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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Storm_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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Top Pick: Storm #1 (Marvel) – Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called Storm has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything in-between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.

The character has never had an ongoing series, it’s about time! Marvel continues to expand the diversity of the characters fronting their comics, and with this, there’s not a better choice of a character to do it with.

Afterlife With Archie #6 (Archie Comics) – Archie’s horror series picks up after a little bit of a break. One of the best surprises of the year!

Letter 44 #8 (Oni Press) – Six months into the presidency, President Blades has deployed sci-fi superweapons to end wars in the Middle East, opening him to attacks from all sides, including a Congressman once romantically linked with the First Lady. Meanwhile, in space, as construction on the alien Chandelier is finally completed, the crew of the Clarke will truly understand what they’re facing.

Ragnarok #1 (IDW Publishing) – Walter Simonson is known for his fantasy, especially his work on Thor. Some think it was a definitive take on the character. He returns to that genre with a new series from IDW.

The Shadow Hero (First Second) – In the comics boom of the 1940s, a  legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Skullkickers #29 (Image Comics) – Consistently one of the most entertaining comics on the market from the uber-talented Jim Zub.

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 (Image Comics) -Warren Ellis reintroduces the central image comics character. Should be interesting.

Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two properties collide harking back to the classic 80s comics.

Trees #3 (Image Comics) – Another series from Warren Ellis explores mysterious pillars that have cropped up around the world. What do these alien artifacts mean or want?

Winterworld #2 (IDW Publishing) – Chuck Dixon’s cool comic that looks at survival in a bleak winter world. Think Snowpiercer, but outside the train.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BlackMarket01_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.

Top Pick: Black Market #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! latest property is courtesy of the talented Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos. The cure for all disease is within the blood of superheroes, the problem is, how do you go about getting it? A very interesting new twist to the genre.

Aphrodite IX/Cyber Force #1 (Top Cow) -Top Cow brings together the two franchises after their recent reboots.

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds (Random House) -This is O’Malley’s first project after his massively successful Scott Pilgrim series. That alone makes this graphic novel worth checking out. The world is curious as to what to expect.

The Devilers #1 (Dynamite) – Joshua Hale Fialkov’s creator owned series for Dynamite takes on religion, demons, etc. An interesting first issue that feels like it’s out of a horror movie.

Doberman #1 (Darby Pop Publishing/IDW Publishing) – There’s certain types of movies I loved in the 80s, and the over powerful he-man cop is one. If the movie Cobra was a comic, it’d probably be this.

Life With Archie #36 (Archie Comics) – It made massive news. Archie Andrews dies in this issue protecting a friend from a bullet. The curiosity alone gets this one to make the list.

Ms. Marvel #6 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s best series features a brand new character with a voice unlike any other in comics. The story, the art, just beyond fantastic, and one of the best debuts this year.

She-Hulk #6 (Marvel) – Each issue has been fantastic, following the lawyer superhero She-Hulk as she attempts to build a practice and do the things a green skinned hulk would do.

The Wicked + The Divine #2 (Image Comics) -Kieron Gillen’s fascinating new series about gods coming to Earth.

Wildfire #2 (Top Cow) – Matt Hawkins explores the idea of genetically modified organisms in this all-too-real series.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spread01_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.

Top Pick: Spread #1 (Image) – When humanity unleashed an ancient evil that nearly consumes the earth, one man (with a potential immunity to the mass) might hold the key to survival. Spread the word, this looks good, and is likely to be a sell-out hit.

Grayson #1 (DC) – If Dick Grayson in a new spy thriller series doesn’t grab you, their tag line HAS to: “You might think you know Nightwing – but you don’t know Dick.”

The Life After #1 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s trippy new series is an interesting look at the after life. As with Fialkov’s other work, this is one that’s not to be missed.

Lumberjanes #4 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – Are you reading one the freshest series to come out in a LONG time? This female powered series revolves around mysteries at a summer camp. Fun, with a diverse cast, and empowering, this is the exact type of comic we should be seeing more of.

