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Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest

(W/A/C/CA) Zac Gorman
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Fantasy, Video Games
Price: $8.99
Page Count: 56

Klem and his pals aren’t the most popular Grubbins in candy-starved Repugia, but Klem’s hoping that will change once he brings a hoard of candy back from the human world. After all, it’s Halloween, so there’s candy everywhere! Unfortunately, there are also bullies everywhere, ready to steal all of Klem’s sweet, sweet loot. Will he and his friends make it out alive, or are they doomed to an eternity of sugar-free torment? From the deliciously magical world of the hit video games Costume Quest and Costume Quest 2, Oni Press presents an adorable Halloween-themed graphic novel from Double Fine Productions (Broken Age, Psychonauts) and comics superstar Zac Gorman (Magical Game Time), now an animated series on Amazon!

Preview: The Long Con #3

The Long Con #3

(W) Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman
(A) EA Denich
(C) M. Victoria Robado
(CA) EA Denich with M. Victoria Robado
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The only way through Long Con is with a badge, so after a run-in with a murderous cosplay goon squad, Dez, Victor, and Loren set out to procure some. Luckily, there’s a sizable black market running out of the old Salad Saloon. Unluckily, murderous cosplay goon squads are more difficult to shake than previously thought. Plus, a flashback reveals the super secret origins of boob windows!

Preview: Invader ZIM #35

Invader ZIM #35

(W) Eric Trueheart
(A) Kate Sherron
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) Warren Wucinich (Cover A), Jey Odin (Cover B)
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Who’s STILL in prison? ZIM’s still in prison! Will it ever end? Probably, since this is part two! ZIM gets help from a mysterious source who wants to help him break out of Moo-Ping 10, notorious Irken space prison. But who is this source, and can they be trusted?

Preview: Rick and Morty #43

Rick and Morty #43

(W) Kyle Starks, Tini Howard
(A) Marc Ellerby and Jarrett Williams
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Marc Ellerby with Sarah Stern (Cover A), Hamish Steele (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Things look dire for the Smith family, as each is hunted by an assassin determined to get back at Rick. Can they escape the clutches of Party Dog and his minions? Find out in the thrilling conclusion of RICK REVENGE SQUAD! Also, catch new backup comics by Tini Howard (Rick and Morty™: Pocket Like You Stole It, Assassinistas) and Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O., Hyper Force Neo)!

Preview: Dream Daddy #2

Dream Daddy #2

(W) Lee C. A.
(A/C) Jack Gross
(CA) Jack Gross
Age Rating: Teen, 15+
Genre: Video Games, LGBTQ, Romance
Price: $2.99
Page Count: 26

“Let The Right Dad In”

There’s a new Dad in the cul-de-sac… and he’s already sunk his fangs into the neighborhood! But Robert knows a vampire when he sees one, and he’s armed with enough garlic and rewatches of F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Preview: Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Sleepy Gary #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A) CJ Cannon
(C) Nick Filardi, Sarah Stern
(CA) CJ Cannon with Nick Filardi (Cover A), Cara McGee (Cover B)
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 40

Sleepy Gary may be a parasite, but when Jerry is with him, he’s… happy. Does it matter if it isn’t really real? Can either of them even know what’s real anymore? Explore the nuances of love, perception, and high-speed vespa chases in this darkly funny and poignant one-shot, written by Magdalene Visaggio (KIM & KIM, ETERNITY GIRL) and illustrated by series artists CJ Cannon and Nick Filardi.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/8

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.


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cover 1.jpgCover #1 (DC/Jinxworld) – With authentic, yet understated dialogue, gorgeous visuals that flow from water color to line work with a side dish of collage, and a fantastic spy mystery hook, Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack turn in their first creator owned hit for DC Comics. The protagonist Blake Field is obviously a David Mack stand-in, and the story draws from his experiences as a comics creators beginning with the press of con life until a mysterious woman named Julia drops in on his life. Mack uses a different art style depending on her role in the story that keeps the story moving, and in a metafictional touch, we get to see the gorgeous samurai comic that Blake is working on. Fortune and Glory is one of Brian Michael Bendis’ most underrated comics, and it’s nice to see him and one of his finest collaborators dip into that pool again with a pinch of international intrigue to get you to pick up issue 2. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Batman #54 (DC) – With the help of Nightwing, Batman finally almost has time to emotionally deal with being left at the altar by Selina in this emotional and sometimes kookily fun character study by Tom King and Matt Wagner. Wagner’s old school art style works well with the flashbacks to Dick’s first days in Wayne Manor as he comes to terms with the death of his parents and thinks that he’s just another shiny toy to Batman/Bruce and not an adopted son. In a colorful way, King and Wagner show that Batman would much rather punch inconsequential villains like Crazy Quilt (Who can’t sew) and Condiment King than have a heart to heart conversation or lunch. However, Dick understands Bruce’s competitive side and finally gets him to break “brood mode” for a split second panel that shows the importance of his levity and optimistic outlook in spite of great tragedy to the Bat-family. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

