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Preview: My Bad #2

MY BAD #2

(W) Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
(A) Peter Krause
Cover A: Peter Krause
Cover B: Jonathan Case
December 8, 2021
$3.99

The Important New Superhero Universe™ continues, courtesy of Mark Russell (SECOND COMING), Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause! Why did Rush Hour run into Emperor King’s inescapable doom trap? Has Emperor King learned that the crime-fighting Chandelier is secretly Jamington Withrop, heir to the Winthrop Lamps fortune? The answer to ONE of these questions awaits in this issue, along with bonus features. Retailer incentive cover by Jonathan Case (The New Deal)!

MY BAD #2

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/27/2021

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Logan

Echolands #4 (Image)– Hope and her band of adventurers are on the run from the wizard’s daughter and the double-dealing, Kirby homaging Romlus IV in JH Williams, Haden Blackman, and Dave Stewart’s Echolands #4. Williams uses insane washes to show the protagonists struggling to find an exit of the trap with Stewart layering ink black darkness on the line art. Blackman and JH Williams’ plotting and writing is also praise-worthy as they use the device of a meal laid out in a double page spread to flesh out Echolands’ ensemble cast that also functions as a breather and ties into some of the backmatter of previous issues. Echolands continues to be the best-looking ongoing comic with its fusion of art styles and genres all woven together into a narrative of adventure, political intrigue, and something perhaps a bit more cosmic and philosophical. It’s worth reading for Williams’ mastery of the spread alone. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 (Image)– Grrl Scouts is back with a new lead character, Dio, and a crazy supporting cast like bounty hunter Turtleneck Jones, the shifty Geordi, and a whole lot of folks who wanna fuck shit up. Most importantly, Jim Mahfood’s free-flowing, street art tinged art style is in full effect and a perfect fit for the lawlessness of space some time in the future. Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 isn’t bogged down by explanations or exposition, but just in being a good and sad time. I love how Mahfood uses black and white notebook style pages and a loose art style to talk about Dio’s experiences with her dead boyfriend, and how much she misses him. Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost is a cool looking, fast moving comic that also packs an emotional punch and has an air of mystery. Jim Mahfood is a true treasure, and you shouldn’t definitely check out his sweet storytelling. I mean, the cartoonist makes the rhythm of buying and downing a beer and a shot compelling. Overall: 9.2 Verdict: Buy

Amazing Spider-Man #79 (Marvel)– Cody Ziglar, Michael Dowling, and Jesus Aburtov lean into the corporate satire (Of the Beyond Corporation) in Amazing Spider-Man #79 while also telling an action-packed, poignant Spidey tale. Joking to mask the pain is definitely a recurring thread in this one beginning with a laugh out loud opening sequence of a Beyond Corporation pencil pusher disappearing while singing a drunken rendition of “What A Fool Believes”. Although it’s hard to tell the Beyond folks apart (And maybe that’s the point), Dowling’s clean art style makes Spider-Man’s fight scenes look smooth while adding a little chaos to the mix once this issue’s bad guy shows up. Because deep down, this is a story where Spider-Man literally and metaphorically gets his ass kicked with Michael Dowling and Aburtov bringing the pain while Ziglar’s anxious narration highlights every missed dodge, block, and opening. I hadn’t read many Ben Reilly stories before this run, but Cody Ziglar and Dowling do a great job of making me interested in a guy, who has the dual struggles of pleasing corporate masters and stepping into the legacy of one of the greatest heroes of all time. Plus the usual fisticuffs, scum, and villainy. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

