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CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1It’s a new week! If you haven’t noticed, we’ve updated our navigation at the top of the site. Hopefully, it’s a bit easier to find what you’d like and if not, let us know in the comments!

Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Guardian – The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017 – What are you looking forward to?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Batman Black & White by Gaiman, Bolland, Timm, etc. – Keep posting them, we’ll promote them.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Anna Archie Bongiovanni’s Grease Bats – And another.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Polly Guo’s Gawain’s Girlfriend and the Green Knight will cut your heart from your bosom – And another.

The Beat – Comics author and historian Gerard Jones arrested on charges of child pornography – We’re utterly disgusted if true.

The Hollywood Reporter – Rob Liefeld on the Extreme Universe Movie Deal: “The ’90s Have Been Largely Underserved” – Well they are coming back in style!

CBR – The CW Renews Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – This isn’t too surprising.

CBR – Matt Ryan Returns As Constantine in New Animated Series – Can’t wait for this!

CBR – Batman V Superman Tops Razzies Shortlist – This isn’t too shocking really.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Green Lanterns #14

Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Atom

Comic Attack – Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4

Talking Comics – Locke & Key: Small World

Talking Comics – Red Dog #2

Talking Comics – Tomboy #9

Talking Comics – The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Talking Comics – The Unworthy Thor #3

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bm_cv14_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Con Volunteer Headaches Are Coming Home to Roost – Wait for the lawsuits to start flying!

Vogue – Roxane Gay on Writing Difficult Women and Her Outlook on 2017 – Get some insight from the writer of Black Panther: World of Wakanda.

ICv2 – Marvel Promotes Nick Lowe – Interesting move.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Derf’s Punk Odyssey – As long as this gets posted we’ll keep sharing.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Batgirl #6

Talking Comics – Batman #14

Newsarama – Justice League of America: The Atom

Newsarama – Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #10

IGN – Mooncop

Comic Vine – Superman #14

Review: Justice League of America: The Atom #1

jlareb_atom_cv1_dsMeet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student with severe allergies and crippling social anxiety. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University marks the start of an epic journey into the very heart of the DC Universe!

I’ll be honest, I know little about Ryan Choi. I vaguely remember reading the comic where he gets the Atom suit, but it’s been a while so reading this helped catch me up.

Written by Steve Orlando, Choi is a character and superhero we can relate to. He has bad eyesight, really awkward, and not all that athletic, in other words, he’s actually pretty normal. Like so many other “scientist” characters it’s his brains that get him where he’s at as he also tries to fit in at college.

This is a fish out of water story and an origin in not just Choi becoming the new Atom, but also his just becoming more social. Orlando gives us a positive spin to all of the issues I mentioned above and presents a character and outlook that so many more of us should subscribe to.

jlareb_atom_5What I really particularly enjoyed was we see a progression in Choi. The character grows throughout the issue and begins as a fairly socially awkward nerd. From there he needs to adjust a bit to college life which you can see in the image to the right. It’s a familiar situation we’ve all been in and really reiterates how human Choi is. From that beginning awkwardness, Choi’s relationship with Palmer grows and we see him grow as well and come out of his shell. Again, relatable.

And, how this new Atom fits into the DC Universe as a whole is something I find really interesting. The Previous Atom, Ray Palmer, is missing by the end of the issue (not a spoiler this has been a known thing) and there’s a mention of “time” by Palmer. “Time” is also the big mystery of DC’s Rebirth, is one tied into the other? My gut says yes, so Choi, Palmer, The Atom, could become a pretty important character going forward.

The art by Andy MacDonald is good. It doesn’t jump out at me too much, but it also doesn’t distract in a negative way. Choi, Palmer, and everyone else within, are presented in good ways with clothes that feel pretty realistic and surroundings that at times reminded me of my college experience.

Since this is a solid introduction to Ryan Choi, to me it’s a buy, especially if you don’t know the character and plan on checking out the Justice League of America series. You’ll leave wondering not just how he’ll be with all of the other superheroes, but what Ray Palmer’s disappearance might have to do with Rebirth.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Andy MacDonald
Story: 8.15 Art: 7.65 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Justice League of America: The Atom #1

Justice League of America: The Atom #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Andy MacDonald
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 04, 2017
SRP: $2.99

SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Meet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student with severe allergies and crippling social anxiety. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University marks the start of an epic journey into the very heart of the DC Universe!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

old_man_logan__16Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #11 (Valiant) – The penultimate issue of a series that frequently had me laughing, I’m lookng forward to seeing how Rafer Roberts starts to wrap this crazy sixteen issue run up.

Deadpool The Duck #1 (Marvel) – I’m honestly expecting this to be a so-bad-it’s-awesome comic.

Faith #7 (Valiant) – Jody Houser has been consistently fantastic on this comic, and the revolving cast or artists have also been pretty damn awesome, too. This issue sees both the start of a new story and a new artist joining Houser and Marguerte Sauvage, Joe Eisma. I’m always excited to read this comic.

Old Man Logan #16 (Marvel) – I’ve been a fan of Wolverine since before I was a fan of comics, and this is one of the few Marvel comics I rush to get every Wednesday. Lately it hasn’t quite been as good as I want it to be… but this is a new year, and a new arc.

The Unworthy Thor #3 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron writes a redemption story for the Odinson, after he lost his hammer at the end of Original Sin, and I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes it – it already looks like Odinson won’t get his old hammer back (what with that being in the hands of Jane Foster), which was my main concern for this arc.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Wynonna Earp Legends: Doc Holiday #2 (IDW Publishing) – Doc’s enemies are coming out of the woodwork leaving Doc and Wynonna in one hell of a fight with Doc’s past.

