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Dorbz: DC Wave 2 in October

Funko is excited to announce that the DC Super Heroes are back with an all new wave of adorable DC Dorbz!

This series features classic versions of some of your favorite and most iconic DC Super Heroes.

Joining the lineup is the underwater Super Hero Aquaman, the soaring Hawkman and, Krypton’s Superman, and Supergirl!

Look for the Red Son chase version of Superman! A 1-in-6 rarity.

Collect them all this Fall! The Dorbz: DC Wave 2 figures will be out in October.

Look for exclusives!

Hawkgirl can only be found at Hot Topic!

Only at Toys “R” Us, Superman to Bizarro!

 

 

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Tetris_BoxshotIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

Up first though, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comics Alliance – In Defense Of T-Shirt Superman: Why ‘Action Comics’ And ‘Superman’ Are Seriously Great Right Now – Thoughts? Agree? Disagree?

The Beat – Coca Cola and Marvel are teaming up for the Super Bowl – Not too surprising.

Kotaku – Peek Inside the New Graphic Novel That Tells The Origin Story Of Tetris – This sounds cool.

Humanosphere – Graphic novel depicts life as an aid worker in Iraq – Again, awesome to see this.

The Guardian – African Avengers: the comic book creators shaking up superhero genre – Lots of comics to check out!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman: Europa #1-4

Talking Comics – Bizarro TPB

Talking Comics – Kennel Block Blues #1

Talking Comics – Mirror #1

Comic Vine – Nailbiter #20

Talking Comics – Paper Girls Vol. 1

Comic Vine – Spider-Man #1

Newsarama – Spider-Man #1\

Comic Vine – Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #2

Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #5

Comic Vine – Unfollow #4

Talking Comics – Voracious #1

Exclusive Preview: Bizarro #6

Bizarro #6

Written by: Heath Corson
Art by: Gustavo Duarte
Cover by: Gustavo Duarte

This am the beginning! The most nightmarish road trip in history comes to a screeching halt at the border, where Jimmy finally delivers Bizarro to Bizarro America (aka Canada). Plus, welcome back the Backwards Bruiser’s new archenemy: Queen Tut!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Captain_America_White_1_CoverWednesdays 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.

Brett

The Paypacks #1 (Dark Horse) – A hilarious new entry into the superhero genre. How do heroes get all of those wonderful tools? They need to get them from somewhere right? What happens when they fall behind in payments for them? This is the group tasked with getting those items back. And holy shit is it amazing.

D4ve2 #1 (IDW Publishing) – The second volume to the amazing digital series. It’s a year after the events of the first volume, and another ship shows up. The first volume was fantastic, I’d expect the second to be the same.

Jem and the Holograms #7 (IDW Publishing) – Jerrica and her sisters face their biggest threat yet—success! This sounds really interesting, and helps I love the series in general, which helps.

Prez #4 (DC Comics) – DC Comics’ series about a teenage girl elected President is winding up to be rather prophetic. I now want to read about this future election/political series, to see what’s going to happen in the real world.

Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Raven has part of their crew, now she just needs the rest. This series has more to say in just a few of its panels than most do their entire run. An entertaining comic series that has something to say too.

 

Elana

Constantine the Hellblazer #4 (DC Comics) – Johncon is about to go on a “magical bender” through London. This is going to hurt so good. His particular brand of self obsession mixed with self loathing may not make for a good friend in real life but he is a lot of fun to spend time with on the page. Easily one of DC comic’s best books.

The Fade Out #9 (Image Comics) – Something huge is about to happen in my favorite LA noir series. Gil, the blacklisted screenwriter is about to blow up a Hollywood cover-up centered around a powerful man who sexually assaults women. At least, that’s what I THINK is about to happen. This story is a mystery after all and so far nothing has been as simple as all that.

Island #3 (Image Comics) – The art is out of this world— the first story in this issue is absolutely museum worthy art. I think if you skim this issue you’ll know if it’s right for you. A range of kinds of stories and different kinds of art and nothing in here feels cliched. Some of it can be challenging to process and that’s the point. This new comics magazine pushes at all the boundaries in the medium.

