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Review: March Book Two

March Book Two cover (300dpi)John Lewis has been many things in his career: a civil rights activist, a featured speaker at the March on Washington, a leader of the “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, a respected member of Congress, a recipient of the Medal of Freedom, and a worldwide symbol of the power of nonviolent protest. With March, he’s also added celebrated graphic novel writer to that list. Along with co-writer Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell, March Book Two is the second in his three-part graphic novel series chronically his life, and that of the civil rights movement.

This second chapter takes us through Lewis’ time as a Freedom Rider, to the Birmingham campaign, through the March on Washington, and ending with the bombing of a church that killed four young girls. The graphic novel takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster through American history, recounted by someone who was there. His fear, his feelings of victory, his nervousness, and his doubts are all presented to us in a way that can’t help impact you on a deep emotional level. After setting it down, it still has me thinking and reflecting on the content within.

March Book Two takes everything that made the graphic novel good, and added even more, a crescendo before we see its conclusion in book three. The juxtaposition of the masses gathering to shape the civil rights movement, leading to the March on Washington, is apparent with the swearing-in of then Senator Barack Obama as President, and the crowds who also filled the National Mall. It’s a brilliant contrast of where we’ve been, and where we are. However, it I couldn’t also help but think of protests across the country now claiming “Black Lives Matter.”

Also present in this, is a warts and all telling of history. Lewis hints at the nervousness by some civil rights leaders for action and their finding of excuses to not participate in some of it. There’s the history of the nervousness on relying on a black gay man to help organize the march, and then there was the arguments over the content of Lewis’ speech during the march. This is non-sanitized truth from a person that was there.

While the first book was an emotional bunch, I found myself on a roller coast of emotion reading this second volume, fighting back tears and numerous moments, welling up with anger at others, and bewilderment and amazement throughout. Much of that is the story, but it’s enhanced by Nate Powell’s art which brings it all to “life.” Powell catches every moment in a raw powerful sense, but also brilliantly uses small visual queues, as well as expertly place panels to help create that emotional punch. This is Powell, who’s an amazing artist in everything he’s down, at the top of his game and I can’t imagine anyone else even attempting what he’s done.

When reviewing the first chapter, I said March should be required reading for every school child in America, it should be required reading for every American. It is a stark reminder of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we still have to go as a people and a nation.

Story: Cong. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin Art: Nate Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Top Shelf Productions provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Diamond Releases December’s Top Sales and Market Share

Diamond has released the stats for December for comics, graphic novels, toys, and games including the top 50 comics and graphic novels sold. In a rare result, Marvel held the top retail market share (how many dollars was sold), while DC held the top unit market share (how many comics).

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 32.07%
DC COMICS 31.76%
IMAGE COMICS 9.89%
IDW PUBLISHING 6.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.47%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.66%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.58%
EAGLEMOSS PUBLICATIONS LTD 1.22%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.88%
AVATAR PRESS INC 0.86%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.50%
UNIT MARKET SHARE
PUBLISHER SHARE
DC COMICS 36.17%
MARVEL COMICS 34.10%
IMAGE COMICS 10.40%
IDW PUBLISHING 4.17%
DARK HORSE COMICS 2.95%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.82%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 2.26%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 0.91%
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 0.91%
TITAN 0.87%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 4.43%

COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS
DECEMBER 2014 VS. NOVEMBER 2014
COMICS 1.77% 0.31%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -18.50% -21.51%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.14% -1.64%
DECEMBER 2014 VS. DECEMBER 2013
COMICS 6.67% 4.50%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -5.41% -8.39%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 2.83% 3.46%
CALENDAR YEAR 2014 VS. CALENDAR YEAR 2013
COMICS 4.03% 0.25%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 5.18% 5.28%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 4.39% 0.64%
FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2014
COMICS -2.90% -1.57%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 6.31% 4.02%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -0.20% -1.16%
FOURTH QUARTER 2014 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2013
COMICS 7.89% 7.05%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 7.56% 6.13%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 7.78% 6.98%
SECOND-HALF 2014 VS. FIRST-HALF 2014
COMICS 19.34% 18.58%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 10.54% 4.26%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 16.53% 17.36%

Folks were really into Snyder and Capullo’s “Endgame” driving Batman #37 to the top spot. Surprisingly to me, Marvel’s high-profile S.H.I.E.L.D. first issue came in third.

