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Preview: Frank Castle vs. the Dos Soles Gang – A First Look at The Punisher #4!

This April, Frank Castle goes toe-to-toe against an army of heavily armed Dos Soles gangsters in The Punisher #4 – and the Dos Soles gang is going to need more guys! From the critically acclaimed creative team of Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads – the Dos Soles gang’s secret weapon has been revealed as none other than Electro! But it’s going to take a lot more than a couple million volts of electricity to take down The Punisher! Meanwhile, the mysterious 131 get the call they’ve been waiting for: Take down the Punisher with extreme prejudice. With enemies closing in all around him, time is running out for Frank Castle. Plus, a new player throws her hat into the ring – and you’ll never guess who! Don’t miss the surprise appearance that will have everyone talking. Who’s the lucky lady?

THE PUNISHER #4 (FEB140802)
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art & Cover by MITCH GERADS
FOC –03/10/14 On-Sale -04/02/14

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So who went to teh comic shop yesterday and picked up some new releases? Anything that stood out for anyone?

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Both Marvel and Image Comics this past week have announced numerous sell-outs and reprints. Check out below for the round-up of what you can expect.

Image Comics

Among the sell-outs, BBC chat-show host Jonathan Ross’ and Ian Churchill’s Revenge #1—which follows the vengeful and violent war path of Griffin Franks after enemies surgically remove his face—stirred up fans of grit and gore and was given an Adult rating by Comixology before selling-out instantly on New Comics Day. Its second printing can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN148236 and will be available on 3/26.

REVENGE #1 2nd

Chip Zdarsky’s and Matt Fraction‘s runaway hit sex comedy, which reached critical acclaim early on and has been selling out repeatedly in the interim, continued its streak with Sex Criminals #1 selling out yet again. The issue is slated for its 6th printing and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN148237 and will be available on 3/26.

SEX CRIMINALS #1 6th

The first issue of Deadly Class, the action-packed series about teen assassins in the ’80s from Rick Remender and Wes Craig, has sold out instantly as well and is going into its third printing. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN148238 and will hit the shelves on 3/26.

DEADLY CLASS #1 3rd

Also for Remender fans, Black Science #1 and #2, of the dimension-hopping science fiction hit series with art by Matteo Scalera, have both sold out and are going into third printings. Both can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN148239 and JAN148240 respectively and will be available on 3/26.

BLACK SCIENCE #1 3rd BLACK SCIENCE #2 3rd

Marvel

She-Hulk #1 by writer Charles Soule and art by Javier Pulido is returning for a second printing being released April 2nd with a cover by Kevin Wada.

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The Punisher #1 and #2 by writer Nathan Edmondson and art and cover by Mitch Gerads is also back for a second printing on April 2nd.

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All-New Invaders #2 written by James Robinson and art by Steve Pugh with a cover by Mukesh Singh is back for a 2nd printing and will be on sale April 2nd.

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Night of the Living Deadpool #3 written by Cullen Bunn and art by Ramon Rosanas with a cover by Jay Shaw is back for a 2nd printing and will be on sale April 2nd.

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing to enjoy it?

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ABC 27 – Comic book creator breaks ground with autistic hero – Awesome to see!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the white suits #1 coverTomorrow is new comic day and as usual, there’s a lot you’ll find hitting your comic shop’s shelves. With so many comics coming out, what’s worth your hard-earned dollars? That’s where we come in. Here’s this week’s comics that are most likely to provide entertainment and that we’re looking forward to reading.