Lumberjanes #18 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios) – New creative team and a new story arc start for our favorite girls at the badass feminist summer camp of your dreams. The original team won an Eisner. Let’s see what this new crew can do.

No Mercy TP Vol. 1 (Image Comics) – Take a bus load of college bound kids getting ready to go on one of those “building schools and posing for photos with brown people” trips to Central America. And then push the bus off a cliff. There is nothing else like No Mercy. It is brutal and human and completely unpredictable. It’s totally outside the conventions of standard comics between its unique, sensitive art, diverse cast and unclear genre alignment. A good choice for comics unbelievers too.

Rat Queens #12 (Image Comics) – The D&D adventuring party you wished you rolled with. Great art. Feminist fun.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Usagi Yojimbo #148 (Dark Horse)I have been a longtime fan of the wandering ronin Myamoto Usagi and, whether he is in the midst of a multi-arc epic or a single issue, Stan Sakai always delivers a masterpiece.

Bizarro #4 (DC Comics) There are a lot of serious comics out in the world right now and sometimes you have to break that up with a little fun. And that is exactly what Bizarro is. Simply put, this comic puts a smile on my face and that is more than enough reason to check it out.

Captain America: White #1 (Marvel Comics)My picks are very heavily creator influenced this week and this selection is no different. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have been a favorite tandem of mine for a while and seeing the two back at it is all the motivation I need to be excited for this comic.

Secret Six #6 (DC Comics)The first iteration of the Secret Six is probably my favorite comic series ever. Yes, I said it. And, while the initially relaunch started slowly, it seems Gail Simone and our favorite gang of psychos is finally getting back to the beautiful brand of lunacy that I love them for.

 

Mr. H

Captain America: White #1 (Marvel Comics) – The amazing team of Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb back again! I have not been disappointed by them in any previous endeavor thus far and no reason to believe it to happen here. Things are sure to be excelsior True Readers!

SDCC 2015: Superman News!

At San Diego Comic-Con, Superman fans were treated to a Fortress of Solitude-sized dose of news about the Man of Steel.

DC Comics announced that legend Neal Adams will be tackling the character in Coming of the Supermen, scheduled for November. In this six-issue limited series, fans can expect the same sense of wonder that Bat-fans encountered with his Batman: Odyssey miniseries. This story pits Superman against the evil Darkseid and his son, brutal Kalibak. But this time he has help from an unlikely place: Three national heroes from the city of Kandor (now known as New Krypton) who see Superman as a legend. Even Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor is forced to ally himself with these heroes to prevent Darkseid from laying waste to the universe.

Hollywood screenwriter and Eisner-nominee Max Landis will take on November’s Superman: American Alien, a seven part collection of stories from the life of Clark Kent. Ranging from heartwarming and simple to gritty and two-fisted and even humorous, each story captures a pivotal moment in Clark’s development into the archetypical hero he’s become. Landis will be joined by seven of the industry’s greatest artists, Ryan Sook will provide the cover art, with artists JOCK, Nick Dragotta, Tommy Lee Edwards, Joelle Jones, Jae Lee, Francis Manapul, and Jonathan Case providing interior art.

Award-winning graphic novelist and new Superman writer Gene Yang and Action Comics co-writer Greg Pak updated fans on Superman, recapping the events from “TRUTH” and giving fans a look into what’s happening next in “JUSTICE,” where a newly de-powered Superman continues to deal with the consequences of his now public secret identity and a Metropolis police department making things increasingly difficult for folks in his neighborhood.

Fans also heard the latest on Superman’s opposite number Bizarro, courtesy of writer Heath Corson. He provided a sneak peek at what’s next for the mismatched duo of Bizarro and Jimmy Olsen as they continue on the craziest road trip in the DC Universe!

