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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off and let us know! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Injustice 2 Pro Proves The Game’s Lightly-Regarded Joker Actually Is A Threat – Who’s playing the game? Have you been enjoying it?

Korea Times – Comic books inform children and their parents about rare diseases – Graphic medicine is becoming a big thing!

CBR – Wonder Woman 2: Jenkins & Johns Already Writing Treatment – This isn’t surprising.

ICv2 – ‘Ghosts’ Wins McDuffie Award for Kids Comics – Congrats!

Publishers Weekly – Layoffs at Papercutz – Wishing the best for those impacted.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Crosswind #1

Comic Attack – Harrow County #24

Talking Comics – Jimmy’s Bastards #1

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Geoff Johns Gives the Scoop on Watchmen, Superman, and Doomsday Clock

With the finale chapter of “The Button” hitting shelves this Wednesday, writer Geoff Johns is lifting the veil as to what’s next for the DC Universe and Watchmen. It all comes full circle this November with Doomsday Clock.

The standalone miniseries will be written by Johns with art by Gary Frank and continues the mystery that began in DC Universe Rebirth Special #1.

As we can see with the teaser it blends together Superman, the classic Watchmen clock (without the blood) and Superman’s nemesis Doomsday is invoked in the title. That character appeared in the first Rebirth arc of Action Comics. At the end of that arc, the mysterious Oz had captured Doomsday and the Oz seems to be tied into Watchmen somehow. Interestingly, the story doesn’t involve Doomsday though.

Johns says this is “Watchmen colliding with the DC Universe” and sets up a Doctor Manhattan/Superman story exploring a character who has lost his humanity and an alien who embodies humanity.

The story is focused on the miniseries without tie-ins or crossovers, but it will impact the entire DC Universe and “affect everything moving forward and everything that has come before.”

Johns had been working on the story for some time but was influenced by the recent US Presidential election, but it’s more than about that. Johns will explore the attitude of people and the extremes that seem to be everywhere as well as the anger and frustration. Rebirth brought back hope to the DC Universe and the concept is whether Watchmen’s grime can infect it.

How far can Superman fall? We’re going to find out in Doomsday Clock.

Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: Green Lanterns Vol. 1 and Nightwing Vol. 1

Four weeks into the new year and three weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes to two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet collecting issues #1-6 and Rebirth by Sam Humphries, Robson Rocha, Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver, Ed Benes, and Tom Derenick.

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman collecting issues #1-4, #7-8, and Rebirth by Tom Seeley, Javier Fernandez, and Chris Sotomayor.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 25 and bookstores January 31.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Nightwing Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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No, Geoff Johns Did Not Say He’s Writing Watchmen, But Did Hint at More #DCTV

rumorsWe’re not even a full day into 2017 and already the bullshit and clickbait is flowing on other comic sites. Numerous sites are reporting that Geoff Johns “said” he will be writing a Watchmen comic in 2017, or teased that he would. The only problem is that he did no such thing.

Here’s the series of Tweets of things he’s looking forward to in 2017 that led to the Clickbait storm.

That final tweet with the picture of Doctor Manhattan was interpreted by many to mean Johns will be writing a new Watchmen comic series, except in reality it probably means no such thing.

screen_shot_2016-05-26_at_14-19-28_vjuljcThis year DC Comics launched their latest initiative Rebirth which blended old and new in a new focus for the comic line. That initiative was spearheaded by Johns who worked with each creative team to shape their new direction and their role in the overall story arc that’s playing out.

At the end of the DC Universe Rebirth Special we get a few teasers that hint that Alan Moore’s celebrated work and characters have been involved with the “missing time” that is revealed in the one-shot comic. That comic, written by Geoff Johns, featured Batman finding a pin with a smiley face and blood stain on it. The same pin made iconic with the Comedian’s death in the Watchmen comic series. At the end of the comic we also get hints that Doctor Manhattan is keeping watch over the DC Universe and may be involved as he disintegrates two characters just like he did in Watchmen.

So, the characters are involved in the story, but considering Johns’ involvement, wouldn’t the more likely conclusion to that last Tweet be that he’s writing whatever “event” having to do with Rebirth is being released in 2017? And that event will reveal more about the involvement of the Watchmen characters?

A confirmation of Johns writing a new Watchmen comic series, we’d have to rate as “False” at this time, though DC did find mixed success in their Before Watchmen event a few years back.

However, there is news from those Tweets. Johns seems to indicate that we’ll be getting even more DC television with a new series coming!

In 2017 add one resolution to your list, “Say NO to Clickbait.”

Review: DC Universe: Rebirth The Deluxe Edition

May kicked off DC Comics’ latest major shift with the launch of DC Universe: Rebirth a seismic change blending the New 52 with lots of classic elements from the pre-52 world. It was the best of both worlds blending old and new.

