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Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #12

Green Lantern Mosaic #12

When it comes to one’s morals, sometimes holding the line can be the most difficult thing you can ever do. Life will show you, just like in that movie Training Day, people are either sheep or wolves. People who are sheep tend to be meek, quite ordinary, and will bend towards whatever direction those in power lean. People who are wolves, usually stand their ground and will persevere no matter the consequences.

What happens when your morals and your convictions are at a crossroads? Take for example when people support free speech. What happens when that same argument is used to defend hate speech? Can the argument outlive the situation? In the twelfth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we find Jon defending an unworthy enemy, one which shows what kind of hero he really is.

We find a KKK leader espousing how Jon’s hopes for an interspecies utopia is fruitless furthering the division between the inhabitants of the Mosaic. Jon intercedes as the KKK’s efforts become unfortunately increasingly effective, but also united against these usurpers, who Jon soon realizes he has to defend, despite the hate they spread. As he soon dreams about what would the different Lanterns of the Corps would react. By issue’s end, as Jon looks to intercept another attack by the KKK, the tables turn to Jon’s surprise, ending this issue both ironically and hysterically.

Overall, an issue that shows just how sophisticated and progressive Jones’ writing has come over the course of the book.  The story by Jones is entertaining. The art by the creative team is elaborate and beautiful. Altogether, an issue that tackles a real-life issue but instantly pushes the story even more.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Danny Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Celebrates 750 Issues of ‘The Flash’ in February 2020

To celebrate a milestone in the Scarlet Speedster’s comic book run, in February 2020 DC is publishing a momentous 750th issue of The Flash with a cover by series artist Howard Porter and packed with all-new stories from across the generations and multiverses of super-speedsters. The 80-page prestige format issue debuts February 26, 2020, featuring an all-star array of top writers and artists in the Flash’s recent history.

Joining series writer Joshua Williamson for this must-have collector’s item are Geoff Johns, Marv Wolfman, Francis Manapul, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Stephen Segovia, David Marquez, Bryan Hitch, Riley Rossmo, Scott Kolins, and Michael MoreciThe Flash #750 also features a variant cover for each decade the character has been published, including art from José Luis García-López, Jim Lee and Scott Williams and Gary Frank.

  • 1940s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950s variant cover by Gary Frank
  • 1960s variant cover by Nick Derington
  • 1970s variant cover by José Luis García-López
  • 1980s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • 1990s variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • 2000s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
  • 2010s variant cover by Francis Manapul

This landmark issue of The Flash is highlighted by an original story, “The Flash Age,” that kicks off a new arc for series writer Joshua Williamson and artists Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona. Barry Allen’s life is being torn apart by a supercharged Speed Force as the story Williamson’s been building toward since issue #50 comes to a head when a new threat appears on the horizon: the deadly Paradox. Destined to destroy the Flash’s legacy, Paradox sends his herald, Godspeed, to trap the Flash family!

The Flash #750, an 80-page prestige format issue, will be available at comics retailers and digitally on February 26, 2020, for $7.99.

The Flash #750

DC Releases a First Look at Joker: Killer Smile #2 Out December 18

Joker: Killer Smile #2 (of 3)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Interior art and Cover by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Variant Cover by Kaare Andrews
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 18, 2019
SRP: $5.99

Ben Arnell promised his wife and child one thing: even though he spends his days attempting to reach the bottom of The Joker’s insanity, he would never bring that madness home. No matter how dark the work gets, he would never allow The Joker’s craziness to tear their family apart.

And in that, he failed.

The Eisner-winning creative team of Gideon Falls kick their blackhearted chronicle of The Joker’s destructive influence into high gear with an issue that turns the entire story on its head, with disastrous consequences for Dr. Arnell!

Joker: Killer Smile #2 (of 3)

Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo’s Suicide Squad Has Been Revealed

Task Force X—nicknamed the Suicide Squad—unites some of the DCU’s unlikeliest villains for its bloodiest series ever! This new version of Task Force X by writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo is already riddled with new villains—any of whom could die on a mission or be dispatched by the mysterious leader who has replaced Amanda Waller.

The Squad’s new mission is to neutralize a group of international super-terrorists known as the Revolutionaries. But when the surviving Revolutionaries join the Squad, all hell breaks loose! Who can Harley Quinn and Deadshot trust when their new teammates are the very people their crew was assigned to kill? The Suicide Squad doesn’t just need to worry about surviving their next mission…now they have to survive each other!

Below, meet the new Suicide Squad in a series of character sketches by Bruno Redondo. Suicide Squad #1 hits shelves on December 18th, 2019.

The Truth Begins in Superman #18

The secret is out! In a story already making headlines, Superman’s family is scattered across the galaxy, and our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever!

Reis is joined on art by Joe Prado with colors by Alex Sinclair.

Superman #18 comes to shelves on December 11, 2019.

DCeased Continues in February with DCeased: Unkillables!

DCEASED: UNKILLABLES

3-issue mini-series on sale February—April 2020
48 pages each
written by Tom Taylor
art by Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
covers by Howard Porter
card stock variant covers by Francesco Mattina
$4.99 US (CARD STOCK VARIANT COVERS $5.99)
Horror movie homage card stock variant cover to DCeased: Unkillables #1 by Yasmine Putri
Horror movie homage card stock variant cover to DCeased: Unkillables #2 by Ben Oliver

The blockbuster DC series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended?

Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019’s smash hit DCeased, beginning in February 2020 writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption: DCeased: Unkillables! Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, over the course of this three-issue miniseries DC’s hardest villains and antiheroes will fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead—life!

DCeased: Unkillables

Around the Tubes

X-Men #2

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – Russo Bros. to Produce Marvel vs DC Docu Series – This could be interesting or just inflame things.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Kyoko follows one girl’s rebellion in the face of incredible odds – Free comics!

Reviews

The Beat – Arab of the Future 4
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Family Tree #1
Flickering Myth – Folklords #1
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Olympia #1
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Runaways #27
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Steeple #3
IGN – X-Men #2

Preview: House of Whispers #15

House of Whispers #15

(W) Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters (A) Dominike “Domo” Stanton (CA) David Mack
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The second year of the most innovative series in The Sandman Universe begins with a terrifying upgrade for one of the world’s worst nightmares! The goddess Erzulie is grieving the loss of one of her husbands, while her remaining spouses are asking themselves if they can remain by her side. But in the darkness, a rival has arrived to vie for Erzulie’s place. The Corinthian has his eyes on a forgotten piece of real estate in the Dreaming, and he’s not above moving into a fixer-upper, if taking control of it can give him power like Erzulie’s. To fend off this threat, Erzulie will need allies-including the mysterious Papa Midnite and the dangerous Shakpana, the contagious god whose last outbreak nearly destroyed the world! And with friends like those…

House of Whispers #15

Preview: Hawkman #18

Hawkman #18

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Pat Oliffe, Tom Palmer (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Corrupted with an infection concocted by the Batman Who Laughs, Carter Hall’s psyche is overpowered by the darkest of all his past lives: the Sky Tyrant, the villainous Hawkman of Earth-3! A merciless winged warrior with no remorse and no rival, Sky Tyrant is unleashed on our Earth. The only chance of stopping him lies with the fading consciousness of Carter Hall. The series that reinvented Hawkman’s mythology to encompass all of time and space takes its next adventurous leap into the Multiverse!

Hawkman #18
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