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Preview: Shazam! #6

Shazam! #6

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: Jun 05, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Billy Batson finds himself face to face with the one person who could tear apart his family: his father! But when Billy discovers the trouble he’s father is in and the reason he’s sought him out, he’ll have to not only use the power of Shazam to help him, but also fend off the lethal team of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind!

Shazam! #6

Review: Doomsday Clock #10

Doomsday Clock #10

Doomsday Clock #10 is what I’ve been hoping for since this series began. All of the pieces of the puzzle have finally started to come together. The maxiseries finally reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.

Since DC Rebirth, we’ve known Dr. Manhattan has loomed over the DC Universe having manipulated it in some way. We had yet to find out how and why. Doomsday Clock #10 delivers the goods.

In this issue, writer Geoff Johns channels his inner Grant Morrison. We take a tour of DC history taking use from the 1930s to today using Dr. Manhattan to explain shifting origins, the New 52, and more. All of which revolves around Superman and his connection to everything.

The issue weaves its tale between Superman, the formation of the Justice Society of America, and the actor Nathaniel Dusk. Dusk is the actor whose films have been back material. It all comes together, as well as recent events, to create a narrative allowing us to explore Manhattan’s motivations, actions and influence on both a maxi and mini scale.

What the issue also does is re-emphasize that the DC Universe isn’t about grimm and gritty. It’s about heroes who instill hope in us. That’s embodied in both Superman and the recently returned Wally West. This issue’s themes tie in to the conclusion of Heroes in Crisis, also out today.

Johns does an impressive thing in making the convoluted DC history actually make sense in a way using Manhattan to “fix” things and also in a fit of genius, a meta explanation for the misstep that was the New 52.

Gary Frank‘s art is solid as usual channeling the original aesthetic of Watchmen with his own unique take on it all. The art, and Johns’ writing, deliver a pacing that nails Manhattan’s voice as the issue is from his perspective and takes us through his logic as he explores the DC Universe.

The issue is an amazing one and what the series, and DC Rebirth, have been building up to. The reveals pay off and the concepts that Johns introduces are ones that are unique and deliver an energy that takes a bumpy maxiseries and makes it really pay off and worth it. This is how you begin to stick the landing and hopefully the next two final issues do exactly that.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 10 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Shazam! #5

Shazam! #5

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: May 08, 2019
SRP: $3.99

In the latest chapter of “Shazam and the Seven Magic Lands,” the kids visit the Gamelands, a colorful world of races and games where all that matters are your high scores! But as good as Pedro and Eugene are with their arcade cred, can they score high enough to survive it?

Shazam! #5

Doomsday Clock is Collected in its First Part this October Followed by Part Two in May 2020

Doomsday Clock #1

DC has announced plans to collect Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock into two parts beginning this October. Since the first cryptic tease in DC Universe Rebirth #1 to its debut issue, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock has received both critical and sales acclaim as this sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen pits the heroes of the DC Universe against Watchmen characters Rorschach, The Comedian and the all-powerful Dr. Manhattan with the fate of the multiverse at stake.

Doomsday Clock Part One collects issues #1-#6 and is scheduled for an October release. The 224-page collection will feature a new cover by series artist Gary Frank, carry an SRP (suggested retail price) of $24.99 and feature all six issues in full, including the supplemental material at the end of each issue. Formed by Johns and Frank, this material provides fans with behind the scenes insight to the world that they’ve created. The collection will also contain all six incredible variant covers by Frank, along with colorist Brad Anderson.

Doomsday Clock Part Two will collect the finale of the series, issues #7-#12, and is scheduled for release in May of 2020. This will also be available at the SRP of $24.99.

Review: Detective Comics #1000

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 COMIC REVIEW – HAPPY 80 YEARS BATS!

As part of DC’s year-long global celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC is publishing a momentous 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS—the series that introduced the world’s most popular Super Hero and the title from which the DC brand was born. This must-have collector’s item debuts March 27, 2019 and includes all-new stories plus a wraparound cover from the powerhouse art team of fan-favorite artist Jim Lee, inker Scott Williams and colorist Alex Sinclair.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is highlighted by an original story from the team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke that not only launches a new story arc but introduces a new version of the Arkham Knight to DC comics canon. Tomasi is no stranger to this character, having written his video game origins in 2015’s BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT – GENESIS miniseries.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 also features a two-page spread spotlighting the current state of the Batman universe by Jason Fabok, plus a treasure trove of original stories from a who’s who of comic writers and artists, all honoring the milestone anniversary of The World’s Greatest Detective.

