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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: Avengers #2 (Marvel) – After the fantastic first issue, I am super excited for this one and many more from Aaron and company. Celestials falling to the Earth? That is how you set the tone for an epic series!

Curse Words #14 (Image) – I love this crazy book. Charles Soule balances action, comedy, and ridiculous things all in one comic so well. Talking Koalas and a Wizard fight!

Cable #157 (Marvel) – This book has been getting better and better. I have always loved Cable and it feels like it is really bringing back the classic stuff I love about the character and his best runs.

The Punisher #224 (Marvel) – Frank Castle returns to the States and now Captain Marvel is on his tail. I cannot wait for this showdown or whatever happens with this. It has been a great run so far!

Daredevil #602 (Marvel) – Mayor Fisk or Mayor Murdock? This has been a fantastic run and Soule has given us action and twists that I didn’t expect. I am excited to see how this continues.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Ninja-K #7 (Valiant) – There are some comics that I am genuinely so excited to read every month, and this is one of them. I can’t say enough good things about the writing, the art, the everything. There are two comics from Valiant out this week, and the only reason this is on top is because the coin landed on tails.

Bloodshot Salvation #9 (Valiant) – See above. Except for tails and second place.

Mighty Thor: Gates Of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – I’ve been itching for more Thor after seeing Infinity War, and why not grab a new #1 issue?

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dodge City #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Dodge ball in comics! This series has been so much fun so far with great characters, great art… it’s a comic that just puts a smile on my face.

Barrier #3 (Image Comics/Panel Syndicate) – An absolutely amazing series first released digitally and now in print. Timely and brilliant, it’s a must get.

Fence #6 (BOOM! Studios) – Like Dodge City, this one focuses on a sport… fencing! Also has great characters and fantastic art. Another series that’s just fun.

Flavor #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Image that takes place in a magical world and revolves around cooking. Absolutely fantastic and a must get this week.

James Bond: The Body #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – A different take on James Bond focusing on the grittier aspects of it all and a man just beat down.

 

Jen

Death of Love #4 (Image Comics) –  Imagine if you will: a young man with a chainsaw can see the creatures that float around making people fall in love. What’s he gonna use that chainsaw for? Is it good? Is it evil? And what about these cupidae? What role does a mortal dude have in messing in the affairs of such ephemeral creatures? Issue #4 of DEATH OF LOVE promises to answer only some of these questions while leaving way more on the floor. If you missed this book in single issues, keep an eye out of the Trade this August.

Rat Queens #9 (Image Comics) –  All girl warriors, all the time. That’s the promise of RAT QUEENS and for years now, not matter the battle, that is what they deliver. Part four of THE COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING has Reality Wizards and interdimensional wizards. If anyone can deal with all that crazy and still come out on top, it’s the Rat Queens. Probably.

Goosebumps: Download and Die #3 (IDW Publishing) – Not only has GOOSEBUMPS been updated to include digital spooks, it’s got an all-new, all-female creative team. Goosebumps works because it doesn’t try to be something it’s not. The plot is simple: defeat the monster, save the town. But, as with most GOOSEBUMPS tales, there are sure to be a few Bumps in the night along the way.

The Mighty Thor at the Gates of Valhalla #1 (Marvel) – Thor is such good fun in any format, and personally I love when his world expands beyond himself. GATES OF VALHALLA may have some heavy plot points (saving Jane/Thor’s life), but it keeps the lighthearted moments that draw me back to Asgard time and again. The Godesses of Thunder may be my new religious figures, and the meta-call to “the Golden age of Thor” is absolutely delightful.

Star Wars: Lost Stars Graphic Novel Vol #1 (Yen Press) – Did you read Claudia Gray’s books are among the most celebrated of the new Star Wars Canon. Her YA novel Lost Stars was a smash-hit, and now I can’t wait to see how it translates to a graphic novel. The source material has plenty to play with–action, romance, intrigue, Imperial Academy classes, brainwashing….the list goes on. If you’re not a big novel reader but love a good graphic tale, this might be the best way to dive into Gray’s work.

Carol Danvers Celebrates 50 Years with Variants this July

This summer, Marvel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Captain Marvel’s alter ego Carol Danvers with variant covers showing how everyone’s favorite high-flying super hero has evolved throughout the years!

Look for Marvel’s Carol Danvers variant covers on these select titles:

  1. Avengers #4 by Kate Niemczyk with colors by Morry Hollowell
  2. Black Panther #3 by Paul Renaud
  3. Doctor Strange #3  by Ema Lupacchino with colors by Jason Keith
  4. Immortal Hulk #3 by Mahmud Asrar with colors by Edgar Delgado
  5. Thor #3 by John Tyler Christopher

Don’t miss your chance to collect all 5 variant covers, coming to comic shops this July!

