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Preview: Blue & Gold #3

Blue & Gold #3

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Cully Hamner

The million-dollar debut of Buggles! Booster Gold and Blue Beetle go…broke?! Ted Kord’s secret is out: the heir to the Kord Industries fortune has been cut off and cut out of his family’s company! Now the duo needs all the help they can get to fight off the Omnizon’s attack and set up their new business. Who can possibly save the guys from themselves? Meet the newest member of Blue & Gold…BUGGLES!

Blue & Gold #3

Exclusive Preview: M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #4

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #4

(W) Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt (A) Scott Hepburn (C) Carlos Lopez (L) Travis Lanham (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

M.O.D.O.K. MEETS HIS MAKER!
M.O.D.O.K.’s search for answers about the mysterious memories of a family plaguing him has lead him straight into the arms of his creator. Will this reunion see M.O.D.O.K. welcomed with open arms or leave him staring down the barrel at his own demise? Only one way to find out, True Believers, you won’t want to miss out on this explosive series finale!!!

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #4

Explore the Bat-Family in Batman Secret Files

Gotham is full of heroes, far more than Batman. He can’t be everywhere and has a family of heroes to help him out. This July, DC launches Batman Secret Files, a new monthly series of one-shots featuring Batman’s partners in crimefighting. In this series, Bat-fans will see new adventures in Gotham City, exploring the deep bench of heroes the Dark Knight has inspired.

Batman Secret Files: The Signal #1

The return of Duke Thomas, a.k.a. The Signal, kicks off this series on Tuesday, July 7. In a story written by Tony Patrick with art by Christian Duce, The Signal comes back as Gotham City’s daytime protector after his time with the Outsiders. But during his sabbatical from his hometown, everything about the city and the people closest to him changed. And the mystery of the White Market, a deadly source of weapons being trafficked into Gotham City that even Batman can’t track down, will only push the Signal further away from everything he knows and into a brand-new world of danger.

This 40-page one-shot features a main cover by Ken Lashley with a variant cover by Cully Hamner.

Batman Secret Files: Huntress #1

On Tuesday July 27, Detective Comics and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki teams up with acclaimed Stray Bullets writer/artist David Lapham for a new tale featuring Gotham City’s Violet Vengeance! Huntress has been through a LOT lately…including her brain being invaded by a violent parasite bent on sending her on a deadly slugfest. If that wasn’t enough, now she has to deal with enhanced abilities too, thanks to a villain by the name of Vile. This parasite has given her the ability to see through the eyes of his victims and this is not her idea of a good time! Huntress isn’t one to be played with, and she’s on the hunt for Vile, with a crossbow bolt with his name on it!

Also weighing at 40 pages, this one-shot features a main cover by Irvin Rodriguez, with a card stock variant by Riccardo Federici.

DC Presents: Batman: Reptilian, a New DC Black Label Miniseries from Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp

In Gotham City, either Batman or Killer Croc were the two most dangerous things lurking in the city’s shadows.

On June 22, that all changes.

A new predator makes Gotham City its hunting ground, courtesy of Garth Ennis and artist Liam Sharp in an all-new six issue limited series, Batman: Reptilian.

Gotham City is filled with murderous creatures who stalk the shadows–foul villains with murderous impulses who strike fear into the hearts of every man, woman, and child in the city. But what strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize the city? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man has begun stalking the shadows—and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters?

Sharp’s breathtaking and moody art is the perfect complement to Ennis’ haunting and suspenseful narrative, making Batman: Reptilian the kind of series that you’ll definitely want to read with the lights on. Issue #1 also features an intense main cover by Sharp. Cully Hamner provides the variant cover, and Bill Sienkiewicz provides a 1 in 25 “ratio’ variant (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue sells for $4.99 and arrives in comic book stores and at participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Blue Beetle Coming to the Big Screen with Director Angel Manuel Soto

Blue Beetle

Rumored for a while, a Blue Beetle film is getting some movement. Angel Manuel Soto has been tapped by Warner Bros. to helm the DC Comics film. Soto was behind the 2020 Sundance drama Charm City Kings. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer wrote the script for the film.

Blue Beetle will be the first DC film to center around a Latino hero. The movie will be based around the current individual who holds the mantle, Jaime Reyes. Reyes gains superhero abilities courtesy of alien armor. The character debuted in 2006 and was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner. He first appeared as Reyes in Infinite Crisis #3 and as Blue Beetle in Infinite Crisis #5.

The character has been depicted in other media beyond comics. He appeared in the tenth season of Smallville and the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold as well as Young Justice: Invasion, DC Super Hero Girls, and Justice League Action. The character also has appeared in animated films such as Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.

Preview: M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #3

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #3

(W) Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt (A) Scott Hepburn (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

M.O.D.O.K.’s visions of a life he never had are getting stronger. What is the lie, and what is the truth? And will M.O.D.O.K. be driven even more insane as he tears his mind apart in the pursuit of those memories?! Either way, with a recent hit put out against him and the unhinged mercenary known as GWENPOOL on his tail, M.O.D.O.K. has got to act fast to untangle the mystery within his head before Gwenpool finds a way to splatter his brains across the floor!

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #3

Preview: Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2

Written by: Brandon Easton, Sean Lewis
Art by: Valentine De Landro, Cully Hamner, John Timms

Braincells, the advanced offshoot of the diabolical Brainiac, continues to lure Jonathan Kent down the wrong path-but things go from bad to this can’t get any worse when it appears it has also taken some manner of control over Supergirl! If the Kryptonians clash, nothing will be able to protect the bottled city of Metropolis! Meanwhile, inside the bottle itself, the Guardian is doing everything he can to stop the city from destroying itself from within, while Mister Miracle has discovered the trail of a strange signal that he doesn’t realize will take him to Warworld.

