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    The Trinity comes together in this week’s NCBD!

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a trio of fantastic comics that you won’t want to miss. From DC we’ve got Trinity Annual #1, Marvel brings us some gamma glowing action in Hulk #6, and last but not least is Action Lab’s Spencer & Locke #2.

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Trinity Annual #1
    By: Rob Williams/Guillem March

    Trinity Annual #1 is both a standalone story and part of a larger whole, providing an issue that is a great jumping on point and essential reading for longtime readers. Trinity Annual #1 deals with the concept of trinities, exploring the effects that the trinity of Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman have on the DC Universe while also playing with the idea of a dark trinity.

    However, the book isn’t all theoretical concepts, as we get a fair share of action from guest star Etrigan the Demon. When Etrigan and Jason Blood separate, Etrigan goes on a warpath that takes the combined effort of the trinity to stop him. You won’t believe the sacrifice that our heroes make to stop this rampaging demon!

    Trinity Annual #1 contains a reveal at the end which brings together multiple DC books, making this comic a must-read if you’re following the Rebirth storyline. With great writing from Rob Williams and stellar art from Guillem March, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]

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    Hulk #6
    By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Jeff Dekal, Matt Milla

    Jennifer Walters has been fighting for a long time, both in the streets and in the court. However, one thing that always stays constant is her fear.

    In Mariko Tamaki’s sixth issue of Hulk, Jen is fighting a manifestation of her own fear. It’s a fight that she must win if she’s ever going to save anyone again.

    Hulk #6 was a quick read. There is a lot going on here between the panels. The death of Bruce Banner in Civil War II has hit a lot of our heroes hard, and especially those who know the internal struggle he dealt with.

    Artist Nico Leon has this great way of making this series stand out. It looks almost one part manga influenced and one part Stjepan Sejic, especially when you add Matt Milla’s colors.

    Deconstructed Part 6 isn’t a great starting point, but it’s a solid end to the arc. [Martin M. At TFAW.Com]

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    Spencer & Locke #2
    By: David Pepose, Jorge Santiago, Jr.

    Spencer & Locke #2 picks up right where the first book left off, with Detective Spencer still on the case of Sophie Jenkins’ murder. The comic still has the charm and style of newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes while retaining the sharp wit and expressive writing style that David Pepose does best.

    Issue #2 takes the action and turns it up to 11, featuring bar brawls, car chases, deadly shootouts, and so much more. If you are the type who wonders what Calvin is like as an adult, look no further than Detective Spencer. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Calvin & Hobbes, you’ll still love the unique style of Spencer & Locke. Since it’s a four issue miniseries, the action moves at a steady pace and never drags.

    This book is a hidden gem that any comic book fan should read. If you’ve yet to read Spencer & Locke, do yourself a favor and add it to your pull list today. [Josh P. At TFAW.Com]

    LIKE SPENCER & LOCKE? THEN YOU’LL LOVE ACTION LAB’S OTHER COMICS!

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    NCBD Drops The Hammer With Black Hammer #9

    This week’s New Comic Book Day Reviews brings us a quartet of books that we feel comic reader should check out. From Dark Horse we’ve got Black Hammer #9, Valiant brings us their next big story arc with Rapture #1, we take a trip with Peter Quill in Marvel’s Star-Lord Annual #1 and DC brings us home with Detective Comics #957.

    As a reminder these are only a few of the awesome comics that came out this week. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Black Hammer #9
    By: Jeff Lemire, David Rubin, Dave Stewart

    Black Hammer has to be one of the most exciting “Golden Age” superhero tales in a long time. As it slowly unraveling why everyone is stuck at Black Hammer Farms. Black Hammer #9 delves into how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Distress signals in space never seem to be a good thing, unless it’s meeting your best friend. It’s hard to say that this issue of Black Hammer was a fun read. However, that’s mainly due to what’s been happening throughout the series. It was great to see how Talky-Walky and Colonel Weird met.

