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Preview: Rick and Morty #27

Rick and Morty #27

(W) Kyle Starks
(A) CJ Cannon
(A/C) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina (Cover A), Justin Peterson with Pamela Lovas (Cover B)
AGE RATING: Teen, 16+
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

When Morty ends up with two dates to the prom, there’s only one solution: ethically ambiguous cloning!

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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!

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.

Alex

Top Pick: God Country #6 (Image) – A sleeper hit for me, I didn’t start reading this until the 4th issue had come out, and I was struck by the stark brilliance of the comic. Everything about this issue is a joy to experience; Emmett Quinlan’s attitude embodies the best of humanity’s stubborn refusal to quit, and then the creative team produce a wonderfully written and drawn issue each month.

All-Star Batman #11 (DC Comics) – I’ve made no secret of the fact I’m a Scott Snyder fan… but I loved the previous issue. I can’t wait to read this, especially with Snyder delving back into Alfred’s past.

Rapture #2 (Valiant) – This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already read the review copy and know I like it, but I’m excited to get my hands on a physical copy to check out the gorgeous artwork.

The Chair #1 (Alterna) – I have no idea what this is about.. but it’s a dollar. Every other one of Alterna’s newsprint comics has been more than worth the money, so I see no reason for this to be any different.

 

Shay

It’s a great week to be comic book lover, so many awesome titles that this almost became a top ten list. If you’re lucky you can finish them off, if you’re not , then you’ll have more than enough to keep you occupied next weekend as you gear up for the long beach (or camping) holiday weekend.

Harley Quinn #22 (DC Comics) – Poison Ivy is back and I’m looking forward to this dynamic duo getting their friendship ( or something else) back on track.

Batwoman #4 (DC Comics) – Alas, the end of the current arc is here and it’s looking like it’s going to bring up more questions about Batwoman’s origins and give us an interesting bad guy to learn more about in the next arc.

The X-Files: Origins – Dog Days of Summer #1 (IDW Publishing) – The truth is out there and teenage Mulder and Scully are going to find it. I can legit here the theme song in my head.

Crosswinds #1 (Image) – Cat Staggs and Gail Simone have teamed give us what I’m sure will be a true gift from the comic gods!

America #4 (Marvel) – Mardrimar is revealed, the Ultimates might be getting the band together and America gets a blast from the past that reminds her that she doesn’t always get it right.

Luke Cage #2 (Marvel) – Luke’s in New Orleans making new friends ,dealing with enemies and getting even closer to the truth or Dr. Burstein.

Bill & Ted Save the Universe #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m here for it!

Brik TP (Oni Press) – The series I miss the most is back in it’s very own trade paperback. Nothing new but, it’s nice seeing it in one place so I can revisit the things that made me fall in love with it , as I pine for some new issues.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Super Sons #5 (DC Comics) – This has been a great book from the start. Great action, I love the banter between Robin and Superboy and the art is great. I couldn’t ask for anything more from a superhero book. You really should be reading this.

Iceman #2 (Marvel) – I really enjoyed the first issue of Iceman’s solo series. It really gave new readers a glimpse into the character’s past, and gave us veterans a starting point to see where Bobby is going and how he is changing. It was a good mix of action and insight into the character and I hope it carries on in this second issue.

Secret Empire: Underground #1 (Marvel) – This event, like many of Marvel’s past events, has been a real let down. Aside from the fact that Marvel turned Steve Rogers into the fascist leader of Hydra and it seems Hydra’s reach didn’t take long at all to take hold, the event has just been boring and has induced many eye rolls, at least from this reader. But, I have been enjoying the tie in series more then the main event and this book has me excited. We saw this team in action in Secret Empire #4 and I was totally into all of it. I love the line up and their agenda and I’m really looking forward to seeing more from them. And to be honest, anything with Mockingbird in it is a must read for me.

