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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.

30 Days of Night #1 (IDW Publishing) – A reimagining of the classic horror series.

Assassinistas #1 (IDW Publishing) – Mom’s an assassin who spent her sons’ tuition on new guns. Guess the son needs to get a job helping mom! Quirky concept, sounds like a lot of fun.

Backways #1 (AfterShock) – Writer Justin Jordan does Harry Potter… which is intriguing.

Catalyst Prime: Accell Vol. 2 #2 (Lion Forge Comics) – Lion Forge continues to entertain and their speedster is full of excitement and energy.

Catalyst Prime: Summit #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s Catalyst Prime universe. Any new release, we’re intrigued and must check it out.

Curse Words: Holiday Special (Image Comics) – Have you been reading Curse Words? If not, you’re missing out.

Dark Ark #4 (AfterShock) – A new take on Noah’s ark, but this is the other arc, with all of the monsters. The last issue pivoted the series and we’re excited to see what’s next.

Dark Nights: Metal #4 (DC Comics) – Holy crap, holy crap, holy crap.

Fence #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was amazing. The series is a western take on sports manga. It’s so good!

Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy does Christmas. Nuff said.

Marvel Two-In-One #1 (Marvel) – If you’ve never read an issue of this classic series, it’s a lot of fun. Here’s hoping this new one captures that of the original.

Rom & the Micronauts #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two properties coming together. We’re intrigued.

Sink #3 (ComixTribe) – Maybe the most disturbing comic series of the year?

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #15 (Marvel) – If you don’t know Aphra, you’re missing out. Think Indiana Jones but in Star Wars.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #22 (Marvel) – Filling in the gaps of the Star Wars universe.

Tales of Suspense #100 (Marvel) – Another classic Marvel title returns! This one’s exploring the “death” of the Black Widow.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #14 (IDW Publishing) – Optimus vs. Dinobots.

Transformers: Till All Are One Annual 2017 (IDW Publishing) – Wrapping up this series, one that’s been full of political intrigue and giant robots.

Quantum and Woody (2017) #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – If you’ve never read Quantum and Wody, you’re missing out. A new series that’ll get you to laugh.

X-Men: Grand Design #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor takes on the X-Men.

 

Review: Dark Ark #3

Something vile is lurking just beneath the surface of the fathomless floodwaters. As the rivalry between the various factions of monsters heats up on Shrae’s Ark, an evil from below rises to threaten every human life on board the vessel.

Writer Cullen Bunn has been building to this moment in a series which spans genres. The first two issues feel like a crime story/murder mystery, just set in Biblical times and on an Ark (not THAT Ark, the other one). This issue though flips that a bit as the murder is revealed and all hell breaks loose.

Dark Ark #3 is curious in that a lot is packed into one issue and what could have played out for another instead happens quickly bringing on new threats. You can get a sense of what has been coming from the previous issue but this feels like a pretty big pivot from the first two. None of that is bad though as the series evolves in some entertaining ways and still has me intrigued as to where it’s all going.

Bunn brings a tension to it all as accusations fly and interrogations are had. While I had suspicions as to who the murder is, it plays out well as Shrae attempts to figure it out and dispense justice, an odd concept considering the boat’s inhabitants. The issue builds though until the eventual reveal and explosion where all hell breaks loose.

Juan Doe‘s art continues to be fantastic and it feels like the art has gotten stronger with each issue. Each monster is unique with lots of personality that makes individuals from the group stand out. The style has grown on me a lot since the first issue and here it’s used to build the tension until the reveal and what happens after.

This issue was… unexpected. I fully expected the murder mystery to play out longer until the eventual confrontation but that wouldn’t be for another issue or two. Instead, things shift in many ways and it has me excited to see what happens next.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Batman: Creature of the Night #1 (DC Comics) – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for a spiritual companion to Superman: Secret Identity. Busiek writing Batman, yes please!

Catalyst Prime: Kino #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new entry in Lion Forge’s impressive new world. Anything the release is worth checking out and has us excited!

Chasing Hitler #1 (Red 5 Comics) – From the mind of a high school senior, the niece of Jai Nitz. The creator and concept of Hitler surviving and being chased down has us intrigued.

Dark Ark #3 (AfterShock) – Have you read the first two issues? This mash-up of horror and Biblical concepts is a fascinating and fun read.

Darkhawk #51 (Marvel) – We’re always interested in seeing what Marvel is doing with these one-shots and revisiting some classic characters and stories.

Eternity #2 (Valiant) – Is another classic in the making too hogh a bar?

Giantkillers #0 (IDW Publishing/Ominous Press) – Bart Sears and Ron Marz are continuing to kick off their new world and we want to see what it’s all about.

Interceptor Vol. 2 Reactor #1 (Vault Comics) – Donny Cates is writing it and that’s all we need to know about this return into the world of vampire warfare.

John Wick #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If you’ve seen the two movies you know why we’re excited for this.

Mystik U #1 (DC Comics) – It’s Harry Potter meets Gotham Academy with DC’s mystical characters. We’re onboard to see where this goes.

Splatoon Vol. 1 (VIZ Media) – The popular video game in manga form!

Star Trek Discovery #1 (IDW Publishing) – The show has been fantastic so we’re expect the same with these comics.

Star Wars Comics (Marvel and IDW Publishing) – There’s four different Star Wars comics from two publishers and we’re excited for them all.

Sword of Ages #1 (IDW Publishing) – Gabriel Rodriguez, the writer/artist/Locke & Key co-creator does fantasy. Yes please!

Zegas GN (Fantagraphics) – Michel Fiffe of Copra awesomeness. That alone should get you interested in this.