Wolverine #18 (Marvel)– Wolverine #18 is an action movie in single comic form with heart and humor from Benjamin Percy, Paco Diaz, and Java Tartaglia. Percy threads in some of the most successful elements of his run, like supporting characters Jeff Bannister and Maverick, to give this story some stakes. Wolverine can really be himself and have a good time around Bannister and his daughter so threatening is a sure fire recipe for suspense. Diaz uses wide, inter-cutting panels to intensify the big truck/Krakoan chase sequencek and also shows that Maverick is better as a profit-driven anti-hero instead of an ally. Throw in some funny data pages and Johnny Cash karaoke, and this is an enjoyable installment of Wolverine even though Adam Kubert’s art is sorely missed. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Black’s Myth #5 (Ahoy)– Eric Palicki and Wendell Cavalcanti wrap up this werewolf PI mystery in a neat bow placing previous scenes in the series in a new context. I love the character growth for Strummer and Ben too as he runs point on a case, and she finds a little romance. Black’s Myth #5 definitely had me wishing there were more cases in store for this LA Noire meets Fables duo. Overall: 7.7 Verdict: Read

Brett

Task Force Z #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue debuted the crazy concept of Batman rogues returned from the dead after A-Day to join a team led by Red Hood. It was so out there and worked so well. The second issue delivers more of the same with a greater focus on what’s going on. When I heard the pitch, I rolled my eyes. But, some great character interaction, action, and solid art, it’s a comic I’m excited to see how far it goes. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: Black’s Myth #5

BLACK’S MYTH #5

(W) Eric Palicki
(A) Wendell Cavalcanti
Cover: Liana Kangas
November 24, 2021
$3.99

Final issue of the hit werewolf crime story! Will Strummer figure out who shot her? Is it the same person who stole the bullets? Will there be a “why” to go with the “who?” Will Ben and Aster ever get their beer? Find out in the thrilling conclusion of BLACK’S MYTH!

BLACK’S MYTH #5

Preview: Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Fred Harper
(C) Fred Harper
November 17, 2021
$3.99

Cue up the laugh track! Comedian Melville Snelson doesn’t know how many oxycontins he took. (Laughter) His shows are bombing. (Laughter) His website is attracting trolls who threaten violence. (Laughter) A comic he identifies with just committed suicide. (Laughter, applause) Time for a near-death experience with the possibility of a fatal encore. (Crickets) Plus: prose & pix, AHOY-style!

Snelson: Comedy is Dying #4

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #2

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #2

(W) Dean Motter, Holly Interlandi
(A) Dean Motter, Greg Scott
(C) Richard Williams
November 10, 2021
$4.99

An automaton equipped to defeat an educated human in the game of chess? Preposterous! Poe himself undertakes to pierce the mechanical mystery in “Chess Player.” Plus! An ostensibly helpful bit of software tries to dominate a writer’s creative process in “Angle of the Odd.” Our special “Dread-of Devices” issue closes out with prose stories and a poem.

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF DEATH #2

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/07/2021

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Logan

My Bad #1 (Ahoy)– Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, Peter Krause, and Kelly Fitzpatrick unleash the silliness and superdickery in My Bad #1. The free-wheeling two story plus fake ads (Which are the best part of the comic) format gives the book a great old school feel while poking fun at soon-to-be popular IP products, Chandelier Man, Accelerator, and Rush Hour plus their shared nemesis Emperor King. Chandelier Man is white privilege personified and spends his entire issue trying to get rid of bomb. The mixture of classic, yet off-kilter superhero art from Krause, and Russell and Ingman’s irreverent scripting is a winning combination. My Bad #1 reads a lot like a Keith Giffen book from the 1980s with update cultural references. Finally, as a life long traffic hater and recent car accident sufferer, I need Rush Hour to have a showcase story. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy

Crush and Lobo #6 (DC)– Crush and Lobo #6 is another hilarious, bittersweet, and action-packed installment of my favorite smol gay comic from Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, and Nick Filardi. The entirety of this issue takes place in Space Vegas where Crush fruitlessly looks for her dad. Tamaki’s running, fourth wall commentary mixed with Nahuelpan’s debauchery-filled crowd scenes make this an amusing read with clever ideas like a cookie place where you eat a life-sized cookie of yourself. Between the jokes and double page spreads of mayhem, Crush and Lobo #6 has a lot of heart as Crush accidentally goes on a date and realizes maybe she’s a jerk who doesn’t like herself very much. She’s cursed with self-awareness (Thank you Mariko Tamaki narration) yet still makes mistakes, which makes her incredibly relatable and worth a monthly hang. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

