Honorable Mentions: The Fix, Boundless, Doom Patrol, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Black Hammer, Outcast, Gotham Academy Second Semester, Descender, Seven to Eternity, Archie, Thanos, Royal City, Rebels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aliens Dead Orbit
In April, DC Comics will be crossing over it’s ongoing Batman and Flash series together while exploring the connections to Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons Watchmen that were alluded to in DC Rebirth. Flash & Batman writers Joshua Williamson & Tom King will be writing on the series with art from Howard Porter & Jason Fabok. More details at CBR
Joshua Williamson of The Flash, Birthright, Ghosted & Nailbitter will work with artist Jason Fabok of Justice League, Forever Evil & Batman Eternal for an event miniseries Justice League vs Suicide Squad and will spinoff the launch of JLA. More details at The Wall Street Journal
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PRETTY DEADLY artist EMMA RIOS and KING CITY, PROPHET, and MULTIPLE WARHEADS writer/artist BRANDON GRAHAM bring you a new ONGOING COMICS MAGAZINE. Each issue holds three issue-length chapters of new work from various creators around the globe. PRINTED OVER-SIZED WITH NO ADS! “Image creators running wild on an over-sized anthology? Why haven’t we begged for this before? This sounds like the best $7.99 you could spend this year on comics.”
by Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok
The Story: Batman’s infection with the AMAZO virus enables him to subdue Patient Zero before he collapses. Lex Luthor deals with another assassination attempt but is saved by Captain Cold at the last minute. With everyone safe for the moment, Lex tries to create a cure from Patient Zero’s blood only to learn he is just as infected as the rest of the League. Lex asks Superman for a sample of his blood, revealing he was infected in the past but was unaffected. The issue ends with the infected League awakening and attacking the Wonder Woman, Superman, and Lex; suggesting the AMAZO virus is sentient.
The Art: Jason Fabok continues his dynamic pencil work, showing he is bringing his A-game to this series. Besides the gorgeous action work and attention to detail, his facial work is top-notch. Out of all the books I’ve read this week, Fabok excelled the most at showing emotion on character’s faces.
Overall: Between ramping up the stakes of the plot, fun action scenes, and great art this series lives up to the expectation as the premier DC book. I question why Captain Cold still has the sleeveless costume despite having his Cold gun again, but the scene where he stops a spray of bullets with a cold field was too damn fun.
Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent
75 years later and nothing has changed…well, okay maybe a few things have changed. This week DC releases a Batman Anniversary issue with the same title the Dark Knight made his heroic debuted in 75 years ago. For my analytically number based brain simply seeing Detective Comics #27 on the shelf gets the endorphins pulsing through my body. I was pleased that for the $7.99 price I get a book with a spine I can display on my bookcase instead of hide in a short box. But I’m not here to tell you how to store your books so I’m going to dive right into the pages of this mega-size Bat anthology.
By Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok
The Story: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman face off against the AMAZO Patient Zero; who is adapting to their attacks and attempts to extract a sample of his blood. Meanwhile, Lex’s sister and Captain Cold are both questioning his motivation for creating the AMAZO virus. Lex says it was to protect normal people from dangerious metas, but his well-documented paranoia of Superman is making others doubt him.
The Art: I had to go through this issue to find more to say about the art. 1) Since most of it is an action issue, its surprising how little stood out to me. 2) Fabok is very good at rendering facial expressions. 3) He could be the next Ivan Reis. I found the last issue more impressive art-wise, so maybe it was nerves that kept this issue’s art from rising higher.
Overall: Geoff Johns has crafted a interesting senario (which oddly enough is also playing out in a way in Scott Snyder’s “Batman”) with disease being a villain for the Justice League. The idea that only Supes and Wondy are still standing because they’re immune is another fun twist; as is her active role in this issue. I’ve read many complaints about Johns’ portrayal of WW in this series, so hopefully he’s taking that into consideration and letting WW be in the action. This issue feels like it was just meant to raise the stakes, but it has an ample supply of action and a few character moments.
Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent