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LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League [Blu-ray/DVD]
LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League

Bizarro's creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world's greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.
Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on February 10, 2015. The Blu-ray and DVD releases will include an exclusive Batzarro LEGO Minifigure on-pack, while supplies last.
Run Time: 44 minutes

DC Collectibles Superman By Moebius Statue
Superman Statue

Based on the artwork of Moebius. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg. Legendary artist Moebius brings his unique artistic style to the Man of Steel line with this newest entry in the line of statues based on the artwork from Superman #400. Limited edition of 5,200. Measures approximately 8.25" tall.

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Noteworthy Superman dates to remember...
May 1: Glenn Ford, Jonathan Kent in Superman: The Movie, born in Sainte-Christine, Quebec, Canada in 1916.
May 3: Jackie Cooper, Perry White in the Superman films, dies in 2011, aged 88.
May 5: Henry Cavill, Superman in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1983.
May 8: Salome Jens, Martha Kent in the Superboy TV series, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1935.
May 11: Gerard Christopher, the second actor to play the lead role in the Superboy TV series, born in New York City, New York in 1959.
May 13: Writer Marv Wolfman (The Adventures of Superman) born in 1946.
May 21: Joan Alexander, best known as Lois Lane from the 1940s Superman Radio Series, dies in 2009, aged 94.
May 23: Artist Win Mortimer (Action Comics, Supergirl) born in 1919.
May 27: Richard Schiff, Emil Hamilton in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1955.

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May 21, 2015: Bryan Hitch Talks About Relaunching "Justice League of America"Print

JLA #1 Amongst the new comic book titles set to launch as part of DC Comics' "soft relaunch" which begins next month is a new "Justice League of America" comic book written and drawn by Bryan Hitch.

USA Today caught up with the comic book creator to find out what he has planned for the book. Here's part of the interview...

    "I want to pit them against stuff you've never seen before," Hitch says. "If it's the same villain they've fought before, you know he's the bad guy, you know how he operates and you know the league's going to win."

    Instead, Hitch wants to utilize huge threats that make the heroes question their own approach and force character development instead of just having a major-league slugfest. So in the first story arc, a familiar face returns but another character and what he does to the world causes the League a ton of trouble.

    Hitch isn't spoiling who it is but "you've heard of him before," he teases. "One for the old comic fans, this one, but at the same time something completely new because you've never actually seen this character before."

Read the full article at the USA Today website.

"Justice League of America #1", a double-sized issue, hits stores on June 17, and to celebrate the book's release Bryan Hitch has drawn an inter-connecting cover, which will actually end up being 7 variant covers for the first issue. Additionally, there will also be a seven-panel foldout variant cover as well.

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May 21, 2015: Comedian Scott Long Joins Superman CelebrationPrint

Scott Long Comedian Scott Long Saturday, June 13 Baymont Theatre 7:30PM

Welcome to a Reality Show on-stage. Scott Long shares his story of how quickly life can go from urban hipster to suburban dipster, which happens when you become a father of twins at 40. While many have left to chase some LA or NYC dream, Scott is proudly rooted in his Fly Over Country life. Growing up in the cornstalk ghetto of Iowa and a proud Hawkeye grad, Scott has toured the country non-stop for 2 decades, performing in 40 different states. If you have been looking for a comedian who discusses porn and minivans or Lollapalooza and the Wiggles all in the same joke, this is your show. Scott has appeared on NBC, FOX-TV, ESPN, XM radio, and the Bob and Tom Show. He's in his 11th season writing the Frank Caliendo sketches for the emmy-nominated NFL on FOX pregame show. Known for his hilarious interactions with the audience, no two Scott Long shows are ever the same.

His latest show is called "Good Dad... Not a Great Dad" and it's a hilariously edgy, but sometimes poignant exploration of having twins at 40 years old.

Scott has also written a book of comedic essays entitled "Dysfunctional Thoughts of a 21st Century Man", plus released 2 comedy CD's and 2 comedy DVD's. His standup comedy blog, "Fly Over Comedy" (scottcomedy.com) gets 1000s of hits each week.

Scott has hit the stage in 40 states. Below is a list of just some of the comedy clubs Scott has performed at during his career.

