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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR4_Cover B by Keith BurnsWednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – Finally Miles Morales in his own stand alone book in the Prime Universe! Very excited for this one. With Peter Parker as his mentor will the old Parker luck rub off on our hero? Or will he reach new heights? Maybe an internship at Parker Industries awaits? Come and see Web heads!

Action Comics #49 (DC Comics) – Did Clark survive his Kryptonite overdose? Can he stand up to Vandal Savage? Find out here…

Green Lantern #49 (DC Comics) – The race to 50 is on.. is Hal ready for the coming of Parallax?

We are Robin #8 (DC Comics) – More like we are Joker this month. Let’s see how the social media treats a gang of villains rather than the fledgling heroes. One question needs to be asked “Why so serious?”



Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 (Image Comics) – Initially thought to be a low arc due to the use of guest artists, the “Commercial Suicide” arc ended up being a brilliant and heartbreaking arc that focused more on the other characters we don’t get to see as much of in the bigger scheme of WicDiv. Exploring issues of fate, misogyny, pop stardom, cultural appropriation, and death, this experimental arc demonstrated WicDiv’s staying power.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – There’s only two things I know about this issue. One, Black Canary is back in town and teaming up with Babs. Two, BABS TARR FINALLY GOT TO DRAW A LUCHA BATGIRL. Kalisto is US Champion, Lucha Underground is back, and there is an actual Luchador Batgirl costume now. What a time to be alive.

Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – Exhale everyone, Carol is just as lively and hardheaded as ever in the hands of Butters and Fazekas. Not to mention those abs by Anka. While it hasn’t made me cry yet, the series has me intrigued with its new use of Alpha Flight and the mystery reveal of the skeleton crew from the last issue. It’ll be interesting to see just what is in store for Carol at this “desk job.”

Pretty Deadly #8 (Image Comics) – I have a special place in my heart for the Deconnick/Ríos/Bellaire supernatural western, but this arc has been breathtaking both in story and art. Now, we finally get to meet the Reaper of War and maybe figure out just what his deal is.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #2 (Marvel) – The first run at the Rocket Raccoon comic was an absolutely uproarious affair that made it one of my favorite Marvel titles. Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade seem to be taking a slightly different route this time with Rocket not knowing who he is after his death in Secret Wars, but the humor still seems to be there.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – I love this series, and I’ve been counting down the days to each issues release. It is a fantastic World War II era story that highlights the struggles faced in Russia around that time, coupled with some truly stunning visual techniques.

Howard The Duck #4 (Marvel) – If not for Old Man Logan, this would be the only Marvel book I’d be reading, and that’s thanks in a large part to writer Chip Zdarsky’s occasional digs at Marvel’s reboots and events over the past year or so. I’ve been told that this series doesn’t hold up quite as well as Steve Gerber’s first volume, but if you don’t have that basis for comparison (and I don’t, yet) then the current run on Howard The Duck will be highly enjoyable.

Klaus #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Talking about visually stunning, Klaus is fantastic. It may be billed as an origin story for Santa (and it is), but this comic is so much more than that. There’s a warmth here that you really must experience.

Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – When I was initially getting this list ready, it never occurred to me that Swamp Thing #2 would be one of my top five picks this week. But then I saw the comic listed on Previews website a coming out and I got unreasonably excited to read it after I remembered the slower paced, modern feeling with almost classical twist of the first issue. Who’da known?

X-O Manowar #44 (Valiant) – I wasn’t, honestly, all that impressed with the last issue of this series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as it has been lately. Hopefully it was a slower start to the new arc and not something indicative of a trend. This issue will go a long way to assuaging my fears, so I’m eager to get a chance to read it.



Top Pick: Pretty Deadly #8 (Image) – Pretty Deadly is one of my forever favorites. Emma Ríos’s art is otherworldly, and I’m excited to see where the story goes as they continue to develop the new arc.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – This week’s Batgirl looks especially promising–it has both the return of Black Canary and one of the cutest covers possibly ever.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – Paper Girls might take an issue or two to really get into–the action starts quickly and doesn’t stop when four girls are attacked on their paper route. However, as with most Brian K. Vaughan stories, it’s worth seeing through.

