They may be DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but you can get to know them today in this exclusive new DC All Access clip! We’re all still reeling from yesterday’s epic new trailer, but that didn’t stop Tiffany and Jason from rounding up Legends of Tomorrow’s Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl), Falk Hentschel (Hawkman), Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Brandon Routh (Atom) and Executive Producer Phil Klemmer to talk about what we can expect when the show premieres next January. Plus, we look at the first issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race, discuss Vertigo’s The Sheriff of Babylon with creators Tom King and Mitch Gerads and preview DC’s newest YouTube channel, DC Fans!
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The 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
Wednesdays 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.
Top Pick: X-O Manowar #42 (Valiant) – The comic brings the conclusion to a four part story arc that has the potential to be world changing within Valiant’s Universe. I can’t wait to get this in my hands.
All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue’s introduction to Laura Kinney as Wolverine, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story carries on.
Ivar, Timewalker #11 (Valiant) – It’s a comic by Valiant, so I’m already excited for it, but Ivar has been one of the most entertaining comics each month. Well worth adding to your pull list.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – The comic has an intelligent Tyrannosaurus Rex. That sold me on the comic right there, but on top of that there looks to be a lot of soul here that I’m excited for.
Top Pick: Silk #1 (Marvel) – As a Silk fan from the moment we met her in the bunker, Silk #1 has got to be my top pick for this week. Featuring everyone’s favourite feline, The Black Cat, this first issue promises to be packed with turmoil as we see Silk taking a turn for the sinister. The artwork is bursting with colour that really strikes, and Silk is looking seriously stunning.
But will she go too far on her new found path? Only one way to find out…
Carnage #2 (Marvel) – Carnage brings chaos, destruction and devastation with him wherever he goes (this issue promises to be no different) so it is really little wonder that the FBI are tracking down this serial Killer with sonic technology, supported by former astronaut John Jameson and a newly reformed Eddie Brock. With a faultless (?) plan to trap Carnage in an abandoned mine, what could possibly go wrong?
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 (DC Comics) – The comic has been hyped for quite a while and lets face it, Frank Miller’s previous two volumes are classics and important works (even if you dislike them). The third volume of Miller’s Batman tale hits shelves this week and he’s got the help of Brian Azzarello for writing. I love Azzarello’s work, so his inclusion only makes this more anticipated. Add on top of that, art by Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert.
Archie #4 (Archie Comics) – Archie has been killing it this year, and especially in recent months with their relaunch of their Archie line of comics. This one finally reveals the “Lipstick Incident,” and I know Mark Waid and Annie Wu will knock it out of the park.
Captain Canuck #5/Captain Canuck: Unholy War (Chapter House Publishing) – Are you reading Captain Canuck? Well, you should. The series is a superhero comic in its purest form without the dark and gritty negativity so many others have. This week also has a double dose with a brand new issue, plus a collection of a limited series from 2004 reprinted as a trade. This week is a double dose of Captain Canuck awesomeness!
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – The comic looks and sounds beyond cute and awesome. It’s one of the most intriguing new series from Marvel.
Ringside #1 (Image Comics) – I loved wrestling growing up in the 80s. While it’s been a long time since I was a regular viewer, this new series by Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber sounds awesome with interconnected stories exploring the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers.
All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – This is the best Wolverine comic in a generation. Marvel’s most exciting post Secret Wars title so far. Check these reviews out to see why.
Art Ops #2 (Vertigo) – If you see Mike Allred’s art on this comic and it speaks to you (and it’s trademark Allred pop-art enthusiasm certainly speaks to me) then it’s certainly worth picking up issue #2 to see where it goes.
Black Magic #2 (Image Comics) – A “witch noir” from one of the top creative teams in comics. I gave the first issue a 9 out of 10 score in my review. This is a brand new series from creators I trust to write fascinating female protagonists in interesting worlds with beautiful art.
The Fade Out #11 (Image Comics) – The best noir comic. Fascinating female characters. Beautiful, era evocative art.
Kaptara #5 (Image Comics) – The funniest and most outlandish fantasy series on the shelves. It’s actually Chip Zdarsky’s best work if you ask me. That’s saying something since I think he’s currently working on 100 different titles, all of which are of some renown.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s most anticipated debut issues. A black girl genius and her dinosaur. I know this is going to be a hit and I know you’ll be buying it for all the kids in your life and for yourself.
