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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.


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.



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?



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!



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.


Oni Press Goes All Out for Special Rick and Morty Comic Issue

Oni Press has announced the sixth issue of its Rick and Morty comic, which is based on the hit Adult Swim animated series from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, will be a special issue featuring guest artists Andrew MacLean and Nick Filardi and starring fan-favorite action team, The Ball Fondlers.

The Ball Fondlers are an unlikely team of action-star heroes appearing as an in-universe television show within the Rick and Morty television series from Harmon and Roiland. On this special comic adventure our heroes embark on an explosive, high stakes mission that takes them deep into the jungles of Central America. There they will attempt to save a United States Senator from a hostile rebel army, in the greatest sendup of 80s action films you’ve ever seen.

Andrew MacLean, of hot new comic series Head Lopper, joins as guest artist for this explosive issue, as well as contributing a Ball Fondlers alternate cover. Joining him will be guest colorist Nick Filardi with comic series writer Zac Gorman writing this special adventure.

The Ball Fondlers issue (Diamond Code: JUL151483, MacLean cover: JUL151484) of the Rick and Morty comic series is available for preorder now and is scheduled to arrive in stores on 9/30.

Rick and Morty #6 Standard Retail Cover by CJ Cannon Rick and Morty #6 Variant Cover by Andrew MacLean

Preview: Hellbreak #5

Hellbreak #5

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Churilla with Dave Stewart
Available 7/22

Orpheus Team has located the lost soul they are tasked with rescuing from Hell… but the ghastly condition in which they’ve found him might be too much to handle! As they fight the legions of the underworld though an ever-changing maze, not every member of the team will make it back alive! And Jenner discovers a secret that shakes his beliefs to the core.


More Invader Zim Variant Covers!

I’ve seriously lost count at this point as to the amount of variant covers for Invader Zim #1 from Oni Press. The publisher has revealed a few more which you can check out below.

This variant cover by J.R. Goldberg will be available exclusively at Newbury Comics and can currently be pre-ordered.


This variant cover by Julieta Colas will be available exclusively through Books-a-Million stores and can currently be pre-ordered.


The below cover to Invader Zim #1 is by Jhonen Vasquez. The comic is now available for pre-order through the Oni Press web store.


Preview: The Bunker #12

The Bunker #12

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Joe Infurnari

Billy contemplates his smaller world behind four walls and Grady’s actions which put him there. How long can friendship last? Is it worth punishing present Billy for the crimes his future self will commit?


SDCC 2015: Oni Press Reveals Unprecedented Lineup

Oni Press has announced today an unprecedented series of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives available at the Oni Press booth (#1833) this year, including Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Kaijumax and a series of panels and signings that will be a sure hit with attendees.

Comic Con International San Diego 2015 will be a major event for fans of Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, and Kaijumax. Invader Zim #1 releases July 8th and Bryan Konietzko (staff member on the original Invader Zim show) has produced a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover for the first issue. Rick and Morty fans will be able to get an exclusive SDCC cover of issue #1 by Russ Manning award nominee Gabo. Critically acclaimed, fan favorite giant monster prison drama Kaijumax #1’s SDCC variant cover will feature a scene of San Diego kaiju destruction by series creator Zander Cannon. These artists will all be available for signings of their variants at the Oni Press booth (#1833).

Oni Press is pleased to host a number of renowned creators on fan-favorite panels this year at SDCC. Editing Comics with Oni Press, on Thursday 7/9 at 12 pm in Room 9 and moderated by Janelle Asselin, will be full of insight on the recent open submissions process, pitching your comic, and the importance of fostering diversity in creating comics accessible to everyone, as well as feature the announcement of new Oni Press titles. The Return of Invader Zim, on Saturday 7/11 at 2 pm in Room 29AB, is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to plot world domination with Jhonen Vasquez and the legendary creative team on the upcoming Invader Zim comic series, with Q&A questions received via Twitter starting July 1st. Oni Press: Monster Art Battle, on Sunday 7/12 at 11 am in Room 32AB, features three artists, Corin Howell, Gabo, and Joey Weiser, going head to head on the drawing boards for this all-ages beloved panel with free comics for every attendee.

Signings at the Oni Press booth include star creators such as Invader Zim’s Jhonen Vasquez, Rick and Morty’s Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, and legendary creator Bryan Konietzko. Tickets for these high-demand appearances will be available at the Oni Press booth prior to the signings and ticket numbers selected for the limited signing spots will be announced at the Oni Press booth and on Oni Press’ Twitter 1 hour before signing. Meanwhile, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad signing attendees will receive an exclusive Odd Schnozz debut signing poster, limited to 50 units, as well as the chance to get a punk rock portrait sketch from series artist Dennis Culver. Kids are welcome to join Tribe 65 at Junior Braves of the Apocalypse signings for Junior Braves badge pins, scouting lore, learning to read tracks and other campfire activities with the writers of Junior Braves. Fans of all-ages can color with Eisner-nominated Mermin creator Joey Weiser at his Saturday and Sunday signings.

