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Comic Cover Of The Week: Robin And Batman #3

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to our very first Comic Cover Of The Week for 2022! Our compendium of cool and compelling comic cover collectables continues with this magnificently melancholic rendering from astounding artist – Dustin Nguyen, whose immaculate image hearkens back to the classic 1988 series – A Death In The Family – by legendary Batman stalwarts, Jim Aparo and Jim Starlin.

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1988’s Death In The Family series is one of the most important and iconic chapters in the life of the dark and surly one, dealing with the calamitous death of Robin #2 – Jason Todd, whose short and tragically turbulent life was violently ended by none other the Jester of Genocide himself – The Joker! Jason inherited the mantle of the Boy Wonder from Dick Grayson, who had moved out from the shadow of his grim mentor and had taken up the role of Nightwing, thus leaving Batman to wallow even further in his despair and despondent longing for the vengeance of his dead parents.

However, Jason was not a hit with the fans, who lamented the parting of the original Dynamic Duo. Jason, unlike the former holder of the title “Robin” was a brash and rebellious teenager with little regard for his actions and consequences, a life of petty crime ultimately led to him being taken under the (bat)wing of Bruce Wayne, after the Dark Knight discovered the tenacious teen boosting the wheels from the Batmobile! Jason was in fact so unpopular with the fans (though, conversely, he is in fact, my absolute favourite version of Robin of all time) that DC Comics held a poll to determine his fate, with a narrow majority voting in favour of his deadly demise.

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DC Comics received an unprecedented amount of backlash for Jason’s expiration, with Todd’s demise ushering in a major move in the mythos of Batman, pushing him even further down his depressingly dark and despairing crusade of retributive justice. Jason, however, was later resurrected as the violent vigilante – The Red Hood, and has since gone on to be one of DC’s most popular characters of all time.

Robin And Batman #3 Will Be Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium On January 11th.

Comic Cover Of The Week: The Human Target #1

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Welcome back, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool, compelling and creatively compulsory – Comic Cover Of The Week! And what a cover we have for you this week, the deftly defined drawing skills of gregarious – Greg Smallwood are put to sublime use in the premier issue of DC’s Human Target, and combined with the superstar scripting scribe that is – Tom King (Mister Miracle/Strange Adventures) this fantastic first issue is an absolute must buy!

Christopher Chance has made a living out of being a human target, a man hired to disguise himself as his client, as to invite would be assassins to attempt his murder. He’s had an absolutely remarkable career, that is until his latest case, protecting Lex Luthor, when things go sideways. An assassination attempt that Chance did not see coming leaves him vulnerable and left trying to solve his very own murder! Now he has just twelve days to discover just who in the DC Universe hated Luthor enough to want him dead (Seriously! I mean that would be pretty much everyone, right?)

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Human Target is a hard-boiled detective noir tale, with absolutely gorgeous visuals by Greg Smallwood, and yet another sublime story from the palpably persistent pen of astounding auteur – Tom King, and if that wasn’t enough awesome for one issue, this titanic tale also benefits from the presence of THE greatest line up in Justice League history – the infamous and incorrigible – Justice League International! I mean, who can say no to the brilliance that is Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, Fire and Ice, Mister Miracle and Big Barda, Rocket Red, Captain Atom, Guy Gardner, Gnort, Martian Manhunter, Black Canary, and, of course… The Batman!

The Human Target #1 Is Available To Buy From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman – Black And Gold #5

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Welcome fellow fans of fantastic fiction to another charming collation of comic cover collectables, and lo, once more do we set foot in the glorious realm that is the Wonder Woman: Black and Gold series, an awesome anthology album dedicated to telling thrilling tales set deep within the amazing Amazon’s long standing mythos.

I have to say, the WW Black and Gold limited series is truly a gift from the glorious Greek gods themselves, with each and every cover seemingly handed down from Olympus itself, thus are their splendour and magnificence. And Black and Gold #5 is no slouch in this superlative series, with a fantastically comical and quirky comic cover take of the venerable Themysciran Princess.

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Prepare yourselves, my astonishing Amazonian associates, to be whisked away with four fantastic fables commencing with – an astonishing Amazon fairy tale, then travel back in time to World War II, get swept up in a nautical ghost story, and finally blasted by a bitter space princess! Sanya Anwar, Christian Alamy, Kurt Busiek, Josie Campbell and more once again bring their prodigious talents to this stunning series with thrilling tales that run the gamut of comedy, horror and mythology, making this illustrious issue yet another must buy!

