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Review: Copra #1

Copra #1

Copra #1 kicks off a whole new volume of the beloved and praised indie series. But, it’s a new volume that’s really just a continuation of the old volume.

Creator Michel Fiffe has the difficult job of creating a first issue that is for both new and old readers. Copra had previously had a nice run with a lot of history and intrigue. Throwing that out and starting over would anger the fans who have been loyal for years. Still, with a new publisher, there’s an opportunity for a whole new audience looking for a superhero/spandex story not from the big two. Fiffe does a decent job in balancing the two aspects.

Copra follows a squad of members who will all remind you of other heroes from other publishers. That’s part of the fun. Fiffe gives them all enough of a twist to defy expectations or goes over the top with those expectations. It’s an off the rails indie version of Suicide Squad and it works so well.

The first issue picks up on their misadventures referencing where the previous volume ended but also attempting to give a starting point for new readers. It does a decent job at the latter though falls more into the former. So, it’s not completely new reader friendly.

Fiffe does do his best with an issue packed with materials explaining characters and what’s happened so far and that might help. Really, you should go back and get everything anyways since it’s that good.

The art is the usual pop indie style that Fiffe brings to everything he does. The style is unique and unlike anything else in comics and on the shelves. There’s something fun about the style.

Copra #1 isn’t the best starting point for new readers but does feel a bit like a fresh start at the same time with an energy befitting its new publisher Image Comics. If you’re looking for spandex action beyond the big two, it really doesn’t get much better than this and even with a higher profile Copra #1 continues the attitude that has made the series stand out.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Vampire State Building

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Are You Listening? (First Second) – Tillie Walden’s latest is an intimate and emotional story about friendship, grief, and healing.

Black Terror #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Max Bemis takes on the classic character taking readers for a ride through the life of superhero and all the weirdness along the way.

Bury the Lede (BOOM! Studios) – A young reporter gets tied up in a murder mystery.

Catalyst Prime: Seven Days #1 (Lion Forge) – Announced over a year ago, the Catalyst Prime universe comes together for its first event.

Copra #1 (Image Comics) – The indie superhero comic gets a new start. Think an off the rails Suicide Squad where anything can happen.

Dead Eyes #1 (Image Comics) – An old school gangster is back out of retirement. This issue has been a long time coming and we’re intrigued.

House of X #6 (Marvel) – Jonathan Hickman’s reworking of the X Universe begins to wrap up and we want to see how this ends!

Mezo Premier Edition #1 (A Wave Blue World) – This publisher is trying something different with their single issues in that they’re releasing a premium first then you can buy the rest in trade or digitally. The concept is intriguing and we want to see if this has that extra something to hook readers to go along with this new distribution plan.

Nomen Omen #1 (Image Comics) – A new urban fantasy tale of witchcraft is perfectly timed for the Halloween season.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 (BOOM! Studios) – It’s the Cold War and the Soviets have a secret weapon, an alien monster they don’t understand and can’t control.

Thanos: Infinity Ending (Marvel) – The conclusion to Jim Starlin and Alan Davis’ trilogy!

Vampire State Building #1 (Ablaze) – Artist Charlie Adlard goes from zombies to vampires! A group is caught in the Empire State Building as a legion of vampires attacks. It’s a battle to stop them from escaping and getting out of the building alive!

Copra Returns with an All-New Ongoing Series in October

We reported when it was first announced but officially, Michel Fiffe’s critically-acclaimed superhero revenge series Copra will be returning with an all-new #1 launching this October from Image Comics.

Fiffe has earned praise for his work on ZegasGI Joe: Sierra MuerteBloodstrike Brutalists, and All-New Ultimates—but his creator-owned superhero series Copra is far and away his most renowned and sought-after work. The original sold-out 31-issue series ended on a cliffhanger, and fans have been clamoring for the next chapter ever since.

Copra #1 (Diamond Code AUG190053) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 2 and features 36 pages written, drawn, colored, and lettered by Fiffe. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 9.

Copra #1

Copra Gets a New First Issue this October

The popular indie series Copra found a new publisher in Image Comics this year and now it’s getting a new first issue. Michel Fiffe has revealed Copra #1, out this October. This is a brand new series and not a reprint of the original series. The new first issue picks up where the previous series left off with issue #31.

Copra is an “indie” Suicide Squad with Fiffe delivering a small press/alternative take on the popular superhero genre.

The series has been collected in five volumes that are well worth getting. Get Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4, and Volume 5 now and find out why this is a hidden gem of a comic series.

You can also listen to Fiffe talk Copra and more on Graphic Policy Radio.

Copra 2019 #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Katusha

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman and the Outsiders #1 (DC Comics) – Delayed, but it’s finally here and we’re beyond excited to check out this new series, especially since writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Dexter Soy are involved.

The Batman Who Laughs #5 (DC Comics) – The series so far has been solid but it’s also clear that this character is going to impact the entire DC Universe for some time. This is going to be an important miniseries that’s going to set off a lot.

Copra Vol. 2 (Image Comics) – If you missed this series at its previous publisher, you have no excuse now. It’s so good! Think indie Suicide Squad.

