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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/18

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.


 

Alex

All-Star Batman #9 (DC) Written with an almost prose style, this comic is easily the better of the two Batman books this week, giving us an interesting look at the Mad Hatter as Snyder continues his out-of-Gotham tour of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

american gods 1.jpgAmerican Gods #1 (Dark Horse) I have never read the prose version of this story before, although I have a vague idea as to what the basic premise is from conversations with a friend, but I wasn’t prepared for how quickly the story went from hinting at something just beneath the surface to throwing it into your face. I liked it, however. Quite a lot. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC) ….. it took me four minutes to read this, and that was four minutes I could have spent watching paint dry instead. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Deadpool The Duck #5 (Marvel) Stupid, yet fun. Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Venom #5 (Marvel) Despite the fast pace it feels like there’s not been too much happening yet in this series, and yet I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. There’s some great art sequences here that more than make up for the comparative lack  of substance. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Elana

BW_Cv1_dsBatwoman #1 (DC)– The Rucka / J.H. Williams III run of this character is the stuff of legends. I’ve eagerly awaiting the new creative team and this first issue is a promising start that should excite fans of the modern classic. Marguerite Bennett is the first queer woman to write Batwoman (and her cowriter for this, James Tynion IV is bi too). I’m relieved to have their perspectives on DC’s premiere lesbian heroine. The art from Steve Epting and Ben Oliver shares the striking noir glamor of of J.H. Williams’ original figures though their layouts are more traditional. Seeing a comic cover with 3 mysterious women of color on it is just what I needed. Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

I Hate Fairyland #11 (Image)** – Welcome back, muffin fluffers! Now that Skottie Young
has liberated himself from the useless encumbrance of things like “story arcs” and “plot”, he can get on with what this series does best: pure mayhem. In this issue, Gert goes fangirl on Gwag the Barbarian and in return is subjected to the fannish attentions of Gert cosplayer Maddie. The usual fun. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: buy

Casanova: Acedia #8 (Image)** – And into flashback, with art this time by Gabriel Bà. This is an absolutely paint-by-numbers assassin’s-daughter story, you know the one: assassin tries to shield daughter from The Life but she embraces it anyway. Nary a note of the originality and twist I expect and deserve from a Matt Fraction story. This story is stuck in neutral and needs a swift kick. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Skip

Sex Criminals #17 (Image)** – In this issue, Fraction & Zdarsky do their best Brubaker & Island_15-1Phillips… and really made me wish that Brubaker & Phillips had in fact done this issue. In fact, “The Skell” would be a great start to a series where we really dig into the m.o.’s of the various other sex criminals that are being hunted by Myrtle Spurge and her sex cops. In short, this would have been great if Fraction would just have run with it instead of backing off. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Kill of Be Killed #7 (Image)** – And speaking of Brubaker and Phillips and Breitweiser, and issues that deviate from the main plot to focus on a secondary character… Now this is how it’s done. “What Kira Sees” takes us into the world of vigilante Dylan’s ex in a series of
family photos and therapy sessions, which leads her into Dylan’s closet and a very good, totally sensible, and really terrible decision. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Island #15 (Image)** – Sadly, this is the final issue of Brandon Graham and Emma Rios’ anthology series. We open with Grim Wilkins’ wordless “Mirenda”, a very nice fantasy piece with animation-like drawing. Not really my thing, but well done. Farel Dalrymple follows with a new installment of “Pop Gun War,” which is really my thing: freewheeling rock n’ roll urban crime whmsy. Where can I get more of this? Oh, here: http://fareldalrymple.com/ (trade collection in June!) Next up: this issue’s stunning highlight, Dilraj Mann’s “January”, a starkly-drawn meditation on young fame and the lies we tell to be pop. And then the series peaces out with Brandon Graham hisself in a delightfully surreal installment of “Multiple Warheads”. All I can do is quote the closing lines: “Good dream.” “… Hope so…” I have really loved this series and would happily take more of this sort of thing. Thanks, Brandon and Emma, you guys are the best. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan C

