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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

all-star-batman-3Wednesdays 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

It was stupidly difficult to choose a top pick this week, between both Valiant books, All-Star Batman and Kill Or Be Killed. Any one of these books could have easily found themselves atop the list; the only reason behind the the top pick is because it was the last one I wrote…

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #12 (Valiant) – I heard a rumour that I haven’t verified yet that this series will be ending soon. That’s an incredible shame, because the past eleven issues have combined to form one of the best consecutive runs from any publisher over the past year. If this is the last, or second to last issue, then I’ll be sad to see this go. If not, then my favourite ongoing comic will continue and I’ll be happy.

All-Star Batman #3 (DC Comics) – This has been such a brilliant series so far (yes, I know we’re only two issues in), and getting to watch how Scott Snyder is treating two face is fantastic. I’ve never been happier to see Batman be this resourceful before. It’s a brilliant dose of the Dark Knight out of his element: the countryside in the day.

Britannia #2 (Valiant) – Valiant’s prestige style miniseries are often printed on a higher quality paper, which gives the pages a nice glossy feeling, which is in total juxtaposition to the story itself. Britannia is a bloody, no holds barred tale set in a violent time in Rome, and Britain’s, history. Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp gave us a brilliant first issue, so I’m looking forward to the second quite a bit.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 (DC Comics) – Both Green Lantern titles have been excellent since Rebirth, but it’s this one that’s taken me by surprise most of all: normally stories set in space aren’t my forte, but for some reason I can’t get enough of this story.

Howard The Duck #11 (Marvel) – The final issue in the current run may (or may not) be bigger than a normal issue, and may (or may not) have a guest appearance from Spider-Man. It’ll be a shame to see this series go, but the ride was a fantastic one while it lasted. Here’s hoping it goes out with a bang.

Kill Or Be Killed #3 (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips reunite for this story about a man who must kill bad people, or his life will take a drastic turn for the worse. It’s a gripping story, and one that delves deeper than the typical superhero/vigilante fare. Highly recommended.

Honourable mentions: Action Comics #965, Old Man Logan #12, Red Hood and the Outlaws #3, and Revolution #3

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: All-Star Batman # 3 (DC Comics) – I have enjoyed this title far beyond what I thought I would. The mix of Grindhouse and Gotham story telling has me on the edge of my seat. I think JR JR is turning in some of his best work in a high octane environment. Scott Snyder has officially taking the top of the mountain as the all time greatest Batman scribe. No only is the main story a joy but the back up tale by Snyder and Shevley is a thrill as well. I’m loving the development of Duke Thomas. This title can do no wrong in my eyes.

The Clone Conspiracy # 1 (Marvel Comics) – Well though this subject matter could be an absolute disaster I have more than enough faith that Dan Slott can make this a must see comic. I’m loving the rebirth of The Jackal under this Annubis motif and he’s not coming across truly evil. (Well not yet) Spidey has been so fun the past couple years and I don’t expect the party to stop here.

 

Shay

Top Pick: The Lost Boys #1 (DC Comics) – The hunt for Star is on as her “sisters” the Blood Belles search for her and the Frog Brothers & the Emerson Brothers try and keep the blood suckers at bay. I like throwbacks and a good horror comic and , it can’t be any worse than those gawd awful sequels.

Black Monday Murders #1, #2 & #3 (Image Comics) – This week you can get all caught up with the series thanks to the reprinting. Who doens’t like a tale of dirty money, corporate badies & the rebels who try and keep them at bay?

Belladonna #1 (Boundless) – A woman leading a troop of Warrior women. Sounds like all the girl power and I want to dig right in!

Batgirl & The Birls of Prey #3 (DC Comics) – The new Oracle is a superior bad ass and Gothams normal badies aren’t up to the task of running defense. in this next installment of the “Who is Oracle” the ladies face off against some of the most dangerous villains yet.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #11 (Vertigo) – Seriously, this is one of, if not THE, best comic on the market right now. It’s absolutely gripping and there’s one more issue to go in this story arc. We’re about to figure out all of the dirt in what is a murder mystery full of terrorists, crooked US operatives, and taking place in the Iraqi Green Zone.

