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Dark Horse Proud to Release “Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander” in April 2018

Dark Horse is proud to reveal art from Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, the highly anticipated companion to Frank Miller’s award-winning series 300. Comics legend Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300, writes and draws this sprawling historical epic, twenty years in the making. Alex Sinclair, the colorist for Miller’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race, provides his stunning colors to Miller’s latest comics conquest.

Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander follows Persian King Xerxes as he sets out to conquer the world to avenge his father Darius’s defeat and create an empire unlike anything the world has ever seen . . . Until the hardy Greeks produce a god king of their own, Alexander the Great. This five-issue series boasts issues with thirty plus pages of story and features wrap-around covers in a deluxe collector format.

“300 was an interlude in the great story of the Persian Wars. The battle of 300 represented one episode in a much greater series of wars,” said Xerxes creator Frank Miller. “This series tells the story of the first great clash of civilizations, the first bloody contest between east and west. The odds vastly favor the Persian forces, but the Greeks have Alexander, the greatest military commander of all time.”

The first issue of Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander will invade comic stores on April 4, 2018. This gorgeous collector’s item retails for $4.99 and is available for preorder at comic shops later this month.

NY Toy Fair 2016: DC Collectibles Video Tour – Batman, Suicide Squad, DC Icons, and more

As mentioned before, my microphone began to have some issues during the last leg of this event, which led ultimately to its demise. Please excuse any scratchy audio, I did my best to make it tolerable when I could, and I can promise that this problem will not happen again.

Jim Fletcher takes us on our annual tour of the DC Collectibles booth with the usual laughs and silly nonsense that you have come to expect from us. In this first video, we look at the newest statues from DC Direct, including the amazingly lifelike statues from the new “Suicide Squad” film, including Harley Quinn, The Joker, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Kitana, and Captain Boomerang. We also see the new statues for “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice”, with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Additionally, check out the new statues and figures from DC TV, including Flash, Arrow and Supergirl. Stay tuned until the end to see the new prop replica of Captain Cold’s freeze gun, which we try to test and see if it really works.

In our second video, we see the great new line for the Harley Quinn comic series, which hardcore fans will certainly love. Also for the hardcore DC fans, the continuation of their DC Icons figures, which features new version of the John Stewart Green Lantern, Static, Firestorm, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, The Joker from “The Killing Joke”, Cameron Stewart style Batgirl and her motorcycle, a deluxe version of Cyborg and the enormous Darkseid figure. Plus, the new accessory packs for this line that are good enough that even casual fans might want to invest in these.

Lastly, the newest figures from the hit video game, “Batman: Arkham Knight”, which Jim assures is far from over yet, and now includes Oracle, Poison Ivy, vacation Joker, Harley Quinn and Batgirl.

Finally, in our last video, we spotlight all of the new offerings from the “Batman: The Animated Series” line, which includes a new version of the Batmobile, Christmas Joker, Harley Quinn, a five-pack with the ladies of DC animated (Livewire, Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy), The Demon, Ras Al Ghul and his daughter Talia Ghul, the Ventriloquist, Batman Beyond, Frank Miller style Batman, Carrie Kelly Robin and Mutant Leader, Harvey Bullock, and more. Plus, check out the huge new Batwing which has to be seen to be believed!

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NY Toy Fair 2016: DC Multiverse figures – VIDEO

As part of the Matty Collector event at NY Toy Fair 2016, Mattel showed off their next line of DC Multiverse figures. Included in this new wave is the Mutant Leader and armored Batman from Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”, The Joker, a Doomsday Superman hybrid that I do not know the name of at this time (but feel free to let me know in the comments), figures based on the TV show versions of Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, and a massive spoiler in the way of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor from “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice” with no hair and in prison clothes. So, anyone complaining about Lex having hair in the film can STFU now. The build-a-figure in this line will be the giant Doomsday figure seen here.

Also on the way but previously shown are more from “The Dark Knight Returns” including Batman, Superman, and one of Batman’s soldiers.

