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Gotham Weekly Discusses Two Weeks of Batman Comics

This week on Gotham Weekly, our hosts battle some slight sound issues to talk about the past two weeks of Batman family comics.

Included in this episode is:

Batman #16 by Tom King and David Finch
Nightwing #14 by Tim Seeley and Marcus To
Batgirl #7 by Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
All-Star Batman #7 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay
Detective Comics #950 by James Tynon IV, Marco Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 by Julie and Shawna Benson, Chloe Roe
Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 by Scott Lobdell and Miko Colik

Underrated: Six Comic Book Movies

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Six Comic Book Movies.


You’ve probably noticed that I’ve written an entire column about some movies, but I’m doing something a little different this week and we’re having a brief overview of six comic book movies, although we’re not ruling out revisiting some of these movies in a longer column down the road.

A few things before we start; firstly, these comic book movies may have been well received when released, but may never have garnered as much attention as they deserved. Secondly, some of these movies I’m probably viewing with the rose tinted glasses of nostalgia, and as I haven’t seen many of them in years be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Thirdly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective. Lastly, I am aware that at least two of these movies are borderline comic book movies, but this is my list and I’m including them anyway.

  • phantom-movie-posterThe Phantom (1996)
    This is probably one of the only comic book movie on this list with an actual spandex bodysuit in it, and Billy Zane does admirably well in the roll. I haven’t seen this movie since the 90’s, but not for lack of trying – it is very tough to track down for a reasonable price. The Phantom is a hugely enjoyable movie, so long as you take it for what it is (Guardians of the Galaxy, it is not), you can’t fail to not enjoy it. But do yourself a favour and skip the two part mini series released in 2010.
  • Batman Forever (1995)
    Joel Shumacker ruined the Batman movie franchise with Batman and Robin, that’s no lie, but before he did that he madeBatman Forever. I still enjoy this flick to this day. It echoes the Adam West TV show of the 1960’s, updating the camp foolishness of that time into a slightly more modern and darker time, bridging the gap expertly between Tim Burton’s films and the TV show. The movie stars because of its villains; Tommy Lee Jones’ Two Face and Jim Carry’s excellent portrayal of the Riddler.  No, the film isn’t the best batman movie out there, but it isn’t as bad as Shumacker’s other offering.
  • Watchmen (2009)
    Watchmen did have some success, there’s no denying that. But the true brilliance of the movie lies with the version that has the animated Black Freighter edited in to the live action movie. Although it clocks in at around four hours long, this version trumps the theatrical version significantly. If you haven’t, and you have the time, give the full version a try.p8022770_p_v8_aa
  • Solomon Kane (2009)
    Originally character created by Robert E Howard (if that name doesn’t ring a bell, you may recognize another of Howard’s creations: Conan) Solomon Kane originally appeared in 1928 in pulp magazine Weird Tales, but has since then starred in several comics through the 70’s and 80’s, and three miniseries published by Dynamite in the last ten years or so. Solomon Kane is probably one of the best films on this list; starring James Purefoy, the film (intended as the first of a trilogy, but it does stand alone) is a dark action adventure that perfectly encapsulates the characters pulp roots.
  • Fantastic Four (2005)
    Say what you want about the new Fantastic Four movie (and people have, and loudly, voiced opinions – even myself), the first one wasn’t horrible. It was actually quite good, all things considered. The main downfall of the movie lies in the conflict throughout. I was happy just watching the F4 simply be themselves and felt that the Dr. Doom final conflict was shoehorned in to a comedy movie because the superhero movie need A Big Final Conflict. The movie would have been far stronger had they used Doom to set up the second movie; have the first movie be more about the the-crow-salvation-movie-postercharacters finding themselves and maybe foiling a more mundane threat to New York City. This isn’t a great movie, but it certainly isn’t as bad as the sequel.
  • The Crow: Salvation (2000)
    Sequels to the 1994 The Crow movie generally range from absolute tripe, to just a little bit above bad. The reason for this is that they all try to follow the same formula. Well, Salvation is no different, but something here clicks. As far as sequels to the original movie go this is the best of the bunch, but that’s ultimately not really saying much. Not the best Crow movie out there, but if you’re a fan of the first movie it’s worth a rent.

There we have it – six underrated comic book movies. Are there other comic book movies out there that are, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?

Absolutely.

