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Huck_06-1The weekend is almost here and while you count down the hours, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – Jamie Rich: Vertigo is “alive and kicking” – Good to hear!

PBS Newshour – Why we need plus-sized superheroes like Faith Herbert – Yes, yes we do need Faith.

Comics Alliance – Syfy Superman Prequel ‘Krypton’ Nears Pilot Order With David Goyer – This is still happening?

Newsarama – Dear HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: May We Have a Word About ‘Cultural Appropriation’? – An interesting read.

StreetsBlog – Insane Comic Books Warn Phoenix Children That Biking Will Kill Them – Uh…


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New Hawkeye #6

The Outhousers – Huck #6


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dept H #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.


Top Pick: Dept. H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s work would be enjoyable even if they published the book with all the words spelled backwards. His visual storytelling inspires the mind and the inner artist. His new direction with this book is very exciting.

All-New Hawkeye #4 (Marvel) – Do you ever feel like people who read Hawkeye hit you over the head with how good it is? That they just don’t shut up about? Because if you’re not reading Hawkeye, somebody SHOULD be hitting you over the head until you are. Notify me and I’ll get someone on that. I’ve been very happy with this Lemire’s work following Faction’s run.

BEK: Black-Eyed Kids #1 (Aftershock) – I have really been enjoying Aftershock each month. Their new book will hopefully be as creepy and unnerving as the cover.

Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – There’s something about Clean Room, something about it’s grotesque imagery yet clean visuals that allows this horror story to really stand out. I enjoyed the first arc and I really feel like Gail Simone has built a strong foundation to build upon.

Tokyo Ghost #6 (Image) – If Sean Murphy keyed my car once a month, I would still look forward to seeing it. If Rick Remender was telling him what to do with the key, I would not only continue to pay $4 a month to see how it had turned out, I would gladly explain it all to Hyundai when my lease was up.



Top Pick: Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – I’ve only just finished the first Divinity, and it was phenomenal. I can’t wait to get started on this. Cannot bloody wait.

Bloodshot Reborn #12 (Valiant) – The current story arc, The Analog Man, features some of the best looking artwork out there. It’s also a cool story with a very Mad Max aesthetic.

Howard The Duck #6 (Marvel) – Always a treat to read this series; Zdarsky’s humour is right up my alley.

Huck #6 (Image) – The first of two Superman like characters on this list, Huck is one of the better Millar books of recent times (of course I haven’t read the Jupiter series yet). Even though this s the final issue, I have no idea how it’ll all wrap up, especially because it feels like it’s only just about begun.

Hyperion #2 (Marvel) – Is here for the same reason it was last month. Hyperion may hit someone with a transfer truck swung like a baseball bat.



Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #9 (Marvel) – I have been really enjoying this book from the get go, and I’ll admit when I heard time travel in the story, I rolled my eyes. HOWEVER, I am really looking forward to see the X-Men in the future, joined by their teacher, facing off against Apocalypse and his horsemen; I always enjoy seeing new mutants imagined as horsemen and how they fit the roles of war, famine, pestilence and death.  I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

Captain Marvel #4 (Marvel) – I’m a huge fan of Carol, and Abigail Brand is always a welcome addition to any title…but to be honest, my biggest draw to this book is Alpha Flight!  Well the three members we have; Aurora, Sasquatch and Puck have been out of the pages for far too long.  All the reboots and re-launches going on, why hasn’t anyone taken a look at Alpha Flight?  There is major potential there…just saying.

New Avengers #10 (Marvel) – Even with the American Kaiju and the New Avenger’s Power Rangers inspired mecha robot *yawn*, this title has definitely picked up steam with the tie in to Pleasant Hill.  These Avengers are fighting in the name of A.I.M., we should be rooting for them, right?  Lines are being drawn, not just with the team, but all the Avengers, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see this title stepping up.

Uncanny Inhumans #7 (Marvel) – I’m really liking the idea of Black Bolt’s ‘Quiet Room’, and really enjoyed that last issue showing the various Inhumans helping him keep the piece in his club.  And now there is an investigation under way…and the Capo., thought dead, is making a play to regain his power.  Never a dull moment for ol’ Black Bolt.



Top Pick: Clean Room #7 (Vertigo) – I only read it with the lights on. This sure to be disturbing issue is an Astrid stand alone story.

East of West #25 (Image) – Year two comes to an end after three years. Wait that does’t sound right. Double-checked, it’s an accurate statement. Hickman and Dragotta get a pass because it is damn good apocalyptic storytelling.

Gutter Magic #4 (IDW Publishing) – The end to another good story. Only four issues of this epic sci-fi/fantasy alternative history epic. I got my fingers crosses for future arcs.

