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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Green Lanterns, Justice League, Red Hood and the Outlaws

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three more volumes from DC Comics featuring Green Lanterns, the Justice League, and Red Hood and the Outlaws!

Green Lanterns Vol. 2 The Phantom Lantern featuring issues #7-14 by Sam Humphries, Robson Rocha, Ronan Cliquet, and Eduardo Pansica.

Justice League Vol. 2 Outbreak featuring issues #6-11 by Bryan Hitch, Neil Edwards, and Daniel Henriques.

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1 Dark Trinity featuring issues #1-6 and Red Hood and the Outlaws Rebirth by Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 26 and bookstores May 2.

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.

Green Lanterns Vol. 2 The Phantom Lantern

Justice League Vol. 2 Outbreak
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1 Dark Trinity
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



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Review: Suicide Squad #16

STL040692.jpgIn the “Heroes and Villains” prologue-esque story in Part 1 of Rob WilliamsEarthlings on Fire” arc, our beloved Squad is serving up everything that we love about them & then some in a 21 page comic book and, we are all here for it. Williams packs so many tricks (courtesy of Amanda Waller and Lex Luthor) and treats (thanks to the Squad, their quips, their fighting, the villain cameos and Lex’s security system) into this jump off point for the latest story arc, that you’d think it was Halloween.

The issue finds the Squad on super secret mission to break into Lex’s vault while Waller keeps him busy upstairs. Between some very unfortunate for Boomerang’s appendages portals, courtesy of Enchantress, to the insane security measures that Lex has protecting his stuff, to the moment where we find out WHAT’S IN THE BOX! and what Waller needs it for, #16  is a page turner.

“Heroes and Villains” is a well-written ride through the intrigue behind the Squad. We are treated to a nice mental chess game between Waller and Lex, as well as some of Harley’s signature psychoanalysis of her teammates mid fight scenes. The issue is as intellectually intriguing as it is action packed and, funny. This issue is one of the most well-balanced comic books I’ve read in a while, Williams is like an alchemist of words, merging together every possible element needed to make sure there’s something for everyone without compromising quality.

Tony S. Daniel provided the sketches that gave way to Sandu Florea ink and lines that made this issue such a pretty page turner. It was like looking at a really good storyboard for an amazing movie. The lines, facial expressions, close ups, characters, and scenes all flowed together to creates something beautiful. You could see the action, the fear, the sadness and, even the wheels turning in the characters heads. There was so much magic in the artwork that in some panels you could even feel movement, making them an added layer to Williams’ intense story. Tomeu Morey handled the colors and you could see every spatter of blood in the battles, every vein in the gnarly alien monster arm, every side eye in the characters interactions. Every member of the art team did such an amazing job that every panel felt like it added and extra layer to the already gripping story. Even the lettering that Pat Brosseau provided, the switch ups in style and color based upon what was going on and who was speaking, helped to sway the mood and evoke real feelings and curiosity in the reader.

As a whole this issue is well put together, popcorn worthy, beautifully written, drawn and executed. The issue provided a level of intensity that reminded me why I sometimes have real feelings about imaginary characters. The entire team deserves a round of applause for their efforts and talent. I’m looking forward to seeing how Waller’s current plan plays out and how Luthor and her newly acquired, possible, Squad member, handles being on one of her leashes. No matter what happens next, I’m sure that Williams will bring the same heat and intensity he has been giving us from the beginning and that means that what’s to come is going to be nothing short of pure fire.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Flash #21

The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

The first part of “The Button” visually was impressive but lacked a true depth of story. An interesting start, it didn’t feel as much a “part one” as it did a prologue to the real first issue. The Flash #21 which picks up directly after that issue is an interesting start which again sees the art outshining the story. This feels more like a real beginning as Bruce and Barry discuss what happened and begin the investigation into who killed the Reverse Flash.

There’s lots of discussion as ideas are thrown around to try to figure out what happened and the highlight is seeing these two detectives go back and forth in a way. I can’t really think to any story I’ve read where these two act more like detectives, using their skills there, instead of being superheroes and relying on powers. Writer Joshua Williamson really focuses things here on the two individuals underneath the masks. And when it comes to detective skills versus powers, this feels much more like the former which leads to the need to use the latter. And that latter is where the story really picks up in a thrown through time sort of way. And that ending? Fans of Flashpoint will be super excited in that last few moments.

