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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GENZERO_001_COVER-A_MOONEYWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #2 (Valiant) – I really can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this series. If you’re not reading it you’re missing out on one of the best comics from any publisher being released right now. Faith is a series that’s fun, that has a more positive outlook on things and takes some very light jabs at industry tropes. And it’s visually stunning.

Action Comics #962 (DC Comics) – It’s not often that I read a comic where Superman feels like he’s actually in a fight for his life, so watching the Man Of Steel in a rematch against Doomsday has been incredibly fun – even if the chances of him losing are nil.

Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I recently dug out the pre-New 52 run featuring Jaime Reyes, and wondered why I never read the series through the New 52 iteration. With how easy many of the Rebirth comics have been for new readers, I’m looking forward to this.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant? Don’t mind if I do.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – An incredibly underrated publisher, Chapterhouse have some fantastic series on the racks, one of which, Captain Canuck is a genuine pleasure to read. I’m excited for this spin off series that I know very little about (which is deliberate on my part), because based on Chapterhouse’s track record, this promises to be a blast.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Pretty Deadly TP Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Pretty Deadly was a dark, poetic, bloody journey that featured one of the best creative teams in comics…period. The second arc here is collected for those that missed out on the single issues (or just loved it so much that the trade is worthy of purchasing) and features more striking images from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire’s colours with a hypnotic script by Kelly Sue DeConnick that will put you in the good kind of trance that makes Pretty Deadly a difficult title to put down.

Island #10 (Image Comics) – Anthologies tend to be hit and miss but not Island. Emma Rios and Brandon Graham have opened the creative floodgates by curating a slew of material from both artists more well known and those perhaps yet to be discovered by a wider audience. It’s also refreshing in that each and every issue of Island defines variety in covering a wide array of genres and material.

Faith #2 (Valiant) – It’s a very warming feeling to remember that Faith has her own ongoing series. Jody Houser provides such a great voice for Faith, blending her pop culture quips with dramatic moments. Maintaing the back and forth art style of Pere Perez during the present time and Marguerite Sauvage doing Faith’s fantasies from the mini series is an extra nice touch and has been played with wonderfully so far.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – Straight from the pages of Harbinger comes a new team of super powered teens. Minus the Imperium title, there hasn’t been much explored in the Harbinger side of the Valiant universe recently besides a few appearances here and there in other titles so it will be very interesting to see what Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have prepared. This has a very New Mutants type appearance featuring a younger group of misfits so the parallels between characters will be very intriguing to see in how it will be presented.

Sombra #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of Sombra was a fairly solid introduction to this story of a DEA agent about to throw herself into the middle of a tense situation with the Mexican Cartel. With the introductory exposition out of the way, hopefully being thrown further into the fire is something on Justin Jordan’s mind. Raul Trevino’s photo realistic backgrounds with the shadowy but bright colours of Juan Useche really paint an uncomfortable tone, especially with how the violence felt so sudden in the first issue.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Alena (Dark Horse) – This is a great time to get on board with this horror comic treasure. This TP gives you the whole story so that you’e all caught up before it becomes a live action Swedish horror film. There’s mean girls, a best friend who had been dead for a year and lots of murder an blood.

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics) – This issue should be packed with enough kick ass girl power to wipe the taste of the Killing Joke out of your mouth and combined with last weeks Birds of Prey get you back on team Babs.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Season 10, #30 (Dark Horse) – All good things must come to an end and Season 10 off BTVS is no exception. Issue #330 ends this killer story arc and will remind us all why we keep reading and still enjoy watching the reruns.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – I’ve been waiting for this series since it was announced and wondering when we’d next see Generation Zero since last we saw them (during Harbinger Wars?). I’m hoping for a new take on the New Mutants formula, and honestly that’s what I expect. It’s also an area Marvel has dropped the ball on, so glad to see Valiant picking it up and running with it.

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s new Atomic Robo, really nuff said when it comes to why you should be checking this series out. I’ve yet to be disappointed by any volume of the series released. It’s always packed with action and humor, and constantly entertains.

The Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics) – I’m intrigued as to what version of John Constantine we’ll be getting. The Rebirth issue gave me some hope, but the real test is with this first issue.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Putting out fun, positive, superhero comics with lots of action and humor. I can’t wait to check out this new series which we got a tease of in their Summer Special.

The Revisionist #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Time traveling fun action. It’s entertainment for a genre that lends itself to all sorts of madness and interesting twists.

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #5Wednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Shay

Top Pick: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (DC Comics) – I have long held the belief that for a very long time Birds of Prey is the one of the only DC comics that I religiously read. They’re like an all female Avengers , the story arcs are killer and it oozes girl power on every page. My deep connection with the comic made me watch every episode of that gawd awful TV show on the WB in the hopes that it would be less campy and get renewed. This new issue ushers in the Shawna & Julie Benson era and I’m excited to read it. There hasn’t been a women at the helm of these crime-fighting ladies since 2010 when Gail Simone was running the show. This story arc focuses on Oracle and her stolen identity. It gets bonus points because the women at the helm are TV writers who’ve written for The CW, where most of the DC Universe lives on the small screen, and this brings out all the hope I have for a TV reboot that is worth watching. It’s my top pick of the week because TV show or not, it’s good to get in on the ground floor of what I’m sure will be an interesting story arc.

Amelia Cole Versus The End of Everything (IDW Publishing) – Amelia Cole has an existence that straddles the line between Magic & Tech. There’s something pretty rad about having a woman being a total bad ass using her mind & strength over sex appeal to save the day and make a change. If you aren’t all caught up on the story , this is the last one so it’s a good gateway graphic novel to get you hooked enough to go back and read the whole story from the very beginning. We all need a little intrigue in our lives and there’s something kind of awesome about adding monsters to a story about fighting the power.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – The art is wicked good in this issue following the Black Widow in her Civil War II adventures and, the story is nothing to scoff at. Secrets are going to be tumbling out of her closet and there’s a possible Invincible Iron Man showdown in the mix. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out on the pages and on the screen. Grab some popcorn and brace yourself for what I’m sure will be an exciting read.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #10 (Valiant) – As the fantastic Labyrinth comes to a close with what promises to be a bloody conclusion, I’m already looking ahead and wondering what seeds Robert Venditti has already planted for the future. This is easily one of my favourite series on the racks every week, and a large part of that is because of the way Venditti has carefully crafted the story over the past ten issues to culminate here (at least in part, I’m sure). I’ll have more to say in my review, but me expectations are pretty high at this point.

Batman #5 (DC Comics) – Speaking of high expectations: Tom King and David Finch’s Batman is one of the many great things coming from DC post Rebirth, and the tale of the rise and fall of two young heroes has me thoroughly enraptured.

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I gotta say that this miniseries has surprised me. I never expect to enjoy the Dresden comics a much as I do – I still prefer the books, but the comics aren’t far off.

Klaus #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Seems a little odd reading about Santa in August, but at this point his yearly visit is only four months away.  Grant Morrison’s origin story is coming to a close, which is bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to finally getting to finish the story.

Superman #5 (DC Comics) – Apparently, I’m a Superman fan post-Rebirth. Who knew?

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Black Hammer #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – The first issue of Black Hammer was a strong beginning to an intriguing premise that, though this is a story with superheroes, is more about dealing with the glory of fame being a thing of the past. It will be really interesting to see what Lemire, Ormston and Stewart do with these characters whom bask in the nothingness of the present or remain stuck in their own ‘golden days’.

