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College pressure mounts in this early preview of Betty & Veronica #2!

BETTY & VERONICA #2 (of 5)

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Sandra Lanz, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Sandra Lanz
Variant Covers: Veronica Fish, Ryan Sook
On Sale Date: 1/30
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“Senior Year, Pt. 2: Fall” – The girls are under stress from their parents and peers—Veronica’s parents want her to attend their alma mater; Betty’s parents are stressing out over the cost of college. Betty and Veronica start to grow apart because of their new hobbies and interests, but they know that one thing will bring them together: Riverdale’s Halloween party.

BETTY & VERONICA #2

Preview: Action Comics #1006

Action Comics #1006

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Jan 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Red Cloud sets her sights on someone close to Superman, but how can the Man of Steel stop a villain he can’t touch? As the invisible mafia controlling Metropolis’ underworld steps more into the light, its leader finally stands revealed with a secret that will have massive implications for Superman and Clark Kent!

Action Comics #1006

Preview: Action Comics #1005

Action Comics #1005

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The murderous mystery of the Red Cloud uncovered! Clark Kent draws closer to revealing a secret crime family that has operated for years in Metropolis, but the family’s enforcer-the mysterious Red Cloud-proves she’s a match for even the Man of Steel with an attack that leaves Superman breathless. Don’t miss the last-page shocker as we reveal the true face of the Red Cloud!

Preview: Action Comics #1004

Action Comics #1004

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Ryan Sook (CA) Steve Rude
In Shops: Oct 24, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois’ trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn’t she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark’s relationship gets redefined in this issue illustrated by acclaimed artist Ryan Sook!

The Weatherman #5 Gets a Ryan Sook Variant Cover

Image Comics has revealed a gorgeous, limited The Weatherman #5 cover featuring artwork by Ryan Sook.

In The Weatherman #5, readers find Nathan in the clutches of the Pearl and the clock is ticking. Now Agent Cross must choose between her own desire for vengeance and protecting a man who—though drenched in the blood of billions—might still be innocent.

In The Weatherman, Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the #1 weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth—Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive, and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can’t he remember?

The Weatherman #5 hits stores on Wednesday, October 10th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, September 17th.

  • The Weatherman #5 Cover A Fox – Diamond Code AUG180300
  • The Weatherman #5 Cover B Martin – Diamond Code AUG180301
  • The Weatherman #5 Cover C Sook (Limited) – Diamond Code JUL188679

Heroes in Crisis #1 Gets Variant Covers by J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Francesco Mattina, and Ryan Sook

DC Comics has revealed new variant covers for Heroes in Crisis #1. The series by Tom King and Clay Mann focuses on a new facility called Sanctuary that allows heroes to process the trauma they experience.

The first issue issue has four new variants from artists J.G. Jones, Mark Brooks, Francesco Mattina, and Ryan Sook.

Sook will provide variants for the entire series with themed covers that take a deep dive into Sanctuary’s files showing off some incidents from across the DCU.

Heroes in Crisis #1 arrives September 26th.

Preview: The Unexpected #3

The Unexpected #3

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Cary Nord (CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Aug 01, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Thanagarian demon Onimar Synn stands prepared to wipe out everyone on Earth to get his claws on the vibroactive Nth metal accidentally created by Neon the Unknown and the Unexpected. Is this new version of Nth metal the most powerful weapon in the galaxy? Or is it the fuel to bring about a new evolution and propel mankind into the future? Plus, get ready for a showdown of Jurassic proportions, as Synn locks horns with a rampaging Brontadon in Monster Valley!

Preview: The Unexpected #2

The Unexpected #2

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Cary Nord (CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Jul 04, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Ruthless Thanagarian dictator Onimarr Synn arrives on Earth with his army to pick the planet apart in search of the vibro-active Nth Metal. The Unexpected will have to collect themselves after the cataclysmic events of the first issue, discover their true connection to the Dark Multiverse and travel across the DC Universe to stop Synn’s rampage.

DC Collectibles in February 2019

DC Collectibles announced today four new statues hitting stores in February 2019 featuring fan-favorite characters Harley Quinn, Nightwing and Batgirl. See below for more details and attached for imagery.

Harley Quinn Pink, White & Black: Valentine’s Variant by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Statue

This limited-edition, mad-lovely Valentine’s Day variant is based on the HARLEY QUINN #1 Rebirth variant cover by renowned artist Stanley ”Artgerm“ Lau.

  • Based on the art by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
  • Size: 7.5’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00

DC Designer Series: Nightwing & Batgirl by Ryan Sook Statue

Workplace romance is never easy and doing it behind a mask while protecting the streets of Gotham City takes the difficulty to new heights. But being able to embrace your beloved while hanging upside down via grapnel-gun cable makes it all worthwhile. This statue is inspired by the art of Ryan Sook and is designed to stand upright or be mounted on a wall so the characters can hang inverted in their embrace. This polyresin statue is limited to 5,000 pieces.

