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Get a First Look at Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 and the Cover to #3

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)

Written by Daniel Warren Johnson
Interior, Cover and Variant Cover artwork by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors by Matt Spicer
Lettering by Rus Wooton
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 20, 2020
SRP: $6.99

Determined to give the remnants of humanity refuge on the shores of Themyscira, in the sophomore issue of DC’s dynamic new Black Label release, Wonder Woman’s hopes are dashed when she finds the island paradise a shadow of its former self, with her Amazon sisters long gone and something unimaginable in their place.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson with colors by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton, is a four-part 48-page prestige format series releasing every other month. Johnson and Spicer are providing covers and variant covers for each issue. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor and retails for $6.99.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)

Preview: Lucifer #16

Lucifer #16

(W) Dan Watters (A) Fernando Blanco (CA) Tiffany Turrill
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Who is the Hunted God? That is what Lucifer must discover after prophecy dictates he must save this mysterious prey from a deadly fate in the Wild Hunt, a mythic quest led by one of the most dangerous entities in existence: Odin himself.

Lucifer #16

Preview: The Low, Low Woods #2 (of 6)

The Low, Low Woods #2 (of 6)

(W) Carmen Maria Machado (A) Dani, Dan McDaid (CA) Sam Wolfe Connelly
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

El and Octavia’s memories have gone missing. Like so many women in Shudder-To-Think, PA, before them, all they have is a void where the truth once was. But as time passes, El finds herself needing to know more about what has happened, while Octavia wants nothing more than to forget the forgetting. Can these two teenage dirtbags reconcile their differences before the horrible things lurking beneath their town emerge and swallow them whole?

The Low, Low Woods #2 (of 6)

Review: The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2

Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Chris Sotomayor explore yet another “life” of The Question in The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2. The issue is mainly set in Hub City during the 1880s aka the Wild West. However, this isn’t some John Wayne redux. It probes deep into the racial violence that characterized this time period in the United States. The protagonist, Charlie (who later becomes the Western version of the Question) deals with the guilt of his actions during the Comanche War.

Sotomayor uses plenty of reds and blacks in his palette to contribute to the book’s bleak tone. It complements Sienkiewicz’s scratchy inks. I went back and glanced at The Question #1, and Cowan’s art style is utterly different. Empty spaces, bursts of violence, and shamanistic quests for meaning contrast with non-stop media commentary in the previous issue. Cowan still uses plenty of grids in the comic. However, their purpose seems to be to slow down and focus on pivotal moments in the story. An example is Charlie talking to some witch figure about a primal conflict between good and evil or his friend, Booker, about to be hung in a racially motivated, kangaroo court and not to simulate TV or smartphone screens. Cowan’s storytelling is impeccable. It’s easy to follow the action on the page while mentally trying to pull together Lemire’s reincarnation-driven plot.

The themes of rigid, Randian objectivism versus a more fluid zen Buddhist ideology continue in The Question #2. Lemire and Cowan have traded out philosophizing for gunslinging. (Lemire writes Charlie as super-reflective though.) For all its hallucinations and “deep” observations, the plot of the comic is about a man, who has done bad, making up for it by doing some good. It’s a white hat shooting a black hat, someone more tolerantly minded pitted against a racist.

The traditional Western with a bit of political commentary baked-in part of The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 resonated with me stronger than the part of the story where he’s seen as more of an archetypal figure. Yes, it’s a great plot device on Jeff Lemire’s part. It allows Cowan, Sienkiewicz, and Sotomayor depict the Question and his ideology in different eras. However, it’s not as memorable as Charlie riding back to his old town in the twilight reminiscing on his genocidal past and how he is going to avenge a good man and his wife. The process page in the back of the comic shows how much black spot inking Sienkiewicz added to Cowan’s pencils. Chris Sotomayor’s rusty palette show that Charlie’s return isn’t triumphant, but a reckoning. He wants to kill the devil and find peace.

Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Chris Sotomayor use the creative freedom of the Black Label imprint to tell what is a damn fine dark Western with some mystical elements. They show how shitty the 1880s were with a loose, gruesome approach to the violence instead of something more stylized. In the bigger picture of the miniseries, it digs into Charlie/Vic/The Question’s identity a little bit more setting upcoming ideas and revelations as Lemire and Cowan continues to jump eras in both plot and visuals.

