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Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s DC Black Label Superman: Year One is out this June

This June, legendary creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. will share their definitive origin story for the Man of Steel in Superman: Year One from DC Black Label. Beginning with the release of large-format periodicals in the months of June, August and October, the complete story will be available for collection in bookstores everywhere November 2019.

Superman: Year One is a coming-of-age story for the future Man of Steel, featuring a young alien-boy just trying to find his place in a new world. Faced with the need to hide his heritage and powers in order to survive, Clark will find his humanity through the grounding of the Kent family and the relationships that will define the man he will become. Told by two of the most revered voices in comics, Superman: Year One is more than a superhero story – it’s about the choices made by Clark Kent on his path to becoming a legend. It’s a testament to the importance of choosing to become a hero.

Superman: Year One #1 will be available in local comic stores on June 19, and you can see the covers for each issue and the collection below! Covers for the three issues are by John Romita, Jr., inks by Danny Miki, and colors by Alex Sinclair. The collection cover is by Frank Miller with colors by Alex Sinclair.

Superman: Year One #1
Superman: Year One #2
Superman: Year One #3
Superman: Year One Collection

DC Reveals the Cover for Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s DC Black Label Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

News concerning DC‘s mature imprint DC Black Label has been rather scarce lately but the publisher has revealed the cover to Batman: Last Knight on Earth by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.

Batman wakes up in a desert. He doesn’t know what year it is or how The Joker’s head is alive in a jar beside him, but it’s the beginning of a quest unlike anything the Dark Knight has undertaken before. In this strange future, villains are triumphant and society has liberated itself from the burden of ethical codes. Fighting to survive while in search of answers, Bruce Wayne uncovers the truth about his role in this new world—and begins the last Batman story ever told.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 comes to shelves May 29th.

Preview: Batman: Damned #2

Batman: Damned #2

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $6.99

As Batman’s descent into the madness of Gotham City’s decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons…and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there’s demons, there’s also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it’s a veritable Grand Guignol!

DC Expands Black Label with Classic Stories and New Printings

DC has announced that some of its most legendary stories will now be a part of the DC Black Label imprint. The recently launched publishing line, dedicated to giving premier writers and artists the ability to tell unique, standalone stories set outside DC continuity, will release several iconic comic book collections featuring the most famous DC heroes from the archives beginning this December through the end of 2019.

The quintessential tales that first inspired the creation of the line include complex and emotionally engaging narratives with stunning visual storytelling from some of the greatest creators in the industry. The list of reprinted collections and their release dates through 2019 can be found below:

  • ALL-STAR SUPERMAN—Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely—available 12/04/2018
  • DC: THE NEW FRONTIER—Darwyn Cooke—available 2/19/2019
  • WATCHMEN (HC w/new slipcase)—Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons—available 3/26/2019
  • KINGDOM COME—Mark Waid & Alex Ross—available 4/23/2019
  • RONIN—Frank Miller & Lynn Varley— available 5/07/2019
  • ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER VOL. 1—Miller & Jim Lee and BATMAN: YEAR ONE—Miller & David Mazzucchelli—available 6/11/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN—Miller—BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS—Miller & Klaus Janson—available 6/18/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: THE MASTER RACE—Miller & Brian Azzarello & Andy Kubert & Janson—available 6/25/2019
  • LUTHOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and THE JOKER 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION —Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
  • BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM—Morrison & Dave McKean—available 8/13/2019
  • THE JOKER: DELUXE EDITION—Azzarello & Bermejo—available 9/10/2019
  • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE—Moore & Brian Bolland—available 9/17/2019
  • WATCHMEN (TP)—Moore & Gibbons—available 9/24/2019
  • BATMAN: YEAR 100—Paul Pope—available 10/08/2019
  • SUPERMAN: RED SON—Mark Millar & Dave Johnson & Andrew Robinson & Killian Plunkett & Walden Wong—available 10/22/2019
  • BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/05/2019
  • BLACK ORCHID—Neil Gaiman & McKean—11/12/2019
  • BATMAN: DARK VICTORY—Loeb & Sale—11/26/2019
  • BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT—Loeb & Sale—12/17/2019
  • CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME—Loeb & Sale—12/31/2019

Review: Batman: White Knight

The first trade to be released under the DC Black Label imprint, Batman: White Knight is Sean Murphy‘s take on the ongoing battle between the Joker and Batman. Murphy is an amazing artist, but is the story any good? Find out!

