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IFC.com’s guide to the DC Comics relaunch

IFC.com’s guide to the DC Comics relaunch (photo)

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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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