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Today’s New Digital Comics Include Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, and Marvel MAX

ComiXology has seven new digital comics from DC and Marvel for you today. There’s a mix of new and classic comics all available at the touch of a button.

Check out the full list of what’s available or each issue below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Joe Quinones
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Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Written by Chuck Austen, John Ney Rieber
Art by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee
Cover by John Cassaday
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Collects Captain America (2002) #1-16.

Captain America gets the critically acclaimed Marvel Knights treatment! In the aftermath of 9/11, Captain America – already a man out of time – must adjust once again to a terrifying new global landscape. From the ruins of the World Trade Center to the horrors of a small town rocked by terrorism, the star-spangled super-soldier is forced to consider what it means to be the Sentinel of Liberty in an age of incomprehensible new threats. Meanwhile, the man named Redpath has his own American dream, and he orders his Extremists to cleanse the country by force. Only a true patriot, the living embodiment of the United States, can stop them. But when Captain America uncovers new truths about his decades trapped in the ice, the scale of the conspiracy may bring him to his knees!

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by David Aja, Michael Lark
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #82-93.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Paul Azaceta, Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Weeks
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #94-105.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark continue their explosive run! Everything Matt Murdock thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life — in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! And with the post-CIVIL WAR fallout all around him, the price of being Daredevil just got even higher. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Ed Brubaker, Ann Nocenti, Greg Rucka
Art by David Aja, Paul Azaceta, Michael Lark, Clay Mann, Tonci Zonjic
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #106-119 and #500.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark conclude their explosive run! The Hand is back in New York, and Lady Bullseye is in league with them! The Kingpin has also returned, forging a surprising pact with Daredevil to target the ninja cult — but what is the former crime boss’s true plan? Plus: An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a Marvel villain sitting on death row. What will he do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who’s completely innocent? Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Kano, Brian Denham, Nic Klein, Nick Percival, Javier Saltares
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #1-4.

Biochemist Ted Sallis and his team are on a mission: To recreate the serum that spawned the world’s first super-soldier. But like the swamp itself, there are dangers lurking beneath the surface. Ted’s partner Eric, his girlfriend Ellen, the government, terrorists – everyone wants what Ted has, but what Ted doesn’t realize is that the swamp itself may want him! A radical re-imagining of the Man-Thing’s origin begins here, in a horror-tinged tale narrated by Digger, keeper of the Tower of Shadows!

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Preview: Batman #79

Batman #79

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Sep 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

In the concluding chapter of the two-part “City of Bane” interlude, Batman and Catwoman pull a job to stop Bane’s supply ship from smuggling dangerous cargo into Gotham City. It’ll send a message back to the big guy that his reign of terror is soon to be over…but what does it also signal for the future of Bruce and Selina?

Batman #79

Batman #78 Gets a Second Printing

Batman #78, the first part of the highly anticipated two-issue interlude to the “City of Bane” story arc, has flown off shelves for a same-day sell-out! Following in the footsteps of issues #75, #76, and #77, Batman #78 has sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors and is headed for a second printing. The fan-favorite team of writer Tom King, pencillers Tony S. Daniel and Mikel Janin, inker Norm Rapmund, letterer Clayton Cowles, and colorists Jordie Bellaire and Tomeu Morey have captivated readers with this tragic tale of a beaten Bat-family, the unthinkable death of Alfred Pennyworth, and a Gotham City ruled by Bane.

Featuring stunning art by Clay Mann, issue #78 spotlights Batman and Catwoman, reunited for the first time since issue #50 and the ill-fated wedding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. After Batman endures brutal punishment from both Bane and Thomas Wayne, a.k.a. Flashpoint Batman, Selina Kyle returns—determined to whip the Dark Knight back into shape, help him heal from his injuries, and take Gotham City back from Bane’s brutal regime.

Anyone who missed out the first time will get their chance to experience this issue when it returns to stores on October 2. In the meantime, fans should hit their local comic book stores now to reserve a copy of the second part of this story in Batman #79, on sale September 18, as the stakes only get higher as the finale of King’s epic run grows nearer.

Batman #78

Preview: Batman #78

Batman #78

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Tony S. Daniel
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

In the first part of a “City of Bane” interlude, Batman receives help from an ally he thought he had lost for good: Catwoman! Still recovering from the beatings he took from Bane and Flashpoint Batman, the Dark Knight readies himself for a return to Gotham City, and it’s Selina Kyle who holds the key. She knows how Bane is fueling his regime, and she’ll help Batman shut down the supply line-but first she has to whip the battered hero into shape.

Batman #78

Review: Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9 wraps up what has been a mess of a miniseries. It never quite nailed down what it wanted to be and took too many side tours that didn’t focus on what was promised. Beyond the controversial reveal of who caused the deaths at Sanctuary, it’s also a series that seemed to have gone over too many people’s heads.

At its heart, what Heroes in Crisis was supposed to be was a focus on the trauma heroes experience and the impact. In the real world, soldiers, police, first responders, so many are impacted negatively from the good they do. The results can be PTSD, outbursts, and worse, and this series attempted to look at that. Though these heroes may seem calm on the outside, inside they’re struggling. Writer Tom King wanted to explore that and in some ways he did and in other ways he didn’t.

The event turned into a “whodunnit” as other heroes put the puzzle pieces together and suspects ran. Threads involving Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash were left dangling or not needed while latter issues congealed around a tight knit group of characters.

Then there’s the murder, Wally West.

West is one of the characters who represents “hope” in the DC Universe. His return in DC Rebirth represented the positive nature of heroes and slowly over time we’ve seen him realized the sacrifice he’s made. He discovered his family was taken away from him. He discovered his memories were taken away from him. And eventually he lost control resulting in the deaths of Sanctuary.

In Heroes in Crisis #9, King explores that hope. It’s talked about and danced around in some ways but that seems to be the point he’s making. Though some of those good heroes may eventually do damage, don’t give up on the hope. You need to keep on doing good yourself. That seems to be the point. You recognize the heavy nature of the positive you’re doing. You recognize the trauma. And you still try to do good and you move forward. That’s the conclusion King comes to.

The art by Clay Mann with color by Tomeu Morey is fantastic as expected. There’s some truly breathtaking spreads and pages. Mann has an amazing eye for dynamic positions of characters in panels with intriguing and eye catching perspectives. Morey’s colors make it all pop. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering too catches the mood and inflection as the story moves along. So much of the emotion is driven by a simple change in font and placement of dialogue or boxes.

Heroes in Crisis wasn’t perfect. There were massive issues that some editing and better focus would have corrected. Tom King explored a topic that was far overdue and one the public largely ignores. It did, with issues, what entertainment is supposed to, use allegory to explore our condition and world.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #9

Heroes in Crisis #9

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Clay Mann
In Shops: May 29, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The most-talked-about miniseries of the year reaches its stunning finale! The mystery behind the murders at Sanctuary is solved, but the mind behind it is one the heroes never expected. With their deepest secrets exposed, the Trinity has to consider how to carry on. Should the tragedy cause them to redouble their efforts to help their hurting comrades, or will they need to close up shop? The answers will be found in the ashes of this final showdown, and the fates of Booster Gold, Harley Quinn and the rest hang in the balance.

Heroes in Crisis #9

Tom King’s Batman Run Moves to a 12 Issue Miniseries, Batman/Catwoman

The last 24 hours have been swirling over Tom King‘s future on Batman and we now have an answer as to what’s going on.

DC has revealed some of their strategy for 2020 and that focus is a tighter intertwined narrative across DC’s comic lineup. The first change is to Batman which currently Tom King is writing and his run was to go to at least issue #100.

Beginning in January 2020, Batman will return to a monthly shipping schedule from the current twice-monthly. The focus of the title will be to incorporate it more int o the DC Universe and continuity. Currently it, and other Bat-titles, have been doing their own thing with a loose connection to the rest of the DC Universe. A new 12-issue series, Batman/Catwoman by Tom King with art by Clay Mann will launch. Detective Comics, Catwoman, Nightwing, Batgirl, and other related titles will continue in 2020 with no immediate changes to their shipping schedules (read into that as you want).

