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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers '84 #0

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.

Bad Reception #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a celebrity wedding with no cellphones and no wifi and someone’s killing the guests. The concept sounds like entertaining slasher horror and we’re excited to check it out.

Criminal #7 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market. Amazing writing and amazing art and consistently good. If you’re a fan of crime stories, this is a must and even if you’re not, check it out for the execution.

Excellence #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new take on modern-day wizards, the series gets better with every issue.

The Goon #4

The Goon #4 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun comics out there. It’s a comedic horror Popeye (these are all good things) that mixes some action and punching with a good dose of humor.

Powers of X #3 (Marvel) – We’re halfway through this volume of Jonathan Hickman’s reinvention of the X-Men and the ideas are out there and keep coming.

Pretty Violent #1 (Image Comics) – Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero and has had powers since she was a baby. The problem is, her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals. The comic sounds like an over the top superhero comedy and we’re here for it.

Springtime in Chernobyl (IDW Publishing) – Emmanuel Lepage chronicles his trip to Chernobyl in 2008 in this graphic memoir.

Strayed #1 (Dark Horse) – A military-industrial complex reigns over humanity and destroys alien worlds. The galaxy’s only hope is in an astral-projecting cat and its owner. This sounds like exactly what sci-fi is about, entertainment and reflecting on socio/political issues.

Superman: Year One #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman’s origin was interesting and exceeded our expectations so we’re excited to see if the second issue can deliver too.

Transformers ’84 #0 (IDW Publishing) – Celebrating 35 years of Transformers, the issue is a prequel to the original comic series. Yeah, our inner child is squealing over this one.

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/10

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

Savage Avengers #4 (Marvel)** – Story-wise, this mini has basically been treading water since the first issue, and that trend continues here, in the penultimate chapter — but just because Gerry Duggan is mailing it in, don’t take that to mean Mike Deodato, Jr. is following suit. This comic looks absolutely great — but unfortunately, that alone doesn’t make it worth either your time or your money. Overall: 4. Recommendation: look at it at the shop, then give it a pass. 

Batman #76 (DC)**– After a lackluster start to the “City Of Bane” arc, Tom King at least cobbles together a nominally readable script here, even if the mystery as to what’s going on continues to fall a bit flat. Tony S. Daniel’s art is what it is — a continuation of the tired “New 52” aesthetic, but I dunno. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll like how this one looks. All in all it’s pretty much just a middling comic. If that’s good enough for you, have at it, otherwise follow the advice in the very next sentence… Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Postal: Deliverance #2 (Image/Top Cow) **– This welcome return to Matt Hawkins’ so-called “Edenverse” builds on a strong first issue with Bryan Hill dishing out some Biblical “justice” and the corruption of a new generation in his script, while Raffaele Ienco delivers some serious goods with his fine, detailed art. Killer stuff, not for the faint of heart. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Descendent #4 (Aftershock) **– Not sure what happened with this conspiracy thriller, but after a strong pair of issues to start things off, Stephanie Phillipss scripting is getting seriously contrived and hakneyed, and the art by Evgeniy Bornyakov seems equally uninspired. I think there’s one installment left to go here, but I doubt I’m interested enough in things at this point to see whether or not they can pull off a last-second course correction. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Joe Hesh

 Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel) Wow. Just wow. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman deliver the best Marvel comic of the year. Not only is the writing and art just fantastic, but they give me the best Eddie story I’ve ever read. Love the love/hate relationship with Peter and Eddie and they managed to something with Carnage that the original Maximum Carnage story never could: Make Carnage a scary leviathan like force. Cletus Kasady alone was terrfying but Cletus tied to an age old evil God, is the thing of joy and nightmares. I love how this comic didn’t end after the first chapter and gave you 3 solid chapters to wet your appetite before leaving you hanging. The plot is awesome and just reprehensible at the same time. Grave robbing to make Carnage even more powerful. I love the relationship bond between Eddie and his other and Tom Hardy should have had this book to read before playing him in the movie. It might sound like I’m gushing here, but I am. I have nothing bad to say about this issue at all and as something I wasn’t even going to glance at, now might be my comic of the year. Overall: 10 just plain 10. Recommendation: Buy this. I read my copy but I’m damn sure buying this.

