Pop Culture Collectibles

Hey there guys. Sorry for the lack of posts lately, but I haven’t really been up to it, and as you might’ve noticed I’m running this website by myself again. Today however, I wanted to share something I’m into and it’s also related to movies, comics, anime and video games. So all-in-all, still pretty much on-topic.

Ever since I was a kid I had a thing for merchandise and memorabilia from various things, be it movies, games, comics, tv shows. I’m somewhat of a collector, I started many collections but gave up in the end because I didn’t care for it anymore. Something that has always stuck with me though, was ‘collecting’ replica’s and memorabilia from my favourite movie or video game.

I bought several Mario Karts figurines, some of those WoW collector’s figures, X-files actionfigures, Green Lantern action figures. Hell, I even bought the Killzone 3 Helghast Edition for the little action figure and the helghast helm replica. Furthermore, I recently ordered a Back To The Future DeLorean replica and a Harry Potter wand replica. /geek

Below are some photos of the stuff I have lying around here. I hope you enjoy this pretty short post, and please leave your comment in the comment section below.

/Gamecultist

Character Bio – Hal Jordan

In today’s character bio we’re discussing Hal Jordan, the main protagonist of the Green Lantern comics by DC Comics.

Hal Jordan was a test pilot, having followed in the footsteps of his father, Martin Jordan. He was given the power ring and battery (lantern) by a dying alien named Abin Sur, whose spaceship crashed on Earth. Abin Sur used his ring to seek out an individual who was “utterly honest and born without fear” to take his place as Green Lantern. Jordan became a founding member of the Justice League of America and as of the mid-2000’s is, along with John Stewart, one of the two active-duty Lanterns in Earth’s sector of space.

Following the rebirth of Superman and the destruction of Green Lantern’s hometown of Coast City in the early 1990s, Hal Jordan seemingly went insane and destroyed the Green Lantern Corps and the Central Power Battery. Now calling himself Parallax, Hal Jordan would devastate the DC Universe off and on for the next several years. However, after Earth’s sun was threatened by a Sun-Eater, Jordan sacrificed his life, expending the last of his vast power to reignite the dying star. Jordan subsequently returned from beyond the grave as the Spectre, the divine Spirit of God’s Vengeance, whom Jordan attempted to transform into a Spirit of Redemption, which ended in failure.

In Green Lantern: Rebirth, it is revealed that Jordan was under the influence of a creature known as Parallax when he turned renegade. Parallax was a creature of pure fear that had been imprisoned in the Central Power Battery by the Guardians of the Universe in the distant past. Imprisonment had rendered the creature dormant and it was eventually forgotten, becoming known merely as the “yellow impurity” in the power rings. Sinestro was able to wake Parallax and encourage it to seek out Hal Jordan as a host. Although Parallax had been trying to corrupt Jordan (via his ring) for some time, it was not until after the destruction of Coast City that it was able to succeed. It took advantage of Jordan’s weakened emotional state to lure him to Oa and cause him to attack anyone who stood in his way. After killing several Green Lanterns, Jordan finally entered the Central Power Battery and absorbed all the power, unwittingly freeing the Parallax entity and allowed it to graft onto his soul.

The Spectre bonded with Jordan in the hopes of freeing the former Green Lantern’s soul from Parallax’s taint, but was not strong enough to do so. In Green Lantern: Rebirth, Parallax began to assert control of the Parallax-Spectre-Jordan composite. Thanks to a supreme effort of will, Jordan was able to free himself from Parallax, rejoin his soul to his body and reclaim his power ring. The newly revived (and rejuvenated) Jordan awoke just in time to save Kyle Rayner and Green Arrow from Sinestro. After the Korugarian’s defeat, Jordan was able to successfully lead his fellow Green Lanterns in battle against Parallax and with help from Guardians Sayd and Ganthet, imprisoned it within the personal power batteries of Earth’s Lanterns, rendering the Green Lantern’s rings free of the yellow impurity, provided they had the power of will to do so. Hal Jordan is once again a member of both the Justice League and the Green Lantern Corps, and along with John Stewart is one of the two Corps members assigned to Sector 2814, personally defeating Sinestro in the Sinestro Corps War. Jordan is designated as Green Lantern 2814.1. 

Post-“Sinestro Corps War”, DC Comics revisited the origin of Hal Jordan as a precursor to “The Blackest Night” storyline

I hope you enjoyed this pretty short bio … but hey, can’t all be post of a several thousand words!

See you next time.

