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Review: Batman/The Shadow #2

The combination crossover/murder mystery/exploration of Batman’s debt to The Shadow in pop culture continues in Batman/The Shadow #2. The big reveal in the previous is that Henri Ducard, Batman’s mentor and Liam Neeson’s character in Batman Begins, was one of many civilian identities that The Shadow took on to strike out at evil. Artist Riley Rossmo and colorist Ivan Plascencia continue to draw The Shadow more like a force nature than a man throughout the comic, and Batman seems clumsy and unwieldy in the face of his supernatural opponent and former mentor.

The main highlight of Batman/The Shadow #2 is Rossmo continuing to draw The Shadow like a gun toting, will-o’-the-wisp, but Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando have also plotted a hell of decades spanning, complex, yet archetypical mystery. The Shadow deals in absolute good and evil, and that is why his nemesis, the Stag, is preying on the “best” people of Gotham, including Leslie Thompkins. Also, with the death of Lamont Cranston, he lacks a connection to humanity. By trotting out the wizened, old versions of his “agents”, including love interest Margot Lane, Snyder, Orlando, and Rossmo show that The Shadow is a manipulative bastard, who only had relationships with people to further his war on crime. Batman has acted this way sometimes too, like in Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Death of the Family” storyline in Batman, and it’s interesting to see him be used by The Shadow as a kind of tour guide in Gotham to track down The Stag yet again.

There is an anarchic energy to Rossmo and Plascencia’s art in Batman/The Shadow #2, and it’s the furthest thing from superhero house style. Rossmo plays with the supernatural of the Shadow by making him barely fill out the edges of a panel and then having him collide into Batman like their opening hand to hand battle. His line is stronger any time there is the scene in the present or any kind of corporeal action while Rossmo uses a looser style for flashbacks, like Batman questioning the Shadow about the different identities and people he’s slain over the years. With his predominantly dark grey palette, Ivan Plascencia is a perfect choice for these two dark vigilantes even if the first splash page featuring The Shadow has a run of crimson too.

Batman/The Shadow continues to be the dark double of the classic “Beware the Gray Ghost” episode of Batman: The Animated Series where Batman meets Gary Trent, his childhood hero. Whereas that episode had a rose-colored, nostalgic view of the pulp heroes that inspired modern superheroes, Batman/The Shadow shows that these characters were intense and often disturbed. Batman may be a creature of the night, but after his early appearances in the 1930s, he never capped criminals in the head like The Shadow. They aren’t essential to the plot, but Batman’s conversations with Alfred, who he treats as a friend, ally, and not some disposable weapon, make his humanity shine. Along with Rossmo’s close-up of him dropping a bowl of soup when he hears that Leslie is in danger, it shows that Batman has friends and wants to help them instead of just following an obsessive quest to wipe out evil like The Shadow.

Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia continue to explore Batman’s violent, supernatural, and handgun wielding past in Batman/The Shadow #2. Except they add a twisting, turning mystery and an idiosyncratic art style to the mix so there’s a little for everyone in this intercompany crossover. There’s also just a touch of the old school pulps in the comic, like the swashbuckling duel between Batman and “Ducard” that opens the story.

Story: Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando Art: Riley Rossmo Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy 

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/17

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_Cv23_dsAquaman #23 
Arthur Curry and Mera have been away from Atlantis fighting water demons (if it sounds stupid, check out the previous arc because it was actually a solid story), and are just returning to Atlantis as a new arc begins. Coincidence…? Likely. Friendly? Yeah, more or less.

Batman #23 A standalone story that has Batman and Swamp Thing working together that’s one of the more interesting issues that Tom King has written. It’s as Friendly as a standalone Batman story can be.

Batwoman #3 Part three of the arc… and I really don’t remember anything specific about the previous events… which makes this a touch Unfriendly… but it’s actually quite enjoyable all the same.

Green Arrow #23 Green Arrow has hit rock bottom. His company has been taken from him, Oliver Queen has been declared dead, he’s living in a giant tree house in the woods… and his beloved Seattle is currently in the midst of a prolonged terrorist attack  (but I can’t remember why) – at the end of last issue, Green Arrow’s tree house burned, with hi tech guru Henry supposedly inside. This is an intense, barely Friendly place to start, but you can do it.

