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Explore Miloš Slavković’s Science Fiction Romp Lightstep this November

Dark Horse Comics invites you to explore writer-artist Miloš Slavković’s science fiction romp Lightstep. Alien worlds, a star-spanning empire, and technology about which we can only dream, combine to tell a story of secrets hidden in the transmissions of a radio drama from Earth thousands of years ago, and a woman whose date with destiny is about to send a ripple through the cosmos.

The galaxy is controlled by a race of elevated beings who live out their lives on accelerated “Lightsepped” planets—where a single day spans a lifetime on other worlds. Lightstep follows January Lee, a woman of royal descent, whose “divine illness” reveals to her the lies of her ancestors who founded the empire. Banished from her home into the void, an unexpected rescue sets January on a course to redeem her heritage and change the galaxy forever.

Lightstep #1 (of five) goes on sale November 21, 2018.

Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, John Roshell, and Dan Jackson Deliver a God of War this November

Following the immense success of the God of War video game for PlayStation 4 and the art book chronicling its creation, Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment have revealed art from the upcoming God of War comic series. This new four-issue miniseries is full of Norse mythology-inspired action.

Writer Chris Roberson, artist Tony Parker, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft set out to explore whether Kratos, the God of War, will ever find a peace in a world of violence. The beautiful cover art is by artist E.M. Gist. The God of War comic series finds Kratos living in the remote Norse wilds after his war on the gods of Olympus. Seeking to put the rage that defined most of his life behind him, Kratos inadvertently sparks a feud with a mysterious cult of berserkers after attempting to save a stranger being mauled by a monstrous bear. But for the former Ghost of Sparta, no good deed goes unpunished.

God of War #1 goes on sale November 14, 2018.

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.

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2 (Archie Comics) – The two worlds collide in a fun adventure that really works in the first issue. We didn’t get a lot of Batman/Archie action but it looks like this issue will get us there.

Batman #53 (DC Comics) – This storyline has focused on Bruce Wayne on a jury to decide if Mr. Freeze is guilty after Batman pins him to a murder.

Crowded #1 (Image Comics) – In the future, it runs on an economy of job shares and apps and someone has targeted an individual who then hires the lowest-rated bodyguard to protect her.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 (Marvel) – Spider-Verse round 2 is what this sounds like as the multiverse’s Spider-people come together once again.

Extermination #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big X event that has something to do with the original X-Men… we’re intrigued and hoping this is a return to the great events of the past.

Fence #9 (BOOM! Studios) – A comic about fencing!? Add in a little drama and this comic has quickly become one of our favorites. This is a great example of looking at what others are doing, in this case manga sports comics, and bringing it to Western audiences. Fantastic all around.

Hellicious #2 (Starburn Industries Press) – The first issue of this series was hillarious in a nice twisted way. Short take: little girl who’s a demon and likes to torture things. As we said, twisted.

Infinity Wars #2 (Marvel) – The lead up series left us wanting but the first issue of Marvel’s summer event really caught us off guard in a good way. We’re excited to see what happens next and honestly, we have no idea where this one is going.

Injustice vs. the Masters of the Universe #2 (DC Comics) – We expected a fun first issue but not one with so much depth and thought. Will the second issue be a repeat and continue to surprise? We’ll find out!

Pearl #1 (DC Comics/Jinxworld) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld comics are now being published by DC and this new series he’s back with long time collaborator Michael Gaydos. We’re beyond excited.

Ruinworld #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was adorable, fun, and funny, and we’re excited to read this second issue of this webcomic that has come to print!

Tongues #1 (Fantagraphics) – Anders Nilsen series taking place in the modern Middles East following the entwined stories of an imprisoned god, the eagle that is his jailor, an east African orphan on an errand of murder and a young American with a teddy bear on his back, lost in a trackless wilderness. Revenge, evolution, the fate of the world… and a talking chicken.

Terminator: Sector War #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Terminator series and with a new film in production, we’re excited for what’s to come!
Undocumented (Abrams Comicarts) – The story of immigrant workers who come to the United States without papers. A timely graphic novel we’re excited to see humanize this reality.

Volition #1 (Aftershock Comics) – It’s the not too distant future where a race of robots has spawned but are second class citizens. They struggle for equal rights but a virus threatens all artifical life.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 8/11

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.


 

Ryan C

eg6Eternity Girl #6 (DC/Young Animal)** – Certainly not a bad ending to this six-parter, but not an entirely satisfying one, either. Magdalene Visaggio pulls some Grant Morrison-esque “Lords Of Order/Lords Of Chaos” stuff out of her hat for a quick resolution that actually probably didn’t need the Deus Ex Machina as things were ramping up quite nicely without it, but other than that she wraps things up nicely enough — and Sonny Liew delivers his most eye-popping art yet with inventive page layouts, emotive facial expressions and body language, and some cool “Kirby-tech.” A fun little ride that comes to a fun little conclusion, but nothing like an essential buy. Overal: 7 Recommendation: Read

She Could Fly #2 (Dark Horse/Berger Books)** – The crown jewel in Karen Berger’s new crown so far, this engrossing four-part series is just getting better and better as it goes along. Christopher Cantwell’s complex script sees its disparate components begin to dovetail together this time out, but as intriguing as that all is, it’s the human core of the characters that makes this such a compelling read — well, that and Martin Morazzo’s gorgeously-detailed, crisply fluid art. Stunning stuff. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Lowlifes #3 (IDW)** – This fun little crime/noir series seems to be flying under the radar for the most part, and that’s a shame because it’s really solid, gripping stuff. Brian Buccellato’s crooked-cop drama takes a major twist in this penultimate installment after lots of shoe leather is spent tracking down leads, and Alexis Sentenac’s gritty, street-smart artwork is just plain perfect for this type of material. Can’t wait to see how this one wraps up! Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Daygloayhole Quarterly #2 (Silver Sprocket)** – Ben Passmore’s post-apocalyptic fable is quite possibly the most visually imaginative thing going right now, every page containing a plethora of utterly unexpected, and in many cases hitherto-unimaginable, delights for those with a warped bent to their tastes. This issue definitely has its stomach-churning moments, but that’s all part of the fun, and everything is undergirded with a deliriously deadpan sense of humor throughout. If I said comics got much better than this, I’d be lying. The best six bucks you’ll spend this week, probably even this month. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

 ASM2018003 colAmazing Spider-Man #3 (Marvel) Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley riff off both the original, kind of good Clone Saga and Spider-Man 2 in Amazing Spider-Man #3 where Peter Parker gets hit with a genetic splitter, and his clone gets all his superpowers and possibly more. Sure, Spider-Clone gets to punch a giant robot in this comic, but Ottley gets the opportunity to draw Peter in his civilian life bowling with MJ and some friends. He doesn’t have powers, and he’s okay with because maybe he can live a good life for once, have good relationships, hold down a job etc. Of course, it’s not that easy. Although Spider-Clone has Spidey’s ability to pop culture quip (The Arrested Development revival is his target.) and kick butt, there’s possibly something missing from him, and Spencer and Ottley keep this on lock just enough to hook you for the next issue.Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

 Hot Lunch Special #1 (Aftershock)– In Hot Lunch Special, Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes craft a fairly straightforward crime story set in the world of Midwestern prepackaged sandwiches. They don’t really settle on a protagonist just yet darting from different perspectives and make the creative choice of using a kid’s school report as exposition. This aforementioned kid gets caught in the crossfire eventually, and the intersection of mob warfare and ordinary suburban Midwestern life could pay dividends down the road. In his art, Fornes vivisects the page like the bits of bone and meat leftovers that go into the Khourys’ sandwiches and finds some disgusting juxtapositions between mass produced food and human slaughter that sets the book apart from your middle of the road crime yarn. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read

Titans #24 (DC)– Warhammer novelist Dan Abnetti indulges his fantasy roots in Titans #24 as the Titans face off against a failed fantasy novelist’s, Ernest Hinton’s, former creations. There are plenty of epic battles scenes to be drawn by artist Brent Peeples, including Beast Boy transforming into a unicorn, and FCO Plascencia uses a downright, demonic color palette. But the comic isn’t just hacking and slashing, there is the continued presence of the Titans’ Justice League liaison, er, babysitter Miss Martian, who keeps vetoing the team’s decisions and almost lobotomizes Hinton to take him out. Her pragmatism runs afoul of Raven’s empathy and leads to negative consequence even though the team “wins” the fight. Abnett also includes some great thoughts about escaping into a fantasy world when the real world is tough and the connection between creator and creation all in a fairly good superhero team comic. Oh, and the villain is a bisexual elf lord that hits on Nightwing so that’s fun. Overall: 8.1 Verdict: Buy

