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Preview: Skullkickers #31

Skullkickers #31

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Art By: Misty Coats
Cover By: James Gho
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN150608
Published: March 25, 2015

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC,” Part One This is it, the beginning of the end. Beer, blood, and battle. Get on board now so you can say you were there when it all blew up.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMSWednesdays 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: Past Aways #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt is one of the best writers out there, constantly delivering with stories that pay off multiple times during their runs. His latest series has a time traveling twist seeing a group get stranded in the distant past…. 2015!

D4VE #2 (IDW Publishing) – Take the movie Falling Down and mix it with The Office or Office Space, and you get this series which sees a former war hero deal with his dull desk job life.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jem goes from cartoon to comics in this brand new series just in time for its 30th anniversary. The first issue is beyond fantastic, giving a story that’ll appeal to old fans and new readers. Expect Jem to be a big thing again.

Skullkickers #31 (Image Comics) – Jim Zub’s off the rails fantasy series is always entertaining. Its been a bit since the last issue, but this one starts a whole new arc that’s a good starting point for readers. Even if you’ve never picked up an issue before, you’ll be entertained.

We Can Never Go Home #1 (Black Mask Studios) – The series sees two rather odd high school students team up after they find out about each others powers. There’s clearly more to the story, and I have my suspicions, but the first issue is gripping, and very entertaining.

Edward

Top Pick: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 (Marvel/Disney) – Disney tries to adapt its rides to other media, and it worked really well with Pirates of the Caribbean. It will be interesting to see if this works.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents the Little Mermaid #2 (Zenescope) – The first issue was a combination of mermaids and science fiction, which is a pretty interesting mix.

Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) –  This relaunch issue looks like a lot of fun, where 1980s big hair meets modern young woman.

Morning Glories #44 (Image Comics) – The mini story arc within the larger story arc within the larger story is getting closer to resolution as Casey gets closer to winning her seat as class president.

Suicide Risk #23 (BOOM! Studios) – Every issue of this series seems as though it finds a new way to surprise, and almost every one of them seems to be better than the last.

Elana

Top Pick: Jem and the Holograms #1 (IDW Publishing) – We had writer Kelly Thompson on the podcast last night  and we couldn’t stop gushing. This is a fun and compelling first issue. The new origin story is emotionally resonant and is an approachable and relevant comic to share with older kids. Also, I noticed that when I posted about it on Facebook I had friends coming out of the woodwork to talk about how much they loved the show back in the day. This is a great comic to share with your friends who grew up with the show and maybe don’t read comics on their own. The art by Sophie Campbell, (who just came out as trans!) is lovely, fun and inclusive. Every comic should aspire to the body diversity reflected in this book. And the colors make it a good inclusion in any Easter baskets you might be making.

All-New X-Factor TP Vol. 3 AXIS (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the series and was sorry to see it cancelled. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and buy the trade. I actually think this book will be even better in trade. The stylish art is first rate with an angular style that reminds me of fashion illustration. It’s refreshingly female-gaze-y. Peter David’s characterizations are perfect and charming as ever. He writes Quicksilver better then any other writer EVER. He has the best feel for all of the characters. So if you are a fan of anyone on the team (Gambit, Polaris, Danger, Warlock, Doug Ramsey) you absolutely need this book.

Elektra #11 (Marvel) – I’m one of this book’s biggest proponents. It didn’t seem to find its audience. But if you like scary comics that still feel like a superhero book then you need to read this. The painted art is striking new ground and looks very adult. If you enjoy the character Elektra at all then you need to be reading this before it gets canceled. Kind of feels like the classic Daredevil “Fall from Grace” TP.

Gotham Academy #6 (DC Comics) – Speaking of cliffhangers, I am more intrigued by this series than ever. It is easy to fall in love with the emotionally real yet adorable teen characters and the charming and unique art. It’s still Hogwarts in Gotham and approachable as heck.

The Wicked + The Divine #9 (Image Comics) – This may be my favorite current comic series. The mystery our heroine is trying to solve continues but last issue ended on an intriguing personal cliffhanger for her. Our protagonist, Laura is about to have one of her personal desires fulfilled. But how is it really going to work out for her!? <commence excited bouncing, squealing, and clapping of hands>

Around the Tubes

Just a bit to get before Christmas. Hope everyone has their gifts bought! If not, head to your comic shop and grab some stuff.

Around the Tubes

The Comics Journal – A Visit to CAB—and the Sustainability of the Convention Model – A cool read.

ICv2 – Biggest Comics News Stories of 2014 – What do you think were the biggest stories?

Comic Vine – Play as Baldy and Shorty from SKULLKICKERS in Kickstarter Tabletop Game – This is cool!

Preview: Skullkickers #30

Skullkickers #30

Story By: Jim Zub
Story By: Will Hindmarch
Art By: Jeff “Chamba” Cruz
Art By: Royce “Fooray” Southerland
Cover By: Jeff “Chamba” Cruz
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUN140576
Published: August 13, 2014

TAVERN TALES THROUGH TIME! Through the abyss of time and across the far reaches of space there lie other pairs of monster mashing idiots called “Skullkickers.” In this special issue written by JIM ZUB (our regular writer – duh) and WILL HINDMARCH (ALWAYS/ NEVER/NOW), you’ll get a glimpse at some of these deadly duos for the first time—a tasty appetizer before the fighting feast yet to come…

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

united states of muder inc 4 coverWednesdays 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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: United States of Murder Inc. #4 (Marvel/Icon) – Valentine and Jagger are on the run as the five families meet to decide the fate of the United States of Murder Inc. The alternate world story where the mob controls large parts of the United States has been a fun, and gripping read.