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #2

Review: M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2

It’s hard to say how much I love M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2. Much like the first issue, the second delivers action, humor… really a lot of humor. It’s a madcap issue as M.O.D.O.K. turns to Tony Stark to help him figure out what’s going on and it leads to them having to steal a device.

Writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt deliver a belly’s worth of laughs in a second issue that feels like Looney Tunes has come to the Marvel Universe. The laughs are plenty and the concept fantastic. The duo have me excited for more issues and to see their vision come to the television screen in a series that riffs off of similar concepts.

Tony and M.O.D.O.K. head to a villain convention where an auction will be held for the device they need. It has them interacting with so many C and D list villains all of which is pure gold. What’s fantastic is how many memorable moments Blum and Oswalt deliver in the issue. There’s lots to point to and laugh about with friends. There’s lots I want to share here but I don’t want to spoil the good time.

Blum and Oswalt’s insanity is brought to the page by artist Scott Hepburn who is joined by Carlos Lopez on color and Travis Lanham in lettering. The art just nails everything. The situations are funny but it’s how they’re delivered that really drives home the humor. I can describe physical humor but it’s a different level to see it for yourself. Each panel and page will have you looking at the details and the exaggerated style drives home the good-natured comedic aspect of it. Lanham gets a special mention for the block text and the glitches within. Such a fantastic addition that adds so much to the comic.

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #2 is a fantastic second issue that has me wanting to read the third right now. I laughed out loud multiple times. Really laugh out loud. It’s a comic that put a smile on my face. It’s beyond good and is the exact escape we sometimes need and look for in our comics.

Story: Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt Art: Scott Hepburn
Color: Carlos Lopez Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1

One of the extended “Future State” issues, Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 takes us to a future Metropolis protected by a new Superman, Jonathan Kent. His father is off somewhere (we’ll get that in another story) and it’s up to Jon to fill in the gap. Joining him is Supergirl who spends the issue mostly as an obstacle for this new Superman to battle.

In this Metropolis a tech company has low-jacked individuals with technology built from Brainiac. In the story, the villain, Brain Cells, are using the people for something leaving Jonathan to make a difficult decision to save the city and its people and attempt to not escalate things further. Which of course escalates things.

Writer Sean Lewis gives us a nice take on the character and world putting Jonathan in a difficult situation. The idea of a fairly new hero who’s not getting it right is a good spin to it all. It’s a hero who makes mistakes and whose decisions might have good intentions but the process to get there isn’t the best. It’s a hero who isn’t quite trusted, a rookie who makes mistakes. This is a Superman who has powers and fumbles something can ponder what would likely happen if any of us were to gain similar powers with similar responsibilites. It’s easier to relate to the character in this way.

The art by John Timms with color by Gabe Eltaeb, and lettering by Dave Sharpe is fantastic. The designs are really interesting though at times it takes a bit to make out exactly what everything is. There is a dynamic aspect to it all though and the battles and confrontations are full of excitement and tension. Sharpe’s lettering especially stands out with his take on Brain Cells’ unique world balloons. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the character.

The issue features so much more…

The Metropolis Menagerie” is written by Brandon Easton with art by Valentine de Landro, colors by Marissa Louise, and lettering by Sharpe. Shilo Norman is Mister Miracle in a fairly straightforward tale of a hero battling against odds and their powered suit failing. There’s something rather interesting and charming about it all. There’s a pulp sense about it all with the concept feeling like it’s something out of the era of Flash Gordon.

“The Guardian in Future State” is also written by Lewis with art by Cully Hamner and Michael Avon Oeming, color by Laura Martin, and lettering by AndWorld Design. We get to see a bit of a different aspect to the main story. The story focuses on The Guardian and some of the impact of Jonathan/Superman’s decision. It’s an interesting idea of having a shorter story that ties into the main one but I wish it was a bit clearer this was the case and maybe have taken a slightly different aspect with it all. I’m trying to not spoil it but showing more of the impact of Jonathan’s decision or the moments after would have possibly made for a more engaging story. The use of Hamner and Oeming is also a noticeable shift as the two style don’t quite match enough creating a jarring experience for the reader.

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1 is a decent read but doesn’t quite have the excitement I was hoping for. As an arc for an ongoing series, it’d all be very interesting but as a two issue story it feels like we’re dropped into something well underway.

Story: Sean Lewis, Brandon Easton Art: John Timms, Valentine de Landro, Cully Hamner, Michael Avon Oeming
Color: Gabe Eltaeb, Marissa Louise, Laura Martin Letter: Dave Sharpe, AndWorld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1

Written by: Brandon Easton, Sean Lewis
Art by: Valentine De Landro, Cully Hamner, John Timms, Michael Avon Oeming

Before leaving for parts unknown, Clark Kent entrusted Earth’s safety to his son. Now, Jonathan Kent is Superman! Top priority for this new Superman: to protect Metropolis. When a new version of Brainiac attacks, Jon takes drastic measures-which result in the Bottle City of Metropolis! But watch out, Jon, because Supergirl is on her way, and she is not happy with your decision. Meanwhile, in the new bottle city, a new hero has risen. Jake Jordan, the former Manhattan Guardian, came to the City of Tomorrow to start over. But he’s not the only one who wants a new beginning. An anarchist calling herself Honest Mary sees this time of trouble as an opportunity for rebirth-and she’ll tear down the entire city to prove her point. Does Jake have what it takes to save his new home from disasters both inside and out of the bottle? Superman’s former pal Jimmy Olsen is going to make sure he does! Finally, the current Mister Miracle, Shilo Norman, is also in the bottle, and he’s looking for a way out! He’d better be careful, though, or he may end up someplace unexpected. It’s a story that continues in Superman: Worlds of War #1!

Future State: Superman of Metropolis #1
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