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It’s a new week and we’re gearing up for Baltimore Comic Con. What geeky things did you all do? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Book Riot – Creepy, Scary Halloween Comics and Graphic Novels to Read This Month (& Beyond) – What would you suggest?

Falls Church News Press – The AnimeUSA Convention: Cosplaying in Crystal City and Much More – Had no idea this was going on in our backyard. Nice to see some local coverage.


CBR – Barbaric: Axe to Grind #3
CBR – Black Adam #5

Black Adam #5

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots planned. What geeky things did you all do this weekend? Sound off in the comments below. While you kick off the day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Coming To PC Later This Fall – And here comes the mods!

CBR – Comic Book Legend Carlos Pacheco Reveals ALS Diagnosis – We wish him the best.


CBR – Barbaric: Axe to Grind #2
CBR – Public Domain #4


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Hakim's Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France

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.

20th Century Men #2 (Image Comics) – The debut issue delivered an intriguing alternate world of war and politics and we really want to see where it all goes.

A.X.E. Judgement Day #5 (Marvel) – The event has exceeded our expectations and it’s desperate times at this point. This issue ends with a shocker and game changer.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #2 (Vault Comics) – The series has been a fantastic riff on the fantasy genre full of action and laughs.

Batman: One Bad Day – Two-Face #1 (DC Comics) – The series of one-shots put the spotlight on the villains. The first was really good and we’re hoping for much of the same quality for this one.

Bloodshot Unleashed #1 (Valiant) – A mature Bloodshot series? Yeah, we’re game for it.

Crashing #1 (IDW Publishing) – A medical drama involving superheroes. We’re into the concept.

Crazy Food Truck Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – The first issue was awesome action and characters. It’s a great twist on the apocalyptic setting that has us pumped to read more.

Creepshow #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The tv series comes to comics. Horror fans will want to check this out.

Doughnuts and Doom (IDW Publishing) – Being a teenage witch-or rock star-is tougher than it looks! Flying brooms and electric guitars set hearts aflame in this fantastically fizzy graphic novel.

Hakim’s Odyssey Book 3: Macedonia to France (Graphic Mundi) – The final book in the trilogy, the graphic novels have followed Hakim’s journey as a refugee as he attempts to find peace and safety.

Justice Warriors #4 (AHOY Comics) – The series has been amazing at its satire and delivers a lot to chew on as it has its sights on so much of today’s issues.

Phenomena Vol. 1 Golden City of Eyes (Abrams ComicArts) – Brian Michael Bendis’ original graphic novel series. We definitely want to see what this is all about.

Solo Leveling Vol. 5 (Yen Press) – This mahnwa about dungeon crawling with a twist has been amazing with every release. Great action, growth, art, it has it all.

Stuff of Nightmares #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An original comic series from R.L. Stine? You have our attention.

Vanish #1 (Image Comics) – The highly anticipated indie debut from Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.

X-Terminators #1 (Marvel) – Jubliee. Boom-Boom. Dazzler. That alone we’re in for this one.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 and Heart Eyes #1 get new printings

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 and Heart Eyes #1 from Vault Comics have sold out at the distributors on the day of release and are being rushed back to print. 

The Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 second printing will go on sale September 21st alongside the series’ second issue. The Heart Eyes #1 second printing will go on sale September 28th, alongside issue #2. The new printing covers are pictured above. 

Barbaric: Axe to Grind is the second book in the massively successful fantasy/comedy hybrid series written co-created by Michael Moreci, drawn and co-created by Nathan Gooden, colored by Addison Duke, and lettered by Jim Cambpell.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the start of an all-new arc of BARBARIC!
Follow Owen and his magical companion, the tender, talking Axe as they spread kindness and hope in a world gone bad…just kidding! Owen, Axe, and Soren are back, and so is all the mayhem and bloodshed that follows them wherever they go! This time, they’re out to settle an old score against Gladius, a wicked a$$hole who did Owen wrong way back in his barbarian days. As always…it’s just f***ing barbaric.

Heart Eyes is the brand new Lovecraftian horror/romance hybrid series co-created by smash hit writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Victor Ibáñez, with colors by Addison Duke and letters by Simon Bowland.

Sanity-eating monsters ended humanity. The unlucky few who survived now hide in the cracks of a broken world. And yet somehow, beneath the graveyard that used to be San Antonio, Rico met Lupe, the girl of his dreams. But how did she get here? And why is she smiling? No one survives out in the street. No one smiles where the monsters lurk.

Mini Reviews: Kvlts, Barbarians, Savage Avengers, and more!

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #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.


Trve Kvlt #1 (IDW Publishing) – Scott Bryan Wilson, Liana Kangas, and Gab Contreras explore the fantasy of making some money via robbery to escape your dead end job in Trve Kvlt #1. The story is told from assistant manager Marty’s POV, who has been at Burger Lord for 15 years ever since he wanted to make some extra scratch to buy tapes as a teenager. The restaurant has supportive co-workers, but abusive management and customers so it’s no wonder he’s robs 8 strip mall stores on his lunch break. However, Wilson and Kangas show the foolishness of this plan almost immediately with the heat getting put on him before the first issue even wraps up. Contreras’ color palette is the unsung hero of the issue showing the stress of the crime to using a softer palette for a new, idealist co-worker and finally faded nostalgia for Marty’s youth. Trve Kvlt #1 is a greasy, engaging crime yarn with a side of “Hail Satan”. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 (Vault) – Barbaric is back with vampires, giants, and sea monsters to boot as well as emotional damage. After rescuing his old barbarian buddy Steel from the thrall of giant vampires, Owen, Axe, and Soren begin an epic journey to defeat Gladius, a figure so evil that Owen refuses to talk about him. Michael Moreci’s script is humorous, especially when Axe interacts with different kinds of blood and gets drunk or “hungover”, but there’s a little heart too, especially in Owen and Steel’s interactions. They’ve been through some shit. Barbaric is an ultraviolent, darkly humorous take on the fantasy genre, and sticks the landing on its return issue, especially in its messy Nate Gooden drawn fight sequence. Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy


Daredevil #2 (Marvel) – There’s some major changes and revelations in this issue that changes a lot of Daredevil’s history and what has driven him. There’s multiple forces that have been manipulating him apparently with a possibility of the divine. There’s a bit of a reminder of the Punisher being an avenging angel but the story just veers towards it and fortunately doesn’t quite cross it. It’s an interesting addition that could add a lot to religious themes of the character. The art is of course amazing. It’s a celebration issue and the backup stories are a fun read. Overall, an intriguing issue that celebrates a big number for the series but doesn’t overdo that aspect. The only knock is an art shift in the main story that feels like a bit of a jolt before it’s clear what’s going on. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Savage Avengers #4 (Marvel) – The heroes are still stuck on the past with Deathlok struggling with its reality. With the revelation this Deathlok is an aged Miles Morales we get the how of it all and witness the heroes final act. It’s a hell of an issue and possible future that should have folks talking about the series. Writer David Pepose is known for remixing concepts and he’s done it with this series and two well established characters and makes it look smooth. And is it the death of Conan the Barbarian!? Is this how he’s written out of Marvel comics!? Add in solid art and this has been a fun series that’s probably not on enough radars. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: 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 (**).

Review: Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1

Owen is back with his maniacal axe in an all-new adventure with all new companions! Something is back from his past and Owen will set off with Soren and Steel to take on the evil orc warlord that has returned. Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 is everything that made the first volume great with over the top action, some down to earth characters, and a lot of laughs.

Written by Michael Moreci, Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 drops readers right into the action. Owen and his buddy Axe are taking on vampires in hopes of freeing their friend Steel from the vampire’s control. With Soren there to help, the battle is as chaotic as one would expect with laughs a plenty as Axe drinks the blood of vampires and lets us know what it thinks. The comic hasn’t missed a beat at all with an opening that’s just so over the top, it’s great.

Moreci also does a fantastic job of creating a comic that’s new reader friendly. The issue at hand is clearly laid out as well as the adventure to come. We get a sense about Owen for those new and his companions are explained as well. You can caught up easily and enjoy the ride as if you missed nothing at all.

The art by Nathan Gooden is fantastic. With color by Addison Duke and lettering by Jim Campbell, the comic is so over the top with the visuals. Blood and gore flow as Owen and the crew battle vampires and then a kraken and there’s also a good bar fight in-between. There’s nothing subtle about this comic and Gooden’s art just enhances that aspect of the story.

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 is another fantastic debut for the series and a must for fans of the first volume and fantasy fans. It both embraces and spoofs the barbarian questing genre and most importantly entertains with every detail.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!


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.

20th Century Men #1 (Image Comics) – Mixing history, politics, and comic book mythology into something totally new. The concept of the comic has us intrigued.

Alice Guy: First Lady of Film (SelfMadeHero) – The true story of the first woman director who helped defined the movie industry.

Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 (Marvel) – The series promises to add a lot to the Marvel mythoes and some big changes for some characters.

A.X.E.: Death to Mutants #1 (Marvel) – The event so far has been solid. Will its spin-off comics be just as good?

Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 (Vault Comics) – The series has been excellent so far with a nice twist on the fantasy genre.

Batman: One Bad Day – Riddler #1 (DC Comics) – We’re getting some intriguing comics spotlighting DC villains and the Riddler kicks it off!

Black Adam #3 (DC Comics) – An intriguing series that’s been redefining the character.

Crash & Troy #1 (A Wave Blue World) – Mercenaries must clean up their mess after they set a dictator free during a jailbreak.

Daredevil #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was amazing. It’s a new direction for Daredevil that builds on what’s been happening and paving a whole new adventure.

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #2 (IDW Publishing) – A very unique comic that has a crew of firefighters deciding to rob a local house.

DC vs. Vampires: All-Out War #2 (DC Comics) – The event has been amazing so far and these spin-off issues have been adding a lot.

Do a Powerbomb #3 (Image Comics) – This wrestling comic has been amazing so far and we can’t wait to read the next issue. One of the best this year.

Entropy #1 (Heavy Metal Magazine) – Henry Hanks had a good life, until he betrayed KAKO, the living embodiment of chaos and misery! With his whole world destroyed, Henry is killed and reborn as the newest herald of Kako, with the power to destroy entire worlds in his master’s name.

Heart Eyes #1 (Vault Comics) – Rico met Lupe, the girl of his dreams. But how did she get here? And why is she smiling? It’s love at the end of humanity.

Justice Warriors #3 (Ahoy Comics) – Just brilliant satire about today’s society like policing and politics.

The Last Shadowhawk #1 (Image Comics) – Celebrating 30 years of Image!

My Life Beyond Vaccines (Mayo Clinic Press) – Graphic medicine focusing on vaccines and the importance of our greatest protection against disease.

Save it For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest (Abrams Comicarts) – A collection of seven comics essays from Nate Powell.

Trve Kvlt #1 (IDW Publishing) – Marty has the idea for a perfect heist but after stealing a supernatural weapon from a cult, things will be way above his minimum-wage pay grade.