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AFTER LIFE WITH ARCHIE #1
Written by ROberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Illustrated by Francesco Francavilla
Lettered by Jack Morelli

IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!
The first issue of the brand new, never attempted before, Horror Archie series hits the stores today. I’m very proud of this book, specially considering that it all originates from that Zombie variant I did last year for Life with Archie, so I hope you guys pick it up and enjoy it as much as Roberto and I did putting it together :)

Above you can read the first 8 pages. Pick up the book to see how everything goes down in the next 14 pages of #1.

Here’s some early reviews:

"★★★★★"
ComicVine
http://www.comicvine.com/reviews/afterlife-with-archie-1/1900-2266/

"Aguirre-Sacasa and Francavilla are like peanut butter and chocolate together – a terrific combination that we should be kicking ourselves for not discovering sooner. "
NERDIST
http://www.nerdist.com/2013/10/comic-book-day-pull-list-for-october-9-2013/

"If you are looking for a perfect horror title to get you in the Halloween mood then you cannot go wrong with this one, it is great for both core fans as well as for people who may not had read an Archie title in years. Well done Archie, well done."
First COmics News
http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/?p=89514

"9/10! it’s a genuine horror story and proof positive that a good Elseworlds-style mash-up doesn’t require a line-wide reboot, but is simply a matter of taking two top creators and letting them run wild."
NEWSARAMA
http://www.newsarama.com/19145-best-shots-advance-reviews-afterlife-with-archie-1-more.html

"BUY THIS BOOK!"
Comics Alliance
http://comicsalliance.com/buy-this-book-afterlife-with-archie-1/

"Afterlife With Archie’ #1 not only surpasses expectations, it’s one of the few truly scary comics in recent memory."
CBR
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=6488

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Bravest Warriors #14 covers are now available for your eyeballs to see! Issue 14 hits shelves this November.

Cover Artists are Tyson HesseMatt SheeanKerrith Johnson, Ashley Davis, Michelle Nunnelly

See the full resolution of these comic covers over at Newsarama

-Cade

You know what DC needs more of? More Batman! Thank goodness for his 75th Anniversary.

I love Batman. I do. But I cannot overstate how overkill this is. Seriously, I feel like I’m being drowned in Batman stuff. He has a dozen monthly comics, a weekly comic, Arkham Origin and now Knight, Batman and Son, Assault on Arkham, and the Bruce Timm and Darwyn Cooke shorts, and Batman is highjacking the Man of Steel sequel. Just rename DC Comics to Batman Comics.

Scott Snyder on James Tynion IV, who will be writing an arc focusing on Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown for Batman Eternal:

"So James, for example, really loves young characters. He loves peripheral characters. He loves the Gotham Gazette. He loves Arkham Asylum. He loves the characters that aren’t necessarily always Batman. You know? In kind of that Paul Dini way, where his comics and the animated series would often focus on secondary characters, and given the emotional arcs while Batman was sort of this stable force in the thing.”

I couldn’t have explained what really locked me onto Batman when I was eleven, but now I think it’s pretty clear that I saw something that mirrored my own experiences in Bruce Wayne’s origin story. My attacker threatened to kill my family, and showed me a gun. I also always found that “with the devil in the moonlight” line creepily sexual, which may have added something. But Batman wasn’t broken by his trauma, and I wouldn’t be, either. He was a child who decided to build himself into the solution for others. I’ve tried to do the same in my life, and with Something Terrible, I honestly feel like I’ve done the most Batman thing I could do with all that darkness in me and affecting so many others. I’m trying to shine a signal.
— 

Newsarama interviewed me about my new autobiographical comic about my life with Batman and overcoming trauma, Something Terrible.

http://www.newsarama.com/19470-dean-trippe-s-something-terrible-a-personal-story-of-overcoming-abuse.html

Judd Winick talks Batman and Robin #23-25 ~Newsarama~

From Newsarama. Some great stuff:

Yeah, he’s been locked up, but he won’t be locked up for long. Jason is in Arkham Asylum, but he makes request for transfer, which he gets. I won’t give away the discussion he has that gets him transferred, because it’s fun. But a lot of this is about the Red Hood going to a “regular” prison.

Then there’s trouble, because he gets broken out. But the reason he’s broken out of prison might not be a reason he agrees to. So the story is, who’s breaking him out and why?

Yeah, he does go after the bad guys. That’s the one commonality he still has with the Batman and the Bat-family. He wants to go after bad guys. The manner in which he plays that out is what separates him from the rest of them. And of course he crosses the line.

As we saw in the original run, he’s also comfortable controlling crime and even becoming a part of it. He can’t kill everyone, nor does he want to. So, along with handing out his own brand of justice, he does believe that crime can be controlled. Batman had said it makes you a crime lord. Jason doesn’t think it makes him a crime lord at all. He thinks it makes him a much more effective Batman.

Yes, Jason sees what he’s doing as making himself into a better Batman, the Batman that the world actually needs today.

But some of that is just Jason fooling himself. The truth is, all of it is based in the fact that Jason is just damaged and tortured and angry with Bruce. And this is a constant revenge upon him.

Jason hates Dick Grayson. He’s the good son; he’s the one that worked out; he’s the one that “Dad” loves best. For me, there’s a philosophy behind Jason and Dick that I haven’t had a chance to play out fully. I don’t think it’s going to play out in this story, because it’s probably not the place for it. But I don’t mind putting the philosophy out there:

One thing that haunts Jason is that he thinks if Dick Grayson who was the one that was about to die, Batman would have saved him.

