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Mini Reviews For Week Ending 11/29

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.


all new wolverine 2All-New Wolverine #2* wasn’t as captivating for me as the first issue. It did advance the story a fair bit, perhaps more so than the first issue, and there was some nice glimpses into Laura’s life away from the X-Men and her skill set. But it just felt… lacking to me. Perhaps a victim of my own high expectations? If you read this comic, I genuinely hope you enjoy it more than I did. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1* – Yeah, this series is going to be amazing. The set up this issue is fantastic. Overall Rating: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy now so you don’t have to play catch up later

Tempered Steele #1 looks like it came straight out of the 90’s. It probably could have stayed there. Overall Rating: 6 Recommendation: Pass



Angela: Queen of Hel #2 * The comic has fantastic art, which is generally better than the story which feels a little plodding. It has some of the narrative issues that I found irritating in The Mighty Thor in its last run. Still, the concept is interesting and I want to see what a Hel is like with Angela in charge. I’m just not sure I’ll stick around to actually see that. Overall Rating: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

All-New Wolverine #2* – I wasn’t blown away by the first issue and the second doesn’t quite do it for me either. Again, the comic feels like its cribbed a bit from Orphan Black, but missing what makes that show fun. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Batman: Endgame #1 Director’s Cut – The comic initially was a solid read, so to be able to check it out again, this time with notes from the creators and a look at the pencils is really cool. I’d love to see more of these types of releases especially in trades and graphic novels. The pencils especially are amazing to look at. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 * – The second issue feels a lot like Ghostbusters in many ways. In fact dump Egon, Ray, Peter, and Winston and it’d totally be exactly that. It’s not a bad thing, and that type of comic is missing from the Marvel line-up. The comic is decent fun, didn’t quite blow me away, but the concept is interesting. I’d maybe prefer a more hardcore horror vibe and look, but I’m interested in still seeing where the series goes. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read


Superman #46* – I can see what writer Gene Luen Yang is going for in the current arc. There’s an attempt to talk about the mythology of the superhero through a fight club. It’s an interesting concept, but the execution doesn’t quite work for me. Also Superman’s return is being choreographed a bit too much. Just not clicking. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 * – The comic continues to be very cute and fun. It continues to find humor in the small things, and the writing is top notch when it comes to that. Just a solid fun comic that pulls of its goal of entertaining through humor. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read



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The Fadeout #11 – The best noir comic. One point that needs to be repeated is that frequently when watching film noir or reading crime fiction there is a certain sense of alienation that the reader experiences from the subject matter. Here that’s not the case. I really care about the characters, the screenwriter protagonist, his friend the blacklisted screenwriter. But especially the women– both living and dead. It makes the cliffhanger at the end of this issue really hard! Stunning period perfect art too. Overall Rating: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Kaptara #5 – Super fun He-Man on acid with a queer sensibility. The art reveals more and more the longer you look at it. Seriously, go back and look over former issues to see funny and inventive details you missed. The final two page spread presents a cast of villain characters that’s quite something to behold! Overall Rating: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – Funny and emotional too. I’m sure many kids in comic reading demographics will identify with Lunella’s problems at school (“too smart for her own good”). I’m glad to see key aspects of Kirby’s original designs and worldbuilding are still there. And boy do we need more protagonists like Lunella. I’d give it an 8.5 for kids.


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DKIII promo image SDCCDark Knight III: The Master Race #1* – Wow. All I could think while reading this is, why couldn’t this be what the Dark Knight Strikes Again have been? The art by Kuburt fantastically channels Miller in many shots (especially the long ones) I enjoyed seeing Diana and Lara again too. I liked the use of texting and social media in a stylized manner to tell the story’s introduction. I won’t spoil the ending but the cliffhanger was epic. The back up story drawn by Miller featuring The Atom was great too. This book was worth the wait. Only problem is I have another wait until the next one! Overall Rating: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy



Andre The Giant: Closer to Heaven TPB – I was a huge fan of wrestling when I was a child so definitely was hyped about this trade. Read the TPB by First Second, which was great , so was not sure how good this was going to be, in my opinion it surpassed it. Excellent overview of Andre’s life by Brandon Easton. Remarkable illustrations by Denis Medri.
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Definitely 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 (**).

