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DC Expands Black Label with Classic Stories and New Printings

DC has announced that some of its most legendary stories will now be a part of the DC Black Label imprint. The recently launched publishing line, dedicated to giving premier writers and artists the ability to tell unique, standalone stories set outside DC continuity, will release several iconic comic book collections featuring the most famous DC heroes from the archives beginning this December through the end of 2019.

The quintessential tales that first inspired the creation of the line include complex and emotionally engaging narratives with stunning visual storytelling from some of the greatest creators in the industry. The list of reprinted collections and their release dates through 2019 can be found below:

  • ALL-STAR SUPERMAN—Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely—available 12/04/2018
  • DC: THE NEW FRONTIER—Darwyn Cooke—available 2/19/2019
  • WATCHMEN (HC w/new slipcase)—Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons—available 3/26/2019
  • KINGDOM COME—Mark Waid & Alex Ross—available 4/23/2019
  • RONIN—Frank Miller & Lynn Varley— available 5/07/2019
  • ALL-STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER VOL. 1—Miller & Jim Lee and BATMAN: YEAR ONE—Miller & David Mazzucchelli—available 6/11/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN—Miller—BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS—Miller & Klaus Janson—available 6/18/2019
  • BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: THE MASTER RACE—Miller & Brian Azzarello & Andy Kubert & Janson—available 6/25/2019
  • LUTHOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION and THE JOKER 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION —Azzarello & Lee Bermejo—available 7/09/2019
  • BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM—Morrison & Dave McKean—available 8/13/2019
  • THE JOKER: DELUXE EDITION—Azzarello & Bermejo—available 9/10/2019
  • BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE—Moore & Brian Bolland—available 9/17/2019
  • WATCHMEN (TP)—Moore & Gibbons—available 9/24/2019
  • BATMAN: YEAR 100—Paul Pope—available 10/08/2019
  • SUPERMAN: RED SON—Mark Millar & Dave Johnson & Andrew Robinson & Killian Plunkett & Walden Wong—available 10/22/2019
  • BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale—11/05/2019
  • BLACK ORCHID—Neil Gaiman & McKean—11/12/2019
  • BATMAN: DARK VICTORY—Loeb & Sale—11/26/2019
  • BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT—Loeb & Sale—12/17/2019
  • CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME—Loeb & Sale—12/31/2019

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day for book stores, both physical and digital, all across the world. Today we’ve got Frank Miller and Batman!

Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race by Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, and Brad Anderson.

Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race is in book stores today and comic stores Wednesday September 20th.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Batman The Dark Knight: Master Race
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Preview: Dark Knight III The Master Race #9

Dark Knight III The Master Race #9

(W) Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello (A) Klaus Janson, Frank Miller (A/CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Jun 07, 2017
SRP: $5.99

The epic conclusion to DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE is here from the all-star creative team of Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson! This is Earth’s last stand. Quar’s Kryptonian Army has conquered the planet, but Batman and his allies don’t believe the world is beyond saving. They’ll rally once more against Quar and save the world or die trying.

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!

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.

Logan

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – Marvel finally gives us a solo comic with a queer male lead, and it’s one of my all-time favorite X-Men, Iceman. I love Iceman because of his sense of humor as well as how he struggles to live up to his Omega mutant potential. I’m excited to see Sina Grace’s approach to superheroes after writing/drawing some kick-ass autobio comics, like Not My Bag and Self-Obsessed, and Alessandro Vitti’s work on Secret Warriors was fantastic too so it looks like Bobby is in good hands.

Giant Days #27 (BOOM! Studios) – Esther going political should be a treat, and I’m really interested to see what our favorite Goth drama queen has to say about thinly veiled parodies of Nigel Farage, Theresa May, and Jeremy Corbyn. Giant Days is my go-to slice of life and humor comic, and I can’t wait to see what hilarious moments John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming, and Whitney Cogar have cooked up.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – From the solicit, it looks like this issue will be the connective tissue between “The Button” and the upcoming “War of Jokes and Riddles”. One thing I’ve liked about Tom King and David Finch’s run is their ability to tell epic scope stories in the confines of one book, and I’m looking forward to seeing their takes on more of Batman’s classic rogues. Also, Catwoman/Batman romance is always fun, and King has given them some flirty chemistry in previous isuses. (See “The Bat and the Cat” one-off from him and Mitch Gerads)

