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Preview: Ghostbusters 101 #3

Ghostbusters 101 #3

Erik Burnham (w) • Dan Schoening (a & c)

This is it! The Original Ghostbusters finally come face to face with those who Answer The Call! Inter-dimensional travel is no new thing to the original boys in grey and their colleagues, but this is the first time that dimensions have ever overlapped and threatened to merge—which could be a worse fate than total protonic reversal!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Wonder Woman #23

Wonder Woman #23

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Liam Sharp
RATED T
In Shops: May 24, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“The Truth” part five! The conclusion to Diana’s search for the truth takes her on a journey into darkness. But the price of understanding may be one sacrifice too many for Wonder Woman…

AfterShock Comics in August 2017

ALTERS #6

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.2.17
The story of No-Damn-Name, a loving mother
Chapter 1: The End of the Innocence
writer: Paul Jenkins
artist: Leila Leiz
color: TBD
letterer: Ryane Hill
cover: Leila Leiz

With her nemesis, Matter Man, finally under control, Chalice begins a new chapter of her life as spokeswoman and primary recruiter for the Gateway Army.

However, when she encounters a brand new Alter living in extreme poverty, she is forced to recognize that not everyone wants to be found, giving her a new perspective on the complexity of her own situation.

From the writer of Wolverine: Origin, Sentry, and Hellblazer.

ANIMOSITY #9 (MR)

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.16.17
writer: Marguerite Bennett
artist: Rafael De Latorre
color: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo

Tensions run high as betrayal stings Jesse in a way she could have never imagined. Can Kyle shed his humanity enough  to aid Jesse in her quest? Can Sandor forsake his bestial nature in order to save that which he loves? The answers lie within!

From Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC‘s Bombshells, and A-Force) and Rafael De Latorre  (SUPERZERO).

BLACK-EYED KIDS #14 (MR)

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.16.17
writer: Joe Pruett
artist: Szymon Kudranksi
colors: Guy Major
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Francesco Francavilla

In order to save one of their own, Gus, Jim, Reece, and Andrew must lay siege to the stronghold of the Black-Eyed Children. But is this a rescue mission or a suicide run?

From Eisner-Award winner Joe Pruett and Szymon Kudranski, the artist of Daredevil/Punisher and Spawn

 

BABYTEETH #3

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.9.17
writer: Donny Cates
artist: Garry Brown
color: Mark Englert
letterer: Taylor Esposito
cover: Garry Brown

Okay, just what the hell is going on in this book? I mean—right? Assassins? Secret Illuminati groups? Portals to hell? Raccoon monsters? Earthquakes? Demon babies? LASER TAG FIGHTS? What the hell, Cates?

Well, look. I promise this is all going to make sense. You just gotta hang in there. This issue is great, though. You’re gonna love it.

(Smiley face emoji)

From the writer of Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the break-out hit God Country comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

ELEANOR & THE EGRET #4

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.23.17
writer: John Layman
artist: Sam Kieth
color: Ronda Pattinson
letterer: John Layman
cover: Sam Kieth

After the tragic events of last issue, we ought to change the name of this book to Eleanor WITHOUT Her Egret, because she’s on her own now, lost, and her current plan is best described as desperate, if not suicidal. As for Ellis the Egret, he’s down, but perhaps he’s not completely out, as this issue, he makes a couple of very surprising new friends.

From John Layman, appetizing writer of Chew, and Sam Keith, captivating creator & artist of The Maxx and co-creator of Sandman, comes the series that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

JIMMY’S BASTARDS #3

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.30.17
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Russ Braun
color: John Kalisz
letterer: Rob Steen
cover: Dave Johnson

The plot thickens as Junior starts turning the screws, and Idi falls in with some very bad dudes. Nancy’s suspicions grow about the opposition, but even Jimmy is a tad surprised at her solution to this episode’s knotty problem. A night at the museum, a man on the run, and a bit of the old Allah Akbar—in part three of Jimmy’s Bastards.

From the creator and writer of Preacher and The Boys comes the brand-new series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

THE NORMALS #4

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.30.17
writer: Adam Glass
artist: Dennis Calero
color: Adriano Augusto
cover: Juan Doe

“Road To Nowhere”

While JACK tries to explain to his family that they are robots, The Normals try to put as much distance as they can between them and the evil, WESTIN INCORPORATED. However, being on the run proves difficult as Westin’s reach is far and wide and they are hell-bent on recalling EVERY AUTOMATON they created—unless Jack and his family can find them first.

Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural & writer of Suicide Squad) with art by Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir).

PESTILENCE #4

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.23.17
writer: Frank Tieri
artist: Oleg Okunev
colors: Rob Schwager
letters: Marshall Dillon
cover: Tim Bradstreet

As the Church’s dark secrets come to light, Fiat Lux must contend with hordes of zombies in Paris…hordes of zombies who are beginning to become more advanced! Will this be the end for Roderick Helms and his men? It will be for one of them, at least!

Written by the master of violence, gore, and mayhem, Frank Tieri (Marvel vs Capcom, Wolverine, Deadpool), with spectacular art from Disney illustrator, Oleg Okunev, and covers by Eisner Award-nominated artist Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher, Hellblazer)!

UNHOLY GRAIL #2

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.9.17
writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Mirko Colak
color: Maria Santaolalla
letterer: Simon Bowland
cover “A”: Mirko Colak 
cover “B”: Francesco Francavilla

The horrific legend of King Arthur continues to unfold. The demon known as Merlin leaves a trail of carnage and curses as he searches for the boy who would be king. Arthur wages war against those who would oppose his sovereignty. The haunted walls of Camelot are raised. And Arthur meets the woman who will become his dark queen.

From writer Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool) and artist Mirko Colak (Punisher) comes a Lovecraftian take on the Arthurian legend that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

WORLD READER #5

$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 8.2.17
writer: Jeff Loveness
artist: Juan Doe
letters: Rachel Deering
cover: Juan Doe

Sarah reaches her final planet, where the hope of life beyond our world may still exist. But the true nature of her mission is revealed…and the deeper mystery of The Faded Man takes shape. The cataclysmic, penultimate chapter of World Reader will change EVERYTHING.

From Groot and Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Jeff Loveness and AMERICAN MONSTER, ANIMOSITY: THE RISE artist Juan Doe, comes the chilling, epic new series that will be sure to appeal to fans of The Arrival, Interstellar, and The Expanse.

Marguerite Bennett, Christina Trujilo, and Moritat Team Up for Sheena

Things heat up this summer, as Dynamite Entertainment welcomes readers back to the jungle with the launch of their latest iconic character, Sheena! Written by the creative dynamic duo made-up of GLAAD-Nominated, NYT Best-Selling Marguerite Bennett and newcomer Christina Trujilo, with illustrations by Moritat, everyone’s favorite Queen of the Jungle swings back into action on August 2, 2017 when issue #0 lands in stores!

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, was the first female character in comics to carry her own dedicated series beginning in 1937. Created by industry legends Will Eisner and S. M. “Jerry” Iger, this groundbreaking character saw 167 issues over the span of two decades. In this riveting relaunch, Sheena proves her prowess as the guardian of the jungle as she pursues a mysterious invader that has come to spy on the Amazon’s most ancient secrets. Following the path of the trespasser, she encounters a forbidden ruin in which even more deadly dangers lie in wait — and begins an adventure that will take her beyond her wildest imaginings!

Sheena began her fictional existence as an orphan raised by a shaman in the jungle, perfecting her survival skills and mastering the ability to communicate with animals. Her many adventures brought her into conflict with evil hunters, slave traders, and rampaging wildlife. The character has thrilled audiences in several television and film adaptations, including portrayals by actresses Irish McCalla (1955-1956), Tanya Roberts (1984), and Gena Lee Nolin (2000). Dynamite Entertainment has a long history of publishing jungle fantasy and pulp adventure, making it the perfect home for Sheena!

Cover artwork for Sheena #0 spotlights the talents of the Emanuela Lupacchino with limited variant editions including “Sneak Peek” covers from interior artist Moritat, as well as from Ryan Sook and J. Scott Campbell!

Sheena #0 is slated for release in August.

Listen to Talking Coloring and Comics with Tamra Bonvillain on Demand

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Have you ever wondered what a comic colorist does? We find out that and more with guest Tamra Bonvillain, one of the hardest working people in comics.

The focus when it comes to comics is often on the writers and pencilers, but there’s so many more hard working people that work to bring us the entertainment we love. We’ll find out about being a colorist in the comic industry as Bonvillain joins hosts Elana and Brett for a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio.

