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ComiXology Features 5 New Comics Including Batman and Overwatch!

ComiXology kicks things off with five new digital comic releases on their platform from DC, Magnetic Press, Dark Horse, and Harlequin. Check out all of the issues here or the individual issues below!

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Written by Charlotte Girard, Patrick Marty, Jean-Marie Omont
Art by Golo Zhao
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Yaya is finally back home but finds the big house where she expected to find her family to be deserted. Only the loyal driver Chang is there to greet her. Fortunately, Tuduo and his little brother arrive to cheer her up and give her hope, because her parents may not be that far away…

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Written by Mark Russell
Pencils Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by Nick Filardi
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The Toyman is creating the MUST-HAVE toy this Christmas, and everyone’s gotta have a piece of it…but when the toys become violent with the innocent press of a button, Batman must find a way to be in every home in Gotham, before it’s too late!

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Overwatch: Tracer–London Calling #3

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Pencils Babs Tarr
Inks Babs Tarr
Colored by Rachael Cohen
Cover by Bengal
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Tracer struggles with guilt after the assassination of Mondatta. Meanwhile, Kace—the major omnic advocate for anti-human-omnic cohabitation—provokes a rebellion against humans in response to the death of their omnic leader.

Acclaimed Eisner and Harvey award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, X-23) and kinetic artist Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush) are joined by exquisite colorist Rachel Cohen (Snotgirl) and letterer extraordinaire Deron Bennett (Tale of Sand). Working in close collaboration, Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics present fans and players with an exciting new addition to Overwatch’s expanding story!

Overwatch: Tracer--London Calling #3

Pregnant At Acosta’s Demand

Written by Maya Blake
Art by Eri Kawamura
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Suki has always been in love with her best friend’s brother, gorgeous and kindhearted Ramon. After they spend the night of her twenty-fifth birthday together, her heart is shattered when he immediately gets back together with his stunning girlfriend. For the next year, she keeps her distance from Ramon, until a tragic accident brings them back together. Suki has never told him about the baby they almost had, but Ramon has shocking news of his own… He wants Suki to have his child!

Pregnant At Acosta's Demand

The Tycoon’s Proposal

Written by Leigh Michaels
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Lissa is working the cloakroom at a party when she bumps into Kurt Callahan, someone she never thought she’d see again. He’s still as charming as ever, and now he’s become a very successful businessman. He asks Lissa for her phone number, seemingly forgetting they’ve met before. Lissa, however, hasn’t forgotten about Kurt sleeping with her just to win a bet. This time, it’s his turn to get a taste of humiliation!

The Tycoon's Proposal

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Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories Collects Three Stories in Hardcover

Fans of the Hellboy universe know that Rasputin is the man responsible for bringing Hellboy to Earth, but when did the mad monk find his calling to bring about Ragna Rok? Following his iconic appearance in Hellboy: The Conqueror Worm, how did the mysterious Visitor stay hidden on Earth for so long? Where did the legendary Sledgehammer armor really come from? Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories collects in hardcover for the first time three acclaimed stories that shed new light on the hidden corners of the Hellboy universe: Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon, Sledgehammer 44, and The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed.

Dark Horse Books will release Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories in the summer of 2021, featuring an all-new cover by legendary creator Mike Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and 420 pages of stories by John Arcudi, Chris Roberson, Laurence Campbell, Christopher Mitten, Dave Stewart, and others.

Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories will be available in comic stores on June 2nd, 2021 and in bookstores on June 15th, 2021 for $39.99.

Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories

Review: The Witcher: Fading Memories #1

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1

I’m certainly someone who jumped on The Witcher train late. Once the stories of Geralt of Rivia were on Netflix, I ate them up. I jumped into the books, into Witcher 3 on PS 4, and then last but not least, the Dark Horse stories that were published. Truth be told, I’m not an easy sell on licensed comics. I do tend to feel they never do proper justice in the medium to where the stories originate. That said, I think The Witcher stories Dark Horse has published are pretty great.

In The Witcher: Fading Memories #1, Geralt’s work as a slayer of beasts has slowed of late and he takes up work with a fisherman only to be pulled away to fight foglets. Something isn’t quite right with the behavior of the foglets, leaving Geralt wanting to stay longer to investigate.

Part of what works is the build-up with the Witcher’s adventures. There’s some exceptionally good groundwork built here for a story that bounced between his work helping Badreine’s mayoress with the murderous foglets to his work as a fisherman. I credit Bartosz Sztybor with crafting an intriguing first chapter.

