Harleen #1 - Comic Series Preview

With works like Sunstone, Switch, and Justice League Odyssey, Stjepan Sejic has set himself as one of the most iconic singular creators. One of his newest projects, Harleen, will hit the comic stores on the 25th of September and the spotlights are, we believe, right to be pointed at it.

Harleen will depict the story of Harley Quinn, and it is compiled by three acts, and with their turn, each act will consist of three issues. The first act will be Gotham, the second will be the story of her and Joker while the third will be about her split up with Joker with the friend of her new friend, Poison Ivy.

"Harleen is a story about the birth of a villain. It’s a story about somebody who wanted to do good but in the end made bad decisions and fell from grace." said Stjepan in an interview with Nerdist.

As readers, we have the privilege of knowing how this story ends in a way. We know that Dr. Harleen Quinzel ends being Harley Quinn and even though we have that spoiler embedded within us, Stjepan has a mastery of writing about relationships and this is no exception.

From what we so far know for "Harleen" is that we, in a way, might feel in a way that Dr. Harleen actually believed or wanted to believe that she will save Joker from his insanity, that she might be able to pull him out of it. In the words of Sejic, this is a Beauty and the Beast story with a twist. In the same interview as above Sejic mentions, "It’s an age-old romance archetype except with a twist. In most versions of romance novels where, you know, Beauty helps the Beast regain his humanity or be, you know, a wealthy billionaire with a penchant for BDSM at the end of it all, you know, it’s always Beauty helps Beast gain his humanity. In this case, it doesn’t go like that. The Beast pulls the Beauty a bit deeper into the pit. And that’s where the Beauty grows her own fangs."

So if you really want to experience the life of Dr. Harleen Quinzel and the birth of a new villain, Harley Quinn then head over to your favorite comic store or get your copy online from Amazon or Ebay.

Gerard Way's "Young Animal" Returns This July

DC's "Young Animal" imprint returns this July with a new chapter of their flagship comic title "Doom Patrol" and two entirely new and unique stories that will captivate all "Young Animal" fans out there, that have been waiting for this announcement to come from DC for a year since it was last sighted.

DC's "Young Animal" made its debut in 2016 as a pop-up imprint of curated stories by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and after four regular series and three miniseries, it falls in hibernation up until now.

July 3rd marks the day of DOOM PATROL: WEIGHT OF THE WORLDS followed by COLLAPSER in July 17 and FAR SECTOR later this year.

As with all new comic series, new creative teams make their appearance with Mikey Way (MCR), Shaun Simon (Neverboy, Killjoys) and artist Ilias Kyriazis (G.I. Joe: First Strike) bring us COLLAPSER, and author N.K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, Inheritance trilogies) making her comic book writing debut with FAR SECTOR.

As usual "Doom Patrol" creative team will consist of Nick Derington for Covers and a series of talented artists for interior illustrations such as James Harvey, Doc Shaner, Nick Pitarra, Becky Cloonan and more.

“We are thrilled to revitalize DOOM PATROL, and to present both COLLAPSER and FAR SECTOR, two books that push the medium of comics and their respective genres through uncharted territory. Readers can expect everything from high doses of cosmic weirdness and positivity, to deep examinations of anxiety and emotions while wielding immense power, to sci-fi explorations of authority and control and what it means to be a guardian while a world hangs in delicate balance. More fantastic comics outside the norm, as only DC’s Young Animal can do.”

Gerard Way
Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds

Talent

Writer: Gerard Way & Jeremy Lambert
Artist: James Harvey, Doc Shaner, Nick Pitarra, Becky Cloonan
Publisher: DC's Young Animal
Release Date: July 3, 2019
Cover Price: TBA

Gerard Way and the World’s Strangest Super Heroes return in an all-new series that takes them beyond the borders of time and space! The Doom Patrol will go on an epic road trip around the solar system, facing off against the unusual and bizarre including the fanatical fitness fiends of planet Orbius and the Marathon Eternal. Big changes are coming for these unusual heroes, including Robotman coming to terms with his new life as a human.

Collapser DC's Young Animal

Talent

Writer: Mikey Way & Shaun Simon
Artist: Ilias Kyriazis
Publisher: DC's Young Animal
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Cover Price: TBA

Liam James is a wannabe DJ whose life goals are almost completely dashed by his crippling anxiety—until a package arrives in the mail containing a black hole that gives him amazing powers and draws him into a cosmic conflict far beyond anything he’d ever imagined. But Liam will discover that when it comes to life, love, mental health and superhero responsibilities, there’s no such thing as a quick fix, and that power comes with a cost.

Far Sector - DC Young Animals

Talent

Writer: N.K. Jemisin
Artist: Jamal Campbell
Publisher: DC's Young Animal
Release Date: Late 2019
Cover Price: TBA

Newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people, for the past six months. The City has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of, and murder is nonexistent.
But that’s all about to change.
This new series introduces a dizzying game of politics and philosophies as Jo discovers a brewing revolution in the City, aided and abetted by some of its most powerful citizens.

