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4001 A.D. #3 First Look. Waging Cosmic War in July!

This July, the summer’s biggest, brashest, and most acclaimed comics event brings Rai’s rebellion against the space-faring citadel of New Japan to a steel-tempered turning point!

Valiant has released a first look inside 4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – the next visionary chapter of 2016’s most ambitious comics crossover event! With New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Clayton Crain leading the charge, be here on July 27th as the forsaken guardian of New Japan comes face to face with Father, the all-powerful artificial intelligence that created him…and brings about a reckoning of wills that will forever shape the future of the Valiant Universe!

The war against Father is about to turn in favor of the 41st century’s revolutionary heroes as Rai finds his long-lost friends aboard the war-torn monstrosity that has become New Japan. But, reunited at last, can Rai and his band of allies – the Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, Lemur, Lula Lee, and more – stand against Father’s increasingly ruthless defenses? And can they rescue what remains of their space-faring homeland before it crashes down to Earth and destroys everything…and everyone?

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, Tula Lotay, Ryan Bodenheim, Philip Tan, Ryan Lee, and Ryan Sook!

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY161882)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (MAY161883)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (MAY161884)
Cover D by PHILIP TAN (MAY161885)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (MAY161886)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAY161887)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAY161888)
B&W Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (MAY161889)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 27th (FOC–7/4/16)

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Review: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

4001-BLOOD_001_COVER-A_LEEI’m not going mince my words here: although I was looking forward to another installment in the 4001 A.D. story arc, the cover, and the taste of meh left in my mouth after the last tie-in left me uneasy about this comic. It was either going to be pretty good, or best forgotten, and the cover had me edging toward best forgotten.

As the old saying goes, I shouldn’t have judged the comic by it’s cover.

Valiant‘s summer events are generally some of the best around – when it comes to the main series, anyway. The tie-in titles can often be hit or miss depending entirely on how familiar you are with the title character/s in the tie-in (for an example of just that, I wasn’t a fan of Book Of Death: Fall Of Harbinger but a reader with a different perspective really was). I’ve read a couple of Bloodshot comics, certainly more than I have Imperium or Harbinger, and so I knew I’d have a little background on the character. I honestly didn’t need it.

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is an indirect sequel to last year’s one shot Book Of Death: Fall Of Bloodshot but whether you’ve read that comic or not, you’ll still be able to enjoy this issue.

With Ray Garrison long dead, what final mission do the nanites that drove the killing machine have? Obviously I’m not going to tell you (go read the comic!), but what I will say is that this is one of the best Bloodshot comics I’ve read in a long time. Jeff Lemire has written a comic that transcends the title character, and the event it’s tying in with, telling a story that despite what I said earlier about character familiarity can be enjoyed with out any real knowledge of Bloodshot.

This is a brilliant comic with some truly  excellent artwork (the layouts and colouring on some of the later pages is fantastic), but 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is a comic where the sum of the parts are greater than the individual components.

If you’re reading 4001 A.D. this tie-in has a window into the consequences of Father‘s actions (he’s dismantling New Japan – a sattelite country that orbits the Earth), and is certainly worth a look. If you’re not following 4001 A.D. you should still read this comic; it’s probably the best 4001 A.D. comic released so far.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite Colourist: Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I’ll be buying a copy anyway.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Civil_War_II_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.

Paul

Top Pick: Civil War II #1 (Marvel) – Here it is!  The start of the next event that is going to split the hero community in half…again.  You would think they would have learned after the first throw down.  This time though, it isn’t registration that is looking to control the heroes and their actions; now we have an Inhuman who can see into the future…and there are those who think this can be used to prevent disastrous events.  Is the future written in stone?  Can you hold someone responsible for something they may do?  That’s what the Marvel Universe will be exploring and you can bet it’s going to get ugly.

A-Force #6 (Marvel) – It’s A-Force vs. Nico (under the control of the Countess).  Medusa has been skeptical about Nico’s powers from the start of this team…it’s going to be very interesting for her to find out first hand just what Sister Grimm can do.  I just hope A-Force survive the ordeal.  I’ve been a fan of this book since the start, and I am always excited when a new issue comes out.  It’s a great read with laughs, sass and action; who can ask for anything more?

