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It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

IGN – Stan Lee Sues POW! Entertainment for $1 Billion – Things are getting weird.

Newsarama – Bullseye Cast for Daredevil Season 3 – Report – Makes sense as far as villain.

Newsarama – Elisabeth Shue Joins Amazon’s The Boys – Report – Interesting.

Publisher’s Weekly – TCAF 2018 Marks Festival’s 15 Years – Never been but we hear it’s a fantastic show.

Comichron – Super-teams dominate: Early demand high for June’s Justice League, while Avengers reorders keep rolling – Interesting.

The Beat – Camilla Zhang joins Kickstarter as Comics Outreach Lead – Congrats on the position!

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!

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.

Logan

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – Marvel finally gives us a solo comic with a queer male lead, and it’s one of my all-time favorite X-Men, Iceman. I love Iceman because of his sense of humor as well as how he struggles to live up to his Omega mutant potential. I’m excited to see Sina Grace’s approach to superheroes after writing/drawing some kick-ass autobio comics, like Not My Bag and Self-Obsessed, and Alessandro Vitti’s work on Secret Warriors was fantastic too so it looks like Bobby is in good hands.

Giant Days #27 (BOOM! Studios) – Esther going political should be a treat, and I’m really interested to see what our favorite Goth drama queen has to say about thinly veiled parodies of Nigel Farage, Theresa May, and Jeremy Corbyn. Giant Days is my go-to slice of life and humor comic, and I can’t wait to see what hilarious moments John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming, and Whitney Cogar have cooked up.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – From the solicit, it looks like this issue will be the connective tissue between “The Button” and the upcoming “War of Jokes and Riddles”. One thing I’ve liked about Tom King and David Finch’s run is their ability to tell epic scope stories in the confines of one book, and I’m looking forward to seeing their takes on more of Batman’s classic rogues. Also, Catwoman/Batman romance is always fun, and King has given them some flirty chemistry in previous isuses. (See “The Bat and the Cat” one-off from him and Mitch Gerads)

Nothing Lasts Forever OGN (Image) – This is really a good week to be a Sina Grace fan even though it seems like the next issue of Lil Depressed Boy is light years away. I really enjoy how honest he is in his memoirs, and how his art doesn’t idealize Grace’s body and reactions to the world around him. Plus this graphic novel seems to have more of a central narrative focus than his previous book Self-Obsessed , and it’ll nice to see the character of Sina Grace grow and develop through all the hardships he faces in the story.

KISS/Vampirella #1 (Dynamite) – One thing I love about Dynamite is their no holds barred approach to crossovers. Casting Vampirella as the frontwoman of an all-girl band in L.A. in the 1970s sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Plus throw in the insanity of the KISS mythos and plenty of supernatural elements, and this should definitely be a unique comic from Chris Sebela and Annapaola Martello.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Champions #9 (Marvel) – I have really been enjoying this book and it just gets better and better with every issue. The action is great, but it’s the banter between the team that really makes this book work and shows them growing closer together. This issue will be focusing on Viv Vision, and if you read The Vision series, you know she has been through a lot. This will no doubt be a great read.

Iceman #1 (Marvel) – I’m interested in seeing how Bobby will be explored in this new solo title and how he can carry a book on his own. I know he’s had limited series’ in the past, but I didn’t bother with them. And with the time displaced, younger Iceman being so different from the Iceman we know, I’m curious to see what direction Bobby will go in next.

X-Men Gold #5 (Marvel) – This title has brought the X-Men back to being super heroes and has been a great read so far. A classic line up and great action makes this a book you don’t want to miss. And now the team is facing a new generation of Sentinel; of course the X-Men need Sentinels to fight, it’s a rule.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Dark Knight III The Master Race #9 (DC Comics) – This series hasn’t lived up to the pedigree of what it should be known for, but I’ve still enjoyed it. Here we get the final issue and it’s still Frank Miller, so I’m excited to see how this all plays out, and appreciate the career of one of the greats.

Paper Girls #15 (Image) – The other book that Vaughn writes currently, and one that should also be required reading. This is part sci-fi, goonies, and much more as this awesome cast of female characters find their way through time, and some weird Apple products.

Batman #24 (DC Comics) – Another issue to slow things down after “The Button”. I am eager to take time to reflect on the Bane aftermath, Gotham Girl, Catwoman and Batman’s relationship, and to take a quick look at where everything is at before we take a break for the upcoming “The War of Jokes and Riddles”.

