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Review: Dark Days the Road to Metal

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the collection that gets you caught up for Metal!

Dark Days the Road to Metal features Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, Final Crisis #6-7, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, and Nightwing #17 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Alex SInclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Steve Wands, Grant Morrison, Doug Mahnke, J.G. Jones, Carlos Pacheco, Marco Rudy, Christian Alamy, Jesus Merino, Tom Nguyen, Drew Geraci, Norm Rapmund, Rodney Ramos, Walden Wong, Pete Pantazis, Tony Avina, Rob Clark, Jr., Travis Lanham, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Guy Major, Jared K. Fletcher, Brad Anderson, Greg Capullo, FCO Placencia, Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Marilyn Patrizia, and Rian Hughes.

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Review: New Challengers #1

Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail…it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

Going in to this first issue, I knew very little about Challengers of the Unknown, the classic Jack Kirby creation that has been around for over 60 years. I’ve read the recent reboots which have been forgettable and with their recent role in Dark Nights: Metal, I was interested in seeing where this series would go. After the first issue, that interest is a big deflated.

With a story from Scott Snyder and Aaron Gillespie the first issue is the gathering of the team laying out the concept of the series. The concept though it something we’ve seen numerous times. A group of misfits are brought together and have a failsafe put in that forces them to comply and do dangerous and crazy missions. It’s basically the same concept of Suicide Squad. And beyond that set up, there doesn’t feel like there’s a lot else in this first issue.

We meet the characters and get just a dip of who they are and why we should care. We get a little bit of their personalities and how they might clash. And they have a mission that’s so much of a mystery it’s hard to completely care. It’s almost too much set up and not enough action and plot progression. This would be the part of the movie where we get the flash sequences of the various characters and then they’re pitched the deadly mission. Even how they’re brought in to line is rather cookie cutter, been there material.

The art by Andy Kubert with ink by Klaus Janson and color by Brad Anderson is good. There’s a bit of a throwback style to it and that style matches a rather dragged out plot. When we get to the end we see where things pick up and get interesting. The visuals shift and get entertaining, the WTF moments come a bit late.

The series has a lot of potential. With a team that can go anywhere and experience anything there’s so much that can be done part of the fun will be to see where it all goes. There’s also the mystery of the team mention in Metal that’s a mystery. The concepts are there. The mystery is good. The canvass on which it can all be painted is impressive. The delivery though is a bit lacking. This very well could be a case where the overall package is better than the individual issue but with just one that’s a bit difficult to tell. As is, this is one I’ll read but the excitement has waned.

Story: Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie Art: Andy Kubert
Ink: Klaus Janson Color: Brad Anderson Lettering: Deron Bennett
Group Editor: Marie Javins Editor: Rebecca Taylor
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: New Challengers #1

New Challengers #1

(W) Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie (A) Klaus Janson (A/CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: May 16, 2018
SRP: $2.99

From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL! Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail…it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

Preview: Suicide Squad #39

Suicide Squad #39

Story: Rob Williams
Art: Neil Edwards
Color: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Andy Kubert, Brad Anderson
Variant Cover: Andrea Sorrentino
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Editor: Mike Cotton
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“BREAK THROUGH THE WALL” part two! The government loses control of its new military weapon, the Wall, and he’s rampaging through Washington, D.C. with his sights set on the Capitol building! Rick Flag is forced to turn back to the Suicide Squad to stop the Wall before Washington is in ruins!

Preview: Aquaman #34

Aquaman #34

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Kelley Jones
Color: Michelle Madsen Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Andy Kubert, Alex Sinclair
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham Editor: Alex Antone Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“King Rath: Secret Origin”! Even after a decisive victory is won by Aquaman and the resistance, King Rath tightens his grip on Atlantis by unleashing an ancient magic that has not been seen for thousands of years. But little is known about the true origin of the man who calls himself king…until now! Witness the shocking origin of the nefarious King Rath in this special issue!

Preview: DC Universe Holiday Special 2017

DC Universe Holiday Special 2017

(W) Greg Rucka, Tom King, Dennis O’Neil, Jeff Lemire, Mike Friedrich, Christopher Priest, Shea Fontana, Joshua Williamson, Mairghread Scott, Dan DiDio, Scott Bryan Wilson (A) Steve Epting, Neal Adams, Bilquis Evely, Otto Schimdt, Neil Googe, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Francesco Francavilla, Tom Grummett, Scott Hanna, Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons, Nic Klein, Dick Giordano (CA) Andy Kubert
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $9.99

DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creeping feeling of existential dread! And don’t miss the legendary Denny O’Neil’s return to comics with an all-new Batman story!

Preview: Justice League of America #15

Justice League of America #15

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Felipe Watanabe, Ruy Jose (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“CRISIS IN THE MICROVERSE” part four! Special guest artist Felipe Watanabe joins the fray to tell the two-part story of how Ray Palmer, the original Atom, first discovered the microverse! Witness this untold chapter in the DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH mythology, and learn how Palmer came to find himself betrayed and marooned within the dying microverse.

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day for book stores, both physical and digital, all across the world. Today we’ve got Frank Miller and Batman!

Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson.

Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race is in book stores today and comic stores Wednesday September 20th.

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Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race
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DC Comics Reveals Three New Dark Nights: Metal #2 Covers

Dark Nights: Metal #1 isn’t out until August 16th, but that hasn’t stopped DC Comics from revealing three new varaints. Below is a first look at three new covers to Dark Nights: Metal #2. The covers feature artwork by Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., and another by Jim Lee.

As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. The World’s Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine. Will Earth’s heroes be ready? Dark Nights: Metal #2 is written by Scott Snyder with art and these variants are in addition to a main cover by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia.

Dark Knights: Metal #2 is out September 13.

Review: Dark Days: The Casting #1

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

One of my biggest issues with DC Comics is the decades of continuity and history. As someone relatively new to their comics (new being 6ish years) I still feel like there’s so much I don’t know and unaware of. That’s why events that feel like they mine that history make me nervous as a reader. That’s why I was pretty happy with Dark Days: The Forge, the first issue leading up to DC’s next big event.

Much like The Forge, Dark Days: The Casting mines that history but presents the overall package in a way that’s still enjoyable for those who might not know it. Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, Dark Days: The Casting takes us further into the mystery that has been plaguing Batman. It also takes advantage of the Multiverse, a concept that makes DC really stand out and it takes advantage of it in a way that feels new still. But, what Snyder and Tynion really do is build the tension. Through various threads the mystery is deepened and the players laid out on the table and even though this layers on so much to DC’s history, it still works and works really well.

Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., and Jim Lee deliver art that’s fantastic and characters like Batman, Joker, Green Lantern have never looked better. The mood of the comic is delivered on the page like a setting can define a scene. And boy do these creators throw a lot in there. The settings, characters, and each moment each feel epic in scale in a way that the concept of event comes across. It all is getting me even more excited for what’s to come.

Events have a bit ho-hum lately in comics but DC feels like it’s setting up a potential classic here with two comics that lay the groundwork for whats to come and build a mystery that when all the pieces fall into place feels like it’ll pay off. This is the prequel, not really meant to be read on its own. It has a goal to set up what’s to come and get us excited and it achieves that in every way.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jim Lee
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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