CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE HITS PLANET COMICON

This past weekend (February 16-18) saw the 19th annual Planet Comicon descend upon Kansas City, MO. Last year, Kate and I made an impromptu trip (we are crazy like that) from our home in the Twin Cities down to check out the show. Jim Steranko was scheduled to appear, and who knows how much longer he’ll be making appearances? The con was great. The city drips BBQ sauce. We had a blast. So, when the guest list for this year’s show was announced, we said to hell with the impromptu stuff, let’s plan it right. This year’s show pulled in creators from across the publishing landscape, as well as a slew of DC Comics’ heaviest-hitters. DC has had...

Nights in Dark Metal: How to read Dark Nights: Metal & What’s Behind It All Oct19

Nights in Dark Metal: How to read Dark Nights: Met...

When Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo got together to write DC Dark Nights: Metal, epic would be a world most easily applied.  With a story that harkens back to the New 52 Batman and the Court of Owls, we see Batman and many other heroes span the multiverse of Batmen (yes, you read that correctly) to solve multiple mysteries. What do dionesium, electrum, promethium, Nth metal and The Court of Owls have to do with it? (What is dionesium – what is electrum– what is promethium – what is Nth metal)  What is the Dark Multiverse? Does Dark Matter? How is Dick Grayson/Nightwing involved? Wait, how is Duke Thomas involved? Did Batman...

THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN

DC Comics Batman 433-435 1989   THE MANY DEATHS OF THE BATMAN   Why on earth am I bothering all of you fine folks with a review of a three issue Batman arc that’s 28 years old? I can hear you all, you know: “This better not be another rant from Old Man Malmon going on and on about how great comics were BACK IN HIS DAY.” Shut up. Comics are great now. But they were also great back in my day, too. Batman 433-435 is a bit of an anomaly. It’s a three-issue mini-arc that was written by comics legend John Byrne (who also did the covers) and illustrated by Batman legend Jim Aparo. From Fantastic Four to X-Men to Superman, John Byrne’s list of...

DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment teaming up! Jan19

DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment teaming up!

BATMAN/SHADOW #1 (1 of 6) Written by STEVE ORLANDO & SCOTT SNYDER Art and cover by RILEY ROSSMO Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much… The superstar team of writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo brings you a dark and twisty modern noir like nothing you’ve seen before, with a brand-new villain unlike...

Not Just a Man in a Bat Costume

The day came when I refused to go back to CCD classes. I knew every Sunday when I learned about how mad God was at me my sister was home watching Batman. The unfairness rankled. I put my tiny foot down (I was a truly small, itty kid) and my mom shocked my by agreeing. Joy! The day I asked her why the bad guys didn’t just shoot Batman instead of coming up with all of these bizarre contraptions, I learned an important life lesson. “Because,” she answered patiently, “then the show would be over.” My life long love of all things Bat had began. An older still not tall me was hand fed comics by the not quite as patient but still rather wise...