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Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/20/2021

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.


Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY (Marvel)– Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY is a fun Daughters of the Dragon adventure with witty banter, explosive action, pop culture references, and also digs into how unethical the Beyond Corporation is. Fittingly, Jed MacKay and Eleonora Carlini really channel the series that Beyond originated in: Nextwave (And there’s even a cameo from a cast member from that series). So, the comic is laser focused on explosiones, one-liners, and sketchy science. There are all kinds of cool super gadgets, and MacKay is constantly changing the parameters of the mission from saving the day to finding a special power source for the Beyond Corporation. He and Carlini give Misty Knight and Colleen Wing a great rapport, and this issue is a must read for fans of these characters even if you’re not following what’s going on in Amazing Spider-Man. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

X-Force #25 (Marvel)– Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill pivot from the Mikhail Rasputin manipulating Colossus plotline to Wolverine surfing and Quentin Quire telepathically calming the Krakoan babies. They kick into romance mode a little bit with Wolverine connecting with a surfer named Pike over death-defying waves while Quentin starts to imagine a future with Phoebe Cuckoo. Everything is illustrated in loving detail by Gill, who does some cool layouts like a double page spread of Wolverine hanging ten, or fractals of the Stepford Cuckoos. X-Force #25 very much has side quest vibes, but Percy has fleshed out both Wolverine and Quentin Quire across X-Force and Wolverine so this could be a fun ride. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Chicken Devil #2 (Aftershock)– Chicken Devil #2 is more utter chaos from Brian Buccelato and Hayden Sherman. The exaggerated nature of the visual and the colors makes the scenes of Mitch and Antonio arguing just an intense as shootouts with the Russian mob. This whole issue is full of anxiety as Mitch tries to balance the death of his family with coming into possession of a lot of heroin and just trying to stay afloat. There’s a lot of comedy of the darker variety, especially when he has to think on his feet. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy


X.O. Manowar #8 (Valiant) I’ve found this series enjoyable so far, and while there have been some dips in quality for the most part it’s been solid. This issue reveals what has been going on with Shanhara in the background over the last six or seven issues, and it’s an interesting tale (perhaps I may be unique in this because of my interest in cyber security), if a little redundant at this point as Shanhara’s journey has been heavily hinted at already. Still, it’s a solid issue and sets up the series conclusion pretty well. Overall: 8 Recommendation: 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 (**).

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