DC Comics Showcase Summer Swimsuit Specials!

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Merciful Minerva! DC Comics, that bodacious bastion of superlative superheroics, has (literally!) unveiled it’s pantheon of costume clad crimefighters, and villains, in an upcoming comic cover event that sees their finest heroes and enemies peel off their spandex and show some skin in a sassy, sinewy summer swimsuit showcase special!

That’s right, fellow fans of fantastic flirty fiction, some of DC’s most popular characters will be donning their saucy speedos and bodacious bikinis in a new variant cover series releasing this August. Yep, even the notorious curmudgeonly creature of the night known as The Batman will don his bat-trunks to kick sand in the face of The Joker! alongside another nine naughty but nice heroes and villains including Nightwing, Nubia, Supergirl and Deathstroke.

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These vivacious variants are brought to you by some of the very best artists working in the wonderful world of comics today including – Nicola Scott (Nightwing #95 variant), Derek Chew (Nubia #3) Mikel Janin (Batman #126), Emanuela Lupacchino (Black Adam #3) and many more.

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So why not brush the sand from between your toes, pull on your flip flops and make your way down to your local comic-book emporium this August to bask in the radiant rays of these captivating covers!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Nightwing #92

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Felicitations, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome back to another cool and compelling Comic Cover Of The Week. This week’s delightfully drawn dalliance is by none other than the fantastic Jamal Campbell, and is one of a quintessential quartet of marvellous masterpieces featuring that peerlessly popular paragon – Nightwing, and his very own good boy – puppy powered – Bitewing!

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The titanic and thrilling team up of superstar creators – Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo have absolutely astonished us with their superb run on Nightwing, their take on Dick Grayson’s life both in and out of his iconic costume has been absolutely fabulous.

Tom Taylor’s scripts have been both thrilling and full of heart, his love for this character shines through in every panel and exchange by these classic characters. Alongside Tom’s brilliant writing we have Bruno Redondo’s, quite frankly, superlative art, beautifully experimental and full of flowing motion, bringing Nightwing’s character to life like no other artist prior, his use of the splash-page is, in my humble opinion, completely unparalleled in the wonderful world of comics.

Though what really made this particular issue for me was the loving shout-out to the late great George Perez and his legendary comic collaborator – Marv Wolfman, it was through these two greats that Dick originally shed his Robin persona and became Nightwing, finally stepping out of The Batman’s shadow.

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Nightwing (And Bitewing!) #92 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

 

Nightwing, Bitewing and all related characters are copyright – DC Comics

Comic Book Icon – George Perez – Passes Away At 67

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The legendary artist/writer George Perez sadly passed away on May 6 with complications arising from pancreatic cancer. This devastating news actually hit me quite hard as it was George’s Wonder Woman comics run in the eighties that first introduced me to the Themysciran Titan, and ultimately made me fall in love with the character. 

George Perez is one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of the past half decade, with his extensive run on Wonder Woman in the 1980’s being a defining moment not just in his own artistic career but also for the character herself. His reboot of Diana began with the 1987 issued – Wonder Woman #1, George was the main artist and plotted the series for its first two year run, then went on to write it for a further three, with his take on Wondy and her pantheon of allies and villains hailed as the greatest and most significant version of the characters since the original creation team of William Marston and Harry Peter in the 1940’s.

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In 1980, George alongside fellow comic-book legend, Marv Wolfman, launched – The New Teen Titans, rebooting the classic sixties series and creating new characters to add to the roster of the team of teen sidekicks – Starfire, Raven and Cyborg, and also anti-hero mercenary – Deathstroke. It was also during this run that Dick Grayson finally stepped out of The Batman’s shadow and shed his Robin persona to become the peerlessly popular Nightwing.

