Sep 242014
 
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by Michael Brown, staff writer

4046583-02Spider-Man has fought many foes in his storied career, but never one so baffling as being banned from a library.

After his science-fiction novel-for-television known as Babylon 5 had ended, J. Michael Straczynski had decided to give comics a go. He started Joe’s Comics, an imprint of Top Cow, that produced noteworthy titles like Midnight Nation, written by Straczynski, and his epic superhero series, Rising Stars.  Marvel Comics took notice and recruited him, signing him to an exclusive contract beginning with a run on Amazing Spider-Man that lasted from 2001 to 2007, with the legendary John Romita, Jr as artist.

Straczynski took the Spider-Man mythos into an entirely new direction by suggesting the spider that bit Peter sought him out, and was actually Peter’s totem. Straczynski would craft some memorable tales during his ASM tenure, making Peter an inner-city high school teacher, and revealing in an unpopular retcon, that, before she died, Gwen Stacy had an affair with Norman “The Green Goblin” Osborn and had his twin children. But Straczynski also penned a heartbreaking love letter to fans after the 9/11 attacks. Sporting an all-black cover, Amazing Spider-Man #36 dealt with the attacks through the eyes of Marvel’s heroes and villains, and was narrated by Spidey.

Issue #36 was later collected, along with issues 37-39, into a trade paperback titled Revelations. This collection of Straczynski’s run included, in addition to the 9/11 issue, a “silent issue” in which there was no dialogue, Peter revealing his identity to Aunt May, and a touching story in which Peter tries to win back Mary Jane, who is separated from him.

In 2009, a parent in Millard, Nebraska challenged its elementary school library on its inclusion of Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations on its shelves after her six-year-old son checked it out and brought it home.

“My son looked at this and goes, ‘Ohhhh!’,” said Physha Svendsen.

Svendsen went straight to her ABC News affiliate, claiming the book is not age-appropriate for Norris Elementary students and wants it removed from the library, citing “sexual undertones.” Svendsen said that some of the illustrations included “a woman wearing a bikini and a short skirt.”  The offending pictures have been presented in this article for your judgment.

Donna Helvering, head librarian for the Millard School District, said the library has a thorough selection process that the book had passed, and that it was in demand by other students. Beyond the selection process, the library also has a strong review policy. According to the school’s policy, parents can file complaints and the school is required to form a committee to evaluate the complaint and make a consensus determination to retain or ban the book within 30 days. This measure was not strong enough for Svendsen who told the media she plans, “to hold on to the book that her son brought home while the review process takes place.” Svendsen’s decision to keep the book goes against library policy and could be construed as stealing.

This reporter, however, acting on a hunch, found Norris Elementary’s website and discovered that the school library keeps an online catalog of its books. A search yesterday. September 23, 2014, showed that the library still has a copy of Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations, although its status is listed as “out for repairs.”

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Sep 182014
 
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Four-Color Bullet

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for Four-Color Bullet, the only comic book review column that fans are waiting to show up in the New 52. Speaking of showing up … Spoiler! Is! Back! And she looks fantastic! But we’ll get to Stephanie Brown in a sec. Here are this week’s bullets.

DC Comics presents: Martian Manhunter’s plans for world domination come to fruition, in Futures End: Justice League #1; Wonder Woman loses her humanity and embraces her destiny as God of War to fight back Nemesis, in Futures End: Wonder Woman #1; Batman and Robin! Trapped in the Widow’s web! Penguin to the rescue?! It’s all in Batman ’66 #43.

From Marvel this week, Edge of Spider-Verse continues as the Superior Spider-Man takes the fight to Karn, the man leaving a trail of dead Spiders throughout the multiverse, in Superior Spider-Man #33; Havok and the remaining members of the Avengers Unity Squad are brought low by Red Skull and his S-Men, in Uncanny Avengers #24; and Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man, joins the X-Men, in All-New X-Men #32.

In the Valiant Universe, Quantum and Woody, and Archer and Armstrong continue their insane, and ill-conceived team up to find the Hobo King, in The Delinquents #2; Following Livewire’s sacrifice, Unity rallies. And they have Armor Hunters in their sights. Last hope. Last stand. Unity #11

And from IDW, an abortion clinic bombing leads Mulder and Scully to investigate a right-wing extremist group led by a teenage girl who claims to hear God. But her actions are far from heavenly, in The X-Files; Season 10 #16.

