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Review: Aliens: Defiance #4


Colonial Marine Private Zula Hendricks is AWOL deep in space along with the combat synthetic Davis 01, chasing the trail of the xenomorph threat. But in the eerie quiet of a space graveyard the ghosts of her past are catching up with her, and Weyland-Yutani isn’t far behind

In Aliens: Defiance #4 we finally get a glimpse of Zula’s past. Revealing how she got injured, and how she got into her present physical state. It does give a glimpse into her character, which may not much but it is a start. While the issue may be a little slow, a lot does happen story wise. It is still worth picking up for the story alone.

The flashback is one of my favorite art pieces in this issue. It is well done and shows a lot of action. Even if it is brief it deepens the story in a superb manner.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Riccardo Burchielli
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Norman #3

NORMAN #3_COVERSFor Norman, his one wish for Christmas is the longed for hockey mask that will truly complete his “look” – the perfect serial killer. Sadly, he didn’t know about Santa’s Naughty list. As a murderer-in-training, will Santa be coming down the chimney for him? And, besides, what does “good” really mean, anyway?

This South Park/horror mashup by Stan Silas keeps getting funnier, and more disturbing with every issue. Silas manages to continue Norman’s reign of violence as Grace attempts to leave town, except something catches her eye on the way out. That something draws her to Norman’s house. Grace’s monstrous other half does make an appearance before the story cuts off. The issue concludes with two holiday-themed shorts.

The cartoon-like art style by Silas works well for this series. It bolsters the humorous moments and violent moments alike.The art style for the two holiday-themed shorts is a nice change up. It helps make them easily distinguishable from the main story.

Story: Stan Silas Art: Stan Silas
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Jeremy Renner Presents The Rift – In Stores January 2017

In 2013 Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner and writer/producer Don Handfield created The Combine, a production company focused on high quality, dynamic and emotional storytelling. The company is currently producing The Founder starring Michael Keaton and the new scripted series Knightfall premiering on The History Channel in 2017. Now they’ve set their sights on the comics industry with a plan to bring the same high-quality dramatic storytelling to the graphic novel format. Partnering with Red 5 Comics, The Combine will present its first comic series in January 2017.

Presented by Renner and written by Handfield and Richard Rayner, The Rift tells the story of a single mother, Mary Ann, and her son, Elijah, whose lives change forever after witnessing a WWII fighter pilot from 1941 crash-land in present-day Kansas. They find themselves drawn into the work of Section 47, a secret government organization responsible for responding to Rifts that open in space and time. Section 47 – so named because they have only 47 hours before these Rifts close – must safely send all matter from the past back through these portals before time runs out or else the Rifts go nuclear.

Past disasters have been covered up by well-known incidents like Roswell, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.  The scientists believe it’s a matter of physics, but Mary Ann suspects something more spiritual in nature.  She believes people arriving from the past have unresolved problems that must be settled before the rifts can close without harm.

The Rift will be four issues running from January to April 2017 with an additional story in the Red 5 2017 FCBD issue.


Review: Deadpool: Too Soon? #1

deadpool-too-soon-1-coverDeadpool: Too Soon? #1 is insane in the best possible way from the first panel to the last. This issue showcases everything you love about the Merc with a Mouth. If this is your first foray into the world of Deadpool it’s a good start and you won’t be disappointed. Issue #1 of this arc treats us to more guest stars than you can shake a katana at and while Squirrel Girl, The Punisher, Spider-Ham, Howard the Duck, Ant-Man, Forbush Man, and Rocket & Groot seem like they wouldn’t be in the same comic book, in any part of the multiverse or on any timeline, it seems to work.

Deadpool, aka “the reason you’re reading this comic book” and Shiklah join together an elite (or as Deadpool puts it, the funniest) team of superheroes for a super secret mission. Someone has murdered the Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting some of the Marvel Universe’s funniest heroes for death? That’s certainly what Deadpool thinks – and he’s gathered a number of characters in a spooky old mansion (naturally) to help crack the case. Good thing Deadpool is known for his world-renowned investigative skills! But as more bodies start turning up, can these heroes solve the mystery before their goose is cooked?

