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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Bunker #7 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 Bunker #7 (Oni Press) – Any release of The Bunker, we’re excited. The series is a brilliant mix of sci-fi, mystery, and even some politics. The time travel aspect is engaging and each issue leaves us wanting more. Easily one of the best comics on the market.

Archer & Armstrong #25 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently puts out one of the best lines of comics, especially for those who enjoy the superhero genre. Archer & Armstrong is comedic action that never disappoints. If you don’t know what you’ve been missing, check out this oversized special issue.

Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations Vol. 2 (Self Made Hero) – The second volume of the acclaimed graphic novel account of the Middle East, written by internationally renowned scholar, Jean-Pierre Filiu and award-winning artist, David B.

This second volume covers Nasser’s Egypt through to the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Iranian Revolution in 1979. An essential read for anyone interested in the history of the region

Deathlok #1 (Marvel)  – Deathlok plays a big role on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so Marvel is attempting to do some cross media synergy. Should be interesting to see what they do with this.

Godkiller Walk Among Us #1 (Black Mask Studios) – The comic six years in the making, with a cult following gets a mass release. The epic story of a boy’s quest to save his sister, GODKILLER is a twisted, sci-fi/horror adventure about 16 year old Tommy’s odyssey through a post-nuke wasteland (populated by fallen gods, organ-stealing hookers, and sex-addicted technowizards) as he searches for a new heart to save his dying sister.

I Remember Beirut (Lerner Books) – A graphic memoir of growing up in war torn Beirut.

Rasputin #1 (Image Comics) – The first issue is fascinating with this interesting take on the very real, and rather mysterious Rasputin. The first issue tells us a lot, but not where the series is going. Still, it’s interesting with amazing art.

Southern Bastards #5 (Image Comics) – Southern gothic noir at its best.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #34 (IDW Publishing) – We love IDW’s Transformers line. Its shaken up the 30 year old brand in a good way leaving us wanting more each month.

Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Awesome anthology with fantastic talent.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

memetic_001_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. And this is a week that this list could easily be double the size.

Pick of the Week: Memetic #1 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! teased us the hypno-sloth, and this week the world gets to see what it’s finally about. Writer James Tynion IV has been rocking it with The Woods, and we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Arkham Manor #1 (DC Comics) – DC Comics has shaken things up with two recent out-of-the-box releases in the revamped Batgirl and Gotham Academy. Can they go 3 for 3 with this one?

Avengers #37 (Marvel) – The jump ahead in time has been fascinating, and there feels like something big is coming. This has been teased for quite some time, and we finally are seeing the master plan pay off for Marvel’s Avengers line of comics.

The Delinquents #3 (Valiant) – Take Archer & Armstrong and have them team up with Quantum & Woody. The result is a hilarious comic that’s beyond fun and entertaining.

Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldurs Gate #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jim Zub tackles a refreshed Dungeons & Dragons. There brand is back and more popular than ever. Looking forward to seeing what Zub does, especially since he’s shown off his fantasy talents with similar titles Skullkickers and Pathfinder.

Letter 44 #11 (Oni Press) – Writer Charles Soule continues to brilliantly mix politics and science fiction. Every issue is fantastic, both entertaining and thought provoking.

Southern Dog #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – It seems like forever since we read the first issue of this series, and we finally get a chance to read the second. Mix werewolves with the South, and you get an interesting story!

Stumptown Vol. 3 #2 (Oni Press) – We love noir/detective stories, and Greg Rucka‘s Stumptown has never disappointed.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two of our favorite things to come out of the 80s come together!

The Walking Dead #133 (Skybound) – The end of last issue…. nuff said.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

SABRINA #1 cover 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. And this is a week that this list could easily be double the size.

Pick of the Week: Sabrina #1 (Archie) – Archie comics launched one of the best comics in a while with their twisted horror series Afterlife with Archie. It looks like this new series focused on the teenage witch will attempt to do the same. To say we’re excited is an understatement.

Alien Vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse has been doing some very interesting things with their interconnected relaunch of Alien/Predator/Prometheus in comics. So far, each issue has been solid and while the stories are connected you don’t need to read one to enjoy the other.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next big event promises to flip things upside down. We’ll see how this one does.

Battling Boy: Rise of Aurora West Vol. 1 (First Second) – Battling Boy was one of our favorite graphic novels from last year. This is a prequel focused on the West family, and boy is it just as fun.

Birthright #1 (Skybound/Image) – For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could’ve ever occurred… but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

Black Science #9 (Image) – Conflict is the only constant, as the Dimensionauts are embroiled in a brutal war which threatens to engulf the fantastical land they are stranded in. But how can they uncover the horrible truth about the Pillar when every second is a fight to survive?

