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Weekly Comic Book Roundup #14

Hawkman, Vol. 1: Awakening

(Hawkman (2018) #1)

by Robert Venditti (Goodreads Author), Bryan Hitch (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

Carter Hall is Hawkman, the resurrected winged warrior who’s lived a thousand lifetimes. But what happens when one of his past lives comes knocking on his door?

Spinning out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter will race around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face down his own past lives lurking around every corner?

Fan favorite writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, The Flash) is joined by industry superstar Bryan Hitch (Justice League, The Ultimates) to redefine DC’s winged wonder for a new era!

Collects Hawkman #1-6

The Verdict

An amazing deep-dive into the vast history of the DC Universe, readers will thoroughly enjoy learning just how much history Hawkman, aka Carter Hall, has lived through. The character becomes so much more complex and expands what everyone thought they knew of the DC Universe as a whole that this comic book shines a light into the vast darkness that has been plaguing the heroes in recent years. It’s a must-read for any long-time Hawkman fans. 

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Young Justice, Vol. 1: Gemworld

(Young Justice (2019) #1)

by Brian Michael BendisPatrick Gleason (Illustrator), John Timms (Illustrator), Emanuela Lupacchino (Illustrator), Kris Anka (Illustrator), Viktor Bogdanovic (Illustrator), Doc Shaner (Illustrator), Ray McCarthy (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator), Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Gabe Eltaeb (Colorist), Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Chris Sotomayor (Colorist), Hi-Fi (Colorist) 

The Synopsis

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! All united in Young Justice! The hottest new super-team, written by award winning author Brian Michael Bendis for his new imprint Wonder Comics!

When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, teen heroes will unite to deal with the situation–but they’re quickly shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy!

This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Brian Michael Bendis (Superman, Action Comics, Pearl) reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (Superman, Action Comics, Green Lantern Corps) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made – when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics.

Collects issues #1-6

The Verdict

What a bright, fun new chapter for the DC Universe. While so much of the DC Comics world has become filled with darkness as Doom threatens to consume everything, the Young Justice team showcases a connectivity and humor that few comics are capturing at the moment. The return of heroes like Bart Allen and Superboy, aka Connor Kent, was amazing to see unfold, and seeing Tim Drake take on a leadership role was amazing to see as well. Incredibly written, this is a must-read for longtime DC Comics fans. 

The Green Lantern, Vol. 1: Intergalactic Lawman

(The Green Lantern (Collected Editions) #1)

by Grant MorrisonLiam Sharp (Illustrator)

The Synopsis

Legendary writer Grant Morrison is taking Green Lantern back to his roots, exploring the popular hero’s role as the universe’s best space cop. It’s Law and Order in space as Hal Jordan encounters a mysterious alien hiding in plain sight, setting off a chain of events that will bring the Green Lantern Corps to its knees!

When Green Lantern Hal Jordan encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps to its foundations. There’s an intergalactic conspiracy afoot, and a traitor within the Corps might be pulling the strings… Then, the Earth itself has vanished and been put up for auction to a buyer whose claim may be impossible to break without Hal violating the Lanterns’ most cherished rule!

With vivid new takes on the Controllers, the Darkstars, the Guardians of the Universe and many more Green Lantern enemies and allies drawn from decades of DC Comics, Morrison and Sharp spin an epic tale that ranges from Earth to the farthest reaches of space, starting in The Green Lantern: Intergalactic Lawman, collecting issues #1-6 of the new hit series!

Collects The Green Lantern #1-6.

The Verdict

A visceral, cosmic adventure that puts Hal Jordan into the role of hero and undercover cop all at once, the latest Green Lantern series focuses on one of DC’s most prolific heroes to fill out the role of Green Lantern. Highlighting Hal Jordan’s unique willpower in the face of frightening, horrifying cosmic threats, the new iterations or viewpoints of the Darkstars and the Controllers puts Hal in a truly new position within the DC Universe. 

Doomsday Clock

(Doomsday Clock #1-12)

by Geoff Johns

The Synopsis

The critically acclaimed sequel to the best-selling Watchmen written by master storytellers Geoff Johns and Gary Frank. As the Doomsday Clock ticks toward midnight the final fate of the DC Universe lies in a confrontation between Superman and Dr. Manhattan that will result in the end of everything!