Review: Batman/Superman #26

BatmanSuperman26Superman enlists the help of Batgirl, Redhood, Dick Grayson, and Batman to protect a group of people forced to mine uranium for Vandal Savage. As the story unfold, Vandal’s intentions become more clear and more treacherous. Now, everyone must figure out how to stop the immortal Savage before his destructive plan begins.

Batman/Superman #26 mainly focuses on Superman and the repercussions from a previous fight he had with Vandal Savage. He was defeated and psychologically, he has not been able to recover. Superman’s struggle with who his is and who he was is the heart of the story. Writer Greg Pak, does a phenomenal job showing how far he has fallen. Those he is protecting at the camp still see him as a hero. They see him as a symbol of hope. He himself cannot see this though and it causes a great ideological dichotomy between the two views. The character interactions are also well done. Each heroes personality shines through and feels appropriate. The main issue with the story is the way Batman is presented. He does not arrive until midway through and immediately solves all of the mystery behind Vandal Savage’s plan. This goes in the face of Superman actually calling Batgirl a genius. By establishing her as a genius, it makes little sense that she could not have solved everything herself. He also makes Red Hood and Grayson look incompetent in the process during the climatic battle.

The art is consistently strong throughout. The action scenes are well paced and well designed. Each character model is distinct and unique in both look and emotional expression.There really isn’t a bad panel in the entire issue. Each page is very solid.

Overall, this issue is only meant to build towards an eventual battle with Vandal Savage. And, while there may be issues with Batman and how his portrayal effects others, the story is very entertaining. There are many quality character moments and Superman internal struggle makes this a very good read.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Ardian Syaf, Cliff Richards
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are folk excited for? We’ve got lots of reviews lined up!

While you await all of that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

GamePolitics – First shot of Stardock’s next presidential election simulation game – I don’t think any game can cover this election’s insanity.

ICv2 – Dark Horse Adapting Top Chinese Graphic Novels – This could be cool.

iO9 – Supergirl Has a Superman-Sized Problem at its Center – Yup, definitely an issue.

GamePolitics – SPJ reveals ‘Bill Kunkel Awards’ to honor ethical games journalism – This is great to see.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – James Bond #1

CBR – Silver Vol. 1

Talking Comics – The Vision #1

Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Batman, Predator and Rick Grimes!

Halloween may be over, but the terror is just beginning, as Diamond Select Toys unleashes a legion of fairly frightening fellows on comic shops across North America! The Dark Knight of Batman: The Animated Series. The Yautja hunter from the Predator films. Rick Grimes himself of The Walking Dead fame. All three are here to capture their prey and chew bubblegum, and they just threw their bubblegum off the side of a building.

Back to the Future Time Machine Metal Bottle Opener

Remember that time you wanted a refreshing drink, but didn’t have a bottle opener? Well, now you can plan for the future with this sculpted 4” metal bottle opener depicting the famous time machine from Back to the Future! It won’t travel back in time to open past drinks for you, but the magnets on the wheels will keep it mounted on your refrigerator so it will always be there, time after time. Comes packaged in a full-color slip case. (Item #JUN152100, SRP: $18.00)


Batman The Animated Series Batman Resin Bust

Evildoers beware – Batman is kicking off the next big bust line from Diamond Select! Based on the iconic and revolutionary Batman: The Animated Series, this line of 6-inch resin busts will depict Batman and his friends and foes just as you remember them from the cartoons! The Caped Crusader himself will be the first release in the series, with his arms crossed atop an art-deco base inspired by the show’s distinctive style. Packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Steve Varner Studios! (Item #APR152298, SRP: $59.99)


Ghostbusters Logo Metal Bottle Opener

You have the tools, you have the talent… but do you have a bottle opener? When you’ve defeated an invasive supernatural entity, and it’s time to celebrate with a cool beverage, be sure you have this 3” metal bottle opener handy. Scultped in the shape of the Ghostbusters logo, this opener has magnets on the back so it will stick to your refrigerator, containment grid or the hood of the Ecto-1. Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #MAY152169, SRP: $18.00)


Justice League Flash Logo Metal Bottle Opener

When you need a bottle opener, there’s no time to dilly-dally. Show your friends how fast you are at fulfilling your hosting duties with this metal bottle opener in the shape of the Flash’s logo from Justice League! Cast in solid metal and measuring approximately 4 inches long, this opener also has magnets on the back, so you can stick it to your refrigerator or global threat monitoring station for a more rapid response time. Thirst never waits! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUL152192, SRP: $18.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington 16″ Coffin Doll

Halloween is coming, and so is Jack Skellington! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Jack is a must for any home that embraces the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Jack figure will rest comfortably in his coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for him to rise once again! Limited to 1994 pieces! (Item #APR152291, SRP: $49.99)


Predator Minimates Foil Bag Counter Display Asst.

