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Preview: Honcho #1 (of 2)

Honcho #1 (of 2)

(W) Jeff McClelland, Jeff McComsey (A/CA) Jeff McComsey
In Shops: Jun 29, 2022
SRP: $7.99

Fifteen years after World War III, Captain Donald Stanley returns to America on a mission to reunite a fractured nation… and play baseball? This two-volume giant-sized miniseries written by a pair of Jeffs, Jeff McClelland and Jeff McComsey, Honcho combines some good old fashion adventuring in a post collapse America with its still-thriving greatest pasttime. A lot has changed since last time Captain Stanley stepped foot on his native soil, but one thing that hasn’t changed is it’s still three strikes and you’re out at the old ballgame.

Honcho #1 (of 2)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DC vs. Vampires: Killers

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

BRZRKR #9 (BOOM! Studios) – While we were skeptical about the series when it was first announced, it’s pleasantly surprised us with every issue delivering emotion and heart as much as action.

DC vs. Vampires: Killers (DC Comics) – The series has been great so far as vampires have infiltrated the heroes and villains and taken over the world!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 5 (VIZ Media) – The series has been amazing and if you’ve missed out on ever reading Fist of the North Star, these hardcover versions are a must.

Gender Queer (Oni Press) – The award winning autobiographical comic gets a new edition with a new cover, exclusive art and sketches, and new forward and afterword.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Old Man Whittier (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always a blast and one-shot comics tend to be a lot of fun to just pick up and enjoy even if you’re not a regular reader.

Honcho #1 (CEX Publishing) – Fifteen years after World War II, a man returns to America ona mission to reunite a fractured nation… and play baseball?

Iron Cat #1 (Marvel) – We haven’t kept up with this storyline but a new character is always worth checking out.

Land of the Living Gods #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been an amazing example of world building and it taking place outside of the US and the use of local language has created a post apocalytpic tale whose details make it shine.

Life Zero #5 (Ablaze) – The series has been summer popcorn action and we have no idea where it’s all going at this point.

Mech Strike: Monster Hunters #1 (Marvel) – Superheroes with giant mechs, what more do you need?

Mindset #1 (Vault Comics) – An app helps users break free of their tech addition but is it helping people or controlling them?

The Naughty List #3 (AfterShock) – The series has been a fun twist ont he pissed off Santa genre. It has a lot of holy shit moments but also a lot of heart and emotion too.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – While we’re not regular Power Rangers fans, it’s hinted this issue will be important for whatever comes next.

Public Domain #1 (Image Comics) – A meta series that looks at protecting intellectual property and family fights.

Sins of the Black Flamingo #1 (Image Comics) – An occultist, queer, heist book. Yeah, we’re intrigued to check out the first issue.

Task Force Z #9 (DC Comics) – The concept of a zombie Suicide Squad might seem silly but this series works so well with great action, humor, and twists.

Transformers: Fate of Cybertron (IDW Publishing) – The current run of Transformers wraps up here!

The Variants #1 (Marvel) – What’s better than one Jessica Jones? How about a multiverse worth of them?

Discover the Saga of a Doomed Universe this October

This October, CEX presents 1984’s most shocking comic book, revealed at last: Saga of a Doomed Universe #1. The heroes have fallen, only one remains: costumed loser Roy Brannon. Can Roy step up and become the champion the world needs? Or will the sinister Doctor Nihilist succeed in his plans of conquest? The fate of the universe is in Roy’s hands.

Saga of a Doomed Universe is an epic love letter to the event comics of the 1980s. Featuring bronze age style art provided by series creator Scott Reed, it channels the charm and allure of the era in a complex story you’ll want to re-read again and again.

Saga of a Doomed Universe follows in the footsteps of epic comics from the 80s like; Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Watchmen. It’s a massive opus steeped in comics lore that every comics reader will enjoy. The story grabs you from the beginning and won’t let go until the end.

Scott Reed is a critically acclaimed comic book writer and artist with over 30 years of experience and who has worked with publishers like Malibu Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics as well as many others. 

