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DC Details Nightwing Creative Team Changes, Reveals Key Plot Points
https://www.cbr.com/nightwing-head-injury-benjamin-percy-scott-lobdell/

DC Comics revealed several surprising details pertaining to its Nightwing series today. The first detail concerns the series' creative team. According to DC, writer Scott Lobdell will take over for Benjamin Percy as of Nightwing #51. Additionally, the publisher today revealed the exact nature of Nightwing's upcoming (and much-teased) injury, his recovery and what eventually gets him back into the fight.

DC Comics offered no additional details about Lobdell being added to Nightwing, though Percy did post some thoughts to Twitter on Tuesday. In one tweet, Benjamin Percy says he wishes he "could have told the story [he] planned to tell," but promises readers he is leaving on a high note. Neither Benjamin Percy nor DC elaborated on the reason for the creative team swap.

DC Is Ruining Nightwing
https://www.fortressofsolitude.co.za/dc-is-ruining-nightwing/

It’s been a fall from grace almost as dramatic as the tumble that took Dick Grayson’s parents’ lives. From removing him as the leader of Titans to allowing KGBeast to shoot him in the head and set off this whole “I’m Ric Grayson” angle, times have been tough for Grayson. Predictably, the amnesia narrative will end in due course, but the damage has been done. Nightwing is lost in the pack of the DC Universe.

It’s a stark contrast to what DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told CBR in September 2018. “And what we’re doing is examining ‘What don’t we have? What are we missing?’ That was the thought behind the New Age of Heroes books. ‘What types of stories aren’t we telling? What’s happening in the world that we aren’t addressing?..

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DC Details Nightwing Creative Team Changes, Reveals Key Plot Points
https://www.cbr.com/nightwing-head-injury-benjamin-percy-scott-lobdell/

DC Comics revealed several surprising details pertaining to its Nightwing series today. The first detail concerns the series' creative team. According to DC, writer Scott Lobdell will take over for Benjamin Percy as of Nightwing #51. Additionally, the publisher today revealed the exact nature of Nightwing's upcoming (and much-teased) injury, his recovery and what eventually gets him back into the fight.

DC Comics offered no additional details about Lobdell being added to Nightwing, though Percy did post some thoughts to Twitter on Tuesday. In one tweet, Benjamin Percy says he wishes he "could have told the story [he] planned to tell," but promises readers he is leaving on a high note. Neither Benjamin Percy nor DC elaborated on the reason for the creative team swap.

DC Is Ruining Nightwing
https://www.fortressofsolitude.co.za/dc-is-ruining-nightwing/

It’s been a fall from grace almost as dramatic as the tumble that took Dick Grayson’s parents’ lives. From removing him as the leader of Titans to allowing KGBeast to shoot him in the head and set off this whole “I’m Ric Grayson” angle, times have been tough for Grayson. Predictably, the amnesia narrative will end in due course, but the damage has been done. Nightwing is lost in the pack of the DC Universe.

It’s a stark contrast to what DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio told CBR in September 2018. “And what we’re doing is examining ‘What don’t we have? What are we missing?’ That was the thought behind the New Age of Heroes books. ‘What types of stories aren’t we telling? What’s happening in the world that we aren’t addressing..

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Wes and the newest member of the Thinking Criticl team, Corban, explore new Batman writer James Tynion's recent mission statement he released in his online newsletter.

The following is new Batman writer James Tynion's Batman Mission Statement. More information about James Tynion's vision for Batman, as well as his other comic books are in James Tynion's newsletter located bellow.
1: Mission Statement
https://jamestynioniv.substack.com/

Batman is an action horror superhero comic book.

Heading into 2020, THAT is our absolute True North. Every page of every issue should feel like an action horror superhero comic. The monsters should be deadly and frightening, and Batman should feel frightening in and of himself. The villains of Gotham fear him, and he is going to take that fear and wield it like a weapon to get his city back under control. Batman doesn’t just show up in broad daylight to scare his villains, he uses tricks and shadows, and voice modulation to make it seem like he can be anywhere and everywhere at once.

The scary thing with Batman, even to villains who have fought him over and over again across decades is that they KNOW that under his suit he is just a man. But still he seems to be impossible. You fire a dozen armor piercing rounds into his torso, and you still know by the time you race down the stairs to your getaway car, he’s going to be there, ahead of you. And he is going to HURT you. They fear him because they can’t, for the life of them, understand how he does it, which gives him this supernatural air. To the bad guys, Batman is like Michael Myers. He keeps getting up when it shouldn’t be possible to get up anymore. How can you win against him? You’d have to be crazy to try.

Even Bruce Wayne is a figu..

