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DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 9/13

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

DTC_Cv964_dsAction Comics #987 Look here’s the deal: this issue reveals the identity of someone who has been pulling strings and plotting machinations in the DC Universe ever since Rebirth began. So there’s a chance that, if you just picked this issue up and it’s your first one in the series, not only will you not really know quite what is going on in the wider DCU, but you won’t care. If that’s the case, while this is slightly Friendly the impact of the big reveal will be lost on you. 6/10

Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #14 Do you remember what’s happening in this series? Because I sure don’t. While the opening had a line that had me laughing out loud for the wrong reasons “someone has to stay in Gotham to hold down the fort.” Once I’d gotten past that, however, I did quite enjoy the issue and found it quite Friendly overall. 6.75/10

Detective Comics #964 Last issue saw Spoiler, the former member of Batman’s team who quit after the “death” of Red Robin, finally joining with Anarky and seeing his underground community that, on the surface of things, looks almost like a haven. So something’s up, right? Meanwhile Clayface is working with a doctor for a cure to his condition. While this issue is a decent read, it’s unfortunately just a touch Unfriendly even with this lackluster recap. 7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28 Uh… basically the New Gods are being hunted and Hal Jordan has to find and protect Highfather. I’d give you more but I don’t know who the New Gods really are and the previous issue didn’t stick with me too well. Beyond that, this is a Friendly issue that’s also a great read. It’s a simple story that’s got a lot of heart in it. 8.25/10

HJGLC_Cv28_open_order_varJustice League Of America #14 Half of the JLA have followed  the distress signal of Ray Palmer, the original Atom, into the microverse (the plane of existence that exists beyond the microscopic level), and they’ve found that there’s a reality ending threat occurring down there. Meanwhile the other half of the team are investigating the origins of the threat from the last arc, a being that can take control/influence you through your dreams, called The Might Beyond The Mirror. The issue is pretty Fiendly, especially with another quick in character recap from Ryan Choi – the new Atom. 7/10

New Super-Man #15 I could give you a recap, but Kong Kenan does that at the beginning – and it’s just enough to make this issue Friendly (which helps as I forgot the last issue). 7.25/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #14 I’m pretty sure Bizarro died in the last issue (hence the this issue’s title: Bizarro Reborn) and was subsequently resurrected with an incredible intellect. This issue is very Friendly. 8/10

Suicide Squad #25 Amanda Waller has been controlled by The People, a villainous group of folks hell bent on world domination or something (aren’t the all?), and is in the SSQUAD_Cv25_dsprocess of attacking the JLA. The chaotic conclusion to Kill  Your Darlings is here, and it’s pretty damn enjoyable – and Friendly to boot. 8/10

Supergirl #13 I…. honestly don’t know what’s going on here any more. It’s been awhile since I read the series, and while I harbour some disdain for using the annual as a part of an ongoing story, this issue is kinda Friendly. 6.75/10

Superwoman #14 Another series that I’ve missed for a few issues so there’ll be no recap here. While you can enjoy the issue, it’s a touch Unfriendly only in that you’re not too sure quite who everyone is and what’s going on. 6.5/10

Teen Titans #12 It’s a Dark Knights Metal tie-in, so whether you’re reading that story or not will depend on whether you enjoy this a little or a lot. Take that how you will.

Titans #15 While I genuinely don’t remember the previous issue too well, before that the Titans have been dealing with H.I.V.E. who have stolen Bumble Bee’s memories. At the same time, Wally West has a pretty bad heart condition caused by Damian Wayne in a recent Titans/Teen Titans crossover when he stopped Wally’s heart. This issue is pretty Friendly so long as you accept that there’s a couple small things that you may not get right away. 7.75/10

The Flash #30 Part one of a new arc! Do you need to know anything to jump in blind? Not at all. 7/10

Wonder Woman #30 Even though this is the fifth part of a story arc it’s oddly Friendly. Will you understand everything that’s happened this issue if you haven’t read the other four? Probably not – but this issue is written in such a way that it actually doesn’t matter. Wonder Woman #30 is a really enjoyable and fun comic. 7.5/10

 

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Spider-Man Now Challenges Guardians

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films.

Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to get a late boost in its run seeing a $36 million jump over the past week that has the film now just $2 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the top grossing comic film of 2017 so far. The film has seen almost 62% of its earnings come from the foreign box office continuing this year’s narrative that the foreign box office rules the year.

Wonder Woman continues to impress as it winds down its run. It’s still the highest earning domestic earner for a comic film this year so far.

Atomic Blonde is approaching $100 million and will be a moderate success.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and has finally crossed the threshold so that its worldwide total is greater than its budget. Still not good, but also not a disaster of Titanic proportion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $339.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.8 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecomning, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue and tough to debate since it’s a television show primarily with a limited film engagement.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.712 billion
Total International Gross: $2.443 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.155 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $3.069 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $155.6 million
Average International Gross: $244.3 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $377.7 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $306.9 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

Preview: Wonder Woman #30

Wonder Woman #30

(W) Shea Fontana (A) David Messina (CA) Jesus Merino
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Heart of the Amazon” finale! Wonder Woman may be a warrior, but she’s nobody’s weapon-as the mysterious cabal that’s been trying to manipulate her is about to learn!

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/30

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

BM_Cv30_open_order_varBatman #30 Another interlude issue in the War Of Jokes And Riddles arc that has been pitting Joker against the Riddler. Last issue had Bruce Wayne hosting the two at a dinner party to ostensibly  try and make them see sense in some way, but the twist ending is that he was deciding which side Batman would join. With the first interlude we were treated to a phenomenal character study for Kite Man, so I went in expecting two things; that this would be a great read and a Friendly  comic. I was not disappointed. This is utterly phenomenal. 9/10

Cyborg #16 The aftermath of an intensely long and involved story is here, and because I haven’t  really been keeping up with the series I’m a little lost here. I think Cyborg’s in an alternate reality where he’s facing off against an evil version of himself. As this is the aftermath of the current arc (although it really doesn’t feel that way) the issue isn’t all that friendly. But it’s pretty good. 7/10

Deathstroke #23 Deathstroke is trying to become a hero, of sorts, and has formed a team, Defiance, that he’s training. I’ve missed a few of the last couple issues (at least one) and so I’m not really too clear on the rest of the details, but this issue is Friendly enough once you know about Slade’s change of heart. 7/10

Green Arrow #30 So this issue is the fifth part in the current story arc, and it’s actually GA_Cv30_dspretty Friendly. What won’t make sense to you? Ollie Queen has been framed for murder, but he’s skipped town. Black Canary and Red Arrow are trying to find the woman Ollie was accused of killing who may or may not have been kidnapped by human traffickers. Basically that’ll be all you need to enjoy this wonderfully illustrated issue. 8.5/10

Green Lanterns #30 Alright so Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have been sent ten billion years in the past by Volthoom, the First Lantern, who really just wants to go home. Whilst there they came across the first seven Green Lanterns, only to find out they needed to train and introduce them to the Oath before heading off to fight a literal planet killing threat: a much younger Volthoom. Oh, and Simon’s ring exploded before they arrived in the past. 8/10

Harley Quinn #27 Full disclosure: I am far from a fan of Harley Quinn as  solo star. That said, this is a Friendly standalone story featuring the former psychologist. While it wasn’t really my cup of tea, you may enjoy it. 6.5/10

Justice League #28 The Justice League’s children have come from the future to stop something cataclysmic from happening, and Future Aquaman (who wears Cyborg’s body as armour) has followed them back to the present – probably to kill them. Last issue he beat the hell out of Batman… If you’re into time travel style stories then there’s a lot here to like. This isn’t the most accessible comic (it’s barely Friendly) but if you grab last issue you’ll be fine. 8/10

Nightwing #28 The finale to the current arc is fairly Friendly courtesy of Nightwing’s recap at the beginning of the issue. Honestly, though, while you can certainly jump on board here I’d almost recommend waiting to the next issue so you can start with the first part of an arc. 7/10

Superman #30 Last issue Superman got possessed by the Fear entity Parallax (think the god of fear that is the source of power for the Yellow Lanterns. Kind of. Not really. But Parallax is evil) while trying to save a bunch of children that the monster ha begun controlling. Now, Sinestro is back to capture Parallax… so oddly we’re rooting for the longtime Green Lantern villain this issue, right? This kinda sorta Friendly issue is a nice interlude as Superman faces off against an enemy that I’m not used to seeing him go up against. 7.75/10

 

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Homecoming Gets a Big Swing

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the big news this week with its China debut. The film saw a massive boost that has it going from a debatable success to an actual one. The movie is now $30 million above Spider-Man film averages after getting an influx of $70.8 million from China.

