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DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/8

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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


DTC_Cv968_dsAction Comics #991 Mr Oz. is actually Jor El, and he wants to take the Kents off Earth so they can live in a place that deserves them. Clark is less than enthused as he battles against Oz’s plans to ruin the world through the worst of humanity, but Jon is tempted… This is a relatively Friendly issue, but it’s not the best you’ll ever read. 6.5/10

Batgirl and the Birds Of Prey #16 In a perfect case of not judging a book by it’s cover… this Friendly book is a very interesting read – especially in today’s climate – that looks at toxic masculinity through some decidedly comic book lenses that almost work. 7/10

Detective Comics #968 So there’s a Batman from the future trying to kill Batwoman to prevent his future from happening. Future Batman is Tim Drake, and Present Tim is back and trying to stop his future….. look this sounds unFriendly, but it’s not. Not really. 7/10

The Flash#34 The first part of a new arc, aaaaaaaaand it’s Friendly. Flash has somehow gained the Negative Speed Force (I don’t remember how, and it’s not relevant here), and…. the rest basically revolved around an evil speedster called Godspeed who would steal the powers of other speedsters. 6/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 features a Dark Knights Metal tie-in. Not the best time to start reading the series.

Justice League of America #18 Part one of a new arc that finds the JLA facing off against Prometheus. The first part is quite Friendly, all things considered, and as a  set up for the story to come it isn’t too bad, but it won’t set you world on fire either. 6/10

New Super-Man #17 Despite remembering very little about the previous issue, I found this to be quite Friendly, all things considered. Quality wise the comic isn’t too bad – just nothing overly spectacular. 6.25/10

REDHOTO_Cv16_dsRed Hood and the Outlaws #16 The Outlaws were recently captured by Batwoman her team of heroes in Gotham, despite their mission to fight Gotham’s underworld undercover (which the Outlaws haven’t shared with many people other than Batman). The issue opens with the Outlaws having been dropped off where super criminals typically are, and it’s pretty Friendly, although not the strongest entry in the series. 7/10

Superwoman #16 The unfortunate thing with this series is that I really don’t care about it – or for it – so I tend to not read it more often than not. So while there’s no recap here, the comic is kinda Friendly… but I’m still waiting for an issue to get excited over 6/10

Wonder Woman #34 Darksied’s daughter is hunting the children of Zeus in order to give their life essence to her father in order to restore him from his current childlike age. Her next target? Wonder Woman’s brother. No, you read that right. Wonder Woman has a brother, and this is a Friendly comic. 6.25/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow Co-Creator/Executive Producer Suspended Over Allegations

Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended from his duties over allegations of sexual harassment. Kreisberg is a co-creator/executive producer of the The CW/Warner Bros. DC Comics based series The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow. Warner Bros. Television has launched an internal investigation.

In a statement, Warner Bros. TV Group said:

We have recently been made aware of allegations of misconduct against Andrew Kreisberg. We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation.  We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.

Kreisberg has been a top staffer for Greg Berlanti who oversees The CW DC universe and is primarily the showrunner on The Flash.

Berlanti Productions principals Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter released a statement:

We were recently made aware of some deeply troubling allegations regarding one of our showrunners. We have been encouraging and fully cooperating with the investigation into this by Warner Bros.

There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of our cast, crew, writers, producers and any staff. We do not tolerate harassment and are committed to doing everything we can to make an environment that’s safe to work in and safe to speak up about if it isn’t.

The investigation revolves on some accusations including what’s described as an “inappropriate” interaction with a female writer and “hostile work environment.” The situation has also been called a “toxic” environment. Another complaint cited “inappropriate behavior” by Kreisberg.

(via Deadline)

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 11/1

BLCDH _Cv1_dsWelcome 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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


Batman #34 Batman and Catwoman are in the desert to pry open some secret of the Justice League’s, whilst Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin are in Wayne Manor wondering what the hell their mentor is up against (note – Talia Al Ghul is a distinct possibility according to Damian). This issue is a solid jumping on point (perhaps more so if you BM_Cv34_dsdidn’t read the last one, or don’t remember it as well as you thought), and the almost issue long fight scene is very well done. Batman #34 gets a Friendly 7.75/10. 

