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Blue Beetle Graduation Day will debut in English and Spanish

This November 29th, Jaime Reyes, a.k.a. DC’s Blue Beetle, will debut in a new solo comic book series from writer Josh Trujillo and artist Adrián Gutiérrez. The comic will be simultaneously available in both English and Spanish editions—fans can preorder the Spanish language edition of Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 with their local comic book shop. Make sure to get your pre-orders in before October 30th!

The six-issue series follows Jaime as he graduates from high school and attempts to figure out his future, responsibility to his Scarab, and what comes next for him as a Super Hero. Blue Beetle: Graduation Day will introduce new characters, like the Yellow Beetle, as well as familiar faces from across the DC Universe.

Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 features variant covers including Rafael Albuquerque, which is an homage to the original introduction of the character, and a papel picado insert designed by Ivan Plascencia featuring the Scarab Khaji Da, to celebrate Jaime’s solo series. The papel picado will be polybagged with a foil edition of the main cover by Gutiérrez and colorist Wil Quintana.

Blue Beetle: Graduation Day #1 by writer Josh Trujillo, artist Adrián Gutiérrez, colorist Wil Quintana and letterer Lucas Gattoni will publish on November 29 with a cover by Gutiérrez and Quintana and variant covers by Cully Hamner, Rafael Albuquerque, and David Marquez and Alejandro Sánchez.

English preview

Spanish preview

Preview: Batman: Killing Time #6

Batman: Killing Time #6

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Aug 02, 2022
SRP: $4.99

All hell breaks lose as a gang war in Gotham erupts over the mysterious artifact stolen by Catwoman and the Riddler! Blood will be shed, lives be lost, and a shocking ending will leave your head spinning!

Batman: Killing Time #6

SDCC 2022: Tom King and Phil Hester share the secret origin of Gotham City

DC Comics has announced Gotham City: Year One from Tom King and Phil Hester. The duo will team for the first time to tell the definitive origin of Gotham City from how it became a cesspool of violence and corruption to how it unleashed the sin that led to the Dark Knight. King and Hester, along with Eric Gapstur, Jordie Bellaire, and Clayton Cowles, launch Gotham City: Year One on October 4.

Private investigator Slam Bradley gets tangled in a headline grabbing kidnapping as the infant Wayne heir Hele disappears in the night. The story takes place two generations before Batman.

The debut issue features a variant cover by Ryan Sook and 1:25 variant cover by David Marquez. It debuts October 2022 and runs for six issues ending in March 2023.

Preview: Batman: Killing Time #5

Batman: Killing Time #5

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $4.99

The heist of the century has gone so far sideways that an all-out and very bloody gang war is imminent, with Batman, Riddler, and Catwoman caught in the crossfire. What is the mysterious object that so many are willing to murder so many for, and how does it connect to Bruce Wayne? As we reach the climax of this thrilling series, the clock strikes its deadly hour-the time for killing is here!

Batman: Killing Time #5

Preview: Batman: Killing Time #4

Batman: Killing Time #4

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: Jun 07, 2022
SRP: $4.99

The bodies are beginning to pile up as the hunt for Catwoman and the Riddler intensifies…and they finally meet face to face with their shocking buyer! Batman and the mysterious Help join forces in what will go down as one of the more memorable team-ups!

Batman: Killing Time #4

Tales of The Human Target delivers more details on what happened before Christopher Chance was poisoned!

While taking an assignment to bodyguard Lex Luthor, Christopher Chance, the Human Target, is poisoned and is in a race against time to find out who’s responsible. On August 23, writer Tom King and a host of fan-favorite artists – Mikel Janín, Rafael Albuquerque, Kevin Maguire, and The Human Target artist Greg Smallwood – team up to tell stories of what happened before Chance drank the poison intended for Lex Luthor in Tales of The Human Target.