Tamra Bonvillain is a professional Colorist applying color and shading to comics. She has worked in the comics industry since 2012. She is currently working on Doom Patrol, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Wayward, Uncanny Avengers, and various others. She tweets @TBonvillain

Creator’s Corner: Creating Rebirth of the Gangster, Part 2–Brainstorming and Outlining the Whole Plot

*Note:  This is the second part of my series about creating Rebirth of the Gangster.  The first part focused on brainstorming the big idea and plot, and this one will focus on brainstorming all the details and outlining them into a coherent whole.*

Dead-ends, forks, and finally finding the Yellow Brick Road

Five years and a failed comic book had passed since I first wrote that poem (mentioned in the first part).  But no matter what I did, I couldn’t keep it out of my mind.  It kept bobbing above and beneath the surface of my conscious thoughts.  Finally, I’d had enough!  It was time to start turning this poem into the long-form narrative I’d always wanted it to become, but by now, I was completely set on making it a comic.  Instead of writing a detailed outline and sticking to it right away, I wanted to brainstorm as many ideas as possible.  After this process, I’d be able to delete and add ideas, combine characters and events for a more streamlined story, and recraft character motivations and relationships.  See below for the various brainstorming documents and notes I created.

At first I started jotting down random ideas on random pieces of paper, but I don’t have those (I do have handwritten notes for later in the process though).  Eventually, I looked at those notes, and compiled them into emails I sent myself.

 

First set of notes I emailed to myself

(Spoiler alert–kind of, since some this stuff will make it into the comic, and some definitely won’t; if you don’t want to read this, though, you can skip down to look at the reflection I have after it–the reflection starts after the italics end at the next bolded part):

Use birth poem beginning to piece on:

1) father figures–one dead, one alive, both former partners in crime, one double crossed and killed the other; has since retired into a comfortable anonymous life

2) sons–one doesn’t know what his dad’s done and is living comfortably post college; one knows what happened to his dad and is an addict (drinks and smokes) and works temp job while also getting socked into life of crime

3) wives–one has come to terms with what her husband has done in the name of family but distant from husband and becomes more distant as series moves on; one loves her dead husband but can’t come to terms with what he did and what happened to him: remarried and in a tense marriage and drinks: wants best for son and has to get over her need for revenge to help him avoid his father’s fate

4) love interest–starts off juggling both sons: middle of book goes with LD son but eventually ends up with DD son

5) two sons come into conflict over love interest: DD son finds out truth about each other and DD son pretends to be friend: convinces him to help him with a score w/intent to double cross: at story’s climax he changes his mind bc he’s finally moved on: to stay out of cops hands LD son sacrifices himself to save DD son: don’t know when but LD son finds out truth about father

6) use variation of “birth” to intro each character and what they let define themselves

7) DD wife toward climax kills LD; she gets away with it but realized the emptiness of her revenge and talks to her son about it; he rejects her talk at first and goes to mug someone out of anger; feeling nothing but rage and self disgust he starts to see his moms point but not fully yet

  1. A) first chapter starts with LD son birth and flashes to his life–happily working, happy hour with friends–and he is going shopping with love interest (not girlfriend but dating). While shopping DD son robs the place, recognizes LD and cracks him one with his gun; leaves and we see him escaping as he pulls off his mask to flashback to his birth scene and the scene of LD killing his dad
  2. B) second chapter starts with DD wife recounting her “birth”–meeting her husband after some traumatic event. At first she doesn’t know what he does but she finds out and eventually convinces him to quit. He’ll do it after this last score; but he doesn’t get to quit because he’s killed as she gives birth to their son–echo “birth” in her narration to close chapter
  3. C) third chapter starts with “birth” of DD son–new one, where he learns about his dad; starts doing worse in school and hanging with bad kids; his mom finds out and gets him to avoid this life for awhile but on a chance encounter he sees LD son happy which infuriates him; chapter ends with his first crime and an echo of “birth” in his narration
  4. D) fourth chapter starts with “birth” of LD wife: her first robbery, done with her husband; chapter follows them joining DD and clashing with his wife; fearful that the DD wife is going to police after seeing argument they resolve to kill him; chapter ends with DD death, wife and LD come home to celebrate and fuck (conceiving son) and she echoes “birth” narration as they go become a legitimate family
  5. E) fifth chapter starts with LD’s “birth” he just killed his partner and goes legitimate, albeit not in a legitimate way at first; as son grows up he softens and tries to forget his past; DD wife won’t let him though and she blackmails him every few years; chapter ends on one of them as he echoes “birth” narration to feel anger, and self-loathing, but indecision bc of his love for his son and family 
  6. F) sixth chapter starts with the “birth” of love interest as she also lost her parents and is adopted; story follows her growing up and feeling loved and unloved at the same time; middle of chapter we see her as a teacher, trying to help make sure no one feels what she did; chapter ends with echoes in narration of her double “birth” as she hits it off with both sons

