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Preview: Miraculous: Gamer

MIRACULOUS: GAMER

Writer(s): Zag Entertainment
Artist Name(s): Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist(s): Zag Entertainment
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria
64 pgs./ A / FC
$4.99

Adrien and Max, who have the highest levels at the Ultimate Robot Strike video game, have to compete together in a major tournament. But as Marinette wants to spend some time with Adrien, she manages to take Max’s place by beating him in a improvised challenge. Hawk Moth takes this opportunity to transform Max into Gamer. From then on, Gamer controls a large robot that wreaks havoc in Paris. Ladybug and Cat Noir will have to team up to fight a now very real robot.

Preview: Miraculous: Kung Food

MIRACULOUS: KUNG FOOD

Writer(s): Zag Entertainment
Artist Name(s): Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist(s): Zag Entertainment
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria
64 pgs./ A / FC
$4.99

Marinette goes with her great-uncle Wang, a renowned Chinese chef, to a cooking competition at the Palace. As they don’t speak each other’s language, contact is not easy. Fortunately, Adrien speaks Chinese and comes to their rescue. Everything would be just fine if Chloe had not sabotaged Wang’s dish. Humiliated, Wang then gets akumatized into Kung Food. Anyone who has tasted his dish falls under his power. They all become fearsome fighters that Ladybug and Cat Noir will have to confront in order to free Chloe, who is being held hostage.

Rosario Dawson to Write La Borinqueña

Rosario Dawson announced on Twitter that she’ll be involved in a project involving La Borinqueña a Puerto Rican superhero. The project will be along with Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (the creator of the character), David Atchison and Dawson’s Uncle Gustavo Vazquez.

Miranda-Rodriguez added on Twitter:

There may be 3.5 million Puerto Ricans on the island, but there are over 5 million of us in the diaspora and we will no longer stand for Puerto Ricans being treated as second class citizens.

All Tweets used #Ricanstruction which Miranda-Rodriguez has used to promote his projects but also being used by some to highlight to current efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico.

 

Preview: Force #3

FORCE #3

Writer(s): Shawn Pryor, B. Alex Thompson
Artist Name(s): Jay Reed
Cover Artist(s): Trevor Fraley
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

As a rookie QB takes the helm for the Tennessee Boxers during the biggest game of the season, injured starting QB Terrance Wright is in the locker room, contemplating a decision to get back on the field that could possibly end up permanently damaging his body and career. Will the Boxers come from behind to defeat the Skyhawks? And what secret is Terrance’s girlfriend, Cassie hiding from him? Watch the drama unfold at Supreme Bowl XXVII in the epic conclusion of FORCE! Cover by artist Trevor Fraley!

No One is Above the Law. RoboCop Returns in April.

BOOM! Studios has announced RoboCop: Citizens Arrest, an all-new comic book series premiering in April 2018. Visionary writer Brian Wood and fan-favorite artist Jorge Coelho present a chilling view of the future where justice is crowdsourced, set 30 years after the events of the landmark original RoboCop film.

The series is a love letter to the socio-political prescience of the original film but also a story that stands on its own, inspired by modern events and concerns.

In the decades since the RoboCop program first began, corporations have taken over public services and the government—and law enforcement is the biggest private contract of all. Traditional police forces no longer exist as all citizens are encouraged—and rewarded—to spy on their neighbors.

There is only one authority on the streets: ROBOCOP.

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #1 features a main cover by Nimit Malavia, along with variants by David Rubin, and Jim Towe.

Marvel’s Hulk Variants Smash Their Way Into Comic Shops!

He’s back. He’s mad as hell. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before.

This February, Marvel will help appease the green goliath’s anger by introducing the Hulk Variant Cover Program. Showcasing key moments in the Hulk’s past life, these covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mike McKone, Marco Checchetto, Stephanie Hans, Dale Keown, Ron Lim, and more.

Look for Marvel’s Hulk variant covers on these select titles:

  1. All-New Wolverine #31 by Mike Perkins
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #795 by Dale Keown
  3. Avengers #679 by Ramon Perez
  4. Black Panther #170 by Anna Rud
  5. Captain America #698 by Bilquis Evely
  6. Daredevil #598 by Marco Checchetto
  7. Defenders #10 by Stephanie Hans
  8. Despicable Deadpool #294 by Daniel Warren Johnson
  9. Doctor Strange #385 by Mike Deodato
  10. Incredible Hulk #713 by John Tyler Christopher
  11. Infinity Countdown Prime #1 by Marcos Martin
  12. Invincible Iron Man #597 by Chris Stevens
  13. Marvel Two-In-One #3 by Mike Hawthorne
  14. Mighty Thor #704 by Tyler Kirkham
  15. Old Man Hawkeye #2 by Terry Dodson
  16. Old Man Logan #35 by Steve McNiven
  17. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 by David Nakayama
  18. Rogue & Gambit #2 by Mike McKone
  19. Venom #161 by Ron Lim
  20. X-Men: Gold #21 by Adi Granov

