DC Comics’ Forever Evil Part 2 of 7 Out Today *SPOILERS FROM #1*

DC Comics, Forever Evil

DC Comics Forever Evil is the first major event of its universe after its “New 52” reboot.  Despite the fact that I read more comics than I do anything else, I don’t cover a lot of them on the site, but I think we’ll follow this one because for once, the “things will never be the same” tagline seems to be true.  Now, I’m telling you, if you’re waiting for the trade or don’t want spoilers, get out of the rowboat!
DC Comics, Forever Evil
The heroes of the world are mostly absent (we’re not going down the rabbit hole of “why”) and Earth has been taken over by the Crime Syndicate.  The CS, for the 99.9% of the population who didn’t spend their teenage years memorizing the history of a fake universe, is an alternate version of the Justice League from a world where they’re evil conquerors and just a leeeetle bit different than their counterparts.  For example “Ultraman” who is the Superman of his world spends a good deal of issue one snorting ground kryptonite like it was lime cocaine.  Then they pretty much stomp the rest of the world’s heroes flatter than a cheap pizza, but no one more so than Nightwing.  Ah poor Nightwing, let’s just show it:
Forever Evil, Nightwing
Forever Evil, Nightwing

This was both televised worldwide and in person to the majority of the DCU’s villains as kind of a “shank the biggest guy in prison on your first day” statement.  The promotional materials suggest that over the course of the series the DC villains are going to hate these whack-a-doodles so much they’ll want the Justice League back and fight, but for right now it’s Christmas in baddieland.

The unmasking of Dick Grayson is a hard genie to put back into the bottle.  Comics are extreeeeeeemly good at undoing seemingly DONE things.  Dead?  Not a problem.  Show me someone who hasn’t died at least once.  Married to Mary Jane?  Magic deal with the devil and it never happened.  Everyone knows your secret identity?  Have the literal manifestation of the vengeance of God mindwipe everyone on Earth (this totally did happen).  But for the immediate future, this creates a bit of a crisis in the Bat-world.  It’s not too hard to unravel the tapestry back to Bruce Wayne from his adopted son and former partner.  More immediately, Bruce isn’t around at the moment and all of his villains are, many of whom have had their brightly colored behinds handed to them by Robin or Nightwing.  So issue #2 is out today and we’ll see how the fun goes from here!
Forever Evil, David Finch, Geoff Johns

R.I.P. Author Tom Clancy (1947-2012)

Tom Clancy


Author Tom Clancy has passed away at the age of 66, according to the New York Times.  Clancy died last night in a hospital in Baltimore.

Clancy was one of the definitive military/espionage writers of the late-Cold War to post-9/11 era.  His books were cutting edge in their vision of global politics and threat assessment.  In his book Debt of Honor, published in 1994, terrorists from Japan fly a hijacked airliner into the US Capitol during a joint session of Congress, killing most of the government.  At the time it seemed wildly fictional.  Seven years later, it proved eerily prophetic.

Clancy’s most enduring creation was the character of Jack Ryan, a history professor reluctantly pulled into a career with the CIA.  Ryan rises through the books until he’s Vice-President when the Debt of Honor plane crash elevates him to President of the United States.  Later books would also feature Ryan’s son, Jack Jr., following in his father’s footsteps in the current war on terror.

Most of Clancy’s novels feature Ryan in some capacity or another and four of Hollywood’s biggest actors have portrayed him onscreen.  Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October; Harrison Ford in Patriot Games and Clear & Present Danger; Ben Affleck in The Sum of All Fears; and the series is rebooting with the self-titled Jack Ryan starring Chris Pine set to release this Christmas.

I devoured Clancy’s novels during high school.  I’ve never really had a fear of page count where books were concerned and you can probably credit Clancy for that as some of his could be used as effective blunt force weapons in hardback (I think Executive Orders is in the 1300 page range).  I read them because my grandfather read them and it gave us something to talk about, but I really ended up getting into them and a lot of what I know about military, intelligence, and geo-political worldview came from reading Clancy’s books.

He wasn’t Twain or Steinbeck, but he never pretended to be.  He wrote what he knew and meticulously researched.  He wrote compelling, intelligent, complex fiction.  His grasp of global and military trends was uncanny and there’s no one else writing the genre he dominated that’s even worth mentioning.  Literature is poorer for his departure.  I’ll paste the AP obit below.

