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A.X.E.: Judgement Day #6

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

CBR – HBO Max’s Green Lantern Corps Series Will Now Focus on John Stewart’s Story – The smart move.

Kotaku – Batman Arkham Studio Bosses Out Ahead Of Suicide Squad Release – Huh.

Kotaku – 11 Gotham Knights Tips To Kick Criminal Ass And Clean The Streets In Style – Who’s playing and what do you think?

Reviews

CBR – 20th Century Men #3
CBR – A Hard Day
CBR – Amazing Spider-Man #12
Comicbook – A.X.E.: Judgement Day #6
CBR – A.X.E.: Judgement Day #6
Comicbook – Damn Them All #1
The Beat – Follow Me Down: A Reckless Book
CBR – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #2
Comicbook – The Riddler: Year One #1

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and a reviews from around the web.

The Mary Sue – This Comedy Duo Has Been Chosen to Write the MCU’s ‘Fantastic Four’ – Interesting.

Reviews

CBR – 20th Century Men #2
CBR – Crashing #1
The Beat – Everyday Hero Machine Boy
CBR – The Ones #1

Crashing #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hakim's Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

20th Century Men #2 (Image Comics) – The debut issue delivered an intriguing alternate world of war and politics and we really want to see where it all goes.

A.X.E. Judgement Day #5 (Marvel) – The event has exceeded our expectations and it’s desperate times at this point. This issue ends with a shocker and game changer.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #2 (Vault Comics) – The series has been a fantastic riff on the fantasy genre full of action and laughs.

Batman: One Bad Day – Two-Face #1 (DC Comics) – The series of one-shots put the spotlight on the villains. The first was really good and we’re hoping for much of the same quality for this one.

Bloodshot Unleashed #1 (Valiant) – A mature Bloodshot series? Yeah, we’re game for it.

Crashing #1 (IDW Publishing) – A medical drama involving superheroes. We’re into the concept.

Crazy Food Truck Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – The first issue was awesome action and characters. It’s a great twist on the apocalyptic setting that has us pumped to read more.

Creepshow #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The tv series comes to comics. Horror fans will want to check this out.

Doughnuts and Doom (IDW Publishing) – Being a teenage witch-or rock star-is tougher than it looks! Flying brooms and electric guitars set hearts aflame in this fantastically fizzy graphic novel.

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France (Graphic Mundi) – The final book in the trilogy, the graphic novels have followed Hakim’s journey as a refugee as he attempts to find peace and safety.

Justice Warriors #4 (AHOY Comics) – The series has been amazing at its satire and delivers a lot to chew on as it has its sights on so much of today’s issues.

Phenomena Vol. 1 Golden City of Eyes (Abrams ComicArts) – Brian Michael Bendis’ original graphic novel series. We definitely want to see what this is all about.

Solo Leveling Vol. 5 (Yen Press) – This mahnwa about dungeon crawling with a twist has been amazing with every release. Great action, growth, art, it has it all.

Stuff of Nightmares #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An original comic series from R.L. Stine? You have our attention.

Vanish #1 (Image Comics) – The highly anticipated indie debut from Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.

X-Terminators #1 (Marvel) – Jubliee. Boom-Boom. Dazzler. That alone we’re in for this one.

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20th Century Men #1

Its was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic related news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Spider-Man Remastered Modder Banned For Letting Players Remove The Pride Flag – Lets see how the bigots react Cotton.

Reviews

Comicbook – 20th Century Men #1
Comicbook – Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1
CBR – The Last Shadowhawk #1
Collected Editions – Sandman: Overture: 30th Anniversary Edition

Review: 20th Century Men #1

20th Century Men #1

I’m a sucker for alternate takes on history. Often, these stories take one vital event and sends reality in a new direction from there. They examine why these events are important and the societal and political realities surrounding those moments. 20th Century Men #1 does exactly this. While the story build through the decades before, it mainly focuses on the late 80s where the USSR’s battle in Afghanistan goes in a very different direction from reality.

Written by Deniz Camp, 20th Century Men #1 is an interesting debut. While it does a good job of laying things out, the comic is very focused on Afghanistan in the 1980s. Unless you know that history, much of the comic’s potential is lost on the reader. For those that don’t know, Russian forces invaded the country which became their own “Vietnam” dragging down the army and turning into a quagmire. The US had something to do with that as our clandestine operations trained the soldiers. Those soldiers would later turn that training back upon us attacked the United States multiple times in terrorist attacks. That eventually lead the United States to invade the nation and itself be dragged into a war there was little way to win much like the Russians decades before.

But in this world, things are going differently. The Soviet’s are lead by an “iron” hero who has things much more under control as far as the Afghanistan operations. The United States president is a superpowered individual and the country is looking to climb and lead again. Then there’s an Afghan woman who is looking to build a better life for her people. The comic mixes history, politics, and comic mythology to create an alternate history that has a lot of potential for where it could go.

