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Aspen Comics Heads to WonderCon 2018

Aspen Comics has released their full WonderCon: Anaheim 2018 schedule of events for their appearance next weekend on March 23-25th. The Aspen Comics Booth #1213 will offer the world premiere of their fantasy action-adventure series with a special Jirni (Volume 3) #1 Jason Fabok WonderCon: Anaheim 2018 exclusive variant cover limited to 200 copies. Cover artist Fabok will also be appearing all weekend at WonderCon in artist alley.

Aspen creator Scott Lobdell (No World, Happy Death Day) will be appearing at the Aspen Booth on Saturday at 12pm to sign autographs.

Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters, Kick Ass) will also be appearing on Saturday only.

J.T. Krul (Jirni, Soulfire), Mark Roslan (Portal Bound, BubbleGun), Gabe Carrasco (Portal Bound), Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken) and Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Fathom: Kiani) will be appearing all weekend long at the Aspen Comics Booth #1213.

The “Aspen Comics Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing” panel is on Saturday from 1-2pm in room 211 and will feature all of the aforementioned creators with a special inside look at upcoming Aspen titles, exciting news about Aspen’s future and more, including a Q&A with fans.

Aspen VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be offering official Portfolio Reviews for artist samples Saturday (2:30-3:30pm) and Sunday (11:45-12:45pm) in Room 206B.

Review: Swamp Thing Winter Special

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a tribute to Len Wein and Swamp Thing!

Swamp Thing Winter Special is by Tom King, Len Wein, Kelley Jones, and Jason Fabok.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kelley Jones (A/CA) Jason Fabok
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $7.99

Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!

In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain-with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing’s fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.

In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster’s co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.

Review: Batman: Who Laughs #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? But who are these nightmare versions of Batman? Through a series of one-shots, the story of Metal is expanded and explored focusing on each of the nightmares we’ve been introduced to.

The One Who Laughs is clearly the ringleader of the group of extra dimensional beings and from what we’ve seen a blend between Batman and the Joker with a dash of Hellraiser and BDSM. But, what’s the story?

Writer James Tynion IV delivers the things of nightmares as we find out about this mysterious character and it actually surpasses how far I thought it’d be taken. This is disturbing on an impressive level as we see how this Batman fell and why he’s laughing. It’s some interesting, and weirdly entertaining, stuff that takes us through everything we need to know and delivers something new that ups the “holy shit” factor of Dark Nights: Metal.

Tynion has given us a vision as to what could happen if the Joker focused and had Batman’s cunning and smarts. But, this story also gives us some of the thought process behind this particular Batman and what he’s been promised and his motivation. All of that is framed in an interesting way and with impressive visuals that enhances it all.

The nightmares are brought to life by Riley Rossmo who knows how much to show and how much to leave off the page and let our minds run wild. It’s a prefect combination of blood and disturbing imagery to make the reader unnerved. This is a perfect example of artist and writer being on the same page when it comes to the story.

Also standing out is the colors by Ivan Plascencia and letters by Tom Napolitano. The colors are a purpleish hue that helps make Rossmo’s art pop and there’s great us of yellows and greens throughout. It’s a focused color palette. The lettering is key too as we see the switch in Batman primarily through how his dialogue is presented. It enhances the Hyde like change of the character and is pretty key in understanding and appreciating the switch.

I had a high bar for the issue and it met it and exceeded it. Some of the one-shots lately have slumped a little but this one is the best yet. Batman: Who Laughs is a thing of nightmares that embodies everything Dark Nights: Metal is about.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Riley Rossmo Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation:

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Preview: Batman: Who Laughs #1

Batman: Who Laughs #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riley Rossmo (CA) Jason Fabok
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

Review: Batman: The Devastator #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Batman: The Devastator #1 continues the series of one-shot specials focusing on these destructive versions of Batman and Bruce Wayne from the Dark Multiverse.

Written by Frank Tieri, Batman: The Devastator is a version where he’s weaponized the Doomsday Virus to use against Superman. The comic is an interesting one but it never quite makes the case that Superman needs to be stopped. Told from the perspective of Batman, we’re “told” these horrible things that Superman has done but when the two meet Superman isn’t the raging evil being full of destruction that we’re led to believe. This Superman feels more like one that we’ve seen in the Injustice video games. So, in that sense the response to the threat feels a little out of whack. The case as to “why” Batman turned has been laid out better in other series, here it falls a little flat and with it the entire concept.

Perhaps a simpler concept would have helped as opposed to setting up Superman as this big villain.

What definitely lacks is sympathy for the character. In all of the other one-shots we’re shown a character that’s driven by something and in a way things become tragic. Here, we’re forced to take Batman at his word for reasons for his actions and why are we supposed to trust a villain?

The issue too sets things up as to how this Doomsday Batman will attack Earth. His focus is Metropolis and the fact he’s created by the Doomsday Virus, you can guess as to what he uses. This is the most interesting part of the comic and here there’s some tragedy as Lois must save her son Jonathan.

The art by Tony S. Daniel is the highlight of the issue. The transformations are creepy in a horror style sort of way and the look of the Doomsday Batman is hulking and impressive. He looks like someone that can beat Superman and rip the Earth in two if he felt like it. Imposing and a horror tragedy are two ways I’d describe the look of it all.

