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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

March Book Two cover (300dpi)Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday. Lots of comics from IDW Publishing this made our lists!

Brett

Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Mixing politics with horror? Yes please! I’ve looked forward to this series that sees a detective head to Iraq to solve some murders.

The Kitchen #3 (Vertigo) – Under the radar, and awesome. The series is a 70s set crime series featuring the wives of the the mobsters.

March Book 2 (Top Shelf Productions) – My most anticipated graphic novel (and comic) of 2015 is out this week, and it’s so appropriate as it was MLK day yesterday. Expect this one to win awards at the end of the year.

Millennium #1 (IDW Publishing) – The X-Files spin-off gets its own comic series. It was an underrated television series, and I expect an awesome comic adaptation.

Zombies vs Robots #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s popular book series comes to comics in an ongoing series. It’s zombies fighting robots people!

Edward

Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A noirish detective story, but set in the aftermath of the Iraq War.  Someone or something is killing people in a gruesome fashion on the oil fields, but a cover-up threatens the investigators from getting to the truth.  The story bills itself as Zero Dark Thirty meets The Thing and seems to be living up to it.

Dark Horse Presents #6 (Dark Horse) – This series flies a little below the radar, but channels the same creative concepts behind a lot of earlier comics (DC’s Showcase from the 1960s.)  Some of the stories are doomed to fail, but some are destined for the Dark Horse universe.  This issue has both sci-fi time travel and some undead fighting heroes.

Zombies vs. Robots #1 (IDW Publishing) – The launch of the first ongoing series which proved that the medium of comics is not tired of zombies yet, this time as the small handful of human survivors has to deal with competing post apocalypse scenarios.  And speaking of zombies…

Wonder Woman #38 (DC Comics) – It it only two issues into their run, but the Finches have been very divisive so far, both in terms of their comments to the direction of the character and in the output of the comics. Will Wonder Woman’s return to mainstream DC find firm ground or crash and burn?

Zombie Tramp #6 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – It is still hard to know what to make of this series, but it is usually entertaining even if you owe your brain an apology in the end.

Evan

Holy F*ck #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This is a hilarious low-brow title with very well delivered religious satire. I can completely get behind this foul-mouthed stoner who’s-bisexual messiah.

The Valiant #2 (Valiant) – The art in this in issue is beautifully executed. I normally don’t like when I can’t tell which author was writing for each page but the art provided a smooth transition page to page.

George

Amazing Spider-Man #13 (Marvel Comics) – The latest story arc for Spidey is coming to a close and it’s the best one yet by Dan Slott.

Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Comics) – Military horror mystery by Moreci, Daniel and Lorimer set in the Middle East. The story combines a dishonorably discharged military investigator with a mythic evil set in an already fragile locale. The story sounds amazing and the art looks fantastic.

Powers #1 (Marvel Comics/Icon) – Since the announcement of the TV Show this has been a much anticipated comic. Plus, Brian Michael Bendis is one of the best story-tellers out there. Powers #1 is a perfect jumping-on point for anyone interested n this Eisner Award winning tale.

Reyn #1 (Image Comics) – Kel Symons is building a fantasy world that sounds as amazing as the art by Nathan Stockman. If you’re looking for a new Comic Book to add to your pull list this is definitely one you should add and keep up with.

Rumble #2 (Image Comics) – If you haven’t already picked up, and read, Rumble #1 then do so immediately. This story has such a compelling plot that I couldn’t put it down before I read it and re-read it over and over again. We have yet to learn much of the backstory for the protagonist, but that’s a good thing.

Jesse

Borderlands: Fall of Fyrestone #6 & Borderlands TP Vol. 2 Fall of Fyrestone (IDW Publishing) – Borderlands is among my favorite games out there. I would be honored to review their comic line

Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War TP Vol. 1 (IDW Publishing) – These cartoons are my childhood. Seeing them come together is always good entertainment for me.

