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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Second Coming #5

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.

Conan 2099 #1, Punisher 2099 #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s return to 2099 has been interesting with a mixed bag of quality. One of these is better than the other but overall, it’s a fun return to 80 years in the future.

Criminal #10 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the shelf. If you like solid storytelling or crime stories, it’s a must get.

John Constantine Hellblazer #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Constantine is back in his own series and a bit tied back with the Sandman side of things. It’ll be interesting to see where this series goes.

Killadelphia #1 (Image Comics) – A new take on the vampire story. We really want to see what original ideas this brings to the classic genre.

Last Stop #1 (Scout Comics) – A terminal superhero must stop a threat before the disease gets to him.

Second Coming #5 (AHOY Comics) – God and Satan get coffee. The series delivers some solid commentary and humor.

Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1 (IDW Publishing) – Leading up to the show and we’re beyond excited.

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s twists on classic stories have been a bit mixed, but we still look forward to seeing what each does with the source material.

Touching Evil #1 (Source Point Press) – An attorney is given the power to kill someone if they’re evil. But, what is evil?

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Amazing Mary Jane #1

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.

The Amazing Mary Jane #1 (Marvel) – Mary Jane gets the spotlight as she heads to Hollywood to pursue her dreams. This series spins out of Amazing Spider-Man #25.

Bad Reception #3 (AfterShock) – It’s like an Agatha Christie novel as attendees of a wedding are killed one by one.

Black Canary Ignite (DC Comics) – DC’s Zoom titles have been fantastic and can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.

Criminal #9 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the shelf today. This is a must for everyone that enjoys crime comics.

Going to the Chapel #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Speaking of crime comics… This is a robbery gone wrong and has a great mix of humor and action along with some twists and turns.

Horde (AfterShock) – An original graphic novel that turns the issue of hoarding into a horror tale.

Immortal Hulk #25 (Marvel) – The previous issue of Hulk ended in a shocker and now the heat death of the universe has come and gone. The Ninth Cosmos cowers before the Breaker of Worlds!

Marauders #1 (Marvel) – The latest Dawn of X release focuses on Kate Pryde and her crew whose goal is to liberate mutants who can’t make it to Krakoa.

Money Shot #1 (Vault Comics) – Pornstars explore the universe and each other. Scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind.

Open Borders (First Second) – A graphic novel exploring immigration and makes the case for opening all borders and unrestricted immigration.

Second Coming #4 (AHOY Comics) – An amazing series that both is a love letter to and skewers religion and its followers.

Super Sons Book 2 The Foxglove Mission (DC Comics) – The first volume was a lot of fun and solid storytelling for younger readers. This volume continues the adventure of Damian and Jon trying to find a sample of a deadly virus.

Preview: Criminal #8

Criminal #8

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Sep 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Teeg Lawless is on his way to living the high life, planning the kind of score you can retire on… but only if nothing goes wrong. The story of the last days of series favorite Teeg Lawless continues as BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS continue to deliver the best monthly comic on the market!

And as always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #8

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers: Galaxies #1

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.

Bad Reception #2 (Aftershock) – The first issue was fantastic with an Agatha Christie vibe and commentary on modern technology. Hoping for more of the same with the second issue.

Batman/Superman #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue setting up the next major story of corrupted heroes was surprisingly good. With an evil Shazam now staring at our heroes, this issue should be full of action and excitement.

Bloodshot #1 (Valiant) – It’s a new beginning for the classic character as Valiant begins to focus on the upcoming film.

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown (Pantheon Books) – Chris Ware’s latest highly anticipated graphic novel that takes on nothing less than humanity and existence.

Criminal #8 (Image Comics) – Stil one of the best comics on the market. If you like crime stories, it’s a must get.

Frogcatchers (Gallery 13) – Jeff Lemire’s latest graphic novel is a surreal descent into one man’s psychosis.

Harleen #1 (DC Comics/DC’s Black Label) – Stejpan Sejic takes on Harley Quinn and we’re beyond excited to see the result.

Meyer (Humanoids) – An imaginary biography of the legendary Jewish mobster as he attempts to organize his last con job. It just sounds fun.

New Mutants: War Children #1 (Marvel) – Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz reteam for this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past.

The Plot #1 (Vault Comics) – A new horror story from Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, and Josh Hixson in time for Halloween.

Powers of X #5 (Marvel) – We’ve been debating a lot internally about this series but no matter good or bad, we all want to see where this goes.

Red Winter #3 (Scout Comics) – We thought this was a straight-up gangster series set in Russia but the end of the second issue has our heads still spinning and wanting to see what’s next.

Relics of Youth #1 (Vault Comics) – Teenagers around the world deam of a mysterious island. Then one day they all wake up with tattoos only six of them can see. It’s a mysterious discovery of an unknown paradise.

SFSX #1 (Image Comics) – This was to be a part of Vertigo’s relaunch but not so much. That alone has us intrigued.

Snowpiercer: Extinction (Titan Comics) – A prequel to the fantastic sci-fi series. We love the originals and can’t wait for anything new in this universe.

Strikeforce #1 (Marvel) – Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom join forces and that lineup alone has us excited.

Transformers Galaxies #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Transformers relaunch has a bit mixed in quality but a new series focused on the Constructicans has us intrigued.

