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Bad Idea Reveals Part 1 of Part 2 Releases

Bad Idea has now revealed the comics being released as part of its second phase. Check out the comics you’ll be able to get from their limited selected destination stores.

They’re All Terrible #1

Written by MATT KINDT
$7.99 EACH  |  32 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING December 14, 2022

Epic, fantasy, action, adventure

The Ends #1

$7.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING January 11, 2023

War, drama, thriller, romance

Escape from Wyoming #1

Art, Colors & Letters by JORGE MONLONGO
$7.99 EACH  |  48 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING November 2, 2022

Sci-fi, western, action comedy

The Finder

$7.99  |  40 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  ON SALE February 1, 2023

Super-hero, horror, sci-fi, espionage

Werewolf x Society of Fearless Frontiersmen




$9.99  |  64 PGS. (SQUAREBOUND)  |  NO ADS |  ON SALE December 21, 2022

Supernatural, survival horror, thriller

Orc Island #1

$7.99 EACH  |  48 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING November 2, 2022

Dark fantasy, heist, adventure

Burning Man #1

$9.99 EACH  |  40 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING December 28, 2022

Supernatural horror, choose your own adventure, mystery, suspense

Bad Idea reveals over 200+ Destination Stores

Bad Idea Part Two

Comic Bad Idea is back with “part two” of its publishing strategy. The comic publisher announced last year it was “over”, and if you believed that we have a bridge to sell you. Last week the publisher revealed its return with a new gimmick and its first wave of releases that will begin to go on sale in November. But, where can you get these comics?

Bad Idea curates its availability creating a list of “destination stores” the comics can be found at. Stores must apply and are given a strict set of rules to follow. The previous group of stores were “fired” and had to reapply again. From what we can tell (cobbling together various announcements of retailer waves), around 80 stores chose to do that (though some might have closed, others are chains). That’s a surprising number of shops. This included some high profile locations.

I reached out to some of the shops and all returned a very common theme that the hoops they needed to jump through weren’t worth the result and most didn’t appreciate the “firing” and having to reapply. In short, the amount of work and management focused on the one publisher didn’t return enough sales to justify the focus and amount of work that needed to be done.

Still, Bad Idea Part Two is launching with over 200 stores worldwide and is open to adding more. Many are returning shops and there are some new ones as well.

Below you can find the new list of shops where you can get your upcoming Bad Idea comics and as always, good luck with the games for those that want to participate!