TOP 50 COMIC BOOKS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2014

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BATMAN #37 $3.99 OCT140293-M DC
2 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11 $3.99 OCT140829-M MAR
3 SHIELD #1 $4.99 OCT140813-M MAR
4 BATMAN ANNUAL #3 $4.99 OCT140297 DC
5 THOR #3 $3.99 OCT140862-M MAR
6 JUSTICE LEAGUE #37 $3.99 OCT140223-M DC
7 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140824-M MAR
8 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #7 $3.99 OCT140781-M MAR
9 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #9 $4.99 OCT140787-M MAR
10 AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #8 $3.99 OCT140784-M MAR
11 HARLEY QUINN #13 $2.99 OCT140319-M DC
12 WALKING DEAD #135 (MR) $2.99 OCT140774 IMA
13 HARLEY QUINN HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 $4.99 OCT140322-M DC
14 SPIDER-MAN AND X-MEN #1 $3.99 OCT140826-M MAR
15 ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #1 $3.99 OCT140809-M MAR
16 SANDMAN OVERTURE #4 (MR) [*] $3.99 AUG140350-M DC
17 ROBIN RISES ALPHA #1 $4.99 OCT140306-M DC
18 ALL NEW X-MEN #34 $3.99 SEP140899-M MAR
19 DETECTIVE COMICS #37 $3.99 OCT140314-M DC
20 BATMAN AND ROBIN #37 $2.99 OCT140304-M DC
21 UNCANNY X-MEN #29 $3.99 OCT140888-M MAR
22 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #22 $3.99 OCT140856 MAR
23 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY ANNUAL #1 $4.99 JUN140674-M MAR
24 SUPERMAN #37 $3.99 OCT140270-M DC
25 ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 OCT140852-M MAR
26 BATMAN ETERNAL #35 $2.99 OCT140288 DC
27 BATMAN ETERNAL #36 $2.99 OCT140289 DC
28 BATMAN ETERNAL #37 $2.99 OCT140290 DC
29 BATMAN ETERNAL #38 $2.99 OCT140291 DC
30 BATMAN ETERNAL #39 $2.99 OCT140292 DC
31 MULTIVERSITY THUNDERWORLD #1 $4.99 OCT140218-M DC
32 AVENGERS #39 TRO $3.99 OCT140847 MAR
33 BATGIRL #37 $2.99 OCT140298-M DC
34 BATMAN SUPERMAN #17 $3.99 OCT140284-M DC
35 SPIDER-WOMAN #2 $3.99 OCT140836-M MAR
36 SECRET SIX #1 $2.99 OCT140215-M DC
37 ALL NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140893-M MAR
38 GREEN LANTERN #37 $2.99 OCT140329-M DC
39 UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 OCT140891-M MAR
40 DEADPOOL #38 $3.99 OCT140800 MAR
41 WYTCHES #3 (MR) [*] $2.99 OCT140779-M IMA
42 WONDER WOMAN #37 $2.99 OCT140266-M DC
43 GRAYSON #5 $2.99 OCT140301-M DC
44 DEADPOOL #39 $3.99 OCT140801 MAR
45 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #14 $3.99 OCT140278-M DC
46 ROCKET RACCOON #6 $3.99 OCT140858 MAR
47 THANOS VS HULK #1 $3.99 OCT140875-M MAR
48 NEW AVENGERS #28 TRO $3.99 OCT140848 MAR
49 ACTION COMICS #37 $3.99 OCT140275-M DC
50 BITCH PLANET #1 (MR) [*] $3.5 OCT140578-M IMA

As far as trades and graphic novels, Saga Vol. 4 topped the chart and folks were ready for Agent Carter with a Captain America trade.

