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Preview: Batgirl #39

Batgirl #39

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Breakout Wonder Comics hero Naomi makes her Metropolis debut as the teen hero looks to Superman to help her navigate her unexpected new role as a hero in the DC Universe. Hoping to answer the remain questions about her origin, lineage and greater purpose on Earth, Naomi not only gets the attention of the Man of Steel but also Gotham City’s Dark Knight Detective, as Batman takes an interest in her quick rise to prominence.

Batgirl #39

Preview: Batgirl #38

Batgirl #38

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

New series writer Cecil Castellucci continues to take Batgirl in an exciting new direction! First up-the Terrible Trio is now a quartet?! After the reawakening of Oracle, the Trio has decided to team up with her and show Gotham City what they’re really made of. Meanwhile, Batgirl has her hands full with a real pest problem…Killer Moth! Can our hero exterminate his evil plans before it’s too late?

Batgirl #38

Preview: Batgirl #37

Batgirl #37

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico, Cam Smith (CA) Joshua Middleton
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Eager to prove himself as a guardian for the criminals of Gotham City, Killer Moth has set his sights on taking out one of Gotham’s finest heroes…Batgirl! Does this insect menace really stand a chance against Batman’s smartest ally? Meanwhile, after their daring escape, the Terrible Trio is on the hunt for new ways to cause trouble for Batgirl. Little do they know, Lex Luthor has already beat them to it and is about to bring Batgirl’s worst possible nightmare to life! Oracle is back online. And she’s angry.

Batgirl #37

DC’s Year of the Villain Delivers Battle-Damaged Logo Covers in August

In 2019 it’s good to be bad for the villains of the DC Universe. “Dark Gifts” is the featured theme for August, as the vilest villains in the DC Universe take up Lex Luthor’s offer to be the ultimate versions of themselves, destroying their arch-foes—DC’s greatest heroes—in the process. 
Fans will see immediate evidence of just how much trouble DC’s heroes are in with a series of covers featuring “battle-damaged” versions of their logos.

From Action Comics to Wonder Woman, these covers, combined with the distinctive “Year of the Villain” cover banner, provide a significant visual cue to the epic struggles within each issue, struggles that the heroes may not be able to overcome. As the Year of the Villain continues to escalate throughout September and beyond, the cover logos will sustain increased damage, leading to a line-wide villain takeover in November. Fans should be sure to check out the following titles when they hit shelves in August: 

  • ACTION COMICS #1014 – Cover by Brandon Peterson (on sale August 28)
  • AQUAMAN #51 – Cover by Robson Rocha and Jason Paz (on sale August 21)
  • BATGIRL #38 – Cover by Carmine Di Giandomenico (on sale August 28)
  • BATMAN #76 – Cover by Tony S. Daniel (on sale August 7)
  • BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #4 – Cover by Tyler Kirkham (on sale August 14)
  • CATWOMAN #14 – Cover by Joëlle Jones (on sale August 14)
  • DEATHSTROKE #46 – Cover by Carlo Pagulayan and Norm Rapmund (on sale August 7)
  • DETECTIVE COMICS #1009 – Cover by Doug Mahnke (on sale August 14)
  • THE FLASH #76 – Cover by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona (on sale August 14)
  • HARLEY QUINN #64 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 7)
  • HAWKMAN #15 – Cover by Pat Olliffe and Tom Palmer (on sale August 14)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 – Cover by Francis Manapul (on sale August 7)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 – Cover by Guillem March (on sale August 28) 
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY #12 – Cover by Will Conrad (on sale August 14)
  • NIGHTWING #63 – Cover by Bruno Redondo (on sale August 21)
  • RED HOOD: OUTLAW #37 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort (on sale August 28)
  • SUPERGIRL #33 – Cover by Eduardo Pansica (on sale August 14)
  • SUPERMAN #14 – Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado (on sale August 14)
  • TEEN TITANS #33 – Cover by Bernard Chang (on sale August 21)
  • THE TERRIFICS #19 – Cover by Dan Mora (on sale August 28)
  • WONDER WOMAN #76 – Cover by Jesus Merino (on sale August 14) 

Continuing from July, August will also feature more of the card stock variant covers. These variants are priced at one dollar more than their battle-damaged standard counterparts and feature artwork by some of comics’ top cover artists, including Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Joshua Middleton, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Yasmine Putri, and others.

Exclusive Preview: Justice League Odyssey #8

Justice League Odyssey #8

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Juan Albarran, Daniel Sampere
Cover by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant cover by: Toni Infante
U.S. Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 10, 2019

The fate of the Ghost Sector hangs in the balance, and Rapture and the Order of Azrael want to tip the scales! With enemies amassing from all sides, the Odyssey team is all that stands in the way of the deaths of trillions. If they have any hope of succeeding, Cyborg, Starfire, Azrael and Jessica Cruz must work with—and trust—Darkseid himself!

