Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 5/23

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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Youth #2 (Comixology Originals)– Curt Pires goes hogwild on the cliches (Eternal struggle between good and evil, government secret squad) and definitely tips his hand that the Amazon-greenlit Youth is the streaming service’s answer to Stranger Things or I’m Not Okay With This as our murder telekinesis makes her appearance. Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe’s visuals keep this from being totally derivative like their grotesque take on telekinesis and a gorgeous, silent film prologue on how the main cast got their superpowers. Pires also lays down some interesting, if well-trodden philosophy in this opening scene: are humans (and metahumans by extension) are product of design or chance? Hopefully, we get to know Youth’s cast beyond just their powers in the next couple issues, or maybe this comic was just a four issue outline for an TV series. Overall: 6.0 Verdict: Read

Lost on Planet Earth #2 (Comixology Originals)– Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre get a little more into the weeds of their Star Trek-esque society in Lost on Planet Earth #2 as Xanthippean Velda shows the effects the Star Union had on her culture. Also, Basil’s parents continue to struggle with why she would drop out of a promising military career just to “hang out” with Velda. Lost on Planet Earth #2 is equal parts political satire and family drama, and Aguirre’s emotional art and vivid colors seal the deal. Overall: 8.0 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 (**).