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 – Dark Nights: Metal #3

There is nothing Batman hates more than a mystery. He became a master detective, not because he relishes solving a puzzle, but because he cannot bear to be ignorant. That was to be his downfall and the downfall of the multiverse.

Because Batman could not leave well enough alone, his efforts to solve a mystery tied into the ancient Court of Owls who had manipulated him all of his life and Gotham City for generations led to Bruce Wayne becoming the gateway to somewhere dark… a multiverse made up of all the worlds where the heroes were a second too late. Where the good guys became greater monsters than the villains they fought. Where evil triumphed in the end and the world fell into oblivion.

Seven Dark Knights came forth. Seven versions of Bruce Wayne that fell to the darkness. Seven versions of Bruce Wayne who had been denied the light and were determined to see it destroyed…

 

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Building off the mythology established in their now legendary run on Batman, it should be no surprise that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have delivered a story as epic as any we could have imagined with Dark Nights: Metal. The most truly miraculous aspect of this third issue, however, is how accessible it is to any reader who failed to pick up the first two issues. Every aspect of the story so far is explained, from how Batman’s actions have caused the current crisis to the events of the related Gotham Resistance story line that ran through the Teen Titans, Nightwing, Suicide Squad and Green Arrow series. It’s a novel touch and one more mini-series should indulge in for the benefit of those readers who were late to the party but don’t want to wait for the trade paperback collection.

Scott Snyder’s script for this issue is a masterwork, easily introducing obscure new characters such as The Nightmaster and Detective Chimp into the narrative with no fuss, muss or confusion at all. While much of the issue is concerned with exposition and setting up the next series of action events, the dialogue masks that fact very well and it’s amusing to read all the characters playing off of one another.

Greg Capullo is also at the top of his game here. Capullo has altered his usual penciling style somewhat, forging a new aesthetic inspired by the works of Frank Frazetta. Despite the generally dark coloration and heavy inks (courtesy of FCO Plascencia and Jonathan Glapion respectively), the general appearance of the book is surprisingly uncluttered. The artwork is detailed yet the line work is largely light and breezy. The colors stand out all the more vividly despite the general muted tone of the finished artwork. One particularly noteworthy aspect is the effects used to create the illusion of flickering firelight on a still page.

Bottom Line – if you haven’t been reading Dark Knights Metal, it isn’t too late to jump in on what will likely be the best event comic of 2017.

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 – 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.