Frank Miller Returns to Batman in Dark Knight III – Master Race

In 1986, Frank Miller introduced his iconic take on Batman and changed the face of comics forever. Now, three decades after The Dark Knight Returns, Miller himself has returned with a third and final chapter to his groundbreaking saga.

THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE continues Frank Miller’s landmark Dark Knight saga that began with 1986’s THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and continued with its 2001-2002 sequel THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN.

Co-written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is a miniseries in eight parts, with each issue consisting of one 32-page main story and one 16-page minicomic focusing on a different character from within the world of Miller’s Dark Knight.

These minicomics are a crucial part of the story, are also written by Miller and Azzarello and will be drawn by some of the greatest artists currently working in comics.

Dark Knight III Master Race by Frank Miller

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 will be available at your local comic shop or favorite online comic retailer on November 25, 2015. The first issue will feature both standard and variant covers, plus a series of custom retailer covers only available at select stores.

Book Subscription Site Scribd Adds Giant Comics Collection

Scribd subscription service adds comics

Scribd subscription service adds comics

Subscription reading service Scribd has just added 10,000 comics from top comic companies to their $8.99 monthly subscription plan.

Scribd readers can now binge on titles from Marvel, Valiant, IDW and many other publishing groups.  DC comics aren’t yet listed.

Scribd offers a one month trial if you’re interested in a buffet-style digital comic book collection (uh… I shouldn’t have to say “if”).  If you’re already a happy subscriber of Scribd, which includes all-you-can-read digital books as well as all-you-can-listen-to audiobooks for $8.99 a month, you just got happier.

Pure Marvel fans will note that this collection on Scribd totals 10,000 comics from all publishing houses. If Marvel comics is your weakness, you can get over 15,000 digital comics for $9.99 a month with the Marvel Unlimited service and app. DC comics doesn’t have a similar offering (yet).

For those of you who would rather not spend your money on things that you can get for free, you should know that for $0.00 a month you can check out thousands of books, audiobooks, comics and graphic novels from your local library.

Star Wars Marvel Comic Returns with Story Set Between Empire and Jedi

Comic - Star Wars (2015) 1 - Cover


The Star Wars saga is coming back to Marvel Comics this week, and Marvel is definitely set to sell you multiple copies of this one.

With at least 4 variant covers, and a fanbase of comic book and Star Wars memorabilia collection wanting to get copies to read and copies to leave bagged and untouched, sales are expected to be over 1 million copies of this comic.

Making this one of the largest print runs in recent comic history, and even though the comics will be everywhere and definitely not “rare”, the value of the comics that collectors will likely place on the title make it certain of one thing:

If you want it, you better be sure to go get it on Wednesday, January 14.

The story is in the classic setting

Apart from how collectible this comic turns out to be, I’m more excited to actually read the story.

All I know about it now is that it’s set between The Empire Strikes Back (Episode 5) and The Return of The Jedi (Episode 6).

 

List of Must Read Graphic Novels

Editor’s Note: Hi, readers! Michael Simmons here, editor of geekSerious. While compiling this list of my favorite graphic novels, I wanted to avoid creating a static list like Top 100 Graphic Novels or The Best Graphic Novels of All Time. Instead, I want something more living and dynamic.

So I need your help! Send in nominees to add to this list of must read graphic novels. I beg you. Beseech you even! Leave a comment below with your favorites and I’ll take a look at your nominations and include them in the list.  Here is your chance to share those books that you believe should be given a chance by everyone!

Thank you,

Michael Simmons

geekSerious List of “Must Read” Graphic Novels

In no particular order, here is a list of graphic novels that are so good, you’re going to live a more fulfilled life by having read them.

So if you’re looking for a great graphic novel to read or buy as a gift, these books are all really strong choices. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

Many of these have been adapted into major films, but seeing the movie doesn’t count. And if your looking for a gift for a geek, getting the graphic novel for a film that they like is a really safe bet.

Mortal Kombat X Video Game is Getting a Prequel Comic

Mortal Kombat X by NetherRealm Studios

Mortal Kombat X, the next release of the classic fighting series of games, is getting a prequel line of comics to help people get into the backstory.

Mortal Kombat X is created by NetherRealm Studios, which explains the DC Comics tie-in. NetherRealm Studios is a Warner Bros. company, as is DC Comics.

NetherRealm’s last major release, Injustice: Gods Among Us, was a successful fighting game set in the DC Comics universe. Injustice: Gods Among Us was also treated to a prequel story in comic book form.

Mortal Kombat X, the comic book, is going to be hitting shelves in January 2015. The new comic book series (as well as the game) is set 25 years after the last tournament, and will feature not only favorite characters from the original but also the many new characters from this next generation of Kombatants. The series is being written by Shawn Kittelsen with interior art by Dexter Soy and covers by Ivan Reis.