Nothing Lasts Forever OGN (Image) – This is really a good week to be a Sina Grace fan even though it seems like the next issue of Lil Depressed Boy is light years away. I really enjoy how honest he is in his memoirs, and how his art doesn’t idealize Grace’s body and reactions to the world around him. Plus this graphic novel seems to have more of a central narrative focus than his previous book Self-Obsessed , and it’ll nice to see the character of Sina Grace grow and develop through all the hardships he faces in the story.

KISS/Vampirella #1 (Dynamite) – One thing I love about Dynamite is their no holds barred approach to crossovers. Casting Vampirella as the frontwoman of an all-girl band in L.A. in the 1970s sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Plus throw in the insanity of the KISS mythos and plenty of supernatural elements, and this should definitely be a unique comic from Chris Sebela and Annapaola Martello.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Champions #9 (Marvel) – I have really been enjoying this book and it just gets better and better with every issue. The action is great, but it’s the banter between the team that really makes this book work and shows them growing closer together. This issue will be focusing on Viv Vision, and if you read The Vision series, you know she has been through a lot. This will no doubt be a great read.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – I’m interested in seeing how Bobby will be explored in this new solo title and how he can carry a book on his own. I know he’s had limited series’ in the past, but I didn’t bother with them. And with the time displaced, younger Iceman being so different from the Iceman we know, I’m curious to see what direction Bobby will go in next.

X-Men Gold #5 (Marvel) – This title has brought the X-Men back to being super heroes and has been a great read so far. A classic line up and great action makes this a book you don’t want to miss. And now the team is facing a new generation of Sentinel; of course the X-Men need Sentinels to fight, it’s a rule.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Dark Knight III The Master Race #9 (DC Comics) – This series hasn’t lived up to the pedigree of what it should be known for, but I’ve still enjoyed it. Here we get the final issue and it’s still Frank Miller, so I’m excited to see how this all plays out, and appreciate the career of one of the greats.

Paper Girls #15 (Image) – The other book that Vaughn writes currently, and one that should also be required reading. This is part sci-fi, goonies, and much more as this awesome cast of female characters find their way through time, and some weird Apple products.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – Another issue to slow things down after “The Button”. I am eager to take time to reflect on the Bane aftermath, Gotham Girl, Catwoman and Batman’s relationship, and to take a quick look at where everything is at before we take a break for the upcoming “The War of Jokes and Riddles”.

Superman #24 (DC Comics) – One of the most consistent books coming from DC Rebirth. It looks like this will deal with the continuing Hamilton County story, as the Kents already moved back to Metropolis in Action Comics.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (Marvel) – I have been pleasantly surprised with this title so far. It has only been two issues, but so far so good from the creative team of Duggan and Kuder.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Divided States of Hysteria #1 (Image) – Holding up a mirror to the US that’s just as frightening as what’s going on in the real world. I expect this one to be way more interesting than a Trump tweet with an equal amount of societal terror.

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 Going Sane (DC Comics) – Kryptonite, Lex Luther, Amanda Waller and all kinds of world ending Squad hijinks collected in one volume, containing four of my fave issues with a bonus Harley comic!

Bane Conquest #2 (DC Comics) – Nobody puts Bane-y in a corner er, I mean cell. This is one promising issue showcasing pure Bane badassery and some back story in kings.

Harley Quinn #21 (DC Comics) – The beginning of the Red Roses story arc part deux focuses on the interesting relationship and unrequited, maybe, love between Red Tool and Harley and I’m all kinds of ready to sip that crazy tea.

Bullseye #5 (Marvel) – SHIELD to the rescue, or capture, Bullseye’s mission coming to an end and what promises to be a great story.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Catalyst Prime Noble #2 (Lion Forge) – The first issue was top notch as we’re introduced into this new world that beyond the superpowers actually looks like a world we live in. Diversity on the page (beyond characters, but locations, situations, dynamics) and on the creative end are already paying off in an entertaining way.

