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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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Wednesdays (and now 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.

Black Cat #1 (Marvel) – The previous volume of the series was a lot of fun so that alone has us interested. The fact that it immediately ties into King in Black has us a bit nervous. But, crossing our fingers!

Blade Runner 2029 #1 (Titan Comics) – The cult series gets a new volume.

Canuck Beyond #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Captain Canuck has been a bit more of a wholesome superhero series and this new series throws the Canadian hero into another dimension!

The Expanse #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The television series comes to comics. The new limited series takes place between season 4 and 5 of the Amazon series.

Post Americana #1 (Image Comics) – The elite are who have made it to survival bunkers and there’s one person standing in the way of their attempt to subjugate the survivors.

Power Rangers #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re new to the property, it’s still a great time to dive in! The first issue was a lot of fun with some great art.

RAI #10 (Valiant) – One of the best monthly comics coming out right now. It’s never too late to find out why!

Red X-Mas #1 (Scout Comics) – When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa vows to make all those little brats pay!

Sam & His Talking Gun #1 (Scout Comics) – A tale of revenge. Brother vs. brother!

Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume of the series was fantastic mixing humor with enough to make you think. We’re hoping for more in this new volume.

Sh*tshow #1 (Scout Comics) – A mysterious force destroyed the world’s heroes and when it returns, one of the remaining must get sober to stop it.

Taarna #1 (Heavy Metal) – The classic Heavy Metal property is back!

Taskmaster #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun mixing action and humor.

We Live #3 (AfterShock) – One of the best new series of the year continues! Amazing art, great storytelling, this is one to catch up on if you haven’t.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #2 (Marvel) – An anthology series from Marvel, the first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting more of the same.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Far Sector #9

Wednesdays (and now 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.

Batman/Catwoman #1 (DC Comics) – We read the first issue and mixed about it but this one is on a lot of people’s radars.

Black Widow #4 (Marvel) – This series has been fantastic so far. Full of action and humor, it’s just beyond entertaining, and this issue ups the “holy crap” factor.

Captain Canuck Season 5 #1 (Chapterhouse) – If you’re looking for superhero comics not from the big two, check this one out.

COVID Chronicles (AWA Studios) – Chronicling ten personal accounts from the frontlines of COVID-19. A perfect example of graphic journalism.

DCeased: Dead Planet #6 (DC Comics) – The series begins to up the action as numerous plot threads begin to come together for a hell of a battle.

E-Ratic #1 (AWA Studios) – A new superhero series staring a 15-year-old who can only use his powers for ten minutes at a time. The concept sounds interesting and it’s from the talented Kaare Andrews and Brian Reber.

Far Sector #9 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – Things become much clearer in this issue as we continue to question who we can trust.

Happy Hour #2 (AHOY Comics) – In a world where you can’t be unhappy, the state will go to horrific lengths to make that happen. The first issue was an intriguing concept and we want to check out more.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Her Fatal Hour (Dark Horse) – The follow up to “The Beast of Vargu”, Hellboy is always a good time to read.

Justice League: Endless Winter #1 (DC Comics) – The mini-event kicks off here and it feels like an old-school DC storyline.

Kill a Man (AfterShock) – The highly anticipated MMA graphic novel is here and it exceeds our expectations. A great mix of focusing on characters and grappling.

King in Black #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s next big event kicks off here and it’s a hell of a start.

Knock Em Dead #1 (AfterShock) – A new series from Eliot Rahal who we’ll read no matter what it is. This is a supernatural horror taking place in the world of stand-up comedy. We’re intrigued.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1 (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box) – The beloved series wraps up.

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #1 (Marvel) – We laughed multiple times during this issue that’s a lot of fun. We can’t wait for the second issue.

Overwatch: Tracer – London Calling #1 (Dark Horse) – The hit game comes to comics and it’ll be interesting to see how this one goes over with that crowd.

Red Atlantis #2 (AfterShock) – The election thriller continues and we really want to know where this one’s going. Very timely and not a direction we’re expecting.

Seeds of Spring #1 (Microcosm Publishing) – A Canadian teenage exchanges books and tapes with a pen pal. The series juxtaposes the main character’s life with that of 19th-century Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin.

Strange Adventures #7 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A hell of a reveal in this issue.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – It’s been interesting reading these newly colored releases in the age of COVID. The context definitely has changed a bit since they were first released.

Chapterhouse Comics is Donating 25% from Every Purchase to Capes For Kids!

Last week, Chapterhouse Comics introduced the Capes For Kids Trade Paperback Bundle and they’ve had a great week of donations, To celebrate, they’re going to step things up a little! Chapterhouse will donate 25% from EVERY Online Print Store purchase, in the purchasers’ name until June 05, 2020!