Shutter #18 (Image Comics) – Shutter is a great subversion of the adventure genre, but the real draw for me was the art. If you haven’t read Shutter, you might recognize Leila Del Duca from the recent and absolutely gorgeous Morrigan-centric issue of The Wicked + The Divine.



Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – A-Force is assembling and I’m excited to see them together again.  True, it won’t be no holds barred like it was in Secret Wars, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun ride; and I’m really enjoying seeing things from Singularity’s point of view; she wants her friends back and is doing what she can to find them, even with a big bad energy monster on her tail.  To paraphrase Iron Man, she’s bringing the party to them!

Scarlet Witch #3 (Marvel) – I’m not all in on this title going into the third issue.  Yes, I love Wanda.  She is one of my favourite characters.  The debut issue was alright, and issue two was less than that.  So why is this on my pick of the week list?  I’m holding out hope this title picks up, and I do have a soft spot for Wanda.  There are some good ideas here, and I hope it gets a little more interesting.

Uncanny Avengers #5 (Marvel) – It’s no secret to many how I feel about this title.  So why is it on my list?  Gambit is on the cover.  That is the only reason I’m looking forward to it this week.  I’m curious to see what role he’ll play with the team and with Rogue.

The Vision #4 (Marvel) – Still the surprise hit, for me, from the All New All Different launch.  Vision just wanted to live a life with a wife and kids, what could possibly go wrong?  The reader is given very grim hints that plenty goes wrong.  Not to mention Vision’s own wife and kids have things happen to them, which they keep from him, that show us that they are a lot more like us then people would think.  It’s a great read that I highly recommend.



Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #3 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Tom King has had the Midas Touch, as anything he writes turns into liquid comic book gold.  This militaristic detective story is a solid read.

Bad Moon Rising #5 (451 Media) – The end is near. Only two issues left in the series. It’s Werewolves versus full automatics and Silver Bullets. I got five to one odds on the Biker Werewolves.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – I’m just waiting for one of the Paper Girls to be like, “I want my two dollars!!” They deserve a little more, after all that they’ve been through so far.

Unfollow #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Bruce Lee’s Game of Death meets Social Media as the Chosen gather together to thin the herd. Or will they rise above their human faults?

The Walking Dead #151 (Image Comics) – Who cares that  I am front running on the Zombie genre.  A real war is coming as General Rick builds his army.



Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – This seriously has gotten better and better with each issue and has been filled with action and a lot of touching interaction of the characters. Garth Ennis is knocking it out of the park with this series focused on an English pilot leading a Russian squad in WWII. The story is good, and the art is even more amazing. Some of the two page spreads are just jaw dropping.

Last Man: The Chase (First Second) – Such a fun graphic novel series. I’m excited to see more and more as the world is expanded upon and we learn what’s going on. It’s a hell of a mystery so far with small clues that make you scratch your head.

Nailbiter #20 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite series. This arc has some of the cast in Georgia trying to catch a serial killer who may have ties to Buckaroo. Just a fun comic about serial killers.

Princeless: Raven Pirate Princess #5 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Somehow this spinoff series has surpassed the original it came out of. Raven is one of my favorite new characters of the past few years and the fun flows off the page. Every issue has delivered.

Tomboy #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)Princeless for adults? This series has a teenage girl turned vigilante. The first two issues blew me away and I can’t wait to read the third. This is one that was one of my favorite debuts of 2015.

DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Dishes Details

On last night’s DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith dished on who we can expect in the upcoming Justice League film as well as revealing the logos we can expect. Plus debuting actual footage of Wonder Woman! The lineup includes Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and…. not just the Green Lantern but the Green Lantern Corps will be a part of this universe!

Some interesting tidbits.

