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bmbreb_cv1_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

The Washington Post – Why Banned Books Week is increasingly a good thing for graphic novels – A good read.

Newsarama – Is Wonder Woman Queer? ‘Obviously Yes,’ Says RUCKA – Um, duh?

DC Entertainment – DC Super Hero Girls Join Forces with Fifth Harmony – This is interesting.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Newsarama – Blue Beetle #1

Newsarama – Detective Comics #941

Comic Vine – The Flash #6

Newsarama – Frostbite #1

IGN – Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

Review: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon

wonder-woman-the-true-amazon-coverWonder Woman: The True Amazon is Jill Thompson‘s original graphic novel reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana, who would grow up to become Wonder Woman. This fully painted graphic novel is unlike any Wonder Woman tale you have ever read, told as only Eisner Award- winning writer/artist Thompson could. When young Diana has the fawning attention of a nation, she grows spoiled. But a series of tragic events take their toll, and Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny.

This original graphic novel Thompson dives into the the history of Wonder Woman with this original stand-alone take on the character that follows the history of the Amazons to Wonder Woman’s taking the mantle as champion.

The story is an examination of Wonder Woman herself and what it’d be like to be an island’s only Princess. This isn’t the normal Diana you’re used to. In fact the vast majority of the graphic novel this Diana is pretty unlikeable and a spoiled brat. And that’s a reason I really enjoyed it. Thompson has given us a flawed person who rises to be a hero. She’s a princess and treated as such in the worst way turning into a brat.

Thompson gives us a warts and all take on Wonder Woman and by doing so gives us a real hero that feels realistic in many ways. This isn’t someone who’s been a hero from the beginning, she stumbles and stumbles a lot here. And due to that we see some growth along the way. This feels like a unique take to me, and one I really enjoy because it’s not so much about how Diana becomes Wonder Woman as it’s about Diana becoming a decent person. She’s really unlikeable, and that’s a pretty gutsy thing to put out there.

To me, this feels like a graphic novel to read to teach a child a lesson, an entertaining parable. And it is entertaining. Thompson’s art is beautiful to look at with some fantastic detail.

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this graphic novel, but this is a wonderful take on a classic character in a new way that feels fresh and also like something you want to share with others.

Story: Jill Thompson Art: Jill Thompson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Rebirth Review: Comics Released On 9/21

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Rebirth 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.

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, with more consideration given for the specific issue being read when it comes to the final rating than the series overall. You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I have a memory like a sieve and sometimes forget to pick them up. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.

This week saw a couple of new number one issues, as well as a couple of easily accessible jumping on points.


aqm_cv7_dsAquaman #7 This is a really interesting series so far, with Aquaman being shown in his more kingly duties as he tries to build relations between the surface world an Atlantis – and stop the war between the two that is brewing. Unfortunately, unless you’re more familiar with the series than the above synopsis, this may be a touch Unfriendly.

Batman #7 Gotham faces a hurricane and DC’s first post Rebirth crossover story begins here as Night Of The Monster Men kicks off. Supposing you have a passing familiarity with Detective Comics current story line then you’ll find this a Friendly issue.

Cyborg #1 The rule of thumb with DC‘s post Rebirth comics is that a first issue will be accessible. Occasionally this is only the case if you’ve read the Rebirth special, with the first issue of a series functioning more as a second. That’s not the case here – if you haven’t read the Rebirth  special, you’ll be fine. Cyborg #1 is a cyb-cv1_dsvery Friendly comic, and well worth reading – whether you’re a fan of Cyborg or not.

Green Arrow #7 The second part of an interlude story that focuses on Emiko’s journey, this is an Unfriendly comic unless you’ve read the previous issue.

Green Lanterns #7 Not only has this series been consistently one of the higher quality series pot Rebirth, but every issue has been accessible to new readers; some more so than others, obviously, and this is one of the most Friendly of all of them as we get to see the two heroes in a moment of downtime that allows us to get to know them, and themselves each other.

Justice League #5 I’ll be honest here – having read the first five issues, I still have very little clue as to what is happening here making this a very Unfriendly comic for new readers.

Harley Quinn #4 This is a comic that, honestly, is far from my cup of tea. That being said, it’s a self contained story that has a couple references to the last three part story, but it’s raven_cv1still a Friendly issue.

Nightwing #5 Did you read Batman #7 this week? Read that, otherwise this will be very Unfriendly as this issue contains the second part of the Bat-centric Night Of The Monster Men story arc.

Raven #1 Unlike the rest f the Teen Titans, I have absolutely no idea as to who Raven is. If you’re in the same boat, then you’re in luck because this is a very Friendly comic. We get caught up on Raven’s background through her narration, but the comic itself is about a fish out of water – and that’s very relateable for many of us.

Superman #7 A one shot story of the kind I really enjoy; superheroes on a rare day off. This issue is a very Friendly comic once you accept Superman has a son with Lois now, and goes by the name Clark smith, but if you’ve paid a modicum amount of attention to DC lately you’ll know this already.

Trinity #1 By this point, you’re probably at least partially aware that the Superman currently in the DCU isn’t the one from the New 52 (unlike the Batman and Wonder Woman), and if that’s the case, then you’ll find this a Friendly comic. Which is somewhat relieving considering it’s a first issue, eh?