Because of that, expect a sequel to this Underrated at some point in the future. In the meantime, if you do get a chance to look for Solomon Kane do it; it’s probably one of the easier movies to track down (with it being on Netflix) and is well worth your time.

DC Comics Has Teased a Looney Tunes Smash-up

Jonah Hex. Yosemite Sam.

Martian Manhunter. Marvin the Martian.

Lobo. The Road Runner.

Batman. Elmer Fudd.

Yes please!

Preview: Batman #17

Batman #17

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Finch
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 15, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“I Am Bane” part two! Barricading himself within the walls of Arkham Asylum still might not keep Batman and his allies safe from Bane’s assault. Which one of Bruce’s loved ones will be torn from him next?

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Review: Batman #17

batman17coverIn Batman #17, Batman continues to do everything in his power to keep his supporting cast from the coming onslaught of Bane, who is joined by his old crew from “Knightfall” and wants to spring Psycho Pirate out of Arkham. Writer Tom King dedicates this issue to Batman the obsessive strategist as he puts Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, and Damian Wayne in special containment cells in the Fortress of Solitude while Psycho Pirate is in the secure wing of Arkham. He’s not just playing cards or reading long Russian novels, but giving Gotham Girl a form of shock therapy while Alfred holds a gun to his temple. King and artists David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire continue to go dark in their treatment of Batman and Bane, but there’s still time for Alfred to make Shakespeare jokes and to name every alley in Gotham after a former Bat-writer and artist.

David Finch’s storytelling has reached a nice peak in Batman and keeping inker Danny Miki from Scott Snyder and Capullo’s Batman run is a big reason why. Finch still gets to indulge his superhero pin-up side with a big flowing cape double page splash, but his detail levels are still high in smaller panels like the opening sequence where Bronze Tiger gets nabbed by Bane. The banter of sports pundits as they talk about the Gotham Knights’ latest, terrible trade (Think the DC Comics version of the L.A. Rams giving away their future for the mediocre QB Jared Goff.) makes it seem like a slow start to the comic while one of the DC Universe’s greatest martial artists is taken down far too easily.

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No one can stop Bane, and Finch draws him bigger than ever when he pops in later in the book all in red. Finch’s panel layouts have been one of the more interesting parts of his run on Batman, and issue 17 is no exception with an Assassin’s Creed-inspired aerial move from Duke Thomas in bright yellow. But even cool video game moves are no match for Bane and his eccentric crew and their pet bird of prey.

As a plotter, Tom King is part chessmaster, part clownish juggler desperately trying to keep a dozen balls in the air while dancing the jig that are Batman’s relationships in the comic. And the metaphorical balls remain airborne in Batman #17 thanks to a series of jerking moments where Batman’s allies Bronze Tiger, Jim Gordon, Duke Thomas, and Catwoman get taken out by Bane and his goons. Maybe, they should’ve stayed in the Fortress of Solitude with the former/current Robins. These scenes, which feel like shocks of sudden violence, show that maybe there is a method to Batman’s pretty controlling idea of keeping his allies off the table as now he has to rescue his friends and save Gotham from a red firework wielding Bane. Bellaire uses this flashing red color for him, and in the space of a splash page, he’s back to his “Knightfall” levels of fearsomeness.

Batman #17 is technically another “setup” issue to the inevitable mano a mano rematch between Batman and Bane. However,Tom King, David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire makes their upcoming battle even more frightening as some of Batman’s best allies are taken off the board in a swift way reminiscent of Bane unleashing the Dark Knight’s rogue’s gallery in “Knightfall” before breaking his back when he was utterly broken down. Bane and King both play the long game, and the next issue should be filled with big moves to competent for the utter catastrophe that is Batman’s supporting cast in this issue.

Story: Tom King Pencils: David Finch Inks: Danny Miki Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For 2/8’s Releases

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 were a lot of new story arcs starting this week, so expect a smaller post as many of the comics didn’t need to much of a recap.


 

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Action Comics #973 The funny thing about this comic, is that some of the events you’ll need to have a passing familiarity with didn’t actually happen in this issue. Lois Lane and Superman are from the Pre-New 52 DCU, and have found themselves in the post Rebirth world. Now Lois has taken her doppelganger’s place due to a slight case of death but who is the human Clark Kent running around? Meanwhile Superwoman is weakened  and in need of Superman’s help (the reasons why are explained in her own series; Superman doesn’t know why). It’s Friendly, more or less.

