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Preview: Spider-Man: Reptilian Rage #1

Spider-Man: Reptilian Rage #1

(W) Ralph Macchio (A) Christopher Allen (CA) Todd Nauck
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

PETER PARKER’s got a real shot – a chance for a spot in a competitive Empire State University program as a high school student. Nothing’s going to keep him from his goal…unless the old Parker luck strikes again! And a crime boss’s interference with an experiment of DR. CURT CONNORS threatens to do just that, as an unexpected run-in heralds the return of the deadly LIZARD! But if SPIDER-MAN is going to save the day, does that mean Peter Parker will have to sacrifice his future? A tale of great power and the cost of responsibility in the mighty Marvel manner!

Spider-Man: Reptilian Rage #1

Preview: The Spider-Man Annual #1

The Spider-Man Annual #1

(W) Jason Latour, Phil Lord (A) Jason Latour (A/CA) David Lafuente
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $4.99

• When Spider-Gwen’s dimension-hopping web-watch falls into the wrong hands, it’s up to everyone’s favorite wisecracking web-slinger, the wily waddler known as SPIDER-HAM, to save the day!
• From the same creative minds that brought you INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE and Spider-Gwen creator JASON LATOUR, you won’t want to miss this interdimensional epic!

The Spider-Man Annual #1

Preview: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Ken Lashley (CA) Andrew Robinson
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• When things go nuts at the F.E.A.S.T. Center, it leaves Aunt May FURIOUS, and no one rests when Aunt May is angry.
• So Spider-Man has to kick an investigation into high gear into the Prowler and what he’s up to!
• Peter has a lot of skills, but he is no Sherlock Holmes. The World’s Worst Detective calls on his new ally the Rumor to help him!

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

Preview: The Amazing Spider-Man #24

The Amazing Spider-Man #24

(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Ryan Ottley
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

All leading up to Nick Spencer’s Landmark 25th issue!

• One issue away from #25 and the chickens are coming home to roost.
• Who is the mysterious bandaged figure who seems to be in every shadow and what does he want with Spider-Man?
• This issue won’t answer ALL your questions, but it will answer some that will drop your jaw.

The Amazing Spider-Man #24

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 6/22

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

Glow #2 (IDW)– I wish to bestow this book with the highest compliment you can give a licensed comic: I wish it was a plotline on the Glow TV show. Tini Howard and Hannah Templer pit the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling against La Prima, who are wrestlers being wrestlers, not actors being wrestlers. This issue is full of attempts at bonding with their opponents as Ruth wants to prove that they’re legit. The best character beat is Carmen sharing a sweet moment and some power bomb lessons with Desdemona, who is from a family of luchadors and is someone she can relate to. As far as visuals, Templer hits that sweet spot between capturing characters likenesses and being expressive for dramatic or (mostly) comedy purposes. Howard has a fantastic handle on all these women’s voices, and this comic is the perfect thing to tide fans over who are waiting for Glow Season 3 as well as a swan song to their Southern California days. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Superman Year One #1 (DC/Black Label)– Woo, the discourse has been spicy about Superman Year One, but Frank Miller’s poetic inner monologue nails Clark’s adolescent discomfort with his abilities and status as an alien on Earth. I got a press copy of the comic, but actually want to pony up the dough to get a physical copy because I want to see how John Romita Jr’s wide open panels and muscular poses look in the prestige format.Also, Clark joining the navy is a smart bit of revisionism because to many young people in rural areas, the military seems to be the best way to escape their small towns and see the world. I might be reading too much into it, but it’s clever foreshadowing at Superman’s future role as a weapon of war/Reagan stooge in Dark Knight Returns. (I would love to see Miller/Romita’s take on Superman and Batman’s 1st meeting.) Rating: 9.0 Overall Verdict: Buy

Excellence #2 (Image)– Brandon Thomas and Khary Randolph craft an intoxicating world of magic, consequences, legacy, and daddy issues in Excellence #2. The protagonist, Spencer, has just come into his own as a magic user and earned a rare hug from his dad when his grandmother becomes ill, and there’s nothing he can do. Or is there. Excellence is a comic about breaking boundaries and hierarchies, and the connection between magic and emotion. It perfectly fits Randolph’s high energy art style and Emilio Lopez’s crescendo of colors. I really felt for Spencer throughout this comic as his main fear isn’t losing his powers, but his father’s disapproval. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Elana

Glow #2 (IDW) Can’t wait for more of the humor, warmth, wild 80s wrestling aesthetics and believable women’s community of the Netflix show GLOW? This comic is absolutely for us! Writer Tini Howard perfectly channels the voice of each character in the show. It’s truly uncanny. Is she in the writers room? Can she be? Artist Hannah Templer has a lively style and her take on the costumes and clothes is exuberant, fun and 80s as hell. This month’s issue focuses on Carmen and gives her a chance to succeed in a space where the other women are fumbling. It’s gratifying and fun.
Recommendation: Must read! 

Ryan C

Superman: Year One #1 (DC)** – As bad as you’ve heard. Maybe even worse. Is it okay to hope this version of Clark Kent gets killed in combat when he joins the navy? Also, “Year One”? Huh? This issue alone covers like 18 years of his life. I’m done talking about — hell, even thinking about — this thing. Overall: 0 Recommendation: Pass. I purchased my copy. That was a stupid idea.

American Carnage #8 (DC/Vertigo)** – This series has been great, and with just one issue left, Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez are setting the stage for a barn-burner of a conclusion. If you’ve been passing on this in singles, get the trade — and if Vertigo’s going out, as rumored, at least it’s going out with a bang. Not that anyone’s really paying attention. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Clue: Candlestick #3 (IDW)** – Dash Shaw is doing more just-plain clever and inventive stuff with this modest three-parter than mainstream comics have seen in forever. Superb cartooning that I dearly hope gets more folks to pay attention to his small-press work. This guy is the real deal. Overall: 10. Recommendation: Buy

Batman #73 (DC)** – Mikel Janin delivers some astonishing art here, particularly with a double-page spread that’ll knock your socks off. Tom King mails in a lazy script that wastes a rather intriguing “Batman and his dad in the desert” premise. You know the drill by now. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Look at it, then put it back on the comic store shelf.


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: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ramon Bachs (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT VADER!

• DARTH VADER may be the most feared man in the galaxy. But to the proud Grand Moffs of THE EMPIRE, he’s just the Emperor’s apprentice – below them in the hierarchy.
• But what fury burns in the heart of a SITH with such overwhelming rage when a mere Moff dares command him?
• And at what point does Darth Vader show them his true power?

Star Wars Age of Rebellion - Darth Vader #1

Preview: Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1

Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1

(W) Chris Claremont, Larry Hama, Sam Keith (A) Salvador Larroca, Sam Keith, Scot Eaton (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $4.99

WOLVERINE LEGENDS, Chris Claremont, Larry Hama & Sam Keith REUNITE!

He goes by many names… Patch…Weapon X…Logan…but most just call him THE WOLVERINE. Join Marvel’s greatest storytellers for three brand-new untold tales of the X-Men’s deadliest member. Blood, broads, and blades… you asked for it, bub!

Wolverine Exit Wounds #1
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