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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/13

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.


Logan

Second Coming #1 (Ahoy)**- Some might find Mark Russell and Richard Pace’s portrayal of the Old Testament God as a wine swilling, fried chicken devouring misanthrope blasphemous. But I find his ideas both funny and profound beginning with the Garden of Eden’s “forbidden fruit” being shaped like genitals. There’s a lot of ideas in Second Coming #1, but his portrayal of Jesus is as a man full of empathy, who genuinely cares about his father’s creation. For now, his interactions with the violent superhero Sunstar comes across like an old Hawk and Dove comic, but Russell gives Sunstar a sensitive side because he can’t have kids with his girlfriend and keeps missing adoption consultations because of his life as a hero. On the other hand, Russell’s Jesus is the most emotionally captivating and likable comics protagonist of 2019 thanks to Pace’s roughly inked flashback story about him and his friend Shimon, who he takes in and teaches him carpentry. Second Coming #1 is a wonderful exploration of perceptions of Jesus Christ, organized religion, and belief with a side of the superhero genre and is a great conversation starter to boot. Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy

Event Leviathan #2 (DC)– In true drawing room detective fashion, we get our red herring, who happens to be the Red Hood. (And maybe throws a little shade on the Arkham Knight video game.) Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev continue to rehash the events of previous issues, but at least, there is some forward momentum thanks to the Question, Plastic Man, and most surprisingly, Sam Lane. I love the way the fight scene between Question and the Leviathan goon with plenty of cut up panels, dark shadows, and one hell of a final move. The scene with Plastic Man has some soul searching dialogue as Leviathan preys on the stretchy jokester’s insecurities. Bendis has a biting skill with dialogues, and he and Maleev can pace a conversation like a fight scene which comes in handy with Batman and Red Hood. There’s a lot of summarizing and the final page is obviously foreshadowed on like page 3, but overall this a pretty good comic especially in the art department. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read

Invisible Woman #1 (Marvel)– With sleek Phil Noto-esque art from Mattia De Iulis, Mark Waid tries his hardest to differentiate the Invisible Woman solo from Fantastic Four beginning with a cold open set in a fictional Eastern European country. This is a straight up spy book, and it’s fun to see De Iulis showcase Sue’s powers for all kinds of stealth moves and takedowns. Honestly, it’s like Incredibles 2 without the pesky husband and kids, and that was a decent movie so Invisible Woman #1 is a decent comic and a final page guest star/setting shift set up an intriguing team-up for issue two. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Invisible Woman #1 (Marvel)– With sleek Phil Noto-esque art from Mattia De Iulis, Mark Waid tries his hardest to differentiate the Invisible Woman solo from Fantastic Four beginning with a cold open set in a fictional Eastern European country. This is a straight up spy book, and it’s fun to see De Iulis showcase Sue’s powers for all kinds of stealth moves and takedowns. Honestly, it’s like Incredibles 2 without the pesky husband and kids, and that was a decent movie so Invisible Woman #1 is a decent comic and a final page guest star/setting shift set up an intriguing team-up for issue two. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Avengers #21 (Marvel)– In the first post-War of the Realms Avengers issue, Jason Aaron and Jason Masters tell the story of most of the Avengers hanging out in a hot tub and talking about their feelings while Black Panther deals with Phil Coulson and his nationalist hit team aka the Squadron Supreme of America. Honestly, these kind of issues are my favorite parts of superhero stories, and it’s not just because a lot of this comic is Tony Stark making, er, Mjolnir jokes at Thor while they’re both naked in a hot tub. Except for the Squadron bits, which are really tense and move the team to the top of the Avengers; current baddies, Aaron uses the issue to take stock on how this team has started to bond in an unlikely way. I mean, Ghost Rider and Captain Marvel are fishing for fire sharks, and Blade and She-Hulk are flirting clumsily with each other. This issue is a lot of fun, and it’s nice to chill out with the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and take a break from the punching and a villain that is a kiss of death for superheroes. (See One More Day) Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

