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Lela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith Deliver Bad Luck Chuck in March 2019

Some people have all the luck…and others have none! In Bad Luck ChuckLela Gwenn and Matthew Dow Smith bring a twisted noir tale full of anti-heroes, smartass outlaws, and oddball villains to comic shops on March 27, 2019. Gwenn and Dow Smith are joined by colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick and letterer Frank Cvetkovic.

Cursed at birth, Charlene “Chuck” Manchester hires out her own bad luck, providing disaster where someone else can profit. She can get you that insurance payout fortune—for a price. But bad luck doesn’t always go as planned, an​d when Chuck gets stuck between a dissatisfied crime boss client​, a cult leader, ​and a dogged insurance-fraud investigator, things get…explosive. Everything that could go wrong does—and only about half of it by accident. She’ll need more than a rabbit’s foot to get through this.

Bad Luck Chuck #1

Do the Astro Hustle this March with Jai Nitz

Get ready to boogie and hustle as Dark Horse blasts off on a sexy space pirate romp inspired by the sci-fi disco era of the late ‘70s from writer Jai Nitz.

Astro Hustle follows Chen Andalou, a cosmic criminal and the black sheep of one of the galaxy’s most prominent families. Chen wakes up sixty years after he was accidentally placed in cryo-stasis to find that his younger brother is now the president of the galaxy. Instead of reforming his dastardly ways, Chen gets back to what he does best: piracy and causing problems! 

Astro Hustle #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.

Matt Kindt and Ray Fawkes Join the World of Black Hammer for a WWII Epic

From the world of Black Hammer comes another exhilarating send up to the superhero genre! Jeff Lemire joins forces with writer Ray Fawkes and artist Matt Kindt to tell an epic WWII story in the Golden Age of Superheroes shaken up with Lemire’s signature Black Hammer twist. Travel back to 1945, where an elite crew known as the Black Hammer Squadron bands together to combat Nazis, a host of occult threats, and their ultimate aerial nemesis, the Ghost Hunter.
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Black Hammer ‘45: From the World of Black Hammer #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.

Magdalene Visaggio, Corin Howell, Valentina Pinto, and Zakk Saam Deliver the Calamity in February

From Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, breakout artist Corin Howell, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Zakk Saam comes Calamity KateCalamity Kate is a modern day adventure of heroes and monsters. It tells the story of Kate Strand as she moves west to hunt monsters. 

Calamity Kate catches up with titular hero Kate Strand after she reboots her destructive life and moves to L.A. to become the superhero she always wanted to be—a gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition. Kate is desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: The Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. 

The first issue of Calamity Kate (of four) goes on sale February 13, 2019.

Calamity Kate cover

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.

Border Town #4 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Each issue has been fantastic giving us a monster story with a look and monsters we rarely see in entertainment and comics. This is a solid update to the Scooby-Doo concept and it works so well.

Dark Ark #12 (AfterShock Comics) – The new spin on classic Bible stories is fantastic bringing a sense of horror that’s beyond entertaining.

Die #1 (Image Comics) – Adults have to deal with the returning horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. Yeah, we’re in.

Doomsday Clock #8 (DC Comics) – We’re this far into this series, we really want to see what’s next and what the hell is going on.

Freeze #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – People around the world are frozen and one person can fix that but should he? We’ve seen the concept in manga but we want to see this Western take on the concept.

Killmonger #1 (Marvel) – The breakout character from the Black Panther film gets his own miniseries that adds more to his history.

Laguardia #1 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) – A new series that looks at immigration and discrimination in America.

Martian Manhunter #1 (DC Comics) – The character has been put center of the DC Universe playing a big role with the Justice League and we want to see what this series brings and adds to the character.

Prodigy #1 (Image Comics/Millarworld/Netflix) – A new Mark Millar property and we want to see what this whole deal with Netflix is bringing to the comic market.

Self Made #1 (Image Comics) – A new series that sounds like a fantasy world that’s a bit focused on castes which is interesting enough. An Image #1 issue is something we want to check out.

Shazam #1 (DC Comics) – With a film out soon, it’s not surprising that we’re getting a new series and we want to see where this characters fits in the Rebirth DC Universe.

Snap Flash Hustle #1 (Black Mask Studio) – If it’s Black Mask, we check out the first issue. They tend to be a lot of future stars and interesting concepts.

Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel) – This new spin on the character sounds different enough from what we’ve seen before, a character who’s attempting to find redemption by helping others.

