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It’s the Bat and the Cat in Batman/Catwoman #1 in December

After lots of anticipation, DC has announced that Batman/Catwoman #1 arrives December 1 from Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles.

The series is told across three separate timelines and continues King’s story from his run on Batman.

Gotham City. Today. Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle have rekindled their long-running, on-again, off-again relationship. Believing all obstacles are removed from their path, they once again begin operating as a duo in their secret lives: Batman and Catwoman working together to fight crime.

There’s the past, when The Bat and The Cat first fell in love. Did they meet on the street? Or was it on a boat? Rooftops, ramparts and gargoyles, and over 80 years of fans that have read their comics, are their only witnesses.

There’s the distant future, where after a long and happy marriage Bruce Wayne has passed away. Selina Kyle decides to settle an old score without having to worry about the Batman objecting. Catwoman is serving a very cold dish: Revenge.

The series is also the hotly wanted debut of Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a. Phantasm to the DC Universe. Beaumont’s return questions how each character operates in their costume and personal lives and threatens Bruce and Selina’s future.

But what about the Joker? He robber Batman and Catwoman of their wedding. Any change in the Dark Night’s life will be result in more chaos from the Clown Prince of Crime.

Batman/Catwoman, by Tom King, Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles, edited by Jamie S. Rich and Brittany Holzherr, will launch a 12-issue run on December 1, 2020, with a cover by Mann and Morey and a variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair with a main cover by Travis Charest. New issues will ship monthly with a skip month planned for a Batman/Catwoman Special in June 2021, and the series will carry DC’s Black Label content descriptor, indicating content appropriate for readers ages 17+.

Preview: Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #5

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #5

Written by: Kami Garcia
Art by: Jason Badower
In Shops: Sep 08, 2020
SRP: $5.99

Dr. Harley Quinn has confronted horrific crime scenes created by a serial murderer who treats his work as high art. But when she is confronted by the killer himself, her life takes a drastic turn. Will she be able to return to the status quo, and simply help the GCPD to catch this killer? Or will the encounter change her forever?

Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #5

Review: Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One

John Constantine isn’t a character I know a lot about. I’ve read a couple dozen comics featuring him but the details of his history elude me. I have a good sense of the character but his relationships with specific characters or deep history of screwing over individuals isn’t something I know a ton of. So, going into Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One my plate was pretty clean.

This DC Black Label series dives into one of the many mistakes of Constantine’s past. It’s a mistake that turned deadly leading to the loss of a young kid. The story dives into his history beyond that, going further into his childhood, something I’ve never read about myself. Writer Tom Taylor delivers a character haunted by loss and the abuse spinning out of his early years. This is a kid who has been abandoned by family and acts out to gain power and thus control over his world. And, like any good Constantine story, his actions leave a wake of destruction in its path.

Taylor gives us an interesting take on the character. He feels a bit more pathetic than usual, a little more broken. Taylor focuses on those around him and his impact showing not everyone has been broken by him and some are off in better spaces. But, there’s also some groundwork laid as to why Constantine is the way he is. It creates a bit more tragic of a character and for me, as someone that’s relatively new, it also gives me a character I can relate to a bit more. Whether this has been presented before, I don’t know. But, to me as a reader, it feels new and delivers a bit more depth to a character who we generally enjoy for his attitude.

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One also is a comic that’s full of small details that make it enjoyable. A conversation about stolen boyfriends as an example feels natural and gives us so much as far as the relationship between characters. It’s these moments that really made the comic for me taking it from a horror mystery to something a bit more.

Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez handle the art duties and for me it’s… ok. Robertson has his distinct style we’ve seen so many times before including the over the top gore. It’s such a distinct style it felt a little odd looking at it without Garth Ennis, a regular collaborator, writing. It’s fine in the overall look and very distinctive. It also doesn’t quite click for me. It’s hard to tell if the comic is supposed to be horror, more grounded, or even comedic. There’s also a little bit of inconsistency of the characters that feels like a regular Robertson thing. Again, not bad, it’s just not completely for me.

