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Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CT Post – Suspect in $200,000 Shelton comic book theft rejects plea deal – That’s a hell of a lot of comics.

CBR – Marvel Cancels Luke Cage: City of Fire One Month Before Launch – Sucks we won’t see this.

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – The Dancing Plague
AIPT – Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1
Collected Editions – Justice League United Vol. 3: Reunited
Talking Comics – Robins #1
AIPT – X-Corp Vol. 1

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you liked? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Rose City Comic Con ’21: What’s it like at an in-person convention during a pandemic? – Anyone gone? What did you think?

Reviews

Collected Editions – Justice League United Vol. 2: The Infinitus Saga
Laughing Place – Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Boushh

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters - Boushh

DC Comics Ends Five Series, Changes Creative Team on One

dc comic logoDC Comics has released to CBR that they’re calling it quits on five series which will wrap up in November and December. Justice League United, Gotham By Midnight, The Omega Men, and Lobo will end in December. Doomed will end with issue #6 in November (we think, CBR wasn’t quite sure).

None of the series have been burning up the charts, though The Omega Men is critically acclaimed (bet you the trade does well).

DC Comics has also announced that Catwoman #47 will kick off a new creative team of writer Frank Tieri and Inaki Miranda. Outgoing writer Genevieve Valentine will be a part of the Batman and Robin Eternal writing team.

So, for those keeping track Justice League United #16 will be its last. Gotham By Midnight #12 will be its last. The Omega Men #7 will be its last. Lobo #13 is the final comic for that run.

The full DC Comics’ December solicitations will be released this Monday.

 

Review: Justice League United #11

jlu011Justice League United was always a strange enough idea.  Instead of being the Justice League of America, it set the team in Canada and gave them an odd collection of team members, some of whom made some sense, and other who seemed to come out of left field.  It was aided in its odd collection by adding in other new characters, in this case specifically Equinox, the superpowered Cree girl that was drawn into the missions due to her proximity to danger.  Those who had been read the series and expecting some change after the Infinitus Saga would have been right, just it is not clear if they might have expected this much change.

Adam Strange is still here, although he has seemingly become a part of the Zeta Beam.  So too are Alanna Strange, Stargirl, Animal Man and Equinox, although the other members seem to be gone, at least for the time being.  Collected instead is one of the strangest groupings of characters to ever bear the name of Justice League – the demon Etrigan, Mera the mermaid, Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy.  They have been grouped together by the remaining team members to battle an unknown threat originating from the waters of Lake Erie, a strange enough location for a superhero team to be focused on but as it stands, evidently a very important one.  The team coalesces under these strange circumstances, but things right away don’t go for them how they were expecting as they are forced to deal with a much larger threat than what they had anticipated.

This series is off most people’s radar but the question remains of whether it should be.  The creative team is evidently not afraid to take chances, especially with the odd selection of members for this otherwise iconic team.  Of course there are likely very few people that would read an ongoing title with this collection of heroes, but the mix here is exactly what is needed for this story arc, or so it would seem as the team is assembled together.  As was proven as well with Justice League Dark, those looking for their fix of Justice League need not only look to the main titles but also to the other Justice League titles on the market, because as with the case here, they will sometimes find a gem.

Story: Jeff Parker  Art: Travel Foreman
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4  Overall: 8.4  Recommendation: Read

DC Comics Announces a new Justice League United creative team, Jeff Parker and Travel Foreman

DC Comics has announced that post Convergence, Justice League United will get a new team…. a new creative team. Writer Jeff Parker and artist Travel Foreman join the series starting with issue eleven.

The Convergence is over! Now, Alanna Strange, Stargirl and Equinox must assemble brand-new and wildly untraditional teams of heroes and villains to work together and stop another cosmic catastrophe before it happens.

The issue will also feature Mera, Poison Ivy, Swamp Thing and Etrigan!

Justice League United #11 arrives on July 8th!

Justice League United #11

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Star_Wars_1_CoverWednesdays 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, highlighting a top pick, and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday. I think it’s safe to say we’re excited for a story that takes place in a galaxy far, far away.