Wonder Woman continues to impress and is now the fifth highest grossing superhero film domestically.

Atomic Blonde is approaching $100 million and will be a moderate success.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and has finally crossed the threshold so that its worldwide total is greater than its budget. Still not good, but also not a disaster of Titanic proportion.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $339.3 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.6 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecomning, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.709 billion
Total International Gross: $2.398 billion
Worldwide Gross: $4.107 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $3.021 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $155.4 million
Average International Gross: $239.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $373.4 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $302.1 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

It Floats to the Top With Record-Breaking $123 Million Opening

It had a monster of an opening with a record-setting opening that may have given some life to a anemic domestic box office.

The film had the largest September opening, largest Fall opening, largest opening for an R-rated horror film, and largest opening weekend for a horror film of any MPAA rating. The film accounted for 75% of the combined gross for the top twelve of the weekend.

On top of its $123 domestic earning, It brought in an estimated $62 million form 46 markets for a $185 million total in its first weekend.

In second place was another new film, Home Again, which earned an estimated $9 million.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was finally bumped from first place winding up in third with an estimated $4.9 million to its total.

In fourth place was Annabelle: Creation which brought in an estimated $4 million domestically.

Finally, rounding out the top five was Wind River which earned $3.2 million domestically.

When it comes to comic movie adaptations….

Spider-Man: Homecoming held steady at #7 adding $2 million to its domestic total. The film opened in China with an estimated $70.8 million.

Wonder Woman added $662,000 to its domestic total and is now the fifth biggest superhero release of all-time.

Atomic Blonde remained at #26 adding $274,000 to its domestic total.

We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year’s comic movie adaptations.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 8/30

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


 

It’s a short week this week as there were only five comics released under the Rebirth banner, two of which are annuals.

ASBM_Cv13_dsAll-Star Batman #13 In a look at Alfred’s past, we see Batman face off against the man that Alfred was training to become. This is a really interesting story, and while I won’t be able to give you all the details in this blurb, you should know that the comic is worth reading. Bordering on Unfriendly, this is another win from Scott Snyder. 7.25/10

Justice League Of America #13 Ray Palmer, the original Atom is lost in the Microverse, and most of the JLA have gone in to find him. This is a pretty Friendly issue when all is said and done. 7/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws Annual #1 The beauty of this annual is that it’s a solid standalone (and Friendly) story featuring the Outlaws and Nightwing. This was genuinely a fun read, and a good introduction to the team. 8/10

Supergirl Annual #1 Unlike the above annual, this comes directly from the previous issues of Supergirl, which I didn’t read, and is far from a standalone story. Despite this, the annual is (just) Friendly6.75/10

Wonder Woman #29 There’s a contract out on Wonder Woman’s head, and a whole bunch of assassins looking to collect. The problem? Diana is currently looking after her injured friend, so the assassins have more to deal with than they bargained for…. this is a Friendly issue, and one of the more enjoyable from the new creative team. 7.5/10

Wonder Woman Passes Guardians of the Galaxy When it Comes to “Profit”

We love our numbers here and while crunching this week’s numbers to see how 2017’s comic adaptations shape up, Wonder Woman unlocked another achievement. The film passed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the most “profitable” comic adaptation of 2017 so far.

Worldwide, Wonder Woman has earned $812.6 million on a reported $149 million budget. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has earned $863.1 million on a reported $200 million budget. That means Wonder Woman has a “profit of $663.6 million compared to Guardian‘s $663.1 million. Now, we don’t know the advertising budget for the film or other things like back end, so official numbers may differ, but the reported public data has Wonder Woman on top.

Still, when it comes to budget, Logan is king having a 6.35 multiplier compared to the second place Wonder Woman‘s 5.45.

