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Preview: Batman ’89 #1

Batman ’89 #1

Written by: Sam Hamm
Art by: Joe Quinones

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

Batman '89 #1

Review: Batman ’89 #1

Batman '89 #1

After over 30 years, we return to Tim Burton’s vision of Batman in Batman ’89 #1. The comic is based on the film that shifted the superhero movie genre and ushered in a new age. The story sees Gotham dealing with the escalation of crime and masked vigilantes forcing the District Attorney Harvey Dent to do something about it all.

The debut issue feels like a solid follow up to the classic film with call-backs and references that will makes fans smile and nostalgic. The story itself is decent setting up the conflict and delivering more than just Batman taking on the latest villain with a gimmick. Writer Sam Hamm gives us something a little different in the debut issue where the idea of Batman himself is the villain to some. It debates whether he’s truly helping or just getting in the way.

There’s also something rather low-tech in Hamm’s depiction that really nails home the time. Communication is antiquated looking like something you’d get at Radio Shack and Dent’s crusade is built more off of hunches and conspiracies than hard evidence. There’s no tech dragnet going on, there’s a retro feel about the comic as there should be.

The art by Joe Quinones is good. With color by Leonard Kirk and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the overall look over the comic takes you back to the iconic film. But, while the big picture works, there’s some small details that stand out and are hard to ignore. While Harvey Dent is a decent take on Billy Dee Williams, Bruce Wayne doesn’t exactly scream Michael Keaton. Other characters like Jim Gordan aren’t exactly spitting images either. To get one pretty right and the rest off is noticeable and something that stands out. There’s also a lack of sweeping visuals. The original film delivered moments seared into memories. The comic largely avoids those instead packing in pages with panels. Even Batman’s entrance feels muted.

Batman ’89 #1 is an ok start for the series. At moments it feels like the comic might have actually been helped with a digital release so it could take advantage of the focus on single panels as well as the ability to deliver cinematic transitions. It does a solid job of capturing the feel of the original film and delivers something new beyond the latest costumed “freak”. We’ll see where it all goes but for now, this is one to keep an eye on but no need to rush out and get.

Story: Sam Hamm Art: Joe Quinones
Color: Leonard Kirk Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Batman ’89 #1

Batman ’89 #1

Written by: Sam Hamm
Art by: Joe Quinones

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets. As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

Batman '89 #1

Get a First Look at Batman ’89 #1 out on August 10

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies on August 10! Batman ’89 by screenwriter Sam Hamm and artist Joe Quinones will pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director in an incredible new six-issue comic book miniseries!

Gotham City is being torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the streets! As D.A. Harvey Dent tries to keep the city together, he targets the one problem tearing it apart: BATMAN! And he’ll get Bruce Wayne’s help in taking down the Dark Knight!

DC has released a first look at the series including some of the variant covers coming and a look at some of the upcoming covers too!

Batman ’89 #1 by Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito, and Clayton Cowles arrives on August 10 with a cover by Quinones, plus variant covers by Jerry Ordway (open to order) and Quinones (1:25):

Several comic shops will also be offering either a Batman ‘89 #1 team variant by Ken Taylor and Taurin Clarke, or their own shop-specific cover alongside the standard Batman ‘89 covers and variants:

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Francesco Mattina, available from Comic Kingdom of Canada

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Mico Suayan, available from Big Time Collectibles

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Batman ’89 #1 variant cover by Carla Cohen, available from Comics Elite

Coming up in the Batman ’89 run:

Get a First Look at Mighty Morphin #9

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Mighty Morphin #9 from writer Ryan Parrott, artist Marco Renna, colorist Walter Baiamonte with assistance by Katia Ranalli and Sara Antonellini, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, in conjunction with the Power Rangers series. Two New Series. Two New Teams. The Era of UNLIMITED POWER continues HERE on July 14, 2021!

Will the Power Rangers make the right choice and save Angel Grove? The battle of Angel Grove continues as the team grapples with a seemingly no-win scenario. Will they be able to defeat Lord Zedd and his surprising new ally, or will their home fall into chaos for good?