Story: Jeff Lemire Pencils: Denys Cowan  Inks: Bill Sienkiewicz
Colors: Chris Sotomayor Letters: Willie Schubert
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics/Black Label provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (of 4)

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (of 4)

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $6.99

DC Black Label, Prestige Plus, 8.5″ x 10.875″
In modern-day Hub City, Vic Sage died. And then he woke up. In Hub City…in the 1800s! The legend of the Man with No Face rides across the Old West, discovering a shocking connection running through history all the way to the day he died…and pointing to more carnage yet to come!

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (of 4)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Undiscovered Country #3

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Bloodshot #5 (Valiant) – We’re excited for the movie and the new volume has been a lot of fun. Hop on the bandwagon now!

Green Lantern Legacy (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with their graphic novels for younger readers. We’re excited to see what this new takes on the Green Lantern myth is like.

Hellboy Winter Special 2019 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a fun comic and the one-shot “winter specials” are always a good read to pick up and enjoy.

Iron Man 2020 #1 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is “dead” and Arno has taken over as Marvel looks to the rise of the robots in this mini-event to kick of 2020.

James Bond #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was good but odd as a James Bond story. Still, the theft of art is a new situation for the government agent and where this all goes has us interested in this one.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – One of the best comics to come out of DC Black Label so far. It’s quality in both storytelling and art.

Rai #3 (Valiant) – This is one of the best new series out there right now. Each issue has been amazing.

Rising Sun #1 (IDW Publishing) – Another popular board game gets a comic adaptation. It’s always interesting to see what direction these go in. As board game fans, we’re excited.

Second Coming #6 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume wraps up in this smart look at religion and hero worship.

Undiscovered Country #3 (Image Comics) – The first two issues of this series have been a wild ride. We’re excited to find out more about this isolated future America and what it’s warped in to. This is going down the rabbit hole to find a Mad Max world of possibility.

Get a First Look at Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Written by Kami Garcia
Art by Mico Suayan and Jason Badower
Color by Annette Kwok
Cover by Francesco Mattina
Variant Cover by Mico Suayan

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity continues Harley Quinn follows the evidence-and it leads her to a dangerous conclusion: she might know the true identity of the serial killer she’s hunting! But as Harley digs deeper into the Joker’s past, he is watching her…and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Gotham City has never needed a hero more!

DC’s Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3, written by #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures, Unbreakable, X-Files: Agents of Chaos) and artists Mico Suayan (Bloodshot: Reborn) and Jason Badower (Sensation Comics), will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3, hitting shelves February 5th and shipping bimonthly in DC’s Prestige Plus format, will retail for $5.99.

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3 (of 9)

Preview: House of Whispers #17

House of Whispers #17

(W) Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters (A) Dominike “Domo” Stanton
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Young Poquita has fled the abusive foster family that’s held her hostage…but in an abandoned refugee prison on the southern border, she’ll find that her traveling companion is not the kindly, grateful kitten she started the journey with. It’s an aspect of the Corinthian made flesh…and Erzulie may not hear her cries in time to intervene!

House of Whispers #17

Preview: The Dollhouse Family #3 (of 6)

The Dollhouse Family #3 (of 6)

(W) Mike Carey (A) Peter Gross, Vince Locke (CA) Jessica Dalva
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Childhood ends. Children grow up. And young Alice is now a mother herself, raising her daughter alone in 1990s London. But the Dollhouse has never forgotten the promise that she made. The Dollhouse knows where she’s gone. And so does Jenny, the ghost of the girl who died in her orphanage…

The Dollhouse Family #3 (of 6)

Preview: Daphne Byrne #1 (of 6)

Daphne Byrne #1 (of 6)

(W) Laura Marks (A) Kelley Jones (CA) Gerald Jablonski
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In the gaslit splendor of late 19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her irresponsible, grief-stricken mother-who becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. What does “Brother” want? And could she even stop him if she tried?

Writer Laura Marks (TV’s Ray Donovan, The Expanse, and The Good Fight) and horror-art legend Kelley Jones (The Sandman, Batman: Red Rain) join forces to unleash spirits from beyond into the Hill House Comics line!

Daphne Byrne #1 (of 6)
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