Pull List Roundtable 9/8/2021 – Batman: Fear State, Infinite Frontier Finale, Ordinary Gods & More!

Pull List Roundtable 9/8/2021 – Batman: Fear State, Infinite Frontier Finale, Ordinary Gods & More!

John Babos | September 13, 2021 | Columns | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book.

John Babos

7 books this week.

Batman #112
Blue & Gold #2
Infinite Frontier #6
Justice League #67
Ordinary Gods #3
Suicide Squad #7
Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1

What did you pick up?

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

The Weekly Round-Up #614 With Mazebook #1, Defenders #2, Daredevil #34, Two Issues Of Star Wars & Suicide Squad & More! Plus Music & Movie Of The Week With A Memoriam!

The Weekly Round-Up #614 With Mazebook #1, Defenders #2, Daredevil #34, Two Issues Of Star Wars & Suicide Squad & More! Plus Music & Movie Of The Week With A Memoriam!

James Fulton | September 13, 2021 | Columns, Top Story | No Comments

Best Comic of the Week:

Mazebook #1 – Jeff Lemire returns as a writer and artist in this first oversized issue to his latest miniseries.  Will is a building site inspector who lost his young daughter a decade before now, and lives trapped in memories of her while going about his monotonous routine.  Lemire really makes it easy to feel how lifeless and trapped Will is, his sadness suffusing each page.  When coworkers and neighbours try to talk to him, he avoids them, and seems very trapped in his unhappiness, at least until a late night phone call changes things.  This book is languorous in its pacing, but really draws you in.  I love when Lemire draws a book like this, with labyrinth paths connecting panels, and I love that it’s set in Toronto.

Quick Takes:

Daredevil #34 – I was surprised to learn in the last Marvel Previews that Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil is ending soon (I thought that there was still a whole story to come about Elektra and the Hand; isn’t that why she’s trying to prove herself as Daredevil now?  And what about Izzy Libris and Murdock’s brother?).  This issue takes a few big steps towards getting us to that ending, as Matt reveals to Cole what he learned about the prison warden’s operation, and then learns about Bullseye’s moves, just as Elektra positions herself to fight him for what she assumes will be the last time.  This run has been great, and I’m left worrying that they are rushing the ending for some reason.

Deadly Class #48 – We see the last days of our favourite characters at King’s Dominion, as Marcus and the others attack the faculty.  This is an exciting issue that provides some closure, and reveals how deep the rift between Marcus and Saya ran at the end.  Wes Craig has done such incredible work in this series, and really packs a lot into each issue.  I miss the more humorous and optimistic early days of this series, but really love watching Rick Remender wrap the story up.

Defenders #2 – This whole series is an oddball, but it’s entertaining.  Al Ewing has this odd gathering of heroes back in the multiverse that existed before the current one, on Taa, the birthplace of Galactus.  Ewing has been working on ideas like this since at least his Ultimates runs, but I’m not yet sure why he’s included characters like Cloud or Harpy in this story, as they aren’t really doing anything.  Javier Rodríguez is the real star of this book, as he has a lot of fun with the art.  

Excellence #11 – I’m so happy to see a new issue of Excellence, which is one of my favourite Image books.  Spencer has learned his father has a sibling, so he tracks them down in his effort to learn more about his father’s choices and role in the world of the Aegis.  Revelations abound, while the Aegis continues to hunt for Spencer.  Ever since we’ve learned who is really in power in this world, this book has been hitting a little differently, leaving me to keep questioning what’s really happening behind the scenes.  Brandon Thomas and Khary Randolph have created a very unique and special book here, and I’m so pleased to see it continue.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14 – Aphra and Sana link up with Lucky and Ariole in the Crimson Dawn brig, and decide to work together to get free, and to mess up the organization’s plans.  Things have been picking up with this book, and the War of the Bounty Hunters has been a nice shot in the arm for it.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #4 – This event is moving pretty quickly.  Vader sends Han’s carbonite slab to his ship, and heads off to confront Luke in space.  This gives everyone (Leia and friends, Boba Fett, and the Hutts) the chance to try to regain what they believe should be their property.  We also finally get Dengar and Valance in this series, which means more actual bounty hunters.  I’m liking this event, but it was with this issue I realized it’s mis-named.  

Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 – This issue holds some surprises as we learn the truth behind Superboy’s identity, and Amanda Waller and the whole Squad end up going on the run.  We also see what Rick Flag has been up to since escaping Belle Reve.  This issue moves at a quick pace, but it also reveals a lot of the weaknesses of this series.  I don’t think Robbie Thompson has done a good enough job of making it clear just who Waller is in this Infinite Frontiers iteration.  Is she really trying to take over the world?  How has she accrued the ability to do all this work?  Who are her people?  There’s a doctor and a guard that seem to be recurring characters, but there’s been nowhere near enough done to develop them into recognizable supporting characters.  There’s a lot of potential in this book, which is why I’ve stayed with it, but it really lacks context.  I’ve just finished rereading John Ostrander’s classic Squad series, and this doesn’t hold a candle to it.

Suicide Squad #7 – It’s weird to get two issues of Suicide Squad in the same week (should be three, but my store was sold out of Swamp Thing).  Ambush Bug has been recruited for the team, which Waller is now keeping in a shared simulation between missions.  Ambush Bug is an annoying character that reminds me of Deadpool (I know he came first, but he’s not often interacted with the DCU, and has the same impact on books he guest stars in), and the comic relief angle feels a little out of place.  At the same time, his fourth wall breaking commentary does provide a few reminders of just what it is that Waller is up to.  The why is still lacking.  It also looks like this book is fixing to tie-in to the Shazam! miniseries, as the Squad goes after the Rock of Eternity.  I do like the coordination between DC’s books at the moment.

The Unbelievable Unteens #2 – It’s time to get to know the Unteens a little better, as Jack and Strobe start to track down the others to try to help them remember their former life.  We also get some older-style comics pages, showing us what life was like for the Unteens when they were heroes (there’s a real New Mutants vibe going on here).  Tyler Crooks’s art is great, although I prefer the modern day painted pages.  This might not be the most impressive book in the Black Hammer stable, but it’s enjoyable.

X-Force #23 – It’s interesting how much Hank McCoy has changed since the start of the Krakoan era.  This issue acknowledges that a little, when Hank once again puts himself at great risk by making a stupid decision while investigating one of the nesting doll Russian soldiers.  At the same time, Mikhail Rasputin gets ready to make his next move.  This book remains very unfocused and all over the place, and it gets annoying.

Comics I Would Have Bought if Comics Weren’t So Expensive:

Batman Catwoman #7

Excalibur #23

Infinite Frontier #6

Ka-Zar Lord of the Savage Land #1

Last Flight Out #1

Movie of the Week:

Neptune Frost – I was fortunate enough to attend the North American premier of the film Neptune Frost at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I was blown away.  This movie was written and directed by Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman, and is one of the most visually and narratively inventive things I’ve seen in years.  Roughly, this is a story about a Rwandan miner, Matalusa, who flees violence, connects with a group of activists who live in a village in another dimension, and meets Neptune, an intersex hacker.  Together, maybe with the help of a bird named Frost, they are able to take over the internet.  More or less.  It’s a little hard to follow the story in parts, but that doesn’t much matter, because the aesthetics and filmmaking are out of this world.  The movie is mostly in Kinyarwandan, and is a musical.  The music is mostly from Saul Williams’s last two albums – MartyrLoserKing (an absolute favourite of mine) and Encrypted & Vulnerable, but the songs are translated into Kinyarwandan, making them feel very different and fresh.  There is an intended graphic novel (Ronald Wimberly’s name was attached to it a few years ago), and room for more stories in this fascinating Afrofuturist universe.  This is the first I’ve been in a theatre in probably two years, and I’m so happy I got the chance to see this movie on a big screen.  It is all I’ve thought about since seeing it.

