New Comics for December 06, 2017

This is a big week for comics!

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New Comics for November 22, 2017

This is it, kids. The moment that DC’s Rebirth has been leading up to. DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 comes out tomorrow, but the first 20 people to come out to The Multiverse at 11:57pm TONIGHT can score an AMAZING variant cover!

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New Comics for November 08, 2017

New comics release tomorrow. Who’s ready for more Dark Nights Metal? This week: Batman Lost #1. In case you HAVEN’T been reading Detective Comics lately, Tim Drake is back! But can he make it out of Detective Comics #968 alive? Few can boast taking Venom in a fight. Who in their right mind would actual HUNT him? Kraven. Freakin’ nut job. See how that goes down in Venom #157. Wouldn’t it be great if aliens established contact under the promise of peace and technology in exchange for a port on Earth? Yeah. Until it’s no longer peaceful. Check out Port of Earth #1! I don’t think I really need to give you much on this one. New Tank Girl. Yeah. The Wonderful World of Tank Girl #1 hits shelves this week.

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New Comics for November 01, 2017

New comics release tomorrow. Who’s ready for more Dark Nights Metal? This week: The Devastator #1. The Paper Girls [#17] are finally getting some answers. And how appropriate that it’s on the heels of Halloween! J. Jonah Jameson get’s to interview Spider-Man in Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #6. What do you get when you mix equal parts Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and futuristic childhood nostalgia? The Jetsons #1! And if THAT’S not futuristic enough for you, then may we recommend No. 1 With A Bullet #1? Yeah. We may.

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New Comics for 10/25/2017

New comics release tomorrow. Who’s ready for more Dark Nights Metal? This week: The Merciless #1. Also, who’s had enough of Old Man Logan? Not us! But what’s more fun? How about Old Man Jack?!

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Comic Review – The God Complex #1

Behold the futuristic city of Delphi. A marvel of technology, Delphi is controlled by The Rulers – an upper-class of those gifted with the power to navigate The Stream.

The Stream is the collective hive-mind of humanity, containing all the currents of human thought, imagination and information. Through The Stream, The Rulers control every aspect of the lives of their followers like the gods of old. Indeed, The Rulers – who hide their true faces behind ornate masks – take their names from the ancient gods.

Enter Seneca – a young digital forensics investigator in the Delphi Police Force. Raised in the traditions of The Trinity Church, Seneca left them after the death of his mother. Now nominally sworn to serve The Rulers of Delphi, Seneca doesn’t quite trust the Olympian-themed Rulers either.

Thankfully Seneca’s boss – The Ruler Hermes – doesn’t take offense at Seneca’s cynicism. Hermes is the sort to prefer honest criticism to faint praise hiding fear. He also enjoys Seneca’s tendency to question everything and not settle for easy answers.

Seneca’s dark nature hides a darker secret – one he hides from even his girlfriend, Jess. Occasionally he hears a voice. Not voices – just a singular voice. Seneca’s secret may be tied to his latest case – the mysterious murder of three Trinity clerics, their tongues count out in a ritualistic manner. But what is the connection? And why has Seneca attracted the attention of The Ruler known as Apollo?

 

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Born of the same cyberpunk roots that inspired the Blade Runner films and the Deus Ex video game series, God Complex #1 offers a disturbing view of a future not too far removed from our own. Self-made, digitally-savvy gods manipulate our perceptions from a virtual reality beyond our conception. This fact doesn’t bother most people, however, with the teeming masses content to move from moment to moment, throwing their energies into worship of their icons or unthinking hedonism.

Our protagonist, Seneca, is different. Cut from the same mold as Rick Deckard and Henry Case, Seneca is the classic cyberpunk anti-hero. He feels an uneasy emptiness inside but cannot give voice as to why. He sees himself as standing apart from the common clay, yet seeks connection with others. He sees the futility of his bleak existence but longs to lose that awareness rather than change his circumstances.

Writer Paul Jenkins (HellblazerWolverine: Origin,The Sentry) does a fantastic job of bringing Bryan Lie’s concept to life. While there’s not much in this first chapter’s story beyond the standard cyberpunk tropes, the concept of The Rulers is novel enough to encourage hope in this series’ future. Jenkins also has a great ear for dialogue and Seneca’s internal monologues perfectly suit the future noir aesthetic of the story.

The artwork by Hendry Prasetya and Jessica Kholinne proves equally inspiring, establishing a world that is full of bright lights and visible noise yet seems shrouded in darkness and decay. Their visualization of The Stream bears mentioning, seemingly inspired by William Gibson’s Neuromancer and the concept of ICE, with The Stream appearing as motes of light flowing through the air, forming a second world lain over the real one.

8/10


Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.

Comic Review – Batman: White Knight #1

“This is an Imaginary Story… Aren’t they all?”

With those words, Alan Moore opened one story and ended an era at DC Comics. Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow was written to given the story of Superman an official ending of sorts before DC Comics rebooted their continuity with Crisis On Infinite Earths and formed what became known as the Post-Crisis Universe. Before then, any story that took place outside of the established canon (i.e. every wacky story involving Lois Lane marrying Superman) was dubbed an Imaginary Story.

Following Crisis On Infinite Earths, these non-canon stories were published under the Elseworlds imprint. The name may have changed but the base idea was still the same, allowing writers a chance to tell stories set in other realities and timelines. The first of these – Gotham By Gaslight – was set in a world where Bruce Wayne became Batman in Victorian era Gotham City and stalked a clownish Jack The Ripper.

