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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.

Alex

Top Pick: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – I thoroughly enjoyed the first miniseries featuring these two properties, and while I half expect this to be nothing more than a shameless cash grab I’m oddly excited to see the Dark Knight cross paths with the Turtles again. I would say you don’t see that happen often, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore – and I’m quite happy about that.

Green Arrow #35 (DC Comics) – One of the sleeper hits for me is Green Arrows ongoing series. The art is whimsical and sweepingly beautiful, and the story about one man fighting a giant corporate conspiracy theory is far stronger than it seemed at first. Definitely one to keep on your radar.

Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 (Valiant) – Marguerite Sauvage pulls double duty on this one, and I’m curious as to what she’ll offer – as long as it’s fun (and looks as awesome as she’s proven her self capable of drawing) then I’ll be happy.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Jupiter Jet #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The debut issue of this teenaged Robin Hood story with a science fiction twist grabbed my attention immediately. The art, vaguely reminiscent of Squirrel Girl (probably not a mistake), makes early promises of a book with lighthearted romps plastered from cover to cover.

Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #3 (DC Comics/Archie Comics) –  I am going to be honest–I didn’t know this title was out already. Time to catch up. Girl power is promised in BUNDLES in a book featuring four iconic women from comics, and the mashup of Good vs. Bad (can we definitively call Harley/Ivy evil?) should be a great time.

Jem and the Holograms Dimensions #1 (IDW Publishing) – More girl power. Step one: put a cat on the cover. Step two, promise some light-hearted hijinx featuring girls from both sides of the tracks (I’m sensing a theme this week…). Step three: throw in a good old-fashioned game of Dungeons and Dragons. What could possibly go wrong?

I Hate Fairyland Deluxe HC Vol. 1 (Image Comics) – A 36 year old woman trapped in a 6 year old’s body isn’t even close to the most grotesque thing going on in Skottie Young’s modern masterpiece. Young’s delightfully vulgar sense of humor truly shines in his first Image title. The Deluxe collection promises plenty of extras which will likely ooze with….something nasty.

Archie #26 (Archie Comics) – What can I say, I’ve been a sucker for the redhead and his bumbling misadventures since I was a kid. Old habits, and all that. But the All-new Archie has taken us some places we’ve never been before, and I for one can’t wait to see where we go next.

 

Shay

Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica #3 (DC Comics) – Do I really need a reason? It’s like my childhood met my teen hood in a bar and I’m here for it. This might be one of the few times where crossing the streams is a good thing.

Throwaways #10 (Image Comics) – Dean and Abby are still trying to get to the bottom of the conspiracy theory that is their life while dealing with the latest hinderences , like being separated by guards, as the hunt for the truth. The series is hit or miss but, they seem to be getting their bearings so either way this will be interesting.

Hawkeye #13 (Marvel) – Clint and Kate in LA on a case. There will be humor, there will be blood, there will be awesome , in the start of what looks like a killer story arc.

 

Brett

Top Pick: A Small Revolution (Soaring Penguin Press) – A revolution in a small country seen through the yes of an innocent child. If there’s ever been a comic more geared towards me, I don’t know what it is. The concept sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was a perfect balance of action, characterization, and social justice. Hope this issue continues that trend.

Captain America #696 (Marvel) – The first issue was good (not great) but Mark Waid and Chris Samnee seem to be exploring what it means to be Captain America. What they have to say should be interesting and both know the character well, so this should be an interesting read no matter what.

The Consultant #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – When superheroes screw up, this is the guy who cleans up the mess. I’ve read the first issue and while there’s some slight issues with characters standing out in design, the story is fantastic and exactly what I hoped for.

Winter War (Caliber Entertainment) – The story of the 100-day war of Finland versus the Soviet Union at the dawk of World War II. Sounds really interesting.

Captain America: Back On Ice…The Answer Will Shock You!

Once, he was a man out of time…and now he’s about to re-live that moment all over again. Following the shocking ending of Captain America #697, Steve Rogers is back on ice in Captain America #698, and it’s a brave new (and cold) world. Now, it’s up to the super soldier to assemble a new group of Howling Commandos to help him battle for this freedom.