Amad Mir’s artwork lends itself to establishing a dark and murky atmosphere to Geralt’s adventure. It’s not the most detailed artwork but that’s alright. The coloring did fit but I would have liked a bit more of an expanded color palette.

Overall, I’m not overly impressed with the art but I am enjoying where the story is going. I’m still looking to take in as much of the Witcher’s adventures that I can and The Witcher: Fading Memories #1 continues to help the comic book stories of the Witcher excel in this medium.

Story: Bartosz Sztybor Art: Amad Mir
Color: Hamidreza Sheykh Letterer: Steve Dutro
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Today’s New Digital Releases Features Over 175 New Comics from Marvel BOOM!, Image, IDW, and More!

Shang-Chi #3

It’s new comic book day and you can enjoy it with new releases at your local comic shop or digital stores. ComiXology has you covered with over 175 new releases available to you right now. Check out the full listing and start shopping now or check out the individual issues below!

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

AfterShock

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Dynamite Entertainment

Europe Comics

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Hermes Press

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant Entertainment

Vault Comics

Yen Press

Zenescope


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

THE RED #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Ever: The Way Out (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore shifts to graphic novels and while we love his serialized comics, a complete story has us excited. This one about prophecies and fallen angels has us very intrigued.

I Walk With Monsters #1 (Vault Comics) – A story about the monsters within as a woman runs into the man who took away her brother.

Kaiju Score #1 (AfterShock) – It’s the most dangerous heist ever attempted. Four desperate criminals are going all in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal millions in art and turn their miserable lives around. The catch? They have to pull it off under the nose of a one thousand-ton Kaiju.

Nailbiter Returns #7 (Image Comics) – The series has been a blast as its had fun with horror tropes keeping readers on their toes and delivering laughs.

The Other History of the DC Universe #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue is absolutely brilliant as the talented John Ridley explores the DC Universe through the viewpoint of its minority characters.

Paris 2119 (Magnetic Press) – Instantaneous teleportation has altered almost every facet of human civilization but that progress has a price. The sci-fi/cyberpunk story has us intrigued.

Power Pack #1 (Marvel) – The Power Pack is back! But, with a law restricting underage superheroes, will they be able to continue to save the day?

The Red #1 (Heavy Metal Virus) – A single government runs the world after a nuclear war and content deemed emotionally dangerous is prohibited. A group of musicians discovers they’re the key to overthrowing the totalitarian government.

Science Comics: Rocks & Minerals (First Second) – Fun for kids and adults, this series are great graphic novels to learn about their topics.

Shang-Chi #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues have been fantastic as the team has reworked a problematic character. It’s full of action and adding so much depth to the character’s history.

Undiscovered Country #10 (Image Comics) – The series has kept us guessing as to what will happen next. The fact we’re constantly surprised is a good thing.

Yasmeen #4 (Scout Comics) – One of the best comics to come out this year, it’s been heartbreaking every issue.

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1 (Dark Horse) – If you’re a fan of the show, check out the new series!

X-O Manowar #2 (Valiant) – The series has been an interesting look at modern superheroes so far as X-O Manowar attempts to figure out his place in the world. The second issue really focuses on what the impact of superheroes would be in a real-world setting.

Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins Strike Fear and Intrigue with Fear Case

From the minds of Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins comes Fear Case, a new, horrific detective series. The Eisner-award nominated team behind Grass Kings is teaming up once again, this time to strike fear—and intrigue—into the hearts of readers.

It is True Detective meets The Ring in Fear Case, as a no-nonsense Secret Service agent and his partner investigate a mysterious box known only as the “Fear Case,” which has appeared throughout history at sites of disaster and tragedy. Whoever comes into possession of this case must pass it on within three days or face deadly consequences. The agents must track down this Fear Case while staying one step ahead of a psychotic cult and the otherwordly forces behind the Case’s existence. 

Fear Case #1 (of four) will be in comic shops on February 3, 2021.

