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Review: We Are the Danger #1

In their new series We Are the Danger, writer/artist Fabian Lelay and colorist Claudia Aguirre channel teenage angst and uncertainty into pop rock magic. Jules is the new girl in town and having the usual issues making friends and finding her niche that all people who have moved from place to place can relate to. But, then, she gets invited to a gig by a super cool, pink haired drummer named Tabitha, and the rest is pretty thrilling from there. Lelay’s candid captions and hyper-expresssive art, Aguirre’s power pop color palette, and Taylor Esposito’s livewire letters recapture a time when meeting a new, cool friend could open a world of potential to you whether that’s learning about a new band, going to a gig, or best of all, starting your own.

Fabian Lelay dual wields the proverbial weapon of conflict in We Are the Danger #1 centering it mainly on Jules’ very real desire to have friends and belong somewhere and awkwardness of being in a new place while also introducing some external conflict between Tabitha and her old bandmate, Logan, who seems like a more diva-ish version of CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry. (In design, at least.) So, when Tabitha and Jules start their new band with bassist Scooter and a stylish girl with black and white guitar, who is pretty and tense and can definitely shred, it’s not just about the music; it’s also to spite Logan. Tabitha may play the drums like a slightly less deadpan Kim Pine, but she immediately puts a target on the band’s back. She’s a character who is cool and quick witted on the outside, but she definitely has some problems. However, Tabitha was the first person that reached out to Jules at her new home and invited her to do something fun so they have a real bond.

We Are the Danger #1 is just a slice of life teen band book, but Lelay’s art and especially Aguirre’s colors make it look magical. Any time music is being played, whether at a quick acoustic jam session at Jules’ place or the gig that opens up the comic, Aguirre uses vivid background colors, and Lelay draws closed eyed close-up of the characters to show how much music means to them. Or there’s a giant mosh pit that allows for manga-esque pratfalls like Jules basically swooning for Tabitha’s bishonen (She finds out about this later.) brother. There’s an air of wonder to everything seen through Jules’ eyes, and her friendship with Tabitha is easy. Maybe, a little too easy, and the origin of the interpersonal conflict between Logan and Tabitha is definitely a subplot to pay attention to going forward.

Even if the story is set in the present, and subtweeting is a major plot point, Fabian Lelay gives We Are the Danger a great retro vibe in some of his art and layout choices. This makes sense when artists like Paramore, who weren’t even alive when New Wave ruled the charts, are making albums in homage to that period or Janelle Monae’s new single “Make Me Feel” seems like a forgotten B-side to “Kiss” by Prince to name two of many. Lelay uses a mixtape shaped layout to tell Jules’ “origin story” with the “track titles” foreshadowing future plot developments and doubling as good song names. This style choices combined with clean, emotion filled artwork make We Are the Danger a breezy, pleasurable read with quips and melodrama to boot. Plus Claudia Aguirre really knows how to light up a stage with cool Photoshop effects to go with her colors.

We Are the Danger #1 has all the raw emotion and passion of your favorite summer pop single that happens to feature some distorted guitars to give it a little edge. Fabian Lelay and Claudia Aguirre take two relatable situations: feeling like an outcast at a new place and loving music with every ounce of energy and turns into yet another hit for Black Mask Studios.

Story/Art: Fabian Lelay Colors: Claudia Aguirre Letters: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/12

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.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Ryan C