In a career that spanned three decades, Clancy became one of the most successful figures in publishing. His name above a title was a calling card that conferred best-seller status on his espionage and military thrillers and inspired a dizzying array of tie-ins ranging from movies to video games. His books reveled in the technological details of spy-craft and weaponry, spending paragraphs recounting the various features of a nuclear submarine or a fighter plane,  for instance.

His most enduring creation may have been Jack Ryan, the patriotic and morally upright CIA analyst turned politician at the center of more than a dozen novels including “The Sum of All Fears” and “The Cardinal of the Kremlin.” The character was notable because his life and ascent mirrored the tectonic changes taking place in American foreign policy throughout Clancy’s writing career, as the country moved away from Cold War brinksmanship and turned its gaze to terrorist threats in the Middle East.

The character will appear once again in “Command Authority,” an upcoming novel scheduled for release on Dec. 3 that finds Ryan returning to the hot spot where it all started and grappling with a new threat in Russia.

The printed page could not hold Ryan. His literary exploits inspired four big-screen adventures, with Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck all portraying the intelligence expert in commercially successful films like “Clear and Present Danger” and “The Sum of All Fears.” “Jack Ryan: Shadow One,” a fifth Ryan film starring Chris Pine and directed by Kenneth Branagh, opens in theaters this December.

In addition to films, Clancy lent his name to a series of popular video games such as “Splinter Cell” from game maker UbiSoft. He was also a part-time owner of the Baltimore Orioles.

A political conservative and prominent supporter of the National Rifle Association, Clancy made headlines when he blamed liberal lawmakers for gutting the CIA and indirectly causing the attacks on September 11.

“The CIA was gutted by people on the political left who don’t like Intelligence operations … and as a result of that, as an indirect result of that, we lost 5,000 citizens,” the author told Bill O’Reilly during a FOX News appearance shortly after the attacks.


The Wolverine Blu Ray/DVD Date and Details


The Wolverine, to me, is just about dead even with Man of Steel for the best comic book movie of the year so far.  I really respected that they tried to do a much different kind of movie with Logan and I think the films flaws stem from slipping back into traditional super hero movie tropes.  The Wolverine is coming to DVD and Blu Ray on December 3rd with a LOAD of extras including an unrated, extended cut of the film (they pretty much pushed PG-13 as far as it will stretch with the violence, so I’m interested as to what got cut).  The official press release from FOX is below as well as a look at the cover art:

The year’s most action packed blockbuster comes home as THE WOLVERINE debuts its 4 disc Blu-ray Unleashed Extended Edition, 2 disc Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on December 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Directed by James Mangold (Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk The Line), THE WOLVERINE inspired by the celebrated Marvel comic book arc and featuring Hugh Jackman, in the title role takes the hero to a Japan he hasn’t seen since World War II – and into a shadowy realm of ninjas, mutants, and a brand new class of villains. To date the film has topped over $371 million in the worldwide box office becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise internationally.

Jackman returns as The Wolverine and faces his ultimate nemesis in an action-packed, life-or-death battle that takes him to modern-day Japan. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his limits, Wolverine confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality; an epic fight that will leave him forever changed.

THE WOLVERINE Blu-ray will allow fans to sync with the Second Screen app where viewers can immerse themselves in the world of The Wolverine, including a synced viewing experience, concept art, and many more cool and interactive bonus materials! The Unleashed Extended Edition will feature an extended cut of the film for the first time ever in the entire X-Men franchise, allowing viewers to go further into the creation of the darker Wolverine and the journey that he undertakes. THE WOLVERINE Unleashed Extended Edition Blu-ray includes 3D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD™, complete with exclusives that make it the perfect gift for the holidays.

THE WOLVERINE Unleashed Extended Edition – Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD
– The Extended, Unrated Cut – the first for the X-Men franchise!
– THE WOLVERINE Unleashed – more violent and hardcore than ever before
– The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
– Alternate Ending
– Audio Commentary by Director James Mangold (only on the unleashed extended)
– Sync with The Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience
– X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
– Theatrical Trailer

THE WOLVERINE – Theatrical Version with special features:
– Alternate Ending
– X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
– The Path of the Ronin – an immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
– Sync with Wolverine Second Screen App for an interactive Second Screen experience
– Theatrical Trailer

– THE WOLVERINE – Theatrical Cut
– Inspiration – A Ronin’s Journey