  • Top Pick: Undertow #1  (Image Comics) - Mixing sci-fi, politics, social commentary, this series puts a new spin on the Atlantis mythos. It’s fresh in both story as well as the look. A combination of both excelling. I full expect it to sell out, so head to your shops early if you want to get a copy.
  • Alex + Ada #4  (Image Comics) – The boy and his bot tale continues. It’s as cute as it is quirky.
  • Curse #2  (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! brings back the horror in this interesting werewolf story that has a father on the hunt to collect on a reward and save his sick child.
  • Daredevil #36  (Marvel) – It’s Mark Waid’s Daredevil! That is the only reason you need to pick it up. It’s good, really good.
  • Loki: Ragnarok & Roll #1  (BOOM! Studios) – I wasn’t sure what to expect, but having read the first issue, this comedic take on Odin, Thor and Loki is well worth your time and money.
  • The Midas Flesh #3  (BOOM! Studios) – It’s a sci-fi tale with an all-ages spin. This is easily one of my favorite comics so far this year. Every issue has been fun and entertaining, plus the art is just plain awesome.
  • New Warriors #1  (Marvel) – Marvel’s team of kid heroes is back with an interesting line-up. There’s so much history here, that alone makes it a buy. Seeing the team form in Nova has given us a hint as to what to expect, and that’s fun superhero goodness.
  • The Punisher #2  (Marvel) – The first issue blew me away (get it?). Marvel’s gun-toting vigilante is back and better than ever. In the hands if this current creative team, I have nothing but high expectations.
  • Unity#4  (Valiant) – Valiant has brought together some of its biggest players and then shook everything up. This is a publisher where you should just be checking out everything they’re doing.
  • The White Suits #1  (Dark Horse) – Frank Barbiere’s crime/spy series that is as cool in its look as it is for the story. A mysterious team that rocks white suits terrorizes the underworld. The comic left me wanting more and can’t wait to see where this goes. Perfect for fans of crime stories.

Review: The Punisher #1

The_Punisher_1_CoverFor years, the Punisher has called New York City his home – keeping a watchful eye on the city through the sight of a gun. But when a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons, and more leads Frank out west – he sets his sights on Los Angeles. And the City of Angels isn’t ready for a devil like the Punisher!

For as long as I remember, the Punisher has been a New York City character waging war among the various crime families and cast of characters that orbited his world. There really is only so much you can do with that. For this new series, we have a new location, a new enemy, and a new creative team in writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Mitch Gerads. They’re the creative team behind The Activity published by Image Comics. That series followed a Special Forces team, and for folks who read it, the idea of these two taking on the Punisher made you salivate in anticipation.

With the first issue here, the comic is as good as I hoped. Edmondson focuses on the military training of Frank Castle, forgoing much of the over the top technology and guns of the past. This is a character who will now slink in the water shooting his targets with a silenced pistol and torture them to get information. This is a clearly military trained Punisher, a characteristic we at times forgot, and should be front and center.

But Edmondson also deftly shows, like in his previous writing, you need a rounded character as well as action. Here we get it, for as often as the Punisher is shooting, torturing, hunting targets, he’s also interacting with a local cook and cop. We get to see some of the man behind the killer.

Gerads’ art is perfect for the character, matching his gritty attitude. It’s clear from their work on The Activity when it comes to this type of story and character; this is a perfect creative pairing.

The Punisher is back, and in this issue better than ever. I went into The Punisher #1 with high hopes, and these two nailed the first issue, just like I thought they would. Here’s to getting the “dream” creative team I was expecting.

Story: Nathan Edmondson Art: Mitch Gerads
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Explosive New Series Continues in The Punisher #3!

This March, Frank Castle dukes it out with one of the Marvel Universe’s big bads in The Punisher #3 – from the creative team of Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads! Frank has discovered the Dos Soles gang’s deadly new weapon – and it looks like dark times ahead for the city of Los Angeles. The clock is ticking, and if The Punisher’s going to stop it he’ll have to stab, shoot and explode his way through scores of gang members and one very angry Marvel super villain! And you’ll never guess who it is! A daring raid on a heavily fortified compound? Should be Punisher business as usual, but nothing’s been usual since Frank’s move to Los Angeles.

THE PUNISHER #3 (JAN140694)
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art & Cover by MITCH GERADS
Variant Cover by ALEX MALEEV
FOC – 2/10/2014, On-Sale – 3/05/2014

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? Was there anything that really stood out?

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are folks looking forward to?

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