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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JUSTL_Cv42_R1_552c48ea8ad336.43158695Wednesdays 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

The Divine (First Second) – This graphic novel written by Boaz Lavie and art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka is based on real guerrilla freedom fighters, who just so happen to be kids. They were believed to have magical powers and able to summon spirits. The graphic novel is magical look at this odd history, but with an emphasis on the magical aspect in the second half of the graphic novel.

Black Canary #2 (DC Comics) – Lets rock and roll! The first issue knocked it out of the park with not only a punk rock vibe in the writing, but also with the art. There’s an interesting mix of genres so far, and I fully expect the second issue to be top notch.

Book of Death #1 (Valiant) – This is the future of the Valiant universe as their summer event kicks off!

Letter 44 #18 (Oni Press) – President Blades commits his coalition forces to a take-no-prisoners drive across Europe. It’s science fiction at its best. Consistently one of my favorite comics.

Skullkickers #33 (Image Comics) – One of the most entertaining and funniest comics on the market. Jim Zub’s off the rails fantasy adventure never disappoints.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Moon Knight #17 (Marvel) – I’ve been loving the new Moon Knight series right from the get go; the combination of standalone single issue stories (for the most part), and the striking way the colourists simply don’t colour the white on Moon Knight’s costume.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – This epic story has been nothing short of fantastic thus far, but then again it is the Justice League versus Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor, so what would you expect?  More big developments are sure to follow in this next chapter.

Doomed #2 (DC Comics) – Probably the biggest surprise of the DC You relaunch, featuring an approachable main characters and a strong group of supporting characters.

Dr. Fate #2 (DC Comics) – Another impressive DC You title, with a character focused story to try to put this character back into the mainstream.

Grimm Fairy Tales 10th Anniversary Special Alice (Zenescope) – The two Grimm Fairy Tales 10th anniversary specials thus far have been really fun.  Mix that with its best property, Wonderland, and this should promise to be pretty amazing.

Guardians of Knowhere #1 (Marvel) – Secret Wars gets its chance at taking on the Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in which looks to be pretty fun.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Island Magazine #1 (Image Comics) – 116 pages a month of genre defying, artist driven comics and writing. This is Brandon Graham’s (“Multiple Warheads” King City” “8House”) creator-owned comics magazine and every month will be something new. Imagine if Heavy Metal Magazine (the sci-fi and comics magazine full of Crepax and Moebius, not a magazine about Megadeath) was debuting in 2015. This would be that. It’s not like anything else you have. This month’s has a comic about skateboarding by Ludroe. Kelly Sue Deconnick writing about writing. Lovely Emma Rios art.  There’s just a whole lot here and it’s not like anything else.

The 6 Voyages Of Lone Sloane GN (Titan Comics) – This is the 1970s psychedelic scifi fantasy artgasm of my dreams. Dreams with Hawkwind space rock soundtracks.  The writer/artist is Philippe Druillet known for his work in Heavy Metal Magazine. He created Elric of Melniboné fan art so good that the character’s creator, Michael Moorcock himself actually wrote it into his world. No surprise that the world  Duillet creates here looks a lot like something out of Moorcock’s brain. Good choice as that’s one of the trippiest brains of all time!

Black Canary #2 (DC Comics) – Black Canary’s in a rock band touring the U.S. And fighting space ninjas before they kidnap her band’s adorable kid guitarist. Do you like rock? Do you like comics? You need this.

Lumberjanes #16 (BOOM! Studios) – “For the love of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, please” by this comic! It won an Eisner. It is warm and funny and creative and educational (it turns the names of important Women In History into exclamations). It has queer kids experiencing their first crushes. It’s the comic you wish you had when you were a kid. So make a kid’s day and buy this comic to share.

Secret Six #4 (DC Comics) – Last issue featured a now rightfully legendary “who had weird sex on the couch last night?!?” cover. It was a simple joke but it was damn funny and do you know what? I think this book is finally getting in the swing of things. In fact, it’s quite literally going to a strange and alien local. It’s going to The Suburbs where few anti-heroes/villains have gone before.

 

Johnny “Big Daddy Cool” Dellarocca

Top Pick: Ant-Man Annual #1 (Marvel) – I am a die hard fan of hank Pym. Without apology. So, to see him return as a feature star yet again in an Ant man book has given me hope about the future of the character, and suggests that his final fate in Rage of Ultron is not in continuity and is at best an alternate future “What if?” Hank Pym fans unite!

Hail Hydra #1 (Marvel) – Everyone knows the bad guys are the coolest characters, right? This, and the Red Skull Secret Wars spin off should give everyone their does of Marvel’s evil goodness for a while! Plus, it is a Remender book. How can you go wrong, really?

