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Early Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Dark Days, Looney Tunes, Mother Panic and More

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We talk a few single comic issues from DC Comics as well as briefly go over three trades. Reviewed are:

Dark Days: The Forge #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, and Danny Miki.

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1 by Sam Humphries, Tom Grummett, and Juan Manuel Ortiz.

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1 by Steve Orlando, Frank Barbiere, Aaron Lopresti, Jim Fannine, and John Loter.

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress collecting issues 1-6 by Jody Houser, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Shawn Crystal.

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven collecting issues #9-15 by Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara, Minkyu Jung, and Marcus To.

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best collecting Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 and #1-5 by Ben Percy, Khoi Pham, Diogenes Neves, Wade Von Grawbadger, Ruy Jose, Sean Parsons, and Jonboy Meyers

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 14 and bookstores June 20.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Dark Days: The Forge #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Darkness comes to the DC Universe with the mystery of The Forge! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

Dark Days: The Forge kicks off DC Comics’ summer event Dark Days: Metal which revolves around a mystery that goes back to the beginning of civilization and the DC Universe. The build up has indicated this is an event that will feel epic in scope and writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver in a way that’s surprising and unexpected by me.

I use that word “unexpected” despite the fact the two writers are beyond talented and continually deliver entertaining comics. I chose that word because from the little we’ve seen, the comic itself feels like a bit of grim and gritty which now feels so far off from the bright, positive, filled with hope world of DC Rebirth. The comic is unexpected in that even though it does have an ominous tone about it, it still fits within the Rebirth world unfolding in a way that builds a mystery and teasing out enough to get readers excited.

The other reason the comic’s success is unexpected is due to the fact that it feels like it breaks the mold of having to be entrenched in DC Universe lore to really appreciate what’s going on. That’s something I’ve talked about before and Rebirth and this comic feels as a whole like it fixes that issue that has plagued the range of comics.

Instead, we get a comic that’s easy to enjoy on its own as the story unfolds. It’s enjoybale for new and old fans alike with those who have decades of knowledge probably getting more out of it than those who only have months (or years). It also does well in feeling like a new reader can pick it up, but those who have been reading Snyder and Tynion’s Batman will also feel like it’s the beginning of a payoff of something that has been teased at for quite some time. Something is coming. There’s a big mystery out there. Batman is on the mission, whatever that might be.

And a lot is thrown in this issue. Too much to go over and also I just don’t want to spoil it. We get revelations and characters and teases and an ending that has taken my trepidation over the event and turned it into excitement to see what comes next. There’s so much packed in, I’m still trying to figure it all out.

The art is by some of the best out there including Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. and while I’d have preferred it be one of the three rockstar artists, the switching of styles isn’t a bump at all and honestly isn’t something that really jumped out at me. Romita’s unique style is the only one that really stood out, but wasn’t in a way that causes a massive issue at all. To see such quality art though helps solidify the importance of the issue and shows off the epicness of it all with beautiful visuals.

A comic I went into expecting the usual “event” blah out of it I came out of excited to see what comes next. This is an event that was promised to be epic and it delivers on the hype.

Story: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr.
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Dark Days: The Forge #1

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (A) Jim Lee, Andy Kubert (A/CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $4.99

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Dark Days: The Forge #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: June 14, 2017

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations—but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion III and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

Dark Days: Metal Begins with Dark Days: The Forge. Are You Ready to Rock with a First Look?!

DC Comics is bringing you that sweet, sweet sound as Metal kicks off with two ground-shaking preludes—starting with Dark Days: The Forge in June and continuing with Dark Days: The Casting in July.  The New York Times best-selling writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. to bring these stories to life— laying the foundation for whats to come and showing you the first look into Metal and Dark Matter this year.

Dark Days: The Forge begins with a discovery, and a secret. Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the Multiverse! What has he discovered? And how does this connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

Spearheaded by Snyder, Metal and it’s preludes will expand the DCU as we know it— revealing that the world of our favorite DC characters still has many areas left uncharted. Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League think they’ve been to every corner of the Multiverse—but a looming threat is coming from a place they never knew existed. Welcome to a crazy, melt-your-face, hard-rock space adventure like you’ve never seen before.