/Gamecultist

DC Comics’ Overhaul Covers Released

As you may have read in this article, DC Comics rebooting its entire universe in the coming months. There’ll be 52 new # 1 issues. The people over at CSICON made a pretty neat summary of them all, so I shamelessly copied it. (All credit goes to them!). Not all covers are here, hence the empty spaces. Click the images for a larger view.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
RETROSOLICITED • On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.
 
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Cover by Aaron Lopresti
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
With the growing presence of super beings around the world, the United Nations resolves to create a new group called Justice League International.Batman, Booster Gold, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, August General in Iron, Fire, Ice, Vixen and Rocket Red are charged with promoting unity and trust – but can they reach that goal without killing each other first?
 
AQUAMAN #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The superstar creators from Blackest Night and Brightest Day reunite to take Aquaman to amazing new depths! Aquaman has renounced the throne of Atlantis – but the sea will not release Arthur Curry so easily. Now, from a forgotten corner of the ocean emerges… The Trench! A broken race of creatures that should not exist, an unspeakable need driving them, The Trench will be the most talked-about new characters in the DC Universe!
 
WONDER WOMAN #1
Written by Brian Azzarello
Art and cover by Cliff Chiang
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED
The Gods walk among us. To them, our lives are playthings. Only one woman would dare to protect humanity from the wrath of such strange and powerful forces. But is she one of us – or one of them?
 
THE FLASH #1
Written by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Art and cover by Francis Manapul
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!
 
CAPTAIN ATOM #1
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Freddie Williams II
Cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Charged by nuclear energy, possessing vast molecular powers, Captain Atom has the potential to be a literal god among men – a hero without limits. But the question is: Will he lose himself in the process?Don’t miss the start of a legend from writer J.T. Krul (Green Arrow, Teen Titans) and artist Freddie Williams II (JSA All-Stars)!
 
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM #1
Written by Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone
Art by Yildiray Cinar
Cover by Ethan Van Sciver
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond. These two high school students are worlds apart – and now they’re drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. The dark secrets of the murderous Dog Team and its Firestorm Protocol force them to put aside their differences to confront a threat so terrifying that it may lead to a new Cold War! Welcome to a major new vision of nuclear terror from writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar!
 
GREEN ARROW #1
Written by J.T. Krul
Art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund
Cover by Brett Booth and Rob Hunter
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law.Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.
 
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1
Written by Tony S. Daniel
Art and cover by Philip Tan
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Carter Hall’s skill at deciphering lost languages has led him to a job with an archaeologist who specializes in alien ruins – but will the doctor’s latest discovery spread an alien plague through New York City? No matter the personal cost, Carter Hall must don his wings and become the new, savage Hawkman to survive! Witness the start of a new action series from writer Tony S. Daniel and artist Philip Tan that will take Hawkman where no hero has flown before!
 
MISTER TERRIFIC #1
Written by Eric Wallace
Art by Roger Robinson
Cover by J.G. Jones
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The world’s third-smartest man – and one of its most eligible bachelors – uses his brains and fists against science gone mad in this new series from Eric Wallace (Titans) and Roger Robinson!Michael Holt is the head of a successful high-tech corporation and an institute that recruits and encourages the finest minds of the next generation to excel. As Mister Terrific he inhabits a world of amazement few others know exists, let alone can comprehend.
 
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1
Written by Paul Jenkins
Art by Bernard Chang
Cover by Ryan Sook
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s the start of a new series spotlighting some of the DC Universes’s most exciting super heroes! First up is Deadman, straight from the pages of Brightest Day, in a five-issue epic where the body-hopping hero meets his match in a new foe who wants to make sure the souls that Deadman helps out go straight to Hell!
 
ACTION COMICS #1
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Rags Morales and Rick Bryant
Cover by Rags Morales
Variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
On sale September 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
The one and only Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (Identity Crisis), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

 

SUPERMAN #1
Written by George Perez
Breakdowns and cover by George Perez
Art by Jesus Merino
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!
 
SUPERBOY #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by R.B. Silva and Rob Lean
Cover by Eric Canete
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the Clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience?
 
SUPERGIRL #1
Written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Art and cover by Mahmud Asrar
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!
 
BATMAN #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
Cover by Greg Capullo
Variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman: Gates of Gotham) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.
 
DETECTIVE COMICS #1
Written by Tony S. Daniel
Art by Tony S. Daniel and Ryan Winn
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/artist Tony S. Daniel!A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
 
BATWING #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Ben Oliver
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Africa, a land of beauty – and of great horror. A land of creation and conflict. It is in desperate need of a defender, and from the ranks of Batman Incorporated comes a soldier to carry on the legacy of The Dark Knight in the most tumultuous region on Earth. Meet Batwing, the Batman of Africa!