Jack Hammer: Usurper #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – We love our noir, and the first volume of this series mixed a fun detective story with super powers.

Klarion #1 (DC Comics) – Klarion the Witch Boy makes his New 52 debut and stands for the forces of chaos in this new ongoing series! Yeah, this is one we didn’t see coming.

Punks: The Comic #1 (Image) – Dog, Skull, Fist, and Abe Lincoln live in a house, beat the #### out of each other, and frequently humiliate themselves. There is bleeding and sadness; Morrissey would likely approve. The cult hit comedy returns with new stories and a classic in the back.

Wytches #1 (Image) – Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. A new horror series from Scott Snyder and Jock? Done!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Thor_1_Ribic_Design_VariantWednesdays 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. And this is a week that this list could easily be double the size.

Pick of the Week: Thor #1 (Marvel) – Could anything else be in this top spot? This week debuts the new female Thor, yes that thing you’re seeing in a lot of media outside of comics. It’s been a controversial move, but we’re betting writer Jason Aaron will pull this off like he does pretty much everything else.

Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel) – Original Sin shook up the Marvel universe radically changing Nick Fury’s role into a cosmic assassin protecting Earth. He has moved on, but it looks like Bucky will now be stepping into those shoes. Another radical shift, and it should be interesting to see how well it’s done.

Captain America #25 (Marvel) – Another passing of the guard this week sees Sam Wilson, The Falcon, stepping into the role of Captain America. A pretty important issue for sure.

Critical Hit #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Writer Matt Miner‘s Liberator continues in this new volume focusing on the previous series’ two heroines. It’s comics with a message, one you don’t see in comics too often.

Fiction Squad #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Spinning out of Paul Jenkin’s Fairy Tale universe. It’s a detective story that sounds awesome and looks amazing.

Gotham Academy #1 (DC Comics) – We’re guessing this is a perfect series for fans of Gotham. A new comic that looks at the students at a prestigious Gotham school. It sounds perfect for the tween set.

Guardians 3000 #1 (Marvel) – We’re old school Guardians fans, and this new series is written by our favorite Guardians writer Dan Abnett. Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 are back!

Men of Wrath #1 (Icon/Marvel) – A gritty new limited series launching as part of Marvel’s creator-owned Icon imprint! Witness the story of Ira Rath – the coldest hitman ever to walk on Alabama soil and the black cloud that hangs over his family name. Explore the blood-soaked history of the Rath family as Ira embarks on a job that will decide the fate of his cursed family once and for all.

Ricky Rouse Has a Gun (Self Made Hero) – A graphic novel that skewers copyright and intellectual property, and at the same time pokes fun at the sub-culture that appropriates it all.

Skandalon (Arsenal Pulp Press) – Julie Maroh burst onto the scene in 2013 with Blue Is the Warmest Color, a tender, bittersweet graphic novel about lesbian love. Maroh’s new graphic novel Skandalon is a bold and literary look at sex, drugs, and rock and roll—and the cost of fame. “Skandalon,” a term found in the Gospels, refers to a persistent trap or obstacle.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

RocheLimit01_CoverTomorrow is new comic day and as usual, there’s a lot you’ll find hitting your comic shop’s shelves. With so many comics coming out, what’s worth your hard-earned dollars? That’s where we come in. Here’s this week’s comics that are most likely to provide entertainment and that we’re looking forward to reading.

  • Top Pick: Roche Limit #1  (Image Comics) – Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, is a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind. After that description, how can you not be excited?
  • Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse kicked off their new Prometheus/Aliens/Predator last week with Prometheus: Fire and Stone. The issue helped follow up on Prometheus, but this week’s Aliens: Fire and Stone really begins to tie it all together. Dark Horse is doing some exciting things for fans of this universe. Looking forward to more.
  • Armor Hunters #4 ( Valiant) – Valiant has put together one hell of an event, which wraps up with this issue, and sets up one awesome comic universe to come.
  • Bob’s Burgers #2 (Dynamite) – If you’re a fan of the television series, like we are, you should be donning your bunny ears and rushing to your comic shop to pick up this issue.
  • Butterfly #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new spy series from BOOM! looks fantastic. We’re fans of the genre, and the publisher has been putting out some amazing comics lately, for example….
  • Evil Empire #5 (BOOM! Studios) – Did you read the last issue!? Holy crap what an ending. We figured out who was behind the Evil Empire, but didn’t see all of the twist. The series is keeping us on our toes, as we see how a free country can descend into evil.
  • G.I. Joe Vol. 4 #1 (IDW Publishing) – Does the world need G.I. Joe? The latest volume picks up from the previous series with Scarlet in charge, G.I. Joe’s function being questioned, and Cobra is now a peacekeeping force? The series twists around the G.I. Joe lore, and continues the fantastic run from IDW.
  • Letter 44 #10 (Oni Press) – Sci-fi + politics = awesome.
  • Lumberjanes #6 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Easily one of the best, and freshest comics on the market. Easily one of the best new series of the year.
  • Storm #3 (Marvel) – Storm takes the spotlight and so far the series has been a solid one.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BOOM_Sirens_001_coverBWednesdays 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: George Perez’s Sirens #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The name George Pérez should say it all, but one of comics’ living masters is back with his own original title courtesy of BOOM! As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are?