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George was born in New York City in June 1954, and was always destined to be an artist and started drawing from the tender age of five years old. At the age of twenty he took a job as a studio assistant at Marvel Comics, with his first published work appearing in Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974. George continued to work for Marvel until 1980 when he moved over to DC Comics, with his first artistic endeavour drawing the Flash back up tale – Firestorm. In 1985 after close to five years working on The New Teen Titans, he started work on DC’s massive crossover event – Crisis On Infinite Earths, the criss-crossing maxi-series that would end up altering the DC Universe dramatically for years to come, when this came to an end George went on to his career defining run On Wonder Woman and cemented his place in Comic-Book history.

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Thank you George for all the joy and wonderment you have brought to me personally throughout your astonishing career, without you I may never have fallen in love with the many characters I hold dear today, most especially Wonder Woman, it was your iconic run that endeared Diana to me more than any character previous to her and for this reason alone, you will always be my most beloved comic creator of all time, rest in peace good sir.

Our Thoughts Go Out To George’s Family And Friends At This Sad Time.

Legendary Comic-Book Artist – Neal Adams – Passes Away At 80

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It is with a sense of great sadness that I relay the news that the legendary Neal Adams passed away on Thursday April 28 from complications with sepsis. Neal was one of the most highly regarded artists in the comic-book medium, and was a standard bearer to his peers always pushing for creator rights and fair pay.

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Neal’s first dalliance in the comic book world was in 1967 with DC Comics, where at the time he mostly drew War comics. In 1968 he was tasked with redesigning the Batman, after over a decade of camp silliness, DC decided they wanted to bring back the dark, brooding detective version of the character more in line to his original 30’s and 40’s variant. Neal’s artistic style was the perfect choice for this assignment, his hyper realistic artwork fit the characters of Batman canon beautifully. Alongside the late, great Denny O’Neil, Neal gave us some of the greatest Batman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow stories ever told, with Neal’s stunning art always in perfect synergy with Denny’s scripting, they were literally the original Dynamic Duo of comics, and the comic book world is a much, much poorer place without them.

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It was Neal and Denny who first introduced me, not only to the Caped Crusader, but the wonderful world of comics themselves, as a wide eyed six year old. My many thanks to them both for my enduring love of comic-books and especially The Batman. Our thoughts go out to Neal’s friends and family at this very sad time.

Precinct1313’s All Time Favourite Wonder Woman Cover Artists: The Brian Bolland Years

Suffering Sappho! it’s lovely to see you down here in the Precinct’s legendary – Ancient Amazon Archives – my astonishing amazonian associates, and just why have we convened within these hallowed Hellenic halls you may ask, well, to celebrate the international icon known as Wonder Woman of course, and the fantastic artistic auteurs who have, over the decades, brought us some of the most vivid, bold and downright sensational comic cover visions of the wondrous one.

And our first step forward unto this opulent odyssey is with brilliant Brit – Brian Bolland – whose 90’s run on Wonder Woman covers was not only award winning, but also contains some of my personal favourite Wondy covers of all time

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The great Brian Bolland is a British comic-book artist/writer who began his illustrious illustrative career in 1977 with the eternally popular British anthology comic – 2000AD. It was here that Brian cut his artistic teeth on seminal characters such as Judge Dredd where his artwork shone in thrilling tales like – The Dark Judge saga, Block Mania and The Cursed Earth.

Brian was one of the very first Brit artists to be snapped up by DC Comics in the 1980’s in what’s come to be known as the “The British Invasion Of Comics” which in turn transformed the comic-book industry at the time. His most notable and popular work to come out of his collaboration with DC is without a doubt the Batman one shot – The Killing Joke – which he worked on alongside other fellow Brit creators, writer – Alan Moore and artist – John Higgins. For me though, it will always be his peerless run on Wonder Woman’s 90’s comic series, his compelling covers were always gorgeously composed works of detailed art that, through one solitary cover image alone, always managed to ably convey the titanic tale awaiting to be discovered within. So let’s indulge ourselves with a small sampling of Brian’s thrilling take on the Themysciran Titan…

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Great Hera! thanks so much for joining us on this fabled foray into the vivacious visuals of Wonder Woman courtesy of the bodacious and brilliant Brian Bolland! Until next time, wondrous ones!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Battle Of The Bats!

