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Holiday Gift Guide: DC Icons Superman and Batman

The holidays are fast approaching and we’re kicking off our 2017 Gift Guide. We’ve got tons of suggestions coming your way both here on GP TV and over at Graphic Policy. Stay tuned for lots to come!

Up first are two figures from DC Collectibles, the DC Icons Superman and Batman figure. The figures capture each character in their costumes from the beginning of DC Comics’ Rebirth. Available for the first time as separate figures versions of the figures were previously only available in a seven pack of figures.

Check out each figure and consider this a solid buy for fans of either character or DC Comics.

You can purchase them now!
Batman
Amazon or TFAW

Superman
Amazon or TFAW

 

DC Collectibles provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/15

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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


Aquaman #30 King Arthur has been deposed, and supposedly murdered by Commander AQM_Cv30_dsMurk (who is well aware that Arthur survived). He is now swimming through Atlantis as the vigilante Aquaman… consistently one of DC’s higher quality titles, this Friendly issue is well worth checking out. 8/10

Batman #35 A conclusion to an arc that had Batman and Catwoman travel to a secret desert stronghold and confront Talia Al Ghul after an exhausting fight against her minions. Eventually, she stabbed Batman in a sword fight,  and so Catwoman took  up her betrothed sword to try and beat Talia… the arc ends on a strong note, and is oddly Friendly despite being the concluding part. 8/10

Batwoman #9 Batwoman has been captured by Scarecrow, and along with Colony Prime, has “escaped” despite suffering some serious hallucinations. Oddly a Friendly issue regardless of the hallucinatory visuals. 7/10

Green Lanterns #35 When one of DC’s most accessible has a new arc starting in any given issue, there’s strong odds that the comic is Friendly – and this one is.  7/10

Justice League #33 contains the concluding chapter to a Dark Knights: Metal crossover story, and therefore may not be the most accessible if you’re looking to jump into the series.

Nightwing #33 Having decided to write this feature when in the midst of a mild fever, I can honestly tell you that the only things I remember from last issue are recapped in SUPSO_Cv10_dssome fashion on the first page. I was able to enjoy the issue regardless, so I’m calling this Friendly7.5/10

Superman #35 The Kents, and Lex Luthor have been taken to Apokalips where the natives think Superman is a god – though at first they thought it was Lex. I don’t really really remember much more than that, honestly, and because I can’t make heads nor tails of the story…. I’m calling it Unfriendly. There are some pretty awesome visuals here, though. 7/10

Super Sons #10 This is just a solid, fun issue. It’s very Friendly, and a brilliant introduction to the two super kids. 8/10



That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

New LEGO Batman Movie in 2018

The LEGO Batman Movie is getting more LEGO sets in 2018 allowing fans to not only recreate more scenes from the film as well as get new characters that have never been released.

Check out what you’ll find on shelves below.

70918 The Bat-Dune Buggy 
(including Batman, Captain Boomerang)

70919 The Justice League Anniversary Party 
(includes Superman, Hawkgirl, Green Arrow, El Dorado, Wonder Dog)

70920 The Egghead Mech Food Fight 
(incl Batman, Egghead, Condiment King)

70921 Harley Quinn Cannonball Attack 
(includes Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Crazy Quilt, Gentleman Ghost)

70923 The Bat-Space Shuttle 
(incl Batman, Catwoman, Bat-Space Suit, Bat-Firestarter Suit, Dick Grayson, Reggae Robin)

(via Brickheroes)

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Three Trailer

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Three continues the five-part episodic game series, Telltale‘s unique take on the World’s Greatest Detective. You can download the trailer by following the links above. Episode three, ‘Fractured Mask,’ launches November 21 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and mobile.

After an unexpected reunion, Bruce finds his attention (and his loyalties) stretched in yet another direction. Now, in addition to brokering a power struggle between Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller, Bruce must balance romantic entanglements with his mission to infiltrate the Pact. As he plunges deeper into the criminal underworld, the villains’ plan starts to come into focus, but will his deceptions take a dire toll?

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who reprises his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.

This new season is intended to be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players’ choices from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season also includes Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an internet connection.

A special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is currently available at retailers across North America and Europe. The disc includes the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released.