Detective Comics #986 (DC)- Detective #986 has a definite middle chapter, but Bryan Hill bolsters it with emotionally honest writing of Cassandra Cain to go with Philippe Briones’ kick ass fight choreography. This comic has a standard, stop the bomb action plot, but the real tension comes from the interpersonal clashes along the way. Barbara Gordon isn’t used to being benched so she lashes out at Black Lightning when he is mad at her at sending Cass to fight Karma. Speaking of Black Lightning, he has one great hero moment in Detective #986, and his metahuman abilities stop a threat that might have been too much for the Bat-family. All the while, Batman himself continues to get his ass handed to him and only escapes with some trickery and misdirection. The brutal, close quarters fights are really good in this comic even when the plot stalls out. Overall: 7.4 Verdict: Read

Patrick

HeyKidsComics_01-1Hey Kids! Comics! #1 (Image) – Howard Chaykin returns with a look behind the scenes of our favourite industry, a subject he knows intimately. Interestingly, he chooses to spin his tale in non-linear fashion, hopping from 1967 to 1945 to 1965 to 2001, covering a lot of ground, starting with Broadway and ending in Hollywood. It is of course graphically sharp, and the storytelling is characteristically brisk, witty, and snarky. It’s also interesting that he chooses to include in what could have a been an all-white male cast a black man and a woman. But this is a roman à clef, and if you didn’t already know the stories of Matt Baker, Flo Steinberg, Gil Kane, Siegel & Shuster, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby et.al., I think you would easily get lost. Without a central protagonist, the main character is the American comics industry itself, which is a pretty big forest to get lost in. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel) – There has been so much hype and waiting for this series that it could have disappointed greatly. Really, the first issue didn’t need to a do a ton, but just give us back the fantastic family so many of us love, and then set up some new wild adventures through dimensions, time, and space. Well, this issue mostly does that, and the ending is wonderful. Slott and Pichelli seem ready to take on the huge task of handing Marvel’s first family with a great set-up and some fun art that works for the FF_COVERseries. This is a fantastic first issue. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

The Sandman Universe #1 (Vertigo) – You always worry about such a classic series continuing without the original writer, but I am happy to say Gaiman has put this universe in some good hands so far. It may be only one issue to set up the four series that are coming, but each one of them left me with mystery and left me wanting more. The main story is such an interesting premise that I won’t spoil, and I am dying to know what is happening, and why the main character made choices he may have made. I am absolutely on board. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Superman #2 (DC) – We are now a few issues into Bendis-Supes (BendiSupes?) and I am enjoying it. There is more set up in this issue that sees the Earth in The Phantom Zone, the return of the new big bad from the Man of Steel mini-series, and Lois and Jon still off somewhere with Clark’s father, with no way to communicate with them. It was really good to see Supes vulnerable, yet so focused on his task in this issue. For a moment you can see a worried father and husband, but he quickly snaps back his attention to fix the massive mess he and The Justice League are in as his friends and all of humanity need him now more than ever. This is when Supes is at his best. A heart of gold, and a fist of steel. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Plastic Man #3 (DC) – I enjoyed the previous two issues more than this one, but it still had some fun moments. As always with Plastic Man, the forms he takes and sight gags are sometimes the best moments, and I am happy to report some of those are ridiculous and fun. The ending sets up something pretty potentially great for the next few issues that should hopefully wrap this mini-series nicely. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Buy



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

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 (**).

Neil Gaiman’s The Problem of Susan and Other Stories Gets a Comic Adaptation

As part of Dark Horse’s ever-expanding Neil Gaiman Library, we are thrilled to announce comic adaptations of the beloved Gaiman short stories “The Problem of Susan,” “October in the Chair,” “Locks,” and “The Day the Saucers Came” in an essential anthology. From Hugo, Eisner, Newbery, Harvey, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning author Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton, and Paul Chadwick comes The Problem of Susan and Other Stories.