Next email and set of notes:

Of below outline definitely don’t use #4 (bc a love triangle doesn’t fit) and don’t use most of #5 (LD son doesn’t die and sacrifice himself, but does knows truth about his dad and is trying to redeem himself)

Third email and set of notes:

LF killed DF bc DF was planning on killing LF’s father; LF stops DF’s hit man but kills his own dad anyway

LF wife helped kill DF; she shot him in the leg; the first time we see DF’s death we see that wound but not her; we see her later in one of her chapters, third or later

DF wife is atheist which clashes with spirituality of cop/old friend of DF son, subtly not melodramatic, and not all the time

LF and LF wife got are religious but hypocrites obviously–most of the time they don’t see this of themselves

The night of the grandfather’s death is not the same as the night of DF’s death

Fourth email and set of notes:

DF son has a friend from the neighborhood who is just paroled from prison and is facing a Cutty-style decision from The Wire. His dad is some blue collar worker who works two jobs and is barely home. We see some of this storyline in the present and in flashbacks, which will also cover his experience in jail (review the book Unfair and some Oz). Like Cutty, he at first tries to get back in the game but won’t end up there.  After getting out of the game, he ends up with a Latina woman who is a teacher. Unlike the cop, she had a present and working father and isn’t religious.

Another member of the gang–who was in jail with him, which we’ll see in some flashbacks–gets out at the same time but sinks back into his old life with his old girlfriend, a real rider like in the book we read for book club, written be a UW professor of social work I believe. This storyline would be introduced in the second act.

The LF son is a prosecutor (review that section of Unfair); the LF is a real estate developer; the LF wife is a business image contractor like Cheadle in House of Lies.

Maybe the DF son says he’s got a plan on how to extort/blackmail LF but he’s really just looking to kill LF and then the LF son. He at least doesn’t kill the LF son. Probably he can’t kill either of them and the LF son kills his own dad. The DF son gets killed by police  or arrested after the fact? LF son lies and says the DF son killed his dad?

Title idea: Rebirth of the Gangster/Return of the Gangster

Second meeting between the two sons: DF son has one of the members of his gang stage a mugging of LF son that the DF son stops. Of course, because of the previous robbery, the LF son is fearful and angry toward the robber and appreciative of the DF son, his “rescuer”. This leads to the beginning of his fake friendship with the LF son. Most likely tell this story from the perspective of the LF son.

 

Outside Help with the Outline and Plot

Around this time, I felt I needed some more guidance in how I approached creating this story–yes I had a lot of ideas, but I wasn’t quite sure how to make them all work in a satisfying story arc, much less make them work as concisely as I needed.  I turned to two texts to help me with this stage of planning: Writing for Comics by Alan Moore, which mainly helped me think about the best ways to structure an individual issue (see below my handwritten breakdowns for the product of this reading and thinking; I still do this for every issue, although I sometimes find that I need to add a scene/make a scene shorter/make a scene longer, etc…).

outline first issue rog handwritten

I still felt lost, though.  On a visit to Chicago, I met some old college friends.  One of them has traveled the world, shooting advertising campaigns, writing scripts, and so on.  He looked at my notes and gave me some feedback, and then pointed me to Save the Cat by Blake Snyder (I know, I know, this isn’t really a revelation, since it’s been a go-to guide for many years.  But it was a revelation for somebody who was focusing only on books that taught comic writing).  

While I don’t agree with everything Blake Snyder writes, his book did help me combine some of the disparate elements in my notes into scenes that had multiple purposes (one of which is to create tonal shifts), and he did make me realize that my main character, Marcus, had to be more active.  (I kind of resent the idea that there has to be one main character, so my comic will have him and Hunter as a focal point, but will develop other characters on a similar level, kind of like Game of Thrones.)  He also helped me structure the story for certain beats (like the turning point, the all is lost point, etc…).  Again, while these ideas aren’t necessarily revolutionary–and not even really new to somebody who spends way too much time consuming entertainment like I do–it helped remind me of certain, proven story beats and how I needed to change my story to fit them.  

Below is the outline for the series as a whole, based on the story beats Snyder describes:

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That’s it for part two folks! I’ll be back soon with the next part, that focuses on writing the synopsis and getting feedback on that, before moving onto writing the script.