    Jeff Lemire knows how to craft a solid story and this entry clearly shows his fondness to the golden age of comic adventures.[Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Pick up volume 1 of this Love letter to the Golden Age of Superheroes

    Star-Lord Annual #1
    By: Chip Zdarsky, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Kris Anka

    That was a fun ride. I always enjoy annuals for the small break it typically gives us from the norm. Chip Zdarsky’s Star-Lord Annual #1 is no exception.

    In classic Western fashion, our hero finds himself in a small town run by bullies. And we all know Star-Lord isn’t a huge fan of bullies. So what does he do? Joins the Sheriff to take him and his gang down. There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to spoil it. Star-Lord Annual #1 is a fun ride. While I wouldn’t mind more Space-Westerns with Marvel Characters. The story here ends well and fits into where we are in the comics right now. No, this isn’t any weird Secret Empire tie-in or anything like that. I will say that it does, tie into events that have transpired and this issue did leave me with a sad, but hopeful feeling. Much like great westerns do. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    Find out what all the Guardians are up to!

    Rapture #1
    By: Matt Kindt, CAFU

    If you’re like me and haven’t read a lot of the new Valiant books, a crossover story like Rapture #1 seems a bit daunting. While I enjoy X-O Manowar, I’m not that familiar with the other fascinating characters in Valiant’s stable. However, Rapture #1 by Matt Kindt is an excellent jumping on point for new readers while still offering something that longtime Valiant readers can sink their teeth into.

    Rapture #1 focuses on four characters: Tama, Ninjak, Punk Mambo and Shadowman. Kindt gives each character a unique voice and the reason these characters come together is compelling. It’s definitely made want to check out some more stories featuring Shadowman and Punk Mambo.

    Artist CAFU knocks it out of the park, making each location feel unique. You’ll feel the stench of death oozing out of the Deadside.

    Rapture #1 is another excellent Valiant comic. This company continues to churn out hit after hit. If you’ve yet to get onboard with Valiant, Rapture #1 is your chance to do so. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

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    Detective Comics #957
    By: Genevieve Valentine, James Tynion IV, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Alvaro Martinez

    Detective Comics #957 is something you don’t often see in today’s comic books: a standalone story. James Tynion IV presents us with a brief interlude between arcs with “The Wrath of Spoiler,” a story that follows Spoiler (obviously).

    The story that Tynion IV tells here is one that is often talked about among creators: Does just the mere presence of Batman bring about crime? Would these villains exist if they didn’t have Batman to challenge them? Spoiler seeks to answer that question as she fights against an updated Wrath and Scorn, a team of villains who are looking to make a name for themselves.

    The art by Carmen Carnero is refreshingly old-school in all the best ways and is some of the best art I think we’ve seen in Detective Comics yet.

    The payoff for this story won’t happen for a few months, but the surprise reveal of a forgotten Batman villain in the last few panels will have the community talking. Don’t miss this issue! [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Catch up with Detective Comics and Rebirth with our graphic novels!

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    Batman #23: The Brave and the Mold Review

    Batman #23 starts off with a bang – two bangs actually.

    Batman #23 Review

    We see a man reciting the lyrics to “My Wild Irish Rose” as he is being shot in the head twice. The man seemingly continues to recite the words after he’s died.

    The dead man, it turns out, is Swamp Thing’s father. The plant elemental shows up at the crime scene as Batman and Commissioner Gordon are trying to figure out how the killer came in through the 86th floor window. The resulting investigation is a superhero team-up for the ages.
    However, it takes a close second to the other dynamic duo – writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads, the pair behind the critically acclaimed “The Sheriff of Babylon.” As with that series, Batman #23 is a tale doesn’t disappoint.

    Batman #23 Is Swamp Thing’s Rebirth

    King spins a tight yarn complete with mystery, drama, revenge and a bit of pathos on the side. With his recent work on the book, King is proving himself to be a worthy successor to longtime Dark Knight scribe Scott Snyder. As compelling as the story is, it’s Gerads’ visuals that bring the story home. His Batman – normally the dominant figure in every panel – is dwarfed by Swamp Thing. It’s appropriate since ultimately, it’s really Swamp Thing’s story.

    Gerads shades each chapter with its own color – green when we first see Swamp Thing rising from a small plant, shades of gray as the man is being shot, browns to match the mahogany walls of stately Wayne Manor. It’s an excellent visual effect which really adds an extra layer of depth to this fantastic tale.

