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Gotham Weekly Discusses Two Weeks of Batman Comics

This week on Gotham Weekly, our hosts battle some slight sound issues to talk about the past two weeks of Batman family comics.

Included in this episode is:

Batman #16 by Tom King and David Finch
Nightwing #14 by Tim Seeley and Marcus To
Batgirl #7 by Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose
All-Star Batman #7 by Scott Snyder, Tula Lotay
Detective Comics #950 by James Tynon IV, Marco Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Eddy Barrows
Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #7 by Julie and Shawna Benson, Chloe Roe
Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 by Scott Lobdell and Miko Colik


Around the Tubes

asbm_cv7It’s a new week! We’ve got previews, interviews, reviews, and so much more lined up! Stay tuned for what’s going to be a fun week. While you await all of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Carleton College News – Filmmaker Jonathan Gayles presents convocation on Black masculinity in comic books – Interesting, this would be really cool to check out.

The Creators Project – An Artist Is Deconstructing Comics into Grids in Order to Challenge Power Structures – Pretty cool.

CBR – The 15 Weirdest Superhero Toys – These are awesome!

Comics Alliance – Everything Under The Sea: Aquaman’s Weirdest Silver Age Moments – Some crazy moments.

CBR – FX’s Legion Debuts To Decent, Not Great, Ratings – Not too surprising.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Princess by Tom Scioli – Go read it!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #7

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #950

Talking Comics – Moonshine #5

Driving – Steve McQueen in Le Mans

Talking Comics – Superwoman #7

Preview: Detective Comics #950

Detective Comics #950

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Marcio Takara, Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (A/CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“League of Shadows” prologue! Celebrate 950 issues of the original Batman series with this extra-sized extravaganza! Cassandra Cain has stayed out of the spotlight on Batman’s team as she slowly comes to terms with the civilized world she was kept away from all her life…but the time for her to step up is fast approaching! Will she ever learn how to fit in among the masses, or will she always be more weapon than woman? Plus: a primer on the history of the League of Assassins, and an adventure with the team’s newest recruit: Azrael, the Avenging Angel!


Review: Detective Comics #950

dtc_cv950_dsIt’s an oversized anniversary special for Detective Comics #950 this week, and what we get in this issue is a lot of setup for some upcoming arcs, some solid backstory and character development for characters that need it, and a huge revelation about all of the moving pieces Batman has set up. We learn from a flashback conversation between Batman and Red Robin in the last story, that Batman is preparing for something big. He is preparing for war. With everything this team is doing, it had seemed Batman had a bigger plan, but it was never fully revealed. Not only do we know now, that he is preparing for war, his forming of The Justice League of America, and even what Duke, Nightwing, and The Red Hood have been involved with, may be part of a much bigger plan. Could this be about the upcoming League of Shadows arc? Or something much bigger. It sounds like 2017 is going to be an exciting year for the bat-family.

This issue begins the new League of Shadows story arc. The issue is split up into three stories. The first two are larger, with the final being just a few pages. We begin with our first story, aptly named The League of Shadows. In this story, we follow Orphan, Cassandra Cain. She never says a lot in Detective Comics and is the strong silent type. She is damaged, as are many in the bat-family, including Batman, and this story spends it’s time in her head. At first I thought the telling and not showing writing style of explaining what was in Cassandra’s head was too much, but then I remembered that perhaps narration like this was needed for a silent character. James Tynion IV did a great job making me feel like I know Orphan more as a character now, and also gave her even more of an edge. She is a killer, and like other characters, Batman has taken his wing, like Spoiler, she can turn at any moment. That kind of mystery to a hero makes for a fun story. The idea that this team is hanging by a thread is the opposite to how organized and planned out Batman is, and his newly formed Justice League of America challenges that notion even more. By the end of the issue, Orphan has learned to express herself through dance, and you truly see an innocence to an otherwise masked killer. She may be on the good side, but even Cassandra herself fears herself losing control, and how far she takes her violence, even to criminals.

There is also some solid character development to Basil Karlo as not only Clayface but in his human form, and Bat-Wing. I find that Tynion writes most of his heartfelt moments when he writes about Clayface. He truly has made him a wonderful and tragic character, and I would love to see this done with more characters like that in Batman’s rogue gallery. Not all of them, as we want some villains to truly be villains, but this book has really made me sympathize with this character in a way I didn’t expect. The ending of this story sets up the upcoming League of Shadows arc for this book in an interesting way. Marcio Takara has some really nice painted art in this story, even if I am more used to Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez styles on this series, who do pencils on the second, and third story. Dean White has some fantastic color work that make Takara’s pencils shine even brighter.

