DC First Look: Future State: Dark Detective #1

FUTURE STATE: DARK DETECTIVE #1
“Dark Detective” written by MARIKO TAMAKI art by DAN MORA
“Grifter” written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG art by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Dark Detective #1 Covers by Dan Mora and Variant by John Paul Leon

DARK DETECTIVE
The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink—with nothing left to lose.
This is one of the most anticipated titles in the FUTURE STATE line.
Daniel from the Next issue Podcast

Preview Art for Dark Detective #1

GRIFTER
Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chance meeting with Luke Fox change his luck? Or is his day about to get a lot worse?
What can we expect from Grifter as he is back in Gotham?

Preview Art for the Grifter story in Dark Detective #1

Will you be picking up DARK DETECTIVE #1?
In Shops: January 12, 2021 (DC Tuesdays!)
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES
CARD STOCK VARIANT COVER $6.99 US

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@eckospider on Twitter. 
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What is the DC comics’ Future State Event?

In a world of comic event happening every few months. DC comics prepares to launch Future State on January 5th 2021, but if you’re a new reader or have not been reading DC comics, the question remains, “What is Future State

DC Nation Presents: Future State

Here is the official description from our peeps at Comixology.

“DC Future State spotlights the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in fresh new roles, with all-new characters taking up their iconic mantles and terrifying new Super-Villains that will push them beyond their limits. DC Future State features an incredible array of creative talent, combining award-winning writers and artists with new voices from the worlds of TV, movies, and animation. In DC Future State, the Multiverse has been saved from the brink of destruction, but the triumph of DC’s heroes has shaken loose the very fabric of time and space! The final chapter of Dark Nights: Death Metal brings new life to DC’s Multiverse, kicking off this glimpse into the unwritten worlds of DC’s future!”

a full list of all the Future State titles

Starting this January, for two months, DC comics is taking a break form their ongoing continuity and skipping ahead into the future, a Future State where we’ll see the next generation of DC heroes having adventures, before returning to the present.

Presumably if some of those short miniseries about future heroes are really popular, they may get sequels. This potential glimpse into a future timeline. DC is has assembled an amazing roster of creator so handle these stories.
It would be fair to assume that any series that is successful could be continued in the future although no official announcements have been made.

How to best pick what to read in Future State. Here is what we recommend.
1- Follow a creative team that you like even if you have never read that character or series.
2- Pick a character or family of characters (Batfamily, Superfamily, Magic etc)
3- Check out only the Anthology books, a few of the announced books are 80 page giants that contain 3 stories each, be advised those are priced at $7.99, most of the other titles range from $3.99 – $5.99
4 – If you have an unlimited budget, just get them all!!
5 – If patience is your strongest trait, wait for a collected edition or wait until the DC Infinite Service launches and they should be available to read there as part of your subscription in the next 6 months.

Let us know in the comments or twitter, which books you picked up, who are your new favorite characters and which stories you would like to see continued.

Written by Daniel co-host of the Next Issue Podcast
@eckospider on Twitter. 
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Future State: The Next Batman #1 Preview

THE NEXT BATMAN, PART ONE / OUTSIDERS, PART ONE / ARKHAM KNIGHTS, PART ONE

Written by John Ridley, Brandon Thomas & Paul Jenkins
Art by Nick Derrington, Sumit Kumar, Raul Fernandez & Jack Herbert
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain, Jordie Bellaire & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters by Clayton Cowles, Steve Wands & Rob Leigh

Future State: The Next Batman #1
Future State: The Next Batman #1 cover by Ladrönn

This first Issues is comprised of three different all new stories set in the FUTURE STATE
The Next Batman
Who is the Next Batman and how will Gotham receive this new Caped Crusader?
Gotham City has always been dangerous—but now, it’s downright deadly! Following the tragedy of “A-Day,” the mayor allowed the private law enforcement group known as “the Magistrate” to take over policing so-called mask crime—and that has given rise to a new Dark Knight! What is this mysterious crime fighter’s connection to former Batman weaponeer Lucius Fox? The fight for justice has never been this dangerous!

Interior art by Derrington & Bonvillain


The Outsiders
The Outsiders are back, but they have received a very cool upgrade.
In a new tale of the Outsiders, everything in Gotham City may be under the thumb of the Magistrate—but even members of that totalitarian force know that the outskirts of town are protected by the sword of Katana!

Arkham Knights
A new force rises out of Arkham, but whose side are they on?
Ride with the Arkham Knights on their quest for freedom. Arkham Asylum has been decommissioned, and the Magistrate rules the land with an iron fist and zero tolerance. Now it’s time for the lunatics to take back their town! Follow Croc, Two-Face, Phosphorus, Zsasz, Clayface, and Astrid Arkham as the Arkham Knights raise holy hell on the occupiers of Gotham!

