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Preview: Detective Comics #976

Detective Comics #976

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“BATMEN ETERNAL” part one! With his team completely shattered, Batman must confront Red Robin about the future of their partnership…if there even is one!

Preview: Detective Comics #975

Detective Comics #975

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE TRIAL OF BATWOMAN”! In a 30-page anniversary story, Batwoman faces scrutiny from Batman and Red Robin but stands up for her actions. Will Batman allow her to continue bearing his symbol after everything she has done?

Around the Tubes

Tomorrow’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? 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.

Medium – The Marvel Movie Graph — 5 Years Later – This is some really cool work.



Talking Comics – Captain America #698

The Outhousers – Detective Comics #974

Comic Attack – Harriet Tumban: Demon Slayer #1-2

Talking Comics – Sideways #1

Talking Comics – Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Preview: Detective Comics #974

Detective Comics #974

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Jesus Merino (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“KNIGHT’S FALL”! Can Tim Drake piece his dreams back together after Batwoman’s fateful decision, or will the Gotham Knights go their separate ways?

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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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


Top Pick: Detective Comics #974 (DC Comics) – I have loved this comic since DC Rebirth. Tynion has been fantastic on it, and the team dynamic has never felt stale. There has been new characters brought in, old characters brought back, and the inclusion of Clayface has been wonderful. This issue deals with the fallout from the giant clay monster hulking out (claying out?) again, and losing control.

Action Comics #997 (DC Comics) – The arc with Booster and Supes has been really fun, and we are getting so close to #1000! I am excited to how Jurgens ends this arc on the series before Bendis steps in, as it has been a really great series since Rebirth, much like Detective.

Sideways #1 (DC Comics) – This is another book in the new line of heroes DC is introducing. The character design looks really cool, and the premise is interesting. I make no guarantees as I still need to read it soon, but a new #1 can always be fun, and if it isn’t you’re out just a few bucks on taking a chance on a new series.

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s Metal event has been a really fun and wild ride. This book deals with the Dark Knights/Evil Batmen from other dimensions. I have high hopes for this book, though I do hope these villains and this tale won’t start dragging on and really delivers as it has so far.

Old Man Logan #35 (Marvel) – Another fantastic and overlooked series that has been consistently great, even after Lemire left and Brisson took over. Grab this if you’re in for a nostalgia fix for old school Wolverine, Silver Samarui, and The Hand. It’s great!


Top Pick: Avengers #680 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a blast so far as far as events living up to the hype and delivering despite a weekly delivery. That new issue every week has been part of the success as we don’t have to wait too long for each issue which has been filled with eye catching moments. No idea where this is all going, but I’m along for the ride.

Catalyst Prime Accell #8 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe has delivered on its promise of diverse titles, creators, and characters. This version of their speedster has been lots of fun delivering laughs and amazing visuals.

Ghost Money #7 (Lion Forge Comics) – A series that’s completely under the radar. Basically, someone made a lot of money off of 9/11 (true fact) and this series is about those dollars. Where did it all go? Lots of political intrigue and politics. Very interesting series that’s like no other.

Judas #3 (BOOM! Studios) – And another original series… this one is about Judas after the whole betrayal thing. It’ll get you thinking about religion in a very different way.

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 (Marvel) – The book series now comes to comics as we learn more about the legend.



Death of Love #1 (Image Comics) –  After a weekend when almost everyone seemed to be talking about Comics Gate, Indie Mafia hit man Justin Jordan drops a great response to MRAs, misogynists and nice guys everywhere.

Review: Detective Comics Annual #1

Basil Karlo is the son of a bitter Hollywood makeup artist and an up and coming movie star in his own right when a tragic car accident sets him on the road to becoming one of Batman’s greatest foes: Clayface.

Writer James Tynion IV’s treatment will be familiar to fans of Batman: The Animated Series while also drawing in some subtle nods to the character’s debut in the 1940s. Detective Comics Annual #1 oozes with pathos, adding family dynamics to a well trodden tale of ambition and addiction to great effect. There isn’t a lot of action but artist Eddy Barrows sells the few fight scenes he’s given to draw with dynamic compositions. Barrows also has a great hand for making the quiet scenes that abound seem just as interesting as Batman breaking someone’s teeth.  It’s not perfect; the ending is a bit abrupt. An extra page or two would have done wonders but as it is this is a very, very good comic.

