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Mercy #3 Gets a Second Printing

The exciting first story arc conclusion to Mirka Andolfo’s Gothic bestselling series Mercy is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with growing demand for the hot new issue. A second printing of Mercy #3 will be available in August from Image Comics.

In Mercy #3, the first story arc of Andolfo’s dark tale comes to an end. Lady Hellaine finds a love interest…or is this just a part of her machinations? Who are the ruthless “hunters,” and what are they tracking? And what’s their relationship with whatever lies in the abandoned mines?

Mercy #3, second printing will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Mercy #3, second printing

Die #11 Kicks Off a New Arc and Gets a New Printing

Die #11, from bestselling writer Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, is being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with overwhelming demand. This issue kicks off the third story arc in the wildly popular, dark fantasy series.

Half the party is ruling a whole empire. The other half is on the run. Neither has it easy. There is nothing easy in this game, especially when the stakes get shockingly real. The most epic arc of Die begins as it means to go on: messily.

Die #11, second printing will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 29.

Die #11, second printing

Negan Lives #1 Gets a Second Printing while Fire Power #1 is Over 150,000 Copies

The New York Times bestselling, award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon — Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — have done it again with an instant sell-out at the distributor level of the surprise release, Negan Lives #1, last week. A new printing has been greenlit for retailers to reorder stock of the buzzy one-shot story and will be available on Wednesday, August 5.

Fans snagging their Negan Lives #1 issue last week were simultaneously introduced to an all-new series from Kirkman and Chris Samnee, Fire Power. Over 150K promotional copies of Fire Power #1 were quickly wiped out and fans eagerly added their Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude trade paperbacks to buy piles in anticipation of the August single issue series launch.

Fire Power #1 (Diamond Code JUN200038), Fire Power #2 (Diamond Code JUN200076), and Negan Lives #1 second printing (Diamond Code APR208954) will be available for purchase on Wednesday, August 5.

Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto Introduces Us to Commanders in Crisis in October

Fan favorite Steve Orlando teams up with Davide Tinto for a superhero story unlike any other in the forthcoming Commanders in Crisis. This new ongoing series is produced by Arancia Studio—the Italian media company which worked on Mirka Andolfo’s bestselling Image Comics titles—and will launch from Image Comics this October.

The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, Commanders in Crisis follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is ideacide!

This intense, weird action thriller will remind readers of the importance of compassion and hope in the present moment—all while putting fists to faces along the way!

Commanders in Crisis #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 14.

Commanders in Crisis #1

Review: Negan Lives!

Back the comeback with Negan Lives!, a special one-shot to help comic stores get back on their feet. What was Negan up to in between The Walking Dead #174 and the finale? This special comic fills in some of the story.

Negan Lives! is like revisiting an old friend and a perfect read in these times.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Colors: Dave McCaig

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Fire Power #1 is on Sale in August with New Cover Art. Out the Same Day as Fire Power #2

The highly anticipated Fire Power #1 issue by Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee on sale Wednesday, August 5, and priced at $3.99, will feature different cover art from the free promotional edition (formerly: Free Comic Book Day edition) of the comic. This issue of Fire Power #1 will also be extra length and feature additional backmatter not previously included in the promotional edition.

Fire Power #2 will also be available for sale on the same day.

In Fire Power, the one who wields the fire power is destined to save the world, but Owen Johnson has turned his back on that life. He doesn’t want the power—he never did. He only wants to spend time with his family and live his life, but unseen forces are at work to make that impossible. Danger lurks around every corner as Owen’s past comes back to haunt him.

Fire Power #1—featuring a new cover by Samnee and Matt Wilson—(Diamond Code JUN200038) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Fire Power #2 (Diamond Code JUN200076) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 5.

Fire Power #3 (Diamond Code JUL200204) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 2.

Fire Power #1

Review: Nailbiter Returns #2

Nailbiter Returns #2

Nailbiter Returns #2 is a hell of a second issue with twists and turns, some of which are completely unexpected. With a story and art by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson the second issue just surprises all over. With Sheriff Crane missing, Agent Finch takes her daughter Sharon to see the Nailbiter.

But, where things could easily go Silence of the Lambs, Williamson and Henderson inject a lot of humor to it. Warren has been locked away in a secret prison just passing his time. What has he been doing and why is he here? Finch and Warren explain it all and the trio together really take what could easily been a queezy concept and keeps it kind of light. Warren spins a tale that would be an awesome one-shot while Finch justifies his decision and recounts what he knows. It feels like a “cards on the table” type moment.

But, where things go from there is where it’s really intriguing. Williamson and Henderson flip the script in a way with two Buckaroo Butchers stalking a couple as their next victims and from there the comic gets really shocking as the rug is pulled out from under the reader. It’s really impressive and really entertaining. It also ups the action and pacing of the comic as it compacts expectations.

