They’re a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous they’re sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they’re being interrogated about their mission – and about who’s pulling the strings behind this illegal operation.
Written by Adam Glass, Suicide Squad hit their fourth outing in DC’s big The New 52 relaunch campaign, the first issue debuting a very different team, never mind a very different Harley Quinn!
Whilst Federico Dallocchio and Ransom Getty handled the interior art, the ever talented Ryan Benjamin was tasked with coming up with the particularly eye-catching first issue cover art, showing the new look Quinn at her finest!
In the post-Flashpoint continuity (New 52), Oliver Queen is Green Arrow and he balances his own breaking of laws with his efforts to bring outlaws to justice across the globe. Queen runs Q-Core, a communications technology company that is part of Queen Industries, through which he funds and armors himself as Green Arrow. He makes scarce allusion to his former partnership with Roy Harper, but Roy’s memories in Red Hood and the Outlaws establish that the pair fell out badly, leading Oliver to expel him from Q-Core, and prompting Roy’s own downward spiral.
He is based once again in Seattle and supported in his vigilante activities by a small team of close friends who are tech geniuses. New mysteries concerning Oliver’s original time on the island where he was shipwrecked are brought to the fore, a central mythology concerning the ancient Arrow Clan is introduced, and new antagonists, including Komodo, who Oliver learns was his father’s archer apprentice and murderer emerges from the shadows!
Italian comic book artist Andrea Sorrentino puts together this chilling view of a very distraught and battered Green Arrow with some pretty threatening helicopters rapidly closing in!
The Batman saga takes place primarily in the fictional municipality of Gotham City, a city overrun with crime, graft, and corruption. Its citizens live in perpetual fear from the vast number of criminals, gangs and common thugs. In an effort to combat the cancerous infection of crime, billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne creates the costumed persona of the Batman to prey on the superstitious and cowardly criminals’ fears.
Wayne, a young socialite who witnessed his parents’ murder during a mugging when he was a small child, used his trauma and vast personal wealth to travel the world and gain the skills needed to wage his war on crime. Batman utilizes his keen analytical mind and sophisticated technology and gadgetry, as well as outstanding physical agility, power and stamina to ensure that criminals never feel safe in Gotham, and are always afraid of the dark at night.
In the eyes of the public, the Batman is believed to be both an urban legend and something more than human: an indeterminable black specter that represents terror. Wayne reasoned that fear was his weakness as a child, but as a man, it became his weapon.
Canadian comic book artist Jason Fabok brings us this particularly menacing take on the ever growling Dark Knight:
DC’s New 52 version of Katana sees her joining Black Canary and Starling as the third member of the Birds of Prey. Katana is described as a lethal fighter who has spent the last year waging war on the Yakuza clan that is responsible for the death of her husband. She is rumored to be mentally unstable due to her belief that her husband’s soul, whom she often converses with in Japanese, resides in her sword.
After a number of adventures with the Birds of Prey, Katana leaves the group in order to keep an eye on a cult of assassins known as the Daggers. She later accepts membership in Amanda Waller’s new Justice League of America in exchange for information on her husband’s murderers.
This time around, Spanish comic book artist Juan Jose Ryp dips into his artbook and produces this fantastically detailed depiction of a rather battered Katana seemingly in a rather fragile predicament.
DC Comics’ Blue Beetle stands tall in this fantastic looking piece of comic book art, courtesy of Toronto-based comic book artist Meng Tian Zhang.
The Birds of Prey are definitely under attack, and by the looks of it, Batgirl doesn’t have much other choice than to surrender, in this wonderfully detailed piece of comic book art by the art team of Indonesian native Ardian Syaf and Spanish resident Vicente Cifuentes.
Turkish comic book artist Mahmud Asrar (M.A.Asrar) first grabbed attention through his work on the independent anthology Digital Webbing Presents, before moving onto much bigger and better things in both the American and non-American comic book markets.
For this particular piece of comic book art, he goes for an awesome stylized Supergirl in action shot, with a rather menacing figure keeping watch!
Now armed with a bigger real estate thanks to my 9.7 inch Proline Jellybean Android Tablet (which Google says identifies as a Rockchip QPAD9700), reading digital comic books now becomes a more viable, and more importantly, more enjoyable reality.
But what to read? Well, thanks to Comixology, legally purchasing comic books is now a pretty simple affair, and their excellent guided view makes it hard to argue against what is probably king of the digital comic book experience right now. With such a great platform it is no wonder that both the Big Two approached them for their own distinctive online digital comics presence, meaning that you shouldn’t be alarmed when after installing the Comixology app, the DC Comics app, and the Marvel Comics app, you notice the interface pretty much exactly the same!
The ability to search through various filters, the animated, panel-by-panel guided view, the offline storage, and ease of purchase really makes Comixology a sure fire hit.
Of course, what to do if you buddy hands you a flash drive full of bundled .cbz and .cbr comic book scans? Well in the past I was rather fond of the ACV (A Comic Viewer) app, but have since switched to the far superior and extraordinarily good Komik android app.
Komik does an excellent job of managing a file library, dual page layouts, easy navigation and a clever zoom mechanism, making it one of the best comic/manga viewer currently in the market. Highly recommended.
So that should just about cover it when it comes to how to enjoy comic books on your shiny new Android tablet then!
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Plunging down the side of a tall building must be made ten times worse if you can still see who pushed you over in the first place, something made all the more real through this fantastically dramatic piece of Batgirl comic book art, courtesy of Brazilian art team Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira.