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Preview: Green Arrow #3

Green Arrow #3

Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Juan Ferreyra
Cover by: Juan Ferreyra
Variant cover by: Neal Adams

“THE DEATH AND LIFE OF OLIVER QUEEN” Chapter Three: In #3, Green Arrow’s enemies learn he is still alive when the Emerald Archer—now Emerald Outlaw—breaks into Queen Industries to learn why his entire world has betrayed him. But the deadly assassin Shado—formerly Oliver’s ally—is dispatched to finish him before he gets too close to the shocking truth behind his fall from grace.

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Min Reviews For The Week Ending 7/23

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.


Alex

SM_Cv3_dsBatman #3 (DC)* Better than the last issue, honestly. I’m starting to appreciate the more human take on Batman that Tom King is giving us, and his exploration of the effect that the legend of the Dark Knight has on Gotham (the city, not the character) is getting interesting. A solid read that’s an improvement over last issue.

Superman #3 (DC)*  Something strange is happening to me; I’m becoming a Superman fan after decades of ignoring his comic series. Focusing more on Superman’s family, this series is one of the better ones to emerge from Rebirth so far.

The Hellblazer Rebirth #1 (DC)*  Awesome fun. A great one shot comic that’s highly enjoyable. Serving as a great introduction to the character, Hellblazer Rebirth  is a blast to read.

Logan


BettyandVeronica1-SDCCBetty and Veronica #1
 (Archie) Even though Adam Hughes’ pinup style artwork is delightful, Betty and Veronica #1 is far from it. His dialogue is a mix of 1950s teenage slang and modern “hip” terms as if he wasn’t sure to make the comic a period piece or a companion to Mark Waid’s trying to hard to be cool with the kids Archie series. And it seems like 70% of the comic is Archie and Jughead’s forced banter as the word balloons cover his art and the page. Betty and Veronica seem like they’re in the comic just to be attractive, and Hughes even takes a break at the end to draw them in bikinis delivering exposition for no discernable reason. He doesn’t even let them narrate their own giving that job to Jughead’s dog Hot Dog, who I liked better than a zombie. Hughes is a fine cover artist, but he really should’ve gotten someone else to write and plot Betty and Veronica #1. At least, we get Marguerite Bennett’s Josie and the Pussycats in the Fall.Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

Patrick

Black Hammer #1 (Dark Horse)**: Nice concept: world’s greatest heroes are stuck in a normal small farming town after saving their world ten years ago. Meanwhile, back in that world, everyone thinks they’re dead. Dean Ormiston provides a suitably dark American Gothic art style to Jeff Lemire’s script. I think Lemire could have gone further with his original Justice League analogy characters, but that’s a quibble (as is my ongoing problem with his tendency to generic dialogue). Intriguing enough to come back for more. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read.

CasanovaAcedia-06_cvrCasanova: Acedia #6 (Image)**: There’s a scene in here, only two pages long, but I kind of wish it was the entire book: just two guys with guns behind their backs hashing it out. Maybe that’s my theatrical background talking, but I’ve been feeling lately that Fraction is trying to cram too much strangeness into the plot when there is plenty, and I mean plenty of strangeness within the characters. (Also there’s the ongoing Metanauts backup, which exists for some reason) Overall: 7 (because Fabio Moon) Recommendation: Read if you’re following.

I Hate Fairyland #7 (Image)**: Another delightful installment from the sickness of Skottie Young. I love how he brings up the flaws in his own storytelling and then basically says “fluff that” and just keeps motoring on. Also hilarious: the vehicle to get from Fairyland back to Earth is a 70s van with an airbrushed wizard riding a unicorn. That runs on dragon piss. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Lazarus #23 (Image)**: This one opens with one of the best fight scenes ever. Michael Lark brings so much emotion and intensity you can practically smell the sweat. And then just as much intensity in a walk-and-talk with Carlyle and Johanna. “Nicely done, Ma’am” indeed. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Velvet #15 (Image)**: Brubaker and Epting at their peak for the conclusion of a great 70s spy/revenge tale. I think this might just be the series Steve Epting was born to draw – like, the doctor who delivered him may have been reading a bunch of Modesty Blaise comics and they were the first thing little Epting saw. The end of this kind of story is always hard to pull off, and Brubaker doesn’t quite manage it, but since close counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, I’ll take it. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Weird Detective #2 (Dark Horse)**: I liked where this occult detective story started, but this issue is a bit of a sophomore slump, grinding away a little too long in the police procedural department and not just letting the weirdness rip! Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read.