The Flintstones #12 (DC Comics) – Some of the best political and social commentary anywhere wraps up with this final issue. Twelve issues weren’t enough and at the same time, it feels like we didn’t deserve this beyond intelligent comic series.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – Writer Charles Soule tackles this new series focusing on Vader and the time after Episode III as he was learning to become Vader, a Sith, and the dawn of the Empire.

The Unsound #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from writer Cullen Bunn. His previous horror series have all been top notch and I’d expect no less from this.

The Walking Dead #168 (Skybound/Image Comics) – The last issue showed this series can still surprise and deliver a punch to the gut. This issue begins the fallout in what I imagine will be a not very stable Rick.

Preview: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

(W) Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello (A) Klaus Janson, Frank Miller (A/CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $5.99

Baal’s Kryptonian army has invaded Themyscira. Wonder Woman and the Amazons will show them why that was a deadly mistake.

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!

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.

Paul

Top Pick: X-Men Prime #1 (Marvel) – Well it wasn’t looking good for awhile there.  It seemed that Marvel was giving up on the X-Men and moving on with other titles.  But, now we have ResurrXion and I am excited!  I can’t wait to see how it all begins here and see the new teams and books take shape.  Not a fan of some of the costume designs I’ve seen peeks of (I’m looking at Rachel Grey) but really cannot wait to see this new chapter take shape.

All-New X-Men #19 (Marvel) – Jean Grey is back and the gangs all here.  This has been a fun title and I’m sorry to see it end.  Yes, I know this team is coming back in X-Men Blue, I just hope it brings along the fun from this first book.  And I am excited to see it focus on the 5 original members (no offense to Idie, Laura and Evan).

Inhumans Prime #1 (Marvel) – I wasn’t at all happy that it looked like Marvel was going to sacrifice the X-Men and make the Inhumans the next “it” thing, but that seems to have all changed.  While I am very excited for the new X-Men books, I am a fan of the Inhumans and look forward to seeing what’s next for them.  The Royal family has left the throne and I’m hearing things about them heading out into space?  Yeah, definitely down for this one.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III: Stalinverse #4 (Valiant) – Alright, so I’ve already read this, and it’s fantastic. What’s got me excited is the thought of reading the issue without any watermarked art work because this is a beautiful looking issue, and a fantastic conclusion.

Voracious: Feeding Time #4 (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Another comic I’ve already read and loved, my reasons for picking this are very similar to Divinity III: Stalinverse #4 – I want to see the colours pop in print.

Aldous Spark #1 (Grenade Fire, Inc) – So this one’s a bit of a cheat, but it’s sat on my desktop right now waiting for me to read it for a review… and because I plan on doing that this week, and the comic looks pretty bloody awesome, I figured I’d have it as one of my top picks.

Ninjak #25 (Valiant) – It’s taken me awhile to get really excited for this series, and I’m not really sure why, but when I read the first part of The Seven Blades Of Master Darque something clicked and I was suddenly all in with Valiant’s purple clad ninja that blends James Bond with Batman. And swords.

Old Man Logan #20 (Marvel) – The last Marvel book still on my pull list is always going to find a spot here because I am an unashamed Wolverine fanboy. I make no excuses.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Animosity #6 (Aftershock) – This is one of my favorite comic books out in the entire medium, and I wish more people read it. An awesome story about a girl and her dog, and the downfall of humanity.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8 (DC Comics) – It hasn’t been all good, but I’ve enjoyed the last few. It feels just different and classic enough for me, even if it doesn’t touch the highs of the original legendary story.

Old Man Logan #20 (Marvel) – Lemire is done in a few issues, so I want to savor these. Also, we are almost at the past lives story arc which has me so excited. I love this book.

Moonshine #6 (Image) – This is such a crazy and original book. Moonshine, gangsters, romance, and werewolves. What isn’t there to like?

Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special #1 (DC Comics) – Mark Russell does amazing work on books like Prez, and The Flintstones, and now he’s giving us this odd gem among the other DC/Hanna-Barbera mashups.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Orphan Black Deviations #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s a sci-fi bonanza , in a super sized cross over that’ll make the tv lover in you squeal with delight. It’s a 6 part arc and this is the very beginning of what I’m sure will be a lovely story!

