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World’s Finest Comic Book Artists: Liam Sharp

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With less than a month until our favourite warrior princess makes her highly anticipated solo appearance on the silver screen, all eyes are currently on Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, but lest we forget the revolution that has taken place in DC’s recent Rebirth shake up of the Themysciran Titan.

Rebirth has been a massive success story for DC, the 2016 relaunch heralded the end of the The New 52 run, returning the DCU to a time prior to the Flashpoint Paradox, whilst still incorporating elements from New 52, mostly its continuity. The principal architect of Rebirth, superstar scribe Geoff Johns described the relaunch as – “Re-laying the groundwork for DC’s future , Whilst also celebrating its past and present. It’s not about throwing anything away, in fact it’s quite the opposite”

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A selection Of Liam Sharp’s Incredible Cover Art For WW Rebirth

Rebirth Wonder Woman finds Diana caught in a dilemma, in that she is no longer able to distinguish between reality and falsehood when it comes to pertaining her past. Is she really the daughter of Zeus or was she formed from clay by her Mother Hippolyta and given life by a pantheon of Greek Gods. These questions and more have been supplicated over the course of the Rebirth issues entitled “The Lies” as Diana searches for the truth behind her existence.

The WW Rebirth series has alternated each issue between her present and past, with a retelling of her canonical origin story in the “Year One” chapters by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, and the contemporary tale of Diana’s trials to discover the truth behind “The Lies” by Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp.

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But, my amazing Amazonian associates, this post isn’t primarily about our illustriously immortal idol, this post is dedicated to the talented artist who has brought Rebirth Diana to glorious life right before our very eyes, for me, Diana’s world has never been more vivid and evocative before Liam Sharp’s awe-inspiring visuals. There have been many astoundingly talented artists who have enamoured me with their take on the Amazon Ambassador over the years – Nicola Scott, Phil Jimenez, Amanda Conner, Brian Bolland, and of course the great George Perez, but Liam’s astonishing eye for detail and composition has catapulted him to the fore for this particular WW fanatic.

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British artist Liam Sharp made his debut in another of the Precinct’s very favourite things – science fiction anthology comic – 2000 AD in the 1980’s, his work included Judge Dredd, Finn and the A.B.C Warriors. He has also worked for Marvel on titles such as Death’s Head II, X-Men and DC Comics on issues of Batman and Superman, and the stunning Testament series for Vertigo. 

Liam’s current run on Wonder Woman will come to an end, alongside Greg Rucka in issue #25 when writer Shea Fontana and artist Mirka Andolfo take over duties, who recently brought us DC Super Hero Girls. Though we are always happy and willing to give any new team a chance to wow us with their take on the Themysciran Titan, the loss of Liam’s wondrous visuals on the title is a sad thing nonetheless.

With that in mind, just yesterday Liam posted on his Facebook page an exclusive look at his upcoming pencils for issue #23 of WW, and with his kind permission we have brought these astounding masterpieces to you, fellow agents of Precinct1313. Liam, we salute your artistic genius good Sir, and very much look forward to your future endeavours.

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Astonishing detail really makes us hope for a black and white variant of the WW Rebirth trade collections.

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Visuals courtesy of Liam Sharp and DC Comics. Wonder Woman is copyright DC Comics.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman Rebirth #6

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Welcome my comic collecting cohorts to another instalment of ‘Comic Cover Of The Week’  and this week’s wonderfully wrought cover is brought to you by the fantabulous Frank Cho.

Wonder Woman Rebirth has been a rather wondrous soft reboot of DC Comics’ premier Superheroine. After nearly 75 years in print, Diana’s history has become rather convoluted, in comparison to her Trinity stablemates – Batman & Superman, the amazing Amazon’s past has been, at times, in conflict with itself. Is she the daughter of Zeus? or was she formed of clay and brought to life by a pantheon of Greek gods? These questions and many more have been asked by the fans over the last seven and a half decades of her virtual existence.

