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Tim Drake returns in Batman: Urban Legends #10. Get a First Look

After an issue #6 appearance that left comic book fans slack-jawed, Robin returns to Gotham City just in time for the Holidays when Batman: Urban Legends #10 arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 14.

Written by Meghan Fitzmartin, the feature-length story “A Carol of Bats” features art by Alberto Albuquerque Jimenez (pencils/inks), Nick Filardi (colors), and Pat Brosseau (Letters). This continues Tim’s journey of self-discovery from Urban Legends #6, and sees Tim balancing his drive to fight crime with his desire to be a great partner. Amidst the ashes of a devastated Gotham City and Fear State, Tim Drake comes back to Gotham City to help Batman and Nightwing try and put the city back together again after its devastation at the hands of The Scarecrow and The Magistrate. Along the way, Tim tries to get Batman out of a Scrooge-level funk, where the Dark Knight has serious doubts about if he’s failed Gotham City, and if its citizens will stop being scared and angry enough to have hope for the future. 

Featuring a main cover by Belen Ortega, who’d previously drawn the Tim Drake story “The Sum of Our Parts.” and a powerful Azrael variant by Riccardo Federici, Batman: Urban Legends #10 also includes another feature-length (22 pages) Nightwing tale, by writer Tini Howard, marking her first DC story since 2016. Howard will take over as writer of Catwoman beginning with issue #39 in January. Featuring art by Christian Duce and colors by Sarah Stern, this follow-up to the events of Fear State follows Nightwing around the holiday season, avoiding attending the Bat-Family holiday party before he’s doused with Fear Toxin and forced to relive memories of his past, present, and future shown to him by three ghostly versions of Batgirl – Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain. 

Writer Dan Watters and artist Nikola Cizmesija conclude the three-part Azrael tale, “Dark Knight of the Soul,” with colors by Ivan Plascencia. In his return to Gotham City, Jean-Paul Valley faces off for a final time with the new villain Poor Fellow, who has a lot more to tell Jean-Paul about the legacy of Azrael than he ever knew. Batman: Urban Legends #10 also features a stunning Azrael variant cover by artist Riccardo Federici

Rounding out this issue is the heartbreaking close of the two-part story featuring the terrorizing twins Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, written by Punchline co-writer Sam Johns and Injustice: Unkillables artist Karl Mostert

Batman: Urban Legends #10 arrives in comic book shops and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

A Half Dozen New Comics on comiXology Today

There’s six new releases today on comiXology from DC Comics, Magnetic Press, and Harlequin. Start shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Ashes, Ashes #3

Written by Jean-David Morvan
Art by Rey Macutay
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The unexplainable and unthinkable falls across the Earth power of all sources fail simulateously. Civilization blinks into total darkness and chaos ensues. IT is all Francois can do to find Blanche before its too late…

Ashes, Ashes #3

la proposition indécente du magnat

Written by Ally Blake
Art by Miho Tomoi
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La propriétaire d’un salon pour animaux de compagnie, Chelsea, a le coup de foudre pour Damien, un homme qui l’aide dans un restaurant de luxe. Il est l’homme idéal pour toute femme célibataire, alors il est impossible qu’il s’intéresse à une roturière comme elle. Mais elle est prise dans un problème et prend accidentellement le téléphone de Damien au lieu du sien. Chelsea se rend compte de son erreur et l’appelle sur son téléphone. Plus ils parlent, plus ils se rapprochent. Sa voix au téléphone est douce et passionnée, comme s’il essayait de la séduire. Il ne flirte pas avec elle, n’est-ce pas ?

la proposition indécente du magnat

Jesse’s Wife

Written by Candace Camp
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Amy is an inconspicuous woman who has never been with a man. At a party, a handsome man named Whitaker propositions her, but he’s only interested in taking her fortune and her chastity! She is rescued by her childhood friend Jesse, but they are discovered alone together by the village gossipmonger! Amy’s father advises her to marry Whitaker to avoid any rumors, but Jesse offers to marry her to redeem her honor instead. Amy hesitates, but Jesse tells her, “Don’t worry. I won’t ever yearn for you…”

Jesse's Wife

Little Nemo OGN

Written by Frank Pé
Art by Frank Pé
Cover by Frank Pé
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The classic comic strip character Little Nemo, created by the legendary Windsor McCay in 1905, is given brand new life through a collection of beautiful and whimsical new adventures by celebrated author Frank Pé. Pé pays tribute to Little Nemo and the cast of mythical characters created by Windsor McCay in 1905. The celebrated artist plunges into their universe with delight, inviting readers to stroll through his own poetic and whimsical imagination. A century later, he breathes new life into this wonderful world. A masterful reinterpretation in the style of a dreamlike journey that sings an ode to nature and childhood.

