The Impact: January 1st-6th 2012

Published on January 6th, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!!! Matt here.  I hope you are all enjoyed the holiday season. The holidays were a little slow in terms of comic news but things are definitely starting to pick up. So enough dawdling sit back relax and enjoy the first installment of The Impact for 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Official Trailer

Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko Announce Exile on the Planet of Apes.

On his official blog Gabriel Hardman announced that he and Corinna Bechko would be collaborating on a second Planet of the Apes miniseries for BOOM! Studios entitled Exile On the Planet of Apes. I really enjoyed the first issue of Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes and I can not find the second issue (Sorry Simon). Artist Marc Laming (The Rinse) will be drawing the series with Hardman providing covers. Very few story details have been released at this time other than the fact that that series will feature Dr. Zaius. Exile On the Planet of the Apes hits stores March 2012.

Bryan Hitch Departs from Marvel Comics. Announces new Project with Jonathan Ross in America’s Got Powers.

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Courtesy of CBR. Over the holidays via his official Twitter account Bryan Hitch announced his departure from Marvel Comics.

“In two days time, an amazing decade at Marvel closes for me,” Hitch told his Twitter followers. “What a wonderful time to have joined the party. Very proud and honored.”

Then this week we learned that this April Hitch will be teaming up with writer Jonathan Ross for  America’s Got Powers at Image Comics. The book, which sounds like a cross between Gladiator and America’s Next Top Model. Ross and Hitch elaborated on the premise when talking with CBR.

“We are dealing with a world that has superpowers for sure but only one super team and the winner earns a place on it. It’s easy to see how taking that reality show, gladiatorial framework and applying super powered teens to it can lead to all sorts of drama and massive action and I’m very much at home with that sort of thing!”

But fear not fans of  Hitch’s Marvel work, we still have yet to see his latest collaboration with Brian Michael Bendis on Avengers “The Ultron War” which was teased in the Point One special.

 

Bleeding Cool Continues to Reveal Watchmen Prequels/Sequels.

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool.  I don’t know how he does it but Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool continues to prove Watchmen 2 existence no matter how hard DC tries to hide it. On Christmas Day Johnston posted two pieces of artwork, a Nite-Owl piece by Joe and Andy Kubert and a Comedian piece by JG Jones. DC asked him to remove them from his site so these were not just fan commissions. Then later in the week he says he has confirmation that Amanda Connor will be drawing a Silk Spectre one-shot. While we have no official confirmation Johnston has proven to be right more often than not. While I do not feel like these prequels/sequel are necessary, Watchmen is a perfectly stand alone story, I will say that if this is the talent involved I will be picking it up. These will not invalidate the original and I do think that it would be cool to see the industry’s top talent draw some of my favorite characters.

DC Comics Reveals the Hooded Woman’s Name.

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Courtesy of The Source. Earlier this week Bob Harras announced that the mysterious Hooded Woman who appeared in almost all of the first issues of DC’s “New 52” was named Pandora. I’m interested in knowing why they chose to reveal her name now. Is she set to make her first move soon? We will have to wait and see.

DC Gives Us Our First Look at Art from Batman: Earth One.

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Courtesy of The Source. We have finally got our first look at Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s graphic novel Batman: Earth One. Originally announced back in 2009 this has been a long time coming. Set to be released sometime in 2012 (probably in time with The Dark Knight Rises) Johns spoke about the project.

“Gary and I are tackling BATMAN from the beginning, before he knows what he’s doing and with a very different ultimate goal in mind,” said Johns. “He’s never left Gotham. And our Gotham and the people in it are very gray. Our heroes unlikely. Our villains hidden. Our story is only beginning with volume one.”

I have been eagerly anticipating for years. And if the preview art is an indication of the quality of work we are going to get it will definitely be worth the wait.

Well here we go, The Impact is officially off and running in 2012. If you are a fan of some very cool art, and who isn’t be sure to check out the new and official Comic Impact Tumblr .If you want to know what I thought were the Best Comics of 2011 you can check that list out HERE. I will see you guys all next week. Take care and have a great weekend.

Matt Todd
matthew@comicimpact.com