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It was a fairly quiet Thursday but we still have some news and a review. While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

DC – HBO Max Orders Three-Part Documentary Celebrating DC’s History and Legacy – This is cool. More of this!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Meet the LORD OF BLADES in RON CHAN’s SWORDTEMBER Comics – Free comics!

Review

CBR – Batman ’89 #2

Batman '89 #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Primordial #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Batman ’89 #2 (DC Comics) – It’s been fun going back to the “film universe” of Batman and we want to see where it goes, especially with what has been hinted at.

Batman: The World (DC Comics) – Batman stories from creative teams from around the world in a new anthology.

Black Widow #11 (Marvel) – This series has delivered with every issue. It mixes great action, with real emotion, and the sexiness this sort of “spy” story can deliver. It’s just perfect entertainment.

Campisi #2 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. dragon. That’s all you really need to know about this one.

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 (Marvel) – The Eternals have been shaken up in their own series delivering a story that makes them “A” level in the Marvel Universe. What this spin-off brings to the table has us intrigued.

Hellboy & the BPRD 1957 Family Ties (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always fun. This one-shot focuses on an unwanted house guest that Hellboy and BPRD agent Susan Xiang need to take care of.

I Am Batman #1 (DC Comics) – John Ridley has been delivering an interesting take on the next Batman with a story that features a lot of emotion and depth.

Kang the Conqueror #2 (Marvel) – The first issue did a solid job of streamlining the character’s convoluted history. We’re excited to see where this second issue goes as a young Kang begins to confront his different versions in a twisted version of “this is your life”.

MAW #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? That alone has us intrigued to read this one.

Nobody’s Child #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Albino rhinos have a genetic code that holds the properties to regenerate man. This leads to their near extinction. This is the story of a boy who decides to dedicate his life to protecting this rhino.

Primordial #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino launch this new series about some of the animal test subjects during the early years of the space program. The animals never came back… they were taken and all of these years later, they’re coming home.

Stray Dogs (Image Comics) – If you missed this series as individual issues, you need to get the trade. It’s a murder mystery from the perspective of the dogs that might have witnessed it. Amazing art and full of tension.

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story (DC Comics) – A new take on Jessica Cruz’s origin story. We’re fans of the character and interested in seeing what new ideas can be done with her.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a good introduction to this faction and the world delivering solid art and action. Individuals who enjoy a straightforward “space marine kills alien” type story should check this out.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2 (Marvel) – The debut was full of emotion as the attempt to figure out who killed the Scarlet Witch began. But, we’re expecting a lot of twists and turns before this one is over.

Around The Tubes

Hardware: Season One #1

It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – ReedPop announces new health and safety protocols for their shows – Should have been this from the beginning. It also doesn’t protect everyone like they think it does.

CBR – Lawsuit Puts Disney’s Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy Profits at Risk – This should be interesting.

Reviews

CBR – Batman ’89 #1
CBR – Hardware: Season One #1
That Hashtag Show – Mamo #1
CBR – Pennyworth #1
CBR – Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures – The Monster of Temple Peak #1

Preview: Batman ’89 #1

Batman ’89 #1

Written by: Sam Hamm
Art by: Joe Quinones

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

Batman '89 #1

Review: Batman ’89 #1

Batman '89 #1

After over 30 years, we return to Tim Burton’s vision of Batman in Batman ’89 #1. The comic is based on the film that shifted the superhero movie genre and ushered in a new age. The story sees Gotham dealing with the escalation of crime and masked vigilantes forcing the District Attorney Harvey Dent to do something about it all.

The debut issue feels like a solid follow up to the classic film with call-backs and references that will makes fans smile and nostalgic. The story itself is decent setting up the conflict and delivering more than just Batman taking on the latest villain with a gimmick. Writer Sam Hamm gives us something a little different in the debut issue where the idea of Batman himself is the villain to some. It debates whether he’s truly helping or just getting in the way.

