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Preview: The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #2

The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #2

Written by: Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by: Jeff Stokely
In Shops: Jan 24, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Edwin and Charles learn that finding the dame doesn’t always mean closing the case when it turns out their new Thai ghost friends seem to be caught in the crosshairs of some dangerous enemies. Thankfully, the best thing about being a dead boy detective is that it’s not like you can die again…right?

The Sandman Universe: Dead Boy Detectives #2

Mini Reviews: WildC.A.T.s, Danger Street, and Know Your Station!

WildC.A.T.s #3

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

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WildC.A.T.s #3 (DC Comics)WildC.A.T.s #3 begins and ends with an exciting splash page, and Matthew Rosenberg and Stephen Segovia focus on action in this issue as the Wildcats face off against the newly minted Seven Soldiers of Victory (Not the Grant Morrison or classic one ; more like the Wish.com/ Authority) and one a covert mission to rescue a kid whose death could lead to a Crisis level event. Rosenberg really puts the Wildcats on the shit-end of the stick in this issue, which fits their new role as the Halo Corporation’s sacrificial lambs and dirty workers while the Seven Soldiers get the headlines and good life. Segovia’s skill at page architecture ramps up the team’s mission from routine to impossible as they get holed up in a building, and their only salvation is a character being teleported in from a subplot who can’t fly a chopper. The tenseness of the main plot really helped to start to bond with the team beyond just Zealot with Ladytron’s deadpan quips about bloodstream nanites making her especially endearing. WildCATS is definitely a throwback to the Extreme 90s and the wide screen 00s, but with modern, bleeding edge visual storytelling from Stephen Segovia and smart writing and straightforward plotting from Matthew Rosenberg. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Danger Street #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label)Tom King, Jorge Fornes, and Dave Stewart continue to link together obscure DC characters in the apocalyptic murder mystery Danger Street #2. King’s (by way of Dr. Fate’s helmet) storybook-style narration gives the comic a good flow and connects some of the seemingly disparate threads. Some of the most powerful scenes in the issue are the Danger Street Dingbats coming to terms with losing their own and the futility of hope as their cop friend struggles to find a lead on the murder. The stuff with the Green Team and Jack Ryder is pretty standard satire of ultracapitalism, but I love that Stewart uses similar flame colors for the Green Team’s murder basement, the exploding ship, and Darkseid’s realm. Yes, Darkseid still continues to appear in the title and shares a hug that makes you know the world is really coming to an end. This isn’t my favorite comic right now, but Fornes’ layouts and use of close-up’s in emotional scenes are really effective, and I continue to be a sucker for books that dig deeper into the motivations of B and C list characters. Overall: 7.9 Verdict: Buy

Know Your Station #2 (BOOM! Studios)Know Your Station is a class-conscious murder mystery in space from Sarah Gailey, Liana Kangas, Rebecca Nalty, and Cardinal Rae. In this issue, protagonist Elise (A security liaison for a bunch of rich corporate people living in space) tries to find out who killed one of the passengers and her cop partner. This seems straightforward, but Gailey and Kangas make the story compelling by having her dealing with withdrawal symptoms from a psychedelic drug called Blue with the help of the onboard AI St Brigid, who is totally the best character. Rae’s wobbling letters and Nalty’s trippy palette are a standout in this issue and do a great job of simulating her struggles with sobriety and losing time. It’s a visual experience that can only be done in comic and is nicely by suspense and good interactions between Elise and this issue’s red herring Marin, an executive who she has a connection with. Overall 8.8 Verdict: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Fables #157

Fables #157

(W) Bill Willingham (A) Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha (CA) Qistina Khalidah
In Shops: Jan 17, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Bigby and Snow have raised their children to be outstanding heroes, but just as they’re ready to congratulate each other on their parenting skills, Snow reveals a secret to Bigby that will rattle his world!

Fables #157

Preview: The Human Target #10 (of 12)

The Human Target #10 (of 12)

(W) Tom King (A) Greg Smallwood
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

The gorgeous, Eisner-nominated series continues! With only 48 hours left to unmask his murderer before he drops dead, the pieces are finally falling into place for Christopher Chance. But before he can solve his own killing, he must deal with the consequences of Guy Gardner’s. Enter G’nort and the Green Lantern Corps!