 

The kids are not all right

Written by Mark Waid Penciled by Chris Samnee Colored by matthew Wilson

Written by Mark Waid
Penciled by Chris Samnee
Colored by Matthew Wilson

When we last saw Purple Man, he was being pretty darn scary in Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias. Now, he drops by San Francisco, and as usual, his terrifying, sleazy, mind-control powers are with him. Mark Waid’s work on Daredevil has been nothing short of fantastic throughout. And this tale, book-ended by some of the creepiest, unsettling events I’ve seen in some time, is no exception. In addition to that, Matt gets to meet his girlfriend’s parents, and is given a proposition that Matt may find hard to say no to. Keeping an eye on how that plays out will be interesting. This issue is light on the action, but do you see that cover? It’s exactly what you think it is, and Waid makes Purple Man, and the Purple Children, some of the scariest foes Marvel has to offer.

And the action isn’t prevalent, but that just means that we have time for some character development. Characters need to be able to emote, and express properly on the page. In this regard, Chris Samnee is top-of-the-line as usual, and shares a deserved storytelling credit with Waid. They go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and this book is the better for it.

And so, a new arc begins with a terrifying new villain for DD. How Matt handles what comes next will be worth biting my nails for a month.

 

 

 

 

Spoiler, Sweetie!

Written by Ray fawkes, Scott Snyder, and James Tynion IV Penciled by Andy Clarke

Written by Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder, and James Tynion IV
Penciled by Andy Clarke

Along with Wally West, Stephanie Brown, a.k.a. The Spoiler, has to be the most fan-demanded character in DC’s New 52. Before the universe-spanning reboot, she was popular in the pages of the Batman books, even becoming Robin for a very brief spell before she tragically lost her life in a Gotham City gang war.

Her father, the two-bit Riddler wannabe Cluemaster, always provided some tension as Stephanie played the hero game behind her criminal father’s back. Stephanie re-appeared in the New 52 back in Batman: Eternal #3, and now makes her long-awaited debut as she takes on her criminal father as The Spoiler in this week’s issue 24.

Thankfully, we’re given a bit of a New 52 backstory in that we see her as a kid, and that acrobatics are nothing new to her or her father. What I as the reader could have used more of was a little more background on her. And storytellers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, with wordsmith Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley and Kyle Higgins in as showrunners of sorts, have made New 52 Spoiler just intriguing enough to have been worth the long wait.

Artist Andy Clarke shines here, perfectly providing the tone the writers have tried to convey. And the action is smashmouth, wallop to wallop, panel to panel.

All in all, it’s good to have Stephanie back and her reboot is off to a good start.

And that is it for Four-Color Bullet this week. Email and comment if you so choose. Are you a Spoiler fan? What do you think of her return? Sound off, already!

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!

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Sep 112014
 

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It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic-book review column not guest-starring Deadpool.

On the Marvel side of things, the Spider-Man of the 1930s returns, this time not only up against the man called Mysterio, but knee-deep in the multiverse-spanning event that will affect every known spider-powered hero in existence, in Edge of Spider-Verse #1 starring Spider-Man Noir; Captain Marvel and her cat, Chewie, must fend off an alien intruder. They will both discover that in space, no can hear you meow, in Captain Marvel #7; and in the march to Axis, Marvel’s next big event, Magneto discovers the Red Skull is hauling mutants off to re-education camps, and is in possession of Charles Xavier’s powers, in Magneto #9.

Over at the Distinguished Competition, Batman Beyond and his team must make their move on TerrifiTech, in Futures End #19; Amanda Waller’s covert war against the United States reaches the tipping point as the Suicide Squad takes the White House, in New Suicide Squad #1: Futures End; Batman and Robin are about to be turned into pasta thanks to General Gumm’s death trap, forcing the Green Hornet and Kato to bring in Gumm and the Joker on their own, in Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #9. 

And from the Valiant Universe, Archer’s assassin-for-hire sister Mary-Maria takes center stage in a roller coaster ride into next month’s game-changer, in Archer and Armstrong #24

 

Written by Dan Slott Penciled by Humberto Ramos Colored by Edgar Delgado MARVEL

Written by Dan Slott
Penciled by Humberto Ramos
Colored by Edgar Delgado
MARVEL

When last we left our intrepid web-slinging hero, the now-psychotic Black Cat was about to unmask Spidey on live television while Spidey’s new ally Silk fought Electro, and good ol’ J. Jonah Jameson himself narrated the unmasking. I thought it was going to be a gimmick. That Amazing Spider-Man #6 would roll out and Peter had a mask under the mask, or something similar.