Wizard Beach #1 (BOOM! Studios) – This story about slackers wizards sounds fun and entertaining so we want to check out this debut issue.

The Wrong Earth #4 (AHOY Comics) – One of the best comics on the shelves right now.

X-Men: Exterminated #1 (Marvel) – The event still has one issue to go but this is the aftermath, yay delays! Still, we want to see this sendoff for the classic Cable before kid Cable takes over. Plus, we’re sure there’ll be spoilers for how it all ends.

Toy Story 4 Gets a Graphic Anthology in May from Dark Horse

The story continues! It’s been almost a decade since we last checked in with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. As part of their continued collaboration with Pixar, Dark Horse has announced a new Toy Story 4 graphic novel anthology that is the perfect companion to the highly anticipated upcoming film!

Writer Haden Blackman brings fun, energy, and heart to this graphic novel that features the toys you know and love—and introduces some new toys, too! The toys are back and once again swept up in an exciting adventure. Join Woody and the Toy Story gang in four connecting stories set before and after Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 for an adventure perfect for the whole family.

Disney•PIXAR Toy Story 4 TPB goes on sale May 7, 2019. The 72-page anthology retails for $10.99.

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.

Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1 (DC Comics) – The mini-event crossover between Justice League and Aquaman has been fun in that disaster film sort of way and we’re excited to see how it wraps up because it feels like there’s a lot of ground to cover with just one issue.

Dead Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Logan is dying… again. But, you know what? When the issue is this good we’re good with it. A solid start to this epic event.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #1 (Dark Horse) – A new Hellboy adventure? Yeah, we’re in. Especially as we wait for the new film.

Heroes in Crisis #3 (DC Comics) – Who did it!? We want to know and this series has us sucked in to see how the mystery plays out.

Hex Wives #2 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – An exploration of the patriarchy with witches… yeah, we’re sold. The first issue was great, we’re expecting the same with the second.

Ironheart #1 (Marvel) – The first issue is a lot of fun as RiRi takes the spotlight and begins to stand out from under various shadows. A fantastic first issue that’s perfect for new readers and long time fans.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1 (IDW Publishing/Marvel) – Marvel goes all-ages through IDW?! Marvel has been farming out various aspects of their comics and the latest has us intrigued.

Monarchs #1 (Scout Comics) – Four young geniuses are tasked with discovering and instituting an ideal method of leadership to make a utopian society that the inhabitants wish to create. Um, sold.

Old Lady Harley #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue caught us off guard as to how much fun it was. So, we’re expecting more of that with the second.

Quincredible #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Quinton, a high school sophomore, is looking to live his best life by moonlighting as a superhero. The catch? His power is invulnerability . . . and that’s the only power he has. Sounds interesting to us!

The Warning #1 (Image Comics) – An extraterrestrial threat emerges and must be stopped. We’re always game for good sci-fi action.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/24

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.


 

Shean

SEP180874Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther #1 (Marvel)– In what is probably the best story to come out of this major Marvel event , we get TChalla as Johnny Blaze with a touch of Thor. We find TChalla being thrown out of Wakanda by Tchaka, and being forced to become a stunt performer where he meets the Spirit of Vengeance. He is content with just being Johnny Blaze until TChaka dies at the hands of an enhanced Mbaku. By issue’s end, he goes head to head with Mbaku defeated. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

American Carnage #1 (DC/Vertigo)** – Another more than solid debut in the latest Vertigo re-launch, this is part “Incognegro,” part “Black KKKlansman,” and pretty well addicting from the get-go. One can quibble with whether or not an obvious stand-in for the Mercer family would have such close ties to the Klan and Neo-Nazis rather than employing intermediaries, but Bryan Hill’s script is breakneck-paced, punchy, and reasonably thought-provoking, while Leandro Fernandez’s art is all stylish modern noir. Good times ahead, indeed. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #7 (Dark Horse)** – The conclusion to this two-part Col. Weird story doesn’t really do anything “metafiction”-wise that Grant Morrison hasn’t already done dozens (if not hundreds) of times before and better, but it’s still a plenty fun read and Rich Tommaso’s art is, as always, nothing short of brilliant. Getting back to the main storyline will be nice, but this has been a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable side-step. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