Thursday 7/9

11 am – Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, Megan Lawton (Invader Zim)
12 pm – Editing Comics with Oni Press (Panel) 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 9
2 pm – Greg Smith, Mike Tanner (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse)
3 pm – Dennis Culver (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad)
4 pm – Chuck BB (Black Metal)
5 pm – Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Gabo (Rick and Morty)

Friday 7/10

10 am – Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Hellbreak, Blood Feud)
11 am – Greg Smith, Mike Tanner (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse)
1 pm – Paul Tobin (I Was The Cat)
2 pm – Jeffrey Burandt, Dennis Culver (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad)
3 pm – Charles Soule (Letter 44)
4 pm – Jhonen Vasquez, Bryan Konietzko (Invader Zim)
5 pm – Zander Cannon, Jason Fischer (Kaijumax)

Saturday 7/11

10:30 am – Joey Weiser (Mermin)
11:30 am – Greg Smith, Mike Tanner (Junior Braves of the Apocalypse)
12:30 pm – Gabo (The Life After)
2 pm – The Return of Invader Zim (Panel) 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m., Room: 29AB
3:30 pm – Jhonen Vasquez, Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, Megan Lawton (Invader Zim)
4:30 pm – Zander Cannon, Jason Fischer (Kaijumax)
5:30 pm – Jeffrey Burandt, Dennis Culver (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad)

Sunday 7/12

10 am – Jeffrey Burandt, Dennis Culver (Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad)
11 am – Oni Press: Monster Art Battle (Panel) 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 32AB
12:30 pm – Joey Weiser (Mermin)
2 pm – Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, Megan Lawton (Invader Zim)
3 pm – Zander Cannon (Kaijumax)


Finally, Invader Zim fans will have a chance to win Invader Zim #1 whether they’re at Comic-Con or not! Visit the Oni Press booth at any time during the convention in Invader Zim cosplay and receive Invader Zim #1. Starting July 1st, Oni Press will accept questions for The Return of Invader Zim panel via Twitter, in replies to a specific Twitter post appearing the morning of July 1st on the Oni Press account. Replies which are chosen for the panel will receive Invader Zim #1.

Oni Press can be found at San Diego Comic-Con booth #1833, across the aisle from Sideshow Collectibles.

Preview: Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad Chapter 7

Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad Chapter 7

Writer: Jeffrey Burandt
Artist: Dennis Culver with Ramon Villalobos


Liz, Bodey, Maude, and Justine’s band, Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad, are sure to win this year’s Battle of the Bands. But when a talking chimp, who claims to be a scientist from the mysterious organization B.L.A.N.K., interrupts their practice session, the band’s got a whole new set of problems. Now B.L.A.N.K. agents are closing in, determined to recapture the escaped chimp before he becomes a liability. Jeffrey Burandt (Americans UK) and Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) bring you this thrilling tale of cyborg animals and punk rock teenagers. 1, 2, 3, 4!


Preview: Booger Beard

Booger Beard

Writer/Artist: Vinny Navarrete

An imaginative tale of repulsive proportions! All Mijo wants is a delicious snack to settle his rumbling panza. However, an epic sneeze forces a snot rocket like you’ve never seen out of his nose and onto his face. His Ma-Mee wants him to clean it off before he eats, but how can Mijo wipe off such a masterpiece? He wants to keep his beard, no matter how gross. He just needs to convince Ma-Mee as well, and show her just how handy his booger beard can be!


Preview: Hellbreak #4

Hellbreak #4

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Brian Churilla with Dave Stewart

Lost in one of the countless infernal fragments of Hell, Jenner and the rest of Orpheus Team are separated and beset by strange devils. But demons are not the only creatures to be found in Hell. As he strives to reconnect with his teammates, Jenner encounters a group of resistance fighters who offer him a dire warning about the Kerberos Corporation. As prayers of exorcism are uttered and bullets start flying, deeper mysteries about those who would brave Hell begin to unfold.


Invader Zim Gets More Variant Covers

I’m can’t wait to check out Oni Press‘s Invader Zim comic. They’re revealing even more covers for the series before the first issue’s release. This below cover by the original creator of Invader Zim Jhonen Vasquez will be available in comic stores on July 8th.


This below variant cover by Mariel Cartwright will be available exclusively at I Want More Comics.


This variant cover by Dave Crosland will be available exclusively through Hot Topic stores.


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