In the short story “The Problem of Susan,” Neil Gaiman explores the remarkable power of children’s literature through the eyes of an aged college professor with unique insight into Susan’s fantastic past. The Problem of Susan and Other Stories shines new light on the wondrous and imaginative tales we tell and how they shape our experiences for generations to come.

The Problem of Susan and Other Stories HC goes on sale January 23, 2019

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/28

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.


 

Ryan C

BM_Cv52Mister Miracle #10 (DC)** – With just two issues to go after this one, Tom King and Mitch Gerads make the curious decision to tread water, basically showing Scott and Barda ruminating over the last installment’s cliffhanger for 22 pages, before they finally launch a fairly basic plan to get out of the jam they’re stuck in that they could have come up with in just a few minutes. This series had a lot of potential at the start, but the downhill trajectory of the story (the art is still great) simply can’t be ignored at this point. Overall: 5. Recommendation: Pass

Batman #52 (DC)** – Speaking of Tom King, he’s doing an okay job milking a clever, if gimmicky, premise with this little arc — Bruce Wayne gets saddled with jury duty and uses it to undo a wrong he committed as Batman — but it feels like a single-issue story spread way too thin. Lee Weeks’ art is more than solid, as usual, especially in the fight scenes with Mr. Freeze, but this isn’t anything more than competently-executed stuff, and with this book now carrying a $3.99 price tag while still coming out twice a month, readers deserve better. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Xerxes: The Fall Of The House Of Darius And The Rise Of Alexander #5 (Dark Horse)** – Thank God this is over. Frank Miller’s health has been poor (although apparently improving recently), and it shows in every confused, sloppy page of this comic. His compositions are haphazard, his scripting lifeless and uninspired, and his figure work slapdash and harried. Dark Horse should have just paid Miller a “kill fee” for this rather than allow him to publicly embarrass himself like this. The whole debacle really reflects more poorly on them as a publisher than it does on Miller’s diminished skills, which really can’t be helped at this point. Overall: 0 Recommendation: Pass

The Quantum Age #2 (Dark Horse) – I’m reasonably impressed by how thoroughly Dark Horse has managed to “franchise out” the so-called “Black Hammer Universe” while maintaining the quality of both the main title and all its various and sundry spin-offs. In the second issue of this futuristic take on the characters and concepts we know and love, call-backs to the present day abound while the main narrative moves forward at a very pleasing clip. Jeff Lemire’s script is simple and tight, Wilfredo Torres’ art is perfect for the material — this is a comic firing on all cylinders. Overall 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

The-Raid-1-preview-2-600x911Justice League #5 (DC)- In easily the best issue of this sadly average series, James Tynion and Doug Mahnke unfurl the curtain on why Lex Luthor went from reluctant heroism in Action Comics/No Justice/other Rebirth appearances to pure villainy in Justice League. It involves a trip to the future, all kinds of daddy problems, and plenty of nods to the Superfriends cartoon. Justice League #5 adds scaffolding and personality to all the crazy concepts in the first four issues of JL, and Mahnke does it in his usual blockbuster fashion. Having a fully engaged, fully evil Lex and Gorilla Grodd at the height of their powers is a pure thrill ride of id. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

Batman #52 (DC)– Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Elizabeth Breitweiser continue their jury room deconstruction of Batman in Batman #52 that turns into a confessional when Bruce Wayne admits that sometimes he feels the grief and pain of loss (His parents, Selina etc.) and goes too far. He spends the issue putting his detective mind to work and showing that there’s reasonable doubt in the case, and maybe Batman isn’t infallible. I find it really interesting that King and Weeks portray Batman in the eyes of ordinary Gothamites as a kind of unbeatable badass like he is to many people through pop culture. Weeks continue to excel on the art front from the subtle shifts in body language during the deliberations to the more stylized beatdowns as Batman beats Mr. Freeze to a pulp, and Breitweiser’s palette is just black and crimson. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

The Raid #1 (Titan) Ollie Masters and Budi Setiawan’s comic set in the same universe as the cult martial arts action film has plenty of visceral action, nine panel grids, and an overload of red from colorist Brad Simpson. It’s a pretty cut and dried fight comic. Nothing terrible, but nothing fancy. Overall: 6 Verdict: Pass