In this one-shot anthology, Christopher Chance “teams up” with members of the Justice League International – some of whom already are prominently involved in this story – in four connecting mysteries, and one of them may be responsible for the poison that has The Human Target living on borrowed time.

This 48-pager features an incredible main cover by series artist Smallwood, reminiscent of hard-boiled detective novels of the 60’s and 70’s. The comic also features a variant cover by artist David Marquez and a 1 in 25 ratio variant cover from returning Batman artist Jorge Jiménez. Check your local comic book store for availability and pre-ordering details.

For fans that have missed individual issues of the series and want to catch up all at once, The Human Target Book One collects the first six issues of the series by Tom King and Greg Smallwood and is a great way to catch up on the series to date before the second half of the series starts in September (issue #7 on sale September 23).

Preview: Batman: Killing Time #3

Batman: Killing Time #3

(W) Tom King (A/CA) David Marquez
In Shops: May 03, 2022
SRP: $4.99

A shocking heist has the mysterious and deadly figure called the Help cutting his way through Gotham City in search of Catwoman and the Riddler and their stolen artifact. Only the Dark Knight stands between this strange new villain and his prey…but can even Batman stop his bloody rampage? Tick-tock…the clock is drawing nearer to the Killing Time!

Batman: Killing Time #3

Preview: Batman: Killing Time #1

Batman: Killing Time #1

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Marquez

Three villains, one Dark Knight, and a deadly heist gone wrong. Catwoman, the Riddler, and the Penguin join forces to pull off the greatest robbery in the history of Gotham City. And their prize? A mysterious and priceless artifact in the secret possession of Bruce Wayne! But, as the events unfold, what fun is a heist without a bloody double cross or two? The blockbuster team of Tom King and David Marquez bring an epic, white-knuckled, action-packed tale of a young Batman desperate to recover his most prized possession from a host of violent rogues before the clock strikes the Killing Time…

Batman: Killing Time #1

Review: Batman: Killing Time #1

Batman: Killing Time #1

I’m a sucker for a good heist story which is why I was excited to dive into Batman: Killing Time #1. The story has Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, and Killer Croc stealing something in the early years of Batman. What the object is? Only Batman knows! And he looks worried.

Written by Tom King, there’s a bit of “cool” about the first issue as it takes us through how our villains go about their heist. We don’t know exactly what they’re stealing but King delivers a step by step blow in how they pull it off.

The debut feels like it owes a bit of gratitude to all of the films and stories that have come before that takes us step by step into how the crime was committed from the criminal’s perspective. That usually happens towards the end of the tale but Batman: Killing Time #1 opens with almost all of the cards on the table. There’s some things you just need to accept but overall, the heist is fun in a twisted way.

That twisted way feels a little over the top for some of the characters and perfect for others. Killer Croc acts as muscle and distraction, Catwoman sneaks in to take care of a hostage, while Riddler cracks the safe. Each has their role and it’s played our purrrrfectly. Catwoman is the only one that feels a little off and a bit more of a “killer” than we normally expect but King delivers a solid Riddler and Croc that’s almost sympathetic.

The art by David Marquez is solid. With color by Alejandro Sánchez and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the art dips into that “slick” look that you’d find in an Ocean‘s film but doesn’t get caught in it. The team balances that slick and cool with a brutal fight between Croc and Batman. Catwoman and Riddler’s stories, while fitting with Croc, feel different visually and even different from each other. Each character has a role and the visuals Marquez puts together has each character delivering a subtle style to their own. It’s interesting to see the actions and body language for each fit the box each checks off.

Batman: Killing Time #1 is a good start. It’s very much a setup of what’s to come taking us through the crime. But, it also delivers solid action and some good twists. There’s a bit of detail the comic delivers, like making it clear this is early in Batman’s career, that make the comic stand out. It doesn’t beat you over the head instead laying almost all of the cards out on the table. It’s a debut that has me coming back to see what’s next.

Story: Tom King Art: David Marquez
Color: Alejandro Sánchez Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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