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An A1 Annual Teaser

A1 ANNUAL

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Matt Wagner, Dave Johnson, Tom Raney, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Kuhn, Dave Dorman, Mark A. Nelson, W.H. Rauf and more…
Artist Name(s): Jim Steranko, Dave Wilkins, Sami Basri, Alex Horley, Tom Raney, Brian Smith, D’Israeli, Garrie Gastonny, Mark A. Nelson, Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau, Garry Leach, Dave Johnson, Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Dave Dorman, Steve White, Kai Lim, Andy Kuhn, Philip Tan, Rhoald Marcellius, Michael T. Gilbert, Sunny Gho, Doug Braithwaite and more…
176pp
Titan Comics/Atomeka
Released 26/11/2013

A1 has always been a laboratory for creators to experiment and innovate, to break away from corporate creations and unleash their own ideas. Already proving a success with the new monthly comic book, this first all-new A1 Annual marks the thrilling return of the award-winning graphic anthology series to bookshelves everywhere!

Inside these oversized pages, a Who’s Who of comics’ talent – past, present and future – spread their imaginative wings across a gripping selection of all-new short stories. Which ones will be the breakout, creator-owned characters of tomorrow?!

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Pick(s) of the Week: Boxers & Saints and so Much More

BoxersSaintsIt’s a new week of comics and this Wednesday sees an interesting batch of releases. While going over the long list of comics and graphic novels coming out, one stood out amongst the rest, Gene Luen Yang‘s Boxers & Saints, a two-volume graphic novel that depicts the Chinese Boxer Rebellion.

Published by First Second, the set tells the story from two perspectives, one of the revolutionaries and from a Chinese girl saved by Christian missionaries. Either read together or separate, the graphic novels are a true work of art, layered in their content with beautiful imagery.

Many creators hope to publish one great graphic novel, Yang decides to one-up everyone by releasing two in one week.

Check out below for the rest of the team’s picks!

Andrew:

Top Pick: Kings Watch #1 (Dynamite) – Since their last reunion in the 1986 animated series Defenders of the Earth, Dynamite’s Justice League of 1930s pulp heroes looks like the perfect alliance to battle a global threat.

Star Wars #9 (Dark Horse) – As long as Brian Wood continues to maintain the look and feel of the original Star Wars trilogy, I’ll keep reading this series. The second Jar Jar Binks shows up, I’m out.

Batman #23.2 Riddler (DC) – These Batman sub issues are an interesting take on the universe’s villainous characters, but I’m ready to get back to #24.

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd (IDW) – After reading the unflinchingly serious Judge Dredd Year One, this book looks like a nice departure into the absurd.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion (Dark Horse) – Sean and I posted rave early reviews of this HC, but in case you missed them, this story provides a fantastically fun start to the fall season.

Brett:

Top Pick: Might Avengers #1 (Marvel) – I’m a bit hesitant to put this one as the top pick, but Marvel has put together a “minority” super hero team to defend Earth as the rest of the heroes are off in space dealing with bad guys. There’s something about this that makes me feel dirty, but at the same time, the line-up of characters is too good to not read.

A1 #4 (Titan Comics) – Titan has been knocking it out of the park with each issue. This anthology is all quality in both storytelling and the art. Just an amazing package. I wish we could get each of these stories as their own individual series they’re that good.

Ballistic #2 (Titan Comics) – My second pick is also from Titan. This series evokes the crazy out-there British comics of the 80s. The issue is fantastic.

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #3 (Titan Comics) – Titan has an impressive three comics on my list. Dinosaurs +time travel + Nazis = fun. The comic is beautiful and fun and just screams B-movie entertainment.

Sons of Anarchy #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The popular and widely acclaimed television series comes to comics.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week:  Cyborg 009 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – You can read my review here. To say I liked it is an understatement. The graphic novel is fun and exciting all bundled up in a beautiful package both inside and out.

