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Preview: Superman #3

Superman #3

Written by: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Cover by: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Variant cover by: Kenneth Rocafort

“THE SON OF SUPERMAN” Chapter Three: In #3, with a touch that means death, the Eradicator proves he’s a match for Superman, but his super-powered offspring may be more than anyone can handle—including the Man of Tomorrow.

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Review: Superman #3

SM_Cv3_dsA touch that means death, the Eradicator proves he’s a match for Superman, but his super-powered offspring may be more than anyone can handle—including the Man of Tomorrow.

With the end of the second issue we were being teased with the return of the Eradicator, a villain that has some fond memories for me as I was at a prime age when he was front and center with the death and return of Superman.

This issue packs a hell of a lot in as we get a lot of history as to the character is given a background (that weirdly fits and makes sense) and we get some more info on Superman and Lois’ son, and action to boot! There’s a moment here that’s a shocker actually and had me gasping. Whether it’s something that’s permanent I’m not sure, but it caught me off guard and could be signaling some intentions of where writers Patrick Gleason and Peter J. Tomasi are going with this.

Gleason and Mick Gray on art is a hell of a combo that deliver. The action, the quieter moments, it all looks stunning with a beautiful art style that really works. You can feel the coldness of the Fortress of Solitude and the Eradicator has been updated and looks really cool, while at the same time being a nod to the classic look of the character.

This creative team is absolutely delivering with every issue and packing so much in to do it too! Superman has new life and it’s partially thanks for looking back and embracing his past.

Story: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

FAITH_ONGOING_001_COVER-A_WADAWednesdays 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: Faith #1 (Valiant) – You’re going to hear a lot about this series in the coming weeks and months, and after the critically and commercially successful miniseries from the same creative team earlier in the year, the buzz will be massive. Whether the first issue will live up to expectations is tough to say; not because the comic will be sub-par, but because the hype will be massive. I’m rooting for you, Faith.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #5 (Valiant Entertainment)  – An underappreciated gem, this series is one of the most effortlessly entertaining comics on the racks today.Batman #3 (DC Comics) – I’m perhaps more cautious about this than I should be; the first two issues have been good, but there was a couple

Batman #3 (DC Comics) – I’m perhaps more cautious about this than I should be; the first two issues have been good, but there was a couple things in the second issue that turned me off a little bit. Although with only two issues down, there’s still a ton of potential here, so I’m not willing to give up on the series yet.Rai #15 (Valiant) – Another tie-in comic to what is, frankly, the best summer event this year: 4001 A.D., makes this a

Rai #15 (Valiant) – Another tie-in comic to what is, frankly, the best summer event this year: 4001 A.D., makes this a must-read for me.

Superman #3 (DC Comics) – I was never the biggest fan of Superman, but after having read the past two issues, I may be converted.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Island #9 (Image Comics)Island has consistently been a treat from Image that boasts a very impressive line of creators. Anthologies like this are always great at featuring a wide array of individuals that are potentially fairly unheard of and open the floodgates of material that these eclectic creators have done or are in the midst of doing.

Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart are looking to dive into the superhero genre but with a focus on a group of individuals trying to live an ordinary life. Jeff Lemire has continued to spark a lively, poetic script, no matter the genre he works in, so it is always interesting to see what he has up his sleeve. Visually, this series will be in good hands with the imaginative art of Dean Ormston and the always impressive colouring of Dave Stewart.

The Cloud (OGN) (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – This looks like a very imaginative and beautifully illustrated release by Archaia. Featuring the graphic novel debut of writer K.I. Zachopoulos and illustrator Vincenzo Balzano, The Cloud has a very Neverending Story sort of vibe with quite the striking visuals.

Faith #1 (Valiant) – Faith is back with her own ongoing series! Having just recently written the mini-series of Faith and the excellent one shot of Shadowman for the 4001 event, Jody Houser looks to continue her winning streak for Valiant. Also having the one-two punch of Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage provide the reality and fantasies of Faith respectively on art is a wonderful thing.

Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios)Sombra sounds like a very intriguing tale on the mysterious and terrifying reality of the Mexican cartel. What elevates this series is the fact that the story is being drawn from the actual experiences of the artist for the series, Raul Trevino. Writer Justin Jordan looks to continue his winning streak with BOOM! Studios after the excellent mini-series John Flood and will also feature, alongside Trevino’s art, the expressive colouring of Juan Useche and letterer Jim Campbell to round out the team.

 

Jason

She Wolf #2 (Image Comics) – Last month Rich Tommaso’s gorgeously illustrated and written take on the horror genre, She Wolf introduced us to gabby (her of the title) as her life was thrown into turmoil and intrigue when she is involved with the death of her boyfriend on the schools grounds. Reluctantly returning to classes under the cloud of the entire schools suspicion and fear she tries to hide a bigger problem and the truth behind that night, her lycanthropy.
That is if we believe the newly turned teenage shape shifter as issue one delivered a story that blurs the diction between waking and dreaming, truth and lies. Tommaso’s She Wolf has a completely compelling narrative and structure as he begins to tell Gabby’s story through a dreamlike feverish flow of flashbacks and horrifying imagery as soon neither reader nor Gabby can tell between the two. Demonstrated by the beautifully drawn chase scene that incorporates this slip between states effortlessly. Hopefully issue two will build upon the first foundations as we begin to peel away the layers and discover the truth at the heart of the She Wolf‘s Tale.

Rumble #12 (Image Comics) – Arcudia, Harren and Stewarts frenzied tale of the undead barbarian Rathraq rolls on into its third arc with its trademark nonstop action and it’s onslaught of punches both physical and emotional. Rumble is the sleeper hit of the year for sure with its frentic fight scenes and deep mythology, with Rathraq finding the modern world filled with shadows and grey moral areas as he fights on for his body and soul.

 

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Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Batman teaming up with the heroes in training is something I’ve enjoyed thus far because we are getting a much softer Bruce here. He’s not putting them through the ringer like most his sidekicks. I have been enjoying the little moments that Tom King has been providing us here and David Finch is doing some of his best work on the art. I want to get a little more backstory on Gotham and Girl though. Plus the specter of Hugo Strange is looming in the background. Bad time to be Batman, good time to be a Batman fan!

Green Lanterns # 3 (DC Comics) – I am really digging the dysfunctional duo of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz so far. Added in the fact that one of my favorite Lantern villains Attrocitus (who just looks damn cool) is bringing in an interesting story line here, I am stoked. This is certainly a very accessible title and I suggest people hop on and tighten their rings. Beware the RAGE!

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – After the disappointment that was Justice League Rebirth #1 I wasn’t even sure this would make my cut. I am however willing to give it a shot. Tony Daniel on art (not writing thank God) and Hitch on writing could make this a must see. However, Johns and Co. left huge shoes to fill. I’m looking for something new here and by Rao, I hope we get it.

Darth Vader # 23 (Marvel) – This series is everything a Sith Lord should be. I have been catching up and rifling through back issues. The creative team here has truly found Vader’s voice. For a series that I thought should only be a mini-series, it sure proved me wrong.

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #7 (Marvel) – This is one of my favorite team line-ups in the books I’m reading, and this title never disappoints. I love the writing, with the quips and sarcasm between the ladies, but also seeing them bonding so quickly as a team. Plus anything with Dazzler in it will automatically be a winner with me. Lots of fun and action; I think you should be reading this.

All-New Inhumans #9 (Marvel) – This has been an interesting book, with some highs and lows, but this latest story arc has been good. Flint’s search for his mother has brought us to a new tribe of Inhumans living in secret.  It’s interesting to see the different factions of Inhumans, from Lash’s Tribe, to Medusa and her kingdom in Attilan and now this new group; all Inhuman but living very different lives. Anyway, Flint has found his mother, but Gorgon is in some trouble…and Ana Kravenoff is aboard to cause some mayhem. As I said, a pretty good arc so far.