Little Nemo OGN

Monolith: CE

Written by Roberto Recchioni, Mauro Uzzeo
Art by LRNZ
Cover by LRNZ
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The complete edition of the taught thriller by Roberto Recchioni, Mauro Uzzeo, and LRNZ in one volume.

Monolith: CE

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox (2021-) #6

Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils Juni Ba, Jesús Merino
Inks Juni Ba, Jesús Merino
Colored by Nick Filardi, Ulises Arreola Palomera
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One big puzzle, two winged players — Killer Moth and Man-Bat must fly together to get a seat at Riddler’s table, but from Joker’s POV, there’s a blood debt to be paid (and not just Riddler’s!)

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox (2021-) #6

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ComiXology Features Five New Including new Legends of the Dark Knight and Truth & Justice

There are five new releases available now on comiXology. Get new comics from Yen Press, Harlequin, iPOP, and DC including two DC Digital Firsts. Start shopping now or check them out below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #14

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Pencils Karl Mostert
Inks Karl Mostert
Colored by David Baron
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CATECHISM FINALE! Instead of fighting each other, Batman and Azrael will need to pool their resources to stop the might of Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins from getting away with the Vessell of St. Januarius!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #14

Truth & Justice (2021-) #18

Written by Andrew Aydin
Pencils Juni Ba
Inks Juni Ba
Colored by Nick Filardi
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As Batman and Ra’s al Ghul wage a battle around him, Damian is left to ponder a life altering question: choose immortality and stand at his grandfather’s side or choose mortality and continue on his path alongside his father.

Truth & Justice (2021-) #18

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #57

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Shingo Adachi, Noboru Kannatuki, Kento Sakaeda
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
Cow Girl’s uncle reflects on how he came to share his roof with two people, and Goblin Slayer’s party continues on its journey… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One #57

Monster Me: Lion Queen (Teacher’s Edition)

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Maxflan Araujo, Davide Puppo
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LeMon’s adventure has her testing out the goods of 3 LIONS. But what will happen when those 3 lions find out a MONSTER has been messing with their stuff? Includes a teacher’s guide.

Monster Me: Lion Queen (Teacher's Edition)

Truth Or Dare

Written by Jolie Kramer
Art by Kazuna Uchida
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To break out of her routine, Megan decides to go on a trip to indulge in a romantic fling. Ever since her right leg was disabled and her heartless ex-boyfriend dumped her because of it, Megan’s found it difficult to get back in the love game. While on her trip, she uses a leg brace to pretend that her leg is fractured. There, she meets Luke Webster, the most beautiful man she has ever seen, and the two spend a hot, steamy night together. With her goal completed, Megan’s ready to move on and forget him, but Luke insists on continuing their relationship. She can’t keep lying to him, but she can’t resist his invitation…

Truth Or Dare

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10 New Comics Await on comiXology

There’s ten new comics available now on comiXology. You can get new releases from Noeve Grafx, DC Comics, Yen Press, Harlequin, and iPOP. Get shopping now or check out the releases below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #13

Written by Brandon M. Easton
Pencils Karl Mostert
Inks Karl Mostert
Colored by David Baron
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CATCHEISM BEGINS! Batman heads to Rome to stop Ra’s Al Ghul and the Leage of Assassins from getting their hands on an ancient artifact that they want to use to exacerbate the power of the Lazarus Pits. What Batman doesn’t know is that the artifcat is already under the protection of the Order of St. Dumas, specifically, AZRAEL! From the creative team of Critically Acclaimed Writer Brandon Easton and rising star artist Karl Mostert!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #13

Truth & Justice (2021-) #17

Written by Andrew Aydin
Pencils Juni Ba
Inks Juni Ba
Colored by Nick Filardi
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Captured and taken to Turkey, Robin’s battle with Tarhun and Arinitti takes him on a crash course through the city. But who is pulling the gods’ strings and what does he want Damian for?

