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Review: Batman #48

Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears! And when The Joker kidnaps the Caped Crusader, will he give his old foe a piece of his mind or bash in his brains?

After a bit of a divergence with Booster Gold and some alternate timelines, we’re back focusing on the wedding of the Bat and the Cat. But, instead of just the normal pre-wedding planning, instead we see the impact on one individual in particular, the Joker. Yes, beyond his sidekicks, Alfred, and Selina, the one character that Batman has had a relationship with (and maybe the most important) is the Joker. How does he react to the idea of Batman being married and no longer being his? By taking hostages and killing some people!

The issue is the Joker basically trying to relate to Batman in weird ways going on about his past and childhood and all wondering who Batman’s “best man” is. It’s an interesting story as it shows how sad the Joker is in some ways. Through the insanity, there’s a melancholy and you kind of want the two to just hug and have a good cry. Writer Tom King delivers a Joker that’s both frightening and one you can feel bad for.

The art by Mikel Janin is fantastic helped with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art and setting is simple, Batman and Joker in a church but the way it’s framed and how it plays out is impressive. So much of the Joker in this is his movements and facial expressions. The art too makes the action more brutal in a way focusing on it all with framed panels that forces you to focus on it all.

The team have created a comic that gives us a Joker and Batman relationship as one that can be debated for some time. The details, the actions, what’s said, can be dissected for a long time. This is what the relationship of the two is all about and we realize that it’s not Dick, Jason, Damian, or Alfred that will come between Bruce and Selina, it’s the Joker.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin
Color: June Chung Lettering: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Jim Henson’s Power Of The Dark Crystal Vol. 2 HC

Jim Henson’s Power Of The Dark Crystal Vol. 2 HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Jae Lee & June Chung
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $24.99

Jen and Kira’s greatest fear has been realized as the Crystal is broken once more, and the evil Skeksis have returned, eager to regain their cruel dominance over the world. Meanwhile, on their own and on the run, Thurma and Kensho must stick together as they journey across the wildlands of Thra. Written by Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia), and lushly illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Toil & Trouble), The Power of the Dark Crystal continues the bestselling sequel to one of Jim Henson’s most revered creations. Collects issues #5-8.

Your First Look At “Coda” From Simon Spurrier & Matías Bergara

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Coda, a new twelve-issue series from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara. In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

Coda #1 will be an oversized debut issue, with 40 pages of story content and additional backmatter at the same $3.99 price point as each issue of this twelve-issue series. This first issue also features a stunning wraparound main cover by Matías Bergara, along with two variants by superstars Jae Lee & June Chung, and Jeff Stokely.

Preview: Batman #43

Batman #43

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin, Hugo Petrus
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Mikel Janin
Variant Cover: Olivier Coipel, Dave Stewart
Editor: Jamie S. Rich Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Everyone Loves Ivy” part three! The quest to end Ivy’s domination heads toward a close, but can Batman offer Ivy redemption on the other side of this crime? It’s an epic showdown between the Caped Crusader and one of his most popular foes, brought to you by the creative team behind “The War of Jokes and Riddles.”

Preview: Batman #42

Batman #42

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Jamie S. Rich Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“Everyone Loves Ivy” part two! Poison Ivy has taken control of every man, woman and child on the planet, and only Batman and Catwoman have escaped her influence. But will the pair of them be enough to nip this in the bud?

Preview: Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1

Kong on the Planet of the Apes #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Colorist: Alex Guimaraes
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mike Huddleston
Connecting Cover: Carlos Magno
Pulp Subscription Cover: Hans Woody
Retailer Variant Cover: Jae Lee and June Chung
Retailer Incentive Cover: Jae Lee
Price: $3.99

The damn dirty crossover event you demanded!
Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…A KONG!

Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!

BOOM! Studios’ Kong comics are based on Joe DeVito’s Skull Island and Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong.