Dungeons & Dragons: Legend of Drizzt TP Vol. 1 Homeland (IDW Publishing) – After 15 years of Dungeons and Dragons experience of being both a player and Dungeon Master, DnD and (especially) anything with Drizzt would be among my top options.

Iron Man Epic Collection TP Stark Wars (Marvel) – I’m a huge Iron Man fan and would love to get my hands on some Iron Man comics to review and discuss in a large scale review.

Legendary Star-Lord #8Legendary Star-Lord TP Vol. 1 Face It I Rule, Rocket Raccoon #7 (Marvel) – A huge Marvel fan and a huge fan of the Guardians. I’d love anything from Guardians of the Galaxy, but especially them on their own.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Star_Wars_1_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week, highlighting a top pick, and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday. I think it’s safe to say we’re excited for a story that takes place in a galaxy far, far away.

Brett

Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – I’m a Star Wars fan, and have loved reading Dark Horse’s various series. I also have some fond memories of reading Marvel’s take back in the 80s (and still have a few issues laying around in my long boxes). What Marvel does with the license should be interesting, especially in comparing to how Dark Horse handled it all.

Avengers #40 (Marvel) – What Jonathan Hickman has been doing with the various Avengers titles has been exciting and an interesting direction for them. We’re ahead in the Marvel timeline seeing how things have progressed as “Time Runs Out.” All of this is leading to Secret Wars, so… there’s that? If anything, the story has been exciting and entertaining with some kick-ass art.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – I love this series, one of my favorites to debut in 2014. The first arc wraps up in a nice tidy bow and it sets up some interesting plot threads for the future. This is a great sci-fi western and if you’re into that sort of thing, absolutely pick up the trade paperback when it’s out next month.

Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade (Fantagraphics) – Wilfred Santiago’s graphic novel about the sports legend. It touches on his successes and struggles and has an interesting take on how an individual can turn into a product.

Stumptown Vol. 3 #5 (Oni Press) – The conclusion to “The Cast of the King of Clubs” has Dex deciding if she’ll seek justice or revenge. Writer Greg Rucka has been on fire and that’s helped by Justin Greenwood’s art.

Edward

Top Pick - Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – Ever since the new creative team has taken over there has been a positive change in direction for this series which was already decent enough.  The series might be a bit lighter in pure superheroics, but it is heavier on themes and character development.

Damsels in Excess #4 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen’s unconventional fairy tale series takes another turn here as the heroines get closer to their final confrontation.  This is an interesting take on fairy tales, different from the other titles in a medium which is saturated with them at the moment.

Deep State #3 (BOOM! Studios) – This series which was easy to pick up, also proves to be hard to put down.  Even those that don’t like X-Files conspiracies will find some pure comic fun here.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #31 (Zenescope) – When Calie Liddle won against the powers of Wonderland and took on the role of queen, fans of this series might have wondered if there were still stories to be told.  New series writer Erica Heflin proved in the first story arc that she is fit to the task,and the mother vs. daughter clash of the second story arc looks pretty fun.

Suicide Risk #21 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has not stopped since the first issue from presenting its own world full of superheroes but with a weird twist.  Now with his wife and alternate universe wife both living under the same roof, how will Requiem react when the fate of the world is in the balance?

Elana

Top Pick – Rat Queens Special: Braga #1 (Shadowline/Image) – If you like female centered stories and ever played D&D this deserves a read. And female characters who aren’t attractive humanoids don’t often get to tell their stories.

Lazarus #14 (Image) – everyone here is the best they are at what they do (including Forever herself). I gotta get caught up!

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – It’s starting to get touching! A story about vulnerability. And Allred’s art is glorious as ever.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – This came out last week, but it’s fun. pure fun. I’ve been a fan of Henderson’s art for a few years now and she has a uniquely feminist eye for the world. Her cartoon-y style should’t be underestimated because her pacing and breakdowns are strong. North was great on Adventure Time so bring on the zaniness.

