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Preview: Night’s Dominion #5

NIGHT’S DOMINION #5

(W/A/C/CA) Ted Naifeh
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The battle for the city of Umber has begun.

Emerane finds herself standing between the city she hates and total annihilation, and must decide if Umber, cruel and corrupt though it may be, deserves its fate. But the faces of terrified citizens make her decision easy. She finds herself fighting alongside the Furie himself, as well as her companions: the Asp, the Magus, and the Acolyte, each of whom reveal hidden power. But will they be enough? Against the overwhelming might of Death’s army, is there any hope of victory?

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Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #5

JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #5

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A/CA) Tony Fleecs
(CA) Luigi Anderson
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The penultimate issue of Jeff Steinberg’s first series! Do you think Jeff even knows what the word “penultimate” means? Yeah, us either. It’s the second to last issue of Jeff’s first intergalactic adventure and our hero… Wait, “hero”? It’s not like he got chosen because he was saving kittens from trees or anything—he was just trying to poop… Anyway, it’s almost over! Jeff’s survived thus far, maybe he won’t actually screw everything up! (unlikely)

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Preview: Angel City #4

Angel City #4

(W) Janet Harvey
(A/CA) Megan Levens
(C/CA) Nick Filardi
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

When MGM’s top star is linked to the April Fools murder, the studio will go to great, dangerous lengths to shut down the rumors. Meanwhile, Dolores calls on her skills as a mob enforcer to get answers from Brenda’s driver, Rollo. But without Gino Volante’s protection, Dolores may be out of her depth—and the “fixers” will let her know it.

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Oni Press in March 2017

REDLINE #1

(W) Neal Holman
(A/CA) Clayton McCormack
(C) Kelly Fitzpatrick
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by David Kuettel and Kat Stockton
FOC: 2/6/17
IN STORES: 3/8/17
DIAMOND CODE (COVER A): JAN171893
DIAMOND CODE (COVER B INCV): JAN171894
AGE RANGE: Mature, 17+
GENRE: Sci-fi, Dark Comedy
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

MARS. The near future-ish. A bomb takes out a city block on Harrison Station. The media rush to blame the local terrestrials (re: aliens), however Superintendent Denton Coyle has a feeling that it may not be so simple… or maybe that feeling is Coyle’s hangover gut bomb. It’s unclear… like a 50/50 shot, it’s a mistake or explosive diarrhea. Maybe it’s both? In other words, it’s yet another Tuesday on Mars.

This tale erupts with a literal bang, and follows the efforts of one grizzled investigator on Mars trying to uncover the truth behind an alien terrorist plot… even though everyone else would prefer it just remain hidden.

Alternate cover illustrated by David Kuettel and Kat Stockton (FX’s Archer)!

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LETTER 44 #31

(W) Charles Soule
(A/CA) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
(C) Dan Jackson
FOC: 2/27/17
IN STORES: 3/22/17
DIAMOND CODE: JAN171895
AGE RANGE: Mature, 16+
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

No one knows when the end will come, only that it will come, and soon. There is no hope for the world, but humanity remains intact. On Mars, the crew of the Clarke are lost in a last-ditch effort to keep the Builders from taking what they want most—Astra—and leaving the rest of them for dead. Charlotte is determined to keep Astra with her family until the end—whenever it may come.

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ANGEL CITY #6

(W) Janet Harvey
(A/CA) Megan Levens
(C) Nick Filardi
FOC: 2/20/17
IN STORES: 3/15/17
DIAMOND CODE: JAN171896
AGE RANGE: Mature, 16+
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

In the thrilling conclusion to Angel City, Dolores and Joe must fight their way out of a tight corner, and go up against the cops, the mob, and even city hall to get justice for Frances’s murder. But even if they find the people responsible, can Dolores wring a confession from them before the clock runs out?

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RICK AND MORTY #24

(W) Kyle Starks
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by Sfé R. Monster
FOC: 3/6/17
IN STORES: 3/29/17
DIAMOND CODE (COVER A): JAN171897
DIAMOND CODE (COVER B INCV): JAN171898
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGESIn this special one-shot illustrated by series backup artist Marc Ellerby, Rick, Morty, and Summer

In this special one-shot illustrated by series backup artist Marc Ellerby, Rick, Morty, and Summer find themselves stranded on an alien ship. But could the ship be HAUNTED? Yes, I mean, it probably is.

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INVADER ZIM #19

(W) Eric Trueheart
(A/CA) Warren Wucinich
ALTERNATE COVER illustrated by KC Green
FOC: 3/13/17
IN STORES: 4/5/17
DIAMOND CODE (COVER A): JAN171899
DIAMOND CODE (COVER B INCV): JAN171900
AGE RANGE: Ages 10+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Okay, let’s see… according to the script, this one’s pretty intense! Oh wait, that’s “in tents,” because Dib and ZIM go on a class camping trip. Oh wait, it’s alsointense, because there’s a radioactive bear! Wait, a “radio alert” about an “active bear.” Either way, it’s gonna be intense!

