HOME #1 Advanced Review


HOME #1 is a comic book published by Image Comics
Writer: Julio Anta
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Colorist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Home # 1 – Cover A

Home #1 by Julio Anta, Anna Wieszczyk, tells a story about a young boy and his mother trekking to America seeking asylum. The first issue tells of their trip from their country of origin, all the way to the United States. Meanwhile the narration tells of the current events, the news and some of the policies that have led to the conflict and commentary in the work.

The opening concepts were a serious tone based on current and timely real life events. Empathy is developed through the dialogue as we get to know the characters further, with lines like ”Don’t be nervous. All you have to do is tell the truth. Tell the nice men what happened to us, and why we need to come live with your aunt…” all spoken in “Spanish” per the comic notes. There are many hardships and obstacles that the characters encounter, but the idea of these events mirroring the situation of people in our country adds an extra layer to this story.

The art along with the rapid paneling really sets the pacing of the story as most of the comic is related to the trip and not so much the destination. The art feels stylized but also hopeful. The colors change in darken as the story progresses relating to the reader the upcoming issues for our characters.

Hassan’s lettering is a real driver for the severity of events, the distinction in font color for the different languages emphasizes the separation between the characters and the real life implications in the world.

This book brings all the elements together to the conclusion of the initial arc for this first issue as we are left off with the twist of the story for characters going forward. This book was not an easy read, as it is very much reflecting the current times and real life issues but it accomplishes to inform and entertain with its story.

JULIO ANTA and ANNA WIESZCZYK debut with a deeply grounded and heartfelt five-issue series that explores the real-world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers.
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Price: $3.99
Read It Digitally: Home #1 via comiXology

Rating 4/5

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1: Next Issue’s Damned The Children Special (Feat Howard Wong & Josh Stafford)

This week Clay, Kyle Josh and Daniel welcome Comic Writers Howard Wong and Josh Stafford to discuss their upcoming project Damned, Cursed Children from Source Point Press, available January 27, 2021

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Find the PREVIEW here

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Howard Wong – @howardwong1  and follow his blog HEREJosh Stafford – @batturtle_mayfair on instagram 




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106: Next Issue Podcast – Best of 2020 Part 2 – Comics, TV and More!

This week Clay Kyle Josh and Daniel discuss the Best comics, TV and more of 2020This is Part 2 of our BEST OF 2020 Series 

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Main Topic [The Full Episode]

  • Best Comics of2020
  • Best TV Shows of 2020
  • Other Media of 2020
  • and the Question of the Day 


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DC First Look: Future State: Dark Detective #1

“Dark Detective” written by MARIKO TAMAKI art by DAN MORA

Dark Detective #1 Covers by Dan Mora and Variant by John Paul Leon

The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down…but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and rising star artist Dan Mora, it’s the story of a Batman pushed to the brink—with nothing left to lose.
This is one of the most anticipated titles in the FUTURE STATE line.
Daniel from the Next issue Podcast

Preview Art for Dark Detective #1

Grifter is back! Cole Cash is having a bad day, and that’s not going to improve when the detectives of the GCPD show up! Will a chance meeting with Luke Fox change his luck? Or is his day about to get a lot worse?
What can we expect from Grifter as he is back in Gotham?

Preview Art for the Grifter story in Dark Detective #1

Will you be picking up DARK DETECTIVE #1?
In Shops: January 12, 2021 (DC Tuesdays!)
$5.99 US | 48 PAGES

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What is the DC comics’ Future State Event?

In a world of comic event happening every few months. DC comics prepares to launch Future State on January 5th 2021, but if you’re a new reader or have not been reading DC comics, the question remains, “What is Future State

DC Nation Presents: Future State

Here is the official description from our peeps at Comixology.

“DC Future State spotlights the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in fresh new roles, with all-new characters taking up their iconic mantles and terrifying new Super-Villains that will push them beyond their limits. DC Future State features an incredible array of creative talent, combining award-winning writers and artists with new voices from the worlds of TV, movies, and animation. In DC Future State, the Multiverse has been saved from the brink of destruction, but the triumph of DC’s heroes has shaken loose the very fabric of time and space! The final chapter of Dark Nights: Death Metal brings new life to DC’s Multiverse, kicking off this glimpse into the unwritten worlds of DC’s future!”

a full list of all the Future State titles

Starting this January, for two months, DC comics is taking a break form their ongoing continuity and skipping ahead into the future, a Future State where we’ll see the next generation of DC heroes having adventures, before returning to the present.

