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    Superhero Fiction Anthology, "Corrupts Absolutely?" On Sale March 1st

    Lincoln Crisler's anthology of dark metahuman fiction, CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY? will be available on March 1st in digital and paperback formats. The anthology, comprised of twenty-one stories from established professionals, solid small-press authors and newcomers, is being released by Damnation Books. Among the notable authors in the collection are Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse, Bram Stoker Award nominees Jeff Strand and Joe McKinney, Endeavor Award finalist and former editor of Fantasy Magazine Cat Rambo, William Todd Rose (Sex in the Time of Zombies), Tim Marquitz (the Demon Squad series) and Edward Erdelac (the Merkabah Rider series).

    "Modern pop-culture is brimming over with stories of bright, polished men and women with iron wills and indestructible moral codes, who throw themselves into a life of public service after being graced (or cursed) with cosmic powers, a magic ring, puberty-activated mutant genes or obot suits," Crisler says on the anthology's website. "What would really happen if today's people had superpowers?"


    Events organized around the anthology's release include a March 30th launch party at the 2012 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, virtual panels of anthology contributors hosted on the editor's website and an Augusta, Georgia signing at a location and time to be determined.


    Lincoln Crisler is the author of two short story collections and one novella. His work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, to include HUB Magazine, Shroud Publishing's Abominations anthology and IDW's forthcoming Robots vs. Zombies anthology. A United States Army combat veteran and non-commissioned officer, Lincoln lives in Augusta, Georgia with his wife and two of his three children.


    Smallville to Waste More Fans' Time with Comic-Book Series

    Let me get this straight.

    Smallville wasted a decade of everyone's time. When a new season came on the horizon, the showrunners always promised Tom Welling would eventually wear the red-and-blue suit we all identity Superman as. Well, they never delivered said promise. Unless you count Welling sporting a tee-shirt in the closing shirt rip shot, extreme close-ups of his face, as to show he never wore a real suit, and utilizing left-over effect shots of Brandon Routh from Superman Returns.

    After infuriating fans, what is their solution to win them back? Besides leaving Smallville alone, obviously, and just move on. Why do a comic series chronicling an "11th season," of course! That's pretty nervy of them. Their big "hook" is official comic art of Welling finally walking around as Superman, suit, cape and all (and notice no red trunks, following the new designs from The New 52 line and Henry Cavill's Supes outfit in The Man of Steel!)

    The fact that after all that build-up the best fans will ever see Welling as Superman is a comic-book is an insult to their dedication and loyalty to that damn show. If I were them, I'd be pissed and vehemently reject this crap.


    Tomorrow's DC Comics And Upcoming Annual Issues

    The eve of mid-week is upon us and that brings the anticipation of new comics. Head over to DC's official blog, The Source, to view a quick look into each of the books on the shelf tomorrow. Green Lantern has remained one of the top titles with the relaunch, while new series like Batwoman, Frankenstein, and Demon Knights continue to have positive reviews overall.

    Also announced today were annual issues for Batman, Animal Man, and Teen Titans. They will each boast extra pages inside to give fans an expanded story and the regular creative teams on the books are joined by guest writer's and artist's. Check out the covers below and get more information from the link above.

     And to close out today's DC news is a look at the cover to Batman, Incorporated #1. Grant Morrison recently got to wrap up his first story arc from the original Batman, Inc series before the relaunch with an oversized one shot called "Leviathan Strikes!" It will be interesting to see if they continue where the issues left off or start from a new point to give a fresh story for readers unfamiliar with the previous story.


    The Death & Return of Superman Short Film is Awesome

    If you're a Superman fan, you know about Superman #75. DC Comics, in need of a sales-boost Marvel was beating them to a pulp so badly, killed off the Man of Steel.

    I know this may sound silly to some of you not old enough to remember. But at the time, this was a big deal. So much so, or perhaps it was such a slow news-day, this was covered on CNN and what always stuck out for my eight year-old mind was how serious adults were taking it; particularly an elderly couple interviewed on camera who appears visibly upset. Sure, it bugged me too. But I was a kid. I didn't know any better! But why were grown-ups bothered by this? I guess, it speaks to how much the character and the myth of Superman really means to us.

    Max Landis (screenwriter of Chronicle) has made this short film The Death & Return of Superman recreating everything from the creation of Doomsday, the monster who slugged Supes to death in the streets of Metropolis, to Superman's resurrection. Even if you're not a comic-fan, I think you're going to get a kick out of this.

    To say this is a piece of genius would be an understatement.


    Watchmen Prequels

    Watchmen is often regarded as the holy grail of all comics. It's looked at as a sacred text, much like the Bible, and something that shouldn't be changed or added on to. With the release of the Zack Snyder directed Watchmen, it changed the rules a bit when talking about the book. Parts were removed, while the ending was revised significantly when comparing it to Alan Moore's original idea.

    DC Comics already shook up the comic book world last year with a total revamp of their main line of comic books and 2012 is going to be no exception. It was revealed earlier today the world of Watchmen will indeed be expanding with 7 mini-series and will collectively carry the title of "Before Watchmen". It's no secret that writer Alan Moore doesn't like his stories being tampered with in any way, but J. Michael Straczynski (writing two of the books) commented on the situation with a good point;

    The perception that these characters shouldn’t be touched by anyone other than Alan is both absolutely understandable and deeply flawed. As good as these characters are – and they are very good indeed – one could make the argument, based on durability and recognition, that Superman is the greatest comics character ever created. But I don’t hear Alan or anyone else suggesting that no one other than Shuster and Siegel should have been allowed to write Superman. Certainly Alan himself did this when he was brought on to write Swamp Thing, a seminal comics character created by Len Wein.

    Leaving aside the fact that the Watchmen characters were variations on pre-existing characters created for the Charleton Comics universe, it should be pointed out that Alan has spent most of the last decade writing very good stories about characters created by other writers, including Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Dorothy (from Wizard of Oz), Wendy (from Peter Pan), as well as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Jeyll and Hyde, and Professor Moriarty (used in the successful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). I think one loses a little of the moral high ground to say, “I can write characters created by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and Frank Baum, but it’s wrong for anyone else to write my characters.”

    Whenever the topic was brought up about adding on to Watchmen, I leaned towards leaving it with the singular story with no interest in seeing new content from other creative teams. As I read the list of talent involved in DC's official announcement, my opinion did a 180 and now I'm very excited with the potential of what these stories could turn out to be. Check out all the details below and get ready for a year of debating between fans around the world.

    This summer, DC Entertainment will publish all-new stories expanding on the acclaimed WATCHMEN universe. As highly anticipated as they are controversial, the seven inter-connected prequel mini-series will build on the foundation of the original WATCHMEN, the bestselling graphic novel of all time. BEFORE WATCHMEN will be the collective banner for all seven titles, from DC Comics.

    “It’s our responsibility as publishers to find new ways to keep all of our characters relevant,” said DC Entertainment Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. “After twenty five years, the Watchmen are classic characters whose time has come for new stories to be told. We sought out the best writers and artists in the industry to build on the complex mythology of the original.”

    Stepping up to the challenge is a group of the comic book industry’s most iconoclastic writers and artists – including Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS), Lee Bermejo (JOKER), Amanda Conner (POWER GIRL), Darwyn Cooke (JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER), John Higgins (WATCHMEN), Adam Hughes (CATWOMAN), J.G. Jones (FINAL CRISIS), Andy Kubert (FLASHPOINT), Joe Kubert (SGT. ROCK), Jae Lee (BATMAN: JEKYLL AND HYDE), J. Michael Straczynski (SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE) and Len Wein (SWAMP THING).

    BEFORE WATCHMEN includes:

    • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
    • MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
    • COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
    • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
    • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
    • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
    • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner

    Each week, a new issue will be released, and will feature a two-page back-up story called CURSE OF THE CRIMSON CORSAIR, written by original series editor Len Wein and with art by original series colorist John Higgins. There will also be a single issue, BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE, featuring the work of various writers and artists, and a CRIMSON CORSAIR story by Wein and Higgins.

    “The original series of WATCHMEN is the complete story that Alan Moore and I wanted to tell. However, I appreciate DC’s reasons for this initiative and the wish of the artists and writers involved to pay tribute to our work. May these new additions have the success they desire,” said Dave Gibbons, WATCHMEN co-creator and original series artist.

    “Comic books are perhaps the largest and longest running form of collaborative fiction,” said DiDio and Lee. “Collaborative storytelling is what keeps these fictional universes current and relevant.”


    Previewing Tomorrow's DC Comics

    Every Tuesday afternoon DC's official blog, The Source, releases a quick preview of all the title's being released the next day. You can check those out here, which include Action Comics, Animal Man, and Swamp Thing. I personally feel like these are the 3 strongest titles DC is putting out right now, so it's great to look forward to these on the same day each month.

    Other various non-comic related websites have been promoting these new titles as well. USA Today, MAXIM, and the Hollywood Reporter are joining in on the current wave of interest for the fresh take on thse characters. Of course many comic based pages have their own previews as well and you can find a collection of all the links here.

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