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Sean Murphy’s White Knight Gets a Sequel in Batman: Curse of the White Knight

Sean Murphy‘s Batman: White Knight continues with Batman: Curse of the White Knight which will come to shelves in 2019. The series will be published under DC Black Label, the same label the trade of the first volume is being published under. It originally was published under DC Comics.

In Batman: Curse of the White Knight:

The Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to The Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of The White Knight saga, and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its very core!

Batman: White Knight is currently available as single issues and the trade is collected October 3rd.

DC Collectibles in April 2019 Includes New DC Bombshells, Artists Alley, Harley Quinn and More!

Next spring DC Collectibles will unleash new DC Bombshells, anthropomorphic creatures and new statues starring Harley Quinn, Sean Murphy’s White Knight Batman, the Flash and more—all set to invade stores in April 2019.

Leading the charge just in time for spring training is a new Batwoman statue featuring artist Ant Lucia’s popular DC Bombshells design in a striking red “away uniform” variant paint color. The statue measures the same 9-inch scale as the original version and is intricately sculpted by Tim Miller.

Also in April 2019, DC Collectibles will release new cutting-edge DC Artists Alley designer vinyl figures by fan-favorite toy designer Joe Ledbetter. Ledbetter is known for his distinct, bold lines and vibrant palette and has worked with such top brands as IKEA, Swatch, Nike, Sony Music and Kidrobot. Now Ledbetter will bring his unique style to the DC universe, putting his signature anthropomorphicspin on iconic characters Batman, the Penguin, Catwoman and Robin.

Ledbetter’s 7-inch scale DC Artists Alley figures are sculpted by Joe Menna and will be offered in both a standard edition paint color and a black-and-white variant style. Each figure will also include four DC character sketch cards drawn by Ledbetter.

See below for DC Collectibles’ complete April 2019 lineup:

DC Bombshells: Batwoman Away Uniform variant statue

  • Designed by Ant Lucia
  • Sculpted by Tim Miller
  • Size: 9″ scale
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $125.00

DC Artists Alley designer vinyl figures by Joe Ledbetter

  • Characters: Batman, Robin, the Penguin and Catwoman
  • Sculpted by Joe Menna
  • Size: 7″ scale
  • Individually numbered
  • Standard edition: Limited to 3,000 units; MSRP: $60 each
  • Black and White variant edition: Limited to 1,000 units; MSRP: $60.00 each

 

Harley Quinn Red, White & Black: Harley Quinn by Guillem March

  • Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews
  • Size: 7″ scale
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $80.00 each

Batman Black & White: White Knight Batman statue by Sean Murphy

  • Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews
  • Size: 7″ scale
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $80.00

 

DC Core: The Flash statue

  • Sculpted by Jay Kushwara
  • Size: 9″ scale
  • MSRP: $50.00

 

DC Designer Series: Green Lantern statue by Ivan Reis

  • Sculpted by Tony Cipriano
  • Size: 12″ scale
  • Limited to 5,000 pieces
  • MSRP: $150.00

Preview: Batman: White Knight #5

Batman: White Knight #5

(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Jack’s mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier’s supercriminal crew once and for all.

Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden Shoots Up Our Tech-Addictions

TOKYO GHOST, VOLUME 1 ATOMIC GARDENBestselling writer Rick Remender teams up with superstar art team Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth for a bleak and poignant reflection on the consequences of tech-addiction in Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden. This collects issues #1-5 into trade paperback and will be available in March.

Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers: ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry—the drug everyone needs—and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the “law” enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines.” The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.

Tokyo Ghost, Volume 1: Atomic Garden (ISBN 978-1-63215-663-1) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 9th and bookstores on Tuesday, March 15th, and will be available for $9.99.

Two Covers for Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 Revealed

Today, DC Comics revealed two new retailer covers for Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1. The comic hits shelves November 25th. These retail variants are exclusive to the store and these are just two of a whole bunch coming out.

Frank Miller has inspired artists and storytellers in the industry for generations. Paying tribute to 1986’s Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsJae Lee designed Custom Retailer Variant cover art for Dynamic Forces (Dynamic Forces), and Sean Murphy designed Custom Retailer Variant cover art for Rebel Base Comics & Toys (Rebel Base Comics & Toys) in Charlotte, NC.

Jae Lee DKIII Sean Murphy DKIII

And these are just the beginning! Stay tuned. The current list (to date) is below.

