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the-forevers-1-11Tomorrow Small Press Expo kicks off. Who else is going? If you’re in the DC area, you absolutely should! If you see our team, come say “hi”!

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

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CBLDF – THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF Has Signings, Debuts, and More in Store for SPX! – Take advantage folks!

Tabeltop Gaming News – USAopoloy Posts A Look Inside the Marvel Munchkin 2 Set – Anyone playing this?

CBR – Syfy Orders Pilot Based On Morrison & Robertson’s Happy! – Interesting.

Comics Alliance – ‘Supergirl’ Spins the Wheel on Dichen Lachman as DC’s Roulette – Interesting casting.

ICv2 – First Announced Game Shipment Delay Due to Hanjin Bankruptcy – How much else will be impacted?

 

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Talking Comics – Doom Patrol #1

The Beat – Family Man

Talking Comics – The Forevers #1

The Beat – Hadrian’s Wall #1

Talking Comics – Red Hood and the Outlaws #2

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #6

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VixenIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – March: Book Three Nominated for National Book Award – Mazel Tov!

The Beat – Report: Graphic Novels are big in libraries and schools – The comic market expands!

Gamespot – GS News Update: Wolverine 3 Villain Confirmed – Um, wasn’t this a given concerning the teaser video in the X-Men: Apocalypse credits?

ICv2 – Ultra PRO Acquiring Playroom Entertainment – And the game consolidation continues!

CBR – Vixen Season 2 Lands Release Date – Can’t wait!

Comics Bulletin – Steve Orlando on Gender and the Supergirls Who Inspire Him – Go see what Steve says!

 

Supergirl Takes Off in this New Trailer

Supergirl Season 2 takes off Monday, October 10 at 8/7c on The CW!

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Rise of the Black Flame #1 CVRThe weekend is almost here! What geeky things do folks have planned? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decided on what you’re doing, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Comics Alliance – #YesHomo: Phil Jimenez On Feminine Design and Industry Change [Flame Con] – Jimenez is always awesome to see what he says.

The Beat – Interview: Alexis Fajardo on Adapting Myths for Modernity in Kid Beowulf: The Blood-Bound Oath – This sounds cool.

Comics Alliance – DC’s Geoff Johns Reveals How ‘Justice League’ Will Address ‘Batman v Superman’ Criticisms – It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

 

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Newsarama – All-New, All-Different Avengers #14

CBR – Alters #1

ICv2 – Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Comic Attack – Glitterbomb #1

Nothing But Comics – Kill or Be Killed #2

Talking Comics – Rise of the Black Flame #1

The Beat – Strong Female Protagonist

Talking Comics – Supergirl #1

DC Announces Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

DC Entertainment has announced a brand-new miniseries with an invigorating twist on the Supergirl we know and love! The Girl of Steel returns in a story not only about being super, but also the trials and tribulations of being 16. A coming-of-age story with superhero flair, Supergirl: Being Super comes from the creative minds of Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award winning young adult author Mariko Tamaki and superstar artist Joëlle Jones.

Imagine this: You’re an alien. You have super powers. You are SUPERGIRL. But you’re also 16, a teenager just trying to survive the day-to-day life of high school. The upside is, yes, you can fly, you can crush diamonds with your bare hands. The downside is that being super can be a super complicated and super confusing thing to be, especially when the whole being super thing is a secret.

This is the story of Kara Danvers, known to her home planet of Krypton as Kara Zor El. On the one hand, Kara is a typical teen, navigating relationships, friendships, and classes, on the other she’s a being with immense power and potential, with the added responsibility of managing her developing super powers. As if transitioning into adulthood wasn’t hard enough!

As Kara turns 16, her powers begin manifesting in bizarre hot flashes, glowing zits, symptoms that are becoming harder to control. That’s right, two words, ALIEN ZITS. This new series is more than just heroics. It is the action-packed and heartfelt story of Kara Danvers and her attempts to balance the roles of teenager and hero.

This is a fresh take on Supergirl full of passion and ingenuity, with some added teenage irony. The first issue of the new series will debut December 28th, with subsequent issues being released every other month. Each issue is super-packed with 48-pages of story, in prestige format.

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all-new-all-different-avengers-14-coverIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

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

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The Comichron – Ignore the asterisks: Most returnable comics improve on their reported monthly sales figures – Boom. So returnable = bubble is a new myth that’s popped.

The Beat – Insight Editions launches Insight Comics imprint – The more the merrier!

The Beat – Is Nilah Magruder the first African-American woman to write for Marvel? – Anyone actual know this answer?

ICv2 – Reading Between the Lines of Pew’s 2016 Reader Survey — Favorable Trends for Comics – Some more info on readers.

Comics Alliance – The ‘Booster Gold’ Movie Won’t Be Connected to the DC Cinematic Universe – Interesting and with a character you could do that with.

