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DC Comics’ Reveals More March Polybag Variants

Back in December, DC Entertainment announced that their ongoing monthly themed variant cover program for March would showcase variants for ten of DC Comics’ most popular Batman and Superman titles. The variants are to be polybagged with a Batman v Superman theme, concealing stunning cover artwork by the comic industry’s most talented artists!

March’s Batman v Superman polybagged comics will follow a format similar to December’s Harley’s Little Black Book variant program, where three different versions of each variant were printed in equal quantity. All ten upcoming Batman v Superman comics will also have three versions printed in equal quantity, but this time they’ll be published in full color, fade and character spotlight.

What’s that look like? Two more of these top-secret images are now ready—Ryan Ottley’s variant covers for Robin: Son of Batman #10 and Kaare Andrews’ variant covers for Superman #50! Check them out below!

For the full list of comic books that will feature these fun and collectible covers, please see below:

3/2: Detective Comics #50 (variant by Rafael Grampa)
3/9: Action Comics #50 (variant by Martin Ansin)
3/9: Batman/Superman #30 (variant by Kevin Maguire)
3/16: Robin Son of Batman #10 (variant by Ryan Ottley)
3/16: Superman #50 (variant by Kaare Andrews)
3/23: Batman #50 (variant by Chris Daughtry and Jim Lee)
3/23: Grayson #18 (variant by Stephen Platt)
3/23: Superman/Wonder Woman #27 (variant by Charlie Adlard)
3/23: Wonder Woman #50 (variant by Massimo Carnevale)
3/30: Batgirl #50 (variant by Kevin Nowlan)

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We’re heading in to the last week of the new year! Hope everyone’s holidays are going well.

While you count down for the new year, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Janelle Rambles – At Comics Marketing – How come we didn’t get one!? *Sniff* *Sniff* But seriously, great to see this being done.

Black Nerd Problems – Gargoyles Was the Most Important Cartoon of my Pre-Intellectual Black Childhood – Who else was a fan?

 

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The Rainbow Hub – Fight Club 2 #8

Talking Comics – Last Gang in Town #1

The Rainbow Hub – Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1

Black Nerd Problems – Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1

The Rainbow Hub – Pretty Deadly #7

The Rainbow Hub – Robin: Son of Batman #7

The Rainbow Hub – Ultimate End #5

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get, and what will you be reading this Christmas Eve?

While you let us know, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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New York Times – Coming Out as Gay Superheroes – An interesting read.

GamePolitics – Congresswoman Katherine Clark promotes new anti-swatting bill – Good!

Kotaku – Arkham Knight’s New DLC Superbly Spotlights Batman’s Saddest Enemy – Who’s still playing?

The New Yorker – “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and the superhero survivor. – Awesome to see this in the New Yorker!

 

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Comic Vine – Astonishing Ant-Man #3

The Rainbow Hub – Batman and Robin Eternal #12

Comic Vine – Bloodshot Reborn #9

CBR – Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Comic Vine – Extraordinary X-Men #4

The Rainbow Hub – Fight Club 2 #8

CBR – Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1

Talking Comics – Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat #1

Comic Vine – Robin: Son of Batman #7

DC Announces a Month of Batman/Superman Variant Covers

Move aside, Harley Quinn! The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel are taking over! Batman and Superman are gearing up to dominate DC Comics this March! And part of that is a new variant cover theme featuring DC’s two titans.

DC Entertainment has announced a month of variants with a theme of Batman/Superman, with a second round of opaque black polybags concealing stunning cover artwork by the comic industry’s most talented artists!

DC Entertainment’s ongoing monthly themed variant cover program will showcase variants for ten of DC Comics’ most popular Batman and Superman titles. All ten comics will have three black polybagged variants of equal quantity of pencils, inks and colored covers.

Batman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Jim Lee
Detective Comics #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Rafael Grampa
Batgirl #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Kevin Nowlan
Grayson #18 – Polybagged variant cover by Stephen Platt
Robin: Son of Batman #10 – Polybagged variant cover by Ryan Ottley
Batman/Superman #30 – Polybagged variant cover by Tony Moore
Superman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Kaare Andrews
Action Comics #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Martin Ansin
Superman/Wonder Woman #27 – Polybagged variant cover by Charlie Adlard
Wonder Woman #50 – Polybagged variant cover by Massimo Carnevale

March 2016 can’t come soon enough!

Review: Robin, Son of Batman #4

Robin Son of Batman #4It’s Robin vs. Deathstroke! The troubles in Maya’s past come back to haunt her. Will Damian and Goliath be forced to leave her to fend for herself, or can they find a way to help their new ally?

Robin, Son of Batman #4 really feels like two totally different comics melded together, and yet, it somehow still works in a very entertaining way.

Written by Patrick Gleason, this issue has Damian continuing his mission to right the wrongs of the past. This one has him heading to a mystical hospital where he stole some stuff and took away the good karma.

The first half of the comic feels like an adventure befitting Indiana Jones, and the comic would have been amazing if it went this route for its entire length. Instead about a quarter of it is interrupted with a battle against Deathstroke, something that we knew was coming at the end of the previous issue.

The fight is entertaining, I won’t knock it at all. It’s also pretty vital as the fight is a mechanism to not only show more redemption for Damian, but also move his relationship with Maya forward. The comic might just have Robin in the title, but it’s very much about the sins of the past and being bogged by them, and that applies to Damian as well as Maya. Gleason clearly has that as a focus and he moves that theme along masterfully here.

Gleason also handles art along with Mick Gray, and the art is kinetic fun seamlessly blending the fight and the Indiana Jones type aspects. It’s beautiful to look at actually and I’d expect to see this art on some higher profile books at some point, it could be fantastic on Batman for instance. The two also do a great job fitting in a hell of a lot of text into the art. The beginning has Damian rambling about the facility their going in to, and it takes some serious amounts of text to do that.

The comic is fun. That’s the best way to put it. It’s not deep, but it’s a buddy adventure with kids learning who they are. And Gleason remember to infuse that with fun throughout. The comic is an entertaining read, which at times is all we really want or need. The reason this is a “read” instead of a “buy” is just the fact isn’t some vital issue, or the best of the best type of issue. But, it’d be a comic I’d absolutely be happy with in my weekly pull list, and for folks who want to check out this series, this is a solid issue to hop on with.

Story: Patrick Gleason Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

DC Comics Celebrates 75 Years of Robin

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Robin, the world’s most famous sidekick! DC Comics is celebrating the Boy Wonder all year long including five new and returning comics commemorating multiple incarnations of the iconic character.

In addition to headlining Grayson, Robin: Son of Batman, and We Are Robin, he will also be featured later this year in a new weekly series, Batman & Robin Eternal, and “Robin War,” a crossover event that will begin this winter.

Batman & Robin Eternal, the sequel to the blockbuster weekly series Batman Eternal, will begin on October 7 with weekly installments over the course of six months. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV will act as “showrunners” for the series with Tynion as lead writer. Supporting Tynion will be Snyder, Tim Seeley, Genevieve Valentine, Steve Orlando, Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly and Ed Brisson, all scripting key issues of the weekly series. Artists contributing to the series include Tony S. Daniel, Paul Pelletier and Scot Eaton.

The month of December will see a “Robin War” where Gotham Academy, Robin: Son of Batman, and We Are Robin will crossover for five weeks. These issues will be bookended by two one-shot specials written by Tom King and story by King, Lee Bermejo, and Pat Gleason, with art by Khary Randolph and more.

In order to commemorate the various Robins throughout the years, a brand new infographic was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con. Most famous is Dick Grayson, but Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, Damian Wayne, and Carrie Kelley have all proudly carried the moniker. Furthermore, the newest iteration of Robin in The New DC Universe now appears as the We Are Robin team, a group of teens who all embody the idea of Robin and bravely save the streets of Gotham City.

Review: Robin: Son of Batman #2

ROBIN_SON_2_552eb921acb415.64093102In the second issue of Robin: Son of Batman, Damian Wayne dives into his new path focused on making amends for the crimes he’s committed during a time period called the “Year of Blood.” Up first, return the head of a stone guardian that was swiped.

The story bounces seamlessly back and forth between the present and the past, giving us the duality of Damian, a character who has done some pretty heinous acts over the years. He’s attempting to do good, but, with a character that has been so unlikable for me, its a tough one to sit through. I have disliked the character for so long (as one is supposed to), that I can’t help carry that feeling over into this series. As part of a team, his attitude is played off by other characters, here he’s full and center.

Patrick Gleason does double duty on art and story, and the art is the draw here. He’s helped by Mick Gray. The trippy action is impressive and that to me was what I really liked about the issue. Action scenes play with perspective and outright hallucinations, and that’s enhanced by the coloring of the issue. For as much as I dislike Damian, I like the art of the issue.

