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Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

DKIII promo image SDCCThe epic ending you never saw coming is here because you demanded it! The Dark Knight rises again to face the dawn of the master race!

The hype has been building for quite a while, and we now are able to make our own decisions as the Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 has hit shelves. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was nervous and apprehensive going in to this first issue. Writer Frank Miller‘s recent output has been overshadowed by some of his comments, and none of it left a good impression. The question, would this first comic be more akin to his earlier work, or his scattered later work?

Co-written by Brian Azzarello (and it’s unclear how much each did), the first issue actually defied my expectations, reminding more of the Miller of old. Kicking off right away with a scene that not just sets the tone, but also creates a social relevance (and political gray area) that I wasn’t expecting at all. The comic immediately dives in to police brutality, media spin, and that sets us upon the path and discussion of whether “the Bat” is back.

Layered in is Wonder Woman, Superman’s daughter, and the Atom in a mini comic included which adds a lot to the comic. That all gets us to an ending with one hell of a spin that got me to immediately want me to read the second issue.

The art is top notch returning Klaus Janson to the fold and adding Andy Kubert in. The combination of the two makes the comic feel like the original and classic The Dark Knight Returns. There’s a couple of panels where it’s difficult to tell what’s going on, but overall, the two continue a cohesive look between the three volumes.

I’ll straight up say, I was floored by this first issue which completely surpassed my expectations and reminded me much more of the classic Miller comics I grew up reading. There’s been lots of hype building to this, and when I got through it all and to that last page, that hype felt warranted.

Story: Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller Art: Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

NYCC 2015: Dark Knight III: The Master Race Comes to the Con

The Javits Center’s Main Stage was the hottest spot in town Friday morning as fans finally got to hear the latest on Frank Miller’s final chapter of his game-changing Dark Knight Trilogy, Dark Knight III: The Master Race. DCE’s John Cunningham moderated a panel of comics’ cream of the crop: DCE Co-Publisher and artist extraordinaire Jim Lee, DKIII writer Brian Azzarello, DKIII artist Andy Kubert and inker Klaus Janson. Each of them discussed with fans how Frank’s work, both leading up to and including Dark Knight was such an influence on them.  Fans were also treated to some of the groundbreaking art from both The Dark Knight Returns and the sequel, Dark Knight Strikes Again.

With so much praise, his ears must have been burning, because Frank Miller himself made a cameo appearance as one of the panelists, to a fan-crazy chorus of cheers from those in attendance. He spoke at length about how this story was years in the making and how he plans to bring about a truly satisfying conclusion to this final chapter of the Dark Knight Trilogy.

Fans were then treated to early pages from Book One of DKIII, in addition to learning more about the mini comic that Frank Miller and Klaus Janson will be delivering as part of this 8 issue magnum opus. The first installment, Dark Knight Universe Presents The Atom, is included when the first issue of DKIII goes on sale November 25th and represents the first time Frank and Klaus have collaborated on a project together in nearly 30 years.

If you couldn’t make it to the panel, never fear, the gallery below includes interior art from all three titles, and the Atom mini comic!


NYCC Program Cover Reveal– DC’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race

ReedPOP has revealed the exclusive cover for this year’s program guide, created by DC and designed by Andy Kubert. The cover is a sneak peek at Issue #1 of Dark Knight III: The Master Race that comes out later this year.

In conjunction with the cover reveal, DC will also be doing the following panel at this year’s NYCC to celebrate The Dark Knight’s 30th Anniversary:

Friday October 9, 11:00am-12:00pm

DC Comics – The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary

Moderator: John Cunningham

Talent:  Jim Lee, Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert

Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is one of the most important and recognized works in comic book history. In recognition of its 30th Anniversary, DC Entertainment returns to New York to celebrate the book that defined a generation. Joining in the festivities will be the amazing cast of top-notch talent, including Brian Azzarello, Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and maybe even a surprise guest or two, who are working on the final chapter of the saga 30 years in the making. Be here for reveals, revelations and exclusive artwork!  This is the once-in-a-lifetime panel you CANNOT miss!

NYCC 2015

SDCC 2015: DC Reveals New Details for Dark Knight III

DC Entertainment kicked off San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with a blockbuster announcement, revealing that artists Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson will be joining living-legend Batman writer and artist Frank Miller and acclaimed writer Brian Azzarello in bringing the final chapter of the celebrated The Dark Knight Returns saga to life.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race is the epic conclusion to Miller’s 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns trilogy.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race will be an eight-issue, comic book periodical, to be published monthly under the DC Comics imprint.  Within each 32 page periodical there will be a special 16 page “Dark Knight Universe” comic affixed in the center. Each “Dark Knight Universe” comic will feature a rotating cast of special guest artists and characters.

Marking the 30th anniversary of The Dark Knight Returns original series, it is slated for publication beginning in late Fall 2015.

