Who doesn't love free stuff? Comic book fans — and those who'd like to be — can pick up free samples on Saturday during the 12th annual Free Comic Book Day. The event, which will be hosted at over 2,000 comic book shops across the country, features dozens of special limited editions including Superman, Star Wars, Archie and The Smurfs. More than four and a half million copies are expected to be distributed during the day, which aims to introduce newcomers to the genre.
The Teen Titans are back in action. Seven years after their last series ended, the team of rambunctious young heroes returns Tuesday in the all-new series Teen Titans Go! This new show takes a more comedic tone than Teen Titans, the original 2003-06 incarnation, and springs from a series of animated shorts that premiered last year on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block.
A pair of Grey's Anatomy doctors will spend their summer hiatus saving lives in a different way. Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd don cape and cowl to star in the upcoming animated superhero adventure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Once Upon a Time graphic novel
The Evil Queen is expanding her kingdom — into comic books! The Once Upon a Time villainess will headline an upcoming original graphic novel adaptation of the ABC drama, which explores her relationship with the Huntsman. Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen, coming form Marvel Comics on Sept. 4, will directly tie in to the show's continuity. "We wanted to explore some new narrative territory that the show hadn't fully covered yet," says Emily Shaw, the Marvel editor working on the book. "The Huntsman was perfect. Fans love him, he's such a compelling character, but his background is still pretty mysterious. Especially when it comes to his servitude to Regina, the Evil Queen."
She's back! Four years after last appearing on TV, Lana Lang returns to Smallville — in comic-book form. Clark Kent's first love shows up in a new arc of DC Comics digital series Smallville Season 11 on Friday, April 5.
The character — Clark Kent's first true love — last appeared in 2009, during the eighth season of the TV series. Shortly after gaining super powers (courtesy a special suit developed by Lex Luthor) she saved Metropolis by absorbing a kryptonite bomb, which essentially made her toxic to Clark. She then flew off into the proverbial sunset and out of his life. (The role was played by Kristin Kreuk, now starring in The CW's Beauty and the Beast.)
Spider-Man is on the move. New York City's friendly neighborhood superhero is heading to Boston in this Sunday's episode of Ultimate Spider-Man (March 24, 11am/10c on Disney XD).
While Major League Soccer's biggest rivalries might not yet have the marquee value of Yankees vs. Red Sox or Duke vs. Carolina, give the league credit for coming up with an innovative showcase for its top regional matchups. Among the "Rivalry Week" games this weekend are showdowns in the East (D.C. United at New York Red Bulls), Midwest (Chicago Fire at Sporting Kansas City) and West (Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders).
NBC Sports has ambitious plans for the event, starting with Saturday's United—Red Bulls game (12:30/11:30am c, NBC), followed by seven hours of coverage on NBC Sports Network. That includes MLS Breakway, a whip-around show ...
Many a heated debate has raged over who is the greatest athlete of all time. Is it Michael Jordan? Muhammad Ali? Wayne Gretzky? Perhaps soccer great Pelé? Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk? The question goes from the barroom to the laboratory on Sunday with ESPN Sport Science: Greatest Athlete of All Time (March 10 at 3:30/2:30c on ESPN).
"Previously, people would identify the best player or the person who had the biggest impact on their sport," says host John Brenkus, whose Sport Science segments air on SportsCenter and in periodic specials on the network. "What we're analyzing are categories like quickness, agility, speed, strength, power, endurance, durability, performance under pressure. We're looking for the real athlete, not just the player."
The villains are multiplying on Ultimate Spider-Man this season, but in the Feb. 10 episode of the Disney XD toon, our friendly neighborhood web slinger will have a hard enough time just getting along with one of the good guys. Hawkeye, the Avengers' moody, gruff archer, makes his debut — and he and Spidey aren't exactly super friends.
"Spider-Man is in a lot of...