Those Two Geeks Episode Twenty Four: There Be Infinity War Spoilers Ahead!

On the docket this week: The geeks talk about Avengers: Infinity War. And spoil it significantly after about 15 minutes.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you all getting? What are you interested in? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – April 2018 Comics Sales Estimates: Diamond ships 450k Action #1000s to North America – For those that enjoy the race.

Talking Comics – Representation Matters: What’s Next for Latinx Superhero Stories? – A very good question. Your thoughts?

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #1

Talking Comics – Barrier #1

Comics Bulletin – Prisoner 155

Talking Comics – Rogue & Gambit #5

ICv2 – Snails Are Just My Speed

Avengers Infinity War: A Conversational Inter-Review With A Casual Fan

Avengers Infinity WarContrary to what you might expect, my wife isn’t a huge comics fan and hasn’t seen every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But because she loved Black Panther (didn’t we all?) she wanted to see Avengers: Infinity War with me. I thought it would be interesting to see how the movie held up for somebody who doesn’t gobble up every possible aspect of the MCU within days of it being released. Can this movie be enjoyed by somebody who has only seen a handful (in no order: the first Captain America, Guardians 1 and 2, Thor 3, Ant Man and Black Panther) of the 18 previous movies? Let’s find out!


The burning question; did you enjoy it?

Yes! While I certainly went in blind, not knowing everything I felt I should about the characters and their previous story lines, I found it easy to follow along with  and quickly found myself intrigued by the storyline. I also found myself wanting to watch some of the previous films so I could get to know some of these folks better. Dr. Strange in particular caught my eye. Sorry Iron Man, but you will never get me on board. I don’t know what it is about RDJ that just doesn’t do it for me. But what I do know is that it’s hard to pick which Chris is the hottest of them all. Ok, well maybe not *that* hard… I see you there C. Hemi. But in all seriousness, I was so excited when Black Panther showed up. That was a film that truly grabbed my attention and going in I was most excited to see this character again. Avengers Infinity War certainly was action packed and a fun film that crosses so many familiar characters, that even a casual comic fan (whether I want to be or not, love ya babe) can quickly find themselves hanging of the edge of their seat. I would certainly recommend it.

Did you feel that there was enough of the characters you were unfamiliar with shown so that you got a sense of who they were? 

Yes and no. I couldn’t quite place all the new to me characters, but it didn’t take away from the other all story line. but as mentioned previously, some of the character intrigued me enough to want to get to know them more.

In comparison to the other films you have seen from the MCU, how did the movie compare? 

I think that for me I personally prefer some of the stand alone films more, such as Black Panther and Guardians because as a casual fan, it gives me more of their own stories, but I did like that I knew enough about some of the characters to be able to enjoy this film and get a good sense of how stories develop and cross over in the pages of so many comics.

Speaking of comics; did the movie encourage you to pick up a comic or two? 

Never say never, but it’s likely not my first medium of choice.  That said (as you well know) I do own a few comics of my own already :)

And finally, do you feel the need to see the next Avengers film after having seen Infinity War

Absolutely! I mean, that ending tho!!!!!


Stan Lee has said that any comic could be a person’s first, a view shared by at least one other publisher, and in the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the same can also be said. Do you need to watch everything to be able to enjoy the movie? No, not at all. But some familiarity will help you.

Now excuse me so I can continue guiding my wife deeper into the MCU…

Review: Avengers #1

*MINOR SPOILERS BELOW*

I am happy to say The Avengers are back. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s get into why Avengers #1 is such an awesome thing for Marvel, and Avengers fans everywhere. While the last Avengers story, which introduced the new character Voyager (complete with a big plot twist of who she really is), was a lot of fun, I felt that the core Avengers title was fairly lackluster for a few years. I enjoyed The Uncanny Avengers far more than the main book, and I felt the title that should be Marvel’s biggest and best book was not living up to it’s legacy (pun intended).

So how do you inject life into a title that has had so many good runs over the years while also keeping it somewhat original on the storytelling front? You bring in Jason Aaron. This is the man who has been writing The Mighty Thor for years with both Jane Foster and Odinson and all of the wonderful characters of that world. He wrote Original Sin before that as well as many other titles like Wolverine, and more. It makes a ton of sense to bring Aaron on, since he is easily one of their top writers. I could go on for quite a bit about his awesome work on Southern Bastards, and more of his creator owned work, but let’s focus on The Avengers shall we?

Avengers #1 brings us back to a status quo for some of our big classic heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. There is even a great joke in this book where Aaron takes a jab at Hydra Cap, Unworthy Thor, and gives us a new name from Tony Stark himself, Coma Tony. It is a great moment where the three of them are in a bar and discussing getting the band back together. It is great dialogue, and something Aaron excels at. You can tell the three of them need this, after what each of them has been through the last few years, even if all of them may not want to admit it yet.