GLS_Cv23_dsGreen Lanterns #23 Lost In Space part two opens up with the two newest Green Lanterns being trained by Kyle Rainor (Simon) and Guy Gardner (Jess) after they were called to Mogo for some reason or another. It’s going about as well as you’d expect, but it does make for a Friendly and entertaining comic.

Justice League #21 Flash is time jumping to prevent some kind of catastrophe of some kind (probably a big explosion – I forgot last issue), but he doesn’t have complete control over when he goes… it’s an odd premise, but Friendly enough, I suppose.

Nightwing #21 A team-up with Wally West for a villain of the week style story that will probably lead into something more, this is a Friendly place to start with the series.

Super Sons #4 Superboy and Robin have been battling robots that can assume the powers and basic look of a person. While confronting the robots, the young heroes have been captured by Kid Amazo…. it sounds more confusing than cricket, but it’s actually Friendly.

Teen Titans #8 Despite this being the second part of an inter-title crossover, I neither remember the first part of this story, but nor did it stop me from enjoying the comic. For that reason, I’m marking this as a Friendly issue.

Trinity #9  It’s a new arc that starts here, so the only realy question you need to ask yourself is whether you know who Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman are? Because if you do, then you’ll find this Friendly. There’s a bit of a throwback to the first arc, but nothing that’ll have you scratching your beard in wonder.

Mini Reviews: Dept. H, American Monster, The Howling, Smoketown, and more!

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Christopher

Dept H. #14 (Dark Horse) – Unable to return to the surface, the surviving crew of Dept. H must make some difficult choices, with air and livable space at a premium. Will they have to sacrifice one of their own in order for the rest to survive? Meanwhile, we begin to see the larger role that Verve has played in the fate of our crew.Things are beginning to look up, as someone self-sacrifices to get the rest of the crew to the surface. Yet that still doesn’t answer who kills Mia’s father. Given they have two issue still to come, I hope they manage to answer that. Since that has been the lingering question throughout. Overall the story and art continue to impress. Merging both past and present. Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan

Dead Inside #5 (Dark Horse)* – A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to John Arcudi and Toni Fejzula’s prison murder mystery complete with a Tarantino-esque Mexican stand-off on steroids? This is pretty much why I love comics in a nutshell. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

American Monster #6 (Aftershock)* – Just when you think that all Brian Azzarello is capable of these days is mailing it in, along comes the second arc of this amazingly depraved series complete with Juan Doe’s usual gorgeous, eye-popping artwork. Every single character here is a reprobate — even those who only show up for a page or two such as the couple splitting up at the start of this issue — and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lots of moving pieces and subplots within subplots going on here, so it pays to give every single word and ever single image very close attention indeed. Heady stuff, to say the least. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Flash # 22 (DC Comics)* – So, “The Button” began with the death of the Reverse-Flash and ends with — the death of the Reverse-Flash? So, what was all that bullshit in between about, then? Spoiler time: Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter — at the behest of their editors, no doubt — contrive a way to bring back Jay Garrick for a few pages before exiling him off into the Speed Force again, and Dr. Manhattan goes from looming over events off-page to looming over events on-page, but if you’re looking for anything resembling a resolution, look elsewhere: this is pure set-up for DC’s sure-to-suck “Doomsday Clock” mini-series that will finally see the Big Blue-Vs.-Superman punch-up that none of us in our right minds ever wanted to come to fruition. Kill me now, please. Or better yet, kill this whole “Watchmen-Vs.-DCU” idea before it goes any further. I know, I know, it’s too late for that vain wish to come true, but still, one can live in hope. Overall: 1.0 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #23 (DC Comics)* – Seemingly out of left field, Tom King delivers the stand-alone story that almost makes the rest of his hugely disappointing run on this title worthwhile. Seeing the Dark Knight team up with Swamp Thing is always great, but King’s take on the former Alec Holland goes well above and beyond, giving us the best iteration of the character since a certain bearded gentleman from England, and Mitch Gerads’ art — apart from a couple of goofy-looking pictures of Batman on the last page — is just plain incredible. Both a moving tribute to Bernie Wrightson and a heartfelt rumination on the relationship between fathers and sons, this is straight-up comic book magic, not to be missed under any circumstances. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Allie

Night Owl Society #2 (IDW Publishing) – I had hopes for this. Not high hopes but hopes. Sadly, Night Owl Society #2 let me down again. As I mentioned in my review before, the writing and story presented here is bland and predictable. The main character has no redeeming qualities and the foils around him are all two-dimensional. Simply put, there’s just no reason to put any emotional stock behind these characters and reading made it feel like it was just a matter of when the “twists” would come less than what they would be. All in all, another disappointment that makes me want to drop the series entirely, if for no other reason than that I can probably call the ending right now. Recommendation: Hard Pass

