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DC Comics’ Monthly Comics Get a Price Increase and Digital Copies

DC_Logo_RGB_031816DC Comics has announced that in April they’ll be increasing the price of some of their comics from $2.99 to $3.99. But, with the increased price comes a digital copy of the comic that can be redeemed. Current comics that are $3.99 will also receive the digital code. This does not impact the twice monthly comics which will remain at $2.99.

This is similar to a program that Marvel launched in late 2011 and recently changed.

Titles impacted include:

  • All-Star Batman
  • Batgirl
  • Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
  • Batman Beyond
  • Batwoman
  • Blue Beetle
  • Cyborg
  • The Hellblazer
  • New Super-Man
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws
  • Super Sons
  • Supergirl
  • Superwoman
  • Teen Titans
  • Titans
  • Trinity

We’ll be monitoring this change to see the impact in both physical sales and digital activity. How will the price increase impact your purchases? Sound off in the comments!

DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For Comics Released 1/11ac

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. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). 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.

There was a lot of DC books released this week, and while I didn’t get to read all of them, most are covered below.


Action Comics #971 Lex Luthor is about to be tried for crimes that he hasn’t yet committed ac_cv971_dson a distant planet, and Superman has just turned on him, even though Lex is doing is best to fill in a dead Superman’s shoes. Even though this is two or three issues into to the arc, it’s quite Friendly.

All-Star Batman #6 The very nature of this series is such that this could just as easily be a new #1 issue. It’s a Friendly comic that’s frankly amazing.

Detective Comics There’s very little recap needed here, as the comic focuses primarily on Batwoman’s background. Yes, you may need to know that the prisoner in the Bell Tower is her father, and the Colony is a militarized special forces unit that’s modeled on a lethal version of Batman. The Colony is also responsible for the “death” of Tim Drake, although that’s less relevant than you’d think this issue. Friendlier than you’d expect.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12 When a story arc has been as fantastic as this one has, writing a very short recap seems almost insulting… but whatever. Hal Jordan died and went to Lantern Heaven but the White Lantern dude ressurrected him, meanwhile the rest of the Green Lantern Corps were trapped in a shrunken city by the Lantern equivalent of a compulsive hoarder. Working with their traditional enemies, the Sinestro Corps, they escaped, which brings you more or less up to date. Enjoy the Friendly conclusion!

Justice League/Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1 I just… it’s Friendly for fans of one or both properties, and worth reading (surprisingly).

Justice League Of America: Vixen Rebirth #1 It’s a one shot comic that introduces Vixen to the post Rebirth universe. It’s Friendly enough to do it’s job.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 We’re at the half way point now in the mini series now, and the easiest way to summarize it for you so that it’s Friendly is this: The League and nsm_cv7_open_order_varthe Squad have been forced to partner to defend the Squad’s prison headquarters from a team of villains.

New Super-Man #7 This comic doesn’t really need a recap, as a lot of the relevant information is given in the opening few pages, which makes this one of DC’s Friendliest comics this week.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6 As a conclusion to the first arc, this wraps up the story nicely, while also leaving enough to have you coming back  next issue. Although I could summarize the entire arc the only relevant bit to you here is that Black Mask has mind controlled Bizarro through techno mumbo jumbo and has decided to break stuff. Red Hood and Artemis are trying to stop them. While that’ll make the issue Friendly, I urge you to check out the trade when it hits the racks.

Suicide Squad #9 Serving as a prequel to the JL Vs SS miniseries this is a solid issue, but there’s no sense reading it if you’re not following that series unless you’re curious about the Squad before the current roster. For that reason I’m marking this as Unfriendly because it probably won’t get you into the series as a whole.

Supergirl #6 Supergirl’s Kryptonian father has somehow become the cyborg Superman, and he has a plan to save what remains of his people by turning their bodies into cyborgs powered by human life force. Supergirl is understandably less than pleased, but was sg_cv5_dstrapped in space by her father as he attacks her home city. Was trapped. Go grab the Friendly issue for some crazy fight scene fun.

The Flash #14 Kicking off a new story arc with some of the Scarlet Speedster’s more popular villains. Thanks to the introductory pieces of narration at the beginning, this is Friendly enough

Titans #7 An issue where the Titans can take a bit of a break after the chaotic opening arc. Friendly because it allows you to get to know the heroes you may be less familiar with.

