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Review: Future State: Dark Detective #1

Future State: Dark Detective #1

Out of all of the various aspects of DC’s Future State so far, the place Gotham’s in has been the most intriguing. It’s a police state ruled by “The Magistrate”, an organization that hunts down masked individuals to bring order to the city. It’s a literal police state where the jackbooted militarized force patrols the streets to bring order. We’ve seen a new Batman and Harley Quinn’s place among other stories, but, where’s Bruce Wayne? Future State: Dark Detective #1 begins to answer that question with one of two stories.

Writer Mariko Tamaki brings us the main event, what happened to Bruce Wayne. The Magistrate is good and is able to do what so many have tried, “kill” Batman. But, like so many before, Batman’s not really dead and now underground figuring out what to do next. With Batman dead, Bruce Wayne too is dead. The duo wander a Gotham that’s unfamiliar and dangerous. It’s a neon city that feels like something out of an anime as opposed to the dark and grimy Gotham of the past.

Future State: Dark Detective #1 delivers an interesting Batman and Bruce Wayne. Stripped of his toys and money, Wayne is on the run and underground. It’s a city he doesn’t recognize and one where he’s unsure of what to do and where to go. But, he’s Bruce Wayne, he’s the Batman. When he witnesses a crime, he suits up back into action which puts him on the run from The Magistrate again. Injured and battered, this isn’t the Batman we’re used to, there’s an actual feeling he might fail and lose.

Part of that dread is due to the art of Dan Mora. Joined by Jordie Bellaire on color and Aditya Bidikar on lettering, the art shows the pain of Bruce’s battle. Juxtaposed with the bright lights of Gotham, you can see a beaten down Bruce, one who’s struggling. From the way he moves, to the look on his face, the details to show Bruce’s struggles are fantastic. There’s also the bright lights of the city which really pop. There’s such some great details here that really make the city stand out as a character by itself. This is a Gotham I want to explore and see more of.

There’s a second tale, “Future Past” focused on Grifter. Written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Carmine Di Giamdomenico, color by Antonio Fabela, and lettering by Andworld Design, it’s a fairly straightforward story that also adds depth to this new Gotham. With Gotham under a police state, Grifter is playing it low, trying to not bring attention to himself but that doesn’t mean he’s not being hunted by the Magistrate. He comes across Luke Fox and from there it’s a race to get out of Gotham. The story is one we’ve seen but it adds depth to Gotham and allows us to see another slice of the big picture that’s playing out through multiple series. It’s an entertaining story full of personality and action and shows that Grifter should be front and center in his own series.

Future State: Dark Detective #1 is an entertaining comic. It works better as part of the puzzle through multiple series in Future State. On its own though, it still delivers a comic you can sit back and enjoy. The art shines as it powers two stories that are similar in some ways and tell us so much about this new reality. So far, this is a Gotham and world I want to see more of it after this mini-event ends.

Story: Mariko Tamaki, Matthew Rosenberg Art: Dan Mora, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Color: Jordie Bellaire, Antonio Fabela Letterer: Aditya Bidikar, Andworld Design
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.65 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Future State: Dark Detective #1

Future State: Dark Detective #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg, Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Dan Mora, Carmine Di Giandomenico

The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink-with nothing left to lose. Also in this issue, Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chance meeting with Luke Fox change his luck? Or is his day about to get a lot worse?

Future State: Dark Detective #1

Preview: Sweet Tooth: The Return #3

Sweet Tooth: The Return #3

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Jeff Lemire

Oh no, oh no! Things are even worse now! Father told the boy and Penny to go to the jail cell for a time out, but now it looks like they have escaped! And what’s this? One of Father’s nannies has gone missing too? And the Downsiders are angry with Father? Oh dear, this simply will not do. Not one bit. The people must be put back in their places. Order must be maintained. Otherwise humanity cannot survive. Will Penny and the boy ruin Father’s perfect plans, or will he have to put an end to the meddlesome children?

Sweet Tooth: The Return #3

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It’s one of two new comic book days this week. What are you all excited for? What do you plan on getting? 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.

Smash Pages – Tamaki, Campbell and more win 2020 Joe Shuster Awards – Congrats to the winners!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Love transcends death in SEE YOU IN MY 19TH LIFE – Free comics!