Ryan C

The Hunt #1 (Image/Shadowline)**: I went into Colin Lorimer’s new mini-series with precisely zero expectations, only knowing his work from “Burning Fields,” and was pleasantly surprised to find him adopting a unique and confident voice as both writer and artist on this Irish folk-influenced contemporary horror tale. The dialogue is crisp and authentic, the premise intriguing, the characters immediately relatable, and the artwork darkly horrific and expressive. I’m very interested to see where this one goes. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy

HELLB_Rebirth_Cover_1-1The Hellblazer Rebirth #1 (DC)*: Finally! John Constantine seems like John Constantine again! And he’s back in London! Sure, this issue was a bit heavy on the recapping, and the plot involving JC tricking the demon who banished him from the UK into letting him come back is paper-thin, but Simon Oliver shows a solid handle on the character immediately and Moritat’s art has that Vertigo-era flavor and style to it. Would I like it better if Constantine were taken out of the DCU “proper” and brought back to where he belongs? Of course. But this is the closest approximation to that classic “Hellblazer” look and feel that we’ve seen since he was hijacked by all that “New 52” nonsense. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

Second Sight #6 (Aftershock)*: David Hine delivers a rushed and largely unsatisfying conclusion to what’s otherwise been a fine series, and I have to wonder if things weren’t initially slated to go on a bit longer given the number of loose threads left dangling. Loved
the final-page cliffhange-style ending, though, and Alberto Ponticelli’s art is, as ever, amazing. Overall: 5. Recommendation: Buy if you’ve been following the series, pass if you haven’t

Batman #3 (DC)*: Tom King and David Finch continue to underwhelm with their introductory story arc. We finally get a little (derivative as shit, it must be said) backstory for Gotham and Gotham Girl this time out, and it’s nice to see the Matches Malone persona back for the first time in far too long, but all the Hugo Strange stuff seems to be running out of steam before it even gets started, and I don’t even care who or what the “Monster Men” are at this point. Overall: 3.5. Recommendation: Pass

Shean

Bigfoot_CoverBigfoot: Sword of the Earthman TPB (Action Lab): The myth of Bigfoot has always been treated in pop culture as one where they’re either a mystery of the week or Harry as in Harry and the Hendersons. This take is some I believe Edgar Rice Burroughs would love, as he is a strange adventurer on a distant world we know as Mars. We follow Bigfoot and his alien sidekick, Cantor, as they caught up in one scuffle after another. By volume’s end, they are not only hunted by a Mad Max type villain but an army the size of Kublai Khan, but our heroes still find a way to triumph in the eyes of hopeless danger, great book !!
Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

King Conan: Wolves Beyond the Borders TPB (Dark Horse): The Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of this rugged warrior are a must have for any action film cinephile. While the world waits for a new film , those movies always started from the viewpoint of him as a King reminiscing from his throne.This miniseries aims to answer some of those questions as we join King Conan as he is visited by an old friend who advises him of an oncoming invasion. He endeavors on a road trip to squash the invasion while I the meantime bring captured, seeing an old lover and doing some good along the way. Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

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 (**).

Preview: Joyride #4

Joyride #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
Artist: Marcus To
Cover Artist: Marcus To
Price: $3.99

Dewydd and Catrin explain their pasts to Uma, who might have to continue the joyride on her own.

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Sonic: Mega Drive Sells Out and Gets a New Printing

Due to overwhelming demand, the fan-favorite one-shot Sonic: Mega Drive has sold out at Diamond Comic Distributors and is going back to print with a remastered cover by Tyson Hesse!

The first printing has sold out at the distributor level, though some copies may still be available at your local comic shop.

