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Preview: The Flash #16

The Flash #16

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
RATED T
In Shops: Feb 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“ROGUES RELOADED” part three! Dragged on a wild goose chase all over the world, The Flash tracks the Rogues to their next target: the people of Central City! But is even Barry Allen fast enough to solve five diabolical crimes at the same time?

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TV Review: The Flash S3E12 Untouchable

The Flash Season 2Barry and the team at S.T.A.R. Labs work together to bring down Clive Yorkin, a criminal meta-human who is methodically killing people by causing them to decompose at an accelerated rate. Joe becomes his next target but it’s Iris who is caught in the crossfire. The Flash mentors Kid Flash and begins to elevate the newer speedster’s training to another level.

The Flash is a bit of a mixed episode as at its heart lies the focus on getting Kid Flash up to snuff so that he can save Iris in the future. But, in the present, they must deal with Yorkin who is able to cause people to decompose.

The episode gives us a kind of cool meta-human that’s more power than a focus on a costume or a nickname. How he’s defeated is something unique beyond punching or using some other item to deflect their powers. Instead, we get something new and because of that, it’s actually interesting and different.

What’s really good about the episode is that even when fighting the bad guy, it still focuses on Kid Flash getting better. It’s nice to see his getting better at what he does and in more control of his powers. It opens up the series to having the day saved by someone else.

Also in the episode is Joe and his relationships. With his new girlfriend and his daughter Iris. Joe doesn’t know what Barry saw in the future and everyone has been hiding it from him. The episode deals with that and it’s great to see his personal life explored more.

The final bit of the episode is awesome setting things up for something we’ve been looking forward to Gorilla City! I can’t wait until next week.

The episode was a decent one. A bit of an improvement from last week with a good focus on a goal that plays through the entire episode. It’s solid in that and changes up the formula we’ve seen where the overall plot is dealt with as a side story while the main story just deals with the meta of the week. With this sort of story arc we get both in one go.

Entertaining… by bring on Grodd!!!

Overall Rating: 7.90

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

black-history-month-in-its-own-wordsWednesdays 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.

Ben

Black History In Its Own Words (Image Comics) – Criminally, I’m behind on Ronald Wimberly’s work, despite the fact that his recent Image Comics work, Prince of Cats (once a publication of Vertigo), has been making waves with its unique premise and gorgeous art. Black History In Its Own Words sounds like a great endeavor in the same effort as March, using the comics medium as a way to educate on important moments and figures in black history. We already know comics can be art, can be literature, but what about educational? Comics can be a teaching tool for reading and drawing, so it only makes sense it should take the next step in teaching all too important academia such as history, science, math, government, etc.

All-New Wolverine #17 (Marvel) – I’ve only read the first volume so far, but X-23 as the All-New Wolverine has one me over. She continues on the powerful themes of the original character, dealing with anger and finding more meaning in life than violence, while exploring her own unique personality. Most superhero comics have overdone action to the point that it’s no longer fun, but the creative team here manages to keep it so while not forgetting character development. Definitely one of the best among new Marvel titles.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Inhumans vs. X-Men #4 (Marvel) – This event has been a rock ’em sock ’em ride from the get go.  The X-Men are fighting for their survival and they are definitely not holding back.  The action has been non stop as the X-Men have taken out the Inhuman’s heavy hitters, but they may have underestimated the Nuhumans and their ability to push back. It’s only going to get more cut throat as this goes on and I can’t wait to see where this goes.

Jessica Jones #5 (Marvel) – When I started reading this title, I was a little annoyed that Marvel took Jessica back to her “darker” self, after everything that was established with her and Luke Cage.  But I have bee enjoying this title, and the last issue definitely cleared some things up for me.  I’m liking the set up of the “big bad” in this title and I am curious to see what the end game is.  I very good title that I recommend.

The Unworthy Thor #4 (Marvel) – Odinson is held prisoner on the Collector’s ship; a strange hammer within his reach, but the Collector wants the power for himself.  And to make matters worse, Proxima Midnight and Black Swan have crashed the party.  I’ve been enjoying this book, but really just want to see Odinson get his hands on this hammer already!

