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DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For Comics Released 1/11ac

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for
new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

There was a lot of DC books released this week, and while I didn’t get to read all of them, most are covered below.

Action Comics #971 Lex Luthor is about to be tried for crimes that he hasn’t yet committed ac_cv971_dson a distant planet, and Superman has just turned on him, even though Lex is doing is best to fill in a dead Superman’s shoes. Even though this is two or three issues into to the arc, it’s quite Friendly.

All-Star Batman #6 The very nature of this series is such that this could just as easily be a new #1 issue. It’s a Friendly comic that’s frankly amazing.

Detective Comics There’s very little recap needed here, as the comic focuses primarily on Batwoman’s background. Yes, you may need to know that the prisoner in the Bell Tower is her father, and the Colony is a militarized special forces unit that’s modeled on a lethal version of Batman. The Colony is also responsible for the “death” of Tim Drake, although that’s less relevant than you’d think this issue. Friendlier than you’d expect.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12 When a story arc has been as fantastic as this one has, writing a very short recap seems almost insulting… but whatever. Hal Jordan died and went to Lantern Heaven but the White Lantern dude ressurrected him, meanwhile the rest of the Green Lantern Corps were trapped in a shrunken city by the Lantern equivalent of a compulsive hoarder. Working with their traditional enemies, the Sinestro Corps, they escaped, which brings you more or less up to date. Enjoy the Friendly conclusion!

Justice League/Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1 I just… it’s Friendly for fans of one or both properties, and worth reading (surprisingly).

Justice League Of America: Vixen Rebirth #1 It’s a one shot comic that introduces Vixen to the post Rebirth universe. It’s Friendly enough to do it’s job.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 We’re at the half way point now in the mini series now, and the easiest way to summarize it for you so that it’s Friendly is this: The League and nsm_cv7_open_order_varthe Squad have been forced to partner to defend the Squad’s prison headquarters from a team of villains.

New Super-Man #7 This comic doesn’t really need a recap, as a lot of the relevant information is given in the opening few pages, which makes this one of DC’s Friendliest comics this week.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6 As a conclusion to the first arc, this wraps up the story nicely, while also leaving enough to have you coming back  next issue. Although I could summarize the entire arc the only relevant bit to you here is that Black Mask has mind controlled Bizarro through techno mumbo jumbo and has decided to break stuff. Red Hood and Artemis are trying to stop them. While that’ll make the issue Friendly, I urge you to check out the trade when it hits the racks.

Suicide Squad #9 Serving as a prequel to the JL Vs SS miniseries this is a solid issue, but there’s no sense reading it if you’re not following that series unless you’re curious about the Squad before the current roster. For that reason I’m marking this as Unfriendly because it probably won’t get you into the series as a whole.

Supergirl #6 Supergirl’s Kryptonian father has somehow become the cyborg Superman, and he has a plan to save what remains of his people by turning their bodies into cyborgs powered by human life force. Supergirl is understandably less than pleased, but was sg_cv5_dstrapped in space by her father as he attacks her home city. Was trapped. Go grab the Friendly issue for some crazy fight scene fun.

The Flash #14 Kicking off a new story arc with some of the Scarlet Speedster’s more popular villains. Thanks to the introductory pieces of narration at the beginning, this is Friendly enough

Titans #7 An issue where the Titans can take a bit of a break after the chaotic opening arc. Friendly because it allows you to get to know the heroes you may be less familiar with.

Wonder Woman #14 Over the past 13 issues, this has become one of my favourite comic books. Luckily, aside from the fact that Ares has just shown up, and there’s a plot to gas a bunch a targets that we don’t yet know about, you can pick this up without any real idea of what’s going on and just enjoy the Friendly comic.

Around the Tubes

march trilogy featuredTomorrow is new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

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Gizmodo – Rep. John Lewis’ Graphic Novel Skyrockets After Trump Twitter Storm – Good.

Comics Alliance – Michael Keaton’s Batsuit and George Reeves’ Superman Suit Going to Auction – We’re checking our couch for change to bid.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story – This is absolutely one to check out.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Few #1

The Beat – Frontier #14

Unboxing: Legion of Collectors “Legacy”

DC Comics and Funko have teamed up for a geek box dedicated to all things DC with the Legion of Collectors.

The fourth box has a theme of “Legacy” and we open it up to show off what’s inside! There’s some amazing exclusives, especially for fans of DC Comics.

You can subscribe today!

More to Be Revealed About DC Universe: Rebirth this April!

If you’ve been wondering about how the mystery behind Geoff JohnsDC Universe: Rebirth #1 continues, you’ll find out more beginning this April in “The Button,” a four-part story arc in issues #21 and #22 of Batman and The Flash.

Courtesy of the Batman team of writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, along with The Flash writer Joshua Williamson and artist Howard Porter, the two greatest detectives in the DC Universe unite to unravel the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley face button stuck in the Batcave wall. However, what begins as a simple investigation soon turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party – and it’s not who anyone suspects! This is a mystery woven throughout time, and the countdown starts here!