The world of Watchmen collides with the DC Universe in the most shocking story in DC history! Something is amiss in the DC Universe. Following the events of DC Universe: Rebirth and Batman/The Flash: The Button, Geoff Johns (Flashpoint, Justice League, DC Universe: Rebirth) and Gary Frank (Batman: Earth One, Shazam!, DC Universe: Rebirth) reuinite to rewrite the past and future of the DC Universe in a story hailed as a masterpiece!

Seven years after the events of Watchmen, Adrian Veidt has been exposed as the murderer of millions. Now a fugitive, he has come up with a new plan to save his once-adoring world: find Dr. Manhattan. Alongside a new Rorschach and the deadly Mime and Marionette he arrives in the DC Universe and finds it on the brink of collapse. International tensions are running rampant with The Supermen Theory implicating the U.S. government in creating superhumans to maintain global dominance! But what is Dr. Manhattan doing in the DC Universe? And how is he related to the events of DC Universe: Rebirth and The Button? Our heroes will discover these answers all point to one thing. The end.

Collects issues #1-12 of the groundbreaking series

The Verdict

One of the best graphic novels of the Rebirth era, Doomsday Clock brings together the worlds of Watchmen and DC Comics in a truly brutal, gritty yet thought-provoking way. Examining the state of the world as a whole and a hero’s place within it, the story looks into how violence and mistrust can lead to downward spirals within any society, while the larger story of Dr. Manhattan showcases how the DC Universe has evolved and grown over the years and how the simplest change can have dire consequences on the future. The showdown that leads to Superman facing Dr. Manhattan is amazing to see unfold. This is a graphic novel you do not want to miss. 

Superman, Volume 1: The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth

(Superman (2018) #1)

by Brian Michael BendisIvan Reis (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

Iconic creator Brian Michael Bendis finally lands writing the first superhero ever, as Clark Kent battles the alien that blew up Krypton–Rogol Zaar–in this great entry-point graphic novel, Superman Vol. 1!

The fallout from the Man of Steel graphic novel has Clark looking at the world through new eyes…with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the city of Metropolis and the planet Earth. His first job? Getting the planet back out of the Phantom Zone!

A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time and one of the greatest creators of his generation begins here, as Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! This graphic novel also serves as a sister series to Bendis’ new run beginning in Action Comics Vol. 1! Collects issues #1-6.

The Verdict

A brand new age of Superman comics, the latest chapter of Clark Kent’s life is an interesting one. Not only is he faced with protecting his adoptive home as it begins to be pulled into the terrifying Phantom Zone and facing a powerful foe in Rogol Zaar, the being responsible for Krypton’s destruction, but he must also contend with his personal life as his wife Lois finds herself in the spotlight and people begin speculating about their relationship, and his son finds himself on his own cosmic journey with a shocking ally. The artwork is incredible and the story really highlights how Superman’s world and stories really connect with the larger DC Universe often. 

Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats

(Catwoman (2018) #1)

by Joëlle JonesFernando Blanco (Illustrations), Laura Allred (Colorist)

The Synopsis

Coming off of the wedding of the century to Batman, Selina Kyle stars in an all-new solo series written and illustrated by Eisner Award nominee Joëlle Jones!

The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives.

Fresh off of her run on Batman with superstar writer Tom King, creator Joëlle Jones writes and illustrates this dynamic new series. Collects issues #1-6.

The Verdict 

An engaging new chapter in the life of Selina Kyle, fans will be enthralled with Catwoman’s solo comic series. Seeing the character put on appearances within a new city in an effort to hide her pain at being forced to leave the man she loves behind in Gotham, Selina is confronted by a powerful criminal leader who challenges Selina’s power and assurance in any situation. Examining her skills as a master thief and a would-be hero, the comic highlights the complexity of the character and looks at her life away from the life of Batman. 

The Punisher, Vol. 1: World War Frank

(The Punisher (2018) #1)

by Matthew RosenbergSzymon Kudranski (Illustrator)

The Synopsis 

You can take the Punisher out of the War Machine… Frank Castle may no longer have the Stark-designed armor, but he has retained his newly acquired taste for “big game” criminal targets – and he’s hungry for more. But the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use powerful help on his way up to the world stage. A delicate situation gets more complicated when Daredevil enters the fray – and he wants to put the Punisher down even more than Frank’s newest foes! Where can the Punisher go from here…but down? Matthew Rosenberg continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, now joined by acclaimed artist Riccardo Burchielli for the book that Frank-ophiles will be talking about for years to come!