Numerous printings later, DC has released a hardcover version of DC Universe: Rebirth. This deluxe edition includes the best selling comic as well as extras that gives you even more info on the new DC world

I show off the deluxe edition showing off what you’ll find inside.

You can buy a copy today!

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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Around the Tubes

Civil_War_II_Vol_1_4It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? 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

The Beat – Geoff Johns is now President AND CCO at DC Entertainment — with a complete updated DC masthead – Congrats!

Kotaku – Zombie Batman Thirsts For Flesh, Not Justice – Looks pretty cool.

CBR – Netflix Explains Why It Didn’t Pick Up Marvel’s “Agent Carter” – Figured it was due to business reasons.

Kotaku – The Marvel Ultimate Alliance PC Ports Are A Disaster – That’s a shame. It’s a good game.

Cosmopolitan – When Will Black Women Feel Like They “Belong” at Comic-Con? – Rather odd and sad.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batgirl #1

Comicvine – Civil War II #4

Comicvine – Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1

ICv2 – Jughead Vol. 1

Comicvine – Titans #1

Comicvine – Wonder Woman #3

DC Universe: Rebirth #1 Gets a Third Printing a New Cover

DC Entertainment has announced that DC Universe: Rebirth, the 80-page blockbuster, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez and Ivan Reis is headed into its THIRD printing, featuring new cover art by Gary Frank (pencils & inks) and Alex Sinclair (colors). The cover features the newly returned speedster Wally West! More info on when this cover will be available soon.

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DC Rebirth Roundup: Week One

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Right off the bat, I have to say — this is a little more like it. As someone who can in no way, shape, or form be accused of being a “fan” of last week’s DC Universe: Rebirth 80-page introductory salvo, I’m more than pleased to see the continuity-drenched, backstory-heavy, and new-reader-alienating premise of that truly atrocious comic ditched (more or less) in favor of the simpler, scaled-back, one-shot stories that constitute the first wave of Rebirth specials. The approach on display here is, frankly, the one DC should have taken all along, in my view — and basically it’s one of “the characters you love have been here all along, we just haven’t been doing them proper justice. From now on, we will.”

Which isn’t to say that the four Rebirth  comics we got this week were necessarily all that good — truth be told, most of them were thoroughly forgettable and a couple of them didn’t even rise to the level of mediocrity. But seriously, folks, this is all that was needed. All that shit about ten stolen years and Flashpoint essentially being one giant hoax and the implication that the characters from Watchmen are now going to be brought into the DCU “proper”? I’m just gonna pretend like all that didn’t happen unless and until I’m forced to acknowledge otherwise. At which point I’ll probably find myself seriously trimming my pull list. For now, though, DC seems quite content with ignoring all of that, as well, in favor of re-setting the table on all their books and just getting back to basics. I respectfully contend that it’s that very “back to basics” mindset that was all this entire Rebirth enterprise ever needed to be about.

But enough about the big picture. What of the individual books themselves? Let’s take a somewhat closer look at each :

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Superman : Rebirth #1

Co-writers (actually, the credits list them as “storytellers”) Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason serve up a “let’s-bring-you-up-to-speed” yarn that not only feels the need to recap events from the “New 52” Universe, but from its predecessor, as well — which makes sense, I suppose, given that it’s the “old-school Superman” of earlier vintage that we’re going to be following from here on out. Most of the issue is an extended conversation between said Superman and “New 52”-era Lana Lang, who meet each other when they’re both out — doing a bit of grave-robbing? Yes, you read that correctly, and it sets the tone for what’s an awkward, stilted, highly disjointed story. Suffice to say, the Superman we’ve all been following for the past five years appears to be well and truly dead — and his Super-antecedent is finally convinced of that fact over the space of about two panels after denying it for the first 18 pages. Pretty lame stuff, really, but this comic had the most to do in terms of “housekeeping,” so let’s hope things get better from here on out. Penciller Doug Mahnke and inker Jaime Mendoza deliver flat, generic, thoroughly-uninspired “corporate comics” art that does nothing so much as provide the strongest possible “visual echo” of the question a lot of us have been asking, namely :  “How can ‘The New 52’ really be over with if all the same people are still working on the books?”

Overall Score: 2  Recommendation: Pass

 

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Batman: Rebirth #1

On the other side of the coin, Batman was probably in better shape coming into this thing than any other character in the DCU. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo‘s run was loved by fans, critics, and retailers all for the same essential reason : it was good, and good stuff sells. Still, it’s “out with the old, in with the new” time,  so Snyder helps to usher in new writer Tom King by purportedly “co-writing” a book with him that, to be honest, feels almost nothing like a Scott Snyder comic. Which isn’t meant as a “knock” on this issue at all, given that King finds his “voice” with Bruce Wayne and Batman immediately, and introduces us to a chilling new iteration of the Calendar Man that  propels that formerly-lame villain up a good few notches in my estimation — all while dropping some intriguing hints as to an entirely new role for former We Are Robin star Duke Thomas, as well. Much like his colleague behind the word processor, incoming artist Mikel Janin is allowed to delineate the proceedings in his own style right from the word “go” with little to no visual referencing of his celebrated predecessor on offer, and the results are pretty damn spectacular. DC “brass” seems to have the right idea with the Batman title — hire the best possible creators for the job, and then get the hell out of their way and let them tell stories. Too bad that philosophy hasn’t been adopted across their entire line.