Dead Inside #4 (Dark Horse)** – In the best crime/mystery story fashion, John Arcudi ramps up the unanswered questions just prior to wrapping things up next month, while continuing the strong characterization that’s been a hallmark of this series from the outset., and Toni Fejzula’s Wrightson-esque art drives home the dark atmospherics in a dead inside 4 coverway that can only be described as “pitch perfect.” Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #19 (DC)** – Is this story actually going anywhere? We get it, Batman and Bane are gonna fight, but this is the second straight installment comprised more or less entirely of build-up, and it leaves us off, bizarrely, further back than we were last issue, when at least the fisticuffs had already gotten underway. I wouldn’t mind at all if the characterization and backstory were enlightening or shed something new on the proceedings, but Tom King so far hasn’t managed to do that. Oh, and David Finch’s art is still lousy. Overall: 3 Recommendation: Pass

Batwoman #1 (DC)** – Writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV deliver a reasonably intriguing spy/noir thriller that suits artist Steve Epting’s considerable talents to a “T,” but it’s also fair to say it’s not exactly earth-shattering stuff and covers ground that’s very well-trod indeed. I liked it fine, but it was certainly predictable in the extreme. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel)** – Roxane Gay and Alitha E. Martinez put the wraps on their five-part story arc, which I loved at the beginning, with an issue that continues the sad trend of each installment getting progressively worse than the last. Granted, this is essentially a prequel and, as such, is hamstrung by the same problem all prequels are — namely, you know how it’s going to end — but Gay, who is a very skilled author, never really fleshed out her two intriguing lead characters beyond their very broadly-defined internal struggles, and the art is bog-standard stuff. All in all, a woefully wasted opportunity. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

 

Shean

Black Panther: World Of Wakanda #5 (Marvel) The cliffhanger on the last issue, had hankering for what will happen next, and the creative team somewhat . We find Wakanda dead inside 4 coverin the throes of an awakening amongst the country’s women, as everyone has heard by this point what Aneka has done , and want retribution as well. What the Dora Milaje doesn’t see coming is one of their own seeking revenge. By issue’s end, you do realize it’s a prequel, one much like a recent show, leaves you an unsatisfactory ending. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Odyssey Of The Amazons #3 (DC)– We catch-up with the Amazons as they meet the Valkyries. Their resolve tested and possibly new allies by their side, they are still searching for their lost sisters. Trolls and Jojins continue to battle them at every front , Tgemyra’s leadership continues to wane and the ship’s crew unity begins to dissipate.By issue’s end, it seems the Amazons have been dealt a fatal blow. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Batwoman#1 (DC)– Definitely one of the better reboots from The Big Two, as this spy thriller felt a little Iron Man/ James Bond -Ish as this has all the workings that one would expect of either character but as this gender switch deftly proves, it is even more interesting with a woman in this position. One should buy if you are enjoying Brubaker and Phillips “Velvet”, as Kate Kane is one smooth operator to be watched.
Overall: 9 Recommendation: 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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Preview: Letter 44 #31

Letter 44 #31

(W) Charles Soule
(A) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
(C) Sarah Stern
(CA) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Dan Jackson
AGE RATING: Mature
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 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.

Preview: Angel City #6

ANGEL CITY #6

SERIES FINALE!
(W) Janet Harvey
(A) Megan Levens
(C) Nick Filardi
(CA) Megan Levens with Nick Filardi​
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

In the thrilling conclusion, 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?

Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #6

JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #6

SERIES FINALE!
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A) Tony Fleecs
(C) Luigi Anderson
(CA) Tony Fleecs with Luigi Anderson
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Earth needed a champion. It got a video store clerk (that’s still a thing?!) with a bathroom problem. So far, Jeff Steinberg has risen to the occasion like the water level in a toilet bowl after an epic flush! Will he be able to fend off the next round of intergalactic feces flung his way or is the planet’s future about to be sent down the drain?

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 3/11

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.