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Her byzantine history is finally being definitively addressed through DC’s ‘Rebirth’  a soft reboot of their entire universe of characters, that will finally provide an answer to those many questions posed by her faithful fans.

The Rebirth series is split into two alternating titles, written by the groundbreaking Greg Rucka, with rotational art duties performed by nifty Nicola Scott and luminous Liam Sharp. Wonder Woman Rebirth expertly focuses on two halves of her life, her ongoing adventures during the modern era and her ‘Year One’ origin story.

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Wonder Woman #6 finds the awesome Amazon encountering the world outside her paradise home of Themyscira for the first time, alongside her cicerone, Steve Trevor. Unable to understand the language or customs of these outsiders, Diana’s day becomes increasingly embroiled in mishap and misunderstanding.

Wonder Woman Rebirth #6 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Detective Comics #934

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This week’s wonderfully wrought comic cover celebrates not only the absolutely astonishing artwork of Eber Ferreira & Eddy Barrows, but also the reversion of Detective Comics back to its original numbering. Detective Comics first appeared in 1937, but it was its twenty seventh issue that has become the most important of its seminal run, the first appearance of the Masked Manhunter himself – The Batman.

When DC Comics rebooted its Universe in 2011 with the ‘New 52’ they renumbered all of their issues back to #1’s. Before this back pedal of numbering, Detective had reached the almost incomparably immense issue #881, with the oncoming of DC’s recent ‘Rebirth’  which aims to reinsert the legacy of DC’s long and varied comic history, they have decided to revert the numbering of their two original and most popular comic books – Detective & Action Comics (which itself goes back to #957, tantalisingly close to issue #1,000!)

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Detective Comics 934 finds the Batman attempting to bring together all of Gotham’s Guardians into one cohesive unit of crime-fighting badassery. A rebirth for the classic Bat-Family of old that sees the return of beloved characters like Stephanie Brown as the Spoiler and former Batgirl Cassandra Cain under her new identity of Orphan. Throw in the fiery haired vigilante Batwoman, wayward zealot Azrael and the Caped Crusader’s loyal sidekick Red Robin, and you end up with an almost unbeatable team of spandex clad heroes that will have the Supervillains of Gotham running for the proverbial hills!

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Detective Comics will start shipping twice monthly from June 08, beginning with issue #934. Written by: James Tynion IV. Art and cover by: Eber Ferreira & Eddy Barrows. Variant cover by: Rafael Alburquerque.

Legends Reborn…

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DC Lift The Curtain On A New Chapter For The World’s Greatest Heroes And Villains

Warning: Spoilers ahoy me hearties!

Legends aren’t just made, they are born from tradition, myths and a rather large measure of hero worship, and they come in many forms and from many generations. King Arthur and his loyal Knights, Jason and the Argonauts and our own modern day equivalents – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more, comic book heroes are the 21st century equivalent of the Greek Gods of Olympus, or the Norse Gods of Asgard, they are modern day myths, allegorical tales of strength and justice, but also reflect mankind’s inherent weaknesses and immorality.

There is though a significant difference between the legends and myths of yore and our very own Superheroes of modern day, the time-honoured legends of yesteryear, like say, the aforementioned King Arthur, are very much set in stone, changing very little throughout the centuries. Yet in this modern age of technological wizardry, which is advancing at incredible speeds (in fact, we have advanced more technologically in the past fifty years than in our entire history!) our own legendary comic book heroes, such as the Batman have been forced to advance along with us, changing constantly (though importantly keeping what makes them unique at the core) not remaining stagnant like their belles-lettres forebears.

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Mythical Characters, Modern Sensibilities

DC Comics, that fine purveyor of modern day myths and legends, have become synonymous with the reboot, it is something they have done on many occasion throughout their eighty plus years of publishing. Rebirth, though resembling a classic DC ‘Crisis’ style reboot is less of a revamp but more of a restructuring of its archetypal characters and universe. Coming just five years after the ‘New 52’ reset, which relaunched the entire line of DC’s comics with 52 new #1’s, Rebirth retains the New 52 universe, everything that happened to the characters during the past five years since the reboot stand true, though radical changes loom on the horizon.

