(W) Kurt Busiek (A/CA) Alex Ross Rated T In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $7.99
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back – with all-new commentary from comic book masters Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross! The stunning saga concludes as Phil Sheldon publishes a best-selling book on the Marvels! But the public grows ever more jaded toward heroes, and Phil decides to take a stand for heroism by clearing Spider-Man of police captain George Stacy’s death. During Phil’s investigation, he meets George’s daughter, Gwen Stacy, whose strength in the face of adversity gives Phil hope. But when Phil witnesses a terrible tragedy during a battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, will he lose faith in the Marvels for good? Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don’t want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #4.
(W) Steve Gerber (A/CA) Frank Brunner Rated T In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $3.99
He’s a refugee from Duckworld, trapped in a world he never made! He’s Howard the…Barbarian?! That’s right – sword in hand, Howard the Duck is storming the castle of Pro-Rata, would-be Chief Accountant of the Universe! Can Howard survive a run-in with Pro-Rata’s Cosmic Calculator, save the imprisoned Beverly Switzler and avoid becoming dragon food? Find out in the astonishing first issue of the solo series that established Howard the Duck as the satirical smash hit of the ’70s! Waugh! It’s one of the all-time-great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) #1.
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Lalit Kumar Sharma (CA) Chip Zdarsky Rated T+ In Shops: Jun 19, 2019 SRP: $3.99
• In the aftermath of Chip Zdarsky’s explosive first arc of DAREDEVIL, the ground of Hell’s Kitchen has shifted and Matthew Murdock has emerged a changed man…but for better or worse? • Don’t miss the second installment of this new arc: “No Devils, Only God”!
The Glyph award-winning and Eisner nominated Princeless continues it’s epic fantasy saga here! Book 9 of Princeless has so many revelations that will have longtime fans shocked.
Finally, the Black Knight has been unmasked, leading to major revelations for Princess Adrienne. And she still has a sister to save–if she can make it past a labyrinth and a duel fans have been waiting for. It’s Princess Adrienne versus her father! Meanwhile, Devin has been taken prisoner in the elf kingdom. Will he get out in one piece with his friends?
Princeless subverts traditional comic book tropes and promotes empowering female characters. Fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Lumberjanes will fall in love with this fantasy world.
Written by Jeremy Whitley, with art by Emily Martin, Christine Hipp, and Brett Grunig and a cover by Martin and Grunig, you can pre-order Princeless Book 9: Love Yourself #1 with Diamond item code JUN191321. Pick it up in a comic shop near you starting on August 28th, 2019.
As a child born in 1970s but really raised in 1980s, the movies I grew up watching what are now considered cinematic classics. The movies of Dennis Hopper and George Lucas showed two different sides of growing up in this era. Easy Rider gave birth to a generation of filmmakers whose love for storytelling gave new and exciting visions. Then there are those films made by Roger Corman and Henry Hill, which some looked at as “B” movies while others saw them as simple exploitation films.
As someone who fell in love with movies, these films entertained and kept my eyes glued to the screen. These movies, now affectionally referred to as, “Grindhouse,” were everything everyone had said about them but actually so much more. They showed fearlessness that few film auteurs dare to show today. The stories told were outrageous but fun and enjoyable. In the debut issue of Maggie X, Bitch With A Chainsaw #1, we’re taken to a post-apocalyptic world and a woman with an extraordinary skill set for taking out zombies.
Meet Maggie X, a zombie killing agent, who is going through her routine psych debrief. She’s forced to talk about all her feelings. One would think with all the blood and gore she has seen she’d be traumatized. She’s instead resolute. This world is a reality where zombies outnumber humans and the agency Maggie X works for is one with its own share of secrets. Maggie X has to take on a new partner Jed, an agent who she has had a contentious relationship within the past. They’re soon dispatched to a strip club where their intel suggests a zombie infection has spread amongst the strippers. What they discover is far worse than what they ever expected.
Overall, the debut issue is an engaging story that is both fun and gory. The comic is a must for exploitation film fans. The story by Bryce Raffle is funny, contains well-written dialogue, and is action packed. The art by the creative team is vivid and realistically drawn. Altogether, a story that gives a dose of fun into the zombie genre.
Independent comic publisher Arledge Comics has announced that they’re now open for creator-owned submissions.
Arledge Comics is seeking pitches that focus on inclusive, all-ages topics with a rating up to PG-13. Their goal is to continue to develop their family-friendly titles and expand their library to include creator-owned titles. Priority will be given to graphic novels, then collected webcomics, followed by serial comics.
Those interested in developing a pitch packet should view the website. Arledge Comics will continue to develop independent series such as Alex Priest and Black Gold as well as their anthologies.
Hosted by Steven Attewell and Chris Holcomb, Godscast takes you issues by issue through the hit comic series The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
In The Wicked + The Divine #11, the end of Fandemonium. The end of Ragnarock. The end of the arc. The start of something else. Everything’s going to be okay.
Steven writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in “The People’s History of the Marvel Universe” for Graphic Policy. In his day job, He teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne.
