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Aspen Comics in February 2017

ALL NEW FATHOM #1 (vol 6)

Blake Northcott – Story / Marco Renna – Art / John Starr – Colors

Dive back into the world of MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM in this great jumping-on point for new readers!

ASPEN MATTHEW’S role in the brand new ASPEN UNIVERSE, spawning out of last summer’s mega-event, Aspen Universe: Revelations, is larger than ever! Now, the preeminent heroine must navigate the treacherous divide between the humans and her ancestral people of The Blue—as well as the surprises in store for both races in this all-new FATHOM landscape where anything is possible!

Nearly two decades of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this all-new FATHOM adventure by Aspen’s newest up-and-coming talents! Please join newcomers, writer Blake Northcott and artist Marco Renna, as they bring readers back under the surface into the world of The Blue, and everything you loved about FATHOM!

ALL NEW FATHOM #1 is in stores February 8th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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FATHOM: COLORING BOOK SPECIAL #2

Michael Turner ; J Scott Campbell ; Joe Benitez ; Various – Art

A new FATHOM Coloring Book is here!

Join in on the fun of bringing Michael Turner’s Fathom to life in this second thrilling coloring book filled with 64 stunning illustrations by series creator Turner, along with today’s hottest comic book superstars including Talent Caldwell, Joe Benitez, J. Scott Campbell and many more! With the first FATHOM coloring book becoming an instant sell-out, don’t miss your chance to own the newest volume of the hit series!

FATHOM: COLORING BOOK SPECIAL #2 is in stores February 8th, 2017!

B&W 64 pages $12.99

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SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #4

David Wohl – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss continues!

From the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa…

From the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa… The jaw dropping penultimate chapter of the pulse-pounding first volume sees Naomi faced with confronting the true forces of evil unlike anything she’s ever encountered-with not only the fate of her existence at stake-but perhaps all of humanity’s future as well!

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #4 is in stores February 15th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS Vol 1 TPB

Joshua Hale Fialkov; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history collected!!!

For over thirteen years, devoted Aspen Comics fans clamored for something special…something unique…something…UNIMAGINABLE! Aspen Comics answered the call for loyal fans and new readers alike with ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS.

Legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations, FATHOM and SOULFIRE, united for the first time as one in this crossover story so massive in scope, it forged a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! A magical being of unimaginable might has destroyed the world as they knew it, and it remains up to Soulfire’s magical bearer of the light, Malikai, along with Fathom’s preeminent heroine, Aspen Matthews, to try and restore order and peace to a world decimated by the malevolent power of dark magic!

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul, along with the amazing art abilities of Jordan Gunderson and Peter Steigerwald, comes this world-shattering crossover series event that set the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE Vol 1 TPB is in stores February 8th, 2017!

FC 152 pages $14.99 TPB

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Preview: Aspen Universe: Revelations #4

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #4

Joshua Hale Fialkov ; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history continues!!!

This summer, legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations, Fathom and Soulfire, unite as one in a crossover event so massive in scope, it can only serve to forge a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! While Aspen and Malikai continue to fight for their world, the underwater civilization of the Blue find their very existence—future and past—threatened as never before!

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #4 is in stores November 9th, 2016!

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Aspen Comics in January 2017

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #3

David Wohl – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss returns!

From the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa…

As word spreads of Naomi’s newfound ability, she finds herself gaining notoriety on the streets. But, she soon begins to realize that this “gift” comes with a terrible price—and once you’ve been kissed by the Goddess, her magic can never be taken…except in death!

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #3 is in stores January 18th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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FATHOM BLUE Vol 1 TPB

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella– Art / Erick Arciniega – Colors

An unlikely team of BLUE rise!

They have all come from beneath the surface, each for a different purpose. United in their exile from their homelands below, looking to blend in out of sight amongst humans, unaware of their true potential. However, one man, Admiral Maylander, who has spent the better part of his life hunting The Blue, is keenly aware of their presence–and he will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own, even if it means killing them in the process!

The first all new Fathom series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible underwater adventure over 18 years ago! Collecting together the entire first Fathom Blue series along with a complete cover gallery, this beautiful trade paperback is a must have for any Aspen or Fathom fan!

FATHOM BLUE Vol 1 TPB is in stores January 25th, 2017!

FC 176 pages $16.99 TPB

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ETERNAL SOULFIRE Vol 1 TPB

JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

The world of magic and technology have finally collided!

