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Come Together with the New Justice League Trailer

Watch Aquaman, the Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and Batman come together to form the Justice League in this new trailer.

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.

Justice League is out November 2017.

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Unite the League with a Aquaman and Batman Justice League Teasers

Warner Bros. has released two teaser trailers for a new trailer out this Saturday for Justice League. This new video gives us more of a look at Aquaman and Batman.

Justice League is in theaters November 2017

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 3/15

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.

 


 

AQM_Cv19_dsAll-Star Batman #9 Batman is globetrotting in order to save some land from further decay as a result of some bacteria that Mr. Freeze released. This issue sees him going after another in his rogues gallery in a mostly prose and art form that’s both Friendly and really quite good.

Aquaman #19 Part one in a new story arc… which is a good thing because I honestly don’t remember the previous issue in anyway shape or form. Luckily, this is a Friendly place to start if you want to delve into the series and characters, even if does refer back to the New 52.

Batman #19 Bane is attacking Arkham and for some reason the inmates are trying to defend Batman. This story refers back to elements from the first (and only decent arc in the series) and while I could do an in depth, or even brief, recap for you.

Batwoman #1 Spinning out of Detective Comics, this series has a little throw back to the best forgotten monster story crossover that I can never remember the name of (because it was awful) before moving into a more interesting direction. It’s also Friendly.

Green Arrow #19 Last issue Roy Harper, Ollie’s former partner, punched Green Arrow square in the face. Despite the tension, this Friendly issue is about Arsenal and Green Arrow working together to defend a peaceful protest from a group of gun toting madmen.

Green Lanterns #19 Another new arc in one of the most consistently Friendly series thanks to Sam Humphries tendency to give some form of recap or introduction at the outset of every issue… which isn’t present here. That said, it’s still an accessible comic for new readers; if you don’t know who Doctor Polaris is, think a DC version of Magneto (basically).

NTW_Cv17_dsJustice League #17 Time is being erased, and the League has been sent to different time periods to stop it. I think. It’s not the best story, honestly, but I don’t know if my lack of enjoyment is clouding my ability to follow along or not so I’m not marking it as friendly or unfriendly.

Nightwing #17 Dick Grayson’s pregnant girlfriend has been kidnapped, and Damian Wayne has decided to confront Dick about who will be the next Batman. There were some brilliant moments between the two last issue, and the inevitable team up is a fantastic, and Friendly, reminder of just how fun these two were as Batman and Robin before the New 52 came along.

Superman #19 Although I’m far from a fan of the artwork, there’s something happening that’s erasing Jon, and Superman’s life from existence in the current timeline (because this Superman is from before the New 52). The comic itself is somewhat Friendly, although the story itself isn’t the easiest to follow.

Super Sons #2 Damian Wayne and Jon Kent are breaking into Lex Corp to look for … I honestly didn’t remember until I put it together about half way through this comic. I’d say that makes it pretty Friendly.

 

 

Around the Tubes

Yesterday was new comic book day. What’d folks get? What’d you like? 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.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk is leaving the web so go buy the print version – This is a must read. Go do it!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – American Gods: Shadows #1

Newsarama – Batman #19

Comics Alliance – Batwoman #1

The Mary Sue – Mirror #6

Talking Comics – Red Dog #3

Preview: Batman #19

Batman #19

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Finch, Danny Miki
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“I AM BANE” part four! Batman is losing…Bane is going to break him for good this time. The Dark Knight must turn to a very unlikely weapon to beat Bane once and for all!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: God Country #3 (Image) – A man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is cured when he’s holding a giant frigging sword. This is another series where the elevator pitch is enough to draw me in, but the humanity and depth within the story is keeping me coming back – although the fact that a mere human is flipping the bird to a pantheon of space gods is also pretty fantastic. There’s a reason this series is hitting multiple printings, and that’s because it’s really really good.

Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve always wanted to read the book, but I never quite got around to it (I read prose books much slower than comics), so this series is something that really intrigues me – even though I know next to nothing about it other than Neil Gaiman wrote the book it’s based off. Does he write the series? I honestly don’t know (you may be wondering how I write for a comic website at this point…).

Black Hammer #7 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire has become one of my favourite writers over the last year, and this slow moving series about a group of superheroes stuck in sleepy tow in the mid west. For some, the town is Limbo, for others Hell, and for one… it’s close to Heaven. What it actually is, hasn’t quite been revealed yet, but I’m loving the slow build up.

Conan The Slayer #7 (Dark Horse) – I’ve always had a soft spot for Conan, and when the stories look this good? I won’t say no.

Divinity III: Escape From Gulag 396 #1 (Valiant) – Archer and Armstrong meet the Stalinverse. Can’t wait.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – Gaiman has returned to comics, and with one of his best novels ever coming with him. I have been awaiting this for awhile, and my anticipation is through the roof to see how he adapts such a great book to my favorite medium.

Head Lopper #5 (Image) – It returns! What an awesome surprise that we are getting more of this awesome book. The art grabs your attention and the countless lopping of heads of beasts and witches helps keep it.

God Country #3 (Image) – The first two issues have been awesome, and I expect it to get even better. Cates is crafting an excellent tall tale of his own with this book.

Batman #19 (DC Comics) – Bane is crazy, and these two foes are leaving nothing on the table. I expect tons of violence, more villains coming into play, and more twists and turns from Tom King.

Superman #19 (DC Comics) – Wow. What a reveal in Action that I won’t spoil here. What does this mean to the greater Rebirth story, and what is Mr. Oz want with Supes. Great comic and a great arc!

 

Patrick

Top Pick: I Hate Fairyland #11 (Image Comics) – Aww yeah muffin fluffers!

Casanova Acedia #8 (Image Comics) – If this really is a flashback issue, it’ll hopefully focus on the real most interesting character of Acedia, Emil Boutique.

Island #15 (Image Comics) – Always curious to see what a new issue holds in store.

Kill or be Killed #7 (Image Comics) – In which sort-of-ex-girlfriend-but-not-really Kira gets drawn into Dylan’s demonic web. This looks bad – just the way I like it.

Sex Criminals #17 (Image Comics) – Like Casanova, this series has outgrown its main characters for me, and I look forward to it seeing other people.

 

Paul

Top Pick – Super Sons #2 (DC Comics) – A few of my fellow contributors had this on their watch list before issue #1 came out, and after that their reviews were highly favourable. So, I thought I’d check it out…and they were right! Damian is going to be a great partner to Superboy, being the “bad influence” that’s going to get these kids into so many adventures and yeah, probably a lot of trouble with their fathers, and I will definitely be along for the ride.

Avengers Initiative Complete Collection TP Vol. 1 (Marvel) – I just had to give this a nod. This was one of my favourite titles and I loved all the new characters that were introduced in this series; plus it paved the way to the fantastic Secret Invasion event. *sigh* remember when Marvel events were something to look forward to?

The Mighty Thor #17 (Marvel) – Thor is trapped in a ‘competition’ against the gods of the Shi’ar, and I can’t wait for her to knock them out.

Uncanny Avengers #21 (Marvel) – The Red Skull is still controlling the Avengers with his mind, and Deadpool is doing everything he can to free them. But he’s going to need a lot of help, and if cover can be trusted, it looks like Cable is about to step into the ring. This is going to be a knock down fight, and here’s hoping they all walk away. I’ve enjoyed this latest story arc and I’m looking forward to see how it all ends.

Uncanny X-Men #19 (Marvel) – Psylocke made a promise to Magneto when she joined his mission…and now she’s going to collect. I’m really just looking forward to seeing Psylocke, one of my favourite X-women in action.