Wonder Woman: Black and Gold #5 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman – Black And Gold #4

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Welcome back, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another compendium of comic cover collectables! This week we are once again celebrating the outstanding offering of the superb – Wonder Woman: Black and Gold – an awesome anthology series that venerates the astonishing adventures of the Princess of Themyscira.

Ok, ok, I know that the Wonder Woman mini-series – Black and Gold – has had a rather majestic monopoly on our Comic Cover Of The Week series in the past few months, but it is with good reason… because each and every cover has been a marvellously magnificent masterpiece! and this month’s opulent oeuvre is most certainly congruent to it’s compatriots!

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Our lead image is rapturously rendered by the talented Mathias Bergara, and is my personal pick of the absolutely awesome cover art available this issue, which was, to be honest, a truly difficult choice considering the standards on display from the competing covers by amazing artists – Nicola Scott, Tula Lotay, and Joshua Middleton. Nicola Scott also provides the interior art for the anthology’s first tale – Prayer – and once again provides the glorious goods with some absolutely superb two tone imagery, Nicola is one of the very finest artists ever to grace Wonder Woman and her art is reason alone to snap up this thrilling tome.

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– Gorgeous Interior Artwork From The Fabulous Nicola Scott –

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Wonder Woman: Black And Gold #4 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Supergirl – Woman Of Tomorrow #4

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Welcome back, oh fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling compendium of comic cover collectables as we highlight this weeks outstanding offering from the bedazzling and bodacious – Bilquis Evely!

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow has been a delirious delight from its very first issue onward, the Tom King penned opus has been a resounding success for fan and critic alike, but that was never really in any doubt when you have the superstar scribe behind such classics as Mister Miracle and Strange Adventures. But for this particular fan of the Woman of Steel it has been the absolutely vivacious visuals of Bilquis Evely that sold me on the series, they are stunning to behold, beautiful in-depth line work and detail, which in turn are ascended to even greater heights by the bold and gorgeous colours of Matheus Lopes… this magnificent mini-series is the absolute definition of high art!

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This impeccable issue finds Supergirl setting her sights on The Brigands, a group of iniquitous nomads hell-bent on slaughtering all they come across. Now Kara must follow in their path of destruction to find the fugitive they’ve been concealing, whom initially set her on this on this intergalactic odyssey in the first place. Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow #4 is another sublime chapter in the stunning series by King and Evely, and if you haven’t already taken the plunge on this breathtaking book, then why not don your red cape and boots and super-speed over to your local comic-book emporium and ask, nay demand, that the proprietor hand over a copy tout-suite!

Supergirl: Woman Of Tomorrow Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Elvira Meets Vincent Price #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another crazy compendium of comic cover collectables! this perky post is dedicated to the quirky queen of delicious double-entendre – voluptuous vixen vamp- Elvira!

Cassandra Peterson’s horror hostess heroine is back alongside the master of menace himself – Vincent Price, in a brand new mini-series courtesy of writer David Avallone and Dynamite Comics, and what a fantastic pair they make (oh, and the comics are great too!) Our spooky storyline finds the titanic twosome of terror (again, we’re talking about Elvira and Vincent and not necessarily Ms’ Peterson’s prized assets!) entrusted with a macabre mission to find a long lost fabled movie that may just end up saving the world from an approaching apocalypse, courtesy of a vengeance fuelled Egyptian god!

Writer – David Avallone  once again produces the glorious goods, with a witty and bawdy script that absolutely encapsulates the suggestively insinuating hellcat of horror that is the mystifying Mistress of the Dark, with his script vividly brought to life thanks to the vivacious visuals of Juan Samu, who expertly captures the likeness of the tormented twosome of terror.

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Plus, why not throw yourself into a cheeky chasm of cleavage clad comic covers as each and every issue in the series throws up a veritable treasure chest (yup!) of vaunted variants of our voracious vixen vamp!!

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Elvira Meets Vincent Price is available from your local comic-book emporium right now! 

(As a small aside to this post, after I returned from my local comic shop with the two variant covers of this series, I posted a pic of the titanic twosome (again, I’m talking about the comics!) on Twitter captioned – ‘just got back from my local comic-book emporium with this lovely pair… oh, and the comics!’ – and to my delight, the queen herself – Elvira liked the tweet… ELVIRA! my life pinnacle is now achieved!!)

