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Unboxing: Mighty Meeples DC Justice League Collection Tin

It’s the world’s greatest superhero team in Meeple form!

From Cryptozoic Entertainment, even the smallest superheroes need a place to call home! The Mighty Meeples: Justice League Collection Tin comes with seven Meeples from DC Comics’ Justice League, as well as a Hall of Justice tin the team’s headquarters where they can prepare for the next battle.

We open up and show off this collector tin that collects the superheroes from series 1 of Cryptozoic’s Mighty Meeples collection.

You can purchase your own!

 

 

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Review: Harley Quinn #12

harley-cv12_dsHarley Quinn #12 brought back a lot of what I liked about the direction that the Rebirth team, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, were taking with Harley. She’s a lot more autonomous and a lot less Joker prop. Last time around I had some issues with the story direction, this issue was way more cohesive and showed a focus and direction that I could get behind. I still want to know what was lurking behind the mystery door on Red Tool and Harley’s adventure but, this issue was filling enough to tide me over until the next one comes out and clever enough to leave me wanting more.

This issue served up everything I love about the latest Harley incarnation, Conner and Palmiotti served up that wise talking bad ass lady boss we all fell in love with. She gives Tool the business for trying to white knight her with the Joker and, the Joker gets treated to what can only be described as Harley pulling a Reservoir Dogs style torture scene with Mr. J. We also get a glimpse of Madison’s master plan as she unleashes what appears to be her version of a supernatural Kraken from a cargo container on the Red Hook docks.

harley_12_5The writing is on point in this issue, there’s a cohesive story with real dialogue. Harley gets back her agency and we get to see her in all of her glory. The story was easy to follow and gave me hope for the issues to come, it also left me with just the right amount of questions to ponder while I wait for the next installment of what is shaping up to be an interesting story arc.

John Timms’ artwork is full of detail and shows off the emotions of the characters perfectly, it looks more like a storyboard for a movie which helped keep me engaged in the story. Chad Hardin provided a nice art assist in a much needed Harley dream sequence that showed her feelings on the reappearance of the Joker. Harding’ ethereal art style portrayed perfectly the thought process following escape from a toxic relationship. I would also like to acknowledge Dave Sharpe, the letterer for this issue who managed to give each character a unique voice. The Jokers’ bubbles managed to convey actual menace in them.

Overall this was a solid issue and a return to what I fell in love with about the Rebirth Harley. It was a strong read as a stand alone issue and a nice bridge to for what is to come.

Story: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: John Timms, Chad Hardin (Dream Sequence)
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Powerless Gets an Extended Promo

Meet the team that protects us from super battles! Powerless premieres Thursday, February 2 at 8:30/7:30c.

Preview: Green Arrow #15

Green Arrow #15

(W) Ben Percy (A) Juan Ferreyra (CA) W. Scott Forbes
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“EMERALD OUTLAW” part four! Green Arrow’s relationship with Seattle’s finest disintegrates when a new murder seems to implicate him beyond a shadow of a doubt. Now Ollie must find the real killer and prove his innocence while evading capture by the police and a dangerous new vigilante group!

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Hero Plushies: DC out in March

Our newest line of Hero Plushies features some fan-favorite DC Comics characters!

Snuggle up with Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and Batman!

Add these high-quality plushies to your collection soon!

Hero Plushies: DC are out in March from Funko.

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DC Comics’ Monthly Comics Get a Price Increase and Digital Copies

DC_Logo_RGB_031816DC Comics has announced that in April they’ll be increasing the price of some of their comics from $2.99 to $3.99. But, with the increased price comes a digital copy of the comic that can be redeemed. Current comics that are $3.99 will also receive the digital code. This does not impact the twice monthly comics which will remain at $2.99.

This is similar to a program that Marvel launched in late 2011 and recently changed.

Titles impacted include:

  • All-Star Batman
  • Batgirl
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
  • Batman Beyond
  • Batwoman
  • Blue Beetle
  • Cyborg
  • The Hellblazer
  • New Super-Man
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Super Sons
  • Supergirl
  • Superwoman
  • Teen Titans
  • Titans
  • Trinity

We’ll be monitoring this change to see the impact in both physical sales and digital activity. How will the price increase impact your purchases? Sound off in the comments!

