DC Comics Batman Superman

DC has released the solicitations for February 2016, and as expected, there’s plenty of attention-grabbing comics! From Green Lantern to Harley Quinn, there appears to be something for everyone that month! There’s issues that promise big laughs, action-packed adventures, and more insightful looks at some of DC’s heroes and villains. There’s a lot of promising comics on the list, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to 10 that look especially exciting! After you’ve taken a look at our picks, chime in the comments with your top choices.

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Suicide Squad movie

Article by Gregg Katzman

Most comic book movies follow a hero – or anti-hero’s – struggle against a big bad. That isn’t the case in David Ayer’s upcoming DC movie, Suicide Squad. Instead of revolving around a good person’s struggle – or at least someone trying to be good – the movie will feature a group of dangerous villains who are now working for the U.S. government. It’s a story that’s full of twisted characters and the first trailer had quite a dark atmosphere – there’s no sunshine and flowers here, just bad people and even worse people. Given the violent characters and the bleak nature of the story, many fans were wondering if Suicide Squad would be the first movie in the evergrowing DC Extended Universe to earn an R rating. Well, it looks like that probably won’t be the case.

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DC Looney Tunes Variant Covers Midtown Comics

If you thought DC’s super-powered team-ups couldn’t get any crazier, think again.  Introducing DC’s new line of Looney Tunes variant covers coming this November!  At this point you might be asking yourself, what can be expected from this new lineup?  Well, DC’s greatest heroes now find themselves teaming up with characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Porky Pig, and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang.  To help you get acquainted with all of these new covers, we have created another one of our handy cover guides, Looney Tunes style!

Check out the beefy list that follows and be sure to post your thoughts on these crazy new covers in the comments section below.  Please enjoy the read!

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Masks

DC Comics fans are in for a treat this month, as the company is releasing free posters, temporary tattoos, ID cards, and stickers every Wednesday in June! We’ll also have limited edition masks for sale each week for only $1.25! Stop by Midtown Comics to pick up the following free items while supplies last!

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VD

By Dimitrios Fragiskatos

With Valentine’s Day approaching this weekend, Midtown Comics thought it was the perfect time to put together a list of our favorite couples in comic books! You’ve seen them in movies, TV, and on the pages of your favorite books. Read on for the complete list of the Top 15 Couples in Comic Books!

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Midtownies! Raph is back, here with three more recent releases you should check out, and to be fair, they are three books from three different comics.

FURIOUS

Written by: Bryan JL Glass

Art by: Victor Santos

Furious is a new serious (Issue #2 was released on Feb. 26th, 2014), from Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) that deals with a lot of themes of our pop culture, such as celebrities and their downward spirals. Furious is a new superheroine, and a violent one at that, but she has her heart in the right place. In a world where superheroes don’t exist, the spotlight is white hot on her, and what that spotlight does to a person. We also hear in snippets about the fall of a child star named Cadence Lark, which involved debauchery, an accident and the death of her parents, and (spoiler) how Cadence and Furious are actually one and the same. A thought provoking commentary on celebrity culture wrapped in a superhero shell.

Bryan Glass’ dialogue for Cadence is a bit brusque, but that fits the attitude of our socialite turned would-be hero: she’s not the greatest person in the world, but she’s trying to do some good despite the darkness in her past. Victor Santos’ art is terrific as well, I’m hooked in for this downward spiral that is the life of Furious, and you can expect that her fall will fit her nom de guerre.

HARLEY QUINN

Written by Amanda Connor & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art primarily by Chad Hardin

This book had a controversial beginning, with a poorly timed contest that had artists drawing an image in poor taste, but the quality of the book shines despite that ugly beginning. Harleen Quinzel, former doctor at Arkham Asylum turned psychopath, has be bequeathed a building in Coney Island, replete with tenants from the local freakshow, and tons of space for her extracurricular activities. Harley’s early adventures mostly consist of fairly innocuous things: rescuing animals from being put down, finding a refrigerator to put dead corpses, all with her trusty partner: a stuffed, talking beaver. The humor is a bit reminiscent of early Looney Tunes (the crass stuff that they don’t put on TV because Bugs and co. are for kids now), or even a certain Mouthy Mercenary… but Harley has always been an offbeat, out there character.

Jimmy Palmiotti is a known quantity when it comes to writing. I’m not sure how much I’ve read of Amanda Palmer’s work, but I know that she has drawn some of the best cheesecake in comics, and that includes pieces with Harley. She seems to have a decent grasp of the character, the four issues (zero issue included) were written fairly well and they felt natural to our favorite nutjob. Chad Hardin’s art is pretty evocative of artists like Stephane Roux and Todd Nauck, two artists whom I enjoy greatly. If you were turned off by the whole controversy last year, check the book out, it’s an enjoyable, fun book.

MS. MARVEL

Written by G. Willow Wilson

Art by Adrian Alphona

Another book that got a lot of media attention, Ms. Marvel features the first Muslim-American character in a lead role. What is she like? How is she different from everyone? How much do they emphasize her “Muslim-ness”? Just what is Kamala Khan? Well it’s really quite simple: she’s a normal person.

More specifically, Kamala Khan is a teenage girl obsessed with superheroes. Wouldn’t you be, living in an Avengers world? Kamala’s family is from Pakistan, and she is a second generation American (first to be born here). Her culture comes up almost immediately as she faces discrimination from the popular kids in school, to having a more religious older brother, to the conservative parents. But is that inherently a Muslim experience, or is that more of a universal immigrant experience? I’m also a second generation American, and I could identify with a lot of what G Willow Wilson put into this first issue.

Speaking of G. Willow Wilson, she wrote the fantastic series Air, which I’ve read, and Cairo (which I have not). Her writing is a draw for me, and this series is no exception.  Kamala has a distinctive voice, and her struggle to fit into two worlds (and now a third: the superhero world) is very poignant and feels real. The additional twist of how Kamala gets her powers (spoiler) via the Terrigen Bomb Black Bolt unleashed in the page of Infinity (end spoiler) also adds another wrinkle to this complex character we’ve only barely gotten to know.

Add on top of this the art of Adrian Alphona, co-creator of the Runaways, and you have a dynamic team and a beautiful book. Mr. Alphona’s art has been a favorite of mine since his days on Runaways, and I haven’t seen it often, but I’m glad to see it on a book of this quality. This book is one of the better All-New Marvel Now launches, worth a look beyond the original hype.

So that’s my perspective, definitely give these books a look at, and feel free to comment below, and get a dialogue going. If there’s anything you’d like to put out there for others to check out, feel free to mention it the comments too. Thanks for reading!