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Preview: Nightwing Annual 2021 #1

Nightwing Annual 2021 #1

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Cian Tormey
In Shops: Nov 30, 2021
SRP: $5.99

Dick Grayson and Jason Todd, the first Robins, both long ago stepped out of the shadow of the Bat and began walking very different paths on their respective journeys to become who they are today. But now their paths converge and these two brothers unite for one goal. With escrima stick and a crowbar combined, Nightwing and Red Hood are ready for anything…anything except what they have to face next! Don’t miss out on this explosive adventure!

Nightwing Annual 2021 #1

Preview: Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT – STRANGE THINGS LURK WITHIN THE DARKNESS!
The Earth has been plunged into darkness, and Avengers and X-Men have begun vanishing in the night. They have been taken and twisted by Apocalypse to serve an evil older than the world. A group of heroes will assemble to travel across the dark planet in a desperate attempt to rescue their friends and save a civilization already on its knees.

Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

Review: Dark Ages #3

Dark Ages #3

Tom Taylor has become a master at the “alternate world” storyline. He’s shown time and time again he’s able to take familiar characters, and even somewhat familiar stories and concepts, and mix it all up for something new and entertaining. While these stories could easily just be surface level changes, Taylor constantly surprises with a depth of emotion and moments that are memorable long after being read. His twists are new classic alternate takes and Dark Ages #3 is a perfect example of what he’s able to do.

Dark Ages is a world where technology has failed due to a powerful being that is preventing its use. Electricity is gone and the remaining heroes and villains have banded together in an attempt to rebuild society. While things are generally working, we discovered in the last issue Apocalypse has plans of his own and with the help of Purple Man, enslaved some of the world’s greatest minds to help achieve whatever that is. With help from Mystique Apocalypse has captured Tony Stark to continue whatever he’s up to.

Dark Ages #3 is the fallout from that as our heroes discover Tony has been taken. Debate begins as to what to do and if confrontation with Apocalypse needs to happen. Taylor takes us on a rollercoaster as heroes are corrupted, someone dies, and someone discovers people she thought were dead are not. It’s all these moments together, including a smartass Doctor Doom, that creates an issue that’s a fun read. Dark Ages is popcorn fun and this third issue is a prime example of that.

The art by Iban Coello continues to impress. With color by Brian Reber and lettering by Joe Sabino, the comic looks fantastic. The character designs are great and the details tell so much of the story. This is a world that feels lived in and thought is put into how it all works. We can figure some of that out visually, which just tells more of the story.

Dark Ages #3 is another fantastic issue that has us already wanting more from Taylor twisting the Marvel world. It’s an issue full of moments, exciting, shocking, sad, and funny. It’s a hell of a read that’s enjoyment from cover to cover.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Iban Coello
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 Gets a Second Printing

Following the news that the first four issues of Superman: Son of Kal-El are being reprinted, the fan excitement for the series continues to grow as DC will also be reprinting the milestone fifth issue of the series. If you missed out on ordering the first time, fans can now order a copy of Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 at their local comic book shops by Sunday, November 28 and it will be available on the same day as Superman: Son of Kal-El #6, Tuesday, December 28.

From writer Tom Taylor, artist John Timms, colorist HI-FI and letterer Dave Sharpe, issue #5 of Superman: Son of Kal-El is now available in comic book shops and digital retailers. After initially striking up a friendship with reporter Jay Nakamura, he and Jon become romantically involved in the pages of Superman: Son of Kal-El #5. Following a scene where Superman mentally and physically burns out from trying to save everyone that he can, Jay is there to care for the Man of Steel.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 second printing features a special version of the variant cover originally created by Travis Moore and Tamra Bonvillain for the fifth issue.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 2nd printing

Review: Superman, Son of Kal-El #5

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 shows just how stressful being Superman is (Especially when Bendix hits you with some solar energy.) in a focused story from Tom Taylor, John Timms, and Hi-Fi. Jon Kent think he can save everyone thanks to his little power boost that enhances his strength and speed, but it also increases his stress levels and leads to a kind of superpowered burnout. This is a comic for anyone who has taken on way too much at work or school and just can’t handle it any more as Taylor and Timms zeroes on Jon’s emotions and also set up a little romance with Jay, a journalist and metahuman.

