Wanted news.

New Wanted trailer here:

and interview with Mark Millar here, at Bob Mitchell’s site.

Daily Comics News.

Two columns are up about the high price of comics. Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter fires the first shot.  Greg Burgas at Comics Should Be Good lays down some cover fire.  Excellent points made by both men, but I wonder if we can’t take it a bit farther.  What if Marvel, DC, all of the companies really, took a page from Shonen Jump.  Publish a massive tome of comics every month in black and white on cheap paper.  Even $10 a month for this would be more than a deal compared to the current price of $3 each.  Then, add colors and good paper for the inevitable graphic novel collections.

Supermax script:

We got an email pointing out Latino Review’s spoiler filled coverage which outlines the entire story and talks turkey about characters, including The Icicle, The Floronic Man, Count Vertigo, Pied Piper, Blockbuster, Merlyn and even some big names like Joker, Riddler and Lex Luthor.

Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1 has an excellent preview over at Newsarama.

Also at Newsarama, a look at Young Avengers Presents: Hawkeye, The Last Defenders, The Man with No Name, and a preview of the Mortal Kombat vs DC universe game.

WWE – Regal banned for two months

from The Sun (thesun.co.uk)

BRITAIN’S top wrestler has been suspended by the WWE for a SECOND drugs violation.

William Regal will be banned for two months and faces the sack if he gets caught out once more.

The WWE released a statement saying: “In accordance with its Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy, WWE has suspended Darren Matthews (William Regal) for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s policy.”

The test failure will be a huge blow for Regal, who was enjoying his most prominent role in years.

He recently won the prestigious King Of The Ring tournament and had a high profile on television as general manager of the company’s flagship Raw show.

The star, who has just turned 40, was also bidding to become Britain’s first ever WWE world champion telling The Sun: “I want people to get a chance to see me wrestle the top fellas and have some big time matches.”

It is not known what drugs Regal was taking.

His first suspension came last summer after he was caught buying anabolic steroids, Growth Hormone and a drug to counter their side-effects over the Internet and without a prescription.

William had previously claimed in his autobiography and numerous interviews that he hadn’t touched steroids since “dabbling” in his early 20s and certainly never while in the WWE.

The suspension of a top star shows how seriously the firm are taking the issue of steroid and painkiller abuse.

Boss Vince McMahon even recently replaced his testing company for not being strict enough and ordered that his wrestlers now give their urine samples completely naked and in front of a monitor.

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer confirms: “They have a new crew of monitors and the rule now is you have to be nude ‘from your ankles to your nipples’ and be watched when you pee.”

WWE – Rumored main event for One Night Stand.

Credit: Dave Meltzer

The plan was to announce a TLC match with Edge vs. Undertaker at tonight’s tapings for One Night Stand. As with all WWE plans, until it happens, it hasn’t happened. There is already advertising out with that match listed.

William Regal suspended for 60 days.

from WWE.com

STAMFORD, Conn., May 20, 2008 – In accordance with its Wellness Program, WWE has suspended, Darren Matthews (William Regal) for 60 days for his second violation of the company’s policy.

Regarding William Regal’s reaction to his second Wellness Policy violation, he is said to be “understandably deflated,” reports prowrestling.NET. Regal was in the midst of the biggest push of his wrestling career and it is quite obvious to him that the timing of the suspension couldn’t have come at a worse time. Regal, who has been battling addiction problems for a number of years, was not showing any signs of a relapse according to several witnesses. World Wrestling Entertainment never releases specific details regarding drug testing violations, so there’s no way of knowing what he did to trigger the suspension.

ECW spoilers for May 20, 2008.

Dark Match:
* Matt Sydal b. Jamie Noble

ECW On Sci-Fi: (Airing Tonight At 10:00 p.m. ET)
* The Miz b. Kane via disqualification

* Shelton Benjamin b. Kofi Kingston

* Colin Delaney & Kelly Kelly b. Mike Knox & Layla
After the match Knox attacks Colin.

* Armando Estrada comes out and beats Colin Delaney.

* Chavo Guerrero & John Morrison b. CM Punk & Tommy Dreamer
It is announced that these four will have a Singapore Cane Match at One Night Stand for the number one contender of the ECW Championship.

Big Show comes out and clears the ring.

New Comics shipping May 21, 2008.

As always check with your local comic book store for availability.  Prices are based on Midtown Comics.  Hellions picks are in BOLD.