The art by S. Moran is interesting. There’s some highly disturbing imagery and more that’ll leave you scratching your head. It’s all very good with a world that looks familiar and at times designs that look like they’re out of science fiction. The world looks lived in and all the details given thought. It’s all interesting, especially the Soviet designs which have the expected cold aspect about them missing a smooth flow we might see with other nations. There’s a utilitarian aspect to the comic that works so well.

20th Century Men #1 stands out due to those details. From the characters’ actions to what is said, everything feels carefully thought through. It’s one for poli-sci nerds that like a “what if” world. There’s a lot to mull over and chew on after reading the comic and maybe I’ll get through it by the time the second issue drops.

Story: Deniz Camp Art: S. Moran Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DO A POWERBOMB #3

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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

20th Century Men #1 (Image Comics) – Mixing history, politics, and comic book mythology into something totally new. The concept of the comic has us intrigued.

Alice Guy: First Lady of Film (SelfMadeHero) – The true story of the first woman director who helped defined the movie industry.

Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 (Marvel) – The series promises to add a lot to the Marvel mythoes and some big changes for some characters.

A.X.E.: Death to Mutants #1 (Marvel) – The event so far has been solid. Will its spin-off comics be just as good?

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 (Vault Comics) – The series has been excellent so far with a nice twist on the fantasy genre.

Batman: One Bad Day – Riddler #1 (DC Comics) – We’re getting some intriguing comics spotlighting DC villains and the Riddler kicks it off!

Black Adam #3 (DC Comics) – An intriguing series that’s been redefining the character.

Crash & Troy #1 (A Wave Blue World) – Mercenaries must clean up their mess after they set a dictator free during a jailbreak.

Daredevil #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing. It’s a new direction for Daredevil that builds on what’s been happening and paving a whole new adventure.

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2 (IDW Publishing) – A very unique comic that has a crew of firefighters deciding to rob a local house.

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #2 (DC Comics) – The event has been amazing so far and these spin-off issues have been adding a lot.

Do a Powerbomb #3 (Image Comics) – This wrestling comic has been amazing so far and we can’t wait to read the next issue. One of the best this year.

Entropy #1 (Heavy Metal Magazine) – Henry Hanks had a good life, until he betrayed KAKO, the living embodiment of chaos and misery! With his whole world destroyed, Henry is killed and reborn as the newest herald of Kako, with the power to destroy entire worlds in his master’s name.

Heart Eyes #1 (Vault Comics) – Rico met Lupe, the girl of his dreams. But how did she get here? And why is she smiling? It’s love at the end of humanity.

Justice Warriors #3 (Ahoy Comics) – Just brilliant satire about today’s society like policing and politics.

The Last Shadowhawk #1 (Image Comics) – Celebrating 30 years of Image!

My Life Beyond Vaccines (Mayo Clinic Press) – Graphic medicine focusing on vaccines and the importance of our greatest protection against disease.

Save it For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams Comicarts) – A collection of seven comics essays from Nate Powell.

Trve Kvlt #1 (IDW Publishing) – Marty has the idea for a perfect heist but after stealing a supernatural weapon from a cult, things will be way above his minimum-wage pay grade.

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Barbaric: The Harvest Blades

The weekend is almost here! What are you all doing? Any conventions or geeky things? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

DC – DC is Deeply Saddened by the Loss of Tim Sale – Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans.

Reviews

CBR – 20th Century Men #1
CBR – Barbaric: The Harvest Blades
Atomic Junk Shop – City of Belgium
ICv2 – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Vol. 1

20th Century Men is a sprawling, anti-imperialist war story coming August

Ringo Award nominated, Millarworld Talent Hunt winning writer Deniz Camp joins up-and-coming artist S. Morian for the forthcoming 20th Century Men. This dark, speculative fiction, six-issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics in August.

At the end of the 20th century, superheroes, geniuses, madmen, and activists rush towards WWIII! A Soviet “iron” hero, a superpowered American president, an insane cyborg soldier, an Afghan woman hellbent on building a better life for her people—these strange yet familiar beings collide in a story that mixes history, politics, and comic book mythology into something totally new. Welcome to 20th Century Men, where the edges of our reality and fiction touch, overlap…and then explode.

20th Century Men is a sprawling, anti-imperialist war story that features a layered, speculative fiction storytelling, akin to Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders, paired with brutal character work similar to that of a classic Garth Ennis comic.

20th Century Men #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 17:

  • 20th Century Men #1 (of 6) Cover A by S. Morian – Diamond Code JUN220049
  • 20th Century Men #1 (of 6) Cover B by Igor Kordey – Diamond Code JUN220050