Alex

man_thing__1-9Man Thing #1 (Marvel) So… yeah. This is not what I expected it to be in any way shape or form – although I’ve never really read any Man Thing before. R.L Stine has an almost throwback style to his comic writing that I really enjoyed, although there are a couple stumbles, for the mot part this is worth a read at the very least.  Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Redline #1 (Oni Press) Although I tend to avoid space comics, the preview text led me to believe that this first issue would be right up my alley, so I figured I’d check it out – and I wasn’t disappointed. Although this isn’t strictly a comedy there are some pretty funny one liners and character interactions throughout the comic, and the art is suitably dusty and dry feeling, which is perfect for the Mars setting. Story wise, there’s a lot of interesting things here beneath the copious amount of F-bombs, and more than enough for genre fans to come back next issue. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

The Unbelievable Gwenpool#13 (Marvel) I think this is a love it or hate it comic. I didn’t love it… Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Joe

Inhumans vs X-Men #6 (Marvel) – We finally come to a close to the end of the inhumans_vs__x_men__6Inhuman/Mutant war. I will say this could have been better, but it also could have been worse. The story definitely felt tighter and more organic than Death of X, but I still felt with the talent involved, a lot was left on the table. There are some cool set ups for future villains, the status quo of the earth Inhumans vs the Royals going to space, and the new X-teams, but I wanted more. Still, this was a decent event, especially when I am usually let down lately by Marvel’s events. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Justice League / Power Rangers #3 (BOOM!). This is another fun and light issue that works much like the first two. This book takes itself just seriously enough to pull off its premise. While it comes off more of a Power Rangers tone than Justice League, the Justice League characters fit right into the story. No one felt out of character to me and Tom Taylor juggles a lot of personalities including the villains. A really fun comic that is accessible to anyone. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine has come to Marvel Comics! This was a really fun story, and a perfect piece for Stine to write. It never apologizes for its old school horror feel, which is mixed with an interesting fish out of water (beast out of swamp?) plot. We see Man-Thing (aka Ted) in Hollywood with a failing career as an actor, and a theme of being mocked and not accepted by “normal” people. The comic ends with a cool cliffhanger that kept me interested. The art is fantastic, and I look forward not only to the rest of the miniseries, but more comic books from Stine as well. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Patrick

The Dregs #2 (Black Mask)** – I am loving this series. Writers Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler give us a take on the private eye story we’ve never seen: a homeless Marlowe navigating the underworld of derelict Vancouver. Artist Eric Zawadski gives us bold dreggs 2 coverdrawings and effortless storytelling that also lets us into the cracks of Marlowe’s mind. Just great stuff. Overall: 9.5. Recommendation: Buy

Cinema Purgatorio (Avatar)** – Moore and O’Neill continue their history of the underside of American cinema with a cartoon that turns Chuck Jones’ classic “Duck Amok” idea pitch black. Doesn’t quite hold together, though. In “Code Pru,” Garth Ennis and Raulo Caceres continue their ghostbusting EMT series with an actual ghost – one who happens to get off on watching other ghosts get it on in a haunted orgy. I am not making this one up. And other series as well. Overall: 6 (but I give Code Pru a 7.5). Recommendation: Skip

Lady Killer #4 (Dark Horse)** – It seems like forever since last issue but if that’s how long it takes for Joêlle Jones to draw this gorgeously, it’s worth the wait. The care that goes into every single panel, both in terms of writing and art, makes this series a must for me. That Josie herself is not conflicted about her dual roles as killer and housewife, but has that conflict imposed on her by an old man, is pure genius. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Old Guard #1 (Image)** – I had no idea we were getting a new Greg Rucka military fantasy series, and was delighted to spot this one. Basically: a crew of immortal warriors led by your now-typical Rucka female messed-up protagonist takes on a mercenary gig they come to regret. Nice to see an action comic that, despite its fantastial elements, is firmly grounded in the present-day realities of armed conflict. Leandro Fernandez draws a chiaroscuro world that borders on cartooniness but uses it to draw us in and blow us away – kind of the way Eduardo Risso does it. Nothing super new here, but it’s a fun ride. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 (Dynamite) – I was a huge Hardy Boys reader as a kid, so I was really looking forward to this series by writer Anthony Del Col and artist Werther Dell’Edera. But I felt the whole “let’s show the ugly underside of Bayport and its crooked cops” approach lazy and generic – unlike the Hardy Boys novels themselves, which at least made the effort to use authentic (for the 1930’s) police and detection methods. And where the hell is Chet? Overall: 6 Recommendation: Skip

Ryan C

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel)** – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos wrap up the CopperHead_11-1“major” part of their first story arc while leaving some relatively massive subplots dangling, and you can’t help but feel we’ve been down this road a thousand times before — Bendis, after all, is the master of “decompressed” storytelling, and while you can’t point to anything too overtly “bad” on an issue-by-issue basis, by the time all is said and done the whole thing feels like a cheat when you realize it could just as easily (indeed, quite likely more effectively) been told in two or three parts rather than six. Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass

Copperhead #11 (Image)** – My excitement at seeing this series return from a way-too-long hiatus is somewhat tempered by an art change : exit Scott Godlewski and enter Drew Moss, who does a reasonable enough approximation, but yeah — it’s just not the same. That being said, Jay Faerber’s story hasn’t missed a beat ,and there is some intriguing ramped-up tension between our two leads that should make things even more addictive as events progress. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mother Panic #4 (DC/Young Animal)** – I guess this is the start of the second story arc, but so many subplots are held over that maybe that designation is effectively meaningless. Jody Houser continues to build on Violet Paige’s extremely fascinating and tragic backstory to an even greater extent this time out, and a new foe makes an entrance every bit as bizarre as that of a new ally a few pages earlier. Shawn Crystal fills in on art, and while his a more detailed look than that of series regular Tommy Lee Edwards, it’s no less effective. And there’s a huge surprise for old-school Ditko fans waiting in the back-up strip. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Earth 2: Society #22 (DC)** – I know, I know — I’m not sure how this series managed to last this long into the “Rebirth” era, either, but Dan Abnett and Vicente Cifuentes (one of about a half-dozen artists who have worked on this run, none of them appearing consistently enough to be called a “regular”) give what few fans are left in the building a canned and predictable “happily ever after” that at least wraps up all loose ends. Still, as the saying goes, not with a bang, but a whimper, is the order of the day here. Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass, unless you’ve been following from the outset, in which case you may as well see it through to the end.

Shean

The Unbelievable Gwenpool#13 (Marvel)– In this issue of Gwenpool, she accidentally meets her off the wall inspiration, Deadpool. As they both get stuck in a real time RPG , with an lost boy 6interesting set of characters. Eventually, they face off , damn near killing each other . By issue’s end, they find out it is all for entertainment by a game executive. Overall: 9.8
Recommendation: Buy

The Lost Boys #6 (DC)- In the final issue of this incredible follow up to the movies, the Frog Brothers finally figure out who is carrying out the recent vampire threat. This leads The to a retirement home, where they battle some geriatric vampires. The Frog Brothers end up victorious but another threat rises by sea. By issue’s end, this was a fun trip back to the characters from the movie. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Guardians Of The Galaxy:MU #1 (Marvel)– Soon after losing their ship, the team finds themselves in a quandary as Gamora finds that Peter knew Thanos was on Earth. To pile on that, Leviathans have been rampaging on Earth since they landed and the GOTG have been pulled into the fight.In the midst of battle, Groot, fights a Kaiju sized match against another alien. By issue’s end, the team finds themselves at a crossroads. Overall: 8.4
Recommendation: 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 (**).

Retro Review: Stumptown #1

Stumptown #1 CoverDex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke—she’s into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino operation, will clear Dex’ debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex’s way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?

Originally released in 2009, Stumptown was for me an eagerly anticipated new series by writer Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Southworth. The promise of such a strong writer and artist for a series staring a kick-ass female detective had me excited to see what was in store and thankfully then, just as I am now, was not disappointed.

At the time of release, noir was the hot genre in comic book story telling and Stumptown stood out in what was a crowded market. The intriguing crime drama is headlined by a deeply flawed heroine, and an interesting cast of characters that continues to entertain me and looking forward to the second issue, even with a reread. Rucka clearly took his time researching and creating the world of Dex and it shows. The first issue is important in setting up the mystery, the danger, the characters (and their quirks), and leaves enough for you to want to come back and unravel the mystery. Rucka pulls this off masterfully and in a manner that I was not only sucked into the first issue, but want to know what happens next.

Matthew Southworth’s gritty art reminds me a lot of Sean Phillips’ artwork in Criminal.  It’s very fitting for the series and ads to the overall noir-ish/crime drama feel to the series.  Even on pages with no text, Matthew is able to convey the feel and continue the narrative. Together with Rucka, the two feel like a classic team similar to Brubaker and Phillips.