Captain America #2 (Marvel) After an action/conspiracy packed first issue, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu slow down a bit and get meditative about Steve’s feelings on the whole Secret Empire ordeal and all the super soldiers springing up after him. The army of Nukes that keep popping up at inopportune times aren’t just cannon fodder to show off Yu’s action chops, but reminders of his not so shiny legacy. In addition to this, Coates gives Steve and Sharon Carter a fantastic chemistry they haven’t really had since the Ed Brubaker days as they deeply care about each other even though they’re on opposite “sides” of an issue. On a more shallow note, Leinil Yu’s take on Steve Rogers is very hot. Overall: 7.8 Verdict: Read

Patrick

StrayBulletsSNR_37-1New Teen Titans vol 9 (DC)** – With “The Terror of Trigon” from 1984/85, we see the end of the Wolfman/Perez era, and, as I’ve written elsewhere, the end of the story of Raven and her team. Robin has become Nightwing; Kid Flash has retired; Wonder Girl has found her true identity and gotten married. So what happens when Titans’ Tower is gone and our teen heroes are acclaimed as the saviours of New York? We take a breather, go camping and share their worries and fears as they renew the bonds of their friendship, in a very nice story. Then we are treated to a run with art by the great José Luis Garcia-Lopez where we tie the mysterious Lilith to the Titans of Myth – which could have been a really great run if Wolfman could have just focused on it. Instead, we get the introduction of not one, but two characters who do absolutely nothing for the story: the (so far) unnamed alien angel guy and Kole. Without them, we have an absolutely epic battle of titans and gods that nicely resolves the first Titans of Myth story from NTT #12 and sets up a group of corporate 80’s villains that could also have been quite interesting. I think that Wolfman could honestly have spent the next couple of years just wrapping up and developing all of the storylines and characters from the first five years of the series. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy (you can never have enough JLGL art)

 Stray Bullets #37 (El Capitàn/Image)** – Is this the end for Orson, Beth, and Nina? Orson and Beth hit the road to make a deal to save Nina, and along the way, Beth has to confront her own bad self (who seems to be talking to her through Orson’s car radio). Once they do rescue Nina, Beth knows that it’s only a matter of time before safety turns into boredom, and that the person the gang most needs rescuing from is Beth herself. And that takes everyone literally off the beaten patch and rolling into a ditch. David Lapham, ladies and gentlemen. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy 

Bubba Ho-Tep #2 (IDW)** – Elvis and the team move into their new, and of course haunted, headquarters, and we get a sense of what’s going on and the price that has to be paid. As the King sang, what I needed in this was a little less conversation, a little more action: there is a lot of talk and explanation and setup here, without actually going and exploring this house and everything that has come to nest there. I basically like what writer Joshua Jabcuga and artist Tadd Galusha are doing here, but this issue is too passive and padded for my taste. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Pass

The Seeds #1 (Dark Horse) – Ann Nocenti and David Aja. Oh, not enough for you? Fine then. Astra is a journalist on this side of the Wall, trying to sell enough clickbait to her outlet to finance a trip to the other side. On the other side? They say they’re neo-luddites with no tech. But they may be something else entirely: something collecting the seeds of humanity. Nocenti’s always-remarkable writing here is pure noir: terse and gritty and tense. And David Aja’s art is extraordinary: not only in his signature chiaroscuro style, but his storytelling and character acting are compelling, drawing us into the emotional worlds of the people at the heart of a thousand-ideas-a-minute story. Absolutely compelling and a must-buy. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy.

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mrmiracle_10.jpgMister Miracle #10 (DC Comics) I will say it again. Tom King manages to put out masterful work on these pages. The way he is able to make these Gods have every day problems and relate to our humanity, is astounding. Mitch Gerards is so very talented but King’s words really transport me. I love the layout of the book. This is by far my favorite issue yet. You feel like Barda and Scott are real life people and not just all powerful beings. The way they have to choose between relinquishing their only child to stop all out war is heartbreaking. It puts Scott at such a loss that he even opens to a complete stranger behind the counter just to get a possible piece of advice. You really get the sense that it is the hardest choice one would ever have to make. I like how it calls our own humanity into question. If this was your child would you keep him or surrender him so the lives of countless others can be saved? We are all going to have different answers and interpretations here. That’s the hallmark of great comics. It really matters to each one different. I know what choice I would make and would hope God would have mercy on my soul. I love everything about this issue. The dialogue, pictures, little Easter eggs here and there and of course the Batman cake because what kid even that of a god doesn’t like Batman. Overall: This is the book I’m taking on a desert island. Art: 10 Story: 10 Score: 10. There is nothing wrong about this book. Buy it, buy it

 



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

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 (**).

