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1:25 Variant cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• A brand new series by bestselling and Hugo award winning novelist CHINA MIEVILLE!
• What would happen if you discovered the H Dial, an unbelievably powerful artifact that turned you into a super hero?
• And what if you found out that the world is threatened by this very device that’s become your uncontrollable obsession?
• These are just the first questions asked in this thrilling and inventive storyline that introduces the strangest super heroes and super villains in the DCU while exploring the boundaries of reality!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• New series writer JEFF LEMIRE introduces a new team roster and a new mission!
• Constantine and the team must steal a map to the source of all magic out of the clutches of FELIX FAUST!
• The first of a four-part story that will have lasting implications for the entire DC Universe.

1:25 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• SWAMP THING battles his way through the BONE KINGDOM to take on SETHE and his servants!
• This issue lays the groundwork for the debut of a classic Swamp Thing villain and the beginning of the next phase for this series.

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• “EXTINCTION IS FOREVER” part one of three!
• Separated from Buddy, the rest of the Baker family is in terrible danger!
• Guest-starring JOHN CONSTANTINE!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale MAY 30 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+
• A stand alone tale detailing the history of the epic struggle between THE RED, THE GREEN and THE ROT!
• As seen in ANIMAL MAN and SWAMP THING, these forces will play a major role in the future of the DC Universe!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• S.H.A.D.E. sends FRANKENSTEIN to find the mysteriously missing ANIMAL MAN.
• Frankenstein battles THE ROTLINGS!

Art and cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• “RISE OF THE VAMPIRES” aftermath!
• The new leader of the vampires is ANDREW BENNETT?!
• The vampire pilgrimage to their new homeland begins here. Many new characters and stories will be introduced along the way.

On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Continued from this month’s SUICIDE SQUAD #9!
• AMANDA WALLER and the SUICIDE SQUAD want MITCH SHELLEY’S seemingly indestructible body in the worst way possible – and that’s how they’ll probably wind up getting it!

Cover by MIKE CHOI
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• Who has the power to murder Merlin – and what else are they capable of?

Winter finally shows up in Flash #6

DC Comics released the Mike Choi variant to Flash #6 which marks the return of Captain Cold. In the new DCU, how will Captain Cold be different? Flash #6 with artist and writer Francis Manapul will be in your local comic book store on February 22nd, 2012.

This is what DC the Source had to say:

Monday, January 30th, 2012

By Alex Nagorski

Paving the way for the return of Captain Cold in THE FLASH #7, Mike Choi’s awesome variant cover for THE FLASH #6 depicts a frozen Barry Allen mid-movement. Below, take an exclusive first look for yourself.

“THE FLASH is one of my favorite books right now, so it was a real pleasure and honor to get the chance to work on a cover for the title,” Choi exclusively told THE SOURCE. “I’m good friends with both [series writers and artists] Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, whom I’ve known pretty much my entire career, my first professional gig being the follow-up to Francis’ run on WITCHBLADE for Top Cow, with Brian being my colorist on the book, so of course this was a title I was definitely rooting for. Hopefully I’ve done just a little bit to add something to their book and its run.

“Another incentive to try and do a great job on the cover was working with Brian Cunningham, who’s an editor I’ve been really enjoying working with. I’ve come to really appreciate editors who are very straightforward with constructive criticism when it comes to improving your craft on longer and more general terms, because they’ve seen it all and probably know best in terms of how your stuff might be lacking or need improvement. From the get-go, he told me to try and infuse more dynamism to my figure work by looking at artists like John Buscema and Wally Wood, and hopefully that’s coming through bit by bit as my career progresses.

“Anyway, I hope everyone digs it!”

THE FLASH #6 goes on sale February 22nd.

Review : Swamp Thing #2 & Animal Man #2

In my last article I threw a heap of praise on both Swamp Thing and Animal Man and I’m happy to report that EVERYONE who enjoys comics and  Horror movies  should be reading these two books. I’ll go further and say you should be reading these books back to back one after another because something amazing is happening here . You may not see it yet but both books have a connection. They are both bringing back Alan Moores’ amazing concept of Totems/Avatars to Swamp Thing and the DCU in a big way.  The Green representing mans’ connection to all things that are green such as foliage , plants , trees…. you get the idea. The Black which represents mans’ connection to Death and Barren land and finally the Red which represents mans’ connection to animals. Now bring on the Reviews!


The Green: A Love Story

Swamp Thing#2

Story: Scott Snyder

Art: Yanick Paquette

Review Score: 9

Right off the bat we get answers in this issue , tons and tons of answers. The first half of the book is spent establishing what the current Swamp Thing is and why hes coming back for Alec Holland in the first place . We get reintroduced to Alan Moores’ concept of The Parliament of Trees which leads to Scott Snyder establishing that there has been more than one Swamp Thing.