Truth & Justice (2021-) #17

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 2

Written by Nanashi
Art by Nanashi
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Nagatoro est en seconde. Pleine d’assurance, joueuse, moqueuse, elle se découvre un jour un passe-temps favori : martyriser son “Senpai”, lycéen de première timide et mal dans sa peau. Nagatoro taquine, agace, aguiche, va parfois trop loin… mais qu’a-t-elle vraiment derrière la tête ? Et si derrière ses moqueries elle cachait une véritable affection ? Et si finalement, ses farces permettaient à Senpai de s’affirmer ?

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro Vol. 2

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro (édition Deluxe) Vol. 2

Written by Nanashi
Art by Nanashi
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Nagatoro est en seconde. Pleine d’assurance, joueuse, moqueuse, elle se découvre un jour un passe-temps favori : martyriser son “Senpai”, lycéen de première timide et mal dans sa peau. Nagatoro taquine,
agace, aguiche, va parfois trop loin… mais qu’a-t-elle vraiment derrière la tête ? Et si derrière ses moqueries elle cachait une véritable affection ? Et si finalement, ses farces permettaient à Senpai de s’affirmer ?

Arrête de me chauffer, Nagatoro (édition Deluxe) Vol. 2

Deux en même temps

Written by Leslie Kelly
Art by Mao Karino
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Chloé a été embauchée par Troy pour travailler sur un projet de design de vitrines dans un grand magasin. Elle était enthousiasmée par le travail et surprise lorsqu’elle a vu Troy danser, sans porter de chemise et sous la pluie. Il est toujours si sérieux ! Quand elle découvre ce nouveau côté chez lui, elle tombe amoureuse. Mais il est toujours professionnel et strict au bureau. Elle a de nouveau rencontré le côté passionné de Troy en Floride et a été séduite… mais maintenant il s’appelle Trent ! Quand ils sont rentrés chez eux, Troy a fait semblant de ne pas se souvenir de la nuit chaude qu’ils avaient partagée en Floride ! À quel jeu joue-t-il?

Deux en même temps

Goblin Slayer #61

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Kousuke Kurose
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DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
Wizard Boy has rushed ahead and found the captive adventurer, but will soon learn that you underestimate goblins at your own peril… Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer at the same time as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #61

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #42

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality
Hinowa and her allies set off to the east in search of the next man recommended by the elder. Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #42

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Vol. 1

Written by Coolkyousinnjya
Art by Coolkyousinnjya
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Un matin, la tête enfarinée après une nuit de beuverie, Kobayashi voit débarquer sur le pas de sa porte… un dragon. Ou plutôt une dragonne fantasque, dénommée Thor, qui a décidé de son propre chef de se mettre à son service !

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Vol. 1

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry (Teacher’s Edition)

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Cocoon Productions, Maxflan Araujo, Davide Puppo, Irene Yeom
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Learn about nutrition and sugar through comics! Follow the adventures of Midori and Perla, a Cookie Monster and a few friends as they go on an adventure to discover why Perla still feels hungry after eating a big meal. Includes a teacher’s guide.

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry (Teacher's Edition)

Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1

Written by Tomo Takeuchi
Art by Tomo Takeuchi
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Collégien en déroute, Tatara Fujita ne sait pas quoi faire de sa vie. Il n’a ni talent particulier, ni passion, ni grande envie de chercher. Il n’est ni très costaud, ni très courageux, et n’a pas vraiment confiance en lui. Le hasard et une bande de caïds mal intentionnés lui feront rencontrer Kaname Sengoku, danseur professionnel qui à la suite d’un quiproquo le traînera jusqu’à un nouveau studio de danse de salon. Tatara y découvre l’univers de la danse sportive. Une révélation qui bouleversera son quotidien puis toute sa vie…

Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1

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ComiXology Features 8 New Comics Including The Joker Presents and Truth & Justice

There are eight new comics today on comiXology from DC, iPOP, AAM-Markosia, Harlequin, and Magnetic Press. Get shopping now or check out the releases below.

