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Review: New Super-Man Vol. 3 Equilibrium

As a child of the 1980s, I remember when there was a great influx of comics talent from overseas. This was when we started seeing names like Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, and when Neil Gaiman came on to the scene. We also got some excellent Canadian artists in the way of Todd McFarlane. We also got some raw talent from the Philippines in the way of Whilce Portacio, a still hidden gem of an artist.

This influx of talent to our shores also offered differing point of views at a time when the narrative in many of the comics became repetitive. As these talents went from burgeoning artists to full on rock stars, the craft evolved and became what most know now. These auteurs pushed canons to the brink of collapse, and even made us look at superheroes differently, like Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did in Watchmen. Rarely, among this renaissance, did we see anything from the Eastern part of the world. This is why the importance of the narrative and the world building cannot be understated in the third volume of Gene Luen Yang and Billy Tan’s New Super-Man, as the world not only gets a Chinese version of DC’s most popular heroes but also the sensibilities and philosophies of that part of the world along with it.

Kenan’s mind is reeling from revelations about his parents. Meanwhile, his teammates in the Justice League of China are dropping one by one. And from across the globe, Task Force X Director Amanda Waller has sent in the one force that can stop the chaos and carnage from spreading: Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad!

But the Emperor isn’t the only Super-Man they’ve been licensed to kill. Unless Kenan acts fast, he’ll become a casualty of war.

Yet even as the struggle rages on, the New Super-Man is transported to Old Gotham City, to the era when the magic that fuels his powers began…and where his true enemy will reveal himself at last…

Overall, a sweeping epic chapter in the adventures of Kong Kenna and the Justice League of China, as he can be more than the typical superhero and may be more powerful than his Western version. The story by Yang is relatable, funny, action packed, and full of intrigue. The art by Tan is gorgeous and complements the story well. Altogether, a trade paperback which addresses some sociopolitical issues, dealing with wretched history, and entertains, all in one book.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: New Super-Man Vol. 2 Coming to America

As I remember growing up we relied on our parent and other relatives to show us what to do. This extended to our lives in school, as some of us may remember that one teacher who you connected to, and you thought knew everything about life. Eventually, as you leave school and away from the trappings of family and friends, the search for guidance becomes more difficult. For those of us in the military, we followed our superiors, but sometimes we meet someone, as I did, who guided us along and told you what things you must do to move on up the ladder. My relationship with that person extends to today, and I always liken to how Yoda thought Luke the ways of the force. That theme extends to comics, like DC ComicsNew Super-Man. In the second volume of New Super-Man, Kong Kenna struggles with new found powers and the mystery of his mother’s death, as these issues will eventually collide.

We find Lex Luthor in Shanghai introducing the Justice League of China, as not only Kong struggles with the spotlight, so does the rest of the JLC. As Kong stills struggles with his powers, he seeks the help of Master I -Ching, a powerful master, who is at first, reluctant to help the young upstart. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman uncovers and thwarts a plot by the Alpaca, the Chinese Joker and the actual brother of the Chinese Batman.  As Lex Luthor usually has an ulterior motive, he brings the JLC to the USA, and brings Superman to face off against China White Triad a new supervillain team in Metropolis. Among all this, Superman arrives and tries to neutralize the skirmish between the two groups, as an army of demons is unleashed on the city, and the JLC and Superman are the only ones who can save it. Wonder Woman, also uncovers that someone whom everyone thought was dead, is still alive, but may not be themselves. As they come back to China, they face off against a Kaiju from the sea, while at the same time, fighting off against a powerful Man Of Steel clone, known as Superman Zero. By book’s end, one member of the JLC has an secret power and a person Kong trusted, turns to be a person he longer for.

Overall, this volume is a game changing new chapter to this already superior story. It feels like one which pushes boundaries, challenges tropes, and proves that we need more diversity. The story by Gene Luen Yang is exciting, complicated, and intelligent. The art by Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best series that DC has ever put together.

