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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Deadpool: Too Soon?

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got a new volume from Marvel, Deadpool: Too Soon?.

Deadpool: Too Soon? collects issues 1 to 4 and material from Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up #1 by Joshua Corin, Todd Nauck, Jim Charalampidis, Andy Troy, Chynna Clugston Flores, and Guy Major.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores March 22 and bookstores April 4.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Deadpool: Too Soon?
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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 1 and Cyborg Vol. 1

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two more volume from DC Comics, the Rebirth launches of Batgirl and Cyborg!

Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside collects issues 1 to 6 by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque.

Cyborg Vol. 1 The Imitation of Life collects issues 1 to 5 and Cyborg: Rebirth by John Semper Jr., Paul Pelletier, Will Conrad, and Timothy Green II.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores March 22 and bookstores March 28.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside
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Cyborg Vol. 1 The Imitation of Life
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Review: Action Comics #976

As this epic tale wraps up, Superman’s life is drastically changed…and that’s all we are saying for now – except that you won’t want to miss it!

DC Comics’ Rebirth event is interesting in that it isn’t a reboot and it doesn’t jettison everything that’s come before. Instead, it’s a merging of what came before the New 52 and the New 52 itself. Superman was a bit interesting case to this new world. In a storyline that began in Convergence and then carried over into the mini-series Superman: Lois and Clark, the Pre-52 Superman was brought into the New 52 world along with his wife Lois and their son Jonathan. Then, the New 52 Superman crumbled with his powers splintering off. So, short version, we had a displaced Superman and Lois attempting to fill in the lives of their New 52 versions. It made for some good comedy and drama at some points, but it eventually was going to wear out.

Superman Reborn” seems to have resolved that eventual problem along with some big revelations like who the imposter Clark Kent is. Playing out through Action Comics and Superman, the story has a mystery villain reveal (that it was Mister Mxyzptlk as Clark Kent all along) that has Superman and Lois forgetting their son Jonathan in a board game like obstacle course. What’s interesting is that the story takes fans through a lot of the history of Superman and Lois, it’s a best hits sort of way.

But…. SPOILER… by the end of the story, it’s true, it’s all true. The life of the pre-52 Superman has seemingly been merged into that of his New 52 counterpart. No more hiding, no more Clark Kent and Clark White. It’s all in continuity, the history is there. This storyline solves a lot of issues that were lining up for the character as well as put Superman’s alter-ego back in the bottle and the White’s no longer have to hide. It wraps things up in a nice little bow.

But, it’s not just this merging of two worlds that works, the story also ties in the bigger mystery that’s permeating throughout the DC Universe. Mister Mxyzptlk continues to reference a more powerful being, who we assume is the mysterious Oz, who then looks upon the Red Planet, the home of Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen. It brings so much together and does so in a pretty smooth way. That plotting and writing is impressive.

The art by Doug Mahnke is fantastic. This entire story has featured top notch visuals that twist and turn and overall the Superman line of comics features the most consistent and solid art of the DC comic series. There’s some really cool visuals and the art is as solid as the writing. The way the world crumbles during the battle and the subtle visual changes clue in the reader as to what’s happening and by the end you’ll find yourself going back to check everything out.

I’m blown away by the story which I can only describe as super. A fantastic ending that shows DC Comics has got a great grasp of mixing the old with the new. This is a model in how to pull it off and doing so in a fun and exciting way.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Jaime Mendoza, Christian Alamy, Trevor Scott
Colors: Wil Quintana Letters: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.40 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: The Flintstones Vol. 1

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got a special video a day early for an awesome comic, The Flintstones from DC Comics!

The Flintstones Vol. 1 collecting issues 1-6 and written by Mark Russell with art by Steve Pugh.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores March 22 and bookstores March 28.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

The Flintstones Vol. 1
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Unboxing: March’s Comic of the Month Club

Comic of the Month Club is a new monthly comic subscription box for comic book fans everywhere. Subscribers receive 8-9 personally curated comics every month and fill out a preference form as to what they’re interested in.