Logan

Doom Patrol Weight of the Worlds #2 (DC/Young Animal) Round 2 of Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey’s Doom Patrol features more weirdness, empathy, and mind expanding double page spreads. The highlight is Harvey’s diagram of Dannyland aka a genderqueer street on steroids that doubles as the Doom Patrol’s HQ and much more. This issue follows a throughline of positive reinforcement from Robotman’s new body getting cool new powers and upgrades (Like a flamethrower) for every good deed he does to Lotion the Cat realizing that the children of two potential planetary divorcees just need a hug, and finally Larry Trainor finding peace with the Negative Spirit that used to reside within him. The hug scene and another early one where Robotman sees the world through his new, though sadly non-human body marry words and pictures with an immersive spread from James Harvey combined with almost lyrical writing from Way and Lambert. The book feels more like an experimental art piece or a warm and fuzzy therapy session with tripped out dream imagery than a superhero comic, but I assure you that some day saving happens in Doom Patrol #2. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy \

Die #6 (Image)- In an issue based on the annoying RPG concept of grinding, the party must find enough fair gold to kickstart an escape from the city of Glass which is in perpetual war with Eternal Prussia. Angela’s hacking/cyberpunk Neo abilities are crucial to this plan so Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans spend some time with her while she walks her dog looking for gold. She finds parallels between the world of Die and her past life as a game developer, which destroyed her marriage and personal life. Hans’ artwork captures the beautiful tragedy of her solo quest and the mechanics of games with everything having a choice or consequence. The art and Gillen’s writing lightens up a little bit towards the end with an epic escape sequence featuring a cool dragon. Then, Die’s anti-fantasy theme pops up in the conclusion, and Gillen and Hans remind us that this isn’t an adventure comic, but a horror one about being trapped in relationships and patterns of one’s past for too long. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel)– Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman lean into the absurdity, blood guts, and cosmic horror aspects of the symbiote and turn in a thrilling issue of this crossover. It’s divided into three acts: Eddie Brock and son (Who think he’s his brother) Dylan escaping Carnage in the New York subway tunnels, Eddie forging an unlikely alliance with Spider-Man and the Maker, and finally, a close doors chase and fight between Venom, Spider-Man, John Jameson, and a symbiote Norman Osborn. Stegman and inker JP Mayer revel in the utter chaos of the several big fight scenes in this issue and can slow things down too like when Eddie confides in Spider-Man that Dylan is his son and not his brother. The plotting can be a little clunky or exposition heavy at times, but Cates get the information across that Carnage is a god and is trying to absorb the little bits of symbiote left in anyone who was ever a host for it. The mechanics are a little absurd, but Stegman’s takes on the “Carnage-ized” version of characters are a treat, and Cates wisely continues to put the relationship between Eddie and Dylan at the center of this ever expanding story. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Daredevil #9 (Marvel)– I’m really enjoying Chip Zdarsky’s and Lalit Kumar Sharma’s recent work on Daredevil and exploring a Hell’s Kitchen with no Daredevil, Kingpin, or even Matt Murdock practicing law. My most favorite part of Zdarsky’s run (Other than the previous Punisher reactions) is his nuanced look at Matt’s faith, and this is a big part of Daredevil #9 with a large portion of the issue being devoted to him and Reed Richards discussing the existence of God over a game of chess. As a lawyer and Catholic, Matt strives to believe in some order and justice in the universe, but that’s difficult for him in a world of corrupt cops, child trafficking, and bookstores that are mob fronts. Sharma turns in some wonderful visual transitions like the tears of a nun about a lost child turning into Matt going after the trafficker while wearing a variation of his “Man without Fear” costume. And to go along with all the philosophizing and bare knuckles brawls, there is time for romance as Zdarsky and Sharma continue to create some steamy chemistry between Matt and Mindy Libris, a bookstore manager and wife of a crime family scion that likes the business a little too much. Overall: 9.0 Verdict: Buy

 Future Foundation #1 (Marvel)– FF #1 has a great cast, fun cartooning from Will Robson, and Jeremy Whitley gives each member of this very large teenage superhero/science team at least one page to shine and have a voice. However, it’s more concerned with setting up future plot developments than telling an exciting done-in-one prison escape featuring Julie Power and guest starring Yondu. Whitley and Robson do a great job showing the prison break, including Onome fixing Yondu’s giant gun so it actually works and talking about how Shuri inspired her to be the next great Wakandan engineer and Julie traveling at light speed so their rescuee, Rebecca can find her personal effects. But, then, they get caught up in flexing that the Maker is the next villain that they don’t wrap up the story. Future Foundation has characters I want to spend more time with, art that makes me smiles, and is only missing the story mechanics to be solid teen superhero/Fantastic Four spinoff title. Overall: 7 Verdict: Read