John Timms and Hi-Fi’s visuals drive home how overworked Jon is while Tom Taylor’s plot has Jon Kent flying all over the world and only delegating a single task to a fellow superhero, The Flash, who definitely knows what he’s going through. Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 features several single and double page spreads with darting figures everywhere. There’s one page in particular where Timms and Hi-Fi depict Jon as just a red blur grabbing every citizen of a town in Luxembourg that has been overwhelmed by a flood. However, when Jon is portrayed in close-up, John Timms draws him with dark circle and beads of sweat coming down his face showing that he’s ill, and although he’s bulletproof, he still gets tired. A concept that comes into play throughout the comic is control with Jay and The Aerie finally telling Jon to take a break because people around the world are filming and saying that he can’t control himself.

These reality checks combined with Taylor’s narration for Jon shows how much self-control it takes to be Superman. You can’t just fly around willy-nilly: that shit is for Miracleman or Homelander. He and John Timms are digging into a vein of Superman story that can be great (The ending Superman vs. Darkseid battle in Justice League Unlimited) or not so great (Superman Returns video game). They create tension through Jon having to maintain control of his enhanced abilities and avoiding collateral damage that would directly contradict his mission to save everyone. However, the events of Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 are a wake up call for his youthful idealism and stress the importance of self-care and not filling one’s plate too much. But because Jon Kent’s job involves the difference between life or death, this sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, and the issue wraps up with him again going into action.

The cover of Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 isn’t misleading as Tom Taylor and Timms continue to flesh out the relationship between Jon and Jay. In-story, a big deal isn’t made about Jon’s sexuality: he and Jay have chemistry and an emotional bond so they smooch. It’s refreshing and reads like your standard superhero romantic subplot instead of some kind of Glee-esque very special issue although that’s the kind of media coverage this comic has been getting. (Just saying, Superman being bi would have been a huge deal for me as a queer kid so I’m 100% okay with all the hype and have enjoyed laughing at the ignorant cretins on Fox News and right wing Twitter.) I enjoy the back and forth that Taylor writes for Jon and Jay, and how sensitive Jay is to Jon’s needs giving him noise-canceling headphones so he can take a break from saving the day. Previous comics have laid the ground for their activism-driven approach to superheroics so Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 is really the culmination of everything as they’re ready to fight Bendix in upcoming issues. Also, Hi-Fi’s colors play an underrated part in showing Jon and Jay’s feelings for each other as the studio uses softer lighting compared to Jon’s frenetic flying and superheroing. The vibe for their first kiss is more like a Carly Rae Jepsen live show than a cape book.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 is character, not plot-driven as Tom Taylor, John Timms, and Hi-Fi dig into Jon Kent’s emotions at both work and play. He has great power, but he also has limitations. However, smooching a cute boy and taking some time for self-care will help with that so that Jon is back in action and using his powers in a social justice-tinged way.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: John Timms
Colors: Hi-Fi Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.0 Art:8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Iban Coello
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT – STRANGE THINGS LURK WITHIN THE DARKNESS!
The Earth has been plunged into darkness, and Avengers and X-Men have begun vanishing in the night. They have been taken and twisted by Apocalypse to serve an evil older than the world. A group of heroes will assemble to travel across the dark planet in a desperate attempt to rescue their friends and save a civilization already on its knees.

Dark Ages #3 (of 6)

Preview: Nightwing #86

Nightwing #86

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Robbi Rodriguez

Nightwing and Babs have fought through the fear-stricken Gotham streets, but now their fight takes them to the skies above Gotham, with the Batgirls and Tim Drake (Robin) in tow! Now aboard the Magistrate’s Skybase-01, they have made it their mission to bring the airborne leviathan down, prevent Seer’s disinformation from being broadcast, and save the innocents aboard. But in this paranoia-stricken city, not everyone is who they seem…

Nightwing #86

Preview: Dark Knights of Steel #1

Dark Knights of Steel #1

Art by: Tom Taylor
Written by: Yasmine Putri

An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems…

From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

Dark Knights of Steel #1
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