Aquaman was described as a man between two worlds and it sounds like whatever his foe will be, it’ll be something from the deep. There was a lot of comic art in his debut, but some new art with the movie version present.

There was a lot of emphasis on The Flash and time, even stating this is a character who is really tied in to time, past, present, and future. There was also some new concept art.

Cyborg will be dealing with trying to not to succumb to technology and is fighting to stay human. We also get this interesting art for the character.

The Green Lantern images they showed not only included Hal Jordan, but John Stewart

The Dawn of the Justice League Wonder Woman Movie Logo Aquaman Cyborg Green_Lantern_Corps The_Flash

Diamond Select Toys This Week: Last Minute Holiday Gifts

It’s getting pretty late in the game, but there’s still time to shop locally for that last-minute gift idea! Luckily, Diamond Select Toys is shipping a whole variety of new products to comic shops nationwide on Wednesday, December 23rd! This week’s New Toy Day sees the arrival of products from Aliens, Marvel, Back to the Future, The Muppets, Batman: The Animated Series, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Godzilla, Tarot, and Universal Monsters!

Aliens Minimates

The game is not over, man! DST returns to the world of the classic 1986 action movie Aliens with an all-new assortment of 2-packs, including include Pvt. Vasquez with Pvt. Hudson, Jumpsuit Ripley with Newt, Pvt. Frost with Burning Alien and a rare, one-per-case set that has Pvt. Crowe with Attacking Alien and Eggs! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangpeable parts and accessories. And if you’re ready to level up, you can get two deluxe-sized sets containing two deluxe-sized Minimates! Ripley’s Power Loader comes with Ripley and a Battle-Damaged Alien Warrior, while the Queen Alien comes with Bishop (who can be impaled on her tail) and an Alien Warrior. Plus, both sets come with Alien eggs, facehuggers and chestbursters!

Aliens Minimates 2-Packs Series 2 Asst. (Item #JUN152094, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Aliens Minimates Deluxe Power Loader & Alien Queen Asst. (Item #JUL152206, SRP: $14.99/ea.)


Back to the Future

Is it hot? No, it’s ice cold! DST revisits their bestselling Electronic 1:15 Scale Time Machine from Back to the Future in a new, 30th Anniversary edition box set! Having just arrived in our time from 1985, this Version 1 Time Machine features lights and sounds, plus a thin coating of “frost” over its entire surface, to replicate the effects of time travel. Bonus accessories include flaming tire tracks, a license plate you can pose like it’s spinning, and a case of plutonium! (Not actual plutonium.) Set comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Back to the Future Iced Time Machine Collector Set (Item #JUL152196, SRP: $59.99)


Batman: The Animated Series

Gotham City’s gorgeous guardian is the next Femme Fatales PVC Statue to come out of Batman: The Animated Series! Based on Bruce Timm’s timeless designs, this 9-inch scale statue depicts Batgirl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, in full crimefighting mode, and is the perfect addition to your Femme Fatales statue collection. And the line continues when Batgirl is joined by the Clown Princess of Crime, Harley Quinn! This 9” scale PVC statue captures the Joker’s partner-in-crime standing on top of the Bat-signal after defacing it with a can of spray paint! That oughta impress Mr. J! Also available: Supergirl and Poison Ivy! (Item #JUL152194, SRP: $45.00)

Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Batgirl PVC Statue (Item #JUN152097, SRP: $45.00)


Batman The Animated Series Femme Fatales Harley Quinn PVC Statue (Item #JUL152194, SRP: $45.00)


Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose

The original Tarot Femme Fatales statues were some of DST’s most popular ever, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for an all-new take on the titular enchantress and her sister! Featuring entirely new sculpts, these PVC figures of Tarot and Raven Hex measure approximately 9 inches tall atop open-book display bases, which combine to form the full tome. Raven includes a sword and her pet cat Pooka, while Raven comes with the goblin Mudwart. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Femme Fatales Raven Hex 15th Anniversary PVC Statue (Item #JUL152209, SRP: $45.00)