Since 2017, Capes for Kids has raised over $2,450,000 for research, education, and care at Holland Bloorview. To date, thousands have supported the hospital by assembling teams, fundraising and wearing capes around the city during the first full week of March.

Capes for Kids

Chapterhouse Comics Teams Up with Capes For Kids

Chapterhouse Comics is donating over 500 Captain Canuck Comics and Trade Paperbacks to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to kick-off their Official Team-up with the hospital’s Capes For Kids fundraising and awareness campaign to support kids and youth living with disabilities.

From May 22 to June 5, 2020, Chapterhouse will donate $20- in the purchaser’s name with any purchase of a Capes for Kids Trade Paperback Bundle*, which features nine Chapterhouse Universe Trade Paperbacks for only $140.00

The Bundle can be purchased on the Chapterhouse Website and the names of anyone who’ve made a purchase will be updated weekly on the Chapterhouse/Capes page and the Chapterhouse website

Capes for Kids

ChapterHouse Announces $1.99 Issues and $9.99 Trades

Toronto-based comics publisher Chapterhouse Publishing has announced a new pricing structure for its Chapterverse range of superhero titles, with every monthly comic priced at $1.99 US, and all trade paperback collections priced at $9.99 US!

The new $1.99 price point applies to all Chapterverse titles in 2018, including Captain Canuck, Fantomah, Freelance, and The Pitiful Human Lizard.

The change in pricing is a being driven by the tough competition in the comic market and the hope is that this decrease in cover price will remove the barrier for consumers to purchase the comics. The change is also driven by a decrease in production costs. The company has grown enough that printing costs have decreased in what’s described as a “sizeable savings” from the printer. This savings is being passed along to retailers and consumers.

This price point also means that readers can read the entire universe line of comics for $4 to $6 a month.

Chapterhouse is creating an accessible superhero universe with heroes for every kind of reader, from the classic adventure of Captain Canuck to the horror of Fantomah, and from the humour of Pitiful Human-Lizard to the globetrotting action of Freelance.

The $1.99 initiative kicks off in January 2018 with the second seasons of two of Chapterhouse’s most acclaimed titles; Freelance, starring gay superhero Lance Valiant, and Fantomah, featuring a revival of the Golden Age horror icon. The $1.99 price also applies to the new 2018 seasons of Captain Canuck, Pitiful Human-Lizard, Fallen Suns, Northguard, and two new titles to be announced next year.

The $9.99 trade paperback price will apply to the entire Chapterverse line, including Captain Canuck: Aleph, Captain Canuck: Gauntlet, Captain Canuck: Harbinger, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Far From Legendary, The Pitiful Human-Lizard: Still Pretty Pathetic, Freelance: Angel of the Abyss, and Fantomah: Up From The Deep.

Chapterhouse offers a publishing model unlike anyone else in comics. All Chapterverse titles run in four-issue seasons, and each season stands on its own, with no crossovers or stunts. Each $9.99 trade paperback collection will be released and distributed through Diamond Books before the next season begins, so it’s always easy for readers to catch up without breaking the bank.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/29

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.

Ryan C

black hammer 11.jpgBlack Hammer #11 (Dark Horse)** – Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston deliver a sparse but hearbreaking/warming tale of Barbalien’s tortured past and Golden Gail’s tortured present, and while this issue lacks the shocking “big reveals” the last few have, it’s nevertheless a very poignant story, beautifully illustrated. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Rebels: These Free And Independent States #5 (Dark Horse)** – Brian Wood and Andrea Mutti wrap up the story of John Abbott in a way that’s so satisfactory, it’s a veritable comic book storytelling clinic. A happy ending never felt so good — and it looks just as good as it reads. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Secret Empire #7 (Marvel)** – Hmmmm, so Miles Morales’ prophetic “vision” finally comes true, a major character is killed off (for now, you know it won’t last), and Sam Wison re-emerges as Captain America. By all respects, this should be a “big” issue, but it sure doesn’t feel like one. That’s no fault of Andrea Sorrentino and Rod Reis, both of whom do a solid job on art, but damn, is Nick Spencer’s script flat and inherently anti-climactic. Get this thing over with already, please. Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass

‘Namwolf #4 (Albatross)** – A solid, if unspectacular, conclusion to Fabian Rangle Jr. and Logan Foerber’s infectiously likable absurdist four-parter ties up all loose ends with relative ease while leaving things open to a potential sequel, should sales warrant it. Fun, colorful, goofy and gory stuff that’s thoroughly predictable, but no less enjoyable for that fact. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