There’s five different types of boxes ranging in cost from $9.99 on up to about $30. This is the high end “Collector’s Edition x2” version of the box.

You can subscribe now. Please include “Graphic Policy” in the referral space. You as a subscriber receive an extra bonus and we do get something in return.

This month’s comics with “rough value.”
New Warriors #1 – $5
Marvel Comics Presents #72 – $6
Detective Comics #18 – $3
Batman Blackgate Isle of Men #1 – $2
Batwing #16 – $2.50
Adventure Comics #397 – $4
Fantastic Four #248 – $3
Fantastic Four #249 – $2
Fantastic Four #250 – $4

Total: ~$31.50

 

 

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Where the Data Ranks 2016’s Comic Book Films

The summer movie season is over and we’ve seen an interesting year when it comes to comic book films. For months debates have raged as to who is more successful, Marvel or DC, which movies were successes, and which were flops. The answers aren’t so simple and black and white, which is why I like to turn to data to give actual rankings as to who were winners and losers.

So far this year, seven films have been released based on comic books (counting Batman: The Killing Joke). This feature will be weekly until the end of the year, as some films are still in the box-office and there’s till more to come.

Of note:

  • Doctor Strange currently sits at $677.5 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is $31 million ahead so it’s not likely to pass that film. It also will remain far behind Suicide Squad‘s $745.6 million worldwide total putting it in fifth for this year’s comic films.
  • Captain America: Civil War looks to be the top grossing film worldwide for 2016 though Rogue One is challenging that. The film earned $1.153 billion worldwide, about $100 million more than the next film. There’s still a chance that Rogue One catches up, but it’s unlikely to happen with $100 million to go. Rogue One did pass the film when it comes to domestic earnings and is the top domestic film of the year. Civil War is third for the year, the best performing comic film.
  • Officer Downe continues to look like it hasn’t earned any more money. When it comes to the below stats, the film is being treated like Batman: The Killing Joke. The film is mostly a video on demand release, so it likely won’t see a wide release.
  • The Chair is currently not included in these stats. While the film is based on a comic, its release was done so through a service where receipts aren’t tracked in traditional ways.
  • DC’s films average $315.5 million a film domestically compared to Marvel’s $302.5 million. Internationally, Marvel earns $477.2 million and DC earns $446.8 million.

Here’s where this year’s movie crop stands as far as the actual numbers. Numbers are presented with and without The Killing Joke and Officer Downe which did not have an international run or wide release, so was not included in that average to start:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.901 billion ($1.897 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total International Gross: $3.125 billion
Worldwide Gross: $5.026 billion ($5.022 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total Reported Budgets: $1.215 billion ($1.211 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Total “Profit”: $3.812 billion ($3.811 billion without Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Average Domestic Gross: $271.0 million ($211.2 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average International Gross: $446.5 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $717.5 million ($558.4 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Budget: $173 million ($151.8 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)
Average Profit: $544.5 million ($476.5 million with Killing Joke and Officer Downe)

Now that we have those numbers down we can get a better idea as to how films have actually done this year. Below are various rankings of where films stand so far and if the films are above average (green), below average (red), or above the overall average but below the adjusted average (yellow):

Beauty and the Beast Has a Record-Setting Opening

Beauty and the Beast, the live-action version of the classic animated film, was a beast at the box office with an estimated $170 million weekend. That beats the previous March opening record holder of $166 million which was set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lst year. It’s the seventh largest opening weekend ever.

The film set an IMAX record with the largest opening in that format with an estimated $21 million.

Internationally, the film earned $180 million from 44 markets for $350 million globally. It was the number one film in every market except three.

The film should do well over the next few weeks as it scored an “A” Cinemascore. It was also dominated by women who made up 60% of the audience (72% opening night) and 52% were under the age of 25.