Friends, I was wrong. Spider-Man has been unmasked. Again.

The first story arc of Peter Parker’s return to life ends here, with him unmasked on live television, and he and Silk fighting off Electro and the Spidey-Scorned Black Cat. Writer Dan Slott is showing no signs of slowing down, actually keeping the action moving, moving, moving with virtually no time to rest. Black Cat is so ticked off she’s forming her own criminal empire just to take Peter down. Then we have Silk’s intense attraction for Peter, and some brewing trouble at Parker Industries. Thankfully, we’re not getting mindless slugfests every month, and Slott is developing plot threads in true Dan Slott style to keep the fifty-year-old character interesting, and fans coming back to the book. Penciler Humberto Ramos does some great work with his action scenes, keeping up with the frenetic pace of the story.

However, I am still having serious issues with Black Cat’s violent anger toward Peter. I get that when SpOck nabbed her while in Peter’s body, she lost everything. Wealth, credibility, all of it. But Peter and Felicia have history, and in my opinion it shouldn’t be that easy for Felicia to just develop a psychopathic anger toward Peter, when Peter has proven several times over, and again in a scene in this issue, that Otto was driving the body when he caused Felicia’s downfall. I’m left wondering if something’s up with her. Symbiote, mind-control, something.

Overall, I liked this issue and the feel of the series overall. There’s a lot building with Silk, Black Cat’s obsession with destroying Spidey, whether or not Peter’s unmasking comes back to haunt him, and the ramifications of the upcoming Spider-Verse event. There’s definitely going to be a lot to look forward to.

 

Written by Jeff Lemire Penciled by Jed Dougherty Colored by Gabe Eltaeb DC COMICS

Written by Jeff Lemire
Penciled by Jed Dougherty
Colored by Gabe Eltaeb
DC COMICS

I am not a fan of DC’s current need to run a line-wide event in almost all of their titles. This month, the Futures End event that puts the DCU five years in the future has gone through most of the titles as tie-ins and restarted them (sort of) as first issues. The one I picked up this week was Justice League United #1: Futures End, because for a couple of months, DC has touted the return of my much-loved Legion of Super-Heroes in the book. As I read my comics on Comixology, I pre-ordered the book, excited to the point of vibrating because the Legion was coming back. All of the solicitations said this was the return of the Legion! This comics geek was happy!

Then I read it. You know what I got? Dawnstar. Now, don’t get me wrong. Dawnstar is one of my favorite Legionnaires, and it was nice to see her in action as a member of the future Justice League, and it was nice to see she, and maybe the others, were still around after Legion Lost ended. This Legion fan was left wanting more. But it is a two-parter, so we shall see.

The Legion disappointment aside, it was a good story. I like writer Jeff Lemire, especially his work on Justice League Dark, which is probably my favorite DC title right now along with Batman. In the story, Equinox gets a telepathic call from Martian Manhunter, essentially warning her that super-powered criminals on a Mars prison complex have escaped. As this is five years in the future, Equinox rounds up what’s left of the Justice League to head to Mars and deal with the problem.

There’s some pretty good character development and world-building here, as we see what has become of the Justice League United team during the Futures End event. It’s well-paced, with snappy dialogue, and an interesting cliffhanger. What I didn’t like was the art. Jed Dougherty isn’t a bad artist, but his work with facial expressions are unusual and off-putting, and his action scenes aren’t my favorite either. I suppose the word is “static.” I’m not sure he was the right choice to pencil a Justice League title.

With all of that out of the way, I will say that there will be a big Legion/Justice League team-up in the pages of Justice League United in October.

Overall, a decent addition to the Futures End event that offered some much needed hope that the Legion of Super-Heroes will return.

And that is Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comments are always welcome, if you wish to sound off. Make your comics shop owner happy and clear those files out.

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See you next week!

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Sep 022014
 

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Stan Goldberg, revered artist for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics, passed away September 1, 2014, due to complications from a stroke he had suffered two weeks ago.

