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Preview: The Terrifics #17

The Terrifics #17

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Stephen Segovia (CA) Dan Mora
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The mystery of the God Game deepens, and the Terrifics find themselves face to face with a being unlike any they’ve ever encountered before. But is this digital deity benevolent…or is this an angry god? When the team discovers Simon and Sapphire Stagg on the executioner’s block, the answer would seem to be pretty clear!

The Terrifics #17

ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.

These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
  • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Middle Grade Titles

  • Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)                       
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
  • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
ArkhaManiacs
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
    • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
    • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
    • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
    • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
    • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
    • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem           
    • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
    • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
    • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
    • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez          
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey 
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

Preview: The Terrifics #16

The Terrifics #16

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Stephen Segovia (CA) Evan Shaner
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Terrifics have entered cyberspace for a battle unlike any they have faced before. It’s a battle against…God? Well, the science is still out on that, but as our heroes face off against all manner of monstrous plagues, things do seem to be reaching biblical proportions. Could the key to all this be the mysterious Pixel?

The Terrifics #16

Around the Tubes

Secret Coders Vol. 1 Get With the Program

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? 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.

The Beat – RIP Justin Ponsor – Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

CBC – 15 Canadian comic book creators you should know – This is a great list to check out.

SFGate – Graphic Novelist To Be Given Honorary Doctorate – Congrats to Gene Luen Yang!

Al.com – Alabama Public Television refuses to air Arthur episode with gay wedding – Not sure what to call this other than bigotry.

Kotaku – Popular Streamer Sues FaZe Clan Over ‘Illegal’ Contract, But The Organization Says The Contract Is Fine – This is a lawsuit to watch as it may have an impact on all streamers.

Review

Talking Comics – War of the Realms #4

Preview: The Terrifics #15

The Terrifics #15

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Stephen Segovia (CA) Evan Shaner
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The next turning point for the Terrifics starts here! It’s a new chapter in the lives of Mr. Terrific, Phantom Girl, Meta-morpho and Plastic Man as their renewed mission of exploring the Multiverse and protecting Earth’s place amid the cosmic tapestry hits upon a terrifying message hidden within their own technology: something big is coming. When a distress call from Bgztl heralds Armageddon for planet Earth, the team must think bigger, trust no one and fight with everything they’ve got to save the planet from… the Megacosm!

The Terrifics #15

Review: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China

One of the best things about The Flash television show has been its supporting cast. The character of Barry Allen is pretty compelling, but who surrounds him is just as interesting. Cisco Ramone and Caitlin Snow started out foils for the main character but have slowly across the seasons become formidable in their own right. Then there is the West family, who Barry was raised by and with.

Joe West has been Barry’s father figure and mentor. Iris’s role in Barry’s life has been a bit more complicated. She grew as his “sister” but eventually became his love interest. Her role in the comics has been more marginalized than what has been portrayed in the show, which only has made the television show even more interesting. In the final volume of Kong Kenan’s escapades in China we find out just how Laney Lan’s role in her reporting of New Superman and The Justice League of China has brought her to the forefront of the action.

We find Kong Kenan at Justice League of China’s headquarters high in the mountains, as he is trying to meditate and put together the lessons his master, I-Ching has given him. Meanwhile, the League goes up against a new threat, by the name of Sleaz, a fight which catches the ire of the Green Lantern Corps of China. As tensions rise between the League and the Corps, their tender alliance is eventually tested when a North Korean prisoner, seeks the League’s protection.

Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a series that dared to be different and became something so much more than just a riff on what we’ve seen elsewhere. The story by Gene Luen Yang is funny, smart, action packed, and well developed. The art by Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli is gorgeous. Altogether, an exquisite study in how familiar character types could be cast in different parts of the world.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Terrifics Annual #1

The Terrifics Annual #1

(W) Gene Luen Yang, Mark Russell, James Asmus (A) Joe Bennett, Evan Shaner, Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Emanuela Lupacchino
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $4.99

It’s three startling Terrifics tales, kicking off with a deadly nightmare at Stagg Manor! When a plot to steal Plastic Man’s powers goes awry, the Terrifics’ new home and everyone in it are at the mercy of stealthy plastic monsters. Looks like Sapphire picked the wrong day to host a Halloween dance for her Stagg Industries internship program! Next up, discover the secret origin of Java the caveman, and the secret he’s keeping will shock you. Last but not least, we uncover Tom Strong’s hidden adventure in the Dark Multiverse-hold on to your holy socks!