The story of Rebirth itself harkens back and weaves its way into to the 2011 ‘Flashpoint’ crossover series. Flashpoint showed an altered DC Universe, with Barry Allen (The Flash) seemingly the only hero to realise that somehow history had been changed. In this universe Barry has no powers, Batman is actually Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas Wayne and countless other paradoxes, with no explanation as to how or why this had happened.

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Rebirth reunites us with a character who was wiped from the timeline during such a paradox, the original Wally West – Kid Flash. Trapped in the speed force, all memory of him lost to friends, family and foe alike, but after the events detailed in the recent Justice League #50 (a must read if you intend to follow the Rebirth story) the door in the timeline that he was trapped behind opens for the briefest of times, allowing Wally the chance to return to the world and warn everyone of a mysterious entity who altered the very fabric of time during the Flashpoint, ultimately relieving every being of ten years of history, gone… in a flash.

It is of course the reveal of the entity itself that is without a shadow of a doubt,the coolest thing about Rebirth. This enigmatic character is probably comic’s most powerful being, one who existed in a completely parallel universe to the heroes and villains of the DCU. 

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This, Is… One Of The Greatest Moments In Comic Book History!

The above image will probably bring a huge smile to your face if you’re in anyway a big fan of DC Comics, it is an earth shattering and iconic moment for comic books, Geoff Johns, the real architect behind Rebirth has confirmed that the characters and events of Alan Moore’s seminal Watchmen series will be merged into ongoing DC continuity. Imagine it, Rorschach and Batman, coexisting, in the same time and space!

The Rebirth has begun my comic collecting cohorts, and will, absolutely, be a major event in comics’ history. Follow along with the expanding storyline that begins with ‘DC Universe Rebirth #1’ (available right now) and continues on throughout all the major monthlies and beyond into continuous DC Universe continuity. 

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we list our favourite comic book, video game and cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure.

DC Comics Unveil A Snazzy New Logo…

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Ooooooh… Shiny!

In conjunction with its upcoming ‘Rebirth’ shake-up, DC have unleashed a brand new company logo. This shiny blue symbol replaces its previous ‘peel’ style logo that has only been in use for a mere four years. This new variant is the eleventh logo since the company first drew breath well over seventy five years ago, and has a satisfyingly retro look to it. The new logos debut appearance will be on the cover of Geoff Johns’ upcoming ‘DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1’ which will be available at all good comic book emporiums from May 25.

Harley Quinn Goes Solo…

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Love Is… A Large Mallet And A Bad Attitude!

Everyones favourite Mischievous Minx of Mayhem is apparently going to get a spin-off movie that will begin production after the Suicide Squad movie hits the big screen this August. Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley alongside ‘other’ DC female characters, of course the classic ‘Gotham City Sirens’ comic series comes to mind, where our lovable rogue joined up with feisty female felons – Catwoman & Poison Ivy. Though the rumour mill has also put forward such names as – Batgirl, Huntress &  Black Canary, so maybe it’ll end up being a big screen adaptation of the ‘Birds of Prey’ series, either way it’s exciting times ahead for both Ms Quinn and her legions of fans.

NBC Are Powerless To Resist DC Comedy…

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Up, Up And Away For DC’s New Comedy

NBC have commissioned a full series of DC Comics’ upcoming comedy show ‘Powerless’. The satirical Superhero show is set in an insurance company that deals with the fallout from the destruction wrought by heroes during their crime busting escapades. The series stars Vanessa Hudgens and Alan Tudyk, plus a large roster of DC characters both major and minor, beginning in the first episode with French Superheroine and former Justice League Europe member Crimson Fox.

Why not join us again next time, for more ‘Week In Geek’