Presumably if some of those short miniseries about future heroes are really popular, they may get sequels. This potential glimpse into a future timeline. DC is has assembled an amazing roster of creator so handle these stories.
It would be fair to assume that any series that is successful could be continued in the future although no official announcements have been made.

How to best pick what to read in Future State. Here is what we recommend.
1- Follow a creative team that you like even if you have never read that character or series.
2- Pick a character or family of characters (Batfamily, Superfamily, Magic etc)
3- Check out only the Anthology books, a few of the announced books are 80 page giants that contain 3 stories each, be advised those are priced at $7.99, most of the other titles range from $3.99 – $5.99
4 – If you have an unlimited budget, just get them all!!
5 – If patience is your strongest trait, wait for a collected edition or wait until the DC Infinite Service launches and they should be available to read there as part of your subscription in the next 6 months.

Let us know in the comments or twitter, which books you picked up, who are your new favorite characters and which stories you would like to see continued.

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Future State: The Next Batman #1 Preview


Written by John Ridley, Brandon Thomas & Paul Jenkins
Art by Nick Derrington, Sumit Kumar, Raul Fernandez & Jack Herbert
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain, Jordie Bellaire & Gabe Eltaeb
Letters by Clayton Cowles, Steve Wands & Rob Leigh

Future State: The Next Batman #1
Future State: The Next Batman #1 cover by Ladrönn

This first Issues is comprised of three different all new stories set in the FUTURE STATE
The Next Batman
Who is the Next Batman and how will Gotham receive this new Caped Crusader?
Gotham City has always been dangerous—but now, it’s downright deadly! Following the tragedy of “A-Day,” the mayor allowed the private law enforcement group known as “the Magistrate” to take over policing so-called mask crime—and that has given rise to a new Dark Knight! What is this mysterious crime fighter’s connection to former Batman weaponeer Lucius Fox? The fight for justice has never been this dangerous!

Interior art by Derrington & Bonvillain

The Outsiders
The Outsiders are back, but they have received a very cool upgrade.
In a new tale of the Outsiders, everything in Gotham City may be under the thumb of the Magistrate—but even members of that totalitarian force know that the outskirts of town are protected by the sword of Katana!

Arkham Knights
A new force rises out of Arkham, but whose side are they on?
Ride with the Arkham Knights on their quest for freedom. Arkham Asylum has been decommissioned, and the Magistrate rules the land with an iron fist and zero tolerance. Now it’s time for the lunatics to take back their town! Follow Croc, Two-Face, Phosphorus, Zsasz, Clayface, and Astrid Arkham as the Arkham Knights raise holy hell on the occupiers of Gotham!

Three different Stories that will reshape both Gotham City and the Legacy of The Batman.
This title will be available January 5th 2021 wherever DC comics are sold

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Dark Nights: DEATH METAL – How far to Dive in?


Reading time 3 minutes

Dark Nights: Death Metal is the Sequel to Dark Nights: Metal from 2017. This DC Comics event has shaped the DC Universe over the past few years and this current event promises to change it all forever.
The Main Issues of this event have been created by the team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia and Tom Napolitano.

DC Comics Formally Announces Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Fanboy SEO
Promotional Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia

These comic book events can often times have alot of supplementary tie-in comics and series. This article is not about the reading order, for that I recommend checking out this article be the great folks at How to Love Comics.
This post is our way to help you decide how deep to dive into this event.
We read all the tie-ins so you don’t have to, unless you want to.