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on October 9. 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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Sean Murphy’s White Knight Gets a Sequel in Batman: Curse of the White Knight

Sean Murphy‘s Batman: White Knight continues with Batman: Curse of the White Knight which will come to shelves in 2019. The series will be published under DC Black Label, the same label the trade of the first volume is being published under. It originally was published under DC Comics.

In Batman: Curse of the White Knight:

The Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to The Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of The White Knight saga, and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its very core!

Batman: White Knight is currently available as single issues and the trade is collected October 3rd.

Review: Batman: Damned #1

The Joker is dead. There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.

We’ve got a third review of this much talked about debut from DC Black Label.

Review: Batman: Damned #1 Has Gorgeous Visuals, Overwrought Narration

Batman: Damned #1 is 50 pages of glorious and sometimes creepy Lee Bermejo as well as 50 pages of John Constantine yapping about theology, heaven and hell, religious things, and the like and occasionally displaying his snarky wit courtesy of writer Brian Azzarello, who returns to the character almost two decades after being the first American to write Hellblazer in 2000. Batman: Damned has the tailor made for an elevator pitch premise of the Joker mysteriously being wounded, and Batman mysteriously having no idea what happened to him and teaming up with John Constantine to get to the bottom of things. It’s equally parts gritty and Gothic thanks to Bermejo’s art and works best when it’s reveling in its spookiness and disorienting atmosphere instead of trying to be deep or give Bruce Wayne a screwed up childhood before his parents were murdered.

At times, Azzarello and Bermejo seem to be working at counter purposes in Batman: Damned #1. The comic is filled with brilliant and sometimes shocking imagery from Bermejo and then kind of ruined with the overwrought narration from Azzarello. Brian Azzarello definitely is having a fun time writing Constantine narration, and the lettering has a nice storybook flow to it, but it undercuts the art sometimes by describing what is on the page instead of creating an interesting juxtaposition or adding layers to characterization like in Watchmen or Kingdom Come, for example. Azzarello and Bermejo do nail Constantine’s character in a single panel when he’s smoking and refers to himself as “the unreliable narrator”, which fits the non-linear, yet non-confusing nature of Batman: Damned’s plot whose supernatural elements keep it from being a cut and dried “What If Batman killed the Joker” story.

Honestly, the most unsettling part of Batman: Damned #1 are the flashbacks to Bruce’s childhood that go beyond the typical Zorro, pearls, Crime Alley, Waynes getting shot, and I’m not talking about Lee Bermejo’s creepy girl from The Ring take on The Enchantress. There’s a scene where young Bruce is out with his father Thomas and his mistress and entertaining himself by spitting off a tall building and counting, and he almost falls off the building when his dad throws a penny for his spit to “race”. A lot of orphan superhero’s parents were at least some kind of moral paragon, like Uncle Ben or Battlin’ Jack Murdock refusing to take a dive for a mob boss, but despite being super rich, Thomas Wayne doesn’t come across as a great dad or husband. Having a near death experience while your dad is cheating on your mom is definitely traumatic and adds more tragedy to the Batman mythos.

Batman: Damned #1 is at its finest when Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo go away from the theological narration and hurl the reader forward in a story about Batman being on the ropes with a gritty, supernatural tinge to it like Zatanna being a street musician or an eerie, invasive take on the body possessing Deadman. The comic’s opening sequence is a perfect example this beginning with a nine panel grid of an EKG and cutting to a full page image of Batman bleeding out before having him beat up cops, EMTS, and random passerbys while being disoriented and falling into the open arms of Alfred, er, John Constantine. There’s a real feeling of peril like the guy who has extensive notes and solutions for each Justice League member’s weaknesses has finally screwed up and could actually die or fail. It reminds me a lot of the Batman: Arkham video games when your health is dwindling, and the world is all cloudy and blood filled.

As shown in a scene where he’s crouching naked in front of a Batsuit (A page or so after the famous full frontal nudity.), Batman is definitely in pain throughout Batman: Damned #1 as he spends the entire comic trying to retrace his steps and figure out if he’s responsible for killing the Joker. Brian Azzarello’s incessant John Constantine is both parts annoying and hilarious, insightful and overbearing, but Lee Bermejo’s gorgeous image composition and aforementioned Gothic grit make the first DC Black Label book worth a read.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Lee Bermejo
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

Story: 6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman: Damned #1

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 launch of DC Black Label with Batman Damned #1!

Batman Damned #1 is by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, Jared K. Fletcher, Steve Cook, Will Dennis, Maggie Howell, and Mark Doyle.

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

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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