The art by the duo is fantastic with the addition of Adam Guzowksi on color and John J. Hill handling the lettering. The Warren scene which is just individuals standing around (lets face it a lot of this issue is) could easily be boring. But, the team delivers an expressive nature about Warren which both makes for interesting visuals but really enhances the fact this person has had little contact with the outside world. The art really stands out for the Nailbiter as his energy pops off the page and though he’s a killer… you kind of like him.

The series is fantastic and having fun with tropes and expectations with it being a sequel to a horror story. Like the best, Nailbiter Returns #2 plays with things keeping the readers on their toes and not expecting what to happen next. It creates an excitement and energy about it that’s a hell of a lot of fun to read and experience. It’s a sequel I didn’t know I wanted but two issues in, beyond happy it’s here.

Story: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson Art: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson
Color: Adam Guzowksi Letterer: John J. Hill
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Goon #11

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.

All-America Comix (Image Comics) – Joe Casey and Dustin Nguyen reteam for this new hero that has been teased for quite some time. We’re excited that we finally get to see what the hype was all about.

Billionaire Island #2 (AHOY Comics) – The infiltration of Billionaire Island is on! We’re totally here for it in this biting satire from Mark Russell and Steve Pugh.

Child Star (:01 First Second) – Box Brown’s graphic novel is a biography of Owen Eugene, a fictional 1980s child actor. Brown’s work is amazing and it’s never to be missed.

The Goon #11 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is like an over the top Popeye. Always funny and entertaining it’s filled with action and humor and most importantly, fun.

Mystery (Van Ryder Games) – We came across this interesting concept at Gen Con last year. It’s a mix of graphic novel and choose your own adventure/roleplaying game. A really great concept and idea.

Nailbiter Returns #2 (Image Comics) – The horror comic is back and the first issue was like revisiting an old friend, in that horror movie sequel sort of way.

Negan Lives #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – We’re intrigued by this surprise release set in the world of The Walking Dead.

Streamliner Vol. 1 (Magnetic Press) – The action series from Fane gets collected. “An abandoned stretch of road in the middle of the desert, a rusty old gas station, and a plume of dust rising in the distance…” That intro description alone has us interested.

Vampire State Building (Ablaze) – The vampire genre gets mixed with a bit of Die Hard as Vampires take over the Empire State Building and a group of survivors attempt to escape.

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 6/27

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

Die #11 (Image)– Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is back with the first rumblings of an epic war between factions and ensemble drama of the split party sandwiched between. Ash and Izzy have taken on ruling roles in the world of the game, but the crown lies uneasy while the other characters struggle to come up with ways to get them to leave the game. Hans has a gift for big fantasy landscapes to go with the intense conversations with designs and costumes that define character. The conversation between Ash and creator-turned antagonist-turned-prisoner Sol is both powerful and mundane, and it’s about a popular band from the 90s. Die #11 is at its best when the lives and motivations from the cast’s “real world” existence seeps in, and Gillen wisely uses this connection to raise the stakes and differentiate the build up in this issue from yet another fantasy war book. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

Once and Future #8 (BOOM!)– Kieron Gillen opens Once and Future #8 with one of the funniest lines of the series as our protagonist Duncan’s grandmother Bridgette, who told him that all the Arthurian legend cycles are real, is skeptical about the existence of Beowulf. Boy, is she wrong, and artist Dan Mora gives the Geat hero an aggressive physicality to go with Tamra Bonvillain’s flame colors and Gillen’s poetic dialogue. As far as antagonists go, he’s a shot in the arm while Merlin plays the string pulling, behind the scenes role. However, Once and Future isn’t all action and cool split screen panels as Duncan and Bridgette struggle to repair the relationship post-ceremonial wounding, but that gets put on hold for Beowulf. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Wicked Things #2 (BOOM!) In the hilarious, fast-paced, Wicked Things #2, John Allison and Max Sarin focus on teen detective Lottie Grote trying to maneuver the British legal/penal system and prove her innocence. It doesn’t go too well (Her British equivalent of a public defender isn’t very helpful), and this leads to a new normal for her and the book. Allison does a quick and brilliant bit of world-building by using Lottie’s appearances as a teen detective in Scary Go-Round to inform how the police react to her character in Wicked Things, and it adds to Lottie’s legend. You really want her to solve this case. As usual, Sarin’s art is a delight, and Lottie’s reaction to prison food and Claire’s disdain for the other teen detectives that were up for Lottie’s reward must be seen to believed. Sarin’s surreal side also comes out when Lottie’s kind mother and angry older sister visit her; nothing like a classic storm cloud over one’s head. Overall: 8.9 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 (**).

A Man Among Ye Sets Sail into a Second Printing

Stephanie Phillips and Craig Cermak’s A Man Among Ye from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for the swashbuckling new series. The A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover will feature art by Francesca Fantini.

A Man Among Ye brings to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck—Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR208591) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover
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