Preview: A1 Anthology #4

 A1 Anthology #4

Issue Number #4 (of 12)
Full Color
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: September 11 2013 
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastonny, Rhoald Marcelius

WEIRDING WILLOWS: There’s a dinosaur from Hollow Earth loose in the Weir and she’s eating Farmer McGregor’s sheep! Can Alice and Frankenstein’s Monster stop her – before McGregor puts down this purple T-rex for good?!
ODYSSEY: What do you get when you cross soldiers, superheroes, supervillains with a truckload of guns, in a children’s hospital in Iraq?! This month’s ODYSSEY, that’s what!

CARPEDIEM: NINE IRON: Grab your woods and irons, and join the CarpeDIEm agents as they battle a haunted putt-putt golf arena – where deadly surprises wait in every hole!

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Pick(s) of the Week: Infinity #1 and a Whole Bunch More

Infinity_1_CoverAfter months of build up this week kicks off a new Marvel event Infinity. While the Avengers head into space to deal with a threat, Thanos takes advantage and attacks Earth. This has been a long time coming with seeds being laid for years now. Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver are tasked with putting together this event and bring back the Marvel universe to a time when the threats were of a galactic nature.

It’ll be a tough task with recent events not living up to the hype, but this is a big release, so that’s why it comes out on top as our “pick.”

Check out below for the rest of the team’s top picks in alphabetical order:

Andrew:

Top Pick: Breath of Bones: Tale of the Golem #3 (Dark Horse) – Steve Nile’s amazing World War II mini series comes to an end. It is a powerful and moving finale.

Batman #23 (DC) – Doesn’t the cover alone make you want to read it? It will never get old watching Bruce Wayne become Batman.

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2 (Titan Comics) – A gun-toting Albert Einstein blasts time traveling nazis, need I say more? Titan’s best series, hands down.

East of West #5 (Image) – There are still loose ends that need to be tied and roads that need to be traveled in this post apocalyptic sci-fi western. I have a feeling that we’ll start getting answers soon.

Star Wars #8 (Dark Horse) – Once you sort through the unending Star Wars literature, Brian Wood’s series stands out as a diamond in the rough. It takes place after the events of Episode IV and carries a wonderfully nostalgic feeling of the original trilogy.

Brett:

A1 #3 (Titan Comics) – One of the best anthologies on the market. Each issue leaves me with wanting more. Read my review.

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2 (Titan Comics) – Nazi’s, time travel and dinosaurs. Do I really need to say more as to why you should be reading this? Read my review.

Fubar: By the Sword #1 (Fubar Press) – With multiple volumes under their belt. This small press phenomenon is out with a two issue series featuring the writing of Chuck Dixon taking on some alternate history.

Infinity #1 (Marvel) – Marvel kicks off their next major event. It’ll have long-term impact that’ll last until the next major event.

It Came! #1 (Titan Comics) – 50’s B-movie fun in comic form. Read my review.

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: March Book One (Top Shelf) – The life of Congressman Lewis, this is the first release in a three-part trilogy chronicling his involvement in the Civil Rights movement. This isn’t just a story, this is history and a graphic novel that should be in every school room. Read my review.

Sean:

Top Pick: Saga #13 (Image) – It’s back, baby! Need I say more?

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #3 (Dark Horse) – This fantastic black-and-white story of faith and war in the Jewish context is a heroic story unlike any other. Much too short-lived, but fantastic nonetheless.

Batgirl #23 (DC) – Simone has been blowing Batgirl out of the water lately. This issue begins the story of Commissioner Gordon looking to get revenge on Batgirl—his daughter!

Infinity #1 (Marvel) – I have to say I’m not so much looking forward to Infinity, but this is a must-get because of its centrality in Marvel’s current storyline.

Justice League of America #7 (DC) – Trinity War continues here: we’ll hopefully find out who the Secret Society of Super-Villains is, and maybe who their spy in the Justice Leagues is…

TPB/Graphic Novel of the Week: The First X-Men (Marvel) – Neal Adams and Christos Gage write the ‘secret’ history of the X-Men before Xavier’s school. This collects the five-issue mini-series from last August.