A new cast of characters has risen. Cassidy, a young high school student with a very big secret, will discover that magic is not only real-but will change her life forever in ways she never could’ve imagined. Meanwhile, Miya, the ancient warrior from the earliest days of the Soulfire Universe, has returned with a vengeance–and both of their paths will be inextricably united! Explore the world of Michael Turner’s Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

Brought to you by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (DC’s Bloodlines, Jirni), with art by superstar artist Alex Konat (DC’s Gotham Gazette:Batman, Fathom), and colorist Federico Blee (Jirni), this thrilling new series in the Soulfire Universe is not to be missed!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE Vol 1 TPB is in stores January 25th, 2017!

FC 176 pages $16.99 TPB

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Preview: Aspen Universe: Revelations #3

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #3

Joshua Hale Fialkov ; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson ; Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history continues!!!

For over thirteen years, devoted Aspen Comics fans have clamored for something special…something unique…something…UNIMAGINABLE! Aspen Comics has answered the call for loyal fans and new readers alike!

This summer, legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations, Fathom and Soulfire, unite as one in a crossover event so massive in scope, it can only serve to forge a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! “Kiani. Killian. The Blue. The Black. Aspen watched them all die. Yet, here she is seeing them again – alive and well. But time moves on, as does the cataclysmic war that destroyed everything. Can Aspen and her new ally, Malikai, stop Armageddon from happening? Can they undo the damage done by the time-traveling Halazeel? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?”

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #3 is in stores September 28th, 2016!

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Aspen Comics in December 2016

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: ENEMIES AMONG US #1

David Wohl ; Vince Hernandez – Story / Randy Green ; Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

Aspen’s critically acclaimed and best-selling series from creator David Wohl (Witchblade, Legend of the Shadow Clan) returns for this pulse pounding action-packed one-shot! With the new Aspen Universe forged and taking shape, Executive Assistant: Iris’ past secret case files are brought to the forefront, uncovering two new and thrilling adventures that may just reveal that the seeds of Iris’ role in this new era began to grow long ago!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: ENEMIES AMONG US #1

is in stores December 7th, 2016!

FC 32 pages $4.99

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: COLORING BOOK SPECIAL #1

Joe Benitez ; J Scott Campbell ; Micah Gunnell ; Eduardo Francisco ; Various – Art

Now fans can bring the amazing artwork of EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS to life with this all-new Aspen Comics over-sized coloring book showcasing many of the great artists that brought the EA universe to life over the years! This must-have for any Aspen Comics fan allows everyone to participate in coloring the world of EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS however they see fit!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: COLORING BOOK SPECIAL #1 is in stores December 7th, 2016!

B&W 64 pages $12.99

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Preview: Aspen Universe: Revelations #2

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #2

Joshua Hale Fialkov ; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history continues!!!

For over thirteen years, devoted Aspen Comics fans have clamored for something special…something unique…something…UNIMAGINABLE! Aspen Comics has answered the call for loyal fans and new readers alike!

This summer, legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations Fathom and Soulfire, unite as one in a crossover event so massive in scope, it can only serve to forge a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! Both of Aspen’s most iconic characters meet in this era-spanning second chapter, as Aspen Matthews and Malikai encounter a Grace unlike anything fans have ever seen before—And one that could spell certain doom for the entire Aspen Universe!
From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #2 is in stores August 24th, 2016!

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Santeria Talent Hunt Winners Announced!

Following Aspen Comics’ recent plans to launch one shared Aspen Universe within the pages of several of its flagship titles, Executive Assistant: Iris and Witchblade creator David Wohl’s supernatural action-adventure series Santeria: The Goddess Kiss has been marked to return this January, 2017.

Santeria: The Goddess Kiss initially debuted this past spring but was postponed following the news of Aspen’s new universe-spanning event series, Aspen Universe: Revelations, in addition to other titles such as Oniba: Swords of the Demon. Aspen VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez explains:

The publisher is also excited to reveal the four winners of the Santeria: The Goddess Kiss Cover Talent Search: Wesley Bernick, Chris Callahan, Stefano Fortis, and Joe Webster, with their successful entries gracing the cover to Santeria: The Goddess Kiss #4, out February 2017.

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SDCC 2016: Aspen Teases Wave 2 of the Aspen Universe

At their panel today at San Diego Comic-Con, Aspen Comics showed off teaser images of what’s to come in Wave 2 of the Aspen Universe. The company is currently merging their various comic worlds into one universe. It looks like we’ll be getting more Jirni, BubbleGun, and more!

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Demo-Graphics: The State of Indie/Small Press Comics

Earlier this week I brought you demographic reports based off of Facebook data for Marvel, and DC. Up next is independent/small press comics! Basically, everyone not the “big two.”

