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Preview: Batman #34

Batman #34

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Joëlle Jones
In Shops: Nov 01, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Rules Of Engagement” part two! Batman is on a quest in the desert, far from his Gotham City home. His friends and allies think he’s gone crazy, and his mission puts him far outside the law. Waiting for him at the center of the chaos is an old enemy… and plenty of old demons.

Review: Batman #33

Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family-each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.

Artist Joëlle Jones joins writer Tom King for the first part of the new story arc “A Dream of Me” which sees the Bat and Cat on a journey… but to where? By the end of the issue it’s clear exactly what’s going on and makes sense considering the engagement of these two. The issue though feels like a prelude and a rather slow one at that. We get a lot of small details to examine and interpret, something King has done throughout his run, but the comic itself is generally sparse in both story and art. This is a much more dialed back issue, especially compared to last arc’s “War of Jokes and Riddles.”

What’s interesting is Jones’ art which for most of the issue is fantastic and it’s great to see her on a high profile book. Where things go a bit sideways is in her depiction of some characters, particularly the Robins. Damian, Dick, and Jason all look too much alike and it’s hard to tell them apart at times. Alfred too looks a bit different than his normal depiction which feels a bit off. But, beyond that, the art is fantastic and shows Jones should be given more high profile comics down the road.

The comic is an interesting one and in some ways continues the fantastic story King has set up but in other ways things feel like a trip. This is a prelude in every way and sets up… something that could be interesting. King has proven he can do thought provoking before and this looks like it’ll be that sort of arc. A step back but still an entertaining read.

Story: Tom King Art: Joëlle Jones
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Batman #33

Batman #33

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Joëlle Jones
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“A DREAM OF ME” part 1! Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family-each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.

Early Preview: Batman #33

Batman #33

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Joëlle Jones
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Cover: Joëlle Jones
Variant Cover: Olivier Coipel
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

Meanwhile, back at Wayne Manor, we’re all waiting to find out Selina Kyle’s answer to Bruce Wayne’s proposal (find out in BATMAN #32 on October 4). A whole new story arc of Batman begins as artist Joëlle Jones joins series writer Tom King for “A Dream of Me” part one!

Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family—each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero.

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Bachan, Daniel Bayliss, Ryan Browne, Jamal Campbell, Elsa Charretier, Jorge Corona, Benjamin Dewey, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, Jason Ho, Corin Howell, Rebekah Isaacs, Joëlle Jones, Jonathan Lam, Denis Medri, Christopher Mitten, Takeshi Miyazawa, Robb Mommaerts, Goñi Montes, Tradd Moore, Philip Murphy, Dan Mora, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Jefte Palo, Walter Pax, Missy Peña, Paul Pope, Hendry Prasetya, Khary Randolph, Paul Reinwand, David Rubín, Thony Silas, Cory Smith, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Babs Tarr
Cover Artist: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Price: $16.99

Colors are an important part of how Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, Billy, and Tommy identify themselves as Mighty Moprhin Power Rangers, and now the power to showcase those colors is in your hands.

Featuring over 90 black-and-white illustrations from an array of artists such as Goñi Montes, Paul Pope, David Rubin, Hendry Prasetya, Daniele Di Nicuolo, and many more, it’s color morphin time in the first-ever Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Adult Coloring Book.
Fans, colorists, and even Bulk and Skull now hold the power to bring a unique look to the Rangers, zords, villains, and city of Angels Grove. Stay inside the lines, and may the Power protect you.

Review: The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

Anyone who has been in the military and been on deployment, all have different experiences. Most people who are not or never have been in the military would even know, that there is a good number of military members who have never been and will never be on deployment. For those of who have been, we always get these pre-deployment briefings, letting us know what can we expect. This is where we find out where we are going, what is our mission and the expected length of the deployment.

There is a ton of things that most of these briefings, don’t tell you, and the main thing to me, has always been PTSD. There is nothing like when you are somewhere public, with people doing normal things, and certain things just trigger you, and it is nothing you can explain to your family and/or friends. Only people who have been deployed, can truly understand what you go through, and not everyone gets PTSD, but enough of us do, and most keep it under control but those unfortunate souls, who can’t, suffer the most and may pay the ultimate price. In The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, writer Bryan Doerries brings you to a world, which finds parallels between Homer’s Odyssey and those of most military members on deployment, where most of these characters suffer from some form of PTSD.