The first issue is all about the “set up” and Rucka succeeds weaving the beginning of a tale that sucks you in and makes you want to come back for more. Even with all of the various noir series of the time and since, this series and issue still stands out as a solid entry and example of its genre. Eight years later, it’s a great read, series, and characters.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Matthew Southworth
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

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.

Joe

Top Pick: Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins are delivering a series that looks like it would come from Image or Dark Horse, but instead it comes from BOOM! The publisher has had multiple great series, but this looks like the start of something new from them, and boy did they get a hell of a creative team behind this book. Kindt is one of my favorite creators, and with Jenkins on art, this series looks fantastic.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine writing a Marvel comic about that other Swamp Thing dude?! Hell yeah! It’s about time Ted aka Man-Thing got his due with a good updated comic, and Stine may just be the perfect voice for that. Let’s hope he writes more Marvel stories!

Low #16 (Image) – Remender’s had some amazing series lately, and this is another one. I cannot wait to see what the heck is going to happen since this book left on a pretty crazy cliffhanger. Time to see if what I think happened actually happened. Knowing Remender, it did.

Action Comics #975 (DC Comics) – That last Superman issue was wild. What a way to kick start the “Superman Reborn” arc. I won’t give much away, but Fake Clark Kent is something else. I mean that kind of literally. This dude doesn’t seem to be human, and just made more questions than answers.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – Lemire is leaving the series after #24, and that makes me sad. Brisson has massive shoes to fill, and I can’t wait to see how Lemire ends this with the “Past Lives” arc, but we are not quite there yet. I am always excited for Logan, especially anything from Lemire on this run. It’s so good!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Secret Coders Vol. 3: Secrets & Sequences (First Second) – Gene Luen Yang and Mike Homes returns with the third volume of his kids focused graphic novel series. What’s wonderful about the series is that it not only entertains but also teaches how to code. Even as an adult I find myself learning more and more with each volume. Yang has a knack for teaching complicated (and at times boring) material in an engaging and fun way.

California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas (First Second) – This graphic novel is a biography of Mama Cass and the 1960s New York Folk scene. A fantastic graphic novel from Pénélope Bagieu taking a look at a music icon.

Grass Kings #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new series by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins. Those two creators alone have gotten me to take notice. The concept of ” three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land” just makes it all the more awesome.

I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics/Big Planet Comics) – Retrofit/Big Planet puts out fantastic indie comic series and this one by MariNaomi is a great read that focuses on friendship through the years. This should be your small press buy this week.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – RL Stine brings his brand of horror to this classic character and Marvel. This has been a comic I’ve been fascinated by and can’t wait for. I have no doubt it’ll be fantastic.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Inhumans vs. X-Men #6 (Marvel) – This is the end!  The X-Men and Inhumans face off to end the war between them and when the dust settles, both sides will be left affected whether good or bad.  This has been an action packed event and I can’t wait to see the outcome!

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – We now know how and why Jessica’s life has been turned upside down, and we know the big bad and their motives.  Now we have to see how Jessica will get through it all.  I’ve really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to see how this all comes around and if Jessica can get back to some level of normalcy…at least as normal as a super heroes life can be.

Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – This title has consistently delivered and I’m looking forward to this new story.  The solicit tells of Logan righting a wrong and getting some help from an unlikely ally – given what we’ve seen from this book, that could be anyone!

 

Shay

Pick of the Week: Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys #1 – (Dynamite Entertainment) – It’s like the books we used to read when we were little, all grown up. Nancy Drew plays the femme fatale detective on a mission to prove that the Hardin boys, Frank and Joe, didn’t Menendez their dad.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1.MU (Marvel) – Groot has been kidnapped and the team reunites to get our fave monosyllabic nature man back from the bad guys.

Motor Crush #4 (Image) -An injured Domino might not be able to race and the origin of Crush is revealed.

Suicide Squad #13 (DC Comics) – Deadshot is getting out of the squad and the death of one of someone on the team is his way out.

Jessica Jones #6 (Marvel) – The new, improved bad guy is revealed and Jessica has got a lot of explaining to do.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Old Man Logan #19 (Marvel) – So…. I thought this was out last week… and it wasn’t. Anyway, having seen Logan twice now, I’m super excited to get my hands on this issue for the simple fact that Lemire has been writing so really good stories featuring one of my favourite characters.