IMPROV (Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Houston, Irvine, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Tempe, Washington DC) Funny Bone (Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Columbus, Des Moines, Green Bay, St. Louis, South Bend, Springfield MO), Loony Bin (Little Rock, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Wichita), Comedy Zone (Charlotte), Punchline (Atlanta), Joke Joint (Twin Cities), Minnesota Comedy Club (Twin Cities), Zanies (Chicago), Laugh Factory (Chicago), Giggles (Milwaukee), Chaplins (Detroit), Joey's (Detroit), Famous Johnny's (Kansas City), Stanfords (Kansas City), Crackers (Indianapolis), Comedy Caravan (Louisville), Go Bananas (Cincinnati), Stardome (Birmingham), Rivercenter Comedy Club (San Antonio), Laffs (Tucson), Comedy at the Bob (Grand Rapids), Connections (Lansing, Toledo), Hilarities (Akron), Gary Fields Comedy Club (Battle Creek, Kalamazoo), Comedy Forum (St. Louis), Snickers (Ft. Wayne), Jokers (Omaha, OKC), Charlie Goodnights (Raliegh NC), Cozzy's (Newport News VA), Penguins (Cedar Rapids), Jukebox (Peoria), Comedy Gallery (Grand Forks).

Scott will perform his comedy show prior to the Save The Massac Benefit Auction which will feature Superman, Superhero & Villain, and other comic collectables and treasures. Admission to the Scott Long show also allows you to attend the auction. There will be a cash bar during Comedy Show & Auction. Hors de houvres will be served during auction only. Admission to Scott Long's comedy show and Save The Massac Benefit Auction is $20. Tickets can be purchased for the Auction only at $10. All proceeds from auction will benefit The Massac Theatre and will go toward its restoration. Doors open at 7PM. Scott Long takes the stage at 7:30PM. Auction will begin approximately at 9PM.

Save The Massac Group is accepting Superhero related items for the auction and a receipt will be provided for tax purposes. For More information contact Lisa Gower at 618-524-7986 or contact Metro Chamber at 618-524-2714.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Four - Chapter #2Print

Injustice: Year Four - Chapter #2

Mild Mannered Reviews - Injustice: Year Four - Chapter #2

Released Digitally: May 12, 2015

"What Fools These Mortals Are"

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Bruno Redondo
Inker: Juan Albarran
Cover: Howard Porter with Rex Lokus

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

    The analepsis used to start the story doesn't fit well with Montoya's actions... unless it was used to demonstrate her poor decision making abilities. Montoya and Sawyer get into a dangerous situation, not because it's thrust upon them, but because they enter it unwisely. The same can be said of Montoya's decision to attack Cyborg and Robin, but a wee more on that, later. Of more importance is the Batman's clear failure of leadership in this quite dire situation. It's hard to believe that Batman has continued his obstinate and clandestine ways with the only support that remains to him. While it's obvious that this is the case, it's an untenable position to maintain in this situation. Leaders have to do more than guide and direct, they also have to inspire. It's not enough that the Insurgency fights for the right, they must continue to believe that their cause is just, winnable, and worth the struggle. Regime Superman may be the villain, but he's energized his League just enough to... actually, no, Regime is a horrible leader as well, since they continue to have him waffle between despot and misunderstood antihero. The lack of leadership leads to decisions like Montoya's, which is highly questionable, as she threatens the Batman's son, which should draw both of them into the fray, and paints the Insurgency as something which it isn't supposed to seem: a rash band of villains willing to threaten children, even if that child is Robin. The fight Montoya engages in is risible, as Cyborg needs a serious upgrade, after having been dropped by both Commissioner Gordon and Montoya, yet if Robin hadn't taken the pill, he should be death from the injuries his must sustain. However, if he has taken the pill, why can't he do any damage to Montoya?