Three different Stories that will reshape both Gotham City and the Legacy of The Batman.
This title will be available January 5th 2021 wherever DC comics are sold

Written by Daniel co-host of the Next Issue Podcast
@eckospider on Twitter. 
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Dark Nights: DEATH METAL – How far to Dive in?

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Dark Nights: Death Metal is the Sequel to Dark Nights: Metal from 2017. This DC Comics event has shaped the DC Universe over the past few years and this current event promises to change it all forever.
The Main Issues of this event have been created by the team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia and Tom Napolitano.

DC Comics Formally Announces Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Fanboy SEO
Promotional Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia

These comic book events can often times have alot of supplementary tie-in comics and series. This article is not about the reading order, for that I recommend checking out this article be the great folks at How to Love Comics.
This post is our way to help you decide how deep to dive into this event.
We read all the tie-ins so you don’t have to, unless you want to.

The Main Core of the Story.
These 7 issues are the main part of the story, there is enough here in these issues for complete story, no extra reading just pure DEATH METAL
Dark Nights: Death Metal issues 1 – 7

Death Metal Issues 1 – 7

The Sounds of Death Metal!
The following issues are all one shots that although not immediately relevant to the main story, really allow the reader to understand certain events and references that the characters in the Main DEATH METAL title are experiencing. These titles could be seen as side quest that are consequential to the main story. None of these issues are an ongoing series but they directly affect our protagonists and antagonists.
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Knights
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Trinity Crisis
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Speed Metal
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Rise of the New God

The Coda of Doom
If you are in this deep and need more lets go on a SIDE QUEST
the issues below are part of an ongoing series and the events are directly related to DEATH METAL. The Events on this miniseries indirectly affect the characters and lead up to Death Metal issue #5
Justice League Issues 53 – 57 (2020) “DOOM METAL”
This story directly deals with the fate of the Legion of Doom during the Events of DEATH METAL. For a Full breakdown check out this article from DC Comics

Justice League #53 – 57

Turn it up to ELEVEN, and ROCK OUT
This level for the true completionists. If you are into the deep cuts these issues are for you. This is where the creators explore the backgrounds and motivations of everyone involved in the story. Explore the dark multiverse at your leisure. Although these titles do not directly impact the main story they add depth and substance.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Robin King
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Infinite Hours Exxxtreme!
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Multiverse Who Laughs
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Secret Origin
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DCU
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last 52: War of the Multiverses

Tie-in issues for big events are not for everyone, but this should help you decide how to spend your money and how deep to dive into Dark Nights: Death Metal
ROCK ON!!

Written by Daniel co-host of the Next Issue Podcast
@eckospider on Twitter. 
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Wall Update (Nightcrawler Wall)

HEY NOW! Clay here.

Being at home, I’ve had more time to update my house. If you saw part 1, here are some changes I made. I finally collected the Nightcrawler covers I wanted for my stair wall. I also framed and hung some autographs I’ve collected over the years. I’m out of frame for now.

I updated some pictures to cover scans. Pics were bad and didn’t have autographs so I wanted a better pic.

Charles Baker
Charles Baker
Lance Henriksen
Lance Henriksen
Tyler Mane
Tyler Mane
Fringe cast
Fringe cast
Stairs
Stairs
Stairs wall
Stairs wall
Power Man and Iron FIst
Power Man and Iron FIst
Aaron Kuder Variant War of the Realms 4
Aaron Kuder Variant War of the Realms 4
Nightcrawler Wall
Nightcrawler Wall
X-Men Red 2 Travis Charest
X-Men Red 2 Travis Charest
Nightcrawler 1 Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler 1 Todd Nauck
The Saga of Crystar Crystal Warrior 6 Michael Golden
The Saga of Crystar Crystal Warrior 6 Michael Golden
Micronauts 37 (Greg_LaRocque/Al Milgrom)
Micronauts 37 (Greg_LaRocque/Al Milgrom)
Uncanny X-Force 33 (Julian_Tedesco)
Uncanny X-Force 33 (Julian_Tedesco)
Aston. X-Men 60 Giuseppe Camuncoli
Aston. X-Men 60 Giuseppe Camuncoli
X-Men Red 1 Skottie Young
X-Men Red 1 Skottie Young
Marvels Epilogue 1 Skottie Young
Marvels Epilogue 1 Skottie Young
FF 6 by PhilNoto
FF 6 by PhilNoto
Epic Ill June 85 – Bernie Wrightson – Edited
Epic Ill June 85 – Bernie Wrightson – Edited

Late to the Party Review #1 – Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

It has been one hell of a year so far.  Because 2020, I have not read or watched too much of anything.  It is something that is missing in my life and I’m about to remedy that. Books, comics, TV shows and movies all make up what I’ll being doing for the next several months.  I’ll consume the material and give you my thoughts and review.  First up to the plate will be a review of the book Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff.  With the first couple of episodes of the HBO adaptation out I decided to read the book first.
Thanks for going on this journey with me.
Your brother in nerdom,
Big A

Lovecraft Country (Book)

By Matt Ruff

I remember seeing the first trailer for the show, Lovecraft Country, back in the beginning of this year.  All I had to know was that it was a period sci-fi, horror show produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams.  I had my calendar marked and was ready to roll or so I thought.  What I got in that first episode blew my mind so much that I had to get the book the show is based upon.  

