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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ICv2 – Diamond Hires Jim Kuhoric as Purchasing Director – Congrats!

Comicbook – AMC Responds to ‘The Walking Dead’ Lawsuit – Well this should be interesting.

Comicbook – FX CEO Says They Are Pretty Optimistic About ‘Y: The Last Man’ – Duh?

The Outhouse – Amazon’s The Boys Sets Five Of The Seven – Who’s looking forward to this series?



Comics Bulletin – Ice Cream Man #1

Justice League Vol. 1 Gets Alexa Audio Commentary

We at Graphic Policy think digital comics and the use of technology has the ability to transform the comic industry. One of the things we’ve thought would have happened by now is “digital commentary” for comics taking us into the mind of the creators and process.

We now have a step towards that with a new Alexa app called “Justice League Origins” about the Justice League comic series in time for the new movie.

Hear Jim Lee share EXCLUSIVE commentary around his experiences and thought processes while drawing Justice League Vol. 1 – a critical new origin story in the DC Universe, and the inspiration for the Fall 2017 Justice League movie. Known for his incredibly detailed and dynamic artistic style, Lee is one of the most revered and respected artists in American comics, and currently Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment.

You can enable the skill for free now.

Celebrate Thor: Ragnarok with Three FREE Thor Graphic Novels

Thor: Ragnarok opens in North America today and Amazon is celebrating Thorsday with three free graphic novels featuring Thor from Marvel. No strings at all.

Today, November 2 only, get these three classic Thor adventures FREE on Kindle.

Thor by J. Michael Straczynski Vol. 1 is written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Olivier Coipel and collects Thor (2007) #1-6. Returned to the pantheon of great Marvel heroes, the Asgardian God of Thunder is reunited with the mortal form of Dr. Don Blake. Together, they must reckon with the legacy of the mythic Norse kingdom and the awakening of its immortal heroes – but in a world that may not want them back!

Thor: God of Thunder Vol. 1 is written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic collects Thor: God of Thunder #1-5. In the distant past, Thor follows the bloody wake of murdered gods. In the present, the Thunder God discovers a forgotten cave that echoes with the cries of tortured gods! And thousands of years from now, the last god-king of a ruined Asgard makes his final stand against the God Butcher’s beserker legions. As three Thors from three eras race to stop the God Butcher, the full extent of his vicious scheme takes terrifying shape!

Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 3 collects Walt Simonson‘s work from Thor #360-369. It was a time of magic… Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson’s work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same.

The Tick Season 1 Part 2 Gets a Teaser Trailer

In a workaday world where superheroes fly among us, mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest (GRIFFIN NEWMAN) suspects The City is controlled by a fabled villain known as The Terror (JACKIE EARLE HALEY), despite evidence of The Terror’s death 15 years ago. Arthur has a traumatic connection with The Terror, whose movements he has obsessively tracked since childhood. Arthur’s sister, Dot (VALORIE CURRY), is a paramedic who dotes on her brother but also provides a sibling’s tough love. The more he talks about super-villain super-conspiracies, the more she warns him to “keep it real.”

Fate soon brings Arthur together with a tall, verbally adroit muscleman with superpowers and a mysterious past: The Tick (PETER SERAFINOWICZ). As they investigate the mystery surrounding The Terror, they draw attention from the electrifying enigma known as Miss Lint and a hyper-violent vigilante named Overkill, confronting the complexity of the struggle between good and evil. The Tick, bursting with relentlessly original storylines and quotable dialogue, shows what a blast crusading for truth and justice can be. Our culture is now awash with self-serious mythologies and grimly determined, interchangeable characters filling not just franchises but entire universes. The time has come for The Tick.

The Tick returns February 2018.

Amazon is Offering 70 Digital Marvel Graphic Novels for FREE with Purchase

Amazon is currently running a promotion where you can get one of 70 “best-selling” Marvel graphic novels for free on Kindle with the purchase of a hardcover or paperback graphic novel. Those who partake will get a free credit automatically applied when to “click to buy eBook.”

