Sunday, December 29, 2002

STATIC SHOCK UPDATE

Courtesy Comics Continuum:

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy will be villains in the upcoming third season of Kids' WB!'s Static Shock.

The pair will be featured in what will likely be the season opener as Static teams up with Batman. It will mark the second animated meeting of the characters; Batman and Robin were featured in the second season of the show.

Unlike last season, this season's Batman episode will be focused in Gotham City.

Kids' WB! has not announced when the third season will begin - it is expected next month - or what time period Static Shock will occupy.

Look for more Static Shock news next week here in The Continuum.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

MORE BATMAN NEWS



BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #165

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze.

"Don't Blink" Part 2 of 4. After searching high and low for the blind man who can see through the eyes of others, Batman finds Blink. Now the Dark Knight must fight for Blink's freedom by taking out the military units using Blink's powers to spy on international terrorists.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on March 12.

Monday, December 09, 2002

STATIC SHOCK MEETS SPAWN, SORT OF
According to the Comics Continuum:

"Michael Jai White, who starred in the Spawn movie, will be providing a guest voice in the third season of the Kids' WB!'s Static Shock animated series.

In what will likely be the second episode of the season, following the premiere that will feature Batman, White will provide the voice of Osebo, the nemesis of Anansi, an African super hero that Static will meet.

Anasi's voice is done by Carl Lumbly, who also does the voice of Martian Manhunter in Justice League.

Static Shock's third season will begin next month, and a premiere date is expected to be announced this week."

Dwayne again: Carl Lumbly may also be familiar to you from his recurring role on ABC's ALIAS, or as the eponymous super hero MANTIS, from the old Fox series.

JUSTICE LEAGUE NEWS: BEHIND THE SCENES
If you ever wondered what it was like to be at a Justice League recording session this is the article for you:

Voicing Justice League

It's a really good piece, and I'm not just saying that because on the day the reporter visited, they were recording an episode I wrote (I *might* be saying it because they refered to a monologue I wrote as similar to "a Shakespearean soliloquy" but wouldn't you?). In any case, read what the stars have to say about making the show. And if you study the article very closely, you might pick up some hints about upcoming episodes.

Thursday, December 05, 2002

NEW STUFF AT DWAYNEMCDUFFIE.COM
Okay, new *old* stuff. I've posted the introductions I wrote for the CAPTAIN AMERICA hardcover and the STATIC SHOCK: TRIAL BY FIRE, BLACKJACK and FOOTSOLDIERS trade paperbacks.
STATIC SHOCK UPDATE


From the Comics Continuum:

"Static Shock will return to the Kids' WB! lineup in January, a network representative confirmed for The Continuum.

A date for the third-season premiere of the show will probably be announced next week.

Static Shock producer Alan Burnett told The Continuum that plans are for the third season to start with another Batman team-up. Unlike the second-season episode which took place in Dakota, in the third season Static will be visiting Gotham City.

One creative change for the third season was the arrival of story editor John Semper, who was a story editor/producer on Fox Kids' Spider-Man series. "He's done an excellent job," Burnett said.

Carl Lumbly, who does the voice of Martian Manhunter in Justice League, will be doing a voice of an African hero."

Dwayne again. Carl's character will do battle with a new villain, played by Spawn's Michael Jai White.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

JUSTICE LEAGUE 2ND SEASON NEWS




Bruce Timm announced the new season's episode titles and credits today. Here are the episodes I have script credits on:

Episodes 7 - 8: "Maid of Honor"
Written by Dwayne McDuffie, Directed by Dan Riba

Episodes 13 - 14: "The Terror Beyond"
Written by Dwayne McDuffie, Directed by Butch Lukic

Episodes 17 - 18: "Hereafter"
Written by Dwayne McDuffie, Directed by Butch Lukic

Episodes 22 - 23: "Wild Card"
Written by Stan Berkowitz and Dwayne McDuffie

For the rest of the episodes and credits click here:
Toon Zone - Episode and Credit Rundown for Justice League's Second Season

Monday, November 18, 2002

DWAYNE BLINKS TWICE: NEW BATMAN COMIC

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #164

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art and cover by Val Semeiks and Dan Green.

The start of "Don't Blink," an all-new 4-part story. Blink, the blind man who can see through the eyes of whomever he touches, is back. Batman decides he needs the unique services of his old "friend," but learns he's been kidnapped by a group that may be working for the government. Whatever their allegiances, it's clear that Blink is being held against his will - and only Batman can break him free.

32 pages, $2.50, in stores on Feb. 12.



Saturday, November 16, 2002

LISTEN UP: LIVE INTERVIEW WITH DWAYNE MCDUFFIE

I'm appearing Sunday, November 17th at 4:00 PM EST on IN THE MIX, an internet talk show out of St. Louis. I'll be hyping STATIC SHOCK, JUSTICE LEAGUE, MILESTONE and discusing "blacks in comics." I fully expect to be ambushed by some of my more militant brothers, but I live to educate, so that's cool. If you've got a fast internet connection, listen in. If you call me on the air, and mention this list, I'll send you a freebie from my vast stockpile of swag. Here's the link:
NewBlackCity.com RADIO
REPLAY: INTERVIEW WITH DWAYNE

I just ran across this old interview DCU: Next Generation -- Interviews "DCU: Next Generation" >> and I thought it was pretty good. Since things are going to be slow here until STATIC SHOCK'S third season and JUSTICE LEAGUE's second season begin (rumor has it that both occur in January - but don't quote me), I decided I'd share this with you to help kill time.