Once again, the art by Howard Porter stands out. There’s so much detail in this issue that the visuals tell as much as the story as the dialogue, if not more so. Like the first part of the story, it’s the visuals that really sucked me in from the dissection of opening panels that reminded me of Frank Miller on the Dark Knight to all of the clues scattered around the Batcave that Barry has to dissect. There’s so much here to keep readers busy pouring over every small minute detail that Porter has added to the page.

It might seem like I’m not totally excited by these first two parts, I am, it’s just the visual art definitely outshines the story and out of the two, it’s the art I find myself dissecting panel by panel. There’s been a lot of hype around “The Button” and these two first parts definitely have paid off, just not quite in the way I expected, but what it does have me is excited to see where this is going as we’re clearly seeing the introduction of a lot of new into the DC Rebirth Universe and that new feels like it’s going to be really exciting.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman/The Shadow #1

Batman/The Shadow #1

(W) Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much…

The superstar team of writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo brings you a dark and twisty modern noir like nothing you’ve seen before, with a brand-new villain unlike any either hero has faced! This is the unmissable crime series of 2017, so get on board now! Co-published with Dynamite.

Preview: The Flash #21

The Flash #21

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Howard Porter (CA) Jason Fabok
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE BUTTON” part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers.

DC Rebirth: Recap & Review For Comics Released 4/19

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for

new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

ASBM_Cv9_Burnam_varAll-Star Batman #9 
With both the main story and the back up concluding this issue it’s Unfriendly. Hold off until the next issue.

Aquaman #21 There’s a sea-demon thing that attacked and probably murdered a bunch of people, but it was also possibly transformed from one of those people by some weird water stuff called H2.0 that Arthur Curry can’t breath in. So obviously Aquaman and Mera have gone into that weird water stuff, and their radio signal just vanished, which probably isn’t good. Unlike this Friendly issue.

Batman #21 The genesis of this comic goes all the way back to DC Rebirth #1, in which Batman found a conspicuous yellow button with a bloodstain. This is going to be a huge story event for the Rebirth branded comics, likely introducing some form of the Watchmen into the core DC Universe… and it’s almost Friendly

Batwoman #2 I honestly don’t remember much about the last issue other than Batwoman isn’t in Gotham anymore… So that being said, surprisingly, this is still Friendly enough for you to enjoy.

Green Arrow #21 Part one of the Rise Of Star City arc, and it’s about as Friendly as you can expect. Green Arrow sorta-kinda recounts his recent adventures throughout the issue, which allows the reader to get into his perspective.

Green Lanterns #21 A supervillain with what seems to be some form of dissociative identity disorder, Doctor Polaris is trying to use his electromagnetic super powers to cure a loved one’s cancer, and the Green Lanterns are trying to stop him because he’s a villain with questionable motives and regard for collateral damage. It isn’t going well for them, but the issue is Friendly.

GLS_Cv21_dsJustice League #19 Uh… the current arc is confusing enough if you’re reading it (at least, I’m having a time following it), so jumping in here will be tough. But basically, some weird dude decided to remove Earth from the time stream and drop it at the edge of the universe, and to stop him the Justice League split up throughout time to fight their own personal battles. They won, but then all his power went to a potentially evil person… and I’m still confused. But I’m pretty sure the arc is over with this issue, so that’s a bonus.

.Nightwing #19 The previous events are sorta explained during this comic, and the way they’ve been presented make them only mildly confusing. For that reason I won’t recap the comic in case it twists everything back to front for you, but the issue is hovering between Friendly and Unfriendly, and I’m not gonna choose a side of the fence this week.

Superman #21 Batman and Robin are investigating why Superboys powers aren’t emerging as Batman believes they should be… and just as Batman makes a discovery that could unveil the truth, he vanishes. Although I’m not fond of the art, the comic is actually pretty Friendly and quite good.

SUPSO_Cv3_varSuper Sons #3 Robin and Superboy have been attacked by Batman and Superman! This madcap Friendly issue flies along at one hell of a pace, and really doesn’t need much of a recap.

Superwoman #9 Lana Lang is sick, so Superman put her within a Kryptonian suit of armour to heal her. That’s about all I remember, and should make the issue Friendly – especially since there’s a bit of a recap at the beginning.

Trinity #8 This issue takes place after the Superman Reborn story arc in which the New 52 and Pre-52 Supermen merged into one character. – that may sound confusing, and the way in which it happened was, but that’s not all that relevant to this comic (thankfully). Other than that, you’ll be pleased to know it’s a Friendly issue.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Action Comics #978 (DC Comics) – This has become my favorite DC comic, and that includes Wonder Woman. Those two and Superman go back and forth as to what is currently the best out of Rebirth, but either way this book is just incredible and consistent.