Descender #14 (Image Comics) – This current arc has progressed the plot in a slower pace but has been a treat so far. Lemire with Nguyen’s gorgeous artwork, have been diving into the backstory of a couple different characters. Each of the covers reveals whom is to be of focus for that issue and from the looks of this issue, Bandit, the loveable pet-bot will be front and center.

The Wicked + The Divine #22 (Image Comics) – The finale to the current arc arrives and there is sure to be blood shed and tears wept by fans. This arc has been particularly brutal, upping the violence as the Gods continue to duke it out with Minerva being the focus for both sides.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – Thankfully, Black Widow is one of the few titles not really affected or tied-in to the Civil War II event (at least yet). It has been a continuously fun, emotional, and adventurous ride so far with the creative team having yet to really falter at all. The Weeping Lion has finally shown his cards and revealed a myriad of still unknown but potentially dangerous information with Black Widow being heavily involved.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman #5 (DC Comics) – I’ve read this issue already and holy crap is it amazing. This doesn’t feel like a Batman issue. This feels like the finale to an epic DC event. It’s that grand in scope and just fantastic from beginning to end. I actually wish there was more to the issue it’s that cinematic and such a good read.

Briggs Land #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A solid debut issue that introduces us to a family that resembles a certain Bundy family.

Garth Ennis’ Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I love noir/crime/cop stories and this series which focuses on crooked cops by Garth Ennis should scratch that itch for folks. The first volume was fantastic and this second one kicked off in a good way.

Horizon #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this series was really intriguing. The concept is aliens retaliating against Earth for Earth’s aggressions towards them. Great concept. Solid execution so far.

Polar Vol. 3 No Mercy For Sister Maria (Dark Horse Comics) – If you’ve read the first two volumes, you know why this is on my list. Victor Santos’ series is pure action full of hit-men and mercenaries and femme fatales. It also looks amazing. A must get for folks, you won’t be disappointed.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

All Star Batman #1 CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Jason

Top Pick: The Vision #10 (Marvel) – Delivering emotional gut punches and shocking moments, King and Walta’s and heart-achingly tale of family, conformity and identity hit’s it’s sure to be devastating endgame. The Visions mission for normality and a place in the world falls apart and promises the violence and inevitable confrontation with his fellow avengers that has been lurking in plain sight since the very first issue. Continually gripping and equally shocking, I can only imagine what the last three issues of what is sure to be known as a classic will bring for the Vision and his family.

Spidey: First Day (Marvel) – Marvel hasn’t exactly left fans desperate for Spider-man related titles in the last few years with readers able to get their arachnid fix in Infamous, Amazing, 2099, Silk and Gwen flavors to name just a handful. Hearing about this new title I was skeptical at first especially in the high school setting the films still obsess over even now. The truth is despite the enduring Image of Peter, he only spent about thirty or so issues actually in High school, which makes it the perfect place to get some old school, no nonsense webslinger stories. This first volume collects writer Robbie Thompson (already a Spider-vetron having written Silk and Venom: Space Knight) and Wolverine and the X-Men artist Nick Bradshaw. With Peter back in high school and his early career as the wallcrawler, the pair have been creating an essential re-tweaking of this time in our hero’s life. Even within the confines of a soft re-imagining they succeed in thrilling at every turn with the mix of high school drama and updated canonical appearances of classic Spidey villains like Doc Oc. The super detailed work on Bradshaw gives a much needed youthful energy to the book as he did with Wolverine and the X-Men.

While I’m thrilled with the major character development and changes Peter Parker has had over the last few years it’s still great to see a book out there for an audience who wants fun, exciting old school Spidey tales. With Peter back in high school and his early career as the wallcrawler, the pair have been creating an essential re-tweaking of this time in our hero’s life. Even within the confines of a soft re-imagining they succeed in thrilling at every turn with the mix of high school drama and updated canonical appearances of classic Spidey villains like Doc Oc. The super detailed work on Bradshaw gives a much needed youthful energy to the book as he did with Wolverine and the X-men.

While I’m thrilled with the major character development and changes Peter Parker has had over the last few years it’s still great to see a book out there for an audience who wants fun, exciting old school Spidey tales.

 

Alex

Top Pick: A&A: The Adventures of Archer And Armstrong #6 (Valiant) – I always enjoy reading the adventures of these two, in what is easily one of Valiant’s most entertaining comics. And from arguably the best publisher around, that’s saying something (or it should be). This issue kicks off a new arc, and Valiant are pretty good at easing new readers into their comics at the start of each arc, so this is an ideal issue to start with if you’re not already reading this series.

All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder returns to Batman with a new monthly comic. As one of my favourite Batman writers in recent times, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this comic and seeing how it compare to his earlier work, and also the current writers of Detective Comics and Batman.

Old Man Logan #10 (Marvel) – I have wanted to love this series since it launched, but I’ve found it a little hit and miss as the issues have ticked by – more hit than miss, in all honesty, though. The art has been consistently brilliant, however, and the series has been worth reading for that alone, but the new arc seems to be taking Old Man Logan into an intriguing story line.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 (DC Comics) – I’m just curious to see if it’s just Red Hood here, or if the Outlaws from the New 52 series will join him.

Ninjak #18 (Valiant) – One of my favourite tie-ins to Book Of Death involved both of the characters featured in this new story: Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior, from around this time period in Valiant’s continuity. I’m excited to see the pair of them back together again.

 

Mr. H

All-Star Batman # 1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder back on Batman? What more is there to say but Hell Bleepin’ Yes! Suicide Squad this past weekend gave me a little shot of Batman and now I need a full dose! I am very excited for the premise as Snyder always finds a way to reinvent the classic foes and throw new and exciting challenges at the Dark Knight. Plus I heard Batman with a chainsaw on a road trip? Sign me up!!! Not even packing a bag for this one, it’s just get up and GO!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #8 (Marvel) – While the Civil War II event has been ho-hum at best, I’m looking forward to seeing which side of the battle the members of A-Force will take.  Will they stand with their teammate Captain Marvel?  Medusa for sure, but the rest?  Hard to say, but I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve enjoyed this book from the start, and things look like they’re going to get a lot more interesting.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (DC Comics) – Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro. This has to be one of the oddest team-ups I’ve seen, but I am interested.  I’ve been enjoying a few of the Rebirth books and getting reacquainted with characters I haven’t really been following for a while.  Red Hood has always been an interesting character (to me) so I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets teamed up  with an amazon and Bizarro.

Scarlet Witch #9 (Marvel) – This title, sadly, has not been the fantastic journey for Wanda I was hoping it would be.  It’s been pretty bland to be honest. But, Quicksilver is visiting his sister (I think they’re still related, not too sure after the awful decision to rewrite their history) but I am looking forward to seeing them reunite and take their sides in the civil war.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Black Monday Murders #1 (Image Comics) – The fact that Jonathan Hickman is writing this should be enough to get you to want to get it, it does for me. The concept sounds amazing as well. It’s a new take on magic and occultism where schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control society. Magical conspiracy theories from Hickman? I’m sold.

All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder continues with Batman in an all new series that focuses more on the villains and anyone that knows Snyder, knows his take on villains is amazing. Add in a rotating who’s who of artists and you have a series that’ll be a must get.

Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) –  Writer Christopher Priest returns, nuff said.

Superwoman #1 (DC Comics) – Phil Jimenez takes on a super-powered Lois Lane in this new series which feels like a real heir to the Superman mantle. A positive take and some great twists make this a comic a must get.

