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Comic Review: Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman (Rebirth)

51TUS031MwL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman (Rebirth) is written by Peter J. Tomasi and collects Superman: Rebirth #1 and Superman #1-6. Illustrators are Doug Mahnke and Patrick Gelason

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

After the stunning events of DC REBIRTH, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world?

Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while continuing to look towards the future. These are the most innovative and modern stories featuring the world’s greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest storytellers in the business.

Honoring the past, protecting our present, and looking towards the future. This is the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the DC Universe.  The legacy continues.

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Book Review: Good Morning Superman

stl032233Good Morning Superman, Michael Dahl, Capstone Young Readers, 2017.

The sun rises, bringing with it a new day in the city of Metropolis. With the rising of the sun, Clark Kent transforms into Superman. At our house, a toddler wakes up ready to conquer the day. But before she can leave the house, there are a number of things to do to get ready.

From the creative mind of Michael Dahl, comes another superhero themed children’s book. Similar to his book Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning Superman parallels Clark Kent getting ready for the day with an unnamed African-American boy getting ready for the day.

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Book Review: Bedtime for Batman

Bedtime for Batman cover

Bedtime for Batman, Michael Dahl, Capstone Young Readers, 2016.

In our house, when the sky turns dark, there is a little super hero who needs to prepare for the greatest adventure of the day . . . . bedtime! We have an arsenal of books we read to Baby J at bedtime, many of which are bedtime themed books.

In this bedtime story book, the super hero too has to prepare for bedtime. The little boy gears up in his pajama uniform, hurries upstairs to clean up the nightly filth, and he keeps watch from his perch on his bunk bed. Each couple of pages mirrors what the boy is doing to prepare for bedtime and what Batman is doing to prepare for his nightly patrol of Gotham.

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Comic Review: Justice League Vol. 7 – Darkseid War Part 1

Comic Review Justice League Vol. 7 Justice League Vol. 7 is written by Geoff Johns and collects Justice League issues #39-46 and Free Comic Book Day 2015: DC Comics Divergence #1.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Geoff Johns pits the heroes of the DC universe against the might of Gods in the seventh volume of the best-selling series! The Justice League came together to stop the forces of Darkseid from destroying Earth five years ago. Now the ruler of Apokolips returns, but sets his sites on the world-shattering Anti-Monitor. Will the combined might of the Justice League be enough to protect the Earth from the collateral as Gods fight?

Searching for Purpose

As the graphic novel begins, Wonder Woman recalls being an adolescent girl and discovering something that washed up on shore from the human world. She asks her mother, “What’s out there?” In her narration, Wonder Woman says, “I was searching for something.” The following panels depict an adolescent Aquaman, Green Lantern, Superman, and Batman, all asking a similar question: “What’s out there?”

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Comic Review: Batman/Superman Vol. 4 Siege

superman batmanBatman/Superman Vol. 4 is written b y Greg Pak and collects issues 16-20 of Batman/Superman, Batman/Superman Annual #2, and Batman/Superman: Futures End #1.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Someone is targeting the people closest to Superman—those who wear his sigil, those he cares most about, even innocents whose lives he’s saved. The attacks seem random, but Batman recognizes the pattern. A madman who hates you so much he strikes at the people around you…this is Superman’s Joker.
Worse, the method of the attacks is even more bizarre: the bullets leave no residue, no clues, then seem to disappear into nothingness. Even the World’s Greatest Detective is at a loss.

But when Batman hatches a plan to draw the killer out of hiding, a crucial clue is uncovered—one that reveals that the killer is more closely tied to Superman than they could have imagined! Can Superman, Batman and Supergirl defeat this threat from Superman’s past…or will Superman’s Joker prove to be his final undoing?

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Comic Review: Side-Kicked

side-kicked-2The Story (aka from the publisher)

It should come as no surprise to learn that within the superhero “community,” egos run rampant. But how does all that free-flowing narcissism impact those just outside the spotlight? Chicago finds out when five of the city’s most loyal Sidekicks finally grow tired of being disrespected by both the prima donnas they work with and the citizenry they strive to protect. And it’s not like the Windy City needs yet another labor upheaval…..

“But You’re Replaceable”

Russell Brettholtz takes the classic superhero story and turns it on its head. While these superheroes in Chicago are given great praise for all that they do for the city, the sidekicks are often over looked. They have many of the same responsibilities, sometimes more, but they receive no recognition.

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Comic Review: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3 – Casualties of War

25241729Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War collects issues #13-17 and is written by Peter J. Tomasi

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Superman and Wonder Woman—two of the world’s mightiest heroes—are the ultimate power couple. And yet, when a new superhero arrives out of nowhere asking for their guidance, the two Justice Leaguers can’t help but suspect that something is very, very wrong. Wonderstar has no past, no memories and only a strange connection to Superman and Wonder Woman. He claims his intentions are good, but when his true identity is finally revealed, it will take the combined strength of the Man of Steel and the God of War to take him on.

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Comic Review: Convergence

2976491Convergence collects issues #0-8 of Convergence and is written by Jeff King.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Once, there were Infinite Earths. Untold timelines. Innumerable Elseworlds. Then there came a Crisis…a Zero Hour…a Flashpoint. Worlds lived. Worlds died. Now they all must fight for their future! The evil alien intelligence known as Brainiac has stolen 50 doomed cities from throughout time and space and brought them to a place beyond the Multiverse—a sentient planet of his own design, a world with the power of a god. As heroes and villains from dozens of worlds battle each other for their very existence, it’s up to a ragtag band of warriors from a slain Earth to put an end to this threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Reality itself hangs in the balance… This is it! The entire DC Universe from the dawn of time through the New 52 stars in CONVERGENCE — an unprecedented event that brings together your favorite characters from every era and series. Whether familiar or forgotten, none of them will ever be the same!

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Comic Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 7 – War Torn

WWVol7Wonder Woman Vol. 7 collects issues #36-40 and Annual #1 written by Meredith Finch.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Don’t miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

First Thoughts

In this volume, Wonder Woman is torn by an internal war. She is the Queen of her people, she is a founding member of the Justice League, and now she is the God of War. These three identities seem to be pulling her in different directions.

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Comic Review: Batman Eternal Vol. 2

Batman Eternal Batman Eternal Vol. 2 collects issues #22-34 of the fairly new weekly Batman series written by the New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)
After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down. New allies emerge, old allies fall and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham amidst rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo?

Family Matters

One of the major themes in this volume is the role of family, both in negative as well as positive ways. Alfred has gone missing. It turns out that Alfred has been doused with a huge amount of fear toxin. Alfred’s daughter, Julia, comes looking to check in on him, and stumbles into the Bat Cave. There she fulfills her father’s role in aiding Batman.

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