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Review: I Am Batman #0

John Ridley delivers the start of Jace Fox’s next chapter and steps to becoming Batman.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Travel Foreman
Ink: Norm Rapmund
Color: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Dave Lanphear

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Review: I Am Batman #0

I Am Batman #0

In DC’s Future State, we met a new Batman, Jace Fox. The future Gotham has turned into a neon fascist nightmare where masks are outlawed and the Gotham PD are overshadowed by a private military police force called the Magistrate. The result created a nightmare future where Batman was the enemy and freedom as an illusion. When DC launched its current line and focus, the Batman comics started to lay the ground for that nightmare future. One of those series was The Next Batman: Second Son which laid the groundwork for Jace’s new role. I Am Batman is the next chapter in Jace’s evolution as he takes his first steps in the Batman persona.

Writer John Ridley returns to tell Jace’s story and continues to explore how his family dynamic and past mistakes drive his focus. Ridley’s storytelling has a brilliance about it. He does an amazing job of balancing outright telling the reader what they need to know and seeding enough hints and details for them to put things together themselves.

What Ridley also gives us is a flawed hero. Jace messes up, a lot. He doesn’t know everything he’s doing and we’re really getting an “origin’ story with some pretty hard lessons for the hero to learn. And that extends beyond just the physical part. Jace has to deal with public relations and perception as well and due to the past Ridley has driven home, we understand why.

But, Ridley also delivers a story that has relevance. The issue’s tension, at multiple times, is about the clashes between the Gotham PD and protestors. It’s hard not to think about Black Lives Matter and the real life protests that regularly occurred over the past year. Ridley is a master of mixing entertainment and social relevance.

Travel Foreman‘s art is good though never quite excites. With ink by Norm Rapmund, color by Rex Lokus, and lettering by Dave Lanphear, the art does its job of conveying the tension, emotion, and action. But, it misses the mark for those iconic moments. The comic’s art works best during the quieter moments like when Jace has trouble talking to a potential romantic interest. The protests, and Batman’s moments, never quite deliver the punch needed. It does well but not great.

I Am Batman #0 is a nice bridge from the previous series and this one. We get to see Jace’s initial steps as Batman after his discovery in the previous series. We get more of his thoughts, motivation, and his view as to what he needs to do next to succeed. It gives us a flawed individual who we can see grow and while we might not always agree with what he does, we can understand his viewpoint. It gives us a well-rounded character that could very well be the future of the DC Universe.

Story: John Ridley Art: Travel Foreman
Ink: Norm Rapmund Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Dave Lanphear
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Infinite Frontier #2

Infinite Frontier #2

While the recent Death Metal storyline was a bit mixed in its quality, its legacy is potentially massive for the DC Universe. The event has opened up a comic universe of infinite possibilities. Characters are back and an infinite amount of worlds and universes exists. Infinite Frontier is the series that looks to explore all of those possibilities and Infinite Frontier #2 expands that a lot as it continues its investigation of the mysteries set up in the debut issue.

Written by Joshua Williamson, Infinite Frontier #2 packs a lot into the issue. There’s the mystery of the disappearance of Jade and some characters who may not have returned from the dead. There’s the new Black Lantern. Then we have Thomas Wayne’s crash landing. Finally, there’s the D.E.O. that looks like it’s getting back in business. Any one of those storylines could be an entire issue. But, Williamson balances them well delivering just enough for each to move forward in a satisfying way.

And he still delivers a hell of a shock at the end.

Infinite Frontier #2 is solid in not just putting the pieces of the storylines together but also feels like a fun tour of the DC Universe for new readers. As President Superman and Thomas Wayne examine Wayne’s appearance we get to see ship crashes on different Earths. It’s a fun tour and there’s a few that may have some massive implications. And implications is part of what this issue is about. It’s not just what’s to come but also what it means for the return of all of these characters. Which versions are back? Who hasn’t returned? All of that is thrown out making the series even more intriguing.

