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Game Review: DC Universe Online
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DC Universe Online
Sony Online Entertainment
PlayStation 3/PC
Price: $59.99 with a $14.99 monthly subscription
Released January 11th, 2011

DC Universe Online is not the first superhero Massively Multiplayer Online RPG to be released, but it is the first to have a major license behind it and it has been widely anticipated by its audience. Thanks to this game, players have the chance to fight alongside some of their favorite characters as well as interact with other fans. The game doesn’t stray too far from the formula perfected by World of Warcraft, which is a good thing, because the setting is really the selling point of the game. Never before have players been able to explore a living, breathing DC universe in this way. However, the game is not without its flaws, and those looking to check it out may want to wait a few weeks while the inevitable bugs are worked out of the system.

The story sets up the flavor of the DC universe right from the start. Lex Luthor has traveled from a future in which he has defeated Superman, but met defeat at the hands of Brainiac. He has traveled back in time and released those most precious of plot devices, nanobots, into the atmosphere in order to turn ordinary people (the player) into an army of superheroes that can defeat Braniac. It doesn’t take a masters degree in DC history to keep up, but a lot of the fun of the game is seeing your favorite DC heroes and villains brought to life and fighting beside them. It also helps to know some of the creators behind the books, as many of the locations are named after famous writers, artists, and editors.

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DC Universe Online Is Out Now!
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Merkader   |  
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DCU Online

It’s a day MANY of us have been waiting for, the highly anticipated DC Universe Online was released today for Playstation 3, and PC!

If you have seen any of the trailers, then you know why we are so excited for this game, and if you frequent this site, chances are you are just the type of person also be excited. Who doesn’t want to go around the DC universe, hanging out with Superman? Or punching Lex Luthor in the face?

There’s also a Collectors Edition of the game available, which comes with a collectible limited-edition Batman figure; a DCUO prestige comic of the game’s back-story as written by Geoff Johns; The Art of DC Universe Online art book with art from Jim Lee and the team at DC Comic’s Wildstorm Productions; and the new DCUO comic book, Legends Issue#0, with an original cover by Jim Lee; as well as The Joker’s Flying Jester in-game Weapon System for Villains and the Bat Drone in-game Weapon System for Heroes.

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Digital Deal: 101 ‘Batman’ Issues For 99 Cents Each
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Batman 101 sale

With today being 1/01/11 DC Comics is offering up 101 issues of Batman comics for only $.99 each!

For today only, you can download the digital versions of issues #600-700 for only $.99 each at the DC Comics Digital Store, the DC Comics App, and the ComiXology App.

The sale is valid until 11PM EST tonight, at which time the issues will go back to their full price.

Amongst the storylines included in the comics in this sale are Hush, Broken City, Under the Red Hood, Batman and Son, and BATMAN: R.I.P., with contributions by some of comics’ greatest creators like Brian Azzarello, Tony S. Daniel, Geoff Johns, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Jeph Loeb, Grant Morrison, Dustin Nguyen, Eduardo Risso, James Robinson, Bill Willingham, and Judd Winick.

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WildStorm No More: DC Closes Down WildStorm and Zuda Imprints
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It was a day of big news for DC Comics today, and part of the news is the announcement that DC is shutting down their WildStorm imprint as well as shutting down their webcomic division, Zuda Comics.

On a statement on DC’s blog The Source, co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee spoke of the changes occurring within the company and their efforts to focus on what makes most sense to them as a publisher.

What does the end of these two imprints mean? Not much, really. It is bad news for the Zuda creators who are now out of work, as well as a number of WildStorm employees who may lose their job, and we hope they all land on their feet. However, any popular books at WildStorm are sure to be carried over and will see publication under DC’s main line.

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Why The ‘New’ Wonder Woman Misses The Mark
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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When DC Comics announced Wonder Woman was getting re-imagined for the 21st century, I immediately went on the defensive. The character is an icon now in the same way that Superman is. Her costume, regardless of how unpractical it may be, is also iconic, which is something you don’t dare change no matter how badly it defies conventional design theory (just ask Google about their own logo). But the thing I felt like invoking the most was “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Despite the inevitable fan backlash, DC editorial is going forward with their plans to “update” Wonder Woman. They’ve hired the talented J. Michael Straczynski as regular scribe who’ll kick off the new storyline that gives our heroine a new origin due to the gods changing history. Diana has now grown up in a modern society and barely remembers the former life. She has all the same powers and abilities as well as a new “modernized” costume designed by co-publisher (not to mention legendary artist) Jim Lee.

While combining the talents of top industry creators for a revamp is usually a formula for success, the “new” Wonder Woman fails before I even gaze upon the first page.

