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Check out DC’s Publishing CCXP Panels

Over the next three days, there will be hundreds of panels taking place at CCXP Worlds: A Journey of Hope! If you’re interested, you can find complete listings on their website. DC’s publishing presence at Brazil’s CCXP Worlds is packed with panels featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, and there’s nothing more important to DC than its fans! Featuring Brazilian artists Gustavo Duarte, Rafael Albuquerque, and Gabriel Picolo, as well as panels with dozens of DC’s creative teams all focused on delivering a first look into DC’s Future State comics for CCXP’s global fans, DC is committed to immersive fan experiences that bring the DC Multiverse to life.

Want to know more about DC Future State ahead of the panels? Check out the free DC Nation Presents DC Future State special.

Friday, Dec 4th
  • 5:26pm – 5:54pm GMT / 12:26pm – 12:54pm PT
     
    • DC Future State: Justice League Family: Hear what Eduardo Pansica, Robson Rocha, Tim Sheridan, Robbie Thompson, Geoffrey Thorne, Ram V. and Joshua Williamson are doing in January and February for DC’s Future State! Why does Robbie Thomas say the theme of Future State: Suicide Squad is “Amanda Waller Wins,” and will Tim Sheridan reveal who else (or what else!) besides Red X will make the jump from animation to comics and be featured in Future State: Shazam and Future State: Teen Titans? Plus, an incredible first look at lots of Future State artwork before issues hit shelves! Moderated by DC’s Group Editor Alex Carr.
       
  • 6:24pm – 6:52pm GMT / 1:24pm – 1:52pm PT
     
    • DC Draws YA and Middle Grade with Gustavo Duarte and Gabriel Picolo: Brazilian artists Gustavo Duarte (Dear Justice LeagueDear Super-Villains) and Gabriel Picolo (Teen Titans: Raven) discuss reimagining DC’s iconic Super Heroes and Super-Villains for new, younger audiences with moderator and fellow DC artist Rafael Albuquerque. Moderated by Rafael Albuquerque.
Saturday, Dec 5th
  • 3:55pm – 4:24pm GMT / 10:55am – 11:24am PT
     
    • DC Future State: Voices of Wonder Woman: Hear what Jen Bartel, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Joëlle Jones, Alitha Martinez, and L.L. McKinney are doing in January and February for DC Future State! Moderated by DC’s Group Editor Jamie Rich.
       
  • 4:24pm – 4:57pm GMT / 11:24am – 11:57pm PT
     
    • DC Future State: New Talent Showcase: Hear what Jeremy Adams, Meghan Fitzmartin, Sean Lewis, Giannis Milonogiannis, Paula Sevenbergen and Brandon Thomas are doing in January and February for DC’s Future State! Who is Jeremy Adams talking about when he says “Death comes for us all,” and watch Brandon Thomas’ reaction when Megan Fitzmartin says “I want to make Tim Drake as sad as possible.” All this and more! Moderated by DC’s Editor Jessica Chen. 
Sunday, Dec 6th
  • 5:12pm – 5:40pm GMT / 12:12pm – 12:40pm PT
     
    • DC Future State: Batman: Join Emanuela Lupacchino, Stephanie Phillips, John Ridley, Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang for a behind the scenes look at what’s in store for the Dark Knight and his crimefighting allies when DC Future State invades Gotham City! Moderated by DC’s Group Editor Ben Abernathy.
       
  • 6:40pm – 07:08pm GMT / 1:40pm – 2:08pm PT
     
    • DC Future State: Superman: Hear what Marguerite Bennett, Brandon Easton, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Mark Russell and John Timms are doing in January and February for DC’s Future State! The Superman (and Superwoman) panelists all use the same word to describe DC’s oldest Super Hero, “hope,” but they all have a very different idea of what that means in DC’s Future State! Moderated by DC’s Associate Editor Brittany Holzherr.

Watch for breaking news on many of these panels!

DC Future State

Discover the Destiny of the DC Universe with DC Future State

Welcome to DC Future State, a two-month extravaganza that reveals what lays in store for the World’s Greatest Heroes! Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 (on sale January 5, 2021), DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the Teen Titans, and so many more.

DC has put together a trailer to get you ready for the two month event starting in January.

Review: Batman/Catwoman #1

Batman/Catwoman #1

After a lot of anticipation, Batman/Catwoman #1 kicks off off writer Tom King‘s next chapter in his Batman saga that began so many years ago. Spinning out of his Batman run, the series focuses on three eras in Batman and Catwoman’s lives. The past deals with Bruce Wayne and a previous love interest. The present has that love interest return as Bruce and Selina are now an item. And in the future, the two have found a sort of happiness in their lives. We’ve seen glimpses of the future King has envisioned before but this series expands upon that while reflecting on the past.