eternity girl 3Eternity Girl #3 (DC/Young Animal)** – Magdalene Visaggio seems to get a bit lost in the intricacies of her own plot with this issue, which is a bummer because the first two chapters were so good, but Sonny Liew gets a chance to draw all kinds of cool Kirby-tech, so that (mostly) makes up for the story’s big step back. I’m confident things are still headed in the right direction overall given the fact that the cliffhanger here is solid, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see — and make no mistake, this series is worth a look for the art alone, even if it turns out that the narrative doesn’t recover. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Analog #2 (Image)** – Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan’s look at a post-internet world takes a turn for the more comical with this second issue, and results are pretty good as we get to see our protagonist’s family and romantic life fleshed out considerably. The art seems to be getting better and better with each page, as well, which is really saying something given that it was pretty damn strong to start with. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Port Of Earth #5 (Image/Top Cow)** – It’s nice to see Zack Kaplan and Andrea Mutti’s sci-fi take on nativism and xenophobia back for a second arc, but the TV interview vignettes are becoming lazy info-dump crutches, and frankly distract from a plenty compelling main narrative thrust. Mutti’s grim and gritty art is stunning as ever, but it’s time for Kaplan to up his game and match his collaborator’s efforts. Overall : 7. Recommendation : Readhere are still seven issues to go, but I’m missing Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera’s pulp sci-fi masterpiece already. This is more a self-contained story focusing on the doomed McKay marriage, but ties into the overall narrative quite nicely and the art, as always, is spectacular. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Hungry Ghosts #4 (Dark Horse/Berger Books)**– Joel Rose and Anthony Bourdain’s lackluster horror anthology limps to a conclusion with two insipid tales that are considerably elevated by absolutely stellar artwork, which has been the pattern here from the start. Kudos, then, to Irene Koh and Francesco Francavilla for making a gorgeous silk purse out of a couple of sow’s ear stories. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read

Logan

Justice-League-No-Justice-1-Cover-600x923Venom #1 (Marvel)– This was my first time reading a Venom comic, and it was pretty good work from Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, J.P. Mayer, and Frank Martin. Cates relies a little too heavily on dueling narrative captions, but leaning on the horror elements in both a Lovecraftian and a very real horrors of war way is a smart move. There is a jagged, heavy metal edge to Stegman’s art, and Mayer brings out the little details like the beads of sweat on Eddie Brock’s face when he loses control of his symbiote while Martin enjoys spraying black everywhere. It’s very early McFarlane in the best way, and I’m intrigued by Cates and Stegman’s millennia spanning cosmic symbiote melodrama. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC)– With lots of superheroes (and supervillains), big tapestry like spreads from Francis Manapul, and big explosions, Justice League: No Justice #1 is a summer popcorn movie of a comic book. The book starts traditionally enough w/ the JL, Suicide Squad, Titans, and Teen Titans fighting Brainiac, but then Scott Snyder, Josh Williamson, and James Tynion make the villain an unlikely ally and point man for the new Justice League strategy. No Justice #1 tries to be clever, but ends up turning into Captain Planet/Attack on Titan crossover fanfic. The team lineups are pretty fun though with a particularly tense encounter between Lex Luthor and Martian Manhunter being the highlight of the book. Overall: 7.2 Verdict: Read

Eternity Girl #3 (DC/Young Animal)– Mags Visaggio, Sonny Liew, and Chris Chuckry make Eternity Girl #3 very cosmic and very Jean-Paul Sartre. The more abstract and occasionally metafictional concepts of being and nothingness and death and rebirth are grounded in Caroline just wanting to die by any means possible. I don’t think I’ve ever read a comic book where the protagonist represents despair, and the antagonist represents hope. Kudos to Visaggio and Liew for bringing deep, sad, and self-destructive emotions we sometimes feel to the forefront. Liew’s visuals span the gap between the cosmic and the mundane, and it is a real treat to have such a talented cartoonist on a “mainstream” comic. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Patrick

nuclear-winter-9781684151639_lg.jpgNuclear Winter vol 1 (Boom! Box) – I actually just read this in its original French (as Hiver Nucléaire), so I was happy to see Cab’s delightful and charming post-apocalyptic Montreal in English. It’s been perpetual winter ever since the nuclear accident (who builds a nuclear reactor in Montreal anyway?, as one character points out), and Flavie is a ski-doo courier who would rather stay home knitting. When she takes a shift for a friend and has to get bagels for a temperamental hipster chick, things get a bit crazy. Cab’s cartooning style is generous, warm, and fun, and so is Flavie. I love the way she just accepts all of the mutants at the diner, is friendly to the arctic raccoons, and loyal to friends old and new. Cab depicts my Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End neighbourhoods with similar good humour and style. The translation (for which I can’t seem to find any credit!) is excellent, with one minor quibble: it’s just Mile End, no “the”. Nuclear Winter is an excellent addition to the Boom! Box stable. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy.