COLLECTING: THE PUNISHER (2018) 1-5

The Verdict

An exciting, visceral and gritty new chapter in the life of the Punisher, Frank Castle is a man on a mission once more. Seeking redemption of his own making after being tricked into working for HYDRA, Frank finds himself hunting down not mobsters or drug dealers, but Baron Zemo and all those who work for HYDRA. Seeing the Punisher bring his own violent brand of justice to an organization like HYDRA really elevates Frank’s heroics and vigilantism as a whole. Seeing the various heroes of the Marvel universe try to bring Frank in as he causes mayhem and takes out iconic villains will engage fans greatly as the series unfolds. 

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West Coast Avengers, Vol. 1: Best Coast

(West Coast Avengers (2018) (Collected Editions) #1)

by Kelly Thompson (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Stefano Caselli (Illustrations), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

The Avengers go West once again – but these ain’t your daddy’s Whackos! A bold new era begins for the mightiest heroes to ever live on the Pacifi c Coast. That means Hawkeye (your favorite one, Kate Bishop)! Hawkeye (the other one, Clint Barton)! America Chavez! Kid Omega! Gwenpool! And a guy named Fuse! Wait, what? That’s right, these are the new West Coast Avengers. And you better hope they can figure out how to save the world, and fast -because big things are headed for their part of the planet! Including the attack of the 50-foot werewoman – better known as original WCA member Tigra! The West Coast Avengers are back, and you’re going to love what comes next!

COLLECTING: WEST COAST AVENGERS 1-4, YOUNG AVENGERS PRESENTS #6, THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1 

The Verdict

A fun, hilarious, and action-packed new chapter in the lives of Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) and her allies, fans are going to love this limited series. The humor of characters who fans never would have imagined being on a team together, especially Quentin Quire and Gwenpool, is felt on every page of this series, and the exploration of crime and misadventures from villains on the West Coast is a unique change of pace for the Marvel heroes. The brief revival of the West Coast Avengers is a fun read that is not to be missed. 

Uncanny X-Men: X-Men Disassembled

(Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1)

by Matthew Rosenberg (Text), Ed BrissonKelly Thompson (Goodreads Author), Mahmud Asrar (Illustrator)

The Synopsis

The flagship X-Men title that started it all is back — bigger and better than ever! Why is the X-Men’s newest crisis shaping up to be…their final adventure?! It all starts with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, but their investigation draws the X-Men into a much larger — and deadlier — situation! Who or what are the Four Horsemen of Salvation, and what is their connection to Nate Grey, the incredibly powerful mutant known as X-Man? Will Nate’s home dimension, the Age of Apocalypse, make its horrifying return? Or does the dawn of the Age of X-Man mean the end of the Uncanny X-Men?! It’s a statusquo- smashing story that just might leave all of mutantkind in tatters, and it will take three fan-favorite writers to deliver the mutant madness!

COLLECTING: Uncanny X-Men (2018) 1-10

The Verdict

A powerful first chapter in the latest “final stand” for the X-Men, as they face an all-powerful Nate Grey as he gets set to reshape the planet into his own image, bringing about his own brand of “peace”. As the X-Men face not only their end but all of Earth’s end as well, they will have to come together to show the world why mutants deserve equality, not hate. Yet Nate’s attacks make this mission more challenging than ever, and fans are able to see how the frustration and pain being alienated is starting to affect the X-Men. A great way to look at how the X-Men team has evolved and grown over the years. 

Mr. and Mrs. X, Vol. 1: Love and Marriage

(Mr. & Mrs. X #1)

by Kelly Thompson (Goodreads Author), Oscar Bazaldua (Illustrator), Terry Dodson (Illustrator), David López (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

To the surprise of everyone, the Marvel Universe’s hottest couple has tied the knot! But there’s no time to enjoy wedded bliss when ROGUE and GAMBIT find themselves tasked with protecting a mysterious package that just about everyone in the galaxy is trying to steal. What secrets does this package hold that everyone from the Imperial Guard and the Starjammers to Technet and Deathbird (with an entire Shi’ar rebellion in tow!) will risk everything for?! Perhaps more importantly, is there anything worse than DEADPOOL crashing your honeymoon?

COLLECTING: MR. AND MRS. X 1-6 

The Verdict

Hilarious, action-packed, and romantic, this incredible X-Men read focuses on two of the most beloved and complicated heroes within the mutant community, Rogue and Gambit. Their on and off relationship takes new heights as they finally tie the knot, but marriage doesn’t end the complications of their life. From Deadpool making his way onto their honeymoon in space to secret X-Men missions nearly ending the marriage before it starts, this series does a fantastic job of exploring the complex nature of these two hero’s lives as well as how amazing they function as a unit together. 