A DCU: Next Generation E-View with ... Dwayne McDuffie
(November 2000)

Sean: What first got you interested in comics, both as a hobby and as a career?

Dwayne: It wasn't so much a hobby as an interest. I read casually for a long while and in junior high, I became more hard-core, discovering writers like Don McGregor, Steve Gerber and Steve Engelhart. I was hooked. Career-wise, I sort of fell into comics. I was working in a magazine job I hated. One of my friends who worked at Marvel (Greg Wright) told me there was an opening there in editorial. I applied and got the job. I'd already been doing a bit of writing at Marvel for fun, once I was there, I started doing quite a bit more.

Sean: What was your first professional work in comics?

Dwayne: First published was DAMAGE CONTROL, a comedy series I created. Before that I'd sold a couple of stories to SOLO AVENGERS with the aforementioned Mr. Wright, but they didn't see print until later.

Sean: Since this site focuses on young heroes, let's find out your feelings on some of Milestone's teen characters such as Static, Rocket, Members of Blood Syndicate, others.

Dwayne: I think teen characters are individuals just as rich and varied as adults, merely lacking adult experience. They're more fun to write, as they don't have to be as fully formed, morally speaking. Their youth makes their mistakes and shortcomings more forgivable, so you can often do more interesting stories with them than you can with their adult counterparts.

Sean: What is your take on the success or failure of African-American characters in mainstream comics? Have they been too stereotypical (Luke Cage) or too bland and out of touch with their ethnicity (Storm)?

Dwayne: I don't have criticism of any individual character. The problem is that there are so few black characters of any kind that it magnifies the importance of anything that any one of them does. For white males, there's an enormous range of character types, from Superman to Doctor Doom, and every shade in between. No single characters' actions are taken as representative of the white race. This isn't true for minorities or women. Similarly, there are very few attempts to launch new titles with black characters, as the vast majority of all new books fail, it's no surprise that there aren't many black success stories.

Sean: Tell us a little about the creation of Static? Did you ever think he'd become the fan fave he is now? Or a TV show for that matter?

Dwayne: Static was my attempt at doing a teen hero in a contemporary setting. I was a big Spider-Man fan, and was disappointed that the nerdy high-school loser I grew up with was suddenly married to a super-model and living in a loft on the upper west side. I pitched Marvel on an earlier version of Static back in 1989 and they were interested, but nothing ever came of it. when we were putting Milestone together, somebody said, "We need a teen hero"and I dusted him off and threw him in the pot. After everyone else added their input, Static as you know him was born. I always thought we could do a good little book with Static, but I never thought he'd make it to Saturday morning. I'm thrilled to get him out there in front of that many people.

Sean: Say we wanted to get into the head of Static. Since you created his psyche, what's going on in there?

Dwayne: Static is a lot like me at that age, a science fiction and fantasy fan with his head in the clouds, a smart mouth who thinks he's cooler than he actually is, and deep-down, basically a pretty good guy. I think lots of comic book fans can relate.

Sean: Same thing, but for Rocket?

Dwayne: Rocket is the embodiment of my interpretation of Humanism. As the book develops, she'll grow closer and closer to my ideal. Big secret: "She's" the Icon.

Sean: The Dakota-verse is the best example of a multi-ethnic "real world" comic book setting to date. Obviously that was intentional, but was it a hard sell? Was there a lot of flack for it being "too black" or even "not black enough"?

Dwayne: Both. But it's not something I can worry about. My loyalty has to be to the work. I can't do my job if I'm overly concerned with how people with various agendas choose to interpret the work, or my motivations. Multiculturalism is a natural outgrowth of my life experience and my world view. When I wrote Avengers stories, they were multicultural too.

Sean: A few years back, there was some fan push for DC to bring Static over into the core DCU and have him join Young Justice. In your opinion, would that have been a good idea? Would there still be any chance of them crossing over, especially since he is known to Superboy from the World's Collide crossover?

Dwayne: I told Todd DeZago, who was supposed to write it at the time, that if he could work out the continnuity problems, he was free to use him. I think he planned to, had he written the series, but you'd have to ask him. Crossovers remain a possibility, there's a story that DC Editor Dan Raspler and I have been planning to do for a few years now that may yet happen.

Sean: With the success of Static Shock so far, does that mean a possibility of a return in print for the Milestone core books?

Dwayne: We hope so. Sales of the comic books have to hold up too. If they do, we've got tons of stuff planned.

Sean: Which of the Milestone books were your favorite to write? Your least fave to write? Fave to read? Least fave to read?

Dwayne: Don't ask me to choose among my children!

Sean: Any teasers as the what's coming up on Static Shock? Any chance of seeing Icon and Rocket (please!), Hardware, Blood Syndicate, or (wouldn't this rock!) Xombi?

Dwayne: Almost all of the above will appear before the end of the mini series.

Sean: Tell us a little about the way you approach a comics story and the process of writing it. Is there a "method to your madness"?