The Flash #21 (DC Comics) – Wow what a start to “The Button” with who returned and then disappeared in a “flash”. Yup, I did that. I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Plus another lenticular cover!

Batman/The Shadow #1 (DC Comics/Dynamite) – Riley Rossmo! He is one of my favorite artists, and I’m so happy to see him on a bat book again, and this time he will also be drawing another legendary character.

Old Man Logan #22 (Marvel) – I thought Issue #21 wasn’t as good as I hoped, but this is one of my favorite Marvel books, and Lemire is a great writer. I have hope that this arc will be amazing.

Kill or Be Killed #8 (Image) – This is one of the best comic books out, so I recommend grabbing the issues, or at least getting it in trade. It is awesome, and just keeps getting more intense and better somehow.



Top Pick: X-O Manowar #2 (Valiant) – I loved this issue. I can’t wait to get this in my hands to see non-watermarked art.

Batman/The Shadow #1 (DC Comics/Dynamite) – I found out about this comic when I was looking through Previews to make this list (I tend to avoid solicitations), and I immediately got excited. I can’t wait to grab this.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1 (Marvel) – I’ve always been fond of the Scarlet Spider, perhaps because he was the Spider-Man when I started reading comics. You’d think I’d be looking forward to this based on the fact Ben Reilly is back, but I’m more hopeful that Kaine will return to comics, rather than Ben Reily. Yeah, I’m a Kaine fan.

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 (Valiant) – Remember what I said about X-O? I can say the exact same thing here.

Old Man Logan #22 (Marvel) – I’m loving this story. Old Man Logan is revisiting his younger self through some timey-wimey mystical shit, occasionally altering certain things (possibly), but always feeling as though he’s in waaaaay over his head. It’s a brilliant arc, and one hell of an arc for Lemire to leave the series on.



Top Pick: Orphan Black Deviations #2 (IDW Publishing) – Send in the clones. No really , send them in. I’ve got popcorn and everything!

Top Pick: Deadpool vs Punisher #2 (Marvel) – The hits and quips keep on coming in this second installment of DvP and I can’t wait to see if this is the issue where they team up for the buddy anti-hero road trip comic we never knew we always wanted but, can’t wait to see.

Suicide Squad #16 (DC Comics) – Rob WIlliams starts the latest Suicide Squad arc “Earthlings on Fire” with a bang as Amanda Waller makes a deal with the devil (aka Lex Luthor) to fix a bigger problem while the Squad commits some B&E.

24 Legacy – Rules of Engagement #1 (IDW Publishing) – A little back story on Eric Carter the newest super operative in the 24 franchise.

Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth #1 (IDW Publishing) – He’s baccccccck!



Top Pick: Hostage (Drawn & Quarterly) – Guy Delisle… that alone will get me to pick this up, but the subject matter is the real draw here. Delisle’s graphic novel is about the Doctors Without Borders administrator Christophe André who was kidnapped by armed men in 1997. This book recounts his harrowing experience.

Batman/The Shadow #1 (DC Comics/Dynamite) – Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, and Riley Rossmo… nuff said.

Hulk #5 (Marvel) – The best comic Marvel is putting out today. An absolutely fantastic look at Jen’s journey post Civil War II and the PTSD she’s experiencing due to that.

Real Science Adventures #1 (IDW Publishing) – The She-Devils get their own series and anything Atomic Robo related is a must read for me.

Smoketown #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was beyond amazing noir/crime. I’ve been counting down to the second one.

Preview: Injustice 2 Chapter 3

Injustice 2 Chapter 3

Written by: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Bruno Redondo
Inks: Juan Albarran
Colored by: Rex Lokus
Cover by: Bruno Redondo, Alejandro Sanchez

Things don’t go quite as planned for the new Suicide Squad, which finds itself having to break out of the Pentagon. All of which leads to a battle between Batman…and Batman?

