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Review: Transformers: Lost Light #10

Homecoming! First Aid, the Autobots’ Chief Medical Officer, returns to the Lost Light to find that everything has changed: the ship is now under the command of the treacherous Getaway, half of his closest friends are missing, and – most shocking of all – the crew is actually making progress…

Transformers: Lost Light #10 answers the question as to what the mutinous crew under Getaway have been up to. The issue is rather ominous with a horror vibe tone, and then we get to the end of the episode and we get to see the brilliance of the issue.

Written by James Roberts, it’s difficult to completely review the issue and its amazingness without spoiling why and it’s best to experience the comic on your own.

Throughout the issue we follow First Aid as he, and his crew, explore the Lost Light and attempt to figure out what happened to Rodimus and its members. We know what has happened and know things aren’t right but Roberts still infuses the issue with a tenseness about it all. It build and builds until the reveal which may be one of the best twists I’ve read in a comic all year. The writing by Roberts is fantastic and how the issue is plotted becomes even more impressive when you get to that twist.

The art by Jack Lawrence is great and each Transformer is unique and has personality of their own. The fact so much tension and emotion is brought forth isn’t just Roberts’ writing but also has a lot to do with Lawrence’s art which enhances it all with the positioning of the characters and what emotion can be delivered in their faces and bodies. This is also a crew with variety in their looks and styles.

The issue is good and then you get to the end and it all becomes clear as to what’s going on. The rug is pulled out from under the reader and it goes from good to amazing. This is one of the best comics I read this week and one of the most fun I’ve read all year.

Story: James Roberts Art: Jack Lawrence
Story: 10 Art: 8.25 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Batman #33

Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family-each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.

Artist Joëlle Jones joins writer Tom King for the first part of the new story arc “A Dream of Me” which sees the Bat and Cat on a journey… but to where? By the end of the issue it’s clear exactly what’s going on and makes sense considering the engagement of these two. The issue though feels like a prelude and a rather slow one at that. We get a lot of small details to examine and interpret, something King has done throughout his run, but the comic itself is generally sparse in both story and art. This is a much more dialed back issue, especially compared to last arc’s “War of Jokes and Riddles.”

What’s interesting is Jones’ art which for most of the issue is fantastic and it’s great to see her on a high profile book. Where things go a bit sideways is in her depiction of some characters, particularly the Robins. Damian, Dick, and Jason all look too much alike and it’s hard to tell them apart at times. Alfred too looks a bit different than his normal depiction which feels a bit off. But, beyond that, the art is fantastic and shows Jones should be given more high profile comics down the road.

The comic is an interesting one and in some ways continues the fantastic story King has set up but in other ways things feel like a trip. This is a prelude in every way and sets up… something that could be interesting. King has proven he can do thought provoking before and this looks like it’ll be that sort of arc. A step back but still an entertaining read.

Story: Tom King Art: Joëlle Jones
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman: The Drowned #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?

DC Comics has been knocking it out of the bark with Dark Nights: Metal and with each spin-off the nightmarish Batmen from the Dark Multiverse have gained depth. Writer Dan Abnett adds depth to this Batman/Aquaman hybrid in Batman: The Drowned creating a character that has motivation, cause, a backstory, and is pretty badass. He also adds some material from his Aquaman run that creates an even more exciting read for fans of his run there.

While the motivations of The Drowned are simple, dead lover, the story itself is just full of dread that amps up as the action builds and by the end of the story, this is a villain that we have some sympathy for but also someone we don’t want to cross.

Abnett’s writing is helped by Philip Tan whose art is amazing with a use of panels that create a flow that I haven’t seen in two many comics. This isn’t a flow in the reading, this is a literal blow where a blast of water on one page feels like it’s knocking panels away on another. You can see an example of this below where the blast knocks the panels on the right away. That use of panels is a detail in the comic that enhances the storytelling.

