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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Moon_Girl_And_Devil_Dinosaur_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 and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: X-O Manowar #42 (Valiant) – The comic brings the conclusion to a four part story arc that has the potential to be world changing within Valiant’s Universe. I can’t wait to get this in my hands.

All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue’s introduction to Laura Kinney as Wolverine, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the story carries on.

Ivar, Timewalker #11 (Valiant) – It’s a comic by Valiant, so I’m already excited for it, but Ivar has been one of the most entertaining comics each month. Well worth adding to your pull list.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – The comic has an intelligent Tyrannosaurus Rex. That sold me on the comic right there, but on top of that there looks to be a lot of soul here that I’m excited for.



Top Pick: Silk #1 (Marvel) – As a Silk fan from the moment we met her in the bunker, Silk #1 has got to be my top pick for this week.  Featuring everyone’s favourite feline, The Black Cat, this first issue promises to be packed with turmoil as we see Silk taking a turn for the sinister.  The artwork is bursting with colour that really strikes, and Silk is looking seriously stunning.

But will she go too far on her new found path? Only one way to find out…

Carnage #2 (Marvel) – Carnage brings chaos, destruction and devastation with him wherever he goes (this issue promises to be no different) so it is really little wonder that the FBI are tracking down this serial Killer with sonic technology, supported by former astronaut John Jameson and a newly reformed Eddie Brock. With a faultless (?) plan to trap Carnage in an abandoned mine, what could possibly go wrong?



Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 (DC Comics) – The comic has been hyped for quite a while and lets face it, Frank Miller’s previous two volumes are classics and important works (even if you dislike them). The third volume of Miller’s Batman tale hits shelves this week and he’s got the help of Brian Azzarello for writing. I love Azzarello’s work, so his inclusion only makes this more anticipated. Add on top of that, art by Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert.

Archie #4 (Archie Comics) – Archie has been killing it this year, and especially in recent months with their relaunch of their Archie line of comics. This one finally reveals the “Lipstick Incident,” and I know Mark Waid and Annie Wu will knock it out of the park.

Captain Canuck #5/Captain Canuck: Unholy War (Chapter House Publishing) – Are you reading Captain Canuck? Well, you should. The series is a superhero comic in its purest form without the dark and gritty negativity so many others have. This week also has a double dose with a brand new issue, plus a collection of a limited series from 2004 reprinted as a trade. This week is a double dose of Captain Canuck awesomeness!

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – The comic looks and sounds beyond cute and awesome. It’s one of the most intriguing new series from Marvel.

Ringside #1 (Image Comics) – I loved wrestling growing up in the 80s. While it’s been a long time since I was a regular viewer, this new series by Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber sounds awesome with interconnected stories exploring the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers.



All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – This is the best Wolverine comic in a generation. Marvel’s most exciting post Secret Wars title so far. Check these reviews out to see why.

Art Ops #2 (Vertigo) – If you see Mike Allred’s art on this comic and it speaks to you (and it’s trademark Allred pop-art enthusiasm certainly speaks to me) then it’s certainly worth picking up issue #2 to see where it goes.

Black Magic #2 (Image Comics) –  A “witch noir” from one of the top creative teams in comics. I gave the first issue a 9 out of 10 score in my review. This is a brand new series from creators I trust to write fascinating female protagonists in interesting worlds with beautiful art.

The Fade Out #11 (Image Comics) – The best noir comic. Fascinating female characters. Beautiful, era evocative art.

Kaptara #5 (Image Comics) – The funniest and most outlandish fantasy series on the shelves. It’s actually Chip Zdarsky’s best work if you ask me. That’s saying something since I think he’s currently working on 100 different titles, all of which are of some renown.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (Marvel) – One of Marvel’s most anticipated debut issues. A black girl genius and her dinosaur. I know this is going to be a hit and I know you’ll be buying it for all the kids in your life and for yourself.



Top Pick: Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Marvel) – Kitty “Star-Lord” Pryde and her Guardians, who now include The Thing, have come to Spartax..but is Emperor Peter happy to see them?  The first issue of this relaunch was fun and brought me right back to the Guardians we left before Secret Wars (though now The Thing is a member…which is fantastic!…see what I did there?) and I am looking forward to more space fun with this crew and to see if Quill has let power go to his head.

All-New Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – This title was a pleasant surprise for me.  I was worried we’d get a typical hack and slash Wolverine book, but issue 1 definitely set Laura up as her own heroine and now she’s facing a problem that looks exactly like her…and she needs to know how and why this is happening; and I will be right there with you.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

HERO HOURLY 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 and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #1 (Valiant) – The Eternal Warrior has become one of my favourite comic book characters recently, and with this new series being the first released when my ear is turned toward Valiant has really got me excited.

Hero Hourly #1 (21 Pulp) – What if your day job was to be a superhero? What if instead of asking “you want fries with that?” you were punching people just waiting for the clock to tick own? Yeah, I can’t wait to get my hands on this inaugural offering from 21 Pulp.

The Paybacks #3 (Dark Horse) – Probably one of the funniest series on my pull list, the idea of a superhero repo squad is hillarious. If you can’t tell, I seem to have a hankering for non-traditional superhero fare this week.

Red Thorn #1 (Vertigo) – After talking with David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick about this comic (the writer and artist, respectively), I’m really pumped to check this out on Wednesday. That it’s chock full of Scottish mythology is also very interesting, as I know very little about that, and I’m looking forward to read some more.



Top Pick: Hero Hourly #1 (21 Pulp) – You think your job sucks? 21 Pulp kicks off their publishing slate with this new series which sees an average joe who can’t get the work he wants after college taking on a low paying gig as a superhero. Yes, superheroes are hired out as hourly security guards

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven (Lion Forge/IDW Publishing) – I remember watching WWE/WWF when I was a kid in the 80s, and one of the rockstars of that time was Andre the Giant, the mountain of a man. This graphic novel, working with his daughter, presents us the life of this legend. There’s already been one graphic novel released on Andre, and I loved that, and am looking forward to seeing how this one compares.

The Paybacks #3 (Dark Horse) – One of the funniest comics out there right now. It’s a superhero repo team. If that idea alone doesn’t put a smile on your face…

Star Wars: Vader Down #1 (Marvel) – I’ve read the first issue and if you’re a fan of Marvel’s Star Wars comics, you’ll love this start of their first crossover event. So good.

Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 (Valiant) –  When I think of Valiant, I think quality. The event Book of Death really shook up the Eternal Warrior setting him upon this new path. When it says Valiant, I know I’m going to be entertained and this kicking off a new series is a great place to start and find out yourself.



Top Pick: Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #4 (Image Comics)Phonogram is the best new comic around. I wrote an essay on why. A must for all music lovers and comics fans alike.

Jughead #2 (Archie Comics) – It’s a new world — one in which people who mostly read super heroes or read creator-owned comics are won over by the quirky humor and art of Chip Zardski and Erica Henderson. A world where people like me actually read an Archie comic. I truly enjoyed this new take on the world of Archie. From what I know of Jughead (ok, not much) Erica and Chip are channeling Jughead’s spirit for a new age. Really fun.

The Mighty Thor #1 (Marvel) – Thor is still Doctor Jane Foster, therefore I’m still interested.

Pretty Deadly #6 (Image Comics) – Pretty Deadly is about Death’s Daughter. But the real focus is the comic’s atmosphere — like a psychedelic Western movie, and the unusual poetic rhythm of its prose. This new arc takes place many years after issue 5. It starts like a psychedelic western too but it ends like…. you’ll just have to read it.


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

All-New_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!

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.


Top Pick: Southern Bastards #12 (Image Comics) – There’s lots of solid comics out this week, but it’s a no-brainer to suggest the top comic on the market right now. This Southern noir comic delivers with each and every issue focused on a small town filled with racists, drugs, and football. There’s not much I can say yet about this issue other than it’s a special one written and drawn by Jason Latour.

Carnage #1 (Marvel) – Out of all of the comics announced by Marvel for their reboot, this one was low on my list. After the Point One comic released a month back, it immediately shot up the list. I’m intrigued by the premise which seems to follow Carnage on a killing spree and the man tasked to bring him in. It has a more Silence of the Lambs vibe than superhero.

Descender #7 (Image Comics) -Jeff Lemire is one of the best comic writers out there, and this new issue also starts a new arc. The comic is just an amazing character story that has vibes of the movie A.I., but done right.

Illuminati #1 (Marvel) -The Red Hood gets a band together to take on the good guys. I’ve liked some of the recent comics that have focused on Marvel’s villains and writer Joshua Williamson has shown he can do awesome action and twisted with Nailbiter and Birthright.

Letter 44 #21 (Oni Press) – This one shot illustrated by Ryan Kelly takes us back to the recruitment drive for the Clarke astronauts. The series mixes sci-fi and politics, and is awesome.



All-New Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I haven’t read a straight up Wolverine comic in a lifetime. But promise me an all new Wolverine – – his teenage clone Laura Kinney, formerly X-23 and I’m ready for some snikt.

Central to my interest is her character design. Her street clothes are realistic street clothes for a young woman and she’s wearing her father’s old costume– not a bathing suitificaition of it. This design respects her as an individual and doesn’t turn her into cheesecake. The usual cheesecake treatment would have had nothing to do with her personality and therefore would have been sexist.

Catwoman #46 (DC Comics) – This issue concludes one of the most interesting story arcs in DC comics in ages and marks the departure of the awesome creative team:  (W) Genevieve Valentine — who we’ve interviewed (A) David Messina (CA) Kevin Wada.

Selina is Catwoman once more and Eiko Hasigawa, her “it’s complicated” and temporary Catwoman, is now taking over as a crime boss after her father’s assassination at the hands of Black Mask. The emotional stakes are high and the status quo is changing.

Constantine the Hellblazer #6 (DC Comics) – Easily one of the finest comics out by the big two publishers. I came into reading the series primarily familiar with the character from his appearances in Swamp Thing, the TV show and general cultural awareness. The comic is definitely welcoming to fans both new and old. There is a blend of dark humor, self destructive lust and relatable melancholy that’s required in a Constantine comic. Yet, the stories and art feel all new.

The Wicked + The Divine #16 (Image Comics) – Fans of the series joke about how we are tortured by favorite characters getting offed all the time. This makes sense since while the comic appears to be about popular culture it is also about mortality and youth. It has held a relentless pace of complex mystety and character and gorgeous, innovative art– guest artists included. Gillen is also one of the only men who consistently writes women characters so well that I can’t tell.