In second place was Kong: Skull Island which added an estimated $28.85 million. That’s a 53% drop from last weekend and brings it to $110 million domestically and $259.3 million worldwide.

Logan dropped to third place with an estimated $17.5 million. Domestically it’s about $185 million and the film also earned $31.5 million internationally. Worldwide it’s at $524.1 million and the #1 domestic and worldwide release of 2017. That probably won’t last long with a beast of a movie debuting this week.

In fourth place was Get Out which added $13.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $133.1 million. With a budget of just $4.5 million, the film is already the big winner of 2017.

Rounding out the top five was The Shack which added $6.1 million to bring its domestic total to $42.6 million.

The Belko Experiment was the other big new film this week and it debuted at #7 with $4.1 million. With a $5 million budget, that’s not too bad and the film should be profitable down the road.

Doctor Strange looks to have dropped out of the top 48 films, but we’ll give it a few more weeks until we definitely say the film’s run is over.

This coming weekend sees the release of the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film, Life, as well as the movie adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson.

Come back in an hour where we’ll have a better look at the 2016 comic film releases.

The Walking Dead S7E14 The Other Side

walking-dead-5 photoThe Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

The Walking Dead‘ continues to build the tension as the episode focuses on Sasha and Rosita going after Negan and Negan’s crew heading to Hilltop to get a new doctor now that theirs is dead.

The episode falls into the slow and plodding but full of tension type of show with things building throughout and everything presented being rather subtle. You never know what will set off an explosion and lead to greater escalation. This is an episode full of subtle things.

An example is early on with Jesus talking the Maggie where he officially comes out on the show. It’s something fans have wondered since his comic counterpart is gay and its been confirmed that he is, but this is the first official nod to it. The interaction with Maggie is excellent and his movement and look to see Maggie’s reaction says more than words could. The same goes with Maggie’s reaction. It’s a touching moment.

There’s the Hilltop issue with Daryl and Maggie having to hide. The tension there isn’t the will they be found question. The tension is if Gregory will turn them over. The dude is a snake and it’s a question of when he’ll turn them in, not if. That’s the build up here. But, it gives Maggie and Daryl a moment to talk where Daryl has an emotional moment that you can tell he feels guilty over Glenn’s death. It’s great acting and as a viewer I felt the pain being presented on screen.

The bigger part of the episode is Sasha and Rosita’s plan to assassinate Negan. But, that goes sideways as they come across Eugene. Now, it’s left to the viewers to decide. Has Eugene really been brainwashed and going along with Negan? Does he have a plan? The show plays it really well so viewers are unsure of where things are going with him. Sasha and Rosita’s plan is busted though which leads to Sasha to take matters into her own hand. We know things are probably not going to go well for her since the actress who plays her is going to another show, but you never know!

The episode is good in the subtle things it does, but is another episode setting up the war to come. Not the best, but there’s a lot of small things to keep viewers engaged and looking to dissect. The episode is full of tension, but never quite delivers in that department.

Overall rating: 7.65

Natasha Alterici Talks The Comic Series Heathen LIVE this Monday

Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin.

This Monday on a brand new Graphic Policy Radio, writer and artist Natasha Alterici discusses her series Heathen published by Vault Comics.

The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

Natasha Alterici is a writer and artist from Oklahoma. She earned her Bachelor’s in Art from Northeastern State University in 2009, and soon after found herself working on freelance illustration and comics projects. Her work includes Heathen, Dinosaur Project, Gotham Academy: Yearbook, Grayson Annual, The Lez Film Review, and more. When not drawing, she enjoys watching cooking shows with her girlfriend and their cat.

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Unboxing: Nerd Block’s March 2017 Classic Block

Nerd Block Classic‘s March 2017 box has arrived and here’s what you can find inside. The box features items from Transformers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Harry Potter!

What’s inside? Check out the video to find out!

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