W.M.D. Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1 (Marvel) – The new Weapon X series has been so-so; nothing terribly exciting except for this new mysterious Weapon X project that seems to be hunting down mutants instead of turning them into weapons. But after issue 4, we now have a better understanding of their why after finding out who is pulling the strings. But Old Man Logan and team are on their way for a little payback, so I’m excited to see how all this is going to explode…and if the cover to W.M.D #1 is any indication, it is going to explode big time!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky takes on Spider-Man and boy am I looking forward to this one. Zdarsky’s humor should fit really well with the classic Spider-Man which was more about the quips and fun. Here’s hoping!

Lobo/Road Runner Special #1 and Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1 (DC Comics) – The first two series that mashed up DC characters with Looney Tunes were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to read the fun that’ll be these two issues.

Solarman #3 (Scout Comics) – It’s been a long time coming, but I’m still looking forward to this issue which feels like the predecessor in some ways to Lion Forge’s Catalyst line.

Spencer and Locke #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A great combination of concepts for a solid noir series with a twist.

Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #2 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. The first issue was good and I can’t wait to see where this series goes.

Preview: Letter 44 #34

LETTER 44 #34

(W) Charles Soule
(A/CA) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
(C/CA) Dan Jackson
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

THE END IS HERE. The second of three final installments that will bring the award-winning series to a close.

Preview: Heartthrob, Season Two #1

HEARTTHROB, SEASON TWO #1

(W) Christopher Sebela
(A/CA) Robert Wilson IV
(C/CA) Nick Filardi
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Crime
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

There must be 50 ways to leave your lover, but none of them include robbing a Fleetwood Mac concert and escaping to Canada with a getaway driver and a group of anarchists. Putting Mercer and her life of crime in the rearview, Callie tries her damnedest to live a normal life, hide out from the FBI and make sense of Canadian currency. As her friends continue pulling crimes and Callie dips her toe back in the dating waters, she’ll find out when you share your heart with someone, breaking up is way harder to do.

Oni Press in September 2017

MADE MEN #1

(W) Paul Tobin
(A) Arjuna Susini
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
(CA) Arjuna Susini with Gonzalo Duarte (Cover A), Juan Ferreyra (Cover B)
DIAMOND ORDER CODES: JUL172026 (Cover A), JUL172027 (Cover B)
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/14/17
IN STORES: 9/6/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Action, Humor
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

You don’t know Jutte Shelley, but you might know her family. Before she was a Shelley, she was a Frankenstein. These days, she’s a Detroit Special Ops officer. At least she was, until she and her entire team were ambushed during what should have been a routine call. Jutte watched as, one by one, her friends were gunned down. And then, in a flurry of bullets, Jutte fell too. But Jutte isn’t like other people. She’s a Frankenstein. And she knows all her family’s secrets. Guess who’s getting the gang back together?

DEAD OF WINTER™ #2 (OF 4)

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree​
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172028
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/21/17
IN STORES: 9/13/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Humor, Horror
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Stuck in the freezing Zombiepocalypse that is Dead of Winter, how could things get any worse for our intrepid heroes? How about they get blown up and “rescued” by a drunk mall Santa? How about being held captive in a police station by an insane police officer while it slowly becomes overrun by the zombie menace? That’s being stuck between rock and a hard place, friends!

RICK AND MORTY™: POCKET LIKE YOU STOLE IT #3 (OF 5)

(W) Tini Howard
(A) Marc Ellerby
(C) Katy Farina
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Katy Farina (Cover A), Josceline Fenton (Cover B)
DIAMOND ORDER CODES: JUL172029 (Cover A), JUL172030 (Cover B)
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/21/17
IN STORES: 9/13/17
AGE RATING: Teen, 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Aw gee, Morty’s on his way to stop the Council of Ricks! Morty battling just isn’t right, and we’ve gotta stop it! That is, until he gets stopped by Beth, and her team of pocket Jerries! Swimming Jerry! Wizard Jerry! Buff Jerry! They’re all here, and they’re all out to stop Morty!