Story: Gene Luen Yang Art: Billy Tan and Viktor Bogdanovic
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Review: New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China

“Superman” is synonymous with the best a person can do and especially when they go beyond. I’ve always wondered would Superman ever really look like one of us? I know the new show Krypton, shows the planet has as many shades as Earth does, even giving the ficticious world its first black General Zod. This has been a major milestone for the character’s canon, one which mostly has shown the character and his cast a certain way. Caucasian actors have usually occupied the roles. The world has become more “woke” and so has comics leading to their onscreen portrayals to follow suit.

This is especially true in comics which has seen heroes become more aware of the consequences of their actions and the social issues affecting their readership. The advent of Ms. Marvel and Riri Williams at Marvel has shown depictions of heroes as more progressive. At DC’s house, they have been slower to progress with more recent changes like the revival of Black Lightning. This was not the only sea change in recent years at DC as Gene Luen Yang has re-imagined another young man taking over a well-established mantle in New Super-Man: Made In China.

We meet Kong Kenan, a teenager whose father is an auto mechanic and lives in Shanghai, and who unexpectedly beats back a villain through sheer luck. This catches the eye of the China’s Ministry, who gives him powers and also catches the eye of the Justice League Of China. As he gets better at his job, his heroics also catches the eye of the supervillain group, The Freedom Fighters Of China, one that looks to have their way without any “superheroes” in their way. By book’s end, the JLC wins the battle against the Freedom Fighters, but has lost someone close to him.

Overall, an excellent introduction to a superhero that never want to be but stepped regardless. The story by Gene Luen Yang is funny, relatable and emotion tinged. The art by Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend complements the story well. Altogether, a familiar cape and suit but with a different flavor all his own.

Story : Gene Luen Yang Art: Viktor Bogdanovic and Richard Friend
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Rebirth Roundup: March 7th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

HJGLC_Cv40Action Comics #999 Almost a filler story until the huge milestone coming up, but it’s not completely worthless as it ties up a few loose ends and resets Lois’ relationship with her father. Friendly enough at the end of the day, but I’d hold out till next issue at this point. 6/10

Detective Comics #976 Batwoman killed Clayface to save the lives of innocent people and subsequently joined The Colony as the fallout of her actions rippled through the Bat Family. This issue picks up with a new arc that’s still leaning heavily on past issues but is Friendly nonetheless. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40 Hal and Kyle Raynor were sent to investigate a planet for a relatively unrelated reason only to find that Zod and his family had conquered it. They fought the Kryptonians, lost, and were captured. Their rings were removed for study. Hal’s ring, being made from his own will, broke confinement andHal made Kyle use it to escape and get reinforcements (who left on an unscheduled and unsanctioned rescue mission). Prepare yourself for the might of Krypton and a lot of Green in this Friendly action packed issue. 8/10

New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #21 The JLC have come face to face with a young man escaping from North Korea on the back of giant freaking crabs. It’s awesome (and Friendly). 7.5/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #20 Bizarro is using some kind of green stuff to remain super intelligent, and the Outlaws are beginning to suspect that the genius who has helped them eliminate crime is keeping a secret… 7/10 (Yeah, since you asked, TNS_Cv21it’s Friendly).

Suicide Squad #36 I missed the last issue, I think, but this one is still relatively Friendly6.75/10

The Flash #42 Uh…. dear lord this is a pile of turd. I really don’t want you to read this because it’s awful, but if you must…. Grodd has stolen Barry Allen’s powers and he’s believes that nobody but him can save the day despite there being three other Flashes in the area. The are is sub par as well. 2/10

Titans #21 I may have forgotten most of last issue, but Roy Harper was given drugs (he wasn’t aware of it until afterwards), and is trying to save the world but isn’t having much luck with people believing him. This issue is kinda Friendly, and has a really cool fight scene. 7.25/10

Wonder Woman #42 I’d give you a recap, but the series has taken a turn for the worse, and I either didn’t read the last issue or I don’t remember it. Either way, this is kinda Friendly, but quite miss-able. 5/10

Preview: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“SEAS OF CHANGE” part one! It’s the dawn of a new era for the Justice League of China! The New Super-Man of China and his teammates have struck out on their own, and even the Ministry’s newly formed Lantern Corps is no match for this renegade force to be reckoned with! But as China’s superhero community reorganizes itself, trouble is brewing in North Korea…and from the depths emerges a new metahuman that will change everything.

