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Review: The Other History of the DC Universe #3

The Other History of the DC Universe #3 is an interesting shift from the first two issues. This is more of a focus on the myth superheroes build about themselves with Katana as the focus. It’s a graphic essay and a graduate course in DC history.

Story: John Ridley
Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes: Andrea Cucchi
Color: José Villarrubia
Letterer: Steve Wands

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Exclusive Preview: Knock ‘Em Dead #5

KNOCK ‘EM DEAD #5

Writer: Eliot Rahal 
Artist: Mattia Monaco 
Colorist: Matt Milla 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 4.21.2021

It’s the curtain call. Tonight, the people were so fine. They waited there in line. And when they got up on their feet, they made the show. And that was sweet. But I can hear the sound. Of slamming doors and folding chairs. And that’s a sound they’ll never know – oh, sorry those are the lyrics to Jackson Browne’s The Load Out. Whoops. 

This is it. The final act. The last punchline. Fame has torn the Brice family apart. Can their love bring them back together?

KNOCK ‘EM DEAD #5

ComiXology Features 7 New Releases Including New Challenge of the Super Sons and Inferior Five!

It’s a new week and comiXology is kicking it off with seven new releases. Get new comics from DC, Magnetic Press, and Harlequin. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Batman Univers Vol. 1

Written by Collectif
Art by Collectif
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“Scott SNYDER et Greg CAPULLO ouvrent une nouvelle ère pour Gotham avec l’arrivée d’un Chevalier Noir totalement différent ! Les hommes de Bullock s’acclimatent à ce nouveau venu, par Francis MANAPUL, Brian BUCCELLATO et Fernando BLANCO ! Dans une toute nouvelle série, Damian Wayne parcourt le monde à la recherche de ses racines, par Patrick GLEASON ! Une nouvelle ennemie électrique pour Batgirl, par Cameron STEWART, Brenden FLETCHER et Babs TARR ! Et la Matrone prend les rênes de Spyral, l’organisation où enquête Dick Grayson, par Tim SEELEY, Tom KING et Mikel JANIN ! (contient les épisodes US BATMAN #41, ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #41, BATGIRL #41, GRAYSON #9, ainsi que toutes les SNEAK PEEK des séries)”

Batman Univers Vol. 1

Brindille Vol. 1 #2

Written by Frédéric Brrémaud
Art by Frédéric Brrémaud
Cover by Frédéric Brrémaud
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The village is empty — they’ve abandoned the mysterious girl rescued from the fire. Now, with no friends and no ideas where to go, she wanders the woods, where she quickly finds a new friend — and apparent guardian angel — a wolf who will help her uncover her past!

Brindille Vol. 1 #2

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #10

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils Evan Stanley
Inks Evan Stanley
Colored by Luis Guerrero
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Journey back with us once more through the mists of time to uncover the secrets of the Doom Scroll! Picking up where we left off in Chapter 5, Superboy and Robin have been rescued from the clutches of some truly wicked spells by their new ally, Rora. As Rora rushes to help the boys return to the present, their pursuers close in and prepare for attack – and Vandal Savage and Felix Faust are one deadly duo that mean BUSINESS.

Challenge of the Super Sons (2020-) #10

Hard Melody Vol. 1 #2

Written by Lu Ming
Art by Lu Ming
Cover by Lu Ming
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Part two of Lu Ming’s tale of Rock-and-Roll dreams shattered by reality. A barfight wakes the trio from their numb lives and suddenly the future seems bright and full of possibility again. But reality has a way of stepping up its game when challenged by fantasy…

Hard Melody Vol. 1 #2

L’amante du rebelle.

Written by Jennifer Lewis
Art by Nayuna Sakurano
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Alicia s’inquiétait d’être encore vierge à 26 ans. La cause en était un grand frère hyperprotecteur qui l’avait élevée à la place de leurs parents après la mort de ceux-ci. Il fallait à Alicia trouver le garçon parfait, capable de le convaincre. Le prince charmant de ses rêves, Rick Jones, apparait alors ! Beau, riche, prévenant, Rick, est le partenaire idéal à qui donner sa virginité. Alicia en tombe complètement amoureuse, sans savoir qu’il lui cache quelque chose…

L'amante du rebelle.

Almost Perfect

Written by Judy Duarte
Art by Taki Inase
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Maggie, a pediatrician, invited her childhood friend, Jake, to her hospital’s reception party. It’s been fifteen years since she last saw him, and he’s become a stunning cowboy who catches everyone’s eye when he walks into a room. Is he really the same skinny Jake I once knew? That’s when her ex-husband walked in with his new fiancée. Maggie asked Jake to act like her boyfriend in an attempt to make her ex-husband jealous. Jake listened to her wishes and told her he’d play the best lover ever and kissed her…!

Almost Perfect

Inferior Five (2019-) #5

Written by Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Pencils Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Inks Michelle Delecki, Jeff Lemire
Colored by Hi-Fi, Jose Villarrubia
Cover by Hi-Fi, Michelle Delecki, Keith Giffen, Howard Porter
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The danger under Dangerfield: the young heroes have discovered a relic from the Invasion interred deep beneath their horrifying hometown, but will they be as irresponsible with it as they have with everything else? Plus, the Peacemaker arrives on the scene to keep them from hurting themselves and planet Earth!

Inferior Five (2019-) #5

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Seven Iconic Swashbuckling Heroes Must Come Together to Save the World in Seven Swords

Seven Swords #1

Writer: Evan Daugherty
Artist: Riccardo Latina
Colorist: Valentina Bianconi
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Andy Clarke and Jose Villarrubia
Incentive Cover: JG Jones
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 6.16.2021

A weary and jaded D’Artagnan is drawn into a final conflict with the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, whose ruthless quest for power has led him to the supernatural. But the Last Musketeer can’t defeat these infernal enemies alone.

