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Preview: Last Mortal TP

Last Mortal TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: John Mahoney & Filip Sablik
Artist: Thomas Nachlik
Cover Artist: Thomas Nachlik
Price: $19.99

Alec King is a born loser and a career failure. When he and his criminal partner get in over their heads with an attempted assassination of a mayoral candidate, Alec hits rock bottom and takes his own life…only to discover he cannot die. Recollecting the hard-hitting noir tale of revenge, this edition offers the complete four-issue series now fully colored along with a brand-new epilogue.

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Preview: Hexed: The Harlot and The Thief Vol. 3 TP

Hexed: The Harlot and The Thief Vol. 3 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Emma Rios
Price: $16.99

Series conclusion! Following the shocking death in Volume 2, Lucifer has become the Keeper of Secrets and sets out to kill Madam Cymbaline once and for all. Raina and Bob aren’t going to give up on Lucifer’s humanity, though, and set out to save her with help from the most unexpected source—the now-human Harlot. Collects issues #9-12.

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Sombra #2 Maintains Its Grim Tone With Some Personal Questions

Sombra_002_English_PRESS-5Sombra’s first issue ended with DEA agent Danielle Marlowe and local Mexico City journalist Esteban Tolva trapped under the floorboards of a church while a group of cartel members entered. Led by a man named Rojas, the cartel group knows that the two are in there and promise to lead Esteban to Danielle’s father, the former DEA agent Conrad Marlowe, whom has declared a violent war against the cartel. Trying to figure out an escape plan, Danielle and Esteban sit amongst an uncomfortable purple, blue haze of Juan Useche’s colours, starkly contrasted to the bright yellow, orange from above. Once the bullets start flying, the yellow, orange glow from above mixes with a slight tinge of pink as light streams downwards; its almost as if no matter where you are, an invading force is trying to find a way to mark its territory. This is a comic, like the colours used in this sequence, about parallels and contrasting beliefs.

This duality continues to muddle amongst the conversations Justin Jordan scripts. Assumptions can never be made in a place in which one can never really know what is exactly going on and who has control over the situation. Danielle questions the motives of a group of farmers that help her and Esteban escape, her doubt and untrustworthiness spill out, as her words don’t hold back her assumptive feelings. These farmers once had a stable farm, from the sounds of it, until the cartel, through false promises, took their claim of the land, as they have done with countless villages, and ended with their livelihood in ashes, thanks to the involvement of the DEA. Trust appears very hard to find when the supposed help being offered turns to potential turmoil, no matter who takes control of the land.

Sombra_002_English_PRESS-7Raul Trevino really shows the cartel as the all-encompassing evil, barely being able to see any texture to their faces with how much shadows are drawn overtop. It is as if he doesn’t want you to see any humanity behind their eyes. Before the grotesque moments at the village they are travelling to, a quieter moment captures one of the strongest moments of this series so far. During this travelling sequence, Trevino’s visuals speak further volumes on the words being spoken. Danielle questions the motives of Eduardo, one of the farmers, and why he is helping to protect someone whom works for an organization he doesn’t necessarily trust. But, Eduardo says he has responsibilities. It then cuts to close up frames of the three individual farmers in the truck, as Esteban tells of a story he did on their village. The frame underneath the smaller panels is a wider perspective of the road ahead of them, the trees and sky sharing the space. The land belongs to people like Eduardo and the other villagers Carlos and Arturo. They are constantly used and abused by the passing powers of the cartel. Jim Campbell places the word balloons slightly in front of their vehicle, guiding them and the story towards an unknown fate.

The creative team of Sombra has crafted an issue that improves on the introductory issue. The stakes still feel high and tense, especially with yet another cliffhanger ending, as Jordan likes to do (while he sits and laughs maniacally until the next issue drops, one would imagine). It’s great to see a title that uses the medium to ask relevant questions while maintaining its visual storytelling ability. There is one other scene worth mentioning further that contains some rather poignant words for the violent, irrational happenings around the world. As the group makes their way to a local village, a bloody display of mutilated corpses greets them. Esteban says to Danielle that this can be difficult to see for the first time. Danielle responds by saying, “This should be difficult to see every time.” Esteban says, “I wish that were so. But you can grow accustomed to anything, given time.” One can’t help but wonder whether these words are unfortunately true.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Raul Trevino Colour: by Juan Useche
Lettering: Jim Campbell Cover: Jilipollo
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

GENZERO_001_COVER-A_MOONEYWednesdays 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: Faith #2 (Valiant) – I really can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this series. If you’re not reading it you’re missing out on one of the best comics from any publisher being released right now. Faith is a series that’s fun, that has a more positive outlook on things and takes some very light jabs at industry tropes. And it’s visually stunning.