 

Patrick

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #3 (Dynamite) – I finally nailed what’s been bothering me about this competently-written, competently-drawn series: it’s trying SO HARD to be Noir, when the actual genre of the Hardy Boys novels is Procedural. The former assumes that nothing can be solved; the latter assumes that every crime can be solved with the application of reason, science, and intelligence. So the mixing of the two genres could be interesting – but they just don’t dig in deep enough. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3 (Dynamite) – Normally I love Fernando Francavilla, and the Black Beetle is a favorite. But maybe I’ve just read too many Spirit stories, so anything more than 8 pages gets too far away from the Platonic ideal of Eisnerian. I had the same problem with the Cooke/Bone/etc version a while back. It’s also devilishly hard for us goyim to really nail the Yiddishkeit of the originals – that combination of pathos and humor, romance and tragedy. Overall 7.0 (because Francavilla after all) Recommendation: Pass

Smoketown #2 (Scout Comics) – As an Army brat, I’m always happy to see stories that explore the life of military personnel and the demands that are made of them without most civilians really understanding what we’re asking them to do. Writer Philip Kennedy Johnson does a pretty good job with this crime fiction of a soldier returned from Afghanistan and the demands that his new civilian life makes of him, without understanding what has happened to him and what he’s dealing with. Artist Scott Van Domelen is also pretty good here, though still I think in a no man’s land between graphically flashy and kitchen-sink drama (I can’t help but compare his war sequences to Leandro Fernandez on The Old Guard). There’s something there, but not quite there yet. Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Howling #1 (Space Goat Productions) – Try as they did to recap the 1981 movie in the first few pages to bring us up to speed for this sequel, I found myself having to go back and rewatch it. So how does writer Micky Neilson and artist Jason Johnson’s work stack up? Pretty poorly. The original movie at least had something to say about the end of the 70’s, California cults, and the beginning of the 80’s fascination with the media. But this comic is just another werewolf story, and not even a particularly scary one at that. The writing is paint-by-numbers and the art is just too well-lit and neatly-delineated for the genre. Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass (but do watch the movie!)

 

Shean

Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #1 (IDW Publishing) – In this debut issue of the Mirror Universe implications for the TNG crew, what one finds is a much more sinister and cynical crew. We find a muscle bound Picard wanting to climb the ladder in rank but is stuck on a ship called the Stargazer. While at HQ, he stumbles upon what looks like plans for a new class of ship. He recruits Laforge into his dastardly evil plans and gives the reader, a familiar sight on the horizon. Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: The Flash #22

The Flash #22 is a rush of speed lines from artist Howard Porter as The Flash and Batman travel through time and the Speed Force and come to the conclusion (with us readers) that “The Button” is a prologue to the upcoming “Doomsday Clock”. Joshua Williamson and his sometimes co-writer Tom King barely scratched the surface on the cause of the rewriting of the history of the DC Universe. It will be up to Geoff Johns and Gary Frank to tell the story  the Watchmen characters’ connection to the DC continuity. But “The Button” was still a pretty fun ride, especially with the interactions between Batman and Thomas Wayne, who is Batman in the Flashpoint Universe, and there is even at a glimpse at the Justice Society before Williamson, Porter, and colorist Hi-Fi snatch it away.

“The Button” has been like a cool teaser trailer that has some emotional resonance. The Flash #22 starts with a physical and verbal back and forth between The Flash and Reverse Flash until Reverse Flash dies yet again after boasting about being a constant point in a shifting sea of time and space. This seems like a replay of what happened in the first part of “The Button”, but Williamson and Porter throw in the new wrinkle of the return of Jay Garrick in a powerful splash page that reminded me of the winged helmet showing up in the Season 1 finale of The Flash TV show. It a powerful glimpse of hope that is yanked away and probably yet another plot thread that will be explored in “Doomsday Clock” so hence the fact that The Flash #22 seems like yet another teaser for a bigger, upcoming story. There is a running plot thread between the disappearance of the Justice Society, the death of Reverse Flash, and the Watchmen characters that could be really interesting to see play out in the fall. But, for now, it’s nice to see the DC Universe add even more elements from its past to the DC Rebirth universe as Williamson realizes the intergenerational legacy of heroism is one of its greatest strengths, especially where The Flash is concerned.