Preview: Aquaman #15

Aquaman #15

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE DELUGE” conclusion! It’s all been leading to this: Aquaman and his Atlantean army vs. Black Manta and the forces of N.E.M.O. in a final fight for supremacy over the seven seas. Whoever wins, one thing is certain: only one man will swim out alive!

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Pop! Heroes: DC Bombshells in February

When the men are off to fight in World War II, it’s up to the ladies of DC Comics to guard the homefront! Introducing DC Bombshells Pop! Vinyls!

Collect Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Katana with a pinup style and dieselpunk flair! Wonder Woman has a sepia-toned chase variant, a 1 in 6 rarity!

Look for special exclusives, like black-and-white Harley Quinn (only at ThinkGeek), and The Joker covered in kisses! The Joker and his black-and-white chase variant are only available at Hot Topic!

Collect them all! Pop! Heroes: DC Bombshells are out in February.

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Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: The Flash Vol. 1 and Justice League Vol. 1

Three weeks into the new year and three weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes to two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice collects issues 1-8 and the Rebirth issue by Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Plascnecia.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines collects issues 1-5 and the Rebirth issue by Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 11 and bookstores January 18.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.
The Flash Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

Justice League Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

 

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Review: Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

rayinteriorThe Ray is my new favorite superhero. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Stephen Byrne craft together a sad, yet eventually heartwarming origin story of a young man, who has to stay away from light, or he will die in Justice League of America: The Ray. His mom won’t even let him have candles on his birthday cake, and he spends most of his days watching old movies and reading superhero comics passed down by his late father, who had the same ability as him. Ray Terrill grows up as the urban legend “Midnight Boy”, and when he sneaks out one night to finally see the outside world, it isn’t very kind to him. Orlando and Byrne use Ray’s inability to go outside or be around people as a superpowered metaphor for growing up queer in a non-urban area where it’s difficult to find people like you.

Orlando and Byrne tap into a deep vein of loneliness in the character of  Ray, who just wants to see the sunlight or moonlight and hang out with his friend Caden, who he partially blinded after an accident with a Polaroid camera. Until Ray uses his powers heroically, Byrne’s art stays in the shadows with lots of greys and muted tones. Whenever he uses his abilities, a shock of yellow envelops the panels, and this frightens people early on, but eventually Ray realizes that he can’t be in the shadows anymore and uses both his invisibility and light powers to protect Caden, his friend turned the passionate and openly gay mayor of Vanity, Oregon. The final pages are a well-earned catharsis for the literal invisible state he is in for most of the comic because he is afraid that using his light powers will create a scene and get him kicked out (or worse) from his small minded town.

jlareb_ray_cv1_open_order_varThe Sons of Liberty antagonists that Ray faces and protects Caden from are pretty one-dimensional, but serve a great purpose as the first obstacle in his superhero career. They represent hate and discrimination and just caring about yourself instead of helping out or empathizing with those around you. Ray is the exact opposite of this as he only actively uses his powers to protect his old friend, who uses his political office to give him an endorsement and also a touch of swag as he changes his look to The Ray costume. He also starts going to movies with cute boys instead of just by himself in his invisible form and lives confidently in all areas of his life.

Stephen Byrne’s artwork is slick with a varied color palette that offers a window into Ray’s feelings along with Steve Orlando’s dialogue and captions. I liked how the use of yellow earlier in the comic was seen as a negative thing whereas when Ray goes into action, it becomes a cool, signature move as he turns the curse of his abilities into a blessing.

Orlando and Byrne don’t shy away from showing Ray’s suicidal ideation as a kid in Justice League of America: The Ray #1 when he thinks that going outside and possibly dying is better than a life of isolation. However, Ray’s story is inspiring because he overcomes his loneliness, sadness, and isolation to become a great hero even though he still had bad days. I love how his favorite fictional characters got him through some hard days as both a kid and a young adult, and especially can’t wait to see how he fits in the new-look Justice League of America. All in all, Ray Terrill is another great addition to DC’s pantheon of LGBTQ superheroes.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Stephen Byrne
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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