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – A lot of DC titles popping up in my picks lately, but this one I am excited about.  I didn’t really follow the Birds of Prey pre-52, but I did know about them and the characters. I did start reading it when the 52 launched, with Black Canary and Starling forming the team, but something just didn’t really click with me on that book. Now we have the original trio back; Batgirl (once Oracle), Black Canary and Huntress.  Don’t know what to expect with this new Rebirth, but I’m sure there will be a lot of ass kicking.  Looking forward to it.

Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The “Apocalypse Wars” are coming to an end, and Genocide has unleashed a horde of archangels to see his plans come to light. Magneto and Psylocke are going to have to work overtime to stop this one. Nothing groundbreaking here; good action and I like seeing Magneto and Psylocke working together, but this Apocalypse War story arc has been just ho-hum for me.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Garth Ennis’ Red Team: Double Tap #1 ( Dynamite Entertainment) – If you didn’t read the first volume of Red Team you missed out on an awesome crooked cop crime drama. I’m a sucker for that type of story and the fact we’re getting a second volume has me super excited.

Betty & Veronica #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie has been on a roll with their reboot of their Archie comics and Betty and Veronica are now in the spotlight with their own series. What has me more excited? It’s Adam Hughes writing and doing art. This is one I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.

Elasticator #5 (Scout Comics) – Not checking out this superhero series? You’re missing out. This is a series and a company that’s on too few radars. Go and check it out from the beginning because you’re in for a treat!

Snotgirl #1 (Image Comics) – Bryan Lee O’Malley is doing an ongoing series. That should be enough to get people to check it out. If you don’t know who that is, he’s behind Scott Pilgrim as well as Seconds. This is a must get and expect a sell-out.

Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer Justin Jordan tackles Mexican Cartels in this new series. BOOM! is also releasing a version in Spanish. This is one to keep your eye on as the combination of the subject and that translation move is very interesting.

Rebirth Review: Series Released Up To 7/13

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you can’t have missed DC‘s line-wide relaunch-of-sorts Rebirth. The brainchild of Geoff JohnsRebirth is aiming to bring hope back into the DC universe, after the darker 2011 reboot known somewhat affectionately as The New 52 never really took off among readers. Essentially, Rebirth is serving as an apology for the last five years, while simultaneously returning the publisher’s comics to the status quo of the pre-New 52-reboot.

Ideal for the long time readers who missed the decades of continuity, perhaps less so for the readers that The New 52 attracted. There were concerns among many that by embracing the old DC ran the risk of driving newer readers away, and worse, scaring off those who they may have otherwise brought on board who have never picked up a DC comic.

Now that Rebirth has several issues under its belt, is it as easy for new readers to jump into as The New 52 was? I decided to take a look at the first issue (or two) of some of DC‘s flagship characters and find out because aside from Batman comics, the rest of DC‘s library of characters have been an untapped source of entertainment for me.

Until now, as I dive headlong into DC‘s Rebirth.

All comics will have a Friendly/Unfriendly rating based solely on the issues released in the newly ongoing series (and in some cases the Rebirth issue), but the comics won’t receive an overall grade out of ten. That said, the quality may be commented on if it directly hampers the ease with which new readers can delve in, but don’t expect anything like our weekly Mini Reviews.

So shall we get started on all the Rebirth comics I’ve read up until 7/13?


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The series started out (or restarted, depending on your point of view) in ActionComics #957, but yours truly started with part two of the current story in Action Comics #958, but despite jumping on with the second part in an already ongoing story, this is still such an easy comic to pick up. Dan Jurgens has written a brilliant script that reveals bits and pieces of the relevant New 52 details as the story progresses, without ever feeling like there’s exposition just for the sake of exposition. And the Superman/SuperLex vs Doomsday fight? Oh man, that’s brutal. This is probably one of the best series post rebirth (although I have yet to read Wonder Woman and Detective Comics), and yes, it’s absolutely Friendly for new readers.

