Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 5/30

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.

Joe Hesh

Batman: The Adventures Continue #3 (DC Digital) After a good first two issues that took me down memory lane, this one was more like an overstayed welcome. Sure I love Robin and Deathstroke as characters but this was incredibly bland. Three quarters of the issue take place inside a museum where Robin and Slade are waiting to foil Firefly’s latest heist. We all know that Slade is playing Robin to get to Bruce but it is an incredibly dull journey getting there this time. The only highlight of the issue is when Bruce is bringing down Mad Hatter and his Wonderland Gang and he thinking to himself how Tim would have enjoyed it and he’s actually missing his quips. That was a nice touch. Ty Templeton does great visuals here and it could have leapt off the animation cells themselves but the writing from Alan Burnett and Paul Dini (I can’t believe I’m writing this) really fails to connect here. Hoping next issue this picks up the pace major. It is a limited series and we’ve got so much to get to. Just get to Jason Todd and Asrael already! I digress. Score: 6.5

Venom #25 (Marvel Comics) These days anything writer Donny Cates touches turns to gold right? Welllll, and anything my childhood artist Mark Bagley turns out is amazing right? Welllll, not quite. Now mind you the whole Venom run and Venom Island has been awesome thus far but this issue just fell flat. You would think with no new comics for two months and a big return could do no wrong. For me though it just wasn’t it. First off the whole issue is told via flashback which is a device I am not very fond of. Especially as the conclusion to a huge epic! However it’s not all bad. We have great art by Bagley but the script just wasn’t energetic enough. Venom vs Carnage final bow on the island. It was cool and all I just wanted more. I do like Eddie’s involvement with the Avengers though. Plus we are warned about the coming of Knull which should be some good shit. Score: 7.6


Youth #3 (Comixology Originals) Youth #3 is kind of a messy comic opening up with an extended conversation from a redshirt security guard about how he hates pregnant women and the effects of Five Guys on his digestive system. Ok, Curt Pires, we understand you think you’re like Quentin Tarantino. However, once he and artists Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe focus on the effects of having superpowers on the cast and especially the relationship between Franklin and River, the book gets good again. Pires and Diotto show these teens don’t give a shit about superheroes, but use their abilities to get money and party, consequences be damned. I especially like the cut-up panels and day glo colors that Diotto and Cunniffe bring to the club sequence, which starts fun and turns grotesque. I wish I knew more about these characters other than general anger and horniness, but Youth #3 is a marked improvement over the previous issue if not a great issue just yet. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read

Marauders #10 (Marvel) Forge’s anti-mutant tech has fallen into the hands of the Russians, and it’s up to the Marauders to stop them in this action-packed, nearly standalone story from Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli, and Edgar Delgado. Casselli’s art isn’t flashy, but it’s easy to follow especially during the big action sequence. Emma Frost gets to use both her womanly intuition and psychic abilities in a dramatic scene that comes across at revenge for what happens to Kate Pryde. Because of these actions, Krakoa isn’t afraid to do some more overt action instead of just relying on X-Force. And there’s also developments on that front with Duggan including two of the saddest diagram pages yet: a couple of last emails between Kate and Nightcrawler. Overall: 8.3 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 (**).