 

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1
Written by David Finch
Art by David Finch and Richard Friend
Cover by David Finch
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Dark Knight struggles against a deadly – yet strangely familiar – foe in this phenomenal debut issue from superstar writer/artist David Finch (Brightest Day, Action Comics)!As a mysterious figure slinks through the halls of Arkham Asylum, Batman must fight his way through a gauntlet of psychos, and Bruce Wayne faces the unexpected legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated!

 

BATMAN AND ROBIN #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together! As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…

 

BATGIRL #1
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover by Adam Hughes
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Yes, it’s really happening! Barbara Gordon is back as Batgirl – and she’s going to have to face the city’s most horrifying new villains as well as the dark secrets from her past. You won’t want to miss this stunning debut issue from fan-favorite Birds of Prey writer Gail Simone!BATWOMAN #1
Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
Art and cover by J.H. Williams III
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
At last! Batwoman’s new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman! In “Hydrology,” part 1 of 5, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld – and new trials in her life as Kate Kane.Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government. 
 
NIGHTWING #1
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art and cover by Eddy Barrows and JP Mayer
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (Batman: Gates of Gotham)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!
 
CATWOMAN #1
Written by Judd Winick
Art and cover by Guillem March
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick (Batman: Under the Hood) and artist Guillem March (Gotham City Sirens)!
 
BIRDS OF PREY #1
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art and cover by Jesus Saiz
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
One is wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The other is on the run because she knows too much. They are Dinah Laurel Lance and Ev Crawford – a.k.a. Black Canary and Starling – and together, as Gotham City’s covert ops team, they’re taking down the villains other heroes can’t touch. But now they’ve attracted the attention of a grizzled newspaper reporter who wants to expose them, as well as a creepy, chameleon-like strike team that’s out to kill them.Don’t miss the start of this hard-hitting new series from mystery novelist/comics writer Duane Swierczynski (Expiration Date, Cable).

 

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art and cover by Kenneth Rocafort
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
No sooner has Batman’s former sidekick, Jason Todd, put his past as the Red Hood behind him than he finds himself cornered by a pair of modern day outlaws: Green Arrow’s rejected sidekick Arsenal, the damaged soldier of fortune, and the alien Starfire, a former prisoner of intergalactic war who won’t be chained again.As a loner, Jason has absolutely no interest in this motley crew of outlaws. So what’s he going to do when they choose the Red Hood as their leader? Find out in this hot new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men), featuring art by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (Action Comics)!

 

GREEN LANTERN #1
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
Variant cover by Greg Capullo
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The red-hot Green Lantern team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke introduce an unexpected new Lantern.

 

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
Cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace – or else.

 

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art and cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?

 

RED LANTERNS #1
Written by Peter Milligan
Art and cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable!

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Mikel Janin
Cover by Ryan Sook
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The witch known as The Enchantress has gone mad, unleashing forces that not even the combined powers of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg can stop. And if those heroes can’t handle the job, who will stand against this mystical madness?Shade the Changing Man, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Zatanna and John Constantine may be our only hope – but how can we put our trust in beings whose very presence makes ordinary people break out in a cold sweat?
 
SWAMP THING #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art and cover by Yanick Paquette
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth! Alec Holland has his life back… but the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
 
ANIMAL MAN #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Travel Foreman and Dan Green
Cover by Travel Foreman
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
 
FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Alberto Ponticelli
Cover by J.G. Jones
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s Frankenstein as you’ve never seen him before, in a dark new series from acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Alberto Ponticelli (Unknown Soldier)!Frankenstein is part of a network of strange beings who work for an even stranger government organization: The Super Human Advanced Defense Executive! But can he protect the world from threats even more horrifying than himself? And since he’s vilified for who and what he is, will he even want to take on this mission?
 
I, VAMPIRE #1
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Cover by Jenny Frison
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DC Universe!
 
RESURRECTION MAN #1
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Art by Fernando Dagnino
Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It’s the return of Mitch Shelly – and he’s still dead.Resurrection Man can’t stay dead for long, though – and with each rebirth comes new and unexpected powers. But his many returns have not gone unnoticed, and forces are gathering to learn what’s so special about him – and to see which of them will finally stop Resurrection Man dead.
 
DEMON KNIGHTS #1
Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert
Cover by Tony S. Daniel
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Set in the Dark Ages of the DC Universe, a barbarian horde is massing to crush civilization. It’s fallen to Madame Xanadu and Jason Blood, the man with a monster inside him, to stand in their way – though the demon Etrigan has no interest in protecting anyone or anything other than himself! It’ll take more than their own power to stop an army fueled by bloodlust and dark sorcery, and some very surprising heroes – and villains – will have no choice but to join the fray!
 