George

Top Pick – Jupiter’s Legacy #5 (Image) – Although the spacing between issues is greater than we would like, this book has one of the best stories from Mark Millar. The amazing art by Frank Quitely make it a must for anyone’s Pull List.

Copperhead #5 (Image) – The conclusion to the first arc of this outstanding and imaginative series by Jay Faeber and Scott Godlewski.  It’s a crime procedural on a distant planet that feels like a mix between The Fuse and Saga; what else could you ask for?

Lazarus #14 (Image) – Greg Rucka has created a vast and amazing world for Forever, the protector of the Carlyle Family to roam free. With each new arc we learn more and more of this futuristic world consisting of ruling families and the Lazarus that protect each one.

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) - You can never have too much Star Wars material to soak up. This one, by Jason Aaron and artwork by John Cassaday, takes place between IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back. Bridging the story between the two movies should be a lot of fun for any Star Wars fan.

The Walking Dead #136 (Skybound/Image Comics) – One of the best stories out there, Robert Kirkman has reinvented The Walking Dead Universe with brand new dangers and horrors lurking around every corner. After all these years I still love when a new issue comes out and the new arc is going to be just as great as any in the past.

Matt

Top Pick – Teen Dog #5 (BOOM! Box/BOOM! Studios)- Teen Dog has faithfully served up all kinds of superb cool in the first four issues, so this latest issue should be more of that. This round, Teen Dog is gonna have to confront his alter ego, who is probably totally not cool at all. Scoff.

Batgirl #38 (DC Comics) – The DC book with the most diversity in characters made headlines last month in a way that really doesn’t behoove what the creative team is going for with this series, but I’m sure it can make a comeback. My roommate thought I was reading a Marvel book when he looked over my shoulder to see the first issue of this new run, and that’s a good thing when it comes to the kind of demographics a book like this is appealing to.

Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee are doing something more mainstream superhero books need to be doing, which is telling short, small-scale stories. The solicit for this issue promises a conclusion to the great story started last issue, along with some teases for potential seeds leading to bigger stories; those are good too!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (Marvel) – Giving Mark Waid the reins on a Marvel Universe-spanning crossover book that loosely ties into the Agents of Shield television show is a lovely idea. This issue’s pairing of Waid with Humberto Ramos to do a Ms. Marvel-centric story is all-kinds of awesome, too.

Silver Surfer #8 (Marvel) – This book is always a treat, with Slott’s fun sense of adventure and Allred’s incredible, whimsical art. Promised in this issue is a planet filled with billions of varied species, so the sky’s the limit!

Sean

Top Pick - Daredevil #12 (Marvel) – Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil is one of the best comics on the market, even before it was unnecessarily rebooted, and continues to inspire awe with beautiful art that I wish I could plaster my walls with, and an emotionally complex script that is atypical of most mainstream productions. Daredevil’s new conflict with the Stunt-Master continues, Matt lies in his autobiography, and more!

Animal Man Vol. 7: Red Plague TP (DC Comics) – Animal Man of the 1980s and 1990s by Vertigo was fantastic, featuring the much acclaimed run by Grant Morrison (among many others). A new TP collects issues #64-79, Annual 1.

Justice League United #8 (DC Comics) – I’ve kept away from most JL books since the Trinity event, mostly because JL itself is a bit overblown while JLD, despite an awesome cast has suffered from sub-par storytelling. Other JL incarnations in the New 52 aren’t even worth mentioning. JLU, however, is an exciting romp through space, bringing in some of my favorite science fiction heroes with a new, truly compelling First Nations superheroine, Miiyahbin. In this issue, JLU and the Legion of Super-Heroes go toe-to-toe.