Crossover #9 (Image)– In Crossover #9, Donny Cates tries to do what Brian Michael Bendis did in the first volume of Powers and parody a writer’s style through an entire issue. (Warren Ellis is Bendis’ case; Brian Michael Bendis in Cates’ case.) However, the whole thing feels like a Family Guy cutaway gag with Cates aping Bendis’ style instead of having any kind of actual jokes. Although the entire issue is *fittingly* talking heads, there is a lot of plot progression in the whole comic book creations murdering their creators. However, Crossover continues to grow more inane and be less about the characters and more about Donny Cates showing off his knowledge of Powers lore and namedropping other, better comics. Geoff Shaw’s art and Dee Cunniffe’s colors are almost its saving grace with cool interrogation scenes that had me feeling for early 2000s Marvel instead of the book I was reading. They deserve way better than the scripts they’ve been handed, and the lack of blockbuster-style action is a reminder of how thin and shallow Crossover’s characters and themes are. Overall: 4.7 Verdict: Pass

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC)– Although it features gorgeous, story book-style art from Yasmine Putri, her and Tom Taylor’s Dark Knights of Steel #1 starts off slow and has a pretty obvious plot twist if you know basic DC lore. The opening sequence with Jor-El unleashing heat vision on medieval soldiers is unsettling, and Putri nails a similar line and page breaking scene with Banshee later in the book. However, the conflict between medieval Black Lightning and the House of El is a pretty basic one between magic and metahuman abilities. It really feels like a kind of re-skinned Injustice, and lots of Taylor’s faves like Constantine, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, and Black Canary make appearances. But towards the end, Dark Knights of Steel starts to find its footing by focusing on the family dynamic with Bruce and the Els, which is vastly more intriguing that two factions slugging it out. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read.

Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #1 (Archie)– Chilling Adventures in Sorcery is an old school horror anthology with wonderfully atmospheric visuals. Eliot Rahal and Vincenzo Federici frame the book around horror host/Greendale High teacher, Madam Satan, trying to escape Hell, and she runs into 2 souls aka Archie and Jughead, who tell her Twilight Zone-style stories. There is a controlled chaos to Federici’s line art, and Madam Satan is quite the charismatic lead. Evan Stanley’s story follows Archie as he works at a haunted arcade and has a Amblin Entertainment-meets-Five Nights at Freddie Vibe. It’s followed by a Jughead story from Amy Chu and Derek Charm that turns burger eating into something cinematic and the comedic into the grotesque. Speaking of grotesque, the anthology wraps up with a one pager from Pat and Tim Kennedy and Bob Smith that perfectly combines the Archie house style with super gore. Classic Archie characters plus an EC horror format with memorable art and wry dialogue makes this one-shot a spooky good time. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy.

Knighted #1 (AWA/Upshot)– A middle management loser named Bob takes up the mantle of the city’s greatest superhero, The Knight in Knighted #1 by Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Teixeira, and Brian Reber. The comic has the feel of The Boys or Kick-Ass with cringy dialogue and an asshole on every corner to go with Teixeira and Reber’s grimy visuals. Most of the issue is Bob being humiliated until he has a potentially golden opportunity fall in his lap. I mostly enjoyed the back half of the comic where Hurwitz and Mark Teixeira mess around with elements of the Batman mythos through the spitting image of Morgan Freeman, Ash DeVane, who basically steals the entire comic. Knighted #1 reads like a Millarworld Book with Marvel Knights art, but it didn’t take itself super seriously so I didn’t hate it and am here for more Bob cringe. Overall: 7.3 Verdict: Read.