STORMWATCH #1
Written by Paul Cornell
Art and cover by Miguel Sepulveda
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
They are Stormwatch, a dangerous super human police force whose existence is kept secret from the world. Directly following the ominous events of Superman #1, Adam One leads half the Stormwatch team to recover the [INFORMATION REDACTED] from deep in the Himalayas. Meanwhile, Jack Hawksmoor and the rest of the Stormwatch crew look to recruit two of the deadliest super humans on the planet: Midnighter and Apollo! And if they say no? Perhaps the Martian Manhunter can change their minds…
 
VOODOO #1
Written by Ron Marz
Art and cover by Sami Basri
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Who is Voodoo? Is she hero, villain – or both? Learn the truth about Priscilla Kitaen as she leaves a trail of violence across America. Discover the new DC Universe through her eyes, because the things she sees are not always what they seem…
 
GRIFTER #1
Written by Nathan Edmondson
Art by CAFU
Cover by CAFU and BIT
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED TThe DC Universe’s most wanted man stars in his own series! Cole Cash is a charming grifter few can resist. And yet he’s about to be branded a serial killer when he begins hunting and exterminating inhuman creatures hidden in human form – creatures only he can see!Can the biggest sweet talker of all time talk his way out of this one when even his brother thinks he’s gone over the edge?
 
DEATHSTROKE #1
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Joe Bennett and Art Thibert
Cover by Simon Bisley
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Friends die, family disappoints, but a legacy… That lives forever.”Slade Wilson is the best mercenary in the DC Universe, and he’s been doing this a long time. Some might say too long. But they’ll learn: Never turn your back on Deathstroke the Terminator. He won’t quit, no matter how high the stakes. Kyle Higgins (Batman: Gates of Gotham) and Joe Bennett (Teen Titans) team up to bring you the finest in mayhem and gore.
 
SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by Adam Glass
Art by Marco Rudy
Cover by Ryan Benjamin
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous – they’re sheer suicide!Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure?
 
O.M.A.C. #1
Written by Dan Didio and Keith Giffen
Art and cover by Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
 
BLACKHAWKS #1
Written by Mike Costa
Art and cover by Ken Lashley
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Welcome to a world waging a new kind of war that’s faster and more brutal than ever before. It’s fought by those who would make the innocent their targets, using computers, smart weapons and laser-guided missiles. The new enemy is hard to find – and closer to home than we think.Between us and them stand the Blackhawks, an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles. Their mission: Kill the bad guys before they kill us.
 
MEN OF WAR #1
Written by Ivan Brandon
Art by Tom Derenick
Cover by Viktor Kalvachev
On sale September 7 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors. Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DC Universe’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, Doc Savage) and Tom Derenick (Justice League of America)!
 
ALL-STAR WESTERN #1
Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art and cover by Moritat
On sale September 28 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+
Even when Gotham City was just a one-horse town, crime was rampant – and things only get worse when bounty hunter Jonah Hex comes to town. Can Amadeus Arkham, a pioneer in criminal psychology, enlist Hex’s special brand of justice to help the Gotham Police Department track down a vicious serial killer? Find out in this new series from Hex writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, with lush artwork by Moritat (The Spirit)!
 
TEEN TITANS #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art and cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
On sale September 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Tim Drake, Batman’s former sidekick, is back in action when an international organization seeks to capture, kill or co-opt super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he’s going to have to team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and the hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash to stand any chance at all against a living, breathing weapon with roots in another world! They – along with a few other tortured teen heroes – will be the Teen Titans in this new series from writer Scott Lobdell (WILDC.A.T.S, Uncanny X-Men) and artist Brett Booth (Justice League of America)!
 
STATIC SHOCK #1
Written by Scott McDaniel and John Rozum
Art and cover by Scott McDaniel and Jonathan Glapion
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The brilliant, slightly awkward high school student Virgil Hawkins transforms into the cocky electromagnetic hero Static! A mysterious tragedy forces the Hawkins family to relocate from Dakota to New York City! Virgil embarks upon new adventures in a new high school and a new internship at S.T.A.R. Labs!As Static, he dons a new uniform and establishes a new secret headquarters! But is he ready to take on the new villains who lurk in New York City’s underworld?

