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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.

 

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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

Preview: Detective Comics #938

Detective Comics #938

Written by: James T Tynion IV
Art by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez
Cover by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez
Variant cover by: Rafael Albuquerque

“Rise of the Batmen” part five! Batman, Batwoman, and the entire team take the fight to the deadly Colony! Those highly trained operatives took the Bat-team apart on their own turf…so how will they fare when the Colony is in its element, with all their weapons trained on our heroes?

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Review: Detective Comics #938

DTC_Cv938_dsBatman, Batwoman, and the entire team take the fight to the deadly Colony! Those highly trained operatives took the Bat-team apart on their own turf…so how will they fare when the Colony is in its element, with all their weapons trained on our heroes?

Action. Lots of action. That’s the majority of Detective Comics #938 which has the team taking on the Colony in their own HQ. Writer James T. Tynion IV brings us some really cool moments in the issue that’s non-stop action.

The comic answers a lot of questions too. It right away answers how Colonel Kane came to head up this clandestine group and we’re shown that he’s gone off the reservation a bit when it comes to his actions. They’re probably not sanctioned.

But, from there, it’s lots of but kicking as a lot of the characters are given moments to shine, particularly Red Robin, Spoiler, Clayface, and Cassandra Cain. They all stand out as they battle the waves of bad guys and each shows off what each brings to the team.

Alvaro Martinez brings it when it comes to the art. His character detail isn’t the best, but in the costumes things look great. What I particularly like is the multiple panel spreads and some of the angles of the panels, things look really cool. There’s some great moments with Clayface and Cain in particular and they look awesome doing it.

There’s a great entertaining story going on here. It’s fast paced and I feel like we’ve thrown in the deep end of things when it comes to the story. That’s not a bad thing at all and really fun so far. I’m excited to see where this goes next because so far there’s been a hell of a lot of action already.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Alvaro Martinez
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Detective Comics #937

Detective Comics #937

Written by: James T Tynion IV
Art by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez
Cover by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez
Variant cover by: Rafael Albuquerque

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Four: In issue #937, Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!

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Review: Detective Comics #937

DTC_Cv937_dsBatman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!

In just a few issues writer James T Tynion IV has shaken up the Bat family’s world in quite a few ways. One is by turning a past ally against them. The other is by creating a new foe that makes a hell of a lot of sense when you think about it.

This issue gives us the lowdown on the Colony, their background, their plan and how everyone fits into it. It’s a solid issue that allows us to find out about the bad guy in a straightforward way. It’s all government conspiracy and hopefully we see this play out well down the road, but most importantly it feels new and interesting.

Tynion uses everything to give us greater detail, from how these new Batsuits work, to hints as to how to defeat them, and finally just how well skilled they are. It’s a great use of every panel to add details. There’s also the introduction of a new character that I have a feeling we’ll see more of.

We also get to see how smart Tim Drake actually is and how his planning is downright cool. There’s some great additions to the Bat arsennal of toys and vehicles and I expect we’ll see more of all of that.

The art by Alvaro Martinez is fantastic. There’s so muc detail, it’s just amazing and I found myself lingering on every page trying to go through every small item to see what was there and what I might gleam from it.

This is a solid arc so far that really shakes things up in the Bat-world. From the writing to the art, it’s all top notch and impressive and I can’t wait to see where it all goes from here. The action is just getting started and it looks to be exciting.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Alvaro Martinez
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Detective Comics #936

Detective Comics #936

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

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Three: In issue #936, Batman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together…including unstable wildcard Clayface?

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NSM_Cv1_open_order_varIt was new comic book day yesterday with lots of new releases. What stood out to you? What didn’t? Sound off in the comments!

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CBLDF – Experimental Comics Thrive in Middle East Despite Obstacles – Very interesting article.

CBR – “Supergirl” Finds Its Maggie Sawyer in “The Family’s” Floriana Lima – Pretty cool. Be interesting to see how they write her.

 

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Newsarama – Daredevil #9

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #936

The Beat – The Flash #2

Newsarama – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1

The Beat – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1

Comic Attack – Horizon #1

The Beat – New Super-Man #1

Newsarama – Nightwing: Rebirth #1

The Beat – Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Wonder Woman #2

The Beat – Wonder Woman #2

Review: Detective Comics #936

DTC_Cv936_dsBatman is M.I.A., and it’s time for Batwoman to take the reins! But can she control a strike force that’s barely worked together… including unstable wildcard Clayface?

Batman is down and what is Batwoman and this new team that’s been gathered to do? Kate has to make a decision and she seeks out a lot of advice in the beginning. First of which is some personal advice from a friend, which is an awesome nod to her personal life! It’s something we see as a costume for Batman, but with Kate, her being Batwoman is the costume. She attempts to have a personal life. And the beginning of this issue lays a lot out as far as that and it adds a lot of depth to the character for people who might be new to the series.

The other person she talks to is Red Robin who gives her a lot of advice about Batman himself and why he might have chosen Kate to lead the team. It’s a really good discussion not only setting up her leadership but, more importantly getting her to stand out from Batman. She’s more than the female Batman. Her outlook, her background, the way she does things, it’s different and we see some of that in this issue.

DTC_936_4The issue also has a big reveal and twist. It’s not just learning who these Batman like people are, but some of what they’re about. It’s a pretty big twist and I didn’t see it coming in time. So, kudos on writer James T Tynion IV for keeping me on my toes.

There’s also a chance this could be a new solid villain. There’s a vibe about them that feels like they’re a more high-tech Court of Owls, and that’s not a bad thing since the Court was the best new Batman addition in a while.

Artist Alvaro Martinez‘s art is really solid and helped by the inks of Raul Fernandez and colors of Brad Anderson. There’s some cool angles and perspectives in some panels and some of the “lighting” is really solid. Some that springs to mind are a few panels that feature Batwoman and Red Robin in front of computer screens.

The comic is a nice build that sets up Batman as fallible, sets Kate/Batwoman apart, and has a hell of a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. It’s exciting! It’s fun! And it’s really cool to me. I’m digging the comic and the fact it’s kept up quality shipping twice a month is impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes, and hopefully, it can continue to keep me on my toes.

Story: James T Tynion IV Art: Alvaro Martinez
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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