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Unboxing: DC Artists Alley Chris Uminga Superman (Black and White Version)

DC Collectibles has released the first wave of DC Artists Alley designer vinyl figures from Chris Uminga. The new line is on store shelves now and blends Uminga’s cute and creepy style.

At 6.75″ tall, these figures are artist-focused showing off their unique styles. We open up the black and white version of Superman sculpted and brought to life by Joe Menna.

Orders yours now!
Color
Black and White

 

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Around the Tubes

We’re gearing up for San Diego Comic-Con but we still have lots on tap for the week including a new podcast and more! While you wait for all of that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

AV Club – The modern era of the superhero movie begins in earnest with X-Men – Agree? Disagree?

L.A. Weekly – Black Mask Studios Is Dragging the Comic Book Medium Into the Politically Aware Era – A publisher that’s shaking things up.

IGN Comics – Warcraft Director Duncan Jones Reveals Comic Book Movie Rogue Trooper – More comics coming to the big screen.

 

Review

Talking Comics – Superman #1

Joe’s Corner: Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, the Punisher, Relay, and Die!Die!Die!

This is a weekly comic review show for comics Joe pulls or picks up. This video is for comics coming out the week of July 11th 2018. Joe reviews the books he picked up and gives us his favorite books of the week and at times, a cover of the week. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Physical comics featured:

The Amazing Spider-Man #1
Superman #1
The Punisher #227
Relay #1
Die! Die! Die! #1

Books Of The Week: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
Covers Of The Week: The Amazing Spider-Man #1 & Superman #1 David Mack variant

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here and we’re neck deep preparing for next week’s San Diego Comic-Con! What are you all excited to see at the convention? Sound off and let us know! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

IGN – Why Superman’s Marriage Matters More Than Batman’s – Do you agree?

Newsarama – Moon’s Duncan Jones Working on Comic Book Movie Next – This could be very cool.

 

Reviews

ICv2 – Making Friends

Review: Superman #1

After upending Superman’s status quo by showing the real reason why Krypton was destroyed and blasting Lois Lane and his son Jon into space, writer Brian Michael Bendis returns everything to normal in Superman #1. Not really. Bendis and majestic artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado with blockbuster colorist Alex Sinclair show that even idealistic heroes get the blues in the proper beginning to Bendis’ Superman run. There is plenty of saving the day, but also sadness over the departure of his wife and son, whose communicator is broken as well as one hell of a final page hook.

In a single image of Superman shooting off into space to find his family, Reis and Prado show that they can handle both emotions and wide screen action. Superman #1 is a comic where the Man of Steel defeats a Dominator armada before they can even come close to invading Earth and also one where Clark Kent sits alone at home and reminisces about Lex Luthor expose related pillow talk with Lois and misses convincing his son to go to school even though he can fly, has freeze breath, and heat vision. Sinclair’s colors are really what sets the tone from explosions offset by the primary colors of Superman’s costume to the bleak darkness of the Fortress of Solitude’s new location at the Bermuda Triangle and the sheer eeriness of the final pages. Blue, yellow, and red are a constant, but the amount of light that shines on the crest of the House of El varies depending on the scene. It’s like a visual thermometer for hope.

Bendis’ gift for dialogue is what helped him stand out in the comics scene for better or worse, and it serves him well as Superman has one extended, pivotal conversation with the Martian Manhunter plus a couple small, yet great interactions with the Justice League and “himself” in Superman #1. For example, in a single page, Bendis and Reis nail the humility of Clark Kent as a slightly, self-congratulatory piece about the Fortress of Solitude moving location gets deleted, and Kent decides to write something that helps someone by following up on the ongoing, still unresolved arson subplot. Journalism isn’t just a day job disguise for Superman; it’s a powerful weapon in his fight for truth and justice even if it could be tempting to use his byline at the Daily Planet as PR. Reis and Prado do a close up on Clark touching the frame of his glasses to really sell the humility.

The conversation between Superman and J’onn is probably Bendis’ strongest scene yet as a DC Comics writer. Past writers have made the fairly obvious connection between Superman being the Last Son of Krypton and Martian Manhunter as the Last Son of Mars. However, Bendis goes a little deeper and has J’onn show empathy for Superman after he found out that Krypton wasn’t destroyed by natural causes, but by the genocide of Rogol Zaar. He writes J’onn with empathy, nobility, and patience as Superman keeps interrupting their conversation to help people and then creates a little bit of a gap between them when J’onn suggests that Superman play a more active role as a world leader instead of just a superpowered volunteer firefighter. Openly placing himself as superior to humans goes against Superman’s code so he declines J’onn’s idea while still listening to him. It might seem like a good idea, but remember Injustice Gods Among Us. 