 

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Newsarama – All-New, All-Different Avengers #14

Comicosity – Batman #6

Newsarama – Doctor Strange #11

Newsarama – The Flintstones #3

The Beat – Frontier #12

Newsarama – Green Arrow #6

Newsarama – Justice League #4

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #6

Newsarama – Nightwing #4

Talking Comics – Silver Surfer #6

Comic Vine – Supergirl #1

Newsarama – Supergirl #1

Review: Supergirl #1

supergirl1coverIn Supergirl #1, Steve Orlando writes Supergirl as the most awkward super teen this side of Steve Ditko’s Spider-Man as she tries to “fit in” on Earth at her new school, with her new family, and with the DEO. It’s a tough task, and Orlando and artist Brian Ching make good use of flashbacks to show how confident Kara was using the more advanced technology of Krypton versus the internal combustion engines and PowerPoints of Earth. The constant scolding from people, like Cat Grant and the DEO head Cameron Chase, doesn’t help either, and by the end of the issue, Orlando and Ching have taken Kara to a sad place.

In most stories, the fish out of water trope is played for a few easy and often stereotypical laughs. (E.g. Crocodile Dundee, Hercules in New York, most recently Thor) Orlando goes for a more nuanced approach in Supergirl #1 and has Kara make little quips about how slide projectors are primitive technology and about her adopted dad, Jeremiah Danvers’, pretty atrocious attempts at speaking Kryptonian. Except these jokes come from a place of deep pain and loss as she simply can’t fit on Earth. Ching opens the comic with a gorgeous splash page of Supergirl flying around one of Jupiter’s moons with Michael Atiyeh putting the red, yellow, and and blues of her costume on full display. And this sets the tone for the comic as Atiyeh uses brighter, richer colors for the Krypton flashbacks and more muted tones for the present scenes set on Earth except when Supergirl is in action. Earth is a dull, awkward place for Kara except when she’s being Supergirl, who everyone likes to criticize.

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The underlying theme of Supergirl #1 is the danger of stereotyping other cultures, especially when they are new to your native country. For example, after Supergirl rescues hostages on a train without the DEO’s permission, Chase uses that incident to rant about how Kryptonian culture was “toxic”, arrogant, and that her going in solo to save the day could lead to Earth suffering the same fate as Krypton. Supergirl doesn’t say much in this confrontation, but her sadness is conveyed excellently through wistful facial expressions from Ching as Chase gets in Kara’s face, asserts her power over her, and passes judgment on an entire culture.

But this stereotyping can happen in other ways, like when Jeremiah Danvers redesigns their living room after some pictures he saw of Krypton. (That happen to be 200 years out of date.) He wants to make Kara feel more comfortable, but this gesture makes her feel even more awkward and leads to her flying out to the Fortress of Solitude. This action is equivalent to a white parent cooking a meal or wearing the “traditional costume” of their adopted child from another country and leads to bad feelings all around as they feel that they can “master” the child’s culture.

Supergirl #1 is an intense exploration of both the immigrant experience (Especially when Orlando has Kara quote the line from the old Superman radio show, “strange visitor from another planet.”) and the general awkwardness of moving to a new area and trying to figure out what people like and don’t like and failing at fitting in. And Steve Orlando and Brian Ching aren’t afraid to end this issue on a down note as Kara is no closer to feeling like she is valued by her parents, peers, and handlers at the DEO. Supergirl isn’t hated and feared, but is treated like an out of place nuisance, which actually is a more relatable experience, even if she can fly and destroy assault rifles with her freeze breath.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Brian Ching Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Supergirl #1

Supergirl #1

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Brian Ching
Cover by: Brian Ching
Variant cover by: Bengal

“REIGN OF THE CYBORG SUPERMAN” part one! Supergirl is back and working for the DEO to defend National City! As Kara Danvers, average American teenager and high school student, Supergirl must balance her life as a superhero with her new life on Earth. But some demons from her Kryptonian past are coming back to haunt her, and Kara will find herself face-to-face with her father: the sinister Cyborg Superman!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

angelcatbird.0Wednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: A&A: The Aventures Of Archer And Armstrong #7 (Valiant) – The last issue was one of the better ones I’ve read in this series, which is saying a lot when it comes to A&A’s quality.  I’m remarkably excited to get my grubby mitts on this issue.

Angel Catbird Vol.1 (Dark Horse) – The early reviews I’ve read have been very good, which is awesome. Other than the cover and the preview text, I know next to nothing about the TPb other than it’s apparently very good. Sometimes, that’s the only reason you need to read something.

Batman #6 (DC Comics) – Another week, another Batman comic. Strangely, the twice-monthly shipping isn’t bothering me as much as I thought it would… probably because Tom King and David Finch are still going very strong right now.

Moon Knight #6 (Marvel) – I think I must be one of the very few people for whom this series isn’t clicking for. I recognise it’s good, but I’ve been picking it up primarily because of the art, not the quality of the story. But I have faith in Jeff Lemire, and I’ve also found the series has been getting better issue by issue. At some point, the series is going to click for me, and I’m really hoping its here.

Ninjak #19 (Valiant) – Ninjak’s team up with the Eternal Warrior continues here, and it’s a safe bet that any comic featuring the Eternal Warrior will be on my pull list – this comic is no exception. Although not quite as good as Wrath of the Eternal Warrior, this story is only one issue in.