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X-Force #2
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Publisher: Marvel Comics

X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world-one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We're not there...yet.

One of the big selling points of Dawn of X was all six series are telling one large, connected X-Men narrative following House of X Powers of X. In all honesty, thus far it only feels like readers of House of X Powers of X need to follow Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men and Ben Percy’s X-Force. All the other X-Men series have some overarching themes and plot points but ultimately feel disconnected from House of X Powers of X.

X-Force is my personal favorite Dawn of X series on multiple levels. And one of them is unequivocally Joshua Cassara’s art. I personally when I’m reading X-Force I’m seeing Krakoa from Wolverine’s perspective. It’s not safe. It’s a dangerous place. And mutants need to watch their six because there are forces out there gunning for them, literally.

I’ve heard some criticism the visuals are too muddy and the line-art too sketchy. I personally think that’s what makes it work. This is a very dark, gritty X-Men comic. Theirs is a ton of very not nice stuff happening in this series so far. And Joshua Cassara’s visual style, along with color artist Dean White, fit it perfectly. Joshua Cassara adds a lot of gory details to scenes that really up the stakes for mutants and their adversaries. The fight scenes are very dynamic. And he has a special place in his heart for Wolverine. When Logan loses his cool in X-Force, he looks very ferocious.

Ben Percy does a great job filling in some of th..

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Fallen Angels #2 Review

https://weirdsciencemarvelcomics.com/2019/11/27/fallen-angels-2-review/

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Szymon Kudranski, Frank D’Armata, VC’s Joe Sabino, Tom Muller, and Ashley Witter

Cable does some digging while more of Kwannon’s past becomes the center of attention in this week’s all-new Fallen Angels #2 by Bryan Edward Hill. Let’s dive into the issue and see if our unusual team can find it’s placed in the new mutant landscape.

Readers, this issue was intense and insanely graphic immediately from its conception. Bryan Edward Hill blew open the doors on this week’s installment and led fans through a backstory of Kwannon that was admittedly confusing yet intriguing and interesting as well. Similar to issue one, Bryan Hill cold opens with Kwannon’s prior life before Betsy/Psylocke and Kwannon were joined together. However, the issue tied together with the front of the story and wrapped the tale up nicely. This comic didn’t do as nice of a job as it’s predecessor BUT it still managed to captivate this reviewer’s attention.

Readers will learn some juicy details about Kwannon’s past while Bryan Edward Hill continues to spend most of the page count dedicated to Kwannon and not mutantkind, Krakoa, the direction of Xavier’s mission, or even Apoth and who or what he/she is. This critic wasn’t really expecting a Dawn of X title to be so Psylocke/ Kwannon heavy. Last issue, Bryan Hill introduced the character, the team, and a purpose. However, this issue felt like it took a step back and developed Kwannon as a strong, aggressive, tactical leader. Now, this fan knows very little about Kwannon. That said, my main disappointment came in the lack of characterization in Cable and Laura as opposed to ..

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AFTERSHOCK Rolls Out New Plans Aimed at Retailers
https://www.newsarama.com/47996-aftershock-rolls-out-new-plans-aimed-at-retailers.html

As AfterShock Comics begins its fifth year of publishing in 2020, the top independent imprint behind titles including ANIMOSITY, A WALK THROUGH HELL, DARK ARK, BABYTEETH and 2019’s breakout hit, DARK RED, announced today a new publishing, pricing and retailer incentive program to begin in February.

“Without question, our success to date has been due in large part to support from comic shop retailers throughout North America and beyond,” said Steve Rotterdam, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AfterShock. “To ensure that continues and that we’re being the best possible partner, we’re continually improving upon how we go to market, how we represent the work of our creators, how we communicate with our fans and how we connect with and secure new readers.”

To that end, AfterShock is entering 2020 with a commitment to solicit new projects only once the first two issues of a series are completed and ready to be previewed by retailers with a third issue already scripted.

“While unexpected gaps in publishing schedules do happen, we look to avoid them at all costs,” said Joe Pruett, AfterShock’s CCO and Publisher. “We’re determined to do what we can to keep things on track when delivering our content to retailers and fans alike.”

First issues of new series will also get extra attention. Each new #1 will feature four additional pages of relevant content as well as a cardstock cover for $4.99, while issues #2-5 (the typical length of a first story arc from AfterShock) will remain priced at $3.99.

AfterShock is also making adjustments to its returnability and retailer cover incentive..

