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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.

 

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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
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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

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Exclusive Preview: Suicide Squad #15

Suicide Squad #15

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Richard Friend, John Romita, Jr., Eber Ferreira
Cover by: John Romita, Jr., Richard Friend
Variant cover by: Matteo Scalera
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 12, 2017

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” finale! Fueled by vengeance, Harley Quinn travels to Rustam’s stronghold to take on the traitor Deadshot and his entire team of villains all by her lonesome. But help comes from a most unexpected place in this thrilling conclusion to the most shocking Suicide Squad story of the Rebirth era!

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Captain America, The Mighty Avengers, & Guardians of the Galaxy

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 four new volumes from Marvel featuring Captain America, The Mighty Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy

Captain America: Justice is Served featuring Captain America #318-322 & Annual #8, Amazing Spider-Man #278, and material from Marvel Fanfare #29 & #31-32 and more!

The Mighty Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis the Complete Collection collects issues #1-20 by Brian Michael Bendis, Frank Cho, Mark Bagley, Marko Djurdjevic, Alex Maleev, Khoi Pham, John Romita Jr., Stefano Caselli, and more.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Road to Annihilation Vol. 2 featuring Sensational She-Hulk #44-46, Thanos (2003) #7-12, Marvel Monsters: Monsters on the Prowl and Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos #1-6 and #1 Director’s Cut.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude featuring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Prelude #1-2, Giant-Size  Avengers #4, Guardians of the Galaxy (1990) #1, and Guardians Team-Up #12 by Will Corona Pilgrim, Chris Allen, Andrea Mutti, Scott Hanna, Roberto Poggi, and Andres Mossa.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores April 5 and bookstores April 18.

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Captain America: Justice is Served
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The Mighty Avengers
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Road to Annihilation Vol. 2
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Preview: Suicide Squad #14

Suicide Squad #14

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part four! Consumed by rage following the brutal murder of one of her Suicide Squad comrades, Harley Quinn goes AWOL on a one-(psychotic-)woman mission of vengeance against Rustam and his unstoppable new ally, the most dangerous foe Harley has ever faced: Deadshot.

Review: Suicide Squad #14

Rob Williams brought the heat in this action packed issue that brings the “Burning Down the House (Hit It)” story arc to a close and starts something off even better. Williams gives us a squad in chaos that’s dealing with some of its members capture and the death of one of its own. The Squad knows they’re no heroes but, they are a team and one thing that their team of baddies gone semi good does well is revenge. The death of Hack will be avenged and now that that there are no strings on Harley, we get to see one of our favorite bad asses going hard with her infamous mallet. There was sincere joy in my heart when she whipped that thing out and headed into battle.

Suicide Squad #14 starts off with Flag and Katana confined and being held captive by Rustam and his gang of goons, including the traitor Deadshot. This issue treats us to some peak Harley savagery on her quest to find out who killed Hack and her mission to make them pay, with or without the aid of the rest of the Squad. We get to see some action, self-pity, rage, a return and some pretty hardcore violence. All of the awesomeness a comic book lover could need packed into the pages of a single issue and, it is magnificent.

Eddy Barrows and John Romita Jr., serve up some pretty well thought out lines for the pivotal issue and they feel like an extra character giving some depth and realism to the amazing tale that Williams has written. There isn’t a line wasted, a blood splatter misplaced, or a brutalized body left lacking. The facial expressions on the characters add agency to their actions and tell more than words could every say, so even when the panels are devoid of words, the images speak volumes.

This issue is a beautifully well-written end of an arc and a perfectly plotted out start of a new one. A clear line has been drawn in the sand and allegiances are solidified and destroyed. There’s a lot going on in this episode and some pretty good surprises but, one of the things that really impressed me was the degree of talent in the story telling. This is one of those issues that those who are new to the story could pick up, still know what’s going on and want to not only follow along in the next issue but, maybe play catch up just so they have something to keep them occupied while they wait, for what’ll seem like the longest two weeks ever, for the next issue.

Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s Dark Days Ahead for the DC Universe

DC Comics has announced a massive event this summer, writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV collaborate with iconic artists Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. for Dark Days: The Forge #1 and Dark Days: The Casting #1.Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of THE FORGE and THE CASTING will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Spearheaded by Snyder, these new stories will reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe. The mysteries of The Forge and The Casting will hit shelves on June 14 and July 12, respectively, and break new ground in DC’s publishing line.

Snyder in the announcement says that Dark Days posits a mystery that traces all the way back to when he started on Batman. This is something that’s been hinted at over the years with Easter eggs and clues. The event ultimately leads to huge revelations about the past, present and future of the cosmology of DC. The two issues are a prelude to an event that’s been developing for years.

Visually powering this event is a master class of artists, including Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr., who will drive DC’s initiative to bring artists to the forefront of the storytelling process. Beginning with Dark Days, these writers and artists will collaborate to develop new ideas and characters, that further enriches the DC Universe.

DC has said to expect more information about the comic event at upcoming conventions like WonderCon, Fan Expo Dallas and C2E2 over the coming months.

Preview: Suicide Squad #13

Suicide Squad #13

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part three! Shot. Stabbed. Beaten. Maimed. Brought back from the edge of death and sent out to do it all over again and again and again. This has been the life of Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. But not anymore. The moment Suicide Squad fans never thought would come finally arrives when Deadshot achieves that which no one else has: escape! All it will cost is one of his teammates’ lives…

Review: Suicide Squad #13

13 has always been my favorite number and Suicide Squad #13 reminded me why. Rob Williams continues the “Burning Down the House” arc on the front end of the issue. Part three of the arc is no less compelling than its predecessors, in fact, part three turns the action up to 11 and, I’m here for it. Williams gives us the Suicide Squad actually being a team. He shows us peak Harley loyalty, some wicked hacking mainframe battles we also see a Squad member confront Waller’s killer.

We get a glimpse into Rustam’s plan as he holds a couple of squad members captive and he makes all of the Squad a pretty compelling offer. This issue gives us infighting, someone’s power being revoked, and during the final battle during this comic I actually was humming the song Burning Down the House and it seemed to match perfectly with the rhythm of the fight!!

A special shout out goes to the art team on this issue! John Romita Jr. who provides a great base line for Richard Friend to lay down the ink giving us the killer visuals. Dean White and Jeremiah Skipper step in and give us a color game so strong that I forgot I was reading for a minute. The mainframe scenes alone made we want to go grab some popcorn and the before and after panels made me wish I had nachos.

“Burning Down the House” is such a beautifully crafted story, with art to match, that I really felt like I was in a movie. There was so much attention to detail, character motives, and background that I found myself getting sucked into the Squads’ world and I was happy to go on the ride.

This marks the end of this particular arc and the creative team did this story justice and actually lived up to its title.

The second half of issue Suicide Squad #13Hero or Villain” is also written by Rob Williams. Williams takes amazing care in crafting a short, sweet, poignant story that not only sets up the next full arc but breaks us of our preconceived notions of who is who. The People’s spy is revealed and a Squad member falls because of it all. Harley examines her feeling for Flag, June thinks about a future with Croc, and Hack thinks about work as they enjoy a much-needed girls’ night out. There’s a nice calm and a real moment of pure love that occurs in the second half of this issue making the ending all the more sad and powerful.

Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas provide the pop inspired visuals that brought this half of the issue to life. The intermittent bright pops of color with the hard lines shadows gives an ominous tone to the story. The artwork engages the reader and prepares us for that gut check in the final panel.

Burning Down the House 
Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr., Dean White, Richard Friend and Jeremiah Skipper
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.2

Hero or Villain 
Story: Rob Williams Art: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.3

Recommendation: Buy

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