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Exclusive Preview of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #4

Fans of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS have already been treated to special artwork in the series by industry heavy-hitters Walter Simonson and Jerry Ordway. In issue #4, Sam Kieth (SANDMAN, ARKHAM ASYLUM: MADNESS) joins the ranks of these guest artists by contributing a stunning five-page sequence, previewed exclusively below. “It was weird to draw part of a story someone will finish because I haven’t seen their parts,” Kieth exclusively told THE SOURCE.

'The Artist' Re-imagined for Mainstream Americans

The Artist won a stunning five Oscars on Sunday, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director — but the French film still lags behind insipid garbage like This Means War, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and Ghost Rider: Nicolas Cage’s Flamin’ Spittle. In fact, the only way that The Artist might gain traction in American multiplexes is if it’s dumbed down a bit — in other words, less think, more stink.


Coming in May, DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave” will literally expand the world-building efforts of the comprehensive publishing initiative. With the addition of a parallel Earth that features prominently into both EARTH 2 and WORLDS’ FINEST, the developing narrative will encompass new heroes from distinctly different backgrounds, building on the shared universe in some surprising ways. “Due the events that open the saga of EARTH 2, Wonder Woman is already the last Amazon of this world and she is determined to avenge her whatever cost,” said EARTH 2 writer James Robinson.


Showcasing the uncertain early days of Superman’s heroic career, ACTION COMICS #1 will be going back to press for a fifth printing. The series is written by superstar Grant Morrison and features art by critically acclaimed illustrator Rags Morales. Issue #1 introduces a younger and brasher Superman to the citizens of Metropolis – who aren’t yet sure what to make of their new Kryptonian protector. The fifth printing of ACTION COMICS #1 will be available in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.


BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 has also sold out again, and will be going back to press for its third printing. Written by David Finch and Paul Jenkins and featuring art by Finch, the story kicks off a series of confrontations with some of Batman’s greatest rogues as the Dark Knight follows a mysterious White Rabbit from foe to foe. Also, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #6 was released just last week, and is already going back to press for its second printing. The issue explores Batman’s greatest fears, after the Dark Knight has been injected with a hallucinogenic toxin.


DETECTIVE COMICS #1 by writer/artist Tony S. Daniel has sold out again, and will be going back to press for its sixth printing. Of the first issues from DC COMICS-THE NEW 52, only JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, with seven printings, has gone back for more printings. The sixth printing of DETECTIVE COMICS #1 will be available in comic book stores on March 28, 2012.


BATMAN #1 will be going back to press for its fourth printing. From the critically acclaimed creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the launch issue pits Batman against some of his most iconic rogues during a massive Arkham Asylum breakout - all before setting the caped crusader up for a mystery that will involve his millionaire alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Also, the second printing of BATMAN #4 went on sale last week and sold out immediately. The issue will be going back to press again for a third printing.


Tuesday Tonic with Shelly Bond

This week’s Tuesday Tonic is a salute to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Why? Because there’s nothing quite as captivating as the graphic power of high contrast. FAIREST #2, page 18 Pencil by Phil Jimenez, Ink by Andy Lanning When this page popped up on my screen, I practically took flight. it rocketed my chair backwards, punching me through the office walls of a moody colleague (Hi, Will!) and top DC executives. But don’t start a pity party collection on Kickstarter. I’ve already paid the piper and the ride was worth it.

What Is Don Draper Thinking in the New 'Mad Men' Ad?

Fans of AMC’s Mad Men are rabidly anticipating the long-delayed fifth season of the show, and their interest was predictably stoked by the recent release of a “mysterious” promo ad, which seems designed to provoke deep questions: “What does it represent?” “Is it a meditation on Don Draper’s empty soul?” “Why does Dr. Pepper taste like that?” But the most relevant question here might be, “What’s going through Draper’s giant, Brylcreemed head?” As always, we’re here with the answers.

Exclusive Preview of THE SHADE #5

In the latest chapter of his globe-trotting adventures, The Shade ends up in the European city of Barcelona. While there, he crosses paths with a vampire named La Sangre, named after the Spanish word for “blood.” But what do La Sangre’s origins reveal about The Shade’s? Why does she insist on calling him “father”? And will he be able to help her take down her archenemy, The Inquisitor, before it’s too late? Written by James Robinson and illustrated by Javier Pulido, THE SHADE #5 hits stores tomorrow.