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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.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 (IDW Publishing) – This book has just been plain all out fun! I was skeptical of the quality it would be after the last Batman/ TMNT crossover, which was good but this story so far just ninjas the previous teams ass! It takes the very best aspect of Batman: The Animated Series and melds it together in the Turtles world. Each issue is better than the previous and even though they are leaning to The Mad Hatter being the big boss behind it all, when Tetch is written correctly he is quite the villainous force. I can’t wait to see how this joyride through my childhood icons ends.

Action Comics # 976 (DC Comics) – Well here it is, the battle for Superman’s future! Can Supes defeat Myx (not spelling his damn name) and get back his family or will he lose more than he gained in the process? All I know is if Jon becomes a casualty out of it, I’m going hunting with Kryptonite bullets. Nevertheless a good twist on a classic Superman character and I am enjoying the various runs on my hero since Rebirth. Can anyone say New New 52?

Reborn #5 (Image Comics) – I have really dug this team up of Millar and Capullo thus far. I don’t think it has tremendous long term value but the short term storyline has been fantastic. The art is some of Capullo’s best and Millar’s writing is less Millar-y than usual which keeps it at a nice tempo for me. Very interesting look into the theory of reincarnation and one that wants to make sure my pet gets all the love he can get before I meet him in the afterlife. A fun ride for sure, not ready to get out of the car yet.

Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics) – The timing for this couldn’t be better as I have just reached the middle of my binge watching of “Iron Fist” on Netflix and I love it. My Danny Rand – ometer is at it’s peak right now so more firery chi punching for me is a must. This book is welcome, hope it meets my kung fu needs.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – What did he do to make him unworthy?! It seems like this is the issue where we should finally learn what was whispered into Odinson’s ear.

Action Comics #976 (DC Comics) – The end of the fantastic Superman Reborn arc! I loved this entire run so far and this arc has been so crazy it works.

Doom Patrol #5 (DC’s Young Animal) – This is one of the most fun and wacky comics out. I am obsessed with Nick Derrington’s art and wished he was drawing everything lately.

Black Hammer #7 (Dark Horse) – It has returned! One of the best comics out in the medium and written by one of my favorite writers, Jeff Lemire.

Dept. H #12 (Dark Horse) – Matt and Sharlene Kindt have been so consistently good on this book every month. I love this cover and I am excited to return to the deep and find out whodunit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant) – I have the review copy sat on my desktop just waiting to be opened up and read again, but before I did that, I realized that this was honestly one of the few comics this week I’m looking forward to reading (again) when I pick it up i print so I can see the art without the watermark on it. I can’t wait to see it.

Hulk #4 (Marvel) – I read the first issue of this entirely by accident and immediately found one of my favourite new series. The tension you feel as Jen struggles to not change into the Hulk is palpable, and so well written. I don’t even need a villain in the series, I could read about Jennifer Walters living her life all day long.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #20 (Marvel) – The war between the X-Men and the Inhumans has come to an end, and the X-Men need to figure out their next move. I am very excited for the upcoming ‘ResurreXion’ event and looking forward to seeing the new paths the X-Men take.

Top Pick: Hulk #4 (Marvel) – This has been a great book from the start, showing that even a superhero can be shaken to their core after traumatic events.  Jen has definitely seen her share, from losing her cousin to almost dying by Thanos’ hand. This book is doing a fantastic job of showing her struggle to try and gain back her life while keeping her Hulk side at bay. If you aren’t reading this book, jump in now while it’s still early; you won’t be disappointed.

Invincible Iron Man #5 (Marvel) – I’ve been enjoying this book and getting to know Riri Williams.  It’s a fun book, seeing her being mentored by AI Tony Stark, and seeing her show him a thing or two in the process.  This issue should be fun as well, as various heroes are approaching her to join their teams but, of course, we’ll some villains tag along.  This should be fun.

Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – Will Odinson just pick up the damn hammer already?!?!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Torture Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Arcade Publishing) – On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report condemning the CIA for its secret brutal torture during the Bush administration. This graphic novel summarizes and makes that important document understandable for individuals. The illustrations add poignancy to the facts.

The Circle #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A solid teenage horror tale that mixes fantastic art with a creepy story.

Heathen #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue was great, the second issue is somehow better. This is a fantastic new series from a relatively new voice in comics and definitely a unique spin on things. Two words: lesbian. vikings.

Powerless #1 (Vault Comics) – Everyone has powers, but a new disease takes away those abilities. A cool concept from the upstart publisher.

Terms and Conditions (Drawn & Quarterly) – R. Sikoryak has taken the iTunes Terms and Conditions and created a word for word graphic adaptation.