Mosaic #1 (Marvel) – I’m intrigued, not going to lie. I want to see what Marvel does with this new character and to see how it all plays out.

Solarman #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was solid and I can’t wait to sit down and read the second. The classic character has been updated for modern times and it’s something that’s needed more of in comics.

Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1 (Titan Comics) – I’ve been a Games Workshop and 40K fan for over 20 years at this point. So, a new comic having me excited is not a shock.

Warlords of Appalachia #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’ve read the first issue and it’s solid with a solid premise, great art, and enough of a hook that I want to see what happens next. I think what impressed me most was that the first issue is a well thought out world with tons of small details including actual music you can play.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Monstress #7 (Image Comics) – Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress is a stunningly gorgeous series, rich in both art (with an aesthetic that combines traditional Japanese woodblock prints and a art-deco style) and the world being created. This new arc follows a violent clash with Maika’s captors as she and her companions Kippa and Master Ren, continue their journey to discover the true nature of the discovery that Maika’s mother made in the distant past.

The Fix #6 (Image Comics) – Roy and Mac are just two awful individuals living in a world surrounded by debauchery, lies and mindless violence. There is something about The Fix that makes it one of the best titles out there, combining this anti-hero dynamic with buckets of laughter each and every issue. With every new push in the story and characters introduced, it feels like the creative team still has plenty of potential ideas to work with, which is definitely a very, very good thing.

The Fade Out Deluxe Hardcover (Image Comics) – Collected here in one large tome is the excellent, Golden Age of Hollywood, alcohol infused, Eisner award winning noir series from the same team of Kill or Be Killed, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser. If you missed the series, this looks to be the best bet collection wise as it contains all the back matter from the single issues and a ton of extra material.

Glitterbomb #2 (Image Comics) – Speaking of Hollywood, the first issue of Glitterbomb introduced us to Farrah and the harsh reality she faces trying to make a living as an actress in the sleazy, male-ego driven world. Jim Zub’s scripts are consistently packed with surprises, introducing a supernatural twist to Farrah. Djibirl Morisette-Phan and K. Michael Russell bring the scripts to life through some confident line work and dreamy use of colours, enhancing the emotion and dread especially when there aren’t any words on the page.

Kill or Be Killed #3 (Image Comics) – Dylan has just killed the first person he has deemed justifiable in the act. Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser have been crafting a fantastic tale, challenging the notions of morality, how our past shapes who we are and whether we can truly change as time passes by.

Boundless: March 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

NEW INCARNATION OF LADY DEATH DAZZLES READERS WITH WORLD-SPANNING ACTION

December 20, 2010 – Boundless Comics proudly announces the March release of LADY DEATH #3, continuing the groundbreaking and Earth-spanning storyline that redefines its titular character.  Co-written by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer, the latest issue features the dazzling artwork of Marcelo Mueller and a worldwide quest for vengeance and power.

Lady Death #3 regularThe first story arc of the new LADY DEATH series sees the otherworldly heroine transformed into a mortal thief named Illadra.  Though initially an amnesiac, she slowly unravels the mystery of her true identity and embarks on a global hunt to reclaim her former glory.  In this latest chapter, forces beyond Iladra’s understanding lure her to the darkest jungles of Asia.  But before she can get there, she must face corrupted mutineers on the high seas… and even if she should survive, she must face the vicious Fung Wei and his demonic Black Ghost Guards.

·         LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #3 (JAN111067, $3.99)

·         LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #3 WRAP CVR (JAN111068, $3.99)

·         LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #3 ART DECO 3-COPY INCV (JAN111069, Ask your retailer!)

The bold new direction of Boundless Comics’ cornerstone title began with the release of LADY DEATH PREMIERE in October, which introduced the new villainess, Death Queen, and thrust Lady Death back to Earth in mortal form.  The story arc continued in LADY DEATH #0, released early in December, featuring her first appearance as Illadra and launching the monthly series.  For the first time since her debut in 1991, this controversial story arc redefines the character for a new generation of readers, as scripted by both original creator Pulido and acclaimed writer Wolfer (Gravel, Night of the Living Dead).

