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Deftones’ Chino Moreno Unveils “Brief Exchange,” a Solo Track in Celebration of Dark Nights: Metal

Chino Moreno from Deftones has released a solo track entitled “Brief Exchange,” inspired by DC Entertainment’s new graphic novel Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition available now in comic book shops, bookstores and digitally on Tuesday, June 12. This also marks Moreno’s first collaboration with DC.

This deluxe hardcover collects issues #1-6 of the Dark Nights: Metal monthly series and is written and drawn by the best-selling creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. Batman has uncovered an ancient and evil mystery… One that could destroy the very fabric of the DC Universe! A Dark Multiverse has been revealed, full of devastating threats and vile creatures that have been loosed upon the DCU, with only The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes rising to the challenge of defending it!

Produced by Grammy Award-winning icon Mike Elizondo and film composer and former Marilyn Manson guitarist Tyler Bates, “Brief Exchange” spotlights Moreno.

“Brief Exchange” features Bates on guitar, Elizondo on bass and Gil Sharone from Dillinger Escape Plan, Puscifer behind the drum kit. Its dark lyrics remain befitting of the graphic novel’s themes. “Brief Exchange” showcases yet another facet of one of rock music’s most prolific forces.

This release marks the 2nd in this series of tracks inspired by DC Comics’ new graphic novel, beginning with “Red Death” by Brann Dailor—co-vocalist, drummer, and co-founder of Grammy Award-winning heavy rock juggernaut  Mastodon. “Red Death” is available now.

Review: Dark Nights Metal The Deluxe Edition

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the collection of Dark Nights Metal!

Dark Nights Metal The Deluxe Edition collects issues #1-6 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on June 12th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Event Organizers in 2018 Demonstrating Some Unconventional Thinking – Some conventions you all need to check out.

Newsarama – CW Renews All But One Of Its Comic Book Shows – Not too surprising.

The Hollywood Reporter – Why ‘The Good Doctor’ Is Bad Medicine for Autism (Guest Column) – An interesting article and gets us thinking about comic depictions.

 

Reviews

Newsarama – Black Panther #171

Talking Comics – Dark Nights: Metal #6

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? 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 in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Oblivion Song, Infinity Gauntlet lead reorders; Amazing Spider-Man, Ricanstruction lead advance reorders – For those that like the horse race.

Gizmodo – This Artist Transforms Spider-Man Comics Into Powerful Statements About Being Black in America – Interesting stuff.

The Beat – Comics Industry Dodges the Tariff Bullet – For Now – But It Could Be a Killer – This could have been the death of the industry.

 

Reviews

CBR – Dark Nights: Metal #6

Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #6

The Beat – Long Lost #5

ICv2 – The True Death of Billy the Kid

Review: Dark Nights: Metal #6

All roads lead…to darkness. In the devastating and epic conclusion to DC’s cataclysmic event series, heroes from across the universe make their final charge into the unknown to battle the forces of the Dark Multiverse! Space and time, dreams and nightmares, all will collide – and what is left at the end will leave the DC Universe irrevocably changed!

This is it, the end of Dark Nights: Metal and the big question is, can writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo stick the landing? Dark Nights: Metal #6 is absolutely entertaining and it has that last act moments for this type of event that you’d expect. The moments you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy. It’s the final act of the big budget blockbuster and it’s really entertaining.

Dark Nights: Metal is really exemplified by this issue in that it both mixes the “dark” and the “hope” of the DC Universe. I said it in my review of the first issue in that it feels like a solid bridge between the “grittiness” of the New 52 and the “optimism” of Rebirth.

It’s difficult to fully review the issue in that I don’t want to spoil the fun but it’s over the top. But, where the issue stumbles, only slightly, is that it’s clearly a chapter in a bigger story and suffers slightly in that its epilogue sets up what’s next, Justice League: No Surrender, the next event. It’s a tactic that a certain other publisher used a lot with their events and it got old, quick. But, what’s teased will make long time fans excited as it touches upon a lot of DC history continuing to blend the old with the new.

Now, I said the issues is over the top and that’s partially due to Capullo’s art. Batman rides a Joker dragon! Capullo is joined by Jonathan Glapion on ink and FCO Plascencia on color and it all comes together for an epic conclusion. Visually, Capullo nails it with so much packed into every page. My only knock is his Clark and Bruce look a little too alike but I’ve noticed that with a few DC artists lately. But, when it comes to staring at panels and spreads at the utter insanity, this comic delivers and then some. Snyder and Capullo are a dream team of creators and it’s clear with this entire event series the two are in sync.

On it’s own, it’s hard to judge this individual comic but as a conclusion for the event, it’s very satisfying and then some. I found myself saying “hells yes” multiple times and smiling as the “epic” nature of it all crescendoed. There’s a solid conclusion that makes sense and also feels like it sets up a lot to come which has me, and hopefully comic readers, excited. Dark Nights: Metal has been a crazy ride and delivered what was promised, a rocking “metal” comic event.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia
Story: 7.99 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Nights: Metal #6

Dark Nights: Metal #6

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $4.99

All roads lead…to darkness. In the devastating and epic conclusion to DC’s cataclysmic event series, heroes from across the universe make their final charge into the unknown to battle the forces of the Dark Multiverse! Space and time, dreams and nightmares, all will collide – and what is left at the end will leave the DC Universe irrevocably changed!

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.

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #13 (Valiant) – For the first time in 13 issues, Aric is about to unleash the full force of the Manowar armour. After a story that has been about the failure of communication, this is going to be wonderful conclusion. If I could read only one issue this week, it’d be this.

Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – A new number one from my favorite publisher? Frig yeah.

Dark Nights: Metal #6 (DC Comics) – After a few stumbles late in the game, I’m curious to see if Snyder can pull out a homer or if he’s stuck on second base.

Bloodborne #2 (Titan Comics) – I started playing the game this series is based on after reading the comic, so now that I’ve some exposure to the universe I’m looking forward to diving back in.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 (BOOM! Studios) –  MMPG #25 launches the “Shattered Grid” storyline which promises both plot and character development. The universe-shifting event promises to blend Rangers old and new, up against a seemingly impossible-to-beat opponent in Lord Drakkon. The team(s) are dealing with a weapon that shatters dimensions, and the rulebook, if there ever was one, is thrown entirely out the window. The dynamic action of the television series has always translated surprisingly well to the page, and as always, it’s the lovable teens at the heart of it all that keep MMPG on my shelf.

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #2 (BOOM! Studios) Everyone has a mother. Even the notorious Goblin King. When she enters the world of the Labyrinth, chasing after her own stolen babe, what will she discover? This prequel series is off to a strong start, expanding the world of the 80s cult classic in natural and exciting ways.

 

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Avengers #686 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” continues and at this point I have no idea where it’s going. This event has delivered and keeps doing so. Even weekly, it has felt like it hasn’t slowed down and that release schedule has only enhanced the experience. Lots of fun and really entertaining.

Abbott #3 (BOOM! Studios) – A fantastic horror story that mixes mystery with a setting of the 1970s Detroit. Great characters. Great setting. The details are fantastic.

Daredevil #600 (Marvel) – It’s a 600th issue! Lets see how “special” this one is.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – Though this is a Young Animal series, it’s also one of the best “Bat” books out there. Brutal and entertaining, I can’t wait to see where this new volume goes.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #18 (Marvel) – Marvel has been amazing when it comes to their Star Wars comics and Aphra has stood out from the bunch with its Indiana Jones like kick-ass lead. The fact that Hera Syndulla is in the latest arc has me even more excited about this series.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and team GP is dealing with Super Bowl hangovers, the flu, and preparing for tonight’s episode of Graphic Policy Radio! While you count down for that brand new episode, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Onion – Man Prefers Comic Books That Don’t Insert Politics Into Stories About Government-Engineered Agents Of War – The Onion nails it as usual.

AndroidGuys – Best apps for reading comic books and visual novels on Android – Some helpful tech info.

Jakarta Globe – New Comic Books to Bring Young Indonesians Back to Museums – Very interesting and also wondering how well it’s going to work.

The Beat – Calista Brill and Gina Gagliano promoted at First Second – Congrats to both!

The Beat – IDW’s San Diego Comic Art Gallery Reopens to Big Changes – Great to see this still going.

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Abbott #1

Talking Comics – Dark Nights: Metal #5

Talking Comics – Eternity #4

Talking Comics – Phoenix Resurrection #5

Around the Tubes

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

The Comichron – Infinity Countdown Prime #1 leads advance reorders; Doomsday Clock #3 tops comics reorders – For those that enjoy the horse race.

KPAX-TV – Kalispell man copes with autism and loss with comic books – Always nice to see stories like this.

My Fox Boston – Local ‘superhero’ opens new comic book store in Lexington – Yay to new comic book shops!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Abbott #1

IGN – Dark Nights: Metal #5

Newsarama – Dark Nights: Metal #5

IGN – The Flash Annual #1

Comic Book – Hungry Ghosts #1

IGN – Phoenix Resurrection #5

IGN – Star Wars: DJ: Most Wanted #1

Talking Comics – Vinegar Teeth #1

Review: Dark Nights: Metal #5

The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness-somewhere. But…what if there’s not?

Writer Scott Snyder has delivered a sense of desperation throughout Dark Nights: Metal and in Dark Nights: Metal #5 that is upped a few factors as the heroes struggle to find their footing.

Snyder takes his time to cover the various teams and where they’re at, whether it’s the group on Hawkworld, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Batman and Superman. What’s interesting is most of those play out as scenes as Batman and Superman’s struggle plays throughout. While each has their own beat, it’s Batman and Superman’s struggle that really creates that sense of hope and defeat. Without that, the rest wouldn’t work. Those two character’s struggles emphasize the desperation of the whole and Snyder plays out the story so that we get emotional highs and lows. This one isn’t just about the action, it’s that excitement of success and and crushing failure rolled into one. The reader is toyed with much like our heroes and with a one-shot and one more issue to go, I have no idea how this one will end.

There’s also some rock and roll moments as heroes rise up in desperation. What I’d describe as “fuck you” moments. You’re cheering on… then you get crushed. But, even then you’re still rooting for the win.

The art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascencia is as fantastic as ever. The “metal” aspect is there with imagery that you’d expect to find on a cover of a rock album. What particularly stands out is the use of color and lettering. Each setting has a very unique color palette and it all works together to set the various moods for each. They enhance the location and gives the reader a better sense of the world. The lettering for this series as a whole has been fantastic but here each character, especially the corrupted Batman have a style that has you imagining what they sound like. It helps create the character, especially the menacing aspect of them.

There’s not much more to go and I have no idea how this is ending. The issue is solid in playing with the reader’s emotions and when you think things are turning for the better, you get knocked back down. It’s an emotional roller coaster with intelligent plotting that uses the various storylines to enhance each other and toy with those ups and downs. Another solid addition to the event series.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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