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An explosive way to carry your money!

Six new characters join the PREVIEWS exclusive line of DC Bombshells wallets from Dinomighty Design, Inc. Featuring the eye-catching, 1940’s inspired artwork of Ant Lucia, the wallets are available to preorder from the October PREVIEWS catalog.

These Dynomighty Mighty Wallets are made of Tyvek, a series of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns to provide strength in an origami construction designed by Terrence Kelleman. They are slim but expandable to suit your storage needs and are surprisingly, strong, resisting water and tears.

Fans can choose from six pinup designs featuring Black Canary, Hawkgirl, Katana, Mera, Star Girl, and Zatanna.

  • DC Bombshells Black Canary Mighty Wallet (OCT152742, SRP: $15)
  • DC Bombshells Hawkgirl Mighty Wallet (OCT152743, SRP: $15)
  • DC Bombshells Katana Mighty Wallet (OCT152744, SRP: $15)
  • DC Bombshells Mera Mighty Wallet (OCT152745, SRP: $15)
  • DC Bombshells Star Girl Mighty Wallet (OCT152746, SRP: $15)
  • DC Bombshells Zatanna Mighty Wallet (OCT152747, SRP: $15)

 These six new designs join the original line of PREVIEWS exclusive DC Bombshell wallets, which featured Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman, offered in the August PREVIEWS.

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Sideshow Reveals Batman: Red Son Figure

“Nothing on this earth will ever be able to stop me.”

Sideshow Collectibles has revealed their Batman: Red Son Premium Format Figure. The figure is based on Mark Millar’s critically acclaimed mini-series Superman: Red Son. Batman comes to life dressed in a hand-tailored militaristic Cold War era costume, complete with fur-lined hat, utility belt, and sweeping cape.

Batmankoff wields a bat-themed grappling hook while planning his next move against Superman’s perfect world order!

The figure retails for $489.99 and you can own it with a payment plan for as little as $55.12 a month. The edition size is TBD.




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The Many Incarnations of the Joker Through the Years

PureCostumes has a new infographic that goes over the many incarnations of the Joker since his creation starting with the Golden/Silver Age and to next year’s Suicide Squad.

Which version of the Joker is your favorite? Check out the list below!

Joker Through The Years Infographic
Infographic Created by PureCostumes.com

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race Opening Panel

In an email to supporters, DC Comics have sent out a look at the opening panel for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1. The comic is the third part of Frank Miller‘s trilogy. Brian Azzarello joins Miller for writing duties on the eight-issue comic book event.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race is on sale November 25th.

Dark Knight III The Master Race Opening Panel

Review: Aquaman #44

Aquaman #44 coverThe relationship of Mera and Arthur is on the rocks. After all, Mera wants Aquaman dead. Now, the estranged lovers are about to meet face to face. Is a reconciliation in the works?

Aquaman, what has happened to your series!? And Cullen Bunn, what the hell!? Where do I even begin with Aquaman #44. Much of the issue feels like a rehash of the previous one, as Aquaman confronts NOT!Mera and explains to her what he’s trying to do, and why he’s doing it, in hopes of getting her on his team. We know from last issue that it’s not actually Mera, and instead her sister Siren in disguise. We then get a sex scene….. so that’s two really rapey scenes from Bunn in the last few months and both are initiated by women. Cullen, you’re so much better than this! Seriously check out most of his other work. It’s almost as if the controversy is to get eyes on this (as well as Lobo where the other incident happened). It’s just… odd.

The art by Alex Morgan is a step up from the last two issues (interestingly the team from the last two issue’s interiors give a pretty solid cover). Morgan is listed as layouts with Art Thibert ad Jesus Merino as finishes, and there’s an inconsistency that happens about half way through that looks like two individuals have done the art. It’s a far cry from when the series launched, and shows how the series’ shine has dulled.

The overall story in Aquaman is very interesting, but there’s some twists and turns that have not helped at all, with art issues added on top of it. Just not the quality it used to be, and that’s a shame.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Alec Morgan
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Superman #44

Superman #44 CoverThe epic “Truth” arc reaches its finale as the Daily Planet and its staff may be the first casualties of Clark’s identity being revealed!

Writer Gene Luen Yang (along with the other Superman writing crew) have been putting together an interesting take on DC Comics‘ Man of Steel. Superman #44 wraps up the “Truth” storyline, taking us into the next arc “Lies.”