Click here to read the complete review of Injustice: Year Four - Chapter #2.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Justice League #2Print

Convergence: Justice League #2

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Justice League #2

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 6, 2015

Cover date: July 2015

"Somewhere Beyond The Sea"

Writer: Frank Tieri
Penciller: Vicente Cifuentes
Inker: Vicente Cifuentes
Cover: Mark Buckingham and Andrew Dalhouse

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

    This issue is a perfect example of what not to do with superhero comics, and it's exactly the foolish dreck that those who disparage comics expect to read. It's such a painful thing to see someone write characters that he has little inkling about, but it's hard to believe that Tieri honestly believed that Flashpoint Aquaman could mentally control Vixen simply because she had the abilities of the sea-creatures. Or that Mera would wait to be rescued with attempting something. Or that a blade could stop Flashpoint Aquaman, but not Supergirl's thorough stomping of him. The last straw, for me, was the Kryptonite trident, which was beyond lazy. All of the aforesaid gives the inclination that this was a paycheck story, with little interest in its entertainment value, let alone its quality. A very disappointing read, indeed.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Justice League #2.


May 20, 2015: DC Sneak Peek at June's "Batman/Superman"Print

For the third week in a row, DC Comics has released more 10-page sneak peeks for a number of their June comic books, including "Batman/Superman".

Below, you can read original, eight-page standalone story from this comic. This isn't an excerpt from the June issue - this is an original short story that sets up what awaits you next month. Enjoy!

    A powerless Man of Steel... in Gotham? Where has Batman gone and who is the GCPD's newest recruit? Will Superman survive this harrowing visit or will he be forced into some bad company?

DC You - Bizarro DC You - Bizarro DC You - Bizarro DC You - Bizarro DC You - Bizarro
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BATMAN/SUPERMAN #21
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF
THE JOKER Variant cover by JOCK
On sale JUNE 10. 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US. RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The epic new storyline "TRUTH" continues! In this chapter, what are the consequences of a bond broken?

You can also download this sneak peek story for the Kindle. Find the link at the DC Comics website.


May 20, 2015: DC Comics Launches "DC YOU" Campaign for June RevampPrint

DC You - Superman DC Entertainment revealed a bold new advertising campaign today titled "DC YOU." The campaign shines a spotlight on the New DC Universe (DCU) line of comic books, and reinforces the company's commitment to creating a diverse offering of titles - something for everyone.

"With the New DC Universe, there's a story for every kind of DC Comics fan. There's a story for YOU," stated Amit Desai, senior vice president of marketing and global franchise management, DC Entertainment. "The DC Comics slate rolling out this summer truly offers a comic book for everyone and our new advertising campaign - DC YOU - celebrates this bold, new direction."

Beginning June 3, the new DCU will consist of 24 brand-new series as well as 25 on-going, best selling fan-favorite series, resulting in the most ambitious DC Comics lineup-to-date. Celebrating the new direction of the DC Universe, the DC YOU advertising campaign will focus on four main themes:

  • Characters - DC Entertainment will highlight its iconic characters, like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as popular characters, such as Batgirl, Black Canary, Bizarro, Cyborg and Starfire.

  • Talent - The campaign will spotlight top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, who are on board to help create an expansive line of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans. Comic talent featured in the campaign include Batman's Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Superman's Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr., Justice League's Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, Justice League of America's Bryan Hitch, Black Canary's Brendon Fletcher and Annie Wu, among many others.

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  • Stories - The campaign will engage the readership, showcasing the diverse range of styles and genres as well as approaches to storytelling across the New DCU through various taglines, such as Are YOU ready to laugh?, Are YOU ready to hashtag this?, and Are YOU ready for the new awesome?

  • Fans - As the campaign name suggests, the New DCU is first and foremost about our fans and our commitment to creating great stories for all fans. The campaign will celebrate life-long fans as well as those new to comics.

DC YOU will appear in print inserts and ads across DC Entertainment's physical and digital comic books beginning May 20. Digital ads featuring video content will begin airing June 3 across major online platforms.

The campaign will come to life on the DC Comics website (DCComics.com/DCYOU) and multiple DC Comics social media channels will encourage fans to celebrate and share their DCU via hashtag #DCYOU. And this year's Comic-Con International San Diego(July 9-12) will bring DC YOU directly to fans in fun and engaging ways.

As part of DC YOU, DC Entertainment will also offer comic book retailers weekly promotional packs filled with collectible items inspired by the New DCU line of comic-books. These items will include posters, masks, temporary tattoos, stickers and are sure to encourage fans to visit their local comic book shop each week.