NVRLND #1 (451 Media Group) – A new twisted take on Peter Pan. It’s a solid first issue that has me wanting more. You can read my review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

killorbekilled01-coverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Anthony

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed #1 (Image Comics) Praise the comic Gods or whomever for the beginning of another series from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser. If you haven’t read anything by this creative team, that needs to change…now. The premise remains fairly mysterious with the focus being on an individual whose vigilante actions of killing those that have wronged others begins to affect the people he keeps around him. The creative team and collaborative efforts of Brubaker and Phillips have yet to disappoint so this is a definite must read/buy.

Paper Girls #8 (Image Comics) – Fresh from its Eisner wins for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker for Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls continues to be one of the best titles being released not only by Image, but any publisher period. The mystery continues to thicken with a monthly treat of Chiang’s images with Matt Wilson’s bold colours and Brian K. Vaughan’s smart, fast paced script.

Tokyo Ghost #9 (Image Comics) – It is unfortunate that this has to be the penultimate issue of Tokyo Ghost. This series has been an entertaining, thought-provoking ride that will surely set up quite the finale from the fantastic creative team of Rick Remender, Sean Gordon Murphy, and Matt Hollingsworth.

Lady Killer 2 #1 (Dark Horse) – Writer/Artist Joelle Jones is back with more Lady Killers! The first series was an absolute delight, diving into the life of Josie Schuller whom juggles between her life as a 1950s housewife and contract killer. Colourist Michelle Madsen looks to pick up the reigns of Laura Allred from the last series and looks to be in more than capable hands judging from the gorgeous, sleek preview pages.

4001 A.D. War Mother #1 (Valiant) – The most anticipated one shot from the 4001 event from Valiant was a mystery for a good portion of time. When it was revealed that it would focus on a character introduced during the Book of Death and to be written by Fred Van Lente, the level of curiosity rose. Once some preview pages revealed the mind blowing pencil work of Tomas Giorello, the attention of many was officially grabbed.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4001 A.D.: War Mother #1 (Valiant) – So this is Valiant’s mystery comic that’s tying into  4001 A.D., eh? With all the hype that the publisher have been trying to build around it, I really hope it’s half as good as they seem to think it is, because if my guess is right this could be a launching point for an entirely new set of stories in the 4001 A.D. time-frame.

Dishonored #1 (Titan Comics) – I loved this game when I played it on PS3 a couple years ago, so I’m excited to see where the story has progressed to since the end of the game. I’m also expecting this to be less than excellent, but I’m always

Evil Heroes #1 (Zenescope Entertainment) – I’m not gonna lie, this is here solely because of the name. I know nothing else about the comic…Moon Knight #5 (Marvel)

Moon Knight #5 (Marvel) – Moon Knight versus Moon Knight. Just when you thought this couldn’t get any crazier…

Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I have never read anything Suicide Squad before, so with the movie coming this week, what better place to start?

 

Brett

Top Pick: March Book 3 (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – The third and final volume of Congressman Lewis’ recounting of his time during the Civil Rights movement. The third volume is powerful on its own, but when combined with the first two volumes you have a trilogy that’s a modern classic.

Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #1 (Oni Press) – This first issue had me laughing and this series looks like it’s going to be completely out there and enough dick jokes to make the 8 year old version of me giggling.

Kill or Be Killed #1 (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser, that alone is the reason I’m excited for this one.

Lady Killer 2 #1 (Dark Horse) – Joelle Jones is back with a new volume about our favorite housewife/killer Josie Schuller. The first issue is absolutely fantastic and has me excited to see what else is to come.

Sheriff of Babylon #9 (Vertigo) – The best comic on the stand right now. This issue as the various threads coming together and it’s done so in a way that’ll have you amped up to see what comes next and yelling at the comic in frustration of the disaster that is the US’s occupation of Iraq.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DIVINITY2_004_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #4 (Valiant) – The first Divinity miniseries didn’t really click for me – oh, I understood why it was held in such high regard, but the series never resonated with me as much as it does with other people (don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it). I probably need to read it again, because Divinity II  can apparently do no wrong in my eyes. The final issue of the four issue miniseries is bitter sweet, because this has been so good I just don’t want it to end.

4001 A.D. #3 (Valiant) – Hands down the best event this summer. I can’t wait to read this.

Action Comics #960 (DC Comics) – There’s something about the frenetic energy of this comic that has just clicked with me, and for the first time in twenty years I am beyond excited at the thought of a Superman comic.

Howard The Duck # 9 (Marvel) – An underappreciated gem, this series is one of the most effortlessly entertaining comics on the racks today.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant) – Valiant’s longest running series is coming to a close with issue #50, and for the duration of this arc the company are giving away free art prints (or original artwork if you’re lucky) with each issue. Which is great value on its own, but the story itself has also been pretty great, making the art print a happy bonus.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Divinity II #4 (Valiant) –  The end is unfortunately here (at least before the upcoming December release of Divinity III!). Divinity II, just as its predecessor series did, has been building towards a clash of titans that weighs heavily between two very different ideals and moralities. Myshka and Abram are set to face off to decide the fate of the world in which reality would alter into a Stalinverse or set back onto its rightful course.

East of West #28 (Image Comics) – Lines are being divided, alliances are being formed and death lurks around every corner. After the chaotic, violent end of last issue, multiple characters’ motives and respective ‘cards’ have been revealed. It will be very interesting to see where this series goes from now as it has reached a pinnacle (at least as of right now) to its multiple layered conflicts.

Black Panther #4 (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates has been crafting a rich script that covers a wide spectrum of folklorish tales, environments both real and metaphysical within Wakanda and Africa as a whole, as well as presenting a real understanding to both T’Challa’s position and Tenzi and The People. Brian Stelfreeze’s illustrations with Laura Martin’s colours have been providing a very imaginative and detailed look that blends the backdrop clash of technology and nature. The conflict that has been building up is about to come to a head as this first arc concludes.

Indoctrination #2 (Z2 Comics) – Like the dirty, demonic brainchild of True Detective and its H.P. Lovecraftian imagery, Michael Moreci, Matt Battaglia, and Jim Campbell present a story that fuses FBI agents, the American South and a serial killer to question the power of ideology. Moreci looks to continue his moulding of politics with violence and the horrific with the dim, atmospheric images of Roche Limit fellow creator Matt Battaglia.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Mighty Thor #9 (Marvel) – This book has been consistently good from the get go.  The art is great and the stories have been exciting and showing a lot of character from Thor, both as Jane and the Goddess of Thunder.  But I am very interested in this new development of a secret organization of corporations pulling strings from the shadows.  Curious to see what their purpose/end game is.  Pick this one up, you won’t be disappointed.

Civil War II #4 (Marvel) – To be honest, I’ve felt this new civil war has just been lukewarm.  Sure, there have been a few casualties (a couple surprising ones) and sides are being chosen, but for me at least it feels like ‘yeah ok, we’ve done this’.  The last issue was a surprise, and the consequences of one characters actions will be decided.  It’s an ok read, and it does have it’s moments but I am hoping things ramp heading to the conclusion.

