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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).

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.

 

Trajectory announces agreement with Image Comics

Image_Comics_logo_largeWith the Annual American Library Association Conference going on, Trajectory, Inc. and Image Comics announce a major global digital distribution agreement. The partnership will allow Image Comics to further expand its global digital footprint to libraries in North America and internationally—including the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, India, and South American markets—throughout the Trajectory network.

Trajectory has the largest known global network for eBook distribution. The network delivers 300+ international points of distribution representing over 230,000+ digital endpoints including every relevant eBook retailer, library distributor, school distributor, and alternative digital sales channel all from a single on-boarding point. Through a single on-boarding site maintained by Trajectory, publishers can simply upload their files and designate where they would like the digital edition of their titles distributed.

Preview: Sex #22

Sex #22

Story By: Joe Casey
Art By: Piotr Kowalski
Cover By: Piotr Kowalski
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150672
Published: June 24, 2015

This issue: The infinite countdown begins…

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Preview: Wayward #9

Wayward #9

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Steve Cummings
Art By: Tamra Bonvillain
Cover By: Tamra Bonvillain
Variant Cover By: Gurihiru
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150686
Published: June 24, 2015

IMAGE’S SUPERNATURAL SENSATION CONTINUES! Tokyo is a battleground and blood will be spilled. COVER A is part four of a five-part panorama by STEVE CUMMINGS & TAMRA BONVILLAIN. Buy all five issues of this story arc to fit them together into a massive WAYWARD illustration. COVER B is a variant by acclaimed Japanese illustrators GURIHIRU.

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Preview: Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #5

Penny Dora & The Wishing Box #5

Story By: Michael Stock
Art By: Sina Grace
Cover By: Sina Grace
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150697
Published: June 24, 2015

Penny Dora spent most of the fourth day of Christmas trapped in the wrecked remains of the castle with her former best friend (aka Princess Elizabeth). With the Wishing Box lost in the rubble and dragons now raining fire down on the once quiet town of Cuesta Verde outside, to say things were not looking good was probably an understatement.

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Preview: Sons Of The Devil #2

Sons Of The Devil #2

Story By: Brian Buccellato
Art By: Toni Infante
Cover By: Toni Infante
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150673
Published: June 24, 2015

After the suspicious murder of his friend, Travis tries to move on with life. But when his girlfriend Melissa follows a clue that might lead to his birth family, they wind up in the crosshairs of a killer. Also, a look into the past and the cult of David Daly! Grounded, character-driven psychological horror.

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Preview: Mythic #2

Mythic #2

Story By: Phil Hester
Art By: John McCrea
Cover By: John McCrea
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150658
Published: June 24, 2015

Science is the key to our understanding of reality; it also happens to be one big lie. Magic is how the world works, and a secret army of troubleshooters fights to keep these unseen gears of the universe turning. But when they become the hunted, the end of everything nears.

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Image Expo signing and panel schedule announced

Image ExpoImage Comics has revealed the schedule of events for Image Expo. Attendees will enjoy a day of panels, signings, and the opportunity to learn more of what’s to come from Image on Thursday, July 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
10:00 a.m. — Theater Doors Open for Seating

10:30 – 12:00 p.m. — Keynote Address
Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson‘s keynote address will debut several new projects and initiatives for Image Comics and their incredible roster of creators, providing a sneak peek into what’s hot and new from creator-owned comics and where the comics industry goes from here.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. — Intermission
12:00 p.m. — Retail Counter Opens
Image Comics Presents: The Sessions
The afternoon programming will go into even greater detail on the projects announced during the keynote address, giving a chance to pick the brains of the creators in attendance, gain insight into what’s coming, and unveil a bit of the magic that makes an “Image comic” the hottest book on the shelves.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, and special surprise guests

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: A Conversation with Robert Kirkman

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.: Greg Rucka Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron and special surprise guests

5:15 – 5:50 p.m.: Tula Lotay, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests

Signings:
Alongside each panel will be signings for the attending creators. Some signings will have an item limit, require a wristband, or be closed after a certain number of guests have been admitted. Signings with an item limit and wristband requirement have been marked with an asterisk.

1:30 – 2:10 p.m.: Premium Exclusive Variant Signing*: Jason Aaron, Nick Dragotta, Robert Kirkman, Tula Lotay, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, Steve Skroce, Brian K. Vaughan, and special surprise guests

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Surprise Guests Signing

3:10 – 4:00 p.m.: Jason Aaron, Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel, Tula Lotay, , and special surprise guests

4:10 – 5:00 p.m.: Brian K. Vaughan & Steve Skroce*, Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott, and special surprise guests

5:10 – 5:55 p.m.: Robert Kirkman*

After Hours:
Join Image Comics creators and staff at the Image Expo After Party, once again held at the Cartoon Art Museum on 655 Mission Street.

7:30 – 8:00 p.m. — Press and Retailer Mixer
Open to members of the media and comic book retailers only, this pre-party mixer will be an opportunity for industry professionals and Image Comics creators and staff to discuss the day’s events before the party gets underway.

8:00 p.m. — Image Expo After Party
Open to press, retailers, premium ticket holders, and general ticket holders, the Image Expo After Party will wrap up Image Expo with drinks, snacks, and a chance to mingle with Image Comics creators and staff.

YBCA:
Admission to Image Expo includes free entry to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the hosts for Image Expo and a treasured museum in the Bay Area. With fascinating exhibits located just next door to Image Expo, take advantage of the opportunity to enhance your Image Expo experience.

Previously announced Image Expo variants and merchandise that will be available at the show include:

  • Airboy #2 by James Robinson & Greg Hinkle
  • The Empty Zone #1 by Jason Shawn Alexander
  • They’re Not Like Us, Vol. 1 by Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane
  • A new Nowhere Men t-shirt
  • Sons of the Devil #2 by Brian Buccellato & Toni Infante
  • Southern Bastards #9 by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour

Tickets to the event are available for sale. General Admission is $25 and Premium Admission is $65. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, and admittance to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow-fans.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book, access to all programming and events, as well as guaranteed premium seating during programming, a pack of Image Expo exclusive variants, one (1) pass to an exclusive signing with creators behind the Image Expo variants, a T-shirt, an Image Comics branded cloth tote bag, and access to the official Image Expo after party for a chance to mingle with creators, press, retailers, and fellow fans.

Wolf leads the pack this July

Writer Ales Kot and artist Matt Taylor team up to launch an all-new fantasy crime-noir series with Wolf #1, coming this July.

In an interview, Kot detailed his inspiration for the new series:

… if I go to where the inspiration really came from…it could be simply the image of Antoine Wolfe, our main protagonist in #1, a hard-boiled ex-army detective who can see too much for his own peace of mind, living in a glorified shack in Echo Park surrounded by boxes of books, empty bottles of booze, prescription pills and some things we can’t quite figure out until the end of issue one. It’s a cliché, but the biggest clichés are often clichés because they are true: it all starts with a character. And Antoine is real. (…) the Los Angeles we explore is decidedly our Los Angeles, but it has a massive amount of citizens we do not see. And Antoine Wolfe does, which means he’s in demand. Of course, there’s also something strange crawling through the hills, ripping people up… a girl who just lost her parents… a hyper-wealthy racist named Gibson Sterling… vampires… werewolves… and a whole lot of uneasy, oozing atmosphere. But not all is doom and gloom, because we’re in a hyper-sunny LA, the kinda place where it might be Christmas and you won’t even notice.

Wolf incorporates the crime noir thrills and character development of True Detective with the mythical stakes of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in this original fantasy, horror saga. Antoine Wolfe is a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish and has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse, California-style.

The road to hell and back begins in a maximum-sized first issue, with fifty-eight pages of story and no ads. Wolf #1 (Diamond Code: MAY150550) will be available on July 22.

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Preview: Spread #8

Spread #8

Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Kyle Strahm
Art By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover By: Kyle Strahm
Cover By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150601
Published: June 24, 2015

“THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE” There is a place that offers sanctuary from the Spread. The only problem? No and company need to escort a group of children through the Spread to get there.

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