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Comic Block Review: June 2015

Comic Block is the newest subscription box from Nerd Block. Although I used to subscribe to Nerd Block, I’ve stopped for some months. But once I’d heard about Comic Block, I figured I’d give it a try. For $13.99 a month plus around $9 in shipping (to Canada), it seemed like pretty good value for three comics, a t-shirt and a “comic themed collectible.”

I got my second Comic Block in the mail today. Was it as good as the first?

juneblockFirst things first, if you tally up the price tag value of the items that you can, it’s definitely worth the price of admittance. The t-shirt alone is priced at $20 on the tag, and then we have the comics that come in at around $12, but with all of them being exclusive variant covers, the actual value may, or may not, be higher in time. The comic themed collectible this month is an Avengers pen and tiny notepad – though the version of the pen and pad you get may differ – but the value is probably about two or three bucks.

So is the second Comic Block any good?

The t-shirt is fantastic, and I’m very happy with the fact it’s a black and white Dark Knight Returns shirt, and I’m very happy with the three comics that were included. There was also a pen and small pad.

Of the comics included in this block, Marvel’s offering is an exclusive cover of Groot #1 (a $4 comic) I was on the shelf about picking up the issue when it came out, so I’m pleased to get a chance to read it now. IDW Publishing included Ghostbusters Get Real #1 (valued at $4). I’ll read it, and I’ll probably really enjoy it. Perhaps the best surprise for me was 21st Century Tank Girl #1 from Titan Comics. I’d heard of the character before, but have never read anything she’s been in. Colour me excited to read this one.

The comic themed collectible, as has already been mentioned, is an Avengers pen. It isn’t anything I’d have ever purchased myself, but as a bonus in an already value packed Comic Block? I’m indifferent to it. I’ll use it at some point, I’m sure.

Last month, I thought that one of the nicest details in the Comic Block is that each comic arrived in a bag and board for protection. This month the cellophane was still there from Groot and Tank Girl, but Ghostbusters was shrink wrapped with a peice of cardboard in the middle. I wasn’t as happy with that this time through.

All in all, this was a  pretty awesome block, and I’m going to keep my subscription going for next month. The website says that there’s a chance of a graphic novel included as one of the three comics, so I’m hoping for one sooner or later.

Would I recommend this?

Yeah, I would. And if you use MSA10 as a coupon then you can save 10% off when you sign up (for any Nerd Block box), courtesy of My Subscription Addiction.

Originally published on Ramblings Of A Comics Fan

SDCC 2015: Visit The San Diego Comic Art Gallery During the Show!

San Diego Comic Art Gallery 1In one week’s time, San Diego, CA will once again shine as the capital of the pop culture world with plenty to do both in and around the San Diego Convention Center. And whether you have a Comic-Con 4-day pass or didn’t get a ticket at all this year, IDW Publishing is invite you to visit the San Diego Comics Art Gallery, San Diego’s only permanent gallery completely dedicated to sequential comic book art, for a truly unique comics experience during SDCC!

The SDCAG inaugural exhibition features the prolific work of San Diego resident Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Featuring numerous highlights from the very first Turtle sketch to the most recent comic book cover, fans get a first-hand look into the creation of a pop culture sensation. And as an added bonus, fans that pre-order select IDW SDCC exclusives on IDW’s webstore through this Friday, July 3 will be able to pick up them at the SDCAG starting Wednesday, July 8 through Monday, July 13.

In celebration of the biggest week in pop culture, the SDCAG will hold an Open House with extended hours on Wednesday, July 8  (Preview Night) and will be open Monday, July 13 for those that want one more day of comics fun.

Wednesday, July 8: 10am-11pm
Thursday, July 9: 10am-6pm
Friday, July 10: 10am-6pm
Saturday, July 11: 10am-6pm
Sunday, July 12: 10am-6pm
Monday, July 13: 10am-6pm

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery is an entirely new kind of venture with a rotating gallery of original art, a retail space, the Eastman Studio (permanent display), an artist in residence studio and the IDW Library.

The SDCAG is located in the NTC in Liberty Station, roughly 5 miles from the San Diego Convention Center.

2765 Truxtun Road
Barracks 3
San Diego, CA 92106

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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47

tmnt47“The Stockman Swarm”

I must say I have truly been enjoying this reincarnation of sorts of the favorite sons of wisecracking pizza eating Ninjitsu. I have read the first few arcs in this series and now fully jumped back into it. While I can tell I’ve missed a lot, the creative team keeps the book very accessible to the new reader without inundating them with a lot of bogged down continuity. I felt like I was transported back in time to Saturday morning and just turned on the tube to see my favorite cartoon again, and what a good feeling. All that was missing was my glass of chocolate milk and some Eggo’s.

