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Previews Releases Top 100 Graphic Novels for January 2016

Previews has released the top 100 graphic novels for January 2016. Marvel had success with Star Wars. The company had nine of the month’s top ten graphic novels and of those nine four are Star Wars.

Oni Press had success with Invader Zim‘s first volume which came in at #7. Image, which usually dominates graphic novels, had Lazarus Vol. 4: Poison as their top item at #11. DC Comic‘s best-selling graphic novel for January was The Flash Vol. 6: Out of Time at #20. Dark Horse ComicsThe Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 21 was their best at #56. IDW Publishing‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 13: Vengeance Part 2 was their top at #63.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2016

QTY
RANK
DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 02 SHADOWS AND SECRETS $19.99 OCT150987 MAR
2 STAR WARS TP VOL 02 SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLERS MOON $19.99 OCT150986 MAR
3 COLOR YOUR OWN DEADPOOL TP $9.99 NOV150950 MAR
4 DEATH OF WOLVERINE TP $19.99 JUN150829 MAR
5 STAR WARS TP LANDO $16.99 OCT150988 MAR
6 DEADPOOLS SECRET SECRET WARS TP $15.99 OCT150977 MAR
7 INVADER ZIM TP VOL 01 $19.99 OCT151564 ONI
8 THOR TP VOL 01 GODDESS OF THUNDER $19.99 OCT150985 MAR
9 STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 01 VADER $19.99 JUL150827 MAR
10 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
11 LAZARUS TP VOL 4 POISON (MR) $14.99 NOV150672 IMA
12 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMA
13 DEADPOOL FLASHBACKS TP $19.99 MAY150835 MAR
14 SUPERIOR IRON MAN TP VOL 01 INFAMOUS $19.99 OCT150982 MAR
15 STAR WARS TP JOURNEY TO SW FORCE AWAKENS SHATTER EMPIRE $16.99 AUG150915 MAR
16 STAR WARS TP VOL 01 SKYWALKER STRIKES $19.99 MAY150811 MAR
17 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
18 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157-M IMA
19 RAI TP VOL 01 WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN $9.99 AUG141740 VAL
20 FLASH TP VOL 06 OUT OF TIME $16.99 OCT150257 DC
21 DEADPOOL VS THANOS TP $16.99 SEP150876 MAR
22 GRAYSON TP VOL 01 AGENTS OF SPYRAL TP $14.99 OCT150253 DC
23 GRAYSON TP VOL 02 WE ALL DIE AT DAWN $14.99 OCT150254 DC
24 BATMAN BY ED BRUBAKER TP VOL 01 $19.99 OCT150242 DC
25 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE TP VOL 01 ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE $17.99 FEB140918-M ARC
26 SOUTHERN CROSS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG150495 IMA
27 STARVE TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 OCT150605 IMA
28 ULTIMATE END TP $16.99 SEP150866 MAR
29 BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT TP VOL 01 $14.99 OCT150245 DC
30 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 01 $9.99 JUN158141 VIZ
31 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS TP VOL 06 ICARUS $16.99 OCT150247 DC
32 SUPERGIRL TP VOL 01 THE GIRL OF STEEL $16.99 OCT150252 DC
33 HELLBLAZER TP VOL 12 HOW TO PLAY WITH FIRE (MR) $19.99 OCT150281 DC
34 BATGIRL TP VOL 01 SILENT KNIGHT $19.99 OCT150244 DC
35 SILVER SURFER TP VOL 03 LAST DAYS $17.99 AUG150886 MAR
36 PUNISHER MAX TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COLLECTION (MR) $34.99 OCT150993 MAR
37 BATMAN THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA TP VOL 03 (OF 3) $14.99 OCT150250 DC
38 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 04 $9.99 NOV151742 VIZ
39 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS TP VOL 07 LAST CALL $14.99 OCT150260 DC
40 NEW TEEN TITANS TP VOL 04 $19.99 OCT150259 DC
41 BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS HC VOL 07 ANARKY $24.99 SEP150289 DC
42 ALL NEW X-MEN TP VOL 07 UTOPIANS $19.99 OCT150983 MAR
43 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