House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang – It’s Kids vs Lovecraftian Horrors in a new, all-ages comic now on Kickstarter!

by Brandon Barrows
writer

THE House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths, published by Ten31 Publishing, is a comic I’m exceptionally proud of. You may have read my detective series Jack Hammer (Action Lab) or my horror graphic novel Mythos (Caliber Comics), or maybe not.  Those are, after all, both books targeted at specific audiences. But I’ve wanted to do something that appeals to the widest possible audience, something truly all-ages for a long time. Something anyone can pick up and enjoy, whether they’re long-time comics fans or just getting into them.

Why? Because I read a lot of all-ages comics myself, comics that are supposed to be fun and accessible to anyone. And while there are a lot of comics out there that claim to be just that, many aren’t. Too often, unfortunately, “all-ages” translates to “kids’ comics” in the minds of publishers and fans. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of what’s out there is perfectly fine for beginning readers, but kids confident in their reading and adults won’t find much to enjoy in them.

Truly all-ages books like Spongebob Comics, Mouseguard, The Stuff of Legend, and the Adventure Time comic, when it was written by Ryan North, are all-ages books that are not only that, but series I really enjoy. They’re fun, action- and story-packed comics that work on multiple levels directed at multiple audience so well that it almost seems effortless. They are also stories that meant something. They aren’t just fluff meant to fill pages and be forgotten once you’ve finished reading.

And that’s what I wanted to create, too. Targeting audiences is perfectly fine, and often a smart thing to do, but I wanted to do something different with my next project – something everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. Something an adult or a kid can read and enjoy on their own or that they can enjoy together.

When Ten31’s publisher, James W. Powell, gave me the chance to do exactly that, I had an idea, but wasn’t sure if I was up to the task of creating something on the level of what I was hoping for. Despite those misgivings, I took the idea I had and wrote a comic from it and, while it was pretty decent, James then helped me tweak and refine that script until it truly became one of the best I’ve ever written.

James then did an amazing job (seriously, he’s a fantastic editor and publisher) of finding the best artistic talent to bring it to life.

The Grumpledowns Gang are kids, but theirs is a fun story that kids or adults or anyone in between can enjoy and get their fill of scary fun and action – and maybe even take note of a little life lesson tucked in there somewhere. And the art is just amazing. It’s beautiful, but more than that, it’s incredible to me that it’s virtually exactly what I saw in my head. Artists Rafael Loureiro and Josh Jensen make a powerful team on the interior art, James Hislope’s front- and back-cover pieces are creepily gorgeous and Matt Krotzer’s letters are some of my favorite in the business.

If you like comics, horror fiction or have a kid who likes either, if you’ve ever read any of my comics work or if you haven’t, but want to give it a shot, please check out the Kickstarter campaign Ten31 is currently running,  pledge your support and share the word. This is a very important book to me, with characters I care deeply about, and if it’s successful, I’ll do my best to bring even more of their stories into the world.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here (including a fourteen page preview!)

And keep up with updates at www.ten31publishing.com and www.brandonbarrowscomics.com

Follow us on twitter @Ten31Publishing and @BrandonBarrows


House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths

Written by Brandon Barrows
Art by Rafael Loureiro and James Hislope
Colors by Josh Jensen
Letters by Matt Krotzer
Edited by James W. Powell
Kickstarter opened 5/16/17, closes 6/17/17. Expected to ship to backers July, 2017.

Fourth-grader Ben Grumpledowns has sent away for a package of grow-your-own monsters… just add water! But when his science teacher accidentally flushes them down the toilet, the school is overrun with huge, tentacled creatures! Ben and his friends must find a way to defeat the beasts before they destroy the school or worse – ruin the Halloween carnival! It’s kids vs. shoggoths in this all-new, all-ages, Lovecraftian horror comic!

BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises Announce ‘Adventure Time/Regular Show’ Crossover Comic Book Series

BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises have announce Adventure Time/Regular Show, a comic crossover adventure that’s anything but regular. The six-issue limited series launches in August and will bring together the casts of the two hit Cartoon Network series into one story.

When a powerful new villain threatens to conquer Adventure Time’s Land of Ooo, Princess Bubblegum sends Finn and Jake on a desperate quest to find The Power that can save the land—a power that Skips from Regular Show just happens to be hiding! Finn and Jake’s arrival only exacerbates an existing tension between Mordecai and Rigby, and the trip back to Ooo threatens to tear two sets of bros apart… forever.