Man-Thing #1 (Marvel) – I know nothing about this other than it’s a five issue miniseries on a character that’s always interested me.

Redline #1 (Oni Press) – Based on the preview text, this looks like it’ll right up my alley – which is strange since I normally don’t like much sci-fi.

Preview: Redline #1

Redline #1

(W) Neal Holman
(A) Clayton McCormack
(C) Kelly Fitzpatrick
(CA) Clayton McCormack with Kelly Fitzpatrick (retail cover), David Kuettel and Kat Stockton (incentive cover)
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
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.

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Oni Press at Emerald City Comicon 2017

Oni Press is returning to the 15th Annual Emerald City Comicon! All weekend long, Oni Press is debuting a plethora of exciting new books, merchandise, and convention exclusives. Plus, throughout the weekend, Oni Press will host a number of exciting panels and creator signings for their fans.

This year’s Emerald City Comicon is being held in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center from Thursday, March 2nd through Sunday, March 5th. Fans attending ECCC can find Oni Press at booth #216 all weekend long.

EXCLUSIVES AVAILABLE ONLY AT ONI PRESS BOOTH (#216)*
*Limited quantities available. Prices reflected below are before sales tax.

WE LOVE FINE ELECTROGOR PLUSH*
*Limited to only 100 units for sale. No holds or guarantees on this item.
Price: $25.00

Snuggle up with Kaijumax’s MOST WANTED!
From the Eisner-nominated comic series by Zander Cannon, this official plush toy is the perfect cellmate to cuddle up with while reading Kaijumax!

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*not all stickers are shown here

Make your life better with these adorable sticker sheets, FREE with purchase of their respective titles—Space Battle Lunchtime Volume 1, Princess Princess Ever After, Another Castle: Grimoire, and Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection!

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ENAMEL PINS
Price: $10 each
Available EXCLUSIVELY at Emerald City Comicon!

KIM REAPER enamel pin

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SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME enamel pin

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11 x 17” printed posters featuring Princess Amira and Princess Sadie!

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INVADER ZIM #17 ONI PRESS EXCLUSIVE VARIANT
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ONI PRESS PANELS

Sex Education, Erotica, and Comics: A Discussion with Limerence Press
Thursday, March 2, 6:45–7:45 PM, TCC 305

Join Limerence Press Managing Editor Ari Yarwood in conversation with comic creators Erika Moen (Oh Joy Sex Toy), Trungles (Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book, Fresh Romance), and Meredith McClaren (Super Fun Sexy Times, Hinges), as they discuss the intersections of sex education, erotica, and comics!

Oni #PROTIPS: Inking with Style(-us)
Friday, March 3, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM, TCC 302

Why is inking so hard? Is it because there are so many different tools to choose from? Should you be using a brush, a pen, or a stylus? Should you do inking with actual ink, or digitally, on a screen? A panel of professional inkers will share their insight: Mitch Gerads (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon), Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm), Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Trungles (Fresh Romance), Warren Wucinich (Invader ZIM), and Ben Dewey (The Autumnlands). Bring your best inking questions!

Monster Battle Time!
Sunday, March 5, 2:45–3:45 PM, TCC 304

It’s MONSTER BATTLE TIME once again! Five artists team up to draw monsters described by audience members IN THE MOST EXTREME BATTLE OF 2017! Featuring Cat Farris (Emily the Strange), Gabo (Albert the Alien), Katy Farina (Steven Universe), Arielle Jovellanos (Jem and the Holograms), and Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime)! Come to laugh, come to cry, and come to just watch amazing artists draw amazing monsters in an intense competition that’ll make Battle Royale look like a game of checkers!

