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REVIEW: 'Detective Comics' #935 by James Tynion IV, Eddy Barrows, and Eber Ferreira

★★★★☆ (4/5)
After the requisite recruitment issue comes the requisite training issue. 'Detective Comics' #935 opens with a wild scene, an exhausted team of heroes, and an unimpressed Batwoman. They are not ready.

James Tynion IV was the perfect fit for 'Detective Comics.' Despite the necessary world building involving the Red Robin-designed training "mud room," the downtown Gotham base known as "the belfry," and the mysterious assassin lurking somewhere, Tynion elevates these familiar comic book staples by injecting great character moments and dialogue. 

The concept of a "team book" is more than just fight scenes in a simulator. Tynion understands that chemistry, camaraderie, even conflict matters more than just the next action set-piece. Batwoman isn't happy with the training session and quickly begins to address each of their weaknesses. She's direct and to the point. Tim Drake explains that they're ready and belong on the stree…

PREVIEW: 'Rai' #14 (4001 A.D.) by Matt Kindt and Cafu

Rocketing out of the pages 4001 A.D…the origin of Rai revealed!

For the first time ever, witness the violent foundation of Father’s space-born utopia of New Japan…and, with it, the shocking genesis of the line of guardians that bear the name Rai! Born and bred by Father to enforce peace at any cost, follow the next Rai and their successors across two millennia as they chronicle the history of 4001 A.D. – from the launch of New Japan into orbit to the latest Rai’s crusade to bring it crashing back down to Earth!
Valiant mastermind Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and visionary artist CAFU (UNITY) bring the 41st century to life with another, all-new jumping-on point revealing the sinister history of Father’s empire…before the dawn of 4001 A.D.!
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 22
RAI #14 ("4001 A.D.") Written by MATT KINDT Art by CAFU Cover A by DAVID MACK (APR162052) Cover B by ANDRES GUINALDO (APR162053) Character Design Variant by ANDRES GUINALDO (APR162054) Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant …

REVIEW: 'Totally Awesome Hulk' #7 by Greg Pak, Alan Davis, and Chris Sotomayor

★★★★☆ (4/5)
I have to admit I haven't been an avid follower of Marvel comics for quite a while. There just isn't enough time and money to keep up with all the great comics that come out every Wednesday. I was afforded an opportunity to review Totally Awesome Hulk #7 by the talented Greg Pak and Alan Davis and I'm glad I did. 
Having followed Hulk in the 80's and on television there's something inherently melancholy and tragic about Bruce Banner that endears him to fans. I could relate because who hasn't been angry enough to want to stomp on a bully or fight some other injustice. As a gamma-radiated avenger that's larger than life, I could do just that. However, it's a heavy burden to carry with you when you have a raging monster inside of you. 
In this Civil War II tie-in, Bruce's 8-month disappearance is explained bringing what appears to be some happy closure to his battle with the beast within him. Amadeus Cho took upon himself to save Banner and ma…

Paul Jenkins' 'Alters' Introduces the First Transgender Superhero in Comics

As far back as 2005, veteran comic book writer Paul Jenkins (Replica) was ahead of the curve. He envisioned a comic series with truly diverse characters from a diverse set of creators. His inclusive world-view was influenced by his gay single mother. His vision for a transgender protagonist was crystallized after a chance meeting with a fan. This September AfterShock Comics will introduce the first transgender superhero in the pages of 'Alters' making Jenkins' passion project a reality.

Charlie Young is hiding the fact he's beginning to transition to female from his family. Charlie is also an emerging "alter," a powerful mutant species that gives her the ability to manipulate gravity in order to fly. It's only as Chalice the superhero does she feel as her true self. 'She can only be herself when she’s not herself' is how Jenkins explained Chalice to the New York Times. It's a premise that came from a fan, Liz Luu, at a convention panel in 2014.

