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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 12/17

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.

 


Joe

Mister Miracle # 5 (DC Comics) King and Gerards have been weaving a wonderfully epic tale using the eternal war between Apokolips and New Genesis as a back drop. That MMIR_Cv5_dsis not where the book shines though. King has an amazing way of making these awe inspiring deity-like characters so very human. I loved everything in this issue. Where have we ever seen a trial of a Superhero much less a New God, take place in his living room? The issue issue the aftermath of Scot Free being sentanced to death by the New Highfather, Orion. Scot does what anyone would do with their last days: spend it with the person he loves most. The way Barda is presented here is such a joy as she is trying to hold it together knowing her love is sentanced to imminent death. They take selfies with fans, have a last meal and get hilariously stuck in traffic just like any human couple and it never feels above them. King has found a way to make the New Gods very relatable and this whole series has been a triumph. I might be out of line here but  Overall: 10. Yeah thats right. Read if you disagree. It’s that good.

 

Shean

Despicable Deadpool #290 (Marvel) We catch up with Wade and Cable as they chase Stryfe, Cables evil across time and space. Their travels bring them to NYC, where they get in a scuffle with some Vampires . The funniest scene in the book is when they enter a DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 1portal where the reader gets to see 100 different versions of fun himself.By book’s end, Deadpool kills Viking Cable as the duo realizes Stryfe is about to make some clones of himself once again. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

She Hulk #160 (Marvel) We catch up with Jennifer shortly after being abducted by The Leader and his sycophant, Robyn. As this issue becomes the Marvel version of “Misery”, as Robyn regails her with tales of how much of a fangirl she is of She-Hulk. We flashback to how Robin abducted Jennifer and gets into the reasons why. By the end of this episode, Robyn becomes Jennifer’s version of Abomination. Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Brilliant Trash #2 (Aftershock) – This series seems to be shifting its focus to a third protagonist in just its second issue, while the main character who appeared on the cover last time out is literally nowhere to be found. If that makes it sound like writer Tim Seeley’s attention span is spread pretty thin, well — that’s precisely the case. Priscilla Petraites’ art is still nice enough, if unspectacular, but it’s not only difficult to see where this book is going — it’s difficult to figure out where it is now. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass

Grass Kings #10 (Boom! Studios) – An uncharacteristically weak issue this time out, as writer Matt Kindt deepens the murder mystery that has moved to the series’ core with Grass Kings 10clumsy and stilted dialogue, while Tyler Jenkins’ watercolor-style art looks nice enough on a “macro” level — but on a “micro” level is pretty damn flawed given that his characters’ facial expressions often bear little to no resemblance to the action taking place in the scene or even to the words coming out of their mouths. A weird one, to be sure. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

Mister Miracle #5 (DC)** – What’s supposed to be the last day of Scott Free’s life proves to be a compelling examination of his relationship with his wife, Big Barda, that’s by turns touching, philosophical, romantic — and even kinky (although the particular bit of “adult fun” they’re into shouldn’t be all that surprising given that we’re talking about an escape artist here). All that being said, the “cliffhanger” ending, while brutal, is anything but surprising. Apart from that, though, Tom King and Mitch Gerads are still firing on all cylinders. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy

Royal City #8 (Image)** – Jeff Lemire’s slow-burn trip back to the early ’90s is certainly compelling, if so far free or anything remotely resembling surprises, but it’s the humanity of his central characters that’s the real “hook” here, and those hooks are getting into readers very deeply indeed by this point. Nothing flashy or overwhelming here, just solid, smart, resonant storytelling that pretty much anyone can relate to. Quiet and gripping at the same time? That takes some real skill right there. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy

Logan

WicDiv Christmas Special (Image) The WicDiv Christmas Special is the sexiest and most emotional piece of fanservice you will read in 2017. Kieron Gillen and guest artists Kris Anka, Jen Bartel, Emma Vieceli, Rachel Stott, and Chynna Clugston-Flores show the beautiful, volatile relationships of the Pantheon before everything went haywire. The Anka drawn Baal and Inanna penises are definitely the main attraction here. Overall: 10 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 (**).

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Stéphane Roux
Movie Poster Cover: Mike Mayhew
Action Figure Cover: Michael Adams and Marco D’Alfonso
Connecting Cover: Will Robson
Incentive Cover: Terry Dodson
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Jack and Lo Pan follow Pete into the lair of the Demon of Vengeance, only to face a stunning betrayal!

