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Preview: Aquaman #27

Aquaman #27

(W) Dan Abnett (A/CA) Stjepan Sejic
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“UNDERWORLD” part three! Aquaman lives! Threatened by the return of Atlantis’ natural-born ruler, King Rath accelerates his plan to scrub the sunken city of all its ancient magical treasures-but why is he stockpiling magic? Whatever the reason, Rath will need all the firepower he can get when Mera breaks through the barrier surrounding the city!

Preview: Batman #29

Batman #29

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES” part four! Batman has done his best to keep the peace, but with neither faction backing down, he may have to choose the lesser of two evils if he wants the violence to end. Will Batman embrace the murderous anarchy of The Joker or the bloody fascism of the Riddler? If he wants to win, he’ll have to choose a side-and either way, he loses.

Review: The Sandman Special #1

SandmanSpecialCoverBetween the Sandman with the gas mask and gun and the Gothic, critically acclaimed one, there was the red and yellow superhero suit wearing Sandman created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1974. In a pair of stories, DC Comics creators both old and new show the imaginative potential of this superhero and his unwilling, monstrous assistants Brute and Glob. First, Dan Jurgens, Jon Bogdanove, and Madpencil tell a heartwarming story with a great twist ending about a young boy whose vivid dreams of monsters and superheroes threaten to break out of the dream world and into reality. Then, there is Steve Orlando, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, and Steve Buccelato’s slightly wilder tale of the now adult Jed Walker, a supporting character in Sandman, battling his childhood nightmares with a cameo from basically the Grim Reaper. The comic is rounded out by a collection of two page “Strange Stories of the DNA Project” from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World stories.

What initially drew me to The Sandman Special was Jon Bogdanove’s uncanny ability to make his art look like Jack Kirby’s while using modern techniques like photo collages to show the surrealness of the young boy’s dream world.  I wish DC Comics put him on more projects. There is weight to Sandman’s throws and punches, and Madpencil cooks up an old school color palette straight out of the 1970s, like a smooth orange take on the classic Kirby krackle. Even though it has banter, punching, a sick team-up move from Sandman and Brute, and a tentacle monster that gets handily defeated, Jurgens and Bogdanove’s story is more metafictional than a straight up superhero adventure ending in a final panel that may make you cry.

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Through action and a couple heart rending Jurgens monologues towards the end, The Sandman Special looks at the important of embracing our fears and weaknesses through the dream monsters and then facing and defeating them as symbolized by the young boy’s superhero, who is an amalgamation of Kirby’s takes on Thor, Orion, and a little bit of Captain America. The battle between Sandman and the young boy’s nightmare monsters is also a wonderful tribute to Jack Kirby’s career where he would switch from drawing superheroes to monsters and vice versa from his first work at DC and Marvel in the early 1940s to his later work in the 1970s and 1980s. And sometimes monsters could be heroes, like the ever loving blue eyed Thing, which is why it’s nice to see Bogdanove homage Fantastic Four #1 in one of his panels and have the monster that Sandman fights talk and have feelings.

Unlike the lead story, which quickly establishes Sandman’s kooky status quo with a double page spread, Orlando, Leonardi, and Green rely on previous knowledge of the character of Jed Walker and his grandfather Ezra from Kirby’s Sandman. I vaguely remember Jed from the “Game of You” arc from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, but luckily the story kicks up a notch when Sandman, Brute, and Glob end up fighting the angel of death in cowboy form Psychopomp on train while looking for a dream about Jed’s grandfather to scare away his now adult nightmares.

Orlando doesn’t really establish Jed as a character except his constant nightmares and that he left his unwelcoming hometown and only returned for his grandfather’s funeral so the big emotional moment isn’t as powerful as it could be. But he does make a human connection to Jed’s nightmares, which are about the fact that he didn’t spend enough time with his grandfather while he was alive. On a more fun note, the banter between Sandman, Brute, and Glob keeps the story from getting too doom and gloom as they sneak and mess around with Psychopomp. Also, I liked that Dan Green used a grittier, inking style for Jed in the “real world” and his feelings of guilt and a cleaner one for Sandman and his more traditional punching and magic whistle blowing heroism. The design for Psychopomp is also a perfect bridge from Jack Kirby’s Sandman to Neil Gaiman’s.

The second story leans too much on previous reader knowledge, but Sandman Special is a fantastic tribute to the well-designed (Both Madpencil and Steve Buccelato make that red and yellow costume pop), filled to the brim with imagination Sandman of the 1970s. It also shows the literal power of dreams to craft limitless opportunities for storytelling

Story: Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando Art: Jon Bogdanove, Rick Leonardi with Dan Green
Colors: Madpencil, Steve Buccelato

Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Life Imitates Comic Book Art in Batman: Creature of the Night

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce’s grief isn’t inside him after all?

Modern masters Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for Batman: Creature of the Night the spiritual companion to the beloved Superman: Secret Identity, putting a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman—and the dark emotions that drive him!

Out November 29th.

Preview: Dark Nights: Metal #1

Dark Nights: Metal #1

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Danny Miki (A/CA) Greg Capullo
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $4.99

The superstar BATMAN team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo reunite for a massive, universe-spanning event!

DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and THE CASTING hinted at dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! Now, as DARK NIGHTS: METAL begins, the Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger-and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe!

