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Godscast Issue 5 The Faust Act

Hosted by Steven Attewell and Chris Holcomb, Godscast takes you issues by issue through the hit comic series The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. Welcome to The Wicked + The Divine, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.

In The Wicked + the Divine #5…. it’s showtime!

Steven writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in “The People’s History of the Marvel Universe” for Graphic Policy. In his day job, He teaches public policy at CUNY’s Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne.

Chris Holcomb podcasts about pop culture and where we went wrong in the 90s. You can listen to him at Unspoiled Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Infidel and Skyward Get a West Coast Signing Tour

Image Comics is pleased to announce the Infidel/Skyward Signing Tour featuring Infidel co-creator and writer Pornsak Pichetshote and Skyward co-creator and writer Joe Henderson.

Infidel/Skyward Signing Tour
Sept. 26 @ 6 – 8 pmCollector’s Paradise signing – Winnetka, CA
Sept. 28 @ 7 – 9 pmSecret Headquarters release party – Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 29 @ 1 – 3 pmComic Bug signing – Manhattan Beach, CA

Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, José Villarrubia, and Jeff Powell will have its trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL180148, ISBN 978-1-5343-0836-7) release in comic shops on Wednesday, September 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, October 2nd. It is also available to order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

The Skyward, Vol. 1 by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL180169, ISBN 978-1-5343-0833-6) is available now in comic shops and will arrive in bookstores on Tuesday, September 25th. It is also available to order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

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 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.

20th Century Boys Vol. 1 Perfect Edition (VIZ Media) – The modern classic manga is now collected in this extra sized version. If you haven’t read this series, now’s your perfect chance to pick it up.

Black Badge #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Did you read the first issue? Short version, Boy Scouts are recruited to run black-op missions. The first issue was amazing. We’re expecting more of the same.

Burnouts #1 (Image Comics) – A new Image series always catches our attention. They’re well worthing checking out and usually good investments.

Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic character returns to comics with an updated take. We’re looking forward to seeing what the classic detective is like in the age of police brutality.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #1 (IDW Publishing) – A miniseries focused on Dawn Moreno.

Impossible Incorporated #1 (IDW Publishing) – This sounds like all ages fun as characters explore the universe and new dimensions.

Infinity Wars: Soldier Supreme #1 (Marvel) – The event continues, now with spinoffs! This one mashes up Captain America and Doctor Strange and it’s really good!

John Wick #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Did you enjoy the movie? Nuff said.

Mister Miracle #11 (DC Comics) – There’s just one more issue to go in this epic comic series and every issue is a must read.

Olivia Twist #1 (Dark Horse) – A new take on the classic tale.

Return of Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – It’s going to be a big event so if you care, this one is a must get.

West Coast Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue had us laughing and we’re expecting more fun from the second. A great mix of action and humor that has us wanting more of it all.

Preview: Bonehead #4

BONEHEAD #4

(W) Bryan Hill (A/CA) Rhoald Marcelliusa

The future of the city is decided when the Boneheads rise against their corporate overlords, but what will Detective Hideki choose? Will he follow his instincts and become the hero the city needs, or will he bend to the corporate masters controlling the police, freedom, and justice.

Preview: Aphrodite V #3

APHRODITE V #3

(W) Bryan Hill (A/CA) Jeff Spokes

The secrets of BASILISK are revealed and Aphrodite must help Martin and Hui-Men defend a city from the technological sins of Martin’s father.

Andy Diggle and Alessandro Vitti Get Hardcore this December from Image and Skybound

Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics have announced Hardcore, a new comic book series by writer Andy Diggle and artist Alessandro Vitti, coming out December 12, 2018. The series will feature cover art by award-winning artist Dan Panosian.

Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.

Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?

Dan Wickline and Philip Sevy Freeze You this December

Writer Dan Wickline and artist Phillip Sevy team up for The Freeze, an all-new science fiction series coming this December from Image Comics and Top Cow Production.

The entire human population is frozen by a mysterious global event…all except Ray, and only he has the power to unfreeze them. Now—with the fate of the world in his hands—he must figure out what is going on, how to set things right again, and answer the question: does everyone deserve to be saved?

The Freeze #1 (Diamond code: OCT180028) hits stores on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/15

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.


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CemetaryBeach_01-1Wildstorm: Michael Cray #11 (DC/Wildstorm)** – This series has been an up-and-down ride, but with one issue to go, writer Bryan Hill and artist N. Steven Harris (with assists from Nelson Blake II) are ramping up toward what should at least be an interesting conclusion, as the Cthulhu-esque entity that’s been “sharing” protagonist Cray’s mind makes its presence fully felt. The finale will determine whether or not sticking with this one all the way through was a smart move, but for the time being it looks like it may just prove to be. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Cemetery Beach #1 (Image)** – The “Trees” team of Warren Ellis and Jason Howard re-unites for this sci-fi mystery thriller, and while I’m hesitant to get too wrapped up in this series given that their last one was essentially abandoned at the midway point, I have to admit that everything you want in a first issue is here : an inventive premise, strong characterization, crisp and dynamic art, plenty of action, and even some laughs. If they see this one through,who knows? This might just be something special. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

MCMLXXV #1 (Image)** – Blaxploitation meets kung-fu/ninja hijinks in this wildly fun debut from Joe Casey and Ian MacEwan, and while slowing down to think about what’s happening here reveals plenty of holes in the book’s internal logic, the good news is that the fluid, action-packed story — complete with some seriously great fight scenes — doesn’t give you a chance to even catch your breath, much less exercise your gray matter. A fantastic protagonist and an authentic mid-’70s New Tork “vibe” round out this impressive opening shot across the bow from two consistently-interesting creators. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