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DAWN OF X Collection Compiles X-MEN Wave One Debut Titles
https://www.newsarama.com/47519-dawn-of-x-collection-compiles-x-men-wave-one-debut-titles.html

A new age for mutants is upon us and with it comes a brand-new way to get in on the action! Jonathan Hickman reshaped the entire world of the X-Men in HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X with shocking revelations and the promise of an exciting future. Now Hickman will lead some of Marvel’s biggest talents into the Dawn of X, the first wave of six distinct ongoing titles that will explore the X-Men’s new status quo: X-MEN, MARAUDERS, EXCALIBUR, X-FORCE, NEW MUTANTS, and FALLEN ANGELS, each launching the X-Men into thrilling new directions!

And this February, Marvel is offering a new way for readers to venture into this bold new world with the DAWN OF X Volume 1 TPB. Containing the first issue of each new X-Men title, this collection will showcase the start of this revolutionary new era for mutants! Don’t get left behind in the old world — see for yourself how these fresh stories combine to form a stirring tapestry that will set the stage for the future!

DAWN OF X VOL. 1 TPB
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN, BENJAMIN PERCY, GERRY DUGGAN, TINI HOWARD, BRYAN HILL & ED BRISSON
Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU, JOSHUA CASSARA, MATTEO LOLLI, MARCUS TO, SZYMON KUDRANSKI & ROD REIS
NEW Cover by TBA
Get in on the ground floor of the Dawn of X! Jonathan Hickman rewrites all the rules and reinvents the X-Men universe for a new and exciting era! Hickman himself helms the adventures of a powerhouse team of X-MEN in a world of fresh possibilities — and co-writes the reunited NEW MUTANTS on a cosmic quest to find their missing friend! And more of the industry’s best and brightest talents take on uncanny X..

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How Dark Nights: Metal Took Over the DC Universe
https://www.cbr.com/dc-dark-nights-metal-multiverse-checklist/

Dark Nights: Metal was one of DC's most engaging, maximalist crossovers in years. The massive crossover revealed the Dark Multiverse, the dark side of all creation, as its denizens like the Batman Who Laughs tried to invade DC's primary multiverse, as it pushed Batman, Superman and the rest of DC's heroes to the absolute edge.

However, like all of DC's multiverse-spanning crossovers, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Metal was built around numerous tie-in issues and one-shot specials that made it more than a little confusing to keep track of. Now, we're taking a look back at the crossover and its tie-ins to get a better idea of just how everything went down.

The main Metal series begins with the Justice League discovering that a giant mountain has sprung into the city. After learning the apparent truth about Barbatos thanks to Hawkman's journals, Batman goes rogue and tries to prevent Barbatos from ever manipulating his life. However, in the process, the Dark Knight falls into a trap set by the Court of Owls, Barbatos' earthly servants, and unwillingly unleashes Barbatos and the Dark Knights from the Dark Multiverse.

The Dark Knights are versions of Batman from twisted realities in the Dark Multiverse, As detailed in the various one-shots about each of them, they were all killers all who were brought together with the promise that taking over the prime multiverse could bring back their worlds from the brink. The group is led by the Batman Who Laughs, who was infected with the Joker toxin and became a deadly combination of the Dark Knight and his nemesis. Red Death is a Batman who forcibly fused with the Flash and..

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Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men reboot is the talk of the comic book industry. X-Men business picks up even more in February with the arrival of the second wave of Dawn of X titles. Jonathan Hickman’s Giant-Sized X-Men, Ben Percy’s Wolverine and Chip Zdarsky’s X-Men/Fantastic Four all arrive.

Hickman may be the biggest name in X-Men right now but Percy’s Wolverine is the most anticipated wave 2 series. Marvel Comics are taking advantage, as they often do. Wolverine #1 is 72-pages and runs $8. My personal rule is I don’t pay a premium for comics unless it feels special or important. After reading X-Force #1, Ben Percy’s Wolverine series feels kinda important.

When Marvel announced the X-Men/Fantastic Four miniseries I was immediately excited. Zdarsky’s Marvel 2-in-One should have earned him the writing gig on the Fantastic Four relaunch. But he moved on to Daredevil and I’ve been waiting for his return to the first family of Marvel ever since. Now he’s doing it with X-Men!

Giant Size X-Men should be called slightly larger than normal X-Men. When Marvel announced this series I assumed it was 72-pages minimum. Giant Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1 is only 40-pages. The same amount Marvel launches a lot of #1’s these days. I’m still onboard Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men reboot but between Marauders and Excalibur #2, the price on Wolverine #1 and the page count of Giant Size X-Men…chinks in the armor are starting to emerge.

Marvel Comics are releasing 16 #1 comics in February. . The big one (besides the X-Men titles) is Falcon and Winter Soldier. This is rolling out to help promote the show of the same name on Disney+. The latest Ant-Man series also debuts. One of my favorite creators, Christos Gage, writes the new Gwen Stacy m..

