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alphaking01_CoverArtIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What excited you? What didn’t you like? Sound off in the comments!

While you ponder that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School – Sigh.

ICv2 – GTS Distribution Buys Global Enterprises – Congrats to them.

Nothing But Comics – Tuesday Top Ten: Political Comics – A solid list. It could easily have been 25 comics.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

CBR – 4001 A.D.

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #52

CBR – Hellboy in Hell #9

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #2

Comic Vine – The Punisher #1

Comics Alliance – The Punisher #1

CBR – Thunderbolts #1

Comic Vine – Thunderbolts #1

Review: Star Trek/Green Lantern: Spectrum War TPB

Layout 1When it comes to crossovers, there has definitely been a mixed bag of possibilities, and I can honestly say that they rarely pull them off to successful results. What usually prevents crossover events form being successful, are the amount of restraint of stepping on each other toes, as they don’t want to disrespect each other’s properties. Case and point, is the oft remembered crossover event on television back in the 1960s between Batman and Green Hornet, which had detractors on both sides of the event. Eventually, to appease both groups of fans, they had two different endings, that appeared on their respective shows.

Within the realm of comics, such endeavors faced similar challenges, as I remember the elusive and highly cherished crossover event between The Teen Titans and the Uncanny X-Men.  I remember as a kid, it being sold out everywhere, and whatever copies were out there, were already behind a glass window in most comic shops. I know there were initially plans for a sequel, but both houses of Marvel and DC, could not come to a mutual agreement. Only if they would have came to agreement, who knows how many more crossovers it would have yielded.

Fast forward to 2015, DC and IDW have created a crossover event, worthy to be regarded as one of the best in the collective histories of both publishing houses and as far as space operas go, they have definitely lifted the bar. Within this story, the USS Enterprise is en rout to Nodell-16, where they find a dead body of one of the Guardians, Ganthet. Shortly thereafter, three of the crewmembers are chosen by rings, as well as one of Star Trek’s more insidious villains, Chang. By story’s end, many iconic villains and heroes form both franchises reenter their respective universes, face off in epic battles and once again, what was wrong, is righted.

Overall, an interesting story from beginning to end, and I must say, with all of the cameos throughout the story, it feels like what you want a crossover to feel like. The story by Mike Johnson shows his reverence and love for both franchises while remembering to keep it fun. The art by Angel Hernandez definitely seems to cater to the Star Trek franchise, but it gives the Green Lanterns, a nice look as well. Altogether, an excellent crossover, which I hope there will be more of, as one can definitely see the promise.

Story: Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez
Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Diamond Select In Stores This Week: Batman, Ninjak, Negan and More!

It’s another new toy day at comic shops everywhere, and this week’s shipment is loaded up with comic book heroes and villains from Diamond Select Toys! Not only will you find the newest Minimates line, featuring mini-figures from Ninjak, Shadowman, Chew, Hack-Slash, Revival and Battle Beasts, you’ll also find banks, PVC figures and bottle openers from The Walking Dead, Star Trek and Batman: The Animated Series!

Batman The Animated Series Batman Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The battle for the loose change of Gotham City has begun! This approximately 8” vinyl bust of Batman, as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series, is actually a bank, with a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base. But it features detailed sculpting and exacting paint details that make it look like a high-end collectible! With Batman, Robin, The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Batmobile now available as vinyl banks, there’s never been a safer place in Gotham City to keep your money! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #DEC152118, SRP: $22.99)


Batman The Animated Series Harley Quinn’s Hammer Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! There’s no bottle Harley Quinn’s hammer can’t open! Based on the large mallet wielded by Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpted metal bottle opener can remove any bottle cap faster than you can say “puddin’”! A must-have for any Harley Quinn fan Measuring approximately 4 inches long, it comes packaged in a full-color collector slipcase. (Item #NOV152180, SRP: $18.00)