In Memoriam:

Michael K. Williams – The Wire ruined television for me.  Since that show finished, I’ve held every TV show I’ve watched to its standard, and I’ve been consistently let down ever since.  It was a brilliantly complex portrait of a living city that started as a cops vs. drug dealers police procedural that quickly made it clear that the people on either side of that conflict are complicated, nuanced beings, and that the status quo is deeply entrenched (maybe systemic is the better word).  Watching The Wire (always on DVD, because I never had HBO) opened my mind to concepts that are now common in the discourse – harm reduction, decriminalization, prison abolition, education reform, and reasons to distrust and defund the police.  This series showed how wealth, property, power, and the systems of oppression are connected, and how oppression in poor American cities, especially in the Black community, is intentional.

It also opened my eyes to new methods of telling stories and proved that characters on TV can be incredibly rich.  In addition to its incredible writing, the show was blessed with a stable of amazing actors who embedded so much humanity into their characters.  There are so many memorable performances, and so many careers were launched or amplified because of this show, but three have always stuck with me.  Michael B. Jordan’s Wallace is someone I still can’t think about without choking up.  Andre Royo’s Bubbles forever changed my opinion about people with substance abuse issues, and Michael K. Williams’s Omar blew my mind.

Omar was a guy who ripped off drug dealers, lived by a strict code, and over the course of five seasons, became the moral heart of the show.  He was brave, bold, funny, unpredictable, and incredibly strong.  I don’t know that there’s ever been a portrayal of a queer character on television like him before or since that show, but there was so much more to him.  

I haven’t seen Williams in a lot of other shows, so in my mind, he has stayed Omar (I do remember suffering some real cognitive dissonance when he appeared on Community for a few episodes).  Williams’s death this week hit me, and inspired me to start rewatching The Wire, which has been a gift.  

My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.  This one hurt.

The Week in Music:

Cochemea – Vol. 2: Baca Sewa – A Daptone Records album of Latin-indigenous music with a touch of African rhythms?  Cochemea, who has played in various Daptones bands, gave us a wonderful first album a couple of years ago, and now follows up with this lovely piece of work.  It’s a great late summer vibe.

Darktime Sunshine – Lore – It’s taken me forever to get a copy of this album.  Onry Ozzborn has a very unique voice and flow, and it rides Zavala’s beats very nicely.  There are some great features on here, most notably RAP Ferreira and Aesop Rock, and some thoughtful, introspective rap songs.  I’m glad I finally own this.

LowDown Brass Band – The Reel Sessions – When brass bands play hip hop, it’s always a lot of fun.  This Chicago band throws down on this album, which collects the songs they made, at the pace of one every two weeks, during lockdown.  It’s a vibe that I’ve been missing.

Tags: Michael K. Williams, RIP, The Weekly Round-Up

DC Comics & Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 Spoilers: Who Is This Superboy Really?!

DC Comics & Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 Spoilers: Who Is This Superboy Really?!

John Babos | September 8, 2021 | Spoilers | No Comments

DC Comics and Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 Spoilers follows.

Who Is This Superboy…

…Really?!

Picking up where the last issue of Suicide Squad left off (full spoilers here)…

…the Conner Kent Superboy of the recent Young Justice series confronts…

…the Conner Kent Superboy of the Suicide Squad.

Well, turns out Amanda Waller has a Bizarro Superboy on her team deliberately; his name is Match.

Match did not know he wasn’t Superboy, due to Amanda Waller’s machinations.

It also seems there are more of him in the cloning hopper.

However, the Suicide Squad has what they came for; the serum the stabilize Match so he doesn’t act like a Bizarro.

Match doesn’t want the serum destroying it as…

…as the Suicide Squad is teleported or somesuch back to HQ.

Back on Taskforce X Island Amanda Waller learns Match is stable and powerful; the latter being what she needed.

So, there you have it; the Suicide Squad’ powerhouse is Match.

A character whose power not just rival Superman and Superboy, but Earth 3’s Ultraman as well.

He even appeared in the popular Young Justice animated series.

More on Match over at CV.

Tags: Bizarro, Conner Kent (Kon-El / Superboy), DC Comics, Match (Bizarro Superboy), Suicide Squad, Young Justice

DC Comics & Suicide Squad #6 Spoilers & Review: Manifest Destiny With Earth 3’s Crime Syndicate, But Who Is Superboy?!

DC Comics & Suicide Squad #6 Spoilers & Review: Manifest Destiny With Earth 3’s Crime Syndicate, But Who Is Superboy?!

John Babos | August 28, 2021 | Spoilers | No Comments

DC Comics and Suicide Squad #6 Spoilers and Review follows.

Manifest Destiny With Earth 3’s Crime Syndicate, But Who Is Superboy?!

The book has a quite a few variant covers celebrating the release of The Suicide Squad film out now in Cinemas and HBO Max.

The book opens with a one-pager explaining what happened last issue in part 1 of this arc.

At the same time, Peacemaker and other Suicide Squad members are crossing over in the Swamp Thing series.

Amanda Waller sends Superboy, Talon and others to rescue Bloodsport on Earth 3 and bring back Black Siren.

Well, that leads to a battle between Superman and Ultraman where…

…Black Siren is duped to help Superboy.

The super battle rages as…

…the Suicide Squad found Bloodsport and are ready to book back to Prime Earth / Earth 0 without Superboy.

Well, Amanda Waller wants him back and…

…he gets back to his Earth online to be…

…confronted by himself?!

Next up is Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1 on shelves on September 7, 2021.

The Pulse:

An entertaining issue with loads of action and intrigue. Can’t go wrong with doppelgängers and clones in one issue. Ok art. 7 out of 10.

Tags: Bloodsport, Conner Kent (Kon-El / Superboy), Crime Syndicate, DC Comics, Earth 3, Peacemaker, Suicide Squad

The Weekly Round-Up #605 With X-Men #1, Suicide Squad #5, Fire Power #13, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #14 & More Plus The Week In Music!

The Weekly Round-Up #605 With X-Men #1, Suicide Squad #5, Fire Power #13, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #14 & More Plus The Week In Music!

James Fulton | July 12, 2021 | Columns, Top Story | No Comments

Best Comic of the Week:

X-Men #1 – With this latest relaunch, the X-Men set up (overnight) a treehouse in Central Park for the X-Men to live in, which catches the attention of a lot of people.  The new team combines like Voltron to combat an extraterrestrial threat (which makes it look like the X-Men will be heading back into space soon) that somehow slips past the early warning systems of Arrako/Mars and The Peak without being mentioned.  We also learn about an industrialist who is very unhappy about what’s happened to Mars.  Gerry Duggan sets up at least a year’s worth of stories with this issue, and things look promising.  It doesn’t look like this book is going to be very character-driven though.  Sunfire’s on the team, which I find weird, and barely says anything in this whole issue.  Jonathan Hickman just spent time establishing Sync’s feelings for Wolverine (Laura version), but that doesn’t get mentioned at all here either.  I hope that Duggan’s going to strike the right balance with character moments, but that’s been left aside for this issue.  Pepe Larraz’s art is very nice, but I doubt he’s going to be on this book for long.  I do remain hopeful that this will be an enjoyable series.