May 20, 2015: New "Infinite Crisis" Costume - Regeneration Matrix SupermanPrint

Regeneration Matrix Superman Turbine and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced a new costume for 'Regeneration Matrix' Superman in the "Infinite Crisis" free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game.

    No one dies today. It's time to rise up as 'Regeneration Matrix' Superman and rule the arena!

    During a destructive battle throughout Coast City between Superman and Doomsday, both Champions fell to their death. But not even death can keep the last son of Krypton down! After being transported to the Kryptonian Regeneration Matrix in the Fortress of Solitude, Superman was revived with new strength... and a new look!

    Don't be fooled by the appearance of his shiny new suit, this is definitely still the Man of Steel! This costume features a sleek black outfit trimmed with silver accents for the signature 'Regeneration Matrix' look. With a new hairstyle to boot, this brawny Bruiser sure knows how to make a mullet look mean!

    Want to learn more about playing as Superman? Make sure you check out his Champion Unmasked article and go Behind the Voice with Troy Baker to learn what it's like to become this indestructible Superhero. The time is now, Protectors. Grab this costume from the Infinite Crisis Store today for 650 Crisis Coins and show your Kryptonian might as 'Regeneration Matrix' Superman!

"Infinite Crisis" is the free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) with a robust lineup of DC Comics Champions, including Batman, Superman, Joker, Wonder Woman, and more.

Sign up and start playing for free today at InfiniteCrisis.com. Also head to their Facebook page for more giveaways and bonus content.


May 20, 2015: New Expansion Packs for LEGO Dimensions... Including Superman!Print

LEGO Dimensions LEGO Dimensions Adds More Iconic Characters from DC Comics, Back to the Future and LEGO Ninjago with New Expansion Packs!

In a new video featuring actor Christopher Lloyd reprising his famous role as Doc Brown from the Back to the Future films, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today gameplay featuring even more beloved characters coming to LEGO Dimensions, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay. In addition to LEGO Batman, LEGO Gandalf and Wyldstyle, the three minifigure heroes used to start the experience, LEGO Dimensions will allow gamers to customise their experience post-launch and throughout the first half of 2016 with additional packs from the previously announced brands, including: DC Comics Team Pack featuring LEGO Joker and LEGO Harley Quinn minifigures, three additional DC Comics Fun Packs featuring LEGO Superman, LEGO Aquaman and LEGO Bane minifigures, Back to the Future Fun Pack with LEGO Doc Brown minifigure and two additional LEGO Ninjago Fun Packs with Sensei Wu and Lloyd minifigures.

These highly collectible Team Packs and Fun Packs will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as special in-game abilities. All expansion packs provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game, in any world with any character - there are no limitations.

Players can bring up to seven characters, vehicles and weapons into the LEGO Dimensions game all at once by placing them on the LEGO Toy Pad to create extreme gameplay cross-overs, such as LEGO Superman piloting the LEGO DeLorean Time Machine through Hill Valley or LEGO Doc Brown fighting alongside LEGO Bane in New Ninjago City.

Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack, even in the spring of next year. No compatibility chart necessary.

Additional well-known brands and expansion packs joining the adventure for 2015 and 2016 will be announced in the coming months.

Launching September 28, 2015, LEGO Dimensions, will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and Wii U system from Nintendo.

Superman will be available in the Fun Pack available in 2016.

Follow LEGO Dimensions at Facebook, Twitter (@LEGODimensions), Instagram (@LEGODimensions), and Tumblr.


May 20, 2015: Shopping - KryptonitePrint

May 19, 2015: DC Comics August 2015 SolicitationsPrint

Check out the DC Comics August 2015 solicitations for all the Superman-related comics and products soon to be released.

Action Comics #43
Batman/Superman #23
Superman #43
DC Bombshells #1


May 19, 2015: Pak and Kuder on Staying True to Superman Through ChangesPrint

Action Comics #41 While Superman fans have been up in arms about the upcoming changes to Superman's look, identity and powers that will beging with June issues of his main comic book titles, writer Greg Pak and artist Aaron Kuder spoke with ComicVine.com about how the story idea came together, and how, even with all the changes, they feel they're remaining true to the character. Here's part of the interview...