Fantastic Four by Dan Slott, Vol. 1: Fourever

(Fantastic Four (2018) #1)

by Dan SlottSara Pichelli (Illustrations), Stefano Caselli (Illustrations), Nico Leon (Illustrations), Simone Bianchi (Illustrations), Skottie Young (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

The wait is over! The Thing, the Human Torch, the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic – the fi rst four heroes of the Marvel Age of Comics -are about to be reunited! Nothing is impossible anymore. Anything can happen. It’s time. Jump in and be part of the grand return of the greatest family in the Marvel Universe! As an event occurs that will forever change the Fantastic Four, the next chapter begins in the life of Victor Von Doom. Meanwhile, Alicia Masters adopts two kittens. And no, they’re not Skrulls. They’re two normal, everyday kittens! FANTASTIC FOUR is a book about the grand, cosmic wonder of the Marvel Universe. It’s also about family and real life. And people get pets. Stop obsessing about Alicia’s kittens.

COLLECTING: FANTASTIC FOUR 1-4

The Verdict

After being apart for years after the events of Secret Wars, the Fantastic Four are back together again. As Johnny and Ben miss their friends and family, Reed and Sue are traversing the new multiverse as their son Franklin Richards helps create these new universes, while Valeria and the Future Foundation record and analyze the inhabitants of these universes. Soon the Fantastic Four are pulled back together by a powerful, multiversal threat, while Ben takes a giant step to take his relationship with Alicia to all new levels. The rebirth of the Fantastic Four’s world and their adventures throughout time and space are a welcome treat as Marvel witnesses the return of the world’s first superhero family. 

Death of the Inhumans

(Inhumans in Chronological Order #38)

by Donny CatesAriel Olivetti (Illustrations)

The Synopsis

The alien Kree are on a killing spree, leaving behind a message: Join or die. Thousands of Inhumans have already made their choice – the evidence floats bleeding in space. Attilan died screaming without its king. Now Black Bolt, monarch of the Inhumans, sets out for vengeance – and leads the last of his people to their deaths. For the Kree have a weapon of their own…one that will teach the Silent King what it truly means to be voiceless. It’s an Inhuman massacre as rising star Donny Cates and sensational artist Ariel Olivetti bring the Inhumans to the lowest point in their long and storied history – and quite possibly their last!

COLLECTING: DEATH OF INHUMANS 1-5

The Verdict

Facing their own extinction, the Inhuman survivors, including members of the Royal Family, must avenge their people as the Kree set out to destroy their long lost creations. Black Bolt is pushed to his limits and has his willpower and power set tested in more ways than one. The brutality and shocking discovery of a new enemy makes this series stand out and gives a whole new context to the mythology of the Inhumans. A must-read. 

Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Vol. 1: Winter in America

(Captain America (2018) #1)

by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Writer), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrations), Gerry Alanguilan (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator)

The Synopsis

It’s winter in America! For over 70 years, Captain America has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Cap is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are they? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time – and out of options! Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal of influence brokers known as the Power Elite? Join acclaimed BLACK PANTHER scribe Ta-Nehisi Coates for the next chapter of Captain America’s life!

COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA 1-6, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018 (AVENGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA) 1 (CAPTAIN AMERICA STORY)

The Verdict

Readers will be enthralled and engaged with this all-new chapter in the story of Captain America. Getting to see Steve Rodgers face a world now that distrusts him and his heroism after a HYDRA copy of himself tarnished his reputation by nearly destroying the world gives this new series an added element of drama that balances out the action. It is definitely a series that plays upon the state of our world as it stands now, and is a great read overall. 

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Doctor Strange by Mark Waid, Vol. 1: Across The Universe

(Doctor Strange (2018) (Collected Editions) #1)

by Mark WaidJesus Saiz (Illustrations), Javier Pina (Illustrator)

The Synopsis

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies–new and old–await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe, seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic use is coming due–who will come to collect?!

COLLECTING: DOCTOR STRANGE 1-5

The Verdict

Stephen Strange has been a master of mysticism for years, but now the Sorcerer Supreme is put into a whole new position as he must find magic throughout the cosmos. Seeing Stephen’s journey of discovery and the various new magical elements within the universe of Marvel Comics is a creative twist on the Doctor Strange mythos and welcome addition to the Marvel Universe. 

Weekly Comic Book Roundup #9

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Who Is Oracle?

(Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1)

by Julie Benson (Writer), Shawna Benson (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Claire Roe (Artist), Allen Passalaqua (Colourist), Steve Wands (Goodreads Author) (Letterer), Roge Antonio (Artist), Yanick Paquette (Cover Artist), Nathan Fairbairn (Cover Colourist) , Deron Bennett (Letterer)

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Synopsis

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

The Birds of Prey prowl the street of Gotham once again! The sisterly, crime-fighting trio–Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress–get the band back together in the aftermath of DC Universe: Rebirth, but they’re not reconnecting for nostalgia’s sake. A mysterious new criminal operative called Oracle has declared war on Gotham. Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, and a.k.a. cyber-superhero Oracle in a previous guise, takes exception to someone smearing her legacy.

Writing duo and sisters Julie and Shawna Benson, along with breakout artist Claire Roe, reunite the femme fatale crew in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Who Is Oracle?!

CollectingBatgirl and the Birds of Prey 1-6, Rebirth

Verdict

A fantastic new entry in the infamous Birds of Prey team history. The introduction of Huntress onto the Rebirth era team while the mystery of who the new “Oracle” is will keep fans invested from the very beginning. The team’s dynamic and the impact each has on the city of Gotham and beyond make this a relatable story as well, as powerful female heroes are finally becoming more prevalent and showcase the power of teamwork as the streets of Gotham become more and more dangerous. A must read for the DC Rebirth era, as well as the perfect read to prepare for the upcoming Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey film. 

Star Wars: Princess Leia

(Star Wars: Marvel Miniseries)

by Mark WaidTerry Dodson (Illustrator), Rachel Dodson (Inker, Cover Art), Jordie Bellaire (Colourist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

Synopsis

When Princess Leia Organa was captured by the Empire, she never betrayed her convictions – even after the complete destruction of her home world, Alderaan. When her rescue came, Leia grabbed a blaster and joined the fight, escaping back to the Rebel Alliance and helping strike the biggest blow against the Empire – the destruction of the Death Star! But in the aftermath of that victory, the question remains…what is a princess without a world? As Leia comes to grips with her loss, a new mission leads her to the underground world of Sullust. The Empire is rounding up fugitive Alderaanians, and that doesn’t sit well with their Princess! But what can one woman do against the Galactic Empire? They’re about to find out! Join the galaxy’s toughest Princess on a quest to save her people and rebuild her life!

COLLECTING: PRINCESS LEIA #1-5

Verdict

A fantastic way to keep the legacy of Princess Leia going, this miniseries did a marvelous job of showcasing the strength and courage and overall hope that Leia embodied in the franchise, and why she was one of the strongest heroes of the Star Wars series. Exploring the aftermath of her homeworld’s destruction and getting to see the history and culture of her people play out was fantastic to see, and the artwork was beautifully done and used a warmth that spoke to the tone of the character herself. A must read Star Wars series. 

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Red Hood and the Outlaws, Volume 1: Dark Trinity

(Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #1)

by Scott Lobdell (Writer), Dexter Soy (Artist), Veronica Gandini (Colourist), Taylor Esposito (Letterer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Cover Penciler), Cam Smith (Cover Inker), Dean White (Cover Colourist)

Synopsis 

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

Jason Todd, a.k.a. Redd Hood, has been many things–a Robin, dead, the Red Hood–now he’s back and he’s embracing his bad side!

With his new status as a villain, Red Hood plans to take down Gotham’s underworld from the inside. Joined by a fallen Amazon named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone named Bizarro, this dark trinity will soon discover that the line between hero and villain is harder to discern than they might think.

CollectingRed Hood & the Outlaws 1-6

Verdict

Red Hood has always been a fascinating character, but seeing his character growth in this DC Rebirth era is great to see. The conflict of proving himself to Bruce by not killing and his desire to end crime for good play out well here, as does his new relationship with fellow outlaws Artemis and Bizarro. Each brings a unique perspective to the story while also showcasing that heroes don’t always follow a black or white moral code, but that doesn’t mean they’re not heroes. A great read with a fantastic opening villain in the narrative and a brilliant origin story to the team and Bizarro himself. 

Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard Time

(Black Bolt (Collected Editions) #1)

by Saladin Ahmed (Goodreads Author) (Writer), Christian Ward (Illustrator)

Synopsis

The silent king of the Inhumans stars in his first-ever solo series! But it begins with Black Bolt…imprisoned?! Where exactly is he? Why has he been jailed? And who could be powerful enough to hold the uncanny Black Bolt? The answers to both will shock you -and Black Bolt as well! For if he is to learn the truth, he must first win a fight to the death with a fellow inmate -the Absorbing Man! Award-winning science fiction writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) crafts a story as trippy as it is action-packed, with truly mind-bending art from the one-and-only Christian Ward (ODY-C)!

