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Comic Book Reviews: 'Wolverine and the X-Men,' 'Spaceman,' and more

Went to the comic book store this weekend, bought some stuff. Artist Marcos Martin’s work on Daredevil #5 (Marvel Comics) – his first full issue in what I hope will be a long, classic run – was a delight. The final issue of writer Jonathan Hickman’s fighter pilots of the future/father vs. son/time travel saga The Red Wing (Image Comics) was trippy and touching; seek out the trade when all four issues (superbly rendered by artist Nick Pitarra and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg) are collected. I wish I was equally affected by Hickman’s current work on FF (Marvel), the much-hyped new formulation of the Fantastic Four, with Spider-Man replacing the recently-extinguished (i.e., “killed”) Human Torch. I’ve been disappointed by the inconsistent art and focus on peripheral players like The Inhumans and the Kree. More needs to be done to make Spidey feel more essential to this book. To borrow a phrase from a departed friend: Flame on, dammit! (BTW: Was the new issue really the climax of the “Four Cities” saga as has been advertised? Didn’t play that way to me.) READ FULL STORY

Superman gets picketed! Sneak peak at 'Action Comics' #3 -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

Many superhero fans rolled their eyes when DC Comics announced it was going to give Superman a youth culture makeover — edgier attitude; blue jeans instead of tights — in order to make the icon more relevant. But with writer Grant Morrison at the helm, Action Comics has emerged as one of the best books in the publisher’s ‘New 52′ line.

The third issue — which hits comic book stores on November 2  — shows what happens when the citizens of Metropolis get fed up with their self-appointed protector. (#OccupyMetropolis!) And as this exclusive preview shows, the story also offers a sense of what life was like on Post-Flashpoint Krypton. The art team: Rags Morales, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant.

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Reviews: ‘Batman,’ ‘Uncanny X-Men,’ the outstanding graphic novel ‘Daybreak’

Comic Book Reviews: Latest issues of 'Batman' and 'Uncanny X-Men'; the outstanding graphic novel 'Daybreak'

Went to the comic book store this weekend, bought a bunch of stuff. Casanova: Avaritia #2 by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba was sensationally strange, while Swamp Thing #2 hooked me on the series. What I’ll be reading over the next couple days: Howard Chaykin’s Avengers 1959, the new issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Moon Knight, and the hardcover collection of Echoes by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal. This week’s reviews:

BATMAN #2 (DC Comics; monthly series) Bruce Wayne must survive assassination by an agent from the Court of Owls, an urban myth that shouldn’t exist but apparently does. Or doesn’t. Time will tell. WHAT’S GOOD: Scott Snyder’s characterization of The Dark Knight, which emphasizes the hero’s detective skills and Bruce Wayne’s relationship with Gotham City, “my oldest and truest friend.”  READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's #2 visually stunning 'Batwoman' -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

Now that the DC Comics “New 52″ series have all officially launched, many feel that the new Batwoman series is easily one of the most visually spectacular of the lot. And seeing EW’s exclusive preview of the second issue in the series, it’s easy to see why. Written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, and designed by Williams III, Batwoman #2 opens with a brutal brawl between some armed thugs, Batwoman (a.k.a. Kate Kane), and her possible sidekick, Flamebird (a.k.a. Kate’s cousin, Bette). But these two gals have something much more pressing on their mind: An offer to join Batman, Inc., a worldwide organization of Batmen.

You can read the full issue when it hits stores Oct. 12. Check out EW’s full sneak peek here, and then tell us — how do you feel about Batwoman‘s striking artistic style? Do you think there’s any chance she’ll take up with the Batman organization?

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Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews
Batman #1 and other new DC Comics reviews

Sneak peek at DC's #2 'Batgirl' -- EXCLUSIVE

Earlier this month, DC Comics launched a large collection of #1s for their “New 52″ series, including an exhilarating new vision of a back-on-her-feet Batgirl. EW has nabbed an exclusive preview of the Gail Simone-penned #2 issue, which features the superhero — still adjusting to being back on the job after her wheelchair-bound hiatus — facing off against the faceless Mirror to avenge the death of a fallen police officer. Check out a piece of latest chapter in the saga, as well as the ominous, beautiful cover and art by Vincent Cifuentes and Adrian Syaf. Will Batgirl emerge stronger than ever, or will her place on “the list” leave her at the mercy of a Mirror? You’ll be able to find out when the #2 Batgirl goes on sale Wed, Oct. 12. Check out EW’s exclusive sneak peek here.

Are you intrigued by this new take on Batgirl? Are you dying to know what happens to Batgirl at the hand of Mirror? Share in the comments section below.