Civil War II Choosing Sides #3 (Marvel) – I have been enjoying this Civil War II tie in.  It’s a book of three shorter stories focusing on 3 characters and their place/thoughts/opinions in this new civil war.  It’s nice to see things from characters not directly tied to it in the main books and see how this fallout will affect the MU as a whole.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I read this title for a time when the new 52 came to be, with Jason Todd, Arsenal and Starfire teamed up and facing down mystical and alien threats.  Now we have Red Hood who stumbles into a team up with Artemis (the Amazon, not the Young Justice character) and apparently Bizzaro; yup, sounds strange to me too, but I have to say I am curious to see what this trio is going to do together.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Divinity II #4 (Valiant) – This miniseries just like the previous volume has been absolutely fantastic. Every issue delivers and the resolution of how two god-like beings end their battle makes sense and is satisfying. I can’t wait for the third volume later this year and this issue leaves some clues that has me even more excited.

4001 AD #3 (Valiant) – Epic is how I feel about this one. This has been a fantastic event as Valiant keeps delivering.

Batgirl #1 (DC Comics) – Barbara hits the road and the concept of that sounds WAY too interesting to not check out. Something different is good.

Captain Kid #1 (Aftershock Comics) – Mark Waid has a new superhero comic and the premise sounds interesting enough. Waid does some excellent comics, especially of the superhero genre, so a new one has me at least interested in seeing what the first issue is like.

Tomboy #6 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out. It’s a dark and brutal vengeance story featuring a teenage girl. Charles Bronson in the form of a tween.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

FAITH_ONGOING_001_COVER-A_WADAWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #1 (Valiant) – You’re going to hear a lot about this series in the coming weeks and months, and after the critically and commercially successful miniseries from the same creative team earlier in the year, the buzz will be massive. Whether the first issue will live up to expectations is tough to say; not because the comic will be sub-par, but because the hype will be massive. I’m rooting for you, Faith.

A&A: The Adventures Of Archer And Armstrong #5 (Valiant Entertainment)  – An underappreciated gem, this series is one of the most effortlessly entertaining comics on the racks today.Batman #3 (DC Comics) – I’m perhaps more cautious about this than I should be; the first two issues have been good, but there was a couple

Batman #3 (DC Comics) – I’m perhaps more cautious about this than I should be; the first two issues have been good, but there was a couple things in the second issue that turned me off a little bit. Although with only two issues down, there’s still a ton of potential here, so I’m not willing to give up on the series yet.Rai #15 (Valiant) – Another tie-in comic to what is, frankly, the best summer event this year: 4001 A.D., makes this a

Rai #15 (Valiant) – Another tie-in comic to what is, frankly, the best summer event this year: 4001 A.D., makes this a must-read for me.

Superman #3 (DC Comics) – I was never the biggest fan of Superman, but after having read the past two issues, I may be converted.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Island #9 (Image Comics)Island has consistently been a treat from Image that boasts a very impressive line of creators. Anthologies like this are always great at featuring a wide array of individuals that are potentially fairly unheard of and open the floodgates of material that these eclectic creators have done or are in the midst of doing.

Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse) – Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart are looking to dive into the superhero genre but with a focus on a group of individuals trying to live an ordinary life. Jeff Lemire has continued to spark a lively, poetic script, no matter the genre he works in, so it is always interesting to see what he has up his sleeve. Visually, this series will be in good hands with the imaginative art of Dean Ormston and the always impressive colouring of Dave Stewart.

The Cloud (OGN) (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – This looks like a very imaginative and beautifully illustrated release by Archaia. Featuring the graphic novel debut of writer K.I. Zachopoulos and illustrator Vincenzo Balzano, The Cloud has a very Neverending Story sort of vibe with quite the striking visuals.

Faith #1 (Valiant) – Faith is back with her own ongoing series! Having just recently written the mini-series of Faith and the excellent one shot of Shadowman for the 4001 event, Jody Houser looks to continue her winning streak for Valiant. Also having the one-two punch of Pere Perez and Marguerite Sauvage provide the reality and fantasies of Faith respectively on art is a wonderful thing.

Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios)Sombra sounds like a very intriguing tale on the mysterious and terrifying reality of the Mexican cartel. What elevates this series is the fact that the story is being drawn from the actual experiences of the artist for the series, Raul Trevino. Writer Justin Jordan looks to continue his winning streak with BOOM! Studios after the excellent mini-series John Flood and will also feature, alongside Trevino’s art, the expressive colouring of Juan Useche and letterer Jim Campbell to round out the team.

 

Jason

She Wolf #2 (Image Comics) – Last month Rich Tommaso’s gorgeously illustrated and written take on the horror genre, She Wolf introduced us to gabby (her of the title) as her life was thrown into turmoil and intrigue when she is involved with the death of her boyfriend on the schools grounds. Reluctantly returning to classes under the cloud of the entire schools suspicion and fear she tries to hide a bigger problem and the truth behind that night, her lycanthropy.
That is if we believe the newly turned teenage shape shifter as issue one delivered a story that blurs the diction between waking and dreaming, truth and lies. Tommaso’s She Wolf has a completely compelling narrative and structure as he begins to tell Gabby’s story through a dreamlike feverish flow of flashbacks and horrifying imagery as soon neither reader nor Gabby can tell between the two. Demonstrated by the beautifully drawn chase scene that incorporates this slip between states effortlessly. Hopefully issue two will build upon the first foundations as we begin to peel away the layers and discover the truth at the heart of the She Wolf‘s Tale.

Rumble #12 (Image Comics) – Arcudia, Harren and Stewarts frenzied tale of the undead barbarian Rathraq rolls on into its third arc with its trademark nonstop action and it’s onslaught of punches both physical and emotional. Rumble is the sleeper hit of the year for sure with its frentic fight scenes and deep mythology, with Rathraq finding the modern world filled with shadows and grey moral areas as he fights on for his body and soul.

 

Mr. H

Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Batman teaming up with the heroes in training is something I’ve enjoyed thus far because we are getting a much softer Bruce here. He’s not putting them through the ringer like most his sidekicks. I have been enjoying the little moments that Tom King has been providing us here and David Finch is doing some of his best work on the art. I want to get a little more backstory on Gotham and Girl though. Plus the specter of Hugo Strange is looming in the background. Bad time to be Batman, good time to be a Batman fan!

Green Lanterns # 3 (DC Comics) – I am really digging the dysfunctional duo of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz so far. Added in the fact that one of my favorite Lantern villains Attrocitus (who just looks damn cool) is bringing in an interesting story line here, I am stoked. This is certainly a very accessible title and I suggest people hop on and tighten their rings. Beware the RAGE!

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – After the disappointment that was Justice League Rebirth #1 I wasn’t even sure this would make my cut. I am however willing to give it a shot. Tony Daniel on art (not writing thank God) and Hitch on writing could make this a must see. However, Johns and Co. left huge shoes to fill. I’m looking for something new here and by Rao, I hope we get it.

Darth Vader # 23 (Marvel) – This series is everything a Sith Lord should be. I have been catching up and rifling through back issues. The creative team here has truly found Vader’s voice. For a series that I thought should only be a mini-series, it sure proved me wrong.

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #7 (Marvel) – This is one of my favorite team line-ups in the books I’m reading, and this title never disappoints. I love the writing, with the quips and sarcasm between the ladies, but also seeing them bonding so quickly as a team. Plus anything with Dazzler in it will automatically be a winner with me. Lots of fun and action; I think you should be reading this.