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One is a fun comic with a balance of horror, humor, and a little bit of comedy. Constantine fans should enjoy this self-contained story. Those that are new to the character can dive in without any knowledge of the character. It’s not the best I’ve read featuring Constantine but it’s entertaining and there’s a lot of potential for where it’s all going. As is, the first issue is good but doesn’t quite have the spark to make it really stand out so far.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Darick Robertson with Diego Rodriguez
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black Widow #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Baloney & Friends (Disney Hyperion) – A really cute graphic novel for young readers. Check out our review.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – Black Widow is back in her own series! We’ve read the first issue and we’re beyond intrigued by this spy/action series.

DCeased: Dead Planet #3 (DC Comics) – What’s in the “green” on the other side of the world? We find out and it’s interesting! A lot is dropped this issue about the real threat at hand.

Grendel Kentucky #1 (AWA Studios) – A small town has a monster they sacrifice a person to every season but, what happens when the town breaks that deal?

Inkblot #1 (Image Comics) – Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd’s new high-fantasy epic series about a sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake.

Lonely Receiver #1 (AfterShock) – A horror/breakup story in five parts.

Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 (Marvel) – A new volume and take on the popular Marvel Zombies series. It’s a familiar plot but well done and we’re excited to see where it all goes.

My Little Pony/Transformers #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue caught us off guard at how well it worked and how fun it was. We’re excited to see what else the series has up its sleeve.

Strange Adventures #5 (DC Comics) – The series is a long game in that each issue is just a slice of the bigger puzzle. A threat looms over Earth and Adam Strange may be the one who has to save it.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The latest BOOM! series with buzz. It’s already sold out before release.

Preview: The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Nick Robles (CA) Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

New mother Lindy is trapped in the Dreaming, and the lovestruck nightmare Ruin is loose in the real world. Dream must put this situation right – but to do so, he’ll have to travel into the Black Chest where he keeps his most dangerous nightmares…and pull the answers right from the mouth of the unimaginable Endless Teeth!

The Dreaming: Waking Hours #2

Preview: Strange Adventures #5

Strange Adventures #5

(W) Tom King (A) Evan “Doc” Shaner, Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Mr. Terrific is back on Earth, and he’s making things hot for Adam Strange-but he also might get a little burned himself! The conflict is out in the open now, and the court of public opinion doesn’t play fair. Mr. Terrific was picked to investigate the accusations against Adam Strange because he was the most impartial member of the Justice League-but can even he keep all of this from getting personal? Plus, as we witness more of Adam’s adventures in outer space, will his version of events jibe with the facts, or will they continue to drift further apart? Find out in the series everyone is talking about by one of the most acclaimed creative teams in comics!

Strange Adventures #5

Preview: Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 (of 3)

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 (of 3)

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Darick Robertson
In Shops: Sep 01, 2020
SRP: $6.99

A billionaire falls out of the sky and is gruesomely skewered on a church spire. Bizarrely, Angel Wings are attached to his back. More follow until, hallelujah, it’s raining businessmen. Detective Aisha Bukhari is stumped by this, until she’s visited by her childhood friend, occult investigator John Constantine. DC’s Hellblazer discovers a link between the falling elite and a shocking moment in his and Aisha’s misspent youth. How do these killings tie to the first death on John’s hands? How does this involve heaven and hell? Even if this is kind of John’s fault, will Constantine be happy to let a few more rich bastards fall from the sky, like a vindictive Robin Hood? It’s an all-new DC Black Label mystery starring John Constantine in his very first tale spun by acclaimed writer Tom Taylor (DCeased) and artist Darick Robertson (The Boys)!

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 (of 3)

Get a First Look at Batman: Three Jokers #2

BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #2

Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Variant cover by JASON FABOK
PRESTIGE FORMAT | ON SALE 09/29/20
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | 2 of 3 | FC
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+

As Batman and Batgirl follow an unexpected thread linking the three Jokers with someone from the Dark Knight’s past, Red Hood dives headfirst into trouble and finds himself struggling to stay afloat without the aid of his allies.