Get to the chopper! It’s a whole new line of Minimates mini-figures, based on the cinematic world of Predator! This first blind-bagged assortment features Billy and the Jungle Predator (masked, unmasked and thermal) from the first film, the City Predator (regular and battle-damaged) from Predator 2, and Edwin and Cuchillo from Predators! There are eight different figures in all, with a full set in every display case of 18 foil bags, but Edwin is the rarest figure, with only one per case! Let the hunt begin! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY152178, SRP: $5.99/ea.)


Predator Unmasked Vinyl Bust Bank

DST goes deeper into the jungle with this vinyl bust bank of an unmasked Predator! With his mandibles out and his shoulder cannon at the ready, this hunter is protective of his prize, and his prize is your loose change! Insert coins through a slot in the back and remove them through an access door in the base. With a detailed, collectible-quality sculpt by Eli Livingston, you’ll take one look at this bank and you’ll say, “You are one ugly money-saver!” Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #APR152309, SRP: $22.99)


Superman Animated Logo Metal Bottle Opener

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to remove a bottlecap in a single bound! Draw on the strength of the Man of Steel with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the Superman logo from Superman: The Animated Series. Like Superman himself, this 4” opener can bend metal and remove bottlecaps with ease, and two magnets on the back allow it to hover on your refrigerator until it’s time to swoop in and save the day! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUN152098, SRP: $18.00)


Walking Dead Rick Grimes B&W Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Keep your money safe from zombies (and the living) with the unyielding glare of Rick Grimes! Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book, this 7-inch vinyl bust bank of Rick Grimes has been rendered in black-and-white, just as he appears in the pages of the comic! With a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base, he’s a bank as well as a collectible-quality bust! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #MAY138201, SRP: $22.99)


NYCC 2015: 20 New Diamond Select Items

At New York Comic-Con 2015, Diamond Select Toys had a ton of new prototypes on display, some of which had never before been seen in public! Now, many of those items are up for pre-order for the first time, including new items from Batman: The Animated Series, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, Image Comics, Mallrats, Marvel Comics, Muppets, Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Trek, Superman: The Animated Series, Valiant Comics, The Walking Dead and more! Read on for info below, then pre-order from your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer, and look for them in the spring! It’s the best of all worlds!

Batman The Animated Series Harley Quinn’s Hammer Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! There’s no bottle Harley Quinn’s hammer can’t open! Based on the large mallet wielded by Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpted metal bottle opener can remove any bottle cap faster than you can say “puddin’”! A must-have for any Harley Quinn fan Measuring approximately 4 inches long, it comes packaged in a full-color collector slipcase. (Item #NOV152180, SRP: $18.00)


Batman The Animated Series Joker Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Clown Prince of Crime joins DST’s line of resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series! With a fan of cards in one hand and a toy pistol in the other, this bust of The Joker is not just playing around, and is a spot-on representation of the character as he appears in the classic animated series.  Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this resin bust is packaged in a full-color window box, with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces! Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #NOV152178, SRP: $59.99)


Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Move over boys – there’s a new Bat-heroine in town! Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl took Gotham City by storm in the third season of the Batman Classic TV Series, and she also turned gender conventions on their ear! A smart, stylish crime-fighter, Barbara Gordon was an equal to Batman and Robin, and saved their bacon on more than one occasion. This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, in her iconic purple outfit, atop a base inspired by the show’s animated opening. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this bust is limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV152181, SRP: $59.99)


Back to the Future Minimates Rail Ready Time Machine Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s an all-new edition of our famous Minimates Time Machine from Back to the Future III! This never-before-released edition features the Wild West detailing of the third film in the trilogy, with hood-mounted circuitry, “rail-read” train wheels and a generous coating of dust! Plus, the car comes with an all-new version of Marty McFly, in his 1885 cowboy duds! This approximately 4-inch vehicle features rolling wheels, opening doors, and enough room to seat two Minimates mini-figures. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152187, SRP: $19.99)