New Suicide Squad #1 (DC) – With new members (Joker’s Daughter, Deathstroke, and Black Manta) and new locations (Russia!), Task Force X just got a jolt of adrenaline.

Spider-Man 2099 #1 (Marvel) – I have mixed memories of comics in the 90s. A bright spot was some of Marvel’s 2099 line, especially Spider-Man. Because fans demanded it, Marvel is bringing it back, but with a twist. Miguel O’Hara is stuck in the present, and must deal with being a time-displaced Spider-Man.

Star Wars #19 (Dark Horse) – It will be a sad day when not only this series, but Dark Horse’s Star Wars license comes to an end. At least Dark Horse can hold their head high knowing they’ve done this intergalactic universe true justice.

The Strain Vol. 1 (Dark Horse) – Get the comic before the television series debuts this Sunday. I’m sure on Monday, everyone will be buzzing about this modern vampire tale.

The United States of Murder Inc. #3 (Marvel/Icon) – A mob tale with a twist. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s series is so good, it’s right up there with some of my favorite movies about the mob.

The Walking Dead #129 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Writer Robert Kirkman has shaken up the story, and given us some new perspectives in the world of Rick Grimes and his people. This is the peace after the war, but is it easier to maintain than constant battle?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rocket_Raccoon_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. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

TOP PICK: Rocket Raccoon #1 (Marvel) – You don’t need to be a diehard Guardians fan to know a gun toting raccoon would be a fan favorite character. This run looks amazing and hilarious.

Black Widow #8 (Marvel) – Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto’s exceptional series continues with the timely character introduction of the Winter Soldier. When are these two not good together?

Caliban #4 (Avatar Press) – A creepy sci-fi series that’s solid horror entertainment. The setting and situations are so solid, and where this series goes, I have no idea.

Lazarus #9 (Image Comics) – The series is a fantastic look at a dystopian future where families rule the people like lords and serfs.

Moon Knight #5 (Marvel) – Each issue is good enough to stand by itself. Spector’s multiple personalities makes being a superhero detective devilishly entertaining.

Nailbiter #3 (Image Comics) – Why does one town create so many serial killers? A solid detective thriller.

RoboCop #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer Joshua Williamson picks up in the time and place where the cult movie left off. Fighting crime and corruption hasn’t looked this good since Judge Dredd.

Snowpiercer (Titan Books) – The acclaimed graphic novel turned movie has all of humanity on a train that can’t stop, divided by class.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The hit video game comes to comics, which should translate all the action nicely.

The Woods #3 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has been on a role lately, and this series takes a high school and transplants it to an alien world. We discover what’s going on as they do, in this entertaining read.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Outcast01_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.

Pick of the Week: Outcast #1 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it. A double sized first issue from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta.

All-New Ultimates #4 (Marvel) – Contributor Andrew has been going back and forth on whether to jump into this ensemble cast of first and second string heroes and he just so happens to pick the swimsuit special…

Conan The Avenger #3 (Dark Horse) – Fred Van Lente and Brian Ching have yet to let up on their Avenger series. They’ve taken a slightly smaller, but no less barbaric, Conan and effortlessly shown his transition from drunkard to witch hunter to mercenary.

King Conan The Conqueror #5 (Dark Horse) – For our second Conan pick of the week, it has to be Tim Truman’s nearly-finished, exceptional Conqueror adaptation. In a classic Conan piece, he shows an aged King of Aquilonia tell the story of his rise to the throne to an incredulous scribe.

Letter 44 #7 (Oni Press) – Charles Soule’s masterful mix of politics and science fiction has been a hell of a ride so far, and few writers are able to pack in so much in every single issue.

The Midas Flesh #7 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – The fantastic series has hit it out of the park with each and every issue. Though it might have a cartoonish look, the subject is pretty heavy. Such a fantastic series and amazing start for BOOM! Box.