Fear Case

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/7

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. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


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X-Force #14 (Marvel)– X of Swords has completely veered down the weird game show route in Benjamin Percy, Gerry Duggan, and Joshua Cassara’s X-Force #14, and mostly, I’m here for it. Although, at this point, it’s a bit repetitive and annoying that all the contests are rigged in Arakko’s favor, and I hope there’s actual plot development in this week’s other issues. However, I enjoy X-Force #14 on a pure entertainment level thanks to the occasional laugh-out-loud gag from Percy, Duggan, and Cassara like the reveal of what Pogg-Ur-Pogg really is, Gorgon’s reaction to “sexy” rock sirens, and the data page where Mojo and Major Domo take notes on the tournament. Finally, in the midst of the sheer randomness, there is some characterization of Storm, who proves she just needs a knife to take down Death, and Wolverine whose guilt and sense of nobility dooms him what are basically sociopath test contests. Overall: 7.5 Verdict: Read

Hellions #6 (Marvel)– This is technically an X of Swords tie-in, but the Otherworld reality TV show only plays a comedic role in the latest installment of the Zeb Wells and Carmen Carnero’s Hellions aka the sneaky-best X-Book. Carnero excels at showing how worn down the team is after traveling through Otherworld and finally arriving in Arakko where Sinister basically meets his soulmate, who’s like him, but more body horror and less disaster bisexual. This triggers betrayal/survival of the fittest mode as the Hellions start dropping like flies. In Sinister, Zeb Wells has crafted a character who is totally evil, but also gets the best lines. Watching he dismantle his old team is a dark adrenaline rush although Carnero’s facial expressions wring emotion out of every kill and takedown except for that bastard Empath, who gets a truly poetic fate. The expendability and D-list nature of all these characters (Except for Havok) gives Wells and Carnero a true freedom to destroy their lives, and the stakes are even a little higher with the whole resurrection protocols issue/X of Swords going on in the background. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

Cable #6 (Marvel)– Gerry Duggan and Phil Noto set the stage for the final duel of X of the Swords in Cable #6. Sinister reading Kitty Pryde during an opening sequence set at the Quiet Council aside, this issue definitely has more pathos than comedy. Noto’s art is gorgeous and captures the quiet tragedy like Cable knowing that the odds of Krakoa winning the tournament is insurmountable, and he shows the light go out in his eyes as he suffers not a physical death, but a death of spirit. Although this issue is mainly focused on winding down the tournament, Duggan does spend a little time showing that bond he has with Cyclops and Jean Grey before his telepathy is shut out. Finally, he and Phil Noto do the impossible and turn an edgelord, Mark Millar-created villain aka Gorgon into a noble hero in a Kurosawa-esque one against many battle featuring blood, sad reaction shots from the fellow Krakoans, and layouts that look like katanas and sword strokes. Krakoa goes chambara, and I’m really excited for the final duel in next week’s issue of X of Swords. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

Barbalien: Red Planet #1 (Dark Horse) Tate Brombal, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Walta, and Jordie Bellaire craft a deeply personal superhero tale about Barbalien, who has been persecuted for being an alien as well as being gay. The central action happens around a 1986 AIDS protest where Barbalien saves a young protestor who falls off a flagpole trying to hoist a rainbow flag and immediately arrests him in his civilian identity. Brombal knows when to let Walta’s art do the talking and shows the sadness and tension that Barbalien feels as he wants to safe and “blend in” in Earth, but he also wants to find love (or sex) and just be his true self. Except for the red sands of Mars, Bellaire keeps her palette muted until she goes full disco when Barbalien finds his first gay bar with Brombal’s dialogue coding it as illegal activity. It’s always amazing to me my that my queer elders withstood such hardships to be with the folks they love and to continue to fight even when the Republican-led government wouldn’t do shit about the AIDS crisis. Barbalien: Red Planet pays homage to them while also acting as a soul-searing exploration of my favorite Black Hammer universe superhero. Overall: 9.2 Verdict: Buy

Once and Future #13 (BOOM!)– The third arc of Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, and Tamra Bonvillain’s Once and Future kicks off with straight horror as magpies start pecking at Bridgette. It’s a portent of things to come. Also, Gillen goes back to the white supremacists raising Arthur plot thread, which is super relevant to the times we live in and also shows Duncan’s vulnerabilities to non-monster things. It’s sweet when he protects his badass grandma too. Mora and Bonvillain get to draw plenty of big action and fights all lead up to a very, well, relevant to 2020 page. (Not in that way; think A24, not Covid-19.) And as a cherry on top, he and Gillen also start to integrate Rose as a main cast member and explore her and Duncan’s relationship while starting another epic story. Overall: 8.0 Verdict: Buy

Die #15 (Image)– Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die #15 is a big damn battle with Hans nailing the gorgeous and dark use of magic with her color palettes and layouts as Matt dual wields the literal Grief of his father’s passing against Ash and Isabelle. This issue dips both into Die’s tabletop and fantasy roots with plenty of references to Tolkien and his tropes as well as RPG theory that translates into action. The ending has a very penultimate arc before the one last ride feel, and the ensemble cast (Including Sol) all get a moment to shine with their unique abilities and personalities as the stakes go beyond a multi-faction fantasy battle into more of a thread of reality one. Overall: 8.2 Verdict: Buy