 

Aquaman #1Aquaman #1 & #2
Having long been the butt of many a joke over the years, Aquaman finally had a  fresh start in the New 52, and the series received critical acclaim.So how easy is it for people to jump onto the new Reborn series? Pretty easily, actually. There’s not a whole lot explained about the current world situation, but it shouldn’t take the reader long to pick up on the racial tension between the Atlanteans and the surface dwellers. The way in which the previous (relevant) events are explained doesn’t feel shoe horned into the comic, making this a very Friendly comic for new-to-Aquaman readers. It’s also very good.

 

Batman Rebirth #1
Ironically enough, there is no reason to read this comic. Unlike many of the other Rebirth specials, there’s no real recapping done here. What you get is a solid one-shot comic that, relies on you having some familiarity with previous series (specifically having an idea of just who Duke Thomas is), making this comic just a touch more Unfriendly than anything else. It’s still pretty good – you just don’t need to read it to enjoy Batman #1.

 

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Batman #1 & #2
The first issue was a fantastic Batman story that introduced a couple new characters at the very end. The second issue was a little less fantastic, but still quite enjoyable. The beauty of Batman is that pretty much everybody knows his origin, so there’s really no need to retell that again (though I’m sure the temptation was great). As long as you’ve got the barest of familiarity with Batman, then you’ll be fine with this series; the only hang up you may have will be wondering just who Duke Thomas is (especially if you haven’t been reading We Are Robin), but you get more than enough to tell you he’s the newest Bat-apprentice, which is really just about all you need to know of him so far. Probably more Friendly than not.

 

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Another series that I started off on a part two because I missed the relaunch issue #934, but, unfortunately, this time reading from part two onward isn’t quite as accessible as Action Comics was. An interesting story, and well done, but without reading the first part you’re likely going to be a little lost, the downside, I suppose, to not adding the comic to your pull list right away. If you are able to track each of the entire three new issues down, then this likely would be a Friendly comic – even if you are unfamiliar with the characters featured, and just why they’re teaming  up, but missing that first relaunched issue turned this into an Unfriendly series for me.

 

The Flash #1Flash #1 & #2
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this series seems to tie more directly into the events portrayed in the Rebirth special than any of the other comics,  but that has more to do with Wally West returning in that issue, and the impact that’s had on Barry Allen. The series has, o far at least, had a pretty breakneck pace (which seems fitting), and has wasted no time in allowing the proverbial shit to hit the fan. Fans of the television show shouldn’t be too lost here, so long as you’re not expecting everything to be exactly the same, and entirely virgin Flash readers are almost given enough so that you’re not entirely lost. Friendly, but only just.

 

green arrow 1Green Arrow #1 & #2
If you’ve been watching Arrow and decided to give this series a shot because, you know, it’s a new 1, so why not, shouldn’t expect to see the television show in comic form. Once you get past that, however, you’re left with a series that’s had a pretty quick pace over the first two issues, but doesn’t throw too much at new readers all at once. The story has been easy to follow thus far based solely off the first two issues in the series (and excluding thee  Green Arrow: Rebirth issue), although there have been moments that may have benefited from a bit of context and/or a minor recap page, but in all fairness that may have been covered in the Rebirth issue. Overall, this series has been far more Friendly that not
so far.

 

green lanterns 1 coverGreen Lanterns #1 & #2
Having never read a Green Lantern comic before, this was always going to be interesting. Without reading the Rebirth special, I dove head first into the first two issues, and then realized how much fun I was having reading them. Focusing on two relatively new Green Lanterns, writer Sam Humphries is able to explain the mythos of the Green Lanterns from the newest Lantern’s perspective, which is an ideal way of cutting the fat and only giving readers what they need to get enough of a handle on the Corps. You don’t need to know how Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern, what happened and when, and so wisely Humphries doesn’t tell you. Green Lanterns works on the basis that you jut accept there is an inter galactic police force, and the two lead characters here are still new to the whole thing. This has been one of the most entertaining series I have read for the Rebirth Review, and is certainly a new reader  Friendly comic.

 

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1
As a recap issue, this comic does it’s job catching readers up on the more recent events in Hal Jordan’s life. But whether the same could have been achieved with some more condensed narration text in the first couple pages of the inevitable ongoing series of the same name that’ll  debut in a week or so remains to be seen; suffice to say, though that while this is a very Friendly comic for new readers, it’ll offer nothing new for the who have been following the adventures of the former test pilot.