Quick Takes:

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #4 – Things wrap up nicely for this most recent Beasts of Burden miniseries.  I like that Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer took the story to post-War Japan, for a change of pace and to show how the wise dog concept works in other parts of the world.  Benjamin Dewey’s art is lovely.

Captain America #30 – Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Captain America has been a strange thing.  The story has moved very slowly (honestly, I can’t believe it’s been thirty issues), and while it has addressed some interesting aspects of the modern American experience, I’ve often wished this book went a lot harder (although, equating the Red Skull to Jordan Peterson was brilliant).  This issue has Cap and the Skull face off over the dinner table, and it feels somewhat anticlimactic.  These weren’t terrible comics, but they did need more oomph.  Coates is a brilliant writer, but much of what he does best just doesn’t really translate well into comics I’m afraid.  His second Black Panther series was very good, and I’d hoped he’d ironed out the things that were holding him back, but this ended up being kind of bland.  I’m not sure what he’s got planned for his next book, but I’ll definitely check it out.  As for Cap, he’s already started appearing in the United States of Captain America, which managed to make Fox News pretty angry over the last week, based on a surface misreading of a point that wasn’t even all that subtle in the first place.  

Fire Power #13 – After all the madness of the last few issues, Owen and his family return home and try to pick up where they left off.  The kids have trouble getting used to being back at school, Kellie and her partner end up using kung fu on a gunman (that scene looks so cool), and there seem to be a lot of snakes sliding around the monastery in China.  Issue twelve felt like it was wrapping up a lot of the storylines that Robert Kirkman developed, but in reality, and in typical Kirkman fashion, there’s a lot more to this than expected.  Chris Samnee’s art in this book has been among the best he’s ever done, and it increasingly feels like this series is just getting started.  I really enjoy this book, so I’m happy.

Hellions #13 – The Mister Sinister that was believed killed on Amenth makes his return, and that means that the other Mister Sinister’s secrets are about to be exposed.  At the same time, Orphan Maker discovers what Nanny has been hiding from him.  It feels like a lot of the plotlines that Zeb Wells started this series with are coming together, which, because this is a Marvel book, makes me think that it’s maybe going to be ending soon?  This book remains one of the odder and more enjoyable of the Krakoan titles.

Hollow Heart #5 – I hadn’t realized that there was a sixth issue of this series still to come, so was a bit surprised when things didn’t wrap up at the end.  El has made his big escape, and in the process, realizes the full extent of Mateo’s lies.  Paul Allor is pulling his story together very nicely, and Paul Tucker’s art continues to look great.  This series has been a very nice surprise, digging into themes of trust and faith in a new way.

Immortal Hulk #48 – Joe Fixit and Betty Ross get the chance to talk out their feelings for most of this issue, and Jen gets to know Jackie McGee a little better.  This is a quiet issue, which helps set up the coming final conflict between Hulk and the Leader.  It’s increasingly obvious when reading this that Al Ewing is setting up the end of the story (and probably his run), and I am already feeling a little nostalgic for the earlier portions of it.  There has never been a Hulk run like this before.

Post Americana #6 – We must be getting to the end of this series, as this issue is almost all action, cover to cover, as our heroes need to escape the Wonder robots trying to kill them, while the American government also sends drones to kill them at the same time.  Steve Skroce is very good at these large-scale action scenes, so I enjoyed this.

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #14 – I’m enjoying the way that Valance and Dengar are becoming Rush Hour style buddy bounty hunters, as they try to navigate the outer edges of the War of the Bounty Hunters event.  I still find it hard to follow all the storylines about other bounty hunters who slip in and out of this book, and I was interested in the mysterious hunter who is coming after them, until I learned her name is Deathstick.

Suicide Squad #5 – I’ve been interested in Suicide Squad, but I don’t like the way that the story seems to be in service of setting up the Future State storyline, more than it is in building a lasting rationale for the series.  Waller has Bloodsport (from the classic John Byrne Superman) exploring other Earths for possible recruits.  This issue has him on Earth-3, where he comes across the Crime Syndicate.  I like the way Robbie Thompson writes Bloodsport, and sets him up as a counter to Peacemaker.  I’m not sure why this issue needed so many artists, but as it’s all DC house style stuff, the transitions weren’t too jarring.

X-Force #21 – The team has had an encounter with a Man-Thing derived new character, and then, after the whole teleforonics event from the Hellfire Gala, go looking for it again.  This is a tighter issue than the last few, but I still wish there was more of a long-term plan for this series beyond the constant string of threats from Xeno to respond to.

Comics I Would Have Bought if Comics Weren’t So Expensive:

Avengers #46

Children of the Atom #5

Clans of Belari #1

Green Lantern #4

Skybound X #1

The Week in Music:

Namir Blade & L’Orange – Imaginary Everything – I love L’Orange’s production, but this album, which has Namir Blade rapping over his beats, is very different.  Gone are the interludes based on samples of old noir films, and the beats have a lot more guitar in them.  Namir Blade is an interesting MC (he’s new to me), and the pairing is very successful.  This is a really good album.

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Pull List Roundtable 7/7/2021 – X-Men, Suicide Squad, Fire Power, Post Americana, Geiger, Nocterra & More!

Pull List Roundtable 7/7/2021 – X-Men, Suicide Squad, Fire Power, Post Americana, Geiger, Nocterra & More!

John Babos | July 12, 2021 | Columns | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book.

James Fulton

X-Men #1 – I’m not sure that we need to relaunch X-Men yet again, but I like the idea of the flagship X-Title focusing on an X-Men team again, instead of being a random showcase for different characters at different times. Gerry Duggan is an inconsistent writer, but his recent Krakoa work has been pretty good, so I’m looking forward to this. I like the new lineup too, but I hope that it stays flexible, as there are too many other characters I’d like to see in this book.

This week I’m also looking forward to new issues of Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territories, Captain America, Fire Power, Hellfire, Hollow Heart, Immortal Hulk, Post Americana, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters, Suicide Squad, and X-Force.

John Babos

Another unusually large week with 11 titles.

  • Avengers #46
  • Batman #110
  • Batman Secret Files The Signal #1
  • Children of the Atom #5
  • Crime Syndicate #5
  • Geiger #4
  • Justice League #64
  • Nocterra #5
  • Snake Eyes: Deadgame #5
  • Suicide Squad #5
  • X-Men #1

What did you find worth reading during the week?

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

DC Comics & August 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: How Many Superboys Are There In Suicide Squad, Superman: Son Of Kal-El, Etc.?! Batman’s Joker & Crime Syndicate! Infinite Frontier Enigma?

DC Comics & August 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: How Many Superboys Are There In Suicide Squad, Superman: Son Of Kal-El, Etc.?! Batman’s Joker & Crime Syndicate! Infinite Frontier Enigma?

John Babos | May 27, 2021 | News | No Comments

DC Comics and August 2021 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

How Many Superboys Are There In Suicide Squad, Superman: Son Of Kal-El, Etc.?! Batman’s Joker and Crime Syndicate! Infinite Frontier Enigma?

Solicitations and covers below.

Suicide Squad 2021 Annual
story by ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by DEXTER SOY
cover by EDUARDO PANSICA, JULIO FERREIRA, MARCELO MAIOLO
ON SALE 8/31/21
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC
Card stock variant by GERALD PAREL
$6.99 US

Everyone questioned how the teen calling himself Conner Kent came to be recruited into the Suicide Squad by Amanda Waller. But as Superboy sneaks into the bowels of a top-secret Task Force X black site, what he finds changes all he thinks he knows about himself and his history. This oversize annual alters everything for the only hero on the Squad and makes him question what to do next, now that he knows the truth behind his origin.