Dark Nights feels like it’s getting better and better the more it goes on and these one-shots have helped make that the case by adding depth to each of these new villains. They’re stories that can’t fit in the main series but need to be told. Abnett and Tan deliver an issue that gives us everything we need packed into one comic. It’s a prime example that you don’t need to drag things out over multiple issues and spin-offs. This is how a comic should be and why Dark Nights: Metal is shaping up to be one of the best events in a long time.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Philip Tan Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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TV Review: Legends of Tomorrow S3E2 Freakshow

Tonight’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow starts off with a loving flashback to Nathaniel and Amaya spending some quality time, having fun with some baking. The team sets off on a new mission that Sarah refers to as a “slam dunk,” so you know things are going to go six ways from sideways. They end up in 1870 Wisconsin in PT Barnum’s, played by Billy Zane, circus in search of an anachronism, that turns out being a sabertooth tiger. A mix up with Atom’s don’t-call-it-a -shrink-Ray leaves the team with an even bigger problem their hands and since none of the current roster of Legends has any experience with animals, Sara in all of her boss chick, girl squad glory, takes a dip back in time to grab former team member Amaya (aka OG Vixen).

While Nathaniel deals with his abandonment and relationship loss issues, Sarah and Amaya take on the prehistoric beast and prevail. But, since it’s never all good in the Legends hood Nathaniel’s attempt at drinking away his feelings with his boys, leads to half the team getting captured. It was fun and authentic to see Nate try and mask his feelings, while showcasing the fragile male ego and, nice guy syndrome after the dissolution of a romantic relationship. Instead of tackling his feelings he masks them and blames Amaya , he’s so caught in trying to come off unbothered and hyper masculine he ends up getting Amaya and himself taken while mid-rescue mission.

There is some resolution and hope in Nathaniel realizing his ego was to blame and he finally talks it out with Amaya giving some clarity to the situation. While they work out their issues and attempt to gain closure, Sara rallies the remaining crew members, Rory and the Professor, while she goes toe to toe with Time Agent Sharp.

Overall, the episode is a straight up banger filled with superior action, a big baddie reveal, a trust fall, a team reconnection, and a glimpse into human nature. There’s a lot packed into the episode but none of it was useless or fluff. “Freakshow” serves up a solid hour of awesomeness.

Kudos to the Legends writing room. In this episode they tackle the bond of sisterhood in friendships, the fragility of male egos, and showcase strong female characters who not only save the day but, are secure in themselves being undefined by who they’re dating. Legends continues its tackling of complex issues, racial, gender and sexual, while telling an action packed camptastic story. The writers make sure that even the placeholder episodes that pop up during the season have meaning, explore a message and keep it real and I’m all the way here for it.

Overall: 9.1

TV Review: Lucifer S3E3 Mr. and Mrs. Mazikeen Smith

Realizing she wants more from life, Maze heads to Canada for a tricky case; Chloe worries Maze is being targeted by a con man; Lucifer and Chloe discover their target may be closer then they realized.

Lucifer puts the focus on Maze in this episode that’s beyond entertaining and evidence that we need more Maze-centric episodes!

Having to go after a con man, who may be a murder, Maze heads to Canada, and from there the jokes are pretty non-stop and we get to see her badass self.

For those unaware, Maze is no longer just Lucifer’s enforcer/right hand woman, she’s also a bounty hunter trying to make a living, so here she’s focused on that and then some. But, even though she’s focused on making some money, she also is enjoying the chase to some extent. It’s cute, it’s entertaining, and it’s Maze at her best. She kicks ass, she is beyond flirty with a dangerous sexiness about her. There’s teases of BDSM and she delivers it all in a way that you’re not sure if you should be scared or go along with it all.

The humor in the episode is awesome, placing Maze in the snow and cold, a place she shouldn’t be and there’s some good jokes of her being in Canada but it’s not constant. The episode does a fantastic job of balancing action, humor and sexiness and does it all in an hour that seems to flow by.

The episode also breaks the usual formula of their being a murder and then the team has to solve it while the greater storyline plays out. We get a different type of story which shows the show can do more than its usual schtick. More of this please.