The book opens up with the Purple Dragon Gang running amuck with the neighborhood citizens standing up to them in kind. What’s cool though is at the forefront of each group is a players involved in a very interesting father and son stand off. On the side of the Dragons is “Hun” Jones and on the side of the neighborhood is his cocky, hockey mask wearing young son “Casey”. Normally I’m not for de-aging characters in comics, but in the case of Casey it completely works. We all know the character of Casey Jones from Ninja Turtles lore, but this iteration of him adds a layer of complexity that was not in previous versions. Which I really appreciate making him more likeable. Casey is more of a sympathetic figure this time with having a completely drunk and abusive father whom he must always try to prove himself. The confrontation is great as Casey’s courage becomes infectious and the masses rise up against Hun and his Dragons right in the middle of the street. Even April O’ Nell’s dad has a cool moment using a toaster against one of the gang members. After the outcome of the fight, Casey’s dad in a twisted way tells his son he is proud how he rose up in defiance and warns him of the curse of the “Jones Legacy.”

We then take a quick jaunt to the local sewers where our heroes in green are accompanied by their fearless gal pal April and are discussing a matter of utmost urgency. It appears that they are in possession of a very powerful and dangerous ancient scroll that foretells of future events. While the majority of the Turtles want to destroy it, their master and father (in this version, both the Turtles and Splinter are reincarnated family that were murdered by the Foot Clan in feudal Japan in their previous lives) Splinter advises against that course of action. Splinter believes that it may hold the key to their final triumph so they keep for insurance. At this point it is important to know that the Turtles are still grieving the loss of one of their beloved brothers as Donatello or “Donnie” was brutally attacked recently and left for dead. His physical body has been compromised due to extreme trauma, but thanks to technology (and some well placed comic book magic) his brain has been transferred to a robotic shell (happy accident, that wasn’t a pun) and now is called Metalhead.

The rest of the issue is rounded out with the return of a major character (and I must say the artist Mateus Santolouco, draws the most badass version of this character that I’ve seen since the original Mirage Studios Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles run) as he strikes a deal with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (whom I’m glad is African-American again, and not like his “Gene Wilder-ish” counterpart from the old Saturday mornings cartoon) and his Mousers to destroy the Turtles once and for all.

Overall: To borrow a phrase from my 80’s reference lockbox, this issue was “totally rad!” It had good story pacing, great art, an awesome cover and like a favorite song it transported me to a moment in time again. I like the set up of the war to come, Donatello’s new role and transformation as well as the return of one of my all time favorite villains. Truth be told, I wish it was Kevin Eastman doing the art but Santolouco left me pleasantly surprised. Ten year old me would approve of this. If anyone needs me I will be scarfing a piece of pizza reading this one again thinking to myself “Turtle Power”. Now hopefully the theme song doesn’t get stuck in my head. Next time dudes!

Story: Kevin Eastman Art: Mateus Santolouco
Story: 9 Art: 8.3 Overall: 9  Recommendation: Buy (with a slice to go)

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Stand on GuardWednesdays 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.

Brett

We Stand on Guard #1 (Image Comics) – Brian K Vaughn is taking on giant robots and Canada. Sign me up. I’ve been awaiting this one since it was announced at Image Expo.

The Bunker #12 (Oni Press) – Josh Fialkov’s time travel comic has been amazing with each issue and the fact is, I have no idea what will happen. It’s just beyond amazing and one of my favorite comics.

Red Skull #1 (Marvel) – If there’s one character that can mess up Doom’s new world, I’m convinced it’s the Red Skull. Maybe we’ll get the first hints as to how Doom will fall here?

Secret Wars #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues were solid in the best Marvel event in quite some time. It’s interesting to see where it all goes, and I’m along for the ride.

The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Did you read the last issue? That alone is the reason I’m looking for this one. I seriously have no idea what’s happening next.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’m a sucker for anything set in the 40’s, and the Spirit is no exception. I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard the comic was being released. I even though the movie was pretty decent. Did I just lose my nerd-cred?

Detective Comics #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve always been a closet Harvey Bullock fan, so to have at least a two-part story focused exclusively on him? There is no way I couldn’t pick this up.

We Stand On Guard #1 (Image Comics)A military comic that features giant robots and is written by Brian K Vaughn? What’s not to love?

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie) The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image Comics) – Ack! My heart! It’s been smashed somewhere on the floor! It’s listening to “People Who Died” and “Rock and Roll Suicide” on repeat.

But Don’t You Cry Tonight (Gillen/McKelvie still love you, baby). There’s an underworld bellow us (BAYBAAHH) and Persephone is the goddess who comes back from the dead every spring.

This month’s issue is a flashback to Inanna’s origins. So put on Purple Rain and pretend you don’t know what’s to come.

