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Review: Young Justice #3

Young Justice #3

Continuity has been thrown out the window (Oops.), and Conner Kent aka Superboy is back in the pages of DC Comics as a farmer in Gemworld, who recently invaded Earth. Writer Brian Michael Bendis, artists Patrick Gleason and Viktor Bogdanovic with inker Jonathan Glapion, and colorists Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Sotomayor, and Hi-Fi give him plenty of time to reintroduce himself and banter with Impulse while the rest of the Young Justice “team” languishes in a prison. And what results in Young Justice #3 is a classic case of good characterization, disjointed plotting, and okay art. It’s definitely a middle chapter.

But, first, the good. I haven’t read any of the old Young Justice or other pre-New 52 comics in which Conner Kent and Bart Allen appeared in, but Bendis, Gleason, and Bogdanovic immediately show their friendship complete with hugs, jokes, and a little trash talk of Gemworld goons. (Comparing a bad guy to an Intergang member is always a sick DCU burn.) Gleason’s expressive art and Bendis’ overcaffeinated dialogue for Impulse has been my favorite part of Young Justice, and there’s a lot of it in this issue as he fights back against the Gemworld fighters and also comes to grips with seeing his old friend having changed so much. It’s a little difficult to process seeing your BFF transform from a black Superman t-shirt wearing teen rebel to a bearded farmer with a wife and baby.

Another decent part of this comic is when Bendis, Gleason, and Bogdanovic tell the story of how Conner Kent came to be in Gemworld. Bendis channels Ultimate Spider-Man a little bit by having the teacher’s lecture about rules and society in what I assume is a class on Lord of the Flies connect to Conner’s arc in the issue. He can fly and has super strength so what is he doing sitting in class when he could investigate some STAR Labs sketchiness.

Conner was created in a lab from Lex Luthor and Superman’s DNA so he’s not a fan of those kind of places. Gleason, Bogdanovic, and Glapion are trying to show his extreme rage and recklessness in wrecking the lab, but the facial expressions don’t match his action in these scenes. Also, Glapion tries to make his pencillers’ work look too much like Greg Capullo so switching from flashbacks to present day is a little jarring. Chris Sotomayor’s colors do highlight the otherworldly mystique of Gemworld as Conner is transported there from a mysterious room in STAR Labs. It’s a quick, simple way to discuss his whereabouts without getting caught in a continuity jam.

So, if the Superboy and Impulse parts of Young Justice #3 are entertaining, slightly mysterious, and character driven albeit with some awkward art transitions, the scenes with the rest of the team are extremely boring. Except for a splash page of Wonder Girl, Tim Drake, and the rest of Young Justice battling the Gemworld warriors, it’s mostly them just complaining while being trapped in dungeons and remarking on how weird reality is. There’s nothing much to look at, and thankfully, there is just a few pages.

With the entire team captive, Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Viktor Bogdanovic do have the team in quite a pickle though, and I’m interested to see some of the flashbacks that show Conner’s life as a family man in Gemworld. And as long as it’s a good story, continuity doesn’t matter. Young Justice #3 is compelling as a Superboy solo issue, but sometimes the art doesn’t mesh and the check-in with the rest of Young Justice is either rushed or unnecessary.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Patrick Gleason and Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks: Jonathan Glapion
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Sotomayor, and Hi-Fi
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual and Josh Reed
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Young Justice #3

Young Justice #3

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Patrick Gleason, Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Evan Shaner
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Young Justice is back, baby! Bendis and Gleason reunite all your favorites in one place! Robin (Tim Drake-the best Robin) and Amethyst (best Princess of Gemworld!) team with Wonder Girl, Jinny Hex and the new Teen Lantern (not even close to the best Green Lantern) to take back the mysterious Gemworld from the evil forces of dark Opal. Meanwhile, the reunited Impulse and Superboy have a lot of explaining to do. Also in this issue, find out where Connor Kent has been all this time. This is a big issue for Superboy fans!

Young Justice #3

DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

Review: Young Justice #2

The young heroes are in Gemworld not knowing what’s going on. Young Justice #2 builds on the first issue introducing us a bit more to the heroes and bringing them together.

Young Justice #2 is by Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Alejandro Sanchez, and Josh Reed.

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

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle

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Preview: Young Justice #2

Young Justice #2

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Emanuela Lupacchino (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The new teen super-team unites as Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl, Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex join forces to help Amethyst free Gemworld from those who control it. In another section of the strange dimension, Connor Kent and Impulse find themselves taken captive-but if this is really Superboy, why isn’t he putting up a fight with his friend and former teammate against the bad guys?

Young Justice #2

Review: Young Justice #1

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex!

When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation—but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Review: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1 kicks off Wonder Comics, the curated line/imprint of DC Comics headed by Brian Michael Bendis. The issue brings back the fan-favorite team but is this one all about nostalgia? Find out!

Young Justice #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason, and Alejandro Sanchez.

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

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle

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Review: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in Young Justice #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC!

Brian Michael Bendis‘ comic imprint, Wonder Comics, kicks off with Young Justice #1. And, as far as debuts go, this one is… good. I have no connection to Young Justice. I haven’t read the comics. I haven’t watched the show. Other than the characters in other series, I really have no thoughts on it all. So, coming in fresh, I went into the first issue judging if it was new reader friendly and thankfully, it is.

Bendis delivers an issue that’s kind of standard in that a disaster brings together a bunch of heroes and forces them to form a team out of it all. It just so happens that in this case, some of these heroes know each other. There’s reasons thrown out as to why they’re in Metropolis with most of it being thin but that’s all minor details to quickly move past. Instead, it’s about the interactions and the smart ass quips. And that’s pretty solid.

