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Around the Tubes

wd151It’s a new week and we’re counting down the days until Deadpool hits the big screen. The reviews have been all over the place, and we’ll have ours later this week (we’re not cool enough to see it early I guess).

Until then, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – Sitcom Shocker: Big Bang Theory’s Saga Joke is No Laughing Matter – Shocker. Unfunny and insulting show, still not funny and still insulting.

The ComiChron – Walking Dead #150, Star Wars trades lead traditionally light January comics sales volume – For those who enjoy sales stats.

Comics Alliance – ‘Mad Max’ Director George Miller Explains Why His ‘Justice League’ Movie Fell Apart – Would have loved to have seen this.

Geeks Out – Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen On Music, Their Creative Process, And Playing Favorites – A fun read.

Kirby Without Words – X-Men #3 (Pages 21 & 22) – Some old school comics.

Review: The Walking Dead #151

Twd151he Walking Dead no longer describes the survivors infected by a virus which will turn them into zombies when they die. The Walking Dead seems to describe characters who no longer have an interest in appearing in this book.

Rick Grimes has led the community of Alexandria to relative peace in the years following his all-out war with Negan. Tension has been growing with The Whispers, an animalistic society that wears the skins of the dead in order to coexist with the Walkers. After their leader, Alpha, butchered members of Alexandria and the neighboring communities, the call for war has come again. Rick has now begun to militarize Alexandria to prepare them for all-out war… though no one is likely to call it “all-out war”. That’s the story they just did. (Are they dragging their feet across these issues hoping we’ll forget?)

At this point, Rick has become the man dressed as Mickey Mouse in Disneyland. He’s little more than a figurehead, always present but not really what anyone came to see. Instead, you pass him by looking for the characters you haven’t begun to outgrow. In this case, we’re looking at people like Carl or Michonne. Rick himself acknowledges to the degree to which he’s no longer relevant. Of course, there’s no reason Rick couldn’t be as engaging and as interesting as he’s always been. It just feels at this point that maybe Robert Kirkman himself has grown a bit tired of him. It might explain why his best moments these days (for example, ripping people apart an attacker with his teeth last issue) are just repeats of his glory days (for example… oh, man, that was years ago, don’t make me look up the issue number).

Sadly, even the characters you’re looking for seem disinterested with the story. Michonne’s appearances are so sparse, if this were the television show you would expect she was only making the minimum appearances according to her contract. She actively wants to leave to join characters we saw briefly almost two years ago. She’s not standing with Rick or Alexandria against the Whispers. She’s literally napping on the couch. Meanwhile, other mainstays like Carl and Andrea make no appearance at all.

Dwight’s appearance in Alexandria seems to be a desperate attempt at this point try to bring new life into the series. Rick says, “You obviously have some military training…” in explaining why Dwight should be leading people in his stead. Well, does he or doesn’t he? You’ve known him for years at this point, Rick. Did you ever ask? Or do you simply not care because you’re just done with all this?

In fact, to revisit the television show analogy, it’s hard to escape that fatigued feeling you see in later seasons, just before the show goes off the air. The actors have unexplained absences while they film movies and think about the future of their careers, the writing team clearly begins to run out of ideas and every story is not just familiar, it’s directly taken from a few seasons before. Every issue since “All Out War” has just been building up to another “All Out War” scenario. The only difference is… the bad guys are different.

The bad guys are different! So, yes… The Walking Dead has a chance to breathe new life into its pages by showing us more of the Whispers and Alpha, by establishing new characters there instead of focusing on the extras in Alexandria. We’re getting training scenes with characters who either won’t die or who will die to the great indifference of the reader.

Does anyone care if Gabriel decides he wants to train? This is a genuine question becomes it seems any reader-interest in Gabriel died many years ago. Was anyone surprised that Eugene made contact with someone on his radio? The wide-eyed ending at someone actually responding to him via the radio is ridiculous. We know there are other people in the world, we’ve been seeing new communities show up for years. Eugene knows there are other people. And if he didn’t know it, why is he so surprised? He was clearly using the radio because he expected he could get in touch with someone.

The hardest part of the series is being one hundred and fifty-one issues in and wondering at what point to give up and walk away. Every issue is discouraging and it forces even the most die-hard fans to ask at what point are you are simply dead with no interest in coming back?

