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DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/11

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


DTC_Cv966_dsAction Comics #989 Mr. Oz was revealed as Jor El last issue, and like all good villain fathers he want’s Clark to team up and take over the world! Or maybe not. It’s been a couple weeks since I read any comics and I don’t really remember much, which ultimately doesn’t matter – the comic is Friendly, but it’s nothing spectacular. 6.5/10

Detective Comics #966 Yeah, I got nothing for this. Wait. Maybe I do… Pretty sure Tim Drake has escaped from the prison cell that Mr. Oz was keeping him in, and in the process freed an uncomfortably familiar Batman… and Doomsday.  The issue is remarkably Friendly given the level of future/past blended time weaving magic, and is a pretty solid issue to boot. 8/10

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30 A few issues ago in Action Comics Superman was possessed by the fear entity Parallax, but he was saved partly by Sinestro and partly by himself as he ended up trapping Parallax in a yellow ring. This issue picks up from where that story left off, and is Friendly enough for you to dive into. 6.5/10

Justice League Of America #16 After following a distress signal from Ray Palmer into the microverse, the Justice League have finally traced the signal to it’s source – and by doing so have brought the villain right back to where he needs to be. Expect an origin of sorts for the villain in this otherwise Unfriendly issue. 6.25/10

New Super Man #16 While I could give you a recap, the opening to the comic actually covers about what I remembered anyway – oddly enough, this is a Friendly comic all by its lonesome. 7/10

Ragman-1-2017Ragman #1 A miniseries starring a character that I’ve only ever seen in the Arrowverse on TV – so we’re in this blind together. The comic is Friendly enough, and not  bad read – though it has nothing to do with the Arrowverse character. 7/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #15 Bizarro died and came back with an intellect to rival that of Batman – although it’s only a temporary thing, the Outlaws have been making the most of this and have been cleaning up Gotham City in the most effective of ways – which may or may not be a good thing where the Bat family are concerned… 7.25/10 (the issue is also Friendly).

Suicide Squad #27 If you know who the Suicide Squad are, then there’s a good chance you’ll find this Friendly7/10

Supergirl #14 Friendly comic that is essentially a one shot story where Supergirl tries to control her amplified powers (that she got a few issues ago and are more dangerous than she’d like to admit) with the help of the New Super-Man. 6.25/10

The Flash #32 There’s a recap as the issue begins that’ll get you up to speed with the relevant bits and pieces with the series… but it’s not the best comic, truth be told. 5/10

Wonder Woman #32 Hercules was murdered, and Wonder Woman is his beneficiary. Meanwhile his murderer gave Hercules’ life force to her father – Darksied! Ultimately this is a Friendly enough comic for those who have at least see Wonder Woman on the big screen. 7/10

Preview: Normandy Gold #4

NORMANDY GOLD #4

Writers: Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin
Artist: Steve Scott
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 18

Following her bloody encounter with Senator Selwyn Grange…and his subsequent disappearance, tough-as-nails Sheriff Normandy Gold has begun to realize that the search for her estranged sister may be more complicated than first anticipated. With the trail leading right to the White House, it’s now down to Normandy and Detective Sturges to discover exactly who is pulling the strings…

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Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For September

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for September.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for September’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

pestilence 4 coverPestilence #4 (Aftershock)
September Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 270 /5,112
What if the Black Death wasn’t the bubonic plague? What if something else was responsible for the mass death of almost a third of Europe in the 1300’s wasn’t a disease, but zombies? Imagine a zombie outbreak where the fastest method of land transportation was a horse, and there weren’t any guns. Frank Tieri’s story is brutal and brilliant and perfect for those who like a bit of sword play with their zombies.

Duck Tales #1 (IDW)
September Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 178 /10,958
Sometimes all you want in a comic is for it to be a trip down nostalgia avenue whilst having a good laugh, and that’s exactly what this is. If, like me, you loved the cartoon in the 90’s, then you’ll enjoy reading this.

XO2017_010_PRE-ORDER-GUEDESX-O Manowar #7 (Valiant)
September Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 168 /11,777
Set in the far reaches of space this gorgeously illustrated series about a reluctant warrior brought into a war that was never his, while struggling to discover if he is more than the sentient armour he wears. I’ve said it numerous times that this is one of  my favourite series currently on the racks, and if you want to check it out then despite the character’s rich history the first issue (or trade) is a great jumping on point.

New Super-Man #14 (DC)
September Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 164 /12,431
The brilliance of this series is that while you need familiarity with the bare bones of Superman’s mythology, the comic has taken on a life of it’s own with the Chinese versions of the Justice League being so much more than the cheap knock-offs that you would expect. New Super-Man is so much more than the Superman-lite story you’d expect, and with Super-Man starting out as an arrogant braggart and bully before gradually becoming the hero whose name he shares, the comic is as rewarding as it is enjoyable.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 10/4

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pic up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


batman wkBatman: White Knight #1 This standalone series is Friendly assuming you know who Batman, his supporting cast, and the Joker are. Once you know that, then imagine Joker using the law to fight Batman – this is a really unique premise and I’m super excited to see where it goes. Because it’s a miniseries don’t expect to see this returning next month, but I hope you read this. It’s great. 8.25/10