The New 52: Future’s End #37 (DC Comics) – Despite my general disgust with the ploy that, if you want to keep up with the DC Universe, you have to buy weeklies (well, you really don’t…), I have actually rather enjoyed Future’s End, or, rather, some of its subplots. I have a feeling that the conclusion of the series will be a great let down, especially since the future shown here will probably not be carried out in other books. Like, I would buy up an Amethyst and Frankenstein team-up comics. Alas…

Star Trek #40 (IDW Publishing) – A well-written exploration of the AU created by Abrams’ films, this issue concludes the “Q Gambit” in which Q has transported Kirk and crew to the future, challenging him to confront the reality that a “no win” scenario really is unwinnable. Plus, Q himself might cease to exist!

Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – The Star Wars franchise returns to Marvel. I can’t say that I’m particularly thrilled about it, but since it can’t be changed I might as well see what Marvel’s about. Objectively, this issue ushers in an unprecedented era in the history of Star Wars, when for the first time the difference between the Expanded Universe and the films are erased and a single continuity is established.

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Top Pick – Star Wars #1 (Marvel) – Everyone is head over heels about this release, and the most obvious reason to be is being overlooked by many: for the first time EVER, the comic stories will be canon! Remember earlier this year when Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm said that the EU and all previous comics would be labeled as “Legacy” and everything moving forward would be canon? Well, here ya go! You’re welcome.

Star Wars Legends Marvel Years Omnibus HC (Marvel) – Speaking of “Legends”, this week also see the release of the Omnibus HC, Star Wars: The Marvel Years. This collects all the Marvel comics series starting with the 1977 movie adaptation (which saved the comics industry by the way) and runs through the Empire Strikes Back adaptation. That is one hefty tome, but won’t it look awesome on my bookshelf?

Men of Mystery #95 (AC Comics) – Fans of Dynamite’s Project: Superpowers can read the original tales of seventeen Golden Age heroes! It’s classic pulp superhero adventures at their best! Artists include Joe Kubert, Reed Crandall, and Bob Powell. The market on this one is smallish, so this might be a tough one to find!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – as a professional magician I am naturally interested in Harry Houdini. However, I have a confession to make. I have an entire library of Houdini books and biographies, and went to far to name my office and studio complex “The Houdini Room!” This series has been interesting because of the real life animosity between Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They started as friends but became rivals over the issue of spiritualism. Some have even implicated Doyle in Houdini’s murder (look it up). The time line here is a little skewed, probably to appeal to the Steampunk fandom, but it is a fun read nonetheless.

Wild’s End #5 (BOOM! Studios) – I really can’t believe more people aren’t buzzing about this title. War of the Worlds set in depression era 1930s starring anamorphic animals as the heroes! How could you not love this? Further, this book is the very definition of Dieselpunk! That’s right, I said DIESELpunk. It is the retro futuristic sci-fi and fantasy of the deco/jazz age! If you aren’t familir with Dieselpunk you can learn more by tuning into my Diesel Powered Podcast on iTunes!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Feathers #1 Cover A by Jorge CoronaWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week - Feathers #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street gangs and child-snatchers along the way, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past. The first issue is beautiful, magical, just fantastic. A great start to the new year.

Ant-Man #1 (Marvel) – Scott Lang gets the spotlight as Marvel launches a new series that puts the tiny hero forward before his movie hits later this year.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #2 1952 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is off on his first adventure! The first issue was solid, the second issue really begins to kick things up as the adventure really begins. Watching the B.P.R.D. stumble a bit in their early years, especially Hellboy, is fantastic.

IXth Generation #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Top Cow launches a series originating from their Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force series’. Add in Top Cow’s Artifacts side of things, and the series sounds really exciting!

Lady Killer #1 (Dark Horse) – Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival. A fantastic debut issue!

Nailbiter #9 (Image) – Do you like horror? Do you like noir/crime stories? Yeah, you should be reading this.

Operation S.I.N. #1 (Marvel) – The early years of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra featuring Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. The series seems to be a perfect companion to Marvel’s Agent Carter which debuts this week on tv.

Shaft #2 (Dynamite) – The first issue was set up, and now the action begins as Shaft takes up a job as security, and gets roped into an issue with a missing girl, the mob, and dead bodies.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – She beat Thanos and Doctor Doom! The series will either be awesome, or a one note joke. Hopefully it’s the former of the two.

Wolf Moon #2 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – How do you hunt a werewolf if a different person becomes the monster with every cycle of the moon? The Wolf continues to elude Dillon, and now the trail is going cold. Hoping to uncover some clues, Dillon turns to a reclusive expert on werewolf legends, and what he learns crushes any hope of ever destroying the creature. An interesting spin of the werewolf mythos from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jeremy Haun.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

EastofWest16_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

It’s the end of the year, which means there’s not much coming out this week, you can get everything for about $75. So, instead of our usual 10 picks, just get everything…. but if you still need some help…..

Dark Horse

The Massive Vol. 4: Sahara – Brian Wood’s series wrapped up, but you can catch some of the final issues here in this volume where all of the pieces of the puzzle come together.

X Vol. 4 Better Off Dead – X is back, and this violent ant-hero has been a welcome return. If you haven’t checked out what you’re missing, here’s a great way to see.

DC Comics

Batman Eternal #39 – DC’s weekly series will all lead to next year’s even Convergence… so, this’ll be important.

Earth 2: World’s End #13 – See above.

The New 52: Futures End #35 - See above.

IDW Publishing

Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1 – Two classic properties team up! Can’t wait to see how…

Image Comics

East of West #16 – Are you reading this sci-fi western? You’re not? Yeah, you should fix that.

Image Firsts: Wytches #1 – This horror series from Scott Snyder is on a lot of “best of” lists. This reprint costs a dollar. That plus the fact there’s not much out means this is a “buy.”

Marvel

All-New Miracleman Annual #1 – A bunch of creators taken on the classic character in new stories.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 – With the second season of the television series in a fall hiatus, Marvel finally releases a comic that sort of ties into it.

BOOM! Studios

Abigail and the Snowman #1 – Roger Langridge’s cute new series.

Valiant

X-O Manowar #31 – Check out the kick-ass series of the displaced hero.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the massive #30 coverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: The Massive #30 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood‘s series wraps up, and the last few issues have been one hell of a twist. Dead calm. Quiet seas. Second chances? The Ninth Wave crew enter a brand-new chapter in Earth’s history.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #9 (Marvel) – Wrapping up Marvel’s so-so event. This is here because who knows how it’ll end and where things go from here.

Copra Round One Vol. 1 (Bergen Comics) – Check out the series all the “cool” kids are talking about. Collected here, cause single issues are hard to come by.

Evil Empire #9 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue is beyond fantastic and usually there’s something we didn’t see coming.

The Graveyard Shift #1 (Image) – It’s Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-style crime-solving as a homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires!

Letter 44 #13 (Oni Press) – Mixing politics and science fiction, this series is awesome.

McBain #1 (Bongo Comics) -Do you watch The Simpsons? That alone should be reason enough to check out this series.

New Avengers #28 (Marvel) -If you want to figure out what’s up with Secret Wars, you better be reading this series. It’s really good too!

Rasputin #3 (Image) – The first two issues of this series has been fascinating, and the art is fantastic.

They’re Not Like Us #1 (Image) – We all have advantages over one another, but what if you were capable of things most of us can only imagine? What would you do – and who would you be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Everyone has to make a choice about how to use the abilities they’re born with… but they’re not like us.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BUNKER #8Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: The Bunker #8 (Oni Press)When Billy learns of a second impending attack, he begins to research the group thought to be behind them.  What he doesn’t know is that it’s his best friends. Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Joe Infurnari‘s time bending series is beyond fantastic each issue, and one of the best comics on the market.

Alex + Ada #11 (Image Comics)Are you reading this? You should! An interesting story of love and what it means to be human.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #8 (Marvel) – The overall event is a bit uneven, but there’s some interesting stuff being done here. There’s a good chance that there’ll be some lasting ramifications…. but we’ll see.