Mortal Kombat X, the video game, is being released in April 2015.

HT: DC Comics

Batman Turns 75, Gives YOU a Present!

Batman 75th Anniversary

 

July 23, 2014 is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27. To celebrate, DC Comics is partnering with comic retailers across the country to get some free issues to their fans

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They’re also promoting Batman through 4 different  Batman masks from  notable eras in the history of The Caped Crusader.

You can also pick up variant cover issues of this month’s Batman titles featuring art from across the comic world.

Finally, there’s a separate promotion for Robin, who gets both a one-issue release and a new monthly title, Grayson.

 

 

7 Tips to Make it Fun and Easy to Start a Comic Book Hobby

JLA - Vol 1 - Origins
Justice League Volume 1

Are you new to comics, or just want to start a comic book hobby after being away since you were a kid?  If you’ve been away from comics for a long time, you’re not alone.  Many people are getting back into comics after not reading them for years or even decades.

In some cases, the comics you read when you were younger are still available.  But often, those titles are still around because they were successful.  And since they were successful, they now have subplots and story arcs spread across multiple titles.  When you were a kid, you might have had X-Men, but now there are multiple X-Men titles each month.

So where do you start when you’re starting from ground zero?  7 Fun and Easy Steps to Starting a Comic Hobby

1)  Familiarize yourself with the characters.

Watch movies, or read the DC 101 series to become familiar with the DC Universe characters.  Even just browsing Wikipedia articles will give you enough of a foundation that you can begin with all of the background information on a character.

Superman Action Comics Volume 1 - Part of the New 52 from DC2) Read free comics from the library.

There are tons of series available in graphic novels and collections of comics that cover an entire story arc, all produced in a single edition.  And since you’ve got your pick of free comics to choose from, you can go between old familiar characters and characters that you’ve never read before.  Pick a character and start reading.

3) Set a monthly comic book budget.

There’s no reason that you can’t assign a set amount to spend on a new hobby.  One great advantage that comics has over other hobbies is how little you can spend to get started.  Most hobbies cost more as you get started, just to get the equipment, tools, materials, or kits together.  But with comics, your first comic can be a $1 comic grab from the discount bin and you can be off and running.  Whether you set a $5 monthly budget or a $50 monthly budget, you can always spread around those dollars to keep your monthly reading materials new and interesting.

4) Support your local comic shop as much as you can.

Your local comic shop is a great place to browse what’s likely to be the largest selection of comics in your town.  Don’t be a butthead and take advantage by browsing your local shop and then buying online.  Online shopping can be a great value – but there’s also great value in having that local shop.  And without you voting to keep it there with your dollars, it goes away, so make sure you show the locals some love.

5) Buy comics online, too.

There are actually a lot of great places to spend your comic dollars online.  Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist will all have selections that you can get.  Go digital.  You can use ComiXology digital comics to purchase new comics as well as some older comics to be read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  And if you use a Kindle or Nook there are a lot of comics that can be read directly on your reader.

6) Find comic book people on Twitter and social networking sites.

Like your favorite heroes on Facebook, and stay connected.  Don’t just look for your favorite super hero or specific comics that you’re reading, but get connected to the publishers (DC, Marvel, or whichever) of the comics to get information about other titles you might enjoy;  Follow your favorite authors and artists on Twitter.  Find (or start ) a comic related pinboard on Pinterest.  This is so much more of a connected world now than it was when you read comics as a kid.  The people are more accessible.  The groups, even virtual groups, are easier to find and participate in.

7) Don’t let your comic collection get out of control.

Collections have a way of piling up.  You can help minimize this by buying some of your comics in digital form.  Also, when you check out comics from the library you don’t have the build up since they’ll be back at the library in a couple of weeks.  Some of your comics will become special, and some you might want to keep forever.  But there is a cost associated with keeping too many comics.  Nobody can tell you how many is too many, but somehow comic book collections have a way of crossing that line eventually!  So use some advance planning to keep the clutter to a minimum by selling back the comics you read after you’re done with them.  Especially if you purchased a comic book lot from Craigslist, you can enjoy that lot for a month or two, read a bunch of the titles, and then sell them again for probably the same (or very close) price.

Most of all, enjoy your new comic book hobby!

Taking the time to read and getting to know the stories, and the characters, can give you a great amount of enjoyment.  Comics aren’t for everyone, and if you’re around people that don’t get it, or think it’s childish or foolish, then don’t let that change your mind.  Find stories that you like, and once you do, it’s just like enjoying any other media – and whether a great story comes in the form of a new movie, a great TV series, a novel or a graphic novel – don’t close your mind out to the option of being told a great story just because of the medium.

And hey, we’re comic people here too – so come back and see us sometime!  Subscribe, Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and come visit again.  Thanks!