To save the world, he’ll need to join forces with seven iconic swashbuckling heroes: Don Juan, Captain Blood, Cyrano de Bergerac, to name a few.  SEVEN SWORDS, who must overcome their host of differences and work together if they have any hope of thwarting Richelieu’s diabolical plans.

From writer EVAN DAUGHERTY (writer of films such as Snow White and the HuntsmanDivergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and illustrator Riccardo Latina comes high
adventure with a cutting edge!

Seven Swords #1

Exclusive Preview: Scout’s Honor #3

SCOUT’S HONOR #3

Writer: David Pepose 
Artist: Luca Casalanguida 
Colorist: Matt Milla 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 03.10.2021

Forced to confront her suspicions about Ranger Scout society, Kit undertakes the grueling Eagle’s Guard Trials on her quest for the truth — but standing in her path is Dez, the Scoutmaster’s son and her oldest friend. And Dez is not going to let this badge of honor go without a fight…

SCOUT’S HONOR #3

Review: Sympathy For No Devils #5

Sympathy For No Devils #5 wraps up the series as the various strings come together. How well does it close the case? Find out!

Story: Brandon Thomas
Art: Lee Ferguson
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Exclusive Preview: Sympathy for No Devils #5

SYMPATHY FOR NO DEVILS #5

Writer: Brandon Thomas 
Artist: Lee Ferguson 
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia 
Letterer: Simon Bowland 
Cover: Lee Ferguson w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.24.21

Winston Wallis – the last human in a world of monsters – is so close to the end of this case, with only one obstacle in his way…unfortunately for Win, that obstacle is a Colossus-killer.

SYMPATHY FOR NO DEVILS #5

Review: Sympathy For No Devils #4

The world’s largest Colossal has been murdered and Winston Wallis-the last human in a world of monsters-has been called in to solve it.

Sympathy For No Devils #4 teases out the reality of what’s going on as some truths come out.

Story: Brandon Thomas
Art: Lee Ferguson
Color: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Review: The Other History of the DC Universe #2

The Other History of the DC Universe #2

In The Other History of the DC Universe‘s debut, writer John Ridley planted a flag with a raw, emotional, and blunt take on DC’s superhero history. The debut was not only a celebration of the history but it’s the type of reflection on it that we see today with our own real experiences. The comic didn’t examine it with rose-colored glasses, instead, it delivered a perspective and truth that stands up and feels justified. It was like a band-aid being ripped off to show a still festering wound. The Other History of the DC Universe #2 that direction with a shift of a focus to the Teen Titans.

Told from the dual perspectives of Karen Beecher-Duncan (Bumblee) and Mal Duncan, we’re taken from their early years in Metropolis through the history of their time with the Teen Titans and then Titans. I’m not personally too knowledgeable with either character, so Ridley’s take is just new history for me as a whole. Karen and Mal, like the first issue, show the white-centered team for what it was and don’t pull punches. Drama, drug use, abuse, these are some of the topics touched upon. But, it’s the second class citizen nature of Mal and Karen’s membership that really stands out.

Mal rightly comes back to the fact that as much as he was there for the team, the team was rarely there for Mal or Karen. They missed their wedding, they saw Mal as nothing more than a maintenance person, there feels like a rooted racist aspect of the team. When they initial met, the Teen Titans were hiding in one of Metropolis’ crime infested areas as if no one would care about anyone in these areas. We’re taken through the history of the Teen Titans, then Titans, as they break up and get back together, ignoring Mal and Karen throughout the years except when they could use their help.

But beyond the Titans, the comic is also an examination of the relationship of the two individuals. We get to experience their ups and downs. There’s high and lows with all of the human emotion one would expect. There’s drama throughout the education. While we’re teased the Titan’s drama, we get to experience Mal and Karen’s.

Ridley delivers what feels like a very interesting critique at DC as a whole. Not just the comics but the publisher itself. The comics feel like a graphic thesis paper on the depiction of minorities in literature and entertainment. This is a series that’s going to spur discussion for quite some time.

Like the first issue, The Other History of the DC Universe #2 has a graphic essay feel about it. Breaking from “traditional” comic layouts, the comic breaks from the usual panels that are expected. The result is a read that feels like journal entries enhanced with beautiful art. Giuseppe Camuncoli‘s layouts with Andrea Cucchi‘s finishes are impressive. The art is just amazing, along with the color from José Villarrubia and lettering by Steve Wands. There’s so much packed in with art that plays as homage to classic scenes and styles. There’s some pages that feel like they’re ripped from the original material, it all brings back memories.

The Other History of the DC Universe #2 is another fantastic and amazing issue. The series is calling out the failures of DC Comics’ history and the issues with its narratives. It’s impressive the publisher would do this at all. The fact it’s all at such a high quality is such a treat. Each issue feels like it’s a college level course in DC comic history. Time for all of us to get schooled.

Story: John Ridley Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli Finishes: Andrea Cucchi
Color: José Villarrubia Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Scout’s Honor #2

SCOUT’S HONOR #2

Writer: David Pepose 
Artist: Luca Casalanguida 
Colorist: Matt Milla 
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.10.21

Ever since the bombs fell and the skies turned to nuclear fire, the Ranger Scouts of America have built their religion upon their most sacred law — always be prepared. 

But after discovering a chilling secret in an abandoned bunker, Kit’s belief in the Scout tradition is rocked to the core — yet when a gang of murderous highwaymen breach the Ranger Scout compound, her growing doubts might come at a harrowing cost…

SCOUT’S HONOR #2
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