DC NEW TALENT SHOWCASE 2018 #1
Edited by Bobbie Chase, Sara Miller and Liz Erickson
Revealed by DC Comics
Launch Date: December 12, 2018
Batman: Leap of Religion (pg. 1-14)
Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artwork by Amancay Nahuelpan and Trish Mulvihill
Constantine: Neon Demons (pg. 15-28)
Written by Sanya Anwar
Artwork by Priscilla Petraites and John Rauch
Catwoman: Pedigree (pg. 29-40)
Written by Joey Esposito
Artwork by Dominike “Domo” Stanton and Marissa Louise
John Stewart: The place There’s A Will … (pg. 41-52)
Written by Robert Jeffrey II
Artwork by Max Raynor and John Kalisz
Zatanna: Sleight of Hand (pg. 53-65)
Written by Ryan Cady
Artwork by Isaac Goodhart and Cris Peter
Marvel Lady: The Secret of Greek Hearth (pg. 65 – Finish)
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Artwork by Aneke and Beth Sotelo
With a view to greatest assist readers assess the good stuff on this comedian, I’ll be breaking every part down by the order by which every group is introduced, beginning with the trio of Johnson, Nahuelpan and Mulvihill. Johnson’s story, Batman: Leap of Religion, is definitely the type which I’m not used to the place Bruce is worried since it’s one the place Bruce offers with the ramifications of failure, in a style. Johnson’s narrative is concentrated on the story unfolding earlier than the readers, though just a little build-up is introduced in to set the scene: Batman is making an attempt to stop the homicide of a senate candidate and her son by Victor Zsasz. Bruce, having did not cease Zsasz prior to now from having murdered the candidate’s husband, clearly needs to ensure he doesn’t fail once more. The story is tight, the points of how and why the senator need what she does is cheap, and even Batman’s considerations over having failed up to now ring true to his character. Johnson nails the priority Batman has for all times on the sake of what he dangers to his personal, nevertheless this story raises the stakes as a result of he’s additionally open to risking one thing (arguably) higher than “just” his life. Take a look at the story to seek out out what!
The duo of Nahuelpan and Mulvihill convey an expertly polished really feel to this story, with unbelievable depth of subject, facial features, element and in addition an awesome ‘sense’ for dynamic motion in numerous situations. For instance, throughout a sequence in an airplane, the pencil work flows nicely between panels and throughout the web page. From batarangs being thrown to our bodies falling by way of the air, the artwork is implausible and compliments the fixed rigidity of Johnson’s plot. The Verdict for Batman: Leap of Religion is 10 out of 10. It’s truly one of many higher Bat tales I’ve come throughout this yr and the package deal of this plot plus this artwork seals the deal. Nice work.
Anwar’s Constantine: Neon Demons is a incredible construct up which establishes how a lot they’re able to world-building in a brief quantity of pages, however the final showdown is a smidge lackluster. Anwar establishes a Hong Kong setting on the eve of the Hungry Ghosts pageant through which a skyscraper is haunted. This can be a nice set-piece for John’s talents and, for probably the most half, it really works nicely. Constantine is introduced right into a state of affairs the place he has to acknowledge his previous failings with Astra whereas nonetheless going by means of with the work he was employed for. Anwar’s story establishes lots: a backstory for the ghost, the historical past of the haunted constructing, the setting of the pageant, the motives and considerations of John, two antagonists and extra. Anwar pushes the envelope on telling a 24+ web page story in half the area, however alas, the ending is short-changed. What must be an exciting confrontation between John and a vengeful spirit comes right down to a mulling over the technical loopholes of hauntings and know-how, then poof. Battle resolved. This reader can’t inform if that kind of ending matches a Constantine story or not, however you must learn it regardless as a master-class in modifying and pacing no matter this reader’s quibble with the ending.
The unbelievable counterpoint to Anwar’s story is the wealthy work of Petraites and Rauch. Rauch drowns the good linework of Petraites in intoxicating colours with a heat vary. The panels are electrical with vibrant tones and deep blacks, which praise the design decisions for the pencils. Panels are full of dense, richly illustrated materials, from kitchen scenes to panels depicting the tops of skyscrapers. This pair has a terrific sense of synergy for what makes Anwar’s story “pop.” The Verdict for Constantine: Neon Demons is eight out of 10. This story makes me need to decide up Constantine once more after years and years of getting stalled on it.
The third story in is from DC stand-out Joey Esposito! This piece, “Catwoman: Pedigree,” is (weirdly) a narrative as a lot about Damian Wayne and it’s Selena Kyle in that each characters grow to be concerned in a plot which includes saving captured animals, though Selena is the one narrating the plot. Esposito crafts a terrific story that manages to seize the hearts of each Selena and Damian. Esposito’s Selena is as a lot a rogue who needs freedom as she is also any person who’s at coronary heart, regardless of her previous, a superb individual. Selena struggles with the will to be each a part of the Wayne household and a free spirit, hovering round at night time and stepping into hassle. I really like pairing Selena and Damian as a result of every brings a glimpse into the character of the opposite in methods I appreciated, from Selena seeing Damian as Pinocchio to Damian’s love for a housecat.
