• Word Balloons: 'Batman' team caps five-year run

    BY MATTHEW PRICE  Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo have kept "Batman" one of DC Comics' best-selling titles for nearly five years. Now, with this week's issue No. 51, the team will step away from the title, with a final issue that is a bit of a Batman farewell tour, looking again at some of the key elements in the mythos.

  • Three recommended reads for National Superhero Day

    Matthew Price | Updated: 16 hr ago

    April 28 is “National Superhero Day,” which is said to have been created by Marvel Comics employees in 1995.  While it’s not the worldwide celebration that next Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day will be, it’s always fun to talk about superheroes.  Here are three recommended superhero reads for National Superhero Day 2016.  And if you want more, here’s a link to my 2015 list. Batman: Year One Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Batman: Year One” is a comic-book classic, recounting the early adventures of Batman and police Lt. James Gordon in a corrupt, crime-infested Gotham City.

  • Comic Collection Monday #36: JLA #5 (1997)

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

      In today's Comic Collection Monday, I’ll take a look at “JLA” #5, with a publication date of May 1997. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind.  Spoilers are ahead if you haven’t read the issue in question. The issue:  Grant Morrison and Howard Porter reinvigorated the Justice League – and superhero teams in general – with their take on “JLA,” with the first four issues, featuring the JLA versus the Hyperclan, each selling out quickly to my recollection.

  • Video: Psylocke takes on Beast and Wolverine returns in final 'X-Men: Apocalypse' trailer

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) leads a young band of X-Men in a fight to save the world, Psylocke (Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn) does battle with Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) gets his claws into the action in the final trailer for "X-Men: Apocalypse," which debuted today. The movie also stars Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Professor X, Evan Peters as Quicksilver, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. Here is the film's synopsis from 20th Century Fox: Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 411

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Charles: Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn't mean they're lost forever. - Click here to learn the source.

  • Word Balloons: New book investigates reporter Lois Lane

    BY MATTHEW PRICE Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    "Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet's Ace Reporter," a new book by Tim Hanley, looks at the character through her many incarnations.

  • Teen returns Thor's wallet, gets $10,000 reward

    Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    Even Thor needs a hero sometimes. When Australian actor Chris Hemsworth left his wallet in a Los Angeles restaurant, 17-year-old Tristin Budzyn-Baker came to his rescue, USA TODAY reports.

  • Comic Collection Monday #35: Green Lantern #3 (1990)

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    In today's Comic Collection Monday, I’ll take a look at “Green Lantern” #3, with a publication date of August 1990. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind.  Spoilers are ahead if you haven’t read the issue in question. The issue: Gerard Jones took on the 1990 relaunch of “Green Lantern” following his stories in “Action Comics Weekly.”  Jordan was on the road, trying to find himself. He’s doing his best not to use the ring as he tries to define who he is without it.

  • 'Batman: The Killing Joke' animated movie receives R rating

    Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Batman: The Killing Joke isn’t kidding around. Warner Bros’. direct-to-video animated film based on the notorious Alan Moore comic has been rated R, the studio’s home entertainment division tells EW exclusively. The Killing Joke marks the first film in the DC Universe Original Movie franchise to receive an R rating, and the second Batman movie to do so. (The extended home-video version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was the first.)

  • 'Knight' of the Panther

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    The Black Panther, a longtime popular Marvel character, is set to make more appearances in the future.

  • Video: First trailer for Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' premieres

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    From rotating cities to Benedict Cumberbatch's American accent to Tilda Swinton's bald look, there is much strange magic to behold in the intriguing first trailer for Marvel's "Doctor Strange" The trailer debuted tonight on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and along with glimpses of exotic locales, it also features glimpses of co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. Mads Mikkelsen and Benedict Wong also star, with Scott Derrickson ("Sinister") directing from a script by Jon Spaihts.  Here is the film's synopsis: “Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch), who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate

  • Comic Collection Monday #34: Captain America #271

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    In today's Comic Collection Monday, I’ll take a look at “Captain America” # 271, with a publication date of July 1982. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind.  Spoilers are ahead if you haven’t read the issue in question. The issue: In 1982, pro wrestling wasn’t the huge business it would become later under Vince McMahon.  You did have Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman getting some attention for their antics, and it’s possible that’s where the inspiration for this fill-in issue came from.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 8, 2016: See 'Nufonia Must Fall' at Oklahoma City Community College

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Today's featured event: A robot facing obsolescence falls in love with an office worker in “Nufonia Must Fall,” a multimedia experience with live film, puppetry and music, at 7:30 tonight at Oklahoma City Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S May. The show, developed by Montreal DJ, music producer and graphic novelist Kid Koala, aka Eric San, will be the final presentation of the season in the Performing Arts Series at Oklahoma City Community College.  “It's a love story about a robot trying to write love songs and having to deal with certain obstacles in his life before he could write an authentic one,” San told my excellent colleague Matt

  • The Black Panther: Marvel's first black superhero

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    The latest comic book series featuring the Black Panther, the first black superhero by a major comics publisher, launched this week, by an all-star creative team. The Black Panther will make his cinematic debut in Marvel's "Captain America: Civil War" film May 6. In the next two weeks, The Oklahoman's Word Balloons columnist Matthew Price will look at the Panther's comic-book history.

  • Comic Collection Monday #33: Cosmic Odyssey #1

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at “Cosmic Odyssey” #1, with a cover date of December 1988. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue -- what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Feel free to comment! If you want to share additional thoughts or talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com. The issue: “Cosmic Odyssey” by Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola features DC Comics’ heroes and villains up against a danger to multiple worlds.

  • 'Wonder Woman' tale aimed at young girls

    By Matthew Price Features Editor  mprice@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Warner Bros., which owns DC Comics properties including Wonder Woman and Supergirl, has launched a new program this year aimed at an audience that’s largely been elusive for superhero publishers: young girls. The program, DC Super Hero Girls, includes a new series of prose novels from Random House Children's Books in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment.




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