Suicide Squad #6
story by ROBBIE THOMPSON
art by DEXTER SOY AND EDUARDO PANSICA
cover by EDUARDO PANSICA
ON SALE 8/3/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
card stock variant cover by GERALD PAREL US $4.99
Suicide Squad Movie Variant by JORGE MOLINA$4.99

Bloodsport’s first mission with the Squad goes pear-shaped as the Crime Syndicate captures Amanda Waller’s agent on Earth-3. By sending in a team to bring Bloodsport home, Waller may also be able to extract another Suicide Squad member for her new team, if she plays her cards right and doesn’t care who else she loses in the process. As part of the team heads into the Multiverse, Peacemaker gets a new assignment to track down and eliminate Levi Kamei—the new Swamp Thing!

The Swamp Thing #6
story by RAM V
art by MIKE PERKINS
cover by MIKE PERKINS
ON SALE 8/3/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
6 of 10
card stock variant by FRANCESCO MATTINA
$4.99 US

With Prescot’s bio-agent set off in the Kaziranga wetlands, the Green summons Levi back to the land of his making. With Levi unable to access his powers as Swamp Thing, he finds himself trapped in the dense forest and stalked by a group tasked with retrieving his alter ego at all costs. Will he recover his powers before he is hunted down by the Suicide Squad?

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #2
story by BRIAN AZZARELLO
art by ALEX MALEEV & MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
cover by ALEX MALEEV
ON SALE 9/7/21
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC
card stock variant cover by JORGE FORNES Black Label | Prestige Plus | 8 1/2″ x 10 7/8″
17+

After turning the tables on the Suicide Squad, The Joker gained control of the device that could detonate the bomb implanted in each of the team members’ heads. Now forced to do The Joker’s bidding, Red Hood, Harley, and the rest of Task Force X find themselves hunted by a newly formed Squad with a single mission: kill the previous Squad and take over hunting The Joker.

Crime Syndicate #6
written by ANDY SCHMIDT
pencils by KIERAN MCKEOWN AND BRYAN HITCH
inks by DEXTER VINES AND BRYAN HITCH
cover by HOWARD PORTER
ON SALE 8/3/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
6 of 6

Card stock variant cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER US $4.99
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Ultragirl? That’s right, folks, Kara Zor-El of Earth-3 arrives, and it’s far from a happy family reunion! Can Ultraman take his cousin down and reclaim his place as the true last survivor of Krypton? Meanwhile, on a hidden island in the Pacific, Emerald Knight must finally decide: Will he stand with the Legion of Justice? Or will he give in to the Crime Syndicate?
Don’t miss out on the shocking finale that shakes Earth-3 to its core!

Challenge of the Super Sons #5
story by PETER J. TOMASI
art by MAX RAYNOR AND EVAN STANLEY
cover by SIMONE DI MEO
ON SALE: 8/10/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
5 of 7
variant by JAMAL CAMPBELL
price: $4.99 US (Card Stock)

Hey, Aquaman, what’s kraken? As the guardian of the deep finds himself in the clutches of a gigantic underwater baddie courtesy of the deadly Doom Scroll prophecy, the Super Sons stand ready to assist! Then, picking up where the story left off earlier in the series, Superboy and Robin have been rescued from the clutches of some truly wicked spells by their new ally, Rora. As Rora rushes to help the boys return to the present, their pursuers close in and prepare to attack—and Vandal Savage and Felix Faust are one deadly duo who mean business!

Superman: Son of Kal-El #2
story by TOM TAYLOR
pencils by JOHN TIMMS
cover by JOHN TIMMS
ON SALE 8/10/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
card stock variant by INHYUK LEE
US $4.99
Suicide Squad Movie card stock variant by SAMI BASRI $4.99

Jonathan Kent now dons his father’s cape, but can he be Superman and still have a normal life? It’s tough in this modern world. Danger is everywhere. The new Superman learns this the hard way on his first day of college, and a deadly attack forces Jon to step from the shadows and into the spotlight—where his identity is exposed to the Truth, an activist news machine ready to upset everything.

But first, the son still has some things to learn from his father—and a few cool toys to inherit. Ask yourself, what would you do with your very own Fortress of Solitude? This all-new chapter in the legacy of Man of Steel has only just begun to reveal its surprises!

Compelling reads.

Tags: Bloodsport, comic book solicitations, Conner Kent (Kon-El / Superboy), Crime Syndicate, DC Comics, Joker, Jon Kent (Superboy), Suicide Squad, Superman: Son of Kal-El, Swamp Thing, ultraman

Pull List Roundtable 5/5/2021 – Heroes Reborn, Die, Batman, Fear Case, Star Wars, ENIAC & More!

Pull List Roundtable 5/5/2021 – Heroes Reborn, Die, Batman, Fear Case, Star Wars, ENIAC & More!

John Babos | May 10, 2021 | Columns | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book.

James Fulton

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha – If Marvel has taught me anything, it’s to be very nervous about events that need to begin with an ‘Alpha’ issue. The Star Wars line is in need of a shakeup, even though both the parent book and the Vader series are pretty great right now. There’s a lack of cohesion to them, so maybe an event will help. I just like that this means more Boba Fett.

Whalesville X Rocks and Minerals – I feel obligated to complain about how annoying Bad Idea is as a company, but a story by Matt Kindt with art by Adam Pollina? I’m going to buy it no matter what. Then they add a second story by Kindt and Tony Millionnaire, without raising the price? I’m in for this, even though I don’t know a whole lot about what it is.

This week I’m looking forward to new issues of Beasts of Burden, Dead Dog’s Bite, Die, ENIAC, Fear Case, Fire Power, Hellions, Hollow Heart, Immortal Hulk, Marauders, Suicide Squad, and Vampirella.

John Babos

6 books this week.

  • Batman #108
  • Crime Syndicate #3
  • Heroes Reborn #1
  • Nocterra #3
  • Suicide Squad #3
  • Union #5

What intrigued you this past week?

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: All About Batman’s Robins! Dick Grayson Nightwing, Jason Todd Red Hood, Tim Drake Red Robin & Damian Wayne Robin!

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: All About Batman’s Robins! Dick Grayson Nightwing, Jason Todd Red Hood, Tim Drake Red Robin & Damian Wayne Robin!

John Babos | April 25, 2021 | News | No Comments

DC Comics and July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

All About Batman’s Robins! Dick Grayson Nightwing, Jason Todd Red Hood, Tim Drake Red Robin and Damian Wayne Robin!

Solicitations and covers below.

Robin #4
story by: Joshua Williamson
art by: Jorge Corona
cover by: Gleb Melnikov
ON SALE: 7/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by: Francis Manapul
US $4.99 (card stock)

Damian Wayne versus his grandfather, the immortal Ra’s al Ghul! For years, Batman’s son avoided learning the ways of the Demon from Ra’s, but now that training may be exactly what Robin needs to win the League of Lazarus tournament.

Plus, Ravager follows the mysterious Respawn into the secrets of Lazarus Island!

