Tag Archives: kevin nowlan

Hero Initiative Brings FIVE Top Guests to Baltimore Comic-Con

The Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need, is traveling to Baltimore Comic-Con October 18-20, 2019 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now available.

Hero will be the EXCLUSIVE home of a number of top creators at the con! Brett Breeding (Superman), John McCrea (Wolverine), Kevin Nowlan (Batman), Ty Templeton (Superman), and Adam Warren (Empowered) will all be found ONLY at the Hero Initiative booth! They’ll be sketching and signing all weekend, so don’t miss out!

And don’t miss the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement award and Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year award, both part of the Mike Wieringo Comic Industry Awards, Saturday October 19! The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill, and fun of comics.

And please check out Hero Initiative Ambassadors on the con floor! Mark BuckinghamJim CalafioreRichard CaseKatie CookSteve Englehart, GerhardSanford GreeneJamal IgleGreg LandJoseph Michael LinsnerStuart MooreAndrew PepoyTom PeyerBrandon Peterson, Joe PruettTom RaneyRon RandallWalter SimonsonAndy SmithJoe StatonGus VasquezRobert VendittiMark WaidMarv WolfmanThom Zahler, and more will have their Hero Initiative donation jars out collecting for the cause. Please visit them!

Review: The Batman’s Grave #1

The Batman's Grave #1

The Batman’s Grave #1 is a wonderfully minimalist, detective procedural story from Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, and Alex Sinclair, but it’s also a saga of man who is obsessed with death, both his parents’, those of the cases he takes, and his own. So, it’s fitting that Ellis and Hitch open the comic on a panel of the Waynes’ graves as Alfred dutifully trims the area around Thomas and Martha Wayne’s final resting spots and Bruce’s future one before going into the action/murder mystery bits. It gives the comic a somber, thoughtful tone, but Hitch and Nowlan are always there with the big splash page, kick in the teeth, or superhero action scene while Ellis is quick with a quip like a Gotham family thinking that a copyright friendly version of It is family fare. (Maybe, it is in a city where the Joker tries to poison the water supply on a weekly basis.)

My personal favorite part of The Batman’s Grave other than Nowlan’s inking giving Hitch a more explosive, cartoon-y art style than, say, his work on Ultimates is how Warren Ellis writes Alfred. He is world weary, worldly, deeply caring, and also deeply concerned about how Batman is spending his life. Ellis gives him the voice of a million socially conscious Batman fans when he says that buying Gotham City would be better than him going around to poor neighborhoods and beating up criminals like he does in the first action scene of the comic.

But Bruce Wayne: Philanthropist would make a pretty boring comic, and Ellis knows this as he lets Hitch, Nowlan, and Sinclair loose with a cape trailing, Gotham skyline-featuring double page spread very early on and then treats us to some close-ups of Batman fighting goons, who threaten a police officer’s kid. It’s more unique than your usual superhero fight scene with Nowlan adding cool details like showing the grooves on Batman’s boot when he kicks. The extra detail doesn’t take anything away from the motion and the fact that the fight scene shows that Batman beats the shit out of people to get a small measure of catharsis in his life even if it won’t heal his neverending sadness.

However, The Batman‘s Grave is more of a psychological detective comic than an action book, and Alex Sinclair’s colors add a precision to Batman’s virtual lab where he gets into the mind of a murder victim. His investigation acts as a bit of a character study too, and Ellis, Hitch, and Nowlan give us a fairly detailed story of a man, who became overwhelmed with his job in the Gotham D.A’s office and turned to Batman as a metaphor of stability and justice. These extra character details kept me connected to the case instead of nodding like it was a Law and Order SVU rerun and also expertly set up the final page cliffhanger with Hitch and Nowlan indulging their horror side just a little bit.

The Batman’s Grave #1 is a fantastic Batman detective story and character study for both super fans and those who have only kept up with the Caped Crusader via other media or the occasional trade paperback. Bryan Hitch, Kevin Nowlan, and Alex Sinclair’s are the right blend of epic and psychologically searing while Warren Ellis’ script is sharp and momentum filled. I love the humanity that he brings to Alfred and the murder victim, Vince and kind of pity Batman after reading this one. His car is still cool though.

Story: Warren Ellis Pencils: Bryan Hitch 
Inks: Kevin Nowlan Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Richard Starkings
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.2 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Announces The Batman’s Grave from Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch

Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch reunite this fall for The Batman’s Grave, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. The team that brought us The Authority now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face—without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. 

But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to? 

Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.

The Batman’s Grave #1, written by Warren Ellis with art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 9 with a cover by Hitch and a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee.

