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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: New Super-Man and DC Super Hero Girls

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one trade and one graphic novel from DC Comics.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China collecting issues #1-6 by Gene Luen Yang, Viktor Bogdanovic, and Richard Friend.

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus by Shea Fontana, Yancey Labat, Monica Kubina, and Janice Chiang.

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 21 and bookstores June 27.

Get your copy 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.

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 3 Summer Olympus
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 Going Sane

Suicide Squad Vol. 2 Going Sane

(W) Rob Williams (A) Sean Cheeks Galloway, Stephen Byrne, Carlos D’Anda, Christian Ward, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Francesco Mattina, Jonathan Glapion, Sandra Hope, Matt Batt Banning, Richard Friend (A/CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $16.99

Amanda Waller needs Kryptonite, and only Lex Luthor has it! But a deal like this won’t be cheap-or easy. And soon, the dark energies of the Black Vault are driving everyone in Belle Reve Penitentiary to acts of violent, bloody madness. Everyone except Harley Quinn, who’s somehow been…cured? Plus: welcome to Evil Anonymous, the support group for super-villains in need, where no problem is too insane or homicidal. Collects SUICIDE SQUAD #5-8 and the HARLEY QUINN AND THE SUICIDE SQUAD APRIL FOOL’S SPECIAL #1!

Review: Suicide Squad #15

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It’s the end of the road for the “Burning Down the House” story arc and Rob Williams gives this intrigue-filled arc one hell of a send-off. Suicide Squad #15 has it all. An old frenemy returns, the Squad comes together to avenge one of its own, Waller’s plan is partially revealed, a family is reunited and the opening of the door for an even bigger arc with an old face and some crossover options.

Williams is nothing if not consistent, his ability to tell a gripping story or kick off a saga makes the direction he’s taking the Suicide Squad in nothing short of legend making. There is no fat in his words, set up or ultimate conclusion as he is a master at playing chess with words and always being just far enough ahead of the reader to tell a compelling story and leave you wanting more. Issue #15 is nothing short of a testament to and reminder of his talent.

John Romita, Jr., Richard Friend, Eddy Barrows and, Eber Ferreira bring their A-game when it comes to the stylized look of this issue. There’s not a line out of place and the artwork adds another layer to the story making reading this comic a popcorn worthy endeavor. Much like the writing the artwork is tight and there isn’t a line out of place or a blood splatter that is unnecessary, everything you see in the panels is crucial to not only telling the story but, moving the action along.

Williams is one of those male writers that write female characters exceptionally well, there are no cliches or pandering in his writing, just strong, in control women with agency and goals. He doesn’t use females as side notes or damsels in distress, he allows them to step out into the light and actually be an integral part of the story. He gives them a sense of autonomy from the top of the food chain Waller to the chipped prisoners Harley Quinn and Enchantress, no woman is left behind or lacking in agency. He is a master at creating characters that you have strong feelings for whether you love them or you hate them, he makes sure that the readers get attached.

This issue highlights the best of his work and the best of his art teams works, their talents combined, create a wonderful world for the Squad to exist in and do their best and their worst. Williams has the story follow a realistic tone where things aren’t black and white but, he makes sure that those shades of gray are unique and pop, bringing an added layer to the story. Suicide Squad #15 is a solid read from cover to cover and the only fault that I find in it is that it was too short but, then again Williams is a master at leaving the readers wanting more.

Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr., Richard Friend, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Suicide Squad #15

Suicide Squad #15

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Richard Friend, John Romita, Jr., Eber Ferreira
Cover by: John Romita, Jr., Richard Friend
Variant cover by: Matteo Scalera
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 12, 2017

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” finale! Fueled by vengeance, Harley Quinn travels to Rustam’s stronghold to take on the traitor Deadshot and his entire team of villains all by her lonesome. But help comes from a most unexpected place in this thrilling conclusion to the most shocking Suicide Squad story of the Rebirth era!

Preview: Suicide Squad #14

Suicide Squad #14

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
In Shops: Mar 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part four! Consumed by rage following the brutal murder of one of her Suicide Squad comrades, Harley Quinn goes AWOL on a one-(psychotic-)woman mission of vengeance against Rustam and his unstoppable new ally, the most dangerous foe Harley has ever faced: Deadshot.

