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Review: Future State: Justice League #1

Future State: Justice League #1

Future State: Justice League #1 is an interesting comic. There’s a lot to like about it. But, there’s also a lot to be frustrated by as well. There’s two stories and each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Joshua Williamson handles the writing duties for the first story focused on the Justice League of the future. With a new Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, The Flash, Aquawoman, and Wonder Woman, the comic gives us familiar characters but new takes. It also delivers an interesting new status quo in some ways.

In Future State: Justice League #1, the Legion of Doom has been murdered leaving the Justice League to figure out who did it. Roles aren’t quite as straightforward as one might expect changing up some of the expectations for the team. There’s also a new dynamic in that this is a team that doesn’t know each other’s identities. We’re told of some major events in the past that has lead to that but it doesn’t hamper the story. There are some hints as to what has happened but it doesn’t linger in the details. We’re absolutely left wanting more but it’s not the focus brought up over and over.

Instead, Williamson focuses on the lasting reverberations of the past and how they impact this new team. There’s a discussion if these heroes should be hampered by the ghosts of the past. That’s really interesting and I wish there was more of it. Sadly, it’s all cut short as the real villains are revealed. A group I have no connection to so I was left shrugging my shoulders.

The art by Robson Rocha is fantastic. Daniel Henriques is on ink, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. is on color, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. There’s solid page layouts and the design and look of the characters are great. The comic had me looking at the art and pages to check out the details and dissect the look of the comic. It just looks really good and has a good pacing despite much of the comic is standing around and chatting.

The comic also features a Justice League Dark story, “Prophéties“. It’s written by Ram V., with art by Marcio Takara, color by Marcelo Maiolo, and lettering by Rob Leigh. Here we’re given a different future where magic users are under attack. It’s a wasteland post-apocalyptic world where instead of a lot of what we’ve seen elsewhere, this one is more sword and sorcery. Zatanna and Bobo are attempting to figure out what has happened as they also do what they can to survive. Merlin has returned taking the magic and hunting down users and murdering them.

It’s an interesting story that has a nice blending of settings. Where it goes and what’s revealed has me wanting to find out more and see what’s next. But, it also feels like a story arc that’s a bit of a filler between bigger arcs. It’s not bad, it doesn’t quite hit the mark with its big moments.

Future State: Justice League #1 is an ok comic. It’s not bad. It’s also not exciting enough. Both stories have their moments and interesting aspects. But, the Justice League characters are a bit more interesting in their own “Future State” series. The Justice League Dark story packs a lot in but misses that punch to really make it exciting. This is one for those who really want to see more of these characters or worlds.

Story: Joshua Williamson, Ram V. Art: Robson Rocha, Marcio Takara
Ink: Daniel Henriques Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marcelo Maiolo Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Future State: Green Lantern #1

Future State: Green Lantern #1

Future State has been delivering a fascinating look at possible futures of the DC Universe. While some have provided pretty smooth transitions, others have left too many questions. The world these comics exist in themselves are a distraction. Future State: Green Lantern #1 is one of those issues. In this future, the Green Lantern battery appears to be no more, and the Lanterns a shell of what they were. Why? Who knows. But, it’s a question that’ll be in the back of your head while you read the comic.

Geoffrey Thorne delivers an interesting story of a siege and last stand. John Stewart is leading a band of Lanterns as they protect a planet under siege. Their goal is to get survivors off the planet and slow the tide of attack. Coming out so soon after the events of January 6, it’s an odd comic as it’s hard to read it and not think of the officers who stood against the attacking crowds.

Thorne gives us a valiant issue. Future State: Green Lantern #1 presents the Lanterns as heroes who put their own lives on the line even when the odds are against them. There’s no fancy rings to wield, it’s just guns and swords to hold off the evil they face. And, some give their lives in doing so. Thorne delivers emotion and trauma as the odds diminish and you’re left not knowing if Stewart and team will walk away.

I sort of like Tom Raney’s art. With color by Mike Atiyeh and lettering by Andworld Design, it’s more of a personal thing for me. There’s a slight cartoonish style to the comic that doesn’t quite click for me. But there’s some great moments and I really like the design of the characters. Raney gives us the emotional hits and a good look at Stewart’s reactions. But, the art doesn’t quite click with the drama. As a sci-fi comic, the style works really well but here it doesn’t nail the emotional moments.