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox (2021-) #2

Written by Matthew Rosenberg
Pencils Joshua Hixson, Jesús Merino
Inks Joshua Hixson, Jesús Merino
Colored by Joshua Hixson, Ulises Arreola Palomera
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The mystery of “WHO KILLED THE RIDDLER” heats up as Joker, now incarcerated and under interrogation by Commissioner Jim Gordon, retells his version of events, starting with the victim himself on the hunt for an all-powerful weapon. How did the other Gotham villains get involved, and why? What does this weapon do, and why does Riddler want it? Who had skin in the game, and who could stand to lose everything? It’s a whodunit spiraling out of control, retold by the world’s most unreliable narrator. See if you can spot the clues and solve the puzzle!

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox (2021-) #2

Truth & Justice (2021-) #16

Written by Andrew Aydin
Pencils Juni Ba
Inks Juni Ba
Colored by Nick Filardi
Cover by Juni Ba
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It’s Damian’s birthday, and the Bat Family is throwing him a surprise party in the cave! But it seems someone has other plans when a pair of ancient Hittite deities crash the party!

Truth & Justice (2021-) #16

1000 Storms #3

Written by Tony Sandoval
Art by Tony Sandoval
Cover by Tony Sandoval
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When the other kids travel through the mysterious tree that Lisa had discovered, they unwittingly let the demon King loose! Despite their cruelty, she knows its up to her to stop the invasion!

1000 Storms #3

Genu Vol. 4: Volume 4

Written by Tommaso Todesca
Art by Alexandra Fastovets
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The Ego-ID of Gao Raj Anand is willing to help our three Mercurians. A team of rebels from the T.I.N. organization should be able to meet with them soon. But what’s Feng concocting in his virtual world? He finally understands the identity of the mysterious girl who appeared in the desert… but why is she here?

Genu Vol. 4: Volume 4

L’épouse du sultan du harem

Written by Annie West
Art by Shion Hanyu
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Jacqui, rédactrice de magazine, a rencontré Asim, un sultan, dans son pays lorsqu’elle a visité Jazeer. Ils se sont rencontrés dans le harem, resté longtemps inutilisé. Asim, extrêmement confiant, regardait Jacqui avec beaucoup d’intérêt – leurs personnalités étaient complètement opposées et il était fasciné par elle. Il ne faut pas longtemps non plus pour ue Jacqui soit entièrement captivée par le charme d’Asim. Elle était remplie de bonheur quand Asim lui a fait l’amour… jusqu’à ce qu’elle apprenne que le roi avait rencontré un certain nombre de princesses potentielles…

L'épouse du sultan du harem

Riley

Written by Lori Foster
Art by Mao Kirisaka
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After a terrifying explosion, Regina is convinced that she has a stalker and begins taking self-defense lessons from instructor Riley Moore. Riley, a former SWAT member, feels a strong attraction to Regina and decides to investigate her case. While she’s scared for her life, Regina feels at ease when she’s with Riley, and she has no choice but to admit that there’s a sizzling connection growing between them. But Regina’s past trauma prevents her from having the confidence to take the next step in their relationship…

Riley

Monster Me: Monster Maker

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Maxflan Araujo, Julieta Colas, Davide Puppo
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Newmon’s magical “pend” draws ANYTHING – including any toy or product he could ever want. But after he owns EVERYTHING, does he really have it all?

Monster Me: Monster Maker

Plague #8

Written by Dennis Fallon, Jason Palmatier
Art by Zachary Brunner
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As Robb finds himself face to face with a Pope bent on revenge, Warbishop Moray is plagued by a crisis of kindness. Meanwhile, something lurks in the walls of this great, old castle–whispering to the imprisoned fey about the end of an age and the extinction of mythical creatures. Has this whole journey been for naught? Danger and treachery have always been the hallmark of PLAGUE, but this issue takes us to the darkest places yet…

Plague #8

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ComiXology Features 6 New Comics Including 3 DC Digital First Releases

There’s six new comics available now on comiXology. That includes 3 new comics from DC alone! Start shopping now or check them out below.