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/22

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 short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


ASBM_Cv9All-Star Batman #7 (DC) A solid finale to the current arc that has a couple of cool sequences that are mire down with the godlike Batman moments that seem a little too Deus Ex Machina for me. It’s good, but it’s not the best comic from Scott Snyder you’ll ever read. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Batman #21 (DC) Well this is a turn up for the books; Tom King delivers a brilliant issue of Batman. The… ironic thing is that the things he did that I didn’t like over the last arc were repeated here, but in a much more compressed manor… and it works very well. The first issue of the four part Batman/Flash crossover is well worth read – especially if you read DC Rebirth #1Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Moon Knight #13 (Marvel) I have a love hate relationship with the series; I love the aesthetic, and at times the story, but I’m certainly not always fond of the overall direction Lemire is taking the series. This issue, however, was a solid win. If you like your comics to make you think, then this is for you. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Secret Empire #0 (Marvel) While I’m not fond of having Steve Rogers as an undercover Hydra agent, the zero issue itself isn’t horrible. It sets up the event nicely, framing Rogers as a very effective villain, but whether Secret Empire will follow Marvel’s recent pattern of a strong start with a weak ending only time will tell. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Venom #6 (Marvel) Although a decent comic, the outcome of this issue felt a little rushed after the previous five issues exploring the relationship between Lee and the symbiote as Marvel sets up the number jumping Venom #150. Does this issue suffer because of that? A little, but if you’re invested in the series it’s still worth a read. Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read


Secret_Empire_0_CoverSecret Empire #0 (Marvel) – For the past year or so Nick Spencer has been getting a ton of heat for making Steve Rogers/Captain America, a secret Hydra agent. Secret Empire is the culmination of this event and it starts with the Heroes taking one on the nose, as Spencer and Daniel Acuna take us on a tour of the hot spots of Earth-616 created by Rogers and sets us up for another Marvel roller coaster of suspense. Hopefully they can bring it all home in 9 issues. Recommend if you like the big event stuff.


Secret Empire #0 (Marvel)  I was actually surprised that I liked this comic. Now don’t think that’s saying this comic isn’t without its flaws, because the entire premise of what Spencer is doing has those, but for what this was, I did enjoy it. We still don’t get a lot of depth here for Cap’s intentions, but they are doubling down as him being a big bad. I had fun in a big action movie kind of way. I was shocked at some of the things he’s done in this and in his title, and am curious to where this takes us. I’m still betting this leads to a “Rebirth” for Marvel. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Monsters Unleashed #1 (Marvel)  The event never grabbed me, and this comic, understandably is more of that. It features Kid Kaiju, Elsa Bloodstone and a group of talking monsters that I do think many kids will love. It felt very much like the first Transformers film where they play around outside waiting for the human boy to play or to give them something to do. I don’t think this is a bad idea to have this series, and I do think it could develop into a fun story for anyone, especially kids. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Venom #5 (Marvel)  Brock has returned, and with him comes Spidey. This was a decent issue, and Brock returning to the suit is interesting, and as a big Peter Parker fan, this is exciting to have his biggest foe of my childhood returning to his prime version. I didn’t enjoy Lee much as the lead character, so it is good the title quickly changed who wears the suit. Will the suit still hold onto Flash’s good intentions, or resort back to the comfort of the monster that it was with Eddie? Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read


IHateFairyland_06-1I Hate Fairyland #12 (Image)**  Skottie Young and company bring us Lone Gert and Grub, in which Gert performs sweet ninja – sorry, samurai – moves and confronts the entire City of the Shiitake. This is a visual idea that I cannot believe I’ve never seen before and Skottie Young of course pulls it off with brio and grossness. Spoiler alert: Gert trying to do good deeds doesn’t exactly pan out. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Sex Criminals #18 (Image)** Confirming my personal theory of recent comics, Fraction & Zdarsky go mostly off-plot for this issue, get back to exploring relationships, and it’s the best issue in a long time. It is so rare to see an adult comic that actually involves adult characters that that is all I need. Unfortunately, this looks like it’s only an interlude. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Descender #21 (Image)  In theatre school, one of the most valuable lessons I learned was that there’s a difference between dramatic action and mere activity. Although there’s plenty of activity in the conclusion of this book, there is not much action going on at all. Dustin Nguyen’s art is gorgeous as ever, but Jeff Lemire is just connecting dots and the characters are all just following their programming. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Skip.

Curse Words #4 (Image)  If this issue had started on page 12 and finished on page 18, I would have loved it! I’m not sure what the hell was going on before, and bored with what was going on after, but those 8 pages where Wizord goes to the Magic Castle to get his magic back is pure delight. Overall: 4, then 9, then 4 Recommendation: Read the middle part.