With so many stories and worlds, the art is handled by the trio of Paul Pelletier, Jesús Merino, and Xermánico. Norm Rapmund, Merino, and Xermánico handle the ink with Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. The art works and works well. There’s little issues with the trio all handling different aspects and the art flows together. There’s also a nice build-up to the end of the issue. The surprise hits you as the issue builds. You get a sense of something coming but not exactly what. With some of what else is touched upon in the issue, there’s coming to be some waves over events.

Infinite Frontier #2 is a fun comic. It just feels like a throwback to that time that anything can happen while also building towards something. This is THE series to keep an eye on and looks to be key for the future of the DC Universe.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Paul Pelletier, Jesús Merino, Xermánico
Ink: Norm Rapmund, Jesús Merino, Xermánico Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Next Batman: Second Son #4

Jace is attempting to turn his life around. As one chapter ends for him a new one begins as this mini-series wraps up.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Travel Foreman
Ink: Norm Rapmund, Le Beau Underhood
Color: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Andworld Design

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Review: The Next Batman: Second Son #3

What’s the secret of Jace Fox? What’s the lawsuit that’s being hinted at? What’s his “origin”? Find out in The Next Batman: Second Son #3.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Travel Foreman
Ink: Norm Rapmund, Mark Morales
Color: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Andworld Design

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The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence

Inkwell Awards

The Inkwell Awards has announced the winners of its 14th annual awards for excellence in the comic-book inking art form. Results are normally first made public at its live awards ceremony during its host show, The Great Philadelphia Comic Con, but at present, due to uncertainties with the Covid-19 pandemic, the show status is unknown and the ceremony is canceled.

Nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee on their own as well as from artist submissions. Voting by professionals and fans took place for one week in March on the official ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website. After 1587 ballots were tallied, one winner was chosen in each of five categories based on printed American interior comic-book work cover-dated 2020.

As begun last year, the Inkwells’ internal committee chose to not limit lifetime achievement awards within a given year. They selected four inductees for the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame and three recipients for the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award (SASRA). There were no internal Silver Inkwell Awards recipients this year but there were two internal Above & Beyond Awards given to Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy for 10 years of Nomination Committee service.

Ballot nominees are listed below with their credits and the percentage of votes received by the winners, along with the other nominees in alphabetical order.

  • FAVORITE INKER (Favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist; cannot also be nominated for the “Props” award): Ruy Jose (41%) (Immortal Hulk [Marvel]).
    Other nominees: Jonathan Glapion, Klaus Janson, Joe Prado.
  • MOST-ADAPTABLE (Artist showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencillers): Norm Rapmund (42%) (Batman Beyond, Detective Comics, The Flash, Flash Forward, Dark Nights Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs (one-shot), Wonder Woman [DC]).
    Other nominees: Marc Deering, Daniel Henriques, Matt Santorelli, LeBeau Underwood.
  • PROPS (Inker deserving of more attention): Eber Ferreira (41%) (Speed Metal (one-shot), Freedom Fighters, Justice League [DC]).
    Other nominees: Adriano Di Benedetto, Daniel Henriques, Le Beau Underwood.
  • S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream Independent): Adelso Corona (69%) Snake Eyes [IDW]; Bloodshot [Valiant]).Other nominees: Le Beau Underwood.
  • ALL-IN-ONE (Favorite artist known for inking his/her own pencils): Chris Samnee (40%) (FirePower [Image]).
    Other nominees: Marco Santucci, Liam Sharp.

In alphabetical order, the lifetime achievement awards were as follows:

THE STACEY ARAGON SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (SASRA): Alfredo Alcala, Frank Frazetta, and Wendy Pini.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos, and Mike Royer.

Mark Sinnott, Joe’s son/agent, said, “It is an honor for me to keep with the tradition that my dad, Joltin’ Joe Sinnott started over 10 years ago. On behalf of the Inkwell Awards, I would like to welcome its four newest members to its hallowed halls: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, Pablo Marcos and Mike Royer. It is great to have you all as members of the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame class of 2021. Welcome to the Inkwell family! You have all brought a great deal of talent and class to the comic book world, and we thank you for that. Keep slingin’ ink, and never let your inkwell run dry!”

Full acceptance statements from Sinnott and the winners will be found in the “Award Recipients” section of the Inkwell Awards’ website in the near future.

