Waid Writes the (Other) Avengers in “Steed & Mrs. Peel”

Steed and Mrs. Peel returns 2012By Josh Bell, Source: CBR.com

The Avengers are about to collide with a different kind of Hellfire Club in a new ongoing series from BOOM! Studios. “Steed & Mrs. Peel,” featuring the characters from the influential 1960s British spy series “The Avengers,” launches in August, following up on BOOM!’s recent reprint of the 1990 Grant Morrison/Ian Gibson “Steed & Mrs. Peel” miniseries. Mark Waid is writing the zero issue that opens the new series, and co-writing from then on with Caleb Monroe (“The Remnant,” “Hunter’s Fortune”), with art by Steve Bryant (“Athena Voltaire”).

“James Bond by way of Dr. Who” is Waid’s shorthand for the enduring appeal of “The Avengers.” Featuring dashing secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel taking on criminals, conspiracies and supernatural phenomena, the writer gave CBR News a description of the classic television series he plans to translate for a modern comics audience. “Steed and Peel tend to investigate cases with an odd angle to them,” Waid said. “Houses built as giant killing machines, towns abandoned by their citizens, killers with methods that are pure science-fiction.” Continue reading

Legendary Artist Jean Giraud, Alias Moebius, Passes Away

Mobius passed today, the world is a sadder pafor itstBy: Kevin Melrose, Souce: Comic Book Resources

Jean Giraud, the enormously influential French comic artist widely known as Moebius, passed away this morning in Paris following a long illness, RFI reports. He was 73.

While Giraud and his works are far better known in his native France than in the United States, it’s virtually impossible to overstate his influence on comics artists, writers and readers around the globe. For evidence, look no further than Twitter, where “Jean Giraud” and “Moebius” are worldwide trending topics.

Co-creator, with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, of the Western comic strip “Fort Navajo” and its hugely popular spinoff “Blueberry,” Giraud was born in 1938 in the Parisian suburb of Nogent-sur-Marne, where he spent his childhood drawing cowboys and Indians. Continue reading

Lara Croft: “Tomb Raider” — From Then ‘Til Now

Laura Croft 2012by Robert Workman, Source: CBR.com

When home video game popularity exploded in the late ’80s, men were the main heroes with a gun in their hand and a wink in their eye — but it was only a matter of time before women made their presence felt in games. Starting with Samus Aran in 1986’s “Metroid,” powerful female protagonists are now a staple of video games — and there’s one that stands above the pack. In 1996, gamers everywhere were introduced to the pistol-slinging archeological adventurer Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider.” Lara has gone one to become one of the most iconic video game characters of all time with a long-running series of adventure, action and exploration.

The series has been a staple for Eidos Interactive — who would later be purchased by Square Enix — creating nine hit releases featuring the venturous Croft as she defeated enemies and solved puzzles using her own adventurous savvy and a pair of twin pistols. Continue reading

AMC Expands The Walking Dead to 16 Episodes for Third Season

More Walking Dead ahead for usby Kevin Melrose, CBR.com

AMC announced over the weekend that Season 3 of The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes, an increase from this season’s 13. The first season of the hit drama, based on the long-running Image Comic series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, contained just six episodes.

Like the current season, which returns Feb. 12, Season 3 will be split, Zap2it reports. The show will also add two new writers: Nichole Beattie (Rubicon, John from Cincinnati) and Sang Kim (Crash, Hawthorne). Continue reading

DC Comics’ New 52 Mystery Woman: Pandora

DC mystery woman has a name..by CBR News Team, Source: CBR.com

DC Comics has kicked off 2012 with a tantalizing tidbit for fans of the New 52. At the end of 2011’s “Flashpoint” crossover preceeding the linewide relaunch, a mysterious cloaked woman made an appearance, and subsequently showed up in every #1 Issue of DC’s New 52. Today, as a part of the publisher’s ongoing “DC Comics in 2012″ series of posts, DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras has announced via The Source the identity of the mysterious woman whose appearances thus far have teased fans, stymied readers and spawned countless forum posts.

“Her name is Pandora.” Continue reading

Lego Batman” Sequel to Involve the DC Universe

Lego Batman Sequel to have the whole DC Universe in itby Robert Workman, Source: CBR

When “Lego Batman” arrived onto consoles in 2008, the game introduced both kids and comic book fans to a terrific take on the Dark Knight’s legacy, one that replaced the seriousness with joyful co-op action and the opportunity to play as both heroes (Batman, Robin) and villains (The Joker, Riddler and others). The game performed well for Warner Bros. Games and the title’s publisher, so it should come as no surprise that a continuation of the franchise would be in the cards.

According to a report on Bricktuts, “Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes” is in the works for various consoles, and rumored for release sometime next summer. Like the original, the game will give you the opportunity to play as either hero or villain through a pre-set story campaign, either working solo or teaming up with a friend in co-op play. Continue reading

Marvel Announces “Fantastic Four” #600

The Cover to Fantastic Four 600, look who's back?? Maybe?By CBR News Team, source: CBR.com

Throughout the week, Marvel Comics has been releasing Fantastic Four-themed teaser images, thought actual details were being kept vague, at best. Today, with (appropriately enough) the release of a fourth teaser image, Marvel formally announces the return of “Fantastic Four” in November with #600, a “quadruple-sized” issue. While the John Romita Jr. cover art shows the Human Torch alongside the rest of the FF, it also includes Spider-Man in his traditional red and blue outfit rather than his Future Foundation uniform, leaving the return of Johnny Storm far from guaranteed.

Sony Preps Green Lantern Expansion For “DC Universe Online”

Green Lantern Kicks the DCU's ButtBy CBR News

While Sony Online Entertainment’s “DC Universe Online” has received its fair share of updates over the past few months, it will finally get its first big downloadable content pack later this summer when the power of the Green Lantern Corps shines down upon the massive multiplayer action game.

The pack, sub-titled “Fight For the Light,” features an abundant amount of goodies ripped straight from the Green Lantern universe, including new power-ups for heroes and villains alike, along with additional Green Lanterns, including Kyle Rayner, Sinestro and Guy Gardner.

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Jason Patric In Talks for “Powers” Lead

Jason Patrick the lead on Powers?? Maybe??by Erik Amaya, CBR

Actor Jason Patric is in negotiations to play the lead on FX’s adaptation of “Powers,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper describes the role of Christian Walker as “a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities.” Readers of the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming know that description only touches on the character’s history and talents.

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Aragones Celebrates Five Decades of “Mad”-ness

Sergio Aragones is a master of his 'Mad'ness

There are few cartoonists whose work is so beloved and so easily recognized as that of Sergio Aragones. For almost fifty years his work has been one of the mainstays of “Mad” magazine and the two features he is most associated with, “A Mad Look at…” and the Marginals, are two of the features that people remember best. His work has been in every issue of the magazine except one since issue #76 dated January 1963. Running Press has released a new book collecting a selection of his work from “Mad” in “Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Work.”

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