Oh, the power of comics. Thirty years ago, this was unimaginable – the goofy cartoon with the best cheese-to-fun ratio, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and the cartoon with the slickest animation and coolest characters, The ThunderCats, were the top of the top in terms of after-school entertainment. Two fun shows with the two most-iconic swords; two shows with decidedly different vibes; shows that could coexist in a TV-watching lineup but never in the same story or space, save for the imagination or perhaps the toy box.
Injustice: Gods Among Us was a big hit of a console game, and especially endearing to fans of the source material from the DC Universe. And like any comics-related property, a hit gets a sequel, expected for release in 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One. This has been a banner week for tidbits regarding what Injustice 2: improvements, gameplay changes, and some roster info. With the release of a gameplay video and reporting from E3, here’s a roundup of what we know so far.
It’s undoubtedly a case of saving the best for last.
Archie Comics has announced that, in the spirit of its recent title relaunches — Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, etc. — that have incorporated a modern sensibility into the Archie classics, that Josie and the Pussycats are set to come roaring back in September.
We were on the receiving end of a preview copy of DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the 80-page kickoff to the next iteration of the DC universe. Yes, it’s already reboot time again. We’ll keep this review spoiler-lite; of course, there are dicks across the Internet who’ve done all the spoiling you could desire if you want to seek those out. The long and short: DC has made one major change that guarantees we’ll be shelling out more dollars, as will others of our ilk, nerds of a certain age, who perhaps love the 15 years that followed the original Crisis on Infinite Earths best of all. And there’s another major change incorporating a DC property that was not part of the DC Universe proper into that universe — this is the change we’re significantly less excited about.
It was revealed Tuesday that Geoff Johns, DC’s chief content officer, and Jon Berg, executive VP, would together be running a new arm of the company called DC Films, giving those two greater control regarding the use of DC Comics’ properties on the big screen. This is seen as the muted response to Batman v. Superman versus the recent Captain America: Civil War buzz. While this news surely sparked a large “hallelujah” amongst many fans (guilty), we’re pretty sure that Johns’ indelible influence will be stamped on the movie franchises in the following questionable ways:
Future Quest #1 is the opening salvo in DC Comics’ revamp of several classic Hanna-Barbera properties. We’re due to see strange new versions of the Flintstones (evidently moved from Bedrock to Uncanny Valley), Scooby-Doo, and a Mad Max-like take on Wacky Races. The Future Quest title seemed both the safest bet, putting action heroes in an action comic, and the most ambitious, since there are potentially dozens of heroes and villains to incorporate from the various franchises involved, which include Jonny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Frankenstein Jr., The Galaxy Trio, The Impossibles, Birdman, and Mighty Mightor.
Comics legend Adam Hughes is set to both script and illustrate a brand-new series about America’s original Frenemies, Betty & Veronica. Betty & Veronica #1 hits stores on July 20, and will not only feature a beautiful regular cover by Hughes himself, but 23 more spectacular versions of Riverdale’s best-known beauties (and a blank sketch cover which may or may not be beautiful and may or may not feature Betty and/or Veronica. Cuz, you know, it’s blank.)
We have put EVERY DANG ONE in a slide show below. While they’re all sweet as a malted from Pops’ Chocklit Shoppe, our favorites are D (Stephanie Buscema), S (Ramon Perez), E (Cliff Chiang), H (Veronica Fish), and W (Chip Zdarsky). What are yours?
Here’s the worst thing about Top Shelf/IDW announcing its new series, SuperF*ckers Forever: it’s a misleading title. Because it’s not “forever,” it’s only a five-issue mini. Dammit. A mere five issues of Jack Krak, Grotessa, Grotus, Computer Fist and all the rest of tthe dysfunctional, drug-addled, self-indulgent, indifferent-to-crime, immature, grotesque and hilarious cast that sprung from writer/artist James Kochalka’s innovative brain.
Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica & the rest of the gang from Riverdale have been in the funnybooks for 75 years. But characters from Archie Comics also have a very rich television history — a memorable cartoon starring Archie and friends, another starring Josie and the Pussycats; a live-action hit concerning Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and more.
Now, even as the Archie Comics line has been undergoing a modern refresh by writers Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky and a team of talented artists (including Fiona Staples, Erica Henderson, and Veronica Fish), there’s another modern take on Archie’s characters heading for a pilot on The CW. The one-hour drama is to be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (also behind comics including Afterlife with Archie, and a writer on television shows including ‘Glee’). And it seems some of the stars are a pleasant blast from television’s past.
As had been teased a few months back, Cartoon Network today announced that the Justice League is returning to the airwaves for an ongoing series Called Justice League Action. As if that wasn’t enough, the iconic voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy — who pioneered the role in Batman: The Animated Series — is back to do it again.
JLA, long a GrizzlyBomb and general fan favorite (here are some of our best picks from the last ongoing Justice League Animated series), there is one key difference known about this new show. Rather than the traditional 30-minute block, Justice League Action is going to be aired in the quarter-hour format that’s proven successful with many CN shows, such as Adventure Time and Regular Show.