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First Impressions Featuring: Spaceships, Pies and Bullets

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


Ninja-K #10  (Valiant)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: A standalone issue featuring a cyborg ninja awaking after decades on ice, and guess who gets to try and stop him? Honestly, there’s a full review here, but you don’t need to know too much about previous event to enjoy this
Rating: 8.9

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2  (Archie Comic/DC)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: I have no idea what happened in the issue before, but it doesn’t really matter because this is a very easy t pick up comic that is dripping with 60’s camp and innocence. Not for everybody, but you should know what to expect based on the cover.
Rating: 7.2

Batman #53 (DC)
Can a new reader start here?
Eh… not really.
Recap & review: 
A great conclusion to a different type of Batman story, butt not the best place to start with the series. Grab #54 instead – you’ll probably do better there.
Rating: 
8.1

Star Wars Poe Dameron #30 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here?
I have never read a Star Wars comic or book before. So why not start with the fifth part of a story in a series that’s hitting its 30th issue? Because you have to start somewhere. And, oddly enough, you can start here.
Recap & review:
I enjoyed this; it was a well written comic that captured the essence of the moves and translated it to the four colour world. I wonder hy I’ve never read these before?
Rating: 
8.3

Extermination #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here?
Uh… yes.
Recap & review: 
The newest big X-Men event starts here, but can you read it without having read any of the recent  X-Men comics? For the most part yes. Obviously, you’ll have some things go over your head, but that’s par for the course whenever you start at an event story.
Rating: 
8.1

Terminator: Sector War #1 (Dark Horse)
Can a new reader start here?
Yes.
Recap & review: 
There’s the assumption here that you are at least passingly familiar with the plot of the first Terminator movie – if so you’ll enjoy this quite a bit. If not, then you need to be aware that n the not too distant future, humans ad machines fought a war, and machines are winning. To ensure victory, they send a machine back in time to kill the leader of the resistance before he is born. They also sent a machine back to kill the mother of another key figure, and that’s where this comic comes in; and it’s well worth reading if you’re a fan or curious about the franchise.
Rating: 7
.8

Valiant Reveals the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant and Pre-Order Edition Bundle!

Valiant has released a first look at Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1, the FIRST ISSUE of a PULSE-POUNDING NEW ONGOING SERIES by acclaimed writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson and legendary comic artist Ken Lashley – including a new cutting-edge innovation in comic publishing, the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Cover Variant!

Following in the footsteps of Valiant’s ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Cover Variant will be printed via a special multi-colored process on a carefully devised pane of glass, with artwork by superstar creator Doug Braithwaite!

Retailers, take note: the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 Glass Variant Covercan be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1. There is no limit per store. Orders will open in late August through Diamond Comics.

But that’s not all! Valiant has also announced the Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1-8 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – eight massively expanded issues packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, plus exclusive covers by renowned artist Ken Lashley! This bundle can only be obtained by pre-ordering all eight issues with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of October 22nd, 2018 – no more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Bloodshot Rising Spirit #1 is out November 14th featuring covers by Felipe MassaferaDavid MackStaz JohnsonDoug Braithwaite, and Ken Lashley!

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #6

SHADOWMAN (2018) #6

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Shadowman Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

At humanity’s dawn…the rise of the Shadowman of 40,000 B.C.!

His soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

Preview: Quantum and Woody! (2017) #9

QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #9

Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by JOE EISMA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by TOM FOWLER
Cover B (Extreme Ultra-Foil) by GEOFF SHAW
Interlocking Variant by JOE EISMA
Q&W Icon Variant by SEAN CHEN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

Breaking up is hard to do!

For Eric and Woody Henderson – adopted brothers, partners, and the erstwhile superhero twosome known as Quantum and Woody – the world has just turned upside down! Usually, they can’t stand to be near one another… Now, they literally can’t be – or their powers go on the fritz! That definitely makes being a “duo” difficult, especially when a perilous new threat is teaching you just how bad you are at superhero-ing solo!

Acclaimed writer Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and Eisner Award nominee Joe Eisma (Archie) divide the world’s worst superhero team in two as “SEPARATION ANXIETY” continues!

Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #2 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #2 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by CARY NORD
Cover B by SIJA HONG
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

Three Roman legions lay slaughtered, and, with them, a cache of Rome’s most prized possessions has disappeared…

The mystery of the Roman Empire’s missing relics deepens into a deadly new case for Antonius Axia, history’s first detective and the ancient world’s sole possessor of the secrets of deduction and psychology. Now, Axia is on the hunt to recover the empire’s treasure by any means…and the trail is about to lead him directly into the mystical kingdom of Egypt!

Ninja-K #11 Vaults Headfirst into a New Mission on September 12th!

Valiant has released a complete lettered preview of a brand-new jumping-on point for the publisher’s explosive super-spy series, Ninja-K #11!

Incendiary artist Roberto de la Torre joins acclaimed writer Christos Gage on an immortal manhunt in part one of  “Fallout,” as Colin King faces off against the unmatched strength of his former teammate: the Eternal Warrior!

The Coalition may have been defeated…but the mission’s not over yet! Now, Ninjak must use all the super-spy skills at his disposal to save Gilad from the clutches of his friend’s erstwhile nemesis, the Dying One. But stopping an immortal genius – especially one armed with the full might of the Eternal Warrior – is a fight that not even MI6’s best and brightest secret agent can prepare for!

Featuring covers by KanoLeo Colapietro, and Roberto de la Torre.

X-O Manowar #19 Breaks New Ground on September 26th!

Valiant has released a first look at the lettered and colored pages of X-O Manowar (2017) #19 – a brand-new story arc and new jumping-on point for Valiant’s armored barbarian prince, as well as the 75th overall issue of X-O Manowar published since the launch of Valiant Entertainment in 2012!

On September 26th, Aric of Dacia once again takes on his role as Earth’s galactic defender, as Eisner-nominated writer Matt Kindt and incomparable artist Juan José Ryp bring the world of the groundbreaking Divinity and Eternity series to X-O Manowar’s world!

Beyond time, space, and reality, there lies the Unknown…and now it’s coming here! When soldiers from a mysterious foreign realm arrive on Earth, it’s up to the armored Visigoth known as X-O Manowar – newly returned to the planet and now the leader of his own elite G.A.T.E. unit – to deal with the intrusion. But are these otherworldly emissaries truly the threat they appear to be, or does a larger danger loom over the Valiant Universe still?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortAlan QuahMico Suayan, and Renato Guedes!

Review: Ninja-K #10

NINJA-K_010_COVER-A_CAMUNCOLIFrom the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter revealed! The Cold War is in full swing and the United Kingdom’s top-secret intelligence unit has come to a crossroads. As their once-elite collection of secret agents finds itself outmatched by the escalation of the United States’ H.A.R.D. Corps division, the spymasters of MI6 are about to develop a new kind of soldier for their never-ending war of global gamesmanship and international intrigue. Part man, part machine, and bound together with the most extreme technological enhancements that the 1980s have to offer, NINJA-H is faster, stronger, and deadlier than any who have come before…

Ninja-K #10 serves both as a bridge between the last arc and the one that kicks off next issue, and as a fantastic jumping on point for new readers. Christos Gage has penned a fantastic one-shot story that focuses as much on Ninja-H as it does Ninja-K; and by doing this we get a deeper understanding of where Colin King stands after all he has uncovered about MI6’s Ninja Programme. It’s a clever way of advancing the long game in the background as we’re placated with one of the more interesting agents of the Ninja Programme we’ve seen so far.

As far as superhero comics go, this is a remarkably complete offering. We’ve got the tragic story, the brilliant choreography, and a story that holds more emotional revelations than you’d expect given the ninja verses ninja set up.

Larry StromanRyan Winn and Andrew Dalhouse deliver a near flawless offering on art duties (pencils, inks and colours respectively), with only a panel or two containing slightly unnaturally posed or shaped figures. Those figures aside, each page is a masterfully composed piece of art that brings Gage’s script to a vividly brutal life. Oddly enough, the single issue story in Ninja-K #10 really is the best jumping on point you’re likely to find unless you start from the first issue (and really, I’d suggest you do if you have the means and are even a little curious).