TOP 50 GRAPHIC NOVELS

Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in December 2014

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
2 CAPTAIN AMERICA PEGGY CARTER AGENT OF SHIELD #1 $7.99 OCT140823 MAR
3 JUST THE TIPS HC (MR) $12.99 SEP140590 IMA
4 MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 05 THE COLD WAR $14.99 SEP140630 IMA
5 SUNSTONE TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 OCT140613 IMA
6 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED DELUXE ED HC $29.99 AUG140334 DC
7 BATMAN THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP140283 DC
8 NEW 52 FUTURES END TP VOL 01 (N52) $39.99 SEP140303 DC
9 NIGHTWING TP VOL 05 SETTING SON (N52) $16.99 SEP140309 DC
10 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
11 THANOS HC GOD UP THERE LISTENING $24.99 SEP140916 MAR
12 NARUTO GN VOL 68 $9.99 OCT141722 VIZ
13 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 04 ALL DIFFERENT $19.99 SEP140934 MAR
14 NIGHTWING TP VOL 01 BLUDHAVEN $19.99 SEP140321 DC
15 BATGIRL TP VOL 04 WANTED (N52) $16.99 SEP140305 DC
16 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
17 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS TP VOL 05 THE BIG PICTURE (N52) $14.99 SEP140310 DC
18 BATMAN & ROBIN HC VOL 05 THE BIG BURN (N52) $24.99 JUL140240 DC
19 SHAOLIN COWBOY TP $19.99 OCT141229 BUR
20 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
21 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
22 MY LITTLE PONY ADVENTURES IN FRIENDSHIP HC VOL 01 $9.99 OCT140454 IDW
23 GREEN LANTERN LIGHTS OUT TP (N52) $16.99 SEP140306 DC
24 SWAMP THING TP VOL 05 THE KILLING FIELD (N52) $14.99 SEP140313 DC
25 RED LANTERNS TP VOL 05 ATROCITIES (N52) $19.99 SEP140311 DC
26 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
27 AVENGERS ORIGIN HC $24.99 SEP100690 MAR
28 DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP VOL 07 $19.99 SEP140933 MAR
29 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
30 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 04 HYBRID (N52) $16.99 SEP140312 DC
31 AMAZING X-MEN TP VOL 02 WORLD WAR WENDIGO $17.99 OCT140934 MAR
32 BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS HC $22.99 AUG140339 DC
33 CYCLOPS TP VOL 01 STARSTRUCK $15.99 SEP140929 MAR
34 LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 04 GET THE LOBSTER $19.99 AUG140094 DAR
35 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
36 NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 03 (MR) $13.99 AUG140124 DAR
37 ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 03 $10.99 OCT141529 RAN
38 THIEF OF THIEVES TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 AUG140609 IMA
39 SUPERMAN BATMAN TP VOL 02 $19.99 SEP140323 DC
40 BATGIRL HC VOL 05 DEADLINE (N52) $24.99 AUG140328 DC
41 WORLDS FINEST TP VOL 04 FIRST CONTACT (N52) $16.99 SEP140314 DC
42 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
43 ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 TP VOL 01 RIVER MEETS SEA $18.99 AUG140091 DAR
44 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
45 NOVA TP VOL 04 ORIGINAL SIN $16.99 OCT140935 MAR
46 POWERS BUREAU TP VOL 02 ICONS (MR) $19.99 JAN140782 MAR
47 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
48 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
49 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 03 LOOSE NUKE $19.99 SEP140935 MAR
50 MASSIVE TP VOL 04 SAHARA $19.99 AUG140073 DAR

Review: Michael Jordan: Bull on Parade

Michael Jordan Bull on ParadeEveryone knows the legend of Michael Jordan: The Chicago Bulls, Nike shoes, minor league baseball. In Bull on ParadeWilfred Santiago digs in a bit and lifts the veil of the man behind the legend. The graphic novel, published by Fantagraphics, is Santiago’s follow up to 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente.