In our second tale, titled Higher Powers, we get a deeper glimpse at Azrael, and Bat-Wing once again. This deals with an interesting fight against giant bat-robots and Bat-Wing asking Azrael how he defeated them as quickly as he did, as well as some solid philosophical debates and discussion on religion and faith. Azrael talking about being a man-made angel with high tech armor was interesting, and it was fun to visit the classic character in a new way. I have always thought he was a solid character, and he proves in this story he will be a great addition to the team. I feel this way about Bat-Wing as well, and while we may not get the same character depth for him that we get on Orphan, and Azrael, I still feel like I saw deeper into the cocky and witty tech genius. You can see as he worked with Basil in the first story that he truly cares about helping and curing Clayface, and here, he is truly interested in learning from Azrael, not only about his strategy, but about his blind faith. It was refreshing, and gives another layer to a character that is known just for his confidence. That is what Detective Comics does. For a team book, it really takes it’s time to develop great members of this team, and while I said they are hanging by a thread because of how broken many of them are, there are some, like Bat-Wing, that I think can keep them together. This story ends much like the previous one with something that looks to set up a future arc, with someone else being brought to life like Azrael, but only time will tell if this being will be human or completely artificial intelligence. Alvaro Martinez on pencils, Raul Fernandez on inks, and Brad Anderson on colors give some artwork that is more traditional to what you can expect in this run of Detective Comics. That isn’t a bad thing, as I have always loved what this book has done with page layouts and panels, and this story continues that fashion.

In the final and third story of the issue, we have a few pages between Red Robin and Batman in the Robin’s Nest. This is a private conversation that happened between these two heroes as the team was newly formed. Tim is very blunt with his final question to his mentor, why are you preparing for war? We don’t see an answer, but we do get the words at the bottom of the page “Dark Days Are Coming – 2017.” Could this be the big summer event we have heard Snyder is writing? I cannot wait to find out. This was a nice moment between Batman and Red Robin, and more Tim Drake in this series is always a good thing. The art in this story, is more of what you can expect like the previous story. Eddy Barrows on pencils, Eber Ferreira on inks, and Adriano Lucas on colors give some of the best panel work and layout in the entire issue, and they only have four pages to work with. As Red Robin is questioning Batman, Nightwing, Red Hood, and more are painted in the background on monitors and it gives a real sense of paranoia to what is really going on. I found myself waiting for Batman to answer and almost demand “Yeah! What are you doing Bats?”, but I am patient, and I cannot wait to see where this series takes us by the end of 2017. As I said in the opening paragraph, Tim put the pieces together that none of the things Batman is doing are accidental, and he is planning for something big. What is he so worried about? And what is coming to either Gotham City, or the world that has him juggling so many of his protégées, former enemies, and new teams? There is a reason Detective Comics is one of DC’s best books, it simply delivers.

League of Shadows Story: James Tynion IV Art: Marcio Takara Color: Dean White
Higher Powers Story: James Tynion IV Art: Alvaro Martinez
Inks: Raul Fernandez Color: Brad Anderson
The Big Picture Story: James Tynion IV Art: Eddy Barrows
Inks: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

black-history-month-in-its-own-wordsWednesdays 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.


Black History In Its Own Words (Image Comics) – Criminally, I’m behind on Ronald Wimberly’s work, despite the fact that his recent Image Comics work, Prince of Cats (once a publication of Vertigo), has been making waves with its unique premise and gorgeous art. Black History In Its Own Words sounds like a great endeavor in the same effort as March, using the comics medium as a way to educate on important moments and figures in black history. We already know comics can be art, can be literature, but what about educational? Comics can be a teaching tool for reading and drawing, so it only makes sense it should take the next step in teaching all too important academia such as history, science, math, government, etc.

All-New Wolverine #17 (Marvel) – I’ve only read the first volume so far, but X-23 as the All-New Wolverine has one me over. She continues on the powerful themes of the original character, dealing with anger and finding more meaning in life than violence, while exploring her own unique personality. Most superhero comics have overdone action to the point that it’s no longer fun, but the creative team here manages to keep it so while not forgetting character development. Definitely one of the best among new Marvel titles.



Top Pick: Inhumans vs. X-Men #4 (Marvel) – This event has been a rock ’em sock ’em ride from the get go.  The X-Men are fighting for their survival and they are definitely not holding back.  The action has been non stop as the X-Men have taken out the Inhuman’s heavy hitters, but they may have underestimated the Nuhumans and their ability to push back. It’s only going to get more cut throat as this goes on and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Jessica Jones #5 (Marvel) – When I started reading this title, I was a little annoyed that Marvel took Jessica back to her “darker” self, after everything that was established with her and Luke Cage.  But I have bee enjoying this title, and the last issue definitely cleared some things up for me.  I’m liking the set up of the “big bad” in this title and I am curious to see what the end game is.  I very good title that I recommend.