COLLECTING: BLACK BOLT 1-6

Verdict

Definitely one of the most complex members of not only the Marvel Universe but the Inhuman Royal Family is the king, Black Bolt. Now a fallen king, Black Bolt gets a much needed spotlight as fans are treated to an exploration of the all powerful Inhuman in an all-new light. The King finds himself a prisoner, and making allies with criminals in the process, as he faces one of the most terrifying foes in the Marvel Universe, and must find his place in the universe when he can’t rely on his own powers. A fantastic read that Marvel fans will love. 

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

(Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2015) #1-5)

by Dan Slott (Writer), Michel Fiffe (Goodreads Author), Felipe SmithMarguerite BennettJeremy Whitley (Goodreads Author), Katie CookGurihiru (Artist), Adam Kubert (Artist) , Kris Anka (Artist)

Synopsis

Not even The Amazing Spider-Man is safe from Secret Wars! In this new Marvel Universe, Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and their daughter Annie have to scrape by to make ends meet, but they have each other…However, who is Regent and what is his nefarious plan that has already claimed Daredevil and Moon Knight? It’s a brand new world full of brand new challenges for Peter Parker, The Amazing Spider-Man!

CollectingAmazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows 1-5 & materiel from Spider-Verse 2

Verdict

Getting the chance to explore the Marvel multiverse is always a fun time. Fans of the Marvel Comics universe know Peter Parker’s story well by now, so getting to see a world where he and Mary Jane not only married, but started a family together and became their own little super-family is a refreshing change of pace. The evolution of their daughter Annie, as well as Mary Jane becoming her own hero as well, makes the blend of family dynamics and heroics a fun journey to go on. Blend this with the evolution of a new generation of Osborn and the X-Men, and fans are given a brilliant new path to explore in the Marvel Multiverse. 

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The War of the Realms

(War of the Realms (Collected Editions))

by Jason AaronRussell Dauterman (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Arthur Adams (Cover)

Synopsis

THE WAR OF THE REALMS is upon us! Malekith, king of the Dark Elves, has been conquering the Ten Realms and now has his sights set on the last one: Earth. And with armies of Frost Giants, Fire Goblins, trolls, angel warriors, Roxxon corporate soldiers, the Enchantress and the prince of lies himself, Loki, at his side, Malekith may just succeed. Asgardia is no more, Old Asgard is in ruins, and the majority of Asgardians are refugees on Earth. Now Thor and Earth’s heroes — including the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and even such unlikely allies as Venom and Punisher — are all that stand in Malekith’s way! It’s an event five years in the making as the MIGHTY THOR creative team of writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman and colorist Matthew Wilson reunite to save the Ten Realms!

COLLECTING: WAR OF THE REALMS 1-6, WAR OF THE REALMS: OMEGA

Verdict

One of Marvel’s most explosive and brutal storylines in recent years, the crossover event sees the heroes of the Marvel Universe fighting for their lives and the lives of every realm in the universe as Malekith the King of the Dark Elves has led an army to invade and conquer all realms, and leaves Earth, or Midgard, for last. A great way to see the heroes push themselves to the limit and see many heroes grow and evolve in the face of Armageddon, not least of all Thor, who becomes something far more powerful than he could have ever thought possible. A magnificent read. 

Weekly Comic Book Roundup #3

DC Comics: Bombshells, Vol. 1: Enlisted

(DC Comics: Bombshells #1)

by Marguerite BennettMarguerite Sauvage (Illustrator), Ming Doyle (Illustrator), Laura Braga (Illustrator), Maria Laura Sanapo (Illustrator), Marc Deering (Illustrator), Stephen Mooney (Illustrator), Ted Naifeh (Goodreads Author) (Illustrator) , Garry Brown (Illustrator), Mirka Andolfo (Illustrator), Bilquis Evely (Illustrator), Sandy Jarrell (Illustrator)

Synopsis

In these stories from issues #1-6 of the hit series, learn the story behind this alternate reality where the Second World War is fought by superpowered women on the front lines and behind the scenes! It all begins with the stories of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

Verdict

One of the strongest alternate reality worlds of the DC Universe. Getting to see the women of the DC Universe not only shine and showcase their heroism in their own series but to do so in a setting that was not known for recognizing strong women made this a wonderful read. In an age where feminism and equality are being fought for so strongly and women are more recognized now than ever before, it is important not to give up and relent in the face of adversity, and that is what this comic proves as it delves into the alternate lives of some of DC’s greatest heroes, from Mera and Batwoman to Zatanna and Wonder Woman herself. This is a must read for anyone who loves seeing empowered female characters take charge and fight against injustice and hatred with love, compassion and heroics like no other, and is the perfect introduction into this alternate world. 