Star Wars: The Mandalorian Episode 3 Recap

We have gotten 3 episodes of The Madalorian from the new Disney+ streaming service so far. Skip and Dylan from TheRealComicBookGamer share our 2 favorite parts of each episode. We also discuss a few things we would like to see added to the show to take it to the next level! Put your thinking caps on and join in on the discussion! -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/thinking_critical_yt

The Mandalorian Recap: This Is the Way
https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/the-mandalorian-recap-chapter-3-the-sin.html

Many questions have hovered over The Mandalorian since its launch, and the series doesn’t seem in a hurry to answer many of them. What was the Great Purge? What’s the Mandalorian’s name? How did the Client survive the fall of the Empire? What does the Client want with the Child? (We’re sticking with that name until we get the real one, since calling him “Baby Yoda” feels about as correct as using “Frankenstein” instead of “Frankenstein’s monster.”) But the central question of the series gets an answer this week: What kind of man is the Mandalorian? (Or, more precisely, what kind of Mandalorian is the Mandalorian, though that gets confusing.)

Specifically, is he the sort of man so committed to the code of the bounty hunter that he can deliver a helpless, big-eyed baby alien — one who just wants to play with the top of a lever he mistakes for a toy ball, no less — to some obviously evil customers and walk away without thinking twice? “Chapter 3: The Sin,” walks the Mandalorian up to the edge of being that heartless. As he lands, the Mandalorian has grown comfortable enough with the Child to gently shoo him away from his ship’s controls, even picking him up by the scruff of his cloak like a mama cat with a kitten. But their bond has a time limit, presuming the Mandalorian sticks to his word and delivers his bounty to the Client. But he can’t do that and still be our hero, right?

Yet he does — at least until a mid-episode ..

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How DC Comics Scored Its Biggest Win in Years With ‘Rebirth’
https://www.vulture.com/2016/12/dc-comics-rebirth-turnaround.html

On May 18 of this year, DC Comics invited a handful of journalists to a mysterious conclave in midtown Manhattan. The purpose was to have breakfast with Geoff Johns, a veteran comics writer and the new co-head of DC’s movie operations, who was there to unveil his latest writing effort: DC Universe Rebirth, the year’s most hotly anticipated comic. Rumors had held that it was going to contain a cosmic “reboot” of the DC Comics universe, in which the status quo would be blown up in favor of a new approach. DC had done reboots and quasi-reboots many times before — in 1986, 1994, 2006, and 2011 — and the publisher was in dire financial and critical straits, so industry-watchers braced ourselves for yet another uninspired go-round with the tired trope.

The comic kicked off a line-wide course correction entitled Rebirth, and it’s been both innovative and profoundly successful. Just 13 months ago, DC only held 27 percent of the comics industry’s market share for units sold. It was a distant second place behind rival Marvel, which clocked in at 40 percent. Astoundingly, DC has flipped the script: In September, it clocked in at nearly 44 percent market share; Marvel could only snag around 31 percent. Rebirth has given the company its first fighting chance in half a decade — and though its future is uncertain, it’s already offered a subtly revolutionary vision of how to manage that trendiest and most unwieldy of entertainment phenomena, the shared universe.

In the New 52, all of DC’s superhero series were canceled and 52 new ones were relaunched in an alternate reality. There, all the classic characters were..

Charlie's Angels Bombs (00:39)
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Kathleen Kennedy Lack of Star Wars Source Material (08:57)
MCU Wish List (15:09)
Alfred Death Confirmed (20:15)
Amazon's Lord of the Rings Season 2 (26:41)

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Sony was betting big on its Charlie’s Angels revival this past weekend. However, the reboot badly under-performed with under $9 million domestically and $27 million worldwide. Elizabeth Banks directed Charlie’s Angels, and pointed the blame at comic book films during an interview. “If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies,” said Banks. “[Audience members will] go and see a comic book movie with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel because that’s a male genre."

Fallen Angels is missing from Marvel's February 2020 solicitations, signaling at least one skip month for the recently launched X-Men title. Though Fallen Angels' actual status is unconfirmed, series writer Brian Edward Hill adressed Fallen Angels on Twitter. "Due to some film/TV things I have in motion (that's my main career and I have to grow it), I had to take a break after the first arc, but there are already plans to continue the story - in a very cool way...but I can't comment on that yet," Brian Edward Hill explained

The Star Wars films have spawned additional stories in other media over the years, including comic books. For all the wealth of material, though, it's of little use when developing new Star Wars movies, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "Every one of these movies is a particularly hard nut to crack. There’s no source material. We don’t have comic books. We don’t have 800-..

