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DC’s New 52 Omnibus lets new readers jump into the universe without any “crisis”

DC’s New 52 Omnibus lets new readers jump into the universe without any “crisis” (photo)

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In the course of collecting comic books over the last 25 years, I’ve noticed that there are two things readers show up for: stories where everything falls apart and the corresponding rebirths from those cataclysmic events. DC Comics has been a pioneer of these major events, from their continuity shattering “Crisis on Infinite Earths” to the “Death Of Superman,” a storyline in 1992 was a comic book event that drew national media attention because the publisher was willing to take the risk of killing off one of their most beloved and internationally recognized characters to revitalize the storyline.

For most comics, it’s not easy to jump into the story. There’s a good chance that if you come from a comic book family, your Superman WAS your father’s Superman (and quite possibly your grandfather’s Superman depending on how old you are). In some cases, with continuities stretching back almost 75 years, romances have gone on for decades, heroes have died and come back from the gave (some more than once) and yet most of them stay between the ages of 28 and 35. It’s a lot for the next generation to catch up on, and those are the readers the industry needs.

Welcome to the New 52, an event that saw the cancellation of every currently running DC title at the end of last August and a relaunch in September starting with an all-new Justice League series by superstar talents Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. It was a bold move that achieved the twin goals of tearing down the house and getting the band back together in a single stroke. The heroes had been updated, retooled, their origins tweaked, their histories streamlined. And their were twists to hook in readers who feared they might be getting more of the same; the Man of Steel could get nosebleeds and Bruce Wayne was raising a ten year old son instead of mentoring orphan wards.

Three months after DC’s line-spanning reboot hit the shelves in their individual format, the entire line of “New 52” comics that we released in September have been collected in to a massive hardcover omnibus that is available today. And by massive, we mean that it wouldn’t hurt to have a magic ring or be powered by Earth’s yellow sun if you wanted to read this standing on the train.

Clocking in at a massive 1,216 pages, it’s a collection that pulls from DC’s pantheon of characters to create a wealth of visually charged moments. At the time of the relaunch, IFC picked some of our favorite titles, and now looking it over in one sitting reinforces some of the incredible things the event brought readers in a single month. Batman and the Joker taking on a riot together in Arkham Asylum, Wonder Woman rolling out of bed to wage a war against the Gods, and a young Clark Kent (now a hipster hero of the common man) taking on his first runaway train.

Along with the blockbuster action, there are also some wonderful “human” moments, like Green Lantern hitting up his ex to co-sign on a car loan and Aquaman facing off against snide blogger in a seafood restaurant, culminating in a “drop the mic” moment the Lord of Atlantis has earned after years of “your only power is to talk to fish” jokes.

While I’ve always been a fan of the rich history of comics, I understand that they need to grow, change and adapt to remain relevant. The collection is a great jumping on point for anyone who has been curious about getting back in to reading them, and with the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series and “Man of Steel” on the horizon, there’s sure to be a few.

“The New 52” Omnibus is perfect holiday gift for readers new and old, or a great addition to your own collection.

Will you be picking up the Omnibus? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or 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!

Sport Court

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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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