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Review: Super Sons #11

The Super Sons are on the run after discovering Superboy’s dark destiny. Will Robin be able to protect his friend from the Batman of Tomorrow? The first part of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” was good and the second kicks it up a level as Tim Drake Batman is after his target and nothing’s going to stop him. But why’s he doing all of this?

Super Sons #11 gives us the motivation behind Drake’s actions and they work really well. It does open questions like how does this future jive with the one he was attempting to prevent in Detective Comics? Writers Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason deliver the motivation behind the actions as well as an issue that takes a bit of a different tactic. Drake has shown his combat abilities in the first issue and in this second part he has to take a different tactic since he’s now dealing with the Teen Titans and Superboy.

The first part of the story focused on Drake’s tactical brilliance, this second one is the technical brilliance and the two together shows how deadly Tim Drake is and a character we should all be paying attention too. It’s clear there’s a lot pivoting around him when it comes to the DC Universe’s future.

We also get to see Tim Drake taking individuals down with his smarts a defining aspect to him and it’s absolutely fantastic.

All of that is delivered through the art of Ryan Benjamin. Each character’s reaction is great and there’s a real fear and claustrophobia presented as Drake makes his move in the Teen Titans’ headquarters. As the location shrinks the noose feels like it’s closing in on everyone and that’s presented well and emphasized with the art.

A second fantastic installment of an event I wasn’t expecting as far as quality. I thought this was a simple story arc but after two issues, it’s quite clear it’s so much more than that.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Art: Ryan Benjamin
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Super Sons Annual #1

Super Sons Annual #1

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Paul Pelletier (CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99

“SUPER-PETS UNLEASHED”! The World’s Furriest team Krypto and Titus-together at last! Tired of the boys stealing the spotlight, the doggy duo lead the Super Sons on a canine-powered epic!

Preview: Super Sons #10

Super Sons #10

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Brian Ching (CA) Dustin Nguyen
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SECRET HEADQUARTERS”! In the aftermath of “Planet of the Capes,” big changes challenge both Damian and Jon, as Superboy revels in his new power and a decision by Batman rocks Robin’s world forever. And as promised earlier, the debut of the Super Sons’ new secret headquarters!

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/18

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


Aquaman #29 Atlantis has been sealed off from the outside world and Arthur, no longer king, has become a vigilante protecting those he can from the corrupt regime. This comic is borderline Friendly, but the series remains among the best in DC’s current publication run. 8.25/10

Batman #33 Bruce Wayne proposed to Selina Kyle, who accepted, after a long story about how he’s not as noble as people think because he almost killed the Riddler after Riddler engineered a gang war to make Joker laugh (indeed it was only the intercession of the Joker that stopped Batman’s attempted murder of the Riddler). Now… Batman’s in a desert to start a new arc, and while the comic is Friendly enough, it feels like a bit of a mixed bag that trend toward the positive. I’m curious to see where the story ends up, but if I never read the next issue I wouldn’t be upset. 6.75/10

Batwoman #8 Under the mercy of Scarecrow, Batwoman has been captured and subjected to his fear gas while searching for her father Jacob Kane and his army of Batman inspired soldiers, the Colony. The issue is weird, but as much of that is from the gas you’ll find this comic relatively Friendly7/10

Green Arrow #33 I love this series. Oliver Queen was framed for murder by the villainous Ninth Circle so Green Arrow traveled the country fighting them on earth and in space with a plethora of guest stars. But Oliver Queen wasn’t meant leave Star City while he was on bail… the first part of a new arc, the Friendly comic is well worth GA_Cv33_open_order_varreading. 8/10

Green Lanterns #33 Part one of a new arc that sees the two Lanterns of Space Sector 2814 move away from Earth and into the stars to save a planet is a Friendly place to dive in. 7/10

Justice League #31 The kids of the League have come back in time to kill the Justice League to stop them from doing something that’ll destroy the future. And future Aquaman has also come back in time for some reason wearing future Cyborg’s body as armour. I have no idea what the hell is going on in the Unfriendly mess. 5.5/10

Nightwing #31 Nightwing is working with Blockbuster (kinda) to clean up Bludhaven, and an old nemesis (from twenty issues ago) has reared his head. Sadly I don’t remember last issue, but this was Friendly enough for new readers regardless. 7/10

Super Sons #9 The sons fight a planet. It’s kinda Friendly and quite awesome. 7.75/10

Superman #33 It was foretold that the now heroic Lex Luthor would eventually return to his villainous ways and become worse than Darkseid as ruler of Apokolips, and so a pair of bounty hunters from the future tried to kill him. Superman, somewhat obviously, helped stop them. But none of that is really relevant right now in this Friendly issue. 7/10


Preview: Super Sons #9

Super Sons #9

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Carmine Di Giandomenico (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Planet of the Capes” part four! Superboy and Robin were training to become the next Superman and Batman-but they never signed up to be the saviors of the multiverse! Ready or not, the boys have their work cut out for them as the endless alien armies of Yggardis descend upon our young heroes!