Katusha (Dead Reckoning) – Dead Reckoning has been doing awesome releasing war comics and this one focused on the German invasion of the Soviet Union through a comining-of-age story sounds really interesting.

Metalshark Bro #1 (Scout Comics) – We’ll be honest, we know little about this debut issue but the cover has a shark rocking out with a guitar. Yes please!

Monarchs (Scout Comics) – We read the first issue when it was released and enjoyed the video game/comic blend. Now we get a chance to read the entire series.

Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1 (Dynamite Entertainment/Archie Comics) – It sounds so out there we’re beyond excited for it.

Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Days Lost Chapter (DC Comics/Vertigo) – A true story about World War II. We’ve read it and it’s really fantastic. If you like war stories, this is a must graphic novel.

War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #1 (Marvel) – This is going to be an important issue with lots of characters making their debut.

Waves (BOOM! Studios) – A graphic novel about the difficulties of pregnancy. An emotional read.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Wrong Earth

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1 (DC Comics) – The first two volumes that brough together Batman and the Turtles were tons of fun and we’re excited to see where this new volume goes and what new adventures they can come up with.

Copra Vol. 1/Copra Vol. 3/Copra Vol. 5 (Image Comics) Copra is now with Image Comics and with new printings, it’ll be easier than ever to get a copy to check out. The series is an indie take on superhero comics and so worth it.

DCeased #1 (DC Comics) – This sounds like DC’s version of Marvel’s popular zombie stories and we’re good with that.

DC’s Year of the Villain #1 (DC Comics) – This is going to be an important issue as it sounds like it’ll set up the next year of DC Comics.

Descendent #1 (AfterShock) – A new series that revolves around secret government conspiracies, ancient cults, government corruption and the kidnapped son of a Senator. We’re in.

Fallen World #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – A new trip to the future of the Valiant universe focusing on Rai and Bloodshot. Valiant always delivers and this is no exception.

Five Years #1 (Abstract Studios) – Weaving many of the strands of the “Terryverse” into one epic saga we’re there for any series by Terry Moore.

Hashtag Danger #1 (AHOY Comics) – A dysfunctional scientific team taking on lost civilizations and supernatural threats. Sound familiar? AHOY is an amazing publisher having fun with comic tropes and have delivered with every issue and series. Plus you get tons of extras!

Spencer and Locke 2 #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The second volume of the twisted take on Calvin and Hobbes set in Sin City expands the homage as they take on a familiar enemy who’s a bit like Beetle Baily.

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale (DC Comics/DC Ink) – We’re here to support this initiative of graphic novels aimed at younger readers! Check it out on Free Comic Book Day too!

War of the Realms #3 (Marvel) – Marvel’s event has been epic but uneven but we want to see what’s next in a pass the popcorn and turn off our brain sort of way.

The Wrong Earth Vol. 1 (AHOY Comics) – If you missed this series, you have no excuse now. It’s a spoof, homage, and love letter to superhero comics, especially Batman.

COPRA Heads to Image for Single Issues Too

COPRA Round One

I had assumed that the recent announcement that Michel Fiffe‘s COPRA being published by Image Comics would include future single issues. Apparently, that wasn’t clear to everyone.

In an email Fiffe gives two bits of updates.

Initially, trades of COPRA being sold by Image will be the remaining stock from Bergen Street, its former publishers. The only new edition will be “Round Two.” Once those Bergen editions are sold through, future printings will be by Image and the only difference will be the Image logo instead of Bergen Street.

Fiffe is also working on new issues and those will bew released by Image as well. Fiffe said that he wants to focus on making the comics and Image will help eleviate some of his tasks.

This is an amazing series and if you haven’t had a chance to get it, do so now!

Michel Fiffe’s Copra Heads to Image

Michel Fiffe‘s Copra has found a new home at Image Comics. The series was previously published by Bergen Street Press. In January it was announced the comic series was heading to a new publisher.

All five volumes of the series will be available at once, allowing comic fans to catch up on the critically acclaimed series.

Each trade paperback collects six issues of the series.

Copra, Vol. 1-5 trade paperbacks will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 1. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, April 8. They’ll be available at bookstores on Tuesday, May 7.

About Copra, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1391-0, Diamond Code MAR190056):
They’re ugly. They’re mean. But up until today, they’ve always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, COPRA has no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on everyone who ever even looked at them funny. Collects Copra #1-6.

Copra Round 1

About Copra, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1392-7, Diamond Code MAR190057):
Genocide ain’t a pretty thing to see, but there’s no time to mourn when your face is at the edge of the abyss. Scarred, desperate, and alone, COPRA will clear their name in a brutal reckoning with the forces that screwed them over and sold them out in Michel Fiffe’s unmatched juggernaut of violence. Collects Copra #7-12.

Copra Round 2

About Copra, Vol. 3 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1393-4, Diamond Code MAR190058):
Old friends and older habits, cell blocks and beaches. Grandma’s homemade recipes and a cartel slaughterhouse. This is what the men and women of COPRA call downtime. Their habit is vengeance, and they couldn’t stop if they wanted to. It’s the third volume of Michel Fiffe’s overpowering superhero sidewinder. Collects Copra #13-18.

