Tag Archives: black magick

Around the Tubes

It’s the last day of 2015! It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? We’re gearing up for our new year festivities which run throughout the day tomorrow.

Until then, here’s some comic book news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Morning Call – Comic books in the classroom: Phillipsburg High gets wise to the genre – Very cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New Wolverine #3

Comic Vine – Batman & Robin Eternal #13

Comics Alliance – Beauties #1

The Rainbow Hub – Beauties #1

The Rainbow Hub – Black Canary #6

The Rainbow Hub – Black Magick #3

The Rainbow Hub – Jem and the Holograms #10

Comic Vine – Justice League #47

The Rainbow Hub – New Avengers #4

Comic Vine – Squadron Supreme #2

ICv2 – Yowamushi Pedal Vol. 1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Giant Robot Maintenance CrewWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Howard The Duck #3 (Marvel) – This series is probably my most anticipated comic every month because it doesn’t take itself even remotely seriously. It’s like a shining beacon in the sea of dark and gritty comics that I otherwise read.

Lobster Johnson: Glass Mantis (Dark Horse) – It’s only the second comic I’ve read featuring the Lobster, but he’s a character I’d love to learn more about, and what better way than this one-shot?

Seduction Of The Innocent #2 (Dynamite) – I’m liking the feel of this comic, and the cover is a fantastic homage to the crime comics of old.

 

Brett

COPRA Round Three (Bergen Street Comics) – The best superhero comic on the market right now. This indie comic has delivered with every single issue. It’s so good I buy them in singles and trades. Just has to be read to really be appreciated, no words will do it justice.

Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew (Cosmic Times) – I loved this when it was in single issues. It focuses on the folks who help make those giant robots actually function when the pilots go into battle. You won’t look at giant robots the same way again after reading this twistedly funny comic.

The Omega Men #7 (DC Comics) – Tom King consistently deliver in this critically praised series.

Squadron Supreme #2 (Marvel) – This “dark” Avengers comic brings all of these characters into the regular Marvel Universe, and their brand of justice isn’t going over well. Should be fascinating to see where it goes.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan and Anakin #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been knocking it out of the park with their Star Wars comics and I expect no less from this one.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Canary #6 (DC Comics) –  In the words of Led Zeppelin “It’s been a long time, been a long time, Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time since issue 5”. Are the members of Black Canary the Queens of Noise or will they be shot through the heart by their former singer? Like Alice Cooper I Love it to Death.

Top Pick: All-New Wolverine #3 (Marvel) – The best it is what it does: being a superhero comic that’s actually All New All Different. Laura Kinny is Wolverine.

Black Magick #3 (Image Comics) – We were promised a witch noir and a witch noir we have! Artist Nicola Scott’s best drawn and moodiest work to date coupled with Greg Rucka who’s always an awesome writer.

Jughead #3 (Archie) – Genuine and tongue in cheek humor at the same time. My favorite Archie series gets better with each issue. I love the character’s voice now. I’m a total Archie newbie and I’ve fallen for it.

Ringside #2 (Image Comics) –  Do ya like wrestling, kid? Seedy backstage wrastling drama. General grittiness and industry weary eyes. Big cliffhanger at the end of last issue.

 

Javier

Top Pick: East of West #23 (Image Comics) – I didn’t read #22 … oh wait … I didn’t have to. There was no dialogue. After that epic failure in the last ish all that Image hints at in the next installment is that “Revelations and Retribution abound.”  Can’t wait to find out what exactly that means.

Last Sons Of America #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Another dark and dystopian sci-fi-ish BOOM! title by a relatively unknown writer (Philip Kennedy Johnson). This one centers on human trafficking, and the monetization and exploitation of children. Dark and bleak it is, infused with kidnappings, drug cartels, and guns.

Ragnarok #7 (IDW Publishing) – I’ve been a fan of Walt’s work since the 80s. After forty odd years in the industry, he still has the magic touch. Thor (totally unrelated to Marvel’s Thor) is the Last God Standing about to do battle against Regn, the Black Elf Assassin.

Six #2 (451 Media) – Written by the team of George Pelecanos (of HBO’s The Wire fame) and Andrew Ewington, this title pits Mercs versus Drug Cartels. Another guns and action title, if that’s your thing.