The Unworthy Thor #4 (Marvel) – Odinson is held prisoner on the Collector’s ship; a strange hammer within his reach, but the Collector wants the power for himself.  And to make matters worse, Proxima Midnight and Black Swan have crashed the party.  I’ve been enjoying this book, but really just want to see Odinson get his hands on this hammer already!

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I’ll be honest, the Rebirth titles I was reading didn’t hold my interest (though I do want to go back to Red Hood, Birds of Prey and Teen Titans as I lost track of them) but I am intrigued by the team line up of this book.  I read the Rebirth stories for The Ray and Killer Frost, which I enjoyed, and Black Canary and Vixen are favorites of mine, so I’m hoping this book can deliver.



Top Pick: Kingpin #1 (Marvel) – Matt Rosenberg has been of the best and most consistent writers lately. He has done some fantastic miniseries, and we get him on a big Marvel ongoing. Finally! With how he wrote the character on the CW2 miniseries, and it being the best thing to happen to that event, my expectations are through the roof for this book. Be excited.

Moonshine #5 (Image Comics) – This has been a solid and underrated book by Azzarello about mobsters, Appalachia, and werewolves. It is such an original tale that has packed an intriguing mystery about city slickers coming to the mountains with booze and blood involved.

Detective Comics #950 (DC Comics) – The oversized anniversary special that is priced at $3.99, that is a beautiful concept everyone should follow. I love this series, and James Tynion IV hasn’t let me down yet. I don’t expect him to anytime soon.

The Unworthy Thor #4 (Marvel) – It’s been so far so good for the return of Jason Aaron writing Odinson, and there’s only a few issues remaining. Will Thor get his original hammer? Or at least the ultimate version? Will he ride off into the sunset and allow Jane to remain the God of Thunder? I suspect a new ongoing. I can’t wait to find out.

The Flash #16 (DC Comics) – Finally the Rogues have returned! Josh Williamson has done a solid job with this series, but now that the Rogues have returned, it’s getting even better.



Top Pick: Ninjak #24 (Valiant) – This is the first time that Ninjak has been my top pick in a long time, if ever. Matt Kindt has always been consistent with his writing on the series, but with the last issue he kicked it up a gear, and I can’t wait to see where he takes us with this issue.

All-Star Batman #7 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder and Jock gave me Batman #44, which remains one of the best issues of Batman I have ever read. Needless to say, I’m excited to get a whole story from these two.

Divinity III: Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – Honestly, this was a toss up between this and Detective Comics #950, with this issue coming out on top because of it’s relation to the main Divinity III miniseries. The more content  I can get from the Stalinverse, the happier I am.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 (DC Comics) – An unsung gem in DC’s line up, this darkly funny (whether it’s supposed to be or not) series has become one of the ones I look forward to the most each month.



Top Pick: Black History In Its Own Words (Image Comics) – Ron Wimberly takes us through a look at Black History framed by those who made it. As a white guy with a large gap in my knowledge, I’m looking forward to filling in some of that.

Black #4 (Black Mask Studios) – The series has been an interesting one, and while not perfect, each issue has been thought provoking with a depth not usually found in superhero comics.

Death Be Damned #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Seven outlaws have killed Miranda Coler and her family, but her death turned out to be a little less permanent than they expected. A western tale of revenge is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Divinity III: Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – This latest “event” miniseries from Valiant has been absolutely amazing. Any opportunity to get more about this world, I’m excited.

The Fissure #1 (Vault Comics) – El Sueño, Texas was a single street town withering under the shadow of the Mexico-U.S. Barrier. Then the pavement split, and a massive crack spread from one end to the other, rapidly swallowing El Sueño whole. Young couple Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright fight to escape the mysterious sinkhole and the malevolent force that beckons from its depths. Writer Tim Daniel has kicked ass with these types of stories and this debut from Vault Comics is one I’ve had my eye on for quite some time.

Gotham Weekly With Alex And Joe

Well folks, we finally gave up on trying to jointly write a column, and instead just decided to record our conversation about these books for your audio pleasure. This week we discuss Detective Comics #949, Batman Beyond #4, Batgirl #7, as well as the news that Ben Affleck has stepped away from the directors chair of the upcoming Batman  movie.

The podcast was recorded live and hasn’t been edited, so there’s likely some cussing here and there.


Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: Detective Comics Vol. 1 and Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1

Five weeks into the new year and three weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes. One to one of DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks and some Scooby action!

Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen collecting issues #934-940 by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Alvaro Martinez.

Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1 collecting issues #1-6 by Jim Lee, Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Howard Porter.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores February 1 and bookstores February 7.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Detective Comics Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Scooby Apocalypse Vol. 1Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Around the Tubes

jl_ssquad_cv6_dsIt’s a new week. We’ve got a new episode of Graphic Policy Radio tonight! Listen in and Tweet us your questions.

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

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – Had Digital Comic Books Hurt Print? Retailers, Publishers Talk State of the Business 2017 – The data would say no.

Marvel – Marvel Studios Begins Production on ‘Black Panther’ – Who’s excited for this one?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Banned Books Week Handbook 2016 – It’s free, go read it.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Valerian & Laureline and The Swimming Pool of Micheville – More free comics. Read it.

The Beat – A year of free comics: The Adventures of Business Cat – And more free to read.

Kotaku – Dots Games Ask Players To Donate To ACLU In Light Of Trump’s Travel Ban – Go, do it.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #949

Talking Comics – Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

Talking Comics – Steve McQueen in Le Mans

Preview: Detective Comics #949

Detective Comics #949

(W) James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett (A) Szymon Kudranski (A/CA) Ben Oliver
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BATWOMAN BEGINS” part two! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! Batman and Batwoman need to get in there to find out who’s been weaponizing monster blood-but who will they have to fight through to do it?


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the-dregs-1-9Wednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman/TMNT Adventures # 3 (DC Comics/ IDW Publishing) – This comic just plainly rocks! It’s the best of both worlds. I love how well the creative team has captured the spirit and feel of Batman: The Animated Series as well as keeping the Turtles timeless in their incarnation. Very pumped for the Joker/ Shredder feud. This has just been radical!!

Detective Comics #949 (DC Comics) – One more issue to go until the big 950 celebration! This book has been on such a roll though, I’m not even noticing the mile stone. Such a stark contrast to the snooze fest going on over in the regular Batman monthly title. I am loving how Kate Kane is getting the spotlight here and I’m very much looking forward to this springboarding her into the new Batwoman title next month. Finally Bruce has an ally that feels like a true equal and not one of his students. Hey, who better than family right?

Reborn # 4 (Image Comics) – This tale between Millar and Capullo is just a breath of fun. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of story or newness but it entertaining as all get out. The art is stellar as always and I could see this as an animation property. Very cool take on the entire idea of reincarnation. This won’t have a long journey but I’m sure here for the ride.



Top Pick: The Dregs #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A comic tackling gentrification, homeless people confined in one area and what happens when a homeless man decides to help solve the mystery of the disappearing “invisible” population of a city divided. I’m here for it !

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #6 (DC Comics) – The end of this arc could have one team destroyed or they could join forces to create the super team that we all deserve .

Hulk #2 (Marvel) – Jen is still trying to sort it all out while returning to work and it’s getting harder to control the green beast of rage within.

Suicide Squad #10 (DC Comics) – A bonus epilogue to the JL v SS comic arc finds Amanda trying to break through and reconcile the wreckage of her dark secrets.



Top Pick: Divinity III: Stalinverse #2 (Valiant) – I’m like a kid in a candy store with this series; I bloody love everything about this alternate history version of the Valiant universe. To be honest, I’ve already read the comic – and it’s good – but I’m looking forward to seeing the artwork on the printed page.

Bloodshot USA #4 (Valiant) – The conclusion to Valiant’s version of a zombie story with nanomachines infecting civilians. It’s been a surprisingly strong story so far, but the only thing keeping this from my top spot is Jeff Lemire’s tendency to set up the next arc midway through a concluding chapter. Sometimes I want a self contained story…

Hulk #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was easily the best Marvel comic I’ve read in a long time.

Savage #3 (Valiant) – I could just copy what I wrote about Divinity III #2 here with some slight adjustments, but that’d be lazy (almost as lazy as not writing anything else).



Top Pick: Dead Inside #2 (Dark Horse) – I’m a sucker for crime comics and this murder mystery within a prison has been fascinating so far. The art is solid, writing entertaining and engaging, it’s a complete package.

Animosity: The Rise (Aftershock) – The main series is solid about animals rising up against humanity. I really want to see where this fits into all of that. A great series under the radar.

The Circle #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A different take on The Craft, the first issue caught me by surprise and the second issue is even better.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #3 (Marvel) – This has been an event series that’s worked so far. The action is solid and it’s balancing a lot going on really well.

The Kamandi Challenge #1 (DC Comics) – Tons of creators taking on a classic. The first issue kicks off this week with eleven more to go.

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