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Preview: Batman: Urban Legends #8

Batman: Urban Legends #8

Written by: Brandon Thomas, Dan Watters, Christian Ward, Alyssa Wong
Art by: Cian Tormey, Nikola Cizmesija, Christian Ward, Vasco Georgiev

Batwoman: FEAR STATE TIE-IN! Someone has hacked into the Oracle Network and has started spreading information around Gotham—Batman is dead, Cassandra Cain Batgirl is a killer, Fear Toxin is in the air. Which is true and which is false? Batwoman will find out with the help of Commissioner Renee Montoya and…Kate’s sister Beth, AKA Red Alice?!

Outsiders: FEAR STATE TIE-IN! Scarecrow has stirred Gotham City into a panic and it’s awakened one of his first students he experimented on, a man turned into a monster known as THE FEARFUL! The Outsiders will have to reunite with the Signal in order to stop the Fearful and keep the city at peace. But a message from the world of FUTURE STATE reaches the Signal and changes everything.

Azrael: Azrael, the last acolyte of the Order of St. Dumas, has returned to the streets of Gotham City after serving with the Justice League in the stars. He’s convinced he’s strayed too far from his purpose, too far from his teachings, and needs to reassert himself. But he’ll be met with a city that’s changed forever, a city that will shake his faith.

Professor Pyg: Just in time for Halloween, a tale of Super Hero horror from fan-favorite creator Christian Ward, writing and drawing a story of Batman hunting down Professor Pyg in order to find the victim of a kidnapping. Batman will dig back into his memories of youth to track down Pyg and save a child’s life.

Batman: Urban Legends #8

Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Written by: Dan Watters
Art by: Dani Strips

The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff—a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients.

Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them.

This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Review: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

DC has been weaving a very interesting world and story in their Batman titles. Since “Future State” ended, everything presented has been a step towards that dystopian fascist nightmare. To kick off the slide into police rule, “A Day” wiped out Arkham Asylum murdering patients and caregivers, and freeing some of the inmates. It was an attack that set in motion Simon Saint’s vision for a new “police force” for Gotham in the Batman comics and began the tension that has been present throughout James Tynion IV’s run. But, what about those inmate that escaped? Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 explores that focusing on Dr. Joy and the police tasked with rounding up the escaped inmates.

Written by Dan Watters, Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is an interesting comic as it feels a lot like a police procedural you’d see on television. Dr. Joe attempts to deal with some of the inmates as they’re being apprehended by the police but we also see the media swarming. The comic has an underlying debate about what the public needs to know and if they do, will that only cause more panic? And Watters is very smart about that. While the comic opens with the apprehension of Ratcatcher, it bounces around with glimpses of other characters with one delivering an unexpected twist that attempts to answer the question thrown out to the readers.

The comic also has a solid debate within about what to do with these individuals. Are they criminals? Do they need psychological help? With Arkham destroyed, what facilities are there to handle them? It’s a debate about our own healthcare/mental health/jail system and what’s the best way to handle certain individuals. It adds a level of intelligence to the comic that could easily just be a riff on Se7en (and the comic has a lot of vibes from that film).

What really stands out is the art by Dani. The style is fantastic with a look that’s a bit Francesco Francavilla, Jae Lee, and Tim Sale. With Dave Stewart‘s colors, the comic is disturbing at times and beautiful at others. But, overall, there’s a tension that is created with the art style and colors that fits the narrative so well. There’s a coldness about it all that matches Dr. Joy and the characters within. It’s a fantastic mix of visuals and colors that come together to really drive home the mood and ride the readers are taken on. Aditya Bidikar‘s lettering too adds to that all with a mix of handwritten notes and dialogue each giving so much personality to the characters. The lettering adds to the unease and coldness of it all.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1 is a solid start, perfect for the Halloween season. It answers some important questions raised after “A Day” that aren’t being dealt with elsewhere. Most importantly, it ties into the greater narrative without being bogged down by it. This is a comic that has a style, voice, and vision all its own and for those that love horror or police procedurals, this a comic that’s a must get.