King is a solid writer, but Batman/Catwoman #1 falls into an issue that King’s work has run into in recent years. King has found a niche in maxi-series events where the whole is the piece of entertainment. But, the whole is made up of individual parts. That can work at times but it often leads to weaker individual issues compared to reading through the story in one go. That can result in a frustrating reading experience and that’s on display here.

Each era King takes us to is interesting and each could be a series by themselves. Batman/Catwoman #1 attempts to juggle its trio of stories resulting in at times confusing mess of a narrative. The shifts between eras aren’t clear such as in King’s Strange Adventures and too little time is spent with scenes. Things come off more as teases than an actual story. Yes, comics are serialized storytelling. They need to be judged by the individual chapter along with the whole. As a beginning chapter, the issue is a bit unsatisfying.

There are some great moments within Batman/Catwoman #1 but the issue as a whole is a tease of what’s to come. There doesn’t feel like an arc within the issue, instead it’s short segments setting up what’s to come. With the comic balancing it’s three story arcs, those setups are shortened and in the end choppy. That’s partially due to the art.

Clay Mann handles the art with colors by Tomeu Morey. The art is great, that’s not the issue. The problem comes with an unclear transition between the eras at times. Only in the future is it really clear when things shift. The present and past blend a bit too well. If that was part of the narrative, it’d be great but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. The breaks aren’t clear enough resulting in at times a confusing reading where it’s not clear “when” the segment takes place. The character designs, colors, and inks look fantastic though. There are some great pages and panels and there’s strength there. It’s just a transition issue. The lettering by Clayton Cowles is solid as well. The lettering and speech bubbles let the art shine, even when a page is dialogue-heavy. The bubbles add to the flow of the visuals.

Batman/Catwoman #1 is a bad start, it’s just not as engaging as it thinks it is. There’s some great ideas and each era could be a hell of a story by itself. The issue is that there’s too much attempted in the first issue with not enough time spent on each. It makes for a beginning that sets things up but doesn’t feel satisfying by itself. It’s the teaser before a film’s credit. It can catch your attention but rarely is it good by itself.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Far Sector #9

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman/Catwoman #1 (DC Comics) – We read the first issue and mixed about it but this one is on a lot of people’s radars.

Black Widow #4 (Marvel) – This series has been fantastic so far. Full of action and humor, it’s just beyond entertaining, and this issue ups the “holy crap” factor.

Captain Canuck Season 5 #1 (Chapterhouse) – If you’re looking for superhero comics not from the big two, check this one out.

COVID Chronicles (AWA Studios) – Chronicling ten personal accounts from the frontlines of COVID-19. A perfect example of graphic journalism.

DCeased: Dead Planet #6 (DC Comics) – The series begins to up the action as numerous plot threads begin to come together for a hell of a battle.

E-Ratic #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series staring a 15-year-old who can only use his powers for ten minutes at a time. The concept sounds interesting and it’s from the talented Kaare Andrews and Brian Reber.

Far Sector #9 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – Things become much clearer in this issue as we continue to question who we can trust.

Happy Hour #2 (AHOY Comics) – In a world where you can’t be unhappy, the state will go to horrific lengths to make that happen. The first issue was an intriguing concept and we want to check out more.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Her Fatal Hour (Dark Horse) – The follow up to “The Beast of Vargu”, Hellboy is always a good time to read.

Justice League: Endless Winter #1 (DC Comics) – The mini-event kicks off here and it feels like an old-school DC storyline.

Kill a Man (AfterShock) – The highly anticipated MMA graphic novel is here and it exceeds our expectations. A great mix of focusing on characters and grappling.

King in Black #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next big event kicks off here and it’s a hell of a start.

Knock Em Dead #1 (AfterShock) – A new series from Eliot Rahal who we’ll read no matter what it is. This is a supernatural horror taking place in the world of stand-up comedy. We’re intrigued.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – The beloved series wraps up.

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #1 (Marvel) – We laughed multiple times during this issue that’s a lot of fun. We can’t wait for the second issue.

Overwatch: Tracer – London Calling #1 (Dark Horse) – The hit game comes to comics and it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes over with that crowd.

Red Atlantis #2 (AfterShock) – The election thriller continues and we really want to know where this one’s going. Very timely and not a direction we’re expecting.

Seeds of Spring #1 (Microcosm Publishing) – A Canadian teenage exchanges books and tapes with a pen pal. The series juxtaposes the main character’s life with that of 19th-century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Strange Adventures #7 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A hell of a reveal in this issue.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – It’s been interesting reading these newly colored releases in the age of COVID. The context definitely has changed a bit since they were first released.

