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Toy Fair 2019: DC Collectibles Shows New Statues, Figures, and Props

Toy Fair 2019 kicks off this weekend and DC Collectibles has revealed so much including Lucha Libre superhero figures, DC Prime, and DC Engines of Chaos. On top of these new lines there’s even more statues, figures and props.

Additional collectibles debuting in 2019 include a life-size Wonder Woman shield prop measuring 22 in diameter and crafted from fiberglass and polyresin, and new statues starring Batman, Harley Quinn, Red Hood and the Huntress, among others, designed by acclaimed comic book artists Greg Capullo, Greg Horn, Frank Miller, Joëlle Jones and more.

Check them out below!

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Statues

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS BY GREG CAPULLO 2ND EDITION

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

MINI 7-PIECE BOX SET 4

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE Mini Figures

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

RED HOOD

BAT-FAMILY Multi-Part Statue

DC GALLERY

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

WONDER WOMAN SHIELD PROP

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

METAL HARLEY QUINN BY GREG HORN STATUE

HARLEY QUINN RED, WHITE & BLACK Statue

DC DESIGNER SERIES Statue

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE

DC COVER GIRLS Statue

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE

DARK NIGHTS: METAL BATMAN Statues

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE RED DEATH STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #3

The Batman Who Laughs #3

All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot.

Writer Scott Snyder has put together a fascinating miniseries the explores the lines that Batman will and won’t cross by pitting him against the Batman Who Laughs. The introduction of the Grim Knight delivered another Batman who we can explore yet another aspect of the character through. In The Batman Who Laughs #3, we get confrontations but also an exploration of exactly when “Batman was born.”

Through the action sequences and the comic as a whole, Snyder explores this idea of what created Batman. Was it the death of his parents? Was it his falling in the cave? Was it the bat breaking through the window? Was it a combination? Or, was it something else entirely?

There’s also a dive into what lines Batman and Bruce will and won’t cross. In his confrontation with the Grim Knight, a Punisher-esque version of Batman, we dive into his unwillingness to kill and his not wanting to use guns. It’s a scene that’s smart in many ways and shows that Batman is more than brute force.

But, the issue is basically a bridge to what’s next. It’s Batman running around trying to figure out what the bad guys’ plan is and realizing that he’s too many steps behind. It’s desperation but really a bridge to what’s next.

Jock‘s art, along with color from David Baron, and lettering from Sal Cirpriano combines the style of a Batman comic with a bit of a nightmarish tinge. The action is solid and there’s subtle focuses that really enhance the desperation of it all. Through the art, the psychological aspect of it all is enhanced.

The issue as part of the whole is a good one though on its own it falls a bit short. It’s definitely not a place to start but for those already reading the series, it’s a good addition to the overall story.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #3

The Batman Who Laughs #3

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 13, 2019
SRP: $4.99

All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It’s a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in “Black Mirror”: James Gordon Jr.

The Batman Who Laughs #3

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Be-Bop Barbarians

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.

Age of X-Man: NextGen #1 (Marvel) – We’re getting a better idea of the world and this series is emphasizing the psychological horror aspect of it all.

Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The two cult classics come together! Groovy baby!

Avengers: No Road Home #1 (Marvel) – The next weekly event kicks off here!

Batman Who Laughs #3 (DC Comics) – The first two issues have been great and the introduction of the Grim Knight? Awesome! The series is delivering.

The Be-Bop Barbarians (Pegasus) – Its the 1950s Manhattan with jazz, the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, and Red Scare. Three black cartoonists defy convention and pay the price. And we’re right there to read this graphic novel.

Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was entertaining and that ending was very unexpected. We’re excited to see what’s next.

Criminal #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was fantastic and we expected no less. The second issue? Yeah, we’re expected the same excellence.

Dead Man Logan #4 (Marvel) – We’re still in to see where this series goes and how it all wraps up.

Hit-Girl Season Two #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld) – Kevin Smith taking on Hit-Girl? Yeah, we’re in for that.

Marvels Annotated #1 (Marvel) – An absolutely amazing package that includes two issues and tons of extra material of this classic story.

Savage Sword of Conan #1 (Marvel) – Solid sword and sorcery storytelling featuring Conan. A definite must for fans of the character and genre.

Wonder Twins #1 (DC Comics/Wonder Comics) – Mark Russell taking on the Wonder Twins? Hells yes!

Around the Tubes

The Batman Who Laughs #2

The weekend is almost here and we’ve got some organizing to do at our HQ! What will you all be doing? Anything fun and geeky? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the work day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: A Light Comedy about Gardening in Darryl Ayo’s Little Garden – Free comics people!