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

What Fans Can Look Forward to When The Walking Dead Returns

The cast and crew of The Walking Dead talk about what fans can look forward to in the second half of Season 6. The Walking Dead returns Sun., Feb. 14th at 9/8c. Only on AMC.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR4_Cover B by Keith BurnsWednesdays 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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics) – Finally Miles Morales in his own stand alone book in the Prime Universe! Very excited for this one. With Peter Parker as his mentor will the old Parker luck rub off on our hero? Or will he reach new heights? Maybe an internship at Parker Industries awaits? Come and see Web heads!

Action Comics #49 (DC Comics) – Did Clark survive his Kryptonite overdose? Can he stand up to Vandal Savage? Find out here…

Green Lantern #49 (DC Comics) – The race to 50 is on.. is Hal ready for the coming of Parallax?

We are Robin #8 (DC Comics) – More like we are Joker this month. Let’s see how the social media treats a gang of villains rather than the fledgling heroes. One question needs to be asked “Why so serious?”

 

Ashley

Top Pick: The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 3 (Image Comics) – Initially thought to be a low arc due to the use of guest artists, the “Commercial Suicide” arc ended up being a brilliant and heartbreaking arc that focused more on the other characters we don’t get to see as much of in the bigger scheme of WicDiv. Exploring issues of fate, misogyny, pop stardom, cultural appropriation, and death, this experimental arc demonstrated WicDiv’s staying power.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – There’s only two things I know about this issue. One, Black Canary is back in town and teaming up with Babs. Two, BABS TARR FINALLY GOT TO DRAW A LUCHA BATGIRL. Kalisto is US Champion, Lucha Underground is back, and there is an actual Luchador Batgirl costume now. What a time to be alive.

Captain Marvel #2 (Marvel) – Exhale everyone, Carol is just as lively and hardheaded as ever in the hands of Butters and Fazekas. Not to mention those abs by Anka. While it hasn’t made me cry yet, the series has me intrigued with its new use of Alpha Flight and the mystery reveal of the skeleton crew from the last issue. It’ll be interesting to see just what is in store for Carol at this “desk job.”

Pretty Deadly #8 (Image Comics) – I have a special place in my heart for the Deconnick/Ríos/Bellaire supernatural western, but this arc has been breathtaking both in story and art. Now, we finally get to meet the Reaper of War and maybe figure out just what his deal is.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #2 (Marvel) – The first run at the Rocket Raccoon comic was an absolutely uproarious affair that made it one of my favorite Marvel titles. Skottie Young and Filipe Andrade seem to be taking a slightly different route this time with Rocket not knowing who he is after his death in Secret Wars, but the humor still seems to be there.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – I love this series, and I’ve been counting down the days to each issues release. It is a fantastic World War II era story that highlights the struggles faced in Russia around that time, coupled with some truly stunning visual techniques.

Howard The Duck #4 (Marvel) – If not for Old Man Logan, this would be the only Marvel book I’d be reading, and that’s thanks in a large part to writer Chip Zdarsky’s occasional digs at Marvel’s reboots and events over the past year or so. I’ve been told that this series doesn’t hold up quite as well as Steve Gerber’s first volume, but if you don’t have that basis for comparison (and I don’t, yet) then the current run on Howard The Duck will be highly enjoyable.

Klaus #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Talking about visually stunning, Klaus is fantastic. It may be billed as an origin story for Santa (and it is), but this comic is so much more than that. There’s a warmth here that you really must experience.

Swamp Thing #2 (DC Comics) – When I was initially getting this list ready, it never occurred to me that Swamp Thing #2 would be one of my top five picks this week. But then I saw the comic listed on Previews website a coming out and I got unreasonably excited to read it after I remembered the slower paced, modern feeling with almost classical twist of the first issue. Who’da known?

X-O Manowar #44 (Valiant) – I wasn’t, honestly, all that impressed with the last issue of this series. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as it has been lately. Hopefully it was a slower start to the new arc and not something indicative of a trend. This issue will go a long way to assuaging my fears, so I’m eager to get a chance to read it.

 

Madison

Top Pick: Pretty Deadly #8 (Image) – Pretty Deadly is one of my forever favorites. Emma Ríos’s art is otherworldly, and I’m excited to see where the story goes as they continue to develop the new arc.

