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Mass Effect 2 teaser trailer!

(Yes, I know, you’ve all already seen it!)

But if you haven't, here it is!

Question Everything

Another cat escapes the bag, this in the form of Cully Hamner announcing that he’s exclusive to DC.

So now I can talk about the fact that Cully and I are doing the co-feature that will begin running in Detective Comics #854, the Batwoman debut issue, this June. Starting with four eight-page chapters, then expanding to ten-pages an issue, and he’s been drawing, and it look incredible, and no, I can’t share the pages with you.

But I can share his design work, which certainly gives a nice taste of what’s to come.

Check out some sweet Cully Hamner work!

Greg gives CBR straight dope on Action

In case that Detective news wasn’t enough for you, Comic Book Resources just put up an interview with Greg talking about his current run on Action Comics.

Traditionally, you are known as a guy who writes street-smart characters working in the underbelly of the DCU. Now you are writing this big, massive sci-fi storyline with “Action Comics” and “World of New Krypton” with James Robinson. Are you having fun?

Sure. It’s fun to play in a whole new zone. One of things that is so cool about writing “World of New Krypton” is that James and I will have a conversation and we’ll go, “This leads to this which leads to this which leads to this, culturally.” And then we will realize that’s all in good but there is no design for it. There’s nothing. We don’t know what the baseline, state-of-the-art infantry weapon was for Krypton prior to the abduction of Kandor. So we write a script going, “This is what we think it is” and we hand it to Pete Woods and 30 seconds late, Pete is back with like, “Here we go. I’ve done eight designs.” And we’re like, “That is so cool. That will work. That’s good.” So that’s a hoot and a holler.

Question to appear in Detective Comics co-feature by Rucka & Hamner

The cat is out of the bag with the release of solicitations today: Renee Montoya will be appearing regularly in Detective Comics when Greg takes over the book at issue #854. Newsarama had a talk with the artist who’ll be drawing the co-feature, Cully Hamner:

NRAMA: What led you to The Question and made you sign up for the gig when it was offered?

CH: Well, one of the most important things for me on every gig is who I’m working with. I’d never worked with Greg before, but I love reading him. I think he’s one of the best writers working in comics today—especially crime stuff, which I’m a sucker for. Add to that the fact, as I’ve said, I loved The Question during O’Neil and Cowan’s zen-influenced take on the character. And I knew from talking to Greg that he did, too, and I think the two of us quickly found that we were fairly in harmony on the character. Mike Siglain was pushing the idea of us teaming up on this pretty hard, too. And once I read the overview and the first script, I just couldn’t turn it down.

That, and I believe that Greg and Jen Van Meter decided that I shouldn’t work with anyone outside their family.

Greg profiled by Publishers Weekly

In anticipation of the release of Walking Dead, Publishers Weekly has put up a profile of Greg and his work:

Publishers Weekly Profile Pic

News Round-Up: Batwoman previewed & Walking Dead reviewed

IGN has just posted a lengthy preview of Batwoman in Detective Comics, and according to Greg:

The pages include the cover to Tec 854, two more interior pages from the same issue (well, three, really, because one’s a double-page spread, complete with not one, but two, count ‘em, two in-jokes!), as well as a double-page from Tec 855, colored by Dave Stewart.

In other news, we’re pleased to pass along this positive write-up from Kirkus Reviews, who selected Walking Dead as one of their starred reviews in their upcoming April issue:

In his seventh outing (Patriot Acts, 2007, etc.), Atticus Kodiak goes after sexual predators and kills them deliciously.

It’s been four years since Atticus and his beloved Alena have practiced their respective crafts: He’s a professional bodyguard, she’s a professional killer. Now that both of their vocations have generated resourceful and implacable enemies, they’ve been lying low in rustic climes. Other similarly minded souls, Atticus knows, have sought peace, quiet and a low profile in the town of Kobuleti in the former Soviet satellite of Georgia. Some, however, are less successful at hiding than others—like Bakhar Lagidze and his family, friends of Atticus and Alena. One harrowing night assassins catch up with them, break into their home and gun down Bakhar, his wife and their eight-year-old boy. Their 14-year-old daughter Tiasa is kidnapped for purposes that seem chillingly obvious. Earlier that day, Tiasa had shyly asked Atticus to dance with her. Now her life will be devoted to a series of ugly command performances. Though Atticus acknowledges that “I was, in so many ways, a bad man,” he realizes that he has no choice but to go after her. Over the objections of Alena, who correctly sees their own hard-earned security at risk, he does. It’s a search that takes him to distant and unlikely places: Turkey, Dubai, Las Vegas. He enters a world where children, particularly female children, are bought and sold by brutes to whom money is the only morality. At length, with the aid of friends and the occasional well-disposed stranger, Atticus is successful. He finds Tiasa, bruised but somehow not broken, and works rough justice in a climactic, satisfactorily bloody confrontation.