Preview: Criminal #7

Criminal #7

(W) Ed Brubaker (A) Jacob Phillips (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The best monthly comic on the market keeps the hits coming! Young Ricky Lawless and Leo (from CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD) take the spotlight this issue, as the epic story of the death of Teeg Lawless continues! As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #7

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers '84 #0

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.

Bad Reception #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a celebrity wedding with no cellphones and no wifi and someone’s killing the guests. The concept sounds like entertaining slasher horror and we’re excited to check it out.

Criminal #7 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market. Amazing writing and amazing art and consistently good. If you’re a fan of crime stories, this is a must and even if you’re not, check it out for the execution.

Excellence #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new take on modern-day wizards, the series gets better with every issue.

The Goon #4

The Goon #4 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun comics out there. It’s a comedic horror Popeye (these are all good things) that mixes some action and punching with a good dose of humor.

Powers of X #3 (Marvel) – We’re halfway through this volume of Jonathan Hickman’s reinvention of the X-Men and the ideas are out there and keep coming.

Pretty Violent #1 (Image Comics) – Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero and has had powers since she was a baby. The problem is, her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals. The comic sounds like an over the top superhero comedy and we’re here for it.

Springtime in Chernobyl (IDW Publishing) – Emmanuel Lepage chronicles his trip to Chernobyl in 2008 in this graphic memoir.

Strayed #1 (Dark Horse) – A military-industrial complex reigns over humanity and destroys alien worlds. The galaxy’s only hope is in an astral-projecting cat and its owner. This sounds like exactly what sci-fi is about, entertainment and reflecting on socio/political issues.

Superman: Year One #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman’s origin was interesting and exceeded our expectations so we’re excited to see if the second issue can deliver too.

Transformers ’84 #0 (IDW Publishing) – Celebrating 35 years of Transformers, the issue is a prequel to the original comic series. Yeah, our inner child is squealing over this one.

Preview: Criminal #6

Criminal #6

(W) Ed Brubaker (A/CA) Sean Phillips
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Teeg Lawless falls in love for the first time, and it might be the worst decision he ever made. THE SUMMER OF ’88-the story of the last days of Teeg Lawless-continues! As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

Criminal #6

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 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.

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

Review: Criminal #5

Criminal #5

Criminal #5 is the beginning of a new storyline, “Cruel Summer,” a perfect starting point for new readers. Dan Farraday, private detective and skip-tracer, comes to town looking for a dangerous woman. Taking place in 1988, the issue kicks off the last days of Teeg Lawless. Lawless is a character who is at the center of so much of Criminal in various ways. But, writer Ed Brubaker has crafted an issue and series you don’t need to know that.

Brubaker has crafted the perfect example of what makes this series work in Criminal #5. For those who have never read an issue, you can pick it up and enjoy its detective noir. It’s a simple story of a private investigator attempting to track down a woman. But, for those who have read the series for a long time, it becomes so much more by the end. It’s enjoyable on multiple levels.

But Brubaker also makes sure to focus on the characters, not just the familiar tropes. Farraday as a character has depth that’s revealed as the story progresses. At first he’s the simple detective. He’s then revealed to have had a rough life which partially drives him now. Then, his experiences in Vietnam drives home his motivation for what he does.

The art by Sean Phillips and colorist Jacob Phillips as usual is amazing. It uses all of the familiar visual queues we’d expect from this sort of story. There’s a cool and sexiness about it all mixed with some danger. Just engrossing visuals to match an engrossing story.

Criminal #5 is as amazing as I’d expect. It continues one of the best comics out today and that’s not even counting all of the extra material included in the issue. This is a perfect issue to hop on and check out what you’re missing and long time readers will be excited to see where this goes.

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Sean Phillips Color: Jacob Phillips
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Rust Belt

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 #2 (DC Comics) – If you’ve seen our review of the first issue, you know why this is on the list. Just so much fun and out there ideas. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

Black Cat #1 (Marvel) – She’s had a lot on her plate in recent years taking a bigger role in Marvel’s criminal underground. We want to see what she does in a solo series and where they take her character now.

Criminal #5 (Image Comics) – One, if not the, best comic out there right now. This is a perfect hopping on point so take advantage and find out why we praise it so much. A must for fans of crime/noir comics.

DCeased #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had a nice zombie/horror vibe to it, though we’ve seen a lot of what was inside before. But, it hit the right beats and we want to see how it differentiates itself.

Ignited #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – A whole new comic universe from a hell of a list of creators. Can’t wait to dive in and see what they’ve put together.

Lady Mechanika: Sangre #1

Lady Mechanika: Sangre #1 (Benitez Productions) – We’re fans of this steampunk-ish series. This new volume has her heading to the Spanish countryside to hunt a demonic creature.

Rust Belt (Secret Acres) – A look at the underemployed, the working poor, the dreamers of America’s post-industrial cities.

Thumbs #1 (Image Comics) – Tech-obsessed teens are directed to take on the government from the creative team of The Few. Yeah, we’re in.

The Walking Dead #192 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Did you read the last issue? You know why we want to read this one. We’re not spoiling it.

War of the Realms #5 (Marvel) – The event is up and down but we’ve come this far.

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