Published in 2016, Lovecraft Country is a bunch of interconnected short stories set in 1950’s Chicago.  Atticus, who is a black man, his immediate and extended family are all main characters. Tick, as he is called, has come home from fighting in the Korean War.  Tick returned to Chicago after receiving an urgent letter from his father.  Upon arriving, it is discovered that his dad has gone missing.  So he, his uncle George, and his childhood friend Leticia, set off on a road trip to find him.

I think this book sets itself from a lot of others in the genre,  Ruff does an amazing job of showing just how getting in the car and driving across country could be for a black man in the ‘50’s.  We’ve been led to believe that racism stopped at the Mason/Dixon Line.  That was far from actuality and the author brings it home. 

Lovecraft Country does a unique job of shining a light on bigotry. It tells the story from the perspective of a 1950’s black family.  The Turners where an educated, middle class family, with all the same interests and desires as white Americans.  And to see that juxtaposition against how everyday white people saw them, was nothing new, but done with great sensibilities.  Ruff was able to show that everyday life could be a horror show.  I personally found a real connection with Atticus and his love of reading sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.  It also is a love letter to those genres weaved with the dark history of this country.  Ruff thoroughly researched and drops little Easter eggs, throughout the book.  From mentioning other works of literature, to weaving historical events throughout the time period of the book, each story is a tribute to a different genre of writing.
They all connect so beautifully.

So with that being said, I highly recommend this book. I hope Mr Ruff can take us back to Lovecraft Country again soon.

Daniel’s 5 favorite Things (and 1 unfavorite) about DC Fandome

DC Fandome went live on August 22nd, 2020 as DC Comics, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner Bros Games launched the first and biggest DC Comics themed virtual convention experience. The show was composed of many panels and lasted about 8 hours. It celebrated the upcoming movies, TV shows, video games and some of the comics.

I will be listing my 5 favorite things about the DC Fandome Event, but first, one thing that was very disappointing but maybe it will be addressed as part of the events that will be taking place in September.

The big downer was the lack of comic book content in the event. The exception was a few of panels that will be addressed in the list below and with Jim Lee all over the place there was no mention of the comic books. No writers in ongoing books, no artist spotlights or any other mention of anyone currently working on the comics side of the business. We know SDCC just happened last month and there was a lot of focus on the comics, but also a big restructuring happened in DC Comics after the WB Media layoffs.

The top 5 things that happened at DC Fandome

5 – The Mini-Panels in between the Movie/Events.
An avid convention attendee knows how tough it can be to get into the big panels with the movie stars. A nice alternative is to visit the smaller, more intimate panels. At DC Fandome there were some very interesting and even unexpected panels. From Jim Lee, doing an artist portfolio review, to a visit with Batman voice actors from all over the world. The biggest surprise of them all, the Milestone Media panel hosted by Marc Bernadin. These were intimate conversations about topics that are very relevant to the work but not always in the spotlight.

Milestone Comics Panel

4 – The Suicide Squad directed by James Gunn. This panel garnered a lot of buzz because there was little to no information about this movie. James Gunn addressed some fan questions, then revealed the cast and the characters they’re playing. Even as an avid comic fan, I had to keep the Google search handy. Lastly, we got a very interesting Behind the Scenes teaser for the movie.

3 – Wonder Woman 1984 directed by Patty Jenkins. like in the Suicide Squad panel, the cast along with the director, addressed fan questions. Unlike the Suicide Squad panel, a lot of the cast was participating. We also got a look at the final trailer that revealed what Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) will look like in different stages of the film. WW84 is set to release next month and the excitement is palpable.

2 – Zack Snyder’s Justice League. This panel focused on explaining how the upcoming project will be released on the HBOMax platform as well as globally.
The cast joined in (pre recorded segments) where they asked questions from the fans. Snyder also has a chat with fans involved in creating the petition and movement to get the movie released as Snyder’s version. Lastly, we were treated to a trailer that was recut, with new or unseen footage. 2021 cannot get here soon enough.