Here’s the catch Alec Holland was never apart of that Legacy. You see his chemical accident that killed him and created  the Swamp Thing we all knew from the late 80’s happened…well it kind of happened . Scott slips into the past history of both characters and only slightly tweaks a few things to make his take feel completely fresh and new.  You will feel sorry for the big Green lug and conflicted with both characters as a big choice lies ahead from their conversation.

Yanick Paquettes’ art again stands out as the work that I believe will move his career into Superstar status as an artist. He can draw images that make you feel sorrow and pain on one page and have you freaking out and sick to your stomach the next. His pacing and use of space is impeccable and his line work is made that much stronger by the inks . This is a book about Monster’s first and foremost and he lets his imagination run wild . By the end of this book if you don’t have night mares at the thought of someone chasing you with a broken neck and a creepy smile, than you probably aren’t able to read this article or said comic for that matter ( which ultimately makes me fear that your neck may be broken in a similar fashion , let the night mares begin) The book ends rather abruptly which is just fine by me . Comics this good are amazing  in monthly doses.


The RED : Run far, far away

Animal Man #2

Story: Jeff Lemire

Art : Travel Foreman

Review Score : 9.5

This book is insane ! I mean mouth agape at how well written and drawn insane. The book picks up right where #1 ended . Animal Man’s daughter seems to have her daddy’s gift too. Only her’s is  more Pet Cemetery in its nature .  Jeff Lemire has the ability to write something truly macabre in nature and yet create humor in it as well. This is instantly apparent when an argument with a neighbor ends with him screaming for help while pointing at the family with what use to be his hand. It seems there is a lot more to Maxine’s powers than she let on.

Another thing I like about the book is that there is always a family dynamic no matter how crazy the situation. Seeing Animal Man scold his daughter for sharing milk with one of her new dead pets is just one of many great character moments in this issue.  Each member of the family has their own voice and is unique which goes along way towards you genuinely caring about them in this book.

Travel Foreman continues to make something as simple as the suburbs look cool. Not to mention the moment Maxine and her dad decide to seek out the Red you will feel like you are  on an acid trip to hell. He continues to alter his style from one sequence to the next which works well for this book.  The colorist deserves a lot of the credit here too . His use once again of muted colors in the suburban sequences,  followed by backgrounds filled with Blue and Purple during Maxine and Animal Mans trip to the Red are fun and rewarding to look at. You will stare at a Splash page at the end of this book and you will want it in a frame .

My only complaint with the art is that in the last page of panels the story telling could have been better . I went back and forth a few times trying to establish exactly what was happening and I’m still a bit confused with the end and The Arrival of The Hunters Three. This book is shockingly good regardless and Jeff  is keeping a lot of this story close to his chest ,  but its the creative art and painstaking care he gives his characters that manage to shine in this book after 2 issues.  Into the Red indeed…. this is Highly Recommended!

Mike DeVivo

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New 52 Review: Teen Titans #1

I was super bummed when I heard about one of the casualties of the New 52 reboot, Tim Drake’s solo adventures as the Red Robin. Red Robin was a definitely underrated book, and had a great plot as Tim fell further and further down the Batman path. (Lonely, dark, brooding, suspicious of everyone.)

With the reboot, they de-aged Tim to maybe about 15-16 or so, and redid his costume as Red Robin to look just like Marvel’s the Falcon.

The book sets up the premise, that teen superheroes seem to be a menace, with a Kid Flash (who claims no relation or connection to Barry Allen) causing a backdraft and a major explosion, setting off the media. It flashes over to Tim Drake, who asks someone (Batman?) “Seriously what were you thinking?” as a clandestine organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. tries to recruit him to their operation. Drake of course refuses, and sets off an action sequence to escape which leads into him going off to recruit Wonder Girl to fight this mysterious organization. The issue ends with a reveal of a Clone *cough*Superboy*cough* that is being activated by N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

The plot is serviceable , however, it all feels a little like a retread of the beginning of Civil War. Substitute Speedball for Kid Flash, and voila, we are in Connecticut.  The art is average, and doesn’t feel special or notable. The plot needs some work, and hopefully as the issues go on we can get some more answers, and move beyond the Teen Superheroes are a Menace motif that the book seems to be running with so far. After three other reboots you think DC would finally get it right, it’s shortcomings are really noticeable especially when you compare it to Christos Gage run on Avengers Academy.

Story: 4/10

Art: 4/10

Tuesday’s top pick: Hack/Slash #8 & Flash #1

This is the last week of the new DCU 52. What have you liked? What did DC miss the boat on?

Hack / Slash (2011) #8
Written by Tim Seeley
Art by Daniel Leister

Mature Readers
‘FAME MONSTER,’ Conclusion. Cassie and Vlad have been split up, as the killer stalks sextape star/wanna-be rocker, Anna Pouperheus backstage. But, The Neflords are seconds away from taking over NYC. What to save?! Celebrity culture will be skewered…literally. Also, Pooch and Cat Curio team up! ‘FAME MONSTER’ concludes with a scream!