Top Pick (tie) The Humans #6 (Image Comics) – It’s been reported that this issue is going to start giving us some more material about the women in The Humans and Johnny’s long lost former girlfriend. I’ve always appreciated how even in this male-centered story all of the female characters are easily identifiable and unique. This issue could make good on that promise.

But that’s not what I read this comic for. That’s just my intellect talking. I read it because it’s in my guts. (Teaser of a thought piece I’m working on).

It’s safe to say this comic will continue to be some of the best crafted, most addictive, least office appropriate reading you’ll find.

A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All of everyone’s favorite female heroes on one team! I was a bit thrown off by this new issues’s summary page. It describes Sister Grimm and Ms. America as foster sisters. Brett and I had interpreted them as a romantic couple. But let’s see where this goes. Hopefully there will be girl kissing and sharks being punched. And more She-Hulk.

Airboy #2 (Image Comics) – Hey Kids! Airboy is appearing in a comic of the same name! But I’m not reading this for a WWII Boy Adventurer. I’m here for the gonzo struggles of the artist as a middle aged man. (Read my review of issue 1 to find out more.) Will this comic’s writer and artist– this story’s actual protagonists– despoil the golden lad of the Golden Age? Pretty sure all of the hangovers we’re ever had, all put together are less interesting then the hangover that this creative team is about to experience (and they invite us along for the ride).

I want to warn our readers that there is seriously transphobic content in issue 2. I did not have a review copy when I put this issue on my picks list and wrote my endorsement based on my having enjoyed issue 1. Now, having read this issue I am not endorsing it.  We will be discussing the problems with it soon. I’m really disappointed.

For more on this, you can read our post “Airboy Crashes and Burns With Transphobic Second Issue

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars title seems to have gone entirely under the radar. That’s a shame. It’s a Claremonterrific spin-off of the classic X-Men Future Dystopia, the one that birthed all those crazy X-Men continuities. The book’s got heavy handed but emotionally resonant political metaphor to spare. It also has Kitty Pryde married to Colossus (though he’s only the 2nd best member of the Rasputin family for her to be in love with) and they have a daughter! And she meets Logan’s mysterious son “Cameron”. Ooooo. Who’s he named for?

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Secret Wars #4 (Marvel Comics) – Sheriff Strange, Lord Doom. Marvel’s version of Game of Thrones continues and it’s been epic! Unlike Convergence, part of me doesn’t want to see it end. If only Doom can win…

Action Comics #42 (DC Comics) – Truth continues and we see the “Man” without the “Steel” try to adapt and overcome everything put in his path. Last month was a joy and I’m waiting to see where this month takes us. Hopefully up, up and further!

Barb Wire #1 (Dark Horse Comics) The return of the bounty hunting Babe! Adam Hughes cover alone sold me on this one. If the inside is as good as the cover, I won’t need to keep the receipt.

Green Lantern #42 (DC Comics) – Everyone’s favorite renegade: Han.. er.. Hal Jordan continues his outlaw journey through the cosmos without the Corps by his side. Doesn’t mean it won’t be any less action packed!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW Publishing) – Evil Baxter Stockman, a horde of Mousers and half- shelled heroes. Is it 1984 again? That’s well and ok with me! Me thinks it’s Cowabunga time again!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – All the women from the Marvel Universe on an island, fighting and protecting their island from outside threats…led by She-Hulk? YES PLEASE!  This is one of the few Secret Wars tie ins that I have really enjoyed, AND it has been reported this title will survive as an on-going title with the MU figures itself out.  I highly recommend getting on board with this one.

X-Tinction Agenda #2 (Marvel) – The second Secret Wars tie-in I really enjoyed, this title sees Havok and the mutants of Genosha dying from a virus running rampant, and their only hope is charging into X-City against Phoenix and taking the help they need to save their people.  Definitely a show down I look forward to seeing.

Years of Future Past #2 (Marvel) – Kate Pryde, along with her parents Shawdowcat and Colossus, have broken free from their prison, and with a handful of fellow mutants, have to race through their ruined city to try and save their surviving friends.  I’ve always enjoyed stories showing a bleaker future, and how the X-Men, no matter their numbers, band together to try and set things right.

 

Around the Tubes

We’re getting closer to San Diego Comic-Con! We’re still getting our plans set, but we’ll be there covering as much news as we can!

While you wait for the convention, here’s some news and reviews you might have missed in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

San Diego Jewish Journal – IDW Publishing Opens San Diego’s First Comic Art Gallery – Can’t wait to check this out. But, Lenny Bruce!?

Newsbusters – First Abortion Graphic Novel Illustrates ‘Funny,’ ‘Humorous Look’ – Oh, this is one I have to read.