 Bully Wars #1 (Image)– With an over the top art style and heavy helping of low brow humor, Skottie Young and Aaron Conley usher Edith, Edward, and Spencer into their first day at Rottenville High. Conley has a fun MAD magazine meets Garbage Pail Kids style of art and goes for the gross out gag or face every time showing a nice gift for caricature. There are some truly funny moments in this book like when the middle school bully Rufus gets his butt handed to him by the high school bully Hock in a scene similar to the climax of Jurassic Park. But the book doesn’t really have anything going for it beyond Conley’s art and goes for cliched prank war jokes instead of more character driven ones.I got a real Dav Pilkey (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Man) vibe so this might be worth handing to your 10 year old sibling/relative/kid… Overall: 5.5 Verdict: Pass

Immortal Hulk #5 (Marvel)– In Immortal Hulk #5, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett finally reveal the monster behind the monster that even Hulk fears. But, first, there’s a giant, uncontrolled throwdown between Hulk and Sasquath, who is definitely not being driven by Walter Langkowski. Bennett and inker Ruy Jose’s fight choreography is ponderous and ungraceful as these two monsters don’t care for human life. However, the Hulk comes across in a sympathetic life for the first time in the serious and uses his abilities in a uniquely positive way. Ewing and Bennett have settled down to tell an American kaiju story about a monster with uncontrollable powers that protects humans from other monsters and causes great direction in his wake. Arguably, the monster boils down to daddy issues, but Bennett sells the story with his EC-esque style art. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy

Kim Reaper: Monster Island #1 (Oni) – The cutest, raddest queer Goth romance series returns with a twist. Kim, the Grim Reaper in training’s girlfriend Becka has gotten super into watching vampire dramas with her roommate Tyler and really wants to go to an actual vampire island when she finds out that they exist. Sarah Graley’s art style continues to be adorable and twisted, especially when the vampires go berserk. I love Graley’s writing of relationship dynamics as Becka desperately tries to get Kim and Tyler to like each other, but it doesn’t really work. Spookiness and slice of life is such a fun combo, and I’m so glad this sadly underrated title is back from Oni. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

Ryan C

BM_Cv54Batman #54 (DC) ** Tom King’s current Bat-run probably doesn’t deserve Matt Wagner, but since they got him for this fill-in issue, it has to be said that at least they make full use of his skills. Yeah, this is a fairly heavy-handed little “then-and-now” comparison of the Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson relationship, but it hits all the right emotional notes and the art, as you’d expect, elevates what would otherwise be an average issue to something fairly special. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

The Dreaming #1 (DC/Vertigo) **- I dunno. There’s nothing wrong with Simon Spurrier’s script for this debut issue, and Bliquis Evely’s art is actually quite nice, but the parameters for what this series is going to be focusing on were already established in “The Sandman Universe” #1, and it’s not like this comic, perfectly competent as it is, really expands on what we already knew in any appreciable way. Worth a look, but it’s not necessarily going to leave you feeling compelled to stick with the title. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Cover #1 (DC/Jinxworld)** – The idea of a superstar comic artist being recruited by the CIA may seem like a bit too much “fan service” — and it is — but what the hell, Brian Michael Bendis’ script for this issue grabs you right away with its premise, the characterization is strong, and all in all it’s just plain fun to read. As for David Mack’s art, it’s a stunning as always, with pitch-perfect colors that accentuate every panel on every page. A genuinely solid debut. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

