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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DC Power A Celebration #1

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.

Almighty #1 (Image Comics) – The year is 2098 in a Third World America ravaged by economic collapse, anarcho-warfare, and a mysterious environmental disaster contained behind a massive wall. A girl has been abducted, and a killer has been hired to find her and bring her home. Ok, we’re intrigued.

Black Tape #1 (AWA Studios) – A rockstar’s widow is unaware that dark forces covet the master tapes to her husband’s final unreleased album. It just might open a doorway to hell.

Blood Tree #1 (Image Comics) – Two obsessed NYPD detectives hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society. Peter J. Tomasi and Maxim Simic team up for this intriguing new series.

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1 (Marvel) – We got a tease of this new series and it was really good. After a long time waiting, we’re exciting to check out the daughter of Blade!

Breath of Shadows #1 (IDW Publishing) – Jimmy should be on top of the world with his recent album but he wants to go clean and kick the drugs. Is clean living actually in Jimmy’s future, or will he instead unleash horrors beyond his wildest nightmares?

Dark Web Finale #1 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we’re intrigued where this all goes, especially what’s next for Chasm and the Goblin Queen.

DC Power A Celebration #1 (DC Comics) – Cyborg, John Stewart, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Batwing, Vixen, Amazing-Man, and more take center stage to highlight the power of Black excellence across the DC Universe.

Tales From Nottingham #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Untold stories from the world of Nottingham!

Where Monsters Lie #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – What do slasher monsters do in-between their murder sprees? Find out!

Preview: Black Tape #1

Black Tape #1

by Dan Panosian (W, C/A), Dalibor Talajić (A), Ive Svorcina (C) & Steve Wands (L)
In Stores: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Diamond Code: DEC221163 (Cover A by Dan Panosian), DEC221164 (Cover B by Mike Deodato, Jr.), DEC221165 (Cover C by Chris Ferguson), DEC221166 (1:15 Incentive Cover D by Dan Panosian)

Jack King was a rock’n’roll god who projected a stage persona on par with the devil. After Jack dies on stage, his widow, Cindy, grapples with grief and struggles to protect his legacy, unaware that she is being surrounded by dark forces that covet the master tapes to Jack’s final, unreleased album – a heavy metal masterpiece that just might open a doorway to hell.

Black Tape #1

Preview: Year Zero Vol. 0 #4

Year Zero Vol. 0 #4

Daniel Kraus (W), Goran Sudžuka (A), Miroslav Mrva (C), AndWorld Design (L) & Kaare Andrews (C/A)

In this action-packed prelude to the hit series, acclaimed horror writer Daniel Kraus (George Romero’s The Living Dead, The Autumnal) unveils four globe-spanning tales from the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse when even the wildest rumors couldn’t measure up to the horror to come. A streetwise Russian cop patrols the back alleys of the opportunistic black market that emerges in response to the crisis…a North Korean soldier observes strange happenings on the DMZ…An E.R. nurse in the rural South fights to protect her hospital from threats without and within…A transgender flight attendant who has observed disturbing clues as she crisscrosses the globe keeps a wary eye on the passenger in seat 23C.

Year Zero Vol. 0 #4

Preview: Trojan #1

Trojan #1

by Daniel Kraus (W), Laci (A)
Marco Lesko (C), Sal Cipriano (L)
Jeff Dekal (CA), Mike Deodato, Jr. (Variant CA), Lee Loughridge (Variant CA)
In Stores: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Diamond Code: NOV221313 (Dekal), NOV221314 (Deodato)

Once upon a time, we lived alongside Legends. Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes, and more. They were spectacular. Majestic. Powerful. Peaceful. Pure. In comparison, we were ugly. Weak. Warmongering. Rotten. Is it any wonder we could not live alongside them any longer? After driving these Legends to the fringes of society, an uglier form of mythos takes shape in the form of rumors of live snuff shows for dark web high rollers. When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who peddle to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination. Trojan is fantasy thriller full of wonder and horror in equal measure.

Trojan #1

Trojan #1 delivers a sick twisted take on a magical world

Trojan #1

The internet is full of some very dark places and corners. While there’s lots of fantastic experiences, there’s also some things that are best to not discuss. Trojan #1 seems to want to go there. The comic focuses on Nessa who hires a hacker to take her on a tour of the dark web. She’s on a mission to find something… snuff films. For those unaware, they’re videos where people are killed for the enjoyment of others. It’s a very taboo subject and this debut’s build to the revelation is the intriguing aspect. And then it gets a little nauseous.

Written by Daniel Kraus, Trojan #1 is an intriguing start that in the end is about a woman trying to raise money to help her mother. She’s just willing to die to make that happen. That in itself is an intriguing story but this debut goes in a direction that pushes limits. I’m pretty liberal, but this is something I’m not sure I’m even willing to read about.

But, Kraus has created an interesting world and with that world a lot of interesting stuff. This is a world where magical beings exist. Those beings, called Fey, are abused and tortured because of what they are and for entertainment. Videos of their torture are popular and live streamed for people to pay to watch. All of that creates an interesting discussion about how we treat people in our world and how we see “other”. There’s a dip into internet fame due to the abuse of others. While it’s an underlying concept, I’m not sure it’s where the series will go.

Trojan #1 features art by Laci with color by Marco Lesko and lettering by Sal Cipriano. It depicts a dark and dirty world, a rundown city, that will make you feel dirty like the topic of the comic itself. There’s something about that art that feels like it hides the even darker underlying world, it sucks you in much like Nessa’s initial trip into the dark web. It adds to a comic you might need to give yourself a wash after reading.

Trojan #1 is an intriguing concept that’s a lot of shock. It’s definitely one to go into know what to expect, it’s absolutely not for the faint of heart.

Story: Daniel Kraus Art: Laci
Color: Marco Lesko Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Mosley #1

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.

A Calculated Man #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been a fun one with a man who’s brilliant at math using his smarts to take on the mob.

Batman #131 (DC Comics) – A new story arc kicks off with Gotham post Failsafe and no Batman to save it. Whatever happened to the man known as… Bruce Wayne?

Earthdivers #4 (IDW Publishing) – An intriguing time travel story that dives into that question about killing someone in the past to change the future.

Mosely #1 (BOOM! Studios) – In the hyper-technological world of the later 21st century, Mosely is a bitter old janitor on a mission from a higher power-to unleash holy Hell upon the “too big to fail” Tech Gods. From Rob Guillory and Sam Lofti, we’re excited to check this one out.

Parker Girls #4 (Abstract Studios) – Each issue had been a lot of fun with a nice mix of humor and action. It feels like a bit like an updates Charlie’s Angels.

Scarlet Witch #1 (Marvel) – With the character back on the good side of mutants but generally been to the side, a new series should be interesting to see as far as the character’s new status quo and to see what her direction is.

Spy Superb #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Matt Kindt’s new spy/secret organization comic? Yeah, that’s a given.

Star Trek #3 (IDW Publishing) – A nice mix of characters from various Trek series, it’s been a fun story so far with the return of Benjamin Sisko!

Trojan #1 (AWA Studios) – Once upon a time, we lived alongside Legends. Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes, and more. A mysterious woman enlists a hacker to tour the worst corners of the Dark Web and sets in motion a war.

Preview: Trojan #1

Trojan #1

by Daniel Kraus (W), Laci (A)
Marco Lesko (C), Sal Cipriano (L)
Jeff Dekal (CA), Mike Deodato, Jr. (Variant CA), Lee Loughridge (Variant CA)
In Stores: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Diamond Code: NOV221313 (Dekal), NOV221314 (Deodato)

Once upon a time, we lived alongside Legends. Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes, and more. They were spectacular. Majestic. Powerful. Peaceful. Pure. In comparison, we were ugly. Weak. Warmongering. Rotten. Is it any wonder we could not live alongside them any longer? After driving these Legends to the fringes of society, an uglier form of mythos takes shape in the form of rumors of live snuff shows for dark web high rollers. When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who peddle to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination. Trojan is fantasy thriller full of wonder and horror in equal measure.

Trojan #1

Preview: Year Zero Vol. 0 #3 (of 5)

Year Zero Vol. 0 #3 (of 5)

(W) Daniel Kraus (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Kaare Andrews
In Shops: Dec 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

In this action-packed prelude to the hit series, acclaimed horror writer Daniel Kraus (George Romero’s The Living Dead, The Autumnal) unveils four globe-spanning tales from the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse when even the wildest rumors couldn’t measure up to the horror to come. A streetwise Russian cop patrols the back alleys of the opportunistic black market that emerges in response to the crisis…a North Korean soldier observes strange happenings on the DMZ…An E.R. nurse in the rural South fights to protect her hospital from threats without and within…A transgender flight attendant who has observed disturbing clues as she crisscrosses the globe keeps a wary eye on the passenger in seat 23C.

Year Zero Vol. 0 #3 (of 5)

Preview: Sacrament #5 (of 5)

Sacrament #5 (of 5)

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Marcelo Frusin
In Shops: Dec 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Exorcist meets Alien in this sci-fi/horror story. In the year 3000, Mankind abandoned Earth and fled into outer space. Now, a disgraced priest, called into action to perform an exorcism on a remote space colony, is about to discover that no matter how far you run, you can’t escape your demons, and the Devil is, in fact, real.

Sacrament #5 (of 5)
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