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Preview: Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #2

SHADES OF MAGIC: THE STEEL PRINCE #2

Writer: V.E Schwab
Artist: Andrea Olimpieri
Colorist: Enrica Angiolini
Cover A: Lenka Simeckova
Cover B: Claudia Iannicello
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 14, 2018

New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab continues this new prequel story set in the world of her acclaimed gaslamp fantasy novel series, Shades of Magic!

As threats of banishment and assassination loom, the prince of Red London follows a clue to a forbidden version of his city – can the magic he seeks bridge the chasm between their realities?

Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

Preview: Robotech #14

ROBOTECH #14

Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Hendry Prasetya
Cover A: James Stokoe
Cover B: Action Figure Variant
Cover C: Gary G
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 14, 2018

Year Two of the radical Robotech reimagining! Lisa Hayes wants the truth behind the SDF-1’s exile from Earth – and Roy Fokker has a secret agenda all his own!

The classic sci-fi anime, reborn in the hands of legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers artist Hendry Prasetya!

Preview: Minions Viva Le Boss #1

Minions Viva Le Boss #1

Writer: Stephane Lapuss
Artist: Renaud Collin
Cover A & B: Renaud Collin
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 14, 2018

The breakout mascot characters of Despicable Me (and their own movie, Minions!) return for another round of comic capers! The villainous yellow goofballs wander history looking for a truly wicked boss to serve – but are they doomed to forever be Minions without a master?

Preview: Life Is Strange #1 (of 4)

Life Is Strange #1 (of 4)

Writer: Emma Vieceli
Artist: Claudia Leonardi
Colorist: Andrea Izzo
Cover A: Claudia Leonardi
Cover B: Manda Schank
Cover C: Max Game Art
Cover D: Chloe Game Art
Cover E: Chloe T-Shirt Variant
Cover F: Blank Sketch Variant
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 14, 2018

This all-new emotional rollercoaster stars fan-favorites Max and Chloe, and picks up after one heart-breaking ending of the critically-acclaimed game! One year after Max fatefully chose Chloe over Arcadia Bay, timelines tangle around the pair in a literal fight against time!

Preview: The Raid #4

THE RAID #4

Plot: Ollie Masters
Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Budi Setiawan
Cover A: Rhoald Marcellius
Cover B: Photo
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: November 7, 2018

A brutal finish to this action-packed expansion on the martial arts hit!

Rama fought off his enemies in jail, but those outside took notice… the invasion by Bejo’s assassins begins!

Baseball Bat Man and Hammer Girl, back in action!

Preview: Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Rachael Stott, Enrica Eren Angiolini
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, 32pp, On sale: November 7, 2018

Experience mind-blowing challenges and dynamic adventures through time and space – right alongside the Doctor and her friends!

A new series for a new era on the TARDIS, from a creative team of astounding women – Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Orphan Black), art by Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes) and colors from Enrica Angiolini (Shades of Magic)!

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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Blackbird #1 2nd Printing (Image Comics) – Who doesn’t love a good new-noir with a supernatural twist and a female lead? They’re reprinting the first issue with the premiere of the 2nd, so if it’s as fun as it sounds , you can get all caught up.

Border Town #3 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – It’s a bit of Scooby-Doo and Buffy, set in a world we can relate to and featuring characters and monsters we rarely see. So far, it’s bringing Vertigo back to the excellence you expect from the imprint.

Death of the Inhumans #5 (Marvel) – How will this one end? We have no idea but this event that we initially rolled our eyes about has been amazing and exceeded expectations in every way.

Doctor Who: The 13th Doctor #1 (Titan Comics) – If it’s half as good as the latest series, then we’re all in.

The Empty Man #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Cullen Bunn’s horror series returns. Bunn is a master at horror and this one mixes the cold reality of an X-Files/FBI vibe with slasher-ish horror. It’s also being worked on as a film, so grab this and say you were cool before the film.

The Green Lantern #1 (DC Comics) – Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp take on the classic character bringing it back to its “police” roots.

Harley Quinn #53 (DC Comics) – Harley and Tiny Tina on a road trip, sounds like a fun ride for some light reading on this long weekend.

James Bond 007 #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Greg Pak writing James Bond? Yeah, we’re sold on that alone.

No Angel TP (Black Mask Studio) – Collecting issues 1-4, it’s a great series and now you can get in on the ground floor.

