The first comic book David Dastmalchian bought was Avengers #249, which was printed in 1984. He bought it when he was nine years old, and he still owns his copy, which features the storyline “The Snows of Summer.” The issue had the Avengers fighting demons in a global blizzard. It’s not an especially famous issue, but your first is your first.

Years after collecting comics in Kansas and performing theater in Chicago, the true comic book fan and increasingly busy character actor got to bring his knowledge of the art-form to movies such as The Dark KnightAnt-Man, and The Suicide Squad, all of which he recently discussed with us in a forthcoming, and wide-ranging, interview.

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In what seems like a Mad Libs conjured straight from my subconscious, acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito drew an 8-page manga summary of A24’s black-and-white masterpiece in madness, The Lighthouse. The film was slated for release in Japan in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release to July 2021. The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers, or “wickies,” who become trapped together after a vicious storm.

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Naturally, there are major spoilers here.

The conventional wisdom is that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but it seems like there are no straight lines in Star Wars. Though many of the laws of physics and mortals don’t apply in Star Wars, Murphy’s Law does, and that’s really at the heart of the new Marvel Comics event, War of the Bounty Hunters. The kickoff, Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 “Most Wanted,” written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Luke Ross, and colored by Neeraj Menon, gives us a view of exactly how badly things can go wrong. The premise of the story is simple: plenty of us assumed that Boba Fett had an easy time taking Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, back to Jabba the Hutt from Cloud City. What this story presupposes is, “Maybe he didn’t?” Read More »

the conjuring the lover

Excited about The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It and want more Conjuring goodness? You’re in luck! DC is launching a new label called DC Horror, and they’re kicking things off with a limited series prequel called The Conjuring: The Lover. Written by The Devil Made Me Do It screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick along with Rex Ogle, and featuring art by Garry Brown, the five-issue limited series is described as a “prelude” to the new Conjuring movie.

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superman comic

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a sky-high record set by an iconic Superman comic. The very first, in fact. In 1938, Action Comics #1 would change pop culture history, introducing the Man of Steel to the world. And now, a rare issue of Action Comics #1 has made its own mark on history, setting an all-time record for a comic book sale.

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Batman and Superman comics

DC Comics is returning to the worlds envisioned by Tim Burton and Richard Donner in two new Batman and Superman comics.

Batman ’89 and Superman ’78 will pick up where those seminal films left off, telling additional stories in those universes, introducing new characters, and continuing with plot threads that were left dangling in the original movies, which were precursors of the superhero-heavy cinematic landscape we’re in today. Get more details about both comics below.
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New Boba Fett Comic Book

Star Wars fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Book of Boba Fett, a new spin-off series focused around the bounty hunter who made quite the return in The Mandalorian on Disney+. But before we see how the story of Boba Fett continues, Marvel Comics and writer Charles Soule are going to tell a story from his past that fills in the gap between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

War of the Bounty Hunters is a new five-issue comic book miniseries that will reveal the difficulty that Boba Fett had in delivering Han Solo in carbonite to Jabba the Hutt. Though it might have seemed like the job was easy, it turns out that the bounty hunter had to deal with all sorts of problems as he tried to deliver the slimy gangster his new prize. In fact, at one point he even lost the captured smuggler altogether. Find out more about the new Boba Fett comic book below. Read More »

x-men election

Here in the old U.S. of A., we just came off of one of the most stressful elections in recent memory. It’s enough to make you not want to think about any sort of election ever again. But the folks running the X-Men comics don’t agree, so they’re letting readers vote for the final member of the next X-Men team, representing the nation of Krakoa. What’s Krakoa? I’m glad you asked, reader – it’s a “sentient living island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean,” and the mutants of the Marvel universe have flocked there to set up their own democracy.

Good for them! In the current comics, a new X-Men team is being assembled and the mutants of Krakoa get to vote on who will join the line-up. And Marvel is letting readers get in on the fun by voting for one final member of the group. Does that imply that the readers are secretly mutants, since they’re taking part in the vote? Maybe! Or maybe I’m reading too much into this.

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DC Universe Infinite

Now that all the original shows created for the DC Universe service are heading to HBO Max, the subscription service will officially be rebranded on January 21 as DC Universe Infinite. Returning to DC Comics roots, the platform will revert to being a subscription for digital comics, featuring the largest collection of DC Comics titles anywhere, including selections from Vertigo, DC Black Label, and the recently revived Milestone Media. Read More »

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high republic trailer

It will still be many months until the next Star Wars movie or TV show comes along, but tomorrow, a new era of Star Wars storytelling begins – for those who are willing to engage with it.

That’s when Lucasfilm launches Star Wars: The High Republic, a cross-platform publishing initiative featuring stories set centuries before the events of the Skywalker Saga, taking place in the pages of books, comics, magazines, and eventually forming the backdrop for at least one Disney+ show. Today, the company unveiled a new trailer and some additional details about what to expect, including the fact that this multi-platform story will play out across three distinct “phases.” Read More »