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Review: Teen Titans: Raven

Teen Titans: Raven is the newest graphic novel from DC Ink and it’s absolutely fantastic. The comic delivers a fresh take on the popular character and has us excited to see what comes next.

Story: Kami Garcia
Art: Gabriel Picolo with Jon Sommariva, Emma Kubert
Color: David Calderon
Letters: Tom Napolitano

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Review: Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is not what you expect. While it begins with Bruce Wayne waking up in Arkham Asylum, the story spirals into a journey down the rabbit hole where you question what is reality and what’s not. I’m not sure if what’s presented is real or a hallucination by the end of the first issue.

Scott Snyder teams with long time collaborator Greg Capullo to achieve an impressive feat. Aided by inker Jonathan Glapion, colorist FCO Plascencia, and letterer Tom Napolitano, the debut is a feather in the cap for the DC Black Label imprint.

Snyder delivers a story that’s a wild ride where you go through the mirror into an unexpected experience. With an Elseworlds like feel, the story is fantastic with twists and turns that are fun in some ways. Snyder introduces concepts that’s fresh and new. This is something he’s done so many times before during his time writing Batman. Those concepts also suck you in so you want to see what comes next.

Snyder also has it down as to who Batman and Bruce Wayne are. There’s a drive, a sense of right, that sucks you in and makes you cheer for him. Snyder also continues some concepts introduced in his Batman run. It’s a nice wink and nod to all that Snyder and Capullo have added to the Batman myth.

The art of Batman: The Last Knight on Earth #1 is fantastic but that’s not a surprise considering the creative team. There’s use of the art and character design to help drive the story and world build. Every character introduced and every location has you wondering what happened. In some cases it helps inform you. The details here are key and a prime example of showing, not telling.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 is a wild ride of a debut. I’ll leave you wondering what is real and what’s a hallucination. It’ll also want you to immediately come back for more.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: DC’s Year of the Villain #1

DC's Year of the Villain #1

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one-yet with sinister plans for all.

The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.

For just 25 cents, is there really any reason to not get this comic? Your only excuse is if you think it’ll be give away by your shop for Free Comic Book Day.

DC’s Year of the Villain is a teaser comic featuring three stories and lots of back material setting up major storylines either beginning or already started in various DC Comics. For 25 cents, there really isn’t much to quibble about when it comes to the price and what you get and each story has its strengths and weaknesses.

I myself have paid half attention as to what’s going on in the various series this comic touches upon and was able to follow pretty well what was being set up but overall I’m not sure how much this sampler (not sure if that’s the best description) will suck in a new reader as say a full story comic for Free Comic Book Day. If nothing else, it’s a solid marketing idea that more publishers should try and see how it does.

Doom” by writer Scott Snyder, artist Jim Cheung, colorist Tomeu Morey, and letterer Tom Napolitano focuses on the storyline building over in Justice League as Lex Luthor has been gathering is Legion of Doom.

The story is over the top in its brazen action delivering a Luthor that you have to wonder how he can ever go back to being the industrialist enemy of Superman in the future (though there’ll always be some way for that to happen). The visuals are amazing as Luthor lays out his vision of what must happen to Brainiac delivering an ending that’s shocking and unexpected.

Leviathan” by Brian Michael Bendis, artist Alex Maleev, and letterer Joshua Reed focuses on the ongoing Superman story that has a mysterious organization that’s taking on the “black-ops” like organizations that pervade the DC Universe. Focusing on Batgirl and Green Arrow, the story is interesting in what it hints at and where it eventually goes. Maleev’s art is the draw here and it makes me long for him to draw a Green Arrow series.

Justice” is the third story by writer James Tynion IV, Francis Manapul on art, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. This focus is on the Source Wall storyline that has taken the DC Universe in whole new directions with their cosmic end of things. It’s the end chapter of this trilogy of stories bringing them all together into something rather interesting.

This teaser comic is interesting in that each separate story is just ok but once it’s clear how each ties together it’s something so much more. There’s clearly a lot of thought being put into this upcoming year at DC and it shows within this comic. Not to mention the amount of extra material to get you more interested. The comic also acts as a guide as to what you should read next and what you might want to go back and read.

It’s hard to say overall how good this comic really is. It has me both interested and not in what’s coming and while each individual chapter is interesting none really have me excited for what’s next. Still, for only 25 cents it’s hard to argue to not get it.

Story: Scott Snyder, Brian Michael Bendis, James Tynion IV
Art: Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev, Francis Manapul
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Joshua Reed
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy

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It’s Spies vs. Spy in Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Woman this July

For the first time ever, the Angels meet the Bionic in the crazy 80’s in Charlie’s Angels/Bionic Womanfrom Dynamite Entertainment. Bringing together Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels and Universal’sBionic Woman is a first in comics and a winning crossover event in print.