Green Arrow: Rebirth #1 (DC) – Yeah yeah, here’s a DC title on my list.  I’ll be honest, I’m interested in this to see Black Canary and Green Arrow together again.  Yes, I know that is just the gimmick (as mentioned in previous articles) DC is using to get readers into this Rebirth.  Me, not being a regular to the DC universe, think this is a great time to jump in and see if it’s enough to make me consider making room for DC AND Marvel in my life.

Old Man Logan #7 (Marvel) – Logan is just looking to lay low and figure out his place in this new world he’s found himself in.  Too bad Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers have other plans.  I am really looking forward to seeing this showdown; this isn’t the Logan that Deathstrike is expecting to find…she may just get more then she bargained for.

 

Javier

Top Pick: Batman: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – It’s our first look with Tom King who is taking over writing duties from Scott Snyder.

Deadly Class #21 (Image Comics) – Summer finally is here, as freshmen finals end; but another freshman fails to make it to sophomore year.  Rick Remender’s depressive, but action filled, take on prep school assassination madness,continues to entertain.

The Goddamned #4 (Image Comics) – Another biblical inspired story. It focuses on a seemingly immortal and wandering Cain, after the fall; set in the period of the mythical Nephilim prior to the flood. Jason Aaron weaves yet another must-read grim proto-human story.

Saints #9 (Image Comics) – Another excellent maxi-series reaches its conclusion. The holy war (or unholy, depending on your opinion) ends, when the young and hipster Saints crew come face to face with the Archangel Michael and God.

Unfollow #8 (DC Vertigo) – This dark spin on social media continues, with more of the 140 dropping off, but a new follower enters the fray.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Birth of Kitaro GN (Drawn & Quarterly) – Kitaro is one of the most beloved characters in Japan. Created by Shigeru Mizuki, the titular character encounters a wide variety of yokai (creatures from Japanese folklore) in stories that appeal to both those interested in Japanese folklore and mythology as well as funny, great, entertaining manga. Finally, the West gets the first of a planned series of volumes with a translation by Zack Davisson.

Civil War II #1 (Marvel) – Say what you will about events for Marvel, this one looks to be the first event to make an impact in the post Secret Wars universe. Issue #0 didn’t really set many things up but did show a not too pleasant looking future. It will be refreshing to hopefully continue to have the series’ perspective from the same characters from the introductory issue.

Moon Knight #3 (Marvel) – Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood and Jordie Bellaire have been hypnotizing the reader thus far with a mysterious, brooding tale of Marc Spector combatting both demons (or Gods) both in his mind and in the physical world. This series has picked up the reigns from the last run of ‘Moon Knight’ and continues to prove that the character is one of the most intriguing in the Marvel universe.

Paper Girls #6 (Image Comics) – The first five issues were a fun callback to the action/adventure movies of the 1980s. It will be interesting to see what is in store with this title as the time frame switches to 2016. Plus, it is pretty hard to pass on Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang’s gorgeous visuals and one of the best colourists in the game with Matt Wilson.

The Revisionist #1 (Aftershock Comics) – Frank J. Barbiere is back with another intriguing title that is sure to bring the wit and fun nature of past titles like ‘Five Ghosts’, alongside artist Garry Brown and colourist Lauren Affe. All it takes, beyond the creative team, to be sold on this book are three words: time-travelling assassin. Plus, Aftershock has been releasing some really fresh, outside the box kinds of titles.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4001 A.D. #2 (Valiant) – I’m not going to lie – I’ve already read this. It’s my top pick because I can’t wait to see the artwork in printed form. So excited.

The Goddamned #4 (Image Comics) – It feels like an age since the third issue came out, and I hadn’t realized how much I missed reading Jason Aaron’s take on the time before Noah needed his Arc. Brutal, bloody, and probably offensive. I love it.

Moon Knight #3 (Marvel) – To be honest, this isn’t the best Moon Knight series I’ve ever read, but it’s far from the worst. With each issue getting a little better, I’m hopeful for the rest of the series.

Old Man Logan #7 (Marvel) – After the anticlimactic first arc, the old man’s second story arc is, so far at least, feeling a hell of a lot better. What’s more classic Wolvie feeling than having him face off against the Reavers?