Mighty Morphin #9 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator InHyuk Lee, and variant covers by Eleonora Carlini, Goñi Montes, and Joe Quinones with Joe Rivera.

Mighty Morphin #9

Preview: Savage #3

SAVAGE #3

Written by MAX BEMIS
Art by NATHAN STOCKMAN
Colors by TRIONA FARRELL
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by MARCUS TO
Cover B by JOE QUINONES
Preorder Variant Cover by PACO DIAZ
On sale APRIL 14th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Mad geniuses Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever) and Nate Stockman (Spidey) take you to a magical place filled with sun, fun, and… monsters trying to eat you?!

Project Bizarre’s quest to unleash the creatures from the odd dimension known as the Faraway beyond the British Isles is ON — the Giant Dinos have gone GLOBAL! Can Savage save the tropics or will the dinos rule Earth again?

Savage #3

Commanders In Crisis #2 Features Four Variant Covers

Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto’s new hit series Commanders In Crisis will pack an extra punch with four stunning variant covers for issue #2 this November.

These variant covers will showcase the talents of Joe Quinones (1:25 incentive), Brett Booth (1:10 incentive), Laura Braga, and Paul Harding.

In Commanders In Crisis #2, The Crisis Command, last survivors of the multiverse, are faced with an impossible task: avenging the death…of an idea! DOA is EMPATHY ITSELF, and while empathy withers and dies across the world, Originator uses her abilities to bring the John Doe back for 24 hours to reveal the name of his killer!

Commanders In Crisis #2 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 18:

  • Cover A by Tinto – Diamond Code SEP200193
  • Cover B by Harding – Diamond Code SEP200194
  • Cover C by Braga – Diamond Code SEP200195
  • Cover D [limited 1:10 incentive] by Brett Booth – Diamond Code SEP208285
  • Cover E [limited 1:25 incentive] by Joe Quinones – Diamond Code SEP208286

Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Nine

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Nine

Written by Joe Quinones
Pencils Joe Quinones
Inks Joe Quinones
Lettering Clayton Cowles
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“Indiana Quinn!”
Harley Quinn finds herself kicked to the curb when she botches Poison Ivy’s best-laid plans to acquire a treasure of myth and legend! Determined to prove her worth, Harley sets off to capture the prize for them both, but not before drawing in Batman and Batgirl in a thrilling and dangerous adventure across the globe!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red Chapter Nine

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Nine

HARLEY QUINN: BLACK + WHITE + RED CHAPTER NINE

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red has been an interesting digital series. Each chapter has allowed a new creative team to show what they can do with Harley Quinn. While every chapter in the digital anthology has been different, nine chapters in, many of them share themes, plots, or small details. One thing that has been a thread through so many is Harley’s relationship with Ivy. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Nine takes that common aspect of the character mixed with Indiana Jones in a vibe that’s very much Batman: The Animated Series.

Indiana Quinn” is by Joe Quinones who handles story and art duties with Clayton Cowles on lettering. The story has Harley messing up Ivy’s latest heist. Ivy wants to steal a document that’ll lead her to the Fountain of Youth. Unfortunately, Harley complicates that in many ways leading to some tension between the two and Harley wanting to make up for it.

What’s interesting about the chapter is Quinones channeling Batman: The Animated Series in the pacing and the overall feel of the comic. The chapter’s look would fit well in that world though Quinones’ style is a bit different. Quinones’ style is simple in some ways like the heralded animated series. But, the layout on each page is very complex with some pages featuring a layering of images that create virtual panels though none exist. The layouts too break from the normal four and three-panel grids playing with size and positioning. That helps create a flow and pacing of the comic that feels quick but entertaining. That entertainment is helped by the innocence of Harley who just wants to help but acts as a stumbling block for Ivy in numerous ways.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Nine is a fun entry in the DC Digital First anthology. While not the strongest released it’s still a fun read that’s well worth the 99 cents. What stands out is how it evokes Harley’s origin in Batman: The Animated Series while still doing its own thing. It’s an example of what the anthology series seems to be about. It allows creators to deliver their own spin and honor an iconic character.

Story: Joe Quinones Art: Joe Quinones
Ink: Joe Quinones Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.4 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Buy

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