Within the first few pages, the reader and is introduced to Sgt. Jack Brennan. whose infantry squad has been cleared to go back home, but he wants them to know a few things. This is where he tells his men the story of Odysseus, even embellishing part of the original story, for them to relate it things he and them have encountered in war and at home. As the story moves forward, the reader realizes even though the story is familiar, just how affecting, PTSD has always been, as Homer spoke of it in various ways through the Odyssey. By the end of the book, the back and forth narrative between the infantry squad’s story and the Odyssey, leaves the readers the same place these men want to be… home.

Overall, an excellent story,that draws comparisons between modern military deployments and those of ancient times. The story by Doerries, is smart, affecting, and emotional, as it reminded me of scenes from my own life. The art by Ruliffson, Jones, Andersen, Meconis, and Bertozzi, is seamless and complements the story. Altogether, an important book, that may serve as a primer for those with family members who are in the military and for a better understanding of PTSD.

Story: Bryan Doerries
Art: Jess Ruliffson, Joelle Jones, Justine Mara Andersen, Dylan Meconis and Nick Bertozzi
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Supergirl: Being Super #4

Supergirl: Being Super #4

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Joëlle Jones
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $5.99

Having her life torn to shreds and burned to ash has forced Supergirl to choose between the world she was born on and the world that adopted her. Can Kara Danvers find a way to be super-or will she crash and burn?

C2E2 2017: Joëlle Jones Talks About Her Creative Process, Housewife Assassins, & That Moment from Supergirl: Being Super

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My first interview at the 2017 edition of C2E2 was with the talented writer/artist Joëlle Jones. I first fell in love with her gorgeous lines, macabre sense of humor, and impeccable style in the 2015-2016 Dark Horse Comics miniseries Lady Killer that she co-wrote with current Vertigo editor Jamie S. Rich and illustrated herself. Lady Killer is about a seemingly stereotypical 1960s housewife named Josie Schuller, who raises her two kids and makes dinner for her husband, but is secretly an assassin. She was also the artist on the lovely slice of life graphic novel 12 Reasons Why I Love Her from Oni Press and a Mockingbird one-shot from Marvel Comics.

I got to chat with Jones about her work on Lady Killer and its sequel as well as her heartbreaking work on the DC Comics series Supergirl: Being Super, a modern retelling of Supergirl’s origin story, while she worked on a beautiful Catwoman commission. Read until the end for a cameo from another famous pop culture assassin.

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Graphic Policy: One of the first things that attracted me to Lady Killer were the styles that the characters were wearing, especially Josie. I was wondering what some of your style inspirations were for the series.

Joëlle Jones: I always try to look at the old Sears catalogues. There’s a lot of people who can them in, but mostly, I use the old sewing patterns.

GP: I think I remember seeing some of those at my grandma’s house. I really like the way you draw Josie’s kids in Lady Killer? Did you have any particular influences, like newspaper comics etc.

JJ: It was old Valentine’s Day cards from the 1950s that Pete Hawley did. They’re so cartoon-y, and they make me giggle. I just wanted to do an homage to him.

LadyKillerCoverGP: In Lady Killer 2, Josie is doing some sketchy things, like killing everyone and even teaming up with Nazis. Was there any particular things you added to your writing and art to keep her sympathetic in spite of doing all these deplorable things?

JJ: I wasn’t consciously trying to make people sympathetic to her. Hopefully, part of it is that I love [Josie], and I hope that’s enough to get across. Lady Killer is a kind of book that I would do no matter if people read it or not. I try to entertain myself and get me laughing or interested, and luckily it’s worked out that it’s successful.

GP: I was so glad when Lady Killer got a sequel. What were some of your favorite assassination scenes to draw in the either the first Lady Killer or the sequel?

JJ: I always like what I most recently did, but some of the scenes stand out over time. Like when she killed the stripper and strangles her. I wanted to draw that scene just so I could do the nipple tassels twirling around. The only purpose for that [splash page] was me wanting to draw that.

