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Mini Reviews: Four Debuts and more G.I. JOE!

Blood Syndicate #1

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 reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.

Blood Syndicate #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The issue is an interesting one as Milestone expands a bit bringing back another classic series with a bit of an update. The update works pretty well but there’s a lot of things that just happen with little explanation making the comic a bit of a headscratcher at times. It’s a decent start that has me wanting to see more but this might be an overall package than individual issue when it comes to how good it is. Overall Rating: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – Time perfectly for the release of the first trailer for the upcoming sequel film, the comic takes us back to Pandora. The Na’vi are presented with an option to gain knowledge from the Sky People with schools but debate their contaminating their lives. There’s a lot to chew on but like the original film, it feels like it’s not original enough, especially when we get to the end and find the conflict to come in a mysterious disease. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Cold Iron #1 (comiXology Originals) – Me not knowing references probably hurt my enjoyment of the comic but it’s a horror comic that takes place on the Isle of Man. There’s some interesting stuff there but overall it didn’t quite hook me like I hoped. I want to see where it goes but the first issue is kind of meh. Overall Rating: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 (Opus) – I don’t know much about Death Dealer beyond the classic Frank Frazetta art and the collectibles that spun out of it. So, this being my first introduction to the character and story I was really intrigued. Unfortunately, there’s a lot like it and a lot that’s so much better. This character tortured by a voice who’s a killing machine feels like it’s been done over and over. It didn’t help the comic slipped into some bad fantasy tropes that had me rolling my eyes. Unless you’re a hardcore Frazetta fan, this is a pass. Overall Rating: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The comic perfectly captures the classic cartoon not just in the story but the art as well. There’s such an amazing attention to detail for both that it feels like I’m transported almost 4 decades back. If you’re a fan of the classic 80s cartoon, this is a must and feels like coming home for some afternoon cartoons. Overall Rating: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

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 (**).

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Solo Leveling Vol. 4

Wednesdays (and 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.

Archie Meets Riverdale (Archie Comics) – When Archie “meets” folks, it’s usually an entertaining read. So seeing how this one plays out should be real fun!

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (Dark Horse) – With a trailer for the sequel film dropping this week, the timing is damn near perfect for a new comic series. That solid release is worth a mention here alone.

Blood Syndicate: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The next wave of Milestone begins here as the classic series returns!

Bunny Mask: Hollow Inside #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume was great and the Free Comic Book Day issue solid. We’re pumped for this next volume and to find out more about this horror series.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 (Marvel) – Sam Wilson is taking on the mantle of Captain America again in his own series. With two different Cap books coming out, it’ll be interesting to see how the two differ.

Eight Billion Genies #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne would be enough to get on this list. The concept of everyone on earth getting a genie and wish at the same moment is too interesting to not check out.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures #3 (IDW Publishing) – The series has nailed the tone and look of the classic animated series. Absolutely fantastic in every way.

Grim #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Jessica Harrow is dead. But her journey has only just begun! This is a hot comic having already sold out at the distributor and getting a second printing.

Hulk vs. Thor: Banner War Alpha #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 60 years for both characters!

Nottingham #7 (Mad Cave Studios) – The series has been great as a whole and if caught the Free Comic Book Release, you know that’s the truth. The issue is solidly timed to build off the FCBD release which was one of the best this year.

Past the Lat Mountain #2 (CEX Publishing) – After a war, fantasy creatures were rounded up and put on a reservation. Some have escaped hoping to find freedom while the government wants to stop them.

Science Comics: Birds of Prey (First Second) – We’re big fans of this educational graphic novel series that’s also entertaining. Great for kids and adults.

Solo Leveling Vol. 4 (Yen Press) – The series is awesome taking place in a world where dungeon hunting is an actual job.

Transformers: Last Bot Standing #1 (IDW Publishing) – The war for Cybertron may be long over… but the war from Cybertron never ends. When the last star flickers, who will be the only Cybertronian left?

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Avatar: Adapt or Die #4

The first look at the Avatar sequel “The Way of Water” debuted this week and this Wednesday sees the release of Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 from Dark Horse Comics! We got the exclusive reveal for the cover of Avatar: Adapt or Die #4 out this August.

Check out the details below and the cover!

Avatar: Adapt or Die #4

Writer: Corinna Bechko
Peciller/Inker: Beni R. Lobel
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Letterer: Michael Heisler
Cover Artist: Mark Molchan
On sale: 8/3/22

Mo’at and Grace travel to meet the Tawkami clan, but the presence of an avatar draws skepticism and suspicion. As time passes, the disease progresses, setting off a chain of new infections . . . with a newly susceptible group.

Avatar: Adapt or Die #4

Explore the Early Days of Pandora in Avatar: Adapt or Die

Dark Horse Comics presents a new tale from James Cameron’s Avatar, exploring humanity’s early years on Pandora! Written by Eisner and Hugo-nominated author Corinna Bechko, illustrated by Beni R. Lobel, colored by Wes Dzioba, and lettered by Michael HeislerAvatar: Adapt or Die follows the heroine Dr. Grace Augustine as she becomes caught between two worlds!

Decades into the advent of the Avatar program on Pandora, pressure to bridge the divide between human and Na’vi has hit a peak. As an ally of the Omatikaya clan, Dr. Grace Augustine begins negotiations to open a school for Na’vi children, but her plans for peace, hope, and unity could trigger an unprecedented disaster—one afflicting the most vulnerable and protected of Na’vi.

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1 (of 6) will be in comic shops May 4, 2022. 

Avatar: Adapt or Die #1