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Pick(s) of the Week: American Vampire Anthology #1 and a Bunch More!

AV_ANTHOLOGY_CVRfinal_stwjb2o9tn_There’s a hell of a lot of solid comics out this week, but none fill a fix like American Vampire Anthology #1. American Vampire has been on hiatus for a bit while writer Scott Snyder releases some awesome other comics (*cough* The Wake *cough*). So, to get a chance to get a bit of the mythos, even as an anthology, is quite ok with us.

This special features eight amazing stories set in the world of American Vampire, with “lost tales,” new characters and old favorites. So, don’t miss these stories brought to you by series creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque, as well as other awesome comics talent like Becky Cloonan, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone and many more!

You are cordially invited to a party—to die for!

Catch our full list of picks below!

Andrew:

Top Pick: King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #4 (Dark Horse) – Conan claws his way from the depths to regain his throne. The inside is as good as the outside’s award-worthy cover art, trust me.

Miss Fury #5 (Dynamite) – There’s something about a seductive billionaire heiress with super powers who battles time traveling nazis that keeps me coming back for more. Can’t quite put my finger on it…

Overtaken #1 (Aspen) – Most Aspen series, much to my dismay, have the same look and feel to me, but this newest one appears different from the rest. While the abducted loved one is a familiar story, I’m anxious to see their take on it.

Uncanny #3 (Dynamite) – The god-awful cover aside, Andy Diggle’s thief-with-powers crime story is a great read, and it’s not too late to start from the beginning.

Brett:

Top Pick: American Vampire Anthology (Vertigo) – See above as to why I think this’ll be awesome and well worth the price tag.

The Massive #15 (Dark Horse) – Brian Wood continues to knock it out of the park with each issue and somehow the series is only getting better.

Occupy Comics #3 (Black Mask Studios) – Politics = comics = awesome. So much talent packed into one issue.

Overtaken #1 (Aspen) – The $1 price tag should be enough of a reason to pick it up, but Aspen is giving us what seems to be an interesting story about possible abduction by aliens.

Uncanny #3 (Dynamite) – Super powers + crime = this. The first two issues were intriguing and the third really starts to ramp up the storyline and give us an idea as to where it’s going next.

Scott:

Top Pick: American Vampire Anthology #1 (Vertigo) – I love this series and it’s been torture waiting for it to come back, but this anthology written and illustrated by an amazing list of creators should be a phenomenal way to ease back into the AV world.

Lazarus #3 (Image) – After last month’s excellent world building issue, I can’t wait for this arc to pick up some steam. Plus, we get to meet another Lazarus, and the dynamic between he and Faith should be fascinating.

Sean:

Top Pick: Batman/Superman #3 (DC Comics) – This has been an incredible, confusing book so far. And, hot damn, what’s Wonder Woman doing?!

Batman, Inc. Special #1 (DC Comics) – With the end of Grant Morrison’s famed and infamous run on Batman, it’s time to see where other writers will take these characters…including Bat-Cow!

Larfleeze #3 (DC Comics) – Keith Giffen is one of my favorite writers, and Larfleeze is funny as hell. If you like Douglas Adams or funny sci-fi, you’ll want to check this out!

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The weekend is almost here and we have lined up a lot of reviews over the next few days! What’s everyone doing this weekend? Who’s excited for 2 Guns which opens this weekend?

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Bleeding Cool – Batman #1 CGC 9.2 Highest Graded Copy Sells For $567,625 (And The Strange Story Behind It) – Huh.

MTV Geek – Bronies Infiltrate The U.S. Air Force! – Ok then.
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Comic Vine – 3 Guns #1

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The Beat – The Bunker

Comic Vine – Captain Midnight #1

Comic Vine – Collider #1

Talking Comics – Collider #1

Comic Vine – FF #10

Talking Comics – FF #10

Comic Vine – Liberator #2

ICv2 – The Lost Boy

Comic Vine – Morning Glories #29

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #9

Comic Vine – Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted #4

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New comic book day has come and gone, what’d everyone get?

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Bleeding Cool – Frank Miller To Meet With Zack Snyder Over Superman-Batman Movie Plans “In The Next Few Days” – Yeah, cause he totally gets the characters.

CBLDF – Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese – An awesome new column for this important organization.

