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Preview: Superman #31

Superman #31

(W) James Bonny (A) Tyler Kirkham (CA) Ian Churchill
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Lois Lane is after the interview of a lifetime. The subject of her Daily Planet article: Deathstroke the Terminator! Determined to get “inside the mind of a killer,” Lois follows a trail of bodies across the globe and comes face to face with the ultimate assassin. But the encounter turns deadly and, with Superman half a world away, the interview of a lifetime could cost Lois Lane her life! Don’t miss part one of “Breaking Point”!

Review: Action Comics #987

Action-Comics-987-lenticular-coverAction Comics #987 begins as yet another issue of Dan Jurgens’ early 90s throwback, yet incredibly fun on Action Comics even though it hints at the final reveal of Mr. Oz’s identity. Superman saves the day, is heroic and moral, and there are scenes at the Daily Planet with his supporting cast. He and Lois even spend time glancing at each other when blowhard sports reporter Steve Lombard tries to impress their son Jon aka Superboy with tales of his football glory days. However, it all takes a turn for the darker as artists Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, and Jay Leisten twist and flips their panel layouts to show Mr. Oz manipulating the entire world and feeding humanity’s worst impulses against the pall of a dark and depressing color palette from Mike Spicer.

The driving force behind Action Comics #987 is that humans don’t deserve someone like Superman to save them. This is Mr. Oz’s motivation for all his activities since he first popped up in Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr’s Superman run in 2014. He wants to show Superman that humans aren’t worth giving hope too and will always choose darkness through a tapestry of depravity featuring everything from human trafficking and racially motivated violence. Adorable seals even die in an oil spill because LexOil employees work long hours and decided to get drunk while operating their rig. Superman is too slow to save/stop everything, and Bogdanovic, Glapion, and Leisten show the pain in his eyes and his actions as he lashes out in anger against a guerillas in the country of Logamba, who killed people he delivered a vaccine to. Perhaps the world is too complex and far gone for the Big Blue Scout to save.

All these events happen rapidly and simultaneously while Clark is enjoying civilian life with his wife, son, and co-workers, and this means he can’t save everyone. The inability to save everyone with his great powers has always been one of Superman’s biggest vulnerabilities (And a big smack in the face to those who say he has none.), especially the modern Superman, who is haunted by the death of his adopted parents. Jurgens explored this in the fantastic “Revenge” arc when Superman came into contact with and was blinded by the Black Vault in Belle Reve and brings it to a crescendo of a more universal nature in Action Comics #987. He can write Superman as a person, hero, and idea, and all three elements crash together in “The Oz Effect” arc.

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Towards the end of Action Comics #987, Mr. Oz tells Superman that he gave the humans connected to him a choice between light and darkness. This is also a hint of how this comic is structured. It starts out with lots of red, yellow, and blues from Mike Spicer, and full page heroic poses from Viktor Bogdanovic as Superman stops the robbery of a medical vaccine without throwing a single punch. Jurgens’ narrative captions are bright and heroic as Superman/Clark is genuinely enjoying moving back to Metropolis from upstate.

But, when Oz begins his coordinated “attacks” , the usual sunny Metropolis skyline turns grey, and Viktor Bogdanovic draws Superman as a blur to his square until he takes a barrage of bullets for immigrant workers and goes back to classic roots of protecting the marginalized for a split second before returning to the plot. Inkers Jonathan Glapion and Jay Leisten, who worked on comics like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman and Death of Wolverine, add a more foreboding edge and plenty of black space to Bogdanovic’s square jawed figure and open posing, especially when Mr. Oz is working his “magic”. This plus a blinding burst of white from Spicer when they arrive at the Fortress of Solitude, which is basically Mr. Oz’s Air BnB at this point, gives the second half of the comic an unsettling feel.

By digging into the  heart of Superman’s ability to bring hope and also his inability to save everyone, Dan Jurgens, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion,  Jay Leisten, and Mike Spicer give Action Comics #987 a solid ideological foundation before the big reveal. The final page definitely surprised me and is a real shock to who Superman is as a character with Action Comics #988 providing some much needed context.