Action Comics #962 (DC Comics) – It’s not often that I read a comic where Superman feels like he’s actually in a fight for his life, so watching the Man Of Steel in a rematch against Doomsday has been incredibly fun – even if the chances of him losing are nil.

Blue Beetle Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – I recently dug out the pre-New 52 run featuring Jaime Reyes, and wondered why I never read the series through the New 52 iteration. With how easy many of the Rebirth comics have been for new readers, I’m looking forward to this.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – A new series from Valiant? Don’t mind if I do.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – An incredibly underrated publisher, Chapterhouse have some fantastic series on the racks, one of which, Captain Canuck is a genuine pleasure to read. I’m excited for this spin off series that I know very little about (which is deliberate on my part), because based on Chapterhouse’s track record, this promises to be a blast.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Pretty Deadly TP Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Pretty Deadly was a dark, poetic, bloody journey that featured one of the best creative teams in comics…period. The second arc here is collected for those that missed out on the single issues (or just loved it so much that the trade is worthy of purchasing) and features more striking images from Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire’s colours with a hypnotic script by Kelly Sue DeConnick that will put you in the good kind of trance that makes Pretty Deadly a difficult title to put down.

Island #10 (Image Comics) – Anthologies tend to be hit and miss but not Island. Emma Rios and Brandon Graham have opened the creative floodgates by curating a slew of material from both artists more well known and those perhaps yet to be discovered by a wider audience. It’s also refreshing in that each and every issue of Island defines variety in covering a wide array of genres and material.

Faith #2 (Valiant) – It’s a very warming feeling to remember that Faith has her own ongoing series. Jody Houser provides such a great voice for Faith, blending her pop culture quips with dramatic moments. Maintaing the back and forth art style of Pere Perez during the present time and Marguerite Sauvage doing Faith’s fantasies from the mini series is an extra nice touch and has been played with wonderfully so far.

Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – Straight from the pages of Harbinger comes a new team of super powered teens. Minus the Imperium title, there hasn’t been much explored in the Harbinger side of the Valiant universe recently besides a few appearances here and there in other titles so it will be very interesting to see what Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have prepared. This has a very New Mutants type appearance featuring a younger group of misfits so the parallels between characters will be very intriguing to see in how it will be presented.

Sombra #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of Sombra was a fairly solid introduction to this story of a DEA agent about to throw herself into the middle of a tense situation with the Mexican Cartel. With the introductory exposition out of the way, hopefully being thrown further into the fire is something on Justin Jordan’s mind. Raul Trevino’s photo realistic backgrounds with the shadowy but bright colours of Juan Useche really paint an uncomfortable tone, especially with how the violence felt so sudden in the first issue.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Alena (Dark Horse) – This is a great time to get on board with this horror comic treasure. This TP gives you the whole story so that you’e all caught up before it becomes a live action Swedish horror film. There’s mean girls, a best friend who had been dead for a year and lots of murder an blood.

Batgirl #2 (DC Comics) – This issue should be packed with enough kick ass girl power to wipe the taste of the Killing Joke out of your mouth and combined with last weeks Birds of Prey get you back on team Babs.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer , Season 10, #30 (Dark Horse) – All good things must come to an end and Season 10 off BTVS is no exception. Issue #330 ends this killer story arc and will remind us all why we keep reading and still enjoy watching the reruns.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Generation Zero #1 (Valiant) – I’ve been waiting for this series since it was announced and wondering when we’d next see Generation Zero since last we saw them (during Harbinger Wars?). I’m hoping for a new take on the New Mutants formula, and honestly that’s what I expect. It’s also an area Marvel has dropped the ball on, so glad to see Valiant picking it up and running with it.

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s new Atomic Robo, really nuff said when it comes to why you should be checking this series out. I’ve yet to be disappointed by any volume of the series released. It’s always packed with action and humor, and constantly entertains.

The Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics) – I’m intrigued as to what version of John Constantine we’ll be getting. The Rebirth issue gave me some hope, but the real test is with this first issue.

Northguard #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Putting out fun, positive, superhero comics with lots of action and humor. I can’t wait to check out this new series which we got a tease of in their Summer Special.

The Revisionist #3 (Aftershock Comics) – Time traveling fun action. It’s entertainment for a genre that lends itself to all sorts of madness and interesting twists.