Goldberg’s career began in the 1940s with Timely Comics, then Atlas Comics, both of which were the predecessors to Marvel. He would work for Marvel, right alongside greats such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, until 1969. At Marvel, he designed the color schemes for both Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

After a very brief stint at DC, Goldberg moved on to Archie Comics, where he would spend the next 40 years drawing the adventures of Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead, and the rest of the gang, in both comics and newspaper strips. His most widely recognized work is the cover of Archie Meets the Punisher, an Archie/Marvel crossover from 1994 that did very well in sales.

The Archie Comics version of Archie Meets the Punisher. (Aug. 1994) The Marvel Comics version had a different cover and was called The Punisher Meets Archie

The Archie Comics version of Archie Meets the Punisher. (Aug. 1994)
The Marvel Comics version had a different cover and was called The Punisher Meets Archie

Abruptly and without explanation, Goldberg left Archie Comics in 2010, and did freelance work for both Marvel and DC. In the early 1980s, Goldberg worked on DC’s Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew, and in the last few years he had done work on Marvel’s FF #1 from 2011, and in Bongo Comics, publisher of The Simpsons comics, where he drew an Archie-parody in an issue of Bart Simpson.

In 1994, Goldberg won the Inkpot Award from San Diego Comic-Con, and, more recently in 2012, the National Cartoonists Society presented him with their prestigious Gold Key Award. Marvel will be posthumously publishing his Archie-styled Spider-Man short story called, That Parker Boy, written by Tom DeFalco in Marvel’s 75th Anniversary Special, due to be released October 2014.

“Stan was a cartoonist … and a more devoted one, you could never find,” said Mark Evanier, comics historian. “He was also a charming man who was always willing to talk about his days as Marvel’s star colorist or the many decades he spent drawing Archie and other comics in much the same style. The number of pages he produced in his lifetime was staggering.”

Stan Goldberg was 82.

We at Krypton Radio join the comics community in mourning at the loss of a great man who gave a great contribution to the comics industry.

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Aug 142014
 

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Welcome to another Four-Color Bullet, the only comic-book review column that’s getting it’s own series on Netflix. Denzel Washington is cast as me.

Over on the Marvel Comics side of the multiversal boundary, Miguel O’Hara tries to adjust to life in 2014, being a Spider-Man out of time, and keeping his secret identity safe from his boss, in Spider-Man 2099 #2; Ben Grimm. Murderer? The secret revealed in Fantastic Four #8, a pivotal Original Sin tie-in; Arnim Zola wages war on New York, but there’s no Captain America to stop him. Can the Avengers rally and stop him, in Captain America #23.

On the DC Comics side of the multiversal barrier, Batman is after a killer who has haunted Gotham for years, in Batman #34; Have the Green Hornet and Kato finally become the criminals everyone believes them to be?! All-out battle ensues! In Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #7;  Constantine realizes he’s on to something much bigger than he thought as the events of five years into DC’s future begin to collide, in Futures’ End.

From IDW this week, The Q Gambit continues in Star Trek: Ongoing #36 as Q thrusts Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise of the new movies into the future. But does Deep Space Nine exist in this new reality? Krang and the Shredder have always been two separate and opposing forces that have dominated the lives of the Turtles. But now, for the first time, they’re joining forces, in this special stand-alone issue, number 37, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. UFOs, the return of the Cigarette Smoking Man, and the New Syndicate, in the mind-blowing conclusion of  the Pilgrims story arc in The X-Files: Season 10 #15.

And Dark Horse Comics drops the curtain on a decades-long period of  award-winning Star Wars storytelling, with Star Wars #20. Next stop: Marvel.

Written by Jason Aaron Art by Mike Deodato Jr. MARVEL

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mike Deodato Jr.
MARVEL

It is on! The penultimate issue of Original Sin finally hits its action-packed stride, as Captain America rallies the Avengers to take on Nick Fury. In space! Colonel Fury has been a bad little monkey with all of his secrets and manipulation and the heroes are fed up.  And while you, the reader, know what Fury’s been up to, our heroes are still largely left in the dark.

The elderly Fury still has some fight in him and, as a matter of fact, one hero will be majorly affected by the battle. We get some flashbacks to the moment the Watcher was killed. But we still don’t get all of the answers, and there’s a still a lot left to be revealed in next month’s final issue. It leaves you wondering what else writer Jason Aaron is going to throw at us. And Mike Deodato’s art is amazing. Jason Aaron gives him a lot to work on.

