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Review: Superman: Heroes #1

Superman: Heroes #1

I’m totally okay with Brian Michael Bendis finally allowing Superman to reveal his secret identity as Clark Kent. It seems like a sales gimmick or one that will be walked back in a couple years. It’s remarkably in-character and makes up for the half-assed “mystery” that was Event Leviathan. Superman: Heroes #1 shows the reactions to the big reveal. It does so from a variety of perspectives from Lois Lane to the Justice League. Drawn by the fantastic Kevin Maguire! to Clark Kent’s high school chemistry teacher in a sweet story by Matt Fraction and Scott Godlewski. Fraction also pens Jimmy Olsen’s reaction to his “pal” losing the secret identity. That features slick, emotive art from his Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen collaborator Steve Lieber.

And wait, that not’s all. After being terse in the Maguire 12 panel grid sequences, Batman gets to open up to Wonder Woman about his true feelings in regards to Superman’s reveal. It’s a powerful story written by Greg Rucka and drawn in atmospheric shadows by Mike Perkins. However, there’s room for comedy too. Booster Gold finally gets to shout that Superman is Clark Kent after keeping it in for so long because he’s from the future. This comic is a true marriage of different tones. Art and writing styles from Bendis and Maguire set up a running Plastic man gag to Batman coming up with legit, devil’s advocate style arguments for why Superman revealing his secret identity to the world is a terrible idea.

Bendis, Fraction, Rucka, Maguire, Perkins, Lieber, Mike Norton, and Godlewski use Superman: Heroes to show how important Superman is to the both the community of heroes in the DC Universe and the superhero genre as a whole. They also show his roots in Smallville, connections to Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, and the consequences of his actions. The best parts of this comic are connected to Smallville. The opening scene features a great conversation between Ma and Pa Kent and young Clark about feeling different or weird and having a greater responsibility to the world because of his abilities.

Superman: Heroes #1

The Fraction/Godlewski Superman and his chemistry teacher scene is really Eisner-worthy. From Godlewski’s clean line and the vivid colors to the underlying theme that it’s been Clark’s work ethic and moral compass that made him a great hero and man and not his superpowers. I also love how he draws Superman’s smile. Even if this means he got a C- in molecular chemistry. Clark Kent is the kid at the end of the bench who hustles for every loose ball, or the student that stays up late and goes to extra tutoring sessions that just happens to have the power of a god. Matt Fraction demonstrates his understanding of Superman’s moral character that pervades the “Truth” storyline as well as his, Rucka, and Bendis’ take on the Metropolis side of the DC Universe.

As evidenced by the “King Superman” plotline brewing over in Superman, Bendis isn’t afraid to look at the negative consequences of Superman revealing his secret identity. That extends to the moral dilemma he’s in as the Daily Planet is owned by Marisol Leone. However, that will be covered in later stories. Maybe Action Comics once the “Year of the Villain” shenanigans are over.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Rucka and Perkins dig into it immediately in the form of the other 2/3 of the Trinity have a spirited conversation where neither Bruce or Diana is in the right. I really love the panels at the end of scene where Perkins’ heavy shadows lighten, and Diana tells Bruce that maybe he’s jealous that Superman can live his life out in the open and whole. The specters of Tom King’s botched Bat-marriage hang in the shadows of this one. Rucka’s dialogue gets to the core of Batman’s identity issues that have pervaded his best stories. He can’t retire or be a public-facing, but must strike fear into criminals as an archetype of fear.

Superman: Heroes #1 is a high note for Brian Michael Bendis’ current run on the Superman titles. It also features insightful writing from Matt Fraction as well as Greg Rucka reminding readers that he’s one of the greatest Batman and Wonder Woman writers. On the visual side, Mike Perkins shows a conversation can have just as much power as a good fight scene. Kevin Maguire is still the master of the superhero group shot. Steve Lieber’s comedic timing and use of beats works for friends being open and vulnerable together. Even if you aren’t current on Bendis’ Superman comics, Superman: Heroes #1 is worth picking up and dropping $5.99 on. It’s an intelligent and heartwarming take on the first superhero.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka
Art: Kevin Maguire, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber

Art: Mike Norton, Scott Godlewski Colors: Paul Mounts, Gabe Eltaeb
Colors: Andy Troy, Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Clayton Cowles, Troy Peteri, Simon Bowland
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Lois Lane #9

Lois Lane #9

Written by Greg Rucka
Art and cover by Mike Perkins
Colors by Gabe Eltaeb
Letters by Simon Bowland
Variant cover by Bilquis Evely
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020

“Who, what, why, you know, all of it. Just do that thing you do, ok?” –Lois Lane

In the wake of a second attempt on her life, Lois takes the unprecedented step of…telling Superman to back off! As the Kiss of Death circles for another try, Lois’s search for answers takes her back into the political spotlight, while Renee uses a Gotham connection to find answers to another set of questions entirely.