Preview: Suicide Squad #13

Suicide Squad #13

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
In Shops: Mar 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part three! Shot. Stabbed. Beaten. Maimed. Brought back from the edge of death and sent out to do it all over again and again and again. This has been the life of Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. But not anymore. The moment Suicide Squad fans never thought would come finally arrives when Deadshot achieves that which no one else has: escape! All it will cost is one of his teammates’ lives…

Review: Suicide Squad #13

13 has always been my favorite number and Suicide Squad #13 reminded me why. Rob Williams continues the “Burning Down the House” arc on the front end of the issue. Part three of the arc is no less compelling than its predecessors, in fact, part three turns the action up to 11 and, I’m here for it. Williams gives us the Suicide Squad actually being a team. He shows us peak Harley loyalty, some wicked hacking mainframe battles we also see a Squad member confront Waller’s killer.

We get a glimpse into Rustam’s plan as he holds a couple of squad members captive and he makes all of the Squad a pretty compelling offer. This issue gives us infighting, someone’s power being revoked, and during the final battle during this comic I actually was humming the song Burning Down the House and it seemed to match perfectly with the rhythm of the fight!!

A special shout out goes to the art team on this issue! John Romita Jr. who provides a great base line for Richard Friend to lay down the ink giving us the killer visuals. Dean White and Jeremiah Skipper step in and give us a color game so strong that I forgot I was reading for a minute. The mainframe scenes alone made we want to go grab some popcorn and the before and after panels made me wish I had nachos.

“Burning Down the House” is such a beautifully crafted story, with art to match, that I really felt like I was in a movie. There was so much attention to detail, character motives, and background that I found myself getting sucked into the Squads’ world and I was happy to go on the ride.

This marks the end of this particular arc and the creative team did this story justice and actually lived up to its title.

The second half of issue Suicide Squad #13Hero or Villain” is also written by Rob Williams. Williams takes amazing care in crafting a short, sweet, poignant story that not only sets up the next full arc but breaks us of our preconceived notions of who is who. The People’s spy is revealed and a Squad member falls because of it all. Harley examines her feeling for Flag, June thinks about a future with Croc, and Hack thinks about work as they enjoy a much-needed girls’ night out. There’s a nice calm and a real moment of pure love that occurs in the second half of this issue making the ending all the more sad and powerful.

Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas provide the pop inspired visuals that brought this half of the issue to life. The intermittent bright pops of color with the hard lines shadows gives an ominous tone to the story. The artwork engages the reader and prepares us for that gut check in the final panel.

Burning Down the House 
Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr., Dean White, Richard Friend and Jeremiah Skipper
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.2

Hero or Villain 
Story: Rob Williams Art: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.3

Recommendation: Buy

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Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: All-New X-Men, Daredevil, and Doctor Strange

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got three volumes from Marvel covering some of their newer releases.

All-New X-Men Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury collecting issues #12-16 by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, and Nolan Woodard.

Daredevil Vol. 3: Dark Art collecting issues #10-14 by Charles Soule, Ron Garney, and Matt Millia.

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether collecting issues #11-16 by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan, Leonardo Romero, Jorge Fornes, Cory Smith, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Wayne Faucher, Tim Townsend, Richard Friend, Antonio Fabela, Jordie Bellaire, and Java Tartaglia.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find all three in comic stores February 22 and bookstores March 7.

Get your copies 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.

All-New X-Men Vol. 3: Hell Hath So Much Fury
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Daredevil Vol. 3: Dark Art
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

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Preview: Suicide Squad #11

Suicide Squad #11

(W) Rob Williams (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira (A/CA) John Romita, Richard Friend
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” part one! Spinning directly out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Hidden somewhere deep within, the world is a burning flame. Its light is blinding. Its heat is deadly. It’s a fire fueled by hatred, by rage and by vengeance. Used, abused and left for dead, the greatest foe the Suicide Squad has ever faced returns, more powerful than ever, to burn down the world Amanda Waller has given everything to protect.

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Preview: Suicide Squad #8

Suicide Squad #8

(W) Rob Williams (A) Richard Friend, Sandra Hope, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Francesco Mattina (A/CA) Jim Lee, Scott Williams
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“THE BLACK VAULT” part eight! Harley Quinn goes sane! The prisoners and staff of Belle Reve Penitentiary have succumbed to the devastating effects of General Zod’s Black Vault, rendering them all insane. But it has the opposite effect on Harley, who must fight her way through a crazed Suicide Squad-with the help of the Enchantress-to stop Zod from waking and conquering the world. No pressure, right? And in a bonus backup story written by Rob Williams with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Francesco Mattina, learn how super-villains are conscripted into the Suicide Squad! The unlucky Killer Frost is about to find out when she arrives for her first day at Belle Reve. Her story continues from this month’s single issue of SUICIDE SQUAD directly into JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1!

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