15 seasons. 1,072 games. 41,011 minutes of basketball. That alone could fill up volumes of exciting graphic novels, as Jordan rose from team reject to basketball god. Santiago has a lot to work with, and takes the man’s legendary life and condenses it into a one big theme, how Jordan went from basketball player to as much of a product as the items he later was paid to endorse.

Santiago also has no problem showing that it’s not all shine, and touches upon the more controversial aspects of Jordan’s life including his infidelity and gambling habits, things that are often overlooked at when discussing his rise. There’s also the failure of his baseball career, and retirement and return to basketball. None of it is very deep, instead touching upon key aspects of his career and life.  From his sometimes scandalous and tragic private life to Jordan’s intense battles with the “bad boy” Pistons, Clyde Drexler’s Trailblazers, and the unrelenting Utah Jazz of the late ’90s, Santiago is able to induce a sense of dynamism and awe as he takes on Jordan’s life on and off the court.

The excitement that was Jordan and his Chicago Bulls is brought to life with Santiago’s style that’s beautiful to look at. It’s a kinetic style for a kinetic personality, and the graphic novel is as entertaining to read as it is to look at.

For all those who have strapped on a pair of Air Jordans, donned the number 23, or wished they could be “like Mike,” the graphic novel is a must read. So just sit back, let your tongue hang out, and marvel at Wilfred Santiago’s mastery of the life and times of Michael Jordan in Bull on Parade.

Story and Art: Wilfred Santiago
Story: 8.25 Art: 9 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Fantagraphics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Top 100 Graphic Novels of 2014

Previews has released a list of the top 100 graphic novels of 2014. Image Comics dominated the list, holding 9 of the top 10 slots. DC Comics had one in the top ten with Batman Vol. 1 at #9.

Marvel‘s best was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 which was #11, Dark Horse ComicsAvatar: The Last Airbender Volume 7: Rift, Part 1 was #41, and IDW Publishing‘s best was Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega at #73.

