Marvel ComicsThese days it seems that whilst there are still bad guys and super villains roaming the streets, the heroes just can’t seem to focus on anything but their own squabbles. This has become the centrepiece in movies like Batman V Superman and Captain America: Civil War, but what about some of the heroes that were left out of the limelight in these films? We look at some great examples of superhero strife on comiXology that could make the next batch of superhero movies even better.

Batman 66 #67If there’s a bit too much darkness in the world of the Dark Knight for you these days then you need to go old school with the campy antics of Batman ’66. But it’s not all krazy Kapow’s and zany Zzzaps as a villain from the present day makes his ’60s debut and gives the caped crusader another back-breaking beatdown.

1. BMAO_press-release_121313_v2If you thought there were going to be no more blockbuster digital comics announcements in 2013 then think again as we reveal a huge team up between DC Entertainment and Madefire to create a whole new genre of digital comic. Batman: Arkham Origins, is an interactive digital graphic novel that combines Madefire‘s motion book technology with DC’s ground breaking multi-level story-telling known as DC2 Multiverse to create a truly unique form of digital comics entertainment. More of that below, plus, they’ve also announced an all new Injustice Gods Among Us motion book is available via the Madefire app and via DeviantArt! Holy motion books Batman!

If you’re a fan of DC Comics digital first titles like Adventures of Superman and Legends of the Dark Knight then you’re in for a treat as both are about to change creative teams and LOTDK is set to move to Tuesdays so make a note in your diaries!

Batman-66-1_comiXology“KAPOW!” This week saw the release of Batman ’66 DC’s first comic to feature it’s new DC2 Interactivity. A brilliant mash up of the 1960s TV show camp and humour with the added bonus of cutting edge digial technology. Keen to find out more about this wierd and wonderful combo we contacted writer Jeff Parker and artist Jonathan Case to get the lowdown on DC’s first foray into the world of interactive comics and the best way to make an ultra-modern comic feel like a 1960s TV show – right down to the OTT sound effects! “BOOSH!”

Holy high tech, Batman!  Today marks the release of highly anticipated new Digital-First comic Batman ’66 #1. The first chapter takes the digital reading experience to the next level by incorporating DC2,the latest digital reading innovation from DC Entertainment. DC2’s dynamic artwork brings the classic TV show’s action and retro attitude to life for comic readers through an expanded storytelling canvas as each comic panel tells a multi-dimensional story through layered artwork and sequences. DC2 interactivity is built exclusively on the ComiXology platform and will be offered to readers using the DC Comics or ComiXology apps or online through readdcentertainment.com or comixology.com

BlackBat001-Cov-BenitezDynamite Comics have carved a great niche for themselves as the home of pulp superheroes like The Shadow, The Green Hornet and The Bionic Man.  Black Bat is the newest superhero to join this illustrious line up with his own title released this week. However instead of harking back to the golden age of 50s superheroes, Black Bat instead feels like a throwback to the gritty world of the late 70s and 80s when comics started getting a darker edge and became more than just funny books for kids.

Although not strictly in our remit here at Pipedream Comics, we were very excited this week by arrival of a copy of the DC Comics 75th Anniversary poster book from Quirk Books. Admittedly the book has been around since last summer and so doesn’t include the post-52 universe, but it’s still a fantastic read. Written by Robert Schnakenberg it covers the complete history of DC’s comics , dating back to 1935 and the debut issue of Fun magazine – the first comic published by eventual DC founder Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. Each cover features a glorious full page poster with a breakdown of the books significance on the back including information about the story, characters, writers and artists. There’s everything in here from the first issue of Detective and Action Comics to the debuts of Batman, Superman and Green Lantern. One of the real highlights though is the pre-Comics Code books of the 1950s with obscure titles such as Mister District Attorney and Strange Adventures – a book which had a strange obsession with stories about scientifically altered gorillas!

It’s a brilliant visual history of DC‘s back catalogue serving as both an education for those who aren’t big fans or a walk down memory lane for those who are. With the breakdown of different titles on the back it’s a great way to remind fans that there is no such thing as a new idea and the notion of common images, themes and stories in comic books is not something new and is a key reason why companies have to keep re-inventing themselves.

As gorgeous as this is in print though, we always think forward to digital and we would love to see this become an app. Just imagine the full screen glossy covers on a retina iPad with the ability to zoom in to every tiny detail. Now that, really is the future of digital publishing completely embracing the past.

DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book is published by Quirk Books and can be be purchased here from Amazon.