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The Working Families Party’s Brightest Day, Goes Superhero in Email Blast

Politicians and political parties invoking superheroes isn’t anything new. Candidates have done it. Organizations have done it. The Working Families Party sent out an email yesterday with a superhero theme and directly quoting the Green Lantern oath with a twist.

Founded in New York in 1998, the Working Families Party is a political party in the US mainly focused on “jobs, healthcare, raising the minimum wage, universal paid sick days, the student debt crisis, higher taxes on the rich, public education, and energy and environmental reform.”

In the fundraising pitch, the email is a solid one with a focus on individuals at the local level who have helped to make a difference and are now running for office.

You can read the full email below.

In dark Trump times like these, it’s hard to find the glimmer of hope. But wait — look there, Amanda! In hometowns all across the country — Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Salem, Albuquerque, Snoqualmie and more — people are standing up to serve their community.

It’s the Working Families Party Superheroes!

They are taking on the likes of Donald Trump, the NRA, fossil fuel lobbyists, and wealthy donors — without the resources you see in the presidential campaigns.

Meet our WFP Superheroes and then chip in $3 to help WFP turn out the votes they need to win!

WFP Superheroes, from left to right, top row to bottom…

Teresa Alonso Leon runs Oregon’s GED program, helping low-income and working class families fight for a better life. Meanwhile, multinational corporations and wealthy donors refuse to pay their fair share. Now she’s had enough and is running for Oregon State House on a platform of women’s economic equality, public education, and protecting seniors.

Philadelphia’s Chris Rabb is an author, activist and college professor. After he helped over 100 adjunct professors unionize for living wages, he was abruptly “uninvited” to continue teaching. Now he’s running for PA State Assembly to bring the fight for school funding to Harrisburg!

New Mexico’s narrow Republican majority has been passing legislation that benefits big energy companies and ignores public school children. So long-time teacher, mentor and elderly services volunteer, Natalie Figueroa, is running to challenge the Republican Majority Leader and tip the scales in favor of progressive values.

In Las Vegas, middle school teacher Brittney Miller knew that energy sustainability and public school funding couldn’t wait another semester. So she decided to step up and run for State Assembly against a wealthy lawyer who supports tax policies that will help the rich — and leave the rest of us behind.

A family tragedy opened Jason Ritchie’s eyes to the needs of differently-abled residents in Washington state. Now, this Bernie-endorsed candidate wants to fight for working families in the State House. He’s challenging a Trump-like incumbent who opposes women’s reproductive rights, family leave, and raising the minimum wage.

Any one of these WFP Superheroes could be a future Bernie Sanders — but they have to win their elections! WFP is throwing down for down-ballot superheroes leading up to November. You can help elect a new generation of progressive champions all over the country by chipping in $3. Click here to help WFP forge a new future with local progressive superheroes.

POW! Let’s do this!

Amanda Johnson
Working Families Party

Rebirth Review: Comics Released 10/12

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.

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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


ac_cv965_dsAction Comics #965 This Friendly once you accept that the two people at the center of the book, Clark and Lois, aren’t from this world. They’re the same characters from before the New 52, but due to circumstances beyond their control, they’ve got to step into the lives of their now disappeared counter parts (Superman and Lois Lane – there’s already a Clark Kent). It’s an interesting concept, and a story focusing on Lois shows a less super side to their lives.

All-Star Batman #3 is very good,but completely Unfriendly to new readers. If you’ve been reading the series so far, however, you’ll be fine.

Batgirl and the Birds Of Prey #3 This really isn’t a bad comic, provided that you’re at least partly familiar with the previous events – specifically why there’s a Oracle and a Batgirl, because that crucial detail is missing this issue, which ales this decidedly Unfriendly.

Deathstroke #4 I have a feeling that this story will be far better read as a trade, but even if you were to start here, you’ll find it Friendly enough.

hjglc_cv5_open_order_varDetective Comics #942 The finale of a multi-part, multi-comic crossover that ends strongly, but it’s an Unfriendly place for new readers

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2 Having no idea what this series is about, the second issue was actually a lot more Friendly than the first for me. An entertaining comic that focuses on several students at a Gotham boarding house who’ve set up a detective club – think in a similar vein to Scooby Doo. I didn’t expect to like this.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 There’s two ways to look at this comic, an depending on how you approach it will approach it’s accessibility. If you just want to read a story about Hal Jordan being awesome and kicking ass, then this is the place to be; but if you want to know why he’s kicking ass beyond the fact he has to stop the Yellow Lanterns, you’re a little out of luck. I’m not giving this a rating for that reason.