For this report I looked at comic book publisher likes that are not the big two or part of the big two. For this report, Vertigo, Zuda, Icon, are not included though they share similar comics as to other in this report. For this report, terms like IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics were included. Manga was left out of this as well.

You can check out the stats for 2014 as well as those for 2015.

Facebook Population: Over 6,800,000 in the United States

The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 2.4 million individuals. That’s double the amount as last year and the year before which each grew 1.2 million.

In 2014 and 2015 Spanish speakers accounted for 12.50%. In 2016 the percentage increased to 16.18%.

Gender and Age

In 2014 men accounted for 57.50% of the population and women 40.63%. A year later, that shifted with men accounting for 59.09% and women 40.91%. The past year has brought some impressive changes as women now are a majority with 51.47% and men account for 48.53%.

indie facebook gender 7.19.16This is how gender changes as far as percent over age. With women being a majority things are clearly different, but interestingly men overtake the majority around age 22 and lose it at about 33.

indie facebook gender age 7.19.16And the raw data.

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Compared to last year those engaged took a serious drop, decreasing about 12 percentage points. Those Married double in percentage and over tripled in raw number. Those that are Single dipped slightly too, dropping about 4 percentage points.

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With such a change in gender breakdowns, there’s absolutely shifts here.

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With less Men, those all saw dips as far as how much they make up in percentage. Women interested in Women almost doubled while Women interested in both Men and Women increased about 0.7 percentage points.

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Compared to last year all ethnicities increased a few percentage points.

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The gains here all all in Generation X and Millennials, but what’s striking is again Generation X is majority women while Millennials are now about 50/50 parity.

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Mini Reviews For the Week Ending 7/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

Old-Man-Logan 8Old Man Logan *8 (Marvel)* Okay, I get it. Old Man Logan is from an alternate fucking future where the world went to hell. Stop telling me this every bloody issue. This falls somewhere between being a place holder comic between story arcs, and a waste of money. Whether it was designed to help new readers get into the series, or MArvel just needed n issue, telling a tory of Logan having insomnia because the fture he’s from may happen is beyon frustrating – especially since the last arc was all about Logan accepting this was a new tmeline. A bloody redundant comic. Spend your money on the Paybacks instead. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC)* I didn’t read  Grayson, so this was a nice catch up for me, but if you did read that critically acclaimed series, then you can probably skip this glorified recap page – as good as it was, there’s unlikely to be anything new here for you. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read if you’re getting back into Nightwing, Pass it otherwise.

Wonder Woman #2 (DC)* A fantastic issue. Only the second Wonder Woman comics I’ve ever truly read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it; much more so than the first issue.Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Mickey Shorts #1 (IDW) Based of the newer cartoon show, this anthology comic mixes an innocent Ren and Stimpy style artwork with Disney’s famous mouse. If you’ve seen much of the show, then this will feel familiar to you. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Walt Disney Comics and Stories #733 (IDW) Sometimes Disney reprint comics are just the kind of easy reading that you want to enjoy, especially after some of the shittier comics from other publishers. You know exactly what you’re getting here before you open the cover, and that’s often more refreshing than you realize. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation Read

Brett

4001-SM_001_COVER-A_FOREMANNightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)A decent bridge comic that should catch folks up on what Dick Grayson has been up to. It isn’t super exciting at all and feels like an extended recap more than anything. But, it does set up what we can expect in the ongoing series. If you have no idea what has happened and need to catch up, this should scratch that itch. Otherwise, there’s little that’s groundbreaking or vital. Overall Rating: 6.8 Recommendation: Pass

4001 A.D. Shadowman #1 (Valiant) – A very interesting new take on Shadowman and the Deadworld. Valiant has been knocking this event out of the park, so much so I want to see this world going forward. More please! Overall Rating: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy


The Adventures Of Miru #1
(Action Lab Entertainment)
– A very cute all-ages fantasy series. The first issue does a great job of setting up the world and teasing lots of mysteries. This is one to keep an eye on. Overall Rating: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

Adv-of-Miru-cover-1Aspen Universe Revelations #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen is bringing together their properties into one cohesive universe and while this first issue begins to lay the groundwork for that, it’s probably not the best for folks that have read previous Aspen comics. Still, I want to see how it’s brought together into one world. Overall Rating: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

The Bounty #1 (Dark Horse) – A fun new series from Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee that’s a sci-fi spin on bounty hunters. The first issue is entertaining and had me wanting to see what comes next. Wiebe does fun comics, and he keeps up that streak here. Overall Rating: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