The first wave of HULK VARIANT COVERS will hit comic shops on February 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Black Gets Two Spin-Offs, Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart and Black [AF]: Widows & Orphans

Having taken the publishing industry by storm with a widely popular Kickstarter campaign for their acclaimed comic book, co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 are publishing two new titles set in the world of Black, their controversial comic that asks “in a world that already fears and hates them, what if only Black people had superpowers?” The progressive, Los Angeles-based indie publisher Black Mask Studios will publish both of these new projects in early 2018, the first of several planned Black spinoff titles.

On sale timed to Black History Month, the original graphic novel Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart introduces America’s first superhero, a black teenage girl. Though Eli Franklin’s friends and neighbors in rural Montana think of her as a typical 15-year-old, she just might be the most powerful person on the planet. The adopted daughter of a government official, Eli sets out to give America hope as its first superhero, Good Girl, but soon discovers it may take more than donning a patriotic costume to lessen societal divides. On sale in comic book stores on January 31 and in bookstores on February 13, Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart is a stand-alone YA story that updates classic superhero tropes (an adopted child manifests incredible powers of super strength, invulnerability, and flight) to tell a bold, thrilling, and timely origin story for a new generation. Artist Jennifer Johnson makes her graphic novel debut.

Following the publication of Black [AF]: America’s Sweetheart, Black Mask Studios will publish the miniseries Black [AF]: Widows & Orphans starting in April. The four-issue series will reunite Black co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3, with Osajyefo  writing the series and Smith illustrating it. The series highlights Anansi, one of the characters introduced in Black, and marks the first Black series to be illustrated by Smith, who designed the characters that Jamal Igle illustrated in the first Black comics.

More Black titles are in development from the co-creators and Black Mask Studios.

BLACK AF: AMERICA’S SWEETHEART
written by Kwanza Osajyefo; illustrated by Jennifer Johnson
$9.99; 80 pages; Full Color
On sale: in comic book stores on January 31 and in bookstores on February 14, 2018

BLACK [AF]: WIDOWS & ORPHANS #1
written by Kwanza Osajyefo; illustrated by TIM SMITH 3
$3.99; 32 pages; Full Color;  Mature
On Sale: April 2018

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 1/6

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.

 


Logan

AMERICA #11 CoverAmerica #11 (Marvel)– Writer Gabby Rivera is really starting to hit her stride on this book as America Chavez balances life at college and finding info about her home planet. Artist Stacey Lee nails the warmth of the relationship between America and her abuela as well as some fierce portal punching action. My favorite bits involve the college campus where Prodigy exhibits some character growth and speaks out against the surveillance state. Rivera’s writing has finally caught up with America’s always strong art, which is sad in light of its impending cancellation. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy

Justice League #37 (DC)– The Justice League battles one of their biggest fans while trying to clear their extralegal activities on an international in another clever issue from writer Priest and artist Philippe Briones. The issue is non-stop action with narration telling the Fan’s origin, and Priest also uses the story to address racist superhero fans, who don’t like anyone other than straight white males fighting crime. Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz take center stage and basically rip to shreds the idea that only the original (He’s not.) Green Lantern Hal Jordan should have the title. But to keep things interesting, Priest pokes some holes in the morality of the JL’s actions. Briones’ art (Especially poses and anatomy.) and Gabe Eltaeb’s colors are a little too much mid-90s Wildstorm for my taste, but it doesn’t hinder the momentum another excellent chapter of Priest’s run on Justice League. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

