Milestone Comics Returns to DC Comics with Graphic Novels, Digital Series and Action Figures

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Announced during SDCC, Milestone Comics is back with DC Comics and this return is bringing graphic novels, digital series and action figures! Milestone Comics will be known as Earth-M in the DC Comics World. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will also be involved with Earth-M. There will be two Earth-M graphic novels published annually, but that’s not including miniseries and one-shots. Static Shock, Icon, Rocket, Hardware and Xombi will be among the characters that will be featured in Earth-M.

Here’s the full press release from DC Comics.

Reggie Hudlin and Denys Cowan Team Up With Jim Lee and Geoff Johns to Bring A Lineup of Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Characters Back to DC Universe with Original Graphic Novels, One Shots, and Miniseries

During DC Entertainment’s (DCE) early morning press gathering, DCE Co-Publisher Jim Lee, producer/director Reginald Hudlin and Milestone Media co-founder/artist Denys Cowan (DETECTIVE COMICS) announced the creation of “Earth-M,” which will be home to the “Dakota” universe of characters from 1993’s Milestone Media and a host of all new characters.

For fans, this means the return of favorite Milestone characters like STATIC SHOCK, ICON, ROCKET, HARDWARE and XOMBI, along with new heroes and villains, yet still retaining the same kind of contemporary and socially relevant tone of storytelling that made Milestone such a groundbreaking imprint in the early 90’s.

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited about the opportunity to bring the ‘Dakota’ universe back to DC,” said Lee. “This is a huge step forward for us in bringing readers a more diversified lineup as part of the New DC Universe, and we’re anxiously looking forward to telling new stories that are socially and culturally impactful and representative of the world in which we live.”

Arriving as hardcover graphic novels, up to two “Earth-M” titles will be published annually, as well as a yet-to-be-determined number of miniseries and one shots. These books will feature all-star creative talent, including Milestone principals Hudlin and Cowan, as well as DCE top guns Lee and Johns. This agreement also means a revival of Milestone content as collected editions, both in print and digital format.

“Milestone Media was the first company to create a superhero universe full of Black, Latino, Asian, and white superheroes – both gay and straight,” said Hudlin. “Its fan-base was equally diverse. This new relationship will enable us to not only revive classic Milestone characters, but introduce new ones as well. Denys and I have had a great time working with Jim and Geoff as we reinvent the Dakota Universe for the 21st century. We have a lot of innovative ideas – from how the characters are presented to how the books are released – that will excite both new and old fans.”

Original graphic novels, one shots and miniseries are just the first step in an overall Milestone revival, eventually expanding to include action figures and an upcoming STATIC SHOCK digital series.

“Milestone Media has a long tradition of bringing multicultural heroes to life and DC Entertainment has always been an industry leader with their innovative approaches,” said Cowan. “Working with Geoff and Jim has been great and Reggie, Derek [Dingle] and I are thrilled to team up with them to bring the Dakota universe of characters back to the fans.”

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BeauxKnows Top 5 Comic Book Artists of 2014

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The comic book industry is flush with very talented artist. Just about every book you pick up has great art in it. Just like everything else in life, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some art that you love others may hate, and the complete opposite may be true as well. Really all comes down to personal taste. So, here are my top 5 artists for 2015.

5. David Finch(Forever Evil, Wonder Woman)

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I am a HUGE fan of David Finch. I cannot get enough of his art. Ever since I saw him draw Moon Knight, I have been all in. I love what he did in Forever Evil. I know there has been criticism of his Wonder Woman work so far, but I still love it.

4. Chris Samnee (Daredevil)

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I love what Chris Samnee has done in Daredevil. He has brought one of my favorite characters to life. Samnee’s style really fits the new Daredevil and his new attitude. Samnee’s work really fits what Mark Waid is doing.

3. Nick Dragotta(East of West)

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East of West is my favorite comic book right now, and a big reason why is Nick Dragotta. Jonathan Hickman has brought the Apocalypse to life, and he can thank Nick Dragotta for giving his words life. From the big splash pages, to the details that hint at future events in the book. I often just flip through issues just to look at the art. That is how much I love it.

2. Jim Lee (Superman Unchained)

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Superman Unchained is what I have always wanted in a Superman comic book. The story is epic, just how a Superman story should be. Jim Lee plays a big part in that, along with the story from Scott Snyder. His art is EPIC in this book, and really shows how amazing Superman is. If you want to read an awesome Superman story, read Superman Unchained, and drool over Jim Lee’s art.

1. Greg Cappullo(Batman)

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Greg Capullo is my favorite artists right now. I love his work in Batman. It is awesome. It is cartoonish, but when the moments get serious, you know it just by looking at the page. Capullo working with Scott Snyder is the latest superstar team in comics. Capullo really brings the story to life, and is the latest in a long line of artist who have made their mark by drawing the Caped Crusader.

Well, that is my top 5 artist. Who are your favorite artist in comics? Let me know in the comments.

Meet Jim Lee and Scott Snyder at Apple Store in Soho; Batman 75

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Press Release

Bestselling Writer Joins DC Entertainment Co-Publisher And Acclaimed Artist In Honor Of Batman’s 75th Anniversary and the Release of BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY With Fascinating Panel Discussion.

Commemorate Batman’s return to Gotham on Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm, when critically-acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist Jim Lee visit the Apple Store, SoHo to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, as well as the publication of the new graphic novel collection BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY. Beginning at 7pm, the Meet the Authors event will include a must-see discussion on the lasting cultural influence of The Dark Knight moderated by Grantland writer David Shoemaker.

Taking place the evening before New York Comic-Con 2014, the event will not only mark the release of Snyder’s BATMAN #35, but also the highly anticipated BATMAN VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR – DARK CITY. This graphic novel, the newest collection from the #1 New York Times best-selling creative team of Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, finishes the epic ZERO YEAR storyline, a bold new take on the Dark Knight’s origin.

Apple Store, SoHo (103 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012)

Source: DC Comics

Holy Stamps, Batman! Batman Stamps Headed to New York Comic Con

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The Caped Crusader is back in the form of stamps that will be debuted and available for sale at New York Comic Con next month. This is the second time Batman stamps appeared on the USPS postage. According to USA Today these limited edition Batman stamps, pictured below, will be available for purchase at New York Comic Con on October 9th.

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“Batman is the most popular Superhero of all time, and it is an honor to have the U.S. Postal Service feature the Caped Crusader on this new set of stamps in celebration of his 75th anniversary,” DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee says. “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for the next 75 years and beyond.”

The sheet of 20 “Forever” stamps — 49 cents each, but still good if postal rates go up — has eight designs depicting four eras, from Batman’s beginnings in Gotham City in 1939 to the gritty crime fighter of today.

“He is the quintessential American superhero,” says Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing. “What a great place to celebrate him — on a stamp. We are always looking for ideas and subjects that are important to America. We all quickly thought, ‘Wow! This will be thrilling.'”

If you pick up these Batman stamps are you going to use them or keep them?

Sound off in the comments below.

Jim Lee Penciled/Inked Variant Cover

Since it’s ComicBookWednesday, I wanted to share this breathtaking picture from Jim Lee, he shared this picture the other day on his twitter timeline

“My penciled/inked variant cover for Detective #27. Cowl, gloves & handgun a throwback to Batman’s original look”

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I envy Jim Lee’s talent! ENVY! Speaking of Jim Lee’s talent…I’m getting a half DC comics sleeve completed by the summer and this is one of the pieces I am getting tattooed on me.

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I just adore Jim Lee!

I really REALLY want this statue. superman-wonderwoman-statue