Femme Fatales Tarot 15th Anniversary PVC Statue (Item #JUN152099, SRP: $45.00)



Whether you be a friend, foe, or Godzilla himself, beware the coming of Rodan! The giant winged pteranodon began his film career as a threat to Godzilla and the world, but since then has become one of Godzilla’s occasional allies, battling invaders from outer space to protect his home planet. This 8” vinyl bank is based on Rodan’s appearance in 1993’s Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II, and has a wingspan of 10 inches! With a coin slot on the back and a removable head, the recipient will be able to save their change for the next Godzilla bank release!

Godzilla Classic Rodan 1993 Vinyl Figural Bank (Item #JUN152102, SRP: $29.99)


Justice League

Know someone who always wanted to join the Green Lantern Corps, but couldn’t afford the gear? Now you can save the galaxy and save some green at the same time! This nearly 12” tall vinyl bank is designed after the Green Lantern power battery seen in the Justice League animated series, but with a coin slot on top and an access door in the base, making this more than just your average prop replica. It’s just like a real power battery, except instead of storing energy, it stores your change! Packaged in a clear polybag.

Justice League Animated Green Lantern Battery Vinyl Bank (Item #JUN152104, SRP: $29.99)


Marvel Select

Based on the character’s earliest appearances, this all-new Savage Hulk action figure wears the tattered outfit that harkens back to his origins, when nuclear scientist Dr. Bruce Banner was caught in an atomic blast and first transformed from a man into a monster. Sculpted by superstar Marvel Select sculptor Gabriel Marquez, this Hulk figure stands approximately 9 3/4″ inches tall with 14 points of articulation. He comes packaged in oversized Select-style packaging, perfect for display or storage, with reference artwork on the spine.

Marvel Select Savage Hulk Action Figure (Item #JUN152106, SRP: $24.99


Muppets Minimates

For the Muppet fan in your life, which should really include everyone, it’s the launch of a new Miniamtes mini-figure line! This first series of two-packs features the Muppet Show’s greatest stars, including Kermit with Miss Piggy, Fozzie with Scooter, Gonzo with the Swedish Chef, and Stunt Show Gonzo with a “Batter-Damaged” Swedish Chef. Each Minimates mini-figure features up to 14 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable parts and accessories. Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card.

Muppets Minimates Series 1 Two-Pack Asst. (Item #JUL152202, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


The Nightmare Before Christmas

The beautiful creation of Dr. Finkelstein, Sally now has her very own coffin to relax in! The star of Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Nightmare Before Christmas, this 16-inch tall doll of Sally is a must for any loved one who embodies the spirit of Halloween. With a fully articulated body and a real cloth costume, this exacting re-creation of the classic Sally figure will rest comfortably in her coffin-shaped window box until the times comes for her to rise once again! Limited to 1993 pieces!

Nightmare Before Christmas Sally Coffin Doll Limited Edition (Item #JUL152205, SRP: $49.99)


Universal Monsters

For the monster kid in your life! Not seen since the first series of Universal Monsters Select action figures back in 2010, the Mummy and the Wolf Man return in all-new editions, completely resculpted by Jean St. Jean with approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as all-new diorama bases depicting the inside of an Egyptian temple and the ruins of a tomb, respectively! Plus, the newest original monster character from DST is none other than Lucy Westenra, the would-be bride of Dracula turned vampire hunter. Each figure comes packaged in the famous Select-style display packaging, with spine artwork for easy shelf reference.

Universal Monsters Select Mummy Version 2 Action Figure (Item #MAY152180, SRP: $24.99)


Universal Monsters Select Wolfman Version 2 Action Figure (Item #MAY152179, SRP: $24.99)


Monster Hunter Lucy Westenra Select Action Figure (Item #MAY152181, SRP: $24.99)


New Diamond Select Toys Items Coming Summer 2016: iZombie, Muppets, X-Files & More!

