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Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface is a tragic story of quicksand

Batman: One Bad Day - Clayface

Clayface has always been an interesting character to me. My first real introduction to the character was through Batman: The Animated Series where he was portrayed as a down on his luck actor turned villain. That wanting to be an actor is an aspect of the character that always stands out to me. Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface focuses on that aspect as Basil Karlo trades Gotham for Los Angeles to pursue his dream for it to turn into a nightmare.

Written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, there’s something rather sad and tragic about Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface. I myself have a lot of talented friends, some who have goals and dreams to be actors or singers. Many working their asses off to still achieve that. But the reality is, no matter talent and ability, some times things don’t work out. There’s also the aspect of tripping over yourself, being too dug into your vision of how things should go.

Here Basil has forged a new identity and still pursuing that dream and he’s close. But, others succeed instead drawing out the anger and jealousy that feels like a driver for the character. Kelly and Lanzing plays the story off the concept of an person who is so dug in and sure of himself but also everyone at the same time. He’s both focused inward and vampiric sucking from others. That’s the oddity of Basil, as Clayface, he could be the greatest actor but is just too stubborn and thinks he’s right when he just might not be.

The art by Xermánico is fantastic. With color by Romulo Fajardo Jr. and lettering by Tom Napolitano, the team balances the brightness and dreams of LA with a tinge of horror. Clayface’s actions are frightening, violent, and shows the monster literally exploding at times. That’s matched by the glitz and brightness of the city around him. The lettering also balances that human vs. monster aspect quite well with it all coming together for visuals that help play off of the story’s underlying themes and concepts. They work with and enhance the narrative, a solid match of script and art.

Kelly and Lanzing deliver a story of clay turning to quicksand as Karlo’s actions spiral out of control. They present a person who could have found a happy life, at least one that was acceptable, but due to an inability of getting out of one’s own way, it’s another tale of tragedy.!

Story: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing Art: Xermánico
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface #1

Batman: One Bad Day – Clayface #1

(W) Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing (A/CA) Xermanico
In Shops: Feb 21, 2023
SRP: $7.99

All Basil Karlo ever wanted to be was an actor…no…one of the greatest actors there’s ever been. However, his life went off course when he became the shape-shifting monster known as Clayface. After years of doing battle with Batman in Gotham City and distancing himself from his dream, Clayface goes out west to Los Angeles. Creating a new identity, he pursues his dream of acting only to find that Gotham City isn’t the only place with an overwhelming sense of dread to it, and that he might not have what it takes to make it in the City of Angels. So he’ll reshape the city to fit his needs in a deadly pursuit of stardom. From the rising-star creative team of Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Batman Beyond: Neo-Year, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty) and Xermanico (Flashpoint Beyond), this is an epic tragedy not to be missed!

Batman: One Bad Day - Clayface #1

Poison Ivy’s roots dig deeper as Thrives grows into an ongoing series

Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle

Pamela Isley’s comic book journey continues and grows! DC has announced that the originally planned six-issue mini-series, Poison Ivy, will become an ongoing series beginning with Poison Ivy #13 in June 2023. The series was already extended to a second six-issue arc in December 2022.

Written by G. Willow Wilson, with art by Marcio Takara and covers by Jessica Fong, fan-favorite Poison Ivy’s quest to undo the wrongs of man and return the Earth to the Green persists…at whatever the cost.

If you missed the first six issues, Poison Ivy Vol. 1: The Virtuous Cycle, collects Poison Ivy #1-6 in a gorgeous hardcover book, and arrives on May 16, 2023.

Poison Ivy’s second story arc kicked off with two issues of interior art by Atagun Ilhan. Series regular artist Takara then returned to interior art in February’s Poison Ivy #9, available now wherever comics are sold.

When Poison Ivy #13 publishes in June 2023, the hit DC title becomes an ongoing comic book series and brings Pamela Isley back to Gotham City! Poison Ivy #13 will have a DC Pride variant cover by Claire Roe along with main cover by Fong and variants by Kai Carpenter, Frank Cho, and Mindy Lee.