The comic features a second tale, “The Taking of Sector 0123“. Written by Ryan Cady with art by Sami Basri, colors by Hi-Fi, and lettering by Dave Sharpe, it’s a solid story featuring Jessica Cruz. Some of Sinestro’s Yellow Lantern Corp have headed to a Green Lantern station with an intention of taking it over. All that’s left to stop them is Cruz without her power ring. What takes place is a story we’ve seen many times before. It’s Die Hard and numerous other films of that sort but it works. It works really well. That ending though! It’s the strongest of the three stories within.

The third story, “Book of Guy“, is really humorous as Guy Gardner is stuck on a world after his Ring’s power gives out. Written by Ernie Altabacker with art by Clayton Henry, color by Marcelo Maiolo, and lettering by Steve Wands, the story is entertaining and cute, a solid back-up story. It’s funny and definitely had me laughing by the end.

Future State: Green Lantern #1 isn’t a bad issue at all but it dances the history of the DC Universe up to this point. It’s hard to not keep wondering what problem hit the Green Lanterns. Why are things like the way they are. It left me wanting to learn about that more than what was presented. That’s good in a way but also a bit frustrating as well.

Story: Geoffrey Thorne, Ryan Cady, Ernie Altabacker Art: Tom Raney, Sami Basri, Clayton Henry
Color: Mike Atiyeh, Hi-Fi, Marcelo Maiolo Letterer: Andworld Design, Dave Sharpe, Steve Wands
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Discover the destiny of the DC Universe in Future State: Justice League #1 on January 12!

Welcome to DC Future State, a two-month extravaganza that reveals what lies in store for the World’s Greatest Heroes! Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 (on sale January 5), DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the Teen Titans, and so many more.

In Future State: Justice League #1witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman, Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash—Jess Chambers—from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another—but why? When their greatest adversaries wind up murdered in an abandoned Hall of Justice, all clues point to…the Justice League! The new team’s adventures begin here!

And in a new tale of the Justice League Dark, a witch hunt across the DC Universe begins as magic users are harvested and executed—and the team is on the run! Zatanna and Detective Chimp (now possessed by Etrigan) must round up new and old teammates, including John Constantine, Ragman, and Madame Xanadu. Their mission? To battle the power-mad Crow King, Merlin, before his plans for magical domination destroy the fabric of reality. But where is Dr. Fate? And what led the team to disband in the first place? Discover the truth here!

Future State: Justice League #1 (of 2), written by Joshua Williamson with art by Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Tom Napolitano, including Future State: Justice League Dark #1 by Ram V., Marcio Takara, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh, featuring a cover by Dan Mora and a card stock variant cover by Kael Ngu, hits shelves January 12.

Find out About the Children of the Atom in January 2021

The mystery surrounding Children of the Atom will finally be answered when the previously announced series by writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang debuts this January. As the latest title to explore the new era of mutantkind following Jonathan Hickman’s House of X, Children of the Atom will introduce a brand-new team of young X-Men characters. Inspired by their favorite mutants, these gifted youngsters will keep both the X-Men and fans guessing about who they are and where they came from. More than just mere sidekicks, the cast of Children of the Atom will have a major impact on the world of the X-Men when they burst onto the scene next year!

Children of the Atom #1 is written by Ayala with art by Chang, colors by Marcelo Maiolo, and a cover by R.B. Silva and Jesus Arburtov.

Discover the mystery for yourself when Children of the Atom #1 hits stands in January!

CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #1

Exclusive Preview: Animosity #28

Animosity #28

Writer: MARGUERITE BENNETT
Artist: ELTON THOMASI
Colorist: ROB SCHWAGER
Letterer: TAYLOR ESPOSITO
Cover: RAFAEL DE LATORRE w/MARCELO MAIOLO

In the aftermath of the fever-plague in the New Holy Texan Empire, Sandor and Jesse flee across the desert to rest, and face the truth at last. From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Elton Thomasi.

Animosity #28

ComiXology has New Flash and Harlequin Romance Manga Digital Comics for You Today

ComiXology currently has seven new comics you can get now digitally. New today is The Flash: Fastest Man Alive from DC Comics, a few Harlequin manga, and more. Check out what’s available at your fingertips below.

