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Preview: Low Road West #2

Low Road West #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Flaviano
Cover Artist: Flaviano
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Following a brutal dust storm that drove them to seek shelter, the teens decide to venture out into the mysterious ghost town of Duster’s Wake to search for supplies…only to find that they are not alone.

Preview: Black Badge #3

Black Badge #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Kindt
Intermix Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Colorist: Hilary Jenkins
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

On a dangerous extraction mission in Pakistan, the Black Badge team is forced to see the terrible consequences of war, and the people who get lost in the battle of nations.

BOOM! Studios Announces WWE: Forever #1

BOOM! Studios and WWE have announced WWE: Forever #1, an all-new, over sized, one-shot special featuring action-packed stories of the greatest WWE Legends on-sale in January 30th, 2019.

The team of Michael Kingston and Michel Mulipola return to document the rise of the Excellence of Execution, Bret Hart; Brent Schoonover recounts when Bobby “The Brain” Heenan attempts to kidnap Matilda the Bulldog, Lan Pitts and Carlos Magno reveal the showdown between Razor Ramon and Ted DiBiase at a jewelry shop; Arune Singh and Kendall Goode reveal the true origin of the partnership between Money Inc. tag team partners Irwin R. Schyster and Ted DiBiase.

WWE: Forever #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah, along with a wraparound preorder cover by Kendall Goode and a variant cover by Marco D’Alfonso.

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

After Houdini (Insight Comics) – Harry Houdini is a top-secret operative for the US Government during World War I and the government needs his son to take his place! Sounds like fun to us!

Captain America #4 (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on Captain America has been amazing so far and we’re expecting no less from this issue. It’s a perfect blend of action and depth.

Infinite Dark #1 (Top Cow Productions/Image Comics) – The universe has ended and humanity exists on a ship whose occupants await the next Big Bang. But, there’s a murder that needs to be investigated. The concept sounds amazing and original and we’re totally in.

Infinity Wars #4 (Marvel) – The event has been much better than expected and with everything warped, we want to know what what happens next.

Last Space Race #1 (AfterShock Comics) – The pitch for the series which sounds a bit like the Right Stuff and X-Files has us intrigued to find out more about this.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips with an original graphic novel. Nuff said.

Ruinworld #4 (BOOM! Studios) – Really fun fantasy for all-ages.

Spider-Geddon #1 (Marvel) – Marvel has been putting together a solid lead up to this even which again brings together various Spider-people from around the Multiverse.

Transformers: Unicron #5 (IDW Publishing) – Things are wrapping up and it looks like everyone is dying. This is definitely the dark before the light as IDW brings to a close an epic run of the Transformers that’s been years in the making.

The Wrong Earth #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue of this series was amazing which has two heroes switching places with their multiverse self. Image grim and gritty mixed with a happier version. Add in so much more material in the comic and you’ve got a hell of a package from a publisher that’s showing we should expect more from comics.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/6

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.


 

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BM_Cv56.test_rev_issue_upcBatman #56 (DC)** – Certainly a nice improvement over the first part of this KGBeast storyline, but something about what Tom King and Tony S. Daniel are doing here just isn’t grabbing me. Maybe it’s the “New52”-style art, maybe it’s the overall “running in place” tone of the script that makes it feel like a stopgap measure between major “arcs” from the outset — whatever the case may be, this is a nominal step in the right direction, but still fairly flat and lifeless stuff. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Jook Joint #1 (Image)** – I dearly wanted to love this comic since it has a social and political message that I not only agree with, but feel to be flat-out necessary, but still — I gotta call ’em like I see ’em, and this book just plain misses the mark. Alitha E.Martinez certainly delivers the goods as far as the art goes, her characters looking like genuine individuals and her scenery dark, rich, and atmospheric — unfortunately, Tee Franklin’s dialogue is wooden and clunky, her caption boxes are occasionally out of synch with the action in the panel, and her tendency to over-enunciate her message often drowns out her plot. Also, for $3.99 we should be able to expect something fairly singular, but this all reads like a subpar voodoo take on the same premise as “Redlands.” I’ll probably give this one more issue simply because I’m rooting for it, but I can’t in good conscience recommend others spend their money on it. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

The Magic Order #4 (Image)** – No one is more surprised than me by how much I’m enjoying this comic, as I’d given up on all things Mark Millar a long time ago. This premise seems to have primed his creative pump again, though, and even though this issue is a bit less substantial, in plot and character development terms, than the previous three, it’s still pretty damn exciting and engaging, and Olivier Coipel’s art is just plain breathtaking. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

House Amok #2 (IDW/Black Crown)** – A pretty significant step back from the astonishing first issue sees Christopher Sebela making explicit what was only hinted at last time out, and it feels far too early in the game to be stripping away the layers of mystery at this point. Sean McManus still knocks the art out of the park, really hitting a stride we haven’t seen from him in decades, but the story needs to do a pretty major turn-around with only two chapters left to go. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: a cautious “read” if you were impressed with the first issue and are determined to see things through to the end, but a hard “pass” if you’re not on board already.