Superman #24 (DC Comics) – One of the most consistent books coming from DC Rebirth. It looks like this will deal with the continuing Hamilton County story, as the Kents already moved back to Metropolis in Action Comics.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 (Marvel) – I have been pleasantly surprised with this title so far. It has only been two issues, but so far so good from the creative team of Duggan and Kuder.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Divided States of Hysteria #1 (Image) – Holding up a mirror to the US that’s just as frightening as what’s going on in the real world. I expect this one to be way more interesting than a Trump tweet with an equal amount of societal terror.

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Vol. 2 Going Sane (DC Comics) – Kryptonite, Lex Luther, Amanda Waller and all kinds of world ending Squad hijinks collected in one volume, containing four of my fave issues with a bonus Harley comic!

Bane Conquest #2 (DC Comics) – Nobody puts Bane-y in a corner er, I mean cell. This is one promising issue showcasing pure Bane badassery and some back story in kings.

Harley Quinn #21 (DC Comics) – The beginning of the Red Roses story arc part deux focuses on the interesting relationship and unrequited, maybe, love between Red Tool and Harley and I’m all kinds of ready to sip that crazy tea.

Bullseye #5 (Marvel) – SHIELD to the rescue, or capture, Bullseye’s mission coming to an end and what promises to be a great story.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Catalyst Prime Noble #2 (Lion Forge) – The first issue was top notch as we’re introduced into this new world that beyond the superpowers actually looks like a world we live in. Diversity on the page (beyond characters, but locations, situations, dynamics) and on the creative end are already paying off in an entertaining way.

The Flintstones #12 (DC Comics) – Some of the best political and social commentary anywhere wraps up with this final issue. Twelve issues weren’t enough and at the same time, it feels like we didn’t deserve this beyond intelligent comic series.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel) – Writer Charles Soule tackles this new series focusing on Vader and the time after Episode III as he was learning to become Vader, a Sith, and the dawn of the Empire.

The Unsound #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from writer Cullen Bunn. His previous horror series have all been top notch and I’d expect no less from this.

The Walking Dead #168 (Skybound/Image Comics) – The last issue showed this series can still surprise and deliver a punch to the gut. This issue begins the fallout in what I imagine will be a not very stable Rick.

Preview: Bullseye #4

Bullseye #4

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Guillermo Sanna, Dave Johnson
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE BULLSEYE’S ON BULLSEYE!

TEODOR and the BLACK KNIFE CARTEL flip the script on BULLSEYE… but JOY wants the joy of killing Bullseye all to herself! Bullseye’s got it all under control…right?

Review: Bullseye #3

Ed Brisson knows how to kick a party off right and, jumps right into the action is the latest issue of Bullseye. The showdown at La Hacienda Motel in Columbia starts in Bullseye’s hotel room and Guillermo Sanna‘s stellar throwback art style gives us three pages of everything from punches to fingers being bitten off before we even get to the credit page. Miroslav Mrva makes sure to add enough color in the otherwise dark and depressing panels to show us the blood and the bruises and before the first full page of dialogue we are hooked enough to settle in for a rambunctious battle royal in Bullseye’s lonely motel room.

Sanna and Mrva work well together giving off a serious yin/yang vibe in each panel. The panels flow together like storyboard of a really good 80’s action flick complete with cliche’s, loads of testosterone, and even though you’re reading it, you can totally smell the sweat and blood. The colors don’t pop which is a perfect complement to the story that Brisson is telling. There’s no sense of mercy in the panels, or story and the darkness contained within the pages of this issue draw you in and keep you there for one hell of a ride.

Brisson tells a nice story that shows off all of the main player’s points of view, motives and a slight sense of vulnerability.  The characters are complex and believable, in fact, they are all so well written that there’s a moment where you forget that you’re not supposed to be rooting for the bad guy. There are no useless lines or words in any of the pages and Brisson tells a pretty good story that will have you invested in the characters and waiting for the next installment of this incredibly well-written tale.

Agent Joy and her posse of rogue former agents are still in pursuit and, Bullseye comes face to face with everything that’s waiting for him at the Zarco compound. There’s so much action packed into this issue that you’d be a fool not to read it with popcorn. It’s an intense romp through a dark underworld, with well-written characters, a villain masquerading as “hero” and, a kick-ass, take no prisoners agent out for revenge. There is no moral to the story, no political commentary just good old-fashioned senseless beautiful violence and there’s nothing wrong with that. Escapism isn’t  a bad thing in the current political climate and Bullseye #3 is nothing if not a sweet, albeit bloody, escape from the real world.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Guillermo Sanna and Miroslav Mrva
Story:8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Bullseye #3

Bullseye #3

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Guillermo Sanna, Dave Johnson
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

CLEAR EYES, FULL CLIP, CAN’T MISS!