 

HAWK AND DOVE #1
Written by Sterling Gates
Art and cover by Rob Liefeld
On sale September 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Hank Hall is not happy. He’s not happy to have Dawn Granger as a new partner in his war on crime. He’s not happy that she’s dating the ghostly Super Hero, Deadman. He’s not happy to learn that someone is trying to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Now it’s up to Hawk and Dove to root out the forces behind this conflict and stop them before they turn the U.S. into a wasteland!And who is the monster lurking in the shadows, watching Hawk and Dove from afar? Find out in this new series from Sterling Gates (Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost) and artist Rob Liefeld (X-Force, Youngblood)!
 
BLUE BEETLE #1
Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Ig Guara and Ruy Jose
Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s not easy being Jaime Reyes. He has to deal with high school, family and all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Also, he’s linked to a powerful scarab created by an alien race known as the Reach who seek to subjugate planets – or annihilate them. It’s up to one teen hero to turn this instrument of destruction into a force for good.
 
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1
Written by Paul Levitz
Art by Francis Portela
Cover by Karl Kerschl
On sale September 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!

 

LEGION LOST #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art and cover by Pete Woods
On sale September 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from annihilation. But when the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world that, for them, is the ultimate struggle to survive!Don’t miss the start of this all-new Legion series illustrated by Pete Woods – fresh off his spectacular run on Action Comics – who is joined by writer Fabian Nicieza (Red Robin)!

 

This is all very exciting to me, since it means I can finally start reading some of these series without just starting in the middle of a storyarc with not a lot of prior knowledge. What are your thoughts and this whole reboot? Let us know in the comment section below! 

/Gamecultist

DC Comics Rebooting Entire Universe

That DC Comics is a big company with a huge amount of characters and storylines became clear in the article I wrote about the company. If you’re even a little bit familiar with characters such as Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern and The Flash you’ll realise that there’s a lot of intertwining storylines and inaccuracies throughout the series. DC Comics tried to explain this whole issue with the introduction of the multiverse as portrayed in Crisis On Infinite Earths. A failure to say the least.

It seems that DC Comics finally realised this. They announced a historic reboot and redesign for the entire line of superheroes. DC Comics is currently running a storyline called Flashpoint that involves the Flash (the Barry Allen version) and his experiences in a strange timeline where the world’s superheroes are very different than they once were in memory. In a bombshell announcement, DC has revealed that Flashpoint will lead into a reboot of the entire DC Universe.

Starting on August 31, DC Comics will renumber 52 different books back to #1. Every single title that takes place in the DC Universe will be affected. It isn’t just a renumbering either, as DC is also redesigning costumes, storylines, characters… everything. All 52 #1 issues will launch over a period of 5 weeks.

The flagship book appears to be Justice League #1, which teams DC superstar scribe Geoff Johns with artist extraordinaire and current DC co-publisher Jim Lee. The first image from the reboot (seen below) was done by Jim Lee, partially showing how DC plans to redesign its universe’s characters. The idea is to make things more contemporary, but the changes aren’t incredibly drastic or anything going by this particular image. Superman’s outfit and younger appearance look to be the most changed.

Full Justice League Roster Courtesy of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Justice Leage reboot

“We really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told USA Today. “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”

Justice League #1 will also mark the further entry of comic books into the digital age. Though digital comic books are becoming more common, neither DC nor Marvel have begun to release digital versions of all their books alongside the print versions day-and-date. Starting with Justice League #1, all 52 titles featured in the reboot will be released both digitally and physically on the same day.

It’s a bold move that risks alienating hardcore fans, but then, doesn’t everything? Discovering how DC will reboot big stars like Batman and Superman, in addition to the rest of its roster, should make the coming weeks very interesting. Let’s just hope that they think ahead this time and don’t feel the need to implement another Crisis on Infinite Earths

/Niels

Green Lantern comics – An introduction

With the Green Lantern movie releasing in June I thought it was time to write a bit of an introduction to the Green Lantern universe, and more specifically, the Green Lantern comics. Comics, and especially DC Comics titles, have a tendency to feature a pretty complex timeline as the continuity is often altered to correct mistakes made by the same people who made the different universes in the first place. I think we can all remember the ‘Earth 2’ and ‘crisis on infinite earths’ debacle which ended the DC multiverse for a while. Continue reading “Green Lantern comics – An introduction”

Throughout The Ages – DC Comics

Hey there guys and welcome to the very first ‘Throughout The Ages’ blog post. This is the place where I share with you the history of a game, brand, developer, comic, movie, director, etc and mention their major achievements and such. So without further ado, here is ‘Throughout The Ages – DC Comics’. Continue reading “Throughout The Ages – DC Comics”