Clark Kent has been revealed as Superman, and as expected, the villains are out to get him and/or his friends. This issue shows us exactly that as Superman has to go through a whole host of them (didn’t Live Wire just debut in Batgirl!?) to save folks.

To me, what’s more interesting is how Lois reacts through this all, and what Superman does towards the end that directly addresses the concept of a man with such power as a deterrent. Interesting ideas.

The pencils by John Romita, Jr. and inks by Klaus Janson are ok. I’m not a fan of Romita, Jr.’s work, but I understand why folks are. I think his art generally looks like the same person playing dress up, very similar faces with a different hat or facial hair. It’s all ok, but nothing that really blows me away and excites me, his being announced on the series didn’t at all, but you can tell it was a dream gig for him. That’s my personal taste, so yours may vary.

Yang is giving us a very interesting take on Superman (all of the writers are actually), and this issue is no exception diving into the need for duality, and a take on how Superman would react when his identity is revealed and friends threatened. If nothing else, for me, it feels like something new, and it’s definitely getting me to think about Superman, the symbol.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art by: Klaus Janson, John Romita, Jr.
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Justice League #44

Justice League #44 CoverDarkseid versus Anti-Monitor! A corrupted Superman versus Lex Luthor! Myrina Black versus Grail! This chapter of “Darkseid War” has it all—plus an ending that will change the League forever!

There’s really only word to describe DC Comics’ “Darkseid War,” and that is epic. Writer Geoff Johns is a master of the giant epic story that spans too many characters to count, and locations far and wide. This is no exception.

Anti-Monitor vs. Darkseid. Superman vs. Luthor! Too many epic battles to describe, and events that feel titanic. All of it narrated by Wonder Woman. It’s that Wonder Woman narration that really gets it interesting, as Johns frames what we’re seeing really well, not just by her, but also through Batman, and the two parts together creates a fascinating tableau. The characters are titans, and Johns’ writing just makes them, and all of this, that much bigger.

Johns is helped to bring it all to life through the art of Jason Fabok. Fabok continues to knock it out of the park in what is absolutely some of the top art out there. The close ups on individuals’ faces, the action, the use of angles, it’s all absolutely amazing. Just beautiful to look at, art worthy of the story, and vice versa.

A character transformed. And that ending! This is one comic that’s not to be missed.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Vertigo Joins Wattpad

Wattpad VertigoI never heard of Wattpad before coming across a TechCrunch article announcing DC Comics‘ imprint Vertigo joining the service. The “social reading app” is a community where writers can share their stories for free, as well as have notes/diaries where they can talk about writing in general.

It’s a niche community that boasts 100 million stories, 40 million people signed up, and 11 billion minutes spent on the site every month (that’d be 275 minutes per account a month, or about 9 minutes a day).

Wattpad is a place to discover and share stories: a social platform that connects people through words. It is a community that spans borders, interests, languages. With Wattpad, anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.

Vertigo won’t be releasing free stories, instead they are using it as a platform to push specific creators including Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen, the team behind the upcoming title Survivor’s Club, and down the road, Gail Simone and Holly Black.

With 520,000 fans of Wattpad in the United States according to Facebook, the community is heavily female with an impressive 84.61% of those fans female. Looks like DC and Vertigo has an audience in mind for some of their launches and they’re going after them.

(via TechCrunch)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Justice League #44 CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Farlain The Goblin #4 (Studio Farlain) – Oh my goodness. This is an absolutely great comic that tells a story of a goblin trying to find a forest. If it sounds simple, well, it is. But it’s also incredibly endearing, and amazingly fun.

Archie #3 (Archie Comics) – It’s hard to believe I had never read an issue of Archie before this version was released. This reminds me of the early days of Ultimate Spider-Man minus the spandex. And radio active spiders.

Batman Annual #4 (DC Comics)After the last issue of Batman (if you haven’t read Elana’s article about it, you should), my excitement level is really high with this comic. I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the fourth annual.



Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 1 (First Second) – The latest graphic novel from Gene Luen Yang. This is one I’ve been waiting for since I heard about it a few years ago at the National Book Festival. It takes place at Stately Academy, a school with many mysteries to solve, and Yang has worked in real logic puzzles and programming instruction into this graphic novel which not only entertains, but also teaches you too!

Justice League #44 (DC Comics) – Justice League is in the middle of an epic with the team caught in between a battle of giants, and members going every which way. This is a story on a massive scale that can only happen in comics.