Kotaku – Batman: Arkham Knight Mod Makes Everybody Playable In Free Roam – That’s pretty cool. How long before a Batman vs. Superman mod?

GamePoltiics – Rocksteady working ‘like crazy’ to fix PC version of ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ – I hope so!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1

CBR – Justice League 3000 #1

Preview: Miami Vice: Remix #5

MIAMI VICE: REMIX #5

by Joe Casey, illo. by Jim Mahfood
Pages: 32
Format: Comic Book
SRP: $3.99
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Distributor: IDW Publishing
Pub Date: July 1, 2015
Item Code: MAY150457

So, it looks like the zombie-filled, hyper-colored, Ferrari-crashing, James Brown-resurrecting drug haze of a comic we call MIAMI VICE: REMIX is about to reach its bloody end next week on July 1.

But there’s nothing to be sad about — the fifth and final issue of writer Joe Casey’s and artist Jim Mahfood’s criminal justice head trip just turns everything past 11 for a brutal final showdown between the Big Bad and our heroes, especially good old Sonny Crockett who faces down sheer terror with the resolve only a Miami Vice cop could muster. Fans of the original series will love how this tangent from the first season fills out some fascinating backstory while managing to create something entirely standalone and new.

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Review: G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra TPB

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The most beloved G.I. Joe agent of all time… is working with Cobra! Find out how the black-clad American ninja ends up on the wrong side of justice.

As a child of the 80s, I was more than likely one of the last few generations that actually watched cartoons on Saturday morning. I remember waking up early, with my sister and my cousins, so we could watch He-Man, She-Ra, Thundercats, Silverhawks, Lone Ranger, Zorro, and G.I. Joe. I remembered how everyone wanted Duke or Bazooka, as their action figures, but I wanted Snake Eyes, because I loved ninjas. This was due to another staple of television I had growing up, Black Belt Theatre, which had kung-fu masters, Shaolin Monks, and dangerous ninjas. So when I watched G.I. Joe, for the first time, and found out the good guys had a ninja working for them, my two favorite things crossed over in the most magnificent way. Fast forward to years later, with the various comic book adaptations and film adaptations, the comic books still stand superior. So when I heard that IDW Publishing was doing a miniseries, where Snake Eyes becomes an agent for COBRA??? My mind was swirling with so many questions, (WTH? How can Snake Eyes betray Joe? Has Snakes Eyes and Storm Shadow buried the Hatchet?) I had to find out for myself.

The miniseries written by Mike Costa, who has written the series in its many incarnations for the past 20 years, has written a concise, spy thriller, which will have readers on the edge of their seat. The art by Paolo Villanelli serves the story well with drawing differing perspectives, not one of which was Snake Eyes. In this story, Snake Eyes is much the classic silent but deadly hero of Golgo 13, Duke Togo, a cold operator, who knows the mission and does not still it is a success.

The first issue opens with Snake Eyes busting Destro out of a prison transport, in the only way, Snake eyes, brute force. The thing that surprises me is that the story also delves into Destro’s origins, which the story even more compelling, as it offers a view, not seen otherwise. The second issue opens with the character of Erika, who asks for Snake Eyes help, and is told primarily from her point of view, it also introduces the reader to the mysterious figure of Ronin, the antagonist in this story. The twist that comes at the end of the story is one where the reader will greatly anticipate for the next issue, to see how this unfolds. The third issue, introduces you to Billy, somewhat of a modern-day Robinson Crusoe, who ends up in a hospital after rescuing some civilians, who get swept up in a river, someone who G.I. Joe, Cobra, and Ronin are all looking for, which is why he and his compatriot, escape the hospital. Issue four, continues Billy’s escape from the hospital, and tells the reader of their journey to this point and how they ended up in the predicament they are in, and just like in real life, there are casualties of war, the ending on this issue, will have you thirsting for the conclusion and eventual duel in the last issue. The fifth issue, starts with a fight, we have seen dozens of times, but this one is better than anything that has been up on the TV or movie screen, Villanelli’s talents ring true in this issue, as he definitely knows how to draw a fight. The major spoiler in this issue is who Billy is related to.

Overall, a solid story, which in inferior writer’s hands would have been diminished into a pedestrian story, but in Costa’s hands, rises above his other work. I am hoping IDW Publishing, will bring us a sequel to this, as I am hooked now.

Story: Mike Costa Art: Paolo Villanelli
Story: 10 Art:  10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Definite Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: Primate Directive TPB

star trek planet of the apesA crossover between Star Trek and Planet of the Apes sounded like a great premise when I first heard about it from a rep at the IDW Publishing booth at New York Comic Con, I wondered how these two worlds would collide, and would the writers’ premise make the most of the gifts that both universes could offer.