But The Flash #22 does have some emotional heft between it as Joshua Williamson realizes the connection between the post-Flashpoint/DC Rebirth versions of Barry Allen and Batman. What sets them apart from the other characters in the DC Universe is that they’ve had an opportunity to speak and interact with people who they’ve loved after they were taken from them thanks to the events of Flashpoint and “The Button”. Barry is kind of the perfect person for Batman to talk to after having an extended conversation with his father in previous issues. They have both seen some crazy things and understand how difficult it is to process. The fact that Thomas Wayne wants Bruce to move on with his life and not be Batman is just a major character beat for Batman in general, and Williamson and Porter leave his reaction to these words ambiguous closing on a moody nine panel grid. Hopefully, either Tom King in Batman, Geoff Johns in “Doomsday Clock”, or yet another writer builds upon this powerful moment.

With art that is constantly in motion by Howard Porter along with some nostalgic imagery, The Flash #22 is a suitable end to a storyline that’s only job was getting readers excited for a storyline down the road. However, Joshua Williamson and Porter make time to show Batman and Barry Allen’s personal reactions to this crazy journey so it’s not all sizzle and no steak. “The Button” crossover also shows the care that the Powers that Be at DC Comics are taking to restore and rebuild their history and continuity via the vehicle of relatively self-contained crossovers and slow burn mystery thrillers instead of making Superman a fascist or something.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter Colors: Hi-fi
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Around the Tubes: A Wayward Board Game, DC’s Hiring, and Comics in College

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things do folks have planned? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for work to end, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Comichron – How comics sales have changed across time; new pages tracking benchmark levels added – Some great info!

ICv2 – ‘Wayward’ Board Game Based on Comics – Cool to see this translated into a game.

ICv2 – 70,000 Copies of ‘My Favorite Things Is Monsters’ – Congrats!

Newsarama – Want to Edit the Batman Titles? DC is Hiring – There’s a job opening!

The Beat – Conservative pundits are tut-tutting about teaching comics in college – Don’t they tut-tut education in general?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

IGN – Deadpool: Bad Blood

Talking Comics – The Flash #22

Comic Attack – Huck

Pop! Movies: Justice League in August

Pop! Movies: Justice League features a few members of the DC comics superhero team.

From the upcoming film Justice League releasing November 17, 2017! Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman are now joining the Funko team!

Pop! Movies: Justice League are out this August from Funko.

 

 

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Around the Tubes: Bathhouse Libraries, Kirby, and Snowpiercer

Yesterday was new comic book day! What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Around off in the comments below! Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Japan Times – Gifu bathhouse-turned-library showcasing 20000 used comic books a hit among locals – A very interesting story.

ICv2 – Marvel Adds Tenth Issue to ‘Secret Empire’ – Anyone surprised?

The Beat – DC announces Jack Kirby tribute one-shots for August – Awesome to see a publisher celebrate the King!

AV Club – Daveed Diggs to star in TNT’s Snowpiercer pilot – Hells yes, but AV Club, Snowpiercer was a graphic novel first.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Batman #23

Newsarama – Deadpool: Bad Blood

Newsarama – Secret Empire #2

The Outhousers – Wayfarer #1

Preview: Batman #23

Batman #23

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
RATED T
In Shops: May 17, 2017
SRP: $2.99

In a new story The Brave and the Mold! Swamp Thing comes to Gotham City featuring new art and cover by Mitch Gerads.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/10

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. Some assumptions will be made regarding familiarity with some of the bigger named heroes (for example, I’m assuming you know who Bruce Wayne is) when it comes to accessibility.

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.


Action Comics #979 Honestly, you don’t need a recap. This is a Friendly issue with an arc starting here.

All-Star Batman #10 A story told from Alfred’s point of view. gloriously Friendly, and frankly very good. This is well worth you checking out as both the main and backup story start fresh here, and with Scott Snyder writing it… you can’t go wrong.

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #10 Wrapping up the battle with Blackbird, the story can be read without anything else, so in that case it’s Friendly, but you might not want to.