Tom King’s run on Batman will begin to wrap up with Batman #75 which begins the “City of Bane” storyline. Tony S. Daniel is on art and that comes out July 17, 2019.

After three years being broken down by Bane, Bruce Wayne falls to his lowest point. Bane’s minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist…and Batman is nowhere to be found.

That storyline brings together King’s past 74 issues. It runs for 11 issues featuring artwokg by Daniel, Mikel Janin, and Man and concludes in Batman #85 which is out December 2019. Add in the announced new series and King’s storyline will reach almost its intended length. King has indicated that the follow up to “City of Bane” would again focus on the relationship between Batman and Catwoman.

Batman and Catwoman is a chance to do what Morrison and Quietly did in Batman and Robin: launch an ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling new series that concludes years of stories and defines what Batman is, can, and will be. This will be a comic about what the best Batman comics are always been about, how our greatest hero turns fear into bravery, pain into hope, trauma into love. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and I’m telling it with the man I consider to be the greatest artist in comics, my brother Clay Mann

It’s a gift and a joy to be on that book. But I’m leaving it to work on the biggest, most ambitious projects of my career, comics I get to make with the best collaborators in comics. And that’s a gift and a joy too.

– Tom King

The above quote would indicate to expect more from the DC exclusive King as he references “projects.”

While speculation and rumors have run out of control as to why King is no longer on Batman, the answer sounds like DC is re-evaluating their entire line for 2020 with a greater focus on the DC Universe and continuity. Expect more shake-ups and changes (and hyperbole from other sites) over the next few months going in to San Diego Comic-Con.

promo artwork for BATMAN/CATWOMAN by Clay Mann and Hi-Fi

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

Review: Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis has been up and down in quality delivering a comic that at times nails its concept of heroes dealing with PTSD and at other times coming close to torture porn. Heroes in Crisis #7 gets things a bit back on track as the series begins to wrap up with an issue that focuses a bit on exactly what happened but also the trauma of three characters, Wally West, Booster Gold, and Harley Quinn.

Writer Tom King focuses the issue a bit revolving around those three characters at it explores each of their trauma while also driving the story forward. It’s what the series was pitched as and much more of what I expected.

Through various segments we see Wally West discuss his issues and dealing with them in a way using his powers. The empathy towards him builds until that final page where it’s hard to not feel sadness for his experience, especially about his possible death. I say possible as the issue touches on the time difference in bodies though doesn’t explain it yet. We also get some interesting things concerning Poison Ivy which points to the obvious that not everything we’ve witnessed in this series is as it seems and some of the deaths will be “undone” when things wrap up.

The rest of the comic mostly has to do with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle and Batgirl and Harley Quinn who have clashed as Harley and Booster battle each other. That too is cathartic in numerous ways as the two characters have their own breakdowns before getting their act together to eventually save the day. The highlight though is Batgirl and Blue Beetle who chat as Harley and Booster battle.

The art is split between Clay Mann, Travis Moore, and Jorge Fornes with color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles. Despite three different artists, the issue is smooth as far as look and there is some very solid pages and panels that’ll have you linger. Small artistic details add to the story enhancing the enjoyment and the emotional connection.

The issue gets back to basics in some ways exploring the emotional issues these three characters have due to their heroic nature and at the same time drives the murder mystery story. If only every issue was like this, the series would stand out more than it has and possibly have avoided its ups and downs in quality and focus.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann, Travis Moore, Jorge Fornes
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis #7

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Trinity may have uncovered the true killer responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary, but the artificial intelligence that ran the institution is the one thing standing between them and the culprit. Now Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman must face off with their own creation-and face the consequences for what they created. Also, as the truth is uncovered, Booster and Harley go from being enemies to allies.

Heroes in Crisis #7
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