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Welcome, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another Comic Cover Of The Week, and “Holy Bat Bust-Ups, Batman!” it seems we have the mother of all bodacious bat beatdowns, as these brawly bat brethren go (pointy eared) head to (pointy eared) head in a month that sees no less than five Bat-tacular covers released. But which of these creatively charming Chiroptera covers will claw its way to the top? That, my Bat-tastic buddies is up to YOU!

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Whether it’s the 60’s Adam West ‘Kapowing’ criminals, or 80’s Keaton ‘getting nuts!’, 2000’s Bale’s broody belligerence, Affleck’s vengeance fuelled vigilante or Robert Pattison’s grim and gothic variant, you can be sure there’s a Batman out there for every taste and the same can be said for these stunning covers, personal favourite is the Batman 89 cover in all it’s Michelle Pfeiffer-tastic glory, but which of these fabulous five is your favourite, well why not sound off in the comments below!

Batgirls #5 – Cover By Jorge Corona

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Batman 89 #5 – Cover By Joe Quinones

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Batman/Catwoman #11 – Cover By Clay Mann

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Batman: Urban Legends #14 – Cover By Karl Mostert

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I Am Batman #8 -Cover By Stephen Segovia

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So, which of this breathtaking battalion of  brush-stroked Bats is your fave, my bodacious bat-buddies? You know what to do… oh and don’t forget to tune in again next week for another comic cover classic. Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl,  And All Imagery Are Copyright: DC Comics.

2000AD Artist And Miracleman Co-Creator – Garry Leach – Passes Away At 67

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British comic-book artist – Garry Leach – sadly passed away on March 26, at the age of 67. Garry was a frequent contributor to the UK’s biggest selling and most popular comic-book – 2000AD – where his fantastic art was regularly seen in Judge Dredd, Dan Dare and Tharg’s Future Shocks. It was during his tenure at 2000AD that he met future comic collaborator – Alan Moore – with whom he teamed up to update the golden age hero Marvelman, which was later altered to Miracleman due to copyright issues.

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Garry was born in 1954 and attended Central St Martin’s College, his first work in the comic-book medium was inking the Dan Dare tale – The Doomsday Machine – in 1978. In 1981 he joined Quality Communications as an art director, and was the inaugural artist on Alan Moore’s revival of Marvelman for British Comic anthology – Warrior. In 1988, Garry set up Atomeka Press alongside Dave Elliot, whose first imprint was – A1 – an anthology series that boasted the talents of Alan Moore, Glenn Fabry, and Simon Bisley amongst many other comic-book greats.

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Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Elvira Meets Vincent Price #5

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Felicitations, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome once more to another creatively cool and compelling Comic Cover Of The Week! We once again find ourselves delving into the enthralling, ebullient and effervescent entity that is Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark, and her latest darkly droll dalliance with none other than the master of horror himself – Vincent Price, in Dynamite Comics’ Elvira Meets Vincent Price #5.

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And with this issue comes another intense issue… a cleavage clad comic cover conundrum, if you will, which of the well endowed salacious selection of vaunted variants of exhilarating Elvira entities should you choose? I personally always pick up the photo cover alternates, but with such astonishing artists such as Dave Acosta and Juan Samu on the comic cover case, it’s really hard to resist the tantalising temptation to snap them all up!

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A famous scream queen actress is missing, causing Elvira and Vincent Price to join forces to find her… even if it means literally breaking the fourth wall, and entering the world of a slasher movie.But can the terrifying twosome of the  Mistress Of The Dark and the Master Of Horror save this Final Girl before a dastardly director traps her forever in a digital nightmare? Thrills, chills and spills, plus some bodaciously bad puns await, dear reader… dare you enter?