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #18

Adventure Time Comics #18

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Adam Gorham & Fred Kennedy, James Asmus, Derek Laufman, Daniela Vicoso
Artists: Adam Gorham, Derek Laufman, Daniela Vicoso
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Derek Laufman
Subscription Cover: Luca Pizarri
Incentive Cover: Natalie Dombois
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Mike Fiorentino,
Price: $3.99

Finn and Jake have way too much stuff! Turns out that years of looting dungeons and adventuring adds up. Time for the biggest yard sale in all of Ooo!

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #22

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #22

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jamal Campbell
Connecting Incentive Cover: Steve Morris
Incentive Cover: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant: Quest
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

With tensions building between the Rangers, they put aside their differences and unite with Promethea to take down a great new threat!

Preview: Kong on the Planet of the Apes #2

Kong on the Planet of the Apes #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mike Huddleston
Connecting Cover: Carlos Magno
Classic Pulp Cover: Fay Dalton
Colorist: Alex Guimarães
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

The crossover you demanded continues as Doctor Zaius, Cornelius, Zira, General Ursus, and a fleet of Gorilla Soldiers discover human natives on Skull Island…and the last surviving Kong!

Preview: Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Fairies #1

Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Fairies #1

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Smith
Artist: Matt Smith
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Smith
Subscription Connecting Cover: Sas Milledge
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

The critically acclaimed Jim Henson’s The Storyteller celebrates four mythic tales of fairies inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved television series.

In this first issue, rising newcomer Matt Smith (Lake of Fire, Barbarian Lord) reimagines “The Elf Queen and the Shepherd,” a tale of elven fairies in Iceland.

When a Fairy Princess is cursed to the human realm and cursed to bring death with her, Grettir the Strong must discover the source of the trouble and break her curse.

Upcoming issues will include stories by Benjamin Schipper, Tyler Jenkins, and Celia Lowenthal.

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid Conquers Free Comic Book Day 2018

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have announced the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2018 Free Comic Book Day Special. Arriving in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day (May 5th, 2018), this FREE comic is a tie-in to the hotly anticipated Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic book event and features the story of how Zordon turns to the Morphin Masters for help in the Power Rangers’ darkest hour as the Rangers battle Lord Drakkon—an evil version of Tommy, the Green Ranger, from an alternate reality. The issue will be written by Kyle Higgins and Ryan Parrott and illustrated by Diego Galindo with a cover by Jamal Campbell.

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid is the first comic book event story in the 25-year history of the pop-culture phenomenon. The epic event begins on March 21, 2018 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25 by Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo, featuring events so shocking that the issue will be sealed in a black polybag to prevent early spoilers. Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers by Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora join Power Rangers: Shattered Grid starting in issue #9, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2018 Free Comic Book Day Special will add an exciting angle to the storyline.

Review: Judas #1

Judas_001_A_MainJudas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus.

Any story that takes on the subject matter that this comic is presenting runs the risk of being drowned by people refusing to read it, or reacting before they’ve read it, which robs the story of its chance to be given a fair critical chance. Although one could argue that the very nature of the subject matter can leave it ripe for just such a reaction. The preview text of the comic was interesting enough, so I figured  I’d give the Boom Studios  published comic a shot.

Written by Jeff Loveness, and featuring art from Jakub Rebelka, Judas #1 is an ambitious comic. You’ll notice that the issue is comprised almost entirely of an internal monologue from the man in the title, which gives the comic a feeling more like an illustrated novel than a traditional comic book. It’s dangerously close to being a pretentious way to utilize the medium, but as the comic never quite crosses that line it remains an introspective look into one of the most reviled men in history (or fiction, depending on where you stand).Judas_001_PRESS_5

The combination of the art and the lack of specific speech bubbles work strongly in the comic’s favour, elevating what could easily be a controversial story people read because they want an opinion on it into a comic you should read as an example of what comics are capable of doing. There’s a level of promise here that belies the “pretty good” feeling I had while reading the issue, even though I enjoyed the comic; indeed, it was upon further reflection (and a second read through) that Judas began to open up to me as being more than just a comic courting controversy simply for telling a story that, frankly, has no reason not to be told.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, and assuming you’re at least passingly familiar with who Judas is (as in he’s the dude who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, which led to the Crucifixion), then you’ll be able to appreciate the comic’s study of the man who sold out Jesus, and the effect that act (whether preordained or not) had on him. Is this a man deserving of forgiveness, or redemption? Has he been unfairly judged by people in the two thousand odd years since the betrayal? I’m looking forward to seeing how the series handles these questions in the coming issues.

Story: Jeff Loveness Art: Jakub Rebelka
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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