Black Lightning: CW’s newest DC show!

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CW has released the first trailer to their latest DC Superhero show, Black Lightning! He will be the latest DC Superhero to join DC’s Arrow-verse along side Green Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.  From the looks of it, we might even be getting more than just Black Lightning in this show, as he will be joined by his two super powered daughters, Thunder and Lightning. Black Lightning will be joining the rest of his DC Superheroes on CW in Fall of 2017.

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The Age of the Female Superheroes

famalesuperheroesA change is coming in comic books and that is the “Rise of the Female Superhero”.  Yahoo! News with Katie Couric releases a neat documentary with a chock full of interviews with industry giants like Jim Lee, Grant Morrison and many female creators Amanda Conner, G. Willow Wilson, Gail Simone and many others about the change and rise of the female superhero protagonist.

The New Kick-Ass Black Canary

BlackCanaryNewArtistNot the usual mainstream comic book art look, but illustrator Annie Wu takes the iconic DC Comics character Black Canary in new directions with writer Brenden Fletcher.  Artist Annie Wu looks to add some kung-fu punch and rock’n’roll style to this all new Black Canary series with #1 available now.

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Blazing Glory in the Odyssey Vol. 1: History Lesson

blazinggloryWhat if my favorite action directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez had their take on creating Captain America?  This hot and spicy jambalaya soup has everything; the supernatural elements, the PG-13 superhero moments, the real-world geopolitical issues, add some zombies (and Dracula to the mix) and of course some bloody violent action into the mix and you get Dave Elliot’s Blazing Glory in Odyssey Vol. 1:  History Lesson.
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Interview with “Turbulence” Author – Samit Basu

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“Turbulence” is one of the best-selling superhero sci/fi novels in India and was critically-acclaimed when published in the UK last year and now “Turbulence” reaches US shores.  Delhi-based novelist Samit Basu poses the question in “Turbulence” – “What would you do if you have the power to change the world?”  Samit’s superhero novel has it all – action, humor, fun and the right dose of reality.  Our Retrenders team got a chance to interview author Samit Basu on his international break-through novel “Turbulence.”

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RTNDR:  I’ve just finished reading the book and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  For me, it reminded me of old school Marvel comics I’ve read from the 1980s.  What was your influence in writing this superhero novel?

Samit:  It started out as a book about a group of young people, in a part of the world that really needed change, not preservation, suddenly getting what they really want, the power to make that change. But along the way, when I realized that strange physical powers would make anyone in our times think of superheroes, it became a superhero book. So the plot is really its own thing, as are the themes within it, but some fantastic comics I’ve read were definitely inspirations in terms of seeing how superheroes might actually fit into the world and change it – books like Powers, The Authority, Watchmen, apart from the standard Marvel/DC classics.

RTNDR:  In Turbulence the characters mention various pop culture references, like the X-men.  Did you grow up with reading lots of comic books, movies, and sci-fi flicks?

Samit:  No, not really. I grew up in India without those things being available. But I made up for lost time as an adult, after I became a writer, engorging myself on a steady diet of comics, films and TV shows, starting with when I lived in London as a student. Books, though, I always had. But this book is really a post-Internet book; it couldn’t have happened without it, and was deeply affected by it. Now, of course, we get our pop culture fixes in India too. That’s happened over the last decade. For me, it’s been more a process of diving into it and trying (and failing) to catch up rather than growing up with it.

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Man of Steel novel by Greg Cox

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Growing up I love the original Superman I, II and III (we’ll just say IV – The Quest for Peace never took place, like X-Men 3:  The Last Stand – let us erase the memory of bad superhero flicks) with Christopher Reeves.  Warner Bros. put out some amazing trailers for the Man of Steel and I couldn’t wait for the anticipated spectacular in 3D IMAX.  It should be good since it’s produced by Christopher Nolan who brought us 3 terrific Dark Knight films, Zach Snyder of 300 & Watchmen fame and screenplay from David S. Goyer (Blade films & The Dark Knight trilogy).  I’ll say this is good film that was inspiring to be great, let’s just say it’s better than Superman Returns and as friend mentioned it was like watching a Dragon Ball Z movie.  I’ve watched the movie, now I read the book “Man of Steel” by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, who should be familiar to DC fans as he wrote the novelizations of Infinite Crisis, 52, Countdown and Final Crisis.

 

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Cutey Superhero Calendars!

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I’ve never been a big fan of calendars. Sometimes, it just reminds me of how many long days are left before the weekend starts or how wide the disparity is between the number of workdays and days in the weekend are. However, being a fan of comic book superheoes, this calendar will at least bring a big smile on my face every time I look at what day it is. There’s only a few calendars left since they went on sale recently but you can check out some other calendars here – such as a cute Star Wars and an Animal Matryoshka one.

MSRP:  $15.00USD

For more info, go to:  Calendar Sale!

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