Reviews

Adventures in Poor Taste – The Batman Who Laughs #2
CBR –
The Batman Who Laughs #2
Talking Comics –
Bitter Root #3
Geek Dad –
Detective Comics #996
Laughing Place –
Fantastic Four #6
Comics Bulletin –
Star Trek vs. Transformers #4

Around the Tubes

The Batman Who Laughs #2

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

The Comichron – The 2018 Two Thousand: A look at the 1,000 top-selling comics and graphic novels ordered by comic shops – For those that enjoy the horse race.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Julian Glander’s Sherbet Shaped World – Free comics!

Reviews

Adventures in Poor Taste – The Batman Who Laughs #2
Newsarama –
The Batman Who Laughs #2
Talking Comics –
Captain Marvel #1
Laughing Place –
Fantastic Four #6
Newsarama –
Justice League Dark #7
The Beat –
Kismet: Man of Fate
Talking Comics –
Young Justice #1

Review: The Batman Who Laughs #2

The Batman Who Laughs #2

A ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been…but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum…enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

The first issue of this series was fantastic and this second one seems to outdo it in every way. Writer Scott Snyder delivers a desperate and brutal story in The Batman Who Laughs #2. If this Joker/Batman mix from the Dark Multiverse wasn’t bad enough, we now have one of the deadliest Batmen out there in the Grim Knight, a Batman who’s a weapons expert and willing to do whatever it takes.

As we saw at the end of the previous issue, the Joker has infected Batman and possibly killed himself. This issue is the ramifications of that as our Batman must fight off the Joker toxin and at the same time deal with evil versions of himself. There’s a sense of urgency about it all that Snyder makes sure to emphasize whenever he can. Add in that this is a twist on what made the Batman Who Laughs and we see a Batman struggling to not become what he’s fighting. That focus on different aspects of Batman, and the roads not taken, is one of the most interesting things to be added to Batman’s myth in quite some time and Snyder knocks it out of the park by doing so.

There’s also the emphasis on the Dark Multiverse Batmen and really just how horrible they are. These are Batman without the control or the moral focus. They do what they need to do to win. It also makes us realize how much Batman really holds back and the monster he could become if he chose to.

The art by Jock, colors by David Baron, and lettering by Sal Cipriano helps it all and there’s some fantastic moments in the issue. Brutal fights, explosions, but it’s the subtle details of Bruce/Batman’s infection with the Joker toxin that stands out. The way he stands, the look in his eyes, the body language overall, it adds so much to the storytelling and a depth of emotion to it all.

The first issue was fantastic and this second issue is amazing as well. This is a hell of a story that seems to really be a match that tests everything about Batman. Not since the Court of Owls have we had a villain who is a match, if not the better, of Batman. And we haven’t had a story where it really felt that Batman might lose but also cross a line he doesn’t want to. This is the mini-series to go all in for as it’s one hell of a story so far.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Color: David Baron Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Batman Who Laughs #2

The Batman Who Laughs #2

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

After the shocking ending of issue #1, a ticking clock sets Batman on a trail throughout the different realities of the Multiverse. He starts to see all the iterations of his life, and what could have been…but more importantly, Bruce Wayne begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong, and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected. Meanwhile, the Batman Who Laughs raises the curtain on his second act, pulling out the big guns to break into Arkham Asylum… enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

The Batman Who Laughs #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors 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.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – BOOM! Studios is continuing the world of Adventure Time after the series finale. Marceline and Simon are reunited and Simon must make amends for his time as Ice King.

Appalachian Apocalypse #1 (Cave Pictures Publishing) – The spiritually focused comic line launches with this series and we’re intrigued to see how it is and if they can do for spiritual comics like has been done with religious focused films.

Avatar: Tsu Teys Path #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Avatar is a weird film and world that was such a breakthrough and didn’t go anywhere. Years later we’re getting sequels and it’ll be interesting to see how the comics build towards that.

The Batman Who Laughs #2 (DC Comics) – The breakout star of Dark Knights: Metal is back and he’s brought a friend. The first issue is solid and we’re so excited to see where this series goes.

Black Badge #6 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic so far with its twisted take on the Boy Scouts and spy type stories.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – We’re a bit mixed on this first issue but it’s nice to see Black Widow back in her own series and it eventually gets to an interesting place. There’s just enough fun moments to check this one out.

Conan the Barbarian #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this issue. A hell of a series debut for 2019.

Fantastic Four #6 (Marvel) – Last issue’s wedding actually happened! Now, we’ve got both Doctor Doom and Galactus to deal with. It’s old school Fantastic Four fun!

Goddess Mode #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a blend of tech/fantasy/magical girl and it worked really well. We want to see where it all goes in this second issue.

The Invaders #1 (Marvel) – Marvel is celebrating 80 years with this series and more! The series focuses on the Invaders both in World War II and today as Namor has a plan that’s been brewing and Captain America, Bucky, and the original Human Torch need to stop him.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 (Marvel) – 31 years has gone by since this series first debuted and we’re as excited to get this in our hands as we were back then. Three solid short stories to entertain.

Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The end of “X-Men Disassembled” and it’s not what you think!

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