Brett

Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – I’m a Star Wars fan, and have loved reading Dark Horse’s various series. I also have some fond memories of reading Marvel’s take back in the 80s (and still have a few issues laying around in my long boxes). What Marvel does with the license should be interesting, especially in comparing to how Dark Horse handled it all.

Avengers #40 (Marvel) – What Jonathan Hickman has been doing with the various Avengers titles has been exciting and an interesting direction for them. We’re ahead in the Marvel timeline seeing how things have progressed as “Time Runs Out.” All of this is leading to Secret Wars, so… there’s that? If anything, the story has been exciting and entertaining with some kick-ass art.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – I love this series, one of my favorites to debut in 2014. The first arc wraps up in a nice tidy bow and it sets up some interesting plot threads for the future. This is a great sci-fi western and if you’re into that sort of thing, absolutely pick up the trade paperback when it’s out next month.

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade (Fantagraphics) – Wilfred Santiago’s graphic novel about the sports legend. It touches on his successes and struggles and has an interesting take on how an individual can turn into a product.

Stumptown Vol. 3 #5 (Oni Press) – The conclusion to “The Cast of the King of Clubs” has Dex deciding if she’ll seek justice or revenge. Writer Greg Rucka has been on fire and that’s helped by Justin Greenwood’s art.

Edward

Top Pick – Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – Ever since the new creative team has taken over there has been a positive change in direction for this series which was already decent enough.  The series might be a bit lighter in pure superheroics, but it is heavier on themes and character development.

Damsels in Excess #4 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen’s unconventional fairy tale series takes another turn here as the heroines get closer to their final confrontation.  This is an interesting take on fairy tales, different from the other titles in a medium which is saturated with them at the moment.

Deep State #3 (BOOM! Studios) – This series which was easy to pick up, also proves to be hard to put down.  Even those that don’t like X-Files conspiracies will find some pure comic fun here.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #31 (Zenescope) – When Calie Liddle won against the powers of Wonderland and took on the role of queen, fans of this series might have wondered if there were still stories to be told.  New series writer Erica Heflin proved in the first story arc that she is fit to the task,and the mother vs. daughter clash of the second story arc looks pretty fun.

Suicide Risk #21 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has not stopped since the first issue from presenting its own world full of superheroes but with a weird twist.  Now with his wife and alternate universe wife both living under the same roof, how will Requiem react when the fate of the world is in the balance?

Elana

Top Pick – Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 (Shadowline/Image) – If you like female centered stories and ever played D&D this deserves a read. And female characters who aren’t attractive humanoids don’t often get to tell their stories.

Lazarus #14 (Image) – everyone here is the best they are at what they do (including Forever herself). I gotta get caught up!

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – It’s starting to get touching! A story about vulnerability. And Allred’s art is glorious as ever.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – This came out last week, but it’s fun. pure fun. I’ve been a fan of Henderson’s art for a few years now and she has a uniquely feminist eye for the world. Her cartoon-y style should’t be underestimated because her pacing and breakdowns are strong. North was great on Adventure Time so bring on the zaniness.

George

Top Pick – Jupiter’s Legacy #5 (Image) – Although the spacing between issues is greater than we would like, this book has one of the best stories from Mark Millar. The amazing art by Frank Quitely make it a must for anyone’s Pull List.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – The conclusion to the first arc of this outstanding and imaginative series by Jay Faeber and Scott Godlewski.  It’s a crime procedural on a distant planet that feels like a mix between The Fuse and Saga; what else could you ask for?

Lazarus #14 (Image) – Greg Rucka has created a vast and amazing world for Forever, the protector of the Carlyle Family to roam free. With each new arc we learn more and more of this futuristic world consisting of ruling families and the Lazarus that protect each one.

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – You can never have too much Star Wars material to soak up. This one, by Jason Aaron and artwork by John Cassaday, takes place between IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back. Bridging the story between the two movies should be a lot of fun for any Star Wars fan.