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Comic Vine – Animal Man Annual #2

Comic Vine – Batman Annual #2

Comic Vine – Batman, Incorporated #13

Comic Vine – Daredevil #29

Comic Vine – Detective Comics Annual #2

Comic Vine – Fearless Defenders #7

Comic Vine – The Flash Annual #2

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #11

Bleeding Cool – Liberator #2

ICv2 – New Crusaders: Legacy TP

Comic Vine – Red Lanterns #22

Comic Vine – Superman Annual #2

Comic Vine – Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

Comic Vine – Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #9

Comic Vine – Venom #38

CBR – The Wake #3

Comic Vine – The Wake #3

Talking Comics – X-Men #3

Comic Vine – X-Men #3

The Beat – Wednesday’s Review Slate: Skybreaker, Liberator and Tom Strong

Pick(s) of the Week: Collider #1 and a Whole Bunch More

COLLID_Cv1_PRINT_3pncuy4wjo_Normally, I’d choose the “Pick of the Week” by which comic was on the most of our lists, but out of the slim choices this week, there was actually only one comic on more than one list. So, I’m going with executive privilege and choosing this week’s pick, Collider #1 by Vertigo.

It started small: temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals. With much fanfare a new government agency was formed with a mandate “to prevent and protect.” Its official title: The Federal Bureau of Physics. Humans, if nothing else, adapt to the changing parameters of their existence. What was extraordinary soon became ordinary, a part of people’s daily lives. They move on and do what people have always done: survive. But even that new status quo is now under threat. Things are getting worse, and it falls to Special Agent Adam Hardy and his FBP team to figure out what’s going on, before it’s too late…

Um, how can you not get this? Vertigo has been kicking as as a publisher, and this latest release I’m sure will be just as solid.

Check out below for the full list from some of the members of the Graphic Policy team.

Andrew:

Batman Annual #2 (DC) – Of all of the various Batman comics out there I read Snyder’s religiously. He’s got huge shoes to fill and Zero Year hasn’t let down.

Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 (Image) – If you’re not reading this series…you’re wrong. It’s phenomenal.

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #3 (Dark Horse) – The plot of this latest run pays homage to earlier Conan storylines and includes fantastic artwork by Tomás Giorello.

The Wake #3 (Vertigo) – Snyder’s deep sea thriller is exceptional. I want to know what the creature is, where it came from, and whether there are more.

Brett:

Top Pick: Collider #1 (Vertigo) – see above. This series just sounds too cool to not choose.

Ghost Town #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The first issue of the Action Lab: Danger Zone series was awesome. Mixing time travel and terrorism, it truly was a series that you had no idea what was coming. The second issue, more of the same when it comes to that.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (Marvel) – Angela makes her first comic since Age of Ultron. Want to find out what Marvel’s plans with her are? Well, here you go. Expect this one to sell out.

Liberator #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Politics + comics = awesome! The series that follows animal liberators is a unique voice in the comic industry right now.

Skyward #1 (Action Lab) – Kick ass women in a kids comic is a specialty from Action Lab. This series adds to their varied and family friendly releases. A great comic the whole family can enjoy.

The Wake #3 (Vertigo) – Scott Snyder and Sean Phillips’ series has been amazing so far.

TPB of the Week: 39 Minutes – A winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Series, and one I really dug. ROBBING A BANK IS EASY, IT’S THE GETAWAY THAT’S HARD. The bank is surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So what’s the solution? Kill everyone in town!

Sean:

Top Pick: Captain Midnight #1 (Dark Horse) – after a look at Captain Midnight #0, which utterly blew me away, I can’t see how the ‘first’ issue of this pulp hero rival could be anything but incredible. They’ve sure been marketing the hell out of it, so are you in? $2.99.

Akaneiro #3last of this Brian Wood mini-series based on American McGee’s game; let’s see what happens with Kani and those demons! $3.99.

Amala’s Blade #4 – this series by Horton and Dialynas is in my opinion Dark Horse’s best mini-series of the year; the ending is a must have! $3.50.

Batman, Incorporated #13 – Morrison’s titanic series comes to a crashing end as Batman “saves the world and loses everything.” Morrison’s been building this series for years, and now we’re getting it’s conlusion…or are we? $2.99.

Daredevil #29 – Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil is not only my favorite DD run, but also Marvel’s top series right now (followed by Hawkeye and Superior Spidey). And Samnee’s back on the art after a short hiatus. Woohoo! $2.99.

TPB of the Week: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books)—the wonderful reprint collectors over at Fantagraphics are putting out an anthology that promises to be a collection of the worlds greatest LGBTQ comics. It’s definitely worth a look if you want to explore a little more about the social issues driving and driven by our favorite medium here at Graphic Policy. $35.00 (but 20% off online retailers like TFAW.com or Amazon.com).

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For everyone in the U.S., Happy 4th of July!

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ICv2 – Disney Gets Last Marvel Film Distribution Rights – Well good for them…

Bleeding Cool – Is Batman ’66 “The Next Level” Of Digital Comics? Or DC Catching Up? – I’m going with catching up.