    The surprise ending is every bit as emotional as it is gruesome, leaving nearly every character as a victim. Everyone, that is, except the reader, who will be thrilled with this great story.

    Love Batman? Then be sure to check out Dark Days: The Forge!

    Batman #23, Marvel Comics, Released May 17th, 2017, Written by Tom King, Art By Mitch Gerads, $2.99

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    The Venom-fueled Beast Who Broke the Bat Is Back in Bane: Conquest #1

    Bane was first drawn in the pages of Batman: The Vengeance of Bane (January 1993). Typically, DC portrays Bane as a genius with an accelerated healing factor and Venom-enhanced strength and durability. Bane’s biggest stage to date was the Batman event Knightfall, in which Bane broke Batman’s back. Over two decades later, DC Comics has finally given Bane his own miniseries, which begins with Bane: Conquest #1.

    Bane: Conquest #1 opens with a shipment of spent plutonium warheads headed toward Gotham. Bane chases down the freighter carrying the missiles and and is accompanied by his classic cronies: Trogg, Zombie, and Bird. He commandeers the vessel and swiftly dispatches the redshirts on board.

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    In Bane: Conquest #1, it’s all about CONQUEST

    Based on the initial events in this first chapter (of twelve) of Bane: Conquest, Bane could almost be seen as a hero. Almost. Bane sees the incoming shipment to an unknown entity as a threat to his territory, and Gotham is his and his alone to smash. He has big plans that begin with Gotham and end in global domination.

    It’s refreshing to see Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan teamed back up on the character they co-created back in the ’90s. Neither has lost a step. The book has a throwback feel and look from that era. The plot moves quickly, with bursts of action. Nolan updated Bane’s look without losing that retro mood.

    Bane: Conquest #1 serves as a re-introduction to a character most readers are at least conversationally familiar with. It’s a great jumping on point for new readers and a great jumping back on point for readers from the Knightfall era. Overall, it’s just a fun book to read.

    Make sure to subscribe to Bane: Conquest so you never miss an issue!

    Bane: Conquest #1, DC Comics, released May 3, 2017, rated Teen+, written by Chuck Dixon, art by Graham Nolan, colors by Gregory Wright, letters by Carlos Mangual, $3.99

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    Creator Spotlight: Becky Cloonan

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    A Brief History of Becky Cloonan

    Becky Cloonan is an award-winning comics writer and artist. Born in 1980 in Pisa, Italy, Cloonan is best-known as the first female artists to draw the main Batman title for DC Comics.

    After attending New York’s School of Visual Arts, she was part of the Meathaus collective. She subsequently collaborated with Brian Wood on Channel Zero: Jennie One in 2003.

    Cloonan’s manga-influenced style has served her well. Her first solo graphic novel, East Coast Rising: Volume 1, was released by Tokyopop in 2006. That title marked Cloonan’s third Eisner Award nomination in 2007 (Best New Series).

    Her work on the 2004 twelve-issue comics series Demo was also nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2005 (Best Limited Series and Best Single Issue or One-Shot)

    She did the art for the series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon. Cloonan also co-created and did cover art and stories for DC’s  Gotham Academy. Other works from Cloonan include Flight, Nebuli, American Virgin.

     

    In addition, in 2015, she was voted #3 of the top 50 female comics artists of all-time. She was also one of only two creators to make the list as both writer and artist. And she was voted #14 among all-time top writers.

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    Best DC Sidekicks

    Superheroes get all the credit. And while they deserve most of it, we can’t forget their all-important sidekicks. DC Comics has featured many beloved crime-fighting partners over the years.

    Here are a few of the best:

    Jimmy Olsen

    Jimmy Olsen
    Jimmy Olsen

    While not a traditional costumed sidekick, Superman’s pal is always there to give a lending hand to the Man of Steel. Jimmy is the everyday person who gives Superman the scoop on what’s going down in Metropolis. Plus, if Jimmy gets in some trouble (as he’s prone to do) he’s got a supersonic watch only Superman can hear.