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature; and, as it’s a first issue there’s no recap (plus I also know next to nothing about the character). That being said, if you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll find this Friendly – and a very good read. 8.5/10

Cyborg #18 The Aftermath to Singularity seems to have been going on for several issues now, and it’s not exactly the easiest story to explain – or get into. But you don’t need to really worry about that because this issue is basically a condensed wrap up that will bore you to tears. Technically Friendly, but not worth your time. 3/10

Deadman #1 As this is the first of  six issue mini, this week will be the only appearance this comic will make in this feature (sound familiar?)/ Once again, my lack of knowledge on the character and the fact it’s a first issue means there’s no recap. That being said… unlike Black Lightning this comic is not the easiest to get into. As an introduction to Deadman it’s Unfriendly and as a story it’s better skipped. 5.75/10

Deathstroke #25 Slade Wilson is trying to become a hero and has founded a team of young heroes called Defiance, but in typical Deathstroke fashion he’s charging for his teams heroic deeds… and only choosing certain missions. The way the stories are told in this series don’t always lend to the best jumping on points – honestly you’re better off GA_Cv34_dsaiming to pick up the trades than the floppies at this point – but the comics are still very good regardless.

Green Arrow #34 After being framed for murder, and with his trial looming, Ollie Queen is desperate to find some evidence to clear his name that isn’t the psychologically broken women he’s accused of murdering because he doesn’t want to hurt her any more than she has been already. This comic does have a substory that goes back several issues regarding Diggle saving Merlyn, but anything relevant from said substory you can pick up along the way. Green Arrow #34 earns a Friendly 8/10.

Green Lanterns #34 There is a recap here, but seeing as how the Lanterns give you pretty much exactly what I was going to say, let’s just mark this as Friendly, shall we? 7/10

Justice League #32 As this is a Dark Nights: Metal tie in issue it isn’t the best place to jump into the series – although it is an enjoyable read.

Nightwing #32 Raptor, a man from Dick’s past with villainous intentions masquerading behind a barely heroic exterior, has appeared at Dick’s day job, that of a black jack dealer in Blockbuster’s casino  (that bit’s not really relative other than to say Dick’s keeping tabs on the mobster). This Friendly issue gives you a bit of background on Raptor while a group of former villains try to stop another villain. 7.5/10

Superman #34 Superman, Superboy and Lois Lane have been boom-tubed to Apokolips and were separated upon arrival. Lex Luthor was also taken from his home so that he can fulfill a prophecy and take the throne of Apokolips. Superman #34 is more or less a Friendly comic, and it’s not a half bad read, either. 6.75/10


 

That wraps up this week, folks. Next week we’ll be taking a look at the comics released tomorrow – so until next time, have a good week!

Diamond Select Toys Coming in 2018: Pacific Rim Uprising, Kingdom Hearts and Justice League!

It’s November, which means the new Previews catalog is in comic shops! With several big blockbusters on the horizon, Diamond Select Toys is offering a dozen new items that will ship in the first half of 2018, based on new movies like Justice League and Pacific Rim: Uprising, but also venerated video games like Kingdom Hearts, timeless cartoons like Justice League and Batman Beyond, and current comics and TV shows from Marvel! Read on for details, then reserve yours at your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!

Batman Beyond Version 2 Animated Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Our first Batman Beyond bust did so well that we’re revisiting the hero in an all-new sculpt! This action-packed interpretation of Terry McGinnis, the Batman of a future Gotham City, shows him with his wings extended, preparing to hurl a Batarang! This approximately 6-inch resin bust is posed atop a building base capturing the architecture of Neo-Gotham, and is limited to an edition of only 3,000 pieces. It comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV172427, SRP: $59.99)

DC Gallery Justice League Movie PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys release! How big is your gallery? The biggest DC movie so far has inspired a movie-based expansion to our DC Gallery line, starting with these five PVC Dioramas! Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash lead the charge in five dynamic sculptures, each depicting the hero prepared to charge into the fray. Sculpted in approximately 9” scale, each PVC diorama features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! Coming soon: Wonder Woman!