The Mary Sue – New Zombie Food Added To The Cast Of The Walking Dead Season 4 – I really want to be a zombie on the show.

Variety – Comic-Con: Marvel Taking ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America’ Sequels Despite Disney’s D23 Expo – Well I’d hope so.

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Kotaku – The Walking Dead: 400 Days

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Comic Vine – Action Comics #22

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CBR – Batman Incorporated #12

Comic Vine – Batman ’66 #1

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CBR – Satellite Sam #1

Comic Vine – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1

Bleeding Cool – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – Swamp Thing #22

Comic Vine – Thunderbolts #12

Comic Vine – Venom #37

Comic Vine – What If? AVX #1

Bleeding Cool – Zenith

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Preview: DC Comics Provides First Look at Batman, Incorporated #13

This summer, Grant Morrison’s epic series Batman, Incorporated will reach its explosive finale.

The New York Times bestselling series, which saw both the introduction and ultimate death of Damian Wayne (a.k.a Robin), concludes in next month’s issue #13. In this must-have issue, all bets are off as war fills the streets of Gotham City, Talia al Ghul faces the Dark Knight once again, and much more! Plus, how does the unmasking of Leviathan in issue #12 (in stores next week) impact Batman and his crew? Find out when Batman, Incorporated #13 flies into stores on July 24th.

But in the meantime, check out some of Chris Burnham’s action-packed interior art from the issue.

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The long weekend is almost here!

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The Mary Sue – Marvel Throwdown: Bryan Singer Just Claimed Quicksilver For X-Men, What About His Avengers Role?Could this link the two comic movie universes?

 

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Comic Vine – Batman, Incorporated #11

ICv2 – Benny Breakiron #1: The Red Taxis HC

Talking Comics – The Bounce #1

Comic Vine – Deadpool #10

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #8

Comic Vine – The Flash #20

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CBR – Sex #3

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CBR – Uncanny X-Men #6

Talking Comics – Young Avengers #5

The Beat – REVIEW: Double Great Art in HELLHEIM #3 & THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

Review: Batman Incorporated Vol. 1: Demon Star

Batman Incorporated Vol 1Batman Incorporated was always a weird comic series for me. It’s clear Grant Morrison has a maxi-story in mind. The series began a bit before DC Comics’ shake-up and after a break returned. The series continued the story, from what I remember, and to me never quite fit in DC’s New 52. Was it part of continuity? Was it not in continuity? I never knew, and as a whole, I’m not a huge Morrison fan, so I stopped reading the series after a few issues.

The first volume has Batman and Robin facing off against and assassin calling himself Goatboy while in the background Leviathan develops their mission. There’s a hit out on Damian too, hence that whole Goatboy thing.

While the story is interesting, but the tone is a bit comedic to me. It never quite clicks. that has nothing to with Morrion’s ability, it’s more my tastes. There’s some great moments, but I feel like you need to enjoy a certain type of Batman story to dig it. Add on top of that the later tragic events, and the comedic tone is an odd choice to me.

We also get glimpses at the concept of Batman Incorporated with some of the volume dedicated to setting up its worldwide franchises. That though is a bit short in the story. If the focus is the idea of a global network of Batmen, the focus should be on that network, it’s still mostly on Batman and Robin here.

The story does put Talia Al-Ghul in the spotlight though. Fleshing her out in a way that makes her really feel like a threat and worthy successor  to her father’s empire.

The art isn’t bad but, the style isn’t my personal taste and that is where I am with this first volume. It’s a lot of set up and a lot I like, but at the same time, it doesn’t quite click for me.

This collects Batman, Incorporated #0-6.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Chris Burnham and Frazer Irving
Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The weekend is almost here and it gets closer to Free Comic Book Day! What are folks up to this weekend?

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Spinoff Online – Whedon Suggests Avengers 2 Will Feature Quicksilver, Scarlet WitchHm.

Comics Alliance – Guillermo Del Toro To Bring ‘Monster’ Manga To HBOThis will be amazing.

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Peter Panzerfaust’ Producer Options ‘Hoax Hunters’ Comic Could be a great movie.

Collider – Fox Will Have to Replace 50% of Their Outdoor Campaign for THE WOLVERINE Due to Theft Wonder if they’ll prosecute as badly as people who steal movies?

Publisher’s Weekly – Digital Comics Are Getting Cheaper What about print?

 

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CBR – Batman Incorporated #10

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Crave Online – Jupiter’s Legacy #1

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The Spectrum – Saga Vol. 1

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CBR – Uncanny Avengers #7

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What’d everyone get at the comic shop yesterday? If you haven’t gone, what are you getting when you do go?

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Wired – DC’s Superhero Royal Rumble Injustice Is Action-Packed, But DumbHow many have checked out the game?

 

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