44 FLASH HC VOL 07 SAVAGE WORLD $22.99 SEP150296 DC
45 AVENGERS TIME RUNS OUT TP VOL 03 $19.99 OCT150979 MAR
46 BEE AND PUPPYCAT TP VOL 02 $14.99 NOV151159 BOO
47 JESSICA JONES TP VOL 01 ALIAS (MR) $24.99 JUN150831 MAR
48 SWAMP THING TP VOL 07 SEASONS END $16.99 OCT150262 DC
49 SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 06 $19.99 OCT150261 DC
50 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
51 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
52 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
53 HOUSE OF M TP WARZONES $15.99 OCT150975 MAR
54 SPIDER-WOMAN TP VOL 02 NEW DUDS $17.99 NOV150946 MAR
55 SANDMAN OVERTURE DELUXE ED HC (MR) $24.99 JUL150333 DC
56 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 21 $19.99 SEP150097 DAR
57 DEADPOOL AND CABLE OMNIBUS HC $125.00 JUL140716 MAR
58 BITCH PLANET TP VOL 01 EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE (MR) $9.99 MAY150482 IMA
59 X-MEN TP VOL 01 INFERNO $34.99 OCT150984 MAR
60 SHIELD TP VOL 02 MAN CALLED DEATH $17.99 NOV150945 MAR
61 SONIC MEGA MAN WORLDS COLLIDE COMPLETE EPIC TP $29.99 FEB150982-M ARC
61 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY HC VOL 02 $34.99 JUL150826 MAR
63 TMNT ONGOING TP VOL 13 VENGEANCE PT 2 $17.99 NOV150369 IDW
64 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 01 $34.99 OCT150969 MAR
65 INHUMANS TP ATTILAN RISING $16.99 NOV150941 MAR
66 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
67 DAREDEVIL EPIC COLLECTION TP TOUCH OF TYPHOID $39.99 OCT150991 MAR
67 DOCTOR WHO 2015 FOUR DOCTORS HC $19.99 AUG151715 TTN
69 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
70 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
71 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 24 LIFE AND DEATH (MR) $14.99 JUN150590 IMA
72 MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS TP $17.99 NOV150426 IDW
73 BATMAN SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN TRINITY DLX ED HC $29.99 SEP150286 DC
74 MMW SUB MARINER HC VOL 07 $75.00 JUL150824-M MAR
75 SHUTTER TP VOL 03 QUO VADIS (MR) $14.99 OCT150609 IMA
75 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR
77 RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01 $19.99 JUL151482 ONI
78 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 03 $9.99 SEP151697 VIZ
79 GUARDIANS TEAM-UP TP VOL 02 UNLIKELY STORY $16.99 OCT150980 MAR
80 SEX TP VOL 04 DAISY CHAINS (MR) $14.99 NOV150692 IMA
81 DEADPOOL CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 SEP150859 MAR
82 MIND MGMT HC VOL 06 THE IMMORTALS $19.99 SEP150068 DAR
82 RASPUTIN TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 NOV150688 IMA
84 ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN AND WOLVERINE PREM HC $24.99 MAY110733 MAR
85 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 02 $9.99 JUN158140 VIZ
86 GROOT PREM HC $24.99 NOV150925 MAR
87 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC
88 WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99 MAR092419 IMA
89 BOOK OF DEATH TP $14.99 NOV151724 VAL
90 BATMAN DARK KNIGHT RETURNS TP $19.99 NOV118095 DC
91 AGE OF REPTILES ANCIENT EGYPTIANS TP $14.99 SEP150062 DAR
92 SHADOWLAND PREM HC BLOOD ON STREETS $19.99 JAN110835 MAR
93 X-MEN BY CLAREMONT AND LEE OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $125.00 AUG110684 MAR
94 100 BULLETS TP BOOK 04 (MR) $24.99 OCT150272 DC
95 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
96 WHAT IF TP INFINITY $14.99 NOV150944 MAR
97 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
98 ARMOR WARS WARZONES TP $16.99 NOV150937 MAR
99 DESCENDER TP VOL 01 TIN STARS (MR) $9.99 JUL150554 IMA
100 STAR WARS PRINCESS LEIA TP $16.99 JUN150822 MAR

Previews Releases Top 100 Comics for January 2016

Previews has released the top 100 comics in January 2016. As is not a surprise Robert Kirkman‘s The Walking Dead #150 from Skybound and Image Comics topped the chart.

