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After Watchmen - What's Next? Identity Crisis!

DC Comics is trying to encourage people who have read Watchmen Graphic novel to discover other graphic novels:

Five “AFTER WATCHMEN, WHAT’S NEXT?” Specials featuring a cover price of just $1.00:

• SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 SPECIAL EDITION

• TRANSMETROPOLITAN #1 SPECIAL EDITION

• PLANETARY #1 SPECIAL EDITION

• PREACHER #1 SPECIAL

• IDENTITY CRISIS #1 SPECIAL (Newsarama)

Don't get too excited, these are not full graphic novels, they are promotional issues to wet readers appetites.

Identity Crisis

If you enjoyed Watchmen, I would recomend Identity Crisis:

When the spouse of a JLA [Justice League of America] member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice (DC Comics).

I loved this graphic novel.  The superhero murder mystery is very well written.  It would make a great movie to follow the Watchmen.

Review: Elseworlds Fan Series

Elseworld Elseworlds was one of the most original, innovative and captivating alternate timelines ever to come from DC Comics.  A staple of the series was that it turned everything you know about the heroes and villains of the DC Universe on its head.  Nothing and no one was sacred as they explored this completely new way to look at the characters.  Not long ago, on P:SI I wishfully said that I wish more Elseworlds comics would come out… well something better happened. Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman are producing an original webseries set in Elseworld.  They have produced three episodes so far with a fourth on the way.

The quality of the story, filming, and FX in this series is surprising.  The actors and the story keep you on the edge of your seat as the the mystery slowly unfolds.

Episode 1- “Fair Play” (view here)

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stars-5

Green Lantern hunts down Mister Terrific looking for answers in a resent murder.

The 2 minute 25 second runtime is far too short.  The hook is immediate, and the characters are instantly recognizable.  I am not sure how long they took to cast the series, but it is spot on.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Alto - Huntress Christina Napier - Batwoman

Shot by: Chris Cowan, A.J. Rickert-Epstein

Episode 2- “Titans” (view here)

Elseworld_ep2stars-5

Mister Terrific goes after Cyborg, while Raven gazes into the universe.

The action in this episode really picks up and plot thickens.  I am glad this episode is longer than the last one, and quite frankly I wish this were an hour long tv drama.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Chris Cowan - Cyborg Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Brittany Jones - Raven

Shot by: Steve Murray, Chris Cowan

Episode 3- “What’s in a name?” (view here)

Elseworld_ep3 stars-5

The Question is dead, and Raven is confronted mysterious figure with a dire warning.

I am glad this episode is over 8 minutes, and I hope this portends the episode length to come.  They have created such an interesting story and setting I want to spend as much time in it as I can.  I think I know who the unknown figure is, but I will wait to see if I am right.

Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Christina Napier - Batwoman Brittany Jones - Raven Vonzell Carter - Unknown Katie Fischer - Black Canary Christopher C. Cowan - Cyborg

Written by: Lex Randleman

Shot by: Chris Cowan

Series Details

This brilliant series is directed by Chris Cowan and written by Lex Randleman.  These two have a bright and wonderful future ahead of them.  I cannot wait to see the rest of the series, and hope to see some original work from them too.


Update

Check our my Interview with Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman.

Joss Whedon’s Batman

whedon_joss2 Joss Whedon pitched a Batman flick before Batman Begins:

“In my version, there was actually a new [villain], it wasn’t one of the classics — which is probably why they didn’t use it,” he laughed. “It was more of a ‘Hannibal Lector’ type — he was somebody already in Arkham Asylum that Bruce went and sort of studied with. It was a whole thing — I get very emotional about it, I still love the story. Maybe I’ll get to do it as a comic one day [ed. note: HINT HINT, DC Comics... ].”

O, originality, I can see why Hollywood didn’t go for the idea.  At least they woke up for the Dark Knight.  Perhaps this is the time to write DC Comics and ask them to let Joss Whedon tell this story in the comics.

(via Comic Book Movie)