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Tommy Gun Wizards #1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone looking forward to? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below!

Kansas City Star – Lawrence comic book writer banned from KU, accused in 4 sexual assaults, but no arrest – We reported on this in March, hopefully, won’t be welcomed back in the comic industry.

Newsarama – Marv Wolfman to Co-Write Arrow‘s Crisis on Infinite Earths Episode – This is good news.

Newsarama – DC Promotes Marie Javins To Lead New Publishing Initiatives – Congrats!

Reviews

Talking Comics – The Batman Who Laughs #7
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Tommy Gun Wizards #1

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Justice League Dark Annual #1

We’re still having a blast at Gen Con and we’ve got some news coming from that right here! While you wait for that and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – Doctor Who Will Stream Exclusively on HBO Max – This is interesting.

Newsarama – Marvel TV’s Runaways and Cloak & Dagger Crossing Over This December – This makes a lot of sense.

Newsarama – Fans Petition Marvel to Open Caption The Eternals – Go support this!

Reviews

Newsarama – Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2
Newsarama –
The Batman Who Laughs #7
Newsarama –
Justice League Dark Annual #1
Comics Bulletin –
Go-Bots TPB

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The Batman Who Laughs #7

We’re spending the day at Gen Con and you can catch all of that news over at our sister site BoardGameToday but we’re still rocking it here. So, while you wait for things to get rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – Ellis & Villalobos’ Wildcats #1 – #3 Orders Canceled (But Could Resurface Later) – Not surprising?

ComicBook – Aquaman Confirmed as Queer in Young Justice: Outsiders – This is awesome!

Reviews

CBR – The Batman Who Laughs #7
CBR –
Powers of X #1

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #7

The Batman Who Laughs #7

The Batman Who Laughs #7 leads into the much anticipated Batman/Superman #1 and beyond that… is an extended giant fight scene. It’s the final showdown between Batman and the Batman Who Laughs. How do you defeat a foe who knows your every instinct and every move? Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good versus evil.

Writer Scott Snyder wraps up the latest chapter in The Batman Who Laughs saga. Unfortunately, it’s in an issue that feels a bit stretched out. The Batman Who Laughs #7 features two main storylines. The first is Batman vs. The Batman Who Laughs and the second being the Gordons and their battle with the Grim Knight. Both are extended fight scenes. While they’re entertaining, they feel a bit dragged out. With a bit of editing, a tighter pace and shorter page count could have given us an extended sixth issue. That would have resulted in a better finale.

The issue is entertaining but there’s just something disappointing about it. The two Batman square off and a lot is said but unless you’re invested in the nature of Batman, it really is a fight scene. Gordon’s battle revolves around the relationship with his son and unless you’re invested in that, it too falls a little short and emotionless.

The issue is really a showcase for the art of Jock who easily moves between the nightmare of Batman’s vision and reality. The coloring by David Baron helps deliver that nightmare. But, it’s Sal Cipriano‘s lettering which really stands out. The voice and chill is all in the lettering in this issue.

While the issue wraps up the uneven miniseries, beyond the final page, it’s an issue that you can skip. There’s a lack of emotional punch to it and overall feels like a few extra pages stretched out to a full issue. It’s a clunker of an ending for a miniseries that went on a bit too long. But, as a piece of the whole, it’s fine. This is a series which will be much better read in one sitting as a trade. This issue is a prime example of why. The issue feels not like a chapter but a continuation after a commercial break wrapping up the last ten minutes of a show. It’s vital but doesn’t stand on its own.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #7 (of 7)

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (of 7)

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Jul 31, 2019
SRP: $4.99

It’s the final showdown between Batman and the Batman Who Laughs… but how do you defeat a foe who knows your every instinct and every move? Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good versus evil. You can’t miss this finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City!

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (of 7)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Red Winter #1

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of this series was amazing. It’s the future where something calamatous happened and Batman begins on a journey with just the Joker’s head in a jar to join him. Is this something he’s hallucinating? Reality? The comic will keep you guessing as to what’s happening.

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (DC Comics) – The miniseries wraps up and leads into the upcoming Superman/Batman series. The miniseries has been up and down but we’re excited to see how this wraps up.

Dear Justice League (DC Comics/DC Zoom) – This line of graphic novels geared towards kids have been fantastic and we’re always excited to see what’s next. This middle-grade graphic novel has superheroes answering questions about their lives in a series of short stories.

Death’s Head #1 (Marvel) – This comic was unexpected. Really funny with some solid art. Death’s Head has been torn apart and tunred into an amp. Now he wants revenge!

The Goon #5 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun and entertaining comics on the market. Think Popeye with humor and horror and you have The Goon. Add in beyond amazing art and it’s a must get with every release.

Killers #1 (Valiant) – Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by the mysterious Jonin! The concept sounds awesome and Valiant delivers entertaining comics so we’re always excited to check out a new series from them.