Harley’s Little Black Book #6 (DC Comics) – Harley finds herself tossed out of a space ship and stranded with Lobos and his dog/food tester on a rainy planet, with minimal clothing. Hijiniks ensue in this over the top issue of Harley’s LBB .

Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1 (DC Comics) – Yes, it is as silly as you think it is and yes you will laugh your butt off and love it as much as you think you will. It’s a mash-up you didn’t know you needed.

Inhumans Prime #1 (Marvel) – The bridge isn’t over, this is the super-sized issue that kicks it off. RESURRXION Starts now with the first issue in the arc that’ll connect IVX to whatever Marvel has planned next.

X-Men Prime #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men team have a little bridge of their own, Kitty Pryde is back, ready to lead & it’s time to rebuild.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1 (DC Comics) – The concept is completely insane, but this is a comic that you didn’t know you need until you’ve read it. It’s off the wall fun and exactly what I was hoping for when DC Comics announced this series of mash-ups. The main story is solid, but the Snagglepuss story by Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter is perfection. Twisted fun that also reflects on the world.

Hook Jaw #4 (Titan Comics) – This is basically Jaws, except crazier, and I’m completely sucked in and sold on it.

Man-Thing #2 (Marvel) – I wasn’t completely sold on the first issue but the back-up story was top notch. I’m interested in seeing the second issue mostly because I have a better idea of what R.L. Stine is going for with this series so it won’t catch me off guard as much.

The Rift #3 (Red 5 Comics) – Time travel fun that’s a great twist on a Twilight Zone like story.

Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #2 (Aftershock) – Historical figures come together in this weird twist on history. The first issue picks up where the first volume left off and it continues the fun. There’s lots of mysteries to answer and I want to see where this story takes us.

Around the Tubes

hulk__1It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What’d you 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.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Star Wars Video Game Players Honor Carrie Fisher – This is very touching.

Huffington Post – This Indian Comic Book Is Tackling The Taboo Of Periods – This is cool to see.

Forbes – How One Groundbreaking Publisher Got Us To Take Comics Seriously – Go check out Fantagraphics!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-Star Batman #5

Newsarama – Civil War II #8

Newsarama – Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

Comic Attack – Divinity III: Stalinverse #1

Comic Vine – Hulk #1

Newsarama – Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2

The Beat – Sakana

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

dark-knight-iii-7A delay hasn’t helped this series who has relied on a fast pace to really keep the reader engaged and interested. Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7 can best be described as the fallout from the battle for Gotham between the radical Kryptonians and Batman backed up by Superman and the people of Gotham.

Written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello, the issue is a muted one in many ways attempting to get at the emotional aspect of what occurred in the previous issue. Batman has fallen and Gotham is on fire. Was it all worth it? Will Batman live?

The issue is seen through a few individual’s eyes as they react to what has happened or in Superman’s case race to save his friend. While there’s some emotional punch there, no one is spent too much time with so it feels a bit short and not quite enough to really impact me as a reader. There’s a beat missing that would have put scenes over the top. And that emotional aspect is in ways co-opted with the discussion of whether it was all worth it. It’s a weird shift in focus and you can see that the most with a scene featuring Barbara Gordon who really raises the question to our heroes.

If there was less of a gap (or when this is collected in trade) it might work better read closer together, but the spacing in real world time works against the issue in some ways as the cadence just doesn’t seem to flow following up on what previously happened.

There’s also a set-up for the finale that I don’t want to give away but it’s been foreshadowed a bit. With one issue to go there feels like a lot to still resolve in one issue.

The art by Miller and Klaus Janson continues to invoke the style we’ve come to expect from the previous issues and volumes. It doesn’t shift at all and as a fan of it, I’m quite happy in that consistency. This isn’t anything groundbreaking it’s what we’ve seen before and that completely works for this story and series.

The issue isn’t bad as it sets up the finale, but it just feels like the momentum has been lost a bit due to the delays in its release. When read as a trade I’d expect my opinions to differ, but as a single issue is how I’m judging it right now. Still, it sets up the next issue in a way that I’m hoping the wait is minimum as it looks to be one action packed ending.

