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Preview: Suicide Squad #40

Suicide Squad #40

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eduardo Pansica, Julia Ferriera (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“BREAK THROUGH THE WALL” finale! The Squad faces down the Wall as their fate hangs in the balance. If the Squad doesn’t stop the Wall, the U.S. government will be demolished!

Preview: Wonder Woman #45

Wonder Woman #45

(W) James Robinson (A) Emanuela Lupacchino (CA) David Yardin
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“AMAZONS ATTACKED” finale! It’s all-out war for Themyscira! Jason’s been handed a gift from the gods that could turn the tide… but how will he use it? And is this gift actually what he believes it to be?

Preview: The Flash #45

The Flash #45

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Christian Duce (CA) Barry Kitson
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?

Preview: Detective Comics #979

Detective Comics #979

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Batmen Eternal” part four! Ulysses Armstrong knows everything there is to know about Tim Drake’s future-including every inevitable step he’ll take on the road to becoming a dark version of himself! Unfortunately, Ulysses is perfectly happy to take everything from him…and use it to give birth to an unstoppable menace!

Review: Batman Beyond #19

*Warning Spoilers Ahead*

“The Long Payback” Finale 

It sure has been a while since I dove into to the world of Neo Gotham. Batman Beyond may be one of my favorite franchises of all time. I know I know it’s got Batman in it. (shocker) but even more than Batman, I seem to love the character of cranky old Bruce Wayne. He has resonated with me in some form or other since the late 80’s when The Dark Knight Returns (which just so happens to be the greatest comic book of all time imo) came out. I’ve always found an over the hill and beaten and war torn Dark Knight fascinating.

So naturally when the epic trio of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Alan Burnett came up with the idea of a young Batman aided by a cranky old Bruce Wayne, I was enthralled. I remember watching the prime time premiere with eyes and jaw wide open. It was slick. It was cool. It was, in a word… schway. From the character designs to the magnificent voice acting, (Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy) it truly is a 90’s gem. I digress though. Even though Batman Beyond has existed in comic book form before, it has never lived up to what I felt the spirit of that incredible animated series was. That is, until now.

When DC Comics announced a new Batman Beyond series back a few years ago, I had some mixed feelings. These fictional characters are some that are near and dear to my heart and I don’t want to see them done any injustice. Luckily when I learned that Dan Jurgens was going to be writing, those feelings started to subside. Bernard Change started with art duties but have now passed them on to Phil Hester. I feel he is a great choice for art in the Blade Runner-ish world of Neo Gotham. Since his run on Green Arrow long ago, Phil Hester has always been a talent I am proud to follow.

Anyways on with the show, the reason I have picked up the title again is the solicits said they were introducing a new Robin. I’m a sucker for Robin. So this was the perfect launchpad back on the future Bat Train for me. Unfortunately it is the last part of a story called “The Long Payback”, however even though I missed all the previous chapters. I feel I did not miss much.

The gist is this: Terry (Batman) is trapped by a new villain who calls himself Payback (clever huh, yawwwn) who blames Terry for the death of his younger son and wants to torture him. The only chance Terry has, is Bruce suiting up his younger bro as the new Robin to get him out alive. Now that sounds like a paper thin plot right there (and it is) but there are moments between the obvious that make it quite enjoyable. One part I loved was the outright objection of Dana (Terry’s gf) telling Bruce that some one should have reported him to child services a long time ago for allowing yet another young child into his never ending war. She brings up the fact he could have contacted the police or even the Justice League but for some reason he didn’t. I really liked this because it brings up an important part of Bruce’s character. It focuses on his constant obsession of knowing what is right for Gotham. No matter what the cost.

At this point Bruce is confined to a wheelchair and has to deal with the fact that he is no longer able to be a mobile guardian in any capacity. The fact that he sends young Matt McGinnis into battle without being properly trained is curious. I love Robin as much as any character (Damian being my favorite) but sending Matt into such a dangerous situation certainly raises questions. Ones that will be answered down the line.

For the most part the issue is pretty paint-by-numbers with the exception being the Bruce and Dana stuff in the Cave. I have to say though, Matt’s Robin costume on the cover is a striking image and very cool interpretation. I always loved robin with a hood and more muted colors. This suit on the cover pays homage to both Tim Drake and Damian’s time as the Boy Wonder. Hood? Check. Mask. Check. Throw in a sick hoverbike and you are good to go.

I don’t want to ruin the issue for anyone completely, only to say it is nothing you haven’t most likely seen before. It was very reminiscent of Tim Drake’s first official appearance as Robin wayyyy back in Batman #457. The covers showing Robin racing to Batman’s aid, only to pull a little bit of a swerve in the actual issue itself. All in all not a bad way to open a new chapter in the bat sidekick mythos, but it left me wanting much much more. Here’s hoping there is a lot more Matt Bat action to come.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Phil Hester Inks: Ande Parks
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.0 Score: 7.3 Recommendation: Pass (unless you are a Robin enthusiast)

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Just for fun here is Tim Drake’s first cover appearance as Robin below. See if you can draw comparisons.