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

Written by Gail Simone
Pencils Clayton Henry
Inks Clayton Henry
Colored by Marcelo Maiolo
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It’s a race through all of time as the Flash tries to get the upper hand against Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash!  Thawne is faster and more ruthless than Barry, but if Barry can stay just a step ahead of him, maybe the Flash can stop his terrible reign. Will time be on the Scarlet Speedster’s side?!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

Bound To The Sicilian’S Bed

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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Nicole, a simple cleaning lady, married billionaire Rocco, but despite their modern-day Cinderella story, their marriage did not last long. After Nicole’s miscarriage, Rocco’s attitude toward her suddenly changed and he began neglecting her for work, so she left. Years later, Rocco tracks her down to work out the terms of their divorce.

Rocco demands they make a public appearance as a couple to seal one of his business deals before going through with the divorce. Nicole accepts the terms, not knowing their little act would rekindle an unwanted passion…

Bound To The Sicilian'S Bed

Diamond In The Rough

Written by Diana Palmer
Art by Kaoru Ohash
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For struggling Sassy, John, who’s just moved to her small town, is like a real-life Prince Charming. Not only does he help her out as she works hard at a small feed store, he also rescues her when she’s attacked by her menacing manager. With a sick mother and a young sister to support, Sassy has no time for love. But she can’t stop her feelings for handsome, reliable John. Little does she know that he’s really a famous billionaire from a world that’s completely beyond her reach…

Diamond In The Rough

Her Forgotten Lover’s Heir

Written by Annie West
Art by Ikuko Koda
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After being injured from a run-in with a purse snatcher, Molly wakes up in a hospital bed with amnesia. A breathtakingly gorgeous man watches over her with a concerned expression. He introduces himself as her husband, Pietro, and says that Molly is pregnant with his child! While her memories are still missing, Molly lives a privileged life in his penthouse. However, her unease only grows. If they really are married, then why does Pietro sleep in a different room? When she discovers the reason, Pietro’s reaction leaves Molly at a loss for words…

Her Forgotten Lover's Heir

Long-Lost Wife?

Written by Barbara Faith
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Annabel wakes up in a hospital bed with no memory after a cruiser explosion! A strange man is sitting by her bedside and tells her, “My name is Luis Miguel, and I’m your husband.” Although she isn’t sure if he’s really her husband, she leaves the hospital with him and joins him on his boat. Despite her misgivings, Annabel can’t deny the growing attraction she feels for him during their voyage!

Long-Lost Wife?

Merger By Matrimony

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Erio Hori
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When Destiny suddenly inherits everything from her uncle, she leaves her home in the Panama jungle and heads to the big city of London. There she meets Callum, a man trying to purchase her uncle’s company. He’s handsome, but pushy. Callum invites her out to a nice dinner, but his arrogance and worldliness leave her on edge. Destiny knows she’s not as alluring as a woman from the city and she’s always been told she’s too tall. So why, then, does he act like he’s into her?

Merger by Matrimony

The Ordinary Princess

Written by Liz Fielding
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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Laura is a reporter whose drive to help those in need keeps causing her to miss her scoops. With her job on the line, she goes after a big story, looking for a scandal about Xander, the crown prince of Montorino! Luckily, she manages to slip into his official residence and approach him. But her nature once again gets in the way and spoils her plan…
The next day, as Laura sulks in dejection, who should appear at her doorstep but Prince Xander!

The Ordinary Princess

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Preview: The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh
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It’s a race through all of time as the Flash tries to get the upper hand against Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash! Thawne is faster and more ruthless than Barry, but if Barry can stay just a step ahead of him, maybe the Flash can stop his terrible reign. Will time be on the Scarlet Speedster’s side?!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

DC Reveals its Fifth Week of DC Digital First Releases

DC’s expanded DC Digital Firsts continues strong into its fifth week! Its your chance to discover some great stories by a variety of writers and artists—there’s something new every day of the week!

Check out what’s coming this upcoming week!

