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Dynamite Issues a Statement Regarding Their Stance Over Comicsgate

A little over a week ago, Dynamite Entertainment found itself in hot water after the publisher’s involvement with the harassment group Comicsgate was fully unraveled. What started as anger over covers turned into a revelation the involvement was much deeper. The comic publisher had been releasing variant covers with CG involved individuals for some time now and it was revealed after things had boiled over that Dynamite founder Nick Barrucci had been working with Comicsgate ringleader Ethan Van Sciver in various capacities.

Comicsgate is a harassment campaign presented as a consumer revolt. A conservative, regressive backlash to the world moving forward with equality and generally growing up. You can read more about it here.

Dynamite has officially released a statement regarding their involvement and the fallout from it.

Dynamite Entertainment is a partner in the fight for equality and inclusion. Our company was founded on these core values more than 15 years ago and they are essential to the creative process – the work of visionary artists and entrepreneurs – that we are passionate about. Intolerance has no place in our company or our industry. The impulse behind this brief association was that of helping a friend of many decades and his family, and not how that assistance could potentially affect our valued colleagues, partners, and friends. That association is behind us and this time has strengthened our resolve to continue working with the most diverse talent in creating the best comics possible.

It’s a statement…

What the statement glosses over is the publisher, and more importantly Barrucci’s, actual involvement with the movement that has been ongoing for years. Were they instrumental in getting EVS up and running? Did they connect and hire creators? What other services did they provide? These are all unanswered questions that will haunt the publisher until it comes clean. While being involved with Comicsgate the publisher at the same time was hiring rather progressive creators, some of whom have been targets of CG. It feels like a poor attempt to have their cake and eat it too.

The initial reaction to the statement has been one of skepticism and a general consensus that it’s a weak attempt at a response.

Dynamite and Barrucci need to sit down and answer hard questions to get behind the situation and come clean with their involvement and more importantly show through action their values. As a saying goes, deeds not words, and it’s a saying they should be focusing on as a publisher.

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 7/11

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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Logan

X-Force #10 (Marvel) – Benjamin Percy and Joshua Cassara’s telefloronic/killer plant people arc wraps up in an ooze of body horror and horniness in X-Force #10. Cassara and eGuru-FX’s visuals carry the action bits while Percy sinks his teeth into the moral quandaries of X-Force in a conversation between Beast and Jean Grey. This is nicely coda’d by Wolverine and Jean Grey chatting in a hot tub about the team’s status quo with side of polyamory and bisexuality that’s in that grey area between text and subtext. She is fully in the camp of not giving a shit about humanity as long as mutants are united and working towards the greater good, and her actions in the field (Majestically portrayed by Cassara) show that she’s better than the calculator in the chair, Beast. This is issue is full of goodies and gives each member of the ensemble cast a memorable moment of humor, action, or pathos from Sage showing up with a bunch of pouches for her field-work to Quentin Quire facing the abyss and for once, being left with nothing to say. This is truly an epic return for the series after about a 4 month hiatus. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Money Shot #6 (Vault) – Sarah Beattie, Tim Seeley, and Rebekah Isaacs’ saga of scientists doing intergalactic, extraterrestrial research and funding it by creating intergalactic, extraterrestrial porn takes a bit of a pause in Money Shot #6. Beattie, Seeley, and Isaacs juxtapose the tragic love story of two aliens in a Klingon-esque society where battle is constant and what determines who gets to have sex for reproduction purposes with some slice of life stories featuring protagonists Ocampo, Wander, and Steinberg in a kind of bisexual love triangle. For the love story, Beattie and Seeley’s writing is downright noble compared to their usual double entendres and sexy science quips. It’s also some of the best art from Isaacs and colorist Kurt Michael Russell, who turn a buckets of blood and space ooze Geof Darrow joint into a touching love story. Isaacs’ skill with expressive faces come in handy later as Ocampo has come down with something and spends literally an entire night Googling STI symptoms and alien planets for them to explore/film porn on. There’s a quiet tragedy in Ocampo’s relentless search for a narrative while one is unfolding light years away. Money Shot #6 is a tone poem for this series, which isn’t just sex jokes and Star Trek riffs, but about the emotional bonds between people. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Adventureman #2 (Image) – Less overwhelming than the previous issue, Matt Fraction and the Dodsons masterfully merge portal fantasy and pulp fiction in Adventureman #2. Armed with a mysterious missing book in the Adventureman series, single mom and ex-cop Claire Connell maneuvers a side of New York she’s never seen before even though she’s a lifelong resident. The Dodsons craft gorgeous Art Deco architectural settings and use double page spreads to give a real zest to the sequences where Claire is dodging robots at Adventure Inc’s not-so-fictional headquarters. This vibrance extends to the scenes in the “real world” where they don’t skimp on Claire’s son Tommy awkwardly trying to help his mom navigate by texting in class, or a souffle date with her sisters gone wrong. Each page is packed with personality and retro cool as fact and fiction collide, and it’s awesome to see a badass single mom be a hero in a genre that’s all lantern jawed men and femme fatales. I’m starting to really enjoy this comic. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Brett