Story: Dan Jurgens Pencils: Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks: Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leisten, Viktor Bogdanovic Colors: Mike Spicer

Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Superman #30

Superman #30

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason, Keith Champagne (A) Jaime Mendoza (A/CA) Doug Mahnke
In Shops: Sep 06, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“FEAR ITSELF” part two! This looks like a job for…Sinestro?! Thrust into the anti-matter universe of Qward, Superman’s only hope is the former greatest of the Green Lanterns!

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/23

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.


 

DTC_Cv963_open_order_varAction Comic #986 Lex Luthor, now a hero, has been mind controlled into fighting Superman by a mechanical chip that’s on his neck. As long as you don’t care too much about plot and just want to enjoy a good Superman/Super Lex scrap then you’ll be okay to start here – even though there are some story beats that tie into the whole Rebirth story event as a whole. Depending on how you approach the comic will depend on whether you find this Friendly or Not6.75/10

Batgirl #14 Unfortunately it has been awhile since I picked this series up – in part because I always do this feature at the last minute and tend to not read the series I enjoy the least (something that isn’t happening this week). So without a recap we’re both in the same place. Fortunately, this is part one of a new arc (which seems to be my luck when I pick a series back up) that guest stars Nightwing, and tells a dual story of Now and Then that’s an easily read Friendly comic. 7.25/10

Batman Beyond #11 So Damian Wayne has taken his grandfather’s place as Ra’s Al Ghul and is currently engaging in a battle to the death with Terry McGinnis who is wearing a murderous version of his suit that is overriding his ability to control himself – all while Bruce Wayne looks on. It is a Friendly issue, which is a nice change for a concluding chapter. 7.5/10

Blue Beetle #12 Another comic that I’ve had an on again off again reading relationship with, this series has gone unread by yours truly for a couple months. This issue is HJGLC_Cv27_dsfairly Friendly, but not overly good as Batman makes a guest appearance. 5/10

Detective Comics #963 Tim Drake is dead (except he’s not and Batman just found that out last issue) and Spoiler has abandoned Batman because, in part, of her grief over Red Robin’s death. Oh, and Clayface is a hero now. This issue refers back a little to the Night Of The Monster Men that saw Gotham’s heroes facing off against Godzilla sized beasties with infected blood. As far as these things go, this is a Friendly issue. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27 So I don’t actually remember the last issue… at all. No idea why. Still, having forgot the last issue, this one turned out to be pretty Friendly all the same. 8/10

Harley Quinn #26 Full disclosure: I am not a Harley fan, and so usually when I’m pushed for time when writing this feature her comic is the first to go on the chopping block. And while this issue is somewhat chaotic, it is Friendly. I just didn’t enjoy it myself (but that doesn’t mean you won’t). 5/10

Nightwing: The New Order #1 The first of a six issue miniseries that takes place in 2040. It’s a fantastic future/alternate reality style take on Dick Grayson, and one that’s well worth checking out (bonus: the first issue is, somewhat obviously, Friendly). Because this is a miniseries, don’t expect the next issue to appear here. 8.5/10

FLS_Cv29_open_order_varSuicide Squad #24 Last I remember, Harley Quinn is the new leader of the Squad because the last one died. Beyond that? Not a clue. This issue is good enough to make me want to go back and read some of the more recent issues because this isn’t exactly an ideal place to start. Indeed, you could call this Unfriendly. 7/10

Teen Titans #11 The newest Teen Titan, the son of Black Manta and an Atlantean, is underwater with Black Manta as the villain tries to locate a powerful artifact that he’s been after for years. The conclusion to the current arc is Friendly enough as far as things go, but you could always wait to the next issue if you’re unsure. 7.25/10

The Flash #29 Barry Allen has a new set of powers because of the Negative Speed Force, and while I can’t quite remember the previous issue exactly, I seem to recall that the Flash’s new speed powers are incredibly destructive to those around him. As Barry Allen, he’s also been tasked to figure out who has been stealing evidence from the crime lab by Captain Singh. Good news: this issue is fairly Friendly7.5/10

The Hellblazer #13 I honestly don’t remember the last time I read this series, but it’s been at least a couple of months. Needless to say, while there’s no recap, this is a Friendly issue (partly because it’s another first parter). 7.75/10

Dorbz: DC Wave 2 in October

Funko is excited to announce that the DC Super Heroes are back with an all new wave of adorable DC Dorbz!

