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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Batgirl Vol. 1 and Cyborg Vol. 1

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got two more volume from DC Comics, the Rebirth launches of Batgirl and Cyborg!

Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside collects issues 1 to 6 by Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque.

Cyborg Vol. 1 The Imitation of Life collects issues 1 to 5 and Cyborg: Rebirth by John Semper Jr., Paul Pelletier, Will Conrad, and Timothy Green II.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores March 22 and bookstores March 28.

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.

Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Cyborg Vol. 1 The Imitation of Life
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW



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Exclusive Preview: Cyborg #4

Cyborg #4

Written by: John Semper, Jr.
Art by: Timothy Green, II
Cover by: Tony Kordos, Paul Pelletier
Variant cover by: Carlos D’Anda

“THE IMITATION OF LIFE” part five! Cyborg loses control of his robotic form when it begins attacking his friends and family at S.T.A.R. Labs. Trapped in a virtual maze of ominous visions and forgotten memories, can Vic Stone hack his way through the cybernetic gauntlet that is his own mind?


Preview: Bloodshot Reborn #17


Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A by TOMAS GIORELLO (JUL162075)
Cover B by BUTCH GUICE (JUL162076)
Cover C by TIMOTHY GREEN II (JUL162077)
Interlocking Variant Cover by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL162078)
Variant Cover by DARICK ROBERTSON (JUL162079)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 28 (FOC – 9/5/16)

Terror by twilight on BLOODSHOT ISLAND!

Trapped in a remote jungle paradise with no hope of escape, Bloodshot has discovered the secret behind the merciless technological monstrosity called Deathmate – and the truth has thrown his entire world into a tailspin of tragedy! But what revelations behind Project Rising Spirit’s horrific creation could bring even Bloodshot to his knees…and forever shatter the spirit of the man known as Ray Garrison?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Moon Knight, Old Man Logan) and blockbuster artist Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) push their bloodstained rumble in the jungle past the point of no return with a shocking chapter that will leave the Valiant Universe reeling for years to come!


Review – Requiem’s Batman Incorporated #9, Teen Titans #18, Nightwing #18 and Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Batman Incorporated #9

batman incorporated #9 coverThe fallout from last month’s shocking turn of events has Batman on the run! Is The Dark Knight a murderer? Batman Inc. is still battling their foe, Leviathan. This is the continuation of the previous issues shocking event. Batman and his allies deal with the death of Robin and getting their collective butts handed to them.

This issue is filled with sorrow. There’s also another death of a Batman Inc. member that has to be dealt with and that’s done as well. But, again, there’s a lack of emotional heft that I’ve felt has been an issue with a lot of the  “Requiem” tie-in comics.

Morrison, in the last issue, gave us what should have been an emotional and shocking moment. Instead, it came off as a stunt in that issue. Here, I’d hope for a melancholy issue full of emotional outpouring. Instead it feels like the regrouping of Batman and his allies after getting their asses handed to them.

There just hasn’t been a reflection that I’ve been hoping for. Face it, this isn’t the first time Batman has gotten a kid killed. You’d think there’d be some more reaction, just based on that.

Much like most of what I’ve read of Morrison’s the story jumps around, almost to the point of choppiness. I know some folks are huge fans, but I’m not one of them. I can only recommend this issue for folks who have been keeping up with the storyline. Definitely not a point for new readers to jump on and find out what’s going on.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham and Jason Masters

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Teen Titans #18

Teen Titans #18 coverUnknown to the Teen Titans, Red Robin’s condition is worsening after the events of “Death of the Family.” And now Red Robin must face an even greater tragedy! The new Dr. Light is coming for Solstice! Guest-starring the Suicide Squad!

Red Robin (was he a Robin? I’m kind of confused) is a close member of the Batman family and here he deals with the death of Damian in some pretty touching scenes. They’re a little by the books, but still touching.

What’s good though is Lobdell uses this death to focus on Red Robin’s mission. He formed the Teen Titans to protect super powered teens. With the death of Damian, he failed. And there’s all the other death’s on his hands. He’s not doing so hot when it comes to his mission.

So, he takes the Teen Titans on a mission to free another teen from Amanda Waller’s prison. That puts them directly in the cross hairs of the Suicide Squad. Lots of fighting ensues and it’s entertaining.

There’s also a nice twist, but that I don’t want to give away.

Overall, the issue feels like a bit of a kick start and mission statement for the series. Nice to see the death of a character lead in a positive direction and used for the narrative good, instead of just shock.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Nightwing #18

Nightwing #18 coverDick Grayson lost so much during “Death of the Family” that some new events are going to push him right over the edge! Nightwing has almost no hope left until the chance for vengeance presents itself. What decisions will he make?

We know there’s some big changes in store for Dick Grayson. With the next issue, he heads to Chicago, so this issue is a bridge between the death of Damian and his new location. It’s a reflection of the past as well as a look towards the future.

The issue feels like it’s an attempt to wrap up some plot points and ghosts haunting Grayson. He still spent time as Batman in the New 52, so he was a partner of Damian’s. The death of his former partner weighs on him, as well as his past role as Robin. And out of all of the characters, his seems to be the most emotional and believable. There is some catharsis and reaction here that totally makes sense. And it’s more than welcome, since it’s missing from a few other issues where it should have been more prevalent.

