It’s a new week and we’re getting ready for the end of the year and 2020! While we keep getting things in order, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Newsarama – Original Art for Wrightson’s Frankenstein Cover for Marvel Sells for $1.2 Million – Wow. Beating expectations.
The Beat – Matthew Medney named new CEO of Heavy Metal Magazine – Interesting…
Talking Comics – Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1
Comics Bulletin – Hellmouth #3
Flickering Myth – Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke
The weekend’s almost here and we’re spending it getting our new GP HQ, aka studio, in order! We’re excited for the new setup! While we do that, what geeky things will you all be up to? Sound off! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Cleveland Magazine – Why Isn’t Cleveland Embracing Its Comics Heritage? – We’ve always wondered this.
Batman News – Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1
Geek Dad – Far Sector #2
AIPT – Silver Surfer: Black
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is Frank Miller‘s latest entry into his world of Batman. Following up on The Master Race, the comic feels like a bunch of ideas jotted down but not fleshed out. It’s a mess of a result.
The story revolves around Lara, Carrie Kelley, and a young Jonathan Kent. Miller sets up some interesting dynamics between the three. Lara struggles with humanity and Carrie devolves into her cold role as Batwoman. Jonathan is caught between the two. With godlike power he’s conflicted as to what it means to be human and compassionate. That could be a story unto itself with an easy conflict. It’d play off of themes Miller has previously addressed in other volumes. Instead, we get his take on the current state of political affairs and interference in elections. The result is a jumbled mess of a result.
Miller decides to make the villain of the story a combination of Darkseid and Joker whose initial gambit is meddling with an election. Donald Trump is their candidate and they manipulate the masses through computers and protests. It all feels rather odd for the pairing and with motivation unclear it comes off as lazy writing. It’s a plotline and two character that didn’t need to exist for an interesting follow up.
The end result is a comic that feels like Miller is attempting to say something but he’s unsure of how to do that and maybe even what it is he’s trying to say.
Rafael Grampá handles the art duties this time around. Jordie Bellaire joins on color with John Workman and Deron Bennett handling lettering. The art style is interesting with some scenes looking fantastic and at other times characters looking like distorted beings. There’s times it all works but at others it’s hard to not be distracted by giant foreheads.
There’s something interesting in the Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child but the end result is a mess of a result. The story comes off as if it thinks it’s an intelligent take on the current state of affairs. But, then the dialogue betrays all of that with such memorable lines like “I’ll rip yuh gonads off.” The dialogue at times is laughable, and not in a good way. It’s a frustrating comic with flashes of Miller’s brilliance but a final result that’s a chaotic mess.
Story: Frank Miller Art: Rafael Grampá
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: John Workman, Deron Bennett
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
DC has released a new teaser image for this week’s Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1. The image features the Joker in front of posters featuring Donald Trump and the word “Trust” in the style of the iconic Barak Obama poster by Shepard Fairey.
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 is by Frank Miller, Rafael Grampá, and Jordie Bellaire and a follow up to Miller’s series of takes on Batman. It comes to shops December 11, 2019.
Bestselling writer and comic book icon Frank Miller will add yet another incredible chapter to his Dark Knight legacy on December 11th, as DC Comics has announced plans to publish a sequel to the acclaimed Dark Knight III: Master Race.
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child is a 48-page prestige format one-shot featuring art and cover by Rafael Grampá with color by Jordie Bellaire. The story takes place three years after the events of Master Race, where Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Carrie Kelley, and Lara Kent overcame the renegade priest Quar and his cult of Kandorian fanatics in their bid to convert humanity into worshipping them as gods. During this interim, Lara has spent time learning about what it means to be human, while Carrie has grown into her role as Gotham City’s new protector, Batwoman.
When a terrifying evil returns to Gotham City, Lara and Carrie team up to take on this new threat, but this time with a secret weapon—Jonathan Kent. Known as the “Golden Child,” Jonathan possesses power unlike anything the world has ever seen and could be all that stands in the way of the destruction of Gotham City, as well as the whole planet.
Grampá was handpicked by Miller for this return to the world of the Dark Knight. The mastermind behind the groundbreaking Mesmo Delivery, this incredible collaboration marks Grampá’s first comics work in six years, bringing his extraordinary detail and storytelling skills to a story that only Frank Miller could tell.
In addition to the main and variant covers by Grampá, the book will also include a series of open-to-buy variant covers by artists Paul Pope, Joëlle Jones, and Andy Kubert, in addition to Frank Miller himself. The 48-page prestige format book will carry DC’s Black Label content descriptor (for mature readers) and will retail for $5.99.