Wolf Vol. 1 TP (Image Comics) – One of the most interesting urban fantasy stories I’ve seen. Ales Kot is a promising innovator in storytelling. The LA the characters inhabit feels real to me.



Top Pick: Catwoman #46 (DC Comics) – In the last few months, Catwoman has become possibly favorite offerings from DC. The crime drama is hitting all the right keys and is setting up for a great crescendo for the story arc conclusion.

Carnage #1 (Marvel) – This is my hopeful pick of the week. I still hold a soft spot in my heart for Carnage from the 90s. Even if, he hasn’t done anything to thrill me since then. But, for some reason, I still get excited whenever the evil symbiote comes around.

Rebels #8 (Dark Horse Comics) – Few comics embrace American mythos as well or as entertainingly as Rebels. Each issue is full of great stand alone stories making all of them a great jumping on point for history lovers.

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Diesel has been an endlessly fun ride. With the mini-series picking up momentum, there is no better time to catch up on the story so far. This comic is just good and needs your attention.


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Top Pick: Batman #46 (DC Comics) – Capullo, Snyder. Y’all know the drill. Buy this book or the GCPD will boot your door in.

Secret Wars #7 (Marvel Comics) – More than 3/4 through and we still live under Doom. I can’t wait to see the Thing cut loose too! It’s Cosmic clobberin’ time!!!

Superman: American Alien #1 (DC Comics) – I’m very intrigued with this one for sure. Not quite sure if I want young Clark Kent to be a lawbreakers bad ass but I’m willing to take the hayride and see where it goes.

The Walking Dead #148 (Image Comics) – After last month’s talk fest, I’m looking forward to getting back to the blood and guts that makes this title so great. Kind of hoping Carl gets it too.



Top Pick: All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 (Marvel) – Thor, Captain America and Iron Man…new mantles, new heroes, new Avengers.  I will admit, I am hesitant after reading Uncanny Avengers and The New Avengers (my reviews will explain why); this All New Marvel has left me with luke warm feelings.  But I’m digging the line up of this team and I am just hoping this is an Avengers title I can finally get on board with.

Top Pick: Thors #4 (Marvel) – The concluding issue of what, to me, has been THE best book of Secret Wars.  I’m sorry to see this one go, and I hope it ends on the thunder clap this series deserves.

All-New Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I almost didn’t add this to my list, but I have to admit I am curious to see X-23 picking up the mantle of Wolverine.  I really hope we get a story exploring Laura in her new role and not just a hack and slash story with a female Wolverine.

Ultimates #1 (Marvel) – This is a very interesting roster of heroes brought together to stop cosmic level threats.  Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Ms. America are enough to get me excited….but if this cover is any hint that Galactus is part of the team?  I am ALL in!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Klaus_001_A_MainWednesdays 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.


Top Pick: We Stand On Guard #5 (Image Comics) – The six issue series is heading to it’s conclusion, and it’s been one hell of ride so far. I’ve had this on my top picks ever since it  debuted back in July.

Extraordinary X-Men #1 (Marvel) – It’s been a LONG time since I read an X-Men book, and I really enjoyed seeing Old Man Logan interact with the characters during his Secret Wars mini series.

Hercules #1 (Marvel) – The whole idea that Hercules is trying to remind people who he is seems so very meta to me, as I think that’s what Marvel are doing, too.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns up in the MCU at some point.

Howard The Duck # 1 (Marvel) – This was one of my favourite comics before Secret Wars launched, the off beat humour was right up my alley, and I can’t wait to see where Mr. T Duck ends up now.

Johnny Red #1 (Titan Comics) – I was fortunate enough to have already read and reviewed this comic, but what I’m most looking forward too is getting my hands on this comic and seeing those double page spreads.

Klaus #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Grant Morrison reinvents Santa Claus. ’nuff said.



Top Pick: Citizen Jack #1 (Image Comics) – Wow is there a lot of great comics this week. This horror-comedy for anyone who hates politics! This Presidential candidate worships the devil. Hopefully this is as smart satire as it can be.

James Bond #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m a huge James Bond fan and so excited for this new series.

Klaus #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on Santa Claus which is a bit more Conan, and the art is amazing. Such a great first issue.

Monstress #1 (Image Comics) – Marjorie Liu’s new series that’s a beautiful fantasy series and a fantastic story.

Unfollow #1 (Vertigo) – A new series from Vertigo? That alone will get me to check out the series.



Top Pick: Papergirls #2 (Image Comics) – Stand By Me meet’s Repo Man to paraphrase J9’s review of issue 1 which see also described as “an admirable pack of sharp young women who are actively trying to integrate their school smarts with street smarts.” Issue 1 was incredibly good. a compelling cast of girls standing up to bullies like cops, and teenagers, and aliens (?!). The art and dialog both nail the 80s setting.

Top Pick: Monstress #1 (Image Comics) – Marjorie Liu’s new creator owned fantasy series is “a dark fantastic adventure set in an alternate 1900s Asia.” This is a series concept that is all new and much needed from an excellent writer (her Black Widow series was The Best) and the art looks pitch perfect and stunning.

Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – The relaunch looks funny (it’s by one of the funniest writers in the business) and Howard’s scene with Doctor Strange in the park seems oddly touching. Give the new series a shot!

