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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

united states of muder inc 4 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: United States of Murder Inc. #4 (Marvel/Icon) – Valentine and Jagger are on the run as the five families meet to decide the fate of the United States of Murder Inc. The alternate world story where the mob controls large parts of the United States has been a fun, and gripping read.

Armor Hunters #3 (Valiant Entertainment) –  Valiant has one of the best universes out there, and their current Armor Hunters storyline has been fantastic. It’s still not too late to get in on a great comic company.

Doberman #2 (Darby Pop Publishing/IDW Publishing) – 80s cheesy cop movies come to comics. Hilarious, and nostalgic at the same time.

The F1rst Hero #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A new series from Action Lab has a world where people with super powers just begin to emerge. The first issue is fantastic, both as an introduction to this world, and also a one and done comic.

Genius #2 (Top Cow Productions) – I liked the first issue when I read it four years ago, and have been waiting for the second issue to hit. A nice spin on the idea of gangs in America.

Skullkickers #30 (Image Comics) – A stand alone issue before the next arc begins. Skullkickers is entertaining fantasy, and every issue is fantastic.

Starlight #5 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar’s Flash Gordon homage has been damn near perfect with each issue. Fun, entertaining, and pays tribute to classic pulp fun.

Transformers: Primacy #1 (IDW Publishing) – Some more Transformers history filling in the gaps of the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The story is solid and art beautiful to look at.

The Walking Dead #130 (Skybound) – If you caught the end of last issue, how can you not want to read this one!?

Wolverine #11 (Marvel) – Marvel has big plans coming for Wolverine, and this is leading up to all of that.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the bunker 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: The Bunker #5 and The Bunker Vol. 1 (Oni Press) – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari have put together a time bending mystery that delves into fate, and destiny. Oni is giving you a chance this week to catch up by not only releasing the latest issue, but also the first volume too. This is easily one of the best comics on the market.

Harbinger: Omegas #1 (Valiant) – When it comes to comic universes, Valiant has one of the best out there. Simple to follow, able to hop in on any series you want, it’s planned, and a case study of what to do. This latest series is a hopping on point to see what the hype is all about.

Henry and Glenn: Forever and Ever TP (Microcosm Publishing) – The brilliant indie series skewers rock masculinity by seeing what would happen if Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins were more than just bandmates. This collects all the releases so far.

Lazarus #10 (Image) – One of the best female lead comics on the market, as well as a brilliant look at class. It’s a dystopian future where the world is carved up between rich families and their corporations.

The Mighty Titan #1 (Red Anvil Inc.) – Imagine you had powers. Imagine that you can make a difference. Bullets bounce off you. You can fly around the world and back. Imagine more that no matter what happens, whatever challenges may rear their head, you and you alone have the power to stop it. Now imagine you were told you have cancer. How would you deal with it. The Mighty Titan is writer Joe Martino’s attempt at wrapping his cancer experiences in a Superhero shell.

Nailbiter #4 (Image) – I’m a fan of serial killer, murder mysteries. This one is creepy and a great read too.

She-Hulk #7 (Marvel) – Charles Soule’s take on the green giant mixes her superherodom with her want of starting up her own law practice. An amazing comic that’s also one of the best of the year. It’s unique, entertaining, fun, funny, in other words, buy it!

The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead #1 (Oni Press) – Brother Roberto and Jesup will one day play important roles in the epic struggle to control the Sixth Gun. This is the tale that would shape these two–one an agent of the Knights of Solomon, the other a priest of the Sword of Abraham–into the men they will become. Writer Cullen Bunn expands his fantastic series with this spin-off.

Superior Foes of Spider-Man #14 (Marvel) – What happens when you take a bunch of C/D-list villains and give them their own series? Awesomeness! One of my favorite comics on the market right now. Always a fun read.

Thanos: The Infinity Revelation (Marvel) – Jim Starlin takes on one of his most famous creations in this original graphic novel.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

bodies #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: Bodies #1 (Vertigo) – A new Vertigo mini-series that follows four detectives over four different time periods. A centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue. Sounds so interesting, sign us up!

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (Valiant) – Valiant has one of the best universes out there, and their current Armor Hunters story has been fun action bringing the various corners together to battle one foe.

Caliban #5 (Avatar Press) – Garth Ennis does creepy sci-fi horror in this underrated and criminally overlooked series.

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo (Image Comics) – Have you read any of the previous issues of Chew with Agent Poyo? That alone merits this to make it on the list.

Deep Gravity #1 (Dark Horse) – A new sci-fi series that takes us to a new planet where gravity is greater and teams are rotated in and out over short stints. The first issues is solid setting things up for what looks like an interesting story.

Evil Empire #3 (BOOM! Studios) – It feels like a while since this last issue but Max Bemis’ series that looks at a crumbling America turning towards Libertarian anarchy is too fascinating a concept to not make the list.

Hawkeye #19 (Marvel) – This one has been a long time coming. The rumors say this series is running down, so we’re savoring every issue while we can.

Letter 44 Vol. 1: Escape Velocity (Oni Press) – If you missed the first issues, here’s your chance to catch up. A new President learns about why his predecessor ramped up wars, and the revelation changes his view of the world, his job, and the humanity as a whole. A great mix of science fiction and politics

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s entire Transformers line has been fantastic giving us a new spin on the classic characters. The comics are focused on religion, and nation building, but with giant robots.

The Wake #10 (Vertigo) – Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s series wraps up! It’s been a hell of a run!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Storm_1_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BlackMarket01_CoverAWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spread01_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rocket_Raccoon_1_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Outcast01_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wicked+Divine01_CoverAWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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