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BOOM! reveals InHyuk Lee’s cover for A Vicious Circle #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed the variant cover by InHyuk Lee for A Vicious Circle #1, the premiere issue of a prestige 3-issue original series from director, creator of Project Power, and one of the screenwriters behind the upcoming Batman sequel, Mattson Tomlin, with Lee Bermejo, iconic artist behind the smash hits Batman: Damned and Joker, and letterer Becca Carey about two men cursed to roam across time and space in an unending cycle of violence and revenge, available on December 14, 2022. 

Shawn Thacker is a trained assassin from the future who seeks revenge on the only other man with his affliction—each life they take forces them both to involuntarily travel between vastly different past and future eras. Spanning from 22nd century Tokyo to 1950s New Orleans to the Cretaceous Era and beyond, the two mortal rivals are locked in a battle of wills that spans millions of years, all to alter the course of history. 

With each time period, legendary artist Lee Bermejo adjusts his artistic style to pay homage to luminary comics artists and historical master painters, presented in a prestige, oversized format!

A Vicious Circle #1 features main cover art by series artist Bermejo, and also variant covers by highly acclaimed illustrators Alex Garner and Jae Lee.

Lee Bermejo and Mattson Tomlin Announce Original Series A Vicious Circle

BOOM! Studios has revealed A Vicious Circle, a prestige 3-issue original series from director, creator of Project Power, and one of the screenwriters behind the upcoming Batman sequel, Mattson Tomlin, with Lee Bermejo, iconic artist behind the smash hits Batman: Damned and Joker, about two men cursed to roam across time and space in an unending cycle of violence and revenge, available in December 2022. 

Shawn Thacker is a trained assassin from the future who seeks revenge on the only other man with his affliction—each life they take forces them both to involuntarily travel between vastly different past and future eras. Spanning from 22nd century Tokyo to 1950s New Orleans to the Cretaceous Era and beyond, the two mortal rivals are locked in a battle of wills that spans millions of years, all to alter the course of history. 

With each time period, legendary artist Lee Bermejo adjusts his artistic style to pay homage to luminary comics artists and historical master painters, presented in a prestige, oversized format!

A Vicious Circle #1 features main cover art by series artist Bermejo, and variant covers by highly acclaimed illustrators Alex Garner, Jae Lee, Rafael Grampá, and more. 

A Vicious Circle #1

Preview: Batman: Dear Detective #1

Batman: Dear Detective #1

(W) Lee Bermejo (A) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Sep 06, 2022
SRP: $7.99

BERMEJO AND BATMAN: AN ICON DRAWS AN ICON. What happens when a comics art powerhouse meets one of the greatest, most exciting heroes of all time? One part prestige art book, one part compelling noir tale, this one-of-a-kind edition collects some of Lee Bermejo’s most jaw-dropping Batman covers woven together to tell a story that strikes right at the heart of the Dark Knight’s never-ending crusade.

Batman: Dear Detective #1

Preview: Batman: Dear Detective #1

Batman: Dear Detective #1

(W) Lee Bermejo (A) Lee Bermejo
In Shops: Sep 06, 2022
SRP: $7.99

BERMEJO AND BATMAN: AN ICON DRAWS AN ICON. What happens when a comics art powerhouse meets one of the greatest, most exciting heroes of all time? One part prestige art book, one part compelling noir tale, this one-of-a-kind edition collects some of Lee Bermejo’s most jaw-dropping Batman covers woven together to tell a story that strikes right at the heart of the Dark Knight’s never-ending crusade.

Batman: Dear Detective #1

Writer Ram V and Artist Rafael Albuquerque Take the Stage in ‘Detective Comics” #1062

This July, a new ongoing creative team is taking over the storied Detective Comicswith writer Ram V and artist Rafael Albuquerque. Starting with Detective Comics #1062, on sale July 26, Batman finds himself in a strange, dark Gotham City as he’s pulled into a high Gothic story like nothing he’s seen, or heard, before.

The story starts with “Gotham Nocturne” part 1 of 4: “Overture.” Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and a looming mortality. He’s not alone in the grips of this terror, as it seems real demons are creeping through the shadows of Gotham City, answering the clarion call of a strange melody that’s haunting Gotham…and seems to be turning its denizens into something else.

The curtains are rising on a new, terrifying mystery as Batman tries to figure out what’s happening to both the city he protects and his own mind in this lush, operatic mystery.

Each issue of Detective Comics will also feature a back-up story by writer Si Spurrier exploring other stories of Gotham City—starting with Jim Gordon’s return as a private investigator. Artist Dani joins Si to tell this noir-tinged story as Gordon’s investigation weaves into Batman’s.

Issue #1062 will have main cover drawn by Evan Cagle, with variant covers by Lee Bermejo and J.H. Williams III, as well as a 1:25 variant cover by InHyuk Lee, and 1:50 foil variant by J.H. Williams. Artist Ivan Reis will also return to the book in Issue #1066, as the story continues to wind through the shadowed back-alleys of Gotham City.

