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Preview: Green Arrow #44

Green Arrow #44

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Green Arrow is used to firing at targets-but he’s not used to having the bull’s-eye on his own back! Social justice vigilante Citizen calls out Oliver Queen as one of his next marks, so now Ollie’s fighting a two-front battle in both his private and crime-fighting lives. Green Arrow must protect the others whom Citizen has named in his scheme to eradicate corruption from Seattle, while simultaneously dodging the attacks aimed at him-luckily, he’s got Black Canary and Kate Spencer watching his back. Unfortunately, they can’t save him from everything…

Preview: Green Arrow #43

Green Arrow #43

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Alex Maleev
In Shops: Aug 01, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Seattle’s in for a serious shake-up when Green Arrow crosses quivers with a new vigilante “hero” dubbed the Citizen, who’s hell-bent on exposing the corrupt and criminal one-percenters operating in the Emerald City. Green Arrow initially applauds these efforts, until the Citizen turns judge, jury and executioner-can you guess what bloviating billionaire is next on his hit list? Also, a little birdie told us that help for Oliver is on the way-but we’re not singing who it is just yet.

Preview: Green Arrow #42

Green Arrow #42

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Matthew Clark (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: Jul 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s Parasite Season for Green Arrow. The Emerald Archer must hunt down the power-sapping purple powerhouse-alone, in a maximum-security prison, running low on arrows-and after the tapeworm terror has feasted on a buffet full of metahuman criminals. Prison reform, Ollie? You shoot arrows in people; that’s straight up medieval!

Preview: Green Arrow #41

Green Arrow #41

(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Matthew Clark (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“LESS THAN” part one! At Superman’s request, Green Arrow escorts Parasite back to Stryker’s Island Prison, but Parasite feeds off the super-powers of the other inmates, breaks away from Arrow and causes a prison riot. On his own, with only the arrows in his quiver, Green Arrow will have to keep all the villains at bay and take out an overpowered Parasite!

Preview: Green Arrow Annual #2

Green Arrow Annual #2

(W) Julie Benson, Shawna Benson (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) David Lopez
In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Entitled rich boy Oliver Queen grew up a member of elite society. But after a drunken escapade left him stranded on a deserted island, Oliver learned to survive and become more than a man – he became a hunter. He became a survivor. He became a hero. But when Green Arrow comes face-to-face with a challenge he never saw coming, his entire worldview – his reason for being a hero – comes into question. Because that challenge has a name: Amanda Waller!

Preview: Green Arrow #40

Green Arrow #40

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE CHILDREN OF VAHKAR” finale! Nothing and his army have left Green Arrow for dead in the desert. In order to get himself back to full strength and take out the army, Green Arrow will have to team up with a band of rebel heroes in Vahkar – but will they trust him? Or will he only find himself with more enemies to fight?

C2E2: Interview with Nightwing Writer Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is a multitalented writer, who excels in a variety of mediums. He has written four novels, a book about creative writing called Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, was a contributing editor for Esquire and taught at the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Along with screenplays and short stories, Percy has written quite a few comic books since 2014, including DC Rebirth’s Green Arrow and Teen Titans. His next project is a run on Nightwing, beginning with issue 44, and I had the opportunity to chat with him about Dick Grayson’s role in the DC Universe and Bludhaven, collaborating with artist Chris Mooneyham, and of course, Dick’s most famous asset…

Graphic Policy: I first saw your name in print in a review of Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue (2012) for Esquire. I was wondering how your work as a critic and arts writer influenced your work as a writer of superhero comics.

Benjamin Percy: I write novels. I write for magazines. I write comics. I write screenplays. I write essays. And let’s not forget the erotica too, which I’m celebrated for. What I love about writing in different mediums is I’m always challenging myself aesthetically. So, I’m writing comics and learning things from the medium that make me a better novelist. I’m serving as a book critic or a film critic and as a result, I’m looking more sharply at my own work and holding myself to the same standards as these artists I’m putting on the chopping block.

In every single case as I leap from genre to genre, I’m not only keeping myself excited at the keyboard because it’s always fresh. I’m also hopefully becoming a better storyteller.

GP: One thing I enjoyed about your Green Arrow run was that you returned the character to his Bronze Age roots as a “social justice warrior”. What social issues do you plan to explore in Nightwing?