Thor #15 (Marvel)– Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo spend this issue rounding off some of the character arcs they’ve constructed in the latest volume of the series. Thor spends most of the issue struggling with if he feels worthy enough to be All-Father,and Del Mundo’s big compositions are perfect for soul searching. However, he realizes that by working hard to earn his status as a god and the respect of his people that he will stay worthy. This issue also features some scenes with Freyja and Odin, who have been written well recently by Aaron, and their reactions to the redemption of Loki and the rise of Thor. There’s one scene featuring a hug that is one of the finest of Aaron’s full run even though Del Mundo’s strength is epic battles and layouts and not subtle emotion. And while this is happening, Hela devises a fate for Malekith in the afterlife that are similar to the contrapassos (poetic justice) that Dante gaves his sinners in Inferno as he gets a painfully fitting fate for a character whose only character trait is starting war. Although, this is a “clean up” issue and the visuals aren’t perfect, Aaron’s arc with Thor Odinson continues to be a delight. Overall: 7.8 Verdict: Buy

Venom #16 (Marvel)– After a War of the Realms interlude, Donny Cates is back on Venom with a fill-in artist Juan Gedeon. This issue is about a broke, symbiote-less Eddie Brock trying to get some money for food/medicine for his son. Cates and Gedeon give readers a glimpse of Eddie’s old life as a reporter at the Daily Globe, but then they dive back into the old ultraviolence. Even though he doesn’t have a symbiote, Eddie sees Venom every time he throws a punch or bites a guys arm off, and it’s kind of a shorthand for a fight scene. Venom #16 is a lethal protector-type one off story, but it’s really just a palate cleanser before Absolute Carnage and doesn’t add much beyond some freaky imagery and a reminder that Eddie actually had a life before Venom or going on the run as a fugitive. Overall: 6 Verdict: Pass


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: Bettie Page: Unbound #2

Bettie Page: Unbound #2

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
covers: John Royle (A), Scott Chantler (B), David Williams (C), Julius Ohta (D), Photo (E)
Photo (RI-Virgin), David Williams (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Julius Ohta (RI-B/W), David Williams (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

A new dimensional shift finds our heroine with sharpened canines, an eye-catching monokini, and a taste for blood…but if that’s what it takes to stop the Great Old Ones from destroying our reality, pour her a Type O plasma on the rocks! The Crisis on Infinite Betties continues, and only our Pin-Up Protagonist can save the multiverse, in part two of the epic four-part saga from writer David Avallone (ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK) and artist Julius Ohta (SHERLOCK HOLMES.)

Bettie Page: Unbound #2

Preview: James Bond: Origin #11

James Bond: Origin #11

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
covers: Dan Panosian (A), Michael Dowling (B), Dean Kotz (C), Ibrahim Moustafa (D), Bob Q (E)
Dan Panosian (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

“The Debt” continues. Lieutenant James Bond learns a new skill. A former friend helps atone for the death of another. And Bond descends into a part of war-torn London that few fresh faces emerge from unscathed. By JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, Fantastic Four) and IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (Mother Panic).

James Bond: Origin #11

Preview: Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #2

Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #2

writer: Luke Lieberman
artist: Sergio Davila
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Sergio Davila (B), Cosplay Cover (C)
Sergio Davila (RI-Virgin), Sergio Davila (RI-B/W), Cosplay (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

The previously untold story of the early years of Red Sonja continues in Birth of the She-Devil #2! The stakes continue to grow as Sonja is thrust back into an uneasy alliance that combines elements of her past against deadly new Hyborian foe as a literal death cult seeks to enslave all those in their path!

Red Sonja: Birth of the She-Devil #2

Preview: The Six Million Dollar Man #5

The Six Million Dollar Man #5

writer: Christopher Hastings
artist: David Hahn
covers: Michael Walsh (A), David Hahn (B), Vasil Georgiev (C)
David Hahn (RI-Virgin), Michael Walsh (RI-Virgin), Vasil Georgiev (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | TV Tie-In | $3.99 | Teen+

It’s all (obviously) led to this! Steve Austin: Barely alive! His body: Not-at-ALL functional! Secret Agent Niko Abe: Exhausted from trying to save the world while dragging a broken-down-cyborg all over the place! Can our jarringly-positive hero pick his nearly-worthless @$$ up in time to stop a secret assassination!?!?!?

The Six Million Dollar Man #5

Preview: Xena: Warrior Princess #4

Xena: Warrior Princess #4

writer: Vita Ayala
artist: Jordi Pérez
covers: David Mack (A), Rachel Stott (B), Paulina Ganucheau (C)
David Mack (RI-Virgin), Rachael Stott (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Xena’s World Tour rolls on! This month…ALASKA!?

The Warrior Princess, her companion Gabrielle, and the dastardly (and depowered) god Discord are forced to fend off the freeze and may have to make a deal with (ANOTHER!?) god in order to get back home! By VITA AYALA (Shuri, Wonder Woman) and ERICA D’URSO (Life of Captain Marvel)!