Written by Conor McCreery and illustrated by Mattia Di Meo, Adventure Time/Regular Show marks the first-ever crossover between the two properties, a fact that’s not lost on the creative team.

Through its award-winning all-ages imprint KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios began publishing Adventure Time comics in 2012 and Regular Show comics the following year. Both comic series went on to break sales records for all-ages comic publishing. From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Created by J.G. Quintel, Regular Show chronicles the adventures of Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon, a couple of best bros in their 20s who work as groundskeepers at a local park—but would rather chill out for a bit.

Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 features a connecting main cover by Phil Murphy (both covers will ship in a 50/50 intermix), a subscription cover by Jorge Corona that pays homage to an Avengers vs. X-Men #1 cover, and a mash-up homage cover by Dustin Nguyen, featuring Mordecai and Rigby emulating the Adventure Time title card.

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/17

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for

new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.



BM_Cv23_dsAquaman #23 
Arthur Curry and Mera have been away from Atlantis fighting water demons (if it sounds stupid, check out the previous arc because it was actually a solid story), and are just returning to Atlantis as a new arc begins. Coincidence…? Likely. Friendly? Yeah, more or less.

Batman #23 A standalone story that has Batman and Swamp Thing working together that’s one of the more interesting issues that Tom King has written. It’s as Friendly as a standalone Batman story can be.

Batwoman #3 Part three of the arc… and I really don’t remember anything specific about the previous events… which makes this a touch Unfriendly… but it’s actually quite enjoyable all the same.

Green Arrow #23 Green Arrow has hit rock bottom. His company has been taken from him, Oliver Queen has been declared dead, he’s living in a giant tree house in the woods… and his beloved Seattle is currently in the midst of a prolonged terrorist attack  (but I can’t remember why) – at the end of last issue, Green Arrow’s tree house burned, with hi tech guru Henry supposedly inside. This is an intense, barely Friendly place to start, but you can do it.

GLS_Cv23_dsGreen Lanterns #23 Lost In Space part two opens up with the two newest Green Lanterns being trained by Kyle Rainor (Simon) and Guy Gardner (Jess) after they were called to Mogo for some reason or another. It’s going about as well as you’d expect, but it does make for a Friendly and entertaining comic.

Justice League #21 Flash is time jumping to prevent some kind of catastrophe of some kind (probably a big explosion – I forgot last issue), but he doesn’t have complete control over when he goes… it’s an odd premise, but Friendly enough, I suppose.

Nightwing #21 A team-up with Wally West for a villain of the week style story that will probably lead into something more, this is a Friendly place to start with the series.

Super Sons #4 Superboy and Robin have been battling robots that can assume the powers and basic look of a person. While confronting the robots, the young heroes have been captured by Kid Amazo…. it sounds more confusing than cricket, but it’s actually Friendly.

Teen Titans #8 Despite this being the second part of an inter-title crossover, I neither remember the first part of this story, but nor did it stop me from enjoying the comic. For that reason, I’m marking this as a Friendly issue.

Trinity #9  It’s a new arc that starts here, so the only realy question you need to ask yourself is whether you know who Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman are? Because if you do, then you’ll find this Friendly. There’s a bit of a throwback to the first arc, but nothing that’ll have you scratching your beard in wonder.

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.

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #3 (Valiant) – Two words: Space Conan. More words: My favourite series from any publisher right now, this is a beautifully illustrated an fantastically written comic.

Rapture #1 (Valiant) – Another Valiant comic written by Matt Kindt? Just take my money.

Vile #2 (Study Group Comics) – Alright so this doesn’t come out this week, and is actually sat in my To-Read pile…. but I have every intention of reading Tyler Landry’s stream of consciousness style of story telling this week.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a  while since it sounds like it’ll touch on social issues that are prevalent today giving it all a new spin.

Saucer State #1 (IDW Publishing) – This was an awesome series when that last volume came out through Vertigo. Thankfully we get another conspiracy filled volume. Think the X-Files but the President is involved in the investigation. A solid mix of conspiracy and politics.

Batman/The Shadow #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue I was mixed on, but I’m really excited to see where this second one goes. It’s a team up of two classic characters that works so well together.

East of West #33 (Image Comics) – This series always delivers in a weird mix of the Wild West, political maneuvering and religious fervor.

Samaritan Veritas #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Spinning out of the Postal/Think Tank world of Top Cow is a new series focused on hacker looking to take down a corrupt President…

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