When it comes to who is the most fascinating character in all of comic books, no one comes close to Batman. Bruce Wayne is a modern-day case in childhood trauma. He somehow manifested the death of his parents into a lifelong crusade against evil. As many fans who have read the comic books know, he is much darker than the cartoon version.
Many of us who grew up reading him know the dark recesses of this conflicted hero. This is why we are drawn to him and are attracted to heroes similar to him such as Moon Knight. His crossover adventures with other heroes are legendary, and it helps if his partners are a bit like him. In Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams, we find him with another complicated protagonist, as they hunt down an incessant evil.
We are taken to Gotham City, where Maxx’s delusions have led him to be amongst the homeless, which draws the attention of Batman, who thinks he belongs in Arkham Asylum. As Maxx gets admitted into Arkham, Batman soon unleashes chaos as the world Maxx sees and Gotham merges because of the experiments conducted by an unconventional doctor at Arkham, Dr.Disparu, leading Batman to take drastic measures. He and the doctor must use the evil minds, some of which are Batman’s rogues, to find a solution to stop the worlds from converging. Eventually, Batman searches out Julie Winters, to enter a dimension hole, where they meet an alternate version of Harley Quinn while Disparu continues his experiments on the Joker, The Penguin, and Harley, which causes unsettling effects on Maxx. By book’s end, Disparu’s secret is revealed and our heroes fight one last stand against the deadliest versions of Batman’s rogues to protect the Outback, in a glorious victory.
Overall, Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams is a true mind-bending journey with the Dark Knight and one of Image Comics’ most complex protagonists. The story by Keith is fun. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, an adventure that takes the reader on a bunch of twists and turns, an adventure that will have readers revisiting to see what they missed.
Story: Sam Keith Art: Sam Keith, Ronda Pattison, and Shawn Lee Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Sam Kieth (A/CA) Sam Kieth In Shops: Jul 28, 2021 SRP: $24.99
A devious new doctor at Arkham Asylum is conducting unconventional experiments into the human psyche, and he kicks off a chain reaction of disaster when he carries out tests on Arkham’s newest patient, The Maxx! The city of Gotham is starting to merge with The Maxx’s psychedelic mental landscape, known as the Outback, blurring the line between real and unreal. It’s up to Batman to save not just Gotham, but all of reality, and he and The Maxx are going to have to travel through some of the darkest places imaginable-the twisted minds of Batman’s greatest enemies!
Join Batman and The Maxx on an off-kilter and unforgettable romp through the diabolical consciousnesses of Batman’s greatest foes, including Harley Quinn, the Penguin, Killer Croc, and, of course, the Joker. Legendary artist Sam Kieth (The Sandman, Wolverine) returns to his greatest creation, The Maxx, after two decades and to Gotham City as well.
New York Times bestselling novelist Joe Hill and superstar artist Gabriel Rodríguez have crafted a tale of mystery and terror, bringing together two of comics’ greatest fantasy franchises — their award-winning series Locke & Key published by IDW and DC’s blockbuster The Sandman, created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg — in Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #1, slated for release on April 14th.
Hell & Gone #1 follows a desperate Mary Locke, whose brother Jack may be 10 years dead but still sends letters home from Hell. Her quest to rescue him from The Pit will require her to outsmart Roderick Burgess (the most wicked man in England), puzzle her way through the House of Mystery, and risk the walking nightmare known as The Corinthian in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!
Locke & Key / The Sandman Universe: Hell & Gone #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Gabriel Rodríguez, Cover B by JH Williams III, Cover C by Kelley Jones, and two Retailer Incentive editions featuring art by Rodríguez and Williams, respectively.
There are currently seven new digital releases on comiXology. You can choose from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press. Get shopping or check out the individual releases below.
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2
Written by Frank Miller Art by Frank Miller Cover by Frank Miller Purchase
Collects Daredevil (1964) #168-182.
The celebration of one of the comic book industry’s top talents continues as writer/artist extraordinnaire Frank Miller’s classic Daredevil adventures are collected in a second tribute volume. All the elements that made Miller’s tenure on Daredevil a comic noir classic are here: gritty, street-level action, moody atmosphere, and widescreen adventure told with a cinematic eye. The stories in this volume feature unforgettable characters like the Kingpin, the mammoth king of the New York Underworld; Bullseye, the deranged but deadly assassin; Elektra, the woman Daredevil loves but is forced to oppose; and of course, Daredevil himself, blind as justice, he is an attorney by day and an urban vigilante by night. Also introduced in this collection is the mysterious ninja brotherhood, The Hand, the group that will ultimately cause Elektra’s untimely demise. Tense and dramatic, the stories included in this volume dedicated to Frank Miller’s classic work show the continued development of an artistic legend as his formidable skills continued to grow in stature and depth.
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3
Written by Mike W. Barr, Roger McKenzie, Frank Miller Art by Terry Austin, Klaus Janson Cover by Frank Miller Purchase
Collects Daredevil (1964) #183-191 and material from What If? #28, 35 and Bizarred Adventures #28.
