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Preview: Wonder Woman Annual #1

Wonder Woman Annual #1

(W) Greg Rucka, Vita Ayala, Michael Moreci, Jackson Lanzing (A) Claire Roe, Stephanie Hans, Collin Kelly, David Lafuente (A/CA) Nicola Scott
RATED T
Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.
In Shops: May 31, 2017
SRP: $4.99

WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 will feature four tales by a variety of artists and writers including the team behind “Year One”!

First, in the days after “Year One,” Diana comes face to face with Superman and Batman for the first time in a story by writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott.

Then, Wonder Woman has to go to the nation of Markovia and stop King Shark from being executed for a crime he did not commit in a story by writer Vita Ayala and artist Claire Roe.

In the third story, an old ally of Steve Trevor’s has summoned Wonder Woman to his village to save it from his cursed monster form. This story is written by Michael Moreci with art by Stephanie Hans.

And in this annual’s final tale, Wonder Woman assists A.R.G.U.S in bringing down a large Kaiju monster that’s on its way to the American coastline but will Wonder Woman change alliances once the monster starts speaking a language she understands? This story is written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing with art by David Lafuente

Dark Horse and 343 Industries Explore the Origins of Atriox and the Banished

Dark Horse and 343 Industries are set to release a new anthology series based on Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries’ real-time strategy video game, introduces a new ruthless villain, Atriox. This five-chapter anthology collects stories by acclaimed comics creators Cullen Bunn, Jody Houser, John Jackson Miller, Alex Irvine, Claire Roe, Josan Gonzalez, Jonathan Wayshak, and Tristan Jones.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox finds Atriox, who is still a member of the massive alien collective known as the Covenant, leading his Brute brethren into an all-out assault on a UNSC outpost. Leader and creator of the Banished, Atriox is a fearsome warrior who rose to power by his charismatic personality and talent for shrewd strategic planning honed during his time serving as a member of the Covenant. Cullen Bunn composes this first issue, Claire Roe provides her gorgeous artistic skills to the Halo universe, Jeremy Colwell makes the illustrations pop with his gritty colors, and topping it all off is a breathtaking cover by Aleksi Briclot.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox goes on sale August 2, 2017.

Preview: Welcome Back Vol. 2 SC

WELCOME BACK VOL. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Claire Roe
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Mali and Tessa remember now: they remember their roles as soldiers in a war without end, battling each other throughout centuries, reincarnating only to fight one another again. But now that they’re finally together, they’ve decided to break this cycle for good by choosing love over war. Unfortunately, factions on all sides of the conflict are at odds with their choice—including Tessa’s parents. Collects issues #5-8.

Preview: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey Vol. 1 Who is Oracle

Batgirl & The Birds of Prey Vol. 1 Who is Oracle

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Claire Roe, Roge Antonia (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $16.99

In these tales from BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1-6 and REBIRTH #1, a mysterious new criminal operative called Oracle has declared war on Gotham City! Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl-and a.k.a. super-cyber hero Oracle-in a previous guise, takes exception to someone smearing her legacy. Can she count on Black Canary and the volatile Huntress to help her get to the bottom of this mystery?

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Green Arrow, and Superman

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three more volumes from DC Comics, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Green Arrow, and Superman!

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1 Who is Oracle collects issues 1-6 and Birds of Prey: Rebirth by Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Claire Roe, and Roge Antonio.

Green Arrow Vol. 2 Island of Scars collects issues 6-11 by Benjamin Percy, Stephen Byrne, Juan Ferreyra, and Otto Schmidt.

Superman Vol. 2 Trials of the Super Son collects issues 7-13 by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, and Mick Gray.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 5 and bookstores April 11.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey Vol. 1 Who is Oracle
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Green Arrow Vol. 2 Island of Scars
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Superman Vol. 2 Trials of the Super Son
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #7

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #7

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Claire Roe (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“VALENTINE’S DAY” part one! The new Oracle is now embedded in the Birds of Prey’s lives…and they’re going to have to make it work whether they like it or not! Plus, Huntress has decided to make Gotham her permanent home-but that means venturing into the most dangerous world of all…the Gotham City real-estate market! Perhaps an abandoned amusement park with a murder slide is up her alley?

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Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Claire Roe (CA) Yanick Paquette
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Who Is Oracle?” conclusion! The new Oracle has put the Birds in an untenable position-do what Oracle wants, or their whole lives get made public! So how do they turn the tables? And now that Huntress has Fenice in her sights, can she pull the trigger? She’s never hesitated to kill before…so why now?

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Madison’s Favorite Comics of 2016

Last year I prioritized cutting back on cape books and diversifying the publishers and stories that I read. Though many of the comics I read weren’t published in 2016 (especially ones I read during Women’s History Month) I still found it hard to narrow down the list of ongoing series I particularly loved throughout the year.