    COMIC VINE: What was your first reaction to the changes coming for Superman?

    AARON KUDER: Hmm, “Reaction” might not be the best word here. We developed the changes together. It’s not like we were presented with the idea/project, and told to make it happen. We logged more than a few hours on the phone, flying to various time zones, and scratching our noggins over this one...

    GREG PAK: All of the Superman book writers and editors met over a several months to hammer out the big plan here, so these changes come out of many, many hours of working and talking and pacing and thinking - and we're thrilled with how it's all coming together.

    In our last big get-together, Aaron was drawing while we were talking, so as we came up with the big ideas for the huge changes in Clark's life, the character was literally coming to life on Aaron's tablet. It was a kind of surreal experience, and I think everyone in the room felt it when we saw it - this was something new and at the same time something that felt absolutely true to the character and a perfect next step. This is a Superman we've all been dying to write. The story's real and visceral and emotional and thrilling and we hope you'll come along for the ride.

Read the complete interview at the ComicVine website.

The "Truth" storyline begins in ACTION COMICS #41 and continues in SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN/SUPERMAN.


May 19, 2015: Greg Berlanti Talks About Making "Supergirl"Print

Greg Berlanti with Flash and Supergirl

As we reported yesterday, the current May issue of Variety features actors Grant Gustin (The Flash) and Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) alongside Greg Berlanti, the executive producer of both shows.

In the interview associated with this issue, we find out why Greg Berlanti wanted to being Supergirl to our TV screens and why Melissa Benoist was his first and only choice to play the part.

    "The first thing I always do is ask, 'What is the show if you took away (super) powers?'?" he says. "I only know, as a fan, what I would want to see." Thanks to his track record, Berlanti has become DC's go-to producer for its comicbook archive. Cue "Supergirl."

    A comics heroine has been long overdue - even Berlanti's nieces have been nagging him - so when DC pitched him on the concept, he was intrigued. But rather than keep the show in the vein of what had been done before, he wanted to take a proportional leap. "With what we accomplished and learned from 'The Flash,'?" he says, "if we could do that on an even larger scale, on a bigger network, what would that look like?"

    CBS, he reports, jumped at the chance. He says entertainment prexy Nina Tassler fell in love with "Supergirl" at the pitch meeting, so much so that she started to cry. "It didn't matter at that point what they were going to pay for it," he says. "That's who you want buying the show." (Despite the rumor mill, Berlanti says there was never a chance of the show moving to the CW. Plus, he adds, "We would never have been able to afford the kind of budget we have.")

    As with "The Flash," Berlanti has insisted "Supergirl" invest heavily in visual effects, and [Geoff] Johns calls the money well spent.

    "When people see the pilot, they'll be blown away by what's accomplished on television," says the DC content topper. "But Greg knows that it's not just about spectacle. It has to be about heart; it has to be about humor."

    Casting is paramount to Berlanti: He calls the show's star, Melissa Benoist, the "Annie Hall" of superheroes.

    "The most important decision you can make as a showrunner when you're doing a pilot is who's in it, and who's directing it," he says. "If we had not found her, I would have said, 'I don't want to make this.'?"

Read the entire article at the Variety website.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Suicide Squad #2Print

Convergence: Suicide Squad #2

Mild Mannered Reviews - Convergence: Suicide Squad #2

Scheduled to arrive in stores: May 13, 2015

Cover date: July 2015

"When Kingdoms Fall" - Part Two

Writer: Frank Tieri
Penciller: Tom Mandrake
Inker: Tom Mandrake
Cover: John Paul Leon

Reviewed by: Jeremiah Boor

    Some characters have a reputation for being easy to write. The Suicide Squad fits that description. A team of 'cool' anti-heroes fighting their boss, themselves, and everyone else. But easy does not a quality book make. Each story will still need the essentials. Like motivation, build up, and economy. This book lacks all three.

    Like the last issue, there is a lot of wasted space. In twenty pages, the team crashes into the KC base, fights, and dies. The writer attempts to spice things up with traitors and twists. But the issue still reads painfully straightforward.

Click here to read the complete review of Convergence: Suicide Squad #2.