Harley Quinn #11 (DC Comics) – The latest arc ( Joker Loves Harley) starts in this issue. All those little reminders that have been popping up in the last 10 issues are leading Harley into an elaborate plot courtesy of Mr. J. I see a love triangle brewing because I don’t see Red Tool giving up without a fight.

Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #4 (BOOM! Studios) – Snake and Jack go undercover in David Lo Pan’s army.

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #3 (DC Comics) – Amanda drops a truth bomb and the battle rages on. I’m not sure who to root for but, I’m looking forward to seeing it all play out.

Old Man Logan #16 ( Marvel) – This rescue mission went all kinds of wrong and Logan finds himself back in the Wasteland.

DC Comics Bombshells #21 (DC Comics) – A glimpse into Cheetah’s past while the rest of the ladies search for more mechanical gods.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Blood Blister #1 (Aftershock) – A new series from Aftershock. That sentence has translated into some of my favorite comics of 2016 with Animosity, Shipwreck and more. Here’s hoping for another hit!

Batman #14 (DC Comics) – More Cat and Bat before we get to “I Am Bane”. I cannot wait to see what King has in store for their back and forth “relationship”, and the messes it will get them in.

Superman #14 (DC Comics) – It looks like we are finally going to be getting some answers soon with Mr. Oz, the other Clark in Action Comics and what everything from Rebirth means. This issue looks like it could be fun, and could start the ball rolling toward more answers.

The Unworthy Thor #3 (Marvel) – So far, so good for the limited series featuring Odinson trying to get his groove back. I am keeping an eye on this and see what will happen and what it will mean for Jane.

The Wicked + The Divine #25 (Image) – After another cliffhanger issue, I can’t wait to see if what I think happened, just happened. Such a great series.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Unstoppable Wasp #1 (Marvel) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s just tons of fun. From the writing to the art, it’s hard to read this debut and not have a smile on your face. But, the comic not just is entertaining it also promotes kick-ass women in science with a cool feature in the letters page. It’s a great comic to kick off 2017.

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve dug what DC has done in recent years with the character and I was intrigued to see what this limited series would bring. Having read the first issue, it’s solid.

The Flintstones #7 (DC Comics) – Some of the best social commentary out there.

Justice League of America: The Atom #1 (DC Comics) –  I know nothing about the new Atom and since he’s a member of the new Justice League of America I’m looking forward to diving into this issue to get caught up.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #2 (IDW Publishing) – I love me some Transformers and watching not just the action but the politics that play out in this series focused on Optimus’ annexation of Earth has me even more excited.

DC Releases Details on the new Justice League of America

Foes of evil! Enemies of injustice! As it began in DC Universe: Rebirth, for the mighty heroes of the Justice League of America, all wrongdoing is a menace to be stamped out! Whether it comes from outer space, from the watery depths of the seven seas, or springs from the minds of men, the Justice League of America is back—just when we need it most!

In January 2017, kicking off Justice League of America (hitting shelves twice monthly starting February 2017) are four DC Rebirth one-shots. They make four bold statements that form the foundation of a team that will bring justice to places that have given up on hope; places that thought heroism would never find them. The Justice League of America goes there! They explore the Microverse, the Hidden Cities, the worlds within worlds; they go to the other side of the map and explode forward with the new face of Heroism.

This is a Justice League that looks like America, that proves Heroism can look like ANYTHING and ANYONE.

From February 1960 to February 2017. The mission hasn’t changed. It’s just evolved.

Who’s on the roster so far?

THE ATOM. Meet Ryan Choi, prodigious theoretical physics student, hyper-allergic, and crippling social anxiety sufferer. But little does young Ryan know, his first day at Ivy University will begin an epic journey that will take the all-new Atom into the very heart of the DC Universe.

VIXEN. She’s one of the country’s most successful businesswomen, an iconic fashion pioneer, a crusader for social justice, and an incredibly powerful member of the Justice League of America. But Mari McCabe life wasn’t always this way. Follow her path to becoming the heroic Vixen in this crucial special!

THE RAY. Locked indoors, raised in the dark, and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and
stepping into the light in this moving DC Rebirth of a long lost hero for a new generation.

KILLER FROST. What happens to a supervillain on their last day in Belle Reve Prison? Against all odds, Killer Frost is up for parole from the Suicide Squad, but you can bet Amanda Waller isn’t going to make it easy for Frost to take her
place on the new JLA.

These four will be joined by more team members! DC isn’t done stocking the JLA roster. More heroic DC leaders, more of the characters you love, and maybe a few out-of-this-world surprises will follow these four to the pages of Justice League of America in February. Stay tuned!

DC has also revealed the publishing schedule:

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE ATOM #1
Written by STEVE ORLANDO
*Artist to be revealed!
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLO
One shot • On sale JANUARY 4
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: VIXEN #1
Written by STEVE ORLANDO and JODY HOUSER
Art by JAMAL CAMPBELL
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLO
One shot • On sale JANUARY 11
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE RAY #1
Written by STEVE ORLANDO
Art by STEPHEN BYRNE
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLO
One shot • On sale JANUARY 18
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: KILLER FROST #1
Written by STEVE ORLANDO and JODY HOUSER
Art by MIRKA ANDOLFO
Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO and MARCELO MAIOLO
One shot • On sale JANUARY 18
32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

More JLA information will be revealed on the “DC All Access” panel at New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 6 from 1:45-2:45PM Eastern time. Additionally, Steve Orlando, Jody Houser, Jamal Campbell, and Stephen Byrne will be at NYCC!

Justice League of America will debut in February 2017 following the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover and the January JLA: Rebirth one shots on a twice monthly schedule, written by Steve Orlando with art by Ivan Reis.