LOTS OF BREAKING NEWS ON THE DIGITAL FRONT, SIN CITY SHOWS SINFUL TITTIES, DYNAMITE SHOWS SHAFT, AND MORE NEWS FROM THE COMIC BOOK WORLD

DC Comics has determined that its staff no longer needs paper copies of the comic books that they themselves work on and produce; instead, they’re getting digital download codes for Comixology. Wow. So they get a DRM-protected code that they can only read through a third party’s platform? That totally sucks.

Especially if that platform faces challenges and may eventually disappear because a bigger, badder, better connected distributor takes over. Speaking of which…

Diamond Comics Distribution is known to all as the guys who have a virtual monopoly on distribution of comic books and trades to specialty shops worldwide. With Barnes and Noble closing, their dominance in brick-and-mortar distribution is only that much stronger. Seeing the writing on the computer screen, however, they’ve announced an alliance with Trajectory Inc. to distribute comics digitally as well. It’s too early to see whether this will impact publishers’ own digital distribution systems, or Comixology, but part of the problem with digital distribution up to now has been the incompatibility of platforms. Similar to the proprietary issues with iTunes’ protected mp4 model.

So far, only Image Comics has made its comics available digitally and DRM-free.

And now, updates of Superman, Matt Murdock, Shaft and more…

MATT MURDOCK IS BRITISH. Marvel Studios has cast Charlie Cox as Daredevil for the Netflix series that begins filming this summer. His credits include HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

SUPERMAN WORTH READING AGAIN? Back when Geoff Johns wrote comic books (instead of the orgiastic gang bang of thunder and stupidity that constitutes the New 52 Justice League), he wrote one of the best Action Comics runs of all time. He’s returning to write the Man of Steel with John Romita, Jr., in that artist’s first DC work in his 40+ year career. Are these creators still able to knock it out of the park? Color me interested: Superman #32 is on my pull list.

THE BEST PUBLICITY IS NO PUBLICITY FOR SIN CITY. Or, more precisely, having your poster censored is a sure way to get people interested. The MPAA has “disapproved” of a poster featuring Eva Green in a see-through nightie.
AND SPEAKING OF SIN…ORIGINAL SIN. As far as events go, so far it’s one of the better ones. I’m hoping it ends with Nick Fury taking over the role of Uatu as a Watcher. I know he’s not part of the Watcher race, but he’d be a cool guy to sit up on the moon and know everything. Actually, what I’m really hoping is they kill the not-Ultimates-not-Sam-Jackson Earth 616 Nick Fury, but I know that won’t happen.

AND SPEAKING OF ORIGINAL SIN…YOUNG AVENGERS. The Young Avengers line has set a high bar, not just with the most recent book written by Kieron Gillen, but all the way back to the first YA miniseries Allan Heinberg. This is a book that has consistently not just been good, but great. The team is returning in the Marvel’s summer anthology companion series, titled “Original Sins.” (I’m sure having a book called “Original Sin” and another with an “s” at the end won’t be confusing at all.) But the great news is that the Young Avengers story will be illustrated by a certified artistic genius: Ramon Villalobos. That’s enough for me to put the book on my pull list, but the fact that it’s being written by Eisner-winner Ryan “Adventure Time” North is the clincher.

A DYNAMITE SHAFT. Dynamite Entertainment got exclusive rights to talk about Shaft. They’ll be adapting the original series Ernest Tidyman novels, about a Harlem detective. Can you dig it?

MARK WAID REVIVES “EMPIRE.” Empire was a creator-owned comic (published by Image and DC) from the 1990s by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson about living in a world where the super-villains had already won. Now that Waid owns his own publishing house, Thrillbent, they are reviving the title with a new series that takes place a year after the last one ended.

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