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BAD MACHINERY VOLUME 7: THE CASE OF THE FORKED ROAD

(W/A/C/CA) John Allison
FOC: 4/24/17
IN STORES: 5/17/17
DIAMOND CODE: JAN171901
AGE RANGE: Ages 10+
GENRE: Humor, Mystery
PRICE: $14.99
128 PAGESTime is a fickle creature, especially when there’s a wormhole in the science cupboard. When a strange boy who seems far too entranced by cellphones appears, it’s up to Lottie, Shauna, and Mildred to figure out his strange purposes.

Time is a fickle creature, especially when there’s a wormhole in the science cupboard. When a strange boy who seems far too entranced by cellphones appears, it’s up to Lottie, Shauna, and Mildred to figure out his strange purposes.

The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh book in John Allison’s (Giant Days) award-winning Bad Machinery series, finds our young sleuths facing the intricacies of time and space itself. What is their science teacher hiding? Who is the mysterious Calvin, why is he dressed like it’s 1960, and why is he obsessed with Communists? And another thing: just what is going on with Jack, Sonny, and Linton?

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THE BUNKER VOLUME 4

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/CA) Joe Infurnari
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
FOC: 5/1/17
IN STORES: 5/24/17
DIAMOND CODE: JAN171902
AGE RANGE: Mature, 17+
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
139 PAGES

As Grady Potts’ political star rises, Daniel finally realizes what he must do to ensure he doesn’t poison the world’s population, and it isn’t pretty. Natasha is on hand—actually, both Natashas are—but the consequences of his actions may change the future for the worse. Heidi is still imprisoned, but just like Billy, she’s got an advocate on the outside. In this explosive final volume of the critically-acclaimed series, the fate of the world will be decided.

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Preview: Motro #3

Motro #3

(W/A/CA) Ulises Fariñas
(W) Erick Freitas
(C) Ryan Hill
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

When a mysterious Frog Wizard interrupts Motro holding court at the pub, he and his comrades are sent on an epic quest filled with wizard strongholds, fierce dragons, and the ghosts of family.

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Preview: Brik #6

BRIK #6

(W) Adam Glass and Michael Benson
(A/CA) Harwinder Singh
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
AGE RANGE: Ages 15+
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

With Brik gone, Drew is left to confront Little Stalin on his own. But is Drew ready for that showdown? Will he be able to put a stop to the violence engulfing his neighborhood or will he be just another victim of it? And what fate lies ahead for the golem? Get all the answers in this thrilling conclusion!

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Preview: Exodus: The Life After #10

EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #10

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Jude, Essie, Nettie, and Ernest have seen Heaven, Hell, and Earth, and now they face the most terrifying realm of all. The End. Their journey has brought them to the brink of global war… and that’s not even considering the murderous Cosmic Potato.

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Review: Brik #4

We’re more than halfway done with this comic book series initial arc. I’m having some real feelings about the imaginary characters in Brik. Drew is either turning into a superhero or a super villain or some Punisher style hybrid of the two. I went into issue number four knowing that I matter which way the story went, I’m invested and can’t put it down.

Issue number 4 picks up with Dr. Hirsh trying to talk some sense into Drew in the aftermath of his mother’s attack. Drew is angry and feeling responsible, had Jenny been out getting revenge on his bully, he could have saved his mom. Hirsh thinks that leaving Yonkers is the best move for Drew and his mom and, Drew wants to fight the big bad Russians. This is the point in the story where Brik uses Hirsch as the narrator to this comic series King Pin, Little Stalin. Little Stalin is brutal and ruthless, he survived a Russian prison by eating his fellow inmates! He’s like Kaiser Soze on steroids making him a formidable opponent to Drew and his Golem.

Drew turning towards the avenger side of the comic book mythos, rides off into the night on the back of his Golem, now named Brik, saving those who need it and giving the neighborhood hope. Little Stalin is having no part of the neighborhoods new found spirit so, he is on a mission to get his territory back under his control, which is a pretty nice set up for issue #5. And, I for one can’t wait to see what happens next.

Adam Glass and Michael Benson‘s writing is tight and real. The characters feel like actual people instead of the two-dimensional drawings that they are. There’s a sense of urgency in Drew’s actions and a feeling of powerlessness and defiance in his words.

Harwinder Singh is still serving up some killer 1980s Punisher meets Daredevil darkness and grit and it really adds to the story. Every panel pulls you in and makes you feel like you’re in the story.

Overall Brik #4 serves up more of the consistency, superbly drawn panels, and well thought out story line that we fell in love with. I can’t wait to see how the next two issues pan out and what the creators do with this story.

Story: Adam Glass & Michael Benson Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

loveislove-coverWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Love is Love (IDW Publishing) – A response to the tragic Pulse shooting, this anthology brings together hundreds of creators all to benefit Equality Florida and the victims of the tragedy. This is a chance to be entertained and touched by a comic and for your dollars to benefit a good cause. More of this, please!