Check out the new items coming your way from Diamond Select Toys! Characters from iZombie, The Muppets, X-Files, Marvel, My Little Pony, Batman, Back to the Future and more are now up for pre-order, in the form of action figures, Minimates, banks, busts and even cookie jars!

Batman The Animated Series Batman Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The battle for the loose change of Gotham City has begun! This approximately 8” vinyl bust of Batman, as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series, is actually a bank, with a coin slot in the back and an access door in the base. But it features detailed sculpting and exacting paint details that make it look like a high-end collectible! With Batman, Robin, The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Batmobile now available as vinyl banks, there’s never been a safer place in Gotham City to keep your money! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #DEC152118, SRP: $22.99)


Batman The Animated Series Robin Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman needs his Robin, and so does your bust collection! Dick Grayson, the original Robin, is the latest addition to DST’s line of busts based on Batman: The Animated Series. Posed triumphantly atop a pedestal base, he’ll fit right in on your shelf, next to Batman and his rogues! Measuring approximately 5.5” tall, Robin comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity, and is limited to 3,000 pieces. (Item #DEC152119, SRP: $59.99)


Back to the Future BTTF 30th Anniversary Minimates 1885 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to go back in time… again! The newest 30th Anniversary Minimates box set based on the Back to the Future trilogy takes you all the way back to 1885! Four new Minimates, including Celebration Marty with his pistol and pie plate, Festival Doc Brown with the framed photo, and two never-before made characters – Clara with her telescope and Seamus McFly with Marty’s gun and belt! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Set comes packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #DEC152115, SRP: $24.99)


iZombie Liv Moore Full On Zombie Mode PX Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! The iZombie action figure just got a power-up! This Previews-exclusive variant on DST’s action figure of Liv Moore from iZombie features Liv in full-on zombie mode, with red eyes, veiny skin and a mad-on for some brains. Based on the hit CW TV show, this 7-inch scale figure includes interchangeable hands and accessories, and comes packaged on a full-color blister card. Only available at comic shops and specialty stores! (Item #DEC152114, SRP: $19.99)


Justice League Animated Green Lantern Battery Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let those who need a drink tonight, call on the power of Green Lantern’s light! This 4” sculpted metal bottle opener is in the shape of Green Lantern’s power battery from the Justice League Animated Series, and will remove a bottle cap almost as fast as you can think about it. Plus, magnets on the back keep it locked to your refrigerator so you don’t have to wait to recharge! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #DEC152120, SRP: $18.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Femme Fatales Sally PVC Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! She’s no nightmare! This static vinyl figure of Sally from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas depicts the shy, stitched-together girl holding her basket of food on a stony path in Halloween Town. With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this approximately 9” scale figure is in scale with other Femme Fatales statues. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by David Cortes! (Item #DEC152124, SRP: $45.00)


My Little Pony Trixie Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Behold the great and powerful Trixie! Famous magician Trixie Lulamoon is the next vinyl bank in the My Little Pony series. With a detailed sculpt and paint, this cartoon-accurate rendering of Trixie is not only a beautiful collectible, it’s also a bank –your loose change will magically disappear into the coin slot in her base, and a hidden access door makes it re-appear when you need it! Now that’s magic! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #DEC152125, SRP: $22.99)


Marvel Femme Fatales Captain Marvel PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Prepare to marvel at the new series of Femme Fatales PVC figures based on the heroines of the Marvel Universe! DST’s Marvel Femme Fatales line kicks off with none other than Captain Marvel herself, the heroine who lives up to her name alongside the Avengers, as well as on her own, thanks to her alien-derived super-powers. This static plastic figure of Carol Danvers is in 9” scale, and features a detailed sculpt and an exacting paint process. She comes packaged in a full-color window box, and will soon be joined by more of the women – and men – of the Marvel Universe! Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira! (Item #DEC152122, SRP: $45.00)

