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In the months leading up to its launch, DC Comics touted its new Black Label imprint as a part of its publishing arm where big-name comics creators could tell bold, mature stories about its heroes, exploring aspects of their lives that more mainstream titles tend not to.
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Damned made the biggest splash, in part, because a few panels featured a full frontally-nude Bruce Wayne. Now DC is wondering if it made a mistake.
Harley Quinn is one of DC’s most iconic characters — and it all began with her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series. DC Universe’s upcoming Harley Quinn series is taking the antihero back to her animated roots, and the show’s first trailer is a delightful peek at just what all we can expect from this incarnation of the character.
By now you’ve probably heard about the moment in Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo’s new DC Black Label series Batman: Damned, where a completely-naked Bruce Wayne’s penis is seen on panel. Go on, take a moment, and let the bats out of your belfry.
It should tell you something that we have run multiple versions of these reminder guides for the state of Warner Bros.’s DC Entertainment movie universe. But it isn’t every week that your whole understanding of the fragile state of a movie universe gets turned upside down by talk of one of its biggest stars exiting, is it?
Even though J’onn J’onzz is one of the most important and iconic members of the Justice League, the character has always been shrouded in a stifling amount of mystery. That’s in large part because there aren’t that many seminal stories about him. That’s changing this December with a new Martian Manhunter series from writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo.
DC Universe is many things: A video-on-demand streaming service, a digital treasure trove of DC comics new and old, an encyclopedia, and a nostalgic throwback to the old school message boards. Most importantly, though, it’s a walled garden DC Entertainment hopes you never want to leave.
Tom King’s nearly 60-issue run on Batman has been one of my favourite takes on the Dark Knight in years. King’s critical interrogation of the humanity buried beneath the bat cowl, and the indomitable power of Batman as a symbol are just a few of its myriad strengths, but others are down to a certain daring archaeologist.
When DC Comics began publishing stories about the adventures of Batman and the Outsiders, the series was noted for its willingness to lead with a cast of relatively new, unknown characters, a rarity in comics. Though it’s been some time since that original team came together to help save the world during DC’s Dark Nights: Metal event, the publisher is ready to bring a new incarnation of the squad to its pages.
If you were to ask a casual comic book fan who the usual members of the Justice League are, you’d probably hear the standards: Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Martian, the fish dude, and so on. But for the past few years, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been heavy-handedly trying to turn Cyborg into a core member of the League in a way that’s both narratively weird and optically questionable.
When you think about the future in the DC universe, a few iconic stories and franchises will pop into your head. Kingdom Come. The Legion of Super-Heroes. DC One Million. Electric Warriors wants to do something different: Show people what happens to Earth after its superheroic legacies fade away hundreds of years from now.
For a character who had his own show cancelled after just one season, years later Matt Ryan’s take on DC’s snarky English spellweaver John Constantine is still surprisingly flourishing. Along with guest-starring on Arrow and a full-time turn on Legends of Tomorrows, Ryan’s Constantine even got his own animated show — which is now being turned into a movie.
Magic, like a lot of things right now, is broken in the DC Comics universe. The cosmic energies underpinning every facet of existence have been torn asunder by the events of Dark Nights: Metal and more recently No Justice and the world's finest heroes are still trying to comprehend how to tape it all back together — and Wonder Woman, in particular, is finding that a very challenging task.