Disney Treasure Island Starring Mickey Mouse from Dark Horse this October

Dark Horse has revealed Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse! The classic Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale comes to life in this graphic novel adaptation that stars Mickey, Goofy, and Pegleg Pete. From writer Teresa Radice and artist Stefano Turconi comes this swashbuckling adventure that is filled with the magic of Disney!

For as long as he can remember, Jim Mousekins has dreamed of a life of adventure. In Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse, Jim’s dream is suddenly realized when a mysterious man known only as “The Captain” takes up residence at Jim’s family’s inn, has the boy on the lookout for “the cat with one hind paw,” and tells frightening stories of wild places, disappearances, and the wicked sea-faring pirate, Blot! After finding a treasure map in the captain’s wooden chest, Jim, friends, and a hired crew set out on an ocean voyage looking for the island that hides the fortune. But trouble strikes as they reach land: a gang of scheming pirates, hidden among the crew, forces Jim and his friends to flee for their lives! The race is on, as they rush to find the location of the treasure, make it back to the ship, and out to sea—before the pirates capture them and force them all to walk the plank!

Disney Treasure Island, starring Mickey Mouse goes on sale October 31, 2018, just in time for the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse! This 104-page graphic novel retails for $10.99.

Review: Seeds #1

On the surface, The Seeds #1 seems like a winner. It’s a story featuring a harried journalist looking for the truth in an age of clickbait, a wall between a technology and non-technology using area, alien sex, and is Hawkeye and Immortal Iron Fist‘s David Aja‘s return to interior art. However, Ann Nocenti’s plotting jumps all over the place from anecdotes about bees and sex and Chairman Mao to interspersed images of crows and finally, the “good part” of the comic, the story of the aforementioned journalist Astra. I like the idea that the world of The Seeds is much like our own and a little bit like Cold War Berlin with a Neo-Luddite twist. But Nocenti’s worldbuilding comes in fits and cryptic starts.

A mystery is a good thing for a first issue of a comic, but the sequences with the gas mask wearing bee-like aliens lack any real emotional connection unlike the ones with Astra. The journalism and tech-free zone stuff is cool, but the aliens are kind of boring. Maybe, that’s Nocenti’s point: that mid-level alien workers are just as boring as their human equivalent. But it doesn’t make for entertaining reading. There’s an overly labored discussion about bees and pollination as some kind of hackneyed metaphor for what the aliens are doing on Earth too that seems like an excuse to drop the book’s title. At least, Aja pulls off some interesting hive-like layouts, and his art and the character of Astra are Seeds‘ sole redeeming factors.

David Aja works in monochrome in Seeds #1 so you can really see the care in his line work and inking. He uses Benday dots when depicting the technology-free zone and little sputters of light that are like a bright fluorescent light shining down into a dirty room. Human civilization is dying, and Aja’s art nails this better than any chatter about harvesting or people taking drugs that supposedly make you see your own death. He also isn’t afraid to get intimate with his character like spending a whole page showing Astra’s post-work routine as she goes from a disappointing meeting with her boss to hitting a bar to write some puff piece about a new drug on the scene. Two pages, eighteen panels, and we get an understanding of this truth driven, sharp witted, and sometimes cynical journalist. She’s a great character, who is unfortunately stuck in a dull comic.

Even though it’s a post-apocalyptic story, Seeds #1 seems like a Cold War/retro story with references to Roswell, the whole wall thing, and even the alien designs when they pop up.  It’s like those old 2000 AD stories that riffed on the American Civil War or Reagan’s presidency, but in the distant future and trying to be smart and serious. The references to click bait pop readers back into contemporary times and then a panel of a tabloid style newspaper kicks it back to the time of the Red Scare. Along with people abandoning technology, it’s an interesting concept, but sadly Ann Nocenti just mentions it and moves onto alien worker bee harvesting or unrelated juxtaposed images of birds in an attempt to make some point about the end of the world cut-up style. (William S. Burroughs did some of his best work in the 1950s and 1960s so it fits with the whole neo-Cold War shtick.) Or it could be the twin ravens of Odin signaling Ragnarok. Theorizing about this comic was more interesting than reading it.

