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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Lifehacker – A Non-Geek’s Guide to Getting Into Comics – How would you get in to comics?

ICv2 – First Second Launching ‘World Citizen Comics’ – This is really cool to see.


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Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1
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Assassin Nation #1
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The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
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The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
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The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1
Transformers #1
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Transformers #1
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Transformers #1
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Wonder Twins #2

Review: Assassin Nation #1

Assassin Nation #1

The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.

Created by writer Kyle Starks and artist Erica Henderson, Assassin Nation #1 is a fun send-up of the assassin genre. It plays with some tropes and delivers a first issue that’s over the top in its violence. There’s a Tarrantino quality about it all with blood and guts flying everywhere.

The concept of the comic is so simple yet so brilliant introducing us to the world’s greatest assassins and hitmen who are hired to protect someone who has an issue with someone trying to assassinate him. That plot would be enough alone but the team has included some teases of further plot points that should make this series a bit more than its initial concept.

The series could easily just be a serious action thriller by Henderson’s art delivers a more comedic take on the genre. Taking the violence to that next level is so silly to look at, it’s hard to not chuckle at the ultra-violence presented. Blood splatters. Brains fly. When things get going, there’s a Looney Tunes aspect to it.

The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that’s so over the top, it’s hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Erica Henderson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Age of Conan: Bêlit #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.

Age of Conan: Bêlit #1 (Marvel) – The she-devil of the sea who would be Queen gets her own series! Follow a teenage Bêlit on her own journey and adventure.

Assassin Nation #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s former greatest hitman hires the 20 best assassins to be his bodyguards to not just protect him but figure out who’s trying to kill him.

Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1 (DC Comics) – The breakout character gets the spotlight! Imagine Batman crossed with the Punisher.

Calamity Kate #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be-Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. Sounds like fun to us.

The Goon #1 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is back in a brand new series! We’re fans of this character and can’t wait to see where this new series goes.

Iliad (Candlewick Press) – The classic story gets a graphic novel adaptation.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel) – Ms. Marvel had a hell of a run and we’re expecting the same with a brand new creative team. We’re interested in seeing what the new team will deliver.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #2 (IDW Publishing) – All-ages Spider-Man fun.

Riverdale Season 3 #1 (Archie Comics) – If you’re in to the CW television show, you want to get this issue which ties directly into the series.

Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new direction for Transformers comics exploring Cybertron before the war broke out.

Erica Henderson and Kyle Starks Tag Team an Action-Packed Sidesplitter in Assassin Nation

Two-time Eisner Award winner Erica Henderson and Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks team up for the gut-busting, mega-violent action-comedy Assassin Nation this March from Image Comics and Skybound.

The World’s (Former) Greatest Hitman has a hit out on him. What to do? Why, hire the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards, of course. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers will have to work together to keep the new crime boss safe, figure out who’s trying to off him, and also… survive. 

Assassin Nation #1 (Diamond code: JAN190122) will be available on Wednesday, March 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th.