All Imagery Is Copyright – Dynamite Comics.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Harley Quinn The Animated Series – Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1

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Welcome, my cool and compelling comic collecting cohorts to another enticing episode of Comic Cover Of The Week, and, hoo boy, this post is full to the brim with mischievous mirth and mayhem courtesy of that hellacious hellion of hi-jinks -Harley Quinn!

That’s right, oh fellow fans of fantastic fiction, the psychedelic psychopath of print and crazy clowness – Harley Quinn teams up with her plant powered partner in crime and love – Poison Ivy in a wild and reckless whistle stop tour where the pernicious pairing will be eating, banging and, um, killing in copious quantities! Pretty much an average day in the life of Harley Quinn then huh.

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This digital first series picks up from the end of season two of the fantastic Harley Quinn Animated Series, with Harley and Ivy on the run after the close call that was Ivy’s blighted wedding to Kite-Man. What we’re talking about here is a crazy car chase in the style of Thelma and Louise but on steroids and mushrooms, with a side of psychedelia, as I mentioned, a typical day in the life of that magnificent mistress of mayhem.

Writer – Tee Franklin has done a wonderful job of bringing the animated series to the printed page, and the art by Max Sarin perfectly captures the spirit and tone of Harl and Ivy’s astonishing adolescent animated adventures, the facial expressions are absolutely sublime, with Harl and co running a glorious gamut of extremely expressive emotions throughout the 20 page run.

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A heartfelt yet zany journey through the larger than life and vivid adventures of Harley and Ivy, this perfect project by Franklin and Sarin acts as an ideal stop-gap for fervent fans of the animated series as they wait with bated breath for Season Three.

Comic Cover Of The Week: Blue And Gold #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to another cool and compelling comic cover of the week, and this one is of extra special delight to me as it sees the return of my absolute favourite titanic twosome – the dynamically dysfunctional duo that is – Blue Beetle and Booster Gold!

Ted Kord and Michael Carter are, without a doubt, the superhero equivalent of Laurel and Hardy, brash and braggadocious unquestionably sum up Michael Carter aka Booster Gold, and his faithful companion in chaos, Ted Kord – the Blue Beetle. Though they enormously enjoy the gilded limelight as costumed crimefighters, and are absolutely more than happy to soak up any praise and glory that comes with that prestigious position, they are also well meaning and altruistic, but ultimately are, and always will be, lovable screw-ups!

Of course this always makes for fantastically fun adventures as the boys blunder their way through SuperVillain punch ups, alien invasions and rescuing the odd cat out of a tree, naturally they usually do these things really, really badly even if their intentions are pure (Beetle is more likely to get stuck in the same tree he scampered up to save said feline!) So if you’re looking for a superbly silly serving of slapstick superheroes, then Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are your one stop shop for folly, foolishness and fun.

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This superlative series honestly cannot come more highly recommended, if you’re already a fan of the dysfunctional duo then you’re going to love seeing them back together once more, causing even more mayhem than whatever SuperVillain they might be punching in the noggin that week, and if you’re a newbie to their astonishingly absurd adventures, this is absolutely the best place to start , trust me, I guarantee you are gonna fall in love with everyone’s favourite screwball superheroes! (If you need any more convincing, why not visit our exclusive interview with Blue Beetle from a few years back – Right Here)

Blue And Gold #1 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Robson Rocha Tribute – Catwoman #31

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This episode of Comic Cover Of The Week is dedicated to the terrific talent that was Robson Rocha, the DC Comics artist who passed away suddenly on Sunday at the age of 41.

Robson was a force to be reckoned with in the world of comic books, getting his inaugural start at DC Comics in 2010, where he was responsible for the art duties on DC’s New 52 titles that included such gems as Batman/Superman and Birds of Prey. Signing exclusively with DC in 2016, Robson went on to showcase his extraordinary artistic talents on several DC Rebirth titles such as – Supergirl, Green Lanterns, and Teen Titans, and, of course, his almost peerless run on Aquaman. These titles showcased his inordinate expertise in exquisite detail and fine line work, but unfortunately his promising career was cut short by Covid 19 complications on Sunday, June 13, when he was taken from the world at just 41 years of age.