Review: Dark Ark #2

As the floodwaters rise, Shrae’s ark full of fiendish beasts continues on its seemingly endless voyage. But below deck, the matriarch of the naga clan has been viciously slain, and the monstrous voyagers are quick to point clawed fingers to blame each other for the murder. As tensions rise among the monsters, Shrae’s very human family is at risk of becoming victims themselves.

With the first issue of writer Cullen Bunn‘s Dark Ark, I had no idea what to expect, but the series presented a twisted version of Noah’s Ark. A second ark exists, but this one filled with a dark sorcerer and monsters. What’s really intriguing is that with that great concept, Bunn is delivering a series that’s part murder mystery and part political jockeying. And those things together make for an entertaining read.

Dark Ark #2 is the chaos following the murder in the first issue. Who did it? That’s the big question and the monsters are pissed and fighting with each other to figure that out. They’re not happy with the situation and where they are and to some extent blame Shrae about that. Confrontations, finger pointing, lots of fighting, and threats abound and we’re left with a better sense of the factions and politics of the monsters. Throw in this story of the humans on board and things get even more interesting.

I like Juan Doe’s art better in this second issue than the first. It feels a bit cleaner and easier to figure out what’s going on but it keeps the dark tones that help create the chaotic and ominous setting Bunn has created.

Dark Ark has not only impressed me but its exceeded my expectations creating a Biblical horror series that’s also a whodunnit. A great combination that has me sucked in waiting to see what’s next and who the killer is.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe Letters: Ryane Hill
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Review

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Dark Ark #1

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world-such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

Writer Cullen Bunn has been killing it with a series of horror comics and Dark Ark is added to the pull pile with a story about that “other ark” on the ocean at the same time as Noah. This ark is full of monsters and things aren’t going so well. Food is scarce and Noah’s ark is looking like a good target to help solve that.

Bunn presents a fascinating comic whose tension is enhanced by the fact that it takes place in such a small space while at the same time having the vast world around it that can’t be moved around in the traditional sense. The fact he’s able to mine a Biblical story and give it a new twist I haven’t seen before is impressive as well. Just when you think things have been mined completely… The first issue sets up the tension well, gives us the background of everything, and does that in a way that creates a lot of conflict to come. It’s smart, it’s interesting, and it has me wanting to read more.

I generally really enjoy Juan Doe‘s art and this looks great. It’s dark and there’s a lot packed in, so I found myself lingering on the pages to really figure everything out. That’s not a bad thing at all and shows how much is in there (the review copy was digital and had a stamp on it which might have contributed to things). The style of the monsters and characters are very cool too, not quite sure how to describe the style but it feels like there’s a slight manga influence to it all.

Dark Ark #1 is a solid debut. As I said, it mines material and gives it a new spin I wasn’t expecting and really enjoyed. I want to see where it all goes as Bunn sets up the conflict really well and it feels like a powder keg getting ready to explode. A great example of how the setting can make a story.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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.

Alex

Top Pick(s): Bloodshot Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4 (Valiant Entertainment) –  There’s a funny thing this week. There’s really only two comics I can’t wait to pick up from my LCS, and both are from Valiant: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4. While I’ve read both, I want to reread them both in print without the review copy watermark on them.

Mr. Crypt #1 (Alterna) – It’s a living skeleton and the comic is about $1.50. What’s not to love?

 

Paul

Top Pick: Jean Grey #7 (Marvel) – I’ve really been enjoying this series and seeing Jean meeting up with other heroes and learning from them has been fun. But to be totally honest, I’m really just looking forward to seeing Scarlet Witch in this issue. Not too much of a fan boy, eh?

Super Sons #8 (DC Comics) – This is a fun, action filled super hero book that you all should be reading.

U.S.Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m interested to see how the fall of Hydra will effect this team, and looking forward to them going out to look for Cannonball. This book is hit or miss with me, and the Secret Empire tie ins were just alright, so I’m hoping things pick up.

X-Men Gold #12 (Marvel) – This book has been a good read, even though I do have a few issues on how some characters have been depicted or altogether pushed to the side (looking at Storm). I would like to see this book be more of a team feel like the first few issues were; lately is just feels like ‘the tales of Shadowcat and Colossus’ with the rest of the team just popping up as support.

 

Shay

Batwoman #7 (DC Comics) – Kate and her dad spend some time stranded in the first installment of the Fear and Loathing story arc.

Harley Quinn #28 (DC Comics) – Harley’s running for office. An anti-heroine for the people!

Harley Quinn Batman Day Special (DC Comics) – I’m all for anything Harley related especially when we get to see her toxic relationship fable with Joker. Here’s to hoping that she stays smart and stays single .

Luke Cage #5 ( Marvel) – It’s going down in New Orleans and I’ve got popcorn.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Red Death #1 (DC Comics) – I’m all in with DC’s latest even Metal and this one gives us the scoop on one of the alternate worlds’ Batman. I’ve read it and holy crap is it good.

Catalyst Prime: Superb #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – I’ve been sucked into the Catalyst Prime world and this series is standing out in a teenage superhero sort of way that has enough different to make it a must read.

Dark Ark #1 (AfterShock) – You know the story of Noah… but what about that other ark?

Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Haven’t read this yet but it feels like the grindhouse sort of concept and movie that I really enjoy.

World of Animosity #1 (AfterShock) – This amazing comic world expands with this new series and is absolutely a world you should be checking out if you haven’t already.

AfterShock Comics Announces Dark Ark from Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe

This September AfterShock Comics will release Dark Ark, their second titles with writer Cullen Bunn featuring art from Juan Doe, letters by Ryane Hill and covers by Doe and Phil Hester.

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world—such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

Dark Ark #1 is on sale September 20, 2017.

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