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Preview: The Joker #5

The Joker #5

Written by: Sam Johns, Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV
Art by: Sweeney Boo, Francesco Francavilla

The never-before-seen tale of the Joker’s first night in Arkham Asylum is finally revealed! When a lunatic in a clown suit tries to poison Gotham City’s reservoir and is placed in Arkham Asylum before his trial, Detective Jim Gordon realizes something’s different about this new inmate that could forever change the future of Gotham. Backup: Rising-star artist Sweeney Boo joins the series as things get worse and worse for Punchline and Bluebird. Punchline’s prison war against the Queen of Spades escalates and no prisoner at Blackgate Penitentiary will be exempt from choosing sides. And after barely escaping death at the hands of Punchline’s former accomplice, will Bluebird have the will to continue her investigation and find the mysterious woman from Punchline’s past who has the answers she’s looking for?

The Joker #5

Review: The Joker #5

The Joker #5

The Joker so far has been a very enjoyable and quite surprising comic series. When first announced, I was a bit turned off about a series that would put in the spotlight an “edgelord”, making the Joker “fun” instead of the unrepentant vile force of nature he is. Instead, we got a story about a man full of regrets and unaccomplished goals. The series isn’t about the Joker, it’s about James Gordon and his unfulfilled mission to stop the Joker once and for all. The Joker #5 takes us into the past exploring the dance between these two and their earliest of years.

Matthew Rosenberg and James Tynion IV team up for an interesting “year one” type story. It gives us some of the earliest years of the two’s dance. Arkham Asylum wasn’t yet the facility it is now and Gotham’s crime bosses’ still ruled. What we’re presented is the beginning of a man’s obsession and the Joker’s torment. There’s a Moby Dick aspect to it all and it delivers even more depth to not just Gordon but the Joker.

What’s interesting is that Rosenberg and Tynion show how forward-thinking Gordon is. While others are focused on the likes of Falcone, Gordon sees the new threat that Joker represents. We also see how his obsession splits his focus and ability to be effective. While the Joker has killed, Gordon’s obsession with the Joker has as well.

Francesco Francavilla steps in on art and color and his style is as fantastic as expected. With lettering by Tom Napolitano, the issue has both a horror and noir style about it. It’s fantastic to look at and even simple scenes like sitting in a chair deliver tension and fear. The art nails the mood and feel of the issue perfectly.

The issue also continues Punchline’s story both in prison and outside. We see how the character is still sowing chaos. Writers Sam Johns and James Tynion IV deliver a chapter that feels a bit like a bridge to the next arc for the character after the initial setup. Sweeney Boo‘s art pops as expected with a great style and beautiful neon colors. Ariana Maher‘s lettering emphasizes the interesting back and forth between characters.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, James Tynion IV, Sam Johns Art: Francesco Francavilla, Sweeney Boo
Color: Francesco Francavilla Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Ariana Maher
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman: Urban Legends #5

Batman: Urban Legends #5

Written by: Marguerite Bennett, Meghan Fitzmartin, Chip Zdarsky, Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Sweeney Boo, Belén Ortega, Eddy Barrows, Ryan Benjamin

Red Hood: Meet Cheer, the villain behind the insidious Cheerdrops altering the citizens of Gotham. When confronted with a man responsible for taking the lives of so many, including Tyler, the kid Jason Todd swore to protect, will Red Hood be able to stop himself from taking vengeance for a whole city? Grifter: Through four chapters of blood, bullets, and Batman, the true reason for Cole Cash emerging in Gotham City reveals itself at last…but it’s not what you think! Tim Drake: Tim is determined to find his friend Bernard, who was taken by a Chaos Monster before his very eyes. But this case is different from any Tim has taken on before, and the cracks are starting to show. Batgirls: Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are just two teenagers breaking into Wayne Manor so they can play some video games. But when Oracle gives them a mission, the Batgirls suit up and head to an abandoned arcade to investigate.

Batman: Urban Legends #5

Preview: Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #4

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #4

(W) Sam Maggs (A/CA) Sweeney Boo
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Carol Danvers is stuck inside a video game. Well, a lot of video games! Fighting game, racing game, JRPG, something with a whole lot of blocks-the only way out is to level up, and with a little help from Doreen Green (a.k.a. Squirrel Girl!) Carol tries to do just that in this latest Marvel Action adventure!