Dwayne: I start with the characters. A story where you can substitute one character for another and the events would work out the same is a bad story. The individual traits of the characters have to drive the action. Daredevil and Batman shouldn't approach a situation in the same way, they're different gus, or they should be. The other equally important piece for me is the meta narrative. In addition to the obvious, Hardware was really about me leaving Marvel, Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool is about the return of Milestone to comics and our sometimes problematic relationship with, ah, let's say the industry.

Sean: Which comics or characters would you most like to have a chance to write?

Dwayne: I used to say the Fantastic Four but I've given up on the dream.

Sean: Which creators would you most like to have a chance to work with? Who are your faves to work with so far?

Dwayne: Favorites I can go on about all day, there are so many terrific people, i'd be afraid of forgetting somebody. I've been fortunate enough to work with just about everybody, in one capacity or another, who I'd like to work with next depends on the project.

Sean: Any future plans or projects we should be looking for?

Dwayne: I'm writing a weekly column about comic books called BROUGHT TO YOU BY, every week at Psycomic.com. I'm doing a flash animation show called SUPER MODELS at Icebox.com that I think people should check out. I'm writing episodes of Static Shock, the animated series on every Saturday at 11:00 AM on the Kids WB. For more info on my, I invite your readers to visit my web site dwaynemcduffie.com. Thanks for the chance to chat.

Friday, November 08, 2002

SCOOBY DOO REMINDER

"Roller Ghoster Ride!," my episode of WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY DOO! airs this Saturday at 8:30 AM EST on the Kids WB. This is your last warning to sleep in.

Monday, November 04, 2002

GOOGLISM FOR: DWAYNE MCDUFFIE

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Thursday, October 31, 2002

SCOOBY DOOBIE DOOOOO!

"Roller Ghoster Ride!," my episode of the Kids WB series, WHAT'S NEW SCOOBY DOO?, will air Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 or 8:30 AM (check local listings).

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

STATIC SHOCK SEASON 3 NEWS!

Our friends at the Comics Continuum have the scoop:

"STATIC SHOCK UPDATE

Kids' WB! has released an outline for the upcoming third season of Static Shock, which will include a new costume for Static and Richie Foley becoming a hero known as Gear.

Here's how the network describes the season:

"In the third season, Virgil continues to patrol the streets and the skies of Dakota for any signs of danger - with a newly designed costume … and a new partner. His best friend Richard has noticed some changes taking place … his brain goes into overdrive as he begins to develop his own meta-human powers. Assuming the guise of Gear - a techno-whiz super-hero - Richie is loaded with high-tech crime-stopping tools.

"This new justice-enforcing duo will need all of their meta-skills as they tackle some of their most challenge opponents yet. Static and Gear will face adversaries near and far, including a trip to South Africa, where Static encounters an ancient African hero, as well as confrontations closer to home with new and old meta-humans, infamous villains and classic super-heroes.

"Unfortunately, begin the city's most famous hero does have its drawbacks. Virgil must deal with a pesky older sister and keep his father from discovering his super-secret - all while trying to master and refine his electromagnetic energies and powers."

The creative crew for the third season includes Sander Schwartz as executive producer, Alan Burnett as supervising producer, Denys Cowan and Swinton Scott as producers, Bobbie Page as associate producer, John Semper as story editor, Linda Steiner and Michael Diaz as creative executives and Cown, Dave Chylstek and Joe Sichta as animation directors.

Voice cast includes Phil LaMarr as Virgil/Static, Jason Marsden as Richie/Gear, Kevin Michael Richardson as Robert Hawkins, Michele Morgan as Sharon Hawkins, Crystal Scales as Daisy Watkins, Danica McKellar as Frieda Goren and Danny Cooksey as Hotstreak.

The third season of Static Shock is expected to begin in February. "

Dwayne's note, Static's actually visiting Ghana, in *West* Africa. I wrote the episode and it's my favorite of my work on the series so far. Keep your eyes peeled for the list of guest stars this season. It's unbelievable...

Thursday, October 10, 2002

DWAYNE TALKS "METAMORPHOSIS"

I have remarkably little to say about my work on this Friday's new episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE. Read it here:

Toon Zone - McDuffie Talks Justice League's "Metamophosis Part 2"

Monday, October 07, 2002

DWAYNE'S NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE PREMIERES

"Metamorphosis Part 2" will air this Friday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m EST. Len Uhley provided the story and scripted part one. Part two is my final season one script (but I've got plenty of new episodes coming up in season two, keep checking back here for updates).

Friday, October 04, 2002

NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE EPISODE TODAY

Part one of "Metamorphosis" premieres Friday, October 4 at 7:00 PM EST on Cartoon Network. For screenshots and a second Len Uhley interview, click the link below.

Metamorpho News

Thursday, October 03, 2002

METAMORPHO COMES TO JUSTICE LEAGUE

Metamorpho, Java and Simon Stagg guest in a Green Lantern spotlight episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE, premiering Friday, October 4 at 7.00 PM EST. The story's by Len Uhley, who also scripted this week's episode. I scripted part two, premiering the same time next week. To read an interview with Len, click the link below:

Toon Zone - Len Uhley Talks Justice League's "Metamorphosis"

Thursday, September 19, 2002

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE SAVAGE TIME

Courtesy Cartoon Network:

World’s Top Superheroes Band Together to Change History Saturday, November 9, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT)

The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the world’s top superheroes in Justice League: The Savage Time, which debuts on Saturday, November 9, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) during Cartoon Theatre, Cartoon Network’s weekly showcase of contemporary animated movies.