However, as much as I enjoyed it, we still only have one more issue to cram in all of the answers we’re still missing, as well as wrapping up a monster fight, because we’ve still got Gamora, Moon Knight, Rocket Raccoon, the Winter Soldier, Ant-Man, the Punisher, and Doctor Strange on the sidelines wondering what the heck’s going on, and not even in the fight. There’s just a lot to cover in one issue.

So if you’re keen on superhero vs. superhero combat, this will make you happy. I’m a Nick Fury fan, and I’m left waiting to see how all of this plays out. A great issue with Aaron and Deodato rocking the heck out of it.

 

Written by Dan Slott Pencils by Humberto Ramos Colors by Edgar Delgado MARVEL

Written by Dan Slott
Pencils by Humberto Ramos
Colors by Edgar Delgado
MARVEL

Amazing Spider-Man #5 has Black Cat and Electro continuing their plans for revenge against Spidey, and more of the heated relationship between Spider-Man and Silk. Peter may be back in control of his body, but that’s about it, as writer Dan Slott puts everything in a spiraling, chaotic mess. Black Cat was apprehended by Otto Octavius while in Peter’s body, and she is focused on revenge, almost psychotically. She’s lost everything as a result, and she’s teaming up with Electro for some payback, despite Peter’s pleading and explaining the situation.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s Silk. Cindy Moon was bitten by the same spider Peter was, and she is stronger, faster, and better than the original. Cindy has been locked away to keep her safe from Spider-eating, super-scary bad dude Morlun. But now that she’s free, Morlun is locked in on her, and he’s coming. And the last time Spider-Man fought him, he barely managed to walk away with his life. Slott’s laying the ground for the upcoming Spider-Verse event.

Humberto Ramos’ art is always fun to look at. He always manages to capture the fun that comes with the Spider-Man mythos. Lots of scenes lit up in orange and blue, as Eel and Electro are both present, colored by Edgar Delgado. Beautiful pages to stare and drool at. And there’s a big cliffhanger at the end of this one, but we can only assume and hope Peter gets out of it.

I don’t like Black Cat’s sudden and extreme transformation into crazed, vengeful, murderous criminal. Granted, she’s been humiliated, she’s broke, no longer taken seriously, and she is ticked-off. But Cat and Spidey have years of history. They’ve been intimate. And when you consider the Avengers just shrugging it off when Peter dropped the truth on them … I don’t know. maybe it’s just the idea of a woman scorned.

Overall, a good, fun issue. And that cliffhanger will have me snatching up the next issue.

And that is it for Four-Color Bullet this week. Email and comments are welcome if you want to talk comics.  And I dig talking about comics.

Before I forget, do you like swag? Krypton Radio sure does. Your favorite sci-fi/fantasy radio station sent its Nerd News-hounds to San Diego Comic-Con and they left no table unturned in their gathering of swag. Stuffing it in purses and backpacks and rucksacks and plastic bags and pockets …  Well, now there’s just too much darn swag. It’s everywhere. The station manager won’t let us blow it out the airlock because we’ll “litter space,” (*eye roll*) so we’re doing the next best thing. We’re giving it away! Go to the contest page and see what’s up for grabs! Then enter to win!

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!

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Jul 242014
 

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Welcome to the regularly scheduled edition of Four-Color Bullet, the only comic book review column sponsored by LuthorCorp. Yesterday, I featured a special Batman Day edition highlighting my Top 10 Batman stories. Check it out  if you haven’t seen it, yet. I forgive you. It was a pretty important day, after all. But let’s get to the business at hand.

This week from Marvel, The X-Men’s Storm flies solo in the first issue of her new book, titled Storm; Peter Parker discovers that he wasn’t the only one bitten by that radioactive spider, in Amazing Spider-Man #4, an Original Sin tie-in;  and Preston discovers something from Deadpool’s past that needs to be dealt with, but he and Dazzler are neck deep in vampires, in Deadpool #32, an Original Sin tie-in.

Over at DC, Zero Year, the New 52 retelling of Batman’s origin, comes to a powerful end, with Batman taking on Riddler, in Batman #33; Take a further glimpse into the possible grim future of the DCU, in Futures’ End #12; and the House of Mystery is heading into the Void of Non-Being, while a team member is possessed, in Justice League Dark #33.