Preview: Justice League: Endless Winter #1

Justice League: Endless Winter #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Howard Porter, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter one! The crossover event of the season begins here! The Justice League encounters an extinction-level global storm brewing at the former site of the Fortress of Solitude. Enter the Frost King, a monster mad with power with an army at his command! What devastating mystery lies in his past? And how is he tied to Queen Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, Viking Prince, and their reluctant ally, Black Adam? Two timelines will reveal further clues and secrets throughout each chapter of this blockbuster tale!

Justice League: Endless Winter #1

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/28

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Logan

X-Men #15 (Marvel)– All the groundwork that Jonathan Hickman has laid with the Summers family comes to fruition as he, Mahmud Asrar, and Sunny Gho craft a truly heroic Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men #15 against the backdrop of the final X of Swords duel between Apocalypse and Genesis. They portray Cyclops as a true hero, who is okay with taking any risk possible to protect his family (Kid Cable, in this case) and mutantdom as a whole unlike some of the other Quiet Council members, like Sebastian Shaw, Exodus, Sinister, and of course, Professor X. However, he and Jean can also play politics too like telling Nightcrawler (Who really wanted to do some swashbuckling) and Kate Pryde to stay behind to counterbalance the villains and unsavory folks. Asrar uses a nine panel grid to show the lively Quiet Council debate and crafts some dynamic compositions like Magneto and Professor X reflected in Scott’s visor as he weighs his options. This issue is definitely the Scott and Jean show, but I love how Hickman and Asrar cut away to Magneto and show the little glances that he gives Scott because he’s proud that he’s choosing his convictions and values over that cold Xaverian pragmatism. Overall: 9.0 Verdict: Buy

Excalibur #15 (Marvel)– The X-Men plus epic fantasy battles? I could consume this comic intravenously. Tini Howard, Mahmud Asrar, and Stefano Casselli spin a defeat from the jaws of victory tale and vice versa in Excalibur #15. Apocalypse’s ex Genesis is on a rampage with the hordes of Arakko, and both Otherworld and Krakoa are in her sights. Enter many dynamic action scenes and bursts of magic, but also touching, intimate scenes like Bei Bloodroot choosing Krakoa and her new husband Cypher over the Arakkii in a nine panel grid. Along the way, Howard gives her original Excalibur cast members moments to shine as Jubilee and Opal Saturnyne find a common cause in Jubilee’s dragon son Shogo and protecting the Starlight Citadel. It’s fun to see Opal Saturnyne go from manipulative enemy to ally, but that tends to happen when you’re fighting a baddie that makes Apocalypse look like your average altruistic, upstanding citizen. Also, I could kind of tell what was coming on the final page, but Casselli and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg make it look so glorious that I didn’t even care. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

X of Swords: Destruction #1 (Marvel)– The Captain Britain Corps, Cyclops and Jean Grey’s X-Men, and the creepy alien critters from earlier in the crossover join the final battle between Krakoa, Arakko, and Otherworld in X of Swords: Destruction #1. Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, and Pepe Larraz masterfully orchestrate a satisfying ending to this crossover that wraps up Apocalypse’s individual arc/journey throughout the X-Men and Excalibur titles as well as changing the dynamic between Otherworld, Krakoa, and Arakko, who becomes Otherworld’s vassal. A lot of the action is told in montage with minimal or no captions, and Larraz’s multi-faceted art and Marte Gracia’s bright colors doing the heavy lifting. Hickman and Howard do conclude the great war/tournament, but also leave lots of avenues open for future storytelling. Some of these threads include the reemergence of X-Men as an actual superhero team, the return of SWORD (Or at least, the space station) and the Captain Britain Corps, and the power void left by the departure of Apocalypse. There’s also the general Majestrix-ness of Opal Luna Saturnyne, who is depicted in soft, yet powerful light by Larraz and Gracia as she got everything she wanted, except for Brian Braddock. This is sure to be a sore point in future Excalibur issues. In conclusion, X of Swords finished strong even if not every chapter was a hit, and Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman, and Pepe Larraz made the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe more interesting and compelling instead of wrecking the toy box and leaving other writers to clean up the mess. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

Red Hood #51 (DC)– Shawn Martinbrough returns to The Hill with artist Tony Akins in a fairly decent ancillary Bat-book, Red Hood #51. They set up The Hill as a predominantly Black neighborhood, which has become more diverse, while also being gentrified and not being affected by the Joker War. However, sneaker scion Tommy Maxx (Aka the “White Kanye” *vomits*) and Killer Croc are trying to disturb that fragile peace. Akins has a sharp, readable art style that can handle both explosions and conversations, and he has a little fun designing Killer Croc’s “signature shoe”. This issue doesn’t focus as much on Jason Todd as The Hill as a neighborhood. But with only two issues to tell this story, Martinbrough may have bit off more than he can chew in fleshing out the area and creating a new supporting cast. Perhaps a prestige one-shot like the original Batman: The Hill, he did with Priest in 2000 would have been better. However, it’s nice to see a part of Gotham deal with issues just like real world metropolises do instead of just supervillains and vigilantes. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Underrated: Batman: Blink