Detective Comics #1023 (DC Comics) – A lead up to “Joker War” the comic features either Joker awakening Owls to take on Batman and Batman searching for Two-Face. It’s well into the series arc and transitioning what’s to come. It’s definitely not a starting point for those interested in “Joker War” and it’s a bit of a headscratcher due to where the main Batman series is. It’s probably fine as part of the arc but as a single issue it lacks a bit. Overall Rating: 7.0 Verdict: Read

Young Justice #16 (DC Comics) – What’s up with Bart Allen? We find out the truth here and it’s a pretty intriguing concept and story. The anticipation makes it a bit of a letdown but big picture it sets things up nicely. There’s some real emotion to the comic and you feel where Bart is coming from. If you want to know where the series is going, this is an issue to check out. Overall Rating: 7.75 Verdict: 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 (**).

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Ash & Thorn #2

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.

Ash & Thorn #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue introduced us to an unlikely champion of Earth. The series seems to be having fun with expectations and tropes from that genre with a nice mix of humor to it.

DCeased: Dead Planet #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been doing some top-notch work when it comes to this pocket of stories and this return to the world is full of dread and heartbreak… and that’s just the first issue!

Eat and Love Yourself (BOOM! Studios) – Magic chocolate allows a young woman to revisit her past. The concept sounds really intriguing and creative.

Eight-Lane Runaways (Fantagraphics) – A new graphic novel about the world of running with a magical twist. We’re still not quite sure what this one’s about but the cover and description text has us wanting to find out more.

Empyre: Fantastic Four #0 (Marvel) – The first zero issue to come out of this anticipated event was solid and we’re excited to see what else is to come. What went from a shrug is now very intriguing.

Ginseng Roots #5 (Uncivilized Books) – One of the best comics out right now, Craig Thompson explores growing up in the world of ginseng.

Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press) – Tom Scioli’s biography of the great Jack Kirby.

Join the Future #3 (AfterShock) – This future western explores the idea of modernization and the exploitation that comes with it.

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The twist of the first issue was predictable but we really want to see where this noir/mystery goes.

Quantum & Woody #4 (Valiant) – The first three issues have been a whole lot of fun and we’re expecting the same from this finale.

Strange Academy #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun and we’ve been looking forward to seeing more of the series. Think young magic users at a school set in the Marvel universe.

Preview: Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6

Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6

writer: Dan Abnett
artist: Vasco Georgiev
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Vasco Georgiev (B), Joseph Michael Linsner (C), Juan Gedeon “Jim Lee Homage” Variant (D), Tasha Cosplay UK Cosplay Variant (E), Lucio Parrillo (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Vasco Georgiev (RI-B/W), Tasha Cosplay UK Cosplay Variant (RI-Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI-B/W Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Science-Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

“It is the face she glimpsed in her nightmare. A KILLER, armored in jewels and precious alloys, brandishing an archaic weapon of the forever days. He was waiting for them… waiting to strike…” The stunning end of Arc 2, by DAN ABNETT (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Aquaman) and VASCO GEORGIEV (Xena)!

Dejah Thoris (Vol. 3) #6

Preview: Death of Nancy Drew #2

Death of Nancy Drew #2

writer: Anthony Del Col
artist: Joe Eisma
covers: Joe Eisma (A), Joe Eisma (RI/BW), Joe Eisma (RI/Virgin), Joe Eisma (RI/BW Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+

Is Nancy Drew really dead? Is she still alive? Joe and Frank Hardy dive deeper into what exactly happened the night of Nancy’s death and discover something much deeper at play. Check out the continuation of this much-buzzed series, for Nancy Drew fans new and old (and viewers of the popular CW series).