Truth & Justice #6
story by: Andrew Aydin
pencils by: Juni Ba
inks by: Juni Ba
cover by: Juni Ba
ON SALE 7/20/20
$4.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
6 of 7
variant cover by : Damion Scott
US $5.99 (card stock)

It’s Damian Wayne’s birthday, and the Bat-Family throws him a surprise party in the Batcave! But it seems someone has other plans, as a pair of ancient Hittite deities crash the party! Robin’s battle with Tarhun and Arinitti takes him on a wild ride all the way to Budapest, ultimately leading him to his grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul. As Batman wages a battle to rescue his son, Damian is left to ponder a life-altering question: choose immortality and stand at his grandfather’s side, or choose mortality and continue on his path alongside his father.

Batman: Urban Legends #5
story by Chip Zdarsky, Matthew Rosenberg, Meghan
Fitzmartin, and Marguerite Bennett
art by Eddy Barrows, Marcus To, Ryan Benjamin, Belén
Ortega, and Sweeney Boo
cover by David Finch
perfect bound
ON SALE : 7/13/21
$7.99 US | 64 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by : Tyler Kirkham
variant cover by : Mimi Yoon

Red Hood: Meet Cheer, the villain behind the insidious Cheerdrops altering the citizens of Gotham. When confronted with a man responsible for taking the lives of so many, including Tyler, the kid Jason Todd swore to protect, will Red Hood be able to stop himself from taking vengeance for a whole city?

Grifter: Through four chapters of blood, bullets, and Batman, the true reason for Cole Cash emerging in Gotham City reveals itself at last…but it’s not what you think!

Tim Drake: Tim is determined to find his friend Bernard, who was taken by a Chaos Monster before his very eyes. But this case is different from any Tim has taken on before, and the cracks are starting to show.

Batgirls: Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown are just two teenagers breaking into Wayne Manor so they can play some video games. But when Oracle gives them a mission, the Batgirls suit up and head to an abandoned arcade to investigate.

Future State: Gotham #3
story by: Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver
art by: Giannis Milonogiannis
cover by: Simone Di Meo
ON SALE : 7/13/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | BW | DC
variant cover by : Rose Besch
US $4.99 (card stock)

Red Hood comes mask to mask with Gotham’s most wanted, the Next Batman, as the future of the Bat-Family continues! It’s a deadly showdown made worse by the horde of psychopathic criminals who want to kill them both! And finally, the new Gotham villain Warmonger reveals himself!

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1
story by Brian Azzarello
art by Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth
cover by Alex Maleev
ON SALE : 8/3/21
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC BLACK LABEL
1 of 3
Prestige Plus format
Ages 17+
variant cover by Jorge Fornes US $6.99 (card stock)
8 ½” x 10 7/8″

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

Nightwing #82
written by: Tom Taylor
art and cover by: Bruno Redondo
ON SALE: 7/20/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by : Jamal Campbell
US $4.99 (card stock)

Melinda Zucco’s connection to the man who killed Dick Grayson’s parents wasn’t a surprise to the Blüdhaven hero, but what the former Robin discovers about Melinda’s ties to the Flying Graysons leaves the usually upbeat detective speechless.

Tags: comic book solicitations, Damian Wayne (Robin V), DC Comics, Dick Grayson (Robin I / Nightwing), Jason Todd (Robin II / Red Hood), Tim Drake (Robin III / Red Robin)

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Joker & Grrl Power Too! Bane’s Daughter Vengeance, Punchline, Bluebird, Harley Quinn &… The Suicide Squad?!

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Joker & Grrl Power Too! Bane’s Daughter Vengeance, Punchline, Bluebird, Harley Quinn &… The Suicide Squad?!

John Babos | April 25, 2021 | News | No Comments

The Joker #5
story by: James Tynion IV and Matthew Rosenberg
art by: Francesco Francavilla
backup story by: James Tynion IV and Sam Johns
backup art by: Sweeney Boo
cover by: Guillem March
ON SALE: 7/13/21
$5.99 US | 40 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by: Kaare Andrews
variant cover by: Sean Phillips
1:25 variant cover by: Riccardo Federici
US $5.99 (card stock for both covers)

The never-before-seen tale of The Joker’s first night in Arkham Asylum is finally revealed!

When a lunatic in a clown suit tries to poison Gotham City’s reservoir and is placed in Arkham Asylum before his trial, Detective Jim Gordon realizes something’s different about this new inmate that could forever change the future of Gotham.

Backup: Rising-star artist Sweeney Boo joins the series as things get worse and worse for Punchline and Bluebird. Punchline’s prison war against the Queen of Spades escalates, and no prisoner at Blackgate Penitentiary will be exempt from choosing sides. And after barely escaping death at the hands of Punchline’s former accomplice, will Bluebird have the will to continue her investigation and find the mysterious woman from Punchline’s past who has the answers she’s looking for?

Harley Quinn #5
story by: Stephanie Phillips
art by: Riley Rossmo
cover by: Riley Rossmo
ON SALE 7/27/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by Derrick Chew
US $4.99 (card stock)

Did I miss something, or is there another new creep in a funny costume tryin’ to take over Gotham? Villains in this city are like that multiheaded hydra monster: blow a few up in Arkham Asylum, and 50 more pop up in ridiculous costumes thinkin’ they’re worthy of one of those fancy character variant covers. And here I thought bustin’ outta Hugo Strange’s new headquarters and savin’ the clowns was gonna be my biggest problem today.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1
story by Brian Azzarello
art by Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth
cover by Alex Maleev
ON SALE : 8/3/21
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC BLACK LABEL
1 of 3
Prestige Plus format
Ages 17+
variant cover by Jorge Fornes US $6.99 (card stock)
8 ½” x 10 7/8″

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

Tags: Bluebird, comic book solicitations, DC Black Label, DC Comics, Harley Quinn, Joker, Punchline, Suicide Squad, Vengeance

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Suicide Squad To Expand Ranks With Crime Syndicate?! What Is Legion Of Justice? Plus Joker & Lex Luthor!

DC Comics & July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Suicide Squad To Expand Ranks With Crime Syndicate?! What Is Legion Of Justice? Plus Joker & Lex Luthor!

John Babos | April 24, 2021 | News, Top Story | No Comments

DC Comics and July 2021 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Suicide Squad To Expand Ranks With Crime Syndicate?! What Is Legion Of Justice? Plus Joker and Lex Luthor!

Solicitations and covers.

Crime Syndicate #5
written by: ANDY SCHMIDT
pencils by: KIERAN McKEOWN and BRYAN HITCH
inks by: DEXTER VINES and BRYAN HITCH
cover by: HOWARD PORTER
ON SALE : 7/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by : FRANCIS MANAPUL
US $4.99 (card stock)

The Crime Syndicate crosses the line for the last time…and Alexander Luthor demands justice! Earth-3’s Luthor, Savanna, Venus, Power Tower, Red Hood, Lonar, and Thaal Sinestro band together to form the Legion of Justice and defend their world at all costs. Will the looming threat of the Legion stand in the way of Owlman, Superwoman, and Ultraman’s quest for global takeover? It all builds to a cliffhanger that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

Question of the month: Who is Luthor’s secret weapon?
Also, in this issue’s backup, witness the origin story of Johnny Quick, illustrated by Bryan Hitch!

Suicide Squad #5
story by Robbie Thompson
art by Dexter Soy
cover by Eduardo Pansica
ON SALE: 7/6/21
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC
variant cover by Gerald Parel
US $4.99 (card stock)

After the disastrous mission to Titans Academy and an ill-fated confrontation with Red X, Task Force X looks into the Multiverse for its next recruits under Amanda Waller. Assigned to investigate the status of Earth-3, the team’s field leader, Peacemaker, begins to question what Waller plans to do with her ultimate Suicide Squad, as the deadly Bloodsport takes charge.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1
story by Brian Azzarello
art by Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth
cover by Alex Maleev
ON SALE : 8/3/21
$6.99 US | 48 PAGES | FC | DC BLACK LABEL
1 of 3
Prestige Plus format
Ages 17+
variant cover by Jorge Fornes US $6.99 (card stock)
8 ½” x 10 7/8″

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, oversize, Prestige plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

July will be bad in a good way.

