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Preview: Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Ed Brubaker, Paul Dini, Tom King, Ann Nocenti, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, Others (A) Cameron Stewart, Mikel Janin, Adam Hughes, Emanuela Lupacchino, Steve Rude, Jim Balent, Tula Lotay (CA) Joëlle Jones
In Shops: Jun 03, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Our gal Catwoman is turning 80 next year (and looking very good, if we meow say), and DC is celebrating with nothing less than with a huge soiree, invite only, packed with creators who mean the most to her and to whom she means the most! Stories featured in this 100-page spectacular include a tail-sorry, tale-that takes place at the end of the Brubaker/Stewart Catwoman run, in honor of artist Darwyn Cooke. Plus, Catwoman is caught by an exotic cat collector, runs into a wannabe thief trying to prove himself as her apprentice, encounters a mystery involving memorabilia from alternate continuities, and of course some Bat/Cat fun.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Catwoman Celebrates 80 Years with a 100-Page Super Spectacular in April

DC’s feline fatale celebrates an 80th anniversary this year, and that calls for a grand soiree, invite only, attended by some of comics’ top creators! Stock up on both catnip and champagne! 

Since the character first appeared alongside Batman in 1940’s Batman #1, Catwoman has become an icon to millions of comic book fans. The undeniable magnetism between Batman and Catwoman has been one of comics’ most reliable constants: wherever Catwoman goes, Batman is sure to follow, if only to take her down. As deadly as she is beautiful, infamous cat burglar Selina Kyle uses her nine lives to walk the razor’s edge between light and darkness in Gotham City.

On April 15, 2020, DC will celebrate Catwoman’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one-shot, Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. Featuring a cover by series writer/artist Joëlle Jones, this must-have tribute comic includes stories by Ed Brubaker, Cameron Stewart, Paul Dini, Ann Nocenti, Adam Hughes, Tom King, Mikel Janín, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer, and Emanuela Lupacchino, as well as pinups by Steve Rude, Tula Lotay, Jim Balent, and others.

In a story that expands their monumental run, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Cameron Stewart will reprise their Catwoman collaboration with a new 12-page story, “The Art of Picking a Lock,” that takes place near end of their original dynamic story line that started with iconic storyteller Darwyn Cooke. And no stranger himself to writing dangerous antiheroes, Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini debuts a new character for Selina Kyle’s anniversary in a story about an exotic cat taxidermist who intends to add Catwoman to their collection!

Cameron Stewart has teased a bit of his contribution with Ed Brubaker.

In addition to Jones’s dynamic cover, fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Catwoman throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premier artists:

  • 1940s variant cover by Adam Hughes 
  • 1950s variant cover by Travis Charest 
  • 1960s variant cover by J. Scott Campbell 
  • 1970s variant cover by Frank Cho
  • 1980s variant cover by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau
  • 1990s variant cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto 
  • 2000s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams 
  • 2010s variant cover by Jeehyung Lee

The Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comics retailers and digital retailers on April 15, 2020.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Preview: The Librarians #4

The Librarians #4

writer: Will Pfeifer
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Karl Moline (A), Ezekiel Jones Photo Variant (B)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

FINAL ISSUE! As the full-scale invasion from the magic-powered timeline threatens the entire world, The Librarians scour the Earth in search of the ancient artifact that can prevent civilization from being wiped out. But with unstoppable armies wreaking havoc across the globe, is it already too late?

Preview: The Librarians #3

The Librarians #3

writer: Will Pfeifer
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Karl Moline (A), Jake Stone Photo Variant (B)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Hot on the trail of the sudden abduction of cult film director Sol Schick by his suddenly powerful assistant Orson Orville, the Librarians uncover the shocking secret behind the mystery they’ve been trying to uncover: In an alternate timeline where magic is used as a global weapon, a group of all-powerful wizards have set their eyes on our Earth — and the invasion is about to begin.

Preview: The Librarians #2

The Librarians #2

writer: Will Pfeifer
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Karl Moline (A)
Cassandra Cillian Photo Variant (B)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

As the Librarians burst into the penthouse apartment of murdered movie maker Solomon Schick, they discover the startling secret behind his violent “death.” What’s more, they discover the truth behind “Quarry: Bigfoot,” “Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above” and other Schick Classics might be more complex that they ever suspected.