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lady-killer-2-2It’s a new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks looking forward to? What do you plan on buying? Sound off in the comments! We’ll have our picks in a few hours.

While you decided on that and await our picks, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kotaku – When Your Cosplay Is Built To Protect You From Superheroes – For when you need to go up against Cosplay Batman.

Eater – Whataburger vs. Wonder Woman: Dawn of Logo Theft – Ruh roh.

ComiChron – 20 years counting: Two decades of sales reports — plus August 2016’s comics sales estimates – Some really cool history here.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Hadrian’s Wall #1

Talking Comics – Lady Killer 2 #2

Cake Wars Bakes Up a Wonder Woman 75-Themed Episode

Guest judge Nicola Scott poses for a photo, as seen on Food Network's Cake Wars, Season 4.

Guest judge Nicola Scott poses for a photo, as seen on Food Network’s Cake Wars, Season 4.

No ordinary dessert will do for the 75th Anniversary of Wonder Woman! Four special bakers will go head to head to create a cake fit for an Amazon Princess during a special Wonder Woman 75-themed episode of Food Network’s Cake Wars on Monday, September 19 at 9 p.m. PDT/8 p.m. CDT.

To honor Diana Prince’s enduring legacy as the global symbol for justice, equality and peace, competitors will use their super baking powers to create the ultimate celebratory cake. Current Wonder Woman series artist Nicola Scott will join host Jonathan Bennett, and judges Richard Ruskell and Waylynn Lucas, as a special guest judge for the wondrous episode. The winning cake will be used as a centerpiece for a 75th Anniversary celebration event, and the triumphant baker will also take home a $10,000 prize.

Check out Nicola getting her “lasso of truth” ready at the judges table!

Preview: Wonder Woman #6

Wonder Woman #6

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Nicola Scott
Cover by: Nicola Scott
Variant cover by: Frank Cho

“WONDER WOMAN YEAR ONE” part 3! Diana brings Steve back home, but the reception is not what either of them expected. Amid suspicion and a looming threat, the Patrons pay a visit, and new friendships are forged.

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Around the Tubes

the-forevers-1-11Tomorrow Small Press Expo kicks off. Who else is going? If you’re in the DC area, you absolutely should! If you see our team, come say “hi”!

While you wait for the weekend to start, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBLDF – THIS WEEKEND: CBLDF Has Signings, Debuts, and More in Store for SPX! – Take advantage folks!

Tabeltop Gaming News – USAopoloy Posts A Look Inside the Marvel Munchkin 2 Set – Anyone playing this?

CBR – Syfy Orders Pilot Based On Morrison & Robertson’s Happy! – Interesting.

Comics Alliance – ‘Supergirl’ Spins the Wheel on Dichen Lachman as DC’s Roulette – Interesting casting.

ICv2 – First Announced Game Shipment Delay Due to Hanjin Bankruptcy – How much else will be impacted?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Doom Patrol #1

The Beat – Family Man

Talking Comics – The Forevers #1

The Beat – Hadrian’s Wall #1

Talking Comics – Red Hood and the Outlaws #2

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #6

Wonder Woman #8 Gets a Pre-Cheetah Barbara Ann Minerva Interlude

wonder-woman-8Fans of Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp’s epic Wonder Woman storylines can anticipate an added bonus to the “Year One” storyline by Rucka and Scott, in the form of a one- shot interlude focusing on Barbara Ann Minerva, aka The Cheetah, written by Rucka with art and cover by Bilquis Evely.

The issue spotlights Cheetah’s past, as a young Barbara Ann Minerva is sent on a quest to find answers to the Amazons’ most ancient secrets!

In the release, Rucka said the issue arose organically spinning out of the current story and the decision to focus on Barbara Ann Minerva would add to the overall tale.

Wonder Woman #8 arrives October 12th, 2016.

Fashion Spotlight: One Punch Bat, Just One Bad Cookie, Bruce or Clark

Ript Apparel has three new designs! One Punch Bat, Just One Bad Cookie, and Bruce or Clark, by krisren28, boltfromtheblue, and Hard Decora are on sale today only! Get them before they’re gone!

One Punch Bat

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Just One Bad Cookie

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Bruce or Clark

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DC Bombshells Vinyl Figures Out Now

Cryptozoic Entertainment in partnership with DC Entertainment, have announced the release of Series 1 of the DC Bombshells 7” Vinyl Figures.

DC Bombshells originated as a successful series of statuettes inspired by 1940s pinup art and dieselpunk, from DC Comics. The line debuted in 2013 with Wonder Woman, and it’s become popular with collectors and cosplayers alike. The successful DC Bombshells statues line was followed by the comic book series in 2015 featuring heroines and notorious villainesses that focus on the changing roles of women in World War II, making it an intriguing re-imagining of DC’s history and now, the first in a line of vinyl figures from Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Series one includes: the mighty Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman, the cute and crazy, Harley Quinn and the ever cunning and crafty Catwoman. Inspired by by Ant Lucia’s illustrations and the DC Bombshell Comics, these stylized figurines are approximately 7” tall and were designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg.

Collect all three fan favorites: Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Available for purchase at comic book, bookstore, board game and specialty retailers, with a suggested retail price of $29.99. The figures are packaged in a display worthy window box for optimal on shelf viewing.

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