LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
"LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" is the next instalment to the blockbuster LEGO "Batman: The Videogame" and "LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes" videogames.
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The issue, one of less than 50 unrestored copies believed to remain today, being sold by Darren Adams who owns Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Seattle, is expected to fetch over $3 million by time the auction ends in just over 8 days.
Cover date: October 2014
Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter One: "Assimilation"
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Aaron Kuder and Scott Kolins
Inker: Aaron Kuder and Scott Kolins
Reviewed by: Michael Bailey
I haven't been that excited after reading a Superman comic in a long time. In all honesty the last time I got this much of a charge was during the whole REIGN OF THE DOOMSDAYS thing, so it's kind of weird that the next story to get me going after that also involves Doomsday.
I'm trying to find a way to write this review without repeating everything I have been saying about this story since it started. When they first announced DOOMED I was open to the story but I had no idea I would end up enjoying it as much as I have. I like that the creators involved decided to play with us readers by making us think the main thrust of this story was going to deal with Superman falling victim to the Doomsday Virus. He did and it was interesting to see that play out but now we have Brainiac and Mongul and Non and the Phantom King and seven billion people under alien control and it's all so freaking good.
"Chaos" - Part 11
Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Artists: Agustin Padilla
Colorist: Carrie Strachan
Reviewed by: Matt Schorr
Please, allow me to explain...
Scenes like this are what so many non-Superman fans (or perhaps I should say "anti-Superman" fans) point to and say "See? He's too powerful. That's why he sucks." And in this case, they'd sort of be right. We've been told for the past few issues Superman can't survive Bleed Space anymore than Lois can. But once he's shot out of the ship, he simply doubles back and tears a hole in the ship's hull. To be fair, at least he appears to be struggling a bit, but it still negates most of what we've been told up to this point. "He can't survive Bleed Space ... He can't survive Bleed Space ... Wait! He survived." It feels cheap and lazy, from a storytelling standpoint. And while I've pointed out flaws in Miller's storytelling here and there, he's better than this.
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Check out his review of the Season 3 episode titled "Double Jeopardy" in which Clark becomes suspicious of the Lois Lane clone, the clone decides to kill Lois so that only the clone will have Clark, and Lois has an accident and wakes up thinking she is Wanda Detroit, a character in an old novel she wrote.
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Cover date: September 2014
Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter Four: "My Body is a Cage"
Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Ken Lashley, Aaron Kuder, Jack Herbert, Cliff Richards, Julius Gopez, Will Conrad and Pascal Alixe
Inker: Ken Lashley, Aaron Kuder, Vicente Cifuente, Cliff Richards, Will Conrad and Pascal Alixe
Reviewed by: Michael Bailey
Minor quibble first; I remain a tad annoyed that once again we have a big Superman story and Batman is involved. On one hand I like the fact that they are friends again and I think that all parties involved have made that friendship work. On the other hand Batman is in a bunch of titles these days. It would have been nice to let Superman have the spotlight here.
This was made up for by Lois' end of the story. This has been one of the sub-plots that I have been interested in the most, mainly because of Lois' position in the Superman universe and to see her under control and speaking out against the Man of Steel made for a nice wrinkle. To see Lois break free of Brainiac's control tells me that Greg Pak has as good a handle on Lois as a character as he does with Lana. While the two are not romantically involved it was nice to have them share not only a scene but a pivotal scene for the story as a whole. To be fair things kind of went to hell there at the end but that was to be expected. Before that we got to see Lois say that she believes in Superman and to me that is very important.
Cover date: September 2014
Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter Three: "The Promise"
Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Ed Benes, Tony Daniel, Pascual Alixe, Cliff Richards, Jack Herbert
Inker: Jaime Mendoza, Matt Banning, Vicente Cifuentes, Pascual Alixe, Cliff Richards
Cover: Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey
Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)
Fans feel like their vote counts.
You know what? It's great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about 'em a lot. And it's incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie's all that matters.
As for working with DC Comics, he reminds The Hollywood Reporter, "I worked there in prehistoric times for about eight years," he joked. "It was between 1958 and '65. In those eight years, I did a lot of romance comics."
The book is being sold by Darren Adams, who owns Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Seattle.
According to Adams, the original owner purchased the comic in 1938 and put it in a cedar box, a nearly perfect way to preserve it. A collector later bought it, and Adams later bought it from him, at a pretty price. But he always planned to sell it. He recently turned down an offer of $3 million, and instead has opted to put it up for bid on eBay.com beginning Thursday.
"Over 75 people from 24 countries have already applied for bidding," said Adams. "Hopefully, you have one that wants it as bad as the other, and whoever's pockets empty out first is where it stops."
1% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
It certainly raises the emotional stakes. Part of this story is a test of Clark and how strong he is, not physically, but emotionally. We're looking at how strong his heart is. How strong is that heroic spirit inside of him? What happens through much of this story is that even when he's SuperDoom, Clark is trying to do a lot of things that he would do as Superman. He's coming back to Earth to save the day, even though he's going to SuperDoom-out. In a way, that heroic heart of his may be making him even more dangerous. He is convinced that the world needs him to save the day, but if SuperDoom completely takes over, then he could destroy everything. He just can't stay away because he needs to help people. The devilish nature of the SuperDoom virus is that it takes Superman's greatest virtues and uses them against him and against us.
Yes, the conceit allows us to have massive action and hopefully allows for big, crazy, visceral things that you've seen before in a Superman comic, but at the same time, and more importantly, it gives us a big emotional arc. What is the essence of Clark Kent? What is the essence of Superman? Can he resist this massive threat to his emotional center? And what happens when you strip away Superman's trust in himself? Those are great questions to tackle as storytellers.