Welcome Back #4 (BOOM! Studios) – I jumped on this one late in the middle of issue #3.  Glad I did; I was able to snag first print copies of #1 and #2.  I doubt I could find these now. Originally this one was slated to be a mini-series, but Boom has now extended it as an ongoing title due to its well-deserved popularity. Word of mouth spread quickly on this violent story of battling reincarnated assassins, so first printings are now a rarity; but you can probably snag some second or third printings to catch up (by the way I was enjoying Sebela’s run on Dead Letters too, but for some reason after #9, subsequent issues have been released digitally but not in print; what’s up with that).

Around the Tubes

Around the Tubes

CBR – The Mission: Captain America & “Civil War,” “Creed” and the Ongoing Struggle – As always, a great read.

Democrat & Chronicle – Another conviction in Medina comic collector death – Good.

CBR – Marvel’s “Secret Wars” #9 Delayed Until January, 2016 – Pay up folks.

Comic Vine – WB Montreal is Expanding Their DC Universe Games – Nice!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR –  Black Magick #2

CBR – Chew #52

CBR – City of Clowns

CBR – Saga #31

Review: Black Magick #1

BlackMagick01_CoverABlack Magic is a brand new creator owned series by two of the top pros in the industry, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Each has created comics I ADORE like Batwoman, Lazarus or Secret Six so I had super high expectations. And they were totally met.

The story and art are a mashup on New England ghost story and film noir. Highly atmospheric and properly seasonal for Fall.

This is the best art from Nicola Scott to date. Her paintings are flawless. Her visual storytelling is precise and gorgeous. Her figures and faces are distinct and realistic and beautiful when appropriate. It doesn’t suffer from the “same face itus” most comics have.

It feels like a spoiler to mention the comic’s limited and explosive use of color but I absolutely must applaud Chiara Arena‘s color assist. It makes all the difference. It looks like crystal!

Our heroine Ro makes a strong impression. Rucka writes the best female leads. She seems like a classic detective type– I want to say she reminds me a little bit of Jessica Jones but I don’t think I have enough to go on yet. Either way I’m sure she’ll be awesome. And yes, Ro is super hot.

The mystery itself is scary and we know so little, yet this issue gives us plenty to be intrigued by. I can’t decide if the fear I experienced reading this was a horror movie kind of fear, or a more suspense oriented noir mystery kind of fear. I think it’s a bit of both. And I know that’s what they’re aiming for.

I’m intrigued by the implied history of North American witchcraft Ro stems from. The team has done a ton of research on the subject matter. There’s an unusually shaped genealogy chart near the back. It signals a lot of world building.

The issue concludes with a one page short story written in the voice of a teen witnessing a “witch burning” in 1532. It is as chilling and upsetting as it should be. I wonder if the comic will go into greater depth about the economics behind the anti-witch mania. I wouldn’t be surprised at all. And of course I’m positive it will discuss how sexism is at the root of it too.

This short story calls to mind one of my favorite movies, The Devils by Ken Russell. The film is incredibly hard to see due to censorship, but it’s totally worth it for the critique of organized religion, political corruption and repression.

Regardless, anyone who grew up goth or listens to witch house needs to buy this comic or lose their cred. Anyone who likes horror/suspense or mysteries too.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Nicola Scott
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone enjoy reading? While you decide on that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Teen Vogue – I’m a Girl, and I’m a Huge Fan of Comic Books — Here’s Why You Should Be Too – Awesome to see this, especially in Teen Vogue.

GamePolitics – Rep. Katherine Clark urges SXSW to reinstate panel about online harassment – Bets as to when SXSW backtracks completely?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batgirl #45

Newsarama – Batgirl #45

Comic Vine – Batman & Robin Eternal #4

Comics Beat – The Black Hood #6

CBR – Black Magick #1

CBR – Fight Club 2 #6

Comics Vine – Grayson #13

Comic Vine – Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Comic Vine – Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

Comics Beat – Welcome to Showside #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BlackMagick01_CoverAWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Book Of Death #4 (Valiant Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series I’ve read over the past few months, and this issue is somewhat bitter sweet; I don’t want it to end, but I really want to see how it ends… if you haven’t read this series, then grab the trade.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – A drug addicted cop and a brutal vigilante. The Black Hood is both of those, struggling to take the fight beyond the law as he battles his own demons. Duane Swierczynski has been praised for his portrayal of addiction with this series, and I can’t wait to find out why.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 (Marvel) – One of the most intriguing All-New, All-Different Marvel releases, what’s drawing me is a group of of characters that make me smile (Hit-Monkey!) being written by Frank Barbiere with art by Brent Schoonover. Comics are supposed to be fun, and that’s exactly what this one seems like it’ll be to me.

Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – Greg Rucka writing, Nicola Scott on art. Ruck doing a gothic-noir series with a female lead? Yeah, this is a no-brainer for me.

The Black Hood #6 (Dark Circle Comics) – This darker line of superhero comics from Archie have been knocking it out of the park. A dark noirish hero, this comic begins a new story arc. Every issue has been entertaining mixing a modern sensibility with its pulp roots.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – One of DC’s best recent releases, each issue mixes superhero antics, but also has given me thought about the character of Cyborg himself and how reflects upon me and my life. Entertainment as a reflection of ourselves, a definite read.

Prez #5 (DC Comics) – I love my politics, and of course this is on my list. The satire series hits WAY too close to home, and the 2016 Presidential election doesn’t feel that far off from this political send-up set in the future.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Black Magick #1 (Image Comics) – The first ever “witch noir”! A new series from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. Both excel at writing and drawing (respectively), fascinating, believable female characters. This dream team is can’t miss and the genre sounds like fun.

Angela Queen of Hel #1 (Marvel) – Look at these beautiful queens! Look at the adorable queer women in flawlessly painted art by Stephanie Hans! The best new couple in Marvel is back in black. In hell.

Batgirl #45 (DC Comics) – Big Queer Wedding Issue! This is a comics first: an Asian-American bisexual trans woman marrying her redheaded activist fiancée. And Dick Grayson will show up. Get ready to throw rice and munch on popcorn at the same time.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #2 (Marvel) – Captain America has always been a progressive hero (listen to our podcast for more on that) and this new series has African-American war vet superhero Sam Wilson in the drivers seat making his own political statements. Good.

Cyborg #4 (DC Comics) – The surprise hit comic full of socially aware sci-fi. Can Vic make peace with the people who KILLED him? Why does society always expect black men to make piece with their oppressors? Also, the highly silver-age and adorable Metal Men showed up last issue.

Island #4 (Image Comics) – Out there art. Multiple Warheads. A new story about a city kid with wings that kinda made me cry.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Colder: Toss the Bones #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – I don’t like scary things but, this comic is so good I keep coming back to it. The psychological horror of Nimble Jack keeps has me peeking through my blanket to see what he’s going to do next. If you like horror, this is one of the better comics out today.

Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not normally a fan of spin-offs for large crossover events like the Darkseid War. But, I’ve enjoyed the main series a lot and Batman as the god of knowledge is a concept I am really excited to see fully play out.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – There is no real logic behind why I am excited for the new Squirrel Girl comic. It could be it’s very self aware cover claiming this is only it’s second #1 so far this year (well played Marvel), or it could be that I am excited to take a flyer on a quirky and fun looking new story. Sometimes, the latter is all you need.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Justice League: Darkseid War Batman #1 (DC Comics) – The true itteration of the almighty Bat-God is here. I couldn’t be more pumped for this. An all knowing and stubborn Batman on Metron’s chair. I think I just squeaked. Hopefully we get good use of the ultimate knowledge and maybe even the Joker’s real name. Just coolness x2.

Batman and Robin Eternal #4 (DC Comics) – Hoping this is the week we get an answer to that cliffhanger bomb from issue #1. At the very least I want to see bearded Bruce Wayne kick some ass. I know it’s going to be a slow burn for this epic but I want some good stuff on the plate now.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #51 (IDW Publishing) – New era. New Direction. What awaits our half-shelled heroes going forward? Well I can’t wait to find out. Gonna read this one with a hot pie!

 

 

Black Magick Casts its Spell this October

BLACK MAGICK

Writer Greg Rucka and superstar artist Nicola Scott team up for Black Magick—a new gothic-noir ongoing series about legacy, destiny, redemption… and the price of magic. The new series was first announced at Image Expo and launches from Image Comics on Wednesday, October 28th, just in time for Halloween.

In Black Magick #1 Detective Rowan Black works robbery/homicide for the Portsmouth PD, but her greatest mystery is the truth about herself… both who she has been, and who she will become. Yet, there are others in Rowan’s world with very long memories, and the power that one person holds, another will always covet.

Steeped in mystery, suspense, the many myths of witchcraft, and Wiccan tradition, each issue of Black Magick will also feature an all-new work of original fiction by Greg Rucka.

Black Magick #1 (Diamond Code: AUG150553) will be available on Wednesday, October 28th. Cover B by Jill Thompson will be available with Diamond Code AUG150554. A magazine-size variant by Rich Burchett will also be available with Diamond Code AUG158533.

The Final Order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, October 5th.

Recent Entries »