Wonder Woman #14 Over the past 13 issues, this has become one of my favourite comic books. Luckily, aside from the fact that Ares has just shown up, and there’s a plot to gas a bunch a targets that we don’t yet know about, you can pick this up without any real idea of what’s going on and just enjoy the Friendly comic.

Preview: Supergirl #5

Supergirl #5

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Brian Ching
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMEN” part five! As National City becomes a war zone, Cyborg Superman’s plan to resurrect Argo City reaches its deadly final phase: rain Argo City itself down upon the earth! Supergirl is all that stands in the way of total destruction-but with the clock ticking and the stakes rising she’ll need more than just brute force. She’ll need the help of…Cat Grant?

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Around the Tubes

CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1It’s a new week! If you haven’t noticed, we’ve updated our navigation at the top of the site. Hopefully, it’s a bit easier to find what you’d like and if not, let us know in the comments!

Here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Guardian – The 20 comics to watch out for in 2017 – What are you looking forward to?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Batman Black & White by Gaiman, Bolland, Timm, etc. – Keep posting them, we’ll promote them.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Anna Archie Bongiovanni’s Grease Bats – And another.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Polly Guo’s Gawain’s Girlfriend and the Green Knight will cut your heart from your bosom – And another.

The Beat – Comics author and historian Gerard Jones arrested on charges of child pornography – We’re utterly disgusted if true.

The Hollywood Reporter – Rob Liefeld on the Extreme Universe Movie Deal: “The ’90s Have Been Largely Underserved” – Well they are coming back in style!

CBR – The CW Renews Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow – This isn’t too surprising.

CBR – Matt Ryan Returns As Constantine in New Animated Series – Can’t wait for this!

CBR – Batman V Superman Tops Razzies Shortlist – This isn’t too shocking really.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Green Lanterns #14

Talking Comics – Justice League of America: The Atom

Comic Attack – Kabuki Library Edition Volume 4

Talking Comics – Locke & Key: Small World

Talking Comics – Red Dog #2

Talking Comics – Tomboy #9

Talking Comics – The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Talking Comics – The Unworthy Thor #3

Review: Supergirl: Being Super #1

supergirl-being-super-1Origin stories are tiring, played out, and usually reek of a cheap emotional grab. (See the dozens of times Martha Wayne’s pearls have fallen on the ground in various comics, TV shows, and movies.) However, Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones, Sandu Florea, and Kelly Fitzpatrick buck that trend in Supergirl: Being Super #1. The comic features a 16-year-old Kara living life in the small town of Midvale, which is where pre-Crisis Supergirl grew up and went to high school. It’s an authentic coming of age story that is divorced from most of the teen movie cliches, like the main character being a total outsider, pointless “jocks vs. nerds” battles, or the obsession with heterosexual romance.

For example, Kara runs track, but is also interested in feminist theory, falls asleep reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, and talks about being a part of revolutions. Her best friends are Dolly, a lesbian slacker/conspiracy theorist, and Jen, a driven future Olympic athlete. Her dad might nod off when she talks about feminism and not believe in celebrating birthdays, but gives her good advice and takes her out for ice cream. Her mom has a job with late hours, but also makes a mean spaghetti and gives Kara awesome pink shoes for her birthday. By the end of Supergirl: Being Super #1 and thanks to 50 story pages, Tamaki and Jones give us a handle on Kara’s dreams and aspiration as well as the personalities of her family and friends. A lot of Supergirl stories like focusing on her alien origins, but this only pops up as a mystery in the corners of the narrative with n’ary a word about Krypton or the House of El. Kara just wants to be normal.

Lady Killer artist Joelle Jones is one of the finest artists in comics, and she excels at making Kara and her friends look like actual teenagers hitting that sweet spot between cartooning and photorealism. Acne, freckles, bed head, and rad purple undercuts are all part of the equation, and Jones can evoke teen squabbles with pair of pointing fingers. Inker Sandu Florea, who inked my favorite issues of Batman and Robin Eternal, is the comic’s secret weapon adding texture and depth to cornfield vistas, track meet fans, piles of dirty clothes, and especially the laughs, smiles, and consternations of the character. Kelly Fitzpatrick uses a medium color palette with plenty of skin tones, browns, and tans. When she uses a brighter color, it’s to draw attention to a major story or character beat like Kara’s pink shoes she gets as a birthday gift from her mom, the weird green substance that pops from her acne (Kryptonian puberty is difficult.), or the blue track uniform that foreshadows her future superhero costume.