Top Pick: Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel) – Kitty “Star-Lord” Pryde and her Guardians, who now include The Thing, have come to Spartax..but is Emperor Peter happy to see them? The first issue of this relaunch was fun and brought me right back to the Guardians we left before Secret Wars (though now The Thing is a member…which is fantastic!…see what I did there?) and I am looking forward to more space fun with this crew and to see if Quill has let power go to his head.
All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – This title was a pleasant surprise for me. I was worried we’d get a typical hack and slash Wolverine book, but issue 1 definitely set Laura up as her own heroine and now she’s facing a problem that looks exactly like her…and she needs to know how and why this is happening; and I will be right there with you.
Kara must protect National City from a series of bombings and babysit Cat’s son, while James is visited by Lucy Lane.
CBS‘ Supergirl finally gets us to a bigger story, as it’s revealed there’s a big bad on the horizon, or at least in front of us. The episode has Kara balancing her life, and doing what she can to do her job too.
The episode is cute in many ways, revolving around Jimmy’s love life and the rather complicated matter than it is.
But, as usual, the episode really revolves around Kara/Supergirl and what she does and what she says. The episode portrays her in a relaistic way as a hero who can’t do it all, and does mess up, and have to make choices. It’s a solid episode in many ways because of that.
I’m not a fan of Kara and Jimmy getting together, which is teased as usual, but not gone through with. It’s cute, but Jimmy should be her mentor and friend.
There’s also some solid moments of a young boy looking up at Supergirl as his hero, a nice nod that her fans go across gender.
The episode isn’t deep at all, but a very cute and entertaining hour.
Overall rating: 7.9
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Huck #1 is fantastic. This is an innocent tale of hope and the inherent goodness of one man; that it comes from the man behind Kick-Ass surprises me greatly. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
The Saga Of The Jack Of Spades is the first issue in a successfully funded Indiegogo project aimed toward a young adult audience. Featuring a story that’s centered around four kingdoms based of the four suits in a deck of cards. It’s a unique concept that is executed fairly well, but fell a little short when it came to really drawing me into the comic. Maybe the next issue will do that, though. You can find a bit more information about the comic here, and it’s worth checking out when you’ve got a chance.
Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read
Action Comics #46: Just so bad. I know there’s a big picture here, but something is so off with this Superman series, and Superman as a whole. Overall Rating: 6 Recommendation: Pass
BPRD Hell on Earth #137: Consistently entertaining, this series really ups the action and intrigue as the BPRD makes a move against New York with the US Navy. Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Read
Codename Baboushka #2: A fun spy comic with lots of action. The art is a little off at times, but the story is fun as all hell. If you like your Bond light and full of action, this kick-ass woman will fit your needs. Overall Rating: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Descender #7: The latest issue sets this series in a bit of a new direction by introducing some new characters. It also has a moment that actually caught me off-guard. And the art! Absolutely beautiful to look at. Each issue delivers and one of the best series on the market. Overall Rating: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: I just know the movie, so compared to that, this is a great adaptation. The art captures the manic and over the top events. For fans of Thompson, this is a must get. Overall Rating: 9 Recommendation: Buy
I Hate Fairyland #2: Just so twisted. And so much fun. Foulmouthed pint sized twisted fun. Overall Rating: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy
Jughead #2: The second issue continues to deliver mixing “real world” high school life with Jughead’s fantasies. Just a great blend and interesting type of storytelling. Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Read
Pawn Shop: A series of interconnecting stories that’s heart touching and a fantastic read for those who like a slice of life story. This is one of the few comics I’ve read multiple times, and I feel like I catch something new each time. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
The Paybacks #3: One of the funniest comics out there and such a great series. Mixes action, laughs, and superheroes perfectly. Overall Rating: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy
Star Wars: Kanan #8: The best Star Wars comic out there right now. Based on Star Wars: Rebels, it’s giving us some great history before Episode III and between Episode III and IV. Overall Rating: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #47: What should Optimus do next? This issue is laying the groundwork for that, and it’s interesting. Overall Rating: 8.1 Recommendation: Read
Constantine #6*: Consistently one of the best comics from DC or Marvel. Issue 6 is a perfect jumping on point for anyone who missed the earlier series. John takes his exorcism skills on tour through the 5 boroughs of NYC serving a realistic range of customers including party demons in Bushwick (lord knows, I’ve been there). The episode is funny with a dark foreboding at its core. Some force seems to want John to connect with that nice, hot, normal restaurant owner/chef he flirted with. John knows that everyone who gets close to him gets hurt. But being alone hurts too. Overall Rating: 9 Recommendation: Buy
Jughead #2: Tons of fun. I’m totally new to this series and I’m enjoying it immensely. Expressive, funny art from Erica Henderson is a perfect fit for Zdarsky’s jokes. Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Pretty Deadly #6: A whole new chapter of the story starts here. Still poetic and atmospheric the setting is shifting to the battlefields of World War 1. Rios’ art is moody and creative. It looks like no other comic on the stands and is the reason I’m giving this an Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Spider-Woman #1*. I’m all for stories about pregnant superheros and super-heroes who become parents. The Danny Rand/ Misty Knight love story in Secret Wars Secret Loves was the best thing in the whole mega-event. But I don’t know why Spider-Woman is having a baby. It’s a character who has specifically said she didn’t want kids in the past. I’m not saying that pronouncements are set in stone. But I need the comic to do a better job of selling me on this. Right now it still feels like a violation of her spirit.