Superman #1 is a full showcase for the talents of Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis with Joe Prado, and Alex Sinclair on both a macro and micro level as they show while also show him emotionally coping with missing Lois and Jon and the loss of his Fortress of Solitude while also dealing with an extremely powerful threat connected to the events of Man of Steel. The book succeeds as both a character study and superhero blockbuster, and Bendis and Reis continue to seamlessly weave in Superman and Clark’s “co-workers” in the Justice League and Daily Planet to enhance the narrative.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Pencils: Ivan Reis Inks: Joe Prado
 Colors: Alex Sinclair Letters: Josh Reed
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Batman #50 leads retailer reorders for first week of July – Not too surprising.

Borneo Bulletin – Outgoing US envoy talks about comic books, life in Brunei – Interesting…

CBR – Stan Lee & POW! Release Statement About His Social Media Accounts – More drama!

 

Reviews

The Beat – The Amazing Spider-Man #1

The Beat – Entropy

The Beat – Superman #1

Review: Superman #1

The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth.

Writer Brian Michael Bendis kicks off his ongoing run with Superman #1 picking up directly from the miniseries The Man of Steel. And that’s part of the issue with this number one, without reading that miniseries, you may be lost. Superman #1 doesn’t feel like a fresh start as much as the diverging point of a story split between it and Action Comics. It feels like many of the key moments of the issue directly tie into the miniseries and without knowing the details, the moments would be a bit confusing.

But, beyond the issue if this “first issue” not being easy to dive into for new readers, the comic itself delivers such a different tone and direction from the previous Rebirth run. Up to this point, Superman has been focused on action with a lot of hope and positivity. It was a perfect example of a “bright” superhero comic. This one is a somewhat brooding Superman and Clark who are left alone in Metropolis while his son and wife are off in space with Jor-El. This is both good and bad.

Bendis has a talent of delivering heart to the character and that’s where a lot of this has been focused so far, getting the character down right. You can feel the emotion, and feel bad for Clark. We’ve all been there so it’s an easy thing to relate to. But, even though I can relate to it, it’s not something that has me excited to read more of. Those brooding moments are mixed with a lot of action and this is where things get a bit better. There’s some interesting concepts like Superman having to dart off quickly to save the day. But, even then, we’re presented with one of the oddest coversations with Martian Manhunter which challenges Superman’s role but feels like such an odd thing for Martian Manhunter to say (you’ll need to read the comic, no spoilers here).

The art is pretty good with a look that feels like a mix of retro and modern. Ivan Reis is joined by Joe Prado on inks, Alex Sinclair on colors, and Josh Reed‘s lettering. There’s a good mix of the action and the sadder moments. The scenes in space and Earth flow effortlessly and don’t feel like they’re two different stories. The characters themselves all look good with some good detail. There’s also some interesting page and panel layouts. There are some small details that are a little odd as far as facial expressions, for instance when Superman rebuilds his Fortress of Solitude, his face looks kind of evil, not so happy.

There’s nothing particularly bad about Superman #1. It brings the emotional moments but delivers such a different tone from the previous creators it feels dour, a departure from the “happier” direction of Rebirth. It’s not that this direction is a bad idea, it’s the tone of it all that makes it a bit of a chore to read. The fun has been sucked out of the series. It’s not enough for me to tap out but the series has gone down a few notches in my excitement to read what’s to come.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Ivan Reis
Ink: Joe Prado Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: Josh Reed
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Superman #1

Superman #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Joe Prado, Ivan Reis
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes… with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!

Joe Ryan’s What To Buy for July 11

Joe goes over his top picks for comic books and trades for the week of July 11th 2018.

UPDATE: I missed mentioning Relay #1

Comics I Pull:
Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Punisher #227

Other Comics Featured:
Superman #1
Suicide Squad #44
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48
Hawkman #2
Champions #22
Daredevil #605
Ms. Marvel #32
New Mutants #5
Old Man Logan #43
Plastic Man #2
Black Science #37
Oblivion Song #5
Farmhand #1
Bloodshot Salvation #11

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

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