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #11

Written by Becky Cloonan
Pencils Dike Ruan
Inks Dike Ruan
Colored by Dave McCaig
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THE CURSE OF SLAUGHTER SWAMP! Batman tries to stop Solomon Grundy as he attacks crime bosses in Gotham City. But Batman quickly learns that Grundy isn’t in control of his own body! Batman will have to chase Grundy back to Slaughter Swamp, where Solomon Grundy was born, to stop him once and for all. From super star writer Becky Cloonan and artist Dike Ruan making his DC Comics debut!

Legends of the Dark Knight (2021-) #11

Truth & Justice (2021-) #15

Written by Grace Ellis
Pencils M.L. Sanapo
Inks M.L. Sanapo
Colored by Wendy Broome
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It is an all-out brawl between Batwoman and Nocturna in the forest!

Truth & Justice (2021-) #15

Represent! (2020-) #13

Written by Keah Brown
Pencils Don Hudson
Inks Don Hudson
Colored by Nick Filardi
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WHO HIRED THE KID?

Represent! (2020-) #13

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry

Written by iPOP! Labs
Art by Cocoon Productions, Maxflan Araujo, Davide Puppo, Irene Yeom
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Learn about nutrition and sugar through comics! Follow the adventures of Midori and Perla, a Cookie Monster and a few friends as they go on an adventure to discover why Perla still feels hungry after eating a big meal.

Monster Me #2: Body Chemistry

La mariée dans le miroir

Written by Robyn Donald
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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Lorsque les rêves d’Olivia lui demandent d’écrire à Drake Arundell, elle décide que le moment est venu de le faire. Drake fut son premier amour, mais lorsqu’elle a appris qu’il avait été le petit ami de sa mère, l’image idéalisée qu’elle avait de lui a complètement changé. Drake est également le père de Simon, son jeune frère, et maintenant que celui-ci doit être opéré, Olivia a besoin de son aide. Drake est millionnaire et en mesure d’aider, mais il insiste sur le fait que Simon n’est pas son fils et qu’Olivia n’en a qu’après son argent.

La mariée dans le miroir

The Sicilian’s Surprise Love-Child

Written by Carol Marinelli
Art by Sami Fujimoto
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Aurora came from a small village in Sicily to Rome for a hotel training program. The millionaire hotel owner, Nico, was the man she grew up with and the love of her life. Five years ago, she had willingly given her virginity to him, but her feelings remained unrequited. Now she sees Nico hasn’t changed and her heart starts to waver. But the desire is still there, and despite knowing he will never love her back, she ends up sharing a bed with him once again!

The Sicilian's Surprise Love-Child

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Review: Devil’s Highway #5

Devils Highway #5

Game Of Thrones is one of those shows that hooks you almost right away. The show has a myriad of characters, which you can both relate to and be repulsed by. It shows the world in black and white, but also not everyone is completely evil. The show and the books also don’t mince words for those who are completely evil.

One of the most nefarious characters that have ever graced the screen was Ramsey Snow. He was the son of Lord Bolton, the same man who killed the matriarch of the Stark clan. His end in the series was one, though gruesome, felt righteous in its execution. In Devil’s Highway #5, Shannon gets to the root of it all.

We are taken back to Minneapolis, where Shannon and  Quentin are finding out from one of its victims just how these women get lured into this sinister chain. After all, she has been through, they take her back home to Illinois, and head to one of their main hubs, to stop another victim from being claimed for weird occultist rituals. Eventually, a firefight breaks out, leaving Quentin gravely injured, and Shannon killing the last ring leader, in the same way, he victimized all those women.  By the issue’s end, Shannon avenges her father, and though she thought she killed the last ring leader, she soon finds out it goes higher and more connected than she ever imagined.

