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Suicide SquadIt’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting today at shops? What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below!

While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Comics Alliance – ‘Suicide Squad’ Concept Art Proves That Jared Leto’s Joker Could’ve Been Way Worse – Yeah, that’s pretty bad.

Comics Alliance – A-Force Arrives At ‘Avengers Academy’ For The Best Christmas Ever – Anyone playing this?

Newsarama – Imax-ABC’s The Inhumans Gets Showrunner From Netfix’s Defenders – Interesting…

The Beat – You need to read this twitter story about Supergirl – Yup, a must read.

 

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ICv2 – Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Romulus #2

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.

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ThinkTankCD04_CoverASo, anything going on in geekdom? We’re still at San Diego Comic-Con, so make sure to follow us for lots of announcements and cool stuff!

While you await it, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web!

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LA Times – San Diego Police Department sniper monitors Comic-Con  – So crazy!

CBLDF – Turkish Leman Censored in Post-Coup Crackdown – Sad to see.

ICv2 – Asmodee Acquiring F2Z Entertainment – This is huge news going into Gen Con.

ICv2 – Hastings Closing All Stores – This could have a ripple affect.

 

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Comic Attack – A-Force #7

Culture Vultures – Bullet Gal

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!

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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

Review: A-Force #5

A-Force-5-1-600x911After Antimatter was destroyed and Singularity spared from the same fate as her evil counterpart, the ladies of A-Force are now on a new mission; to track down and stop any other beings that may have entered in our world.  Their battle with Antimatter has left tears in reality, that will allow other creatures, beings and entities to pass into our world.  The team ends up in Oregon to track a creature, but find a lot more then initially thought.

The team comes across a very large dragon looking creature above the town and also discover a mysterious figure fighting the creature.  No one knows who it is, but they all point out that it looks like Thor…well a Thor.  The figure is knocked to the ground infront of the team and it is discovered that is indeed a Thor…Dazzler Thor! (DazzleThor? Thorzler?  I digress..)  Upon laying eyes on the team, Dazzler Thor promptly places them under arrest in the name of Doom, for the crime of treason.  Along with the creature, this Thor has crossed over from the Secret Wars reality.  Brief explanations and differences set aside, the team agrees to work together to stop the dragon.  And they appear to do just that, with one punch from She-Hulk, the creature disappears.

The ladies take advantage of the victory, and the town, to go out and celebrate their win.  Dazzler Thor explains that the dragon is in fact known as The Countess; a magical evil from her world who was not defeated so easily, but rather slunk away to plan her next move.  The ladies share some laughs, stories and a lot of beer.  Dazzler takes some time to be by herself, and Dazzler Thor speaks with her to help over come any strange feelings between them (being mirror images of each other).  Dazzler reveals something to her doppelganger (that surprised me) and asked her not to tell the others.  The ladies reconvene and begin to move on, as Nico suddenly hears a voice only she can hear…and in a few moments, is under the thrall of The Countess and acts against her teammates.

Kelly Thompson does a great job of keeping the fun and humour of the first four issues in this new story arc, along with the action and team work.  What I really enjoyed most about this issue was the ‘every day’ scenes with the characters.  Sure, they just took on a dragon together…but seeing them enjoy the town, joke over drinks, and venture to a bakery for pie, just shows that these ladies aren’t just super heroes but people.  She-Hulk and Medusa keep up the head butting about tactics, and there is a great friendship growing between Dazzler and Nico.  Seeing how these ladies get along outside of saving the day really showed how strong this team is becoming…more then just allies, but friends.

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Art duties have been taken up by Ben Caldwell.  When I opened the book and saw the first page, initially I thought “Hmm well…this is different” but as I went on, I found myself really enjoying his depictions of the characters.  Each one has a distinct look and feel, and I am very happy to see Dazzler getting a new look; getting away from the punk/emo and more light (pardon the pun).  I also have to give credit to Ian Herring for his colours in this book.  The two together have created a very nice looking issue, almost artistic with the looks of the woods and the town the team are in.

Overall, I really enjoyed this issue and the start of the new story arc. I have been a fan of this book since Secret Wars, and it has not disappointed becoming an ongoing title. The assembled team is a great cast of characters; strong personalities learning to work together and along the way, becoming friends. The writing is on point, giving us doses of humour and sarcasm, but also showing us that these heroes are confident, competent women who aren’t going to back away from a challenge.

Story: Kelly Thompson  Art: Ben Caldwell Colours: Ian Herring
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8  Recommendation: Buy

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HEARTTHROB-#1-Marketing-PDF-1It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? We’ll have our picks in a bit, but until then here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Journalism.co.uk – Safe House: The making of a graphic novel about Tanzania’s child brides – Really interesting and definitely want to check this out!

TechCrunch – Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use – Should be interesting to see where things go from here.

GamePolitics – Good night and good luck – Sad to see the site go.

 

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CBR – A-Force #4

The Beat – Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

CBR – Heartthrob #1

Newsarma – Best Shots Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #10, Goldie Vance #1, Constantine #11, More

Dragons! Destruction! Deception! Your First Look at A-Force #5!

A-Force is back with a brand new story arc and they’re bringing a brand new creative team along for the ride! Marvel has released a first look at A-Force #5 – the first chapter of “Rage, Rage Against The Dying of the Light”! Fan-favorite creators Kelly Thompson and Ben Caldwell join forces to bring you the next chapter of Marvel’s mightiest women! The battle with Antimatter may be over but A-Force is just getting started. When a massive dragon attacks a small coastal town – She-Hulk, Captain Marvel , Medusa, Dazzler, Nico Minoru and new member Singularity spring into action! But this giant beast is more than she seems and she’s got her sights set squarely on A-Force! Oh – did we mention one of the team is keeping a secret? One that might tear A-Force apart? Now is the perfect time to jump on board the smash hit series that is a force to be reckoned with! Be there as Thompson and Caldwell take the reins this May!

A-FORCE #5 (MAR160757)
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art & Cover by BEN CALDWELL
Variant Cover by KRIS ANKA (MAR160758)
Story Thus Far Variant by MEGHAN HETRICK (MAR160759)
Classic Variant by COLLEEN DORAN (MAR160760)
FOC – 04/11/16, On-Sale – 05/27/15

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A-Force #3 CoverIt’s a new week, and that means new comics, new news, and new interviews! While you await that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Geek & Sundry Revamps Tabletop Day – So, selling less helps expand the market?

Comichron – Dark Knight III #3 tops comics market in another sluggish winter month – A good look at February’s sales numbers.

The Creators Project – A Graphic Novel Illustrates Cybersecurity, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Iran – Awesome to see comics like this.

Kotaku – ‘Trump Has Successfully Eliminated All Life On Earth’ – Ha!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – A-Force #3

Comic Attack – A-Force #3

Talking Comics – Action Lab: Dog of Wonder #1

Talking Comics – After the Gold Rush #1

ICv2 – Behind the Scenes Vol. 1

Talking Comics – Harrow County #10

The Beat – Shuji Sogabe & Atlus’s Persona 4: Vol. 1

Talking Comics – The Pitiful Human Lizard Vol. 1

Comic Attack – Predator: Life and Death #1

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