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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.”


083111_dccomics1.jpg“Justice League #1” on sale August 31, 2011
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.


083111_dccomics2.jpg“Action Comics #1” on sale September 7, 2011
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.


083111_dccomics4.jpg“Animal Man #1” on sale September 7, 2011
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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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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