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Batman #83
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Publisher: DC Comics

It's chapter nine of "City of Bane," and it's time for a reckoning in Gotham City! Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane, and that alliance threatens to throw a monkey wrench into Batman's plans. And as Bane's evil army begins to crumble, the Caped Crusader must face the real force behind it all. As the end of this epic tale grows near, Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city's survival, or risk everything to break free!

It’s hard to explain exactly what’s wrong with Tom King’s Batman #83. You know when you’re visiting the doctor and there’s that one guy in the corner. And you can just see by the look on his face, he’s in a constant state of pain and discomfort. That’s the experience I had reading Batman #83.

This week King tries to reframe Alfred’s death into one of his worst story themes, the “heroic suicide.” For Tom King to project his romantic notion of the “heroic suicide” on Alfred is..quite frankly unforgivable. It makes me sick to my stomach. And it doesn’t make sense given the scenario or characters involved. Which I’ll cover when I get to that portion of the review. He also uses Alfred’s voice to try and reframe some of his more controversial Batman story choices. Which I also dislike very much.

This story is being released far too late to fully impact Batman readers. Bane murdered Alfred 3 months. Far too much time passed between that event and this comic. Which depicts Bruce’s reaction to Alfred’s death. The Batman #83 is also extremely decompressed, which probably wouldn’t be an issue if Tom King’s run wasn’t plagued by decompressed and filler comics. He’s gone to that well far too often.

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DC Comics February solicitations are in. There’s one thing that stands out above everything else. Writer Brian Michael Bendis’ influence and power at DC Comics is growing by the month. He’s credited for writing a whopping 7 new releases. Wonder Comics imprint, which he’s basically the creative director, is releasing 3 more comics he has control over.

When February’s new DC Comics are released Brian Michael Bendis will be writing or have direct control over 10 of the 72 new comics DC release, by my count. Bendis will be responsible for the production of 14% of all new DC Comics. That number is ridiculous for any writer. Let alone one who is failing as miserably at producing competent comic stories, like Brian Michael Bendis is.

Of DC Comics 9 debut issues, Tom Taylor’s DCeased sequel, Unkillables, is most definitely the most important. And the one DC readers are likely most looking forward to. New Batman writer James Tynion is writing one of the short stories in DC’s Valentine’s Day special Crimes of Passion. The Green Lantern Season 2 launches with a number 1 issue. Despite featuring the exact same creative team and seemingly picking up where The Green Lantern #12 left off. How Marvel-ous of DC Comics. They’re treating Grant Morrison like he’s Mark Waid and Dan Slott now.

Batman readers have a full slate of 18 new Batman comics staring the Dark Knight and associated heroes and villains. Veteran Batman artist Guillem March is illustrating both Batman #88 and #89. Batman is investigating 4 suspects to..

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October’s comic industry sales estimates are in. Marvel Comics and C.B. Cebulski are laughing all the way to the bank on the back of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men reboot. The final issues of House of X and Powers of X and the debut of Dawn of X led by Hickman’s own X-Men led to the highest industry sales in three years. And the fourth best sales month the past decade. We talk about the importance of tent pole properties to Marvel and DC a lot here on Thinking Critical. And Marvel’s performance the past 3 months is exactly what we’re talking about. X-Men is driving a surge in their unit and dollar sales. And reinvigorating the entire comic market in the process.

ICv2.com reports, Sales to comic stores were up dramatically in October, according to information released by Diamond Comic Distributors, with periodical sales up 21.05% over October 2018. Graphic novel sales continued their long decline, with sales down 3.32% vs. October 2017. But combined sales of comics and graphic novels were strongly positive, up 14.09%. Year-to-date sales are now up 1.81% vs. 2018, with comic sales up 4.19% and graphic novel sales down 4.16%.

Marvel Comics' market share lead was down a little from previous months, at less than 8% more than DC Comics', indicating that even though Marvel may have had a good month, DC’s sales also contributed strongly.

ScreenRant reports, Thanks largely in part to X-Men #1, relaunching the Marvel series from writer Jonathan Hickman, October 2019 was the best month for comic sales since August 2016 -- and the fourth best month in the last decade! While much of the sales benchmark can be attributed to the historic and high-profile X-Men #1, there are other titles that more than likely helped October sales as well, in..

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Writer Robert Venditti (03:42)
Art Team Doug Mahnke & Aaron Lopresti (06:36)
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Justice League: New Creative Team Takes Over in February Solicits
https://www.cbr.com/dc-justice-league-february-new-creative-team/

With Scott Snyder and company's run on Justice League slated to end in January, DC has announced the creative team that will take over on the title beginning in February.

