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Review: The Joker #9

The Joker #9

James Gordon has been in pursuit of the Joker, funded by mysterious individuals who want the Clown Prince of Crime brought in and killed. Gordon has also had to deal with numerous other interested parties with the same interests and with a far higher likelihood to resort to violence to do that. The Joker #9 has Gordon teaming up with Vengeance, the clone daughter of Bane, to go after the Joker in the next location they think he might be.

James Tynion IV delivers an interesting issue with The Joker #9, one that opens up a massive world of possibilities. We learn there’s a bigger conspiracy going on, one involving cloning and doppelganger bodies. It’s a concept that seems somewhat farfetched, and that’s impressive for the world of Batman. While there’s a lot to like about where this issue could take not just this story but the DC Universe as a whole, there’s also something that feels a little rushed and out of leftfield. What was once a simple manhunt has turned into something greater. While that might explain some of the conspiracies and strange happenings in the DC world, it shifts the focus of the story quite a bit. It’s not longer one about a falsely accused Joker. And due to that, the issue and the series falters a bit. There’s an interesting aspect about a crime the Joker hadn’t committed yet everyone thinks he did. Some grand conspiracy involving DC’s criminals is something entirely different.

The issue does give a lot of history on Vengeance. So, if you want to get the details on the cloned daughter of Bane, this issue is for you.

Things aren’t helped by Stefano Raffaele‘s art which feels a little inconsistent in the comic. There’s moments the panels and pages look great and others where it feels a bit rushed. Characters don’t always hold up against themselves and the general look and feel of the comic can vary from one panel to the next. The look and style feels like a bunch of different creators all mashed into one. The color by Romulo Fajardo Jr. is solid giving a sickly green hue to the panels and pages at times, really nailing the tone of it all. Tom Napolitano‘s lettering also is good, especially that of the Joker whose style varies just enough to give it a unique feel that enhances the character.

Sam Johns, James Tynion IV, Rosi Kämpe, Marissa Louise, and Ariana Maher continues Punchline’s story. Leslie, Harper, and the newly protected Kelly dive deeper into Punchline’s history as we learn the fate of many of her past acquaintances. The story is interesting in that it shows Punchline’s dive into madness happened far earlier than has been depicted before but overall, it’s a piece of the very larger puzzle that’s being crafted as far as those characters. Not a lot of excitement with it but a lot of history that could become key.

The Joker #9 isn’t a bad issue but it just feels like it shifts the story far too much from the initial launch. Having various groups all trying to capture the same person could drive the series for quite a while and feels like it was just being touched as far as potential. This one issue shifts all of that in a major way. This is an issue to read because of its possible impact on the DC Universe, not necessarily because it does its story any justice.

Story: James Tynion, Sam Johns IV Art: Stefano Raffaele, Rosi Kämpe
Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marissa Louise Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Ariana Maher
Story: 6.75 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Joker #9

The Joker #9

Written by: Sam Johns, James Tynion IV
Art by: Rosi Kämpe, Stefano Raffaele

The terrifying Sampson family is ready to exact their revenge on the Clown Prince of Crime for the murder of one of their own during A-Day! Will Gordon risk his life to save…The Joker? The shocking series continues with the most horrifying issue yet! Backup: Punchline and Harper Row go head-to-head for the life and safety of Kelly Ness! If Harper loses, the radicalization of young people in Gotham City will know no limits!

The Joker #9

Preview: Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Stefano Raffaele (CA) Skan
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

After one of the pilot missions of the sym-soldier program, Rex Strickland was given a highly classified mission by Nick Fury himself. Where exactly did the ancient symbiote know as the Grendel come from?

Decades later, Carnage is on a rampage that will connect him to Knull the symbiote god and only Weapon H can stop him – by picking up where Rex left off!

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

Preview: Marvel Zombie #1

Marvel Zombie #1

(W) W. Maxwell Prince (A) Stefano Raffaele (CA) Juan Ferreyra
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $4.99

NEW FROM THE HOUSE OF IDEAS! MARVEL ZOMBIES IS BACK…WITH A TWIST!
Years after an incurable zombie virus ravaged the world, a small colony of survivors is protected by the Marvel U’s few remaining heroes, including Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Falcon. But when their last chance at salvation arrives, will they be willing to sacrifice their own humanity in the process? From the twisted minds of ICE CREAM MAN writer W. Maxwell Prince and Stefano Raffaele (Generations: Hawkeye) comes the next macabre obsession for fans of The Walking Dead and The Road!

Preview: Under: Scourge of the Sewer #2

UNDER: SCOURGE OF THE SEWER #2

​Writer: ​Christophe Bec
​Artist: ​Stefano Raffaele
Cover A: James Stokoe
​Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – $5.99 – ​On sale: January 17, 2018

Some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the dirt​ ​flows into the sewers. LT​ ​Wilson Jericho, disgraced from his position​ ​above ground and now an officer in the sewer police, thinks he knows​ ​everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist​ ​Sandra​ ​Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the legends,​ ​and something is threatening to crawl out and rip the city apart…

Preview: Under: Scourge of the Sewers #1

UNDER: SCOURGE OF THE SEWERS #1

Writer: Christophe Bec
Artist: Stefano Raffaele & Christian Favrelle
Cover A: James Stokoe
Cover B: Book Cover
Cover C: James Stokoe B&W Virgin Variant
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 64pp – $5.99 – On sale Date: December 13, 2017

Some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the dirt flows into the sewers.