This series features classic versions of some of your favorite and most iconic DC Super Heroes.

Joining the lineup is the underwater Super Hero Aquaman, the soaring Hawkman and, Krypton’s Superman, and Supergirl!

Look for the Red Son chase version of Superman! A 1-in-6 rarity.

Collect them all this Fall! The Dorbz: DC Wave 2 figures will be out in October.

Look for exclusives!

Hawkgirl can only be found at Hot Topic!

Only at Toys “R” Us, Superman to Bizarro!

 

 

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Diamond Select Coming in 2018: DC, Marvel, Kingdom Hearts, Cthulhu + More!

While kids across the country are getting ready to crack open their textbooks, comic retailers across the country are getting ready to crack open the new Previews catalog, which is chock-full of the latest items from Diamond Select Toys! Scheduled to ship in late 2017 and early 2018, DST’s offerings include items from Thor: Ragnarok, Kingdom Hearts, Black Panther, DC Comics, Joseph Michael Linsner, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel Comics and the world of H.P. Lovecraft!

Cthulhu Vinimates Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s 2017, and Cthulhu has a new look for a new year! “Old god” and literary superstar Cthulhu is the latest 4-inch figure to join the Vinimates vinyl figure line. With an articulated neck, he can cast his gaze at the faithful and unfaithful alike, summoning all to join his shambling host! Packaged in a full-color window box, Cthulhu is the perfect addition to your Vinimates or Cthulhu collection and will tower over your Minimates mini-figures! Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #AUG172648, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates DC Comics Vinyl Figures Series 2

A Diamond Select Toys release! The heroes and villains of the DC Universe are back in the second series of comic-based DC Vinimates! Three new 4” vinyl figures – Superman, Joker and Wonder Woman – are sculpted in the block-figure style, each striking an iconic pose straight from the comics. Each Vinimate comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Superman Vinimate (Item #SEP172467, SRP: $9.99)

Joker Vinimate (Item #SEP172468, SRP: $9.99)

Wonder Woman Vinimate (Item #SEP172469, SRP: $9.99)

DC Vinimates Flash TV Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! The DC Vinimates line is off to a racing start as it barrels full-speed into the world of DC TV shows! This assortment of Flash characters is based on the hit CW TV show and includes 4-inch versions of Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold! Sculpted in the block-figure style, each pre-posed vinyl figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Flash Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172649, SRP: $9.99)

Reverse Flash Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172650, SRP: $9.99)

Captain Cold Vinyl Figure (Item # AUG172651, SRP: $9.99)

DC Gallery Batman Beyond Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your gallery? For the next entry in the hit DC Gallery PVC Diorama series, DST is leaping into the distant future of Gotham City, to capture the high-tech hero – Batman Beyond! Terry McGinnis hovers above a cloud of smoke with his wings extended and his boot-jets firing in this approximately 10” PVC sculpture. Packaged in a full-color window box, the figure and base feature detailed sculpt and paint work. Dynamically sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #SEP172471, SRP: $45.00)

DC Gallery Batman The Animated Series Robin PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Boy Wonder is joining the DC Gallery PVC line, as Batman’s first sidekick, Dick Grayson, steps to the fore in his classic red yellow and green outfit! With his bolo spinning, Robin can stand on his own or pair with the previously released Batman PVC to form a larger diorama! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item # AUG172647,  SRP: $45.00)

Femme Fatales Gallery Sinful Suzi PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Femme Fatales are back! The Gallery PVC line returns to its pinup roots with this PVC Diorama of one of Joseph Linsner’s sexiest creations – Sinful Suzi! Holding her pitchfork, this devilish diva measures approximately 9 inches tall atop a black pedestal base. Packaged in a full-color window box, this seductive sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! Coming soon: Dawn! (Item #SEP172472, SRP: $45.00)

Kingdom Hearts Vinimates Vinyl Figures

A Diamond Select Toys release! Kingdom Hearts is back! With the 15th anniversary in progress, and a third game on the horizon, the video-game world of Kingdom Hearts is as magical as ever! These four block-based figures take the main characters of the franchise — Sora, Donald, Mickey and Goofy — and transport them into the world of Vinimates, where each 4-inch vinyl figure has an articulated head for additional posing options! Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Sora Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178984, SRP: $9.99)