The Bunker #18 (Oni Press) – Well that was a hell of a twist! This is an issue that REALLY shakes things up. Though it’s not new reader friendly, it’s a comic series folks should be checking out and this issue emphasizes that. Overall Rating: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

paybacks-1The Paybacks #1 (Heavy Metal Comics) – Absolutely amazing. I loved the first miniseries and this new series is just as good. If you haven’t checked this series out, here’s a perfect issue to start with. Overall Rating: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Rough Riders #4 (Aftershock Comics) – Continuing the fantastic mix of history and weirdness. Aliens. Roosevelt. Lasers. Rasputin!? So much fun. Overall Rating: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Wacky Raceland #2 (DC Comics)* – This re-imagining of the classic television cartoon is out there, but entertaining. This one adds a lot of depth for Dick Dastardly. Definitely not one for kids, but well worth checking out. Overall Rating: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Warp Zone #1 (Rosarium Publishing) – Really trippy and really weird. The comic has a style that reminds me of Ed Roth and Garbage Pail Kids. An indie comic worth checking out. Overall Rating: 7.3 Recommendation: Read

rough rders 4All-New X-Men #11 (Marvel)* – While it’s great Marvel tied in their X-Titles to Apocalypse with the film out (evidence the Fox/Marvel split is bullshit) the various stories are a bit lacking, especially this one. The issue wraps up the arc as Evan and Hank deal with proto-Apocalypse. Maybe there’ll be some decent long term implications, but the issue and arc is rather blah, especially the art. It’s been a long time since the X-Titles were worth praising, and this is a prime example. Overall Rating: 6.7 Recommendation: Pass

Millwarworld Annual 2016 (Image Comics) – It’s great to see new talent, but the art and stories here are all over the place as far as quality. It’s great to see new stories for various series like Chrononauts, Kingsman, and Starlight, nothing here is must have for fans of the various series. Still, cool to see an anthology of this type. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Javier

Archangel #2 (IDW)** – I am sticking with this series with the hopes that Gibson will pull it all together in subsequent issues, but so far I am finding it harder and harder to enjoy. Gibson himself, in the afterword, says, “… this particular flavor combination has never openly turned up in [his] prose fiction.” However, I have come across the OSS, WWII, and alternative timeline/history motifs in a large number of other sci-fi and comic book works –and I suspect so have others. Butch Guice’s art is a saving grace, but not enough to recommend it too highly. Plus, Gibson’s fans, like me, will be disappointed by the surprising lack of cyberpunk tones. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass.

House of Penance #4House of Penance #4 (Dark Horse)** Tomasi’s and Bertram’s mythic re-telling of the nonstop building of the infamous Winchester Mystery House continues to please. Sarah’s blood and bile soaked mad quest to atone and appease the spirits, bumps up against the pragmatic realities of her family’s business. What role (aside from being a possible love interest) Warren will play in all of this is yet to be fully revealed.
Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy.

Daredevil #9 (Marvel)* – In the conclusion to Soule’s two part tale entitled “Blind Man’s Bluff,” Daredevil and Spider-Man team-up to get their hands on a mysterious briefcase held by the Chinese Triad atop one of Macau’s hottest gambling spots. The art is decent, with DD sporting the Netflix inspired dark costume, and Spidey on his right side. The story was entertaining, with hints at the importance of the briefcase’s contents impacting future storylines. Overall: 7. Recommendation: Read.

Violent #5 (Image)** – Another well-written indie victim of low sales, Ed Brisson concludes the first arc of Violent with promises of a second via KickStarter. I was digging TheViolent_05-1this Canadian inside look at our Northern neighbor’s seedier side. If you missed this series, and are into crime stories, I highly recommend you pick up the TPB when available.
Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6 (Archie Comics) **– The other half of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s horrific take on the Archie universe is superb story telling. In this latest issue we get two origin stories with references to Kipling’s “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”, Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw”, and Egger’s “The Witch”. Salem’s origin story is appropriately set within the historic context of America’s Salem Witch Trials to chilling effect; and Robert Hack’s artwork expertly captures the pulpy 1950’s tradition of horror art.
Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

Z’isle #5 (Miscellaneum Studios)*: This is a zombie comic set in my hometown of Montreal, so I was curious. (You can read the title as Zombie Island/Île or Asile/Asylum) I was even more curious to see, on the inside back cover, a cast credit page featuring a large number of my actor friends. Unfortunately, Lateef Martin’s drawing is too off-model for its cinematic premise: I didn’t easily recognize either the actors nor many of the settings. Also unfortunately, Isabelle Duguay & Lateef Martin’s writing doesn’t take advantage of Montreal’s uniqueness and delivers a generic post-apocalyptic story with generic dialogue and generic characters. I always say, “No man is an island, but Montreal is.” Overall: 5. Recommendation: Pass.