Lois Lane #9 by Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins and Gabe Eltaeb hits shelves Wednesday March 4th, 2020.

Lois Lane #9

David F. Walker Joins the Young Justice Team With Young Justice #13. Get a First Look

Young Justice #13

Written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker
Art by John Timms, Michael Avon Oeming, and Mike Grell
Color by Gabe Eltaeb
Cover by John Timms
Variant cover by Mike Grell
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 13, 2020

David F. Walker Joins ‘Young Justice’ Team
Mike Grell and Michael Avon Oeming Help Kick Off Second Year of Wonder Comics

The latest Wonder Comics extravaganza kicks off with Young Justice searching for Conner Kent, as the teen Superboy find himself trapped in the mysterious world of Skartaris—the home of DC’s legendary sword-and-sorcery character, Warlord! 

Picking up where the first year of Young Justice ended, Wonder Comics curator Brian Michael Bendis and series artist John Timms welcome writer and Naomi co-creator David F. Walker to the team! Young Justice #13 also includes guest art from Warlord creator Mike Grell, and Bendis’ Powers collaborator Michael Avon Oeming!

Young Justice #13

Get an Early First look at Young Justice #12

Young Justice #12

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Interior and Cover art by John Timms and Gabe Eltaeb
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
Final Orders Due: Dec 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Naomi, the Wonder Twins, and Young Justice United!

It’s an epic Wonder Comics crossover: Naomi, the Wonder Twins, and Young Justice all come together for the first time to confront the secrets behind the entire first year of the teen team’s series. Where did Connor Kent come from? Why does Bart Allen remember everyone but no one else does? How does it all connect to Jinny Hex’s trunk? It’s a Wonder Comics blockbuster!

Review: Aquaman #42

A “Drowned Earth” tie-in, Aquaman #42 follows Aquaman’s journey after he’s stabbed by Poseidon. Is this tie-in vital? Find out our thoughts!

Aquaman #42 is by Dan Abnett, Lan Medina, Vicente Cifuentes, Gabe Eltaeb, and Steve Wands.

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Review: Harley Quinn #45

Harley Quinn #45 finds our favorite Brooklyn bad ass on vacation from all the drama back home. Writer Sam Humphries starts his story off with a phone chat between Mamma Quinn and Harley that by the end of the issue proves that sometimes Mamma does know best. We get treated to a cute little one page of teeny tiny Harley proving that she’s always been a bad ass who likes to dish out a good smack down to those who deserve it. We then get a visit from a couple of Female Furies, sent by Granny Goodness, to rain on Harley’s parade, or so she thinks.

John Timms artwork is sleek and on point. As usual, the stylized bubble gum aesthetic works well with the off putting violence, dark story, and blood tinged mayhem. The colors Gabe Eltaeb uses are dark and surround the pop art colored Harley making sure we know the focus of the story. He varies the shade just enough so we know when it’s a flashback, a dream, or the current truth, a simple yet effective technique. It’s a really pretty comic and the artwork alone tells a very compelling, page turning story.

The issue as a whole is brilliantly written, perfectly drawn, expertly colored and doesn’t waste an inch of any panel with erroneous information, fluff, or unnecessary silliness. Everything flows into each other so perfectly that they were to have ended the comic a page before they did it would have been a complete story but I’m not at all mad that they left us with a little something to look forward to. Even the last page is perfect and pulls us further into the story. Humphries and his art crew do a great job at keeping the reader engaged and making sure that even without words you know this is a Harley story and a good one at that.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: John Timms
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Black Lightning teaming with Hong Kong Phooey!

Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey Special #1 is by Bryan Hill, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeromy Cox, Janice Chiang, ChrisCross, Gabe Eltaeb, Liz Erickson, Jim Chadwick, and Funky Phantom story by Jeff Parker, Scott Kolins, and Tony Avina.

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Review: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Aquaman and Jabberjaw teaming up!

Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 is by Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, Rain Beredo, Carlos M. Mangual, Gabe Eltaeb, Joshua Middleton, Liz Erickson, Jim Chadwick and Captain Caveman story by Jeff Parker, Scott Kolins, and Dave McCaig.

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Review: Super Sons/Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon Special

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the Super Sons teaming with Dynomutt!

Super Sons/Dynomutt and the Blue Falcon Special is by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Doug Mahnke, Wil Quintana, Jim Chadwick, and Liz Erickson.

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Review: Superman Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a special issue of Superman!

Superman Special #1 is by Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh, Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Andrew Marino, Paul Kaminski, Mark Russell, Bryan Hitch, Alex Sinclair, Tom Napolitano, Marie Javins, Ian Flynn, and Kaare Andrews.

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