Donald Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178987, SRP: $9.99)

Mickey Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178985, SRP: $9.99)

Goofy Vinyl Figure (Item # APR178986, SRP: $9.99)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Thor PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let’s get ready to thunder! The God of Thunder is ready to cut loose in his newest outing, Thor; Ragnarok, and DST has captured the Odinson at his most heroic, in the newest Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama! Standing atop a rocky outcropping, this battle-ready Thor wields Mjolnir, ready to face the hordes of Hela herself. Standing approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # SEP172483, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Hulk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The highly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok movie is bringing us one of the most exciting Hulk looks ever, and this Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama captures him at his most enraged! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, this sculpture of a fully armored Hulk wielding twin weapons is the must-have collectable from Thor: Ragnarok. Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this 9-inch scale diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item # AUG172642, SRP: $50.00)

Marvel Gallery Thor: Ragnarok Movie Valkyrie PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Out of the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film comes the newest big-screen Marvel character, Valkyrie! Based on her appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, this 9-inch scale PVC diorama depicts actress Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, standing on part of the Grandmaster’s planet. . Featuring detailed sculpting and paint applications, this 9-inch scale diorama comes packaged in a full-color window box and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! PRODUCT NOT FINAL. (Item # AUG172643, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery NOW! Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your Gallery? Expand your hall of heroes with the first-ever Marvel Gallery PVC of Captain America! Depicting the star-spangled Avenger in his Marvel NOW! outfit, this PVC diorama of Steve Rogers shows him charging an opponent (or an army of them) as bullets ricochet off of his vibranium shield. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC figure features detailed sculpting and paint work, and is in scale to all Femme Fatales and Gallery releases. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item # AUG172640, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Silk PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the Marvel Universe’s newest Spider-people is now one of the newest Marvel Gallery PVCs! Cindy Moon, the second victim of the spider that made Peter Parker Spider-Man, leaps into action as a 9-inch-scale PVC Diorama, and spinning a web on a spider-symbol base. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC sculpture features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item # AUG172646, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Gallery Spider-Man: Homecoming PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The first Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-film is here, and we couldn’t be happier! To celebrate, we’ve created a Marvel Gallery PVC figure of Spidey in his new duds, clinging to the side of a building in typical Spider-Man fashion. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this diorama features detailed sculpting and paint and is in scale to all other Gallery and Femme Fatales figures. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item # AUG172644, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 74 Greatest Stories 2-Pack Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-setting 74th series of Marvel Minimates is one for the ages, and it’s only available at comic shops and specialty stores! Spanning four different storylines from Marvel’s history, this assortment of four two-packs captures four of the greatest Avengers in four of their most epic battles, with four new outfits and four never-before-made opponents! From the “Surtur Saga,” Ages of Thunder Thor takes on the first-ever Surtur Minimate! From “Planet Hulk,” King Hulk takes on the first-ever Red King! From “Old Man Logan,” Logan takes on the never-made Ashley Barton Spider-Girl! And from “Secret Empire,” Agent of Hydra Captain America takes on the all-new Ironheart! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts! Each 2-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # AUG172641, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Minimates Black Panther Movie Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It came from Wakanda! The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film Marvel’s Black Panther joins the Marvel Minimates Universe with this exclusive box set! Featuring Black Panther, M’Baku, Killmonger and Shuri, this set of four 2-inch Minimates mini-figures features 14 points of articulation on each figure, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #SEP172485, SRP: $24.99)