The Human Target #10 (of 12)

Preview: Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

After their attempt to join the Justice League goes horrendously wrong, Warlord and Starman are on the run from the law and the forces of the Fourth World! In their wake they have left behind both a murder and the ongoing mystery of Atlas the Great and his connection to the cosmic powers of the DC Universe. But don’t fret, Lady Cop is on the case, and she won’t rest until it’s solved. But little does she know, a malevolent corporation has a connection to it all and they’re willing to kill to keep their secrets safe. After all, nobody messes with the Green Team!

Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2 improves upon a rocky start

Dangers Street #2

I was not a fan of the debut issue of Danger Street. It’s use of obscure characters delivered a disconnect in that I generally didn’t care what happened to them but then the layering of a fantasy story in what is a murder mystery was a bit stranger. Danger Street #2 is a vast improvement as it focuses more on the emotional fallout of the first issue but continues the rather odd fantasy framing.

Written by Tom King, Danger Street #2 is all about emotion and next steps after tragedy. The issue opens with the funeral of Good Looks as his friends attempt to eulogize their loss. That’s juxtaposed with those responsible for the loss, who are also shaken by events. What we see are two very different groups, one rich who will use their money and influence to exact revenge, the others not so much who will attempt to correct the wrong they’ve enacted.

The issue does great focusing on the small details like an investigation by a police officer to determine what happened or the manipulation of media to get a result. But, in the end, it’s a hug that really stands out. But, the details also cause the series to stumble as King wraps the entire series in a fantasy story with talks of knight and princesses in the narration to drives the story. Focused just as a straight up revenge story, the series would be far better. The fantasy narrative so far hasn’t really added much to the story.

The art by Jorge Fornés is really good. With color by Dave Stewart and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the visuals captures the rather morose nature of the story. But, despite the rather down narrative and visuals, the comic doesn’t cross the line into being depressing. It keeps things balanced so it doesn’t bring the reader down. The art also does a great job of balancing its grounded and fantastical elements. A police officer talking to individuals to get clues works in the same space where space gods talk and superpowered individuals interrogate people. The style and look of the comic perfectly matches the tone and content of the series.

Danger Street #2 is a vast improvement on the first issue. It delivers the “humanity” of the characters that makes me connect to them in some way. By showing their grief, the team has me now caring about the actions each character takes going forward. It delivers a reason I should care about all of that. It’s no longer a story of rich brats and screw-up heroes but now one of revenge and redemption driven by mourning.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.85 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime’s alliance started off shaky, but now it seems to have shattered entirely. Batman has imprisoned The Joker in the Batcave, desperate to find answers about both the disappearance of Jim Gordon and the strange, genetically modified humanoid monsters gathering severed heads across Gotham. But when one of these monsters’ tissue samples comes to life, Batman comes face-to-face with a creature even the World’s Greatest Detective doesn’t fully understand, and he may have no choice but to resume his partnership with his greatest enemy.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 (of 7)

Preview: The Human Target #10 (of 12)

The Human Target #10 (of 12)

(W) Tom King (A) Greg Smallwood
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

The gorgeous, Eisner-nominated series continues! With only 48 hours left to unmask his murderer before he drops dead, the pieces are finally falling into place for Christopher Chance. But before he can solve his own killing, he must deal with the consequences of Guy Gardner’s. Enter G’nort and the Green Lantern Corps!

The Human Target #10 (of 12)

Preview: Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

After their attempt to join the Justice League goes horrendously wrong, Warlord and Starman are on the run from the law and the forces of the Fourth World! In their wake they have left behind both a murder and the ongoing mystery of Atlas the Great and his connection to the cosmic powers of the DC Universe. But don’t fret, Lady Cop is on the case, and she won’t rest until it’s solved. But little does she know, a malevolent corporation has a connection to it all and they’re willing to kill to keep their secrets safe. After all, nobody messes with the Green Team!

Danger Street #2
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