Batman: Three Jokers continues its trajectory as the ultimate examination of The Joker and his never-ending conflict with Batman. Prepare yourselves for the second chapter of one of the most terrifying and personal mysteries Batman has ever faced!

BATMAN: THREE JOKERS #2

Review: Plunge #6

Plunge #6

Plunge #6 might be the perfect example of a horror story fumbling the finale. I’ve loved this series up to this point. But, that love has also floundered a bit as it became clear the series was rushing to a Cthulhu-like ending. It’s a great concept and amazing ideas looking for a great story to carry them through.

Written by Joe Hill, Plunge #6 feels like a monster movie where they’ve built up to the monster, got to the point, and then said, “let’s blow the budget.” It’s an ending that’s predictable and anti-climactic in so many ways.

For those who’ve gotten to this point in the series, the giant portal has been opened and the intelligent space worms have skittered back through freeing what’s within. That, not surprisingly is yet another Lovecraft inspired being here to destroy reality. Little is explained and we’re just expected to roll with it as our rag-tag group has to figure out how to destroy it and save everything.

The comic feels like Hill had a limited number of issues, ran out of ideas, and needed a way to wrap things up. Where the series leading up to this has been relatively creative and creepy, the finale just delivers things we’ve seen time and time again. The creative of the previous five issues is out the window for a cookie cutter ending.

Hill also leaves so much hanging and unanswered. This being can eat reality, so isn’t the reality of where it came from destroyed then? Why do the worms want to go back? What are they other than other-dimensional beings? There’s just volumes of interesting material to mine and the series feels like it’s hampered by its six-issue run. It needed to wrap up and this was the easiest way to do it.

The art is the usual fantastic. Stuart Immonen delivers sites that truly feel epic and the lookers on do come off as they are witnessing something grand. That’s helped by Dave Stewart‘s colors and Deron Bennett‘s lettering. As a Cthulhu-inspired spectacle, the comic does rock. There’s some inspiring visuals and interesting spins to concepts in the art. But, it also emphasizes this is something we’ve generally seen so many times before. The creep factor of the previous five issues is gone and we’re delivered over the top monsters.

Plunge #6 doesn’t stick the landing. It crashes hard. The series was one full of mystery and such interesting concepts and ideas. The package just doesn’t come together and jettisons all of them for a standard ending that’s been done before so many times. I wanted to see how this series ended but when I got to the end, it actually lessens what comes before spotlighting that it was great ideas with nowhere to go.

Story: Joe Hill Art: Stuart Immonen
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ginseng Roots #6

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Batman: Three Jokers #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – After a long build up and teases, the first issue is here and it’s…. interesting.

Displacement (First Second) – A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother’s experiences in a WWII-era Japanese internment camp.

Flamer (Henry Holt) – Aiden heads to summer camp and navigates his feelings about being gay.

Ginseng Roots #6 (Uncivilized Comics) – Craig Thompson continues to explore his youth and it revolving around ginseng. A fascinating autobiography.

Hellions #3 (Marvel) – The most intriguing entry in Marvel’s new line of X-Men? The battle against the Goblin Queen continues.

Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1 (IDW Publishing) – Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

Map to the Sun (First Second) – A YA graphic novel about five principle players in a struggling girls’ basketball team. The presentation is amazing.

Mega Man: Fully Charged #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The animated reboot comes to comics. While we haven’t seen the show, we’re excited to check out the comic as fans of the video game.

Nailbiter Returns #4 (Image Comics) – If you like horror or slasher movies, you’ll enjoy this comic series.

The School for Extraterrestrial Girls (Papercutz) – Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi’s new graphic novel series about a school for extraterrestrials.

X-Factor #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and to have a detective series that fills a niche of solving one of the flaws of Krakoa should be interesting going forward.

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