The Batman’s Grave #1

Preview: Green Arrow #50

Green Arrow #50

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Kevin Nowlan
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Spinning out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE and HEROES IN CRISIS! When a black ops organization discovers Green Arrow’s long-held secret-a mysterious weapon in the form of a box, given to him by the Justice League-they’ll deploy their top undercover agent: Black Canary! On opposite sides of this festering secret, Green Arrow and Black Canary will clash as only two lovers can-by aiming straight for the heart! A mystery six months in the making, the box that can destroy the Justice League will be opened…and the Emerald Archer’s world will be forever changed. This extra-sized anniversary issue of Green Arrow’s life isn’t just ending…it’s burning to the ground!

Green Arrow #50

Preview: Green Arrow #49

Green Arrow #49

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Kevin Nowlan
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The city of Seattle has been weaponized against Green Arrow in a mind-bending cataclysm! Trapped inside Count Vertigo’s psychotic maze, Green Arrow, Black Canary and Indigo Riot have no escape-and no way to appease the villain’s impossible demands! The key may come from Oliver Queen’s past-but can Green Arrow face his own grief and emerge unbowed? This issue features a shocking ending that will set the stage for the future of GREEN ARROW!

Review: Doctor Strange #10

It’s Doctor Strange’s 400th issue! Someone has been manipulating magic and here we find out who and why and it’s really interesting.

Doctor Strange #10 features multiple stories from throughout Strange’s history by Mark Waid, Jesus Saiz, Kevin Nowlan, Jim Campbell, Butch Guice, Carlos Lopez, Tom Palmer, Daniel Acuna, and Cory Petit.

Get your copy in comic shops January 30! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Moonshadow Gets a Deluxe Hardcover in Summer 2019

Known as America’s first fully painted graphic novel, the poetic, philosophical, and groundbreaking Moonshadow gets a deluxe hardcover treatment available Summer 2019. This definitive edition with over 500 pages includes a new introduction by creator J.M. DeMatteis, as well as a bonus section featuring early concept work. 

Moonshadow tells the story of a romantic, unreliable narrator who leads us through his interplanetary coming-of-age story, as an older Moonshadow recounts his strange birth in outer space, his escape from a deep-space zoo, and his struggles to survive in a war-torn universe. 

Featuring gorgeous watercolor artwork by Eisner Award Winner and Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth, this influential “fairy tale for adults” includes the Farewell Moonshadow illustrated novella that gives fans a look at Moon’s life after his tumultuous, space-faring teens and misadventures with the miscreant Ira. Digitally restored and including all original cover work, this volume also includes illustrations by Kent Williams and Eisner Award Winner George Pratt and lettering by Kevin Nowlan.

This beautiful classic returns to comic shops June 12, 2019, arrives in bookstores on June 25, 2019.

Moonshadow

Preview: Green Arrow #48

Green Arrow #48

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Kevin Nowlan
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Count Vertigo stages a jailbreak and turns Seattle into a surrealist maelstrom that threatens to consume the entire city. But when Ollie learns Vertigo’s true motivations, the Emerald Archer’s fragile psyche will be ripped to shreds. Is Ollie throwing himself into the hero game because of a death wish? Not if Black Canary has anything to sing about it.

Green Arrow #48

It’s Grumble Vs. The Good for Free Comic Book Day

Award-winning cartoonist Eric Powell’s Albatross Funnybooks will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Goon with its first ever Free Comic Book Day title in 2019. Grumble vs The Goon is a side-splitting, full color one shot co-written by Powell and Rafer Roberts and illustrated by Powell and Battle Pug creator Mike Norton.

Here, for the first time ever, The Goon and his pal Franky will meet Tala and Eddie, from the pages of Grumble, in an interdimensional adventure, chock full of death, mayhem… and dog catching.

In Grumble vs the Goon, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass!

Grumble vs the Goon features a cover by Powell, and will be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.

The publication of Grumble vs the Goon is part of a year long celebration of The Goon’s 20th anniversary. The anniversary festivities kick off in earnest on March 13th, 2019, when Albatross Funnybooks will publish The Goon issue 1, featuring all new stories. The Goon #1 Standard Edition features an Eric Powell cover and will retail for $3.99. The Goon #1 Special Edition features a cover by legendary artist Kevin Nowlan and will retail for $5.99. In the character’s  debut with Albatross Funnybooks, Powell takes the series to its humor based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters who have filled the void left in their absence from Lonely Street. For this new run of stories, Powell will be joined on Albatross Funnybooks’ The Goon by several acclaimed creators.

Grumble vs The Goon Gree Comic Book Day
The Goon #1
The Goon #1

Preview: Doctor Strange #8

Doctor Strange #8

(W) Mark Waid (A) Javier Pina (CA) Kevin Nowlan
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Stephen Strange is back on Earth, and he knows how to build his own arsenal.
• He’ll need it! His troubles continued growing while he was gone, and while he’s using magic to solve them…
• He’ll need it to fight… himself? It’s Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Strange!

« Older Entries