All-New Inhumans #9 (Marvel) – This has been an interesting book, with some highs and lows, but this latest story arc has been good. Flint’s search for his mother has brought us to a new tribe of Inhumans living in secret.  It’s interesting to see the different factions of Inhumans, from Lash’s Tribe, to Medusa and her kingdom in Attilan and now this new group; all Inhuman but living very different lives. Anyway, Flint has found his mother, but Gorgon is in some trouble…and Ana Kravenoff is aboard to cause some mayhem. As I said, a pretty good arc so far.

Batgirl and The Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – A lot of DC titles popping up in my picks lately, but this one I am excited about.  I didn’t really follow the Birds of Prey pre-52, but I did know about them and the characters. I did start reading it when the 52 launched, with Black Canary and Starling forming the team, but something just didn’t really click with me on that book. Now we have the original trio back; Batgirl (once Oracle), Black Canary and Huntress.  Don’t know what to expect with this new Rebirth, but I’m sure there will be a lot of ass kicking.  Looking forward to it.

Uncanny X-Men #10 (Marvel) – The “Apocalypse Wars” are coming to an end, and Genocide has unleashed a horde of archangels to see his plans come to light. Magneto and Psylocke are going to have to work overtime to stop this one. Nothing groundbreaking here; good action and I like seeing Magneto and Psylocke working together, but this Apocalypse War story arc has been just ho-hum for me.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Garth Ennis’ Red Team: Double Tap #1 ( Dynamite Entertainment) – If you didn’t read the first volume of Red Team you missed out on an awesome crooked cop crime drama. I’m a sucker for that type of story and the fact we’re getting a second volume has me super excited.

Betty & Veronica #1 (Archie Comics) – Archie has been on a roll with their reboot of their Archie comics and Betty and Veronica are now in the spotlight with their own series. What has me more excited? It’s Adam Hughes writing and doing art. This is one I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.

Elasticator #5 (Scout Comics) – Not checking out this superhero series? You’re missing out. This is a series and a company that’s on too few radars. Go and check it out from the beginning because you’re in for a treat!

Snotgirl #1 (Image Comics) – Bryan Lee O’Malley is doing an ongoing series. That should be enough to get people to check it out. If you don’t know who that is, he’s behind Scott Pilgrim as well as Seconds. This is a must get and expect a sell-out.

Sombra #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer Justin Jordan tackles Mexican Cartels in this new series. BOOM! is also releasing a version in Spanish. This is one to keep your eye on as the combination of the subject and that translation move is very interesting.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Paybacks #1 CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: The Paybacks #1 (Heavy Metal Magazine) – The first four-issue arc was superb, blending the feeling of overwhelming debt with superpowers and the humour that results from such an outrageous pairing turned into one of the best series I’d ever read from then publisher Dark Horse. Now that the Paybacks are back with Heavy Metal, I’m beyond excited to get my grubby mitts on them again.

Conan The Slayer #1 (Dark Horse) – I always get excited whenever a new Conan comic (or movie, but those are far fewer in frequency), but I inevitably stop reading them at some point – and usually I have no idea why, but a new Conan series is exactly what I want right now.

Nightwing Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I was never keen on the idea of Dick Grayson as a spy, and by not continuing to read his solo series post-Nightwing, apparently I missed out on a great series. But my dislike of spy heavy stories kept me away from the former Boy Wonder at first, and then there was a general reluctance to dive in after eight-plus missed issues. Now that the issue numbers are restarting, and the mask is back?

Old Man Logan #8 (Marvel) – After the last three issues left me barefoot (that’s a pretentious way of saying they blew my socks off), I have high hopes for the next arc. If it’s half as good as the last one, I’ll be happy.

Wrath Of the Eternal Warrior #9 (Valiant) – The Eternal Warrior is free from the Labyrinth and wants vengeance. I’m just happy to get another issue of my favourite series.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Nightwing Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Dick Grayson finally returns as one of my favorite characters, together with Tim Seeley rightfully taking back his writing duties. Looking forward to both.

Ragnarok #9 (IDW Publishing) – Walter Simonson’s latest take on Thor’s post-apocalyptic mythology is amazing. Yes, it’s old-school eighties comic book storytelling, but it’s also a pleasant escape to Valhalla—what’s left of it.

The Vision #9 (Marvel) – It’s been on my pull list since the beginning, and I’ve been raving about it since it came out. It’s now near its conclusion, and if King’s ‘Omega Men’ is a harbinger of things to come, we are in for a hell of an ending within the few remaining issues.

House of Penance #4 (Dark Horse) – Tomasi and Bertram have drafted a horror tale around the legendary Winchester House and its builders.  This nightmarish western, with and without guns, has me gasping for air.

Wacky Raceland #2 (DC Comics) – This was one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons back in the day. It was a goofy cartoon, but this most recent updated iteration is anything but. The writing is a bit rough, but the artwork is gritty and realistic, with well-drawn characters more representative of today’s diversity.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Monstress Vol.1 TP (Image Comics) – If you missed out, now is your chance to catch up and devour one of the best titles released by anyone in 2016. Marjorie Liu has a firm, confident grasp on world-building, establishing quite a bit without feeling overburdened. The array of characters are all so well fleshed out and especially stand out from the insanely detailed artwork of Sana Takeda. Takeda’s designs are just dazzling. From the interior and exterior environments to the clothes being worn, Takeda’s illustrations never wane…you just may cry from how stunning this series is.

Kabuki Library HC Vol.3 (Dark Horse) – David Mack’s Kabuki is a very special series. Combining all sorts of art styles (watercolours, pencils, collage, etc.), Mack weaves in and out of them with a confident ease that never feels pretentious, just plain and simply amazing. These oversized ‘Library’ editions that Dark Horse has been releasing are truly the way to absorb this futuristic tale of an assassin that has been wronged. Words cannot really do justice to Kabuki. Each page is like a treasure beholden to the eye, sometimes requiring a closer examination for the full effect of its use of text (and a very interesting use of comic lettering) and image.

Descender #13 (Image Comics) – Tim-22 and Tim-21 are not getting along. Last issued revealed some backstory from Tim-22, putting some possible reasoning behind his violent tendencies compared to the doughy innocence of Tim-21. Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have been painting a wonderful sci-fi series so far that has yet to lose any steam.

Mirror #5 (Image Comics)Mirror has been one of the most beautifully composed titles that Image has released this year. Emma Rios’s emotional script with Hwei Lim’s gorgeous, playful layouts make every single issue a treat for the eyes and mind. Every issue evokes a floating dream type of feeling that works quite well with its fantasy-like setting. A rising tension has been building from the first issue between the Synchronia and the animals of Irzah that is sure to come to a head in this final issue of the first arc.

Bloodshot Reborn #15 (Valiant Entertainment) – The first part of ‘Bloodshot Island’ was a Doctor Moreau-esque introduction to this mysterious place that Bloodshot has found himself in. With a cast of other Bloodshots that appear to have come from other eras and other specific wars all being hunted by a mysterious, powerful being, this looks to be another intriguing storyline crafted by Jeff Lemire. Plus, getting to see Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed artwork is always a very, very good thing.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The return of Ethan Van Sciver to the GL books is such a welcome one for me. While I am not the biggest fan of Robert Vendetti’s writing the return of Ethan overshadows that for me. Plus Hal vs. Sinestro. Give me a ring and a charge, I’m going in!