Created by indie press icon William Christensen in 2010, Boundless Comics publishes high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their exciting new publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

Boundless Comics: January 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

BOUNDLESS COMICS DELIVERS ACTION, SUSPENSE, AND SEX APPEAL WITH LADY DEATH #1

October 15, 2010 – Boldly moving forward with its long-term plans for the fan-favorite character, new publisher Boundless Comics proudly announces the January release of LADY DEATH #1, written by original creator Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer (Gravel, Night of the Living Dead), with dynamic illustrations by Marcelo Mueller.

Lady Death #1 regThe new monthly LADY DEATH series has been building heat for months with the release of the lead-in LADY DEATH PREMIERE issue and the new established status quo presented in LADY DEATH #0.  Now, in the #1 issue of the series, Lady Death’s new incarnation as the thief Illadra begins to face the truth – her life is a façade masking a heritage of horror and power born in an otherworldly dimension.  Driven by painful memories of a confrontation with the mysterious Death Queen, she begins her quest to recapture her former glory… but comes face-to-snarling-face with a werewolf assassin determined to end her mission in gruesome fashion!  This new LADY DEATH story arc promises to deliver bold character developments and intense action that will appeal to longtime fans and newcomers alike.

  • LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #1 (NOV100843, $3.99)
  • LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #1 WRAP CVR (NOV100844, $3.99)
  • LADY DEATH (ONGOING) #1 ART DECO 3-COPY INCV (NOV100845, Ask your retailer!)

The announcement of LADY DEATH #1 comes just weeks away from the early November debut of LADY DEATH ORIGINS VOLUME ONE, the first release in an exciting new line of graphic novels collecting the historic adventures of Brian Pulido’s beloved femme fatale.  This first volume, collected in 160 pages with artwork by Ron Adrian and Richard Ortiz, will be available in softcover, hardcover, and special autographed variant hardcover editions.

Created by indie press icon William Christensen in 2010, Boundless Comics publishes high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their exciting new publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

Lady Death launches with over 50,000 copies in stores

Official Press Release

NEW LADY DEATH SERIES SUPPORTED BY OVERWHELMING RETAILER RESPONSE

September 21, 2010 — New publishing company Boundless Comics wishes to thank the retail community for lending their overwhelming support to the upcoming LADY DEATH ongoing series.  With retailers’ combined investment in over fifty thousand giveaway comic books, added to numerous thousands handed out by the publisher at nationwide conventions, Boundless Comics proudly announces that over 70,000 copies of LADY DEATH PREMIERE, a special lead-in comic book, will be freely given to dedicated fans and curious newcomers.

With a new ongoing, monthly LADY DEATH comic book series slated for release beginning in December, Boundless Comics reached out to retailers across North America and the United Kingdom for participation in this bold promotional initiative.  Designing LADY DEATH PREMIERE, a 16-page comic featuring an original bridging-the-gap story, Boundless offered PREMIERE to the retailer community as a giveaway item.  Available to retailers in single units or as bundles (with built-in cover variants as incentives) at a minimal investment, the PREMIERE promotion resulted in preorders surpassing a staggering 50,000 copies.

“Retailers are savvy.  They know that when they place something free, something tangible, into the hands of a customer, it’s a welcome invitation,” says Keith Davidsen, the Director of Sales for Boundless Comics.  “Sure, they’re going to target the existing LADY DEATH fans, and many readers will come right back on board.  But beyond that, retailers are going to give these free comics to potential new readers, customers that they personally know are looking for something maybe a little edgier, a little sexier, than the regular superhero fare.  For their effort, retailers are going to see happy customers returning to pick up the new series.”

The Boundless Comics sentiment may be best summed up by the words of Brian Pulido, the creator of LADY DEATH and co-writer (alongside Mike Wolfer) on the new comics: “We can’t thank retailers enough for their tremendous support.  We realize that retailers who pre-ordered LADY DEATH PREMIERE are making a long-term investment in the upcoming series, and doing so when times are tough.  It’s our job to repay that vote of confidence by delivering a monthly entertainment experience that will keep readers coming back for more.  Just you wait, we have some wild surprises in store.”

