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Preview: Book of Evil #1

Book of Evil #1

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jock
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Homer has only known a world of madness. Every year, more and more of his friends reach the age where they become a full-grown psychopath, an epidemic that has plagued the planet for half a century.

But when a rumor circulated that there’s a safe haven somewhere out there, he and his friends must set off on a path paved with terror around every corner…

Book of Evil #1

Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #3 (of 3)

Batman: One Dark Knight #3 (of 3)

(W) Jock (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Jul 26, 2022
SRP: $6.99

From the sewers under Gotham to the roiling waters of the harbor, Batman’s march toward Blackgate Prison is nearing its end…but far from being a passive prisoner, E.M.P. has his own mission to fulfill-and there’s no way he’s letting the Dark Knight stop him from carrying it out!

Batman: One Dark Knight #3 (of 3)

DC Celebrates 125 Issues with Batman with Variant Covers, a New Creative Team, and New Story Arc

To celebrate the debut of fan-favorite writer Chip Zdarsky and the return of artists Jorge Jiménez and Tomeu Morey, DC has revealed an incredible selection of covers for their debut issue, Batman #125, on sale July 5.

Featuring a main wraparound cover by series artist Jiménez, these variant covers are rendered by some of the most celebrated and dynamic artists in comics, including:

  • Open to buy variant cover by DC Publishing and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee
  • Open to buy variant cover by InHyuk Lee
  • Open to buy variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto
  • An acetone variant cover by Simone di Meo
  • A 1 in 25 black and white variant of the main cover by Jorge Jimenez
  • A 1 in 50 variant cover by JOCK
  • A 1 in 125 foil variant cover by Alex Garner
  • A 1 in 250 variant cover by series writer Chip Zdarsky
  • A 1 in 500 black and white variant cover of Jim Lee’s open to buy variant

Zdarsky, Jiménez, and Morey take The Dark Knight into uncharted waters this summer with their debut story arc, “Failsafe.”  Bruce Wayne is at a turning point, haunted by dreams of a dark future, while Gotham City billionaires are being gruesomely murdered. With the discovery of an archenemy’s involvement and a tragedy unfolding, the Dark Knight’s nightmares are just beginning. Batman has a plan for everything, but can even he plan for the horror that is Failsafe?

And in the backup story, there’s chaos in Gotham as the underworld fights over one of its crown jewels…and Selina Kyle is caught in the middle. Can she stop the bloodshed and maybe even make a little money in the process?

Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock

With the power out across Gotham, Batman must haul the not-particularly-cooperative villain responsible, E.M.P., across miles of chaotic city streets, filled with terrified people and opportunistic criminals! Blackgate Prison can nullify E.M.P.’s destructive electrical powers, if Batman can survive long enough to get them there-but what happens if there are two people loose in Gotham with those powers? What then? The mega-talented Jock (Batman: The Black Mirror, The Batman Who Laughs) writes and draws the blockbuster story of Batman’s worst night!

Batman: One Dark Knight #2

Preview: Snow Angels Vol. 1

Snow Angels Vol. 1

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Feb 23, 2022
SRP: $19.99
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Milli and Mae don’t really know how their people came to live here. No one does, not even their wise and gentle Father. On Milliken’s twelfth birthday, their father takes the two girls on an overnight skate down the trench-a coming-of-age ritual to teach them how to fish the frozen river, how to hunt the wild Trenchdogs that wander its frigid banks, and how to give proper thanks to their frozen Gods-The Colden Ones. It’s the trip of a lifetime until the girls push beyond the borders of their humble land and awaken the Trench’s deadly defender…The Snowman! What follows next is an action-packed story of survival, loss and redemption.

Collects issues #1-#4 of Snow Angels from the ComiXology original digital series in print for the first time.

Snow Angels Vol. 1

Deathstroke’s “Shadow War” Continues in April!

Fan-favorite writer Joshua Williamson ramps up the action, intrigue and surprises this April as “Shadow War” continues in the pages of Deathstroke Inc., Batman, and Robin!

Part Two of “Shadow War” continues April 5, 2022, in Batman #122, with Howard Porter providing the art and main cover.

Ra’s al Ghul is dead, and Talia is out for revenge! Batman is on the case, in a race against time to find Deathstroke before Talia’s elite assassins do! But as the World’s Greatest Detective starts piecing together clues, he realizes that not all is what it seems when it comes to the death of “The Demon’s Head,” and the questions lead back to Talia herself! What added strain will this place on the relationship of these two former lovers? In the backup story, artist Trevor Hairsine joins Williamson revealing for the first time the secret first fight between Batman and Deathstroke!

Batman #122 also features a main variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto, a linking 1:25 ratio variant cover by Roger Cruz and Victor Olazaba, and a 1:50 ratio variant cover by JOCK.

