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Preview: The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1

Written by: Greg Weisman, Cary Bates
Art by: Will Conrad
Cover by: Jason Badower
Variant cover by: Gabriel Hardman

“Blowback” part one! Captain Atom hasn’t been seen or heard from in years—and even if you think you know what happened to him…you’re  wrong! But you’re not alone. To this day, no one on Earth—not even the other superheroes—has an inkling of the missing Captain Atom’s true fate. At last, the truth is about to be revealed in a saga that transcends not only the meaning of life and death, but the limits of time and space.

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Preview: Supergirl: Being Super #1

Supergirl: Being Super #1

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Joëlle Jones
Cover by: Joëlle Jones

Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) teams with Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) for a coming-of-age tale like you’ve never seen before. But while growing pains shake up Kara’s world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super!

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Preview: Nightwing #10

Nightwing #10

(W) Tim Seeley (A/CA) Marcus To
In Shops: Dec 07, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“BLUDHAVEN” part one! Following “Night of the Monster Men” and his battle with Raptor, Nightwing heads to Blüdhaven for a fresh start. But that doesn’t last long when he runs into a crew of former Bat-villains!

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Exclusive Preview: Green Arrow #12

Green Arrow #12

Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Otto Schmidt
Cover by: W. Scott Forbes
Variant cover by: Neal Adams

“EMERALD OUTLAW” part one! A major new storyline begins as Green Arrow returns to Seattle for a brand-new mission: reclaim the life he’s lost. But with Oliver Queen presumed dead, his fortune obliterated, his sister Emiko missing and Seattle’s police turning against him, death proves a bigger challenge than life for Green Arrow!

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Preview: Superman Annual #1

Superman Annual #1

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $4.99

“EARTH TO EARTH, ASHES TO ASHES”! Mr. Oz told Superman he was not what he thought. Now, Swamp Thing comes hunting for the Man of Steel to discover what strange connection this new Superman has to the planet. But their contact is something neither is prepared for, leading to Kal-El battling the Earth elemental who wants to bury him.

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Preview: Batman Annual #1

Batman Annual #1

(W) Tom King, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Scott Wilson, Ray Fawkes (A) Riley Rossmo, Neal Adams, Declan Shalvey, Bilquis Evely (A/CA) David Finch
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $4.99

“SILENT NIGHT”! A hush of winter snowfall has fallen over Gotham City…but a quiet night in this place is never truly quiet. Batman and his allies-and his many foes-stalk the streets in this icy showcase of top talent.

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TV Review: Arrow S5E8 Invasion!

arrowOliver wakes up to a life in which his parents are still alive and he is about to marry Laurel; Felicity faces a new threat with the help of The Flash and Supergirl.

Arrow celebrates its 100th episode as part of the 4 night crossover “Invasion” event. The result is a bit mixed overall, but it’s entertaining. For those that missed last night’s The Flash, there’s aliens who are up to… something, and at the end of the episode they abducted some of the heroes.

This episode is interesting in that it uses the bigger picture story, but doesn’t get to caught up in it. Instead it celebrates the history of the series taking us through the years in its own version of “Flashpoint.”

In this shared dream world Oliver and crew live different lives where Ollie is marrying Laurel, Diggle is the Arrow, and everything is kind of… normal. The different take on folks is kind of cool and it’s a nice “what if” riff on everything about the series. Seeing each character awaken is entertaining as well, especially what triggers them.

But, what’s really special is all of the guests that show up in the episode. Villains from the past as well as friends and family are all on board in a celebration of the last five seasons. They kept it all under wraps which is even more impressive and for folks who have watched the series, they should be happy with the touch of nostalgia.

There’s some things that don’t quite work as everyone wakes up and the story takes a hard sci-fi spin. I don’t want to ruin it, but the special fx work against the episode at this point and it just doesn’t feel like Arrow. But, the point is to bridge to the next chapter which is on the next day.

This episode works some and fails in some ways, and it’s not as strong as The Flash‘s entry, but better than Supergirl’s. With one more to go in this event, it feels like there’s a lot still to wrap up, but so far, it’s been a fun ride.

Overall rating: 7.85

Review: DC Universe: Rebirth The Deluxe Edition

May kicked off DC Comics’ latest major shift with the launch of DC Universe: Rebirth a seismic change blending the New 52 with lots of classic elements from the pre-52 world. It was the best of both worlds blending old and new.

Numerous printings later, DC has released a hardcover version of DC Universe: Rebirth. This deluxe edition includes the best selling comic as well as extras that gives you even more info on the new DC world

I show off the deluxe edition showing off what you’ll find inside.

You can buy a copy today!

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

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Review: Batman Annual #1

batman-annual-1A month before Christmas, Batman Annual #1 taps into the Caped Crusader’s lighter and more whimsical side with heartwarming stories from comics greats like Tom King, Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Paul Dini, David Finch, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, and Neal Adams, who colors his own pencils in a super fun Harley Quinn/Batman team-up story that pokes funs at her overwhelming popularity. Then, the comic takes a turn for the freaky with a couple of unsettling stories from Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia and Scott Bryan Wilson, Bilquis Evely, and Mat Lopes. This is where the comic takes a downturn in quality with Wilson, Evely, and Lopes’ story relying on verbose Batman narration instead of the thrills and chills of villain, who kills with her victim’s DNA.

