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Preview: Captain Ginger Vol. 1

Captain Ginger Vol. 1

(W) Stuart Moore (A) June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Veronica Gandini
In Shops: Jun 05, 2019
SRP: $15.99

Now in one volume: the acclaimed tale of a starship run by cats! The intrepid Captain Ginger struggles to keep his fellow felines united against a hostile universe-and their own worst feline instincts, too. Featuring the entire original miniseries, plus two rare extra stories and a sketchbook of character designs. Introduction by Walter Simonson (Thor, Ragnarok).

Captain Ginger Vol. 1

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/11

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.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


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Batman #71 (DC) **– There’s a nice contrast in art styles this time out between Mikel Janin and Jorge Fornes, both of whom turn in borderline-breathtaking work, but Tom King’s script is —well, Tom King’s script, namely a jumbled mess that does nothing to gin up interest in the long-drawn-out, inevitable Batman/Bane confrontation. Is it time for issue 100 yet? This series could dearly use some new blood. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Look at the art

High Level #4 (DC/Vertigo) **- Another fun and reasonably topical twist on old sci-fi tropes from Rob Sheridan, Barnaby Bagenda, and Amancay Nahuelpan, this one turning several cliches of the “Vegas of the Future” scenario on their head. A brisk, smartly-constructed read with nice characterization and superb art. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

American Carnage #7 (DC/Vertigo) **- Yet another really solid installment from Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez that balances forward plot momentum with moody, stylish art almost perfectly. Our protagonist is getting in pretty deep here, and may not have any real allies among the “very fine people on both sides.” Seriously compelling stuff. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Daredevil #5 (Marvel) **- If downward spirals are your thing, then you’ll love this issue, but damn, Matt Murdock’s been on a personal downward spiral for, like, three decades or so now, and there’s never any sign of a “rock bottom,” is there? All of which is me saying that Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetoo really aren’t doing anything new here, even if the art is admittedly quite nice. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

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Planet of the Nerds #2 (Ahoy!)– Jocks from the 80s find themselves in the middle of 2019 comic con in this funny, satirical time travel series by Paul Constant and Alan Robinson. The book opens with the jock Chad punching a copyright friendly Deadpool cosplayer and then calling him a homophobic slur, which leads to militarized police dropping in and a fruitless search for a payphone. Robinson has a MAD magazine sensibility to his artwork while Constant’s writing is equal parts nostalgic and skewering of the casual homophobia and toxic masculinity in 80s comedies. The real highlight of the book is the backup by Constant and Randy Elliott where Drew (Who geeks out all over Miles Morales in the main story.) struggles with being forced to conform to the football scholarship stereotype because he is black when he wants to go to an academic college. There’s also great commentary on black superheroes in the late Bronze Age, and the backup goes a long way to making Drew the most compelling character in Planet of the Nerds’ cast. Overall:8 Verdict: Buy


Star Wars TIE Fighter #2 (Marvel)– I definitely couldn’t pass up a Star Wars comic told from the “bad guys'” point of view. The Shadow Wing TIE Fighter squadron have been fired on by their own troops, and it’s not as simple as Rebels pretending to be Imperials. After a thrilling dog fight sequence drawn by Roge Antonio, writer Jody Houser settles into the grey areas of war and reveals the series’ antagonist, an Imperial Admiral, who is tired of laying his life on the line for the Empire and wants to make a buck with his own mining operation. But Shadow Wing isn’t sellouts, and their daring escape has only begun. Even if I haven’t 100% connected with the characters yet, Houser and Antonio provide plenty of action beats and moral ambiguity to make this worth a read for Star Wars fan who want to see things from “a certain point of view”. Joshua Cassara draws the backup focusing on party boy turned fighter pilot Lyttan chatting with his brother that shows the effect of the Galactic Civil War on soldiers and their families. Plus there are medical frigate jokes! Overall: 7.3 Verdict: Read

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Star Wars Age of Rebellion Lando Calrissian #1 (Marvel) In this one shot, we find Lando as he brokers deals with the different factions in Cloud City, with Lobot not far behind. Everything seems peachy keen as his role as Baron Administrator has Lando dealing with more politics than he ever expected. As his role comes with a caveat, having to retrieve the person he replaces, who has ties to a local gangster. By issue’s end, the gangs reach into slavery is a bridge too far for Lando, as his consciousness gets the best of him. Overall: 9.8 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 (**).

Review: The Wrong Earth

Two Earths, different versions of the same hero. One is dark a gritty, the other is a go-gooder. Found on each other’s Earths they must adapt to the different, but similar, worlds.

Story: Tom Peyer, Paul Constant
Art: Jamal Igle, Frank Cammuso, Gary Erskine, Tom Feister
Ink: Juan Castro
Color: Andy Troy, Frank Cammuso
Letterer: Rob Steen, Frank Cammuso

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: Planet of the Nerds #2

Out this Wednesday, May 15th, is AHOY ComicsPlanet of the Nerds #2 with a main story by Paul Constant, artist Alan Robinson, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and letterer Rob Steen.

After the thawed-out 1980s jocks start a riot at a comic convention, they learn to their horror that everyone in 2019 uses computers like a bunch of poindexters.

But, AHOY Comics is packed with entertainment and we have an exclusive preview of the back-up story “Drew Johnson – Testing Week” by writer Paul Constant, artist Randy Elliott, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and letterer Rob Steen.

This back-up story features Dragonflyman and Stinger, the stars of the breakout AHOY Comics series The Wrong Earth which you can get in trade in comic shops and book stores now.

Check out the exclusive preview of some of what you’ll find in Planet of the Nerds #2 below.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & the Freshman Force: Who Dis? (Devil’s Due Comics) – We’re a sucker for these types of comics and we’ll admit the political nerds in us are really interested in seeing exactly what’s within the pages of this issue.