Rasputin #9 (Image Comics) – It’s Rasputin in the middle of a modern-day political campaign, and it’s fascinating.

Transformers #45/Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #45 (IDW Publishing) – I love IDW’s various Transformers series, and both take interesting spins this week, one with a lot of action, and the other with a look at some reject Decepticons. So good and never disappoints.

Zodiac Starforce #2 (Dark Horse) – The first issue was fun, and fleshed out the previous minicomic I read from years back. The series looks like it’ll be an interesting take on a familiar formula (Sailor Moon), but overall the key is fun and entertaining.



Archie #3 (Archie Comics) – I have never read an Archie book in my life (other than Archie Vs Predator) till I read this one. It is so good. Cute dialog, wonderful character studies. All ages goodness. Fiona Stapels is Magic. Jugghead is my new fave.

Grayson Annual #2 (DC Comics) – This series manages to be funny, suspenseful, unpredictable, fanservicey as hell but also suprisingly emotionally raw when it wants to be. I think this week it wants to be.

Material TP (Image Comics) – If this comic had a genre it would be Derida. The new trade paperback includes an essay by friend of GP, Spencer Ackerman. A political an urgent comic about the issues of the day like racism, surveillance and artificial intelligence.

Zodiac Starforce #2 (Dark Horse) – Sailor Moon 2.0? A former sailor scouts type team is coming into their later teens and struggling with what that means. Lovely art and colors. Nice diverse cast.


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Top Pick: Grayson Annual #2 (DC Comics) – Every issue of this title has been an absolute hit. Now factor in we get a meeting between Clark and Dick in their new lives, you’ve got the makings of a classic!

Captain America: White #2 (Marvel Comics) – I loved the first issue. This team is always dynamite for me, it’s nice to see Cap and Bucky back in their purest form.  Bring on the baddies!

Green Lantern Annual #4 (DC Comics) – We finally get to find out where Hal got Darlene from and more insight into his new mission. I’m buckled in, lets head through the blasting zone!

Justice League #44 (DC Comics) – The cosmic battle royale continues. I am so pumped to see what becomes of Bat-God, Evil Superman and oh yeah those other guys too.

Superman #44 (DC Comics) – The awaited finale to “Truth”. Let’s see if it comes with some Justice!

The Batman We Deserve

Batman #44 CoverAn issue of Batman exploring institutional racism in the form of police brutality and housing policy. That’s what it takes to get me to read Batman again and that’s what Scott Snyder and Brian Azzarello delivered in the groundbreaking issue Batman #44.

I was unaware of any comics from DC or Marvel ever addressing the racialized nature of police brutality until Batman #44. That is newsworthy*. My pal Spencer Ackerman of The Guardian interviewed the issue’s writers Snyder and Azzarello and artist Jock. Read his fascinating article for some enlightening quotes from them (and me! and Emma Houxbois!). Here, I want to expand on our conversation because this is a major moment in Batman comics and it is also one that highlights why so many on the left have long joked about the character’s problematic nature in our analyses.

Mainstream superhero comics have a history of dealing with questions of economic injustice. At times they’ve directly looked at racism, though never institutional racism without relying on a metaphor like the X-Men’s Mutants. Comics frequently tell stories about police abusing their authority— sometimes we’re supposed to even celebrate that abuse, but police corruption is usually shown as either the behavior of a few “bad apples” or something that can be fixed by brining in a new commissioner. Never is policing itself depicted as intrinsically racist and classist. Now it has.

Snyder doesn’t reveal Batman #44’s ironic title “A Simple Case” until the very end because throughout the issue the story is slowly revealed to not be a simple case at all. The story shows the interplay between institutional racism and economic injustice. By looking at these pieces together Batman and the reader can get a sense of the complexity of the problems that Batman usually attempts to solve via detective work and Bruce Wayne attempts to solve via so-called “charity”. These problems will not be solved by each of those approaches alone– especially not one that treats the criminal justice system as a fair partner when it is not.

Batman #44 brings up redlining, banks’ refusal to invest in communities of color. It hits on how even so called “affordable housing” developments can be used to displace the lowest income people in the name of helping moderate income people. Moderate income people need affordable housing too as super gentrification strikes places like NYC and SF (though not Metropolis apparently), but generally speaking the policies that subsidize moderate income housing exclude the poorest residents and pit workers against each other.

A Batman book that addresses gentrification, institutional racism and bank’s disinvestment in communities is the Batman book we need today. Fan’s see these patterns in the world around them and Batman can give people an additional perspective encouraging them to engage more deeply in these issues.