Captain Canuck Season 3 #1 (Chapterhouse) – So Captain Canuck has retired for reasons and returned to a reserve in central Manitoba to be a hero on a micro-local scale. Very interesting and welcome for writer Kalman Andrasofszky to point out the horrible conditions on many Canadian Native reserves, and for suggesting that Tom would be in the running for band leader. More of this, please! But on the other hand, we then have some kind of alien “incursion” or something that’s tearing up Toronto for reasons? I get that you’ve got to do your plot, but I’m more convinced than ever that plot is mostly boring and no substitute for characters being active agents in their own stories. The only choices Andrasofszky leaves Canuck are to resist (unconvincingly) or to accept the mission – but not until after a few first-we-fight-then-we-team-up pages with Northguard. Leonard Kirk’s art is great as usual. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Freelance #4 (Chapterhouse) – So Lance’s past is supposed to be all mysterious and stuff? Yeah, okay, I’ll go with that. Here we get another riff on the old “you were born to rule the humans” trope: superior man-god from a lost civilization/dimension who has fallen in love with humanity, or, in this case, the twist is that Lance is in love with one Fantomah-_1_1024x1024man in particular. Which is nice to see in a mainstream-type comic, of course. But I’d like to see this series be a bit more freewheeling and really deliver on its premise of globetrotting adventure. Vaneda Vireak & Cindy Leong’s art still looks rushed to me and I wonder if they consider that a bug or a feature. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Fantomah #1 (Chapterhouse) – When you decide to serve up a new version of a Fletcher Hanks character, I expect off-the-rails crazy. SPOILER ALERT: This is not, not one iota, crazy. So what are Ray Fawkes and Soo Lee serving up? It looks like an L.A.-based revenge tragedy, with none of the Mystery Woman of the Jungle stuff. Rather, it looks like we’re going to get a take on La Muerte because L.A. and skull-face woman. Or – as next issue is “The Weeping Woman” – is it La Llorona? Some kind of mishmash of the two? In any case, it falls between the cracks for me – there’s not enough going on either externally or, in the case of its main character Paz Gallegos, internally, to be a really effective revenge tragedy. And Soo Lee’s art depicts L.A. as curiously quiet and empty, with figure work that is neither slick enough to be really mainstream nor rough enough to be really alternative. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

 The Pitiful Human-Lizard #14 (Chapterhouse)** – Now this is how it’s done. If you haven’t read #13, go back and get it – the entire thing happens on a streetcar heading home, and our hero is asleep for like, half of it. Amazing. In this issue, we are with Lady Accident, a telekinetic teacher, battling the evil that is Toronto Twittersphere star Eaton Peepers (nice!) – who is trying to keep his henchman Bodyrocks in the fold, though Johnny is looking for redemption. Mayhem ensues. Pitiful Human-Lizard is the best thing coming out of Chapterhouse, and it’s entirely the work of writer/artist Jason Loo, who brings humanity and good humour to the streets of Toronto. Get on this streetcar, people: it’s a delight, like the best old Spider-Man stories. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Time & Vine #1 (IDW)** – Full disclosure, Thomas F. Zahler and I were high school pen pals, like, through the actual mail, sending each other comics stuff. We lost track of each other while he was at the Kubert School and I was abandoning comics for theatre. I was still not back into comics while Love and Capes was coming out (but I’ll fix that soon enough), but I was curious to see what my old pen pal was up to lately. Time & Vine has a really fun premise: time-travelling wine cellar. Basically: there’s a winery in upstate New York where, if you drink from one of Jack Cadell’s special bottles, you go back to the year of its vintage – but always in the winery. His latest companion is teacher Megan Howe, who is dealing with her mother’s recent onset of Alzheimer’s. Zahler’s premise is sweet, the dialogue is sharp, and the characters are charming in a kind of PBS drama kind of way. I would have liked the art to be less cartoony as a result, but your mileage may vary. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: check it out. 

 

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: Captain Canuck Season 3 #1

The Chapterverse continues! Captain Canuck returns with a brand new first issue! Tom Evans has walked away from Equilibrium, his brother Michael, and the mantle of Captain Canuck, choosing to return instead to a simple life on the reservation near Flin Flon where he grew up. What a terrible time for an extraterrestrial incursion!

Captain Canuck is back in a brand new volume that’s a continuation of what’s come before and serves as a decent jumping on point for new readers. Writer Kalman Andrasofszky delivers a “debut” issue that has Captain Canuck retired in a way, walking away from what he saw as needless escalation and a focus on protecting the “haves.” That part to me is the most interesting and Adrasofszky subtlely puts in some Canadian history and politics into it all that might not be apparent for non-Canadian readers. Talk of First Nation and areas left behind has really kicked up recently in Canada and this issue is no stranger to addressing that and in a way may create an even bigger way for Canada’s hero to stand out from his American counterparts. Go small instead of big.