In this special feature length presentation of Justice League: The Savage Time, the Justice League returns from a mission deep in space to find a world that has drastically changed - for the worse. A ruthless, repressive dictator named Vandal Savage has seized control. To restore life as they know it, the world’s greatest collection of superheroes must travel back in time and team up with some heroes of the past to re-fight a world war in order to stop Savage from taking power.

When the Justice League lands back in Europe during the waning days of World War II, they find themselves split from each other and fighting side-by-side with the Resistance on the war’s frontline. Superman, Hawkgirl and the Flash join with the Blackhawks, a squad of fighter pilots from occupied nations, and assist in their efforts to destroy a critical enemy weapon before it can be deployed. Green Lantern is trapped behind enemy lines with a tough-as-nails Army squadron without the use of his ring, the source of his powers. Meanwhile, Manhunter heads to Berlin to infiltrate the despot’s headquarters and uncover the secret to his power while Wonder Woman teams up with an American spy to break Savage’s secret code.

The Justice League was born when Superman and Batman enlisted Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl to face down powerful threats on Earth and from other parts of the galaxy. The heroes of the Justice League, who gather at their orbiting space station The Watchtower, may not always agree on the best way to conquer a threat, but they put their personal differences aside to work together to defeat any peril.

Cartoon Theatre, Cartoon Network’s weekly showcase of contemporary animated movies, airs every Saturday night at 7-9 p.m. (ET, PT), with a replay on Sunday mornings, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ET, PT).

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

WHAT'S NEW, SCOOBY DOO?

I just found out that my episode of the new Kids WB series, "What's New Scooby Doo?" will air Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 or 8:30 AM (check local listings). It's called "Roller Ghoster Ride!" I'll remind you again when we're closer to the air date.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

MILESTONE CRAP FOR SALE

We just added two products at the Milestone Store to join our line of t-shirts and mugs. Now we've got Milestone Ballcaps and Baseball Jerseys and you can have them too, if you give us your money. Click the link below for a look at the new stuff.

Gol to the Milestone Store

Sunday, September 08, 2002

STATIC SHOCK'S NEW LOOK

Courtesy Comics Continuum:

Kids' WB! has provided The Continuum with a first look at Static's new costume for the upcoming third season of Static Shock.

"The third season is going to look a little different," said Denys Cowan, who is a producer this season. "And the biggest thing is that Static will have a costume change. We felt we needed to make more it toward the feel of the comic book, but kept the flavor of the first two seasons."

Appearing at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego, Cowan said that the first re-design for Static didn't make it to the show. It was tested for a group of boys and girls, who didn't like it.

"They just gave me a blank stare," Cowan said, laughing. "So we decided to go back to the drawing board and back to the basics."

The third season of Static Shock won't begin on Sept. 14 when Kids' WB! kicks off the new season because the show was a late pick-up. According to a network representative, the new season of Static Shock is expected to begin in either November or January.

For pictures, click here:

Comics Continuum

Thursday, August 29, 2002

ANOTHER BATMAN: BLINK REVIEW

This one's from Jeff Meyer on Usenet. I like it because he said it reminded him of an Archie Goodwin story. How cool is that? Review below:

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 156-158

Picked this up on other reviewers' recommendations; and indeed, I enjoyed it -- but, apparently, for different reasons than those stated elsewhere.

For me, the central feature (and attraction) of the story isn't the Batman, but a supporting character, Lee Hyland -- a blind man with the odd ability to see through the eyes of others. Rather than dress up in red jammies and date ninjas, Lee instead has become a small-time crook, using his power to perform identity theft. Until one day...

This story reminds me of one of those classic Archie Goodwin "short stories", where a (relatively) non-descript person gets caught up in one of the Batman's cases. While the plot McDuffie reels out is excellent -- a good mystery, with some truly evil M-Fs behind it all -- you really want to find out what happens to Lee. He's turning out to have a lot of guts and (to his own annoyance) a conscience; in Gotham City, that's rarely a safe career move.

Friday, August 23, 2002

STATIC SHOCK, JUSTICE LEAGUE NOMINATED FOR AWARDS

Two shows that I work on are nominated for 2002 WIN awards, for positive portrayal of women in the media! More at the link:

Toon Zone - 'Justice League', 'Static Shock', 'The Zeta Project' Up for WIN Awards

Thursday, August 22, 2002

HEIDI MACDONALD TAKES DWAYNE'S PULSE

A recent interview with me about STATIC SHOCK, JUSTICE LEAGUE and other things, with cameos from the ghosts of Denys Cowan and Kyle Baker. There's a photo but it's from before I started my diet this morning.

COMICON.com: WB ANIMATION: IT'S NOT JUST LOONEY ANY MORE

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

ANOTHER BATMAN: BLINK REVIEW

From four-color review:

Batman: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #156

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Pencils: Val Semeiks
Inks: Dan Green
Colors: James Sinclair
PublisherDC Comics
Price: $2.25



 

This Review Contains Spoilers

Batman: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT stands out among the Batman family of titles since it's the only title that isn't strictly tied to contemporary continuity. Sure, it gets roped into the REALLY big crossovers, like "No Man's Land", from time to time, but for most of its 12 years on the stands the book has been concerned with telling self-contained (starting and ending in the title) stories typically made up of short arcs of three or four issues. This format has benefits as well as drawbacks for the title. For some readers, being to pick up and read short arcs is appealing, but others prefer an ongoing continuity. In addition, the format of the title might mean that one story might be of great interest to a given reader while the next story, or creative team, might not be as much to their personal tastes.