Death of Nancy Drew #2

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 7/4

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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Joe Hesh

Batman The Adventures Continue #7 (DC Digital) Now this is more like it! After the last few snoozefest issues finally we have something new. Really love how Azrael is introduced as an ally rather than a foe. His Azrael non Batman design rocks too. It is very reminiscent of the Phantasm design which I dig a lot. Also love the mock title cards that are homage to the original Batman The Animated Series. That is such a nice touch. Ty Templeton does such a great job keeping the characters on model and this issue was good to just have Bruce and Alfred at work without being bogged down by the rest of the fam. Seeing Catwoman show up too was such a joy. The animated series always seemed to get the Batman/Catwoman relationship right. Lot happened in this issue and we still have Jason Todd waiting in the wings. I am looking forward to what’s next. I got that old Bat feeling back! Mr. Dini and Mr. Burnett, don’t let me down! Score: 9 Verdict: Buy

Logan

The Boys: Dear Becky #2 (Dynamite) – The Boys: Dear Becky #2 is a marked improvement from the first issue with Garth Ennis and Russ Braun with silly dialogue galore and darkly, hilarious parodies of Thor and the Thunderbolts. However, they go deeper than these broad satires of megacorporations, superheroes as IP, and British tabloids and look at the addiction to violence that Butcher experiences in the past and Hughie does in the present day. These are men who have found good women, but maybe don’t deserve them with both Annie and Becky staying off-panel. Braun’s art in this issue really caught my eye as he goes from Butcher torturing a Thor-expy in a crematorium burner to using somber lighting and sober facial expressions for Hughie and Butcher to express their feelings. The comic The Boys just might work in 2020… Overall: 8 Verdict: 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 Boys: Dear Becky #2

The Boys: Dear Becky #2

writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Russ Braun
cover: Darick Robertson
FC | 32 pages | Superhero Satire | $3.99 | Mature

As Hughie’s discoveries take him down a highly dangerous rabbit hole, what he learns about the good old days reveals a strangely conflicted Butcher — at the worst possible time, as the Boys investigate a particularly insidious supe threat.

The Boys: Dear Becky #2

Preview: Killing Red Sonja #2

Killing Red Sonja #2

writers: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman
artist: Craig Rousseau
covers: Christian Ward (A), Adam Gorham “McFarlane Homage” Variant (B), Christian Ward Grayscale Variant (RI/BW), Christian Ward (RI/Alternate Color Variant), Christian Ward (RI/Alternate Color Variant Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Don’t miss out on this mini-series that will affect the Sonja series for years to come!

Spinning directly out of the epic RED SONJA title written by MARK RUSSELL! Prince Cyril’s plan to murder Sonja The Red is diverted, due to battles with giants. But from the battles comes a discovery, and a mysterious collection of allies begins to unite.

By MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja, Year Of The Villain), BRYCE INGMAN (Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter Of Terror) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (The Flash).

Killing Red Sonja #2

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: Jae Lee (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Bob Q (C), Marc Laming (D), Katy DeCobray Cosplay Variant (E), Juan Gedeon “Jim Lee Homage” Variant (RI), Andrew Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI), Juan Gedeon “Jim Lee Homage” Variant (RI-Virgin), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Jae Lee (RI-BW), Bob Q (RI-Virgin), Pepoy “Seduction” Cover (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

Year Two continues, by MARK RUSSELL (DC’s Year Of The Villain) and BOB Q (Captain America).

Sonja The Red, the Master of War, goes to the domicile of the Master Of Souls. There, she learns the horrible truth of the army she is meant to lead into battle…

Red Sonja (Vol. 5) #16

Preview: Vengeance of Vampirella #8

Vengeance of Vampirella #8

writer: Tom Sniegoski
artist: Michael Sta. Maria
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Ben Oliver (B), Stephen Segovia (C), Teena Titan Cosplay Variant (D), Stephen Segovia (RI-Virgin), Teena Titan Cosplay Variant (RI-Virgin), Ben Oliver (RI-B/W), Ben Oliver (RI-Tint), Lucio Parrillo (CGC-Graded Cover), Ben Oliver (CGC-Graded Cover)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

In order to resurrect the Danse Macabre, Vampirella must first discover what secret Mr. Sabastain was so desperate to keep hidden that he would summon and bind one of the legendary Hounds of Pandemonium to protect it.

Who or what is Abbadon? And could it end the reign of Nyx—or will it bring about the end of all life as we know it?

Vengeance of Vampirella #8
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