United States

Ash Avenue Comics & Books
806 S Ash Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
Atomic Comics
2270 E Williams Field Rd Suite 108
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Gregs Comics
2722 S Alma School Rd Suite #8
Mesa, AZ 85210
Peregrine Book Company
219 N Cortez St
Prescott, AZ 86301
Samurai Comics – Chandler
1994 N Alma School Rd
Chandler, AZ 85224
Samurai Comics – Glendale
6808 N Dysart Rd #148
Glendale, AZ 85307
Samurai Comics – Mesa
2639 E. Broadway Rd Suite C-110
Mesa, AZ 85204
Samurai Comics – Phoenix
1602 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Retrograde Comics and Other Artifacts
2612 Kavanaugh Blvd Unit C
Little Rock, AR 72205
Alakazam Comics
17777 Main St Suite E
Irvine, CA 92614
Brave New World Comics
22722 Lyons Ave Suite 2
Newhall, CA 91321
Cape + Cowl Comics
1601 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94612
Collectors Paradise – Noho
5118 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Collectors Paradise – Pasadena
319 S Arroyo Pkwy Unit #4
Pasadena, CA 91105
Collectors Paradise – Winnetka
7131 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA 91306
Comic & Figure Addicts
30707 Union City Blvd
Union City, CA 94587
Comic Book Clubhouse
35 W Alexander Ave
Merced, CA 95348
Flying Colors
2980 Treat Blvd
Concord, CA 94518
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Invincible Comics
3430 Tully Rd #24
Modesto, CA 95350
Njoy Games & Comics
8820 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
Nuclear Comics
24741 Alicia Pkwy #J
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Sterling Silver Comics
2210 Pickwick Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
The Comic Bug
1807 1/2 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The Comic Shop – US
14837 Washington Ave
San Leandro, CA 94579
Things From Another World – Universal City
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #101
Universal City, CA 91608
Treasure Island Comics
37244 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536
Worlds Best Comics and Toys
2608 Watt Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
Zeppelin Comics
929 1st St
Benicia, CA 94510
Beedas Thingamajigits
153 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles
10136 Parkglenn Way #109
Parker, CO 80134
I Want More Comics
550 E Thornton Pkwy STE 114
Thornton, CO 80229
NewCastle Comics – Longmont
508 5th Ave
Longmont, CO 80501
Time Warp Comics
3105 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301
2nd Alarm Comics
205 Foxon Rd
North Branford, CT 06471
Boom Tube Comics LLC
1475 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike
Plantsville, CT 06479
A Comic Shop
114 S Semoran Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792
Comic Central
1425 WP Ball Blvd
Sanford, FL 32771
Docking Bay 94
7710 NW 56th Way Suite 100
Pompano Beach, FL 33073
Mega Gaming and Comics
3601 SW 2nd Ave Unit B
Gainesville, FL 32607
Pensacola Pop Comics
909 N 12th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32501
Dr Nos Comics & Games Superstore
3372 Canton Rd #104
Marietta, GA 30066
Galactic Comics and Games
21 E Vine St
Statesboro, GA 30458
Neighborhood Comics
1205 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
Top Dog Comics
2701 Washington Rd Ste 11
Augusta, GA 30909
Maui Comics & Collectibles
10 N Market St
Wailuku, HI 96793
Captain Comics, Inc
710 S Vista Ave
Boise, ID 83705
The Collectors Outpost
2951 E Overland Rd #170
Meridian, ID 83642
3 Keys Comics
595 W Exchange St
Crete, IL 60417
Amazing Fantasy
16649 Oak Park Ave A
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Amazing Fantasy
113 E 9th St
Lockport, IL 60441
Amazing Fantasy – Frankfort
20505 South La Grange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
Beyond Tomorrow Comics
327 N Northwest Hwy
Palatine, IL 60067
Mellow Blue Planet
2212 5th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Aw Yeah Comics – Muncie
119 E Charles St
Muncie, IN 47305
Comic Book University
7623 Shelby St
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Comics Elite
5575 Elmwood Ave E2
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Happy Day Comics
3537 Orchard Dr
Hammond, IN 46323
Madison Buy Sell Trade
303 West Main St.
Madison, IN 47250
Summit Comics + Games – Fort Wayne
4240 W Jefferson Blvd Suite M-8
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
The Rcade Comics and Collectibles
1245 E State Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Daydreams Comics
229 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Gatekeeper Hobbies
1917 SW Gage Blvd
Topeka, KS 66604
Arcadian Comics & Games
627 Monmouth St
Newport, KY 41071
Comic Book World – Florence
7130 Turfway Rd
Florence, KY 41042