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“Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns” Review

Considered by many as one of the greatest, add at the very least groundbreaking, comics of all time, Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” was first published in 1986. A four-part mini-series that took Batman into modernity by transforming him into a 55-year old man who had given up the mantle, but quickly found himself compelled to don the cape and mask once more and be the hero that Gotham needed to the end. Dark and gritty are words often associated with it, but it was also thought-provoking and was part of a movement of maturation in the content of comics. The series has been collected many times over, but my new favorite might be the black & white version, “Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns”.

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Collecting the entire series, this time they are presented only with their inks. Lynn Varley gave the book its original color job, a signature aesthetic that was equally responsible for the moodiness of the comic as was the art and story. With only the inks, we get a stripped-down version that is naked of colors, and shows the strengths of Klaus Janson’s inking that ultimately gave the artwork the power it needed to effectively tell its story.

If you have seen any of the pencils that Miller supplied Janson for this book, which can be found in other versions of this TPB, you would have seen the voluminous roughs that took some serious translating to get to where they were. Janson’s style took those drawings, and added a line quality that made the art look like a gesture drawing of super heroes. This is the anti-Rob Liefeld, where less lines are more, and mass is created through negative space and the thickness of a line. While other artists would rely on cross-hatching and deep rendering, the art in “The Dark Knight Returns” was formed through the essentials of the image. There are often heavy blacks to evoke a certain feeling, but seeing them in black and white also shows us how much of the white space of the paper was used, and even without color it still remains striking.

Readers always think about how dark the book was, but when you see it with just the inks, you would be surprised how bright it actually was due to the use of the white of the paper. It’s bizarre to see how “dark” the book is even without the use of heavy blacks, but that is a testament to the skill of Janson’s inking. Some of my favorite pages include Batman’s fight with the Mutant Leader, the splash page where Superman is lifting a tank over his head, and frankly, the entire third book of the series. If I had to choose just one of the books to analyze, it would be that one, where Batman takes on the Joker in their final confrontation. It’s a very dense section with a lot going on, and the art reflects the chaos in that story as well as Carrie Kelly’s dealing with Gotham PD. Every panel is different with daring perspectives and points of view, and is really worth re-reading if you have not checked it out in awhile.

You can order “Batman Noir: The Dark Knight Returns” on Amazon.com for around $25. For any serious comic enthusiasts who want to get into the business, this is a must-have version of this story. With so many gallery editions and artist editions of books coming out these days that show us the original artwork, this is a more cost-effective version that is a great textbook for how to ink. While Miller & Janson’s style might not be for everyone, this is the kind of work that has a lot of soul in it and demonstrates how to pick and choose what is really important in a panel, as well as how it works laid out on an entire page. It’s time to revisit “The Dark Knight Returns” as we prepare for the upcoming “Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie, and this might be the best way to do it.

Mezco’s “One:12 – Mutant Leader” Figure Breaks The Internet

San Diego Comic Con is still six weeks away but one exclusive con item is already making waves: The One:12 Collective Limited Edition Summer Exclusive The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Boxed Set.

Limited to only 1000 units, the deluxe set went up for pre-order at midnight Thursday morning and, in the spirit of the Mutant Leader himself, promptly broke the internet.
As online sales came to a sputter halt, IT workers across the country went into high alert, downed some energy drinks, and began working on a solution.

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The set, depicting the epic first encounter between Batman and The Mutant Leader in one of comicdom’s most infamous battles, features:

– Battle Damaged Batman figure with an exclusive head sculpt, torn exclusive variant costume, alternate hands and exclusive “Knock-Out Foam” accessory designed to fit over his enemy’s face.

– Exclusive “first look” Mutant Leader with a variant dirtied up paint application to enhance the realist battle in the junk yard, alternate hands and crowbar accessory.

– A Polystone cold casted display base of the Gotham City Junk Yard over 10 inches long with felt footing.

