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bmbreb_cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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The Washington Post – Why Banned Books Week is increasingly a good thing for graphic novels – A good read.

Newsarama – Is Wonder Woman Queer? ‘Obviously Yes,’ Says RUCKA – Um, duh?

DC Entertainment – DC Super Hero Girls Join Forces with Fifth Harmony – This is interesting.

 

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Newsarama – Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Blue Beetle #1

Newsarama – Detective Comics #941

Comic Vine – The Flash #6

Newsarama – Frostbite #1

IGN – Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

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asbm_cv2_jock_varIt was new comic book day yesterday! What did everyone get? Were there comics that stood out? Was there anything you disliked? Sound off in comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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The Beat – The state of the industry  – A must read from Heidi!

The Hollywood Reporter – The Sign Said “No Jews or Dogs”: How ‘G.I. Joe’ Creator Responded to Prejudice with Inspiring Work – Some interesting history.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – All-Star Batman #1

The Beat – All-Star Batman #1

Newsarama – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Newsarama – Black Panther #6

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #940

Newsarama – Detective Comics #940

Newsarama – Doom Patrol #1

The Beat – Doom Patrol #1

Newsarama – The Flash #6

Talking Comic Books – Nightwing #4

Comic Attack – The Strain: Mister Quinlan – Vampire Hunter #1

Review: Detective Comics #940

dtc_cv940_dsThis epic concludes with a battle against the Colony that will change Batman’s world forever—and in a way you’d never expect! Whether they win or lose, they’ve already lost…

Wrapping up the initial arc for Detective Comics #940, writer James T. Tynion IV gives us an ending that feels action filled and epic but also packs an emotional punch.

I’m not going to spoil what happens, we try not to do that here, but the issue features Batman, Batwoman, and their team taking on the Colony, all the while Tim Drake, aka Red Robin, is surrounded by the Colony’s drones ready to gun him down. Not a spoiler, that’s how the last issue ended.

The comic plays the shock moment, but the way Tynion delivers it doesn’t feel like a cheap stunt. Things have been foreshadowed and it’s not really shocking as to what happens… but there’s still this gut punch. I think what’s particularly nice is that Tynion knows when to use words and knows when to let the imagery do the talking.

dtc_940_2-3Eddy Barrows on pencils and Eber Ferreira on inks nail the issue. There’s one panel in particular of a shaking Batman that is just amazing. To have motion come through like it does, and with this particular perspective, is impressive. With what happens, there’s another iconic panel that will be ingrained for some like the final punches of Superman vs Doomsday are for me. It all just feels epic and what should feel like a cheap trick is anything but.

Barrows and Ferreira also deliver solid page layouts that kept me looking at the whole page. There’s some cool use of panels that make things really stand out.

And part of the reason it doesn’t feel like a cheap trick? We get an epilogue! And what an epilogue, that ties into the events into the greater mystery as to what has happened with the DC Universe. This doesn’t feel like a stunt, it feels like something that’s a small piece of something greater. By mixing in real emotion, giving us clear answers immediately, and add in solid art, we’ve got a hyped issue that actually lives up to it.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Eddy Barrows Ink: Eber Ferreira
Story: 9 Art: 8.45 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Detective Comics #940

Detective Comics #940

Written by: James T Tynion IV
Art by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Cover by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by: Rafael Albuquerque

“Rise Of The Batmen” part 7! This epic concludes with a battle against the Colony that will change Batman’s world forever—and in a way you’d never expect! Whether they win or lose, they’ve already lost…

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

doom-patrol-1Wednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #3 (Valiant) – I love this series. There’s a fun, infectious energy here that just grabs you and pulls you in for one fantastically uplifting ride. Plus, Faith heads to a comicon with Archer – and that’s going to be fantastic.

Action Comics #963 (DC Comics) – It’s a Superman comic, and the Man Of Steel has grown on me considerably since Rebirth. I’m looking forward to finding out who the depowered Clark Kent is, and how Metropolis reacts to a different Superman. Should be fun.

All-Star Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is, at least for me, one of the best writers to take on the Dark Knight in some time. Any time I see his name attached to a bat-project I’ll be reading it.

Dark Souls: Legends Of The Flame #1 (Titan Comics) – I am a huge fan of the Dark Soulsworld and it’s incredibly deep lore (especially because it’s not spoon fed to you throughout the games), so getting a chance to explore that world’s stories through this two part story makes me a little excited.

Old Man Logan #11 (Marvel) – Old Man Logan is the tormented Wolverine that comic fans remember, without the near immortality his healing factor had become. It’s that vulnerability that makes the promised scrap between Logan and a whole whack of ninjas so enticing – Jeff Lemire hasn’t been shy about the old man having his hairy arse handed to to him, so there’s a legitimate chance that Logan will loose the fight this issue (well…maybe). Either way, it’s gonna be bloody.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana (DC Comics) – Katana was underused in the movie and she’s really an interesting character with a really dope backstory. So, here’s a chance to get to know almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Katana but, the movie refused to show.

Black Monday Murders #1 – 2nd Printing (Image Comics) This reprint is coming out the same day as Issue #2 which means you can play catch up and see what you missed before going in for round 2. There’s occultism, money cartels and,  evil magical banks that might be running things shadow government style. Who doesn’t like a good conspiracy theory?

Lady Killer 2 #2 (Dark Horse) – Hit squads, hitman mash-ups and lady hitwomen. Making murder for hire as normal as ordering a pizza or going grocery shopping.

Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #2 (DC Comics) – The “Who is Oracle” Story arc is almost over and you don’t want to miss a thing!