Karnak #3 (Marvel) – If you are going to make me wait for like five months, then it better be good. This new philosophically bent Karnak is a blast to read—that is when an issue finally makes it to market.



Top Pick: Superman: American Alien #6/Superman: Lois and Clark #7 (DC Comics) – The best two Superman comics DC has going right now. Both in their own ways are great explorations of the characters and both show off what makes him great.

Captain Canuck #8 (Chapter House Comics) – Every issue is fun and entertaining. Great superhero comics without the gritty grim.

Carver: Paris Story #3 (Z2 Comics) – Just awesome gritty noir.

Dept H #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt’s new series? Done! Did you read his Mind MGMT from Dark Horse? It’s excellent. This first issue is excellent. An absolutely must buy.

Divinity II #1 (Valiant) – The first volume was absolutely amazing and this is a series I’ve been looking forward to since its announcement. I’m expecting nothing but excellence here.

Review: All-New Hawkeye #1

All New Hawkeye #1Hawkeye and Hawkeye take aim at another season. But it’s not all straight as an arrow for Clint and Kate. A deep-seated rift that stretches across time, brings old man Clint and a wiser Kate back together as they chase down mistakes from their past.

One of the comics I’ve really been looking forward to with the All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch was All-New Hawkeye. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Ramon Perez, the team taking on Clint and Kate was exciting.

The art came out in the lead up, and we saw an old grizzled Clint and Kate (who you can’t really tell her age in the promo art). This had a lot of folks assuming we’d see an older Clint Barton post Secret Wars. The answer to that question is yes and no.

Lemire gives us two stories in this issue which takes place in the present where Clint and Kate’s relationship is fraying. It also picks up years down the road where the relationship has completely come undone. Totally unexpected for me, I felt really dragged in because I wanted to see why and how things went wrong. Lemire gives us an interesting hook that’s not being done elsewhere in comics (that I can think of). But his twist is great because I’d guess a lot of folks reading this issue are invested in these two characters. Presenting the story as he has, Lemire has played off of that to get us to want more. It’s like seeing two friends argue and you’re sad because you want them to be friends and make up.

Helped is the art by Perez which is top notch as expected. Ramon Perez’s art is a style I enjoy and works really well here, especially when presenting the older versions. It might seem weird to say, but the art feels right for the story.

The comic is a good start. It didn’t blow me away, but there’s more than enough here that I want to read the second issue and see where Lemire is going. Part of that “didn’t blow me away” is because Lemire is so good, I have higher standards for him (sorry!). Still, the comic is more than entertaining and makes us care about the characters within.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Ramon Perez
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Michael Cho Launches some Marvel Variants! They’re Awesome.

This February, critically praised artist Michael Cho puts his own stamp on the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe. Marvel has announced a series of stunning variant covers, all illustrated by Cho, coming to your favorite new Marvel launches!

An illustrator and cartoonist, Cho’s unique style breathes life into some of Marvel’s most popular characters. Featuring Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, the Inhumans, Daredevil and many more, you won’t want to miss these gorgeous covers, coming in the month of February.

Look for these eye-catching Michael Cho Variants to grace the covers of these Marvel Comics in February:

  • A-Force #3
  • All-New Wolverine #5
  • All-New, All-Different Avengers #5
  • Amazing Spider-Man #7
  • The Astonishing Ant-Man #5
  • Captain Marvel #2
  • Daredevil #4
  • Doctor Strange #5
  • Guardians of Infinity #3
  • All-New Hawkeye #4
  • Howard The Duck #4
  • Invincible Iron Man #6
  • The Mighty Thor #4
  • Ms. Marvel #4
  • Old Man Logan #2
  • Rocket Raccoon & Groot #2
  • Scarlet Witch #3
  • Spider-Gwen #5
  • Spider-Man #1
  • The Totally Awesome Hulk #3
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5
  • Uncanny Inhumans #5
  • Venom: Space Knight #4
  • Vision #4

Check out the variants below!


Ready, Aim, Fire! Your First Look at All-New Hawkeye #1!

This November, Hawkeye and Hawkeye are back and they’re right on target once again! Marvel has released a first look inside All-New Hawkeye #1 from the critically acclaimed creative team of Jeff Lemire and Ramón Pérez!

