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Review: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China

One of the best things about The Flash television show has been its supporting cast. The character of Barry Allen is pretty compelling, but who surrounds him is just as interesting. Cisco Ramone and Caitlin Snow started out foils for the main character but have slowly across the seasons become formidable in their own right. Then there is the West family, who Barry was raised by and with.

Joe West has been Barry’s father figure and mentor. Iris’s role in Barry’s life has been a bit more complicated. She grew as his “sister” but eventually became his love interest. Her role in the comics has been more marginalized than what has been portrayed in the show, which only has made the television show even more interesting. In the final volume of Kong Kenan’s escapades in China we find out just how Laney Lan’s role in her reporting of New Superman and The Justice League of China has brought her to the forefront of the action.

We find Kong Kenan at Justice League of China’s headquarters high in the mountains, as he is trying to meditate and put together the lessons his master, I-Ching has given him. Meanwhile, the League goes up against a new threat, by the name of Sleaz, a fight which catches the ire of the Green Lantern Corps of China. As tensions rise between the League and the Corps, their tender alliance is eventually tested when a North Korean prisoner, seeks the League’s protection.

Overall, a satisfying conclusion to a series that dared to be different and became something so much more than just a riff on what we’ve seen elsewhere. The story by Gene Luen Yang is funny, smart, action packed, and well developed. The art by Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli is gorgeous. Altogether, an exquisite study in how familiar character types could be cast in different parts of the world.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Adventures of the Super Sons #8 (of 12)

Adventures of the Super Sons #8 (of 12)

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli (CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Incarcerated on the prison planet of Takron-Galtos, Superboy and Robin face off against their fellow inmate Rex Luthor and the newest members of the Gang! But Robin has a plan, and it involves a piece of glittering jewelry called a Green Lantern ring! Be here for the start of “No Evil Shall Escape Their Sight”!

Adventures of the Super Sons #8 (of 12)

Preview: Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (of 12)

Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (of 12)

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli (CA) Dan Mora
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Locked in an intergalactic juvenile detention facility, Superboy and Robin meet the youngest…and meanest…Green Lantern ever! Well, sort of a GL. Mostly a GL. Really more of a trainee, but don’t tell the bad guys, okay? Plus, Joker Jr. returns…the clown who may be the boys’ last, best hope to stop the Gang!

Adventures of the Super Sons #7 (of 12)

Preview: Titans #27

Titans #27

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Newly awakened metahuman Ionbound suffers a fateful transformation that rocks the Titans team to their core. If they can’t save these Source Wall victims, what good is their latest mission? But does this development hold the key to helping them? Or is it a harbinger of more death and destruction to come? That’s a lot of questions to answer; good thing there are two issues this month to cover all that ground!

Preview: Titans #26

Titans #26

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Brandon Peterson
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Spinning out of events in issue #25, Donna is on the trail of the newly revitalized Blood Cult, whose evil experiments have transformed an entire town into bloodthirsty zombies! Plus, Miss Martian must wrestle with her own inner demons before she completely loses control!

Preview: Titans #24

Titans #24

(W) Dan Abnett (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Brandon Peterson
In Shops: Aug 08, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As if the Source Wall incursions causing a metagene pandemic weren’t enough, team dysfunction threatens this latest iteration of the Titans before their new mission even gets off the ground! Night-wing and Miss Martian butt heads over the team’s M.O. as the fate of the latest metahuman hangs in the balance! They’d better get their act together, because one of the Titans won’t be coming home from this Source Wall mission-and it’s not a vacation day!

Preview: The Terrifics #6

The Terrifics #6

(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Joe Bennett, Sandra Hope, Matt Santorelli (CA) Dale Eaglesham
In Shops: Jul 25, 2018
SRP: $2.99

No one escapes Element World! The Terrifics find themselves out of their, uh, element in a battle to save a town turned into elemental monsters. With Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific out of commission, Phantom Girl battles the Kingdom of Gas (insert joke here), while Plastic Man tries to survive the Domain of Rock by turning it up to 11. All this, and the source of the Terrifics’ terrible tragedies has one more masterstroke: Tom Strong must die!

Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #24

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #24

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“Fear the Future”! New Super-Man and the Justice League of China prepare for their final mission, and the fate of the Chinese metahuman future lies in the treacherous realm of ghosts! The team must enter the realm and confront their greatest fears to discover the path forward for their country – and help restore balance to the entire world in the process!

Review: Titans Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the beginning of the next step for the Titans.

Titans Special #1 is by Dan Abnet, Sergio Davila, Vicente Cifuentes, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Brian Ching, Nicola Scott, Max Raynor, Ben Oliver, LuisGuerrero, Marcelo Maiolo, Michael Atiyeh, Jordie Bellaire, Dinei Ribeiro, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Ben Sharpe, Brandon Peterson, Marie Javins, Rob Levin, and Paul Kaminski.

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

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Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #23

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #23

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“SEAS OF CHANGE” part four! As a tidal wave threatens to engulf all of Pyongyang, the Justice League of China must save the North Korean capital from destruction whether they like it or not! The Dragonson has risen to ascend to his throne as the Aqua-Man of North Korea, and he’ll make his countrymen pay for what they did to him, come hell or high water!

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