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The lead image from Catwoman #31 is my favourite cover by Robson, with a close second being the above portrayal of a smooching Arthur Curry and Mera from Aquaman #65. His talent and presence will be missed, and our thoughts and best wishes go out to Robson’s family and friends at this time. 

Comic Cover Of The Week: Harley Quinn #4

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, to our final effervescent entry (for this year at least) in the gorgeous and glorious gamut of cool and compelling comic cover collectables celebrating Pride month and DC Comics’ very own LGBT characters and creators.

And I can honestly think of no better dynamic duo to end this diversity celebration than hellacious hellcat – Harley Quinn and her partner in crime, and love – Poison Ivy. The astounding artwork adorning Harley Quinn #4 is brought to you by astonishing artistic auteur – Kris Anka, and is my absolute fave entry from DC’s exemplary emancipation excursion. And remember friends – All Pride, No Prejudice!

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Harley may be trekking through a sewer, but you’d better get your mind out of the gutter! The rhyming zombie behemoth – Solomon Grundy ain’t too happy that Harl’s in his domain (though to be fair, it’s really Killer Croc’s domain, but then there’s a lot of sewer dwellers in Gotham City, both above and below!) Grundy is either going to welcome Harl with open arms or crush her! And she can’t let that happen ’cause her bud Kevin is at the mercy of Hugo Strange, and Hugo is going to do everything in his power to break Kevin and turn him against her…

Harley Quinn #4 Is Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Nightwing #81

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Our DC Comics’ Pride Celebration Month continues with this nifty and nimble Nightwing number by terrifically talented Travis Moore! DC Comics, that superlative and scintillating superhero showrunner of comicdom has dedicated this month to the ongoing worldwide June Pride celebrations, via vivacious variant covers to the majority of their marvellous monthly mags, and a one shot anthology entitled – DC Pride #1. With the dynamic and daring Dick Grayson taking this week’s compelling comic-cover commendation.

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Dick Grayson trades out his iconic escrima sticks for a magnifying glass and sleuthing hat to investigate Bludhaven’s new mayor, Melinda Zucco, to find out how the daughter of the man who was responsible for the murder of his parents came to hold power in Nightwing’s city. But his investigation is cut short when he comes mask to mask with one of the most horrendous villains in Bludhaven’s history – HEARTLESS!

Nightwing #81 Is Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Crush and Lobo #1

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic fiction to another cheerful and captivating cornucopia of comic cover collectables! This weeks rambunctious and radiant rendering spotlights none other than the calamitous, capricious and certifiably crazy – Crush! dyspeptic disaffected daughter of legendary lupine loudmouth – Lobo!!

Crush and Lobo #1 holds the definitive distinction of being the first issue of DC Comics’ Pride Month celebration. That’s right, DC – that bodacious bastion of superlative superheroics is celebrating its LGBT characters with a month long cadre of classic comics dedicated to diversity and inclusivity, bombastically beginning right here with Lobo’s dynamic daughter – Crush.

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Y’know, in case anyone was wondering, Crush is doing just fine, actually. Okay, sure, she recently walked away from her classmates at the Roy Harper Titans Academy, and effectively quit being a Titan in a bewildering and belligerent blaze of glory. And, yeah alright, her relationship with her almost too good to be true girlfriend – Katie, is kinda on the rocks, if you really want to get technical about it. Oh, and she recently found out that her dysfunctional dad – Lobo is in space jail, but that’s sorta cool, as he’s the worst. Okay, okay, maybe Crush has some stuff to work through, but that doesn’t mean she’s actually gonna do anything about that, y’know like actually go into space and confront her dad or her other myriad problems, because everything is FINE, right!?

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Riotously rounding out this certifiably crazed comic-cover collectable are a veritable virtuoso of vaunted variants, with each and every one audaciously available at your local comic-book emporium right now!

Comic Cover(s) Of The Week: Wonder Girl #01

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Welcome, fellow fans of fantastic female fiction, to another cool and captivating cornucopia of comic cover collectables! This weeks radiant rendering contains not one but two impassionately illuminating illustrations of DC’s newest version of the fabulous Wonder Girl -Yara Flor!

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The newest variant of Diana’s closest crime-fighting companion actually holds the dynamic distinction of being an Amazon from the Amazon! That’s right, Wondy’s new scintillating sidekick hails from the Amazon rain forests of Brazil, though she’s yet to discover her rightful roots after being raised by her aunt and uncle in Idaho for the majority of her young existence.