BP: I was part of the Rebirth era of Green Arrow and that meant looking to his legacy and recognizing that in the O’Neil/Adams era, he was a hotheaded liberal. That’s something that had fallen away from the series. I brought that back, and I channeled the zeitgeist. I was making direct reference to the headlines on the page. There were storylines that resembled what was going on at Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline. There were stories that bore some resemblance to what was going on with Black Lives Matter.

This is Nightwing. I’m not taking the same approach. But I am thinking about what makes us anxious right now. I think that’s something that comics do very well. They channel cultural unease. They give you a cracked mirror version of reality. There’s a lot of things we should fear right now. Cybercrime is chief among them.

If you look at what’s happened with Cambridge Analytica. If you looked at what happened with the election results and the possibility of Russian meddling. If you think about how many times a day you turn your face towards a screen, maybe you think about how every time you tap a mouse or swipe your hand across a tablet or click a link that’s feeding into an algorithm that’s following you and profiling you. If you think about how every time your computer makes that carpenter ant sound, or every time your phone glitches, you’re wondering, “Has it already begun? Is a Trojan worming its way through the guts of my hard drive?”

I want to realize those fears on the page. I think it’s especially apt for Nightwing to be taking on these threats.

GP: Why is he the perfect fit?

BP: For a few different reasons. One, I wouldn’t say that Nightwing is a Luddite, but unlike Batman and Batgirl, he doesn’t surround himself with a lot of gadgets. He’s got his batons, and he’s got his acrobatics. I love an antagonist that really challenges a hero. Nightwing is facing a villain he can’t punch.

Nightwing is also interestingly situated in this storyline because he’s incredibly vital to the whole DCU and adaptable. He knows everyone. He’s served as a follower, and he’s served as a leader. He has connections to the Teen Titans and the Titans and the Justice League and the Bat-group. If you think about vulnerable data as being one of the greatest weapons of this time, he is a vault of vulnerable data. If he’s compromised, everyone’s compromised.

So, he’s facing the the dark web, but he’s at the center of his own web, which makes him the perfect person to take on this challenge and the most worrisome person to fail.

GP: Yeah, he’s definitely the heart of the DC Universe. So, one thing I liked about Tim Seeley and Sam Humphries’ runs on Nightwing were that they brought Bludhaven back with its own personality and history. How do you plan to build off this in your own run?

BP: I want to give props to Tim and Sam who did a kick ass job. I also love what Tom [King] was doing with Spyral in his Grayson run. Right now, Bill Gates is funneling 80 million dollars into a plot of land in Arizona to create a smart city. Right now, off the shore of China, they’re building islands. They’re expanding their country and building these “smart islands”.

I’m taking this real world situation and putting it in Bludhaven, a city that has always been in need of rehab. So, a tech mogul has moved there and is trying to rehabilitate the place. Something else might be going on beneath the surface of his intentions. Not only are buildings being demolished and neighborhoods rebuilt within a 5G network, but every address in Bludhaven has a package arrive on their doorstep. Inside that package is a device known as the “Phantasm”. This Phantasm device is a VR unit that bears some resemblance to Alexa, and Alexa, as you know, is always listening.

GP: She’s so scary. I’m never getting one.

BP: I’m taking Bludhaven, and how it’s been established as a city of ruins, a city of scandal, a city that has seen better times. I’m applying to it the same sort of thing you’re seeing on the East Coast with gentrification, except this is sort of tech-laced gentrification.

GP: So, one thing I love about reading Nightwing comics is that he has this exuberant, acrobatic type of fighting style. How do you choreograph his fights differently in the scripting process versus Damian Wayne’s in Teen Titans or Oliver Queen in Green Arrow?

BP: There’s a lot less yelling since Damian isn’t involved. Far fewer insults being hurled. I’m thinking carefully about every action setpiece and trying to create staging that takes advantage of his particular skill set. If you look at the first scene in Nightwing #44, there’s a subway sequence that involves his batons and also involves, I won’t exactly say what happens yet, a kind of high wire act.

Right away, in a really dramatic fashion, I’m trying to say, “This is Nightwing” with an exclamation mark.

GP: Kind of like a Bond cold open. Speaking of James Bond, which you wrote a little bit for Dynamite, are you bringing any kind of spy elements to Nightwing?

BP: We’re starting off in Bludhaven, but the story is not staying there. Arc after arc, it’s getting bigger and bigger.