The Humans #9 (Image Comics) – EVERYBODY DIES! I mean, clearly, from the stakes established in the last issue of the world’s best apesploitation-biker-gang-historical-fiction comic, that is on the table.

Niobe #1 (Stranger Comics) – The actress who played Rue in The Hunger Games and who did a masterful takedown on cultural appropriation in her web video is cowriting a new fantasy series with a black elf girl in the lead. It looks good!

Velvet #12 (Image Comics) – Brubaker writes the best noir mystery thrillers. period. This one has an awesome older woman in the lead and you need it.

Top Pick: Klaus #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I had no idea I ever wanted to know Santa Claus’ origin until I saw this comic. The fact its based on ideas of Viking lore also speaks to the inner history buff in me. Oh, and Grant Morrison. I cannot wait to read this just to see how strange it gets.

Drax #1 (Marvel) – Honestly, this pick is more out of curiosity than pure excitement. Former WWE wrestler CM Punk makes his big debut at Marvel with my favorite character from the Guardians of the Galaxy. This could be a fun action packed adventure or pure disappointment. Either way, I have to know how it turns out.

Uncanny X-Men #600 (Marvel) – I’m a sucker for milestone issues. I’ve been a fan of Brian Michael Bendis for a long time too. So, anytime one of his great runs ends, I am always excited to check it out.


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Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel Comics) – Seeing Peter Parker take his friendly neighborhood crusade on a grand scale has been an absolute joy to watch. I didn’t think Slott and Co. could go higher after Superior Spider-Man but they did. It’s a new and exciting take on Peter Parker and having Hobie Brown and his cast join Parker Industries has been awesome. Plus how can you not be excited about Spidey and the Human Torch meeting again! One of the longstanding great on again off again friendships in comics, gets another chapter. No doubt things will be heated. Flame on!

Green Lantern #46 (DC Comics) – Hal teaming with the Black Hand? Color me interested. A must see for me for sure!

Justice League Darkseid War: Superman #1 (DC Comics) – I absolutely enjoyed the Batman tie in last week and I’m anxious to see what they can pull off with Big Blue. The design looks great and anytime Lex Luthor is the voice of reason, you get a fun tale out of it. Hopefully the momentum continues here.



Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #1 (Marvel) – I am excited that the X-Men are back!  I am excited for this team line up (Colossus and Magik together?  Yes please!)  However, I am not excited with the prospect of the mutants facing yet another extinction level threat.  Haven’t they been through enough?  Just when the world was seeing new mutants again, a new threat wants to wipe them out; and now they will be pitted against the Inhumans.  Very curious to see how this plays out..but a little leary about another extinction looming over our merry mutants.

Uncanny X-Men #600 (Marvel) – This series started out with such an interesting premise….Cyclops, leading a revolution for mutants, ushering in a new era.  To be honest, we haven’t seen that pan out…all the fanfare, but nothing to show for it.  Nor have I been a huge fan of Bendis’ work on this book *coughresearchyourcharacterscough*.  I have liked the new mutants assembled at Cyclops’ school; Emma Frost is always reason enough for me to read a book she’s in and there have been a few bright points in this book that kept me coming back (Eva Bell and Dazzler especially).  So yes, I will include this as a ‘top pick’…at least to see how it concludes..and hope Bendis doesn’t muck it up.



Uncanny X-Men #600 (Marvel) – Well we’ve gotten a tributary re-numbering, marking the end of an era. Whether you loved or hated Bendis’ run on the core x-titles this issue is bound to be essential reading for any X-Fan moving forward. For myself personally I am itching to see how the transition to the new status quo for the X-Men is undertaken, and I am really dying to see the final verdict on Scott Summers “Revolution” It will also be nice to see Hank McCoy held to account for his actions as well.

Unfollow #1 (DC Comics) – When I first read the plot for this story, it sounded to me like an experiment put together by Arcade from Marvel, with Phillip Zimbardo and Stanley Milgram.  I really enjoy a good social commentary and what better social commentary than our Faustian addiction to social media? This dark and hunger games-esque story detailing what happens when a network of random strangers must kill each other to procure a cash prize is sure to be water-cooler talk for some time. I’m here for it.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BlackMagick01_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!

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.


Top Pick: Book Of Death #4 (Valiant Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series I’ve read over the past few months, and this issue is somewhat bitter sweet; I don’t want it to end, but I really want to see how it ends… if you haven’t read this series, then grab the trade.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – A drug addicted cop and a brutal vigilante. The Black Hood is both of those, struggling to take the fight beyond the law as he battles his own demons. Duane Swierczynski has been praised for his portrayal of addiction with this series, and I can’t wait to find out why.



Top Pick: Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel) – One of the most intriguing All-New, All-Different Marvel releases, what’s drawing me is a group of of characters that make me smile (Hit-Monkey!) being written by Frank Barbiere with art by Brent Schoonover. Comics are supposed to be fun, and that’s exactly what this one seems like it’ll be to me.

Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – Greg Rucka writing, Nicola Scott on art. Ruck doing a gothic-noir series with a female lead? Yeah, this is a no-brainer for me.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – This darker line of superhero comics from Archie have been knocking it out of the park. A dark noirish hero, this comic begins a new story arc. Every issue has been entertaining mixing a modern sensibility with its pulp roots.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – One of DC’s best recent releases, each issue mixes superhero antics, but also has given me thought about the character of Cyborg himself and how reflects upon me and my life. Entertainment as a reflection of ourselves, a definite read.