 

I'll have to admit that there was a period of time where I felt that LOTDK was becoming a bit hit or miss both in subject matter and creative teams, that perhaps the title was becoming a little tired. However, I'm happy to report that by all recent indicators it seems this title is alive and well. The last three arcs have been strong and the arc that was just completed last issue "Grimm" (by DeMatteis and Von Eeden) was one of my favorite in years.

 

Issue 156, "Blink" (part 1 of 3) continues the rally and keeps the pulse quick. Dwayne McDuffie (co-founder of the Milestone imprint, creator of Static, Icon, and Hardware - he's worked on most of the major characters from the 'big two') and Val Semeiks (THE DEMON, DC 1,000,000, DC 2000, more comics than you can list) make a bang-up creative team for this issue. McDuffie's story is interesting and compelling and Semeiks pencils are clean, atmospheric, and moody - just what a Batman comic should look like in my opinion.

 

"Blink" is a good old fashioned noir detective yarn with a twist. The main character, who becomes a suspect in a murder case, is blind. However, he has a special ability. When he touches someone, he can see through their eyes. He's used this ability for years as a graft, stealing people's bank account numbers and emptying their bank accounts. However, over the course of plying his trade he sees something that he's not supposed to see - something that puts him directly in the path of The Batman!

 

Whether you're a continuity fan or not it's great to see Batman and Commissioner Gordon working a crime scene together again - even if it is in the past, but once we get past the initial investigation, Batman slides into the background and the darkness - a place where he's very effective in this type of story. Through Blink's "eyes" we get to see things unfold both from the killer's perspective and from Batman's. I thought that this was a pretty ginchy way to tie things together and a pretty unique device to boot. As you would expect since this is the first of three issues, things are left pretty much in disarray at the conclusion. Blink may be a thief, but it doesn't appear he's a murder even though the evidence leads the police to believe otherwise. Meanwhile, the Batman has to stop the real killers and figure out what the motivation for these murders is. Then, there's the little factor of if Batman proves Blink's innocence will he become privy to his real crimes?

 

This is the kind of Batman story that I really enjoy. Tightly woven with twists and turns and a Batman who's both a detective and an adventurer (though I don't mind when he leans toward one more than the other Batman's balance is part of what makes him one of the most effective heroes in comics). It's great to see that LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT is a book to look forward to every month again and McDuffie and Semeiks are continuing the tradition. What the blind man saw? We'll have to wait to find out.

Sunday, August 18, 2002

BATMAN: BLINK REVIEW

As reviewed at Comics Worth Reading, www.comicsworthreading.com

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #158
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Val Semeiks
Inker: Dan Green
DC Comics, 32 color pages, $2.50

The three-part story concludes, and Mr. McDuffie nails the landing. In this story, Batman is spooky, because he needs to be, but not oppressively so. There's lots of action -- even an allusion to much-earlier stories when he dangles a bad guy off a roof -- but the key factor here is his intelligence and most importantly, his knowledge of his city. I'm reminded of how well-rounded the Dark Knight Detective is supposed to be as a character through this excellent portrayal.

One line in particular made me giggle. When someone orders "kill everybody who isn't me", it's both in character and an important break in the building tension and mayhem. I shouldn't neglect to mention the well-crafted, strongly visualized art, either. It's easy to read and well-staged.

This is an old-fashioned story. It has an ending, a strong sense of justice, and even a moral. That makes it a brilliant tonic when compared to many of today's never-ending superhero comics of questionable ethics. I would be one of the first in line to buy continuing work by Mr. McDuffie in the future. Someone needs to give this guy a regular comic gig.

Johanna Draper Carlson johanna@comicsworthreading.com
Reviews of Comics Worth Reading -- http://www.comicsworthreading.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

JUSTICE LEAGUE SEASON 2 NEWS

Producer Rich Fogel talks about what you can expect in the new season.

Click here for more.

Monday, August 12, 2002

TONY ISABELLA REVIEWS BATMAN: BLINK

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #156-158 (DC; $2.25 for the first two issues and $2.50 for the third) features “Blink,” one of the best Bat-yarns in years. Writer Dwayne McDuffie brings us the competent and sane Dark Knight, eschewing the psychological basket case who came into vogue when DC began to over-think the character.

Yes, Bruce Wayne was traumatized as a child and it led him to dress up like a bat. But, hey, pay attention, he rose above that...and that’s why he’s so good at what he does. McDuffie’s Batman can’t be everywhere at once and doesn’t have all the answers. He never surrenders to despair or madness. He is patient, right up to the moment when he strikes back against those who prey on innocents. This Batman inspires awe in equal measure to the usual “terror into their hearts.”

“Blink” is as much a story about grifter Lee Hyland as it is about Batman. Hyland is blind, but, with a touch, he sees through the eyes of others, even hours after the fleeting contact. He uses his gift to steal from his unknowing marks, until the day he sees a woman butchered before his very “eyes.”

