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Exclusive Preview: Moon Knight #29

Moon Knight #29

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Federico Sabbatini
(C) Rachelle Rosenberg (L) Cory Petit
(CA) Stephen Segovia (VCA) Inhyuk Lee
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 29, 2023
SRP: $3.99

As the clock ticks down, Moon Knight battles the Black Spectre for the fate of the city – and every step forward is paid for with blood. Will Moon Knight and his allies thwart the Spectre’s scheme? And if they do, what will remain of them?

Moon Knight #29

Exclusive Preview: The Incredible Hulk #6

The Incredible Hulk #6

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Nic Klein
(C) Matthew Wilson (L) Cory Petit
(CA) Nic Klein (VCA) Derrick Chew, Mr. Garcin, Nic Klein
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 22, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Charlie reminds Bruce that he’s more than a man on the run – he’s an Avenger, a hero. And heroes help people. When their travels lead them to a Texas town under attack by dreaded monstrosities known as war devils, it’s time for the Hulk to step in… …but he rouses an undead Spirit of Vengeance from his eternal slumber, summoning a 100-year-old Ghost Rider to ride down the Hulk!

The Incredible Hulk #6

Punisher #1 kicks off a new Punisher but with a classic feel

When we last saw the Punisher, Frank Castle was off to a different world after his corruption by the Hand. On to a new adventure. Punisher #1 isn’t that, instead, it takes things back to basics with a new character behind the skull but at its heart the same story of revenge.

Story: David Pepose
Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Dan Brown
Letterer: Cory Petit

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Thanos #1 is interesting but really geared towards fans of Thanos and Marvel’s cosmic epic

Thanos #1

The Mad Titan descends upon Earth to retrieve something he has lost. And the Illuminati must band together to stop him, because they’re the ones who hid it from him! Thanos #1 kicks off the next chapter for the cosmic titan, and it’s… interesting.

Written by Christopher Cantwell, Thanos #1 isn’t bad at all. I’ll admit, I haven’t read recent comics featuring him and it’s been such a long time since his ongoing series, I had no idea where he was/is and what his status is. But, this is his return and it’s very Independence Day.

Thanos is back after vacationing wherever and he’s focused on Earth to get… something. We’re not 100% sure what but with all of the hints, readers can make a good guess as to what’s up. Like a good alien invasion, Cantwell delivers over the top destruction that feels like it’s ripped right out of a Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich film. The scale of destruction and what happens is made for the big screen in all the best ways. It’s pure invasion/destruction fodder… and kind of fun due to that.

Thanos #1 challenges you to not think. The response to Thanos’ actions feels a little scaled back and very late either signifying his swiftness in action or everyone else is on vacation I guess. But, like those big apocalyptic films, the comic begs you to not dwell too much about that and enjoy the symphony of destruction.

Part of the fun are the visuals from Luca Pizzari which teases the over the top destruction of Thanos’ actions. With color by Ruth Redmond and lettering by Cory Petit, it feels like highlights of what’s going on. The art never lingers enough to really let what has happened soak in. Instead once things gets rolling, it all feels like rather quick hits. Planes are destroyed, a city is… yeah. We don’t get the cinematic nature that the moments really call for. But, it’s still entertaining in that B-movie pop culture sort of way.

Thanos #1 isn’t a bad comic and in many ways it delivers some cheesy cosmic fun. But, unless you’re invested in the character or that corner of the Marvel universe, it’s not really enough to suck you in. Still, the return of Mad Titan and what’s teased has some potential there. Still, this is one that’s more for the hardcore invested fans.

Story: Christopher Cantwell Art: Luca Pizzari
Color: Ruth Redmond Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Punisher #1 delivers a classic tale of revenge

Punisher #1

When we last saw the Punisher, Frank Castle was off to a different world after his corruption by the Hand. On to a new adventure. Punisher #1 isn’t that, instead it takes things back to basics with a new character behind the skull but at its heart the same story of revenge.

Writer David Pepose is a master at remixing familiar. In the numerous series he’s written, he’s taken familiar characters and stories and delivered a twist to them. Punisher #1 is a familiar character and a familiar story but overall, the debut is played rather straight. Pepose goes back to the core of the character, a man who has been wronged and goes on a rampage of revenge against those who wronged him. And, it works, it works really well.

Pepose keeps things simple for the comic delivering an easy to understand origin, lots of action, some solid kills, and with the most potential, detectives looking for this new Punisher as he’s the prime suspect in the death of his family. Yes, the comic really does keep things simple, it’s another tale of revenge due to a family being caught in the crossfire. This one isn’t an accident though (depending on which origin of Castle you’re going with), instead it looks to be a deliberate hit and attack based on some past that’s hinted at and sure to be revealed.

What’s the Punisher without cool kills? Rather boring. Thankfully, artist Dave Wachter delivers a flair for the destruction with color by Dan Brown and lettering by Cory Petit. The comic looks solid with a sleek design in costume, weapons, and full of action. There’s also a solid focus on the art when it comes to the investigation of the death of the Punisher’s family with solid perspectives and overall look that feels like a gritty noir story instead of high flying action. The comic looks solid overall with visuals that are a treat for fans of action.

