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Review: Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1

Some of the big news for 2022 is the return of Kurt Busiek to Image Comics. With numerous series coming, things kick off with a new volume of Arrowsmith, Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. I myself have never read the series so I came into this new series pretty cold only knowing the very basics. Thankfully, the experience is a solid one with it being pretty friendly to new readers.

The world of Arrowsmith takes place during World War I and instead of the heavy use of technology to wage battle, this is a world of magic featuring dragons and spells. It’s an interesting take on classic war stories with a new volume that narrows things down and keeps it simple in many ways.

The story focuses on Fletcher Arrowsmith and the comic kicks off with a mission. What’s smart is it throws the reader into the action and at the same time teaches the rules of this world. For those who are new, it’s a great way to learn how things work and what’s different in this alternate history. For those that have enjoyed what has already come out, it’s just solid action.

Busiek also takes things beyond the action making sure to focus on the human side of things. We really get to know Arrowsmith and what makes him a solid protagonist and more importantly, why we should care about him and cheer for him.

The art by Carlos Pacheco is great with a grounded style about it. What’s excellent is that even though this could just be a comic set during World War I, there’s the subtle differences, the magic and creatures, that makes it stand out. It keeps the readers on their toes to see what’s slightly “off” from our world. José Rafael Fonteriz handles the ink and José Villarrrubia does the colors and the trio deliver a look and style that’s very grounded despite it’s premise.

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 is a solid start to the series with a debut issue that’s perfect for new readers. I’ve never read what has come before and knew very little but I dove right in without any issues. It’s a fun start taking a familiar concept and setting and delivering a twist. It has me not only looking forward to what’s to come but also wanting to go back and see what has already been released.

Story: Kurt Busiek Art: Carlos Pacheco
Ink: José Rafael Fonteriz Color: José Villarrubia
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Bolero #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.

Almost American #4 (AfterShock) – The true story of defecting Russian agents. It’s been an amazing read to see how dysfunctional the system is.

Animal Castle #2 (Ablaze) – A new take on Animal Farm, the first issue sold out so expect this one to do so as well!

Arrowsmith #1 (Image Comics) – Kurt Busiek returns to Image with a whole bunch of series launching and this is the first. Wizards and Dragons during World War I? Yeah, we’re in for it.

Art of Sushi (NBM) – Learn all about sushi!

Batman: The Knight #1 (DC Comics) – Chip Zdarsky doing Batman, nuff said.

Bolero #1 (Image Comics)Read our early review praising it. Everything is said there as to why it’s on the list.

Cloaked #2 (Dark Horse) – A vigilante hero was here and then gone. This is the story of the detective hired to figure out who he was.

My Date With Monsters #3 (AfterShock) – A pretty interesting series about a world where dreams can come over into the real world and the people tasked with trying to stop it, which means getting someone to fall in love.

Search for Hu #5 (AfterShock) – We really want to find out how this one ends and it the person we think is behind it all really is.

Shadowman #5 (Valiant) – The Deadside War begins here! A solid jumping on point for the series.

X Lives of Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – “Destiny of X” is coming and the next era of the X-Men begins here.

Your Turn to Die: Majority Death Game Vol. 2 (Yen Press) – This Saw-like series has been interesting so far and has us scratching our heads as to who’s behind it all.

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)

Kurt Busiek Releases New Arrowsmith, Astro City, and More in 2022

Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms ,readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

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Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Discover Astro City with the Image Astro City Sale!

Kurt Busiek‘s Astro City has come to comiXology and you can get it, Superstar: As Seen on TV!, Wizard’s Tale, and Arrowsmith now! Save with the Image Astro City Sale!

Get Astro City‘s collections and others for 50% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale ends on Tuesday, August 17, so don’t miss out!

Astro City (1995-1996) Vol. 1

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Discover Astro City with the Image Astro City Sale!

Kurt Busiek‘s Astro City has come to comiXology and you can get it, Superstar: As Seen on TV!, Wizard’s Tale, and Arrowsmith now! Save with the Image Astro City Sale!

Get Astro City‘s collections and others for 50% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale ends on Tuesday, August 17, so don’t miss out!

Astro City (1995-1996) Vol. 1

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Discover Astro City with the Image Astro City Sale!

Kurt Busiek‘s Astro City has come to comiXology and you can get it, Superstar: As Seen on TV!, Wizard’s Tale, and Arrowsmith now! Save with the Image Astro City Sale!

Get Astro City‘s collections and others for 50% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale ends on Tuesday, August 17, so don’t miss out!

Astro City (1995-1996) Vol. 1

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Discover Astro City with the Image Astro City Sale!

Kurt Busiek‘s Astro City has come to comiXology and you can get it, Superstar: As Seen on TV!, Wizard’s Tale, and Arrowsmith now! Save with the Image Astro City Sale!

Get Astro City‘s collections and others for 50% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale ends on Tuesday, August 17, so don’t miss out!

Astro City (1995-1996) Vol. 1

This site contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from these sites. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.

Discover Astro City with the Image Astro City Sale!

Kurt Busiek‘s Astro City has come to comiXology and you can get it, Superstar: As Seen on TV!, Wizard’s Tale, and Arrowsmith now! Save with the Image Astro City Sale!

Get Astro City‘s collections and others for 50% off while single issues are just $0.99.

The sale ends on Tuesday, August 17, so don’t miss out!

Astro City (1995-1996) Vol. 1

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Kurt Busiek’s Backlist Catalog to be released by Image Digitally in August

A bevy of bestselling backlist titles from the legendary, award-winning writer Kurt Busiek will be made available digitally from Image Comics this August. The titles will include Astro City with art by Brent Anderson and others, Arrowsmith with art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, The Wizard’s Tale with art by David Thorn WenzelShockrockets with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger, and Superstar: As Seen on TV with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger

About Astro City
Originally published by Image, Astro City is a multiple Eisner and Harvey award winning superhero anthology written by Busiek with art by Brent Anderson and covers and character designs by Alex Ross. Set in a city that’s home to superheroes, villains, monsters, mad scientists and more, it tells stories from a variety of perspectives, illuminating what it’s like to live amid such marvels.

Astro City

About Arrowsmith
A high fantasy series written by Busiek with art by Pacheco, set in an alternate history where wizardry and the creatures of myth have been part of the world since the time of Charlemagne. The beloved series tells the story of a young man caught up in World War One, dealing with dragons, trolls and more. 

Arrowsmith

About The Wizard’s Tale
Master storytellers Busiek and Wenzel channel a Terry Pratchett sense of whimsy with the supposed-to-be-evil wizard Bafflerog and his companions in this delightful fantasy series. Readers join Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who’s convinced he’ll one day be king—as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything. 

The Wizard’s Tale

About Shockrockets
Busiek and Immonen take readers 60 years in the future. Here, Earth is protected by an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft—built from a fusion of modern and alien technology—called Shockrockets. Controlled by elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect Earth after a devastating invasion from space. In a freak moment of chance, a tech-obsessed youth named Alejandro Cruz becomes the newest Shockrockets pilot. But could he be in over his head?

Shockrockets

About Superstar: As Seen on TV
With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing! Busiek and Immonen introduce Superstar, a superhero whose power is tied to his fame: The more popular he is, the more powerful he becomes. He’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to help boost his profile as an influencer and keep powerful enough to save the world. But is the price of fame worth becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio?

Superstar: As Seen on TV

These titles will be available at ComiXology on Wednesday, August 4 and then on Apple Books and Google Play shortly thereafter.