1 – The Batman directed by Matt Reeves. I’ll keep this brief since it echoes a lot of the above. Robert Pattinson introduced the panel but was unable to give much information other than mentioning a “big surprise” at the end. Then Matt Reeves and host Aisha Tyler (shout out Tyler for a long day of had work) addressed questions and Reeves expanded on the feel and influences of the movie building up to the release of a teaser trailer. As a Batman fan, this is where I passed out.

Overall DC Fandome has set the standard for virtual conventions and was an outstanding success

Written by Daniel co-host of the Next Issue Podcast
@eckospider on Twitter. 
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Cribs – Next Issue Edition

HEY NOW!

Clay here.
Some of you know I started collecting vinyl for comic book art. I’ve also been able to frame some of my art and autographs from cons. I thought I’d share what I’ve collected over the past years.

Then I wanted to add the weird stuff.

Chris Bachalo art for Wu-Massacre Studio album by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwo
Chris Bachalo art for Wu-Massacre Studio album by Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Raekwo
Neal Adams signed Who Will Save the World? Album by The Groundhogs
Neal Adams signed Who Will Save the World? Album by The Groundhogs
Mondo Albums
Mondo Albums
Daredevil
Daredevil
Back Daredevil
Back Daredevil
Daredevil Interior
Daredevil Interior
Luke Cage S1
Luke Cage S1
Interior Luke Cage
Interior Luke Cage
Back Luke Cage
Back Luke Cage
Luke Cage S2
Luke Cage S2
Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones
Iron Fist
Iron Fist
Jock Art for Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
Jock Art for Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz
Hot Fuzz by Jock
Hot Fuzz by Jock
Shaun of the Dead by Jock
Shaun of the Dead by Jock
Jock art for Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack
Jock art for Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack
Star Wars picture vinyl
Star Wars picture vinyl
Luke Cage Daredevil Moon Knight by Joe Jusko
Luke Cage Daredevil Moon Knight by Joe Jusko
Nightcrawler by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler by Ed McGuinness
Nightcrawler by Ed McGuinness
Howard the Duck by Val Mayerik
Howard the Duck by Val Mayerik
Pulp Iron Fist by Kaare Andrews
Pulp Iron Fist by Kaare Andrews
Harley Quinn by Jen Bartel
Harley Quinn by Jen Bartel
Shelby’s Corner
Shelby’s Corner
Office Wall
Office Wall
Office Wall
Office Wall
Tor by Joe Kubert Avengers Leinil Francis Yu
Tor by Joe Kubert Avengers Leinil Francis Yu
Swamp Thing by Bernie Wrightson Night of the Living Dead with George Romero
Swamp Thing by Bernie Wrightson Night of the Living Dead with George Romero
George Romero and Clay
George Romero and Clay
Daredevil by Skottie Young and Alex Maleev
Daredevil by Skottie Young and Alex Maleev
Hawkeye and Nightcrawler by Skottie Young
Hawkeye and Nightcrawler by Skottie Young
Nightcrawler wall
Nightcrawler wall
Leia by Car Staggs
Leia by Car Staggs
Crisis – Perez – Rock – Kubert – Batman – Neal Adams
Crisis – Perez – Rock – Kubert – Batman – Neal Adams
DCeased 6 by Yasmine Putri
DCeased 6 by Yasmine Putri
Art by Jamie Mckelvie
Art by Jamie Mckelvie
Dean by Steve Gibson
Dean by Steve Gibson
Harley Quinn by Oliver Nome
Harley Quinn by Oliver Nome
Batgirl by Kevin Maguire
Batgirl by Kevin Maguire
MJ by Adam Hughes
MJ by Adam Hughes
Lobo by Simon Bisley Hit-Girl by Oliver Nome Blue Beetle/Booster Gold by Kevin Maguire
Lobo by Simon Bisley Hit-Girl by Oliver Nome Blue Beetle/Booster Gold by Kevin Maguire
Animal House
Animal House
Spider-Man
Spider-Man
Mondo Gremlins
Mondo Gremlins
Mondo Halloween
Mondo Halloween
Fanboys
Fanboys
Stair Wall
Stair Wall
Epic Ill June 85 – Bernie Wrightson – Edited
Epic Ill June 85 – Bernie Wrightson – Edited
Yoda and Penis, the Venus Flytrap
Yoda and Penis, the Venus Flytrap
Man-Thing and Howard
Man-Thing and Howard
Swamp Thing in Pitcher Plant – Edited
Swamp Thing in Pitcher Plant – Edited
BRUCE!
BRUCE!
Bruce – Bruno – John McClane
Bruce – Bruno – John McClane
Joe Hallenbeck
Joe Hallenbeck
Action Figs.
Action Figs.
Die Hard Shelf
Die Hard Shelf
Bruce shelf
Bruce shelf
Joe!
Joe!
BRUCE!
BRUCE!
Bruno Single
Bruno Single