Punisher #1 delivers a new main character, new mission, new sidekicks, and lots of new weapons. But, at its core, it’s the same tale of revenge taking the concept of the character back to his roots. This is a more grounded take on the character, taking things down a notch from the ever convoluted and “superheroic” nature of Frank Castles’ version. Here, we get what works and works so well, a tale of revenge with the action of John Wick. It’s simple and straight to the point and some times that’s exactly what you’re looking for.

Story: David Pepose Art: Dave Wachter
Color: Dan Brown Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Moon Knight #28

Moon Knight #28

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Federico Sabbatini
(C) Rachelle Rosenberg (L) Cory Petit
(CA) Stephen Segovia (VCA) Inhyuk Lee, Javier Garron, Nic Klein
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Moon Knight and his allies race to intercept the Black Spectre before his apocalyptic schemes bear fruit – but the clock is ticking, and a city hangs in the balance.

Moon Knight #28

Exclusive Preview: Moon Knight: City of the Dead #4 (of 5)

Moon Knight: City of the Dead #4 (of 5)

(W) David Pepose (A) Marcelo Ferreira
(I) Jay Leisten (C) Rachelle Rosenberg, Fer Sifuentes-Sujo (L) Cory Petit
(CA) Rod Reis (VCA) David Marquez and Chris O’Halloran
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 11, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Nothing is more feared in the City of the Dead than the ancient crocodile goddess known as AMMUT THE DEVOURER. Unfortunately for Marc Spector, he is currently being digested inside Ammut’s belly, memory by memory. Can Moon Knight survive the weight of his own horrific past, or will the JACKAL KNIGHT rule triumphant across the realms of both the living and the dead? All hope may be lost… That is unless the SCARLET SCARAB has anything to say about it!

Moon Knight: City of the Dead #4 (of 5)

Mini Reviews: Hawkgirl, Fall of X, Gotham at War, and a blackout drunk PI!

Uncanny Avengers #2

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 reviews of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full one for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


Hawkgirl #3 (DC Comics) – Kendra, Galaxy, and Argus hit the road and fight the Court of Owls in Gotham with the assistance of Batman and Chef Alysia Yeoh in Hawkgirl #3. Artist Amancay Nahuelpan‘s visual tricks and skill with layouts get a workout beginning with a hilarious, yet epic riff on “I’m Batman”. He and writer Jadzia Axelrod continue to have wonderful chemistry as she puts captions revealing Kendra’s inner thoughts, and he brings the fisticuffs and handles the shift in timelines with style and grace. Letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou also adds flavor to Axelrod’s dialogue with his bubbles, font choices, and timely capitalizations and underlining and highlights some big emotional beats like Galaxy’s insecurity around Batman or Kendra’s nigh-metafictional rage about how she’s been treated by different characters in the DC Universe over the year. Hawkgirl #3 is a fun team-up, adds depth to Galaxy and Kendra’s characters, and also progresses the Nth metal mystery plotline as the book continues to be one of the cutest, gayest, and most badass current comics on the stands. Overall: 8.8 Verdict: Buy


The Blackout Bombshell #1 (Sumerian) – Written by Louis Southard with art by Dean Kotz, color by Patrick Buermeyer, and lettering by Buddy Beaudoin, The Blackout Bombshell #1 nails everything you’d want in a PI/noir story. The private dick is a… dick, a blackout drunk who can’t remember why he wants to find a mysterious woman. She also just so happened to show up at his door and tried to kill him. Then there’s an attorney who himself has some ethical and personal issues. An ever growing pile of dead bodies are mixed in and it’s all set in a post Vietnam world, and you’ve got an intriguing start that’s full of individuals you want to slap. The art is solid, using a noir-ish style but a more modern setting. It all comes together for a start that fans of detective stories will want to get. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Avengers Inc. #1 (Marvel) – Writer Al Ewing, artist Leonard Kirk, colorist Alex Sinclair, and letterer Cory Petit deliver an intriguing Avengers team that mixes your typical spandex superheroes with a bit of a detective/crime spin. It all works well setting things up for what should be something a bit different from your regular Avengers title. The art by Kirk and the team is solid with colors popping to set up each scene. Overall: 8.25 Verdict: Buy

Catwoman #57 (DC Comics) – The third part of “The Gotham War,” writer Tini Howard, artist Nico Leon, colorist Veronica Gandini, and letterer Lucas Gattoni give us events from Catwoman’s perspective. It’s a decent entry in the crossover event as she must figure out how to proceed through Batman’s stubbornness. But, the comic also focuses a lot on the Red Hood, almost distracting from the title character. The end adds a bit of a wrinkle to the story but beyond that, the entry is rather forgettable. Overall: 7.25 Verdict: Read