The Wicked + The Divine #39 (Image)** – I’d been really cool toward this arc in Kieran Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s long-running series, feeling that it marked the point at which style finally overtook substance in the proceedings, but the last two issues — particularly this one — represent a complete 180 as surprises and consequential events aplenty are thrown at us fast and furious. Suddenly, I can’t wait for the final chapter in this saga, and everything going on between the comic’s covers feels new, fresh, and important all over again. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

catwoman_3_5b993db5572f27.31025934.jpgCatwoman #3 (DC)– In Catwoman #3, Joelle Jones and guest flashback artist Fernando Blanco spend a little time on the backstory of the series’ villain, Raina Creel, who runs the town of Villa Hermosa. It’s tragic and filled with sex, lies, and power as Raina is a great counterpoint to Selina using her status as a “trophy wife” to run the town behind her husband’s back. The rest of the comic shows Selina pushing herself to the limit falling through broken glass onto a sports car and then still being able to prance on rooftops to make a mysterious appointment after a quick dip in the tub. Jones’ art continues to be the real draw of the series, and she can convey strength, weakness, or innocence (I think Selina’s host Carlos has a little crush on her.) through a glance, facial line, or body twitch. There’s something about Catwoman and crime thrillers that is just exciting, enjoyable, and a little tragic. Overall: 8.6 Verdict: Buy

Cemetery Beach #1 (Image)– Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s new series Cemetery Beach is all action and no bullshit as a fast talking, should be faster running pathfinder and his badass assassin companion are on the run from a secret offworld colony’s goons and guards. Howard’s cartooning is splotchy and dynamic, and Ellis lets him cut loose with all kinds of shoot outs, explosions, and vehicular chases. There’s a bit of worldbuilding via witty banter at the beginning, but this is minimalist action storytelling at its most bombastic. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Patrick

Mage: The Hero Denied #12 (Image)** – As the series progresses, I find myself zeroing in on just what it is that isn’t working for me, and it’s this: Kevin Matchstick doesn’t know MageTheHeroDenied_12-1what he wants to fight for. If what he really wanted was to have a quiet life as a family man, he’d completely ignore the Questing Beast and say that a King doesn’t Quest. If what he really wanted was to save his family, he would be tracking down his wife and kid with unstoppable relentlessness, marshalling every iota of power at his command. If he really was a King, he would be moving heaven and earth to save his kingdom and his family and his people. I would hope, after the end of this issue, that the powers that be will smack Matt Wagner upside the head with a copy of The Hero With A Thousand Faces and get this book on some kind of track. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Skip

Proxima Centauri #3 (Image)** – After the last page of last issue, I was ready for Farel Dalrymple to go deep. Alas, I was sorely disappointed with the ease with which Parasol and Sherwood dispatched of the little blue bots. And just when I thought that the kind of slacker vibe of this series was going to take a turn into something more interesting and powerful. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Skip

The Seeds #2 (Dark Horse/Berger Books)** – In this installment of Ann Nocenti & David Aja’s near-future SF noir, intrepid reporter Astra gets over the Wall and into the Zone to where tech isn’t allowed… except for a price. The revelation of this chapter is handled so casually that it actually enhances the creepiness of this book. Every page is like a trigger warning for people suffering from environmental collapse anxiety, and there is a panel on page 27 that almost made me burst into tears on the subway. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Hey Kids| Comics! #2 (Image)** – Howard Chaykin continues to frustrate me with his BD à clef about the American comics industry. On the one hand, as someone who, as a young writer, couldn’t square my love for comics and my disgust for the comics business, I appreciate Chaykin showing how casually and cruelly people got utterly fucked over. On the other hand, Chaykin’s scattershot approach doesn’t get us deep enough into any one character to really make these fuckings-over the kicks to the balls I want them to be. It may be that this betrays my desire for a certain kind of justice, whereas Chaykin may just be able to square (or at least tolerate) his desire for justice with his intimate knowledge of how the businesses of both comics and movies work. Either way, if Chaykin would straight up put out a book about Gil Kane, that’d be swell with me. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Leage of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #2 (Top Shelf/Knockabout)** – Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill are not playing around. Jimmy B., the new M, hums a certain famous theme song and is everything horrible about the British Empire; Hugo Danner gets headbutted into oblivion on page 3; we get a double-page spread of Nemo’s Lincoln Island; and at the end, another casual holocaust. We are heading for a confrontation between the white supremacy of Bond and the diverse coalition of Nemo, and I can’t help but worry that the former are in the driver’s seat. Overall: 8.5 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 (**).

Unnatural #3 Gets a Second Printing!

Image Comics has announced that the third issue in Mirka Andolfo’s romance/thriller Unnatural is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

In Unnatural #3, Leslie’s date night goes spectacularly well—until it goes horribly, horribly wrong. Meanwhile, Trish continues to look for answers…

Unnatural #3, 2nd printing (Diamond code: JUL189263) and Unnatural #4, Cover A by Andolfo (Diamond code: AUG180296) and Cover B by Bengal (Diamond code: AUG180297), will be available on Wednesday, October 10th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 17th.

Gamemasters Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans roll out all new series in DIE

Writer and co-creator of bestselling and Eisner Award-nominated The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen teams up with highly sought-after artist Stephanie Hans in an all-new, ongoing series titled DIE. The series will launch with an oversized debut issue from Image Comics this December.

DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players.

Perfect for fans of The Wicked + The Divine’s urban fantasy, DIE can best be described as Jumanji with goth sensibilities.

DIE #1 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code OCT180012) and DIE #1 Cover B by Jamie McKelvie (Diamond Code OCT180013) will be available on Wednesday, December 5th.

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