DC Comics Announces Robin Rises: Omega

The hunt for Robin is over, but Batman and Ra’s al Ghul continue the family feud.

Batman isn’t quite the same without his sidekick Robin, the last being Damian Wayne who was killed off in the series Batman Inc. in 2013. It looks like it’ll only be a few more months for Batman to be Robin-less, as a new Robin will be taking his side. Who that Robin is, isn’t being said.

Since Damian’s demise, the series Batman and Robin has turned into Batman and... featuring numerous different individuals. The series has featured a “Hunt for Robin” storyline as Batman has being trying to figure out how to revive the boy, while his grandfather, the villain Ra’s al Ghul, has stolen the body as well as his daughter (Damian’s mother) Talia al Ghul’s body.

In July, we get the one-shot Robin Rises: Omega which sees the struggle between Batman and Ra’s al Ghul becoming something bigger with the involvement of forces from Darkseid’s world, Apokolips. One we later DC’s Batman and Robin returns with issue 33 which picks up right after the one-shot and finds Batman in conflict with the Justice League as he decides to pursue the Chaos Shard back to Apokolips. Both are written by Peter Tomasi.

Look for Robin Rises: Omega #1 with art by Andy Kubert and Jonathan Glapion on July 16 and Batman and Robin with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray on July 23.


Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin Trailer

Wolverine is the best there is at what he does – although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon-X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan – he was simply a young boy.

What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: the birth and childhood of young James Howlett…the intriguing secrets of his family history…and the tragedy that changed everything.

Welcome to the greatest story never told.

Shout! Factory is bringing Wolverine: Origin to life. Written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Jenkins and Bill Jemas with captivating artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove. The adventures of Wolverine’s early days and the startling revelation of his true origins are brought to life when Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin debuts for the first time on home entertainment shelves nationwide on July 9, 2013 from Shout! Factory.

Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin Out July 9

image003There’s more than one Wolverine movie coming out this summer. Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin debuts this July 9 from Shout! Factory. The movie is written by Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Jenkins and Bill Jemas and featured artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.

The DVD is priced at $14.97 (and cheaper), runs about 66 minutes and you can pre-order now.

Wolverine is the best there is at what he does – although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon-X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan – he was simply a young boy.

What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: the birth and childhood of young James Howlett…the intriguing secrets of his family history…and the tragedy that changed everything.

Welcome to the greatest story never told.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus content features interviews with the creators and illustrators to provide an intimate and retrospective look at the development and production process of this amazing story. Marvel Knights Animation remains true to the heritage of panel-by-panel graphic storytelling, boasting groundbreaking illustrations, sensational soundscapes, and of course, the explosiveness of the Mighty Marvel Universe. Behind every image and every word lies the genius of Marvel’s celebrated creators.

Review – Requiem: Batman #18, Batman and Robin #18, Batgirl #18, Detective Comics #18, World’s Finest #10

After the shocking (sort of, since it was spoiled) events of Batman, Incorporated, Batman has lost another Robin. Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, died at the hands of his brother, the horrible monstrosity known as The Heretic.

With that event fresh, the various Bat-titles are all having their characters reflect on the loss of Damian in “Requiem” stories. The results varied with each struggling to be unique and some feeling like this event was shoehorned in.

How has each issue held up so far? Find out below.

Batman #18

BM_Cv18_standardIn the wake of unspeakable tragedy, Batman is in danger of losing his humanity! And in the backup story, fan-favorite character Harper Row returns—but will she be able to pull Batman back from the brink?

While it’s the “main” Batman title this Batman series isn’t where the death took place. Luckily, the issue is fresh off the “Death of the Family” arc, so it can start fresh. Batman throws himself into his work battling bad guys and getting out his frustration. The other two titles featuring Batman take a similar approach.

This issue stands out for the fact Harper Row is in it. Many have speculated that she will be the next Robin, but judging by this issue, she more feels like a way for Bruce/Batman to discuss getting a kid killed without actually saying it. She’s a plot point to make it easier for that to be discussed. Seriously how else is he to discuss it and to whom?

The issue is pretty good, especially with the Harper Row stuff, but overall, the emotion isn’t quite as solid as I’d hope. You get a sense of Batman’s anger, but only in so much he’s punching a lot of people. The focus is more on his being sloppy due to that anger. To me that deflects from the fact he’s in mourning.

It’s a decent issue, but not the strongest, especially from writer Scott Snyder. I think in this case, what he has shown in the past works against him setting a high bar. Still a decent read and with the Harper Row stuff, possibly a pivotal issue.

Story: Scott Snyder and James T. Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert and Sandra Hope

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Batman and Robin #18

BMROB_Cv18The one issue that just focuses on Batman, it’s mostly silent with only 70 words appearing in a letter at the end of the issue. Due to the fact it’s so silent, that means it relies heavily on the artwork to convey the message.

In a very interesting way it does. I flipped through each page, lingering on each panel, picking up what was being said through image. For the most part I though “this is it?”, but that was until I got to the end.

