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Wonder Woman #778

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What did you dislike? 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 Comichron – Diamond July 2021 comics sales estimates online – For those that enjoy the race.

Book Riot – 11 Emotional Manga That Will Give You All the Feels – What else would you suggest?

Kotaku – April O’Neil Finally Gets To Kick Some Shell In TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge – Nice!


The Beat – Echolands #1
Collected Editions – Gotham City Monsters
CBR – Radiant Black
That Hashtag Show – Wonder Woman #778

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #6 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #6 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $3.99

It all ends here! Melmoth is looking to destroy the world before anyone else gets their evil hands on it, but he better watch out-the Monsters aren’t ready to see their planet die. It may not treat them the best, but it’s home! Frankenstein in particular has a big stake in stopping Melmoth. If he can defeat this diabolical mastermind once and for all, it means he will be free of the curse of their shared blood.

Gotham City Monsters #6 (of 6)

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #5 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #5 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Melmoth has summoned the Monster League of Evil from the depths of the Multiverse to serve as his minions and destroy the Gotham City Monsters. Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and…Frankenstein?! It’s Frank versus Frank in this showdown to save the Multiverse as we know it!

Gotham City Monsters #5 (of 6)

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #4 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #4 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Howard Porter
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Melmoth has come to Gotham City, and he’s ready to use the dark forces of the city to carry out his final attack on the Multiverse at large. While he figured his old servant Frankenstein would be rallying his monstrous friends to give him trouble, Melmoth didn’t bargain on the Bat family taking notice. (Don’t they have enough to do with Bane and all that other stuff?) But take notice Batwoman has, and she’s looking to add some extra kick to the efforts of Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, and the rest. It may not be enough, however, when Melmoth puts one of their own- Andrew Bennett, a.k.a. I, Vampire-under his evil spell.

Gotham City Monsters #4 (of 6)

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #3

Gotham City Monsters #3

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The monsters have united in the aftermath of Melmoth’s attack, but one of their own has gone missing! Andrew Bennett, a.k.a. I, Vampire, has gone straight to the source of the evil that threatens the city, but the fanged one finds attacking Melmoth’s acolytes is biting off a little more than he can chew. Frankenstein leads Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca, and the mysterious Red Phantom on a chase through the Gotham underground to try to rescue Bennett and shut down whatever Melmoth has planned next. But will their showdown at the Gotham City Zoo attract the attention of any of Gotham’s other protectors? Batwoman, perhaps?

Gotham City Monsters #3

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Melmoth’s attack on Gotham City has immediate consequences for the denizens of Monster Town, and the losses suffered by Frankenstein and the other monsters have suddenly made this very, very personal. It’s up to Frankie to convince his cohorts that they need to band together against this common threat, lest all of Gotham-nay, the Multiverse!-fall to the might of his old master. But before they can do that, they must first answer the question: Who is the Red Phantom?

Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

Review: Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1 spins out of the current events in the DC concerning Leviathan. S.H.A.D.E. has been destroyed which leaves Frankenstein out on his own but on a mission.

Focusing on the monsters aspect of the DC Universe, the series is set in Monstertown, a neighborhood of Gotham. The concept always seemed a bit odd to me and never quite fleshed out. Writer Steve Orlando uses it as a perfect backdrop giving it some justice though the oddity still stands.

Frankenstein is out to continue the work he did before and in our introduction to him the comic stands out. We get glimpses of interesting as he deals with a living disease that needs to be taken care of. This noir/X-Files type feel stands out in a way that’s different.

Andrew Bennett, Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, and Orca round up the eventual team that will take on Melmoth. The comic features short glimpses as to why they’ll eventually come together. It’s quick and at times entertaining but there’s a lack of something that really hooks you. None of it is bad but there’s a spark that’s missing.

The art by Amancay Nahuelpan is interesting. There’s a somewhat comedic feel at times to it all which belies the horror aspect of the characters. Along with color by Trish Mulvihill and lettering by Tom Napolitano, it all comes together for a design that’s nice and unique but never quite matches the tone of the story. Monsters and horror, the comic could have a much darker look to it all. Instead, we get somewhere inbetween that dark and a standard superhero style. The look, much like the story, never quite clicks.

Gotham City Monsters #1 is an odd one. While the comic itself is entertaining it never quite makes the case as to why it needs to exist. With so many events and such a big story it ties in to, there’s never a real sense of urgency or threat. The tone too in design and story never quite matches the concept both being a little light for what should be more serious. There’s potential here but this may be one to wait for the eventual trade.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Color: Trish Mulvihill Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #1 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #1 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Now he can set his sights on his former mentor, Melmoth, the one evil that got away. With bad things happening all across the Multiverse, this may be Frankenstein’s last shot at setting things right. Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it’s going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and vampire Andrew Bennett. But will even these dread creatures be enough to save humanity before the entire cosmos collapses in on itself?

Gotham City Monsters #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Pandemica #1

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) – Absolute Carnage has been top-notch so far and Ghost Rider getting involved has us very intrigued.

Chainsaw Reindeer (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A reindeer gets pissed off by Santa’s abuse and goes on a murder spree. The concept is out there and gets us to laugh.

Gotham City Monsters #1 (DC Comics) – S.H.A.D.E. is no more and Frankenstein is a free agent once again and he’s got some revenge on his mind.

King Thor #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic team up again for one last ride with the Lord of Asgard!

Midnight Sky #1 (Scout Comics) – What if you discover the people around you aren’t who you thought they were? Think Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets They Live.

Pandemica #1 (IDW Publishing) – A war is brewing in the US and a shadow government is preparing a “purity bomb” for ethnic cleansing. A group of scientists and SpecOps are going to try to stop them.

Powers of X #4 (Marvel) – The refocusing of Marvel’s X-Men line of comics by Jonathan Hickman has been interesting and with the “death” of so many major characters last issue, this one should be an interesting read to see where he goes next.

Punisher Kill Krew #2 (Marvel) – The Punisher taking on a bunch of fantasy characters works WAY better than it should.

Starcadia Quest #1 (IDW Publishing) – The board game comes to comics!

Trees: Three Fates #1 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Trees returns with a murder mystery in a remote Russian village.

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