We don’t get just Robin, Wonder Girl, and Impulse, but we get two newcomers in Jinny Hex and Teen Lantern both of which seem like they could be interesting additions. Jinny especially with her guns adds a factor in there, especially with Robin avoiding killing.

Bendis delivers fun in this first issue with a youthful enthusiasm we’ve seen him deliver elsewhere. It works and works well with an energy about it all that at times is infectious.

That’s helped by Patrick Gleason‘s art and Alejandro Sanchez‘s color. The panel layouts and pages are just amazing in this issue with me lingering on some enjoying the chaos and crazy. The art is fantastic and the first issue wouldn’t succeed at all without. This is a case where the art helps make the story.

The first issue is good and fun. As an entry point for new readers, it’s perfectly fine with little knowledge needed and those who are long time fans should be excited to see folks together and about that final panel. This first issue isn’t groundbreaking at all but what it delivers is entertaining fun and some times that’s all you need.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Patrick Gleason
Color: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: DC Lettering
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Young Justice #1

Young Justice #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They’re all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they’re shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Bendis reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (SUPERMAN, ACTION COMICS, GREEN LANTERN CORPS) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Young Justice #1

DC Collectibles Reveals New Items Releasing in 2019

Dark Nights: Metal Batman and Darkseid Baby statue

Rocking into our world from the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL is DC’s most powerful Super-Villain. In the twisting, nightmare-and-rock-and-roll-infused plot of METAL, Scott Snyder has the Dark Knight capture the newborn Darkseid to shoot himself back through time.

  • Based on art by Greg Capullo
  • Sculpted by Neobauhaus
  • Includes Interchangeable head and removable Darkseid baby
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 6.1’’ tall
  • MSRP: $85.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Batman statue by Kenneth Rocafort

Bruce Wayne chose the bat as his symbol because it frightened him, and he wanted criminals to share his fears. Fear can translate as intimidation, or in the case of this Batman Black & White statue by artist Kenneth Rocafort, it can become nightmarish fright. This statue incorporates demonic and otherworldly elements, including a serrated cape, skeletal feet and a vampiric bat symbol, and will stand out on any shelf or collection.

  • Sculpted by Paul Harding
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Size: 8.77’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Black & White Mini PVC Figure 7-Pack Box Set One

DC Collectibles’ iconic BATMAN BLACK & WHITE statue series has captured the hearts of collectors and comics fans alike with its interpretations of the World’s Greatest Detective and Gotham City characters from the industry’s most celebrated artists. Starting in 2019, DC Collectibles is creating an all-new offshoot of the beloved black-and-white collectibles, this time in 3.75″ tall PVC figures. Released in box sets of seven, each set will feature resized statues from some of the most popular designs in the line’s history. The first set releasing in May 2019 features art by Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely, Dick Sprang and Jim Lee.

  • MSRP: $35.00
  • On sale May 2019

DC Designer Series: Wonder Woman statue by Jenny Frison

This DC DESIGNER SERIES statue is based on the celebrated Jenny Frison-illustrated cover from the Rebirth era of the WONDER WOMAN comics series. The design takes Frison’s vision and expands it into three dimensions for a stunning and highly detailed showpiece. Cast in polyresin, the statue captures a Wonder Woman who is prepared for battle, armed with her shield, an Amazonian spear and the Lasso of Truth on her hip.

  • Based on art by Jenny Frison
  • Sculpted by Jack Mathews
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 15.5’’ tall
  • MSRP: $150.00
  • On sale July 2019

Batman Family: Robin Multi-Part statue

Following the success of the Teen Titans multi-part statue, DC Collectibles is back with a new line of combinable statues, this time featuring the Bat-Family! This new set features five statues that can be posed individually or combined into a massive showpiece. The latest release of the Bat-Family is the Boy Wonder himself—Robin! Perched upon a gargoyle with a sword at the ready and a smile on his face, this Robin is ready for action. Carefully sculpted in polyresin, this statue will stand out on its own or as part of the Bat-Family when connected with the other statues of the collection.

  • Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • Measures 5.71’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00
  • On sale July 2019

Deluxe Action Figure Base Two-Pack

Complete with a three-point arm, a spring-loaded grip and peg holes, these deluxe action figure bases allow great freedom and flexibility for displaying your favorite DC Collectibles figures. The arm reaches up to 8’’ tall; the base is 6.5’’ by 3.5’’. Sold in packs of two.

  • MSRP: $10.00
  • On sale March 2019

DC Gallery: Batman: Arkham Asylum Batman Cowl

The DC Gallery collection presents some of the most iconic accessories, costumes and art as seen in the DC universe. In 2019, DC Collectibles is launching a collection of Batman cowls, each representing a beloved rendition of the Dark Knight’s headgear from comics, videogames and more. In July, DC Collectibles will release a Batcowl based on Batman’s costume in the acclaimedBatman: Arkham Asylum videogame produced by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Rocksteady Studios. Standing 11.29’’ tall, this 1:2 scale polyresin sculpture makes a great addition to any home, office or Bat(man) cave.

  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $90.00
  • On sale July 2019

DC Artists Alley Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl by Chrissie Zullo

Created with a dreamlike, whimsical aesthetic, Chrissie Zullo’s transformations of Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Batgirl embody the artist’s unique and joyful art style

  • Sculpted by Irene Matar
  • Size: 7’’ tall
  • Limited to 3,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $60.00 each
  • On sale July 2019

Black and White Variants:

  • Limited to 1,000 pieces

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