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Preview: Detective Comics #954

Detective Comics #954

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part four! Ra’s al Ghul has the answers Batman needs to take down the League of Shadows…but will he lift a finger to help him? Or would he rather use the League to take care of the Dark Knight Detective once and for all?

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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!

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: Immortal Brothers: The Green Knight #1 (Valiant) – The Eternal Warrior has become one of my favourite characters, so this 48 page one-shot by Matt Kindt and Cary Nord that places him and his brothers in King Arthur’s court (another subject I’m very fond of) is going to rocket to the top of my pull list. I’ve been looking forward to this for months.

Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel) – Logan heads back in time to, I assume, various points in his past. I know nothing about this series beyond the front covers, but they look so incredibly exciting.

Redline #2 (Oni Press) – It’s not often I get excited about sci-fi comics… but this is one of the ones that tickles my fancy,

Voracious: Feeding Time #5 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – I make no secret of my love for this series whatsoever, and the finale to the second miniseries is going to be explosive – and awesome. My expectations are through the roof for this, but Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr have a habit of smashing those to smithereens with each issue.

 

Patrick

Top Pick: Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Last issue introduced us to Hardy Boys noir, let’s see what’s in store for Nancy.

All-Time Comics: Bullwhip #1 (Fantagraphics) – The idea of this line is so perfect and ridiculous it’s a must for me.

Spencer and Locke #1 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Calvin & Hobbes noir. I’ll take that for at least one issue.

American Barbarian Complete Series (IDW Publishing) – !!!

 

Joe

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #21 (Marvel) – I can’t believe Lemire’s run is almost over, but this four issue arc sounds like a hell of a way to go out on top.

Seven to Eternity #5 (Image) – It’s back! The book returns after a usual image trade release break, and I’m stoked to see what Remender does.

Grass Kings #2 (BOOM! Studios) – After a promising first issue from one of my favorite writers, Matt Kindt, I am hyped for the second one.

Action Comics #977 (DC Comics) – The Superman Reborn arc was a lot of fun, and this comic has been consistently great. What’s next for Supes?

Detective Comics #954 (DC Comics) – A classic villain and Batman prepare to battle? Or will they? Tynion is killing it on this book and I’m so excited to see where this story goes, especially involving Orphan so much.

 

Shay

It’s an amazing week to be a comic book lover. It was really hard to narrow it down to the seven titles I picked.

Top Pick: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Shadow #2 (Dark Horse) – Shadow’s life is about to get even more interesting in this graphic serial version of almost everyone favorite Gaiman book. Come for the David Mack variant covers, stay for the amazing story.

Top Pick: Black Panther and the Crew #1 (Marvel) – YES PLEASE. So many black superheroes, such a strong story, so much action. Saying I am here for the page turning story arc is an understatement.

America #1 2nd Printing (Marvel) – If you don’t already own a copy or haven’t read it yet, then you should get to it. Despite the shady AF comments about diversity killing the Marvel’s print sales, we have a comic book about a Queer Latina requiring a 2nd printing proving that representation counts, diversity is important and  America (the superhero & the country) is for all of us.

Kingpin #3 (Marvel) – The hits keep on coming, take that however you want, and, Kingpin is becoming a complex, fully realized, multi-faceted character.

Suicide Squad #15 (DC Comics) – The “Burning Down the House” storyline comes to an end. Deadshot is about to go up against his old team with Harley leading the charge. Rustam and his crew had better bring their A-game because, the Squad is in a take no prisoners, crack all skulls kind of mood.

Honorable Mention: Deadpool vs Punisher #1 (Marvel) – A battle of the morally gray psycho “heroes” is upon us. The man of all the action and little words meets the man with all the words and all the action.  Got popcorn?

Honorable Mention: Weapon X #1 (Marvel) – building on the awesomeness of Logan, the newest version of the Weapon X will keep you on your toes and worried about the safety of some of our favorite clawed mutants. You should be worried, this Weapon X upgrade isn’t just about creating superior mutants, it’s about kicking off a mutant genocide.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Weapon X #1 (Marvel) – I’m a sucker for shadowy government agencies, and Weapon X has a long standing history in Marvel of being one of the most shadiest and deadliest.  I’m excited to see what this new agency’s agenda is, and I’m looking forward to seeing Domino and Warpath back on a team line up.

X-Men Blue #1 (Marvel) – I’m hoping this title brings some of the fun from this teams first book, but also get them more into playing the heroes they will one day grow up to be.  And it’s going to be interesting to see how Magneto performs as mentor and how he will influence this team.  I’m thinking this is going to be a good one.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Spencer & Locke #1 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – It’s Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City and it’s amazing. One of my favorite debuts so far of 2017 it’s entertaining and subversive.

Godshaper #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A super interesting concept where everyone has a god. I’ve read the first issue and it’s a unique idea and intriguing start.

Heathen #3 (Vault Comics) – Have you read the first two issues? That alone is reason this is on my list. A solid LGBT comic that is set in the world of vikings.

Solar Flare #1 (Scout Comics) – An apocalypse story where power goes out, Scout has been putting out entertaining comics that fly under the radar. They’ve nailed it when it comes to quality and solid comics. So, when there’s a new release it’s always on my list to check out.

The Unstoppable Wasp #4 (Marvel) – So far, the comic has been a lot of fun with a positive entertaining vibe that I can’t help but smile when I read it.

Preview: Detective Comics #953

Detective Comics #953

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Christian Duce (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part four! Help arrives from a surprising – and unwanted – source… one of Batman’s greatest foes!

Unboxing: March’s Comic of the Month Club

Comic of the Month Club is a new monthly comic subscription box for comic book fans everywhere. Subscribers receive 8-9 personally curated comics every month and fill out a preference form as to what they’re interested in.

There’s five different types of boxes ranging in cost from $9.99 on up to about $30. This is the high end “Collector’s Edition x2” version of the box.

You can subscribe now. Please include “Graphic Policy” in the referral space. You as a subscriber receive an extra bonus and we do get something in return.

This month’s comics with “rough value.”
New Warriors #1 – $5
Marvel Comics Presents #72 – $6
Detective Comics #18 – $3
Batman Blackgate Isle of Men #1 – $2
Batwing #16 – $2.50
Adventure Comics #397 – $4
Fantastic Four #248 – $3
Fantastic Four #249 – $2
Fantastic Four #250 – $4

Total: ~$31.50

 

 

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Preview: Detective Comics #952

Detective Comics #952

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Christian Duce (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“League Of Shadows” part three! Batman’s team faces the League of Shadows, which believes in only one thing: complete and utter destruction! The League’s plan for the city is revealed… but can even that secret compare to the bombshell that is the identity of Cassandra Cain’s mother?

Around the Tubes

decelerate-blueIt’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are folks 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.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Marvel Announces Future Avengers TV Anime, Manga For Japan – This looks pretty cool.

TorrentFreak – Online Piracy Can Boost Comic Book Sales, Research Finds – An interesting study.

The Beat – Comics Jobs: Lion Forge, Webtoon and Marvel are hiring – Here’s some jobs if you want to try to work in the industry.

The Outhousers – Neil Gaiman Appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador – Awesome!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Decelerate Blue

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #951

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
RATED T
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!

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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

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