Joshua Corin‘s writing is on point and is in line with the Deadpool brand. It’s quick and clever and I loved every word of it. Corin takes some of the most humorous , and one of the most deadly, characters in the Marvel universe and gives the readers something to laugh about. Even though the content is hella dark the delivery feels natural & unforced. The dialogue and interaction are exactly what you would want them to be in a mash up involving such a motley crew. No on acts out of character and it all seems extraordinarily natural and organic. Corin gives the readers a quick, page-turning read and the only problem I had with it is that it was over too soon.

Todd Nauck‘s artwork is on point, the detail is amazing and we get some pretty cool retro panels in The Avengers super secret underground lair. We are treated to art that looks like it’s moving and allows the reader to get caught up in the action. Not a frame is wasted and it feels more like a TV show or a movie than like a comic book and that’s not a bad thing. The visuals are on point with and, keep up with the sharp dialogue that Corin provides.

Overall this issue was everything I wanted and more than I expected. It was a nice call back to the comic books of my youth and reminded me of what I loved about comic books as a kid. It was cohesive, smart, well written., expertly drawn and a perfect start to a story arc. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out and if it keeps ending on such hard and enticing twists. I am totally in for the long haul and you should be too.

Story: Joshua Corin Art: Todd Nauck Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Story:9.1 Art:8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Brings the Spider-Family to Marvel NOW!

This November, the Parker family is webslinging and wallcrawling their way into comic shops in the highly anticipated Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1! Legendary Spidey scribe Gerry Conway teams with blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman to bring you the ongoing adventures of Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson and their daughter Annie May!

Life is good for Peter and Mary Jane. Working hard, making ends meet – and oh yeah, keeping the streets of New York City safe with their spider powers! You know, normal family stuff. Be there when being Spider-Man becomes a family affair as Peter, MJ and even Annie swing into action November 9th!

Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
Variant Cover by ADAM KUBERT (SEP160947)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160949)
Hip-Hop Variant by SAM SPRATT (SEP160948)
Divided We Stand Variant Also Available (SEP160950)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16


Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.14


Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Simon Fraser
Cover A: Alex Ronald
Cover B: Will Brooks Photo
Cover C: Simon Myers – Watercolor Variant
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 26 The year-long chase is reaching its final straight! Armed with revelations from the Time War, but challenged by resistance within his own ranks, the Doctor faces his most difficult hour yet as he battles to clear his name! Having plunged into the depths of darkness in his quest for the truth, can he re-emerge triumphant?

The year-long chase is reaching its final straight! Armed with revelations from the Time War, but challenged by resistance within his own ranks, the Doctor faces his most difficult hour yet as he battles to clear his name! Having plunged into the depths of darkness in his quest for the truth, can he re-emerge triumphant?


Preview: Mycroft Holmes #3


Writer: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
Artist: Joshua Cassara
Cover A: Alex Ronald
Cover B: Claudia Caranfa
Cover C: Arianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 26

Mycroft hits the USA in search of the Apocalypse Handbook – but an encounter at the New York docks leaves him battered and bruised at the hands of impossible superweapons – and that’s even before he follows the trail out West, where an unexpected face boards his train, with robbery on his mind!

And introducing… Lark Adler!


Preview: Vikings #2


Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Daniel Indro
Cover B – PHOTO
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 26

Lagertha tries to make sense of the attack on the holy temple of Uppsala, while Floki vows revenge. Ragnar is plagued by his demons, while in the wilderness, a charismatic new leader emerges…


Preview: Rick and Morty #19

Rick and Morty #19

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/CA) CJ Cannon
(C) Ryan Hill
INCENTIVE COVER illustrated by Tait Howard
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99

The conclusion of Rick’s grand “selfless” adventure! AKA, the issue in which CJ Cannon gets real tired of drawing Meeseeks!

The authorities are closing in on Rick’s expanded (and highly illegal) penp juice trade, which he is now using Meeseeks to operate. As their eventual capture looms closer, Summer is on her way back from her own adventure, which has gone terribly awry. How can the Smith family evade capture and take zero responsibility for flooding the intergalactic market with hallucinogenic drugs? YOU GOTTA READ TO FIND OUT, DAWG!


Preview: Exodus: The Life After #8

Exodus: The Life After #8

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99

As our world teeters on the brink of collapse, Essie stands between us and the utter destruction of humanity at the hands of Jude and his army of non-believers. Her only hope remains the greatest writer of the 20th Century not named Vonnegut.


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