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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Thor_8_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.

Brett

Top Pick: Rebels #2 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood’s series takes us back to the beginnings of the American Revolution. Focusing on two young individuals looking to start their life, Wood not only gives us a touching action story, but also reminds us some of the principles that founded our nation.

Lantern City #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A story about castes and a man who just wants a better life for his family.

Rise #2 (Northwest Press) – The series launched after lots of high-profile bullying stories, and while the publisher focuses on LGBT comics, the stories focus on more than just that. These are stories we can all relate to, and after reading you can realize things do get better.

Secret Wars #2 (Marvel) – The first issue threw us head first into a massive action story, taking us right into the thick of battle, and had no problems killing characters off. That only set us up to know anything is possible as Marvel relaunches its comic universe.

Space Riders #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The series’ first issue was a psychedelic space adventure. So, expect more of that… aka more awesome.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Thor #8 (Marvel) – Probably anyone who is even slightly interested in Marvel will be picking this up to find out who the new Thor is

Lady Killer #5 (Dark Horse) – This series sees its end here and we get to find out whether or not Josie is a one hit wonder.

Night Nurse #1 (Marvel) – The Daredevil television series renewed interest in this character, and this collection will give readers some background into who she is.

Silk #4 (Marvel) – There has hardly been a misstep in this Spider-associated book that gets none of the spotlight as its kin.

Wonderland #35 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s best series continues here with another enticing story arc.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Convergence: Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – Last issue had such a perfect twist by two classic lineup characters and I’m not even talking about the reveal at the end of issue 1. I can’t wait to see what happens next. This book features the REAL Amanda Waller, the most interesting anti-hero in comics and basically the only middle-aged black woman protagonist in super hero comics. When the New 52 made Waller thin & young I was indignant. Read my post “Waller Not Smaller” on why this matters.

I’m so glad to have The Wall back. I know writer Frank Tieri agrees because he told me so on Twitter.

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #6 (Marvel) –  Sera, Angela’s more worldly and sharp-witted life partner/ bard/ “how awesome is her character design?!?” is the reason I read this book. What a revelation she is! I picked up this book for the creative team but I still stayed for this wonderful new character. And she’s a trans woman with dark skin & a non generic body type. More please. Many many more.

Fangirls Guide to Galaxy Handbook for Girl Geeks HC (Quirk Books) – This is going to be on recommended gift lists from now till the end of time. So why not buy one right away! That way you can read it before you regift it this holiday season. Buy one for all of your geek girl friends and supporters.

Storm #11 (Marvel) –  Why is this series getting cancelled? Are you guys not buying it? This book is super entertaining and it is staring Storm!!! One of my favorite long-lost characters from Generation Hope came back in last issue. I did not like his send off in that miniseries (even though it was a wonderful miniseries) so I’m hoping Kenji gets a more favorable resolution this time.

Thor #8 (Marvel) – Who is Thor? The Big reveal! Brett thought it was Roz Solomon (awesome Jewish environmental scientist of SHIELD), I thought it was Mockingbird. Now we will know for sure.  If you’ve been reading the series or any series that touches on sore at all and clearly you’ve got to be in it for this last issue. I know for a fact that there are lots of people who have only started reading store because they heard about the new female store. I just spoke to a woman was picking up comics for the first time because of the series. This must not be the end.

 

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.

Brett

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.

Edward

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.

Elana

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.

Nevada

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.

Around the Tubes

Lots of new comics yesterday in the first week of new comics for the year. What did folks get? Anything good?

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #12

Comic Vine – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #2

Bloody Disgusting – Ant-Man #1

Comics Alliance – Ant-Man #1

Comic Vine – Birthright #4

Comic Vine – Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #3

Comic Vine – Deadly Class #10

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #38

CBR – The Fade Out #4

The Beat – Feathers #1

Comic Vine – Green Arrow #38

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #38

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #4

Comic Vine – Hulk #10

Comic Vine – Lady Killer #1

Talking Comics – Operation S.I.N. #1

The Beat – Operation S.I.N. #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #14

Comic Vine – Robocop #7

Comic Vine – Spider-Man 2099 #7

CBR – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Comic Vine – Wolf Moon #2

Talking Comics – X-Men #23

Graphic Policy Radio, LIVE This Monday

GP Radio pic MondayIt’s Monday night and that means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio! The show airs live this Monday at 10pm ET.

We’re back talking comics. There’s been a lot of brand new comics debuting over the past few weeks, and some very high-profile ones at that. We’ll be discussing….

  • Angela: Asgard’s Assassin – The character debuted in Spawn, but now is over at Marvel. After a stint in Guardians of the Galaxy, the character headlines her own series.
  • Bitch Planet – The most talked about comic of the past week. This comic shows how you can take on social and political issues within an entertaining story.
  • Deathlok – The classic character who was an integral part of last season’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets its own series.
  • Secret Six – We loved the pre-New 52 version of the series, but how does this new team and relaunch stack up?
  • and more!

So join us this Monday and let us know your thoughts about these new series! You can call in at (619) 768-2952 or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

Around the Tubes

It was new comic day yesterday, with lots of first issues. What did folks get, and what have you enjoyed so far?

Around the Tubes

The Spire – ‘Tooth & Claw’ Retitled as ‘The Autumnlands’ After Copyright Mix-Up – Doh!