Only Lee Child’s Jack Reacher thins the bottom-feeder population with as much brio as Atticus.

Batwoman Preview

The folks at IGN have been kindly pushing a lot of upcoming DC content of late, and JH3′s and my Batwoman stint on Detective Comics got a little more spotlight today. As opposed to the preview that was released at NYCC, and that Newsarama posted, or the one I posted here, this one’s not strictly narrative, but more showing off some of what Jim’s been doing.

You can check it out here. The pages include the cover to Tec 854, two more interior pages from the same issue (well, three, really, because one’s a double-page spread, complete with not one, but two, count ‘em, two in-jokes!), as well as a double-page from Tec 855, colored by Dave Stewart.

Enjoy!

NYCC: Greg talks to Jonah Weiland @ Comic Book Resources

From Comic Book Resources:

New reviews for Walking Dead

Walking Dead

Walking Dead

Positive reactions are already coming in for Walking Dead, the new Atticus Kodiak novel due in stores on April 28.

From Publisher’s Weekly:

In Rucka’s adrenaline-filled seventh novel to feature ex-bodyguard Atticus Kodika (after Patriot Acts), Atticus and his ex-assassin lover, Alena Cizkova, are living under assumed names in the remote town of Kobuleti in the Republic of Georgia. When the family of their next-door neighbor, Bakhar Lagidze, is slaughtered and Bakhar’s 14-year-old daughter, Tiasa, is kidnapped, Atticus vows to do anything to get her back. After discovering Tiasa was sold to pay off her father’s debt, Atticus reluctantly immerses himself in the seedy world of human trafficking, which takes him across Eastern Europe to Nevada, with stops in Dubai and Amsterdam along the way. When the men he’s chasing target Alena for retribution, she too goes on the run, with help from an unlikely source: hard-nosed New York PI—and Atticus’s ex-lover—Bridgett Logan, last seen in Critical Space. Series fans who have come to expect a nonstop thrill ride with a topical angle won’t be disappointed.

And from David Pitt at Booklist:

The evolution of Atticus Kodiak continues. In the beginning (Keeper, for example, from 1996), Atticus was a professional bodyguard, a man who knew how to use his intellect and physical strength to maximum advantage. But, by Patriot Acts (2007), Atticus was a fugitive, running from people who wanted to see him dead. Now he’s hiding in a small town in Georgia, the former Soviet country, living with Alena Cizkova, the former professional assassin and the love of his life. When a neighbour’s family is horribly murdered and their 14-year-old daughter abducted, Atticus risks his own life and his relationship with Alena to find the girl. Like Jack Bauer in the hit TV series 24, Atticus has almost completed the transition from protector to vigilante. As we watch him edge ever closer to the moral line that divides heroes from villains, we worry that his inner turmoil will tear him apart. And that may be the clearest sign that Rucka has created a classic character: we are emotionally invested in Atticus and his fate. A fine installment in a terrific series.

Learn to Write Comics (the DeFilippis Way!)

My friend, co-collaborator, partner in crime, and generally one of the handful of people I absolutely trust to cover my back, Nunzio DeFilippis, is once again teaching a course on writing comics through the UCLA Extension.

Here’s the cool part – he’s teaching an online course, as well.

Which means you don’t have to live in LA to take the course.

This is how he’s describing the online course:

“The class has week-long units in an asynchronous distance learning method (which means no one time to come together and meet, a near impossibility given time zone differences. The work is done over the course of each week, and message board discussions spaced out over the week take the place of actual class meetings). It starts on April 8th, with each weeklong session running from Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Like the onsite class, it lasts 10 weeks, and takes students from introductions to the form up to writing a full issue/chapter.”

Those of you who might be interested, here’s a link to the sign-up at the extension site, and a further description of the course.