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Preview: Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Melmoth’s attack on Gotham City has immediate consequences for the denizens of Monster Town, and the losses suffered by Frankenstein and the other monsters have suddenly made this very, very personal. It’s up to Frankie to convince his cohorts that they need to band together against this common threat, lest all of Gotham-nay, the Multiverse!-fall to the might of his old master. But before they can do that, they must first answer the question: Who is the Red Phantom?

Gotham City Monsters #2 (of 6)

NYCC 2019: AferShock Grapples with MMA in Kill A Man from Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Alec Morgan, and Jim Campbell

At New York Comic Con, AfterShock announced Kill A Man, a brand new original graphic novel from writers Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson featuring art by Alec Morgan and lettering by Jim Campbell.

In the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, kickboxer icon DJ Bellyi slurs a queer opponent in the ring, and is beaten to death while his young son James watches in horror from the stands.

Sixteen years later, young James Bellyi has become an MMA star in his own right, with top-tier endorsements and an imminent title shot. But when James is outed as gay by an opponent in a press conference, he loses everything: his title shot, his fans, his team, even his family. To fight his way back, he turns to the only one left in the world willing to train him: Xavier Mayne, the man who killed his father.

The graphic novel will be released in two oversized 60-page volumes. Kill A Man is out early summer 2020.

Kill A Man

Review: Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1 spins out of the current events in the DC concerning Leviathan. S.H.A.D.E. has been destroyed which leaves Frankenstein out on his own but on a mission.

Focusing on the monsters aspect of the DC Universe, the series is set in Monstertown, a neighborhood of Gotham. The concept always seemed a bit odd to me and never quite fleshed out. Writer Steve Orlando uses it as a perfect backdrop giving it some justice though the oddity still stands.

Frankenstein is out to continue the work he did before and in our introduction to him the comic stands out. We get glimpses of interesting as he deals with a living disease that needs to be taken care of. This noir/X-Files type feel stands out in a way that’s different.

Andrew Bennett, Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, and Orca round up the eventual team that will take on Melmoth. The comic features short glimpses as to why they’ll eventually come together. It’s quick and at times entertaining but there’s a lack of something that really hooks you. None of it is bad but there’s a spark that’s missing.

The art by Amancay Nahuelpan is interesting. There’s a somewhat comedic feel at times to it all which belies the horror aspect of the characters. Along with color by Trish Mulvihill and lettering by Tom Napolitano, it all comes together for a design that’s nice and unique but never quite matches the tone of the story. Monsters and horror, the comic could have a much darker look to it all. Instead, we get somewhere inbetween that dark and a standard superhero style. The look, much like the story, never quite clicks.

Gotham City Monsters #1 is an odd one. While the comic itself is entertaining it never quite makes the case as to why it needs to exist. With so many events and such a big story it ties in to, there’s never a real sense of urgency or threat. The tone too in design and story never quite matches the concept both being a little light for what should be more serious. There’s potential here but this may be one to wait for the eventual trade.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Color: Trish Mulvihill Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Gotham City Monsters #1 (of 6)

Gotham City Monsters #1 (of 6)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Now he can set his sights on his former mentor, Melmoth, the one evil that got away. With bad things happening all across the Multiverse, this may be Frankenstein’s last shot at setting things right. Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it’s going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and vampire Andrew Bennett. But will even these dread creatures be enough to save humanity before the entire cosmos collapses in on itself?

Gotham City Monsters #1

Preview: Martian Manhunter #8 (of 12)

Martian Manhunter #8 (of 12)

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Diane Meade has fully investigated J’onn J’onnz, but in order for the two of them to be ready to stand against Charnn’s greatest threat, she must forgive him and reveal the story of the true John Jones! Charnn’s Martian experiments continue and change the life of Ashley Addams, and human civilization, forever!

Martian Manhunter #8 (of 12)

Preview: Batman: Secret Files #2

Batman: Secret Files #2

(W) Andy Kubert, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Mairghread Scott, Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A) Eduardo Risso, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Carlos D’Anda, Amancay Nahuelpan (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Jul 31, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“City of Bane” is upon us! Bane’s conquering Gotham City, but he’s not doing it alone. In this Secret Files issue, read about Bane and his cabal: The Joker, the Riddler, Hugo Strange and the Psycho-Pirate. Brutal stories of madness, murder and hatred done by some of comics’ greatest talents!

Batman: Secret Files #2

Preview: Martian Manhunter #7 (of 12)

Martian Manhunter #7 (of 12)

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

J’onn and Diane have had a break in the Ashley Addams case! With a fully armed S.W.A.T. team, they head to a pig farm an infamous human-trafficking cartel calls home. They’ll lead a raid to find out the truth about what happened to Ashley, and J’onn will be forced to use the full spectrum of his Martian abilities on Earth for the first time!

Martian Manhunter #7 (of 12)

Preview: Wonder Woman #73

Wonder Woman #73

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Aaron Lopresti (CA) Jesus Merino
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As Wonder Woman and her compatriots travel through the broken realm, Diana relates the story of the real first time she left Themyscira…and traveled with her mother to a bizarre alternate version of their home, where Empress Hippolyta reigned with an iron fist! But the Empress didn’t take too kindly to their territorial incursion…and so Diana was forced to watch as her mother battled for her life against the worst possible version of herself! What other secrets did Dimension Chi conceal? And have any of them followed Diana back to our universe? Find out in this tale by guest-writer Steve Orlando that delivers a crucial piece of G. Willow Wilson’s epic storyline!

Wonder Woman #73

Preview: Martian Manhunter #6

Martian Manhunter #6

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Mars burns and the sins of J’onn J’onnz come back to kill him! J’onn will do everything in his power to save his family from H’ronnmeer’s Curse-but once they discover the type of Manhunter he really is, will they want to go anywhere with him?

Martian Manhunter #6

Preview: Martian Manhunter #5 (of 12)

Martian Manhunter #5 (of 12)

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

J’onn J’onnz is no longer the sole survivor of the planet Mars! The vicious criminal Charnn somehow survived the epidemic of H’ronnmeer’s Curse-and now he’s here on Earth! To survive his attack, J’onn will need Diane’s help-but even after he told her everything, what secrets is she hiding?

Martian Manhunter #5 (of 12)
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