LADY DETH PREMIERE is slated for release in September 29, followed shortly thereafter by LADY DEATH ORIGINS VOLUME ONE, the first in a series of graphic novels collecting the history of Lady Death.  The new ongoing series launches in December with LADY DEATH #0, priced at $3.99, and will continue monthly throughout 2011.

Created by indie press icon William Christensen in 2010, Boundless Comics publishes high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their exciting new publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

Lady Death Premiere Reg

New Lady Death series launches Dec 2010

Official Press Release

BOUNDLESS MAKES LONG-TERM COMMITMENT WITH MONTHLY ONGOING LADY DEATH SERIES

September 15, 2010 – New publisher Boundless Comics is proud to announce the launch of a new, ongoing LADY DEATH series, beginning monthly in December with its #0 issue.  Written by original creator Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer (Gravel, Night of the Living Dead), with luscious artwork by newcomer Marcelo Mueller, LADY DEATH #0 is a 32-page, full-color extravaganza featuring the debut of Lady Death’s startling new persona!  Furthermore, the issue has been awarded the coveted “Featured Item” status by Diamond Comics for their upcoming October Previews catalog.

In LADY DEATH #0, readers will be introduced for the first time to Illadra, a simple thief in medieval Spain, whose terrifying nightmares link her unnatural skills to a previous life… as Lady Death!  Disbelieving these visions, she suddenly finds herself thrust down a bloody path of self-discovery when attacked by a demonic emissary and a battalion of zombie warriors.  Thus begins her quest to recover her true self – a femme fatale whose memories, powers, and very soul were stripped away by the mystery villainess, Death Queen!  LADY DEATH #0 is the first chapter in an epic story arc, with bold character developments sure to revitalize this indie icon for the next twenty years of her publication.

·         LADY DEATH #0 Regular Edition (OCT100911, $3.99)
·         LADY DEATH #0 Wraparound Edition (OCT100912, $3.99)
·         LADY DEATH #0 Art Deco Edition (OCT100913, Ask Your Retailer!)

“To actually be able to play with Brian Pulido’s greatest comic creation is something I’ve been dying to do for a long time,” says co-writer Mike Wolfer, whose prior creative collaborations alongside writer Warren Ellis have been regarded with much critical acclaim.  “Brian and I have been friends since our early indie days, but to now materially participate in the creation of an all-new chapter in the history of such an iconic character is incredibly exciting and gratifying.  I think readers will see that the combination of Brian’s established history as a multi-layered storyteller coupled with my horror genre sensibilities (on such titles as Night of the Living Dead and Friday the 13th) has resulted in a LADY DEATH we’ve not seen before, and hopefully one who will stand toe-to-toe with the classic interpretation of comics’ baddest ‘bad girl’.”

The launch of this new ongoing series follows hot on the heels of early October’s LADY DEATH PREMIERE promotion, a bold initiative designed to introduce the character to a whole new generation of readers.  With the strong support of participating retailers nationwide, Boundless Comics will be providing customers with free copies of the PREMIERE comic book, featuring an original 11-page story that bridges the gap between Lady Death’s previous adventures and her new status quo.  This giveaway comic will appeal to both long-time enthusiasts and curious newcomers; after sampling the LADY DEATH PREMIERE story for free, store customers are encouraged to pre-order December’s release of LADY DEATH #0 through their retailers.

Further establishing their commitment to the brand, Boundless Comics also recently announced the November release of LADY DEATH ORIGINS VOLUME ONE, the first in an exciting new line of graphic novels collecting the historic adventures of Brian Pulido’s beloved femme fatale.  This first volume, collected in 160 pages with artwork by Ron Adrian and Richard Ortiz, will be available in softcover, hardcover, and special autographed variant hardcover editions.