In the first issue of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: Primate Directive, we are on Earth, an ape negotiates with a mysterious figure, one can only suspect, they are from the Star Trek universe. Meanwhile, Sulu and Uhura, are undercover on Klingon, doing some counterintelligence. The story written by Scott and David Tipton, and art by Rachael Stott, paints a palette, where the Klingons have learned how to manipulate quantum physics, thus leading our heroes into an alternate dimension of time and space. As always they beam down, and Kirk discovers that the Apes and the Klingons are working together.

In the next issue, we run into the characters from the original movies, humans and Apes, include Taylor (Charlton Heston’s character) and Cornelius, which is what was going to be the most intriguing facet of this team-up, as you are reintroduced to all main antagonists, as Kirk tries to work with them against General Marius and the rest of the evil Apes.

In the third issue, Taylor, knocks out Chekhov out cold, to beam aboard the Enterprise, and begins to wreak havoc, eventually getting into a brawl with Kirk. Meanwhile, Kor, the Klingon Commander, and Marius, are working on their arms deal, so that Marius can unite the Apes.

The next issue opens with Dr. Zaius contemplating the danger so far while Taylor is trying to convince Kirk of the dangers of the Apes versus the agenda of the Klingons. This is while also dealing with the culture shock that the Apes are having with the Enterprise’s crew members. That’s where the plot accelerates and is best, as it looks as if Kor, is planning an Ape War, by breaking Ape Law.

In the conclusion, the comic is somewhat predictable but ultimately unsatisfying I wanted more from this team-up, but I can at least say the ending s a surprise. Overall, a decent story, but I wished they developed it more.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton Art: Rachael Stott
Story: 6 Art: 9 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2015: IDW Publishing and Top Shelf’s Exclusives and Debuts

Get your San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive checklists ready! IDW Publishing and Top Shelf have some of the hottest exclusives and debuts for the biggest convention of the year! See below for a full list of more items to add to your must-haves.

A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s webstore. Fans that preorder will be able to pick up their books throughout the show from the IDW booth #2743 and for the first time from the San Diego Comic Art Gallery located in Liberty Station in the Point Loma area of San Diego. Come see The Art of Kevin Eastman exhibition and pick up your pre-orders starting Wednesday, July 8 through Monday, July 13.

ARTIST’S EDITIONS

Jack Kirby Kamandi Artist’s Edition Convention Variant
Jack Kirby’s most beloved creation is now an extraordinary Artist’s Edition, collecting six complete issues of Kamandi! There is no better way to view the magic of King Kirby than in the one and only Artist’s Edition. Pick up the debut of the convention variant early while supplies last!
$100, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition Convention Variant
Mike Zeck is one of the classic artists of the 1980s, at the forefront of many of the best books and in demand by fans and editors alike. This unique Artist’s Edition showcases some of Zeck’s finest works, including full issues and an array of his finest covers! This convention variant features Captain America and Wolverine squaring off!
$125, Limited to 125 copies, 2 per person

Frank Miller’s Daredevil Artifact Edition Convention Variant
Frank Miller, multiple Eisner Award-winner, is one of the finest and most influential comics creators of his generation. From Sin City to Dark Knight Returns, to Daredevil: Born Again and Batman: Year One (both of which he wrote and collaborated on with David Mazzucchelli), his contribution to the art form is nearly peerless. But before these incredible works came his groundbreaking turn on Daredevil! This convention exclusive boasts a stunning variant cover by Miller featuring Daredevil and Black Widow.
$100, Limited to 175 copies, 2 per person

Eric Powell’s The Goon: China Town Artist’s Edition Convention Variant
Since debuting in 1999, The Goon has won constant critical praise as well as a large and rabid fan base for creator Eric Powell. This beautiful Artist’s Edition features Powell’s Goon original graphic novel, Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker, the opus that earned the writer/artist two Eisner Awards! Variant cover only available at the IDW booth.
$100, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Walter Simonson’s Manhunter & Other Stories Artist’s Edition, Remarqued
Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson was one of the most acclaimed series of the 1970s, winning numerous awards along the way—not bad for a backup feature that only ran seven episodes! This Artist’s Edition presents the original run of Manhunter, as well as a classic Batman story, Dr. Fate, Metal Men, and Captain Fear tales. This very limited edition variant is signed & remarqued by Walter Simonson and is numbered as one of a limited edition of 50 copies.
$250, Limited to 50 copies, 2 per person

DISNEY COMICS

Don Rosa’s The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck Artist’s Edition Convention Variant
Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con, Don Rosa’s Eisner-award winning work on The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck gets the Artist’s Edition treatment with a special convention exclusive cover with Scrooge hitting pay dirt!
$125, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person

