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Jim Mickle will Direct Donny Cates’ God Country

God Country

AfterShock Media has announced that Jim Mickle will direct the film adaptation of Donny Cates‘ comic series God Country. Cates adapted the screenplay for the film. Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer from AfterShock Media will produce along with Jim Mickle and Linda Moran.

God Country was originally published in 2017 by Image Comics to critical acclaim. The first issue immediately sold out and had to be reprinted four times before being collected in trade paperback.

In God Country, Emmett Quinlan is an elderly widower rattled by dementia. Emmett isn’t just a problem for his children–his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home–as well as the surrounding West Texas town–a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. An enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him not just a sound mind and body, but phenomenal power. He’s now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State in a film that will bring a Western aesthetic to the superhero genre.

Spawn’s Universe #1 is Image’s Top Selling First Issue of the 21st Century

Todd McFarlane, Emmy, Grammy award winner, co-founder, and President of Image Comics has shattered the record for Image Comics’ top-selling, first-issue comic book of the 21st century by selling well over 200K units for Spawn’s Universe #1. The Spawn franchise is bigger than ever before and has sold millions of comics and toys worldwide.

On the heels of the Spawn’s Universe #1‘s Wednesday, June 23 release will be King Spawn, McFarlane’s first NEW ongoing Spawn series since 1992. King Spawn, which will be out in August, is projected to have even higher sales than Spawn’s Universe #1.

Spawn’s Universe and King Spawn are only the beginning. Coming in October is the highly anticipated Gunslinger series and in December comes another brand-new title called The Scorched. Both series are also on track to sell more than 200K units each, meaning that by the end of 2021, McFarlane will have crossed the threshold of 200K units with four different titles in less than six months.

These titles include the mythology of McFarlane’s major superhero character Spawn, a multi-record breaking and Guinness World Record-holding title that has sold over 120 million copies worldwide since its release in 1992. Prior to that, McFarlane worked at both Marvel and DC Comics, where he also set records for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man comic title where he helped co-create the character Venom, the feature film of the same name has accumulated a worldwide box office total of more than $850 million to date.

Spawn's Universe #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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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.

Alice in Leatherland #3 (Black Mask Studios) – The sex-positive fantasy series has been intriguing so far and we want to read more and see more, of this type of storytelling.

Bunny Mask #1 (AfterShock) – A new horror series about an unnatural killer unleashed on the world after thousands of years of being locked away.

Cherry Blackbird #1 (Scout Comics/Black Caravan) – A rocker must nab demons for the devil or she’s doomed when she turns 27.

Eve #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re excited to see where this apocalytpic story goes.

Far Sector #12 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The series wraps up and we seriously have no idea where it’s going to go.

Freak Snow #1 (Behemoth) – A frozen apocalyptic tale and lets face it, we’re suckers for those.

Girl From the Sea (Scholastic Graphix) – The concept sounds like Splash with an LGBT spin for younger readers.

The Good Asian #2 (Image Comics) – The Chinatown noir had an amazing first issue not just delivering a solid detective story but also confronting racism, social issues, and American history head on.

The Joker #4 (DC Comics) – The series has exceeded our expectations with a story not about the Joker but the man he tortured and wants to close that chapter of his life, James Gordon. There’s a Moby Dick vibe to the series that’s intriguing.

Maniac of New York #5 (AfterShock) – We’ve loved this series that brings the slasher concept to comics.

Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Scholastic Graphix) – A middle-grade story about Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man!

Minamata Story (Stone Bridge Press) – The story of “Minamata disease,” a debilitating and sometimes fatal condition caused by the Chisso chemical factory’s careless release of methylmercury into the waters of the coastal community of Minamata in southern Japan. Sounds like fantastic graphic journalism/history.

Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s most unlikable action star has been found dead, and his previous TV sidekicks are looking to solve the mystery. The concepts sounds like a lot of fun to us.

Web of Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – The description makes the series sound like it’s geared toward younger readers and we’re totally fine, and excited, about that.

Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #16

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton

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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The Walking Dead Deluxe #7-12 Returns with New David Finch and Dave McCaig Covers

Image Comics and Skybound have announced that The Walking Dead Deluxe, presenting the iconic series in full-color format for the first time, has sold out of multiple issues once again. To meet this demand, The Walking Dead Deluxe #7-12 second printings will be rushed to stores featuring all-new main covers from David Finch and Dave McCaig, along with a rare variant featuring the raw artwork from Finch. These continue the series of red-hot new covers from the second printings to The Walking Dead Deluxe #1-6, this time featuring Tyreese, Dale, Julie, Hershel, Maggie, and Carol. 

Written by creator Robert Kirkman, with art by Charlie Adlard, and colors by Dave McCaigThe Walking Dead Deluxe #7-12 continues a new look at the worldwide pop culture phenomenon like never before with new “Cutting Room Floor” commentary, revelations, pinups and more from Kirkman celebrating the secret history of the series. 

The below The Walking Dead Deluxe #7-12 second printings will be released in comic book shops on Wednesday, June 30:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #7, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218767) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #7, second printing Cover B Finch raw 1:25 Incentive Variant (Diamond Code APR218768) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #8, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218769) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #8, second printing Cover B Finch raw 1:25 Incentive Variant (Diamond Code APR218770) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #9, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218771) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #9, second printing Cover B Finch raw 1:25 Incentive Variant (Diamond Code APR218772) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #10, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218773) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #10, second printing variant B Finch raw 1:25 incentive variant (Diamond Code APR218774) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #11, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218775) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #11, second printing Cover B Finch raw 1:25 incentive variant (Diamond Code APR218776) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #12, second printing Cover A Finch & McCaig (Diamond Code APR218777) 
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #12, second printing Cover B Finch raw 1:25 incentive variant (Diamond Code APR218778)   

Image and Skybound Reveals New Skybound X Covers

The comic book event of the summer is almost here and Image and Skybound revealed rare new variant covers to all five issues of Skybound X. The weekly series features the first appearances of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD), Everyday Hero Machine Boy and Sea Serpent’s Heir along with the return of fan-favorite “Rick Grimes 2000”! Join the most-superstar-packed lineup in comics as Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson celebrate the past, present, and future of the Skybound beginning Wednesday, July 7.

The newly revealed incentive variant covers feature stunning black and white versions of the previously announced covers to Skybound X, with extra rare versions of the main cover art featuring “Rick Grimes 2000” and the most shocking vision of The Walking Dead you’ve ever seen!

Skybound X #1  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 7 with subsequent issues releasing weekly.

On-Sale Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

  • Skybound X #1 Cover A by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code MAY210037) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover B by James Harren (Diamond Code MAY210038) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover C by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAY210039) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210040) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Diamond Code MAY210041) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by James Harren (Diamond Code APR219065) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code APR219066) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover H 1:10 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219067) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover I 1:25 Incentive Cover by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code APR219068) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 14, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code MAY210042) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code MAY210043) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code MAY210044) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code APR219069) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code APR219070) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code APR219071) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 21, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #3 Cover A by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code MAY210045) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover B by Cory Walker (Diamond Code MAY210046) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover C by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code MAY210047) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover D by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code MAY210048)
  • Skybound X #3 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Cory Walker (Diamond Code APR219072) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code APR219073) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code APR219074) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover H 1:25 Incentive Cover by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code APR219075) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 28, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #4 Cover A by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210049) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover B by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code MAY210050)
  • Skybound X #4 Cover C by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code MAY210051) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code APR219076) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code APR219077) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219078) 

On-Sale Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #5 Cover A by David Finch (Diamond Code MAY210052) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover B by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code MAY210053)
  • Skybound X #5 Cover C by Jason Howard (Diamond Code MAY210054) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code APR219079) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Jason Howard (Diamond Code APR219080) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by David Finch (Diamond Code APR219081) 

Made in Korea #1 Heads Back to Print

The breakout hit miniseries Made in Korea by fan-favorite writer Jeremy Holt and artist George Schall has sold out completely at the distributor level. The popular debut issue is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with growing reorder activity and the reprint will feature new cover art by Schall.

In Made in Korea, readers follow Jesse, the world’s first true A.I. system, on an exciting exploration of what it means to be a family in an age when biological parenthood is no longer a reality.

Made in Korea #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR219396) and Made in Korea #2 (Diamond Code APR210312) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 30.

Read our review of the first issue.