Ghostbusters Mr. Stay Puft Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ve got the tools, you’ve got the talent, but do you have a bottle opener? The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man can open anything: churches, gateways to other dimensions, you name it. Now, this happy-faced version of our 4-inch metal Mr. Stay-Puft will open up your favorite bottled beverage and magnetically stick to your refrigerator door! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #NOV152186, SRP: $18.00)


Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 3 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Godzilla is back, and he brought company! This all-new box set of tiny, 2-inch monsters includes a new version of Godzilla, plus four of his greatest friends and enemies! Burning Godzilla features a new orange-tinged paint scheme and removable flame breath, and he comes with all-new figures of Rodan, Megalon and two Mothra Larvae! Each Minimates mini-figure has multiple points of articulation, stands approximately 2 inches tall, and features fully interchangeable parts. Create your own kaiju! Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152190, SRP: $24.99)


Comic Book Heroes Minimates 2-Packs Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of your local comic shop, it’s the first assortment of Comic Book Heroes Minimates, based on some of the most popular independent titles around! Four different two-packs pair up heroes and heroines from six different comics! From Image Comics, Cassie Hack from Hack/Slash teams up with Em Cypress from Revival!  From the world of Valiant Comics, Ninjak takes on Shadowman! From Image’s Chew, FDA agent Tony Chu partners with cyborg John Colby and the fighting rooster Poyo! And from Battle Beasts, Ruminant the Giraffe takes on Spyrnus the Hammerhead Shark! Each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152191, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Mallrats 20th Anniversary Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not there to shop, they’re not there to work, they’re just there! Celebrate 20 years of Mallrats with this four-pack of Minimates mini-figures, featuring characters from writer-director Kevin Smith’s second movie! Jay, Silent Bob, Rene and Brodie come together in this set, styled after their appearances in the film. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Packaged on a full-color blister card.

Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152188, SRP: $24.99)


Marvel Minimates Series 65 Deadpool Comic 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc with a Mouth just got his own assortment of Minimates! Each two-pack in this sure-to-be-popular assortment features a different iteration of Deadpool, paired with a different character from Deadpool’s sordid past! Marvel Now Deadpool comes with Copycat/Domino (with alternate head and chest), Secret Wars Deadpool (with alternate handsome parts) comes with X-Force’s Siryn, Mascot Deadpool (with alternate DP parts) comes with Bob the Hydra Goon, and Zenpool comes with Messiah Complex Cable! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure feature 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts, and most include extra parts to swap out. Each two-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152185, SRP: $9.99/each)


Muppets Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to meet the Muppets! With the new TV series getting big ratings, the Muppets are hotter than ever, and now they’re getting their very own action figure line from DST! Series 1 gets things started with three different multi-figure packs: Fozzie with Scooter, Gonzo with Camilla, and Kermit with Robin and Bean Bunny. Each figure is in the Select action figure scale, and ranges from 2 to 6 inches tall, with multiple points of articulation. Each multi-pack comes in the famous display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #NOV152184, SRP $149.94/asst.)


Kermit, Robin and Bean Bunny (Item # SEP158427, SRP: $24.99)


Fozzie and Scooter (Item # SEP158428, SRP: $24.99)


Gonzo and Camilla (Item # SEP158429, SRP: $24.99)


Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Deluxe NYCC Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Now this is Halloween! The first-ever box set in the Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates line is the only place to get those three lovable scamps, Lock, Shock and Barrel, as well as a Battle-Damaged Jack Skellington in his tattered Santa Claus suit!! The three minions of Oogie Boogie each come with a removable mask, and they all fit inside the included walking Bathtub, which features articulated Minimates legs. Formerly a NYCC exclusive, this set is now available to all! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB158312, SRP: $30.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin King Jack Coffin Doll

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST continues to re-animate the Coffin Doll line of yesteryear with a new re-issue, this time of Jack Skellington as the Pumpkin King! Wearing his Jack O’Lantern mask and tattered clothes, the Pumpkin King stands approximately 16 inches tall, and features multiple points of articulation. Figure includes a sign for Halloween Town, and comes packaged in a coffin-shaped window box. (Item #NOV152183, SRP: $49.99)