Metropolis Monday

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5

What Makes a City – Part 1” by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles
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Lex Luthor’s gone Big Brother in Metropolis after placing new hi-tech security cameras around the city to put an end to crime, and Superman with it!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #5
Batman Tuesday

Batman: Gotham Nights #5

Concrete Jungle” by Mark Russell, Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Alex Sinclair, and Troy Peteri
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When Commissioner Gordon suspects there’s a mole in his precinct, it’s up to Batman to keep a witness safe until he can testify. But this particular witness is a crooked lawyer with ties to every criminal operation in Gotham City, and Batman finds himself under attack from both sides of the law!

Batman: Gotham Nights #5
Wonder Women Wednesday

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #5

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Sure Shot” by Van Jensen, Jheremy Raapack, Hi-Fi and Travis Lanham

Deadshot has his sights set on a corrupt government official, and it’sup to the Amazon Princess to protect him from the legendary assassin—but does this particular target actually deserve to be saved?

Couldn’t Live” by Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr. and Travis Lanham

Steve Trevor finds himself in over his head while trying to help Wonder Woman on a mission—but is he doing it for the right reasons, or just trying to prove something to himself?

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #5
Tidal Thursday

Aquaman: Deep Dives #5

Stinging Tide – Part 1” by Steve Orlando, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse and Wes Abbott
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In order to rescue King Noble, Aquaman and the Sea Devils must take on…the Trench!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #5
Flash Friday

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5

Around the Day in Eighty Worlds” by Gail Simone, Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh
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It’s a race through all of time as the Flash tries to get the upper hand against Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash! Thawne is faster and more ruthless than Barry, but if Barry can stay just a step ahead of him, maybe the Flash can stop his terrible reign. Will time be on the Scarlet Speedster’s side?!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #5
Saturday Morning Cartoons

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #5

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Honey, I Shrunk My Friends” by Derek Fridolfs, Agnes Garbowska, Silvana Brys and Gabriela Downie

Bumblebee is tired of always being tiny! Karen sets her mind to creating a device that will make her big instead of small, but when things don’t go as she planned, the other girls will get a crash course in seeing the world through Bumblee’s eyes!

Fan Favorites” by Ivan Cohen, Sarah Leuver and Gabriela Downie

When Beast Boy is voted “Most Popular Titan” by Jump City’s fourth-largest free magazine, Robin knows there must be something evil behind it…because, really, Beast Boy?!

DC Super Hero Girls: Infinite Frenemies #5
Supernatural Sunday

Swamp Thing: New Roots #5

The Flower King” by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz and Dave Sharpe
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A murderous cult making human sacrifices in Swamp Thing’s honor wants nothing less than to start the world over, destroying civilization and rebuilding a more natural life with Swamp Thing as their king…and Swamp Thing wants nothing to do with them. But even more horrifying, the Sunderland Corporation has used his DNA to create self-harvesting clones—and Swamp Thing must use all the weapons in his arsenal to save them.

Swamp Thing: New Roots #5

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The Flash and Two Manga from Yen Press Come to comiXology Today

There are three new digital comics on comiXology this morning! You can get the brand new issue of The Flash: Fastest Man Alive as well as two new manga from Yen Press.

Check out below to see what you can get today and check back with comiXology later to see if more has been added!

Dead Mount Death Play #48

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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As everyone struggle to find the answers they’re looking for, a hidden connection is revealed… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #48

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4

Written by Gail Simone
Pencils Clayton Henry
Inks Clayton Henry
Colored by Marcelo Maiolo
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The Flash has arrived in the 25th century to face down the villainous Eobard Thawne, the REVERSE-FLASH! But what Barry discovers isn’t a city in ruins, but a utopia filled with people who can use the Speed Force the same way he does. Can the Flash stop the sinister speedster when he’s surrounded by people who would die for him?!

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #40

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults OnlyDISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality goreArc Mage nears her destination while Goblin Slayer holds off the endless horde, but one final challenge stands in her way…! Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #40

Preview: The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4

Flash Forward
Written by Gail Simone
Pencils Clayton Henry
Inks Clayton Henry
Colored by Marcelo Maiolo
Letters by Rob Leigh
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The Flash has arrived in the 25th century to face down the villainous Eobard Thawne, the REVERSE-FLASH! But what Barry discovers isn’t a city in ruins, but a utopia filled with people who can use the Speed Force the same way he does. Can the Flash stop the sinister speedster when he’s surrounded by people who would die for him?!

Flash: Fastest Man Alive #4
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