Hello comics fans, and welcome to your weekend edition of Comics Relief! Today’s edition kicks off with DC Comics’ celebration of seven and half decades of the Amazing Amazon. Read on for all the details…
Watch Wonder Woman’s Year-By-Year Evolution
This December mark 75 years since Wonder Woman made her first appearance in All-Star Comics #8. Now DC All Access has made this handy little video that takes you through all of Princess Diana’s looks year-by-year over the past 75 years, featuring art by illustrators like George Perez, Alex Ross, and more. You can check out the video in full above.
Frank Cho & Greg Rucka Embroiled in Wonder Woman Cover Controversy
Speaking of Wonder Woman, the new DC Rebirth version of her title, written by Greg Rucka, has already run into some controversy. Artist Frank Cho, known for his scantily clad art of buxom women, was assigned to do 24 variant covers over the course of a year for Wonder Woman. It seems the sixth cover will be his last, as Cho has walked off, claiming that writer Greg Rucka ordered changes made to his art, even though he was granted creative freedom (You can read all of Cho’s comments about the matter here).
Apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back was the cover for issue #3, which originally showed a sliver of Diana’s underwear under her skirt while running in an action pose. The cover has been altered to what is is now (you can see a before and after pic above). Although he’s made very cheescakey and arguably sexist covers in the past, the Wonder Woman covers he’s turned in so far have been anything but offensive, and it’s a shame to see him go. Nevertheless, Greg Rucka is the star of Wonder Woman right now and calls the shots, and the book has to fit his vision. Too bad these talented guys couldn’t see eye to eye. [Bleeding Cool]
Ed Wood’s “Classic” Film Gets a Comic Sequel
Edward D. Wood Jr.’s low budget Plan 9 From Outer Space is still widely considered the worst movie ever made…but that hasn’t stopped it from being beloved by lovers of bad taste (it was The Room of its day). Now Ed Wood’s movie is getting a comic book sequel, as Plan 10 From Outer Space. Plan 10 is an upcoming graphic novel planned by James Mascia and Michael Dolce, along with artists Osiris Junior, Soussherpa, and Tony Moy.
Said co-writer Michael Dolce in a statement, “When James approached me with the idea of a sequel to Plan 9, it immediately got the juices flowing. When coming up with Plan 10 we kept coming back to our society’s dependence on cell phones and technology and the story took off from there.” Plan 10 From Outer Space is set to arrive in February. You can see a preview image of the cover above. [Newarama]
Alex Maleev Previews The Infamous Iron Man
As you might have heard, we’re not just getting one new Iron Man in the fall via Marvel NOW!, but two. You’ve probably already heard about Riri Williams, the young, African-American girl who is taking over as Iron Man from Tony Stark, but there’s also Doctor Doom, who is becoming the armored Avengers in the Infamous Iron Man ongoing series.
Series artist Alex Maleev has offered an early look at the armor Victor Von Doom will use as Iron-Man, and unlike Tony Stark, don’t expect any hot rod red and bright yellow on this armor — Doom is sticking to his classic grey. You can see a preview images of the Infamous Iron Man above. [CBR]
Dark Horse Announces Matt Kindt’s Ether
Dark Horse Comics has just announced Ether, a new creator-owned title from the creative team of Matt Kindt and artist David Rubin, which is all about the worlds of science and magic colliding. According to the official description, Ether is “a cross-dimensional story that sees its hero Boone Dias crossing between his own science-based reality and into the Ether, a world where magic is prevalent”.
In a statement, writer Matt Kindt says, “Ether came from my love-hate relationship with the supernatural. It’s not a genre I’m particularly attracted to as a creator, and I really wanted to figure out why. So in a lot of ways, the main character in Ether is a surrogate for the part of me that wants to explore the supernatural but also wants everything to be explained — which can literally ruin the magic of a supernatural story.” Ether #1 is released on November 16th, and will be available digitally and in comic shops. You can see a preview image for the series above. [Comics Alliance]
Early Neil Gaiman Story Being Adapted for Comics
Publisher Dark Horse is also set to bring fans some very early, pre-Sandman work from author Neil Gaiman, with the Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, a comics adaptation by Shane Oakley of his short story Fragile Things, Forbidden Brides into a hardcover graphic novel.
According to the description, “this haunting example of satirical gothic literature tells the story of a writer struggling to compose nonfiction on a dark, stormy night. Wishing to create serious stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts, the author is unsuccessful because of his tendency to insert comedy into his dark tales.” Forbidden Brides goes on sale January 25, 2017. [Bleeding Cool]
Archie Is A Punk Rocker
Archie and the Riverdale gang have met the Punisher, Predator, and now, they are going to be meeting arguably the greatest American punk band of all time, The Ramones. In this special one-shot — written by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Gisele Lagace — The Archies are feeling low after losing a battle of the bands, and decide to travel back in time to 1970s New York City for inspiration from the Ramones. Hopefully 1970s New York isn’t a huge culture shock for them. Time’s Square was a wee bit different then.
Archie Comics has revealed the four covers for the Archie Meets Ramons one-shot by Lagace, Veronica Fish, Francesco Francavilla, and Dan Parent, which you can check out in our gallery below. Archie Meets Ramones hits stands on October 5. [CBR]
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