Harley Quinn, Volume 1: Die Laughing (Harley Quinn (2016) #1)

by Amanda Conner (Writer, Artist), Jimmy Palmiotti (Writer)

Synopsis

Harley Quinn is back in this new jumping-on point Vol. 1 graphic novel from DC Rebirth!

Her name is Dr. Harleen Quinzel, better known to her friends and enemies as playful-but-deadly Harley Quinn. Her ex-boyfriend, the Joker, may be the Clown Prince of Crime, but Harley’s the Queen of Coney Island! So when a zombie apocalypse threatens her li’l seaside stretch of paradise, who else would ya call to save your butt?

In these action-packed pages, the baddest bad girl in the entire DC Universe joins forces with everyone from her gal-pal Poison Ivy to the leading lights of the New York City punk scene to take down anyone who stands between her and a good time–living, dead or undead.

The Harley Quinn powerhouse team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti joins forces with artists John Timms and Chad Hardin and draft a new beginning for DC’s craziest anti-hero in HARLEY QUINN VOL. 1: DIE LAUGHING. Collects HARLEY QUINN #1-7.

Verdict: 

It’s easy to see why Harley Quinn has quickly become DC’s most popular anti-hero, brandishing her own unique sense of whacky shenanigans and never give up attitude. With a humor and wit that definitely harkens to another comic book anti-hero (Deadpool people!), the comic book does a great job of not only providing outrageous comic book action and hilarious moments between the cast of characters, but subtly hints at the core strength of Harley Quinn being the family she has created for herself in the wake of her evil ex’s hold on her finally letting her go. It’s a great way to introduce the character into the Rebirth era and a fantastic book to jump into if you are just starting to read Harley’s stories. 

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New Avengers, Volume 1: Everything Dies

(New Avengers (2013) (Collected Editions) #1)

by Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Steve Epting (Illustrations), Rick Magyar (Illustrator), Jock (Cover Artist), Frank D’Armata (Illustrator)

Synopsis:

To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati must reassemble…NOW!

It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe: the Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Beast against an infinite legion of parallel realities. Armed with the six Infinity Gems, the Illuminati gather to plan for the death of everything…but their task is complicated by old wounds, lies and secret agendas. But when the Illuminati experience their first dimensional incursion, can this loose brotherhood of end times trust each other enough to use the Infinity Gems in unison? And what new member will join the group? Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting revamp The New Avengers in a multiverse-spanning saga!

CollectingNew Avengers 1-6

Verdict

A fantastic introduction into the Illuminati’s return in the Marvel Universe, and the road that leads to the inevitable Secret Wars story. The story of this group of individuals who are not only collectively the most intelligent people on Earth, but are willing to go to dark places that the other heroes aren’t in order to save their universe from utter destruction, is such an engaging and phenomenal character study of the Marvel Universe as a whole. Where do heroes draw the line and fight the impossible, and where do heroes cross the line for the betterment of their world as a whole? That is the amazingly complex question posed by this series, and combined with some gritty and intense artwork, this collection showcases a heavily mythology based storyline that will take the Illuminati members to the farthest reaches of the Marvel multiverse. A must read for any Marvel fan!

All-Star Batman, Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy 

Written by: Scott Snyder (Goodreads Author) (Writer), 

Art by: John Romita Jr. (Penciler), Danny Miki (Inker), Dean White (Colourist), Steve Wands (Goodreads Author) (Letterer), Declan Shalvey (Artist), Jordie Bellaire (Colourist)

Synopsis:

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

The #1 New York Times best-selling author of Batman returns to the Dark Knight in All-Star Batman, Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy! But he’s not alone. Critically acclaimed, legendary illustrator John Romita, Jr. joins him on this epic new series!

In this new graphic novel, Batman finds himself trying to help old friend Harvey Dent…now known as the villainous Two-Face! The Dark Knight accompanies his foe on a cross-country trip to fix his scarred face and hopefully end the Two-Face identity forever. But when the former Gotham City D.A. sets his plan into motion to free himself, what deadly secrets from the past will bubble to the surface?