Overall, Devil’s Highway #5 is a great issue where we see a hero end one evil and unearth another. The story by Benjamin Percy is incredible. The art by Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge is beyond belief. Altogether, the issue is immense, which gives some closure but opens new doors

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover and Lee Loughridge
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21 

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Review: Future State-Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 concludes with a story that is part classic World’s Finest, part Grant Morrison’s JLA (Think the one where Superman wrestled an angel.), and all heart. Writer Dan Watters sets up a plot with mythic stakes, namely, a race and fight against two iterations of the sun: the villainous Solaris (Aka the Tyrant Sun from Morrison’s DC One Million) and Kuat, who is the sun god of the Kamayura people from the Amazon rain forest. Wonder Woman (Yara Flor) is set to fight the god from her pantheon, and Superman (Jon Kent) is set to fight the villain from his rogue’s gallery, but Watters throws in a little switcheroo that makes the match up an extra fun combination of mythology and science, brains and brawn. Having a hero fight another hero’s bad guy is just a plain enjoyable trope, and Watters, Leila Del Duca, and Nick Filardi lean into big time with hilarious reaction shots, flashy colors, clever monologuing, and one big, damn punch.

Speaking of punching, Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 goes for more of a problem solving than a brawling angle in Yara and Jon’s battles against Solaris and Kuat. Because Solaris’ red sun negates Jon’s ability and makes him a formidable foe despite appearing in only a few stories, they have to use their smarts instead of brute force to defeat them. This is why Watters’ plotting is more Doctor Who and less, say, Geoff Johns’ Justice League as he introduces cool gadgets, knowledge of the future, and just plain grit for his heroes to save the day. He and Del Duca also deploy the power of multi-faceted characterization in crafting Yara and Jon’s plans, and the lack of extraneous guest stars in this issues means that we really get to know them better by the end of the story.

Their opponents say that Yara isn’t strong enough to fight Solaris, and that Jon isn’t smart enough to beat Kuat in a race especially without his full powers. However, the readers know this isn’t the case with Jon demonstrating a knowledge of systems theory combined with futuristic technology to make sure a planet from an alternate dimension doesn’t get sucked into a black hole. Also, Yara is a total badass and familiar with both Greek and indigenous Brazilian mythology so she basically knows the rules of stories and get herself out of a jam. (Watters writes her as a little more mature than Joelle Jones did in Future State: Wonder Woman.)

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 also explores the heroic burden that Jon has set for himself as he basically says that his job as Superman is to maintain Earth and beyond’s status quo in a stirring monologue coupled with some earnest facial expressions from Del Duca. Although it’s the future, he’s the embodiment of the Protestant work ethic and is always completing some task or other throughout the comic and seems deathly scared to delegate tasks to other heroes like Yara. Speaking of Yara, she provides a lighter counter-measure to Jon and believes in things like work/life balance (See the previous issue where she took a break from superheroing to have a drink with her buddies.) and disorganized organization as she figures out why Jon is disoriented and weakened in the first pages of the issue. Filardi uses big reds and blues that visually convey blaring alarms saying, “Superman down” in the first page, but then Leila Del Duca and Dan Watters nail a comedy beat with Yara trying to tame a Headless Mule.

Even though she’s a powerful hero, Yara doesn’t take herself too seriously and gets all the good one-liners. Leila Del Duca has her pull some hilarious faces and poses like when she rolls up to Solaris and says that she’s a last minute replacement for Jon and looks like she’s taking a quick call on her Bluetooth receiver. Watters and Del Duca strike the right balance between buddy comedy and epic battles. Jon gets to be part of a cosmic chariot race with Del Duca zooming out and show the sheer scale of a race around Earth and Pluto, but he also gets to have a sheepish grin and look like your friend who just lapped you at Mario Kart. The cosmic epic-meets-quirky comedy also extends to the villains with Solaris being a “center an entire crossover around him” type while Kuat just needs to be taken down a peg and have his yellow dwarf star sized ego massaged a little bit.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #2 wraps up what is almost the platonic ideal of a superhero team-up with Dan Watters, Leila Del Duca, and Nick Filardi telling a tale of troubleshooting on a universal scale with plenty of wit, bright colors, and heroes acting, well, like heroes. Mythology, science fiction, and a pinch of snark (Mainly Yara telling Jon that Earth could survive without him.) all come together in perfect harmony and minimal continuity baggage.

Story: Dan Watters Art: Leila Del Duca
Colors: Nick Filardi Letters: Tom Napolitano

Story: 8.6 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21 

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4
Almost American
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