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Mini Reviews: WildC.A.T.s, Danger Street, and Know Your Station!

WildC.A.T.s #3

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

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WildC.A.T.s #3 (DC Comics)WildC.A.T.s #3 begins and ends with an exciting splash page, and Matthew Rosenberg and Stephen Segovia focus on action in this issue as the Wildcats face off against the newly minted Seven Soldiers of Victory (Not the Grant Morrison or classic one ; more like the Wish.com/ Authority) and one a covert mission to rescue a kid whose death could lead to a Crisis level event. Rosenberg really puts the Wildcats on the shit-end of the stick in this issue, which fits their new role as the Halo Corporation’s sacrificial lambs and dirty workers while the Seven Soldiers get the headlines and good life. Segovia’s skill at page architecture ramps up the team’s mission from routine to impossible as they get holed up in a building, and their only salvation is a character being teleported in from a subplot who can’t fly a chopper. The tenseness of the main plot really helped to start to bond with the team beyond just Zealot with Ladytron’s deadpan quips about bloodstream nanites making her especially endearing. WildCATS is definitely a throwback to the Extreme 90s and the wide screen 00s, but with modern, bleeding edge visual storytelling from Stephen Segovia and smart writing and straightforward plotting from Matthew Rosenberg. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Danger Street #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label)Tom King, Jorge Fornes, and Dave Stewart continue to link together obscure DC characters in the apocalyptic murder mystery Danger Street #2. King’s (by way of Dr. Fate’s helmet) storybook-style narration gives the comic a good flow and connects some of the seemingly disparate threads. Some of the most powerful scenes in the issue are the Danger Street Dingbats coming to terms with losing their own and the futility of hope as their cop friend struggles to find a lead on the murder. The stuff with the Green Team and Jack Ryder is pretty standard satire of ultracapitalism, but I love that Stewart uses similar flame colors for the Green Team’s murder basement, the exploding ship, and Darkseid’s realm. Yes, Darkseid still continues to appear in the title and shares a hug that makes you know the world is really coming to an end. This isn’t my favorite comic right now, but Fornes’ layouts and use of close-up’s in emotional scenes are really effective, and I continue to be a sucker for books that dig deeper into the motivations of B and C list characters. Overall: 7.9 Verdict: Buy

Know Your Station #2 (BOOM! Studios)Know Your Station is a class-conscious murder mystery in space from Sarah Gailey, Liana Kangas, Rebecca Nalty, and Cardinal Rae. In this issue, protagonist Elise (A security liaison for a bunch of rich corporate people living in space) tries to find out who killed one of the passengers and her cop partner. This seems straightforward, but Gailey and Kangas make the story compelling by having her dealing with withdrawal symptoms from a psychedelic drug called Blue with the help of the onboard AI St Brigid, who is totally the best character. Rae’s wobbling letters and Nalty’s trippy palette are a standout in this issue and do a great job of simulating her struggles with sobriety and losing time. It’s a visual experience that can only be done in comic and is nicely by suspense and good interactions between Elise and this issue’s red herring Marin, an executive who she has a connection with. Overall 8.8 Verdict: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

After their attempt to join the Justice League goes horrendously wrong, Warlord and Starman are on the run from the law and the forces of the Fourth World! In their wake they have left behind both a murder and the ongoing mystery of Atlas the Great and his connection to the cosmic powers of the DC Universe. But don’t fret, Lady Cop is on the case, and she won’t rest until it’s solved. But little does she know, a malevolent corporation has a connection to it all and they’re willing to kill to keep their secrets safe. After all, nobody messes with the Green Team!

Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2 improves upon a rocky start

Dangers Street #2

I was not a fan of the debut issue of Danger Street. It’s use of obscure characters delivered a disconnect in that I generally didn’t care what happened to them but then the layering of a fantasy story in what is a murder mystery was a bit stranger. Danger Street #2 is a vast improvement as it focuses more on the emotional fallout of the first issue but continues the rather odd fantasy framing.

Written by Tom King, Danger Street #2 is all about emotion and next steps after tragedy. The issue opens with the funeral of Good Looks as his friends attempt to eulogize their loss. That’s juxtaposed with those responsible for the loss, who are also shaken by events. What we see are two very different groups, one rich who will use their money and influence to exact revenge, the others not so much who will attempt to correct the wrong they’ve enacted.

The issue does great focusing on the small details like an investigation by a police officer to determine what happened or the manipulation of media to get a result. But, in the end, it’s a hug that really stands out. But, the details also cause the series to stumble as King wraps the entire series in a fantasy story with talks of knight and princesses in the narration to drives the story. Focused just as a straight up revenge story, the series would be far better. The fantasy narrative so far hasn’t really added much to the story.

The art by Jorge Fornés is really good. With color by Dave Stewart and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the visuals captures the rather morose nature of the story. But, despite the rather down narrative and visuals, the comic doesn’t cross the line into being depressing. It keeps things balanced so it doesn’t bring the reader down. The art also does a great job of balancing its grounded and fantastical elements. A police officer talking to individuals to get clues works in the same space where space gods talk and superpowered individuals interrogate people. The style and look of the comic perfectly matches the tone and content of the series.

Danger Street #2 is a vast improvement on the first issue. It delivers the “humanity” of the characters that makes me connect to them in some way. By showing their grief, the team has me now caring about the actions each character takes going forward. It delivers a reason I should care about all of that. It’s no longer a story of rich brats and screw-up heroes but now one of revenge and redemption driven by mourning.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.85 Art: 8.1 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Danger Street #2

Danger Street #2

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Jan 10, 2023
SRP: $4.99

After their attempt to join the Justice League goes horrendously wrong, Warlord and Starman are on the run from the law and the forces of the Fourth World! In their wake they have left behind both a murder and the ongoing mystery of Atlas the Great and his connection to the cosmic powers of the DC Universe. But don’t fret, Lady Cop is on the case, and she won’t rest until it’s solved. But little does she know, a malevolent corporation has a connection to it all and they’re willing to kill to keep their secrets safe. After all, nobody messes with the Green Team!