Nightwing Rebirth # 1 (DC Comics) – Sad to see Grayson go, but Dick returns to the front lines again. I love the creative team on this book. Seeley and Pacquette make this a can’t miss for me. While we have the Bat Trainees going on in Detective Comics, I have a feeling Nightwing will show us why he is the first and greatest to graduate from Bat – U.Civil War II #3 (Marvel Comics) The specter of death looms high here. I have big fears that it’s going to be Tony Stark that bites the big one. However being the wrestling fan that I am and how unpredictable Marvel has been of late, I’m not ruling out the swerve here. So far the Civil War sequel has been good. I just want something to really ramp it up. Can’t have a war without deaths. Sprinkle a few Marvel!

Civil War II #3 (Marvel Comics) – The specter of death looms high here. I have big fears that it’s going to be Tony Stark that bites the big one. However being the wrestling fan that I am and how unpredictable Marvel has been of late, I’m not ruling out the swerve here. So far the Civil War sequel has been good. I just want something to really ramp it up. Can’t have a war without deaths. Sprinkle a few Marvel!Conan the Slayer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) I’ve always been a big fan of Conan both the character and late night talk show. (If they make a Conan the Slayer with the Flaming C I’d be all over it) So a new start and number one, makes this a

Conan the Slayer #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – I’ve always been a big fan of Conan both the character and late night talk show. (If they make a Conan the Slayer with the Flaming C I’d be all over it) So a new start and number one, makes this a no-brainer for me. Going to pick this one up and enjoy with some ale.

Action Comics # 959 (DC Comics) – This one just edged out this weeks Detective Comics for me, as I need to know what the heck is the deal with the 3rd Clark Kent? It he a time wraith (left over from the flash TV show) or an impostor or what? Plus my Superman’s return has been a joy and I’m always down for a tussle with Doomsday. Hope Metropolis is current on their insurance payments.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Paybacks #1 (Heavy Metal Comics) – This was one of my favorite comic miniseries of recent years. It’s a combination of humor, action, and superheroes was beyond entertaining. The fact we’re getting more makes me jump for joy and hopefully others pick it up and find out what they’re missing. This is a series that deserves a wider audience and if you’re into superheroes with a great mix of humor, this is a series that’s a must get.

Aspen Universe Revelations #1 (Aspen Comics) – An Aspen book on my list?! Aspen is converging a few of their comic worlds into one cohesive universe and that begins here. Normally that happens on days ending with y in comics, but the fact that Josh Fialkov and JT Krul are writing it has me super stoked. Fialkov’s involvement is a coup for Aspen.

Horizon #1 (Skybound/Image Comics) – A new sci-fi series from Skybound/Image has me intrigued. That fact that it seems to be an allegory towards war and the current quagmire in the Middle East has me excited.

New Super Man #1 (DC Comics) – I’ve read the first issue and while it doesn’t completely blow me away, there’s a chance this series may be a brilliant dissection of copyright/intellectual property and the appropriation of it that goes on in China known as Shanzhai. If that’s the intention, I have no idea, but that’s how I’m reading it right now.

Rough Riders #4 (Aftershock Comics) – Just an amazing mix of history and utter weirdness.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #8 (Marvel) – I have really been enjoying his book.  Wolverine was never one of my favorite characters, and not being familiar with the original Old Man Logan story, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book.  But wow, is there some good stuff going on in here.  Loving the journey Logan is on, the darker art, the grit…if you’re not reading this book, you are missing out.

Civil War II Choosing Sides #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lighter read, but  it is an interesting point of view to see the lesser known players in the MU taking their positions in this civil war.  I do hope it gets a little deeper though, with more thought on the characters and not just a passing glance.

New Avengers #13 (Marvel) – This title has been a let down from the get go (for me anyway).  A few characters I was excited to see really got lost in this book, and this Maker big bad hasn’t been that big a threat.  However, things have turned around with the new civil war making waves.  The team has been divided on the issue and now things are getting interesting.  The Maker is unleashing his New Revengers in this issue, so I’m looking forward to that; plus Songbird just looks kick ass on the cover, so I haven’t totally given up on this yet.

Wacky Raceland #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was indeed a wacky ride…and I liked it!  This adaptation of an old kids cartoon is definitely more grown up; apocalyptic waste land, racers driving for their lives… and cars that talk!  I’m looking forward to the next lap of this race.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

PaperGirls07_CoverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: 4001 A.D.: Shadowman #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – 4001 A.D. has been a pretty great event so far, and while it isn’t the best miniseries Valiant are putting out right now (Divinity holds that title), it’s still better than most other . As with the Bloodshot tie-in comic, this one looks like it can be read independently of the main series; so if you’re not reading the main series, you can sill pick this up no problem.

Batman #2 (DC Comics) – I really enjoyed the first issue – much more than I expected I would – and so naturally I’m looking forward to this. Tom King’s take on Batman  has been solid, but at only an issue in it’s probably too early to pass fair judgement on that, eh? Plus, there’s David Finch on pencils, and as I’m a big fan of his work, it’s hard not to jump on this book.

Moon Knight #4 (Marvel) – Honestly, this series hasn’t been as good as the 2014 series, but we’re also only four issues in. I’ll give it a couple more before I do cancel it, because it feels like there is potential here for a great story… but we haven’t really seen that yet. That said, the artists’ are probably the best part of this book.

Vote Loki #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was brilliant fun. Is it particularly faithful to the Presidential election process? I honestly don’t know, but I absolutely loved it nonetheless. It’s a fun comic that doesn’t take itself too seriously at all, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Roche Limit Monadic #4 (Image Comics) – Roche Limi has been a great, cerebral, neo-noir, sci-fi ride right from the beginning. This is the final chapter of the trilogy that will feature the philosophical, thoughtful words of Michael Moreci, Kyle Charles’s expressive, flowing illustrations, and Matt Battaglia’s moody colours.

The Fix #4 (Image Comics) – Last issue ended with a literal bang that could potentially swing this series into an even darker direction. Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber and Ryan Hill have been crafting quite the hilarious and poignant series so far. It will be interesting to see what arises before this series takes a little break and check in on Mac (and Pretzels?!) since last issue focused more on Donovan.

Paper Girls #7 (Image Comics) – Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson continue to present an inventive, fun and entertaining ride and are introducing a whole new set of unexpected directions after the last issue. With its colourful aesthetic, imaginative images and grounded characters, this has been a monthly treat.

Tokyo Ghost #8 (Image Comics) – Rick Remender is one of the most exciting creators out there right now whose Image titles are all stellar in their own right. Working alongside the incredibly detailed line work of Sean Gordon Murphy and one of the best colourists in Matt Hollingsworth make Tokyo Ghost one of those titles that is firing on all its creative cylinders. This is also one of the most relevant titles on the stands poking at the multiple distracting vices that surround us, even though this is a futuristic setting. Now that the character of the Tokyo Ghost has been revealed, it appears that Constable Dent will have his hands full.

Moon Knight #4 (Marvel) – The best Marvel titles are the ones not directly under the sway of events and Moon Knight stands tall amongst the bunch. Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire continue the push/pull of whether Marc Spector is insane in the membrane but either way, this continues to be one of the more entertaining and visually spectacular series Marvel is releasing.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman #2 (DC Comics) – King and Finch had such a great and unique opening installment, so naturally I am back. Like Snyder did on his run, King seems to be focused on putting the Man back in the Bat. We had a whopper of a cliffhanger last time and I am so curious to see what Gotham and Gotham Girl (Sounds like she should be on the CW) are up to. Are they run of the mill Superpowers? Or something more. Really enjoyed Finch’s pencil’s last time too. Well rounded issue that I’m looking forward to seeing more.