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #11 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Speaking of things I love… this is arguably the best series being published right now featuring an urban based vigilante.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Red Virgin & the Vision of Utopia (Dark Horse) – A portrait of revolutionary feminist Louise Michel, who took up arms against a French regime that executed thousands. Deported to a penal colony, Michel joined the cause of the indigenous population against colonial oppression. Is there a more “me” graphic novel? Been reading it, and it’s really interesting.

Chum #2 (Comixtribe) – The first issue was a great mix of surfing and noir. Take Jaws, minus the giant shark, and add a crime story to it, and you have this comic. So good and looking forward to seeing where it all goes.

Hellboy in Hell #10 (Dark Horse) – This is it. Hellboy transforms into what he was always meant to be as Mike Mignola wraps up this series.

Rough Riders #3 (Aftershock Comics) – FDR and his gang of historical figures are heading to Cuba. There’s something really fun about this alternate history comic that dives deep into real history to get things right. It’s entertaining and will get you to do some research too.

Superman: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I loved the Superman: Lois and Clark miniseries and to see where and how this Superman fits into the Rebirth universe is going to be very interesting. That miniseries was filled with action, but also a lot of positivity. This issue serves as a fantastic end cap to that bridging the cap between that and what’s to come.

Review: 4001 A.D. #2

4001_002_COVER-A_CRAINRai is smashing headfirst into New Japan with his team of hardened rebels including the Eternal Warrior and a giant X-O Manowar mech-armor that’s been dormant for centuries! But when Father transforms New Japan into an impenetrable space dragon as a defense of last resort, what hopes will the united heroes of 4001 A.D. have of freeing the citizens of New Japan from Father’s brutal reign? Will Rai have to destroy New Japan…to save it?

4001 A.D #2, to quote a famous fictional character, belongs in a museum art gallery. It is an absolutely visual treat with some of the best artwork you’re likely to see in a comic until the next issue.

But as great as this comic looks, I can’t help but feel that not much happened in it other than simply moving the audience from one locale to another. While that probably had to happen to move the story along to it’s conclusion in two issues time, this issue felt much more like a bridge than a solid chapter in the story. It is a bridge that needed to happen, however, and although if the lack of any massive story development may sound like a complaint, it isn’t. 4001 A.D. #2 strikes a balance between having just enough plot to carry the story and art work that you’re going to want to spend some time really taking in – especially the scenes that take place in the atmosphere.

Despite the story taking a second place to the art of Clayton Crain there are still a couple of poignant moments of characters interacting that balance the action scenes nicely.

Matt Kindt is also writing Valiant‘s other four issue mini series currently being published, Divinity II, and because of that I feel compelled to tip my hat to the man who has written two great comics in two weeks; while I personally prefer Divinity II‘s more self contained story, the expansive 4001 A.D. is a fantastic glimpse into the far future of the Valiant Universe.

They’re both great comics, and we’re in for one hell of a summer.

Story: Matt Kindt Artists: Clayton Crain
Story: 8.75 Art: 9.75 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but I purchased the print version.

Preview: 4001 A.D. #2 (of 4)

4001 A.D. #2 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162044)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (APR162045)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (APR162046)
Cover D by PHILIP TAN (APR162047)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162048)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162049)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162050)
B&W Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 1st

The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century – with Rai leading the charge!

Rai is smashing headfirst into New Japan with his team of hardened rebels including the Eternal Warrior and a giant X-O Manowar mech-armor that’s been dormant for centuries! But when Father transforms New Japan into an impenetrable space dragon as a defense of last resort, what hopes will the united heroes of 4001 A.D. have of freeing the citizens of New Japan from Father’s brutal reign? Will Rai have to destroy New Japan…to save it?

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force) bring their startling vision of the year 4001 A.D. to new heights…with the fate of New Japan floating in the balance!

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Sell-Outs and New Printings

Check out some of the announced sell-outs and new printings announced this week.

Marvel

Marvel has announced that Black Panther #2 by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze has also sold out at the distributor level, and will immediately return for a second printing! But that’s not all! T’Challa is bringing some friends for his second printing – critically acclaimed hip-hop super group Run The Jewels! Rising star artist Rahzzah has created a brand new image for this second printing featuring T’Challa and Shuri in an homage to the now iconic Run the Jewels album cover.

The new printing is out June 15.

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Titan Comics

Titan Comics’ debut issue of Penny Dreadful – the official prequel comic set in the eldritch world of the award-winning Showtime TV series created by John Logan – has sold out at distributor level.