Review: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20

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 New Super-Man and the Justice League of China!

New Super-Man and the Justice League of China #20 is by Gene Luen Yang, Brent Peeples, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe.

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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DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 10th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


Apologies for the brevity this week; I’ve been feeling less than stellar this week and put off reading these comics to beyond the last minute.

HJGLC_Cv36_dsAction Comics #995. Superman traveled backward in time to witness the destruction of Krypton, but screwed up the timeline and Krypton didn’t blow up. So time traveler Booster Gold went to stop him, and now they’re trying to escape. Or, rather, they did escape, but not alone… this Friendlyish comic can be read without much of a recap. But.. it isn’t great. 6/10

Detective Comics #972 Batman has been rehabilitating Clayface, quite successuflly, but the Victim Syndicate just drove Clayface back to his villainous ways via pain and the removal of his inhibitor bracelet (that kept him human, and somehow by being human in appearance he was less like a monster). Chaotic, Friendly, and not that bad. 6.75/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36 The Guardians have been kidnapped by the Controllers, who are using the Guardian’s life forces to create new Controllers (the two races share the same origin point). Hal Jordan, Kyle Raynor, Guy Gardner and Jon Stewart have mounted a four man rescue mission. The conclusion is pretty Friendly for all. 7.2/10

New Super-Man #19 A day in the life of Laney Lan. It’s Friendly, but not worth TNS_Cv19_dsreading. 5/10

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 Bizarro is no longer as thick as a plank, thanks to a little case of death and rebirth, and is creating incredibly tech for the outlaws in their war on crime in Gotham City. The issue is Friendly enough – and I say that as somebody who didn’t read the last issue (or forgot he did). 7/10

Suicide Squad #33 The first part of a new arc. which is typically the best place to jump on board with any series, and this is no exceptionPrevous events are utterly irrelevant to this comic, making this nice and Friendly6.5/10

Superwoman #18 It’s the final issue. So…. not the best place to jump in.

Wonder Woman #38 Another series that sees the first part of a new story kicking off, which means that, once again, this is a Friendly comic. And enjoyable to boot. 7/10

Titans #19 The Titans saved the world, but it almost went wrong. This issue starts dealing with the fallout, and it is Friendly. 7/10

 


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

Preview: New Super-Man #19

New Super-Man #19

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“A Day in the Life”! The New Super-Man and Justice League of China changed the metahuman landscape of China forever, and Laney Lan has reported on their heroics since day one. But there’s more to Shanghai’s ace reporter than meets the eye, and when faced with turmoil in her own family, Laney’s commitment to reporting the truth will be tested like never before.

Preview: New Super-Man #18

New Super-Man #18

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend, Scott Hanna (CA) Billy Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“EQUILIBRIUM” finale! Kenan Kong and the Justice League of China have faced so many threats since their debut-but none so great as the forces All-Yang have unleashed! It will take all the New Super-Man of China has learned to defeat All-Yang and the demigod invasion of the west, and our young hero will face a choice: save the world, or save himself. Don’t miss this thrilling concluding chapter to see where this adventure ends-and where the next begins!

Preview: New Super-Man #17

New Super-Man #17

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Joe Lalich, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Equilibrium” part three! The Justice League versus the Justice League of China! Kenan and Baixi arrive in America only to be confronted as invading foreign nationals! Fortunately the Justice League arrives to break up the scuffle…but what side are the American heroes on? The JLC need to convince the JL to help track down the artifact that will bring an end to All-Yang’s reign of terror on Shanghai before it’s too late!

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