Elvira Meets Vincent Price #5 Is available From your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Precinct1313’s Video-Game Vaults Presents: Resident Evil

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Zombies have, in the last decade, become rather de-rigueur, in fact you can’t swing a chainsaw without hitting at least another few dozen low budget movies, TV series or video games starring these re-animated flesh munching corpses. Much like an undead apocalypse itself, zombie media has hit oversaturation point. I’m sure when influential horror director George Romero first introduced the modern zombie to a horrified audience back in 1968 with the seminal Night Of The Living Dead, he had absolutely no idea that these ghastly ghouls would one day be so over used, that all their dread and terror would give way to a yawn and passive indifference, zombies just aren’t scary anymore…

When the late, great Romero’s groundbreaking introduction to the living dead first hit the cinema screen back in the sixties, it was met with revulsion and abhorrence by an audience unfamiliar with such overtly graphic violence.

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 Where It All Began!

Romero’s low budget, independent movie was the catalyst of a thousand imitators, some were great (Lucio Fulci’s – Zombie Flesh Eaters, Dan O’Bannon’s – Return Of The Living Dead) but most were awful Z grade rip offs, literally hordes of terribly made and woefully acted low budget cash ins, riding on the back of the movie going publics sudden reverence of all things undead.

It wouldn’t be long before video-game companies decided to take on this burgeoning horror phenomenon with their own interpretations, with the most prolific and famous of the digital dead games beginning in an imposing mansion in the Arklay Mountains, site of the original outbreak of the T-Virus and our initial introduction to S.T.A.R.S and the sinister Umbrella Corporation.

A Creepy Mansion, Undead Foes And A Jill Sandwich (!?) Await The Player In Capcom’s Creepy Classic…

Resident Evil (known as Biohazard in Japan) was first unleashed to gamers worldwide in 1996, developed by Japanese company Capcom (of Street Fighter fame) and helmed by game design auteur Shinji Mikami. It is one of the original progenitors of survival-horror, a sub genre of gaming that takes cues from horror fiction and focuses on the survival of the main character against overwhelming odds, with limited resources at their disposal.

The first game established many of the ongoing conventions and tropes for the survivalist series, such as the limited inventory system, third person perspective, fixed camera angles for dramatic effect and the iconic typewriter save system.

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To Be Honest Jill, It’s Not The Zombies That Terrify Me, But The Thought Of Ever Having To Play Through Resident Evil 6 Again!!

The game opens with the elite members of S.T.A.R.S (Special Tactics And Rescue Service) responding to the disappearance of fellow team members who lost contact in the remote area on the outskirts of Raccoon City, known as the Arklay Mountains.

Players choose to take control of either Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield at the start of the game, and then, with their chosen avatar, proceed into the mysterious mansion embedded deep within the creepy forests of Arklay Mountains in search of their fellow team-mates. 

Graphics are a mix of three dimensional characters set against pre-rendered backdrops, fixed camera angles give the game a rather compelling cinematic feel.

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Who’s A Good Boy Then… Uuh, Could You Stop Chewing On My Leg Now!

As your chosen avatar explores the mansion they discover documentation in the form of diary entries and audio tapes that provide story beats and exposition, as well as uncovering clues to the various puzzles that need to be undertaken to progress through the mission. The combat takes centre stage through the use of a variety of firearms discovered around the environment, though ammo conservation is important as ammunition is limited.

The inevitable health loss can be counteracted by the use of either first aid sprays or three different types of combinable herbs. The capacity for carrying items on person is also limited, though extraneous items can be kept in an item box for later use. Saving is done through typewriters that are scattered through the mansion, ink ribbons must first be located before saving is possible, and once more these are in limited supply so must be used sparingly.

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Player characters will fight through a succession of undead and mutated creatures as they progress, from the humble zombie through, giant spiders and hulking behemoths. Also of note are the multiple endings the game can deliver depending on the actions taken by the player throughout their adventure, giving the game an impulsive replayability.