Review: Shazam! #4

Shazam #4

“Shazam and the Seven Magiclands” continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans…and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it’s up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy’s new family…or make it stronger than ever.

The only reason I read Shazam #4 was to see how easy it would be to pick up the newest issue of the comic after having recently seen the movie (on an advanced screening, not through nefarious means). Having only read the back up stories in the New 52 Justice League series, my familiarity with the character relies primarily on the movie. And, having no intention of reading the first three issues in the series… I was curious how easy it would be for me (and by extension any other readers turned on to the comic from the movie) to dive right in.

Obviously, starting a story on the fourth issue with no recap beyond the first paragraph above isn’t ideal, but the comic was easy enough to follow, and more than enjoyable. Following Billy Batson and his siblings as they’re separated across various different lands, we get introduced to a handful of the seven Magiclands.

Geoff Johns crafts a tale in this issue that’s essentially a fish out of water situation featuring superheroes, which will assist any newcomers like myself. That the comic looks fantastic doesn’t hurt things either; the lightning effect is almost electrifying (though that may have been the static electricity that got me earlier).

Shazam #4 isn’t a must read comic, but it’s a damn fun one that serves as a decent introduction to the series for new readers.

Story: Geoff Johns
Art: Dale Eaglesham & Marco Santucci
Colors: Mike Atiyeh Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Shazam! #4

Shazam! #4

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Shazam and the Seven Magiclands”continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans…and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it’s up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy’s new family…or make it stronger than ever.

Shazam! #4

Preview: Detective Comics #1000

Detective Comics #1000

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Warren Ellis, Geoff Johns, Tom King, Dennis O’Neil, Christopher Priest, Kevin Smith, Scott Snyder, Others (A) Doug Mahnke, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, Tony S. Daniel, Steve Epting, Kelley Jones, Andy Kubert, Alex Maleev, Dustin Nguyen (CA) Scott Williams (A/CA) Jim Lee
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $9.99

After 80 years, it’s here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here! After 80 years, it’s here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman’s past, present and future…plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Knight! But who is under the mask? And why do they want Batman dead? The incredible future of Batman adventures begins here!

Detective Comics #1000

Review: Doomsday Clock #9

Doomsday Clock #9

The DC Universe collides with its greatest threat: Dr. Manhattan. But nothing is hidden from Manhattan, and the secrets of the past, present and future will rock the very foundation of the DC Universe.

After Firestorm’s explosion and Superman’s defense of him, the world has turned on the superheroes and the superheroes have turned their eye on to what they believe is the cause of it all. The Earth’s heroes head to Mars to confront Dr. Manhattan as the series begins to finally come together.

Doomsday Clock #9 is the most straightforward of the issues so far as the picture becomes a bit clearer and story more focused. This is the fight issue with the heroes falling into the usual trope of confrontation and punching before everything is clear. Writer Geoff Johns delivers a bit more standard of an issue with lots of hints as to what we’ll see. Batman scrambles to get a message out. Superman lays in a coma.

The issue is a strange one in that it takes the homage/inspiration that has applied to the other eight issues and takes it into overdrive here. The first page reads like a page out of the original Watchmen using similar time jumps and language. The hints that Dr. Manhattan isn’t the villain and someone else set off the Tachyon blast is a bit too much the plot of the original story. Weirdly the issues riff on the original Watchmen feels like an echo that Manhattan, and us the reader, are experiencing.

The art by Gary Frank is solid as usual as he breaks a bit more from the nine panel grid he mostly has used. There’s a lot of characters to pack in on this issue and scenes and how it’s broken up so that it isn’t overwhelming is nice. Still, I’d like to have seen a splash page of everyone as they confront Manhattan at which point Frank could then have broken away from the constriction of page format that has plagued the series up to this point. It could have been a meta break from what has come before.

The issue is a pretty standard one with a confrontation, punch before knowing everything, and various other tropes. It’s also the first issue where everything begins to come together and become much clearer. It’s the beginning of the end but there’s clearly more twists and turns to come in the next three issues and questions we’ve had since Rebirth look like they’re finally going to be answered.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Shazam! #3

Shazam! #3

(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“SHAZAM! AND THE SEVEN REALMS” continues! Billy Batson’s world is turned upside down by a figure from the past while Mary, Freddy and the rest of the Shazam Family enter a realm of endless amusements, candy factories and friends in the Funlands! But what’s the catch? Plus, a shocking development within the Library of Eternity!

Shazam! #3
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