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Preview: Daredevil #22

Daredevil #22

(W) Charles Soule (A) Goran Sudzuka (CA) Mike Deodato
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“SUPREME” CONTINUES!
• It’s the biggest case of MATT MURDOCK’s career. But in order to win it…
• …DAREDEVIL will have to take the witness stand!
• Be here for the turning point that will kick off the next big phase of the Man Without Fear’s career!

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Preview: Batman #25

Batman #25

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mikel Janin
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“The War of Jokes and Riddles” part one! Don’t miss this extra-sized anniversary issue! In his own words, Bruce Wayne narrates a harrowing, never-before-told story of the Dark Knight’s greatest failure…and the horrors it unleashed! In the spirit of YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN, prepare to see a side of Batman you’ve never seen before-get in on the ground floor of a classic Batman epic in the making!

Review: The Signal #1

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Annie Archaya is a disgraced, former NASA astronomical data analyst who discovers a signal from deep space. Only, the message isn’t from an alien civilization…it’s from a human. Her search for the truth launches her on a journey of self-discovery full of alien conspiracies, government cover-ups, and answers that span the cosmos. Posing the question, are we alone in the universe?

The first issue of The Signal #1 stays away from traditional sci-fi themes for the most part. Instead, the debut issue focuses on the conspiracy and government cover-up about the truth of an approaching alien signal. However, the sci-fi elements are more subtle. That subtlelty from writer Kevin Schwoer keeps things grounded and progresses the plot well as the elements begin to merge.

Much to my surprise, the art by Neil Anderson is colorful. That colorful nature manages to contrast the conspiratorial nature plot in an interesting fashion. With this type of story you’d expect a more grim or gritty look to it all. Somehow it manages to work well together, driving the plot forward.

Story: Kevin Schwoer Art: Neil Anderson
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

Scout Comics Announces the Summer of Scout

Scout Comics & Entertainment is kicking off The Summer of Scout, featuring the announcement of eight new upcoming Scout comic book properties each week during the summer of 2017!

Up first, Graveland, a supernatural thriller from the creative force behind Fish Eye!

And since this is the first week of the Summer of Scout, they’ve also announced Scout’s publishing deal in Italy with Weird Books, launching with Graveland and Scout’s hit series Mindbender!

Graveland #1 hits comic stores in September with the creative team of Massimo Rosi, Gabriel Nunez, Marco Pagnotta, and Simone Bertoni.

The San Andreas Fault finally has “the Big One”, but not from natural occurrences and either something or someone is responsible. From the depths of the fault something emerges. Something of myth and legend that was mentioned in hush tones by nearly every ancient culture- Giants, huge creatures from another time, are awakened from their slumber and seek to resume their conquest that has been delayed for a millennium as they lay buried within the earth and California is the first target. To help mount a counter-offensive, the US government creates super humans with an experimental serum. These four super-powered individuals could be the last chance for humanity as they all that stand between the end of civilization and the Giants.

Mindbender, written by James Pruett with art by Federico De Luca, and which has seen sold out of its first two issues, will see the release of issue #3 in July.

At the tender age of seven, Alexander Oberman witnessed the gruesome deaths of his parents in a horrendous explosion as a result of his own mind tapping into a previously unknown powerful force. How Alex survived has been a mystery. Physically he was fine, minus a few burns, but mentally he withdrew into himself, into his mind. For 16 years, Alex hadn’t uttered a solitary word or had a voluntary movement of his own, until now. Those that would use his destructive abilities have been awaiting Alex’s awakening. Now, that wait has ended, and the world will soon learn the true potential of mankind. But will Alex be a vanguard for the world or will he be responsible for its annihilation?

Review: U.S.Avengers #7

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN! The U.S.Avengers have been broken – but now it’s time to fight back!  In exile…believed dead…surrounded by HYDRA forces… Squirrel Girl and Enigma get a much-needed assist…from Guillotine and the Champions of Europe!

I have to admit, I found it difficult to come up with a review that could really get my feelings across about this issue.  That’s not to say that I hated it, because I didn’t.  But I’m not going to say this was the most fantastic issue of a comic I’ve ever read either. I think the best word to describe this issue, to me anyways, is mediocre. Al Ewing doesn’t really give use much in this issue, which feels like nothing more then a filler story. There’s some good action and we see that Hydra’s reach is global (I’m still amazed how fast that happened, Marvel) but really that’s all. There is some questionable dialogue and some long, very dry banter about the mechanics of someone’s powers that just added to a really flat story.

Thankfully, the art by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco and Jesus Aburtov at least make this flat story nice to look at. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before in past reviews, I love the depiction of the characters; the action scenes and the bold colors; it all just feels like it’s wasted in this issue with this dull filler story.