Supergirl: Being Super #1 is paced naturally and doesn’t skip to the superheroics instead showing what a typical day looks like in Kara’s life. There’s a funny subplot about the track team getting special Fit Bit-type monitors that Dolly isn’t a fan of and leads to some banter between her and Jen plus destruction of school property. Kara’s inner monologue is self-aware with just a dash of teenage sarcasm and plenty of uncertainty because she doesn’t know her “origin”. She knows that she has it good with friends, nice parents, and a peaceful town, but the creepy dreams won’t leave her alone. An inability to be satisfied is the human condition, and Kara truly embodies it in Supergirl: Being Super between bites of hamburger and awkward conversations with her mom.

Supergirl: Being Supergirl #1 is all about being a teenager in its epic, messy, and yet normal glory that happens to star one of DC Comics’ most iconic characters. I can definitely see it ending up in the pantheon of DC’s other great “origin” comics like Batman Year One, Superman Birthright, and Wonder Woman Earth One. It is also refreshing to see teenagers drawn like actual teenagers and have real teenage problems unhampered by heavy-handed metaphors courtesy of the creative team of Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones, Sandu Florea, and Kelly Fitzpatrick.

Story: Mariko Tamaki Pencils: Joelle Jones Inks: Sandu Florea Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Story: 10  Art: 10  Overall: 10  Recommendation: Buy 

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Supergirl #4

Supergirl #4

(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Brian Ching
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $2.99

“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMEN” part four! Supergirl struggles to escape the perverse reincarnation of Argo City as her father, the Cyborg Superman, attacks National City and her new home with the DEO! To face her ultimate test as a hero, Kara must let go of her past and embrace the future.

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Suicide SquadIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting today at shops? What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!

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

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Comics Alliance – ‘Suicide Squad’ Concept Art Proves That Jared Leto’s Joker Could’ve Been Way Worse – Yeah, that’s pretty bad.

Comics Alliance – A-Force Arrives At ‘Avengers Academy’ For The Best Christmas Ever – Anyone playing this?

Newsarama – Imax-ABC’s The Inhumans Gets Showrunner From Netfix’s Defenders – Interesting…

The Beat – You need to read this twitter story about Supergirl – Yup, a must read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Romulus #2

Preview: Supergirl: Being Super #1

Supergirl: Being Super #1

Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Joëlle Jones
Cover by: Joëlle Jones

Flying and crushing coal into diamonds may come easy, but try popping a Kryptonian zit! Caldecott Honor-winning and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) teams with Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) for a coming-of-age tale like you’ve never seen before. But while growing pains shake up Kara’s world, a deadly earthquake rocks the small town of Midvale beneath her feet! The Girl of Steel has a choice: let her world die, or overcome her adolescent insecurities and be super!

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Supergirl S2E8 “Medusa” is More Mother/Daughter Relationships than Crossovers

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While the lion’s share of the advertising and general hype surrounding this episode of Supergirl is about its impending crossover with the other CW superhero shows, writer Jessica Queller and Derek Simon don’t abandon the show’s arcs and relationships for guest stars and dimensional rifts. “Medusa” is centered around relationships between mothers and daughters and family in general as Lillian Luthor tries to get Lena to join the family business and release a bio-weapon killing. On the more heroic side of things, Supergirl works with her adoptive mother, Eliza Danvers (a very pleasant Helen Slater). The intertwining of the family secrets and the passive aggressive sniping of the Luthors thanks to Brenda Strong along with the added side dish of Martian Manhunter struggling with becoming a White Martian elevates the plot, which is a standard quarantine disaster movie or the X-Men “Legacy Virus” crossover without them.

The theme of family is definitely fitting for an episode immediately airing after Thanksgiving, and director Stefan Pleszysnki uses warm lighting and plenty of shots of Kara and her friends and family to show their bond despite “secrets,” like James Olsen being the vigilante Guardian, or more seriously, Alex Danvers coming out as lesbian to her mother. Alex does come out to Eliza later in the episode in a warm moment of acceptance, but thankfully the Guardian subplot is sidelined for this one. Helen Slater is basically a human sunbeam, and even though she mainly plays the role of scientific exposition or fixer of bio weapons, she brings intelligence and love to each scene. This is a total contrast to Kara’s real father, Zor-El, who is responsible for creating the basically racist bio weapon Medusa, which can destroy the DNA of any non-Kryptonians as a last ditch weapon.