 

Preview: Evil Empire Vol. 3 TP

Evil Empire Vol. 3 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw
Price: $19.99

How could we actually end up in a jacked up dystopian future…starting from exactly where you are, right now? The country is torn apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Max Bemis’s gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #9-12.

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Preview: Munchkin #20

Munchkin #20

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Will Hindmarch, Andrew Hackard
Artist: Len Peralta, Mike Luckas
Cover Artist: Scott Maynard
Price: $3.99

Feeling glum, chum? Turn that frown upside down with some dungeon-dwelling fun! This issue ties into the Munchkin Gloom and Moop’s Monster Mashup game releases.

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Preview: Over the Garden Wall #5

Over the Garden Wall #5

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: George Mager
Artist: George Mager
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: F Choo
Subscription Cover: Jen Bartel
Price: $3.99

Meet the new kid—er, animal—in class, Pooree the Elephant!

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Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kyle Higgins, Ross Thibodeaux, Marguerite Bennett, Trey Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona
Artists: Rod Reis, Rob Guillory, Huang Danlan, Terry Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Goñi Montes
Incentive Cover: Richard Chang
Acetate Incentive Cover: George Caltsoudas
Price: $7.99

Comics creators come together to celebrate their mutual love of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! From short stories like “Only the Strong” (the origin of Goldar) to “Unlockly Heroes” (basically, what would happen if Bulk and Skull became Rangers?), this oversized anthology collection features contributions from creators like Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Rob Guillory (Chew), James Kochalka (Monkey vs. Robot), and more!

40 pages of new story and art!

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Preview: Adventure Time Comics #2

Adventure Time Comics #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Box Brown, Greg Smallwood, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Evgeny Yakovlev
Artists: Box Brown, Greg Smallwood, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Evgeny Yakovlev
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Greg Smallwood
Subscription Cover: Helbetico
Incentive Cover: Christian Calame
Price: $3.99

Jake helps Finn with a treasure hunt but is trying to hurry it up so he can meet with his agent about his story pitch. Finn, Jake, & PB go on vacation in the Pastry Riviera, but Finn is anxious to fight evil & has trouble getting into a relaxed frame of mind. Billy gets saved by Finn and it turns into a comic that Finn is drawing.

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/19

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.


Alex

GLS_Cv5_dsGreen Lanterns #5 (DC) Quite possibly one of the most entertaining comics I’ve read all week. This comic runs at a hell-for-leather pace yet never misses a beat when it come to the inner workings of the characters you’re reading about; a fantastic series in every respect. Overall

Harley Quinn #2 (DC) I was far from a fan of the first issue, but something clicked for me here. Far better than the first issue, Harley Quinn destroying a number of weird zombies was remarkably entertaining in a schlocky b-movie kinda way. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Klaus #7 (Boom!) Oh man, what an ending. This isn’t your typical tale of  Santa Claus, but it’s a very well done take on the early years of the man. Grant Morrison and Dan Mora have done a superb job here – this is well worth picking up in trade when it’s released if you haven’t been reading the series so far. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy the trade.

Superman #5 (DC) Apparently I’m a Superman fan post Rebirth, which is honestly something I never thought I’d end up saying; this series has given me a new appreciation of the Man of Steel, after so many years of not bothering to give him the time of day. I think it’s the dynamic of Clark, Lois and Jon that has me enthralled because I’m thoroughly enjoying every  page. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Anthony

black_hammer1Black Hammer #2 (Dark Horse): The focus of this issue is on Gail Gibbons (Golden Gail) as we learn how she got her powers. There is some interesting territory approached by Gail later as she describes the town and farm the heroes are stuck in less as a prison compared to her body. She describes these moments of turning into Golden Gail (and into a younger body) as something she despised while growing up, until she reached a middle age and began enjoying the transformation into a younger version of herself. Now that she is stuck in this younger self, she wishes to return to being who she really is. It’s a topic definitely worthy of having a longer conversation on as it can speak to a larger approach to female superheroes. There is also still a spread of good humour as well, such as when Gail admits to having a drink of Gin before going to school to ‘fit in’. Lemire’s script continues the well balanced tone from the first issue with a few more curiosities and revelations alongside some emotional moments that capture the true talents of Dean Ormston with Dave Stewart’s colours. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy.