DC
Batman And The Outsiders Vol 2 #7 $2.54
Batman vs Two Face TP $16.99
Birds Of Prey #118 $2.54
Brave And The Bold Vol 3 #13 $2.54
Casey Blue Beyond Tomorrow #1 $2.54
Catwoman Vol 3 #79 $2.54
Checkmate Vol 2 #26 $2.54
Countdown To Mystery #8 $3.39
DC Special Cyborg #1 $2.54
DC Wildstorm Dreamwar #2 $2.54
Flash Vol 2 #240 $2.54
Hellblazer #244 $2.54
Justice League Of America Vol 2 #21 (Final Crisis Prelude) $2.54
Justice Society Of America Vol 3 #15 $2.54
Loveless #24 $2.54
Programme #11 $2.54
Robin Vol 4 #174 $2.54
Scalped #17 $2.54
Showcase Presents Green Lantern Vol 3 TP $14.44
Spirit Vol 6 #17 $2.54
Super Friends Vol 2 #3 $1.91
Superman Batman #48 $2.54
Superman Escape From Bizarro World HC $21.24
Tangent Supermans Reign #3 $2.54
World Of Warcraft #7 $2.54

Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #560 $2.54
American Dream #2 $2.54
Avengers Classic #12 $3.39
Avengers The Initiative #13 $2.54
Black Panther Vol 4 #36 $2.54
Captain America Vol 5 #38 $2.54
Captain Marvel Ms Marvel Secret Invasion Infiltration $4.24
Fantastic Four Vol 3 #557 $2.54
Ghost Rider Vol 5 #23 $2.54
Hulk Visionaries John Byrne Vol 1 TP $21.24
Hulk WWH Incredible Herc TP $12.74
Incredible Hercules #117 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54

Incredible Hulk Omnibus Vol 1 HC $84.99
Iron Man Director Of SHIELD #29 $2.54
Marvel Adventures Avengers #24 $2.54
Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four Vol 8 Monsters Moles Cowboys & Coupons TP Digest $6.79
Marvel Adventures Two-In-One #11 $4.24
Marvel Illustrated Iliad #6 $2.54
Marvel Masterworks Mighty Thor Vol 7 HC $46.74
Mighty Avengers #14 (Secret Invasion Tie-In) $2.54
Spider-Man Brand New Day Vol 1 HC $21.24
Ultimate Fantastic Four #54 $2.54
Ultimate X-Men #94 $2.54
War Is Hell First Flight Of The Phantom Eagle #3 $3.39
Wolverine Origins #25 $3.39
X-Factor Vol 3 #31 (X-Men Divided We Stand Tie-In) $2.54
X-Men Divided We Stand #2 $3.39

Dark Horse
End League #3 $2.54
Grendel Behold The Devil #7 $2.98
Grendel Devil Child HC $12.71
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull #1 $5.09
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull TP $11.01
Pigeons From Hell #2 $2.54
Star Wars Legacy #24 $2.54

Image
Bomb Queen V #1 $2.98
Dark Ivory #2 $2.54
Dynamo 5 #13 $2.98
Godland #23 $2.54
Gutwrencher #3 $2.98
Hawaiian Dick Vol 2 #4 $2.54
Invincible Universe Primer #1 $5.09
Madame Mirage #6 $2.54
Perhapanauts Vol 2 #2 $2.98
Spawn #178 $2.51
Twilight Guardian Pilot Season #1 $3.39
Walking Dead #1 Special Edition $3.39

IDW Publishing
Angel After The Fall #1 Directors Cut $5.09
CSI Crime Scene Investigation Vol 3 Demon House TP New Printing $10.19
CSI Crime Scene Investigation Vol 4 Dominos TP New Printing $10.19
Dead She Said #1 $3.39
Finding Peace TP $12.74
Igor Movie Prequel #1 $3.39
Prisoner Of The Stars TP $12.74
Star Trek Assignment Earth #1 $3.39
Tank Girl Visions Of Booga #1 $3.39
Zombies Hunters #1 $3.39

Independents
1001 Arabian Nights Adventures Of Sinbad #1 $2.54
2000 AD #1580 $3.83
Afterburn #3 $2.51
Anna Mercury #1 Auxiliary Ed $3.39
Anna Mercury Prepare For Launch Signed Edition $4.24

Bottomless Belly Button TP $25.49
Boy Who Made Silence #3 $2.98
Breathe HC $16.96
Brothers In Arms #1 $3.39
Burn #1 $0.99
Damned Prodigal Sons #2 $2.98
Doktor Sleepless Manual #1 $3.39
Drafted Vol 1 TP $16.14
Dragon Cross #5 $2.76
Dwelling Portably 1980 To 1986 TP $7.65
Fall Of Cthulhu #12 $3.39
Gargoyles Bad Guys #3 $2.98
Golden Age Sheena Best Of Queen Of The Jungle TP $16.14
Good & Evil #2 Part 1 The Beginning $2.54
Gravel #0 Auxiliary Ed $1.69
Grimm Fairy Tales Vol 3 TP $13.59
Heartburst & Other Pleasures TP $14.41
IRS Vol 1 Taxing Trails TP $16.96
Jim Butchers Dresden Files Welcome To The Jungle #2 $3.39
Judge Dredd Megazine #271 $6.38
Knights Of The Dinner Table #139 $4.24
La Perdida TP $11.90
Mostly True The Story Of Bozo Texino TP $5.91
Ninja High School #160 $2.54
No Pasaran Vol 3 TP $12.71
Omega One #3 $2.76
Project Kalki #1 $2.54
Rama The Legend TP $12.71
Revolutionary Warfare #2 $2.13
Sheena Queen Of The Jungle Vol 1 TP $16.14
Shojo Beat Vol 4 #6 June 2008 $5.09
Simpsons Comics #142 $2.54
Starship Troopers Vol 3 Damaged Justice TP $12.71
Tempest (Big City Comics) #5 $2.76
Terry Moores Echo #3 $2.98
Totem #5 $2.76
Twilight Crusade Gabriel #1 $3.39
Warhammer Condemned By Fire #1 Cvr B $3.39
What It Is HC $21.21

Quick hits Comic Reviews.

