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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.

Joe

Top Pick: Detective Comics #974 (DC Comics) – I have loved this comic since DC Rebirth. Tynion has been fantastic on it, and the team dynamic has never felt stale. There has been new characters brought in, old characters brought back, and the inclusion of Clayface has been wonderful. This issue deals with the fallout from the giant clay monster hulking out (claying out?) again, and losing control.

Action Comics #997 (DC Comics) – The arc with Booster and Supes has been really fun, and we are getting so close to #1000! I am excited to how Jurgens ends this arc on the series before Bendis steps in, as it has been a really great series since Rebirth, much like Detective.

Sideways #1 (DC Comics) – This is another book in the new line of heroes DC is introducing. The character design looks really cool, and the premise is interesting. I make no guarantees as I still need to read it soon, but a new #1 can always be fun, and if it isn’t you’re out just a few bucks on taking a chance on a new series.

Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s Metal event has been a really fun and wild ride. This book deals with the Dark Knights/Evil Batmen from other dimensions. I have high hopes for this book, though I do hope these villains and this tale won’t start dragging on and really delivers as it has so far.

Old Man Logan #35 (Marvel) – Another fantastic and overlooked series that has been consistently great, even after Lemire left and Brisson took over. Grab this if you’re in for a nostalgia fix for old school Wolverine, Silver Samarui, and The Hand. It’s great!

Brett

Top Pick: Avengers #680 (Marvel) – “No Surrender” has been a blast so far as far as events living up to the hype and delivering despite a weekly delivery. That new issue every week has been part of the success as we don’t have to wait too long for each issue which has been filled with eye catching moments. No idea where this is all going, but I’m along for the ride.

Catalyst Prime Accell #8 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe has delivered on its promise of diverse titles, creators, and characters. This version of their speedster has been lots of fun delivering laughs and amazing visuals.

Ghost Money #7 (Lion Forge Comics) – A series that’s completely under the radar. Basically, someone made a lot of money off of 9/11 (true fact) and this series is about those dollars. Where did it all go? Lots of political intrigue and politics. Very interesting series that’s like no other.

Judas #3 (BOOM! Studios) – And another original series… this one is about Judas after the whole betrayal thing. It’ll get you thinking about religion in a very different way.

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 (Marvel) – The book series now comes to comics as we learn more about the legend.

 

Jon

Death of Love #1 (Image Comics) –  After a weekend when almost everyone seemed to be talking about Comics Gate, Indie Mafia hit man Justin Jordan drops a great response to MRAs, misogynists and nice guys everywhere.

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.

Joe

Top Pick: Curse Words Vol. 2 TP (Image) – Charles Soule and Ryan Browne have done such a great job on this book. For Christmas I like to buy graphic novels as gifts, and the first volume of this series made the list. If you like goofy titles with some great art, look no further than this series featuring Wizord, the wizard with an attitude, and a talking koala.

Mister Miracle #6 (DC Comics) – Tom King and Mitch Gerads have done a great job on this book, and doing it in their own original way. This is a totally different take on the Scott Free you may (or may not) know. This gets us halfway through the 12 issue limited series.

Royal City #9 (Image) – A return to the form that lets Lemire shine. Here he does the art, and the writing and both go so well together. This series touches on small town America, loss, and real family problems that are relatable.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Phoenix Resurrection #3 (Marvel) – This has been a trippy ride so far, and I am living for every second of it. The nods to X-Men dead and gone, mentions of past writers from X-Men history and a story that has you second guessing everything equals a story that I haven’t really seen before, and I can’t wait for my girl to FINALLY make her return to the Marvel Universe and to see where she’s going to go from there.

Avengers #675 (Marvel) – Something BIG must be happening to bring all the Avengers teams together to face it. I’m excited to see all the teams join forces and curious to see what this new cosmic threat will bring. Maybe erase Secret Empire from our memories? One can hope.

X-Men Blue #19 (Marvel) – The last couple of issues have been fun, seeing the team bounce through different periods of time, meeting alternate versions of X-Men and being told they’re the reason the various times are so dark and bleak. Is it really the fault of the X-Men? I’m still pointing my finger at the furry blue guy who brought them all through time in the first place. But, still curious to see where this all leads.

X-Men Gold Annual #1 (Marvel) – Excalibur reunion! The cover is enough to get me excited for this annual. And look, Brian and Megan are parents, awwww!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #5 (BOOM! Studios) – The fact this series has been turned into an ongoing has me beyond excited. On its surface this series is giant robots being piloted by kids, but underneath there’s also a story about class and privilege. A fantastic all ages series that’s one of my favorites being published today.

Action Comics #995 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold and Superman running around time! So far the storyline has had a great retro vibe to it all and there’s the march to issue #1000! Really exciting to see where this series and character is going.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – My favorite of the Catalyst Prime comics is their take on the classic speedster superhero. There’s just something fun about it all and how it’s differing itself from all of the others out there.

Coyotes #3 (Image Comics) – A multilayered story that could be about a young girl fighting werewolves or it could be a deeper story about the exploitation of women and immigrants and fighting against the abuse they endure.

Old Man Hawkeye #1 (Marvel) – I loved the character in the original story and have been wonder how this miniseries will hold up. We’ll find out soon I guess and I’m excited to revisit this future world.

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.

30 Days of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – A reimagining of the classic horror series.

Assassinistas #1 (IDW Publishing) – Mom’s an assassin who spent her sons’ tuition on new guns. Guess the son needs to get a job helping mom! Quirky concept, sounds like a lot of fun.

Backways #1 (AfterShock) – Writer Justin Jordan does Harry Potter… which is intriguing.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge continues to entertain and their speedster is full of excitement and energy.

Catalyst Prime: Summit #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe. Any new release, we’re intrigued and must check it out.

Curse Words: Holiday Special (Image Comics) – Have you been reading Curse Words? If not, you’re missing out.

Dark Ark #4 (AfterShock) – A new take on Noah’s ark, but this is the other arc, with all of the monsters. The last issue pivoted the series and we’re excited to see what’s next.

Dark Nights: Metal #4 (DC Comics) – Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap.

Fence #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was amazing. The series is a western take on sports manga. It’s so good!

Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy does Christmas. Nuff said.

Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Marvel) – If you’ve never read an issue of this classic series, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s hoping this new one captures that of the original.

Rom & the Micronauts #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two properties coming together. We’re intrigued.

Sink #3 (ComixTribe) – Maybe the most disturbing comic series of the year?

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15 (Marvel) – If you don’t know Aphra, you’re missing out. Think Indiana Jones but in Star Wars.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #22 (Marvel) – Filling in the gaps of the Star Wars universe.

Tales of Suspense #100 (Marvel) – Another classic Marvel title returns! This one’s exploring the “death” of the Black Widow.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #14 (IDW Publishing) – Optimus vs. Dinobots.

Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017 (IDW Publishing) – Wrapping up this series, one that’s been full of political intrigue and giant robots.

Quantum and Woody (2017) #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – If you’ve never read Quantum and Wody, you’re missing out. A new series that’ll get you to laugh.

X-Men: Grand Design #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor takes on the X-Men.

 

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: Moon Knight #188 (Marvel) – I’m always up to read a new Moon Knight series, and while I did drop off of Lemire’s run, I’m more than excited to see a new take on the character. Plus, I’m a sucker for the Legacy numbering.

Pestilence #5 (AfterShock) – Zombies in the middle ages. I honestly have no other reason for wanting to read this.

Harbinger Renegade #0 (Valiant) – As the build up to Valiant’s next big event continues, I’m super curious to see what’s on offer here.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Moon Knight #188 (Marvel) – I loved the last run, and am excited to see where Max Bemis takes this. So far he has proven to be a fun writer (see Worst X-Men Ever), and I always love how batshit crazy Moon Knight is.

Batman Lost #1 (DC Comics) – More Metal! This series has been turned up to 11, and now we get more craziness from Snyder and an awesome team of all stars.

Mister Miracle #4 (DC Comics) – Tom King is great at giving what you never expect, and this series has been no different. So far this is a brutal, raw, and original look at the New Gods and their supporting cast. I have loved every issue so far.

Detective Comics #968 (DC Comics) – I am a Tim fan, and Red Robin is back, but so is future-Batman-Tim who is a bit more ruthless and scary. This series is a ton of fun.

The Despicable Deadpool #289 (Marvel) – We get more classic Deadpool vs Cable before the movie sequel will add even more of it. This is stupid fun.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Star Wars #38 (Marvel) – Kieron Gillen takes on Star Wars, that alone has me excited for this.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #1 (Lion Forge) – The Catalyst Prime universe has been a breath of fresh air and their resident speedster is a perfect example of the energy that makes the line of comics so entertaining and fun.

Force #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Football + comic = a must for me.

Eugenic #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a shocker and the second takes us 200 years further into the future. A series that feels like it’s breaking so many rules.