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #4

Your First Look at the Finale of Christine Larsen’s Fantastically Hilarious ORCS!

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at ORCS! #6, the final issue in the delightfully riveting original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

The ORCS! have found themselves at a mysterious door, but what lies beyond it? Is it destiny… or, uh, doom? With an ominous, ancient death temple looming above them, Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu, and Gurh have a shot to score the haul that’ll let them pay their way home again! Or at least get payBACK (you know, revenge!) on the king who banished them!

ORCS! #6 features a main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Qistina Khalidah and will be available for sale on July 14, 2021

ORCS! #6

Come Face to Face with Destiny in Christine Larsen’s ORCS! #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at ORCS! #5, the next issue in the delightfully riveting original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

Whew! As Bog, Pez, Zep, Gurh, and Utzu catch their breath from their hijinks and misadventures, the Orcs hatch a plan to get back home. Except that Pez and Zep aren’t sure it’s even worth trying to go back. But the debate may be moot as they are literally swept away and brought face-to-face with… destiny?!

ORCS! #5 features main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Andrew MacLean. It comes to comic store shelves on June 9, 2021.

ORCS! #5

Preview: Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

(W) Sam Maggs (A/CA) Sweeney Boo
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A brand-new arc begins here! Fresh off her ClikClok adventures, Carol is enjoying some relaxing time in the city-but wait, are things getting a little too predictable? Weren’t those the goons she was fighting yesterday? And why is Chewie t-posing?!

It’s time to level up with more Marvel Action adventures!

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

Preview: Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

(W) Sam Maggs (A/CA) Sweeney Boo
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A brand-new arc begins here! Fresh off her ClikClok adventures, Carol is enjoying some relaxing time in the city-but wait, are things getting a little too predictable? Weren’t those the goons she was fighting yesterday? And why is Chewie t-posing?!

It’s time to level up with more Marvel Action adventures!

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3

Get a Look at Crush & Lobo #1 Including New Covers by Khary Randolph, Sweeney Boo, and more!

Crush & Lobo by Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariana Maher, spinning out of the pages of Teen Titans Academy, will debut on June 1 with a cover by Kris Anka, a Pride variant cover by Yoshi Yoshitani, a 1:25 ratio variant by Christian Ward, plus an exclusive Dan Hipp team variant for participating retailers. In this new eight-issue miniseries publishing between June 2021 and January 2022, Crush, daughter of the Czarnian bounty hunter Lobo, is in full-on self-destruct mode!

Like father, like daughter?

Scroll down for a first look into Crush & Lobo#1, covers by Dan Mora, Amanda Conner, Bernard Chang, Khary Randolph, Sweeney Boo, and more!

And in case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy and effectively quit being a Teen Titan in a blaze of glory. And okay, her relationship with her too-good-to-be-true girlfriend Katie is kind of on the rocks, if you want to get all technical about it. Oh, and she recently found out Lobo’s in space jail, but that’s cool, because he’s the worst. OKAY, maybe Crush has some STUFF, but that doesn’t mean she’s gonna DO anything about it, like actually go to space and confront her dad and all her problems, because everything is FINE…Right?

And in issue #2 of this new miniseries, if there’s anything Crush knows, it’s that traveling through space is a great time to load up on coffee, catch up on murder podcasts, and definitely not get sucked into a spiral of depression while reflecting on your meet-cute with the ex-girlfriend who just dumped you. When Crush’s trusty travel mug runs dry, a pit stop for caffeine puts Lobo’s daughter face to face with an old enemy whose vicious revenge could put an end to her journey — when it’s only just barely begun! Tick tock, Crush…your father’s waiting.

Add Crush & Lobo to your pull list to see Lobo’s best daughter come face to face with the DC Multiverse’s worst dad! And is ex-girlfriend Katie completely out of the picture for Crush?? Dramaaaaa! All this and more are coming for Crush between June 2021 and January 2022!!

A Dangerous New Enemy in Christine Larsen’s Fantastically Hilarious ORCS! #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at ORCS! #4, the next issue in the delightfully riveting original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

The Orcs have made it to safety! Yes! Wait… 

After meeting up with a new dwarven ally (don’t worry, they have plenty of gold to pay for the help), it looks like Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu, and Gurh have a new battle ahead of them against an ancient evil from the Astral Plane.

ORCS! #4 features a main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Jorge Corona. It’ll be available for sale on May 19, 2021.

ORCS! #4
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