    Kid Flash

    Kid Flash
    Kid Flash

     

    Wally West definitely has a case of hero worship and super speed when he takes up the identity of Kid Flash. Under The Flash’s tutelage Wally goes from impatient teen to a hero in his own right. Wally even takes up the mantle of The Flash when Barry disappears during Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn
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    Even bad guys need sidekicks and The Joker’s Girl Friday has certainly made an impression on comics fans. Originally created for Batman:The Animated Series, she became so popular that she was added to the comics as well. Now, with a life in films, video games, and her own ongoing series there’s no stopping Ms. Quinn.

    Speedy

    Speedy
    Speedy

    It’s not easy being a sidekick, something we saw with the character of Roy Harper. While being the ever-faithful companion to Green Arrow, Speedy has been forced to deal with a lot of personal issues throughout the years. This included a famous story detailing Speedy’s drug addiction.

    Robin

    Robin
    Robin

    Comics be all end all kid sidekick, Robin is a mantle that has passed from character to character. It started with plucky and acrobatic Dick Grayson, who was replaced by rebellious Jason Todd. He gave way to the supremely intelligent Tim Drake before Tim’s girlfriend Stephanie Brown donned the costume. Currently, Bruce Wayne’s son Damian inhabits the role. Through all the changes, Robin has remained a constant in the Bat books. Robin gives kids everywhere the fantasy of fighting alongside the Dark Knight.

     

     

     

     

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    Power Couples

    Power Couples

    It’s Valentine’s Day and love in the air. So, it makes sense to look at some of comics most beloved and enduring couples. These pairs have had their share of ups and downs. In fact, many of the couples have survived and stayed together despite insurmountable odds. As a result, these relationships have provided us with decades of compelling (albeit, sometimes non-traditional) love stories.

    5 Comic Couples That Have Managed to Make it Work (Mostly)

    Kitty Pryde and Colossus

    Kitty Pryde & Colossus – The X-Men have never had great luck with romantic relationships. However, the romance between the iron-skinned Colossus and the phasing Kitty Pryde has often been one of the sweeter, more affectionate stories in the occasionally dark and bleak X-Universe.

    Aquaman and Mera

    Aquaman & Mera – Talk about opposites attracting. Mera comes from a culture of Atlanteans who seek Aquaman’s destruction. In fact, they initially met when she was sent to kill him. Instead, she ended up falling in love with him. If a relationship can weather a few assassination attempts, you can bet they’re in it for the long haul.

    Green Arrow and Black Canary

    Green Arrow & Black Canary – Ask any comics fan and they’ll tell you these two belong together. One of the biggest complaints of the DC New 52 relaunch was the elimination of this relationship. Fan demand lead to the two being reunited in the recent DC Rebirth event. The relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary is one of the most romantic stories in the modern DC universe.

    Batman and Catwoman

    Batman & Catwoman – This is one of the more on again/off again couples in comics. Catwoman is the one person who can make a loner vigilante like Batman think about actually letting love in his life. Their separate paths in life mean that hopes for anything long term are probably impossible. But there is a beauty in their tragic love affair.

    Superman and Lois Lane

    Superman & Lois Lane – They are comics most enduring couple. It takes a spectacular woman to get Superman to settle down and start a family. And the feisty and intelligent Lois Lane is just that woman. These two are basically an institution at DC and have consistently found their way back to each other for almost 80 years.

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    Batman #16: I Am Bane

    Batman has consistently been one of DC’s top books in terms of sales and quality. It doesn’t hurt that writer Tom King and artist extraordinaire David Finch have now teamed up to present the next story arc–I Am Bane.

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    Batman #16 (Variant)

    In Batman #16, King writes a compelling first chapter to the story, picking up on unfinished threads from earlier issues while continuing to advance the tale. After previously kidnapping the Psycho-Pirate from Santa Prisca, team Batman must heal Gotham Girl while waiting for Bane’s inevitable counterattack. With knowledge of the Caped Crusader’s secret identity, when that counterattack comes, it is as brutal as it is personal.

