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Daisy takes you between Heaven and Hell

From writer and illustrator Colin Lorimer, one of graphic fiction’s emerging unique creative voices, and colorist Joana Lafuente and letterer Jim Campbell comes Daisy, a tale both horrific and beautiful.     

A desperate mother’s five-year search for her missing son leads her to the small town of Brimount and to the mysterious Phillips family. Daisy Phillips, like many teenagers, has a hard time fitting in, but not for the usual reasons. Daisy stands eight-and-a-half feet tall and is still growing, but her troubles with ill health, daily ridicule, and custom-made clothing are only the tip of the iceberg. Daisy may well be descended from a race of cannibalistic giants spawned from the outcasts of Heaven!

Says Lorimer about the project, “I’m delighted to be back at Dark Horse Comics! Their logo attached to Daisy gives it the ‘horror’ seal of approval.”

Daisy #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on December 8, 2021.

Daisy #1

Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties

Hellboy comics can be a hell of a lot of fun. Mike Mignola has created characters and a world that balances a rich and complicated universe but also can deliver stories that can be picked up and enjoyed with little knowledge. Mignola has figured out how to balance the ongoing narrative with the one-shot. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties is example of the comic you can just pick up and enjoy. You have to have little knowledge of the characters but if you do, there’s clearly more to this issue.

Written by Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties has Hellboy and Agent Xiang looking for a book that can summon demons. It takes them to a house where unnatural things are occurring or it could be horrible family relations. There’s not a ton you really need to know to enjoy the comic. It’s a pretty typical “fight demons” type of story. Where it works well is the build up and tension.

Mignola and Roberson keep the readers guessing. Who’s the malignant force in the house? Who is going to be the demon they must fight? Where’s the demon they’ll have to fight? It’s all pretty standard but the way it’s presented will leave you not knowing who can be trusted until that’s revealed. There’s also some solid creepy moments. You get a cinematic feel as the horrors are presented. While it doesn’t deliver scares, there’s a general unease created by the imagery that works really well.

That’s due to the art of Laurence Campbell. Joined by Dave Stewart on colors and Clem Robins lettering, the visuals for the comic are excellent. There are some solid moments that really will make readers unease but never grossed out. There’s the type of visuals you’re not expecting so they deliver a slight punch as they’re revealed. But, it’s all done in a way that doesn’t really scare as opposed to make readers “sick”. With the colors and pencils combined, the art has a vibe about it that is more unease and gross than make you not want to turn a page.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties is a solid start to this series of one-shot comics. It has some details that fans of the Hellboy world will enjoy but those who have never read a story can ignore and not miss anything. It’s a solid horror comic for this Halloween season and one fans of Hellboy or the horror genre should check out.

Story: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson Art: Laurence Campbell
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Primordial #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Batman ’89 #2 (DC Comics) – It’s been fun going back to the “film universe” of Batman and we want to see where it goes, especially with what has been hinted at.

Batman: The World (DC Comics) – Batman stories from creative teams from around the world in a new anthology.

Black Widow #11 (Marvel) – This series has delivered with every issue. It mixes great action, with real emotion, and the sexiness this sort of “spy” story can deliver. It’s just perfect entertainment.

Campisi #2 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. dragon. That’s all you really need to know about this one.

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 (Marvel) – The Eternals have been shaken up in their own series delivering a story that makes them “A” level in the Marvel Universe. What this spin-off brings to the table has us intrigued.

Hellboy & the BPRD 1957 Family Ties (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always fun. This one-shot focuses on an unwanted house guest that Hellboy and BPRD agent Susan Xiang need to take care of.

I Am Batman #1 (DC Comics) – John Ridley has been delivering an interesting take on the next Batman with a story that features a lot of emotion and depth.

Kang the Conqueror #2 (Marvel) – The first issue did a solid job of streamlining the character’s convoluted history. We’re excited to see where this second issue goes as a young Kang begins to confront his different versions in a twisted version of “this is your life”.

MAW #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? That alone has us intrigued to read this one.

Nobody’s Child #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Albino rhinos have a genetic code that holds the properties to regenerate man. This leads to their near extinction. This is the story of a boy who decides to dedicate his life to protecting this rhino.