GP: The old school pasties. Very nice. So, in Lady Killer 2, the Schuller family moves from the Pacific Northwest to Florida so how did the shift in setting influence your work on the series?

JJ: I wanted to put them in a whole new place and shake everything up. I wanted to make them uncomfortable. The first series I kind of wrote with training wheels because Jamie [Rich] was there to help me. For the second series, I really wanted to do it on my own. I wanted to break away from what I did in the first series and put myself in that uncomfortable position. I did the same thing with the [Schuller] family to cover up the jitters.

GP: What have been some of the challenges of working with a co-writer to doing everything but the colors by yourself?

JJ: It’s actually been really freeing. I don’t like to sit down and write scripts. I start in with the art, and my scripts look like a mix between doodles and words. It was so much easier to not have to explain to anybody what I wanted to do. I just wanted to jump write in and do it.

GP: So when do you add the dialogue?

JJ: I add the dialogue at the very last minute when the art’s all finished.

GP: What can readers expect from the big finale in the upcoming Lady Killer 2 #5?

JJ: I don’t know. I haven’t written it yet. I do know where I wanna go and hopefully everyone will like it. Obviously, there’s gonna be a lot of blood. You can expect gore.

GP: That’s one of thing I love about the series: the over the top violence and black comedy. Like 60s housewife sitcom with a little Tarantino on top.

One of my favorite moments in Lady Killer was when you added a little flashback with Josie’s mother-in-law and set her up as a “lady killer” of the past. If you theoretically could do a spinoff of Lady Killer, what era would you set it in and why?

JJ: That’s my favorite too! Maybe it’s because of all the movies I’ve been watched, but I would really like to do a Great Depression/Dust Bowl one. That’s what I’m into now, but it could change tomorrow and be the disco 1970s.

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GP: That would be so awesome with the big afros and everything. Another series of yours that I’m a big fan of is Supergirl: Being Super. In issue 2, Supergirl’s best friend dies. It made me cry on my lunch break at work. How did you get in an emotional state to draw something so powerful?

JJ: Yeah, it’s heartbreaking. It’s all down to the way that Mariko [Tamaki] wrote it. The script is powerful on its own. It didn’t take much to get me there. She sent me the script, and I opened it up and started crying alone in my studio. It was so sad.

GP: It’s so unexpected because it was previously such a lighthearted book.

JJ: I had no idea that was going to happen.

GP: What is the difference in your creative process between Lady Killer and doing everything versus Supergirl: Being Super where you worked with inker, Sandu Florea? Do you draw differently?

JJ: I do a little bit. Sandu inked the first issue, and I took over on the inks for issues two through 4. It’s work as usual, I guess. I’ve been working off other people’s scripts for ten years so it’s back to the normal collaboration with someone else. It’s nice to get my foot off the gas for a while.

GP: My favorite character in Supergirl: Being Super is definitely Dolly. I love that girl. How did you come up with the design for her?

JJ: Mariko had an idea going in, and then we collaborated after a few sketches. I love drawing her clothes the best. She wears basically what I wanna wear all the time. She’s so fun to draw.

GP: She’s so comfortable in her own skin and is definitely style goals.

I have one last “just for fun” question. Who would win in a fight between John Wick and Josie, and why?

JJ: That’s tricky because Josie won’t use guns. Let’s say it’s hand to hand fighting. Josie’s got it. If he sneaks up on her, she’ll probably go down.


Joelle Jones is currently the artist on Supergirl: Being Super from DC Comics and the writer and artist on Lady Killer 2 from Dark Horse Comics.

You can find her on Twitter and on her website.

Preview: Supergirl: Being Super #3

Supergirl: Being Super #3

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Joëlle Jones
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $5.99

Kara Danvers’ hidden memories of her life on another planet are bubbling to the surface-but is she alone here on earth? Following the devastating events of the Midvale Earthquake, Kara and Dolly struggle to piece their lives back together-but what’s up with Coach? Their mentor is acting strangely, and her odd behavior goes from curious to downright creepy when Kara follows her back to a Lexcorp bunker deep underground. What she’s hiding will change Kara’s life forever-all will be revealed and a hero will need to be super in this penultimate chapter!

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