2017-04-21T23:36:09ZMedia Release -- Retailers had a front-row seat at Chicago's C2E2 today when DC Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee unveiled six new DC Universe titles under the banner Dark Matter, partnering the most acclaimed artists in the industry with award-winning writers. Beginning this August, under the guidance of iconic artists Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr., DC will launch new titles THE SILENCER, SIDEWAYS, IMMORTAL MEN, DAMAGE, NEW CHALLENGERS, with characters from each of these series first appearing in the previously announced DARK NIGHTS: METAL. The Dark Matter comics will focus on epic graphic storytelling. Joining Capullo, Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr. to round out the all-star cast of creators are Dan Abnett, Tony S. Daniel, Dan DiDio, Justin Jordan, Kenneth Rocafort, Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Robert Venditti. "What excites me most is that this series of books takes full advantage of the talent and vision of the creative team," says DC Publisher Dan DiDio. "Comics are a visual medium and with these titles, the artists are working hand in hand with the writers in shaping the look and direction of their characters. In reaffirming the craft of making comics, we've brought together a master class of talent, led by Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr., to help set the style, tone and visual direction for these books. With these four industry giants taking the lead, I feel we can bring the power and energy expected from superhero storytelling back to the page." "Dark Matter is a return to bringing both the writer and artist to the fore to unlock their full potential," explains Publisher Jim Lee. "At the talent summit we discussed what was missing in comics and how we could create something that's new for this generation of fans. The result was Dark Matter. You'll see bombastic action scenes and a visual narrative driven by the artist. This approach has energized the creators involved, myself included, and we're going to have a lot of fun with these books." width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qRBM-yCEOt8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> To get fans excited about this upcoming launch, DC is releasing a series of interviews with these masters in their homes. Capullo, Kubert, Lee and Romita Jr. highlight their legacy and process and discuss working with their collaborators on new stories in the DC Universe. The first wave of DC Universe Dark Matter titles includes: THE SILENCER Debuting in September Written by Dan Abnett with art by John Romita Jr. Honor Guest was the world's deadliest assassin, until she traded it all for a chance at a "normal" life in the suburbs, free from the constant death and destruction. But as her former life comes back to haunt her, Honor must strip away her suburban persona and protect her family as THE SILENCER. SIDEWAYS Debuting in September Written by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with art by Kenneth Rocafort Forever changed by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a teenager struggles to live through high school as he comes in contact with Dark Matter and gains the power to teleport through the Dark Dimension. But each leap brings the new hero one step closer to succumbing to the allure of his new power and its dark origins. IMMORTAL MEN Debuting in October Written by James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee Born at the dawn of time, five siblings find that with eternal life comes eternal war. As the forces of destruction march into the modern world, they operate from the shadows, recruiting the elite against the foes who seek to bring about Armageddon. They are humankind's hope sprung eternal….they are the IMMORTAL MEN. DAMAGE Debuting in October Written by Robert Venditti with art by Tony S. Daniel Ethan Avery only wanted to serve his country, but promises of becoming the ultimate weapon leave the new recruit living a nightmare. Cursed with the ability to unleash an unstoppable monster for one hour at a time, Ethan only wants to live out his life in peace. But if he can tame the monster inside, it might just be able to do more [...]
