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Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eight

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eight

It’s Harley Quinn meets The Warriors and Snowpiercer in Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eight. Harley dozes off on a Coney Island-bound subway and finds herself in a corner of the city she never imagined…the X Train, a pirate-filled locomotive sailing the troubled waters of New York’s underground!

Writer Daniel Kibblesmith takes us on a wild train ride that riffs off of and spoofs so much. Part of the fun of the comic is the pithy riffs and rips on pop culture. Harley delivers a punch or two dozen making her way to the front of the train car in a checklist of references.

Kibblesmith puts together a story that’s pretty straightforward and wears its heart and ideas on its sleeve. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eight at its heart is a side-scroller brawler video game. Each car representing a new level and challenge. With that, Kibblesmith takes advantage with each car also being a wink and nod to pulp culture with numerous references to The Warriors, video games, DC Comics, Snowpiercer, and more. The comic is a digital “spot the pop culture reference.” And it works.

Part of why it works is the kinetic energy of the art delivered by Marguerite Sauvage. Harley is focused in on in red while her adversaries deliver the black and white. We get to see the flow of motion as she beats her way to the front of the train. There’s a motion to the art that reminds me of my metro rides in DC. To see Harley dance and beat her way to the front is a bit of visual poetry in the positioning and flow. Sauvage also does something a bit interesting with panel transitions as well. While not all of them line up, there’s more than enough motion between them where a swing might begin at the end of one panel and end at the beginning of the next. We fill in the gap of her movements.

I read my copy through a simple reader but there’s a chance through something like comiXology’s Guided View, the transition may be enhanced even more. The lettering by AndWorld Design too stands out as keywords are emphasized adding an extra punch to the jokes and at times making them entirely.

It’s not surprising that I enjoyed Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter Eight. Not knowing the specific story, just the creative team, I knew I was going into something I’d like. But, what Kibblesmith and Sauvage deliver is an homage to so much of the pop culture I consumer and hold dear. It’s a connect the dots of things I enjoy. It’s another winner for DC and their DC Digital First program. Not only is it a fun comic but it’s yet another stand-alone comic anyone can pick up and enjoy. It’s also yet another example of what you’re able to do creatively with Harley Quinn.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Marguerite Sauvage Letterer: AndWorld Design
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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ComiXology Delivers a Trio of New Releases Including New Harley Quinn

There’s three new digital comics for you today from comiXology. Harlequin delivers two new romance manga while DC Comics has a new DC Digital First in Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red. Check out all three right here or the individual issues below!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #8

Written by Daniel Kibblesmith
Pencils Marguerite Sauvage
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“End Of The Line”
When Harley dozes off on a Coney Island-bound subway, she finds herself in a corner of the city she never imagined… the X Train, a pirate-filled locomotive sailing the troubled waters of New York’s underground!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #8

Reunited By A Shock Pregnancy

Written by Chantelle Shaw
Art by Motoko Mori
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Eight years after ending her mismatched marriage with an Italian tycoon, Sienna has finally established a cosmetics company and gained great success. But after reading about her ex-husband getting remarried in the newspaper, she decides to head to their spot to confirm that she no longer has feelings for him. There, she hears a familiar voice calling out to her. It’s her ex-husband, Niko! The newspaper was mistaken, and the one who got married was Niko’s brother. Unable to resist this reunion with Niko, Sienna spends a night of passion with him. Little did she know that she would become pregnant…and face Niko’s rejection once again?

Reunited By A Shock Pregnancy

Valentine Vendetta

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Miho Tomoi
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When her best friend comes to her begging for help, Fran Fisher can’t find it in her heart to say no. Her friend wants to use Fran’s job as a party coordinator to get revenge against Sam Lockhart, the man who took her virginity and then dumped her…and who happens to be hosting a charity event. Hoping the plan will help heal her friend’s broken heart, Fran goes to Cambridge to win herself the role of Sam’s party coordinator. But when she arrives at his house, she is shocked by his good looks and endearing personality. He is nothing like what she expected. Is he really a heartless and predatory womanizer like she was told?

Valentine Vendetta

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DC Announces the Creative Teams for More of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red Chapter 7

We’re halfway through the fourteen chapters of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red and DC has revealed the creative teams for the chapters releasing throughout the month of August. Check out below for the digital comics you get to look forward to for the rest of the month.

CHAPTER SEVEN: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2020 

Written and drawn by ERICA HENDERSON

“Give Me A Break”

Some people burn their ex’s belongings as a way of putting their past behind them. When Harley Quinn does it, she takes her whole apartment building with her, which causes more than a little friction with her roommate Poison Ivy, who’s something of a stickler when it comes to not almost dying in a fire. The legendary partners come to blows in this cautionary tale for the ages!

CHAPTER EIGHT: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020 

Written by DANIEL KIBBLESMITH
Art by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

“End Of The Line”

When Harley dozes off on a Coney Island-bound subway, she finds herself in a corner of the city she never imagined…the X Train, a pirate-filled locomotive sailing the troubled waters of New York’s underground!