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Preview: The Circle #4

THE CIRCLE #4

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist Name: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artist(s): Alyzia Zherno (Cover A), Mark Torres (Cover B)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Christian has to kill his friends to break the curse, but when his friends strike first will Christian be ready for them? There will be death in this issue, and the Circle will get smaller.

Preview: Zombie Tramp #33

ZOMBIE TRAMP #33

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (Covers A-B), Marco Maccagni (Covers C-D), Celor (Covers E-F)
Cover A – Regular: Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Marco Maccagni
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marco Maccagni
Cover E – artist variant (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover F – artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Now that we know of Xula’s secret alliance with Kaiju Queen, will she prove her worthiness in the next task that has been laid out for her? Fan favorite voodoo priestess Xula gets the spotlight!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of covers by series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!!!

Preview: Peter David’s Artful #4

PETER DAVID’S ARTFUL #4

Writer: Adapted by Nicole D’Andria from the Peter David novel
Artist Name: Laura Neubert
Cover Artist(s): Laura Neubert
32 pgs./ A / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Artful and Bram must break into Bedlam to save Drina. But are they already too late? And can they survive the hospital staff and a horde of vampires thirsty for their blood?

Preview: Infinite Seven #2

INFINITE SEVEN #2

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Arturo Mesa (Pencils), Geraldo Filho (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Arturo Mesa (Covers A, B, D, E), Bill McKay (Cover C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Somehow Anthony Zane has killed top assassin, Smash Brannagan. Now he has 72 hours to prove that he is a worthy replacement… and his fate will be decided in THE OCTAGON.

NOTE: Covers D and E interlock with 5 covers to be released throughout the first arc to form a MASSIVE Infinite Seven Poster!

Spencer & Locke #2 Races Into Stores and Digital This May!

Action Lab‘s noir mashup of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City continues in Spencer & Locke #2! Spencer and Locke’s investigation leads them to the seedy nightclub known as the Red Rose. But what kind of power does the Red Rose’s owner hold over Locke? Meet Ramona Sinclair. If this femme fatale doesn’t do these gumshoes in, a death-defying car chase just might. The second chapter of David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.‘s pitch-black love letter to Watterson and Miller will arrive in comic shops and digital devices May 2017!

Featuring colors by Jasen Smith, letters from Colin Bell, a main cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr., and variant by Maan House.

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Preview: Action Lab: Dog of Wonder #6

ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER #6

Writer(s): Vito Delsante and Scott Fogg
Artist Name(s): Reilly Leeds
Cover Artist(s): Reilly Leeds (Cover A), Jay Peteranetz (Cover B)
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Percy’s secret has been revealed! Is this the end of the Action Lab League? But it’s only been six issues! More secrets are exposed as we meet our newest League member…she’s out of this world!

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Action Lab Exclusive Covers at ECCC 2017

Stop by Action Lab‘s booth (1502) and Emerald City Comicon and pick up copies of some exclusive covers from March 2nd-March 5th. Meet the creators at the booth, including Bryan Seaton, Jason Martin and Bill McKay.

DOLLFACE ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL 2017

Cover Artist: Mary Bellamy
Lila’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local pub is quickly interrupted by a disgruntled leprechaun out for revenge.

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #32

Cover Artist: Bill McKay
It’s zombie witches vs monster truckers as Zombie Tramp’s road saga comes to a furious conclusion! Also, Vampblade’s along for the ride!!!

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)

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Preview: Amerikarate #1

AMERIKARATE #1

Writer(s): Brockton Mckinney, Corey Kalman
Artist Name(s): Devin Roth
Cover Artist(s): Devin Roth, Daniel Arruda Massa, Sam Ellis, Bill McKay, April O’Neil
Cover A – Devin Roth (main)
Cover B – Daniel Arruda Massa (Footloose)
Cover C – Sam Ellis (Archer)
Cover D – Bill McKay (Action VHS)
Cover E – April O’Neil (photo cover)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Sam Kickwell was the best of the best–until a terrible karate accident involving his brother and ninjas convinced him to hang up his black belt. Now he and his appendage-less sibling have moved to a town that has outlawed martial arts; a place they can finally be at peace—until the fateful day his enemies arrive, forcing him back into the only life he’s ever known: Karate fighting for America.

Featuring artwork by Devin Roth, BOB’S BURGERS character designer!

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Medisin: Health Care for Super Villians

Health care. It’s a concern on everyone’s minds. But when the dust settles after epic, world shattering battles, who cares for the super villains? Enter the twisted world of Medisin.

Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

Medisin is a six issue mini-series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone. The story arc is titled “First Do No Harm” and is written by Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon, drawn by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Peyeryra and lettered by Adam Wollet.

The first issue of Medisin debuts in May 2017!

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