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Wonder Woman #750 delivers “a Brave New World” by Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano. Get a First Look.

Wonder Woman #750, on shelves this Wednesday, is an all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! This oversized gem tells tales from Diana’s past and present, along with major implications for the future of DC’s first Super Hero!

With the publication of Wonder Woman #750, DC returns to legacy numbering for Wonder Woman, gives a glimpse into Diana’s distant past, and heads boldly towards the future!

Storytellers contributing to the issue also include Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, legendary Wonder Woman creators Gail Simone, Liam Sharp, Nicola Scott, and Greg Rucka returning to the character, and more! Wonder Woman #750 also features pinup artwork by Ramona Fradon, José Luis Garcia-López, Emanuela Lupacchino, Bilquis Evely, and Travis Moore.

One of those major implications was teased in 2019, that Wonder Woman’s legacy precedes all other Super Heroes in the DCU’s overarching narrative. A hint at what that looks like can be seen in Wonder Woman #750’s “A Brave New World” eight-page story by Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano.

Check out this first look:

Wonder Woman #750

Get a First Look at Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Written by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Chris Burnham (Damian), Marcio Takara (Jason), Dioegenes Neves (Tim), Sumit Kumar (Dick) and David LeFuente (Barbara)
Color by Adriano Lucas, Rex Lokus, and Nathan Fairbairn
Lettering by Travis Lanham and Tom Napolitano
Cover art by Lee Weeks
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
48 pages @ $4.99

Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades—even through the tragic loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents. His death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all…or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest forever.

Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1, with art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Chris Burnham, Marcio Takara, Diogenes Neves, Sumit Kumar and David LaFuente, celebrates the life of one of the most important people in the history of Gotham City, while also addressing questions about what’s next for Batman without Alfred Pennyworth.

Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Get a First Look at Justice League #40 by Rob Venditti and Doug Mahnke

Justice League #40

Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Mahnke and Richard Friend
Color by David Barron
Lettering by Tom Napolitano
Cover art by Bryan Hitch
Variant cardstock cover by Arthur Adams
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 13, 2020

“Invasion of the Supermen” begins with the Eradicator!

A new era of Justice League starts with an unexpected arrival from the stars, bringing a dire warning: a new breed of conquerors is on the march. Led by Superman’s nemesis Eradicator, a genetically engineered, super-powered strike team has come to subjugate Earth.

Justice League is DC’s premier team book,” says writer Rob Venditti, “and we’ll be focusing on exactly that: Team. Teams are powerful, but they’re also messy. Everyone isn’t always on the same page with the same ideas about what’s best for the group. Even more so when the team is made up of the most accomplished superheroes in the world, and they’re tackling world-ending crises. The threats that the Justice League faces will pull from the mythologies of the individual characters and test the team as never before. Both outside and within.”

To aid the Justice League, Batman makes the unprecedented decision of enlisting an ancient, unrivaled power—which calls into question who, exactly, is in charge. With the League on unsure footing, will they be ready to save the world?

“Working with Doug Mahnke is a dream,” continues Venditti. “He’s one of those top-level artists that I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to work with, much less on a book as big as Justice League. His body of work proves that he’s an absolute master of these characters. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Writer Rob Venditti and artists Doug Mahnke, Richard Friend and David Barron join Justice League to launch “Invasion of the Supermen” on February 5th!

Justice League #40

Review: Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1

Blackest Night was one of my first major events reading DC Comics. I was a diehard fan of Green Lantern and the idea of the Black rings and new Corps was something that got me excited to see what would happen. It was a big deal bringing back long-dead characters and delivering some major ones into various Lantern Corps. It was also about hope in many ways. Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 takes that ionic story and delivers a much bleaker take.

Writer Tim Seeley delivers an interesting story that expands upon events and has Sinestro keeping the power of the White Lantern to himself. It’s his selfishness that causes the heroes to lose and Nekron’s undead army to spread. With just a few heroes left, things don’t look good.