Ms. Marvel #5 (Marvel) – Easily one of the best debuts of the year and absolutely one of the best new characters to debut in some time. Hopefully the new Ms. Marvel has a hell of a shelf-life.

Saga #20 (Image Comics) – Did you read the last issue!? That last page alone makes this a buy.

Savage Hulk #1 (Marvel) – We’re suckers for first issues, and this looks like a fun read. Writer/artist Alan Davis is a one-man-band on this series…definitely worth a look.

Trees #2 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis is hit and miss, and this series is an absolute hit. The first issue was a fantastic debut, and we expect no less from the second.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wicked+Divine01_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.

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine #1 (Image Comics) – Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. The first issue is over-sized and it is fantastic. An absolute must buy, and we’re sure it’ll sell out.

Alex + Ada #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been a fantastic look at relationships and more so gets into philosophical territory about what is life. Well worth the read.

Archie #656 (Archie Comics) – Archie diversifies their characters even more introducing Harper, a new disabled character!

Brain Boy: Men From Gestalt #2 (Dark Horse) – Pure action fun.

The Final Plague TPB (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Out of all the comics that have come out this past year, this series gave us the chills with each issue.

Harbinger #24 (Valiant) – The last issue featured the death of a character, and this one felt heartfelt and slight shocking. This is how you do death. Yes, I know that’s weird to say.

Kill Shakespeare: Mask of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – New Kill Shakespeare! Be entertained and learn about some of the classics too!

Sex Criminals #6 (Image Comics) – One of the top series out there. Nuff said.

Thomas Alsop #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series that has a solid “Vertigo” feel about it, but out from the excellent BOOM!. The first issue is another solid debut from the company and its creators.

Velvet TPB Vol. 1: Before the Living End (Image Comics) – A kick-ass female lead from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. It’s awesome spy action.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Lumberjanes_003_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.

Top Pick: Lumberjanes #3 (BOOM! Studios) – People often describe a series as “what we need more of” in comics. This series is absolutely that and more. The comic follows a group of girls at summer camp is a mix of Scooby Doo and Buffy created by a kick-ass female creative team. It’s the diversity we’ve been looking for plus the quality comic we should all hope for. The best of all worlds, it is a must add to everyone’s pull list and one of the hottest comics of the year.

Armor Hunters #1 (Valiant) – Valiant has the most cohesive and entertaining super hero universe from a publisher. This new series is a centerpiece of their summer event that sees a group come to Earth to take care of the X-O Manowar armor.

The Empty Man #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! is known for quality horror comics and Cullen Bunn creates quality comics period. Put them together and you get this interesting series that features the art of Vanesa R. Del Rey.

Manifest Destiny #7 (Image Comics) – This re-imagining of Lewis and Clark’s journey has been amazing with each issue.

Red City #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Image that seems like an intriguing detective series set in the midst of a civil war.

She-Hulk #5 (Marvel) – One of the best debuts of All New Marvel NOW! features fantastic art and the amazing writing of Charles Soule. A mix of super hero antics with the backdrop of how it’d affect one’s real life.

Starlight #4 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar’s series takes Flash Gordon and updates it for modern times. Each issue has been beyond solid with a touch of nostalgia.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #30 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers universe has been amazing and the new direction its moving has made each issue of each series a great read.

United States of Murder Inc #2 (Marvel/Icon) – Brian Michael Bendis has given us an alternative world where the mob has taken over.

The Walking Dead #128 (Skybound) – Where does the series go after All Out War? Last issue gave us a hint, and injected the series with amazing juice. If you’ve wondered what the series is about, it’s a perfect time to hop on.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

bigtrouble_01_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.

Top Pick: Big Trouble in Little China #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Jack Burton is back…. in comic form! Based on the cult movie, Eric Powell and John Carpenter are bringing us more adventures, something I’ve wanted for a long time.