Primordial #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino launch this new series about some of the animal test subjects during the early years of the space program. The animals never came back… they were taken and all of these years later, they’re coming home.

Stray Dogs (Image Comics) – If you missed this series as individual issues, you need to get the trade. It’s a murder mystery from the perspective of the dogs that might have witnessed it. Amazing art and full of tension.

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story (DC Comics) – A new take on Jessica Cruz’s origin story. We’re fans of the character and interested in seeing what new ideas can be done with her.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a good introduction to this faction and the world delivering solid art and action. Individuals who enjoy a straightforward “space marine kills alien” type story should check this out.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2 (Marvel) – The debut was full of emotion as the attempt to figure out who killed the Scarlet Witch began. But, we’re expecting a lot of twists and turns before this one is over.

Mike Mignola to Illustrate His First Full Length Comic in Five Years – Sir Edward Grey: Acheron

For the first time in five years, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is both writing and illustrating a full-length comic book, one which provides the next chapter in the fabled Hellboy Universe. Titled Sir Edward Grey: Acheron, the one-shot story is set following the events of B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, in which the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense managed to fight off the monsters on Earth long enough for humanity to barely escape underground. The story is Mignola’s first full-length comic book since Dark Horse Comics published Hellboy in Hell in 2016. Here he reunites with award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, as well as letterer and longtime collaborator Clem Robins. Dark Horse Comics will publish Sir Edward Grey: Acheron this winter, featuring a main cover by Mignola and Stewart and a variant cover by acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck.

Sir Edward Grey: Acheron will be published by Dark Horse Comics on December 1, 2021.

  • Sir Edward Grey: Acheron

Review: Last Flight Out #1

Last Flight Out #1

Last Flight Out #1 is an interesting debut. The comic centers on a man who is completely unlikeable. There’s little when it comes to any redeeming qualities. In fact, the series is about escaping a dying Earth and part of me wants him to be left behind so he suffers. But, after reading the first issue, I still want to see where this goes.

Marc Guggenheim takes us to another doomed Earth. This one has been ravaged by climate change and disease like COVID. Arks are being constructed to escape the planet with the third and last to take off in a day. The architect behind those arcs is an utter asshole and horrible father who neglected his daughter after his wife, her mother, died in a car accident. Is it any surprise she ran away and might not want to leave the planet with her father?

Last Flight Out #1 is set up as a journey of a father who is attempting to reach his daughter before disaster. But, it reads about a rich, privileged asshole who endangers a group of soldiers so he can force his daughter to do something she probably doesn’t want to do. I’m sure there’ll be twists and turns in there but right now, I’m hoping a soldier accidently caps the main character in the head during the journey.

What’s really interesting about the series is the small details Guggenheim includes. There’s of course the info about how the world has gone to crap but it’s the small mentions of what has been done to build these arks to escape. There’s the use of social media discussions to echo the denial that is currently dooming our world. The strained relationship and want of escape is something so many of us are experiencing and so many of us want to do. Guggenheim captures some of the current zeitgeist in this science fiction tale.

The art by Eduardo Ferigato sets up the world nicely. We’re mostly presented a bubble of wealth and privilege. The series is clearly taking us elsewhere so the change between what we’ve witnessed and what we will witness will be interesting. Joined by Marcelo Costa on color and Diego Sanches on lettering, the art does a solid job of delivering an emotional coldness throughout. There’s a calculated decision in everything it feels like and that feels reflected in the characters, none of whom feel warm beyond the small child neglected.

Last Flight Out #1 is an interesting comic. The main character is one we want to die. I’m cheering for the military with him to just put a bullet in him and head back to the ship before it takes off. I want something bad to happen. But, I’m also intrigued as to where this is going. Is there any redemption? Will there be a “happy” ending? With such a bleak, cold opening, here’s hoping the comic delivers a little hope and happiness.

Story/Co-Creator: Marc Guggenheim Art/Co-Creator: Eduardo Ferigato
Color: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Diego Sanches
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Mazebook #1

Mazebook #1

Haunting. That’s the best word to use to describe Jeff Lemire‘s Mazebook #1. It’s a sad, slightly depressing story that tugs and heart strings. William Warren has suffered the unthinkable, the loss of a child. Ten years gone and only with her 11 years, the story is a gut punch for anyone who has lost someone close to them too soon. As a parent, it’s my nightmare.