Shean

Agents of Atlas (Marvel) – In this miniseries, we get reacquainted with this new superteam, as they take on a dragon terrorizing the Pacific. This is until the Protector intervenes, as a new addition to the group. We are taken to the various bunkers, where each of them find each major city being attacked by Dragons. By issue’s end, the team goes all out while we find exactly what happened to the original team. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Aero#1 (Marvel)– In two different stories, we find about this import from Shanghai. In the reprint of this character’s original run, we find her origins. In the second half, we get a team up adventure with her and Wave, where we get some of Wave’s origin story. By issue’s end, the writers provide a perfect setup for this character. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Aero #2 (Marvel)– In this second issue we find our hero struggling with her powers and how to defeat supervillains. We also find out just how normal her life was, having a boyfriend and a comfortable job, both which looks boring to what she becomes. Inthe second half, we meet Wave’s mentor, Red Feather, who takes her weapons back. By issue’s end, we find out even more about characters, setting up Wave’s solo book to be one to watch. Overall: 9.7 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 (**).

Take One Last Adventure with Crone this November

Dark Horse Comics invites you on a quest for blood and vengeance that is equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess.

The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss is now nothing more than a reclusive old Crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms but does she have the strength to answer the call? Only Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood know for sure!

Joining Dennis and Justin on this epic adventure are colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Pat Brosseau. Together they craft a tale never seen before in the fantasy genre.

Crone #1 (of five) reawakens the fierce warrior inside us all on November 6, 2019.

Crone #1

Review: Berserker Unbound #1

Berserker Unbound #1

In Berserker Unbound #1, a merciless sword and sorcery warrior finds himself blasted through a wormhole to a modern-day metropolis where he must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to hell. 

There were two or three main reasons I picked this book up. One was because it was written by Jeff Lemire, one of the most exciting writers in comics today, the second was the premise of a barbarian warrior being dumped in our world in the present day really interested me and the third was simply the cover. It is wonderful. It told me everything I needed to know about the comic in all of five seconds. It’s also very indicative of the art style within the comic, as Mike Deodato Jr. provided the art for both the interior and exterior (though Dave Stewart provides the colors on the cover, with Frank Martin taking care of the interiors). I’m always happy when the interior artist also produces the cover art because it helps avoid a cover selling a book to a customer based on the art style only to have a totally different artist on the inside.

Berserker Unbound #1 opens with a fairly standard fantasy trope as the Mongrel King trudges across a barren badlands-esque landscape reminiscing over past battles and revealing his reason for the continuous fighting; his wife and daughter. Lemire crafts a compelling tale and weaves a lot of characterization into the Mongrel King during the first issue, helping him stand apart from the inevitable comparison to Conan and others of that ilk. With this being a Lemire book, my expectations were already high going into this series. Lemire took an axe to those expectations and left them bloodied in the dust. The story seems simple enough as a premise, and indeed the first issue ends pretty much where you would expect it to so there’s little surprise plotwise, but it’s how Lemire takes you to his destination – the narration, the pacing – and the way he toys with how you expect things to turn out? It’s wonderful.

Speaking of wonderful things, the artwork of Deodato Jr. is another such thing in this issue. The bleakness of the world, the savagery of the inevitable action.. everything about the artistic presentation of this book is phenomenal. Credit also should go to Martin’s coloring work, of course, which elevates the already great visuals to the next level. Colourists often get the short end of the stick when it comes to the credit they deserve. They shouldn’t. Berserker Unbound #1 is a prime example of a comic where both artists’ work elevates the book a step above anything else I’ve read so far.

When it comes to any story written by Jeff Lemire, I usually find there’s a slower start (though that doesn’t mean I’m not normally hooked within the first issue or two), but that’s not the case here. The opening salvo to this story grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and screamed: “READ ME!” So I did. And I’ll continue to read this series until it’s over.

Join me, won’t you?

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Mike Deodato Jr.
Color: Frank Martin
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided a FREE copy for review. I’ve also added this to my pull list.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dead End Kids #1

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.

Absolute Carnage #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big Spider-Man/Venom event officially kicks off and after such a long build-up, we’re excited to see where it goes.

Agents of Atlas #1 (Marvel) – We got a glimpse of this team during War of the Realms and we want to see more of these characters who definitely deserve more of the spotlight.

Coffin Bound #1 (Image Comics) – the first printing is already sold out. This one’s a hot commodity… if you can find it!

The Death-Defying Devil #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Gail Simone brings back this classic character.

Dead End Kids #1 (Source Point Press) – A coming of age tale during the 90s as friends need to deal with the murder of one of their own.

Future Foundation #1 (Marvel) – We’ve always been a fan of the Future Foundation so we’re beyond excited they’re back in their own series. Like the FF, they’ve been gone far too long.

House of X #2 (Marvel) – We want to see where Hickman takes this series.

Lois Lane #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue blew us away which has us more excited for the second.

No One Left to Fight #2 (Dark Horse) – For the die-hard manga fans out there. A great homage and love letter to the genre.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/4

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.


Shean

Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special #1 (Marvel)– In a collection of stories of some of Star Wars most interesting new characters, we get deeper character dives. We join Maz Kanata in an adventure with the crew of the Millennium Falcon where they hunt down a Sith relic. In a different tale, we find a young Amilyn Holdo long before she became minister, as we see that she’s used to people doubting her and to proving them wrong everytime. In the last story, we find BB-8 providing reconnaissance for Poe Dameron but actually pulls off thr mission off by themselves, getting the Intel and blowing up the Empire stronghold. Out of these three stories, Holdo’s tale is probably the most impactful to the overall Star Wars narrative, giving us the much needed back story to someone we should care about in Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie, but was definitely lacking until now.
Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Powers of X #1 (Marvel) In Powers of X, Jonathan Hickman and RB Silva (Whose art has drastically improved) tell the story of different eras of mutants from the birth of Xavier’s dream to a 1,000 years in the futures when the last mutants are like dinosaurs in a museum. They remix past X-Men villains like Sinister and Nimrod to give them more a big picture role, and best of all, to make them actually win. The bulk of the story happens 100 years in the future and features a Rasputin and an overly, pacifist offshoot of Nightcrawler’s DNA that comments on how sometimes each mutant’s powers are only seen useful by their use in battle. These moments of action or an engaging conversation between Professor X and Moira McTaggert that works thanks to Silva’s facial expressions help the book break out of its history textbook rhythm, for better or worse. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Manor Black #1 (Dark Horse)– In Manor Black, Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and fantastic artist Tyler Crook spin of a tale of retiring magicians, blood rituals, and spontaneous combustion. There is a jarring juxtaposition between the ordinary people of thetown freaking out about a car crashing and burning in a perfect circle and the nine panel grids of Roman Black communing with his ancestors and having to find a successor before he descends to Hell. There is a kind of aristocratic order to his world compared to the chaos that surrounds it and threatens to engulf the sleepy, nearby town. However, what makes Manor Black a decent comic isn’t its plot or characters yet, but Crook’s striking visuals, and his fluid, illustrator’s touch that he’s brings to everything from charred bodies and coffee shops to the bowels of the titular manor. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Death’s Head #1 (Marvel)– I liked Kei Zama’s 2000 AD-esque art and the way he showed the world from Death’s Head POV and also the way that Tini Howard wrote the loving relationship between Hulkling Wiccan, who basically are co-leads of this comic. However, after a slapstick funny opener where Death’s Head gets the shit beaten out of him by some “new models” and gets used as an amp in New York, the book loses focus. It’s not sure if it’s a Death’s Head book or a Hulkling and Wiccan one. Howard and Zama will come up with some cool character beats for Wiccan like when he looks at all future paths he can take, and then it’s robot rock time. Hopefully, in future issues, the trio will be better integrated into each other’s stories. Overall: 6 Verdict: Pass

Joe Ryan

Powers of X #1 (Marvel) – Hickman gives another great reason to be reading the X-Men again after the excellent House of X. As a long time X-fan, I am in. RB Silva gives us some awesome action in the artwork (with great inks and colors by Benedetto and Gracia). We get new characters that are actually cool (and I hope at least 1 or 2 have some staying power), and a the usual fun Hickman messing with time stuff. I wish the novelized parts came a little later, as I felt the paragraphs came a little too soon while I was hooked in the book, but that’s my only small gripe. Overall, the book was fantastic. It had everything I wanted, and didn’t know I wanted in a return to X-Men Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Fantastic Four #12 (Marvel) – Slott has done a solid job overall on this book, and this was a fun campy issue. It felt like a throwback to the more lighthearted adventures we saw the Fantastic Four go on many years ago. We get a classic battle between The Hulk and The Thing again (kind of), and Izaakse does a great job on the art, bringing their epic battle to life. Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Buy

