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DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 14th’s Comics

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 pick 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_Cv974Action Comics #977 Superman recaps his own story pretty well, but what isn’t explained is that Lois Lane has gone to rescue her father from a firing squad in a hostile country where the US military aren’t able to go. Oh, and Superboy is with her. It’s a ridiculous concept, but Friendly nonetheless. 6.5/10

Detective Comics #974 Batwoman just killed Clayface, who was trying to reform himself (and currently failing thanks to the machinations of the Victim Syndicate). This issue deals with the aftermath of that fateful action, but is still Friendly  enough to pick up. 7.8/10

The Flash #40 Grodd is back and wants the Speed Force. A bunch of people are trying to help Grodd against the Flash, and shit is hitting the fan. The comic is frenetic, yet Friendly, and worth reading. 7.7/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38 Hal Jordan and Kyle Raynor were sent to a planet to investigate an illegal mining operation, and found that Zod and his family were responsible. Then they got their asses handed to them. The comic is Friendly, and quite an interesting read, 7/10

New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China #20 The newly renamed series kicks off a new era in the team’s career as they face off against a new threat. It’s as Friendly a place to start as you’re going to get now, and it is worth picking up if you’re half interested in the series. 7.8/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #19 Bizarro has developed a super intelligence level after he died and was resurrected – but have Red Hood and Atemis noticed? Read this Friendly-ish comic and find out. 7/10

Suicide Squad #35 The first part in a new arc is as Friendly a starting point as you’re likely to find. 7/10

Titans #20 The Titans have disbanded, and Roy Harper is going against Intergang alone (accidentally) as he works to eliminate a drug supply chain. A Friendly issue that follows the teams as they live their separate lives. 7.7/10

Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman and her newly discovered brother have just come off slightly worse for wear against the Silver Siren, a former friend of Diana. As a concluding part of the story this is still accessible enough for you to pick up and enjoy

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s (and 2018’s) Comic Book Films. Black Panther Dominates

As shouldn’t be a surprise Black Panther dominated the box office shattering expectations for a record setting weekend. The film has earned an estimated $201.7 million for the three-day weekend (beating our conservative prediction of $175 million). That’s the fight largest three-day domestic opening in history. The film will earn around $235 million over the four-day holiday weekend.

That’s the largest February opening of all-time, the largest President’s Day weekend opening of all-time, and the second largest opening for the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind The Avengers‘ $207.4 million.

Internationally, the film earned an estimated $169 million from 48 markets for a three day debut of $361 million, the fifteenth largest global opening of all-time. It doesn’t debut in China until March 9, Japan on March 1, and Russia, Vietnam, Trinidad, Peru, and Venezuela next weekend.

The film is #50 for lifetime earnings worldwide for a comic adaptation (bumping X-Men: First Class from the spot) and in its debut earned more than the entire run of last year’s The LEGO Batman Movie.

The film received an “A+” CinemaScore and played to a 55% male audience and 61% over the age of 25. Expect the film to have impressive legs and dominate the next month and with a reported $200 million budget, it should be doing fine and make a nice sum of money for Marvel.

We’ll have a deeper analysis of 2018’s releases as more are released (and two come out this March) but lets do the time warp to 2017…


Justice League continues to fight at the box office and stands at $657.4 million worldwide, an increase of $1,000,000 since last week a jump from the previous week’s $300,000. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s now just $400,000 behind Big Hero 6‘s worldwide earnings and currently sits at #25 all time for comic adaptations.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $400,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $853.4 million. The film is about $10.3 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,353,812 about a $1,200 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $410.3 million. That’s an increase of $700,000 over the week.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.364 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.752 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.116 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.438 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. Black Panther is included, so Marvel’s totals will increase over time. On average DC films earn $317.5 million domestically while Marvel earns $306.8 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $469 million and DC lags behind with $435.7 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal 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. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.364 billion
Total International Gross: $3.752 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.114 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.438 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.8 million
Average International Gross: $268 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $254 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.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Commonwealth Times – Comic book trailblazer added to VCU collection – This is pretty cool.

CBR – Wonder Woman Draws Record Ratings in Its HBO Premiere – This is pretty awesome. Would love to no what the on demand views are over time.