Tags: comic book solicitations, Crime Syndicate, DC Black Label, DC Comics, Earth 3, Joker, Legion of Justice, Peacemaker, Suicide Squad

Pull List Roundtable 4/7/2021 – Geiger, Batman, Tankers, Avengers, ENIAC & More!

Pull List Roundtable 4/7/2021 – Geiger, Batman, Tankers, Avengers, ENIAC & More!

John Babos | April 9, 2021 | Columns | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book.

James Fulton

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory – I’m a big fan of Beasts of Burden, so I’m always happy to see a new miniseries. No Jill Thompson on this one, but Benjamin Dewey is always a good second choice.

Silver Coin – Michael Walsh is a terrific artist, and I think it’s cool that he’s got this new series, which pairs him with different writers. The first issue is by Chip Zdarsky, so it’s going to be good. I don’t know if this is an anthology or a larger story, but I’m all in.

Tankers – I’m checking out most of the new Bad Idea titles, and this one, about time travel and combat suits or something, looks good. I like Juan José Ryp’s art and Robert Venditti’s writing, so I’m in.

I’m also looking forward to new issues of Dead Dog’s Bite, ENIAC, Far Sector, Fear Case, Fire Power, Hollow Heart, Immortal Hulk, and Marauders.

I’m on the fence about the second issue of Suicide Squad. The first issue was interesting, but if the entire series is just a big setup for the Future State story we’ve already seen, I don’t know what the point is.

I’m also going to try to give the new Green Lantern a flip-through. I’d love to read a John Stewart book, but I’m not sure this is the one…

John Babos

7 books this week.

  • Avengers #44
  • Batman #107
  • Crime Syndicate #2
  • Far Sector #11
  • Geiger #1
  • Nocterra #2
  • Suicide Squad #2

What’s on tap for you this week?

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

Pull List Roundtable 3/3/2021 – Dead Dog’s Bite, ENIAC, Suicide Squad, Hellions & More!

Pull List Roundtable 3/3/2021 – Dead Dog’s Bite, ENIAC, Suicide Squad, Hellions & More!

John Babos | March 5, 2021 | Columns | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book.

James Fulton

Dead Dog’s Bite – Tyler Boss’s art on Five Kids Walk Into A Bank was incredible, and I’ve been looking forward to this new series he’s written and drawn since it was first solicited.

ENIAC – The new publisher Bad Idea is trying to do things very differently. They are self-distributing their books to a small number of stores, and are insisting on bucking most of the conventions of the comics market. I have no idea if it’s going to work or not, but their first series is by Matt Kindt and Dougie Braithwaite, so I think it’s worth checking out.

Undone By Blood or The Other Side of Eden – I loved the first Undone series, by Thompson, Nadler, and Kivelä. It was a mix of dime store Western and Stray Bullets, and it was great. I’m happy to see that the same creative team is getting together to tell another story, although I imagine it’s not connected to the first other than through the device of having a character read a Western throughout.

I’m also looking forward to new issues of Fear Case, Fire Power, and Hellions.

I’m on the fence about Infinite Frontier and the new Suicide Squad. I really feel distanced from DC these days, and wonder if IF will help me understand it, or just leave me lost. I love the Suicide Squad in theory, although I’ve not ever liked it since John Ostrander left; putting Peacemaker in charge has me interested, because I love his ridiculous helmet.

John Babos

6 books this week

  • Avengers #43
  • Batman #106
  • Crime Syndicate #1
  • Infinite Frontier #0
  • Nocterra #1
  • Suicide Squad #1

What are you picking up this week?

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

DC Comics & March 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Infinite Frontier Leads To Infinite Adventures In Justice League With NEW Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans Academy & More!

DC Comics & March 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Infinite Frontier Leads To Infinite Adventures In Justice League With NEW Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans Academy & More!

John Babos | December 17, 2020 | News | No Comments

DC Comics and March 2021 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Infinite Frontier Leads To Infinite Adventures In Justice League With NEW Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans Academy and More!

The above variant cover for Justice League #29 was released by DC Comics with the caption Infinite Adventures.

Tags: comic book solicitations, DC Comics, Flash (Barry Allen), Justice League, Suicide Squad, Teen Titans Academy, Wally West (Flash)

DC Comics & January 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Post Dark Nights: Death Metal’s Future State Teased Plus Concept Art & Some Interior Art! Manhunter Returns In Shazam?

DC Comics & January 2021 Solicitations Spoilers: Post Dark Nights: Death Metal’s Future State Teased Plus Concept Art & Some Interior Art! Manhunter Returns In Shazam?

John Babos | October 28, 2020 | News, Top Story | No Comments

DC Comics and January 2021 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Post Dark Nights: Death Metal’s Future State Teased.

The above was from DC Connect #6; the transcription is below.

    When Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 thunders into comics shops on January 5th, it may look like the end of an epic—but this explosive final issue will include not one but two epilogues, each leading to new worlds of story.

    One of these epilogues will direct readers toward a new vision of the DC Universe called Future State. But what exactly is Future State? It’s an event that takes fans into the future, outside the usual confines of the Multiverse, where adventures reach beyond the scope of mere maps. It’s a place where new visions of the World’s Greatest Heroes wage epic battles for justice that run parallel to their older counterparts’ own heroic struggles, across a variety of different time frames. Future State provides glimpses into wonders yet to come for the DC Universe—and where all the great stories from the past are real, and where all these stories count. It all matters…because they all happened.

    Future State: NEW HEROES RISING

    On these worlds, and in these futures yet to come, a new Wonder Woman named Yara Flor emerges from the very different Amazon of South America to carry on Diana Prince’s mission of peace—while Diana herself has ascended to true immortality, only to face a threat that even mighty Darkseid could not defeat. And a heralded champion of Themyscira called Nubia strikes out for a new home and a new mission in Man’s World.

    The Man of Steel, meanwhile, has left Earth behind. He’s undertaken a dangerous mission to Warworld, the dread weaponized planetoid, where he must battle the gladiator hordes of Mongul. And while the people of Earth mourn the disappearance of one Superman, another has risen to take his place: Jonathan Kent, the new protector of Metropolis and the entire human race! To save his city from the scourge of a new, dangerous mutation of BrainiacJon will have to take drastic action—which will result in the creation of the Bottle City of Metropolis!

    Gotham City has gone from dangerous to downright deadly, as a paramilitary organization known as the Magistrate has taken to the streets of the city—and when the mayor declares that wearing a mask is a crime in Gotham, a mysterious new Dark Knight rises to protect the public his own way! At the same time, Bruce Wayne, presumed dead by the public, must learn how his own tech was used by the Magistrate to penetrate his greatest secrets.

    HEROES WITH NEW MISSIONS

    On the streets of Gotham, you’ll also discover the dark plans the Magistrate is making for the illicit substance known as Lazarus Resin—and how far Tim Drake will go to keep it out of their hands! Back in uniform as Robin, he’s joined by Spoiler for a heist at 20,000 feet! Plus, Harley Quinn has been captured by the Magistrate, and they’re using the Scarecrow to probe her knowledge of Gotham’s underworld. And Catwoman’s about to pull the biggest robbery of her career by stealing a bullet train loaded with captured vigilantes—and innocent children. Nightwing has found a new headquarters in the abandoned Arkham Asylum, and he’s about to get a visit from the new Batman! Grifter is back, too, and he’s about to run afoul of…well, just about everyone! And two Batgirls—Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain—have been imprisoned by the Magistrate, but one of them may hove a secret mission!