Marvel held eight of the top ten titles mostly of new debuts and Star Wars related comics. Secret Wars #9, which wrapped up the event, was their best selling comic and came in second.

Batman was DC Comics‘ one book in the top ten. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #48 came in at #9.

Dark Horse Comics‘ top book was Hellboy Winter Special 2016 at #137. IDW Publishing‘s Back to the Future #4 ranked #99 for the month. BOOM! Studios‘ found success with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0 at #39.

Check out the full list below.

TOP 100 COMIC BOOKS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in January 2016

QTY
RANK
DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD #150 (MR) $2.99 NOV150561-M IMA
2 SECRET WARS #9 $4.99 OCT150729-M MAR
3 SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #1 $3.99 NOV150751-M MAR
4 STAR WARS #14 $3.99 OCT150945-M MAR
5 STAR WARS #15 $3.99 NOV150920-M MAR
6 OLD MAN LOGAN #1 $4.99 NOV150733-M MAR
7 OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN #1 $3.99 NOV150910-M MAR
8 BATMAN #48 $3.99 NOV150219-M DC
9 DARTH VADER #15 $3.99 NOV150917-M MAR
10 UNCANNY X-MEN #1 $3.99 OCT150769-M MAR
11 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 NOV150841-M MAR
12 A-FORCE #1 $3.99 OCT150736-M MAR
13 MIGHTY THOR #3 $3.99 NOV150781-M MAR
14 DEADPOOL #5 $3.99 NOV150895-M MAR
15 ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT #1 $3.99 NOV150745-M MAR
16 DEADPOOL #6 $3.99 NOV150897-M MAR
17 SILVER SURFER #1 $3.99 NOV150763-M MAR
18 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #3 $3.99 OCT150878-M MAR
19 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #4 $3.99 NOV150784-M MAR
20 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 $3.99 OCT150860-M MAR
21 UNCANNY X-MEN #2 $3.99 OCT150772-M MAR
22 CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 $3.99 NOV150738-M MAR
23 DOCTOR STRANGE #4 $3.99 NOV150871-M MAR
24 BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 $3.99 NOV150250-M DC
25 ALL NEW X-MEN #3 $3.99 OCT150811-M MAR
26 SAGA #33 (MR) $2.99 NOV150635 IMA
27 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #4 $3.99 NOV150892-M MAR
28 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5 $3.99 NOV150732 MAR
29 SPIDER-GWEN #4 $3.99 NOV150838-M MAR
30 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 $3.99 NOV150173-M DC
31 EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #6 $3.99 NOV150888 MAR
32 EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #5 $3.99 OCT150815 MAR
33 UNCANNY AVENGERS #4 $3.99 NOV150788-M MAR
34 TRUE BELIEVERS DEADPOOL #1 $1.00 NOV150859 MAR
35 GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #4 $3.99 NOV150814-M MAR
36 DAREDEVIL #3 $3.99 NOV150850-M MAR
37 DETECTIVE COMICS #48 $3.99 NOV150231-M DC
38 HARLEY QUINN #24 $3.99 NOV150236-M DC
39 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #0 $3.99 NOV151136 BOO
40 TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #2 $3.99 NOV150775-M MAR
41 BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #14 $2.99 NOV150223 DC
