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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

House of X #1

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Archie vs. Predator 2 #1 (Archie) – A sequel to the crazy classic crossover. Archie has always been fun when they crossover with these crazy ideas.

Ascender #4 (Image Comics) – One of the most visually amazing comics on the market right now. The art is amazing and add on top a story exploring magic and technology it’s a series that’s not to be missed.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1 (DC Comics) – A sequel to Sean Gordon Murphy’s popular first volume that had the Joker going “legit” and a new twist on Harley Quinn. Guaranteed great visuals.

The Flash #75 (DC Comics) – It’s the finale to “Year One” and while we were skeptical at first about the storyline, it has been beyond fantastic.

Grumble #8 (Albatross Funnybooks) – Eddie has found a way to be human again but the cure is lodged inside Jimmy the Keeper. One of the most fun and entertaining comics on the market.

House of X #1 (Marvel) – We’ve been waiting to see what writer Jonathan Hickman is going to bring as he reshapes the X Universe. It all begins here in this intriguing first issue.

Marvels Epilogue #1 (Marvel) – A standalone epilogue to the Marvels graphic novel that follows up on the X-Men and interesting extra material that gives a look behind the scenes.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1 (Marvel) – Spinning out of War of the Realms, Jane Foster has a new role and we’re intrigued to see exactly where this all goes.

Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre #1 (Marvel) – The latest entry in the build up the Absolute Carnage which looks like it’s going to be absolutely brutal.

Wonder Woman #75 (DC Comics) – Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira and things are not the same. It’s no longer the paradise she remembers as a major figure of the mythos returns.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Samurai Grandpa #1

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

AfterShock Shock Vol. 2 (AfterShock) – The anthology comic has entries from RL Stine, Garth Ennis, Jim Starlin, Larry Stroman, Szymon Kudranski, Marguerite Bennett, Jill Thompson, and more… like a brand new Flaming Carrot stroy by Bob Burden!

Ascender #3 (Image Comics) – The series is a fantastic follow Up to Descender and instead of taking on technology, this one focuses on magic. It’s an interesting opposite side of the same coin.

Canto #1 (IDW Publishing) – There’s been a lot of hype around this six-issue miniseries. An enslaved people have had their hearts replaced with clocks and Canto must brave the world to get a girl back her heart.

The Goon #3 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is an amazing mix of humor, action, and horror, and its return has been fantastic. So much fun with every issue. It’s a horror-ish Popeye and a must for comic fans.

Marilyn Manor #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – The President’s daughter throws a rager at the White House in 1981… yeah, we’re in for this one.

Operation Overlord #1 (Rebellion/2000AD) – The graphic novel series is translated into English for the first time. It’s four tales set during the Normandy landing on D-Day. Sounds really interesting and really good timing for release.

Road of Bones #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was amazing as prisoners attempt to escape a Russian gulag and the infusion of horror makes it something else.

Samurai Grandpa #1 (Source Point Press) – A retired samurai must wield his blade again to save his granddaughter. It just sounds fun and the cover looks fantastic.

Steel Cage #1 (AHOY Comics) – Three comic stories enter and one leaves! Fans can read this comic and then vote as to which story they want to become a series after!

Transformers/Ghostbusters #1 (IDW Publishing) – Both properties are celebrating 35 years this year and coming together for this miniseries. The concept sounds silly but we’re in to see where it goes.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Spencer & Locke 2 #2

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Ascender #2 (Image Comics) – Did you read the first issue? If you did, you know why this is on our list. The follow up to Descender does for magic and fantasy what that series did for sci-fi.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo team again for Batman’s final story.

Doomsday Clock #10 (DC Comics) – We’ve already read the issue and this is what we’ve been waiting for. A ho-hum event finally gets good and there’s honestly some fantastic stuff explored here.

Heroes in Crisis #9 (DC Comics) – We’ve already read this one too and while it doesn’t quite stick the landing it is a decent ending to this rocky event.

Killer Groove #1

Killer Groove #1 (Aftershock) – It’s rock ‘n’ roll crime set in the 70s and the mix of music and crime alone has us excited to check this out.

Sham #1 (Source Point Press) – It’s public domain comics rewritten for our entertainment.

She Said Destroy #1 (Vault Comics) – Goddesses and their worshippers battle!

Spencer & Locke 2 #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – This series has been rocking it in its second volume which ups the action and has one hell of a villain.

Star Trek: Year Five #2 (IDW Publishing) – Are you a Star Trek fan? We are, and we’re finally getting our fifth year of the mission!!!

Stranger Things: Six #1 (Dark Horse) – The popular series comes to comics and we’re intrigued to see how comics expands the world and characters.

Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1 (DC Comics) – This seems like it’s going to be a pretty big deal as far as a storyline.

This Was Our Pact (First Second) – Stand by Me meets My Neighbor Totoro in this astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers. Yeah, we’re sold on that description.

Voracious: Appetite For Destruction #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – If you haven’t read the previous two volumes, you’re missing out. This series has some solid twists and turns about a chef whose secret incredients are dinosaurs. We’re not ruining it.