Created by indie press icon William Christensen in 2010, Boundless Comics publishes high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their exciting new publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

Lady Death #0

Boundless Comics: November 2010 Solicitations

Official Press Release

LADY DEATH’S ORIGIN REVEALED IN NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM BOUNDLESS COMICS

August 28, 2010 – New publisher Boundless Comics is proud to announce the November release of LADY DEATH ORIGINS VOLUME ONE, the first in an exciting new line of graphic novels collecting the historic adventures of Brian Pulido’s beloved femme fatale.  This 160-page collection, written by the character’s original creator (and Chaos! Comics founder), features artwork by Ron Adrian and Richard Ortiz, and will be available in softcover, hardcover, and special autographed variant hardcover editions.

Two pivotal storylines from Lady Death’s past are retold in LADY DEATH ORIGINS, providing insight into the heroine’s deep mythology.  “Abandon All Hope,” originally a five-issue series published by Avatar Press, recounts the tale of a young woman’s transformation into an avatar of death.  An additional tale entitled “Wicked” expands on this origin story, firmly establishing Lady Death against the backdrop of the Blacklands, the mystic realm she would eventually conquer.  LADY DEATH ORIGINS will be engaging, essential reading for fans and newcomers, just in time for the launch of the character’s new ongoing monthly series in December.

The pricing and format of LADY DEATH ORIGINS VOLUME ONE is as follows:

·         Lady Death Origins Volume One Softcover Edition $19.99

·         Lady Death Origins Volume One Hardcover Edition $27.99

·         Lady Death Origins Volume One Signed Hardcover Ltd. Edition $34.99
(Autographed by Brian Pulido, limited to 1,250 copies)

Boundless Comics recently made waves by announcing the October release of LADY DEATH PREMIERE, a comic book available for free to customers nationwide as a precursor to the new ongoing LADY DEATH series launching in December.  The massive LADY DEATH PREMIERE promotion draws fresh attention to the fan-favorite character, setting the stage for the bold new direction – and apocalyptic-level mayhem – of Boundless’ ongoing comic and graphic novel publications.

Created by indie press icon William Christensen in 2010, Boundless Comics publishes high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their exciting new publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

Lady Death Origins Vol 1 TPB

Boundless in October – Lady Death returns!

Official Press Release

LADY DEATH RETURNS WITH FREE PREMIERE COMIC BOOK FROM BOUNDLESS

July 18, 2010 – New publisher Boundless Comics proudly announces that Brian Pulido’s iconic heroine will return in October with LADY DEATH PREMIERE, a free preview comic book with a story that leads directly into December’s ongoing monthly LADY DEATH series!

Truly one of comics’ most recognized and beloved female characters, Lady Death has been re-imagined by original creator Brian Pulido and co-writer Mike Wolfer (Gravel, Wolfskin) for a new ongoing monthly series in a way that is respectful to the character’s tremendously loyal fan base, yet wide open and welcoming to curious newcomers.  Just in time for Halloween, the LADY DEATH PREMIERE comic book establishes this new direction with a unique story by Pulido and Wolfer, featuring sequential artwork by Marcelo Mueller.

This first chapter in the new LADY DEATH saga will be available absolutely free from participating retailers nationwide.  Additional limited edition variants will be available at regional conventions, while select retailers will be offering these bonus editions at their stores.

·         LADY DEATH PREMIERE Regular Edition

COMPLETELY FREE

·         LADY DEATH PREMIERE Boundless Retailer Bonus Edition – Ask your retailer!

LADY DEATH PREMIERE delivers the most terrifying tale in the character’s illustrious history, an apocalyptic saga that will tear through two dimensions and leave long-time fans reeling!  For the first time, Lady Death will face the monumental threat of Death Queen, a viciously sadistic villainess who shares Lady Death’s face, has her powers… and before their first encounter is over, she will have her life!  The blood-drenched spectacle continues in December’s release of the first full-sized issue of the LADY DEATH monthly series.

Boundless Comics is a new publisher of comics and graphic novels created by indie icon William Christensen.  The focus of Boundless publications is high-quality, action-oriented comics, as exemplified by its initial release, LADY DEATH by Brian Pulido and Mike Wolfer.  For more information about Boundless Comics and their publications, please visit www.boundlesscomics.com.

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