 

Shay

This is the week of boss chicks and bad ass lady heroes and I’m so here for it that I can’t even breathe! Thank heavens for a good nor’easter because being snowed in with all this comic book goodness is a cure for the winter time blues.

Top Pick: Neil Gaian American Gods Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s one of my favorite books, in comic book form! I haven’t been this geeked out something like this since Fight Club 2 came out.

Top Pick: Black Panther World of Wakanda #5 (Marvel) – This arc is over and midnight angels are about to roll out , reign triumphant and show the villains of Wakanda that there’s some new sheriffs in town. So much lady power! So many strong , black, female character, so much awesomeness!

Batwoman #1 (DC Comics) – It’s a brand new arc in a solo comic book series and, it gives Batwoman a lot to do, some agency and, some asses to kick! So obviously, I’m here for it!

Harley Quinn #16 (DC Comics) – The red meat arc ( or as I like to call it diet soylent green with a twist) is still going on, aliens, a man with a secret plan, the evils of gentrification and the perils of men who underestimate three bad ass crime fighting ladies. Harley’s taking the fight straight to the top. Grab popcorn .

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Best We Could Do (Abrams Comicarts) – The debut graphic novel memoir from Thi Bui is an exploration of one family’s journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to their new lives in America. An exploration of immigration that’s pertinent to today.

Neil Gamian’s American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve never read the book but have heard good things so looking forward to seeing what the fuss is about.

Dead Inside #4 (Dark Horse) – I love crime comics and noir, so super excited to read more of this series.

Super Sons #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was tons of fun, exactly what I wanted and expected and this second issue will hopefully bring more of the same. Just a fun series that’s full of energy.

The Wild Storm #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was intriguing with it’s changes to these classic characters and I’m interested in seeing where it all goes.

 

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 3/8

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.

 


 

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Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #8 Of the two Batgirl comics DC are currently publishing, this is my favourite. This issue features Nightwing for some new-reader-Friendly fun with a new arc that also starts this issue.

Deathstroke #14 I’ve said for awhile that this would be best read in trade as the complex nature of the story can be hard to follow – and pick up – for new readers. But it’s so good, though.

Detective Comics #952 Lady Shiva, the world’s most deadly assassin has set her sights on Gotham… this is a Friendly issue as the first chapter spent a lot of time setting the scene,    so there wasn’t a whole whack of story progression for you to miss out on.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16 If you want to read a brutal tale of a stubborn man punching way above his weight the look no further. If you want to know what’s going on? The Green and Yellow Lanterns have, for the most part, decided to work together to protect the universe, and are pulling in the errant Yellows. Guy Gardner decided to go off solo and challenge an alien to a fist fight. That’s about the gist of things. Friendly.

Justice League Of America #2 I have a lot of problems with this issue, chief of which (and the only one relevant to this post) is that it’s Unfriendly.

New Super-Man #9 I was going to write a recap of prior events in the series, but then I read the first page where Kenan Kong does exactly that. If you’re curious about this series, then this is a Friendly place to start (and it’s also a great series to pick up, too).

NSM_Cv9_dsRed Hood And The Outlaws #9 A prologue to the next arc…  it’s as Friendly a place to start with the series.

Suicide Squad #13 Amanda Waller was murdered two issues ago, and Rustam, one of the first members of the Squad captured Katanna and Flag… I think. I don’t really remember it all, to be totally honest, but you can follow the story easily enough if you start here.

Supergirl #7  I don’t recall what happened in the last issue that I read (and because I said I wouldn’t go back and reread an issue for this feature I don’t know if I missed an issue), but I still found this Friendly.

Superwoman #8 Taking a break from the regularly scheduled programming, we get a Superman Reborn tie-in. This is a wordy issue that will end up being a Friendly  read… but you need to give it some time, and several pages, before it reaches that point.

The Flash #18 A new story starts here, which is generally a decent place to start reading the floppies, and this issue is no exception. This Friendly issue also really doesn’t need a recap, either, which is fantastic for new readers.

