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The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special Comes to Walmart this Sunday

With the holidays rapidly approaching, DC and Walmart are adding to their lineup of 100-page “Giant” comics with a new one-shot to ring in the holiday season! Following the success of their horror-themed Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special, DC’s World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special is headed to participating Walmart stores in the U.S. today and should reach stores by Sunday.

The fan-favorite creative trio of The FlashScott Lobdell (writer), Brett Booth (artist) and Norm Rapmund (inker)—have reunited for an original tale featuring the Scarlet Speedster, “Twas the Riot Before Christmas.” Barry Allen’s holiday tradition of giving gifts to the kids at the Central City Home for Wayward Children gets interrupted by a riot at Iron Heights penitentiary featuring some of the Flash’s deadliest foes. In restoring order, he receives help from an unexpected source, but will it be in time to spend Christmas with the kids at the home?

This Walmart exclusive also reprints a host of holiday-themed stories from throughout DC’s history: Tom King and David Finch’s “Good Boy,” from the 2016 Batman Annual tells the painful (certainly for the Dark Knight) story of how Batman and Alfred brought Ace the Bat-Hound into the family.

Originally featured in the 2014 Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1, “K!llin’ Time,” written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Darwyn Cooke, shows how Harley Quinn decides to deal with aging and finding her first gray hair—by killing Father Time!

Written by Joe Kelly with art by Ale Garza, “All I Want for Christmas” from the 2006 DC Infinite Holiday Special spotlights Supergirl in a tale of making a little girl’s Christmas wish come true by reuniting her with her father after the Maid of Might shows him the importance of not being an absentee parent and gives him a second chance to be a father to his child.

The anthology also features two stories from the 2016 DC Rebirth Holiday Special. In “A Light in the Dark,” Kate Perkins (writer) and Paolo Pantalena (artist) featured Batwoman in a holiday rescue story involving pie and the story of Hanukkah, while Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are subjected to a series of trials by a mysterious alien race where the prize is not just the fate of the world, but something that Earth will always need: Hope. “The Epiphany” was co-written by Steve Orlando and Vita Ayala, with art by V. Ken Marion.

1992’s Superman #22 rounds out the lineup with the story “Metropolis Mailbag,” written by Dan Jurgens with art by Jackson “Butch” Guice. As the holidays approach, the Man of Steel finds out that even he has limits when he reads some letters that are addressed to him in the Daily Planet’s “Superman room.”

The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes! Holiday Special sells for $4.99 and arrives in participating Walmart stores throughout North America by Sunday, November 11.

Review: X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores. This week we’ve got the X-Men!

X-Men Gold Vol. 0 : Homecoming collects X-Men (1991) #70-79, X-Men/Dr. Doom Annual 1998, and Material from X-Men Unlimited (1993) #18 by Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Jorge Gonzales, Bill Rosemann, Carlos Pacheco, Jeff Johnson, German Garcia, Mat Broome, Aaron Lopresti, and Martin Egeland.

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Lost Siegel And Shuster Superman Story To Be Published in New Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman Hardcover Book

A new hardcover book, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”

The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19. Highlights and key Superman stories in this collection include:

  • A new cover by legendary artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee
  • Text pieces including: an editor’s note by Paul Levitz, a tribute to Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel), an introduction by Jules Feiffer, plus essays by Tom DeHaven (“It’s Superman!”), David Hajdu (“The Ten-Cent Plague”), Larry Tye (“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”) and Gene Luen Yang (Superman, New Super-Man and the National Book Award finalist “American Born Chinese”)
  • “The Coming of Superman,” from Action Comics #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “Revolution in San Monte,” from Action Comics #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
  • “The Terrible Toyman!,” from Action Comics #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
  • “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from Action Comics #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
  • “The Super-Duel in Space,” from Action Comics #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
  • “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from Action Comics #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
  • “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from Action Comics #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
  • “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from Action Comics #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
  • “Superman Takes a Wife,” from Action Comics #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
  • “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from Action Comics #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
  • “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
  • “Squatter,” from Action Comics #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
  • “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from Action Comics #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
  • “Secrets in the Night,” from Action Comics #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
  • “A Hero’s Journey,” from Action Comics #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
  • “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from Action Comics #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
  • “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from Action Comics #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
  • “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from Action Comics #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
  • “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from Action Comics #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target

Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman is just part of DC’s Superman celebration, with the seminal Action Comics #1000 also released in April and a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come.

A First Look at I Kill Giants

Based on the modern classic comic series from Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura, the first footage from I Kill Giants has been released.

Adapted by director Anders Walter, I Kill Giants stars Madison Wolfe, Sydney Wade, Zoe Saldana, and Imogen Poots.

The film tells the story of Barbara Thompson, a teenage girl who escapes her mundane life into a magical world of titans and giants. With the help of her friend Sophia and the school therapist, Barbara learns to battle the giants and face her fears, bullies at school, her sister, and difficult home life.