Batgirl #48 (DC Comics) – This week’s Batgirl looks especially promising–it has both the return of Black Canary and one of the cutest covers possibly ever.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – Paper Girls might take an issue or two to really get into–the action starts quickly and doesn’t stop when four girls are attacked on their paper route. However, as with most Brian K. Vaughan stories, it’s worth seeing through.

Shutter #18 (Image Comics) – Shutter is a great subversion of the adventure genre, but the real draw for me was the art. If you haven’t read Shutter, you might recognize Leila Del Duca from the recent and absolutely gorgeous Morrigan-centric issue of The Wicked + The Divine.

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #2 (Marvel) – A-Force is assembling and I’m excited to see them together again.  True, it won’t be no holds barred like it was in Secret Wars, but it looks like it’s going to be a fun ride; and I’m really enjoying seeing things from Singularity’s point of view; she wants her friends back and is doing what she can to find them, even with a big bad energy monster on her tail.  To paraphrase Iron Man, she’s bringing the party to them!

Scarlet Witch #3 (Marvel) – I’m not all in on this title going into the third issue.  Yes, I love Wanda.  She is one of my favourite characters.  The debut issue was alright, and issue two was less than that.  So why is this on my pick of the week list?  I’m holding out hope this title picks up, and I do have a soft spot for Wanda.  There are some good ideas here, and I hope it gets a little more interesting.

Uncanny Avengers #5 (Marvel) – It’s no secret to many how I feel about this title.  So why is it on my list?  Gambit is on the cover.  That is the only reason I’m looking forward to it this week.  I’m curious to see what role he’ll play with the team and with Rogue.

The Vision #4 (Marvel) – Still the surprise hit, for me, from the All New All Different launch.  Vision just wanted to live a life with a wife and kids, what could possibly go wrong?  The reader is given very grim hints that plenty goes wrong.  Not to mention Vision’s own wife and kids have things happen to them, which they keep from him, that show us that they are a lot more like us then people would think.  It’s a great read that I highly recommend.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #3 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Tom King has had the Midas Touch, as anything he writes turns into liquid comic book gold.  This militaristic detective story is a solid read.

Bad Moon Rising #5 (451 Media) – The end is near. Only two issues left in the series. It’s Werewolves versus full automatics and Silver Bullets. I got five to one odds on the Biker Werewolves.

Paper Girls #5 (Image Comics) – I’m just waiting for one of the Paper Girls to be like, “I want my two dollars!!” They deserve a little more, after all that they’ve been through so far.

Unfollow #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Bruce Lee’s Game of Death meets Social Media as the Chosen gather together to thin the herd. Or will they rise above their human faults?

The Walking Dead #151 (Image Comics) – Who cares that  I am front running on the Zombie genre.  A real war is coming as General Rick builds his army.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Johnny Red #4 (Titan Comics) – This seriously has gotten better and better with each issue and has been filled with action and a lot of touching interaction of the characters. Garth Ennis is knocking it out of the park with this series focused on an English pilot leading a Russian squad in WWII. The story is good, and the art is even more amazing. Some of the two page spreads are just jaw dropping.

Last Man: The Chase (First Second) – Such a fun graphic novel series. I’m excited to see more and more as the world is expanded upon and we learn what’s going on. It’s a hell of a mystery so far with small clues that make you scratch your head.

Nailbiter #20 (Image Comics) – One of my favorite series. This arc has some of the cast in Georgia trying to catch a serial killer who may have ties to Buckaroo. Just a fun comic about serial killers.

Princeless: Raven Pirate Princess #5 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Somehow this spinoff series has surpassed the original it came out of. Raven is one of my favorite new characters of the past few years and the fun flows off the page. Every issue has delivered.

Tomboy #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone)Princeless for adults? This series has a teenage girl turned vigilante. The first two issues blew me away and I can’t wait to read the third. This is one that was one of my favorite debuts of 2015.

The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniature Game Launches, Lots Unlocked

The Walking Dead All Out War Miniatures GameMantic Games have launched their latest miniature game The Walking Dead: All Out War based on Skybound‘s popular comic (and television show) The Walking Dead on Kickstarter. The miniature game’s “early bird” pledge status has already sold out, but you can get the game for $125 plus shipping ($15 for the United States).