Preview: The Librarians #1

The Librarians #1

writer: Will Pfeifer
artist: Rodney Buchemi
covers: Karl Moline (A), Eve Baird Photo Variant (B), Group Photo Variant (RI)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

Way back in the swinging ‘70s, movie producer Sol Schick was the guy behind such cheesy classics as “Quarry: Bigfoot!,” Noah’s Ark: Found at Last!” and “Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above.” But when he’s murdered – at a film festival! – with a piece of Noah’s Ark! – THE LIBRARIANS are drawn into the mystery. Can their combination of special skills, obsessive curiosity and knowledge of forgotten lore figure out who – or what – spelled doom for Schick? And as they delve deeper into his past, is it possible that things are not as they seem and that all his crazy, wild movie…were telling the truth?

Dynamite Reveals the Librarians Comic Creative Team

Writer Will Pfeifer and artist Rodney Buchemi have been confirmed as the creative team to bring the magical and mysterious world of the hit TNT television series The Librarians to the pages of comics! Set to launch September 13th, fans of the record-breaking show will be excited to see their favorite characters tackling all new adventures as they wait for the premiere of season four!

Way back in the swinging ‘70s, movie producer Sol Schick was the guy behind such cheesy classics as “Quarry: Bigfoot!,” Noah’s Ark: Found at Last!” and “Heavenly Visitors from the Hell Above.” But when he’s murdered – at a film festival! – with a piece of Noah’s Ark! – The Librarians are drawn into the mystery. Can their combination of special skills, obsessive curiosity, and knowledge of forgotten lore figure out who – or what – spelled doom for Schick? And as they delve deeper into his past, is it possible that things are not as they seem and that all his crazy, wild movies…were actually telling the truth.

The Librarians, which launched in 2014, is based on a series of successful TV movie franchsie originally airing in 2004 starring starred Noah Wyle, who both executive produces and has guest starred on the now hit television series. The show focuses on an ancient organization tasked with protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden in plan sight. The TNT television debut was the most watched cable series launch of 2014 with a combined audience of 7.3 million viewers, and was recently renewed for its fourth season!

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Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans #15

Teen Titans #15

Written by Scott Lobdell, Will Pfeifer
Pencils: Ian Churchill, Miguel Mendonca

A “Robin War” tie-in! With Tim Drake missing, the Teen Titans track him back to Gotham City, where the Robin War rages—but Professor Pyg stands between the team and their leader.

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Review: Teen Titans #9

TT_Cv9_54ff2be05517b4.02293876On the run with Superboy, the Titans must uncover the truth behind the Boy of Steel’s crimes – or they all might end up serving time with their former teammate.

What the hell is going on here? I stopped reading Teen Titans long ago, and did check out the first issue of the latest volume, but stopped after that.

With story by Will Pfeifer, and art by Kenneth Rocafort, Teen Titans #9 attempts to move along the story that’s been going on in the series, and also trying to catch up new readers as to what’s going on at the same time. That’s a tough thing to juggle too, and while there’s a little success, overall the issue is dragged down by what’s come before, it’s just not new user friendly.

Superboy is accused of genocide, the team of Red Robin, Bunker, Gar, Raven, and some character named Chimera are hiding out. But, heroes do what heroes do and are found out. In rushes Star Labs and their team of Wonder Girl, Power Girl, Kid Flash, Klarion, and Guardian? What happened that caused the split with Wonder Girl and Kid Flash? How did Klarion get on this team? I missed all that, which just made me more focused on what I missed than what was in front of me.

The concept though seems interesting and fun. The team’s on the run, being hunted down by friends, accused of something they may or may not have done. It’s nothing new plotwise, but there’s still something about it that makes it work.

The art is pretty solid. I’ve been a Rocafort fan for quite a while now. There’s absolutely issues in his style, but for me it’s appealing and has a very distinctive look to it. He does especially well when it comes to motion and getting the eye to move, something I’ve loved of his since he did Velocity years ago. Most of the issues is his classic style, there’s some spots here and there that the art was off, Power Girl’s pose at the end is an example.

The issue might have been more entertaining for long term readers, but unfortunately I’m not one. It felt like I was thrown into a sequel, and had no idea what happened in the previous film. Overall, not a bad issue, but not one that gets me excited to jump into it.

Story: Will Pfeifer Art: Kenneth Rocafort
Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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