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Preview: Grumpy Cat Collection

Grumpy Cat Collection

writers: Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, Ben Fisher
artists: Steve Uy, Ken Haeser, Tavis Maiden, Agnes Garbowska
cover: Steve Uy
FC • 104 pages • $12.99 • All Ages
COLLECTS DYNAMITE’S FIRST, 3-ISSUE MINI SERIES!

Dynamite proudly presents the comic book misadventures of Grumpy Cat, featuring “The World’s Grumpiest Cat” and her brother, Pokey! With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. Now, her unbearable cuteness and infectious sourpuss are featured in an all-new, all-sensational collection of comic stories, sure to make fans of all ages laugh! If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistible scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey!

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Preview: A Train Called Love #5

A Train Called Love #5

writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Mark Dos Santos
cover: Russ Braun
incentive cover: Russ Braun (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Penny and Marcy wake up somewhere strange, while Valerie and Myles find out the secret behind Marv’s potentially disastrous scheme… but their attempts to derail his plans prove fruitless. Mike’s rage at his former employers boils over (unfortunately, at the wrong person), and Penny’s attempt to talk tough with Beverly leads to her getting a lesson in love.

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Preview: Seduction of the Innocent #3

Seduction of the Innocent #3

writer: Ande Parks
artist: Esteve Polls
cover: Francesco Francavilla
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The streets of 1953 San Francisco are overflowing with blood, as a pair of ghastly killers continue to terrorize the city. FBI Agent Thomas Jennings has his hands full at his new post. He’s got to find two lost children before they become the next victims, he’s got to bring the villains to justice, and he’s got to keep himself from slipping into madness. From the Japanese Tea Garden to San Fran’s legendary Chinatown, the battle rages. Tough, gritty crime action, guaranteed to send the ghost of Dr. Fredric Wertham into a panic.

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Preview: Voltron: From The Ashes #5

Voltron: From The Ashes #5

writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Blacky Shepherd
cover: Alex Milne
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

An all new Voltron Force has risen from the ashes to pilot the mighty robot in defense of Planet Arus and the Universe. They have undergone rigorous trials, but they have never faced the fury of even one – let alone three – of Haggar’s RoBeasts. Should they survive this challenge, an even more terrible threat awaits!

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Preview: Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah Thoris #1

writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Francesco Manna
covers: NEN (a), Jay Anacleto (b) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and the upcoming Vampirella #1!), Tula Lotay (c)
subscription cover: Tony Fleecs (d) (connects with January’s Red Sonja #1 and the upcoming Vampirella #1!)
incentive covers: Ming Doyle, Nicola Scott
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Prepare yourself for Dejah Thoris as you’ve never seen her before! A shocking conspiracy unravels in Helium as Dejah’s father has gone missing. In the wake of assuming the throne, Dejah learns secret information from her past that will have resounding effects on the kingdom – and her life! Join Frank J. Barbiere (The Howling Commandos of SHIELD, The Precinct) and Francesco Manna (Vampirella #100) as Dejah discovers a secret past that will have her leaving Helium for an all-new adventure on her own!

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Bob’s Burgers Digital Comic Sale

BobsTPMedRareWith only a week before Bob’s Burgers returns to stands with the eighth issue in the ongoing series, Dynamite offers fans to catch up on all of the hit animated series’ comics output with a series-wide half-off sale on digital editions! And best of all, they are DRM Free!

Since 2014, Dynamite Entertainment has published the all-new adventures and antics of the Belcher Family, the beloved cast of the popular FOX animated comedy series. Bob’s Burgers follows the ups and downs of Bob Belcher, who runs the Bob’s Burgers restaurant with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, but his family falls short on service and sophistication. The show debuted in 2011 and has since received numerous accolades to the series’ offbeat sense of humor.

This special value menu of digital decadence only runs through Tuesday, February 2nd, so get your order in today! Visit and browse all of these value-priced Bob’s Burgers digital comics from Dynamite Entertainment, and don’t miss Bob’s Burgers ongoing #8 on sale online, in-app and in stores on Febrary 3rd!

Review: Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah2016-01-Cov-A-NENGrowing up, I was a big fan of epic novels, as just about every hero Joseph Campbell talking about in his classic tome, I have read, and Robert Howard was the master of epic hero odysseys in my young mind. He introduced worlds upon worlds of fully functional universes where man can be great no matter his circumstances. His sweeping books like Conan have been celebrated all over the world, engaging readers’ imagination with blood filled feuds and chain linked armor flailing from tale to tale. Not to say, that John Carter of Mars was not loved as much, but not as well known.