All-Time Comics Zerosis Deathscape #0 (Floating World Comics) – An all-new five issue miniseries and if it’s like the previous releases, we’re psyched. This superhero world is a mix of modern and classic and just a lot of pulp action fun.

Black Badge #10 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best comics on the market, it’s a twisted take on a Boy Scouts like group that’s used to recruit and train young assassins. You can learn more about the history of the program here!

Fathom Vol. 8 #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen has been hit and miss lately with a few false starts over the years but they seem to be more focused this time and we’re excited to see if this new volume reflects a renewed Aspen.

Giant-Man #1 (Marvel) – The many individuals who have used that name come together in this War of the Realms tie-in and we’re kind of excited for it.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 (Dark Horse) – A supernatural crime story from Paul Maybury and Sam Lotfi that has us really intrigued to check it out.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #4 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Marvel line has been great for kids and each issue a lot of fun. So, check it out, especially if you’re looking for comics for kids.

Planet of the Nerds #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was funny and AHOY packs so much in each and every issue they put out. Just a great value for your dollar.

Science Comics: Cars, Engines that Move You (First Second) – First Second’s graphic novels in this line are fantastic if you want to learn more about the topic. This is solid for kids and adults who want to learn.

War of the Realms #4/War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1/War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers #1 (Marvel) – We’re suckers for this, we’ll be honest. The event has been very hit and miss but we’re hoping it turns around. It has to, right?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Wrong Earth

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1 (DC Comics) – The first two volumes that brough together Batman and the Turtles were tons of fun and we’re excited to see where this new volume goes and what new adventures they can come up with.

Copra Vol. 1/Copra Vol. 3/Copra Vol. 5 (Image Comics) Copra is now with Image Comics and with new printings, it’ll be easier than ever to get a copy to check out. The series is an indie take on superhero comics and so worth it.

DCeased #1 (DC Comics) – This sounds like DC’s version of Marvel’s popular zombie stories and we’re good with that.

DC’s Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics) – This is going to be an important issue as it sounds like it’ll set up the next year of DC Comics.

Descendent #1 (AfterShock) – A new series that revolves around secret government conspiracies, ancient cults, government corruption and the kidnapped son of a Senator. We’re in.

Fallen World #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – A new trip to the future of the Valiant universe focusing on Rai and Bloodshot. Valiant always delivers and this is no exception.

Five Years #1 (Abstract Studios) – Weaving many of the strands of the “Terryverse” into one epic saga we’re there for any series by Terry Moore.

Hashtag Danger #1 (AHOY Comics) – A dysfunctional scientific team taking on lost civilizations and supernatural threats. Sound familiar? AHOY is an amazing publisher having fun with comic tropes and have delivered with every issue and series. Plus you get tons of extras!

Spencer and Locke 2 #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The second volume of the twisted take on Calvin and Hobbes set in Sin City expands the homage as they take on a familiar enemy who’s a bit like Beetle Baily.

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale (DC Comics/DC Ink) – We’re here to support this initiative of graphic novels aimed at younger readers! Check it out on Free Comic Book Day too!

War of the Realms #3 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event has been epic but uneven but we want to see what’s next in a pass the popcorn and turn off our brain sort of way.

The Wrong Earth Vol. 1 (AHOY Comics) – If you missed this series, you have no excuse now. It’s a spoof, homage, and love letter to superhero comics, especially Batman.

Preview: Hashtag Danger #1

Hashtag Danger #1

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant (A) Fred Harper, Chris Giarrusso (CA) Richard Williams
In Shops: May 01, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats… when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems! Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror).

Hashtag Danger #1

Exclusive Preview: Snelson, the Amazing Back Up from Hashtag Danger

It’s Hashtag Danger time from AHOY Comics! Debuting May 1, Hashtag Danger is the latest series to launch from the upstart publisher as part of their second wave of comics.

As with all AHOY Comics, Hashtag Danger #1 is packed with extras including a comic from writer Paul Constant, artist Fred Harper, colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen, Snelson! It’s one of three you’ll find in the first issue on top of the main story by Tom Peyer and Chris Giarrusso.

We have an exclusive look at Snelson which you can get next week as part of Hashtag Danger #1, on shelves May 1st.

Hashtag Danger #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Assassin Nation #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was just some solid uber violence and a lot of fun. How to prevent getting assassinated? By hiring the best assassins to protect you!

Black Badge #9 (BOOM! Studios) – Have you been reading this series which is basically the Scouts as assassins? No? This could be a good issue to start and check out.

Major X #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was divisive but we’d be lying if we didn’t want to see where Rob Liefeld’s latest X-Universe entry was going.

Planet of the Nerds #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY always delivers a fun read. This series takes jocks and transports them to modern times where nerds rule! There’s a lot of potential for this one.

Transformers #3 (IDW Publishing) – While not as good as the previous volume, we really want to see the build up to the Civil War and what Cybertron was like before all of that.

Uncanny X-Men #16 (Marvel) – The last issue shook up a lot and at this point we have no idea where this is all going. So good.

War of the Realms #2/War of the Realms: The Punisher #1/War of the Realms: War Scrolls #1 (Marvel) – While we haven’t been too hyped so far for this event, we’re still curious as to where it goes and what the tie-in miniseries bring to the story.

Xena: Warrior Princess #1 (Dynamite) – We’re always excited to see the popular character return to comics.

Preview: Planet of the Nerds #1

Planet of the Nerds #1

Story: Paul Constant
Cover: David Nakayama
Art: Alan Robinson
Colorist: Felipe Sobreiro
Extras: Randy Elliott

Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019–an era ruled by nerds! PLUS! A backup series explores the characters’ origins. EXTRA! Prose and pictures by the finest talents in and out of comics.

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