Preview: Super Sons #8

Super Sons #8

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Jorge Jimenez (CA) Dustin Nguyen
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Planet of the Capes” part three! The Super Sons find themselves blasted across the cosmos to a weird world called Yggardis. As Superboy and Robin endeavor to stop this strange place’s super-powered factions from killing each other, can a horde of ultra-powerful aliens, some sentient multiversal clay and a showdown with the villain Kraklow stop them from getting back to Earth?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick(s): Bloodshot Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4 (Valiant Entertainment) –  There’s a funny thing this week. There’s really only two comics I can’t wait to pick up from my LCS, and both are from Valiant: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4. While I’ve read both, I want to reread them both in print without the review copy watermark on them.

Mr. Crypt #1 (Alterna) – It’s a living skeleton and the comic is about $1.50. What’s not to love?



Top Pick: Jean Grey #7 (Marvel) – I’ve really been enjoying this series and seeing Jean meeting up with other heroes and learning from them has been fun. But to be totally honest, I’m really just looking forward to seeing Scarlet Witch in this issue. Not too much of a fan boy, eh?

Super Sons #8 (DC Comics) – This is a fun, action filled super hero book that you all should be reading.

U.S.Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m interested to see how the fall of Hydra will effect this team, and looking forward to them going out to look for Cannonball. This book is hit or miss with me, and the Secret Empire tie ins were just alright, so I’m hoping things pick up.

X-Men Gold #12 (Marvel) – This book has been a good read, even though I do have a few issues on how some characters have been depicted or altogether pushed to the side (looking at Storm). I would like to see this book be more of a team feel like the first few issues were; lately is just feels like ‘the tales of Shadowcat and Colossus’ with the rest of the team just popping up as support.



Batwoman #7 (DC Comics) – Kate and her dad spend some time stranded in the first installment of the Fear and Loathing story arc.

Harley Quinn #28 (DC Comics) – Harley’s running for office. An anti-heroine for the people!

Harley Quinn Batman Day Special (DC Comics) – I’m all for anything Harley related especially when we get to see her toxic relationship fable with Joker. Here’s to hoping that she stays smart and stays single .

Luke Cage #5 ( Marvel) – It’s going down in New Orleans and I’ve got popcorn.



Top Pick: Batman: The Red Death #1 (DC Comics) – I’m all in with DC’s latest even Metal and this one gives us the scoop on one of the alternate worlds’ Batman. I’ve read it and holy crap is it good.

Catalyst Prime: Superb #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – I’ve been sucked into the Catalyst Prime world and this series is standing out in a teenage superhero sort of way that has enough different to make it a must read.

Dark Ark #1 (AfterShock) – You know the story of Noah… but what about that other ark?

Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Haven’t read this yet but it feels like the grindhouse sort of concept and movie that I really enjoy.

World of Animosity #1 (AfterShock) – This amazing comic world expands with this new series and is absolutely a world you should be checking out if you haven’t already.

Unboxing: DC Icons Robin & Superboy Action Figure 2 Pack

From the massively popular DC Rebirth series comes the Super Sons action figure 2-pack, featuring Robin and Superboy from DC Collectibles! The future rests on the sons of Batman and Superman and these figures are a perfect way to expand the already impressive DC Universe line of action figures.

We open up and show off the set putting them through our test and discussing what you can expect.

The set will be released September 13.

You can order them now:
Amazon or TFAW


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Preview: Super Sons #7

Super Sons #7

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“PLANET OF THE CAPES” part two! Monster maker Kraklow puts Superboy to the test during his first team-up with Damian Wayne’s Teen Titans. As wave after wave of Kraklow’s wicked creations try to overwhelm the Teen Titans, can Superboy turn the tide in this onslaught of enemies?

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’re rocking out at San Diego Comic-Con.  We have more photos coming from the show and we’re moderating a panel this afternoon, so watch out for that on Facebook and Twitter.

While you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Hartford Courant – 10000 Comic Books Donated To Trinity Library – That’s a lot of comics and awesome!

CBR – Inhumans’ TV Debut Features More Footage Than IMAX Version – Rather interesting.

CBR – Wonder Woman Comics Auction to Benefit Anti-Human Trafficking Charity – Donate often!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – The Guild Library Edition Vol. 1

Superman Homepage – Super Sons #6

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