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Review: Hotell #4

HOTELL #4

There is a reason why everyone who has watched any of Alfred Hitchcock’s films calls him the master of suspense. As his deft use of tension and silence allowed the one thing viewers usually hope for, relief. As you unconsciously hope the good guys win and the evil incarnate perishes. This is where Hitchcock both excels and cruelly tricks the viewer, as this si where he usually twists the knife.

As the terror that usually we spend the whole film waiting, for is equally unanticipated and worse than what the viewer expected.  Take, for example, Psycho, where we find out who is the villain in the film, as they are both tragic and inexorably malevolent. As the materialization of said sinister force, makes the payoff, that much more rewarding.  In the final issue of Hotell, the Pierrot Courts finally have their reckoning.

We are taken back for the last time, to the Pierre Courts Hotel, where the front desk clerk, as our narrator, feels the agitation and knows we are asking to leave, from the frights that lie within. We meet David, a man traveling with a priest, Father Villalobos, who just kidnapped his son, Cody, believing he was been possessed by a dark spirit, prompting David to commit an exorcism. Before long, the spirit overtakes him, destroying the hotel and a long-dead secret which leads the spirit to the hotel in the first place, leaving the place overtaken by the fire. By the story’s end, every occupant gets their comeuppance, in the most unsettling ways.

Overall, a more than satisfying conclusion to a collection of stories that has redefined nightmare fuel. The story by John Lees is shocking. The art by the creative team is spectacular. Altogether, a story that more than induces fear, it remixes it for the modern era.

Story: John Lees Art: Dalibor Talajic, Lee Loughridge, and Karen Andrews
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Old Haunts #4

Old Haunts #4

(W) Ollie Masters, Rob Williams (A/CA) Laurence Campbell
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly – and literally – assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets – resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders – the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest sin from their past and pray they don’t find an empty grave.

Old Haunts #4

Preview: Devil’s Highway #3

Devil’s Highway #3

(W) Ben Percy (A/CA) Brent Schoonover
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ’66) present a chilling crime thriller, loosely based on real events, that examines murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. Sharon Harrow, an elite military veteran with skeletons in her closet and a dark family secret, embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover that he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the Devil, Harrow must first embrace and unleash the darkness within.

Devil's Highway #3

Check Out Today’s New Digital Comics With Around 160 New Releases

Iron Man #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital needs. There’s around 160 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of what you can get here or the individual issues by the publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Abrams Comicarts

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

HarperCollins

Hermes Press

Heroic Publishing

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

NBM

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

SelfMadeHero

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Top Shelf Productions

Valiant

Vault Comics

Virus

Zenescope


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Review: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil's Highway #1

Rosario Dawson is one of those magnetic presences on the screen which pulls you in from the first words she utters. I remember seeing her in the underrated cautionary tale, KIDS. Then I would not see her in another movie until He Got Game. She played Ray Allen’s girlfriend in that movie, in a role, which compared to the roles she has played since is much more than her more sophisticated roles.

In one of her most recent roles, she played an interesting protagonist whose world gets thrown for a loop in Briarpatch. Her character goes back to her hometown where her sister got killed in a mysterious car bomb. The show played up its crime noir roots and utilized Dawson’s strengths. In the debut issue of Devils Highway, we find a protagonist much like Dawson’s character in Briarpatch, who finds out the secrets family keeps, can be dangerous.

We are taken to Drift County, Wisconsin, where a young woman frantically walks into a diner drenched in blood and scared out of her mind, as someone looks to kill her. Three days later, we meet our protagonist, Sharon whose father was killed and she came home to find out exactly why. She would retrace the clues that the police never did, where their due diligence faltered. By issue’s end, Sharon uncovers a serial killer at play, one whose fingerprints are all over Drift County.