Preview: A1 #3

A1 #3

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 14, 2013

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

Frankenstein’s Monster is in the Weir and the angry mob greeting him with pitchforks and flaming torches are Mice, Weasels and Rabbits.

From World War 2 to Iraq, you’ll always find Blazing Glory in the thick of it. But after 60 years of combat he’s starting to question what he’s doing and why.

An extremely out-of-shape video game freak assembles his own army of gamers and plans a hit on a well-loved politician.
The reason? Said politician made a really disparaging comment on the nutfreak’s favorite game. Carpediem vs an army of vengeful nerds!

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Week in Review: July 8-14, 2013

Another great week in comics, with the beginning of DC’s Trinity War, the debut of Titan Comics’ Chronos Commandos, plenty of great superhero and pulp books, and even a review of Guillermo del Toro’s summer blockbuster. Check out what we’ve been up to at Graphic Policy this past week:

Graphic Policy Radio
July 9, 2013–a discussion with Emma Houboix about Sailor Moon, manga, FF, Matt Fraction on Hawkeye, and group representation in comics.

Comic Reviews
Hellheim #5–Oni Press’ Scandinavian monster mythology continues to great applause by Andrew.

Miss Fury #4–Dynamite’s time-travelling Nazi-fighter gets mixed reviews.

East of West #4–sci-fi/western continues with great art and emotional storytelling.

Pathfinder #8, TMNT New Animated Adventures #1–Sean gives us a tour of the first in a new TMNT series, and Pathfinder makes a splash for RPGers.

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2–Andrew gives us the details on the lauded second issue of one of Dark Horse’s most touching books.

Black Beetle #4–Francavilla’s pulpy pulp superhero…how have I not picked this up myself?! Seriously, it seems you can’t miss this book; don’t skip Andrew’s review, either.

Star Wars #7, Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #2–Wood’s incredible Original Trilogy era saga continues, with a more emotional look at the Rebel heroes.

Eerie #3–Sean takes a tour of Cousin Eerie’s assorted offerings from Dark Horse’s weird horror/sci-fi anthology, with high marks.

A1 #2, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1–Brett gives us a tour of Titan Comics new line, including dinosaur fighters and an unstoppable anthology of weirdos.

Occupy Comics #2, 12 Reasons to Die #2, Ballistic #1–Brett reviews the political Kickstarter comic, a horror-crime comic of gangsters and soul hunters, and a very strange buddy adventure book.

Ghosted #1–Scott introduces us to Image’s incredibly violent, noir thriller…

Sheltered #1–…and to their new apocalyptic comic, with mixed reviews.

Justice League #22, Daredevil #28, Batman #22–Sean brings us up to date on two amazing comics from the Big Two, and fills us in on the Trinity War’s first shots.

Movie Review
Pacific Rim–Guillermo del Torro’s Kaiju-and-robots movie of the summer is here, but is it any good? Brett’s got some opinions on the matter; feel free to share yours in our comments section!

Book Review
Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism: A Novella–explore post-war Sicily, where puppets come to life at an orphanage…nothing could go wrong with that plot, right? Check out Sean’s review of Mike Mignola (HellboyB.P.R.D., etc.) and Christopher Golden’s chilling novella.

Classics Revisited
Watchmen–this new monthly column, Classics Revisited, hits the ground running, as we take a look at Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s truly incredibly 12-part graphic novel, Watchmen.

That’ll do it for this week folks, but make sure to stay tuned to Graphic Policy for news and reviews of what’s going on in the comic book industry and Geekdom at large.

Review: A1 #2 and Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

A1 #2

A1 #2 cover 3In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find…

Carpediem Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural Odyssey continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

Weirding Willows gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

The anthology is in it’s second issue and continues to blow me away. Three different stories with three different tones in both plot and look. Each excellent in varying ways.

Carpediem, continues to the story of the strange band of super-spies that is as bizarre in story as it looks. The characters and story is original, entertaining and fun, exactly what a comic should be.