Django Zorro #2 (Dynamite) – It shouldn’t work, but the first issue sure did! Two interesting characters meet, in this series by Tarantino himself. If you like either of these characters, do yourself a favor and check this out. If you’re not, still do yourself a favor and check this out.

The Kitchen #2 (Vertigo) – With their husbands in jail, three women must keep control of their territory. This mob tale had an amazing debut, and is easily up there as one of our favorite stories about made men (women in this case).

Rocket Salvage #1 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – Yehudi Mercado puts out some fantastic work, and this new series looks hilarious.

Rumble #1 (Image Comics) – Okay, so a scarecrow walks into a bar…and proceeds to wreak havoc across two worlds! After a long absence, Rathraq, Scarecrow Warrior God, is back—and very unhappy. Bad news for his old enemies, yes, but worse news for everybody else! Sounds interesting to us!

Solitary #1 (Devil’s Due Entertainment) – They say orange is the new black, but does that work the same way for a superhero? Tim was once a hero, now wrongly sentenced to death row, awaiting execution. But what happens when this convict discovers he just may be immortal?

Stumptown Vol. 3 #4 (Oni Press) – When Dex’s date causes tension between her and Grey, she has to balance Ansel’s needs with those of her case. Meanwhile, the puzzle pieces start to come together for CK as she gets closer to who assaulted Mercury! Writer Greg Rucka has given us such an amazing character in Dex!

The Wicked + The Divine #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BitchPlanet01_CoverAWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Bitch Planet #1 (Image Comics) – The highly anticipated women in- prison sci-fi exploitation riff. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious. There’s lots of buzz, and some good word of mouth leading up to this first issue, and I’m happy to say, it lives up to the hype.

Afterlife With Archie #7 (Archie Comics) – It’s been too long since the last issue! One of the best series of the year.

Batgirl #37 (DC Comics) – A change in design, a change in direction, a change in attitude, a whole new series that’s not too late to check out and see what the buzz is about!

Copperhead #4 (Image Comics) – An awesome space western. A comic that’s under the radar, and so good.

Eternal #1 (BOOM! Studios) – If death wasn’t an obstacle, how would that change life? Clones toss things in the air, and this series explores the aftermath. The first issue is not what we expected, and a solid debut.

Lola XOXO #5 (Aspen Comics) – It’s too long between issues! Such a beautiful comic to look at, and the apocalyptic world is a fascinating one to explore. It’s a great comic, that’d also be a fantastic game too!

Southern Bastards #6 (Image Comics) – One of the top comic series of the year. Southern noir at its best.

Southern Dog #4 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A comic dealing with racism in the south? Yes please. Plus werewolves.

Spider-Man and the X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Guess who’s taking over? Well, this should be interesting.

The Valiant #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant puts out one of the best comic superhero universes out there. This new limited series kicks of their Valiant Next initiative, and is a perfect starting place for folks to check out what they’ve been missing. Hop on the bandwagon now, before it’s too late!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 (Dark Horse) – The early years of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. as Hellboy heads out on his first mission. The Mignolaverse (of which this is a part) is one of the best ongonig comic universes out there, and this is a fantastic entry point to check it out, or if you like the movies that spun out of it.

Angela: Asgards Assassin #1 (Marvel) – The Spawn character turned Marvel character gets her own series as she takes her first step to define her role in the Marvel Universe.

Escape From New York #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’re big fans of the movies (well at least the original), and to see Snake Plissken come to comics makes us more than happy.

Evil Empire #8 (BOOM! Studios) – A political thriller that takes you into the government as it devolves into an evil mess. Each issue has shocked, thrilled, and entertained, and we seriously have no idea what will happen next.

Gotham Academy #3 (DC Comics) – If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style! One of the freshest series to come out of DC in a long time.

Nailbiter #8 (Image Comics) – Each issue is tense as we delve deeper into the mystery of a town that produces more than its fair share of serial killers.

