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Unboxing: The Comic Garage Ultimate Box Take 2!

The Comic Garage Box is one of the numerous services out there that deliver a box of comics to your doorstep.

The “Ultimate Box” is $44.99 and features 24 comics each month. The “Super Box” features 10 comics for $24.99. You then choose the publisher you want and The Comic Garage sends you a random blind box each month!

Is this subscription service worth it?

We open a second “Ultimate Box” and see for ourselves. We’re still trying to figure out the “value” of the box but our thoughts are pretty clear about the service.

You can order yours now:
Super Box
Ultimate Box

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 is Over 130,000 Copies Ordered and Gets a Second Printing

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, a comic book miniseries three decades in the making from the minds of TMNT co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird has shattered expectations and is seeing pre-orders of over 130,000 copies for the first issue. It comes to comic shops on October 28th, 2020.

IDW has immediately commissioned a TMNT: The Last Ronin #1 “Thank You” Variant Edition to be provided to all retailers who placed orders for the First Printing via Diamond Comic Distributors. The rare black-and-white cover edition will feature a foil logo cover enhancement sure to make it a hot collectible. Full details on the “Thank You” edition will be provided to retailers through distributor communications.

IDW has also committed to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 Second Printing featuring a re-colored variant of the artwork by Kevin Eastman, Esau Escorza, and Isaac Escorza. Slated for release on December 2nd, the Second Printing is now listed via Diamond for retailer pre-order (Item Code: SEP208135, UPC 82771401991900112).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin takes place in a future New York City far different from the one we know today, where a lone surviving Turtle goes on a seemingly hopeless mission to obtain justice for his fallen family and friends. An epic five-part miniseries, The Last Ronin is based on an unpublished 1987 story concept by Eastman and Laird, with script by Waltz, layouts by Eastman, pencils and inks by Esau and Isaac Escorza, colors by Luis Antonio Delgado, letters by Shawn Lee, and edits by Bobby Curnow. Each issue is oversized at 7” x 11” and 48 pages in length

Preview: Usagi Yojimbo #13

Usagi Yojimbo #13

(W) Stan Sakai (A/CA) Stan Sakai
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The assassins have discovered that Usagi is a traitor, intent on thwarting their plan to kill the Shogun’s emissary. They imprison the entire village in the storehouse and are ready to burn it with a moment’s notice if he does not go through with the plan. Usagi is able to release his old friends Mariko and Kenichi, but they cannot return with help in time to prevent the assassination.

Usagi Yojimbo #13

Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog #33

Sonic the Hedgehog #33

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence (CA) Evan Stanley
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Hold onto your chili dogs, Sonic fans! Long-time artist Evan Stanley takes over as writer with an action-packed, friendship-fueled new arc: “Chao Races and Badnik Bases!” The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

The Metal Virus is gone, but things aren’t quite back to normal. Omega is damaged and his allies turn to Tails and Sonic for help. The only way to rebuild him is to trade parts with a mysterious chanpion Chao racer… but things aren’t what they seem.

Sonic the Hedgehog #33

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 10/10

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. 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.


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Norse Mythology #1 (Dark Horse)– Retellings of Norse myths with punchy prose from Neil Gaiman and wonderful art from P. Craig Russell, Mike Mignola, and Jerry Ordway makes picking up this comic a no-brainer. Russell handles layouts, scripting, and draws the first story, which establishes the Nine Realms and Yggdrasil in glorious fashion. Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart draw the second story, which is both weird and archetypal, as Odin sacrifices his eye to gain wisdom. A burst of red really emphasizes the pain he feels. Finally, the book wraps up with Ordway drawing a humorous story of Thor, Loki, and dwarves. He, Russell, and Gaiman have fun with the rivalry between brothers, and there’s even a cliffhanger. Overall: 9.0 Verdict: Buy

