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Weekly Graphic Novel Review: WWE Vol. 1 Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim.

This Tuesday saw a release of a new trade from BOOM! Studios. We’re discussing the first volume of BOOM! Studios’ WWE comic series.

WWE Vol. 1 Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim. collects issues #1-4 and the WWE: Then. Now. Forever. special by writer Dennis Hopeless, artist Serge Acuña, and cover artist Dan Mora.

The comic is in comic book stores and book stores today.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

WWE Vol. 1 Redesign. Rebuild. Reclaim.
Amazon or TFW

 

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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BOOM! Studios and WWE Announce ‘WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special’

BOOM! Studios and WWE are excited to announce the WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special, arriving in stores November of 2017 and featuring some of the biggest WWE Superstars in history! With stories by writers Kevin Panetta, Ryan Ferrier, and Julian May, and featuring art from Brooklyn Allen, Kendall Goode, and Kelly Williams, this special celebrates one of the most beloved annual pop culture events with untold stories from the world of sports entertainment.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is an oversized, stand-alone issue that features several short stories tied to key matches from the storied history of WWE, including the Brock Lesnar and Goldberg showdown in 2016 that was 12 years in the making; the 2016 Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Women’s Elimination match; and perhaps the most controversial (and infamous) match in WWE history—1997’s Montreal Screwjob.

The main cover for WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is illustrated by Rahzzah, with a special “Montreal Screwjob” WWE What If? variant cover by Jim Rugg.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #14

Adventure Time Comics #14

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Justin Jordan, Fred Van Lente & Crystal Skillman, E Jackson, Steve Seeley
Artists: Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Steve Seeley
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Subscription Cover: Evan Palmer
Variant Cover: Korkut Öztekin
Price: $3.99

It’s Finn vs…Finn?!

Preview: Bill & Ted Save the Universe #3

Bill & Ted Save the Universe #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Joines
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artist: Derek Charm
Price: $3.99

The Wyld Stallyns have been found guilty of crimes against the galaxy!

Preview: Planet Of The Apes Archive Vol. 1 HC

Planet Of The Apes Archive Vol. 1 HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Doug Moench
Artists: Mike Ploog, Tom Sutton, Herb Trimpe
Cover Artist: Malcolm McNeill
Price: $49.99

Experience the legendary 1970s Marvel Comics’ Terror on the Planet of the Apes, collected for the first time ever and remastered in this prestigious hardcover. This classic series follows two friends—man and ape—on the run from the law.
From Doug Moench (Batman), Mike Ploog (Ghost Rider), Tom Sutton (Doctor Strange), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), and more!

Preview: Namesake SC

Namesake SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Price: $14.99

Once every seven years, Earth overlaps with Ektae, which breaches our world for seven days, bringing dirty magic and ideas.
One man born of both worlds must sacrifice everything to put his fathers to rest and save himself in the process.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/6

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

Redlands_01-1Redlands #1 (Image)** – Not sure what to make of this one yet. On the one hand, Vanessa R. Del Rey’s free-flowing and expressive artwork is gorgeous, and Jordie Bellaire’s colors are always top-notch. It’s as a writer, however, that Bellaire clearly has something of a learning curve ahead of her — plunging us into the middle of the action right off the bat, we never learn many of the characters’ names, have no clue as to their motivations, and frankly, beyond some sort of siege on a redneck sheriff’s station, we don’t even get much of an idea of what’s going on, never mind why. The creators seem to have an admirable agenda that they’re working towards here, but they have a long way to go to get readers invested in it and at $3.99 a pop, I simply wasn’t given a clear enough idea of the basic premise of this comic to justify sticking with it. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

 The Divided States Of Hysteria #3 (Image)** – Whoever’s still left reading Howard Chaykin’s latest will find this installment to be something of a bummer as very little happens by means of plot progression, and all we get is a re-hash of the few particulars we already know. Okay, everyone’s a bastard — we get that much. Beyond that, all this issue does is run in place. Still love Chaykin’s art and Ken Bruzenak’s one-of-a-kind lettering and effects, though. Overall: 5. Recommendation: Buy if you’ve come this far, pass if you haven’t.

Unholy Grail #2 (Aftershock)** – I’m really digging Cullen Bunn and Mirko Colak’s revisionist take on the Arthurian legend, and like the first issue, this one successfully “time-jumps” around to fill us in on all the particulars in a breezy, rapid-fire manner. Colak’s lavish artwork is definitely the star of the show here, but the script does what it needs to in order to maintain your interest, as well. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy.

Grass Kings #6 (Boom! Studios)** – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins wrap up the first arc of their series in fine style as the showdown between our drop-outs and local law enforcement comes to a head, with potentially far-reaching consequences for all parties involved. There’s some great character development in this issue, and Kindt delivers at least one genuinely touching moment, all aided and abetted by Jenkins’ gorgeous and moody watercolor art. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

 Kill Or Be Killed #11 (Image)** – And here we are, right back where we came in, with the fight in #1. Although our guy Dylan is trying to get his life back together, get back on his meds, catch up on his schoolwork, go to a party with his ex, his demon just won’t let him be. Nothing spectacular, just a solid issue that sets up the third arc quite nicely. 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 (**).

Preview: Misfit City #4

Misfit City #4

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Cover Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Price: $3.99

Wilder and Macy are fighting, but the creepy Denbys are on their trail and time is running out to solve the mystery of Black Mary!

Preview: Godshaper #5

Godshaper #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jonas Goonface
Cover Artist: Jonas Goonface
Price: $3.99

Abandoning Bud and his quest for musical stardom, Ennay joins the dastardly Cumpa crew that has been hounding him since Chicago.

Preview: War for the Planet of the Apes #2 (of 4)

War for the Planet of the Apes #2 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mikhail Borulko
Subscription Cover: Jay Shaw
Price: $3.99

With the humans still attacking apes, Caesar sends Blue Eyes on a mission to find a new home.

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