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DC Comics Reveals Three New Dark Nights: Metal #2 Covers

Dark Nights: Metal #1 isn’t out until August 16th, but that hasn’t stopped DC Comics from revealing three new varaints. Below is a first look at three new covers to Dark Nights: Metal #2. The covers feature artwork by Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., and another by Jim Lee.

As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. The World’s Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine. Will Earth’s heroes be ready? Dark Nights: Metal #2 is written by Scott Snyder with art and these variants are in addition to a main cover by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia.

Dark Knights: Metal #2 is out September 13.

Review: Dark Days: The Casting #1

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

One of my biggest issues with DC Comics is the decades of continuity and history. As someone relatively new to their comics (new being 6ish years) I still feel like there’s so much I don’t know and unaware of. That’s why events that feel like they mine that history make me nervous as a reader. That’s why I was pretty happy with Dark Days: The Forge, the first issue leading up to DC’s next big event.

Much like The Forge, Dark Days: The Casting mines that history but presents the overall package in a way that’s still enjoyable for those who might not know it. Written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, Dark Days: The Casting takes us further into the mystery that has been plaguing Batman. It also takes advantage of the Multiverse, a concept that makes DC really stand out and it takes advantage of it in a way that feels new still. But, what Snyder and Tynion really do is build the tension. Through various threads the mystery is deepened and the players laid out on the table and even though this layers on so much to DC’s history, it still works and works really well.

Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., and Jim Lee deliver art that’s fantastic and characters like Batman, Joker, Green Lantern have never looked better. The mood of the comic is delivered on the page like a setting can define a scene. And boy do these creators throw a lot in there. The settings, characters, and each moment each feel epic in scale in a way that the concept of event comes across. It all is getting me even more excited for what’s to come.

Events have a bit ho-hum lately in comics but DC feels like it’s setting up a potential classic here with two comics that lay the groundwork for whats to come and build a mystery that when all the pieces fall into place feels like it’ll pay off. This is the prequel, not really meant to be read on its own. It has a goal to set up what’s to come and get us excited and it achieves that in every way.

Story: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jim Lee
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (A) Andy Kubert, John Romita (CA) Scott Williams (A/CA) Jim Lee
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $4.99

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Early Preview: Dark Knights: Metal #1

Dark Knights: Metal #1

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo
Cover by: Greg Capullo
Variant cover by: Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., Jim Lee
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: August 16, 2017

“I’ve been planning METAL for as long as I’ve been writing Batman, but I want METAL to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth. Most of all we want to create new material that feels really modern and different. And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will be celebratory, huge and crazy.” — SCOTT SNYDER

“I’m looking forward to rock’n and roll’n together again. Fans have been loud and clear; they want more from us. We’re primed and ready to blow it up.” — GREG CAPULLO

The superstar BATMAN team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo reunite for a massive, universe-spanning event!

DARK DAYS: THE FORGE and THE CASTING hinted at dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! Now, as DARK NIGHTS: METAL begins, the Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger—and the threats it contains are coming for the DC Universe!

DARK NIGHTS: METAL is a DC event unlike any other—one that will push Batman, Superman and heroes of the Justice League beyond their limits to take on threats unlike any our world has ever seen! It will take the combined might of the World’s Greatest Heroes as you’ve never seen them before to face what’s coming their way!

Preview: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1

Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1

(W) Antony Bedard (A) Barry Kitson, Ben Caldwell (CA) Jim Lee
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Not since the twelve labors of Hercules has a Greek warrior faced as great a danger and as destructive a peril as the Tasmanian Devil! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters with story by Tony Bedard and art by Ben Caldwell!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Dark Days, Looney Tunes, Mother Panic and More

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We talk a few single comic issues from DC Comics as well as briefly go over three trades. Reviewed are:

Dark Days: The Forge #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, and Danny Miki.

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1 by Sam Humphries, Tom Grummett, and Juan Manuel Ortiz.

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1 by Steve Orlando, Frank Barbiere, Aaron Lopresti, Jim Fannine, and John Loter.

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress collecting issues 1-6 by Jody Houser, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Shawn Crystal.

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven collecting issues #9-15 by Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara, Minkyu Jung, and Marcus To.

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best collecting Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 and #1-5 by Ben Percy, Khoi Pham, Diogenes Neves, Wade Von Grawbadger, Ruy Jose, Sean Parsons, and Jonboy Meyers

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 14 and bookstores June 20.