Getting It Together #1 (Image)– In Getting It Together, Sina Grace, Omar Spahi, Jenny D. Fine, and Mx. Struble service a fun genre that gets no love from monthly comics: slice of life. Grace and Spahi craft an HBO dramedy-worthy premise of a messy breakup, but the couple share a best friend/sibling named Jack that makes it even messier. They also distract from the heterosexuality for a minute to have a fun, if kind of painful subplot as Jack’s date turns out to be totally shady. Fine and Struble are a versatile art team who can do everything from high energy rooftop gigs to passionate sex scenes and especially interpersonal conflict. Getting It Together is a comic that looks good, has interesting relationship dynamics, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy

Champions #1 (Marvel)- After long delays, Eve Ewing and Simone Di Meo’s incarnation of the teen superhero team, Champions, is here, and it’s honestly worth the wait. The cast of characters is sprawling, but Ewing wisely uses Miles Morales as a POV character to show how the outlawing of teen vigilantes affects regular teens in the Marvel universe. And, then, she and Di Meo get down to the action featuring a mixed bag of panels with interesting shapes and “camera angles” that don’t clearly show the fighting moves and superpowers. However, premise and plot-wise, Champions comes off as a more intelligent and progressive take on Marvel’s Civil War with Ewing (Via Kamala Khan) wisely writing that sometimes older generations don’t understand what younger generations want or need. She even throws in some clever moments like all the “good” superhero mentors being taken, which makes sense because a good hero like a good teacher or professor sadly has limited time in their day. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Adventureman #4 (Image)– Matt Fraction, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson’s pulp pastiche-meets-domestic drama comes to a crescendo in Adventureman #4. Our protagonist, Claire, has been acting a lot more like the titular hero from expanding physically to helping hapless tourists and showing superhuman abilities. The Dodsons’ art matches this energy and also provide a glimpse at why she is behaving this way as well as a possible solution at protecting reality from something straight out of Gnostic writings. (Or a Grant Morrison comic.) I feel like “hypercaffeinated” is a good descriptor for Adventureman #4 as Fraction and the Dodsons introduce concepts, flashbacks, and character at a mile a minute pace. It’s overwhelming at times, but has kinetic art and solid foundational themes like found family and being forgotten being worse than death as reality and the Connells/Adventure Inc starts to bridge together. Overall: 7.4 Verdict: Read

Marauders #13 (Marvel)– Vita Ayala and Matteo Lolli craft a really exciting Storm solo comic as she takes a little road trip to Wakanda to get the Skybreaker sword for her upcoming fight with the Arakko. Marauders #13 captures all the sides of Ororo’s personality: thief, goddess, hero, mutant, and African woman. Ayala also writes one hell of a Shuri as she paints a pretty bleak picture of what removing the Wakandans’ most sacred happen would do to her family and the country. Conversely, Storm not taking the sword would be the end of Krakoa and (let’s get dramatic here) the world. Lolli’s art for the conversational back and forth is serviceable, but he really hits a new level for the bittersweet heist that Storm pulls with speed lines, lightning blasts, and a look of disappointment on both Ororo and T’challa’s faces when they realize what she’s done. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Brett

Marauders #13 (Marvel) – The strongest chapter of the X of Swords event mostly because there’s some meat here. An issue focused on Storm’s retrieving her sword from Wakanda, the most interesting aspect is the moral/political issues it brings up. The comic is a lot of debate between Shuri and Storm about the priorities of a nation and “best interest” with some potential long term impact. A rather blah caper is wrapped up in a debate about national interests. The art is a little all over but the depth of the comic and it’s underlying theme is what stands out. Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Rise of Ultraman #2 (Marvel) – What exactly is Ultraman? For those unfamiliar with the classic manga/anime property this issue gets things really going and explains the missing pieces of the first issue. It also sets up some mystery and conspiracy as to who the heroes really are. For someone new to the property, I’m digging it. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Snake Eyes: Deadgame #2 (IDW Publishing) – I really enjoyed the first issue of the series but this second issue falls into problems Liefeld comics tend to have. The concepts are much better than the execution. There’s potentially some great stuff here but the story is a bit choppy, nonsensical at times, and mostly about the visuals. There’s also an issue of designs that feel like they’d fit right at home with his work on X-Force and Youngblood. All these years later, they’re a bit dated. Though, red suit Snake Eyes looks pretty cool. Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Wolverine #6 (Marvel) – Wolverine’s quest for his sword begins here and then continues in X-Force. It’s a drawn out at times confusing issue that feels like it’s delaying getting to the interesting stuff in the next chapter of X of Swords. You could skip this issue and not miss much at all. Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

