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The Beat – A year of free comics – Titan by François Vigneault – Go read it!

The Comichron – Comics sales spotlight: Complete postal data for House of Mystery, 1960-1982 – Some cool history.

The Beat – Jim Starlin throws down the monetary gauntlet – Sigh.

CBR – Fox’s X-Men TV Series Gets Official Pilot Order – This should be interesting.

ICv2 – Funko Acquiring Underground Toys Assets – Interesting.

The Beat – ReedPOP Officially Announces Comic Con Seoul for August 2017 – Could be cool to go to!

 

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Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Ray

Review: Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

rayinteriorThe Ray is my new favorite superhero. Writer Steve Orlando and artist Stephen Byrne craft together a sad, yet eventually heartwarming origin story of a young man, who has to stay away from light, or he will die in Justice League of America: The Ray. His mom won’t even let him have candles on his birthday cake, and he spends most of his days watching old movies and reading superhero comics passed down by his late father, who had the same ability as him. Ray Terrill grows up as the urban legend “Midnight Boy”, and when he sneaks out one night to finally see the outside world, it isn’t very kind to him. Orlando and Byrne use Ray’s inability to go outside or be around people as a superpowered metaphor for growing up queer in a non-urban area where it’s difficult to find people like you.

Orlando and Byrne tap into a deep vein of loneliness in the character of  Ray, who just wants to see the sunlight or moonlight and hang out with his friend Caden, who he partially blinded after an accident with a Polaroid camera. Until Ray uses his powers heroically, Byrne’s art stays in the shadows with lots of greys and muted tones. Whenever he uses his abilities, a shock of yellow envelops the panels, and this frightens people early on, but eventually Ray realizes that he can’t be in the shadows anymore and uses both his invisibility and light powers to protect Caden, his friend turned the passionate and openly gay mayor of Vanity, Oregon. The final pages are a well-earned catharsis for the literal invisible state he is in for most of the comic because he is afraid that using his light powers will create a scene and get him kicked out (or worse) from his small minded town.

jlareb_ray_cv1_open_order_varThe Sons of Liberty antagonists that Ray faces and protects Caden from are pretty one-dimensional, but serve a great purpose as the first obstacle in his superhero career. They represent hate and discrimination and just caring about yourself instead of helping out or empathizing with those around you. Ray is the exact opposite of this as he only actively uses his powers to protect his old friend, who uses his political office to give him an endorsement and also a touch of swag as he changes his look to The Ray costume. He also starts going to movies with cute boys instead of just by himself in his invisible form and lives confidently in all areas of his life.

Stephen Byrne’s artwork is slick with a varied color palette that offers a window into Ray’s feelings along with Steve Orlando’s dialogue and captions. I liked how the use of yellow earlier in the comic was seen as a negative thing whereas when Ray goes into action, it becomes a cool, signature move as he turns the curse of his abilities into a blessing.

Orlando and Byrne don’t shy away from showing Ray’s suicidal ideation as a kid in Justice League of America: The Ray #1 when he thinks that going outside and possibly dying is better than a life of isolation. However, Ray’s story is inspiring because he overcomes his loneliness, sadness, and isolation to become a great hero even though he still had bad days. I love how his favorite fictional characters got him through some hard days as both a kid and a young adult, and especially can’t wait to see how he fits in the new-look Justice League of America. All in all, Ray Terrill is another great addition to DC’s pantheon of LGBTQ superheroes.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Stephen Byrne
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Justice League of America: The Ray

Justice League of America: The Ray

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Stephen Byrne (CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
One shot
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! 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 rebirth of a long-lost hero for a new generation.

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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.