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Mini Reviews: Alien, E-Ratic, and two from DC!

Alien #1

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 reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Logan

E-Ratic Recharged #1 (AWA Studios) – Even though Kaare Andrews’ art and Brian Reber’s colors crackle with energy, E-Ratic Recharged #1 is a pretty, by the numbers teen superhero comic. Andrews’ female characters are basically all written and drawn interchangeably, and the new one he introduces this issue has more thong wedgie shots that ones of her face even though she plays a pivotal part in this plotline. However, E-Ratic Recharged isn’t without its charms, especially in its fight scenes, and in how its protagonist Oliver’s patheticness and vulnerability makes Peter Parker seem like a picture of stability. Plus it has a solid cliffhanger. However, it feels like Kaare Andrews’ visual storytelling skills would be welcome on something more compelling than Wish.com Spider-Man meets Hourman. Overall: 6.0 Verdict: Pass

Alien #1 (Marvel) – Of course, utopias always go wrong in a world where the Weyland-Yutani corporation holds sway, and the new Alien comic from Philip Kennedy Johnson and Julius Ohta is no exception. Alien #1 has great pacing with a xenomorph attack before the title page before pulling back and focusing on a group of androids on the run, who get pulled back in to help some human colonies with the greatest prize of all: citizenship. Even though Alien #1 is an action-driven book, there’s still some good commentary about basically some people are less, say, American than others and have to earn basic human dignity. Ohta’s art isn’t super breathtaking, but I love how he draws the androids as basically flawless humans plus the aforementioned xenomorph attack has a great atmosphere and chiaroscuro lighting thanks to colorist Nitro. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

Brett

Batman #127 (DC Comics) – I’ve generally liked the new direction and creative team but the story feels like it’s mining a bit too much in Batman’s history as opposed to charting a new course. Alternate personalities dominate and if you don’t care about this particular one, I don’t, then the issue falls flat. The back-up story featuring Catwoman and Penguin is great though showing off a lot of potential for a classic villain. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Dark Crisis #4 (DC Comics) – This event completely relies on your nostalgia for Crisis on Infinite Earths and the multiverse. Neither really excite me and since recent events have touched upon the same topic, the overall story feels like we’ve seen this one too many times. Overall, a follow up event of a classic feels like a mash-up of too many events we’ve seen before. Overall: 6.0 Verdict: Pass


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 (**).

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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What did you all like? What did you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Reviews

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Alien #1

Review: Alien #1

Alien #1

Overall, the Alien/Predator franchise is one of my favorites. I haven’t read every comic or book but I generally enjoy diving into the world. Like the xenomorph themselves, the stories can take on so many different genres, from sci-fi to horror to straight up action to even westerns. Alien #1 kicks off a new chapter this time focusing on synths, something that feels rather fresh and new to me.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Alien #1 delivers a basic premise that seems to be a running theme in the franchise, don’t trust corporations. Opening up with a disaster, the story eventually shifts to a group of synths who are being called into action. They’re needed for a dangerous mission where radiation and xenomorphs would kill anyone else. Should they take up the mission, synths would be granted citizenship if they choose. Now, do you trust the offer? The answer is obviously no if you’re familiar with the world but as usual, the smart decision wouldn’t make for an interesting read.

Alien #1 is interesting in that it’s giving us something a little different. As I said in the start, I haven’t read everything but beyond the films, synths aren’t something I remember reading a lot about. It’s a rather big unknown to me as a reader and that makes the series all the more exciting. Instead of expendable humans, we get beings who should give the xenomorphs a run for their money. Add on top that they should throw off their usual cycle of death and reproduction, it could come together for a familiar but new take.

The art by Julius Ohta is solid. With color by Yen Nitro and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic delivers a mix of horror and some superheroics. That latter aspect isn’t something I thought I’d see in the franchise but due to the abilities of the synth, there’s moves that are more superhero than soldier. Throw on some spandex or a cape and the movement and visuals are there. It’ll be interesting to see if the series as a whole moves into that genre a bit with this latest story arc.

Alien #1 is an intriguing start. It focuses on an aspect of the world that often feels like a story shoved to the side and dips its toes into a genre I haven’t see the world play in before. There’s a lot here that long time fans and new readers in what could be something really new for the franchise.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Julius Ohta
Color: Yen Nitro Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Metal Society #5

Wednesdays (and 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.

007 #2 (Dynamite) – The first issue delivered a solid take on James Bond that felt like the start to a film. We’re excited to check out the new villain.

Alien #1 (Marvel) – A new volume begins and this one begins to focus on a small colony of synths.

All-Out Avengers #1 (Marvel) – A new Avengers series? We’re intrigued to see where this goes.

Antioch #1 (Image Comics) – Spinning out of Frontiersman, a king attempting to stop man from killing the planet finds himself in a superhuman prison.

Batman: Dear Detective #1 (DC Comics) – Stringing together the amazing art of Lee Bermejo into a narrative.

Everyday Hero Machine Boy (Skybound/Image Comics) – We got a tease of the series already but it feels like a great wholesome robot trying to be a superhero story full of smiles and feels.

Golden Rage #2 (Image Comics) – Older women are thrown on an island where they battle it out! The first issue was great and we’re excited for more!