Fun to look at and fun to read, this is a great introduction to comics for someone who is new to DC or for a lapsed reader like myself. Fans who remember the cartoon may be slightly confused that the character isn’t named ‘Matt Hagen’ but it is otherwise a one hundred percent accessible take on this material.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Detective Comics Annual #1

Detective Comics Annual #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“Clay”! Here it is: the shocking, heartbreaking origin of Clayface, including his first conflict with Batman! Actor Basil Karlo was on the cusp of fame and fortune…the kind he had dreamed of through his painful childhood…until a accident robbed him of the good looks that took him to the top. But scars don’t make you a monster-only the darkness in your heart can do that-and in the wake of the accident, Karlo’s darkness is revealed!

Preview: Detective Comics #973

Detective Comics #973

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Joe Bennett (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Fall Of The Batmen” finale! With the team in disarray and facing their most powerful adversary yet, Batwoman must make a critical battlefield choice-one with the power to shatter everything Batman has built! You’ll be talking about this issue for years to come!

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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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


Top Pick: Marvel Two-in-One #2 (Marvel) – The Human Torch and The Thing, half of the Fantastic Four are searching for Reed, Sue, and the kids. This has such potential, and I enjoyed the first issue. This should give a massive nostalgia overload for older readers like myself, but also give enough excitement and exploration for the younger crowd.

Action Comics #996 (DC Comics) – We are getting so close to the 1000th issue, and this series has been a blast since Rebirth. I love the addition of Booster Gold recently, and the best Superman book keeps on going strong.

Abbott #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I like a good crime story, and this first issue of this new series that deals with a detective investigating the occult coming from BOOM looks very promising.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – Who’s watching the Watchmen? Apparently the DC Universe as the two combine for a series that has been very promising so far. Sure, this could fall flat on it’s face, but for now, I am enjoying everything, even if it is just for nostalgias sake.

Dissonance #1 (Image Comics) – I love a good sci-if tale, and this looks promising. It is always fun to jump on a new indie series, and we need more science fiction comics.



Top Pick: Abbott # 1 (BOOM! Studios) – A great example of what comics can be when every member of the team contributes the best of their talents. Abbott has all the makings of being the next Locke and Key.

Frankenstein Alive, Alive Trio (IDW Publishing) –  If you missed these three issues when they were printed years ago, IDW is giving you another chance to catch up before the long awaited final issue launches next month. This is a book that’s worth owning for Bernie Wrightson’s art alone and is probably the best value for money you’re going to find at the comic shop this week or any other.

Hungry Ghosts #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – Either Karen Berger or Anthony Bourdain would have been enough for me to give this book a shot but having both attached made it an absolute must-read. I can’t recommend it to everyone (see my full review for details) but for people looking for a horror anthology inspired by Japanese ghost stories its a nice taste of what Dark Horse’s new Berger Book’s imprint has in store.

Raven: Daughter of Darkness # 1 (DC Comics) – Raven was never a character I had much interest in or knowledge of but this book has me hooked for at least a couple more issues. It doesn’t even matter that I missed last year’s mini series. Marv Wolfman manages to use plenty of the tools that made old comics so accessible to new readers without the storytelling ever feeling too retro.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #3 (DC Comics) – This six issue limited series continues to be a fun take on one of my favorite characters with a twisted sense of humor and great visuals.



Top Pick: Ninja-K #3 (Valiant) – Although I enjoyed the previous series the title character starred in, Ninjak, the current series is everything I could want in a comic and more. The art is fantastic, and secondary only to the exquisite writing from Christos Gage. I love this series’ look at the murky history of the Ninja Programme, and at the history only hinted at thus far.

Doomsday Clock #3 (DC Comics) – I still haven’t decided if I expect this to be a train wreck of epic proportions, or somewhat enjoyable… but I’m looking forward to finding out.

X-O Manowar #11 (Valiant) – Now that the opening three arcs are over, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Matt Kindt does with Aric now that he rules an entire planet (or, rather, is failing miserably at ruling a planet). One could argue there’s real world parallels to people interfering in local politics and royally fucking the local situation up while acting the savior, but there’s more meat on that bone than I have space for here.



Top Pick: Southern Bastards #19 (Image Comics) – Any time an issue comes out it’s at the top of my read list. It’s been an amazing series and I don’t mind the gap at all as every issue delivers an emotional punch.

Avengers #677 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been excellent so far so I’m all in for this weekly series.

Detective Comics #973 (DC Comics) – Things are falling apart for the team in this finale of the latest arc. I’ve really wanted to see how this one ends.

Legion #1 (Marvel) – After the excellence of the television series, I’m intrigued to see what this limited comic series does.

Star Trek: Discovery #2 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve really enjoyed the television series so to get more in this world has me happy. The first issue added some depth so looking forward to the second to see what it does.

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