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Review: Harley Quinn #18

This week’s issue of the Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti penned Harley Quinn gives us several interesting story arcs in one small comic. Having multiple arcs within one issue might seem like a bit much but, as usual, Conner and Palmiotti pull it off flawlessly. Each short arc manages to entertain and engage the reader in a way that pulls you in. The momentum rises with arc so when one arc comes abruptly to a close you don’t feel cheated are more than okay with jumping on the next train to another part of Harley Quinn’s world.

Conner and Palmiotti gave us two of the three arcs within this issue and I was all in for both of them. We see a glimpse at a futuristic hero gearing up to time travel so that she can end Harley before she kills Batman, Harley being snapped up by the Madison and newly onboard Mayor’s cannibalistic solution to the city’s homelessness problem.

We are also treated to a bit glimpse into Harley’s early relationship drama with the Joker that culminates in a Batman ruined heist date. The flashback comes courtesy of Paul Dini and Palmiotti and, stands in dark contrast to the ultra feminist, bad all by her damn self Harley that we know today. Even with the cringeworthy old school Harley making a brief “Harley Loves Joker” cameo it kind of works as it shows us how far Quinn has come. The truth is despite having two male authors we see the turning point. Harley is in love and Joker’s no good for her but, Dini and Palmiotti make her less of a victim and more of a willing accomplice out to cheer up her bae. This is a start of a real character and some agency giving a glimmer of hope for the Harley that exists today.

Joseph Michael Lisner gives us some Tron-esque futuristic art for the first few pages while Harley’s newest nemesis is set on a course to kill Harley before she does something bad. (Unrelated side note, I kind of momentarily fantasized about her using it to get rid of Trump as I’m sure he does way more damage than Harley could have. Which segued into me realizing their world was better because they didn’t have Trump and, then I wished that I was part of their world if Harley killing Batman was their biggest problem.)

John Timms does the rest of the art for this issue and there was no lack of realistic, pop-styled art. The styles meshed well together and thanks to Alex Sinclair being a color god the colors were flawless. Even in the muted palette of the past, the colors made sense. I love it when the reds and blood pop which they gave me in spades. Harley and Red Tool kept off the pages and every blow they deal or received is so visually stunning and interesting that I forgot I was reading a comic book and found myself wrapped up in the story and the action.

Overall this issue was a page turner that kept me on the edge of my seat. It covered political and cultural issues and maintained a high level of entertainment value. Not a panel or word was wasted and I read this issue more than once and retained its freshness, authenticity, and fire.

Story: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Harley Loves Joker by: Paul Dini and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: John Timms, Joseph Michael Lisner, Alex Sinclair
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Harley Quinn #16

Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner packed so much girl power into the latest issue of Harley Quinn that it could pass the Bechedel test no problem. Harley Quinn #16 finishes off the alien invader storyline with a bang, well actually something more deadly than a bang. Palmiotti and Conner have our three superheroines serving up some well thought out justice to the shirtless alien who’s been threatening to take over the world for the past few issues. The ladies do this by working together and it is glorious. We also see a bit more of the gentrification vampires in action and it’s scary on a soylent green level, the writers don’t give too much away but they give us just enough of a taste to let us know that it’s not looking too good for NYC homeless population. As an added bonus we get to see more of the future storyline and discover that the desolate city’s number one bat fan is coming after Harley. We got one storyline finished, one in the middle lane, and another that looks exciting as hell on the horizon and I can’t wait to see how this all shakes out.

John Timms and Joseph Michael Lisner (who drops in for a few pages to make some magic in the future story line) serve up some beautiful artwork with such richness and detail that it pulls the readers even further into the amazing story that the writers are telling. There isn’t a line out of place, no cheap trick, just good art that becomes another character in this already rich story.

Overall, I found the story to be emotional, well planned and a great tie-in to the rest of the arc. Many writers would find themselves facing an uphill battle having so many storylines running concurrently in one issue but, ass usual the Palmiotti and Conner team take on this challenge like champs and emerge victorious. There’s bonus points for making Harley and her female squad hella feminist in the process. There’s something truly great about their choice to have other women be the first people that the ladies reach out to when they’re in trouble and there’s  something even greater about the ladies working together to get the job done. I’m also a fan of the small talk and affection that occurs in this issue, there’s some ribbing on Harley from Power Girl but, it’s nothing too harsh and all in good fun. There’s also an acknowledgment that people can change over time and evolve into something new. I loved every panel of this issue and I’m pretty sure that you will too.

Story: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti Art: John Timms and Joseph Michael Lisner
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dawn/Vampirella HC

Dawn / Vampirella HC

writer: Joseph Michael Linsner
artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
FC • 144 pages • $24.99  • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5

Joseph Michael Linsner, the celebrated creator of Dawn, writes and illustrates the first-ever crossover event for his beloved goddess, teaming her — and pitting her against — horror icon Vampirella! When the silver-tongued demon Masodik kidnaps these beautiful, powerful women, he demands that the two engage in a catfight to prove which is best suited as his new paramour. The ladies suggest to combat in a more sophisticated and feminine way: by engaging in a storytelling contest. Together, Dawn and Vampirella take us on a journey to the bloody shores of Drakulon, post-apocalyptic New York, and worlds beyond imagination. Ultimately, they know that they must join forces to overcome him… but what common ground can be found between goddess and vampire? Features an all-new introduction and never-before-seen bonus material by Joseph Michael Linsner, plus an afterword by Kristina Deak-Linsner.