The facility of this story comes from the motion as Selena and Damian’s rescue operation includes tackling the Penguin in his personal lounge. From whip-cracks to batarangs, the pencil work of Dominike “Domo” Stanton and Marissa Louise are on hearth. Whereas the general linework of Stanton is sweet, the few flaws I might handle to watch upon a 3rd read-through have been minimal in nature due to the good colours. Louise will get to play with loads of blacks, purples, grays and blues, however all of them are highlighted properly all through. Catwoman’s costume by no means vanishes into the darkness because of nice highlights and all of the delicate colours within the panels, from van taillights to Damian’s cape, shine by way of. The Verdict for Catwoman: Pedigree is 9 out of 10.
The story marking the mid-way level is “John Stewart: Where There’s A Will …,” a bit which is just a little brief on narrative depth, but which blazes with real love and doubtless probably the most “truth” of all of the items on this assortment. The primary story is John Stewart shifting to liberate the planet of Talie from the yellow lantern Karu-Sil. Jeffrey II’s floor plot, the enslavement of Talie, is the car for one thing deeper, that being Stewart’s relationship to his mom and to the BLM motion. I might gush on about the truth that maybe this story wanted a stronger hyperlink to the household dynamic than the Talie dynamic, the final panel patched up my considerations. In addition to, with a predatory lantern Karu-Sil within the image, meaning the staff of Raynor and Kalisz could have thrilling creatures to current.
Whereas the precise presentation of motion sequences on this comedian aren’t as excessive as one may anticipate, Raynor and Kalisz do their greatest to current Stewart and Karu-Sil because the motion stars they’re. Okay-Sil’s yellow constructs are introduced by Raynor’s pencils with the identical fierce natures as their creator whereas having Stewart within the comedian means having nice enjoyable with straight strains and metallic plates. Whereas the artwork just isn’t constant all through the entire comedian, some close-up panels are implausible, such because the Honor Guard Resistance corridor panels firstly, or Stewart’s entrance porch. These two moments present a number of the greatest work within the comedian they usually spotlight what the A-game is for this inventive group collectively. The Verdict for John Stewart: The place There’s A Will … is eight out of 10.
Cady brings the perfect story of the bunch for my part with “Zatanna: Sleight of Hand.” Contemplating this reviewer truly loved all of the tales on this showcase, I have to level out how properly I felt Cady acquired Zatanna, each as a magician, as a hero, and as someone who actually does the sudden whereas additionally delivering on the premise of the character. With Zatanna, you anticipate to be stunned, nevertheless it’s all the time implausible whenever you’re stunned in methods you don’t anticipate, therefore why I additionally recognize the identify of the story. Cady presents a world-traveling Zatanna who arrives in Italy to deal with a few of her father’s previous enterprise and winds up being put in a clumsy place: how do you appease an viewers of malevolent gods when the present you’re employed to do should finish in a human sacrifice? I gained’t spoil the ending, as a result of critically, come on (!), however consider me once I say it’s one among my favourite Zatanna moments. Ever. Cady’s nice story can also be fertile floor for Goodhart and Peter to point out off some darkish, virtually historically gothic synergy.
Every comedian within the showcase has a colour palette and elegance which fits the story, clearly, however the pencils of Goodhart and the colours of Peter actually convey out the ambiance of the Italian setting and in Zatanna’s showmanship. Goodhart aces Zatanna’s dynamic power and actions with their pencil work, with one two-page unfold being an apparent show-stopper. What helps the temper is Peter’s shade work. The shadowed amphitheater of the darkish gods is introduced in a considerably muted, however nonetheless wealthy, colour scheme. Blacks are robust and the pink and purple energies of Zatanna’s magic and the night time combine properly. My solely problem can be the gray speech bubbles and white textual content for the demons, and the blue/pink and white combo for Zatanna, don’t work nicely, nevertheless this will simply be the display I’m studying every part on not displaying every little thing one of the best. Regardless, Zatanna: Sleight of Hand is a strong work with a Verdict of 10 out of 10 as a Zatanna story.
The ultimate story is “Wonder Woman: The Secret of Greek Fire” by Visaggio with artwork by Aneke and Sotelo. Sadly, the story that Visaggio needs to inform is hampered partially by “how” it will get advised. Visaggio thrusts readers into the center of a battle with no actual establishing concept of “what” is occurring. How did the MacGuffin object get the place it’s? What causes the battle (within the woods?) that Diana is stopping? Why is Diana bringing an injured teenager together with her to climb a mountain? This reviewer had far too many questions being requested initially of the comedian, however the ending was nonetheless nice and the artwork from Aneke and Sotelo are lovely. Particularly what stands out is Sotelo’s superb use of colours and shading. Aneke’s BEAUTIFUL hair designs are magnificently coloured in wealthy element, garments have unbelievable element, and one sequence introduced as a 13 panel grid is amongst my favorites of this entire guide. The Verdict for Marvel Lady: The Secret of Greek Hearth is 7 out of 10.
The Verdict: 10/10