Prez #5 (DC Comics) – I love my politics, and of course this is on my list. The satire series hits WAY too close to home, and the 2016 Presidential election doesn’t feel that far off from this political send-up set in the future.



Top Pick: Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – The first ever “witch noir”! A new series from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Both excel at writing and drawing (respectively), fascinating, believable female characters. This dream team is can’t miss and the genre sounds like fun.

Angela Queen of Hel #1 (Marvel) – Look at these beautiful queens! Look at the adorable queer women in flawlessly painted art by Stephanie Hans! The best new couple in Marvel is back in black. In hell.

Batgirl #45 (DC Comics) – Big Queer Wedding Issue! This is a comics first: an Asian-American bisexual trans woman marrying her redheaded activist fiancée. And Dick Grayson will show up. Get ready to throw rice and munch on popcorn at the same time.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 (Marvel) – Captain America has always been a progressive hero (listen to our podcast for more on that) and this new series has African-American war vet superhero Sam Wilson in the drivers seat making his own political statements. Good.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – The surprise hit comic full of socially aware sci-fi. Can Vic make peace with the people who KILLED him? Why does society always expect black men to make piece with their oppressors? Also, the highly silver-age and adorable Metal Men showed up last issue.

Island #4 (Image Comics) – Out there art. Multiple Warheads. A new story about a city kid with wings that kinda made me cry.



Top Pick: Colder: Toss the Bones #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – I don’t like scary things but, this comic is so good I keep coming back to it. The psychological horror of Nimble Jack keeps has me peeking through my blanket to see what he’s going to do next. If you like horror, this is one of the better comics out today.

Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not normally a fan of spin-offs for large crossover events like the Darkseid War. But, I’ve enjoyed the main series a lot and Batman as the god of knowledge is a concept I am really excited to see fully play out.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – There is no real logic behind why I am excited for the new Squirrel Girl comic. It could be it’s very self aware cover claiming this is only it’s second #1 so far this year (well played Marvel), or it could be that I am excited to take a flyer on a quirky and fun looking new story. Sometimes, the latter is all you need.


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Top Pick: Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – The true itteration of the almighty Bat-God is here. I couldn’t be more pumped for this. An all knowing and stubborn Batman on Metron’s chair. I think I just squeaked. Hopefully we get good use of the ultimate knowledge and maybe even the Joker’s real name. Just coolness x2.

Batman and Robin Eternal #4 (DC Comics) – Hoping this is the week we get an answer to that cliffhanger bomb from issue #1. At the very least I want to see bearded Bruce Wayne kick some ass. I know it’s going to be a slow burn for this epic but I want some good stuff on the plate now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #51 (IDW Publishing) – New era. New Direction. What awaits our half-shelled heroes going forward? Well I can’t wait to find out. Gonna read this one with a hot pie!



Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Justice League #45Wednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Ivar, Timewalker #10 (Valiant) – There are dinosaurs riding dinosaurs. That’s all.

Rai #11 (Valiant) – I usually stay clear of most sci-fi comics, or at the least those set in the far future, but something about Rai has me intrigued. Ive enjoyed the first two issues in the current arc, and I can’t wait to see where it ends up.

The Shield #1 (Dark Circle Comics) – The last series I read from Dark Circle, The Fox, was amazing. I can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for this series.



Top Pick: The Arab of the Future (Metropolitan Books) – Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi’s Libya, and Assad’s Syria, but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of dreams for the Arab nation. It not only allows us to learn more about an eccentric family, but also a world many of us will never know.

Back to the Future #1 (IDW Publishing) – I love the fist two films (third not so much), and I’m nervous about this series, but holy crap am I excited for it.

Justice League #45 (DC Comics) – The “Darkseid War” continues as the second wave begins as the Justice League members have gained great power, but at a price. Wonder Woman and Mister Miracle must help the League escape the curse of the New Gods and hold on to their humanity. The last issue left my jaw on the floor. I’m expecting more of the same.

The Paybacks #2 (Dark Horse) – One of the funniest new series out there. Each issue so far has had me laughing, and left me beyond entertained. Absolutely brilliant on so many levels.

Uncanny Inhumans #1 (Marvel) – The Inhumans are one of four main cores of the Marvel universe (Spider-Man, X-Men, and Avengers being the other three). This new series, featuring the talents of writer Charles Soule and artists Steve McNiven and Brandon Peterson, not only features Medusa, Black Bolt, Triton, and Reader, but also Torch and Beast!? Yeah, I’m intrigued.


Mr. H

Top Pick: Titans Hunt #1 (DC Comics) – The original Titans back together again solving a mystery?  Hell yes. So excited for this book and have faith the creative team will knock it out the park. I will be waiting with my catchers mitt to see if I’m right.

Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Marvel) – This book has just been flat out fun. I’ve heard people say that Peter Parker is being handled like a poor man’s Tony Stark. I don’t buy that argument at all, but I will be buying this. Why? Because it’s fun and for our Friendly World Spider-Man that’s exactly what I want. Go Team Slott!