Outer Darkness #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from John Layman and Afu Chan is a mix of sci-fi and horror that’s focused on mankind colonizing the galaxy and discovering all sorts of horrors.

Spider-Geddon #3 (Marvel) – The event has been fantastic so far with each issue delivering pure action and excitement and just delivering on the multiverse of possibilities. We’re expecting more of the same (which is good).

Suicide Squad Black Files #1 (DC Comics) – A new arc “Revenge of Konrad” is kicking off this week!

Transformers: Lost Light #25 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers line is wrapping up with an unknown future and this issue is this series’ finale. We loved the off the wall stories and we’re expecting a bit more heart and emotion than you’d expect from robots who change into things.

Wet Hot American Summer (BOOM! Studios) – The cult classic film comes to comics in this original graphic novel. We have no idea what to expect but we’re intrigued in how the humor of the film (and Netflix series) translates to the printed page.

The Wicked + The Divine Funnies #1 (Image Comics) – A cute little one shot from the W+D team for a bit of fun before our beloved series comes to an end.

The Wrong Earth #3 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY Comics has been knocking it out of the park with comics that teach us to expect more. This superhero focused series has two heroes from different Earths swap places. To see the two styles, in both attitude and art, is an impressive accomplishment that makes this comic of the year material.

X-23 #6 (Marvel) – A fun back to school undercover mission with the baddest member of the X-Men.

Underrated: Thrud the Barbarian

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Thrud the Barbarian



thrud.jpgAnother week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” or it would be had Alex not received Carl Critchlow‘s Thrud the Barbarian  a few years  ago from the now defunct Comic Bento. Published by Titan Comics, the trade paperback collects the original Thrud the Barbarian five issue miniseries, as well as a couple of single page shorts from White Dwarf magazine, and was originally published in 2013. If you missed this when it first came out, don’t be surprised – I’m not sure it was ever released on a large scale outside Britain.

Thrud the Barbarian is what I’d consider a quintessentially British comic; it blends in equal parts the violence , chaos and destruction that one would expect from a Conan parody with the silliness and tongue in cheek humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Monty Python skit. But with a lot more smashed heads and limbs flying free of bodies. The Titan Comics collection consists of five stories that can be read independently of each other (seven if you’re counting the bonus strips), or in one go – which is what I did when rereading it recently.

Honestly, I reread it because I was reorganizing my bookcase and saw the cover again and wanted something fun, easy and not too deep or involved to read. Thrud was certainly that, and I loved every irreverent thought, every stunningly painted cover, and the computer coloured artwork. It was exactly the kind of book that I needed to read after a busy week, a book that I am glad I own, and one I am even happier that I noticed on the shelf.

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As a fan of heroic fantasy books, I loved Critchlow’s send up of the genre; the visualization and sight gags and some brilliant punchlines across all the stories in in the collection. I loved every aspect of this book; the sound effects, the dumb-as-a-post hero just wants his beer and the cartoon-like hyper violence that ties it all together in such a lovely package.

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite books I’ve ever written about for this column, even if I did forget I owned it for a little while.

And yet, had it not been for the Bento box, I would never have heard of this book. Which is easily one of the best aspects of the online blind box subscription thingies – the introduction to new and exciting books and comics you otherwise would never have been exposed to. Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Life is Strange #1 Gets Gets a Brand New Trailer

November 14, 2018 sees the release of an all-new comic book series set in the world of the acclaimed videogame series, Life is StrangeTitan’s new comic series returns readers to Arcadia Bay in the company of fan-favorite characters Max Caulfield and Chloe Price, charting the shocking course of a possible future after one of the two endings of the game.

The first game in the series, Life is Strange, which connects directly to this new comics series, follows the story of Max Caulfield, a senior majoring in photography who discovers that she can rewind time when trying to save her best friend Chloe Price. The pair investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, and uncover a dark side to the life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max quickly learns that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Life is Strange the comic is by writer Emma Vieceli, artist Claudia Leonardi, and colorist Andrea Izzo.

Titan Releases an Early Preview of Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1 Out November 7

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Rachael Stott, Enrica Eren Angiolini
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, $3.99, 32pp, On sale: November 7, 2018

Experience mind-blowing challenges and dynamic adventures through time and space – right alongside the Doctor and her friends!

A new series for a new era on the TARDIS, from a creative team of astounding women – Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Mother Panic, Star Wars: Rogue One, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Orphan Black), art by Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Motherlands, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes) and colors from Enrica Angiolini (Shades of Magic)!

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