Batman #32 So this is it; the conclusion to a story that’s had it’s ups and not-so-ups that can basically get boiled down to Joker verses Riddler with Batman in the middle. Last issue the Riddler won the War of Jokes and Riddles and his soldiers turned on Batman… until Kiteman turned on the Riddler. Yes, Kiteman. By the time you open the comic, only Batman, Joker and Riddler are left standing, and we’re finally going to find out what Bruce is trying to tell Selina before she answers his proposal. It’s a Friendly issue, and well done. 7/10

Cyborg #17  The aftermath of some story or another that is very digitally orientated. Honestly if you want a unique battle then you can’t go wrong, but even after reading the previous issue I’m still a little lost. It’s a touch Unfriendly, but visually interesting. 6.25/10

Deathstroke #24 After turning over a new leaf (quote/unqoute) Deathstroke formed a new team to help atone for his past sins, but the team are starting to question whether or not Slade’s motives are entirely pure. This series is always best read in chunks, trades are a great option, as it can be a little impenetrable when you only read each issue once green lanterns 32(such as for a feature like this when you’re judging accessibility of a series). That said, it’s always very good and would reward multiple reads. This is a barely Friendly issue, but you can read it. 8/10

Green Arrow #32 This is the fourth part of a Dark Nights: Metal tie in that ran across Teen Titans, Nightwing and Suicide Squad. If you’re reading that story you’ll pick this up… if not, then you can skip the issue and start with issue #33

Green Lanterns #32 After the crazy events of the last few issues (which is quickly referred to in the beginning and never again) we get a really enjoyable comic that has our heroes facing some oddly normal issues – it’s a lower key issue, but very Friendly7.75/10

Justice League #30 The kids of the current League members have come from the future to kill the League. Future Aquaman (wearing Future Cyborg’s body as armour) has come back to kill the kids. Simon Baz has literally just been corrupted by an evil black oil of some kind. If none of that makes sense… then don’t read this. However if you’re curious, this is a touch Unfriendly, but an interesting read nonetheless. 7/10

Nightwing #30 A new arc that is also a pretty Friendly starting point for the series. Obviously there’ll be things you won’t quite know right away, but there’s nothing that you’ll find utterly ruinous if you’re unaware of  the finer details. Plus, this is also a retty good read. 7.75/10

Superman #32 Lois Lane was doing an exposé on Deathstroke, and in the course of said story he saved her life a few times as she was caught in the cross fire from assassins looking to kill Deathstroke. But things are never that simple, and by the end of last issue it turned out that after the story ran, Deathstroke took a new job – to kill Lois Lane! Both Friendly and enjoyable. 8/10

New York Comic Con 2017: Peter David to Write Battlestar Galactica for Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the ultimate Battlestar Galactica series that’s been nearly 35 years in the making – The Classic Battlestar Galactica team Vs. the New ones from Ron Moore and Sy Fy Channel! THE crossover project bringing together the continuities of both the classic 1978 and reimagined 2003 BSG series. Peter David will write the series.

In the new Battlestar Galactica miniseries, the discovery of Kali – the last of the reptilian parent race that created the Cylons – serves as the catalyst for a face-to-face meeting between the crews serving Commander Adama (including Apollo and Starbuck, three characters immortalized on the small screen by actors Lorne Green, Richard Hatch, and Dirk Benedict, respectively) and Admiral William Adama (of the 2003 Reimagined BSG series, as played by Edward James Olmos). Sparks will fly as Lee Adama, Kara Thrace, and their fellow Viper pilots meet their strangely familiar counterparts… and discover the threat that two colliding universes of Cylons pose!

One of the cornerstones of their publishing line, Dynamite Entertainment has been developing Battlestar Galactica comic books since 2006, focusing on each incarnation of the franchise from the classic continuity of the 1978 television series, to the Galactica 1980 follow-up, and finally to the reimagined series aired on Syfy from 2003 through 2009.

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G.I. JOE’s Latest Recruit: The Six Million Dollar Man

Yo, Steve! The Six Million Dollar Man (aka Steve Austin) and G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, are teaming up for a 4-part comic book crossover from IDW Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment beginning January 2018.

The series will be scripted by rising star writer Ryan Ferrier with art by SL Gallant, who has achieved an epic run on G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, alongside legendary G.I. JOE writer, Larry Hama, for over 75 issues.

Variant covers will be provided by John CassadayKen Lashley, and Mike Zeck. Special action figure covers will also be may orderable from your local comic shop. Subject to availability while supplies last.

The action-packed cross-over event of 2018 kicks off this January!

New York Comic Con 2017: Pumpkinhead Descends on Dynamite with Cullen Bunn

Dynamite Entertainment has announced their new agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures to develop original comic book projects based on the cult classic Pumpkinhead film franchise. The ever-talented Cullen Bunn has been tapped to serve as writer for the terrifying horror tale, slated to hit shelves in February 2018.

In the original Pumpkinhead film, a group of teenagers inadvertently kill a young boy in rural Appalachia, and his father seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. Instead, she invokes The Pumpkinhead – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Harley’s bloodlust. As the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Harley confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever. A “vivid, stylish, atmospheric” film as described by The Hollywood Reporter, the Pumpkinhead film features a hypnotic, heart-rending performance by Lance Henriksen and the directorial vision of special effects master Stan Winston, and spawned three sequels.

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