Plants vs. Zombies PVZ Garden Warfare Minimates Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for a second helping of combat! Based on the hit video game Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, this new box set of Minimates mini-figures pits new plants against new zombies, and the garden stakes have definitely been raised! The Plumber Zombie (with Plunge Shot) and Wrestler Zombie (with Piledriver) take on the Toxic Chomper, Shadow Flower and Fire Pea! Each zombie stands approximately 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, while the pants stand 1-2 inches tall with one point of articulation, and all parts and accessories are fully interchangeable. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152189, SRP: $24.99)


Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been over a decade since we explored the early days of the Federation in the Star Trek TV series Enterprise, and now DST and Art Asylum are bringing their first-ever electronic starship out of drydock! Not available since 2002, the U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01 has been given a full overhaul, with new paint, new lights, new sound effects and new dialogue straight from the show, featuring Captain Archer! The press of a button triggers the electronic features, as the 12-inch plastic ship rests atop a plastic display base. Packaged in a full-color window box with try-me feature. (Item #JUN058142, SRP: $65.00)


Star Trek TOS Classic Enterprise NCC-1701 Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Toys release! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV Series, Diamond Select Toys has revisited their best-selling electronic starship and given it an upgrade! Featuring the surface detailing as seen in the HD episodes of the TV show, the new U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 features new lights-on capabilities, as well as longer voice clips, including the full opening monologue! This 14-inch plastic ship sits on top of a plastic flight stand, and a button on the saucer section triggers the electronic features. Packaged in a full-color window box with a try-me window. (Item #SEP088080, SRP: $65.00)


Star Trek TOS Retro Cloth Security & Cheron Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been almost 50 years since Star Trek: The Original Series debuted on TV, and DST is continuing their line of retro-style cloth-costumed action figures with two brand-new offerings! First up, a red-shirted Security crewman joins the Enterprise away team, with a new head sculpt and two variations to look for: the figure can have brown hair or black hair, as well as officer rank markings. Second, the Cheron alien returns, but in a reversed color scheme, so the black and white halves are on the opposite side! Pair him with our previously released Cheron to re-enact “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”! Each 8-inch figure features removable clothing and multiple points of articulation, just like the Mego figures of old, and comes in a resealable plastic clamshell with retro-style artwork. Designed by EMCE Toys! (Item #NOV152193, SRP: $19.99/each)


Star Trek TNG Femme Fatales Borg Queen Vinyl Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Resistance is futile! The irresistible Borg Queen has been captured as a 9-inch-scale PVC statue – the next entry in our Star trek Femme Fatales line! With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this static vinyl figure features a removable head and upper torso, to simulate her on-screen maintenance routine. Displays alongside Seven of Nine, Counselor Troi, and all other Femme Fatales statues! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV152194, SRP: $45.00)


Superman TAS Superman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST’s line of DC Animated resin busts continues, with the second offering from Superman: The Animated Series – Superman himself! Captured in the timeless animated style, the Last Son of Krypton stands approximately 6 inches tall, striking an action pose atop a pedestal inspired by the art-deco architecture of Metropolis. Packaged in a full-color box, the bust includes a certificate of authenticity and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV152179, SRP: $59.99)


Walking Dead Negan Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is a $#%&ing great bank! Negan, iron-fisted and foul-mouthed leader of The Saviors, is the newest vinyl bust bank in the Walking Dead line, and will look great sharing shelf space with Rick, Michonne and any number of zombies. Fill him up with half of your spare change, and nobody has to get hurt. Plus, he comes with his beloved baseball bat Lucille, so it’s like getting two characters in one! Just don’t let Lucille get thirsty! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #NOV152192, SRP: $22.99)


Review: Superman #45

Superman #45 CoverAfter having his secret identity exposed, Superman vowed to bring to justice anyone who hurt those close to him. But when a villain calls his bluff, how far will the Man of Steel go?

Writer Gene Luen Yang has been impressive with his take on Superman, which along with a few writers tackling the other series has been deconstructing the character in many ways. It’s been a fascinating take on the character and what it means to be Superman, Clark Kent, and a superhero.