There’s also something rather low-tech in Hamm’s depiction that really nails home the time. Communication is antiquated looking like something you’d get at Radio Shack and Dent’s crusade is built more off of hunches and conspiracies than hard evidence. There’s no tech dragnet going on, there’s a retro feel about the comic as there should be.

The art by Joe Quinones is good. With color by Leonard Kirk and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the overall look over the comic takes you back to the iconic film. But, while the big picture works, there’s some small details that stand out and are hard to ignore. While Harvey Dent is a decent take on Billy Dee Williams, Bruce Wayne doesn’t exactly scream Michael Keaton. Other characters like Jim Gordan aren’t exactly spitting images either. To get one pretty right and the rest off is noticeable and something that stands out. There’s also a lack of sweeping visuals. The original film delivered moments seared into memories. The comic largely avoids those instead packing in pages with panels. Even Batman’s entrance feels muted.

Batman ’89 #1 is an ok start for the series. At moments it feels like the comic might have actually been helped with a digital release so it could take advantage of the focus on single panels as well as the ability to deliver cinematic transitions. It does a solid job of capturing the feel of the original film and delivers something new beyond the latest costumed “freak”. We’ll see where it all goes but for now, this is one to keep an eye on but no need to rush out and get.

Story: Sam Hamm Art: Joe Quinones
Color: Leonard Kirk Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Campisi #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Avengers Tech-On #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been teaming up with various companies delivering new spins on their characters. This one delivers a “high tech” take that includes collectible figures available for order.

Batman ’89 #1 (DC Comics) – The classic film gets a new series continuing its wonderful world. Yeah nostalgia!

Big Apple Diaries (Roaring Book Press) – In this heartfelt diary-style graphic memoir, a young New Yorker doodles her way through middle school – until the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack leaves her wondering if she can ever be a kid again.

Bunny Mask #3 (AfterShock) – This horror series has been intriguing and the previous issue’s ending really caught us off guard as to where this series is going.

Campisi #1 (AfterShock) – A mafia hitman must take on a dragon who has encroached on their territory.

Count Draco Knuckleduster #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – The cosmic series has a classic Kirby vibe mixed with 70s psychedelics and we’re down for it.

Defenders #1 (Marvel) – The Defenders are a classic team and every new itteration is interesting. We’re intrigued to see what this latest version is like.

Hardware: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone’s return has been solid and we want to see this world grow!

I Am Batman #0 (DC Comics) – John Ridley continues his vision for Batman!

Pennyworth #1 (DC Comics) – From television series to comic!

Rainbow Bridge (AfterShock/Seismic Press) – AfterShock moves into young reader territory with this graphic novel debut. Check out our review.

Run Book One (Abrams Comicarts) – The second series telling the amazing life of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. It’s the next chapter in the history of civil rights.

Savage Circus #5 (Heavy Metal) – The series has been awesome carnage. It’s just over the top action and a hell of a lot of fun.

Unbelievable Unteens: World of Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The world of Black Hammer spins out even more with this meta team superhero saga taking place between two different worlds.

Preview: Batman ’89 #1

Batman ’89 #1

Written by: Sam Hamm
Art by: Joe Quinones

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

Batman '89 #1

Get a First Look at Batman ’89 #1 out on August 10

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies on August 10! Batman ’89 by screenwriter Sam Hamm and artist Joe Quinones will pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director in an incredible new six-issue comic book miniseries!

Gotham City is being torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets! As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

DC has released a first look at the series including some of the variant covers coming and a look at some of the upcoming covers too!

Batman ’89 #1 by Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito, and Clayton Cowles arrives on August 10 with a cover by Quinones, plus variant covers by Jerry Ordway (open to order) and Quinones (1:25):

Several comic shops will also be offering either a Batman ‘89 #1 team variant by Ken Taylor and Taurin Clarke, or their own shop-specific cover alongside the standard Batman ‘89 covers and variants:

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Francesco Mattina, available from Comic Kingdom of Canada

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Coming up in the Batman ’89 run:

Almost American
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