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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.

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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.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

All-New_Captain_America_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: All New Captain America #1 (Marvel) – It shouldn’t be a surprise this comic is in the top spot. Marvel kicks off a new era for Captain America and Falcon with this brand new series and starting point. It’ll be interesting to see where the series goes, especially since Marvel’s AXIS event is still going on.

Archer & Armstrong: One Percent (Valiant) – If you’ve read Archer and Armstrong’s adventures, there’s no explanation as to why this is on the list. Hilarious political commentary with hilarious action.

Batgirl #36 (DC Comics) – Did you read issue 35? We all loved the new direction for Batgirl, and look forward to seeing what this second issue has in store for us.

Bigger Bang #1 (IDW Publishing) – The series explores the depths of humanity through the warped lens of an ever-expanding multiverse. The first issue is a fascinating read and dissection of this commonly used story trope.

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 (Marvel) – The Mighty Avengers team seemed like a bit of a response to the diversity issue in comics, but the series grew into a fun story that fleshed out a bunch of under utilized characters. With Falcap in charge now, this should get really interesting.

Deep State #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Justin Jordan takes on conspiracy theories. You can read our review here.

Drifter #1 (Image Comics) – Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Kitchen #1 (Vertigo) – New York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for sex and drugs. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while blackouts can strike at any moment.

The Resurrectionists #1 (Dark Horse) – A new creator owned series that has a cool take on reincarnation. It’s similar to some other series out there, but the first issue is a lot of fun.

Superior Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – A new direction for Tony Stark and Iron Man as he moves out west for a bit of a darker turn.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

gotham academy 2 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: Gotham Academy #2 (DC Comics) – Did you read the first issue? That alone should really be all that you need to know as to why we’re looking forward to the second issue. This tween focused series isa breath of fresh air, and a great addition to DC’s library. Here’s hoping we see more of this.

Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #4 (Marvel) – The first part of Marvel’s big event has wrapped up, and this issue kicks off the second story arc. The end of the last one was interesting to say the least. While overall the even has been mixed, it’s definitely moving the Marvel universe along.

The Ghost Fleet #1 (Dark Horse) – When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life forever! A new series of badass action on the open road begins here! Sounds interesting enough.

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew #2 (Cosmic Times) – We’ve seen large robots battle, but who actually gets them to work? This series answers that question. The first issue was solid, and hoping the second is just as entertaining.

The Humans #1 (Image Comics) – Monkey biker gangs, nuff said. Courtesy of Keenan Marshall Keller and Tom Neely. It’s awesome.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 (Dynamite) – Writer Ron Marz takes on a new beginning for the classic character. We already have a review up.

Men of Wrath #2 (Marvel/Icon) – The first issue was impressive, and writer Jason Aaron gives us some more hard boiled crime drama with a mix of family tension.

Terrible Lizard #1 (Oni Press) – The touching story of a girl and her T-Rex… with a healthy dose of collateral damage and monster conflict on the side. Courtesy of writer Cullen Bunn.

Tooth & Claw #1 (Image Comics) – Writer Kurt Busiek’s story of an original high-fantasy epic for mature readers, as a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences.

The Zoohunters #1 (Aspen Comics) – Abros Kel is a ZooHunter—a man who is hired to capture animals for zoos on alien worlds. He and his young son Ty have lost everything due to a tragedy, and together this uncomfortable pair set out into the stars to train Ty as a ZooHunter. Along the way they encounter scores of alien life-forms on far away worlds including Qaurec—an unscrupulous rival ZooHunter who is hunting Abros down. Can Abros and Ty stay one step ahead of his villainy and prove successful in their quest? A new series from Aspen!

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.

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!

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