THE BLACK KNIFE CARTEL is coming for BULLSEYE… Which is exactly what he wanted! The body count rises…

Preview: Bullseye #2

Bullseye #2

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Guillermo Sanna, Dave Johnson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 01, 2017
SRP: $3.99

MONEY, TORTURE, MURDER!

Rescuing a mobster’s son from a drug cartel isn’t easy…Bullseye just makes it look that way!

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Review: Bullseye #2

bull2017002-dc11-lrBullseye #2 is only a continuation of the Columbian Connection arc introduced in the first issue. Focusing on one story line isn’t a bad thing, the other arc is still in the back of our minds but, this issue has so much going on there isn’t a need for another storyline and we know the two arcs are intertwined. Ed Brisson tells a compelling story as we follow Bullseye on his hunt for the Black Knife Cartel to rescue his employer’s kidnapped son. Besides the killer’s on a quest to stop him, he’s also being hunted by our favorite female Fed who enlists dome rogue blacklisted CIA agents to take him down.

Brisson has Bullseye doing what he does best, being an unapologetic sadistic psycho and, then ups the ante by having his nemesis be an equally remorseless drug lord.  Zacaro, Bullseye’s target, unleashes his minions to hunt him down before he can rescue the boy. Brisson tells a story that is equal parts noir and Scarface, he keeps the characters unique in their actions and motivations. Guillermo Sanna gives us some great detail and strong lines in his near perfect old school Marvel renderings that bring back fond memories of the comics of my youth. The darkness in his drawings immediately let you know that this isn’t for kids, it’s a dark, grown-up tale. Sanna’s lines are given life and an ominous dark palette, befitting the carnage in this story by Miroslav Mrva. Their artistic talents combined transport the reader inside the story, it feels more like you’re watching a film than reading a comic book.

This issue is a wonderfully created collaboration between some very talented individuals that give the reader something to sink their teeth in to. No panel is wasted, no human character defect left unexplored, no bloodshed left covered up. Bullseye is a deep dark look into the soul of a killer, especially when the arc trajectory has him facing off against a man whose soul might just be as dark as his own. The only thing wrong with this issue is that Marvel is back to its once a month production schedule for this character and I loathe having to wait so long to see how this shakes out.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Guillermo Sanna Color: Miroslav Mrva
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

batman-18Wednesdays 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: Logan (yes, my top pick is a movie) – Wolverine has always been my favourite Marvel character, and is the reason I read comics today. On the week that I turn another year older I get both Old Man Logan and Logan – it almost feels like Marvel are wishing me a happy birthday.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – Alex’s Week of Wolverine continues with Jeff Lemire – I don’t remember if his Brood storyline is over or not (I’ve read a lot of Wolverine comics over the past couple days), but this series has been strong for a long time and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Faith #9 (Valiant) – A one-shot story that seems to be more of a day-in-the-life than anything else, which I’m super happy about because I love reading about the other side of a superhero’s life.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – I didn’t expect to be looking forward to reading a comic from this series again, but I’ve been cautiously optimistic about what Tom King has been doing here after the last couple of issues. While I think there’s more chance than not that this’ll disappoint, when it’s good King’s Batman is really good.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Royal City #1 (Image) – Jeff Lemire has been one of the best creators in comics the last few years. I love his work on Black Hammer, Old Man Logan, Moon Knight, AD: After Death, and much more. He is one of the few talents that can write and draw, and here with this book we are getting both. Royal City tells the tales of middle America and a real family. There’s also some interesting mystery to discover. I cannot wait!

Extremity #1 (Image) – From the minute I saw the art style on this book I wanted it. The premise is about a child that has their drawing hand chopped off by oppressive tyrants that have taken over their lands. While they learn to draw with their other hand, it isn’t the same. This is about rising up to fight oppression, and finding your identity when the thing you loved to do most is taken from you. It has a powerful metaphorical message, and I think this book will be something special as we get deeper into the story.