Detective Comics #956 Gotham is under siege by the enemy of the League Of Assassins, the League Of Shadows, and Batman and his allies had just been captured by Lady Shiva, only for Orphan to single handedly take on the entire League Of Shadows to free them. Last issue saw the Batfamily stand in a heroically comic book pose before getting ready to take on Lady Shiva. This is the concluding chapter, but it’s still Friendly enough for you to start with. Oh, Clayface is a hero now.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #20 Despite being the third part of this arc, there’s a Friendly introduction courtesy of John Stewart. I really don’t need to give you too much more, so I won’t.

Justice League Of America #6 Finishes of the battle with Aegeus. It’s really Unfriendly and one to avoid unless you start at the beginning of the arc.

New Super-Man #11 Kong Kenan was artificially granted a power set very similar to Clark Kent’s by a government sponsored organization, and he became the New Super-Man, a member of the Justice League of China (who just got their newest member in a purple speedster). In order to unlock those powers Kenan has begun learning martial arts, and his interactions are actually quite amusing.  This is another first part, and it’s quite Friendly.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #10 I have no idea what’s happening here because I don’t remember the previous issue. I suppose that makes this Unfriendly.

Suicide Squad #17 So General Zod is in the Suicide Squad now. Go figure. Funnily enough, this is still a Friendly comic (assuming you know roughly who the Squad is).

Superwoman #10 kicks off the “Rediscovery” story arc and since it’s the first part you’re pretty good to start here, so this one’s rated Friendly.

Titans #11 Deathstroke is back! Despite his long history with the team, that I am utterly unaware of (I have read exactly 11 Titans comics, which you’ll notice is the number of this issue), I was still able to follow along nicely here. It helps being the first part in a new arc, but this is a Friendly issue full of goodness.

Wonder Woman #22 I may be writing this feature, but I almost went looking for a recap of the issue myself. It’s frustrating, because I’m genuinely enjoying this series – or I would if not for the dual narratives that are just similar enough to get muddled in my brain, making this Unfriendly for me.

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.

Joe

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #4 (Black Mask Studios) – This series is one that has taken awhile to finish, but so far it has been worth the wait. Hopefully #5 follows shortly after!

The Flash #22 (DC Comics) – It is so far so good for The Button, and I’m excited to see how this all pans out and sets up the big fall event by Johns.

Superman #23 (DC Comics) – One of my favorite Rebirth books just keeps getting better. This looks to be another Jon heavy issue, which is okay with me.

The Mighty Thor #19 (Marvel) – Aaron has been doing a fantastic job on Thor for years, and this run is no different. I have enjoyed the epic galactic war and more Quentin Quire is never a bad thing.

Batman #23 (DC Comics) – Now that The Button is ending in this weeks The Flash, this book gets back to the aftermath of Bane. I’m looking forward to how everything plays out.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Star Trek: The Next Generations: Mirror Broken #1 (IDW Publishing) – The Free Comic Book Day release put this on my radar as I’m not much of a Star Trek fan (I watch the shows once in a while, but wasn’t a regular thing for me). That issue sucked me in with a Mirror world that I want to find out more about and see where this series goes.

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4 (Black Mask Studios) – It feels like forever since the last issue, but as soon as I start reading it it’s like getting together with an old friend. Funny and surprisingly tense this issue.

Eleanor & Egret #2 (Aftershock Comics) – The first issue was cute and quirky with a fun story and amazing art. I can’t wait for this second one.

Ian Livingstones’ Freeway Fighter #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic game comes to comics and the first issue is fantastic. If you’re a fan of Mad Max or that type of world, this is one that’s a must get.

Josephine Baker (Self Made Hero) – A graphic novel about this trailblazing woman who lived a life that’s so amazing it can’t be true… but it is, so read up and find out more.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Generation X #1 (Marvel) – FINALLY! I have been waiting for this title since it’s reveal. I loved the original run of Generation X back in the day, and I know this is a new batch of students taking up the name, but Jubilee is now in charge…how can this not be good? The line up is interesting, and anything with Quentin Quire is definitely worth checking out. This should be a fun read.

Super Sons #4 (DC Comics) – This book is fun and action packed and I love this new dynamic duo of Superboy and Robin. You definitely should be reading this title.

U.S.Avengers #6 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is looking to take down Roberto and his team. Like they’re going to let that happen. This book has been hit or miss with me, but I am curious to see how they deal with Rogers and Hydra taking over.

X-Men Gold #4 (Marvel) – Gambit turns up, so you know things are going to be exciting. I’d like to see him re-join a team of X-Men, so why not this one?

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