: Some jobs a man just has to do with his own two hands! For the first time in a loooong time, it’s the one, true Green Goblin versus the Amazing Spider-Man! And whoever walks away from this one still has to face… Harry Osborn?! Just what is HARRY up to?! Plus: ANTI-VENOM goes toe-to-toe with a classic villain from Spidey’s past! This one’s got it all (including more pages!), Spider-Fans, and when it’s over, your eyes are gonna need a vacation!

Click to enlarge these three preview images from Amazing Spider-Man #573.

Today, “Action Comics #870” hit stands, and brought with it tragedy for the Man of Steel.  The issue featured the 5th and final part of the current Brainiac story arc.

DC Comics’ official description of the issue: “Superman versus Brainiac with everything at stake! No longer content to simply eradicate Superman, Brainiac is now determined to destroy Earth like so many other planets he’s left in his wake. But Brainiac’s ship is full of many bottles, inside of which some surprise guest-stars lurk! And while hope may blossom on Brainiac’s ship, there’s one life even the Man of Steel can’t save.”

Click these panels from the new issue to enlarge:

Posted on October 8th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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