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Joe’s Corner: What to Buy this Wednesday

Joe goes over the comic book and trade paperback releases for the week of July 18th 2018, gives what he is going to read, as well as some the top comic books of the week that others may be reading, and recommends some other series as well. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Comics I Pull:

TITLE PUBLISHER
Avengers #5 Marvel Comics
Batman #51 DC Comics
Cable #159 Marvel Comics
The Immortal Hulk #3 Marvel Comics
Infinity Countdown #5 Marvel Comics
Justice League #4 DC Comics
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #307 Marvel Comics
Runaways #11 Marvel Comics
Thor #3 Marvel Comics
Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 Marvel Comics

Other recommended comics:

Gideon Falls #5 Image Comics
Royal City #12 Image Comics
UPDATE: Ether: The Copper Golems #3 Dark Horse Comics
UPDATE: Injustice vs He-Man and Masters of the Universe #1 DC Comics

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/14

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

FLS_Cv50_dsThe Flash #50 (DC)** – I guess this is a “landmark” issue, but you could have fooled me: same sort of lackluster Barry Allen vs. Wally West race around the world and through time comes to an end, the villain (Hunter Zolomon) gets away, angst-ridden wooden dialogue that would make Chris Claremont blush dominates the day — and all in service of one big character resurrection (or should that be “rebirth”?) that I can’t imagine anyone giving a shit about. Joshua Williamson has done some okay writing work, but not here, and the same is true of Howard Porter as far as the art is concerned. I’ve heard that people are enjoying this run — but I literally can’t see how or why. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass.

Superman #1 (DC)** – More a continuation of the sloppy, uninteresting “Man Of Steel” mini-series than a debut issue in its own right, Brian Michael Bendis is doing nothing but stage-setting here : Superman “grows” a new Fortress Of Solitude in the Bermuda Triangle with no explanation, J’Onn J’Onzz uncharacteristically implores Superman to take over the world with no explanation, and at the end the Earth appears to have been swallowed up by the Phantom Zone — again, with no explanation. Ivan Reis’ art is competent, but that’s about it — which, as you can already tell, is more than can be said for the story. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass.

Eternity Girl #5 (DC/Young Animal)** – Magdalene Visaggio’s scripting on this mini-series has been up and down, but fortunately it’s ticking “up” again as we near the conclusion. Our protagonist appears to be getting close to realizing her goal of non-existence — but she’s about to “achieve” it in a decidedly involuntary fashion. Smart, sharp, philosophical dialogue and captions paired with Sonny Liew’s stunning, post-psychedelic art makes for a pretty compelling little issue, and I’m looking forward to seeing how all this wraps up. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Elsewhere #8 (Image)** – Sadly, Jay Faerber and Sumeyye Kesgin’s lighthearted sci-fi series is being put to bed with this issue, but the story of Amelia Earhart and D.B. Cooper’s dimension-hopping at least comes to a pleasing, if obviously rushed, conclusion. One gets the feeling that there was a much longer story waiting to be told here, but on the whole I’m pretty satisfied with one we got — bright, crisp, lively art paired with a breezy, fun, smart script that doesn’t have any goal beyond simply being entertaining? I’ll take that — heck, I’d have taken much more of it. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy.

Logan

amazing spider-man 1 2018.PNGAmazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley’s debut on Marvel’s flagship title is funny, moving, and also is a mini Superior Foes reunion, which is never a bad thing. Other than the bad luck, worse jokes, and scientific know how, Spencer understands that having a good reputation is key to Spidey and Peter Parker’s character, which is why a plagiarism scandal connected to the days when Doc Ock’s mind was in his body hurts worse than an alien invasion. Dealing with real problems, like work troubles and bad roommate in this case, has been part of Spidey’s charm from the beginning, and Spencer and Ottley infuse plenty of that in their comic. On the visual side, Ryan Ottley gets to cut loose and draw epic, guest starred filled battles as well as potent interpersonal scenes like Aunt May being disappointed in Peter and a reunion with a major supporting character. And like a cherry on top, there’s a funny, melodramatic backup story starring Mysterio with art by perennial Spider-Man artist Humberto Ramos. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy.

Incredibles 2 #1 (Dark Horse) Incredibles 2 #1 is a collection of three stories mostly centered around Mr. Incredible penned by Christos Gage and Landry Walker with fantastic art by Gurihuru, J. Bone, Urbano, and Greppi. The first story is about Mr. Incredible not feeling as strong as he used to and transitioning from being a main superhero to teaching his kids how to be better superheroes. Gurihuru draws in a Disney Golden Book style so this story stuck with me the most. The second story by Gage and drawn in a more satirical style by J. Bone is Rashomon meets bed time stories as Violet and Dash press at their dad to find out the real, non-boring story of his old superhero days. And the final story is a beautiful, little one and done Jack Jack yarn as he uses his vast powers to save his new friend from an evil playground terrorizer. This story is a lot like a Pixar short film. Overall: 7.7 Verdict: Read

X-23 #1 (Marvel)– Mariko Tamaki and Juann Cabal’s first issue of X-23 has some snikty snikt action, good one-liners from Honey Badger, and leans on the whole clone thing more than ever with the introduction of the Stepford Cuckoos as Laura and Gabby’s foils. X-23 #1 is really a tale of two tones: a black ops mission against scientists who want to use Wolverine’s DNA to make super soldiers and then psychological horror with an interlude at the Xavier Institute. I love how Tamaki writes the “sister” relationship between Gabby and Laura and Cabal is good at clearly choreographed action and twisted psychic imagery so this is a fairly solid first issue. Overall: 7.7 Verdict: Read

Joe

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer returns to the fun writing he knew on Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and Ryan Ottley brings the cool character design he pulled off so well on Invincible. This is a good jumping on point Spidey fans. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Superman #1 (DC) – This is a good start to a new jumping on point with a whole new creative team. Reading Man of Steel that came out before this helps, but isn’t needed. This issue sets up some huge things going forward and it will be fun to see where it goes from here. Overall: 7.0 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 (**).

William Gibson’s Alien 3 Screenplay Comes to Comics this November

An Alien blockbuster is coming to a comic shop near you when Dark Horse Comics brings William Gibson’s original, unproduced Alien 3 script to life with the help of writer and artist Johnnie Christmas. While Gibson was a contributor in the early phase of the writing for Alien 3, ultimately most of his concepts never made it into the final film. As the father of the cyberpunk genre with titles like Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Dark Horse is thrilled to see Gibson’s vision fully realized for the first time!

Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

With an intense script by Gibson, cinematic art by Johnnie Christmas, vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and a slate of variant covers by James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, and Christian WardWilliam Gibson’s Alien 3 is the “what if?” fans have been asking for!

William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 (of five) goes on sale November 7, 2018.

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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

Preview: The Seeds #1

The Seeds #1

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist, Cover Artist: David Aja
Publication Date: August 1, 2018

In a world much like our own, people are smashing their phones and moving to the lawless tech-free Zone B.

A few cantankerous aliens have come to collect the last dregs of humanity’s essence for the celestial embryo bank. One of them falls in love.

Astra is an idealistic journalist who stumbles into the story of a lifetime, only to realize that if she reports it, she’ll destroy the last hope of a dying world. How far will she go to get her story?

A new four-issue series, by award-winning artist David Aja (HawkeyeImmortal Iron Fist) and filmmaker, journalist Ann Nocenti (DaredevilCatwoman).

Explore The Whispering Dark from Christofer Emgård and Tomás Aira this October

Dark Horse is pleased to announce a new series from writer Christofer Emgård and artist Tomás AiraThe Whispering Dark.

The Whispering Dark follows an Army pilot confronting a supernatural horror in this thriller in the tradition of Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness and Coppola’s Apocalypse Now!  Hannah Vance believed her faith in God could survive anything. But when her helicopter is shot down behind enemy lines, she will fight and kill on an ever more savage battlefield, desperate for a way home. On the horizon, an evil waits for her—and freedom, of a sort.

The Whispering Dark #1 (of four-issues) goes on sale October 24, 2018.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For May ’18

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for April.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 for April’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


Sword Of Ages #4 (IDW)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 326/3,816
Why You Should Read It: 
A five issue space fantasy miniseries that tells the story of a young woman wielding the titular sword as champion for her world. With four of five issues out already, I’d probably trade wait at this point in the game, but keep this on your mind if you can find the previous four issues at your LCS.

Quantum & Woody #6 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 267/5,390
Why You Should Read It: 
Eliot Rahal gives fans one of the best tie-in comics in recent memory – because it doesn’t rely on the event comic it ties in with (Harbinger Wars II) to tell a compelling story, focusing more on the relationship between Quantum and Woody. One of my favourite books of the year.

Pestilence: A Story Of Satan #1 (Aftershock)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 263/5,534
Why You Should Read It: The sequel to a miniseries that re-imagined the Black Plague of the 1300’s as a zombie outbreak, this series hints that Satan was responsible for the plague. Expect a violent reaction from the lead characters.

Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #2 (Dark Horse)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 159/11,690
Why You Should Read It: 
Because Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston have created a brand new superhero universe, that both looks and feels as if the story we’re seeing is only the tip of the iceberg. Plus, it’s freaking fantastic.

True Believers: Wolverine Vs Sabretooth #1 (Marvel)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 143/16,236
Why You Should Read It: 
Marvel’s True Believers line is a wonderful way to sample some classic stories for a low price point. You can’t argue with $1.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Dragon Age: Deception this October

BioWare’s bestselling fantasy franchise continues in a new Dragon Age comics series from Dark Horse Comics this October with writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and cover artist Sachin Teng returning for Dragon Age: Deception!

Dragon Age: Deception follows the twisted tale of a con artist in Tevinter. Olivia Pryde, a failed actress turned successful con artist has come to the city of Ventus with a new target: the head of a wealthy house named Calix Qintara. But as Olivia gets closer to Calix, she realizes that he is not exactly who he says he is. And soon realizes that she is in too deep, and that they may no longer be playing her game.

Dragon Age: Deception #1 (of three) goes on sale October 10, 2018.

For more Dragon Age stories from Dark Horse, look for Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown July 31, 2018Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Deluxe Edition September 18, 2018Dragon Age: The Calling Deluxe Edition October 17, 2018.

It’s Post WW3 American in Death Orb from Ryan Ferrier and Alejandro Aragon

From the creator of D4VE and Kennel House Blues and the artist of 28 Days Later and Robocop comes Death Orb, a fast-paced manga-style action adventure in the vein of Mad Max. Writer Ryan Ferrier and artist Alejandro Aragon invite you to take a wild ride through their post-apocalyptic American landscape filled with death cults, raiders, mutant psychics and mad scientists.

Follow Rider, a heartbroken, axe-wielding wasteland survivor in search of his wife and son as he cuts a bloody path across a war-torn country in the throes of a mysterious death cult led by Father, a demented idealist determined to rebuild the world in his image through the use of the deadly titular “death orb.” Along the way, Rider will face biker assassins, mech-suited mutants, and unspeakable depravity. Death Orb is a full throttle, no prisoners taken, ultraviolent tale of vigilante justice served hot!

Death Orb #1 (of five) goes on sale October 3, 2018.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots on tap as we start to prepared for San Diego Comic-Con which is less than a month away! While you wait for things to really kick off, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – The Secret Beauty of Marvel’s What If Comics – Who enjoyed this series?

The Beat – Guilty Verdict Reached in Trial of Graphic Novelist Who Murdered Girlfriend – Just no words.

The Outhousers – Dark Horse Updates Healthcare Plan To Cover Transgender Employees – Good and a prefect example of action leading to results.

 

Reviews

The Outhousers – Be Prepared

Comics Bulletin – Fathom #1

Talking Comics – Tony Stark: Iron Man #1

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