DC Comics released solicitation information for titles going on sale in February 2020, including Justice League #40 and #41. Robert Venditti will be the new series writer and he'll be joined by artists Dough Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza on issue #40 and artist Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan on issue #41. The solicitation text for the two issues and covers by Bryan Hitch are below:

Justice League #40
written by Robert Venditti
art by Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza
cover by Bryan Hitch
publisher DC Comics

The next chapter for comics’ premier superteam begins! An unexpected arrival from the stars brings a dire warning to the Justice League: A new breed of conquerors is on the march. Led by Superman’s nemesis Eradicator, a genetically engineered, super-powered strike team has come to subjugate Earth. To aid the Justice League, Batman makes the unprecedented decision of enlisting an ancient, unrivaled power, which calls into question who, exactly, is in charge. With the League on unsure footing, will they be ready to save the world?

Justice League #41
written by Robert Venditti
art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
cover by Bryan Hitch
publisher DC Comics

Invasion of the Supermen! Eradicator and his strike team sweep across Earth with devastating consequences. T..

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Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Kyle Hotz, Dexter Vines
Publisher: DC Comics

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Blackest Night #1 Review
https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/11/13/tales-from-the-dark-multiverse-blackest-night-1-the-light-fades-fast/

In the post DC Rebirth universe of comics, labels such as Elseworlds are no longer used, but the idea of alternative takes on major events is still used by DC. Case in point: Tales from the Dark Multiverse, a line I have really been enjoying so far. In this latest treat we go back to a Green Lantern event that saw all of the Emotional Spectrum come together to aid the White Light of Life and stop Nekron and the Black Lanterns from killing the universe.

In this version of the Blackest Night the problems have hit the fan big time as it seems that Earth and all of the heroes have succumbed to the power of the Black Lanterns — it doesn’t show which pivotal moment from the original Blackest Night the heroes lost, but it really does come down to when Sinestro had the White Lantern ring. I like how the narrative tells us that in the original version Sinestro shared the power when even the panels paint a different story, which totally fits the character of Sinestro very nicely. Just in case if you were wondering about the other Lantern members, it looks like they were taken by the Black Lanterns as well. So in this universe Sinestro straddles the line between life and death as a member of both the White and Black Lanterns as the Limbo Lantern.

If you’re a fan of Sinestro this is a great issue to grab as it really is his story. We get to peek into his greatest fears and thoughts — again though, don’t take them at total face value, as thi..

DC Comics Announcement (00:44)
Event Leviathan Reaction (01:58)
Leviathan Character Reveal (03:03)
DC Comics Doubling-Down on Leviathan and Bendis (05:00)
Bendis Influence at DC Comics (06:30)
Current State of DC Comics (09:41)
Can Bendis Salvage the Leviathan Character? (12:04)
Bendis Compares Leviathan to Magneto. (14:14)

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DC Planning More Leviathan-Themed One-Shots, Miniseries Throughout 2020
https://www.cbr.com/dc-planning-leviathan-one-shots-miniseries-2020/

While DC Comics Event Leviathan may have come to an end, the impact of the comic book crossover and debut of the eponymous clandestine organization will be felt throughout the DC Universe in 2020.

This February, DC Comics is publishing Leviathan Dawn, an oversized one-shot special, reuniting the Event Leviathan creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Bendis confirmed that the issue would serve as both an extended epilogue to the recently concluded crossover but also serve as a fresh jumping-on point to the story for those that may have missed it. Additionally, Brian Michael Bendis revealed that Leviathan stories would expand across much of DC's publishing line across the coming year.

"This is going to be kind of be what the format is for the Leviathan Saga moving forward," explained Bendis in an exclusive interview with CBR. "There's going to be specials and miniseries that connect to a larger story as it goes and fallout in the books themselves -- not just the ones I'm writing -- to other books with any character that showed up in Event Leviathan like Batgirl. The fallout will be felt in their books, too."

Bendis Compares DC's Leviathan to Marvel's Magneto
https://www.cbr.com/dc-leviathan-bendis-compares-marvel-magneto/

With the Event Lev..

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DC Bait Readers By Having Catwoman Cheat On Batman With Nightwing in February
http://archive.is/XXkOQ

DC Comics is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year in the most outrageous way possible: by having Catwoman cheat on Batman with Nightwing in a comic book special hosted by a character with such a racist history it forced DC Comics to cancel their Detective Comics Before Batman collection. That’s right, for just $9.99 this February, you can witness the return of Slam Bradley in DC Crimes of Passion, an 80-page prestige one-shot that celebrates the season of love by having people murder their loved ones. James Tynion IV, Steve Orlando, Sina Grace, Jay Baruchel, Stephanie Phillips, Greg Smallwood, Riley Rossmo, Andie Tong, Mike Norton, Anthony Spay, and Yasmine Putri are amongst the creators that will be involved in this comic, but the best part is the cover, which appears to feature Batman discovering Catwoman cheating on him with Nightwing. And by the looks of it, Batman isn’t a fan of the cuck stuff. Unlike Superman.

