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BOOM! Studios and WWE Announce ‘WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special’

BOOM! Studios and WWE are excited to announce the WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special, arriving in stores November of 2017 and featuring some of the biggest WWE Superstars in history! With stories by writers Kevin Panetta, Ryan Ferrier, and Julian May, and featuring art from Brooklyn Allen, Kendall Goode, and Kelly Williams, this special celebrates one of the most beloved annual pop culture events with untold stories from the world of sports entertainment.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is an oversized, stand-alone issue that features several short stories tied to key matches from the storied history of WWE, including the Brock Lesnar and Goldberg showdown in 2016 that was 12 years in the making; the 2016 Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Women’s Elimination match; and perhaps the most controversial (and infamous) match in WWE history—1997’s Montreal Screwjob.

The main cover for WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is illustrated by Rahzzah, with a special “Montreal Screwjob” WWE What If? variant cover by Jim Rugg.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #14

Adventure Time Comics #14

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Justin Jordan, Fred Van Lente & Crystal Skillman, E Jackson, Steve Seeley
Artists: Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Steve Seeley
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Subscription Cover: Evan Palmer
Variant Cover: Korkut Öztekin
Price: $3.99

It’s Finn vs…Finn?!

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/6

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.

 

Ryan C

Redlands_01-1Redlands #1 (Image)** – Not sure what to make of this one yet. On the one hand, Vanessa R. Del Rey’s free-flowing and expressive artwork is gorgeous, and Jordie Bellaire’s colors are always top-notch. It’s as a writer, however, that Bellaire clearly has something of a learning curve ahead of her — plunging us into the middle of the action right off the bat, we never learn many of the characters’ names, have no clue as to their motivations, and frankly, beyond some sort of siege on a redneck sheriff’s station, we don’t even get much of an idea of what’s going on, never mind why. The creators seem to have an admirable agenda that they’re working towards here, but they have a long way to go to get readers invested in it and at $3.99 a pop, I simply wasn’t given a clear enough idea of the basic premise of this comic to justify sticking with it. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

 The Divided States Of Hysteria #3 (Image)** – Whoever’s still left reading Howard Chaykin’s latest will find this installment to be something of a bummer as very little happens by means of plot progression, and all we get is a re-hash of the few particulars we already know. Okay, everyone’s a bastard — we get that much. Beyond that, all this issue does is run in place. Still love Chaykin’s art and Ken Bruzenak’s one-of-a-kind lettering and effects, though. Overall: 5. Recommendation: Buy if you’ve come this far, pass if you haven’t.

Unholy Grail #2 (Aftershock)** – I’m really digging Cullen Bunn and Mirko Colak’s revisionist take on the Arthurian legend, and like the first issue, this one successfully “time-jumps” around to fill us in on all the particulars in a breezy, rapid-fire manner. Colak’s lavish artwork is definitely the star of the show here, but the script does what it needs to in order to maintain your interest, as well. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy.

Grass Kings #6 (Boom! Studios)** – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins wrap up the first arc of their series in fine style as the showdown between our drop-outs and local law enforcement comes to a head, with potentially far-reaching consequences for all parties involved. There’s some great character development in this issue, and Kindt delivers at least one genuinely touching moment, all aided and abetted by Jenkins’ gorgeous and moody watercolor art. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

 Kill Or Be Killed #11 (Image)** – And here we are, right back where we came in, with the fight in #1. Although our guy Dylan is trying to get his life back together, get back on his meds, catch up on his schoolwork, go to a party with his ex, his demon just won’t let him be. Nothing spectacular, just a solid issue that sets up the third arc quite nicely. Overall: 8 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: Misfit City #4

Misfit City #4

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writers: Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Cover Artist: Naomi Franquiz
Price: $3.99

Wilder and Macy are fighting, but the creepy Denbys are on their trail and time is running out to solve the mystery of Black Mary!

Preview: Godshaper #5

Godshaper #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jonas Goonface
Cover Artist: Jonas Goonface
Price: $3.99

Abandoning Bud and his quest for musical stardom, Ennay joins the dastardly Cumpa crew that has been hounding him since Chicago.

Preview: War for the Planet of the Apes #2 (of 4)

War for the Planet of the Apes #2 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mikhail Borulko
Subscription Cover: Jay Shaw
Price: $3.99

With the humans still attacking apes, Caesar sends Blue Eyes on a mission to find a new home.