The offer expires October 21, 2017 and is limited to one per customer account.

This is the second recent promotion Amazon has run regarding digital copies of Marvel graphic novels and trade. I twas not too long ago the company blew out digital copies with 70 to 80% off regular price bringing some down to just a few dollars (if that).

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E6 Rising

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Arthur try to use Ramses to prove that the Terror is alive and run into trouble. Miss Lint takes the advice of an old friend.

The Tick wraps up its first season with an episode that leaves things so open there’s no way this isn’t coming back in some way. It’s hard to review this episode without spiling a lot, but the Terror steals the show as Jackie Earl Haley has tons of fun and does/says things that are so over the top that there’s no way it’s not funny.

What’s interesting is that with just six episodes things are far from complete and it feels like that. It leaves an unsatisfying ending to it. While it’s a cliffhanger ending, it doesn’t feel like one for a season, instead more of a mid-season, and even then the six episodes are so short and so little accomplished the overall package doesn’t quite pull together here with the final few moments.

And that’s the thing that gets me about this episode and the “season.” With just six episodes (five new ones), the season feels too short and not much happens. Double the length would feel a bit more satisying in many ways and a lot more could be done as far as story and action. As is, this all still feels like a teaser of things to come. There’s lots of reveals and some great reveals, but this episode, like the season feels like it’s just a little bit to put it really over the top.

As is, the fundamentals are all here, there’s just a special spark that’s missing.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E5 Fear of Flying

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick and Dot help Arthur try to control his flyaway supersuit as the Pyramid Gang pursues them. Miss Lint has an unexpected caller.

Arthur has his suit and we get some excitement in a certain moth suit. Compared to a lot of the previous epidoes this one feels a bit more action packed mixing some jumor with it all as various folks track Arthur and his adventure.

Overkill, Ramses and the Pyramid Gang, and the Tick are all after Arthur and the suit in their own ways that eventually leads to some solid action in what is the first inevitable showdown. But, the episode has fun with that as some tropes are made fun of such as bad guy cliches and good guys at first fighting.

The episode does a good job on contrasting the various heroes in Arthur, the Tick, and Overkill. There’s some conflict, and humor, in that but both aren’t presented enough. That’s a lot of the series in that it feels like it holds things back a bit never fully embracing the humor, the action, or ludicrousness of it all. We get the biggest example in the form of Danger Boat who has so much potential for the over the top nature of it all.

There’s nothing bad about this at all. It’s entertaining and at 20 something minutes an episode it never feels too long or drawn out. But, the series has a theme to it which is that it feels like it plays it safe in many ways and would be better if it just embraced its zany past.


You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 6.95

TV Review: The Tick (2016) S1E4 Party Crashers

the-tick-img-1200x1200Tick crashes an Everest family party to convince Arthur’s sister Dot of her brother’s super-heroic destiny. Another more dangerous party-crasher arrives to threaten Arthur and his family.

It’s taken four episodes, but here we finally see some of the humor I expect in a live action The Tick series. The episode takes Arthur to a birthday party for his father where he’s confronted by Miss Lint who needs his help regarding the mysterious suit. The humor is both physical and written and really nails it in a lot of ways.

The Tick comes off as innocent and just plain dumb as he sits enjoying presents being opened in a childlike way that’s somewhat endearing. There’s also his embracing of a homeless person and not remembering a bad guy, this Tick isn’t so much a goofball as he’s pure innocence.

Then there’s some physical humor regarding Arthur’s super suit that’s fantastic as it mocks heads up displays and wearables. It’s just gooy and done in a way that had me snickering.

Then there’s Overkill and hist boat which feels like the worst update to Knight Rider ever… or maybe the greatest.

None of this is laugh out loud funny but it has the underlying silliness of the original two versions. This is just the dry sarcastic brother of them all. It’s a dierent sort of Tick, but one I’m really appreciating in its reserved sense of humor.

You can watch The Tick now on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 7.0

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