Afterlife With Archive Vol. 1: Escape From Riverdale (Archie Comics) – Talk about a fantastic series. If you missed the individual issues, you can now catch them all in this handy trade. Archie took a chance when it decided to make a mature Archie comic featuring zombies. But, after reading the first issue any doubts were washed away. One of our favorite series.

Caliban #3 (Avatar Press) – Garth Ennis does horror in space. Creepy, and fun…. in a weird way.

Nailbiter #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue left us wanting more. This series looks into why so many serial killers originate from one town, and why the person investigating that question has gone missing.

Quantum & Woody #11 (Valiant Entertainment) – One of the funniest, and most entertaining, super hero comics on the market.

Revelations #6 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s murder at the Vatican in this detective story. This issue wraps it all up and we have a better idea who committed the murder.

Rise of the Magi #1 (Top Cow) – A new series from Top Cow. The look is awesome and concept very cool.

Super Ego HC (Magnetic Press) – What’s it like to be the shrink to the heroes?

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s best comics. This one follows Spider-Mans C list villains. Every issue has been fantastic.

The Wake #9 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The second volume jumped ahead a few years, but is no less awesome. From Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, welcome to this very different world.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Trees01_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.

Top Pick: Trees #1 (Image Comics) – Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction series by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf

Black Science Vol. 1: Hot to Fall Forever (Image Comics) – Collecting the first six issues of the series, Black Science is a trippy sci-fi filled adventure series that’s one of the most exciting on the market.

Chew/Revival #1 (Image Comics) – The two comic series come together for a fun story that shows it from both series’ perspectives. It shouldn’t work, but it does!

Doctor Spektor #1 (Dynamite) – Another Gold Key release from Dynamite, this one has Mark Waid writing!

The Fuse #4 (Image Comics) – Take a detective series and put it on a space station. So good.

Ms. Marvel #4 (Marvel) – The Marvel series has been a breath of fresh air, introducing us to a new heroine, diverse cast, and some amazing art.

The Midas Flesh #6 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – This series is out of this world, but a fun cast, action packed story, and awesome art as well. One of our favorites!

Mind MGMT #22 (Dark Horse) – One of the best comics on the market. Matt Kindt‘s series is moving along and shows what can be done with the long game when it comes to storytelling. So many layers, so freaking good.

Skullkickers #27 (Image Comics) – Comics can be fun and writer Jim Zub‘s off the rails fantasy adventure is a perfect example of that.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Dark Horse) – Another Matt Kindt entry. The talented writer has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to this series so far.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the bunker 34 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.

Top Pick: The Bunker #4 (Oni Press) – The excellent series continues. A bombing has taken place, and the wheels that’ll lead to global devastation are starting to turn for our group. How will they react as it becomes clearer they know the future, and might be able to change it? Amazing writing. Amazing art. An absolute must buy.

Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – Peter Parker is back! Dan Slott continues a fun swinging time with our favorite wall crawler.

Axe Cop: American Choppers #1 (Dark Horse) – If you’re not reading Axe Cop, or don’t know what it is, you’re missing out on some hilarity.

Forever Evil #7 (DC Comics) – DC’s event wraps up, better later than never.

The Last Broadcast #1 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – An urban exploration group in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever.

Lola XOXO #2 (Aspen Comics) – The first issue was beautiful to look at and a solid read. We’ve been looking forward to the second issue.

MPH #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar’s latest series about a drug that gives folks super powers.

Saga #19 (Image Comics) – If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out. The next installment begins here, and if that final page doesn’t get your jaw to drop….

Transformers: Windblade #2 (IDW Publishing) – A breath of fresh air, this series featuring everyone’s favorite robots feels more like a detective comic, than the traditional Transformers series.

Velvet #5 (Image Comics) – The series featuring a kick-ass female spy continues, mixing great characters, a cool setting, some serious action, entertaining plot, with some amazing visuals.

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