Kong on Planet of the Apes #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I had never thought of this crossover and while it seems silly, holy crap do I want this.

 

Review: Catalyst Prime: Accell #4

L.A.’s newest super-fast superhero Accell returns home after a life-changing metaphysical experience, just in time to help a friend battle some personal demons. Too bad Accell has no idea new enemies are gathering to make his life a living hell, especially the crimelord known as Glazz.

I’ve been digging Lion Forge‘s “Catalyst Prime” universe as its introduced a new generation of heroes that while at times familiar, also are fresh, fun, and have an energy about them that makes reading feel like entertainment.

Writer Joe Casey has been delivering some of that energy with his take on the “speedster” superhero Accell and in the fourth issue we get a breather in a way as things align for what’s to come.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #4 is the calm before the storm as new characters are introduced and things pivot a bit as our hero must adjust to not doing the superhero thing for a bit. This is a pseudo “day in the life” type story as he hangs out with friends and play video games. But, what Joe Casey does so well, beyond making his world a well lived in one, is shows the flaws of someone who’s just starting off and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

While the action is minimal he does try to help an abused kid he finds online and has to learn beating up the bad guys isn’t always wanted or the answer. The fact it’s also not some big villain grounds the comic and creates a sense of realism to the world. Things are more complicated than that. Casey also adds in small details like trying to find an address and takes us through some of that process. It’s a world where the small details add up to become a big deal adding depth and changing what could easily be just another superhero to something special.

Artist Damion Scott’s art is the usual energetic blast with a visual style that borderlines on trippy psychedelic and creates a sense of speed and motion that provides the series a boost. It’s a great combination of writer and artist and Scott’s art is enhanced through the colors which are a treat. All together the art creates a youthful energy about it that emphasizes Casey’s writing.

Catalyst Prime: Accell feels like it continues to add to the superhero genre, something that’s tough to do and most importantly, when I’m done reading it I feel like I just had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next issue.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Damion Scott
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Lion Forge 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.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge has been knocking it out of the park with their new line of superhero comics and this is one that’s tons of fun.

Centipede #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was a surprising solid read. Based on the classic Atari game it’s history sucked us in but the first issue has us coming back.

The Defenders #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues have been fantastic and we’re interested in seeing where this goes and how it lines up with the upcoming Netflix series.

First Strike #1 (IDW Publishing) – The next big event in the Hasbro universe kicks off here. To see GI Joe and Transformers interact, we’re sold.

Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1 (Marvel) – The first “Generations” comic was a dud but we want to see if that was a fluke or if it was par.

Ghost Money #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Money was stolen with 9/11 in this new series which has one of the most unique concepts we’ve heard in quite some time.

Grass Kings #6 (BOOM! Studios) – The first five issues have been as amazing to read as they are to look at.

Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter #4 (Titan Comics) – The first three issues have been high octane entertainment in what feels like a series that deserves more time. Hopefully we’ll get more after this story wraps up.

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #1 (Marvel) – Christopher Priest is writing this. That alone has us interested.

Quake Champions #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic video game comes to comics and we’re intrigued to see what’s done with it.

Redlands #1 (Image Comics) – A creepy new series mixing vampires in a southern town. It’s good, real good. Read our review.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11 (Marvel) – One of the best comics Marvel is putting out today. Aphra is the best addition to the Star Wars universe in a long time.

Star Wars: Rogue One – Cassian & K2SO Special #1 (Marvel) – Wonder how these two met? Well here you go!

Transformers: Till All Are One #12 (IDW Publishing) – I know what you’re saying, it’s a comic based on a cartoon featuring giant robots. Every series impresses with comics that touch on adult topics such as when life begins, castes, and politics. This one nails the latter with a story that rivals any story where individuals jockey for control.

The Unsound #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn has been crafting a creepy horror comic that has layers to it that can be discussed for days.

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We’re deep into San Diego Comic-Con prep and are excited about what we’ve got planned! Things kick off today, so stay tuned and make sure to come back here and our other social networks to see news from the ground. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – The Retailer’s View // What Is Marvel Saying? – A very interesting read. What do you all think?

CBLDF – Exiled Satirist Uses Cartoons to Tackle Sex Education in Iran – Didn’t know about this and will have to check it out!

iO9 – Marvel’s New VR Game Lets You Kick Ass as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – Who’s getting VR just for this!?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: Accell #2

Talking Comics – Mage #0

Talking Comics – RumRow #1

Review: Catalyst Prime: Accell #2

Daniel DosSantos is Accell, the first speedster superhero in a brave new world, but just how fast is he? Accell’s quest to test the limits of his powers throw him into a sideways dimension where horrors exist, and death comes at him faster than the speed of sound.