 

Justice League Rebirth #1
At some point in the recent past, a Superman died, but there’s still a Superman; I know this more from reading Superman and Action Comics  than from any half decent explanation offered here. What we do end up with is a middling one shot comic that doesn’t really give you anything you wouldn’t already know from general pop culture, other than the Justice League (specifically Batman) doesn’t trust Superman. At the end of the day, this Unfriendly comic seems to cause more confusion than it tries to resolve.
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New Super-Man #1
It’s a brand new series, with a cast of entirely new characters so if it was anything but a new reader Friendly comic then the series would have failed already. That said, based on the first issue, there’s no reason to worry about reading anything but this comic to catch yourself up, so snark aside, New Super-Man genuinely is ideal for new readers. Plus, it has been one of the most interesting comics that have come out of Rebirth, which is a bonus, making this an ideal series for new and old DC fans alike.

 

Nightwing Rebirth #1
If you didn’t read Grayson, this is the recap comic for you. Incredibly Friendly, but as with many of the Rebirth specials I’ve read I suspect it would be utterly pointless for existing readers to pick this comic up.

 

Superman #1 & #2
superman 1 2016Apparently, a Superman died (the New 52 one, most likely), but that’s cool because there’s a new Superman flying around in a costume that feels so much better than the heavily lined look that the New 52 Superman wore. It feels much more like a natural evolution of the original costume. The new Superman also has a son, and is in some kind of hiding – yet to be explained in the first two issues, but it’s certainly possible this was covered in the Superman: Rebirth one shot, but there really hasn’t been any explanation in the first two issues – and it’s unlikely to come in the next few. The series itself, however, has been very enjoyable so far, but unless you have some idea as to why you’re following Clark Smith and not Clark Kent then you may be a little lost unless you just roll with the punches, making this comic straddle the line between Friendly and Unfriendly depending on how willing you are to pick up the series and accept that you’re not too clear on previous events; which is something that has a very old school comics feel about it.

 

Titans Rebirth #1
Without a doubt this has been the best Rebirth special that I have read. A quick, emotional story that sets the stage for the team’s future. Friendly for new readers, and well worth reading no matter how long you’ve been a fan of the Titans.

 

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It’s odd, this comic, yet very interesting. Trying to reconcile the multiple origins that Wonder Woman has had  in the past, Greg Rucka uses the stolen memories shtick of Rebirth to great effect here. Although it can get a little confusing at times, I think that’s likely more intentional than not given the dual nature of the origins being dealt with here. A Friendly comic that sets up the future stories.

 

Wonder Woman #1 & #2
This series is taking an interesting approach to the twice-monthly publishing schedule by having two stories running concurrently, alternating between odd and even issues allows the series to feel more like two monthly titles than a bimonthly title, making this one of the easier comics to follow along with out of the numerous bimonthly titles DC have on the go right now. The two stories being told in alternating issues may not be in the long-term plan for the series, but it’s certainly a very effective way of not muddling one story down with multiple flash back sequences, making this series an incredibly Friendly one to new readers.

Diamond Select Toys On Sale This Week: Aliens, X-Files and Marvel’s Greatest Hits!

It’s another big week at comic shops, as Diamond Select Toys ships out five new products from four different licenses in three different product categories! From our Minimates line, the latest Aliens Minimates assortment is joined by two “Greatest Hits” assortments of Marvel Minimates; in our DC Animated resin bust line, Lex Luthor bolsters the villain ranks; and our X-Files Select action figure line kicks off with Mulder and Scully!

