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Euro Thursday Review: Hook Jaw

hook_jaw_2_cover-aIn the troubled waters off Somalia, a rag-tag group of marine scientists studying a pack of female great white sharks find themselves caught in a conflict between pirates and the might of the US Navy. But why is the CIA so interested in the work of the scientists? And just how will they face up to the shadowy terror of the legendary great white – HOOK JAW?!

Published by British publisher Titan Comics, written by Si Spurrier, with art by Conor Boyle, at two issues in, Hook Jaw went from silly to silly fun really quick.

I was completely unfamiliar with anything that came before, so when I went into the first issue, it honestly felt a bit like a Jaws rip-off with some CIA/Navy SEALS guys thrown in. The second issue embraces all of that calling out the fact it’s a goofy Jaws cash-in and just completely makes fun of the tough guy CIA/Navy SEAL leader who keeps repeating the same phrase over and over while his machismo is mocked.

Spurrier has embraced the goofy here and it totally pays off. I read the first issue with some interest and it was good. It’s the second issue that really brings me in because it decides to not take itself seriously. At that point the comic embraces the fun and silly premise. It’s a shark with a hook coming out of its front! It uses the hook to stab people! How can that not be funny!? When the comic doesn’t take seriously, it shines and hooks me.

Boyle’s art too is over the top embracing the gore when he can giving us a bloody mess that I remember from all of those movies this comic pays homage to. What’s interesting is the art doesn’t change really, but Spurrier’s tone reflects in it. If it’s goofy, the art comes off as goofy. If the writing is serious, the art is serious. But, the art doesn’t change at all, which is fascinating.

Hook Jaw #2 is where things really take off for me. I’m looking forward to more and sitting back and embracing the utter ridiculousness of it all and enjoying every page of it.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: Conor Boyle
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #9

DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #9

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist:  Adriana Melo
Cover A: Chris Bolson
Cover B: Will Brooks Photo
Cover C: Matt Baxter
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 18

The Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack head to Brazil on the next stop of their transtemporal mystery tour. The Iara have long been thought a Brazilian myth, but when these unearthly mercreatures prove to be aquatic aliens making an unscheduled stop on planet Earth, the TARDIS team must establish their intentions and broker peace across the water barrier…!

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Preview: Peepland #3

PEEPLAND #3

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
Cover A: Steve Scott
Cover B: Ben Oliver
Cover C: Julia Frost
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 18

With the Central Park killer still at large, Roxy and Nick try to let some steam off at an impromptu punk show at CBGBs. But across town, it looks like their only piece of evidence is about to fall into the wrong hands…

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Preview: Hook Jaw #2

HOOK JAW #2

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Conor Boyle
Colorist: Guilia Brusco
Cover A: Conor Boyle
Cover B: Staz Johnson
Cover C: John Aggs
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 18

The Brit horror classic reimagined by superstar writer Si Spurrier (Cry Havoc, Weavers)! Illustrated by rising star Conor Boyle!

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Preview: Samurai #2.5

SAMURAI #2.5

Writer: Jean-Francois Di Giorgio
Artist: Frédéric Genêt
Cover A: John McCrea
Cover B: Jung Shan
Cover C: Nick Percival
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 11

Takeo and his brother Akio have found themselves in deep water and in need of help. Their old mentor, Master Kazé,sets out for the land go Ogomo to rescue his former wards. The road is long as dangerous bandits, mysterious magic and hidden enemies all stand in his way…

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.13

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #2.13

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
COVER A: Simon Fraser
COVER B: Photo
COVER C: Question No. 6
COVER D: Verity Glass
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jan 4

A French swordswoman, dark matter monsters, alternate universes, swashbuckling adventure and symbiotic intrigue – all just another Wednesday for the Doctor! But when you throw in secret police, an alien takeover of the aristocracy, a villainous Count, the inquisition, and alchemical discoveries…well, then it gets interesting! More breathless adventure and visual delight from the stellar Twelfth Doctor team!