Story: Dan Watters Art: Dani
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Z2 and King Diamond Announce Limited Edition Abigail 18th Century Hearse and Platinum Edition of Abigail Graphic Novel

Z2 Comics and King Diamond have announced a Platinum Edition Bundle of Abigail, the previously announced graphic novelization of the iconic 1987 album. The Abigail Platinum Edition Bundle includes a 15-inch long model of the 18th-century hearse featured on the cover art from Studio Dzyan’s Torbjörn Jörgensen and Thomas Holm—representing the titular Black Horsemen from the album’s ninth and final track.

Set for release in late November 2021, King Diamond’s Abigail exhumes the concept album as a graphic novel, written by King Diamond with Dan Watters (Home Sick PilotsLuciferArkham City) and drawn by Damien Worm (The October FactionDark Souls). The bundle also includes art prints  and greeting cards illustrated by Damien Worm, Dicky Candra, and Torbjörn Jörgensen.

King Diamond’s Abigail recounts the story of  Miriam Natias and Jonathan La Fey, a couple who inherit a family mansion in 1845. Unfortunately, their new homestead is inhabited by the ghost of a mummified infant adamant on reclaiming its life.

The Platinum Edition Bundle of King Diamond’s Abigail Graphic Novel includes:

  • an oversized hardcover deluxe version of the graphic novel
  • a limited edition 15”-long, 8.8-lbs. Abigail 18th Century Hearse
  • a graphic novel slipcase, an Abigail graphic noble picture disc LP
  • five exclusive art prints
  • five exclusive greeting cards
  • a King Diamond Halloween Mask

King Diamond’s Abigail, The Limited Edition Abigail 18th Century Hearse and the Platinum bundle were both released on Friday, October 1st 2021, available on the Z2 Comics webstore.

Preview: Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Written by: Dan Watters
Art by: Dani Strips

The Joker’s attack on Arkham Asylum left the long-standing Gotham establishment in ruin, most of the patients killed or missing, and only a handful of surviving staff—a few nurses, a gravely injured security guard, and one doctor. In the chaos of the assault, it is believed that several of the asylum’s patients escaped and scurried off into the dark nooks and crannies of Gotham City. Now, these Arkhamites walk among us, and it’s up to the Asylum’s one remaining doctor, Jocasta Joy, to round up her former patients.

Meet these Arkhamites: a woman with no face, a pyggy in search of perfection, a man who feels nothing and burns everything, a woman who must devour life to save herself, a man unfit for the waking world who looks instead for Wonderland, a body with more than one soul, a being unbound from time who lives in the present and the past, a boy who seeks the comfort of vermin, and the twisted man who sees them all for who they are. And witness the avenging angel who stalks them.

This fall, join writer Dan Watters and artist Dani on an odyssey through the deepest depths and darkest shadows of Gotham City and find all-new reasons to fear the night.

Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Preview: Transformers Halloween Special

Transformers Halloween Special

(W) Dan Watters (A) Bethany McGuire-Smith (CA) Nicole Goux
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

Whispers of a disembodied spark howling alone in the desert are floating around Cybertron. Whispers of Starscream’s loyalty to Megatron’s cause are also floating around. Frustrated and needing some space to clear his head, Starscream visits the desert and is surprised to actually hear the rumored screams. He follows the sound and is met with a creature that makes him question what it means to be a cybernetic being. Starscream faces off with this grotesque experiment in “I Have No Mouth And I Must Starscream,” by Dan Watters (Home Sick Pilots, Lucifer, The Sandman Universe).

Transformers Halloween Special

Cowboy Bebop #1’s Covers Revealed

Based on the live-action adaptation of the anime, Cowboy Bebop #1 comes to comic shops on December 8. Written by Dan Watters with art by Lamar Mathurin the comic is an original story set in the year 2171. The bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck.