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A Diamond Select Toys release! Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Nostromo, DST has returned to the doomed space ship for a full assortment of Minimates based on the original Alien movie! This assortment of two-packs features Narcissus Ripley with Narcissus Space Suit, Space Suit Dallas with Space Suit Lambert, Ash with Frozen Alien and a rare, one-per-case variant set of Battle-Damaged Ash with Frozen Alien! Each 2” Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #FEB162464, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! The greatest Marvel Minimates ever made are back, in a new assortment! Marvel Minimates Greatest Hits Series 1 re-assembles some of the line’s biggest characters in four two-packs: Wolverine vs. Sabretooth, Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin, Thor vs. Loki, and Iron Man vs. Hulk! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2” tall with 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Most figures feature an alternate hair piece, for an unmasked look, and the Hulk fully transforms into Bruce Banner! Each two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #JAN162255, SRP: $9.99/two-pack)

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! The hits just keep on coming! Even more of the greatest Marvel Minimates ever made have been assembled in this second Greatest Hits assortment! Series 2 features four completely different two-packs: Daredevil vs. Punisher, Captain America vs. Deadpool, Hawkeye with Ant Man and Power Man with Iron Fist! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2” tall with 14 points of articulation, and features fully interchangeable parts. Most figures feature an alternate hair piece, for an unmasked look, plus Ant-Man has a lab coat and Power Man fully transforms into Luke Cage! Each two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item # JAN162256, SRP: $9.99/two-pack)

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Superman The Animated Series Lex Luthor Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Everyone has their heroes, and to some, that hero is Lex Luthor! Determined to expose the alien Superman for the false god he really is, the focus of Metropolis businessman Lex Luthor is captured in this approximately 6-inch resin bust, which places him on a pedestal inspired by the architecture of his city in Superman: The Animated Series. Limited to 3,000 pieces, this numbered bust comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #FEB162459, SRP: $59.99)

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X-Files 2016 Mini-Series Select Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! The monsters are back, and Mulder and Scully are there to face them! With the new 6-episode event series ready to re-open The X-Files for the world, DST is launching their line of X-Files Select action figures, featuring Mulder and Scully in their new mini-series looks. Each 7-inch action figure features up to 16 points of articulation, and comes packaged with character-specific weapons and accessories, as well as diorama parts, including an office floor and wall for Mulder and a desk and chair for Scully. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JAN162247, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

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Preview: Superman #2

Superman #2

Written by: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Cover by: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Variant cover by: Kenneth Rocafort

“THE SON OF SUPERMAN” Chapter Two: In #2, Superboy takes flight as he accompanies his father, the Man of Steel, on their first mission together to confront a creature more dangerous than anyone realizes. Will the duo triumph…or will they die when they face the lethal force of the Eradicator?

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DC Comics Dice Masters: Golden Age Superman Monthly OP

Join Superman in the fight against some of his first super villains including his monstrous double, Bizzaro, and the tormenting trickster, Mr. Mxyzptlk, in DC Comics Dice Masters: Golden Age Superman.

Wizkids has announced a new Dice Masters organized play with three new cards featuring classic art from Superman comics.

The organized play kit has stores putting together events in order to get players to regularly come in and those who participate receive prizes for participation and depending on what place they come in.

This kit features three cards, Bizarro: Golden Age Superman, Mxyzptlk: Golden Age Superman, and  Thrown Car: Basic Action Card. The first two are prize support with the last being participation prizes.

Bizarro looks to be a new card that halves something…

Mr. Mxyzptlk looks to have you drawing cards until you get a Villain die with the rest going into your bag…

Thrown Car is a bit of a spin on Enraged which was found in the AvX set and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set.

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Around the Tubes

BM_Cv2_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks 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.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – This Jim Woodring animated SPX poster is the trippiest thing you’ll see today – This is awesome.

Press Telegram – New comics store opens in Long Beach’s Shoreline Village – Always great to see new shops!

CBLDF – Virginia Lawmaker Wants Librarians Fired for Summer Reading Lists – Looks like we may need to head to Richmond… grumble grumble.

London Graphic Novel Network – Crown on the Ground / the View from Facility One – Emma Houxbois offers her take on why trans representation is broken in comics.