The Seeds #1 has some ideas with potential like the “Neo-Luddite” zone, an intriguing, if a little pompous protagonist, and the skilled storytelling pacing and economic line work of David Aja. But it has long uninteresting stretches, its world is ill-defined, and goes down too many tangents aka I wasn’t hooked to check out issue two.

Story: Ann Nocenti Art/Letters: David Aja 
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 5.4 Recommendation: Pass

Dark Horse/Berger Books 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 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.

Adventures of the Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Superboy and Robin are back in this new series and we have new villains that feel so appropriate. The last volume was fantastic and the interaction of these two make this series so much fun to read.

Arab of the Future Graphic Memoir Vol. 3 (MacMillan) – The third volume of Riad Sattouf’s graphic memoir of his childhood in the Middle East. The third volume covers 1985-1987 and his mother’s want to move to France leaving his father torn between family and traditions.

Captain America #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic for this brand new volume written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Leinel Francis Yu. We’re psyched to see where this all goes from there.

Cosmic Ghost Rider #2 (Marvel) – It’s a cosmic road trip to see if there’s such a thing as predetermined destiny.

Dark Ark #9 (AfterShock Comics) – This new take on the Bible tale of Noah has been amazing with every issue. A fantastic infusion of horror.

DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle (DC Comics) – The latest graphic novel in the kids comic series focuses on mental health and making your own comics!

Death of the Inhumans #2 (Marvel) – The first issue surprised us as to how good it was. We’re excited to read more of this series which we… well not sure what we expected. This is far more than a mini-series, this feels like a major event that will have a big impact going forward.

Infinity Wars #1 (Marvel) – The Prime issue was good and we’re excited to see where the cosmic end of the Marvel Universe is heading.

Leviathan #1 (Image Comics) – John Layman and Nick Pittara’s new series about some dingbats who summon a giant monster from hell.

Mister Miracle #10 (DC Comics) – This series has been amazing and the tension only seems to be getting greater with each issue. This is comic of the year material.

Project Superpowers #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Can superheroes still save the day? Written by Rob Williams with art by Sergio Davila, the series seems to explore if the heroes of the past have relevance in the modern world.

The Raid #1 (Titan Comics) – Based on the cult film, we’re excited to see how it translates on the printed page.

Robots vs. Princesses #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The title says it all with this one.

The Seeds #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – A four issue mini-series from Berger Books from Ann Nocenti and David Aja follows a journalist who stumbles upon the story of a lifetime which if it’s revealed will destroy the last hope of a dying world.

WWE Attitude Era 2018 Special #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Head back to what many consider one the best eras for wrestling.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For June ’18

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for June


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 for June’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


Punks Not Dead #3 (IDW)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 370/2,639
Why You Should Read It: 
If you like, or are at all interested in or curious about punk music then this is a comic you need to be reading. Although there’s a touch more backstory this issue rather than the forwarding of the plot, you’re missing out if you leave this on the shelf.

Fence #7 (Boom)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 369/2,369
Why You Should Read It: 
The generally friendly world of a boys boarding school hides an evil and competitive… nah. This is genuinely a fantastic book that deals with teenagers trying to make it onto a fencing team. It’s as interesting and as well written as this description is boring.

Ether: Copper Golems #2 (Dark Horse)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 263/4,925
Why You Should Read It: The sequel to one of the most fantastic miniseries of the last year, this should be a contended for Something Of The Year come December. Read this in floppies or in trade, but whatever you do, read this.

Ninja-K #8 (Valiant)
June Sales Rank/Units Sold: 224/6,613
Why You Should Read It: 
Ninjak has assembled a team to take on a deadly set of immortal enemies, because the last time he tried to do it alone, he was overwhelmed. This issue is a solid twenty odd pages of pure action as we see the conflict between the immortals and the rag tag group of “heroes.” Spoiler: It’s fantastic.

Stellar #1 (June)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 143/16,236
Why You Should Read It: 
Impressive world building, an intriguing setting and a first issue from Image? Why aren’t you checking this out?


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

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