BM_Cv59Batman #59 (DC)** – The idea that Bane has secretly taken over Arkham Asylum and The Penguin is selling him out in order to save his own skin should, by all rights, be pretty dramatic fodder for a story, but Tom King’s script feels lazy and insubstantial, both Batman and Jim Gordon hit character “beats” that feel inherently false, and the lack of anything like genuine suspense is palpable, Fortunately, what King does manage to do is play to his artist’s strengths, and he gives Mikel Janin plenty of opportunity to shine on an early-issue dramatic double-page spread, as well as some unpleasantly violent fight scenes. Not bad stuff on the whole, but not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Read

Lucifer #2 (DC/Vertigo) – I was feeling pretty lukewarm to this latest series starring the Prince of the East after a lackluster first issue, but I’m glad I stuck around for one more because Dan Waters’ disparate plotlines now appear to be moving toward a mysterious but powerful point of convergence, and the art by Max and Sebastian Fiumara, which was already pretty stellar, has definitely kicked into another, altogether creepier, gear. Looks like I might be hanging with this one for awhile after all! Overall: 8 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 (**).

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 11/17

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

cemetery-beach-3-of-7Cemetery Beach #3 (Image)** – An action-centric issue that takes all of about ten seconds to read, but Warren Ellis knows when to get the word balloons and caption boxes out of the way and just let Jason Howard’s art take over, which it surely does here. Brisk, exciting, cinematic, and compelling stuff. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Gideon Falls #8 (Image)** – The closer Jeff Lemire moves his two once-disparate plotlines together, the more intriguing the story becomes — and the more amazingly creative Andrea Sorrentino gets with his breathtaking art. This series got off to an iffystart, but after about #3, each issue has successively gotten better, scarier, and more gorgeous to look at. Long may this trend continue. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Quantum Age #4 (Dark Horse)** – Okay, yeah, this issue runs in place a bit, but Jeff Lemire still has the scripting of these characters down to a sweet science, and Wilfredo Torres’ sleek and stylish art really suits the futuristic sci-fi setting of this miniseries. Granted, the cliffhanger this time out is basically just a “bigger, bolder” version of last issue’s, but damn if it doesn’t work beautifully. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Hey Kids! Comics! #4 (Image)**- In the wake of Stan Lee’s death it may have been smart to hold this one back a few weeks, but it was probably already on its way from Diamond to the shops, so what can you do? Still, Lee’s doppleganger character emerges as the closest thing to a “villain” here in the fourth installment of Howard Chaykin’s superb deconstruction of the comics industry’s sorry treatment of its creators, and while it’s frequently quite funny, it still hurts to see how so many of these people got screwed so hard. Yeah, a lot of this history is old hat to long-time fans, but in Chaykin’s skilled hands it becomes fresh, vital and, yes, infuriating, all over again. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Joe Hesh

TGL_Cv1_00111The Green Lantern #1 (DC)** When I heard that Grant Morrison (who just so happens to be my all time favorite writer) was dipping his pen in green ink to write this series, I was ecstatic. I mean with his blend of wacky sci fi hi jinx and imagination how could this miss?? Well it did, and it didn’t. First off he gets the character of Hal Jordan perfectly. I really dig the Captain Kirk edge he’s instilled in him. The scene where Hal dispatched the aliens in disguise was great. He did it without the ring. Something a lot of writers don’t get with Hal. He is not just the ring. This is a man who has been all over the cosmos and dealt with almost every threat conceivable. So he is bound to retain some of that savvy and put it to good use. Hal has but isn’t using the ring at the moment because of charging issues. Simple enough. The issue moves at a brisk pace and we get nice banter and dialog amongst the other Lanterns. It is just something is a bit lacking. I can’t put my finger on it yet. It’s only the first month in and I have all the faith in Morrison that this will be a top title for me. The art by Liam Sharp is just sharp, I mean pretty at times and scratchy at others. I know he is capable of breathtaking rendering as seen on his Wonder Woman run. I want to see some outrageous stuff in these pages, just haven’t got it yet. His art reminded me of very 90s Image and gives the book a bit of a dated feel. I hope that improves. The issue ends with a cliffhanger but it lacks that first big issue punch. I will certainly be back next month but I am hoping Grant takes the training wheels off and goes nuts. Overall: all the potential in the world. With Grant at the helm I know we are in for a ride, even if we got a bit of a slow start. Score: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Shean

The Black Order #1 (Marvel) – Not so great, just not fun at all. I give this book , a solid “ Meh” Overall: 4 Recommendation: Pass

 


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 (**).

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