United States Vs. Murder Inc. #1 (DC/Jinxworld)** – On the other end of the spectrum, the opening salvo of this sequel to a series that really didn’t deserve one is truly lackluster stuff, little more than another tired take on the already-tired “kid assassin” trope. Michael Avon Oeming’s art is quite good, of course, and the dark color scheme really works, but the script feels like Bendis purely going through the motions — which, I suspect, is exactly what he’s doing. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

Shean

Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Marvel)– In what feels like the Dirty Dozen but in Thor’s world, we get a rip Roaring adventure from many sidelined characters in the Marvel Universe Overall including Thor’s half sister,Angela.As we get introduced to new character, and an archeologist who may hold the key to finding out exactly what Nebula is looking for. They must also figure out why Nebula is trying to start another Ragnarok. By issue’s end, the team is ready to defeat anyone looking to harm their people.
Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

BullyWars_01-1Come Into Me #3 (Black Mask) ** – Becky and Sebastien struggle for control of the flesh, calling into question who is the host and who is the visitor. Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler continue their creepy Cronenbergian story, interweaving the interior and the exterior as whatever this new creature is lurches and shambles through its transformation, with both Becky and Sebastian alternately driving the story, sharing memories as each looks to offload the other into whatever body is convenient. One of which is Becky’s corpse. Piotr Kowalski well depicts both the “normal” world outside and the glitchy, nightmarish world inside, no easy feat. Another excellent issue. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Bully Wars #1 (Image) **- The new series from Skottie Young, as writer only, and Aaron Conley on art. Ernie, Edith, and Spencer are off to their first day of high school, still being picked on by Rufus, who’s been their bully since kindergarten. But now Rufus has to face the even bigger, badder bullies of high school. Aaron Conley’s art has a fun vibe of over-the-top grossness with lots and lots of gags. But Skottie Young’s story has a huge central problem: Rufus, the bully who’s now in over his head, should be the main character, and he isn’t. He’s the one who has to win the Bully Wars, but it’s geeky Ernie who is our hero, and who utterly inexplicably decides to help Rufus out. It’s all a bit lazy where it could have been a nice reversal of the usual tropes. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Skip

Stray Bullets #38 (Image/El Capitàn) **- As much as I’m a fan of the series, the one thing that bugs me is when David Lapham goes into Amy Racecar/Lil’ B mode. After last issue’s car crash, Beth struggles to get back into the real world – you know, one of those “trying-to-wake-up-from-a-coma” issues that people pull on you every now and again. One of Lapham’s rare missteps, an issue that should have started on the last page. Overall: 6 Recommandation: Skip



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 (**).

Oni Press at Rose City Comic Con 2018

Oni Press is celebrating turning 20 in their hometown of Portland, OR, at Rose City Comic Con, September 7th-9th!

Join them and their family of creators as they sponsor the event throughout the weekend, with exclusive Oni Press 20th merchandise, panels, and our big 20th birthday bash! We’ll be at the McMenamins Mission Theater on Friday, Sept. 7th at 8pm, dancing along with DJs Strange Babes, and running our made-to-order Oni Press t-shirt silkscreen station, featuring four unique Oni logos that you can only grab at the party! Capacity is limited, 21+ (sorry, kids)! Check out just a few of our Oni Press merch options below.

Oni Press Exclusive 20th Anniversary Merch!

Oni Press beanie designed by Oni Press designer Kate Stone; Bandana illustration by Robert Wilson IV;
Tote bag with illustrations by Judd Winick (front and back)

Check our social media to stay up-to-date on even more
20th Anniversary exclusives!

RCCC 2018 Panels!

Stories From The Long ConJoin local creators of The Long Con and friends in an epic storytelling event, sharing their personal adventures at comic cons across the globe. (Dylan Meconis, Ben Coleman, Yehudi Mercado, guests)

Day: Friday, 9/7
Time: 2pm
Location: Room 4

Oni’s 20th Anniversary: Three Oni creators, twenty questions. Learn the inside jokes and secrets in a “This is Your Life” style game show, featuring Oni’s 20 year history. Moderated by Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones. (Paul Tobin, Cat Farris, Steve Lieber)

Day: Saturday, 9/8
Time: 12pm
Location: Room 4

How-to of Writing Licensed Properties: Some people grow up wanting to be their favorite characters, and some actually get the chance! Learn comics creators’ approaches to writing and drawing licensed properties to maintain their integrity, while stretching the boundaries of your favorite characters and their worlds. (Sarah Gaydos, Amy Chu, Paul Tobin, Ron Chan)

Day: Saturday, 9/8
Time: 4pm
Location: Room 4

Monster Battle Time KO!: Three artists go head-to-head in the biggest Monster Battle Time of the season! Join creators Vinny Navarrete, Cat Farris, and Matthew Seely, who will battle over sketch pads to create the best monster in comics. All ages welcome!