Welcome to the Dark Multiverse.

DC Comics Goes from Rebirth to Dark Matter with Five Brand New Series

DC Comics feels like its dropped the gauntlet down at today’s Diamond Retailer Summit before C2E2 as they announced a new line of books called Dark Matter that emphasizes artists along with writers, with a whole bunch of new characters. The initiative comes after Marvel was criticized for saying artists don’t sell books. At the announcement were Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr. and Andy Kubert.

The initiative comes out of the company’s latest creator summit and fills what they thought was missing from comics and was a chance to “create something different than maybe fans of this generation hadn’t see before.”

The line kicks off in August with Dark Nights: Metal which will be written by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the duo who gave a shot in the arm to Batman and made his series consistently one of DC’s best selling comics. That comic is the launching pad for the rest of the line.

One series is Sideways about a teleporting teenager who was changed during those events. It will be co-written by Justin Jordan and Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort. Also launching is The Silencer written by Dan Abnett and drawn by John Romita, Jr. That series is about Honor Guest, the former world’s deadliest assassin trying to live a quiet life in the suburbs before her former life comes back to haunt her. Both of those debut in September.

October sees the launch of Immortal Men by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee. The story is about five immortal siblings who operate in the shadows to recruit individuals to prevent Armageddon. That month also sees Damage written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel. In that series army recruit Ethan Avery is granted the power to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time.

finally, New Challengers debuts in December written by Snyder with art by Andy Kubert. The comic is a reboot of the classic Challengers of the Unknown with a “new cast” and “new mission.”

At the event Lee said more talent and series would be coming down the road later this year.

 

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one more volume from DC Comics featuring Batman!

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy collects issues #1-5 by Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., and Declan Shalvey.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 19 and bookstores April 25.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Review: Suicide Squad #15

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It’s the end of the road for the “Burning Down the House” story arc and Rob Williams gives this intrigue-filled arc one hell of a send-off. Suicide Squad #15 has it all. An old frenemy returns, the Squad comes together to avenge one of its own, Waller’s plan is partially revealed, a family is reunited and the opening of the door for an even bigger arc with an old face and some crossover options.

Williams is nothing if not consistent, his ability to tell a gripping story or kick off a saga makes the direction he’s taking the Suicide Squad in nothing short of legend making. There is no fat in his words, set up or ultimate conclusion as he is a master at playing chess with words and always being just far enough ahead of the reader to tell a compelling story and leave you wanting more. Issue #15 is nothing short of a testament to and reminder of his talent.

John Romita, Jr., Richard Friend, Eddy Barrows and, Eber Ferreira bring their A-game when it comes to the stylized look of this issue. There’s not a line out of place and the artwork adds another layer to the story making reading this comic a popcorn worthy endeavor. Much like the writing the artwork is tight and there isn’t a line out of place or a blood splatter that is unnecessary, everything you see in the panels is crucial to not only telling the story but, moving the action along.

Williams is one of those male writers that write female characters exceptionally well, there are no cliches or pandering in his writing, just strong, in control women with agency and goals. He doesn’t use females as side notes or damsels in distress, he allows them to step out into the light and actually be an integral part of the story. He gives them a sense of autonomy from the top of the food chain Waller to the chipped prisoners Harley Quinn and Enchantress, no woman is left behind or lacking in agency. He is a master at creating characters that you have strong feelings for whether you love them or you hate them, he makes sure that the readers get attached.

This issue highlights the best of his work and the best of his art teams works, their talents combined, create a wonderful world for the Squad to exist in and do their best and their worst. Williams has the story follow a realistic tone where things aren’t black and white but, he makes sure that those shades of gray are unique and pop, bringing an added layer to the story. Suicide Squad #15 is a solid read from cover to cover and the only fault that I find in it is that it was too short but, then again Williams is a master at leaving the readers wanting more.

Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr., Richard Friend, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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