Comic Book World – Louisville
6905 Shepherdsville Rd
Louisville, KY 40219
Etown comics
1704 N Dixie Hwy Suite a003
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
The Destination
5031 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40207
Excalibur Comics Cards & Games
937 E 70th St
Shreveport, LA 71106
Beyond Comics – Frederick
5632 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
Beyond Comics – Gaithersburg
18749 N Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Portals Games & Comics – Easton
415-A E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
Portals Games & Comics – Salisbury
8249-B Dickerson Ln
Salisbury, MD 21804
Third Eye Comics – Annapolis
209 Chinquapin Round Rd Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401
Third Eye Comics – California
16062 Three Notch Rd
California, MD 20619
Third Eye Comics – College Park
4744 Cherry Hill Rd
College Park, MD 20740
Third Eye Comics – Waldorf
12522 Mattawoman Dr
Waldorf, MD 20601
Twilite Zone Comics
18 N Crain Hwy
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
His and Hers Comics
40 Bank Row St
Greenfield, MA 01301
Holeymoleys Comics & Collectibles
90 King St Unit 3
Northampton, MA 01060
New England Comics
316 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
New England Comics
14 Eliot St A
Cambridge, MA 02138
New England Comics
1511 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02169
New England Comics
732 Washington St
Norwood, MA 02062
New England Comics
95 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148
New England Comics – Brockton
716A Crescent St
Brockton, MA 02302
New England Comics – New Bedford
2184 Acushnet Ave
New Bedford, MA 02745
Rubber Chicken Comics
15 N Main St #A4
Bellingham, MA 02019
Comic City
2125 S Telegraph Rd suite d
Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302
Comic City
42727 Ford Rd
Canton, MI 48187
Comic City – Chesterfield
50760 Gratiot Ave
Chesterfield, MI 48051
Comic City – Warehouse
32497 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
Comic City – West Bloomfield Township
7366 Haggerty Rd
West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322
Rocket Comics
4235 Portage St
Kalamazoo, Mi 49001
State of Comics
575 Forest Ave
Plymouth, MI 48170
Summit Comics + Games – Lansing
216 Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
The Comic Signal
4318 Plainfield Ave NE Suite H
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Vault of Midnight – Ann Arbor
219 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Vault of Midnight – Detroit
2857 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Vault of Midnight – Grand Rapids
95A Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
NewCastle Comics & Games
2294 McKelvey Rd
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
The Fantasy Shop – Maplewood
7329 Manchester Rd
St. Louis, MO 63143
The Fantasy Shop – South County
10560 Baptist Church Rd
St. Louis, MO 63128
Legend Comics
3152 Leavenworth Street
Omaha, NE 68105
Maximum Comics – Northwest
7950 W Tropical Pkwy Suite 120
Las Vegas, NV 89149
Maximum Comics – Southwest
5130 S Fort Apache Rd #285
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Torpedo Comics
7300 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy #105
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Comic Boom
22 West St
Keene, NH 03431
Double Midnight
67 S Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Double Midnight – Manchester
245 Maple St Unit 11
Manchester, NH 03103
Jetpack Comics & Games
37 N Main St
Rochester, NH 03867
98 N Beverwyck Rd
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
Main Street Comics & Toys
74 N Main St
Milltown, NJ 08850
Panther Comics
5200 Route 42
Turnersville, NJ 08012
The Jokers Child
12-23 River Rd
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
1st Print Comics
1548 Buffalo Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
Anyone Comics
1216 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Comix Warehouse
52 S Main St
Pearl River, NY 10965
Comix Zone
628 S Main St
North Syracuse, NY 13212
Forbidden Planet NYC
832 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Haven for Heroes
34 Front St
Port Jervis, NY 12771
Midtown Comics
459 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10017
Midtown Comics
64 Fulton St
New York, NY 10038
Midtown Comics – 40th St
200 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018
45 Euclid St
Rochester, NY 14604
The Comic Box
840B N Broadway
Massapequa, NY 11758
The Spiders Web
887 Yonkers Ave
Yonkers, NY 10704
Asheville Comics – Arden
2270 Hendersonville Rd Ste 4
Arden, NC 28704
Asheville Comics – Asheville
211 Merrimon Ave Ste 101
Asheville, NC 28801
Memory Lane Comics
201 Princess St
Wilmington, NC 28401
Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne
21500 Catawba Ave
Cornelius, NC 28031
Rebel Base Comics & Toys
701 S Sharon Amity Rd Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28211
Ssalefish Comics – Winston-Salem
3232 Silas Creek Pkwy STE 20
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Ultimate Comics – Cary
1301 Buck Jones Rd
Raleigh, NC 27606
Ultimate Comics – Crabtree
4325 Glenwood Ave Suite 2030
Raleigh, NC 27612
Ultimate Comics – Durham
3742 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
Ultimate Comics – Raleigh
6320 Capital Blvd #109
Raleigh, NC 27616
Comic Realms
106 N Mandan St
Bismarck, ND 58501
Comics Are Go
5214 Detroit Rd
Sheffield, OH 44035
Legends and Lore
1437 Ohio 43 Unit B
Mogadore, OH 44260
New Dimension Comics – Ohio Valley
67800 Mall Ring Rd #875
St Clairsville, OH 43950
Impulse Creations
8228 E 61st St #121
Tulsa, OK 74133
Speeding Bullet Comics
614 N Porter Ave
Norman, OK 73069
Wizards Asylum
7165 S Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK 74133
Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
Excalibur Comics
2444 SE Hawthorne
Portland, OR 97214
Heroes Haven
635 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR 97470
Things From Another World
10977 SE Main St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Things From Another World
4390 SW Lloyd Ave
Beaverton, OR 97005
Things From Another World – Warehouse
10818-A SE Main St
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Comics on the Green
307 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
Four Corners Comics
42 Baltimore St
Gettysburg, PA 17325
JAF Comics
224 Nazareth Pike
Bethlehem, PA 18020
New Dimension Comics – Butler
108 S Main St
Butler, PA 16001
New Dimension Comics – Cranberry TWP
20550 U.S. 19 Piazza Plaza
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
New Dimension Comics – Ellwood City
516 Lawrence Ave
Ellwood City, PA 16117
New Dimension Comics – Pittsburgh Mills
590 Pittsburgh Mills Blvd Suite #220
Tarentum, PA 15084
New Dimension Comics – Waterfront
630 E Waterfront Dr
Homestead, PA 15120
New Wave Collectibles
4020 W Skippack Pike
Schwenksville, PA 19473
Borderlands Comics + Games
1434 Laurens Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
Planet Comics – Anderson
2704 N Main St
Anderson, SC 29621
Planet Comics – Greenville
1633 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29615
Richards Comics & Collectables
1214A Laurens Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
Infinity Flux
3643 Hixson Pike STE A
Chattanooga, TN 37415
Nirvana Comics
6709 Kingston Pike B
Knoxville, TN 37919
Bedrock City Comics – Clear Lake
102 Bay Area Blvd
Webster, TX 77598
Bedrock City Comics – Galleria
6516 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77057
Bedrock City Comics – Heights
4602 Washington Ave Suite A
Houston, TX 77007
Bedrock City Comics – Katy
1266 Fry Rd
Houston, TX 77084
Bedrock City Comics – Spring
4683 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W
Houston, TX 77069
Bedrock City Comics – Sugar Land
4831 Hwy 6
Missouri City, TX 77459
Cards and Comics Connection
1717 N Frazier St Suite H
Conroe, TX 77301
Collected – Fort Worth
3008 Alta Mere Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Collected – Keller
7420 N Beach St #236
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Ground Zero Comics – TX
2744 E 5th St
Tyler, TX 75701
Monsters Lair Comics
2416 19th St
Lubbock, TX 79401
More Fun Comics and Games
103 W Hickory St
Denton, TX 76201
Multiverse Comics
931 Melbourne Rd
Hurst, TX 76053
Pastime Comics
6120 Watauga Rd Suite B
Watauga, TX 76148
Star Comics
3504 34th St
Lubbock, TX 79410
The Adventure Begins
525 Woodland Square Blvd #130
Conroe, TX 77384
Titan Comics
3128 Forest Ln #250
Dallas, TX 75234
Zeus Comics
1334 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75247
Dr. Volts
2043 E 3300 S
Millcreek, UT 84109
Nerd Store
3601 S 2700 W Suite G106
West Valley City, UT 84119
Local Heroes
1905 Colonial Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
Third Eye Comics – Mechanicsville
6102 Brashier Blvd H
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Third Eye Comics – Short Pump
11575 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23233
A World of Collections
22611 76th Ave West #101
Edmonds, WA 98026
Comics Place
105 E Holly St
Bellingham, WA 98225
I Like Comics
1715 Broadway St
Vancouver, WA 98663
Krampus Kave
900 Front St Suite O
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Comic Paradise Plus
401 Walnut Ave
Fairmont, WV 26554
The Board Room
35 RHL Blvd
South Charleston, WV 25309
Comic Alley – Lake Geneva
736 W Main St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147