Donald Duck #1 Convention Variant
Donald, Mickey, and Goofy head to a comic convention of their own on this special variant cover by Derek Charm.
$5, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

Mickey Mouse #1 Convention Variant
Donald, Mickey, and Goofy’s adventure at a comic convention continues on this special exclusive cover with art by Derek Charm.
$5, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

IDW HIT TITLES

Ghostbusters: Get Real #1 Convention Variant
It’s the ultimate Ghostbusters team-up on this convention exclusive cover to the new series Ghostbusters: Get Real! With art by Dan Schoening, this is one exclusive you’ll want to catch early!
$5, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

Godzilla in Hell #1 Convention Variant
James Stokoe returns to Godzilla and drags him straight to Hell! This convention exclusive cover features Stokoe’s hyper-detailed work on a special wraparound cover!
$10, Limited to 200 copies, 3 per person

Jem & The Holograms #1 Convention Variant
SHOWTIME, SYNERGY! Meet Jerrica Benton—a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become… JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! An all-new cover featuring Pizzaz by Amy Mebberson graces this convention exclusive!
$5, Limited to 200 copies, 3 per person
A Blank Sketch Cover also available!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Onyx #1 Convention Variant
A star-born knight for a new generation takes flight here! Get your convention exclusive copy signed by creators Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez at the booth!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Star Trek/ Green Lantern #1 Convention Variant
The biggest crossover in the galaxy debuts at Comic-Con! Don’t miss this exclusive convention variant by Freddie E. Williams III featuring the Green Lantern Corps and the Enterprise crew side-by-side!
$5, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

TRANSFORMERS

Transformers #42 Convention Variant
The Combiner Wars are over, but the fallout has just begun! Don’t miss out on this convention exclusive by Sara Pitre-Durocher featuring Arcee that connects to More Than Meets the Eye #42 and Windblade #4!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #42 Convention Variant
The quest for the Knights of Cybertron reaches a new epoch! Chromia and the Lost Light are featured on this convention exclusive edition by Sara Pitre-Durocher that connects to Transformers #42 and Windblade #4!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3per person

Transformers: Windblade #4 Convention Variant
Windblade heads into battle on this variant cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher that connects to Transformers #42 and More Than Meets the Eye #42!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Transformers: Combiner Hunters #1 Convention Variant
Spinning out of the explosive Combiner Wars arc, the Combiner Hunters face off against their first great threat on this convention exclusive cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher!
$10, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Get $5 off when you buy all four issues together! $20 total.

TURTLES & PONIES

Casey & April #1 Convention Variant
Morning Glories artist Joe Eisma suits up Casey & April on this convention exclusive cover of the debut issue written by Comic-Con special guest Mariko Tamaki!
$5, Limited to 300 copies, 3 per person

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #44 SIGNED Convention Variant
Only available at SDCC, a set of first printings of the issue that had the whole world talking! This issue comes pre-signed by none other than Kevin Eastman!
$40 a set (Cover A & B), Limited to 50 copies, 3 per person

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #32 Convention Variant
“Night of the Living Apples,” Part 1! Bad apples have come alive and determined to take over all of Ponyville! Don’t miss the exclusive cover by Tony Fleecs done in the EC Cover tradition!
$5, Limited to 500 copies, 3 per person

My Little Pony: Fiendship is Magic TP Convention Variant
This collection of the entire mini-series boosts a special convention variant featuring a cover with the iconic villains of Equestria by Thom Zahler.
$25, Limited to 100 copies, 3 per person

HARDCOVER COLLECTIONS

Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland HC Convention Variant
Get your convention exclusive copy of the three time Eisner-nominated, all-ages series featuring a special Black & White variant cover by series artist Gabriel Rodriguez!
$30, Limited to 200 copies, 3 per person

Locke & Key Vol. 1 Master Edition HC Convention Variant
The critically acclaimed series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez takes on new life in a reformatted hardcover collection which features the first two arcs, “Welcome to Lovecraft” and “Headgames,” with a special Black & White variant cover.
$50, Limited to 250 copies, 3 per person

Bacchus Omnibus HC Convention Variant
Only available at the Top Shelf booth #1721, Eddie Campbell’s Bacchus is a true epic, spanning a decade of work, over a thousand pages, and several millennia of alcohol consumption. This convention exclusive hardcover comes signed and numbered by Campbell!
$75, Limited to 250 Copies, 3 per person

Complete Essex County Hardcover – SHOW DEBUT
Top Shelf is celebrating the award-winning masterpiece that made Jeff Lemire a household name with the convention debut of the Essex County hardcover. This elegant, foil-stamped slipcase edition features an exclusive letterpress bookplate signed & numbered by the author! Don’t miss the chance to get a deluxe version of this intimate study of an eccentric farming community and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, reconciliation — and hockey.
$75, Limited to 500 Copies, 3 per person

Also available with a sketch!
$150, Limited to 50 copies, 2 per person


A CARD GAME

Making its show debut, the card game based off the acclaimed series CHEW from John Layman and Rob Guillory. Anyone who buys the CHEW card game at SDCC will get a free exclusive bonus pack containing two playable Chog Frappe cards and five variant green Chogs.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Are RobinWednesdays 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.