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
2 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
3 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 JAN140559 IMA
4 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
5 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
6 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
7 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558 IMA
8 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
9 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
10 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
11 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 01 COSMIC AVENGERS $19.99 JAN140800 MAR
12 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
13 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
14 BATMAN DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK & JOKER MASK SET (N52) $39.99 MAY140361 DC
15 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMA
16 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $9.99 JUN130466 IMA
17 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 JUL130235 DC
18 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC
19 BLACK SCIENCE TP VOL 01 HOW TO FALL FOREVER (MR) $9.99 MAR140535 IMA
20 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC
21 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 02 WE ARE ALL ONE $14.99 DEC130494 IMA
22 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV118095 DC
23 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 19 MARCH TO WAR $14.99 SEP130566 IMA
24 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
25 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
26 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 FEB140265-M DC
27 FABLES TP VOL 01 LEGENDS IN EXILE (MR) $12.99 FEB120285 DC
28 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP VOL 01 $17.99 MAR140833-M ARC
29 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
30 SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES (MR) $19.99 JUL100259 DC
31 PRETTY DEADLY TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 FEB140533 IMA
32 HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 MY LIFE AS WEAPON NOW $16.99 DEC120744 MAR
33 BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP $24.99 JUL110251 DC
34 BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC $14.99 OCT060163 DC
35 JOKER DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP (N52) $24.99 JAN140340 DC
36 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR
37 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN (N52) $16.99 OCT120252 DC
38 BATMAN HC VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $24.99 JAN140342 DC
39 X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST TP $19.99 OCT110741 MAR
40 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
41 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 07 RIFT PART 1 $10.99 NOV130064 DAR
42 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
43 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 APR130482 IMA
44 THANOS INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC $24.99 APR140765 MAR
45 NEMO ROSES OF BERLIN HC (MR) $14.95 JAN141334 TOP
46 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG ESSENTIAL HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142549 SCH
47 MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG REDSTONE HANDBOOK HC $7.99 FEB142550 SCH
48 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 01 REAGAN YOUTH (MR) $9.99 MAY140626 IMA
49 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMA
50 SUPERMAN RED SON TP $17.99 JAN140353-M DC
51 FABLES TP VOL 20 CAMELOT (MR) $19.99 MAY140403 DC
52 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
53 MANIFEST DESTINY TP VOL 01 $9.99 MAR140546 IMA
54 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
55 TEEN TITANS EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $22.99 JUL140221 DC
56 BRYAN LEE O MALLEY SECONDS GN $25 APR140949 RAN
57 HAWKEYE TP VOL 03 LA WOMAN $15.99 MAY140930 MAR
58 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
59 SAGA DLX ED HC VOL 01 $49.99 SEP140591 IMA
60 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 01 $10.99 MAR121101 RAN
61 BATMAN TP VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $16.99 JUL140237 DC
62 BATMAN HC VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $24.99 MAY130216 DC
63 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
64 CAPTAIN AMERICA PEGGY CARTER AGENT OF SHIELD #1 $7.99 OCT140823 MAR
65 NIGHT OF LIVING DEADPOOL TP $16.99 MAR140768 MAR
66 V FOR VENDETTA TP (MR) $19.99 SEP088030 DC
67 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 03 THERE IS NO US $14.99 JUL140478 IMA
68 AGE OF ULTRON TP $34.99 FEB140842 MAR
69 GOTG BY ABNETT AND LANNING COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 $34.99 APR140786 MAR
70 DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 $34.99 APR130732 MAR
71 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER TP VOL 08 RIFT PART 2 $10.99 MAR140061 DAR
72 DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL TP $14.99 SEP130799 MAR
73 LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 06 ALPHA & OMEGA $29.99 NOV130333 IDW
74 DEADPOOL TP VOL 04 DEADPOOL VS SHIELD $15.99 FEB140851 MAR
75 FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52) $16.99 MAY130224 DC
76 CHEW TP VOL 08 FAMILY RECIPES (MR) $12.99 JAN140548 IMA
76 X-MEN NO MORE HUMANS OGN HC $24.99 JAN140780 MAR
78 PREACHER TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 MAR130303 DC
79 LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT $19.99 JUN090991 IDW
80 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE $14.99 SEP088207-M IMA
81 CHEW TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 SEP090288 IMA
82 HAWKEYE TP VOL 02 LITTLE HITS NOW $16.99 MAR130726 MAR
83 BATMAN HC VOL 05 ZERO YEAR DARK CITY (N52) $24.99 JUN140264 DC
84 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 01 YESTERDAYS X-MEN $19.99 OCT130757 MAR
85 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 04 NECESSARY EVIL $17.99 OCT130759 MAR
86 HELLBOY IN HELL TP VOL 01 DESCENT $17.99 JAN140125 DAR
87 DEADPOOL TP VOL 05 WEDDING OF DEADPOOL $15.99 APR140772 MAR
88 FOREVER EVIL HC (N52) $24.99 MAY140364 DC
89 AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP AVX $34.99 JAN130771 MAR
90 HARLEY QUINN WELCOME TO METROPOLIS TP $19.99 DEC130313 DC
91 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 01 HERE WAS A MAN (MR) $9.99 JUL140517 IMA
92 DEADPOOL VS CARNAGE TP $16.99 MAY140932 MAR
93 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY TP VOL 02 ANGELA $19.99 JUL140730 MAR
94 VELVET TP VOL 01 BEFORE THE LIVING END (MR) $9.99 FEB140537 IMA
95 BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA BLOODSPELL HC $22.99 JAN140326 DC
96 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FAMILY BUSINESS OGN HC $24.99 DEC130759 MAR
97 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 03 THRONE OF ATLANTIS (N52) $16.99 JAN140339 DC
98 FABLES TP VOL 02 ANIMAL FARM $14.99 DEC138056-M DC
99 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 BLOOD (N52) $14.99 OCT120256 DC
100 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR

Interview: Miss Lasko-Gross Discusses Henni

HenniWith Henni, Miss Lasko-Gross has put together a graphic novel that’s both beautiful to read, and timely. In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more! Henni is a commentary on, religion, coming of age, and being yourself.

