The Impact:September 10th-16th 2011

Published on September 16th, 2011

Hi Everyone. Matt here, giving you the comic news of the week in this installment of The Impact.

Marvel Reveals The Mighty.

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Originally teased back in early July, Marvel revealed the identities of the “The Mighty”  who will make their first appearance in Fear Itself #7. This will be the final issue before the three issues that launch the 12 part miniseries that will launch the new “Shattered Heroes” status quo for the Marvel Universe. Now all sarcasm about  Fear Itself”s length aside, I do kinda dig the Destroyer/Iron Man armor. Fear Itself #7 hits shelves October 19th.

Rozum Resigns from Static Shock.

static-shockThursday,  on his personal blog, writer John Rozum announced that he was leaving Static Shock. Rozum is the first writer we have seen leave one of the “New 52”. Rozum elaborated on why he chose to leave.

“I am announcing that I have resigned from the DC Comics series, Static Shock. I’m not giving any details at this time, but before speculation begins I’d like to say a few things which I hope will curtail a lot of unwarranted hostility and placing of blame where it shouldn’t be placed.

My decision to leave was of my own choice. I was not fired.

My decision to leave had nothing to do with the character of Static. I think Static is a great character with loads of potential, which I hope will get exploited. Given a lot of people’s suspicious feelings regarding the relationship between DC Comics and Milestone Media, I will also warn not to read into this that my decision was based on any decisions regarding the handling of the character by DC Comics. This is not true. I maintain a belief that the folks at DC also share a belief that Static has a lot of potential as part of the DCnU and that they would like the character to remain true to his origins, and established nature.

My decision had nothing to do with DC Comics. I’ve been very happy overall with my time at DC over the roughly 15 years that I’ve worked for them and I plan to continue working with them into the future. The feeling is mutual. I’m developing new material for them even as I write this. DC Comics is in no way responsible for my decision to leave Static Shock, and have been very supportive of this decision.

For now, this is all I’m going to say on the matter.”

DC Comics EiC Bob Harras later responded on CBR.

“John Rozum called me today to tell me that he¹s leaving Static Shock. DC Comics has had a great relationship with John for 15 years and he and I had a great conversation about new ideas, new concepts and moving forward. We¹re all excited to see what comes next.”

Batgirl to be featured in Birds of Prey #4

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This week DC started teasing it’s December solicitations. One that caught a lot of attention was the solicitation for Birds of Prey #4  which not only promises a “status quo changing revelation” but more importantly the return of Barbra Gordon/Batgirl to the book. I for one am all for this since Barbra was so integral to the original run, it did not feel right having her on the team.

7warriors_01More DC Titles Go to Third Printings.

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool. As DC continues it’s relaunch, two more of the “New 52” have gone to third printings. Both Action Comics #1 and Batgirl #1 join Justice League #1 and Justice League #1 Combo pack in the third printing club. They are scheduled to arrive in stores October 12th.

BOOM! Studios Announces  Seven Warriors with Michael Le Galli and Francis Manapul.

This week Boom! Studios announced their latest title Seven Warriors. Written by Michael Le Galli with art from Francis Manapul (The Flash). The series is described as;

Step into the world of 7 WARRIORS and follow seven beautiful women in 6th century Libya. The capitol of an ancient nation is surrounded by the Persian and Byzantine armies, and only these seven soldiers are chosen to save the heir to the kingdom. Seven Warriors. Seven…sexy, gorgeous women! An exquisitely rendered tale in the vein of 300, written by Michaël Le Galli and drawn by Francis Manapul.

Manapul is a great artist and I’m really happy to see him working with a company like BOOM! Congratulations to both of those guys. 7 WARRIORS hits stores this November.

Set Pics from Man of Steel. Reveal Clark Kent, Zod, and The Daily Planet.

Courtesy of Comic Book Movie.Com. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is currently filming in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of the many set pictures making their rounds around the internet. First up we get our “best” look at Michael Shannon as General Zod. These pics look like he is wearing a uniform similar to Henry Cavill’s Superman costume. Earlier set pics and Shannon himself said some of his costume will be created with  motion capture technology.

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Next up we have photo of Henry Cavill as Clark Kent “bike riding” around the streets of Metropolis.

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Last but not least we get a sneak peak of the new Daily Planet globe.

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I will be the first to admit these are not the most thrilling images, but, they do give us a sense of the production design of the movie. Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th 2013.

The Rocketeer and 70’s Cap Come to Blu-Ray

The Rocketeer is set to come to Blu-Ray December 13th. Ever since I missed the D23 screening this summer, I have been itching to see this movie again. Particularly, when I heard the version that was screened had been digitally restored. One of the finest comic adaptations, The Rocketeer is the movie that always gave me hope that Captain America: The First Avenger was going to be awesome. And boy was that hope rewarded!  No word yet on any special features, but stay tuned. I have a feeling they will include the taping of the Q&A from the D23 screening.

Speaking of Captain America. While we have already learned that Captain America: The First Avenger is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on October 25. This week, we learned that “Shout! Factory” is releasing the 1970’s Captain America TV movies, Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon on DVD. The double feature set is expected to hit stores October 18th. And yes this trailer is REAL.

More Test Footage from The Goon

Check this out. Originally released at Comic Con 2009, here is some test animation from the yet to go into full production, David Fincher produced feature, based on Eric Powell’s The Goon. Featuring the voices of Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, the animation was made available by Powell himself. Be prepared it will make you want to watch this movie immediately.

Here is the previously released footage from Comic Con 2010. Courtesy of MTV.

Walking Dead Season 2 Gets New Poster. Nicotero Named Co-Executive Producer.

walking_dead_smWe are only a month away from the start of the second season of  The Walking Dead and this week we got our first look at the latest poster promoting the show. The poster’s design is incredibly simple, yet as a comic fan I find it effective since I know what is coming at Herschel’s Farm. I’m curious what fans of the TV show who do not read the comic think?

News also broke that Greg Nicotero, long time collaborator and the man responsible for the effects that bring the walkers to undead life, has been promoted to Co-Executive Producer. Nicotero who this week won an Emmy for “Best Prosthetic Make-Up” for his work, has had an ever expanding role on the series. This year he is directing a web series set in the world of The Walking Dead and one of the episodes of the series itself.  As part of his deal Nicotero also received a first look deal with the network.  This will allow him to bring other projects to them. That is good news to horror fans everywhere.

Fox Developing DC Comics’ The Spectre for TV

DC Comic’s Spirit of Vengeance is on his way to television. According to  Deadline, Fox has acquired the rights to develop The Spectre. Brandon Camp will write and executive produce the pilot. Deadline describes the series as a drama that will focus “on a former cop serving time in afterlife limbo who hunts down earthly criminals on behalf of the dead — and mortals soon to be dead, if ultimate justice  is not served.”

This sounds like it could be very cool, sort of a hard-boiled supernatural noir series.  Also this  is a character whose look they could actually not have that hard a time replicating for TV. Fox is clearly in the market for a new supernatural series since Locke and Key was not picked up. The Spectre is the second supernatural character in development, last month is was announced that a Deadman series was in development at the CW.  A great example of how the character should be handle you need to look no further than The Spectre animated short by Steve Niles.

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Well, that concludes all the news from this week. I’m Matt, and I hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of The Impact.

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com