But it’s not all straight as an arrow for Clint and Kate. A deep seeded rift now exists between these long-time partners. One that stretches across many years. Reluctantly reunited in the future, old man Clint and a wiser Kate must unite once more – to chase down the mistakes of their past. But is their turbulent trip down memory lane short lived? Be there as the all-star Hawkeye team returns for another bullseye!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by RAMÓN PÉREZ
Variant Covers by MIKE GRELL (SEP150770)
Hip-Hop Variant by SANFORD GREENE (SEP150769)
Kirby Monster Variant by JEFF LEMIRE (SEP150771)
FOC – 10/19/15, On-Sale – 11/11/15


Marvel’s Kirby Monster Variants this October

When monsters ruled the Marvel Universe, the wildly imaginative brain and pencil of Jack Kirby brought dozens upon dozens of these creatures to life. Monster comics may be a thing of the past, but Marvel is celebrating their legacy this October with over twenty-five Kirby Monster Variants coming to some of Marvel’s biggest new titles! Featuring some of the industry’s most legendary and iconic artists, witness the inimitable imagination of Jack Kirby brought to life by Geof Darrow, Paul Pope, Art Adams, Eric Powell, Simon Bisley, Cliff Chiang and many, many more!

October also sees the release of Marvel’s Hip-Hop variants…..

Groot! Fin Fang Foom! Orrgo! Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom! Look for these exciting  Kirby Monster Variants coming later this year:

  • A-Force #5 The Crawling Creature Variant by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
  • Avengers #0 Devil Dinosaur Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ
  • All-New, All-Different Point One #1 Nezarr, the Calculator Variant by PAUL POPE
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 Elektro Variant by JEFF LEMIRE
  • Amazing Spider-Man #2 Infant Terrible Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
  • Ant-Man #1 Scarlet Beetle Variant by TRADD MOORE
  • Captain America: White #3 Jinni Demon Variant by GLENN FABRY
  • Civil War #5 Lo-Karr, Bringer of Doom Variant by JOHN CASSADAY
  • Contest of Champions #1 Xemnu the Titan Variant by DAN BRERETON
  • Doctor Strange #1 Awesome Android Variant by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Extraordinary X-Men #2 Yeti Variant by PHIL NOTO
  • Groot #5 Quonian Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Groot Variant by MIKE ALLRED
  • House of M #4 Kraa the Unhuman Variant by DAVE JOHNSON
  • Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Orrgo Variant by MICHAEL DEL MUNDO
  • Invincible Iron Man #2 Fin Fang Foom Variant by MARK BROOKS
  • Karnak #1 Rommbu Variant by ERIC POWELL
  • Ms. Marvel #19 Wrecker’s Robot Variant by CLIFF CHIANG
  • New Avengers #2 The Blip Variant by SIMON BISLEY
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #11 Poker Face Variant by JAMES STOKOE
  • Sam Wilson, Captain America #2 Zetora Variant by TONY MOORE
  • Spider-Gwen #1 Hypno-Creature Variant by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
  • Spider-Man 2099 #2 Ulvar Variant by CHRIS SAMNEE
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 Thorr Variant by CHRIS BACHALO
  • Uncanny Avengers #1 Mangog Variant by GEOF DARROW
  • Uncanny Inhumans #1 Vandoom’s Monster Variant by ART ADAMS

Take A Bite Of The Big Apple For Special Marvel NYC Variants This May!

This May, Marvel’s best and brightest are stepping out on the town and taking on the “City that Never Sleeps” for a series of special variant covers! In total, there’ll be 15 special NYC Variant Covers to some of your favorite Marvel titles!

From the Bronx to the Battery and everything in between, be there as Marvel celebrates its New York roots with covers that showcase the Big Apple and the heroes who live here! Rendered by some of the top artists in the industry, each cover features Marvel’s iconic characters in uniquely New York settings.

Below you can see the covers for:

  • Ant-Man #5 NYC Variant by Mico Suayan
  • Daredevil #16 NYC Variant by Alex Maleev
  • Hulk #16 NYC Variant by Matthieu Forichon
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 NYC Variant by Mike Perkins
  • All-New Hawkeye #3 NYC Variant by Pasqual Ferry
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #27 NYC Variant by Nick Bradshaw
  • Howard the Duck #3 NYC Variant by Bobby Rubio
  • Spider-Gwen #4 NYC Variant by Mark Brooks

Look for these additional NYC Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics throughout the month of May:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #18
  • Black Widow #18
  • Ms. Marvel #15
  • Superior Iron Man #9
  • Thor #8
  • Uncanny Avengers #5
  • Uncanny X-Men #35

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The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing this weekend that’s fun and exciting?

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Publishers Weekly – ComicsPRO Elects Dolan as New President – Congrats!


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – All-New Hawkeye #1

The Beat – All-New Hawkeye #1

Bleeding Cool – Cluster #2

Bleeding Cool – G.I Joe #6

The Beat – Palmiotti and Brady’s Big Con Job #1

Talking Comics – Princess Leia #1

CBR – Swamp Thing #40


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It was new comic book day yesterday. What have you enjoyed so far?

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Tech Times – The Best Comic Books With Female Leads – Not sure why this is tech, but a good list.