REVIEW: 'Archie' #9 by Mark Waid, Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, and Jen Vaughn

★★★★★ (5/5)
Mark Waid has had a pretty storied career. An award-winning career with work on books like The Flash, Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, and Captain America. Yet, his crowning achievement in comics just might be the revitalized, updated, and relatable world of 'Archie.' I'm not sure how a man his age can make this teen dramedy both classically slapstick funny and heartachingly poignant. Waid obviously has a youthful soul to capture the innocent fun side of 'Archie' with the emotional roller coaster that is young love. 

With Archie banned from the Lodge estate and other properties, he's had to entertain Veronica at his family's home. Suffice it to say, normal middle-class living is quite the culture shock for Veronica who's accustomed to butlers, yachts, and fine silverware. She tries to adjust and sincerely understand the simple lives of the 99% but Archie feels guilty that she has to "slum it" with him. Archie's sweet mother gi…

Maisie Richardson-Sellers is 'Legends of Tomorrow's New Vixen From Way Back

'Legends of Tomorrow' has turned to the network's 'The Originals' alum Maisie Richardson-Sellers to become its newest time-traveling adventurer as the new iteration of Vixen. 
With Megalyn E.K. unable to reprise the role she originated on Arrow because of scheduling conflicts, Rip Hunter and crew will turn to Mari McCabe's grandmother, Amaya Jwie, who held the totem that gave her powers of the animal kingdom long before she did.  Before Mari, her grandmother Amaya wielded the powers of #Vixen. @maisie_rs joins #LegendsOfTomorrow next season! pic.twitter.com/OQvG7fDh3S — Legends of Tomorrow (@TheCW_Legends) June 23, 2016
Megalyn will continue to voice McCabe on the CW Seed's animated web series, Vixen, and since the network didn't recast her role she could conceivably return when her schedule allows. In a DC television universe consisting of alternate worlds and time travel anything is possible, even having two live-action Vixens. 
Richardson-Sellers played…

The Latino Comics Expo Announces More Talented Latino Creators Appearing This Year

The 5th Anniversary Latino Comics Expo taking place in Long Beach, California this August continues to expand their guest list with more talented Latinos. Sueimi Guerra, Rafael Navarro, Liz Mayorga, and Ofloda Monstro have been added to the roster of writers, artists, and creators attending this unique event. Make plans to visit these and other guests for signings, panels, marketplace and more. We'll continue to update with the next round of guests. Get your tickets today!

Suemi Guerrawrites and publishes the fiction zine SUICIDAL GOLDFISH.Her creative pursuits include music, creating hand-crafted objects d'art and adventuring throughout Los Angeles.


Rafael Navarro, Emmy Award-winning storyboard artist, is the creator of the long running cult classic Lucha Noir comic series, SONAMBULO. Rafael is also the co-creator (with writer Mike Wellman) and artist of the sci-fiadventure series GUNS A'BLAZIN'.


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PRE-ORDER: 'The Atoll' #1 by Tim Daniel, Ricardo Drumond, and Joana Lafuente

Just in time for Shark Week, Tim Daniel (Enormous, Burning Fields), Ricardo Drumond, and Joana Lafuente (Burning Fields, G.I. Joe) are bringing an R-rated thriller to Heavy Metal comics that pits man against beast in 'The Atoll.' Available for preorder now from your local comic shop, don't miss this violent and subversive take on bloodsport as competition when Story Helms is forced to tangle with a Great White shark. Contact your favorite shop now and reserve your copy of this sure to sell-out 5 issue mini-series. 
When the burlap sack is ripped from her head, decorated Olympic athlete Story Helms finds herself seated on a steel platform overlooking an arena somewhere far off the northwestern coast of Australia.  Welcome to The Atoll, where abductees are pitted in combat against the world's deadliest apex predator, Majesty, a twenty-one foot Great White shark. Story is next in the ring-how long will she last? Place your bets.