42 BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #15 $2.99 NOV150224 DC
43 DEADPOOL AND CABLE SPLIT SECOND #2 $4.99 NOV150891 MAR
44 BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #16 $2.99 NOV150225 DC
45 PAPER GIRLS #4 $2.99 NOV150626 IMA
46 KANAN #10 $3.99 NOV150923 MAR
47 SUPERMAN #48 $3.99 NOV150215-M DC
48 BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #17 $2.99 NOV150226 DC
49 GREEN LANTERN #48 $3.99 NOV150244-M DC
50 AGENTS OF SHIELD #1 $3.99 NOV150768-M MAR
51 UNCANNY INHUMANS #4 $3.99 NOV150818-M MAR
52 ROBIN WAR #2 $4.99 NOV150238-M DC
53 VISION #3 $3.99 NOV150795-M MAR
54 BATMAN SUPERMAN #28 $3.99 NOV150211-M DC
55 SPIDEY #2 $3.99 NOV158416-M MAR
56 SILK #3 $3.99 NOV150832-M MAR
57 NEW AVENGERS #5 $3.99 NOV150787 MAR
58 WONDER WOMAN #48 $3.99 NOV150205-M DC
59 MS MARVEL #3 $3.99 NOV150824-M MAR
60 ACTION COMICS #48 $3.99 NOV150209-M DC
61 CARNAGE #4 $3.99 NOV150828-M MAR
62 POISON IVY CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #1 $2.99 NOV150166-M DC
63 ROBIN SON OF BATMAN #8 $3.99 NOV150242-M DC
64 GRAYSON #16 $3.99 NOV150234-M DC
65 ULTIMATES #3 $3.99 NOV150797-M MAR
66 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #25 $3.99 NOV150213-M DC
67 CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #5 $3.99 NOV150794 MAR
68 SWAMP THING #1 $2.99 NOV150169-M DC
69 HOWARD THE DUCK #3 $4.99 NOV158411-M MAR
70 SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN #3 $3.99 NOV150207-M DC
71 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #5 $3.99 NOV150840-M MAR
72 DEATHSTROKE #14 $2.99 NOV150181-M DC
73 GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #2 $4.99 NOV150805-M MAR
74 CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #4 $3.99 NOV150878-M MAR
75 ALL NEW HAWKEYE #3 $3.99 NOV150876-M MAR
76 BATGIRL #47 $2.99 OCT150210 DC
77 GREEN LANTERN CORPS EDGE OF OBLIVION #1 $2.99 NOV150162-M DC
78 RED WOLF #2 $3.99 NOV150846-M MAR
79 VENOM SPACE KNIGHT #3 $3.99 NOV150807-M MAR
80 ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #4 $3.99 NOV150803-M MAR
81 ALL NEW INHUMANS #3 $3.99 NOV150822-M MAR
82 SCARLET WITCH #2 $3.99 NOV150777-M MAR
83 I HATE FAIRYLAND #4 (MR) $3.50 NOV150612-M IMA
84 WEB WARRIORS #3 $3.99 NOV150830-M MAR
85 LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1 $3.99 NOV150164-M DC
86 NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #16 $2.99 NOV150196 DC
87 STARFIRE #8 $2.99 NOV150197-M DC
88 TEEN TITANS #16 $2.99 NOV150199-M DC
89 SPIDER-WOMAN #3 $3.99 NOV150834-M MAR
90 SUPERMAN LOIS AND CLARK #4 $3.99 NOV150217-M DC
91 INVADER ZIM #6 $3.99 OCT151570-M ONI
92 TITANS HUNT #4 $3.99 NOV150201-M DC
93 SQUADRON SUPREME #3 $3.99 NOV150779-M MAR
94 NOVA #3 $3.99 NOV150800-M MAR
95 AQUAMAN #48 $3.99 NOV150175-M DC
96 RED HOOD ARSENAL #8 $2.99 NOV150194-M DC
97 TOKYO GHOST #5 (MR) $3.99 NOV150658-M IMA
98 STAR-LORD #3 $3.99 NOV150816-M MAR
99 BACK TO THE FUTURE #4 [*] $3.99 NOV150405-M IDW
100 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #15 (MR) $2.99 NOV150625 IMA