Wailing Blade #1 (Comixtribe) – We backed this series on Kickstarter as it reminded us a bit of Battlechasers in the exaggerated fantasy style. It’s some fun action in an oversized first issue.

X-Men: Grand Design – X-Tinction #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor continues his amazing take on the X-Men’s history.

Ascender Ascends to a Second Printing

The all-new fantasy series Ascender—from New York Times bestselling  writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen—is immediately being rushed back to print to keep up with customer demand.

This new adventure from the powerhouse creative team behind the bestselling, award-winning Descender, provides readers with the perfect jumping on point and requires no knowledge of the previous Descender series.

Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender, in Ascender the machines have gone away, and in their absence magic has reclaimed the universe. Now one girl must embark on an epic quest to find robotkind and its fabled boy messiah, TIM-21, before it’s too late…

Ascender #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN199358) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, May 22. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, April 29.

Ascender #1, second printing

Review: Ascender #1

Ascender #1

Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender‘s storyline, magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from Descender, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all-powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But, like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules, and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same!

Ascender #1 acts as both a beginning and continuation of the epic story from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen. The series is a continuation of the critically praised Descender though replaces the focus on technology with a focus on magic. It is fantasy to the previous volume’s sci-fi.

Though knowledge of the previous volume is helpful, the first issue is a fresh start with some references to what has come before but none of it being vital or enjoyment. It really is the best of both worlds helping create a greater tapestry of wonder but also being a way for those new to begin their journey.

The first issue is all set up, painting a new picture of a world, its politics, and the conflict within. None of what’s presented is new or fresh but it’s done in a grand tradition of fantasy that makes it magical in a sense.

That is helped by the art which is a painted beauty unlike anything else on the market. The comic, like the previous series, is a joy to look at in its design of characters, worlds, settings, and situations, done in water color like style. It’s breathtaking to look at and enjoy.

This is a flip to what has come before and the magic vs. technology set up is obvious. To see where it goes and how much it hearkens back to the first series will be interesting but if this first issue is any indication, it’s a continuation that’ll stand on its own bringing enjoyment to new readers and excitement for those who have been there since the beginning.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Dustin Nguyen Lettering: Steve Wands
Story: 8.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Achilles Inc. #1

Wednesdays 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 Wednesday.

Achilles Inc. #1 (Source Point Press) – Some of the world has gained superpowers and formed a union and upended blue collar jobs and society as a whole. A really interesting concept.

Ascender #1 (Image Comics) – If you read Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen you’ll know why we’re excited for this sequel set ten years after where magic has taken the place of machinery!

Criminal #4 (Image Comics) – We’re big fans of noir but even beyond that, this is one of the best monthly series out there. This standalone is a perfect issue to check out.

Dick Tracy Forever #1 (IDW Publishing) – There’s been some weirdness about getting a Dick Tracy comic to the shelf, but we want to check out this latest take by Michael Avon Oeming.

Grace: Based on Jeff Buckley’s Story (First Second) – A graphic novel biography of the musician that includes archival material provided by his mother.

Heroes in Crisis #8 (DC Comics) – Yes the series is all over the place in quality but we’ve come this far and you better believe we’re hyped for the second to last issue.

Princeless Book 8 Princesses #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This series never dissapoints with its spin on the “princess” trope. A new volume is a new opportunity to check it out!

Punk Mambo #1 (Valiant) – Cullen Bunn taking on this characters is more than enough to get us excited to check it out.

The Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities (Oni Press) – For those that don’t know, this is a fantastic guide to help you through to understand it all.

Star Trek: Year Five #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new ongoing series focusing on the fifth year of their mission. This one has been hyped up a lot as far as big things for Star Trek and comics.

Ascender Launches this April

From the powerhouse creative team behind the bestselling, award-winning DescenderNew York Times bestselling writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dustin Nguyen —comes an all new, ongoing fantasy series set in the same universe, Ascender. This new chapter launching from Image Comics on Wednesday, April 24 is set to recapture fans’ hearts and imaginations as well as provide the perfect jumping on point for new readers with no knowledge of the previous Descender series.

Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender, in Ascender the machines have gone away, and in their absence magic has reclaimed the universe. Now one girl must embark on an epic quest to find robotkind and its fabled boy messiah, TIM-21, before it’s too late…

Ascender #1 (Diamond Code FEB190010) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, April 24.

Ascender #1

Around the Tubes

Ascender

The weekend’s almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the week day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Survey Of 4,000 Game Developers Says Half Of Them Want To Unionize – This could be very interesting. This would be a major shake-up for the industry.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: The Toll of Medical Education in Dr. Isabel Hanson and Safdar Ahmed’s Healing Alone – Free comics folks!

Reviews

CBR – Ascender #1
The Beat –
Your Mother’s Fox

After Descender Comes Ascender from Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

From the powerhouse creative team behind the bestselling, award-winning DescenderJeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen—launches an all new series set in the same universe, Ascender. The Descender story’s not over and this new ongoing series is set to recapture fans’ hearts and imaginations in 2019.

Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender, in Ascender the machines have gone away, and in their absence magic has reclaimed the universe. Now one girl must embark on an epic quest to find robotkind and its fabled boy messiah, TIM-21, before it’s too late…