Cover

Preview: Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2

(W) Jody Houser (A) Ibrahim Moustafa (CA) Tommy Lee Edwards
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

To rescue the person most important to her, Mother Panic needs to break into one of the most secure buildings in Collective-controlled Gotham City-Arkham Asylum. Will Catwoman, Gotham’s greatest thief, be willing to help her in her mission? And what has Poison Ivy done to Robinson Park to turn it into a soldier-eating nightmare?

Preview: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Lan Medina (CA) Nicola Scott
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After a brutal clash between Mera and Ocean Master almost costs Mera her life, Tula suggests that the three of them work together to save Atlantis – and recruiting an army will require a united front. Can Mera and Orm be united by a common enemy? Or will their hatred of each other be their undoing?

Preview: Batman and the Signal #3 (of 3)

Batman and the Signal #3 (of 3)

(W) Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick (A/CA) Cully Hamner
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As the sun sets, chaos erupts and the Bat-Family jumps into action to help the Signal (a.k.a. Duke Thomas) against the mysterious Gnomon and his minions. While his allies keep the battle going on the streets, Duke must go above and beyond to track down the malicious man who has single-handedly caused the dangerous boom in meta-activity in the Narrows. Little does he know, Gnomon holds the key to his past and the future of heroes in Gotham City!

DC Rebirth Roundup: Comics From The 11th and 18th of April

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth Roundup where we take a look at most of the comics released by DC 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 assuming we’ve read said series.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up with only a basic familiarity with the characters.  You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, so you’ll have an idea if the comic is any good or not (remember quality and accessibility don’t always go together).

Not every comic is covered released will be covered, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue (which is more likely).  Typically comics released prior to the weeks covered won’t be featured.


 

Action Comics #1000 So here it is. A thousand issues of Action Comics. The first AC_Cv1000_var1980superhero comic to crack four digits; because of the historical significance you’re probably going to buy this anyway, aren’t you?

Aquaman #35 Aquaman lost his throne and is now part of a civil war aimed at removing his successor. An Unfriendly comic, but one well worth reading if you’ve gotten this far in the series. 7.2/10

Batman #45 Effectively a new jumping on point, this Friendly comic won’t feel that way at first, but bear with it, as Tom King stays above he mediocrity that has been plaguing his run and delivers an interesting take on the world if Bruce Wayne never became Batman. 7/10

Detective Comics #978 Uh… you know what I have no idea where to start. 6.5/10

The Flash #44 There’s a negative speed force storm destroying Central City, the Flash is fighting Gorilla Grodd and the other Flashes are evacuating the city. This isn’t too bad an issue, indeed it’s a step above the last few, and it’s oddly Friendly for a finale. 7/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 The start of a new arc that will see space cops (Green Lanters) verses space vigilantes. Friendly and fun. 7/10

Justice League #43 The finale of an incredible arc isn’t typically the best place to start. This Unfriendly issue is no exception. 7.9/10

NTW_Cv43Nightwing #43 Friendly team up issue with Arsenal and Robin. Get your popcorn out and enjoy! 8/10

Red Hood and the Outlaws #21 Bizarro has become addicted to liquid Kryptonite in order to preserve his incredible intellect that has allowed the Outlaws to radically depreciate crime in Gotham. The issue is Friendly enough, and worth a look. 7.3/10

Super Sons #15 Not an unFriendly issue as far as things go, but it will be tough to muscle past the sudden introduction of a character from early in the series. You get only a little back story, and it’s just enough. 7/10

 

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: The Mighty Thor #706 (Marvel) – As if #705 wasn’t epic and sad enough, let’s deal with even more sad. Bash Marvel all you want for wanting a male Thor, I love Odinson too, but this was consistently one of their best titles, and Jane has been an incredible, worthy, and Mighty Thor!

The Despicable Deadpool #299 (Marvel) – We are almost to the end of a great character redefining run. Deadpool has always been fun, but Duggan has been killing it on this title for years. He will be missed, and I can’t wait to see how this ends.

The Hunt for Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I get that killing characters off and bringing them back is so comics, especially at Marvel the last few years. However, this is Wolverine. This is Logan. This is the little kid in me cheering loudly. Leave my boy alone, Marvel! I am hyped.

Avengers #690 (Marvel) – What a ride it’s been! I’m excited to see how they wrap all of this up and set up the characters for the multiple upcoming new #1s!

Kill or Be Killed #18 (Image) – This is such a great story that breaks the medium of comics. A fantastic modern take on pulp crime by the masters of that art form.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19 (Marvel) – Fun. That’s what this series is to me with each issue feeling like Indiana Jones in space, just starring a lesbian woman. The twists and turns are entertaining and you never know how Aphra is going to get out of a situation, or what trouble she’ll cause. Pure entertainment with each issue.

Abbott #4 (BOOM! Studios) – A solid read, each issue has a gritty sense about it and the setting has been fantastic.

Black [AF]: Widows & Orphans #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new entry in the world of Black, I want to see what direction this series goes.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The best of the Young Animal series, this one shook things up by taking us to an alternate Gotham. We’re still trying to figure out what that all means.

The Prisoner #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic television series comes to comics!

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