Issue one of Saga of a Doomed Universe will feature 5 variant covers, all created by Reed, that will pay respect to some of the greatest covers of the 80s, including beautiful wrap-around covers that homage the character guides of the time.

Saga of a Doomed Universe is a three issue miniseries printed in prestige format.

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Poison Ivy #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A DC Black Label Aquaman series is described as cosmic horror around a mysterious structure… that’s waking up!

Astronaut Down #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a trip into alternate realities in an attempt to save Earth from a horrific crisis.

By the Horns: Dark Earth #1 (Scout Comics) – The series is one of our favorites. It’s been six months since the events of the previous volume when a new quest begins due to a mysterious blight.

Code 45 #1 (Scout Comics) – There are dragons lurking in the tunnels beneath Montreal’s city streets – at least that’s the rumor.

Dark Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s next big event kicks off officially. DC’s classic heroes are gone, will a new generation be able to step up to handle the remaining villains while also standing up against the oncoming darkness?

Dark Knights of Steel #7 (DC Comics) – The series has been a hell of a lot of fun so far with a nice Elseworlds feel to it. Will three kingdoms go to war? Will someone be able to stop it?

Dogs of London #2 (AfterShock) – Ex-gangsters are haunted by someone they thought was dead but might be back!?

Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #1 (Marvel) – The two properties come together again! The first volume was a hot commodity and we’re expecting the same with this.

Metal Society #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was an interesting new series where humanity was extinct, brought back by robot overlords, and are now fighting in an MMA fight to win their freedom. So much to chew on but just a solid series.

Multiversity: Teen Justice #1 (DC Comics) – Head to Earth-11 for this group of heroes! Everything we’ve seen so far makes this one seem like a hell of a lot of fun.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 (DC Comics) – Nubia is off to tour of the Amazons that don’t call Themyscira home as a villain from her past steps out of the shadows.

Past the Last Mountain #4 (CEX Publishing) – The series has been fantastic as it reaches it conclusion. Will the creatures reach Dragon Lake and if they do, will it live up to their expectations?

Poison Ivy #1 (DC Comics) – Ivy sets out to complete her greatest work-a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to it…by ending humanity.

Potions Inc. #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Ran finally gets the quest he’s been after his whole life. He and his siblings set off to find a missing artifact.

Quests Aside #2 (Vault Comics) – A fantastic first issue that takes the “save the bar” concept in a whole new direction.

Savage Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun bringing together a rather random group of heroes. The second issue looks to drop them in an unexpected location mixing things up from the previous volume.

Skybound Presents Afterschool #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new anthology series that riffs on the classic “Afterschool specials” with a rotating team of creators.

Twig #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this series had a very Jim Henson vibe. The biggest issue was it was too short and might have been better as a graphic novel. Still, we’re excited to see where this adventure goes.

Ward #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A medical drama with fairies, trolls, and some real humans too. Welcome to St. Lilith, a secret hospital for supernatural creatures.

Where Starships Go to Die #1 (AfterShock) – In a near future ravaged by climate change, an African astronaut teams with an Indian shipping magnate to mount a dangerous salvage mission to recover the wreck of humanity’s first interstellar starship.

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Review: Past the Last Mountain #2

Past the Last Mountain #2

What I really enjoy about this site is to be able to read and discover comics I might not otherwise get a chance to. This is a perfect example of that. Past the Last Mountain #2 continues what is one of my favorite discoveries of the year continuing a series that entertains and makes you think.

Written by Paul Allor, Past the Last Mountain #2 continues the story of three escaped fantasy creatures. They’re on the run looking for a mythical land for them to call home. Years ago, a war was fought between the humans and fantasy creatures with the creatures losing and being rounded up to live on reservations. There’s so much to read into the series, you can debate what it’s an allegory to or just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Allor sticks to tried and true concepts for the series and it’s what makes it work so well. It feels like a Disney film out of the 80s and that’s a good thing. There’s the jaded adults trying to protect the innocent child on the run. In pursuit there’s the evil military but of course there’s one individual who has some doubts about what they’re doing. It’s a formula we’ve seen many times before but it works and works really well.