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 6/2/16

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


Alex

johnnyred4Johnny Red #4 (Titan)** I love this series; it’s a fantastic WWII era story about a British fighter ace fighting for Russia (but do the Russian brass really want him there?) that tugs on my fondness for war comics, my respect for those who fought in the war, and my love of high quality stories. That this just happens to be one of my top two comics released this week, is just a happy accident. While this isn’t an ideal point for new readers to jump on – what with it being right in the middle of the series – it’s worth hunting the back issues down. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Surviving Megalopolis #2 (Dark Horse) I was surprised by this series. It has a slight flavour of Irredeemable but with enough of an original twist to the “Justice League’s gone bad” that it should pique your interest, because it’s well worth reading. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Cry Havoc #1 (Image) I finally got around to reading a couple of the last week or two’s comics, and this was fantastic. I should have read this when it came out, because the mix of the supernatural, an awesome lead character (or two) and some brilliant art make this a must read. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

europa 3Batman: Europa #2, #3 & #4 (DC)* I found the differences in the art style issue to issue jarring – at first. Then I realized that whether intentional or not (and I think it was) it absolutely makes sense given the nature of the story. I devoured the three remaining issues that I hadn’t picked up in less than an hour. Truly great stuff. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Amazing Forest #1 & #2 (IDW) Are a pair of fantastic anthology comics. You don’t need to read the first to enjoy the second, but both issues have some brilliant short comic stories within them that are – at times – out of this world, but are all fantastically entertaining. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Doc Savage: The Spider’s Web #3 (Dynamite) Meh. It’s okay, but just doesn’t do it for me. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read, maybe?

The Precinct #3 (Dynamite) I wasn’t that impressed with the last issue, but this one was a lot better. It definitely drew my interest much better, and felt like a much more complete installment in this story. Plus, the steam punk aspects are fantastically understated. This comic would be just as good without them, but why would you want that? Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Cage Hero #4 (Dynamite) While I have enjoyed the issues so far, I’ve enjoyed them as I would the Sharknado movies; Cage Hero is good because it knows exactly what it is, and it celebrates it with every cheesy bit of dialogue, every been-there-read-that scene. The thing is, it does those things almost well enough to be worth buying, but does fall a lttle short. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

 

Mr H

Spider-Man_1_CoverSpider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics)* Whooo Miles is finally here in the Prime Universe! This issue was great. I didn’t enjoy an issue like this from Bendis since his first story arc on Ultimate Spider-Man. Miles is having trouble balancing hero life and school responsibilities. What makes the issue though is when he swings into action. Spidey takes it right to Blackheart and even wields Captain America’s shield! Just a whole lot of fun and it ends with a great cliffhanger. Bendis and Pichelli have another win. I already can’t wait for the next issue. Overall: 9 

 

Patrick

Vision #4 (Marvel) * – This is the best book about robots that needlessly stars robots. There’s really nothing about the book so far that would prevent an editor from taking out the fact that it stars androids and replacing them with a racial or religious minority family and telling the same story. If the point of the story was to humanize the Vision, why is it being injected with this daytime soap plot? I was so glad they acknowledged the Vision had previously been married to the Scarlet Witch because the whole book began to feel like it took place in a pocket universe. Tom King is amazing and I keep reading to see what he’ll do. Gabriel Hernandez Walta is a tremendous talent and I’ll often by a book just because I enjoy his dark tones and the way he captures human emotion. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy this book. The characters just haven’t meshed with the story yet. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

PaperGirls_05-1Paper Girls #5 (Image)– It saddens me to only be writing a shortened review but I don’t want to spend the time being negative about one of my favorite writers in a luscious and gorgeous book. The issue mostly resolves its own tangential distraction this issue and writes two characters who we didn’t really know super well in the first place. I have re-read every issue since it came out and I still have to go back and figure out the names of the four central characters. I like that this issue ends with them literally somewhere else (as it’s beginning to feel like they have just been bouncing back and forth between the same locations accomplishing nothing). The story… I like to start with a summary of what’s happened. You can usually tell how good a book is by how much the summary changes from review to review. I’d be writing the same summary if I did a full review.  Overall: 7 Recomendation: Read

Detective Comics #49 (DC)*– The best part of Jim Gordon-Batman is still just watching him roll with the punches and really do his best. Bruce Wayne-Batman is always treated like a dark god that somehow stands toe-to-toe with everyone from Darkseid to street-pushers. Jim Gordon’s Batman wakes up the whole neighborhood with a blimp spotlight trying to conduct an investigation and fails to get anyone turn it off before just breaking it. I also like some of the darker imagery (for a mainstream DC comic) which helps me balance out the idea that all Batman and his team are doing is watching statues. Seriously, someone’s probably being assaulted in the alleyway adjacent to one of the statues, Batman. Can you think big-picture for a second? Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)* – This book follows Miles Morales integration into the mainstream universe following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths (right? I didn’t read Secret Wars, I already had the trade for the original Crisis so I just read that). Honestly, Miles Morales is far more like Peter Parker than Peter Parker has been for a very long time which helps me to understand why this issue ended with me thinking, “Oh, yeah… it’s that red-and-blue rip-off Spider-Man! Oh, red-suit Venom!” Bendis’s best work comes when he is not writing every book with the Marvel logo printed on it (so, essentially everything from before ten years ago), however Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor own Miles Morales as far as I’m concerned. There’s something about Pichelli’s angles that make the formerly ultimate Spider-Man so dynamic. I’ve seen static shots of Spider-Man web-slinging for years, but Pichelli’s renditions always make me stop and admire her work. Overall: 6.5 Recommedation: Read