Variant cover by JENNY FRISON
Variant cover by XERMÁNICO
1:25 variant cover by MATEUS MANHANINI
1:50 foil variant cover by JENNY FRISON
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 5/2/23

Ivy and Janet’s celebrity wellness excursion comes to a horrifically tantalizing close as Pamela Isley faces the unintended fruits of her murderous road trip. Will she make it back home to Harley in one piece or is Ivy going to be added to GLØP’s body count?


Variant cover by KAI CARPENTER
Variant cover by FRANK CHO
1:25 variant cover by MINDY LEE
1:50 foil variant cover by KAI CARPENTER
DC Pride variant cover by CLAIRE ROE
$3.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $4.99 US (card stock)
ON SALE 6/6/23

There sure is nothing quite like a romantic night with your sweetie in the swamp to make your mouth water. It’s the dawn of a new day as Pamela Isley makes her return to Harley and Gotham City with a lovestruck Janet-from-HR in tow. The tension’s so thick you could cut it with a fan boat’s propeller!


DC reveals more “Dawn of DC” details including Titans, Green Lantern, and the return of Cyborg!

Dawn of DC

Dawn of DC” is DC Comics‘ year long 2023 initiative that officially kicks off this week. The year sees new comic releases with new creative teams debuting throughout the year. DC has announced three more titles, Titans, Green Lantern, and Cyborg!

With recent events, the Titans are squarely at the center of the new DC Universe. This new series kicks off in May and will be written by Tom Taylor with art by Nicola Scott.

The Dark Crisis is over and the Justice League is no more. Now, a new team has to rise and protect the earth…TITANS! The time has come for the Teen Titans to grow up. Each member joined as a much younger hero certain that one day they’d be invited to join the Justice League. Now they’re not just joining the League…they’re replacing it! Are the no-longer-teen heroes ready for the big leagues? Danger lurks around every corner as Super Heroes and Super-Villains alike challenge the new team before they’ve even begun. Will the DCU ever be the same?

Titans kicks off on May 16th! Check out the in-progress cover by Scott and a variant cover by Simone Di Meo.

Jeremy Adams and Xermánico are teaming up for Green Lantern! Spinning out of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Guardians of Oa have quarantined Sector 2814. Hal Jordan returns home to rediscover his roots and to find Sinestro!

Green Lantern #1 debuts on May 9th and features part one of John Stewart: The Good Soldier from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Osvaldo Montos.

Check out the Green Lantern #1 Character Design by Xermánico, the Open to Order Variant by Lucio Parrillo, and the 1:50 Ratio Variant by Ariel Colon.

Finally, from writer Morgan Hampton and artist Tom Raney is Cyborg! Debuting May 16th, the series sees the character returning back home to Detroit due to a family emergency.

Victor Stone surprisingly finds himself enjoying returning to the simpler life–where everybody sees him for who he really is and always was, rather than a larger-than-life superhero. It’s been a while since Vic’s been able to lower his guard and seek a purpose outside of being Cyborg 24/7. But a lot has changed in Detroit while Victor’s been away. An aggressive new company is turning the Motor City into an overclocked engine for revolutionary artificial intelligence…and no one knows better than Cyborg that technological transformation always comes at a steep human price!

Check out the main cover to Cyborg #1 by Edwin Galmon.

Cyborg #1 cover by Edwin Galmon

Preview: Flashpoint Beyond #6 (of 6)

Flashpoint Beyond #6 (of 6)

(W) Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Oct 18, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The fate of the Flashpoint Earth hangs in the balance as Thomas must make the ultimate choice! What will happen to this fractured reality and what does it mean for the DC Universe at large?

Flashpoint Beyond #6 (of 6)

Preview: Flashpoint Beyond #5

Flashpoint Beyond #5

(W) Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Sep 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Clockwork Killer’s identity is finally revealed as the dust settles after the showdown at Arkham Asylum. But as we learn the truth behind how the Clockwork Killer came to be, Thomas is faced with a reality-altering choice!

Flashpoint Beyond #5

Preview: Flashpoint Beyond #4

Flashpoint Beyond #4

(W) Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, Tim Sheridan (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Aug 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Thomas is quickly closing in on the Clockwork Killer, but his investigation might be impeded by young Dexter Dent and his own vigilante agenda: breaking his mother out of Arkham!