And worse, if Dick Grayson was murdered, Jason knows that Batman would have killed Joker. He knows that in his heart.

The dark, dark thing for Jason is that he doesn’t feel Bruce’s refusal to take revenge on the Joker is just about Batman’s morals and code that he won’t break. He thinks it’s about him. He thinks that if Dick Grayson was the one who was murdered, Batman would have definitely killed Joker.

And Damian and Dick’s thoughts on Jason:

Robin really hates his guts. And Damian is such a wonderful character because he’s such a little man-child. I know he’s supposed to be a 10-year-old, but when you write him, he’s not a 10-year-old, you know? He’s a grown man in this little body. So he really finds Jason to be disgusting and thinks he should be locked up for the rest of his life. He has no sympathy for him at all.

Dick also really doesn’t like Jason, but he has to rise above it because that’s what he does as Batman. He can’t let it become about the relationships; it has to be about the work. It has to be about the goals and the mission.

That includes how and why they have to team up. Dick has to approach it logically for the sake of the mission. Robin doesn’t like it at all. And that was a lot of fun to write.

And a couple of more tidbits:

Nrama: Do you have more stories you’d like to tell about the Red Hood?

Winick: I do.

Nrama: Are there plans for you to do more?

Winick: I cannot talk about that at all!

Nrama: You were the writer who brought Jason Todd back as the Red Hood, and you’ve written him a lot. Do you think you have a special understanding of the character?

Winick: I don’t know, but I do have a lot of fun writing him. Part of it is that I enjoy the tragedy of it, but I also think Jason has so much potential, and there are so many stories I want to tell about the character.

I’ve said this before, but I think anyone would agree that Batman is a hard character to write because we’ve done so much with him already. He’s the most psychologically analyzed character in the entire superhero genre. Even when he makes the jump to second media stuff, it’s equally about what goes on in his head as it is about his fists. So he’s been explored inside and out.

For me, Jason represents a whole new avenue of story in the Bat-universe, both as Batman’s greatest failure who has come back to haunt him, as well as a character that is interesting to explore as an individual.

I also like the fact that Jason’s actions aren’t black and white. Sometimes he functions in that gray area, and it gives you the license to be somewhat hypocritical, because he is. I used to do that with Oliver Queen in Green Arrow, and people would go crazy, because I thought it was interesting to explore that sometimes he’s a bit of a hypocrite. I find that likable about the character. And in Jason’s case, he professes that he’s trying to be a better Batman and he’s trying to rid the world of evil, but then he’s also just trying to stick it to Batman. It’s very much a man-child thing going on.

So do I understand him? I don’t know. It’s a scary thought that someone would have an affinity with someone who is as messed up as Jason. I do think he’s wrong. I don’t think he’s going about justice the right way. Maybe I’m able to get inside his head a little, but thankfully he hasn’t started rooting around in mine.

#5: Young Avengers
A new crop of Marvel heroes are joining some Young Avengers upperclassmen, as Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie relaunch the book this January. Long-time members Wiccan, Hulking and Hawkeye are welcoming an all-new Miss America, the alien hipster Marvel Boy/Noh-Varr, and the impetuous Kid Loki.
Described by Gillen as “a superhero comic that uses the metaphor of powers to explore the sensation of being 18” in a Newsarama interview, Young Avengers looks to entrench itself into what it’s like to be a teen hero in the Marvel Universe.

(via 10 To Watch in 2013: Comic Book Characters | Newsarama.com)

WITCH DOCTOR: THE RESUSCITATION Reviews
Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation came out on Wednesday — and it seems to have gone over well! (WARNING: Spoilers in the following reviews!)

We’re currently #2 in this week’s Pick Of The Week running on iFanboy, beating out all the Marvel and New 52 books.

We were also this week’s pick by Broken Frontier's Jason Clyma: Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation is a blast, especially for those undeterred from forbidden topics. Brandon Seifert’s story is all too quick, and could have easily been expanded as Osiris took the stage, not a slight in the least however. For anyone who has been interested in Witch Doctor, The Resuscitation is a perfect chance to introduce yourself to the Doctor, until his return in 2012.”

Greg Burgas at Comics Should Be Good questions why this issue was done as a one-shot instead of as the start of the second miniseries, but gives us 8 out of 10 stars. "Much like the recent issues of Secret Avengers, Seifert and Ketner just give us a nice story, drawn well, with good dialogue. Wait … is that all it takes to make good comics? Then why do so many of them suck?????"

On the other hand, Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool was evidently not a fan: "…This is House MD where MD stands for Magic Doctor. The same interstaff relationships are preserved, the structure, the attitude towards everybody, all encased in amber. It just has a little extra magic dust, to get rid of the various problems that stop doctors doing their jobs to maximum efficiency, such as, the patient getting in the way…" I’ll admit to being a little perplexed about that one. Maybe I just haven’t seen enough House to see how we’re copying them (I watched some first season episodes back in 2007 when we started developing the project, but haven’t gone back since then). The “interstaff relationships are preserved?” So who’s Penny’s equivalent on House?

And Aaron Duran at Newsarama gives us a 7 out of 10, but had some issues with the story. "I am still enjoying writer Brandon Seifert’s take on this recognizable, but really wholly twisted world of medical procedural by way of Lovecraft and Lumley. There were times this issue felt a little rushed, with certain plots points explained away in narration or dialogue, where perhaps a longer reveal would have increased my enjoyment. […] Still, this book is a fun bridge to the next story arc for Dr. Vincent Morrow and his weird medical team."

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