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

Dark Days: The Forge #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Darkness comes to the DC Universe with the mystery of The Forge! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

Dark Days: The Forge kicks off DC Comics’ summer event Dark Days: Metal which revolves around a mystery that goes back to the beginning of civilization and the DC Universe. The build up has indicated this is an event that will feel epic in scope and writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver in a way that’s surprising and unexpected by me.

I use that word “unexpected” despite the fact the two writers are beyond talented and continually deliver entertaining comics. I chose that word because from the little we’ve seen, the comic itself feels like a bit of grim and gritty which now feels so far off from the bright, positive, filled with hope world of DC Rebirth. The comic is unexpected in that even though it does have an ominous tone about it, it still fits within the Rebirth world unfolding in a way that builds a mystery and teasing out enough to get readers excited.

The other reason the comic’s success is unexpected is due to the fact that it feels like it breaks the mold of having to be entrenched in DC Universe lore to really appreciate what’s going on. That’s something I’ve talked about before and Rebirth and this comic feels as a whole like it fixes that issue that has plagued the range of comics.

Instead, we get a comic that’s easy to enjoy on its own as the story unfolds. It’s enjoybale for new and old fans alike with those who have decades of knowledge probably getting more out of it than those who only have months (or years). It also does well in feeling like a new reader can pick it up, but those who have been reading Snyder and Tynion’s Batman will also feel like it’s the beginning of a payoff of something that has been teased at for quite some time. Something is coming. There’s a big mystery out there. Batman is on the mission, whatever that might be.

And a lot is thrown in this issue. Too much to go over and also I just don’t want to spoil it. We get revelations and characters and teases and an ending that has taken my trepidation over the event and turned it into excitement to see what comes next. There’s so much packed in, I’m still trying to figure it all out.

The art is by some of the best out there including Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. and while I’d have preferred it be one of the three rockstar artists, the switching of styles isn’t a bump at all and honestly isn’t something that really jumped out at me. Romita’s unique style is the only one that really stood out, but wasn’t in a way that causes a massive issue at all. To see such quality art though helps solidify the importance of the issue and shows off the epicness of it all with beautiful visuals.

A comic I went into expecting the usual “event” blah out of it I came out of excited to see what comes next. This is an event that was promised to be epic and it delivers on the hype.

Story: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr.
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Dark Days: The Forge #1

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (A) Jim Lee, Andy Kubert (A/CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $4.99

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

An Astonishing New Look at Marvel’s X-Men Trading Card Variant Covers!

This July, mutants will once again assemble in Astonishing X-Men #1, and Marvel is celebrating the occasion with a series of nearly thirty X-Men Trading Card Variants by legendary artist Jim Lee! After debuting a selection of covers earlier this year, Marvel is proud to release the remaining variant covers of the full collection.

Remastered and recolored from the original trading cards, relive this iconic era of the Children of the Atom with a series of eye-popping covers celebrating your favorite characters. Originally penciled by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee with inker Scott Williams, colorists such as Jesus Aburtov, Israel Silva & Chris Sotomayor apply modern coloring techniques to these classic masterpieces!

Look for all of these can’t-miss X-MEN TRADING CARD VARIANTS on your favorite Marvel titles, coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of July:

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #22 (Archangel)
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (Bishop)
  3. AVENGERS #9 (Mystique)
  4. BLACK PANTHER #16 (Storm)
  5. CABLE #3 (Cable)
  6. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #19 (Gambit)
  7. CHAMPIONS #10 (Cyclops)
  8. DAREDEVIL #23 (Domino)
  9. DEADPOOL #33 (Deadpool)
  10. DEFENDERS #3 (Shadow King)
  11. DOCTOR STRANGE #23 (Mr. Sinister)
  12. GENERATION X #4 (Jubilee)
  13. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #18 (White Queen)
  14. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 (Colossus)
  15. IRON FIST #5 (Sabretooth)
  16. JEAN GREY #4 (Dark Phoenix)
  17. MIGHTY THOR #21 (Sentinel)
  18. MS. MARVEL #20 (Lady Deathstrike)
  19. OLD MAN LOGAN #26 (Professor X)
  20. PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 (Psylocke)
  21. THE PUNISHER #14 (Forge)
  22. ROYALS #5 (Magneto)
  23. SPIDER-MAN #18 (Shadowcat)
  24. THANOS #9 (Strong Guy)
  25. UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 (Rogue)
  26. VENOM #152 (Polaris)
  27. WEAPON X #5 (Warpath)
  28. X-MEN BLUE #7 (Jean Grey)
  29. X-MEN GOLD #7 (Mojo)
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