Overall, an excellent debut issue which will give readers vibes of Briarpatch, but also, Fargo. The story by Benjamin Percy is tremendous. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, another fine addition to the canon of crime noir.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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ComiXology Has Your New Comic Book Day Covered with Close to 125 New Digital Releases

Empyre: Aftermath Avengers (2020) #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day! ComiXology has you covered with your digital releases with close to 125 new comics available to purchase right now. Check out the full list of releases and start buying now or check out what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

Action Lab: Danger Zone

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Keenspot

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

Th3rd World Studios

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 9/5

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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Brett

Strange Adventures #5 (DC Comics) – The series is Tom King’s latest exploring his time in a war zone and like a good mystery and political thriller each chapter is a piece of the puzzle. The issue is another solid entry into the overall dance he’s crafting though it’s hard to measure the overall quality until the full picture is clear. While the issue is good I really want to see where this all goes. Overall Rating: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – The latest volume for the character meant to capitalize on the film. There’s a few things I look forward to with each volume, solid action and solid espionage. This delivers both in an first issue that feels like the opening of a Bond film just before the credits roll. Overall Rating: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Alien: The Original Screenplay #2 (Dark Horse) – I’ve never read the original screenplay for the beloved film so seeing it adapted for comics makes me beyond happy. I love the franchise and it’s always interesting to see how things might have been. So far, it feels like a solid different take on a familiar story with everything that made the original great. Overall Rating: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Grendel Kentucky #1 (AWA Studios) – A new take on the classic story of Grendel. It’s an ok start with a lot of good ideas and teases but doesn’t quite have the hook I was hoping for. It’s too many cliches and characters that have potential but you never quite connect with them. This one might be read better as a whole than individual issues. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Space Moby Dick? This new series is big on concepts involving dead space gods being mined for materials and the search for one that’s alive. The art is what really pops here with some amazing visuals. The character too stand out giving us a group that has some great interactions and chemistry. A fun and interesting sci-fi debut. Overall Rating: 8.0 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 (**).

Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic releases of Nearly 150 New Comics

Empyre #6

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your hookup for your digital needs! There’s nearly 150 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of comics here and get buying now or see what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Action Lab Entertainment

AfterShock

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Titan Comics

Valiant

Zenescope


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Black Widow #1

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Baloney & Friends (Disney Hyperion) – A really cute graphic novel for young readers. Check out our review.

Black Widow #1 (Marvel) – Black Widow is back in her own series! We’ve read the first issue and we’re beyond intrigued by this spy/action series.

DCeased: Dead Planet #3 (DC Comics) – What’s in the “green” on the other side of the world? We find out and it’s interesting! A lot is dropped this issue about the real threat at hand.

Grendel Kentucky #1 (AWA Studios) – A small town has a monster they sacrifice a person to every season but, what happens when the town breaks that deal?

Inkblot #1 (Image Comics) – Emma Kubert and Rusty Gladd’s new high-fantasy epic series about a sorceress attempting to correct her greatest mistake.

Lonely Receiver #1 (AfterShock) – A horror/breakup story in five parts.

Marvel Zombies Resurrection #1 (Marvel) – A new volume and take on the popular Marvel Zombies series. It’s a familiar plot but well done and we’re excited to see where it all goes.

My Little Pony/Transformers #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue caught us off guard at how well it worked and how fun it was. We’re excited to see what else the series has up its sleeve.

Strange Adventures #5 (DC Comics) – The series is a long game in that each issue is just a slice of the bigger puzzle. A threat looms over Earth and Adam Strange may be the one who has to save it.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The latest BOOM! series with buzz. It’s already sold out before release.

Review: The Resistance #3

The Resistance #3

In our new world of social media, life has become different. People who are normally introverts in person may find their voice behind a keyboard. People who cannot express their views in a normal setting find their platforms online. It is through this new medium, that the taste of celebrity can be intoxicating.

Some people use it for good, bringing attention to much-needed causes. Then there are those who use it for their own ignorance. Which makes you wonder how would superpowered beings operate in a climate like we have now? In the third issue of The Resistance, a hero must make a moral choice

We’re taken to the Swan Kirby Chase Powers Placement Agency, which is a one-stop shop for these newly superpowered people. We meet  James, one of the new super-powered beings. We also meet Hector Alvarez, the man who outfits all these “superheroes” and leads him to find his superhero name. We also get some background on James how his family abandoned him soon after finding out his new abilities. By the issue’s end, he senses there may be something he doesn’t want to be part of and becomes his own hero.

Overall, a powerful third issue, which gives readers a hero to root for. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is gripping. The art by the creative team of Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, and Sal Cipriano is splendid. Altogether, a story that gives readers a new perspective.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge, Sal Cipriano
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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