Much like Batman #18, Batman mostly punches a bunch of people, diving into his work to work through his mourning and anger. But, it’s those 70 words towards the end and what follows the makes the issue.

From there, we see the catharsis I felt was missed in the rest of these comics. There’s a real feel of anguish and anger. You really feel the loss from Bruce.

It might be the one issue that has the least amount of words, but it does the best job of getting through the emotion that missed in many others.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Pat Gleason and Mick Gray

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Batgirl #18

BG_Cv18_dsThe first of two issues by guest writer Ray Fawkes! Batgirl is on a path to face down her brother, James Gordon Jr., who sold her out to the Joker.

The issue focuses on what it is to be a hero. How do you inspire people? James Jr. talks about that a lot throughout the issue, watching his sister go about her duties.

Then the news comes… Batman tells Jim Gordon who then tells Barbara and asks her to be safe. Barbara is fairly shocked by it, calling Dick Grayson, but it’s odd for her character. She deals with the news in about a page and then goes about her mission.

I’d say that like Batman she focuses on work to get rid of the emotion, but there’s no mention of Damian’s death at all. It’s like she completely takes in the news and processes it in a matter of minutes.

For someone who came close to dying due to the Joker, you’d think she’d have more of a reaction, maybe some reaction from that trauma?

And because of this, the news feels shoehorned in. It’s an ok issue, definitely suffering from now having regular writer Gail Simone, who I can’t help but think would of given the issue the humanity it misses.

Story: Ray Fawkes Art: Daniel Sampere

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Detective Comics #18

DET_18_CVRBatman vs. The Penguin! Yeah, this issue picks up where it’s been building with the Penguin dealing with the fact he’s not the big bird now and Batman hellbent on sending him to jail, sort of.

See, in the beginning of the issue Batman is focused on Penguin. Then he goes to the gravestone of Damian, sheds a tear and then says he needs to go after Zsasz who is on the loose instead of the Penguin. Then Batman focuses on beating people up, gets a report of something going on at the Zoo, then casino and he’s back with dealing with the Penguin.

The story is a bit choppy and while moving the story forward, it’s very off. The pseudo emotion we see in the other Batman titles, is missing from most of this issue, it’s too focused on the story that’s been going for a while. It suffers for that.

And that’s the issue with so many series featuring the same character. With such a big event, it has to either focus on that event, or ignore it. Here it sort of acknowledges it and with that doesn’t give it the focus it deserves, which is sort of half-ass.

This issue falls into that pit of not being sure if it wants to be part of the bigger story, and for that, it falls short.

Story: John Layman Art: Jason Fabok

Story: 6.75 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

World’s Finest #10

WF_10_COVER_aAfter being attacked by a group connected to the missing Mr. Terrific, Power Girl and Huntress take the fight to Holt Industries, where they make a shocking discovery!

Are you reading this series? I stopped. So, I can’t really comment on the story. Instead this issue dedicates 5 pages to the loss of Damian. That’s more than Batgirl, which is a bit odd to me.

The emotion is ok, but as much as it’s a bit odd for these world displaced characters, there’s also the awkwardness of Hel and this world’s Batman. The emotion in this case almost seems too much, where Batgirl didn’t give enough. It’s strange comparing the two.

Maybe if I was still reading the series, I’d have appreciated it more, but judging by just this issue, it didn’t do it for me.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: Kevin Maguire

Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

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SNIKT! Marvel Announces Landmark Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection!

Marvel has announced the massive Wolverine: Adamantium Collection HC! Coming out in June, this package is one foot tall, 720 pages and weighs in at 16 pounds. It chronicles the best moments from Wolverine’s long and storied past by the greatest creators in Wolverine history! Now for the first time, fans can witness the transformation of sickly James Howlett into the battle-hardened Logan, and then into the metal-clawed super hero called Wolverine in this jaw dropping new format.

The Wolverine: Adamantium Collection HC includes:

  • Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins and Adam Kubert
  • Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor Smith
  • Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller
  • Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis and Leinil Yu
  • Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
  • And unforgettable single issue stories by Larry Hama, Mark Millar, Dave Cockrum, Jim Lee and Kaare Andrews!

The package includes a code for a free digital copy, which is good, because I don’t see people carrying around this monster of a release.

Cover by BILLY TAN
ISBN: 978-0785167891
FOC – 2/18/13, ON-SALE – 6/5/13


Around the Tubes

As expected with the holiday, it was a pretty quiet Sunday.  Here’s some news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – Watchmen 2 Art: The Comedian By JG JonesHmmm.

Bleeding Cool – Watchmen 2 Art: Nite Owl By Andy Kubert And Joe KubertHmmm, again.

Kotaku – Of the Hundreds of 99-Cent Comics You Can Download Today, Buy These… – comiXology is running a sale through Friday and Kotaku has some great suggestions on what to buy.

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