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Diamond Announces December 2016’s Top Products. Marvel on Top Overall, But DC Challenges in a Mixed Month

dollar-shareDiamond Comic Distributors has announced the top products and publisher shares for December 2016. DC Entertainment’s Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 from Joshua Williamson and Jason Fabok was the best-selling comic book of December 2016, according to information provided by Diamond.

Marvel Comics was December’s top publisher with a 36.73% dollar share and a 40.50% unit share. That’s a slight dip in dollar share, about 1.35% points and an increase in unit share by 0.96% points. DC Entertainment was the month’s number two publisher with a 29.47% dollar share and a 29.04% unit share. DC also saw mixed results with their dollar share increasing 3.3% points, but the unit share decreasing by 2.26% points. At number three was Image Comics with an 8.81% dollar share and a 7.70% unit share. Image saw a down month with the dollar share decreasing 0.18% points and unit share decreasing 1.36% points. IDW Publishing was fourth with a 5.49% dollar share and a 4.10% unit share. IDW’s month was mixed with their dollar share increasing 0.26% percentage points and the unit share decreasing 0.49% points. Dark Horse Comics rounds out the top five with a 3.17% dollar share and 2.43% units share. Both of those are down from the previous month with dollar share down 0.58% points and unit shares down 0.42% points.

The top ten saw BOOM! Studios holding steady at #6, Dynamite Entertainment leaping from #9 last month to #7 this month, Titan Comics fell to #8, Valiant enters the top ten at #9, and Viz Media fell to #10.

Comic and graphic novel sales in December, a four shipping week month, declined by 9.69% from November, a five shipping week month, as well as by 14.84% from December 2015, also a five shipping week month.  Despite the decline, comics and graphic novel sales on the year finished up 0.30% over 2015.

unit-shareDC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten. In addition to Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Janson’s Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7 ranked #3; Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Hugo Petrus’ Batman #12 ranked #4; King and Janin’s Batman #13 ranked #5, and Scott Snyder, John Romita, Jr., and Danny Miki’s All-Star Batman #5 ranked #10. Marvel Comics also had five titles in the top ten: Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, and Leinil Francis Yu’s Inhumans vs. X-Men #1 ranked #2; Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s Civil War II #8, the final chapter of Marvel’s 2016 event, ranked #6; Jason Aaron and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars #26 ranked #7; Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker, and Salvador Larroca’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1, a new ongoing series spinning out of Star Wars: Darth Vader, ranked #8; and Mariko Tamaki and Nico Leon’s Hulk #1, a new series starring Jennifer Walters, ranked #9. Among the premier publishers, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #161 was Image Comics’ top book in December at #11. IDW Publishing’s top book was Batman/TMNT Adventures #2 at #65. Finally, Dark Horse Comics’ Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse #3, based on Joss Whedon’s film Serenity, was their top book of the month at #112.

IDW Publishing’s Love is Love anthology, a tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, produced with the assistance of DC Entertainment and featuring dozens of writers and artists, was December’s best-selling graphic novel. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten led by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman Volume 9: Bloom at #2 for the month. Image Comics’ three titles in the top ten were led by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s Descender Volume 3: Singularities at #3. Marvel Comics rounded out the top ten with four titles topped by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan at #4.

Penguin Books’ Doctor Who: The Death Riders, a Doctor Who novel starring the eleventh Doctor for young readers, was December’s best-selling book and one of three Doctor Who novels from the publisher among the top ten. IDW Publishing’s The Princess Bride: A Storybook to Color, an adult coloring book based on the beloved film, ranked #3 for the month. Dark Horse Comics had three adult coloring books among the top ten, led by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book at #4. Also in the top ten, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead Adult Coloring Book ranked #10 for the month.

DC Collectibles’ DC Designer Series: Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm Statue was December’s best-selling toy product and one of their nine products among the top ten. Also among the top ten, Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: The Hulk PVC Figure ranked #2 for the month.