  • Designed by Ryan Sook
  • Sculpted by Paul Harding
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
  • Size: 13.7’’ tall
  • MSRP: $250.00

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black: Harley Quinn by Mingjue Helen Chen Statue

It’s time for deadly baseball! Harley Quinn is a formidable foe with a baseball bat, but when you swap out balls for live bombs, her game turns lethal.

  • Designed by Mingjue Helen Chen
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
  • Size: 7’’ tall
  • MSRP: $80.00

DC Bombshells: Harley Quinn Sepia Tone Variant Statue

  • Based on art by Ant Lucia
  • Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered
  • Size: 10.75’’ tall
  • MSRP: $125.00

Review: Man of Steel #3

While the previous issue focused on Clark Kent’s relationship to his co-workers at the Daily Planet, Brian Michael Bendis makes Man of Steel # about Kal-El’s connection to his Kryptonian heritage beginning with a tragic, nearly silent opening sequence drawn by Ryan Sook and Alex Sinclair of Rogol-Zaar wrecking the Fortress of Solitude, including the Bottle City of Kandor making its first substantial appearance in the DC Rebirth era. There’s also a Batman cameo that goes nowhere (Except for inspiring Superman to think more like a detective.), and the shadowy Jay Fabok drawn figure slowly emerges from the shadows in the Clark and Jon flashback. So, like most of this miniseries so far, it’s a visually stunning mixed bag as Bendis and Sook finally catch up to the story in Action Comics #1000 timeline-wise.

Man of Steel has been a mini filled with great artists like Ivan Reis, Jay Fabok, Evan Shaner, and Steve Rude, but Ryan Sook proves that he has the best storytelling chops of the bunch. He is equally adept at big, bombastic moments like Rogol-Zaar crashing into Earth’s orbit and the smaller, human ones like Superman politely waving to Melody while he and Batman investigate another arson in Metropolis, or Supergirl comforting her cousin while he mourns the lost Kryptonians of Kandor. The pages where Superman and Supergirl are in the Fortress is a master class in emotional progression that starts by the cousins walking around their Arctic shelter and surveying the damage before bursting into pure anguish when they see the destroyed Bottle and then flight. Then, in another double page spread, Superman uses his flight, super hearing, and X-Ray vision to check on his apartment, co-workers, and then focus on the thread at hand. Hey, Batman isn’t the only one with “detective vision”. And Sook’s few pages of action really pack a wallop with yellows and reds from Sinclair showing that Rogol Zaar packs a real physical threat to Superman.

Brian Michael Bendis’ use of Supergirl and Batman in Man of Steel #3 is a very quick study is how and how not to use guest stars in a comic book. First of all, their appearances both make logical sense. Batman is helping Superman investigate a mystery that is bothering, namely, how are all these fires happening under his practically omniscient and omnipresent nose? Because she is Kryptonian, Supergirl can hear the unique frequency of the Fortress of Solitude’s alarm and quickly sees if the place that is the last sanctuary and repository of her home culture is under attack. However, with Batman, it seems like Bendis is just checking off writing DC’s other big hero instead of using him in a meaningful way. Of course, his first line of dialogue is “I’m Batman” to slightly freaked out/fangirling Melody Moore, and then he spouts off something about patterns and something respectful about Superman because that’s the kind of relationship Bendis lets them have, which is cool. But Batman doesn’t add a set of fresh eyes to any of Man of Steel’s mysteries, including the arson, and definitely not the missing Lois and Jon one. In fact, Superman comes off as the better detective as he quickly finds and engages Rogol-Zaar after cutting a swath of destruction through the Fortress.

On the other hand, Supergirl’s guest turn adds more layers of emotional poignancy to the destruction of the Bottle City of Kandor, a place that Kara may have even remembered visiting, because she came to Earth much older than Kal-El. Her appearance in Action Comics #1000 isn’t just a random cameo, but as a friend, family member, and Kryptonian fighting against an enemy that wants to obliterate all remnants of her and Kal’s culture. Bendis and Sook lean into the Kryptonians as immigrant metaphor with the items in the Fortress of Solitude representing memories and heritage of the homeland. Even if he barely speaks in this issue and is still mostly a one dimensional force of destruction and genocide,  Bendis and Sook position Rogol-Zaar as an anti-immigrant villain. To go along with this, Kara even gets a great action moment swooping up a faltering Superman with some Sook speed lines and delivering a one-liner before the brawl begins. Rogol-Zaar thought he had to fight one last of son of Krypton, but there’s a last daughter too.

The mystery parts of Man of Steel #3 barely progress (I have a fairly obvious theory about who the mysterious attacker is in the Lois and Jon flashbacks.), but Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook hit a strong emotional beat with Superman and Supergirl’s reactions to the destruction of the Fortress of Solitude and the Bottle City of Kandor. Rogol-Zaar’s motivation is wholly tied to Krypton so this is line with his character and shows that Bendis understands Superman’s alien and human heritage. A pity that the Batman subplot went nowhere.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Ryan Sook, Jay Fabok Inks: Wade von Grawbadger
 Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Josh Reed
Story: 6.8 Art: 9.2 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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