Artist Paolo Pantalena joins Williamson as artist for Part Three of this exciting event on April 26 in issue eight of Deathstroke Inc! Following the death of Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke Inc. has been destroyed, his villain associates have been killed by the Demon’s Shadow, and Slade and Respawn are on the run! If they can survive this deadly gauntlet of skilled and bloodthirsty assassins, maybe Deathstroke will be able to explain to Batman why he killed Ra’s!

Deathstroke Inc.#8 features a main cover by Jonboy Meyers, a variant cover by Chris Burnham, plus the second of three linking 1:25 ratio variant covers by Roger Cruz and Victor Olazaba.

Williamson, and artists Roger Cruz and Norm Rapmund, close out the April action in Part Four of “Shadow War”, also on sale April 26. Robin and Ravager finally catch up with Deathstroke and Respawn, but will they convince Slade to turn himself in, or does this become a fight to the death? And what startling revelation does Robin learns that is sure to rock Shadow War to its very foundation? Plus, Batman goes deeper into the conspiracy behind Ra’s al Ghul’s death and discovers that it’s bigger than he thought. He’s calling in backup, just not the backup that readers will expect!

Roger Cruz provides the main cover, with Crystal Kung providing the variant cover for this issue, with Cruz and Victor Olazaba also providing art for the 1:25 ratio variant that completes the three linked images.

Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock
Variant cover by: Cliff Chiang, Lee Garbett

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises…and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Review: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a story we’ve seen many times before. A prisoner transport is attacked and then the prisoner and a guard must make their way through hostile territory. That aspect is nothing new but the presentation is so damn good it makes this debut stand out. E.M.P. is being moved from Arkham to Blackgate during a day when tension in Gotham feels like it’s growing and the gangs are restless. Batman is forced to escort the villain to his permanent facility after an attack on the original convoy. But, to add to the difficulty, E.M.P.’s powers have gone off plunging Gotham into darkness and frying electronics.

Jock handles the art and story for Batman: One Dark Knight #1, and the series as a whole, and delivers a debut that’s full of tension. And that’s a lot of what makes this familiar formula stand out. We know what’s going to happen but the way the story unfolds is done at a pacing and in such a style that it builds to that big moment.

But, there’s tension elsewhere that Jock builds that not just adds to the overall feel of the comic but also depth to the characters. While E.M.P. is on the move, a clash between the head of Gotham’s correctional facilities and Jim Gordon play out. There’s a disagreement in how Gotham’s more eccentric villains should be handled and where they should be held. It’s a small detail that adds so much to the story. It creates a debate for the reader to have as far as how these villains should be handled. It makes the comic far more than action and explosions.

The art by Jock is fantastic as expected. Clem Robins handles the lettering adding a lot to the story and tension as electronics fizzle out. But, it’s Jock’s art that helps complete the story. I keep using the word “tension” and it’s hard to describe what the art brings in any other way. It perfectly nails down the mood with art that’s not flashy but so nice to look at. This isn’t about splash pages, it’s about carefully focused panels and pages that slowly build to that moment when everything explodes.

Batman: One Dark Knight #1 is a solid start. The story is familiar but it executes it in such a way that it still stands out. It’s quality at every level.

Story: Jock Art: Jock Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock
Variant cover by: Cliff Chiang, Lee Garbett

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises…and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

Batman: One Dark Knight #1

We Have Demons Comes to Print Starting March 2022

Bestselling writer Scott Snyder’s Best Jacket Press, comiXology Originals, and Dark Horse Comics have announced that Dark Horse will publish print editions of the comiXology Originals titles from Snyder’s Best Jackett Press. The print publishing program kicks off in spring 2022 with the release of periodical issues of We Have Demons by Snyder, superstar artist and co-creator Greg Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion, colorist Dave McCaig, and letterer Tom Napolitano. All three periodical issues of We Have Demons will feature variant covers by superstar artists, with issue 1 debuting in March. The trade paperback of We Have Demons will be published by Dark Horse in summer 2022.

We Have Demons features full throttle entertainment by two comic book megastars, featuring action, conspiracies, secret organizations, monsters, mayhem, and a climactic war of good and evil with no less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance. The periodical issues will be released monthly, with each issue featuring bonus material and a main cover by Greg Capullo. Each issue will also have variant cover options including a foil variant cover of the main cover as well as a variant cover by one of Snyder’s incredible collaborators:

  • We Have Demons #1 features a variant cover by Jock [on sale March 23, 2022]
  • We Have Demons #2 features a variant cover by Francis Manapul [on sale April 20, 2022]
  • We Have Demons #3 features a variant cover by Francesco Francavilla [on sale May 18, 2022]

We Have Demons is currently the only one of the Best Jackett/comiXology Originals titles that will be released as a print periodical.

The We Have Demons trade paperback will be released on August 9, 2022 and is available for pre-order through AmazonBarnes and Noble and your local comic shop.

We Have Demons #1
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