Diamond Select Toys’ Back to the Future Monopoly, a custom edition of the venerable board game, returned to the top of the sales charts as December’s best-selling game product. IDW Publishing had two products in the top ten, led by the Machi Koro Card Game at #2. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Game of Thrones Playing Cards, a decorative deck based on the hit HBO series, ranked #7 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS 36.73% 40.50%
DC ENTERTAINMENT 29.47% 29.04%
IMAGE COMICS 8.81% 7.70%
IDW PUBLISHING 5.49% 4.10%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.17% 2.43%
BOOM! STUDIOS 2.40% 1.64%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 1.99% 6.97%
TITAN COMICS 1.16% 0.99%
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC 1.10% 1.20%
VIZ MEDIA 1.09% 0.34%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 8.59% 5.09%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

  DOLLARS UNITS

DECEMBER 2016 VS. NOVEMBER 2016

COMICS -9.01% -1.79%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -11.19% 1.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -9.69% -1.56%
TOYS -12.28% -11.75%

DECEMBER 2016 VS. DECEMBER 2015

COMICS -18.84% -8.39%
GRAPHIC NOVELS -4.24% 18.44%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -14.84% -6.66%
TOYS -36.78% -46.07%

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 VS. THIRD QUARTER 2016

COMICS -7.42% -5.96%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 0.07% 1.88%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -5.36% -5.42%
TOYS -1.80% -11.85%

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 VS. FOURTH QUARTER 2015

COMICS -8.92% -0.53%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.53% 12.21%
TOTAL COMICS/GN -6.11% 0.30%
TOYS -22.29% -30.42%

YEAR 2016 VS. YEAR 2015

COMICS -0.11% 1.02%
GRAPHIC NOVELS 1.24% 2.10%
TOTAL COMICS/GN 0.30% 1.10%
TOYS -9.74% -14.18%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER COMICS SHIPPED GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED MAGAZINES SHIPPED TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS 89 42 0 131
DC ENTERTAINMENT 84 33 1 118
IMAGE COMICS 47 18 1 66
IDW PUBLISHING 42 17 0 59
BOOM! STUDIOS 26 12 0 38
DARK HORSE COMICS 26 10 0 36
TITAN COMICS 21 5 4 30
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 18 9 0 27
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS 11 2 0 13
VIZ MEDIA 0 13 0 13
OTHER NON-TOP 10 114 133 25 272

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1 $3.99 OCT160147-M DC
2 INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1 $5.99 SEP160868-M MAR
3 DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7 $5.99 OCT160259-M DC
4 BATMAN #12 $2.99 OCT160173-M DC
5 BATMAN #13 $2.99 OCT160175-M DC
6 CIVIL WAR II #8 $4.99 SEP161000-M MAR
7 STAR WARS #26 $3.99 OCT160988-M MAR
8 STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 $4.99 OCT160975-M MAR
9 HULK #1 $3.99 OCT160788-M MAR
10 ALL-STAR BATMAN #5 $4.99 OCT160160-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 LOVE IS LOVE SC $9.99 OCT160480 IDW
2 BATMAN VOLUME 9: BLOOM TP $16.99 SEP160335 DC
3 DESCENDER VOLUME 3: SINGULARITIES TP $14.99 SEP160801 IMA
4 WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR
5 I HATE FAIRYLAND VOLUME 2: FLUFF MY LIFE TP $14.99 OCT160683-M IMA
6 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOLUME 1: REBOOT TP $17.99 OCT161021 MAR
7 STAR WARS: POE DAMERON VOL. 1: BLACK SQUADRON TP $19.99 AUG160999 MAR
8 DOCTOR STRANGE VOLUME 1: WAY OF WEIRD TP $19.99 SEP161127 MAR
9 BATMAN VOLUME 10: EPILOGUE HC $22.99 AUG160317 DC
10 BLACK SCIENCE VOL. 5: TRUE ATONEMENT TP (MR) $14.99 OCT160677 IMA