Come Into Me #2 (Black Mask)** – The Cronenbergian creepiness continues thanks to writers Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler and artist Piotr Kowalski. As Sebastan tries to maintain control with the mind of a dead woman inside him, he also has to come to grips with the advantages of having a second personality who is more articulate, empathetic, and likeable than himself to interact with VC’s and family. Meanwhile (did I mention Cronenbergian?) his now-shared flesh is morphing and changing into something new. Chilling and thought-provoking, Come Into Me is one of my favourite series right now. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Sex Criminals #24 (Image)** – I am thinking about something Fraction wrote in the latest newsletter: “Comics mimic the way we remember, the way we dream, not as fluid constants but in pulsing recreations of sound and space and time, interrupted by gaps where the memory stops.” The more Fraction & Zdarsky’s comic actually does this, the better I like it. Anyone can write banking conspiracies and dick jokes, but only SexCrims can really dig into the messiness of how we work out our dreams and impulses with the people around us. I must admit, I did really enjoy the roller disco setting (and the joke of the name “Roll! You Pretty Things”). Overall: 8ish Recommendation: Buy

Stray Bullets #34 (Image)** – “Now everybody’s killin’ everybody”. You said it, Roses. Annie and Vic hit Baltimore and have to look for Rose’s son Joey before killer Spanish Scott finds out. And just how should junkie Vic find this kid? “Use your druggie instincts.” As usual, Annie is an absolute fountain of the worst possible advice. Advice that, in true David Lapham style, leads to blackly hilarious mayhem. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy 

Alex

VENOM2018001_CovVenom #1 (Marvel) In a case of following a creator (or two) rather than a character, I took the plunge on this comic solely because of Don Cates and Ryan Stegman writing and drawing it; I wasn’t disappointed. Of course the last time I had read a Venom comic, some dude named Lee Pace had the symbiote – obviously not the case anymore as Eddie Brock has the giant tongue again (which I’m sure has nothing to do with a movie later this year). Cates takes the interesting route of exploring the symbiote’s history and emotional story rather than Eddie Brock’s, and it lends a unique lens over how the two coexist in their anti-hero life. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know Venom (but really, who doesn’t know a little about him?); this is a good comic and it will pull you back for more. Overall: 8 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 (**).

Review: Calexit #3

“Are you an activist? What are your city plans for? Are you a accident? Are you just in the way?“- Kendrick Lamar, “Black Panther”

Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Tyler Boss take a leaf out of the old Tarantino playbook going for some wheeling and dealing and bullshit in Calexit #3 before blowing it all to hell and ending the first “act” of the series on a powerful note. In Calexit, the citizens of the cities of California have resisted President Trump’s orders to deport all immigrants, and they are pitted in conflict with the more conservative citizens of the rural and suburban areas of California. They are helped by a bunch of progressive cities in the West Coast, like Vancouver and Tijuana, and opposed by the Bunkerville Militia, a white supremacist group that appears a little bit in this issue, especially their new leader Crowbar.

In just three issues, Pizzolo and Nahuelpan have engaged in a lot of worldbuilding, but have wisely focused on the very different characters of Zora and Jamil and explored the conflict between activism and apathy in a high octane manner. Of course, Jamil doesn’t agree with a fascist government, but he sees the regime’s Greenshirts as willing customers of his drugs, including anti-depressants, because Trump’s regime is ableist is fuck. He’ll look the other way as long as they do, which is what got him delivering Zora’s dad’s head in Calexit #1.