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: Batman: Blink


When you think of great Batman comics, stories like Hush, The Long Halloween and Court of Owls come to mind fairly quickly for most of us, and depending on what the person giving you recommendations has read you may also see The Dark Knight Returns, War Games, Knightfall, Bruce Wayne; Murderer and No Man’s Land pop up at various points in the conversation, too. All of which are fantastic choices and well worth reading – indeed, all of those tend to be pretty high on my own recommendation list when talking to customers at the comic shop. But what happens when you’ve read all the main stuff? Well, that’s where something like Batman: Blink comes into play.

This trade collects two stories, Blink and Don’t Blink about a blind man who can see through the eyes of anyone he touches. The first story has him helping Batman track down a killer, and the second explores what happens when the government finds out he can do these things.

Originally presented in Legends of the Dark Knight 156-158 and 164-167, the story is set during the early days of Batman’s career – there’s no specific year, but judging by the framing device of the story being read from Batman’s journal and the Dark Knight’s confidence and lack of technology I’d put it within the second or third year (at latest) which means that we’re seeing a Batman stripped of a lot of what we’re used to seeing of late. There’s a lot more detective work in this story, with writer Dwayne McDuffie allowing the process to be shown on panel rather than as a one off comment or so.

This is Batman as he was before he became the caricature of himself where he could easily defeat Galactus with enough prep time (yeah, I know, different universe, but I’m making a point with extremes), where he’s more a man than a god. You see him get hit by chairs, make mistakes and still push through regardless. This Batman is fallible, and the stakes seem higher because of it in a way that Batman verses a giant monster doesn’t; it’s the human touch, the smaller scale of the threat and the consequences of failure. Plus, the way McDuffie frames the story through Batman’s journal also allows the perspective of an older Batman critiquing his earlier self which adds in both a sense of foreboding and the odd wryly funny line. I also want to highlight the choices of letterer Kurt Hathaway here because the font choice he went with is brilliant; one can easily read the cursive handwriting whilst understanding exactly what it is you’re seeing. Cursive can be tough to penetrate for some folks at times (and I am one of them despite my own writing being hard to read), and when there’s no impediment to the story because of the narration and stylistic choice then you can’t help but become immersed in the narrative.

As you cans see above, the art has a very moody feel to it, with the colours trending toward the blues, greys and other muted hues for the majority of the book – which only serves to make the brightness that much more striking. The story was penciled by Val Semeiks with inks by Dan Green and colours by James Sinclair, and despite the first issue in the book being published almost twenty years ago, the art still has that fresh and vibrant feel. Yes, there’s a sense of classic comics art to the pages, but given the flashback nature of the story, it works in a very meta way as your own sense of “back in the day” creeps into your perspective when reading this trade.

Granted that might just be my old man eyes and memories, and younger readers may not have the same experience (not kids, but folks who haven’t been reading comics since the 90’s; y’all likely won’t have the same perspective, and that’s okay – it’s not a deal breaker for this story).

The main reason I bring up this trade is because until I saw it on the shelf for the price of a single issue, I’d never heard about the story. While it won’t make it into my Must Read section of Batman recommendations, it’s going to be closer to the top of the “oh, this ones really good, too” section. It’s an underrated story, and one that can be easily overlooked when on a shelf among the other great Batman stories.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Written by: Vita Ayala
Art by: Ariel Olivetti

The realms of the gods have been turned upside down and inside out, on the verge of engulfing Earth and its people. Only one hero stands to defend it: Wonder Woman! But that is another world and another story. Behold the mirror image of this tale taking place in the Dark Multiverse, with a Wonder Woman who is ready to destroy it all! Cursed by the evil goddess of magic, Hecate, our beloved Diana has become a weapon of vengeance ready to tear down any god or superhero that stands in her way. Will Earth and its heroes survive her might? Or are they doomed to worship the dark princess of the Amazons for the rest of eternity?!

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Wonder Woman: War of the Gods #1

Preview: Strange Adventures #7

Strange Adventures #7

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads

Adam Strange was right! In this issue guest-starring Batman, the Pykkts have come to Earth, and they plan to claim the planet as their own. Earth’s greatest heroes have faced alien invasions before, but they’re about to learn that the Pykkts are more formidable, more determined, and more deadly than any invading force they’ve faced before. Only Adam Strange has ever defeated them, but it nearly cost him everything-including his own sanity! How did he survive? Mr. Terrific will need to uncover that secret if humanity is going to survive!

Strange Adventures #7
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