All-Star Batman #7 Mr. Freeze released a deadly bacteria last issue, and who better to help with that than a botanist? I actually forgot what was going on in this series and was still able to follow this comic well enough to make it Friendly.

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 Another Friendly comic. I say this without a recap because I don’t actually remember what happened last issue but I was more than able to follow along here.

Detective Comics #950 The big anniversary issue, and the start of a new arc, so what better place to attract new readers, right? With a bumper sized issue that fleshes out some of the quieter, or lesser known, members of Batman’s new team we get on of the most easily accessible issues in a long time. Each story within is solid is both Friendly, and really quite good.

Flash #16 I didn’t read the last issue, so I can’t really give you much of a recap. Fortunately, the comic does a good job of that on its own, making this an effortlessly Friendly comic.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #14 Part one of a new arc that finds the Green and Yellow Lanterns trying to forge a partnership for the betterment of the cosmos after their numbers were drastically reduced over the course of the last 13 or so issues. This is another Friendly place for you to delve in.

Justice League Of America: Rebirth #1 As with all of the Rebirth specials, this is going to be easy for you to pick up. There seems to be something brewing in the DC Universe, and I’m thinking that with all the hints laced throughout the Batman titles over the past few months, the Batman/Flash series is going to have a part to play in that. Despite my sidetrack, though, this is Friendly.

redhoto_cv7_ds-666x1024Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 All you need to know is that this is a Friendly issue. It’s also relatively standalone, too.

Suicide Squad #11 After the events of the Justice League Vs The Suicide Squad miniseries, Amanda Waller is under investigation for allegedly setting up the whole thing.The Squad are regrouping, but Waller’s up to something. This is a Friendly issue, but only barely.

Supergirl #6 Wraps up an arc in which Supergirl had to choose between resurrecting her family and people or saving her new home. I’m sure you can guess where her loyalties were, which means that if you do grab this issue then you can enjoy the Supergirl vs Cyborg Superman fight – oh, the Cyborg Superman is Supergirl’s father trying to resurrect Kryptonians with a mix of cybernetics and human life force.

Superwoman #7 Lex Luthor is trapped in his armour as his sister wages war with her super powers, and I have no idea what’s happening.

Titans #8  Now that the Titans are reunited with Wally West and settled in Manhattan, this issue sees a new arc kicking off. Because I have next to no experience reading Titans or Teen Titans comics prior to Rebirth, there are some thing I’m not familiar with, such as who a certain character is, but there’s editors notes that let you know where to go to learn more. Overall, this is a Friendly comic.

Wonder Woman #16 The beginning of a new arc finds us at an almost…. Unfriendly  place because I don’t know quite what’s happening, other than I really enjoyed the issue. I’d still suggest you pick this up if you’re curious about the series.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

super-sonsWednesdays 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: Animosity #5 (Aftershock) – This is one of the best comics to come out in the last year. It’s consistent, interesting, emotional, and just everything I want in a story. I never know where the series is headed next and that is what keeps me coming back.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – WildStorm returns! And Warren Ellis returns with it. I am excited to see what Ellis does with this grittier new and seemingly more grounded approach to some of my favorite characters. It sounds perfect for fans, both old and new.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Holy cow, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this! Robin and Superboy go on wild adventures in what I can imagine as fun, action packed, and nostalgic to be everything a teen superhero book should be.

God Country #2 (Image) – What an awesome comic. A comic that takes the idea behind Thor and has some fun with it. This revolves around an old man with Alzheimer’s who remembers everything when he touches a magical sword. There’s also gods and demons, so there’s that.

Batman #17 (DC Comics) – The end of the last issue was intense, even if it was just symbolic. What will Bane do? What will Batman do? This has been coming to a head and I expect the doors to be blown off everything as these two collide. Tom King’s series is really getting some legs and I expect all of the slower issues to pay off soon with the excellent building up to this pressure cooker story.

 

Alex

Top Pick I: Savage #4 (Valiant) – Usually by the time I’m writing this I’ve already read Valiant’s offerings for the week, but in a strange twist I actually haven’t opened the review copy just yet and I’m debating just waiting for the print copy from my LCS to read, but we’re expecting a bout of weather early in the week that may impact the postal service… anyway. Savage has been a really interesting series so far, and I’m really excited to see whether this issue will tie the character into the rest of the Valiant Universe or not. Plus it has some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time.

Top Pick II: Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – So… I’ve actually already read this issue, and it’s frigging phenomenal. Why am I excited to pick it up? Because are some visual sequences that I need to see in print.