In addition to the standard $2.99 covers on Batman and The Flash in late April and early May, each of the four issues will feature a special $3.99 lenticular cover, all drawn by Jason Fabok. Don’t miss the chance to find out more about the mysteries behind DC Rebirth when these issues hit your local comics retailer beginning April 19!

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Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: Aquaman Vol. 1 and Batman Vol. 1

Two weeks into the new year and two weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes to two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning collects issues 1-6 and the Rebirth issue by Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton, Brad Walker, and Philippe Briones.

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham collects issues 1-6 and Rebirth by Tom King, David Finch, Scott Snyder, Ivan Reis, and Mikel Janin.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 11 and bookstores January 18.

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.
Aquaman Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Batman Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Review: Detective Comics #948

tec48coverDetective Comics #948 starts out as possibly a new take on the early crime fighting days of Batwoman when she worked with her father, Jake Kane, to put a military twist on vigilantism after she resigned from West Point because of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. However, it quickly becomes sort of a cleaning crew for the first arc of co-writer James Tynion‘s Detective Comics featuring the nefarious paramilitary organization The Colony as well as the “Monster Men” crossover. Tynion, Marguerite Bennett, and artist Ben Oliver give Batwoman plenty of panel time as her trainees Cassandra Cain, Clayface, and Spoiler are nowhere to be seen. But, in attempting to tie up threads from these storylines, there’s no time to tell a good Batwoman story and answer the question, “What can Batwoman do that Batman can’t.”

In the flashback scene, Tynion, Bennett, and Oliver construct the emotional center of the “Batwoman Begins” arc, which is the relationship between Batwoman and her dad, Jake Kane. Oliver’s art in the first pages looks like some super cool Batwoman mod of the Arkham video games with heads up displays and angles showing her pursuit of Batman. But, then he softens his art when the costumes come off, and Kate has a drink with her dad, who is proud that she is improving as a crime fighter even if Batman has evaded their trail. This warm cameraderie leads in nicely to Batwoman watching her dad in his cell, but then she gets caught up in a potentially interesting action storyline featuring secret organizations with the potential to transform into kaiju. And the emphasis is definitely on “potential” as Batwoman’s personal narrative plays third fiddle to monsters, mad scientists, and a Prometheus wannabe.

Even Oliver’s art kind of falls off when the story hits the present. The glorious skyline of Gotham with its skyscrapers is kind of just drab and boring when Batman and Batwoman hit Monster Town. The image of a monster/seagull did make me a shudder a little bit and sells the fact that these dead monsters’ blood could lead to some terrible consequences more than Dr. October’s exposition. She is a charming and high energy character, and even if his cityscapes aren’t as well defined, Oliver still has a knack for expressions.

With the exception of the poetic flashbacks, Detective Comics #948 lacks the interpersonal tension that has been the best part of James Tynion’s run on the title, especially when Spoiler confronted Batman in the last arc. This incident isn’t even mentioned in this comic as he, Marguerite Bennett, and Ben Oliver decide to play a juggling act with the repercussions of the Monster Men, the resurgence of the Colony, and try to do a backdoor pilot for Batwoman’s upcoming series. Hopefully, we learn more about what makes Kate tick as a person and crime fighter in the next issue of “Batwoman Begins” instead of just rehashing (Not so.) old storylines.

Story: James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett Art: Ben Oliver
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Batman Classic 1966 TV Series 8-Inch Action Figure Set

Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Slide down your Bat-Pole and get your hands on this limited edition, retro-style action figure collection celebrating the 1966 Batman TV series! The Batman Classic 1966 TV Series 8-Inch Action Figure Set – Entertainment Earth Exclusive features the show’s cast in unique episode-specific outfits you’ve never seen before, with fantastic accessories and 15 points of articulation. Use the Bat-Computer to order yours now!

This set contains 5 individually packaged action figures:
1x Street Tough Leather Jacket Dick Grayson
1x Masked Penguin
1x Utility Belt Joker
1x Smoking Jacket Bruce Wayne
1x Alfred in Apron
(subject to change)

Normally $174.99, the set is 68% off just $56.00!




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Justice League Gets a New Teaser Image featuring Flash, Batman, and Wonder Woman

Warner Bros. Has released a new image from the upcoming Justice League film. The image features Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat.  But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The film comes to theaters November 11, 2017.

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Fashion Spotlight: Termina Trench Run, Sonic 5K, Knight Fantasy

Ript Apparel has three new designs! Termina Trench Run, Sonic 5K, and Knight Fantasy, by Obvian, JangoSnow, and LiquidStryder Designz are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

Termina Trench Run


Sonic 5K


Knight Fantasy








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Around the Tubes

bm_cv14_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Con Volunteer Headaches Are Coming Home to Roost – Wait for the lawsuits to start flying!

Vogue – Roxane Gay on Writing Difficult Women and Her Outlook on 2017 – Get some insight from the writer of Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

ICv2 – Marvel Promotes Nick Lowe – Interesting move.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Derf’s Punk Odyssey – As long as this gets posted we’ll keep sharing.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batgirl #6

Talking Comics – Batman #14

Newsarama – Justice League of America: The Atom

Newsarama – Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #10

IGN – Mooncop

Comic Vine – Superman #14

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