Louie Joyce is on the art for the main story with layouts by Gannon Beck. The art style is interesting as it has a bit more of a comical look to it. It’s not a heavy fantasy feel at all but it works really well. Where the comic really stands out is the emotions of the trio of monsters. You can feel their sadness and fear as they debate what they should do or think about what they should have done. The look on the dragon’s face when it asks if it did the right thing is heartbreaking. But, it’s also a small detail that adds a solid emotional punch to it all. You gain sympathy for the characters and want them to reach their goal safely.

The comic also features a bunch of short stories from the war, all adding to the history and the world. Written by Allor, they feature art by Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, and Rebecca Nalty. Every entry, like the first issue, is solid. They all add to the world and the story giving us a better idea of what’s going on and how we got to the moment. It’s such a great addition to the main story and a fantastic way to build out the world even more. It’s such a fantastic idea and not only feels like an added “bonus” but each story is so solid on its own. It makes me want another series where we can get even more of this and maybe some longer “short stories”. It shows there’s a lot that can be done with this world and there’s such potential.

Past the Last Mountain #2 continues a series that’s probably not on many people’s radars. And they’d be missing out. It’s a hell of a series so far that feels like a classic journey but with a bit more to say.

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Louie Joyce, Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, Rebecca Nalty
Layouts: Gannon Beck Color: Louie Joyce Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

CEX Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm

Written By Edgar Allan Poe
Adapted & Illustrated By Clara Meath

In a visual adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous text, throngs of angels gather to witness a metaphysical performance of good and evil. But the play becomes all too real when humanity releases the ultimate destructive power.

Artist Clara Meath brings “The Conqueror Worm” to the comics page in this lush and stunningly gorgeous one-shot!

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

A pack of goblins work to track down the creatures, leading to a violent confrontation with tragic consequences.

Plus, short stories illustrated by Jeffrey Verrege, Eric Zawadzki, Ashley A. Woods, JD Faith, Silvio dB, and Brittany Peer!

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fox and Hare #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Barb and The Ghost Blade (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) – We loved the first volume that had Barb kicking butt and trying to save her friends and family. Now she has a crew and they must infiltrate the monster capital, and find Franny Fire Fingers, who they hope will lead them to the Wise Wizards and the power to fight Witch Head.

Batman: Fortress #1 (DC Comics) – It looks like a global attack and Superman is missing. Batman must lead the charge in response. A solid first issue that builds on the unknown.

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 (DC Comics) – A key issue for those reading the series. It feels like the transition from the first half of the series to the second.

Devil’s Reign: Omega #1 (Marvel) – It feels like forever since this even wrapped up but this issue delivers what the final issue didn’t, teases of what’s next!

Fox and Hare #1 (Vault Comics) – After a lot of anticipation the first issue is here and we can’t wait to check out the series about a mega corporation that wanrs its data back from a black market coder. The art looks awesome!

Hellboy & the BPRD: Night of the Cyclops (Dark Horse Comics) – We’re always fans of Hellboy one-shots that you can pick up and just enjoy. It’s like a dime store pulp novel in comic form.

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue surprised us as a celebration of Image but not the past, what is and what will be. We’re hoping for more of that and the series highlighting the publisher’s potentially bright future.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #4 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – The series has been a fantastic spy/crime series that leaves readers with something to ponder after every issue.

Land of the Living Gods #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been fantastic giving us an apocalyptic story that has a great attention to small details that makes it stand out.

Legion of X #1 (Marvel) – Who will police Krakoa and help pursue happiness and hope? Legion of X!

My Little Pony #1 (IDW Publishing) – Spinning out of the Netflix movie, we’re interested in seeing how the series transitions and who it’s focused on as far as readers.

The Naughty List #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue had a lot of humor but this Santa goes on a revenge trip also had a lot of heart too.

Past the Last Mountain #3 (CEX Publishing) – This world about monsters running to freedom after interment delivers a lot to think about.

Spectro (AfterShock) – Juan Doe, nuff said.

Wolf Never Sleeps Vol. 1 (Yen Press) – The manga debut has a feel that’s much more traditional fantasy. While a bit slow, it’s a solid start that has us excited to read more.

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