Follow Sonic and friends on an all new classic-style adventure from the stellar creative team of Ian Flynn, Tyson Hesse, Matt Herms, and Jack Morelli.

If you missed the first printing or just want to grab another copy, you can get the second printing in comic shops on August 17th!

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Preview: Aquaman #3

Aquaman #3

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Philippe Briones
Cover by: Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker
Variant cover by: Joshua Middleton

“THE DROWNING,” Chapter Three: In issue #3, Aquaman’s mission of peace is dealt a devastating blow when Atlantean terrorists attack the surface world in retribution for Black Manta’s deadly assault on their embassy.

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Preview: Zombie Tramp #25

ZOMBIE TRAMP #25

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (cover A – regular, and B), Marcelo Costa (cover C and D), Joe Pekar (cover E and F)
Cover B – Risque (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Marcelo Costa
Cover D –risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marcelo Costa
Cover E – Artist variant (limited to 2000): Joe Pekar
Cover F – Artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Joe Pekar
32 pages/ Rated T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg)/ $4.99(var)

While JANEY sleeps in limbo to recover from the epic battle she had with The Demon Snake King, AGGA YAPPA, questions arise and she starts to once again ponder her existence. But namely XULA. Is she really around for JANEY’s benefit or does XULA have a secret agenda?

Look out for this special two-year anniversary edition of ZOMBIE TRAMP as creator Dan Mendoza returns… secrets are uncovered and revelations are revealed!

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Review: Weird Detective #2

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Det. Sebastian Greene is on the case to capture the Lovecraftian monster leaving the empty skins of human victims all over New York City and uncover its connection to a blasphemous crime family. At the same time, his partner, Det. Sana Fayez, tries to uncover Greene’s sanity-blasting secret, but can her mind survive learning the weird detective’s true identity?

This Lovecraftian noir gets more intriguing by the issue. It’s all getting stranger in Weird Detective #2 as one more empty body is found. This forces Greene to take some strange measure to find out the truth. This is while other agencies partner up to figure out who the murder is. The better question is, is the murder a who or a what? The writer Fred Van Lente really sets things up as you get to the ending which makes one wonder what will happen next?

Guiu Vilanova‘s artwork shines, despite the darkness of it. The small action sequence in the beginning pages is well done. It all does end sort of anti-climatically as Fayes’ attackers reveal their badges, setting up a new mystery about their ghoulish appearances. Vilanova delivers it all in a style that adds to the weird horror fun of it all.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Guiu Vilanova
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Exodus: The Life After #6

EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #6

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

What is AFTER the LIFE AFTER? Jude, Hemingway, Nettie, and Essie find themselves in a whole new world, each left to rebuild their new lives, and decide where they go from here. Also, CULTS, CRAZIES, and CATHOLICISM!

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Review: Dept. H #4

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With time running out, Mia launches a final, desperate attempt to rescue her brother. But the mission is endangered as soon as it begins when the crew encounters the dangers of the ocean floor: earthquakes, lava, and the creatures that lurk in the deep.

In Dept. H #4, an attempt to find her brother Mia uncovers something unexpected in the generator caves. As she searches for her brother, Mia’s mom is brought up sort of. Not in the traditional sense, as it is more of an internal monolog. While the conversation is interesting, it does lead one to wonder if she will show up in physical form. I find it really interesting that writer Matt Kindt went that route when presenting things this way.

I will admit the darkness of the cave is intriguing. Given the skeletal remains that are outside, it makes me wonder if something lurks in the cave, or nearby. Even the cave has an odd sense of color. As always, the art by Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt is beautiful to look at and beyond unique.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Norman #2

NORMAN #2

Writers: Stan Silas
Artist: Stan Silas
Cover A: Sonia Leong
Cover B: Stan Silas
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Jul 20

It’s not so easy being Grace… cast out among misfits, toppled from her position as the ultimate Queen Bee, and now forced to consider that maybe she’s got more in common with Norman than she thought. Maybe, just maybe… she’s a horrifying monster who has no place in civilized society?

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