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Muppets Minimates Two-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The show must go on! The most sensational, inspirational, Muppet-tational Minimates line ever is back, with another assortment of Muppet characters! Series 2 includes four new two-packs – Reporter Kermit with Rowlf, Dr. Teeth with Animal, Statler with Waldorf and Crazy Harry with Mahna Mahna! Each 2-inch Minimates-mini-figure is fully poseable and fully interchangeable with other Minimates! A must-have for fans of the new TV hit or the old TV classic! Each two-pack is packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #DEC152116, SRP: $9.99/two-pack)


Marvel Hulk Retro-Style Aurora 1/8 Scale Model Kit

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s a smash from the past! This model kit of the Hulk depicts the occasional Avenger in a full charge, racing across a rubble-strewn landscape. A reproduction of the original 1960s Hulk model kit by Aurora, this re-creation scales it up from 1/12 scale to 1/8 scale, making it nearly 11 inches tall! Assembly is required – simply glue the pieces and paint the figure, and this retro-style Hulk will be smashing his way across your desk in no time! Packaged in a full-color box with retro artwork. (Item #DEC152123, SRP: $34.99)


Predator Masked Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! No more hunting for loose change! Simply keep this detailed bust of a masked Predator from the classic film in a convenient location, and the coin slot on his back will provide a handy place to leave your pennies and nickels, while the access door lets them out again. The detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications make this a high-quality collectible, as well as a fully functional bank! Approximately 8” tall. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #JUL148445, SRP: $22.99)


Superman The Animated Series Ceramic Logo Cookie Jar

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ll feel more powerful than a locomotive every time you grab a cookie out of this cookie jar in the shape of Superman’s shield logo from Superman: The Animated Series! Measuring approximately 12” long, this ceramic cookie jar has a removable lid and holds plenty of your favorite Kryptonian treat. Packaged in a full-color box. (Item #DEC152121, SRP: $39.99)


X-Files Classic TV Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been almost 23 years since Agents Mulder and Scully began investigating strange phenomena, and now they’re one of the strangest phenomena of all! This Minimates box set includes 2-inch mini-figures of Mulder, Scully, Flukeman, and the Cigarette-Smoking Man with removable trenchcoat, all based on the original episodes, and each with 14 points of articulation. Packaged on a full-color blister card. (Item #DEC152117, SRP: $24.99)

Offered Again:

Star Trek TOS Retro Cloth Uhura & Mugato Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The 50th anniversary of Star Trek continues with our re-releases of two more classic 1970s Star trek figures! Uhura and the Mugato are exact reproductions of the original Mego figures, complete with Uhura’s tights, and the Mugato’s stylin’ outfit! Each 8” figure has a real cloth costume, and comes packaged in a re-closeable clamshell, so you can play with them and still keep them on the card! Accurately re-created by EMCE Toys! (Item #MAR084551, SRP: $19.99/ea.)


Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! Was there anything you go that stood out to you and got you excited? Was there anything you disliked? Let us know in the comments.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – President Obama Delays Agent Carter Season Premiere – Thanks Obama!

Women Write About Comics – Some Folks Think Midnighter Should Be Biphobic, Yes Really  – An interesting read.

Chron – Comic-craving women welcome at this Cypress-area store – Always nice to see an open and welcoming store spotlighted.


Around the Tubes Reviews

The Rainbow Hub – All-New Wolverine #2

Examiner – Batman ’66 Vol. 4

Comic Vine – Extraordinary X-Men #3

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #47

CBR – Hopeless Savages: Break

Comic Vine – Harley’s Little Black Book #1

The Beat – Red Wolf #1

The Rainbow Hub – Silk #1

Talking Comics – Silk #1

Comic Vine – The Totally Awesome Hulk #1

Comic Vine – The Vision #2

Review: Green Lantern #47

Green Lantern 47 ArticleHal Jordan takes a break from trying to solve the mystery of the missing Green Lantern Corps, to visit his family and make sure they are still safe and protected from the dangers of the universe.