A solid episode that puts the spotlight on a character who definitely doesn’t get enough screen time. It shows that the series has a solid cast and any of them can take the lead and continue to entertain.

Overall Rating: 8.45

Review: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider Vol. 1 Back in the Hood

It’s Tuesday which means comics are hitting book stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to Ben Reilly, the clone folks love to hate!

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider Vol. 1 Back in the Hood collects issues #1-5 and material from Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1 by Peter David, Mark Bagley, John Dell and Jason Keith.

Get your copy at comic at comic shops now and bookstores on October 24. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider Vol. 1 Back in the Hood
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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!

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.

Joe

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) – I am optimistic with most things that Jason Aaron touches. He has been killing it on this title, and while some are still arguing if Thor should be a female or not, I have been loving this run. Does Jane die? How does Odinson fit into this? We are into Marvel Legacy territory now, so does that mean he returns as Thor? Or is that too easy? Either way, I can’t wait to find out.

Batman #33 (DC Comics) – Tom King is just getting done with “The Proposal” and “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and is now joined by Joelle Jones on art to start a new arc. I cannot wait to see what Jones comes up with on art, as I love her style. I also cannot wait to see where King takes us next with the Dark Knight.

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) – Bendis catches a lot of flack, and sometimes it may be warranted, but I have actually enjoyed what he has been crafting with Riri and Doom. I am pleasantly surprised that this has become one of my most anticipated titles and plots.

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s more of the Black Hammer universe, and Lemire, oh and Rubin. These are two of my favorite creators in the medium, and I can already imagine how their styles will go together, and it excites me.

Kill or Be Killed #13 (Image Comics) – I always look forward to this incredible book. Brubaker is crafting another classic, and I cannot wait to see the ending, but I also never want it to end. That is the dilemma of awesome writing.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with Dark Nights: Metal and these one-shots have been introducing us to these nightmarish Batmen. This one is Batman mashed up with Aquaman and the comic itself is one of the best produced yet.

Infernoct #1 (Scout Comics) – A new series from Scout Comics is always worth grabbing and this new one should be on everyone’s buy list. This horror series is one that every fan of H.P. Lovecrraft and horror should check out and it’s perfect for this Halloween season.

Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – I’m intrigued to see what this new imprint has. I’m expecting Vertigo and we’ll see if this can meet expectations. The series is described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and that alone has me interest.

Normandy Gold #4 (Titan Comics) – I love me some noir and this is a brutal one in a period piece setting. Grim, grimy, gritty, and so good.

The Realm #2 (Image Comics) – This series’ first issue was fantastic, a fantasy Walking Dead and I expect it to find a following like that show. It has the potential to be the next big thing in comics.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Rebirth Vol. 1 (DC Comics) – All of the awesome in one collected issue. The Squad doesn’t kneel before Zod and it’s amazing!

Top Pick: Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) – The becoming of Black Panther is highlighted in part one of this two part story.

Batwoman #8 (DC Comics) – The “Fear and Loathing” arc continues and the 2nd installment ramps things up to 11.

Harley Quinn #30 (DC Comics) – Who doesn’t want to VOTE HARLEY!

Deadpool vs Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Bring popcorn, it’s about to get real… bloody!

TV Review: Supergirl S3E2 Triggers

Everybody has their something and “Triggers” brings fear to the forefront in the most brilliant way. The villain in this episode is female and she uses fear to rob banks and, while fear is a human emotion, Kara finds herself affected and unable to fight her without succumbing to literally, crippling fear. While Kara tries to figure out how to defeat a villain who uses everything that scares her against her, Maggie and Alex are going toe to toe on how to beat plan their wedding, often using their friends as tie breakers and sounding boards. Triggers also shows how the work/life balance can be when your best friend is your boss… at both of your jobs and, we dig deeper into the rise of Reign.