Xena: Warrior Princess #4

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/7

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.


Logan

Lois Lane #1 (DC)– It’s been my theory that Lois Lane’s exploits as an investigative reporter would be more interesting than any superhero, and Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins, and Paul Mounts partially prove me wrong. Lane gets to confront an ersatz version of Sarah Huckabee Sanders about making money of concentration camps at the US border as well as send a mystery character to chase a lead about a journalist in Russia being poisoned. Perkins and Mounts go for smokey noir with their visuals with plenty of shadows, liquor bottles, parking lot rendez vous, and even a steamy shower hookup with Superman. Even if Rucka’s plot has yet to find its focus, his take on Lois Lane is whip smart and definitely the most dangerous woman alive as one stroke of her keyboard or pointed question at a press conference can make the powerful tremble as she speaks truth. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal)– Doom Patrol is back and weirder than ever thanks to Gerard Way, Jeremy Lambert, and James Harvey. In this new issue, the team rescues a planet from working itself out to death while Cliff Steele struggles with being mortal again and “not real”. Harvey’s art is dream-like while Way and Lambert using the ancient device of editor captions reintroduce the team and do body positivity the Doom Patrol way. The main story feels very much like an old superhero done in one while Cliff Steele’s story is more emotionally devastating with James Harvey using a gritty art style and big Frank Miller style grids to show how he deals with his mom rejecting him. This creates tension in the series, but the rest is one big, strange adventure from Way, Lambert, and Harvey. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

No One Left to Fight #1 (Dark Horse)– Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio have created the comic for people who ask, “Why the hell are they still making Dragon Balls decades later?” and “Thank God, Naruto finally ended?” No One Left to Fight is a loving riff on fight manga with power punching art from Ossio and good sense of self-awareness from Sitterson as the world saving hero Vale reunites with his old friend, wife, and kids. However, his friend think he’s flirting with his wife, is jealous that his kids fight over who wants to play as Vale in their background games, and this leads to lots of tension and awkwardness punctuated by epic fighting moves. No One Left to Fight is the perfect fusion of shonen and slice of life and has hyperactive visuals to go with its life insights. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 (Dynamite)– I don’t see the appeal in either the Charlie’s Angels (Ok, Kristen Stewart looks pretty rad in the latest reboot.) or Bionic Woman franchise, and Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 didn’t change my mind. Soo Lee has a luscious art style that works for the characters’ outfits and driving scenes with a great use of speed lines any time Jaime Sommers does something out of the ordinary. However, Cameron DeOrdio’s story fails to get me interested in these characters and this world beyond the occasional secret agent trope and cheeky quip like one of the Angels flirting with a government employee to get access. It’s a paint by numbers spy story, and the cast of characters aren’t well-differentiated enough for me to keep my interest with the exception of some weird speaking pattern things for Bionic Woman. Overall: 5.0 Verdict: Pass

Ryan C

Lois Lane #1 (DC) ** The Daily Planet meets “All The President’s Men” — or women — in this fun, smart, briskly-paced suspense thriller that teams Lois with the Rene Montoya iteration of The Question. Solid scripting from Greg Rucka, lush Lee Bermejo-esque art from Mike Perkins — all in all, a very promising debut. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Doom Patrol: Weight Of The Worlds #1 (DC/Young Animal) ** After spiraling down from “high weirdness” to “highly annoying” in the last arc, the new DP run gets things off on the right foot with a tight core cast, a fun Danny-centric premise, and even anhomage to Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns.” Maybe it’s the addition of co-writer Jeremy Lambert or new artist James Harvey, or maybe it’s just Gerard Way getting a new jolt of creative energy, but whatever the case may be, this comic really works. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Female Furies #6 (DC)** Cecil Castellucci and Adriana Melo wrap up their revisionist look at the “Fourth World” as feminist parable with a generally satisfying — and certainly well-drawn — conclusion, but I dunno. It all seems a bit too pat and we all know how things really turned out since this story is set so far back in the past. I love a happy ending, and it was great to see the women finally come out on top. but it all comes together just a bit too quickly and conveniently. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

The Wild Storm #24 (DC/WildStorm)** Speaking of middling conclusions, Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt deliver a rather subdued finish to this two-year-long story, with maybe a few too many loose ends to completely satisfy most readers. The art’s, terrific, that’s for sure, but as “final chapters” go, this one’s a little bit of a let-down. Not bad, but just — not quite everything it could have been. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