God Country #2 (and #1) (Image) – I somehow missed the first issue of this series, and would have missed this were it not for the fact that it’s being written by Donny Cates, one of the authors behind The Paybacks, which is al the reason I need to go find these issues on Wednesday.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – The Aliens vibe of the recent arc has been fantastic. Jeff Lemire’s ability to capture the isolation of outer space, as well as the desolation of the waste lands of Old Man Logan’s past is stunning.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – If you put Damian Wayne in a comic, I’m going to read it.

 

Paul

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #16 (Marvel) – The Shi’ar and their royal guard have invaded Asgard, bested some of their greatest warriors and have managed to kidnap Thor, to bring her face to face with their gods. I am pumped to see the Shi’ar and their royal guard back in action and curious to see what their beef with Asgard and Thor is all about.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – This a series that has not disappointed.  I’m not Wolverine’s biggest fan, and I have never read the original Old Man Logan story this book is named after. But I have consistently been enjoying this book and recommend it. This story arc in particular has been pretty trippy. Logan is trying to save Alpha Flight from the Brood; but also in the Wastelands trying to rescue the Cage baby and both are happening at the same time? A great story that comes to a close with this issue; you don’t want to miss it.

Uncanny Inhumans #19 (Marvel) – Maximus has the secret to create Terrigen crystals. This cannot be good for the X-Men or mutants as a whole. Or can it? The tie-ins for the Inhumans vs. X-Men event have worked very well in telling the smaller stories outside of the main battle issues, but I think Maximus’ plan will have larger consequences that will bring an end to the fighting, one way or another.

Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel) – So last issue was a little slower, focusing on some character development between Storm and Forge. It was an alright issue that saw the X-Men’s plan to take care of the Terrigen cloud literally blow up in their faces. This issue says Magneto will be deploying his team of secret mutant sleeper agents to aid in the fight against the Inhumans. Secret sleepers you say? That alone has me anxious to read this issue.

 

Shay

Gamora #3 (Marvel) – Gamora racks up enemies like nobodies business, she also unearths some secrets that might rock her world.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a prologue of epic proportions and I’m here for the backstory.

Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) – It’s fun with some serious shade to the current political climate and some serious girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Killer Vol. 5 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – For those who are unfamiliar with Matz and Luc Jacamon’s epic story the short version is Frank, aka “The Killer” is James Bond for the Third World. Evil political dealings involving oil, assassinations, IMF, political jockeying, imperialism, for a political geek like me, this series has cool and depth. This is the fifth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. Will Frank find happiness? Will he go out in a blaze of bullets? How Matz and Jacamon finish the series will be interesting and I can’t wait to see what they have to “say” when it’s over.

Dead Inside #3 (Dark Horse) – A murder inside a prison… sounds like an easy case, right? Nope! The last issue ended with a shocker and this southern noir-ish crime comic has me engrossed.

The Rift #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The first and second issue feel like a classic Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone story. Entertaining and just plain fun. Like comics should be.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – The team-up we’ve seen so far of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne in Superman has been amazing and for them to get their own series… well, I’m super excited. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits it’s two young leads.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not the biggest Warren Ellis fan (he’s hit and miss for me), but I’m intrigued to see what will happen in this re-imagining of the classic universe. The first issue is a solid start that reminds me a lot of the third volume of Wildcats. In today’s world, that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Review: All-Star Batman #7

allstarbatman7coverIn All-Star Batman #7, talented artist Tula Lotay joins writer Scott Snyder to spin a Batman and Poison Ivy tale that is both cold and beautiful. They characterize Poison Ivy as a woman, who just wants people to feel good about themselves and finds special cures through her intense botanical studies. Except, her special relationship with plants can also be used as a weapon, both physically and mentally, and she uses them in this way from the opening scene. However, unlike Two-Face and Mr. Freeze in previous issues, she is the most receptive to working with Batman to help a young girl, who was killed by a remnant of Mr. Freeze’s biological weapon from All-Star Batman #6.

