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Preview: Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

(W) Jim Zub (A) Eduardo Mello (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Aug 10, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The Witchlight Carnival is a traveling circus filled with wild wonders aplenty, but its sensory splendors bring deep danger as well! Fan-favorite D&D writer Jim Zub explores the Feywild realm in this special self-contained issue that’s perfect for new readers and gaming fans alike! Dungeons & Dragons has never been bigger, and The Wild Beyond the Witchlight adventure sourcebook that inspires this issue has been a sales smash hit. This issue includes a brand-new magic item for gaming fans to use in their own tabletop adventures!

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

(W) Jim Zub (A) Eduardo Mello (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Aug 10, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The Witchlight Carnival is a traveling circus filled with wild wonders aplenty, but its sensory splendors bring deep danger as well! Fan-favorite D&D writer Jim Zub explores the Feywild realm in this special self-contained issue that’s perfect for new readers and gaming fans alike! Dungeons & Dragons has never been bigger, and The Wild Beyond the Witchlight adventure sourcebook that inspires this issue has been a sales smash hit. This issue includes a brand-new magic item for gaming fans to use in their own tabletop adventures!

Dungeons & Dragons Annual 2022

Preview: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #5

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #5

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Aug 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

YOU CAN NEVER GO HOME AGAIN! Neo-Gotham and its Sword have compromised and gravely injured officer Beam Boonma. To save her life, Terry McGinnis will bring her to what remains of the Batcave, begging one of his newest foes, Gestalt, to help him. Terry has one last chance to save Neo-Gotham from itself. He’ll have to take everything he’s learned in this year without Bruce and redefine the legend of Batman once and for all.

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #5

Preview: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #4

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #4

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Sword of Gotham strikes!Neo-gotham gave Terry McGinnis a chance to leave-he was warned a Batman could not live in this new city. Terry refused and now he’ll have to live with the consequences: a fight for his life with Neo-Gotham’s unstoppable soldier, the Sword of Gotham. Tonight Batman Beyond falls.

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #4

Preview: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

(W) Meghan Fitzmartin (A) Laura Braga (CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Jun 21, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Crises have always had devastating impacts on the generation of heroes that make up Young Justice, and Dark Crisis will hit them even harder. Tim Drake, Impulse, and Superboy go missing during the Justice League’s funeral. The only person concerned enough to find them? Cassie Sandsmark, a.k.a Wonder Girl. But…the three boys of Young Justice aren’t on this Earth anymore…they’re on the world of their dreams, one they may never want to leave!

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1

Preview: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #3

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #3

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Jun 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The last party in Gotham City is here! Commissioner Barbara Gordon is stepping down from the GCPD, and Wayne-Powers CEO Dominic Lumos is throwing her a retirement party. Batman doesn’t trust Lumos one bit, so he’s going undercover to get information on his new enemy-but runs afoul of the GCPD’s new top cop Beam Boonma!

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #3

Preview: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #2

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #2

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Max Dunbar
In Shops: May 03, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Neo-Gotham and its Sword have made their opening assault on Batman Beyond. With limited resources and no Bruce Wayne to come to his aid, Terry McGinnis will need to find more allies. But…all he finds is a brand-new triumvirate of villains collectively known as Gestalt. It’s three brains against one, with Batman Beyond looking worse for wear than he ever has. Will he make it to the end of Neo-Year?

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #2

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

(W) Jim Zub (A) Max Dunbar, Nelson Daniel, Dean Kotz, Francesco Mortarino (CA) James Biggie
In Shops: Apr 13, 2022
SRP: $5.99

Get ready for the third installment of the legendary Baldur’s Gate video game with these adventures featuring some of the series’ most beloved characters: the ranger of dubious sanity, Minsc, and his miniature giant space hamster, Boo!

After decades spent in magical stasis, Minsc and Boo awaken in a Baldur’s Gate that is very different from the one they knew, but there will always be evil in need of smiting! SMITING! And while they’re perfectly capable of kicking the butt of badness to the Spine of the World and back on their own, it never hurts to have a little help from their companions, the rest of the Baldur’s Gate heroes. Now, say it with us: “Go for the eyes, Boo!”

Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

Preview: Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Written by: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Art by: Max Dunbar

Neo-Gotham is alive and has killed Bruce Wayne. It’s rejected Terry McGinnis as Batman and offered him the chance to escape. Terry turned it down—he is the city’s protector, and he will uphold the legacy of Batman. Now Neo-Gotham will do everything in its power to destroy Terry, including creating brand-new villains to fight him. Terry’s first year without Bruce Wayne begins…does he have a fighting chance? From the rising-star creative team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Kang the Conqueror) and Max Dunbar (Batman: Urban Legends, Robin), a new future for Batman Beyond has begun!

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Review: Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1

I’m generally not super familiar with Batman Beyond. I never really watched the cartoon and the amount of comics I’ve read is pretty minimal. It’s a pretty fresh property for me though I know it has its dedicated fanbase. I was intrigued to go into Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1 to see how accessible it’d be for someone like me, relatively new to the property. The answer is, it’s a bit mixed.

Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, Bruce Wayne is apparently dead and Gotham is alive!? Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1 kicks off an interesting concept where Gotham itself is a literal character manipulating its residents and taking control of its own future. I just can’t tell if this is a metaphor or literal. Terry McGinnis is at the center of the story as the new Batman attempting to continue Bruce’s legacy and deal with this new threat as his world shifts. A new CEO is in charged of Bruce’s company and the city continues to be full of unrest and crime.

It feels like there’s a lot thrown into Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1, any bit could easily be a story by itself. A questionable CEO taking over Wayne-Powers. Gotham awakening and becoming a threat to itself. Just the general unrest post Bruce. Any of it could be a hell of story but here it’s all packed in together for a start that feels a little muddled but with a lot of potential.

Kelly and Lanzing put together an intriguing start that has a lot to follow and cover but they do it in an entertaining way. The tone is an interesting one where you can feel Terry’s frustrations and tiredness as he attempts to pick up the pieces of everything that’s happened. The comic does a decent job of catching up readers giving just enough info to get by but I couldn’t help feeling like I was still missing something. A “zero issue” collecting the Batman: Urban Legends story might not have been a bad idea and maybe that’d have made this debut a bit clearer.

The art by Max Dunbar is pretty solid. With color by Sebastian Cheng and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the comic looks nice with a futuristic vibe that reminds me of the neon Gotham of “Future State” but with a bit grimier tinge to it. The characters and designs look great delivering a future aesthetic that doesn’t feel like too much of a shift and break from the current Batman series but still feels futuristic. There’s some panels and pages that I lingered on to figure out what’s going on but that weirdly also played into my general take reading the story at times.

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1 is an interesting start and more than enough for me to come back to check out the next issue. It just doesn’t feel quite as new reader friendly as I hoped leaving me feeling like I missed a lot. It’s not so much a start as a continuation of… something. Still, it’s an interesting continuation with a lot of potential.

Story: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing Art: Max Dunbar
Color: Sebastian Cheng Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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