Brett

Demonic01_coverDemonic #1 (Image Comics) – Demon taking over a person’s body and forcing them to kill or else. This is currently being done in two other series I can think of (Kill or Be Killed also by Image and out a short bit ago) and it’s being done better right now. It’s not that this is a bad comic, it’s just a plot we’ve seen before and there’s nothing that makes it really stand out yet. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #56 (IDW Publishing) – Sentinel Prime has a plan to wipe out the unpure Transformers and there’s Headmasters and Titans and Prowl and a traitor and… holy crap! This is an early chapter in the next Transformers epic and it’s an exciting start. Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Transformers: Till All Are One #3 (IDW Publishing) – Part political thriller. Part cop drama. This series is handling so many of the threads on Cybertron. Where’s Swindle’s body? How does Windblade deal with Starscream’s blackmail on her? That’s all being dealt with and add in action on top of it all. Solid series that’s dealing with a lot of plot threads that need to be addressed. Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

I Hate Fairyland #8 (Image)**: Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz guest-stars on art duties for a beat-’em-up inside a giant arcade game, aka the Tower of Battle. The fights go pretty well for our Gert – “Face Break! Gut Bomb! Ice-Cold Combo! Face Fatality!” – until she comes face to face with the final boss, Purty Pretty Princess, at which point Gert is indeed so fluffing fluffed. But not as badly fluffed as poor Duncan the Dragon… The energy of this book is sick and utterly contagious, like the very best Saturday morning cartoons. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Descender_14-1Descender #14 (Image)**: This issue’s focus is on Bandit, the robot dog who stays behind with Tim-21 in the abandoned mining colony. I love comics that are wordless or nearly, especially when they’re painted by Dustin Nguyen. So I was kind of disappointed when the story returned to the regular plot, which is moving pretty slowly while Jeff Lemire’s interest seems to lie elsewhere. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Black Hammer #2 (Dark Horse)**: And speaking of Jeff Lemire, here he focuses on Golden Gail, who turns out to be kind of a reverse Captain Marvel – instead of a kid who turns into a super-powered adult, when Gail speaks the magic word she turns into a super-powered kid. Lemire touches on the joys and frustrations of that situation for a girl growing into a woman – but never really does more than touch on it, as there is plot business to take care of. And that plot is just not that convincing to me – we drop the entire search for Black Hammer entirely, for one thing. So Lemire’s scripting for me is also about joys and frustrations. But anytime DC wants to let him write Shazam!… Dean Ormston’s art very nicely moves between Golden Age super-heroics and the everyday glumness of the farm and the town. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Ryan C

SSQUAD_Cv1_OOvarSuicide Squad #1 (DC)*: Rob Williams cranks out a pretty decent little script here that does a better job introducing the characters in rapid-fire succession than the largely forgettable “Rebirth” special did, and sends ’em on a solid mission that seems like it will make for pretty fun reading. Nice backup story featuring Deadshot that lays the groundwork for everything you need to know about him in just a handful of pages, as well. Unfortunately, the art on both strips is substandard WildStorm-esque nonsense from Jim Lee as Jason Fabok, respectively, that looks horrendously outdated. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

The Hunt #2 (Image/Shadowline)**: Colin Lorimer’s ultra-moody and atmospheric Irish horror tale continues to deliver the goods with a second installment that successfully advances all the meticulous groundwork laid in the first. Strong characterization, superb dialogue, and best of all deliciously dark artwork all combine to make for another highly memorable issue. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #5 (DC)*: Not sure what my pull list would even look like without “Batman” on it, but if this keeps up, I’ll be finding out sooner rather than later. Tom King delivers another sub-par chapter in a poorly conceived arc that features Alfred playing dress-up as Batman on the first few pages and, believe it or not, only gets worse from there. David Finch is joined by a veritable army of inkers this time out, but none of them can elevate his lifeless, dull artwork, and speaking of lifeless and dull, one of Gotham City’s two new “heroes” dies this time out, and you won’t even give a shit. About the only thing interesting going on here is the foreshadowing that King drops over the last two pages, but even then, he’s been doing a ton of that over in “The Vision,” and with considerably more success. This title has devolved from merely “lackluster” to actively “lousy” in less than two months. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

Tales From The Darkside #3 (IDW)*: The first issue of this mini-series was an undeniably effective self-contained horror story, but shifting gears into a multi-part tale seems to have been a step in the wrong direction, as this second segment of this current three-issue story feels like pure padding that barely advances the narrative about a guy who’s manifesting his darkest thoughts into the “real” world at all. Not sure how much of the blame for that lies with Joe Hill’s original script and how much is the fault of “adapter” Michael Benedetto, but hey — at least you can’t ague with Gabriel Rodriguez’s always-stunning art. It’s not enough to justify shelling out $3.99 for an insubstantial read, though. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

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 (**).

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