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Preview: Witchblade #181

Witchblade #181

Story By: David Hine
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT140777
Published: March 18, 2015

The one where Jackie dies! This is the way it had to end. Sara Pezzini goes head to head with Jackie Estacado and the Darkness. Sometimes there are no winners…


Review: Postal #2

postal002The first issue of Postal introduced a town unlike any other.  It is the residence of the worst criminals that the country has to offer, but they are forced into a peaceful living after having been given one last chance.  The complexities of the town are evident, especially as told through the innocence of the main character Mark, a postal worker who must deal with Aspergers while living his not-so-normal daily life.  No one who surrounds him is innocent as he is, or at least not as he is implied to be, except for maybe the girl that he is in love with, the waitress of the local diner Maggie.  Together the two of them work together to discover the secrets to a mystery involving a dead body, but as soon becomes evident, almost everyone has a secret in this town.

As opposed to the meticulous introduction to this town as seen through the eyes of Mark, this second issue changes its focus, giving both his mother and Maggie an equal voice in the telling of the woes of the town now that people are showing up dead.  Both of them have their own secrets and their own demons, only they are hard to hide from Mark, astute despite his apparent simplicity.  While it is the setting which is abnormal and gives potential for the storytelling, it is through the characters that this issue shines, giving more depth to the already strong concept.  As the story fills out the background of some of the other characters, it provides an insight into what motivates the people in this town.

The first issue of this series succeeded in the unconventional setting and the shock value of it seen through the eyes of Mark.  The second issue was hard-pressed to replicate this success and in truth fell a little bit shorter.  Nonetheless it maintains the momentum throughout and delivers a strong followup to the first issue, and moves the story in unexpected direction, and incidentally using a cover picture to tell the inside of an issue as few comics manage to do.  The combination of unconventional setting and unconventional characters could have been a mess, but instead this is an unconventional success.


Story: Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins Art: Isaac Goodhart
Story: 9.0  Art: 9.0  Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Postal #2

Postal #2

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JAN150698
Published: March 11, 2015

The fragile peace of a town full of criminals is shattered by the discovery of a murdered woman. When Mark seeks answers about her death and the people that could be behind it, he discovers the darkest secret at the heart of the town, a secret that alters his past forever.


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

HOWARD001_COVWednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is generally hilarious. Just search for his history with Applebees. His writing Howard the Duck hopefully will be half as funny. I’m expecting it to be just insane, and beyond entertaining.

Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Hopefully this comic series based off of the two films is excellent and not heinous. While I somewhat expect the latter, I love the first Bill and Ted film, so hoping for the best.

Ninjak #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant is the best superhero universe out there right now. They consistently put out fantastic comics with great art. This series puts the focus on Ninjak, the sometime MI-6 and Unity team member. It’s an awesome first issue, with amazing art, another solid debut from Valiant.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Mouse Guard is consistently a fantastic series with a beautiful story and art to match. A new volume is always something to celebrate, especially since the series is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – NOW BOARDING: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to TITAN! Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—how did her sister die? It’s science fiction meets a murder mystery.



Top Pick: Thor #6 (Marvel) –  Neither gods nor readers yet know the identity of the new Thor.  Answers are unlikely here, but the path to finding out has been pretty fun so far.

Ant-Man #3 (Marvel) – The first issue was a gem, and the second was a bit of a dud. Which will the third issue be?

Postal #2 (Top Cow Productions/Minotaur Press) – The first issue of this mystery series from Image was compelling, combining unexpectedly engaging characters with a one-of-a-kind setting.

Spider-Gwen #2 (Marvel) – After a near frenzy of excitement over the alternate universe Spider-Woman/Spider-Gwen, the first issue somewhat failed to capitalize on it with a good story.  It will be interesting to see if they are going to.

Wonderland #33 (Zenescope) – Calie and the Cheshire go on another quest to rid Wonderland of madness. The first was pretty great, so the second arc looks promising.



Top Pick: The Humans TP (Image Comics) –  My top pick of the year. 1970 outlaw bikers: they are animals! The animals are us! Literally. Tom Neely and color artist Kristina Collantes’ art puts others to shame. Mind blowing scenes of insanity with period-accurate costumes (I’d know) and bikes (they tell me) composed by an artist with the best chops around. It feels like a real underground comic from 70 but more accessible, action-heavy yet character driven. It is living proof of the value of hand lettering. It has an online soundtrack of garage punk/metal/ “is this a john carpenter movie?” soundtrack. https://m.soundcloud.com/the-humans-soundtrack

Oh and it’s by the Henry and Glenn crew. This has a cult-like following. One of us!

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #3 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) - I haven’t read this yet but I need to. She’s a remarkable creation and I’m glad they keep making series with her in the lead. Do you know a kid that digs this series? Let me know in the comments.

Ms. Marvel #13 (Marvel) – Some day your kids will ask you “Parent, did you read Ms Marvel when it was coming out? I learned it revolutionized the industry and was utterly charming.” And you will say yes, or you will be ashamed. SHAMED!

Silver Surfer #10 (Marvel) – I’m no expert Whovian but this book is less Doctor Who then I expected. It’s more something of its own and I think that’s because Surfer’s voice is unique. At times Dawn feels too childlike. But with art this fun I’ve got to keep buying it.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – The panels from this that have been trickling out on social media are stunning. Colleen Doran’s art is dark and beautiful. I don’t even know the concept. I’m getting it anyway



Top Pick: Roller Girl (Dial Books) – Junior high school was a really difficult time for me so I can relate to Roller Girl’s challenges as she navigates that minefield. Wish I would’ve had roller derby—can’t wait to see Roller Girl in action!

Artist & Models: The Glamour Art of Kent Steine (Binary Publications) – Love the cover of this volume and look forward to perusing the pages filled with glamour art & photographs as well as commentary by Mr. Steine.

Constantine #23 (DC Comics) – I’m a big fan of the show and new to the comic so I look forward to giving this a look to see Constantine on the page. Love his attitude and supernatural noir sensibility.

Juxtapose #171 (High Speed Productions) – I always feel so in the know and cutting edge when I read Juxtapose, with its up to the minute art and graphic news and lavish layouts; this Underground Art issue looks like one not-to-be-missed.

Lisa Simpson Figurine (Monogram Products) – I love Lisa and share many of her interests and concerns, so I’ll have to get this figurine for my desk to inspire me when I’m feeling somewhat misunderstood—just keep playing that sax, Lisa! Also it makes me want to listen to jazz music.

Preview: Cyber Force #11

Cyber Force #11

Written By: Marc Silvestri
Art By: Marco Turini
Cover By: Marco Turini
Cover By: Marc Silvestri
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN140580
Published: February 25, 2015

The third arc kicks off with the team’s realization that CDI is a necessary evil to keep even worse things at bay.


Preview: IXth Generation #2

IXth Generation #2

Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: DEC140717
Published: February 18, 2015

Aphrodite IX has the Witchblade and several other Artifacts have also appeared, destroying the delicately balanced utopia. Who is wielding the Darkness and why is it so hellbent on killing all of the IXs?


Preview: Witchblade #180

Witchblade #180

Story By: David Hine
Art By: Laura Braga
Cover By: Laura Braga
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: SEP140766
Published: February 11, 2015

DARKNESS FALLS IN WITCHBLADE’S 19TH ANNIVERSARY! In another life Jackie Estacado was Sara Pezzini’s lover and the father of her child. Now he has used the power of the Darkness to endanger the whole of human existence and only the Witchblade can stop him. Here at last is the untold story…the Death Of Jackie Estacado!


Review: Postal #1

postal001aPostal tells the story of an American town like none other.  Inside this town are the vilest criminals, sent there to live with one last chance before they are out of chances.  The government agrees to it, to keep all the bad eggs in one basket.  While this is a compelling enough setting for a lot of potential stories, the manner in which they go about telling this story is very different.  Instead of focusing on the lives of the criminals they focus on Mark, the presumably innocent postal clerk with a crush on the only waitress in town.  He also has Asperger’s Syndrome which makes all of his actions distinctly different from the others.  Marks’ condition causes it that he recreates damaged letters, and in so doing finds out about the lives of the town’s residents.

Where things start to get interesting is when he tries to solve a minor mystery involving one of the resident and why a case of medication was denied to him.  What follows is Mystery Solving 101, simplistic in a sense, but also on point as Mark intends to do no harm, and maybe only hopes to impress the waitress.  Of course in a town of criminals, nothing is so simple as being denied medication, and Mark soon finds himself on the wrong end of a shotgun.

Everything about this story makes sense.  The setting is unique, the perspective is unconventional and the characterizations are mostly completely complementary to the story.  The issue reads fast because it is so engaging, and the writers are capable of making characters that are easily to empathize with from the get go.  While the series might be heading in some dark directions which are hard to see from here, there is very little wrong with this first issue, and is one of the strongest lead-ins to a new story that the medium has seen in a while.

Story: Bryan Hill and Matt Hawkins Art: Isaac Goodhart
Story: 9.5  Art: 9.5  Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Postal #1

Postal #1

Story By: Bryan Hill
Story By: Matt Hawkins
Art By: Isaac Goodhart
Cover By: Linda Sejic
Variant Cover By: Isaac Goodhart
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: DEC140626
Published: February 4, 2015

The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city. THE FBI has repeatedly been foiled trying to insert an undercover here; they see Mark as the weak link to exploit. This murder gives them a new opportunity.


Preview: Death Vigil #6

Death Vigil #6

Story By: Stjepan Sejic
Art By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140735
Published: January 28, 2015

Rest in peace Samuel Lewis.


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