Alpha Flight #2 (Marvel) – Overall, Alpha Flight’s entry in Fall of X has been entertaining by predictable. Written by Ed Brisson with art by Scott Godlewski, color by Matt Milla, and lettering by Travis Lanham, it hasn’t surprised too much. Still, it’s interesting to see this sort of resistance against Orchis and the government’s bending to their will. While the overall story follows the beats you’d expect, individual choices and moments stand out. The art is good and the characters all look like the Alpha Flight we love with some nice fights and dynamic moments. Still, the comic feels like it’s playing it a bit safe instead of pushing the underlying concepts and themes of Fall of X. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Dark X-Men #2 (Marvel) – Writer Steve Foxe, artist Jonas Scharf, colorist Frank Martin, and letterer Clayton Cowles continue to deliver what is the standout of Fall of X. The team is dysfunctional but on a mission that’s familiar, save mutants. But, it’s that dysfunction of this misfit team that really stands out and nails the spirit and classic feel of the X-Men. Add in solid art and some dynamic visual moments and you have a comic series you hope continues well after this storyline event ends. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Uncanny Avengers #2 (Marvel) – Writer Gerry Duggan, artist Javier Garron, colorist Morry Hollowell, and letterer Travis Lanham take on the newest unity team as they fight Captain Krakoa and the new iteration of the Mutant Liberation Front. There’s a lot of interesting moments but really we just want to find out who is under the mask of Captain Krakoa, and we’re given a major hint here. Overall, the comic is entertaining enough with some decent action and good art but it feels like a piece of a puzzle rather than a comic that stands on its own. It’s only job is to get the plot from point A to point C, when it could be far more. Overall: 7.75 Verdict: Read

Exclusive Preview: Moon Knight: City of the Dead #3 (of 5)

Moon Knight: City of the Dead #3 (of 5)

(W) David Pepose (A) Sean Damien Hill
(I) Jay Leisten (C) Rachelle Rosenberg (L) Cory Petit
(CA) Rod Reis (VCA) E.M. Gist
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 27, 2023
SRP: $3.99

Trapped in the clutches of the sinister JACKAL KNIGHT, Moon Knight and Scarlet Scarab must face an army of dead super villains in order to save a young runaway’s life. But the City of the Dead is shaped by one’s thoughts and memories…and right now, the only thing Marc Spector can think of is nonstop carnage. The Fist of Khonshu brings the fireworks in this action-packed new chapter, complete with a cliffhanger that will leave Moon Knight fans on the edge of their seats!

Moon Knight: City of the Dead #3 (of 5)

Predator vs. Wolverine #1 delivers pop fun

Predator vs. Wolverine #1

THE THRILL IS THE KILL! The bloodthirsty saga you’ve been waiting for! Wolverine has lived one of the longest and most storied lives in Marvel Comics history. Now witness the untold greatest battles of Logan’s life – against a Predator! Predator vs. Wolverine #1 feels like the debates we have in comic shops as to who would win in a fight and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

While I enjoy entertainment and media that challenges me, there are times you want to sit back and turn your brain off. Loud explosions, bloody fights, the complete lack of physics, there’s a point you sit back and enjoy the ride. Predator vs. Wolverine #1 feels like that type of comic as it takes us through the ages as Wolverine takes on a Predator in the ultimate hunt.

Written by Benjamin Percy, Predator vs. Wolverine #1 is far more than its simple concept. It could easily have been just one point in Wolverine’s life as he battles a Yautja, but instead Percy delivers a dance through time as paths are crossed over and over. Each time period is presented by a different artist and in some ways that adds to the overall experience.

What Percy emphasizes and uses to an advantage is Wolverine’s inability to remember. Whily the Yautja learn over the decades, Wolverine’s mind is wiped over and over making him forget his previous encounters and starting over again and again. But, as a character, he has his own improvements over time as well. From bones to adamantium, from the wilderness to Weapon X, Wolverine’s memory feels like it’s used to balance the battle in some ways, making the hunt and fight that more intriguing.

Percy also seems to have some fun with it all too, especially one sequence with Team X that hearkens back to the original Predator film. There’s something fun and kind of awesome putting that team in the role that Schwarzenegger and his band held decades ago. That alone could be an entire series acting as an homage, spoof, and its own take on that story.

A trio of artists handle the different time periods. Ken Lashley provides the art for the present day, Greg Land with inks by Jay Leisten take us to Wolverine’s early days, while Andrea Di Vito handles the Team X segments. They’re joined by Juan Fernandez handling color for the Team X and present day segments while Frank D’Armata handles color for Wolverine’s younger days. Cory Petit is on lettering. While the art styles differ greatly, the switching doesn’t detract from the comic. It works here and helps in some way as the comic moves from one time period to the next. While some art is better than others, overall, it’s good, dynamic, and uses its time and settings well. The overall vibe is one that relies more on Predator‘s action elements than its stalking horror when it comes to its visuals delivering quick hits and sequences.

In the end Predator vs. Wolverine #1 is silly fun in the best possible way. When it was announced Marvel would be handling the Fox properties, we all imagined Alien and Predator attacks on our favorite Marvel characters and here we are. This is a brainless blockbuster in every fantastic way. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Ken Lashley, Greg Land, Andrea Di Vito
Ink: Jay Leisten Color: Juan Fernandez, Frank D’Armata Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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