The Walking Dead #136 (Skybound/Image Comics) – One of the best stories out there, Robert Kirkman has reinvented The Walking Dead Universe with brand new dangers and horrors lurking around every corner. After all these years I still love when a new issue comes out and the new arc is going to be just as great as any in the past.

Matt

Top Pick – Teen Dog #5 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)- Teen Dog has faithfully served up all kinds of superb cool in the first four issues, so this latest issue should be more of that. This round, Teen Dog is gonna have to confront his alter ego, who is probably totally not cool at all. Scoff.

Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – The DC book with the most diversity in characters made headlines last month in a way that really doesn’t behoove what the creative team is going for with this series, but I’m sure it can make a comeback. My roommate thought I was reading a Marvel book when he looked over my shoulder to see the first issue of this new run, and that’s a good thing when it comes to the kind of demographics a book like this is appealing to.

Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee are doing something more mainstream superhero books need to be doing, which is telling short, small-scale stories. The solicit for this issue promises a conclusion to the great story started last issue, along with some teases for potential seeds leading to bigger stories; those are good too!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Marvel) – Giving Mark Waid the reins on a Marvel Universe-spanning crossover book that loosely ties into the Agents of Shield television show is a lovely idea. This issue’s pairing of Waid with Humberto Ramos to do a Ms. Marvel-centric story is all-kinds of awesome, too.

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – This book is always a treat, with Slott’s fun sense of adventure and Allred’s incredible, whimsical art. Promised in this issue is a planet filled with billions of varied species, so the sky’s the limit!

Sean

Top Pick – Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil is one of the best comics on the market, even before it was unnecessarily rebooted, and continues to inspire awe with beautiful art that I wish I could plaster my walls with, and an emotionally complex script that is atypical of most mainstream productions. Daredevil’s new conflict with the Stunt-Master continues, Matt lies in his autobiography, and more!

Animal Man Vol. 7: Red Plague TP (DC Comics) – Animal Man of the 1980s and 1990s by Vertigo was fantastic, featuring the much acclaimed run by Grant Morrison (among many others). A new TP collects issues #64-79, Annual 1.

Justice League United #8 (DC Comics) – I’ve kept away from most JL books since the Trinity event, mostly because JL itself is a bit overblown while JLD, despite an awesome cast has suffered from sub-par storytelling. Other JL incarnations in the New 52 aren’t even worth mentioning. JLU, however, is an exciting romp through space, bringing in some of my favorite science fiction heroes with a new, truly compelling First Nations superheroine, Miiyahbin. In this issue, JLU and the Legion of Super-Heroes go toe-to-toe.

The New 52: Future’s End #37 (DC Comics) – Despite my general disgust with the ploy that, if you want to keep up with the DC Universe, you have to buy weeklies (well, you really don’t…), I have actually rather enjoyed Future’s End, or, rather, some of its subplots. I have a feeling that the conclusion of the series will be a great let down, especially since the future shown here will probably not be carried out in other books. Like, I would buy up an Amethyst and Frankenstein team-up comics. Alas…

Star Trek #40 (IDW Publishing) – A well-written exploration of the AU created by Abrams’ films, this issue concludes the “Q Gambit” in which Q has transported Kirk and crew to the future, challenging him to confront the reality that a “no win” scenario really is unwinnable. Plus, Q himself might cease to exist!

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – The Star Wars franchise returns to Marvel. I can’t say that I’m particularly thrilled about it, but since it can’t be changed I might as well see what Marvel’s about. Objectively, this issue ushers in an unprecedented era in the history of Star Wars, when for the first time the difference between the Expanded Universe and the films are erased and a single continuity is established.

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Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – Everyone is head over heels about this release, and the most obvious reason to be is being overlooked by many: for the first time EVER, the comic stories will be canon! Remember earlier this year when Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm said that the EU and all previous comics would be labeled as “Legacy” and everything moving forward would be canon? Well, here ya go! You’re welcome.