EXCLUSIVE: DC's Crimes of Passion Gets Romantic For Valentine's Day
https://screenrant.com/dc-comic-valentines-day-crimes-passion/

With another Valentine's Day fast approaching, it's time for a new DC Comics anthology to deliver readers tales of romance, betrayal, intrigue, and emotion -- all starring the beloved heroes of DC's Universe. Now fans can mark their calendars for the arrival of DC's Crimes of Passion this February.

DC is giving fans a somewhat more relatable dose of drama, putting the spotlight on the romantic entanglements of of the street level DC heroes: Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Slam Bradley, and more. Screen Rant has the exclusive reveal ahead of DC's February solicitations, ..

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Event Leviathan #6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
Publisher: DC Comics

From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what's their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don't miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline!

DC Comics latest failed superstar writer, Brian Michael Bendis, built up to Event Leviathan for nearly 6 months in Action Comics. DC Comics even released an 80-page Superman: Leviathan Rising Special the week before Event Leviathan launched for $10. I was highly critical of the buildup in Action Comics due to the lethargic pace and piss poor characterization on Bendis’ part. But even I admitted when it was time for Event Leviathan to launch all the pieces were in place for an engaging, mystery-thriller story.

Then comics started arriving. The first 4 issues of Event Leviathan are basically the greatest team of DC detectives ever assembled standing around, recapping the events from Superman: Leviathan Rising. The story never budges an inch from issue to issue. Issue five arrives last month and still nothing. No new, relevant information about Bendis’ new big bad in the DC Universe. The comic teases Superman seeing Leviathan’s face for the first time and that’s basically it.

I don’t even blame Brian Michael Bendis anymore. It’s clear the once skilled writer is so far past his prime he’s not capable of composing a coherent post-it note, let alone comic story. But he’s n..

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Outside the Bleed with Wes and Skipntosh tasckles Marvel Comics New Mutants #1 from Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brisson and Rod Reis. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman and veteran X-Men writer Ed Brisson reintroduce the New Mutants to the X-Men universe. Outside the Bleed with Wes and Skipntosh go beyond the margins of teh comic and explore the implications New Mutants #1 has on Dawn of X and the entire Marvel Comics Universe. Don't miss this weeks Outside the Bleed with Wes and Skipntosh featuring Jonathan Hickman and Ed Brisson's New Mutants #1.

Fallen Angels #1
Written by: Bryan Hill
Art by: Szymon Kudranski

Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it... but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!

FALLEN ANGELS is X-Men's Darkest & Best Story So Far
https://screenrant.com/fallen-angels-xmen-best-new-comic/

The X-Men's new Fallen Angels series is the best book in the relaunch so far - but it's also the darkest. Superstar comic book writer Jonathon Hickman has relaunched the X-Men franchise, and he's gathered all the world's mutants on the paradisic living island of Krakoa.

Unfortunately, while the traditional battle between man and mutant rages in the shadows, another evolutionary successor is emerging in Asia. A mysterious "New God" called Apoth is on the rampage, and the telepathic ninja assassin - who now goes by the codename "Psylocke" - has been commissioned to stop the monstrous being. She has no idea how much is at stake; Apoth appears to be the first of Homo novissima, a post-human state created by science. In every time..

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X-Men #2
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Art: Leinil Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu continue the flagship X-Men title!
When an island full of unspeakable horrors appears on the horizon, the X-Men have their work cut out for themselves keeping Krakoa safe!

The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!

The comic opens in the Summer House with Scott giving Cable and Prestige the rundown of the latest issue with Krakoa. The sentient island is making a beeline for a second island that appeared miles of the coastline. Much like the first issue, Leinil Francis Yu struggles giving the X-Men much character or life with facial expressions or body language. Any time there’s an interesting conversation or other stimuli it’s not evident what the characters are thinking or feeling in the art.

Leinil Francis Yu’s exceptional paneling in this comic. You won’t find an easier comic to follow. His payouts lead your eyes along perfectly. This is the kind of comic you want to give a new reader. Visually, the story flows seamlessly from the first page to the last. Despite my criticism of Yu’s work with character expressions, this is a well-illustrated comic overall.

Writer Jonathan Hickman is very effective at accomplishing 3 things in X-Men #2. One of the themes I’m seeing throughout the Dawn of X titles is the effects Krakoa is having on the inhabitants. In X-Men #1 Cyclops talked about how Krakoa is changing his outlook on life. How he feels safe for himself and his family for the first time. And this week Hickman stops telling and sta..