    Bane is Coming and No One is Safe

    But it’s not a maudlin story–at least not yet. King takes every opportunity to imbue humor. There’s a hilarious visit to the fast-food restaurant Batburger, where patrons are encouraged to “Jokerize” their meals of Night-Wings, Robbin Nuggets and Bat-Mite Meals. Needless to say, Bruce Wayne is not amused.

    As great as his words are, King knows when to let Finch’s artwork carry the story. The first four pages are nothing but compelling images that tell a story without words getting in the way. Finch is at home with these characters. Bruce as stoic as ever, while Damian Wayne exudes cockiness. And Dick Grayson is clearly his laid-back self. The sexual tension between Batman and Catwoman is palpable before you ever read their dialogue.

    It’s great to see the creative team at the top of their game. It bodes well for the rest title and the rest of the arc–though Batman himself may end up paying the price.

    FIND OUT WHAT’S NEXT AND PRE-ORDER BATMAN #17: I AM BANE (PART TWO)

    Batman #16, DC Comics, Released February 1, 2017, Written by Tom King, Art by David Finch, Color by Jordie Bellaire, Lettering by John Workman; $2.99.

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    An Action-Packed Crossover

    The first issue of this six-part series is brisk and action packed. And it delivers all you could hope for in a Justice LeaguePower Rangers crossover. The result is plenty of action and spectacular appearances of your favorite comics characters.

    Justice League Power Rangers #1 begins in the Power Ranger’s home and metropolis of Angel Grove. We are dropped in the action moments after a cataclysmic catastrophe has wiped Angel Grove off the face of the planet. There is a time swipe and we are brought back 36 hours where the Power Rangers are grouping up to find Alpha 5. Zack finds him and brings him back, but it’s all a trap.

    Taking on Batman

    Lord Zedd and his Putties invade the Command Center. A fight breaks out and Zack ends up teleporting Zedd away. Unfortunately he teleports them to another world. It is here on the earth in the DC Universe that Batman is mistaken for one of Zedd’s cronies. A spectacular fight breaks out between the Rangers and our Caped Crusader of Gotham.

    A major part of the story has already been set up with the destruction of Angel Grove. In future issues you can expect many unique team ups and meaningful moments between the two groups of heroes.

    Already we have the sense that Zack is going to feel guilty for all that has happened. He’ll need someone to ground him (into the earth, not confine him to his room) and what better mentors of power than the Justice League? There is a lot to look forward to in this mini-series.

    So, if you grew up with either or both of these series, you’ll love this crossover.

    DON’T MISS A MINUTE OF THE ACTION AND PRE-ORDER JUSTICE LEAGUE POWER RANGERS ISSUE #2. AND CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN VARIANT COVERS FOR ISSUE #1

    Justice League Power Rangers #1, DC Comics and Boom Studios, Released January 11, 2017, Rated T, Written by Tom Taylor, Art by Stephen Byrne, Cover by Karl Kerschl, $3.99

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    Justice vs. Suicide

    Heroes fighting villains is hardly a new concept in comics. Some might even say it’s the original concept in comics.

    But what happens when readers have just as much love for the villains as the heroes? Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is the first major crossover event of DC Rebirth. And it’s the perfect conflict to kick things off.

    On one side of the battle you have the paragons of good (Justice League) and on the other is the lovable bunch of rogues forced to do good (Suicide Squad). This conflict has been brewing for a while as Batman just recently became aware of the Squad’s existence in his own book. Batman is concerned about the government-manipulating criminals into going on suicide missions. He, along with the Justice League,decide it’s time to shut down Amanda Waller’s insane experiment for good.

    The Epic Battle Begins

    For DC Comics fans, this story is a dream come true. These are some of the most beloved characters in the DC universe and to get to see them throw down is incredibly exciting.

    Writer Joshua Williamson gives the story the pace of a summer blockbuster. This story is filled with epic action sequences and great banter between characters. Williamson’s script is well-complimented by Jason Fabok’s art. There is a breathtaking two-page spread of a battle between the teams.

    This first issue sets the stage for an epic event and the last page returns a classic DC evildoer to the canon. This is the kind of crossover event fans hope for and rarely get.