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Preview: Lady Rawhide #2 (of 5)

LADY RAWHIDE #2 (of 5)

Eric Trautmann (w)
Milton Estevam (a)
Joseph Michael Linsner (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As Old Mexico is crushed beneath the weight of corruption and tyranny, Lady Rawhide — outlaw champion of the oppressed — discovers that she does not fight alone. A band of vigilantes have taken up her struggle, but their ruthless methods may place them all in the gun sights of a deadly new adversary…

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Preview: Dawn: The Swordmaster’s Daughter & Other Stories

Dawn: The Swordmaster’s Daughter & Other Stories

By: Joseph Michael Linsner
Price: $3.99

In his first new Dawn comic in three years, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER brings to life three classic tales as only Dawn can. “THE SWORDMASTER’S DAUGHTER” shows a young Dawn inspiring Darrian to become a master swordsman. In “SAMSARA,” Dawn learns that Death is never late for an appointment. And in “THE WHITE PHOENIX,” Dawn shows Darrian if it is right to fight false friends by sharing with him a page from The Bhagavad Gita.

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Baltimore Comic-Con’s First Annual Yearbook!

BCC Artbook 2012The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce the first Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook, celebrating the creators appearing at the show.  This book of art features some of our guests interpreting the Liberty Meadows characters, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.

As a bonus, we have a scavenger hunt of sorts. When you buy the book, you’ll get a list of our 36 contributors and their table numbers. Get 15 of them to sign it, and come back to the booth for your choice of an added print by either Joseph Michael Linsner or Barry Kitson. Get 20 signatures and receive BOTH prints!

Liberty Meadows was created by Frank Cho and first published in 1997, launching in newspapers internationally.  This year marks the 15th anniversary of Liberty Meadows, having seen print in book, comic strip, and digital formats.

The art created for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating 15 years of Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows will be auctioned at this special event! Don’t miss this opportunity to own original art featuring Frank’s characters as depicted by artists including Frank Quitely, Brandon Peterson, Gene Ha, David Petersen, Bernard Chang, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tom Raney, Billy Tucci, Steve Conley, Thom Zahler, Craig Rousseau, Frank Cho, and many others!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held in our Main hall, in Booths #2505-2507.  The auction will commence following the Stan Lee/John Romita panel, at approximately 5:45pm.  The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.

Creators Come Together to Occupy Comics

Inspired by the Occupy protests taking place not just in the U.S. but worldwide, a group of comic book creators have banded together to create Occupy Comics.  The project is the latest use of Kickstarter but with a twist.  The project will see it’s proceeds going directly to purchase items to support the Occupy movement.

All of the writers, artists, business executives, and the publisher are being paid to produce this book… and they ALL are donating 100% of their revenue (not profits, but ALL monies they receive) to the occupiers. They want to support the movement through the winter by providing warm clothes, heaters and bathrooms if possible, and other amenities. For a more detailed breakdown on how the money will flow from pledges to production of the book to the protesters, visit www.occupycomics.com and check out the blueprint.

The list of creators participating is impressive.  There’s some hot talent, great vets and numerous comic book creators heavily involved in the Occupy movement.  Here’s the beginning list of participants:

Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
Marc Andreyko (Manhunter)
Susie Cagle (Notes on Conflict, arrested at Occupy Oakland)
Kevin Colden (I Rule the Night, Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s)
Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.)
J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider-Man, Imaginalis)
Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier)
Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem.com)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (I Vampire, Tumor)
Brea Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory, Brutal)
Ales Kot (upcoming projects w/ Image Comics & DC Ent)
George Krstic (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Megas XLR)
Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn)
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods)
Mark L. Miller (Luna, Nanny & Hank)
Caleb Monroe (Batman: Fearless, Hunter’s Fortune)
B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Superman Confidential)
Jerem Morrow (Drive-In Horrorshow, Kingdom Suicide)
Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante (Hijos de P)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Batman: Gotham County Line)
Laurie Penny (Penny Red)
Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller)
Steve Rolston (Ghost Projekt, Queen & Country)
Riley Rossmo (Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking)
Douglas Rushkoff (Testament, media theorist)
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
Simon Spurrier (2000 AD, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants)
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell)
Ronald Wimberly (MF GRIMM: Sentences)

As I said, an impressive list.

The project seems to get the heart of the Occupy movement by using crowdsourcing to fund it but also it’s use of social media in a way speaks to the movement.  The Occupy movement is leaderless without structure, and Occupy Comics instead of having a “mouth piece” Twitter account, links to a search for their name to show the numerous others speaking about the project.

The project won’t see release until 2012, but the donations will occur this Fall.  The gifts are great and for me I’m at least doing the $10 for a digital copy of every comic they release.

Head to Kickstarter now to kick in some cash.