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Joe’s Corner: What to Buy this Wednesday

Joe goes over the comic book and trade paperback releases for the week of July 18th 2018, gives what he is going to read, as well as some the top comic books of the week that others may be reading, and recommends some other series as well. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Comics I Pull:

TITLE PUBLISHER
Avengers #5 Marvel Comics
Batman #51 DC Comics
Cable #159 Marvel Comics
The Immortal Hulk #3 Marvel Comics
Infinity Countdown #5 Marvel Comics
Justice League #4 DC Comics
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #307 Marvel Comics
Runaways #11 Marvel Comics
Thor #3 Marvel Comics
Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 Marvel Comics

Other recommended comics:

Gideon Falls #5 Image Comics
Royal City #12 Image Comics
UPDATE: Ether: The Copper Golems #3 Dark Horse Comics
UPDATE: Injustice vs He-Man and Masters of the Universe #1 DC Comics

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Ninja-K #9 (Valiant) – Why? Because my favorite Valiant character might come back to life here, and I can’t wait to see Gilad Anni-Padda again!

Quantum and Woody #8 (Valiant) – Eliot Rahal has been flawless since taking over from Daniel Kibblesmith on writing duties, and now that he’s added a new Klang-less dynamic to the duo… I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes them.

Immortal Hulk #3 (Marvel) – I don’t remember the last time the Hulk was this genuinely scary – or this good. If you’re not reading this, you’re missing out.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Transformers: Optimus Prime #21 (IDW Publishing) – This is more a curiosity of how this will end. We have a big event that has started taking place after this series wraps up. I want to know how we get from A to B badly!

Aphrodite V #1 (Top Cow/Image Comics) – The imprint has been relaunching their big characters and I’m intrigued to see what they do with this classic of theirs. There’s a lot of potential to update things to modern socio/political times and say a lot.

Batman #51 (DC Comics) – This is on the list for the same reason you stop to see a car wreck. Catwoman left the Bat, I want to see what’s next.

Fence #8 (BOOM! Studios) – This series about fencing has been absolutely amazing with every single issue. Beyond fantastic.

Life of Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel) – A new direction and spin on the storytelling… I’m in.

Joe Ryan’s What To Buy for July 11

Joe goes over his top picks for comic books and trades for the week of July 11th 2018.

UPDATE: I missed mentioning Relay #1

Comics I Pull:
Amazing Spider-Man #1
The Punisher #227

Other Comics Featured:
Superman #1
Suicide Squad #44
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48
Hawkman #2
Champions #22
Daredevil #605
Ms. Marvel #32
New Mutants #5
Old Man Logan #43
Plastic Man #2
Black Science #37
Oblivion Song #5
Farmhand #1
Bloodshot Salvation #11

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Top Pick: Catwoman #1 (DC Comics) – Selina Kyle hits Gotham to catch a copycat who’s sullying her bad/good name. Sounds like one hell of a way to celebrate your nuptials and I am all the here for it.

Top Pick: Harley Quinn Rebirth Deluxe Collection Vol. 2 HC (DC Comics) – One of my favorite runs on the series before Jimmy and Amanda gave it up. Nostalgia, great art and brilliant political and feminist writing make this a no-brainer.

Orphan Black: Crazy Science #1 (IDW Publishing) –  You can never go wrong with an Orphan Black arc and this one is about balancing love and finding a cure all the human and science fun than we’ve come to love from OB.

Harley Quinn #45 (DC Comics) – Harley gets kidnapped! I don’t know who’s stupid enough to do that but, I know this is going to be one hell of a story.

Death of the Inhumans #1 (Marvel) – This makes the list because I want to see them die after subjecting us to that gawd awful tv show and this might just be the redemption to take that taste out of my mouth.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Captain America #1 (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates takes over Captain America and is picking up post Secret Empire with a Captain America that’s distrusted by the people and a massive leadership gap. What does it mean to be Captain America in today’s world?

Batman #50 (DC Comics) – Do they? Don’t they? What’s the twist!? We’ll find out Wednesday.

Dark Ark #8 (AfterShock) – This new spin on Noah’s Ark and the Bible has been fascinating to read with a great mix of horror thrown in there. Every issue has been fantastic.

Man of Steel #6 (DC Comics) –  The miniseries is wrapping up and I want to see how Superman’s battle wraps up and what’s going on with Lois and Jonathan. Individual issues have been ok but the whole is so much better.

The Walking Dead #181 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – The series is getting really interesting with a new community and the possibility that Rick’s the bad guy in this one. I’m intrigued as to where it’s all going.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Charlie’s Angels #1 (Dynamite) – While the publisher can be hit and miss, we’re excited to see this property back in comics and it’s long overdue. Hoping for the best but this is one that’s high on our read pile.

Dodge City #4 (BOOM! Studios) – A comic about dodge ball? It works and it’s a lot of fun to read. So far the comic has focused on interesting characters and has avoided predictable twists to keep readers on their toes.

Final Street #1 (Devil’s Due) – The cover, the logo, it reminds us of the classic beat’em-up side scrolling video games of our youth. That’s enough to get us excited to check this one out.

The Flash #49 (DC Comics) – “The Flash War” has been excellent so far. The story has sped along at breakneck speed (pun intended) and its impact feels like it’s going to be huge.

Man of Steel #5 (DC Comics) – We’ve enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis’ take on Superman so far. The miniseries has been great in its depiction of the character, though the action has been a bit mixed. Still, this is the defining series as to where the character is going for the next few years at least.

Multiple Man #1 (Marvel) – Maddrox is back? Dead. Alive. Dead. We’re honestly not sure the status of Jamie Maddrox so we’re intrigued to see what this series will be about.

Sentry #1 (Marvel) – The Sentry was never a character we cared for in the past but Jeff Lemire taking him on has us really excited.

Shadow Roads #1 (Oni Press) – The follow up to Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun has us excited. The fantasy western was fantastic and we’re expecting more of the same.

Thor #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fun. Lots of fun. Thor is a bit humbled and things are being figured out post major events. Add in a lot of humor and it’s an entertaining series so far and one that’s shot up to the top of our read pile.

X-O Manowar (2017) #16 (Valiant Entertainment) – Everything Valiant has been putting out is quality and this series is one of their best. Just fantastic all around.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Hit Girl #5 (Image Comics) – I’m excited to see what she does to the Canadians after all the chaos and pain she caused the Colombians in this new story arc.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 12, The Reckoning (Dark Horse Comics) – One year later and the title is the RECKONING so you know it’s gonna be bad news but good action.

Harley Quinn #44 (DC Comics) – Harley is the good guy and really ticked off about her fave bodega going boom boom bye bye.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Flavor #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was adorable and I can’t wait to read the second of this series focused on a young woman attempting to take care of her parents and run a bakery.

Infidel #4 (Image Comics) – Fantastic horror with a twist with a focus on Islamophobia. Just great.

James Bond: The Body #6 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Wrapping up the series and it’s a good one bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Skyward #3 (Image Comics) – The concept is fantastic and issues entertaining. An Earth where gravity has gone away and there’s a conspiracy about it all and evil corporations that have profited. It’s really good so far.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott moves from spiders to iron men and this first issue is his treatise as to who Tony Stark and Iron Man are. It’s a good first issue and a perfect starting point.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Hawkman #1 (DC Comics) – After a high profile in Dark Nights: Metal, we’re intrigued to see where DC takes this classic character.

The Magic Order #1 (Millarworld/Netflix/Image Comics) – A new series from Mark Millar and the first original since his deal with Netflix. We’re anticipating to see what he’s come up with.

Marvel Rising Alpa #1 (Marvel) – It feels like Marvel’s attempt to recreate DC’s success with their DC Super Hero Girls line and we’re totally fine with it. Bring it.

Oblivion Song #4 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Have you been reading this series? It’s a fantastic layered story that reflects upon the real world.

Plastic Man #1 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone steps in to take on the character in this entertaining start. Backed up by art by Adriana Melo the first issue is a perfect blend of humor, noir, and superheroics.

Skip to the End (Insight Comics) – Like music? Like comics? Then get this collection of the series that blends the two and is a love letter to Nirvana.