Titans #9 The team has just moved to Manhattan, and a former member (I think) has sought them out because he thinks his wife is in danger… but at the end of the last issue she seemed to be quite okay. So okay, in fact, she’s Bumble Bee! She may or may not have been tricked into working for a supervillain team under the guise of training (or curing) those with metahuman powers. I’m not sure and it’s been awhile since I read the last issue, but this one should be Friendly enough for you.

Wonder Woman #18 The dual story set up of this comic does make it hard to keep track of what’s going on when and in which of the two stories running in alternating issues (especially when the two stories take place within a similar time setting), almost to the point where even after having read every issue so far, I’d point you toward the trades rather than the single issues.

 

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 3/1

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.

 


 

bm_cv18_dsBatman #18 Batman verses Bane! Bane is in Gotham to retrieve the Psycho Pirate  so the Pirate can use his mental powers to make Bane brave, or something like that. Batman needs the Pirate so he can reverse what he did to Gotham Girl, so he stole him from Bane in Santa Prisca and returned to Gotham. I honestly had to reread the last issue to remember what was going on here, so I’m calling it Unfriendly for that reason.

Cyborg #10 After the exhaustive nine part epic The Imitation Of Life concluded last issue we start things off with a new arc here. Everything you need to know about the story so far is provided at the beginning of the issue, although sometimes it feels more like forced explanation than natural story exposition, it does make for the Friendliest place to start reading the series we’ve had in months.

Green Arrow #18 Roy Harper returns to Seattle! This is actually a really Friendly issue for readers looking to learn a little more about Arsenal, and Green Arrow. Following Arsenal as he returns to his former home, we get an insight into the former mentor/protege relationship, and where they stand now… there’s a bit of background info not included in the comic (yet) but it all boils down to the fact that Oliver Queen is at rock bottom with no money, no control over his company, and is living in a forest because he has no home.

Nightwing15CoverGreen Lanterns #18 This issue is a Friendly one only in that it provides an origin story for Volthoom – the First Lantern – who has been terrorizing the two Green Lanterns in this title on and off over the last fifteen or less issues.

Harley Quinn #15  Having missed the last couple of issues, I have no idea what’s going on here, but it’s kinda entertaining and Friendly enough for you to just jump right in.

Justice League #16 I was going to write a recap of this before I started reading the comic, but then I opened it and right there bang on the front page is a very brief, but effective, recap for you. I still don’t really know what’s going on, but then neither do the Justice League, so while this issue may not seem Friendly, you’ve been given as much information as those who read the last issue by the end of it.

Nightwing #16 Now that Nightwing is back in Bludhaven and somewhat established, we find the series about to take him on a new story arc that, so far at least, is a Friendly place to jump into the best Batfamily book this week.

Superman #18 The other Clark Kent discovered that Lois Lane was already married to Superman (currently going by Clark Smith) in Action Comics #974 last week. This issue continues on from that with the Smith’s celebrating their anniversary. The Smith’s are the Pre-New 52 Lois and Clark, incidentally, with a son – Jon. Although this won’t the same impact on you if you’re just starting here, it is pretty Friendly.

Around the Tubes

sm_cv18_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you like? What didn’t you like? Sound off in the comments. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Brooklyn is A New, Strange Superhero Society in Haspiel’s The Red Hook – Free comics! Go read!

CBR – Logan Director Working On Black & White Version Of Film – Having seen the film already, a black and white version would be amazing.

ICv2 – International Tabletop Day Promo Items Revealed – Some interesting items.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – America #1

Newsarama – Avengers #5

Newsarama – Batman #18

ICv2 – The Best We Can Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Newsarama – Superman #18

Preview: Batman #18

Batman #18

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Finch, Danny Miki
In Shops: Mar 01, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“I AM BANE” part three! Bane broke the bat before, but it wasn’t enough-now he’s going to break everyone else! Bane is coming, and no one is safe!

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