Capcom’s Resident Evil is a landmark game, it is almost single-handedly responsible for the Survival-Horror genre and is one of the longest running video game franchises of all time, with the most recent game “Resident Evil Village″ released to abundant praise from fan and critic alike. Though there have been a couple of missteps (Resident Evil 6 being rather… awful) the majority of titles in the franchise have been absolute gems and are a blast to play (with personal faves being Resi 4 and Code Veronica)

The original has seen a remastered overhaul with an upgraded version released on platforms such as Xbox One Playstation 4, and Nintendo’s fabulous Switch… which means Zombie blasting on the go! so there’s never been a better time to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of zombies, elite swat teams, Jill sarnies, and evil corporations!

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This Is A Rewritten Review From A Piece I Wrote Roughly Three Years Previous, Updated So We Could Add It To The Precincts Newest Addition – The Video-Game Vaults.

Precinct1313 Recommends: I Am Not Starfire

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I Am Not Starfire is another excellent entry in DC Comics’ Young Adult graphic novel line, an accessible and highly enjoyable series of non-canon original tales that beset the readers imaginations with terrific tales of classic superheroes, and villains, in their teen years.

Our previous foray with this superlative series of character chronicles was with the bodacious and boundless – Black Canary – though this particular melancholic narrative follows not the coruscating super-being known as Starfire, but her seemingly quotidian, recalcitrant daughter – Mandy.

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Masterful manuscript manipulator – Mariko Tamaki and awesome artistic auteur – Yoshi Yoshitani combine their sublime skills for another tenacious tale of the rigours of youth, and dealing with the inevitable growing pains everyone eventually experiences on their emotional journey into adulthood. Whereas previous entries in DC’s superb series concentrated on superheroes and villains, this particular allegory follows the trepidatious tale of the distraught daughter of one of the most powerful beings on the planet.

Mandy is the atypical teenage girl – rebellious, moody, and capricious, though what sets apart Mandy from other sullen teens is her mum, you see her mum is the incandescent alien princess and superhero – Starfire! Throughout her young life, Mandy has grown up in the (sparkly) shadow of her mother, and has had to deal with the emotional baggage, intense public scrutiny and expectation that comes with being the daughter of a superhero. 

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Mandy’s life has been fashioned from her mum’s fame and overt popularity, none of which, so far, has rubbed off on Mandy, who see’s herself as the Anti-Starfire. Unlike her super-model matriarch, Mandy has shown no sign of superpowers, is short, chubby and decidedly un-sparkly! Therefore whenever anyone appears to show an interest in Mandy herself, she assumes it’s because of her famous mum, and constantly has deep rooted fears that her mum is disappointed by her distinct lack of powers and sparkliness. Alongside these feelings of inadequacy, she’s also hounded on a daily basis by her school’s Teen Titans fan club, and has a secret crush on the local football team’s most popular and pretty cheerleader.

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Things go from bad to worse though, when her alien aunty, the powerful and malevolent – Blackfire appears and challenges Mandy to a life or death duel, but with no superpowers, self esteem or even a cheerleading girlfriend, what’s a put upon goth girl to do?

I Am Not Starfire is another fantastic graphic novel from the prominent pen of marvellous Mariko Tamaki, with some absolutely lush and vivacious visuals from Yoshi Yoshitani, making for another gripping teenage tale of angst and apprehension, but ultimately growth, friendship and inner respect. Highly, highly recommended.

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My Copy Of – I Am Not Starfire – Was Purchased From My Local (and utterly fantastic!) Comic-Book Emporium – Final Frontier.

Comic Cover Of The Week: One Cover To Rule Them All!

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Felicitations, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome once more to our crazy cavalcade of cool and compelling comic cover collectables!

And, hoo-boy, there is an astonishing array of illustriously illustrated issues available at your nearby newsstands this week, so many in fact that it was impossible to pick just one. So here, for your decidedly delightful delectation, are my four fantabulous favourites…

Titans United #6 –

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I’m a sucker for absolutely anything Starfire, so naturally I fell in love with this captivating cover the moment I laid eyes upon it’s marvellous magnificence! Cover artist in question for this bodacious beaut, is the amazing Jamal Campbell, with interior art handled by by Jose Luis and Jonas Trinidade.