    The Justice League, too, is reborn with new yet familiar heroes: Jonathan Kent as Superman, Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, o Mullein as Green Lantern, and Andy Curry as Aquawoman—plus a Flash from a distant corner of the Multiverse, and a Batman whose identity must remain a secret at least for now. In fact, no one on this team knows who the others are—and if they can’t share their true identities, how will they ever learn to trust each other?

    Future State: ELSEWHERE IN THE DC UNIVERSE

      Barry Allen and his fellow super-speedsters have been stripped of their powers, only to face the deadly threat of Wally West, who’s been possessed by an entity that’s been trapped for eons inside the Speed Force.

      Green Lantern John Stewart leads an elite team of ring-wielders beyond the farthest reaches of the 3,600 known sectors to explore new worlds—but how will they protect themselves when the Corps’ Central Power Battery goes out?

      New Aquaman Jackson Hyde must fight his way out of a prison on Neptune and back home to Earth following a mission gone horribly wrong that threw both him and Andy Curry—daughter of Arthur and Mera—into the vast abyss of an ocean that spans the universe.

      At last, Amanda Waller’s ultimate plan for the Suicide Squad is revealed—a plan that could doom the planet! But the team has ideas of their own…

      Following a devastating conflict, life blooms anew for the Swamp Thing—but the discovery of an errant human may force the guardian of the Green to take drastic steps to protect the planet.

      The familiar face of Shilo Norman returns as Mister Miracle, super escape artist in both Superman of Metropolis and Superman: Worlds of War—but when he catches the Boom Tube out of the Bottle City of Metropolis, he’ll wind up somewhere even worse!

      The Legion of Super-Heroes takes one giant leap into the distant future—but who is left on the team? And which of them betrayed not just the United Planets but the entire galaxy?

      Titans Tower stands as a burned-out husk, a memorial to the school for young heroes that could have been. Now, the remaining New Teen Titans must turn to one of their former students—the hero known as Red X, making his comics debut—for answers.

    To create these amazing stories, DC has enlisted some of our top talents as well as numerous comics new-Art by comers. Together, they’re sure to excite fans who are eager to see what’s in store for DC’s heroes in these John Timms stories—most of them contained in two issues that run in January and February.

    But wait—we said Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 would have two epilogues, didn’t we? No doubt you’re wondering where the second epilogue will lead. Well, for that, you’ll have to wait.

Plus Concept Art.

Plus Some Interior Art! Manhunter Returns In Shazam?

So, are you intrigued?

Tags: comic book solicitations, Dark Nights: Death Metal, DC Comics, DC Future State, Manhunter, Shazam (Captain Marvel)

DC Comics Universe & September 2020 Solicitations Spoilers: Batman Villain & Suicide Squad Stalwart Deadshot Dies To Defeats DC’s Newest Villain Ted Kord FKA Blue Beetle?!

DC Comics Universe & September 2020 Solicitations Spoilers: Batman Villain & Suicide Squad Stalwart Deadshot Dies To Defeats DC’s Newest Villain Ted Kord FKA Blue Beetle?!

John Babos | June 13, 2020 | News | No Comments

DC Comics Universe and September 2020 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

Batman Villain and Suicide Squad Stalwart Deadshot…

…Dies To Defeats DC’s Newest Villain…

…Ted Kord FKA Blue Beetle?! Solicitations and covers below.

Suicide Squad #9
Written By Tom Taylor
Art And Cover By Bruno Redondo
Variant Cover By Travis Moore

ON SALE 09/22/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

This issue, it’s the shocking death of Deadshot! The man who never misses has been on the front lines of Task Force X since its inception—bomb in his neck, gun in his hand. He’s seen teammates blow up and countries fall. He’s faced down heroes and villains alike. Now the Suicide Squad has one final mission: bring down the man who enslaved them, then put a bounty on their heads when they escaped: Ted Kord. But to finish the job, the world’s deadliest assassin will have to do the one thing he’s never done for the cause: die!

Tags: Blue Beetle, comic book solicitations, DC Comics, DC Universe, Deadshot, Suicide Squad

Pull List Roundtable 5/27/2020 – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Outer Darkness / Chew, Dawn of X, Rogue Planet & More!

Pull List Roundtable 5/27/2020 – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Outer Darkness / Chew, Dawn of X, Rogue Planet & More!

Mike Maillaro | May 28, 2020 | Columns, Features, Roundtables, Top Story | No Comments

For a full list of these releases, head to ComicList: The New Comic Book Releases List.

James Fulton

It feels very nice to be doing this again!

A couple of new debuts this week:

Rogue Planet – I don’t remember what the solicitation said for this series, or even who is creating it. I remember that something about it drew my eye, all those months ago, so we’ll see if I still feel interested when I get it.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra – I loved Aphra under Kieron Gillen and Simon Spurrier, so I’m happy to see her coming back, but as the writer is not familiar to me, I have some trepidation. I hope this is good.

I’m also looking forward to new issues of 20XX, Alienated, Farmland, Marauders, and Outer Darkness/Chew.

Matt Graham

Dr. Aphra is a welcome return. Also looking forward to Venom #25 and Marauders.

Rogue Planet will be my blind gamble of the week.

John Babos

Only 3 books this week. Still no Valiant books; weird.

Avengers #33
Hawkman #23
Suicide Squad #5

Mike Maillaro

Still trying to keep up as the shiplists continue to be elusive. Again, books I didn’t see on the list pop up, and books that appear on the list, I have read weeks ago. Good luck trying to keep up, folks! We will continue to do our best to keep our info accurate and up to date.

Doctor Aphra #1 – Marvel actually released this digitally a few weeks ago. Love the character. She’s one of the best things to come from Disney Star Wars (and that is not me hating on Disney Star Wars, I loved all three movies and read and enjoy pretty much all the comics). The new series is off to a strong start!

Avengers #33 – Moon Knight Vs The Avengers? So begins the Age of Khonshu. So fall the Avengers. Eh, why not? My first exposure to Moon Knight was way back when they did a crossover with Amazing Spider-Man in Round Robin: The Sidekick’s Revenge. I have always liked the character since, so I glad to see him getting some exposure here. New Moon Knight series, please?

Amazing Spider-Man #43 – Last issue we got an origin story for Gog, a big monster who used to show up in Spidey books years ago. It was a strange but fun read. This book is supposed to set up some of the big stories in ASM over the next few months. Spencer has been pretty good on Spider-Man, so curious to see where we go from here.

Outer Darkness/ Chew #2 – I had never even heard of John Layman until Fulton wrote about Outer Darkness in one of these columns a while back. Immediately I was pulled in by “demonic mysticism meets Star Trek.” I hadn’t read Chew (also by Layman about a detective with strange digestive powers), but when they did this unexpected crossover, I went back and started reading Chew. I am about halfway through, and it’s fast become one of my favorite Image titles ever. Crossing over these strange books that should have no connection is pure genius.

Batman Beyond #43 – Jurgens’ run on Batman Beyond has been perfect! This book really needs more attention. It is my favorite DC book by far!