BuyMeToys.com
Gary Frank

M&M Comics Service
Dave Dorman

Diamond UK
Jock

Disposable Heroes Comics
Simon Bisley

Newbury Comics
Michael Allred

Legacy Comics
and Cards
Artgerm

Forbidden Planet Limited Adam Hughes

Phantom
Walter Simonson

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Paul Pope

Dynamic Forces
Jae Lee

AOD Collectibles
Dale Keown

Hastings
Tyler Kirkham

Books-A-Million
Rafael Albuquerque

Midtown Comics
Greg Capullo

JScottCampbell.com
J. Scott Campbell

Beyond Comics Eduardo Risso

Silver Snail
Francis Manapul

Midtown Comics
Marc Silvestri

Heroes and Fantasties
Tim Sale

Instock Trades
Lee Bermejo

Hypno Comics
Bill Sienkiewicz

Rebel Base
Comics & Toys
Sean Murphy

Yancy St. Comics
Kelley Jones

Discount Comic Book Service
Neal Adams

Borderlands Comics and Games
Klaus Janson

Lone Star Comics
John Cassaday

Zapp! Comics
Terry Dodson

Bulletproof Comics Gabriele Dell’Otto

Graham Crackers Comics
Darwyn Cooke

Dragon’s Lair
Ivan Reis

Madness Games & Comics
Joshua Middleton

Yesteryear Comics
Jason Fabok

Tate’s Comics + Toys + More
Kevin Eastman

Ssalefish Comics
John Romita, Jr.

Third Eye Comics
Brian Bolland

Cards, Comics & Collectibles
Amanda Conner

Lange’s Sports
David Finch

Around the Tubes

San Diego Comic-Con’s preview night kicks off tomorrow! We’ll be there, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for various updates for the show. It’s also new comic book day!

Until then, here’s some news and reviews from around the web, and we’ll of course have our suggestions for this week’s books in a few hours.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – Sean Murphy drops truth bombs on Comics’ ongoing money problems and more – This is some hard truth.

The Comichron – Secret Wars #3 tops June 2015 comics sales; first half of year up 13% – Good info on the market.

Newsarama – Cyberforce To Return As Digital Series By Silvestri & Hawkins – Guess the Kickstarter didn’t help in the long run.

Kotaku – Photographer Captures Cosplayers Both In And Out Of Costume – This is pretty cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – American Vampire: Second Cycle #8

CBR – Princess Leia #5

CBR – The Spire #1

Review: Detective Comics #27

detective comics 27 coveredBatman is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time. He made is landmark first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. The incredible influence of The Dark Knight has transformed the comics industry through the decades, and Batman is just as relevant and beloved by fans today as he was when he was firs introduced 75 years ago.

To kick off the celebration of his 75th year, DC Comics assembled an all-star roster of writers and artists to contribute to this special issue of the latest volume’s Detective Comics #27 that clocks in at almost 100 pages.

The issue is a celebration of the character and spans the past, present and future giving us many looks at the character throughout the ages and it’s all very solid. With so many different creators and so many different styles, you’d expect some variance in quality, but here everything is a great read.

The issue also kicks off John Layman and Jason Fabok’s new storyline for the series Gothtopia. It’s a bright, shiny, happy place where dreams come true… as long as you don’t look at things too closely. This first part of the story is a little odd in the fact that we were presented with so many different versions of Batman, at first I thought this was just a different version. After a while I caught on and it’s a cool story so far that has me wanting to check it out further, though maybe not the many tie-ins.

Overall, the issue is a celebration and comes off as such with an amazing line-up of creators. You can see why  he’s so popular and with so many versions shown of him, he really is a character that can fit any age and time. This is a definite buy for fans of Batman and worth checking out if you just want to dive in and check him out.

Story: Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz, Peter J. Tomasi, Francesco Francavilla, Mike Barr, John Layman, Scott Snyder Art: Bryan Hitch, Neal Adams, Ian Bertram, Francesco Francavilla, Guillem March, Jason Fabok, Sean Murphy
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy

NYCC 2013: DC Announces Weekly Batman Eternal and Detective Comics #27 Details

DTC_Cv27Launching next spring, Batman Eternal is an all-new weekly series that comes to you from “showrunner” and Batman writer, Scott Snyder, along with writers James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, and Tim Seeley, and artist Jason Fabok.

Snyder in a release gave some details about Batman Eternal will “set the stage for a new Gotham and new characters and a new set of stories that will take Batman into 2015.

We want this to be a place where you get to tell a story about anything you want in Gotham, so long as we’re also moving this big story forward in the background. You’ll see bombastic arcs as well but there’ll be plenty of room for Ray to explore some of the darker, more mystical aspects of Gotham that he loves or Tim to explore some of the crime we haven’t seen before. We’re five guys doing our best to give you an exciting Gotham that’s changing under the feet of its characters.

But Batman Eternal is not the only Batman news revealed this morning. DC Comics also announced that next year’s Detective Comics #27 will be a mega-sized anniversary spectacular! Spanning 104 pages, Detective Comics #27 serves as an homage to the original Detective Comics #27, which marked Batman’s comic debut in 1939, and features an all-star roster of Batman creators past and present!

In stores January 8, the issue includes a modern-day retelling of the Dark Knight’s origin by the incredible team of writer Brad Meltzer and artist Bryan Hitch! Plus, all-new stories by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter J. Tomasi and Guillem March, Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, new art by legendary Batman writer/artist Frank Miller, and more! This issue – which will include variant covers by Neal Adams, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Chris Burnham, Kelley Jones, Patrick Gleason and Mike Allred – also includes John Layman and Jason Fabok’s final storyline, “Gothtopia,” before the new creative team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato take over writing duties for the series in the spring.