CBR – Warner Bros. CEO Says Diversity Refutes Superhero Fatigue – Interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – All-New Hawkeye #1

Comic Vine – Avengers #42

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #48

Comic Vine – Big Man Plans #1

Outhousers – Big Man Plans #1

Comic Vine – Descender #1

Vox – Descender #1

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #40

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #40

Comic Vine – Hulk #12

Comic Vine – Imperium #2

CBR – Jem and the Holograms #1

Outhousers – Lady Killer #3

Comic Vine – Nailbiter/Hack/Slash #1

Outhousers – Neverboy #1

Comic Vine – Princess Leia #1

Comic Vine – Return of the Living Deadpool #2

Comic Vine – Spider-Woman #5

BlogCritics – Syllabus

Comic Vine – X-O Manowar #34

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Princess_Leia_1_Christopher_Action_Figure_VariantWednesdays 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.


Top Pick: Descender #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s new series kicks off with a hell of a first issue. One young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. It’s good…. really good.

Black Science #12 (Image Comics) – The alternate dimension spanning adventure brings excitement every single issue. The series is beyond fun, and anything can happen.

Imperium #2 (Valiant Entertainment) – Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. But is it the right vision? Is he the right person to bring it? Valiant further explores a world where people with extraordinary power exists.

Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – The series about a housewife assassin has been damn near perfect with each issue. Just lots of fun and where it goes from here, should be interesting.

Transformers #38 and Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #38 (IDW Publishing) – We’re heading towards Combiner Wars… yes please! IDW’s series has been absolutely amazing and deserves WAY more respect than it gets.


Top Pick: Princess Leia #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s newest wave of in-continuity Star Wars tales sees its third ongoing series launched with the new Princess Leia.  It should be an interesting series as it examines one of the more complex characters from the original trilogy.

Altered States: Vampirella (Dynamite) – Dynamite keeps expanding its non-shared universe with alternate reality stories. It might seem to be a strange move, but the potential for some cool genre mixing seems likely.

Lady Killer #3 (Dark Horse Comics) – This series has been added to the list of “guilty pleasures” of almost everyone that has read it.  It mixes unconventional genres into an engaging story.

Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – A redesign after only 4 issues?  Maybe a bit severe, but many fans were confused with the launch of the new series into the middle of the Spider-Verse.  We will see if Jessica Drew is too old to be “Batgirl-ed”

The White Queen #2 (Zenescope) – Zenescope once again proves that anything that Calie Liddle touches turns to gold.  Incorporating Wonderland into the confusing Age of Darkness has not slowed down this story, made better by the presence of the Trickster.


Top Pick: Spider-Woman #5 (Marvel) – Can’t wait for this relaunch. Great artist. Jessica Drew is one of my favorite characters yet no one has really done her justice in her solo book yet. I think this will be it.

Adventure Time Vol. 6 TPB (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – Get it and share it with everyone.

All-New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) – The preview looks strong and the art in particular. Bold, graphic, not trashy. And everyone loves the Hawkeyes! Looks like a great jumping off point.

Angela Asgard’s Assassin #4 (Marvel) – Oooo pretty. Love her new warrior armor ad badass trans paramour and bard. Plus a guardians team up? Get it!

Saga #26 (Image Comics) – Every issue is a little masterwork. And every issue is leaving me hanging, obsessively thinking and worrying about what’s coming next. As you’ve probably noticed, this is the comic book to give to your friends who don’t read comics.


Top Pick: Bright Lights, Lonely Nights: The Memories of Serena, Porn Star Pioneer of the 1970’s (BearManor Adult) – This book would be interesting as a behind-the-scenes look at the 1970’s pornographic film industry, but the fact that it’s a first-hand account told by a liberated woman and one of its biggest stars make it a must-read.

Comics and Narration (University Press of Mississippi) – I’m feeling quite bookish this week so I’ll round out my list with this continuing study about comics and how and why they work the way they do. This looks like it could go to the wonky academic side of things but I like that stuff occasionally as long as it doesn’t get too abstract. Since this features examples of work by the likes of R. Crumb and company I expect I’ll be able to learn something new and be entertained at the same time. Good deal!

Drawing From Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art (University Press of Mississippi) – As I embark on my own comic series that contains semi-autobiographical content, Fretville, I look forward to reading this book to further my understanding of subjectivity in comic art.

Supernatural 200th Episode Buttons (ATA Boy) – I’ve watched Sam (Jared Padelecki) since Gilmore Girls and Dean (Jenson Ackles) since the earliest days of Smallville (wow, since the WB became the CW in fact!). A fan of Supernatural from the very beginning, I’d love to have some of these to put on my denim jacket or to pin on one of my handmade throw pillows.

Wolf Moon #4 (Vertigo) – I’m interested in wolves, werewolves, and wolf lore so I’m particularly drawn to this mysterious story about a seemingly indestructible wolf on the prowl.

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