Made in Korea #1, second printing

Review: Nocterra #4

Nocterra #4

Over four issues, we’ve slowly seen the world of Nocterra built out. Nocterra #4 delivers more of that bouncing between the past and present and in doing so giving us a better idea about its characters. The issue has Val and her crew still on the run and delivers an air of desperation and in some ways depression.

Writer Scott Snyder does a solid job of taking us on an emotional ride with the issue giving us highs and lows. After the attack by Bill we learn the truck is draining power with just enough to get to the destination and no more after that. It’s a key moment for the series. Snyder presents us with an option. Go back to the town they came from with nothing in hand and a lot lost or keep moving forward with a chance that they might find what they’re looking for. That a literal light is at the end of the tunnel. And Synder, as he does so well, makes it seem not so good. There’s a lot of directions each scene could go and things could always get worse. Snyder brilliantly leaves the readers guessing how low things can go and if there’s any hope at the end.

Where the series excels is folding in the past. Nocterra #4 opens on Val and her brother as they attempt to figure out what to do as kids. There’s promise that the government will come to help. There’s the reality that it isn’t coming. They also have to deal with their parents who have turned and attempting to break through the basement door. We see the bond between Val and her brother as she ponders her decision-making and leadership. Snyder does an excellent job on tying that memory into the current situation.

The art continues to be solid. Tony S. Daniel delivers a dark and twisted world using the shadows well. Tomeu Morey‘s colors really makes the series with a mix of the blackness and neon/day-glow coloring to emphasize the light. The tension that Snyder brings is emphasized by the art which uses the shadows and darkness so well. You have no idea what might pop up from where keeping readers on their toes. It also really delivers the action when things get rolling. The entire issue is full of a frantic pace and the art really nails that down. Then there’s that last panel which is so solid and just nailed perfectly.

Nocterra #4 is another solid issue. It builds upon the world while giving us lots of action. It’s a nice emotional ride that you have no idea what will happen next. It’s an exciting comic that is able to balance world-building with the action in front of you.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Tony S. Daniel
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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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.

Basilisk #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new horror series from Cullen Bunn, nuff said.

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two #1 (DC Comics) – The Court of Owls enters the Batman animated world. Yes, please!

By the Horns #2 (Scout Comics) – A revenge story about a woman going after the unicorns that killed her beloved. It’s over the top fantasy adventure and the first issue was so good.

Crush & Lobo #1 (DC Comics) – We want to see where this goes.

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover #1 (DC Comics) – DC gets back into the movie tie-in business and launches a new horror line at the same time!

Everfrost #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Van Louise wants to get off her world but her plans are troubled by a mounting war. We’re intrigued by this sci-fi series and excited to read the debut.

The Nice House on the Lake #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue is good. It’s really good. A solid start to this series written by James Tynion IV.

Nocterra #4 (Image Comics) – The series has been a fascinating one as it plays with light and dark. The ride has been solid and we’re excited to see where it all goes considering how the last issue ended.

Out of Body #1 (AfterShock) – A man must figure out who tried to kill him. Problem is he’s in a coma.

Sam & His Talking Gun #3 (Scout Comics) – The title says it all really. The second issue shifted things and delivered an origin story and we want to see where the third takes us.

Serial #4 (Abstract Studio) – This horror series has been growing on us with each issue. We want to see where it all goes as we learn more about the murderer and the young girl tracking it down.

Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters #1 (Marvel) – The event features a lot of issues but we want to see what happened when Boba Fett attempted to deliver Han to Jabba.

Worst Dudes #1 (Dark Horse) – The series has been teased as over the top gonzo and we want to see if that’s true or not.