Overall, not a great showing story wise for the U.S.Avengers.  I do understand this is a tie in series, and not every issue is going to be explosive, but I am a little disappointed in Ewing’s efforts here. I’ve really been enjoying his work lately, but this stumble really surprised me. I did enjoy seeing the Champions of Europe, as I was wondering what happened to these characters after Contest of Champions, but it was the only bright spot for me. As I said, I didn’t totally hate this issue but I wasn’t overjoyed by it either. Great art to look at it, but the story unfortunately felt a little weak.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Paco Medina Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Jesus Aburtov
Story: 4.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read (if you want the tie in) 

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE issue for review

Dennis Hopeless Talks Body Slams, Kayfabe, and WWE

The current run of WWE comics has been great so far, a peek into the in-character lives of wrestlers the meshes far better than other attempts at WWE ongoing series. Graphic Policy got a chance to chat with writer Dennis Hopeless and get a little insight on the series, where it’s headed, and of course pro wrestling.

Graphic Policy: First things first, how did you get pro wrestling to mesh so well with comics this go ‘round? Comics and wrestling seem like an obvious fit, with the larger-than-life personalities, but previous attempts didn’t click as naturally. What sets this ongoing apart and just how did you capture lightning in a bottle?

Dennis Hopeless: To start, artist Serg Acuña is absolutely crushing it every issue. He somehow manages to capture the humanity of the WWE Superstars while also nailing the likenesses and giving us super exciting action sequences. On top of that, our editorial team is fantastic. It was obvious to me from our first conversations about the project that BOOM! and WWE had a very clear vision. They understood that the comics needed to be something different from what fans see on Raw and Smackdown, but the tone and voice also needed to remain consistent.

So, instead of trying to make the Superstars more comic book-y, we’re telling the character-driven stories that take place behind the scenes. Our focus is on character motivation and making the Superstars even more relatable. That exact sort of character work is my bread and butter as a writer. It’s what I love to do and what I’m known for. It’s great to see that fans are responding. I’m just writing what I’d want to read with an incredible team of collaborators who always make us look good.

GP: One thing I really loved from Seth Rollins’ arc was that you didn’t just handwave away his recovery but instead had him cope with and process it. That humanity, for me, makes him more relatable as a character. It’s something that was also shown in his WWE 24 episode. Is that where you got the inspiration?

DH: I didn’t actually watch Seth’s WWE 24 until after I’d written that issue, but yeah, I can definitely see the parallels. Seth’s character arc was so brilliantly paced just as it happened; I didn’t have to do a lot of plotting. Betrayal. Rise. Injury and fall. The road back. And redemption. It was already right there. All we had to do was dramatize the behind-the-scenes beats and tie it all together. It was such a fun arc to write and served as the perfect gateway point for fans. Anyone who had been following Seth’s story on television since the breakup of The Shield now gets to see his journey from the other side of the curtain.

GP: Speaking of Seth’s recovery, making sure that the New Day were pretty consistently there to help Seth when he needed it was pretty brilliant. Any chances we’ll be seeing them around more in Dean and Roman’s stories?

DH: I love the New Day so I certainly wouldn’t put it past us, but Dean’s arc takes place in a wholly different corner of the WWE Universe. Dean spends a lot of time with Sasha Banks and a few other superstars while he’s on the road. It’s a really weird and fun story that couldn’t be much more different from Seth’s arc… but New Day still very much ROCKS so we’ll see.

GP: So the current arc is about Dean Ambrose and seems to be focusing first on his feud with Brock Lesnar. However, it doesn’t look like a lot is going to be in the ring at the moment. Is this going to be Dean and Sasha’s Road Trip Adventure or will they be heading for the next arena for a showdown with Brock?

DH: Almost all of Dean’s story takes place on the road. Both Dean and Sasha have a sort of Road to Money in the Bank thing going on by the end of issue #5, so we decided to lean into that. Superstars spend a lot of time driving from city to city. It’s a fact of their lives that we all sort of know, but rarely gets addressed in the stories. Dean seemed like the perfect character to takes us there… And I’m not sure what possessed me to team him up with Sasha Banks, but that might have been the best decision of my career. Those two together are an absolute blast. The weirdest (plutonic) odd couple ever.

GP: Any chance of the women’s divisions coming more into play? I loved the scene between Sasha and Charlotte as well as other glimpses of them in backstage bits but, as this is about Dean primarily, was this more of a cameo than an ongoing thing?

DH: Sasha plays a huge roll in this arc. It’s more or less a buddy road trip story from the end of #5 on. You’ll also be seeing more of Charlotte as we move forward, as she’s Sasha’s primary rival in this. Now that I think about it, this whole arc might be my backdoor pitch for a Women’s Revolution series.

GP: If you’re still keeping to the plan of three arcs about the Shield, the only one that’s left is Roman Reigns. He’s got a very complicated relationship with the WWE Universe at the moment. Does that play into how you’ve chosen to write him so far at all? Could that change once he’s the focus?

DH: Roman’s will be another very human story. I want to show you what makes the Big Dog tick. We’ll be dealing with his family legacy, rage issues, and unique relationship with fans. I’m not ashamed to admit that Roman Reigns fascinates me. I can’t wait to dig in.

GP: Once the Shield’s stories have been told, who would you like to tell the story of next if you could pick and would it be in the same kayfabe-as-life style? There’s a lot of supernatural stories and weirdness in WWE but there’s also the latest influx of superstars from the indies and Japan, like DIY in NXT, Finn Balor, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Anything particularly stand out?