Stellar #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – A new series from Skybound written by Joseph Keatinge and art by Bret Blevins. It’s a sci-fi adventure featuring a bounty hunter and since it’s Skybound, we’re expecting entertainment.

Thor #1 (Marvel) – We’ve read it and the epic continues. And it is epic and it is amazing. The “first” issue picks up the ongoing narrative of Jason Aaron but is also accessible for new readers as well.

Transformers: Lost Light #18 (IDW Publishing) – Where is it all going!? We want to know!!!!

Weatherman #1 (Image Comics) – After committing a terrorist act that wipes out almost the entire population of Earth, Nathan goes on the run. But did he commit the crime? The concept is interesting but it’s the creative team of Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox that has this as a must read.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: The Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) – Leave Banner alone! Al Ewing and Joe Bennet kick off this back to really angry basics and I couldn’t be more excited. I am glad we are getting back to a mad as hell, uncontrollable monster who’s fighting other monsters. Nuff said!

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I am excited to see what Waid does with this book. I have loved the last run of Strange, and really enjoyed what Cates with the character. Jesus Saiz is handling the art duties, and if I am going by the cover, then this looks very interesting. Strange in space sounds well, Strange, but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Let’s get weird!

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – The last run with Gerry Dugan and company was so good, and it was quite a lengthy run at that. Here we get Skottie Young writing (who yes is much more famous as an artist), while Nic Klein does pencils. I am assuming this will be a Marvel flavor of his own creator owned series, I Hate Fairyland, and that should be a good thing! I have high hopes for this.

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – This is a book with a classic team with Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung on pencils. This title was not getting what it deserved perhaps until Priest took over right before this relaunch. I am glad that they are taking this book seriously and giving it the level of attention it deserves.

 

Brett

About Betty’s Boob (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – A mostly silent comic about a woman who loses a breast to cancer and then her job and then her boyfriend. Sound depressing? It’s not. A wonderful graphic novel which shows the power of the medium.

Death or Glory #2 (Image Comics) –  The first issue was a lot of fun action with some great characters, solid setting, fantastic details and art. I want to see where it all goes from here.

Man of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – I thought the first issue was just ok but what happened to Lois and Jonathan has me intrigued to see this mini-series through. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has the characters down perfect, it’s just the plot that needs a little more punch.

Star Wars #49 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been amazing adding to the overall universe and filling in backstory. With issue #50 just a month away, I’m excited to see more of what’s on tap. Just lots of fun for fans of Star Wars.

The Walking Dead #180 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – The opening of a new city to the series has breathed new life and it’s clear there’s something sinister going on. I have no idea where this is all going but I’m along for the ride.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Quantum & Woody #6 (Valiant) – Eliot Rahal takes over writing duties for the series and, as much as I enjoyed Daniel Kibblesmith, I am so excited to see what Rahal will bring to the table. So excited, in fact, that I want to read this more than Harbinger Wars 2 #1. But not by much.

Harbinger Wars 2 #1 (Valiant) – Valiant’s latest big even is here, with reverberations that will be felt across the line. Plus, this looks beautiful.

The Last Siege #1 (Image)Game of Thrones meets spaghetti western? Hell yeah – this could either be awesome or awfully awesome… either way I’m in.

Pestilence: Story Of Satan #1 (Aftershock) – With the first volume re-imagining the bubonic plague as a zombie infestation, and turning into a really good read, I’m excited to see what’s in store for this series. I’d be very okay with more of the same.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Man of Steel #1 (DC Comics) – While I haven’t been too excited about Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman so far this first issue will define his direction and give us an idea of where he plans on taking the character. This will be a key issue, good or bad, for some time, so if you care about the character, this is one you’ll need to get.

Amazing Spider-Man #800 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s run on Spider-Man is winding down and this is the culmination of so much of that.

Blackwood #1 (Dark Horse) – Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish… I’m sold.

Justice League: No Justice #4 (DC Comics) – Much like above, this comic will help define the direction of the Justice League and what comes next. It’ll be a key read for years to come.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #19 (IDW Publishing) – The reveals have been amazing and I’m hooked for it all. An amazing run on Transformers is all coming together here.

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