Green Lantern #47 is, simply put, a filler issue between the last battle with Black Hand, and the coming battle with a very powerful Green Lantern enemy that returns at the end of the tale. The story still has a bit going for it that helps build the character of Hal Jordan. The love Hal has for his family is apparent and well done. But, this is not something we have not seen before. There is also a problem with how drama and conflict are presented in the narrative. The way Hal’s family is threatened when they go to the amusement park is very predictable. The stakes do not feel high and it feels too much like forcing danger and drama purely to have it. This issue could have been a calming break among friends and family to flush out who Hal Jordan has become since the Green Lantern Corps disappeared. But, the unnecessary violence really takes away from this potential and really hurts the overall cohesion of the comic.

The artwork is serviceable. It is a very line heavy style which works well for backgrounds and clothing. But, some of the faces come off bizarre because of an overuse of lines as shadow. This also causes some faces to look smudged and dirty at a distance. This becomes a problem in an issue where the majority of it is people standing and interacting with each other through conversation. The minimal action scenes are actually done well and look clean but, they are very few and far between.

Overall, Green Lantern #47 misses a chance to create a solid character driven story of family, in favor of forcing drama and violence. What could have become a fun filler issue with interesting character moments quickly turns into a forgettable filler issue with little effect on the ongoing series.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan, Martin Coccolo
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

Rhode Island Comic Con 2015 : Interview with Ethan Van Sciver


Having attended the Rhode Island Comic Con this past weekend on November 6th-8th held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with some high-profile guests. (Power of the Press prevails) I was very lucky to get a few minutes with the most prolific Green Lantern artist and good guy: Mr. Ethan Van Sciver.

Graphic Policy: Well it’s very nice to meet you, I appreciate it and I just had a few questions for you that I’m sure would interest your fans.

Ethan Van Sciver: Sure, go ahead.

Graphic Policy: Have you ever been asked to do a commission piece that you’ve flat out refused and if so why?

Ethan Van Sciver: Well, I’m sure that I have, but not because it was dirty or anything. It would have been because I just didn’t want to draw it. People will ask me and come by to draw Star Trek things and that’s not something I really want to do. So I will go, well you know. No thank you.

Graphic Policy: So do you basically try to stick within the vein of comic book books. DC and Marvel characters, because I know you do a lot of cool original pieces like Luke Skywalker Lantern and so forth..

Ethan Van Sciver: I will do Star Wars every now and then, but I prefer to stick to just superheroes. I love drawing superheroes.

Graphic Policy: Absolutely you are fantastic at it.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you.

Graphic Policy: Do you have a favorite run?

Ethan Van Sciver: Of somebody elses? Or my own?

Graphic Policy: Yours.

Ethan Van Sciver: Of my own, yeah I really liked everything from Green Lantern Rebirth to Sinestro Corps. I thought that was a really good moment.

Graphic Policy: I think that was your best run ever. I have a personal favorite issue. Green Lantern: Rebirth #6.

Ethan Van Sciver: That issue was really a lot of fun.


Graphic Policy: I loved when Bruce (Batman) punches Hal back because the series opened with Hal punching Bruce so it was cool to see it come back around in the end *

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah that was cool.

Graphic Policy: My good buddy, you’re one of his favorite artists of all time.

Ethan Van Sciver: Oh wow.

Graphic Policy: Do you have a favorite comic book character and is it Green Lantern?

Ethan Van Sciver: My favorite comic character is Plastic Man.

Graphic Policy: Really?

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah I love Plastic Man, I’m still waiting for a chance to draw him. I know in the past sales have not been particularly good for that character so they are very hesitant to do it again. I would do it as a gangster book and make it a little more irish mafia and little bit more like Black Mass, you know with just a little bit of superhero in it.

Graphic Policy: That would be really cool. Speaking of, you saw that movie Black Mass?