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RoyalCity_02-1.pngRoyal City #2 (Image)** – I wasn’t necessarily sold on Jeff Lemire’s latest solo series after the first issue, but with this one, it’s safe to say I’m all in. Events unfold at a languid, almost dreamlike pace that perfectly suits the material, the interpersonal relationships and various tribulations of our main protagonist and his family are deepened, and everything just intuitively feels right. A truly superb comic. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #21 (DC)** – Tom King does some transparently clever things with tying the events of a televised hockey game in with the main Batman vs. Reverse-Flash fight that takes up the bulk of this issue, but it’s not enough to make the first part of this cross-over feel like yet another massive time-waster, Jason Fabok’s illustrations are the epitome of the dull, “New 52”-era “house style” at DC, and nothing that happens in these pages goes any way towards alleviating the concerns myself and many other readers have that bringing the so-called “Watchmen Universe” into the DCU “proper” is anything other than a cynical cash-grab. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Black #5 (Black Mask)** – Writer Kwanza Osajyefo continues to waste what is undoubtedly one of the cooler premises in comics right now with yet another clumsily-scripted, info-dumping issue that manages to both overload the reader with too much backstory while somehow doing nothing to deepen our understanding of what’s really going on, much less develop any of the characters in a meaningful way. Jamal Igle’s illustration continues to be nice, and Khary Randolph’s cover is another stunner, but beyond that, there’s not much here to justify your $3.99 expenditure. Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass

Black Hammer #8 (Dark Horse)** – I’m running out of reasons for why I love this comic, suffice to say if you’re as enamored with it as I am, this issue is certain to leave you gasping a bit at the end, with plenty of the sterling storytelling we’ve come to expect (and, frankly, become spoiled by) from Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston in the pages leading up to the jaw-dropping conclusion. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


BLACK_PANTHER__WORLD_OF_WAKANDA__6Odyssey Of The Amazons #4 (DC) In what has been an excellent series so far,this installment may be it’s most weakest. The Amazons find themselves in Valhalla, meeting Odin and Thor. As soon for them know this could not be real,they struggle to find a way out. By issue’s end, all will understand the true meaning of “Ragnarok”
Overall: 9 Recommendation: Read

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6 (Marvel) I was pretty bummed out when I found out that they were moving on from Ayo’s storyline as Roxane Gay no longer was working on the book.I didn’t think that they could top what they did already and I am so glad to be so wrong. As an avid fan of Christopher Priest’s run on the main character, I was excited to see that they brought back Kasper Coles White Tiger.Within this issue, we see him struggle with his day job as a NYPD detective, his struggle of helping his sickly mother and pregnant girlfriend as well as his idealistic crusade as the White Tiger.
Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Nick Fury #1 (Marvel) Being one of the most undeserved members of the Marvel Universe before the movies became tantamount to everything,Nick Fury has become increasingly popular mostly due to Samuel L Jackson’s portrayal.In what is his first solo series in a while, we find a younger version of the grissled veteran operator the world has come to know. In the first issue, he infiltrates a resort being ran by HYDRA, a la Casino Royale.Definitely a throwback to the fun of the original Bond movies somewhere between George Lazenby and Roger Moore. Overall: 10 Recommendation: 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 (**).

Review: Batwoman #2

Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV add another feather to their cap as they give us another well thought out, perfectly executed issue of Batwoman. Their sophomore turn at the superheroine’s current story arc is nothing short of brilliant. They weave together backstory and present conflicts in a way that doesn’t seem like it’s spoonfeeding us plot points. The duo go out of their way to give us a complete story that not only builds empathy for Batwoman but, makes us crave more.

In this issue, we find our title hero back in a place that she’s abandoned and the people she left there. We see frenemies, enemies and old loves all come into play and no character or place is frivolous. Bennett and Tynion cut all the fat from the story to give us nothing short of a gripping tale, with fully realized characters and interesting entry points into the world of the island and its inhabitants.

Steve Epting and Jeromy Cox give us great panels with perfectly muted colors that showcase the story being told. While the style of art is consistent throughout the comic, they change up on the intensity of the colors to show the difference between current scenes and flashbacks. The great art style, smart color choices and sleek lines make this issue beautiful to look at and it complements the story perfectly.

This second undertaking of an underutilized character in the DC universe is perfect. It has a real chance of bringing her and her story into the light and, I’m always here for complex, solo female (anti)heroes. The writing makes her interesting and adds a layer of dimension to her that I’m happy to see. The art team does ethnicity well in its drawing and color choices making it so that it doesn’t feel like we are just looking at a homogeneous group in different shades and,, they do so without making other ethnicities look like caricatures. Overall, I can’t wait to see what this team does with this character and arc because, if this issue is any indication there’s so much talent happening that it can only keep going up from here.

Story: Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV Art: Steve Epting and Jeromy Cox
Story: 9.2 Art: 9 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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