Sweetening the deal even more, each set comes with a free Mez-Itz clip-on Poison Ivy figure.

With the issue now largely resolved, orders are flowing into the MezcoToyz.com website.

“It was kind of a perfect storm” says a Mezco spokesperson, “We’ve been staggering the release of the pre-orders over two weeks purposely to avoid a situation like this, but once we put up the One:12 Collective boxed set last night we had an influx of Batman fans on top of Breaking Bad fans, Living Dead Doll fans, Mortal Kombat X fans, and Poison Ivy fans. It just caused the whole thing to come crashing down.”

Each of Mezco exclusive limited edition items will also be available at Mezco booth, #3445, at San Diego Comic Con for those unable to secure them at MezcoToyz.com

Mezco unveils “One:12 Collective” SDCC “The Dark Knight Returns” Exclusive

The One:12 Collective continues it’s Dark Knight Returns collection with this new limited edition Batman VS The Mutant Leader Deluxe Boxed set for sale online at www.mezcotoyz.com and at Mezco Toyz’s San Diego Comic Con booth #3445.

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Depicting the epic first encounter between Batman and The Mutant Leader in one of comicdom’s most infamous battles this boxed set includes both a battle damaged exclusive Batman, an exclusive deco variant Mutant Leader and a polystone display base of the Gotham City Junk Yard which became the battle field for these two titans.

The Deluxe Boxed Set contains:

– Battle Damaged Batman figure with an exclusive head sculpt, torn exclusive variant costume, alternate hands and exclusive “Knock-Out Foam” accessory designed to fit over his enemy’s face.

– Exclusive “first look” Mutant Leader with a variant dirtied up paint application to enhance the realistic battle in the junk yard, alternate hands and crowbar accessory.

– A Polystone cold casted display base of the Gotham City Junk Yard over 10 inches long with felt footing.

– Packed in a large closed box with a specially die-cut slip cover and utilizing the One:12 Collective’s collector friendly no twist tie packing method for easy in and out of box displaying.

Each figure is built on a One:12 crafted body featuring over 30 points of articulation with specially tailored cloth costuming, intricate hand painted decoration and state of the art solid construction.

Pre-Order available 5/21/2015 and for sale at the Mezco booth at San Diego Comic Con while supplies last.

Frank Miller admits he knows nothing about Islam, despite creating “Holy Terror”

Frank Miller is a polarizing character in the world of comics. With the release of his latest graphic novel, “Holy Terror”, Miller has raised more eyebrows than before with this controversial piece.

Originally slated to be a Batman book (titled “Holy Terror, Batman”), DC Comics quickly dropped the book when its scandalous nature was revealed. Miller did not have to look far to get a new publisher, and the book has come out with much intrigue surrounding it, with many critics unhappy about Miller’s perspective on Muslims and the religion of Islam. In an interview with Newsarama, Miller had this to say about the creation of his book and a bit more on his political views:

“I’m not hearing from a lot of people that are telling me they are not afraid of trouble from abroad and homegrown trouble. The issue here is a message of killing. It’s not a religion. I, for instance, was born Catholic, and I can tell you very little about the mysteries of Catholicism but I can tell you a fair amount about the Spanish Inquisition. By the same token, I can tell you squat about Islam, I don’t know anything about it, but I know a Goddamn lot about Al Qaeda and I want them all to burn to hell.”

Many critics have noted that while Miller maintains his position that this book is not necessarily against Islam but against terrorism, the two topics seemed to meld together in his work with no difference between the two. At the end of the day, “Holy Terror” is a very personal and cathartic work by Miller that may not have been ready for the politically-correct public eye.

Miller also said that it was his choice to pull away the cowl of Batman for this book, since it became more about the conflict against Al Qaeda and became “unrestrained”, something the Bat is not suited for. Due to that, he rewrote the entire script, however certain pages of the actual comic seem lazily cropped to pull elements of the Batman costume out of certain scenes.