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 05/29/2021

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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Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #1 (DC)– Featuring day-glo color palette from Rico Renzi, exciting layouts from Fico Ossio, and poignant commentary on being a Black man in the United States (and entertainment industry) from Brandon Easton, Mister Miracle #1 really has it all. Shilo Norman gets put into a variety of situations in Mister Miracle #1 from an eye popping stunt in the opening scene to dealing with microaggressions from his manager and even acting like an asshole on a date and only talking about his job. He’s a character struggling to find an identity in a click driven, late capitalist hellscape, and the villain that Easton and Ossio set up for him seems derivative at first, but it actually comments on racist comics fan who are angry that characters of color are picking up the mantles of white characters. Mister Miracle #1 balances all these excellent elements and looks gorgeous too, especially in the color department. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Made in Korea #1 (Image)– Made in Korea is a nice, little sci-fi story about a middle class family that gets a discount on a “proxy”, or some kind of robot child is manufactured in South Korea. Writer Jeremy Holt and artist George Schall spend a good portion of the book showing the parents bonding with their new daughter, Jesse with plenty of adorable sequences. However, Schall’s sterile color palette and the starkness at his art senses at something a little more sinister going on in a parallel story of a workaholic, Korean computer programmer. Jesse might not be the nice, shy, yet curious girl that she seems to be from the outset. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Beta Ray Bill #3 (Marvel)– Daniel Warren Johnson and Michael Spicer’s Beta Ray Bill continues to be a flat out good time of bright colors, big sound effects, and even bigger guns as Bill, Pip, Skurge, and a newly humanoid Skuttlebutt try to find the Twilight Sword of Muspelheim. This issue is heavy on action and adventure with Skurge living life like he’s in a first person shooter, and Skuttlebutt going all Optimus Prime in another impressive widescreen setpiece from Johnson. However, Beta Ray Bill #3 isn’t just an epic quest, but it’s turning into a surprisingly sweet love story with Bill and Skuttlebutt going on what is basically a first date. Daniel Warren Johnson writes them in a charming, yet awkward way, and I’m rooting for these crazy Korbinite/AI ship kids. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

Reptil #1 (Marvel)– It’s been a long time since Avengers Academy and Avengers Arena, but Reptil finally gets a solo series thanks to Terry Blas, Enid Balam, Victor Olazaba, and Carlos Lopez. Blas, Balam, and Olazaba know that readers might be unfamiliar with Reptil’s backstory so they catch us up to speed in a double page spread that also doubles as dinosaur tracks. He has a genuinely cool power set, but (for now) Reptil is done with the hero thing and just wants to focus on helping his grandpa get better, which is why he moves to L.A. with his aunt and cousins. Plotwise, Terry Blas takes his time setting up the dynamic between Reptil and his twin cousins Eva and Julian before introducing any superhero elements. However, Enid Balam and Victor Olazaba seem to truly have a ball when Reptil transforms into a dinosaur for the first time as the panels shift and move across the page. A fairly generic villain aside, Reptil #1 is a charming reintroduction to a hero with cool powers, who also happens to be one of Marvel’s few Mexican-American superheroes. Overall: 7.9 Verdict: Buy

The Blue Flame #1 (Vault)– Christopher Cantwell and Adam Gorham mash up the cosmic space hero and the blue collar, street level hero in The Blue Flame #1. I love how Gorham and colorist K. Michael Russell shift their art style from something feathery and ethereal when Blue Flame is exploring an uncharted planet to a more meat and potatoes, 1980s superhero style (pre-Image founders) when he’s on Earth with his team, the Night Brigade. The Blue Flame #1 establishes the duality of our protagonist, who is curious about exploring different planets and alien civilizations, but also does every day shit like clear out his drive way, fix boilers, and have romantic tension with one of his teammates. Christopher Cantwell and Adam Gorham don’t deconstruct or add anything new to the superhero genre, but combine two subgenres and focus on characterization while also having a big, damn hook in the final pages. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Money Shot #11 (Vault)– The new arc starts with the XXXPlorers adding a new scientist/porn star to their team, Yasmin, because their leader Christine thought she looked attractive as a talking head on a TV show. However, she doesn’t really have “chemistry” with the rest of the team, and ratings go high, plummet, and plateau off. New series artist Caroline Leigh Layne hits the right balance between humorous and erotic while Sarah Beattie and Tim Seeley’s script shows the importance of being a responsive and giving partner, which Yasmin is not. There’s also some good satire as the planet that the XXXplorers go to is similar to Earth and has similar issues with climate change, but because they can’t reverse these problems, they just enjoy a psychedelic plant. Between the sexy hijinks and mishaps, Money Shot #11 has a tone of existential crisis as the characters start to question whether they’re doing this to get ratings and stay solvent or to actually make the world a better place. Overall: 8.0 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 (**).

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