The graphic novel struck me as not afraid to dive in to discuss faith and rebellion. Gross has created a thought-provoking graphic novel with a wide appeal acting as a coming of age story, as well as one that’ll challenge your beliefs.

We got a chance to talk to her about the graphic novel, religion, and experiences as a woman in the comic industry.

Graphic Policy: How would you describe Henni?

Miss Laslow-Gross: I would say it’s primarily an adventure story but in a fractured fairy tale like Alice in Wonderland. It’s about a young girl who is too curious for her own good and is cast out of the world in exile. I should have a better elevator pitch.

GP: I have trouble really nailing what type of genre it is. It fits so many.

MLG: Some one described it as Post modern fantasy. I think you invented the genre

GP: What’s the graphic novel’s influences?

MLG: Alice in Wonderland and Maurice Sendak is what I’d compare it to. But the books and movies I read don’t really show in the product I create. Sendak, I read it when I was little, so it had an influence. I like anything that you can come back to, and that’s what I try to create. A graphic novel takes years to create, so I’d liek for that to happen.

For Henni in particular, any kind of adventure story. I grew up on Greek mythology, anything with a person on a journey and how they deal with obstacles. The idea that around a corner could be anything appealed to me. When you have a naive character, the prospect of anything is exciting.

GP: How did the graphic novel come about and get published by Z2?

MLG: It started as a side project. I was working on a dark and serious graphic novel that I was 50 pages in to about a friend that was injured in an explosion. It was heavy. I started doing a story on the side for comixology that was proto-Henni. I was making it up as I went along and amusing myself. I wanted to do something that I’d like to read. Something that wasn’t boring, I wanted ll fun, all adventure. The idea kept expanding until there was enough story for three books. I know the full journey, the full story. Then it became my main project. It became the thing that was enjoyable. Graphic novels take so long to create, so if you’re not enjoying it, it makes no sense to continue

I had been with Fantagraphics, and it was a great relationship, Z2 is a young company and a boutique publisher, and I thought it was a good fit. An exciting new adventure for an exciting new adventure.

GP: How long were you working on the graphic novel?

MLG: Because I started, and it was a different project, I had to redraw earlier parts of the book. I started it about 4 years ago, but in that 4 years, I’m done with nearly two books. So I guess a couple for the first book, and a couple for the second book.

GP: The graphic novel talks about religion and a patriarchal society, what drove you to take on those two subjects?

MLG: I think it wasn’t a conscious choice. I think it’s just, when you’re talking about the world, and making a commentary on reality, that was a natural topic of discussion. When you look at fundamentalist society, Henni is a collection of fundamentalist villages in a religion that’s unforgiving and unreasonable, you think of what that’d be like, to keep control over a group, the laws and rules would be restrictive and that usually affects women. The last thing I want this to be seen as is a didactic work, I’m not trying to teach a lesson.

GP: It also doesn’t have some simple solution or ending, and is pretty open. Was it a Sorpanos ending in you wanted the reader to interpret what happened?

MLG: I didn’t see that, I didn’t want to screw the audience, but I heard. If there is ambiguity and openness about the end, I’m not playing with anyone. She makes her choice, without spoilers, she makes a choice which isn’t the only logical choice. The reader has information she doesn’t. She makes the only correct choice for her, what will keep her alive, though she doesn’t know that. You can interpret if its right or wrong or foolhardy endeavor. I don’t think it’s so open to be aggravating, if you read the first book you won’t be cheated.

There’ll be a second volume, but it’ll be a while, and a third that’s long stretch in the future.

GP: You started making zines as a teenager, what got you into creating comics?