Armor Hunters #3 (Valiant Entertainment) –  Valiant has one of the best universes out there, and their current Armor Hunters storyline has been fantastic. It’s still not too late to get in on a great comic company.

Doberman #2 (Darby Pop Publishing/IDW Publishing) – 80s cheesy cop movies come to comics. Hilarious, and nostalgic at the same time.

The F1rst Hero #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A new series from Action Lab has a world where people with super powers just begin to emerge. The first issue is fantastic, both as an introduction to this world, and also a one and done comic.

Genius #2 (Top Cow Productions) – I liked the first issue when I read it four years ago, and have been waiting for the second issue to hit. A nice spin on the idea of gangs in America.

Skullkickers #30 (Image Comics) – A stand alone issue before the next arc begins. Skullkickers is entertaining fantasy, and every issue is fantastic.

Starlight #5 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar’s Flash Gordon homage has been damn near perfect with each issue. Fun, entertaining, and pays tribute to classic pulp fun.

Transformers: Primacy #1 (IDW Publishing) – Some more Transformers history filling in the gaps of the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The story is solid and art beautiful to look at.

The Walking Dead #130 (Skybound) – If you caught the end of last issue, how can you not want to read this one!?

Wolverine #11 (Marvel) – Marvel has big plans coming for Wolverine, and this is leading up to all of that.

Preview: Skullkickers #29

Skullkickers #29

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Art By: Misty Coats
Cover By: James Ghio
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140730
Published: July 23, 2014

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Conclusion The fifth SKULLKICKERS story arc ends, but the greatest battle of all is just beginning…

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Storm_1_CoverWednesdays 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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Top Pick: Storm #1 (Marvel) – Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called Storm has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On a mission to foster goodwill and safeguard the mutant race’s continued existence in her own way, Storm will travel the globe, confronting man and mutant, god and monster and everything in-between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other….and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake.

The character has never had an ongoing series, it’s about time! Marvel continues to expand the diversity of the characters fronting their comics, and with this, there’s not a better choice of a character to do it with.

Afterlife With Archie #6 (Archie Comics) – Archie’s horror series picks up after a little bit of a break. One of the best surprises of the year!

Letter 44 #8 (Oni Press) – Six months into the presidency, President Blades has deployed sci-fi superweapons to end wars in the Middle East, opening him to attacks from all sides, including a Congressman once romantically linked with the First Lady. Meanwhile, in space, as construction on the alien Chandelier is finally completed, the crew of the Clarke will truly understand what they’re facing.

Ragnarok #1 (IDW Publishing) – Walter Simonson is known for his fantasy, especially his work on Thor. Some think it was a definitive take on the character. He returns to that genre with a new series from IDW.

The Shadow Hero (First Second) – In the comics boom of the 1940s, a  legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Skullkickers #29 (Image Comics) – Consistently one of the most entertaining comics on the market from the uber-talented Jim Zub.

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 (Image Comics) -Warren Ellis reintroduces the central image comics character. Should be interesting.

Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two properties collide harking back to the classic 80s comics.

Trees #3 (Image Comics) – Another series from Warren Ellis explores mysterious pillars that have cropped up around the world. What do these alien artifacts mean or want?

Winterworld #2 (IDW Publishing) – Chuck Dixon’s cool comic that looks at survival in a bleak winter world. Think Snowpiercer, but outside the train.

Preview: Skullkickers #28

Skullkickers #28

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Colored By: Misty Coats
Cover By: James Ghio
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140599
Published: June 25, 2014

A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN, Part Four Dastardly doubles duel while deranged dwarves dig deep. Don’t deny dis dynamic demented drama.

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Preview: Skullkickers #27

Skullkickers #27

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Art By: Misty Coats
Cover By: James Ghio
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR140600
Published: May 28, 2014

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part Three Not a new #1—not a reboot—not a paradigm-shifting crossover event… and yet, still totally worth picking up and reading, we promise!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Trees01_CoverWednesdays 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. Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out.

Top Pick: Trees #1 (Image Comics) – Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction series by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf
Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD – See more at: http://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/trees-1#sthash.WWkb1Y5K.dpuf

Black Science Vol. 1: Hot to Fall Forever (Image Comics) – Collecting the first six issues of the series, Black Science is a trippy sci-fi filled adventure series that’s one of the most exciting on the market.

Chew/Revival #1 (Image Comics) – The two comic series come together for a fun story that shows it from both series’ perspectives. It shouldn’t work, but it does!

Doctor Spektor #1 (Dynamite) – Another Gold Key release from Dynamite, this one has Mark Waid writing!

The Fuse #4 (Image Comics) – Take a detective series and put it on a space station. So good.

Ms. Marvel #4 (Marvel) – The Marvel series has been a breath of fresh air, introducing us to a new heroine, diverse cast, and some amazing art.

The Midas Flesh #6 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – This series is out of this world, but a fun cast, action packed story, and awesome art as well. One of our favorites!

Mind MGMT #22 (Dark Horse) – One of the best comics on the market. Matt Kindt‘s series is moving along and shows what can be done with the long game when it comes to storytelling. So many layers, so freaking good.

Skullkickers #27 (Image Comics) – Comics can be fun and writer Jim Zub‘s off the rails fantasy adventure is a perfect example of that.

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #2 (Dark Horse) – Another Matt Kindt entry. The talented writer has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to this series so far.

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