The Main Core of the Story.
These 7 issues are the main part of the story, there is enough here in these issues for complete story, no extra reading just pure DEATH METAL
Dark Nights: Death Metal issues 1 – 7

Death Metal Issues 1 – 7

The Sounds of Death Metal!
The following issues are all one shots that although not immediately relevant to the main story, really allow the reader to understand certain events and references that the characters in the Main DEATH METAL title are experiencing. These titles could be seen as side quest that are consequential to the main story. None of these issues are an ongoing series but they directly affect our protagonists and antagonists.
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Knights
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Trinity Crisis
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Speed Metal
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Rise of the New God

The Coda of Doom
If you are in this deep and need more lets go on a SIDE QUEST
the issues below are part of an ongoing series and the events are directly related to DEATH METAL. The Events on this miniseries indirectly affect the characters and lead up to Death Metal issue #5
Justice League Issues 53 – 57 (2020) “DOOM METAL”
This story directly deals with the fate of the Legion of Doom during the Events of DEATH METAL. For a Full breakdown check out this article from DC Comics

Justice League #53 – 57

Turn it up to ELEVEN, and ROCK OUT
This level for the true completionists. If you are into the deep cuts these issues are for you. This is where the creators explore the backgrounds and motivations of everyone involved in the story. Explore the dark multiverse at your leisure. Although these titles do not directly impact the main story they add depth and substance.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Robin King
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Infinite Hours Exxxtreme!
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Multiverse Who Laughs
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Secret Origin
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DCU
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last 52: War of the Multiverses

Tie-in issues for big events are not for everyone, but this should help you decide how to spend your money and how deep to dive into Dark Nights: Death Metal

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Taskmaster #1 Review


Early review of the upcoming comic Taskmaster by Jed MacKay, artist Alessandro Vitti, colorist Guru-eFX, and letterer Joe Caramagna.

Taskmaster #1 (2020)

I’ll be honest.  I’ve never read a Taskmaster story.  Not even once.  I know who the character is and what his abilities are, but that is due to different video games and Marvel cartoons.  I’ve never really read a Taskmaster story or arc involving the character.

For those of you that do not know much about him, Taskmaster is the alter ego of Tony Masters.  He is a super villain, mercenary, and anti-hero.  He first appeared in Avengers #195.  He has the ability to mimic any persons movements, fighting styles and mannerisms which makes him a very formidable opponent. 

Taskmaster #1 starts with him in the middle of doing odd jobs to make ends meet.  In the middle of the job, he is suddenly attacked.  With no weapons and no time to react he is forced to run.  Only to be helped by an unlikely accomplice.

I think the premise that the writer sets up is pretty genius and lends to the situational humor I found throughout the book. We find out that Tony has been framed for something he didn’t do, and must now set out to clear his name or die. Writer Jed Mackay, builds an arc that looks to be part buddy cop, one part fugitive on the run and one part murder mystery. 

Alessandro Vitti’s art is really well done.  There was quite a bit of action in the pages and I think it was well handled.  Also the supporting characters are all well known Marvel characters and are very well drawn with subtle nods to make them his own.  

All in all, I very much liked this first issue and will put this on my pull list to see how this first story arc plays out. 

Rating 3.5 / 5  

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95: Raise The Flag! Next Issue tackles Godzilla

This week we are back to regularly scheduled format. Clay, Kyle Josh and Daniel Godzilla the King of the Monsters, other Kaiju and the Sentai Genre

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 39:00]Comics Mentioned

  • Iron Man #2:
  • Juggernaut #2
  • X of Swords (Except for X-Men #13)
  • Batman: Joker War (Batman #95 – 101+ Joker War Zone)
  • Daredevil Ongoing
  • Nightwing 75

Also, slight Discussion of Borat 2, The West Wing reunion and LoveCraft Country

Main Topic [39:00 – 01:20:00]

GodZilla the King of the Monsters

Other Kaiju, The Marvel/Toho Partnership during the late 70’s that let to Japan having Spider-man and Marvel  Having Shogun Warriors and Godzilla.  Godzilla would go to be in American comics with Darkhorse Comics and then IDW


Recommendations [01:40:00 – End]

  • Josh: Star Wars: Squadrons video game

  • Clay: recommends 2 people Lennie James, Colby Minifie

  • Kyle: Back to the future /Transformers

  • Daniel: Volcano (1997), Batman: Joker War, Star Wars Bounty Hunters: Ethan Sacks & Paolo Villanelli



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90: Next Issue Takes over DC Comics! Part 2 -The Fourth World Variant

This Part 2 of the DC Takeover discussion by Clay, Kyle, Josh and Daniel

What would we do if WE were in charge as Editor in Chief?



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