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Preview: Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Wonder Woman/Conan #2

(W) Gail Simone (A) Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (CA) Darick Robertson
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Diana has escaped the Cimmerian gladiator’s arena, but she’s exchanged that battleground for an equally dire fate. Now she’s chained to Conan-the warrior who refused to fight-and they’ve been sold to a pirate’s crew! When their ship founders in a storm, a leap into shark-infested waters seems like the safest course… Co-Published with Dark Horse Comics.

Preview: Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Story: Jeff Lemire
Art: David Rubín

Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston have captivated readers and critics alike with their Eisner Award-winning, creator owned superhero saga Black Hammer, which follows the forgotten champions of Spiral City long after the age of heroes has passed. This week, Dark Horse Comics expands the universe of Black Hammer with Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín. The four issue mini-series reveals the secret origins of the Black Hammer’s greatest villains.

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.

Joe

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) – I am optimistic with most things that Jason Aaron touches. He has been killing it on this title, and while some are still arguing if Thor should be a female or not, I have been loving this run. Does Jane die? How does Odinson fit into this? We are into Marvel Legacy territory now, so does that mean he returns as Thor? Or is that too easy? Either way, I can’t wait to find out.

Batman #33 (DC Comics) – Tom King is just getting done with “The Proposal” and “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and is now joined by Joelle Jones on art to start a new arc. I cannot wait to see what Jones comes up with on art, as I love her style. I also cannot wait to see where King takes us next with the Dark Knight.

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) – Bendis catches a lot of flack, and sometimes it may be warranted, but I have actually enjoyed what he has been crafting with Riri and Doom. I am pleasantly surprised that this has become one of my most anticipated titles and plots.

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s more of the Black Hammer universe, and Lemire, oh and Rubin. These are two of my favorite creators in the medium, and I can already imagine how their styles will go together, and it excites me.

Kill or Be Killed #13 (Image Comics) – I always look forward to this incredible book. Brubaker is crafting another classic, and I cannot wait to see the ending, but I also never want it to end. That is the dilemma of awesome writing.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with Dark Nights: Metal and these one-shots have been introducing us to these nightmarish Batmen. This one is Batman mashed up with Aquaman and the comic itself is one of the best produced yet.

Infernoct #1 (Scout Comics) – A new series from Scout Comics is always worth grabbing and this new one should be on everyone’s buy list. This horror series is one that every fan of H.P. Lovecrraft and horror should check out and it’s perfect for this Halloween season.

Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – I’m intrigued to see what this new imprint has. I’m expecting Vertigo and we’ll see if this can meet expectations. The series is described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and that alone has me interest.

Normandy Gold #4 (Titan Comics) – I love me some noir and this is a brutal one in a period piece setting. Grim, grimy, gritty, and so good.

The Realm #2 (Image Comics) – This series’ first issue was fantastic, a fantasy Walking Dead and I expect it to find a following like that show. It has the potential to be the next big thing in comics.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Rebirth Vol. 1 (DC Comics) – All of the awesome in one collected issue. The Squad doesn’t kneel before Zod and it’s amazing!

Top Pick: Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) – The becoming of Black Panther is highlighted in part one of this two part story.

Batwoman #8 (DC Comics) – The “Fear and Loathing” arc continues and the 2nd installment ramps things up to 11.

Harley Quinn #30 (DC Comics) – Who doesn’t want to VOTE HARLEY!

Deadpool vs Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Bring popcorn, it’s about to get real… bloody!

Vinegar Teeth, a Lovecraftian Buddy-Cop Action Comedy in January

High-concept comics superstars Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey are back with an off-the-wall story with unforgettable art–Vinegar Teeth!

Artie Buckle is a grade ‘A’ schmuck. His excessive fondness for booze compliments his flash temper, but hold their feet to the fire, his fellow officers would agree; Artie is one helluva cop. He’s gonna need that scrap of goodwill because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and to top it off Artie’s been saddled with the city’s newest hero as his partner; a hideous, monstrous, but completely likable, extra-dimensional being named Vinegar Teeth. Can Artie pull his head out long enough to work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold and set Brick City back on its feet?

Strap in for a helluva ride with this epic genre mash-up of horror, humor, crime, and science fiction! You ain’t seen nothing like it!

The first issue of Vinegar Teeth (of four) is on-sale January 24, 2018.

Around the Tubes

A new week and we’re gearing up for New York Comic Con! Who’s going and what are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the convention to start, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Broadway World – Graphic Novel-Inspired ‘CIRCLE OF BLOOD’ Will Be Shadowbox Live’s Next Original Show – Interesting. The next Fun Home?

CBR – Former Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie Exits Publisher – What will he take a bite out of next?