It’s a story readers won’t want to miss, and it all begins this February with Captain America #698—on ice! On sale February 7 from writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee.

Where Is Wolverine? And What Is His Startling Secret?

His return to the Marvel Universe was just the beginning, and the Infinity Stone he holds could change everything. Now, the questions begin: Why was he searching for the Infinity Stone? How did he escape his adamantium prison? Where is Wolverine, and what is he hiding?

The answers will begin to unravel in 2018, but fans will be able to catch glimpses of their favorite mutant in special after-credit scenes at the end of key Marvel titles. Appearing in select issues starting this January, some of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists will tease the whereabouts of the adamantium-clawed mutant with tantalizing teaser panels – and it’s all connected!

Track Wolverine as he jumps around the Marvel Universe, starting with the following titles:

Captain America #697
On-Sale 1/3/18

The Mighty Thor #703
On-Sale 1/17/18

The Amazing Spider-Man #794
On-Sale 1/24/18

And more to come!

What is Wolverine’s startling secret, and how will it impact the Marvel Universe?

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! Who’s going to see Thor: Ragnarok? Who’s already seen it? Sound off in the comments below (hint, it’s awesome).

The Outhouse – Mark Strong In Talks For Doctor Sivana In Shazam! – Could be solid casting.

 

Review

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Talking Comics – Captain America #695

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Review: Captain America #695

Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation – and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he’s faced before!

One of the biggest questions I had for Marvel Legacy is how it’d treat Captain America and the fallout/bad taste of Secret Empire. Generally, series have ignored any major ramifications (a rant for another time) and out of them all, you’d think Captain America’s return would be the one that deals with it the most. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have the unenviable task of picking things up with Captain America #695 which sees Steve head across America to rediscover himself and return to where “it began” for him. Waid gives us broad strokes about Captain America’s history and has him return to one of his first adventures post return where he’s taken on Nazi wannabees in a group called Rampart. A decade later he returns to find a town celebrating his heroism.

The comic in many ways is an essay by Waid reaffirming the ideals of Captain America and Steve Rogers in a throwback conservative sort of way. The big protecting the small is the lesson here and it’s a lesson that’s repeated a lot. What Captain America is about and his history is the focus laying things out again in an almost Pollyana way. None of it is bad and Chris Samnee’s art is utterly fantastic for not just this style of story but in general. While the story feels very “white bread America” the art is beautiful to look at and enjoy.

None of what I’m saying is a bad thing but it feels like the creative team are ignoring the wrongs of the last few years instead focusing on a fresh start that’s a back to basics. There’s a brief mention of events and that the real Captain America was trapped and replaced with an evil version but the greater societal impact isn’t present. There is some solid winks and nods though and Waid has no problem dropping the word “Nazi”  or “Fascist” to describe the bad guys, something that feels like progress. There’s also some fun talking of conspiracies especially Cap’s origins in World War II and his time on ice. It’s an entertaining acknowledgement of today’s reality and how his origin might be taken by some. Even the word “icer” feels rather appropriate and spot on.

A back-up feature gives us a quick history of Captain America. Written by Robbie Thompson with art by Valerio Schiti, the brief story hits the major points but overlooks recent events to its detriment. It feels like it’s an attempt to wash away the negative turn in recent years and whether it’s a choice by Marvel as a whole or due to space constraints it feels like it ignores mistakes that have been made.

The art is amazing and the story traditional and reserved in many ways the comic has some action but more of a focus on the ideals of the title character. This feels like a statement as to who Cap is to Mark Waid and Chris Samnee and the ideals he’ll represent as their story moves forward. A nice start that just a little more action and excitement.

Story Mark Waid, Robbie Thompson Art: Chris Samnee, Valerio Schiti
Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Atomic Robo: Spectre of Tomorrow #1 (IDW Publishing) – Atomic Robo and his crew are back in a whole new adventure! If you’ve never read this series, now’s the time to start in a series that’s fun, full of action, with fantastic art, and great for young and old alike.