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I’ll be honest, the Rebirth titles I was reading didn’t hold my interest (though I do want to go back to Red Hood, Birds of Prey and Teen Titans as I lost track of them) but I am intrigued by the team line up of this book.  I read the Rebirth stories for The Ray and Killer Frost, which I enjoyed, and Black Canary and Vixen are favorites of mine, so I’m hoping this book can deliver.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Kingpin #1 (Marvel) – Matt Rosenberg has been of the best and most consistent writers lately. He has done some fantastic miniseries, and we get him on a big Marvel ongoing. Finally! With how he wrote the character on the CW2 miniseries, and it being the best thing to happen to that event, my expectations are through the roof for this book. Be excited.

Moonshine #5 (Image Comics) – This has been a solid and underrated book by Azzarello about mobsters, Appalachia, and werewolves. It is such an original tale that has packed an intriguing mystery about city slickers coming to the mountains with booze and blood involved.

Detective Comics #950 (DC Comics) – The oversized anniversary special that is priced at $3.99, that is a beautiful concept everyone should follow. I love this series, and James Tynion IV hasn’t let me down yet. I don’t expect him to anytime soon.

The Unworthy Thor #4 (Marvel) – It’s been so far so good for the return of Jason Aaron writing Odinson, and there’s only a few issues remaining. Will Thor get his original hammer? Or at least the ultimate version? Will he ride off into the sunset and allow Jane to remain the God of Thunder? I suspect a new ongoing. I can’t wait to find out.

The Flash #16 (DC Comics) – Finally the Rogues have returned! Josh Williamson has done a solid job with this series, but now that the Rogues have returned, it’s getting even better.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Ninjak #24 (Valiant) – This is the first time that Ninjak has been my top pick in a long time, if ever. Matt Kindt has always been consistent with his writing on the series, but with the last issue he kicked it up a gear, and I can’t wait to see where he takes us with this issue.

All-Star Batman #7 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder and Jock gave me Batman #44, which remains one of the best issues of Batman I have ever read. Needless to say, I’m excited to get a whole story from these two.

Divinity III: Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – Honestly, this was a toss up between this and Detective Comics #950, with this issue coming out on top because of it’s relation to the main Divinity III miniseries. The more content  I can get from the Stalinverse, the happier I am.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #7 (DC Comics) – An unsung gem in DC’s line up, this darkly funny (whether it’s supposed to be or not) series has become one of the ones I look forward to the most each month.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Black History In Its Own Words (Image Comics) – Ron Wimberly takes us through a look at Black History framed by those who made it. As a white guy with a large gap in my knowledge, I’m looking forward to filling in some of that.

Black #4 (Black Mask Studios) – The series has been an interesting one, and while not perfect, each issue has been thought provoking with a depth not usually found in superhero comics.

Death Be Damned #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Seven outlaws have killed Miranda Coler and her family, but her death turned out to be a little less permanent than they expected. A western tale of revenge is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Divinity III: Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – This latest “event” miniseries from Valiant has been absolutely amazing. Any opportunity to get more about this world, I’m excited.

The Fissure #1 (Vault Comics) – El Sueño, Texas was a single street town withering under the shadow of the Mexico-U.S. Barrier. Then the pavement split, and a massive crack spread from one end to the other, rapidly swallowing El Sueño whole. Young couple Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright fight to escape the mysterious sinkhole and the malevolent force that beckons from its depths. Writer Tim Daniel has kicked ass with these types of stories and this debut from Vault Comics is one I’ve had my eye on for quite some time.

TV Review: The Flash S3E11 Dead or Alive

The Flash Season 2H.R.’s past catches up with him when a bounty hunter comes to Central City to bring him back to Earth-19 to stand trial for his crime.

The Flash is an interesting one introducing a new villain and concept, a bounty hunter to grab H.R. It plays with the concept of multiple Earth’s but, there’s enough plot holes that cause some issues with the overall story. In other words, it’s fun as long as you don’t think too much about it.

Gypsy is the new obstacle to good and she’s around to enforce the rules of H.R. and her’s world. We learn more about where H.R. is from and the reasons for his coming to this new Earth.

Gypsy has similar powers to Vibe which leads to a showdown between the two, which makes the episode a lot about Vibe, but it’s Gypsy’s powers that bothers me. She can create portals at will and knows where H.R. is. Why wouldn’t you just show up, grab him, and then portal out? Wouldn’t that be easier. That issue nagged me the entire time. But, that wouldn’t give Cisco a chance to save the day.

The episode also focuses a bit on Barry attempting to change the future to save Iris. Also, an issue because there’s a villain running around!!! But, focusing on that plot point allows to set up what’s next for the series. The moments are interesting and at the end of the episode it’s clear why there’s a focus in this episode, though with a bigger issue at hand, it feels like it’s stuffed in and not needed.