Charlie gives his Angels an assignment to steal back a patent for its mysterious inventor. The biggest hiccup on the mission is their toughest counterspy yet, literally – Jaime Sommers aka the Bionic Woman. Will the cyborg come out on top against a team of highly trained private investigators or will the tides turn toward a team-up against some greater threat?

Audiences sat at home glued to their TVs watching the thrilling adventures of these detectives, even on the same night for a period. This new series is set within the original series continuity for both shows and takes place after their finales, bringing everyone together in the 1980s. 

Cameron DeOrdio brings his honed writing abilities and love for both franchises to the table, while artist Soo Lee draws these women in her one-of-a-kind style. Colorist Addison Duke and letterer Tom Napolitano round out the team inside the book.

On the outside, a compelling cadre of cover artists include the sensational Cat Staggs, indie darling Jim Mahfood and paperback cover and movie poster legend Ron Lesser.

Charlie's Angels/Bionic Woman #1

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Team Up in a New All-Ages Graphic Novel

Everyone’s favorite mystery solving teens reunite for a peculiar case this June in Dynamite’s all-ages Original Graphic Novel Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults.

Writer Scott Bryan Wilson and artist Bob Solanovic are teaming up with colorist Valentina Briški and letterer Tom Napolitano.

One day all the adults in the town of Bayport seem to just vanish. Poof! Sounds like the perfect scenario for the teenagers in town, right? Lazing on the couch watching TV all day and shoving junk food in your mouth is awesome, until it is not. This sounds like a case for the world’s greatest (high school) detectives – the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew!

This $12.99, 104-page hardcover graphic novel will lead its readers, young and old, through a nonstop mystery solving adventure of pure fun and friendship. The team knows it will take all their wits and cooperation to get their parents and teachers back. Plenty of mishaps will follow, with sibling rivalry, a mysterious skeleton, a koala-in-a-diaper costume, and an unrequited crush…

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults

Preview: Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, Cecil Castellucci, Kyle Higgins, Jeff Loveness, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Kyle Hotz, Elena Casagrande, Max Dunbar, Others (CA) Joelle Jones
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Review: Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

Aquaman faces the truth behind Atlantis’ past and must find a way to reclaim the power of his birthright or watch the floodwaters drown everything he has ever loved! With the world at stake and the Justice League on their last sea legs in their battle against the Ocean Lords, Arthur makes the ultimate sacrifice to return balance to land and sea!

I’ve generally enjoyed “Drowned Earth,” a “summer popcorn movie” in comic form. Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth wraps up the story with an all-out assault against the space gods. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work and generally winds up being rather thin.

Writer Scott Snyder delivers action, there’s a lot of it as Aquaman, Mera, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Flash, are all that stand to stop the end of the world. But, Snyder delivers an ending that is fairly predictable in outcome and moments.

There’s the back and forth between Aquaman and Mera where Aquaman swears there’s another way other than murder. There’s the betrayal. There’s sacrifice. It’s all things we’ve seen before time and time again. While it’s still satisfying in ways, the issue still delivers little that feels new. Even a battle against a giant space kraken is something we’ve seen. But, it does set potentially interesting things up for some of the characters by issue end which Snyder has a talent for. It’s enough that I want to see to see what’s next.

The comic is handled by a rather large art team for its oversized issue. Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, and Scott Godlweski on art, Manapul and Hi-Fi on color, and lettering by Tom Napolitano deliver art that at time is very cool but differing styles are noticeable and frustrating. Both this issue and the previous entry in the event had multiple artists and the switch in styles was noticeable and a negative. The art isn’t bad, there’s just a shift which kills the flow in storytelling. It’s different enough that it’s obvious and feels like you’ve just jammed on the breaks after cruising. You notice it and makes the ride a little less enjoyable. Hopefully this doesn’t become a regular thing but it hasn’t helped what otherwise has been a visually entertaining event.

There’s not much depth here, this is big action popcorn theater. The scenes are over the top and the moments are checked off in predictable ways. The event has been a fun one overall and worth checking out in trade but overall, we’ve seen so much better from everyone involved.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Scott Godlweski
Color: Hi-Fi, Francis Manapul, Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Justice League #11

Justice League #11 is the second part of “Drowned Earth,” the crossover event between the Justice League and Aquaman. Justice League #11 is by Scott Snyder, Francis Manapul, and Tom Napolitano.

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Review: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1

Who are the Ocean Lords? DC’s crossover event officially kicks off with Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 which sees ancient alien gods want to remake the Earth for them.

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 is written by James Tynion IV, with art by Howard Porter, colors by Hi-Fi, and lettering by Tom Napolitano.

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Review: Justice League #10

It’s been leading to this for a bit, “Drowned Earth” begins here, in Justice League #10, with this prelude issue. If you want to read the crossover event between Aquaman and Justice League, this is the issue to start with.

Justice League #10 is by Scott Snyder, Francis Manapul, and Tom Napolitano.

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