Here’s why…

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Wonder Woman Gets A New Costume & Origin Story
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By Willie Gillis

After years of having the same look, Wonder Woman is getting a makeover. In Wonder Woman #600 of Wonder Woman, released in comic shops today, the Amazon Princess gets a modern redesign of her legendary costume. The costume, redesigned by DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee, coincides with the start of a new creative team on the book as well as a new adventure for Wonder Woman. The new team consists of writer J. Michael Straczynski and artists Don Kramer and Michael Babinski.

Check out Wonder Woman in her new costume here at right (click image for larger, full view).

The direction for the book puts Wonder Woman in a modern era where her original origin story has been altered. The world she would have known is now destroyed and her Amazon race is in danger of extinction. Wonder Woman’s world is now in an urban setting where she knows little about her previous life and she will have to fight to survive.

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Official: DC Comics Apps For Apple’s iOS4 And PlayStation
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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As reported earlier, DC Comics has finally launched their digital publishing initiatives with a native application for Apple’s iOS4 mobile operating system (iPad, iPhone, iTouch) and two separate distribution deals with comic reader platform ComiXology and Sony’s PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP) — with plans to sell comics digitally through the DC Comics website later in the year [read DC Comics Releases iPad/iPhone App].

“As both a comic book creator and Co-Publisher, it was incredibly important that our plan includes not only creator incentive payments, but also an innovative component that supports comic shop owners. We see digital as an opportunity to grow our entire business,” stated Jim Lee in DC’s official press release.

Lee first spoke about the company’s digital comics publishing strategy at a Wonder*Con 2010 panel, which fell on the same day Apple’s iPad was released as well as Marvel Entertainment’s own native application. At the time he stressed that there was no market for digital publishing for the simple fact that no one was making money from it yet. With this new initiative, it’s looking like DC plans to change that entirely by building into its preexisting print sales.

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Comic Review: DV8: Gods and Monsters #1
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DC/Wildstorm: DV8 Gods and Monsters, Issue #1 (OF 8)DV8: Gods and Monsters #1 of 8
Written by Brian Wood
Art by Rebekah Isaacs
Colors by Carrie Strachan
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher
Cover by Fiona Staples
Variant cover by Jim Lee
DC/Wildstorm
Price: $2.99
Release date: April 21, 2010

I never read an issue of the original DV8 series, released in the mid 90’s, but I’ll read anything by Brian Wood, so I gave this one a try. The original series rode the wave of Gen 13’s popularity, and featured a bunch of morally bankrupt teens, and that’s about all I know about the original series. This new series keeps the original cast, but throws them in a completely new situation.

DV8: Gods and Monsters #1 opens as Gem Antonelli, aka Copycat, crashes onto a planet of Stone Age (or maybe Dark Age, it’s not really clear) era humans. She is the last of her team to arrive on the planet, the rest having already split up and disappeared. Only her teammate Frostbite remains to explain to Gem what has happened in the last few days. From there we see what the rest of the team has been up to, and it doesn’t look like it will be very good for those living on this planet.

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WonderCon 2010: Jim Lee Talks Future of Digital Comics at DC
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Geeks of Doom Invades WonderCon 2010

dc comicsNew DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee discussed the future of the company’s efforts to bring comics to digital platforms in a panel at this year’s WonderCon event.

On behalf of the company, Lee said they viewed digital comics as a completely different product than the printed versions and as such, they want to play to each product’s strengths. He also offered explanation for why we haven’t seen more crossover to mobile devices in lieu of this week’s release of the iPad.

“I think at the end of the day, I have not seen anything on the digital side that is more compelling to me than a printed comic,” said Lee in response to a fan question at the panel. “I’ll use Blackest Night as an example. You open that up and — I don’t want to spoil anything — but there’s a spread inside that’s just amazing. You cannot replicate it on a device with a smaller screen.”

Ultimately, he said it’s why DC hasn’t jumped head first onto the digital bandwagon the way other companies have, such as competitor Marvel Entertainment, which released their own iPhone/iPad application to coincide with Saturday’s debut of Apple’s iPad tablet device.

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WonderCon 2010: ‘All Star Batman and Robin’ To Return With New Name & Final Issues
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Geeks of Doom Invades WonderCon 2010

All Star Batman and Robin #11 Cover?All Star Batman and Robin will be returning with new issues next year.

Wow, there’s something I never thought I’d be saying. I thought I’d be consoling my grandchildren as they asked me, “Whatever happened to that beautiful Batman book with the swear words blanked out in it?”

Yes, the G*d Damned Batman will be returning in February of 2011 with original creators Jim Lee and Frank Miller, according to Lee, who spoke yesterday at the DCU panel at WonderCon 2010 about the future of the much-delayed book.

The legendary creators will be completing the series under a new title. For the last six issues, the book will be called Dark Knight: Boy Wonder and will ship monthly.

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