Uncanny X-Men #3 (Marvel)– I miss this book when it was drawn by Rob Liefeld. I miss this book when it was drawn by Mike Allred. I miss this when it was written by Rick Remender. Am I making my point? I struggle with subtly. My point is that it’s sacrilege to have the Uncanny X-Men title be a clone of one of its own spin-off. (I also struggle with perspective.) Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

 

Paul

vision 4Vision #4 (Marvel) * Still, in my opinion, the best All New All Different title that I’m reading. Vision still has no idea what his wife has been up to and what she’s hiding; and Virgina comes face to face with her blackmailer and the meeting does not end well. I could feel for her in this issue, and her situation; feeling helpless and things spinning out of control, thanks to King’s writing and complemented beautifully by Walta’s dark tones in the art. I look forward to this title every month and you should be too. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy 

Uncanny Avengers #5 (Marvel)* Well here’s a surprise…I didn’t hate it! Rogue, Deadpool, Human Torch and (briefly) Cable are on the hunt for the Red Skull, or more accurately, Professor X’s brain in Red Skull’s head. They do some good cop/bad cop and get a lead on where to find him. The trio (no Cable) break into where they are told they will find Skull and instead find none other then Gambit. He and Rogue have a brief litte reunion and Red Skull slips right past the team…literally. This isn’t a bad stand alone issue coming off the end of the debut story arc. The action was good and I’m sure the search for Red Skull will be explored in more depth as the series goes on.  Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read 

 

Ryan C

Providence #7 (Avatar Press) *: The best book on the stands by a country effing mile keeps getting better as hapless protagonist Robert Black finds himself thrown into the Lovecraftian underbelly of America’s physical and psychological horror-show and constructs the most bizarrely effective means for rationalizing his experiences, and coming out the other side more cheerful and optimistic, that I’ve ever witnessed. Thrown in themes of class division, loneliness and isolation, and the terrible burden of keeping secrets and this is “Pickman’s Model” as you’ve never seen it before. Alan Moore’s most compelling “major work” in decades combined with Jacen Burrows’ flat-out breathtaking art makes me feel genuine pity for the folks out there who aren’t reading this. Much as I love any number of current comics series, the simple fact is that right now there is “Providence” — and there is everything else.  Overall: 10. Recommendation: Buy

unfollow 4Unfollow #4 (DC/Vertigo) *: Rob Williams’ fiendishly clever social-darwinism-disguised-as-charity premise goes from “gettign warmer” to “heating up” with this issue, and I can only imagine what “boiling” is going to be like. Somebody we’ve gotten to “know” a bit dies in this issue, and it appears we’re going to get a murder mystery added to the mix here, as well. On art, Mike Dowling seems to be stepping out of his self-imposed Frank Quitely shadow and developing his own, more organic style, so that’s good to see, as well.  Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

The Sheriff Of Babylon #3 (DC/Vertigo) *: Another strong and compelling series of wrinkles is added to our layer-cake of corruption and rat-fuckery in Occupied Iraq — and speaking of fucking it turns out that two of our protagonists are doing just that — but while Mitch Gerads’ art continues to impress with its grittiness and authenticity, the script by “ex-” CIA operative Tom King (yeah, lots of folks quit the CIA and go into low-paying freelance writing) is taking on a more blatant neo-colonialist tone that seems very much of a piece with the right-wing themes on display in the author’s other high-profile works such as “Grayson” and “The Omega Men.” King hasn’t earned the right to be compared to Ditko, but both are examples of people in comics whose work I admire despite finding their politics anywhere from questionable to downright nauseating. If there’s any doubt in your mind as to where King stands, I’ve seen him say that he’s “proud” of the work he did in Iraq. I’m sure his “former” bosses are proud of the work he’s doing, supposedly of his own volition, to spread their worldview in our entertainment media. Troubling material to say the least, but I can’t deny its quality.  Overall: 7. Recommendation: Buy, but know the writer is probably supplementing his income with a check from Langley.

