I was excited when I first heard Brian Azzarello was writing a graphic novel that featured the Joker. A graphic novel is a little out of my price range, but with the Joker I was all in.
The Joker is my favorite Batman villain. He is the most interesting; the most fun; the one villain you know that when he makes an appearance in a Batman story the stakes are much higher for those who may get caught up in the mayhem.
DC first announced this story a few months back – before “Dark Knight” hit the theaters. Some artwork accompanied the story and we saw that the artist, Lee Bermejo, was drawing the Joker like we see him in “Dark Knight” with the scars on the corners of his mouth to make a devious grin. Bermejo said he came up with the look prior to Dark Knight, but that’s not important. What’s important is if the story delivers and I’m afraid it doesn’t.
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The Dark Knight will be released Dec. 9 in both a standard and Limited Edition box. Both versions are in widescreen 2.4:1 1080p video with 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. The deluxe set includes 2 discs, a Bat-Pod display case, art galleries and movie extras such as behind the scenes. You can pre-order at Amazon now for $47.95, temporarily marked down from $64.99.
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Grant Morrison began writing Batman for DC Comics in 2006 with the story arc “Batman and Son”. The story debuted Bruce Wayne’s son Damien whose mother is Talia al Ghul daughter of Ra’s al Ghul one of Batman’s deadliest villains. I thought this story was okay, which is how I feel of most of Morrison’s run on Batman.
We are now coming to the end of what Morrison has said he has been building up to with “Batman: R.I.P.” Now with a title like that, one would believe that this will be the end of Batman, but Morrison has already said that Batman will not be dying at the end of this storyline. What will happen is “so much better than death” Morrison was quoted saying. The result will be a “fate worse than death.” That statement has intrigued fans over the past few months and has had them wondering what will be the big revelation at the end of “Batman: R.I.P.”
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I’ve been reading comics on and off for almost 25 years. I began as a “Marvel Zombie.” For those not familiar with that term, it means that I only read Marvel comics. That however all changed in 1989 with the release of the first Tim Burton “Batman” movie and then decided to start reading Batman, the comic book. The first issue I picked up was Batman #433. That was part one of John Byrne’s “The Many Deaths of Batman.” This was a “silent issue” meaning no dialogue or captions were printed to help tell the story - only pictures. I do believe Gordon said one word, but overall it was silent issue and I was hooked.
As time passed, I began reading other DC titles. I loved the “Death of Superman” storyline and Mark Waid made me love Wally West and the Flash. Then came James Robinson’s Starman. That book is the bible to me. I love that book so much, I got a tattoo of the Starman symbol on my left shoulder. I stopped reading comics for a while, but I found my way back and I’ve been reading comics again for about six or seven years now - mostly DC books, by the way.
And one of those books is Booster Gold.
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I’ve been looking forward to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe from the moment that I saw the original teaser, where Sub-Zero and Batman were beating the crap out of each other. Back at E3, we were able to get our hands on the title, and were even more impressed when we got to experience Superman, Scorpion, and The Flash. However, now we can happily report that the full roster of the game has been revealed. It’s looking good:
Mortal Kombat side: Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Sonya, Jax, Shang Tsung, Shao Kahn, Liu Kang, Raiden, Kitana, Kano, Baraka
DC side: Batman, Superman, Catwoman, Green Lantern, The Joker, Shazam, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Deathstroke, Lex Luthor, Darkseid
So we get 11 characters from each side (and who knows if we will get any hidden surprises?), and in turn, we get some interesting combinations. Raiden vs The Flash? Lex Luthor vs. Kano? Good stuff. You can get your hands on the game when it hits retail stores on November 10 for Xbox 360 and PS3.
Oh, and for those fearing that the DC license might mean a watered-down Mortal Kombat experience, we’ve got a video of The Joker’s fatality for you, after the break.
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We had to pay homage to “The Dark Knight” release today and thought that the Grappling Launcher seemed appropriate. The 12-inch prop replica is 6 x 7 x 12-inches and is hand-painted on cold-cast porcelain. Mounted on a display base, the Limited Edition of 1500 included a Certificate of Authenticity and comes in its own fancy box for £89.99 (~$180.00) with free delivery. We suspect that anything coming out of this movie will be a decent collector’s item and worth the expense.
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More hype for the new Batman movie means more bucks for the producers, so it is little wonder that we found this Dark Knight light-up tee. The shirt is made of 100% cotton and has a small unplugable battery pack for washing. The clever t-shirt goes from glow to pulsating and requires 2 AAA batteries (not included.) There is also a Joker version available. Temporarily out of stock, you can pre-order each of the shirts for £19.99 ($~39.00,) in time for the movie premiere in July.
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To promote the Dark Knight, the latest Batman flick due out July 18, look for all kinds of new gadgets to give you pointy ears or simply to look kewl, such as this MP3 Player. At 7cm in length, it features a frequency response of 20Hz to 20,000Hz, an included USB cable to recharge its battery for up to 12 hours, and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista or Max OS X v10.4.8. The player includes a Batsuit hood-shaped headset with ambient noise reduction and three pairs of interchangeable buds. At a price of $79.95, pre-order for a June/July delivery date.
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What better way to show the love than by sharing one of your fave Superhero’s gadgets, none other than AbleComm’s Batphone, complete with flashing red light (glass cover and Alfred not included.) While the phones were created for answering, they can be connected to a memory dialing phone system or ring-down circuit. Also available in wall style, each one comes with a two year warranty, has been pre-tested, and carries a price of $112.00.
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