DC has released a new teaser image for this week’s Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1. The image features the Joker in front of posters featuring Donald Trump and the word “Trust” in the style of the iconic Barak Obama poster by Shepard Fairey.
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1 is by Frank Miller, Rafael Grampá, and Jordie Bellaire and a follow up to Miller’s series of takes on Batman. It comes to shops December 11, 2019.
White Collar was one of those shows that USA Network had on for a few years which both charmed and beguiled viewers. It followed a unique relationship between an FBI agent and a former grifter as they investigate white-collar crimes. Its starred Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, and the immortal Diahann Carroll, in a show which explored both sides of the line of the law, often referring to Bomer’s character’s past and previous proclivities. It really elevated the buddy comedy genre in ways that many shows have tried to imitate since.
What was fascinating was how the show delved deep into the criminal underworld and gave viewers a deep dive into con artist tradecraft. As a writer I often wondered about the roads not taken in stories, and one of those within the show was the backstory of Carroll’s husband, who was also a con man. I felt it would have been better to show this story than to allude to it as the show did through its entire run. The idea of a family of thieves was something I wished W.E.B. Griffin would have tackled in his prolific career. Roxane Gay and Ming Doyle’s beautifully woven The Banks gives us a family whose business is about the next big score and they live by one code, don’t get caught and don’t get greedy.
We’re taken to 1972 Evanston, Illinois, where we meet Clara Banks, a shrewd robber whose skill set as a safecracker has made one of the best in all of Chicago. She develops a family business which is far from your typical. The story weaves through the past to the present delivering an interesting family of thieves and eventually leading to a score and revenge.
Overall, an excellent and intricately told story about a family whose business is more than ill-gotten gains, as love and legacy is paramount to everything. The story by Gay is immense, heartfelt, and harrowing. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a story that does more than add sepia tones to the crime noir genre but elevates it a new standard of storytelling.
Story: Roxane Gay Art: Ming Doyle, Jordie Bellaire, Ariana Maher, Jared K Fletcher, and Jeff Powell Story: 10 Art: 9.8 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert Artist: Eleonora Carlini Colorist: Chris Peter Letterer: Ed Dukeshire Cover Artists: Main Cover: Jenny Frison Connecting Variant Cover: Jakub Rebelka Price: $3.99
Angel and Buffy are on a mission to find the Mistress and close the Hellmouth—but will they turn on one another first? And is Drusilla the true evil behind the Hellmouth, or if there is another, even more powerful, that they should be worried about? Spoiler: there is.
Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO Art by NICK ROBLES Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by KANO Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD Cover C by ANEKE Preorder Edition Cover by VANESA R. DEL REY On sale DECEMBER 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+
How will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?
What will Doctor Mirage have to sacrifice in order to discover the truth, in the haunting climax of DOCTOR MIRAGE’s critically-acclaimed 2019 miniseries!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis Art by Ryan Sook and Travis Moore Inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Travis Moore Color by Jordie Bellaire Cover by Ryan Sook Variant Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey In Shops: Jan 15, 2020 SRP: $4.99
Meet the new Legionnaires in Legion of Super-Heroes #3, on shelves January 15th, as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! Also, you knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!)
And, while the mission on Planet Gotham is top-secret, here’s your first look at Travis Moore’s interior pages from Legion of Super-Heroes #3, set on Rimbor, home planet of Ultra Boy.
All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose! #LongLiveTheLegion
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Jordie Bellaire Artist: David López Colorist: Raúl Angulo Letterer: Ed Dukeshire Cover Artists: Main Cover: Marc Aspinall Spotlight Cover: Kevin Wada Connecting Variant Cover: Jakub Rebelka Preorder Cover: Ryan Inzana Variant Cover: Yasmine Putri Unlocked Anya Variant: Miguel Mercado Price: $3.99
A HELLMOUTH TIE-IN! THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF A NEW SLAYER! With Buffy in Hell, someone new has answered the call to save what’s left of Sunnydale. Who is this mysterious new Slayer? And how will the new blood cope with a team made up of a newly empowered witch and a half-human, half-vampire sidekick?
BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Hellmouth #3. The five-issue series event from writers Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert and artist Eleonora Carlini brings Buffy and Angel face to face in the world-ending event hundreds of years in the making—the opening of the Hellmouth!
Angel and Buffy are on a mission to find the Mistress Drusilla and close the Hellmouth—but will they turn on one another first? And is Drusilla the true evil behind the Hellmouth, or is there another, even more powerful evil that they should be worried about? Spoiler alert: there is…
Hellmouth #3 features a main cover by fan-favorite artist Jenny Frison, along with a variant cover by artist Jakub Rebelka that connects to Angel #7and Buffy the Vampire Slayer #10. The comic comes to shelves on December 11, 2019.
Written by Simon Spurrier Art by Aaron Campbell Colors by Jordie Bellaire Lettering by Aditya Bidikar Cover by John Paul Leon In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 Final Orders Due: Nov 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The original Constantine is back in John Constantine: Hellblazer from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…
In the second issue of this new series set in DC’s Sandman Universe, curated by Neil Gaiman, John’s return to London isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped…though it’s already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who’s pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John’s inability to deal with them.
And what will K-Mag learn from scrying remains this month?
John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.
I’ve been intrigued as to how John Constantine’s return to his own series would play out. Now under the “Sandman Universe” label and published under DC Black Label, the character and series seemed to be getting back to its Vertigo roots. John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 delivers a debut that’s a solid horror story, one that’s accessible for new readers.
This debut issue feels like a fresh start in a way. For a new(ish) reader like myself, it’s devoid of years of continuity. Instead, I was able to pick it up to read and enjoy without having to know much about the character or his history. Also missing is the need to know what’s going on with the rest of the “Sandman Universe.”
What we get is a lot of personality before the eventual dive into the occult and his first challenge. The comic is broken up into two parts. The first half focuses on Constantine and his attitude as he hangs out in front of a bar talking to a bouncer. His full quips and personality are on display. By the end, you have a good sense of who he is as a character. It establishes what this version is like and what we can expect. The second half of the comic is the mystery. We’re presented with an issue in a park involving “Angels” that are attacking and killing individuals. Of course, there’s so much more to it.
Writer Simon Spurrier delivers not just Constantine’s personality but that of the comic itself. It’s steeped in a feel that this is a comic that takes place in England. There’s enough specific dialogue that I had to take a step back to figure out what was being said at times. It sucked me into the comic even more.
The art by Aaron Campbell is fantastic. Along with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is full of moody imagery that dances around its occult and horror genre. As the comic progresses the imagery becomes much more focused on its genre, it’s a slow spiral into the world visually and what’s presented from the beginning to what we see at the end are in contrast. The comic slowly sucks us in instead of throwing the reader directly into this world of the weird.
I never read John Constantine’s adventures in its Vertigo roots. I’ve only experienced him as part of the DC Universe. Whether those adventures are over remains to be seen but this is a solid debut that delivers a horror comic that creeps but doesn’t scare. While the greater Sandman Universe hasn’t been my cup of tea, I’m all in on this series. I’m sure there’s more for long-time fans that I don’t know but as a debut issue, it nails being open to new and old readers alike.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis Art by Ryan Sook Inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Ryan Sook Color by Jordie Bellaire Cover by Ryan Sook Variant Cover by Jim Cheung In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99 (cardstock variant $4.99)
Welcome to the 31st Century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
In the second issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, on shelves December 18th, it’s been one thousand years since anyone has seen the oceans of the Earth, but with Aquaman’s original trident recently discovered, a chase to control Earth’s future tears across the galaxy. All this and the reunion you’d never thought you’d see! Another DC sci-fi epic into the far-flung future like you’ve never seen before!