X-Force #13 (Marvel) – The second part of Wolverine getting his sword is much more interesting than the first part of Wolverine #6. The issue has some interesting interaction between Wolverine and his foe as we learn more about Solem who might actually be a challenge. It’s clear at some point Solem will get a face turn and become someone who’s in Wolverine’s orbit as a side character, their interactions are too good not to. But, overall, this just shows that this part of X of Swords could have been wrapped up in an issue instead of spread out in two. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read


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: Star Wars: Adventures #1

Star Wars: Adventures #1

(W) Michael Moreci, Nick Brokenshire (A) Nick Brokenshire, Ilias Kyriazis (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

An exciting new era begins! Each issue in this monthly series will feature two stories starring all your favorite Star Wars characters! Between the events of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, Poe and Finn have taken Rey to a remote planet to continue her Jedi training. But they’re surprised to find that the First Order’s reach extends far and wide. Plus, an all-new tale of the Dark Lord of the Sith himself, Darth Vader!

Star Wars: Adventures #1

Preview: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #3

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #3

(W) Scott Tipton, David Tipton (A) Greg Scott (CA) Ricardo Drumond
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The DS9 murder mystery continues in this new space noir from David Tipton & Scott Tipton (Star Trek: Mirror Broken, Star Trek: The Q Conflict) and Greg Scott (Gotham Central, The X-Files)! As Odo forges a fragile working relationship with the past-his-prime investigator the Federation sent to help, new suspects emerge amidst a rising body count. But just when the team thinks they’re getting close to the culprit, a shocking discovery changes everything!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #3

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel Returns in 2021 for All-New Adventure!

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1

Jump back into the action with Carol Danvers, the strongest Avenger, in a brand-new Marvel Action: Captain Marvel series, the latest high-flying adventure in IDW Publishing’s line of comics for middle-grade readers!

Following the critical success of IDW’s prior Marvel Action: Captain Marvel series, writer Sam Maggs returns to helm the 2021 title, launching in January. The first two-part story will feature art by talented newcomer Isabel Escalante, with issues #3-5 illustrated by returning artist extraordinaire, Sweeney Boo.

In the first story arc, Carol Danvers is trying her best to enjoy some well-deserved downtime in New York City — but when Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Ghost-Spider, introduces her to the ClikClok app, things quickly spiral out of control!

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel and the writer/artist team of Sam Maggs and Sweeney Boo were recently nominated for the prestigious Dragon Award, a Joe Shuster-associated award presented by the Canadian Comic Book Awards Association, recognizing works which capture the attention and fascination of young readers and help to create a passion for life-long reading. Winners will be announced in late October.

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 will feature two cover editions for fans to enjoy: Cover A by Sweeney Boo and a Retailer Incentive edition by Gretel Lusky.

Preview: Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #2 (of 2)

Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #2 (of 2)

(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
In Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The impossible, reality-bending keys of Keyhouse have always been weapons of war. In the spring of 1915, Chamberlin Locke’s oldest son, John, is desperate to be a part of the greatest war of all… and never mind that he’s too young to enlist. He means to use the power of the keys to turn the tide, and will tell any lie, and try any manipulation, to have his way. Prepare to open a door onto one of the grimmest battlefields of the 20th century, whose darkness might even strike fear into an army of supernatural shadows.

Locke & Key: In Pale Battalions Go #1 (of 2)
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