Mistry PI #1 (Graphic India PTE. Ltd) – I have a feeling based on the publisher that this one is going to be hard to find on shelves, but it has all the stuff that intrigues me so I’m going to hunt it down or at least find it on digital. “There are things that exist in the shadows that ordinary people know nothing of. Another world that lies underneath our very own; a world of demons, monsters, djinns, mummies, werewolves, vampires and demi-gods. It’s in this world that Darius Mistry and his friend, Amos Golem, operate as Paranormal Investigators for hire.” What else can you ask for? I mean, really?

Where Monsters Dwell #3 (Marvel) – I’ve got to admit that the I wanted to love this book. The Dieselpunk in me, was so excited about a serial style adventure pitting the Phantom Eagle against dinosaurs in the sky. BUT, when the first issue went in a completely different direction, I was less than trilled. HOWEVER, Issue #2 came along and the series started to grow on me. The final panel of issue #2 had me hooked and now I can’t wait to see what issue #3 hold in store for our heroes!
Mr. H

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – Darkseid! The Antimonitor! The all powerful newcomer Grail! Sounds like the ultimate cosmic battle royale. So get your tickets. As good ol J.R. would say “It’s gonna be a sloberknocker!!” Oh yeah and those Justice League guys? They’ll be there too.

Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2 (DC Comics) – Here’s to new rings and ramifications! The mythos expands let’s see where it goes!

Red Sonja #1973 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A anniversary anthology of the sexiest woman to ever brandish a blade, blood and guts, leather and chain mail bikinis, how can it miss! Looking forward to a sterling celebration where hopefully it makes the Red Wedding look like a spilled glass.

Siege #1 (Marvel Comics) – Zombie hordes, death machines and Annihilation waves. Count me in. In Doom we trust

Superman/Wonder Woman #19 (DC Comics) – The former man of steel and amazing Amazon battle the Suicide Squad deep in the fields of Smallville! This title has been a sleeper as of late. Here’s to it fully waking me up.

 

Matt

Top Pick: Justice League #42 (DC Comics) – The start of Darkseid War in the last issue was a wonderful and epic culmination of the entire Johns run on Justice League, and I can’t wait for it to continue.

Ant-Man Annual #1 (Marvel) – The Ant-Man movie coming up has me and I’m sure others craving some Ant-Man action in comics; surely this annual will hit the spot.

Hawkeye #22 (Marvel) – Matt Fraction’s critically-acclaimed, soon-to-be-classic run on Hawkeye will finally come to an end this Wednesday.

Planet Hulk #3 (Marvel) – I’ll admit that I’m an issue behind on this book, but I can’t help but be excited for another issue of this ridiculous spirital successor to Planet Hulk, a comic I truly love.

Silver Surfer #13 (Marvel) – This issue’s solicited promise of offering a story important to the state of the cosmic Marvel Universe as well as another story focused on just the two leads of this great series means that there is something special to look forward to here.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #1 (Marvel) – This title promises to show us The SHIELD, which protects most of Battleworld for the more violent, monstrous elements of this new world.  Anyone who breaks the law from any region in Battleworld is sent to The SHIELD to defend it, so I’m very curious to see which band of characters we’ll be following.  Plus, it has Abigail Brand, so I am looking forward to this one.

Captain Britain and The Mighty Defenders #1 (Marvel) – I was a fan of the Mighty Avengers title, and this book spins off from that, so I’m interested to see how that concept plays out in Battleworld.  This is a shorter series, only looks like it will be 2 issues, so I hope the story gets across in that time, and doesn’t feel rushed.

Secret Wars: Battleworld #3 (Marvel) – I’ve enjoyed this title, as well as Secret Wars Journal, giving us shorter stories from areas of Battleworld not focused on in the main books.  This shows us other versions of some of our favourite characters…and this one gives us a story of a Wolverine who has found peace and a non violent life, who is confronted with other, more ferocious versions of himself.  Could be a fun read.

Years of Future Past #3 (Marvel) – This Secret Wars tie in consistently keeps me engaged and enjoying the story of this area of Battleworld and the mutants fighting for their survival.  Also, Lockheed is a big ass dragon breathing fire at sentinels..so yeah, I’m in.

Preview: Skullkickers #32

Skullkickers #32

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Art By: Misty Coats
Cover By: Edwin Huang
Cover By: Misty Coats
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB150633
Published: April 29, 2015

“INFINITE ICONS OF THE ENDLESS EPIC,” Part Two Monster mashers, elder evil, and now deadly demons… Every one’s invited for the brawl at the end of it all! This issue has the first of two connecting gatefold covers by EDWIN HUANG & JEFF “CHAMBA” CRUZ. Get this one and next month’s issue to put together the ultimate Skullkickers battle panorama!

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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…

Skullkickers30_Cover

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…

Skullkickers29_Cover

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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