With his silver tongue and trusty drone at his side, Jamil tries to talk down the Greenshirts for most of the issue with a smile on his face and a gift for understatement. For a second, he even has some new customers. Nahuelpan’s poses for Jamil are agile and versatile just like the confidence man/drug dealer while Zora is stock-still in her Wonder Woman costume continuing the charade that she is Jamil’s girlfriend of the day. With the exception of the title page and a full page spread of Jamil’s drone telling the story of a dead Greenshirt, Nahuelpan uses a grid to show the give and take of him trying getting himself out of this crazy situation. He uses more shadows and flowing lines through the pretty much, never ending sex scene between Crowbar and his “secretaries of war” that matches up nicely with Boss’ sleazy color palette. Nahuelpan counteracts the eroticism of a menage a trois with the pretty obvious Nazi tattoos all over Crowbar and his partners’ bodies. Also, a white woman with dreadlocks equals yuck.

However, Calexit really kicks into another gear in the last third of the book. Up to this point, Jamil, and with the exception of her epic rampage in Calexit #1, Zora are content to play it safe within the system to get to their safe haven. But then shit gets real, and Amancay Nahuelpan and Tyler Boss really dial up their art game with some seriously intense reds and some loud yellows for when Crowbar finally gets off his ass and remembers that he has a deadline to take out Zora, or his superior kills him. Nahuelpan channels the energy of his work on Clandestino into a bullet straight into the metaphorical head of the patriarchy. It’s a memorable moment, and Matteo Pizzolo pays off all the roundabout conversations in the first two-thirds of the comic. Also, Jamil kind of develops as a character, but he’s far from perfect, and Zora tells him off for being content to sell drugs to fascists and sleep with PTSD-stricken sex workers in a variation of the “ride out into the sunset” moment.

Calexit #3 definitely has a “hell yeah” ending, but it also brings up a lot of questions that aren’t “Is Crowbar going to catch Zora?” because you know that guy is definitely mini-boss material. There’s the incisive questions that Jamil asks Zora as he wanders around in shock looking at the fire and blood around them if Zora wants to create real change or just has a death wish that involves her getting into risky fights with the foot soldiers of a fascist regime. Is she a rogue agent, or can she be connected to an actual resistance movement when she keeps getting her allies killed? She’s definitely a badass, and there seem to be some Mad Max Fury Road-esque chase scenes in her future, but Pizzolo and Nahuelpan aren’t afraid to look at the psychological underpinnings of her violent actions and how they affect those around her.

Story: Matteo Pizzolo Art: Amancay Nahuelpan Colors: Tyler Boss
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Come Into Me #2

COME INTO ME #2

Written by: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Illustrated by: Piotr Kowalski
Colored by: Niko Guardia
Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier
$3.99 | full color | mature

When two become one, who is in control? What can you keep secret? Worse yet, what does it mean for the body that holds them together?

Preview: Breathless #2

Breathless #2

Written by: Pat Shand
Illustrated by: Renzo Rodriguez
Colors by: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
$3.99 | full color | mature

The healthcare horror story continues with a medical massacre, an old (and yet still adorable) dog, an old (and not quite adorable) lady, a succubus that loves to eat dogs (uh-oh), and a pair of gal pals on the run from the evil clutches of big pharma. Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez take the energy up to a new level when underpaid cryptozoologist Scout Turner, armed with the cure for asthma that she pulled out of the ribcage of a monster, takes aim at the corporations that have turned her pain into a commodity. Also, there are donuts.

Indie Comics Review Roundup #2: Fresh Starts

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s Indie Comics Roundup where we take a look at a handful of indie comics and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers. Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far.

Each comic will receive a both a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly as well as a score out of ten. The former is based upon how easy it was for new readers to pick the issues up; expect miniseries or first issues to be rated as friendly by default. For second or third issues, more consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. The score out of ten is Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

We’d rather feature comics from smaller publishers, but from time to time you may notice an Image, Dark Horse or Dynamite book here. Ultimately it depends on what catches our eye, but we’ll always aim to spotlight lesser known comics.