Review: Mixed Race Superheroes

Mixed Race Superheroes

Ever since Barack Obama entered the court of public opinion, everything about him has been under public scrutiny. Things like where he grew up and just how intelligent he is have been regularly discussed or investigated. Even his time at Harvard and his work as a community organizer, nothing has seemed off limits, especially from his detractors. The most glaring thing that exposes most racists is his being mixed race.

Him being both Black and white, drums all those old ghosts that has made conservatives stoke Americans’ worst fears, but really is their internalized racism. For comic fans, the topic isn’t new. Readers know that this is a topic that has been explored as long as comics have exited. In the new essay collection from Rutgers University Press, Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins and Eric L Berlatsky explore this dichotomy in Mixed Race Superheroes.

In the “Introduction”, the editors,  start off with W. Kamau Bell’s article for Wired where he talked about the hope she had for his mixed race children, citing  recent examples in Ant Man and The Wasp and Aquaman, where mixed race actors played characters of similar racial makeup. In “ Guess Who’s Coming Home”, Dagbovie Mullins explores how race has been seen throughout Spiderman’s canon in film and in comics. In “ The Ride Of Valkyrie against White Supremacy”, Mitchell talks about Tessa Thompson’s portrayal of Valkyrie onscreen, not only going against type but challenging racism within the geek community. In “Which World would you Rather Live In”, Gavaler talks about Gary Jackson’s poetry and how it formed some of the first comic book criticism whilst talking about race. In “Flash Of Two races”, Berlatsky talks about how both the comics and the TV show handled Wally West and the franchise’s larger narrative on race, incest and miscegenation. In “Let Yourself Just be whoever you are”, Collins dissects the issues of decolonial hybridity and LGBTQ possibilities in the Steven Universe franchise. In “ the Hulk and Venom”, Carter shows the parallels between the prevailing societal notion of superiority based on bloodlines, and how it is harmful , through its most extreme examples in Hulk and Venom. In “Monsters, Mutants and Mongrels”, Koenig-Woodyard, discusses the importance of character building in Monstress, and how its creators has made probably one of the best protagonist in comics in the past decade. In “Examining Otherness and the Marginal Man in DC’s Superman through Mixed-Race Studies”, Tembo discusses how using Superman to talk about mixed race can both be the perfect example and a complete fallacy. In “Talented Tensions and Revisions”, Santos delves into Miles Morales and how his double consciousness makes an even more interesting character than Peter Parker. In “They’re Two People in One Body”, Miller talk about the brave choices made, especially in reference to how mixed race was portrayed, in the television adaptation of Legion. In “Into the Spider-Verse and the Commodified (Re) Imagining of Afro-Rican Visibility”, Molina-Guzman talks about how the movie brought something refreshing to the canon. In the last essay, “Truth, Justice, and the (Ancient) Egyptian Way”, Resha talks about how the character of Doctor Fate has been portrayed and how a new wave of writers has made the hero relevant to geopolitical narrative.

Overall, Mixed Race Superheroes is an excellent book that is both entertaining and educating. The essays by the different authors are imperative, powerful and through provoking. The editing by  Dagbovie –Mullins and Berlatsky is well done. The art by the different artists is beautiful. Altogether, a book that speaks to our times and where the world is going.

Story: Eric L Berlatsky, Gregory T Carter, Chris Gavaler, Chris Koenig-Woodyard, Nicholas E Miller, Isabel Molina-Guzman, Jorge J. Santos Jr., Kwasu David Tembo, Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins, Corinne Esther Collins, Jasmine Mitchell, Adrienne Resha
Art: Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Sana Takeda, Frank Quitely, Lee Bermejo, Sara Pichelli, Sonny Liew
Editing: Sika A. Dagbovie-Mullins and Eric L Berlatsky
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Editing: 9.8 Overall: 9.97 Recommendation: Buy


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Preview: Detective Comics #1050

Detective Comics #1050

Written by: Mark Waid, Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Dan Mora, Fernando Blanco, Ivan Reis

It’s the landmark, oversize issue Detective Comics #1050, and some of the biggest names in comics are here to celebrate the Dark Knight!

First up in “The Tower” part four, the villainous force keeping Arkham Tower’s patients sedated is at last revealed—and this villain’s return is guaranteed to catch you by surprise! It’s the dramatic conclusion to act one of Mariko Tamaki’s Arkham Tower epic, brought to life by the legendary Ivan Reis!

Then, in “House of Gotham” part four, Matthew Rosenberg and Fernando Blanco take us into the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s criminal elite through the lens of the original Robin (Dick Grayson), and reveal what it takes for a young man to survive amongst the deadliest killers in the DCU. It’s a tour de force of Gotham’s vilest villains!

Last but not least, making his grand return to the DCU, writer Mark Waid teams with Detective Comics uber-artist Dan Mora to bring you the start of a brand-new day for Batman…and Superman? It’s the world’s finest collaboration that you’ll need to read to believe!