Mazebook #1 is depressing. Very depressing. And it’ll be a struggle for some to get through. But, it’s also hauntingly beautiful. Lemire takes us through the life of a man adrift. After the loss of his child, he goes through his daily routine. And routine is the key word. The days are the same with only some small details changed. And it’s those details that are important. Warren is losing them as he struggles to remember his daughter’s face and more and more about her. What he remembers is a ratty sweater she’d wear. And it’s strange, small details like that throughout the comic that are both sad and beautiful.

Warren spends his days in his routine with attempts from others to break him from it. He’s so focused on the past and trying to hold on to his memories that he’s ignoring the present and the new memories he can make. This is a man lost in his sadness and the emptiness that exists. It’s understandable and something so many can relate to.

Lemire’s art adds to the atmosphere of the comic with small hints and teases of what’s to come. A string from the sweater turns into a line that leads to something else. It’s Warren’s world blending together as he attempts to keep ahold of the past. Steve Wands‘ lettering adds to the melancholy of the story. There’s just the right size and placement to emphasize Warren’s state and a few emphasized moments to break him, and us, out of it.

Nearly everything Jeff Lemire releases is gold. Mazebook #1 is another amazing debut from the creator that’s sure to create buzz and wrack up award nominations. It’s sad. It’s beautiful. And, it’ll hit so many readers in the gut and take them on an emotional ride. This isn’t a “feel good” comic to read but it’s an amazing start to an adventure to come.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jeff Lemire Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Artie and the Wolf Man

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Artie and the Wolf Moon (Graphic Universe) – Artie sneaks out at night to discover their mother is a werewolf!

Avengers Tech-On #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun as a powered up Red Skull strips the world’s heroes of their powers.

Bad Sister (First Second Books) – A middle grade graphic memoir following a young girl who undergoes a crisis of conscience, realizing that she is a “bad sister.”

Batman #112 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” kicks off as the Scarecrow’s plan for Gotham unfolds.

Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them.

Deadbox #1 (Vault Comics) We have an early review and praise this debut.

Glamorella’s Daughter #2 (Literati Press) – The debut issue was fantastic introducing us to a new hero and her daughter who’d rather read books than punch bad guys.

Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #1 (Marvel) – Ka-Zar is back! We always want to see what’s done with this character that never quite catches on.

Last Flight Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Humanity has chosen to evacuate Earth as a father attempts to make amends with his daughter during the end of the world.

Mazebook #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Jeff Lemire. Nuff said.

The Nice House on the Lake #4 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – This series has been amazing with a great mix of horror, mystery, and a focus on the characters. This one delivers some twists that have a major impact.

Nine Stones #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Disturbing dreams shake Alistair “Allie” Jacobi’s nights. But his daytime life is not much better.

Not All Robots #2 (AWA Studios) – In the year of 2056, robots have replaced human beings in the workforce. Mark Russell and Mike Deodato deliver more brilliant commentary.

Savage Circus #6 (Heavy Metal Entertainment) – Strange creators on the loose and a group of thieves. The series has been a lot of fund mashing up genres.

Search for Hu #1 (AfterShock) – A son must protect his parents who a feud breaks out between the two sides of his family.

Snelson #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was interesting looking at “cancel culture”. It didn’t quite deliver the commentary we hoped for but it was enough that we want to see what the second issue has to say.

Star Trek: Mirror War #0 (IDW Publishing) – Star Trek and the Mirror Universe are two things together that always have us interested.

Whistle: A New Gotham Hero (DC Comics) – When Willow discovers that her “uncle” Edward and his friends are actually some of Gotham’s most corrupt criminals, she must make a choice: remain loyal to the man who kept her family together, or use her new powers to be a voice for her community.

Hellboy: The Bones of Giants Goes from Prose to Comics in November

Timed to the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: The Bones of Giants, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and bestselling novelist Christopher Golden are adapting their classic prose novel into an all-new four-issue comic book series, drawn by Barbarian Lord creator Matt Smith and featuring colors by Chris O’Halloran and lettering by Clem Robins. The debut issue of Hellboy: The Bones of Giants comes to comic shops on November 3, 2021.