The episode is just ok with enough problems that I found myself distracted. The solution too feels like something we’ve see before. It’s not bad, we’ve just seen so much better.

Overall Rating: 7.65

Preview: The Flash #15

The Flash #15

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“ROGUES RELOADED” part two! Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Weather Wizard and Heat Wave are back! In part two of this epic heist story, The Flash travels overseas to stop the Rogues from committing the greatest caper of all time! But not everything is as it seems in this international game of cat-and-mouse as the Rogues spring a trap on the unsuspecting hero.

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Around the Tubes

rickmorty-22-marketing_preview-1The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are everyone up to? Sound off in the comments!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – A year of free comics: the mystery of Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover – Free comics!

Newsarama – Do Relaunches Work Anymore? Retailers Talk State of the Business 2017 – What do you think?

Publisher’s Weekly – ‘New York Times’ Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists – Sigh.

The Beat – The stunning reason why the NY Times eliminated comics-related bestseller lists – Not really stunning, but the reason.

Comics Alliance – ‘The Flash’ Brings in ‘King Arthur’ Scribe Joby Harold for Super-Speedy Full Rewrite – Ok…

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Justice League of America: Killer Frost

Nothing But Comics – Rick and Morty #22

The Outhousers – Thunderbolts Vol. 1 There Is No High Road

TV Review: The Flash S3E10 Borrowing Problems from the Future

The Flash Season 2Barry is tormented by his vision of the future where Iris is murdered by Savitar. When a criminal named Plunder shows up in Central City, Barry recalls the villain’s presence in his vision of the future and fears that if he catches Plunder, it will cement Iris’ fate. Confused about Barry’s hesitation to stop Plunder, Wally decides to step in as Kid Flash. Caitlin offers Julian a job.

The Flash returns dealing with the future and introducing Kid Flash to the public. The episode is a fun one continuing to tease the future and debating as to whether it can be changed.

It’s an interesting concept to introduce into the series as we’ve seen Barry change the timeline but we haven’t quite explored whether what we’ve seen to come can be changed. With this type of episode we also get some fun hinting as to what we can expect for future episode such as an attack by Gorilla Grodd at some point. There’s also the future of Caitlin and Julian and whether they’ll turn to evil or if that can be prevented as well.

The episode also deepens the relationship with Barry and Iris as he reveals to her the future that he’s seen. There’s something there that’s entertaining and deepens the relationship in many ways. But, it also puts Iris in the damsel in distress position which is a trope that needs to die a million times. I’d like to see a twist on that trope in some way instead of the saving her, but it’s simplified storytelling as far as that and sticks to a plot aspect that we’ve seen often.

Barry and Wally’s relationship too is explored and Barry stops being as much of a control freak when it comes to Wally. So, while we see the negative when it comes to having to save the girlfriend, there’s also some good story in that we at least get to see Wally step forward much more in this new timeline.

The interactions and debates from everyone is interesting as things get back to being a bit normal in some ways. You almost forget that this is a different timeline than previous seasons and the tone feels a bit more like the first season.

After a break, this episode gets us back into the groove of things and reminds us the fun of the series and how much it stands apart in tone, action, and outlook.

Overall Rating: 7.95

Around the Tubes

monsters_unleashed__1It’s a new week and we’ve got some fun stuff lined up, especially some actions you can take to make the world a little better.

While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

AV Club – NBC developing a new Witchblade TV series – How many liked the original?

NPR – ‘Soviet Daughter’: How A Great-Grandmother’s Diary Became A Graphic Novel – This is a fantastic graphic novel. Go get it!

The Creators Project – An Artist Is Sharing His Mysterious Graphic Novel One Panel at a Time – This is really cool.

Kotaku – Sean Spicer Is A Fan Of Katsucon – I guess that’s one more con we’ll need to go to.

ICv2 – 2017: The Year Fan Cons Spread Their Wings – What conventions are your musts this year?

Newsarama – What Price Is Too High? Comics Retailers Talk Pricing & 2017 State of the Business – What price do you think is too high?

DC Comics – Breaking News: The Flash Musical Episode Gets an Airdate – Can’t wait for this!!!

The Beat – A year of free comics: Astro City #1 and more – Go read this.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Paradox by Phillip Sevy – Go read this too.