Odyssey is the least original of the bunch with a look and feel of a certain Marvel character. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as we’re only two parts in we’ll see how it differentiates itself. The art is beautiful and story is still entertaining. It just feels like I’ve “seen” it before.

Mash-up tales, especially with literary characters, has been very popular these last few years and Weirding Willows is the latest example. Still, this spin is original and definitely entertaining. I’m still figuring out the world it inhabits, but we’re two parts in.

And that’s the only negative thing I have to say about this series, I want more. The stories feel a bit short and as soon as I’m done I want to find out more. Any of these stories can be a series unto itself. They’re that good I want them to be, so I can get more of it at one time instead of bit by bit month by month.

As I finish each issue I want to read more, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverWhen the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

Take soldiers, mix in time travel and add a bit of dinosaurs and you get this series. It feel straight out of the B-Movies I used to watch on Sundays and that’s awesome.

The first issue feels like the scene just before the credits roll in a movie, setting up the main characters and generally what’s going on. We don’t know how time travel works, but are given some rules in which this world runs. Given as a bit of dialogue that you know will come back later and be important, just like I’d imagine in a movie.

The characters are cookie cutter and that’s ok. When it comes to soldiers do you really need more than the “nervous guy,” “wise guy,” and the “grizzled leader”? That’s what we get and I’m totally good with it, because this comic is all about pulp fun, not some deep introspection on characters or war.

I went in to the comic fully expecting what it turned out to be. It knows what type of comic it is and wants to be and delivers it in beautiful pages and art. Chronos Commandos could wind up being one of the most fun pulp comics of the summer.

Story and Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: A1 #2

A1 #2

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

3 Covers to collect!

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find…

CARPEDIEM Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural ODYSSEY continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

WEIRDING WILLOWS gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

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Picks of the Week: Princeless: Tales of the Family Ashe

Princeless-tales-of-the-family-Ashe-coverI’m a huge fan of all things Princeless. So, of course I’m going to recommend this one-shot Princeless: Tales of the Family Ashe by Action Lab .

While Adrienne is having the adventure of her lifetime, her family is getting pulled into the fray! Learn what happens to the ethereal Angelica in the aftermath of Adrienne’s rescue attempt! Shudder to learn what horrible fate has befallen Adrienne’s next sister, Angoisse! And learn the rest of the tale of the young King Ashe, ensnared in the trap of the fiendish elves.

There’s numerous reasons to recommend this comic and series every chance I get. The first is, with this one-shot, we get more of what’s going on with Adrienne’s family. The second is, this is one of the few series that’s as smartly written for kids as it is for adults. Third, it’s also a series that throws out all of the stereotypes and tropes we see in other comics and stories, giving us a strong female minority lead. This continues to be one of the most important comics currently being produced.

Here’s 9 other comics to check out this week in alphabetical order.

  • A1 #2 – The first issue of Titan Comics’ anthology series was beyond fantastic. I’m expecting more of the same from this one.
  • Ghosted #1 – A horror/crime mashup that’s equal parts Ocean’s 11 and The Shining. Sign me up!
  • Hawkeye #12 – One of the best Marvel comics on the market. It’s not afraid to shake things up in its storytelling techniques.
  • Justice League #22Trinity War, nuff said.
  • Night of the 80s Undead #1 – Another Action Lab comic. This time from their adult Danger Zone imprint. The series skewers the 80s with a mashup of zombies.
  • Quantum and Woody #1 – The popular Valiant duo returns!
  • Shelterd #1 – The men and women of Safe Haven have been preparing for any-and-all end of world scenarios for years. However, their bunkers, weapons and training can’t save them from the one threat they never could have expected: Their own children.
  • The Standard #3 – This should be on everyone’s list. The publisher offered you your money back if you don’t enjoy it.
  • The Westwood Witches #2 – A great horror comic from indie publisher Amigo Comics.

Titan Comics Releases: 7/10/13

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: July 10, 2013
Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett

When the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

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A1 #2

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013
3 Covers to collect!
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find… CARPEDIEM Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural ODYSSEY continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

WEIRDING WILLOWS gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

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