Danger Street #2

Preview: Danger Street #1

Danger Street #1

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Dec 13, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn? Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle. Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for a crisis as a result! The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters. Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool. Expect the unexpected with a supporting cast featuring Manhunter, Lady Copy, the Green Team, and the Creeper! Inspired by the heroes and villains of 1st Issue Special, Tom King and Jorge Fornes (Rorschach) return for an unforgettable maxiseries that reimagines these characters and their stories. A multi-character, multilayered crime drama starring some of DC’s most obscure creations. No one will see it coming, but everyone will want to see where it goes!

Danger Street #1

Review: Danger Street #1

Danger Street #1

When it comes to Tom King‘s recent works, it’s hard to really review a single release. His writing is geared towards the long game with a vision that treats stories like a puzzle. Each issue that comes out teases a bit more of the bigger picture but it’s no complete until that last piece is put in. Danger Street #1 is very much that bouncing around like a fantasy tale talking of knights and princesses but grounded in the modern day.

At the center of the story is a crime. Featuring somewhat obscure characters, the story is about a mistake. Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord want to prove themselves to join the Justice League. To do so, they attempt to summon and defeat Darkseid. Things go wrong and someone winds up dead. It’s a tale of revenge to bring the killers to justice.

King goes deep into the DC Universe with a comic focused on that trio but also Manhunter, Lady Cop, the Green Team, and Creeper. This isn’t a comic where you know who everyone is. And that’s partially what makes it interesting. It’s a first issue that attempts to reinvent and deliver a new spin on some classic characters. And it sort of works. Where it falls apart is the lack of connection with any of the characters. There’s so many and it’s somewhat obscure creating a disconnect. I’m here for the murder mystery, not any character in particular.

The art by Jorge Fornés is interesting as well. The style delivers a look that feels more at home at Image than DC. With the initial opening sequence featuring the Green Team, it’s more a teenage romp than classic superhero story you’d expect from DC. The art style reminds me more of Tyler Boss than anything else. Dave Stewart‘s colors help enhance that look with a slight darker hue and Clayton Cowles lettering packs in the dialogue.

Danger Street #1 is an interesting start. It’s characters are second tier making it hard to really connect with them and none really stand out as any I care about. It’s all about the story of revenge it’d seem. But, it’s a start that has me wanting to see more of what’s coming. Is it exciting? No. But, it does deliver the opening chapter of what feels like a tale of revenge with a crime and fantasy spin about it all.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: TFAWZeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Danger Street #1

Danger Street #1

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
In Shops: Dec 13, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn? Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle. Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for a crisis as a result! The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters. Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool. Expect the unexpected with a supporting cast featuring Manhunter, Lady Copy, the Green Team, and the Creeper! Inspired by the heroes and villains of 1st Issue Special, Tom King and Jorge Fornes (Rorschach) return for an unforgettable maxiseries that reimagines these characters and their stories. A multi-character, multilayered crime drama starring some of DC’s most obscure creations. No one will see it coming, but everyone will want to see where it goes!

Danger Street #1

Preview: Pantha #5

Pantha #5

Writer: Tom Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson
Artist: Igor Lima
Covers: Giuseppe Matteoni (A), Vincent Aseo (B), Elena Pianta (C), Jorge Fornes (D), Al Barrionuevo (E)
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Beneath the remains of Chernobyl an epic battle is about to begin. After millennia of waiting and planning, everything is in place for Ta-Nakht to fulfill its nefarious destiny. Captured by the god-eater, Pantha, Nick, and the Mortalists must somehow free themselves to prevent the birth of a new race of dark deities eager to plunge the world into shadow. The war against the old gods has begun, and the fate of humanity will depend on an Egyptian queen cursed to become the most savage of beasts!

Pantha #5

Danger Street gets a new street date and a trailer!

Danger Street, by Tom King, Jorge Fornés, and Dave Stewart, has a new release date! The 12-issue DC Black Label maxiseries will now launch on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at all participating comic book shops and digital platforms.

Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn? Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle. Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for a crisis as a result!

The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters. Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool. Expect the unexpected with a supporting cast featuring Manhunter, Lady Copy, the Green Team, and the Creeper!

Inspired by the heroes and villains of 1st Issue Special, Tom King and Jorge Fornés (Rorschach) return for an unforgettable maxiseries that reimagines these characters and their stories. A multi-character, multilayered crime drama starring some of DC’s most obscure creations. No one will see it coming, but everyone will want to see where it goes!

Danger Street #1 features variant covers by Steve Rude, Lee Weeks, and Ben Oliver with a main cover by Fornés.

Preview: Pantha #4

Pantha #4

Writer: Tom Sniegoski and Jeannine Acheson
Artist: Igor Lima
Covers: Giuseppe Matteoni (A), Vincent Aseo (B), Elena Pianta (C), Jorge Fornes (D), Al Barrionuevo (E)
32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Gravely injured from her battle with Ta-Nakht’s newest insect drones, Pantha and Nick escape to the Mortalists’ safe house, the House of Woe. But there may be a traitor in their midst, one of their own who will use their greatest fears against them as they prepare for the final confrontation with the god-eater that is Ta-Nakht.

Pantha #4
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