Descender_13-1Descender #13 (Image)**: In this one, we get into Captain Telsa’s story – and it is hugely, massively, generic and dull. Jeff Lemire hits basically every single beat from every single cheap sci-fi movie that ever cribbed from cheap adventure serials: childhood trauma, daddy issues, bar on the Fringes full of scum and villainy, rebellious cadet, etc. Not one note of originality in the entire issue. Which Dustin Nguyen paints the hell out of. Sigh. Overall: 6 (thanks to Dustin) Recommendation: Pass

Midnight of the Soul #2 (Image)**: I still maintain that, with a stronger editorial hand, this series could have ranked with great Fifties literature (for the record, Hugh MacLennan’s The Watch That Ends the Night is one of my favourite novels). Howard Chaykin remains a bit too caught up in his own tropes to really push Joel Breakstone’s story beyond a kind of cheap revenge pulp noir. But there’s a hint of something, in the last pages, of a character who is finding his own redemption back-asswards, riding a motorcycle through the bottom of the barrel. And that will keep me coming back, despite all of my misgivings. Overall: 7 (because Howard Chaykin art). Recommendation: Read

Ryan C

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 (DC)*: Another typical “stage-setter,” this “special” is only notable for being, if anything, even less ambitious than its “Rebirth” counterparts in that it does nothing else other than recap what’s come before with almost no emphasis placed on where writer Robert Venditti is looking to take things from here. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.When they waste two full pages on Hal Jordan reciting the Green Lantern oath that almost anyone reading the book knows by heart anyway, you know they’re padding things. Meanwhile, Ethan Van Sciver’s art is, as always, terrible. All in all this comic is completely indistinguishable from the worst “New 52”-era pablum. Overall: 1. Recommendation: Pass.

Wonder Woman #2 (DC)*: Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott kick off their every-other-issue “Year One” storyline, and aside from the fact that events in this installment take up well over a year in and of themselves, thus negating the arc’s title, I have no real complaints. Scott’s art is gorgeous, Rucka has a masterful handle on Diana, Steve Trevor, and everyone else involved, and the various plot threads — with which we’re, admittedly, already quite familiar — are imbued with some real pathos thanks to some expert fleshing-out of the backstory involving one of the other guys on Trevor’s mission who doesn’t make it out alive. Another re-telling of Wonder Woman’s origin may not be strictly necessary, but if it’s told well and sheds some of the “new light” on proceedings that Rucka has promised, well — it should at least make for some interesting reading. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy.

the vision 9The Vision #9 (Marvel)*: Another “holy shit they really went there” issue from Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, with tragedy so thick you can cut it with a knife, a highly intriguing new take on Vision’s “brother,” and a painfully drawn-out demise of one of our principal characters making for, you guessed it, another essential chapter in comics’ most doom-laden series. Miss it at your peril, this book is at the top of everyone’s “read pile” for good reason. Overall: 8.5. Recommendation: Buy

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 (DC)*: I’ve got all the respect in the world for Tim Seely, but his talents — as well as those of Yanick Paquette — are wasted on this long-form “what has gone before” nonsense. There’s some solid interaction between Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne, though, and you do, at least, get some hint of where things are headed in the future, so it’s a slight step up from the other “Rebirth” book that hit shelves this week. Still not worth your three bucks, though. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

Shean

Joe Golem Volume 1 (Dark Horse)-Crime Noir has been popular in comics for a while thanks to the likes of Ed Brubaker, but when combined with the supernatural, the alchemy is more than interesting, it is addictive, for lovers of both genres such as this writer, when done right. Mike Mignola, is in rare form here, exercising muscles that he wasn’t able to do with Hellboy. Golem is more than a relatable character, but is definitely a realistic one Horizon_01-1as he reacts as most people would do in both of the cases seen in this first miniseries. You will definitely cheer for him as he saves the children he could in the Rat Catcher and one would be remiss to see the comparisons to the Returned, in Sunken City. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Horizon#1 (Image) Growing up watching Captain Planet, the message of saving the earth by not destroying it was not lost on me. Still years have passed and it seems as though the world is still doomed for this inevitable demise. This comic aims to pose the question if we have time travel on our side can we still leave this world inhabitable for all mankind. By issue’s end, you somehow feel more hopeful about the future. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

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