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The legendary Bruce Timm is set to executive produce a new digital Justice League cartoon for Machinima titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles which we can all expect to see next spring. Co-producing the cartoon will be Alan Burnett—Timm’s partner on Batman: The Animated Series. Although this was originally set to be a direct-to-video release, it’s now going to be a three-part digital series. According to Variety:

“Chronicles” is said to revolve around a newly conceived reality in the DC universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the superheroes that people know.

Yes, another “dark” superhero adaptation. Still, this is Bruce Timm we’re talking about. It will likely be good either way.

(via io9)

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Honesty, especially when it comes to communicating with children about the great wide world, is always a must. But when it comes to Star Wars, Brian Gordon’s Fowl Language comic has it pretty spot on: If a little white lie prevents a child from ever discovering Jar Jar Binks, then I don’t see the problem.

Check out a bonus panel after the break…

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It was back in July that Marvel announced the new Thor would be a woman, and now it seems that Thor’s hammer is being altered to match the new character. Previously it was inscribed, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor,” which is a bit gender specific.

When the new female Thor debuts in Thor #1 on October 1st, her hammer will read, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Now that works a little better in this case, don’t you think?

See the new hammer after the break.

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In the latest edition of Comic Book Resources’ The Line It Is Drawn series, they asked their artists to think of some dream teams for superhero titles. Artist Axel Medellin came up with the perfect pairing: Leonardo da Vinci on an Iron Man book. He could have designed Tony Stark’s suit of armor and probably even have made it better. Yeah, I said it.

Medellin created a series of illustrations imagining what the designs would look like, and I’m completely sold on this concept.

See the rest of the designs after the break.

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Spider-Woman #1 will be out this November. Written by Dennis Hopeless with art from Greg Land, the title is all about Jessica Drew and a threat to the Spider-Verse. Unfortunately, all of that is being overshadowed because of a variant cover by Milo Manara.

The cover is pictured above and has a couple of big issues. Like, “I can’t believe multiple people approved the cover” sort of issues. First of all, let’s talk about the butt. Is Spider-Woman wearing body paint? Because that’s the only explanation for her butt looking the way it does. For the record, it would be dumb if her costume was body paint.

Secondly, that pose. Manara has drawn erotic comics, but those poses should be left behind when it comes to portraying mainstream superheroes. I’m so disappointed in Marvel for not sending this one back to the drawing board.

(CBR via io9)

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Action Comics #1 was published in June of 1938 and is recognized as the comic book that started it all marking Superman’s debut. It’s highly sought after and costs enough to make Bruce Wayne blanch, but if you have deep pockets, then it could be yours through an auction currently running on eBay.

For sale here is the single most valuable comic book to ever be offered for sale, and is likely to be the only time ever offered for sale during many of our lifetimes. There are no second chances. This is a NO RESERVE auction.

This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

This particular copy is the nicest that has ever been graded, with an ASTONISHING grade of CGC 9.0 ! To date, no copies have been graded higher and only one other copy has received the same grade. It is fair to say though that this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water. Compared to the other 9.0 that sold for $2.1million several years ago it has significant superior eye appeal, extremely vibrant colors and PERFECT WHITE PAGES. This means after 76 years the aging process has yet to begin. Truly this book is a museum piece. It is one of only two copies of this comic in ANY condition to ever be graded with the distinction of having White pages, the other being a CGC 2.5!

If you are looking to purchase or invest in comic books this is without exaggeration the single best graded comic book that exists. It is the highest graded copy of the most sought after comic book in the hobby, and has the best possible page quality that can be assigned. If anyone has ever been curious what an Action Comics 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer.
This comic is the best of the absolute best and whoever wins this auction will be the envy of the entire hobby for many decades to come.

I proudly present Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 WHITE Pages.

Please enjoy,
Darren Adams

This auction will not only make a collector somewhere very happy, but it will help a good cause since 1% of the final auction price will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

See more about the comic in the video after the break.

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Apparently, Marvel’s Kevin Fiege dropped a fantastic bit of news in an interview for this week’s Entertainment Weekly. Marvel has gotten back the movie rights for Blade, Punisher and Ghost Rider. When you add the recent return of Daredevil, that’s some serious awesome coming back to Marvel.

While Fiege said there aren’t current plans for the characters, it’s nice to know that they’re back within the MCU. It’ll be interesting to see if they make small appearances in upcoming Marvel movies that might set them up for a larger showcase down the road.

Just don’t hold your breath for Marvel to get back Spider-Man and Wolverine.

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Katee Sackhoff has the internet abuzz with these images she recently tweeted about a “super secret job” on which she has just started work. Given that the actress wants to play female superheroes, we thought it might be the beginnings of Captain Marvel. However, she revealed that it isn’t a Marvel project. Just what is Katee Sackhoff up to?

See the tweets after the break.

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Bill Mantlo, co-creator of the character Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, suffered severe brain damage as the result of an accident in 1992. Currently, he is being looked after full-time in a health care facility. To their credit, Marvel made sure that Mantlo was able to see his character come to life by giving him a special private screening of the film. According to his brother, Michael Mantlo, Marvel has been treating Bill well right from the start:

Bill was treated in an exceptionally fair manner by Marvel/Disney, and on his behalf I can say with the utmost confidence that we are very pleased with the negotiated contract. And, unbeknownst to ALL, Marvel has made incredibly generous gestures apart from this particular contract (which ONLY pertains to the rights to the character Rocket Raccoon) to assist in Bill’s ongoing care & rehabilitation.

See Bill’s response after the screening and read what his brother had to say about his reaction after the break.

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