The Delinquents #2 (Valiant) – The first issue had me laughing the whole time. Just an amazing limited series that brings together Valiant’s Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody.

Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne (Titan Comics) – A stunning new comic adaptation of the classic Elric of Melniboné novels by Michael Moorcock! The ancient island of Melniboné has been ruled by Elric, the albino emperor, for millennia. Reliant on magic and herbs for his strength and prolonged life, Elric’s grip on Melniboné is crumbling, as his people slide into decadence. Now his envious cousin Yyrkoon, Prince of Melniboné, plots to overthrow him and claim the Ruby Throne for himself!

Meka (Magnetic Press) – The sci-fi action novel tells the story of two soldiers who pilot giant humanoid war vehicles called “meka” in an interstellar war. When their vehicle is disabled in the opening sequence, they must rely on their wits and each other to survive in the ruined warzone they inadvertently created.

Oddly Normal #1 (Image Comics) – It looks like a new all-ages comic from Image (though could be wrong on the all-ages part).  Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair–a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn’t make it easy to make friends at school!

Stray Bullets: The Killers #7 (Image Comics) – Each issue is fantastic. What happens when when you find out you’ve been living in a prison your whole life and had no idea?

Thor: God of Thunder #25 (Marvel) – It’s an over-sized final issue before the brand new series featuring the brand new female Thor! One chapter in the God of Thunder’s life reaches its end…and another begins.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #33 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been knocking it out of the park with their Transformers universe that moves the story along, but at the same time feels familiar for long time fans. What’s scarier than Megatron? Try a Megatron that’s a religious fanatic trying to do good.

Trees #5 (Image Comics) – Luca has a plan for Eligia. It is not the plan she thinks it is. She is his knife now. Warren Ellis’ series has been weird and fascinating with each issue.

The Wicked + The Divine #4 (Image Comics) -Kieron Gillen and Jamie Mckelvie’s fantastic series continues. The mystery is solved. But does pop-god Lucifer like the answer? The answer is a word that rhymes with “Go”, “Blow” and “Pro.”

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the bunker 6 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 Bunker #6 (Oni Press) – He came from the future to save the world, but, is the only way to save it to destroy it? Young and Old Grady meet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s series will be at the top of numerous “best of” lists when this year is up.

Archer & Armstrong #24 (Valiant) – Valiant has the best universe out there, and what they’ve put together has been amazing, what a cohesive comic universe should be. Archer & Armstrong is an awesome example of their series, mixing humor and action with every issue.

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2 (Dynamite) – Joe Casey and Nathan Fox are continuing their run on one of Jack Kirby‘s greatest creations, Captain Victory! The first issue exceeded my expectations, to the point we wanted to see what happened next. Bring on issue two!

Copperhead #1 (Image) – Westerns are a genre that are hit and miss in comics (and in general). This new series mixes in some sci-fi, in an extra long first issue for the regular price.

Death of Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – The first issue blew us away. Our cynicism was prepared for a cash in, but the writing of Charles Soule and art of Steve McNiven is an amazing combo for this fitting send-off.

Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel) – A Spider-Man centric event brings together wall crawlers from around the multiverse to deal with a killer who is hunting them down.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse is relaunching the Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe in comics. This series promises to bridge the cap between Prometheus and Alien, and hopefully right some of the wrongs from the movie. No matter, we want more Alien!

Stumptown Vol. 3 #1 (Oni Press) – Greg Rucka‘s fan favorite private eye is back, and now it’s an ongoing series! If you haven’t read the first two volumes of the series, you’re still good to pick up this one. The detective Dex has to get to the bottom of some violence before a heated rivalry transforms into war.

Wild’s End #1 (BOOM! Studios) – When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back. Writer Dan Abnett does War of the Worlds!

The Walking Dead #131 (Skybound/Image) – Did you read the last issue!? That ending alone is the reason this issue winds up on the list. What the hell is going to happen next?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Death_of_Wolverine_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.

Pick of the Week: Death of Wolverine #1 (Marvel) -Its been months of teasing and build up, but we’re finally at the point where Wolverine (may) die. I’m still not sure if this isn’t more of a philosophical death than physical, but we will see courtesy of Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.