Seeley does a solid job of delivering a story that isn’t just a twist on something we’ve seen but instead expands upon it. Where he takes it has ups and downs and an ending I didn’t see coming. He mixes hope and despair and leaves us an ending that feels very Planet of the Apes.

The art by Kyle Hotz is where I think the comic lacks. There’s something about the style that doesn’t click for me. Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, and Danny Miki provide ink. David Baron and Allen Passalqua provide color. Tom Napolitano handles the lettering. While some might like the visual style of the comic, it’s just not my cup of tea. At times what’s presented is too much and not clear. At its heart, this is a zombie tale and you need to mix scares with gore and this doesn’t deliver that because at times it’s hard to tell what’s going on. Add in familiar characters who look like boardwalk caricatures of themselves and the final result just doesn’t work.

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 is the weakest of the line of comics released so far. It’s not bad in any way but it also has enough flaws and yawns the comic is a bit forgettable. There was a lot of potential here and while there’s some original concepts the final result is a bit of a letdown.

It does its best to not fall into the zombie tropes but the comic could have used more of it. There’s also some good in Sinestro’s failures. But add in Lobo, Dove, and Mister Miracle and you’ve got a comic that’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Kyle Hotz
Ink: Dexter Vines, Walden Wong, Danny Miki
Color: David Baron, Allen Passalqua Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Secrets of Sinister House #1

(W) Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Bryan Hill, Dan Watters, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Cian Tormey, Jorge Fornes, Others (CA) John Romita, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween special-because if you do, it’ll haunt you!

Secrets of Sinister House #1

Review: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Celebrate the Halloween season with this anthology of spooky tales featuring DC’s superheroes and villains!

Story: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Robbie Thompson, Dan Watters, John Layman, Paul Dini, Che Grayson, Diego Lucero Lopez, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Tom Raney, Sumit Kumar, Jorge Fornes, Cian Tormey, Miguel Mendonca, Phil Hester, Alessandro Vitti
Color: Dave McCaig, Hi-Fi, John Kalisz, Jordie Bellaire, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Bill Crabtree, Jeromy Cox, Adriano Lucas
Ink: Ande Parks
Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh, Troy Peteri, Steve Wands, Travis Lanham, Dave Sharpe, Andworld Design, Willie Schubert

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Review: Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1

Gotham City Monsters #1 spins out of the current events in the DC concerning Leviathan. S.H.A.D.E. has been destroyed which leaves Frankenstein out on his own but on a mission.

Focusing on the monsters aspect of the DC Universe, the series is set in Monstertown, a neighborhood of Gotham. The concept always seemed a bit odd to me and never quite fleshed out. Writer Steve Orlando uses it as a perfect backdrop giving it some justice though the oddity still stands.

Frankenstein is out to continue the work he did before and in our introduction to him the comic stands out. We get glimpses of interesting as he deals with a living disease that needs to be taken care of. This noir/X-Files type feel stands out in a way that’s different.

Andrew Bennett, Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, and Orca round up the eventual team that will take on Melmoth. The comic features short glimpses as to why they’ll eventually come together. It’s quick and at times entertaining but there’s a lack of something that really hooks you. None of it is bad but there’s a spark that’s missing.

The art by Amancay Nahuelpan is interesting. There’s a somewhat comedic feel at times to it all which belies the horror aspect of the characters. Along with color by Trish Mulvihill and lettering by Tom Napolitano, it all comes together for a design that’s nice and unique but never quite matches the tone of the story. Monsters and horror, the comic could have a much darker look to it all. Instead, we get somewhere inbetween that dark and a standard superhero style. The look, much like the story, never quite clicks.

Gotham City Monsters #1 is an odd one. While the comic itself is entertaining it never quite makes the case as to why it needs to exist. With so many events and such a big story it ties in to, there’s never a real sense of urgency or threat. The tone too in design and story never quite matches the concept both being a little light for what should be more serious. There’s potential here but this may be one to wait for the eventual trade.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Color: Trish Mulvihill Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Returns this November with a Second Graphic Novel

Dynamite has announced the second entry in Pierce Brown‘s Red Rising: Sons of Ares graphic novel trilogy – Volume 2: Wrath!