The Disney movie of recent memory did not help the legend of the books in any one’s minds, as it got downplayed a sophomoric version of Conan in space, but truthfully, very much enjoyable and is actually better than what critics had to say about it. Although I liked the movie, I can honestly say this is where the book is better than the movie, as the books offered much more complex characters to not only include the main character but supporting ones, like Princess Dejah Thoris. Thankfully, the folks at Dynamite, had the incredible insight to actually mine into this universe and have done so in the most spectacular way, which brings us to Dejah’s own adventure.

In this book, we catch up with John and Dejah soon after the Jed has vanished, leaving the kingdom’s rule in limbo. Soon after the disappearance, Dejah is accused of crimes against the kingdom and assassination and imprisoned for these accusations, trying to disprove her bloodline and right to the throne. This leads to Dejah questioning everything, about her whole existence. By issue’s end, Dejah is on the run searching for answers with her handmaiden, leaving John as the one hoping she comes back safe.

Overall, an excellent story, that not only entertains but also challenges gender stereotypes in the most entertaining way. The story by Frank Barbiere, is grand conspiracy thriller that much reminds me of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country.The art by Francesco Manna, is grand ad alluring, definitely a talent I have missed on their way up. Altogether, not only a strong first issue, but what looks to be an excellent series.

Story: Frank Barbiere Art: Francesco Manna
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: BUY IT THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!!!

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews Week Ending 23/1/2016

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

IronBardCoverIron Bard Ballisto (Milk and Shadow Books) Was one of those comics that I didn’t know what to expect. It’s funny, irreverent, and utterly worth reading. The Iron Bard is a warrior uses music to fight his enemies, and this leads to some genuine laugh out loud moments. I loved it. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

The Hangman #2 (Dark Circle) I was’t a huge fan of the first issue, but this one is better, and actually puts a bit of perspective on the last issue. As things are progressing, this may be a series to watch, and eventually pick up in trade; but there’s just not enough here (yet) for me to recommend you buy this. Overall:7 Recommendation: Read the Trade

The Spirit #7 (Dynamite) This series has been a consistently solid effort for the past six issues, and this issue is no exception. It is part 7 of a 12 issue tale, so not the best place to jump on, but when collected this will be a fantastic story to read. It may not be the bet thing since sliced bread, but what it does well it does very well. I’d definitely pick this up in the eventual trade, or the full series. Whatever works for you. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Bigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman #2 (Action Lab) This is a rollicking good sci-fi adventure in the vein of John Carter. But with a Sasquatch. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Surviving Megalopolis (Dark Horse) I never read the original Leaving Megalopolis, but you don’t need to in order to enjoy this comic (it may help, though). Worth looking into if you enjoy your heroes turning crazy evil, coupled with some great art and writing. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 

Brett

BPRD Hell on Earth #139 (Dark Horse) – A solid issue with an epic battle. It’s not a good one for new readers, but for long time readers it’s a solid payoff and that ending is just a holy shit moment we’ve all been waiting for. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Star Wars #15 (Marvel) – Why did Uncle Owen dislike Kenobi? What was Kenobi doing on Tattoine? This issue answers so many questions and also asks even more. For Star Wars fans, it’s a must get. Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Transformers #49 (IDW Publishing) – Really, it’s all about that ending and set up for issue 50. And that ending got me so excited. This is a great ending to the current arc that sets up a hell of a direction to come. Tons and action and all fun. Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Read

Uncanny X-Men #2 (Marvel) – I love Cullen Bunn’s story. I hate Greg Land’s art. The Dark Riders are back, and they are badass, and this story is such a good focus on two characters. Just need a better artist, aaaargh! This would be “the” comic if that were the case. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

 

Ryan C

Devolution01-Cov-G-2ndPrint-LeeDevolution #1 (Dynamite)**: The post-apocalyptic Las Vegas setting is a page out of “Resident Evil,” but the most obvious influence here is Alan Moore and Gabriel Andrade’s criminally-overlooked “Crossed + One Hundred,” as Rick Remender and Jonathan Wayshak bring us a not-quite-zombie tale with a twist featuring a strong, well-rounded female lead .Gorgeous art, but maybe titles like “Black Science,” Tokyo Ghost,” and “Low” had me expecting more from Remender-penned sci-fi than we’re getting here so far, because, while admittedly fun, this is plainly — and at times even painfully — derivative stuff. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

