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Preview: The Flash #44

The Flash #44

Story: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Color: Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia
Variant Cover: David Finch, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Editor: Rebecca Taylor
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?

Preview: The Flash #43

The Flash #43

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part five! With the Flash Family hot on his heels, Barry takes the fight to Grodd. If he’s going to survive, he’ll need to steal his powers back and stop Grodd by any means necessary!

DC Rebirth Roundup: March 7th’s Comics

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 pick 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.


 

HJGLC_Cv40Action Comics #999 Almost a filler story until the huge milestone coming up, but it’s not completely worthless as it ties up a few loose ends and resets Lois’ relationship with her father. Friendly enough at the end of the day, but I’d hold out till next issue at this point. 6/10

Detective Comics #976 Batwoman killed Clayface to save the lives of innocent people and subsequently joined The Colony as the fallout of her actions rippled through the Bat Family. This issue picks up with a new arc that’s still leaning heavily on past issues but is Friendly nonetheless. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40 Hal and Kyle Raynor were sent to investigate a planet for a relatively unrelated reason only to find that Zod and his family had conquered it. They fought the Kryptonians, lost, and were captured. Their rings were removed for study. Hal’s ring, being made from his own will, broke confinement andHal made Kyle use it to escape and get reinforcements (who left on an unscheduled and unsanctioned rescue mission). Prepare yourself for the might of Krypton and a lot of Green in this Friendly action packed issue. 8/10

New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #21 The JLC have come face to face with a young man escaping from North Korea on the back of giant freaking crabs. It’s awesome (and Friendly). 7.5/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #20 Bizarro is using some kind of green stuff to remain super intelligent, and the Outlaws are beginning to suspect that the genius who has helped them eliminate crime is keeping a secret… 7/10 (Yeah, since you asked, TNS_Cv21it’s Friendly).

Suicide Squad #36 I missed the last issue, I think, but this one is still relatively Friendly6.75/10

The Flash #42 Uh…. dear lord this is a pile of turd. I really don’t want you to read this because it’s awful, but if you must…. Grodd has stolen Barry Allen’s powers and he’s believes that nobody but him can save the day despite there being three other Flashes in the area. The are is sub par as well. 2/10

Titans #21 I may have forgotten most of last issue, but Roy Harper was given drugs (he wasn’t aware of it until afterwards), and is trying to save the world but isn’t having much luck with people believing him. This issue is kinda Friendly, and has a really cool fight scene. 7.25/10

Wonder Woman #42 I’d give you a recap, but the series has taken a turn for the worse, and I either didn’t read the last issue or I don’t remember it. Either way, this is kinda Friendly, but quite miss-able. 5/10

Preview: The Flash #42

The Flash #42

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Dan Panosian
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Variant Cover: David Finch, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Color: Hi-Fi Letterer: Steve Wands
Group Editor: Marie Javins Editor: Rebecca Taylor Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part four! The Flash teams up with an unlikely ally as the fight for Central City rages on. Meanwhile, Grodd sinks his telepathic teeth into the Flash Family as he tries to finish Barry Allen once and for all!

DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 27th’s Comics

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 pick 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.


BLUE_Cv18Action Comics #998 Just wait to the next issue. you’ll thank me for it.

Batgirl #20 Penguin and his son, Darksun, have hijacked some satellites. The weather also isn’t ideal. As far as comics go, this is Friendly enough to hop into, and it’s not half bad, either. 6/10

Blue Beetle #18 As a one shot story, you really can’t go wrong with a comic that successfully introduces you to the hero, the mentor and the supporting cast while simultaneously telling a compelling and fun superhero story. Blue Beetle #18 is fun, Friendly and well worth checking out. 8/10

Detective Comics #975 Batwoman shot and killed Clayface because she thought he was about to go all super psycho and kill Orphan. Needless to say, that doesn’t sit well with the Bat-family. The Trial Of Batwoman is a Friendly, and dialogue heavy comic. 7.5/10

Justice League Of America #25 I’ve missed a few issues in this series, but picked this up largely due to the fact it was the first part of a new arc, however alas it’s not the most accessible (meaning that it’s Unfriendly). It’s also not worth reading. 4/10

The Flash #41 Gorilla Grodd has stolen Barry Allen’s Speed Force and frozen time in Central City, which means it’s time for Wally West to step up to the plate and save the day. The issue is sorta Friendly, but whether it’s worth reading is another matter. 5/10

Teen Titans #17 The first part of a new arc. Is it an easy to pick up issue? It is indeed a Friendly one, but it’s just not great. 6/10

Wonder Woman #41 The first part of a new arc, which is generally the safest place to jump on board with any DC series at this point, And this one is probably Friendly, but being honest I couldn’t make it through through this pile of drivel. Friendly or not, this really isn’t worth your time. 4/10

Preview: The Flash #41

The Flash #41

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Carlos D’Anda
Colors: Luis Guerrero Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Group Editor: Marie Javins Editor: Rebecca Taylor Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part three! The Flash has lost what he prizes most of all and must call in an old ally to protect Central City while he sets out to get it back…Wally West! But with a new Flash protecting his city, will Barry be willing to cross lines he never crossed before?

DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 21st’s Comics

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 pick 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.