The current Batman creative team, Tom King and David Finch with colorist Gabe Eltaeb, lead off the annual with a funny story about Batman adopting a dog. The fact that Finch and Eltaeb draw and color it in a slick, yet traditional superhero makes it even more hilarious as Alfred tries to house train Ace (who of course becomes the Bathound) while Batman is off taking calls on the Bat-computer and ignoring this adorable pooch, who was trained by the Joker to be an attack dog. As in most Tom King comics, there is a lot more under the surface as the story illustrates the fact that while fighting the big picture of crime in Gotham, Batman sometimes forgets to connect with individual people… and animals. And Alfred reminds him of this fact in a panel that will make long time Batman readers smile as he places a little mask on Ace, and the first story of Batman Annual, like many of the DC Rebirth comics, expertly blends the traditional and forward thinking.

The visually strongest of all the Batman Annual stories is the second one where Batman enjoys a silent night in Gotham courtesy of Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Declan Shalvey, and Jordie Bellaire. Like most of Snyder’s Bat-stories, the setting of Gotham plays a major role as Batman now has a special Bat-signal that cycles through all the emergency calls and helps him jump into action quicker , but Snyder and Fawkes don’t go the criticizing Batman’s problematic and illegal surveillance route.

bm_annual_1_4Instead, they rest on the lean minimalism of Shalvey’s pencils and inks and the even keel color palette of Bellaire, who doesn’t go primary color bright or full black and gray dark to show what a crime-less moment in Gotham feels like for Batman. There are repeated panels of computer code that stop lighting up as two acrobats perform for Gothamites as Champions Square, a kind of Switzerland for both criminals and ordinary citizens. Batman investigates the acrobats, but literally, nothing wrong is happening. Snyder returns to the theme of Alfred and Batman as father and son for a short moment when Alfred shares some British special forces wisdom telling him to rest for the moment because “the bombardment will surely resume.” And it does with Shalvey and Bellaire crafting a full-page splash of the hero in action with a billowing cape in tow.

In a dream-like story, Paul Dini returns to his most famous creation, Harley Quinn, with legendary Bat-artist Neal Adams in tow. Adams’ work is superior to his recent work on Coming of the Supermen as he colors his own work, and you can still see much of his original linework like when Batman accidentally starts singing Christmas carols with Harley Quinn. The story fits into Harley’s more heroic, yet still, wacky alignment as a gang of basically her cosplayers keeps Gotham safe so Batman can have an uneventful holiday of listening to Harley wail Christmas carols. These look-alikes symbolize the omnipresence of Harley Quinn in 2016’s pop culture as Dini rejoices in her stardom, and Adams’ art is definitely up to the task of showing her unbridled energy as she still wants to go Christmas caroling at 4 AM after a long drive from Gotham to Coney Island.

In Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo, and Ivan Plascencia’s story, the tone of Batman Annual #1 switches from broad comedy to horror. This is despite the comic opening with a campy riff on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s performance as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin with a villain, who wants to start a new Ice Age. Plascencia’s colors for the aptly named Minister Blizzard are a rich blue, and you can feel the winter chill as you turn the page. And it brightens as Batman beats up Blizzard in front of a crowd of poor children, who get to be happy and watch their hero save the day in front of him. Rossmo also gives Gordon some humorous reaction panels as he watches Batman completely dismantle the bad guy. His features change to maybe feeling a little bit sorry for Blizzard as Batman’s punches draw blood.

But, in the final page, funny and heartwarming switches to horror as Rossmo brings out the gore and the shadows to go with Plascencia’s red and blacks. There is a twist ending as the kind Gotham philanthropist, Barry O’Neil, meets a grisly end, and Batman can’t do anything to stop a new villain called the Stag, who sports long, spindly fingers and a creepy mask. And they are supposed to return in 2017 so be prepared for more chills in various Batman or other DC comics to ring in the New Year.

Scott Bryan Wilson, Bilquis Evely, and Mat Lopes’ story in Batman Annual #1 is the most ambitious of the five and also the most disappointing. The comic has the clever setting of an Arkham Asylum Christmas party that the villain Haunter spreads a special mix of fear gas to give the inmates anxiety as she runs off to be with her friend, Scarecrow. She has the ability to kill using DNA, but Wilson talks about this ability more than cutting loose Evely and Lopes loose to show it. He also spends a lot of time having Batman narrate his plan to defeat Haunter instead of showing his cleverness the ending is pretty fantastic though with Batman leaving Haunter and Scarecrow giving them a choice to try to survive them in the cold. instead of just sending them back in Arkham even if the story seems overpacked for a six pager.

Batman Annual #1 shows a rare heartwarming side of Batman and his crusade to fight crime with the Christmas holidays as a backdrop and also acts as a showcase for comics talent, old and new.

Story: Tom King, Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Paul Dini, Steve Orlando, Scott Bryan Wilson Art: David Finch, Declan Shalvey, Neal Adams, Riley Rossmo, Bilquis Evely Colors: Gabe Eltaeb, Jordie Bellaire, Ivan Plascencia, Mat Lopes
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: New Talent Showcase #1

New Talent Showcase #1

(W) Vita Ayala, Emma Beeby, Joélle Jones, Hena Khan, Michael McMillian, Michael Moreci, Erica Schultz, Christopher Sebela, Adam Smith (A) Barnaby Bagenda, Juan Ferreyra, Sonny Liew, David Messina, Khary Randolph (CA) Klaus Janson
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $7.99

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

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