Superman #18 (DC Comics) – We are finally going to get some answers! Mr. Oz, fake Clark Kent, and more will seemingly be explained over the next few issues of Superman and Action Comics, two of DC’s best series. This along with the upcoming button issues for Batman and Flash have me excited to know more about our heroes lost time, and who this Superman and other fake Clark Kent are.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – Tom King has been building a powder keg of a story with Bane, Catwoman, and Batman. I am hoping this is where it all explodes, and by the last few pages of Batman #17, it will. Bane knows where to hurt Batman the most, the people he cares for. I like the twists King has given us so far, and am wondering where he goes from here.

Moon Knight #12 (Marvel) – Sadly, one of the best things Marvel has going for it is coming to an end in a few issues. I still have no idea what is happening, but have faith Lemire will give us a great ending to a great book. Is he losing his mind? Or has all of this been real? Perhaps a combination of the two. Great series, and it appears it will go out on a high note.

 

Shay

I couldn’t pick a top pick this week. It’s all so damn good! From socially conscious comics to girl-powered comics, to straight up anarchy and good old fashioned action, it’s a great week to be all about that comic life!

Harley Quinn#15 (DC Comics) – Harley breaks her peace with the Mayor to save the homeless, fight gentrification and, more.

The Dregs #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Dig deeper into this socially conscious detective drama as we are taken on a journey to find out the fate of the homeless population.

X-Files Deviation 2017 (IDW Publishing) – Mashing up X-Files & Orphan Black and a lady Mulder! Shut up and take my money!!!

America #1 (Marvel) – It’s heeeeeree and, I’m here for it!

Bullseye #2 (Marvel) – Bullseye is on a mission to rescue a mobsters son, he’s in the murder business and business is good!

 

Paul

Top Pick: Champions #6 (Marvel) – This has been a fun, action packed series right from the beginning.  These characters make up a great team, and the writing has been on point, spotlighting issues that readers can relate to but also bringing in humour and fun between the characters.  I’m excited for this issue, seeing the team go up against another team of teens calling themselves The Freelancers.  I’m looking forward to see who makes up this new team and what their beef is with the Champions.

Batman #18 (DC Comics) – This is one of the few DC titles I have stuck with since the Rebirth, and it has consistently delivered.  I’m really enjoying this current story arc with Bane, especially when Batman put together his own suicide squad (a great couple of issues!)  And now, as the solicit says, Bane is in Gotham and looking for some payback.  Definitely not one to miss.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Motor Girl #4 (Abstract Studios) – Easily my favorite comic on the market right now. Terry Moore’s writing and art are just plain fun. Every issue has delivered and then some.

America #1 (Marvel) – A fan favorite character gets her solo series. I’m intrigued to see what it’s like and if it delivers. This is the comic that has the highest bar to get over.

Savage Things #1 (Vertigo) – Justin Jordan does Vertigo… you need more?

Agents of PACT #1/Freelance #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – These two first issues I feel really kick off Chapterhouse’s superhero universe. So far most of their comics have been fun, so more to the part is awesome

All Time Comics Crime Destroyer #1 (Fantagraphics) – Another superhero universe launching. This one is a bit retro.

Smoketown #1 (Scout Comics) – Phillip Kennedy Johnson’s new series from Scout Comics. Johnson does solid comics and so does Scout, so the combo is something I’m looking forward to reading.

Around the Tubes

bullseye__1It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open up, here’s comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – A year of free comics: as the new lunar year begins, THE MIGHTY ZODIAC springs into action! – Free comics!!!

CBR – The 15 Best Hip-Hop Comics – Agree? Disagree?

ICv2 – Hasbro Game Sales Grow in 2016 – Sounds like the game industry had a solid 2016.

Newsarama – Disney Aims for Diversity In New ‘Marvel Heroes Come In All Sizes’ Campaign – Interesting.

Nothing But Comics – Ask Diamond CEO Steve Geppi About Monopolies, Income Inequality, The Muslim Ban & More Via The ComicWow Facebook Page – Damn! Some good questions.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Bullseye #1

Newsarama – Steven Universe #1

Talking Comics – Tomboy #10

Around the Tubes

bullseye__1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below.

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – Yang’s “Reading Without Walls” to Become Annual Program – This is fantastic. Yang just needs to be made permanent comics/reading Ambassador.

The Comichron – Diamond celebrates 35 years as distribution nexus of the comics industry – Mazel Tov!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1

Newsarama – Bullseye #1

ICv2 – Dissolving Classroom

Comic Attack – The Spire TPB

Talking Comics – Sunstone Vol. 5

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