Titan Comics has revealed the covers for the first issue from Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Claudia Ianniciello, Afu Chan, Yishin Li, and a photo cover.

Cowboy Bebop Gets Companion Books and a Comic Series to Go with its Live-Action Netflix Release

Titan Publishing has announced a new collaboration with Netflix to publish the official fiction, non-fiction, and comics for the eagerly anticipated upcoming series, Cowboy Bebop, set to premier on Netflix on November 19 2021. A prequel novel to be published in November 2021 will be followed by a beautiful coffee table art book detailing the making of the series in Spring 2022.  These will also be accompanied by an original comic book series featuring the characters from the show, which will debut in December 2021.

Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., COWBOY BEBOP is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, aka “cowboys,” all trying to outrun the past. As different as they are deadly, Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) form a scrappy, snarky crew ready to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals — for the right price. But they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scuffles before their pasts finally catch up with them.

With an exclusive adventure leading into the events of the series, COWBOY BEBOP: A SYNDICATE STORY: RED PLANET REQUIEM is written by Sean Cummings, a staff writer on the series. Explore the rich history of Cowboy Bebop through the eyes of a young Spike Spiegel and Vicious.

COWBOY BEBOP: A SYNDICATE STORY: RED PLANET REQUIEM

COWBOY BEBOP: MAKING THE NETFLIX SERIES captures the epic journey behind the scenes of Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation! Featuring an exclusive foreword by showrunner André Nemec, this official companion is packed full of beautiful concept art and revealing behind-the-scenes photography, as the cast and crew tell the story of how one of the most influential anime series of all time was translated over to live action in this much-anticipated series produced by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer).

COWBOY BEBOP: MAKING THE NETFLIX SERIES

COWBOY BEBOP: THE COMIC SERIES will introduce fans of the series to a never-before-seen comic story. Set in the year 2171, the bounty hunter crew of the spaceship Bebop chase an ex-gang member who holds a vest which gives the wearer unlimited luck. This new series will be penned by DC comics veteran Dan Watters with art by Lamar Mathurin and will debut with a range of fantastic covers including cover art by comics legend Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau. #1 of this four-issue story will arrive in stores December 2021 with a collected trade paperback coming May 2022.

COWBOY BEBOP: THE COMIC SERIES

Preview: Detective Comics #1040

Detective Comics #1040

Story: Dan Watters, Mariko Tamaki
Art: Max Raynor, Dan Mora

When the cops brought Bruce Wayne in for questioning last month, a giant money-man with a bazooka and a mustache for days blew the place up. So what’s that mean for Gotham’s ex-favorite son? Well, it means Bruce Wayne has to spend a weekend in lockup! Can Batman’s alter ego go the weekend without getting stabbed? (I suppose to be fair, he’s stabbed on the reg as Batman anyway…) PLUS: A major Batman villain meets his death in a story that will rock the world of Gotham City in a monstrous way! Do not miss: The Night Was Killed by Dan Watters and Kyle Hotz!

Detective Comics #1040

Preview: Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1

Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1

(W) Joshua Williamson, Brandon Thomas, Stephanie Phillips, and Dan Watters (A) Inaki Miranda, Valentine De Landro, Stephen Byrne, Phil Hester, and Christopher Mitten
(CA) Bryan Hitch
In Shops: Jun 29, 2021
SRP: $9.99

Are you ready for the new Infinite Frontier series? Do you have the lowdown on all the characters? If not, this print edition of the digital-first Secret Files series will tell you everything you’re dying to know. Take a look inside Director Bones personal database for stories featuring Jade and Obsidian, the children of the original Green Lantern; Psycho-Pirate, the scourge of many a Crisis on many an Earth; President Superman, the Mutliverse’s ultimate beacon of hope; Roy Harper, back from the dead; and just who are the Totality…?! Featuring six stories in print for the very first time!

Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #1
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