Knights Temporal #1 (Aftershock) – From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Fran Galan the series is about a knight who’s sent to the modern world. The concept has been done but Bunn is a fantastic writer so to see his spin on this is what has us interested.

Manor Black #1 (Dark Horse) – Another comic from writer Cullen Bunn along with writer Brian Hurtt and artist Tyer Crook, this gothic horror series is about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Yeah, we’re sold.

Powers of X #1 (Marvel) – Writer Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men epic continues with this second of dual series that sets up his vision for years to come.

Red Winter #1 (Scout Comics) – Eli Winter is a former NYPD Detective in his 50s, now living in Kapotnya, the most crime-ridden district of Moscow. Eli also now works for a local crime boss. When Eli finds out his son destroyed his boss’s meth lab, we get a series that we’re excited to read.

Year of the Villain: Who Are The Infected?

DC has revealed Jock’s final cover artwork for The Batman Who Laughs #7 (on sale July 31) and new “Year of the Villain” promo artwork ahead of Batman/Superman #1 (on sale August 28).

The first arc of Batman/Superman will follow the two titular heroes as they hunt down six infected heroes in the DCU—people revealed to be infected by the Batman Who Laughs with a deadly pathogen that violently transforms them into the evilest versions of themselves. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever.

But who are the Infected? Fans have already been shown a sneak preview of Batman/Superman #1, revealing that The Batman Who Laughs’ plot is bigger than either the Caped Crusader or the Man of Steel realized and showing the devious killer’s first sentinel: a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam! Who else has been targeted for similar transformations?  

Check out the two new images below!

The Batman Who Laughs #7 cover by Jock
The Batman Who Laughs #7 cover by Jock

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The Batman Who Laughs #6

It was a nice weekend here at GP HQ! Hope everyone had a good one as we kick off a busy week! While you wait for things to get going, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Autism Parenting Magazine – New Comic Book Character With Autism Inspires Kindness – A great article promoting the use of comics in the classroom.

The Beat – Claremont & Sienkiewicz are back in action with New Mutants: War Children this September – Cool.

iO9 – The Tick‘s Creator Has Given Up on Finding the Show a New Home – We’re ok with this.

iO9 – Disney Is Moving Forward With Construction on Its Marvel Theme Park Expansion – If their Star Wars land is what we should expect…

Kotaku – Elon Musk Doesn’t Learn, Posts Uncredited Artwork, Deletes Tweet – Asshole.

ComicBook – Dougray Scott On Why Batwoman Was the Right Comic Book Role For Him After 20 Years of Being Asked About Wolverine – Interesting.

Reviews

AIPT! – The Batman Who Laughs #6
Talking Comics –
The Batman Who Laughs #6

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #6

The Batman Who Laughs #6,

Intense. That’s the word that best describes The Batman Who Laughs #6, the penultimate issue of this solid miniseries.

Writer Scott Snyder has been building to this moment in this series. The Batman Who Laughs #6 features the confrontation of Batman and The Batman Who Laughs for a hell of a cathartic battle.

There’s an intensity about the comic. It builds as you move along to those final moments which feature a bit of release. This is a perfect example of building the emotional moment and leaving the reader want more.

That emotional ride is helped by Jock whose art with colorist David Baron is amazing. There’s a horror aspect to the design and look of the issue. It goes back and forth between reality and the nightmare vision Bruce/Batman is experiencing as the toxin courses through his veins. As he devolves into his own version of the Batman Who Laughs, we see a distorted world whose horrors would break anyone.

The negative of the comic is the lettering. I’ll admit I read this digitally so have no idea if this is an issue in the print version of the comic. The narrative boxes with red lettering on gray are hard to read at times. I had to blow up the pdf to be able to full read the text and even then I struggled. But, at the same time, Sal Cipriano‘s lettering also captures the madness. It adds character to both Batman and the Batman Who Laughs.

The issue is a solid one leaving me excited to see where the finale takes us and wondering how Batman will win in the end. It’s a prime example of both Snyder and Jock being at the top of their game.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letters: Sal Cipriano
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #6 (of 6)

The Batman Who Laughs #6 (of 6)

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 12, 2019
SRP: $4.99

True happiness begins in the heart. Our memories and emotions can play tricks on us, though, and divert one’s reality into something completely different. The Batman Who Laughs has based his entire worldview on this very concept, and it is in this moment that he must finally confront the one man who stands in his way, the one man who could complete or halt his plan…the last Bruce Wayne. It is here, on the home turf of Wayne Manor, that Bruce relives the happiest moment of his life-the moment he became the Batman Who Laughs. Will Batman be able to outthink the Dark Multiverse version of himself and stop his most sinister end? Or will the original Dark Knight succumb fully and let go of his morality? While good almost always wins, this issue is the start of something more…setting up a larger plan based in the ultimate betrayal of infection, loyalty and true happiness. This is not the end…it’s only the beginning.

The Batman Who Laughs #6 (of 6)
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