DARK NIGHTS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other-one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World’s Greatest Heroes as you’ve never seen them before to face what’s coming their way!

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/9

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

DTC_Cv962_open_order_varAction Comics #985 If you’re reading this, and you don’t know the basic history between Superman and Lex Luthor then no recap is going to help you. If you’re dimly aware, but have missed a lot recently, Lex is now a hero – a Superman (or Super Lex), and this issue is Friendly enough to jump into. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #962 Azreal’s former bosses, the Order of St. Dumas are trying to wipe dissident factions within themselves out, and Azreal who was once a programmed killing machine before breaking free has fallen once again under their control (though he’s mentally fighting back against the embodiment of that control, Ascalon, which currently looks like a child in his mind – and a murderous killing robot in real life. Yes there’s two of them). In order to break that control Batwing has created an armour that’s got a very familiar look for those who’ve read the Knightfall story… Unfortunately this is an Unfriendly place for new readers to jump on, but it’s a good comic. 8/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26 As Friendly as this issue is, you don’t need a recap in order to get some enjoyment from this issue. 6.75/10

Justice League of America #12 You can get all you need from this comic from the comic itself – with it being the first part of a new story (that kinda follows on from Atom’s introduction issue) you’ll find this Friendly enough. 7/10

MisterMiracleCoverMister Miracle #1 I have no idea who this dude is, so I can’t give you a recap – but then this is the first issue and there isn’t much to recap post Rebirth. What I can tell you is that this Friendly comic is pretty damn fantastic cerebral tale. 8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #13 Last issue Bizarro died saving his friends, Red Him and Red Her. It was quite emotional. Then Lex Luthor arrived… This issue is Friendly, and very good. 8/10

Supergirl #12 It has been a long time since I remember to pick up  an issue in this series, but I figured this first part of a new arc should be a decent jumping on point. It almost is, but it’s not a great issue. 6.25/10

The Flash #28 Barry Allen has somehow gained the power of the Negative Speed Force, probably when he went into the future to save Iris from the Reverse Flash  (who died). There’s a solid recap within the issue itself, which has the aded bonus of making the issue Friendly. 7.25/10

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Pick: Dark Nights: Metal #1 (DC Comics) – Snyder and Cappulo back on a Batman book that will have huge repercussions and changed for the DC universe. Hell yes!

Southern Bastards #17 (Image) – This book doesn’t come out often enough, and I’m only complaining because it’s so damn good.

Aquaman #27 (DC Comics) – This has been such a good arc with incredible art and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8 (Marvel) – This has been such a pleasant surprise to me and a lot of fun. Duggan knows how to tie the ridiculousness with action so well on Deadpool, and he brings that to this series.

Astonishing X-Men #2 (Marvel) – A really solid first issue that hit the nostalgia home run much more than Gold did for me. The ending teased something huge but I’m sure that was just a trick by a certain character.

 

Brett

Top Pick: American Way: Those Above and Below #2 (Vertigo) – Jon Ridley alone is enough to get me looking forward to this series but the first issue knocked it out of the park having me excited to read the second.

Catalyst Prime Superb #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – The first issue was solid and delivers on Catalyst Prime’s promises. I want to see where this second one goes to see if it can continue the positive direction of the entire line.

Future Quest Presents #1 (DC Comics) – A new anthology-ish series that continues the adventures of some of my favorite childhood characters.

Motor Girl #8 (Abstract Studios) – Easily the best comic on the market. It mixes humor and feels in a way no other comic is doing. Just utter perfection and the one I look forward to each and every month.

Sh*t My Presidents Says: Illustrated Tweets of Donald Trump (IDW Publishing) – Shannon Wheeler’s cartoons that bring President Trump’s tweets to life are collected in this book. It’s both funny and… sad.

Preview: Justice League/Power Rangers #5

Justice League/Power Rangers #5

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Stephen Byrne (CA) Karl Kerschl
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Justice League and the Power Rangers have arrived in the Rangers’ home dimension, but the heroes of these two worlds are too late to prevent Angel Grove’s shocking fate. With the Earth now on the chopping block, can these teams come together to undo the damage wrought by Zedd and Brainiac? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

Preview: Scoody-Doo! Where Are You? #84

Scoody-Doo! Where Are You? #84

(W) Sholly Fisch, Jymn Magon, John Rozum (A) Scott Jeralds, Jack Purcell, Fabio Laguna (A/CA) Randy Elliott
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Medieval theme restaurant Joust in Thyme has it all: minstrels wandering between tables, live jousting tournaments…and the terrifying ghost of an 800-year-old knight! There’s only one way Sir Scooby and Sir Shaggy can uncover the face beneath the mysterious knight’s helmet: by raising swords and lances to take on the ghost in a tournament themselves!

Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3 Quest for Hope

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 3 Quest for Hope

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Ethan Van Sciver, V Kenneth Marion, Dexter Vines (A/CA) Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $19.99

In the latest collection of the hit series, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner are on a quest to find Saint Walker and restore the Blue Lantern Corps while Guy Gardner deals with a personal grudge. The events lead straight into “The Prism of Time” in which a mysterious time traveler threatens the future of the Green Lantern Corps! Collects issues #14-21.

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