Swamp Thing #2 (DC)*: Len Wein and Kelly Jones’ “back-to-basics” take on the character continues to showcase both the best and worst aspects of 1970s horror comics — the best being Wein’s deliriously OTT purple prose and Jones’ heartfelt stylistic homage to the art of Bernie Wrightson, the worst being the lame-ass, easily-resolved plot (that could, I suppose, work as a one-or two-parter in a monthly ongoing, but feels downright bizarre in a six-issue mini-series) and the shoe-horning in of guest stars for no apparent reason. The Phantom Stranger I could see, sure — but what possible point does plugging Shade from “Starman” into this story serve? Nice little epilogue/cliffhanger at the end, though, and I’m still loving the ride for the most part. Overall: 7. Recommendation: Buy.

 

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Shaft: Imitation of Life#1 (Dynamite Ent.): The adventures of John Shaft continues in this new miniseries as we catchup with him right before he becomes a successful private investigator. All it took was one case of a mobster’s missing daughter to propel his business. As he enjoys the fruit of his success, David Walker proves that it has not changed the man, as he takes on another missing person’s case , finding trouble at every turn. Altogether, a strong first issue to an already entertaining series. Overall:9.4 Recommendation: Buy


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

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

Preview: Victorie City #2 (of 4)

Victorie City #2 (of 4)

Keith Carmack (w) • Vincent Nappi (a) • Christopher Mitten (c)

Detective Ness has caught the killer responsible for the supernatural murders that have been plaguing Victorie City. But even behind bars, the killer might be more dangerous than anyone expects… Keith Carmack and artist Vincent Nappi continue their harrowing tale!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Uncle Scrooge #11

Uncle Scrooge #11

Giovan Battista Carpi, Joe Torcivia (w) • Giovan Battista Carpi (a) • Mark De Jonge (c)

“Scrooge’s Ark!” Is Duckburg about to drown in the mother of all floods? Will Scrooge McDuck build a giant boat to rescue his money? Only the Beagle Boys know for sure!

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Popeye Classics #43

Popeye Classics #43

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

Ahoy ya swab! Take a gander at ALL these stupendous stories you’re gonna find in this salty and seafarin’ issue: “Mind Over Muscles!!”, “The Voyage!”, and more!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

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Preview: Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #728

Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #728

William Van Horn, Jonathan Gray (w) • William Van Horn, Massimo De Vita (a) • Jonathan Gray (c)

What’s scarier than mad sorceress Magica De Spell? Magica De Spell with amnesia—becoming Uncle Scrooge’s ally in William Van Horn’s new “Woe Is He!” Then Donald dons his Duck Avenger cape and cowl in “The Search For the Zodiac Stone: Chapter 8!”

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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Preview: The Eighth Seal #3 (of 5)

The Eighth Seal #3 (of 5)

James Tynion IV (w) • Jeremy Rock (a) • Vanesa R. Del Rey (c)

As the conspirators behind the power of the Eighth Seal reveal themselves at the highest level of US Government, the First Lady’s struggle against her horrific visions hit dangerous new heights. Is the monster inside under their control, or does it have its own agenda?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Donald Duck #10

Donald Duck #10

Pat and Carol McGreal (w) • Giorgio Cavazzano (a) • Giorgio Cavazzano (c)

“Bad Day at Black Water!” Why do torch-wielding mobs want Donald and Uncle Scrooge out of their remote mountain town? Is it something in the springwater? Or scarier?

FC • 40 pages • $3.99

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Preview: My Little Pony: Friends Forever #25

My Little Pony: Friends Forever #25

Barbara Kesel (w) • Brenda Hickey (a) • Tony Fleecs (c)

Rainbow Dash wakes up to discover that here wings have VANISHED! It’s up to the relatively newly-winged Twilight to help her friend find out the source of the mysterious occurrence.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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