Review: Bizarro #2

bizarro002The Golden Age of comics was defined by a few different factors, but one of those factors was definitely a tie to the occult.  As opposed to the silver age which took place during a time of a space race and the advent of computers in society, the occult and specifically a tie to the mystical powers trapped in Egypt seemed to be the defining factors to explain the unexplainable.  Thus such heroes as Hawkman and Dr. Fate were born, with a tie to such otherwise hokey explanations.  While the first issue of Bizarro did have some relatively random ramblings for its characters, it did at least have a bit of a tie to this golden age inspiration as the auto dealer King Tut, actually ends up being possessed by an Egyptian artifact and ends up being the villain for the duo of traveling characters.

If this second issue of Bizarro and Jimmy are forced to deal with this threat as they venture forth on their road trip to Canada.  After having their car break down, they ended up dealing with this Egyptian power, but this is quickly resolved here.  Instead what transpires is an issue almost broken into thirds, with the Egyptians, a montage which is poorly managed of the two traveling seemingly everywhere, and then a journey to an Old West town, which seems to be somewhat haunted.

It is not entirely clear if the creative team behind this series don’t have a firm grasp of the difference between random and funny.  This is supposedly a series aimed at a younger market, but the jokes are more like those for adults, while keeping the setting a bit younger.  The end result is a story which doesn’t really hit its mark in either way.  There are those that are bound to like this for taking a more lighthearted look at superheroes, but equally it seems as though this could be this issue’s only saving grace.  The first issue had some redeeming factors, but this issue is a bit of a mess, and it would have been better off sticking with one inspiration, like the Egyptian occult, as opposed to bouncing all over the place.

Story: Heath Corson Art: Gustavo Duarte
Story: 6.2 Art: 6.2 Overall: 6.2 Recommendation: Pass

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing now that the weather’s warm? While you figure that out, here’s some news to keep you busy.

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The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Inks Overall Deal at AMC – Not too shocking considering the success he’s had for them.

CBS News – Inside “Fun Home,” graphic novel turned Broadway musical – Can’t wait to see this.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Archie #666

CBR – Bizarro #1

The Beat – Nonplayer #2

Talking Comics – Secret Wars #3

CBR – Spider-Woman #8

CBR – X-Tinction Agenda #1

Review: Bizarro #1

bizarro001With Convergence as an easy-dividing point, DC has fashioned itself a mini-reboot of its new 52 line of titles.  Part of the new approach is to expand on stories from before the break, others are to give some old characters a grittier outlook, and some are evidently to undertake a more humorous approach to the mainstream characters.  While Batman also gets his own version of the humorous side (with the Bat-Mite titles) Superman fans get to have as comic focused on Bizarro, a first in the history of publishing at DC Comics.  Although not truly a villain, there has also been a new focus on villainous characters at the big two in recent years which have seen a solid response.  Bizarro is the combination of the two, a humor driven series focused on a quasi villain.

The premise is simple enough – Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro on a road trip!  After a few too many cases of unwilling property damage, Clark sends Jimmy away with Bizarro to keep him out of harm’s way.  Though it is not really clear where it is that they seem to be going, there is a definite Route 66 feel to the road trip.  They even end up on something called Route 66 at one point.  They have to deal with crashing their car and then the hard sell at the used car parking lot in order to get back on the road.  All the while the used car salesman who styles himself as King Tut actually manages to draw on some supernatural power in his desire to sell cars.

The problem with a humor based title is that it depends on being funny, and that can be a hard feat to achieve in a superhero themed comic book.  If the jokes fall flat then the story ends up being pretty two dimensional.  There are a few well placed one liners here (for instance labeling Canada as Bizarro-USA) but there are also a bunch which do fall flat, which is not helped by the fact that there are some weird tangents like when Bizarro picks up his pet chupacabra.  In the end it is entertaining enough, though not necessarily very memorable, but it is a fun concept which verges on the end of being executed well, even if it doesn’t quite get there in this issue.

Story: Heath Corson Art: Gustave Duarte and Bill Sienkiewicz
Story: 7.2 Art: 7.2 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read