Mera: Tidebreaker #1 Comic Review

The princess of Xebel finally gets the long-awaited attention that she deserved from the hands of bestseller author of Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige, and artist Stephen Byrne.

Even though advertised as a teenager adventure, Mera: Tidebreaker is easy to read book for all ages. Admittedly many of the scenes will remind you a romance teenagers tv series and there could be (or should be) more actions, especially in parts, were it was required, the creative team chose to go with something more subtle. But it brings out a point of view in the youth years of Mera and Arthur that is much appreciated.

It's not the greatest story we have seen lately but it's as interesting as any. There is a new view for the teenage years of Mera and Arthur that certainly took us back decades when Arthur was living at the lighthouse by the sea.

Stephen Byrne technique of not using a huge palete of colors brings out the one color we should focus as readers. Not wanting to spoiler the amazing use of red but it's something we will be keeping on our shelves at a prominent position.

The Green Lantern (2018) #1 Review

Pure excitement. This is what it feels to get your hands on "The Green Lantern #1" by Grant Morrison and if you are a fan you probably already know this but if you are new or into the Grant Morrison effect or even in the Green Lantern "universe" then you are in for a treat. Green Lantern made it clear that belongs to the best DC Comic Series of 2019!

The Green Lantern #1 is as Grant Morrison as it can get with a ton of information, masterfully compressed into one issue and even though some might find this intimidating it is a form of art Morrison so gracefully uses that wont take a toll on your mind. Having said that, it is going without saying that when reading a Grant Morrison, you get a lot of information on the second or third go.

The art from Liam Sharp is also spot on making this one a modern-classic.

I get it, you might say that "Everything is said to be a modern classic this days" and I agree. There is a tendency to portray a good modern comic as a classic because we so much love the bronze or silver age of comics yet this is the real deal. Just as Grant Morrison is bringing Green Lantern into the light once more, Liam Sharp is bringing us the vibe of the Bronze Age art that we loved.

As I previously mentioned Grant Morrison can fit a lot into a few pages and I am going to talk about a few of them below so if you want a review spoiler free this will probably be the end of it.

Spoilers Below!

Ye that passes through the valley of the review shall find spoilers hidden beneath and thou shall be rewarded with knowledge.

The story begins with the introduction of some Green Lanterns that are trying to take down some Space Pirates and as per usual even though the odds are heavily against them they are victorious. At least for a short while.

What makes the story interesting and what we love about Morrison and GL is that there is always something unique and no matter how old it gets it always feels fresh.

I mean Floozle Flem? this might be our new favorite character.

Hal Jordan comes in, down on his luck wasting his days on earth after being "fired" from the Green Lantern Corp, just lost his job at a gas station and spends some quality time with his lady.

Next day he is on his way when a stranger approaches. Not to prolong this, Hal figures out that the stranger is not from Earth, and being good at what he does he beats the shit out of the alien even without the powers of his ring since the Guardians have taken his power battery.

Hal finds Chriselon, another GL, hurt real bad. Chriselon explains that he was carrying the space pirates and they are on their way to lay waste to everything they find. He hands Hal his battery and here comes our favorite Green Lantern again.

There is so much more happening in this one issue than if you'd really have to go through the pages yourself!

Best Comic Series of 2018

2018 has been an amazing year for the comics industry. Year after year more and more comics have been adapted into movies, series or games and the world of comics have grown massively.

With the world of comics growing so does the need for unique stories, new character developments, entirely new universes that match the needs of the readers and each time I say "now I've seen it all" another comic comes along to make me reconsider. 2018 was one of those years with not just big publishers like DC and Marvel standing out but many smaller new players jumping in the waggon of success.

Here is 101Comics.com list of the absolutely must-read comic series of 2018.

Top 10 Strongest DC Heroes of All Time

No matter the superhero fandom, there is one classic question that never goes away: “which hero is strongest?”

For instance, fans will argue until the end of time about whether Batman should be able to defeat Superman. And the last thing we want to see is comics lovers bickering with each other.

That’s why we’ve put together our definitive list of the most powerful characters in DC Comics!

 

Best DC Comics 2018

There’s a lot of DC Comics entertainment coming at you nowadays. The DCEU (DC Extended Universe) keeps popping movies like Aquaman onto the big screen while the small screen comes to life with a variety of awesome shows on CW. Meanwhile, the DC Universe app is making classic comics and shows available to stream while also premiering original content like Titans.

Long story short? There’s never been a better time to dive into DC comics to get more of the heroes you love. But with so many comics out there, it’s tough to know which are worth collecting.

Don’t worry, though: we’ve hacked the Batcave and brought you the best DC Comics 2018!

Jon Cryer to play Lex Luthor in CW's "Supergirl" series

From playing the nephew of Lex Luthor back in 1987 at the final Christopher Reeve Superman movie to portraying the man himself at CW’s Supergirl. Jon Cryer is climbing the ladder of the Luthor family and we couldn’t be happier.