The action, drama and artistic brilliance continue withDAREDEVIL #183 – #191, plus WHAT IF? #28 (“What If Elektra Had Lived?”) and #35 (“What If Daredevil Joined S.H.I.E.L.D.?) — and as a special treat, an Elektra story from BIZARRE ADVENTURES #28! It’s more amazing visuals and gut-wrenching twists from the master of crime noir as Matt Murdock tussles with the Black Widow, collides with the Punisher, and has a sickening showdown with the Hand as they try to kill Stick and resurrect Elektra!
So I’m a Spider, So What? #48
Written by Okina Baba Art by Asahiro Kakashi Purchase
With Mother defeated and Body Brain working on the Demon Lord’s soul, I got some time to kill! But before that, time for your friendly neighborhood Spidermonster to kick some robber butts and save that dandy stud!!
The Sheikh’s Guarded Heart
Written by Liz Fielding Art by Satomi Tsuya Purchase
Lucy has traveled to Ramal Hamrah to chase her new husband, who stole all of her money right after their wedding. However, confused in this foreign desert land, she soon gets into a terrible car accident. Right before her car explodes, she’s rescued by a stranger. When Lucy wakes up, she finds herself in the strong arms of a beautiful, angelic man. The man who saved her is Hanif, the prince of Ramal Hamrah. As he’s volunteered to protect her in his palace!
Un amour contraire au contrat
Written by Maisey Yates Art by Kanoko Yamamoto Purchase
Comment ça une femme ne peut pas gérer une entreprise !? Le père d’Elaine a choisi Marco, figure légendaire de l’industrie, comme successeur de son entreprise malgré le sens des affaires de sa fille. Celle-ci, passionnée par la compagnie de son père, propose un contrat de mariage d’un an à Marco afin de l’amener à lui céder l’entreprise après le divorce. Marco, qui fait souvent la une des magazines à scandales, a besoin de reconstruire sa réputation en se mariant. Ce qui aurait dû être un simple mariage de raison, prend une tournure un peu différente lorsque Marco découvre une nouvelle facette de sa nouvelle femme et que l’innocente Elaine tombe sous le charme de Marco.
Wolverine: Blood Wedding
Written by Joe Casey, Chris Claremont, Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago, Fabian Nicieza Art by Denys Cowan, Oscar Jimenez, Cary Nord, Leinil Francis Yu Cover by Jae Lee Purchase
Collects Wolverine (1988) #123-132, Wolverine: Black Rio.
Why is Wolverine tying the knot with one of his most vicious foes? What do Shadowcat and Sabretooth have to say about it? And what deadly new advantage makes Sabretooth unbeatable? X-Men legend Chris Claremont returns to the character he made famous in an old-school, actionpacked caper against Hydra and the Hand! Then: Wolverine faces Roughouse and Bloodscream, and teams with Captain America on a quest for self-improvement — but when he battles the Wendigo, it’s all he can do to stay alive! Plus: Wolverine scales a mountain, attends Carnaval and confronts the grim specter of domestic abuse! Guest-starring the ladies of the X-Men!
Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine/Hulk
Written by Sam Kieth Art by Sam Kieth Cover by Sam Kieth Purchase
Collects Wolverine/Hulk (2002) #1-4.
Sam Keith (The Maxx, Zero Girl) returns to Marvel – and takes on two of Marvel’s most popular – and toughest — characters! A metal-clawed X-Man, an emerald behemoth and a scared little girl named Po what draws these three very different characters together? Answer: Expect the unexpected!
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(W) Sam Kieth (A/CA) Sam Kieth In Shops: Nov 04, 2020 SRP: $4.99
The secret of Dr. Disparu is revealed and all Hell breaks loose as The Joker, Harley, Penguin, and more run amok in Arkham in the dead of night. Meanwhile, Julie (as the Jungle Queen), Maxx and Batman return to the Outback to confront a surrealistic hurricane of Gotham’s-and Batman’s-deadliest villains!
(W) Sam Kieth (A/CA) Sam Kieth In Shops: Oct 07, 2020 SRP: $4.99
Midnight, the witching hour. Arkham is the scariest and most dangerous place in Gotham on a good day… but when the power is suddenly cut… super-sophisticated magnetic locks are now useless… and the worst inmates are released! Meanwhile, in the bowels of Arkham, Dr. Disparu has added the Riddler and Killer Croc to his insane plot to uncover Batman and The Maxx’s hidden secrets, buried deep in their inner psyches known as “Outbacks.” The plot thickens, and so does the tension, as Disparu’s secrets are finally revealed!
Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams the Lost Year Compendium
(W) Sam Kieth (A/CA) Sam Kieth In Shops: Sep 23, 2020 SRP: $7.99
Sam Kieth’s best-selling Batman Maxx Arkham Dreams mini-series is (finally!) coming to its incredible conclusion!
But not here…
This bargain-priced compendium collects the first three issues of the acclaimed (and very late) Batman Maxx mini-series by superstar creator Sam Kieth-followed by the release of issues #4 two weeks later, and #5 two weeks after that-really!
And to show you how serious we are… we will present incredible added content-thumbnails of the entire two final issues of Sam Kieth art, every page!
DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital Firstpublishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among Us, DC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comics. Under the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.
The first week of DC Digital First titles include:
These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.
While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.
In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons,Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair, The Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth, Dark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank,Crisis on Infinite Earths #1by Marv Wolfman and George Perez,Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.
DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Readsfree issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.
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