Marauders #10 – I have really enjoyed Dawn of X, and even when I fall behind on my other comics, I pretty much was reading all of these titles the day they came out. So it feels like forever since I’ve read a new X-Men comic. Marauders is one of my favorite of the bunch, so glad to see a new issues finally!

OH! And in the DC Digital Dailies, this week we got a new Birds of Prey issue by Gail Simone! She had said that she was only doing one issue, so not sure if the book will have rotating creative teams or if it was just a one and done thing.

Flash #753
He-Man And The Masters Of The Multiverse #6 (Of 6)
Justice League #45
Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #31
Suicide Squad #5
Supergirl #41
Teen Titans #41
Venom #25

Tags: Pull List Roundtable

DC Comics Universe & Suicide Squad #5 Spoilers & Review: More Bloodshed As Surprise SUPER-HERO Is Villain Behind Team! Captain Boomerang Returns As Batman Looms!

DC Comics Universe & Suicide Squad #5 Spoilers & Review: More Bloodshed As Surprise SUPER-HERO Is Villain Behind Team! Captain Boomerang Returns As Batman Looms!

John Babos | May 27, 2020 | Spoilers, Top Story | No Comments

DC Comics Universe and Suicide Squad #5 Spoilers and Review follows.

More Bloodshed As Surprise SUPER-HERO Is Villain Behind Team!

Captain Boomerang Returns As Batman Looms!

The Suicide Squad, after a skirmish, succeed on their most recent mission to capture Captain Boomerang.

They present him to new leader Lok who now wants…

…Deadshot to murder him?!

Deadshot goes shoot, but appears to be to disable Lok’s forcefield.

That enables Deadshot to initiate a coup!

Later, another team member, Jog, dies that…

…leads to the team learning that the brains behind this new Suicide Squad is…

…former Blue Beetle Ted Kord?!

Now, Ted Kord is after the Suicide Squad and…

…they’re after him! Ted Kord as DC’s newest Maxwell Lord?! WTF is going on here?

Next up is Suicide Squad #6 out on June 24, 2020 with Batman!

The Pulse:

A high octane issue with great art. Unexpected ending. 9.5 out of 10.

Tags: Batman, Blue Beetle, DC Comics, DC Universe, Maxwell Lord, Suicide Squad, Ted Kord

DC Comics Universe & August 2020 Solicitations Spoilers: A Bloodbath For The Suicide Squad!

DC Comics Universe & August 2020 Solicitations Spoilers: A Bloodbath For The Suicide Squad!

John Babos | May 16, 2020 | News | No Comments

DC Comics Universe and August 2020 Solicitations Spoilers follows.

A Bloodbath For The Suicide Squad! Solicitation and cover below.

SUICIDE SQUAD #8
written by TOM TAYLOR
art and cover by DANIEL SAMPERE and JUAN ALBARRAN
variant cover by JEREMY ROBERTS

Task Force X is done running. They pulled the bombs out of their necks, they’ve identified their target, and they’re going on the hunt for the man who’s pulled their strings and killed their friends. And now the Squad is up against forces far more powerful than they ever could have imagined. Taking them on…could be suicide.

ON SALE 08.25.20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES
FC | DC
This issue will ship with two covers.

Tags: comic book solicitations, DC Comics, DC Universe, Suicide Squad

Kendrick Lamar-Curated Black Panther Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1


The Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Billboard. The album, which features music from SZA, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, and more alongside Kendrick, has earned 154,000 equivalent album units in the week between February 9-15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that 154,000 units, 52,000 represent traditional album sales. The release marks the biggest first week for a soundtrack since Suicide Squad: The Album, which earned 182,000 equivalent album units in its first week. Black Panther opened Thursday night, becoming the top-grossing film in history by a black director (Ryan Coogler) with a largely black cast. The film is estimated to have made over $387 million by Monday.

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Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini (Black Jack Album)

Biggest boss and I been the trillest
I’m a bigger problem when I click with Skrillex
Murder on my mind, it’s time to pray to God
My revolver is not religious, the revolution’s born
You wanna know my name then go and tell the Sarg
You wanna know my gang: Suicide Squad
Pistol on my waist, I might make a mistake
Dead shot, head shot, oh my god, am I crazy?
Drugs every corner, this is Gotham City
Killer Croc came to kidnap you, to cut out your kidney
Ain’t no mercy, got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Rozay, don’t you know that pussy worth it
Flooded Rolex at the Grammy awards
They still sellin’ dope, that’s those Miami boys
Killers everywhere, it ain’t no place to run
Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun

Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin (Rozay!)

Don’t be beggin’ for your life cause that’s a lost cause
High stakes, body armor, suicide boy
There’s a time for games and there’s a time to kill
Make up your mind baby cause the time is here
Capital murder, capital lettuce
Yeah she catchin’ my vibe but can’t fathom my cheddar
Need a couple gang members for these new endeavors
From this point on anything we do, we do together
Body on the corner, million in the trunk
Seven figures, I will spend that every other month
Killers on the corner, talons in the clip
Build a palace out in Paris just to fill with bitches
Say my name and I’m coming with the gun squad
Everybody runnin’, homie, there’s only one God
Cocaine, white Ferrari, I’m in the fast lane
Every day was life and death, that’s when the cash came
Count money, drug residue even blood on it
He had a trap ’til I put my cuz on it
Kickin’ in the dope boy, Suicide Squad
Needle in my arm so I’m do or die for it

Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’, Rozay

Power
Greed
Devious
Needs
Highstakes
(Cash money)
Dope boy
(Rap money)

Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun
Rozay

Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini lyrics

[Verse 1]
Biggest boss and I been the trillest
I’m a bigger problem when I click with Skrillex
Murder on my mind, it’s time to pray to God
My revolver is not religious, the revolution’s born
You wanna know my name then go and tell the Sarg
You wanna know my gang: Suicide Squad
Pistol on my waist, I might make a mistake
Dead shot, head shot, oh my god, am I crazy?
Drugs every corner, this is Gotham City
Killer Croc came to kidnap you, to cut out your kidney
Ain’t no mercy, got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Rozay, don’t you know that pussy worth it
Flooded Rolex at the Grammy awards
They still sellin’ dope, that’s those Miami boys
Killers everywhere, it ain’t no place to run
Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun

[Hook: Instrumental]
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini, purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin (Rozay!)
[Verse 2]
Don’t be beggin’ for your life ’cause that’s a lost cause
High stakes, body armor, suicide boy
It’s a time for games and it’s a time to kill
Make up your mind baby ’cause the time is here
Capital murder, capital letters
Yeah she catchin’ my vibe but she can’t fathom my cheddar
Need a couple gang members for these new endeavors
From this point on anything we do, we do together
Body on the corner, million in the trunk
Seven figures, I will spend that every other month
Killers on the corner, talons in the clip
Build a palace out in Paris just to fill with bitches
Say my name and I’m coming with the gun squad
Everybody runnin’, homie, there’s only one God
Cocaine white Ferrari, I’m in the fast lane
Every day was life and death, that’s when the cash came
Count money, drug residue even blood on ‘em
He had a driver ’til I put my cuz on it
Kickin’ in the door boy, Suicide Squad
Needle in my arm so I’m do or die for it

[Hook: Instrumental]
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini, purple Lamborghini lurkin’
Ain’t no mercy, a-ain’t no mercy
Got that purple Lamborghini lurkin’, (Rozay!)

[Outro]
Power
Greed
Devious
Needs
Highstakes
(Cash money)
Dope boy
(Rap money)
Renzel, Real hip
Forgive me for my wrongs, I have just begun
(Rozay!)