Batman: The Enemy Within is a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman – The Telltale Series. Both products are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Episode three, ‘Fractured Mask,’ has been rated ‘Teen’ by the ESRB.

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/8

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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


DTC_Cv968_dsAction Comics #991 Mr Oz. is actually Jor El, and he wants to take the Kents off Earth so they can live in a place that deserves them. Clark is less than enthused as he battles against Oz’s plans to ruin the world through the worst of humanity, but Jon is tempted… This is a relatively Friendly issue, but it’s not the best you’ll ever read. 6.5/10

Batgirl and the Birds Of Prey #16 In a perfect case of not judging a book by it’s cover… this Friendly book is a very interesting read – especially in today’s climate – that looks at toxic masculinity through some decidedly comic book lenses that almost work. 7/10

Detective Comics #968 So there’s a Batman from the future trying to kill Batwoman to prevent his future from happening. Future Batman is Tim Drake, and Present Tim is back and trying to stop his future….. look this sounds unFriendly, but it’s not. Not really. 7/10

The Flash#34 The first part of a new arc, aaaaaaaaand it’s Friendly. Flash has somehow gained the Negative Speed Force (I don’t remember how, and it’s not relevant here), and…. the rest basically revolved around an evil speedster called Godspeed who would steal the powers of other speedsters. 6/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 features a Dark Knights Metal tie-in. Not the best time to start reading the series.

Justice League of America #18 Part one of a new arc that finds the JLA facing off against Prometheus. The first part is quite Friendly, all things considered, and as a  set up for the story to come it isn’t too bad, but it won’t set you world on fire either. 6/10

New Super-Man #17 Despite remembering very little about the previous issue, I found this to be quite Friendly, all things considered. Quality wise the comic isn’t too bad – just nothing overly spectacular. 6.25/10

REDHOTO_Cv16_dsRed Hood and the Outlaws #16 The Outlaws were recently captured by Batwoman her team of heroes in Gotham, despite their mission to fight Gotham’s underworld undercover (which the Outlaws haven’t shared with many people other than Batman). The issue opens with the Outlaws having been dropped off where super criminals typically are, and it’s pretty Friendly, although not the strongest entry in the series. 7/10

Superwoman #16 The unfortunate thing with this series is that I really don’t care about it – or for it – so I tend to not read it more often than not. So while there’s no recap here, the comic is kinda Friendly… but I’m still waiting for an issue to get excited over 6/10

Wonder Woman #34 Darksied’s daughter is hunting the children of Zeus in order to give their life essence to her father in order to restore him from his current childlike age. Her next target? Wonder Woman’s brother. No, you read that right. Wonder Woman has a brother, and this is a Friendly comic. 6.25/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/1

BLCDH _Cv1_dsWelcome 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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


Batman #34 Batman and Catwoman are in the desert to pry open some secret of the Justice League’s, whilst Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin are in Wayne Manor wondering what the hell their mentor is up against (note – Talia Al Ghul is a distinct possibility according to Damian). This issue is a solid jumping on point (perhaps more so if you BM_Cv34_dsdidn’t read the last one, or don’t remember it as well as you thought), and the almost issue long fight scene is very well done. Batman #34 gets a Friendly 7.75/10. 

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature; and, as it’s a first issue there’s no recap (plus I also know next to nothing about the character). That being said, if you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll find this Friendly – and a very good read. 8.5/10

Cyborg #18 The Aftermath to Singularity seems to have been going on for several issues now, and it’s not exactly the easiest story to explain – or get into. But you don’t need to really worry about that because this issue is basically a condensed wrap up that will bore you to tears. Technically Friendly, but not worth your time. 3/10

Deadman #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature (sound familiar?)/ Once again, my lack of knowledge on the character and the fact it’s a first issue means there’s no recap. That being said… unlike Black Lightning this comic is not the easiest to get into. As an introduction to Deadman it’s Unfriendly and as a story it’s better skipped. 5.75/10

Deathstroke #25 Slade Wilson is trying to become a hero and has founded a team of young heroes called Defiance, but in typical Deathstroke fashion he’s charging for his teams heroic deeds… and only choosing certain missions. The way the stories are told in this series don’t always lend to the best jumping on points – honestly you’re better off GA_Cv34_dsaiming to pick up the trades than the floppies at this point – but the comics are still very good regardless.

