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IFC.com’s guide to the DC Comics relaunch

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This September, DC Comics is doing something unprecedented. The venerable funnybook company is bringing their entire line to an end – including titles like “Action Comics” and “Detective Comics,” which have run since the late 1930s – and relaunching absolutely everything with new number ones. Now’s a great time to get back into reading DC comic books, or even pick one up for the very first time, but with a stunning new 52 titles to choose from, where’s a person to start?

Fortunately, we’re here to help you choose the comic books most likely to have you shambling zombie-like to your local comic book store every Wednesday (new comic book day, natch) – just like us! If you don’t know where to find a comic book store, consider checking out the Comic Shop Locator or even joining us in the future by buying your comics digitally through the DC Comics and Comixology apps.

So, without further ado, here are the top five comics you should check out this month from DC’s “New 52.”


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For years now, comic book writer Geoff Johns has been one of the creative pillars at DC, and one of the major forces behind Green Lantern’s current surge in popularity. Now, he’ll be taking on DC’s biggest heroes, in the company’s biggest superhero group, with none other than legendary artist Jim Lee by his side. Best known for his seminal work on the X-Men in the 1990s, in recent years Lee has been primarily known as a DC executive, but we couldn’t be more excited to have him back behind the drawing desk.


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Another one of DC’s heavy-hitters is Scottish scribe Grant Morrison, who has taken the company’s icons to uncharted territory with both “All-Star Superman” and his absolutely stunning work with the Dark Knight. Now, with artist Rags Morales, he’s returning to Superman for what’s said to be a back-to-basics approach that incorporates much of the character’s early roots in what DC calls “the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe.”


083111_dccomics3.jpg“Batman #1” on sale September 21, 2011
For the past year, Scott Snyder has wowed comic book fans with his run on “Detective Comics,” telling impressive, interlocking, densely plotted stories with Batman at the center. In the new DC relaunch, Snyder will be sticking with the Dark Knight, but moving over to the “Batman” title. Expect the same type of stellar storytelling, but now with legendary “Spawn” artist Greg Capullo along for the ride.


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One of the best new writers to arrive at DC in recent years has been Jeff Lemire. The cartoonist behind “Sweet Tooth,” and the writer of “Superboy” is primed for a massive breakout, so we couldn’t be more excited to see what he does with Animal Man, a fan-favorite character defined by a legendary Grant Morrison run in the late 1980s. Also, you can be sure the new “Animal Man” looks gorgeous, with Travel Foreman, one of the artists of “The Immortal Iron Fist” on pencils and inks.


083111_dccomics5.jpg“Swamp Thing #1” on sale September 7, 2011
For years, “Swamp Thing” has been caught up in DC’s Vertigo line, and while we’ve loved a lot of those comics, we’re excited to see the big muck-monster back in the DC Universe proper. Even better, the character is being written by Scott Snyder, who we’ve already gushed about up above, with art by Yanick Paquette, who just this past year put in incredible work on “Batman Incorporated” with Grant Morrison.


Naturally, there are many more books that we plan on checking out than just these five, titles like “Batman & Robin,” “Aquaman,” “The Flash,” “Green Lantern,” “Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.” and more. If you see something that peaks your interest, go ahead and treat yourself – you deserve it.

What do you think about our top picks for the DC relaunch? Are there other books you plan on picking up this month? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.