Comic Book Heroes Minimates 2-Packs Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of your local comic shop, it’s the first assortment of Comic Book Heroes Minimates, based on some of the most popular independent titles around! Four different two-packs pair up heroes and heroines from six different comics! From Image Comics, Cassie Hack from Hack/Slash teams up with Em Cypress from Revival!  From the world of Valiant Comics, Ninjak takes on Shadowman! From Image’s Chew, FDA agent Tony Chu partners with cyborg John Colby and the fighting rooster Poyo! And from Battle Beasts, Ruminant the Giraffe takes on Spyrnus the Hammerhead Shark! Each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152191, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Ghostbusters Mr. Stay Puft Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ve got the tools, you’ve got the talent, but do you have a bottle opener? The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man can open anything: churches, gateways to other dimensions, you name it. Now, this happy-faced version of our 4-inch metal Mr. Stay-Puft will open up your favorite bottled beverage and magnetically stick to your refrigerator door! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #NOV152186, SRP: $18.00)


Justice League Animated Green Lantern Battery Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let those who need a drink tonight, call on the power of Green Lantern’s light! This 4” sculpted metal bottle opener is in the shape of Green Lantern’s power battery from the Justice League Animated Series, and will remove a bottle cap almost as fast as you can think about it. Plus, magnets on the back keep it locked to your refrigerator so you don’t have to wait to recharge! Packaged in a full-color slipcase.

(Item #DEC152120, SRP: $18.00)


Star Trek TNG Femme Fatales Borg Queen PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Resistance is futile! The irresistible Borg Queen has been captured as a 9-inch-scale PVC statue – the next entry in our Star trek Femme Fatales line! With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this static vinyl figure features a removable head and upper torso, to simulate her on-screen maintenance routine. Displays alongside Seven of Nine, Counselor Troi, and all other Femme Fatales statues! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV152194, SRP: $45.00)


Walking Dead Negan Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is a $#%&ing great bank! Negan, iron-fisted and foul-mouthed leader of The Saviors, is the newest vinyl bust bank in the Walking Dead line, and will look great sharing shelf space with Rick, Michonne and any number of zombies. Fill him up with half of your spare change, and nobody has to get hurt. Plus, he comes with his beloved baseball bat Lucille, so it’s like getting two characters in one! Just don’t let Lucille get thirsty! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #NOV152192, SRP: $22.99)


Around the Tubes

haunted_mansion_1_coverIt’s a new week and we’ll have new reviews, new interviews and more! While you await that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the tubes.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – She Makes Comics to be distributed by XLrator – Congrats!

The Outhousers – Hasbro Withdraws from Fun Pub, Transformers/G.I. Joe Collectors Club to End in 2016 – Hopefully something will continue after.


Around the Tubes Reviews

The Beat – Green Lantern #50

Talking Comics – The Haunted Mansion #1

ICv2 – Sky Doll: Decade

Around the Tubes

MMPowerRangers_001_S_JesseJames_Zord_PRESSIt 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 reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill #1

Comics Alliance – Black Widow #1

CBR – Black Widow #1

Comic Vine – Black Widow #1

Comic Attack – Dejah Thoris #2

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #50

Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1

Talking Comics – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1

Comic Vine – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1

CBR – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Man #2

The Outhousers – Squarriors

Newsarama – Best Shot Reviews: Black Widow #1, Batgirl #49

It’s Hot Wheels DC Super Heroes in the Next Happy Meals

This month it’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise in the current McDonald’s Happy Meals, but next month DC Comics‘ characters take the spotlight. Teaming up with Hot Wheels, DC heroes and villains will get themed cars for the next Happy Meal toy.

Superman, Batman, the Joker, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg (I think), and Robin all get cars themed for them.


DC Comics Proudly Presents: The New 52 hits 52!

Celebrating 52 issues of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment’s May 2016 variant cover theme will pay homage to the #1 issues of eleven comics that debuted in 2011 when DC Entertainment rebooted their superhero publishing line and revitalized the comics industry as a whole. It was a momentous occasion then, and is an anniversary to celebrate now!

Inspired by Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1, Rags Morales and Brad Anderson’s Action Comics #1, Adam HughesBatgirl #1, and more, these brand-new “The New 52” variants will grace the covers of those same landmark titles that are hitting issue #52 in May. Illustrated by an all-star lineup of incredible talent, May’s lineup of variant covers are as remarkable as the industry-changing covers they’re based on.

Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver
Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr
Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda
Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul
The Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino
Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski
Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan
Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin
Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning

“The New 52” variants are the latest in a variety of monthly themes.

Check out the original covers and the variants below and further below is the credits for the original covers.

The original covers credits:

Action Comics #1 cover by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson
Aquaman #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
Batgirl #1 cover by Adam Hughes
Batman #1 cover by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair
Catwoman #1 cover by Guillem March
Detective Comics #1 cover by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey
The Flash #1 cover by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato
Green Arrow #1 cover by Dave Wilkins
Green Lantern #1 cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis
Superman #1 cover by George Perez and Brian Buccellato
Wonder Woman #1 cover by Cliff Chiang

Review: Green Lantern #49

Green Lantern #49“The sounds of silence”

The countdown to number 50 is on. We open the scene with a quick montage of various cities throughout the globe all desolate. No one is will to leave their homes due to the looming threat from the Super Villain now turned terrorist: Sonar.

Sonar has vowed to destroy anyone who dares to not take his danger seriously. All lives are at stake, including the life of Earth’s Emerald Guardian:  (formerly known as Green Lantern ) Hal Jordan.

This fight for Hal has become very personal. One of the victims in Sonar’s attack is his young nephew Howard, who life is hanging in the balance at the Coast City Hospital. Hal will not let this tragedy go unanswered for.

Watching the newscast of Sonar’s destruction and ultimatum, Hal becomes enraged and his Krona energy gauntlet powers up and he cuts loose inadvertently laying waste to his brother Jim’s home.

Rather than let his brother mope, Jim reminds Hal he’s a hero and there is work to be done and it must be done. The RIGHT way. As Hal ponders his next move, Jim is listening to a report about a conference to take place from the halls of the United Nations.

Hal is completely stumped until he his brother remarks that “Hopefully they’ll actually do something and not just talk like usual.”  Hal then gets a big “eureka” moment and powers up and flies off.

Neal Adams Green Lantern #49 Variant

Neal Adams Green Lantern #49 Variant

We switch to the U.N. where all the world leaders are set to convene and decide on whether or not to give into Sonar’s demands. Before it’s too late Hal bursts on the scene and forces them all to “Shut up!”

Hal realized that all of Sonar’s bombs are sound based. So if no one is speaking they are not in imminent danger. Through this course of action he has all the time to locate and nullify the bombs by containing them in a massive energy field.

With the crisis averted, Hal receives the praise from all the world leaders but he’s mostly just relieved the worst is over. Too bad for Hal he has no idea that a much larger threat is already making his way towards Earth with him in the cross-hairs.

Overall: So this was a good little read. It had angst, danger and some limited action. It never really felt like Sonar was a major threat at all, that’s just how I see it. So even though Sonar wasn’t the Uber villain to which he was intended, his presence served another purpose. I felt like the creative team used the character to make a real life referendum of sorts on today’s political climate. The fact that talk was cheap, I took as a jab (and much needed one) to our politicians today. It’s sickening the level of unfounded rhetoric that we as the American people must endure daily. So when Hal solved the problem by taking real action, rather than deliberation it was an eye opener. I thought it was well placed and I applaud the effort. Now as for the story, it was ok. It mostly felt like filler to get us to the big milestone issue next month. Which judging from the cliffhanger in this one, is a clash not to be missed. The art by Martin Coccolo and Billy Tan was easy going for the most part. I personally am not a fan when they split the art chores on a single issue but it did just fine here. So I am charging up the gauntlet for next months confrontation eagerly. At the same time trying to recite my Green Lantern Core oath: In brightest day, in blackest.. aw heck, bring it on already!

Check out the Neil Adams variant cover though! It’s fantastic!

Story: Robert Vendetti Art: Billy Tan & Martin Coccolo
Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Pass

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR4_Cover B by Keith BurnsWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Mr. H

Top Pick: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – Finally Miles Morales in his own stand alone book in the Prime Universe! Very excited for this one. With Peter Parker as his mentor will the old Parker luck rub off on our hero? Or will he reach new heights? Maybe an internship at Parker Industries awaits? Come and see Web heads!