The Comichron – Dark Nights Metal #5 top reorder last week; Sienkiewicz Walking Dead covers lead advance reorders for March, April – For those that like the horse race.

 

Reviews

IGN – Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

IGN – Invincible #144

Flickering Myth – Kick-Ass #1

IGN – Kick-Ass #1

The Beat – The Smell of Starving Boys

IGN – Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Preview: Wonder Woman #40

Wonder Woman #40

(W) James Robinson (A) Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy (CA) Jesus Merino
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“SWAN’S SONG” finale! Wonder Woman fights to break Silver Swan out of her mania and stop her all-out assault. Will Wonder Woman be able to get through, or will she lose her friend to the madness in the process?

Preview: Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special #1

Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special

(W) Cecil Castellucci, Magdalene Visaggio (A) Mirka Andolfo, Sonny Liew (CA) Frank Quitely
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“MILK WARS” part three! Shade has been split into multiple parts, each representing a different mood, all in service to the perfect and beautiful Wonder Wife. But Happy Shade is starting to sense that not all is right in Wonderland, and she finds something strange staring back at her on the other side of the looking glass! Plus, part three of the Eternity Girl backup story!

Review: Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special “Milk Wars Part Three”

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the third part of “Milk Wars”!

Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman is by Cecil Castellucci, Mirka Andolfo, Marissa Louise, Magdalene Visaggio, and Sonny Liew.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 7th’s Comics

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 pick 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_Cv40_varBatman #40 The conclusion to a two part arc (ignore the “part four” on the cover- the first two parts have nothing to do with the second two other than they share a slight thematic similarity) that saw Batman and Wonder Woman fighting a horde of demons for 37 years in a place where time is frozen while the usual horde fighter, the Gentle Man, takes a rare break to see his wife. The first part wasn’t great, but the arc is redeemed with this issue. It’s sorta Friendly, but another win for Tom King. 8/10

Deathstroke #28 I’d give you a recap if I knew what the hell was going on anymore. This issue is a touch Unfriendly due to it’s reliance on previous events in the story, but  not bad over all. 6.5/10

Green Arrow #37 There’s a lot to get through here so that you get the basis of the story… but it can be narrowed down to this: Ollie Queen is on trial for murder, the victim is in shock from what actually happened to her (she was sold to people traffickers) so Ollie won’t make her stand as a witness. On top of that, his mother who is suddenly not dead, is i league with the people who framed him, the Ninth Circle, and is about to offer them a significant sum of money. Oh, and Malcolm Merlyn just shot Ollie’s sister with an arrow. This may not be too Friendly, but you can still read this comic and enjoy it. 8/10

Green Lanterns #40 A new story line dealing with the trafficking of superheroes starts here, and because it is the first part in the story, the comic is Friendly7.5/10

Justice League #38 I have no idea what’s happening here. Priest is a good writer, but he’s near unpenetrable if you miss a few issues in a row – but when you catch his entire run, then it’s well worth reading (in trade or in floppy as long as you get it all).

Nightwing #38 Nightwing is up against the Judge, a manipulative villain who can make people do almost anything in return for their deepest desires. A man with whom Dick Grayson has history, and feels responsible for every life on the Judge’s hands. The comic is kinda Friendly, and worth reading. 7/10

Superan #40 Another new and subsequently Friendly issue. 7.5/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.11 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and stands at $656.4 million worldwide, and increase of $300,000 since last week. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $400,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $853 million. The film is about $10.7 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,352,636 about a $7,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $409.6 million. That’s an increase of $900,000 over the week. The film also passed X2: X-Men United to now sit at #43 for worldwide earnings for comic adaptations.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.364 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.750 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.114 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.436 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.4 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal 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. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.364 billion
Total International Gross: $3.750 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.114 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.436 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.7 million
Average International Gross: $267.9 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382.1 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.9 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.

DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 31st’s Comics

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 pick 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_ANN_Cv1Deathstroke Annual #1 Leaning heavily on the previous events in the series, this isn’t the easiest annual to just pick up and read, but it does give you a sense of where the series is at currently, so in that sense it’s almost Friendly6.7/10

Detective Comics Annual #1 The origin of Clayface (re)told! This issue is very Friendly for new readers, and is also perhaps the best comic DC have put out all week. Exploring the tragic fall of Basil Karlo as he transforms into the monster Clayface, Batman is seldom seen here, instead becoming a bogeyman in the dark as we watch a man turn into a monster. 8.7/10

The Flash Annual #1 Wally West (the red headed Wally) was lost in the timeline for the entirety of the New 52, and now he’s back – but the world doesn’t remember him. This annual focuses a little on the fallout of a previous story in The Flash, but there’s no recap needed as the relevant details are all included. The annual itself tends to center around Wally West’s journey and sets the character up for the next year or two (or more) with some cool Speed Force moments to quench your thirst for Flash action. Yes, this is Friendly, and it’s also worth checking out if you’re interested in the Scarlet Speedster. 8/10

SLNCR_Cv1Harley Quinn #36 It has been a long time since I read this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but once you figure out that Harley has somehow been infected by the Man-Bat serum, you’ll find this Friendly enough if you do want to read it. I was reminded of why I haven’t missed the series, however. 5/10

The Silencer #1 A new character from the events of Dark Nights Metal, and thus no recap necessary (I say that because I have no idea where the original appearance for the character is – it could well be this issue for all I know). The comic’s Friendly, though with little obvious to tie in with Dark Nights Metal. Worth a read if you enjoy John Romita Jr’s art. 7/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

Where the Data Ranks 2017’s Comic Book Films. $6.11 Billion Worldwide and Counting

2017 has been a wild ride for comic adaptions. We look at who the real winners and losers are for this year’s comic films and dive into the numbers… not opinions.

Maybe the lesson of the year is to not count a film down? With what can only be described as a disappointing opening, Justice League continues to fight at the box office and after some adjustments stands at $656 million worldwide, and increase of $450,000 since last week. While the film is lagging other DC films, it’s also earning much more at the foreign box office than any other film beside Batman v Superman. The film is earning a little over 65.5% of its dollars from the foreign box office. The DCU on average has earned 58%. The higher percentage is partially due to lower domestic earnings, but the film is definitely not to be counted out at the worldwide box office. It’s $1.8 million behind Big Hero 6 when it comes to worldwide earnings and there’s a chance it’ll pass the film before ending its run. The film is currently ranked #25 for worldwide earnings for a comic film adaptation.

Thor: Ragnarok added an estimated $700,000 worldwide to its total. Worldwide the film has earned $852.6 million. The film is about $11.1 million behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it’s possible it might pass it, though not likely.

My Friend Dahmer continues to gain and now sits at $1,345,104 about a $7,000 increase from the previous week.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has slowed down but has passed the $400 million mark. It stands at $408.7 million. That’s an increase of $1.4 million over the week. The film has earned more than the original at the international box office with $308.5 million compared to $286.1 million but trails domestically with $100.2 million to the original’s $128.2 million.

2017 has been a record year for comic adaptations. With over a month to go the films have earned $2.363 billion domestically beating the previous year’s $1.901 billion. Internationally, films have earned $3.749 billion beating the previous record of $3.215 billion set in 2014. Worldwide comic adaptations have earned $6.112 billion beating the 2016 record of $5.026 billion. “Profits” too have seen a record year with $4.434 billion versus 2016’s record of $3.812 billion.

We’ll continue to report on 2017’s statistics until all dollars are in, at least another month, if not more.

Lets compare how the big two comic companies compare for earnings. On average DC films earn $317.4 million domestically while Marvel earns $313.5 million. Internationally, Marvel rules with $486.6 million and DC lags behind with $435.5 million.

Already, the year is an interesting one with five clear successes and a whole lot of mixed otherwise. Thor: RagnarokWonder Woman, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 have done well this year. My Friend DahmerJustice LeagueKingsman: The Golden Circle, The LEGO Batman Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village, and Atomic Blonde are in that debatable area. ValerianWilson, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade of the Immortal 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. With a new film opening the averages have dipped.

Total Domestic Gross: $2.363 billion
Total International Gross: $3.749 billion
Worldwide Gross: $6.112 billion
Total Reported Budgets: $1.667 million
Total “Profit”: $4.434 billion

Average Domestic Gross: $147.7 million
Average International Gross: $267.8 million
Average: Worldwide Gross: $382 million
Average Budget: $128.2 million
Average Profit: $253.8 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.

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