Out of Body #5 (Aftershock)– Peter Milligan, Inaki Miranda, and Eva De La Cruz stick the landing in Out of Body’s very dark conclusion. Most of the issue takes place in the astral plane where our protagonist Dan and the psychic Abi try to break free out of the creepy occultist August Pryne’s trap. The wild card is Dan’s deadbeat brother, Luke, and Out of Body’s throughline of how other people’s perception of us is different from our own self-perception continues by elucidating their relationship. Milligan and Miranda put together all the pieces of why Dan is in a coma and give one last glimpse about how his hubris and workaholism has doomed all his relationships. Inaki Miranda and Eva De La Cruz’s take on the astral plane continues to be gorgeous and surreal and goes into pure puffs of color and smoke to match Peter Milligan’s perceptive narration. If you’re into weird occult shit, dysfunctional relationships, and are tired of happy endings, Out of Body is definitely the book for you. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy.


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Preview: My Bad #1

MY BAD #1

(W) Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
(A) Peter Krause
COVER A: Peter Krause
COVER B: Jerry Ordway
November 3, 2021
$3.99

A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and SECOND COMING! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier! IMPORTANT NEW COMIC BOOK UNIVERSE BEGINS HERE, we say sarcastically!

MY BAD #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1

Wednesdays (and now 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.

A Thing Called Truth #1 (Image Comics) – Iolanda Zanfardino and Elisa Romboli deliver a chaotic LGBTQ+ road trip! The creative team alone has us wanting to check out this debut.

After Dark (AfterShock) – An anthology of four spooky tales!

Batman/Superman: Authority Special #1 (DC Comics) – Batman meets Midnighter. That alone has us all in.

By the Horns #7 (Scout Comics) – The series has been solid with a fun fantasy setting and great cast of characters. This is a must if you enjoy the fantasy genre.

Campisi #3 (AfterShock) – It’s the mob vs. a dragon! Yeah, that’s all you need to know.

Dark Knights of Steel #1 (DC Comics) – A new twisted take on DC’s heroes takes them to a fantasy world.

Glamorella’s Daughter #3 (Literati Press) – The series has been a great one with a dose of humor and interesting characters. What’s it like to be the daughter of the world’s greatest superhero? Find out!

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 1: From Syria to Turkey (Graphic Mundi) – The beginning of a trilogy of graphic novels about the true story of Hakim and his journey from a war torn Syria.

Heathens #1 (AfterShock) – When evil men and women escape from the depths of the eternal abyss, the Pirate Queen Lady Shih is sent to retrieve them. This sounds pretty awesome.

Hellboy: Bones of Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – We’re always up for a new Hellboy adventure. They always bring a fun, action filled story with a solid dose of humor.

The Human Target #1 (DC Comics) – Tom King and Greg Smallwood team up for a new take on the character.

Knighted #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series? We’re intrigued by the concept of a person who takes on the mantle of a hero after accidentally killing the last person.

My Bad #1 (AHOY Comics) – A superhero spook from Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman, and Peter Krause? Yeah, we’re in.

Newburn #1 (Image Comics) – A new crime/noir series? Yeah, we’re in for that. It being from Chip Zdarsky, Nadia Shammas, Ziyed Yusu Ayoub, and Jacob Phillips? We’re completely sold on it.

Rush #1 (Vault Comics) – A horror story taking place in the wild Yukon. We’re interested in checking out more.

Preview: My Bad #1

MY BAD #1

(W) Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
(A) Peter Krause
COVER A: Peter Krause
COVER B: Jerry Ordway
November 3, 2021
$3.99

A sharp super-hero spoof from a stellar team that includes co-creators of Irredeemable and SECOND COMING! In Gravel City, the super-villain Emperor King has devised not only a sadistic death trap for his arch-enemy, The Accelerator, but also the means to penetrate the top secrets of his other arch-enemy, The Chandelier! IMPORTANT NEW COMIC BOOK UNIVERSE BEGINS HERE, we say sarcastically!

MY BAD #1
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