Murder and mathem by a local Chicago creator and you wonder why I’m excited about this book. Mr. Seeley is the voice of reason in the comic book community. He doesn’t get too excited, good or bad (Unless he just found a cool He-Man figure). Tim writes and draws comic books well and he isn’t going to let anyone stop him. He has written for Marvel and DC but his most consistent work is his “creator owned” project Hack/Slash! The book has even survived the publisher going out of business. If you’re looking to take a chance on a book this week and try something new, this is the book. It’s going to be fun and over the top, this book is the best part of a horror movie.

Flash (2011) #1
Written & Art by Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul.

The Fastest Man Alive returns to his own monthly series from the writer/artist team of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato! The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who really can! As if that’s not bad enough, this villain is a close friend!

Where is Wally West? This will be my demand to the end of days. I like Barry Allen but he was not my generation’s Flash, Wally was. Wally did die or go riding off into the sunset, DC just stopped writing him. I want Wally back and I want him now! If think fans would be fine with just knowing what happened to the character but this limbo just plain sucks. Geoff Johns had this agenda to bring all the Dolden-Age characters back and that is fine but Johns is doing the same thing he did to Kyle Rayner. The great thing is the fans of Kyle spoke up and would let DC put Klye on the shelf for Hal Jordan. Guess what? The world was big enough for two Green Lanterns and the world is big enough for two Flashs!

To see if Wally West is even mentioned in the new Flash #1 download it here: http://bit.ly/mV3WtR

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Tuesday’s top picks: Nightwing & Batman #1

Nightwing (2011) #1
Written by Kyle Higgins
Art by Eddy Barrows, J.P. Mayer.

Dick Grayson flies high once more as Nightwing in a new series from hot new writer Kyle Higgins (BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM)! And as he embraces his destiny, Haley’s Circus, the big top where Dick once performed, returns to Gotham City – bringing with it murder, mystery and superhuman evil. Nightwing must confront his past, among former friends and enemies from his circus days, while uncovering a much greater evil!

Dick Grayson is back as Nightwing! I am so excited about this book, Nightwing was one of my favorite books before Bruce Wayne died and then they canceled the book. Dick Grayson and Peter Parker are the two comic book characters that I feel I most identify with. Superman and Thor are aliens and gods, while Dick is just a kid trying to find his way and both Peter and Dick half a positive out look towards life. I’m was a fan of Grant Morrison’s run on Batman & Robin because I felt that Morrison developed and expanded Dick’s character but as much as loved it I missed Dick as Nightwing very much.

Now with a fresh start I don’t know what to expect for Nightwing and that has me on the edge of seat. New comic book Wednesday can’t come quick enough! Download Nightwing #1 here http://bit.ly/nqxfI8

Batman (2011) #1
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Be here for the start of a new era for The Dark Knight from writer Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM) and artist Greg Capullo (Spawn)! A series of brutal killings hints at an ancient conspiracy, and Batman learns that Gotham City is deadlier than he knew.

Scott FREAKING Synder! This book is going to be so dark and gritty like a Batman book should be. Plus, how creepy is Capullo’s art work going to be? It get redundant but with the new DCU this book could go anywhere and raise the bar for Batman storytelling. This is why we are at very exciting time. Twenty years ago Image was formed and new ideas and creators came to the for front. The industry changed for ever. What will we be saying 20 years from now about Batman #1? Download Batman #1 here http://bit.ly/nqxfI8

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Time Out Chicago is covering the DCU Reboot

The editors over at Time Out Chicago have decided to collect all their articles about comics and graphic novels on one main page (TOC’s Comics Shop). Web Behren’s a writer on the new page has informed us that Time Out Chicago will attempted to review all 52 DC books over the coming weeks.

Four of us sat around in the office Thursday and divvied up the 51 remaining titles that will be rolling out in September. We went week by week, in a sort of sports-style draft. It was fun. I got some great picks too, including “Animal Man” and (yes) “Green Lantern.” – a geeked-out Web Behrens

This is very exciting to see mainstream journalists getting involved in the reboot. Is it because it’s a big event or the fact that the comics are digital or a combination of both? Hopefully Time Out Chicago’s website will get more traffic and this section of the website will continue. Here is a list of the current articles and links.

DC Comics rebootshttp://bit.ly/ofSM32
Does DC’s new strategy fortell the end of print? Local retailers react. By Web Behrens

Justice League artist Jim Lee | Interviewhttp://bit.ly/mOEReb
Posted in Out & About blog by Web Behrens

Review of Justice League #1http://bit.ly/oxndnb
Posted in Out & About blog By Web Behrens, Brent DiCrescenzo and Jonathan Messinger
The message board for this review is pretty angry and insane. Some comic book fans need to figure out how to express their anger in a more creative and witty way.

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Dude in a Basement: Episode 1 – DCU Reboot & Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Matthew Sardo is a dude in a basement and he wants to talk about comics, movies, sports, booze and more! This week he is talking about the DCU Reboot, Flashpoint #5, Justice League #1 and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

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