This episode is extremely well written and even though the writers cram so much into a very psychologically draining episode, there is no shortage of action or connection. We get to see Kara getting close to her Kryptonian roots as she goes old school to meditate and get her panic attacks in order. Giving Kara these human fears and feelings that lead the way to a torturous existence in ones own minds, makes Kara more relatable especially with her character turning away from her friends and lashing out against her allies. It was nice to see the writers taking a moment to address even the tiniest bit of depression and terror in such a way that it didn’t seem cliched or like an unnecessary emotional manipulation was amazing. It was nice to see fear taking hold of a wide array of people regardless of gender, race, sexuality, age or superpower and shedding a light on it.

We also got to see Lena in full boss lady mode. She played nice until she felt like she didn’t have a choice but, laying down the law. Her actions with Kara seemed so real because it is 5e dilemma that most women in power feel, especially when working with friends. There is often a sense of a need to be nice and cordial so that people like you, a lesson that men don’t get. There was a nice parallel between Lena’s fear of losing her friend , or feeling like the bad guy at work and Kara dealing with her fear of absolute isolation, especially following the loss on Mon-El. Triggers shows two very powerful women dealing with fears without making them seem weak or heartless and I love it.

In addition to the humanization and building upon their already complex character development, the writers also treated us to some light heated bickering and tender moments between Alex and Kara as well as Alex and her fiancé Maggie. I love that the show showcases their relationship in a way that shows the couple for what they are, normal. The writers never play the couple for shock value or as a cliched storyline and they show them in a way that carries into the homes of people who never see LGBTQ representations in real life. I also loved the episodes resolutions and reveals, which you I will not spoil and thoroughly encourage you watch and enjoy.

Overall: 8.9

Unboxing: The One:12 Collective Previews Exclusive Daredevil

Blinded by a radioactive liquid while saving a stranger, young Matt Murdock gains “radar sense” and experiences heightened senses beyond normal human ability. After the brutal death of his Father, Matt Murdock donned his costume and became the man without fear…Daredevil. Lawyer by day and vigilante by night, Daredevil is the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen.

Painstaking developed to capture the iconic look of the heroic character and outfitted on a One:12 Collective body, the costume is intricately detailed. The final result is a seamless blend of a timeless hero with a “real world” look. This 1/12-scale figure boasts 32 points of articulation and features an accurate real fabric uniform that recreates the Man Without Fear’s original yellow costume.

We open up and show off the Previews Exclusive Daredevil figure:

You can order yours now (but don’t wait!):
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Michael Cray Visits Anyone Comics

IMG_1260On Thursday October 12th, I made a short trip to Anyone Comics in Crown Heights Brooklyn, for the sold out release of Wildstorm/DC Comics newest title Wildstorm: Michael Cray.

This new series is part of the Wildstorm revamp, taking established Wildstorm characters and putting a new spin on them. The new line was launched with The Wild Storm, and Wildstorm: Michael Cray is the first spin-off series of the line.

For Michael Cray, the creative team sets up shop on an Earth similar to main DCU Earth-One, with our title character getting his latest assignment from a shadowy government agency. They also bring a very fresh, down to earth feel to the book, from the dialog, to the art, to the colors and letters, they make Cray a solid jumping off point filled with some interesting twists to familiar characters. The main character is a super assassin with a conscious, killing only when he deems that the person this agency wants dead needs killing.

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For the award wining artist N. Steven Harris, one of the co-creators of Aztec, this was a great return to DC and introduction into the Wildstorm Universe.

It’s interesting because it’s not super people in tights, and that’s why they hired me to do the book, they wanted an artist that could tackle real life day-to-day clothing, not a superhero type artist, and it’s fun dealing with the topics that the writer wants to hit.

Cray is a dark book with a slick feel, a ton of potential and I’m glad I have it on my comic pull list.

 

Michael Cray
Writer – Bryan Hill
Penciler – N. Steven Harris
Inker – Dexter Vines
Colorist – Steve Buccellato
Letterer – Simon Bowland
Cover – Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz

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