Preview: Sisters of Sorrow #1 (of 4)

Sisters of Sorrow #1 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kurt Sutter, Courtney Alameda
Artist: Hyeonjin Kim
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Jae Lee & June Chung
      Variant Cover: Andre De Freitas
FOC Variant: Valentine De Landro
Price: $3.99

  • Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC) brings this all-new original tale of revenge and recovery to comics with novelist Courtney Alameda (Shutter) and breakthrough artist Hyeonjin Kim.
  • By day, Dominique, Greta, Misha, and Sarah run a nonprofit women’s shelter. At night, they each don a nun’s habit and move through Los Angeles hunting down violent abusers who have escaped justice.
  • Their increasingly public vigilantism has earned them the nickname Sisters of Sorrow, and has drawn the ire of L.A.’s notorious anti-crime task force.

Review: Batman #26

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Tom King is putting his own touches on the long and incredible Batman history with Batman #26, which continues The War of Jokes and Riddles. In the second chapter of this tale, we discover that this war between The Joker and The Riddler had happened a year after Bruce became Batman. This is similar to the excellent Zero Year Scott Snyder and Greg Cappulo created in their run a few years ago. Batman’s past is always being retold, and it is amazing that after this many fantastic runs by so many good creators, it can still be interesting. Thankfully, in my opinion, King is off to a great start with this arc, and I am excited to see where this goes.

Here we get a different version of The Riddler. He’s angrier, a little more out there, and even has his shirt unbuttoned, exposing his bare chest (now complete with a carved in question mark), and a long ponytail. There have been so many different versions of Nigma, and it was fun to see another one. He came across as a little bit of a Guy Ritchie character, and while he was still obsessed with the riddles, seemed a much more intimidating foe physically, instead of just mentally. The Joker is mostly similar to the classic version you all know and love (or hate), and he is obsessed with jokes, and punchlines, and searching for them in this story. It creates some awkward comedy, as he’s a lost comedian looking for a reason to laugh. Unfortunately killing seems to be the only thing that he seems to find humor in. Together these two crime kings of mind games are preparing to go to war with each other (see, this arc is not just a clever name), which will set up the other villains of Gotham City to join sides.

As for art, Mikel Janín once again shows he was made for this book. I have enjoyed every artist on this book. Be it, Gerads, Finch, and others, but Janín provides splash pages that are pure works of art. Each of the artists provide a unique style to this run, and it makes it so much better. DC should be applauded for this, and more specifically, the editorial team. The other thing I wanted to mention about Janín, is the way he draws emotion. The looks on The Joker, Riddler, Ivy, Batman, and others in this book is incredible. Sometimes you don’t even need the text to know what they’re thinking.  June Chung does a fantastic job on colors, by playing with the different shades of green, purple, and blue for each of their respected villians and hero.

So far, The War of Jokes and Riddles is a lot of sadistic fun, and while it is another dark and brooding Batman story, sometimes those are the best ones. There’s just enough intrigue and mystery just around the shadowy corner of this arc to be excited to see where it goes, even if it does seem a bit disturbing at times. King has proven he can deliver an ending before, and I am hopeful that this story cements his run as another iconic tale in the bat-history. I recommend this book, as well as Batman #25, which started this arc.

Story: Tom King Pencils, Inks & Cover: Mikel Janín
Colors: June Chung Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Power of the Dark Crystal #4 (of 12)

The Power of the Dark Crystal #4 (of 12)

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Subscription Cover: Sana Takeda
Variant Cover: Jae Lee and June Chung
Price: $3.99

While Jen and Kira deal with the chaos the Skeksis have wrought on the castle, Thurma and Kensho are out in the wilds of Thra on the run from the Crystal Guard, unaware that something far more treacherous followed their trail: the Chamberlain.

Preview: The Power of the Dark Crystal #3 (of 12)

The Power of the Dark Crystal #3 (of 12)

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artists: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Subscription Cover B: Sana Takeda
Variant Cover C: Jae Lee and June Chung
Variant Cover D: Jae Lee and June Chung
Price: $3.99

While Jen and Kira deal with the chaos the Skeksis have wrought on the castle, Thurma and Kensho are out in the wilds of Thra on the run from the Crystal Guard, unaware that something far more treacherous followed their trail: the Chamberlain.

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