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The Legend of Shang-Chi #1

It’s a new week and we have lots coming at you! Get ready for an exciting week and as it kicks off we’ve got news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup!

The New York Times – Beyond ‘Black Panther’: Afrofuturism Is Booming in Comics – Nice to see this in the Times.

Arab News – New exhibition explores how Arabic comic books have reflected the socio-political culture of the region – This could be really interesting.

FIU News – The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU presents exhibition on the work of an illustration genius and father of the graphic novel – But… Florida.

The Mary Sue – Wynonna Earp Cancelled by Syfy, Final Six Episodes Air March 5th– This isn’t too surprising.

Chatham House – United States: Superhero politics – An interesting read.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Doctor Fate Vol. 3: Fateful Threads
Geek Vibes Nation – Freiheit!: The White Rose Graphic Novel
CBR – The Hostage
Talking Comics – The Legend of Shang-Chi #1

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Future State: Nightwing #1

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all 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 in our morning roundup.

Publisher’s Weekly – Tapas Sees Big Gains for Digital Comics – This is the comic space to watch. Webtoons have a massive reader base and it’s only going to get bigger.

Reviews

The Beat – Abbott 1973 #1
Games Radar – Avengers #41
Collected Editions – Doctor Fate Vol. 1: The Blood Price
The Geekiary – Future State: Nightwing #1
The Beat – Terminal Punks #3

Mezco Reveals a One:12 Collective Doctor Fate

Mezco Toyz‘s Fall convention and reveal is underway and while the comic related news has been slim, today fans got an unexpected surprise. The toy and collectible company revealed Doctor Fate will be joining their One:12 Collective line of figures.

While full details haven’t been revealed, there’s opporunity for some really cool accessories to be released with it.

We’ll have more news as it’s revealed.

Preview: Doctor Fate #18

Doctor Fate #18

(W) Paul Levitz (A/CA) Brendan McCarthy
In Shops: Nov 16, 2016
SRP: $2.99

In this stunning series finale, Fate is captive on the world of the Dreamspinners as their threads of doom reach out to threaten Earth. Can Khalid find the power within himself to survive in a mythology not his own?

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Preview: Doctor Fate #17

Doctor Fate #17

Written by: Paul Levitz
Art by: Brendan McCarthy
Cover by: Brendan McCarthy

The threads of fate are dangling down to the Freedom Tower, latching and taking away the souls of New Yorkers, including the current Doctor Fate Khalid’s family and friends. Khalid’s mad pursuit to save them will take him on a cosmic journey, through space and time, to the world of the Dreamspinners—all illustrated by the uniquely fantastic art of Brendan McCarthy (MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, ROGAN GOSH).

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Preview: Doctor Fate #16

Doctor Fate #16

Written by: Paul Levitz
Art by: Sonny Liew
Cover by: Brendan McCarthy

In this climactic concluding chapter, chaos reigns as New York City is plunged into darkness and terrifying mummies rise to wreak havoc on the streets. And in the center of it all, Osiris, has come to render judgment on Doctor Fate and the rest of mankind. But can even the combined might of two magic wielders be enough to defeat the God of Death?

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DC’s Doctor Fate Signing at Midtown Comics

20160401_193853Last Friday evening, both Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew were on hand at Midtown Comics’ NYC downtown location, promoting the release of their Doctor Fate seven issue run as a trade paper back. The line was long, as both the veteran Levitz, and younger Liew, attracted a new merry band of merged followers.

The newfangled TPB is a refreshing look at DC’s  Doctor Fate character, with Thoth’s helmet being taken over by a reluctant Egyptian-America, caught in the middle of a war of gods, and his own inner battles with belief and culture. Khalid Nassir–a medical student on his way to becoming a doctor in more ways than one–juggles family, work, school, and a declining love life. Added to his mess of a life, is the apocalyptic flooding of the Bayshore area, where old forgotten Egyptian gods conspire to cleanse the earth, and usher in a new era sans humans. Chosen by Fate, to take on the unwanted duties of stopping Anubis and his co-conspiratorial Egyptian pantheon, the rookie Khalid must learn quickly to harness his new prophetic powers over nature, while he tries to sort out his more mundane problems.