Batman Rebirth Launch (00:40)
The First 3 Story Arcs (02:19)
Where did Tom King go Wrong? (07:50)
Low Point of King's Batman (11:22)
Tom King's Worst Writing Tropes (14:20)
Can King Salvage City of Bane (17:15)

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Wes and the newest member of the Thinking Criticl team, Corban, explore Tom King's 3+ year Batman run. Did the series start out strong? Where did Tom King lose Batman readers? What are the loewst points for the series? Finall we'll briefly discuss expectations for new Batman writer Jaems Tynion IV. You wont wnat to miss this look at one of the most controversial Batman runs ever.

Batman: Why Tom King Is Leaving After Issue #85
https://www.denofgeek.com/us/books/dc-entertainment/283684/batman-tom-king-exit-explained

When it was announced that writer Tom King would be ending his Batman run a bit earlier than originally intended, it didn't take long for the internet to start speculating about King's sudden departure. After all, the award-winning Batman and Mister Miracle scribe was well on his way to his planned 106 issues when his run was cut short, with December's #85 set to be the end of his time on the book. While some corners of the web theorized that King had been "fired" from Batman for one thing or another, the real reason behind his exit comes down to logistics, according to the writer.

"So what's going to happen is, or what did happen, was that [DC] needed some major DC stuff to be told in the Bat books," King tells us at NYCC 2019. "And that would have conflicted with the Batman/Catwoman focus."

This makes sense. While the book has featured a few smaller crossover events in the last few years, King's Batman has mostly occupied its own corner of the DC universe, and has rarely acknowledged anything ha..

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Batman #82
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Publisher: DC Comics

"City of Bane" part eight! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane's iron grip over Gotham City?

After a year and a half of meandering, pretentious, nonsensical comic issues, Batman finally confronts Bane. The villain who destroyed his marriage, tortured him and killed his beloved father figure Alfred. This should be the thrilling culmination to Tom King’s 3-plus year on DC Comics flagship series. Highlighting the evolution of his story arcs, as King readies to move on to the Batman Catwoman and Strange Adventures maxi-series.

Tom King’s Batman has been a smorgasbord of bad storytelling techniques. I prayed for the days he stopped jamming in copious amounts of poetry and classic literature. That served nothing but making Batman feel like an oasis of self-indulgence. King stopped than nonsense a while ago, but honestly the storytelling hasn’t improved. It remains exceptionally mediocre on the best issues and all but unreadable on the worst. Batman #82 firmly sits in the worst of bucket in Tom King’s Batman.

I’m well past going in depth about the art in Tom King’s Batman. It’s Mikel Janin’s turn in the rotation this week. Mikel Janin’s illustrated a lot of the final half of Tom King’s Batman. His style is very clean but normally has a static feel. Not the best choice for a comic that is essentially one elongated fight sequence. Mikel Janin’s art isn’t nearly as pristine as normal in Batman #82. I’m not sure if that’s by design or he was rushed.

Catwoman is always shimmering in gold. She’s always portrayed..

Expectations for the series (00:33)
Thoughts on Bryan Hill and Syzmon Kudranski (02:07)
Writer Bryan Hill (04:01)
Preview Art (06:42)
Kwannon as Psylocke (09:45)
Evolution of X-Men (12:50)

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Wes and Skip preview the last series in Jonathan Hickman's X-Men reboot, Fallen angels. X-Men Fallen Angels writer Bryan Hill has given great insight into what to expect. We delve into our expectations of the series, Bryan Hill's pitch and the X-Men moving forward. We also give our receomemdnations for readers before the last Dawn of X series, Fallen Angels, releases. IT's never been a better time to be a fan of Marvel Comcis X-Men!

Wolverine First Look Pairs the X-Man with His Favorite Redhead
https://www.cbr.com/wolverine-first-look-jean-grey/

Fallen Angels #1
Writer: Bryan Hill
Art: Syzmon Kudranski
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!

‘There’s a lot of ‘me’ in it’ – Bryan Hill talks Fallen Angels
https://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2019/10/16/theres-a-lot-of-me-in-it-bryan-hill-talks-fallen-angels/

Fallen Angels. When X-Men fans see or hear that title, visions of super-powered lobsters likely come to mind. Soon, however, that could change as acclaimed writer Bryan Hill takes that classic title and brings it into the Dawn of X. Step aside, Ariel and Gomi, the new Fallen Angels are Psylocke (the Kwannon version), Kid Cable, X-23 and soon–as revealed at New York Comic Con 2019–Husk and Bling! To learn more about what could be Marvel’s most mysterious new ..

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