Green Arrow #34 After being framed for murder, and with his trial looming, Ollie Queen is desperate to find some evidence to clear his name that isn’t the psychologically broken women he’s accused of murdering because he doesn’t want to hurt her any more than she has been already. This comic does have a substory that goes back several issues regarding Diggle saving Merlyn, but anything relevant from said substory you can pick up along the way. Green Arrow #34 earns a Friendly 8/10.

Green Lanterns #34 There is a recap here, but seeing as how the Lanterns give you pretty much exactly what I was going to say, let’s just mark this as Friendly, shall we? 7/10

Justice League #32 As this is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in issue it isn’t the best place to jump into the series – although it is an enjoyable read.

Nightwing #32 Raptor, a man from Dick’s past with villainous intentions masquerading behind a barely heroic exterior, has appeared at Dick’s day job, that of a black jack dealer in Blockbuster’s casino  (that bit’s not really relative other than to say Dick’s keeping tabs on the mobster). This Friendly issue gives you a bit of background on Raptor while a group of former villains try to stop another villain. 7.5/10

Superman #34 Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane have been boom-tubed to Apokolips and were separated upon arrival. Lex Luthor was also taken from his home so that he can fulfill a prophecy and take the throne of Apokolips. Superman #34 is more or less a Friendly comic, and it’s not a half bad read, either. 6.75/10


 

That wraps up this week, folks. Next week we’ll be taking a look at the comics released tomorrow – so until next time, have a good week!

Those Two Geeks: Episode Ten

This week on Those Two Geeks!

Alex and Joe are back! One more week and they may almost be back on a schedule of sorts/

On the docket this week: Batman #33, Batman: The Drowned #1, Action Comics #989, and Thor – both the trailer and the future of the comics.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong. Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week!

 

TV Review: Gotham S4E7 A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows

With Professor Pyg striking fear throughout Gotham, Gordon and Bullock head into the Narrows for clues; Bruce is convinced by a former friend to go out with some former classmates; Sofia’s relationships evolve with Penguin and Gordon.

Gotham continues the pretty solid stroytelling from the previous episode as the search for Professor Pyg continues. Pyg may be the strongest villain the show has had so far. The episode also feels like it’s a microcosm of what works and what doesn’t in the show with what’s good and not all in the same scene.

What works for the series is its focus on corrupt police and the more grounded storylines like gang wars. That’s been a major aspect of the season but then the silly is dropped in. In this case, it’s Penguin deciding to help the GCPD to stop Pyg and he does so by bringing in a character by the name of Headhunter, an over the top character the sticks out compared to everything else going on. Thankfully it feels like everyone is in on the silliness so things aren’t quite as odd as when Mr. Freeze is a part of things. But, the cat and mouse between Gordon and Pyg is the draw and as long as you focus on that, things are generally in a good direction.

 

Since the show likes threes… Barbara, Selina and crew is the second storyline as they attempt to make some dollars and consolidate power. It’s all forgettable and thankfully not much time is devoted to it all.

The third plot line is Bruce and it doesn’t suck! Bruce decides to cut loose after an event and he lashes out due to all his pent up anger finally going down the playboy/party boy route we know from comics. He’s a dick, unlikeable, and the acting is getting better. A massive improvement in what we’ve seen as far as the character.

We’ve gotten two good episodes in a row, which feels like a rarity for the series. Pyg has been a boost for the series as far as focusing the storytelling and giving us a villain that not only is part of Batman’s rogues but also one that really works in the world of the GCPD. Here’s hoping as the season progresses it continues to keep things heading in a positive direction.

Overall Rating: 7.75

Preview: Batman: White Knight #2

Batman: White Knight #2

(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Public support for Batman dwindles and Gotham City’s 99 percent rally around ex-Joker Jack Napier’s crusade to expose decades of corruption within the GCPD. A proposition inspires new revelations about Harley and The Joker’s past; and as Jack transforms into a hero of the middle class and takes extreme measures to mobilize a revolutionary army of super-villains, Bruce struggles to stay focused on engineering a technological breakthrough to save Alfred.

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