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Heroes in Crisis #9

The weekend is almost here and we’ll be catching up on our backlog and hopefully relaxing a bit… but, what geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for the day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

VOA Cambodia – Graphic Novel Reveals Trauma, Hardships of One Man’s Life as a Modern Slave – This sounds very interesting and a must read.

ComicBook – Michael Rooker In Talks to Join James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad as King Shark – His voice would be great for the character.

Newsarama – Heroes in Crisis Finale Rescheduled, Will Now Coincide With Big Doomsday Clock Reveal – It felt like these two stories were always meant to intertwine eventually, so makes sense?

Review

The Hashtag Show – Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

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Heroes in Crisis #1

It’s a new week and after this weekend, we may need it to recover! Between Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones (plus lots of comic conventions) it was a weekend made for geeks! While we recover, here’s some news and reviews from around the web.

The ComiChron – Batman’s 80th birthday, Detective #1000 power big March, up 13%; DC takes top 6 slots – For those enjoying the horse race.

CBC – Teva Harrison, award-winning Toronto cartoonist, dead at 42 – Our thoughts are with her friends and family.

The New York Times – Splat! Bam! It’s the Federal Reserve to the Rescue – Well, ok then.

Reviews

The Beat – Heroes in Crisis #8
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War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1

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Heroes in Crisis #8

Seen any movies lately? While we’re sure you’re at Endgame or recovering from Endgame, here’s some comic news, and a review, from around the web in our morning roundup.

Comicbook – The Russo Brothers Confirm They’re Done With Marvel Studios After Avengers: Endgame – They are dealing with Valiant and Image now, so not too shocking.

IGN – Opinion: The Hellboy Saga Is an Unprecedented Accomplishment – No disagreement with that.

Review

CBR – Heroes in Crisis #8

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Heroes in Crisis #8

It’s Endgame time! Who’s going to see it today and how many times will you see it this weekend? While you check your tickets, here’s your comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Amnesty International – We offer our take on the worst human rights abusers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Thoughts?

Reviews

Comic Attack – Fairlady #1
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Heroes in Crisis #8
The Beat –
Heroes in Crisis #8
Comics Bulletin –
When I Arrived at the Castle

Review: Heroes in Crisis #8

Heroes in Crisis #8

You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

Heroes in Crisis #8 will light up comic fandom with the reveal as to who the murderer is and what happened in Sanctuary. For seven issues there’s been hints and nods as to who was behind it all and now we know the truth.

Without spoiling the reveal, writer Tom King has taken a hero and sullied them in a way that hearkens back to the grim and gritty days of comics of the past which is not necessarily a good thing. The reveal, as presented, feels more like an odd stunt and choice based on this character’s recent history. There’s some logic there but there’s so much “why” surrounding it all, hopefully to be explored later.

But, where King both succeeds and fails is in the “why” of the action. Heroes in Crisis is supposed to be about heroes dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. There are echoes here of real life heroes who have snapped in a blind accident hurting others or even killing others or themselves. It’s a real world problem and could have been an amazing exploration. But, the reveal is fumbled with lots of elements that are a bit too “comicbooky.”

Instead of keeping the story simple that this person snaps we get things dealing with their powers that put them over the line and in a way causes them to snap. It goes from a hero with PTSD who has a horrible accident to a hero who becomes a murderer. The sympathy isn’t present. The empathy isn’t there. It feels like shock for shock’s sake.

Art duties by Mitch Gerads and Travis Moore, with coloring by Gerads and lettering by Clayton Cowles, is fantastic as expected. There’s a simplicity to it all as the “how” of the murders is explained and the focus remains on the murderer himself. It’s a clear choice as he goes through how everything was done and what made him snap.

The issue is one that I both love and hate. There’s so much right and so much wrong at the same time. This will easily be the most controversial superhero comic of the year and folks will be up in arms. Unfortunately, that emotion is what stands out most of the issue. For a series about PTSD it has been hit and miss as far as connecting emotionally with those hurting and this issue is a prime example of that flaw.