As Supergirl executive producer Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller mentioned “We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor. Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in Superman IV brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family.”

 

Even though Cryer was in his early stages when he portrayed Luthor’s nephew back in 87, he then went on winning everyone’s hearts with his amazing acting in various tv shows such as Hot Shots!, The Famous Teddy Z, Getting Personal  and lest we forget his most notable work Two and a Half Men.

Having said that Cryer is not new in the history of DC and even though he only played in person the nephew of Lex Luthor he also gave the voice to Felix Faust numerous times on Cartoon Network’s Justice League Action.

Cryer will make his debut in the show’s 15th episode this season.

Best DC Comics Figures & Statues

For comic and graphic novel enthusiasts to movie and tv series lovers, action figures and statues were always something everyone just had to have. Most notable within the action figures universe are those of DC Comics figures of Batman from those old classic movies and detective comics era. Since then DC Comics universe grew exponentially and with it, it’s gamma of toys, figures, statues, and collectibles.

Below we are going to list our selection of top 10 DC Comics figures and statues. Full disclosure, 101Comics might receive a commission from Warner Bros if you decide to follow the links below.

The Flash Vinyl Figure

The Flash Vinyl Figure

This classic Justice League Speedster is the work of no other than Chris Uminga. The Flash vinyl, limited edition figurine is something all Flash fans should have on their collection. Longer hands, bigger eyes and a playful yet weirdly creepy expression is what makes Chris Uminga art so special and unique.

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The Batman Who Laughs Statue

The Batman Who Laughts Statue Black and White

To win you need to adapt, and to adapt, you need to be able to laugh away all the restraints. Everything holding you back. You see… a Batman who laughs… is a Batman who always wins.

Straight from the comic panels of Dark Nights: Metal comes this statue of The Batman Who Laughs. Sculped by Jonathan Matthews and designed by Greg Capullo this black and white statue measures approximately 7" high and is a limited edition of 5.000 pieces.

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Wonder Woman Statue

 

Wonder Woman slides into action in this PVC statue that looks like a scene straight from the Justice League movie. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella this statue stands 7" tall and as usual in an excellent resemblance as the actual movie character.

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DC Bombshells Batman & Catwoman Deluxe Statue

 

DC Bombshells Batman & Catwoman Deluxe StatueDC Bombshells Batman & Catwoman Deluxe Statue is a magnificent 11" tall statue sculpted by Jack Mathews inspired by the designs of Ant Lucia. A usual playfulness from Catwoman who goes in for the kiss just to get the Batmobile keys.

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Batman Arkham Knight Red Hood Statue

Batman Arkham Knight Red Hood Statue

Do I look like Batman to you? Rethink your answer before I fill you up with lead. 

The Red Hood vigilante from Batman: Arkham Knight game is sculpted by Majid Esmaeli and measures approximately 10.5 inches tall. Red Hood aka Jason Peter Todd, is holding his two handguns and is ready for action!

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Armored Batman Statue By James Marsano

 

Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice Armored Batman Statue By James MarsanoSculpted by James Marsano this statue measures approximately 12" tall. This Dawn Of Justice Armored Batman Statue is stepping on the Batman V Superman logo, which to be honest we found a very powerful little detail.

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Arrow TV Series Green Arrow (Season 5) Statue

Arrow TV Series Green Arrow (Season 5) Statue

This Oliver Queen aka Arrow statue from season 5 of the tv series is an ultra-realistic representation of Stephen Amell the protagonist of the series. Holding his bow ready to grab and shoot an arrow. A must-have for all Arrow fans.

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 Shazam Statue

 

Shazam StatueWith Shazam! DC movie coming soon this statue is going to be smashing the sales.  Shazam is capturing a lighting a split second before it hits the ground with his godly powers. Sculpted by Joe Menna based on a design by Shawn Knapp this statue stands approximately 11" tall.

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Dark Knights: Metal Batman Who Laughs 1/3 Scale Statue

“Take a good look Bruce. What do you see? You've never fought someone with all your training. Your discipline. See it yet? I'm not him in a batsuit. I'm you. You. How you are supposed to be without the codes. Without the rules. Except one. BATMAN. ALWAYS. WINS”

This "Jokerrized" version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse, The Batman Who Laughs, is probably our favorite DC Statue of all time. The details are exquisite, dreadful and creepy. The leather jacket, the chains, the veins in his hands and the blood on his smile and face together with his evil minions this is by far one of the most gruesome DC Statues.

Measures approximately 33" H x 18.74" W x 18.7" D this statue is not a statue you've seen before.

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World's Finest Batman & Superman Q-Fig Max Figure

World's Finest Batman & Superman Q-Fig Max Figure

Standing about 5-inches tall this is one of our favorite figures. Knowing Superman's and Batman's troubled relationship this makes it a lot funnier. Batman frowning having to ride with Superman who doesn't seem to take his carry-on passenger frown under consideration.

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Heroes in Crisis #1 Sneak Peek

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