 

AQM_Cv33Aquaman #33 Although this is a brilliant story, the issue here isn’t the best place to jump in. Mera is dying, but has been nominated for queen of Atlantis. But in order to save her the presumed dead Arthur Curry, under the guise of the Aquaman, must mount a near suicide mission to destroy some magical whammy jammy thing. Bordering on the Unfriendly side of things, this is still a great comic. 8.75/10

Batman #41 Well… I mean it’s the start of a new arc that finds Batman and Catwoman together (they’re engaged now).  But the issue is… not exactly worth reading. 4/10

Batwoman #12 I don’t remember the last issue, but this one will catch you up with the story. It’s Friendly, and a solid read. 7/10

Green Lanterns #41 The Lanterns are working on a case that is basically spelled out on the cover. A Friendly comic that doesn’t need a recap. 7/75/10

Nightwing #39 Tells the origin of the Judge, the man with whom Nightwing shares a rather long history that boils down to “I failed to catch him.” Although more of an Unfriendly issue than not, Nightwing #39 is still a good read. 7/10

Superman #41 A two part arc that finds Superman and Superboy on a planet about to explode, with a race of people waiting for the inevitable end with a religious fervor. Only one among them wants to live, but a slightly depowered Superman wants to save them all… a Friendly comic that has more layers to it than is initially apparent. 8/10

Super Sons #13 You probably know by the logo who the two Super Sons are, and seeing as how this is the first part of a new arc, you’ll find it’s as Friendly a place as any to begin your journey with these two. 8.5/10

DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 14th’s Comics

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 pick 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_Cv974Action Comics #977 Superman recaps his own story pretty well, but what isn’t explained is that Lois Lane has gone to rescue her father from a firing squad in a hostile country where the US military aren’t able to go. Oh, and Superboy is with her. It’s a ridiculous concept, but Friendly nonetheless. 6.5/10

Detective Comics #974 Batwoman just killed Clayface, who was trying to reform himself (and currently failing thanks to the machinations of the Victim Syndicate). This issue deals with the aftermath of that fateful action, but is still Friendly  enough to pick up. 7.8/10

The Flash #40 Grodd is back and wants the Speed Force. A bunch of people are trying to help Grodd against the Flash, and shit is hitting the fan. The comic is frenetic, yet Friendly, and worth reading. 7.7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38 Hal Jordan and Kyle Raynor were sent to a planet to investigate an illegal mining operation, and found that Zod and his family were responsible. Then they got their asses handed to them. The comic is Friendly, and quite an interesting read, 7/10

New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #20 The newly renamed series kicks off a new era in the team’s career as they face off against a new threat. It’s as Friendly a place to start as you’re going to get now, and it is worth picking up if you’re half interested in the series. 7.8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #19 Bizarro has developed a super intelligence level after he died and was resurrected – but have Red Hood and Atemis noticed? Read this Friendly-ish comic and find out. 7/10

Suicide Squad #35 The first part in a new arc is as Friendly a starting point as you’re likely to find. 7/10

Titans #20 The Titans have disbanded, and Roy Harper is going against Intergang alone (accidentally) as he works to eliminate a drug supply chain. A Friendly issue that follows the teams as they live their separate lives. 7.7/10

Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman and her newly discovered brother have just come off slightly worse for wear against the Silver Siren, a former friend of Diana. As a concluding part of the story this is still accessible enough for you to pick up and enjoy

Preview: The Flash #40

The Flash #40

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“PERFECT STORM” part two! Gorilla Grodd is after Central City’s Speed Force, and The Flash is on the run! But the one thing Barry Allen can’t outrun is the truth…and his nemesis knows a terrible secret about the Fastest Man Alive.

DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 31st’s Comics

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 pick 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_ANN_Cv1Deathstroke Annual #1 Leaning heavily on the previous events in the series, this isn’t the easiest annual to just pick up and read, but it does give you a sense of where the series is at currently, so in that sense it’s almost Friendly6.7/10

Detective Comics Annual #1 The origin of Clayface (re)told! This issue is very Friendly for new readers, and is also perhaps the best comic DC have put out all week. Exploring the tragic fall of Basil Karlo as he transforms into the monster Clayface, Batman is seldom seen here, instead becoming a bogeyman in the dark as we watch a man turn into a monster. 8.7/10

The Flash Annual #1 Wally West (the red headed Wally) was lost in the timeline for the entirety of the New 52, and now he’s back – but the world doesn’t remember him. This annual focuses a little on the fallout of a previous story in The Flash, but there’s no recap needed as the relevant details are all included. The annual itself tends to center around Wally West’s journey and sets the character up for the next year or two (or more) with some cool Speed Force moments to quench your thirst for Flash action. Yes, this is Friendly, and it’s also worth checking out if you’re interested in the Scarlet Speedster. 8/10

SLNCR_Cv1Harley Quinn #36 It has been a long time since I read this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but once you figure out that Harley has somehow been infected by the Man-Bat serum, you’ll find this Friendly enough if you do want to read it. I was reminded of why I haven’t missed the series, however. 5/10

The Silencer #1 A new character from the events of Dark Nights Metal, and thus no recap necessary (I say that because I have no idea where the original appearance for the character is – it could well be this issue for all I know). The comic’s Friendly, though with little obvious to tie in with Dark Nights Metal. Worth a read if you enjoy John Romita Jr’s art. 7/10


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

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