Here are ten comics I couldn’t put down in 2016:

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10. Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

This is a series I would have loved as a child. Goldie is the perfect mix of Nancy Drew and Eloise (of Plaza fame). Goldie Vance is great for a younger audience but doesn’t shy away from emotionally complex stories. Goldie and her friends are well-rounded characters with a wide range of interests who readers–young and not-young alike–will be able to relate to.

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9. Elasticator by Alan C. Medina and Kevin Shah

Elasticator is the kind of smart, political superhero comic I wish was more prevalent. The writing is fresh and interesting and Shah’s art is lively and animated with great colors from Ross A. Campbell.

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8. Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung

Lottie Person is just about as far away from Scott Pilgrim as you could get, though they do, at times, share a similar self-absorption. Snotgirl quickly became one of my favorite series of the year, because while not many people can say they’re successful fashion bloggers, they can likely relate to Lottie’s personal problems. Leslie Hung and Mickey Quinn provide gorgeous, vibrant visuals and the best wardrobe in comics, to boot.

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7. We(l)come Back by Christopher Sebela and Claire Roe

Reincarnation? Check. Assassins? Check. Shadowy organizations? Check. A+ fashion choices? Check. Reincarnated assassins in love running from other assassins who are trying to assassinate them? …Also check. What more can you want from a story?

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6. Shutter by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca

Shutter is one of Image’s most underrated titles. The story follows Kate Kristopher, the daughter of legendary explorer Chris Kristopher, and her discovery of some little-known family history. The comic is consistently interesting not only because of its plot, but because del Duca and colorist Owen Gieni are constantly experimenting with narrative structure and using different techniques to influence how the story is read.

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5. Clean Room by Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt

Clean Room is a creepy psychological horror comic about journalist Chloe Pierce’s investigation of self-help master Astrid Mueller, who Pierce suspects is more cult leader than anything else. Or is she? Mueller is a fascinating character, and the unknowable question of which side she’s actually on only adds to the story’s suspense.

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4. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

What if you could be a god, but you’d die within two years? Consistently equal parts entertaining and heartbreaking with consistently incredible art and color from Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson. You’ve probably heard of this one.

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3. Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons, and Ibrahim Moustafa

One of the few superhero comics I read this year, Mockingbird was one of my absolute favorites. Cain writes Bobbi Morse as confident and smart, and the result was a fun mystery thriller with gorgeous art. The series also featured some of my favorite colors and covers this year, by Rachelle Rosenberg and Joelle Jones.

By the time I write my 2017 list, I might be over Mockingbird’s cancellation.

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2. Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Val DeLandro

2016 was light on Bitch Planet–only four issues were released throughout the year–but continued to provide insightful and relevant commentary in what turned out to be a period of rapid change in the real-life political landscape.

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1. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Monstress started strong in 2015 and only got better. The main character, Maika, is a teenage girl living with a monster inside, something she learns to live with and use to her advantage as the plot develops. Monstress is full of unrepentant female characters set in a stunningly rendered fantasy world.

Review: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

ww75as_cv1_dsWhen it comes to Wonder Woman, it never surprises me, that although her stature in the comics world is as immense as it is, that she has never had a solo movie until next year. This character who, has inspired women of all ages for decades, and has even been on Ms. Magazine, never truly has gotten her due. Her life in the comics world, is as just as big as her contemporaries, Batman and Superman. Her backstory is also just as interesting, if not more, as she ascends from royalty, revealing a long extenuating misogyny within the fandom.

Surprisingly, most people still don’t know that she was created by a doctor, who researched bondage and other depravities, but also sought to understand the human condition. Wonder Woman, is the perfect example of the human experience, as she does take the hero’s journey, becoming a stronger character by leaving her home. Since her inception, her character has grown with society, as she initially followed tropes but eventually came to challenge each one. She even challenges the trope of relationships, where she takes the more dominant roles in her relationships with Batman and Superman.

In the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, several writers and artists collaborate to create stories in which makes us all look at Diana different. “Big Things One Day Come” has Diana and a new superhero by the name of Star Blossom take on a kryptonite powered gorilla, which is both funny and action packed. “Gives Us Strength” follows Diana as she fights some Nazis and actually helps liberate France during World War II. The last piece that stands out is the interview Lois Lane does with Wonder Woman, which answers some questions, but brings up even more.

Altogether, this special is more a love letter to this character which has inspired millions and continues to every day. The writers all bring their love to the story. The artist more so as they see her in each, a different light. Overall, a fun tribute to an icon.

Story and Art by: Liam Sharp, Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Fabio Moon, Hope Larson and Ramon Bachs, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, Jill Thompson, Annie Wu, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, Sebastian Fumara, Claire Roe and Jordie Bellaire, Marcio Takara and Marcelo Maiolo, Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Brian Bolland, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage, Jenny Frison, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Written by: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover by: Yanick Paquette
Variant cover by: Kamome Shirahama

“WHO IS ORACLE?” part four! The dangerous new Oracle is finding that Gotham’s mobs aren’t up to the task of keeping the Birds of Prey off the scent…so send in the Snakes! Copperhead, The Asp, Cottonmouth, and Lady Viper are the most venomous foes the Birds have ever faced!

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