What follows is the strange pairing of crime-buster and crook as Batman and Hyland hunt a serial killer who doesn’t seem to fit any specific pattern. McDuffie and penciler Val Semeiks keep the tension high as their story barrels from surprise to surprise, and they even give the reader a chance to figure out a key clue before Batman reveals it. I have read some good Batman stories this year, but, even taking into account the serial killer scenario, I don’t think any of them have been this much fun.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #156-158 pick up the full five Tonys...and a request from this comics reader that DC find out how many other great Batman stories McDuffie has in him.







how many other great Batman stories McDuffie has in him.

Friday, August 09, 2002

STATIC SHOCK NEWS FROM DWAYNE

Toon Zone caught up with me for comments after the Milestone panel at San Diego. Click the link below to see if I spilled any goods about the upcoming Batman and Justice League episodes.

STATIC SHOCK NEWS FROM DWAYNE

Monday, August 05, 2002

STATIC SHOCK STORY EDITOR SPEAKS!

Toon Zone has an interview with Jon Semper, STATIC SHOCK'S Story Editor. Read what he has to say at the link below:

Toon Zone - Jon Semper Talks Static Shock
SEASON 3 NEWS: STATIC'S NEW COSTUME!

Toon Zone has a picture of Static's new costume, plus news on the upcoming season and a brief interview with Static Shock story editor Jon Semper. Click the link to see it all:

http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=43368

Thursday, August 01, 2002

JUSTICE LEAGUE: METAMORPHOSIS AIR DATE

My next new JUSTICE LEAGUE script "Metamorphosis, Part 2" airs on Cartoon Network, Friday, October 11 at 7:00 PM EST. The episode features Green Lantern and guest-stars Metamorpho! (Don't forget to watch part one, on October 4th at 7:00 PM)

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

STATIC SHOCK RETURNS TO CANADA

Toonzone.net reports that Canada's YTV has picked up a new season of STATIC SHOCK to run in the fall. Details are a click away:
http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=42944

Thursday, July 25, 2002

JUSTICE LEAGUE: DWAYNE'S SUMMER SCHEDULE

Following is a list of air dates for episodes I've written (okay, they're all reruns, but hang in there. I think I'm back with new ones in October):

Saturday, July 20th
10:00PM: Justice League #16 "Fury, Part 1" (widescreen)

Sunday, August 18th
07:00PM: Justice League #14 "The Brave & The Bold, Part 1"

Friday, August 23rd
07:00PM: Justice League #14 "The Brave & The Bold, Part 1"

Friday, August 30th
07:00PM: Justice League #15 "The Brave & The Bold, Part 2"

Saturday, August 31st
12:30PM:Justice League #15 "The Brave & The Bold, Part 2"

Sunday, September 1st
07:00PM: Justice League #16 "Fury, Part 1"

Tired of reruns? September has four new episodes of JUSTICE LEAGUE and an all-new 90 minute movie. By my calculations, I should have a new episode in October. More when I know for sure.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

NEW COSTUME FOR STATIC?

That's the theory of the guys at Toonzone. Click the link below to see what they're saying.

http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41644
MILESTONE PANEL AT SAN DIEGO COMICON

Sunday, August 4, 12:30 Milestone Comics and Static Shock: A 10-Year Celebration

Milestone Media celebrates 10 years of groundbreaking achievement with a look back at the last 10 years and a look ahead to the future. The Milestone crew will look through the photo albums of their minds and sing the company theme song again and again.. Hear secrets before never made public, such as how Milestone almost ended up at Marvel. They'll also talk about the rise of hip hop urban culture and its impact on the comics industry and the messages that Static Shock (the runaway hit on the WB) bring to millions of kids each week. Join the creators, writers, and artists who made Milestone a cultural phenomenon. Room 7A

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #157 REVIEWED

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Val Semeiks
Inker: Dan Green
DC Comics, 36 color pages, $2.25

"Part two of this three-part story materially advances the plot while continuing to build suspense, as we learn the motive behind the serial killings. You can start reading with this issue, if you wish -- you'll learn everything you need to know. All you'll miss out on from the previous issue is more dynamite writing and art from a great creative team.

In this story, Batman's brilliant, daring, insightful, and creative. He even makes a funny. This story recaptures why the character's a hero and provides the truest portrayal I've read in a long while. This story is just darned good superheroics with clever plot twists. If you've become jaded with the DCU, see if this helps remind you why you liked it in the first place."

More "Comics Worth Reading" reviews, Click the link:
http://www.mindspring.com/~johannadc/reviews/week0717.html

Friday, July 19, 2002

COMICON NEWS: DWAYNE'S DOING A PANEL

From the Friday, August 2 programming schedule at Comic Con International:

3:00 The Black Comics Panel–All of a sudden, it's hip to be a black creator again! Join some of comics' black creators as they battle the evil man. No? Well, how about a serious and not so serious discussion about the state of the industry for people of color. Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Kyle Baker, Eddy Newell, Doselle Young, and others will be on hand. Michael Davis is your moderator. Time to tear the roof off the sucka! Room 13

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

INTERVIEW WITH EISNER-NOMINATED
"THE ROAD TO HELL" ARTIST KRIS DRESEN

Kris talks about her book MANYA and sneaks in a lengthy plug about our upcoming THE ROAD TO HELL project. Click the link:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=1320
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #157

It came out last week! Go get one!

Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green; cover by Brian Stelfreeze

"Blink," Part 2 of 3. The road to oblivion narrows even further for Blink, the blind man who can "see" through the eyes of those he touches. As Blink makes contact with Batman and uses his "eyes" to discover Batman’s deepest secrets, he is unaware that the "lone serial killer" he’d helped capture was in fact part of a conspiracy — a conspiracy that will stop at nothing to see Blink dead.
AQUAMAN?

Okay, it's true. I *am* working on an Aquaman episode of JUSTICE LEAGUE. But for once, 'twasn't I who spilled the beans, it was JUSTICE LEAGUE producer Bruce Timm.

For more cryptic hints, click the link below:
http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41073

Friday, July 12, 2002

JASON SCOTT JONES!!

I'm looking for his e-mail, I's appreciate if anyone who knows it ould pass it along to me. Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

STATIC SHOCK JULY EPISODE GUIDE

All times Eastern Standard, check local listings to be sure.

SATURDAY: 07/06/2002
8:00AM Static Shock 25 The Big Leagues
8:30AM Static Shock 17 Static Shaq

SATURDAY: 07/13/2002
8:30AM Static Shock 14 Sunspots

SATURDAY: 07/20/2002
8:30AM Static Shock 12 Replay

Monday, July 01, 2002

"BATMAN: BLINK" A "COMIC WORTH READING"

Here's a review from the "Comics Worth Reading" web site:

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #156
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Val Semeiks
Inker: Dan Green
DC Comics, 32 color pages, $2.25

"In this first chapter of a three-part story, a blind grifter with an unusual ability gets wrapped up in the case of a psychotic serial killer. The character of the thief is a nuanced one; although he's unrepentantly a crook, he's not a bad guy, and trying to do the right thing may cause him more harm than good.

It's a crime Dwayne McDuffie doesn't have more comic writing work. Here, he turns in a gem of a story, that's suspenseful, creative, and astonishing. Best of all, it's a detective story that could only work in a superhero universe, making it a terrific choice for a Batman tale. It's rare to see such talented use of these elements of the DCU. The dialogue is terrific, backed up by amazing art that captures every needed mood beautifully while still being attractive to look at.

It's the little touches that make it so special. Every page has some mention of sight or looking or pictures, as suits the overall theme of blindness and observation. Yet these items aren't called attention to; they fit right into the flow, making for a deeper reading experience without filler or fluff. If Mr. McDuffie nails the ending, this might be a perfect superhero comic. It's brilliant."

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

ANOTHER GOOD BATMAN REVIEW

Reactions to "Blink," the first part of my 3-issue LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT arc, have been uniformly positive. Here's a link to another review: http://4colorreview.com/reviews/lotdk_156/lotdk_156.shtml
APROPOS OF NOTHING

Here's a link to one of the funniest sites I've seen in a long time. Enjoy http://www.villainsupply.com/

Monday, June 24, 2002

LEN UHLEY ON STATIC SHOCK III

Toon Zone has an interview with Static Shock Writer Len Uhley which includes the following Season III tidbits:

"Alan Burnett continues as Supervising Producer, while Denys Cowan has moved from being one of the directors to one of the producers. The other producer is Swinton Scott. The story editor working with Alan is John Semper, who has been associated with a number of excellent shows, including the previous incarnation of Spider-Man.

To date, I have written two episodes: "The Usual Suspect," which is a bit of a who-done-it, and "Shebang," which introduces a great new character and potential ally for Virgil and Richie. I'm about to begin work on a third story, but I can't talk about it right yet. The new season has lots of big surprises in store, so I hope all of your readers will watch."
DWAYNE'S BATMAN REVIEWED

The Silver Bullet website posted a rave review for the first issue of my "Blink" arc. Since I couldn't figure out how to link to it, I've reproduced it here...

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #156

Posted: Friday, June 14
By: Ray Tate


"Blink--part 1"
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Artists: Val Semeiks(p), Dan Green(i), James Sinclair(c)
Publisher: DC
Plot: Batman must solve the serial murder murders of young Gotham women.
The high rating may be influenced by my hatred of the current direction, straight down, in Batman's DCU characterization. The fact is though this issue of Legends of the Dark Knight reads like Batman. I mean, he's solving mysteries for pity's sake. When's the last time that happened? Do not bring up Vesper Fairchild. My Batman, the Batman who influenced me on a near molecular level would have solved that crime in two issues at the most.
The Batman incarnation presented in this Legends of the Dark Knight is sharp, sophisticated and even a figure of a criminal's terror while at the same time personable toward the innocents of Gotham City. Indeed, he actually cares what happens to the innocent and is a far cry from the misanthropic and misogynist bastard who casts his offal-scented shadow in the Batman titles of the DCU.
If you fret about reverting Batman to a human being will also revert his caseload to the silly adventures at focus in the Adam West era, Legends of the Dark Knight should dispel those fears. This issue and story should carry a mature readers label. The story is not meant to be read by children. While it seems to revamp an old Batman villain from the Neal Adams reign, the story in fact is nothing less than an homage to Dario Argento's giallo films.
The story touches upon all the elements of that particular genre of horror. The killer is a ski-masked madman. The killings are serial, sex crimes. The victims are young women. The killings can happen in the real world. The method of execution is ghoulish, and an even greater repugnant factor lies beneath the veneer of perversion. Batman's ally in the hunt for the killer is a blind grifter whose senses have somehow been enhanced, and his part in the story starts out by comparison to the crime itself quite innocently.
Artist Val Semeiks and Dan Green's artwork even bears with regard to the non-Batman elements a cinematic Dario Argento style. Batman's ally looks as if he could have stepped out of a sixties Italian giallo. His suit we would consider dated, but for that time, he'd look dapper. The killer is nothing short of being a brute. His leathers are perfectly in keeping with the motif. The women too look to be from the period.
Where this story differs from a giallo is that Batman being the world's greatest detective tracks down the killer and with his appearance strikes fear in him that looks to make his very bones quiver. In the typical giallo, the detective is not larger than life but a cookie-cutter inspector or an amateur sleuth sometimes quirky but otherwise normal. Symbols of fear they are not. Batman is terror absolute to the killer and although technically an amateur sleuth more professional in talent than the most seasoned detective on the Gotham PD.
That he actually wins in the first chapter shows exactly how much Dwayne McDuffie understands his intelligence and what makes him such a threat to the criminal underworld. The mystery Mr. McDuffie makes as multilayered as his characters. Thus, the story does not feel drawn out to a trade paperback level. Rather, Batman has stumbled onto a conspiracy that readers have no doubt he will shatter.

