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Preview: Future State: Gotham #5

Future State: Gotham #5

Written by: Dennis Culver, Joshua Williamson
Art by: Rafael Grampá, Giannis Milonogiannis

Peacekeeper Red vs. the Next Batman-to the death! Captured and surrounded by psychopaths, Red Hood and the Next Batman must battle each other…to the death! It’s a throwdown for the ages! And they’re only too happy to do it! Plus, the origins of the newest Bat-villain, Warmonger, are revealed!

Future State: Gotham #5

Preview: Future State: Gotham #3

Future State: Gotham #3

Written by: Dennis Culver, Joshua Williamson
Art by: Giannis Milonogiannis

Red Hood comes mask to mask with Gotham’s most wanted, the Next Batman, as the future of the Bat-Family continues! It’s a deadly showdown made worse by the horde of psychopathic criminals who want to kill them both! And finally, the new Gotham villain Warmonger reveals himself!

Future State: Gotham #3

Preview: Future State: Gotham #2

Future State: Gotham #2

Written by: Dennis Culver, Joshua Williamson
Art by: Giannis Milonogiannis

Tragedy has brought Gotham City to its knees. Countless people are dead, seemingly at the hands of the Next Batman. Gotham demands justice, and Red Hood has vowed to answer their call. Even if that means beating his way through Nightwing and the rest of the Bat-Family to do it.

Future State: Gotham #2

Review: Future State: Gotham #1

Future State: Gotham #1

When it came to DC’s Future State two-month event, the Batman portion is the one that stood out the most. Gotham was now under the protection of a fascist police force called the Magistrate. “Masks” are now outlawed and hunted. Red Hood was now a bounty hunter, having shunned his friends, and now working for the Magistrate. Future State: Gotham #1 takes us back to this possible future and Red Hood’s mission.

Written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver, we head back to the future. Red Hood has gone solo doing what he can to stop the remaining Batman rogues. But, he’s now employed by the Magistrate. The creative team does a solid job of setting things up. Future State: Gotham #1 is a reminder for fans who read the previous releases but also acts as a great way for new readers to catch up with everything. The reveals are for those new readers while acting as a reminder for others. But, those reveals also takes things a bit further than we previously knew.

It’s a solid issue that takes us deeper into the world while also feeling like a continuation of what has already been released. There’s a solid mix of action, mystery, and a little bit of emotions. Williamson and Culver make Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, a little sympathetic in the issue. There are moments I genuinely felt bad for him.

The art by Giannis Milonogiannis is a bit surprising… it’s in black and white! With lettering by Troy Peteri, the comic delivers action with some great sense of motion. There’s something very interesting and different for the issue. It doesn’t feature color, that’s the most obvious, but the “pencils” brings a quality that feels like manga at times. That’s not a bad thing at all as it delivers dynamic moments full of action and excitement. The choice of black and white is interesting as the original Future State’s Gotham was highlighted by its neon colors that lit it up like a futuristic Vegas mixed with Tokyo. Without that, it takes away one of the “characters” that made the original so good.

The issue also features “The Third Mask” by Katsuhiro Otomo. Reprinting the classic story, it’s translated by Jo Duffy and is lettered by Bill Oakley. While there’s aspects I like of the story, it feels a bit choppy in its narrative. There’s some philosophical moments about it that’s really interesting and leaves readers to ponder. Tied into the main story, it makes complete sense as to why it was included. But, the story is 25 years old and its style doesn’t quite hold up. Also in black in white, it’s a compliment to the main story but a flawed one.

Future State: Gotham #1 is a nice start to the return to the future. It’s a world and story that I wanted to see more of. While it doesn’t have the colorful pop of its basis, it brings something new and different as well. It digs its roots into the manga that clearly influenced the previous stories and does it well. Here’s hoping we can get more than this one series exploring this world, there’s that much to dive in to.

Story: Joshua Williamson, Dennis Culver, Katsuhiro Otomo Art: Giannis Milonogiannis, Katsuhiro Otomo
Letterer: Troy Peteri, Bill Oakley Translation: Jo Duffy
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Future State: Gotham #1

Future State: Gotham #1

Written by: Dennis Culver, Joshua Williamson
Art by: Giannis Milonogiannis

The event that was DC Future State continues in its own ongoing title starring the Bat-Family, beginning with the epic story “Hunt the Batman.” Disaster strikes Gotham City, and all evidence points to the Next Batman! Red Hood must choose justice over his family and allies when the corrupt Magistrate enlists him to bring in the new Batman dead or alive! Featuring the entire cast from the popular Future State Batman titles, this new series kicks off the next chapter in this forbidding world of tomorrow, and does so in brilliant, monochromatic storytelling! This black-and-white series will showcase the brutal world that’s around the corner in Future State Gotham!

