Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/28

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Star Wars Age of Rebellion Kylo Ren #1 (Marvel) In an impressive one shot story surrounding Kylo Ren, we get a view of what makes him tick. As he is sent by Snoke to conduct a negotiation, from an uneasy allie. As negotiations turn tense, he kills the leaders of the sovereign state but knows he must kill their deity before it becomes a massacre. By issue’s end, Vader’s legacy still weighs heavy on Kylo, as the shadows of his grandfather has made him the most dangerous man in the universe. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy


Harleen #1 (DC/Black Label) Stjepan Sejic tells the first chapter of what might end up being the definitive Harley Quinn origin story in Harleen #1. His approach is both operatic and grounded with sequences ranging from a gladiator type battle between Batman and the Joker in the smoky streets of Gotham to meetings that Dr. Quinzel has with Lucius Fox and Harvey Dent about her research into the connection between lack of empathy and sociopathic behavior. Sejic enjoys playing with irony and reader expectations like a full page splash of Quinzel beaming as she’s been transferred to Arkham Asylum to do research complete with sunlight. Harleen #1 is filled with both gorgeous compositions and deep character insights as Stjepan Sejic slowly builds the road from Quinzel seeing Joker as a creature of nightmare to her “Mr. J”. Or in simpler terms, Harleen #1 is Sejic dunking on Paul Dini and Bruce Timm over and over again. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

Strikeforce #1 (Marvel) Tini Howard and German Peralta have certainly assembled a team of fun, morally ambiguous characters that work for both action and banter purposes in Strikeforce #1. However, despite the monster baddies, crimson color palette from Jordie Bellaire, and a very Bronze Age Blade flashback, I’m not 100% hooked yet. However, issue one does get the team assembling/expositional heavy lifting out of the way so that hopefully future issues can focus on the monster killing and cool magic shit. Angela and Blade get the best action while Wiccan has the funniest lines. Overall: 7.7 Verdict: Read

New Mutants War Children #1 (Marvel) Bill Sienkiewicz doing interiors again is a real treat, but this is basically Dark Phoenix Saga with Warlock, and I couldn’t really get invested into Chris Claremont’s script. Overall: 3 Verdict: Pass

SFSX #1 (Image) Tina Horn and Simon Dowling’s comic SFSX is like Bitch Planet with more orgies and vibrators. It’s set in a world of extreme gentrification and repress where one’s sex life can be audited if you’re doing anything other than missionary with a heterosexual spouse. Dowling’s art brings out the emotion in a lead character who tries to conform to this new world order, but honestly it’s not worth it in the end. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).