    Suicide Squad vs Justice League #1 is true to the characters and the world while raising stakes without feeling forced. It also appeals to both new and longtime readers. Rebirth followers will be rewarded greatly. While newcomers can still jump on for the ride. And what a ride it’s going to be.

    DON’T MISS ANY OF THE BATTLE. PRE-ORDER THE REST OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE VS.SUICIDE SQUAD

    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1, DC Comics, Released December 21, 2016, Written by Joshua Williamson, Art by Jason Fabok, $3.99

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    Super Dads

    Super Dads - A Review of Superman #10

    After escaping a time-displaced island full of dinosaurs in the previous issue, we find Superman and his son Jonathan in a much more peaceful place at the beginning of Superman #10.

    It’s Winter Break and Jon is thrilled to continue his journey to become the new Superboy. However, Jon continues to struggle with his burgeoning powers. He’s basically dealing with super-powered puberty. This is evident when he discovers his freeze breath in this issue.

    Iconic Offspring Face Off

    Jon’s life is further complicated when he is captured by Batman’s son Damian –the current Robin. The Boy Wonder doesn’t trust Jon, who has immense power and very little control of his abilities. Superman doesn’t take the kidnapping of his son very well. Batman also shows up to set his son Damian straight.

    This story is the first of a new arc for Superman. It’s called In The Name of The Father and it’s exciting to get see Batman and Superman as dads. This story really plays like two parents dealing with kids who got into a schoolyard fight. Only this fight has more heat vision and kryptonite batarangs.

    Batman and Superman can be polar opposites, and now we get the opportunity to see how their sons relate to one another. The optimism of Jon’s good-hearted farm boy contrasted with the rage and paranoia of Damian’s cold-hearted assassin makes for an engrossing plot.

    Superman #10 feels like a jumping off point for Super-Sons, the Superboy/Robin team-up book that comes out next year. These two young men will carry on the teachings of their fathers, but at the same time struggle with the burden of being the children of such icons. They will also continue to grapple with the responsibility of their own superhero identities.

    PRE-ORDER THE NEXT SUPERMAN ISSUES.

    Superman #10, DC Comics, Released November 2, 2016, Written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Art by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason, Cover by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason, $2.99.

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    Review: Batman #7 — The Monster Men are Here

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    batman-7-rebirth-coverThe first crossover of the Rebirth era has arrived! Night of The Monster Men kicks off in Batman #7. A hurricane is on target to destroy Gotham. Batman calls on Batwoman, Nightwing, Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface to help him avert disaster and ensure that no Gothamites fall victim to the approaching storm. The forces of nature aren’t the only adversaries the Bat family will find themselves up against. As the storm grows near, Doctor Hugo Strange is ready to unleash his army of daikaju on the citizens of Gotham.

    Since Tom King took over the flagship Batman series in Rebirth, we’ve been seeing a lot more of Batman’s leadership abilities, mentoring and guiding his team. This welcome theme continues into Batman #7, even though King has taken a back seat to Steve Orlando in this installment. Having Orlando write all of the Monster Men crossover scripts while consulting with the regular writers of the individual titles should lend a nice level of continuity to the crossover itself, but the writing here is noticeably different than King’s solo efforts in the series thus far.

    Riley Rossmo’s artwork has a gritty, throwback quality to it. I probably could have gone my entire life without seeing Hugo Strange’s hairy backside, but the Monster Men themselves are exactly what they should be, monstrous abominations. Colorist Ivan Plascencia brings a muted palette offset by flashes of bright color that sets the table brilliantly for the oncoming storm(s).

    This first chapter of Night of the Monster Men nicely sets up the second installment, found in Nightwing #5, also released September 21, 2016. Part three can be found in Detective Comics #941, releasing September 28, 2016. Parts four through six will conclude the storyline in Batman #8, Nightwing #6, and Detective Comics #942, all releasing next month.

    Batman #7, DC Comics, released September 21, 2016, Rated T, plot by Steve Orlando and Tom King, script by Steve Orlando, pencils and inks by Riley Rossmo, colors by Ivan Plascencia, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, variant cover by Tim Sale.

    Review by Brendan Allen

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