The issue is solid for another reason, it’s a good jumping on point. There’s some big changes coming for Nightwing, and this is the point new readers can hop on to find out this change’s motivation. It accomplishes two things, allows Nightwing to deal with the past and look towards the future. It’s one of the best of the “Requiem” tie-ins.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Roger Bonet

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18 coverJason Todd suffered terribly at the hands of The Joker in “Death of the Family,” and now he’s changing the Outlaws’ mission! Something is bound to break with all that’s happened…will it be Jason’s soul?

So, did Jason die in the New 52? I stopped reading this series only a few issues in, so not sure what was retconned and which is still events. But, I’m going to assume that Jason was still killed at the hands of the Joker, instead of just being beaten severely.

So, you’d think next to Batman, Jason would be the most affected. Especially since the Joker tortured him a bit more than the rest. The story is two parts. There’s Jason struggling with his torture. The other part deals with Bruce/Batman dealing with the fact he has failed twice now when it comes to Robins.

First, there’s the pseudo issue with the fact this has Batman sitting around a lot when the other issues has him acting a lot and getting his aggression out by beating people up.

Then there’s what’s going on within Jason’s psyche. I really don’t know much about his coming back from the dead and whatever else was referenced in this issue. It’s interesting, but predictable. I’m sure there’s more to it for long time readers and fans.

The issue had a bit of the emotion other issues of “Requiem” has missed. It’s a predictable issue, but a decent read.

Story: Scott Lobdell Art: Timothy Green II

Story: 7.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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Preview – Hypernaturals #2


Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Andres Guinaldo, Brad Walker, Mark Irwin
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Francesco Mattina
COVER B: Timothy Green II
Diamond Code: JUN120901

Long retired members of The Hypernaturals, Bewilder and Thinkwell, must assess the team’s ability to protect earth from the new, mysterious threat that has already decimated their most powerful members. Left with little to choose from but rookies and burn-outs, the Hypernaturals are running out of time… Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, reunite with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY artist Brad Walker.

Preview – Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14

Marvel has provided us with a first look at Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14a Divided We Fall tie-in!

With America still in turmoil from the City’s attack, someone is mysteriously working behind the scenes to keep it that way – but who? Can even the newly reunited team of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor discover the identity of their foe and hold together the country at the same time?

The red-hot creative team of writer Sam Humphries, and artist Billy Tan and Timothy Green II bring you the answers in Ultimate Comics Ultimates #14, assembling in comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comic Shop this August.

FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

Your First Look at Avengers Academy #33 – An Avengers Vs X-Men Tie-In!

Your First Look at AVENGERS ACADEMY #33 – An AVENGERS VS X-MEN Tie-In!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Avengers Academy #33, a tie in to the blockbuster event of the year –  Avengers Vs. X-Men! A Phoenix-powered Emma Frost pays a visit to Avengers Academy with her sights set on the Sentinel that lives with them! Can the students of Avengers Academy team together to save it? Find out as writer Christos Gage and artist Timothy Green II bring you high stakes action in Avengers Academy #33, coming to comic shops everywhere this July.

FOC – 6/25/2012, On Sale – 7/18/2012

Higher Earth #2 Goes to Second Print

When you head to your comic shops this week, make sure to grab a copy of BOOM! StudiosHigher Earth #2.  The second issue is sold out, and it happened 17 days before it’s release today.  A second print is on it’s way.

Written by Sam Humphries with art by Francesco Biagini and Manuel Bracchi the series follows Rex and Heidi who are pursued across timelines by forces from a thousand Earths.  They take refuge in the planet-wide slums of Sunshine Earth 9.  After reading the first issue, I can’t wait for the second.

The second print features a cover by Timothy Green II and Blond with a Diamond order code of APR128386.

Abnett & Lanning Do Cosmic At BOOM!


May 22rd, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Fresh off rave reviews on their Free Comic Book Edition, this July fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning launch HYERNATURALS #1! This summer “DnA” bring their cosmic brand of superheroes to BOOM! Studios with an all-new ongoing series!

Featuring covers by Francesco Mattina (NOVA), Phil Noto (X-23), Timothy Green II (ANNIHILATORS), and Trevor Hairsine (X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS) with interior art by Brad Walker (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and Andres Guinaldo (RESURRECTION MAN), the first issue of this new ongoing series ships in July!

“We are excited and thrilled to be in the DnA business, and it’s clear from the fan reception that they’re doing what they do best,” said BOOM! Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “I’m excited to see where they can take things when the gloves come off in their own storytelling universe, where characters can die, major events can change, and Dan and Andy are unleashed to do their own thing, unfettered by decades of continuity or obligation to trademarks.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about this series,” says Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios. “DnA have built a devoted fan base by being phenomenal storytellers who bring integrity and passion to everything that they do. In THE HYPERNATURALS they truly take the gloves off and craft a breathtaking, original world.”

With the Free Comic Book Day Edition serving as a stand-alone prelude, fans do not need to know anything about THE HYPERNATURALS to access and enjoy this new series!

A universe trembles. It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals – and their novice recruits – to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind Annihilation and The Legion, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier. After reading the Free Comic Book Day Edition, pick up the #1 issue thisJuly!

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning, bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, and GARFIELD. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.


Avengers Vs. Annihilators!

Official Press Release

Avengers Vs. Annihilators!

What has driven the Annihilators to attack Earth’s Mightiest? Find out at Marvel.com.

Variant Cover by BILLY TAN
Rated T+ …$3.99


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