G.I. Joe #1 (IDW Publishing) – It feels like forever since we had a regular G.I. Joe comic series and this new one spinning out of Revolution gives the Joes an interesting new world to play in that feels like it’s the logical progression from all of those Transformers/G.I. Joe comics of the past. I’m excited to see where it all goes and what the Joes look like in this new world.

Soviet Daughter (Microcosm Publishing) – Any other week this would be at the top of my list. This graphic novel follows two stories. Lola who lived through the Bolshevik revolution, civil war, Stalinist purges, and the Holocaust. She taught herself to read and worked as a secretary for the NKVD (which became the KGB) and as a lieutenant for the Red Army. Alos her great-granddaughter Julie who’s coming of age in an immigrant family in Chicago and her political awakening in the midst of the radical politics of the turn of the millennium. Sounds amazing.

Supergirl: Being Super #1 (DC Comics) – A new limited series from Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones that looks like a fantastic coming-of-age story perfect for fans of the tv series… really anybody.

Tomboy #9 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Are you reading this series? If not, you’re missing out. It’s a vigilante superhero-ish/horror series starring a teenage girl possessed and out for revenge against the people who killed her friend… and she sees ghosts.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Love is Love (IDW Publishing) – A tribute to those affected by the Orlando shooting brings the comic book community together with proceeds going to a good cause. Buy it, read it, give it to friends. Love trumps hate!

Batgirl #6 (DC Comics) – Batgirl might not be making it home after all thanks to an attack on her plane home courtesy of Poison Ivy.

Harley’s Little Black Book #5 (DC Comics) – Harley Quin vs Superman and an alien run style Fight Club-esque battle royale. Shut up and take my money!

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – A continuation of the good guys versus the “good guys” storyline. I’ve got popcorn and can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Hulk #1 (Marvel) – Jennifer Waters, tries going back to a normal life after the Civil War, whatever that means when you’ve got a Hulk waiting to break free inside of you.

Brik #6 (Oni Press) – The story of a boy, living in a Russian Mob run city in Yonkers, and him Golem closes out its story arc and it’s so good, you’re going to be hoping that the end of this arc isn’t the end of this story!

 

Joe

Top Pick: Love is Love (IDW Publishing) – I have been so excited for this book since it was announced. It’s a beautiful anthology project by some of the most talented people in the medium, and the proceeds go to the families of the Orlando Pulse victims. Sometimes our medium makes me sad, but moments like this, it makes me happy.

AD: After Death #2 (Image) – The second part of the three part half comic half pride by Snyder and Lemire. If this issue is nearly as good as the first issue, I’ll be satisfied. I do hope we get more answers to what curing death means, but this series is worth the art and writing alone.

Seven To Eternity #4 (Image) – Like Kost Remender books, this series has kept me on my toes. What I thought would be a slow burn quickly turned everything on its head in the last issue. Can’t wait to see what happens next.Rocket Raccoon #1 (Marvel) – Its finally here! Another Rosenberg comic and another one in the Marvel universe. After his work on CW II: Kingpin, and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, the sky is the limit for this writer. What a fun character to write about in Rocket. I am very excited for this.

Rocket Raccoon #1 (Marvel) – It’s finally here! Another Matthew Rosenberg comic and another one in the Marvel universe. After his work on Civil War II: Kingpin, and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, the sky is the limit for this writer. What a fun character to write about in Rocket. I am very excited for this.

Hulk #1 (Marvel) – I love the Dekal covers, and I cannot wait to see Jen Walters state of mind after the Civil War II Banner, Rhodes, and her in a coma situation. She seems like she is going to be extra angry, which means extra hulky. A raging lawyer with uncontrollable outbursts? Yup!

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III: Komander Bloodshot #1 (Valiant) – The first issue of Divinity III blew me away. I’m all in for this series now, and I can’t wait for this.

All-Star Batman #5 (DC Comics) – After last week’s dismal Batman #13, it’s going to be lovely to get my hands on a comic by one of my favourite Batman writers.

AD: After Death Book Two (Image) – The first book caught me completely off guard with it’s mix of prose-like narrative and whimsically illustrated comic pages. It’s no surprise that the story has already had the screen rights snapped up.

Savage #2 (Valiant) – Tarzan meets dinosaurs. That’s literally why I’m pumped for this.

Preview: Rick and Morty #21

RICK AND MORTY #21

(W) Kyle Starks
(A) CJ Cannon
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) CJ Cannon with Ryan Hill
BACK-UP COMIC by Marc Ellerby
INCENTIVE COVER illustrated by Daria Pekh
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Jerry is real tired of being treated like he’s worthless, ya know? He works really hard for this family! He deserves a break! So he goes to see his best bud Doofus Rick for some fondue and merry-go-round times. However, their perfect day is interrupted by… Doofus Jerry?! And this guy seems like real bad news, man…

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