Lucifer #2 (Vertigo)* : The addition of groan-inducing lame humor into the mix of Holly Black and Lee Garbett’s take on the former head honcho of Hell is actually quite a bit of fun, as is the injection of a subplot centered around a trapped demon who’s unable to get a luckless mortal to do his bidding because, well, she’s already taken matters into her own hands and decided to start killing everyone she doesn’t like herself. Not sure how it all ties together, but then, that was often the case with the best of the slow-developing “old-school” Vertigo storylines, which this series is taking great pains to (successfully, I might add) invoke. And now, having paid his less-than-respects to fan-favorite character Mazikeen, Lucifer is heading to — The Dreaming! The cynic in me really wants to actively dislike how obvious this all is, but the eternal optimist I only let out on special occasions is loving the ride so far and can’t wait for more. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

Clean Room #4 (Vertigo)*: This one’s taken some time to grow on me, and with the fourth issue I think that Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt have finally hit the “sweet spot.” And by sweet, I should say that I actually mean sour — there are no real redeeming characters here, and the psychological implications of the horror on offer are as relentlessly disturbing as their physical manifestations. Do I completely understand what’s happening? Shit no, I can’t even competently summarize it. But it leaves me thinking — a lot. And certainly rewards careful re-reading, as the plot is almost meticulous in its intricacy. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

tokyo ghostTokyo Ghost #5 (Image)**: Balls-out action underpinned by a shitload of tragedy, both moral and physical, adds up to the most briskly-paced, edge-of-your-seat issue of this developing Rick Remender/Sean Murphy potential dystopian sci-fi masterpiece yet. Every panel a gut-punch, every word dripping with import, April can’t come soon enough, this first arc was the most glorious train wreck in ages. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Shean

Star Trek Volume 11 (IDW): I have been a Trekkie my whole life and the work IDW has done with the reboot and the original continuity has been impressive so far especially with this collection of stories . In the first story, they explore an interesting theory of quantum physics. The second story plays much like the beginning of Star Trek: Into Darkness , if the crew encountered Birdmen. The last story is probably my favorite, as it wrangles all of our favorite doctors from the different TV series as they meet the iconic Dr. McCoy. Overall, an excellent collection that stays true to Gene Roddenberry ‘s spirit.
Overall: 10 Recommendation:Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Dynamite

Rick Remender‘s creator owned series Devolution has sold out at the distributor level. The series features art by Jonathan Wayshak and will return to stores February 17. The Devolution #1 Second Printing showcases the original cover by Jae Lee, but features an alternate color scheme.

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Red Sonja #1 has sold out at distributor level. A defining chapter of the Red Sonja saga courtesy of Marguerite Bennett and Aneke will return in stores February 17. The Red Sonja #1 Second Printing cover features never-before-published artwork by Robert Hack.

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Valiant

Valiant has announced that Faith #1 which debuts this coming Wednesday has already sold out of its initial printing. The company will be shipping an second printing overprint that will arrive on the same day. Retailers will receive their bonus copies of the Faith #1 (of 4) Second Printing in 50% proportion to their orders of the Faith #1 (of 4) – Cover A by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.

The comic is written by rising star Jody Houser with artwork by explosive artists Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage.

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Lords of the Jungle Unites Tarzan and Sheena for the First Time

Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ original jungle hero Tarzan joins the comic industry’s first leading lady, Sheena, for the first time ever! Dynamite Entertainment, known for bold, modern interpretations of classic pulp characters, bring together wilderness royalty in Lords of the Jungle, a thrilling miniseries slated to debut on March 16, 2016. Written by Corinna Bechko with interior art by Roberto Castro, Lords of the Jungle features two covers for its first issue, by series artist Castro and industry legend Alex Ross respectively.

Tarzan has long been the protector of his jungle stronghold, but this time the fight has to be taken to his enemy’s territory, deep in the heart of London. Half a world away and nearly a century later, Sheena is battling foes of her own when she is mysteriously swept through time and space to 1930’s Africa, leaving her own land unprotected. Will these two Lords of the Jungle find enough common ground to join forces? Or will the resulting culture clash lead to mutual destruction?

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