Detective Comics #1050

Preview: Batman/Catwoman Special #1

Batman/Catwoman Special #1

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Klaus Janson, Lee Bermejo, Mitch Gerads, John Paul Leon

Some great romances are destined to be. The Batman/Catwoman series shows readers the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it changed over their lives, but what about their connections from before they became costumed adventurers? This special one-off issue, meticulously illustrated by John Paul Leon (Batman: Creature of the Night), traces the life of Selina Kyle from her earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld, and reveals that Bruce was actually a presence in her life all along. Whether it was fate or coincidence, this story gives even more reasons why Selina and Bruce’s connection is one of the most enduring love affairs in comics.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1

Batman/Catwoman Special Brings Romance in January and Honors John Paul Leon

The Batman/Catwoman series has been showing us the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it has changed over their lives, but what about their connections from BEFORE they became costumed adventurers? The upcoming Batman/Catwoman Special (on shelves Tuesday January 25) traces the life of Selina Kyle from its earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld and reveals that Bruce was a presence in her life all along. Whether fate or coincidence, it’s even more of a reason why the Bat/Cat romance is one of the most enduring love affairs in all of comics.

Now expanded to celebrate the legacy of iconic artist John Paul Leon, whose untimely passing after a long battle with cancer shocked the comics world this past May, this special will feature the work Leon completed for the original story plus tributes to the renowned artist created in his name by some of his closest friends and admirers. Bernard Chang, Shawn CrystalMitch Gerads, and Dave Stewart will bring the original story to its conclusion, lettered by Clayton Cowles, while comics’ top artists gather to celebrate Leon’s creative legacy through pin-up pages and essays in the special, including Lee Bermejo, Denys Cowan, Joëlle Jones, Dave Gibbons, Walter Simonson, and more.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 will publish on January 25, 2022 with a cover by John Paul Leon and variant covers by Lee Weeks and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Original Story “Interlude”

  • Tom King – Writer
  • John Paul Leon – Artist (p.1-13), Breakdowns (14-20) and Cover
  • Bernard Chang w/Shawn Crystal – Artists (p.14-20)
  • Mitch Gerads – Artist (p.21-38)
  • Dave Stewart – Colors (p.1-20)
  • Clayton Cowles – Letterer

Pin Ups

  • Lee Bermejo
  • Deny Cowan
  • Becky Cloonan
  • Klaus Janson & Dave Stewart
  • Rick Leonardi & Dave Stewart
  • Chris Batista
  • Dani & Tamra Bonvillain
  • Ibrahim Moustafa
  • Clay Mann & Seth Mann
  • Vanesa del Rey
  • Dave Johnson
  • Joëlle Jones
  • Shawn Martinborough & Chris Sotomayor
  • Khary Rhandolph & Emilio Lopez
  • Tula Lotay
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Walter Simonson & Laura Martin
  • Jon Bogdanove & Sian Mandrake

Essays

  • Michael Davis
  • Kurt Busiek

Get a Look at Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1

Gotham City may be protected by the Dark Knight, but the home of Batman and his allies is also plagued by some of the deadliest, most nefarious villains in the DC Universe! In this oversized anniversary giant, DC presents tales of Batman’s deadliest foes written and drawn by some of the biggest, most exciting names in comics!

Celebrated Villains, Celebrated Storytellers!

This anthology marks the anniversary year of Oswald Cobblepot, a.k.a. The Penguin and is celebrated by a special Penguin/Catwoman story by acclaimed actor, screenwriter, and producer Danny DeVito, who immortalized the character in the 1992 hit movie Batman Returns. DeVito teams up with fan-favorite artist Dan Mora on a fun heist story/romance between The Penguin and his “crush” from Batman Returns, Catwoman. 

This anthology also celebrates the anniversaries of other Bat-baddies, with stories spotlighting:

  • The Scarecrow (story and art by Wes Craig)
  • Poison Ivy (written by G. Willow Wilson, art by Emma Rios)
  • Ra’s al Ghul (written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, art by Riccardo Federici)
  • Talia al Ghul (written by Nadia Shammas & Joshua Williamson, art by Max Raynor)
  • The original Red Hood (written by Stephanie Phillips, art by Max Fiumara)
  • The Mad Hatter (written by Dan Watters, art by Skylar Patridge)
  • Killer Moth (written by Mairghread Scott, art by Ariela Kristantina)

Highly Collectible Variant Covers!

Not only does this must-have anthology celebrate popular Bat-villains, but fans can visit their local comic book shops to pre-order the Gotham City Villains Anniversary #1 and choose one or more of the most breathtaking variant covers ever seen! 

  • Main cover by Lee Bermejo
  • The Penguin variant cover by Frank Quitely
  • The Scarecrow variant cover by Wes Craig and Jason Wordie
  • Poison Ivy variant cover by Marguerite Sauvage
  • Talia and Ra’s al Ghul variant cover by Riccardo Federici
  • Killer Moth, Red Hood and Mad Hatter variant cover by Dan Mora
  • Batman/Villains 1:25 ratio variant cover by Francesco Mattina
  • Batman/Penguin 1:50 ratio variant cover by Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn

The Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant #1 arrives in comic book stores and participating digital retailers Tuesday, November 30, 2021. 

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