LT Wilson Jericho, disgraced from his position above ground and now an officer in the sewer police, thinks he knows everything there is to know about what lies beneath. But scientist Sandra Yeatman is determined to discover the truth behind the legends, and something is threatening to crawl out and rip the city apart…

Titan Comics Announces New Imprint – Statix Press!

From Michael Moorcock’s Elric, and Enki Bilal’s The Nikopol Trilogy, to Snowpiercer and The Death of Stalin, which inspired major movies, Titan Comics has led the way in high quality, innovative translated editions aimed at a US audience.

Now Titan Comics is proud to announce a brand-new international imprint: Statix Press! This exciting new line will showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe.

With the new Statix Press line, Titan will continue their rich history of publishing English language versions of classic material such as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’ Showman Killer, while introducing audiences to fresh new creators and titles from the best international creators.

The first titles kicking-off the new Statix Press line are: Doctor RadarThe Beautiful DeathHercules: Wrath of the Heavens, and Under: Scourge of the Sewer.

Hitting stores November 22, 2017Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s, and sees a gentleman detective investigate a series of horrific deaths, all the while playing a deadly game with a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as Doctor Radar! Written by Noël Simsolo with art by BézíanDoctor Radar Issue #1 comes with a stunning cover by superstar artist Francesco Francavilla.

The Beautiful Death, a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age mini-series, written and illustrated by Mathieu Bablet, asks the question – what does resistance mean when there’s nothing left to fight for? That’s what Wayne, Jeremiah, and Soham, the only survivors of a devastating alien invasion, struggle with – seeking a future that justifies their presence on a ruined world. Issue #1 arrives September 2017 and debuts with a special cover by iconic comic book creator Brandon Graham!

A bold new take of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens by JDMorvan and Looky is a stunningly illustrated science fiction re-telling of the legend of Hercules, which debuted in August 2017. As war rages across the galactic frontier, Hercules – half-human, half-god super-soldier – faces his greatest enemy – his own demons – in a bid for truth and redemption. Issue #2 is due to hit comic stores in mid-September.

Then, on December 13, 2017 classic B-movie horror comes to comic book stores with Under: Scourge of the Sewer! In this new series, written by Christophe Bec with art by Stefano Raffaele and a cover by James Stokoe, some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Disgraced Lt. Wilson Jericho will soon discover something monstrous will be crawling out of the sewers to rip the city apart!

Statix Press will also showcase Titan’s vast back catalogue of translated comics from a variety of genres including superhero with The Chimera Brigade and Masked plus fantasy/science-fiction with Khaal, and World War X, alongside the dark comedy series Norman!

Retailers can order Doctor Radar from the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue, and Under: Scourge of the Sewers from the upcoming October Diamond PREVIEWS catalog.

Preview: Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Stefano Raffaele (CA) Greg Smallwood
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $4.99

TWO ARCHERS. ONE-SHOT.
• Kate Bishop, A.K.A. Hawkeye, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a battle royal between the world’s most skilled sharpshooters – including an inexplicably young Clint Barton, A.K.A. the OTHER Hawkeye.
• The prize? Bragging rights for being named the best, of course – oh, and you get to stay alive!
• Unfortunately for Clint, several of his competitors are villains he’s taken down, making HIM a primary target.
• So, on top of figuring out where and WHEN she is, Kate’s got to find a way to win this little contest of skills and keep her not-so-old pal Clint out of the crosshairs… easy, peasy.

Preview: Under Vol. 1: Monsters Beneath

UNDER VOLUME 1: MONSTERS BENEATH 

WRITER: Christophe Bec
ARTISTS: Stefano Raffaele
COLOURS: Christian Favrelle
FORMAT: 48pp, HC, FC
VOLUMES IN SERIES: 1 (of 2)
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $14.99/ $16.95 CAN/ £12.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782761198
RELEASE DATE: July​ 29​, 2015
ORDER CODE: JAN151615

CROCODILES IN THE SEWERS! SNAKES IN THE PLUMBING! JUST AN URBAN LEGEND?

THE SMASH ACTION-CHILLER THAT WILL INFEST YOUR MIND!

Crocodiles in the sewers, snakes in the plumbing, giant spiders coming out of manhole covers… all urban myths.

Except in Megalopolis. Lieutenant Jericho, a disgraced and disillusioned police officer, is guiding Sandra Yeatman, a student of zoology, through the gleaming new sewer tunnels and the crumbling old ones in search of creatures that should not exist. In the city beneath the city, they find a terrifying infestation that threatens the lives of all who dare to go… under.

Under Vol. 1: Monsters Beneath hits comic stores on July 29 and ​is available to order now from your local comic book store using Diamond order code: JAN151615

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