Review: Secret Coders Vol. 6 Monsters & Modules

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes is a fantastic all-ages graphic novel series that not just entertains but also educates. Blending fun story as well as lessons to teach computer coding, the graphic novels are a perfect way to learn!

This sixth volume is out in comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW (Hardcover) or TFAW (Softcover)

 

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Review: New Super-Man Vol. 3 Equilibrium

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when there was a great influx of comics talent from overseas. This was when we started seeing names like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, and when Neil Gaiman came on to the scene. We also got some excellent Canadian artists in the way of Todd McFarlane. We also got some raw talent from the Philippines in the way of Whilce Portacio, a still hidden gem of an artist.

This influx of talent to our shores also offered differing point of views at a time when the narrative in many of the comics became repetitive. As these talents went from burgeoning artists to full on rock stars, the craft evolved and became what most know now. These auteurs pushed canons to the brink of collapse, and even made us look at superheroes differently, like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did in Watchmen. Rarely, among this renaissance, did we see anything from the Eastern part of the world. This is why the importance of the narrative and the world building cannot be understated in the third volume of Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan’s New Super-Man, as the world not only gets a Chinese version of DC’s most popular heroes but also the sensibilities and philosophies of that part of the world along with it.

Kenan’s mind is reeling from revelations about his parents. Meanwhile, his teammates in the Justice League of China are dropping one by one. And from across the globe, Task Force X Director Amanda Waller has sent in the one force that can stop the chaos and carnage from spreading: Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad!

But the Emperor isn’t the only Super-Man they’ve been licensed to kill. Unless Kenan acts fast, he’ll become a casualty of war.

Yet even as the struggle rages on, the New Super-Man is transported to Old Gotham City, to the era when the magic that fuels his powers began…and where his true enemy will reveal himself at last…

Overall, a sweeping epic chapter in the adventures of Kong Kenna and the Justice League of China, as he can be more than the typical superhero and may be more powerful than his Western version. The story by Yang is relatable, funny, action packed, and full of intrigue. The art by Tan is gorgeous and complements the story well. Altogether, a trade paperback which addresses some sociopolitical issues, dealing with wretched history, and entertains, all in one book.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: New Super-Man Vol. 2 Coming to America

As I remember growing up we relied on our parent and other relatives to show us what to do. This extended to our lives in school, as some of us may remember that one teacher who you connected to, and you thought knew everything about life. Eventually, as you leave school and away from the trappings of family and friends, the search for guidance becomes more difficult. For those of us in the military, we followed our superiors, but sometimes we meet someone, as I did, who guided us along and told you what things you must do to move on up the ladder. My relationship with that person extends to today, and I always liken to how Yoda thought Luke the ways of the force. That theme extends to comics, like DC ComicsNew Super-Man. In the second volume of New Super-Man, Kong Kenna struggles with new found powers and the mystery of his mother’s death, as these issues will eventually collide.

We find Lex Luthor in Shanghai introducing the Justice League of China, as not only Kong struggles with the spotlight, so does the rest of the JLC. As Kong stills struggles with his powers, he seeks the help of Master I -Ching, a powerful master, who is at first, reluctant to help the young upstart. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman uncovers and thwarts a plot by the Alpaca, the Chinese Joker and the actual brother of the Chinese Batman.  As Lex Luthor usually has an ulterior motive, he brings the JLC to the USA, and brings Superman to face off against China White Triad a new supervillain team in Metropolis. Among all this, Superman arrives and tries to neutralize the skirmish between the two groups, as an army of demons is unleashed on the city, and the JLC and Superman are the only ones who can save it. Wonder Woman, also uncovers that someone whom everyone thought was dead, is still alive, but may not be themselves. As they come back to China, they face off against a Kaiju from the sea, while at the same time, fighting off against a powerful Man Of Steel clone, known as Superman Zero. By book’s end, one member of the JLC has an secret power and a person Kong trusted, turns to be a person he longer for.

Overall, this volume is a game changing new chapter to this already superior story. It feels like one which pushes boundaries, challenges tropes, and proves that we need more diversity. The story by Gene Luen Yang is exciting, complicated, and intelligent. The art by Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best series that DC has ever put together.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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