Batman #34 (DC Comics) – Batman and Catwoman are touring the globe after their engagement and the first stop is to take care of loose strings concerning his relationship with Talia Al-Ghul.

Batman: The Devestator #1 (DC Comics) – The latest one-shot focused on a Batman from the Dark Multiverse, this one mixing Batman with Doomsday!

Black Lightning: Cold, Dead, Hands #1 (DC Comics) – With a new television series around the corner, DC has launched this mini-series from the characters original creator. With a slight update for the times, the first issue is a fantastic read that touches upon real world issues.

Captain America #695 (Marvel) – Captain America’s reputation (and the character) are definitely at a low point thanks to a year and a half of stories that saw him betraying everything he stood for. Can the new creative team redeem the character?

Catalyst Prime: Noble #6 (Lion Forge Comics) – If you haven’t been checking out Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe, you’re missing out. The comic line has diverse voices in creators, characters, styles, it’s a fresh take on the superhero genre.

Deadman #1 (DC Comics) – Neal Adams on Deadman… do you need to know anything else?

Gravediggers Union #1 (Image Comics) – A new Image series and this first issue is oversized. By Wes Craig and Toby Cypress, this series sees a group that are the only ones that can stop the apocalypse. Steroid zombies, monster gods, swamp vampires, ghost storms, and space monkeys!

The Jetsons #1 (DC Comics) – If you read the already released short take on these characters you’ll know why we’re excited for this new comic. A very interesting take on the classic characters that has us pondering existence.

Lazaretto #3 (BOOM! Studios) – A claustrophobic series taking place in a college dorm focused on an outbreak. The art has us mixed but the story is top notch and rather creep since it could really happen.

No. 1 With a Bullet #1 (Image Comics) – Another new Image series by Jacob Semahn and Jorge Corona that sounds like it takes on technology with a slight horror take. We always dig some good ole futurism.

Power Pack #63 (Marvel) – It’s Power Pack, that’s reason enough to get us excited.

TMNT/Ghostbusters II #1 (IDW Publishing) – The two franchises are back together and the Ghostbusters must save the Turtles from the ghost dimension.

Unpresidential (Z2 Comics) – Some solid satire on American politics and culture it features Kim Jong Un running for President.

The Walking Dead #173 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Things are heating up and we want to know what, and who, Michonne and her team discover!

Marvel Reveals More Marvel Legacy

This fall, a new day will shine on the Marvel Universe with your favorite heroes, your favorite creators…where every story is an event!

Marvel has announced the following creative teams and Legacy titles:

CAPTAIN AMERICA #695: HOME OF THE BRAVE PART 1
Written by MARK WAID
Art by CHRIS SAMNEE

NOT BRAND ECHH #14: FORBUSH MAN RETURNS
Written by NICK SPENCER, CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS, JAY FOSGITT & MORE
Art by JAY FOSGITT, GURIHIRU & MORE

 

THANOS #13: THANOS WINS PART 1
Written by DONNY CATES
Art by GEOFF SHAW

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #13: EIGHT YEARS LATER PART 1
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by NICK ROCHE

For an in-depth look at our return to original numbering, fans can consult Marvel’s renumbering chart – a handy and easy way to jump on board with our Legacy content! Featuring new adventures and dozens of exciting returns, look for more interviews and updates with artists, writers, and editors of these series.

Unboxing: The One:12 Collective Captain America

Vowing to serve his country any way he could, young Steve Rogers took the super soldier serum to become America’s one-man army. Fighting for the red, white, and blue for over 60 years, Captain America is the living, breathing symbol of freedom and liberty.

Meticulously developed to capture Captain America’s modern heroic look, this One:12 Collective figure is the first of our Marvel Universe line up. Featuring over 32 points of articulation, intricate sculptural work, incredible costume detailing, and tons of accessories, the final product creates an iconic vision with a “real world” look.

We open up and show off the One:12 Collective Captain America figure.

You can order yours from Mezco Toyz now!

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