Bleeding Cool – Concrete Park’s Last Two Issues Stealth-Cancelled, Will Appear In The Trade Paperback – That stinks.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Alias Omnibus

Comic Vine – Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #35

Comic Vine – Birthright #3

Comic Vine – Chew #45

Comic Vine – Deadpool #38

Comic Vine – Detective Comics #37

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #3

CBR – Gotham Academy #3

Comic Vine – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1

Comic Vine – Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #7

Comic Vine – Rai #5

Comic Vine – Robocop #6

Comic Vine – Secret Six #1

CBR – Secret Six #1

MoviePilot – Teen Titans: Earth One

Comic Vine – Thanos vs. Hulk #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1Wednesdays 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! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 (Dark Horse) – The early years of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. as Hellboy heads out on his first mission. The Mignolaverse (of which this is a part) is one of the best ongonig comic universes out there, and this is a fantastic entry point to check it out, or if you like the movies that spun out of it.

Angela: Asgards Assassin #1 (Marvel) – The Spawn character turned Marvel character gets her own series as she takes her first step to define her role in the Marvel Universe.

Escape From New York #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’re big fans of the movies (well at least the original), and to see Snake Plissken come to comics makes us more than happy.

Evil Empire #8 (BOOM! Studios) – A political thriller that takes you into the government as it devolves into an evil mess. Each issue has shocked, thrilled, and entertained, and we seriously have no idea what will happen next.

Gotham Academy #3 (DC Comics) – If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style! One of the freshest series to come out of DC in a long time.

Nailbiter #8 (Image Comics) – Each issue is tense as we delve deeper into the mystery of a town that produces more than its fair share of serial killers.

Secret Six #1 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone returns to the dysfunctional team that stood out from all the rest of what DC produced at the time. Will lightning strike twice? A lot has been kept under wraps for this new series, and the wait is killing us!

Shaft #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The classic character comes to comics in a first issue that instantly creates depth and motivation for the character. An amazing start for the series.

Valiant Sized Quantum & Woody #1 (Valiant) – An asteroid is about to destroy the planet, but with Quantum and Woody at the front line of an international team of heroes, everything’s sure to…oh sweet mercy, we’re doomed. And that’s BEFORE Thomas Edison opens a rip in the space-time continuum and lets in the mirror-image Woody of the alterna-verse!

Wolf Moon #1 (Vertigo) – Written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Jeremy Haun, the comic is a new six-issue miniseries that takes on the werewolf mythos. When Dillon Chase’s family was slaughtered by the wolf, his life was forever changed. Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster – and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a fearful monster himself.

Preview: Asgard’s Newest Warrior Goes Solo in Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1!

She’s deadly. She’s dangerous. And she’s getting her own solo series this December! Marvel has released a first look at Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1, the explosive new ongoing series debuting this December! Launching as part of Avengers NOW!, the star-studded creative team of Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans will show you a side of Angela you’ve never seen before, as she cuts a bloody path across the new and unfamiliar Marvel Universe!

The finest warrior in the Tenth Realm, she has been raised to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. Training, preparing and waiting for the day when the war between Asgard and Heven would begin again. But following the events of Original Sin: Thor & Loki –The Tenth Realm, she must confront her true lineage. She is Odin’s daughter. Thor’s sister. Asgardian

Now, cast out from the Tenth Realm and wanting nothing to do with Asgard, she will strike out on her own and forge a new path. What does she want? A clean slate. And she will destroy any who try to take it from her. But what does she have that both Asgard and Heven want? And what are they willing to do to take it from her?

In an interview with Marvel.com, Kieron Gillen said:

The story is Angela is basically on the run. It gives her a chance to interact with a lot of different people so by the end of the first arc we really get a sense of who Angela is vis-à-vis the Marvel Universe. You get a sense of who she is and where she fits into the larger picture.

As the Marvel Universe’s newest star prepares to make her solo debut, no fan can afford to miss the bombastic adventures of the angelic warrior when Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 explodes into comic shops and digital devices this December!

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 (OCT140809)
Written by KIERON GILLEN & MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by PHIL JIMENEZ & STEPHANIE HANS
Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
Variant Covers by PHIL JIMENEZ (OCT140810)
and SKOTTIE YOUNG (OCT140812)
Design Variant by JOE QUESADA (OCT140811)
FOC – 11/10/14, On-Sale 12/03/14

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Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 – The New Series Coming in November!

This coming November, the Marvel Universe’s newest star is about to show you why she’s the most dangerous in Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1 – the newest ongoing series launching as part of Avengers NOW! The star-studded creative team of Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans show you a side of Angela you’ve never seen before, as she cuts a bloody swath across the Marvel Universe!

The finest warrior of the Tenth Realm, she has been trained all her life to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. But following the events of Original Sin: Thor & Loki – The Tenth Realm, she must confront the truth of her lineage. She is the daughter of Odin. The sister of Thor. An Asgardian. Now, she has been cast out from the Tenth Realm, and wants nothing to do Asgard. What does she want? A clean slate. And she’ll cut down anyone in the Ten Realms who stands in her way!

In an interview with Marvel.com., Gillen said:

The story is Angela is basically on the run. It gives her a chance to interact with a lot of different people so by the end of the first arc we really get a sense of who Angela is vis-à-vis the Marvel Universe. This is how she interacts with Asgardians, this is how she interacts with Angels. This is how she interacts with the Guardians and the cosmic stuff. Here is how she interacts with the Earth. You get a sense of who she is and where she fits into the larger picture.

Each issue features a main story drawn by Jimenez with a second story drawn by Hans!

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN & MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art by PHIL JIMENEZ & STEPHANIE HANS
Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS
On-Sale November 2015!

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