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Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews

Superman #1 George Perez writes and supplies the breakdowns for Jesus Merino’s art in this Metropolis-centric issue. About half the issue is spent establishing that The Daily Planet is a dashed-to-smithereens victim of the internet and new media — the newspaper is now merely the “print arm” of a “multimedia news super station” called The Planet Global Network, or P.G.N. The other half of the book depicts Superman battling a mysteriously out-of-control fire — I know it’s laying ground for future developments, but this is not the most thrilling of adventures. The dialogue is stiff (“At what price, Lois? Our integrity? Our souls?”), but then, Superman has long been the stiff we love to love, right? Oh, and Lois has a boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll. (Not the novelist. Alas.) At this point, I much prefer the Grant Morrison Superman of Action Comics #1.

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'The Walking Dead': First taste of 'Rise of The Governor' -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

You won’t be seeing The Governor on the upcoming season 2 of The Walking Dead, but there is one place you will encounter the infamous fan favorite this October — bookstores. October 11 will see the release of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, a novel penned by Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman and horror writer Jay Bonansinga. The book gives the backstory of how The Governor became the ruthless and savage despot that terrorized Rick Grimes and Co. in the comic book on which AMC’s hit drama is based. This zombie prequel story will also be available in an audiobook format read by Fred Berman and released by Macmillan audio, and we’ve got your exclusive first taste of it right here. Click on the audio player below to get an advance sneak listen as Philip Blake enters a warehouse only to learn that he is not alone. (You know it’s going to be good when the first line is “The place is a dark as a crypt.”) Then hit the message boards and sound off on what other Walking Dead characters you’d like to see receive the backstory treatment. And for more Walking Dead news and views, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

By Our Staff: An excerpt from 'Green River Killer: A True Detective Story'

Ten years ago this month, my dad caught a serial killer.

From 1984 to 2001, my father, Detective Tom Jensen, hunted one of the worst mass murderers in history, Seattle’s so-called Green River Killer, responsible for the strangulation slayings of over 48 women. At first, my father was a member of a task force of detectives. Eventually, and by choice, he became the only detective working the case full-time. He privately referred to the investigation as “The Quest” – the choice of words inspired by the song “The Impossible Dream” from the musical The Man of La Mancha. “Privately,” because Dad rarely talked about the case with the family, never told us what it truly meant to him – not until it was over. In September of 2001, my father, using DNA technology, put a proper name on the Green River Killer: Gary Leon Ridgway, a seemingly mild mannered painter of commercial trucks. Ridgway was arrested in December 2001, and  my father and his colleagues believed they had brought the Green River Killer to justice and brought an end to a nightmare that haunted Seattle for nearly 20 years. But a bizarre endgame still awaited them.

In 2008, I asked my father if I could dramatize his story in a slightly unusual fashion. I love comic books. My father, in fact, introduced me to comics when I was kid. So I wanted to write a graphic novel. The result is called Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, published by Dark Horse Comics. READ FULL STORY

Batman #1 and other new DC Comics reviews

Another week, another batch of issue #1s from DC. I’m skipping the ones I think are duds (Supergirl? Kinda blahh. Captain Atom? Irritating) and zooming in on the books that were striking for various reasons.

Batman #1 Writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire) really knows how to launch a new chapter in Batman‘s history. He pulls from the oldest aspects of the Batman myth, combines it with sinister-comic elements from the series’ best period (that would be the same Dick Sprang-drawn, ’50s era that Grant Morrison also enjoys), and gives the whole thing terrific forward-spin by setting up an honest-to-gosh mystery for Batman to solve. Throughout, the art by Greg Capullo leads with jutting jaws and faces creased with rage, exertion, fear, and grim determination. Batman’s mask covers the very tip of his beaky nose — a nice, distinctive touch. Snyder’s script, much of it about the depressed, disspirited city — talk about “investing in Gotham’s future,” its “fears, frustrations… demons” — works as a metaphor for the economy and general mood of America. Really, the only thing I didn’t care for here is the new, stiff, metallic-looking Batman cover logo. A-

Catwoman #1 Comic books come under fire so regularly for their objectification of women that this Catwoman amounts to a nose-thumbing manifesto: It’s all about the gradual yet partial undressing of Selina Kyle, culminating in a Cat-on-Batman sex scene. Literally. That’s Judd Winick’s story. What hell: go for it; Selina certainly seems to be enjoying herself. The art by Guillem March backs up everything Winick’s drives toward throughout. A low-down gas. B READ FULL STORY

'Buffy Season 9' #1 review: A world without magic, but not without problems. Or parties!

Before we can really discuss the first issue in Buffy Season 9 — the second volume of Joss Whedon’s comic book continuance of his TV touchstone Buffy the Vampire Slayer past its 2003 series finale — we need to look back for a moment at the mammoth events of Buffy Season 8.

Back then, things in the Buffyverse were really complicated. There was that army of Slayers to corral, a mysterious Big Bad named Twilight to contend with, and a world that had discovered that vampires were real — and, even worse, everyone thought they were the coolest thing ever. (Sound familiar?) By the end of the 40-issue run, things became so convoluted — Buffy and Angel transformed into gods and had god-like über-sex, creating their very own universe that threatened to rip the fabric of our universe to shreds — that Buffy herself became rather lost amid the epic, magical derring do.

Whedon’s solution? No more magic. READ FULL STORY

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