Detective Comics #1052 –

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Another DC Comics’ red-headed revelation is the beguiling Batwoman, and this gorgeous painterly piece of Kate Kane by Irvin Rodriguez is utterly stunning! Interior art is handled by Fernando Blanco and Max Raynor, with a tantalising tale by one of my current fave authors, the magnificent Mariko Tamaki.

I Am Batman #6 –

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I Am Batman #6 is penned by 12 Years A Slave screenwriter – John Ridley, and follows the unfurling destiny of the new and mysterious variant of The Batman – Jace Fox. This is yet another tremendous tale by Ridley who wowed us recently with his Black Label masterpiece series for DC – The Other History Of The DC Universe. The commendable cover is by Olivier Coipel, and interior art by Ken Lashley and Rex Locus.

Strange Love Adventures #01-

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Love is most definitely in the air again, and good ol’ DC Comics are here to warm the cockles of your heart, and brighten your soul with eight enthralling tales of… strange love? including a burly, brawly bodacious bromance between Peacemaker and his elegant Eagle sidekick – Eagly! The compelling cover is by Yanick Paquette, with interior art lovingly crafted by – Geraldo Borges, Jon Sommariva, Scot Eaton, and Pablo M Collar.

Personal pick of the bunch this week is Titans United #6, thanks to it’s radiant cover star – Starfire, but which of the featured foursome is your fave, why not sound off in the comments below!

Brian Augustyn – Comic Book Author And Editor Passes Away At 67

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Brian Augustyn, the legendary creator behind the classic Elseworlds story – Batman: Gotham By Gaslight and mainstay on The Flash throughout the nineties, sadly died yesterday – February 1st – at just sixty seven years of age.

Brian passed away after suffering a severe stroke, according to his longtime friend and Flash collaborator – Mark Waid, who posted the sad news to Facebook at the behest of his family.

“The Augustyn family has asked me to let Brian’s friends and fans know that Brian left us today after a sudden, severe stroke over the weekend. I have spent a lot of time these past few hours writing a great deal about Brian, and I’ll share these thoughts soon, but for now I simply wanted to let everyone know. Comics has lost a very kind and talented man who has been my big brother, and one of my best friends for the past thirty five years”

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Brian first began working in the comic-book industry in the mid eighties, and joined  DC Comics in 1988 as co-editor on  Action Comics Weekly. He went on to be the singular editor of The Flash, which is where he originally brought on board the talented Mark Waid, and the two would become firm friends and comic collaborators over the passing years. Brian’s most beloved work was on the previously mentioned – Gotham By Gaslight, which featured art by Hellboy creator – Mike Mignola, the story was so popular that it spawned a sequel – Batman: Master Of The Future and a fantastic animated movie based upon the tale in 2018.

Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Robin And Batman #3

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to our very first Comic Cover Of The Week for 2022! Our compendium of cool and compelling comic cover collectables continues with this magnificently melancholic rendering from astounding artist – Dustin Nguyen, whose immaculate image hearkens back to the classic 1988 series – A Death In The Family – by legendary Batman stalwarts, Jim Aparo and Jim Starlin.

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1988’s Death In The Family series is one of the most important and iconic chapters in the life of the dark and surly one, dealing with the calamitous death of Robin #2 – Jason Todd, whose short and tragically turbulent life was violently ended by none other the Jester of Genocide himself – The Joker! Jason inherited the mantle of the Boy Wonder from Dick Grayson, who had moved out from the shadow of his grim mentor and had taken up the role of Nightwing, thus leaving Batman to wallow even further in his despair and despondent longing for the vengeance of his dead parents.

However, Jason was not a hit with the fans, who lamented the parting of the original Dynamic Duo. Jason, unlike the former holder of the title “Robin” was a brash and rebellious teenager with little regard for his actions and consequences, a life of petty crime ultimately led to him being taken under the (bat)wing of Bruce Wayne, after the Dark Knight discovered the tenacious teen boosting the wheels from the Batmobile! Jason was in fact so unpopular with the fans (though, conversely, he is in fact, my absolute favourite version of Robin of all time) that DC Comics held a poll to determine his fate, with a narrow majority voting in favour of his deadly demise.