SEE YOU IN MY 19TH LIFE

Preview: Wonder Woman #769

Wonder Woman #769

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Steve Pugh

The trail of Maxwell Lord’s would-be killer has brought Wonder Woman face to face with her newest, deadliest foe! Liar Liar is back and ready for round two against the woman she blames for her damaged relationship with her father. But Diana has learned a thing or two since their last encounter, and this time our hero is headed straight into the heart of Liar Liar’s sick delusions. It’s the final chapter of the “Saga of Lords,” and you won’t want to miss it!

Wonder Woman #769

Mariko Tamaki Reunites with Gurihiru and Take Thor and Loki on a Legendary Adventure

Last year, acclaimed writer Mariko Tamaki teamed up with the Harvey Award-winning art team Gurihiru to produce Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble, an unforgettable series that took readers on a crazy, body-swapping ride through the Marvel Universe. In March 2021, the all-star creative team returns for a new installment starring Marvel’s famous feuding brothers and sons of Odin—Thor and Loki—in mayhem that only gods can handle in Thor & Loki: Double Trouble.

The action kicks off when Loki dares Thor to steal a powerful relic from Odin’s vault. The epic story that follows will be packed with both Asgardian adventure and high-octane action, all illustrated in the iconic vibrant style of Gurihiru.

Loki has always delighted himself in getting the God of Thunder into trouble. But has he finally taken it a trick too far? Don’t miss Thor and Loki’s wildest adventure yet when Thor & Loki: Double Trouble arrives this March!

Thor & Loki: Double Trouble

DC Reveals First Look at Mariko Tamaki’s ‘I Am Not Starfire’ a New YA Graphic Novel Illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani

Next summer, New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki is teaming up with talented artist Yoshi Yoshitani, and letterer Aditya Bidikar to debut I Am Not Starfirean original young adult (YA) graphic novel that follows Mandy, the daughter of Starfire, as she navigates the highs and lows of high school along with the pressure of having a DC Super Hero for a mom.

Filled with the same humor and wit readers have come to expect from Tamaki, I Am Not Starfire introduces seventeen-year-old Mandy—an original character—who is struggling to find her own identity as she deals with her school crush while also learning to understand her mom who feels so different from her.

I Am Not Starfire is available to pre-order now and hits stores everywhere books are sold on August 10, 2021.

Seventeen-year-old Mandy, daughter of Starfire, is NOT like her mother. Starfire is gorgeous, tall, sparkly, and a hero. Mandy is NOT a sparkly superhero. Mandy has no powers, is a kid who dyes her hair black and hates everyone but her best friend Lincoln. To Starfire, who is from another planet, Mandy seems like an alien, like some distant angry light years away moon.

And it’s possible Mandy is even more distant lately, ever since she walked out on her S.A.T.s. Which, yeah, her mom doesn’t know.

Everyone thinks Mandy needs to go to college and become whoever you become at college, but Mandy has other plans. Mandy’s big plan is that she’s going to move to France and…do whatever people do in France. But then everything changes when she gets partnered with Claire for a school project. Mandy likes Claire (even if she denies it, heartily and intensely). A lot.

How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when you don’t know what that is? How do you become the person you’re supposed to be when the only thing you’re sure of is what you’re not?

When someone from Starfire’s past arrives, Mandy must make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything to save her mom. I am Not Starfire is a story about teenagers and/as aliens; about knowing where you come from and where you are going; and about mothers.

I Am Not Starfire

Preview: Wonder Woman #768

Wonder Woman #768

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Rafa Sandoval

It’s Wonder Woman versus Deathstroke-winner take all! When the newly incarcerated Maxwell Lord turns up mortally wounded in his prison cell, Wonder Woman and Etta Candy are on the case to track the would-be killer. But as the trail heats up, so too does the danger- when Deathstroke the Terminator shows up, you know there’s trouble! Can Diana stop the king of all bounty hunters and his god-killer daggers, or will this godly bounty be just another trophy for Slade Wilson?