Star Wars Legends Marvel Years Omnibus HC (Marvel) – Speaking of “Legends”, this week also see the release of the Omnibus HC, Star Wars: The Marvel Years. This collects all the Marvel comics series starting with the 1977 movie adaptation (which saved the comics industry by the way) and runs through the Empire Strikes Back adaptation. That is one hefty tome, but won’t it look awesome on my bookshelf?

Men of Mystery #95 (AC Comics) – Fans of Dynamite’s Project: Superpowers can read the original tales of seventeen Golden Age heroes! It’s classic pulp superhero adventures at their best! Artists include Joe Kubert, Reed Crandall, and Bob Powell. The market on this one is smallish, so this might be a tough one to find!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – as a professional magician I am naturally interested in Harry Houdini. However, I have a confession to make. I have an entire library of Houdini books and biographies, and went to far to name my office and studio complex “The Houdini Room!” This series has been interesting because of the real life animosity between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They started as friends but became rivals over the issue of spiritualism. Some have even implicated Doyle in Houdini’s murder (look it up). The time line here is a little skewed, probably to appeal to the Steampunk fandom, but it is a fun read nonetheless.

Wild’s End #5 (BOOM! Studios) – I really can’t believe more people aren’t buzzing about this title. War of the Worlds set in depression era 1930s starring anamorphic animals as the heroes! How could you not love this? Further, this book is the very definition of Dieselpunk! That’s right, I said DIESELpunk. It is the retro futuristic sci-fi and fantasy of the deco/jazz age! If you aren’t familir with Dieselpunk you can learn more by tuning into my Diesel Powered Podcast on iTunes!

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It was new comic day yesterday. What did everyone get? What excited you?

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Wired – How Atari Plans to Bring Itself Back From the Dead – I miss my Atari.

 

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Comic Vine – All-New Ultimates #3

Comic Vine – Armor Hunters #1

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #10

Comic Vine – Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.CORPS #23

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #4

Comic Vine – Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #2

Talking Comics – The Empty Man #1

Comic Vine – Infinity Man and the Forever People #1

Comic Vine – Injustice: Year Two #11

Comic Vine – Justice League United #2

Talking Comics – The Mighty Avengers #11

Comic Vine – Starlight #4

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It was new comic book day yesterday! For those who picked up books, what got you excited?

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Kotaku – The New Batman Sure Looks Sad – Ha!

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Comic Vine – Abe Sapien #12

Comic Vine – All-New Ghost Rider #3

Comic Vine – All-New Ultimates #2

Comic Vine – Avengers #29

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #6

Comic Vine – Bloodshot and H.A.R.D.CORPS #22

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #3

Comic Vine – Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #4

Comic Vine – Justice League United #1

Talking Comics – Nisekoi: False Love Volume 3

Comic Vine – Quantum and Woody #10

Comic Vine – Secret Avengers #3

Comic Vine – Superman: Doomed #1

Comic Vine – Superman/Wonder Woman #8

Comic Vine – The United States of Murder Inc. #1

Gaming News

Kotaku – Wizards Of The Coast Is Suing Someone For Cloning Magic: The Gathering – Doh.

CBR – Telltale’s “The Walking Dead: Season Two – In Harm’s Way”

Kotaku – The Walking Dead Game’s Latest Chapter: Weak Story, Great Jacket – I really need to sit down and play through it all.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s got everyone excited?

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Bleeding Cool – The Daredevil Netflix Series Will Be Part Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe – Were people not expecting this? It’s not a given?

Kotaku – Sailor Moon‘s Got A New Look – There’s a difference?

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Talking Comics – Batman Eternal #3

Talking Comics – Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Talking Comics – Justice League United #0

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The weekend is almost here! I’m heading to a comic book display at a local museum here in DC, so expect coverage next week!

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Kotaku – 2014: We Have Cosplay For A Game That’s Not Even Out Yet – Well that was quick.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Daredevil #2

Talking Comics – Elektra #1

CBR – Elektra #1

Talking Comics – The Flash #30

Comic Vine – Justice League United #0

Talking Comics – Original Sin #0

Talking Comics – Secret Origins #1

Geeks of Doom – The 7th Sword #1

Talking Comics – Superman #30

Comic Vine – Zero #7

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