Future State: Gotham #1

DC Delivers a First Look at Future State: Gotham #1

Although the DC Future State event was only during January and February, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more stories to tell about those possible futures of the DC Universe. And on May 11, fans will find out that the end of DC Future State was just the beginning, especially for Jason Todd, a.k.a. Red Hood.

Forsaking his friends, Red Hood is now a gun-for-hire for The Magistrate, using his role as a costumed vigilante to hunt down other heroes as part of Gotham City mayor Christopher Nakano’s “zero tolerance” policy on masked heroes. Red Hood continues his hero hunting at the top of the food chain, with Tim (Jace) Fox, The Next Batman, in his crosshairs!

Co-written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver, this new ongoing series features art by Giannis Milonogiannis, whose black and white artwork provides anime/noirish atmosphere to this series. For fans of both anime and DC, issue #1 includes a special treat: a bonus story, reprinting “The Third Mask,” written and drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary creator of the iconic manga and anime AKIRA. The story was originally released in issue #4 of Batman: Black and White, on July 10, 1996.

Red Hood is on the Hunt… for the Bat-Family in Future State: Dark Detective

This May, Red Hood continues the his hunt for the Bat-family in Future State: Gotham. Currently playing out in Future State: Dark Detective, Jason Todd, aka Red Hood, has turned on his family. The former hero is now a bounty hunter for The Magistrate as part of their “zero tolerance” policy on masked vigilantes.

Set in the world of DC Future State, Future State: Gotham continues against the backdrop of a possible future Gotham City seen in other titles such as Future State: The Next Batman, Future State: Harley Quinn, Future State: Robin Eternal, and Future State Nightwing. Rendered in stark, black and white tones, Future State: Gotham will evoke the gritty, noir aesthetic that reinforces Gotham City as a living, breathing part of any Bat-family story.

“Hunt the Next Batman” kicks off the six-issue debut story arc co-written by Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver, with art by Giannis Milonogiannis.

Disaster strikes Gotham City and all evidence points to Tim Fox, The Next Batman! Jason Todd chooses justice over his family and allies when The Magistrate enlists him to bring in the new Batman, dead or alive! Featuring the entire cast from the popular DC Future State Batman titles, Future State Gotham  begins the next chapter in this inevitable world of tomorrow and does so with this dynamic, noirish format.

The series debuts on Tuesday, May 11 in all comic book stores and participating digital retailers. Issue #1 features a main cover by Yasmine Putri, with a card stock variant cover by James Stokoe, available in comic book stores and participating digital retailers. Each 32-page issue sells for $3.99, with the card stock variant available for $4.99.

Future State: Gotham

Crone Gets a Backup Story by Dennis Culver, Ramon Villalobos, and Christy Sawyer

Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood‘s new series Crone just got a lot better, but only if you buy it from a comic shop! The Romero Muerte backup story will only be featured in the print edition of the comic from Dark Horse Comics.

Starting with issue two, Crone will feature an exclusive Romero Muerte backup story written by Dennis Culver, illustrated and colored by Ramon Villalobos, and lettered by Christy Sawyer! In Romero Muerte, a lone man walks across the ruined landscape of the former U.S./Mexican border. He avenges the victims of all who celebrate Hell and devastation.

Crone finds the Sword Savior and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss nothing more than a reclusive old crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms. But does she have the strength to answer the call?

The first issue of Crone goes on sale November 6, 2019, and is available now for pre-order at your local comic shop. Fans can pick up Crone #2, with the first chapter of Romero Muerte, on December 4, 2019 only at comic shops.

Crone

Take One Last Adventure with Crone this November

Dark Horse Comics invites you on a quest for blood and vengeance that is equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess.

The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss is now nothing more than a reclusive old Crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms but does she have the strength to answer the call? Only Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood know for sure!

Joining Dennis and Justin on this epic adventure are colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Pat Brosseau. Together they craft a tale never seen before in the fantasy genre.

Crone #1 (of five) reawakens the fierce warrior inside us all on November 6, 2019.

Crone #1

Burnouts Trade is Out in February, so Time to Pack Your Bowl

Dennis Culver and Geoffo take a swing at the little green men this February with a trade paperback collection of their high school action-dramedy Burnouts.

To save their friends and families, a group of teenagers must fight off an attack on their town by a secret alien invasion…but they can only see the aliens when they’re high. The Burnouts are saving the world one puff at a time!  

Burnouts (Diamond code: DEC180068, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1141-1) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, February 20th and bookstores on Tuesday, February 26th.

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