GP: That’s what I like to hear. Chris Mooneyham (Five Ghosts) is the artist on your first storyline. Why was he the perfect choice for Nightwing?

BP: He’s the second coming of David Mazzucchelli. If you look at the first few pages [of Nightwing #44], which have been released, you will see parallels in Batman Year One and Daredevil Born Again in what we’re doing. It’s shadow soaked, neo noir, intricately detailed, and he takes advantage of every centimeter of the panel. There’s a beautiful grit at work, classic staging, and a more mature sensibility.

GP: I have one last question. Dick Grayson is perceived both in the DC Universe and by fans as a sex symbol. How will you portray that in your run on Nightwing?

BP: I make a crack about it right away. On page 2, panel 6, if you look at the top right corner of the subway station, there’s some graffiti that says “Butthaven”. I’m winking right there at how Dick has been portrayed. There will be romance to come, and I’ll also say that Batgirl plays an essential role in this story. He needs someone who is tech savvy. I’ve always loved their relationship.

Nightwing #44 will be released on May 2, 2018.

Follow Benjamin Percy on Twitter.

Preview: Green Arrow #39

Green Arrow #39

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Marcio Takara (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE CHILDREN OF VAHKAR” part one! Following a hellish year in Seattle, Oliver Queen heads to the war-torn city of Vahkar to use his considerable resources to help its starving citizens. But Oliver soon finds himself in over his head when he discovers that Vakhar is being run by a mysterious new warlord known as NOTHING…and all the town’s children have gone missing. Oliver Queen can’t save the children of Vakhar…but can Green Arrow?

Julie and Shawna Benson Take Over Green Arrow

At WonderCon, DC Comics announced the new team taking aim at Green Arrow. Julie Benson and Shawna Benson will be co-writing the series beginning this summer. They begin with Green Arrow Annual #2 which will be published on May 30th and their first issue of the main series will be Green Arrow #43.

The duo is know for penning episodes of Pemberley Digital’s Emmy-winning webseries, Emma Approved as well writing for the third season of The 100. They currently write Batgirl and the Birds of Prey for DC and their run will wrap in May 2018.

Green Arrow Annual #2 arrives May 30 with art by Carmen Carnero and a cover by David Lopez. Green Arrow #43 arrives in August 2018 with art by Javier Fernández.

DC Rebirth Roundup: March 7th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

GA_Cv38Batman #42 Just don’t. Even the thought of recapping this leaves a dirty taste in my mouth. Unfriendly. 3/10

Deathstroke #29 Make no mistake, this is a fantastic series. It’s just really hard to read without reading a chunk of it in one go due to the complexity and interwoven genius of the plot. Yes, it’s kinda Unfriendly, but it’s very good. 8/10

Green Arrow #38 This issue caps off a LOT of loose ends. Too many for me to cover here in the detail the comic deserves, but fortunately there is a very brief recap that touches on everything you need to know (save one thing) without actually giving you any spoilers. That one thing that isn’t touched on? Ollie Queen is on trial for the murder of Wendy Poole, a victim of human traffickers that Green Arrow saved and lived in abject terror of being recaptured, so she has remained in hiding since her rescue. Which means the world at large think she’s dead. This issue is Friendly, and not too bad. 7/10

Green Lanterns #42 The Green Lanterns are on the case of some superhuman traffickers, and the case has taken a personal for Simon Baz as one of the victims was a previous date of his. Although it’s sort of Friendly, there’s not much of a flow to the comic as everything seems to rush far too quickly from point A to point B. 6.25/10

Justice League #40 I really have no idea what’s going on here, but for some reason the Justice Leagues are in trouble. Despite missing part one in this arc, the comic is still enjoyable enough to be marked as a Friendly 7/10.

Nightwing #40 You’ll probably be okay to pick this up without much recap, as you can figure out that there’s a long history between Nightwing and the Judge (basically a maybe immortal with his eyes sown shut who is great at manipulation and seeing your deepest desires). In terms of accessibility this is probably a Friendly comic – you’re unlikely to find another clean jumping on point for another issue or two. 6.5/

Superman #42 You’re going to have a really tough time figuring out what’s going on with the first third or so of this comic if you’ve never heard of Bizarro, the anti-Superman who speaks in negatives and otherwise odd yet very endearing speech patterns. Other than that, the comic is Friendly and pretty solid. 7/10

 

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