Lotay uses a variety of color tones to reflect Poison Ivy’s shifting moods from golden eyes as she hypnotizes a pushy shop owner to not tell the authorities about her presence (And to pay for his son’s art school.) to angry pinks and purples as she finds out that Batman is using her pity for the young girl to help him to stop this virus. Snyder’s choice of setting is quite poetic as Poison Ivy is nurturing a “Tree of Life” in Death Valley that is sadly interrupted when the Blackhawks come in to take her for questioning. It’s an intrusion of the superhero genre into an intimate, and educational conversation about the nature of life, and the power of botany to restore and inspire people

Lotay draws Poison Ivy like a nature goddess with the makeup under her eyes reminiscent to her take on Morrigan and Tara in her The Wicked + The Divine guest issue, and everything that she does in this issue is to preserve plant life while defeating the humans that would get in her way. The fights in All-Star Batman aren’t strictly laid out in grids, but flow seamlessly with Ivy’s plant tendrils feeling like a natural defense response instead of a punch being thrown. The desert sand and light brown colors around her and Batman continue to add to that feeling of conflict between human and nature with Batman taking nature’s side in this case.

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In his plots for both Batman and All-Star Batman, Scott Snyder likes using race-the-clock, cure the virus type storylines that have started to wear thin in a similar manner to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s obsession with stopping the portal/putting the thing in the thing third acts. Except this repetitiveness in plot type is more than remedied in Snyder’s portrayal of Batman and Poison Ivy’s relationship in All-Star Batman #7 that goes from a simple hero/villain battle to working together as allies, but definitely not friends. There are callbacks to her origin where Ivy tells Batman that she focused on the manipulative side of her plant pheromones because this is what she thought Bruce Wayne wanted even though he was more interested in her holistic approach to finding medicine from plants from the cold bark to the beautiful flower.

All-Star Batman #7 concludes with a wonderful Francesco Francavilla-drawn backup story featuring Duke Thomas’ continuing efforts to come to terms with his own relationship to Batman’s villains (The Riddler in this case) that continues to be laid out like a crossword puzzle. But All-Star Batman #7 is truly Poison Ivy and Tula Lotay’s party as she captures the beauty, intelligence, and passion of this complex scientist/antihero/nature goddess, whose abilities are more blessing than curse for once. This is all handled through her gaze (Not Batman’s) with many panels of her eyes conveying different emotions in different colors.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tula Lotay, Francesco Francavilla
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.2  Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Rebirth Recap & Review: Comics Released 2/1

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.


 

Aquaman #16 Aquaman stopped a war between Atlantis and the US instigated by a shadowy corporation, NEMO. This Friendly comic picks up in the aftermath of that battle.

Batman #16 Tom King has been weaving his overarching tale across multiple issues, so there’s a lot to go over for this recap. I’m lazy, so let’s keep it real short; Batman needs a villain to help a superhero introduced in Batman #1, and Bane also needs the villain to keep him off venom, so when Batman “rescued” said villain from Bane, he wasn’t happy. This Friendly comic is worth reading for the Batburger scene alone.

nightwing-14-coverCyborg #9 Uh… so I genuinely don’t remember what’s going on here, and that made this issue somewhat Unfriendly. If you want to read this, it’s best to check out either the trade, or the previous issues.This is after all the ninth part of the current story…

Green Arrow #16 A transition issue between story arcs, this issue wraps up a tale in which Green Arrow was framed for murder by the Dark Archer while simultaneously battling some violently crooked cops. Oh, and Ollie’s sister had vanished for a bit but seems to be back now.  It’s Friendly in a round about kinda way.

Green Lanterns #16 This series has been one of the most new reader friendly of all of DC’s post rebirth comics thanks to the love-it-or-hate-it habbit from Sam Humphries of introducing everything at the start of each issue. I could do a recap here, but there’s honestly no need, because it’s Friendly enough as is.

Justice League #14  This is a Friendly standalone issue that really doesn’t need a recap (even though you’ll think it does at first).

Midnighter And Apollo #5 The penultimate issue of the series is actually quite Friendly all on it’s own. Yeah, you’ll miss some nuances and  little bit of the “whys” but you can read this no problem.

superman 16 cover.jpgNightwing #14 Wrapping up the first arc that has Nightwing back in Bludhaven, we find Nightwing trying to stop a murderer and clear some ex-villains who were framed for murder. This is a fun, relatively Friendly comic.

Superman #16 Somebody is stealing the powers of Supermen,/women/rabbits from across the multiverse for some reason or another. Our Superman has a plan to rescue them, and volunteered as bait so the multiversal Justice League can track and save him and the others. Even with the summary, this will be hard to follow as it ties into the wider DCU more than you’d think. For that reason, and the fact it’s not all that good, I’m marking this as Unfriendly.

 

 

 

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