2017-04-21T17:07:41ZRichard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U Green Arrow #20 DC Comics Release Date: 04/05/2017 Green Arrow #20 brings us to the conclusion of the three-part Return of Roy Harper story arc. The story is fast-paced and action-packed, but as it has been throughout this title, the art leaves a little to be desired. Writer, Ben Percy has a good sense of his characters and the direction of this book, but DC's pace of production is not always conducive to quality art and storytelling; which is detrimental to some titles and not so much to others. The Return of Roy Harper is a multi-layered, politically relevant, socially conscious comic book story that is also entertaining. Utilizing flashbacks to Oliver and Roy's history together and the fall-out that drove them apart, Percy creates a layered story, rich in background, not just between Oliver and Roy, but also Roy's adopted Native American family. Beyond this, Percy also capitalizes on the current Dakota pipeline protest to make his story current, relevant, and accessible to more people. There is so much going on here: social activism, political activism, an unsolved murder, a battle with addiction, and family unrest. This story is packed with content. One glaring weakness for me (beyond the art) is the villain in the flashbacks: Count Vertigo is a flat character who is underdeveloped and lacks a purpose other than to be the token bad-guy who wants to wreak havoc on people. Which brings me to my biggest complaint about DC comics right now: the bimonthly (or semi-monthly, if you prefer) publishing schedule. Granted this brings in more revenue for DC, but what does it do for the quality of the comics themselves? I can't possibly afford to read all the DC titles, especially not all the ones published twice a month, but some of the ones I do read are showing the strain of the shortened deadlines. How does this show? For some titles, it's in the lack of crisp writing, where stories are dragged out longer than necessary, such as Batman's I Am Bane. For other titles, it is the use of multiple artists and the lack of quality art by professionals whose work is usually much better and more refined than what we are seeing now, such as Green Arrow or the Godwatch storyline's creative team in Wonder Woman. Two titles completely unaffected so far by this scheduling are Aquaman and Detective Comics. The art in Green Arrow looks unfinished part of the time, not all the time, but some of the time. It is inconsistent at best. This is a real shame too, because Percy's storytelling is smart and aggressive to the point where we are compelled to read more just because we want to know what happens next. Green Arrow #20 is an action-packed conclusion to an ambitious story filled with subplots and backstory. For the most part it is well told and works. The art is lacking, but is probably a result of publishing deadlines. Hopefully, DC will eventually back off from its rigorous schedule and focus more on quality rather than quantity. Either way this title is well-worth the time and money. Scale of Awesomeness: 8 out of 10Original post blogged on ComicList. [...]
2017-04-21T16:16:58ZRichard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U Teen Titans #5 DC Comics Release Date: 02/22/2017 Teen Titans is one of DC's titles that gets better with each successive issue. Writer, Ben Percy has done a great job with this title's opening 5-part story arc. Khoi Pham's art is fun, if occasionally cartoony, but somehow appropriate for the youth of the characters. Though the opening installments of this title (including the Rebirth issue) were both predictable and somewhat hard to buy into, Percy has found depth in several characters, and that is compelling enough to draw me back for more. Teen Titans #5 is a solid comic that wraps up the "Damian Knows Best" story arc and solidifies the team under the leadership of Damian Wayne. What is most impressive about this opening arc is the manner in which Percy is able to take us from the Rebirth issue, where 13 year-old Robin kidnaps each of the soon-to-be Teen Titans (which really stretches our suspension of disbelief), to issue #5 where Robin's assembled Teen Titans fully support Damian's leadership and rescue him from the grip of the Demon's Fist and Ra's al Ghul. As unbelievable as it seems, Percy has taken the team from being kidnapped to standing firm behind Damian's leadership of the group. What makes this dynamic especially interesting is the impact of Damian's flaws and weaknesses and how the rest of the team works at being patient with him and seems willing to help him grow into the young man and leader they believe he can be. I'll admit I was skeptical at the start of this series, but not anymore. The depth of character, the humor, and the adolescent angst all contribute to a well-crafted story. The guest appearance of the well-meaning, oft-absent father, Batman doesn't hurt any either. Khoi Pham's work on Teen Titans is fun so far, somewhat cartoony at times, but fun nonetheless. Pham's art has a young feel to it, making the characters appear a bit adolescent which is just as it should be considering Damian's age and that of the rest of the team. My only complaint artistically is the look of the Demon's Fist: As a group, they are flat and unremarkable, nothing about them stands out visually. Perhaps Percy and Pham share the blame for this. I wish Percy had fleshed out these characters a bit more so we could get a better sense of who they are. My only real complaint about the story itself is the lack of vicious, evil from Ra's al Ghul. I realize it wouldn't be relevant to the story or to the purpose of the story, but Ra's al Ghul comes across as more of a pushover than he should be in this story. In no way does this detract from the story itself, I just think the same ends could have been achieved with any other cerebral villain; and if anything, this story takes away the credibility Ra's has as a big-time villain. Writer Ben Percy's run on Teen Titans gets better with each issue. He has set up a team of heroes who already seem like a quirky family with defined characters whose personalities, strengths and weaknesses draw us in and make us want to know more about each one and what will happen next. Teen Titans is a book I look forward to each month, a solid read definitely worth checking out. Scale of Awesomeness: 7 out of 10Original post blogged on ComicList. [...]