Chris Holcomb podcasts about pop culture and where we went wrong in the 90s. You can listen to him at Unspoiled Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
After an impromptu hiatus, the geeks are back (again). They talk about a lot of Batman, the at the time unconfirmed news that Robert Pattinson is the new Dark Knight and go on a rather large tangent at the end as they forget they’re recording.
As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.
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.
Silver Surfer: Black #1 (Marvel) **– There’s no sadder statement on the current state of comics than the fact that more readers seemed excited by the prospect of Donny Cates WRITING the Silver Surfer than they were about Tradd Moore DRAWING the Silver Surfer. Well, this first issue should shovel dirt on the notion that the writer is the “star” of this book, because Cates serves up an absolute go-nowhere mediocrity of a script, while Moore absolutely kills it with his mind-boggling, phantasmagoric art. A visual feast and a literary snooze that loses two full points for Cates’ nauseating postscript page where he says than the Surfer was “Stan Lee’s favorite of all his creations.” News flash, “company man” Cates : Lee had nothing to do with creating the Surfer and even said he was surprised to first see him inserted into a story and wondered who he was and how and why Jack Kirby came up with him — then, of course, he went on to take credit for creating him anyway. Confused overall score for this one: 3. Recommendation: Buy it anyway, but solely for the art. And fuck anyone who says Jack Kirby didn’t create the Silver Surfer — or pretty much the rest of the entire Marvel universe, for that matter.
The Immortal Hulk #19 (Marvel) ** – I have no idea how Al Ewing and Joe Bennett are managing to maintain such a high standard on a book that comes out twice a month, but damn if they aren’t doing precisely that, and this issue sees more of the horrific transformation of Betty Ross counter-balanced with a hell of a fight between the big green guy and the latest iteration of The Abomination. Solid script, spectacular art, consistently one of the best “Big Two” comics around. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
Detective Comics #1005 (DC) ** – About the best you can say for the poorly-conceived and incompetently-scripted “Medieval” storyline is that, hey, at least as of this issue it’s finally over. Brad Walker’s art remains nice, but Peter J. Tomasi just embarrassed himself with this arc, and ends it with his most poorly-written issue yet, loaded with cumbersome expository dialogue, wooden characterization, and the most dull-as-dry-toast “climax” you’ll ever see. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass
Event Leviathan #1 (DC) ** – I guess in order to understand what the fuck is going on here, you need to have purchased that absurd 10 dollar “Superman” lead-in book a few weeks back, and since I didn’t — I was extremely hard pressed to find any reason to buy into the proceedings in this book. Alex Maleev’s art is nice, but Brian Michael Bendis writes his DC characters just like he wrote his Marvel characters, which is to say — not very well at all, and interchangeably. No need to ride out this one, as it seems exceptionally lousy even by the low standards we all have for these “crossover” events. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass
Jughead’s Time Police #1 (Archie)– Sina Grace and Derek Charm remind readers that Archie isn’t just a horror publisher in Jughead’s Time Police, which features the wacky humor of the late, great Jughead ongoing with a sci-fi twist. The premise is that Jughead wants to go back in time to add a special ingredient to his lemon meringue pie so he isn’t disqualified from the contest. Of course, it goes horribly wrong. (That’s what you get when your dog ends up doing all the math/physics part.) Charm continues to show why he’s one of the most underrated comics artists with his aesthetically pleasing, cartoonish art style, and Grace nails the brisk slice of life pace of the first issue. This is probably the first Archie comic to mention Jenny Lewis. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy
Silver Surfer Black #1( Marvel) I will keep this one sweet and short. For the most part, this book really feels Blah. This script reads like an acid trip with Silver Surfer doing a crap load of brooding. The art by Moore is a gem though, as every character looks new especially Beta Ray Bill and definitely Silver Surfer whose look got the gloss finish that you would think he would have in real life. Overall, I would wait for the TPB. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Wait for the Trade
Star Wars Age of Rebellion Luke Skywalker #1 (Marvel) In a tale where Luke Skywalker’s path as a Jedi is tested, he becomes who we see in The Last Jedi. As he is sent on a mission where the Emperor sees it as prime opportunity to turn him to the dark side. As he leans into the same rage as Anakin more than a few times but never gives in completely. By issue’s end, he and his commanding officer save a colony and he gives all the credit to him. Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
Silver Surfer Black #1 (Marvel) – When you give me Donny Cates and Tradd Moore, you’ve got my interest. Add Silver Surfer, and you’ve raised my interest. This book is a crazy yet beautiful psychedelic trip through space with the usual Donny Cates tense cliffhangers that makes you want the next issue right away. The way this book connects to another book of his by the end is exciting. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
The Immortal Hulk #19 (Marvel) – Ewing and Bennett keep raising the bar on the insane story between the covers of this comic. This book steps on the gas even harder and by the end crashes and burns in the best way. The final page had my eyes wide and my mouth opened in shock. Another must buy. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
The Batman Who Laughs #6 (DC) – Snyder had one of my favorite Batman runs on his New 52 run. This continues his over the top “the world is going to end”, destroy everything style in great fashion. This is straight out of Snyder’s Metal event, and follows that craziness with the fantastic artist who did Black Mirror with him, Jock. One more issue to go! Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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 (**).