If Roger (aka Porcupine) is the dad I’m going to punch a wall. Heck, even if Ben Urich is (and he’s a great character who I’ve enjoyed for years) I’ll also be pissed. To be honest, I hope we never know. I like her independent dammit! Jessica Drew is one of my favorite super heroes. I never identified with her or anything, I just appreciated how shameless she was about loving her powers.
At least her clothes are realistic clothes for a grown woman. Sad that drawing that still feels like an achievement.
Overall Rating: 3 but I’m willing to be convinced later. Maybe.
Batman and Robin Eternal #7*: Continuing off last weeks strong showing, this issue jumps Team Robin back in the drivers seat following trails of breadcrumbs to Prague. We get a little more insight to Mother and a scene where Bruce Wayne tries to set up a meeting with her. We also get a fun interrogation team up with Jason and Tim and a fun cliffhanger. Story moved well and art was fluid. Another good showing this week. Story: 7.5 Art: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Extraordinary X-Men #2*: Seeing the X-Men use a reconstituted Sentinel as Cerebra is pretty cool. I enjoyed the issue quite a bit. Yes it feels like business as usual with the X-Men still hated and M-Pox seems like a retread of the Legacy Virus, but this time it seems more dire. Jean throwing away a “normal” life to do the right thing only to be unappreciated was a nice touch. I am enjoying Old Man Logan’s inclusion too. So while it doesn’t feel completely “All-New” it was new enough. Ramos and Lemire are a great team. I hope they stay on the title for a while. Plus bearded Colosus is awesome. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).
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The white martians place their final plans in motion to restore Mars. The only cost, the complete destruction of the planet Earth. Now, the people Martian Manhuter has placed his personality in must decide whose side they are on, while the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance.
The most interesting part about Martian Manhunter #6 is, the way no one is portrayed as a hero or a villain. The entire story is told in a shade of gray. The white martians want to restore their homeland of Mars. To do this, they need to sacrifice the Earth. They do not want to invade the Earth. Instead, they want to save their own planet at whatever cost. This makes them very sympathetic. Even if, their desire to succeed does go too far at times, it never comes across as evil just to be evil. Conversely, watching Martian Manhunter, and the people he has split his personality into, grapple with the idea of saving Earth or restoring Mars is fascinating. While the Martians have been the de facto bad guy so far, the ending of the story flips that completely around and sets up the rest of the arc to portray them as the sympathetic heroes. The entire story is a great display of how important perspective is in defining a hero. Here, anyone could be seen as the hero just as easily as they could be seen as the villain.
Beyond the ideas of right and wrong, the story is full of great character moments and growth. Mr. Biscuits is as funny as every and his discovery of Paul Blart’s Mall Cop is wildly entertaining. Each of the characters, within whom Martian Manhunter has placed his personality, continue to grow in very natural and exciting ways.
The artwork works well throughout all of the chaos occurring on the page. One particular page involving Leo, and wheelchair bound white martian, revealing his powers is breathtaking. The panels of the page work around his grotesque transformation and add to the dire feel of the scene. The character models look good and the action scenes are fast paced. Every character remains distinguishable during large battles where multiple characters are battling at the same time.
Overall, this is a fantastic comic book. The art is strong, the story is exciting, and the morals at play are ambiguous, creating interesting characters everywhere. This series has been a great read for a while now and only gets better with issue #6.
Story: Rob Williams Art: Eddy Barrows
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy
We Are Robin #6
Written by: Lee Bermejo
Art by: Jorge Corona
Cover by: Jorge Corona
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: Nov, 25 2015
The Robins are reeling from yet another loss—but with the Reaper on their tails, there’s no time regroup! As the team fractures, each Robin must decide who can be trusted. And is it worth the risk to wear the R?