We also get to see Doctor Strange and Black Panther together investigating some disturbances below the Earth. Again we get some fantastic dialogue between Stephen and T’challa, and another great joke from Doctor Strange about his Strange Sense tingling. I loved the dynamic between the characters, and can’t wait to see more conversations as more team dynamics expand. The book also gives us glimpses of Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, and Captain Marvel all in different parts of the world, but by the end, all of them are converging on the massive threat that is hitting Earth, which is pretty awesome, and very epic in scope.

It would be wrong of me to not mention the awesome 1 Billion BC Avengers, because they are also a lot of fun, and a great set up. You may remember them from the Marvel Legacy one shot from last year, if you read it. The team is made up of Odin, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider (with a flaming Mammoth), Phoenix, Black Panther, Starbrand (who is a Hulk), and Agamotto. These characters are great not only because of their design and the introduction of them fighting the Celestials, but because of the legacy they provide to our modern day Avengers. When I first heard about this older team, I had my doubts, but they really pay off in this issue in a very cool way.

The pencils by Ed McGuinness is classic style Marvel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that it is outdated, but that it really has that old style superhero comic approach where everyone is a bit bulkier and wider. It is nostalgic while also feeling unique. There is a lot to draw in this issue, and McGuiness drew the hell out of it. From the opening pages alone, the 1 Billion BC Avengers look fantastic, as does the Celestials, as well as our modern team. Also, the panel work that McGuiness provides is really interesting and varies quite a bit. On some pages, there’s no panels at all and the scenes just blend together in a very cool one or two page spread, where on others, the panels are done to uniquely move the story forward in different ways. The inks by Mark Morales keep everything crisp and along with the colors by David Curiel help everything pop with awesome shadows and scenes that cover such a wide array of tones.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a classic Marvel fan, a new Marvel fan from the movies, or really anyone who enjoys superhero comics or movies. It’s a great jumping on point for fans of the old and the new. It gives us the heroes we missed, while giving us some other members that I cannot wait to see shine in their new larger roles. It’s been a while since She-Hulk has had big moments, Captain Marvel deserves more of the spotlight and is getting even more popular, especially with her upcoming film, and Robbie Reyes has always been a great character, and also gives us Ghost Rider while also giving us someone new under the hood. Not since Jonathan Hickman’s last run on the book have I been so excited about The Avengers title. Avengers Assemble!

Story: Jason Aaron Pencils: Ed McGuinness
Inks: Mark Morales Colors: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit
Cover: Ed McGuiness, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor

Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Comicbook – Power Rangers Acquired by Hasbro – Not too surprising since they got the toy license.

 

Review

Newsarama – Avengers #1

Newsarama – Death or Glory #1

Talking Comics – The Mighty Thor #706

Comic Attack – Pistil #0

The Beat – XTC69

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

 

Action Comics Special #1 (DC Comics) – An oversized special celebrating Superman with a long list of talent involved. If you want to continue celebrating Superman’s birthday, this is a way to do it!

Avengers #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness take on Marvel’s premiere team and when Aaron’s involved that guarantees and epic story.

Coda #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’ve read the first issue and this new fantasy series is absolutely wonderful. If you dig a fantasy setting, this is a must.

Dark Ark #6 (AfterShock Comics) – This new take on Biblical tales has been fantastic and one of the comics we look forward to each and every month.

DC Nation #0 (DC Comics) – A special price and some key stories that will launch the next phase of DC Comics.

Death or Glory #1 (Image Comics) – We’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid story of crime and driving.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been rocking it when it comes to their Star Trek stories and the Mirror Universe. This new one has them coming into the Prime Universe and we’re excited to see where it goes.

The Walking Dead #179 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new community and we’re waiting for the evil to be revealed.

Xerxes: Fall of the House of Darius #2 (Dark Horse) – The first issue was just ok but we want to see where Frank Miller takes this.

You Are Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – Choose Your Own Adventure + Deadpool + RPG elements = we want to check this out.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap this week to keep you entertained and informed! We kick things off with our news from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Avengers Comics Sales Figures, according to Marvel: A Comichron Video Spotlight – Some comic history.

Wicked Local – RI man arrested in Southborough comic book theft – That’s a lot of comics.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Avengers #690

Comic Attack – Black [AF]: Widows and Orphans #1

Seattle PI – Brazen

Comic Mix – The Mainstream #1

Talking Comics – Super Sons #15

Preview: Avengers #1

Avengers #1

(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Ed McGuinness
Rated T+
In Shops: May 02, 2018
SRP: $4.99

A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES – courtesy of JASON AARON and ED McGUINNESS!

Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials.

Behold the coming of the Final Host.

Who will answer the call to assemble for a wild new era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull for a head. And what strange, world-shaking connection exists between the Final Host and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?

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