Many of these Elseworld stories – such as Hawkworld and The Killing Joke – were absorbed into the canon due to positive fan reaction. Others, like the western-themed Justice Riders and the alternate-future Kingdom Come, became part of the canon Multiverse formed after Flashpoint.  The Elseworld imprint is used sparingly these days but DC Comics still tells tales set in other realities.

Batman: White Knight is the latest of these stories. Set in a reality where The Joker has been cured of his madness, the early previews promised a story where the newly-sane Jack Napier would find himself reluctantly thrust into the role of savior when it becomes apparent that The Batman has gone over the edge in his efforts to fight crime in Gotham City.

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Surprisingly, the early synopses buried the lead on Batman: White Knight. After a three page introduction depicts a gentlemanly Joker confronting a clearly crazed Batman in Arkham Aslyum, the rest of the issue depicts a flashback to One Year Earlier. It is here we see the final battle between The Joker as we know him and a Batman who has begun to prioritize catching criminals over saving lives, much to the sorrow of Batgirl, Nightwing and The GCPD. The end result is a Joker who literally had the sense beaten into him and is determined to deliver justice to the corrupt and incompetent administration that allows a Batman to run riot.

Countless other stories have examined the idea that Batman is just as crazy and dangerous as the villains he fights and the concept of The Joker going sane or becoming a hero. Despite this, writer and artist Sean Murphy has managed to put a unique spin on both ideas with White Knight. Fans will no doubt draw comparisons to The Dark Knight Returns – both because of a similar sequence where reporters argue over the morality of Batman’s actions and The Joker’s monologues regarding the abusive relationship that he and Batman share. Murphy builds beyond these themes, however, and manages some subtle and relevant commentary on the issue of police brutality.

Murphy’s artwork proves the equal of his writing. Rich and atmospheric, with thick inks settling to form deep shadows around the original pencils, Batman: White Knight looks somber even for a Batman title! Ironically, given the title, there is no pure white to be seen anywhere in this world. Even in the brightest moments, colorist Matt Hollingsworth allows no off-whites into the artwork – only muted shades of grey which make the dark night seem all the darker. The final effect is fantastic, making this book a must-read for all Bat-fans!

10/10


Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.

Comic Review – Detective Comics #965

Detective Comics #965 CoverTim Drake was something of an anomaly among the many people who came to work alongside The Batman in protecting Gotham City. Unlike Dick Grayson and Duke Thomas, he was not chosen as a protege because of a tragedy. Unlike Barbara Gordon and Stephanie Brown, he did not choose to don a costume because of some desperate desire to help while rebelling against a parent. He had not been trained from birth to be a living weapon like Jean-Paul Valley or Cassandra Cain. In the end, Tim became a superhero because he realized the truth that no one else had – that Batman needs a Robin to keep from giving into the darkness completely – and in the absence of any other candidates, Tim had to become Red Robin to save his city and The Batman’s soul.

Had it not been for that fact, Tim would never have chosen the vigilante’s life. Indeed, he planned to leave it, thinking he could do more to help the world by going to college. Yet when a madman’s plan to kill millions of people almost came to pass, Tim Drake chose to make the ultimate sacrifice without complaint. Unable to shut down the killer’s lethal drones, Tim hacked them and sent them after a single target – himself!

That should have been the end of Tim Drake. Everyone, even Batman, thought it was. The truth was far more shocking. Tim had been pulled from reality just seconds before his certain death, imprisoned by Mr. Oz – a mysterious figure with an interest in Superman, who had been interfering with the lives of The Man of Steel and everyone around him. Mr. Oz explained that Tim was far too close to connecting threads that must remain severed and had to be taken off the board.

Who is Mr. Oz? What secret was Tim Drake about to uncover that Mr. Oz had to act to cover up? Why did Mr. Oz bother to save Tim Drake at all, when Tim’s death should have ensured his silence? All these questions and more will be addressed, as the tale is told of a boy who solved the mystery that defied Gotham City’s greatest criminal minds and became the hero his city deserved in the bargain.

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When DC Comics rebooted their universe in 2011, creating what became known as The New 52 Reality, there were several oddities as various creators began to pick and choose which parts of the old universe would remain as a new five-year timeline was created. One of the bigger incongruities was the fact that Batman had acquired four Robins in this five-year span. It was unclear, given the origin stories unique to each Robin, how this was possible. As a result, the story of just how Tim Drake had become Robin in the new reality was completely ignored… until now.

James Tynion IV’s script for Detective Comics #965 draws deeply on the original Tim Drake origin story by Chuck Dixon, updating the details sparingly while keeping the focus firmly on Tim’s character and unique personality. Those unfamiliar with Tim’s backstory can relax, however, as this story is as friendly to new readers as it is conscientious in acknowledging what came before. The details of the events leading to Tim’s “death” are also explained with a minimum of exposition, so those who haven’t been reading Detective Comics can easily jump into the action with this issue. Like, say, those Action Comics readers anxious to learn the identity of Mr. Oz?

Regarding that mystery; the reveal is well-handled and a bit of a stunner that truly will change things in the Superman books. The revelation is largely meaningless within the context of the on-going story of Detective Comics, however, but does hint at big things to come regarding the DC Rebirth story-line as a whole.

Detective Comics has some of the best artists in the business working on it and the team of Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas continue to impress with every passing issue. Barrows’ pencil-work is crisp and clean. Ferreira goes beyond merely outlining Barrow’s pencils, crafting stunning shadows around the original art without drowning the page in ink. Lucas’ colors showing amazing variety, using different tints to subtly note the switch between flashbacks and the present.

8/10


Written by The Critic The Internet Deserves, but not the one it needs right now…. Matt Morrison. He’s a smart-ass guardian. A sarcastic protector. A Snark Knight.