Following the events of "Nightwing Must Die," Nightwing has returned to Bludhaven and after an encounter with a criminal is feeling like a lesser super hero without having powers. The Flash (Wally West) comes to Bludhaven to get out of Titans Tower, spend a night fighting crime like they used to and try his best to not think about anything involving Barry Allen or Linda. The duo's night is interrupted, though, by a new villain named Timebomb who has the ability to create stasis fields that freeze time and allow him to commit large crimes. And this device allows him to fight the Flash effortlessly. Nightwing and Flash have to beat him and they have to find out where his time freezing equipment came from.
This story leads directly into the upcoming "Blockbuster" story.
NIGHTWING #21 (MAR170320 - MAR170321) is written by Michael McMillan (DC Writer's Workshop Graduate), with art by Christian Duce, a cover by Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy and a variant cover by Casey Jones.
NIGHTWING #21 is on Final Order Cutoff on April 24 with an on-sale date of May 17.
(image) Media Release -- STRANGER WORLDS PART FIVE! The blockbuster event of 2017 continues here as the fight for the future of the Green Lantern Corps erupts! Can Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise stop Sinestro from conquering the planet Oa for himself? Or is it too late to stop the green light of Hal Jordan's ring from fading forever?
• Following the blockbuster success of last year's Star Trek/Green Lantern, DC Entertainment and IDW once again bring you the best team-up in the galaxy!
• Variant cover by Chris Mooneyham!
Star Trek/Green Lantern Vol 2 #5
Mike Johnson (w) • Angel Hernandez (a & c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
2017-04-18T15:42:23ZThe kind folks at DC Comics have supplied ComicList with their solicitations for comics and other products featured in the May 2017 Previews, scheduled to ship starting July 2017. DARK DAYS: THE CASTING #1 Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV Art by JIM LEE, ANDY KUBERT, JOHN ROMITA JR. and others Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA JR. Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. The Joker's surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman's carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman's warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss? The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! ONE-SHOT • On sale JULY 12 • 40 pg, FC, card-stock cover, $4.99 US • RATED T+ ACTION COMICS #983 Written by DAN JURGENS Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC and JONATHAN GLAPION Cover by CLAY MANN Variant cover by GARY FRANK Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. "REVENGE" part one! A beaten and battered Superman can barely hold his own against the revenge squad of his greatest foes—but hope rushes from the horizon as the Superman family arrives! On sale JULY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T ACTION COMICS #984 Written by DAN JURGENS Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC and JONATHAN GLAPION Cover by CLAY MANN Variant cover by GARY FRANK Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. "REVENGE" part two! A battle of titanic proportions rages through Superman's arctic fortress as General Zod reveals his ultimate plan by accessing the Phantom Zone. Superman's family's lives hang in the balance as "Revenge" concludes. On sale JULY 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T ALL STAR BATMAN #12 Written by SCOTT SNYDER Art by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE and SEBASTIAN FIUMARA Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE Variant cover by SEBASTIAN FIUMARA Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. "THE FIRST ALLY" part three! When Batman discovers the truth about the man under the Nemesis mask, it could change everything between him and Alfred forever. On sale JULY 12 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T AQUAMAN #26 Written by DAN ABNETT Art and cover by STJEPAN SEJIC Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. "UNDERWORLD" part two! Enraged by rumors of Arthur's survival in the slums of Atlantis, the ruthless King Rath orders the use of ancient Atlantean techno-magic to track down the Aquaman at all costs! But the ex-king Arthur can't hide for long when his fate collides with that of a mysterious young woman on the run from Rath's own secret police. Her name: Dolphin. On sale JULY 19 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • EACH RATED T BATGIRL #13 Written by HOPE LARSON Art by CHRIS WILDGOOSE Cover by DAN MORA Variant cover by JOSHUA MIDDLETON Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue. "BATS AND CATS"! When an innocent bystander close to Batgirl's heart gets caught in between a feud between herself and Catwoman, what started as just another case could become direly important. On sale JULY 26 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US [...]