 

Anthony

Glitterbomb #1 (Image Comics) – Jim Zub has been part of a slew of excellent titles throughout his career, including the current ongoing at Image, Wayward. Glitterbomb looks to be another intriguing concept from Zub with newcomer artist Djibril Morissette-Phan. The premise looks to attack celebrity culture and fame with a twist of horror and violence. Morissette-Phan, whose previewed art, with the colours of K. Michael Russell, makes this series look even more intriguing and gritty.Kill or Be Killed #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue contained some rather unexpected moments for a series that appeared to be purely grounded in reality. The creative team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser are no strangers to implementing supernatural elements (see the fantastic Fatale). Dylan is the front and

Kill or Be Killed #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue contained some rather unexpected moments for a series that appeared to be purely grounded in reality. The creative team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser are no strangers to implementing supernatural elements (see the fantastic Fatale). Dylan is the front and center vigilante-esque protagonist whose agenda to kill those deemed as scum of the Earth is initiated by a mysterious demon after a failed suicide attempt. It’s too early to tell whether this is more of a projection of the mindset of Dylan or a full on horror element part of the story. Either way, this looks to be another hit title for a team that continues to impress.

Paper Girls #9 (Image Comics) – With another Erin (whom may or may not be one to trust according to the last issue) thrown into the mix, things are getting pretty hectic in the present time. Oh, and there are some gigantic monsters fighting amidst the city.

A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong #7 (Valiant) – Archer and Armstrong have found themselves amongst a circus troupe of Armstrong doppelgangers as the duo continue their journey to find the immortal’s long-lost wife. A&A continues to be one of the funniest and more entertaining comics on the stands that never fails to be filled with laugh out loud moments.

Kim and Kim #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue of Kim and Kim introduced an energetic and colourful world centered around bounty hunters Kimiko Quatro and Kimber Dantzler. They have propelled themselves forward into the midst of a pretty heavy situation involving a particular bounty that looks to be the driving force for Kim and Kim. With a real punk aesthetic and

 

Shay

This is a damn good week for comic book lovers. Whether you’re into the big boys of DC and Marvel , or the mini majors with an indie edge like Image. It’s about time to get your geek on!

Top Pick: Everafter: From the Pages of Fables #1 (Vertigo) – Full disclosure, I am such a Fables fan that I have a tattoo of the cover of issue #7 on my arm. Of course, I’m hella hyped for something new from the geniuses behind the Fables brand. Here’s to more bad ass ladies, shifty bad guys and what I’m sure will be a fun ride. Philip Willingham himself recommends it and it’s from The Wolf Among Us creators.

Rise of the Black Flame #1 (Dark Horse) – There’s a cult, missing girls, the jungle of Siam! It sounds like an adventure mystery that will give you chills!

Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy TP (DC Comics) – All of Poison Ivy’s ( aka Red) greatest hits and fights against Batman in one place. Who doesn’t like a little female bad assery ?

Color Your Own Women of Power (Marvel) – It’s a fun time and a coloring book for fans. You can now color in ( or out of ) the lines and make your own fantasy costumes for your fave lady superheroes. What’s not to love about the chance to put something functional on your faves?

Glitterbomb #1 (Image Comics) – Looks like it has some promise. Dark forces beyond our control hell bent on tearing down celebrity culture and beauty. Should be a fun read and an interesting series of it plays its cards right and shows us the ugly behind the beauty.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Sheriff of Babylon #10 (Vertigo) – Hands down the best comic out there right now. It’s entertaining, but also a brutal and honest look at life in Iraq post war. Writer Tom King gives a visceral feel to each issue and artist Mitch Gerads’ art is absolutely amazing in its detail.

Cyborg: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – A new creative team takes on Cyborg and I’m really intrigued to see where writer John Semper Jr. takes the character.

Supergirl #1 (DC Comics) – I really enjoyed writer Steve Orlando’s take on the character in his Rebirth issue. He’s clearly focused on the teenage and immigrant aspects of the character and making sure it’s all fun too.

Alters #1 (Aftershock Comics) – I’m intrigued on this one which sees a world where people are changing by gaining powers, but also a new hero is transitioning from male to female at the same time as gaining powers. I hold my breathe hoping this one is a story featuring a transgender character done right, but who knows.

Eclipse #1 (Image Comics) – An interesting concept of a world where sunlight kills people so the survivors are forced to live in nocturnal cities and someone begins to use it as a weapon for murder. Sounds original and intriguing.

 

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croakIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone looking forward to this week? What do you plan on getting? 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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Vulture – The Queer Subtext of X-Men Shines Bright at Flame Con – Some solid coverage of Flame Con

Nerdist – Why Teen Titans Is DC Comics’ Most Important (But Undervalued) Franchise – Agree? Disagree?

Comics Alliance – ‘Supergirl’ Confirms Superman Baddie Metallo for Season 2 – This could be cool.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case  study #1: Phil Hester – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.

The Beat – It sucks to be a middle-aged comics pro case study #2: Ted McKeever – We need to take better care of comic creators and provide them a safety net.

 

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Talking Comics – Croak #1

The Beat – The Fun Family

ICv2 – The Metabaron Book 1: The Techno Admiral the Anti-Baron

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