All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

There’s a few first issues this week, so to avoid a repetitive statement at the beginning of each blurb, just assume they’re all Friendly.

A Walk Through Hell #1 (Aftershock) Be prepared for a comic that  has heavy societal undertones and an underlying sense of dread that permeates from each and every page. This issue won’t knock your socks off, but it will bring you back for more – this series promises to be a slow burn into a fantastic story. 8/10

Coda #1 (Boom!)  In a fantasy world where magic has dwindled, there’s a lot of story here, and the pervading feeling that there is a lot more going on than the surface story alludes to. The immortal, yet decaying dragon, the pentacorn, and an odd sense of order within the chaos are just a handful of the reasons to pick this up. It’s a comic with layers that will reward those who have the patience to spend a half an hour or more within the comic’s pages. 8.3/10

Kino #5 (Catalyst Prime) Don’t be fooled by the fifth issue moniker, here. You can pick this Friendly issue about a man trapped within his own mind and enjoy it more than you’d expect. I sure did. 7.6/10

Survival Fetish #1 (Black Mask) An interesting start to a new story, and one that is nothing like I expected. Going into this comic expecting a horror story, I left after a twenty odd pages of expositionary dialogue and plot but nary a traditional horror trope in mind. That said, this is still an uncomfortable read, and one you should at least thin about picking up. 6.8/10

Wasted Space #1 (Vault Comics) Another first issue, another comic that is as Friendly as you’re going to get to start reading a series, but is this a comic you should be reading? Too bloody right it is. An opening that follows a lot of the typical science fiction and fantasy tropes of a man who ha a past and wants to be left alone… and yet it never once feels like a rehash of other stories. A wasted space this certainly isn’t. 8/10

 

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 4/28

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.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Ryan C

gk14.jpgGrass Kings #14 (Boom! Studios)** – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins are barreling full steam ahead to one heck of a conclusion for this series, and in this issue they line up all their chess pieces to ensure the memorable finale they’re so clearly aiming for. The answers are all within plain sight now, but the fireworks are yet to come. Overall: 8  Recommendation: Buy

Abbott #4 (Boom! Studios)** – While we’re on the subject of killer penultimate issues, Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivela deliver just that here, as Elena Abbott’s supernatural investigations come to a head just as her life is circling the drain. Dramatic, compelling, and highly topical (either in spite or because of its early-1970s Detroit setting), this series has been every bit as good as advertised and the forthcoming finale is almost guaranteed to satisfy. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Black AF: Widows And Orphans #1 (Black Mask)** – The first “Black” series was a case study in absolutely wasting a great — and frankly maybe even necessary given the current state of affairs — premise, but that was a work of absolute genius compared to this unreadable mess from Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. I’m not sure whose idea it was to transpose this uniquely American (and urban American, at that) setting to Japan, but it doesn’t work, the fight scenes are dull, characterization is minimal to non-existent, and the art is hopelessly generic and unprofessional. Embarrassing stuff all around. Overall: 0 Recommendation: Pass 

The Demon: Hell Is Earth #6 (DC)** – Andrew Constant and Brad Walker started this six-part revisionist take on Jack Kirby’s Demon strong, quickly faltered, picked up the pace a bit toward the end, but absolutely flub the landing. The art’s fun enough in its own way, a heady mix of classic “King” elements with 1990s Image-style nonsense, but the story wraps in quick and predictable fashion, and spends more time trying to set up a sequel no one really wants to see than it does putting an exclamation point on the current proceedings. Ah, what could have been. Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass. 