And IDW rounds out the bullets with Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever #2, as Kirk, Spock, and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise after their first encounter with the Guardians, only to find a darker timestream awaiting them.

Written by Mark Waid Art by Javier Rodriguez Cover Art by Chris Samnee

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Javier Rodriguez
Cover Art by Chris Samnee

In Original Sin, a group of heroes was subjected to a blast from one of the Watcher’s stolen eyes. The blast imparted many of the Watcher’s secrets into the minds of those in the blast radius. One of those heroes was Daredevil. Daredevil’s entire crime-fighting career was predicated on the hero-worship of his father, Jack Murdock, a boxer, a good man until his death. But in this tie-in, Daredevil makes the shocking discovery that his father wasn’t the saint he thought he was.

This was another great issue from writer Mark Waid, who is joined by Javier Rodriguez on pencils (and inks and colors) instead of Chris Samnee, delivers a story about what happens when our heroes turn out to not be as heroic as we think they are. And when DD tries to contact his mother for answers, he discovers she and some other nuns have been arrested and are being extradited to Wakanda as part of a bizarre conspiracy. Chris Samnee stepped off the penciling duties for this issue but Rodriguez’ clean art looked great depicting Waid’s words. And it’s nice to revisit Matt’s mother, who happens to be in quite a bit of trouble. And we get a glimpse of what Jack Murdock’s sins were, and Rodriguez’ art shows us some pretty obvious spousal abuse. This one will be continued next issue with some obvious emotional baggage that may resonate in Matt’s life for years to come.

 

 

Written by Bill Finger, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Snyder Art by Bob Kane, Bryan Hitch, and Sean Murphy, and Chip Kidd

Written by Bill Finger, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Snyder
Art by Bob Kane, Bryan Hitch, and Sean Murphy, and Chip Kidd

This year marks Batman’s 75th anniversary and DC Comics designated yesterday Batman Day. Many comic shops across the globe gave out Bat-swag, including a free issue of a new 75th Anniversary issue of Detective Comics #27. You get four stories in this free book, including a reprint of the original story from the 1939 Detective Comics that featured the first appearance of Batman in a story called The Case of the Chemical Syndicate, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane. In addition to this, thriller novelist and sometime comic-book scribe Brad Meltzer wrote a modern-day telling of that same story, that was penciled by Bryan Hitch. This alone was enough to snag the book in my opinion. You get to see the original story and compare it to Meltzer’s retelling and with Hitch’s gorgeous artwork that comics fans have seen in stuff like The Ultimates and Civil War. And it’s fun to compare the two, seeing how Kane and Finger’s creation has evolved over time. A real treat for fans of comic book history.We get all of that history, plus Scott Snyder  provides a future tale of Batman. And Meltzer teams up with Chip Kidd for a sneak peek of their take on Kane and Finger’s original story.

Did I mention it’s free? If you didn’t do it yesterday, go to your local comic shop and see if they have any left. It’s worth it.

And one more special thing about this issue: it features the first and only time Bill Finger has ever been credited on any cover of a comic featuring the character he helped create. Bob Kane, whose name we see plastered all over anything Batman, came up with the concept, but Batman’s modern appearance, from the cowl to the boots, was all Bill Finger. Many older fans know this, and many don’t. And there are many younger fans who know nothing about Bill Finger. And I’ve been more than vocal in other venues on my thoughts of Bill Finger getting shafted, so I won’t mention them here. But it is a crime to the industry, and a slap in the face to the man who more than helped Bob Kane bring this beloved pop culture icon to life, to have ignored his contributions for 75 years.  Bless DC Comics for putting his name on the cover where it belongs. I know for a fact that there was a collective cheer that went out when fans saw it. I was one of them.

And that is Four-Color Bullet for this week. Email and comments are always welcome. Be sure and check out Krypton Radio’s coverage of San Diego Comic-Con this week. We have geek boots on the ground on location, as well as live broadcasts. Tune in from your mobile device while you’re waiting in line! So if you’re in the area, find one of our roving Nerd Newshounds and say ‘hi.” Maybe they’ll put you on the air. And then you can brag that you hung out with the best, fastest-growing Internet radio station in the multiverse. And then your friends will get jealous because they don’t rock like you do. Totally worth it.

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. See ya next week!