Batman and Robin Eternal #3 (DC Comics) – The first issue was gangbusters, last week’s was a bit slow. Now that the characters and the list has been introduced, I hope the action ramps up and we get a great Bat tale. Very glad Cassandra Cain is back too.

Justice League #45 (DC Comics) – What can be said about this book that hasn’t already been said? It’s a steamrolling juggernaut and like the New England Patriots I can count on Johns and Co. to give me a great performance and the W! Hoping Darkseid is not really dead though.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

REBELS #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!

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.


Top Pick: Battling Boy: Fall of the House of West (First Second) – The latest graphic novel in Paul Pope’s Battling Boy series focuses on Aurora West and her focus on finding the person responsibly for the death of her mother. Like the graphic novels before it, this one is beyond entertaining with a sense of pulp fun and adventure.

Balkans Arena (Humanoids) This original graphic novel takes us into the seedy underworld of a country whose violent past echoes in their present.

East of West #21 (Image Comics) – The apocalyptic series doesn’t disappoint and it’s one of the series I look forward to with each issue. Always at the top of my read list.

Twilight Children #1 (Vertigo) – Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke on a Vertigo series? Yes please!

Two Brothers (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba about twin brothers raised apart. Heartbreaking and memorizing. You can read my review.



Top Pick: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This instantly became a must read for me after the first issue. If you missed missed the beginning, hurry up and go pick it up and then read this. It’s too good to pass up.

Batman #45 (DC Comics) – There’s a new Batman coming out by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. I don’t know what you need to be excited by a comic but that’s plenty for me. I’m in!

Catwoman #45 (DC Comics) – I’m going to keep putting this on my list of top picks for the week until it stops being so phenomenal. And, honestly, I don’t see that happening any time soon so, go check this out for a thrilling crime saga.

Rebels #7 (Dark Horse Comics) – I really enjoy takes on historical mythology and this is an extremely solid look at the classic American folklore tale of Molly Pitcher. Let your inner history lover out. It’s worth it.


Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman and Robin Eternal #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best cliffhangers I’ve seen in some time with Batman, and Dick Grayson back in the driver’s seat? No brainer. Oh Brother, oh Mother, bring this on!

Superman: Lois and Clark #1 (DC Comics) – Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks, continuity? Yes please! Bring it on! I forget you, sometime…

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics) – Bold move bringing Ryan Reynolds, errr Deadpool on your team. Love me some Pool. You got one issue to prove me out.



Top Pick: New Avengers #1 (Marvel)Secret Wars is coming to a close, and now we are seeing new teams forming and The New Avengers is one I am very excited about.  Mostly because I get Hulkling and Wiccan back (and apparently Wiccan has been made over), but this line up looks like it will be a lot of fun, and they can kick butt.  It’s going to be a fun ride to see how this team is received.

A-Force #5 (Marvel) – Well the traitor has been revealed, and they’ve made sure to end things with a bang!  Nothing that She-Hulk and the ladies of A-Force can’t handle….I hope.  This has been one of my favourite titles in Secret Wars, and I am very excited to see this title continuing in the new Marvel Universe.

Civil War #5 (Marvel) – It all comes down to this battle…forces clash to determine the fate of this region of Battleworld, and the mysterious third party involved will not doubt be throwing their hat into the ring.  The reveal was pretty shocking to me on who this third party is, and I’m looking to forward to see how they fare in the battle.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The Guardians are back….sort of.  Star-Lord is running a planet, so his fiancé Kitty is now on the team; along with the ever loving blue eyed Thing???  Just seeing Grimm as a member of this time has me excited!

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel) – This title I add as a top pick hesitantly.  The last volume of Uncanny Avengers was way less then stellar, but I am hoping this new line up and mission can win me back.  It is an interesting roster, with a new member I have not seen before, so I am curious about this teams mission.  Plus I’m really wanting to know why Steve Rogers would want Deadpool on an Avengers team.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

PaperGirls01_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 and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Old Man Logan #5 (Marvel) – I loved the first Old Man Logan, it remains to this day one of the best Wolverine stories told in the last fifteen years. This sequel doesn’t quiet measure up to those lofty heights, but I never expected it too. This story is a fun exploration of a character that has been missing from our comics for a long time, and I’m enjoying every page.

Detective Comics #45 (DC Comics) – Honestly, if it wasn’t for the possibility of more Harvey Bullock, this comic wouln’t be on my list at all. Who doesn’t love Harvey Bullock?



Top Pick: Drawn Onward (Big Planet Comics/Retrofit) – I picked up a copy of this small press indie book a while ago, and seriously it’s one of the best comics I’ve read this year. A comic that looks at a relationship from two perspectives, you need to read the comic front to back, and then back to front to get the full experience. Absolutely brilliant. You can read my review here.

Captain Canuck #4 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Remember when superheroes were supposed to be fun? This comic series follows Canada’s champion and is exactly that, fun with lots of action!

Cyborg #3 (DC Comics) – A comic that has parts superhero and part reflection, Cyborg’s solo series has been a breath of fresh air in many ways, especially since its tackled so many issues such as race and disabilities head on.

Jughead #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie’s relaunch of their titles have been amazing so far. Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson are masters at what they do, and the fact they’re on this comic has me beyond excited.

Southern Bastards #11 (Image Comics) – The best ongoing comic being produced hands down, no question.