8th Dimension
2418 Main St
Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2
Big Petes Collectibles
121 1st St E
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B2
Heroes Comics
186 Dundas St
London, ON N6A 1G7
Kingston Nexus
270 Bagot St
Kingston, ON K7L 3G5
Omnibus Bookstore
625 Ste-Catherine W Suite 1410
Montreal, Québec H3B 1B7
Pharcyde Comics
433 Rue Chabanel O #1121 – North Tower
Montréal, Quebec H2N 2J9
Redd Skull Comics
720A Edmonton Trail
Calgary, AB T2E 3J4
The Dragon – Downtown Guelph
55 Wyndham St N T-19B
Guelph, ON N1H 7T8
The Dragon – Milton
363 Main St E
Milton, ON L9T 1P7
Variant Edition
10132 151 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 1T4
Words & Pictures
#6 – 2610 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB T2E 2V4


Alternate Worlds Comics and Collectibles
Unit 11, 13 Malvern St
Bayswater, Melbourne, Victoria 3153
Impact Comics
16 Garema Pl
Canberra, ACT 2601


Comic Room Hamburg
Güntherstr. 94 22087


Keiriadon 94 Kato Petralona
Athens, 118 53

United Kingdom

Comic Book Guys
130 Great Victoria St
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT2 7BG
Forbidden Planet International
122-126 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3DH
Forbidden Planet International – Cardiff
5 Duke Street
Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 1AY
Forbidden Planet International – Edinburgh
40-41 Southbridge St
Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1LL
Forbidden Planet International – Leeds
8 The Headrow
Leeds, Leeds LS1 6PT
Forbidden Planet International – Leicester
23 Silver Street
Leicester, Leicester LE1 5EU
Forbidden Planet International – Nottingham
19-23 Friar Lane
Nottingham, Nottingham NG1 6DA
Forbidden Planet International – Sheffield
12 Matilda Street
Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4QD
Forbidden Planet UK
24 Hanover Buildings
Southampton SO14 1JU
Forbidden Planet UK
31 Cross Cheaping
Coventry CV1 1HF
Forbidden Planet UK
43 Church St
 Croydon CR0 1RH
Forbidden Planet UK
92 Bold St
 Liverpool L1 4HY
Forbidden Planet UK
179 Shaftesbury Ave
West End, London WC2H 8JR
Forbidden Planet UK
49 Grainger St
 Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JE
Forbidden Planet UK
74 Bull St
Birmingham B4 6AD
Forbidden Planet UK
4 & 5, Clifton Heights Triangle West
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1EJ
Forbidden Planet UK
28-30 Burleigh St
Cambridge CB1 1DG
Worlds Apart Birmingham
14-16 Smallbrook
Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EN

Bad Idea returns with Part 1 of Part 2

Bad Idea Two: Part One

If you thought Bad Idea was done, we have a bridge to sell you. The publisher has announced it’s back with a two part release. The first wave of Bad Idea Two: Part One features seven comics for a total of 15 issues. They’ll go on sale in November and wrap up in February.

With it being Bad Idea, of course there are hoops to jump through. None of the details about the comics will be released until September 8th. But…

Prior to the reveal, the pre-order for the comics will go up in comic shops.

Here’s how the BAD IDEA TWO: PART ONE PRE-ORDER DAY event works:

1 – BAD IDEA TWO: PART ONE is made up of seven titles (15 issues) on-sale between November and February.
2 – Connect with any BAD IDEA Destination Store ONLY on Wednesday, September 7th (in-person or by any other means accepted by the store).
3 – Pre-order all seven of the BAD IDEA TWO: PART ONE titles with your store. You are pre-ordering blind. No titles. No story details. No creative teams. Only the cover price and number of issues will be released by September 7th. Consult your store for their pre-order requirements.
4 – If you’re one of the first 10 people to pre-order all seven titles at your store, you will be awarded a swanky BAD IDEA TWO: PART ONE redemption sticker.
5 – The sticker can be used to redeem, from BAD IDEA, an extra, alternate, and exclusive story choice for one of the soon-to-be-revealed books in the BAD IDEA TWO: PART ONE line-up. WTF is a story choice? That too will be revealed later.