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

ALAN BURNETT TALKS STATIC SHOCK
Producer/writer and all around big wig Alan Burnett told the guys over at Toon Zone a little bit of what he has planned for season three. Click the link below to see what inside info he let slip:
http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=37925

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

STATIC SHOCK SEASON THREE ANNOUNCED!!

BURBANK, CA (June 18, 2002) — Kids' WB! has ordered 13 original episodes for a third season of the returning hit Static Shock from Warner Bros. Animation to air on Saturday mornings during the 2002-2003 season. This announcement was made today by Donna Friedman, Executive Vice President, Kids’ WB!

     “Static Shock has delivered strong ratings this spring and is a wonderful example of Kids' WB!'s unique brand of ‘character adventures,’” said Ms. Friedman. “As we strengthen our creative partnership with Warner Bros. Animation, we are proud to continue tackling highly relevant issues for kids today in the third season of this electrifying series.”

     Kids’ WB! continues to dominate as a market leader in kids’ television and has maintained its top-rated position. Season-to-date, Kids' WB! is the #1 Saturday morning network among all competition, including cable, in the key demographic of Boys 6-11 (5.3/22), taking seven of the top 10 program spots – and leading with the top five programs.

http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=37836

Monday, June 17, 2002

NEWS AND PHOTOS FROM THE EAST COAST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION.

I couldn't attend this historic confrence but plenty of others did, Mamas Boyz cartoonist Jerry Craft has the scoop; "Dave Watkins and Paul Martin (Toronto, Canada), William Foster III (PA / CT); Arvell Jones, Desmond Jones, Teon Walker, C. Patrick Jackson and Andre Batts (MI); Lance Tooks and Titus Thomas (NY); Eric Battle (PA ); Jerry Craft(CT); Omar Bilal (MD); Bro. Grey and N. Steven Harris (NY); Stacey Robinson and Kevin Woolfork (NC); et al. And Elder Political Cartoonist, Samuel Joyner of the Philadelphia Tribune. This event, moderated by Yumy Odom (PASCEP Director & Founder of 1st World Komix, Inc.) was a first-time meeting for some and a reunion for others."

Click the link for more info and pictures: http://www.mamasboyz.com/news/blackagecomics.asp

Thursday, June 13, 2002

MORE WEB SITE HOUSEKEEPING
While I'm at it, if anyone out there is good enough at blogger to show me how to generate a news page template that matches the rest of the site, there's graft and prizes in it for you. A little help?
UPGRADES TO THE WEB SITE
I'm beginning to do a little work around the place, fixing bad links, changing the background pattern (how's that look, by the way?) --I'm even considering changing the e-group to a bulletin board set up. Comments and criticisms are encouraged.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

ON SALE NOW!
BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #156
Written by Dwayne McDuffie; art by Val Semeiks and Dan Green

Blink, Part 1 of 3. When a blind man with the power to see through the eyes of other men accidentally taps into the mind of a serial killer, Batman finds himself at the center of a conspiracy that reaches from the streets of Gotham straight up into its cathedrals of power.
32 pages, $2.25
BATMAN: BLINK COVER
Click here for a look at the cover of LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #156.

Friday, June 07, 2002

DWAYNE TO STORY EDIT JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Comics Continuum reported the news a couple of days ago and it's true. I've started work on the second season of JUSTICE LEAGUE as a story editor. For more info, CLICK HERE

Thursday, June 06, 2002

This is a test. I'll be cleaning up shortly...
dwaynemcduffie.com
DWAYNE'S NEW BATMAN COMIC, JUNE 12

The first chapter of "Blink," a three-part LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT story I wrote, goes on sale next Wednesday. Val Semeiks did the pencils (the first time we've worked together since my ill-advised "Demon For President" story way back in 1992!) and Dan Green provided the inks. Look out for the *very* cool covers by Brian Stelfreeze.
Another fine test.

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

THIS IS NEW...
I'm experimenting with replacing my mysteriously-vanished "Latest News" section with the blog I hope you're seeing right now. Be patient with me. I'm still learning.