Logan

Hunt for Wolverine #1 (Marvel)– Hunt for Wolverine begins with a pretty fun fight SM2018_002_COVER-B_GUEDESscene between the X-Men and Reavers as artist Dave Marquez uses a grittier art style in honor of the snikty. The rest of his and Charles Soule’s story strikes an awkward balance between mourning and setting up the rest of the story. The spinoffs set up in the second story, like Daredevil doing his own investigation,an all female X-Men team looking for Wolverine in Madripoor, and Lady Deathstrike doing her thing seem more interesting than the core story. Overall: 7 Verdict: Read

Batgirl #22 (DC)– Hope Larson and Minkyu Jung throw it back to their first arc of the series as Babs’ friend Kai and her Singapore MMA Buddy May Hao return. With some intense crime fighting, coming of a bad romance and yes, grad schools, she’s a little out of sorts. Larson’s at her best with the slice of life/hang out stuff, but the underground fight club seems pretty cut and dried although Jung has a great command over anatomy and fight choreography as Babs fights some jacked up MMA fighters. The storyline is sort of salvaged towards then with a great cyberpunk twist even if it puts some of the relationship stuff on the backburner. Overall: 7.2 Verdict: Read

 Shadowman #2 (Valiant)– The voodoo Loa Baron Samedi wants to become a god so he’s draining the life force and souls of the people of New Orleans via some human conduits in Shadowman #2. But, not if Jack Boniface aka Shadowman and the cartomancer Alyssa are in his way. However, Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia have them thoroughly get their asses kicked in this issue. The first two issues of this new series have been a non-stop losing battle and fancy spells and punches can’t stop from Jack going back to the Deadside. Shadowman is heavy on the action, but its connection to voodoo beliefs and Ulisses Areola’s mesmerizing colors keep it fairly fresh. I wish I knew more about Jack Boniface’s character and motivation though. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Shean

omh4.PNGOld man Hawkeye #4 (Marvel)– This book just gets better every issue as this particular installment shows that these “Old” viewpoint stories are where we find out more about the character then we ever did in their natural position. In this episode, we find Clint still collecting on old debts as he has Bullseye on his trail , who’s working with the Venoms. We also meet Kraven’s grandchildren , who bear a striking resemblance but that’s where it stops , as their skills don’t match their grandfather’s legend. By issue’s end, the most recent debt collected is with a heavy heart , one that weighs on Clint. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Joe

The Hunt For Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I’ve waited for this for awhile. I’m a Logan fan, HuntForWolverine_Coverand while I like Old Man Logan, I wanted the original Wolvie back. This is for the classic fans, or even fans from the movies. If you don’t like Wolverine, it’s simple, don’t read or care about this comic or story. But if you do, there’s enough setup here to excite. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 Avengers #690 (Marvel) – This is more of a palette cleansing issue between the end of this very fun and action filled arc and the new Avengers #1 from Jason Aaron releasing soon. It ties up some loose ends, moves our characters about a bit to get ready for their new series or give them time off, and slows everything down for a feel good issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read



 

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 (**).

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

 

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #706 (Marvel) – As if #705 wasn’t epic and sad enough, let’s deal with even more sad. Bash Marvel all you want for wanting a male Thor, I love Odinson too, but this was consistently one of their best titles, and Jane has been an incredible, worthy, and Mighty Thor!

The Despicable Deadpool #299 (Marvel) – We are almost to the end of a great character redefining run. Deadpool has always been fun, but Duggan has been killing it on this title for years. He will be missed, and I can’t wait to see how this ends.

The Hunt for Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – I get that killing characters off and bringing them back is so comics, especially at Marvel the last few years. However, this is Wolverine. This is Logan. This is the little kid in me cheering loudly. Leave my boy alone, Marvel! I am hyped.

Avengers #690 (Marvel) – What a ride it’s been! I’m excited to see how they wrap all of this up and set up the characters for the multiple upcoming new #1s!

Kill or Be Killed #18 (Image) – This is such a great story that breaks the medium of comics. A fantastic modern take on pulp crime by the masters of that art form.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #19 (Marvel) – Fun. That’s what this series is to me with each issue feeling like Indiana Jones in space, just starring a lesbian woman. The twists and turns are entertaining and you never know how Aphra is going to get out of a situation, or what trouble she’ll cause. Pure entertainment with each issue.