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. Inhumans Debuts at IMAX.

2017 feels like it’s shaping up to be a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films.

Marvel’s Inhumans debuted this past weekend earning $1.5 million domestically and $1.1 million internationally. This is a tough one to include, but I’m going to, as it’s a hybrid television show and movie produced by IMAX, Marvel, and ABC. It’ll be included in the totals for now even though there’s no budget to figure everything out. That may change in the future and be treated like other special releases from previous years.

The big news is that Wonder Woman continues to impress passing $400 million at the foreign box office. The movie is the top earning movie domestically for DC’s movie universe by a solid $78 million (and counting). The film however is third internationally behind both Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad and likely won’t pass either. It’s the second highest earning DC movie worldwide. Wonder Woman is also the top earning comic film domestically for the year so far.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is at $324.1 million domestically, and with its $422.1 million, the film has earned $746.2 million worldwide. The film has now passed Suicide Squad worldwide. While the film has done better than average domestically for a Spider-Man film it lags internationally.

Atomic Blonde is at $89.8 million worldwide. The film has a 2.99 multiplier which is not bad, especially for a rough year at the box office.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is at $863.1 million worldwide. It’ll settle around $864 million before it’s done in the next few weeks.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a comeback and stands at $172.8 million on a $177.2 million budget. The film is almost even with its budget which isn’t good, but it’s not the world class disaster it looked like, just a disaster.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $338.9 million domestically while Marvel earns $308.3 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $476.9 million and DC lags behind with $436.0 million. There’s still work for DC when it comes to the international film market.

Already, the year is an interesting one with three clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Wonder Woman, Logan and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area, and ValerianWilson and Ghost in the Shell are generally disappointments. Marvel’s Inhumans… got no clue.

Here’s where this year’s comic films stand as far as the actual numbers:

Total Domestic Gross: $1.703 billion
Total International Gross: $2.280 billion
Worldwide Gross: $3.982 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.083 million
Total “Profit”: $2.896 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $154.8 million
Average International Gross: $228.0 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $362.0 million
Average Budget: $108.3 million
Average Profit: $289.6 million

Below is where the films released stand when it comes to being compared to this year’s averages. Those in green are above average while those below are red.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Wins the Worst Labor Day Weekend in 17 Years

It was another bad weekend at the box office but The Hitman’s Bodyguard won it again in the worst Labor Day three day weekend in 17 years. The top twelve films grossed $51.5 million and you have to go back to 2000 to get a worst weekend. That weekend grossed $47 million.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard did a three-peat earning an estimated $10.25 million to bring its total to $54.9 million on a $30 million budget.

Annabelle: Creation held the number two spot again earning an estimated $7.3 million to bring its domestic total to $89.0 million and worldwide is $253.4 million. That’s impressive for a $15 million budget.

In third place was Wind River which added $5.8 million to its domestic total. That film switched spots with Leap! which dropped to fourth adding $4.9 million to its total.

Rounding out the top five was Logan Lucky which holds that position adding $4.4 million to its domestic total bringing it to $21.5 million and $24.6 million worldwide on a $29 million budget.

When it comes to comic adaptations…

Spider-Man: Homecoming remained at #7 adding $3.7 million to its domestic total to bring it to $324.1 million. With its $422.1 million at the foreign box office the film sits at $746.2 million.

Wonder Woman improved some spots moving from #15 to #12 adding $1.9 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $408.9 million domestically and $403.7 million at the foreign box office for a total of $812.6 million total.

Inhumans is one I’ll add to the list coming in at #18 with $1.5 million. The “film” is a hybrid movie/television show between Marvel, ABC, and IMAX. It’s an IMAX only “film” limiting its reach and money in. It also brought in $1.1 million from 274 international runs in 65 markets with Germany, Italy, and South Korea still to come.

Atomic Blonde came in #26 with $887,145 to its domestic total. The domestic total is $50.4 million and $89.8 million worldwide. Not bad for a $30 million budget.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 added $210,000 to its domestic total. Domestically the film has earned $389.6 million and a worldwide total of $863 million to be the top comic adaptation of the year worldwide so far.

We’ll be back in an hour with even more of a look at this year’s comic adaptations.

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