THE DAMNED: ILL-GOTTEN #4

(W) Cullen Bunn
(A/CA) Brian Hurtt
(C/CA) Bill Crabtree
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172031​
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/14/17
IN STORES: 9/6/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Crime, Fantasy
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Eddie and his pal Pauly Bones tried to play a demon’s game. They tried to bargain with infernal forces for their own lost souls. And it blew up in their faces. Now they’re lost in an ancient cemetery, stalked by hired guns and demons alike. No wonder one of these two is planning on double-crossing the other!

KAIJUMAX, SEASON THREE #3

(W/A/C/CA) Zander Cannon
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172032
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/21/17
IN STORES: 9/13/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Gang tensions continue to ratchet up between the J-Pops and the Cryptids as Whoofy (and his consiglieri Li’l Boy) fight The Mountain for what’s left of the uranium trade. Meanwhile, the crooked Dr. Zhang gets a reminder from the Moon Bunnies that she’s late on her drug payments and they stress—in no uncertain terms—that it is not healthy for her to cross them.

Powerful inmates return to the prison and threaten to upend the precarious species truce. Also: Severed heads! The Sharkmon of Kaijumax! And… a pep-talk from Satan?

NIGHT’S DOMINION, SEASON TWO #2

(W/A/C/CA) Ted Naifeh
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172033
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 8/28/17
IN STORES: 9/20/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

After rescuing the city Alderman from assassination, Emerane takes him to her tenement for refuge, only to find the Furie near death from a poisoned arrow. It seems the House of Asps intend to eliminate Umber’s only defenders of justice. But to what end, and at whose command, Emerane must find out. What she doesn’t yet realize is that, as the Night, she is their final target. Will her former companion, Azmeer, be her end?

RICK AND MORTY™ #30

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Benjamin Dewey
(A/C) Marc Ellerby
(CA) CJ Cannon with Katy Farina (Cover A), Julieta Colás (Cover B)
DIAMOND ORDER CODES: JUL172034 (Cover A), JUL172035 (Cover B)
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 9/4/17
IN STORES: 9/27/17
AGE RATING: Teen, 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 3

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST: BENJAMIN DEWEY (THE AUTUMNLANDS)! Beth Smith is overworked, under-appreciated, and probably slightly drunk. But she still saves (horse) lives every day! That is, until her life is changed in one simple moment…

BAD MACHINERY, VOLUME 3: THE CASE OF THE SIMPLE SOUL (POCKET EDITION)

(W/A/C/CA) John Allison
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172036
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 10/16/17
IN STORES: 11/8/17
AGE RATING: All Ages
GENRE: Humor, Mystery
PRICE: $12.99
PAGE COUNT: 136

The Tackleford gang is back with a new case that demands solving! When Tackleford’s derelict barns begin going up in flames, Linton and Sonny are on the case with a moderately mysterious new friend. Paths cross, however, when Lottie and Mildred meet a terrifying yet misunderstood creature living beneath a bridge! Throw in an overly enthusiastic fire brigade, a transforming skate ramp, and a new French teacher and you’ve got the kind of charming genius that can only be found in John Allison’s BAD MACHINERY.

LETTER 44, VOLUME 5: BLUESHIFT

(W) Charles Soule
(A) Joëlle Jones, Drew Moss, Ryan Kelly, Alise Gluškova, Landgon Foss
(C) Dan Jackson
(CA) Alberto J. Alburquerque
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172037
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 10/23/17
IN STORES: 11/15/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
PAGE COUNT: 136

The crew of the Clarke may just be humanity’s last hope. Sent to investigate an alien construction in the asteroid belt, they’re hoping to make discoveries, establish first contact, and—though it’s a long shot—stay alive for as long as they can.

They all came aboard knowing it would be a one-way trip. So what propelled them to sign up? For some, it was a choice. For others, it was a chance. Learn the extraordinary story about how the crew of the Clarke came together, featuring one-shots by guest artists Joëlle Jones, Drew Moss, Ryan Kelly, and Alise Gluškova, as well as the origins of the mysterious Builders, from guest artist Langdon Foss.