ComicMix – Marc Alan Fishman: Can I Love the Art But Not the Artist? – A very intriguing question. What do you all think?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Outhousers  – Infamous Iron Man #12

Talking Comics – Marvel Legacy #1

Comic Attack – War Mother #2

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2

Winter break isn’t so relaxing for the team! A creature from the dark dimension Nephos has been summoned to their town by unknown enemies. The girls also discover they aren’t the only Zodiac Starforce team–are they friend . . . or foe?

In Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2 things get complicated as Nephos paints the town red which grants Alice and her friends their powers back in the processes. There’s some nice twists and turns as the Zodiac Starforce manage to encounter him, almost defeating him. Then Nephos reveals he is more powerful then the simple dancer he claimed to be. However, with the appearance of another Zodiac Starforce near the end, I’m curious to see how it impacts the story and where this all goes. Writer Kevin Panetta has me really interested in what is up his sleeve.

The art by Paulina Ganucheau continues to be well balanced. The issue shows off the “normal” aspects of the Zodiac Starforce members’ life as they deal with family and school and then balances all of that with introducing parts of Cimmeria’s kingdom. Despite the briefness of the glimpses, you can see the influence of Arabic and Medieval culture in it. It’s impressive to be able to seamlessly blend things so unlike each other and make it all work so well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1

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An elite group of teenage girls with magical powers have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the Zodiac Starforce, these high-school girls aren’t just combating math tests–they’re also battling monsters!

 

After defeating a former Zodiac Starforce member and her mean-girl minions, the girls thought they’d get a little break! But a new big bad’s come out to play, and demons are starting to overrun the downtown!

Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #1 continues shortly after the first volume ends. Intelligently, the first issue makes sure to include a brief retelling of the past volume to refresh fans and introduce fans who are unaware of the first volume. That’s super helpful when there’s breaks between series and helps make a new volume new reader friendly. Writer Kevin Panetta does an amazing job keeping a quick pace for the story while managing to balance character development and action. We also get a bit of a reveal of who the next villain may be.

Artist Paulina Ganucheau continues the “Sailor Moon” inspired art style. She manages to give the Zodiac supernatural element some great detail. It also showcases a very colorful visual style in the process in addition to showcasing some series action as the story unfolds.

A solid start to a series that’s entertaining and action packed and manages originality despite familiarity.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Second Coming of American Gods with American Gods: My Ainsel

Last year at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

Readers can catch up on the series by purchasing the hardcover collection of American Gods: Shadows. The 264-page American Gods: Shadows collects the first nine issues of the series, along with art process pieces layouts, character designs, and variant cover art by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave McKean, and more! The hardcover goes on sale February 28, 2018.

Dark Horse Comics Announces “Black Hammer: Age of Doom” by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston

Dark Horse Comics has announced that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston’s creator owned Black Hammer superhero saga will return in 2018 with a new ongoing series titled Black Hammer: Age of Doom. The new ongoing series will continue to chronicle the adventures of the forgotten champions of Spiral City, following the events of the cliffhanger ending of issue thirteen of Black Hammer.

The series plays around with the concept of superhero universes being rebooted, relaunched, and rebirthed every year. The series is the next chapter in the story of Golden Gail, Abraham Slam, Barbalien and the rest of the gang.

Meanwhile fans won’t have to wait long for new Black Hammer universe stories. On October 18, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue of Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín. The highly anticipated four issue series follows Lucy Weber—the daughter of the Black Hammer and an investigative reporter for the Global Planet—as she uncovers the dark secret origins of some of her father’s greatest foes. Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil is the first of several high profile Black Hammer mini-series, all of which will feature different artists.

When Black Hammer: Age of Doom debuts in April 2018, each issue of the ongoing series will featuring a variant cover by an acclaimed artist, including an issue 1 cover by Skottie Young and an issue 2 variant cover by Fábio Moon that is an homage to Frank Miller’s icon Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cover.

Geek & Sundry Partners with Dark Horse to Bring the World of Critical Role to Comics Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins

The world of Exandria is coming to comics. In a partnership between Dark Horse and Geek & Sundry, Critical Role, the beloved weekly web series, will be featured in a monthly six-issue digital series entitled Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins. Exploring the enthralling origins of the Vox Machina team, the comics are written by Matthew Colville with interior art by Critter community member Olivia Samson, and coloring and lettering by Chris Northrop. Readers can expect a classic, low-magic fantasy with plenty of snappy dialog.

The first issue, with cover art by Deborah Hauber, launches today, September 20, and will be available on Dark Horse Digital, iBooks, ComiXology, Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Google Play, and other digital platforms for $3.99. Each issue will feature cover art from a different artist within the Critical Role community.

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