Wonder Woman #768

Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

Written by: Joshua Williamson, Gail Simone, Christopher Sebela, James Tynion IV, Cecil Castellucci, Mariko Tamaki, Jeff Lemire, Mark Waid, Scott Snyder
Art by: Francis Manapul, Christopher Mooneyham, Daniel Sampere, Meghan Hetrick, Mirka Andolfo, Travis G. Moore, Rafael Albuquerque

The last battle against the Batman Who Laughs is at hand…the final fight for everything in the universe. And while the night is usually darkest just before the dawn, what would be the last thing you’d do if you weren’t sure the dawn would ever arrive? Join our heroes in their waning hours as we show their journeys through what could be their final moments…heroes that have fought a million times before, but are keenly aware this could be their endgame. These are the stolen moments detailing the last stories of the DC Universe.

Dark Nights: Death Metal The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

DC Makes Their Post Future State Clearer with new Creative Teams

If you missed the news, DC announced numerous new creative teams taking over starting in March after the conclusion of DC Future State in January and February. The announcements were made at CCXP Worlds event this past weekend. The announcement featured not just creative teams but also brand new titles as well.

Check out the full list of reveals below!

Batman Family:

New names will be hitting the mean streets of Gotham City as well! Future State: Harley Quinn writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Riley Rossmo will deliver new adventures of the Clown Princess of Crime in an all-new Harley Quinn ongoing series, launching March 24, 2021.

Harley Quinn #1

Following both their story in Detective Comics #1027 and Bruce Wayne’s clandestine battle against The Magistrate in Future State: Dark Detective, award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Dan Mora will continue the adventures of the Dark Knight and his allies as the new team on Detective Comics, beginning with issue #1034 on March 24, 2021. Not to be outdone, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and superstar artist Ivan Reis continue the adventures of the “World’s Finest” in Batman/Superman #16, also on sale March 24, 2021.

Superman/Wonder Woman Family:

New adventures featuring the Amazon warrior princess arrive on March 10, 2021 as co-writers Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad and artist Travis Moore are the new Wonder Woman team, starting with issue #770. In this new story arc, Diana has to endure endless fighting – and partying(?) – as she tries to figure out why she’s in Valhalla, and why nobody seems surprised that she’s there.

Womder Woman #770

Justice League Family:

On March 3, 2021, the Future State: Swamp Thing team of writer Ram V and Mike Perkins will be continuing the adventures of the Protector of the Green in Swamp Thing, a 10-issue limited series. Also on March 3, Peacemaker takes center stage, leading an Amanda Waller-controlled Task Force X in a new Suicide Squad ongoing series, by Future State: Suicide Squad writer Robbie Thompson, with art by Eduardo Pansica. This series starts off with a bang, as Waller sends Peacemaker and Task Force X to recruit its next member – Talon, the master assassin from the Court of Owls. Meanwhile, she has her own hands full as she tries to recruit – Superboy?

Class is in session on March 17, 2021, as the Future State: Teen Titans duo of writer Tim Sheridan and artist Rafa Sandoval join the original Titans – Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy – school a new generation of teenage crimefighters in a new ongoing series, Teen Titans Academy. Pay close attention, because one of these novice heroes will become Red X!

Teen Titans Academy

In April, Future State: Green Lantern writer Geoffrey Thorne continues to uphold the oath of the Green Lantern Corps with a new Green Lantern ongoing series.

So, to recap:

March 3, 2021

Suicide Squad #1 – Robbie Thompson/Eduardo Pansica (new ongoing series, team)

Swamp Thing #1 – Ram V/Mike Perkins (new limited series, team)

March 10, 2021

Wonder Woman #770 – Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad/Travis Moore (new team)

March 17, 2021

Teen Titans Academy #1 – Tim Sherridan/Rafa Sandoval (new ongoing series, team)

March 24, 2021

Batman/Superman #16 – Gene Luen Yang/Ivan Reis (new talent team)

Detective Comics #1034 – Mariko Tamaki/Dan Mora (new talent team)

Harley Quinn #1 – Stephanie Phillips/Riley Rossmo (new ongoing series, team)

April 2021

Green Lantern #1 – Geoffrey Thorne (new ongoing series, team)

And this only the beginning! DC Connect #8, available on March 23, 2021 for free at retailers and via digital download and online reader contains more news from this game-changing two-month event, as it impacts more of the best writers, artists and DC characters in 2021!

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