In Hellboy: The Bones of Giants, lightning strikes from a clear sky on a frozen riverbank in Sweden. The skeleton of a huge man is revealed, his fingers clutched around the handle of an iron hammer. No one who comes to see this marvel from Norse mythology can move it. No one, that is, but Hellboy, who lifts the hammer just in time for lightning to strike again, welding it to his hand and leading him toward a bizarre series of visions and encounters. What ensues is a wild adventure full of Norse legends, mythical creatures, and a threat that could bring not just Earth, but the Nine Realms of Norse mythology to their knees.

Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Kang the Conqueror #1
Mike Del Mundo

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

1984 the Graphic Novel (Houghton Mifflin Company) – George Orwell’s classic book gets a graphic novel adaptation.

The Box #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A private detective is framed for kidnapping as a plot to take his magical box away begins.

Eat the Rich #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new psychological horror series. Under the affluent perfection lies a dark, deadly rot…

Kang the Conqueror #1 (Marvel) – Discover the history of the man who will become Kang the Conqueror in this miniseries.

Killer Queens #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Meet Max and Alex. Reformed intergalactic assassins for hire. On the run. Also super gay.

Moon Knight #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was an interesting new take on the character that has him focused on a small area and taking on things that go bump in the night. With new opposition, it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes.

Nocterra #6 (Image Comics) – The first story arc for the series wraps up in an oversized issue! It’s been a solid series so far and we’re excited to see how the arc ends.

Sam & His Talking Gun #4 (Scout Comics) – The title really says it all in this tale of revenge.

Second Chances #1 (Image Comics) – The Second Chance Hotline allows you to get a new identity, as long as you have some cash, referral, and good reason to start over.

Serial #6 (Abstract Studio) – The series keeps getting better with each issue in this horror/crime series.

Superman and the Authority #2 (DC Comics) – We loved the first issue that had Superman stepping out of his comfort zone and putting together a new team.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1 (Marvel) – The second entry in Marvel’s take on Games Workshop’s popular setting is here. The series shifts the focus to a group of Sisters of Battle dealing with an uprising on a planet.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #1 (Marvel) – The Scarlet Witch is dead… who did it?

X-O Manowar #5 (Valiant Entertainment) – A jumping-on point. X-O Manowar must battle a nanite monstrosity devouring the earth.

Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld Heads to Dark Horse

Brian Michael Bendis brings his line of creator-owned titles, Jinxworld, to Dark Horse Comics. The partnership includes new series as well as the reintroduction of classic Jinxworld titles. Jinxworld and Dark Horse have announced the debut of the fiercely ambitious science-fiction odyssey: Joy Operations coming to comic shops in November.

In addition to the launch of Joy Operations, over the next few months Dark Horse will be publishing all new chapters of the critically-acclaimed yakuza epic Pearl with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos, the three-time Eisner nominated spy thriller Cover with David Mack, an all-new saga in the Murder Inc. series by Powers creators Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma, plus upcoming unannounced projects by Alex Maleev, Jacob Edgar, and plenty of surprises. All this plus new editions of many Jinxworld titles including PowersTorsoScarlet, and more starting with the critically acclaimed Pearl volumes 1 and 2, with brand new covers by series co-creator Michael Gaydos! AND a new printing of the brand-new sold-out Powers: The Best Ever graphic novel.

In Joy Operations, Brian Michael Bendis teams up with Stephen Byrne for their very first creator-owned blockbuster series.

Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN.VOI. A special agent of one of the JONANDO TRUST. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent, hard on herself, and driven. Almost a legendary figure in some parts. Until one day a voice pops in her head trying to get her to betray everything she has ever believed.

This meticulously-designed Akira meets Inception journey shows us a new future like only comics can. Joy Operations #1 will also feature a variant cover by David Mack, as well as an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and a look forward to other, brand-new Jinxworld projects coming exclusively to Dark Horse.

Joy Operations #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on November 17, 2021. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Pearl Volume 1 trade paperback will be in comic shops on March 16, 2022 and in book stores on March 29, 2022. Pearl Volume 2 trade paperback will be in comic shops on April 13, 2022 and in book stores on April 26, 2022. They are available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Pearl Volume 1 and 2 will retail for $19.99.

Powers: The Best Ever trade paperback will be everywhere books are sold January 26, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Powers: The Best Ever will retail for $24.99.

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