Shean

Star Wars Target Vader #1 (Marvel) When Vader and the Emperor get whim that an arms dealer is stealing from the Empire and selling to the Rebellion, something neither can stand for. As Vader sent to find every faction of this arms dealer known only as The Hidden Hand. The Hidden Hand is also aware that Vader is looking for them and decides to hire Beilert Valance and ragtag team of hired guns to kill Vader. By issue’s end, we find out Valance has a personal history with Vader and the Rebellion has their own plans. Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Finn#1 (Marvel)– In a prequel tale of Finn as an Empire Stormtrooper, we find the same character but before he knew who he was. As we soon find out that his job in the Empire was waste protection, this changes one say when Captain Phasma requests his skill set. As he is recruited it get rid of an infestation, one which Phasma has grossly underestimated. By issue’s end, Finn becomes the vigilant hero tee know him to be in the movies, doing the right thing even when it’s hard. Overall: 9.6 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: Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak, Robert Carey
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Richard Pace (D), Cosplay (E)
Seduction (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Richard Pace (RI-Virgin), Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Sword & Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

“Temple of Ghosts”

The first arc of the most exciting series debut of 2019 comes to a stunning conclusion. The dreaded Dragan makes Her Majesty an offer that would end an invasion but sacrifice everything. Sonja The Red must weigh the awful costs, before the decision is no longer hers to make. By MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan). And be sure to pick up RED SONJA: LORD OF FOOLS, also out this month, which ties directly into the shocking ending of this issue…

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

Preview: Obey Me #4

Obey Me #4

writer: Mario Mentasti
artist: Ben Herrera and Emmanuel Ordaz Torres
covers: Ben Herrera (A), Ben Herrera (RI-B/W)
Ben Herrera (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Video Game Tie-In | Mature

Vanessa and Monty were sent to investigate the disappearance of a researcher that was working for their boss on a mysterious project. Upon their arrival to the researchers’ private quarters, they were suddenly assaulted by a group called the Crusaders, servants of the Angels looking for the lost Saint. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to them they’re being watched closely by the Iron Eagle Mercenaries, a group that they’ve encountered earlier or phrases, who seem to have some connection to the missing associate of Ammon.

Obey Me #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Aero #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.

Aero #1 (Marvel) – The character gets her own series with an English translation of her origin and an all-new tale. Great to see this creation become more accessible.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3 (DC Comics/IDW Publishing) – The series has been off the wall fun mashing up so much between DC and TMNT. Just sit back and enjoy the fun.

Charlie’s Angels vs. Bionic Woman #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – How has it taken this long for this to happen?

DCeased #3 (DC Comics) – DC doing a zombie story? We had low expectations honestly since the concept has been done so many times before but this series has pleasantly surprised us so far.

Lois Lane #1 (DC Comics) – Lois gets her own series! In an age where journalists are “the enemy,” we’re expecting a lot from this series.

Ignited #2 (Humanoids/H1) – The first issue is fantastic. It’s a world where students seem to be getting powers set in the aftermath of a school shooting. An interesting concept that we want to learn more about.

No One Left to Fight #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – An anime/manga inspired series from Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio about what happens when the hero grows older and there’s just no one left to fight.

Postal: Deliverance #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – The new story arc finds Mark struggling with being the Mayor of Eden. A very underrated series about a town filled with criminals that’s worth checking out, especially with this new arc/starting point.

Sea of Stars #1 (Image Comics) – Jason Aaron and Dennis Hallum’s new series about space truckers. The fact Aaron is on board and he can do the amazing long game writing has us excited about this creator-owned series.

Space Bandits #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld) – The new series by Mark Millar with art by Matteo Scalera. It sounds like the heist/betrayal/revenge story but with Millar’s backing by Netflix, this one is a series to watch.

Spencer and Locke 2 #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The second volume wraps up with a bang. If you haven’t been reading this twisted tale, you’ve been missing out. It’s all revealed here and has us hoping for more.

Star Wars: Target Vader #1 (Marvel) – Bounty hunters go after Vader and the concept sounds too awesome to not read.

Test #1 (Vault Comics) – From Christopher Sebela and Jen Hickman, this series is a weird story about the need for liberation and technology.

Thumbs #2 (Image Comics) – The story about technology, revolution, and the government is right up our way and we’re enjoying the hell out of it.

The Walking Dead #193 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – Sounds like this’ll be a big issue! What the hell is going on? We’ll find out Wednesday.

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