The issue is set up though with an alien incursion threatening and we don’t get Captain Canuck in suit battling away. Instead the issue is a lot of background, which isn’t bad as it’s an easy way to catch up even for long time readers. So, those looking for the Maple Leaf to do battle will be dissapointed but instead what we get is a tension build up of a comic that’ll hopefully lead to something really interesting.

The art by Leonard Kirk is solid as it bounces around in locations and situations. Quieter talks, high-tech bases, alien battles, it’s all here and it flows effortlessly in a way that’s dynamic and entertaining. The art like the writing is engaging and helps draw the reader in.

Basically, this is a comic without it’s lead character in many ways and feels a little like when Captain America walked away from his title, which isn’t a bad thing. The issue builds to what I assume is an eventual return and more importantly builds the world that is the Chapterverse, an under the radar superhero universe that’s one that should be checked out.

Story: Kalman Andrasofszky Art: Leonard Kirk Cover: John Gallagher
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Chapterhouse 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Kill or Be Killed Vol. 2 TP (Image) – The fantastic crime thriller with a demon (yeah that’s right) keeps getting better. This is the second collected volume of the second arc that follows Dylan’s path into darkness.

Action Comics #984 (DC Comics) – You get a Superman! And you get a Supergirl! And you get a Super… Lex? This arc has been a blast. Take all of Supes’ big bad and put them against his super friends. It’s going down!

Black Hammer #11 (Dark Horse) – Lemire has been a writing machine as of late, and the quality hasn’t dipped. This is probably his best work, but that’s tough to say since he’s doing great work on a few series now.

Saga #45 (Image) – The best in the business keeps it interesting. Whether you read this book in single issue or trade, you’re always left on the edge of your seat. This is a truly special piece of art we are getting, and it’s going to go down as a classic.

Infamous Iron Man #10 (Marvel) – I was skeptical with this book for awhile, and have gone back and forth, but either way, I’ve still enjoyed almost every issue and loved Maleev’s beautiful art as well as the mystery Bendis is building with momma Doom.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant) – Without question the best looking comic right now, these issues never feel long enough – which for me is a good sign. If you’re even remotely curious as to Valiant’s comics, then this is a great place to start. Especially if you’re into what is essentially Conan mixed with Old Man Logan set in Star Wars.

Faith and the Future Force #1 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read this awesome issue. Time travel, a hero that loves comics and a brilliant blend of philosophically aware humour add up to a must (re)read for me on Wednesday.

Adam Wreck #2, Amazing Age #2, Croak #2, Lillith Dark #2 (Alterna) – So four entries in one? Because all four are a part of Alterna’s newsprint line and cost $1.50, and they’re all well worth every penny. Depending on what you’re looking for, there will be something for you among these issues – whether you pick one or all of them up, for the price the’re going for? You honestly can’t go wrong.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Tomboy #12 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The mix of horror, manga, and teenage angst wraps up and if you haven’t read an issue you need to go back to the beginning. One of the best comics that’s under the radar.

All-Star Batman #12 (DC Comics) – This series has been knocking it out of the park and this latest arc which dives deeper into Alfred’s history has been an interesting one showing how you can layer on something new even with a series that has that much history.

Captain Canuck 2017 #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – A reboot of the recently launched character. How it’ll differ? No idea, but I’m intrigued to see.

Heavenly Blues #1 (Scout Comics) – A really interesting concept involving the afterlife that had me entertained with the first issue and looking forward to the second. Basically, it’s a heist comic involving angels and demons.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10 (Marvel) – This series has been knocking it out of the park with each issue and the fact that it revolves around a brand new character is even better. A prime example of how to expand the Star Wars universe and deliver something new.

Jay Baruchel Joins Chapterhouse Publishing As Chief Creative Officer and Investor

Chapterhouse Comics has announced that actor Jay Baruchel has joined the company as an investor and Chief Creative Officer. The publisher was founded in 2015 and is Canada’s largest comic book publisher. Their flagship series Captain Canuck leads a line-up of 16 other monthy titles in addition to archive classics, graphic novels, and prose novels.

The company is Canadian focused with characters and creators representing the company. Baruchel is Canadian. The goal is to tell stories that Canadians can be proud of and the rest of the world can enjoy.

Baruchel co-wrote the Free Comic Book Day edition of Captain Canuck: Year One with Chapterhouse Editor-In-Chief and series writer Kalman Andrasofszky. The comic is first of a three-part series illustrated by Marcus To, featuring a cover by David Finch.

The company also recently announced a partnership with Diamond Books to be distributed throughout North America and Europe.

Around the Tubes

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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