Justice League Odyssey #8

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #7

Justice League Odyssey #7

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The trouble on Tamaran becomes a fight to the death as the team slugs it out with Blackfire. Will Cyborg, Starfire, Azrael and Jessica Cruz learn to work as a team, or will they be destroyed before they even have the chance? Time is running out, and Darkseid’s warning may prove to be the only truth they can believe in. A great threat is rising in the Ghost Sector, and the entire Multiverse is at stake!

Justice League Odyssey #7

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #6

Justice League Odyssey #6

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The shocking truth about the Ghost Sector, and why Brainiac hid these planets away for so long, is finally revealed! But before the Odyssey team can take action, a catastrophic event rocks the Ghost Sector. All this, and a decidedly hostile welcome from Queen Komand’r, better known as Starfire’s sister, Blackfire!

Justice League Odyssey #6

Preview: Justice League Odyssey #5

Justice League Odyssey #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (CA) Stejpan Sejic
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s Cyborg and Jessica Cruz versus giant battle robots-to the death! To save her teammates, Starfire must absorb the next language in the Codex in order to gain new, dark powers. But this Rosetta Stone could prove dangerous to Kory! And betrayal looms for the Odyssey League when Rapture kidnaps Azrael and offers him a deal that could save the Ghost Sector-as long as he sells out his teammates.

Justice League Odyssey #5

Preview: Sideways #6

Sideways #6

(W) Dan DiDio (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Thanks to his dimension-hopping powers, Derek James is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. As life-changing secrets are revealed, one missed phone call will set in motion a tragedy so personal for Sideways that no one will see it coming (you’ve been warned). A can’t-miss issue, as Sideways’ life continues to go…well, you know.

Review: X-Men: Magneto – Testament

There are few places, when it comes to museums, that weighs on you more than the somber history displayed in the United States Holocaust Museum. I visited the museum soon after it first opened and many times over the years. Not since the tragedy that took place there back in 2009 did I recently return. I just had some family from out of town visit Washington, DC for a few days and I met up with them for a day trip. This was my first time going in so many years and the exhibits remain just as harrowing as when I first saw them. The stories within that place transcends time and convention as the penance that Holocaust survivors require from the world cannot ever truly be repaid. Theleast we can do is to never forget.

As I walked through the museum I was reminded of the millions of people who suffered, the mostly unknown heroes, and even some known like Oskar Schindler. Rarely has comics, with the major exception of Art Spiegelman’s epic Maus, risked exploring the subject in the light it deserves. Which brings me to one of the most interesting and complicated villains of the Marvel Universe, Magneto. As complex as Eric Killmonger was portrayed in the recent Black Panther movie, this is not the first time a villain was more than some silly obstacle. Magneto has proven in every incarnation, in the comics, the TV shows and the movies, that he, much like Killmonger, is more than a villain. He’s tragic, he also has his own sense of morality, and ultimately is as much a protagonist as an antagonist. The one part of his origin story that is pretty much glossed over and has never really been explored throughout the years is his past as a Holocaust survivor. It’s a subject both still raw and controversial. That all changed in 2009 with some help of some meticulous research and consultations with a series of experts, the team of Greg Pak and Carmine Di Giandomenico dared to tell his origin story in X-Men: Magneto – Testament.

We meet a young Max Eisenhardt, AKA Magneto, a prodigious student at his school in Germany in 1935, where him and his family try to live a peaceful life, but in a time where the Nazi Movement catches fires in a listless Germany still feeling the effects of World War I.  Max also meets a young girl, who he ends up falling for, but whom finds ostracization herself in Germany, as she and her family, are also Gypsies, a group of people who faced extermination from the Nazis as well. Soon, the Eisenhardts finds living in Germany, to be a death sentence, as Jews become targeted by the new Nazi regime, through first identification, then condemnation, and eventually isolation into the “ghettos”, where their food rations were never meant to sustain them but to starve them to death. As the Nazis looked to further isolate the Jewish population, eventually they moved them to concentration camps, they put to death, those who opposed the rule, Eisenhardts being one of them, they exterminated the whole except for Max, whose powers showed for a moment, and saved his life. He would eventually be sent to Auschwitz, where he is reunited with one of his teachers, and who guides him. He is soon put to work, in the gas chambers, where thousands of men and women were exterminated day after day and he could not help not one. He is also reunited with Magda, the young Gypsy girl, who he likes and who he uses some of his leverage with a Nazi officer, to send her away from Auschwitz, to another camp, where she may survive. As World War II ends, so does Max’s stay, as the Nazi Resistance takes the camp, and frees all the prisoners. By book’s end, Max buries all remnants of his life in a marked grave, as he begins life anew, as the nightmare he lived, should never happen again.

Overall, a comic that not only educates but astounds as the persecution felt during “Shoah” stands as the moral imperative by which all evil is still compared to. The story by Greg Pak is dense, moving, and thoroughly researched. The art by Carmine Di Giandomenico is captivating and captures each moment as if they came from a movie. Altogether, a comic which gives reader another dimension to this complex character, one that makes you realize everyone has a story.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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