The Beat – A year of free comics EXCLUSIVE: read the complete issue Another Castle #1 – And read this.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Hammer Giant Sized Annual

Talking Comics – Monsters Unleashed #1

Talking Comics – WWE #1

Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: The Flash Vol. 1 and Justice League Vol. 1

Three weeks into the new year and three weeks of new comic days! We’ve got two more first volumes to two DC Comics “Rebirth” trade paperbacks!

The Flash Vol. 1: Lightning Strikes Twice collects issues 1-8 and the Rebirth issue by Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico, and Ivan Plascnecia.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machines collects issues 1-5 and the Rebirth issue by Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, and Tomeu Morey.

Find out what each trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores January 11 and bookstores January 18.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.
The Flash Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

Justice League Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology and TFAW

 

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DC Rebirth: Recap And Review For Comics Released 1/11ac

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for
new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

There was a lot of DC books released this week, and while I didn’t get to read all of them, most are covered below.


Action Comics #971 Lex Luthor is about to be tried for crimes that he hasn’t yet committed ac_cv971_dson a distant planet, and Superman has just turned on him, even though Lex is doing is best to fill in a dead Superman’s shoes. Even though this is two or three issues into to the arc, it’s quite Friendly.

All-Star Batman #6 The very nature of this series is such that this could just as easily be a new #1 issue. It’s a Friendly comic that’s frankly amazing.

Detective Comics There’s very little recap needed here, as the comic focuses primarily on Batwoman’s background. Yes, you may need to know that the prisoner in the Bell Tower is her father, and the Colony is a militarized special forces unit that’s modeled on a lethal version of Batman. The Colony is also responsible for the “death” of Tim Drake, although that’s less relevant than you’d think this issue. Friendlier than you’d expect.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12 When a story arc has been as fantastic as this one has, writing a very short recap seems almost insulting… but whatever. Hal Jordan died and went to Lantern Heaven but the White Lantern dude ressurrected him, meanwhile the rest of the Green Lantern Corps were trapped in a shrunken city by the Lantern equivalent of a compulsive hoarder. Working with their traditional enemies, the Sinestro Corps, they escaped, which brings you more or less up to date. Enjoy the Friendly conclusion!

Justice League/Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #1 I just… it’s Friendly for fans of one or both properties, and worth reading (surprisingly).

Justice League Of America: Vixen Rebirth #1 It’s a one shot comic that introduces Vixen to the post Rebirth universe. It’s Friendly enough to do it’s job.

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 We’re at the half way point now in the mini series now, and the easiest way to summarize it for you so that it’s Friendly is this: The League and nsm_cv7_open_order_varthe Squad have been forced to partner to defend the Squad’s prison headquarters from a team of villains.

New Super-Man #7 This comic doesn’t really need a recap, as a lot of the relevant information is given in the opening few pages, which makes this one of DC’s Friendliest comics this week.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #6 As a conclusion to the first arc, this wraps up the story nicely, while also leaving enough to have you coming back  next issue. Although I could summarize the entire arc the only relevant bit to you here is that Black Mask has mind controlled Bizarro through techno mumbo jumbo and has decided to break stuff. Red Hood and Artemis are trying to stop them. While that’ll make the issue Friendly, I urge you to check out the trade when it hits the racks.

Suicide Squad #9 Serving as a prequel to the JL Vs SS miniseries this is a solid issue, but there’s no sense reading it if you’re not following that series unless you’re curious about the Squad before the current roster. For that reason I’m marking this as Unfriendly because it probably won’t get you into the series as a whole.

Supergirl #6 Supergirl’s Kryptonian father has somehow become the cyborg Superman, and he has a plan to save what remains of his people by turning their bodies into cyborgs powered by human life force. Supergirl is understandably less than pleased, but was sg_cv5_dstrapped in space by her father as he attacks her home city. Was trapped. Go grab the Friendly issue for some crazy fight scene fun.

The Flash #14 Kicking off a new story arc with some of the Scarlet Speedster’s more popular villains. Thanks to the introductory pieces of narration at the beginning, this is Friendly enough

Titans #7 An issue where the Titans can take a bit of a break after the chaotic opening arc. Friendly because it allows you to get to know the heroes you may be less familiar with.

Wonder Woman #14 Over the past 13 issues, this has become one of my favourite comic books. Luckily, aside from the fact that Ares has just shown up, and there’s a plot to gas a bunch a targets that we don’t yet know about, you can pick this up without any real idea of what’s going on and just enjoy the Friendly comic.

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