(W) Tim Daniel (A/CA) Ricardo Drumond
Item Cod…

REVIEW: 'Wonder Woman' #1 by Greg Rucka, Liam Sharp, and Laura Martin

★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Unlike some of her superfriends, Wonder Woman's New 52 run was exceptional and rather unique. I enjoyed Brian Azzarello's nearly unfettered approach to the iconic character, contradicting her canonical origin and surrounding her with a dysfunctional family of gods. Seeing the Amazon princess though Cliff Chiang's wonderful art was a treat for the eyes. As special as that was "Rebirth" is about honoring the past, going back to fundamentals, and reintroducing legacy heroes in the best ways possible. Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp are here to do just that in 'Wonder Wonder' #1.

Rucka returns to write Wonder Woman with a deliberate slow-burn narrative that is reverential and elegantly spartan. A writer as seasoned and as talented as Rucka knows when to let his artists shine and Liam Sharp and Laura Martin lead the way as the issue opens up with Wonder Woman searching through a rainforest. 

Sharp's Diana is statuesque, muscular, and graceful. Her c…

Giant-Sized X-O Manowar, Faith, and New Titles Highlight Valiant Solicitations for September

Valiant is shipping some incredible books in September. Take a look at the solicitations for the upcoming month beginning with the 50th issue of X-O Manowar. It's oversized with 64 pages of star-studded stories and art fit for a grand series finale. Check out all the fantastic variant covers. Also, welcome "The Future of Valiant" with new titles Britannia #1, Generation Zero #1, and of course Valiant's newest superstar Faith as her miniseries gets an on-going. Happy reading!


X-O MANOWAR #50 (64 PAGES!)
IT’S HERE! THE GREATEST VALIANT MILESTONE OF ALL TIME! 64 MASSIVE PAGES! 
For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But i…

'Gotham' Transforms Poison Ivy Into a Full Grown Woman for Season 3 Because Reasons

On a show that defies logic even by comic book conventions, Gotham continues tomarch to its own drum beat. Characters don't always follow their canonical origins but they do sometimes come back from the dead. The latest head-scratcher is the sudden departure of young Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley) and the arrival of Maggie Geha as the adult Ivy Pepper. They're not aging-up Bruce or Selina, just Ivy. Say what?
Why would they convert a child into a much older version in a show described as a Batman sequel where Bruce Wayne is still a preteen? Who knows but the obvious reasons would be to sex-up the show with a character that has traditionally used her sexuality to manipulate adversaries. This is how Fox describes the transformation. Following an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, Ivy Pepper finds herself reborn, and one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy. Now a 19-year-old woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, she sets her sights on…

PREVIEW: ARCHIE #9 by Mark Waid, Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, and Jen Vaughn

Archie is forever barred from Lodge Manor! Now Veronica has to live in Archie’s world if she wants to see him—and she’s turning the whole Andrews family upside-down!
ARCHIE #9 Script: Mark Waid Art: Veronica Fish, Andre Szymanowicz, Jen Vaughn, Jack Morelli Cover: Veronica Fish Variant Cover: Khary Randolph, Andrew Robinson On Sale Date: 6/22 32-page, full-color comic $3.99 U.S.







REVIEW: 'Life with Kevin' #1 (Digital First) by Dan Parent and J. Bone

★★★★☆ (4/5)
A great litmus test for potential friends or lovers is to get their reaction to Archie Comics' new 'Life with Kevin' series by Dan Parent and J. Bone. If they say a single negative word it's best to cut ties with them immediately as 'Life with Kevin' is an irresistibly fun life-in-the-city story that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 
Look, Parent treads familiar territory with a recent college grad landing a terrible apartment in New York, a thankless copy writing gig, while navigating the social landscape. All things we've seen before in television and film. What makes 'Life with Kevin' so endearing is Kevin himself. This is an Archie book so we expect a level of innocence and goofiness that's synonymous with the publisher but it's Kevin's unyielding optimism and resilience that is infectious and charming. 
Nothing stands in Kevin's way, he just rolls with the punches and with a smile on his face. Not even his ske…