Let’s talk about the Wayne Foundation and why I put the word charity in quotes. Bruce Wayne is always shown as a source of “charity”. The Wayne Family Foundation funds the opera. It fund hospitals and schools. But who makes the decisions in those institutions? Largely the funders— the 1%. If a charity is dependent on the benevolence of a rich benefactor it will never be truly be reflective of the community it intends to serve. It will not be a source of liberation. It will perpetuate the power imbalances that cause poverty in the first place. If an institution runs on charity alone the community will never be in charge.

The Wayne Foundation’s charitable donations do not contribute to any systemic change in Gotham or elsewhere. So what should the Wayne Foundation do with it’s money? A woke-up Bruce Wayne should fund community-based organizing that would lead to long term change by financially supporting people who fight back against the roots of their oppression. He could fund community organizers to go door-to-door to raise money within low income communities by building membership organizations. Membership-lead organizations can become self-sustaining so that institutions by and for low income people are no longer dependent on a Wayne Foundation grant. Imagine if Bruce Wayne funded the Center for Popular Democracy (disclosure, the organization I work for is a founding member of CPD) or another institution that empowers low income people to organize themselves for lasting change?

The Wayne Foundation hasn’t pushed for a living wage campaign. But the Bruce Wayne shown in Issue 44– I could imagine him showing up for a #FightFor15 rally. He could agree not to interfere in union elections so that all of the employees of Wayne Enterprises from the janitors to the techies can unionize. He could call for a tax on the 1% that would be high enough to finally fund all the Gotham City infrastructure that has crumbled away and is only now being rebuilt by frankly predatory private funding sources.

All of what I just described is dramatic. All of what I described could be a great story. It could be a science fiction story or a contemporary drama. But none of it is noir. None of it is a detective comic. I don’t expect these solutions in Batman. If at super hero comics writer can pull off a story like that I’d be the happiest fangirl in the planet. Take the challenge if you can, but it’s not something I expect to see.

Genre limitations keep Batman stories from addressing the solutions I raise and the narrative machinery of a noir comic needs Gotham to remain a failed state (city). But it’s still important to know that Bruce Wayne’s “charity” solutions would never work in the real world either. Emma Houxbois writes in her review of Batman #43 (go read her immediately) “there can never be any kind of a soft power, George Soros informed version of Bruce Wayne and neither can Gotham’s institutional problems of corruption and poverty ever be permanently solved. The elastic will have to snap back eventually.”

I hadn’t been reading Batman lately but Emma Houxbois review of Batman #43 makes it clear that the political awareness shown in issue 44 has been building for some time.

She writes that Snyder: seems to have been building up to this moment for quite some time. He’s taken great care in participating in the construction of the most urgent and presciently dystopian Gotham that has ever appeared in a monthly title. The old structures, the standbys of Gothams past like Arkham Asylum and Wayne Enterprises have crumbled. Gotham is a hypermodern city of crushing poverty and astounding wealth with a militarized police force that it relies on the private sector to sustain.

Having just finished reading Grayson #12 it is clear that in the next few months Amnesia!Bruce is going to be forced into re-taking the cowl of Batman once again. Maybe the Batman that comes back will be a Batman who can see the flaws in his own systems and recognize how his work has perpetuated the problems he seeks to address. Genre says “no”, but Batman #44 says “yes”. If anyone is going to be given the creative space to do so it will be Scott Snyder.

I have increasingly seen militarization of the police force as a topic in comics like Green Arrow. Superman is being written by the Eisner-winning Gene Luen Yang. Maybe someday we’ll get a smart feminist writing Wonder Woman again. As the new DCYou promotions brought more diverse teams and subject matter to their titles I’ve started reading a lot of DC. But I hadn’t been reading their A-list characters. With stories like these, maybe I should.

* Since writing this piece I read a fascinating essay by former Batman editor Joseph Illidge about a one-shot by groundbreaking black comic book author Christopher Priest called Batman: The Hill which does. I definitely want to track that down to read too. It stinks that important work by creators of color is still buried. In his article Illidge writes “For various administrative reasons, “Batman: The Hill” almost did not see the light of day as a published comic book, but thanks to the efforts of Jordan Gorfinkel and myself, the editors, and Denny O’Neil, the Batman Group Editor at the time, the book did not disappear in a pile of cancelled projects cast to the wind.

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