The book reads more like an indie title, than the normal fare I would expect at DC. Also, as an ex-Brooklynite, the real life settings–which is atypical of DC comics–add a personal emotional element (i.e. the fire scene at Maimonides Hospital, where my daughter was born). Plus, it is extremely well illustrated by Sonny Liew, whose relaxed art explodes into an energetic frenzy when necessary. I didn’t pick up the originals, but after reading the trade, I am rethinking that. Back issues are still readily available, so go buy them before everyone else wises up, and supply dwindles out.

As a bonus, Sonny Liew was also signing his 300 page opus graphic novel: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. More on that later (it’s a thick one, and it’s going to take me a few days to work through it). Here’s a sneak peek:

 

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The weekend is almost here and we’ll be at the Rose City Comic Con and SPX! That’s right, multiple con coverage all in the same weekend.

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

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CBLDF – Google Play Applies Double Standard to Erotica in Comics – Yup.

Newsarama – G.I. Joe Creator Looks To Reclaim Ownership From Hasbro – Well this should be interesting.

Reading Eagle – Many superhero comic books have historical Jewish roots – Some good history.

 

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CBR – Captain America: White #1

Talking Comics – Captain America: White #1

Bam Smack Pow – Doctor Fate #4

CBR – Star Wars #9

CBR – Tokyo Ghost #1

Review: Doomed #3 and Doctor Fate #3

doomed003DC Comics’ newest promotional wave is one which finally let go of the number 52 and has instead looked to cash in on the immense popularity of some other recent successes at the company under the imprint of DC You, notably focused around Batgirl and Gotham Academy.  This character first kind of approach is one that has been effective over the years, and in different applications can be used to explain the popularity of Spider-Man and others.  This new focus on characters is what has defined this new approach, though it is not yet evident if it is working.  One of the cornerstones of this new approach has been to turn Superman into a depowered version of himself to see what he is really made of, but it has somewhat failed.  Although not technically under DC You, the same has been done with Batman with the same level lack of success.  While the executives might have been hoping that the popularity might give these two a boost, it has not worked so much in a critical sense except as a stunt, especially as the regular versions of the characters are doing so well elsewhere as in Justice League.  As usual, DC tends to rise and fall on those two characters, and so this new wave might not last, but if that is indeed the case then it would be a shame, as it would lose two of its most intriguing recent characters, in Doomed and the new Doctor Fate.

df003The reading of the two series is so close that they do bear being compared to one another.  Doctor Fate features a young cast with characters dealing with their personal problems, and Doomed is not much different except for the manner of problems and their specific location with New York City (well Metropolis is not officially NYC, but whatever).  Both hit the stands with a strong main character and a strong collection of supporting characters that breathe life into the main character and both have stories which are engaging and fun.

Perhaps most evident is the fact that the success of these two series comes from the fact that there is a real organic nature to the story telling, something that has been missing elsewhere in DC You.  The locales seem real because they are real, and the characters work despite the fact that they have been “Batgirled” even though there is nothing girl-like about them.  That is perhaps the true success of these two series, and why they can be discussed as one even when they are in effect quite different in their overall focus on story telling, and on their basis on the occult or science-fiction.  It is the only two examples thus far of either comic company being able to spread the idea of Batgirling to a male character, and it proves that not only the young female characters at both companies needed a makeover, but that the male characters needed it as well.  As these series are unlikely to survive on their own without the help of the bigger two heroes making DC You into something sustainable, it is also unlikely that these will survive into the long run, but also worth noting that they should.

Story: Scott Lobdell/Paul Levitz Art:  Javier Fernandez/Sonny Liew
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0  Overall: 9.0  Recommendation: Buy

 

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