(W) Kevin Bricklin (A/CA) David Alvarez In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $2.99
In the scenic mountains of Yosemite there is fresh air, beautiful wildlife and of course…the Haunted Hiker. When Jane learns of the spook terrorizing the national park right before a school trip, she decides she needs some backup to make sure she and her classmates are safe. So Jane turns to the Scooby gang! Going undercover, the gang will have to act quickly to solve the mystery of the Haunted Hiker-because if the ghost doesn’t ruin their field trip, the singing school troubadour just might.
DC has announced that Teen Titans: Raven, the fan-favorite young adult graphic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and popular Instagram artist Gabriel Picolo, will go back to press for a third printing.
Originally released on July 2, the book will go to print for the third time following high demand from readers and rave reviews from critics! Garcia and Picolo recently wrapped a 5-city book tour that ended at San Diego Comic-Con, selling out of copies in multiple locations.
Teen Titans: Raven is the debut graphic novel from Garcia and Picolo, and the first installment of a multi-part series that follows the coming-of-age journey of 17-year-old Rachel Roth. When a tragic accident takes the life of her foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. Her past and present begin to collide when more strange things happen during her final year of high school.
Garcia and Picolo are continuing their Teen Titans adventures as they work on the second installment in the series: Teen Titans: Beast Boy, set for release in Summer 2020. Fans can find a sneak peek of the forthcoming release in Teen Titans: Raven. Readers can find Teen Titans: Raven in their local comic stores, traditional booksellers, and on digital book platforms.
Superman: Year One #2 takes the promising first issue and goes in a rather odd direction. Clark Kent is off to boot camp where he attempts to fit in the Navy. That could be an issue on its own but we get sidetracked into a story about Atlantis, Clark’s wooing of a mermaid, and incest. It’s an odd one.
Frank Miller delivers an interesting second issue for about half of the oversized comic but then goes off the rails. The concept of Clark having to hide his abilities while being trained by the military is an interesting one. How does someone with superheroic tendencies not stand out? That aspect of the comic is solid and intriguing. But, then there’s this Atlantis aspect…
Stationed on the coast, Clark comes across mermaids and explores the situation coming upon Atlantis and its princess. Of course she falls for him which later sets up a confrontation with her father Poseiden. The story would be standard outdated concepts of a father making relationship decisions for his daughter. But, Miller crosses a line making it clear that Poseiden wants to sleep with his daughter. The comic goes from outdated into some really creepy and vomitous territory. And at that point, took the enjoyment right out of it.
I can overlook Clark holding his breath for insane amounts of time or his ease of using his powers underwater. But a father wanting to sleep with his daughter is where I cross the line. Add in some really odd choices for dialogue boxes and you have a mess of a comic when it comes to the story.
John Romita, Jr.‘s art continues to entertain. There’s a consistency to it and the usual “sameness” to faces isn’t as present. The Atlantean designs are interesting and stand out from the standard of what we’ve seen. The ink by Danny Miki and color by Alex Sinclair stand out, especially when the setting changes to Atlantis. John Workman‘s lettering is impressive bouncing around the various dialogue boxes as the setting shifts underwater.
Superman: Year One #2 is half of a good comic but latter parts had me wanting to vomit and become too distracting. There was a right way to tell this story and this is not it.
Story: Frank Miller Art: John Romita, Jr. Ink: Danny Miki Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: John Workman Story: 4.0 Art: 7.8 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
It’s the wild end of this romantic yakuza epic from the creators of Jessica Jones! Tying up all the loose ends-for now-Pearl Tanaka confronts her past and her future. Will she choose the path of the artist or the killer? Which is her natural way? Don’t miss this stunning multimedia experience from artist Michael Gaydos, plus an exclusive look at new Jinxworld projects coming soon!
(W) Dan Watters (A) Max Fiumara (CA) Tiffany Turrill In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Lucifer is in the void. Sinking into the nothingness beneath all existence, he must decide if he even wishes to return to the world. Elsewhere: two witches commandeer a rowboat, and Caliban fills his belly.
(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Chad Hardin, Tom Derenick (CA) Amanda Conner In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $4.99
Available to comics shops for the first time! Wonder Woman continues to search for Steve Trevor on a strange island in the Bermuda Triangle. But she and Etta Candy are in for more than their share of surprises, including bugs the size of horses, robotic soldiers and-Jonah Hex?! These stories were originally published in JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #5 and 6.
(W) Adam Glass (A) Sean Chen (CA) Bernard Chang In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
In the wake of the Terminus Agenda and Crush’s first encounter with Lobo, the Teen Titans begin again at Mercy Hall with a new mission and a new lease on life. But just when they catch their first break in ages in their hunt for the Other, Robin confirms that the person who let his prisoners escape…was one of his teammates. As Robin’s hunt for the mole begins, Lobo accepts a gift from Lex Luthor…and an unholy alliance is born!
(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Travis Moore (CA) Bruno Redondo In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
While the Nightwings recover from their last battle against the fiendish Burnback, Ric reflects on the small portion of his past that he remembers-life in the circus as the youngest member of the Flying Graysons-in hopes of finding any clues as to what kind of man his parents hoped he’d become…perhaps a certain Talon has the answers he seeks?
(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Daniel Henriques (CA) Jason Paz (A/CA) Robson Rocha In Shops: Aug 21, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Lex Luthor’s surprising offer to Black Manta is revealed! But is it too good to be true? Plus, a gruesome murder in Amnesty Bay shocks the town to its core…and the prime suspects are none other than the Old Gods! Can Aquaman and his new partner Aqualad solve this murder mystery?