Story: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello Art: Klaus Janson, Frank Miller
Story: 7 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6

dktmr_cv6_ds-1We’re a few issues away from the end of this intense mini-series and Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6 doesn’t disappoint or slow down the story train one bit. When things left off we the team was giving it all they had, all hell was breaking loose and, there was sense of urgency and anything goes mayhem in the Batcave and beyond its walls. Members of the team were falling seemingly as soon as they showed up for their cameo.

The rise of Quar and the rest of the aliens hell bent on earth domination, is upon us and no matter what the heroes of Gotham and the adjoining cities throw at the onslaught of baddies, the war is far from over. But, this time around the humans are ready to join in the fight en masse and there is still hope. Superman is still rocking his Kryponite proof suit and Batgirl/Catwoman/Batman is ready to give it all she’s got, even if it costs her her life.

Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello give us one hell of a story. There’s war, behind the scenes plotting and, a humanity taking a stand of sorts. It’s a compelling read with a load of action, some sadness and , a whole lot of sacrifice and love. Miller and Azarello deal with the complexity of the characters by showing them in all possible emotions and states. They showcase the strength of the fallen, the loyalty of those who remain standing and, the fight of those affected by the fall out not yet ready to kneel.

Andy Kubert‘s art adds another layer to the story. His artwork matches the tone of the story and the pace of the fight. There is so much attention to detail and there is no line wasted.

Overall issue #6 was a perfect read, it propelled the fight and current story arc forward. As a stand alone issue it’s still solid and stands up but, as part of the whole it is a perfect piece as this storyline winds down. With a few more issues to go before the end of this series, this issue gives us something to look forward to and, a team to root for when everything comes to an end.

Story: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello Art: Andy Kubert
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 6

dktmr_cv6_ds-1“Blame it on the Kryptonite rain”

So where to get started on this one? Well, admittedly to me Frank Miller‘s original The Dark Knight Returns is the greatest comic book ever created. However after reaching that pinnacle he has never seemed to quite get back there. With each and every project announced that ties into this world I get my hopes up, waiting for a flash of greatness. Then each time, well let’s just say it’s how Cleveland Browns must feel every season.

This time around the story had a great opening first issue and I thought finally we are getting back to the spirit of my favorite Batman tale. Well after the very cool cliffhanger with Carrie Kelly aka Robin, aka Catgirl, aka Batman, it shortly fizzled out. The mystery of whether Bruce was dead (after all he’s like a billion in this series now) and Carrie was truly carrying on in his stead was very intriguing.

Fast forward to this issue. What we have is a surreal scene with the Kandorians (formally a peaceful people, now all monstrous warlords, seriously not one good one) falling from the sky as a result of Batman’s acid Kryptonite rain attack. Yes you heard me, acid Kryptonite rain. Believe me, the explanation is beyond ridiculous. It does look cool though.

So now we have Batman and Superman (Shaped in armor that looks like himself) ready for a cosmic show down. At least Bruce seemed to have raided Ben Affleck’s closet and got his armor back. Don’t worry if the odds seemed good enough they are now joined by Bargirl, the latest neon alias of Carrie Kelly.

The issue from there is just one big throw down with the Kandorians versus the norms. Oh and to boot Superman’s daughter Lara is fighting to bring down Earth too. It’s pretty abundant that Frank Miller has horrible disdain for the character of Superman since he tortures him and bastardizes him every chance he gets. No one does cranky Ol’ Bruce better than Miller though.

The remainder of the issue is a smash up brawl ending in a very weird cliffhanger that is reminiscent of the original The Dark Knight Returns story. With a few more issues to go, will they have the guts to actually go through with that cliffhanger, or is it total view bait and switch? At this point it’s truly hard to care one way or another as the story has been all over the place. If the prior issues were written better it would have much more of the punch it needed but as it is, the twist just misses the mark.

With a few chapters left, I’m not quite sure this book can do the turnaround it needs. On the plus side Andy Kubert is putting out some tremendous eye porn and has the feel down perfect, just doesn’t get to shine like it should due to the hack writing. Of course, as a Batman completist,  I will see this one to the end. However, I’m sure this will be my last stop in Millerville for quite some time.

Story: Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello Art: Andy Kubert
Story: 5 Art: 8 Score: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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