CHAPTER NINE: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 

Written and drawn by JOE QUINONES

“Indiana Quinn!”

Harley Quinn finds herself kicked to the curb when she botches Poison Ivy’s best-laid plans to acquire a treasure of myth and legend! Determined to prove her worth, Harley sets off to capture the prize for them both, but not before drawing in Batman and Batgirl in a thrilling and dangerous adventure across the globe!

CHAPTER TEN: ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020 

Written and drawn by DANI

“Sunshine Getaway”

Harley was trying to take a nice and quiet post-breakup vacation into the SLAUGHTER SWAMP, but disaster strikes when a bunch of creeps kidnap her beloved hyenas Bud and Lou. Time for her to put a very particular set of skills to use and kick some ass!

Preview: DC Cybernetic Summer #1

DC Cybernetic Summer #1

Written by: Liz Erickson, Max Bemis, Heath Corson, Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Joshua Williamson, Andrew Constant, Steve Orlando, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Stuart Moore, Che Grayson
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Nicola Scott, Gabriel Hardman, Scott Koblish, Leila del Duca, Marguerite Sauvage, Greg Smallwood, Cully Hamner, Nik Virella, Darko Lafuente

Rub some sunscreen on your circuits, because DC’s favorite cyborgs are hitting the beach in DC Cybernetic Summer on July 28! In this sizzling summertime anthology special, Harley Quinn and Sy Borgman conquer a truly titanic water slide, Cyborg, Superman, and Cyborg Superman find it difficult to have a conversation, much less a fight, and Batman tries everything to escape a summer cookout—even taking on the omnipotent Brother Eye and his newly infectious O.M.A.C.s!

And it’s not just the cyborgs hitting the surf! Flashes from across the multiverse gather for a race to claim the fastest Flash in the multiverse! Mercury Flash from Earth-44 is out to win it all this year, the only person standing in his way is…Barry Allen! And Red Tornado’s on a camping trip with his wife Kathy and his daughter Traya, but he’s distracted by Justice League matters! When a threat emerges, will Red Tornado be able to protect his family?

All these and more sunburnt stories that are worth getting sand in your motherboard for!

DC Cybernetic Summer #1

Wonder Woman 1984 #1 Kicks off the Anticipated Film

Fans everywhere are anxiously awaiting Princess Diana’s next great adventure when Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters on October 2. But before being transported to the “totally radical” days of neon colors, leg warmers, portable cassette recorders, and hanging out at the mall, DC is getting you ready with a special one-shot comic celebrating director Patty Jenkins’s exciting sequel to the smash-hit 2017 Wonder Woman film.

The first story in Wonder Woman 1984 #1 is a direct tie-in to the upcoming movie and is co-written by Wonder Woman 1984 associate producer Anna Obropta and Louise Simonson, with art by Bret Blevins. When a failed burglary attempt causes a hostage situation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Diana Prince is forced to leave her teenage tour group behind so that Wonder Woman can save the day! But will she be able to bring 10 gunmen to justice and get back to her tour group in time?

The second story is a 1980s flashback by writer Steve Pugh and artist Marguerite Sauvage. In the ’80s, “greed is good,” especially if you have it all! A reckless mastermind has made the ultimate power move by stealing Wonder Woman’s golden Lasso of Truth, and it’s up to Diana and Steve Trevor to get it back before the worst happens!

Wonder Woman 1984 #1 features a powerful and dynamic cover by another great Wonder Woman artist, Nicola Scott. The book arrives at all participating U.S. Walmart retailers by Sunday, September 20, and all open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, September 29.

Wonder Woman 1984 #1

Preview: Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

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Gundra the Great” by Jeff Parker, Aneke, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham

Wonder  Woman responds to a distress call in a  tiny village and discovers a displaced Valkyrie from Asgard, but is she friend…or foe?!

Wolf Cubs” by Steve Pugh, Marguerite Sauvage, and Travis Lanham

It’s the Eighties, and greed is good for those that already have it all. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor hunt down the reckless mastermind who makes the ultimate power move…the theft of Diana’s golden lasso!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

Check Out this Week’s New DC Digital Firsts! Superman and Wonder Woman Return!

Superman and Wonder Woman return in this week’s DC Digital First comics. Check out below for all of the new releases you’ll find this week!

Monday June 15

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Viral” by Dave Wielgosz, Yasmine Putri, Tom Derenick, and Clayton Cowles

Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good.

The Wrath of Wioska” by Dave Wielgosz, Miguel Mendonça, David Baron and Clayton Cowles

Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance?

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #7

Tuesday June 16

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

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A Flip of the Coin” by Frank Tieri, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Hi-Fi, and Troy Peteri

Locked up in Arkham Asylum, Two-Face dreams of a better life—one with a white picket fence far away from Gotham City and Batman. He’s got the perfect plan, and it’s all within his grasp…as long as his coin flip turns up heads.