Creator Pierce Brown returns for this entry, alongside co-writer Rik Hoskin and artist Eli Powell. Toby Cypress contributes another beautiful cover. Rounding out the team are colorist Dee Cunniffe and letterer Tom Napolitano. Brown’s cosmic tapestry expands further in this chapter continuing the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel series. Fitchner’s quest for revenge continues as he and the Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. Though their actions will come with repercussions and a back and forth will evolve into battles and the seeds of revolution.

 The Red Rising saga depicts a future wherein mankind has explored and expanded across the cosmos. The ruling class has established a rigid caste system based on colors to stratify society, with “Golds” at the top. The eponymous first novel follows the tribulations of a Red joining a resistance movement and infiltrating Gold society to dismantle the entire system. The Sons of Ares graphic novels build the foundation for those threads by depicting the beginnings of their titular rebel organization.

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Son of Ares Volume 2: Wrath is slated for release in November 2019.

Pierce Brown's Red Rising Son of Ares Volume 2: Wrath

Review: Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 takes Batman and Joker’s head, deeper into this mysterious world in an attempt to figure out who is responsible. But when villains from his past begin to complicate things for the Dark Knight, he finds an unlikely ally in a place known as “the Plains of Solitude.”

Writer Scott Snyder delivers an interesting but at times confusing issue. Batman’s journey takes him through a world that feels more like something out of a nightmare than an actual post-apocalyptic landscape. Worlds shrink down, trips through the underworld, it all feels too dreamlike in ways. Batman’s journey comes off as set pieces rather than a flowing narrative.

And all of that might be on purpose. Snyder peppers the issue with hints as to who Omega is and I’m still not entirely convinced this isn’t all in Batman’s mind. There’s a lot to keep you guessing on a lot of aspects of the issue.

The art by Greg Capullo is as fantastic as expected. He’s joined by Jonathan Glapion on ink, FCO Plascencia on color, and Tom Napolitano on letters. The team brings Snyder’s nightmarish world to life delivering just enough details to shock and have you linger. There’s a brutality to the action that’ll give you pause and have you staring at the page.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 isn’t a bad issue at all. It’s a chapter in the greater narrative and will fit fine in the end. However, the dreamlike flow of the issue creates a choppy narrative that at times is jarring and others makes no sense. It’s just not as good as the far superior first issue.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Riccardo Federici, Dean White, and Tom Napolitano forge the tale of The Last God with DC Black Label

This October 30, DC delves into a new world of myth, magic and lore in The Last God. The series is from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Riccardo Federici, colorist Dean White, and letterer Tom Napolitano. The story follows a cross-generational quest to kill an evil tyrant king. Known as the Last God, he seeks to destroy the land of Cain Anuun. The 12-issue series begins October 30 being published under DC Black Label.

The creator-owned series answers the question as to DC’s commitment to that aspect of publishing. With the recent announcement of the streamlining of DC’s publishing brands, it was unsure if we’d continue to see such series published by them.

In the announced, Johnson said:

This is a terrifying horror story told in a stunning epic-fantasy world. Set in two different generations, it follows a mighty fellowship of heroes that travels beyond the borders of creation to kill a god, and the next generation, who learn their predecessors aren’t the heroes the world believes them to be.

The series is perfect for fans of D&DGame of ThronesLord of the Rings and Magic: The Gathering, and anyone who enjoys deep-dives into fantasy lore: you will be extremely well-served with The Last God. Stay tuned!

Thirty years ago, a fellowship of legendary adventurers saved their world by slaying the demonic tyrant Mol Uhltep—The Last God. Following his downfall, the realm entered a new age of peace and prosperity. But a generation later, when the leader of the original fellowship dies, their children and successors learn their terrible lie:

The Last God still lives.

A new generation of heroes must unearth the secrets that their parents kept, and set out to finish what was started thirty years before. And this time, they must not fail.

Check out the covers by Kai Carpenter, a map by Jared Blando, and interiors from the art team below.

The Last God
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