Commanders in Crisis #2 (Image)– Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto slow down a little bit and flesh out Commanders in Crisis’ ensemble cast of alternate earth presidents-turned-superheroes in the series’ second issue before advancing the plot in the last few pages. It’s really enjoyable to learn what makes these hopeful, empathy-driven folks click. These scenarios range from Prizefighter only having a casual relationship with ersatz-genderbent Lois Lane to Seer using her quantum abilities to help check on, and Sawbones struggling with how he’s perceived by the folks on this Earth. (Doing an emergency tracheotomy while dressed like a 90s antihero is a little scary from an outside POV.) Even if this issue deals with more “crises” than a “Crisis”, Tinto’s art is still larger than life with big facial expressions and grids for small movements or intimate conversations while throwing up bigger panels when the Crisis Command uses their abilities. With their ability to weave together ideas and actions, metaphors and personalities, Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto continue to lay the groundwork for what a modern superhero comic could be in Commanders in Crisis #2. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night #1 (Behemoth) – An interesting start to a vampire story set in Iran. I wish it felt more like a comic set in Iran but beyond some little details here and there it so far feels like it could be set anywhere. But, the comic is written more like a poem than a traditional comic narrative and the build is really nice to the end. It’s a really interesting start and hopefully further issues deliver something a little more unique befitting its location and country it’s set in. But, it’s more than enough to get me to want to come back and check out the second issue. Overall Rating: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Children of the Grave #1 (Scout Comics) – The concept of the comic feels familiar and the key will be where it goes after the first issue. A small town is provided for by an unseen force. One villager suspects there’s something else going on and seeks to find out the truth. There’s a great amount of tension and there’s a slight Dark City vibe to it all but that ending has me hoping, and thinking, I’m wrong in the direction it’s going in. This feels like sci-fi/horror and it’s a hell of a start and build-up that had me saying wtf at the end and looking forward to reading the second issue. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Stillwater #3 (Image/Skybound) – We learn more about the rules of the town of Stillwater in a tense comic that makes you want to escape the town yourself. Fantastic characters and pacing brings things together for a mystery about a town where you can’t age and you can’t die. There’s still a lot of questions I have in what feels like slip-ups to the rules but there’s some solid small details that really build the world, things I’d have never thought of. Overall Rating: 8.5 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 (**).

Explore The Witcher’s Adventures with the Dark Horse Witcher Sale

From books to video games and television, The Witcher has blown up, and here’s your opportunity to explore more adventures and save with the “Dark Horse Witcher Sale“. It’s currently going on comiXology right now.

You can save 50% on collections and single issues are just $0.99. There’s 32 comics on sale now.

But, set off on your adventure quick as the sale ends on November 23, 2020.

The Witcher Vol. 1

Dave McKean’s Raptor is Out July 2021 from Dark Horse

From award-winning, critically acclaimed artist and writer Dave McKean comes his first creator-owned character in a stunning visual tour-de-force graphic novel, Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel.

Raptor flickers between two worlds and two conflicted souls: Sokol wanders a feudal fantastical landscape hunting monsters for those that can pay, and Arthur, a writer of supernatural tales in 19th Century Wales, mourning the passing of his young wife and dabbling in the supernatural in the vain hope of seeing her again. They both exist in the twilight between truth and lies, life and death, reality and the imagination.

Also available is a deluxe, oversized hardcover limited edition of Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel, with an exclusive signed tip-in illustration that is a perfect addition to any fan’s Dave McKean collection.

Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel and Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel Limited Edition will be in comic shops on July 7, 2021 and in bookstores on July 20, 2021. They are available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel is a 128-page trade paperback that will retail for $29.99. The oversized, hardcover Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel Limited Edition will retail for $99.99.

Raptor: A Sokol Graphic Novel

Today’s New Digital Comics Feature Over 150 New Comics from Marvel, Image, IDW, BOOM!, AfterShock, and more!

We Live #2

It’s Wednesday which means it’s a brand-new comic day! Get your comics in digital form now with over 150 comics to choose from on comiXology. There are new comics from Marvel, AfterShock, BOOM!, Image, IDW, plus tons of indie and small press comics. Check out all of the releases here and get shopping or the releases by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Lion Forge Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

TidalWave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant

Vault Comics

Yen Press

Zenescope


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