Brett

Top Pick: Raputin #6 (Image Comics) – The end of the first story arc caught me off-guard as it left Rasputin dead from being shot. Fast forward 100 years, and the mad monk is now working as a political aide for a Presidential Candidate. Wait, what!? The first arc was solid, this second one starts off with a bang. If you missed that first arc, the trade paperback is out this week too!

Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – The first issue was fantastic, and this second one is a world wind in madness. Chuck Palahniuk continues Tyler Durden’s story, and so far it’s amazing.

Legacy of Luther Strode #2 (Image Comics) – Give me some of that good ole ultraviolence. The kung-fu action is over the top, and over the top bloody, and beyond entertaining too.

Material #2 (Image Comics) – Ales Kot’s first issue got me to think. I’m expecting more of the same for the second issue as things hopefully become clearer and the various stories begin to merge in some way. A comic that’s socially conscious and relevant.

Transformers: Windblade #4 (IDW Publishing) – A new lost colony has been found, and Starscream and Windblade vie to make them part of the new Transformers world. Who will win out, and who will gain influence? This series focuses on Windblade’s effort with absolutely beautiful art that makes it stand out from the other Transformers series.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Mulan Revelations #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Although it comes off looking a bit like Image’s Lazarus, this futuristic dystopian cyberpunk uses an unlikely heroine for its lead as the actual historical character is transported through time to the future of China.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) – The new Batman didn’t really go over all that well as the story arc to follow after End Game, but Batgirl has been running as one of the best quality comics for a few months now.  What happens when the two meet?

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents the Little Mermaid #5 (Zenescope) – Although it has been a little up and down in terms of its story telling, this miniseries is likely to launch the Little Mermaid back into relevance as one of Grimm Fairy Tales main heroines.  What that means is decided here.

Jem and the Holograms #4 (IDW Publishing)  – The subject matter has not been very deep, but neither has there really been any misstep in this entire series thus far.  This is a series for those that can let their comics be fun and not only about superheroes.

MODOK Assassin #2 (Marvel) – The first issue of this series was unquestionably the biggest surprise of the Secret Wars tie-ins thus far and undoubtedly one of the most fun as well (and violent).  Whether it can carry on this momentum will be interesting to see.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Secret Six TP Vol. 2: Money for Murder (reissue) (DC Comics) – This TP contains the rightfully legendary panels in which Dick!Batman punches Catman saying “If you must know…I had a burrito!”

This is peak Gail Simone and it’s some of the best comics ever.

This TP is a reissue of “Unhinged” and some subsequent issues, which is really the 3rd volume of Gail Simone’s groundbreaking series in the 00s that started with Villains United. All if it is a must-read.

This series is about a team of bad men and bad women learning to take care of each other. If you like complex but funny characters, like your humor dark and enjoy laughing while you are being gutted by metal claws (metaphorically), your heat-strings played upon by deranged masked killers — and who doesn’t– then you need to buy this book to survive.

Top Pick: Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse) – This series is smart and fun. If you loved Fight Club (like I do) and your the right kind of fan (you know, the good kind, that appreciates the story as an examination of the crisis of masculinity and as a queer text) then you need to be reading this series. It is a continuation of the original book taking place some years into the future and written by Palahniuk himself. The art is first-rate too.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) –  I was sure that we were about to get a new Oracle in the form of Frankie, Bab’s awesome coder roomate (who also uses crutches). But now I don’t know! Based on last night’s podcast where we interviewed writer Brenden Fletcher I’m now calling this issue Schrödinger’s Oracle. It may not happen. Open the box.

Kaptara #3 (Image Comics) – I’m just getting into this unprecedentedly creative space opera/comedy. Nothing else like it out there. The art style has a look thats somewhat psychedelic. Our lead character is a gay scientist of indian descent who drips sarcasm and insecurity and is a pleasure to read.

Material #2 (Image Comics) – Writer Ales Kot is doing something completely unique in comics. This book feels a bit like post modernist literary fiction. Except its a comic. And unlike literary fiction these days I actually enjoy it. A lot. Smart and political and worth your attention. He was our guest on the podcast a few weeks back. Have a listen.

We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – I want to like this. The youth of Gotham unite and declare themselves Robin. That sounds like a sentiment I can get behind. I don’t know the creative team. Will have to check it out!