Review: Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1

And with that, it seems like Tales From the Dark Multiverse has come to an end. For a while now, DC Comics has been delivering entertaining one-shots. Tales from the Dark Multiverse has given us “dark” takes on classic events of the DC Universe. The comics generally entertained with some stronger than others. The concept as a whole was a fun idea that delivered a bit of “what if?” with an Elseworlds feel. Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 seems to wrap up the concept with a Dark Multiverse version of Dark Nights: Metal.

The original Dark Nights: Metal was written by Scott Snyder. Snyder has a story credit along with writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. Tales From the Dark Multiverse has been presented and framed by Tempus Fungnaut. Fugnaut’s a being whose role is search “the dark for a single spark of light”. Through the stories presented there has been lots of death and destruction and little hope. This issue attempts to deliver that as a group of heroes make a stand against Barbatos and his twisted “dragons”.

What’s interesting is Kelly and Lanzing deliver a take on Snyder’s concepts that’s a little bit easier to understand. Though the story is rather compressed, it does a good explanation of the villain Barbatos’ creation and the general events of the real Dark Nights: Metal.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1 is the final stand against Barbatos with the final Justice League battling it out. Who remains is interesting and while there are hints at how they’ve remained the comic could have been helped by being expanded. Like so many of the Tales From the Dark Multiverse, the issue is worthy of being a miniseries or even more expanded issue or graphic novel. The comic is a bit too compressed in that way. Some great concepts that I’d love to see more of.

The comic also does a lot more on the “metal” concept. Snyder and the team of creators he’s worked with have often talked about the musical aspects of their two events. The events take on a “metal” attitude but neither has really played heavily on that concept. Here, it’s leaned into heavily with one weapon being a guitar reminiscent of guitar blasters of the past. Within one character we get more of the “metal” attitude than the whole of both of the real events this riffs off of.

The art by Karl Mostert is interesting. Mostert is joined by Trevor Scott and Norm Rapmund on ink, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. on color, and Andworld Design on lettering. Some of the design reminded me of the video game Brutal Legend but overall, there’s some solid concepts in characters and the world. There’s a death and destruction of it all without it being overly dark and depressed. The opening of the comic features a great use of panels and a character running from one to another. It helps speed along the story and really nails home what’s going on. The design of the comic overall has a very “rock and roll” feel about it while still delivering bright colors evoking a little bit of 70s van art in a good way.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Dark Nights Metal #1’s ending would lead me to believe this series of one-shots is done which is a shame. It provided an interesting outlet for creators to deliver something different, infusing a darker/horror/twisted take on classic DC stories. Who knows what lies on the other side of Dark Nights: Death Metal but here’s hoping it leaves space to explore more of the idea and let us see the adventures of The Final Knight.

Story: Scott Snyder, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Art: Karl Mostert Ink: Trevor Scott, Norm Rapmund
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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ComiXology Has 10 New Digital Comics from Marvel, DC, and More Today

There’s an even ten new digital comics available right now on comiXology. A mix of new and older comics, there’s a lot to enjoy and read right now. Check out the new comics from Marvel, DC, Harlequin, and more right now or the individual issues below.

Decimation: Sentinel Squad One

Written by John Layman
Art by Aaron Lopresti, Norm Rapmund
Cover by Pasqual Ferry
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Collects Sentinel Squad One #1-5.

Discover the origin of the Sentinel Squad! How did they come together and become the elite group of soldiers to pilot the Sentinels that have made their presence known at the Xavier Institute?

Decimation: Sentinel Squad One

The Greek Billionaire’s Innocent Princess Vol. 5: The Royal House of Karedes

Written by Chantelle Shaw
Art by Harumo Sanazaki
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At a royal party, Kitty, a shy princess of the kingdom of Aristo, is mistaken for a maid by Greek tycoon Nikos. To avoid his pity, she gives Nikos a false name. Later, Kitty slips out of the ballroom, takes off her clothes and goes swimming in the night sea—unaware that Nikos is strolling along the beach! He then spends a wonderful night with her, his mysterious maid…

The Greek Billionaire's Innocent Princess Vol. 5: The Royal House of Karedes

Marvel Action Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Cat-Tastrophe

Written by Sam Maggs
Art by Sweeney Boo
Cover by Sweeney Boo
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Collects Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1-3.