Joe

Blackbird_01-1Blackbird #1 (Image) – Sam Humpries writes a relatable tale of family, substance abuse, responsibility, and self-worth. Jen Bartel gives us art that makes every panel look poster worthy. I already love this book. The set up and the ending leave you wanting so much more. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dead Rabbit #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan pens a tale of crime, redemption, and a legend of a retired (or so he says) vigilante. John McCrea returns to the violent books he’s familiar with like Hitman, and it’s welcomed, because he fits this book and Duggan’s style wonderfully. Both of these creators knocked this out of the park. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #56 (DC) – This issue is mostly set up, and showing a duality between Batman and KGBeast. One man fights for everyone else, with no regard for his well being, while the other fights because he loves to hurt anyone else, while also having no regard for his well being. After what happened in the last issue, and really since Batman #50’s events, The Dark Knight has been put through hell. Tom King and Tony S. Daniel do a solid job of building what I hope will be a crazy arc. Fans need it after #50. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Cosmic Ghost Rider #4 (Marvel) – I am consistently amazed by what Cates can do in a single issue. I laughed, I smiled ear to ear, and then my jaw almost dropped. That is what pure entertainment is, and that is what comics can be when you have creators like this on a book. The art by Dylan Burnett matches Donny Cate’s emotional beats perfectly. This book is hilarious, ridiculous, and shockingly emotional at times. Overall: 9.5 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 (**).

Preview: The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #12

The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV #12

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Rags Morales
Colorist: Emilio Lopez
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99
Cover Artist: Rags Morales

Claudio and Ambellina’s assembled army nears a victory against Wilhelm Ryan, while Chase enables the Crowing to face the Creator for the first time.

Preview: Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #13

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #13

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colorist: Raúl Angulo
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Dan Mora
    Intermix Cover: Miguel Mercado
    Preorder Cover: Audrey Mok
    Homage Incentive Cover: Natacha Bustos
Price: $3.99

After the shocking conclusion of Shattered Grid, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are still picking up the pieces.

Preview: RuinWorld #4

RuinWorld #4

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Derek Laufman
Artist: Derek Laufman
Cover Artist: Derek Laufman
Letterer: Warren Montgomery
Price: $3.99

With Rex’s life hanging in the balance, the team must search out an old witch who lives in a swamp. There is only a small chance that they will end up unleashing the cursed soul of an ancient power in the process, so it will probably be fine.

Preview: Adventure Time Season 11 #1

Adventure Time Season 11 #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sonny Liew
Artist: Marina Julia
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Jorge Corona
    Preorder Cover: Julie Benbassat
    Incentive Cover: Audrey Mok
    Incentive Cover: Paul Pope
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Lucas Werneck
Colorist: Meg Casey
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $3.99

Cartoon Network’s award-winning animated series Adventure Time will conclude this fall with Season 10—but this October, KaBOOM! proudly continues telling the stories of Finn and Jake in a new Season 11 comic series!

In the aftermath of The Great Gum War, Finn, Jake and the entire land of Ooo begin to pick up the pieces with some new and unexpected friends.

Written by Eisner Award-winning writer Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Hock Chye) and illustrated by Marina Julia (Lumberjanes: Faire and Square), this is the only place fans can get new stories in the land of Ooo!

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It’s Your Chance To Name The First Firefly Letter Column at BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced that the first-ever Firefly comic book letter column will launch in Firefly #1, arriving in comic shops on November 14th. New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator & story consultant Joss Whedon, tell the definitive story of the Unification War, the intergalactic civil war that divided friend and family alike.

Fans are encouraged to send their e-mails with their questions and thoughts about the iconic worldwide pop culture phenomenon’s return to comic books to whedonverse@boom-studios.com with a nice, shiny “okay to print” in each e-mail. Letters received by October 15th will not only have a chance to make it in the inaugural Firefly #1, but will also have the opportunity to suggest a name for the shiniest new letter column in all the ‘verse. The reader whose name is selected to immortalize this piece of Browncoat history will also win a full set of all eight covers to Firefly #1 and all the standard variant covers to Firefly #2-4.

Please note that all letters received after October 15th will be considered for future issues of Firefly.

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