Yara Flor holds several distinctions as the newest member to the Wonder Woman mythos, she is the first Amazon to be solely created by a female, the terrifically talented – Joelle Jones, and also, equally as important – the very first Wonder Girl of colour. Our tantalising twosome of creatively charming covers are brought to you by awesome artistic auteurs – Jen Bartel and Carla Cohen, with another stunning six vaunted variants by impeccable illustrators including – Bilquis Evely, Kendrick Lim, J. Scott Campbell and creative visionary Joelle Jones.

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The marvellous mythos of Yara Flor begins here! Raised by her aunt and uncle in Boise, Idaho, Yara has always felt that something was missing from her life – and is now heading to her birthplace of Brazil, to ultimately discover what that is. Yet, little does she know that her auspicious arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her momentous return has been prophesied, and with this prognostication comes the undivided attention of the benevolent gods from pantheons beyond.

Wonder Girl #01 Is Available To Buy At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: Wonder Woman #771

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Welcome fellow fans of fantastic fiction to another cool and captivating cornucopia of comic cover collectables! This week’s impressive image heralds from Wonder Woman #771, and is radiantly rendered by irrepressibly impressive illustrator – Joshua Middleton.

Wonder Woman’s ongoing odyssey through the Sphere of the Gods persists, as she embarks on a quest with the devious Ratatosk, to search for answers. Something appears to be changing the Norse afterlife, and it’s up to the Themysciran Titan to set things right. And in doing so, she must face warriors and beasts of mythological proportions, beginning with Nidhogg! Can our Amazon ambassador survive this surly serpent? Meanwhile in a seemingly simpler time in our heraldic hero’s life, a young Diana continues her journey to uncover the secret behind the scriptures that pertain to hold the hidden history of Themyscira. But is she actually ready to behold the truth, or will it ultimately change her perception of paradise forever?

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As our heroic herald continues her perilous passage through the Norse afterlife of Valhalla, she finally encounters the cantankerous god of thunder himself – Thor, who unsurprisingly turns out to be a bit of an arse – a sententious, arrogant and misogynistic drunkard, of whom Diana takes great pleasure in verbally ripping to shreds. Not only does she impressively invalidate the God of Thunder, she also memorably mingles with Odin, climbs the sacred tree of Ygdrassil, and strikes up a bargain with the World Serpent – Naghini.

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The backup tale to this illustrious issue continues with another captivating chapter of young Diana, by collective creators, Jordie Bellaire and Paulina Ganucheau, with the most noteworthy part of the tale (for this Wondy fan at least) being the return of Golden Age super-pet – Jumpa the Kanga! (of whom we wrote about recently – right here!) A fun little tale with absolutely gorgeous and energetic artwork by the talented Ganucheau.

Wonder Woman #771 Is Available From Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!

Comic Cover Of The Week: The Other History Of The DC Universe #3 – Katana

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Comic Cover Of The Week proudly presents another sublime entry into DC’s – The Other History Of The DC Universe, the limited run mini-series that shines its diversity spotlight on Superheroes from marginalised and disenfranchised minorities. Written by sensational scribe John Ridley, the screenwriter and novelist behind the superlative period drama – 12 Years A Slave – with this insightful issue focusing on Tatsu Yamashiro, aka – Katana.

It’s 1983, Japan, and Tatsu finds her life ripped asunder, her home, children and husband are all gone, taken forcibly, and all she is left with is a burning pain and the accursed sword that stole her loved ones. This sets Tatsu on a lengthy and emotional journey of healing, self discovery and ultimately rebirth. This is the tale of Tatsu Yamashiro, the woman behind the mask of Katana, the hero who, alongside other Outsiders of similar disposition, rally together to fight oppression and xenophobia.

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As with the previous two issues in this sensational series, this newest entry follows Tatsu throughout her long and varied history in the DC Universe, with both the art style and costumes reflecting the time periods involved exquisitely. The format for this series varies greatly to the average comic book, with its visual prose approach to story telling, compact narration spread across beautiful splash pages by astounding artists Giuseppe Camuncoli and Andrea Cucchi. This Ridley penned opus is a must buy for comic book fans, a fascinating insight into the lives of heroes who have dealt with issues of marginalisation and racism and yet even through this continue to empower themselves and others to fight for liberation, emancipation and equality.

The Other History Of The DC Universe Is Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now!