New Super-Man #4 You can jump on board here and be able to have a half-decent Friendly comic, just about, but it’ll be so much better if you start at least an issue ago.

nsm_cv4_dsRed Hood And The Outlaws #3 Is actually more Friendly than the last issue. There are moments that may not make sense, but by and large… you can jump right in here and enjoy the story.

Suicide Squad #4 Is a chaotic mess that somehow still explains just about what you need to make the fourth issue Friendly. That Suicide Squad #4 is also hugely entertaining in a popcorn action flick kinda way is a pleasant bonus.

Supergirl #2 Another comic this week that falls right in the middle of the Friendly/Unfriendly line. There are aspects that welcome newer readers, and just as many that will cause confusion. We’re only two issues in, so if you’re even a little curious about Supergirl, pick both issues up.

Superwoman #3 The advantage to reading as many of the DC comics as I do for this feature means that I tend to forget what happened in previous issues. Rather than going back and rereading them to catch myself up, I use my poor memory to judge  how accessible the comics are. Unfortunately, in cases such as this fls_cv8_dswith Superwoman I don’t recall too much of the previous issues, making this comic a tad Unfriendly.

The Flash #8 Although this wraps up the current Gospeed focused arc, there’s actually a decent amount of the comic that’s Friendly to new readers, and the set up for the next tale is also well done. You could do much worse than starting here with the series.

Wonder Woman #8 An interlude into the current stories that delves a little into the past of Dr. Minerva. It’s an interesting foray into the past, but not the most Friendly place to start (that’s not an unfriendly rating, but rather a friendly comic that doesn’t feature Wonder Woman at all).


Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Dorbz: DC

New DC Dorbz are coming! Green Lantern Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Sinestro!

Be on the lookout for the limited chase editions: White Lantern Batman and White Lantern Flash from the battle with Black Lantern Corps, and glow-in-the-dark Green Lantern!

Check out a special Blue Flash and its glow-in-the-dark chase, only at GameStop!

Each chase has a 1 in 6 rarity! They’ll be in shops this November.

Rebirth Review: Comics Released 10/5

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.

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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


bm_cv8_dsAquaman #8 – Unless you have been reading at least one of the previous issues, you’re going to be a little lost as to why the events of the comic are happening. It’s just a tad on the Unfriendly side, but it’s worth picking up nonetheless.

Batman #8 continues the Night Of The Monster Men crossover that’s running through this series, Detective Comics and  Nightwing. It’s an Unfriendly jumping on point, but the story’s growing on me and will probably be worth reading in a trade a few months down the line.

Cyborg #2 takes a lot of time introducing us to the villain. The effect of this, for the reader, is the same as a prolonged recap page as the events of  the previous issue are eventually touched upon. This allows you to really appreciate the events of the comic, making it incredibly Friendly.

Green Arrow #8 will be fairly Friendly for fans of the TV show that just reappeared on our screens, as it opens after Ollie has washed up on an island of some kind. There’s not a lot of background, but seeing as I only remembered why he’d washed up there as  I was writing this blurb and not while I was reading the comic, the lack of background info isn’t a big deal.

Green Lanterns #8 – Part one of a new story in one of DC’s most consistently accessible for new readers is, obviously, a Friendly comic. It’s also very good.

gls_cv8_open_order_varHarley Quinn #5 isn’t always my cup of tea, but as far as the series goes this isn’t a bad place to start up for new readers. Friendly.

Justice League #5 I’m assuming if you’re reading this you’ve a fair idea who the Justice League is. However, much like the first issue, you’re thrown into the middle of something with little explanation – but because there’s no reference to previous issues, this is a Friendly comic. We’re all on the same page when the comic opens.

Midnighter And Apollo #1 is as Friendly a place as you’re likely to find within the post Rebirth line of comics.

Nightwing #5 if you read what I wrote for Batman #8, then just repeat it here.

Superman #8 kicks off a new story arc, and because the story throws you inn the deep end right away, it’s a Friendly comic. Just don’t expect much light shed on the setting right away.