Throwaways #3 (Image) – I’ve got some high hopes for this issue of Throwaways. When I reviewed issue #2 last month I was like warm on it, mostly because I expected more. It looks like this issue is going to deliver and give a bit more the the story itself, the Abby & Dean and the plot is going to get thick and juicy enough to make it feel like you’re reading through split pea soup.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Detective Comics #940 (DC Comics) – Something major is happening… is this the end of Tim Drake!? DC has been tight lipped with this one, and teasing out something major will happen, so get this issue and the Teen Titans.

Doom Patrol #1 (DC’s Young Animal/DC Comics) – So much hype and I’m beyond intrigued to see what this new imprint within DC is like. I checked out the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and they sold me with what’s planned and the look of it all. The vibe I’m getting is superhero meets Vertigo, something I’m totally on board with.

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image Comics) – A murder mystery in space! I’ve read the first four issues of the series and it’s really good.

NVRLND #2 (451 Media Group) – A spin on the story of Peter Pan, but the comic takes place in modern LA and Peter’s the head of a rock band and Hook is a drug dealer. The two issues have been solid and well worth checking out if you want a more adult take on Pan.

Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts (Graphix) – A family moves due to the illness of a daughter and wind up in an area with lots of ghosts. The concept sounds touching and fun, but really it’s Raina Telgemeier and this will be one of the top-selling comics and graphic novels of the year. Find out why Telgemeier’s graphic novels crush the competition and outsells the spandex crowd!

The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla Online Release this Tuesday

Tomorrow, Mondo is releasing the first round of remaining prints from their gallery show The Comic Art of Francesco Francavilla, which came to a close in Austin this past weekend.

Starting this Tuesday, September 13, Monday will begin selling posters at random times. You’ll need to pay attention to their Twitter acocunt for the sale announcement!

Check out below for what will be released and the price.

Captain America & Bucky #625 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Uncanny X-Men #1 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Big Man Plans #4 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Batman (Detective Comics #874) by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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The Re-Animator (Dynamite #4) by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Josie and the Pussycats by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 175. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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Afterlife with Archie #23 by Francesco Francavilla. 18″x24″ screen print. Signed & Hand Numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $45

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DTC_Cv939_open_order_varIt’s new comic book day tomorrow and we’ll have our picks in a few hours. What are you all looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – Nighthawk’s Fatal Battle Against a Civil War and a Rebirth – As always, Joe Illidge nails it as he discusses the recent cancellation of Nighthawk and what it was up against.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Detective Comics #939

Front Row Reviews – The Trial of Roger Casement

Preview: Detective Comics #939

Detective Comics #939

Written by: James T Tynion IV
Art by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Cover by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows
Variant cover by: Rafael Albuquerque

“Rise of the Batmen” part six! The full scope of the Colony’s plans, and their mysterious leader, have all been revealed…so what’s it going to take to stop them? Believe us, you are not prepared for the last scene!

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WW Cv5_dsThe weekend is almost here! What are folks excited for? Any movies being seen? Any games being played? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – SPX debuts, including Last Look, a masterpiece by Charles Burns – Lots of great comics and graphic novels debuting!

Women Write About Comics – Mantles, Crowns, and Knowledge: What RiRi Williams Needs – Will get you thinking.

Comics Alliance – Liefeld Revives ‘Youngblood’ At Image With Bowers And Towe – What do folks think?

Black Nerd Problems – What Happens To A New Black Character Deferred? – A must read.

The Beat – Guy DeLisle’s “Hostage” coming from D&Q next year – Can’t wait for this!

Comics Bulletin – Suicide Squad #4: The Return of William Hell and Racism as an Ongoing Force in American Politics – A very good read and some fun history.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batgirl #2

Alibi – Black Magick

Talking Comics – Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Detective Comics #939

Talking Comics – The Hellblazer #1

IGN – Hollow Mountain: The Long Shadows

IGN – The Omega Men: The End is Here

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #5

Review: Detective Comics #939

DTC_Cv939_dsThe full scope of the Colony’s plans, and their mysterious leader, have all been revealed…so what’s it going to take to stop them? Believe us, you are not prepared for the last scene!

The teaser for Detective Comics #939 says you won’t be prepared for the last scene and while it’s not super shocking in a break the internet sort of way, it is a climactic ending that has me pumped for the next issue.

Writer James T Tynion IV masterfully builds tension throughout the issue to that last panel as team Batman scrambles to take on Kane and the Colony and do what they can to stop their plan and most importantly save lives. There’s one silly moment involving a phone call, but the dramatic tension is really awesome and handled well. The only knock I’ll give is that some things are foreshadowed early on in a trope-ish sort of way, and we’ll see how it all plays out next issue.

There is also some humor among that tension. Clayface continues to impress me with a character who is more than just a shapeshifting villain. This issue he has one of the most comedic moments so far and brings some levity to an issue filled with seriousness. It also takes a scene that seems really out of character and makes it really funny.

Even a scene between two hackers is presented in dramatic fashion that doesn’t use fancy words and phrases to make use think the characters are really smart and dueling through computers. It’s kept simple and by doing so realistic in some ways.

The art team of Eddy Barrows on pencils, Eber Ferreira on ink, and Adriano Lucas on color adds to Tynion’s tension with a look and coloring that enhances the mood. The use of some framing and panels helps with the focus and gives up close reactions by characters adding to the drama. It’s a good combination of art and story where one plays off the other.

The issue didn’t have the “holy shit” moment I expected from the teaser, but it does have an ending that’s really cool and not exactly where I thought things were going. Luckily we don’t have too long until the next issue and I can’t wait.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Eddy Barrows Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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