MLG: I think I loved to read them so much, I was always an artist, it was the next step. I wanted to create things, like the things I love. The first works I did were derivative, rip offs of things I loved, but that was part of the process. I started doing strips in elementary school. 1992-93 is when I consider I was doing professional work. I was creating comics in high school and distributing it locally and to zines, and putting work out there that I enjoyed.

GP: Where you a comics fan before hand?

MLG: I think so. I didn’t have a way of getting them regularly. I would get them from an older cousin, so I got old Fantastic Four. I’d get them on my own if I was in a shop with comics. I’d load up with a big stack that’d last a long time, and read them to they were shreds.

My local shop became Comicopia, and I’d put everything on hold when it came out, and then save up the allowance and birthday money. I always loved them. But, I don’t remember reading them in Kindergarten or first grade.

GP: What did you read?

MLG: Of superheroes, Fantastic Four, I liked the characters. Most superheroes didn’t speak to me. I had an affinity for Ben Grimm. When I got older, anything counter-culture, subversive. I read a lot of English comics, Tank Girl. There was a British humor magazine called Viz. Anything I felt I wasn’t supposed to have. Akira was a big early book. And then it was over after I read Love & Rockets. That series is perfection, still. That’s what comics are supposed to be like.

GP: When I think of comics in the 90s, I don’t really remember it being the most welcoming to women. How has that changed over the years?

MLG: Well… anecdotally… I’ve never gone into a shop and made to feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about. I found people supportive of what I was doing. I wasn’t doing samples for Marvel or DC, because I had a realistic sense of that not being an outlet, and instead focused on where I’d be receptive.

I personally don’t feel that way, but I’ve heard enough stories, to realize it’s an issue. I was lucky and always found a place that was always accepting to me. I felt very welcomed by the comic world.

Of the shows I went to, I went to SDCC in ’96 and felt it was too commercial, I started going to SPX in the 90s and always found it welcoming. SPX is about the art, not the corporate tie-in. It’s very independent level.

GP: Henni has a female lead, and there seems to be more comics with female leads hitting shelves now. What do you think is driving that?

MLG: I think it depends on the company and the publisher. If you’re talking about corporate comics, they might have just realized half the readership is female and they’re tired about the testosterone tropes. For indie, they’ve been telling the stories they have been, and it’s finally being noticed.

GP: What else do you have on tap that folks can check out?

MLG: I’d recommend folks can go to comiXology with two graphic novels and compilation book. My first two books, Fantagraphics offers digitally. Through Dyclops I put out a collection of short stories from the past 20 years. From 1994-2014. It’s not for kids though, it’s the raw, raunchy, stuff I did earlier. Definitely not all ages.

 

Preview: The Light and Darkness War

THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS WAR

WRITER: Tom Veitch
ARTISTS: Cam Kennedy
FORMAT: 208 pages, HC, FC,
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $24.99/ $27.95 CAN/ £17.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782761808
RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2015
ORDER CODE: JAN151610

FROM INDUSTRY LEGENDS TOM VEITCH (STAR WARS, ANIMAL MAN) AND CAM KENNEDY (DAREDEVIL, 2000AD)!

PACKED WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN CONCEPT ART, COVER GALLERIES AND SKETCHBOOKS!

Helicopter pilot Lazarus Jones is consumed with survivor guilt and remorse after his crew is killed in Vietnam.

Spiraling into depression and alcoholism, Laz crosses the threshold between life and death, only to find himself battling once more alongside his lost comrades, in the ultimate war between Good and Evil…

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Ethan Young’s Nanjing Brings World War II to China

In August, award-winning graphic novelist Ethan Young brings bravery in the face of an overwhelming enemy to the forefront of one of the biggest mass murders of World War II.

Exploring the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, Nanjing: The Burning City focuses on two abandoned Chinese soldiers trapped in the city as they desperately attempt to escape. Outnumbered by the invading Imperial Japanese Army, they’ll encounter the horrors and terrifying effects of war—but they’ll soon learn that no enemy can destroy the spirit of resistance and bravery.