Review: Green Lanterns #8

gls_cv8_ds“THE PHANTOM RING” part one! Uncover the mystery of the powerful Phantom Ring that forced a Guardian of the Universe to hide away in the deepest recess of space. Will Simon and Jessica be able to prevent a universe of power-hungry invaders from claiming the new ring for their own?

I hadn’t read a full Green Lantern comic up until the first issue (not the Rebirth special) of this series before, but when I started reading the first issue, I was hooked. Even knowing next to nothing about the characters going in wasn’t a problem because within the first few pages of every issue Sam Humphries will typically write an introduction to the current situation, and the characters, from their own perspective. This intertwined recap/narration is furthered by the often dual perspectives that give each character a distinct voice and allow you to get enough of a grasp on their personalities within the opening salvo of the story that their resulting actions make sense to you.

It’s a pattern that’s repeated at the start of each issue, and for good reason.

Green Lanterns #8 starts a new story that centers around the Phantom Ring; a ring that literally anybody can wear (which is apparently a big deal – just why is actually explained within). It also ties in rather nicely with Halloween, as the two Green Lanterns go trick or treating with Simon’s sister and his nephew. There’s a couple of fun moments as the two try to search for the Guardian of the Universe that’s hiding somewhere within Simon’s home town and the inexperience of the two newest Green Lanterns shows.

This issue is one of the stronger comics in a series that is one of DC’s best since Rebirth hit all those months ago (it may not be that long, I guess). If you’re looking for a place to start reading this series, then look no further; this is going to be one of the most accessible points for at least an issue or two.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Ed Benes Colour Art: Blond
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy a FREE Copy for review

Rebirth Review: Comics Released On 9/21

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.

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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week saw a couple of new number one issues, as well as a couple of easily accessible jumping on points.

aqm_cv7_dsAquaman #7 This is a really interesting series so far, with Aquaman being shown in his more kingly duties as he tries to build relations between the surface world an Atlantis – and stop the war between the two that is brewing. Unfortunately, unless you’re more familiar with the series than the above synopsis, this may be a touch Unfriendly.

Batman #7 Gotham faces a hurricane and DC’s first post Rebirth crossover story begins here as Night Of The Monster Men kicks off. Supposing you have a passing familiarity with Detective Comics current story line then you’ll find this a Friendly issue.

Cyborg #1 The rule of thumb with DC‘s post Rebirth comics is that a first issue will be accessible. Occasionally this is only the case if you’ve read the Rebirth special, with the first issue of a series functioning more as a second. That’s not the case here – if you haven’t read the Rebirth  special, you’ll be fine. Cyborg #1 is a cyb-cv1_dsvery Friendly comic, and well worth reading – whether you’re a fan of Cyborg or not.

Green Arrow #7 The second part of an interlude story that focuses on Emiko’s journey, this is an Unfriendly comic unless you’ve read the previous issue.

Green Lanterns #7 Not only has this series been consistently one of the higher quality series pot Rebirth, but every issue has been accessible to new readers; some more so than others, obviously, and this is one of the most Friendly of all of them as we get to see the two heroes in a moment of downtime that allows us to get to know them, and themselves each other.

Justice League #5 I’ll be honest here – having read the first five issues, I still have very little clue as to what is happening here making this a very Unfriendly comic for new readers.

Harley Quinn #4 This is a comic that, honestly, is far from my cup of tea. That being said, it’s a self contained story that has a couple references to the last three part story, but it’s raven_cv1still a Friendly issue.

Nightwing #5 Did you read Batman #7 this week? Read that, otherwise this will be very Unfriendly as this issue contains the second part of the Bat-centric Night Of The Monster Men story arc.

Raven #1 Unlike the rest f the Teen Titans, I have absolutely no idea as to who Raven is. If you’re in the same boat, then you’re in luck because this is a very Friendly comic. We get caught up on Raven’s background through her narration, but the comic itself is about a fish out of water – and that’s very relateable for many of us.

Superman #7 A one shot story of the kind I really enjoy; superheroes on a rare day off. This issue is a very Friendly comic once you accept Superman has a son with Lois now, and goes by the name Clark smith, but if you’ve paid a modicum amount of attention to DC lately you’ll know this already.

Trinity #1 By this point, you’re probably at least partially aware that the Superman currently in the DCU isn’t the one from the New 52 (unlike the Batman and Wonder Woman), and if that’s the case, then you’ll find this a Friendly comic. Which is somewhat relieving considering it’s a first issue, eh?

Around the Tubes

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

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