If you miss that process, you’ll still be able to order the comics up to the pre-order deadline.

There will also be new destination stores revealed. A full list of new and returning BAD IDEA Destination Stores will be announced tomorrow, Friday, August 19th.

From Bad Idea to Bad Idea Donuts… and a Comic

Bad Idea is over as we know it. That was the statement months ago. Long live Bad Idea… Donuts. On the day when you can’t trust anything, Bad Ideas has come out with a new announcement that is so insane even for them, it must be true.

The comic publisher turned chefs have created the “Perfect Donut”. We know that can’t be true since the perfect donut was created at Stan Mikita’s Donuts in 1992. But really, that’s not the news.

Bad Idea will be appearing at SC Comic Con on April 8th and 9th with a special Bad Idea Donuts pop-up.

Bad Idea’s ‘Perfect Donut’ will be available while supplies last, is strictly limited to one-per-customer, comes in a high-end, luxury gift box and is accompanied by an exclusive comic book – Bad Idea Donuts Presents: Bunsen Beaver and His Pal Tree – featuring two brand-new stories by Robert Venditti, Juan José Ryp, Rich Koslowski, David Lapham, and introducing Disney Animation superstar Corey Wolfe to the world of comics.

Each exclusive retails for $20 and again is limtied to one-per-customer.

Bad Idea Donuts Presents: Bunsen Beaver and His Pal Tree

Review: Monster Kill Squad #4

Monsters are real. This is the team tasked with taking them out. Welcome to the Monster Kill Squad.

Story: Christos Gage, Robert Venditti
Art: Tomas Giorello, Ryan Bodenheim
Color: Andrew Dalhouse, Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Zeus Comics

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Review: Pyrate Queen #4

Monday Ryan is one of the best pirates on the high seas. This is the end of her story of revenge.

Story: Peter Milligan, Joshua Dysart
Art: Adam Pollina, Alberto Ponticelli
Color: Tamra Bonvillain, Ulises Arreika
Letterer: Simon Bowland, Dave Sharpe

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Zeus Comics

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Review: Monster Kill Squad #3

Monsters are real. This is the team tasked with taking them out. Welcome to the Monster Kill Squad.

Story: Christos Gage, Matt Kindt
Art: Tomas Giorello
Color: Diego Rodriguez, Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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Zeus Comics

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Underrated: The Best Comics of 2021

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: the Best Comics of 2021 .

I didn’t do a Best Of List for 2021 because I thought my sampling of comics wasn’t as wide as it had been in years past because I’d been reading a lot more graphic novels and books than I had been typical comics. While this is a fantastic way to catch an entire story in one go – or a few if you’re reading one of Marvel’s Epic Collections that contains comics from the 60’s and early 70’s – it did mean that I typically wouldn’t pick up a floppy comic before either my current book or tpb I had on the go.

But as I was filing away the books I had read this year, I realized I’d still read more than I expected – and as luck would have it, almost all of the books I’d enjoyed the most weren’t from the Big Two (Daredevil being a notable exception to that), and so here we are at an Underrated Best of 2021 list. I didn’t realize until I’d made the list that for the most part there’s only one book from each publisher – that wasn’t intentional, unlike me choosing to avoid a traditional top five/ten, just a happy coincidence.

By The Horns (Scout) Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr and Andrei Tabacaru aren’t one of the more well known creative teams in comics, but they’re certainly one of the best. By The Horns is a story set in a lusciously vibrant fantasy world with technology not unlike what you’d see in the Star Wars franchise. It’s a beautifully illustrated and written series that should be on every person’s pull list.

This series was hands down one of the very best from 2021 from any publisher. For my money, only Daredevil came close to matching the excitement I had to read each issue. Easily the best of the year.