Written and drawn by Independent Publisher Book Award winner Ethan Young, Nanjing: The Burning City delves into one of the most contentious events of World War II. Impeccably researched and drawn in Young’s critically acclaimed style, the original graphic novel brings new insight into one of World War II’s forgotten tragedies.

Nanjing: The Burning City hits stores August 2015 for $24.99.

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Preview: Ultron Unleashed In Your New Look at Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN!

Two generations of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rise to the challenge and come face-to-face with the Avengers greatest villain in Avengers: Rage of Ultron, the can’t miss original graphic novel coming to comic shops and book stores this April! New York Times bestselling writer Rick Remender re-teams with critically acclaimed artists and frequent collaborator Jerome Opeña to take heroes old and new to the brink of destruction in a story that will redefine Ultron and have long reaching effects for the Avengers!

Time and again, Ultron has reformed himself. Each time more vicious and destructive than the last. Today, he has returned, unleashing his destructive fury upon Saturn’s moon Titan – home of the superpowered race of Eternals and birthplace of Thanos the Mad. With the Eternals decimated, and Ultron gaining complete control over Titan’s central computer core, there is nothing to stop Planet Ultron!

With an entire planet bending to his will, nothing will stand in his quest to obliterate the Earth and his makers. What hope do the Avengers stand against an entire planet of Ultron robots? Even with the aid of Starfox and the Eternals, the battle is still all but lost.

Only Ultron’s creator Hank Pym holds the secret to defeating his unhinged creation. A secret that dates back to the Avengers of a bygone era. A secret that comes with a terrible price…

Debuting in a high-end, oversized format, Avengers: Rage of Ultron marks another entry in Marvel’s stunning OGN line, featuring the world’s most popular characters brought to life by the best creators in the industry. You will not want to miss one of the biggest, boldest stories of the year when Avengers: Rage of Ultron OGN explodes into comic shops this April!

AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN (DEC140948)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by JEROME OPEÑA
FOC – 01/05/15, On-Sale – 04/01/15

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Shah Rukh Khan’s “Atharva – The Origin” Trailer

Atharva – The Origin is a new age graphic novel project by Virzu Studios featuring Shah Rukh Khan as the titular character.

The novel is based on a very young earth, in a time long forgotten, a prospective king makes a difficult and lone journey . ‘Atharva’ chronicles that journey, taking it’s hero and you on an awe inspiring journey encountering magnificent lands and strange beasts – a true treat for the soul and the senses.

Fantagraphics Teams Up With Benjamin Marra To Explode Your Head Off

TERROR ASSAULTER O.M.W.O.T. 1Fantagraphics has announced the acquisition of Benjamin Marra‘s Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror), to be released in the Fall 2015 season. Cartoonist Benjamin Marra brilliantly satirizes America’s obsession with justice – and disinterest in consequences – via a highly stylized, hyper-masculine style that evokes 1980s independent comics and, to a lesser extent, the blissfully ignorant aesthetics of 1990s Image Comics like Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood. Gushing with violence, sex, and international politics, Terror Assaulter batters down the boundaries between psychedelia, political commentary, and aggressive expressionism.

Terror Assaulter: O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) is a graphic novel about a man on a mission for the greatest nation on earth: America! He must defeat Terror at all costs, as long as it leaves time for steamy dates with hot chicks. The man’s codename is O.M.W.O.T. (One Man War On Terror) and he is a walking punching fist, shooting gun, and fucking cock. He is the world’s greatest protector. He is a villain’s worst nightmare.

Benjamin Marra is the controversial and influential creator of the comic books Night Business, Ganfta Rap Posse, The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd (A Work of Satire and Fiction), Lincoln Washington: Free Man!, and Blades & Lazers. Marra has been compared to pulpy comics stylists like Paul Gulacy and Jim Steranko, as well as underground comix legends like R. Crumb and Spain Rodriguez, and even the Beat writers. His art is beyond the cutting edge; his work is in the cut itself.

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