DH: Like I mentioned before, I’d love to tell a Women’s Revolution story of some kind. Bayley is my favorite wrestler and I think the Women’s Division is just crazy stacked with talent right now. That will be my first pitch for sure. Beyond that, I think there’s a lot of fun stuff to be mined right now. Both Finn and Shinsuke are fascinating characters. I’d tell their stories in a heartbeat.

As for tone, I don’t expect any wild shifts. This slice-of-life thing seems to be working and we love doing it.

GP: One last question: if you could have an on-screen storyline with any one WWE wrestler, team, or stable, who would it be?

DH: All time: Probably Razor Ramon or Early NOW Hall and Nash. I was the perfect age for that stuff and it holds a special place in my heart.

Right Now: The Miz. I just love everything Miz and Maryse have been doing lately. He’s a killer on the mic and isn’t afraid to dig in and be hated. It’s perfect.

GP: Thanks for chatting!

Review: W.M.D.: Weapons of Mutant Destruction #1

untitledTHE WEAPON X PROGRAM IS BACK! For years, the Weapon X Program has engineered the deadliest mutant killers on planet Earth, until they mysteriously vanished. Now, the Weapon X program is back, and it’s deadlier than ever, and it isn’t to use mutants for their lethal ends. Under the leadership of its mysterious new director, Weapon X has a new mission – ERADICATE ALL MUTANTS! And they’re starting their hunt with the most dangerous group of mutants on planet Earth – Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Domino, Lady Deathstrike, Warpath and…the Hulk?! But with an army of genetic cyborgs at their disposal, this may just be the beginning.

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard about this crossover. I’m not very familiar with Amadeus Cho’s Hulk, other then what I read of him in The Champions, and wasn’t quite sure how he would meet up and work with this group of mutants. After the events in Weapon X that set up this crossover, and seeing Hulk join them, I’m excited to see this whole thing play out. Weapon X has just been ‘okay’ to me; nothing really exceptional was happening, except for the mystery of the new Weapon X program and how they now seem aimed at destroying mutants. And I have to say that I’m impressed with Greg Pak‘s opening issue into this story. I really like his handling of the characters, some allies and some enemies, working together to end a mutual threat. There is some fun banter back and forth, quips and sarcastic comments made between some of the reluctant allies and some moments that really let you see the person behind these would be heroes. I won’t reveal who it is running Weapon X now (but those reading Weapon X will know) and I love the hypocrisy of this persons methods to see their ultimate goal fulfilled. It’s a fitting character to be leading this new department and I can’t wait to see them come face to face with our band of heroes.

I am also liking the art that is being shown in this story. Mahmud Asrar does a really good job of showing us just how different this band of mutants are, by giving each their own distinct look and personality. And the action scenes, though few in this opening issue, really give each character a moment to shine. Even the opening scenes revealing the villains base of operations really set the tone of the Weapon X facility, thanks to Asrar and colorist Nolan Woodard. There is a dark feel to every panel, when it isn’t necessarily a dark scene, and I think it fits very well into this story and the characters at play here.

Overall, I really enjoyed the start of this crossover. These characters are being shown exactly how I would expect them to after being put into a group situation and the threat is very real for all involved, and mutants worldwide. I know, some may think ‘oh yeah, another worldwide disaster for mutants’ but this one isn’t some green poison cloud or a fiery cosmic bird; this is something more close to home. Weapon X is back in a deadly way but they’re about to meet up with some equally deadly mutants who aren’t very happy with what they’ve been up to. And I will definitely be along for the ride to see how it all comes to an end.

Story: Greg Pak Art: Mahmud Asrar Colors: Nolan Woodard
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE issue for review 

Exclusive Preview: Cable #2

Cable #2

(W) James Robinson (A) Carlos Pacheco (CA) Dale Keown
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 28, 2017
SRP: $3.99

ONE STEP FORWARD – THREE CENTURIES BACK!
• CABLE follows his target back to feudal Japan…
• …and is met with decidedly FUTURISTIC warriors!
• But WHOM exactly is Cable after, and what do they need in this time period?
• Jump into the timestream with CABLE and find out!

Aspen Announces Age Ratings Starting in July

Aspen Comics has announced they will be including an Age Rating on all direct edition covers published for the retail market beginning this July with Siya Oum’s Lola XOXO (Volume 2) #1 and for all future titles.

The decision comes after retailer feedback on the topic and led the publisher to initiate this change. They goal is to help retailers decide how they stock their books and allow consumers to make informed decisions on what they purchase.

The publisher will begin the new age rating system of “All Ages,” “Teen” and “Teen Plus” with July 12th’s Lola XOXO (Volume 2) #1 and continue with all new Aspen Comics titles.

Preview: Coady and the Creepies #4 (of 4)

Coady and the Creepies #4 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Liz Prince
Artist: Amanda Kirk
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Variant Cover: Liz Prince
Price: $3.99

The Creepies perform their final set despite The Boneheads doing their best to sabotage them!

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