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DC Comics received an unprecedented amount of backlash for Jason’s expiration, with Todd’s demise ushering in a major move in the mythos of Batman, pushing him even further down his depressingly dark and despairing crusade of retributive justice. Jason, however, was later resurrected as the violent vigilante – The Red Hood, and has since gone on to be one of DC’s most popular characters of all time.

Robin And Batman #3 Will Be Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium On January 11th.

Happy Holidays From Precinct1313 And DC Comics!

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As space year 2021 comes to an end, I would just like to say Happy Holidays and a fantabulous New Year to all my fellow bloggers, followers and readers of Precinct1313! Thank you so much for your continuing support of this majestic mansion of mystery, and we’ll leave you with a cosmic collation of Christmas comic-book cheer via the world’s finest superheroes…

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And let’s finish with a special message of holiday cheer from none other than the last Czarnian himself, intergalactic space biking  mercenary – LOBO…

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Geez Lobo, was it really necessary to disembowel Santa!?

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Precinct1313 Recommends: Wonder Woman Historia – The Amazons

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By the glorious gods of Gaea! DC Comics newest entry in their mature Black Label line is an absolutely astounding piece of art from two of the comic-book industries greatest talents, writer – Kelly Sue DeConnick and the superlative artistic talent that is Phil Jimenez, who has spent close to three years perfecting the glorious renderings contained within this exalted manuscript.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons’ first issue recounts and adapts the captivating creation of DC Comics’ Amazons, the immortal race of warrior women tasked by the Greek gods with the protection and guidance of Humankind. Borrowing heavily from one of Wonder Woman’s most compelling and predominant contributors – glorious George Perez, whose work on the Themysciran Titan’s 1980’s adventures is still significant in it’s impact on the characters growth in the time since, with much of his benefaction still seen as canon to this day, in fact his beloved work on Princess Diana is seen by most fans as the single greatest take on the character since her original creative team – William Marston and Harry G. Peter, ushered her into existence way back in the early 1940’s.

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Wonder Woman Historia contains, absolutely, the greatest output of beautiful imagery I have ever encountered from talented artist Phil Jimenez, who has been a lifelong fan of Diana, and whose artistic output was heavily influenced by Perez, in fact Phil was the artist/writer for Wondy’s ongoing monthly series throughout the period of 2000 – 2003, and is also seen as one of her biggest ever influences. His work here is a symphonic synergy of magnificent pencils backed ably by the expertise of colourists – Arif Prianto, Hi-Fi, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

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Historia’s superlative scribe -Kelly Sue DeConnick is another phenomenal talent brought on board to recount the revered history of comicdom’s most beloved fictional females, the Eisner award winning writer is the perfect choice to accompany Jimenez on this astounding odyssey into the atavistic past of the ancestral Amazon race. Together they weave a comic book that stands heads and shoulders above it’s peers, and will almost certainly go down in history as one of the greatest takes on Diana’s beloved sisters.

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Millienia ago, Queen Hera and the goddesses of the Olympian pantheon grew greatly dissatisfied with their male counterparts, and, far from their sight, put a plan into action. A new society was born, one never seen before on Earth, capable of wondrous and terrible things… but their existence would not stay secret for long. When a despairing woman named Hippolyta crossed the path of the Amazons, a series of events was set in motion that would lead to an outright war in the heavenly realms… but also usher in the creation of Earth’s greatest guardian!

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 is available from your local comic-book emporium right now, and comes highly recommended by this particular Wondy fanatic, Kelly Sue Deconnick constructs an emotional and tumultuous tale recounting the introduction of the immortal Amazons, and Phil Jimenez’s absolutely gorgeous art is a delight to behold, you can certainly see that those three years he spent rendering these immaculate images were worth every single month, as this is literally one of the most exquisite comics I have ever encountered!!