OH JOY SEX TOY, VOLUME 4

(W/A/CA) Erika Moen
(W/C) Matthew Nolan
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: JUL172038
FINAL ORDER CUTOFF: 10/9/17
IN STORES: 11/1/17
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sex Education, Humor
PRICE: $29.99
PAGE COUNT: 312

Erika and Matthew think the world of sex is fantastic. Using comedy, real-life experiences, and research, they create some the best educational, informative, sex-positive comics around. (The puns are an added bonus!)
In this fourth volume, they tackle a variety of interesting topics, including sex toys, what to expect at a gynecologist visit, the question of “what even IS sex?”, and STI testing. In addition, an entire third of the book is dedicated to showcasing guest cartoonists with their unique experiences and perspectives about sex, covering topics from body image to fursuiting to pegging, to name a few!

Every volume of Oh Joy Sex Toy is a stand-alone adventure into the world of sex, so whether you’ve collected the other volumes or not, this book is a great fit on any shelf!​

Preview: Kim Reaper #3

KIM REAPER #3

(W/A/C/CA) Sarah Graley
AGE RATING: Teen
GENRE: Humor, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Did you know that there’s an official board of Grim Reapers? It’d help Kim if there was also Human Resources at her job, as it’s becoming more and more apparent she’s unaware of the consequences of her profession. When given the task to reap the soul of someone she knows, what will happen if she refuses? If she crashes this party on Friday, will anyone notice? Kim’s starting to wish she could transfer from being a Grim Reaper to being a psychic, as everything is starting to feel uncertain and dangerous.

Preview: The Damned: Ill-Gotten #2

THE DAMNED: ILL-GOTTEN #2

(W) Cullen Bunn
(A/CA) Brian Hurtt
(C/CA) Bill Crabtree
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Crime, Fantasy
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

Demonic crime families run the rackets, all in hopes of collecting that which mankind values the least—immortal souls. Eddie lost his soul a long time ago, and he’s cursed because of it. Now, an old pal might hold the key to breaking the curse and retrieving Eddie’s soul. But is there anyone you can really trust in the world?

Preview: Invader ZIM #20

INVADER ZIM #20

(W) Jhonen Vasquez
(A) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) Warren Wucinich (Cover A), Jey Odin (Cover B)
AGE RATING: All Ages
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
PAGE COUNT: 32

If you haven’t watched all 385 seasons of FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY yet don’t even bother reading this issue! Lotta in-jokes that are just gonna go WAAAAAY over your head. Also, spoilers for the season 4 finale!

Jhonen Vasquez Returns to Invader ZIM

Oni Press has revealed that the next Invader ZIM comic, Invader ZIM #20, written by original creator Jhonen Vasquez, will be available June 14. The issue follows ZIM and GIR on their latest venture as they aim to accomplish… absolutely nothing. Vasquez expanded beyond his regular comic series role to write this brand-new issue. This news comes fresh off of Nickelodeon’s recent greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader ZIM TV movie.

The continuation of the popular comic finds ZIM and GIR getting sucked into the terrible Earth cartoon show Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy, which is as disgustingly cute as it is unexplainably addicting. Art and cover art are by series artist Warren Wucinich and colors are by Fred C. Stresing.

Nickelodeon’s Invader ZIM TV movie follows the perpetually desperate and delusional Zim as he creates a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan to finally get the attention he deserves from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.

Preview: The Mighty Zodiac #1, Dollar Issue

THE MIGHTY ZODIAC #1, DOLLAR ISSUE

(W) J. Torres
(A/CA) Corin Howell
(C/CA) Maarta Laiho
AGE RATING: All Ages
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $1
PAGE COUNT: 32

When the Blue Dragon dies, six stars fall out of the night sky! Ailing Master Long, leader of the Mighty Zodiac, orders his warriors to gather the stars, lest they fall into the hands of the malevolent Moon Rabbit Army. With the stars, the Mighty Zodiac may yet revive their master, rescue their world, and restore the light. Without the stars, the darkness threatens to divide the tribes and destroy Gaya…

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