One of the biggest creative pairings in DC Comics history share their take on one of the greatest heroes ever in All-Star Batman, Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy!

Verdict:

This is a Batman pushed to the very edge and into the darkness like we’ve never seen him pushed before. The gritty nature of the artwork punctuates the dark nature of Batman’s battle to save the man behind the monster, Harvey Dent, as Two-Face threatens to tear Gotham apart. It’s also Batman at his lowest, as both villains and allies turn against the Dark Knight when Two-Face threatens to reveal the darkest secrets the city has to offer. When the world seems to be gunning for you, how does the Dark Knight remain vigilant in his quest? By sheer determination. The action and heart-pounding drama of the first volume in the All-Star Batman series sets the tone for the mature storytelling the caped crusader is facing going forward, and introduces a new terrifying foe that is sure to give Batman a true test of will and strength in the comics going forward. 

Shazam! Volume 1: 

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by: Gary Frank (Illustrator)

Synopsis

Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but he’s far from the ideal child. Brash and rude, Billy is a troubled teen that just can’t seem to find a calling. But after a fateful night on a subway car, that all will change.  

Brought to the feet of the magical wizard Shazam at the Rock of Eternity, Billy is imbued with powers beyond any mortal man. By shouting the wizard’s name–Shazam!–the young teen is mystically transformed into the powerhouse known as Captain Marvel! Now given abilities that make him Earth’s Mightiest Mortal at the utterance of a simple phrase, will Billy make the right choices and do what it takes to become a hero? Or will he succumb to the poor choices of youth–and the villainous Black Adam!

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, the team behind the New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel BATMAN: EARTH ONE, unite to re-invent Captain Marvel as a part of DC Comics–The New 52.  Collected here for the first time ever is the series of back-ups that ran in the pages of Johns’ critically acclaimed JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #0, 21 and stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE #7-11, 14-16, 18-20.

Verdict

A fantastic companion graphic novel to the recently released film Shazam!, the comics bring the new story of Billy Bastion to life perfectly. The heartwarming and emotional story of a young foster kid who doesn’t trust anyone must learn to trust in the power of friendship and family as a new evil emerges from the depths and Billy is gifted with a fantastic power. The action is fantastic, as is the artwork. The inclusion of Black Adam gives fans a tease for where the series could go in the DCEU, and gives readers a chance to see the evolution of the character before the film was released. This is a must read DC graphic novel. 

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Dark Nights: Metal

Written by Scott Snyder (Goodreads Author)

Art by: Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)

Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling BATMAN writer and artist team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo re-unite in the epic event graphic novel DARK NIGHTS: METAL!

 The Dark Knight has uncovered one of the lost mysteries of the universe…one that could destroy the very fabric of the DC Universe! The dark corners of reality that have never been seen till now! The Dark Multiverse is revealed in all its devastating danger–a team of twisted, evil versions of Batman hellbent on destroying the DC Universe! 

 With appearances from heroes, villains and faces long forgotten, DARK NIGHTS: METAL will examine every choice a hero doesn’t take and every path they don’t walk, and open up worlds that are forged by nightmares. 

  Together on a single title for an outstanding fifty issues, Snyder and Capullo’s award-winning stories BATMAN VOL. 1: THE COURT OF OWLS, BATMAN VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY and BATMAN VOL. 7: ENDGAME turned generations of Batman fans into a global horde of Batman superfans. With DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Scott and Greg will build on this strong foundation and broaden the scope of their storytelling to encompass the full expanse of the DC Universe.

 Collects DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1-6.

Verdict

The mythology of the DC Universe gets a horror based, terrifying new twist as the dark multiverse is introduced. The exploration of a multiverse made up of the fears and dark thoughts that creep through the minds of others within the normal multiverse was a genius idea, especially when focused on one of the most selfless heroes in the DC Universe: Batman. A hero who normally always has a plan, the concept of having to battle several evil versions of Batman who conquered their dark universes and have trapped Batman in the dark multiverse, it was chilling and fascinating to see the DC Heroes have to face their darkest fears and witness the near destruction of everything they held dear. From these pages one of the most terrifying new DC villains has emerged, the Batman Who Laughs. A twisted, “Jokerized” version of the Caped Crusader is a chilling thought, and sets up one of the most dangerous threats the DC universe has ever created. This is a must read for any diehard DC Comics fan, as it creates a truly memorable multiversal tale that lines up with tales such as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Final Crisis.