A1 Presents: Carpe Diem Vol. 1: I Hate Mondays (Titan Comics) – If you caught the short stories in the previous A1 Presents releases, you’ll know how hilarious and entertaining this comic is. If you missed that, here’s your chance to find out!

Cloaks #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A street illusionist entertains folks with his magic, but also steals from corrupt Wall Street bankers with it too. Still a somewhat timely subject, it’ll be interesting to see how the comic handles the continuing political issue.

The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage #1 (Valiant) – Valiant has one of the best comic universes out there right now, and this new Dr. Mirage finally gets the spotlight in this four issue mini-series.

Ex Con #1 (Dynamite) – Duane Swierczynski’s creator driven comic from Dynamite.

Kill My Mother (Liverlight) – Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer combines dizzyingly good pictures with a bizarre tale.

Lumberjanes #5 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – One of the best, and most fun comics on the market right now. And it doesn’t hurt it’s one of the most diverse group of characters too.

The Names #1 (Vertigo) -A new 8 issue series from Peter Milligan and Vertigo. It’s a dark, contemporary thriller set in the world of Big Money: hedge funds, leveraged buyouts, market raids, flash crashes. High-end finance that can ruin entire economies, run by a cabal of the world’s richest (and sickest) people.

Original Sin #8 (Marvel) – Marvel’s summer event wraps up. There should be some ramifications for things going forward after this ends.

She-Hulk #8 (Marvel) -One of Marvel’s best comics on the market. It perfectly mixes humor, action, and She-Hulk trying to live a normal life.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

D.E. Comic Page Template.epsWednesdays 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: Bob’s Burgers #1 (Dynamite) – The amazing television show comes to comics. Hopefully the humor translates well. The television is an underrated gem, and I expect the comic to be as well. I love the television show, so can’t wait to read this.

Black Science #8 (Image) – Fun action with every issue. I love this series. One of the best new releases this year.

Evil Empire #4 (BOOM! Studios) – Most series show the evil government after they come into power, this is how it gets to that point. With the world spinning around right now, this series feels eerily real.

Genius #4, Genius #5 (Top Cow Productions) – A beyond relevant comic that asks what happens if the world’s greatest tactical mind decided to use that to unify gangs and take on the establishment.

Hero Cats #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A  new all-ages series from Action Lab which excels at those releases!

Letter 44 #9 (Oni Press) – An amazing mix of sci-fi and politics. Writer Charles Soule looks at what might really happen if we detected an alien presence in deep space.

POP #1 (Dark Horse) – What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped? Sounds awesome!

Saga #22 (Image) – One of the best comics out there has shifted its focus a bit in this second part, and it’s still amazing.

Sundowners #1 (Dark Horse) – The new series by Tim Seeley follows a group of heroes where you really question their sanity. I came out of the first issue wondering what was real, and what wasn’t. It has me more than intrigued enough to come back for more.

Wayward #1 (Image) – Jim Zub breaks out of his fantasy niche to follow a young woman’s trip to Japan where she’ll take on various monsters. The first issue is a fun read and the art is fantastic.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

multiversityWednesdays 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: Multiversity #1 (DC Comics) – Writer Grant Morrison explores the 52 alternative Earths that make up the DC Multiverse.

Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!

Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse.

Dark Horse Presents Vol. 3 #1 (Dark Horse) – The best anthology returns with a new overstuffed look!

The Delinquents #1 (Valiant) – Take two of Valiant’s most entertaining teams and have them get together for a story about hobos and a map on an ass. The first issue is fantastic, especially for fans of Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody.

Genius #3 (Top Cow Productions) – The series is four years in the making, and it seems like there couldn’t be a better time for its release. The story focuses on a brilliant mind who uses her tactical brilliance to unite the gangs of LA.

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 2 (Fantagraphics) – The second volume of the praised series. The first volume sees a new printing released this week as well!

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 (DC Comics) – Diana Prince: Amazon warrior, ambassador to Man’s world, or champion of women in need? All of the above! This digital-first anthology series will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Themyscira, and give them leave to explore Diana, her world – and ours!

Storm #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing. In just one issue writer Greg Pak defined, added depth, and re-introduced us to the iconic character.

The Strain: Night Eternal #1 (Dark Horse) – The third, and final, volume in the book turned comic turned television series. The television series has been picked up for a second season, so get ahead of the story!

Trees #4 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis’ brilliant sci-fi series…. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

Zaya (Magnetic Press) – A secret agent in the distant future leaves her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat starts attacking agents across the galaxy, she is called back into the field to find and stop the killer. The mission opens many questions about her own past, present, and future within not only the organization, but within the universe as she knows it. The graphic novel is stunning to look at and an awesome read.

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