Copra Round 3

About Copra, Vol. 4 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1394-1, Diamond Code MAR190059):
The return of the world’s favorite revenge team is marked by back-to-back brutality and psychedelic suspense. Our team gets served the same penalties they’ve dished out in the wake of a prison break, an unstoppable assassin, and a seminal showdown. Keep up as COPRA’s kill list gets checked off at the peak of their mondo bizarro bloodlust. Collects Copra #19-24.

Copra Round 4

About Copra, Vol. 5 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1395-8, Diamond Code MAR190060):
How do you measure loyalty in a treacherous world? In the latest collection of Michel Fiffe’s wildly popular superhero action masterpiece, the answer is found at the end of a fist, the blade of a sword, and the mouth of a gun. Crush or be crushed. The place is anywhere. The time is now. Collects Copra #26-31.

Copra Round 5

Michel Fiffe’s COPRA and Charles Forsman’s Revenger Find New Publishers

COPRA Round One

Bergen Street Press has announced that COPRA and Revenger will no longer be published by them and each have found new publishers.

COPRA by Michel Fiffe and Revenger by Charles Forsman are praised indie comics and the move is so each will reach the “wider audience they deserve.”

The creators haven’t announced their new plans but both series are hot properties and can easily land at numerous publishers.

Fiffe took to Twitter to praise the publisher calling himself “lucky to have such compatriots” in his corner.

Bergen Street Press followed up saying they “have lots of plans” for the future but they are still figuring out their next moves.

Revenger Volume One

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Jon

Top Pick: Isola #1 (Image Comics)Isola is the story of a young warrior with a mysterious bond to her companion: a green tiger. I was struck by how well the creators used the strengths of the medium to their advantage. Well worth the time of any fan of fantasy, adventure or books that are good.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Avengers #687 (Marvel) – This weekly event has been so much fun, and each issue has added to the wild story in a great way. Iron Hulk, Rogue Hulk, what’s next?!

The Amazing Spider-Man #798 (Marvel) – We are almost to issue 800, and I have enjoyed most of this run by Slott. So while I am excited to see what Slott does with Iron Man and leaving this title, I am also excited to see how this continues and wraps up.

Marvel Two-In-One #5 (Marvel) – Now that a new Fantastic Four book has been announced and that this book is going to continue, I am invested in this book even more. It’s been a great time, and Zdarsky and Schiti are an awesome team.

Analog #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan is one of my favorite writers on Deadpool, Guardians and previously Uncanny Avengers. The combination of him penning this book and the premise make this book sound awesome.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #8 (BOOM! Studios) – Definitely not an issue to start with but there’s something fantastic about this issue that encapsulates the hope in this giant robot for kids series. The action is solid, there’s tons of personality. Just amazing all around. One of my favorite series of the past year.

Copra Round Five (Bergen Street Press) – If you’ve missed the single issues of this indie superhero comic, now you can pick them up with no excuse.

Curse of Brimstone #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry into the “New Age of Heroes,” the first issue is great on character building and presenting a series in a location you don’t see too many superhero comics. Really interesting start.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics) – Still making the case as to series of the year material. Every issue is a fascinating read and you never know what to expect inside.

The Walking Dead #178 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Just when the series was getting to a lull, things have shifted with the “New World Order” storyline. I want to learn more about this new society because as good as it looks on the surface, there’s no way it’s as good as it seems.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Sex Criminals #23 (Image Comics) – If I could only read one comic for the rest of my life, Sex Criminals would probably be that book. Twenty-three issues in and the tale of Jon and Suzie continues unfolding in some sort of weird origami flower of layers under layers under layers. There’s angst! There’s laughter! There’s plenty of sex positivity! And as usual, there will be Easter-egg style puns pouring out of artist Chip Zdarsky’s background work.

Cat N Bat TP (IDW Publishing) – Every now and again you want a break from the angst and drama of mainstream comics. Cat N Bat follows in the footsteps of Get Fuzzy, Mutts, and to a lesser extent, Garfield, where two animals are besties who can’t help getting in and out of trouble together. With the added twist of “silent comedy”, Cat N Bat is sure to make you laugh without feeling like a repeat of what came before.

Snotgirl #10 (Image Comics) – Snotgirl kind of sneaks up on you. There’s not a great way to simply pitch the original premise of internet it-girl Lottie Person, whose only real roadblock in issue 1 was her allergic reaction to…the entire world. Lottie is soon put on an experimental allergy medication, meets an impossibly cool mystery chick, and has a falling out with her brunch group of fellow blogger/vlogger ladies. Issue ten rounds out the second arc of the series, which included a Misery-style former assistant, and a murder mystery that the local police are determined to pin on someone.

I Hate Fairyland #18 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young continues his pet project, where he takes a gigantic bloody hatchet to his own signature fluffy sweet style. The series focus has shifted from the green-headed Shirley Temple look-alike Gertrude to Fairyland at large. Issue 18 promises to zoom out and focus on the greatest threat Fairyland has ever seen, a resurrected baddie ready to wipe out every adorable creature great and small.

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