Secret Six #1 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone returns to the dysfunctional team that stood out from all the rest of what DC produced at the time. Will lightning strike twice? A lot has been kept under wraps for this new series, and the wait is killing us!

Shaft #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic character comes to comics in a first issue that instantly creates depth and motivation for the character. An amazing start for the series.

Valiant Sized Quantum & Woody #1 (Valiant) – An asteroid is about to destroy the planet, but with Quantum and Woody at the front line of an international team of heroes, everything’s sure to…oh sweet mercy, we’re doomed. And that’s BEFORE Thomas Edison opens a rip in the space-time continuum and lets in the mirror-image Woody of the alterna-verse!

Wolf Moon #1 (Vertigo) – Written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Jeremy Haun, the comic is a new six-issue miniseries that takes on the werewolf mythos. When Dillon Chase’s family was slaughtered by the wolf, his life was forever changed. Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster – and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a fearful monster himself.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Odyc01_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: ODY-C #1 (Image Comics) –
An epic 26 centuries in the making: In the aftermath of a galactic war a hundred years long, Odyssia the Clever Champion and her compatriots begin their longest, strangest trip yet: the one home. A gender-bent eye-popping psychedelic science fiction odyssey begins here. Written by Matt Fraction? Yes please!

Capture Creatures #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – Hundreds of mysterious creatures pop up and two kids must catch them all figure out the mystery being them. Sound familiar? Yeah, this potentially can go huge.

Critical Hit #3 (Black Mask Studios) – The first two issues have been a very different take on Matt Miners animal activist series of comics. And boy is it good.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Bridging the gap between the first and second film. If you’re a fan of the Planet of the Apes series, this is a must.

The Delinquents #4 (Valiant) – The amazing mini-series wraps up after bringing together Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody. Hobo-tastic!

Letter 44 #12 (Oni Press) – Writer Charles Soule’s mixing of politics and sci-fi has been amazing so far, and we look forward to each issue. It has yet to disappoint.

Pirouette #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue totally caught us off guard. Taking place in a circus, this horror infused title is more about running away from the big top, instead of running away with one.

Rasputin #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue left us mixed, mostly because we had no idea how you build a series from the concept. That said, the first issue was solid in writing and art. We’re intrigued to see where it all goes from here.

Southern Dog #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A comic dealing with racism in the South with werewolves mixed in. Seems appropriate as far as timing.

Transformers Drift: Empire of Stone #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers comics have been amazing, and this new series puts the spotlight on one of the most interesting characters.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

SagaBook1HC_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Saga Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 (Image) -The series everyone praises is collected in this nice deluxe edition. If you’ve missed out, well…. here you go.

Afterlife with Archie Magazine #2 (Archie) – Missed the comics? Well here you go!

Bob’s Burgers #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Based on the cult animated series. If you’re a fan, check out the comic, it captures the tone perfectly.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #125 (Dark Horse) – 125 issues in and Hellboy and his world are as fun and entertaining as ever. It’s beyond impressive to pull it off. Check it out!

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2 (Titan Comics) – It’ll be a bit until we get a new episode of Doctor Who, but these comics help fill the void.

Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate #2 (IDW Publishing) – Jim Zub loves D&D and it shows off in this series based on the popular role-playing game.

Lumberjanes #8 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – Just tons of fun. We need more comics like this.

Spider-Woman #1 (Marvel) – Marvel kicks off a new series featuring Spider-Woman. The past ones have been solid, and this one has had some controversy before its even launched. It’ll be interesting to see if Marvel can keep up the success its had with its other female lead solo series.

Winterworld #4 (IDW Publishing) – Welcome to the desolate winter world. Just a fantastic bleak story of an apocalyptic world. Absolutely under the radar of too many.

X-O Manowar #30 (Valiant) – Enter the Armorines! Valiant continues to put out one of the best comic universes out there, and this is a perfect jumping on point.

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