Ethan Van Sciver: Loved it, and that is my Eel O’ Brien story. Is he using his superhero identity to rise himself in the mob, or is he using the mob to make him a better asset to the FBI? So like, who is this guy for real? It was amazing, you know and the Whitey Bulger story was a lot like that. It was very interesting.

Graphic Policy: It was, and well definitely me being from the Boston area, you can’t help but grow up with stories from that.

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah.

Graphic Policy: So what advice to you have for anyone looking to be a comic book artist today?

Ethan Van Sciver: Yeah, just do it. Don’t let anyone stop you, just start drawing your own comic book and let it happen. Let it be a gradual process. Breaking in, is a misnomer, there’s no such thing as breaking in. You just do it and advance in the industry.

Graphic Policy: Perfect, and what can we expect from you next? What’s your next project.

Ethan Van Sciver: Next project is called Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion and it’s a six issue mini series with Tom Taylor writing it and me doing all the art. Basically it’s the story that bridges the gap between Lost Army. The Green Lantern Corps are lost in a universe that’s dying, are are trying to get back to our reality. Our universe. So everyone is in it, except for Hal Jordan.

Graphic Policy: Haha. The main Green Lantern.

Ethan Van Sciver: You know that’s cool. I get to draw all the Lanterns. Guy Gardener. Simon Baz and John Stewart..

Graphic Policy: Larfleeze?

Ethan Van Sciver: Well Larfleeze is not a Green Lantern. It would be cool if he was in it though.

Graphic Policy: Yeah I know, it’s just so great when you draw him.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you.

Graphic Policy: Well I appreciate your time for the interview and hope you catch your flight.

Ethan Van Sciver: Thank you and sure thing.

*I also want to point out that Ethan was kind enough not to call me out on my mistake saying Batman punches Hal in Green Lantern: Rebirth #6 when really it occurred in Green Lantern #9. (Have to do my nerd diligence)

Sideshow Debuts Green Lantern Premium Format Figure

Sideshow Collectibles has debuted a new premium format figure, Green Lantern. Earth’s first – and possibly greatest – member of the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps! The masked hero stands showcased in his emerald green and black costume. It captures him ascending a solid green construct stairway of his own making. An exclusive version includes a left hand with light-up battery.

The Green Lantern Premium Format Figure retails for $449.99 or for payments for as little as $50.62/month. It’s available in a regular and exclusive version.



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Review: Green Lantern #46

Green Lantern 46Hal Jordan takes a break from trying to find out what happened to the missing Green Lanterns to find a solution for the Black Hand. In his desperation, he turns to Relic to see if there is anyway to stop him.

Green Lantern #46 follows a very interesting reveal from issue 45 about Black Hand being the one who has been turning planets to stone. Hal discovers he has taken power from the source wall and needs a way to stop him. The story ends up becoming a fun clash between Hal and Black Hand but, we just saw this fight happen in the last issue. It feels like a bit of a retread. Black Hand’s power of turning anything he touches to stone creates a good bit of tension in the conflict. Although, the characters involved in the fight stop taking Black Hand seriously as a threat near the end. It feels like a filler issue between a fun reveal in the last comic and a strong tease at the end of issue #46.

The highlight of the issue continues to be the character interactions between Hal and the new crew he has acquired. His ship, Darlene, is especially entertaining with her incredibly dry humor and, what seems like, hate of Hal Jordan. Because the interactions between everyone involved are so well done, this issue remains a fun read.

The artwork is really strong throughout, expect for one panel where Hal’s face looks slightly out of proportion. The space battle and alien characters are well detailed and interesting to look at. The facial expressions are well done and do a lot to really sell how each character feels about the other. Which, most of the time, is a strong dislike. The color work adds great detail as well in scenes where the Black Hand is turning an object slowly into stone.

Overall, this is a fun filler issue setting up the next large story arc in the mystery of where the Green Lanterns have disappeared to. Not much is added to the mystery here but, it is still an enjoyable read because of very solid character moments and entertaining action scenes.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan
Story: 7 Art: 8 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


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.

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