Batman #39 (DC)** – They almost had me with this one. Joelle Jones’ art is superb, and Tom King’s story has a simple and nifty premise for teaming Batman and Wonder SM_Cv39_dsWoman up. Everything’s going along swimmingly, really, until the last-page cliffhanger, and then — come on, DC. You don’t wanna go there. You really don’t. Did you learn nothing from the Superman/Wonder Woman “romantic” debacle?  Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Superman #39 (DC)** – Barry Kitson’s art on this issue is really just sort of “meh,” but Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason deliver what is probably the most charming and un-ironically sentimental Superman story in just about forever. Everything you love about super-heroes but never get to see anymore is packed into this slim, quickly-read little comic. Magical enough to melt even this hardened cynic’s heart. Buy Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Assassinistas #2 (IDW/Black Crown)** – This ain’t deep, but it sure is fun. Tini Howard has cooked up some compelling, if not exactly complex, characters, they move through absurd situation with ease, and Gilbert Hernandez’s art is — well, Gilbert Hernandez’s art. Which means, of course, pretty much perfect. This isn’t a book that’s up to “Love & Rockets” quality by any means, but it’s not really even trying to match that standard. It’s comfortable simply being the enjoyable, kinda stupid, throwaway yarn that it is. I’ll take it. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Jimmy’s Bastards #6 (Aftershock)** – More trademark sick-and-wrong fun from Garth Ennis and Russ Braun as our James Bond stand-in cracks when he finally realizes he’s had literally hundreds of illegitimate kids and that some of his “girlfriends” over the years were actually — uhhhmmm — yeah, anyway, the less said the better. You’d lose your marbles, too, trust me. Depraved shit, even by this creative team’s standards — and yes, I mean that as a compliment. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Christopher

Dept H #22 (Dark Horse) The survival of humanity depends on who manages to get to the surface. Revealing that Mia’s father had the cure in locked away in the same room he was killed in. Bringing in an important point, was he saving for humanity, or was he protecting it from humanity? Overall: 8.5 

Patrick

Mage: The Hero Denied #5 (Image)**: This is getting a little frustrating. On the one hand, Kevin’s little family life is pretty charming. On the other hand, five issues in, he hasn’t goten around to addressing the real problems in his world. He’s foreverwaiting for people to show up, whether they’re gods, monsters, good guys or bad guys. He sings his wife Magda’s praises for being heroic, yet isn’t doing any of the really heavy lifting. For a hero who’s supposed to be the Pendragon, Kevin isn’t assuming the role of the next phase of that journey and becoming a king. Matt Wagner’s art is lovely, his writing of domestic scenes is pitch-perfect, but the story doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. Overall: 7. Recommendation: Read

Mage: The Hero Defined (book 2, vol 3) (Image)**: This trade collects #1-8 of the second part of Matt Wagner’s trilogy. There is a lot of fun to be found here – especially for me when the story moves to my hometown of Montreal (where, indeed, there is a giant illuminated cross on top of the small mountain in the centre of the city.) We meet a fun cast of mythical characters – speedy trickster Joe Phat, herculean Kirby Hero, bumbling mage Wally Ut. The action moves along fairly sprightly, the dialogue is nice, and I enjoyed the creative use of its setting. What’s missing is the sense of “why”: why is Montreal the nexus for all this mythical badness? What is Kevin fighting for? Why is the universe suddenly creating all of these vessels and warriors? The work stays firmly – and lightly – on the surface, grazing its themes but never truly digging in and getting to an emotional or visceral core. Fun, playful, yes – but at the same time Mage aspires to be a more meaningful and serious work that, for me, never manages to really challenge and transform its hero. Overall: 7. Recommendation: Read

Kill or Be Killed #15 (Image)** – Brubaker, Phillips & Breitweiser kick off the next arc by taking us to group therapy in the institution where Dylan is trying to get away from his family demon. So we’re really getting into the question of whether this is an actual demon from the spirit world or madness. As always, Dylan’s girlfriend Kira is trying to do the right thing the wrong way, erring on the side of normalcy and not helping in the least. Dylan spends the issue trying to talk about the demon and being shut down time and again, and the pills aren’t helping either. Then, when he finally does share in group… well, let’s just say that, contrary to what he says, Dylan is not taking back control of his life. Excellent. Overall: 8.5 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 (**).

Those Two Geeks Episode Fifteen: Year’s End Part Two

On the docket this week: The geeks talk about the five movies from the world of geek that really excited them this past year.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Titan Comics reveal stunning animated trailer for new gothic horror series, Alisik!

Alisik is a new series out February 28 from Statix Press an imprint of Titan Comics

Written by Hubertus Rufledt with haunting art by Helge VogtAlisik is a cross between Emily The Strange and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book – a beautiful dark and gothic tale of mortality and what happens after death.

When Alisik wakes up alone in a cemetery, she thinks she’s in the middle of a nightmare. Terrified, she flees into the night, but realizes she is invisible to everyone she meets. She really is dead, with no memory of how it happened … and only the ghostly residents of the graveyard can help her unravel the mystery of her afterlife.

Featuring an all-new cover by superstar artist, Junko MizunoAlisik #1 will hit stores and digital devices on February 28, 2018.

The below link includes the covers by Junko Mizuno and Helge Vogt, plus some interior pages as well as a video trailer.

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