Day: Sunday, 9/9
Time: 11am
Location: Room 4

Kids Making Comics: Kids are the touchstone for the longevity of comics community, from reluctant readers, library audience, and English Language Learning. Sit down with Oni Press’s Sarah Gaydos and friends to learn the why and how-to for kids to create their very own comics. (Sarah Gaydos, Robin Herrera, Tadd Galusha, Molly Muldoon, Yehudi Mercado)

Day: Sunday, 9/9
Time: 2pm
Location: Room 4

Local Creators at RCCC 2018!
The Long Con—Dylan Meconis and Ben Coleman, Heartthrob—Christopher Sebela, Booger Beard—Vinny Navarrete, My Boyfriend is a Bear—Cat Farris, Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom—Terry Blas, Molly Muldoon, and Matthew Seely, Made Men—Paul Tobin, Whiteout—Greg Rucka and
Steve Lieber, Redline, Volume 1—Kelly Fitzpatrick
Visiting Creators at RCCC 2018! 

Rick and Morty—Kyle Starks, Josh Trujillo, and Sarah Stern, Sci-Fu—Yehudi Mercado, Kaijumax—Zander Cannon, Invader ZIM—Aaron Alexovich, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse—Greg Smith and Michael Tanner

New and Exclusive Releases!
Open Earth by Sarah Mirk, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre
Kim Reaper: Vampire Island #1
by Sarah Graley
Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings
Exclusive Con Variant by Sarah Graley
Get Your Game On!
Renegade Game Studios and Oni Games bring you Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game and the *BRAND NEW* Tea Dragon Society Card Game
with white variant box. While you’re at it, pick up the first volume of our comic based on the the board game from Plaid Hat Games,
Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog.
Oni Press Booth Exclusives!
Invader ZIM Hardcover, Book 2
Contains issues 11-20 of Invader ZIM—with an exclusive fuzzy green cover!
Scott Pilgrim, Volumes 1-6
Evil Ex Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by series creator Bryan Lee O’Malley
Features the heroes on the back cover!
Scott Pilgrim Ramona bag and Puzzle Fighter poster!
Rick and Morty Medallion Pickle Rick and Invader ZIM Golden GIR and Pizza GIR Pins from Zen Monkey Studios
Rick and Morty Gold Pickle Rick Pin by Zen Monkey Studios
Invader ZIM Volumes 1-6
Volume 1-3 Variant covers illustrated by series creator Jhonen Vasquez, Volume 4 illustrated by Paul Robertson, Volume 5 illustrated by Sam Kays, and Volume 6 by Megan Lawton!
Rick and Morty™ Hardcover Book One 
Collects issues #1-10!
Cover by CJ Cannon and Ryan Hill
Rick and Morty Hardcover Book Two
Collects the issues #11-20!
Cover by CJ Cannon and Katy Farina
Rick and Morty Volumes 1-7,
Rick and Morty
Lil’ Poopy Superstar, and
Rick and Morty
: Pocket Like You Stole It 
Oni Press Exclusive Variant Editions
Variant covers illustrated by Julieta Colás

Preview: Spectacle #8

Spectacle #8

(W/A/C/CA) Megan Rose Gedris
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Supernatural/Mystery
Price: $1.99
Page Count: 22

One murder is a tragedy; two murders is a pattern. In this issue, Anna gets a valuable clue, although she may not know what to make of it yet.

Preview: Night’s Dominion Season 3, #2

Night’s Dominion Season 3, #2

(W/A/C/CA) Ted Naifeh
Age Rating: 17+
Genre: Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Superhero
Price: $1.99
Page Count: 22

With its new lawkeepers showing their true colors as cruel oppressors, the people of Umber rise up to resist. But they need a hero to inspire them. If Grael loses all hope, and the Furie’s wound proves fatal, who is left to lead the people against the Amaraddan Guard?

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