Aquaman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172421, SRP: $45.00)

Batman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172422, SRP: $45.00)

Cyborg PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172423, SRP: $45.00)

The Flash PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172424, SRP: $45.00)

Superman PVC Diorama (Item #NOV172425, SRP: $45.00)

Justice League Animated Wonder Woman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Complete the League! Between the Batman, Superman and Justice League lines, Diamond Select Toys has released all of the members of the original animated Justice League except one, and now it’s time for the crown jewel in the tiara! Wonder Woman completes the league with this approximately 6-inch resin bust, posed atop a section of the Justice League’s Watchtower satellite. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, this bust comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV172426, SRP: $59.99)

Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the most popular video game franchises of all time is joining the Minimates family! The 2-inch mini-figure line that brought fans the highly popular Nightmare Before Christmas series will jump back into the world of Disney, with three new two-packs: Sora with Donald, Mickey with Goofy, and Space Paranoids Donald with Tron! Each mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and 14 points of articulation, as well as character-appropriate accessories, including Keyblades, identity discs and more! Each 2-pack comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #NOV172432, SRP: $9.99 each.)

Marvel Gallery X-23 Wolverine PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s the best there is at what she does, and she gets it from her dad’s side! The all-new Wolverine (formerly X-23, now just Laura Kinney) is the newest entry in the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas. Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this detailed sculpture is made of high-quality PVC, and features collectible-quality paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box.

Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! (Item #NOV172443, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 75 Defenders Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Marvel Minimates line has reached its 75th assortment! That’s 15 years of mini-figures, each assortment featuring characters and costumes available exclusively at comic book shops! While DST has made nearly 400 different Marvel characters over the years, for the landmark Series 75 DST chose to revisit the street-level world of the Defenders, whose comic relaunch recently topped the sales charts. The team’s new costumes highlight this assortment, which pairs Luke Cage with Iron Fist, Daredevil with Ghost Rider (the first Robbie Reyes Minimate!), Punisher with Moon Knight, and Jessica Jones with the Purple Man (his first comic-style Minimate!). Plus, this series features the first-ever Minimates build-a-figure! Collect all four sets to build a full-sized Minimate of SHIELD agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake! Each 2-inch mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, and each two-pack comes in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV172445, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Gallery Netflix Iron Fist PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! He is the Immortal Iron Fist! The fourth member of the Defenders on Netflix joins the Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas, completing the team of crimefighters! This approximately 9-inch sculpture depicts Danny Rand, defender of K’Un Lun, atop a New York City rooftop, brandishing his glowing fist. Made of high-grade plastic, this sculpture features collectible-quality paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #NOV172444, SRP: $45.00)

Pacific Rim Uprising Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to return to Pacific Rim! With a sequel to the fan-favorite mechs-vs.-monsters movie headed to theaters in early 2018, DST is preparing for the apocalypse with a line of action figures depicting the film’s all-new Jaeger robots! Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena and Bracer Phoenix make up Series 1, each with a full range of articulation and each packaged in the famous Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. These specialty-exclusive versions include weapons and accessories not available at any other retailer! Don’t let the kaiju onslaught take you by surprise! Sculpted by BigShot ToyWorks! (Item #NOV172420, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

TV Review: The Flash S4E4 Elongated Journey Into Night

Cisco is shocked when Gypsy’s father shows up and takes an immediate disliking to Cisco; Barry runs into Ralph Dibny, his former nemesis.

The Flash has a lot going for it in this episode that sees a new classic character brought into the live action DC Universe and an interesting character in Gypsy’s father.

Danny Trejo is Breacher, Gypsy’s father and when things are going really well, ahem, between Gypsy and Cisco he shows up. Sadly, the episode only really uses him for most of the episode in a protective father sort of way. It’s a bit of a waste of Trejo, but to get any Trejo is awesome. And, he’s a lot of fun. There’s some solid back and forth between Breacher and Cisco and the episode features an entertaining running joke about their real names. It’s a fun aspect of the episode and gives Cisco something to do and sets Breacher up for something towards the end.

The episode really focuses on Ralph Dibny who comic readers will know as Elongated Man. The show has him as the latest Meta to be discovered and plays with his stretching ability to some entertaining results. The special fx are ok for television but slightly behind some of what this show has displayed before. There’s a lot of it and the jokes are delivered mainly through it. The biggest issue though is that Dibny is not very likeable. He’s not someone you want to see get ahead and wind up on the good side of things. That negative vibe just doesn’t go over well and gives the episode an odd feeling about it all.

It’s not a bad episode though and adds yet another classic character to the live action universe and does so in a way that will see him around for some time to come. While everything doesn’t land, it’s generally a fun episode that has interesting moments and understands its strength is in its new stretchy character.

Overall Rating: 7.65

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/25

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. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. 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.


 

DETECTIVE COMICS #967Action Comics #990 The conclusion of an arc that reintroduced Jor El to the DCU, revealing his identity as Mr. Oz, and saw Superman’s father try to tempt the Kents to live on a world that deserves them. When Clark hesitated, Jor El turned to his grandson – Jonathon Kent! This isn’t really an Unfriendly issue, but then nothing interesting happens here either. 6/10

Batman Beyond #13 has a lot going on this issue, which unfortunately leaves this issue quite Unfriendly. It’s also not great, either. 6/10

Detective Comics #967 Last issue we saw Future Batman in the present to try and prevent something after Future Batman was locked up with Red Robin (who wasn’t dead even though everybody thought he was) in a timeless prison of Mr. Oz’s. Oh, Future Batman is an unrepentant killer who is really Future Tim Drake, and who is also after Batwoman for some reason. Last issue Future Batman gave Red Robin  pretty severe electric shock. That probably doesn’t sound like the ideal place to jump on board, but strangely enough this is almost Friendly. 7.75/10

Batgirl #16 I’ve missed the last couple of issues of this series so I can’t give you a recap, but the dual story lines combine to form an overall Friendly issue as the past helps to explain the present. 6.75/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31 Hal has been sent to Earth to find Parallax who may or may not be possessing Superman after a recent appearance in Action Comics. After a brief scuffle with Superman, Hal Jordan realizes that he’s seeing things courtesy of some giant headed telepathic dude who desperately wants Hal Jordan’s help. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31 is both very enjoyable and BG_Cv16_dsreally quite Friendly8/10

Justice League Of America #17 Half the JLA is saving the microverse (and by extension the universe). This isn’t bad, but it’d be borderline Friendly if this was your jumping on point. 6.25/10

Suicide Squad #28 While half of the Squad are on an abandoned space station with Rick Flagg’s grandfather, the other half are stranded on Earth. The amount of exposition in this issue makes it Friendly, and the action and humorous touches makes it enjoyable. 7/10

The Flash #33 As this is a Dark Nights Metal tie in that continues over to the next Justice League as a jumping on point for The Flash this is quite Unfriendly. Otherwise a solid issue. 6.75

Teen Titans #13 After recent events had Damian fire Kid Flash the team feels as though there’s a hole in the Teen Titans. This Friendly comic isn’t a bad jumping on point by any means. 7/10

Wonder Woman #33 I don’t honestly remember the last issue or two so there’s no real recap I can give you (honestly I’ve care less about the series since the previous writer left), but the comic is Friendy enough. 6.5/10

Preview: The Flash #33

The Flash #33

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Howard Porter (CA) Ethan Van Sciver
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BATS OUT OF HELL” part one! After the harrowing events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3, the JUSTICE LEAGUE has scattered around the world to find the only artifacts that can fight back against the invasion of the Dark Multiverse. The League thinks they know how to take back their world, but they are not prepared for who is standing in their way. The Seven Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse. All the brilliance of Batman, but none of the morals. Barry Allen, The Fastest Man Alive, is the first to get a taste of their plan, as BATMAN: THE RED DEATH takes him on at the Fortress of Solitude.

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