Abbott #4 (BOOM! Studios) – A solid read, each issue has a gritty sense about it and the setting has been fantastic.

Black [AF]: Widows & Orphans #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new entry in the world of Black, I want to see what direction this series goes.

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The best of the Young Animal series, this one shook things up by taking us to an alternate Gotham. We’re still trying to figure out what that all means.

The Prisoner #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic television series comes to comics!

Seith Mann Will Adapt the Comic Series Black

Seith Mann has been hired to adapt the comic series Black by Studio 8. The comic series exploresa world where only black people have superpowers.

The goal is to franchise the IP and develop the first spin-off comic Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart which focuses on one female lead as opposed to the original series’ ensemble cast.

The comic series is by co-creator/writer Kwanza Osajyefo, co-creator/designer Tim Smith 3, artist Jamal Igle and cover artist Khary Randolph. The series is published by Black Mask Studios. Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 are attached as co-producers, Matteo Pizzolo of Black Mask Studios is producing.

The original Black comic series focused on Kareem Jenkins who survives being gunned down by police and joins an underground group of black super heroes learning about the world conspiracy that hides the revelations that black individuals have super powers.

(via Deadline)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Picks: Daredevil #601 (Marvel) – The Mayor Fisk arc has been wonderful, and with the twist from last issue I am waiting what this one will bring. This is turning into one of the best runs on Daredevil I have read in years, and Soule and Garney keep rolling!

Infinity Countdown #2 (Marvel) – The Adam Warlock issue and the first issue of this event that is leading to another event (but don’t call it an event!) was filled with great set up. I am more than excited that Logan is back, and the characters they chose to have the infinity stones is very interesting and should lead to some great fun.

The Avengers #689 (Marvel) – Every week this comic delivers classic Avengers action while jugging many team members and creators, and I can not recommend it enough.

Action Comics #1000 (DC) – A landmark moment for comics, superheroes, and the one to spawn generation after generation of heroes. This is the guy who made it cool to wear the underwear on the outside (wait that’s not cool?). One thousand issues is insane!

The Black Monday Murders Vol. 2 (Image Comics) –  I love this creepy detective occult series and this volume is just as wild as the first. Hickman is one of the best writers around today, so do not miss this!

 

Shay

Fight Club 2 TP (Dark Horse) – I am fangirling pretty hard for this soft cover version of my signed never taken off the shelf hard cover copy. Finally a copy that can come with me and an excuse to reread it.

Harley Quinn #42 (DC Comics) – I’ve been warming to the new team behind Harley and I am a sucker for seeing what the future holds my favorite villain.

John Wick #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – More of the John Wick origin story and it should keep me going until the 3rs installment comes out next year.

Kick-Ass #3 (Image Comics) – Patience Lee is taking names and kicking ass so obviously I am all the way here for it.

Runaways TP Vol. 10 (Marvel) – Teens being teens and trying to save the world the way teens would.

Calexit #1 (4th Printing) (Black Mask Studios) – Because it is the start of an amazing series!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Fence #5 (BOOM! Studios) – BOOM! has been killing it with sports series that bring the popular manga genre to the west and this series is one of the best out there. Great characters, interaction, and stories.

Lucy Dreaming #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A fun start that seems to blend the magical girl genre with sci-fi.

Mister Miracle #8 (DC Comics) – One of the most intriguing comics out today. The second half of this series has me excited to see where it all goes and what the creative team has in store. A brilliant maxi-series and will absolutely be on many best of lists.

James Bond: The Body #4 (Dynamite Entertainment) – An intriguing series that has explored Bond in a new way and really breaking down the character in various aspects. A must for any Bond fan.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #17/Transformers: Optimus Prime #18/Transformers: Lost Light #17 (IDW Publishing) – Any week with Transformers comics I’m happy, but three in one week makes me beyond excited. So much more than meets the eye.

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