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Debuts, Returns, Sushi, and more are this Week’s Comic Highlights

There’s a lot of comics that come out every week and we’re kicking off a new regular feature where we highlight some of the interesting comics and debuts coming each week!

We want to hear what you want with this so let us know your thoughts in the comments.

This week’s highlights:

  • Animal Castle #2 (Ablaze)
  • Arrowsmith #1 (Image Comics)
  • Art of Sushi (NBM)
  • Batman: The Knight #1 (DC Comics)
  • Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)
  • Bolero #1 (Image Comics)
  • Devil’s Reign: Villains for Hire #1 (Marvel)
  • Devil’s Reign: X-Men #1 (Marvel)
  • Shadowman #5 (Valiant)
  • She-Hulk #1 (Marvel)
  • Silk #1 (Marvel)
  • Silver Surfer: Rebirth #1 (Marvel)

Ablaze Announces Animal Castle #1 Sells Out

The buzz around the tense animal uprising drama – Animal Castle – continues to grow as Ablaze has announced that the debut issue of the new comic book series has sold out and will receive a second printing.

Writer, Xavier Dorison, and artist, Felix Delep, shine in this visceral new series as they build on the classic Orwellian premise, moving the story of an animal rebellion in a bold and unexpected new direction. The second printing of Animal Castle # 1 will ship with Animal Castle #2 for a January 12th on-sale date.

Retailers should contact their Diamond account rep and place a reorder to make sure they don’t miss out! Both books will go on Final Order Cutoff Monday, December 13th.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Magic: Master of Metal #1

Wednesdays (and now 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.

American Comics: A History (WW Norton) – Columbia professor Jeremy Dauver takes readers through the history of American comics from the Civil War to recent times!

Animal Castle #1 (Ablaze) It’s ta new take on the classic Animal Farm that’s familiar but delivers surprises.

Avengers #50 (Marvel) – Celebrating 750 issues, there’s some big things promised with this anniversary issue.

Batman: Fear State Omega (DC Comics) – The latest event has wrapped up and we want to see where the series goes from here.

Campisi #4 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. a dragon. Nuff said.

Gotham City Villains: Anniversary Giant (DC Comics) – Danny Devito writing an entry in this anthology. That alone has us sold.

King of Spies #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions? A new series from Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera? Yeah, we’re in.

The Last Session #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A group of roleplayers site down to finish their first campaign.

Magic: Master of Metal #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Big things are promised in the issue that it’ll impact and set up whatever is coming in 2022.

Maniac of New York: Bronx is Burning #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume delivered an interesting take on the slasher genre taking place in a very real NYC. Like a good slasher film, the big bad is coming back and we want to learn more about Maniac Harry.

Search for Hu #3 (AfterShock) – We’re suckers for mob war type stories but it’s the details of this one that stands out.

Transformers: Shattered Glass #4 (IDW Publishing) – While the overall event has been a bit mixed, it’s been interesting to see where the series has been going in this “Mirror Universe” take on Transformers.

Venom #2 (Marvel) – The first issue had a lot of intriguing concepts and definitely took things in a very different direction. So, lets see what the second issue brings.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (Marvel) – We’re fans of Games Workshop as a whole but this focus on the squad and faith of the Sisters has been an interesting read and given us a greater appreciation of the army.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 (DC Comics) – Kelly Sue Deconnick and Phil Jimenez take us through the entire story of the Amazons. We’ve been waiting on this highly anticipated series and so excited it’s finally here!

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4 (Marvel) – We have no idea what’s going on and what to expect.

Ablaze Reveals its February 2022 Releases

LIFE ZERO #1

by writer Stefano Vietti & artist Marco Checchetto · MSRP: $3.99 · Release Date: February 9, 2022

From the artist of Marvel Comics’ Devil’s Reign & Daredevil, Marco Checchetto, comes a thrilling new adventure!

Where were you when the cloud arrived? Where were you when the world changed forever? Where were you when people started dying? ABLAZE is proud to present LIFE ZERO by Stefano Vietti (Dragonero) and Marco Checchetto (Daredevil, Avengers, Old Man Hawkeye, Wolverine), with colors by Andres Mossa (Wolverine, Avengers, Secret Wars 2099). At the limits between science fiction, action and horror is LIFE ZERO!

FORGET MY NAME HC Edition

by Zerocalcare · MSRP: $19.99 ·  Release Date: March 9, 2022

FORGET MY NAME HC Edition

When the last vestiges of his childhood are taken from him, Zerocalcare discovers unsuspected secrets about his family. Torn between the soothing numbness of the innocence of youth and the impossibility to elude society’s ever-expanding control over people’s lives, he’ll have to understand where he really comes from before he understands where he is going.

A story that was shortlisted for Italy’s prestigious Strega literary award, an honor that was bestowed on a graphic novel only twice in the award’s history. This is the book that has broken down the barrier between “real book” readers and graphic novel enthusiasts in Europe, having sold over 150,000 copies so far.  Also don’t miss the premiere of Zerocalcare’s first original animated series, “Tear Along the Dotted Line,” on Netflix WORLDWIDE November 17th!

ANIMAL CASTLE #3

by Xavier Dorison and Felix Delep · MSRP: $3.99 · Release Date: February 16, 2022

On the Farm, all animals were equal.  In the Castle, some are more equal than others. 

With the animals in full revolt, will Miss B. be able to keep her children safe while also trying to provide for them a future in which they can thrive instead of under the hoof of the privileged in power? Or will it all come crashing down as the powerful use their material advantages against those who do the work?

For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising!   You may think you know the story but set aside your assumptions, this animal uprising is unlike any you have read! 

ANIMAL CASTLE #3

CRUELER THAN DEAD Vol 2

by Tsukasa Saimura and Kozo Takahashi · MSRP: $12.99 · Release Date: February 23, 2022

After a grueling and dangerous trip, Maki and Shota finally make it to the Tokyo Dome, the largest refugee camp in the entire Kanto region and one of the last places to survive the zombie outbreak that has overwhelmed the whole world.

Maki, who brings with her the remaining doses of the vaccine developed at the Gunma Pharmaceutical Center where she woke up in the first volume, is taken care of by the people in power in the Dome, where a handful of privileged people under the leadership of Colonel Shimamoto live in luxury, while most of the survivors are forced to survive in appalling conditions. Shota and Miura are thrust into the difficult daily lives of survivors who do not have the chance to be privileged. Miura is assigned to a work team while Shota befriends the leader of a gang of children…

CRUELER THAN DEAD Vol 2

VERSUS FIGHTING STORY Vol 2

by Izu, Madd, and Kalon · MSRP: $12.99 · Release Date: February 23, 2022

The first manga dedicated to the world of e-sports competition!  As Issue 2 opens, the world of Versus Fighting is facing an unprecedented struggle! On the one hand, e-sports magnate Eric Volta wants to professionalize the sector with millions of dollars.

On the other hand, Max Volta, his own nephew, was recruited by Inés, a former player of the Versus Dojo arcade who fights to preserve the passion of the fighting game culture and its players. To help him, the legendary TKO the Destroyer will have to come out of his retirement to train his team… And in the middle of it all, there is a surprise guest: Mr. Judeau, a talented player of obscure games that no one else plays. Is the man who gets paid in kebab the Chosen One who will help all these people come together?

VERSUS FIGHTING STORY Vol 2

Ablaze Reveals its January 2022 Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

by Jeon Geuk-jin & Park Jin-Hwan
MSRP: $19.99 • Release Date: January 22, 2022

In THE BREAKER Volume 2 omnibus edition, Chun-woo has gone missing, following his intense and deadly fight with the dreaded Gijoo. Meanwhile, Si-woon has been confronted with his inner demons ever since Si-Ho Lee administered a remedy that generates so much Qi that the high school student may well explode from within! Future invincible warrior…or time bomb?

THE BREAKER is a bestselling hit in South Korea and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and more…and now ABLAZE is happy to bring this amazing manhwa title to English readers worldwide!

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

by Jerome Alquié & Leiji Matsumoto
MSRP: $24.99 • Release Date: February 23, 2022

The definitive hardcover edition containing all 6 issues of the critically acclaimed space adventure by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto and artist Jérôme Alquié.

Set within the timeline of the original series, this brand-new CAPTAIN HARLOCK adventure marks the beginning of an original new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Mazon and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. This time, the source of danger comes directly from Earth, not outer space. A team of scientists discovers a Mazon mausoleum where they find information about terrifying genetic manipulations and a destructive power capable of either providing the Mazon with immortality or putting an end to their civilization. The unprecedented cold spell hitting Earth might only be a taste of what this new enemy has in store… Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace?

The hardcover edition features behind the scenes sketches, designs, artwork, and photos on the creation of the story, and contains a complete cover gallery.

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

ANIMAL CASTLE Issue 2

by Xavier Dorison & Felix Delep
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 12, 2022

On the Farm all animals were equal. In the Castle some are more equal than others.

After witnessing the deaths of animals that she knew as friends for seemingly nothing, Miss B. becomes a conflicted cat. Things are further complicated when questions are raised about the state of the farm, bringing down severe retaliation by President Silvio’s hounds. Miss B. must ask herself what’s worse: doing something that could cost a life or do nothing at all? For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising! You may think you know the story but set aside your assumptions, this animal uprising is unlike any you have read!

GUILLEM MARCH’S LAURA Issue 3

by Guillem March
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 19, 2022

Before Batman, the hit Joker series, and Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of Laura, the book that led Guillem March to the mainstream comics world! The story of Irene explores the nature of inspiration and creating art outside of one’s comfort zone, thanks to some advice from a role model and a cameo by Guillem himself. In Muse, an artist’s search for a model puts how a young woman is perceived by her male roommates into perspective.

HE WHO FIGHTS WITH MONSTERS Issue 5

by Francesco Artibani & Werther Dell’Edera
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 26, 2022

In the aftermath of an unthinkable act, Radek and the golem decide to work with the Resistance, only to find themselves falling into a deadly trap. Will they make it out alive and save as many people as possible, or will this be the end of hope in the city?

Ablaze Launches the Orwellian Comic Series Animal Castel in December

Comics publisher Ablaze has announced the new comic series that puts a new spin on animal uprising, Animal Castle. The first issue comes to comic shops on December 1st. Writer, Xavier Dorison, and artist, Felix Delep, shine in Animal Castle as they build on an Orwellian premise and move the story in a bold and unexpected new direction.

On the Farm all animals were equal. But in the Castle, some are more equal than others.

Nestled in the heart of a farm forgotten by men, the Animal Castle is ruled with an iron hoof by President Silvio. The bull and his dog militia savor their power, while the other animals are exhausted by work, until the arrival of the mysterious Azelard, a traveling rat who will teach them the secrets of civil disobedience.

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