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Preview: Thomas Alsop Vol. 2 TP

Thomas Alsop Vol. 2 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Chris Miskiewicz
Artist: Palle Schmidt
Cover Artist: Palle Schmidt
Price: $19.99

Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Thomas has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way, but has he gone too far this time? In order to save the souls of the 3,000, Thomas must go to extremes and sacrifice everything he’s built, including his own fame. Collects the final issues #5-8 of the limited series.


David Justus and Matt Sturges Discuss Everafter: From the Pages of Fables

Everafter: From the Pages of Fables is a new Vertigo series that picks up where the popular Fables left off. At New York Comic Con I got a chance to talk to David Justus and Matt Sturges about the series, what we can expect, and working with such famous characters.

The Working Families Party’s Brightest Day, Goes Superhero in Email Blast

Politicians and political parties invoking superheroes isn’t anything new. Candidates have done it. Organizations have done it. The Working Families Party sent out an email yesterday with a superhero theme and directly quoting the Green Lantern oath with a twist.

Founded in New York in 1998, the Working Families Party is a political party in the US mainly focused on “jobs, healthcare, raising the minimum wage, universal paid sick days, the student debt crisis, higher taxes on the rich, public education, and energy and environmental reform.”

In the fundraising pitch, the email is a solid one with a focus on individuals at the local level who have helped to make a difference and are now running for office.

You can read the full email below.

In dark Trump times like these, it’s hard to find the glimmer of hope. But wait — look there, Amanda! In hometowns all across the country — Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Salem, Albuquerque, Snoqualmie and more — people are standing up to serve their community.

It’s the Working Families Party Superheroes!

They are taking on the likes of Donald Trump, the NRA, fossil fuel lobbyists, and wealthy donors — without the resources you see in the presidential campaigns.

Meet our WFP Superheroes and then chip in $3 to help WFP turn out the votes they need to win!

WFP Superheroes, from left to right, top row to bottom…

Teresa Alonso Leon runs Oregon’s GED program, helping low-income and working class families fight for a better life. Meanwhile, multinational corporations and wealthy donors refuse to pay their fair share. Now she’s had enough and is running for Oregon State House on a platform of women’s economic equality, public education, and protecting seniors.

Philadelphia’s Chris Rabb is an author, activist and college professor. After he helped over 100 adjunct professors unionize for living wages, he was abruptly “uninvited” to continue teaching. Now he’s running for PA State Assembly to bring the fight for school funding to Harrisburg!

New Mexico’s narrow Republican majority has been passing legislation that benefits big energy companies and ignores public school children. So long-time teacher, mentor and elderly services volunteer, Natalie Figueroa, is running to challenge the Republican Majority Leader and tip the scales in favor of progressive values.

In Las Vegas, middle school teacher Brittney Miller knew that energy sustainability and public school funding couldn’t wait another semester. So she decided to step up and run for State Assembly against a wealthy lawyer who supports tax policies that will help the rich — and leave the rest of us behind.

A family tragedy opened Jason Ritchie’s eyes to the needs of differently-abled residents in Washington state. Now, this Bernie-endorsed candidate wants to fight for working families in the State House. He’s challenging a Trump-like incumbent who opposes women’s reproductive rights, family leave, and raising the minimum wage.

Any one of these WFP Superheroes could be a future Bernie Sanders — but they have to win their elections! WFP is throwing down for down-ballot superheroes leading up to November. You can help elect a new generation of progressive champions all over the country by chipping in $3. Click here to help WFP forge a new future with local progressive superheroes.

POW! Let’s do this!

Amanda Johnson
Working Families Party

Logan Gets its First Trailer

Logan, the third Wolverine film, gets its first official trailer after a few weeks of teaser images and a lot of rumors. The film is loosely based on the Old Man Logan story originally written by Mark Millar with art by Steve McNiven. There has been two volumes of the story since. The second written by Brian Michael Bendis with Andrea Sorrentino on art and third volume is currently written by Jeff Lemire with Sorrentino on art.

Logan comes to theaters March 3, 2017.

WizKids Shows Off Agent Carter, Lady Deadpool, Angela, Blind Al, and Bob from Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool

The latest Dice Masters set, Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool sees release in early November and WizKids is showing off some of the cards we can expect from the new set. On their Instagram account, the game publisher has shown off three new cards, Agent Carter: Answered the Call, Lady Deadpool: Earth-3010, and Angela: Raised by an Angel. That’s two rares and a super rare that’ll be in the set and all three characters are new to the game.

Yesterday the company showed off a common and uncommon in Blind Al: Stay in the Deadhut and Bob, Agent of Hydra: Hydra Doesn’t Offer Dental.

Blind Al is a 3 MASK to purchase that deals damage to an opponent when Blind Al is dealt damage. There’s a mechanic in there where you could ping Blind Al yourself and deal your opponent damage due to that. It looks like the card is cheap to field too, but makes this an interesting thing to explore.

Bob, Agent of Hydra is a 3 FIST that gives Deadpool Teams Fast when Bob is fielded. It’s an interesting card, but really is only useful if you’re running a Deadpool team, which I expect we’ll see a bunch of when the set is released.

Agent Carter is a cheap cost 2 to purchase and is a cheap die to field with good attack and defense stats and the ability to increase the cost to field Sidekick as characters while she’s active. Depending on the purchasing cost, this could be a good card to cripple decks that rely on Sidekick characters. I can see this character becoming a regular in games.

Lady Deadpool is a 5 SHIELD to purchase and we can only see the first two fielding costs. The wording of the card is a little funky, but it seems to allow you to use an action die twice. It says “bursts” which is what’s confusing to me, but that means you’re getting the double amount of energy to spend or double the ability, which could be devastating in a game.

Finally, Angela is a cost 4 BOLT again with cheap fielding and solid stats. This is an interesting card that allows you to deal 1 damage to target character die or player for each Angela die you rolled that shows an energy face after each Roll and Reroll Step. There’s an interesting mechanic there, but for the 4 BOLT cost to field it may be too weak to really make a major impact considering there’s other ways to do similar and greater damage.

Free Edison Rex! Edison Rex Goes Free Webcomic

edison_rex_18-1Chris Roberson and his collaborator Dennis Culver have announced their comic Edison Rex will now be available to new readers as a free webcomic while a Patreon funds the creation of the character’s further adventures.

Edison Rex, the story of the world’s greatest villain who appoints himself defender of Earth after defeating the world’s greatest hero, was launched as a digital-first series through Monkeybrain Comics on comiXology in July 2012, assisted by Stephen Downer on colors, John J. Hill on letters, and Dylan Todd on design. It garnered praise from critics and readers from the start. It’s a wonderful comic you should be checking out, especially now.

Now, four years after the series debuted, it is being relaunched as a free webcomic hosted by Hiveworks. The full series to date will be serialized on the site, with updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then will be continuing with all new material. In addition, the creators will be offering exclusive Patron-Only content, including early access to upcoming issues, behind the scenes looks at works in progress, annotations, commentary, and a shirt-of-the-month from the team’s Threadless Artist Shop.

Edison Rex #18 is now on sale through comiXology for just 99 cents.

This is the latest example of comic creators bucking the current sales and distribution model and exploring new avenues of publication.

Review: Infamous Iron Man #1

infamous_iron_man_1_coverVictor Von Doom has ascended to greater heights than ever before, as…IRON MAN?! Your eyes do not deceive you! There’s a new Iron Man in town, and he’s coming your way in Infamous Iron Man #1 – the all-new ongoing series from the creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev!

It’s time for the greatest villain in the Marvel Universe to try something…new. Where Tony Stark failed, Victor Von Doom will succeed! Only, how will the rest of the world’s heroes take to their deadliest foe masquerading as their greatest champion? The question remains – has the one-time Doctor Doom truly turned over a new leaf, or is this just the next step in his master plan?

I want to start with the bad. If you want to stay in the dark as to Tony Stark’s fate at the end of Civil War II, then you’ll want to avoid this comic. That’s really the only bad thing as the comic is really solid.

It begins with a scene before Secret Wars that plays into the end of the issue which has an interesting reveal that should keep folks coming back for the next issue. That scene also asks the question that with Doom being so powerful, what’s his actual reason for doing things. He’s mastered everything and rules a nation. What’s next?

Brian Michael Bendis does a solid job in really focusing on Doom and his attempting to figure out what he should do after the events of Civil War II. They often say that villains see themselves as a hero and this comic feels like it’s being built on that idea. How his new role will go over remains to be seen and judging by part of the end, it won’t be going well.

Bendis teams up with Maleev who on art nails it. Maleev’s art is usually solid and this issue is no exception. His art is distinctive and if you’re a fan of his art, you’ll love the issue. Maleev’s style seems to be made for the cold metal that I’d associate with Doom and I’m looking forward to seeing a bit more of it in a dynamic manner.

I think what’s really interesting about this issue is that it doesn’t have the boastful nature that I’d associate with Doctor Doom. The comic is muted in a way which gave me the impression he was really thinking things through. Most importantly, it has me wanting to come back for more and see what happens next. Doom is a favorite of mine and putting him in this situation looks like it’ll give us something actually new involving him.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art & Cover: Alex Maleev
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E4 Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire

agents of shield season 4As Ghost Rider’s quest for vengeance brings him into an explosive confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Mack must rely on an unlikely ally in their time of desperate need; and Daisy reunites with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings some things together as we finally get an idea as to what the main goal of the bad guy is (sort of) and Ghost Rider, Daisy, and Coulson’s SHIELD come together.