For that amount you get:

So far the “Something to Fear” pledge level includes:

  • The complete The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game starter set
  • Atlanta Camp Expansion
  • Dice bag and a second set of game dice with custom faces
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Sheriff’s Badge Initiative Counter
  • Collector’s Edition Box that will hold the entire Something to Fear pledge.

In addition to the above, you now also get:

  • 10 3D Loot Markers in plastic
  • Shane Booster Miniature and Shane Character Card
  • Reggie Booster Miniature and Reggie Character Card
  • 1 Atlanta Camp Walker and 3 Equipment Cards
  • Lori Booster Miniature and Lori Character Card

The main game is $50 and boosters are $20 (we don’t know how much expansions such as Atlanta costs). Assuming all add-ons for the game are $20 that’s $150 or so worth of product. There are surely more to be unlocked down the road making it an even better deal.

There’s new characters revealed too and more teased. Check all the new figures below.

All Out War Comes to Road to Survival!

Skybound has announced that Update 2.2 has arrived for the video game The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. With the highly anticipated All Out War looming on the horizon, factions will be pit against factions in the battle for supremacy and control. It’s a test of skill, guts, glory, and ambition, that only the strong can survive.

Alongside this new faction battle system, there are new specialist skills ready to be released that will help shake up the way battles unfold in new and exciting ways.

Download the new update and hop in the game now to check out all the new content, and make sure to be ready for War, because it looks as though a certain foul-mouthed mega villain could be on the way…

The Walking Dead Road to Survival All Out War

February’s Loot Crate Includes Deadpool and The Walking Dead

Grab your gear and load up on chimichangas – the Dead (crate) arrives this February! Loot Crate is celebrating the return of The Walking Dead and the Deadpool film with four EXCLUSIVE items including a t-shirt, figures and more.

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The Walking Dead: All Out War Launches February 1

The Walking Dead All Out War Game PicMantic Games has revealed more details on their new miniature game based on Skybound‘s The Walking Dead.

The company has laid out a simple Kickstarter for The Walking Dead: All Out War, where there’ll be one reward level where items will be shipped all in one box. The Walking Dead All Out War Zombie

The idea is to have all of the first wave of releases, the game, the minis, freebies, and upgrades as long as stretch goals have are reached. This will help simplify the shipping and prevent major issues with missing items.

If the campaign foes well, they have also said that at that point they will also release 2 or 3 simple expansions that folks who pledge will be able to add on their pledge. These expansion will introduce more heroes, bad guys, variant plays, and settings such as the Prison.

The company has also said these expansions will ship later so that they don’t interfere with the first wave of releases.

The company has also let it be known the base fame will cost $50 and boosters will be $20.

The Walking Dead All Out War Miniatures Game

The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game is launching on Kickstarter on Monday February 1 at 05:30am PT, 08:30am ET or 1:30pm GMT. It closes on Monday February 29 at 15:59pm PT, 18:59pm ET 11:59pm GMT.

Shipping for wave 1 is expected to be begin August 2016.

A First Look at The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game

Mantic Games has released the first image of what you get with their new miniature game The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game.

The boxed miniature game provides you everything you need to play including 20 miniatures, dice, game mat, and more.

The Walking Dead All Out War Miniatures Game

The company has also released a look at Rick, character cards, and an unpainted Carl.

The company realizes that this might be people’s first miniature game, so they’re making sure that the game is a good introduction as well as fun for long time mini gamers.

On top of the main box game, the company has said they’ll be releasing expansion packs called “Game Boosters” as well as large expansion packs. These will include new locations like the Atlanta Camp and Greene Family Farm, as well as new survivors, walkers, character cards, equipment cards, and more.

The game will launch later in 2016.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone looking forward to? We’ll have our picks up in a few hours. Until then, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – The Black Comic Book Festival drew 5000 people – Heard some great things about this.

GamePolitics – Supreme Court will hear Microsoft’s appeal over Xbox 360 disc-scratching lawsuit – Interesting.

Kotaku – When Politicians Campaign with Anime – This is awesome.

The Outhousers – Deadpool Movie Banned in China – Shocker?

Geeks Out – The Avengers: Infinity War We Deserve – What do you want to see?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bam Smack Pow – Faith #1

CBR – Huck #3

CBR – Injection #6

Batman News – Red Hood/Arsenal #8

CBR – The Walking Dead #150

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