Two issues in, the series hasn’t quite hooked me yet, but it’s showing interesting promise in a redemption tale of a character we love to hate. Whether this series dives deeper into Damian’s history and messed up past will be key. There is lots that hasn’t been discussed and examined about the character (such as his birth), that if we see that, the series may be fantastic. Right now though, it’s reading something featuring a character I just don’t personally like, and that’s something I haven’t gotten past…. yet.

Story: Patrick Gleason Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Tomorrow is new comic day! We’ll have our picks of what you should check out in a few hours, as well as reviews, previews, and more!

While you await all of that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web.

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Bleeding Cool – The Joker Batgirl #41 Cover Hits eBay. Just The Cover. – Calling the lawyers in 3…2…1…

GamePolitics – Australia passes new anti-copyright infringement law – Sigh.

Houston Press – 5 Things the GOP Could Learn From Comic Books – Bwahahahahaha.

Geek Snack – 8 Comic Books in Danger of Censorship – Not too many shockers on this list.

 

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CBR – Robin: Son of Batman #1

CBR – Southern Bastards #9

Review: Robin: Son of Batman #1

ROBIN_SON_1_54fdfe5815b287.56402866“I am Robin… Son of Batman.”

With Eisner Award winning opening dialogue there, I knew this would be a bumpy ride. Yeesh. Comic book reading to me, should be a labor of love. This just felt like labor. Truth be told, you will not find a bigger fan of Damian Wayne (aka Robin), than I. (Something about that smug little brat that just lights up my world, he’s the son of Batman and one of Batman’s greatest enemies for crying out loud!) Unfortunately I did not find this to be the most auspicious outing for him in his first singles title adventure. We open our tale in Bialya (A fictional country in the Middle East) where an overzealous sultan named Abushi has taken Damien’s Giant pet Man-Bat: Goliath, captive. Abushi threatens to destroy Goliath unless Damien agrees to become his adoptive son.

Naturally asking a nigh powerful ten year old, (and son of Batman to boot) to cooperate isn’t going to go over well. Damien basically tells the sultan his counter proposal and..

Robin-Son-of-Batman-1-6-600x922Pow! down he goes! We then switch to a quick flashback of a time when his dad Batman (Bruce Wayne) gave him an involuntary night off of crime fighting by leaving a towering hot fudge sundae in his room. I’ll admit that was a cool little moment because you never see Batman show much emotion. Little caveats like that tend to humanize the characters more. At that moment Damien receives a panicked call from someone who calls him “Lord Damien”, that Goliath is loose. However, before we can deal with that, the scene switches yet again to Gotham Harbor. In the harbor deep below the surface, there appears to be a helmet with a recording device. The helmet belongs to the deceased villain called Nobody who is really Morgan Ducard.  He is the son of Henri Ducard who trained Bruce Wayne many moons ago. There seems to be a recording that is playing of his and Damien’s last encounter with each other (Which took place in the pages of Batman and Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason a few years back, a great story btw). It is then revealed that a women in a high-tech wetsuit was listening to this recording. Our sole clue to who she may be as that as the recording finishes, is she says the word Daddy.

Robin2The Gotham Coast Guard comes to investigate and she turns invisible and brutally injures the two officers before taking to the shadows. The guard asks “Who’s there?” as she beats him and says “Nobody, you want to know.” Well that made things a little clearer. Looks like this little lady is taking up the family business. Only time will tell.

The scene then switches to Al Ghul Island, where Damien crash lands a jet (In a world where ten-year old caped badasses fly jets) and he sees his trusted council Ravi for information. Ravi updates Damien that Goliath has flown the coop and Damien demands to know where the whistle is.

Once again the scene switches back to present time in Bialya where Damien (now in possession of the sacred whistle) summons Goliath to break free and they fight their way through a horde of enemy forces. It is here that we see the best splash page in the book (I won’t ruin it here, see it for yourself) of a flying Goliath with Damien mounted firmly on his back making their daring escape. (Although he’s riding a flying Giant Man-Bat, who’s going to stop him?) The rest of the book is rounded out with a dream sequence showcasing a few guest stars stating that Damien needs to atone for the “Year of Blood”. I sure hope whatever that is, it doesn’t take a year to find out. I don’t know if I can stay on this crazy ride that long.