Black Girl Nerds – BGN Interview with Jeremy Whitley on “Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2” – Check it out people!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Amazing Spider-Man #15

Newsarama – Aquaman #2

The Beat – Aquaman #2

Newsarama – Batman #2

Comic Vine – Batman #2

The Beat – Batman #2

Newsarama – The Flintstones #1

Comic Vine – The Flintstones #1

Newsarama – Future Quest #2

Newsarama – Green Arrow #2

The Beat – Green Arrow #2

Newsarama – Green Lanterns #2

The Beat – Green Lanterns #2

Newsarama – Justice League: Rebirth #1

Comic Vine – Justice League: Rebirth #1

The Beat – Justice League: Rebirth #1

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #4

The Beat – Shadoweyes

Newsarama – Superman #2

The Beat – Superman #2

Comic Attack – Switch #4

Review: Superman #2

SM_Cv2_dsSuperboy takes flight as he accompanies his father, the Man of Steel, on their first mission together to confront a creature more dangerous than anyone realizes. Will the duo triumph…or will they die when they face the lethal force of the Eradicator?

Superman was a fantastic debut in that it took Superman and brought him back to a more grounded root with not just the world on his shoulders but also his family to worry and think about too.

Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have teamed up to create a modern take on the classic character. Superman is back to his truth, justice, and goodness roots. This is a father and husband who is as concerned about his family as he is about saving the day.

A great addition to the comic is his son Jonathan, the likely next Superboy, who has powers of his own and must learn how to use them. This issue is all about that as Jon is taken on a trip by his dad to see his father in action and winds up using his power. It’s a very relatable issue in so many ways, and it also has super powers.

Gleason does double duty on art and is helped with Mick Gray on inks and John Kalisz on colors. The art is beyond solid and so of my most favorite Superman work in a while. The design is simple and heavy details are used at a minimum. This is about dramatic poses and action that forces you to focus on the action. It’s as great to look at as it is to read and flows perfectly.

Much like the first issue, this second one is very much a set-up as a familiar villain shows up at the end another nod that feels like as much a throwback to classic Superman as the current hero very much is.

Story: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi Art: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Wizard World Chicago VIP attendees to receive Batman #50, Superman #50

WW Batman #50As if appearances by superstars from Star Wars, Back to the Future, “The X-Files,” “The Walking Dead” and many more film and TV favorites weren’t enough, there’s another reason for fans to grab VIP admissions to Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, as the first 800 “Wizard World VIP” attendees will receive copies of the “Batman #50” and “Superman #50” exclusive black & white variant covers, both drawn by Patrick Gleason. The Midwest’s largest pop culture convention is set for August 18-21 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Note that this applies to “Wizard World VIP” purchasers only; celebrity VIP packages are not included in this offer.

Batman has returned to Gotham City! In this extra-sized conclusion to Snyder and Capullo’s epic story “Superheavy,” Bruce Wayne returns to the cape and cowl to battle Mr. Bloom alongside Jim Gordon for the fate of the city they both love. “Batman #50” is written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki. Gleason’s cover is an homage to Jim Lee’s Batman #608 2nd Print.

WW Superman #50Superman returns in all his glory in this very special issue that sees the Man of Steel back to full power as he faces his greatest enemy and also comes face to face with the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! At last, it’s the meeting of the Supermen you’ve been waiting for! “Superman #50” is written by Gene Luen Yang, art by Howard Porter. Gleason’s cover is an homage to Jim Lee’s Superman #204.

Among the standout celebrities attending Wizard World Comic Con Chicago are Carrie Fisher (Star Wars); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future); David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Elodie Yung and Elden Henson (“Daredevil”) and many more.

Top creators, in addition to Gleason, include Gene Ha (“Justice League”), Humberto Ramos (“Amazing Spider-Man”), Greg Weisman (“Captain Atom”), Claudio Aboy (“Heavy Metal”), Fernando Dagnino (“Suicide Squad”), J.J. Sedelmaier (“Sat TV Funhouse/SNL cartoons”), Clinton Hobart (Licensed Disney Fine Artist), Jorge Molina (“Uncanny X-Men”), Manuel Garcia (“Iron Man”), Rafa Sandoval (“Action Comics”) Tim Seeley (“Revival”), Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy”), Greg Horn (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and dozens of others.

Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 18, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 19, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.

 

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