Preview: Justice League/Power Rangers #5

Justice League/Power Rangers #5

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Stephen Byrne (CA) Karl Kerschl
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The Justice League and the Power Rangers have arrived in the Rangers’ home dimension, but the heroes of these two worlds are too late to prevent Angel Grove’s shocking fate. With the Earth now on the chopping block, can these teams come together to undo the damage wrought by Zedd and Brainiac? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

BOOM! Launches Bad Mask in November, an All-New Mulitmedia Graphic Novel Experience

BOOM! Studios has announced Bad Mask, an all-new multimedia graphic novel experience debuting this November in comic shops and bookstores. Created by cartoonist, children’s books illustrator, and instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies Jon Chad, Bad Mask takes readers on an immersive, unpredictable storytelling journey into an original superhero universe through a variety of unique print and digital items, including a comic, newspaper, handbook, and more, packaged in a gorgeous deluxe box set.

The items contained in the box include:

  • A letter from one of the Great Generals of Bad Mask, explaining the contents of the box and introducing us to the world of Bad Mask.
  • A comic book that introduces readers to Bad Mask’s archenemy, Metal Metro.
  • A set of Metal Metro trading cards that introduces new characters and new mysteries.
  • The Bad Mask Handbook, explaining the organization’s motivation and goals.
  • The Meeting Notes introducing readers to the planning and imminent action leading up to Bad Mask’s attack on the Japanese city of Niigata with a mecha.
  • A Newspaper that details the attack on Niigata and tells what happened when Metal Metro arrived to defend the city with its own mecha.
  • A Magazine containing articles about how Metal Metro has impacted every aspect of life in the world—and not necessarily always for good.
  • The Incident Report about an attack on Arctus Evil—Bad Mask’s headquarters—that reveals more of what is really going on and how Metal Metro is involved.
  • Plus, Digital Components that readers can access online: videos, comics, letters, Livejournal-type entries, and audio.

Bad Mask first debuted exclusively in in the BOOM! Box 2015 Mix Tape, told in the form of Gabrielle’s comic journal “Gab Mask,” where she discusses her life and her controversial opinions on the terrorist group Bad Mask.

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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Catalyst Prime: Accell #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge has been knocking it out of the park with their new line of superhero comics and this is one that’s tons of fun.

Centipede #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The first issue was a surprising solid read. Based on the classic Atari game it’s history sucked us in but the first issue has us coming back.

The Defenders #4 (Marvel) – The first three issues have been fantastic and we’re interested in seeing where this goes and how it lines up with the upcoming Netflix series.

First Strike #1 (IDW Publishing) – The next big event in the Hasbro universe kicks off here. To see GI Joe and Transformers interact, we’re sold.

Generations: Phoenix & Jean Grey #1 (Marvel) – The first “Generations” comic was a dud but we want to see if that was a fluke or if it was par.

Ghost Money #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Money was stolen with 9/11 in this new series which has one of the most unique concepts we’ve heard in quite some time.

Grass Kings #6 (BOOM! Studios) – The first five issues have been as amazing to read as they are to look at.

Ian Livingstone’s Freeway Fighter #4 (Titan Comics) – The first three issues have been high octane entertainment in what feels like a series that deserves more time. Hopefully we’ll get more after this story wraps up.

Inhumans: Once and Future Kings #1 (Marvel) – Christopher Priest is writing this. That alone has us interested.

Quake Champions #1 (Titan Comics) – The classic video game comes to comics and we’re intrigued to see what’s done with it.

Redlands #1 (Image Comics) – A creepy new series mixing vampires in a southern town. It’s good, real good. Read our review.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #11 (Marvel) – One of the best comics Marvel is putting out today. Aphra is the best addition to the Star Wars universe in a long time.

Star Wars: Rogue One – Cassian & K2SO Special #1 (Marvel) – Wonder how these two met? Well here you go!

Transformers: Till All Are One #12 (IDW Publishing) – I know what you’re saying, it’s a comic based on a cartoon featuring giant robots. Every series impresses with comics that touch on adult topics such as when life begins, castes, and politics. This one nails the latter with a story that rivals any story where individuals jockey for control.

The Unsound #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn has been crafting a creepy horror comic that has layers to it that can be discussed for days.

Preview: Adventure Time #67

Adventure Time #67

Publisher: KaBOOM! An imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Delilah S. Dawson
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Subscription Cover: Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Price: $3.99

The epic trip around the world continues with everyone trying to find what they need to keep their hot air balloons afloat!

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