SIGNINGS AT THE ONI PRESS BOOTH (#216)

THURSDAY, MARCH 2
3—3:30 p.m. Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us, Lucky Penny) and Tessa Stone (Buzz!)
4—4:45 p.m. Zander Cannon (Kaijumax)
5—5:45 p.m. Katy Farina (Rick and Morty)

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
Noon–12:30 p.m. Neal Holman, Clayton McCormack, and Kelly Fitzpatrick (Redline)
2:15—3 p.m. Zander Cannon (Kaijumax)
3:15—3:30 p.m. Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (Oh Joy Sex Toy)
4—4:45 p.m. Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime)
5—5:45 p.m. Christopher Sebela, Robert Wilson IV, and Nick Filardi (Heartthrob)
6—7 p.m. Warren Wucinich and Matthew Seely (Invader ZIM)

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
11—11:30 a.m. Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Night’s Dominion)
Noon–12:30 p.m. Neal Holman, Clayton McCormack, and Kelly Fitzpatrick (Redline)
2—2:45 p.m. Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (Oh Joy Sex Toy)
3:15—3:45 p.m. Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota (Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us, Lucky Penny) and Tessa Stone (Buzz!)
4—4:45 p.m. Katy Farina (Rick and Morty)
4:30—6 p.m. Warren Wucinich and Matthew Seely (Invader ZIM)

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
10:30—11:30 a.m. Warren Wucinich (Invader ZIM)
11—11:30 a.m. Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Night’s Dominion)
Noon—12:45 p.m. Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime) and Corin Howell (The Mighty Zodiac)
1—1:30 p.m. Katy Farina (Rick and Morty)
1—2:15 p.m. Warren Wucinich and Matthew Seely (Invader ZIM)

TWITCH LIVE STAGE CREATOR INTERVIEWS

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
1:15—1:30 p.m. Archer Producer Talks New Comic Redline, featuring Neal Holman, Clayton McCormack, and Kelly Fitzpatrick
3:30—3:45 p.m. Zander Cannon Talks Kaijumax Season 3

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
11:30—11:45 a.m. Natalie Riess Talks Space Battle Lunchtime
2:15—2:30 p.m. Ted Naifeh Talks Night’s Dominion Season 2
5:00—5:30 p.m. Oni Press 2017 Preview with Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones

SUNDAY, MARCH 5
11:45 a.m.—Noon Sex in Comics with Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (Oh Joy Sex Toy) and Limerence Press Editor Ari Yarwood

ONI PRESS CREATORS IN ARTIST’S ALLEY

Charles Soule (Letter 44) V1
Christopher Sebela (Heartthrob) I15A
Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage (The Lion of Rora) B6
Corin Howell (The Mighty Zodiac) M2
D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage) P2
Gabo (The Life After) N4
Jackie Lewis (Merry Men) Q2
Jake Myler (Orphan Blade) X4
Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, Stringers, Wasteland) U11B
Katy Farina (Rick and Morty) DD15
Mildred Louis (Rick and Morty: Lil’ Poopy Superstar) P9
Monica Gallagher (Part-Time Princesses) I1
Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime) DD14
Ray Fawkes (The People Inside, One Soul) J4
Robert Wilson IV (Heartthrob) I14
Sean Dove (BroBots) U5
Ted Naifeh (Night’s Dominion, Courtney Crumrin, Princess Ugg) X1A
Tessa Stone (Not Drunk Enough, Buzz!) M9
Trungles (Fauns & Fairies: The Adult Fantasy Coloring Book) L14
Yuko Ota and Ananth Hirsh (Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us: A Johnny Wander Collection, Lucky Penny) M10
Zander Cannon (Kaijumax) G4B

ONI PRESS CREATORS IN THE
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Meredith McClaren (Hopeless Savages Break, Super Fun Sexy Times) 208

Review: Night’s Dominion #4

nightsdom-4-marketing_preview-1Emerane and her companions narrowly escape the Cult of Uhlume and the relentless Furie, exhausted but no richer for their efforts. Going their separate ways into in the pitiless streets of Umber, they each find a dead end waiting. Now penniless, Emerane’s quest to free her younger brother from debtor’s prison seems more hopeless than ever. Until a possible solution comes from the most unlikely ally imaginable—the Furie himself. But his help comes with a dangerous price.

The twists and turns continue in Night’s Dominion #4, as things get complicated for Emerane. It seems she is much more then she appears, in terms of her character. Even more so the Furie has an interesting backstory than first thought. Yet it seems the Cult of Uhlume has a lust for power that they want by any means necessary.

The art by Ted Naifeh (who also writes the series) is much darker this time around. Which I think is partly due to the darkening of the story. The sheer amount of action scenes is impressive and well done in every aspect. Yet this issues does show the contrast between the various classes in the city in superb fashion.

Story: Ted Naifeh Art: Ted Naifeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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