Action Comics #49 (DC Comics) – Did Clark survive his Kryptonite overdose? Can he stand up to Vandal Savage? Find out here…

Green Lantern #49 (DC Comics) – The race to 50 is on.. is Hal ready for the coming of Parallax?

We are Robin #8 (DC Comics) – More like we are Joker this month. Let’s see how the social media treats a gang of villains rather than the fledgling heroes. One question needs to be asked “Why so serious?”



Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 (Image Comics) – Initially thought to be a low arc due to the use of guest artists, the “Commercial Suicide” arc ended up being a brilliant and heartbreaking arc that focused more on the other characters we don’t get to see as much of in the bigger scheme of WicDiv. Exploring issues of fate, misogyny, pop stardom, cultural appropriation, and death, this experimental arc demonstrated WicDiv’s staying power.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – There’s only two things I know about this issue. One, Black Canary is back in town and teaming up with Babs. Two, BABS TARR FINALLY GOT TO DRAW A LUCHA BATGIRL. Kalisto is US Champion, Lucha Underground is back, and there is an actual Luchador Batgirl costume now. What a time to be alive.

Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – Exhale everyone, Carol is just as lively and hardheaded as ever in the hands of Butters and Fazekas. Not to mention those abs by Anka. While it hasn’t made me cry yet, the series has me intrigued with its new use of Alpha Flight and the mystery reveal of the skeleton crew from the last issue. It’ll be interesting to see just what is in store for Carol at this “desk job.”

Pretty Deadly #8 (Image Comics) – I have a special place in my heart for the Deconnick/Ríos/Bellaire supernatural western, but this arc has been breathtaking both in story and art. Now, we finally get to meet the Reaper of War and maybe figure out just what his deal is.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #2 (Marvel) – The first run at the Rocket Raccoon comic was an absolutely uproarious affair that made it one of my favorite Marvel titles. Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade seem to be taking a slightly different route this time with Rocket not knowing who he is after his death in Secret Wars, but the humor still seems to be there.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – I love this series, and I’ve been counting down the days to each issues release. It is a fantastic World War II era story that highlights the struggles faced in Russia around that time, coupled with some truly stunning visual techniques.

Howard The Duck #4 (Marvel) – If not for Old Man Logan, this would be the only Marvel book I’d be reading, and that’s thanks in a large part to writer Chip Zdarsky’s occasional digs at Marvel’s reboots and events over the past year or so. I’ve been told that this series doesn’t hold up quite as well as Steve Gerber’s first volume, but if you don’t have that basis for comparison (and I don’t, yet) then the current run on Howard The Duck will be highly enjoyable.

Klaus #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Talking about visually stunning, Klaus is fantastic. It may be billed as an origin story for Santa (and it is), but this comic is so much more than that. There’s a warmth here that you really must experience.

Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – When I was initially getting this list ready, it never occurred to me that Swamp Thing #2 would be one of my top five picks this week. But then I saw the comic listed on Previews website a coming out and I got unreasonably excited to read it after I remembered the slower paced, modern feeling with almost classical twist of the first issue. Who’da known?

X-O Manowar #44 (Valiant) – I wasn’t, honestly, all that impressed with the last issue of this series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as it has been lately. Hopefully it was a slower start to the new arc and not something indicative of a trend. This issue will go a long way to assuaging my fears, so I’m eager to get a chance to read it.



Top Pick: Pretty Deadly #8 (Image) – Pretty Deadly is one of my forever favorites. Emma Ríos’s art is otherworldly, and I’m excited to see where the story goes as they continue to develop the new arc.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – This week’s Batgirl looks especially promising–it has both the return of Black Canary and one of the cutest covers possibly ever.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – Paper Girls might take an issue or two to really get into–the action starts quickly and doesn’t stop when four girls are attacked on their paper route. However, as with most Brian K. Vaughan stories, it’s worth seeing through.

Shutter #18 (Image Comics) – Shutter is a great subversion of the adventure genre, but the real draw for me was the art. If you haven’t read Shutter, you might recognize Leila Del Duca from the recent and absolutely gorgeous Morrigan-centric issue of The Wicked + The Divine.



Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – A-Force is assembling and I’m excited to see them together again.  True, it won’t be no holds barred like it was in Secret Wars, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun ride; and I’m really enjoying seeing things from Singularity’s point of view; she wants her friends back and is doing what she can to find them, even with a big bad energy monster on her tail.  To paraphrase Iron Man, she’s bringing the party to them!

Scarlet Witch #3 (Marvel) – I’m not all in on this title going into the third issue.  Yes, I love Wanda.  She is one of my favourite characters.  The debut issue was alright, and issue two was less than that.  So why is this on my pick of the week list?  I’m holding out hope this title picks up, and I do have a soft spot for Wanda.  There are some good ideas here, and I hope it gets a little more interesting.

Uncanny Avengers #5 (Marvel) – It’s no secret to many how I feel about this title.  So why is it on my list?  Gambit is on the cover.  That is the only reason I’m looking forward to it this week.  I’m curious to see what role he’ll play with the team and with Rogue.

The Vision #4 (Marvel) – Still the surprise hit, for me, from the All New All Different launch.  Vision just wanted to live a life with a wife and kids, what could possibly go wrong?  The reader is given very grim hints that plenty goes wrong.  Not to mention Vision’s own wife and kids have things happen to them, which they keep from him, that show us that they are a lot more like us then people would think.  It’s a great read that I highly recommend.



Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #3 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Tom King has had the Midas Touch, as anything he writes turns into liquid comic book gold.  This militaristic detective story is a solid read.

Bad Moon Rising #5 (451 Media) – The end is near. Only two issues left in the series. It’s Werewolves versus full automatics and Silver Bullets. I got five to one odds on the Biker Werewolves.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – I’m just waiting for one of the Paper Girls to be like, “I want my two dollars!!” They deserve a little more, after all that they’ve been through so far.

Unfollow #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Bruce Lee’s Game of Death meets Social Media as the Chosen gather together to thin the herd. Or will they rise above their human faults?

The Walking Dead #151 (Image Comics) – Who cares that  I am front running on the Zombie genre.  A real war is coming as General Rick builds his army.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – This seriously has gotten better and better with each issue and has been filled with action and a lot of touching interaction of the characters. Garth Ennis is knocking it out of the park with this series focused on an English pilot leading a Russian squad in WWII. The story is good, and the art is even more amazing. Some of the two page spreads are just jaw dropping.

Last Man: The Chase (First Second) – Such a fun graphic novel series. I’m excited to see more and more as the world is expanded upon and we learn what’s going on. It’s a hell of a mystery so far with small clues that make you scratch your head.

Nailbiter #20 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite series. This arc has some of the cast in Georgia trying to catch a serial killer who may have ties to Buckaroo. Just a fun comic about serial killers.

Princeless: Raven Pirate Princess #5 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Somehow this spinoff series has surpassed the original it came out of. Raven is one of my favorite new characters of the past few years and the fun flows off the page. Every issue has delivered.

Tomboy #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)Princeless for adults? This series has a teenage girl turned vigilante. The first two issues blew me away and I can’t wait to read the third. This is one that was one of my favorite debuts of 2015.

DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Dishes Details

On last night’s DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith dished on who we can expect in the upcoming Justice League film as well as revealing the logos we can expect. Plus debuting actual footage of Wonder Woman! The lineup includes Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and…. not just the Green Lantern but the Green Lantern Corps will be a part of this universe!

Some interesting tidbits.

Aquaman was described as a man between two worlds and it sounds like whatever his foe will be, it’ll be something from the deep. There was a lot of comic art in his debut, but some new art with the movie version present.

There was a lot of emphasis on The Flash and time, even stating this is a character who is really tied in to time, past, present, and future. There was also some new concept art.

Cyborg will be dealing with trying to not to succumb to technology and is fighting to stay human. We also get this interesting art for the character.

The Green Lantern images they showed not only included Hal Jordan, but John Stewart

The Dawn of the Justice League Wonder Woman Movie Logo Aquaman Cyborg Green_Lantern_Corps The_Flash

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