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #9 (Marvel) – Tom Taylor gives a slower, character building issue where we see the history of The Rumor, and how she worked with Captain America, and a surprising use of that time period and how she tied into it. I have enjoyed this run, and I like that we get issues like this that can slow down, and tell a different story, even in a Spidey book. Both Cabal and Lashley do a solid job on the interiors, showing both the modern action scenes and classic emotional scenes very well. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 (DC Comics) – I am a big fan of Snyder and Capullo on Batman. Their New 52 run was a highlight of DC during that time and it went down as one of my favorite runs. Of course Capullo does a great job on the art work. This is a wild and crazy post-apocalyptic world that is having a lot of silly fun (much like they did with Metal). I like how they can make a dark world, but also have so much fun with the characters of the universe. This book makes me miss them doing a monthly ongoing Batman book, but I will enjoy this while it lasts. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (DC Comics) – Snyder double dips in Batman this week, and I enjoyed this one as well. I am not sure we needed another issue for this run (that was originally solicited at 6), but I still had fun with this issue and this series overall. When I first saw the character, The Batman Who Laughs, I wasn’t sure it had staying power, and believe me, I could still have a moment where I get tired of it, but for now, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Jock and Snyder, like Capullo and Snyder are peak modern Batman for me. Great mini series. Overall: 8.0 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 (**).

Preview: Phillip Sevy’s Triage Debuts in September

This September, Phillip Sevy will release his first creator-owned comic as writer, artist, and colorist: Triage, published by Dark Horse Comics. After providing art on series ranging from Tomb Raider (Dark Horse Comics) to The Freeze (Image Comics), this new project allows the creator to channel the tale of a struggling nurse, an airborne superhero, and a post-apocalyptic survivor, who meet in a science-fiction blockbuster that spans multiple realities. These figures collide as a ruthless machine hunts these women down, threatening the fabric of time and space. 

Evie Pierce, a nurse going through an identity crisis, finds herself with Orbit, a sassy superhero, and Marco, a hardened post-apocalyptic commander, in a quest to survive,” Sevy explains. “They have been targeted by Hunter—a killer bent on destroying them. If they die, all existence ceases to be. They have to band together to stay alive, discover what they mean to each other, why they’re important, and how to stop the Hunter and save the universe.

Triage holds personal significance for Sevy, who uses the narrative to explore the seismic shifts he encountered throughout his adulthood. Sevy began his professional journey crunching numbers in a cubicle as a finance manager at a major bank before finding release in sequential art. More recently, he reevaluated his fundamental religious upbringing, enduring “a painfully difficult process that left me with no sense of self, identity, worth, anything. I had to build a new identity and life from scratch, basically.”

Sevy navigates that mercurial sense of identity and rebirth through his trio of protagonists, while also injecting heart-pounding action.

Triage #1

Psychedelic space warriors & kitty cats w/ comics writer Carlos Giffoni. Listen to the Podcast

Comics writer/musician Carlos Giffoni joins us to talk about his series Strayed, a sci-fi story about the military industrial complex, staring a pet cat, with art by Juan Doe, and Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness with Alexis Ziritt, which is some seriously trippy stuff. 

At 14 Carlos began singing in a punk band in his homeland Venezuela. Since then, he has been involved in experimental music with over a dozen releases. He has worked on projects for League of Legends, South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show, and other established properties. He currently lives in LA, with his two cats Viktor and Lou Reed. He started writing comic books a few years ago with two creator-owned series and more on the way. https://twitter.com/carlosgiffoni

  • Don’t worry, the cat is safe! “he’s just under stress”
  • Why we needed to know that the cat would be ok
  • On inheriting a highly personal creator-driven comic
  • Casual Spanish
  • His work in the animation industry
  • & I, https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn finally get to talk Hawkwind with someone who cares

Review: Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1 is a fascinating comic. The debut has you fully engaged and expecting one genre then eventually pulls the rug out from under you.

Written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Manor Black #1 feels like a traditional slasher film. A group of teens(ish) are on the run away from someone. Then that someone appears like so many classic horror films. But from there, expectations are shattered as the debut issue morphs.

Within is a comic that has elements of horror, fantasy, crime, and even superhero to some extent. Bunn and Hurtt have created a comic that defies expectations and transcends genres.

To say more would give away the twists and turns. The perfect pacing to it will suck you in as the issue morphs from expectations.

The art by Tyler Crook, who co-created the series with Bunn and Hurtt, is solid. The style fits the morphing genres quite well making it all flow nicely. Crook’s style has a dramatic feel to it. It plays off the beats we’ve seen before in particular scenes but doing so with a flair and style that makes it all stand out. Character designs and details get more and more interesting as the issue progresses building on the mystery within.

I have no idea where Manor Black is going after this first issue. I expected a horror series but this is so much more delivering a unique comic that stands out from the pack. The trio of creators have another solid release here showing off the talent we’ve come to expect from all of them. Even with high expectations that not met them but blew past them in every way.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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

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