Ok, so this book has been an 11 year wait but was it worth it? Yes. Now I know that’s a lot of expectation to have but it met mine. Essentially this is a team up book. It just so happens to have the most unlikely arch-enemy team of all time: Batman and the Joker.
What could make these two team up you say? Well how about a situation where both their lives depend on it. Literally. Now this won’t play out like Beverly Hills Cop or any other buddy drama, but it should be interesting enough. Especially if it’s played right we should get some good entertaining moments.
We start our tale on the streets of Gotham, where amidst heavy narration, Batman is kicking the scales off Killer Croc. (Is it me or does Jim Lee love drawing Killer Croc in every Batman story? Plus he’s looking more and more like the Daemonites from WildCats here) It’s a battle he’s had time and time again but this time it’s different. This time it’s tougher. Only Croc knows it. He can sense Batman slowing down. Despite his sluggishness, Batman finishes the fight and heads back to the Batcave to regroup.
When he gets there he sees that Alfred (good to see he has both hands) has dire news for him. Apparently there is a virus called Colossus that has infected the Batcomputer and Bruce wonders how it could be. The message on the screen says you are infected and you have one week left. Alfred wonders if it’s a computer virus at all because Bruce is coughing heavily and is looking gravely ill. Bruce wonders how he could have contracted such a disease and who could have possibly infected him? He sets out for Berlin to find answers.
When Batman gets to Berlin, he wastes no time looking for information and roughs up some of the local riff raff to do it. Meanwhile we get the Joker who is already in Berlin and Batman bursts in on him just in time to save a young girl the Joker was going to kill. Or so he thought. It turns out that the Joker is in the same boat as our hero and has been infected as well. Which leads to a very unholy alliance…
Overall: Like I said this was a very long wait. I’m just glad it’s finally here. Despite being highly anticipated, the creative team here offers up a fun out of continuity tale that shows a lot of early promise. The art is gorgeous here with the great (and DC Head Honcho) Jim Lee doing the pencils. What I really enjoyed though is the watercolor style (thanks to Alex Sinclair) used instead of crisp digital colors. It gave the book a more gritty and serious tone and I would like to see this technique explored more often. As for the plot, while it isn’t the deepest I’ve seen it moved very well and has me very interested in seeing who is the mastermind behind this evil scheme. Is it a classic or all new bat foe? Brian Azzarello always crafts a good mystery and I don’t think he will disappoint this time. Hopefully the rest of the chapters come out on time. Till next time it appears the cave is going to get a little crowded and I hope Alfred doesn’t wash Bruce’s tights with Joker’s purple suit…
Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.9 Score: 9 Reccomendation: Buy
The Secret Six continue to try to save Black Alice from being possessed. Will they be able to save the world in the process? Do they even care about saving the world? No, they don’t care. They don’t care at all.
The first thing to note is, this is not a good jumping on point for anyone looking to start the series (that would be last month’s issue #7 which, you can see a beautifully written review of here). This issue wastes no time on backstory. Instead, it focuses on ramping up the action and the stakes of saving Black Alice from the elder gods using her powers. The issue has a lot of great moments throughout. The battle between Catman and Aquaman is just funny. Aquaman tries to use logic against Catman but, as with anything involving the Secret Six, logic only makes things more complicated. There is also a nice scene of Etrigan playing mini golf. The world of Secret Six is so absurd that this in no way seems out-of-place. Sometimes heroes and demons just need to relax and have some fun like the rest of us. Him in a one piece swimsuit is also an absurd delight. Moments like these are really the strength of the issue. Sure, the world is about to end but, the story always finds time to poke fun at not only the superhero genre but, the world itself.
It is not all perfect though. The story of who the elder gods are, and how the white gates have held them back, aren’t explained very clearly. It’s a kind of confusing premise. Especially, when two separate characters are describing the white gates in two different ways.
The artwork in this book is very impressive. Where the story is taking place, changes the way panels are laid out and the border surrounding them. Underwater, panels are waved and more fluid in their layout. Above ground, they are cleaner and more classic in design. These layout choices help add a more immersive feel to environments. There is really no point where the art falters. Characters look good throughout, especially Black Alice’s powers when they are in use and her appearance is constantly shifting. Artists Dale Eaglesham and Tom Denerick have a strong handle on physical humor as well, adding to the hilarity of each scene.
Overall, Secret Six #8 is a fun, action packed story which, is building steadily to an outrageous ending. In a tale involving this group of people, it is hard to predict how anything of this is going to end. And, that makes each story an exiting prospect worth reading.
Story: Gail Simone Artist: Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenik
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy