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Preview: Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1

(W) Kelly Sue Deconnick (A) Phil Jimenez
In Shops: Nov 30, 2021
SRP: $7.99

The wait is over, and the entire story of the Amazons can finally be told! Millennia ago, Queen Hera and the goddesses of the Olympian pantheon grew greatly dissatisfied with their male counterparts…and far from their sight, they put a plan into action. A new society was born, one never before seen on Earth, capable of wondrous and terrible things…but their existence could not stay secret for long. When a despairing woman named Hippolyta crossed the Amazons’ path, a series of events was set in motion that would lead to an outright war in heaven—and the creation of the Earth’s greatest guardian!

Legendary talents Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez unleash a reading experience the likes of which you’ve never seen, with unbelievably sumptuous art and a story that will haunt you—with subsequent issues featuring art by modern masters Gene Ha and Nicola Scott! One of the most unforgettable DC tales of all time begins here!

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1

Preview: The Human Target #2 (of 12)

The Human Target #2 (of 12)

(W) Tom King (A) Greg Smallwood
In Shops: Nov 30, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Christopher Chance now has 11 days to solve his own murder. With almost no leads, it would seem the case of his own death has gone cold…but it’s about to get a whole lot colder. Enter Ice, former member of Justice League International, arriving at Chance’s office with some unexpected information…and mysterious intentions.

The Human Target #2 (of 12)

Review: The Nice House on the Lake #6

Nice House

Big reveals in puzzle box-like stories often rob narratives of their mystique, ending the guessing game that hooked audiences in to begin with. It’s a bit like what The Joker says about dogs chasing cars in Christopher Nolan (2008). The chase is all. Once you catch up to the car, what’re you supposed to do with it?

I admit that I’ve been dreading the moment James Tynion IV and Álvaro Martínez Bueno’s The Nice House on the Lake started pulling the veil back on its secrets. The series’ strong character development and bizarre end-of-world scenario is just too rich. At points, it made me wish that things would never even get explained, that we could live in a constant state of ambiguity where speculation and conspiracy reign. Those who followed Lost during its first three seasons as it aired have a good idea of the kind of thrill this type of storytelling produces.

Fortunately for us, Nice House #6 takes a very careful approach to reveals, offering big chunks of the puzzle without letting too much light fall on its final shape. A new member is introduced to the group and with him comes information about the very purpose of the Nice House. There’s talk of who or what Walter (the person responsible for bringing everyone to the house) truly is, what the group’s composition is supposed to represent, and why the end of the world was forced upon humanity.

Nice House

What makes this unraveling of secrets so successful is Tynion’s ability to add new questions with each new tidbit of information. Reveals don’t offer absolute answers or definitive endpoints to key plot elements. Instead, they open new paths the overarching narrative can merge to, some of which can fundamentally alter character relationships and even deepen the mystery at the heart of the story. Those expecting a buffet of answers in this issue will only be half satisfied as new questions come with each turn of the screw, but it’s all in the service of allowing for a more urgent and interesting read.

Martínez Bueno’s art pulls in closer to the characters in this issue, highlighting the shock felt by each one after each new development. It’s wonderfully expressive, giving readers an intimate look at the fear and confusion coursing through the group. Worldviews get shattered in this issue and Martínez Bueno’s body language work is on full display, and to great effect.

The Nice House on the Lake just keeps getting better and better. It’s hard to imagine what comes after this issue, the series’ halfway point. So much has already been explored and set up that it’s easy to get swept up with the situation at the Nice House. Now it’s a matter of sticking the landing, whatever that may be. Thankfully, every issue thus far has been further confirmation we’re in the good hands of a creative team that has no intention of dropping the ball this late in the game.

Story: James TynionIV Art: Álvaro Martínez Bueno
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10
Overall: A definite buy that should be accompanied by a full reread of the series.

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE review copy for review


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Preview: Batman: The Imposter #2

Batman: The Imposter #2

Written by: Mattson Tomlin
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino

Detective Blair Wong set her sights on Bruce Wayne as a source of information about the Batman-but neither of them was ready for the sparks that flew when they met. Unfortunately for their relationship, the imposter Batman has killed again, and the pressure is mounting to close the case…immediately!

Batman: The Imposter #2

Preview: Superman vs. Lobo #2

Superman vs. Lobo #2

Written by: Sarah Beattie, Tim Seeley
Art by: Mirka Andolfo

Superman and Lobo’s dreams come true! But maybe it’s not always best to get what you wished for. When the godlike alien Numen brings the planets Krypton and Czarnia back from the grave, he makes a terrible error and puts Superman and Lobo on the wrong home planets! Now each must find their way off the resurrected worlds that seem to be their worst nightmares come to life!

Superman vs. Lobo #2

Preview: Batman: The Imposter #2

Batman: The Imposter #2

Written by: Mattson Tomlin
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino

Detective Blair Wong set her sights on Bruce Wayne as a source of information about the Batman-but neither of them was ready for the sparks that flew when they met. Unfortunately for their relationship, the imposter Batman has killed again, and the pressure is mounting to close the case…immediately!

Batman: The Imposter #2

Preview: The Human Target #1

The Human Target #1

Art by: Greg Smallwood
Written by: Tom King

Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target—a man hired to disguise himself as his client to invite would-be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had a remarkable career until his latest case protecting Lex Luthor when things go sideways. An assassination attempt Chance didn’t see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his own murder…as he has 12 days to discover just who in the DCU hated Luthor enough to want him dead.

Human Target is a hard-boiled, gritty story in the vein of classic detective noirs told by bestselling and critically acclaimed creators Tom King and Greg Smallwood!

The Human Target #1
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