Top Pick: Paper Girls #1 (Image Comics) – The writer of Saga (aka the comic even my Dad will read) and the artist of Wonder Woman team up for some 1988 newspaper girl badassness.

Top Pick: Jughead #1 (Archie Comics) – I never read Archie till the relaunch and boy does this one look like fun. Zdarsky and Henderson are aces at comedy without being mean spirited. Both are zany and oddball talents, making them the most Jughead-worthy team ever.

8House: Yorris Part 1 (Image Comics) – 8House is always something interesting and new. I’d suggest getting all #1 of the 8House mini imprint if you’re hungry from something unique and strange. This book has a euro-comic feel shared by many of the 8House stories.

Cyborg #3 (DC Comics) – A seriously smart comic about disability and race. It’s also great as pure sci-fi. Because those are things good sci-fi is supposed to do.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I’ve wanted a new Doctor Strange book for a long time. Jason Aaron’s pitch is a strong one: “Who do you call when things are coming out of your dreams and trying to kill you? He’s the only person standing between us and the forces of darkness, but has he been paying his tab?” –  The mildly de-aged Doctor sounds like he could be the Marvel version of John Constantine. But I’d prefer if it goes its own way since Constantine is winning at Constantine-ing (boy do I love that comic).

The Humans #8 (Image Comics) – Serious shit went down last issue in my favorite historical-fiction/funny-animal/ape-sploitation comic. Now, the biker gang’s old ladies are on the cover of this month’s issue with semi-automatic weapons pointed. That’s all I’m saying.



Top Pick: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 (IDW Publishing) – Shredder vs. the Turtles. 90% of my childhood was built around this rivalry and time has made me no less excited to see these mortal enemies go at it again.

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I have always had a special place in my heart for comic book characters that are so far on the fringe of their own universe that people with outrageous super powers rarely dare to go into their realm and Doctor Strange personifies this better than almost anyone.

The Omega Men #5 (DC Comics) – After all the push back resulting from DC attempting to end this series at issue 6 I had to check out what all the fuss was about and I have yet to be disappointed.

What If? Infinity – Thanos (Marvel) – Anyone who has ever heard a story has always wondered “What if?”. And I always get a kick out of Marvel trying to answer these questions. Especially, ones I never thought to ask like how Thanos joining the Avengers would turn out.



Top Pick: Siege #4 (Marvel) – This has been a fantastic Secret Wars tie in, and I am very excited for this issue….Thanos has arrived!  Can Abigail and the defenders of The Shield survive?  Can’t wait to find out!

Avengers #0 (Marvel) – A slew of new Avengers titles coming down the line, and this issue #0 gives us a look at the new teams.  Very excited to get inside the teams we’ve only seen teaser pics about; the rosters, their missions…and apparently someone is keeping a close eye on these Avengers.  Can’t wait!

Contest of Champions #1 (Marvel) – Heroes fighting in a cosmic game of chess, to see who can wield incredible power.  Yeah, it’s been done before, but with different versions of heroes and villains to pull from?  Ok, I’m interested.



Top Pick: Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel)Jason Aaron tackles another iconic Marvel property, and I got a feeling, he is about make this legend, even more relevant and exciting than ever!!!

Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)- any storyline that brings back Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson into the Spiderverse, is one at least finding out why, which is only part of the fun.

Batman and Robin Eternal #1 (DC Comics) – The reintroduction of Dick Grayson into Batman’s world??/ I cannot wait to read this, as Dick revisits a case when he was Robin.

Contest of Champions #1 (Marvel) – a classic showdown between Thanos, Maestro, Venom Gamora, and a host of others battle it out

Paper Girls #1 (Image) I love Brian K.Vaughn’s work , as he truly has the Midas touch when it comes to series, especially when it original series , and this one is right up his alley and he teams up Cliff Chang of Batman fame for this one.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Justice League #44 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 and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Farlain The Goblin #4 (Studio Farlain) – Oh my goodness. This is an absolutely great comic that tells a story of a goblin trying to find a forest. If it sounds simple, well, it is. But it’s also incredibly endearing, and amazingly fun.

Archie #3 (Archie Comics) – It’s hard to believe I had never read an issue of Archie before this version was released. This reminds me of the early days of Ultimate Spider-Man minus the spandex. And radioactive spiders.

Batman Annual #4 (DC Comics)After the last issue of Batman (if you haven’t read Elana’s article about it, you should), my excitement level is really high with this comic. I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the fourth annual.



Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 1 (First Second) – The latest graphic novel from Gene Luen Yang. This is one I’ve been waiting for since I heard about it a few years ago at the National Book Festival. It takes place at Stately Academy, a school with many mysteries to solve, and Yang has worked in real logic puzzles and programming instruction into this graphic novel which not only entertains, but also teaches you too!

Justice League #44 (DC Comics) – Justice League is in the middle of an epic with the team caught in between a battle of giants, and members going every which way. This is a story on a massive scale that can only happen in comics.

Rasputin #9 (Image Comics) – It’s Rasputin in the middle of a modern-day political campaign, and it’s fascinating.

Transformers #45/Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #45 (IDW Publishing) – I love IDW’s various Transformers series, and both take interesting spins this week, one with a lot of action, and the other with a look at some reject Decepticons. So good and never disappoints.

