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Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 12/25/2021

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.


Nightwing #87 (DC)– Nightwing #87 is a true two-for-one deal. It’s an adorable story of Nightwing and Batgirl rescuing their dog, Bitewing and also shows the uniqueness and power of the comics medium. Basically, Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo, and Adriano Lucas have structured Nightwing #87 as one continuous image that can still be followed as a series of double page spreads. It’s both an easy-to-follow chase story and full of details that will have you poring over each well-constructed page. Lucas’ colors help with the passage of time while Redondo’s rich art brings Bludhaven to life and shows an average day in the city while the action is going on. I love how Bruno Redondo uses ghosting to show Nightwing and Batgirl’s speed, agility, and fluid fighting style. Nightwing #87 is easily the best issue in Taylor and Redondo’s run so far and is worth checking out for fans of the character (and cute dogs) as well as for folks who want to see how innovative the comics medium can be. Overall: 10 Verdict: Buy


X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5 (Marvel) – Wrapping up the series, we get the full scope of what was done and why. It’s the crazy machinations that have been a staple of the recent X-Men reboot and feels like a story whose entire goal is to put in that final piece of the puzzle, all the mutants who couldn’t return until now. The issue opens up more possibilities but again takes away any loss for those who remain and puts Scarlet Witch on the side of good again when it comes to mutants. The miniseries has emphasized my issues with the current X run in that it takes out any real threat of loss with resurrection so easy and now applies to pretty much the entire X-history. We know comic characters don’t stay dead but the X-line has taken it to the extreme. The finale also again emphasizes that this utopia is anything but full of corruption that emphasizes the end justifying the means. Still, the art is really good and those who follow the line will want to pick up the miniseries to see the ever-changing status-quo. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read.

Venom #3 (Marvel) – There’s been some really interesting things going on when it comes to symbiotes and politicians in this series. There’s a lot of talk about them being sleeper agents out among the people but also an arms race involving them. This is definitely a solid direction for the series that’s very intriguing and sucks you in on the conspiracy. Add in some pretty solid art and it’s been an engaging ride and this issue is where the puzzle starts to make a bit more sense. Overall Rating: 8.0 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 (**).