The Amazing Spider-Man # 15 (Marvel Comics) – While I hate the whole Regent character. I thought we were done with him back in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows, this issue looks to have MJ all front and center. Anytime a writer uses her right is a treat for me. Let’s hope that’s what Slott has on his mind here.

Green Lanterns # 2 (DC Comics) – Buddy cop drama with other worldly ramifications? Yup. I’m on board. Plus I am digging this Red Dawn plot line. Eager to see where it goes.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #8 (Vertigo) – Easily one of the best comics on the market right now. This murder mystery set in the Green Zone in Iraq is a fascinating behind the curtain look at life in the war zone in 2014 and each issue is a master class in character study and how to use imagery to enhance the spoken word.

Civil War II: Kingpin #1 (Marvel) – What’s the Kingpin been up to? We find this out with this Civil War II tie-in, my most anticipated one. The talented Matthew Rosenberg is at the helm which has me really excited to see what Marvel’s king of crime is up to.

The Flintstones #1 (DC Comics) – The recent reworking of Hanna-Barbera characters has been interesting, and this latest one tackles the classic cartoon characters. I’m not sure at all what to expect but Mark Russell has delivered hilarity in Prez, God is Dissapointed in You, and Apocrypha Now. I expect no less from this.

Kim and Kim #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Kim & Kim are twentysomething besties out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. That’s the description and it sounds awesome. The artwork looks fantastic too.

Solarman #1 (Scout Comics) – Joseph Illidge, Brendan Deneen, and N. Steven Harris bring back the classic character and gives him a modern facelift. I’ve read the first issue and it’s a must get.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Civil War II X-Men #2 (Marvel) – Magneto is ready to go to war against Inhuman and mutant alike to ensure the future seeing Inhuman, Ulysses, doesn’t jeopardize the future for mutants.  This is typical Magneto, doing what he thinks is right to ensure the survival of mutants; nothing really ground breaking, but I did enjoy the first issue and it’s always fun seeing Magneto take matters into his own hands.

Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Not being an avid DC reader, I really enjoyed the start of this Rebirth title.  I’m curious to learn more about this new Gotham hero and to see how Batman reacts to him; because Batman always plays well with others.

Green Arrow #2 (DC Comics) – Yup, another DC title on my list.  The first issues were fun, and I’m really enjoying seeing Ollie and Dinah together again.  This new iteration of Dinah is going to take some getting used to though (rock singer chick).  And the ending from issue #1!  Damn, gotta see what happens with that.

Justice League: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Yup, this is the third DC title on my list (Marvel is having a quiet week) and I’m a sucker for a team book.  Going in not knowing anything about these characters post New 52 but I am intrigued by the synopsis; a ‘new’ Superman that Batman and Wonder Woman are suspicious of?  Interesting.  And a couple new Green Lanterns I see.  Well, here’s hoping!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

4 KIDS WALK #2 9Wednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Mr. H

Top Pick: Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 (Marvel Comics) – With all the controversy over the ending of issue one, how could it be anything but? Is Cap really a HYDRA agent? Or is there something much larger at play? I love anything that gets us fans talking and draws attention to our joy. So depending on how this is written it could be a good thing. I remember when Brubaker brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and now, he’s absolutely beloved. I refuse to believe this is our Steve but I am looking forward to finding out more.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 5 (DC Comics) – Well this comic and I are completely love hate. I hate that it’s always late, but I love the train wreck that unfolds in the pages. I’ve long decided that Miller’s master work is the Dark Knight Returns and he will never top it. These attempts at trying just get even more ridiculous. As a die hard Superman fan, it’s a macabre curiousity at seeing what ol’ Frank is going to do to tear down the Superman legacy even more every time he touches the character since it highlights how out of touch he is. Plus I love cranky Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly. After this Frank needs to stay the Hell away from DC Heroes. He just can’t write them, and obviously Azzarello is taking his cues from Miller. If not, it’s a bigger cluster than when Singer made Superman Returns to honor Richard Donner. I know it’s awful but it’s almost satirically bad that I can’t wait to see it even worse. Remember folks, Jersey Shore was popular for a spell there too. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the insanity.

Cryptocracy #1 (Dark Horse) – What’s this? A non DC or Marvel book on my list? That’s right true readers. This one caught my eye. Nine clandestine families that secretly control and manipulate reality? Hmmmm sounds interesting and I’m getting in on the ground floor. Seems cool enough to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything world bending here.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was a brilliant start to a crime caper about four kids walking into a bank. A charmingly intelligent comic that deserves your attention, the first issue was amazing, and if you can find it you should snap it up. I’ve been waiting for the second issue for awhile, and I am so excited for this.

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown #2 (Dark Horse) – Lobster Johnson is one of those characters that evokes the feel of the pulp heroes from the late 30’s, which is already something I’m a fan of, and then when you add in the fantastic period art work and the steampunkish element of the Metal Monsters and you have a miniseries that is right up my alley.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #12 (Dynamite Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series of the last year, hands down. Every week this comic comes out is a good week.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant Entertainment) – Pound for pound, Valiant have the best superhero universe out there, but when the premier title in the Valiant universe is coming to a close with an explosive story… I can’t wait to see where this is going. Plus, there’s a bonus print with the physical comic, so that’s also cool.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Matthew Rosenberg already knocked it out of the park with We Can Never Go Home and returns with another series for Black Mask Studios with Tyler Boss’s imaginative and playful artwork. The first issue was an amalgamation of so many awesome things (with an array of wonderful movie poster-inspired variants) and proved to be one of the most endearing reads of the year so far. This is a must buy.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Jonathan Hickman is a long form, comic book version of a mad scientist. His titles are consistently well crafted and can take their time to manifest, but when they do bloom, it is certainly worth the wait. East of West is Hickman at his best with the striking visuals of Nick Dragotta to put to life this futuristic American backdrop. Things have been really heating up as tensions continue to rise between the numerous factions.

Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Frank Quitely return to Jupiter’s Legacy! Millar has done a pretty solid job at deconstructing the superhero genre with recent titles like Huck, Jupiter’s Circle and the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy so it will be interesting to see the direction that the creative team will be taking in this sequel series. Frank Quitely’s art will surely be worth the price of admission alone.

Bloodshot Reborn #14 (Valiant Entertainment) – Jeff Lemire has continued to present a more nuanced, emotional and humanized tale of Bloodshot that proves the character is more than just a government controlled killing machine. The new arc entitled ‘Bloodshot Island’ sounds like a Doctor Moreau-esque storyline that will feature Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed line work and Valiant’s reliable colourist David Baron.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – If Black Mask Studios is releasing a new series, it is an absolute must buy. The publisher has been releasing a steady flow of confident, gritty and fun titles over the last couple of years and Jade Street Protection Services looks to aim to be among those books. Judging by the solicitations, Fabian Lelay’s illustrations with Mara Jayne Carpenter’s colours are going to provide a vibrant, manga-like pop to the words of Katy Rex.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #11 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down with the X-Men fighting in the future against Apocalypse’s horsemen.  The Apocalypse Wars have been a fun read, and I’ve been really enjoying this title exploring another possible future, with the younger students grown into X-Men.  Nothing earth shattering happening, just a fun read.

Captain Marvel #6 (Marvel) – A Civil War II tie in…and Carol is pissed!  She has clearly chosen her side in this new civil war, and the stakes are getting high.  It’s going to be interesting to see how far she’ll go to for what she believes in.