Superman #45 continues that idea, focusing on the concept of myths and storytelling. Superman heads across the country and comes across a super powered fight club and the point of it all starts to come together towards the end of the issue. How it’ll all play out is a big questions, since is the start of the arc, but it is an interesting concept. Yang looks to explore the myth of Superman in this arc. But, I’m still a bit iffy about it all.

The concept is an interesting one, and it can become some pretty deep discussions if done right, but I’m not convinced it is. It is the beginning of the story, but still, it’s just… off some how. I’m not quite sure how, but it feels like a play in a play a little bit, and a bit of trying to be almost too smart in ways. What we’ve seen previously has had us explore duality and what it means to be a hero, and that was done in the middle of a pretty action packed story, this though seems like a weird side quest.

Howard Porter‘s art is solid as usual mixing in the quieter moments with the action. Porter has a talent of conveying the power, and lack there of, of Superman.

I know it’s the beginning of this bit, but the execution seems like a weird start to me. The issue feels like a distraction of the bigger story. An interesting concept, how it’s done doesn’t quite work for me.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Howard Porter
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.25Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Superman: American Alien #1

DC Entertainment proudly presents Superman: American Alien, a 7-issue miniseries written by Hollywood screenwriter Max Landis, who masterminded the blockbuster superpower movie Chronicle and the critically acclaimed American Ultra (starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart). Landis, nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on Adventures of Superman, returns to DC Comics by joining forces with an all-star lineup of the industry’s top artists.

The seven short stories from Clark’s life, all of which represent important junctures in his development as a person, are brought to life by the brilliance of Francis Manapul, Jock, Jae Lee, Tommy Lee Edwards, Nick Dragotta, Joëlle Jones, and Jonathan Case, with covers by Ryan Sook.

But these are not the stories of the iconic “Superman” as you know him, but of the soft-spoken, charming, often-funny Kansas farm-boy behind the Man of Steel. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

In issue #1, superstar artist Nick Dragotta illustrates the story of Jonathan and Martha Kent as they struggle to deal with their 12-year-old son’s latest quirk—he’s been floating up into the air, sometimes hundreds of feet!


Justice League Office Products Help You Be a Workforce Hero!

Become the hero of your office—and the envy of your coworkers! — with new PREVIEWS exclusive office aids by Icon Heroes. Fans can pre-order two different business card holders and Justice League logo paperclips from the October PREVIEWS catalog will be available to purchase from comic book specialty shops in early January.

Whether you want to pass out your business cards in a flash or leave your clients in wonder, there is a business card case for you! Choose a glossy-finish silver case bearing either The Flash’s lightning bolt logo (item code OCT152827) or Wonder Woman’s winged “W” sigil (item code OCT152828). Each is available for pre-order for $30.00.

If you want to bind your papers using the forces of good, you can also use the PREVIEWS exclusive Justice League paperclip set. Use the powers (or logos) of The Flash, Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern to keep your workspace free from clutter and keep your important documents safe organized! A set of 40 clips can be pre-ordered using item code OCT152829 for $20.00.

Look to the Sky, Superman is Real

The trailer for the new documentary film Look to the Sky debuted online on Thursday. The not-for-profit film features the uplifting true stories of young people who have demonstrated the “Superman spirit” in life-threatening situations, physical challenges, loss and through heroic acts of community service. The film also explores the cultural meanings of Superman and whether the character has continued relevance in contemporary society.

LookToTheSky_Poster_FINALDirector Brett Culp‘s previous film – Legends of the Knight – looked at how Batman influenced individuals to do good and help others. The film screened in over 100 cities and raised over $75,000 for charity.

Over the past year, Culp and his team have filmed in 14 cities, capturing the stories of inspirational young people and experts on superhero stories, psychology and literature. Well-known interviewees include author Neil Gaiman, former DC Comics president Paul Levitz and Maria Popova of Brain Pickings.

The film is being produced through The Rising Heroes Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded by Culp and his wife, Tricia Culp.  The organization is focused on creating uplifting and educational films to inspire personal growth, community service and positive engagement in viewers of all ages.

The production team for Look to the Sky is now raising funds through Indiegogo to finish the film. The campaign gives supporters of the project the opportunity to pre-order copies of the finished film and other incentives as a way of funding this documentary project.

Release date of the film will be Fall 2016.

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

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