The episode has Daisy and Robbie/Ghost Rider going after the Watchdogs and need to help of a familiar face from last year. There’s a twist to that little plot and it’s absolutely the worst thing of the episode. It’s a plot twist that’s not explained and so far just thrown out there. We don’t quite get why this particular thing happens and it the Watchdogs basically become a side story for the season based off of what is revealed. Hopefully they weren’t just a macguffin to get characters to this point, but we’ll see.

There’s some cool moments. Coulson and Robbie get into a drag race with some solid humor and entertaining back and forth between Coulson and Mack. It’s cool to see the two power cards take each other on and how Robbie is stopped got me to laugh pretty good. So, the action is decent.

We also get some more with Ada and I have no idea where the plot with the life model decoy is going. I’m interesting in seeing it, because this is a concept that’s really ingrained into the Marvel universe and opens up a lot of possibilities. Again, there’s some humor there too.

But, the biggest reveal is what the ghost is after and it’s an item that really takes the series and Marvel Cinematic Universe into some spiritual territory. It’s something familiar to comic fans, or at least those who read Marvel’s horror comics of the 90s. I don’t want to ruin it, but it’s a cool blast from the past for me. It’s also clear the show is going to tie into Dr. Strange somehow.

Again, the episode is a decent one. It’s not bad in any way, but it also doesn’t quite jump out to me. There’s some good. There’s some bad. Thankfully more good than bad. The episode had a goal and that was to bring together some of the characters and it pulled that off in an interesting way. We also have a direction going forward and out of everything, that’s the most interesting aspect of the episode.

Overall Score: 7.70

TV Review: The Flash S3E3 Magenta

The Flash Season 2Magenta, a new meta who can control metal, terrorizes the city. Meanwhile, Barry and Team Flash reunite with Earth-2 Wells and Jesse, who has the powers of a speedster, but Wells is concerned about her safety and wants her to stop using her powers.

The Flash has a fun third episode bringing back two familiar individuals in Harrison Wells and his daughter Jesse. Jesse is now the speedster we knew she’d become and there’s some solid humor in the fact Wells figures out that Barry has messed up the timeline, which we’re still learning about.

There’s some bits about whether Jesse should use her powers and this Wells seems a bit more protective and cautious. Now, we don’t know all the differences between the old version and this one and I’m hoping we find out more down the road if there are differences.

We also get a new villain in Magenta whose powers are rather familiar and that part is ok. There’s some serious issues touched upon with her, but unfortunately those aren’t explored enough. It’s a bit of a bump in the episode talking about mental health but not really going all the way in discussing it.

It’s a decent episode and there’s fun in seeing Jesse figure out her powers and Wally reacting to that. There’s some interesting things there and seeing the male character not having powers is a good thing. We know Wally will eventually get there, it’s just a question of when.

There’s also Dr. Alchemy running around and we get a touch of that in the episode as well. I’ve got some guesses as to who he is and we’ll see!

The episode is good, not necessarily great, but there’s something about it that’s fun and it gets back to the energy of the previous season and episodes. Here’s hoping Jesse and Harrison stick around because they definitely add something to the series.

As usual, The Flash races along at its entertaining fun pace, one of the strongest things for the show.

Overall Rating: 7.95

TV Review: Lucifer S2E4 Lady Parts

Lucifer TVChloe and Lucifer investigate when the bodies of two young L.A. transplants are found poisoned. Later, Maze convincing Chloe to join her for drinks, which the detective believes to be an act of friendship, is actually a bet between Maze and Lucifer.

Lucifer has a girl night out as Chloe, Ella, Linda, and Maze head out for an evening in one hell of an entertaining episode. The show revolves around a dead body and Chloe being a bit uptight. Lucifer gets Maze to take Chloe out for a girls night and holy crap is that entertaining. Part of that fun is the fact we’re not shown everything that happens, so our imaginations are let to run wild as to what happened. And boy do I want to see what really happened.

But beyond that fun the episode is really about the relationships between all of the characters, especially Lucifer and Chloe and Amenadiel figuring out his role now. There’s whatever deal Lucifer made that involves sending his mother back to Hell and we find out what that was here, with a pretty big impact on the ending.

Last season was solid in that it did a good job in blending entertaining single episodes and a longer storyline and we get that here as well with it being now clear what that longer story is and who the players are. It’s an interesting direction playing up Lucifer’s duplicitous nature but also having him face the reality that he’s very much human now or at least has human connections.

The episode is great allowing both Ella and Linda to stand out showing off their comedic chops. Both are characters I want to see more of and the show is somehow more entertaining when they take center stage. That’s impressive considering the show is already pretty damn entertaining.

Lucifer continues to show off why it’s so entertaining and makes the case that it has the best ensemble cast on television. This is easily the best episode of the year so far and maybe one of the most entertaining so far period. And that’s really saying something.

Overall Rating: 8.9

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