Titan are delighted to announce a second printing of this debut issue – penned by Penny Dreadful TV screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, with story by Krysty Wilson-CairnsAndrew Hinderaker, and show producer Chris King. Illustrated by Louie De Martinis, this second printing features a brand new cover by Abigail Larson and is scheduled to hit stores on June 15th.

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Valiant

Valiant has announced that 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by writer Matt Knidt, artist Clayton Crain, and Eisner Award winner David Mack has sold out at the distributor level and will return to stores shelves on June 29th with the 4001 A.D. #1 Second Printing!

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Preview: 4001 A.D. #2 – The Summer’s Biggest Comics Event Rockets Onward in June!

On June 1st, the most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century – with Rai leading the charge!

Valiant has released an advance preview of 4001 A.D. #2 (of 4) – the next continent-shaking chapter of Valiant’s blockbuster summer event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, and blockbuster artist Clayton Crain! On June 1st, Rai and his new band of allies push their insurrection against Father — the despotic A.I. that governs New Japan — to its punishing next level level with a full-frontal assault on the nation he once swore to protect!

Rai is smashing headfirst into New Japan with his team of hardened rebels including the Eternal Warrior and a giant X-O Manowar mech-armor that’s been dormant for centuries! But when Father transforms New Japan into an impenetrable space dragon as a defense of last resort, what hopes will the united heroes of 4001 A.D. have of freeing the citizens of New Japan from Father’s brutal reign? Will Rai have to destroy New Japan…to save it?

4001 A.D. #2 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162044)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (APR162045)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (APR162046)
Cover D by PHILIP TAN (APR162047)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (APR162048)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162049)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162050)
B&W Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (APR162051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 1st (FOC–5/9/16)

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Around the Tubes

4001_001_COVER-B_LOTAYIt’s a new week and hopefully everyone had a fun Free Comic Book Day! If you did, sound off in the comments as to where you went and how it was! Also, a little movie opened, pretty sure it did ok at the box office.

While you get ready for the week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – “Deadpool” Is The Fastest-Selling Superhero Film Digital Release Ever – Not too surprising.

WNCT – Kids learn to read through comic books – Yes, yes they do.

Washington Post – This is how the new Captain America movie gets global politics wrong – The movie got a lot wrong in this department.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Outhousers – 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

Comic Attack – 4001 A.D. #1

CBR – A-Force #5

Flickering Myth – Cluster

The Guardian – Northern Lights

Talking Comics Books – The Punisher #1

ComicSpire – The Punisher #1

Fangoria – Weavers #1

Around the Tubes

alphaking01_CoverArtIt was new comic book day yesterday! What’d folks get? What excited you? What didn’t you like? Sound off in the comments!

While you ponder that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – This One Summer Banned in Minnesota School – Sigh.

ICv2 – GTS Distribution Buys Global Enterprises – Congrats to them.

Nothing But Comics – Tuesday Top Ten: Political Comics – A solid list. It could easily have been 25 comics.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

CBR – 4001 A.D.

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #52

CBR – Hellboy in Hell #9

Comic Vine – Moon Knight #2

Comic Vine – The Punisher #1

Comics Alliance – The Punisher #1

CBR – Thunderbolts #1

Comic Vine – Thunderbolts #1

Around the Tubes

The_Punisher_1_Maleev_VariantMay the Fourth Be With You!

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What are folks getting? Sound off in the comments below!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Comics Alliance – ‘Empress’ Movie in the Works Based on ‘Kingsman’ Author’s Comic Book Series – Seeing as to the success of his previous films, is anyone surprised?

Kotaku – LEGO Avengers’ Black Panther DLC Really Milks The Whole Cat Thing – Anyone playing this?

Al.com – These vintage comic books played a role in Alabama’s civil rights movement  – Some very cool comic history. Some we’ve covered, a lot we haven’t.

Yahoo Sports – Caros Fodor to take on ‘crime-fighting’ brother ‘Phoenix Jones’ in WSOF – Well ok then.

 

Around the Tube Reviews

The Beat – Panther

ICv2 – Poptropica: Mystery of the Map

Newsarama – The Punisher #1

Newsarama – Best Shots Advance Reviews: 4001 A.D. #1, 3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

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