Story: Tom King Art: Mitch Gerads, Travis Moore
Color: Mitch Gerads Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.15 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

You’ve seen all the clues. You’ve heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World’s Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it’s time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman will have their leadership challenged and will question their own judgment. Sanctuary has become something they never imagined…and it’s still potentially carrying on without them!

Heroes in Crisis #8 (of 9)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Achilles Inc. #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.

Achilles Inc. #1 (Source Point Press) – Some of the world has gained superpowers and formed a union and upended blue collar jobs and society as a whole. A really interesting concept.

Ascender #1 (Image Comics) – If you read Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen you’ll know why we’re excited for this sequel set ten years after where magic has taken the place of machinery!

Criminal #4 (Image Comics) – We’re big fans of noir but even beyond that, this is one of the best monthly series out there. This standalone is a perfect issue to check out.

Dick Tracy Forever #1 (IDW Publishing) – There’s been some weirdness about getting a Dick Tracy comic to the shelf, but we want to check out this latest take by Michael Avon Oeming.

Grace: Based on Jeff Buckley’s Story (First Second) – A graphic novel biography of the musician that includes archival material provided by his mother.

Heroes in Crisis #8 (DC Comics) – Yes the series is all over the place in quality but we’ve come this far and you better believe we’re hyped for the second to last issue.

Princeless Book 8 Princesses #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This series never dissapoints with its spin on the “princess” trope. A new volume is a new opportunity to check it out!

Punk Mambo #1 (Valiant) – Cullen Bunn taking on this characters is more than enough to get us excited to check it out.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities (Oni Press) – For those that don’t know, this is a fantastic guide to help you through to understand it all.

Star Trek: Year Five #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new ongoing series focusing on the fifth year of their mission. This one has been hyped up a lot as far as big things for Star Trek and comics.

Review: Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis has been up and down in quality delivering a comic that at times nails its concept of heroes dealing with PTSD and at other times coming close to torture porn. Heroes in Crisis #7 gets things a bit back on track as the series begins to wrap up with an issue that focuses a bit on exactly what happened but also the trauma of three characters, Wally West, Booster Gold, and Harley Quinn.

Writer Tom King focuses the issue a bit revolving around those three characters at it explores each of their trauma while also driving the story forward. It’s what the series was pitched as and much more of what I expected.

Through various segments we see Wally West discuss his issues and dealing with them in a way using his powers. The empathy towards him builds until that final page where it’s hard to not feel sadness for his experience, especially about his possible death. I say possible as the issue touches on the time difference in bodies though doesn’t explain it yet. We also get some interesting things concerning Poison Ivy which points to the obvious that not everything we’ve witnessed in this series is as it seems and some of the deaths will be “undone” when things wrap up.

The rest of the comic mostly has to do with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle and Batgirl and Harley Quinn who have clashed as Harley and Booster battle each other. That too is cathartic in numerous ways as the two characters have their own breakdowns before getting their act together to eventually save the day. The highlight though is Batgirl and Blue Beetle who chat as Harley and Booster battle.

The art is split between Clay Mann, Travis Moore, and Jorge Fornes with color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles. Despite three different artists, the issue is smooth as far as look and there is some very solid pages and panels that’ll have you linger. Small artistic details add to the story enhancing the enjoyment and the emotional connection.

The issue gets back to basics in some ways exploring the emotional issues these three characters have due to their heroic nature and at the same time drives the murder mystery story. If only every issue was like this, the series would stand out more than it has and possibly have avoided its ups and downs in quality and focus.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann, Travis Moore, Jorge Fornes
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heroes in Crisis #7

Heroes in Crisis #7

(W) Tom King (A) Clay Mann (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Trinity may have uncovered the true killer responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary, but the artificial intelligence that ran the institution is the one thing standing between them and the culprit. Now Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman must face off with their own creation-and face the consequences for what they created. Also, as the truth is uncovered, Booster and Harley go from being enemies to allies.

Heroes in Crisis #7
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