Clandestine #4

I have never previously read this book, nor am I familiar with any of the characters.  Because of this I was immediately taken out of the book.  Nothing seemed fun or interesting, I didn’t care enough about anyone to fine out what happens next.  If I was given a copy of the GN as a gift I would give it a try, but there’s nothing here for me.

Countdown to Mystery #7

Fantastic!  I can’t wait to pick up every issue of this.  The Eclipso part is one of those stories that straddles the line between DC and Vertigo.  There are the super hero moments and then the big cosmic/spiritual ones.  Then there’s Dr. Fate.  This is like philosophy in comics.  The mind job has only begun for everyone to have worn the mantle of Dr. Fate.  If this book had a few less heroes in it and was drawn in any style other than the typical buff bods and babes style I think it could be a Vertigo hit.  It’s a comic that made me stop and think, which is more than I can say for most this week.

Dead Space #3

Part 2001, part zombie story, part of a limited series which equals all confusing.  It’s not a bad book by any means, but it is obviously meant to be read in GN form.  The funky horror art and a mystifying storyline are nice, but it’s not enough for a monthly.

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein – Prodigal Son #1

I have never read a book from Koontz and I don’t know that this will make me start.  Interesting enough premise, updating the Frankenstein legend for the 21st century.  However the Monster seems a little too trashy-romance-novel-cover for me.  The good Doctor is at work making another monster while being pursued by cops and his former Monster.   Nothing too groundbreaking yet, I would  be interested to see how this holds up side by side with the original novel though.

Death Grub

A 24 hour comics comic, and not a bad one at that.  The Death Grub hatches from a planets moon, comes to the planet, eats everything, then returns to the moon to give birth, die, and this repeats every 100 years.  Not much dialog or text in the book at all, but its not needed.  I’m already fascinated by the characters and species that have shown up in a mere 20 pages.  To think that the book and my questions were all created (written, penciled, and inked) in only 24 hours makes me giddy to think of what could come from 24 days or months of work on this idea.  More Death Grub please!

Everybody’s Dead #3

This is horrible.  I hope I would enjoy this more if I were on drugs, as that seems to be the target audience, but wow is it bad.  It’s Frat Boys vs. Zombies.  They get a zombie high.  So it has to eat more brains than usual.  Very cartoon art that at times made me think I was reading Penny Arcade.  Now that would be interesting, Penny Arcade vs Zombies.  But until that story is told, skip this one.

Foolkiller #5

Also known as the place to tell Punisher stories when you can’t use the Punisher.  Foolkiller kills “fools”, the low lifes and crooks of society.  He has is own code of honor and is noble, of a sort, but what makes him different?  As far as I can tell, nothing.

More reviews later tonight or tomorrow.

Comic Reviews: Captain Britain and the MI-13 #1

This has the potential to be a great comic.  Already we have Captain Britain trying to be the symbol of all that is good in his country.  Trying to be an example the way that Steve Rogers was.  How has Captain America become a stronger character in death than he was in life?  Black Knight, in an effort to overcome the curse of the Ebony Blade decides to now play the flippant character.  Like a British Spider-Man, or like a writer’s attempt to make him a more interesting character (including tongue in cheek remark that nearly breaks the forth wall).  Winks and nods to other British heroes, Skrulls with the powers of a myriad of Marvel heroes (has any Skrull portrayed a villain yet?).  Skrull John Lennon!  It is a fast paced set up issue for the series, but a fantastic one.  The characters are on the board and already neck deep in action.  Fantastic first issue.

Comics Review: Batman #676

This is Batman RIP issue 1.  What will happen?  Will Batman die?  Who will take his place?  So many questions that will not be answered for months, so try to enjoy the ride, its going to be a long one.

The Danse Macabre and the Black Hand are interesting enough, but damn that is one bad ass looking Joker in the book.  As scary as the Joker is when he’s crazy, a calm quiet Joker is terrifying.

Why would the Batmobile need a CD player?  Even more, why does Batman need Jezebel Jet?  I want to be surprised in these issues.  I want twists and turns that I’m not expecting.  But I’m already predicting that the end of the series will see Jezebel betray Bruce, Bruce as Batman, and the Joker in Arkham.  This is Grant Morrison, I expect better.  Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.