Flashpoint Beyond #4

Preview: Flashpoint Beyond #3

Flashpoint Beyond #3

(W) Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, Tim Sheridan (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The DC event of 2022 continues! Thomas Wayne’s investigation into the Clockwork Killer goes sideways when he is confronted by a deadly alien invader the world knows as…Project: Superman? But what’s happened to the Kryptonian and Krypton in the World of Flashpoint? Will Thomas Wayne do what he has to in order to stop Superman-or has he changed? And what are those strange earthquakes now erupting across reality?

Flashpoint Beyond #3

Preview: Flashpoint Beyond #2

Flashpoint Beyond #2

(W) Geoff Johns, Tim Sheridan, Jeremy Adams (A) Xermanico (CA) Mitch Gerads
In Shops: Jun 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The DC event of 2022 continues! As Thomas Wayne investigates the continuing mystery of the Clockwork Killer, another mystery erupts when a strange inmate within Arkham claims that Bruce Wayne is the only Batman that should exist. And Thomas’s world is again turned upside down when a new, twisted version of an iconic Batman villain is born.

Flashpoint Beyond #2

It’s One Bad Day for Batman

Batman’s rogues gallery is getting the spotlight in a series of 64-page one-shot comics. Dubbed Batman – One Bad Day, they’ll tell the definitive tales of The Riddler, Two-Face, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Clayface, and Ra’s al Ghul!

Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler

by Tom King & Mitch Gerads

Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite in a new 64-page one-shot comic this August! Edward Nygma’s meticulous rules and systems go out the window when he kills seemingly at random, but Batman isn’t buying it! This tense intellectual thriller sees Batman unravel as he tries to decode the Riddler’s motivation!

Batman - One Bad Day: The Riddler

Batman – One Bad Day: Two-Face

by Mariko Tamaki, Javier Fernandez & Jordie Bellaire

Heads or Tails, when it comes to Two-Face Batman always loses! Is Harvey Dent back to save Gotham City? In a new 64-page one-shot comic this September, Mariko Tamaki and Javier Fernandez’s tragic noir Two-Face epic will flip that iconic coin…on its head?!

Batman - One Bad Day: Two-Face

Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin

by John Ridley, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith & Arif Prianto

When the Penguin’s criminal empire is stolen by a former associate, Batman faces both Cobblepot and THE UMBRELLA MAN on the burning streets of Gotham! John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s ONE BAD DAY one-shot arrives this October!

Batman - One Bad Day: The Penguin

Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze

by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Scalera & Dave Stewart

Save your sympathies, Batman and Robin! Years ago, Gotham City experienced a winter so icy that Mr. Freeze could live without his containment suit! Gerry Duggan and Matteo Scalera deliver a cold new take on Mr. Freeze this November!

Batman - One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze

Batman – One Bad Day: Catwoman

by G. Willow Wilson, Jamie McKelvie & Tamra Bonvillain

A brooch Selina Kyle’s mother once pawned for pennies is now part of a high-bid auction! The stakes are personal, and Catwoman will steal it back at any cost this December in G. Willow Wilson and Jamie McKelvie’s ONE BAD DAY one-shot!

Batman - One Bad Day: Catwoman

Batman – One Bad Day: Bane

by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter & Tomeu Morey

The man who broke the Bat returns for the last vengeance of Bane! See Bane’s mind, body and spirit get ravaged in a ONE BAD DAY one-shot by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter in January 2023!

Batman - One Bad Day: Bane

Batman – One Bad Day: Clayface

by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing, Xermanico & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Clayface’s dream was to be famous, but Gotham’s stars don’t always shine bright! Batman chases Basil Karlo to L.A. where Clayface is killing his way to fame in Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing and Xermanico’s ONE BAD DAY February one-shot!

Batman - One Bad Day: Clayface

Batman – One Bad Day: Ra’s al Ghul

by Tom Taylor & Ivan Reis

Finally, capping off the run of one-shot issues is Tom Taylor and Ivan Reis on Ra’s al Ghul’s ONE BAD DAY story in March! You know his name, the Bat will know his wrath!

Batman - One Bad Day: Ra’s al Ghul
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