Manupal said about their plans:

We want to bring him closer to his roots and be more of a street-level type of hero. His superheroics will still be present, but the investigative part of Batman will be at the forefront …We’ve always written stories about hope, and it will be very interesting to see what comes out when we walk through the sullen streets of Gotham City.

Buccellato added:

Stylistically, we will use the tools in our toolbox to capture what we think the Bat-universe looks and feels like. Gotham won’t look like Central City, so you won’t be seeing all the bright reds, oranges and yellows that defined Flash’s world.

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Review: The Wake #3

The Wake is many things, with several common threads running throughout, any of which Scott Snyder (W) and Sean Murphy (A) could bring to the forefront of the story. The first issue was really solid world building; the second issue was told out of order, presenting us with a narrative as curious to the reader as it was to the characters; this third issue, though, represents to me the culmination of the story thus far. It represents to me the conclusion of the first part, or at least the first movement, of the story.

As I mentioned before, through all of the three issues thus far, there are common threads: history and evolution, the sea, claustrophobia, fear, hallucination, danger, etc. As the climax of the first movement (I think I’ll stick with “movement;” to me it implies an easy transition to the next segment of the story), #3 takes all of those common threads, expanded in the previous two issues, and blows the story wide open for the reader and the characters; at last, everyone is on the same page. And oh God, what a horrifying page it is.

We finally see the raw, terrifying power of the mermaid creature that Dr. Lee Archer and her team have discovered. Within moments, using hallucinogenic toxins it can spray (and also huge teeth) it kills at least two people, most likely more. Its serpentine body, powerful jaws, and vaguely human torso lend the creature both a strangeness and a familiarity, which makes its bloodthirsty actions even creepier. You can never quite guess how it will act. Combine the creature’s physiology with Murphy’s cramped and dank design of the underwater rig, and the book instantly becomes more horror than anything else. We all have a fear of the dark and of the unknown, which the creators of The Wake mine in this issue more than the previous two. (And I’m so glad this book is at Vertigo, where Snyder and Murphy can really let loose.)

Not only do we finally understand the power and abilities of the creature, we also understand its biology a little more; we understand that the echoing noises it makes aren’t screams of pain or anger, but rather a language. It’s calling for its brothers, and its brothers respond. The final splash, showing divers in the foreground, and what could be hundreds of the mer-creatures in the background at the top of the page, signifies a new status quo for Lee Archer and her team, as well the reader. Now everyone knows that the creature they captured isn’t the last of its kind at all. The next movement of this story should be full on claustrophobic, psychological (and literal) horror. I’m excited to see what happens in the second movement.

And I can’t end any review of The Wake without mentioning the stellar art (once again) of Sean Murphy. His character design is tremendous: his characters are angular and strong, and while they aren’t realistic, he’s taking realistic human attributes and heightening them to something more. To their extreme. Knees are pointy; fingers are crooked. It matches the realistic-but-more feeling of the underwater oil rig, as well. Like the creature itself, everything is recognizable but also alien, providing the book with its most potent source of horror.

Let me also take a moment to point out Matt Hollingsworth’s colors. The rig and characters are awash in pale colors: blues and greens and purples. This makes the flashes of violence (the red of blood, the orange of the muzzle flashes, and the glow coming from the creature itself) almost luminescent. There’s really nothing about this team on art that I take issue with.

The Wake is one of those books that makes me glad that I’m not waiting for the trade. Each individual issue has so far been an expertly crafted piece of art, making the wait between issues bittersweet; I can’t wait to dive back in a read #3 again, but I know it’s going to make the wait a whole lot harder.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Sean Murphy
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Wake #2

The Wake #2 CoverThey call it the “Ghost Rig.” A secret, underwater oil rig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!

With the second issue of this new max-series by writer Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy we get a bit more of the mystery pulled back giving us a better idea of what we have in store for us.

With a team assembled and a mystery set before them, we get theories and ideas as to what they and we the readers are presented with. All along mystery builds as well as the tension.

What’s fantastic about this issue is Snyder’s use of real scientific theory to drive his story. He presents it in such a way that it doesn’t bog down the story and while it might sound like science fiction it is a theory of mankind’s evolution. I found myself Googling away after this issue to see if what Snyder presents is based in reality. It is, though not generally accepted theory.

At this point you can see the series isn’t a straight up horror story, instead delving a bit more into themes about the origin of mankind and more than likely more.

There’s also some crazy sequences here that just made my jaw drop. They didn’t make sense in the context of the issue, but you better believe each made me want to come back for the third issue. All of this is back up by artist Murphy’s distinctive style.

This is shaping up to be one of the most interesting limited series of the year.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Sean Murphy
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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