Marvel Premier Collection Moon Knight Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! By the blessings of Khonshu, the Moon Knight walks again! The white knight of the Marvel Universe returns in this new, approximately 12” Marvel Premier Collection statue! Depicting the Fist of Khonshu slightly battle-damaged and perched on a rooftop with Egyptian architectural details, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #SEP172484, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Man Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The ultimate Spider-Man collectible is here! This large-scale resin statue of Spider-Man depicts a classically styled wall-crawler vaulting over brickwork as his webline whips around him! Dynamically hand-sculpted by the legendary Clayburn Moore, this high-end, 12-inch-scale collectible is a must-have item for any Spider-fan! Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this statue features a hand-numbered base and comes packaged in a full-color, hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item # AUG172645, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Man Homecoming Movie Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Hey, you aren’t the Avengers! Relive the scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming when Spidey takes on a bank-robbing gang of Avengers impersonators with this approximately 12-inch statue based on the film! Featuring a screen-accurate Spider-Man standing atop an ATM and surrounded by discarded alien weaponry and superhero masks, this resin statue is limited to only 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item # SEP172487, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Select Black Panther Movie Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The king of Wakanda joins the Marvel Select action figure line! The first Marvel Studios film of 2018 takes us deeper into the world of the Black Panther, and now you can recreate the action of the movie with this 7-inch scale action figure of T’Challa! Packaged with a diorama of the movie’s Warrior Falls, this figure comes packaged in the famous Select action figure packaging, with side-panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #SEP172486, SRP: $24.99)

Superman Animated Darkseid Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Who’s the next resin bust in the Superman series? DARKSEID IS! The legendary ruler of Apokolips arrives in his animated form in advance of his Justice League film appearance, with this bust based on his appearance in classic Superman: The Animated Series episodes. Posed in an intimidating fashion atop a Metropolis architectural pedestal, this approximately 6-inch Resin bust is the perfect addition to your DC Animated Universe bust collection. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #SEP172470, SRP: $59.99)

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/16

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.


 

 

BW_Cv6_open_order_varAquaman #27 If you haven’t been reading Aquaman you’re missing out on a fantastic story. But what have you missed? Arthur Curry has been deposed as King of Atlantis and is hiding in the deepest parts of Atlantis with a fresh new hair cut – or more specifically a lack of one – that’s almost as effective as Clark’s glasses at concealing his identity (though one could argue it’s more so as he’s still wearing the same clothes and nobody has noticed). Recently he and a new ally, Dolphin, have been captured by an underworld mob boss… the issue is almost Friendly without the recap, and it’s so good. 9/10

Batman #29 The fourth part of The War Of Jokes And Riddles is here, and thus far the story basically boils down to Joker verses Ridler with Batman caught between them -as told by Bruce Wayne to Selina Kyle while they’re in bed. This gross over simplification doesn’t do as much justice to Tom King’s story as it should, but it gives you a rough idea of where we’re at before reading this tense, Friendly, issue where Bruce Wayne hosts a dinner party for the two warring criminals. 8.5/10

Batwoman #6 It’s been awhile since I read this series because, honestly, it just didn’t do it for me and I usually read the comics for this feature the night before it comes out because I love procrastinating, but this week I started early, so I figured I’d give this a shot. While I enjoyed the comic I had almost no idea what was going on, but near as I can tell it seems to be taking place several years in the future. Batwoman #6 is just about Unfriendly, but if you’re willing to stick with it all the way through it’s really quite enjoyable. 7.75/10

Green Arrow #29 Green Arrow is travelling across the country looking for something (I honestly don’t remember what), and he’s about to hit Gotham.  While he’s doing this, Oliver Queen is due to face trial for murder, but the former billionaire has skipped town (Ollie lost his money after the evil Ninth Circle ruined his life, took control of his company and burnt his base down in a much more interesting story than this short bracketed recap would indicate). So with Ollie in Gotham, guess who makes an appearance… the comic is a Friendly one, and a solid chapter in the longer story, but I’m worried it may start to drag soon. 7/10

GA_Cv29_dsGreen Lanterns #29 Simon and Jessica have been shunted back in time ten billion years, and now they have to train the first seven six lanterns in the use of their brand new Power Rings in order to confront a much younger version of the enemy that pushed them back in time – only Simon’s ring was destroyed. So now they have to train the new lanterns and convince them to fight an enemy that isn’t theirs. The issue is Friendly, but feels like it dragged it’s feet a little here. 7/10

Justice League #27 The children of the Justice League have come from the future to seek help from the League. With the story only being an issue deep, and the kids having to update their future parents, this is  Friendly issue. 7.25/10

Nightwing #27  Much to the continued dismay of my Those Two Geeks cohost Joe, I have still not read Grayson. That presents a bit of a hurdle for this arc that pulls a fair bit from Nightwing’s spy past, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless, especially with Dick’s recap Friendly monologue at the beginning. 7/10