Highball #1 (AHOY Comics) – The best shot in the galaxy can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk. Sounds like it has potential.

Kali (Dark Horse Comics) – Stabbed in the back, poisoned, and left for dead by her own biker gang; Kali sets off on a one-way road of vengeance across a war-torn desert battlefield. Sounds like our kind of story.

Last Line #1 (AfterShock) – A driver on the tube swears a man was pushed in front of her train but the video and witnesses says otherwise.

The Lost Gardens #1 (Rabbit Hole Studios) – Defects in his technology implants sends a man spiraling downward by the economic forces to be.

Metal Society #5 (Image Comics) – The final issue!? Who will win in this MMA battle between man and machine?

Mind MGMT: Bootleg #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – The series continues to be the amazing twisted mind trip we expected and loved.

New Rat City #1 (Scout Comics) – Pests run rampant across the city in the year 2083 after years of floods and infrastructure mismanagement.

Shock Shop #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A new horror story from Cullen Bunn? Yeah, we’re in. You can read our early review.

Survivor: Aron’s Story (Graphic History Publishing) – The life of Aron and his survival under Nazi occupation and the history of Jewish Disapora.

Vanity #2 (Black Caravan/Scout Comics) – The second chapter in the biopic of the legendary Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory.

Exclusive Preview: Alien #1

Alien #1

(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson (A) Julius Ohta
(CA) Bjorn Barends (VCA) Travis Charest, Carlos Magno
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Sep 07, 2022
SRP: $3.99

PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON AND JULIUS OHTA LAUNCH A NEW ALIEN EPIC!
MAN, MACHINE, AND THE MOST TERRIFYING CREATURE IN THE UNIVERSE…IT’S AN EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO HELL, AND YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO BE ON IT! A small colony of synths have settled in secret on a backwater moon. When a company of United System soldiers come to them for help retrieving biotechnology on a hostile planet that could be the key to saving humanity, the synths must decide whether the prospect of peace between man and machine is worth the risk of betrayal.

Alien #1

Preview: Alien Annual #1

Alien Annual #1

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jul 20, 2022
SRP: $4.99

• Years before Bloodlines, Weyland-Yutani security chief, Gabriel Cruz, was a company man.
• His devotion to WY came first, no matter what the cost.
• But when the company decides to conduct their first trial run experiment with a Xenomorph, will Cruz stand by and let innocent soldiers die?

Alien Annual #1

Exclusive Preview: Alien #12

Alien #12

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Marc Aspinall (VCA) Derrick Chew
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Jun 01, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE END OF PARADISE!
• Jane and her people have been imprisoned with a group of facehuggers!
• Jane has one last chance to escape, but will her disease be her doom?

Alien #12

Alien #1 Kicks Off a Whole New Saga in August

This August, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson will continue his bold contributions to the world of Alien in an all-new comic series! Featuring the incredible and terrifying artwork of rising star Julius Ohta, Alien #1 will kick off a new saga that will serve as a perfect entrypoint into the legendary horror/science-fiction franchise for newcomers and a must-read for longtime fans. Packed with thrilling revelations and fresh insights into the Alien mythos, this new chapter promises to further explore the hard-hitting themes Johnson presented in the title’s first era as a new cast of characters must go deep into Xenomorph territory for a chance to combat human extinction.

A small colony of synths have settled in secret on a backwater moon. When a company of United System soldiers come to them for help retrieving biotechnology on a hostile planet that could be the key to saving humanity, the synths must decide whether the prospect of peace between man and machine is worth the risk of betrayal.

MAN, MACHINE, AND THE MOST TERRIFYING CREATURE IN THE UNIVERSE…IT’S AN EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO HELL, AND YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO BE ON IT! Don’t miss ALIEN #1 when it arrives this August! Check out the cover by Björn Barends below!

Alien #1

Exclusive Preview: Alien #11

Alien #11

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Marc Aspinall (VCA) Mike Mayhew
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

SANCTUARY IS NO MORE!
• Jane and the remaining Spinners are running out of ways to escape.
• And hope is getting slimmer as each station they reach is decimated by the Xenomorphs.
• Will help reach the colony in time?
• Or will the true intents of the colony destroy all hope?

Alien #11

Discover Gabriel Cruz’s First Xenomorph Encounter in Alien Annual #1

Over the last year, Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Salvador Larroca’s explosive run on Alien has thrilled new and longtime fans with a brand-new saga set in the iconic—and terrifying—world of the Alien franchise. Packed with incredible action and pulse-pounding horror, the latest Alien comic series has been an exciting new chapter that has added new characters, discoveries, and depth to this legendary scifi mythos. To wrap up their first era on the title, Johnson and Larrocca will team up on giant-sized annual issue this June. Alien Annual #1 will explore the mysterious tragic past of series’ hero Gabriel Cruz, revealing his original deadly run-in with the Xenomorph.

Years before Bloodlines, Weyland-Yutani security chief, Gabriel Cruz, was a company man. His devotion to WY came first, no matter what the cost. But when the company decides to conduct a trial run experiment with a Xenomorph, will Cruz stand by and let innocent soldiers die?

Alien Annual #1
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