Batman/Superman #3 continues to deliver a hell of a series as we begin to see the larger picture of what’s going on.
Written by Joshua Williamson the issue has Superman infected by The Batman Who Laughs. The issue teases out what’s to come and by the end, it’s much clearer this is a much bigger story tying into DC’s meta.
Williamson is able to deliver an issue that’s enjoyed on its own. At the same time, for those paying attention to “Year of the Villain” and “Tales From the Dark Multiverse,” you’ll be extra thrilled with the issue. Though this is a race to find out who’s infected and cure them, there’s so much more going on. That, and the fact Williamson is focused on numerous relationships makes the issue resonate.
The art by David Marquez with color by Alejandro Sanchez delivers. There’s some powerful moments and action sequences and you can feel the impact of the punches and crashes. The lettering by John J. Hill adds to the twisted nature of it all, especially Superman, as the infected grow.
The issue delivers and really moves the series and story along. There’s a sense of desperation you can feel coming from Batman as he struggles with what to do. Add in Superman realizing this isn’t an easy fight and you truly get a sense of a struggle. The series is delivering one of the best experiences from DC right now.
Story: Joshua Williamson Art: David Marquez Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letters: John J. Hill Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy
Batman and Superman are locked in battle with Shazam in a solid second issue. Batman/Superman #2 has the pacing down as these two heroes realize they’re up against a hell of a threat. I’ll fully admit corrupted heroes as a concept is a bit of a yawn. Writer Joshua Williamson puts me in my place though with this and the previous issue.
To some extent, Batman/Superman #2 feels like certain beats are attempted to be hit. Williamson delivers the moments we’d expect if Superman and Batman were to fight Shazam. Even though they’re expected, they’re still entertaining. And that’s part of Williamson’s strength. The comic is fun like a wild ride you immediately want more of. You can see the twists and hills but it’s still enjoyable.
Still, while mostly predictable, Williamson delivers mystery as someone lies outside in the shadows directing the corrupted heroes. It’s a tease that is still a lot of fun even with so much of the story spoiled through solicits.
The art by David Marquez is amazing. Along with color from Alejandro Sanchez and lettering by John J. Hill, the visuals nail the tone. The small details on the corrupted Shazam are fantastic and use of lightning top notch. The comic pops visually. The lettering by Hill emphasizes the corruption. There are just amazing pages that had me lingering for quite some time. The art captures the excitement and energy of it all.
Batman/Superman #2 is a fantastic second issue. The cynicism for the concept has gone away. It’s a ride I’m completely strapped in for. It hits the key beats perfectly delivering on expectations but doing so effortlessly and with a hell of a lot of fun.
Story: Joshua Williamson Art: David Marquez Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: John J. Hill Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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The follow up to The Batman Who Laughs, Batman/Superman #1 is the newest chapter of the meta story that began with Dark Knights: Metal. Superheroes have been infected by the Batman Who Laughs, but who are the secret six!? Batman and Superman are on the case.
Story: Joshua Williamson Art: David Marquez Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: John J. Hill
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From blocks to panels, Minecraft returns to comics in this wonderful new anthology collection, Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld! Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft have revealed the newest addition in their publishing partnership with more stories to come!
With tales of Witch and Pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld tells tales that span the world of the beloved game. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson, Kevin Panetta, Rafer Roberts, and Ryan North and exciting artists Meredith Gran, Jenn St-Onge, Stephen McCranie and more, this collection brings together stories from all Realms, leaving no block unturned!
Minecraft: Stories from the Overworld is set to go on sale October 15, 2019. The 88-page anthology retails for $14.99.
Dark Horse, Mojang AB, and Microsoft will also release a Free Comic Book Day offering with a Minecraft story on May 4, 2019. On June 4, 2019, the partners will release Minecraft Volume One by Sfé R. Monster, Sarah Graley, and John J. Hill.
Dark Horse has announced the next installment in its storied horror comics line, Bedtime Games! Bedtime Games is a four-issue miniseries from writer Nick Keller, artist Conor Nolan, colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick, and letterer John J. Hill.
Bedtime Games follows three friends who wanted a last hurrah before starting their senior year of high school. While exploring the mysterious past of their school, this friend group accidentally sets free an evil that seeks to pray on their worst nightmares.
The first issue of Bedtime Games(of four) goes on sale June 27, 2018.
All eight issues of the critically acclaimed miniseries The Ghost Fleet—from writer Donny Cates with artists Daniel Warren Johnson, Lauren Affe, and John J. Hill—will be collected for the first time into a deluxe, over-the-top volume and available this November from Image Comics.
For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service…you call The Ghost Fleet. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life, and the world, forever.
The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0440-6, Diamond Code JUN178533) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, October 9th.
Chris Roberson and his collaborator Dennis Culver have announced their comic Edison Rex will now be available to new readers as a free webcomic while a Patreon funds the creation of the character’s further adventures.
Edison Rex, the story of the world’s greatest villain who appoints himself defender of Earth after defeating the world’s greatest hero, was launched as a digital-first series through Monkeybrain Comics on comiXology in July 2012, assisted by Stephen Downer on colors, John J. Hill on letters, and Dylan Todd on design. It garnered praise from critics and readers from the start. It’s a wonderful comic you should be checking out, especially now.
Story: Chris Roberson & Dennis Culver
Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Dennis Culver
Colorist: Stephen Downer
Letterer: John J. Hill
Edison Rex thinks that he will be spending the rest of his life behind bars paying for his past crimes, and that someone else will have to protect the world. But he is about to discover that the world isn’t quite done with him yet.