TOP 10 BOOKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DOCTOR WHO: DEATH RIDERS SC $9.99 JUN158023 PEN
2 DOCTOR WHO: SYSTEM WIPE SC $9.99 JUN158025 PEN
3 THE PRINCESS BRIDE: A STORYBOOK TO COLOR TP $16.99 SEP160611 IDW
4 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160020 DAR
5 THE POKEMON COOKBOOK HC $14.99 OCT162035 VIZ
6 STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160018 DAR
7 STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ADULT COLORING BOOK $14.99 AUG160019 DAR
8 DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD THE BAD & THE ALIEN SC $9.99 NOV158049 PEN
9 THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 112 SC $14.95 SEP162252 SAN
10 THE WALKING DEAD ADULT COLORING BOOK (MR) $14.99 FEB160615 IMA

TOP 10 TOYS

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY QUINN BY BRUCE TIMM STATUE MAR160333 DC
2 MARVEL GALLERY: THE HULK PVC FIGURE AUG162570 DST
3 DC TV: ARROW/THE FLASH ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK APR160456 DC
4 DC FILMS: ARMORED BATMAN PREMIUM ACTION FIGURE MAR160323 DC
5 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURE MAR160314 DC
6 HARLEY QUINN: RED WHITE & BLACK STATUE APR160452 DC
7 BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: NEW BATMAN ADVENTURES CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE MAR160318 DC
8 DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES BY LEE BERMEJO: BATMAN FIGURE FEB160280 DC
9 DC DESIGNER SERIES: THE FLASH BY FRANCIS MANAPUL STATUE JUL160449 DC
10 DARKSEID AND GRAIL ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK APR160448 DC

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BACK TO THE FUTURE MONOPOLY JUL152198 DST
2 MACHI KORO CARD GAME MAY142831 IDW
3 MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOXED SET (2ND EDITION) FEB151158 BOO
4 EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME NSFW EDITION OCT163224 EXP
5 EXPLODING KITTENS CARD GAME ORIGINAL EDITION OCT163223 EXP
6 PANDEMIC: IBERIA BOARD GAME AUG163183 ZMA
7 GAME OF THRONES PLAYING CARDS JAN120128 DAR
8 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST BOARD GAME APR160482 IDW
9 BATMANL THE ANIMATED SERIES DICE GAME SEP163193 PSI
10 STAR TREK 50TH-ANNIVERSARY 3000-PIECE DIECUT JIGSAW PUZZLE JUN168685 NMR

Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #1

DOCTOR WHO ELEVENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1

Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Simon Fraser
Colorist: Gary Caldwell
Letterer: Comicraft
COVER A – Josh Burns
COVER B – Photo
COVER C – Question No. 6
COVER D – Simon Fraser
COVER E – Simone Di Leo
COVER F – Blank Sketch Variant
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 11

Same great creators – whole new flavor! The Eleventh Doctor begins his blockbuster third year with writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and series artists Simon Fraser and Leandro Casco in the hot seat!

Year Three unfolds in single issue stories, as the Doctor and Alice Obiefune, seeking a fresh start after the stresses of last year’s epic mystery, set off in search of strange new worlds and amazing new sights! Every issue is packed with story and wonder! Dive deep into the unseen reaches of time and space!

Super-accessible jumping on point for new readers – come see what the fuss is all about!

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #1

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR THREE #1

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artists: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
COVER A: JOSH BURNS
COVER B: PHOTO
COVER C: MARC ELLERBY – LINKED COVER
COVER D: IOLANDA ZANFARDINO
COVER E: BRIAN MILLER & HI-FI
COVER F: ELENA CASAGRANDE
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: January 11

It’s a brand-new season for the Tenth Doctor and his loyal travelling companions, Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu! Jump on board with a two-part opening story – ‘Breakfast at Tyrannies’ that introduces a whole new terror to test the Doctor and his friends! Plus: a new companion joins the TARDIS – the like of which you’ve never seen!

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Preview: Vikings: Uprising #2.4

VIKINGS: UPRISING #2.4

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Daniel Indro
Colorist: Kevin Enhart
COVER A: Verity Glass
COVER B: Photo
COVER C: Claudia Caranfa
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jan 4, 2017

Lagertha and her forces are in a desperate situation, as she finds the rebel slaves have learned a lot from their former masters. It will take all of her bravery and resourcefulness to survive! Meanwhile, in Kattegat, Ragnar faces public scorn and a fight for his life!

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