Christos Gage has been writing some of the bet Ninjak I have ever read – this issue is a great example of that, and a great gateway to character for new readers.

Writer: Christos Gage Pencils: Larry Stroman
Inks: Ryan Winn Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
Story: 9 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

First Impressions Featuring: Fantastic Four, Oblivion Song, Red Hood, and More!

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Fantastic Four #1  (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yup.
Recap & review: There’s a lot of history surrounding the Fantastic Four, and there’s a lot that has been said about why they haven’t been around the past few years, but right now none of that matter (aside from the history, maybe) because the Fantastic Four finally have their own series again. If you’re wondering what’s been going on, there’s a quick recap that covers all you need before diving into the comic proper – and this is a fantastic comic. It’s almst enough to make me want to read all the old stories! Almost (and that’s only because I don’t own them…. but there must be some on Marvel Unlimited, right?)
Rating: 8.9

Oblivion Song #6 (Image)
Can a new reader start here?
 Yes.
Recap & review: 
Nate Cole has been searching for his lost brother for ten years, saving survivors as he comes across them. Last issue he finally found him with the mysterious alternate dimension that swallowed a chunk of Philadelphia, but does his brother want to be rescued? Meanwhile, in our world, Nathan’s activities have drawn the attention of those who want him to stop… I read the last three issues of this series in one sitting, and I can’t get enough of it.
Rating: 8.7

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Uh….
Recap & review: 
One of DC’s better series for a long time, I inexplicably missed a few issues – one or two of whch would have been key to understanding this a little more than I did. That being said, what wa lost in the plot was more than made up for in the action and choreography – a book that would benefit from prior knowledge, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Rating: 7.1

Hey Kids! Comics! #1 (Image)
Can a new reader start here? |Technically, yes.
Recap & review: As a first issue, there’s no recap needed. As a history, or fictionalized retelling of history, it helps if you’re already intimately familiar with the gentlemen portrayed in this book – of course the names have been changed, which doesn’t help those without an already deep understanding, leading to the first real problem with the book. The next is that despite being hugely interested in comic book history, I struggled to get through this. It felt flat, overly wordy, and remarkably boring.
Rating: 5

Amazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yeah, pretty much.
Recap & review: Perhaps one of the most surprising things about Nick Spencer’s run is that each issue feels fresh and accessible to all readers; recap or no, you can enjoy this. And if you want to look for the other two issues, feel free, but they’re not require to enjoy this comic.
Rating: 8

Bloodshot Salvation #12 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? Nope
Recap & review: I’m not entirely sure why I included the finale of Jeff Lemire’s run on this book because there’s a lot to recap, and it’ not really worth doing so for the entire run just so you can red the book. The run is great, and doesn’t deserve a nutshell retelling just for this comic.
Rating: 7.8

 

Preview: Ninja-K #10

NINJA-K #10

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by LARRY STROMAN
Inks by RYAN WINN
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by A LARGER WORLD STUDIOS
Cover A by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Cover B by LARRY STROMAN
Ninja Programme Variant by DARICK ROBERTSON
Pre-Order Edition by PHILIP TAN
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 15th

A BLOCKBUSTER NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! In Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, meet the future of espionage: the hard-hitting, brutalizing super-spy codenamed NINJA-H!

From the encrypted files of The Ninja Programme, another secret chapter revealed! The Cold War is in full swing and the United Kingdom’s top-secret intelligence unit has come to a crossroads. As their once-elite collection of secret agents finds itself outmatched by the escalation of the United States’ H.A.R.D. Corps division, the spymasters of MI6 are about to develop a new kind of soldier for their never-ending war of global gamesmanship and international intrigue. Part man, part machine, and bound together with the most extreme technological enhancements that the 1980s have to offer, NINJA-H is faster, stronger, and deadlier than any who have come before…

Now, for the first time, the metal-crunching saga of MI6’s one-man, super-powered strike force – and his tragic fall from grace – can finally be told as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) teams with comics legend Larry Stroman (X-Factor) to declassify the next standalone shadow-laden chapter in the history of Ninjak’s fellow Ninja Programme agents!

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