Carol Danvers’ quiet night with BFF Jessica Drew (a.k.a. Spider-Woman) takes a cat-astrophic turn when Manhattan’s bodegas are suddenly overrun by a host of angry felines! And not just any felines-Flerkens, the most terrifying, pocket-dimension-holding, tentacle-devouring kitty-look-alikes in the entire universe! It’s a Flerken invasion in the latest addition to the Marvel Action banner!

Marvel Action Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Cat-Tastrophe

Marvel Action Captain Marvel Vol. 2: A.I.M. Small

Written by Sam Maggs
Art by Sweeney Boo
Cover by Sweeney Boo
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Collects Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #4-6.

Carol Danvers may be used to going higher, further, faster, but on an adventure with the Unstoppable Wasp she’ll be going smaller, lower, slower! She’s been a fighter pilot, an Avenger, and a friend of flerkens, but now she’s facing her most difficult job yet… driving instructor! And teaching Nadia Van Dyne-a.k.a. The Unstoppable Wasp!-how to drive gets a whole lot harder when A.I.M. gets ahold of some Pym Particles. Suddenly tiny, can Carol and Nadia figure out A.I.M.’s plot before it’s too late?! It’s a new pint-sized Marvel Action adventure!

Marvel Action Captain Marvel Vol. 2: A.I.M. Small

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies: 1939-1940 Vol. 3

Written by Lee Falk
Art by Wilson McCoy
Cover by Ray Moore
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The first, original, and best masked hero to ever grace the pages of comic strips and comic books returns with Hermes Press’ new complete reprint of The Phantom. Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the “granddaddy of all costumed superheroes,” The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore. Included in this volume are two years of the continuity, from 1939-1940.

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies: 1939-1940 Vol. 3

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies: 1943-1944 Vol. 5

Written by Lee Falk
Art by Wilson McCoy
Cover by Ray Moore
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The first, original, and best masked hero to ever grace the pages of comic strips and comic books returns with Hermes Press’ new complete reprint of The Phantom. Referred to by comic strip historian Maurice Horn as the “granddaddy of all costumed superheroes,” The Phantom was created in 1936 by Lee Falk with artwork by Ray Moore. Included in this volume are two years of the continuity, from 1943-1944.

Note: Volume 4 is unfortunately delayed due to circumstances beyond our control; please enjoy Volume 5 and Volume 4 will be out soon!

The Phantom: The Complete Newspaper Dailies: 1943-1944 Vol. 5

Sentinel Vol. 1: Salvage

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Udon Studios
Cover by Udon Studios
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Collects Sentinel #1-6.

This teen, sci-fi drama shows one contemporary teenager’s struggle to find his own voice, to stand up for himself and to discover what it means to be a hero in the 21st century! Oh yeah, and it’s also about a boy and his giant robot!

Sentinel Vol. 1: Salvage

Sentinel Vol. 2: No Hero

Written by Sean McKeever
Art by Udon Studios
Cover by Udon Studios
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Collects Sentinel #7-12.

Juston Seyfert’s life is changing faster than he could have ever dreamed. But it’s not just acne and algebra tests that this high school sophomore has to cope with… Juston has a secret bigger than anyone in his hometown of Antigo, Wisconsin, could possibly have imagined: He’s discovered the battle-ravaged remains of a Sentinel – a gigantic mutant-hunting robot built by the government – in his family’s junkyard and has used his prodigious technical skills to put the mechanical marauder back together!

Sentinel Vol. 2: No Hero

Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Written by Robyn Donald
Art by Ruka Kirishima
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Marisa can’t believe her eyes when Rafe Peveril, a gorgeous millionaire and brilliant business owner, steps into her shop after six years of not seeing each other. The last time she’d caught sight of him was during the aftermath of a terrible plane crash. Marisa has completely changed her identity since then, but she still remembers every detail of the man she embraced that night. Rafe, however, has no memory of it. Could Marisa hold the clue to restoring his lost memory?