I really enjoyed the first issue of this series from Lion Forge that’s part of their Catalyst Prime universe. While speedster superheroes are a dime a dozen, Daniel feels like he stands out a bit as a relatable guy who plays video games and is pretty unsure of himself and powers. And this second issue feels like it has a more of a focus exploring those final two points as Daniel heads into the desert to find out how fast he is.

Writer Joe Casey gives us an entertaining story that feels trippy at times. While it doesn’t quite stand out as original as that first issue and has a bit too much in common with a certain force about speed, it’s still interesting as there’s just enough to set it apart. What happens when Daniel goes really fast? What’s might happen? Well, we kind of find some of that out.

Things get trippy and the visuals feel like a nice LSD trip which is all made wildly entertaining by Damion Scott. The art, along with inks by Robert Campanella and colors by Sigmund Torre (both of Mosh Studios) is what sucked me into the story. It’s creative and interesting and had me trying to figure out what was happening. There’s even some nice creative use of pages with the flow and a point where you’ll need to rotate the entire issue. That use of movement is solid in the series and I hope we get more of that as it goes on.

The second issue is a little of a dip in story but the visuals more than make up for it. I want to find out more about what Daniel is seeing and experiencing and that wanting to come back is a success. Definitely an interesting series that’s getting its footing down to launch and make itself really stand out from the pack.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Damion Scott
Ink: Robert Campanella Color: Sigmund Torre

Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Lion Forge Comics 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!

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.

Paul

Top Pick: Jean Grey #4 (Marvel) – Jean Grey is doing everything she can to see that she doesn’t suffer under the power of the Phoenix, like her “other” self did…and I am here for all of it! This has been a really great series with a strong lead character who isn’t taking crap from anyone, especially a cosmic fire bird. Her search for answers has been fun, and I am really looking to the inevitable showdown with the big bird itself.

Hulk #8 (Marvel) – This series has been a great read, following Jen as she struggled to keep her anger in check, but now that her Hulk has been released, it’s going to be more interesting to see how she learns to balance life as Jennifer and her new Hulk persona, or if one will take complete control. If you’re not already reading this book, I recommend jumping on board.

Weapon X #5 (Marvel) – This has been an exciting crossover with Old Man Logan, his team and Amadeus Cho. The team is tracking down the Weapon X program to shut it down for good, and along the way we’re getting some decent character interaction and action. I am excited to see if Weapon X’s ‘batch H’ prototype is released, because that will be a showdown not to be missed.

 

Brett

Top Pick: American Way: Those Above and Below #1 (Vertigo) – John Ridley is back and returns to the series he completed 10 years ago. It’s 1972 and tensions are rising in this heroes in the real world take that blew me away with its first issue.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – I loved the first issue and can’t wait to read the second. Just a lot of fun.

Centipede #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I know this being on here might seem crazy, but the first issue is a lot of fun and hits the right buttons for us that grew up playing Atari.

Dark Days: The Casting #1 (DC Comics) – A bit heavier in DC lore than I like, but it’s setting up what feels like one hell of a mystery and one hell of a battle to come.

S##t and P##s (Retrofit Comics) – This indie publisher has never disappointed and this is no exception. A dark journey into a sewage processing plant built on top of the ruins of a failing civilization. The custodian of this horrid place encounters all types of things that should not be in this science fiction adventure.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone 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 in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – FBI Arrests Alleged Deadpool Pirate For Sharing Movie To 5 Million Views on Facebook – Busted!

Kotaku – The New Spider-Man Game Won’t Let You Kill Anybody – Just Uncle Ben? Too soon?

Newsarama – Jay Baruchel Becomes Chief Creative Officer & Co-Owner of Chapterhouse – Interesting. Very interesting.

The Beat – Is the Comicon circuit hitting a slowdown? A Veteran Vendor speaks – Ruh roh.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Newsarama – Catalyst Prime: Accell #1

Newsarama – Dark Days: The Forge

CBR – Dark Days: The Forge

Newsarama – The Defenders #1

CBR – The Defenders #1

ComicMix – Fun

Comic Attack – Injustice 2 #3

Newsarama – Normandy Gold #1

Newsarama – Secret Empire #4

Talking Comics – Secret Empire #4

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