Joker’s Wild” aka “Wha’cha Got in the Trunk?” by Mark Russell, Christopher Mooneyham, David Baron, and Ferran Delgado

There’s a story that’s made its way around Gotham City’s comedy scene for years, the legend of a struggling young comic who finally snapped under the pressure of making it big. But who can say what really happened? No one knows for sure…

Batman: Gotham Nights #9

Wednesday June 17

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

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Gundra the Great” by Jeff Parker, Aneke, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham

Wonder  Woman  responds  to  a  distress  call  in  a  tiny  village  and  discovers a displaced Valkyrie from Asgard, but is she friend…or foe?!

Wolf Cubs” by Steve Pugh, Marguerite Sauvage, and Travis Lanham

It’s the Eighties, and greed is good for those that already have it all. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor hunt down the reckless mastermind who makes the ultimate power move…the theft of Diana’s golden lasso!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #6

Thursday June 18

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

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Screaming Sea” by Tom Taylor, Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus, and Wes Abbott

Aquaman and Mera must stop Lex Luthor’s plans to drill into the ocean floor.

Girls’ Night Out” by Andrea Shea, Isaac Goodhart, Cris Peter, and Ryan Christy

Tula agrees to a Girls Night with Mera, but she quickly discovers that she and Mera have completely different ideas of what a Girls Night should be.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #9

Friday June 19

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

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Just a Reflection” by Michael Moreci, Sam Lotfi, John Rauch, and Rob Leigh

The Flash is going to be late for a date with Iris if he can’t beat Mirror Master quickly. Can the Flash stop Mirror Master after he gives Flash’s darkest fears physical for?

Ghosts of the Speed Force” by Jay Baruchel, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Rob Leigh

Barry’s been having nightmares lately where a voice from Speed Force calls out to him. After a speedster dies, they become one with the Speed Force, but is it possible for them to come back out?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #9

Saturday June 20

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Spam I Am” by Sholly Fisch, Philip Murphy, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Tom Napolitano
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When a delicious icy treat extinguishes Cyborg’s internal firewall, he’s taken over by offers for spray-on hair, Scandinavian princes, and not-at-all fake Latvian jewelry! To save him, the Titans learn the only way to fight spam is with SPAM!

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #4

Sunday June 21

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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Kind” by Andrew Constant, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi and Jimmy B.

Deep in the bayou,  Swamp Thing continues to follow the fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit’s ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.

The Bayou Bluebird War” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Come one, come all, and watch as the terrifying Swamp Thing attempts to rescue a young boy from the spellbinding snare of a cursed circus!

Swamp Thing: New Roots #9

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It’s a Cybernetic Summer for DC in July

Rub some sunscreen on your circuits, because DC’s favorite cyborgs are hitting the beach in DC Cybernetic Summer on July 28! In this sizzling summertime anthology special, Harley Quinn and Sy Borgman conquer a truly titanic water slide, Cyborg, Superman, and Cyborg Superman find it difficult to have a conversation, much less a fight, and Batman tries everything to escape a summer cookout—even taking on the omnipotent Brother Eye and his newly infectious O.M.A.C.s!

 And it’s not just the cyborgs hitting the surf! Flashes from across the multiverse gather for a race to claim the fastest flash in the multiverse! Mercury Flash from Earth-44 is out to win it all this year, the only person standing in his way is…Barry Allen! And Red Tornado’s on a camping trip with his wife Kathy and his daughter Traya, but he’s distracted by Justice League matters! When a threat emerges, will Red Tornado be able to protect his family?

All these and more sunburnt stories that are worth getting sand in your motherboard for!

  • Red Tornado in “Summer Camp” by Stephanie Phillips and Leila del Duca
  • Cyborg, Superman, and Cyborg Superman in “Catfish Crisis” by Stuart Moore and Cully Hamner
  • Superboy, starring the Legion of Super-Heroes, in “Summer Lovin’” by Liz Erickson and Nik Virella
  • Batman, O.M.A.C. and Brother Eye in “The Limits of Control” by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
  • Robot Man in “The Summer Blues” by Max Bemis and Greg Smallwood
  • Harley Quinn and Sy Borgman in “Splish Splash Special” by Che Grayson and Marguerite Sauvage
  • Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Skeets in “The Boys of Summer” by Heath Corson and Scott Koblish
  • Mercury Flash in “The Speedster Games” by Joshua Williamson and David Lafuente
  • Midnighter, Apollo, Monsieur Mallah and The Brain in “Out There” by Steve Orlando and Paul Pelletier
  • Platinum and Wonder Woman in “Fandom” by Andrew Constant and Nicola Scott

DC Cybernetic Summer is an 80-page, Prestige format one-shot on sale at comic book stores and participating online retailers on July 28 with a cover by Dan Mora.

DC Cybernetic Summer

Preview: Sabrina: Something Wicked #1 (of 5)

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)

Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
Cover: Veronica Fish
Variant Covers: Sweeney Boo, Rebekah Isaacs, Marguerite Sauvage, Cameron Stewart
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day—saved her friends, her family—the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?!

SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5)
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