Superman #29 This is a new story, and by this point you know who Superman is which aids a great deal toward making this a Friendly comic. 7.5/10

Super Sons #7 The Teen Titans guest, and have just lost a fight to some mysterious folks, with some rather amusing (for us) consequences for Robin. This series has been so incredibly fun that it’s hard not to just be immediately happy when reading it – thankfully this is an almost entirely Friendly comic on its own, but you may want to SUPSO_Cv7_dsgrab #6 while you’re at it. 8.5/10

Trinity #12 Another series I haven’t read in awhile but conveniently it’s the first part of  new arc, and seeing as (again) you should know who the Trinity is… and as much as I was able to follow along with this comic, I felt that I was missing something; that maybe it should have been part two, not part one. That being said, it is almost Friendly. 7.5/10

Wonder Woman #28 I don’t think I read last issue, but then I didn’t miss much. Wonder Woman’s friend was injured at a wedding and seems to have spent some time in the hospital – anything else you can pick up as you go along. As a jumping on point this is Friendly enough to work out, but it’s not the best comic this week. 6/10

Preview: Superman #29

Superman #29

(W) Keith Champagne (A) Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza (CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Aug 16, 2017
SRP: $2.99

This issue now features “FEAR ITSELF” part one! The writing team of Tomasi and Gleason are joined by co-writer Keith Champagne in a story that returns to their Green Lantern roots and asks the question “What scares Superman?”

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/9

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.


 

DTC_Cv962_open_order_varAction Comics #985 If you’re reading this, and you don’t know the basic history between Superman and Lex Luthor then no recap is going to help you. If you’re dimly aware, but have missed a lot recently, Lex is now a hero – a Superman (or Super Lex), and this issue is Friendly enough to jump into. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #962 Azreal’s former bosses, the Order of St. Dumas are trying to wipe dissident factions within themselves out, and Azreal who was once a programmed killing machine before breaking free has fallen once again under their control (though he’s mentally fighting back against the embodiment of that control, Ascalon, which currently looks like a child in his mind – and a murderous killing robot in real life. Yes there’s two of them). In order to break that control Batwing has created an armour that’s got a very familiar look for those who’ve read the Knightfall story… Unfortunately this is an Unfriendly place for new readers to jump on, but it’s a good comic. 8/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26 As Friendly as this issue is, you don’t need a recap in order to get some enjoyment from this issue. 6.75/10

Justice League of America #12 You can get all you need from this comic from the comic itself – with it being the first part of a new story (that kinda follows on from Atom’s introduction issue) you’ll find this Friendly enough. 7/10

MisterMiracleCoverMister Miracle #1 I have no idea who this dude is, so I can’t give you a recap – but then this is the first issue and there isn’t much to recap post Rebirth. What I can tell you is that this Friendly comic is pretty damn fantastic cerebral tale. 8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #13 Last issue Bizarro died saving his friends, Red Him and Red Her. It was quite emotional. Then Lex Luthor arrived… This issue is Friendly, and very good. 8/10

Supergirl #12 It has been a long time since I remember to pick up  an issue in this series, but I figured this first part of a new arc should be a decent jumping on point. It almost is, but it’s not a great issue. 6.25/10

The Flash #28 Barry Allen has somehow gained the power of the Negative Speed Force, probably when he went into the future to save Iris from the Reverse Flash  (who died). There’s a solid recap within the issue itself, which has the aded bonus of making the issue Friendly. 7.25/10

Preview: Superman Vol. 3 Multiplicity

Superman Vol. 3 Multiplicity

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Joe Prado, Ryan Sook, Clay Mann, Ed Benes, Jorge Jimenez, Tony S. Daniel, Sebastian Fiumara, Sandu Florea (CA) Oclair Albert (A/CA) Ivan Reis
In Shops: Aug 02, 2017
SRP: $16.99

All around the Multiverse, Supermen are going missing- someone is collecting them! Joining forces, the collective of Men of Steel must find a way to escape their cells and defeat their captor. Plus, Superman meets Swamp Thing! Collects SUPERMAN #14-17 and ANNUAL #1.

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