Mockingbird #4 (Marvel) – This is just a guilty indulgence for me, being a long time fan of Bobbi’s.  The missions are exciting, the humor is fun and this issue she’s off to save her ex, Hawkeye.  It’s also interesting to see her check ups and monitoring of her health after receiving the infinity formula and the super soldier serum.  I’m just waiting to see something big happen.  Fun all around.

Uncanny X-Men #9 (Marvel) – Magneto and Psylocke are trying to save Archangel from being taken over by Apocalypse; Sabretooth and M are exploring the Morlock tunnels and come across a ghost from M’s past.  Again, nothing earth shattering happening here, just a fun read with  decent action.  Psylocke and Fantomex meeting up should be good.

 

Javier

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was amazing, and I wasn’t the only one to think so.  It has a large and well-deserved mass appeal.

Jade East Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – So far Black Mask’s line of books have failed to disappoint.  There’s already a lot of buzz out there, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – Another indie title with possibilities.  It has all the apocalyptic themes I’m into.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Even more end times lore, set in a dystopian alternate timeline.

 

Brett

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – It says something when so many of us have this series as our top pick. The first issue was absolutely amazing and was a damn near perfect set-up with characters that are some of the most relatable in comics. It’s been a bit since that first issue, but that doesn’t diminish my excitement for this second issue.

Chum #3 (ComixTribe) – I’m a sucker for a good noir/crime story and this surf crime comic has been entertaining for the first two issues.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis (DC Comics) – Am I the demographic this graphic novel is aiming for? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying my advance review copy. It’s a solid debut comic that’s perfect for the audience intended, younger kids.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – I read the first issue some time ago and it’s a weird mix of X-Files and occult story. Really good and can’t wait to check out future issues.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new series from Black Mask? Yes please! All ages badassness? Yes please!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DIVINITY2_003_VARIANT_PEPOYWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity II #3 (Valiant) – Quite frankly, this is one of the best miniseries you’ll read all year. And I’m saying that having only read half of it.

Rai #14 (Valiant) – Another tie-in to Valiant’s summer 4001 A.D.event, and this one is sure to she some light on the recent(ish) past of New Japan. It should be fun.

Red Thorn #8 (Vertigo) – A new arc? Oh, twist my rubber arm, why don’t you? I took this off my pull list five issues ago, but yet I just can’t stop buying it…

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Bitch Planet #8 (Image Comics) – Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro have been proving, issue by issue, that Bitch Planet is one of the most important titles on the comic stands. It continues to jab and stab at the patriarchy with an exploitative, 1970s aesthetic to De Landro’s art style, heightened by Kelly Fitzpatrick’s nuanced colours. The comic alone is worthy of the price tag so it is a bonus, and a great treat at that, in which every issue includes a back essay analyzing particular issues from a feminist approach. How could you not pick up the next part to the arc entitled ‘President Bitch’?

Autumnlands Tooth and Claw #11 (Image Comics) – The recent issues of Autumnlands has done a solid job at exploring more parts of the world, encountering a wider variety of anthropomorphic groups and the towns/lands they belong to. Kurt Busiek is one of the best in the business at world-building, making those slower-paced issues hit their mark instead of feeling like an unnecessary breather. Benjamin Dewey has been doing a beautiful job at capturing the variety of environments and characters in this fantasy series. Dewey’s visuals naturally pop through another wonderful creator in Jordie Bellaire and her colours. Not only is the world of Autumnlands being further explored, more knowledge is being provided on the mysterious past history as well.

I.D. (GN) (Image Comics) – Originally printed in the Island anthology magazine from Image, I.D. tells the story of three people whom are in the midst of a transformation into another body, maintaining their mental selves upon the transition. Emma Rios poetically questions ideas of identity and how comfortable or uncomfortable we are in the bodies we are born in and thus grow up in. The visual style is unique in that it focuses on a glowing red within the detailed panels. Rios crafts a beautiful, thought provoking tale that points at the dilemmas of gender and identity conformity.

Divinity II #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – Though Valiant has been releasing a steady flow of great, entertaining titles for years now, the Divinity titles easily stand out. Divinity II has picked up right where the last series left us, in terms of quality of storytelling through Matt Kindt’s flowing scripts, Trevor Hairsine’s striking, emotional pencils with Ryan Winn’s inks, and David Baron’s purposeful colour palette. Taking the perspective of Valentina, this title is taking a different direction from the one guided by Abram Adams. Judging by the jaw-dropping last few pages of the last issue, including a little time travel, it will be really interesting to see the journey this creative team has in store for Valentina and her Stalinism values.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Lucas Stand #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Kurt Sutter, that guy behind Shield and Sons of Anarchy, makes his comic book writing debut.

Divinity II #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – This book took me by surprise with the introduction of the Russian cosmonaut Myshka, who battles with Divinity for control of the Valiant Universe.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Action Comics #958 (DC Comics) – The twice monthly epic continues! I am really enjoying this story so far. Everything from Luthor trying to be the new Man of Steel, to the return of Doomsday and finally the apparent return of a de-powered, possibly amnesia Clark Kent. Everything seems to be really hitting on all cylinders and I am  just so glad the Real Superman is back.

Detective Comics #935 (DC Comics) – The Bat-Family cometh. In a new way though. I like the boot camp style of sidekick training that Batman and Batwoman are putting the young heroes through. The only odd mud ball out for me is Clayface, which hasn’t sold me yet. Bringing the Wayne and Kane heritage back into the title is gold though. Team Batman could just be it’s best yet.

The Flash #1 (DC Comics) – The introduction of a new villainous speedster : Godspeed. I want a front row seat to this race. Probably standing room only.

Justice League #52 (DC Comics) – Aftermath of the “Darkseid War.” After one of the most incredible tales in League’s history and all the bombshells dropped, where do they go from here? I have to find out.

 

Paul

Top Pick – Ultimates #8 (Marvel) – I’m hoping this book shows us what happened between the Ultimates and Thanos that cost the team dearly, and set Iron Man into motion to choose his side in the Civil War.  Also hoping the tie ins give us more insight, and not just “filler” stories to slog the main story along.

Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1 (Marvel) – This could be interesting.  Sure, we’ll see how the main heroes deal with this new Civil War, but what about the lesser seen players?  Everyone will be affected by this latest skirmish between the heroes, and I’m curious to see the impact on those around them.

Uncanny Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Hank Pym IS Ultron?  Ultron IS Hank Pym?  Curious to see what’s going on with this story.  And excited to see the return of Janet (aka The Wasp).

 

Brett

Top Pick: Lucas Stand #1 (BOOM! Studios) – While Kurt Sutter has had his works turned into comics, the creator of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy makes his comic writing debut in this new series from BOOM!. The concept is a vet who’s recruited by Lucifer to send demons back to hell. I feel like we’ve seen this before, but I’m sure Sutter and co-writer Caitlin Kittredge will make it unique.

Acton Man #1 (IDW Publishing) – The British version of GI Joe is getting a new comic series and for those who read the Free Comic Book Day release, you’ll know why this should be interesting. Action Man is dead, long live Action Man!

Bitch Planet #8 (Image Comics) – It feels like forever since the last issue, but every one of this series has delivered and no matter how long between issues, it’s a warm welcome back.

Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess #9 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Speaking of a series that delivers… this is a female centered kick-ass comic that also delivers with every issue. You want diversity and to break from the comic “norm?” Well, here you go.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #54 (IDW Publishing) – It’s the Autobots versus the Decepticon Justice Division and I’m expecting a lot of death.

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