Overall: I wanted to like this book, I truly did. It had one of my favorite characters ever, Damien Wayne and his Giant Pet Man-Bat, this was destined to be awesome! However it felt slapped together too quickly, and it just didn’t grab me the way it should have. This is my opinion but very rarely when an artist tries to wear too many hats (I.E. be the writer and handle the art) most of the time it comes up short. (cough Tony Daniel, cough) I am a sucker for the creative collaboration process. The balance of art and story is a delicate dance and when handled right it becomes a breathtaking, eye popping spectacle. This was not that. I was a very big fan of Mr. Patrick Gleason’s art when he and Peter Tomasi were at the helm for Batman and Robin for a few years. They had a tremendous run too. I just feel that without Tomasi’s careful handling and crafting of the story this one missed quite a bit. When this was first announced I was promised by DC some “Punch you in the face fun with a dash of aww” and this was barely “A love tap on the nose with a small sigh ofreally?” Here’s hoping the next installment has me pulling a barrage of Batarangs out of my petard on the way back to the Batcave and proves me wrong. That’s all for now. I think I will go sip on some of Alfred’s special Earl Grey tea to ease my reading woes. Catch you on the flip, folks!

Story: Patrick Gleason Art: Patrick Gleason
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Pass

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

black-canary-1-promo-121636Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Prez #1 (DC Comics) – A teenager is elected President by Twitter in this future send-up of the state of politics. Working in politics I found myself laughing, and cringing at how accurate the series was, especially in its more satirical moments. It hit close to home, which is a good thing. A fantastic send-up perfectly timed for the 2016 Presidential race.

The Kitchen #8 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – I’ve loved this series since the start. It’s a take on the mob genre, except set in the 70s, and it’s the women in charge. The last few issues have had twists and turns of double crosses and all sorts of deals. This final issue of the miniseries is going to be explosive and entertaining.

Letter 44 #17 (Oni Press) – It’s WWIII people!!! Writer Charles Soule has gone all out in this series focused on a President dealing with first contact with aliens, and the crew that’s doing so. The story has been amazing and when I think I have things down, the series throws a curve.

Princeless: Be Yourself #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – It’s a new volume of the fantastic series that has a young princess saving herself, as well as her sisters. Destroying tropes, pointing out the idiocy of some accepted things in entertainment, and doing it while entertaining too!

Southern Bastards #9 (Image Comics) – One of the best (if not the best) comic on the market right now. The writing, the art, all of it is beyond amazing. It’s the homecoming game, but there’s also been a murder. It’s never too late to hop on and check out this Southern noir series.

 

Chris

Top Pick: Ei8ht # 5 (Dark Horse Comics) – Travelers lost in time, check. Selfless heroism, check. A merciless opposing force, check. This time travel thriller has its bases covered. The art style consisting essentially of black and white shading with contrasting color to provide surface texture may drive away those interested in other titles with bright colors and intense detail. However they would be missing out  on an intriguing tale of time travel where the character connection across time and place are more than meets the eye.

Archie vs. Predator #3 of 4 (Dark Horse Comics) – Even without reading the previous two issues this comic immediately called out to me as a must read. I have to admit that my love for Predator and comic mash-ups is to blame for that. Right away I could see this is not the Archie I was expecting. This issue has it all classic Archie humor,  blood and gore, and a captivating storyline complete with satirical introspective of those stuck in a horrific movie like situations.

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (IDW Publishing) – The beginning of a 4 part series where our heroes are unknowingly transported to an alternate dimension when the will of a God is thwarted. To return home they must work with their counterparts from this dimension who luckily just so happen to have experience with this sort of adventure. Reference Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Ghostbusters. This issue lays the ground work for what I expect to be yet another great series from the Burnham, Schoeing and Delgado team over at IDW.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Casey & April #1 (IDW Publishing) – Love TMNT but tired of the Turtles then this comic is for you. Take all the turtle powered action and replace it with a teenage love story between Casey and April. While this reviewer is not regretting the time spent reading this issue, it did not rouse much more than a fleeting interest in the series. This issue is a definite pass in my book.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Prez #1 (DC Comics) –  DC is committed to trying something new, and while that hasn’t necessarily worked so far, this new #1 looks like an intriguing updates on the short-lived series from 1973, as a teenage twitter sensation becomes the next President of the United States.  Hopefully it is equal parts social commentary and Bartgirling.

Alex + Ada #15 (Image Comics) –  The finale to this engaging series is here and we get to find out the final fate of the unlikely lovers.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #4 (Marvel/Disney) –  Did you ever watch a Disney movie and think to yourself that it is pretty entertaining despite the G rating?  That same feeling permeates this series.