Zodiac Starforce #2 (Dark Horse) – The first issue was fun, and fleshed out the previous minicomic I read from years back. The series looks like it’ll be an interesting take on a familiar formula (Sailor Moon), but overall the key is fun and entertaining.



Archie #3 (Archie Comics) – I have never read an Archie book in my life (other than Archie Vs Predator) till I read this one. It is so good. Cute dialog, wonderful character studies. All ages goodness. Fiona Stapels is Magic. Jugghead is my new fave.

Grayson Annual #2 (DC Comics) – This series manages to be funny, suspenseful, unpredictable, fanservicey as hell but also suprisingly emotionally raw when it wants to be. I think this week it wants to be.

Material TP (Image Comics) – If this comic had a genre it would be Derida. The new trade paperback includes an essay by friend of GP, Spencer Ackerman. A political an urgent comic about the issues of the day like racism, surveillance and artificial intelligence.

Zodiac Starforce #2 (Dark Horse) – Sailor Moon 2.0? A former sailor scouts type team is coming into their later teens and struggling with what that means. Lovely art and colors. Nice diverse cast.


Mr. H

Top Pick: Grayson Annual #2 (DC Comics) – Every issue of this title has been an absolute hit. Now factor in we get a meeting between Clark and Dick in their new lives, you’ve got the makings of a classic!

Captain America: White #2 (Marvel Comics) – I loved the first issue. This team is always dynamite for me, it’s nice to see Cap and Bucky back in their purest form.  Bring on the baddies!

Green Lantern Annual #4 (DC Comics) – We finally get to find out where Hal got Darlene from and more insight into his new mission. I’m buckled in, lets head through the blasting zone!

Justice League #44 (DC Comics) – The cosmic battle royale continues. I am so pumped to see what becomes of Bat-God, Evil Superman and oh yeah those other guys too.

Superman #44 (DC Comics) – The awaited finale to “Truth”. Let’s see if it comes with some Justice!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

InvisibleRepublic06_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 and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Democracy GN (Bloomsbury) – Beginning in 490 BCE, this graphic novel shows the tortuous birth of democracy, is crammed with extraordinary characters and tells in incident and vivid detail how this greatest of civic inventions came about.

Invisible Republic #6 (Image Comics) – This comic featuring a reporter uncovering the truth of the rise and fall of a world leader and revolutionary is a fascinating comic that I can’t get enough of. Every issue is riveting.

Princeless: Be Yourself #4 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The end to the latest volume is here! This is a series that’s fun for both kids and adults, and should be on everyone’s read list.

Transformers: Windblade #7 (IDW Publishing) – Windblade and Starscream are competing to gain lost Transformer colonies as allies. The latest one might be more than either can handle.

We Are Robin #4 (DC Comics) – The last issue ended with a bang, and it looks like the first team member has been killed. The series is an interesting one, diverse, full of energy, I’m just not quite sure where it’s going, but I want to find out.



Top Pick: Over the Garden Wall #2 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the most visually arresting cartoons on TV apparently has a comic book and I didn’t even know! Join me in making up for lost time. This TV series was haunting and charming and funny and beautiful and since the book shares a creative team with the show it looks wonderful. A must for fans of Turn-of-the-last-century Americana.

Avatar: The Last Airbender. Smoke and Shadow TP Part 1 (Dark Horse) -Written by Eisner winner Gene Luen Yang, all of the Avatar comics have been wonderful addendum to the beloved TV series. I’m sure that all-ages-all-genders loveliness will continue in this new arc.

Fight Club 2 #5 (Dark Horse) – If you liked the movie or the book you’re probably already reading this. An incredibly well crafted book in story and art.

Grayson #12 (DC Comics) – “You’re here, I’m here. We’re surrounded by an excessive amount of skulls. The moment just seems right…” daaamn, Grayson was using all of my old pickup lines last issue. This series manages to be funny, suspenseful, fanservicey as hell but also surprisingly emotionally raw when it wants to be. In this issue Grayson is finally returning to Gotham. He’s going to be shaken (not stirred) and it’s going to be interesting.

Wolf #3 (Image Comics) – Urban fantasy/horror that actually feels fresh. Everything creator Ales Kot touches is both out-of-the-box and small (p) political.



Top Pick: X-Tinction Agenda #4 (Marvel) – The mutants of Utopia must band together with the mutants of Genosha in order to defeat a a common foe…a traitor from within!  This has been an enjoyable title, revisiting the island of Genosha and the struggle of its inhabitants to survive not only a virus slowly killing them, but also having their one time friends turn their backs on their plight.  Looking forward to see how this showdown ends.

Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #4 (Marvel) – This title has been a surprise for me.  I really wasn’t expecting much, but I am loving the story of Captain Marvel and her squad questioning the world they live in and their “Lord Doom”; thoughts that could cost them their very lives; and now they have a team of Thors coming for them!  Really excited to see if they find the answers they’ve been looking for.

Runaways #4 (Marvel) – To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled with this title after issue #2 so I haven’t kept up with it; but then I saw the cover for #4 and I decided to get #3 as well and see what’s been happening.  I really liked the cast of characters and this team up, and the kids rebelling against all they’ve been taught to believe.  We’ll see if the latest issues have stepped up, so for that, I am looking forward to this.

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