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It’s disconcerting that Kara’s father, who instilled in her the values of goodness, hope, and being “stronger together”, created something that could be used for genocide and could kill innocents. Melissa Benoist’s performance as Supergirl is less bright and more pensive than usual after this reveal as she talks to Martian Manhunter about her father’s terrible legacy. As the lone survivor of a world he would have given anything to save, he slightly understands Zor-El’s motivation, but mentions this in passing and instead comforts Kara. David Harewood channels the noble, honorable warrior inside of J’onn Jonzz that comics fans and viewers of the Justice League cartoons have loved for years as he flies out to help stop Lillian Luthor from releasing the bio weapon. He has a passion for good that can’t be drowned out by the White Martian DNA devouring his body even if this disease makes for some nifty special effects makeup.

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In “Medusa”, we finally get to see Lena and Lillian Luthor share some extended screen time, and Queller and Simon make their pacing around an office scenes more tense than Cyborg Superman getting his block knocked off or doing a “super punch” for the umpteenth time. (There is nothing wrong with punching just a character that exists as a one-dimensional goon, punching bang, and waste of David Harewood’s acting talent.) Brenda Strong continues to be the queen of passive aggressive condescension mixed with the cold, hard truth. (Yes, she prefers Lex to Lena.) Katie McGrath pulls out all the acting stops going from being the easygoing friend as Kara “interviews” her to get information about Cadmus and her mother to the cold, disdainful daughter measuring each syllable in venom when her mom decides to drop in. And she is especially entertaining in villain mode with raised eyebrows and a purr that evokes Eva Green if she ever decided to play Lady Macbeth. And Pleszynski holds the reveal that she sabotaged the bio-weapon for quite a while hinting at some dark irony as aliens celebrate red sparks that fall from the sky and do nothing.

And this being a CW show, this review wouldn’t be complete with an overindulgent discussion of the romantic pairings in “Medusa”. Queller and Simon go to the soap opera well and have Kara and Mon-El share a kiss while he is on his “death bed” after being exposed to the bio weapon. It isn’t really logical that Kara would fall for a kind of sexist, kind of adorkable, and slightly cowardly guy like Mon-El, and the “bonding” scenes where they play Monopoly and discuss the meanings of “crush” and “like” don’t really help. He is attractive, but it seems like the Supergirl are trying to do Romeo and Juliet with DC Comics aliens and hopefully less bloodshed in their relationship. It lacks the spark of, say, Alex and Maggie or even Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak in early seasons of Arrow. Plain and simple, Mon-El is way too douchey to be with Kara.

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But, on a happier note, Maggie Sawyer and Alex share a beautiful scene at the end of “Medusa” , which acts as a rousing conclusion to Alex’s coming out arc. It’s kind of cute, kind of awkward, and also very empowering as Maggie finally realizes that Alex came out not so she could be with her, but that she could finally completely be herself. There’s great symmetry between both her chat with her mother and Maggie about finally being able to feel her full identity, but substitute familial for romantic love. Maggie and Alex finally share a long kiss, but it’s the little pause where Alex asks Maggie if she likes her that encapsulates their relationship as Alex is still a little unsure of herself after Maggie previously rejected her. This hesitancy and fear makes Alex’s coming out that much more organic because even if your friends and relatives aren’t homophobic, the process can be a little awkward. Luckily, Alex has a supportive mother and sister.

As Supergirl Radio podcast host Carly Lane astutely tweeted, “Medusa” is like a zero issue or prologue for the “Heroes vs. Aliens” crossover with The Flash and Vibe enlisting the help of their extraterrestrial ally in a battle against a mysterious alien threat. There is a scene with aliens on a ship that seems spliced in from a later episode or another show altogether, but mostly the “crossover” scene at the end is a reminder of Gustin and Melissa Benoist’s adorable chemistry (They give the best hugs. with a tinge of sadness as Barry and Cisco aren’t on the best of terms. And in true comic book fashion, the episodes ends on an energetic cliffhanger as Kara will get to meet Team Flash (and possibly more people) tomorrow night.

With the reveal of Zor-El as potential destroyer of worlds, Jessica Queller and Derek Simon find a real commonality between Lena and Supergirl in “Medusa”. They are both daughters trying to make something better out of their family’s misdeeds even if Luthor will always have a more villainous ring to it than El unless you’re a disgruntled train commuter. This through line of family, especially mothers and daughters, keeps this Supergirl focused, but some fun romantic, Martian, and speedster detour don’t derail it.

Overall Rating: 8.0

Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends Crossover Gets an Epic Trailer

The Dominators are coming…can DC’s heroes team up to stop them? The invasion begins Monday at 8/7c on The CW!

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