Doomed #1 (DC Comics) – Another DC #1, this series looks at a person that can change into Doomsday.  Part of the problem of the appeal of Superman stories is that they lack the street level outlook that some readers like (with the present Truth storyline only sort of helping that.)  Maybe this series is DC’s way of finally shaking up its Superman mythos.

Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special #2 Red Riding Hood (Zenescope) –  Zenescope’s least celebrated superhero, Britney Waters, gets another chance to shine here.  Just when will they give her an ongoing series?

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Canary #1 (DC Comics) – Spinning off of the hip, young Batgirl series is a new series featuring one of the all time best characters in comics. It’s about time she gets a solo series. The book’s premise is that our super powered vocalist becomes the singer of a rock band, goes on tour and fights bad guys on the road. The awesome rock and roll outfits get my approval.

Wu’s art is hip as hell– the line at her booth at Special Edition was enormous.  Fletcher star is rising fast (see hits like Gotham Academy & Batgirl for starters). This is a creative, modern duo writing for an inclusive audience. The future of super hero comics. So I was pleasantly surprised to read in an interview with Fletcher that some of the legacy of the great Silver Age social issues comics series Green Lantern/Green Arrow is continued in this book. Here’s to a new generation’s “hard traveling heroes“.

Ms. Marvel #16 (Marvel) – The multiverse at stake so who will take care of Jersey City? Kamala is breaking my heart with this cover. Who needs a hug!?

Runaways #1 (Marvel) – Noelle Stevenson’s series Nimona is a runaway hit on the Internet that appeals to a younger and often female Fanbase. This is her big two debut. Her work on Lumber Janes is going to win an Eisner. Having her write a Runaways story about kids with super powers sounds like a match made in heaven. And boy do I miss these kids.

Secret Six #3 (DC Comics) – I need to know what the hell is happening! Gail’s original Secret Six series is kind of the best thing ever. The new series had a good premise but it’s been a rough go. I will keep giving this a series chance. I still have faith!

Thors #1 (Marvel) – Because unlike the Highlander there CAN’T be only one. Most excited for of course our female Thor and Storm. Cute detective story premise seals the deal.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Thors #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron has been on fire lately and if he’s that good with one God of Thunder, I’m dying to see what he does with a whole roster! In brightest day, in blackest.. oh wait. Nope just pumped for this book! Go Thors!

Justice League of America #1 (DC Comics) – It’s by Bryan Hitch, the man who brought us the cinematic epic which was The Ultimates, I’d like him to take the true Ultimate team in comic books, let him cut loose and see what he can do.

Old Man Logan #2 (Marvel) – Wolverine is dead. Long live a more cranky, aged and badass version of Wolverine. Dystopian futures always bring me a semblance of hope. All I can say is, yes.. and SNIKT!!

Robin: Son of Batman #1 (DC Comics) – First off it’s got Damien Wayne, A Giant Pet Man-Bat, it’s written and drawn by Patrick Gleason. Umm did I mention a Giant Pet Man-Bat??

Wonder Woman #41 (DC Comics) – So far the Finch’s take on the Iconic Amazon have intrigued me. While I don’t think they are at the top of what they could do, I’d like to see what they have further in store. This book has been a guilty pleasure of mine and my gf Ms. B too. Plus, I hope to get some reasoning behind Diana’s new costume.

 

Pharoah

To Pick: Ms. Marvel #16 (Marvel) -This is my top pick of the week just because this character has been nothing but fun since she entered the universe, and it looks like Secret Wars, has come to Jersey City, definitely curious to see how Kamala Khan will be tested!!!

Astronauts In Trouble #1 (Image Comics) – As a company, Image is basically the Jerry Bruckheimer of the comics world, producing blockbuster after blockbuster, and with Charlie (Walking Dead) on this, it definitely has high hopes.

Black Canary #1 (DC Comics) – Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (HAWKEYE) bring this character to the forefront, after her much needed exposure on the show, Arrow, she finally gets her own shot in this DC reboot.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – After watching the newest Mad Max movie, it definitely has one curious about that whole universe and this comic aims to explore the origin of The Furiosa and it definitely has cred, as it is written by mad Max creator, George Miller himself.

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 (IDW Publishing) – this sounds so cool, as the film versions and cartoon versions become part of the same world in what can only be interesting chaos