The issue is the weakest of the one-shots that have been released so far. There’s an odd lack of connection with the character and his backstory and while all the rest have something that makes them standout, this one feels like something we’d see in the normal DC Universe. With some slight changes the comic might have held up, but as is it just fills in the background of the least interesting Dark Knight of them all. The comic is generally forgettable and really should only be read to fill in the background and origin of Doomsday Batman.

Story: Frank Tieri Art: Tony S. Daniel Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Batman: The Devastator #1

Batman: The Devastator #1

(W) Frank Tieri (A) Tony S. Daniel (CA) Jason Fabok
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

Review: Batman: The Merciless #1

As the events of Dark Knights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade! Who are these nightmare versions of Batman from the Dark Multiverse? These one-shots not only enhance the bigger picture but serve as a solid way to learn more about each without hurting the flow of the story.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Batman: The Merciless gives us the “Wonder Woman” version of Batman. In the issue we get the origin of this dark knight as it involves a battle with Ares and a magical helmet. The story itself bounces between the origin of this Batman and how he destroyed his world and those attempting to oppose him with the world’s superheroes not around to help.

There’s some good in that the issue allows us to see a bit of a focus on the “average” person dealing with this attack. The average person being the head of various clandestine organizations like Steve Trevor, Amanda Waller, the DEO, etc, etc. We see panic and a sense of helplessness. And that’s the most interesting thing about the comic, until we get to the end and with a quick twist Tomasi delivers something that makes the reader take notice and what goes from an ok issue to something rather interesting.

The art by Francis Manapul is good. He’s an artist that consistently delivers and one of the top talents DC has. This is a Batman whose visuals scream Conan more than Wonder Woman and that’s totally ok. The final design is foreboding and there’s a girth and size about the character that feels like it’d make quick work of Doomsday. There are some slight issues in some panels where some of the damage the Merciless does isn’t quite clear (though that could be the digital review copy) and some of those injured, it just doesn’t feel epic enough.

The issue is a good one and out of the four I’d place it third in quality. The twist at the end is what elevates it from mediocre. It wasn’t until that moment that I really was interested in the issue and that’s what makes it stand out. It’s a detail that really changes how to perceive this character and makes him all that more scarier.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Francis Manapul Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Batman: The Merciless #1

Batman: The Merciless #1

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Francis Manapul (CA) Jason Fabok
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

Review: Batman/The Flash: The Button

First I’m truly surprised at how good the Batman/The Flash: The Button collection is and this is not a slight to the skill and talent of the creative teams. It’s just I’ve been BURNED these last few mega crossover events and this being a tie-in to one of these, I came in with low expectations. And that’s not the only reason I passed over these books initially.

As a fan of The Watchmen, I haven’t been the biggest supporter of rehashing this universe. Despite the lineup of talent, I’m not big on the idea of that universe intersecting with the DCU proper.

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The deluxe edition of The Button collects Batman #21-22 and The Flash #21-22, with all of the variant covers for you to eyegasam. And without spoiling too much here’s why you should give it a read.

The feel of the book takes me back to Batman’s Brave and the Bold days, where each month he would team up with a different character of the DCU. Picking up the story from DC Universe: Rebirth #1, Batman and the Flash continue to investigate the mysterious Button that appeared in the Batcave when Wally West returned to the DCU. This investigation gives the heroes a few more clues to who has been influencing their world for the past few years, setting the stage for the next event Doomsday Clock.

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Writers Tom King and Joshua Willamson bring to the table an ability to highlight unique traits in characters, and this is one of several reasons why I really enjoyed this book. The way they connect Batman and the Flash with forensic science is so simple and basic, that it makes them work as friends on such a higher level. I haven’t been reading King’s run on Batman, I’ve heard good things, but this makes me curious about it. And these guys work on pulling your heartstrings with some interesting story beats.

The art team for these books also bring their “A game.” Jason Fabok‘s art is as clean and sharp as ever, but it’s his subtle nod to the art and style of Dave Gibbons’ original Watchmen, using a grid pattern for the storytelling. That helps enhance his beautiful line work with the visual brutality that fills most of this chapter.

And I’ve missed Howard Porter’s art, I’ve been a fan of his stuff since his run on JLA with all the dynamic, over the top, hyper-kinetic energy, which is perfect for The Flash, even when he’s not running Porter has energy crackling off of the Flash giving you the sense that he is Speed.

Putting the cherries on top, the colors by Brad Anderson on Bats and Hi-Fi for the Flash bring a rich depth to these books that play off of Batman’s dark tones and the Flashes intense vibrant flare. Assists also go to Deron Bennett and Steve Wands on the lettering, bringing the words to the page might seem easy but there is an art to using it to help guide the reader and not distract from the art.

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Please note if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone who likes Batman or the Flash, but don’t regularly read the comics, this might not be the right gift as it’s a stepping stone from a previous one-shot to a bigger event coming up. If they like a good story with amazing art for under $20 this makes a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.

If you want a second opinion about The Button, check out another opinion from the GP team here.

Story: Tom King and Joshua Williamson
Art: Jason Fabok and Howard Porter
Color: Brad Anderson and Hi-Fi
Letters: Deron Bennett and Steve Wands
Variant Covers: Tim Sale & Brennan Wagner, Mikel Janin

 

George Carmona 3rd is an Artist/Writer, former Milestone Media Intern, former DC Comics paper pusher, current book lover, and lifelong comic geek. You can find his work at FistFullofArt.com or follow him on twitter at GCarmona3.

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