We Are Robin #5


"I think the temptation, when you do team books, is to overload people with information about them, and it passes for characterization, as opposed to kind of letting people learn about the characters through story. And that's what I'm hoping to accomplish here. As the story I'm telling moves forward, it gives me opportunities that really do reveal little bits and pieces about these kids' lives." - Lee Bermejo

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artist: Jorge Corona
Breakdowns: Rob Haynes
Colorist: Trish Mulvihill

Warning for violence.

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We Are Robin #4


"Wearing the 'R' is part of a legacy. A major theme of the book, and I have been saying this from the very beginning, [is that] it's one thing to call yourself a 'Robin'; it's another thing to be a 'Robin.' It's fun to watch bad guys hit the floor, but it really means something much bigger than that. It's the idea that you are part of something bigger than yourself. And not only that but you also have to respect the symbol. In Gotham, wearing the 'R' is part of the city's mythology. The city has seen different Robins over the years and they have also seen different Batmans. The concept is big enough in the public's eye where I thought there should be a moment where one of the "old guard," so to speak, drives that point home to these kids. It is certainly something that we are going to be exploring in different ways in future issues, as well." - Lee Bermejo

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artist: James Harvey

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We Are Robin #3


"Yeah, there need to be stakes. That's been done subtly in other ways in the book. I'm a stickler on showing damage. If kids get hit in the head — I think if any character gets hit in the head, you should see the damage that causes. I think it's important in general to not have violent actions in comics not be without the consequences that come with that action.

So I really want to show that doing this vigilante thing has consequences. And sometimes the price to be paid is pretty high.
" - Lee Bermejo

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artists: Jorge Corona & Khary Randolph
Breakdowns: Rob Haynes
Colorists: Trish Mulvihill & Emilio Lopez

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We Are Robin #2


"They have the best intentions — to keep their city safe. But I think Gotham City is a particular place, known for being one of the most dangerous cities. So you have these teenagers who get to the point where they've had enough. They want to be part of something bigger, to be part of a legacy, to be part of something that does good for the place they live in.

But for a 14- to 17-year-old kid, the concept of what they can do to be a hero, and what defines heroism is something that's interesting to me, looking through the eyes of this book.

We have the chance to tackle a lot of different approaches. It's not just about putting on the domino mask and jumping around. It's about, what can you do to make your city a better place?
" - Lee Bermejo

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artists: Jorge Corona & Khary Randolph
Breakdowns: Rob Haynes
Colorists: Trish Mulvihill & Emilio Lopez

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We Are Robin #1


"I think I’ve said this before, that the central idea of the book is: there’s one thing to want to be part of a movement; you see it on facebook and twitter all the time. “Right, rock on. #WeAreRobin.” It’s one thing to do that and feel part of something, but it’s another to actually step up and do it, to go out and help people, and to make your city a better place.

And not every one of these characters is going to have that in him or her. There’s a very interesting to me possibility, to talk about what are heroics in general. Is that just putting on a domino mask and beating up bad guys? No, it’s a broader concept than that. I think that plays well into a book with lots of different kids from lots of different backgrounds and interests and skill sets and fears. From that point of view, it’s going to run the gamut a bit broader of what the concept of a hero in Gotham City is.
" - Lee Bermejo

Writer: Lee Bermejo
Artists: Jorge Corona & Khary Randolph
Breakdowns: Rob Haynes
Colorists: Trish Mulvihill & Emilio Lopez

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[personal profile] icon_uk2015-06-25 08:56 pm

It used to be true to say that Robin's had a "type"

They tended to be Caucasian males with dark hair and blue eyes.... there were exceptions (Jason 1.0 being strawberry blond, Carrie being both a strawberry blonde AND a girl, Steph being... well, Steph) Even Damian Wayne though having Asian heritage, seemed rather generic.

That's being shaken up a bit in the new "We Are Robin" title, which debuts this week and MTV had details on

We have at least 6 Robins

That's an entire flock! )

Two pages from 'Joker'

 Overall Azzarrello's Joker graphic novel didn't do much for me mainly because, among many other reasons, it didn't feel like the title character was in fact Joker. Which is kind of funny given how many wildly different incarnations of the Joker have existed over the years.

That being said there was one exchange between Batman and the Joker that I loved.

Why do you let it be seen? )
[personal profile] history792015-02-27 12:18 pm

Suiciders #1

"Obviously, the concept of immigration is a big element of the story, and will become more so in future issues. And that’s something that’s pretty close to me. I’m an immigrant myself. I’m American, but I’ve lived in Italy for eleven years, and that’s something that here, like in the US, is a big deal.

And I grew up in Southern California, so I grew up in the shadow of this possible huge earthquake that was supposed to decimate everything, and that seemed like an interesting starting place for some kind of sci-fi story." - Lee Bermejo

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[personal profile] icon_uk2015-02-06 07:50 pm

DC making radical changes in June - The New 52 is over...

Much of the comic-sphere is abuzz with DC's announcement about what's coming in June after their "Convergence" event ends...

For one thing the "New 52" will no longer be used as a tagline or a concept. (After more than three years, that seems fair enough, it was hardly "New" to begin with... and also, they're down to 49 titles, so it wouldn't even be accurate.

A LOT of info there, and at least one cover scan that I think is worth discussion!

But then... I would! )
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[personal profile] schmevil2010-09-06 01:15 pm

*Main Post* 30 Days of Scans: Favourite Villain

This would have been up earlier, but my internet connection has been dodgy today.

Today we celebrate our favourite comic book villains, (and I blather on about my favourite). What makes a great villain? Depends on the story, I suppose. Different kinds of stories need different kinds of evil-doers. But the basics: clarity of purpose, a distinct voice, an equally great nemesis. All of these are more important than a cool name or costume. (Where would Dr. Doom be otherwise, amirite?) There are a ridiculous number of great and memorable villains in comics, and if you're having trouble figuring out yours, IGN has got a top 100 for you here.

I grew up watching X-Men and Batman TAS and my best-of list is heavily populated by villains I first encountered in those series: Poison Ivy, Magneto, Mr. Sinster, the Joker. But my most enduring villainous love, has got to be Lex Luthor. (So unusual, I know. XD)

I actually first met him through the Superman comics my neighbor collected. I bought the X-books, he bought the Superman and Bat-books, and we traded on Thursdays. I guess I saw something in those comics (awful though many of them were!), because after that I was all over the Superman cartoon and Lois & Clark, and savoring every Lex episode. By the time Justice League and Smallville came around, I was an accept-no-substitutes Lex Luthor stan.

So what's so great about Lex Luthor? Well, a couple of things imho. Read more... )

So who are your favourite villains?

Joker and Lex

Saw this posted on /co/. I don't know where it came from but it's pretty neat. The less said the better, so...

Scan under the cut... )

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[personal profile] icon_uk2010-07-27 09:01 pm

One Perfect Moment - Lex Luthor, Millionaire Businessman

We all know Lex Luthor, evil manipulative powermad monster, mostly because we see him through the eyes of Superman and the other heroes where he drops his mask, but to the rest of the DCU, and Metropolis in particular he's a brilliant man, Metropolis' single largest employer, and a well know public figure, a celebrity with an eye for the ladies and (with a bit of bad boy about him) and philanthropist. Sort of like a pro-active Bruce Wayne, with SMARTS!

And how does he retain the common touch? Because he knows people, he really, really does. Okay, he knows them the way a biologist knows the Paramecium he's looking at down a microscope, but he still knows them.

Case in point... )