Overall Score: 8  Recommendation: Buy

 

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Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Like most, I was pretty “iffy” on the idea of Benjamin Percy continuing on as writer of this book given that he seems to have done his level best to drive it into the ditch during the “New 52” era, but this issue at least proves that he understands the basics of Ollie Queen’s character and, needless to say, finally getting him together with Dinah Lance a.k.a. Black Canary should make pretty much everyone happy. The two of them bust up an underground human trafficking ring in fairly short order here and maybe make the acquaintance of some new recurring villains, as well. Hardly a memorable story, but a reasonably effective one with sleek, angular, individualistic art from Otto Schmidt that looks pretty darn nice.

Overall Score: 6.5  Recommendation: Read

 

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Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Can you say “Same shit, different Lanterns?” Sure you can, and so can Geoff Johns, who takes one more swing at these characters by co-writing this book along with new scribe Sam Humphries. Simon Baz was introduced as a new GL some time back and subsequently forgotten about, while Jessica Cruz was introduced as Power Ring and subsequently focused on to the point of becoming annoying. Now they’re in charge of patrolling our “sector” of space and in between all the recapping and cheap, shorthand “character development,” we’re treated to some supposed “mystery” about the Guardians themselves that fails to elicit much interest right from the outset. There’s a fight with a Manhunter, too. Whatever. Co-artists Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes are virtually indistinguishable from each other stylistically, so don’t ask me which one of them drew which pages here. Essentially a “New 52” comic in all but name.

Overall Score: 3.5  Recommendation: Pass

 

So, there you have it. Not sure if I’ll keep this up over the course of the next few weeks here or not given that a lot of these books (which, incidentally, I paid for with my own money — no “freebies” involved) were thoroughly uninspired in terms of their execution, but at least DC editorial seems to have a grasp on how to put together an accessible-enough “jumping-on point.” It’s just too bad they didn’t roll these out before last week’s “crossover event”-style book that required a couple decades’ worth of prior knowledge to even begin to decipher.

Review: Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 coverCreative powerhouse Geoff Johns puts the ring on again as he, co-writer Sam Humphries and artist Ethan Van Sciver debut a new era of emerald greatness! Rookie Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz tackle the universe’s toughest beat: Earth.

When Rebirth was announced a lot was said about the focus on legacy. For many, myself included, there was fear of newer characters being pushed to the side for those that have come before. In some ways the return of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: Rebirth years ago pushed Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart to the side for the return of Jordan. Like that miniseries, this is also written by Johns with the help of Humphries who seems to be going a different route and have instead put the spotlight on newer Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. The old is instead pushed to the side by the new and a new dynamic is set up.

GreenLanternsRebirth-1-5The reception to Baz hasn’t been too kind and Cruz has literally been a Green Lantern for a few pages before this. But things are forging ahead with these two now the Lanterns of Earth as Jordan has to head to space (in his own series to come). The comic sets up the two in an interesting way forcing Baz and Cruz into a buddy cop situation and playing off both of their rookie newness. Beyond that newness, the idea of a Muslim Lantern and a Hispanic Lantern has me excited bringing even more diversity to the Green Lantern Corps., a group full of diversity, it is made up of aliens after all. Their being front and center, as the comic hints at, also brings diversity to the focus of what’s to come with DC’s Rebirth. It all feels natural and the dynamic of the two are welcome additions in so many ways with each sporting their own very distinct personalities and attitudes.

Artist Ethan Van Sciver is “my” Lantern artist and his and Johns’ run is where I came back to the series and characters. To see him forge this comic and direction to come is fantastic. The design for Cruz is fantastic I think with the cool addition of the “tattoo.” There’s one scene in particular with Jordan entering the story that’s just awe inspiring of how great it looks.

As it should, Green Lanterns: Rebirth has me excited to see what’s to come and brings the series back to its roots in some way with this team focused on protecting Earth. If that last page and prologue in the comic are any indication, it looks like they have their work cut out for them. The comic has some great energy about it, and has gotten me excited to see what’s to come. It passes the torch ring to a new generation of Lanterns.

Story: Sam Humphries, Geoff Johns Art: Ed Benes, Ethan Van Sciver
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Universe: Rebirth Gets a Second Printing

DC Entertainment has announced that this 80-page blockbuster, written by Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver, Gary Frank, Phil Jimenez and Ivan Reis is headed into its second printing, featuring updated cover art (by Gary Frank) and a new, square bound format at a price of $5.99. This version will be produced in limited quantities and are sure to go fast once they hit retailers on Wednesday, June 8!

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