Stepping Out Of The Shadows

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #17

Written by Stephanie Phillips
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks V Ken Marion
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A hostage situation at a hospital calls for Superman to negotiate and bring an end to the dire setting. But when he learns why he’s been called, he’ll need to make a choice to give in to the criminal’s demands or risk everyone’s lives in the process!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #17

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Preview: Detective Comics #1024

Detective Comics #1024

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Art by: Andrew Hennessy, Norm Rapmund

The story of Two-Face reaches its end, and Harvey Dent will at last find peace after decades of schism. But will that peace be in death, or in the chance at a new life? All along, the Joker has been the puppet master behind the torment of Two-Face, and he knows how to make an entrance! Don’t miss the final battle between Batman, Two-Face and Lincoln March, with a shocking conclusion that will split you right in two!

Detective Comics #1024

Go Beyond the Unknown with Harley Quinn and manga in Today’s Digital Comics

ComiXology has five digital comics for you today. Two are from DC Comics as part of their DC Digital First lineup while three others are Harlequin romance manga. Check them all out here or the individual releases below.

From Beyond the Unknown #2

Written by Dan Jurgens, Tom Sniegoski
Pencils Eric Gapstur, Dan Jurgens
Inks Eric Gapstur, Norm Rapmund
Colored by Hi-Fi, Marissa Louise
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Story 1 – On Earth-A.D. (After Disaster), the world is a very different place-a post-apocalyptic wasteland, full of talking animals and other strange sights. While exploring his dystopian home, Kamandi, the last living human, stumbles upon a robot butler patiently awaiting the return of his human masters, who disappeared years before. Kamandi takes pity on the loyal butler and tries to reunite him with his long-lost family…however unusual that reunion might be.
Story 2 – In the far future of the 31st century, the super-powered teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes protect all the citizens of the United Planets. But when Legionnaires Sun Boy and Wildfire are kidnapped, their teammates must infiltrate a mysterious ice planet to try to save their friends…and the planet!

From Beyond the Unknown #2

The Mediterranean Tycoon

Written by Margaret Mayo
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Single mother Peta works as a secretary while raising her eight-year-old son. After getting assigned to the new company president, Andreas, her days are hectic as she tries to meet the demands of the tyrannical but drop-dead-gorgeous Greek man.

“For my son and our future, I’ll meet Andreas’s commands with all I’ve got!”

But one day, Andreas finds out about Peta’s son and makes his most outrageous demand yet—“Work as my son’s live-in nanny!”

Can Peta, who has sworn off trusting men forever, bring herself to live with this dangerously sexy man?

The Mediterranean Tycoon

In Good Company

Written by Teresa Southwick
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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In high school, Molly was a little plain and chubby and yet her crush, Des, asked her out! She thought things were going well between them until Des left for college without saying a word of goodbye. Years later, Molly has transformed into a beautiful woman. When Des returns to town, he doesn’t even recognize her. But the wounds he left on her heart still haven’t healed…

In Good Company

The Final Seduction

Written by Sharon Kendrick
Art by Natsumi Matsumoto
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Accused of being unfaithful by her fiancé, Drew, heartbroken Shelly fled to Milan. Three years later, she’s back in the town she never thought she’d return to.

There, she runs into Drew, and with their unresolved past looming over them, their fighting begins again. His blue eyes, deep as the ocean, no longer hold the warmth for her that they once did… But before she knows it, she is relying on him once more, just like before.

Although she knows he’ll never forgive her, his kindness confuses her. What does he really want from her?

The Final Seduction

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

Written by Mirka Andolfo
Pencils Mirka Andolfo
Inks Mirka Andolfo
Colored by Mirka Andolfo
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“Fashion Victim”
Harley is determined to steal back the spotlight by sabotaging Catwoman in style! When the two are challenged to model a new line of cutting-edge criminal couture, Harley accepts it as a contest of pride-but she’ll have to swallow a tough pill when she learns her arrogance is all part of Selina’s grand plan to pull off the ultimate high-profile heist on the catwalk.

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #2

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