 

Johnny with Comixstravaganza Live

Top Pick: We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve never been a huge Batman fan, so I’ve never actively read or collected any bat titles. But this concept of the collective youth of Gotham adopting Robin as their symbol is intriguing. I’ll be picking this one up just to see how it is executed.

Ant-Man: Larger Than Life (Marvel) – I’m a little shocked that this book stars THE Ant-Man, Hank Pym instead of Scott Lang. As a long time Hank Pym fan, this has me hopeful about his character in the upcoming film and MCU as a whole, but more than that, could this be signaling a change in direction for Pym? Recent storylines suggest he sacrificed himself to stop Ultron in Rage of Ultron, but could this book be signaling a new return of Pym? Probably not, but I like to hold out hope.

Captain Midnight #24 (Dark Horse Comics) – It all ends here. This title has been for me the most satisfying monthly book over the last two years. Josh Williamson knows how to write these pulp-era characters, and this series has shown it in a big way!

Rasputin #6 (Image Comics) – Just when you though the story had ended, we jump forward 100 years to the present where the “Mad Monk” may still be alive? I’ve loved the way Alex Grecian portrayed Rasputin in a heroic way as a healer, and Rossmo’s art is absolutely gorgeous! If you missed issues 1-5 you can also pick up the collected TPB out this week too!

The Shadow #100 (Dynamite Entertainment) – My top pick! I got the preview copy last week and just fell over with the writing and art. This is an anthology issue with various creators, but most notable is Francesco Francavilla, and Howard Chaykin. I’ve always said Chaykin was born to draw the Phantom, but Francavilla’s work is unbelievable! He is definitely another artist who was born to draw The Shadow! I hope we see more Shadow from him soon!

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: We are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – Social Media Superheroes? This one sounds so intriguing just cannot pass up. A true team that is reflective of the world right outside our window.

Batgirl #41 (DC Comics) – The new Batman (Commissioner Gordon) encounters his (Batgirl) daughter. A can’t miss father/ daughter showdown!

Grayson #9 (DC Comics) – Dick Grayson: Secret Agent? Yes Please! DC Comics reimagining of one of it’s most beloved characters into a super spy continues after the long Convergence break. Plus adding Helena Bertenelli (Huntress) into the mix sounds fantastic!

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1 (DC Comics) – Power Rings, survival journey and adventure along the way with everyone’s favorite cosmic cops? This one’s a no brainer. Can’t wait to see them light em’ up!

The Walking Dead #143 (Skybound/Image Comics) – It’s The Walking Dead. Can you ever get enough?

 

Paul

Top Pick: X-Men ’92 #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men from the 90s are back?? *Insert fanboy squeal here*  I might be getting ahead of myself, not knowing how Secret Wars will be portraying my merry mutants, but I am so excited to see this line up back, just as I remember they looked when I would walk into my comic shop all those years ago eager to read their latest adventure.  Here’s hoping myself and other fans are not disappointed.

E is for Extinction #1 (Marvel) – I’ve picked this title because I am a fan of all things X.  Secret Wars, to me, has not been the earth shattering event it was promoted to be.  But I am looking forward to a title devoted to the X-Men and what they’ve become in Battleworld.  I like the premise described as mutants really being ‘homo SUPERIOR’ and look forward to seeing a world where they are idolized and not feared.

Loki Agent of Asgard #15 (Marvel) – I have loved this book from day 1.  The journey of a twenty-something Loki, trying to escape his future self; finding a friend he actually cares about; finding himself doing the right thing (in his own special way) has been a Loki I easily got on board with.  Things are changing for him however, and I for one can’t wait to see how it all goes down.

 

Pharoah

Top Pick: X-Men ’92 #1 (Marvel) – Definitely had my interest piqued when I saw it in Previews for this month’s solicitations. We take nostalgic look at X-Men, from 23 years ago, with none other than JIM LEE returning for this series!!!!!

Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn #1 (Space Goat Productions) – Horror comics seem to be what is all the rage, and the fact they have this comic which picks up where the movies end, this sounds like it will be fun, if anything it gives the average Evil Dead fan something to look forward to before the new show premieres on Starz.

Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – Chuck Palahniuk continues Tyler Durden’s story in this new series from Dark Horse, the first issue did not disappoint, so  I am hoping Palaniuk has even more surprises in store in this issue.

Mulan Revelations #1 (Dark Horse) –  Another interesting reboot, to a well told legend, this time the guys at Dark Horse tackle Mulan , but in the same way the anime , 7 Samurai, reboots Akira Kurosawa ‘s classic film, hoping the execution lives to the promise.

We Are Robin #1 (DC Comics) – From the DCYou reboot going on at DC, hundreds of teenagers all over Gotham, are adopting the ”R”, adding a new dimension to the Batman mythos.

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