The movie debuted at this weekend’s Toronto Film Festival. A general release date has not been announced.

Joe Kelly Returns to All-Ages Adventures in Kid Savage

Man of Action Entertainment’s beloved I Kill Giants co-creator and writer Joe Kelly teams up with lauded British cartoonist Ilya for an all-new all-ages series packed with thrills in Kid Savage Vol. 1 set to hit stores from Image Comics this April. An excerpt from the forthcoming Kid Savage will be a featured Free Comic Book Day title from Image Comics this year.

When the pioneering “First Family in Space” takes a catastrophic wrong turn on their maiden voyage, they crash on a dangerous alien planet. Their 21st century know-how is useless against the harsh environment, and survival seems unlikely, until they meet a strange ally…a mysterious orphan boy who’s short on temper but big on survival skills.

Kid Savage Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-938-0, Diamond Code FEB170694) will hit comics retailers on Wednesday, April 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 13th.


Preview: Spider-Man/Deadpool #13

Spider-Man/Deadpool #13

(W) Joe Kelly (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Ed and Joe are back and continuing the most intense story that either the Wall-Crawler or Merc-Mouther (?) has ever experienced! Itsy Bitsy is faster, stronger and better than our heroes, and they have no way of defeating her! So the body count is only going to rise…


Preview: Spider-Man/Deadpool #10

Spider-Man/Deadpool #10

(W) Joe Kelly (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 26, 2016
SRP: $3.99

After everything that’s happened, Spider-Man and Deadpool want some R & R. But PATIENT ZERO and ITSY-BITSY aren’t going make their lives very restful…


Review: Four Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1

foureyeshof01_CoverArtFour Eyes: Hearts of Fire #1 launches the second arc in the critically-acclaimed story of a boy and his dragon on the hunt for revenge in Depression-era New York City. The training begins.

I missed the first volume of this comic series, Four Eyes: Forged in Flames, so came in to this first issue as a complete blank page. The issue is completely accessible even not knowing the previous comics. Written by Joe Kelly, with art by Max Fiumara, the first issue is an alternate world Depression-era New York City and focused on dragon fighting. On first glance it’s a story about animal fighting, just with an imaginary animal. And as I read, and that aspect clearer I interestingly became more uneasy reading it.

I have no idea how much the animal fighting aspect plays in to this volume, or the last, it’s clear this isn’t How to Train Your Dragon, this is not a cutesy story, no matter how much the art is. I’m a bit mixed on the first issue. The whole animal fighting aspect, and how blasé it is about it threw me clearly. However, the story itself is very intriguing and characters entertaining. I want to read more, even though a big aspect of what I read turned me off.

Part of what had me intrigued is Fiumara’s art which is fantastic. The art design is amazing and it pops in its black and white style. Characters are unique, even the dragons all have personalities of their own.

My overall thought on the series is up in the air. There’s the one aspect I clearly didn’t enjoy and caught me off guard, but the characters and the art are so good. It’s kind of fascinating really. But animal fighting, even with dragons, still is troubling and impacted my enjoyment. The rest of the series will really impact what I think of this one issue, but right now it’s intriguing and I want to read more.

Story: Joe Kelly Art: Max Fiumara
Story: 7 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Spider-Man/Deadpool #1

Spider-Man_Deadpool_1_CoverDeadpool LOVES Spider-Man. Spider-Man HATES Deadpool. What could go wrong? More importantly – what on Earth could bring these two together for a titanic team-up in the mighty Marvel manner?

Wallcrawling, wisecracking and bad guy stabbing, the first issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 written by Joe Kelly is what I expected as far as content. Deadpool here is very similar to Kelly’s previous takes on the character with lots of jokes and non sequiturs that you’d expect. If you enjoy all of that, this one is for you. I guess when it just comes down to it, I don’t find Deadpool that funny. He’s a character I like either in small doses or the more serious take from Remender’s X-Force run. The fact he’s front and center in the Marvel Universe now… yeah, not that enjoyable for me.

What’s interesting to me in this issue is Spider-Man as the straight-man. Out of the two, I was fully in Spidey’s camp, irritated at the constant jokes, most of which involved the two rubbing up against each other and Deadpool being turned on by that. That goes for pages and pages, and after the third of fourth time it gets old.

Ed McGuinness‘ art is really good. The design of the two characters is solid and the situations and action is really good. Out of the two, the art was far more interesting to me. There’s some perspectives that are interesting and the design of the bad guy is a new take on him that looks kind of cool.

Your enjoyment of the comic is squarely on whether you find Deadpool funny or entertaining. To me, we’re well beyond Wolverine saturation and in to annoying guy you don’t want to be around anymore.

Story: Joe Kelly Art: Ed McGuinness
Story: 6.7 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

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