Shadowman (Valiant) Valiant have had some ups and downs this year, but the unequalled high point for the publisher was this book from Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis Hunt. In what is probably my favourite take on the character, we get four issues that are essentially stand alone comics with an overarching theme. It’s a brilliant story so far, and one that leads into what’s promising to be an epic event in the Valiant universe.

Once And Future (Boom) It’s almost cheating to include this given the buzz that surrounds the comic on a consistent basis, but here we are. Once And Future brings fairytales, myths and legends from Europe into a more modern setting. The series has been consistently brilliant with the stakes escalating in an organic and believable way – there’s no out of the blue or unexpected twist when it comes to villains, but rather a genuine progression from where the series has progressed from the first issue to the current. Keiran Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain have never produced any less than a good comic book month after month.

Wrong Earth: Night and Day (Ahoy) The best way to describe the premise of Wrong Earth is that the Batman from the 1960’s TV show switched places with Ben Affleck’s version of Batman; one, an idealistic man with gadgets not unlike the Bat-Shark Repellant, and the other, a vigilante who’s far more violent (and deadly) in his approach. The two men have to adapt and survive in the other’s world, and the actions they take are often hilarious. The series takes jabs at the innocence of the Silver Age and the grimdark comics we have now all while extolling the virtues of each. You’ll come away from the series on a meta level even more confused about why one era is more beloved than the other, but there’s no doubt about the fact that what you’ve read is absolutely top tier stuff.

Two Moons (Image) A supernatural comic set in the late 1800’s staring a Native American soldier in the titular role, the series deals with identity, the erasure of native culture and the freedom of self. It’s dark, atmospheric stuff, but it was the sleeper hit of the year for me because I picked the series up in one chunk based on the cover art more than anything having completely missed anything to do with the solicitations.

Eniac (Bad Idea) Bad Idea have been an interesting experiment. The publisher has had so many off the wall ideas when it comes to marketing, appealing to fans and even releasing their books into stores. So much so, that the quality of the books is often overlooked when it comes to the discussion of the publisher. I haven’t read a bad comic from Bad Idea yet, but the best of the bunch has remained the very first series to be released. A tale about an evil computer that has decided to take the world into a peaceful direction… at any cost. If you can find the issues for a reasonable price, it’s worth checking out.

Home (Image) A story about a mother and son being separated at the border as they try to find a better life in the states, the first issue was utterly heart breaking. I had no expectation of what would follow, and so as the book’s world expands and we see how the son is part of a legacy of people with powers, the book becomes a coming of age tale with the protagonist constantly on the run from immigration enforcement. Maybe the book impacted me because I am an immigrant (albeit with a much different story), but Home is a comic that everyone should read.

Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Pyrate Queen #4

Pyrate Queen #4

Peter Milligan(w), Adam Pollina(a)(c), Tamra Bonvillain(a)

After a series of successful attacks, Monday Ryan, her husband, and her crew of bandits are targeted and pursued relentlessly by the British Royal Navy. When a violent trap leads to their capture, Monday and crew are fitted for the gallows — until the Royal Navy learns that Monday’s pregnant. Civility prevents the hanging of a pregnant woman, and Monday is spared the noose, but her crew and husband are not. Set adrift on a small raft and left to her fate on the open sea, Monday vows that the life growing inside her will be born into a world where its father’s death has been avenged. She will find and kill every last soul responsible for her husband’s death, and her baby will enter into this world free of vengeance, free of bloodshed, and free of a future drenched in violence.

Pyrate Queen #4

Weekly Preview! AfterShock, Indie Comics, and Haylee and a Comet

There’s a lot of comics coming out this week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Establishing Shot
  • Haylee and Comet: A Trip Around the Sun (Roaring Brook Press)
  • Monster Kill Squad #3 (Bad Idea)
  • Pyrate Queen #4 (Bad Idea)
  • Seven Swords #5 (AfterShock)
  • Star Runner Chronicles: Dark Star (Atlantis Studios)

Already Reviewed:

AfterShock, Little Brown and Company, Roaring Brook Press, and Atlantis Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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